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Upper Update

Updated January, 2018

My Name My Story – Campus Leadership Training

Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 are invited to register for a one-day leadership training program called My Name My Story – Changemaker Day. My Name My Story develops changemakers based on the belief that stories inspire empathy and empathy drives change. At this workshop, students will engage in developing 21st century leadership skills of empathy, teamwork, and innovation.

The all-day workshop will take place on Friday, March 9, 2018 on the Upper School campus. This is the first day of spring break, so before heading out of town, we encourage all students in grades 9 – 11 to consider this wonderful opportunity. You can find out more about My Name My Story by visiting THEIR WEBSITE.

Students can register by going to Register early as space is limited. Please direct any questions to

Counseling Corner

The Counseling Department periodically shares parenting tips and information with parents. Here is an article that a parent passed along that shows the consequences of living in a social media world today. Please read and have open conversations with the young people in your lives. The counselors are happy to discuss the article with parents as well, so don't hesitate to contact us to share your thoughts.

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

Make Your Gift To The Woodward Fund Before December 31

If you have not done so already, please join our many donors who receive tax deductions when they make year-end gifts to The Woodward Fund. Mailed gifts postmarked on or before December 30 will be receipted as a 2017 gift, as will online gifts made by 11:59 p.m. on December 31.

To make a gift, visit or mail your gift to: Woodward Academy, Office of Advancement, 1662 Rugby Avenue, College Park, GA 30337. Please remember that gifts of securities require special instructions and a lead time of several days to be counted for 2017.

Additionally, the Office of Advancement will be open December 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to noon to assist with year-end giving. For assistance during the school’s holiday break, contact Claire Hegarty, Director of Advancement, at 404.765.4043 or

Thank you for your generous support of our students and teachers! Your donation is a gift that lasts throughout the year.

Taggart's Drivers Education Class

Taggart's Drivers Education Classes will be offered during the school year. Complete information may be found here.

Upper School Daily Schedule

The Upper School Daily Schedule may be found here, and the Upper School monthly calendar may be found here.

Text Notifications - Update Your Info

In order to receive text messages from Woodward Academy, including student transport notifications and weather-related alerts, please make sure your cell phone number is up-to-date by visiting the Parent Portal and clicking on "Update My Contact Information."

From the Dean of Students Office

Please be reminded of these important items:

School Uniforms

As we turn towards the cooler months of the season, students are reminded that all uniform choices should align with the Woodward Academy Uniform policy. Please be sure to verify whether you comply before arriving at school. Once on campus, students are expected to be in uniform through the end of the school day. Beginning January 3, 2018, we will be in formal uniform dress (male students in blazer or letter jacket and tie, female students in button down shirt with blazer or letter jacket). Formal uniforms will be worn until spring break.

Substance Testing

Last fall, Woodward Academy presented enhancements to our current substance testing initiative that introduced follicle (hair) testing as an accompaniment to our current urine testing for Upper School students. The enhancements began last spring and will continue throughout the 2017-18 academic year. Within the first 30 days of school, approximately one quarter of the Upper School student body will be selected at random to submit to a follicle sample. For the remainder of the year, students will be follicle tested and urine tested in much smaller groups under the direction of the Dean of Students’ office.

Parents and students can find more information regarding our substance testing initiative in the Student/Parent Handbook located on the Woodward Academy Upper School website.

BYOD/Cell Phone Policy

2017-18 marks the first full academic year of Woodward Academy's "Bring Your Own Device" standard. This change creates opportunities for students to utilize laptops and approved tablets for academic purposes throughout the day. It is important to note, however, that cell phones are not considered acceptable devices. Students are not allowed to use cell phones during the school day (8:20 a.m.-3:20 p.m.). Cell phones should remain locked in a locker during this time. It is our hope that the absence of cell phones will cut down on social media distractions, texting, disruptive alarms and rings during class, and general daytime distractions.

Upper School Testing Philosophy

The Upper School testing philosophy may be found here.

Phoenix Yearbook

Purchase the 2018 Phoenix yearbook at

The yearbook staff wants to include pictures of and stories about your kids! Right now, we are looking for information about summer travels and activities, eclipse experiences, and the first day of school. Please email your info to the yearbook coordinator of your school:

US Phoenix -
MS Nicholas Widener -
WN Kaye Brinson -
LS Jacob Edminson -
PS Michelle Nestlehutt -

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.

Student Transportation Driver of the Month

Each month, our Student Transportation team rewards two drivers of the month who have gone above and beyond in their daily mission of getting your children to school safely and on time. The drivers honored this month are Gwendolyn Burnett and Caroline Watson-Seal. Each driver will receive a "Driver of the Month" magnet to place on their bus. Congratulations to both!

Security Reminder

Parents, please sign in at your child's school each time you visit and clearly display your visitor badge while you are on campus. Thank you.

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