Hello WAAS Families!

Such great things are happening at WAAS!  We have much to be thankful for and many reasons to celebrate!

First of all, a huge thank you to Toni Kirby for planning and organizing our Second Annual Family Fun Night on January 22.  WAAS was a great place to be on that cold and rainy evening because we had plenty of  great fellowship, pizza, hot dogs, games and prizes.  Thanks to all who attended and donated cakes for cake walk!

Those of us who attended the WAAS Parents’ Seminar on January 26 were most impressed with the abundance of information that Dr, Angela Housand, AIG Coordinator at UNCW shared.  To help us to better understand how we can meet the emotional and social needs of gifted children, she introduced a variety of technology resources and websites that parents can use at home.  To see her presentation, you may visit angelahousand.com//waas.

Hopefully, you have noticed that we installed seamless gutters  around our building and a drainage system in the back of the building.  In addition, diseased shrubbery and bushes on the grounds have been removed.  Again, these improvements have been made possible by the generous parent contributions during this year’s Annual Fund.  Thank you!

Last Friday, the 4th/5th grade class dissected a pig’s heart during their Science class.  With  the guidance of Mr. Adams, the students learned about the muscles and chambers of the heart.

Although the details are not yet finalized, we do have dates for our teachers’ summer camps:
                       Mrs. Errante   June 13-17                         Mrs. Puritis  June 20-24
                       Mrs. Keating June 27-July 1                     Mr. Adams  July 11-15
                       Mrs. Giacomelli  July 18-22                   Mr. Simon will announce his dates later.
Congratulations to the students who were named Owl standing students by the teachers for the second nine weeks:  Joseph Siebold, Ainsley DuFresne, Daniel Johnson, Mason Evans, Sam McNamara, Ian Peploe, David Link, Lauren Palega, Anna Patsalos, Delaney Willard, James Albert Clyburn, Abby Fairchild and Mary Wells.

WAAS was honored to be asked to participate in the New Hanover County Middle Schools’ Math Counts Practice Round on Friday, January 29. Our MathCounts students had a great showing during this practice competition with Zane Dash being WAAS’ top scorer and Zane Dash, Ben Siebold, Yasmin Azizi and James Wilt placing in the overall top 10.  Congratulations to our MathCounts teams for a job well done:  Emma Johnson, Charlie Flynt, Varun Varadarajan, Varun Srinivasan, Zane Dash, Yasmin Azizi, Gavin DuFresne, Ben Siebold, James Wilt, Sebastian Zagler and Mason Evans.  The MathCounts Regional Competition is February 13!  They are working hard to prepare.

Congratulations to Emma Johnson for receiving her second “JO”Junior Olympics qualifying cut for the 100 breast stroke. Her time was 1:18. Now, she can swim in the 100 breast stroke in the  North Carolina State Competition in February.

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized for the Effort and Progress award:
Ben Siebold, James Albert Clyburn, Keira Braithwaite, David Link, John Stewart Leech, Claire Pasulka and Aiden Pomeroy

Please remember that the week of February 15-19 is a break for students and workdays for teachers. This week off for the students is intended to give them a break before the busy spring schedule begins.  This year is the first year that our school calendar provides us with this break. A February break is built in next year’s calendar as well.

Beginning today and until Feb. 10, you may order WAAS apparel.  Please click on this link to order:
https://wilmingtonacademy.itemorder.com   The sale code is 2CSWP.

Remember to sign up for the Lego Robotics Team (Club) by using this link:                   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F48AEA62BA75-formation

As always, thank you for your tremendous support in making our great school even greater!

Beth Upton