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Monday, February 13th, 2012
Last Friday, the Grade 2 classes wrapped up their Unit of Inquiry, “How We Express Ourselves,” by performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Our Elementary and Middle School students enjoyed the morning show, with families and friends joining us for the evening performance.
According to Trevor Lindsay, Grade 2 teacher, the production was truly a collaboration between students and the community. “Our two classes collaborated on everything having to do with the play. We also worked with students from the middle and high school. High school art students helped us create and paint the background scenery. Middle school students met with our classes and then created original mood music to play as a soundtrack between scenes. We also made props and costumes in art with Mr. Jay, learned a contemporary song with Shakespeare-themed words in music class with Mrs. Summerville, wrote poems and made a program on the computers with Mr. Hamilton, and designed our own stories and plays using the iPads with Mr. Miller.
As with all our units, we encouraged parents and experts from the community to make presentations to the classes. This year, we had author and parent Tony Doerr talk with us about expressing ourselves through creative writing. Idaho Shakespeare Festival actor DA Smith shared insights about Shakespeare and helped us refine our acting skills. Tony and Caren DeAngelis, parents and former actors, guided our students through improv activities and helped the students to become more expressive in their acting.”
Although the pictures can’t capture the essence of live performance, you can still get a sense of the magic that we all felt watching these amazing students! Thanks to everyone who assisted the students and special thanks to Trevor Lindsay and Pete Burton, our Grade 2 teachers, for guiding our kids through this wonderful process.
Thursday, February 9th, 2012
As part of the preparation for their upcoming performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Grade 2 students were recently treated to advice from a true Shakespearean actor, David Anthony (DA) Smith, an actor with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival (ISF). DA will be performing in his 12th season with the ISF this summer! He talked with the children about Shakespeare himself and about his various works. DA was very impressed with how much the kids already knew about Shakespeare!
The kids also performed a few scenes for DA to watch and critique. He gave them some great tips that they could use to improve their performances, such as, ” What word is found in the middle of REHEARSAL?” HEAR Half of acting is hearing/listening and reacting to your fellow actors. The highlight of the visit might have been when DA showed the kids his custom made rapier, a.k.a a sword to us common folk. The kids thought it was too cool!
Thanks DA! We look forward to seeing you as the Prince in Romeo & Juliet
, as well as your major performance in A Winter’s Tale
To learn more about the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, visit their website.
Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Our Grade 2 students took a break from practicing their scenes for their upcoming performance of Midsummer’s Nights Dream to work with our Grade 11 students to create backdrops for the play. The Grade 2 students had a great time in the High School art room with the “Big Kids” and Jim Harper, our High School Art teacher.
Contact Rachel Pusch if you’re interested in joining us for our Grade 2 production of Midsummer’s Night Dream on Friday, February 10!
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
Stop in at Western Capital Bank from 5:30 – 7:30 PM tomorrow to see some fantastic art created by Riverstone Middle and High School students. Music will be provided by Riverstone musicians as well. The address is 1750 W Front Street, Suite 150. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Our Kindergarten artists spent this past week “reading” art. The students were asked to use their knowledge of the visual world to interpret and describe what they saw in artwork. They were given the opportunity to share the artwork they were reading and the story of what they saw with the entire class.
Our Kindergarten artists are doing this as part of their How We Express Ourselves Unit of Inquiry, Telling a Story. Don’t they look completely comfortable sharing with their classmates?
Sunday, January 8th, 2012
Grade 8 music students recently shared their final presentations and performances about Jazz. Students discussed and performed works from throughout the 20th century that represented different styles of Jazz. The performances were the result of each students research into their chosen piece. They used this research to create an engaging presentation for the audience. They also used the results of this research to create an arrangement of their piece that could be performed by the classes. They really got excited about costumes and even wore choir robes to represent one era of Jazz history!
As part of the Middle Years Programme, students in Grades 6-9 are enrolled in a semester each of music and art. Riverstone’s art and music teachers are subject area specialists and, as you can see, do a fantastic job of exciting kids about their subjects!
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
Last Friday night offered families three events to enjoy in one fell swoop. Our Parents’ Association hosted a pizza dinner while families previewed the Scholastic Book Fair, both followed by our Annual Variety Show.
Showcasing our community’s talent and creativity, the Variety Show has become a Riverstone tradition. This year, we had first graders who wrote and performed, “Will You Be My Friend?” and fifth graders who wrote and performed, “This Is How You Otter.” We had dancers, musicians, thespians, comedians, and an international student who taught himself to use nunchucks from YouTube videos! Our Senior IB Music Class ended the show with an awesome rendition of “Train in Vain” by The Clash, causing spontaneous dancing to erupt on the sidelines.
The best part of the show, however, was the standing ovation for Music teacher, Alison Steven, who has made this whacky, zany, wonderful tradition one that Riverstone can call all its own.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
As part of their unit, “Music of Film,” Grade 9 students interviewed Riverstone alumnus and NYU Steinhardt School of Music student, Aled Roberts, about some of his recent composition and sound design projects. The students are focusing on the role of music and sound effects in helping films and advertisements communicate to an audience. Aled shared his experiences working on several commercial composition projects and students asked questions about challenges that they were facing in their own composition projects.
Aled is currently studying under Ezequiel Viñao at NYU and has also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where his Piano Trio and Clarinet Quartet were premiered, respectively. “Narenji” and “Keisha” are two films that he has scored, in addition to many other films for Tisch students. Last spring at the Flea Theatre’s Music With A View festival, Aled premiered five films with live performances of his scores.
Having alumni who are willing to share their expertise with current students is powerful. Thank you Aled!
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Last week, our Grade 11 art students visited Stewart Gallery for a personal visit with artist Christel Dillbohner and an up close look at her installation, Motionless Torrents – Silent Cataracts. Originally from Germany, Christel spoke to the students about her experience as an artist and the process of creating her artwork. She has been an active artist in the United States and Europe since the late 1970′s.
Meeting Christel was a great inspiration for our art students!
More about Christel’s installation at Stewart Gallery and her other exhibits and awards can be found on her website: http://www.dillbohner.de/frames.html.
Thanks to Stewart Gallery, Christel Dillbohner, and art teacher, Jim Harper, for a great field trip!
Friday, October 21st, 2011
Riverstone’s first Grandparents & Grandfriends Day was a success judging by the smiles on everyone’s faces! Thank you to our Grandparents and Grandfriends who joined us from near and far. We even had one grandparent “attend” via SKYPE!
Our Elementary School students outdid themselves during their musical performance, The Colors of Friendship. They showed their guests their classrooms, their work on display in the hallways, and introduced their friends. It was great fun.
If you have a Grandparent or Grandfriend who would like to receive invitations to future events or newsletters, please send their contact information to Rachel Pusch, Director of Admissions and Institutional Advancement.
Thank you to Nancylee Summervill for preparing our students for the performance and Jay Nelson for designing our sign and photo backdrop!