Overton High's Fine Arts Update
SCS's Optional School for the Creative and Performing Arts
Welcoming Overton's Creative Minds Back into the Classroom
Welcome back Overton Families! I hope everyone is adjusting well to returning to campus for daily instruction. With the first quarter complete, I wanted to reach out and remind our Optional School's families of the requirements to maintain their placement status, and inform you of the exciting things going on at Overton. Feel free to reach out to us here in the CAPA Office at (901) 416-0731 or email me directly at email@example.com. As always, you can receive immediate assistance from the main office staff at (901) 416-2136.
How may we serve you today?
Mr. Ellis, CAPA Administrator
Mrs. Freeman, CAPA Office Manager
Optional Students must maintain satisfactory attendance, grades, and conduct to participate in the program. Students who fail a course for a semester, accumulate more than 15 attendance marks (tardies and absences), or receive an N or U in conduct, will not be able to renew their Optional Schools status.
Creative Writing Student Takes National Silver Medal
On September 1st, 2021, CAPA Creative Writing student Jordi Ortega won the National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Writing Competition. This contest is one of the largest and most prestigious high school writing competitions in the country.
Mr. Jones' students have hit the ground running with major wins and rich masterclass experiences, as he sets a new standard in excellence in his first year in the department.
OHS Dramatic Arts Returns with Collaborations, Fall Production
CAPA Piano Continues Through Pandemic with Festivals
Pushing right through the COVID-19 Pandemic, CAPA Piano is one of the few programs with uninterrupted arts festival participation. With support from Amro Music, CAPA Piano has maintained adjudicated (judged) piano performances in a safe, socially-distanced environment.
CAPA Piano students from Overton High School and Colonial Middle School will present a Winter Recital on Thursday, December 2 and Monday, December 6 in the Recital Hall of Circle Music Center located at 5124 Poplar Avenue in Memphis. Recitals are from 5:30 – 6:30. Students have an opportunity to sign up for one of the two recitals, or be assigned to one.
CAPA Art Excelling in Competition and Elsewhere
Overton High CAPA Art continues their tradition of excellence! 9th-grader Sumaiah Jones placed in the Top 10 with a submission to the Delta Fair Art Contest in September. Other student work was also recently featured on Instagram for "Inktober" @ohs_art_department.
The Art Program looks forward to hosting an art show on December 5th in the OHS Auditorium Lobby, highlighting the amazing student work created this semester.
CAPA Dance Aims High for the 2021-22 Schoolyear
Led by veteran dance instructor Lisa Stewart and OHS Dance alumnus Destiny Smith, the CAPA Dancers again enjoy a twice-weekly collaboration with New Ballet Ensemble. Leveraging their skillful dancers in competition, CAPA Dance has performed well at the Mid South Fair Talent Competition and recorded a video for Overton's Virtual Open House.
Expect a big announcement in the coming weeks, as our bi-annual performance trip is slated to take place in the Spring of 2022. 2020's trip to Disney, with a performance in front of over 10,000 during the Magic Kingdom's Main Street Parade, will be a tough act to follow...stay tuned.
CAPA Band Gears Up for Concert and Honor Band Season
Honing their chops performing this football season, OHS Band members will transition to concert and All-West preparation in the coming weeks. With collaborations with CAPA Dance to continue through the holiday season and beyond, The Band will be busy as always this year!
Of special note is the return of Dining with Jazz (and an addition of a Ballet component) on February 24th this year. Watch for this and a whole menu of CAPA Band performances in the coming months.
Coming in the Next Issue:
- CAPA Choir Excels in All-West
- CAPA Broadcasting Collaborates with the Shelby County Health Department
- CAPA Orchestra gains New Director
- Much More!