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Head of School Notes -- by Julie Ambler We rejoice in the strong start to our 20th school year! There is much to celebrate! First, as a Christ-centered school, we get to teach from an unapologetic Christian worldview perspective. Our teaching is based on the infallible Word of God as presented in the Bible, and His Word becomes the lens through which we study all subjects. We cover our students in prayer and, through personal mentoring and encouragement, we seek to point our students into a meaningful relationship with Christ. As an independent school, we are not held captive to the same state or federal educational mandates as public schools. Such standards are referenced only as a baseline or starting point in our curriculum. Textbooks are carefully selected and are only one of many resources used in the classroom. We encourage our teachers to draw from a variety of other resources, providing instruction that is meaningful and relevant. Ongoing research and assessment further allow us to make any adjustments necessary to ensure that we are providing an optimal learning environment. The caliber of our faculty is impressive. This year’s faculty boasts an average tenure in excess of 14 years in the classroom, and 44% hold at least one advanced degree. Most importantly, our teachers are “living textbooks”, striving daily to make the curriculum both challenging and engaging to our students. We continue to raise standards (spiritually, academically and socially) in our Admissions Office and denied admission to more than 38% of this year’s applicants. Even so, enrollment rose 11% over last year and 43% over the past four years. We are pleased to have retained 92% of

our existing students this year and to welcome 108 wonderful new students. We completely filled nine grades and added 92 potential students to our pipeline for 2014-2015. We look forward to replacing our modular buildings with permanent structures and adding classrooms so that we can accommodate more students in the future. Construction on our next classroom building is progressing rapidly. The building is scheduled for completion in early December. We will use the Christmas vacation to relocate the 1st through 8th grade in time for the start of the second semester in January. Soon we will begin enclosing our outdoor pavilion to add an additional gym. Completion is scheduled for late November in order to accommodate our students during the winter and basketball season. We hope to add sport court flooring and air conditioning before next summer. You will hear more details soon, but I am very pleased to announce that Tania and Rob Bryngelson will be chairing this year’s annual fund campaign. Please join me in thanking them for leading this vital fundraiser for our school. I trust your children are adjusting well to the new school year. If you do have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. The faculty, administration and I are committed to offering your children an exceptional Christcentered college preparatory education and making sure that our students have a positive, lifechanging experience at Woodlands Christian. It is truly a privilege for us to serve God and your family here every day. Thank you for the opportunity.

In observance of Labor Day Campus will be closed Monday, September 2, 2013 Classes resume Tuesday, September 3, 2013



Upper School News Science Teachers Earn Safety Certification Each of our upper school science teachers completed a safety training course this summer. The Flinn Laboratory Safety Certification Course helps teachers improve safety awareness, and learn about safety regulations, practices and procedures to directly improve safety in the classroom and laboratory. Each high school teacher completed a seven hour course and our middle school teacher completed a six hour course. Suzette Wheeler (high school), Maria Smith (middle school), Shonda Majors (high school), and Pam Masau (high school) received a certificate of completion for their Flinn Scientific Laboratory Safety Course. Submitted by Suzette Wheeler

Student Council Members Elected

During chapel this week, candidates for student council presented campaign speeches in anticipation of student voting. (See photo above.) Congratulations to those students who will represent their respective classes for the 2013-2014 school year. They are as follows: Seniors - Summer Wheeler (Student Council President/Class President) Katie Van Horn Wyatt Wheeler Juniors - Kyle Kontor (Class President) John Terenzio Samantha Thomas Sophomores - Baylee Rubich (Class President) Matthew Dew Freshmen - Christian Mardaga (Class President) Cassie Robinson

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ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT NEWS Booster Club Fall Sports Fellowship & Pep Rally The Booster Club hosted an outstanding fellowship and pep rally on Wednesday, August 29. Warrior fans of all ages enjoyed a great evening of food and fun. Show your Warrior spirit and join the Booster Club! For more information visit the Booster Club page of our website.

Warrior Cross Country Update What an excellent beginning to the cross country season! Our team is the largest (33 athletes) we have ever had, and everyone is working very hard.  The team begins practice at 6:15 a.m. every day and our student-athletes are showing discipline and dedication as they balance running, school work... and sleep! Our high school team began the season this last Saturday at the Incarnate Word Academy Invitational.   Out of 24 schools, our girls’ team finished in 4th place overall.  Hannah Shearer medalled and also set a school record in the process!  For the boys, Logan

Shearer led the way and Eun Sung Cheon also won a medal. On Friday evening, August 30 the middle and high school teams will compete in the Friday Night Lights Cross Country Meet.  This is a public school race hosted by The Woodlands High School and is held at the Bear Branch Sports Fields on Research Forest Drive.   The races start at 6:30 p.m. Come out and support your Warrior Cross Country team! Submitted by Tom Earle

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ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT NEWS 2nd Annual Woodlands Christian Golf Tournament October 2, 2013 Panther Trail Golf Course There are a limited number of spots available, so round up your golfing buddies and join us for a great time! There are opportunities for sponsorships such as beverage carts, closest to pin, longest drives and more! Items for the raffle on the day of the event are also being accepted. Contact for more details. To register for our golf tournament click here!

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. Varsity Volleyball Schedule . Cross Country Schedule JV Volleyball (A) . JV Volleyball (B) MS White Volleyball Schedule . MS Green Volleyball Schedule MS Gold Volleyball Schedule . MS Football Schedule

Varsity Football Schedule

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All School News

The PTF is hosting a ladies Bible study beginning Wednesday, September 4 at 9:00 a.m. in the library. The subject of the study is Discerning The Voice Of God - How To Recognize When God Speaks by Priscilla Shirer. The study will last approximately six weeks. In order to ensure that an adequate supply of study guides are available please contact CeCe Ray, PTF President, to register for this Bible study. Study guides will be available for purchase in The Armory.

Uniform Exchange Closet Now On Facebook! Our uniform exchange closet has gone high tech! If you have gently used uniform items that you would like to exchange with other Woodlands Christian families, visit the Woodlands Christian Uniform Exchange page on Facebook. To join the group please click here.

Twitter Alert System In order to better serve our school community, Woodlands Christian has established a special Twitter account specifically to communicate urgent messages such as school closings due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. You do not need a Twitter account to receive alert notifications! To register for Woodlands Christian alerts, text the message follow@twcaalerts to: 40404. This Twitter account will not be used for social communications. You may follow Woodlands Christian socially on Twitter @twcawarriors. Throughout the school year, if a weather or school-wide emergency occurs, Woodlands Christian will make every effort to communicate information regarding school closings. Communication efforts include, but are not limited to, email, school website, telephone and local media outlets. To receive automatic emergency alerts from Woodlands Christian via email and text message, register your email address and cell phone number at Our school can be found on the login page under Woodlands Christian Academy. Please note: Information from School-Alerts will be sent as long as cell phone service and Internet access permit.

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