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Wood Sweeps Top Prizes in City Speech Contest!


Wood Middle School is proud of their students who participated in Alameda’s Season for Nonviolence speech contest held at City Hall, March 25.


Eighth grader Vi Le and seventh grader Pauline Capili presented powerful speeches about how to bring more peace into the world.


Three Wood students placed in the top three spots after four judges deliberated about the ten middle school contestants.


Eighth grader Kaila Villaluna took third place.

Sixth grader Maegan Barroga came in second.

Eighth grader Nehemiah Talavai took first place.


These students won a cash prize from the city for $100, $75, and $50.


Congratulations to all five Wood contestants & shout out to their mentor and ELD teacher Ellen Mulholland!




Girls Inc. has a fabulous program called Eureka! We have had students accepted to this STEM focused program in the past and it’s really worthwhile. There’s a mandatory summer component this summer (yay!), swim lessons, STEM lessons/activities, and college prep and mentorship for the next five years! #Wow


To be accepted to EUREKA! you must:

-be a 7th or 8th grade girl

-be interested in a STEAM career

-have at least average Math & Science grades

-be able to commit to the summer program (no exceptions)


We're hosting an informational meeting for EUREKA! during lunch on Tuesday, March 21st. All 7th & 8th grade girls are invited.


If you you want to apply, please download the attachment or ask Ms. Dwyer for an application. Make sure you get help from your teachers and counselors to complete your applications!




Please print and use this form to log your community service hours.


Sticks and Stones

Anti-bullying poster contest 2013 winner! Wood Good Citizen Pledge Wood Middle School Celebrates the International Day of Peace 2013 Patriotic Pinwheel Peace Sign Wood Middle School Celebrates the International Day of Peace 2013 No Name-Calling Week No Name-Calling Week Wood Middle School Celebrates the International Day of Peace 2013

Volume III

Why Do Some Children and Adolescents Become Bullies?

Most bullying behavior develops in response to multiple factors in the environment—at home, school and within the peer group. There is no one cause of bullying. Common contributing factors include:

  • Family factors: The frequency and severity of bullying is related to the amount of adult supervision that children receive—bullying behavior is reinforced when it has no or inconsistent consequences. Additionally, children who observe parents and siblings exhibiting bullying behavior, or who are themselves victims, are likely to develop bullying behaviors. When children receive negative messages or physical punishment at home, they tend to develop negative self concepts and expectations, and may therefore attack before they are attacked—bullying others gives them a sense of power and importance.
  • School factors: Because school personnel often ignore bullying, children can be reinforced for intimidating others. Bullying also thrives in an environment where students are more likely to receive negative feedback and negative attention than in a positive school climate that fosters respect and sets high standards for interpersonal behavior.
  • Peer group factors: Children may interact in a school or neighborhood peer group that advocates, supports, or promotes bullying behavior. Some children may bully peers in an effort to “fit in,” even though they may be uncomfortable with the behavior.

Why Do Some Children and Adolescents Become Victims?

Victims signal to others that they are insecure, primarily passive and will not retaliate if they are attacked.  Consequently, bullies often target children who complain, appear physically or emotionally weak and seek attention from peers. 

Studies show that victims have a higher prevalence of overprotective parents or school personnel; as a result, they often fail to develop their own coping skills.


Many victims long for approval; even after being rejected, some continue to make ineffective attempts to interact with the victimizer.

Andrea Cohn & Andrea Canter, Ph.D., NCSP


Try reflecting on the factors that have shaped your child's behavior.  Think of ways to change those factors that have led to undesireable behavior. 

Volume II

W ith every bullying situation, there are only four roles in which individuals can play a part:

  1. The Bully– the person doing the aggressive behavior. Bullies are not bad people, rather their choices to ...more

Volume I

B ullying is a common and unfortunate occurrence that is typically at its peak in the middle school years. It can have devastating emotional effects that disrupt student performance in school and ...more