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Stewart Elementary First Grade starts Pick a Better Snack PDF Print E-mail
Written by John TeBockhorst   
Thursday, January 11 2018 10:42

First graders at Stewart Elementary had their first healthy bite of the Pick a Better Snack program Tuesday, January 9.

This program is designed to motive children to eat more fruits and vegetables in meals and snacks and to be more physically active. Each week Amy Green, 4-H/youth coordinator, visits the first and second grade classrooms to talk about healthy snacks, making healthy choices and they always get to sample a particular fruit or vegetable of the day.

Each week the students are reminded to be brave and try new things – including healthy fruits and vegetables. This first week they discussed how there are over 2000 varieties of apples grown in the U.S. and they all taste and look a little different. They were able to see ten different kinds of apples and compare the taste and texture of the Granny Smith and Gala in the apple taste test.

The Pick a Better Snack supplies at Stewart Elementary are funded by Washington County Extension and grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation. Contact the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811, with any questions about the Pick a Better Snack program.

 

Students in Tara Luers’ 1st grade class at Stewart Elementary show off their favorite variety of apple. This class voted Braeburn to be their favorite in the taste test.

 

 

 
Stewart Preschool Registration Information PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 10 2018 11:49

Stewart Preschool Pre-Registration Information

 
SEIBA Honor Band PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 10 2018 10:25

Washington Middle School had 10 students tryout for the SEIBA honor band on Saturday in Fairfield.

 

 

Congratulations to the following 6 Advanced Band students who earned South East Iowa Bandmasters Association Honors on Saturday. Selected to the SEIBA honor band were Evan M. -trumpet; Quentin H-trombone; Mateo S-Clarinet; Kevin F-Tuba; Quinn W-Percussion; Henry R-French Horn. These six students will perform at Iowa City West High School on Jan 20th at the SEIBA Festival.

In addition to SEIBA honors, Evan and Quentin also earned top honors by being selected to the 8th grade All-State Honor Band which will perform in May at the Iowa Bandmasters Association conference. Also trying out for the SEIBA JH honor band were: Alex M-trumpet, ; Bailey R-clarinet; Levi A-Euphonium; Jenna M -Alto Saxophone.

 
Upcoming parent college prep workshop PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 03 2018 09:19

 
WMS Annual Solo/Ensemble Night PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, December 21 2017 11:25

On Tuesday, December 12th, the Advanced Band members took the Middle School Auditorium stage from 5pm-8:10pm for their Annual solo/ensemble night. There were 39 different performances in 5 minute time slots and all of the 68 members of the Advanced Band participated in preparing for this event.

Gary McCurdy (aka The Tubadour), former Washington band director, judged students giving them a rating and verbal comments at the conclusion of their performances. It is an unusual event from the standpoint that audience members can stay for all 39 performances or they can pick and choose to watch only one or a few performances.

It all starts in November when students choose their own groups and the only limitations are that the performing groups have to be a solo, duet, trio or quartet. The exception to this is the percussion ensemble which had 8 members. After choosing the members of their group, the next step is selecting music. Most of the music is selected by students with guidance from Mr. McClenahan and/or private instructors. A majority of the music chosen is Holiday/Christmas or pop/movie music, but there are also many traditional instrumental pieces, standards and folk songs as well. Some are accompanied by parents, some by their instructors and some play along to recorded accompaniments.

Mr. McClenahan commented, "This is one of the most challenging and valuable projects students do all year in band. Students play parts independently and they have no director in front of them to keep them together. It's also interesting to hear how they make some uncommon combinations of instruments work. In the end, they grow a lot and become better independent players. I also like the fact we always have 100% participation and they feel a sense of responsibility to their group."

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