Keller ISD Fine Arts Notes

A weekly newsletter from Keller ISD Fine Arts

Vol. 2 No. 3 September 7, 2015

Keller High Alum Makes Broadway Debut

TJ Little (KHS class of 2015), who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia at 17, joined the Broadway cast of On the Town as part of the Make a Wish foundation. He is now attending Coastal Carolina University pursuing his BFA Musical Theatre.


Check out the video below to watch TJ's dream come true!

ON THE TOWN and Make-A-Wish America Make Broadway Dreams a Reality

Registration for KISD Strings Academy

We are very proud to announce that the Keller ISD Strings Academy is back for its second year!


Keller ISD will be providing strings instruction for students in grades 2-12 in the following classes:



  • Young Violinists - a beginning violin program for students in grades 2-4. Students will be divided by grade, and will be instructed by an amazing staff of passionate teachers!
  • Beginning Orchestra - beginning instruction on violin, viola, cello, and bass, for students in grades 5-6. This is a fantastic opportunity for incoming fifth grade students, who just completed their first year of violin study, to learn a new instrument, or continue to develop on the violin.
  • Intermediate Orchestra - continued instruction in violin, viola, cello, and bass, for students in grades 5-12 who have had at least one year of instruction, and are prepared for the next level!
  • Advanced Orchestra - students in grades 5-12 are selected to this group through an audition. Students should have at least two years of playing experience, and prepared to perform advanced literature.


Registration will be held on September 12, from 9:00 am-2:00 pm at the Keller ISD Administration Building. Please enter through the "Teacher Training" side of the building, on College St. Registration is come and go, and should take about 20 minutes.


ALL STUDENTS WISHING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE KELLER ISD STRINGS ACADEMY MUST REGISTER AT THIS TIME! IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO REGISTER ON SEPT. 12, A MAKE-UP REGISTRATION DAY IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, SEPT. 14, FROM 4:30-6:30 PM.


Click here for more information

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KHS Band Marchathon

The Keller High School Band will be marching through the streets of Keller during their 13th Annual March-A-Thon fundraiser on Saturday, September 12th.


The March-A-Thon begins 8:00 a.m. at the Keller ISD Natatorium. It then travels through parts of Shadowbrook, Bloomfield, and Hidden Lakes. The event ends at the Keller ISD Natatorium around noon. The official route can be found on the band website at www.indianband.org. Come out and cheer us on!!


“Front Yard Concerts” are available. If you would like to hear the sound of over 260 musicians playing a song in your front yard, please email kellerbandmarchathon@gmail.com for details.

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KISD Marching Expo 2015

The annual KISD Marching Expo is set to take place on Tuesday, September 29, at the Keller ISD Stadium! Come out and watch the high school bands as they present their 2015 UIL contest shows! Every middle school band in Keller ISD will perform as well!


The In-n-Out truck will be serving burgers, chips, and drinks starting at 6:00 pm! Cost is $5 per person and quantities are limited!


Get your tickets in advance from any high school or middle school band!

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Contact Clarissa Shirley at Keller High School for more information (clarissa.shirley@kellerisd.net)

New Teacher Spotlight

This year, Keller ISD Fine Arts welcomed over 20 new teachers! Some are beginning their first year, while others are veterans, 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!

Alex Morgan - Timberview Middle School - Choir

Background: Music Ed. Degree from University of North Texas, I am currently in my 3rd year of teaching


Family: I have two brothers, a twin and a younger. My twin brother is about to have a baby girl in November- I’m going to be an aunt!


Fun Stuff: I have studied improvisational comedy and have tried my hand at stand-up, it’s fun when it goes well ;) I love swing dancing and try to go every weekend.


Something different about me: I can only cross one eye.

Crista Cox - Heritage Elementary - Art

Background: Graduated from UNT, taught 1 year in Irving ISD, and 11 in Arlington ISD


Family: husband (Matt), two sons (Hayden 7, Noah 3), five nephews


Fun Stuff: My guilty pleasures are naps and reality t.v. ( I might be addicted to HGTV). I also enjoy dark comedies, reading, looking at conceptual art and watching performance art, traveling and patio dining. I am the middle child, out of three girls, and sometimes it is obvious, or so I’ve been told (“Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!”). I am a Christ believer and follower. I hope to return to college at some point to study psychology and maybe become a school counselor or school psychologist (incorporating art therapy).


Anything Else?

The invention of Bluetooth speakers has been a game changer for me in the classroom. I’m attempting to manage students with music this year (Nesun dorma! = go to the carpet, What a Wonderful World= time to clean up, Puff, the Magic Dragon= line up) Fingers crossed, by the end of the first six weeks the kids will be conditioned and it will be second nature for them. Pushing a button requires much less energy than repeating your directions 27 times! When you are teaching 600+ kids it is all about energy conservation!

Samantha Fields - Keller High - Theatre

Background: I am a first year teacher at KHS! I graduated from UTA with a B.F.A. in performance.


Family: I have a wonderful little sister and a phenomenal mom, who both live in Tyler Texas. My fiance and I have two purrrfect kitties named Carlos and Godwin. They love to cuddle and take naps.


Fun Stuff: I really enjoy being outside! I hike each weekend and love to go camping (when the weather is nice).

Jeremy Jackson - Bluebonnet Elementary - Theatre

Background: B.A. in Theatre from Texas Wesleyan University, Currently pursuing a masters in Professional Counseling. I am going into my 2nd year teaching.


Family: I have a cat that’s full of sass!


Fun Stuff: I enjoy cooking, trying new food/ restaurants, karaoke and antiquing.

Social Media

Keep up with Keller ISD Fine Arts and our outstanding groups through social media! We are "Keller ISD Fine Arts" on Facebook, and "KISDFineArts" on Twitter, Instagram, and now Periscope!


For a link to individual performing groups and classroom social media sites - click here!

THIS WEEK IN KELLER ISD

Click here to view the official KISD fine arts events calendar online. If you have an event you would like listed, please email us, or click the "Spread the Word" link


Monday, September 7

KISD Holiday


Thursday, September 10

KHS v Rowlett, 7:00 pm


Friday, September 11

Florence Elementary School Flag Day Performance, 8:00 am

TCHS v Irving, 7:30 pm

FRHS at Midlothian, 7:30 pm


Saturday, September 12

KISD Strings Academy Registration, Administration Building, 9am-2pm

MS All Region Choir Camp, Hillwood, 2-4:30pm

KHS Marchathon

CHS v Wichita Falls, 7:00 pm

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