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January ended with a wonderful Catholic Schools’ Week. The talent show featuring students from K – 8 was a big hit again this year. Also, participating in the Mass at AHS, with all of the beautiful music, made the week even more special.
Sixteen students from grades 5 – 8 participated in an Honor Choir in Tipton, Iowa at the end of January. The students, along with Mrs. VanSpeybroeck and Mrs. Hinchman, enjoyed this wonderful event. The AHS Honor Choir in February will see fifteen 7th and 8th graders performing with the Assumprion Choir.
It may be cold outside, but we have been keeping busy and warm in music classes. During the month of February, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders are enjoying moving and playing instruments while learning songs about the Presidents and Valentines Day. In March, we will continue this experience with St. Patrick’s Day songs. Discovering the distinct tone color of the voice and instruments will be another focus during March. The Carnival of the Animals and Peter and the Wolf are just two of the musical works that will reinforce this concept.
The 7th and 8th graders have started to prepare for this year’s Spring Program featuring Music from the movies. Correct singing technique, posture, enunciation, and reading music will be ongoing during this process. Choosing soloists, dancers, and narrators will be the focus for the month of March, along with learning songs to be sung by the entire chorus.
Drama and Music Programs
Crusader Theater was again presented the second week of November. This year’s play, Cactus Pass, was held Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11. The production began with the 7th graders presenting the pre-show, followed by the 8th graders performing the play.
This year’s Christmas programs were presented by the 5th and 6th graders, as well as Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders. The 3rd and 4th grade program will be presented in the Spring.
As in the past, the eighth graders are participating in the Manners Unit. This unit consists of the various aspects of manners. The final unit is table manners, culminating with a luncheon at the Outing Club. Again this year, the students will learn the basics of ballroom dancing in the morning, followed by a five course meal.
After graduating from Assumption High School and St.Ambrose University, Trish was the choral director at Assumption for five years. She taught music at JFK one year. She then taught piano lessons and substituted while she and her husband Dave raised their two girls. Trish rejoined JFK as a TAG teacher for 3 years before returning to her current position as music teacher. Trish feels she is extremely blessed to be both a parent and a teacher at this great school.