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March 2022

Dear Woodward Families,

Even though spring doesn’t officially start for a few weeks, the gradual lifting of various COVID-mitigation measures feels like a break in the clouds at Woodward.  It’s been great to see students return to having lunch with all their grade-level peers this week, as we changed the configuration of lunchtime to accommodate the new spacing guidelines.  I’m looking forward to unleashing the smiles on March 14 when masks become optional, as you recently heard from Superintendent Bang-Knudsen.  Next week, we also host our first band concert for band families in over two years.  It’s truly heart-warming!

Of course, there’s likely to be some tentativeness and anxiety related to this gradual return to normalcy.  For example, even though the Commons is at just half its pre-pandemic capacity for lunches, students have commented this week that it feels loud and crowded now that two students can sit at each long lunch table.  I’m sure that many will still choose to wear masks once it’s optional and we are going to make sure students know that the personal choice to wear or not wear a mask needs to be respected.  Like eyes adjusting to the light after emerging from a long tunnel, it’s going to take some time to collectively and individually adjust to our new normal.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have about the current state of our COVID-mitigation measures.


Sebastian Ziz
WMS Principal
The March PTO meeting will be held on Friday, March 11th via Zoom.  The meeting starts at 10:00 am.  At 11:00 am, Peter Bang-Knudsen will join the meeting as part of his listening tour.  The link for the meeting follows:
PTO Board for 2022-2023
The Woodward PTO is looking for parents and guardians who'd like to be a part of the 2022-2023 board to plan fun and meaningful ways to support teachers, staff, students, and parents at Woodward.  We're proud to provide the Woodward favorites, like the annual Fallapalooza Fundraiser and celebration, curriculum-enhancing teacher grants, and Staff Appreciation, just to name a few things that the PTO sponsors.

We have five roles that need to be filled:  President, Treasurer, Secretary, Grants, Volunteer.  The role is 1 year with a new board elected every year.  This is open to all Woodward parents and no PTO experience is required.  If you're interested in joining the 2022-2023 PTO board, please contact Val Ramirez Mukherjee at:
We look forward to hearing from you!
Val Mukherjee
PTO President


Current 6th Grade:

Here is the link to the recorded Woodward Incoming Parent Night that was held last night:
Note:  Woodward Counselors went to Sakai this week to talk to students about Woodward and to start the registration process for 7th grade.  Elective sheets were handed out for students to take home, fill out with parent signature and then return to their Homeroom Teacher by Monday, March 7th.  Sakai students will enter their selections online with the assistance of their Homeroom teacher later next week.

Current 7th Grade:

Elective registration is complete.  If you have any questions, please contact Molly Webber at

Current 8th Grade:

BHS will be hosting a Guardian Future Freshman Information Night on March 7th at 7:00 pm via Zoom.  Meet the BHS counselors, learn about the course request process for next school year and get an overview of high school life.  Click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode:  spartans
Note:  Bainbridge High School Counselors will be coming Woodward on March 15th to talk to 8th graders and provide registration information.  BHS online registration will close on March 21st.  Eagle Harbor High School will also be coming to Woodward on March 15th during the 8th grade lunch hour to talk to interested students and provide more information.
Band Concert March 9th!
Woodward is having its first public band concert since December 2019!  Please join Mr. Paul Meehan and his 7th grade, 8th grade and Jazz bands for an evening of music:
WMS Commons - March 9th - 7:00PM
The BISD Highly Capable referral windows are currently open for our kindergarten and 1st-11th grade students.  Use the link below to access the Highly Capable Education page on the BISD website to find out more information.
 Important dates to note:
  • Referrals for current kindergarten students are accepted Feb. 18 - March 8, 2022
  • Referrals for current 1st - 11th grade students are accepted March 14 - March 25, 2022
Should you have further questions about the program, please contact Amii Pratt, Executive Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning at or (206) 780-1067.
World Language Proficiency Exams

Does your student speak a language other than English in your home?  Can your student speak, read, and write in a language other than English?

If the answer is yes to one or both of these questions, they should consider taking a BISD World Language Proficiency Exam.  For students who already speak Spanish, this is a much more appropriate pathway than taking first-year Spanish.  Please note, current 8th graders must select the May or June testing dates.  Click the link below for more information:
Spring Sports
Woodward offers students two Spring sports that will begin this month:  Cross Country and Girls Volleyball.
Cross Country is a coed no-cut sport that will run from March 22 - May 27.  The first practice will be Tuesday, March 22 at Woodward.  All practices will be from 3:45 - 4:45.  Monday practices will be at Battlepoint Park; T-F practices will be at WMS.
Girls Volleyball will run from March 29 - May 27.  Girls Volleyball is a cut sport with tryouts beginning March 29; tryouts will take up 3-4 days that week.  The team will practice M-F from 3:45 - 5:15 in the Woodward Gym.
Note:  There will be no Woodward athletic activities the week of Spring Break, April 4-8.
Registration will open Tuesday, March 8th at 9:00 am.  The registration links will be posted on the Woodward Athletics Homepage.
Woodward had two amazing staff members who were recipients of the Fall 2021 BISD Strong Award - Teacher Julee Longridge (below left) and Paraeducator Kristy Hilst (below right).  On February 17, Peter Bang-Knudsen surprised these caring educators in their classrooms with their awards.  The following words are what people say about Julee and Kristy:
Julee Longridge - Ms. Longridge's commitment to all students and staff is unwavering.  She is always a positive force reminding staff they have the joy of working with young people.  She uses her passion for working and "playing" with students to enhance our WMS community.  She is undaunted with how she pushes us and her students to do better, try harder and have fun.  Words used to describe Julee:  enthusiastic, thoughtful, curious, highly organized, playful, intelligent and caring.
Kristy Hilst - Ms. Hilst takes on her fole as a paraprofessional in our building with care, kindness and hard work.  She is a rock star!  She handles all situations like a champion.  Her calm and caring effect allows her students to know they are safe and cared for.  Words used to describe Kristy:  caring, superhuman, kind, smart, fun, professional.

MARCH 7  @  7:00 PM

MARCH 9  @  7:00 PM

MARCH 11  @  10:00 AM


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