the ARTSwork

Sharing and Celebrating the Arts in Gates County Schools

Tuesday December 1, 2015

Hope your Thanksgiving holidays were filled with family, fun, food and friends! It's hard to believe that the holiday season has begun. The arts teachers in Gates County Schools have been very busy since the last newsletter. We hope you enjoy what our teachers have submitted for our second edition!

The Beat Goes On!

The GCHS Marching Barons competed in the 57th Annual Cary Band Day in Cary, NC on Saturday, October 31st and received a standing ovation from the crowd after their performance. Six other bands competed in Class 1A alongside the GCHS Marching Barons. Awards in Class 1A are as follows: 1st Place Drum Major (also 1st place out of the 22 bands competing in Class 1A, 2A, and 3A), 2nd Place Music, 2nd Place General Effect, 3rd Place Percussion, and 2nd Place Overall in Class 1A.


The GCHS Marching Barons wrapped up their competitive season on November 7, 2015 at John A. Holmes High School in Edenton, NC. Due to the rain, the competition was held indoors. However, the Marching Barons prevailed bringing home first place finishes in Class 1A in the following categories: 1st Place Percussion, 1st Place Color Guard, 1st Place Music, 1st Place Overall Class 1A.

unMASKing the art of collaboration

Creating Masks Out of Milk Jugs--Upcycling and Creating!

The dance students and theatre students teamed up to create masks made from milk jugs. Students had a good time working with a variety of materials and were very creative. Masks are something which all parts of the world (from past to present day) have in common with each other.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

The Intermediate/Proficient Theatre Students performed the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarves for the public and for three sold out elementary matinees. The production was enjoyed by all. Special thanks to Mrs. Braatz and Mrs. Russell for attending the performances and to the elementary schools for their wonderful support. The audiences were well behaved with good etiquette and the community performances were well attended.

Behind the Scenes

The students enrolled in Technical Theatre Arts have been hard at work for the past month creating the set for Snow White. Students learned the elements of technical drawing, with scale models, vertical drawings and ground floor plans. Students worked in small groups to create designs/models for the set. An element from each design by the students was utilized in the final set design and product.
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The Huntsmen, Snow White and the Prince--2003 &2015

What's SUPER about public education?

Our students received Honorable Mention for their entry this year to the annual North Carolina School Board Association Video Contest. With the creative talents of Madeline Simons, Nyasia Luke and an assorted group of students, GCHS performed a short video set to Bruno Mars' trending tune--Uptown Funk. Mrs. Toti was very proud of their efforts, as the students worked hard and had a lot of fun collaborating together and highlighting what makes public education SUPER!
Super2015!

Coming up next!


  • GCHS Art Guild Vendor Show and Craft Fair - December 4 (4-7 p.m.), December 5 (10-3 p.m.)
  • Christmas Concert - December 10th @ 7pm in the GCHS New Gym
  • Christmas Parade - December 12th @ 3pm (8th grade band & GCHS Marching Barons)
  • Fruit Delivery - December 14 Time TBA
  • Dance Recital -December 16 @ 7:30 p.m. GCHS PAC
  • CMS Christmas Program - December 18th @ Central Middle School



*GCHS Playmakers have postponed their production of The Littlest Angel until another season due to scheduling conflicts. Stay tuned for the spring dates!

Read the left side by itself; then read from left to right..and then...go change the world!

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Gates County Arts Educators


We must ACT now and take NOTE- we must BAND together-make our MARK and keep in STEP.