Entries in Music (9)


Extra!! Extra!! Wood Acres Goes Opera!!

The Wood Acres music programs are “under the batons” of three outstandingly talented professional musicians in their own right! Adina Lambert, WA’s Early School teacher, is a professional music teacher throughout metro Atlanta. Hollie Lawing, band director for 5th through 8th grades, plays principal trombone in the well-respected Midtown Brass Quintet. And Wood Acres’ very own Brishelle Miller, teacher in Grammar School music classes, is lending her amazing voice to the upcoming Atlanta Opera’s performance of The Golden Ticket!

Don’t miss this hilarious comedic opera based on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Shows are on March 3, 6, 9, and 11 at the Cobb Energy Centre.

Want tickets??

On a different “note”, family music adventures are within your reach in metropolitan Atlanta and surrounding counties.  Here are just a few upcoming events that you may want to add to your calendar!

Atlanta Blues Festival - March 3rd 7:30

Wizard of Oz - Alliance Theater

Billy Elliot - Fox Theater

Atlanta Ballet - The Man in Black - Cobb Energy Centre

(Local Youth Play)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Youth Players at The Art Place - Mt. View

Flyin’ West - Theater in the Square


Wood Acres Loved TWIST!

Eighth Graders Meet FAMEous Debbie Allen at

“Twist - The Musical”

Most middle schoolers enjoy a summer break filled with relaxation, travel and varied personal interests after the regular school year.  Wood Acres’ eighth graders not only accomplished those goals, but also challenged themselves with the arduous reading of the Dickens classic, Oliver Twist.

Their efforts were recently rewarded as the eighth grade students shed their casual classroom togs for formal evening wear and and headed to Atlanta’s Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre to view “Twist-An American Musical” based on their summer reading.

Fueled with literary perspective and excitement for this school night extravaganza, families and staff members took their seats and eagerly awaited the curtain to rise.  As the orchestra swelled and the audience members prepared for their journey to 1928 New Orleans to meet “Twist”, they immediately knew that this was going to be a theatrical treat. 

The show, written by William Brown of ‘The Wiz”, was an incredible piece of Broadway right in our own backyard.  The sets, actors and performances were modern and awe-inspiring.  Imagine to their surprise that the evening was about to become even more memorable. Legendary award-winning director and choreographer Debbie Allen sat right in their row and graciously chatted with the group. At intermission, she posed for an unforgettable photo opportunity.

Leaving the theatre, the energy carried out onto the warm Atlanta nighttime streets.  Students, parents and staff sang their way home and began to discuss the similarities of the show and the novel and the conversation continues.  For Wood Acres, this is learning and community at its finest.

The arts nourish our hearts and imaginations. Wood Acres is proud to support the arts in our students’ educational experience both in and out of the classroom. 


You are invited to the Wood Acres Winter Band Concert

The Wood Acres School 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Bands cordially invite you to attend The Winter Concert on Thursday, February 18th at 7PM (no tickets necessary) in the Multiple=

We hope you can join us for a family evening of great music performed by some talented Wood Acres students!


Wood Acres Celebrates 40th Birthday and International Spanish Academy Designation

Ceremony and tradition knit a school together as an educational family, and we were just that on a glorious Sunday afternoon, November 8, as we celebrated Wood Acres 40th birthday and our designation as an International Spanish Academy.

We celebrated with song and solemnity as we honored our veterans with a superior color guard ceremony by the Wheeler High School Air Force JROTC and a moving accapella rendition of “God Bless America” by our own talented music teacher, Ms. Sally Clement.

We celebrated with performance and personalities as both the Trotamundo Drama Club and the Wood Acres Chorale premiered their first performances for our hundreds of guests, families, alumni and friends of Wood Acres.

We celebrated with stirring words and commendations as Wood Acres was presented with our official ISA certificate from the Embassy of Spain and the Spanish Consulate in the United States. 

We celebrated with cake, ice cream, balloons, and an old fashioned festival of games and prizes for the young and young at heart alike.  

We celebrated with smiles, hugs, and all the warmth that makes Wood Acres such an amazing place to gain an outstanding private, independent school education.

We celebrated… and these photos prove that we did it with style!  Thank you all for helping us make such great memories from our rich ceremonies and Wood Acres traditions!


The Wood Acres Chorale to Perform on November 8th

The Wood Acres Chorale will have it’s first performance at the November 8th Open House! The Chorale is composed of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Mark your calendars, and come out and see them share their beautiful voices. Please watch the website for updates on more performance specifics.


Celebrating Turner Hall's Second Anniversary

Turner Hall, dedicated on September 30th, 2007, is the home of Wood Acres’ Upper School, plus the Goro Art Gallery, Computer Lab, state-of-the-art “Beaker” science lab, and “The Stacks” library. September 30th marks the second anniversary of the dedication of Turner Hall.  What a glorious Sunday afternoon we enjoyed in 2007!  With over 600 guests, students, staff, and families in attendance we celebrated the $2.5+ million transformation of The Wood Acres School with cheers, tears, sentiment, song, patriotism, music, speeches, and ice cream!  That afternoon also marked the introduction of Navi, our school mascot, to Wood Acres students as hundreds of students cheered in surprise when tote bags filled with Navi’s appeared for each student and class to adopt.

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Grammar School Musical

Although we may not have the same dance numbers or spectacular costumes as other high dollar productions, you can be sure that the Fourth & Fifth Grade Musicals at Wood Acres will be quite wonderful on their own merits!

The entire family is invited to attend our student productions of Americans All by Fourth Graders and We Haz Jazz by Fifth Graders. Creativity abounds as the students assist in making the set, choosing costumes and making the characters their own.

Look for more details to come home in your student’s bookbag or folder soon.


Fifth & Sixth Grade Band Concert April 27th

You are cordially invited to join the Fifth & Sixth Grades for a Band Concert at 6:30 on Monday, April 27 with Hollie Lawing conducting.

Also plan to visit our Spring Student Art Show in the Art Gallery on the second floor of Turner Hall to see the year’s compilation of art by our talented students!

The Arts are alive at The Wood Acres School!


Magical Things are Happening at The Wood Acres School

Judy Thigpen, Head of School,
in front of newly built Turner Hall
Magical things are happening at The Wood Acres School in the heart of East Cobb! For over six years, Head of School Judy Thigpen has been working her magic transforming this private, non-sectarian school into an educational Field of Dreams. Following a successful career in public education in Cobb County, Judy brought her “renowned” gumball machine, a massive ABC book collection and her passion for quality teaching and learning to the Woods. She had an educational vision and an entrepreneurial spirit that if she built it, they would come…and they did!

A $2.6+ million dollar expansion and renovation plan for the 10-acre campus has recently been completed. The state of the art construction of Turner Hall added twelve additional classrooms and houses “The Beaker” science laboratory, “The Stacks” library, a dedicated music room equipped with an assortment of instruments including a beautiful grand piano, a wireless computer lab, and a spacious Spanish classroom. Expanded parking, new play fields and recreational equipment, and an outdoor learning amphitheatre are set amid beautifully landscaped surroundings.

While Judy has transformed the school into a modern educational showplace, The Wood Acres School has evolved into much more than just an attractive physical school facility offering academic programs that grow with your child. Sixty-five dynamic educators share Judy’s passion for a nurturing educational community for Early Childhood through 5th grade built upon mutual respect, trust and a shared vision for student learning. Indeed, Wood Acres’ high academic expectations, strong instructional leadership, and safe learning environment make it a viable and exciting suburban choice for discerning parents seeking an affordable and unique private school education for their children. Plans for future expansion include the addition of a 6th grade in 2008-2009 and the addition of 7th and 8th grades thereafter.

The Wood Acres School embraces a traditional yet exciting curriculum. Teaching is approached with a Jeffersonian spirit of developing an informed citizenry that will help perpetuate our democracy. State of the art teaching tools, combining the best of the old and new, are used to achieve this. Advanced curriculum based on national standards in the areas of reading and language arts, mathematics, history, geography, and science partner with music, art, physical education, computer technology, and foreign language instruction to present a 21st century student with a 21st century educational experience.

All this occurs in light filled classrooms with optimally small class sizes, teaching assistants in all programs and grades, as well as reading, writing and study skills coaches to facilitate the academic achievement of Wood Acres students. With annual standardized testing to affirm formal student achievement, the true measure of academic success at the Woods can be seen on the faces of resilient, eager and spirited children who revel in learning and excelling. “Learning is cool” at The Wood Acres School!

The Wood Acres family embraces the belief that “the creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” Perhaps Ralph Waldo Emerson was imagining a not-so-little independent school tucked away from the distractions of everyday life where children have the freedom to grow, learn, and enjoy being a child.

Note: This article was published in the October, 2007 edition of The East Cobber.