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November 23, 2009 A Message from the Principal…
Can you believe that we are halfway through the month of November already?
Holiday décor is up and we are only weeks from the Winter Holiday Break! One quarter
of the year is already graded and the second quarter is more than half way over.
Report cards went home on October 27, 2009, and the interim progress report for the
second quarter went out on Friday, November 13, 2009.
Focusing on making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) has been our aim. We not only
want the state’s “A” grade for the ninth consecutive year in 2010; we want the long
Inside This Issue elusive “Yes” for meeting AYP and leaving No Child Left Behind. Our students and
teachers are working diligently to accomplish this feat. We finished our Winter
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Diagnostic tests November 17-19, so we will have data to drive our instruction right after
1 Congratulations VIMS the Winter Break. This school year is passing so quickly.
2 Book Fair Extracurricular activities and electives are also keeping us busy. Tryouts for the
cheerleading squad were competitive: there were over 80 girls who tried out for 25
2 Science News coveted spots. The Woodlands softball team had a wonderful season. They are
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Division champs, Conference champs, and runner-up for the County Championship.
Several of our students have made the All-State music programs. If you’ve been on
2 Harvest Dance campus, then you may have seen the art work changing, courtesy of Mrs. Morgan’s Art
students. Mrs. Johnson’s culinary class has been busy creating culinary delights such as
2 After-school Program creamy fruit smoothies, warm, flaky cinnamon buns, and just recently, spaghetti with a
delectable meat sauce. All our students take such pride in their products!
3 Social Studies This has been a great year for Woodlands already, and I look forward to our students
and faculty accomplishing even more as we wind down the first semester and gear up
3 SADD for the second. We remain committed to achieving our academic goals and
celebrating our extracurricular accolades. I am grateful for a quiet start to the school
3 Sports year and for having the opportunity to work with the students, parents, faculty and staff
at Woodlands. On behalf of the entire Woodlands family, I wish you a safe and
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relaxing holiday season!
Congratulations VIMS Recipients!
Congratulations to the first quarter “Very Important Mustangs” (VIMs) achievers. Our VIMs will be treated to No Homework
Passes, an ice cream social, jeans day and a college team shirt day this quarter. These students earned A’s, B’s & C’s and 3’s &
4’s in conduct for the first nine weeks.
Congratulations, “A” students! We hosted a breakfast to honor the students who earned all “A’s” on November 6, 2009.
Students who earned an “F” in any of their academic classes have the opportunity to change their grade by participating in the
computer based Compass Learning Program. Sessions are held after school Monday through Thursday and on some Saturdays,
beginning on November 2nd. For further information, please call Ms. Marshall, Compass Director, at 357-0373.
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Woodlands’ Holiday Book Fair
The Woodlands’ Media Center is sponsoring our annual Holiday Book Fair. The
Book Fair will take place from Nov. 30th through Dec. 11th from 9:30 A.M.-4:15
P.M. in the Media Center. We will have a huge selection of books and gift items
available for purchase with all profits going towards buying more books for the
Media Center collection. Remember the Woodlands Media Center Annual
Holiday book fair as a great place to shop and help your school at the same
time. For more information, please contact the Media Center at 561-357-0331.
All in the Name of SCIENCE!
Students in 7th grade science will be doing 10 labs within the next four weeks on
forces. These include student run demonstrations using raw eggs, to dropping
objects from chairs, to “playing” with marbles to show friction. They will also be
building paper bridges, “pulling the tablecloth out from under the dishes,”
flicking pennies onto clothespins, playing with Hot Wheels cars and
magwheeled cars to demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion. Students will also
be speed walking backwards; they will be doing speed chewing of bubble
gum and playing with yoyos and wacky clackers…..ALL IN THE NAME OF GOOD
SCIENCE LEARNING FUN!
Shop Target and Help Woodlands!
Parents! Use your Target credit card and register it to our school, allowing 1% of
your purchase to be donated to Woodlands. The Take Charge of Education
program gives Woodlands Middle 1% of the total sales of every registered
Fall Harvest Dance – A Cornucopia of Success
The Fall Harvest Dance held on Thursday, October 29th was a great success. A
HUGE thanks to our parents and the following community businesses:
Rita’s Water Ice
Chick-fil-a at Boynton Beach
Chili’s at Lantana and Jog Rd.
Starbucks at the Wellington Mall
Starbucks at Hypoluxo and Jog Rd.
We truly appreciate the efforts of our PTSO, our parent volunteers and staff who
donated their time to make this dance a success.
Woodlands Middle After-school Program
Woodlands Middle Afterschool Program offers students a variety of social, educational, and recreational activities. It’s
from 4:15-5:30 P.M., Mondays through Thursdays of each week. There is an afterschool activity bus available to take
students home. After-school activities include but are not limited to the following: Academic Games, Reading
Strategies, Cultural Club, Computer Games, Math Strategies, Social Skills Activities, Step/dance Team, Basketball, and
The Afterschool Program is at no cost to students on free or reduced lunch. If you have any questions or concerns
please feel free to contact any of the Co-directors, Mr. George or Ms. Withers.
Mr. George, Co-Director Ms. Linda Withers, Co-Director
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Woodlands Middle Diversity Club took part in the “Words not Weapons” youth poetry slam and evening of creative
expression. This Event was hosted by the Palm Beach Association of Black Journalists and The Palm Beach Post. The event
took place on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 6:00 P.M. @ Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Congratulations to
the students on this accomplishment.
“The Tutors” club meets every other Tuesday in room 2203 from 4:15 P.M. - 5:30 P.M. The Tutors assist student in all four core
courses. If your child is struggling, don’t fear… the tutors are here!!!
Social Studies Helps Raise Awareness…
The Social Studies Department will be making an effort to gather up all U.S. flags that are no longer in shape to fly as a
symbol of our country.
If students, or their neighbors, are flying flags that are tattered, ripped, or too weather-beaten to be a proper representation
of our nation, students can bring those flags to their social studies teacher. We will be collecting them, and will ask the local
VFW to come to Woodlands to conduct the authorized retirement ceremony for the U.S. flag.
We believe that this ceremony will result in an informative lesson in how the U.S. flag should be properly retired.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club celebrated RED RIBBON WEEK October 26-30, 2009. Red Ribbon Week is
the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. SADD “PLEDGES TO STAY SAFE” were signed in all
homeroom classes. Banners, posters, and red ribbons decorated the school and a crashed car involved in a drunk driving
accident was placed in the bus area to remind us to always BUCKLE UP, avoid alcohol and other drugs, and help keep
everyone you know healthy and drug free. Mrs. Dewalt is the teacher-advisor for the Woodlands Middle School SADD Club.
Congratulations to the 2009 Girls’ Volleyball Team! Kendall Purdy, Devin Rohack, Taylor Smith, Mara Marcus, Madison
Mokary, Paige Schosnig, Mackenzie Parascondola, Natalia Smith, Julianna Venetucci, Taylor Dinatali, Kaylynn Purdy,
Kasandra Castle, Savanah Julyia, Zoey Woods, Danielle Krebs, Jayda Irizarry, Michelle Alberto, Carolynn Wotring.
Business Partners Program
The Business Partners Program at Woodlands Middle School is growing. This program matches our community’s services,
time, materials, and financial resources to our school’s needs, in order to strengthen our educational process. A business
partner may be a business, service organization, governmental agency, community group, or institution of higher learning.
In return, we offer recognition on the school website and newsletters, invitations to school events, and appreciation
programs. Business may help in the following ways:
Provide technical assistance or service
Provide speakers to a class
Provide financial support to classrooms/departments/special projects Sponsor incentives for students and
Sponsor a school based club or Honor Roll Breakfast
Donate equipment or materials
If you, or someone you know, is interested in learning more about partnering with Woodlands Middle School, please
contact Linda Pike at 561-357-0339. Thank you for joining us to improve the future of our students.
Transportation of Musical Instruments/Other Items on School Bus
For the safety of students being transported on school buses, the items listed below cannot be transported. These items will
impede the evacuation of the bus during an emergency and the ability of the school bus driver to keep all students and
traffic in view.
Musical Instruments: Baritone horn, baritone and tenor saxophone, bass drums, cello, contra-bass clarinet, contra bassoon,
French horn, snare drum, sousaphone, tuba, guitar, trombone.
Other items: Fishing poles, skateboards, helium-inflated balloons, large science projects, all animals
Thank you for your cooperation and assistance to ensure students are transported safely.
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Thank you to our Business Partners!
Dates to Remember
Holiday – No School Nov. 25-27
Exams, Electives and Spanish Dec. 10, 11
Exam, Social Studies Dec. 14
Exam, Language Arts Dec. 15
*Exams, Math and Science Dec. 16, 17
End of 2nd 9 Weeks Dec. 18
Winter Break Dec. 21-Jan. 4
Begin 3rd 9 Weeks Jan. 5
Report Card Disribution Jan. 13
Holiday – No School Jan. 18
PDD – Half-day Jan. 21
* indicates block schedule days
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