Words from the Woods

March 2019

Woods clubs represent!

Faculty mentor Andy Nelson led a Woods delegation to the 2019 Model UN session at UNC-Chapel Hill in February. True to form, the Woods students commanded international respect as delegates from Jordan, Syria, Pakistan and other countries, and on committees focused on global problems like refugees, the environment, women's issues, and narcotics. Woods students representing France were awarded Best Delegation at the conference.



Coach extraordinaire Amy Dowden's Science Olympiad squads dominated at the NCSO regional competition. The varsity team finished 4th overall out of field of 31 schools. They are moving on to the next round, State Competition in April, where top scorers can win $2500 towards future tuition costs at NCSU.

Recent Student Achievements

Woods students are often recognized for their excellence.

In the latest news, congratulations to:


Emily Tracy is a 2019 National Merit Scholarship Finalist

Patrick Deegan has been named a 2019 Carson Scholar

Course registration for 2019-20

It's time to sign up for classes! This year the registration windows will be staggered:


Rising G12 Feb. 25 - March 6

Rising G11 March 11 - 15

Rising G10 March 18 - 22

Rising G9 April 18 - 24


Students will need to log in to their PowerSchool accounts to select their choices during the designated window.


Graduation requirements and course descriptions are available here:

WCS graduation requirements and WCS Course Catalog 2019-20


Students will receive an email with the Course Catalog as well.

Class teachers, advisors, and upperclasspeople are great resources for choosing classes and thinking about priorities.

Students who have a special scheduling issue will be able to address it individually. Please contact me with any questions or concerns about what classes to take.

About online classes

Woods Charter School offers a comprehensive college prep curriculum, but students may have a need for a course beyond what is available at school. Online classes may supplement, but not replace, the Woods curriculum. Please review the WCS Board policy for details.

Outside Courses Policy

Please let me know if you are considering an online option.

End of Trimester 2

T2 ends on March 6.

NO SCHOOL March 7 & 8 for teacher workdays.

T2 grades will be released March 12.


Please note that PowerSchool will be down for DPI maintenance March 8-11.

What's after Woods?

College decisions are still coming in, and Decision Day is May 1. Already, our list of colleges where seniors have been accepted is overflowing!

At last count, our 46 seniors have been admitted to 67 colleges and universities. New additions to the list include the College of William and Mary, the University of Chicago, and the UNC School of the Arts.

Families of rising seniors, stay tuned for upcoming family workshops on the college process.

Important T3 Dates


Please see the Testing Calendar 2018-19 for AP, End-of-Course, and final exam dates.


March 25-29 - Spring Break

April 13 - Community Work Day

April 13 - Junior/Senior Prom

April 17 - Rising G9 parent meeting

April 26 - Annual Fund Auction at The Barn

April 29 - mid-T3 progress updates

May 27 - Memorial Day (no school)

May 30 - Senior Retreat (seniors only)

June 5 - Field Day

June 6 - Awards Day & last day of school

June 8 - Graduation

Spring Benefit Auction

The Annual Benefit Auction will be held on Friday, April 26th, from 7-10pm, at the gorgeous The Barn of Chapel Hill! It is a fun night of live music, food, drink, raffles, auctions and general merriment - you won't want to miss it!

Get your tickets here: www.bidpal.net/woodsauction. Childcare available - you'll find the sign-up on the site as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Oliver at joliver@woodscharter.org.

Summer plans?

Students can pursue many activities over the summer that can help build their skills, their resumes, and their confidence. Summer can be a great opportunity to visit college campuses and try out jobs, hobbies, and projects.

Most colleges and universities, including UNC, NCSU, and Duke, offer a variety of camps and programs for teens.

A summer job, volunteer commitment, or other responsibility can also offer experience and scope for students' growing independence.

So rest, relax, and recreate this summer--and do something productive!

NACAC College Fair

The annual National Association of College Admission Counseling college fair will be held on March 19.

Raleigh Convention Center

4:30-7:30

Details and to register for this free event at gotomyncf.com

2019-20 Calendar

The 2019-20 calendar has been approved and posted.


Please bear this in mind when you make appointments or travel plans for next year. For high school students, missing school presents a real inconvenience as well as missed learning opportunities.

Contact Adrienne Berg

High School Director

Woods Charter School

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Fulbright Distinguished Teacher