Woodward Park Middle School eNews

December 2022

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Woodward Park has so much to celebrate in December! Our choir, band and strings instructors and students have been practicing daily to perform in this month's Winter Concerts. Basketball season is in full swing and our Lady Wildcats are cheering at our Home Games! Walden students are celebrating their cultural heritages with our first annual Cultural Celebration!

And, of course, the countdown is on for Winter Break, beginning on Wednesday, December 21!

From the administration, teachers and staff, we wish all of our Wildcats and their families a safe and wonderful Winter Break and a Happy New Year!

2023 is just around the corner!

Stay tuned for details for all of the exciting happenings coming up at Woodward Park, and as always, please reach out to our administrators, teachers and staff with any questions or concerns!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 1

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Woodward Park @ Walden's

First Annual

Cultural Celebration!

6th grade

Thursday, December 1

2:45 - 4:30 pm

Mastery Academy

7th & 8th grade ONLY

Tuesday, December 6

7:00 pm

Choir Concert

6th, 7th & 8th grade

Thursday, December 8

2:45 - 4:30 pm

Mastery Academy

Thursday, December 8

7:00 pm

Strings and Band Concert

6th, 7th & 8th grade

Thursday, December 15

2:45 - 4:30 pm

Mastery Academy

Thursday, December 15

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Winter Dance @ Walden

6th grade

Friday, December 16

District-wide Debate Tournament!

Good luck, Wildcats!

Tuesday, December 20

2:00 pm

Early Release!

Wednesday, December 21 - Tuesday, January 3

No School

Winter Break!

*Classes resume on Wednesday, January 4, 2023!

Cultural Celebration @ Walden : TONIGHT!

Join us Tonight at Woodward Park @ Walden's

First Annual Cultural Celebration!

December 1, 2022

6:00-8:00 pm

1860 Walden Drive

Columbus, OH 43229

Join the 6th grade teachers and staff along with a variety of community members to celebrate our diverse student body. Our students and staff have been preparing for a night of presentations, dance and music to showcase our cultural pride!

Translation services will be offered to our Woodward Park families to talk about all things school related and to answer all of your questions.

We can't wait to see you tonight @ Walden!


During the month of December, Woodward Park Wildcats will focus on our Core Value of being POLITE, both inside and outside of the classroom!

During the school day, Wildcats can show their POLITE manners by following building and classroom expectations and using indoor voices. POLITE Wildcats are kind and respectful to teachers, staff, adults and students, and always keep their hands and feet to themselves. Being a positive leader, having positive interactions with others throughout the day and respecting others' privacy are all polite habits as well.

Social Awareness

Being polite demonstrates excellent Social Awareness!

"Social Awareness: The abilities to understand the perspectives of and empathize with other, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures and contexts. This includes the capacities to feel compassion for other, understand broader historical and social norms for behavior in different settings, and recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

Social Awareness Looks Like:

Showing empathy and compassion

Understanding and expressing gratitude

Identifying diverse social norms

Showing concern for others and their feelings

Listening to others' perspectives

Recognizing strengths in others

Learn more at www.casel.org!

Winter Concerts

Tuesday, December 6

7:00 pm

Choir Concert

6th, 7th & 8th grade

Thursday, December 8

7:00 pm

Strings and Band Concert

6th, 7th & 8th grade

Concerts are performed in the Woodward Park Middle School auditorium!

5151 Karl Rd.

Columbus, OH 43229

Picture Retake Days!

Lifetouch Picture Retake Days

have been scheduled for:

Thursday, December 8

6th grade

Friday, December 9

7th & 8th grade

Please order your pictures online at


Using Picture Day ID:


6th Grade Winter Dance

Woodward Park @ Walden's

6th Grade Winter Dance

Thursday, December 15, 2022

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Student Criteria to Attend:

*You must be a current, 6th grade Woodward Park @ Walden student AND have a signed Dance Ticket Form returned to your homeroom teacher by:

Wednesday, December 14!

*You need to come ready to dance, smile, laugh, make memories and have FUN!

Mastery Academy

Mastery Academy provides students with a quiet learning environment where they can work on school assignments, studying and homework with teacher assistance.

When: Thursdays; 2:45 - 4:30 pm

Who: 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Students

Where: School Library (Main Building and Walden)

Students of the Month

Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following Wildcats for displaying our Core Values of Prompt, Prepared, Productive and Polite each and every day!

8th Grade

Chloe Bessey, Ariel Budgett, Kennedy Burkett, Gavin Dewberry, Noeli Espinoza, Gina Glaze, Leha Guillen-Castro and Reuben Holmes

7th Grade

Angelique Gasana, Asia Ghulum, Liceydi D. Pastor Alfaro, Jeremy Reyes, Alan Rimal, Aniyah Roberts, Jason Sagastizado Hernandez and Michael Thompson

6th Grade

Paul Adusei, George Appiah, Ka'liyah Bell, Isabella Caudill, Tiana Colvin, Alexander Cook, Phi Lian Sang, Christina Mishra, Edna Nsiah and Robert Vanfossen

Way to go, Wildcats!

7th & 8th Grade Students of the Month

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6th Grade Students of the Month

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Monday, December 5

Girls vs. World Language

Boys @ World Language

Wednesday, December 7

Girls vs. Dominion

Boys @ Dominion

Monday, December 12

Boys vs. Indianola

Girls @ Indianola

Wednesday, December 14

Girls vs. Medina

Boys @ Medina

Monday, December 19

Girls vs. Ridgeview

Boys @ Ridgeview

*All games begin at 4:30 pm

**Game tickets are $3 and must be purchased online

***Games resume on Monday, January 9

For complete game schedule and complete details, visit the Woodward Park Middle School Athletics Page!

Let's go, Wildcats!

TAPS Program Volunteers at Charity Newsies

On Thursday, November 17, our TAPS (Teen and Police Service) student members volunteered at Charity Newsies with police officer mentors. Charity Newsies was founded in 115 years ago in Columbus, OH with the mission of no child missing school due to inadequate clothing. Our students provided enough volunteer work to fulfill 2-3 weeks of service for Charity Newsies; they worked hard, had fun and learned about giving back to the community.

On the second Saturday of December, Charity Newsies will take to the streets and sell their newspaper for any donation amount.

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Career Day @ Walden!

On Thursday, November 17, our 6th grade Wildcats at Walden were treated to a "tour" of careers! Students viewed presentations from Channel 4 news anchor Cierra Johnson (pictured right), a cosmetologist, a chef from Forno, Metropark naturalist Jen Snyder, a Corrections Officer, and more!

On Friday, students were invited to dress up for their dream career! (Pictured below)

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Mark Your Calendar : 8th Grade Promotion!

Attention 8th graders and families!

There will be an 8th grade Promotion Ceremony on May 31, 2023, at 9:00am in the auditorium at Woodward Park Middle School.

There is a strict dress code for all participating students for this special occasion to come dressed in their Sunday best. Please begin preparations.

Requirements for the occasion are as follows:

-No Tennis Shoes, Sneakers, Slides, or Crocs

-No Jeans, Joggers, Sweats, Athletic Shorts

-No T-shirts

-No Tight/Form fitting/Sleeveless/Spaghetti strap dresses (if worn, students must have something to cover the shoulders and bottoms)

-Must attend rehearsal on 5/25/23 and 5/30/23

-Must be on time on the day of the ceremony, no later than 8:15am on 5/31/23. Late arrivals will not participate

-Must pass 3 out of the 4 classes (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies) for the year

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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Pathway Express

Pathway Express arrives at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in December with FREE admission every weekend throughout the month for a celebration of holiday magic. Join families from across CCS and experience one of Central Ohio’s most cherished traditions - Wildlights.

In addition to creating memorable moments under the millions of lights and festive displays, students and families are invited to explore the incredible animal habitats home to more than 600 species from around the world.

Families are also invited to join CCS and partners for our monthly Family & Community Resources Day on December 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., and the event will feature:

  • Free admission to Wildlights;

  • Free Winter Coats for Students;

  • Holiday-Themed Giveaways;

  • New Book Bundles;

  • And More!

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School's Out Winter

"Youth need opportunities for fun and engaging enrichment experiences when school is out, and your local community center provides just that! School’s Out Winter opens community centers for extended hours during Columbus City Schools’ winter break. Community centers will be open Dec.19-30 (closed Dec. 26) from 8 a.m.-6 p.m."

Registration is now open; sign up here!

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Ohio

For our future Wildcats:

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Ohio mails kids one book each month until their 5th birthday. All kids in Ohio are eligible and this program is available at no cost to families. Only 37% of eligible kids in Franklin County are registered.

Register your child to receive their free monthly books at