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Next Year's School Calendar Calendar 2017-18

Looking ahead:

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.
http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/high-school/article151198352.html

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.

Spirit Gear from Adidas Adidas logo

Woods Charter Athletics has reached a Team Agreement deal with Adidas starting in the 2017-2018 School Year.  Moving forward, all Spirit Gear will be purchased seasonally through the spirit site for anyone who wants to purchase Woods gear. As a kickoff to signing our agreement with Adidas . . . 

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/

Winter Break Winter Break

Winter Break will begin at 3:05 p.m. on Friday, December 16th.  We will come back to school on Tuesday, January 3rd.  We wish a peaceful and restful break to all!

Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Dr. King

As a school we will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Dr. King's birthday.  (He would be 88 on this day.)  Our students will participate in activities in school on the Friday preceding the holiday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Alumni Soccer Game 2011 Soccer Players

Calling all alums for a friendly game on the Woods soccer pitch.

Saturday, November 26th 

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.