New/Returning Student Resources 2023-24
This page will be continually updated as new information becomes available (updated 5/11/2023).
Orientation August 21
New Student & Family Orientation, followed by the New Student Prayer Service, will take place on Monday, August 21, from 9:00 am - 11:45 am. Email Brigitte Kusevskis with questions or concerns.
Family Mass & Picnic
Save the date! Join us on August 27th for our opening mass and picnic! Check back for an RSVP form soon.
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Gloria Dei Center
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Registration Forms Via Blackbaud
Student registration steps will be completed via Blackbaud checklists and forms. Forms are due Monday, August 1, 2023
Books & Supply List
- On the first day of school, August 22, students should come with their tablet computer (specifications below), and a notebook and pen/pencil for notes.
- There is no need to order books. Students will receive their books on the first day of school.
- All students should have a TI84 plus CE graphing calculator.
- Stock a plentiful supply of school supplies - pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, flash cards, binder paper, notebooks, binders, folders, etc. – at home.
- On the first day of classes teachers will tell students if any specific supplies are needed.
Technology Training Sessions
New students must register for a technology training session. These 90-minute sessions will occur on the following dates:
-Woodlands Academy New Student Technology Training Dates-
Monday 8/14 - 9:00-10:30 AM
Friday 8/18 - 12:30-2:00 PM
Monday 8/21 - 12:00-1:30 PM
Please register for the session of your choice using this form. Thank you!
E-mail questions or concerns to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Operating System: Windows 10 or Windows 11
- Processor: Intel i3 (or equivalent)
- Hard Drive: 128 GB SSD
- RAM: 4GB (8GB is preferred)
- Battery: 6+ hours of battery life
- Screen: 10” or larger
- Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable
- Touch Screen: Pen or Stylus input is preferred for note taking purposes
Tablet computer hybrids are preferred as they support all software that may be required at all levels. Additionally, these devices offer students the flexibility to take notes, sketch, and annotate directly on their device while maintaining the full functionality of a laptop computer. Some examples of devices that meet the recommended minimum specifications include:
- Microsoft Surface Pro/Book devices
- Lenovo Yoga/IdeaPad/ThinkPad models
- ASUS Transformer products.
Apple devices are Not Recommended
Apple does not currently offer a product that fits into the tablet computer hybrid market, so Apple devices (iPads and Mac laptops) are not recommended at this time.
Chromebooks are Not Recommended
Chromebooks are very popular as reliable, less expensive alternatives, but they are NOT acceptable as there are productivity and compatibility issues, especially when offline.
If you have any questions, concerns, or require clarification about this policy please contact Elliot Coffey our Director of Technology: email@example.com.
Below, we've compiled a list of point people based on subject.
Course Placement, Class Schedules, and Summer Assignments
Rocco Gargiulo ext. 1016
Medical Forms/ Health Info
Chris Grasenick ext. 1018
New Student Orientation and Uniforms
Brigitte Kusevskis ext. 1117
Parent Organization (WAPA)
Mary Kelly ext. 1034
Christine Schmidt ext. 1406
Matthew Hickey ext. 1299
Sierra Leigh ext. 1412
Required Student Information Form, Transcripts, Birth Certificates
Patty Drummond ext. 1021
Sacred Heart Global Academy
Christine Schmidt ext. 1406
Technology & Personal Device Specifications
Elliot Coffey ext. 1045
Transportation and Food Service
Geraldine White ext. 1035
Geraldine White ext. 1035
Wildcat Connection: Join us at Walk for Water, Host Parent Opportunity, Year End Celebrations & More!
Boarding Program Communications
Resident Life Onboarding Packet - The Residential Life Onboarding packet is intended to give a comprehensive view of the residential life program at Woodlands.
Woodlands Academy uses Dennis uniforms as the vendor to supply uniform pieces. Below please find a link to the uniform list as well as Dennis uniform site. Uniform expectations and dress code will be covered in orientation as well as in the first weeks of school. Questions? Contact Dean of Students Brigitte Kusevskis
Please check out this Welcome Kit as your go-to guide for all things DENNIS.
Meals are provided by our partner Handcut Foods.
Meals are purchases a la carte via credit card, debit card, or mobile wallet. No cash.
Providing nutritious and delicious meals to our community is important to us. Please share any feedback you have with Geraldine White.
Woodlands Academy operates a daily shuttle bus, weekdays, between the Fort Sheridan Metra station (UP-N), and the Woodlands campus. Schedules are listed below. If your family intends on using our bus service, please make sure to indicate that preference on your Blackbaud Transportation Form.
Shuttle bus service is $500 per semester.
*** Please show your Student ID to the driver as you board.
2023-24 Transportation Schedule
Fort Sheridan - Union Pacific North line
7:25 AM - Morning pick-up
Afternoon departure times (from Woodlands Academy front entrance)
6:10 (seasonally depending on school activities)
Shuttle times are subject to change based on alterations to Metra schedules.
Questions? Contact Geraldine White
Tryouts for Fall sports will begin on Monday, August 7. Details on sports offerings will be announced end of June. Please complete and bring completed athletic forms to first day of tryouts. The physical for new students is due to Chris Grasenick on August 1. All athletes must have a physical on file dated within 1 year from participation.
For those students interested in participating in orchestra, please email Orchestra Director Matthew Hickey. Orchestra takes place before school every morning.