Our elementary schools participated in the annual Pinwheels for Peace program on September 21st. Under the leadership of DPS Art Teachers, art students and their teachers created individual pinwheels that were displayed both in and out of school buildings. They also held Peace assemblies to celebrate the day. Thanks to art teachers and elementary Principals for supporting this event each year, and congratulations to students for some great work.
The Dedham High School Performing Arts Company will be presenting their fall production ‘Almost Maine’ by John Cariani on November 2, 3, and 4 in the Dunne Auditorium at 7pm. The drama group continues to grow under advisor Nate Haywood’s direction, and this show promises to be a great night of theater. Tickets can be purchased at the door – $10., $8. for students and seniors, and online at: ticketstage.com.
DPS Fine Arts teachers continue to embrace new sites and technologies made available throughout the district. We encourage the parents and the greater community to stay informed of what’s going on in our music and art classrooms. Sites for: Sara Allen (music at Avery and Oakdale); Sarah Altone (art at Avery and Greenlodge); Heather Kirby (music at ECEC and Riverdale), and Gabby Zimbardo (music at Greenlodge and Avery). We also encourage high school parents to follow the Music Association on Facebook at: DHS Music Association. You can now follow Dedham Fine Arts on Twitter @dedhamfinearts (in the sidebar).
Our elementary lesson program has started, with students in all four elementary schools enrolled in group lessons for string and band instruments. This year, returning students will belong to all-town elementary band and orchestra ensembles. These groups will be conducted by DSM Director Jeff Daniels and allow students with some experience to improve their skills as part of a larger ensemble. Thee groups will meet at the middle school every Tuesday evening.
Congratulations to the DHS Marauder Marching Band for placing 1st at the NESBA competition at Melrose HS on 10/14. Their first competition of the season resulted in them capturing the top spot from every judge.
They will continue their season through the New England Championships on 11/5. Thanks to Drum Major Julian Buitrago and the entire band and guard for a great start to the season.
The Dedham School of Music is also introducing the Dedham Community Band as a town-wide ensemble open to anyone from 8th grade to adult, to retired. This group will rehearse on Thursday evenings and perform at community events throughout the year. You can find out how to join by visiting the DSM site.