This monthly communication is sent to The Woodstock Academy South Campus extended community to provide updates on activities, events, and experiences of the students who live here.
The Woodstock Academy

North Campus in the snow


Dear Parents, Guardian, & Agents;

December is a quick three weeks of classes between Thanksgiving and our winter holiday vacation. This year however it was three weeks of full-on winter weather and with it came numerous school delays and three snow days! Campus was beautiful during these winter storms and students enjoyed sleeping in and playing in the snow. Residential life staff arranged additional fun activities - from snow fort building to ice cream socials. As we finish up these three weeks both staff and students are ready for vacation and time with friends and family. We wish all of our students safe travels as they head home. From all of the staff at South Campus, we wish you all the happiest of holidays!

John D. Rigney
John Rigney
Assistant Head of School

House Updates

housesThe House Program at The Woodstock Academy is made up of four houses: House Bowen, House Dohan, House Hyde, and House McClellan. Each month we highlight one of our four houses and some of the events planned. This November, we are excited to highlight House Bowen.

House Dohan

House Dohan honors Edith Hall Dohan, Woodstock Academy Class of 1895. Mrs. Dohan was a leader in the field of archaeology. Academy Class of 1895, she went on to Bryn Mawr and was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from that college. She had a professional reputation as an "explorer," as she conducted archeological excavations in Greece and Crete, an expert in Roman and Etruscan Art. Ms. Dohan was a Professor of Classical Archaeology and Greek at Mount Holyoke College for Women, a Curator of Classical Collections at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, author of books and articles, and editor of the Journal of American Archaeology. House Dohan’s motto is: “Ever to Excel”!

Holiday Dinner
Holiday Dinner

This past Wednesday night we enjoyed another House Dinner with a holiday theme. Students and staff sat by house, shared stories, and discussed their favorite holidays. The ice cream sundae bar was a success as all community members built their own desserts and socialized in our pre-holiday vacation community meal.

Welcome, Baby Mia!
baby mia with students

We are excited to welcome the newest member of our community! Mia Evelyn was born to Brendan and Nicole Ostazewski on November 5, 2019 at 2:37 AM. She came into the world 6 lbs, 15 oz. and 20” long. Having a baby in the dorm has been a great reminder to all the boys in Westhaver to mind the volume of their noise and to keep the doors from slamming. Brendan and Nicole have slowly introduced Mia to students and staff on campus.

Kicking off Winter Sports

Following Thanksgiving vacation, students started the process of trying out for spots on winter athletic teams. Athletes participated in conditioning days and drills and skills days in between snow days. A number of residential students successfully earned positions on both boys and girls basketball as well as indoor track. We look forward to supporting their efforts this winter!


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