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Colchester - posted Mon., May. 20, 2013
Jazz bands recognized at Jazz Festival
On April 25 and 26, William J. Johnston Middle School’s and Bacon Academy’s jazz bands attended the 20th annual “Jazz on the Sound” Jazz Festival, held at Waterford High School. This annual event is a two-day performance with middle schools performing on the first day and high schools on the second. Although this was an event for middle and high school students, Jack Jackter Intermediate School’s jazz band performed, as well.
While many were impressed with the quality of all three Colchester bands, there were several Colchester band students that received special recognition: Ethan Puetzer, Trevor Howard and Alec Sotomayor, from JJIS, were selected as outstanding musicians; Hannah Forget, on trumpet from WJJMS, was selected one of four Outstanding Soloists of the Middle School Festival; Brendan Eakin, on drums from BA, was selected one of four Outstanding Soloists at the High School Festival; and the trumpet section from Bacon was selected Outstanding Trumpet Section at the High School Festival. Trumpet students are Ian Beattie, Nick Levine, Colin Hiscox, Rosalind Goodrich and Carey Ozmun.
JJIS & WJJMS students in CT State Invention Convention
Jack Jackter Intermediate School and William J. Johnston Middle School students represented their schools in the annual CT Invention Convention held at UConn on Saturday, May 4. There were seven students from Colchester; five from JJIS and two from WJJMS. Students representing JJIS: Claire Galarneau, Kaylie Maynard, Andrew Navickas, Shaan Parekh and Mallory Scherff; Students representing WJJMS: Sarah Praisner and Chris Wilson. Out of the over 700 students competing state-wide, fourth-grader Mallory Scherff received a special recognition award for her invention “Fire Detector, Me Protector” and sixth-grader Sarah Praisner received a special recognition award for her invention “The Camera Cloak.”
Student council raises funds for endangered species
The WJJMS Student Council recently sold endangered species buttons in recognition of Earth Day. Students were able to choose from three different styles: baby penguin, Bengal tiger and sea turtle. Pins were sold during lunch waves for $1 each. All of the proceeds from the fundraiser went to the World Wildlife Fund for their Endangered Species Conservation program. The idea for the fundraiser came from Student Council eighth-grade representative Josh Stanavage.
Bacon Students design Early Literacy & Bookmobile logos
C3 (Collaborative for Colchester’s Children) is pleased to announce that two Bacon Academy graphic arts students have been selected for their design creations. When C3 determined a need for an Early Literacy logo, as well as one for the recently launched Colchester Bookmobile, it seemed only logical to propose the idea to Bacon Academy graphic arts teacher Jo-Ann Campbell and her talented students. This opportunity provided the artists the unique experience to create an authentic product that will be used outside of the classroom. The students, from multiple graphic arts classes, showed great enthusiasm and each created individual logos. While it was difficult to choose only one from the many creative and professional designs, C3 ultimately chose junior Mikaela Stella for her Early Literacy design and senior Alicia Szostak for her Bookmobile design. Look for both original logos around Colchester soon.
Kindergarten students hold circus to share their research
The children in the full-day kindergarten classes at Colchester Elementary School have been studying animal classifications. Each student worked with a partner to research the characteristics of their animal group. They then chose two animals within their group that they found interesting and researched them further. Once they finished their research, they picked a way to share what they learned with others by using the media arts (poems on iPads, the blue screen, and math books with iPads), the visual arts (paintings), and music and movement (instruments and dancing). The children culminated their research with a presentation to their families and other classes at CES with a “6-Ring Circus” theme on May 10.