Upper Update

Updated: April 18, 2019

Principal Matters

Earlier this week, Dr. Gulley hosted an Academy-wide parent “Town Hall” meeting and coming up on April 30, the Upper School will host a similar meeting specifically for Upper School parents.  We are dedicated to the proposition that we need to hear from you and that you need to hear from us.  We envision our relationship with you as parents as a partnership and, like any healthy partnership, we need to maintain healthy and open dialogue.   As a school, we believe that when parents and teachers join together we can form a powerful team in support of our students.  When we partner, we can push students to realize their potential without overwhelming them or demoralizing them.  As partners, we can guide students to independence as they discover their passions and purpose.  Simply put, we can help our students become the best versions of themselves.

Please come join us on April 30 for the Upper School town hall meeting.   The meeting will last from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and will be held in the LJ Lecture Hall of Jane Woodruff Hall.  We will cover topics relating to changes in the dress code and drug testing protocol, as well as a variety of other topics of interest to parents.

Keeping the lines of communication open is important to us, so come join the conversation on April 30.  Thank you, as always, for the opportunity to work with your family towards the goal of helping your child reach his or her fullest potential.

Dr. Jonathan Merrill
Upper School Principal 

Important Information for Senior Parents

Please see information about Graduation weekend including the Senior Banquet, Baccalaureate and Graduation morning. Also see important dates and events that may apply to seniors including AP testing and graduation practices.

Dr. Gulley's Town Hall

If you missed Dr. Gulley's Town Hall on Thursday, please check out the recording here.

Host Families

Have you considered becoming a host family for a Middle or Upper School international student during the 2019-2020 school year? Our program has grown over the last three years from hosting less than 10 students on campus to next year when we will welcome 30 new and returning international students to Woodward Academy.

These students live with host families who provide them with a “home-away-from-home,” and in turn the host families are enriched by the cultural exchange and the relationships developed in sharing their homes with our international students. As more and more international families seek out Woodward’s exemplary education, we have an increased need for host families.

If you are interested in hosting a student, please attend one of the informational sessions below to learn more:

  • Wednesday, April 24 - 10-11 a.m.

  • Thursday, April 25 - 3:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 30 - 8-9 a.m.

  • Tuesday, April 30 - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Topics will include host family requirements, expectations, benefits, and stipends. Additionally, current and former host families will be in attendance to share more about their experiences firsthand. All of the informational sessions will be held in the Global Connections Center, in Brand Hall (B104), on Main Campus (No. 12 on the Campus Map).

Please register here to attend a host family informational session.

If you have additional questions before the meetings, please contact me at stephane.allagnon@woodward.edu. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of hosting a student next year.

From the Dean's Desk

Attention Upper School Students and Parents:  This is a reminder to be respectful to our neighbors in and around campus. As you are driving around Woodward, please obey ALL stop signs and speed limits. Also, parking on local streets is highly discouraged. College Park police will issue traffic citations to those parked illegally on city streets. Use your designated parking lot and report any issues to the Dean of Students Office or Campus Security!

Taggart's Drivers Ed Class

Information about Taggart's Drivers Ed classes during the school year may be found here.  We also offer a summer Drivers Ed course the week of July 22.  Information about the summer class may be found here.

Check Out the Parent Community Website!

Have you had a chance to connect with other Upper School parents? While we had a fantastic first semester, the school year is half over and there are still many exciting upcoming activities that will offer you a chance to meet other parents, connect with faculty and support our students. Whether you’re looking to volunteer or wondering when the next Parent Community event is, you can now find it all on the Parent Community website. Please be sure to check it regularly for upcoming opportunities to contribute or volunteer. You also can follow us on Facebook @WAParentCommunity. 

Chaplain's Corner

Greetings Woodward Academy Community,

April is an exciting month for religious life at Woodward Academy. Students of various traditions will be celebrating special holidays or participating in times of quiet spiritual reflection. As we share about these holy times, Chaplain’s Council student leaders will be hosting assemblies and announcements throughout campus on Passover and Easter. I am also excited to report that 14 Upper School students attended our 3rd annual Interfaith Immersion Trip and will have the opportunity to share their growth on campus this month.

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

  • April 8 (Buddhism) - Buddha’s Birth Date marks the anniversary of the historical Buddha’s birth.
  • April 14 (Christianity) - Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
  • April 18 (Christianity) - Holy (Maundy) Thursday celebrates the institution of the Lord’s Supper by Jesus.
  • April 19 (Christianity) - Holy (Good) Friday commemorates the passion of Jesus Christ.
  • April 20-27 (Judaism) - Passover commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage.
  • April 21 (Christianity) - Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.
  • April 28 (Christianity) - Orthodox Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus for Christians who follow the Julian calendar.

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

Blessings,

Chaplain K
Rev. Katie O. Kilpatrick, Academy Chaplain
404-391-7589, chaplain@woodward.edu

From the Learning Support Center  

Parents, please find helpful information at your student's class page on PowerSchool.Learning. Particularly, this year there is a new page on each class's page, the LEARNING SUPPORT page (bottom of the selection list on the left of the front page). Parents and students can find helpful information about adult tutors, ACT accommodation tests (Classes of 2019 and 2020 only), and student tutors (PeerKonnect–link soon to be activated, Classes of 2021 and 2022 for tutoring; Classes of 2019 and 2020 to volunteer and be vetted as tutors). If you have further questions, please contact Kemberly Edwards (kemberly.edwards@woodward.edu).

Upper School Daily Class Schedule

The Upper School daily class schedules may be found here.

Upper School Day Planner

The Upper School student day planner is available in the Campus Store. You also may access an online version of the student day planner 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."

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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