Hello WAAS Families!

Saturday, April 29 was a great day for our 4th/5th grade Science Olympiad team!  Making history, ten of our 4th/5th grade students participated in the New Hanover County Schools Elementary Science Olympiad Competition at Ashley High School. This is the first year WAAS has had a 4th/5th grade SO team! These students participated in a total of 10 events, and they placed in the top 5 for six of the events.  Congratulations to the team, coaches and Mrs. Hamilton!
Science Olympiad  members are:  Max Wang, Logan Tamadon, Johnathan Strickland, Averil Boren, Mary Katherine O’Malley, Zeke Crawford, Avery Braithwaite, Rhiannon Sharpe, Ali King and Sarah Kate Brinson.  The following students placed in the top five in these six events:
1st Place   Super Sleuths         Logan Tamadon and Sarah Kate Brinson
2nd Place  Animal Adaptions   Johnathan Strickland and Averil Boren
3rd Place  Trajeggtory              Mary Katherine O’Malley and Zeke Crawford
3rd Place  Bones and Brawn    Avery Braithwaite and Rhiannon Sharpe
3rd Place  Ocean Motion          Rhiannon Sharpe and Mary Katherine O’Malley
4th Place   Rock Star                Zeke Crawford and Ali King
                          ? ?     C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!!!  ??
Ian Peplow will be participating in the state level of competition for the Soil and Water Conservation Speech Contest on May 4th!  Mr. Simon, Charlie Flynt, Sebastian Zagler, Varun Varajaradan and Mason Evans will also be traveling to Raleigh on May 4 to participate in the state level of math competition!  Good luck to all!
The 6th graders will be traveling to Washington, DC May 3-5, and the 8th graders will be traveling to Williamsburg May 3-6.  WAAS will host an orientation for our new students on May 5 from 11:00-2:30.  I will be accompanying the Washington, DC trip since Mr. Simon will be with the Math students in Raleigh on May 4.
The BOT passed a Scholarship Policy at the April 27 Board Meeting, and we are pleased
to announce the initiation of a scholarship fund effective for the 2017-2018 school year. Sometimes, parents of academically gifted and highly motivated students are reluctant to apply to WAAS due to lack of scholarships.  Hopefully, this scholarship fund will help us to attract more highly qualified students.  Please see the attachment below for more information about the Scholarship Fund, and the Scholarship Policy is posted on our website under Admissions.
We welcome Heather King Goode (mother of Ali and Ella) and Allison Boswell (mother of Owen and Lucy) to the BOT for 2017-2018. Returning BOT members are Brian Bostick, Brent Schraff, Stephanie Ayers, Brian Johnson, Mark Johnson and Community Representatives Mary Leo and Gwen O’Quinn.  Rotating off the BOT are Heather Braithwaite, Patti Ginsberg, Nancy Cunningham and Greg Uhl. Thanks to all for their efforts and commitment to our school.  The new board officially begins July 1.
Many thanks to Toni Kirby for the two new pots of beautiful plants and flowers that have been placed at our front door entrance.
I have just a few openings in 4th and 6th grades. If you know of someone who might be interested, please have them contact me immediately.
The month of May will be incredibly busy!  Please check our website and your emails to be kept informed of the many wonderful happenings at WAAS.
As always, thank you for all that you do to support the students and teachers which result in a great school!
Beth Upton