A special thank you to Mark Donner and Kristen Kirch who gave a packed auditorium audience an excellent evening of holiday music performed by all district choral groups from 6th grade through high school. At left are the 6th Grade Middle School Singers. The High School Madrigal, pictured below, treated the audience to selections performed at their earlier Madrigal Dinner. The Middle School Choir performed several selections themselves and joined with the 6th grade and high school choirs for the Combined Choir finale. To hear the Combined High School Choirs perform March of the Kings click here.
On Sunday afternoon at 2:00 the Chequamegon School District Instrumental Music Program presented their holiday concert. All groups had the opportunity to perform from the 5th Grade Cadet band to the High School Band and Jazz Ensemble. Click here to hear the first public performance of the Cadet Band. Click here to hear the High School Band play, It's a Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The groups did a great job! Pictured to the left is the High School Band under the direction of Pat Pollock and below is the Intermediate Band under the direction of Kristen Kirch, Great job directors and students!
This afternoon the Park Falls elementary grades presented their holiday music program singing songs of the season for a standing room only audience in the auditorium this afternoon. The kids did a great job thanks to their hard work and the hard work of Mr. Donner getting them ready. Congratulations to all for a job well done and Merry Christmas! Here are the kindergartners to the left and the 3rd grade below. You may hear the 5th graders sing Jingle Bell Rock here. The program closed with all students together singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
On Tuesday I was walking down the hall and happened to notice a group using the swimming pool. I walked in to see a group of second graders having the time of their lives! I thought it would be a great time to acknowledge and thank the Save Our Pool Committee for the work they have done raising money to keep our swimming pool open this year. As you probably know, pool operations was part of the budget cuts necessitated by the failed referendum last spring. The Pool Committee stepped up and engaged in fund raising efforts raising sufficient funds to keep the pool open for over three months, so far. THANK YOU for the opportunities you have given our students!
I attended my first gymnastics meet on Saturday. Although I didn't really understand what was going on initially, I admired the strength and agility of the athletes who performed that day. Of the 4 teams present the Eagles came in second with a new high score of 105.525. Congratulations to our gymnasts!
On Friday afternoon all middle school and high school students gave their full attention to Jamie Nabozny, a young man who delivered a strong message on the importance of acceptance and tolerance by describing the brutal bullying he suffered while in high school. Jamie presented a documentary movie produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center titled “Bullied” that chronicles his life. The trailer for that movie is located here.
Jamie Nabozny grew up in Ashland. HIs life changed drastically when he was targeted in middle school for being gay. His years of harassment ended with a beating that put him in hospital and required abdominal surgery. Jamie then moved to Minneapolis. After realizing that many other young people endured similar fates he decided to fight back. With the help of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Jamie won a Landmark Lawsuit in Federal court that establishes that all young people including those who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgendered deserve a safe educational experience. Jamie now speaks out for the millions of kids bullied in our schools everyday. He travels the country and shares his story so that no child has to endure what he endured. Jamie was recently named a Defender of Human Rights by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Thanks to our guidance counselor, Kelly Inman, for arranging this strong anti-bullying message for our students.
Jamie can be reached on Facebook or through his website www.JamieNabozny.com