It's not too early to start thinking about auditioning for the All-South Jersey Jr. High Band. We have many students who are on track to do well if they begin to prepare NOW for the auditions in January. Check out the info page HERE.
That time is fast approaching! The annual RW Kershaw School Spring Concert is slate for Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 pm. Here is a link to the Spring Concert Information page. The kids are working hard and sound great and its fun to pull all the piece together in these final weeks for the concert! See you there!
Last year many students enjoyed membership in the Summer Pitman Hobo Youth Band. Their registration form is now available online. Some kids carpooled to rehearsals. They have three ability levels appropriate to beginners (entering grade 5) through end of 8th grade. Check it out.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS FRIDAY MAY 18
This is a YouTube video of last season's championship marching band! They are performing "Celestial Journey" as their theme. (The announcer said "Celestial Junior" oops! ) Note you do not need to be a large band to present a really great show! Mr. Lee Deloach is the director and the kids love him! If you join now you will enter high school with a great bunch of friends from Freshman to Seniors! And let me tell you- these kids are all the really successful students in their school! See Mrs. Manion for a packet about the band and further info- you must sign up now and be prepared to make a full time commitment to the group. It will be the best commitment of time and talent you ever made! Go Green Wave!
Due to NJASK 7/8 Testing in Rm 3 and the Multi-purpose room on M-Th mornings next week I have modified the band lesson schedule. Students in grades 5 & 6 who are assigned to meet me for a lesson on Wed April 25 will meet WITHOUT INSTRUMENTS. Instead we will have a written activity to do. Please meet me QUIETLY in the hallway at the beginning of the period and follow instructions on where we will go. SHHHHHH! We want quiet in the halls during testing! :) Similarly, we will have a schedule out soon for the following week for the NJASK 5/6 Testing Week. Best wishes to all students on your testing!
By the way, it is well-documented that students who study music have higher SAT scores and higher achievement rates than those who do not. But did you know that the study of music also raises attendance rates and graduation rates? These are considered to be strong predictors of school success. READ HERE
Not far from Mt. Ephraim there was a dinosaur discovery! The Hadrosaurus foulkii was discovered in Haddonfield in the 1800's and became a local legend and then was somewhat forgotten until the 1980's when a local boy decided to use the discovery site as a project for his Eagle Scout badge. This dinosaur has been "brought back to life" through web pages, museums and even has a statue in Haddonfield! The 7th grade technology students are working on a WebQuest project- using the Internet for guided research. They are working in teams to find out about various categories of information about the Hadrosaurus. They will combine these into a game format- Jeopardy! And then their games will be posted online for others to play! At the conclusion of the project a special assembly program is planned with a special guest- soon to be announced! Take a look at our project page here:
Evolution Revolution WebQuest
The discovery site in Haddonfield is a great place to take you family to visit. See the dinosaur statue on King's Highway and the site at the end of Maple Ave.
Check Hoag Levin's Hadrosaurus Page for information.
Movie Replica of Radio Room of RMS Titanic
There is a lot of news on television this week because it was one-hundred years ago on April 15th that the luxury liner went down in the Atlantic Ocean claiming the lives of 2228 people. There are many facets to the story of the Titanic that are fascinating. But the idea of it being a marvel of technology is interesting. Here is a great article from "ComputerWorld" about the Titanic and its wireless telegraph:
Titanic was high-tech marvel of its time
This is a great web page with lots of pictures about the Radio Room of the Titanic.
Our 8th grade students have been incredible this year in both Music & Technology! They recently completed a blues songwriting project and we published a book. You can view and download it here and sing their songs to the tune of "Good Morning Blues." Great work!
They then worked through a unit using mini keyboards and transferred their knowledge to a full size keyboard. Students individually performed a progression of songs to display their skills using two hands and correct fingering on a keyboard. Many were surprised at their skills. We also correlated this to our work on the computer keyboards in technology. We are not all thumbs! :) This was challenging for some students but they all worked hard at it and should be proud. Many surprised themselves by showing a real talent for the keyboard and are considering buying one in the future for their own pleasure in music.
In Technology, 8th graders will be starting their final unit utilizing Excel Spreadsheets and integrating Technology with Math concepts. This project is called "Boardwalk!" Groups will design a boardwalk shop and track expenses and profits and generate a report with charts to make a "pitch" to Mr. Moneybags- who will hopefully loan them money to open their shop on Memorial Day Weekend. A class beach party is planned at the end of the project. Congratulations to the 8th grade class for a year of hard work and best wishes for a great last quarter in Kershaw School!
Today I read about an incredible project concerning the use of music for nursing home patients. The Music and Memory Project utilizes iPods for patients helping them to create individual playlists to listen to music they grew up with and love. Music makes these patients come alive again! Watch the video and then ask yourself, is there someone in my life I can help to bring back to themselves through music?
This blog will be used for class updates, lists of assignments, links to music and technology events in our area and other news from Mrs. Manion's World. It is designed as an aid and may not be up-to-date. It does not replace attention in class.