As we head towards Thanksgiving, Fine Arts teachers continue to use new technologies to communicate with parents and share the great work being done by students in all our schools. We have added links to teacher websites in the side bar and encourage you to visit those that may be of interest to you. We are also making a greater attempt to post teacher newsletters in the appropriate category of posts beneath that. Look for us to expand this as we continue to embrace Google sites, Google Classroom, and other features available to DPS teachers.
Students from our elementary and middle schools combined to perform at the Providence Bruins Game in October. Fifth grade students from all four schools sang America, The Beautiful and God Bless America before the DMS chorus sang the National Anthem before their families and a packed house at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Thanks to music teachers Sara Allen, Heather Kirby, Jeff Taylor, and Gabby Zimbardo for providing students the opportunity to represent Dedham in front of so many enthusiastic hockey fans, and to parents for supporting
Over the past couple of weeks, DHS performance groups finished their fall schedule with memorable performances. The Performing Arts Company presented their fall production of ‘Almost, Maine’ in early November. The show featured the talents of many students over three nights and displayed the continued growth of the after-school drama group. Director Nate Haywood was able to utilize the strengths of many actors with this play through a series of short stories set in the mythical town of Almost, Maine. Congrats to entire cast for a great start to their school year. We have posted a slide show of the play in the sidebar.
The DHS Marauder Marching Band finished their competitive season with their best performance of the year at the New England Championships in Lawrence on November 5th. Director Jeff Daniels saw his group place 5th in Division 1 with a score of 90.1, earning them a Gold Medal ranking. The band will perform for the last time at the annual Thanksgiving Game against Norwood.
The other fall event was held at the Avery school on the same weekend as the two events above. The Eastern District Elementary Music Festival drew 70 students from the region to sing, play instruments, dance, and meet students from many other schools. Sara Allen, elementary music teacher at the Avery and Oakdale Schools hosted the event as the District and State elementary chairperson. This provided a fun and rewarding for students from Dedham and beyond.
Clinicians worked with students from Acton-Boxborough, Bedford, Concord, Cranston RI, Dedham, Framingham, Lincoln, Medfield, Needham, Newton, Sharon, Wellesley, and Westford. A surprise performance by the DHS Marching Band was an unexpected treat as they were rehearsing in the stadium and decided to entertain students attending the event. As always, thanks to all our music teachers for all they do to provide opportunities to perform and learn outside the school day.
One we get through Thanksgiving, we begin a non-stop schedule of concerts and community performances into the Holiday break.
November 29 – DHS Talent Show
December 1 – Dedham Square Holiday Stroll (DHS band holiday ensemble)
December 6 – DHS Holiday Concert
December 12 and 14 – DMS Holiday Concerts
December 13 – Greenlodge Holiday Concerts
December 15 – Oakdale Holiday Concerts
December 19 – Avery Holiday Concerts
December 20 – Riverdale Holiday Concerts
Dedham Savings Bank Holiday Concerts – 12/11 – Avery 5th Grade, Dedham Middle School; 12/13 – Oakdale 5th Grade.