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  • Weekly Update - May 21

    Posted by Director of Communications on 5/26/2020 2:00:00 PM

     

    Parent and Guardian Survey

    We ask parents and guardians to please take the time to fill out our yearly survey. In addition to our typical questions about our school’s climate and overall program, we have added questions about eLearning. Your honest feedback will be helpful as we plan for next year and beyond. The survey should take about 15 minutes and will be open until Friday, May 29. Click the button below to take the survey.

    Take the Survey 

     

     

    Kathryn Robertson Award Recipients

    The Kathryn Robertson Award is given to the three winners of the senior essay contest. The award is one of the highest academic honors a writer can achieve at The Woodstock Academy. It was established in memory of Kathryn “Katie” Robertson, former English Department Chair from 1948-1963. This year's third-place award goes to Alyssa Arends and second place goes to Emily Ross. Alexia Bourbeau received first place. Alexia will adapt her essay into an address to her classmates at commencement. 

     

     

     

    School Re-Opening Task Force

    A task-force composed of teachers, administrators, and students continues to plan for a variety of scenarios for the opening of school in the fall while prioritizing student health, safety, education, and wellbeing. Some areas which the task force is focused on are schedules that allow for social distancing, adjustments to curriculum and assessments, facility cleanliness, health protocols, residential student needs, and student wellbeing, as well as celebrations, welcoming of new students, and extracurriculars. 

     

     

     

    Community Garden

    The Earth Save Club has broken ground on its newest initiative: a community garden. Students from the club raised the idea of creating a garden designed for the community which they could develop and work throughout the season. The food grown and collected will be donated locally. Students hope to work with individuals and local stores and farms to secure donations of garden tools, vegetable seeds and plants, and other gardening equipment.

     
     
     

    Health & Wellness Tip

    When you feel overwhelmed, nervous, or anxious, pay attention to your breath. Your body is designed to turn on certain physical functions when you feel scared, and sometimes those reactions worsen your ability to work through the situation. Have you ever forgotten everything you wanted to say during your presentation? That's why! Slowing your breath down by breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth can help distract your mind and slow your body down so that you can regain control. From Mackenzie LeBlanc, Social Worker at The Woodstock Academy.   

     

     

     

    Updates for Seniors

    Seniors will soon receive detailed descriptions and instructions for end-of-the-year events, in the meantime, please save these dates.

    • June 8 & 9 - Senior Graduation Materials Pick-Up and Item Return
      Will be scheduled by appointment
    • June 12 - Celebration Parade
      Students will be assigned a time during the day to participate
    • June 13 - Virtual Commencement & Class Night  
      The ceremony broadcast will begin at 9 a.m.

     

     

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  • Weekly Update - May 14

    Posted by Julia Budd on 5/14/2020 12:00:00 PM

     

    With just a few weeks of school left and we hope that the sunshine and warmer weather has reinvigorated you to finish the school year well! 

     

    Messages of Hope Poster Contest

    We received many hope-filled submissions for our poster contest. Congratulations to our five winners!

    Kaitlin Birlin - Grand Prize
    Yiyang Hu - Gold Award
    Chloe Forsten - Silver Award
    Lily Quinn- Honorable Mention
    Annika Le Boeuf - Honorable Mention

     

    School Re-Opening Task Force

    A task-force composed of teachers, administrators, and students continues to plan for a variety of scenarios for the return of school in the fall while prioritizing student health, safety, education, and wellbeing. 

     

    Online Open House

    Do you know a Future Centaur? Tonight, Thursday, May 14, we will be hosting an online open house for prospective students to learn more about attending The Woodstock Academy. This online session will be both informative and interactive. Share with a friend or register your Future Centaur at woodstockacademy.org/openhouse.

     

    Health & Wellness Tip

    Communication is a huge part of mental health. If you are struggling, let someone know. If you are having an issue with an assignment, email your teacher. If you are noticing your mood seems off, let a parent or guardian know or reach out to your Counselor at school to get connected to help. Social distancing does not need to mean social isolation. From Mackenzie LeBlanc, Social Worker at The Woodstock Academy.   

     

    Updates for Seniors

    Senior Video Contest: Each year Woodstock Academy seniors have the opportunity to create a video summarizing their WA experience to be entered into the graduation video contest. See the previous email from The Woodstock Academy for contest rules. All submissions are due to Mr. Eric Collelo no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

    Senior Survey
    All seniors should have completed the Senior Exit Survey last week. If you have not completed it yet, please do so as soon as possible. Complete the survey by logging into your Naviance account

    • Once in Family Connection, select the ABOUT ME tab in the upper right corner, My Surveys, Surveys Not Started, 2020 Senior Exit Survey.
    • The survey is self-explanatory. Read each item carefully and answer all questions to the best of your knowledge. Make sure you check the box of the college you will be attending, we use this information to send your final transcript.
    • You may save your answers and resume at a later time, if necessary.
    • If you have any questions, email your counselor.
     

    Updates, eLearning Hub, & Resources

    As a reminder, Covid-19 Updates, the eLearning Hub, and the Community Resources page have been moved to the new eLearning tab onwoodstockacademy.org.

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  • Weekly Update - May 7

    Posted by Julia Budd, Director of Communications on 5/7/2020 1:00:00 PM

    This week is Teacher Appreciation Week around the country and we are especially grateful for the outstanding educators here at The Woodstock Academy! 

     

    Teacher & Staff Member of the Year

    We received numerous nominations for Teacher of the Year, but as the nominations poured in, we decided that we couldn’t just choose one person as we have been so inspired by the professionalism, leadership, compassion, and dedication of everyone. In light of the current reality, this year we will bestow the honor of Teacher of the Year upon the entire faculty of The Woodstock Academy. Similarly, we have chosen to recognize all members of our staff with the honor of Staff Member of the Year. The collective strength of our faculty and staff has allowed us to continue our mission of serving students despite challenging circumstances. 

      

    Updates, eLearning Hub, & Resources

    Covid-19 Updates from The Woodstock Academy, the eLearning Hub, and the Community Resources page are all now available on woodstockacademy.org under the new eLearning tab. 

      

    Believe there is Good!

    The Woodstock Academy B Club is dedicated to raising funds to help members of the WA community facing medical hardships. Buy a unique be the good & Believe there is good in the world, always t-shirt to support the club's fundraising efforts. T-shirts can be purchased for $20 through Custom Ink. The fundraiser ends two weeks from today.

     

    Daily Bread Food Pantry in Putnam

    The Daily Bread Food Pantry serves individuals and families who live in Putnam, Pomfret, and Woodstock. Right now Daily Bread serves clients by appointment only with curbside pick-up. Anyone needing services should call the food pantry at (860) 928-0169 and leave a message (name and phone number). A volunteer will call you back to sign you up, take your order, and make an appointment for pick-up. 
     

    Health & Wellness Tip

    The Washington Post shares science-based tips for emotional resilience during the coronavirus crisis according to psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic. These tips include:

    1. Accept negative emotions
    2. Create new routines
    3. Reinvent self-care
    4. Reflect, relate, and reframe 

    Jelena Kecmanovic notes, “Studies show that people who go through very difficult life experiences can emerge from them with a stronger sense of psychological resilience, rekindled relationships and a renewed appreciation of life. Some describe starting to live more fully and purposefully. With care and planning, we, too, can stay psychologically strong during the pandemic and perhaps even grow from this transformative experience.” From Bobbie-Jo Saucier, Director of Health Services at The Woodstock Academy.   

     

    Updates for Seniors

    Senior Survey
    All seniors must complete the Senior Exit Survey by 3 p.m. on Friday, May 8. Students who fill out the survey completely and accurately by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card. Complete the survey by logging into your Naviance account

    • Once in Family Connection, select the ABOUT ME tab in the upper right corner, My Surveys, Surveys Not Started, 2020 Senior Exit Survey.
    • The survey is self-explanatory. Read each item carefully and answer all questions to the best of your knowledge. Make sure you check the box of the college you will be attending, we use this information to send your final transcript.
    • You may save your answers and resume at a later time, if necessary.
    • If you have any questions, email your counselor.

    Senior Video Contest: Each year Woodstock Academy seniors have the opportunity to create a video summarizing their WA experience to be entered into the graduation video contest. See the previous email from The Woodstock Academy for contest rules. All submissions are due to Mr. Eric Collelo no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

     

     

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  • Weekly Update - April 30

    Posted by Julia Budd on 4/30/2020 2:00:00 PM

    During last week's Bring Your Pet to School Day, all sorts of furry friends joined their humans for eLearning and some even wore WA gear with pride! 

     

    Community Resources Page

    We have created a new page on woodstockacademy.org with resources on mental health support and more from our student support services team. You can find this page from the homepage, eLearning Hub, and COVID-19 Updates page

     

    Sports Team Apparel Pick-Up

    If you ordered team apparel for spring sports, a curb-side pick up will be held on Wednesday, May 6 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in front of The Academy Building on North Campus.

     

    Alumni in STEAM

    The Woodstock Academy has been inspiring students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) long before the creation of the SPIROL STEAM Center. Read profiles of: Hans Koehl, who attended WA in 1948-45 and has made his mark in global manufacturing; Alexys Wilbur '98, owner of IdeaMill, a human-centered design company; David Senerth '04, who has created over 10,000 patent illustrations; and Roslyn Child '07, a Boston-based architect. Read their profiles starting on page 11 of The Gleaner

     

    Health & Wellness Tip

    Our brains sometimes play tricks on us with things called "cognitive distortions". During difficult times, we have tendencies to overgeneralize, personalize, blame others, pass self-judgment, etc. It is important to notice the tricks your brain might be playing on you so you are better able to take care of your well being. From Mrs. LeBlanc, Social Worker at The Woodstock Academy.   

     

    Updates for Seniors

     

    Congrats Grad Yard Signs: Custom yard signs are a great way to say Congratulations to your special senior! Order before the end of the day to support WA Model UN! Order using this online form.

     

    Class of 2020 Celebration Suggestions: We have created a plan incorporating many WA traditions if we return from eLearning before the end of the school year. However, there is always the possibility that we may not be back on campus, therefore we are open to suggestions from the WA community on a variety of ways to celebrate the class of 2020 while following whatever public health guidelines are in place at the time. Submit your suggestion using this form by tomorrow, Friday, May 1.

     

    Scholarships: Many scholarship deadlines have been extended to Friday, May 1, or later in May. Check Naviance for a full list of scholarships and deadlines. Scholarship applications that would normally be turned into the counseling office should be emailed to scholarships@woodstockacademy.org.

     

    Recognizing Senior Athletes: If you are a senior athlete, please complete this form by Monday, May 4 to help us better recognize student-athletes at The Woodstock Academy. 

    Senior T-shirts
    Seniors will receive an email from their class advisors with a link to provide their t-shirt size for class of 2020 t-shirts. Complete the form by Tuesday, May 5 to ensure you get a shirt.

     

    Senior Survey
    All seniors must complete the Senior Exit Survey by 3 p.m. on May 8. Students who fill out the survey completely and accurately by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card. Complete the survey by logging into your Naviance account

    • Once in Family Connection, select the ABOUT ME tab in the upper right corner, My Surveys, Surveys Not Started, 2020 Senior Exit Survey.
    • The survey is self-explanatory. Read each item carefully and answer all questions to the best of your knowledge. Make sure you check the box of the college you will be attending, we use this information to send your final transcript.
    • You may save your answers and resume at a later time, if necessary.
    • If you have any questions, email your counselor.

     

    Senior Video Contest: Each year Woodstock Academy seniors have the opportunity to create a video summarizing their WA experience to be entered into the graduation video contest. See the previous email from The Woodstock Academy for contest rules. All submissions are due to Mr. Eric Collelo no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

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  • Weekly Update - April 23

    Posted by Julia Budd, Director of Communications on 4/24/2020 1:45:00 PM

    Giving Back Day

    Instead of our regular Giving Day we are encouraging you to do something to support your local community on or around April 28. Here are a few ideas:
    • Get takeout from local restaurants
    • Support local small businesses
    • Support your local food pantry
    • Give to a front line non-profit
    • Shop for high-risk individuals or a family in need
    • Anything else you can think of that adheres with proper social distancing guidelines!

    Please share what you are doing with #WAgivingbackday on social media or send an email to giving@woodstockacademy.org.

     

    Donate Blood

    Another way to give back is to donate blood through the Red Cross at the Hale YMCA in Putnam on Friday, April 24 or here at The Woodstock Academy on Thursday, April 30. Lookup a location near you and schedule an appointment at redcrossblood.org

     

    Stories from the WA Community

    Read stories from around the WA community in the 2020 Gleaner, the magazine of The Woodstock Academy, now available online. Read about STEAM at WA and among our alumni, the benefits of strength and conditioning for student-athletes from Coach O, daily life for students living on South Campus from Stephanie To '22, and so much more!

     

    Read The Gleaner

     

    Messages of Hope Poster Contest

    The entry deadline for the Messages of Hope Poster Contest is Friday, April 24. See contest details and submission form on our updates page.

     

    Health & Wellness Tip

    Being alone is different than being lonely. Know the difference and be willing to reach out for help if you need it. Depression and isolation is usually a gradual process so paying attention to your mood is important to prevent onset. From Mr. Edwards, Social Worker at The Woodstock Academy.   

     

    Updates for Seniors

    Robertson Essay: Today at 3 p.m. is the deadline for the Robertson Essay. Read the submission details here.

     

    Congrats Grad Yard Signs: Custom yard signs are a great way to say Congratulations to your special senior! Order before April 30 to support WA Model UN! Order using this online form.

     

    Class of 2020 Celebration Suggestions: We have created a plan incorporating many WA traditions if we return from eLearning before the end of the school year. However, there is always the possibility that we may not be back on campus, therefore we are open to suggestions from the WA community on a variety of ways to celebrate the class of 2020 while following whatever public health guidelines are in place at the time. Submit your suggestion using this form by Friday, May 1.

     

    Scholarships: Many scholarship deadlines have been extended to Friday, May 1, or later in May. Check Naviance for a full list of scholarships and deadlines. Scholarship applications that would normally be turned into the counseling office should be emailed toscholarships@woodstockacademy.org.

     

    Recognizing Senior Athletes: If you are a senior athlete, please complete this form by Monday, May 4 to help us better recognize student-athletes at The Woodstock Academy. 

    Senior Video Contest: Each year Woodstock Academy seniors have the opportunity to create a video summarizing their WA experience to be entered into the graduation video contest. See the previous email from The Woodstock Academy for contest rules. All submissions are due to Mr. Eric Collelo no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

     

     

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  • Messages of Hope Poster Contest

    Posted by Julia Budd, Director of Communications on 4/7/2020 1:30:00 PM

    The quarantine life is unlike anything we have experienced before. It is strange for everyone. And for some, it is stressful, sad, and solitary. But in the history of humanity, like the rebirth of the mythological phoenix, great things can come from dire situations.

     

    Join WA in spreading messages of hope. 

    All over the news, social media, and in a proliferation of public service announcements we hear, “We are all in this together.”  What does that mean? What does that mean to you personally? How does that statement relate to your community? To your world? Certainly, it is more than Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens singing and dancing their way through High School Musical. Consider some of the wisdom imparted by people of our past:

    • “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~Helen Keller
    • “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” ~ Booker T. Washington
    • “Walk with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone.” ~ Shah Rukh Khan
    • “None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” ~ Mother Teresa

     

    Create an 8x10 poster or similar digital media to share your message of hope to our community. When you have completed your project, submit the digital pieces through the online form

    Submit an Entry

     


     

     

    All submissions are due by midnight on April 24, 2020.

     

    PRIZES!

    • Grand Prize $75 and will be used in WA marketing and/or a public display
    • Gold Award $50
    • Silver Award $25
    • Honorable Mentions $10       

     

    Contest Rules & Guidelines

    • Create an image visually describing a positive message related to the theme. Successful designs will use images and/or words to convey the message. 
    • Designs must be original. Plagiarized images will not be accepted.
    • Designs should be submitted DIGITALLY and match an 8” X 10” format.
    • Submit your sketches along with the final piece.
    • All submissions may be used by The Woodstock Academy for publicity and/or marketing.
    • Successful submissions will consider the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to guide your composition
      • Elements:  Line, Shape, Color, Space, Form, Value, Texture; and
      • Principles:  Focal Point, Balance, Pattern, Repetition, Movement, Variety, Unity. 


     Advice from the Art Department for Creating Your Project 

    • Have fun and enjoy the process of creation!
    • Digital art programs are easily accessible on everyone’s iPad. The following programs are available for download on Self-Serve; however, you may use any acceptable program or app with which you are comfortable: Adobe Illustrator Draw, Adobe Fresco, and Pixlr. 
    • Digital art is not a requirement. Submission may be a photograph of a work created with traditional art materials (paint, colored pencil, watercolor, printmaking, mixed media, etc.). 
    • If photographing your work, remember that your submission needs to be: clear and in focus; bright, with proper lighting (dimly lit submissions will be difficult to judge); the image is cropped so that nothing other than the artwork is visible, and use high resolution (300 dpi) so that it can be easily reproduced and or enlarged if chosen as a winner. 
    • Consider the most universal way to communicate your message as the design will be used internationally.
    • To ensure originality, a good rule is to have made at least three changes to any photos seen on and/or used off the web. Avoid trite and cliché imagery.
    • Consider using this brain-storming.
    • Once you have an idea, then choose one of the following compositional approaches to guide your idea: 
      • your own iPad photograph manipulated through an app
      • zoom in – using a scale far larger than real life
      • multiple viewpoints of an image used together in a composition
      • use an extreme perspective

     

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  • Weekly Update - April 2

    Posted by Julia Budd on 4/2/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Virtual Spirit Week

    Even though we are not physically in school, the Student Council still wants to support the student body and keep our sense of community with a virtual spirit week next week (4/6-4/9)!

    Themes

    4/6- "I Woke Up Like This"(PJ day–epic bedhead encouraged!)
    4/7- Superheroes
    4/8- School Colors
    4/9- Beach Day (Head off on your April break "staycation" in style! Think sunglasses, hats, and Hawaiian shirts, not swimsuits.)

    Remember to keep things school-appropriate. Please feel free to dress up and decorate your eLearning space according to the theme. Be sure to share with your classmates or students how you are celebrating the day, and don’t forget to share your looks and decorations on Facebook, Twitter (@wdstck_academy), or Instagram (@thewoodstockacademy)! 
     

    Last Week of School

    The last week of school, June 8 through 12, will be a week of individualized learning. This will be an important time for students to wrap up what they have learned and will allow for additional time to meet with teachers during their office hours before the semester ends. June 4 will be the last day of live eLearning sessions and class assessments. The school year will officially end on June 12. 

     

    Tutoring 

    Many student groups offer subject-specific peer tutoring. 
    • Science - Email the student-run science help desk at ScienceNHS@woodstockacademy.org with your science questions.
    • Spanish - On each Thursday, Spanish National Honor Society will offer tutoring from 2:30-3:00 p.m. to any students in Spanish 1-3 that need extra help. Please email your Spanish teacher or Sr. Fox at jfox@woodstockacademy.org if you want to participate so you can be added to the day's list.
    • Latin - email Mrs. Beck at mbeck@woodstockacademy.org to be paired with a tutor.
    • Math - Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Teams. Email Mr. Jordan at rjordan@woodstockacademy.org to be added.

    Contact your guidance counselor for more tutoring options.  

     

    Friday eLearning Office Hours

    Reminders about Friday Office Hours:

    • Live classes do not meet. 
    • Fridays follow neither an A Day nor a B Day schedule.
    • Each of your classes (including alternate day classes) will leave you an assignment in Canvas. Assignments given on Friday are due Monday at the earliest. Make sure you check Canvas!
    • Teachers are available by appointment from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to work with individual students. This is an opportunity to make up missed work, ask questions, or get additional support, either through a personalized Teams session or through email. This can be initiated by the student or the teacher. 

    Next week, spring break begins on Friday, April 10, so there will be no Office Hour Day next week. Monday through Thursday will be as normal, then spring break begins on Friday.

     

    Senior End-of-Year Activities

    If guidelines allow for large gatherings, we will host the following activities for seniors. We will provide an update on or before April 30.

    June 10 Pink House Tea followed by Class Night
    June 11 Graduation Rehearsal
    June 12 Prom
    June 13 Graduation (will be live-streamed as well) 

     

    Health & Wellness Tip

    Take a break! Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage because it can intensify feelings of worry and distress. Set boundaries for yourself on how much you read, watch, or listen to. Focus more on living in the moment and thinking about today and less about what may happen in the future. Talking with others about your concerns and how you are feeling can help bring you comfort. From Mrs. Herlihy, Nurse at The Woodstock Academy.
     

    COVID-19 Testing Sites in CT

    Testing for COVID-19 varies by hospitals within Connecticut. Download the guide to sites to see hospital-specific instructions. 
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  • Weekly Update - March 26

    Posted by Communications on 3/26/2020 3:45:00 PM

    Last Day of School

    The last day of school will be June 12th. Updates on end-of-year events will be sent when available. 

    Individualized Education Plans

    As you are aware, The Woodstock Academy students will continue to participate in eLearning classes and activities for the foreseeable future. We wanted to send out additional information to families about The Academy’s efforts around individualized and modified educational plans. 

    • All 504 plans and IEPs have been reviewed by case managers; adjustments have been made, where appropriate, in order to ensure that accommodations are suitable for eLearning. Your child’s 504/IEP modifications/accommodations, and related services will be implemented to the greatest extent possible in all eLearning environments.
    • If your child is scheduled for an Applied Skills, ELA Lab, or Math Lab, please be aware that these classes WILL meet in on online format Monday through Thursday [Block 1 10:00-11:00 a.m.; Block 2 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Lunch 12:00-12:30 p.m.; Block 3 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Block 4 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Office Hours 2:30-3:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday or Fridays 10:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. (by appointment only)]
    • Our special and regular education teachers will be using the following programs/platforms to facilitate active student learning: Mircosoft Teams, Canvas, Zoom and PowerSchool.
    • Special education teachers will be available to content area teachers daily to assist with curricular accommodations and modifications, IEP questions, and more.
    • An Applied Skills syllabus specific to eLearning will be emailed home by the end of the week which communicates expectations for students.
    • Each week (parents of students w/ IEPs) will receive a brief survey/questionnaire regarding the week in review (i.e. what went well? where does your student need support? Are you having any tech issues? etc.)
    • Initial/Triennial evaluation timelines are being discussed at the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE); we will wait on their guidance before we proceed.

    Finally, information regarding COVID-19 changes daily, as does the CSDE’s guidance on how to best support students with disabilities and their families through these unprecedented times. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child’s educational program.

     

    Questions about education in general can be emailed to Holly Singleton or Michael Harten.

     

    Questions about 504 plans can be emailed to Karin Hughes or specific case managers.

     

    Questions about IEPs can be emailed to Jocelyn Morse or specific case managers.

     

    In Partnership,  
    Jocelyn Morse, Director of Student Services
    Karin Hughes, Dean of Students / 504 Coordinator
    Holly Singleton, Associate Head of School

     

    eLearning Hub

    The eLearning Hub houses schedules, expectations, contact information, and more.
     

    Resources

    Our student services team comprised of Beth Coleman WA School Psychologist and Vince Edwards and Mackenzie LeBlanc our School Social Workers, have compiled helpful resources for students and families.
     
    • State helpline for mental health and/or financial resources: Call 211 and follow the prompts or visit www.211ct.org
    • For local resources: Call TEEG at (860) 923-3458 or visit www.teegonline.org
    • For a variety of mental health resources/tips: www.childmind.org
    • If you would like to find your student more support or if your family needs help finding necessary resources, please reach out to our team for help at supportservices@woodstockacademy.org.

     

    Help for Seniors

    College financial aid can take many forms. Mr. Walley, director of college and career counseling, helps students and families understand financial aid award letters. 
     
    Watch the Video
     
     

     

    Health & Wellness 

    Sleep is Important! Sleep has an effect on our immune system and in our ability to manage stress. Yet, during these unsure and challenging times, we may lay awake at night unable to sleep or unable to turn off the 24-7 news coverage. Dr. Eric Olson through the Mayo Clinic recommends that the optimal amount of sleep for most adults is seven to eight hours of good sleep each night. Teenagers need nine to 10 hours of sleep. School-aged children may need 10 or more hours of sleep. Try to decrease the effects of stress on your body and boost your immune system by making good sleep hygiene a priority. From Mrs. Saucier, Director of Health Services at The Woodstock Academy.
     
     
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  • Weekly Update - 3/19/20

    Posted by Communications on 3/19/2020 2:15:00 AM

    Dear Woodstock Academy Community,

    Looking Forward

    I am writing to you today to provide our community with an update on The Academy. Based on new guidance and recommendations we have received from the state and federal government we are able to provide some additional updates on the steps we are taking to keep our community safe and healthy during this time away from campus.

     

    We took the initial unprecedented action last Thursday to switch to eLearning which was essential to keep our community safe. Since then we have taken additional steps, such as closing the dorms and postponing all athletics. In that original email, we mentioned that we would update our community weekly on returning to campus, and, at this time, the earliest date would be Monday, May 4, 2020. It is important to note that we are also looking at all end of the year activities and developing alternative plans, in case we do not return to school at all this school year. Please know we would want to have our community back to campus by the end of the year so we can end the 2019-2020 School Year, our 219th year, in a proper way. But that decision will have to be made in the future.

     

    eLearning 

    Weekly Schedule Change. Beginning on Monday, March 23, the weekly schedule will be changing. Monday through Thursday will continue with live e-learning sessions. Fridays will be different—there will be no scheduled live classes; work for the day will be posted to Canvas and due on Monday at the earliest. Students may log in at any time to see the work for their classes. In addition, teachers will be available on Fridays, by appointment, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for students who need additional support or assistance. Please reach out to your teachers for an appointment on Fridays. This new schedule is now reflected on the school calendar.

     

    Special Education. Additional information will be coming out soon to Special Education students and families related to the actions we are taking to support those students.

     

    Advisory. Next Wednesday, March 25, will be our first eAdvisory. This time will be helpful to stay connected to your advisor and peers and to provide feedback on eLearning as a whole. Advisory during eLearning will be from 2:30-3:00 p.m. every-other Wednesday. Advisory dates are on the school calendar. View the Advisory Day Schedule on the eLearning Hub.

     

    Activities 

    Many school clubs and activities will continue in an online format. See a full list of school activities available during eLearning on our updated Get Involved Page.

     

    April Break

    April Break will remain in place. As a reminder, those dates are April 10th through the 19th.   

     

    Health & Wellness 

    From Mr. Edwards, Social Worker at The Woodstock Academy. Create a structure for yourself and stick to it. Our bodies respond well to routine and simple things like having a bedtime and wake-up time can go a long way to maintaining good mental health.

     

    If You Are Feeling Sick

    If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, stay in your home and call a community hotline to speak to a professional as soon as possible. 

    Windham Hospital: (800) 972-8100
    27 hours a day, 7 days a week | Part of Hartford HealthCare
    Day Kimball Hospital: (833) 275-9644
    Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Yale-New Haven Health

     

    Our Community

    Our country is in unchartered waters and we are seeing these effects in our region. I have been very impressed with the professionalism, resiliency, and flexibility of our entire community. What I have seen from the students and staff has truly been amazing and inspiring.  

     

    Being a part of a community is more difficult when we are away from each other. That was very evident today as I walked around campus and heard nothing but silence when I should be hearing students laughing in the hallways. In this time apart, it is important that everyone works to remain connected to the community and take care of themselves. Sitting at home all day is not a good option. Get up, take a walk, go on a run, get some exercise. Stay connected to your friends and your school. Living a healthy lifestyle is important, but does require some work. 

     

    Like the United States, The Academy is much stronger than this pandemic. We will get through this and be stronger for it. We will continually send out communications to our larger community so we stay connected. 

     

     

    In Partnership,

    Chris Sandford, Head of School
    Holly Singleton, Associate Head of School
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  • Senior End-of-Year Activities

    Posted by Communications on 3/17/2020 4:30:00 PM

    Dear Seniors,

     

    Thank you for being patient and helpful during this stressful time. The administrative team is continuing to evaluate how long we will be in a phase of eLearning based on government recommendations.

     

    This Friday, we will send an update to our whole school community, but in the meantime, we know that this is creating a lot of questions around end-of-year activities and events. As an administrative team, we continue to discuss these events and will keep you updated as we make decisions. If we are still in a phase of eLearning as these events approach, we will have to cancel or postpone activities. 

     

    We will make every effort to have the events that you are looking forward to. We understand how important they are to us as a community and we will do our best to have them. Most important to us is that you are all safe and healthy.

     

    Please reach out to me should you have any further questions or concerns: 
    afavreau@woodstockacademy.org

     

    Sincerely,
    Amy Favreau
    Assistant Head of School for Enrollment 

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