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Updated March 8, 2018

Notes from Notestine

Looking Ahead: The last Nine Weeks!

Danger! The warmer springtime air has a tendency to cause spring fever! Spring fever happens when the Middle School mind begins to wander from school and homework due to increased sunlight. It is sometimes easier to study when it is wet and cold outside, but as the temperatures warms, it can be challenging for our kids to maintain motivation. Despite the fact that motivation naturally lessens in kids after spring break, it is also the time of the year where there are many important academic hurdles to complete. These include term papers, standardized tests, major projects, exams, and, of course, the normal daily homework assignments. Spring is also the time where many kids are involved in spring sports (almost 300), Week of Understanding activities, the Middle School play, the Performing Arts Disney trip, or 8th grade Savannah trip.

So what can parents do to help lessen spring fever? Here are six tips from Melissa A. Kay:

1. Be a good role model. Make a pact with your child. When you both finish your schoolwork or chores, you will do something fun together.

2. Discuss rules and expectations. Remind your child of what you expect and what he or she can expect. Talk about it and write up a plan.

3. Stick to routines. It is super important to keep bedtime the same, staying on a schedule that will help avoid focusing issues. Do not over-schedule if possible.

4. Use reminder tools. Use the iPad for apps and checklists to motivate your child to remain on task and get the job done.

5. Encourage exercise. Encourage your child to stay active. For most of our WAMS kids this is not a problem, as we are almost too active.

6. Keep schoolwork as a priority. Keep reminding (not nagging) your child that the goal is in sight but they need to finish strong.

Your Middle School teachers are well aware of spring fever. We will do all we can to plan lessons that capture our students’ energy, stretch their minds, and keep them engaged. Working together, we can help our students finish strong and enjoy the ride through spring fever!

    Upcoming Important Dates

    • Friday, March 9 - Professional Development Day (no school for students)
    • Monday, March 19 - Classes resume. Students should report wearing the fall/spring uniform. Wear those golf shirts!
    • Tuesday, March 20 - Week of Understanding Assembly. As part of the WOU, Middle School students will attend an assembly with Ms. Glantz, a holocaust survivor. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend. Champions Gym, 2:15 p.m.
    • Thursday, March 22 - Middle School Dance Concert (MS girls will perform for their peers at 2:15)
    • Friday, March 23 - Middle School Dance Concert, 7 p.m. Richardson Theater

    Final Exams

    The Middle School has decided to change the format for exams as a result of feedback from parents, teachers, and students. Beginning in May, students will take one exam per day beginning Friday, May 18, and these are the benefits:

    • students with accommodations will be able to keep working until they finish that day’s exam
    • teachers will hold two tutorials for the following day’s exam
    • it will mirror the US exam schedule of one exam per day

    During exam week, teachers will split their class load into two tutorials, and students will have the option each day to attend a tutorial. If a student uses all of the alloted time for accommodations, he/she will be able to attend Tutorial B. At 11:45 each day, students will be dismissed, and there will not be a study hall option. We feel it is in the best interest of our students to go home and have down time and then continue studying for the next day’s exam. The last day of school for all MS students is Thursday, May 24.

    Daily Schedule: Friday, May 18 - Thursday, May 24

    Auditions for 30 Reasons Not to be in a Play!

    When: Monday, March 5, 3:45 - 5:45
    • (optional) Tuesday, March 6, 3:45 - 5:45 3rd Floor Richardson Hall

    Where: 3rd Floor Richardson Hall

    Do not come late! Please arrive by 3:50, as we will have an information session at the beginning of the time slot each day. Please come Monday if you can; Tuesday is our optional day for those who might be absent on Monday.


    All 7th and 8th graders are invited to audition and sign up for crew positions. Year-Long Drama students and Junior Thespians are strong encouraged. We will cast the strongest candidates with the most commitment. This is a competitive process.

    There is no need to prepare, as we will be reading sides from the script, both scenes and monologues.


    Please show up on Monday and fill out the paperwork. Ms. Mc will pass along interested students to Mr. Williams, our technical director.


    If you have conflicts with the following dates you can not be considered for the production:

    • Friday, May 4, after school
    • Saturday, May 5, all day from 10 to 6
    • Monday, May 7, after school
    • Tuesday, May 8, after school
    • Wednesday, May 9, school day performances
    • Thursday, May 10, show closes in the evening


    France. Switzerland. Italy. The French Riviera. Monaco. Paris. Eiffel Tower. TGV fast train. Chocolate factory visit. Alpine luge roller coaster. French Alps. Chamonix. Italy. Nice.

    If you are a 7th grader interested in traveling to France & Switzerland NEXT YEAR for spring break--come to room 205 to pick up an INTEREST LETTER for your parents. You can bring me a signed letter or have your parent email me to get a REGISTRATION FOLDER with teacher recommendation forms. This is a trip open to ALL 7th graders. There will be 38 seats available.


    Jock Journal

    Congrats to our 8th grade golf duo of Aly Francis and Sierra Kvidt, who shot a 2 under par round of 70 in Jekyll Island to finish in a tie for 5th in a 74-team Varsity field. What a great start to the golf season!

    Congratulations to Black Baseball, who won against St Pius 8-7!

    Congratulations to the Boys Lacrosse team for their 7-2 victory over Riverwood! The team has a 3-1 record so far this season.

    Saturday the MS track team competed in the Marietta invitation. 12 teams competed. Congratulations to the boys, who placed 3rd, and the girls, who placed 5th. All runners did well. The following scored points for WA:


    • Rhian Richardson 8th 100 m, 6th Triple Jump
    • Dillyn Green 1st 200 m
    • Sara Lewis 8th 200m, 6th 400m
    • Anna Wylder 8th 400m, 6th High Jump
    • Willow Tate 8th High Jump
    • Ansley Kendall 5th Long Jump
    • Sydney Bowles 3rd Triple Jump
    • Miranda Merchant 7th Shot Put, 7th Discus
    • Girls 4x100 A team 7th and B team 8th
    • 4x400 team 4th


    • Cameron Cainion 1st 100m, 1st 200m, 3rd Long Jump
    • Ira Alston 4th 100m, 4th 200m, 6th Long Jump
    • Alok John 1st 400m, 6th 200m
    • Avery Smith 5th 400m, 6th High Jump
    • Jansen Nickell 6th 3200m
    • Carey Carter 1st High Jump, 2nd Triple Jump
    • Tyler Kelley 8th Shot Put
    • Jayan Srinivasan 5th Discus
    • Boys 4x100 team 2nd and 5th
    • 4x400 team 3rd and 8th

    Congrats to the MS boys and girls track teams, who were victorious in defeating Whitfield Academy, Lovett, and Pace on Wednesday night! 1st place Winners were Saraiah Kornegay, Anna Wylder, Peyton Funderburk, Sarai Davis, Miranda Merchant, Alok John, Roman Holder, AJ Hoffler, and Nicho Coleman.

    • Both boys and girls 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams placed first.
    • No practice today. Practice resumes Monday, March 19!


    • 1st Place Woodward: 108
    • 2nd Place Whitefield Academy: 50
    • 3rd Place Lovett: 45
    • 4th Place Pace Academy: 9


    • 1st Place Woodward: 108.5
    • 2nd Place Whitefield Academy: 56
    • 3rd Place Pace Academy: 41
    • 4th Place Lovett: 29.5

    ATL Airport District Restaurant Week

    The fifth annual ATL Airport District Restaurant Week will take place Saturday, March 17, to Sunday, March 25. Restaurant week will include the dining destinations of College Park, East Point, the newly added Hapeville, and Union City. Experience all of the delicious cuisine the District has to offer with prix fixe menu prices of $9, $19, or $29, or signature dishes for 20% off. Participants can dine at unique local restaurants for lunch or dinner. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax, and gratuity.

    This year’s participating restaurants to-date include: Apron, Arches Brewing, Corner Tavern, Bole Ethiopian, Chapman Drugs, Duck Club Speakeasy, Grecian Gyro, Hattie Marie’s, Kafenio, Kupcakerie, Louisiana Bistreaux, Malone’s, Manchester Arms, Nancy’s Pizza, The Pig and the Pint, Radial Café, Ronaldo’s Resto Bar, Silver’s Delight, the Corner Grille, Urban Foodie Feed Store, and Voya Café.

    “Like” the ATL Airport District Restaurant Week page on Facebook to stay in the know regarding all things restaurant week!

    Transportation Services Info

    As a growing number of our students use services such as Uber, Lyft, taxis, private car services, and other similar means of transportation, please note that these forms of transportation are not sanctioned by Woodward Academy, and as such, patronage is at parental discretion.

    Register for Woodward Summer Camps!

    Where can my children spend their days exploring, discovering, and learning about the world around them? Who will take the time to appreciate their unique qualities and personalities? Who will ensure that my children have fun and learn in an enriching environment? Who will care for them when I can't be there?

    Woodward Academy Summer Camp is the answer! Parents can rest assured knowing their children are growing their minds, building character, and developing skills—all while making new friends and unforgettable memories.


    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.

    Chaplain's Corner

    Greetings Woodward Academy Community,

    I am looking forward to many religious celebrations and times of reflection in our different traditions during the month of March! Chaplain’s Council student leaders are kicking off the month of March by discussing Holi, the Festival of Colors, with our Primary School and Lower School students. We also look forward to leading two Interfaith Prayer Services and other religious understanding initiatives on campus.

    Since our community celebrates and reflects on many holy times, Upper School religious leaders have selected particular observances to highlight each month. Throughout the month of March, students in our community will observe the following:

    • March 1 (Judaism) - Purim celebrates victory over an oppressive ruler, as related in the Book of Esther
    • March 2 (Hinduism) - Holi welcomes Spring with this special Festival of Colors
    • March 14 (Sikhism) - Sikh New Year’s Day marks the beginning of the year 550 of the Nanakshahi Era
    • March 25 (Christianity) - Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and begins Holy Week
    • March 26 (Hinduism) - Rama Navami celebrates the birth of Rama
    • March 29 (Christianity) - Maundy Thursday marks the institution of the Lord’s Supper by Jesus
    • March 30 (Christianity) - Good Friday commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ
    • March 31-April 7 (Judaism) - Passover commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt

    Please feel free to visit our Interfaith Initiatives page to see upcoming events this semester or to share a prayer request.


    Rev. Katie O. Kilpatrick (Chaplain K)
    Woodward Academy Chaplain

    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.

    Semester 1 Eagle Rolls

    8th Grade Gold
    8th Grade Silver
    7th Grade Gold
    7th Grade Silver

    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

    We are cruising through second semester and cannot believe Spring Break is right around the corner! When we return from the break, we will be continuing standardized testing with ERBs on March 26, 27, and 28. We ask that you please avoid scheduling any foreseeable absences or appointments during that time, as it can be difficult and stressful for students to schedule makeup testing for these examinations.

    In talking with many of our students and faculty members, it seems as though the long, cold winter has brought about some premature spring fever. Several students have found themselves distracted and a little less motivated to complete their work than usual. We strongly encourage our students to have a good plan of attack for getting their homework done on time. This may mean writing down assignments in a single location so that they can be referenced and checked off more easily. It may be a good idea for students to write out a daily schedule. Do not forget to schedule in time for breaks, but make sure that work time is actual work time! It can be all too tempting to get lost in distractions when working on iPads, so sometimes it helps our students stay focused if they are studying at the kitchen tables rather than unsupervised in their rooms.

    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: $15.00
    Healan: $19.81
    Henderson: $60.99
    Hildebrand: $10.62
    Hill: $75.00
    Holland: $15.00
    Khoury: $5.00
    Lee: $15.00
    Owens: $16.25
    Pace: $55.00
    Stewart: $40.00
    Stratton: $96.82
    Toomey: $125.05
    Trotter: 5.12
    Wade: $10

    MS Upcoming Events