I want to keep this blog entry short and sweet, like my neighbor's corgi.
I hope you all have an awesome vacation week. Come back rested and ready, because we will be looking at one week of February (with METG Preliminary Comps), and then WE ARE ON TO MARCH.
What's in March, you ask?
- March 3- NBSO Trip for 3rd grade! This year’s program is called “Tracking Rhythms: Shared Rhythms in Classical Music and Animal Gait Patterns.” Over the course of our 3-phase program, students will engage in a cross-domain exploration of rhythm, investigating the ways composers create diverse and engaging surface rhythmic groupings in classical music and how similar rhythmic groupings can be discovered in the gaits of quadrupedal animals, such as walk, trot, canter, gallop, and bound. In science, students will observe quadrupedal gaits in motion and analyze them by the sequence of their limb movements. Students will also examine animal ground track patterns to identify the various quadrupedal gaits and to speculate about the rhythmic patterns each animal creates when moving across a surface. In music, the students will determine how composers organize rhythmic groupings and vary rhythmic activity throughout a piece of music. In this program, students are encouraged to find a connection between the energy and rhythmic activity of classical music and quadrupedal locomotion. Please feel free to take a look at the attached curriculum flyer for more information or to share with your faculty. In addition, I have attached a couple of youtube links below to give a short demonstration of the link between quadrupedal gaits and track patterns, and rhythmic figures in classical music.
- March 9- Release Time Day- PD will be tied to Arts Expo (preparation for the exhibit), Fall River's 5th, and other performance based tasks.
- March 25- Middle School Theater Field Trip- Number the Stars at the Z! As German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, 10-year-old Annemarie Johansen's family takes in Annemarie's best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her by pretending she's part of the family. Then, through Annemarie's eyes, readers watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark — nearly 7,000 people — across the sea to Sweden.
- March 14- METG Semis for Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild- Good luck to Durfee Theater Group!
- March 24- All City Band
- March 25- All City Orchestra
- All Month- Teacher prep for ARTS EXPO!
Have a wonderful week,