Fine Arts Weekly Update

Week of 5/17-5/21

Band 7th and 8th- Mr. Stevison and Ms. Tokos

7th-8th Grade Band Virtual/Responsive -

As we look towards the end of the school year, both responsive and virtual students are preparing music for the Pops Concert on May 25. All students have received the Pops music to begin learning/practicing. Parents - please check email for the concert reservation form.

As always, please email us with any questions at tokos.emily@wgmail.org or stevison.joe@wgcloud.org.

Orchestra Ms. Grubb

Orchestra 7th Grade Virtual/Responsive

This week, students continued to practice their ensemble music in small groups of 2, 3, or 4 people (duets, trios, and quartets). Responsive students used their peer review feedback to make improvements to their piece; reflecting on musical elements such as correct notes and intonation, rhythms, posture, tone quality and bowing, dynamics and expression, etc. Virtual students met with me individually on Zoom to review their check-in video and received teacher feedback to make improvements. In addition, we have been practicing sight reading short music examples in different key signatures that align with the keys of their ensemble pieces. Next week, responsive students will perform their ensemble piece in front of the class, like a mini recital, as their final playing test to wrap up the school year. They have done a great job this year, and I look forward to seeing them continue in orchestra next year! As always, please email me with any questions. grubb.stephanie@wgmail.org.


Orchestra 8th Grade Virtual/Responsive

This week, students continued to practice their ensemble music in small groups of 2, 3, or 4 people (duets, trios, and quartets). Responsive students used their peer review feedback to make improvements to their piece; reflecting on musical elements such as correct notes and intonation, rhythms, posture, tone quality and bowing, dynamics and expression, etc. Virtual students met with me individually on Zoom to review their check-in video and received teacher feedback to make improvements. In addition, we have been practicing 2 octave scales and finger patterns. So far, students have learned C Major, G Major, and D Major. Next week, students will continue practicing their ensemble music and work on elements that need improvement suggested by peer and teacher feedback, as well as learn another scale. As always, please email me with any questions. grubb.stephanie@wgmail.org.

Choir 7/8- Mrs. Gado

7th and 8th grade Choir (Virtual and Responsive)

Wow….what a week! Thank you so much for all of the help and support from parents during the Social Sing, where our Virtual and Responsive worlds could come together. Singing outside is not easy, but the kids were brave and did a wonderful job. I hope you enjoyed seeing them together as much as I did! The recorded Responsive concert will be sent to ALL parents, hopefully at the beginning of next week. My husband is working hard at stitching two videos together--social distancing makes for a very wide shot. As always, any questions are welcome at gado.carin@wgmail.org


Virtual- Next week, we will have one final opportunity for kids to create and perform, but in their own way. Choice projects will be underway and they will present to each other at the end of the week. Along the way, we’ll also try to have fun (a Kahoot?) and continue to check in with each other.


Responsive- Students will help me wrap up the year by organizing our materials, packing, and also having some opportunities to create and perform for each other (pianos, dance, singing, lyric writing, lip synch). Thank you so much to all of the students who came out for the SECOND concert in a week. I know my virtual students appreciated singing with something other than BandLab. :)

Drama 1- Mr. Conners

Drama I ( Responsive) All Drama I students have completed their final Fairytale theater assessments. We have started a review of Improvisation skills/traits and ensemble building theater games.,


Drama I ( Virtual) Drama I virtual students are working on a Drama Research project. Students selected a artist ranging from actors, writers, directors, producers, animators, etc. to research and present on in class. Most students are working on their final slide presentations.

Drama 2- Mr. Conners

Drama II ( Responsive) All Drama II students are completing their final stage combat assessments in class. Students are working with partners to create an original and believable stage combat scene.

Art 1 and 2- Mrs. Hannel

Art 1 and 2

We are finishing up our final art projects and adding them to the CAPstone for the last summative grade. These kids are amazing! Next week we will wrap things up. Some students will do finishing touches on their projects and others will stretch and explore with some new techniques I’ll throw in at the very end. They have been a true joy to work with and an inspiration. Be on the lookout for projects coming home if your student hasn’t done so already!

Contact Us

Mr. Conners- conners.eric@wgmail.org 314-918-4148

Mrs. Gado- gado.carin@wgmail.org 314-918-4565

Mrs. Grubb- grubb.stephanie@wgmail.org 314-918-4589

Mrs. Hannel- hannel.jenny@wgmail.org 314-918-4609

Mr. Stevison- stevison.joe@wgmail.org 314-918-4590

Ms. Tokos- tokos.emily@wgmail.org 314-918-4590