Washington Middle School has got talent! PDF Print E-mail

These WMS artworks have been selected to be exhibited in the 2019 Youth Art Month Show with other pieces of student work from all over the state of Iowa.

 

The Youth Art Month Celebration is hosted by the Iowa Arts Council and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with the Art Educators of Iowa. Youth Art Month is a program of the National Art Education Association. Each member of the Art Educators of Iowa can submit up to 10 artworks to a juried show. This year 4 Artwork created by three talented young Clear Creek Amana Middle School students were selected.

 

8th Graders Joel L., Emilie B., Elizabeth S., and Destiny T. each have an artwork on display.

 

A reception will be held on Saturday, March 23 at the State Historical Building in Des Moines. The artwork will be on display at the State Historical Building for the public to enjoy throughout the month of March.

 

 
Attention 8th Grade Parents PDF Print E-mail

Attention parents of current 8th grade students: On March 6th Kirkwood will be holding an informational open house about the Kirkwood College Credit in High School (CCHS) program. Kirkwood would like to reach out to 8th grade students and parents now with this information so students have the info they need to make the decision that is best for them if, or when, they might consider enrolling in college classes later in high school.

 

At the Open House information covered will include:

 

· CCHS Academy offerings

· Student Expectations and Characteristics of Successful CCHS Students

· Discuss the rigor of courses, time/effort needed to be successful, impact of not being successful

· Tour academy labs and campus

· Q & A

 

Current 8th Grade Kirkwood Letter

 
SEIBA Honor Band PDF Print E-mail

Washington Middle School had 6 students audition for the SEIBA honor band on Saturday, January 5th, in Fairfield.

 

 

Congratulations to the following 5 WMS Advanced Band students who earned all South East Iowa Bandmasters Association Honors on Saturday. Selected to the SEIBA honor band were: Kevin F.-Tuba, Bailey R.-Clarinet, Teague M.- Tuba, Levi A-Euphonium, and Julianna W.-Clarinet.

 

These five students will perform at Iowa City West High School on Jan 19th at the SEIBA Festival. Also auditioning for the SEIBA MS honor band was Flutist, Mikaila M.

Last Updated on Tuesday, January 08 2019 07:34
 
Advanced Band Solo/Ensemble Night 2018 PDF Print E-mail

On Tuesday, December 19th, the Advanced Band members took the Middle School Auditorium stage from 5pm-7:45pm for their Annual solo/ensemble night. There were 29 different performances in 5 minute time slots and all of the 58 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 29 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. 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.

Overall outstanding performances were selected and Kevin F. (tuba solo) and Sofia J. and Teegan S. (Flute Duet) were the two outstanding performances of the night. These groups received $100 in Be Bucks with this award.

The 6 groups receiving Division I+ ratings were: Mixed Trio (Natalie M, Bailey R, and Samantha H), Flute Duet (Sofia J & Teegan S.), Woodwind Trio (Sofia J, Madeline H, and Yanetzy E.), Low Brass Duet (Levi A, and Kevin F), Brass Trio (Brayden H, Jonathan M. and Teague M), and Tuba solo (Kevin F).

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."

The students were rated on a scale from I+ being the highest and III- being the lowest. The ratings earned by this year's groups were:

I+ =6

I =11

I - =6

II+ =5

II = 0

II - = 0

III+ =0

III =0

III - =0

 
Middle School Play PDF Print E-mail

WMS Drama Presents

A SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL

Friday November 30

7:00 PM

Washington High School Auditorium

Admission: Nonperishable Food Donation

 
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