2021 Volleyball Wrap Up

Another successful Wildcats Varsity Volleyball season has come to an end! Woods High School did not compete in 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions, so this season was even more special. The last time the Wildcats were in action was at the 2019 TCAL State Championship game where we fought a tough match against Seguin Lifegate only to come up a bit short. This season we had six seniors and two juniors on the roster, but it still felt like we had a “young” team. Most of the returning players either weren’t on varsity before or had very little court experience in varsity games. 

In August we started out strong during our annual sports camps. We worked hard those two weeks and felt like we were in a good place. We lost one of . our seniors the second game of the season due to a knee injury. We had to rally and figure out how to play as a completely different team and that took some time. We lost some hard games and fought through a lot of frustration. We had a busy district schedule that started the first day of school, so we had to learn fast. We moved players to different positions and asked everyone to step up and play smarter and better. 

The first half of District play was tough. We took a lot of teams to five sets but couldn’t finish games. Then things started to change. After our second loss to Banff, we saw a drastic change in our level of play. We ended up going on a 10-game winning streak. We earned some huge wins during that time, including beating the undefeated top seed, Angleton Christian. We took that momentum with us into the State Tournament. In our first game, we faced off against Bryan’s Talitha Koum, a tough team we played at the end of our regular season and took five sets to top. We knew what to expect from them and played some of our very best volleyball and finished them in three sets. That set up a district showdown in the Semi-Finals versus Humble Christian. We were nervous and played tight the first two sets and found ourselves in a 0-2 hole. We never gave up hope and fought to win three sets in a row to earn our spot in the 2A State Championship. 

In the State Championship game, we played Lighthouse Homeschool from Port Arthur, Texas on Saturday October 30th. The atmosphere was amazing. We had an incredible amount of support from our families and students that were able to make the trip and even some of our fellow district opponents. Every set was close and hard fought. We went to five sets and lost 23-25, 25-21, 20-25, 26-24, and 13-15. The game lasted over two hours and our team gave it everything they had. I could not be more proud of how far this team went this season. They could have used numerous excuses to not push and play hard, but they never gave up. We went from being a fourth place District team with a 3-4 record at one point, to the TCAL 2A State Runner-Ups. I have never coached a team that has fought this hard, and they deserve all the praise we can give them. We ended the season with a 16-10 record, seven All District Selections, four All State Selections, and two 2A All State Tournament selections. 

This was a season to remember for so many reasons, and we will miss this group of seniors very much. They leave an incredible legacy behind for our volleyball program and we can’t thank them enough for all they have done. I am looking forward to next season and I am excited to see how our younger players will step up and continue our tradition of working hard and pushing themselves to be the best they can be. Thank you, Class of 2022, for your dedication and we wish you all the best in the future! Go Wildcats! 

Coach Villanueva
Fall 2021

Pets, Pandemic & Carpool

This school year, masked students were good natured about having their temperatures taken each day in the carpool line. Temperature-takers were given the opportunity to meet family members, including the four legged and stuffed variety! Thank you for helping to keep our school community safe!

Woods High School Senior Thesis Presentations 2021

Senior Thesis is both a culmination and a commencement. It represents the culmination of our seniors’ work, giving students the opportunity to apply interdisciplinary knowledge to original research, which means that all that the students have learned and experienced will be brought to bear on their final paper. Senior Thesis is also a commencement, the start of work the students may continue in the years ahead. The goal of Senior Thesis is to afford students the opportunity to do lasting, meaningful work that they will continue to pursue at the university level.

The final paper is 20-40 pages in length and consists of two parts: a literature review that puts the students’ unique questions in the context of the history of thought and current research, followed by an original thesis, in which the students pose their own solution to the question they have been asking. In this process, students are reminded of library procedures, techniques of computer research, compiling references, and methods for finding, evaluating, and recording material.

Students become familiar with the major writers and works within their particular area of research. Students also work with experts in their field or subject of interest in the Senior Internship, which is closely coordinated with Senior Thesis to provide for one-on-one guidance with a mentor. As a final “examination” and celebration, students present their thesis to the school community.

Following are the titles of the 2020-2021 Senior Thesis Presentations:

“Flexible Working: Let’s Change the Way We Work”

“Questioning the Known: How T-Cell Therapy Offers a New Approach to Treating Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia”

“Government for the Future: Solving Service Delivery Issues in the City of Houston”

“The Future of Movement: Examining Competition Within the Sport of Parkour”

“The Mask You Wear: How Toxic Masculinity Affects the Growth of Young Adolescent Boys”

“Understanding Moral Development: The Missing Piece”

“How Black Lives Matter Has Been Affected by Misconceptions, Activism, and Social Platforms”

“Dousing the Fire from Inside the House: Investigating the Cultural Foundation of the American Criminal Justice System in Order to Create Sustainable Reform”

“How the Future of Advanced Technology Will Evolve Humans”

“Is AI a Positive or a Negative for Online Privacy?”

“Be Unexpected: Creating a Healthy Self Perception in Young Children Through the Usage of Childrens’ Illustration”

“Numbers Don’t Lie, But Reporters Might: Restoring the Reputation of American Political Polls”

“Back to Basics: The Exploration of Traditional Novel Substances as an Alternative to Modern Medicine:

“Weighing the Positives and Negatives of Religion”

“Treating the Abused Horse: Methods and Strategies for Addressing Horse Trauma and Abuse Rehabilitation”

“The Power of Music: How it Affects Our Brains and Our Bodies”

“Clinical Trials: Why We Need to Rely More on Human Testing”

“Cycles of Trauma: An Exploration of Domestic Violence in the South Asian Community Through the Lens of Generational Trauma”

“Why American Public High Schools Should Provide Effective Psychological Counseling for Anxiety and Depression for Their Students”

Screenagers

On August 8, at 7:30 pm, The Buzz Magazines is hosting a special free screening at Back to School Buzz Night at Studio Movie Grill City Centre. The film will be followed by a discussion about growing up in the digital age.

This award winning film delves into family discussions and struggles over social media, video games, and academics; offering solutions to help children, and adolescents, navigate the digital world.

If you missed the screening that School of the Woods sponsored last year, you have another chance to see this compelling film.

We highly recommend that you and your children over the age of 9 take advantage of this opportunity.

For details and to make reservations (required), see thebuzzmagazines.com/screenagers.

Senior Thesis Presentations

As their final project at School of the Woods, the Woods High School Seniors (12th grade) present their Senior Thesis to the school community, their advisors, and their Senior Thesis Teacher.   

Below is a listing of their thesis titles, the name of the student, and the date and time of the presentation.  You are invited to attend these presentations.

The presentations take place in Woods High School.  

We ask that you arrive a few minutes prior to the start time and stay through the entire presentation.  Once the presentation starts, you will not be permitted to enter the room and you must stay until the end.

We hope you are able to attend and support the students while hearing about a topic that interests you.  This is a great way to learn about Woods High School and the Senior Thesis Program.

April 15, 2019

11:30-12:15 Vitaliy Williams

“The Therapeutic Value Drumming Has on Musicians”

4:15-5:00 Harrison Walz

“Capitalism: Is It a Dying System?”

April 16, 2019

11:30-12:15 Sophie Pink

What Languages Have to Tell Us: The Importance of Preserving Endangered Languages”

April 17, 2019

11:30-12:15 Hannah Froming

The Imaginary Cannibal: Using Cultural Relativity to Counter Ethnocentrism

4:15- 5:00 Sarah George

Why Mars is not Plan B: The Effects of Microgravity Environments on the Human Body”

April 18, 2019

11:30-12:15 Sydney Salvatierra

“Preying on the Vulnerable: the Psychology of Cult Leaders”

4:15- 5:00 Lily Pando

“Erasing the Stigma: Finding the Source of Our Generation’s Depressive Attitudes”

April 22, 2019

11:30-12:15 Ryan Gwinn

“Emotions In The Brain: What Causes Them and Why Do We Have Them?”

4:15-5:00 Jennifer Deden

“Taming the Wild: Positive Effects of Mustangs as Therapeutic Animals”

April 23, 2019

4:15–5:00 Avery Tomlinson

“Colors on the Mind: How We Can Use Color to Improve Our Lives”

April 24, 2019

11:30-12:15 Eleanor Spain

“A Broken System: Exploring America’s Troubling Recidivism Rates and Effective Solutions for Change”

4:15-5:00 Tessa Krauser

“Arguments for Legalization of Prostitution in America”

April 25, 2019

11:30-12:15 Mason Holt

“Safety or Stupidity: Has Car Safety Reached Its Peak?”

4:15- 5:00 Cameron Lewis

Formula One Technology: What It Is and How It Works”

April 29, 2019

11:30-12:15 Gavin Minor

Mending The Broken Heart: Why We Should Care More About Heart Disease”

4:15-5:00 Deia McGuire

“Nobody’s Perfect; Should We Just Work It? Drawing the Line Between Genetics and Eugenics”

April 30, 2019

4:15-5:00 Julie Martinez

“How Do Eating Disorders and Depression Relate?”

May 1, 2019

4:15-5:00 Martin Dolence

“In Fur-therance of First-hand Research: How the Anthropomorphic Community Benefits the Mind of the Individual”

DECODING THE DISTRACTIONS

I hear from parents regularly about their frustrations that although they set limits around their phones and game consoles when it’s time to do homework, they then have found out that the child/teen simply resumes their social media interactions and gaming on their homework device, i.e. tablets, laptops or desktops.

So you can be better prepared to stop these workarounds, I’ve outlined what popular apps and games work on which devices.

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