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The south wall of campus now has a mural celebrating music, thanks to Mrs. Dokken’s middle school choir, PULSE. Choir members started the project on May 6th, painting the wall with a simple, white base coat. The following Monday, the students could be found carefully outlining the templates of the picture. Vibrant colors were added over the next two days.
To encourage teamwork on the project, the students’ names were put in a hat and drawn out to decide who painted letters, staff lines, or the clef. The students enjoyed working on this project, even while finding out that it is not as easy as it looks to draw or paint on cement.
Tuesday, April 12th, the 1st grade (Mrs. Engols) and 2nd grade (Miss Azzabi) classes performed a musical play entitled “Spring Starts Here!” for family and friends. The story centered around Max, the groundhog, played by Carlos A. Believing nobody likes him, Max stays in his hole and makes spring wait. A collection of spring animals plan how to wake the groundhog amid constant April showers. In the end, Max’s fears are put to rest. To everyone’s delight, umbrellas turn to rainbows, and the April showers open up to reveal May flowers. A total of eight songs were beautifully sung by the students. Thank you parents for arranging for your child’s costume and supporting our music program by your attendance. A good time was had by all.
Members of the 1st grade class are: Carlos A., Alexis A., Lenora C., Matthew C., Adrian E., Kaitlyn G., Sergio G., Ella G., Julian H., Adriana H., Abrianna L., Lexanny M., Taylor N., Faith O., Sienna P., Eddie P., Davi R., Leonardo S., Gavin S., Melanie T., Damien W., Riley W., and Sha’Nya Y.
Members of the 2nd grade class are: Alex A., Yamali A., Samuel A., Damien B., Jasmine C., Jayden C., Josiah C., Rebecca C., Abigail D., Ahlen E., Aryana F., Sebastian G., Brendan F., Camron G., Marisela G., Jael H., Jasmine J., Joseline L., Yanissa L., Chancellor M., Kyle M., Carter R., Jasmine S., Analise S., Aidan S., Ella S., Liliana V., and Kaya W.
Educational packets and certificates were awarded the participants following the program. Lunch was provided by the Windemere Hotel and VFW. Door prize winners were Sonia Aponte (Sonic) and Christina Flores (Dominos).
The students of Ms. Garza’s fifth grade class at the Center for Academic Success presented an “Oldies” concert under the direction of Rose Marie Dokken on Thursday, March 10th. The first half of the concert was a choral performance. Songs included Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Jailhouse Rock, Johnny B. Goode, Little Old Lady From Pasadena, Flashdance, At the Hop, and Twist and Shout. Class guitarists were featured on Jailhouse Rock (Kristian D., Arianna S.) and At the Hop (Kodi A., Alessandra C.) as well as a class driver for The Little Old Lady of Pasadena (ShaKorlynn W.).
The second half of the concert featured dancing. Dances included a schottische with two people, and one with four people, The Butterfly, a Scottish line dance, an old time waltz, and the limbo. The dance portion was also a contest with prizes from the Cinema theater in the Mall, Chili’s restaurant, Big 5, and Wicked Limitz presented to the winners of each dance. Judges were Vada Phelps, Executive Director of the Cochise Private Industry Council, and Mr. Harris, the high school Youth Career Connect Counselor and guitar teacher. Dance winners were: Jovani V., Robin T., Arianna S., Kodi A., Kristian D., Keahi R., Alessandra C., and Sunshine L.
Door prize winners were Jeremiah B. (Schlotzsky’s) and Adam B. (Native Grill.) Refreshments donated by Philadelphia Baking Company of AZ and the VFW were served following the concert. Members of the class are Aaliyah A., Kodi A., Lillie B., David C., Alessandra C., Kristian D., Tony G., Sunshine L., ShaKorlynn M., Rabecka R., Nevaeh R., Keahi R., Arianna S., Robin T., Jovani V., and Lillian W. A good time was had by all. The next concert is the first and second grade program on Tuesday, April 12th.
December 3, 2015 the choir students from CAS, under the direction of Rose Marie Dokken, held their fall concert at 2:00 for students and 4:00 for family. Performing groups were junior high PULSE, after-care choir, and a high school ensemble. The high school performed songs that were Christmas (both serious and funny), current pop songs, a spiritual, and one selection from the musical Flower Drum Song. The PULSE did several selections of which included instruments, choreography, and even a visit from Santa!
After-care choir dazzled the audience with 4 selections which were 2 and 3 part singing. They ranged from Celtic music to yodeling and scat singing. Refreshments were donated by Baker’s Flor. Our door prize winners were June O’Brien (Texas Roadhouse) and David Pietro (Olive Garden).