Greetings From The School President
Hello Wonderful Families,

This week is National School Choice Week. While we work hard to be sure that the choice for quality school options remains a vital right of families nationwide, we want to commend you on the investment you have made in the life of your child, while it still can make a difference. We only have a short window of opportunity to give our children the best foundation and education, to ensure they become the best possible versions of themselves that they can become. Your sacrifices to seek out, support and celebrate quality for your child will pay off a thousandfold in your child’s future. While the educational norm will give students a start in life, our ‘world of opportunities’, combined with the personalized guidance each receives, will give them a multitude of options to flourish, thrive and achieve in their global futures. We are a formidable combination, World Academy and you, our families. This week, in particular, we will continue to promote the wonderful opportunities we have been given to form healthy, well adjusted, creative adults with 21st century skills who will create tomorrow’s jobs and steer our future.

Kathleen Nelson, School President
A Note From The Head of School
Greetings World Academy Families,

On Thursday morning, I had the opportunity to attend an event called NH Futurecast 2019. Leaders and experts in nine industry sectors gathered to provide their forecasts on where New Hampshire is headed in the coming year. One of the presenters was the Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire who discussed the future needs and direction of the state’s largest provider of post-secondary education. Participating in the event was insightful as we continue to plan for the future of World Academy, and it was a pleasure represent our school and share our mission, vision and direction with many leaders throughout the state.  
Have a restful weekend,   
Dr. Lisa Dias, Head of School
Upcoming Events and Important Dates
Upcoming Weeks' Events:
  • Monday, January 28th 
  • BOK Kids Session 2 begins 7:30-8:15am
  • Basketball Playoff Games @ WA 
  • Girls vs. Litchfield @ 3:30pm
  • Boys vs. Sanborn @ 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 29th 
  • Middle School Ski Program/Ice Skating/Trekking
  • Wednesday, January 30th 
  • RIZE Lego Qualifying Match at World Academy
  • BOK Kids Session 2 7:30-8:15am
  • Friday, February 1st 
  • Coffee and Conversations 8:00-9:00am 
  • National Wear Red Day for Heart Disease

The Next Week Preview: Grade 1 100th Day of School projects displayed in Entrance Hall, February PTO Meeting, Chinese New Year, Future Kindergarten through Grade 4 Open House Night, World Academy Advisory Board Meeting, Admissions Testing, Parents’ Night Out 
To Our Entering Grades K-4 Families...

You're invited to our “Future Kindergarten through Grade 4 Open House” on  Wednesday, February 6th from 4:30 to 6:00pm in our Middle School Core area. This event is the perfect opportunity to learn more about our school’s educational programs and the intentional “Roadmap to Success” that each World Academy student follows. You will also have the chance to connect with our passionate teachers who provide our students with personalized curriculum to individually challenge them to learn and grow to their maximum potential. There will be a short presentation during the event that will begin promptly at 5:00pm. Please address any questions to Marie Kirk, Principal, at We look forward to seeing you on the twenty-third of January.

Check out our video invite for why continuing a World Academy education for Kindergarten through Grade 8 is the right choice for your child!
Check out these great shots of our Middle School students getting to experience their next class level on Middle School Step Up Day! Our students Entering K to Grade 4 will have their own Step Up Day on February 21st!
Information Regarding Re-Registration For The 2019-2020 School Year
As we unveil the next phase of our RenWeb/FACTS system, our re-registration will be taking place ONLINE, making it easier for families to complete. This process is something that many families have been asking for, and we are excited to be moving our systems and processes into the 21st century. We are currently working behind the scenes with RenWeb/FACTS to get the registration portal ready to launch the second week of February. Going digital will streamline the process, allowing us to shorten the re-registration period to two weeks. More details to follow in the next few weeks.
To our ECE families in preparation for re-registration...

Our K-8 families have had access to a ParentsWeb via the internet or RenWeb app. RenWeb’s ParentsWeb is a private and secure parents’ portal that allows parents to view information specific to their child, while protecting their child’s information from others. Using this portal, parents may view the school calendar, school announcements, teacher email addresses, class information, as well as other useful school information.

We will be using RenWeb for re-registration, which requires parents to create an account.

Here’s how to access our easy-to-use RenWeb ParentsWeb:
  • Make sure that the school has your email address in RenWeb
  • In your web browser, go to and click “Logins”
  • Type the school’s District Code: wa-nh
  • Click “Create New ParentsWeb Account”.
  • Type your email address and click “Create Account”. An email will be sent which includes a link to create your ParentsWeb login. The link is active for 6 hours.
  • Select the “Click to Create your ParentsWeb Login” link.
  • A web browser displays your Name and RenWeb Person ID.
  • Type a User Name, Password, and Confirm the password.
  • Click “Save User Name and/or Password”. A message displays at the top of the browser, “Username/Password successfully updated.” You may now log in to ParentsWeb using your new Username and Password.

The RenWeb/FACTS app is available via the Apple App Store or Google Play for download. We are always available to help if you need it! Please contact with any questions.
Uniform Store
Our online uniform store is open and has many new items that will become part of our Middle School Uniform Policy for the 2019-2020 school year. Students have been asking for our plaid skirt and comfortable gym uniforms and these items are now available for purchase for any students who would like to incorporate them into their wardrobe this year before they become required next year. Click here for a guide to our Middle School Uniform Policy for 2019-2020 and click here to visit the Red Brick Uniform Store.
NorthStar Achievements
This week, we had a very impressive Recognition and Awards Assembly! Our assembly featured both Ms. Hill and Mrs. Novak’s Third Graders, who performed a song led by Mrs. Collins on Tolerance. Mrs. Hulfachor presented the Elementary Character Awards, followed by Mrs. Sankar who presented the NorthStar Awards to Megan Chu and Hailey Hudon! Our Robotics instructor, Mr. Hughes introduced our RIZE and VEX teams and shared their standings in the qualifying competitions for the State Competitions (see below for more details), and we are so proud of how well our teams are doing! Mrs. Sankar shared our awesome AMC 8 competition results, followed by Mr. Kilgour recognizing the students who competed at this weekend’s Chess Tournament at World Academy (see below for more details and pictures!). We are, as always, SO PROUD of our NorthStars!! See you all February 20th for the next assembly!
Chess Club Tournament
World Academy hosted a NH Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday , and our Chess Club members did great!! Check out the results below and some great pictures (including some parents getting in on the fun!):
  • Intermediate Level
  • 4th Place: Hrushikesh Sankaranaarayan
  • 7th Place: Aaron Felings
  • Novice Level
  • 1st Place: Alex Haight
  • 2nd Place: William Zhang
  • 3rd Place: Talha Chughtai
  • 5th Place: Tristan Wyma
  • 6th Place: Eddie Zhan
  • 7th Place: Ahmed Hamiroune
  • 9th Place: Lucas Reimers
  • 10th Place: Alex Egbuonu
  • 11th Place: Ronen Shpindler
  • 13th Place: Lucas Felings
  • 14th Place: James Gerow
  • 15th Place: Sia Tabrizi
  • 16th Place: Derek Stevens
  • 17th Place: Peyton Moses
RIZE IQ Robotics League Results
We are so proud of how well our Robotics Teams are doing! The goals of the qualifying meets are to focus on improving the robots, teamwork, strategy and communication. The standings are very close and only five points separate 7th-13th place. The Top 12 make it to the RIZE IQ State Championships on March 16th at World Academy. There is one more meet prior to this.

Congratulations to the following teams who are being honored with the first round of recognition awards for their hard work!

The World Academy "Flaming Thundercats" (Tristan Wyma and Krish Chourasia) won the Elementary Division Elite Engineering Award, which is awarded to an Elementary team that has designed a creative and original robot idea. Success on the field is not a factor in this award. Great job!       
Here are the standings for the RIZE IQ League Meet #2, below are the overall standings.

For this meet, the standings were:
  • 4th: U-RECCA (overall in 3rd for qualifying)
  • 6th: VEXIS-18 (overall in 12th for qualifying)
  • 7th: 8-Bit Lightning (overall in 5th for qualifying)
  • 10th: Robo Chickens (overall tied for 7th for qualifying)
  • 12th: Flaming Thundercats (overall in 13th for qualifying)
  • 13th: 3-Engineers (overall tied for 7th for qualifying)

Congrats to all of our awesome RIZE Robotics Teams!
National Geographic Geography Bee
This morning, we had 22 students participate in the National Geographic Geography Bee. In an extremely hard-fought match, Fourth Grader, Kiran Klein outlasted Seventh Grader, Jackson Chittister and Fifth Grader, Aaria Nagpal to win the contest! Kiran was able to correctly answer the question, "Cloves are a major crop on the island of Zanzibar, which lies off the coast of which African country?" to earn the opportunity to take the statewide qualifying exam (date TBD). Congratulations, Kiran, and to all those who participated! Thank you to Mr. Kilgour for coordinating this event!
Congratulations to Third Grader, Colin Turner and Sixth Grader, Anders Toresjo, who recently made the Cabinet for their recent swim meet at Boston University! We love when our WA students are recognized by their local communities for their wonderful accomplishments!! Great job!
Class of 2014 Alumni News
World Academy Alum, Musti Eyceoz and his team won the  Best in Mobility and Communication Award at the Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality Hackathon at MIT, which is the largest VR Hackathon in the world with 100+ teams. They designed an augmented reality app using a camera that allows the hearing impaired to view live a text bubble of the person talking so they can read it and participate in a conversation. They integrated IBM’s Watson Artificial intelligence technology and machine learning to teach the camera to translate American Sign Language to the other party. MIT Media Labs helps a public Expo to showcase all the apps designed during this Hackathon on Monday 1/21. Click here for the app website! What an amazing accomplishment! Great job, Musti!!
World Academy alum, Isabel Breakey performed as a freshman in the Oberlin College Choir along with the Oberlin Orchestra at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium. Performances were under the direction of conductors and Oberlin Faculty Gregory Ristow and Raphael Jimenez. Amazing job, Isabel!!
NorthStars Nation
Basketball Update
Our NorthStars Basketball Teams both won against Deering yesterday! Our Boys ended the season in First Place with a record of 11-1, and the Girls finished the season in Third with a record of 10-2. We are excited to begin the playoffs on Monday at Home. Please join us to cheer on our NorthStars!!

Our Boys Basketball Team was invited by the First Place Division 1 Middle School Basketball program to participate in a pre-playoff jamboree with a few top teams in Tri-County. The Boys beat the first place D1 Team by 12 points! Congrats to the Boys on being recognized by other schools as a top competitor! 

Upcoming Games
  • Monday, January 28th 
  • Basketball Playoff Games @ WA 
  • Girls vs. Litchfield @ 3:30pm
  • Boys vs. Sanborn @ 5:00pm

If we are competing:
  • Semi Finals: Wednesday, January 30th, location and time is TBD
  • Finals: Saturday, February 2nd at Epping

On Thursday, we recognized our graduating NorthStars Basketball players for their hard work this season! We are so proud of all of you! We will miss you!
We ask that families attending the home games to PLEASE park at the top of the Grace Lutheran parking lot to leave the front and side lots as temporary parking for our families that are picking up their students from our Early Childhood and Afterschool programs. Thank you for your cooperation with this!!
Seen Around Our 'World'
We love to know what our students and families are up to outside of school! If you have something you would like to share, please don't hesitate to share it with us! Click here to email us your photos with details for us to post! We especially love to hear (and brag!) about student accomplishments outside of school! We love sharing ALL about each of our students!
As part of their "Arctic Animals" theme, our Preschool Fours Funky Monkeys did Arctic Animal Yoga for their weekly Physical Education class. The children recalled different Arctic animals they recently learned about and then did the different yoga poses for each one!
This week, Miss Hill’s Third Graders participated in their first LEGO Robotics class! The students collaborated to build and program a variety of robots including a dump truck, and a sensor activated Spybot.
Miss Hill’s Third Graders enjoyed scaling the rock wall in the Gymnasium this week!
In Miss Bishop's Sixth Grade Social Studies students wrote messages to their friends in hieroglyphics. Today, they got to crack the code to read the messages.
The Second Grade Paleontologists are at it again! Students found eggs and uncovered the dinosaurs that were inside. The students had to use research and classify what dinosaur was in their egg. Each paleontologist also compared and contrasted their dinosaur to a friend's. The students really DUG this activity!
Our Preschool Awake Room enjoyed a fun and sticky STEM activity this week. Students were challenged to be creative and build something using marshmallows in several different sizes connecting them with popsicle sticks and toothpicks.
Each year, Mrs. Seguin and Mrs. Spaulding would co-teach their Kindergarten classes a lesson to help them better understand why bears and other animals hibernate in the winter. This year, Mrs. Seguin (who is teaching the EK-2 class for this year) joined Mrs. Spaulding's Kindergarten as a surprise guest to do the science experiment with her son, Owen, and the the rest of the class. The students loved both the experiment and their surprise volunteer! 
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