Archive for Thursday, November 23, 1995

SOUTHWEST ORCHESTRA PERFORMS FIRST CONCERT

November 23, 1995

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The 33 members of the Southwest Junior High orchestra performed their first concert on Nov. 1 to a full house in the auditorium. The orchestra, under the direction of Lynnita Harris and Sondra Mosley, performed works by Handel and Bach, a Mexican folk dance by Dardess, and Johann Strauss' "Fledermaus Waltzes."

Southwest's Student Council sponsored a benefit event for Brad Harker. The eighth- and ninth-grade volleyball and football teams played one another in spirited volleyball matches, then the faculty took on members of the Lawrence Police Department.

More than 100 athletes were involved, and the event raised more than $1,000 for Harker's medical expenses. Student Council sponsors are Sue Hack and Mark Schmidt.

  • Eighth- and ninth-grade chorus classes are touring retirement homes during November. One of the classes will also participate with Brandon Woods residents in a sing-along; class members are learning the songs the residents love to sing and will form an intergenerational choir. Chorus classes are also working with younger students from Sunflower School. Choral director is Janeal Krehbiel.

  • Members of Bel Canto performed their first vocal concert on Nov. 1 and are preparing for an elementary school tour Dec. 15 and a winter concert Dec. 19.

  • Seventh-grade chorus classes will present an informal concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 30.

  • Southwest drama students performed the one-act plays "Miss Cast" and "Driver's Test." Theatre director is Andrew Manuel; assistant director is Cheryl Manuel.

  • Candidates for student council office were introduced by the campaign managers in grade-level assemblies, then each candidate had the opportunity to speak to the audience.

  • Seventh-grade science students are studying ecology. Students in Mrs. Kraus' classes tested the effects of pollution on living organisms. The experiment involved placing pinto beans in various pollutants and testing the effects of germination. In their geography classes, the same students are also studying biomes and vegetation in Northern Eurasia. They completed a map of biomes for the region.

  • In Mrs. Low's geography classes, students are researching Russian history as part of the unit on Northern Eurasia. In English, the same students will write plays recreating the history they researched.

  • Students in Mrs. Copt's classes are writing poetry. Students in Ms. Pike's classes are writing letters to tourism bureaus in all 50 states to request information. They will use this information in their math classes, applying math concepts as they figure travel budgets.

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