Northworthy News

May 24, 2019 

Bylines By Beth

Two of the most exciting times of the school year are the beginning and the end.  There are the sounds of excited voices in the hallways, and a burst of energy is felt throughout the building.  This year is no exception. The culmination of the year with special projects and the anticipation of summer activities contribute to the excitement, and so does the knowledge that change is on the way.  

Our sixth graders will be advancing to middle school, and we send them with the confidence that they are well-prepared academically and have the age-appropriate skills to manage the social and emotional expectations of a seventh-grade student.  I told them Tuesday how much our faculty has enjoyed watching them develop to be the fine young women and men they are today; however, we are not surprised. They have worked hard over the years, and it is with the assurance that we say they will continue to do so as they begin this next adventure.   

We say goodbye to members of our faculty as well.  Ellen Adolph, Nan Banks, Tricia Farmer, Dee Koscik, Jane Nicholson, Laura Moore, and Laurie Thompson will all be leaving us at the end of this term to pursue other experiences.  Whether it be retirement or new job opportunities, we wish them all the best and thank them for their many years of service to the children and families of Woodward Academy. 

For the families who will not be returning to the Academy next year, we hope that you will always consider Woodward North a school community that will welcome your visits in the future. It is a treat to have our former students return to say hello.

As we end our year next week and everyone begins a summer of rest and renewal with family, I want to thank you again for allowing us to be a part of your family.  We appreciate your support throughout the year and for the opportunities to make memories with your children. They have been a gift to us, and we look forward to having them back in August!

Northworthy News Special Awards Announcement

Congratulations to all winners!

Summer Time is Calling

The last day of school for the 2018-2019 year is Friday, May 24.  We will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. and there will be no after school care available.  The Woodward North Honors Assembly begins at 9:45 a.m.  All families are invited to join in the festivities.

OoTM on the Way to World Competition

Woodward North’s Odyssey of the Mind team will compete at the 40th annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, where over 20,000 students, teachers, parents, and volunteers from around the world will travel to Michigan from May 22-25 at Michigan State University. Students from different cultures and widely varying economic backgrounds will prove that creativity is universal by coming together for this event. They will demonstrate their creative solution to an Odyssey of the Mind problem while appreciating the creativity of others.

The teams have worked throughout the school year solving an OotM problem and were judged as the most creative in a series of rigorous state and national competitions. At MSU, the teams will represent their state and country in hopes to prove that they are the world’s most creative problem-solvers. Odyssey of the Mind has teams competing from throughout the United States and in 14 other countries including Canada, China, South Korea, India, Japan, Russia, Poland, Germany, Singapore, Slovakia, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, and more.

Although this is a competition to become a world champion, kids will form life-long friendships with their teammates and opponents. These friendships span the globe! Through Odyssey, they learn to communicate and appreciate different cultures. The Odyssey of the Mind “family” is made up of many different cultures, personalities, and ages. There will be almost 900 teams of seven participating in this competition. These teams are considered the best of the best.

Go Woodward North!

Congratulations to Woodward North Members of the Woodward Academy Class of 2019

Valedictorian: Monisha Mahadevan-Yale University

Thomas Azadi-Georgia Institute of Technology
Sonali Bhakta-The Ohio State University
Austin Carter- Morehouse College
Vincy Chou- Pepperdine University
Alisha Chranya- American University
Jason Escolar- Purdue University
Anna Gianneschi- Colgate University
Lindsey Haley-Samford University
Christian Hall-Georgia State University
Sydney Hallas- Georgia Institute of Technology
Samantha Humphrey- Northwestern University
Evonne Iau- Georgia Institute of Technology
Kellum Key- Samford University
Joseph Meyer- Davidson College
Tej Munshi- University of Maryland, College Park
Shayna Patel- University of Miami
Julia Phillips- University of South Carolina
Sanil Sawja- Clemson University
Ava Saykaly- Georgia Southern University
Linda Shi- Northwestern University
Alex Taylor- Howard University
Sydney Taylor- St. John’s University
Alex Vaughan- Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences

Library Books

Last call for library books!!  All library books were due Wednesday, May 8 and there are 75 books that have still not been turned in. Please search your home for all misplaced books. 

Summer Tutoring

Several Woodward North teachers and tutors will be available for tutoring this summer.  Please feel free to contact anyone on this list if you are interested in tutoring for your student(s).  Contact information is also available in the front office.

Nancy Winfield-First 2 weeks of summer, reading.

John Potts-Rising 3rd-6th Grade Math

Rhonda Nichols-Orton Gillingham

Joella Potts-Reading, Writing and Spelling Using the Orton-Gillingham Approach

Barbara Dunbar-Language Arts, Reading Comprehension, Phonics Fundamentals for Grades 2-6

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

Security Measures

Thank you to all of our parents for your diligence in signing in at the front office before entering the school. We appreciate your cooperation.

Students may arrive as early as 7 a.m., at which time they will be supervised. Those arriving between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. must enter the building at the front entrance. The side entrance doors will be open between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Every student should be in their classroom by 8 a.m. Morning meetings are a very important part of the day and begin promptly after the first bell.

Find the Parent Community Online!

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 Parent Community events and opportunities to volunteer. You also can follow us on Facebook @WAParentCommunity. 

Lost and Found

The three areas for Lost and Found are in the Multiplex (by the stairs), the main building (by the doors to the Arts Center), and the bottom floor of the Arts Center. Please remember to label all uniforms, PE bags, and other clothing/shoes with your child's first and last name. After three months in Lost and Found, uniform items will be donated to Woodward's Consignment Shop on Main Campus. All other items will be donated to charity.

Counselor Connection

Ellen Adolph, Woodward North Counselor


I have shared on numerous occasions how special Woodward North is; our students and families are wonderful. As I prepare to end my 22 years at Woodward, being grateful is a clear understatement. I am appreciative of the professional and personal learning that has been provided, but perhaps most of all, I am thankful for the relationships with students and families and colleagues who have become dear friends. To be sure, Woodward North will always be home, and as I leave I am #WoodwardGrateful!

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