About Joe Powers

Dad, husband, educator and aspiring fisherman.

Head(s) for the Day


It was not a regular day for Amadi B. and Chima B. Usually it would start with homeroom and a day full of classes. Today, they were in charge. They served as Head of School.


They changed the rules, allowed everyone to wear red for a tag day, added more recess time, had a working lunch with friends and allowed for sunglasses to be worn inside for the day. Chima said it was “fun” and Amadi gave the day a thumbs up. All in all, it was a good day but there were some good takeaways according to the boys.

Chima had an opportunity to postpone a math test today. He chose to take it instead and received an excellent grade. When asked if there was a leadership lesson there, Chima replied by saying, “If given the chance not to do something you might as well do it because you know you will have to do it later.” Some really good advice for those in leadership roles. Plus, he crushed the test.


Amadi had a great deal of fun throughout the day.  Between the hot chocolate and lunch with buddies, extra recess time and Chic-fil-a, Amadi was able to reflect on the day. He believes the hardest part of the job was “being responsible all day long.” Amen my friend. His advice for the Head of school would be to wear sunglasses all day because you can, have more tag days and make sure you get all your paperwork done. These points have been made and left for Mr. Powers to read through on Tuesday morning.


Until then, Amadi and Chima wish the entire Woods community a great Easter break.

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.