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Notes From Notestine     


Only One Kind

I recently read this article about blue jeans:

"Levi Strauss would be stunned. Having made his way from Bavaria to San Francisco, Strauss founded a dry goods business in 1853. In 1873 he received a patent for making riveted work pants what we call blue jeans.  The product Strauss produced in 1873 was certainly much simpler than the array of garments that now bear the Levi Strauss trademark.  These days choosing a pair of blue jeans can represent one of life's most complex decisions  The very term 'blue jeans' begs further definition:  regular fit, relaxed fit, boot-cut, stonewashed, button fly, skinny jeans, dressy jeans, the list goes on and on. I recently heard a speaker tell about an older friend of his who went to purchase a pair of jeans and was completely frustrated by the array of choices.  When asked, 'What kind of jeans do you want?' he answered, 'I want the kind you got when there was only one kind."

There are many types of blue jeans.  Now let's think about people.  We are all aware that there is more than "one kind"  of people.  At Woodward, we are proud and celebrate our diversity and invite all religions and races to attend and become part of the Academy. I have recently become concerned for our Muslim students because of the stereotype that is sometimes perpetrated in the media accompanied by gross misinformation about Islam. This misinformation can lead to discrimination and even violence against Muslims.

In 1999, our family, with the support of our Christian Church, sponsored a family from Kosovo.  In April of 1999, the United States allowed 130,000 Kosovans to enter the United States as refugees.  We sponsored a family of nine who came to live with us.  This family came to the U.S. because of the ethnic cleansing campaign by Serbs (Christians) targeting Bosnian Muslims.  This campaign to drive out Muslims included murder, rape, confinement, assault, plunder and the destruction of homes as well as places of worship  Our Kosovo family shared with us that a tank pulled up in front of their home and told them they had five minutes to get out.  Then they were forced to watch the tank destroy their home.  Fortunately, they were not hurt.

When they arrived in Atlanta from a refugee camp, they had four duffel bags of clothes for the nine of them.  The family ranged in age from Grandma (in her 70s) to Fitim, age 6.  Upon arriving at our home, we began the long process of learning how to communicate.  They spoke Albanian and we did not!!  At first they were very quiet shy and almost fearful. My kids were great with the Kosovo kids. They rode bikes together, went swimming, jumped on the trampoline for hours, just kids having fun. The adults in the family remained a little nervous around Deb and myself and the other adults from our church who came to help out.

About two weeks into our adventure, with the help of a translator, we discovered why they were not able to totally trust us.  Christians had destroyed their home and way of life.  Therefore, to them, all Christians were bad.  We were also Christians, so we must also have evil intentions.  Wow!  What an eye opener!  It took some time and much caring behavior to convince them that there was more than one kind of Christian. 

Without question, there is a small minority of Muslims who are doing some very horrible things.  These are vividly displayed every day for our kids to see.  I hope that all of us will send a clear message to our kids: There are some bad people in this world who exist in all races and who claim all religious faiths, but there is not "only one kind."

Enjoy the ride!

 

 


Parents Corner
 

Counselors' Corner: Otis-Lennon Testing

The Middle School will be testing eighth grade students on the Otis-Lennon standardized exam on Jan. 27, 2015. The Otis-Lennon is designed to measure abstract thinking and reasoning ability. Its purpose is to assess a student's ability to cope with school learning tasks. It is based on the notion that to learn new things, students must be able to perceive accurately, recognize and recall what has been perceived, to think logically, to understand relationships, and to apply generalizations to new and different contexts. The Otis-Lennon items are related to school learning situations but does not contain subject material that is actually taught. The items include detecting likenesses and differences, following directions, classifying, establishing sequence, and completing analogies.

The testing will take place on Tuesday morning, so please make sure your eighth grader arrives on time. The best preparation is a good breakfast and adequate rest so that the student can focus and perform well during the 40-minute test. If for some reason your eighth grader is absent during testing, make-up testing will take place starting at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 27 and 28 in room 322. Please call Mrs. Nguyen, eighth grade counselor, at 404.765.4436 if you have any questions.

 More From Our Counselors

Periodically the Counseling Department receives information that may be of interest to our parents. Intown Family Therapy will host a special parent session on Supporting Your Child Through Divorce. Jeanine Rousso, LPC, NCC, RPT, will lead an educational workshop to help parents:

  • Understand developmentally appropriate reactions to divorce.
  • Learn ways to support your child through the difficult divorce process.
  • Manage your own stress to better support your children.

The workshop will take place on, Thursday, Feb. 5, from 6:30-8 p.m. To register and receive more information, contact jeanine@intownfamilytherapy.com.

Generous Donors Exceed Woodward Fund Challenge Goal

The Woodward community surpassed the $60,000 goal for the December Challenge Match by contributing $129,706 in qualifying dollars. Many thanks to all who contributed during this challenge and throughout the first semester.

As of January 21, $1,283,877 has been contributed toward the 2014-2015 Woodward Fund goal of $1,825,000. Every year, The Woodward Fund enhances the educational experience of our students by providing support for classroom resources, technology upgrades, athletics, and the arts, as well as faculty and staff professional development. All students, teachers and coaches benefit from the generosity of donors. If you have not yet made your commitment, you can give online at www.woodward.edu/go/giving or call Dale Welch, Associate Director of Advancement for The Woodward Fund, at 404.765.4034. 

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Our "Winter Italian" Teacher Appreciation Luncheon with be held on Feb. 11. Please go to the Sign-Up Genius to volunteer your time or to bring a dish. Volunteering at these luncheons is a great way to meet other WA parents!

Chinese Partnership Meeting

There will be a Chinese partner school trip meeting on Monday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel activity room. Anyone interested in going to China in May 2015 will have the opportunity to meet with our partner school contact, Mr. Harry Liu, to discuss the details of the trip. It will also be a great opportunity to learn more about our Chinese partnership.

FUN Summer Program

Fernbank Museum has a special opportunity for students. They provide training to help the students learn about natural history topics and how to interact with museum guests of all ages. Students are then able to become a part of the FUN program. Applications will be available in February and can be found at http://fernbankmuseum.org/give/volunteer/fun/

Here is more information on the program: The Fernbank Ultimate Naturalist (FUN) volunteer program, is an opportunity for youth to be directly involved in public events and education at Fernbank Museum. FUN volunteers run discovery carts, while sharing information about biology, archaeology, paleontology, and more with visitors of all ages. They also help with educational programming in the Naturalist Center, activities on special family event days, other special projects, and have opportunities to tour and visit behind the scenes.

The FUN program is a one year commitment (June – May) and students are required to volunteer at least 45 hours per year, which works out to be about once per month during the school year and twice per month in the summer. Volunteer ages range from 12 years old (must be 13 before Sept. 1, 2015) to 17 years old. Volunteers age out of the program when they graduate high school. The FUN program is very competitive and accepts applications once per year. Please contact Fernbank's Education Department at 404.929.6342 for further information.

Yearbooks!​

The Phoenix staff is currently looking for photos from summer trips/educational experiences and outside of school club activities (like Girl Scout trips, Habitat builds or chorus competitions). If you'd like to submit photos to be considered for the yearbook, please go to woodwardyearbook.com and click on "Upload Your Photos For the Yearbook Here." 

Yearbooks are now on sale. They are available for purchase at woodwardyearbook.com and cost $70 until Feb. 1. But don't let that deadline sneak up on you. Order your yearbook today and support your student publications!

Summer Opportunity in England: Space Still Available

Woodward and the Independent Schools Cultural Alliance (ISCA) still has space for students interested in traveling to England this summer. The first firm deadline, which will lock in the lowest possible airfare, is quickly approaching. If you are interested, please contact Katherine Bandrowski right away (katherine.bandrowski@woodward.edu).

The dates of the trip are from July 12-Aug. 2. Students may sign up anytime during the year but risk paying a higher fee if deadlines are missed.

We are looking forward to having your child join us this summer!

WA Middle School Attendance Policy

If your child is sick or is going to miss school, we request that you email the school at absms@woodward.edu or call the MS office (404.765.4430) between 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. to inform us.

Club Updates    


Eagle Club Homeroom Balances: No changes this week.

Bandrowksi- $215.00
Crawford- $115.00
Davis- $8.31
Hildebrand- $30.00
Hutchison- $25.75
Jefferson- $87.50
Khoury- $20.00
McNeill- $100.00
Owens  - $7.00
Ragan- $5.00
Seigler- $149.87
Stratton- $10.00
Tarraso- $5.00
Tatum - $26.00 
Wade- $25.00  

Chess Players Needed
Woodward Academy needs more Middle School chess players to play on Feb. 21 at the Qualifier tournament for the State Team Championship. If you play chess, would like training, and can attend the all day tournament on Feb. 21, we will offer free chess training every Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Lower School. We need to know if you are interested. To register, email coach Steve at chess@championshipchess.net or call the office at 770.939.4596. 

Book Club will meet on January 27 after school in room 108. Mrs. Hutchison's Book Club members are presently reading "Pay It Forward" by Catherine Ryan Hyde. This novel is about doing a favor that really helps someone and telling them not to pay you back but to pay it forward to three other people who, in turn, pay it forward to three more and on and on into a global outpouring of kindness and decency. We will watch the movie starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt. Snacks will be served. Plan to ride the late bus.

Student Spotlight 


Spring Break Europe Trip Meeting

Parents, students, and chaperones will meet for a breakfast meeting Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria.  All students should attend. Parents, come if possible. If you are unable to attend, a folder will be sent home with your student.

WAMS Brag Box

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Jazz Band Concert

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2:30 p.m. in Gresham Chapel. Free Admission.

Upper School Performing Arts Collaboration

What: A Celebration of Music
When: Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Glenn Memorial UMC, Emory University
http://www.glennumc.org/directions

Free Admission.

Jock Journal

Basketball:  Woodward Academy’s undefeated War Eagle 8th grade basketball team continued its streak of dominant team play after the Christmas break. Following victories in which they played stifling defense and precision half-court offense beating Landmark Christian 56-17 and Hapeville Charter 52-27, the War Eagles overwhelmed Holy Innocent’s Episcopal School 71-14, holding their opponent to 0 points in the 4th quarter, before similarly stopping Cliff Valley School 79-19 behind 30 points from leading scorer Myles Todd. In an effort to up the challenge, The War Eagles split into two teams to participate in the D1 Spects MLK Invitational tournament. Over seven games in two days, the Red Team, led by the scoring and defense of Myles Todd and Billy Roach, and the White Team, behind the precision passing and ball movement and ferocious rebounding of Morgan Redding, Ian Henderson, Christian Wylder and Reece White, dominated their opponents so thoroughly that each team won a semi-final and elected to share the tournament title. (Perhaps the score will be settled in practice).  With two weeks left in the season, the team is preparing for a home-and-home series with rival Buford, which begins this Saturday. 

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MS Service News

  • WA Takes the ALS Challenge

    Vice President and Dean for Student Life, Upper School Principal Chris Freer, and Middle School Assistant Principal George Dietz took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday and challenged the entire WA community to do the same. Instead of the normal size bucket, Dr. Freer and Mr. Dietz were doused by a tractor scoop full of ice and water. Click here to watch the video. Dr. Freer accepted the challenge in honor of a friend and challenged President Gulley to take the challenge at next Friday's football game.

    The Woodward community is banding together to raise funds to support this cause. Click here to donate.

  • Woodward Students in Community Service

    Students volunteer at Special Olympics tennis event Lacrosse team members at the Walk for Wishes

    Students from Woodward Academy's Lower and Middle Schools volunteered recently at a Special Olympics tennis event. In addition, members of the girls varsity lacrosse team participated in the Georgia Make A Wish Foundation's annual Walk for Wishes on a recent Saturday. Freshman Emily Citarella organized the lacrosse team members and collected donations for the Walk for Wishes.

Middle School Calendar & Events

Jan 26 Mon

MS Edline Reports

MS Treble Choir Performance for MS Assembly

Location: Gresham Chapel
2:00 PM
Jan 27 Tue

PS, LS, WN, MS Otis Lennon Testing

Jan 30 Fri

MS Treble Choir performs at GMEA Convention

Location: Savannah, GA
Jan 31 Sat

MS, US All State Chorus Make-up Audition

Location: Savannah, GA
Feb 9 Mon

MS Edline Reports

Feb 10 Tue

MS Concerts for WN & LS

Location: Gresham Chapel & Richardson Hall Theater
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Feb 11 Wed

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Location: Middle School Teacher Lounge

Volunteers needed between 10:30am and 1:00pm. Register to volunteer!

Feb 14 Sat

Valentine's Day

Feb 16 Mon

Presidents' Day Holiday - School Closed

Feb 18 Wed

Woodward Academy Late Start Day

All Woodward Academy schools will begin school at 10:00am on September 17, November 12 and February 18.  Dismissal time will remain the same.  Morning childcare will be provided at the Primary School, Lower School and Woodward North.  Afterschool care will be provided as usual.

Ash Wednesday

Feb 19 Thu

Chinese New Year

MS Chorus LGPE

Location: North Atlanta High School
Thru: 2/20/2015
Feb 23 Mon

MS Edline Reports

News from Woodward 360

Newsletter last updated:  

January 22, 2015

 

Upcoming MS Events

Jan 27 Tue

PS, LS, WN, MS Otis Lennon Testing

Jan 30 Fri

MS Treble Choir performs at GMEA Convention

Location: Savannah, GA
Jan 31 Sat

MS, US All State Chorus Make-up Audition

Location: Savannah, GA
Feb 9 Mon

MS Edline Reports

Feb 10 Tue

MS Concerts for WN & LS

Location: Gresham Chapel & Richardson Hall Theater
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Feb 11 Wed

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Location: Middle School Teacher Lounge
Feb 14 Sat

Valentine's Day

Feb 16 Mon

Presidents' Day Holiday - School Closed

Feb 18 Wed

Woodward Academy Late Start Day

Ash Wednesday

Feb 19 Thu

Chinese New Year

MS Chorus LGPE

Location: North Atlanta High School
Thru: 2/20/2015
Feb 23 Mon

MS Edline Reports

MS Parent Debate Meeting

Location: Room 109 - Brand Tucker Middle School
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Feb 26 Thu

MS, US All State Band & Orchestra

Location: Athens Classic Center
Thru: 2/28/2015


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Upcoming MS Volunteer Opportunities

Feb 11 Wed

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Location: Middle School Teacher Lounge
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Mar 17 Tue

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Mar 24 Tue

Parent Community Board Meeting

Location: R. L. Brand Boardroom, Carlos Hall
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Apr 14 Tue

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Parent Programming Events - all parents invited