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Updated May 17, 2019

A Message from Mr. Mitchell

From the first day of faculty meetings for the 2018-19 school year, we have focused on a year of gratitude. You may have noticed on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook the hashtag WoodwardGrateful. Our year started in this fashion and, in my opinion, was topped off at Commencement last Saturday. This is the way it should be. In reflecting on that day, there are many things I am #WoodwardGrateful for, including:

  • After a gloom and doom forecast the night before, it ended up being not only a dry morning but also an afternoon of sunshine for all the graduation celebrations being held outside.  

  • I was grateful for all of our graduating seniors but especially the 76 Vintage Eagles and their families for their belief and trust in Woodward to continue their journey through this school for 13 consecutive years. This graduation marked the 2nd year where I was able to hear the names of students who I had the pleasure of knowing at the Primary School and that is truly special.

  • As a parent, I was grateful to hear about the $20 million in financial awards our graduates received from the institutions they will be attending next year.

These are three aspects I was grateful for but nothing compared to my appreciation and gratitude for the speech that Malachi Robinson ’19 delivered with a professionalism that could have passed for someone with way more life experience than a teenager. By many accounts, it was the best Commencement address in recent memory with many folks around campus having experienced 20, 30, or even 40 Commencement ceremonies during their tenure. I have no doubt that it is true.

Of course, Malachi’s speech centered around gratitude. I can not do it justice but have several highlights as I reflect on his content. He focused on the gratitude he had for the generations of his family at a depth I cannot fathom. Dating back to his great-great-great-grandmother, there was an acknowledgment that he recognized how their efforts laid the groundwork for where he was today. He expressed gratitude for the faculty members that have steered him toward his current love of politics and poetry. Malachi also mentioned how lucky and privileged we are to be living in the United States in a world where many are born into poverty and malnourishment, something I do think often about myself.

Finally, he challenged his classmates but his challenge resonated with me as well, as I feel it applies to all of us associated with the Academy. We have all been given winning lottery tickets but are left with a lingering question--are going to cash them in and strive to maximize our potential? I believe, and hope, that I am giving my all to do what I think is right in laying the foundation for these young students at the Primary School to enjoy a lifetime of success and make a positive impact on the world. I am over-the-top grateful for the fact that I get to come to work every day to an institution of learning that produces such deep-thinking, empathetic students like Malachi. I felt compelled to thank him and talk about how #WoodwardGrateful I am for the words that he shared in such an eloquent manner that had an impact on someone more than 30 years his elder.

If you were unable to see it in person, it is available “On Demand” at You won’t be disappointed.


At Community Meeting this morning, Mrs. Wiltshire told the students about her visit to Terranova, our sister school in Zambia, this past November. She showed them a photo of their library that students noticed was devoid of books. As we end the year of #WoodwardGrateful, a flyer was placed in your child’s folder today notifying you about Bucks for Books to close out our year. We hope our families will consider contributing to that cause. Mrs. Wiltshire told those of us that if we could receive an average of $10 from every student and faculty member that we would be able to send more than $3,500 to Terranova this year with the intent to purchase books. We have chosen to ask this instead of bringing in physical books as the cost of shipping is prohibitive of sending that many books overseas. By allowing the school to purchase the books in need, we are able to provide even more bang for your bucks. There is not an out-of-uniform day attached to this, although there is a rumor of one on Friday. We are simply hoping we can do one final good deed to wrap up our 2018-19 school year. Thank you for your consideration.

Lost & Found!

We have several coats/fleeces in lost and found.  Please stop and check to see if any of these belong to your child!

Primary School Fundraiser Supports JDRF

The Primary School held a fundraiser recently raising money towards the Woodward Academy JDRF Walk Team. We are excited that the Primary School raised an astonishing $2,799! These funds go directly to the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) to ensure they continue to lead the fight against Type 1 Diabetes by funding research, advocate for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and provide a support network for millions of people impacted by T1D.

Last year the Woodward Academy JDRF Walk Team raised over $100,000 and we are excited to have the Primary School lead the way with this year’s JDRF OneWalk 2019 donation. For more information on the upcoming walk please click here.

New College Park Townhouse Community—Temple Square—With Walkable Access to Woodward Academy

Temple Square—a new 17-home townhouse community—is being constructed less than one mile from Woodward’s campus and will be completed later this year. Aligning with his work with the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance to revitalize College Park and the surrounding Tri-Cities area, president Dr. Stuart Gulley participated in Temple Square’s recent groundbreaking event. 

As part of the City of College Park’s newly created Transit-Oriented Development District and the Aerotropolis, Temple Square will embody and advance the Aerotropolis’ concept of a thriving village destination. Its homes will feature high-quality amenities including Google technology, open-concept kitchens, and energy-efficient construction—not to mention an easy walk to MARTA and College Park’s historic district.

The townhomes offer Google-supported systems with seamless systems access:  effective security, deluxe entertainment options, and wi-fi connectivity from every room. Two-bedroom and three-bedroom units are available with all the Connected Lifestyle options Temple Square was designed to support.

To learn more about Temple Square’s Connected Lifestyle and walkable proximity to Woodward Academy, visit




Summer Tennis Camps at Woodward Academy

We would love to see your child enrolled in one or all of our four weeks of morning half-day Junior Development Summer Tennis Camp, which are currently filling up nicely! 

Please click below to be directed to the WA summer camp information/registration page for more information. 

Week #2 June 03-07
Week #3 June 10-14
Week #4 June 17-21
Week #5 June 24-28

Register Now!

Find the Parent Community Online!

Whether you’re looking to volunteer or wondering when the next Parent Community event will be held, you can now find it all on the Parent Community website. Please be sure to check it regularly for upcoming Parent Community events and opportunities to volunteer. You can also follow us on Facebook @WAParentCommunity. 

Chaplain's Corner

Greetings Woodward Academy Community,

I cannot believe this school year is already coming to a close! We have enjoyed a year filled with holiday assemblies, interfaith immersion trips, interfaith prayer services, cultural opportunities on campus, and beyond. I hope that May is a meaningful conclusion to the school year filled with joy for our students.

Throughout the month of May, students in our community will observe the following:

  • May 2 (Judaism) - Yom HaShoah is held in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
  • May 5 (Islam) - Ramadan begins at sundown as a time of fasting, self-examination, and religious devotion.
  • May 30 (Christianity) - Ascension is the anniversary of Jesus’ ascension into heaven, falling 40 days after Easter.

Please feel free to visit our Interfaith Initiatives page to see the times of all interfaith prayer opportunities or to share a prayer request.


Chaplain K
Rev. Katie O. Kilpatrick, Academy Chaplain


Use voucher code "WAlive1819" here to activate your account so you can watch live Woodward sporting events, performances, and more throughout the school year.

Upcoming Dates...

  • Thursday, May 23: End-of-the-Year Concerts - Gresham Chapel
    PreK/K/2nd @ 12:00    1st/3rd@2:00 - NO ASC
  • Friday, May 24: Last Day of School! School dismisses academy wide @ 11:30
    Parties from 9:00-10:00 
  • Saturday, June 1: New Family Play Date @ PS Playground
  • Saturday, August 10: Back to School Bash
  • Wednesday, August 14: 1st Day of School!

Ways to Help Primary School Students!

  1. Box Tops and eBoxTops through the Box Tops website.
  2. The Publix Partners program - new tags are available in the office.
  3. Kroger Rewards program.

Counselors Corner...

What’s Happening in Classroom Guidance:
Over the last few weeks during classroom guidance we have been covering careers. We have been discussing the various kinds of careers that exist.  It has been a wonderful experience learning from your students and hearing about their career interests.  Below are a few highlights from lessons by grade level. 
Pre-Kindergarten:  During our lesson, we read the book "Whose Hat Is This!" by Sharon Katz Cooper. Next, students passed around various career objects, e.g., a police badge. To close, students shared what careers they might be interested in when they grow up.

Kindergarten: We read Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Deborah Hembrook and Kathryn Heling. The book covers a variety of careers. Students then created mini career books that review many of the careers that exist. 
Grade 1: We listened to the Youtube Read Aloud Career Day by Anne Rockwell. The book discusses the various types of careers that exist. Next, students rotated through different career stations: realistic, artistic, investigative, conventional, social, and enterprising. The lesson ended with students discussing their favorite stations and the careers that went with each station. 
Grade 2: We began the lesson by defining the word career and discussing students career aspirations. Following our discussion, students completed an acrostic with the word CAREER. Next, student rotated through career stations where they read about different career opportunities. The lesson ended with three students sharing their career interests. 

 Grade 3: We started the lesson by defining the word career and students career aspirations. Next, students completed a career survey. Following the survey, students were divided into small groups. The groups rotated through career stations and discussed their career interests. The lesson ended with a class discussion where students were asked to share their career interests. 

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