- Year End Celebrations for Seniors
- Assessment Week
- Assessment Attendance, & FYI
- Global Odyssey, Honors Assembly & Graduation
- ACT at Woodlands
- Summer Classes at Woodlands
- Walk for Water
GrowGirl Summer Camp
Spirit Store Hours
- Looking for a Host Family
- Italy and Belize Parent Meeting Recording
From the Development Office
A Reflection from Head of School
Greetings Woodlands Academy Families and Friends,
This coming week we will celebrate Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 2. This is a national day of recognition for all those who teach. This celebration of educators began in 1953 as National Teacher Day and came about through the advocacy of Eleanor Roosevelt.
The teachers and staff at Woodlands are exemplary! Their dedication and commitment to the students are played out in many ways, including serving as advisors, club moderators and coaches for our teams. Additionally, our teachers and staff write letters of recommendation to support college applications, attend retreats with their students, and give their free time to attend games, plays, concerts and art shows.
Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ, said, "It is always the here and now, there is always the present moment to do the very best we can with, and the future depends on the way these moments are spent." This is very true; our teachers and staff understand and act on this. It is a privilege to call them colleagues in this adventure in grace that is Sacred Heart education.
As a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, educators of the Sacred Heart are recognized for years of service. Those being recognized this year include:
- Ms. Jennifer Brostrom – 5 years
- Mr. Matthew Nuccio – 5 years
- Ms. Courtney Pomije – 5 years
- Dr. Valerie Rickert – 5 years
- Dr. Meg Kincaid – 10 years
- Mr. Elliot Coffey – 10 years
- Mr. Rocco Gargiulo – 20 years
Please join me in expressing your gratitude for the Woodlands faculty and staff as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day. I hope that giving a gift (no matter the amount) to the Woodlands Fund in honor of a teacher or staff member, especially those recognized by the Network for their long commitment to education, will resonate with you. I look forward to showering the teachers with the accompanying messages of gratitude.
Dr. Susan Tyree Dempf
Head of School
- April 30 Walk for Water 10:00 - 2 pm
- May 1 May Crowning 2:00 - 3:00 pm
- May 12 Fine Arts Evening 6:00 pm
- May 19 Madeleine Sophie Barat Mass
- May 22 - 25 Assessment Week
- May 29 Memorial Day. School Closed
- May 30 - June 2 Global Odyssey Week
Mark Your Calendars- Senior End of Year Celebrations
Dear Senior Parents and Guardians, details for end of the year celebrations for seniors including Graduation, Honors Assembly and the Alumnae Induction celebrations can be found in this link. Mark your calendars for these important events:
- May 25 at 6:00 pm, Alumnae Induction Ceremony
- June 6 at 10:00 am Honors Assembly
- June 7 at 3:00 pm Graduation and Reception
Second Semester Final Exams & End of the Year Updates
May is a very busy month at Woodlands Academy and many important events take place both before and after the assessment (final exam) week. Please be sure to consult the web calendar for specific information pertaining to the events. Important details concerning the assessment week and a few of the events are listed below.
Administered during scheduled class periods:
Monday 5/22 - Period 1 9:00 am – 11:00 am and Period 2 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tuesday 5/23 - Period 3 9:00 am – 11:00 am and Period 4 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Wednesday 5/24 - Period 5 9:00 am – 11:00 am and Period 6 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday 5/25 - Period 7 9:00 am – 11:00 am and Period 8 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Friday 5/26 – Grading Day – No Classes
Students may depart the traditional objective tests after 80 minutes (i.e. essay, multiple choice, short answer, etc.). Students having a different type of assessment (i.e. oral presentation, project, etc.) may have the full 2 hours for class.
Assessment Attendance & Miscellaneous Information
- Students may depart campus between assessments and need only be on campus when an assessment is given.
- AP classes, PE/Health classes, and Orchestra will not meet during assessment week.
- Students may purchase lunch as usual through Handcut Foods.
- Quiet study spaces will be available.
- Seniors earning a 90% or higher may be exempt from certain course final exams.
- Students may wear casual clothing to their assessments.
- Students must take their assessments during the scheduled times.
- On Assessment days, May 22 - May 25, train riders will be picked-up at the station at 7:30 am and 8:30 am (Monday through Thursday), and the van will depart Woodlands at 2:10 pm daily for the station.
- In early June, second semester grades will be released in Blackbaud.
Global Odyssey (GO), Honors Assembly, & Graduation Information
Friday 5/26 & Monday 5/29 - Memorial Day Holiday – School Closed
Tuesday 5/30 – Friday 6/2 Global Odyssey (GO) Classes (9 am daily start time) – Casual Days (Daily train station pick up at 8:30 am, depart for station at 3:10 pm daily.) More details forthcoming.
Monday 6/5 – Senior & Senior Parent/Guardian Breakfast – held from 9:00 am – 10:15 am at Gloria Dei.
Monday 6/5 – Global Reflection Day– 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Train riders will be picked-up at the station at 9:30 am, and the van will depart Woodlands at 2:10 pm. There will be a mandatory graduation practice for seniors from 2:00 pm – 3:00pm.
Tuesday 6/6 – Honors Assembly - A required day of attendance for all students. 9:30 am start with homeroom by grade level. 10:00 am Honors Assembly in chapel; Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are in dresses or traditional uniform. Seniors are in caps and gowns. (No shuttle service on this day.)
Wednesday 6/7 - Senior Graduation at 3:00 pm. Graduates arrive by 1:30 pm.
ACT at Woodlands
Woodlands Academy has been approved as a closed testing site for the ACT. This means that we will be able to offer the June ACT (for our students only) on campus.
Juniors have been emailed with instructions for registering for the ACT at Woodlands on Saturday, June 10, 2023. (Registration deadline 5/5/2023)
Walk for Water
Join us this Su nday, April 30, from 10 am - 2 pm. Student Organizers, led by Avery Drehkoff '25, are hosting a Walk for Water. Participants will walk our beautiful campus to raise money for clean drinking water around the world. More information and registration is available here.
Woodlands Academy GrowGirl Summer Camp!
We are gearing up for the 2nd year of GrowGirl! GrowGirl is an all-girls summer day camp for students entering grades 4-9. Check out the innovative session offerings designed by our world-class faculty. Please help us spread the word about these exciting opportunities!
Spirit Store Hours
The Spirit Store will be open on the following dates: 5/11 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and 5/25 at 6:00 pm at Spring Sports Awards Night. Please be sure to check out our new WA lanyards!
Around Woodlands Global Education
Looking for a Host Family
Please contact Chris Schmidt if you are interesting in host an exchange student from Toyko for two weeks. The dates of the homestay would be October 14 - 28 or October 27 - Nov 10, 2023. Host family members 18 years or older must participate in a background check. Please consider this amazing opportunity.
Italy and Belize Parent Meeting Recording
Please see recordings below, and contact Chris Schmidt with any questions.
From the Development Office
We want to announce the "Battle of the Classes"! This is a participation challenge for our spring fundraising campaign; a gift of $10 or more before May 15 will count toward your class percentage.
The winning class will get one week of casual dress. In addition, the advisory with the highest participation will receive a Chipotle lunch.
Click here to shower Woodlands with your support.
The Spirit is always speaking to us deep in our hearts, if only we listen.
-Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat