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The Woods Academy

Where curiosity and confidence thrive.
Hail to The Woods Academy!
Mrs. Pabon, Music Teacher

Did you know we have a school song? Usually, we learn it in music class each fall and then sing it for our Grandparents Day concert and other school events throughout the year. Singing activities are on hold right now, but the 8th-grade members of our select choir The Owl Tones came together to make a recording. They used our new music ensemble collaboration app, Cyborg Llama. Take a listen! 

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This February is the fifth anniversary of the creation of “Hail to The Woods Academy.” Sixth graders from the graduating class of 2018 worked together to compose the song during their music rotation. First, we invited Lower School students to brainstorm words and phrases. I love seeing how the words in the brainstorming activity still ring true, even in the middle of the pandemic!

School Song Word Brainstorm (February 2016)

1B

good school

nice teachers

fun

affordable

fun playgrounds

excited to come to school

stimulating

good break from home

 

2B 

Owl

Woods

Trees

Learning

Unique

Acorns

Green

Friends

Nice teachers

Many students

Multicultural

Community  ​

 

 

3A

Graceful

Learn new stuff

have wonderful teachers

special activities

have fun field trips

fun classes

great art classes

amazing

kind

fun

smart

exciting

stupendous

educational

neat

superb

teamwork

field day

helpful

3B

Catholic community 

Hail to the Owls

Bring on the heat

Wonderful students 

Green and white

Education sensation 

Be true to your school

 

 

4B

Green

Curiosity

Confidence

Fun

Inspiring

Nice

Owls

Awesome

Community

Caring

Interesting

Amazing

Better than any other

Education

ChromeBooks

Technology

Brilliant

Good food

Music

Academic

Community where curiosity and confidence thrive

World language

Teachers

Friends

Physical Education

Art

Guidance

Buddies

Books

Catholic religion

Kids

Backpacks for Kenya

Together

Learn

Kenyan sister school

Science

Classrooms

Break and recess

Lunch

Exceptional

Continuous learning

Schedule

Activities

Forty years

Prayers

Math

Spelling

The best of the best since 1975

Social studies

Library

Homework

Fun educational games

Student body

Next, our sixth-grade composers broke into three groups and got to work. Two groups chose to start with melody and the third began with lyrics. Ultimately, we blended pieces of each group’s work - taking a melody from one for the “A” section, a melody from another for the “B” section, and adding lyrics from the third group. It truly was a group collaboration with all hands on deck!  Take a look at the lyrics!

Hail to The Woods Academy

By the 6th Grade Music Class: Niles Alburg, Alexandra Angelos, Michael Capuano, Audrey Kamine, Hannah Kirby, Will Lawrence, Jesse Manger, Amanda Phillips, Jack Raymond, and Luciana Wolcott

February 26, 2016

Hail to the Woods Academy
Home of the Owls, Green and White are we
Inspiring greatness, we will strive
Curiosity and confidence thrive

Students, teachers, family
We are a Catholic Community
Leading lives of significance 
We will make a difference

Hail to the Woods Academy
Home of the Owls, Green and White are we
Learning, growing all day long
We are forever brave and strong

Chant:
Hail to the Owls, the Mighty, Mighty Owls! 
Bring on the heat, we can’t be beat!

 

The Lower School brainstorm included a number of words and phrases from our school mission statement, and the sixth graders found a way to work many of them into the song. The beloved chant at the end of the song was created from the words of the third graders - our current eighth graders!

I’m looking forward to the day when we all can sing our school song together again. In the meantime, keep that GREEN and WHITE spirit alive!