Sunday, November 30, 2014

Annie Evaluation

Annie was a success


I learned a lot about myself and others by doing Annie


The best performance was

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I now understand what it takes to put on a HS play.


I think SHS should do a musical every year.


Thursday, September 25, 2014


We are doing Annie and I assigned everyone to write the backstory of their character.  Where were they born?  What makes them tick?  I hope to publish all of them on a bulletin board and put a few in the Playbill.

Kate came to the orphanage when she was four years old. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Williams, had been higher middle class, and had died from the flu. Since Kate had no other family besides her baby sister, social services had no choice but to put Kate in Ms. Hannigan's home and her sister Carrie in a different home for younger children. Kate wants to be a journalist when she gets older, as well as be adopted and reunite with her sister. She also wants to live in the countryside.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


We have a few new additions to the SHS Band.  We added two flute players, a sax, trombone, percussion, and two clarinets.  We also have a beginner trumpet.

I was happy with our first day reading.  Now, we have a long way to go, but we READ the music.  We played the tune.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Google Classroom

I was able to get a preview of Google Classroom  and in the beta form it looks MUCH easier to work with than the old method of assigning folders.

When you can assign, comment, grade, and review all from one portal.  It shows who has turned in and all the normal google stuff is there.  It is basically on top of the Google Drive structure.

I wish it had more of a messaging capability and some of Edmodo's quiz and poll stuff.  I also wish we could get some iTunesU content involved.  Until then I think I need a melding of all three.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Model Assessments

Have you done the model assessments or something similar?  I do think this is an important area.  I imagine some districts use this.

It would be nice to have a system of sharing this data.

Friday, June 20, 2014


It will be Annie!  November 20 and 21, 2014.

Things I Did This Year

This year:

We performed more.

  • Debarber Dedication
  • ACDA Conference
  • CMEA Auditions
  • Christmas Carols
  • Winter Concert
  • CMEA Regionals
  • All-State Auditions
  • UConn Band Festival
  • Seussical!
  • Talent Show
  • Valley Arts Festival
  • Spring Concert
  • Trills and Thrills
  • HALOs
  • Tri-M Recital
I collected more data:
  • Over 1800 recorded assessments in Smartmusic
  • Outside evaluations:
    • Trills and Thrills
    • CMEA
    • HALOs
  • Edmodo quizzes and reflections
We improved:
  • Freshman choir and band moved two full years forward (Level 1 to Level 3)
  • Average student sight-reading moved from Level .5 to Level 2
We achieved:
  • Four HALO nominations.  One win.
  • Two students accepted to Southern Regional Choir
  • Festival Rating:
    • Choir--Superior
    • Band--Excellent