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Piano Night at North High--April 4
North High School will hold Piano Night on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the school Library, 35 Polo Rd. The event is student-run and will be hosted by the North High Piano Club. A variety of music for piano will be performed, from beginning to advanced levels. Faculty sponsor for Piano Night is Dr. Janine Robinson, vocal music teacher.
National Art Convention Presenters
Christine Mulligan, art teacher at Kennedy School, and Rosemary Sloggatt, art teacher at Saddle Rock School, were co-presenters at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention, held in New York, at the beginning of March. Their lecture presentation was titled, "Constructing Curriculum: Materials-based Best Practices for New Elementary Teachers." Ms. Sloggatt explained that she and Dr. Mulligan "decided to develop a workshop based on our experiences during last years' NAEA Convention. We felt that there could be more workshops that offered opportunities for new teachers to explore the richness of creating curriculum founded on the philosophy that all art stems from experiences with materials. As teachers with more than 30 years combined teaching experience, we wanted to share our pedagogical practice with our colleagues new to the field of art education." Their presentation showed teachers how to create and offer exciting and successful standard-based lessons rooted in their curriculum experiences with materials. The competition to present at this year's NAEA Convention was intense with a record number of applications (2,263) received. After a blind peer review and selection process, only 35 percent of submitted projects were accepted, with "Constructing Curriculum" among them.
A Personal Holocaust Story
Last year, and again this year, South Middle School sixth-graders learned about the Holocaust in a very personal way--from a survivor. Eric Lipetz, father-in-law of South Middle science teacher Melissa Lipetz, told his story to the students about how he and his family escaped the Holocaust. As the Nazis began to gather Jews from Belgium, the ordeal began for the Lipetz family. Mr. Lipetz's father knew his family had to flee, but to get the necessary funds to do so, he had to risk passing Germans in the bank where he went to get diamonds out of his safety deposit box. The family tried to come to America, but was turned away because the "Jewish quota" had already been met. The family spent a few years in the Philippines where a Japanese soldier took the part of Mr. Lipetz and his brother after a Nazi reprimanded them for playing and making noise outside his house. While traveling on a train, one of Mr. Lipetz's brothers accidentally kicked a man, setting off a hidden radio revealing that the man was a German spy. Sixth-graders at South Middle read the historical-fiction novel, The Devil's Arithmetic, about a young Jewish girl from New York who is transported back in time to World War II and ends up in a concentration camp. A sixth-grader who heard Mr. Lipetz's talk commented, "Some of my ancestors survived the Holocaust and all I've ever heard are concentration camp stories. I've never heard this type of story of escape and moving to different places and meeting soldiers. It's not your average Holocaust story." One student said, "I realize how lucky I am that I am safe and everyone else is safe in this generation." Another student commented on how Mr. Lipetz did not become bitter from his experience: "I found it very surprising that he didn't loose his emotions. You would think that after going through all that, he would become emotionless. Instead, it probably gave him more."
In thanking Mr. Lipetz for sharing his story, a student said, "It takes a lot of courage to talk about a period in your life that is so emotional. So I want to say, 'thank you, thank you,' one more time."