Tuesday, February 18, 2020


By JeanT D., and Kaylee C.

One of the strongest earthquakes on record in the Caribbean 7.7 magnitude, struck about 70 miles northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, shortly after 2 p.m. On Tuesday. This could be felt as far as Miami, Florida. The originating earthquake appeared to be one of the biggest on record in the Caribbean and the largest since 1946. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center indicated that a small tsunami was possible in parts of the Caribbean and surrounding areas, with waves of up to three feet. However, just before 4 p.m., it posted that the tsunami threat had passed. A large tsunami did not because the earthquake was largely caused by a strike-slip mechanism with some obliquity. That means one tectonic plate probably slipped past another horizontally and downward. Converging plates, on the other hand, are usually the most effective at generating tsunamis. The magnitude of a tsunami is proportional to the area and magnitude of the slip. Initially, it appears the quake occurred along the southern periphery of the North American plate, which is inching westward. At the same time, the Caribbean plate is moving northeast at several centimeters per year. These plates sliding past each other is what likely caused the earthquake.

By Jerry G.
California is reported to have two reports of the new coronavirus. The coronavirus is believed to be an evolution of a virus from bats and to be similar to the flu outbreak called SARS( Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ), on Monday morning. Health officials warned last week that the number of patients would jump after a diagnostic test was developed for the novel coronavirus. The novel coronavirus has taken the human-to-human route. As many patients were identified with the coronavirus, but never visited Wuhan, China. Currently, it is reported that there are 17,000 people infected with the virus in 23 countries. WHO officials have stated that there have been 360 deaths. As of the moment, there is no vaccine for the coronavirus. The CDC recommends the public should take cold and flu precautions. They advise you to get the flu or pneumonia vaccine. You should also stay hygienic. Also, you should avoid touching the nose, eyes, or mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid contact with people that show symptoms of being sick. Always stay at home when you are sick to avoid transferring the virus if you have it. And covering a sneeze or cough with a tissue, and to throw that tissue away.

By: JeanT D.
The death of Mr. Bryant, 41, stunned fans around the world who had watched him join the N.B.A. as a confident teenager and depart a five-time champion with the Los Angeles Lakers. He retired in 2016, to help with his family and continue his life, little did he know that that life might not last as long as he thought. Questions still remain about what went wrong for an experienced pilot who had frequently flown similar routes in Southern California. But here’s what we know about the tragic flight. In his last message before the crash, the pilot told air traffic control he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer. Witnesses on the ground reported seeing the helicopter flying through a layer of clouds and fog seconds before it crashed into a nearby hillside. Bryant will be missed across the world greatly.
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Trek to Terranova ~ We’re Almost There! 
We are so close to making it to Terranova, Africa. Currently, we are still in the Atlantic Ocean, let's raise some more so we don't have to go for a month-long swim!

Grandparents Day! Don't forget to let your grandparents know that on Friday, February 14, from 1-3 p.m, We are celebrating all of our grandparents!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Letter from the Editors

Editors-in-chief: Natalie P. and Emma F.

Dear readers,
We are excited to be the co-editors of the WUW blog. Our goal this year is to write about different things including trends, latest happenings, and some stuff just for fun. We hope that you will check out our stories and leave your feedback in the comments section. This year, we started a fun scavenger hunt with a monthly prize that gives you an out-of-uniform pass! Look for a new clue each month.

Also, if you have a story to share, let us or Ms. Lee (our faculty blog sponsor) know and we will post it on the site. We are always looking for more writers to join the blog staff.

Natalie P. and Emma F.


Monday, January 27, 2020

Book Recs by River

By River C.

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Wait Till Helen Comes

If you do, then read the book, Wait Till Helen Comes
This book is available in the LS library.

Wait Till Helen Comes is about a 12 year old named Molly and her 10 year old brother, Micheal. There is an evil step-sister named  Heather who comes to live with with Molly's family. They move into a old church and discover different things. The scariest thing is the graveyard. After a while Molly goes off into the woods and discovers Heather talking to someone in the graveyard...

Who was she talking too ?
   What is she talking too ?
     Is she in trouble ?

Read the book to find out what happens to Heather and WHAT might happen to her. Let me know what you think in the comments below (no spoilers please).

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Blog Staff

2018-2019 WUW Blog Staff

I'm Natalie P.! I am co-editor of the blog this year. For a little about me, I have 4 cats (2 that are mine) and 3 dogs. I also have three sisters. I am vegan, and love it. I absolutely love reading, baking, DIY crafts. and theater. I also like community projects! I hope to be in movies and TV shows one day. 


Hi! I'm Emma F. I am so excited to be a part of blog this year! I have been at Woodward since I was in kindergarten. It does not feel that long though. I have a younger sister named Allie. She is in second grade. I also have a dog named Lucy. I love to go swimming in the summer time with my friends and family. I LOVE chocolate chip cookies. My favorite type of food is dessert. I also like most other foods. My favorite activities are water sports like tubing, water-skiing, and wakeboarding. Unfortunately, I don't get to do these very often. I like going outside and running with my friends. I hope you enjoy this year's blog!!!

Staff Writer
i'm Reagan G. I am a writer for the blog and am excited to make some wired and stories for you to engage in and read! i love art and music and running outside in the wind. Iive been at woodward since pre-k. when i grow up i want to be an interior designer and play my viola.

Staff Writer
My name is Tessa B. and I am in the 6th grade. I have one dog, he is a miniature schnauzer named Dexter. I have one sister, who is older than me. I have been at Woodward for two years. I love music and theater. I also love reading, writing and drawing. I am so excited to write in the blog this year!

Staff Writer

I'm Mason D. More to come later.

Not pictured:
Nia A.
Minna-Tullah A.
Wyatt C.
Gisele D.
Makayla H.
Madison H.

Wade W.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

My Top Ten Favorite Memes

By Wade W.

For all of you who like memes, this is for you. Memes can be funny pictures, videos, or captions.  I like memes because they make me laugh.  They are also very creative, and you can find them all over the internet.

I tend to look at memes during the weekends, mainly when I'm bored. I've seen thousands of memes and laughed at most of them. 

These are my top ten favorite memes.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


10 Ugandan Knuckles
This meme is from a Ugandan film.
It has three catchphrases: Do you know the way, why are you running, and protect the queen.

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9 Dat Boi 
Dat Boi, its origin unknown, is a frog on a unicycle.

8 Pepe
Pepe is a depressed frog.

7 The Troll Meme

The troll meme pops up on the screen when someone misleads someone else in a clever way.

6 Drake Meme
This meme consists of two sections, one with Drake turning away in disgust from text, and one with Drake pointing happily
to text.

5 What If I Told You
This meme is a man with sunglasses saying what if I told you *insert silly quote here*.


4 They Are My Crocs
A man rudely asks a lady about her shoes, and she angrily responds, "They are my crocs."


3 Despacito Spider
This meme is found in the Roblox game, Robloxian Highschool.  In the game, the spider is located in a secret chamber that is under a swimming pool.

Lucas The Musical Spider
This meme is a spider playing *insert song here* on an instrument.  It is better to watch a video of this than to look at a photo.

Click the link below to watch a video.


1 Cursed Image Series
This meme is a collection of hilarious pictures, like these.

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Thank you for reading my post. Comment below to share your favorite memes.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Study Hall: What Should It Be?

By Natalie P.

What Do You Like About Study Hall? 
"In study hall in Mrs. Broyles room, we have lots of fun while studying. We love to play chess and checkers. "

What Do You Think Would Make Study Hall Better?
"We could make study hall better by having the option to go outside. We want to run around and get our energy out."

But Overall... "Study hall is fun."
 -Madi C. (Ballin' Like Curry)

What Is Your Opinion On Study Hall? 
"Study hall is great. I like all my friends and my teacher."
What Would Make Study Hall Better? "Probably listening to music."
-Chance D. 

  What Do You Think About Study Hall? "It is nice thing to do if you want to get homework done."

6th grade teachers see both sides of the story. Some kids need to get their energy out to help those who are working have a quiet atmosphere. So some teachers agree that offering the option of recess during study hall may be a possible solution. In that regard, the 6th grade teachers are now allowing students to have the option of going outside to the playground. Currently in study hall, it is much quieter and easier to get work done.

Out of My Mind

                                                                    out of my mind

Out of my mind is a great book. It  may have many sad points in the story but these make the book dramatic and breathtaking.  This book shows what could happen in real life and how people who are different get treaty different and unfair. This book also has monomers where is so realistic you can just relate to what’s happening.  I highly recommended book where you can find almost anywhere they sell books. Have you read the book? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments.
Cydney F.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

No Place For Hate Mandala Project

By Minna-Tullah A.

Here, at Woodward Academy Lower School, we believe in a No Place for Hate. We want to have a kind environment. This year, our 'No Place for Hate' project is making Mandala rocks.

The Mandala is a symbol of connection to the self and the universe. Our goal is for students to establish a connection with their inner selves through painting the rocks with Mandalas that represent important principles in their lives such as health, family, and friendships. In the process, they will also establish a friendly connection with other students in the Woodward community nurturing the spirit of 'No Place for Hate'. Hate nurtures bullying.
People bully because they have low self-esteem. Instead of working on building theirs, they attack other students they may hate and enjoy their suffering. This is usually caused by stereotypes of the person. Bullying has to stop! Bullying has a huge impact on the victims behavior, grades, and self-esteem. Bullying causes anxiety, depression, social anxiety, loneliness, and eating disorders among the bullied. Bullied students start to avoid school. In extreme cases it leads to suicide. Woodward is a "No Place for Hate" school. When there is no hate, there is no bullying.

This is Mrs. Silva's class in the
process of painting the mandalas
onto the rocks.

 Stop Bullying               

Here are students creating their mandala rocks in Mrs. Broyles's class.


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Pastries for Parents

What a wonderful year we've had at the Lower School.  I was so fortunate to have a group of dedicated blog writers and staff members.  We hope you enjoyed stories from students about their lives and about subjects which inspire them to help celebrate the diversity of voices on our campus and in the world-at-large.  Have a great summer until next year!
-Ms. Lee
Blog faculty sponsor

Monday, May 20, 2019

Aviation News Volume 2

Boeing 777-9 is one of the most advanced aircraft with the biggest engines that have made the world record. I MEAN LOOK AT THE COMPARISONS.


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Here is a picture for size reference.

The 777-9 is the latest Boeing aircraft in aviation and has set records that are going to make it difficult for Boeing's rival company Airbus to beat. First off what makes this plane amazing an have a place in the history books are the engines and the cabin. The engines are powered by the General Electric GE9X which is the predecessor of the GE90 engines. These engines are designed to be silent and make living by the airport quieter. These engines use a brand new state of the art turbofan called a geared turbofan this allows the noise to be absorbed by the engine making it very silent during max thrust settings. Also, these engines are very environmentally friendly for a number of reasons. The first reason is that the engines burn way less fuel 10% less than its environmentally friendly predecessor which improves fuel costs to run the plane to destinations. The second reason is that due to lower fuel consumption the engine does emit less CO2 emissions reducing the effect of greenhouse gasses building up in the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. Another great thing about this aircraft is the First class seats this is the future of luxury travel.
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This is one of many options airlines can choose for business class.

Another option is this which is WAY more futuristic and this also includes the other cabins.

Another great thing about this aircraft is the fact that it is easier to train pilots to fly this type of aircraft.  Also, this aircraft can fly VERY long distances 7,525 nautical miles. Well, we will see in the near future what this aircraft will be like to fly on. 

A short message.

Dear readers of the WhatsUpWoodward Blog we thank you for reading the blogs that we have made. By reading the blog posts you have made me and other blog users feel very proud to be part of the Blog post team and proud of our work. Thank you for such an amazing year and I hope that all of you have a great summer. Thank you, Ms. Lee, for being such an amazing inspiration to us all. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Ms.Know-It-All Writes to Ocean

Dear Ms. Know-It-All,
Hi! Ok, so in my homeroom I only have basically 1 friend that likes me for me. But I think she isn't really my friend. Whenever I do something wrong she gets mad and sassy. Whenever she can, she ditches me and partners up with other girls, so I'm all alone...not that that's a bad thing. So now if we work in  groups of 3, the 3 other girls will be in a group,THEN she will be my friend. So what do I do?



Dear Ocean,
My advice to is to expand your friendships. What I mean by that is talk to other people. Slowly try to insert yourself into a group and if they move away that's their problem. They just missed out on a chance to have an awesome friend like you. Also, you could confront your friend and ask why she is getting mad at you for making mistakes. Nobody's perfect. During projects try paring with other girls or boys. You might even make a new best friend that you can count on for the rest of your life. Good luck and remember you are awesome.

Ms. Know-It-All

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Aviation News

By Aidan G.

Aviation News

Groundings Continue Through The Summer Boeing Loses Billions 

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737 Max 8

The 737 MAX crashed due to faulty MCAS   

The 737 max 8 was released in 2017 so that they could to try and out beat the A320neo (new engine option) which uses the same engine as the 737 max. The FAA is currently reviewing the latest update to try and fix the MCAS software system.

Also here is our weekly aviation video explained:

So in this video, a British Airways 747-400 lost its 3rd engine during an engine surge (also known as an engine fire). This happened as the pilots reached v1 (decision speed) which means that he can not abort the takeoff. What caused this was a compressor blade from the inside of the engine that came loose and flew through the engine causing a shooting fire effect from the back of the engine. The sound you hear is the airflow through the engine being disrupted. The plane landed back at Phoenix and all the passengers went to London the next day.