School News

Feb 25, 2020

Hey Polar Bear Nation Good News from Woodward High in both Academics and Sports!

Emmanuela Ezekwemba won second place in a short story contest sponsored by the UToledo College of Arts and Letters and the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities. Congratulations on your outstanding student!

James Miller won the regional contest for Poetry Out Loud!
He tied with a student from Toledo Early College and both students will advance to state competition in Columbus, OH in two weeks.

James memorized and recited two selections. The judges included members of the Ohio Arts Council and published poets. James’ poem selections were complex and challenging. He delivered them with accuracy and authenticity.

Congratulations to Mr Yockey and our wrestling team for their individual performances at the city championships. It was an exciting day with a lot of good wrestling. The strength, dedication and support these young gentlemen showed to their team is beyond commendable.

Lorenzo Gordon 1st place at 170lbs
Deon Colbert 2nd at 152 lbs
Daniel Cunningham 2nd at 113 lbs
Miguel Barcenas 2nd 106 lbs
James Reynolds 3rd at 145 lbs
Frankie Ovalle 5th at 195 lbs.

Two Woodward students awarded Old Newsboys scholarships

The Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association held its 90th annual paper sale on Friday Dec 6, 2019.  The kick-off scholarship awards banquet was held on Wednesday, December 4th.  At this banquet, The Old Newsboys awarded 11 $5,000 scholarships.  9 of these scholarships- for a total of $45,000 - came to seniors at TPS schools.  Sarah Goodman and Deon Colbert from Woodward, Treyquan Eubanks from Rogers, Benicio Bonilla and Daniel Fox from Waite, Mario Purifie, Jr. and Avionna Burwell from Scott, Seham Abutaha from TEC, and Alana Belchior-WIlliams from JLA. Congratulations to these awesome students who were chosen from over 80 applications and a big THANK YOU to the Old Newsboys for all that they do for our students!

Woodward High School hosted a Thanksgiving dinner in conjunction with PBIS and SMARTS team.  Initially, we had 80 students earn the PBIS challenge to be a part of lunch, but our awesome Polar Vortex Community Volunteer Ashleigh Smith, and her team collected 9 turkeys, 8 which were cooked by the Beirut Restaruant.  The number of turkeys allowed us to feed over 260 students and staff a Turkey Dinner complete with mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy, desert and a drink. 

Our prep team included: Jack Renz, Sarah Ramirez, Mary Dunne, Cris Kristenak and Retired Administratior and Woodward graduate Carolyn Yenrick.  Polar Vortex Community Volunteer leader, Ashleigh Smith and Co-Leader Rebecca Bedacht also arranged for 10 volunteers including several recent Woodward Graduates.

Shanazzi Baksh from Woodward High School has been granted Honorable Mention in Sandy Hook Promise’s Start With Hello Student Voices Contest in the Visual Art category.
Students from across the country submitted entries and Sandy Hook Promise staff and Promise Leaders chose the award-winning submissions.  Sandy Hook Promise will be showcasing Shanazzi’s work in a local press release, as well as during the 2020 National Youth Summit for SAVE Promise Clubs in Cleveland, Ohio.  Shanazzi should feel proud for gaining the acknowledgement and recognition in this competitive annual contest.  Shanazzi is part of the SMARTS team at Woodward.

Woodward City League Football Champs!

Toledo Blade Nov 2, 2019
Woodward won its first City League football title since 1990 as the Polar Bears defeated host Start 28-14 on Friday night.

Woodward’s Preston Reasonover, the City League’s leading rusher and scorer, rushed for 317 yards on 32 carries and touchdowns of 60 and 50 yards.

“This brings out hope,” first-year Woodward coach Rahsan Wilson said of the Polar Bears’ first City League title in 29 years. “These kids didn’t really feel like they had hope when they came here. Now maybe the hope will grow.

“We knew they were going to throw, so we got their quarterback [Jeremiah Beringer] moving out of the pocket, and then we stopped the run.

Woodward SMARTS (Students Making Achievements Right This Second)


This group of students gives their voice to the school and district regarding positive school change. They meet weekly with Mrs. Ramirez and Mr. Renz and have done a great deal this year to improve the 3 areas they identified at the beginning of the year to help make Woodward a better school for everyone. These areas were School Spirit, Communication and Attendance. These 3 areas are intertwined and working on one helps all three.  We look forward to this group continuing its great work into the 2019-2020 school  year.  They are committed to meeting over the summer months as well to plan next year's activities.

Woodward Choraliers received and excellent rating at state! Not bad for the first time at state! They killed sight reading. Everyone commented on how professional they acted and that they sounded really good. Thank you to all of you who helped us on our journey to state. Hope to do it next year and hope we can count on your continued love and support!

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