Words from the Woods
Taking Care of Each Other
Welcome to 2021, and hope for better days ahead!
We're back to school, with more concerns than ever. The COVID-19 surge and the assault on the Capitol in Washington DC are on everyone's minds, causing much worry. This is a great time to take care of yourself and check on others. Even virtually, we can take advantage of the benefits of community and relationships.
How can you help?
- Encourage students to turn on their cameras during classes and meetings
- Encourage students to participate in a school club
- Stay in touch with friends through social and digital media
- Make the most of family time
- Manage the technology
- Head outdoors
- Give yourself a break!
Here are some resources to support you in having important conversations, making choices, and taking care of each other.
Bridging America's Political Divide - research from Making Caring Common
5 Self-care Practices for Every Area of Your Life
Teaching and Learning, Remotely
We are following up on actionable items and striving to make the most of the situation. Please reach out if you need information or support, or if you know someone who does.
JUNIORS will take the ACT (NC requirement) on Feb. 23. A letter with details was emailed to students and families. We are happy to field your questions as they come up.
The PreACT for students in 10th grade will be confirmed later this spring.
AP exams will be administered digitally in May as expected.
We expect to offer the SAT again at the end of the summer.
Opportunities for Students
Many programs and organizations share student opportunities with us, and we pass them along to students. It's always good to be aware of the possibilities! Students should read the HS Announcements and Check on their grade-level Google Classrooms for news as program information comes in.
AI Scholars Live Online exposes high school students to fundamental AI concepts and guides them to build a socially impactful AI project in a domain of their interest such as healthcare, robotics, finance, and sustainability to showcase the skills they learned.
The Perry Initiative offers STEM experiences to girls interested in careers science, medicine and engineering. Dates and details for each session can be found at https://perryinitiative.org/calendar/.
Nerd Alert! Transcribing old documents for community service is one way students are keeping busy. There are opportunities with quite a few libraries and institutions, helping with topics like prison diaries, New England whaling, sci-fi fanzines, and news reports.
For seniors: each year Woods Charter School is asked to nominate a senior to be considered for the People Helping People Scholarship Award sponsored by the NC State Employees' Credit Union. The scholarship, worth $10,000 over four years, seeks to recognize leadership, integrity, and community involvement.
You can review all the details on the SECU website: SECU People Helping People scholarship
When Will We Be Back at School?
Staying in Touch
You will also want to watch for the Woods News from the Front Office, and Athletics updates from Ms. Floyd.
Questions? Please ask!
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Contact Adrienne Berg
Woods Charter School
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Fulbright Distinguished Teacher