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Upper Update

Updated February 16, 2018

Counseling Corner

Greetings from the Upper School counselors! We have made it through snow days and hopefully your student is working hard to start the spring semester off right! Remember to check out your student's class page on your parent Power School Learning site. It is listed under the "Extras" tab. The counselors will periodically update important class information for parents and students. We have already started listing summer/volunteer/enrichment programs under "Student Opportunities." These are fun growth opportunities that can help students round out their academic experiences. Take a look to see what may be of interest. We will continue to put more opportunities there as they come our way.

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 21, at 8:30 a.m., when our Parent Community will be hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary “Screenagers.” Parents have continued to ask us about resources to better understand and monitor their children’s access to technology and this film explores these issues in depth. There will be a panel discussion following the screening and we are very hopeful for a large turnout. Please register for this event here. Additionally, you may view the preview for the film using this link. We look forward to seeing you there!

As always, you may reach out to your child's school counselor with any questions or concerns:

McKenzie Lawson - Class of 2018 Counselor

Leigh Shelor - Class of 2019 Counselor

Erica Pendleton - Class of 2020 Counselor

Tonya Dedeaux - Class of 2021 Counselor

Student Driving and Parking Around Campus

Students, please be reminded that you are expected to adhere to all laws and local ordinances when driving to and from school. You are to obey all signs, traffic signals, and any other traffic devices at all times. Exercising safety while driving will help protect you and our community.

Woodward provides adequate parking on campus at all times for students driving to school. Please use Woodward parking and refrain from parking on city streets around campus. Parking on campus helps reduce the threat of theft and/or damage to vehicles while also limiting congestion for our neighbors in the community. Do not sacrifice convenience for safety; make the extra effort and park on campus.

From the Woodward Nursing Staff: Tips for Recognizing the Flu

The flu this year has started early and seems to be peaking right now. Flu symptoms develop quickly so here are a five actions parents can take to keep your student healthy.

  1. Know the symptoms. If your student exhibits any of symptoms listed below, please keep them home from school until symptoms resolve. This will greatly reduce the spread of germs to other students, faculty, and staff.
        • High fever (100.4 and greater). The CDC recommends staying home for 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • Excessive cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  1. When sneezing or coughing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue (or use the inner elbow).
  2. Wash hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer.
  3. Keep hands away from the face to prevent the spread of germs. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  4. Get a flu vaccine. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu virus. It’s not too late to get a vaccine to help protect against this flu season.

When deciding whether or not to send your student to school (if they have no fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for at least 24 hours), ask yourself if you believe your child can be productive and engaging in the classroom. Remember that students do not learn if they are not feeling well.

Thank you for your vigilance by assisting our school and keeping everyone healthy. Please visit the the CDC’s Flu Prevention page and this article from the AJC for more information.

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,

Happy New Year! I hope you are having a fantastic start to the year and the semester. I am very excited about all of the interfaith initiatives happening over the next few months. This semester, Chaplain’s Council student leaders will facilitate many holiday assemblies and interfaith panels at the Primary School and Lower School. Upper School students will also have the opportunity to attend the Interfaith Immersion Trip in February, along with a prayer service each month.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the peace and love our students share each day. I pray that we see more examples of love than hate throughout our world in 2018. These amazing students are providing an example each day through their interfaith conversations and beyond.

Please feel free to visit our Interfaith Initiatives page to see events that are coming up this semester or to share a prayer request.


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

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.

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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