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FBLA Attends Fall Leadership Conference FBLA Travels to New Orleans

A few members of FBLA attended the Fall Leadership Conference in New Orleans before Thanksgiving break. At the conference, they attended many different workshops relating to business-related topics. They had the opportunity to learn how to utilize Linkedin, learn overarching principles of good business, and financial budgeting and many more. Every year, the Conference brings in a keynote speaker to share a personal story and experience to help motivate them to begin their journey in business. This year the students had the opportunity to listen to Rhett Laubach, a Leadership Expert, during the opening session. The students who attended the conference had the chance to explore a new city, from eating beignets to learning about the history by attending a ghost tour. Overall, it was an amazing experience for the students, from making new connections and meeting new people and bringing what they learned back here to Woods. 

Click read more to see what Sophie and Ashlyn had to say about their experience.

Weather Update snowflake

Weather Update
Saturday, December 9th, 1:30 PM

We are canceling tonight's high school play performance because of dangerous road conditions.

Join Us for The Arsonists Arsonist

Please join us this Friday and Saturday for the high school theater club's performance of Max Frisch's play The Arsonists.  Performances start at 7:30 PM.  Donations graciously accepted.

Author Frances O'Roark Dowell is Coming to Woods Dovey Coe

Award-winning author Frances O'Roark Dowell will host a Q & A session with our 5th-grade students to discuss her highly-acclaimed book, Dovey Coe, on December 11. Aspiring middle-school writers will be able to join her for lunch or a writers' workshop afterward. 


Homecoming is January 5! Watkins alumnae

Alumni, family, and friends, 

Please come out and join us for the annual homecoming event at Woods!

The varsity basketball teams will take on Chatham Charter, with the women's game at 6:00pm followed by men's varsity game at 7:30 in the gym.

Cake and fellowship will be plentiful and Woods would love to see you!

Winter Break Winter Break

Our last day of school before Winter Break is Friday, December 15th.  We will return on Tuesday, January 2nd.

Annual Fund Tracker

Did you know our Annual Fund Tracker had a past life? It is true! Before its repurposed place in the spotlight, it had quite the modest existence. Check out how our Tracker came to be:



The Path from High School to College The Path

The web is full of college planning resources -- but/and we have some wise, helpful advice on the Woods website.  Visit our college planning landing page for guidance and links for high school families.  Take note of the tabs on the right side of the landing page that describe planning priorities by grade (e.g., as a 9th grader you need to be thinking most about . . . , as a 10th grader you should . . . ).

Passion Project turned Grade Level Mission: Think Globally and Act Locally! A Long Walk to Water

It all started during the 2016-2017 school year when Mrs. Wagoner introduced Passion Projects to her 6th-grade students.  (Passion Projects are a way for students to use class time to pursue individual interests and skills.)  


Woods 5K Race Results On your marks
Into The Woods 5K Woods 5k



Join us on Saturday, November 11th (Veterans Day!) to hit the pavement, and the trail, for our 5th Annual Into the Woods 5K! It is open to runners, walkers and stroller-pushers alike! The race will start with a special salute to our veterans before we take on the course of two miles pavement and one-mile trail.

New this year: prize for the best-dressed team! Teams can be your friends, family, neighbors, classmates, or co-workers!   Just make sure to break out your best costumes - the crazier, the better!

For immediate release:

Woods Charter School is currently experiencing an outbreak of pertussis (a disease commonly referred to as "whooping cough").  Over the past three weeks seven students have been confirmed to have the disease.  (The school's enrollment is 512 students in grades K-12.)  From the time of the first confirmed case on October 11, the school's nurse and administration have been in regular communication with officials from the Chatham County Health Department, and the school has scrupulously followed the specific guidelines and protocols issued by the Department.  The school has also provided immediate and ongoing notice to its parent community of the confirmed cases via direct emailing.  Under the current protocols, any student or employee who presents symptoms related to pertussis (e.g., coughing, fever, runny nose, or sneezing) must be cleared by a doctor's office before returning to school.

The school refers all questions to its principal, Cotton Bryan, and/or assistant principal, Cindy Sperry, who may be reached by calling (919) 960-8353.

E.C. Stakeholders Meeting EC STakeholders Meeting

Exceptional Children’s Stakeholders Meeting

Executive Functioning for the Family: Building a Bridge from School to Home.

Please join us for our next Exceptional Children’s Stakeholders meeting on Thursday, November 2nd from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at Woods. We welcome guest speaker, Sandra Clifton, educational therapist and owner of Clifton Corner.

Admissions Season Is Open! Admissions Season

Prospective students may apply to Woods between October 15th and January 15th.  (It takes only a few minutes to apply.)  For more information on admissions, please click here.

The Incredible Becky Lee Becky Lee

Becky Lee will be honored as an Incredible World Language Teacher by the Foreign Language Association of NC at the upcoming annual conference.

With her passion for culture and love of the Spanish language, Becky has inspired students for decades. Luckily, she landed here at Woods and brings the world into the classroom, as well as helping students master conjugation and conversation.


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Annual Fund Week is here!

Annual Fund Week is here! This is the week we encourage all Woods families to make a donation or pledge to help us BRIDGE THE GAP! Giving to our Annual Fund is imperative in helping our students, teachers, and school reach their full potentials. Your donations to the Fund support Woods in purchasing curricular materials, funding faculty professional development and providing an end-of-year teacher supplement. Check out your donation dollars at work! 

Early release day bus schedule bus


EARLY RELEASE ON OCTOBER 12TH (Parent-Teacher Conferences)




Casey Barnes Receives Good Citizen Award DAR Good Citizen Casey Barnes


Congratulations to senior Casey Barnes for being selected as the 2017 Woods Charter School DAR Good Citizen Award winner. 

This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.

The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. Casey's teachers and peers recognize his contributions, character, and leadership.

After graduation, Casey will join the US Navy as a SEAL candidate. "I feel a duty to serve my country" he notes, adding that the US offers freedoms and opportunities that other countries don't have. 


Driving Safely at Woods Drive Safely

It's a good time to remind everyone of important driving rules for our campus.

Parent-Teacher Conferences P-T Conferences word cloud

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parents may request a conference with teachers at any point in the school year, but on Thursday, October 12th we will have an early dismissal (at 12:20) to allow time for conferences from 1:00 - 6:00 PM.  If you would like to schedule a conference, please contact the front office at (919) 960-8353 or email Kathi Shaw at kshaw@woodscharter.org.

Creating a Safe Home for Your Teen Safe Home

Woods PTSA Speaker Series Presents . . . 

Creating a Safe Home for Your Teen
with George Greger-Holt
Monday, Sept. 25
7:00 PM
The Glade


What is Bhangra? Bhangra is a lively, highly energetic form of dance originating from the Indian Region of Punjab. On Friday, September 22 from 4-5:30 PM in the Woods Charter Glade, there will be a Bhangra class taking place that will be open to all age groups and will be a great opportunity to exercise and learn about a new culture. It will be led by students who have learned  Bhangra for over eight yearsThe cost of attendance will be $5 for kids 13 and younger and $10 for those 14 and older (or by donation). All proceeds will help fund the Girl's Learn International high school club to attend the United Nations Day of the Girl Summit in New York on October 11. 
If you have any questions, you can contact agupta@woodscharter.org. We hope to see you out there! 

K-12 Fall Family Campout Fall Family Campout

Calling all happy campers, from kindergarten through twelfth grade! Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 14th for our Inaugural FALL FAMILY CAMPOUT! 

Campsite: The Back Field at Woods Charter School

Camp Hours: Tent set-up starts at 2 pm, dinner served at 5 pm.

Camp Details: Gather your tents, sleeping bags, camp chairs, headlamps, flashlights and most important of all, your camp spirit for a fun night under the stars with your fellow Woods Charter School families. There will be games, night hikes, storytelling, s'mores by the campfire and more! 

Click here to reserve your spot. 



Principal's Blog Principal's Blog

Life in the Woods is the name of our Principal's Blog.  It's one way (of many!) to keep track of what's happening in the life of our school community.  There's a handy button on the front page of the website (on the left under Quick Links) that will guide you there, but you can also find it here.

Early release day bus schedule bus



(and other upcoming early release days this academic year)

School and The Eclipse Eclipse

If you must miss Orientation on Monday because you are traveling for the eclipse, that will be ok.  We will provide your schedule, locker combo, etc. when you return to school (but not before).

That said, it is critically important that all students be present on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 22nd.  Important things happen on the first day of class and we need you here.  Also, the school's funding is based largely on how many people attend the first days of school.

We will abbreviate the high school orientation so that everyone can head outside for a viewing.

New Faculty for School Year 2017-18 welcome new faculty

Get ready!  We have some super impressive new teachers joining us at Woods this year.  Click here for a brief bio on each new teacher.

We also have an important announcement to make related to the director of advancement position at Woods.  Please click here for that announcement.


Refinancing Completed! The signing

It was a signing day of sorts for our new board chair, Missy O'Connor, and me last week as we signed the (many!) final documents associated with the refinancing of the debt on our building.  

It was a year-long project for our Board subcommittee to interview prospective lenders and discern the best arrangement for the school.  Huge thanks, again and again, to Janna Deegan, Nina Lloyd, and Kirk Mangum for the many hours they devoted to the task.  Their time and expertise are a huge gift to the school!

With the refinancing in place, we look to save over $2 million dollars for the school over the next 20 years.

HS Drop/Add Sessions drop-add

High school students who need to make changes to their schedules should plan to attend a drop/add session in the Glen:

Aug 14  10:30-2:00 Seniors and new-to-Woods students only
Aug 15 11:00-3:00  G9-12


Spirit Gear from Adidas Adidas logo

The adidas spirit gear website has opened up for the fall until August 30th. Please feel free to go online and shop now for Woods Gear.  There are items for adults and youth that anyone can purchase.

Orders are made through direct individual purchase, using your credit card/debit card at the following link  https://woodscharterschool17.itemorder.com .
Please contact, Athletic Director, Ms. Floyd, if you have any questions- dfloyd@woodscharter.org . 

See you at Orientation! back to school image

We look forward to seeing everyone at Orientation on Monday, August 21!

9:00-10:30  Elementary
11:00-12:30 Middle School
1:30-3:00 High School

School starts on Tuesday, August 22 at 8:20. Plan for 12:20  Early Dismissal on August 22 and 23. The regular schedule begins on Thursday, August 24.

Math Department Reaches New Heights at CPM Institute in Utah Math Mindset

"The CPM conference was a unique and empowering experience, and I am grateful for the opportunity.  As an individual, I feel equipped to refine my teaching practice, and as a department, we are more unified than ever.  John, Rachel, Rahul and I had many discussions about what teaching and learning should look like in our classrooms.  I'm excited to see the CPM curriculum come alive in our classrooms and I'm excited for our students."  - Aimee Haygood

Community Work Day Community Work Day

Calling all students, parents, grandparents, and teachers!

Please mark your calendars for our community work day on Saturday, August 12th from 9:00 - 1:00

Woods Summer Wonders 2017 Summer Wonders seal

We still have some openings in our Summer Wonders camp program for sessions III and IV.

July 17-21 (Session III)

July 24-28 (Session IV)

For further details, click here for Summer Wonders website!

This Year's School Calendar Calendar 2017-18

Here's our calendar for school year 2017-18.  The main calendar features of note are . . . 

Congratulations, graduates! WCS Class of 2017

The class of 2017 branches out! The forty-four newly-minted alumni will blaze their own trails in the world beyond Woods. Special commendations to co-valedictorians Tesia Bobrowski and John Farrell. 

Congratulations to all!

Thank you Woods! Thank you Woods

We end the year full of gratitude for all of the good work of our students, teachers, and parents!  Thank you Woods!

Board Meeting Tonight Board Meeting

Our regular monthly school board meeting is Tuesday, June 6th.  All Woods families are welcome!  Please join us in The Glade at 7:00 p.m. or online at this link.

Watch Live

Reminder: Last Day is Thursday Finish Line

A reminder that our school year will wrap up this coming Thursday, June 8th at 12:20 p.m.  

Middle School and High School will hold their annual Awards Day Ceremony that day at 10:30 a.m. in the gym.

Annual Benefit Auction Auction

What a night! Well over two hundred people including faculty and parents attended our record breaking Benefit Auction. Scott Green's band started off this fun filled evening followed by Catering by Celine, complimentary wine courtesy of Rick Tugwell, and beer donated by the Carolina Brewery.


The silent auction ended at 7:45 followed immediately with LIVE bidding and Raise the Paddle for Faculty which raised $55,035.


Total for the event so far is an incredible $94,735. Many families that were unable to attend are joining in by raising the paddle from a far and dropping off a check to the front office. 


On behalf of the Foundation and the Faculty at Woods, a HUGE heartfelt thank YOU!

Woods Graduation 2017 Woods Graduation 2017

Our graduation ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 10th, starting at 10:00 a.m.  We've prepared a brief F.A.Q. to help our guests . . . 


Women's Soccer Team Advances to State Semifinals Soccer

Our women's soccer team defeated Spring Creek 5-0 this past Saturday, allowing them to advance to the semifinals of the State tournament on this Tuesday at Franklin Academy at 6:00 p.m.  The News & Observer continues with their coverage of our record-breaking team!
Franklin Academy is located in Wake Forest, NC at 648 Flaherty Avenue.

Isabel Pearce breaks NCHSAA girls soccer scoring records Izy Pearce

Isabel Pearce professes to be a shrinking violet. But she was in full bloom Wednesday, exhibiting characteristic flashes of speed and booming blasts into the net to smash both the girls state season and career scoring titles.

Board Elections Results Board Election Results

A big thank you to the six parents who put their names forward for this year's board election.  It takes some courage and commitment to step into a contested board election, and we are very grateful.

The newly elected members are:
Kala Bullett
Amy Ising
Missy O'Connor
Karen Trott

School Board Candidates 2017 School Board Election

We have six parents who have offered applications for the four available seats on the Woods School Board.  Please click on a name to view the application.

Kala Bullett
Amy Ising
Missy O'Connor
Thomas O'Leary, Jr.
Kathy Schatz-Guthrie
Karen Trott

Voting will take place at the following times ONLY! . . .

Join Us for A Midsummer Night's Dream poster-MidsummerNightsDream

Theatre in the Woods invites you to an evening of Hot Ice and Wondrous Strange Snow, Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th.  Admission by donation.  Doors open at 7:00.  Curtain at 7:30pm.

Juniors! College Workshop checklist

Parents and students of the Junior Class are invited to join us for a workshop on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:00 PM in the upstairs computer lab.  At the session, we will provide a college planning timeline of tasks to be completed prior to the end of junior year and over the summer months.  It is important that at least one parent AND student attend together. 
Please use this link to RSVP and email Aimee Haygood at ahaygood@woodscharter.org with any questions.  

Woods Envirothon Wins First Place in Middle School Competition MS Envirothon State Champions

Envirothon State Champions!

On April 28-29th the Woods Envirothoners attended the NC Envirothon State Finals at Cedarock Park in Alamance County. Over 100 Middle and High School teams competed for top honors in Aquatic Ecology, Current Environmental Issues, Forestry, Soil Science, and Wildlife Ecology as well as demonstrating their skills in solving environmental issues.

Girls Soccer Team in N&O Girls Soccer N&O

A photographer from Raleigh's News and Observer came to our soccer game yesterday and captured 58 shots of our team in action!  Click here for a link to the photo gallery.

And we won 3-0!

Board Elections Board Elections

At the next school board meeting on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm in The Glade, four (4) school board members will be elected – three will be elected to serve three-year terms; one will be elected to serve a two-year term.

Woods Earns Favorable Ranking from U.S. News US News Gold

After assessing over 22,000 high schools, U.S. News ranked Woods #104 for the whole country, #4 for the state.

Senior Project Supports Guatemalan Families Guatemaltequitos

Senior Justina Stewart will be holding a yard sale in the Woods Charter School Gym on Saturday, May 6th from 8am-12pm to benefit From Houses To Homes.

Tina participated in the 2017 service-learning trip to Guatemala and wants to continue to support the efforts of FHTH. As part of her Senior Project, Tina is organizing fundraising efforts to contribute towards housing and education for families around Antigua, Guatemala.

If you are interested in donating clothes and toys, a bin will be set up in the lobby from April 25th until May 5th. Not interested in buying at the yard sale, but want to help the cause?  There will be a donation box at the yard sale.


College Tips for Students with ADHD Dr. Theresa Maitland

Woods welcomes Dr. Theresa Maitland as part of the EC/PTSA speaker series.

Date:  May 9, 2017

Time:  3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Reminder: School closed this Friday. Long Weekend Sign

A reminder to all families that school will be closed this Friday for a spring vacation day.

High School Orientation Class of 2021

Families of rising 9th grade students, please join High School Director Adrienne Berg and high school faculty on Wednesday, April 26, 3:30-4:30 in the Glade for an introduction to high school at Woods.

We'll talk about the high school schedule, what to expect, and how to prepare for the transition. Bring your questions!

Suzanne Sikes named CDC Science Ambassador Suzanne Sikes, PhD

Suzanne Sikes has been awarded the competitive Science Ambassador Fellowship from the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Sikes will participate in a 5-day summer course at CDC headquarters in Atlanta and a year-long professional development program. 

Welcome to Woods Website 4.0! Welcome

It seems like distant history, but in fact it was not that long ago that our official website was once a single page created by one of our high school classes.  As I recall, it had the school's address, a one-sentence welcome message, and a few typos.  There were no menus, nothing to click, just that one page.

Since then we've updated the website two other times, making this revision the 4th iteration of our school's website.  Welcome to  Woods website 4.0.

Division Director Feedback Your opinion counts

We are seeking your perspective on how our division directors are doing.

Envirothon Teams Sweep trophies

Woods Envirothon Team came away with a 1st place finish at regionals for the 8th year in a row!


Students build 3D printers 3D printer collaborative build

Thanks to donations from the PTSA and DonorsChoose, we have successfully completed building and troubleshooting two new 3D printers. Now that our building is complete and we have learned valuable troubleshooting skills, we can utilize these printers daily.

Woods Charter will be represented at the North Carolina National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist National Geographic State Bee

Local Student Named North Carolina National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist by National Geographic Society


Liam Drake, a Fourth grader at Woods, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 North Carolina National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte on Friday, March 31, 2017.

High School Course Sign-ups for 2017-18 Lockers

Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students can sign up for classes for next year on PowerSchool.

First, review the graduation requirements and the course descriptions:  2017-18 High School Course Catalog Then login to your student or parent account and select your preferences.

The sign-up window closes on March 22. 

College Conversations Recap College - Just ahead

Our “College Conversations” night was very informative!  Pat and Amy provided a wealth of information to us – for free! We learned how our students can gain acceptance to their choice colleges, how to identify student strengths for college-bound tests (SAT, ACT, SAT II) and the best timing for these tests, how colleges determine a family’s EFC for financial awards, what parents need to know about financial and merit aid awards, how to pay for college and save for retirement, and so much more!  

We hope to host this presentation again in the fall. For more information on ColPrep Tutoring, Inc. (Pat Lewis – Director) or College Funding Consultants (Amy Brown Waheed, Founder), please email Pat at colprep2@gmail.com and Amy at amy@collegefundnc.com.

Check out the Woods College Planning pages too!

Parent-Faculty Book Group The Gift of Failure

Parents and Faculty are invited to join a round-table book discussion of Lahey's The Gift of Failure. Join the Woods community on April 5th from 6:00-7:30 in the Glade? As we find ways to promote self-reliance and resilience in our children. You can read more about this powerfully thought-provoking work here: https://smile.amazon.com/Gift-Failure-Parents-

You can sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084faba82dab9-woods1

please email nicolebernard@live.com if you have any questions.

College Conversations College - Just ahead

The college process may seem daunting, but you can arm yourself with information. High School Director Adrienne Berg invites families to join us for a presentation by ColPrep Tutoring of Chapel Hill to learn about the ins and outs of getting your student on the road to the right college. 

Save the date! Tuesday, January 31, 6:45-8:00 in the Glade. Childcare will be provided upon request.

Coffee with Cotton Coffee with Cotton

Coffee with Cotton

You're invited to join our principal Cotton Bryan for coffee at one of the times listed below as he heads out into the community to meet with Woods families.  These informal meetings have two main goals . . .


Lottery Registration Lottery

Lottery Registration Closes January 15th

Please note that families interested in applying to Woods must do so by January 15th.  Currently enrolled students need not apply, but siblings interested in enrolling must apply by that date.

Our admissions application can be found at http://www.woodscharter.org/admissions/