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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.

 

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

 

The final deadline is fast approaching!

Order your 2017-18 Woods Yearbook 

Available for sale until May 5, 2018 for $55

 

https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/view_account.asp?l=4311D877-A854-431B-8420-A17EBB1F49B1

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:
https://wcspirit18.itemorder.com


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. 

ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION: SATURDAY, APRIL 21st Raise the paddle

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

READATHON


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. 

http://www.francesdowell.com/

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:

 

 

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

 

https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/ChapelHill/IntoTheWoods5K 

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.

 

Extra Bright Day

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

WOODS CHARTER SCHOOL AFTERNOON BUS ROUTE STOP TIMES FOR ½ DAY

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

Bhangra

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. 

ALL STUDENTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN.

RSVP'S MUST BE IN BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6TH.

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

WOODS CHARTER SCHOOL AFTERNOON BUS ROUTE STOP TIMES FOR ½ DAY

EARLY RELEASE ON AUGUST 22nd & 23rd

(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

 

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.