- __Damascus Kindergartners Celebrate 100 Days of School February 22, 2017
All the kindergarten classes at Damascus celebrated their 100th day of school by dressing up like they were 100 and learning lessons around the number. Students rotated classrooms and worked on a different activity in each, including making a 100th day snack, crowns that said “100 days smarter,” counting by 100, making gumball machines with 100 gumballs, and practicing skip counting by stacking cups by 5’s and 10’s to 100. “All our kindergartners had fun learning by 100 and getting to dress up for school,” said Principal Caitlin Reash.
- __Boardman students chosen for All-State Jazz Ensemble February 22, 2017
Among the 18 best high school jazz musicians in Ohio this year are Boardman High School Students Miles Spearman and Rohun Vangal. Miles is a sophomore trumpet player and Rohun is a senior piano player. Both students are members of BHS Jazz Ensemble 1.
The Ohio Music Education Association organizes an All-State Jazz Ensemble every year to perform at its annual Professional Development Conference. Prospective candidates from Ohio high schools go through a blind audition process. The selected group is a standard big band of 17 or 18 musicians. There are only five saxophones, four trombones, four or five trumpets, and one each of guitar, piano, bass, and drums.
Miles and Rohun spent the first weekend in February in Cleveland rehearsing with the other students selected for the ensemble. They were led by Dean Sorenson, who is Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota and a composer/arranger for the Neil A. Kjos Music Company. The group performed on Saturday, February 4 to a packed Marriott ballroom adjacent to the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland.
The students’ band and jazz director Thomas Ruggieri was the chairman for this year’s All-State Jazz Ensemble. He was with the group throughout the rehearsals and the performance. He says, “We have some amazingly talented young jazz musicians in Ohio. It was a pleasure to be part of the process and to watch them come together for a great performance.”
- __Brookfield Team Competes in Math 24 Competition February 22, 2017
Brookfield Middle School’s Math 24 Challenge Tournament Team competed at Campbell Elementary & Middle School’s 3rd annual county-wide Math 24 Competition last night, January 24. This was the first year Brookfield had a team compete in the tournament. The middle school team loved competing and look forward to practicing for next year’s competition.
The Math 24 Challenge is a tournament-style competition organized around the “24 Game.” The game objective is to use math equations to get a solution of 24 from the numbers provided. Students from several county schools have prepared in class and formed teams to compete in the math competition.