VIDEO: Incoming Middle School Students Were Delighted To Be Invited

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Fifth-grade students from Barnum Woods, Bowling Green, George McVey, Meadowbrook and Parkway elementary schools in the district were treated to a special concert by Woodland Middle School’s eighth-grade band, chorus and orchestra as part of the Woodland Invitational “Unite and Delight” event on May 18.

“The Unite and Delight Music Invitational was designed as a showcase for our performing music ensembles while also serving as a warm welcome for the incoming sixth-graders who will be attending middle school this fall,” said the district’s Director of Music and Art Kathyrn Behr. “The eighth-grade student musicians have worked diligently to prepare their musical pieces and are excited to demonstrate their talents for our young audience.”

Whether it was the recently revived theme from “Beauty and the Beast” performed by the Woodland orchestra or a Disney medley that included the signature song “Be Our Guest” from the same movie delivered by the chorus, the fifth-graders were thoroughly entertained and greeted with many smiles by the Woodland staff and student leaders upon arrival. As an added treat, each fifth-grader received a Woodland string bag filled with a water bottle, lanyard and a few school supplies.

“Unite and Delight will ease the students’ transition to middle school and help them understand more about who we are as a school,” said Woodland eighth-grader Jacob Craven, a member of the chorus and volunteer greeter for the event. “The advice I would give them is to not be scared, let everything happen and do the best you can in your classes.”

The fifth-graders also attended a sixth-grade orientation earlier in the year, during which they toured the building where they will attend middle school in the fall.