About Joe Powers

Dad, husband, educator and aspiring fisherman.

The Best Year Ever


Welcome back to the hustle and bustle of a new school year. This year, it feels like we need the strength of a community more than ever. The 24-hour news cycle with the never-ending headlines that seem to be “one-upping” the next are a force we must combat. The kryptonite for such a force is to come together as a community and to be open to learning. Hey, that sounds just like being in a school.

As I have had the chance to meet with our teachers and students as well as gather as a community at our opening Mass, I have shared two “asks” that I have for everyone this year. They are simple, yet powerful, ways we will make this the best year ever. Build relationships and focus on learning. It is now time to loop in our parents. By building relationships, we are creating community. We are supporting one another, embracing what makes us unique, and celebrating together. When we focus on learning, we all grow. Nothing is fixed, we can always learn.

These are my asks of this great community of students, teachers, parents, and friends. Building relationships and focusing on learning are the responsibilities of all of us here at The Woods. In a world where political shenanigans (Thanks Jim Power for this word.) continue to pull us apart, a church is in turmoil, and we are bombarded by news every hour of every day, nothing is more important than providing a safe space where we can come together and learn. Building relationships and focusing on learning are good medicine for us all. It is how we will live our mission. It is how we will support each other. It is how we will make this the best year ever.

My Day as Head of School, by Morgan C.

Before my day as Head of School started I thought it would be a fun and tiring day. I was right about it being fun, but not about it being tiresome. I think it was so much fun that I did not get tired.

My day started at the back door greeting students as they walked into school. I thought that nobody would want to shake my hand or take me seriously, but I was way off. Everybody shook my hand, no matter how awkward it was. I noticed that the younger kids did not have the firmest handshake, but the firmness of the handshake seemed to increase grade by grade.

There were many great parts of the day, but I want to focus on two highlights. One of the highlights was teaching PE and Business class. In Business, the kids really listened to me (more than Mr. Powers I think) and in PE I realized how hard it is to get the attention of hyped-up kids, but the whistle really helped. I also did not realize how intense it is to speak in front of students. The second highlight was performing an observation of Ms. Dosh. While observing Ms. Dosh I felt very professional and loved seeing my old classroom again. Observing a teacher, instead of being taught by one, felt very different.

In the end, it was a very good but different day today. Some teachers asked for a raise, most people called me Madame, President or Principal Morgan, and it was weird staring into classrooms where I was supposed to be. It was really cool seeing school from an adult view. This whole day felt like a different perspective for me. From watching teachers to teaching classes, in general, this has to be the best day EVER!!!!!

-By Morgan C.

A Pain Free Day for Head of School Pane

Today, I was able to work as the Head of School at The Woods Academy. The first words, or phrases, that come mind to describe the day are: fun, interesting, faster than a normal school day, sometimes annoying, but overall, it was a good day.

I learned several lessons today as well. One is that you need to be calm as the Head of School. Second is that you need to learn to say no to people sometimes. Lastly, I learned that I need to be careful sharing my plans because not all can participate sometimes. These were good lessons learned on the job as the Head of School.

There were many highlights from the day. Shaking hands as students entered the back door in the morning was great, even though it was so cold. Teaching PE class was fun. I was also allowed to have a cup of tea while I handed out the birthday stickers. We even learned that we had a student’s birthday listed wrong. So we made the correction. Skipping my classes was fun and having lunch with my friends was great as well.

The biggest challenge I faced was that everyone asked me questions. I think I had received over 100 questions by 11am. The hardest questions were the ones where people asked for certain privileges. I think this is why I learned that it is important to learn to say “no” at times.

Overall, it was a great day. I would recommend that other students should try to be the Head of School for the day. Just remember to smile a lot in this job.

– Garrick P.