elementary school gathers together in the auditorium and is treated to a whole school assembly presented by a different class or two.
Assemblies this year included a tribute to family veterans; a choral reading about the Pilgrims; a class role playing promoting bullying prevention; a class sharing their family heritage and more.
By far there are some whole school assemblies that become 'Boyden' Traditions! Two of those assemblies happened to occur in the same week!
Dressed in their best cowboy attire, our annual 'Hoe Down' is held in the gymnasium and shows off the new dancing skills of the fourth grade students. The Virginia Reel, Cotton-Eyed Joe and other dances were featured as part of the culminating unit on 'Pioneers'. Each fourth grade class demonstrates one of the dances they learned while the rest of the school waits in anticipation for a chance to be chosen to dance with a fourth grade buddy. Dance after dance, smile after smile, students are learning first hand about American Culture while having fun!
On the Friday before the spring break it's our Kindergarten students' chance to perform on stage. They sing, gesture and dance to Tony Chestnut while the rest of the school wiggles and whispers along with them. When the song is finished a thunderous applause can be heard in the audience. Kinder faces beam with pride. Our principal then invites all in the auditorium to stand and participate. There is nothing quite so powerful (and fun) as being in a room filled with students and staff singing and dancing together. It's truly heartwarming.
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For students in the audience, assemblies provide a way for them to learn HOW to be a part of an audience and how to show appreciation by applauding appropriately (not hooting and hollering). Learning to sit quietly and listening attentively are other benefits of being an audience member.
Boyden School is proud of their students and their school assemblies.
Does your school have students presenting at whole school assemblies?