District News

Future Business Leaders of America Attend National Conference Chicago

The Woods Charter Future Business Leaders of America club was able to journey to Chicago to attend one of FBLA’s National Fall Leadership Conferences. On this trip, the student's were able to listen to motivational speakers, gain insights on the future of business and the American workforce, and meet other FBLA students from across the country. 

Welcome Author Stacy McAnulty Sun

In collaboration with McIntyre's Books, our PTSA has organized an author visit with Stacy McAnulty on Wednesday, November 28 at 2:00 for our K-2 Students.  Stacy McAnulty is a best-selling children's author, a mechanical engineer and self-proclaimed STEM Girl!  She's written the Dino Files, Goldie Blox series, Beautiful, Brave, The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl and others.  Her newest series, Our Universe, includes non-fiction picture books Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years and the recently-released Sun! One in a Billion


Thank you Woods! Thank you Woods

What a night!

We had so much fun at the 20th birthday bash this past Saturday!  Thank you to all of the alums, teachers, current students, and families who made it such a wonderful and powerful event!

Here Comes the Sun Here Comes the Sun

In recognition of the school's 20th birthday, we have asked alums and current families to honor the school by donating to our first rooftop solar panel array.  We're twenty years old now, and it's time that our building made some of its own energy!  Donating to the solar project is a great way to say Happy Birthday to our school!

A few things you might want to know about the solar project . . . 



A snapshot of our professional development experience thanks to the Foundation.

At the Get Your Teach On Conference in Charlotte, NC we got to be the students! With a focus on classroom engagement and intentional teaching, we had fun building, creating, thinking, and connecting with teachers from the southeast. Our two-day conference was packed with ways to get the most out of each minute of each day with our kids! Some of our takeaways included morning choice, STEAM, building more culturally rich social studies and empowering students to take ownership of their learning. “Don't do it because it is cute, do it because it is rigorous.” We left asking ourselves: How can we make school a place our students want to come, rather than a place they have to come?

Erin Collins, Eric Hale, Hope Nolin

Annual Fund Week

This week is Annual Fund Week and Mr. Bryan has issued a challenge to all of our student families - a challenge students will be particularly interested in! Check it out, and send your vote in with your donation or pledge!

All in!

Two-Hour Delay 2-hour delay

Update Friday, 6:20 a.m.:
We are going with the two-hour delay.

Posted Thursday, 8:15 p.m.:
We are planning for a two-hour delay on Friday.  We will assess roads and power in the early morning and let families know by 7:00 a.m. if we have to cancel for the whole day.

Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day Grandparents Day

We are so excited for our Annual Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day on Friday, October 19th! Our guests should plan to arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 that morning and we will be finished by noon. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Carolina Brewery! Please rsvp here

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 11th 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.

Fall Break Fall Break

A reminder to all Woods Families:
Students will be on Fall Break October 5-8.  We will not be in school Friday, October 5th and Monday, October 8th.

The NED Show assembly is coming to Woods Charter School The NED Show

The NED Show is a character education program that centers around three important messages that have lifelong relevance: Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. During the assembly, students will learn about the importance of these three life skills while also enjoying storytelling, magic, humor and yo-yo tricks.

Sixth Annual Into the Woods 5K Into the Woods 5K

Join us for our Sixth Annual Into the Woods 5K at 9:05am on Saturday, November 3rd. This race is for runners, walkers, stroller-pushers, adults, children and even your four-legged friends - in short, everyone! The course is a mix of road and trail, and is always a good time! Sign up HERE.

Happy Birthday Woods! 20th Birthday

It is hard to believe, but 2018 marks 20 years of Woods Charter School! Join past and present students, faculty and families to celebrate on the evening of Saturday, November 3rd. We have a great set of music lined up, including some fantastic alumni and faculty groups! Go HERE to rsvp, find out more details and check out some really cool tshirts to commemorate the event! 

The Social Institute Coming to Woods The Social Insitute

The Social Institute Comes to Woods Tonight!

Parent Session: Monday, October 1st, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Session is free and registration not required.

Feel free to bring a friend!

Woods is pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with The Social Institute, an organization that empowers students to navigate social media positively.  Founded by 4x Duke All-American and social media expert Laura Tierney, The Social Institute uses a refreshing, positive approach that teaches students to make positive, high-character choices whenever using social media and technology.

The Social Insitute will hold a parent session October 1st, then meet with MS and HS student on October 2nd during the school day.

BLOOD DRIVE Patrick and Elena

The Blood Drive is on for October 2nd, in the Glade from 12 pm - 5 pm. You can make an appointment online at redcrossblood.org or on the Red Cross Blood Donor app using the sponsor code WOODS CHARTER. Making an appointment through the app allows you to see updates on the location and destination of the blood you donated. Please bring a photo ID, and if you are 16, you will need to have a completed parent consent form.

School Picture Day School Pictures

School pictures (individual shots) are this Thursday, September 27th.  

School on Wednesday Make Up Day

Our school calendar previously designated Wednesday, September 19th as a school holiday; however, our school board voted last week to change this day to a make-up day.  We will now hold a regular day of school on Wednesday.

Students who will be away from school for Yom Kippur observance should bring a note from their parents to their advisor/homeroom teacher, and the absence will then be excused.


Planning for "Normal" Weather Update

Posted 5:15 a.m. Tuesday:

Confirm: Regular start time for Tuesday.

Posted 9:00 p.m. Monday:

Still monitoring conditions, but we are still planning to start at regular time Tuesday morning.

Posted 5:45 p.m. Monday:

We are continuing to monitor conditions, but our hope at this point is to have a regular day on Tuesday with a regular start time.

Weather Update Weather Update

Updated Wednesday, September 12th at 8:30 a.m.:
The Woods Board met this morning and voted to designate Wednesday, September 19th a make-up day, so we will be in school that day.  For students who miss school September 19th for Yom Kippur observance, the absence will be excused as long as their parents send a note to the  classroom teachers/advisor.

Posted Tuesday, September 11th at 3:00 p.m. :

We will be closed Thursday and Friday because of the anticipated dangers posed by Hurricane Florence.

Currently, our school calendar has next Wednesday, September 19th designated as a school holiday.  The Board will hold an emergency meeting on September 12th at 8:00 a.m. in the Conference Room to consider a proposal that September 19th become a regular school day.

Weather Alerts Florence track

Posted September 10th at 11:00 a.m.:
We are closely watching Hurricane Florence and anticipating that our school schedule may be disrupted later this week.  We want to remind families of the three ways we notify parents of weather delays and cancellations:

1)  as the top News & Announcements item on our school website (Please refresh your screen each time you check the website.), 

2)  through WRAL (on their website and their televised closings ticker), and

3)  through our First Alert phone messaging system.

2nd Annual All School Campout Campout

Join your fellow Woods families for a fun night under the stars on the back field on Saturday, September 29th! Bring your tents, sleeping bags, camp chairs, headlamps, flashlights and most important of all, your camp spirit!

Tent set-up starts at 2pm, dinner will be served at 6pm. There will be games, night hikes, storytelling, s'mores by the campfire and more!

Go to https://goo.gl/forms/pYghwIYyH3175JVn2 to reserve your spot.

All students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and rsvp's must be in by Friday, September 21st.

Grocery & Gas Cards Grocery Cards

Did you know participating in the PTSA Grocery & Gas Card Program is a way to support the school without spending any extra money? Our PTSA gets a percentage of the money spent on each of the cards (shown below), but the gift card itself is worth the full amount you pay!

Available cards: Whole Foods (15%), Lowes Foods (10%), Food Lion (5%) BP Fuel (10%), Shell Oil (10%), Cruizers Exxon/Mobil (4%)

Ordering is simple:

1. Go to woodscharterptsa.org, log in and go to the "PTSA Orders" tab.  -or-

2. Send an email to Stephanie White at stampingsteph@gmail.com with your name, email and/or phone and types/amounts of cards you'd like to order. -or-

3. Use the paper form included with the PTSA packet sent home with your student.

NOTE: If you had a recurring monthly order last year, it won't automatically renew. Please contact Stephanie to let her know you'd like to continue your order.


Driving Safely at Woods Drive Safely

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

PTSA Welcome Back to School Social welcome back

We hope to see you August 29th at our Back to School Social!

Wednesday, August 29th, 6-8pm
Opus Financial Advisors
4421 Manns Chapel Road

Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Please note: This is an adult only event. Complimentary childcare provided at the school from 5:30-8:30 (with a reservation).

To RSVP and register for childcare, please visit this LINK   

Parking is limited, so please consider carpooling from the school.

Drop Off and Pick Up Times School Time

Time reminder:

Our school day starts at 8:20 a.m.  Students should be in their room/advisory by that time at the latest.

On the first two early release days, we dismiss elementary at 12:10 p.m. and the rest of the school at 12:20 p.m.

On normal days (not our first two opening half days) Elementary school day ends at 2:55 p.m.  Middle and high school end at 3:05 p.m.  Students must be picked up by 3:30 p.m. -- unless they are enrolled in our after-school program.

Mr. Herzing Returns From Prague Mr. Herzing

Alex Herzing (7th and 8th grade English) has returned from traveling abroad to Prague this summer for a two-week teacher professional development called "Czech Cultural Connections, Collections, and Reflections."  The program was run through NC State's School of Education and sponsored by the Borchardt Fund. The program's focus is global collaboration and the use of technology to understand cultures.  You can read Mr. Herzing's blog to see how his experience will have a positive influence on students.  



See you at Orientation! back to school image

We look forward to seeing everyone at Orientation on Monday, August 20th!

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

School starts on Tuesday, August 21st at 8:20.

12:20 Early Dismissal on August 21st and 22nd.

The regular schedule (8:20 - 3:05) begins on Thursday, August 23rd.

Teachers Are Learners, Too!

Rachel Finkelstein was selected from a national applicant pool as an NEH Summer Scholar to attend a three-week workshop on Remaking Monsters and Heroines: Adapting Classic Literature for Contemporary Audiences. This study was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and intersects with Ms. Finkelstein’s English literature curriculum at Woods. She’s looking forward to integrating new perspectives in the classroom, and sharing her passion for literary treasures like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with students.

Rachel Lawrence spent a week at Code.org training at the Friday Institute for Educational Excellence in Raleigh.  This curriculum uses carefully designed lessons to help students experience and discover key technical issues in computer science, as well as equity in the field, encouraging and supporting teachers to expand societies picture of who belongs in computer science classrooms and careers. She reported that "The facilitators for this workshop have been great.  They really modeled the type of pedagogy this course is designed to bring to the classroom. It's been a great week and I'm excited to bring these materials home to Woods!"

Community Work Day Work Day

Community Work Day
Saturday, August 11th, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
It's happening! . . . Saturday, August 11th  . . .  we need you!  Calling all students, parents, grandparents, and teachers!
We're coming together to help clean the school and prepare for the start of classes.  There are tasks for all ages and all skill levels.  We will be moving mulch, cleaning tables, weeding the pollinator garden, moving furniture, helping teachers with odd jobs in their classrooms, etc.  We will have basic cleaning supplies on hand, but please bring wheelbarrows, pitch forks, weeding implements, and rakes if you have them.

High Schools students can earn community service hours for this work!

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Roz Grant, with any questions: rgrant@woodscharter.org

Athletic Director Dena Floyd Receives Top Recognition Dena Floyd

In the Spring of 2018, Dena Floyd was selected by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association as the "State Athletic Director Administrator" of the year. This is a significant award as it spans all classifications and is selected by the board of the NCSCA.  

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!

High School Theater Club's Fall Performance Peter/Wendy

WCS High School Theatre Club announces its Fall 2018 Production!
by Jeremy Bloom
An innovative adaptation of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan

Coming to the Woods Charter Stage
December 6th - 8th
Auditions to be held at the beginning of the next school year.
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Woods Graduation 2018 Graduation 2018

Our graduation ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 9th, starting at 10:00 a.m.  We've prepared a brief F.A.Q. to help our guests . . . 


LAST CHANCE TO ORDER YOUR 2017-18 Woods Yearbook!! yearbook


2018 Yearbook

Due to popular demand, we have re-opened the link for just a few days!


Emma Lanford Awarded Outstanding Vocalist lanford

Congratulations to Woods Senior Emma Lanford, who was given an Outstanding Vocalist Award by Wynton Marsalis at the Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 12. She sang “Ain’t Got Nothing But the Blues” by Duke Ellington. [insert photo – see attachment to email]


A link to her performance can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDjD3JqcHak


Press release: https://www.jazz.org/press/jazz-at-lincoln-center-announces-the-23rd-annual-essentially-ellington-high-school-jazz-band-competition-festival-top-placing-bands-and-soloists-awards/

Elementary NCSO Update Elementary NCSO

On Saturday at River Bend Middle School the Woods Charter Division A Science Olympiad Team made an impressive showing at the Elementary Competition!

In a field of 13 teams, our Varsity team claimed four medals in their events! PROgamers took 1st place, Pasta Bridges took 1st, What's the Matter took 4th, and Super Sleuths took 2nd! Our Junior Varsity team earned a 1st place medal for Pasta Bridges as well! 

None of this would have been possible without the dedication of volunteers who coached and administered this event. Our congratulations and appreciation to the parents of these young scientists who took on the challenge of encouraging and coaching the teams. Special thanks to Mrs. Faulkner and Mr. Hale for their leadership of these awesome Woods Teams. Thanks again to all the students, coaches, faculty, administration and parents for their dedication, hard work and time. We'll see you in August for our next season!

Wednesday, May 16th May 16

Because we have such a stellar crew of substitute teachers on call and at the ready and front office staff able to jump in as needed, we are able to cover for teachers who will be taking a personal day to attend the teachers' rally in Raleigh.  We will be in school Wednesday, May 16th -- and sending our gratitude and support to all folks heading to Raleigh to advocate for our kids.

Board Candidates Board Elections

Board Candidate information

Tyler Deegan Awarded Prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship Tyler Deegan, 2018 Morehead-Cain Scholar

Congratulations to our own Tyler Deegan, awarded the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship from UNC Chapel Hill!

From the Morehead-Cain website:

 Tyler will graduate this spring from Woods Charter School in Chapel Hill, where she has served in student government throughout her four years at high school. This year her classmates elected her student council president. Tyler has also competed at the regional and state championship levels of Science Olympiad, held an internship at a community pharmacy, and founded her school Outdoors Club. Tyler plays varsity volleyball, basketball, and soccer, and is interested in studying biology and chemistry. She is the daughter of Sean and Janna Deegan of Pittsboro.


Board Elections election

Woods Charter School

Board Elections, May 2018


At the next school board meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm in The Glade, two (2) school board members will be elected to serve three-year terms.

High School Theater Performances Theater Perforances

Woods Charter High School Theatre presents
A Double Feature!

A Circular Play* by Gertrude Stein and 

Frostbite* by Lisa D'Amour 

Friday's performance followed by discussion.
Saturday's performance followed by a special reception.

May 4th and 5th on The WCS Stage. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Performances start at sundown.
Donations are graciously accepted.

*permission granted by the Estate of Gertrude Stein, through Levin & Gann, P.A.
*produced by special arrange with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)

Diversity Alliance Book Drive DA

The Woods Charter School Diversity Alliance believes that representation in books matters. We are hosting a book drive in May to create a diverse lending library for all of our students (elementary included). Donate a book from our wishlist by shopping with one of our local partner stores. 20% of the proceeds go back to Woods!

There are two ways to help: 

1. Shop in person at one of our partner stores: McIntyre's in Fearrington Village, The Regulator in Durham, and Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Check for a WCS display or ask at the desk! 

2. Can't get to a store? Shop online using our wishlists at Flyleaf and The Regulator! 

Link to Flyleaf wishlist here: https://www.flyleafbooks.com/wishlist/4

Link to Regulator wishlist here: https://www.regulatorbookshop.com/wishlist/67

Buy books between May 1st and May 31st. We will pick books up from the stores at the end of the drive. Next year, they will be available for borrowing in our new lending library space! 

2018 Benefit Auction auction

We had another record-breaking Benefit Auction with over $130K raised to support our school! Part of that $130K is more than $78K in Raise the Paddle donations that will go directly to our very deserving faculty in the form of an end-of-year supplement. 

THANK YOU to everyone who has been part of bridging the gap - your generosity means we have surpassed our Annual Fund goal of $250K! There is always more we can do for our students and faculty, so if you would like to donate or Raise the Paddle, you can here.

High School Orientation Math string art


We invite families of rising 9th grade students to attend the Orientation session on April 25, 3:30-4:30 in the Glade.

Information will include transitioning to high school, schedules, extracurricular activities, the advisory program, and academic expectations. Teachers and students will be on hand to answer questions and introduce themselves.

Please email aberg@woodscharter.org with any questions.


Spring Holiday Weekend spring weekend

A reminder that Friday, April 27th is a spring holiday weekend.  School will be closed.  

Spirit Gear from Adidas Adidas logo

The Woods Adidas Spirit Gear Site is open one more time this school year through Wednesday, April 25th. If you're interested in buying Woods Charter Adidas Gear, go to the following link:

Please contact, Athletic Director, Ms. Floyd, if you have any questions- dfloyd@woodscharter.org . 

Welcome Back Adrienne Berg Adrienne Berg

 High School Director Adrienne Berg will return from her Fulbright experience in the Netherlands next week!

The Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching allowed Ms. Berg to immerse herself in Dutch culture, language, history, geography, and education.

Ms. Berg studied how Dutch schools educate youth about relationships, intimacy, respect, sexuality, and growing up. She conducted interviews and observed secondary classrooms while connected with Maastricht University.

Highlights from her trip include living in an ancient city, seeing lots of art, and discovering the many connections between the Netherlands and the United States.  Did you know the Dutch invented WiFi, the stock exchange, doughnuts, and New York City? 

Stay tuned to hear more about her work later this spring. 


Our Annual Benefit Auction is fast approaching! You won't want to miss this night of good food, good drink, good music and good people - plus some amazing auction items (Cabo San Lucas anyone??). 

Details: Saturday, April 21st, 6-9pm at the Briar Chapel Clubhouse

Purchase your tickets and sign up for babysitting here:   www.bidpal.net/woods 

Spring Break spring break

We will be on Spring Break from March 24th - April 1st.  We wish everyone a restful and fulfilling break!

20 Hours 20 Hours

Our school works because of the devoted work of our amazing volunteers!  We ask our families to devote 20 hours of volunteer service to the school each year.  

We have a volunteer coordinator, Roz Grant (rgrant@woodscharter.org), to help match volunteers (their schedules, their talents) to the school's needs.  Contact Roz to figure out ways you'd like to help.

Communication Needs Survey survey

The School Board’s Communication Committee would love your feedback! Please take a few quick moments to complete this survey so that we can work to develop the best communication methods for our community.

School Communication Survey


Closing Early Closing Early

Posted 3/12/2018 at 10:00 AM

We will be closing early today at 1 PM because of the potential for hazardous road conditions later in the afternoon.

All after-school activities are canceled.

Buses will run their regular routes two hours earlier than normal.

Two-Hour Delay Two hour delay

On Tuesday, March 13th we will operate on a two-hour delay.

Let the Olympics Begin in Elementary Read a thon


The elementary READATHON (Reading Olympics) has begun.  All students in grades K-4 are encouraged to read lots and log their reading from March 2 - March 21.  Parents, please check your child's folder for the intro letter with instructions and the paper log.  The intro letter is also attached.  The online log can be found at bit.ly/wcsreadathon2018.  Take advantage of extra time during the days off from school and encourage your kids to read!  Visit the Woods elementary reading room or book swap cart to find some books to read, or visit your local library. Email readandreturn@woodscharter.org with any readathon questions.


AP Research exam

Anjali Gupta not only earned the top score of 5 but was one of only 176 students in the world to achieve a perfect score on the AP Research exam last Spring. She answered every multiple-choice question correctly and earned full points on each of the essays in the free-response section of the exam. Congratulations, Anjali!


Only 511 students in the world achieved this extraordinary academic feat of a perfect score on an AP exam.

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 . . . ).

School Calendar 2018-19 School Calendar 2018-19

At its regular February meeting the WCS Board approved this calendar for school year 2018-19.

End of Trimester Workdays Trimester 2 ends

Trimester #2 ends this Friday.  Monday and Tuesday, March 5th and 6th, are teacher work days.

Model UN group un

Congratulations to Woods Charter for an amazing job at Model United Nations at Chapel Hill (MUNCH). After spending four days at UNC debating, writing directives, sponsoring resolutions and getting them passed, delegates from Woods Charter earned the top conference award: Best Small Delegation. From February 22nd through 25th, eleven high school students represented on six committees with the following breakdown:

School Closed for Presidents' Day School closed Pres Day

School will be closed on Monday, February 19th.

Scholarship Opportunities questbridge
Woods Charter Admission Lottery results

Lottery results can be found here: www.woodscharterlottery.org


Flu Alert Flu Alert

Flu season has arrived earlier than normal.  Please 'Read More' for helpful information from our school nurse.

Head of School Survey survey

The Personnel Committee of the Board has created a community survey as part of Mr. Bryan’s evaluation. Your input is very important to us. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey on or before February 2, 2018.


Time to complete: approximately 10 minutes.


Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018WCSHOSCommunity

Snow Day Make-Ups Making Up Our Snow Days

What about making up time for those snow days?

(Please click 'Read More'  . . . it's just a bit complicated!)

Revitalizing Our Recycling Recycle

We’re implementing a new recycling program in the Great Room at lunch times, and we’re looking for parent volunteers to assist for the first two weeks of implementation.  We’d love your help – whether you can devote one hour on just one day or cover all three lunches for multiple days.  The job will be to help students identify which items go in the trash and which go in recycling.  We will train you and provide the gloves!

 We serve lunch from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM, and we’re looking for help from February 5th – 16th.

Please contact our volunteer coordinator: Roz Grant (rgrant@woodscharter.org).

This would be a super helpful and super positive way for your family to fulfill its twenty-hour volunteer commitment to Woods!

Board Special Session Special Session

We had to cancel last week's regular board meeting because of the snow.  The Board will hold a special session on Thursday, January 25th at 8:00 AM to decide how to make up for the missed school days.  This meeting will take place in the Conference Room.

Let's Get Back to Work! Crocus from snow

We are so looking forward to getting back to school tomorrow.  Regular day, regular start time.

School Closed School closed

Posted 3:00 PM, Thursday:

We will be closed Friday, January 19th.

Weather Update Weather Update

Weather UpdatePosted: 10:00 AM, Tuesday, January 16th

We are yearning for a "regular" week of school at some point, and we imagine that parents are sharing that hope.  We are also keeping a close eye on the weather moving in tonight.  It looks likely that we will not be able to have school tomorrow, but we will wait to see that this system materializes according to the current forecast.  We will post to this website (remember to hit refresh!), to WRAL, and to our phone alert system by 6:00 AM Wednesday morning.

Learning from the Legacy of Dr. King The Time is Always Right MLKJr

The Woods Charter High School Diversity Alliance organized a day-long event to commemorate the life work of Martin Luther King Jr.  A panel of guest speakers adressed questions from the student body on the topic of race and how it intertwines with their work as artists, scholars, and activists. The panelists met with small groups of students to discuss race in America today. Rich discussions on race and sports, criminal justice, environmental racism, the media, and more explored the issues and provided space to tackle tough questions.

The Woods Spanish Club provided a delicious lunch and raised over $500 to contribute to hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico. 

High school students took part in a bystander intervention training and workshop, then met with middle schoolers to discuss their takeaways and findings.  

In grades K-4, guest parents shared picture books and discussion about key figures in the struggle for civil rights for African-Americans. Middle school students participated in awareness activities, workshops, and courageous conversations about privilege and discrimination featuring aspects of Dr. King's legacy of racial justice, non-violence, and peace.

Many, many thanks to the guests, volunteers, panelists, and the Woods community. Sarah Koppelkam and Alex Herzing provided the vision and leadership that made the day happen.  


Weather Update Weather Update

Weather Update
posted 6:35 PM, Sunday, January 7th

We'll have school tomorrow with a two-hour delay.  

The two hours will . . . 

1) give our drivers better visibility, 
2) allow other cars and traffic on the road before our buses and students,
3) give us a chance to treat and clear a sketchy part of our parking lot that today's thaw did not ameliorate.

For MS and HS:
all classes will meet on an abbreviated schedule.

Elementary students will have lunch at regular time.  MS and HS lunches will take place according to two-hour delay schedule.

Buses will run two hours later than their regular schedule.

Woods Book Discussion: Half the Sky Half the Sky

Parents and Faculty are invited to join a round-table book discussion of Half the Sky by Kristoff and Wudunn, which tells the stories of women from around the world. Book discussion in the Glade on Jan 31 at 6:00. Order your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Half-Sky-Oppression-Opportunity-Worldwide/dp/0307387097

"From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.

Let's get going! 2018

Hoping everyone had a restful and fulfilling break.  The faculty and admin team are super excited to get moving with 2018.  We will start at our regular time Tuesday morning.

Course Catalog for 2018-19 alt logo

Get ready for next year! Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students will be able to sign up for classes for the fall after winter break. Review graduation requirements and course offerings in the online catalog to help with your planning.

Advisors will be happy to answer questions and help with decisions.

Woods Charter 2018-19 Course Catalog


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 CANCELLED! Watkins alumnae

Alumni, family, and friends, 

While we were so looking forward to  it, Homecoming and alumni events for January 5 are cancelled due to inclement weather.  

Alumni, if you haven't yet, please register on the website so we can contact you. (Click on Alumni)

We will look forward to another time to get together.

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: