Keller ISD Fine Arts Notes

A weekly newsletter from Keller ISD Fine Arts

No. 4 September 15, 2014

Central High School Oral Interp Team Results:

The Central High School Oral Interpretation Team competed at the Plano Senior High School Texas Forensic Association Individual Events Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

Over 50 schools and 500 students from all over Texas were represented.

Individual Results:

  • 2nd Place, Prose Interpretation - Bobbly Rochelle
  • 6th Place, Poetry Interpretation - Brayden Gibson
  • 8th Place, Dramatic Interpretation - Brayden Gibson
  • Semifinalists, Prose Interpretation - Neena Hingorani and Evan Glazier
  • Semifinalist, Poetry Interpretation - Jessica Healey
  • Quarterfinalist. Dramatic Interpretation - Braeden Langlois

Also competing and representing the CHS Oral Interp team were: Marcus Popoff, Jamie Phanekham, Makinna Hardy, Lauren Ward, Tanner Worley, Katy Roberson, Ashley Gilbertson and Blake Grissom.

Congratulations to the CHS Oral Interp Team on an amazing showing at this highly competitive meet!

Second Annual KISD Marching Expo

Keller ISD Fine Arts is proud to announce the second annual Marching Expo!

On September 23, at 7:00 pm, bands from throughout the district will take the field for a special night of marching and music. Every middle school and high school band in the district will perform, and high school bands will showcase their UIL marching programs! The night will conclude with a grand finale, performed on the field by over 3000 high school and middle school musicians!

Get your tickets now from any Middle or High School Band Student!

Shrek - The Musical: Presented by Fossil Ridge High School

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek.

Fossil Ridge High School presents - Shrek, The Musical

  • September 27, 2:30 pm
  • September 27, 29, October 2, 4, 6 - 7:00 pm

New Teacher Spotlight!

This year, Keller ISD Fine Arts welcomed over 30 new teachers! Some are beginning their first year, others came to us from other districts. But ALL of them are incredibly talented, and excited to be a part of Keller ISD!

Over the next few weeks we will introduce them to you here!

Thomas Ward - Theatre Teacher, Heritage Elementary School

Thomas Ward is a teacher, playwright, and actor based in Dallas/Fort Worth. His plays include Keeping Watch, Going with Jenny (co-written with Sherry Jo Ward), International Falls, and Binge. Keeping Watch was premiered by Theatrical Outfit (Atlanta, GA) under the direction of Tom Key. It was hailed as the Atlanta 2006 season’s “best play” by Creative Loafing and went on to be produced at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. His play Binge was winner of the Texas Playwriting Competition by Stage West Theatre in Fort Worth, TX. It was produced by Rites of Passage Theatre Company in the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival (Dallas, TX). Binge received its New York Premiere by SLANT Theatre Project in July of 2010. Thomas co-wrote the screenplay of the independent feature film Sironia starring Jeremy Sisto, Carrie Preston, and Tony Hale.

Melissa Hatheway - Band Director, Keller Middle and Bear Creek Intermediate School

Melissa Hatheway is excited to begin her first year of teaching at Keller Middle School and Bear Creek Intermediate School! Her responsibilities include teaching beginning clarinet, saxophone, and euphonium and conducting the Keller MS Concert Band.

Ms. Hatheway attended the University of North Texas, where she graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. During her time at UNT, Ms. Hatheway was an undergraduate researcher in the Texas Center for Music and Medicine. Her areas of interest include marching band epidemiology and musician wellness education strategies. Her first publication entitled, “Epidemiology of Health Concerns Among Collegiate Student Musicians Participating in Marching Band” was published in a peer-reviewed medical journal in December 2013. Ms. Hatheway was also given the Alice G. Brandfonbrenner Young Investigator award in 2013 for her research. Ms. Hatheway is an active researcher and lecturer on performing arts medicine topics.

Ms. Hatheway is looking forward to working with her new Keller and Bear Creek Band students and families. She recently moved to Lewisville with her three cats, Isabelle, Chloe, and Oliver, and loves watching reality television. Despite having three cats however, she is not a crazy cat lady.

Jodi Coke - Choir Director, Hillwood Middle School

Jodi Coke is entering her ninth year as a teacher and is thrilled to be the new choir director at Hillwood MS!

She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Texas and a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from Southern Methodist University.

Jodi sings in many professional choirs, including Orpheus Chamber Singers and Dallas Bach Society, and was a soloist on a Grammy Nominated album released by Conspirare in 2009. In addition to teaching and performing choral music, she loves to spend time at home with her husband, Wes, and their 9-month-old daughter Kennedy.

KISD Fine Arts "Round of Applause!"

The "Round of Applause" is a new section of the newsletter which provides an opportunity for teachers, students, families, community members, etc, to publicly show their appreciation to others for going above and beyond!

Here's one:

A Round of Applause from Fine Arts Coordinator David Wright to High School Theatre Directors Melissa Freeman, Amanda Brundrett, Vonya Eudy, and Ann Accas for spending the day Friday writing new and innovative curriculum for our district! Thanks for your service to our district!

Submit your own "Round of Applause" here!


This Week in Keller ISD?

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Friday, September 19

This is the bye week for Keller ISD Football - District Play begins next week!

Next Week:

Tuesday, September 23

Keller ISD Marching Expo, KISD Stadium, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 25

Fossil Ridge v Northwest, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 26

Keller Central v Denton Ryan, 7:00 p.m.

Keller High @ Denton Guyer, 7:00 p.m.

Timber Creek @ Byron Nelson, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 27

Opening of Shrek, The Musical - Fossil Ridge High Schoool, 2:30 and 7:00 p.m.

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