Words from the Woods

January 2021

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?

Here are some resources to support you in having important conversations, making choices, and taking care of each other.

Healthy Children

Mental Health First Aid

COVID-19 Support for teens from the CDC

Bridging America's Political Divide - research from Making Caring Common

5 Self-care Practices for Every Area of Your Life

Teaching and Learning, Remotely

Thank you for your thoughts and feedback about Plan C and how the school year is going for your family. It has gotten easier, and challenges remain--those threads run through all of the responses. The number one most common issue is that everyone misses school!

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.

Upcoming Testing

Let's welcome Emily Anderson as the new Testing Coordinator! Ms. Anderson will keep us informed and organized. There is a lot to keep track of and there may be changes and updates in terms of required testing this year.


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?

The WCS School Board will discuss options for returning to school at the Jan. 21 meeting.

Staying in Touch

This newsletter is published during the first week of each month to provide information relevant to families of high school students. For grade-level communications, or topics that come up mid-month, I will email parent groups as needed.

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

High School Director

Woods Charter School

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Fulbright Distinguished Teacher