Middle School at Woodland Presbyterian School
Woodland Presbyterian School’s middle school embraces the challenge of helping adolescent students to grow and become independent learners. Through a success-focused program, students are provided enrichment and support in order to help each child reach his or her full potential. The middle school team works to create a structured environment with a combination of relationship building through class trips, rigorous high school preparation in all academic areas, and leadership opportunities for all students.
- English: Literature, composition, advanced writing concepts, research and public speaking
- Math: Preparedness to Algebra and Algebra 1
- Science: Lab based, addressing earth, life, and physical sciences
- Social Studies: Geography, American History, and World History
- Foreign Language: Spanish and Latin
Academics, Athletics, and Arts are vital connections to developing young adolescents into self-confident young adults. Students attend student-led chapels as well as Bible classes weekly to instill fine moral character and leadership decision- making. Physical Education and the Arts are part of the core curriculum. Students have the opportunity to explore the creative process and cultivate an appreciation for fine art.
Woodland Presbyterian School has a distinctively designed curriculum that is developed on four solid principles. Our curriculum is:
Child centered which allows us to meet each individual student and move them forward to the next level.
Knowledge based so that the curriculum offers a firm foundation of skills in order to give each child what is essential for productivity at the next level while applying, analyzing, and evaluating deeper concepts.
Cycling in order to allocate ample opportunity to perfect concepts by exposing children frequently to objectives that typically pose a challenge.
Ever-changing to facilitate current and meaningful content for all our students.
Graduation Speech, Mischa White, Class of 2017
Dear speech, or at least that's how my classmates would have started it.
When I think of our eighth-grade class, I immediately think of this quote: “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a whole, our class embodies it in almost every aspect of our educational career. Woodland is a small school, yet has a big heart. It has allowed us, as students, to grow in the most caring learning environment, encouraged our unique personalities, and appreciated our differences. Woodland teachers genuinely care for us, as do the faculty and staff members. We are forever grateful for them.
On behalf the class of 2017, I would like to thank you, teachers, all of you who have educated us. You have shaped us into the students we are today. Mrs. Vollmer, I will never forget my first day in your room. You are the reason that I know how to tie my shoes. Thank you, Coach Creasy, for always giving us long, and I mean LONG, and sometimes boring life speeches that I’m sure everyone enjoyed as much as I. However, if you actually listened to those long, long, long speeches, you would actually learn something that we know will be valuable in our high school years. We would never be the students we are without each of you. To our parents - we can never say thank you enough. We appreciate all the times you dropped off our forgotten lunches and projects, all the plays and sporting events you have attended, and the extra cash we needed on our trips. We love you and we thank you for choosing Woodland to educate us.
Going all in is not a foreign concept to this class. Personally, going all in means to strive to be the best version of yourself in every aspect possible. Whether it is on the field, taking the National Latin Exam, or painting an art piece, we strived in doing our best. This year, we have won both the girls and boys’ soccer championships, were runner-up in the Shelby 7/8 golf tournament and placed 1st in the Class A division for track. In the National Latin Exam, over 50% of our 8th-grade class received an award. I am so proud to be part of such a hard-working, determined class of students!
This grade never ceases to amaze me. My time at Woodland has been filled with laughter, kindness, and obnoxious singing on the bus to Huntsville. Whether we are trying to get everyone over a wall at Bear Track or trying to not fail our Latin exam, we have always remained positive. I hope you understand just how close all of us have become these past years. I think I can speak for the entire class when I say that I am going to miss each and every one of you; I mean it with the utmost sincerity.
This is it, guys. There will not be any more talks with Mr. Askew after school trying to avoid After School Care and Mrs. Hackmeyer dancing to Rolex. We will no longer yell out “That’s not a Woodland sweatshirt!” in the middle of class and have to listen to our friends attempting to read Shakespeare. No more having classmates dancing in the middle of class, or having people yell out “Oh Neal!” for no apparent reason. This is the end of an era, and I am proud to have been a part of it. However, there will be friendships that we will never forget, teachers who have not only taught us particular subjects but also taught us values and morals, and a school that has supported, loved, and lifted us up! I have known some of the people in this grade for over fourteen years. These past 10 years at Woodland have been amazing. I wish you all great things and I hope you accomplish all that you desire. Remember that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
And in the wise words of Elle Woods, “Congratulations class of 2017, we did it!”