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What a great month it's been! Band finished up their marching season, NNHS put on a wonderful production of "Mary Poppins," and 5th graders performed in the annual All-City concert. We are lucky to have such a great group of teachers who make events such as these possible. We look forward to many more exciting events in the upcoming holiday months.

Teacher Feature

Get to know Becky Green! Becky is in her fourth year teaching and is currently the 5th - 8th grade orchestra teacher at Whittier Middle School and Lincoln Elementary.

Colors of the Earth

All NPS 5th graders combine to perform at the 32nd annual All-City concert at Lloyd Noble on Tuesday, Oct. 23. This year's program was titled "Colors of the Earth" and was conducted by Dr. Angela Broeker. Dr. Broeker worked with the enrichment choir on Monday at the NOCPA and all of the students on Tuesday at the LNC. We are thankful to all our 5th grade teachers as well as staff that made this event so successful. Watch some highlights from the rehearsal and performance below.

A Jolly Holiday with Mary

NNHS students perform "Mary Poppins" for fellow students Friday, Oct. 26. The production included an interactive performance with the NNHS orchestra. The show ran from Oct. 25-27. Watch a clip below!

A Collaboration to Remember

NHS art students collaborated with art teachers to create pieces featured at an exhibit in the Paseo Arts district. The exhibit, which is also an auction, is being held in honor of the late Karen Kirkpatrick who was an art educator. Bidding on the pieces will continue until 4 p.m. Nov. 17. Paseo Gallery One is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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A Superior Performance

Norman North marching band competes at the Yukon Invitational Marching Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The band received superior ratings for their performance titled "Laws of Motion."

Always Learning

NPS elementary music teachers attend pre-K teacher Emily Richardson's session at the OkMEA Fall Conference at OCU on Thursday, Oct. 18. Emily's presentation was titled "Active Listening in the Early Childhood Music Classroom." The goal of the presentation was to explore active listening activities that engage young children in jazz and classical music using movement, props, and games.
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On the Edge

NPS students participate in ArtEdge during October. ArtEDGE is a collaborative program between the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and Bizzell Library’s Emerging Technology department. The program invites around fifty 7th and 8th grade students from Norman Public School to the OU campus to learn about innovation in art and technology through an interdisciplinary lens.

Banding Together

NHS band performs their Fall concert in the gym on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
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Presenting the Facts

Lincoln elementary music teacher Angela Pennello presents a session at the second annual OkMEA Beginning Teacher Mentorship Program workshop on Saturday, Sept. 15th at OU. Pennello's presentation was titled "Teaching Concepts through Movement." The Fall workshop was dedicated to providing both the mentors and mentees an opportunity to meet one another and participate in interactive sessions on topics relating to mentorship and beginning teacher needs. Pennello said of the event:

"The Mentorship Program is our state's mentorship program designed to provide 1st through 3rd year music teachers with a veteran teacher to mentor them during their first few years of teaching. My workshop was developed to give young elementary music teachers a space to discuss grouping lesson plans and providing ideas for movement, games, and dancing through active engagement."

Monroe Manyawi

The Manyawi! group from Monroe performs side-by-side with the OU Percussion studio at Sharp Hall on Monday, Oct. 15. Manyawi! is a 4th and 5th grade global music program which consists of approximately 40­ to 50 students who explore music and games from various cultures. The students perform on world instruments such as marimbas and tubanos. The group performs at events and schools around Oklahoma every year.

In Retrospect

IMS art teacher Dan Harris presents a retrospective show featuring different student artists from 1994 to 2016. Dan said since this is his last year at IMS, he wanted to put together a show of artists he remembered as well as work that has been left behind over the years.

A Spooktacular Concert

IMS band performs in costume at their Fall concert on Tuesday, Oct. 30.


Congrats to:

-19 middle school and 19 high school students who made the CODA honor bands. The groups will perform at OU in January. Of those who auditioned, 17 high school students also made it to second round to audition for All-State honor groups next month.

- NNHS art teacher Sheila Hunter and NHS art teacher Shannon Younger-Mertz who both had babies on Oct. 23. We know they will be a great addition to our Fine Arts family.

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