- Thursday, April 29: Late Start Day
- Friday, April 30: All Remote Day
- Wednesday, May 12: Exam Review Day
- Thursday, May 13: Late Start Day/Exam Review Day
- Friday, May 14: Exam Review Day/Early Dismissal 11:45
- May 17-20: Exams/Early Dismissal 11:45
- Friday, May 21: Teacher Work Day
If you were unable to attend our registration meetings this week, you may access the recordings of each below. Additionally, click here to access the Middle School curriculum guide, which contains detailed information about courses and electives.
8th grade parents,
If you were unable to join the Upper School administration for the rising 9th grade webinar, you may access the recordings below for more information on registration, learning support and accommodations.
Middle School Principal
We will hold spring exams. Our 7th graders will have three exams in English, Math, and Social Studies, while our 8th graders will have four: English, Math, Social Studies, and Science. Students in literature, Spanish, and French will take end of term assessments at an earlier time. Unlike in the fall, we will not have final projects.
The schedule for the final two weeks of the school year is as follows:
Greetings Woodward Academy Community,
I cannot believe it’s already April 2021! And while so much continues to occur in the world, I remain inspired by the compassion of our students each day and their willingness to share their beautiful traditions with one another. For instance, a few of our students participated in this video highlighting Navroz, Passover, Holi, and Easter!
As we move through April, I am eager for our students to share about the following religious observances:
- April 1 (Christianity) - Holy (Maundy) Thursday commemorates the washing of the feet and the institution of the Lord’s Supper by Jesus.
- April 2 (Christianity) - Holy (Good) Friday commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ.
- April 4 (Christianity) - Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and initiates the 50-day period of Pentecost.
- April 4 (Judaism) - This is the final day of Passover, commemorating the departure of the Israelites from Egypt.
- April 8 (Judaism) - Yom HaShoah is held in memory of the six million Jews who died as victims of Nazi atrocities.
- April 13-May 12 (Islam) - Ramadan is a time of self-examination and religious devotion, during which Muslims do not eat or drink from the first sign of dawn until sunset.
- April 14 (Hinduism & Sikhism) - Vaisakhi is the first day of the solar new year, celebrating the harvest.
- April 26 (Buddhism) - Theravada New Year is celebrated as the new year for Theravada Buddhists, beginning with first full moon day in
April and continuing for three days.
I pray you’ve experienced a positive start to 2021, as I know 2020 provided greater challenges than we possibly could have imagined. Please know that if you are struggling with your spiritual or mental health, you are not alone. I am always in your corner if you would like a little additional support. I am meeting with Lower School, Primary School, and Woodward North classes this Spring to help students focus on self-compassion. I am happy to continue to have these conversations with any of our students, employees, or families.
Rev. Katie O'Dunne (she/her)
Chaplain K, Woodward Academy Chaplain
The Pauline and R.L. Brand Jr. '35 Chair of Religious Studies
On March 29-31, we administered the ERB/CPT 5 tests to all on campus students. The scores from the ERBs will assist teachers in determining class placement for the next academic year. Although no preparation was needed on the part of students, these tests are designed to give us a snapshot of how each student is understanding the material thus far, and also gives us a helpful overview of our grade level progress as a whole so that we can make informed decisions about our curriculum and pacing. While we hope our students did their best, we also want to acknowledge that these tests do not capture their abilities as a whole student and whole person and that their teachers will take their performance over the course of the entire year along with their ERB scores to make placement recommendations.
- Don't forget our Middle School Meetups, organized by our Peer helpers, so that all of our students, remote or in person, have the opportunity to remotely gather and socialize twice a month. On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month Peer leaders host “Meetups” and play games (with prizes!) with any and all Middle School students who wish to join. Meetups are held after school after students have had time to get home and relax for a bit. Have your students listen for Meetup Announcements and check their emails for the Meetup invitations!
- Finally, we want to help ensure that all of our families have access to resources to support your children and yourselves while we are still grappling with COVID-19. Check out the awesome and hopefully helpful information here in the CDC’s COVID-19 Parent Resources Kit.
- Check out the Parent Survival Guide for some suggestions on how to help your teens and tween navigate Middle School and hopefully maintain some peace in your homes!
Dr. Naima Williams
7th Grade Counselor 404-765-4437
8th Grade Counselor 404-765-4436
Stay Engaged with the Parent Community
Keep up with all the Parent Community news, events and volunteer opportunities by visiting the Parent Community website and following us on Facebook and Instagram. Being involved with the Parent Community is a great way to get to know other parents and enrich campus life.
We continue to try and manage our online and onsite learners the very best way possible and having consistency within those two groups is key to that success. To this end, we have set some guidelines regarding attendance that will be helpful in allowing us to maintain quality of instruction, and indeed, our sanity. See below.
ATTENDANCE: First, if your child is really not feeling well, let’s not forget the old-fashioned sick days. They should not come to school, and it may be best to take a break from the screen and get some rest.
- In-person learners who do not physically come to school will be marked absent. These will be coded as ‘absent-medical’ and will not count against them.
- In-person learners will not be allowed to take assessments, quizzes, etc. at home and should make arrangements with the teacher to make it up when they return.
- Tardies: Recently, we have seen an increase in students learning remotely being tardy to class. While there may be valid reasons for this, often it is because students have lost track of time. Please know that tardies disrupt the teaching & learning process, so students who are tardy will no longer be admitted to class. They will be considered absent.
- Leaving Early: Students who leave class early without teacher permission will be counted as absent.
- Cameras Off: Some students have not been leaving their cameras on when learning from home. Again, on occasion there is a reason for this - perhaps they’re working in another app or the teacher has given them permission to do so. However, often, when teachers attempt to contact the students or engage them in class discussions, students are not responding, leading us to believe that their attention is elsewhere. Please note that students should leave their cameras on unless given permission to turn it off.
Magnus COVID Screening Instructions
- For safety purposes, we are using the Magnus app for our COVID pre screening each school day. It is important for all students to be screened prior to arriving on campus. Attached, you will find the directions, so that perhaps this weekend, you might have the time to practice using it. If you have difficulty with the Magnus app, please reach out to our middle school nurse for assistance - MaryRaine.Whyte@woodward.edu.
Absences & Early Dismissal
An absence is excused when the school receives a note or phone call from the parent or legal guardian explaining the absence, or a note from the doctor showing attendance for an appointment.
- In the case of an illness, the need to leave early or late arrival due to an appointment, the parent or guardian should call the front office (404-765-4430) or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publix Partners: Keep Shopping!
Over the years, Publix has donated more than $36 million to different schools and organizations. It’s easy! Enroll at www.publix.com/partners, select your school and enter your phone number at checkout. So keep shopping and turn your groceries into education! Thank you for your participation.