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Notes From Notestine      

Thanksgiving

Next week, we celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of the three F’s: family, food, football. Think about it, Thanksgiving is simple. It's about being thankful. No gifts to purchase and wrap and pay for over the next six months! There’s none of the magic and fantasy that goes along with most of our other holidays; no putting up trees, no ghosts, fireworks or rabbits. Just Thanksgiving! Celebrating Thanksgiving does not provoke any religious conflicts and parents do not have to dwell on the question “is this the year we reveal who Santa really is?” Thanksgiving is inclusive. Everyone can celebrate Thanksgiving no matter their ethnic background, culture or religion. Thanksgiving is a good day for everyone, EXCEPT the turkey! Beware... “Black Friday” is trying to move in on Thanksgiving… just fight that urge to shop until at least after midnight!

For what will you express gratitude for this Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving allows us a time to reflect upon all the things we have, rather than on what we don’t have. I hope you will share your gratitude list with your kids. Here are my top ten... in no particular order:

1. Health--Don’t take it for granted.
2. Family--My wife, parents, kids and their spouses, and of course my grandchildren.
3. Safety/Security--I’m thankful for people like my son who devote their lives to protecting others.
4. Time--Don’t take it for granted or waste it.
5. Employment--The challenges and rewards of working in the WAMS.
6. People willing to teach--Not just those paid to teach (it takes a village!).
7. Diversity--Life would be boring without it.
8. Anonymous acts of kindness.
9. Faith and God’s Grace.
10. Life Challenges--No growth without a challenge.

Have a blessed and restful Thanksgiving as we continue to enjoy the ride...

 

Parents Corner 

Exams

Dear Middle School Parents,
   With semester exams just a little over a month away, we want to bring a couple of items to your attention. First, in the MS, exams are taken on the mornings of December 17, 18, and 19. Second, exam days are half days of school. Only students who have accommodations will be allowed to stay on campus after the exam period ends at 11:30 a.m. All other students must leave on the bus, on MARTA, or be picked up by 11:45 a.m. on all three exam days. There will be no after school study hall on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
   Students who qualify for extra time may stay and finish their exams on Wednesday and Thursday. As soon as the exam period ends, these students will go to lunch and then return to room 322 at 12:15 p.m. to finish their exams. After completing exams, they will go to a study hall until they can be picked up or until the afternoon buses leave. On Friday, these students with accommodations can finish exams beginning at 10:15 a.m. The entire Woodward Academy campus closes at noon.
      Finally, if this is your first experience with exams in the Middle School, we hope you will join us for a meeting regarding the exam process on Tuesday, December 2. There is a session at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria and another session offered at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel Activity room. If you are unable to attend, we will post the information given in that week’s Middle Messenger. We want Middle School exams to be a positive experience for our students. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Ed Notestine & Shannon Jackson
Principal            Assistant Principal

Review Days: December 15 and 16

Wednesday, December 17
8:40 - 9:50 Math Exam
10:20 - 11:30 Social Studies Exam
11:45 Students depart
**Students with accommodations may stay to finish exams.

Thursday, December 18
8:40 - 9:50 Science Exam
10:20 - 11:30 English Exam
11:45 Students depart
**Students with accommodations may stay to finish exams.

Friday, December 19
8:40 - 9:50 Reading/Foreign Language Exam
10:00 - 11:15 Student/Faculty basketball game
11:45 Students depart
**Woodward Academy closes at noon.

Geography Bee

Any student in the Middle School who is interested in geography should come out and participate in the Geography Bee. The Middle School bee will be very informal and will be held on Thursday December 4. Please see Mrs. Crawford in Room 217 for more information and to register. The Middle School winner will take a qualifying test for the State of Georgia Bee. The winner of the Georgia Bee will compete in the National Geography Bee for a chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship, $500 in cash and a trip to the Galapagos Islands!

December Child

In December, for the 17th year, we will work with DFACS as Homeroom Secret Santas to provide toys and clothing to children in South Fulton County foster care. This project is very special and is organized by Ms. Tutterow and led by the Middle School faculty and staff. It is very near and dear to our hearts. Each holiday season, our Middle School students raise money and purchase gifts for the child their homeroom sponsors. Our charity project will kick-off as soon as we return from the Thanksgiving holiday. Please look for more specific information from your child's homeroom teacher.

We thank you in advance for your support.

December 10: "Holiday Teacher Appreciation Breakfast"

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Come help out for the Holiday Teacher Appreciation Breakfast! Let's show our teachers how much we appreciate them by starting their day off with a beautiful breakfast feast. Please click on the following link to view the online sign up sheet: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0F44A4A62BA13-holiday/.

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

The Costa Rica Trip

There are only a few weeks left until registration for the Costa Rica trip ends. With only a few spots left, your son or daughter can join us in June as we zip line, horseback ride, swim in volcanic hot springs, and take art, dance and cooking lessons abroad. Contact Alisha Stratton (alisha.stratton@woodward.edu). Registration ends December 1!

Welcome Back Hot Cocoa: January 8

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As a special way to welcome back our MS students from the winter break, we serve them hot cocoa and cookies after school. This fun event will take place on Thursday, January 8. We need your help to make this exciting event successful. Please contact Julie Couch with questions couch6553@comcast.net or click the link below to either volunteer to help at the event or send in cookies. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044aa9af28aa8-welcome 

SUMMER OPPORTUNITY IN ENGLAND: Space Still Available

Woodward and the Independent Schools Cultural Alliance (ISCA) still has room 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 - August 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.

ADHD Atlanta

Periodically, the counseling department will get information that may be of interest to Woodward parents. Here is some information from ADHD Atlanta on upcoming Mindfulness Groups:

ADHD Atlanta offers Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy groups for children with ADHD and anxiety. Mindfulness, broadly defined, means purposefully paying attention to present experience, without judgment. By acquiring mindful awareness, children become more aware of their emotional state and react less impulsively. The groups will focus on all of the foundational skills of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, leading to enhanced positive interactions with others, increased self-esteem and independence.

The groups will consist of six weekly 90-minute sessions. Sessions will focus on:

  • Learning how to inhibit impulses and make better choices
  • Strengthening and engaging executive functions (e.g., attention and working memory)
  • Learning to regulate emotions
  • Learning to use visual cues to stay on task
  • Increasing awareness of the choices and options for dealing with everyday difficulties
  • Improving the ability to achieve everyday goals
  • Fostering and increasing independence
  • Developing social skills
  • Learning to deal with stressful situations
  • Increasing self-esteem and decreasing critical self-statements
  • Deepening awareness of thoughts and body through sensory based practices

Please contact Michelle Manne, LCSW for the price, questions, more information, or to sign up at: ADHDAtlanta@gmail.com or 404-351-2008 x233.

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.

Counselor Corner

Every few weeks in the Middle Messenger, there will be a Counselor Corner section that provides another aspect of information for parents. In addition, parents can e-mail questions to the counselors about their Middle School aged child and have them answered in the column. The “Ask the Counselor” questions can be sent to tonya.dedeaux@woodward.edu. Please include “Ask the Counselor” in the subject line, the question, and your name (although all names will be removed before publication). Here is this week’s question:

Q: My son does all of his homework but still struggles on tests. Could this mean that he's not studying right?

A: One common issue that Middle School students face is that they will sometimes score high on homework but score more in the average range on tests and quizzes. Part of the reason why is that beginning at the Middle School level, information that has been presented in class and practiced on the homework is expected to be applied during a test or quiz. That can be more difficult and is usually a new educational technique that Middle School students are still learning. It is part of the growth that is expected in preparation of high school and beyond.

One technique that you can help your child with at home is the three day study plan. If your child has several days to prepare for a big test or exam, try this simple way to break up the study tasks:

  • Three days before the test: Have your child re-read the key textbook chapters or her class notes. The student also can do some of the supplemental materials such as review PowerPoints, play Quia games, or make note cards.
  • Two days before: Ask your child to recite key points out loud without looking at her notes or in her textbook. Then have her refer back to them. Did she remember correctly?
  • The day before: After school tutorial will be the key in targeting the information that will be on the test. Again, some teachers provide practice worksheets/study guides or online games through Edline, so have your child work on these. On questions that she misses, have her re-read key points in the text or her notes. 
  • The day of the test: Encourage her to skim her notes or note cards over breakfast or on the ride to school in the morning. If she's anxious, skip the last-minute studying and help her just breathe and relax. At this point, she should know the material and be confident enough to demonstrate it on the test.

Club Updates

Social Studies Club:

Veterans Day was November 11, and the Social Studies Club is teaming up with Operation Gratitude to sponsor a letter-writing campaign. This is open to ANY Middle School student who would like to write a letter or note of encouragement and/or thanks to a veteran. Letters are due by November 21. See Mrs. Crawford in Room 217 for more information. 

German Club:

Anyone interested in Germany or the German language is welcome to attend German Club meetings. To find out when and where, see Mrs. O'Sullivan in Room 205 for a permission slip.

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
:
Bandrowksi- $105.00
Barber- $7.00
Crawford- $115.00
Davis- $8.31
Hildebrand- $30.00
Hutchison- $25.75
Jefferson- $87.50
Khoury- $20.00
McNeill- $100.00
Ragan- $5.00
Seigler- $144.87
Stratton- $10.00
Tarraso- $5.00
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 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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:

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 

GMEA: All-State

Good luck to the following WAMS Chorus students who will audition in the 1st round of the All-State competition this weekend:

Brandon Smith
Avinash Chugani
Armaan Ajani
Akhila Madichetty
Hope Englert
McGarrah Walker
Mackenzie McDade-Hill
Ryann Phillips 

WAMS Brag Box

Did your child recently do something cool that we should know about, such as go on a mission trip or perform a service project? Did your child finish a big race? Did your child recently have a big piano recital?

We want to brag about our students! In an effort for us to know more about the lives of our students, in and out of school, we are introducing the Middle School Brag Box. Please let us know about some of the cool and amazing things that your child does in school and away from school.
Click here to tell us more and to help us brag on your child.

 

Jock Journal

Swimming

Woodward MS swim team competed at the Westminster Invitational on Saturday. The team finished third combined with a second place finish on the boys side and a fourth place finish from the girls. Top ten finishers include:

200 Medley Relay - 4th place
1) Emma Gallagher    2) Samantha Humphrey
3) Passy Mason          4) Caroline Garvey

200 Medley Relay - 1st place 1:54.65 - BROKE SCHOOL RECORD
1) Foster Barnard       2) Emanuel Abdul-Salaam
3) Jacob Willis            4) Mercer Roberts

200 Freestyle- 1st place Jacob Willis
200 IM- 3rd place Passy Mason
200 IM- 3rd place Foster Barnard
50 Free- 4th place Caroline Garvey
50 Free- 1st place Emanuel Abdul-Salaam
100 Fly- 2nd place Passy Mason
100 Fly- 2nd place Jacob Willis
100 Free- 6th place Katie Berkowitz and 10th place Caroline Garvey
100 Free- 5th place Mercer Roberts
500 Free- 8th place Katie Berkowitz

200 Free Relay- 6th place
1) Stuart James    2) Trevor Muirhead
3) Cole King          4) Reagan Watson

100 Backstroke- 5th place Emma Gallagher
100 Backstroke- 2nd place Foster Barnard
100 Breaststroke- 1st place Emanuel Abdul-Salaam SCHOOL RECORD

400 Free Relay- 2nd place
1) Caroline Garvey    2) Katie Berkowitz
3) Emma Gallagher   4) Passy Mason

400 Free Relay- 1st place SCHOOL RECORD

1) Jacob Willis           2) Foster Barnard
3) Mercer Roberts     4) Emanuel Abdul-Salaam

Personal records were accomplished by the following swimmers: Brooklyn Carr, Shreya Dhanani, Ella Bennett, Mary Carol Huntz, Will Reese, Parker Mitchell, Brandon Veale, Reagan Watson, Jacob Willis (100 fly), Josie Pickett, Nitya Rajeev, Carolyn Koch, Caroline Marinac, Katie Berkowitz, Avinash Chugani, Mercer Roberts (500 free), Samantha Humphrey, Emma Gallagher, Cole King, Anya Vijayvergiya and Julia Phillips.

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

Nov 24 Mon

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

Nov 25 Tue

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

Nov 26 Wed

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

Nov 27 Thu

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

Nov 28 Fri

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

Dec 1 Mon

MS Edline Reports

Dec 2 Tue

MS Parent Coffee

Location: MS Cafeteria
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

MS Parent Coffee

Location: Chapel Activity Room
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dec 4 Thu

Parent Programming - “Raising Digital Natives: Using Technology to Build & Develop Executive Functioning Skills”, Gail Flanigan, Ph.D.

Location: Woodward North Campus

More Information

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Our children are immersed in the digital world. Technology has great potential to manage and build executive functioning skills and has the added advantage of being natural and motivating for today’s students. This presentation will explore executive functioning skills as it pertains to technology. Parents will gain an understanding of both positive and negatives aspects of technology on skill development while also gaining practical suggestions for helping their child progress academically.

Register to attend!

Young Choreographer's Showcase Assembly

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
4:15 PM
Dec 5 Fri

Young Choreographer's Showcase

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
7:00 PM
Dec 6 Sat

MS All State Band Auditions

Location: Perry Middle School
Dec 7 Sun

MS Band Concert

Location: Gresham Chapel
2:30 PM
Dec 8 Mon

PS, LS, MS, US Private Piano Recital - Thompson Studio, 4:00pm & 6:30pm

Location: Gresham Chapel

News from Woodward 360

Newsletter last updated:  

November 20, 2014

 

Upcoming MS Events

Nov 24 Mon

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

Nov 25 Tue

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

Nov 26 Wed

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

Nov 27 Thu

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

Nov 28 Fri

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

Dec 1 Mon

MS Edline Reports

Dec 2 Tue

MS Parent Coffee Exam Meeting

Location: Middle School

MS Parent Coffee

Location: MS Cafeteria
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

MS Parent Coffee

Location: Chapel Activity Room
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dec 4 Thu

Parent Programming - “Raising Digital Natives: Using Technology to Build & Develop Executive Functioning Skills”, Gail Flanigan, Ph.D.

Location: Woodward North Campus

More Information

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Young Choreographer's Showcase Assembly

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
4:15 PM

Boys 8th Grade Basketball vs. Marist(Regular Season)

Location: HOME
4:30 PM

Girls 8th Grade Basketball vs. Marist(Regular Season)

Location: HOME
4:30 PM

MS Wrestling -Landmark & St. Pius(Regular Season) at (Landmark Christian)

Location: AWAY
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM


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Upcoming MS Volunteer Opportunities

Dec 2 Tue

MS Parent Coffee Exam Meeting

Location: Middle School
Dec 10 Wed

MS Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

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Dec 17 Wed

MS Exam Biscuits

Dec 19 Fri

MS Holiday Decoration Removal

Location: Middle School