Academy of Advanced Studies
By: A. Ing
The Academy of Advanced Studies is a charter program of choice.
Academy of Advanced Studies allows any students from Henry County to explore more varieties of courses and education not available at other High Schools in Henry County. It provides pathways such as creative studies, business and digital design, wellness and community services, engineering, power, and automation. The Academy of Advanced Studies also prioritizes career guidance, planning, and the development of behaviors for employee work expectations.
The Academy of Advanced Studies also provides college-level coursework, including dual enrollment, and Advanced Placement.
For additional information regarding the Academy of Advanced Studies students may contact their school counselor or go to the Academy of Advanced Studies website.
Students can register during the open house January 24th and January 31st at the Academy of Advanced studies for the 2023-2024 school year. Students must bring their chromebooks in order to complete the registration.
The United States in the 2022 Qatar World Cup
By: B. Inthirath
On November 21, 2022, the United States went into the 2022 Qatar World Cup to go up against Wales and other countries. This year the United States joined the World Cup to go up against England, Iran, and the Netherlands.
The United States went up against Wales and. Then, Timothy Weah weaved Wayne Hennessy and kicked the ball straight into the goal causing the US to be in the lead. In the second half, Wale’s striker, Gareth Bale scored against the United States from a penalty kick and ended the match with a tie.
After the tie, the United States are going up against the Three Lions. Shockingly, the United States and the Three Lions ended up scoreless and went with a tie. Some fun facts is in 1950, the USMNT scored against the Three Lions by 1 and ever since England has never scored against the US in later World Cups. Now, the United States can not lose or draw a match as they will be eliminated.
Will the United States be able to advance forward or are they going to lose? The United States tied with England and caused a shocker among the citizens of the US and England. Now, the United States is going up against Iran. This builds the tension up and causes anticipation among the players and the watchers.
Excitement among the countries, the USMNT goes up against Iran. Luckily the United States was able to beat Iran by 1 goal and advanced into the Round of 16 against the Netherlands on December 3, 2022. This is a big step for the US and American citizens as they are riled up and ready for the next match.
Now against the Netherlands, the United States humiliatingly lost by 3 to 1 and will be eliminated from the World Cup. The one goal by the US was made by Haji Wright making it 2-1 and almost achieved a comeback, but Denzel Dumfries made a goal, making it 3-1 ensuring the United States loss.
Kindness Week begins
By E. Waters
Woodland High School's kindness week starts officially this week on November 14th - 18th. Be prepared to put your best foot forward and show kindness to your fellow students. Anyone caught committing a kind act can redeem ice cream at the kindness table during lunch on Friday.
Start the week by sending kindness grams available in classrooms and at the kindness table during lunch and wearing blue to represent kindness. Kindness grams are a staple of kindness week and can make a difference in someone’s day. One student described receiving a kindness gram, “It’s a nice feeling to know that someone was thinking of you. It was nice to know I had impacted someone enough for them to send me a kindness gram.”
On Tuesday find a kindness card and give it to someone to encourage them. Take a picture with this person and post it on Instagram with the caption #KINDNESSmatters. On Wednesday be the “I” in kindness and take a picture and write positive messages during lunch. On Thursday, be safe and let a trusted adult know if you or one of your friends is having a safety issue. A safety box will be available on the kindness table during lunch.And end the week by wearing red to show A.C.E.S. of kindness.
Woodland High School’s flag football team
By: A. Ing
Woodland high school’s girls flag football team have won regionals with a streak of 8 wins and 1 loss. This is impressive considering the fact that the majority of the team had never played Flag Football. For anyone who doesn't know what flag football is, Coach Calloway explains “it is a form of football that is played with flags. Flags are used in the place of tackling. Most of the game is similar to tackle football except for the tackling.”
And with winning the regionals, the team moved on to the 1st round of the playoffs. In the first round of the playoffs they played against Greenbrier, and unfortunately lost. But that one loss doesn’t change the team’s spirit. The team plans on improving in every aspect of the game and have more members the next year.
The flag football team consisted of two coaches, Coach Calloway and Coach Stokes. Along with 14 members, Ania Campbell, Summer Key, Deja Brown, Jaida Caple, Amari Laviolette, Bellamy Emerson, Precious Sherrer, Jasmin Clark, Zaria Pough, Tia Huff, Chasity Reece, Kemora James, Mmedarra Unah, Kirsten Haynes.
Coach Calloway says “To the players, great season and I enjoyed coaching you. To the supporters, thanks for all your support and encouraging words you gave us all year.”
The effect of long-term substitutes on learning
There is an increase in long-term substitutes this year due to staff shortages at Woodland High School, but how is this affecting the students?
Teacher absences can cause many problems in the classroom including a lack of order and learning. It’s not odd for nothing to get done when the teacher isn’t around. This leaves teachers having to reteach material when they get back. A teacher also plays a role in building relationships with students to make the learning experience more comfortable. What is to happen then when students don’t have a regular teacher and instead a long-term substitute?
Students at Woodland High School were asked to complete a survey and the results paint a picture of how their test results and grades have been affected as well as the relationships built within the classroom. Almost half of the students (45.7%) have had their grades drop in their classes compared to past years. A majority of students have average test scores and 68.1% of students have not established a relationship with their substitute teacher.
Clubs to go
It's a student's go-to; here at Woodland High school for students to join extracurricular activities. For example, many know about joining Softball and Anime Club. Unfortunately, those new to the School might not know of some of the offered clubs. Most likely due to the lack of fliers and announcements.
On September 27th, Ms. Smith, the Media Center specialist, was interviewed about some clubs at Woodland High school. She gives students some enlightenment on clubs. She states, “Chess Club and Reading Bowl are a few clubs I sponsor that students can join, although we do have more clubs students can join.”
Ms. Smith further explains, “you don’t have to have any experience with Chess; it’s something that’s just for fun!”
What time does the Chess club open, or is it a requirement for you to attend? Ms. Smith told students, “students don’t have to come every time. We usually meet twice a month, usually on Wednesdays.
Therefore, students, who are intimidated by not knowing how to do something, should take this opportunity to learn something new!
Furthermore, for students interested in joining the Reading Bowl, Ms. Smith says, “the Reading Bowl is a group of students that have to pick one book from a stack of 20 from the Georgia Peach Award. So it’s sort of a quiz bowl competition we go to in January over the books.”
For more information on clubs, you can go to the school website. Go to activities, and you’ll have many more to choose from!
By: K.Parker and A.Ing
Woodland 100, Woodland High School’s men’s mentor group, will be hosting a “Socktober,” during the month of October, in which students will be able to bring in items such as socks, scarves, gloves, hats, and blankets for the cold weather approaching those in need. These donations will be given to the organization, Connecting Henry.
The main goal or main purpose of Woodland 100 is similar to the motto, which focuses on building leadership skills, servicing communities, and maintaining passing grades. The sponsor of this club, Mr. Satterwhite, expressed that he continued Woodland 100 because “it reminded him of something he didn't have when he was in school. It’s something that's significant towards young men who are trying to focus on leadership skills and how to build themselves up.”
Right now, there are about 21 members in Woodland 100. Being a smaller group allows them to be more intimate with the conversations they have during their meetings. Mr. Satterwhite comments that he thinks growing the group would be nice as it would get more young men involved in helping the community.
According to Mr. Satterwhite, there are many benefits that come from joining this club. “The benefits are just learning more about yourself. Becoming more self-aware, really learning those social and emotional skills, especially as far as self awareness, and responsible decision making.” He adds, “I think it will help them (students) get into college, just because there are fraternities that are in college and the colleges really want to see that you were involved; not only in your school but involved in your community as well.”
Woodland 100 helps young men learn to become young world-class leaders, build confidence and self-esteem, become community leaders by completing service projects, and create a portfolio that will impress colleges.
Mrs. Keller, Superstar Teacher of the 2021-22 Year
By: K. Parker
Mrs. Keller, a co-department chair for the ESE department gives her thoughts on important traits to be awarded teacher of the year.
Mrs. Keller teaches mild intellectually disabled students in GA alternate curriculum. She began her career in 2022 at Henry County High and transferred to Patrick Henry after eleven years. After another eleven years, in 2016, she came to Woodland as an interrelated math teacher. When asked about why she thinks she won the award, she stated that she doesn't know herself, and still asks herself that today. “Honestly, I thought someone was joking with me because I teach very few students, and for the faculty and staff to value these students and her teaching of them with such high regard was very humbling. I still haven't really gotten to the point where I believe it happened,” she continues, “Maybe me giving them the opportunities and experiences to be able to explore themselves and grow is what everyone saw. There's nobody else in this building I'd rather teach. They’re remarkable kids, they give me a lesson in perseverance every day.”
Mrs. Keller believes that being humbly impactful is a very important trait. Being humble leads to better listening, increased collaboration, and a more compassionate leadership style. It creates a constant drive to learn. This quality leads to better outcomes. She ends the interview by expressing the importance of being cognizant and understanding. “Be cognizant of the difficulties that students have. Not only socially, emotionally, and academically. Noticing things is very significant. Taking time to notice the students passing by, taking time to recognize if a student isn't quite the way they were the day before when they walked by. And even though you might not know that student and that student doesn't know you, it's important for the teacher to let that student know that they’re seen, and if they want to be heard, there's a place to come to.”
Being aware of the people around you is a very important and meaningful leadership skill.
Woodland's upcoming musical
On October 28th Woodland’s Theatre Department announced this year's new musical; Working: A Musical. This show will debut on March 30th and 31st 2023 at the Fairview Performing Arts Center so make sure to mark your calendars.
According to stateagent.com, “Working concerns the hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American. In the course of one twenty-four hour workday, the audience meets and hears stories of various workers including the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the mill worker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman and the housewife.” It contains 2 acts and has a mostly male cast.
If you are interested in being a part of this production auditions will be held for the cast and crew in the theatre room very soon. Cast auditions will be held on November 14, 2022, and auditionees will need to prepare a 30-sec monologue and 16-bars of a musical theatre song. All you introverts don’t worry because being a part of the cast isn't the only way to participate. Crew auditions will be held on November 10, 2022, roles need to be filled for props, lighting, sound, costumes, publicity, stage management, and choreography.