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Updated December 14, 2017

Notes from Notestine

Holiday Season

Each year, come December, people of different faiths and cultures celebrate the winter holidays in many different ways. At Woodward, we value our diversity. It is interesting to hear about all the different ways our kids celebrate, but more importantly, what we all have in common. What has been refreshing to me in talking to our kids about how they celebrate is that the focus is always on family. In asking the kids what they will be doing over break, I have noted that many spoke of traveling to grandparents or being with their extended family. Notice I did not ask them what they “want” for the holiday. I focused my questions on what they would be “doing” to celebrate. The holiday season offers a perfect opportunity to show love and respect to all members of the family, especially the elderly members. No matter how you and your family choose to celebrate the holidays, do not get caught up with the “things"; rather, focus on your family. Continue old family traditions and begin creating new ones for your family. My kids still talk about our tradition of attending the Christmas Eve candlelight service at our church. My wish for all of you is to focus on family and enjoy the ride!

Three Good Reasons Not to Give Kids Too Many Presents


  • Friday, December 15 - Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, December 18 - No School (Winter Break Begins)
  • Tuesday, January 2 - No School (Teacher Work Day)
  • Wednesday, January 3 - School Back in Session
  • Thursday, January 4 - Welcome Back Hot Cocoa Party

    Holidays Around the World

    The Social Studies Club held its annual “Holidays Around the World Party” on Thursday, Dec. 7. Members brought in food that reflects their heritage. Students feasted on Asian eggrolls, English biscuits, Icelandic fish skins & butter, Indian Halva, Native American popcorn, Nigerian chicken & rice, Pakistani nan and dip, cheese & pistachio pies, Scottish shortbread, Serbian Lenja Pita, cherry pie, corn bread, Caribbean coconut macaroons, and so much more. Thank you to all who worked so hard to prepare the wonderful food! Everything was delicious, and the members enjoyed trying new dishes and socializing with their friends.

    Increase the impact of your Woodward Fund Gift!

    Thank you to all that have made a gift to this school year’s Woodward Fund. If you have not yet, please make your gift today at and watch your dollars grow! Through December 31, Martha Clinkscales and David Forquer (parents of Rush ’22) will match up to $25 of each gift made by other Middle School families. Your generosity will be multiplied! If you have any questions, please contact Claire Hegarty, Director of Advancement, at or 404-765-4043.

    Executive Function-After School Workshop

    Is your student struggling with Organization, Time Management, or Study Skills? W3 Connections is hosting an extended version of our workshop series on Thursdays after school exclusively for Woodward Academy Middle School students. Students will learn and practice specific organization techniques, how to effectively manage their time and tasks, as well as forecast study actions. Students will be introduced to specific study techniques, develop study tools, work collaboratively with peers to develop those tools, and practice measuring their knowledge. They will use hands-on practice with their own academics assignments. Class is capped at 10 students.

    • When: January 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 8, 15, 22 from 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. (Thursdays)
    • Where: Woodward Middle School
    • Cost: $525 per student.

    Parents will receive a summary email with follow up steps and/or video link of what was covered in class and how to follow through at home.

    Sign up here with our Workshop Registration Link

    Work Smarter - Be a More Effective Student!

    Woodward is Disney-Bound! MS STEM

    The STEM Department at Woodward Academy is hosting a Disney STEM Trip Jan 12 -15 as a part of our Youth Education Series. During this trip students will attend multiple Disney technology workshops where they will learn about the technology behind Disney’s great attractions. Students will also be given a day pass to explore and have fun with all the attractions found at Disney World. We will be staying on site where students will get to eat and enjoy Disney’s state of the art resort right on Disney grounds.”

    This trip will be open to all middle school students as we are looking to increase our volume of Student participation in STEM based electives and extracurricular activities. Please contact Mr. Makkers at for further information.

    Sign Up Here!

    Trip Overview

    Woodward Academy Major Dates for 2018-2019

    For those who'd like to get started on planning for next year, please take a look at Woodward Academy's major dates for the 2018-2019 school year.

    Big Chill Tickets On Sale

    (Thank you to our headlining sponsor, Delta)

    A limited number of tickets are now available for Woodward parents to attend the annual Big Chill event on Friday, February 23, 7:30 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium! Join the Woodward Alumni Association for an evening of food, fun, cocktails, and a chance to bid in our silent auction--all in support of need-based financial aid. Purchase tickets or an event sponsorship today by visiting For more information or details on sponsor benefits, call 404.765.4038 or email

    Woodward Middle School Attendance Policy

    Parents, please note: If your child is sick or is going to miss school, we request that you email the school at or call the Middle School office at 404.765.4430 between 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. to inform us.

    Woodward Academy Middle School 2017 - 2018 Parent Community Contacts

    Share Your Child's Achievements

    Woodward's Marketing & Communications office is looking for news and stories from around the Academy! If your child has received a special honor, award, or has recently achieved something noteworthy, please email the team at You are encouraged to send photos to accompany your stories as well.

    Stories are used to update Our Latest News, content for the Academy's blog Beyond the Gate, press releases for the media, and posts on Woodward's social media pages. And be sure to follow @WoodwardAcademy on Twitter and Instagram, too!

    I Wonder...

    Have you ever wondered about any of your child's Woodward Academy experiences? Have you had any ideas or comments you wanted to share but no idea where to send them? We've created an “I Wonder” form in the Parent Portal to provide you with an opportunity to stay engaged throughout the year, rather than just at parent meetings. We invite you to share thoughts, reflections, and questions. Input can be anonymous, or you can include your email address if you would like a reply.

    This “I Wonder” form is intended for questions/comments about the Academy as a whole. Please continue to consult your child’s teacher if you have a question or comment about your child’s specific class.

    Publix Partners

    Publix has contributed over $15 million to schools in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. Our Middle School has now received over $5,000 since the inception of this program. Please continue to use your Woodward Middle School card when checking out at Publix. Cards are available at the front desk of the Middle School Office. We thank all of our parents who are supporting the MS while shopping at Publix.

    Counselor Corner

    Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 21 at 8:30 a.m. when our Parent Community will be hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary “Screenagers.” Parents have continued to ask us about resources to better understand and monitor their children’s access to technology and this film explores these issues in depth. There will be a panel discussion following the screening and we are very hopeful for a large turnout. Please register for this event here. Additionally, you may view the preview for the film using this link. We look forward to seeing you there!

    In the meantime you can check out some parent technology resources to help you monitor your child’s technology use here. Here is also some more information about the effects of technology use in teens and the Scary truth about what is hurting kids.

    Meredith Draper, 7th Grade Counselor

    Naima Williams, 8th Grade Counselor

    Middle School Clubs

    MS clubs began meeting in early September. Download the full list of our many clubs and their descriptions HERE.


    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 Raffle, our school-wide can-a-thon at Thanksgiving, Secret Santa for 35 area foster children, and several other activities to honor our Woodward neighbors, teachers, faculty, and support staff. We also collect money for our sister school in Terranova. The money collected helps to support and provide educational opportunities as well medical facilities and supplies for the people of Terranova. Our pennies and change ultimately provide hope for these people that can only be achieved through education.

    Sponsors: Beth Wade, Janie Finch, Sandy Hildebrand, and George Dietz.

    Homeroom Balances:
    Anderson: $65.00
    Crawford: $5.00
    Healan: $14.56
    Henderson: $60.99
    Hildebrand: $5.00
    Hill: $50.00
    Holland: $15.00
    Lee: $15.00
    Owens: $16.25
    Pace: $55.00
    Stewart: $40.00
    Stratton: $20.82
    Toomey: $60.05
    Trotter: 5.12
    Wade: $10

    Tech Club

    If you would like to be in the Hi-Tech technology club please email Mr. Shaver your name and homeroom,, so he can add you to the club Haiku page.

    Yearbook Club

    The yearbook club is a new club this year that will allow Middle School students to help create the yearbook. Students will write, design, and photograph content for the MS sections of the yearbook.

    Drama Club

    Junior Thespians, also known as the Drama Club meet in Richardson 168, the Black Box Theatre, during Homeroom Study Hall. All students interested in joining the club are welcome!

    Social Studies Club

    Any student in the Middle School who is interested in joining the Social Studies Club should stop by Room 217 for more information. Our meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month. Students are welcome to join until September 10.

    Robotics Team

    The Robotics Team will meet under the guidance of Mr. Marshall and Mr. Makkers (room 212). Please stop by for more information.

    Magic Club

    Magic Club is the opportunity for students to learn some magical effects with ordinary objects like cards, coins, rubber bands, rope, paper, etc. Students will enjoy learning the effects and at the same time learn to present the tricks with entertaining presentations. Also, over the course of the year, we will have several guest magicians perform for the club. The club will meet every two weeks in room 314. Coach Widener is the sponsor of the club. He has been performing and teaching magic for more than 30 years.

    French Club

    Students in MS 7P, 8P, or 8H French class are eligible to be in French Club. We will meet during Homeroom Study Hall or after school in room 205 and will have a limited number of participants for each event. Please see Madame O'Sullivan for more information. We do not meet on any set day for events and attendance is not mandatory. Some of our past events included making chocolate fondue, a dessert cook-off, French movie party, and art projects.


    The Middle School Five Points Club develops student leaders and an inclusive environment through self-evaluating exercises, community-building events, and small group activities. Through a Strengths Finder survey (Gallup Organization), students learn their individual strengths and how to minimize their weaknesses. Students participate in the creative development and organization of campus events such as the annual Week of Understanding. In small group meetings, students have the opportunity for discussion and team-building, which promotes communication skills, empathy, and understanding. It is a year of self-discovery, acknowledging others’ perspectives, and personal growth.

    Environmental Club -- Green Team

    Concerned about your carbon footprint? Join the Green Team! We recycle at school, support the efforts of different environmental organizations, and are always on the lookout for green ideas. Meetings are held every first and third Wednesday of each month during Homeroom Study Hall. See Mrs. McCreery, room 321, for more information.

    MS Upcoming Events

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