Submitted by Dennis Deppe: Seven members of the Hudson FFA Chapter represented Iowa in three Career Development Event (CDE) competitions at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, from October 28 through November 1. “Each competed against teams or individuals […]
Hudson High School presents Beauty and the Beast Lights, camera, action! The most beautiful love story ever told comes to life on the stage at Hudson High School. The Hudson Music Department will present the musical “Beauty and the Beast” […]
Submitted by Joletta Yoder: The Hudson Journalism Program continued its tradition of excellence by winning numerous awards from the Iowa High School Press Association. In the annual On-The-Spot Photography Competition held at the state journalism conference, Hudson once again took […]
Submitted by Anne Britson: If you get a chance, you are encouraged to stop up and see the Sir Readalot Castle book fair in the 2nd floor multipurpose room. The decorations are outstanding and each classroom decorated banners for their classroom. […]
UNI Education and Theater majors, Jenna, Megan, and Alyssa, came to all first grade classes to deliver a 45-minute lesson, both before and after, our trip to Gallagher-Bluedorn to see “Curious George.” These lessons introduce the performance material to our […]
submitted by brenda krapfl: Integrate Ideas! Students in grade sections wrapped up the week by completing a research and inquiry based project. Students created a visual record to record their observations and investigations. Using a three step process students were […]
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- Be honest and open.
- Focus on the student's strengths, yet address areas of concern.
- Be as specific as you can in your comments.
- Ask for and listen for opinions and suggestions (from both the parents perspective and the teachers perspective).
- As the conference ends, summarize and review any specific actions that you have decided to take. If necessary, schedule a follow up meeting.
Educational Issues in Iowa Public Schools.
I argue there is perhaps no other high school activity that crosses curricular boundaries in the same manner as the high school musical. The biggest and most obvious is the music and vocal technique that is required to put on a show. Has anyone noticed the growth of these musicians over the last several years? I have, and this kind of academic growth doesn't take place without hard work, tons of practice, and learning by doing. There were undoubtedly long evenings of rehearsal, more rehearsal, and doing it 'just one more time' because it wasn't quite the way it was envisioned. The practice to learn the notes, the lines, and the blocking schemes are all what have enabled our young people to become Quality Producers, and to create something that they are quite proud of!
There are many other academic disciplines at work in the production of a stage show. For example, you may wonder: Is physical education involved in the production of a high school musical? Well, if you took note of the choreography and complex dance routines that were part of this production you could make a pretty convincing argument that P.E. is a big part of putting on a show like this. You can also bet that there were numerous discussions about healthy living and taking care of yourself while this show was in production. The last thing that we would want to have happen is for our actors and actresses to become ill right before show time! These are certainly many of the same type of topics that are regularly covered in physical education and health class! Being a Knowledgeable Person requires our students to have a depth of knowledge that is well rounded and and steeped in content across a vast array of curricular areas.
|Gaston explains to Belle what a great 'catch' he is!|
There is no doubt that our young people learned a lot about what it takes to put on a high school musical the last several months. But I contend they learned much more than meets the eye. They learned about the value of commitment and hard work. They learned that nothing comes easy, and that there is no greater reward than seeing your hard work work pay off. These lessons will stay with them and will be some of the greatest memories they have of their high school experience. Indeed, they have built up their Internal Assets by being part of this show.
Congratulations again to the cast, crew, parents and volunteers for all you did to make this musical a successful and education event for our students. I am so very proud of you!