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U.S. Marine Band Virtually Visits JSHS

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Ninth to 12th grade Senior High Band flutists participated in a vibrato masterclass with U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own” flutist, Gunnery Sgt. Ellen Dooley.

While Team East participated in person with the required 12-foot social distancing, Team Rock joined via Google Meet from home. The students heard vibrato demonstrations, experimented with vibrato exercises, received a brief history of the U.S. Marine Band, and participated in a question-and-answer session with Dooley.

The U.S. Marine Band is widely regarded as one of the premier wind ensembles in the world and is known for its educational outreach. This master class was part of that educational outreach program. With more classes to choose from, the district looks forward to providing future experiences for more members of both the Senior and Junior High Bands.

Master Class Participants (* indicates in-person participant)
Lauren Cronin
Grace DelValle
Adamaris Duran *
Emily Hernandez *
Molly Hernandez *
Victoria Jandzinski
Stephanie Lynch
Theresa Lynch
Megan McMahon *
Emma Pollackov *
Zara Soofizada
Olivia Yagnisis
Nicole Zugnoni

JSHS Hosts First Virtual College Portfolio Night

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The district is proud to announce that the Junior-Senior High School’s art department hosted its first Virtual College Portfolio Night, where 14 college representatives participated.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many student activities have been canceled including the prestigious College Portfolio Night event at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington. This event is a highly anticipated event for AP Art and College Portfolio students, as many get the opportunity to present their portfolios in front of representatives from numerous colleges.

Art teachers Mrs. Kelly Cabasso and Mrs. Kristie Galante did not want students to miss this opportunity and put together this virtual event. Each student prepared PowerPoint presentations of their portfolios and was scheduled for five, 20-minute virtual sessions with college representatives. During the course of the evening, the representatives offered feedback about their work, made suggestions on what their portfolio may need to bolster while applying to colleges and provided some direction on future study.

After filling out a short exit survey, many representatives stated that the students were well-prepared, showed talent and that they enjoyed their interactions. They also unanimously indicated that they would like to participate in the event again.
The district applauds both students and staff on their hard work and dedication in putting this event together.

Colleges in attendance:
Adelphi University
Alfred University School of Art and Design
Boston University
Fashion Institute of Technology
Hartford Art School, Hartford University
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Maryland Institute College of Art
Montserrat College of Art
New York Institute of Technology
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Pratt Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
School of Visual Arts
St. John’s University

Student participants:
Isabelle Anderson
Hailey Arnold
Sofia Bertolotti
Cynthia Chen
Lauren Cronin
Abby Davila
Grace DelValle
Michael Folk
Allyson Lovera
Leslie Madera
Kieran Malloy
Gianna Mancusi
Deanna Minotakis
Maddy Mistretta
Alyssa Nicolo
Daniella Pedi
Matthew Pollackov
Gianna Rizzo
Grace Wayar

Rhame Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade

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University Music Instruction Program Goes Virtual

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Students in Ms. Nicole Mihalek's Elementary Band Program received free lessons through the prestigious Crane School of Music's (SUNY Potsdam) School Band Program this semester. Seven students participated in the program including one junior high student.

Pre-service music teachers provide weekly lessons for children as part of their music education curriculum. The program, which usually serves North Country school districts, went virtual and nationwide this semester via Zoom. Ms. Mihalek is a graduate of The Crane School, and remains in touch with her college band directors, who reached out with the opportunity. 

Participants include Madelyn Dengel, Rhame Avenue fifth grader on the flute; Steven James Jr., Centre Avenue sixth grader on the baritone horn; Nathan Jaramillo, Rhame Avenue fifth grader on the trumpet; Maya Motherway, Junior-Senior High School seventh grader on the clarinet; Leila Perez, Rhame Avenue fifth grader on the flute; Riley Perez, Rhame Avenue fifth grader on the trombone; Autumn Roth, Rhame Avenue fifth grader on the flute; and Christian Thorgersen, Rhame Avenue sixth grader on the trombone.

“My teacher plans personalized lessons,” says Maya Motherway. “We focused on certain areas of my technique including my breathing and articulation. Lately, we've been focusing on learning the chromatic scale. Overall, I think my lessons are great and I look forward to them every week.”

 

Staying Connected With Our Alumni

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The district is proud to announce that an alumni directory has been created in order to send periodic emails to alumni. The directory is meant to inform interested alumni about what’s going on in the school and to better maintain connections. If former graduates would like to be part of the directory, please see link below.

https://forms.gle/GVmwVjN5WD1r3Nzu5