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
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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.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Kenya's Downs

Nairobi Kenya

Kenya World Map
Kenya is something I don't talk about often due to the fact that it is 5 years worth of stories. I moved to Kenya in 2013 and I think that everything about Kenya began there.

Kenya The Country

Kenya is located in East Africa, it's capital city Nairobi is where lived for 5 years. There are many ups and downs but I am going to focus on the downs today.

Power Outages
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Olympian GEL 10S
Kenya has power outages several TIMES A DAY! We had a backup system but it was a very terrible backup option. An inverter is what it was called. It uses CAR BATTERIES which run through wires into the main box and powers the house. Sounds safe and simple right? WRONG the batteries can die after the inverter has been on for long periods of time. This main box is NOT SAFE. Once, while we were here in the US on summer break we got a call saying that the MAIN BOX had caught on fire! Finally, we got a generator and the generator looked like THIS
This is an Olympian GEL10SP and it solved the problem and finally, the power issues were over. The worst part about power issues is when you are in a mall on an elevator and the power goes out. If the generator doesn't kick in you are stuck. If you are in the middle of writing an essay for school on your computer and the power goes out, you will lose all of your work that is not saved. Also, sometimes at night when the power goes out, you will hear a transformer explosion in the distance. It sounds terrible and horrible to wake up to in the middle of the night.

Nairobi National Park
Kenya is not all bad. It is an amazing place to visit and the scenery is magnificent. Power outages were the only bad part about living here. The good parts will be featured in a follow-up story about my life in Kenya so stayed tuned.

Thursday, April 4, 2019


By Sylvia K.


Water. We need it to survive. But not everybody has a clean supply of it. For example many people in Sudan. They are drinking bad water because they do not have a fresh clean supply. When they drink the water they are drinking dirt, germs and disease. They are getting sick and dying from something they need to live. Because of this the life span in Sudan has been extremely lowered.It's around sixty-five. Compared to our average seventy-eight years the have lost many years because of something they need to live. Some of the causes of death are malnutrition and poisonings.
You can help. A charity called Water For South Sudan builds wells in Sudan to help their citizens get a better supply of clean water. So far they have built 177 wells in remote villages which brought water to over 400,000 people since May of 2013.

Village well
One way that you can help is the H2O challenge. The way you do this challenge is you drink only water for to weeks. Eat anything you want. Cake, pie, cookies, anything.  Then you send the money you saved on other drinks to WFSS. I have recently done this challenge. It was very interesting. There were some time people would offer me drinks that I would have to turn down. If this happens there are two things you can do. You can either take a break and drink something you like, or you can stay strong remember the people who need it.

You don't have to do the H2O challenge. You raise money however you like, but please donate to WFSS and help a South Sudanese village.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Art for 7th Grade

By Nikhil P.


7th Grade Art Tryouts

7th grade art will be a blast, and you can join. 7th grade art will have a bunch of fun actives, like  digital technology, sculpture, jewelry making with 3D printers and more.  7th grade art will have honors and year long art. For more details ask Ms. Lee.  Now I bet you're asking yourself, "How do I get in?" That's a great question.  Here's how:

Art Portfolio

The way you get into the program is to make a portfolio. The MS art teachers recommend that you submit 5 (or 3 minimum) pieces of artwork. At least one of your drawings need to show shading, one needs to be realistic, another showing 3D value study, and if possible do a painting demonstrating your skill in blending colors. The date for the portfolio Thursday, Feb 21. You will put your art pieces on the library table. Label your work with your name and homeroom teacher.  Also, include date that artwork was created for each art piece.

                                                     Tips To help for Portfolio

If you want help with your portfolio then you should go to art club every Friday at recess, or maybe during study hall in Ms. Lee's room. I recommend you work on the portfolio every day to make sure you get everything ready on time. If you need markers or colored pencils I recommend going to go to Blicks and get markers called Copic (prefferly Copic sketch) and for colored pencils get Prisma. These are really expensive but it's definitely worth it. If you have any more questions please your art teacher.


Friday, February 15, 2019



#15- THE MIRACLE (1989)
The lyrics to this song have a good meaning and with the catchy tune that this has, this song from the 1989 album of the same name makes my list.

MANY people would want this one way higher on the list. But there are so many underrated queen songs to pick from. This song is good. But it is just missing something that makes it pop out.

#13- I WANT TO BREAK FREE (1984)
This song is good. But still, it needs something big that makes the song pop out. The music video is great. WATCH IT AFTER YOU READ THIS LIST.

This song is great. But it has too much going on. I know many of you would put this as #1 but me it's a meh. It is great but not a #1.

#11- THE WORDS OF LOVE (1982)
This is the only great song besides Under Pressure that is on the Hot Space album. That album is the only Queen album that was bad. This is underrated and is a pretty song, it deserves credit.

This emotional song of growing up is beautiful and is SO underrated. The music video is the last video footage of Freddie before his death.

This song has a lot of humor and is very catchy. It has a complete mood change and is unique. That is why it is in the top 10

#8- PLAY THE GAME (1980)
Now you are at the part where it was hard to choose for me. This song is almost perfect. I love it. But there are so many great Queen songs.

#7- THE SHOW MUST GO ON (1991)
This is the most dramatic and heavy hitting Queen songs. Freddie NAILS the high notes. It is amazing.

#6- INNUENDO (1991)
This six and a half minute long opus is a terrific song from the terrific 1991 album of the same name. It has a Spanish guitar section and shows a unique side of Queen. I love it.

Extremely catchy, great from start to finish, easy top 5 pick.

"FIND  ME   SOMEBODY TO LOOOOOOVE!" This is a FANtastic song! Great build up for the end and also has an example for Queen's vocal improvisations.

John Deacon scores us a terrific bass riff in a great hit and a classic song. This song was a smash hit in the early 1980's easy top 3.

#2- DON'T STOP ME NOW (1978)
Great fast paced song. Only Freddie Mercury could write these lyrics. This song is used in a number of advertisements and was in Amazon's SuperBowl ad.

#1- A KIND OF MAGIC (1986)
"IT'S A KINDA MAGIC!" Great from start to finish. The music video is great too. This song is COMPLETELY underrated. It has a great riff by guitarist Brian May. It may just be me who likes it because nobody mentions this in great Queen songs. Please listen to this as quick as you can. I hope you will enjoy it. 


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Infinity Mirrors at the High

By Nava R.
Yayoi Kusama!

Hi, my name is Nava and I went to the High Museum of Art on January 19, 2019! The exhibit was about Yayoi Kusama who is an 89 year old artist. Since 1959, her art work has been in exhibit around the world. The tickets for her exhibitions are sold out. The High Museum of Art was really crowded and they had entrance tickets every 30 minutes.  We had to buy our tickets in advance.
There were six art rooms in her exhibition. Kusama is the youngest out of four kids, she had a tough childhood. Her father was not at home and having affairs with other woman besides his wife. Kusama’s mother would make her spy on the affairs, which left Kusama with an enduring hatred for the male body.  She started hallucinating at age 10. Her paintings were what she saw and this is how she revealed her mental disease. Creating these kinds of art was a way of how she survived.

Kusama’s obsession was the use of dots. Mirrors and polka dots are her trademark.  she says "one day I was looking at the red flower patterns of the tablecloth on a table, and when I looked up I saw the same pattern covering the ceiling, the windows and the walls, and finally all over the room, my body, and the universe.

Kusama’s creations in the High Museum were amazing!  I think what Kusama did is a great thing, she made a way to cope from hallucinations and this is a great way to show that everyone has a happy place, they just have to find it! However, I did not like  the 20 minute line for each room which we could only stay in it for about 20-30 seconds. I think most of her art work invites you to feel her pain, depression and analyze her images. It was hard to see her point of view within 20 seconds in and out in such a rushed visit but I'm glad I was able to see her last show in the US.  What was your experience?

By: Nava R.


Charshanbe Soori picture
Charshanbe Suri is a Persian tradition and mostly known as a
Zorastian tradition (even though I am Cordish). It is when you jump
over fire, which symbolizes your bad luck falling into the fire
and good luck coming to you. While jumping people yell, "Give me your
beautiful red color and take back my sickly pallor!"
What our family does is go to our cousins house and they have a party.
We jump over burning fire then fireworks go off. I normally go for
the fire jumping part and the food. My friends and I can jump over
the fire with no problem! Do you think you can do that?


Celebrity Tea With Sawyer

Celebrity Tea With Sawyer       

Ariana Grande and her exes
             Valentine’s Day Edition
Top 5 Celebrity Relationships
#5 Hailey Baldwin & Justin Bieber
After the on and off relationship with Selena Gomez Justin Bieber began dating and not soon after marrying a model and television personality Hailey Baldwin who is now Hailey Bieber. This quick transition left me and many other people shocked. Will it last? Comment down below whether you think so or not.

#4 G-Eazy & Halsey
I know that this relationship ended nearly six months ago but it contains so much drama that we had to tell you at What's Up Woodward. Halsey and G-Eazy were going strong when they released their hit song together titled "Him & I". This song expressed their love for each other through Halsey's vocals and G -Eazy's bars. After their break up there was never a confirmed reason for the split until Halsey performed on SNL and revealed "being hurt by someone" and her performance suggested a cheating scandal. G-Eazy was soon after spotted with pop star Demi Lavato. Do you think that G-Eazy cheated? Comment below.

#3 Khloè Kardashian & Tristan Thompson
Television personality Khloè and NBA player Tristan Thompson were a hot couple for a while. They were sweet, adorable, and widely supported by Khloè's fans. Khloè then became pregnant with their daughter True. Things looked great for the couple going into the final stages of Khloè's pregnancy. Then, days before true was born on April 12 Tristan Thompson was very publicly exposed for cheating. For a while, no one really knew whether they still considered themselves a couple anymore. They have been rumored to have been talking about marriage in late 2018. Do you think that they will last through this scandal? Comment down below.

#2 Cardi B & Offset
Rappers Cardi B and Offset were doing very as a couple and in the rap game. Cardi B released her successful album "Invasion of privacy" and no one thought anything of it until people began listening to "Be Careful". This song talked about Cardi experiencing a cheating scandal and warning her cheater to "Be careful". They shortly after gave birth to a baby girl named Kiara Kulture. Suddenly, scandals arose. Cardi B accused offset of cheating and immediately left him. Later at one of her performances Offset decided to jump on stage and try to apologize for his doings. She did not accept his apology but they recently got back together. Apparently, Cardi has decided to forgive him. Do you think that "Be Careful" was about Offset? Comment down below.

#1 Ariana Grande & Malcolm Miller/Pete Davidson
If you have not heard about this one then brace yourself because this one is full of drama. Ariana Grande and Malcolm Miller began this relationship when Ariana was still a Nickelodeon star. They made a duet to the classic Christmas song "Baby It's Cold Outside". They continued to grow their relationship as friends until it blossomed into a romance. They began dating as longtime friends and were the hot couple. After two years of dating, Ariana broke up with him saying that she "respected and adored him endlessly". Soon after their break up, Ariana began dating Pete Davidson. They got engaged and were a beautiful couple until at the age of 26 Malcolm, her boyfriend from earlier in this paragraph, died of drug overdose. Ariana Grande could not seem to get over his death and clearly would have preferred him over Pete Davidson as her boyfriend. Pete did not appreciate this and broke up with Ariana for valuing Malcolm more than him and mourning over him instead of paying attention to Pete. Ariana Grande later released the song "thank you, next" thanking her ex-boyfriends including Pete and Malcolm. In the same album, she released "ghostin" where she apologized for not prioritizing Pete when Malcolm passed. She apologized for wanting Malcolm over Pete after Malcolm died.

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