Proven to contribute to happiness and enhance academic success, students all across the region are mastering Fine Arts.
From Broadway actors, a nod to Boys to Men, and an out-of-this-world jazz band, check out what Alamo Heights, Floresville ISD, Harlandale ISD, Judson ISD, North East ISD, Northside ISD, Medina Valley ISD are doing in this monthly edition of our San Antonio Public School District Roundup.
Commonly used to reflect and record humanity, acting, music, and mixed media art are critical programs. Creating art can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork which helps our students live a more complete and enriching life. Despite funding challenges, school administrators are continually finding ways to continue these remarkable programs. If you are a supporter of the arts, reach out to your local school district and ask for how you can support your local school programs.
The Alamo Heights Choral Program, under the direction of Angus McCloud, is an award-winning music program that offers district students a solid foundation in musical performance, music theory and musicianship. Students in this program are offered a wide range of experiences that include: live performances, field trips, UIL competitions and more. The Choral program is known for its strong and supportive community in which students of all abilities are welcome and celebrated. Help support the program:
The Alamo Heights High School Spurs Dance Team is state and nationally ranked for their dance skills, artistic expression and team performance. Our Spurs Dancers are spirit leaders in our school, promoting positive spirit through dance. Showcasing their moves to the music, these dance team members put the exclamation point on any performance!
Dance is discovery. Working creatively, a student explores the mind and body. The student is allowed to make an individual statement, a discovery and expression of self. Students share their knowledge and skills through a variety of performances including football halftime shows, pep rally performances, junior dance clinics, camps, community and invitational performances, and state and national contests, clinics and master classes.
The Dance Team was one of three programs featured in January's Go Public "Cool Schools" with KSAT's SA Live.
For the past three years, North East ISD student artists and other students in collaboration with the art students have participated in Operation Proud Nation. Operation Proud Nation is a community wide program that takes place in cities across the country. Students (grades 8-12) in each city along with veterans, members of the military and military families, create an 8.5”x11” artwork and attach a message thanking members of the military for their service and sacrifice.
Thousands of artworks are collected from coast to coast and used to create a giant 4’x8’ mosaic mural that is installed at the Pentagon. In addition, each city receives their own 4’x6’ edition of the mosaic mural that members of their community helped to create. Participants can also see the mosaic mural online in the Project S.N.A.P. Online Art Museum, and see how their artwork fits into the “big picture” as well as the message that they wrote. In addition, a copy of each artwork is mailed to a member of the military. Last year NEISD created 627 artworks for this project and this year students created 940. We are a large part of this amazing project and an integral part of acknowledging the tremendous contribution our military makes to our communities, the city of San Antonio, our state, and our nation.
Original article posted on the North East ISD website here.
The award-winning Edison HS choir - under the direction of teacher Valerie Rizanji - was a big hit at a recent San Antonio Spurs game. The Golden Bear choir performed the national anthem at the Spurs vs. New York Knicks game on Dec. 28. Original post on SAISD's Facebook page.
Music is the great equalizer, bringing generations together, often with one verse or refrain of a familiar song. The Alamo Heights High School Choir program is recognized for its talented performers and vocal quality! Represented at the regional and state level annually, choral students are known for their musical skills and creative performances.
The word “inclusive” comes to mind when thinking about the AHHS Choir Program. No student is excluded from the opportunity to sing or perhaps just feel the music. McLeod has encouraged many students with special needs to be a part of the program. Even though they may sing off-key, or perhaps cannot sing or speak a word, all are welcome.
Every day, choral students are directed and inspired by their teacher, Angus McLeod. His lessons stretch fall beyond the walls of the choir hall. You hear his lessons in the voices of his students even when they are not in his choir room, singing the words to the latest contest piece or performance number as they walk down the halls, or gather during lunch. His lessons are lifted up in song, but carried forever in their hearts.
When someone mentions the word marimba around Judson ISD folks, it’s likely the first thing they think is Coronado Village Elementary School and Bonnie Anderson. For good reason, she has built a reputation of musical excellence with her student marimba group. They have played all over the district and a number of occasions around the state…and soon out of state. This group of talented students will soon be traveling to New York to play Carnegie Hall! To help pay for the trip’s expenses, the Coronado Village Elementary School Marimbas recently hosted a special performance at Judson Early College Academy called the “MojoRimba Extravaganza.” It included numbers performed by kinder through 3rd grade students who played their marimbas as well as sang Christmas songs to a great audience. 4th and 5th grade students also kept the instruments hot with some great tunes of their own. It was a spirited concert with some terrific motivation for the students, family and friends.
Original post located here.
The Alamo Heights High School Choir embraced the traditions of the holiday season with the Madrigal Dinner, an annual event that features a meal divided into courses, each heralded in song! The music, traditionally from the medieval and renaissance periods, and students dressed in period costumes, provided the perfect setting to celebrate the season. Parents volunteered their time to transform the school cafeteria into a magical castle. The event is a long-standing favorite tradition of students and audiences alike. (Sincere thanks to Debra Diperi for sharing her photos of the Madrigal Dinner.) Original post here.
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