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NPS Fine Arts Newsletter


We hope you all had a great Spring Break. Fine Arts students are back in swing and ready to finish out the school year. Take a look to see what has been going on.

Teacher Feature

Irving Middle School speech and drama teacher Jessica Gwinner discusses what got her into teaching and how communication positively affects the growth of students.

Rookie Teacher of the Year

Traveling preK music and movement teacher Tyler Overton is selected as NPS's Rookie Teacher of the Year. Overton teaches at Adams, Roosevelt, North Haven (Truman Prim.) and YMCA (Jackson). Jackson principal Jill Cliburn said of Overton:

"Tyler's energy is contagious. He instantly captures the hearts and minds of our youngest students and makes music come alive for them."

Overton will be recognized at the annual Celebration of Excellence on Tuesday, April 16th.

Tiny Dancers

OU school of dance performs for NPS third graders at the Nancy O'Brian Center for Performing Arts on Friday, Feb. 22. The group demonstrated a variety of dance techniques to students as well as selected a handful of students and teachers to come on stage for an interactive demonstration. The performance was put on as part of the Waller Series, an annual event rotating among opera, dance, visual arts and musical theatre performed by OU students.


Whittier Middle School presents "Oklahoma" Mar. 13-15.

All That Jazz

Norman North Big Band performs at the UCO jazz lab Wednesday, Mar. 27.

Bear Hug

Dan Harris' Irving Middle School art students show off teddy bears they created. The bears were a part of Teddy Bear Hugs, a program which sends stuffed animals to comfort children who are currently detained on the border.
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Music for All

Fine Arts hosts the 59th annual All City orchestra and band concerts on Mar. 25 and 26. Orchestra performed on Monday night and band performed Tuesday night. The performances featured 5th through 12th graders.

All City Orchestra

All City Band

Let's Get Ready to Rumble

Eisenhower 4th grader Arianna Loftus (right) is honored at an assembly Thursday, Mar. 7 for winning Papa John's pizza box design contest. Her rendition of the Thunder mascot "Rumble" will be featured on Papa John's pizza boxes throughout the state. Loftus was chosen out of 123 entries and received $1,000 for her homeroom and $5,000 for her school. Rumble and the Thunder Drummers attended the assembly and passed out pizza to the entire school. Watch a video of Eisenhower's pizza assembly below.
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Display of Talent

NPS Fine Arts students perform and showcase their work at Leadership of Oklahoma arts education night. Students chosen to perform were visual artists Kaitlyn Davis, Maddy Thompson, Toula Dailey, Annika C, Kolton Southerland, instumentalist Henry Ingels, and Katia Harms for theatre/speech.

Beauty and the Beast

Alcott Middle School presents "Beauty and the Beast" Mar. 12-13 at the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts.

Mother Goose

Madison elementary first graders perform a selection of Mother Goose songs on Thursday, Mar. 7. The program, titled "Gettin' Down With Mother Goose," was under the direction of music teacher Kara VanVickle.
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Special Visit

Texas Women’s University Concert Choir makes a stop to NNHS choir on their way to the American Choral Directors Association conference in Kansas City.

New Recruits

Band staff visits McKinley elementary students to inform and recruit students to the program. The staff visited the elementary schools throughout the month of March. Check out a clip of band staff performing the theme song to "Star Wars" below.


Cleveland 2nd graders perform their music program, "Aloha," on Thursday, Mar. 7 under the direction of Megan Allen.


-NHS student Christina Shadid for winning honorable mention for her short story, "A Trip to the Park," in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest.

-NNHS trumpet player Ben Egan and NHS trumpet player Andrew Travis for placing second place for their ensemble in the National Trumpet Competition.

Fine Arts Calendar

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