Singing the National Anthem at All-School Assembly

Once a month all of our students and teachers gather in the gym for an all-school assembly. We often enjoy a performance, recognize students’ achievements, or discuss our school virtues. No matter what we’re doing in all school assembly, we always begin the same way: with pledges to the American flag and the Texas flag and by singing our national anthem all together.

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5th Graders dressed in Civil War-era costumes sing patriotic songs. 

One of our 4th graders recently auditioned with the Round Rock Express to sing the national anthem at one of their home games this season, and she was featured on the news! Please join me in congratulating Lucy for her courage and patriotism. Who knows–you may see her at the front of the gym the whole school at our next all-school assembly.

4th Grader Lucy W. Performs the National Anthem on the News

Did you know that The Star Spangled Banner has four verses? I’m hoping that in a few years we’ll be able to sing them all by heart at our assemblies.

The Star Spangled Banner, by Francis Scott Key (1814)

O say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner — O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto — “In God is our trust”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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