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Notes From Notestine    

“He Chose Poorly”

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 film and the third film in the Indiana Jones film series. It is about archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones on the search to rescue his father and find the Holy Grail before the Nazis do. In the climactic scene, Indy works his way through the three tests and walks in on the knight who protects the grail. When Indy sees that there are many chalices in the temple, the knight tells him, and I quote, “You must choose… but choose wisely. For as the true grail will bring you life, the false grail will take it from you.” The villain of the movie, an American named Donovan, drinks from the false (ornate) grail and perishes. As Donovan perishes before them, the knight has one of the best lines in all of the Indiana Jones’ movies, “He chose… poorly.” Indy of course drinks from the true grail and the knight then states the obvious, “You have chosen wisely.”

This week, like most weeks in the WAMS, I have had to deal with a few students who have chosen poorly. We all have made poor choices and not only survived but hopefully learned from them. We all have heard of several celebrities/athletes who have made poor choices that are now front page news (I won’t name drop).

Sociologists and psychologists suggest that we make thousands of decisions each day. Many of those are minor and inconsequential but these experts suggest that we make approximately 70 each day that are of consequence.

Kavita Varma-White, a Today and Parents magazine contributor suggests, "… blame it on the brain. Wonder why some teens make not-so-great decisions? (And yes, junior, staying out past curfew falls into the “bad choice” category.) Turns out it has nothing to do with how smart they are, and everything to do with their brains’ (lack of) ability to control impulses.

A new study in the journal of Child Development finds that while adolescents have the knowledge and reasoning ability to make decisions as rationally as adults, they still lack a key component of wise decision making: they don’t think before they act.

The study, conducted by researchers at Temple University, tested people between the ages of ten and thirty in a series of puzzle-building tests. Participants had to rearrange a stack of colored balls in order to match different pictures, using as few moves as possible.

Older test takers did best because they had better impulse control, which helped them plan ahead. (On the hardest problems, mature performance wasn’t seen until at least age 22!) Researchers also found that solving difficult problems makes strong demands on the brain’s frontal lobes, and teens’ frontal lobes are still maturing. Combine this with normal teen emotions and peer pressure, and it’s no surprise that poor decision-making can be the end result.

So the next time your teen uses the “I lost track of time,” argument for staying out too late, chalk it up immaturity. And maybe give them a copy of this study to read—while they’re grounded…"


So how do I counsel parents whose child is making poor choices? James Lehman suggests, “You can lead a horse to water, and while you can’t make them drink, you can make them mighty thirsty.” More on this next week as we enjoy the decision making ride.

Parents Corner 

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

WAMS is sending a HUGE thank you to all who volunteered and contributed to make our teacher appreciation luncheon a success!   We are grateful for your continued support...and the delicious goodies!

Reminder: Drug Education Program

WAMS parents, only two dates remain for you to attend the drug education program. All parents of seventh graders and eighth graders new to Woodward must attend one of these sessions (unless you attended last year).

The dates and times are:
  • Tuesday, September 16, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 18, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
If you have not registered, click the following link: Parent Drug and Alcohol Education Program      
Five Texas Middle School Students Hospitalized After Ingesting Pills
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/five-texas-middle-school-students-hospitalized-after-ingesting-pills-n200211
 

Recyclables cluttering up your house? Bring them to WA Sept 20th! 

Woodward Academy is celebrating its first Green Apple Day of Service with a Drop & Go recycling drive which will include:

  • electronics
  • textiles & shoes
  • books & bulk paper
  • paint - latex & oil
  • secure paper shredding
There also will be tours focused on the LEED certification aspect of Jane Woodruff Hall. Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Main Campus. More information.

MS Yearbook Pictures

MS Individual yearbook pictures will be taken on Monday, September 22, in the Chapel during PE/P.Fit/Dance Fit classes. All students should wear their formal/dress uniform to school which includes a blue or white oxford shirt and navy blazer with WA patch on the left pocket. Please be sure blazers fit properly. Ties are required for boys only.

MS Family BBQ Tailgate: October 10  

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Date: Friday, October 10, 5:30-7:30
Location: Served at the Lower School cafeteria and courtyard
Reservation deadline: Thursday, October 2
(Advance order required for admittance. No walk up meals will be available.)

Tickets
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Join us for a MS Family BBQ Tailgate sponsored by the Woodward Academy Parent Community as part of the Middle School Night at the Varsity Football game. The Middle School students will have a Fall Social after school on the Middle School campus that day. After the Social event, at 6:00 p.m, Middle School students will be escorted to the Lower School to join you for the tailgate. Advance ticket purchase required for admittance to the tailgate. Low Country Barbeque will provide their delicious BBQ, hot dogs and vegetarian options. After dinner, we will cheer on the War Eagles varsity football team as they take on Troup! Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. We hope you can come enjoy the fun!

  • If you are unable to attend, please make arrangements for your child to leave the Middle School by 6:00 p.m.
  • All Middle School students must be accompanied by an adult at the BBQ and game.
  • This event is indoors, so it will take place rain or shine.
  • Questions: Contact Meredith Sorrow:  meredith@thesorrows.net.

WAMS Photography Contest

All entries are due by October 10 to your English teacher, Art teacher or Mrs. Barber (room 123). Pick up an entry form and have it signed by your parent in order to enter. It must be a printed original work either photographed or directed by the student, no larger than 8x10, and available in digital format if chosen. See Mrs. Barber for further details. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

Publix Partner Program

Thank you for your continued participation in the Publix Partner Program! WAMS key tags are available at the front desk.
Contribution this year: $335.60
Since inception: $15,967.47

Remember that the more you shop at Publix, the more contributions your school earns.

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 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. to inform us.

Woodward Auto Exhibit

Save the date for the second annual Woodward Auto Exhibit, sponsored by Porsche, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Academy’s Main Campus in historic College Park. This free admission, family-friendly event will feature classic, vintage, and modern specialty automobiles, music, food, and a Porsche display. Rain date is Sunday, October 19.

If you have a car you would like to exhibit, register online, or contact Bob Hawks at 404.765.4031 or Jane Covington at 404.765.4030 in the Advancement Office. All proceeds from Auto Exhibit fees will support need-based student financial aid.

Counselor Corner

Connect 2 Kids

On Tuesday, September 16, the Middle School held its first Connect 2 Kids program of the school year. The topic was Adjustment to Middle School/Study Skills. It was about strategies for putting it all together: how to organize, avoid procrastination and distractions, have good executive function skills and start the year off on the right path.

At this time of the year, students are under a lot of pressure and can often feel overwhelmed. The goal of the video/discussion was to introduce basic work habits and attitudes that make studying easier and more productive. It emphasizes making the most of study time by working on focus and concentration.

Connect 2 Kids is a national multimedia program that is designed to help educate students about character, life skills, and making good choices. The Connect 2 Kids sessions include videos about various topics and discussion within a relaxed setting among the students. Students are encouraged to talk freely and honestly about the topic for the day as well as brainstorm ways to make positive changes for themselves and the school. Connect 2 Kids is sponsored by the counseling department and assisted by the Peer Helpers.

Club Updates     

   

Eagle Club--- The Eagle Club is our Middle School Service Club. We participate in a variety of service activities each year. Some of our great causes include the Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club annual walk-a-thon, our school wide can-a-thon at Thanksgiving, Secret Santa for 35 area foster children, participation in Red Ribbon Week, and several other activities to honor our Woodward neighbors, teachers, faculty, and support staff. We also collect money for Save the Children. The money collected helps to support and provide educational opportunities for seven children living in developing nations. It helps to pay for daily lunches, uniforms, vaccinations, and books. Without these things, children are unable to attend school. Our pennies and change ultimately provide hope for these children that can only be achieved through education.

Homeroom Balances
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Bandrowksi- $60.00
Barber- $7.00
Crawford- $30.00
Hildebrand- $15.00
Hutchison- $5.75
Jefferson- $52.50
Khoury- $10.00
McNeill- $100.00
Seigler- $77.87
Wade- $25.00

Academic Team--- Do you know who wrote The Good Earth? How about the capitol of Mongolia? These are the kinds of questions that the Academic Team has to answer regularly, whether at a tournament or just at practice. We meet in Mr. Prince’s room 308 on Thursday afternoons between 4:15 – 4:30. A small snack will be served. Collaboration is necessary as teams challenge one another with competitive answers to a wide range of questions. The sponsors for the Academic Team are Mr. Prince, Mr. Lee, and Mrs. Anderson.  The answers to the above questions are Pearl Buck and Ulään Batar, respectively. Come join us!

Green Team and Math Team members are getting ready for a very busy and fun year.
The Math Team meets every Tuesday during Homeroom Study Hall.
The Green Team meets every Wednesday, also during Homeroom Study Hall.
For more information, or to sign-up, ​ students should see Mrs. Angela McCreery during tutorial in room #321.​

Student Spotlight  

Homecoming T-shirt Winners

Congratulations to Max Seidel and Briton Cole whose designs were chosen the for this year's Homecoming T-shirt. The runner-ups were Leah Greer and Victoria Dablah. We want to thank everyone who turned in a design. The designs were creative and showed school spirit. Go, War Eagles!

Strike Out Bullying

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The MS Community Council was invited to participate in the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate Rally with the Atlanta Braves. Faculty council members, Aaron Hill, Alisha Stratton, and George Westlund joined student representatives, Quinten Ramirez, Faiza Mohammed, Collin Condurah, and their parents at the rally at Turner Field before the Braves played the Washington Nationals. The group heard from members of the ADL. Former Atlanta Brave Brian Jordan spoke and encouraged students, teachers, and schools to "strike out" bullying.

Golf Tournament

WA Golfer Leads 14 and Over Division
Posted September 10, 2014

Woodward Academy 8th grader Teagan Fritts won nine of 12 golf tournaments over the summer in the Atlanta Junior Golf Association (AJGA) 14 and over girls club division, making her the overall points leader for the year. Teagan ended the summer by winning the AJGA Tour Championship Tournament at Chateau Elan where she shot an 89 and won by four strokes. Teagan is now running on the WMS Cross Country team.

Jock Journal

Football:

The Woodward 7th Grade Team had a big win on Saturday over Lovett with a score of 54-0. The Woodward offense was led by Kamani Vidal with two rushing touchdowns. Dawson Ellington, Rashad Torrence, and Louis White also had a rushing touchdown each in the win. Bo Hogeboom made his first start at quarterback and hooked up with tight end, Jacorrei Turner, for a touchdown pass on the first offensive play for Woodward. The defense held Lovett scoreless for the entire game. Micah Robinson had an interception that he returned for a touchdown and Woodward had two fumble recoveries by Antavious Fish and Robby Strianese. Robinson also contributed a touchdown to the special teams game by returning a punt for a score. Rashad Torrence and Jacorrei Turner also contributed on special teams with long returns that put the team in great field position. The captains for the game were Brock Vandagriff, Cornell McBride, Parker Mitchell, Roarke Humphrey, and Jake Reams. They were recognized for their leadership and achievement in the classroom this past week.

Cross Country:

Congrats to the MS XC team for a great performance at GAC yesterday. The boys finished first defeating Pace and GAC while the girls were second defeating GAC. Top finishers for the boys were Farron Edmonds, Cass Bowers, Peter Papapolymerou, Jake Landgraff, Mitchell Crawford, Allen Thompson and Harry Putt. The girls were lead by the top female finisher in the Race, Cece Ng in a time of 14 min 12 sec! The other female top finishers were Sarah Brummett, Brooklyn Carr, Lele Preuss,Teagan Fritts, Rebecca Magruder and Hope Englert. The next MS race is on Saturday at Whitefield academy.

Softball:

Congrats to the MS softball team who remain undefeated with an extra inning 4-3 victory over Lovett! Kaitlyn Bates hit a “bases loaded” triple to end the game and secure the victory. Congrats to all the team members for great defense and pitching. The girls play a doubleheader at GAC on Saturday.

MS Red Volleyball:

The girls all played very well, and came out on top with a 25-18 win in the first game and a 25-20 win in the second game against Pace. Sydney Hallas and Clara Snell demonstrated their wonderful setting abilities, Sam McCool and Morgan Miller were our strongest servers of the night, Melissa Eyinla was unstoppable on defense, and Mary Carol Huntz was an offensive force to be reckoned with! Come watch them play at home next Monday, Sept. 22, at 5:00 against St. Pius.

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.

  • MS 2012-13 Community Service Totals

    Save the Children:
    $800.00

    The Terranova School:
    $10,000.00 ($17,854.04 Academy's Grand Total)

    Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club Walk-athon:
    $6,564.78 ($43,118.78 Academy's Grand Total)

    Canned Food Drive:
    $16,603.00 and 24,000 lbs. of food (Academy's Grand Total)

Middle School Calendar & Events

Sep 20 Sat

2014 Green Apple Day of Service - Recycling Event & JW Hall Tours

Location: Main Campus

More Information

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This is your chance to recycle: electronics, paint, books, textiles, shoes and have paper shredded!

Sep 22 Mon

MS Student Yearbook Pictures

Sep 23 Tue

Parent Community Board Meeting

Location: R. L. Brand Boardroom, Carlos Hall
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Sep 24 Wed

Rosh Hashanah Begins at Sundown

Sep 25 Thu

Rosh Hashanah - School Closed

Sep 29 Mon

MS Edline Reports

Oct 1 Wed

Parent Programming - "Helping Boys Succeed in School", Brenda Fitzgerald

Location: Main Campus - Woodruff Dining Hall, Civic Area

More Information

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This class is designed to educate parents on the biological differences in males and how those differences influence behaviors and learning styles. Join us for a fun filled educational experience that we enlighten your life! This class is for everyone.

Register to attend!

Oct 3 Fri

Yom Kippur Begins at Sundown

Oct 4 Sat

Yom Kippur

Oct 5 Sun

LS, MS, US Private Percussion Recital - Conti Studio

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
12:00 PM
Oct 10 Fri

No Homework Night

MS Mid-Semester Grading Period Ends

MS Fall Social

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

MS Tailgate and Family BBQ

Location: Lower School Cafeteria & Courtyard
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Sponsored by Middle School Parent Community

Register to attend!

Sign-up to volunteer!

Oct 13 Mon

Fall Holiday - School Closed

News from Woodward 360

Newsletter last updated:

September 18, 2014

 

Upcoming MS Events

Sep 22 Mon

MS Student Yearbook Pictures

MS Red Volleyball vs. St. Pius X(Regular Season) at (Woodward Academy)

Location: HOME
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

MS White Volleyball vs. St. Pius X(Regular Season) at (Woodward Academy)

Location: HOME
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sep 23 Tue

Parent Community Board Meeting

Location: R. L. Brand Boardroom, Carlos Hall
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Sep 24 Wed

Rosh Hashanah Begins at Sundown

Sep 25 Thu

Rosh Hashanah - School Closed

Sep 29 Mon

MS Edline Reports

Oct 1 Wed

Parent Programming - "Helping Boys Succeed in School", Brenda Fitzgerald

Location: Main Campus - Woodruff Dining Hall, Civic Area

More Information

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Oct 3 Fri

Yom Kippur Begins at Sundown

Oct 4 Sat

Yom Kippur

Oct 5 Sun

LS, MS, US Private Percussion Recital - Conti Studio

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
12:00 PM
Oct 10 Fri

No Homework Night

MS Mid-Semester Grading Period Ends

MS Fall Social

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

MS Tailgate and Family BBQ

Location: Lower School Cafeteria & Courtyard
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

April 3, 2014


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Upcoming MS Volunteer Opportunities

Sep 23 Tue

Parent Community Board Meeting

Location: R. L. Brand Boardroom, Carlos Hall
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Oct 10 Fri

MS Fall Social

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

MS Tailgate and Family BBQ

Location: Lower School Cafeteria & Courtyard
5:30 PM - 7:30 PMMore Information...
Oct 15 Wed

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Parent Programming Events - all parents invited

Sep 23 Tue

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series, Class 1

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Sep 24 Wed

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series at WN, Class 1

Location: Woodward North Campus
8:15 AM - 9:45 AMRead More
Sep 30 Tue

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series, Class 2

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Oct 1 Wed

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series at WN, Class 2

Location: Woodward North Campus
8:15 AM - 9:45 AMRead More

Parent Programming - "Helping Boys Succeed in School", Brenda Fitzgerald

Location: Main Campus - Woodruff Dining Hall, Civic Area
8:30 AM - 10:30 AMRead More
Oct 2 Thu

Parent Programming - Love & Logic: Digging Deeper, Class 2

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More