Alan Stecher demonstrates the junkophone he built.
Alan Stecher demonstrates the junkophone he built.
Thursday and Friday, Juniors Kelly Funk and Johnny Vaughn joined 50-60 students from Metro Detroit high schools for a unique cultural diversity experience. With local professional photographers, art educators and historians serving as mentors, students utilized photography as the primary took for cultural exploration and self-expression.
Their work will be on exhibit at the Focus: Hope Gallery. The opening is May 26th from 6-9p.m., and the show runs until July 23, 2004. Please RSVP for the reception by calling (313) 494-4315. The gallery is located in the Center for Advanced Technologies building, 1400 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit.
Photo by Kelly Funk. Click image to see more of their work.
Government students at the Arts Academy in the Woods are sponsoring a debate on capital punishment. State Representative, Larry Julian who authored the legislation for reinstatement of capital punishment in Michigan, is debating in favor, and Shelli Weisberg, Legislative Director for the ACLU, will be debating against. "We're so proud to be providing this as a public service," says student and debate organizer Kirsten Peninger. "It's vital that Michigan citizens give careful consideration to this possible new policy."
The debate will be taking place on May 14th in the Arts Academy in the Woods auditorium. It begins at 10:30 am, and ends at 12:00 pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend, but must register in advance by calling 586-294-0391. Call to reserve your space by May 12th. Lunch is available for purchase in the cafeteria after the debate.
Congratulations to sophomore bassoonist Jeff Jimison, who won a $200 scholarship for a summer music activity from the Warren Concert Band/Mary Lee Fitz Scholarship Fund.Thanks to Mrs. Kleist for letting us know about the competition.
Jeff will be attending the Detroit Symphony Orchestral Institute at Wayne State University this summer, where he will study music theory, play in orchestra, attend master classes, play chamber music, and take bassoon lessons. Good show, Jeff! Let us know when you are performing so we can come and see you.
Sophomore French horn student Laurel Fraczkowski will be going to Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark this summer with the Blue Lake International Exchange Program. The program is sponsored by the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Muskegon, Michigan. Laurel has been studying privately with Mr. Everson, a horn player with the Detroit Symphony. Is she excited? You bet she is! But she is very serious about the musical side of it, too. She likes going to camp in the summer because “It is important to go to a summer music camp because you lose practice on your instrument over the summer, and you get valuable experience on your instrument and with music in general.” Not to mention the array of PASTRIES she will likely encounter on her trip! BON VOYAGE, Laurel!
The musical Jane Eyre, directed by James Higginbottom has three more shows next week. For those new to the Academy, Mr. Higginbottom is a founder of Arts Academy in the Woods and is the Chair of the Board of Directors. Jane Eyre is the 35th Warren Woods musical directed by Mr. Higginbottom and is his last. Mr. Higginbottom's shows are known for detailed conception, careful preparation, and spectacular costumes and special effects. His final production is no exception.
Arts Academy student Benjamin Hastings operates the four intelligent lights. AAW Science Teacher Mr. Luedtke is working theatre tech for the performance. Sets were designed by Mrs. Hastings, a member of the Academy Board of Directors.
Jane Eyre opened on Broadway, December 10, 2000, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and closed on June 10, 2001. The musical is an excellent adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic, gothic novel. The show retains the mystery, drama, and romance of the original book. The first person narrative of the novel is preserved in a complex interplay of Jane Eyre with her youthful self and with narrative and singing choruses that propel the story and fill in details. The lovely score is similar in character to that of the musical Secret Garden.
The show is in the Warren Woods Auditorium, 12 Mile Road and Schoenherr. Curtain time for Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 will be at 8:00 PM. The show on May 9 will be a 3:00 matinee. All tickets are $4.50 on Family Night, May 7. On May 8 and May 9, tickets prices are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.
In response to a request from the parents' group, we will be starting to combine news updates from the school with student/faculty achievements together on the home page, rather than having the "students and faculty in the news" separate at the bottom of the page. All new stories will appear at the the top of the page; you won't have to scroll to find them.
Congratulations to AAW Students Laurel Fraczkowski, Ben Hastings, Peter Pearson, and Jeff Jimison for their acceptance into the MSBOA District XVI Honors Band.
Kirsten Peninger is Goldilocks in "Once Upon a Time: Far-Out Fairytales", an original play by E.C. Werth. The show is a comedic, interactive dinner theatre for all ages and will be Thursday, May 13th and Friday, May 14th at 6:00pm at the McMorran Place Lounge in Port Huron. Ticket prices are $15, which includes dinner and the show, and may be purchased by calling 810-982-1346.
To the Parents of 11th Graders,
The Federal Government and the state of Michigan require that all students take the MEAP in their 11th Grade year. Current 11th Graders are those students who have earned a minimum of 12 credits by the beginning of the 2003-2004 school year.
Our 11th grade MEAP test window is May 3rd – 14th. The MEAP test will be given during the regular school day. All students will be in the building and school will be in session during the MEAP test time. Teachers have agreed to make sure that 11th graders do not have an extra load of work to make up during the MEAP test window.
You need know that taking the MEAP Test is very important to the success of our school. The new no Child Left Behind law states that 95% of our 11th graders MUST take the MEAP or we automatically are considered a failing school. If we don’t have 95% of our 11th graders take the MEAP two years is a row, there are definite adverse consequences.
We have fifty-six 11th graders at this time. That means if as
few as 3 of them miss the tests we automatically fail (even if
all the remaining 53 pass with flying colors). I know that some
11th graders think its ok to skip the MEAP, but this not an option.
Parents are no longer permitted to exempt their students from
the MEAP test.
If students ask about the skipping the MEAP let them know that this is not an option and passing means they could earn the $2500 Merit Scholarship.
Thank you. Parent support is what makes the difference in our school.
Arts Academy in the Woods
(Click the picture above to see a short clip of the MSBOA2004 performance) Note: Video is approx. 2 megabytes
On Saturday, March 25, four students from the Arts Academy Instrumental Music Department attended the State Solo and Ensemble Festival at Harrison High School in Farmington. Representing the Academy were junior Ben Hastings, trombone, and sophomores Laurel Fraczkowski, french horn; Jeff Jimison, bassoon; and Peter Pearson, french horn.
To participate in the Festival, students are asked to prepare and perform a solo, to memorize major and minor scales, and to sight read. Juniors attend at a Proficiency two level, and sophomores attend at a Proficiency one level. The higher the number of the Proficiency, the more difficult the scales and sight reading. They are rated by a judge, someone who is a professional musician. They receive ratings based on their overall performance with regard to tone, intonation, technique, rhythm, and interpretation. Students are given constructive, written comments by the judge, and a rating from one to five, with a one being the highest.
"It can be a very nerve-wracking, but positive experience," says AAW music teacher Jon Boyd. "There are many benefits in attending the festival. One of them is that you learn how you respond under pressure, and that is very important to a musician. Students learn that the better prepared they are, the less nervous they get! At State, our students get to hear some really fine musicians from other schools, as well. Our students did a great job!"
AAW students fared very well at the festival. Bassoonist Jeff Jimison received an "Excellent" rating, or a "II". Ben Hastings, Laurel Fraczkowski, and Peter Pearson all received "I's" or, "Superior" ratings, and all three have been recommended as cadidates for the State Band or Orchestra during the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, held in May at Western Michigan University. Way to go, folks!
Service club members visit Bovenschen, a school for students with physical and mental disabilities. Students spend real quality time with the children, feeding lunches, going for walks and reading books. "Seeing their happiness leaves you smiling for days." -- Lindsay Crull
There is a student dance on Friday, March 19th, from 7-10 pm. The cost is $3.00. This dance is for AAW students only; no outside guests.
Variety Show auditions will be held Thursday & Friday March 18-19 at 4:00 pm. Sign-up at the theatre call board by, Wednesday, March 17. More information located on the theatre call board.
Ms. Bucci is performing in the chorus of Forgotten. If you are interested in getting tickets please call (313) 577-4003.
Vinyl Owns You Radio will be hosting "Chaos on the Dance Floor" on Thursday, April 8th 2004 from 7:00PM till 1:00AM at the Local 400 Union Banquet Hall. 50595 Mound Rd. Shelby Twp., south of 23 Mile Rd. and Mound, directly Across from Visteon. $5.00 Pre-pay/$7.00 at door. Please come and support DJ Vamp.
Multiple award-winning artist Joann Dietz has received a large scholarship from Blue Lake Fine Art camp, which she will attend for a two-week session this coming summer. Congratulation, Joann!
Sophmore Dance Major, Crystal Lukowski received a $730.00 ballet scholarship to the 2004 Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Ballet progam that she will be attending this summer.
Nora Wright has received a scholarship to attend the ceramics program at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Crystral Lukowski tried out Saturday (Jan 23rd) for the 2004 Blue Lake Fine Arts Summer Ballet program and was accepted on the spot. She is thrilled to be attending for two weeks this coming summer!
Phillip Smith will be appearing in an award-winning hip-hop musical group called "Youth Under Construction" at Luthern High East on Saturday, Feb. 28th. Showtime is 1-3 pm. Free Admission. Students please pre-register. Call (313) 884-7958. School Address is: 20150 Kelly Rd. Harper Woods.
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Crystal Lukowski participated in a Christmas fundraiser on December 6th, where she helped her dance studio, Dancer's Workshop, raise over $5,000 for the St. Clair Shores "Cops for Kids" program at Lakeview High School. She performed as a Snowflake in a piece from the Nutcraker with her Ballet Company, and also performed a Hawaiian Christmas Hula.
Jo.E will be performing at The Upper Room, 23821 Grand River, on December 14th, from 8:00 - 11:00pm. Tickets are $15.00.
Sophomore Evan Pardue will sing Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 21, 4 p.m., as a member of the Men’s Choir of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul.
Staff member Renee Landuyt has had a photo published in the book "2/15: The Day the World Said No to War." It's a beautiful book which movingly depicts the global scope of the protests (available through amazon.com).
Francisco Thurston has received a part in Eastpointes Community play called "Charlottes Web" playing the lead role, Wilber. Performance Dates Febuary 6th, 7th, and 8th at Eastpointes Community Center on 8 Mile near Shakesphere.
Vocal music accompanist Mary Lou Kleist and faculty member Joan Morrison will be performing on percussion and trombone with the Warren Concert Band on Sunday December 7th at 2:00 p.m. at the Warren Woods Community Center located at Schoenherr and 12 Mile Road in Warren. Tickets for the “Holiday Concert” may be purchased at the door.
The Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra will present two performances of the complete Nutcracker Ballet. These performances will be presented at the Lakeview High School Auditorium located at 21100 Eleven Mile Road in St. Clair Shores, between Little Mack and Harper. The times and dates are Saturday December 13th at 7:30 pm and Sunday December 14th at 3:00 pm. Performing will be AAW Vocal music accompanist Mary Lou Kleist on percussion, faculty member Joan Morrison on 2nd trombone, and Junior Benjamin Hastings as assistant principal trombone. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Danny Goodwin will be performing as King Midas, and Claire Jakubiszyn as Sabrina in "King Midas and the Touch of Gold" at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak, Dec 11-14. Staff member Audrey Mantey chaired the scene painting. For tickets, call 248-541-6430.
Vocal music accompanist Mary Lou Kleist will be conducting the Warren Turkey Band on Saturday, November 29th, at the Warren-Centerline Thanksgiving Parade. Faculty member Joan Morrison will be performing in the band on the trumpet. The parade starts 10 am. The parade route is on Vandyke starting at Martin and ending at 9 Mile Road. The band will be located near the grand stand which will be at approximately 9 ½ mile.
In addition to the above, Mary Lou Kleist (Vocal music accompanist) will be conducting the Warren Santa Band on Saturday, December 6th, at the Warren City Hall. Faculty member Joan Morrison will be performing in the band on the sleigh bells. The program starts at 5:30 to 6 pm.
The book "Photoshop Secrets of the Pros: 20 Top Artists and Designers Face Off" has just been released, and is available through amazon.com. Graphics Instructor Audrey Mantey is a contributing artist to this book.
On Sunday November 16th at 7:00 p.m. Jeff Jimison (bassoonist) will be in performance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia. The concert will take place at Orchestra Hall in Detroit (Woodward at Mack). There is a reception following the concert in the atrium of "The Max". This is an excellent group of young musicians under the direction of DSO staff member Charles Burke.
Katherine McMillan participated in the Adrenaline Dance Workshop and Competition held Nov 8 and 9. She performed two group numbers in jazz and lyrical ballet with her dance team from Spotlight Dance Works. They both received platinum awards (the highest award). The lyrical ballet piece was selected as one of only three numbers to be performed in the faculty show. Katherine received a full scholarship to a future Adrenaline convention.
Graham Meyer (Dj Vamp) will be Djing at the Wired Frog for a demo this Saturday from 6-7 pm. The cost will be $8-10 at the door. He will be spinning Happy Hardcore beats. Hope you all can make it! For more info on how to get there, go to the Wired Frog website.
On November 7th and 8th and 14th and 15th, On Our Own Productions will present "Fiddler On The Roof" at Clintondale Community Auditorium. Student Ray Bundy will be Assistant Stage Manager and student Amelia Vance will be performing. Tickets are $9.00. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. For information or for tickets call 586-582-9141.
The Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra will open its 42nd season on Saturday October the 25th at 7:30 p.m. at South Lake High School located on 9 Mile Road Between Harper and Jefferson in St. Clair Shores. Performing will be AAW Vocal music accompanist Mary Lou Kleist on percussion, faculty member Joan Morrison on 2nd trombone, and Junior Benjamin Hastings on assistant principal trombone. Featured will be Dvorak’s “Eighth Symphony”. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Vocal music accompanist Mary Lou Kleist and faculty member Joan Morrison will be performing on percussion and trombone with the Warren Concert Band on Sunday October 26th at 3:00 p.m. at the Warren Woods Community Center located at Schoenherr and 12 Mile Road in Warren. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Sophomore Kirsten Peninger has been rehearsing for two plays this summer. She has a chorus role in the Richmond Community Theatre production of "Grease", which opens on September 4th. In addition, she has been cast as Veruka Salt in the Center Stage production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." That show opens October 2nd and will be performed at the East China Auditorium in St. Clair.
Art teacher Rick Jacobi performed recently on guitar and vocals at Detroit bluesman Doug Deming’s annual Blues Barbecue. Many of the areas hottest blues players performed, including the Alligators, R.J. Spangler’s Rhythm Rockers, the Garfield Blues Band, and the legendary blues diva, Alberta Adams. A particularly exciting performance was given by harmonica master (and Grammy nominee) Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, who now resides in the area part-time. (The Thunderbirds’ original guitar player was Jimmy Vaughn, brother of the late great Stevie Ray Vaughn.) Mr. Jacobi played the final set of the evening with a pick-up band including bassist Pistol Pete of the Twistin’ Tarantulas on bass. Was he nervous going on right after Kim Wilson? Nah…
Juniors Peggy Kittila and Claire Jakubiszyn and faculty member Audrey Mantey are once again performing at the Michigan Renaissance Festival this year, with a recorder ensemble.
Faculty Member Joan Morrison will be performing on trombone with the Warren Concert Band at Hamlich Park in Warren. There are two concerts left, one on August 17th and the other on August 24th. Both Concerts are at 7:00 pm and are free to the public. The park is located off of 13 mile road between Ryan and Dequindere. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.
Class Action by Brad Slaight
Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 pm. & Saturday, February 28 at 8:00 pm.
Admission: $4.00 at the door, aww students $3.00, 12 & under free
Sneak preview at an up coming assembly!
Congratulations to the three choirs that participated in MSVMA District 16 Solo & Ensemble Festival on Friday, February 6.
Broadway Bound Show Choir - Division II Rating
Madrigals - Division I Rating
Concert Choir - Division I Rating
Students in the Concert Choir react to the judge's comments after performing.
The following students recieved superior ratings, and will be going on to the MSBOA solo and ensemble state festival.
Ben Hastings, trombone
Jeff Jimison, bassoon
Laurel Fraczkowski, french horn
Peter Pearson, french horn
Peter Pearson also recieved an excellent rating on on the cello.
Elizabeth James is a third generation storyteller who grew up in Detroit Michigan. Ms. James currently handles programming at the Center for Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She will be coming to AAW to share multicultural stories, particularly those depicting her African-American and Native American Heritage. She is an alumna of Immaculata High School, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University with Bachelors degrees in the History of Art and Communications, and Masters degrees in Library Science and Journalism. We look forward to seeing her at the assembly this Friday.
On Thursday, November 20, 2003, the AAW Instrumental Music Department will have its 3rd Annual "Autumn Expressions" Concert, at 7:30, in the AAW Auditorium. There will be a reception following the concert in the main lobby. Featured groups will be the combined Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, Musica Antiqua, our Early Music Ensemble, a Piano Quartet, and the AAW Orchestra. Admission will be $4 for persons over 12, free for children under 12, and free to AAW Students. There is a coupon available if you purchase candy from a band or orchestra member worth one dollar off the price of a ticket.
The Instrumental Music Department will be selling candy to support the general music fund and the private lesson scholarship fund starting Wednesday, November 13, through Friday, November 21. Each candy buyer will receive a coupon for a dollar off the price of admission to our concert. Please support us! Parents, if you would like to help sell some candy, please call Mr. Boyd at 586-294-0391, ASAP. Thanks!
The Piano/Composition Class has changed its silent film selection for this year. We have decided on Mel Brooks’ 1975 silent comedy film: ”Silent Movie”. The presentation of the project will be sometime in the spring of 2004. The class is constructing a new soundtrack for the film.
On December 16th we will be having our traditional holiday Lunch at the Arts Academy. Table cloths, candles, centerpieces, and live music will make this a memorable event. We'd like the students to dress-up for the occasion. Holiday ties, sweaters, etc. will add to the festive atmosphere. The cost is only $3 to cover the food - and there will be lots! We could still use some additional parent help.
On Wednesday Evening, December 17, at 7:30 p.m., the Instrumental Music Department will present its annual Holiday Concert. Note: This is a schedule change from the Dec 19th date that was announced earlier.
This short concert will feature the combined Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, the Orchestra, Piano Duet, and a bagpipe solo. Please join us. Admission will be $4 at the door. The concert will take place in the AAW Auditorium, and will be followed by a reception. Happy Holidays!
From now until Christmas, Tiffany and Gabe will have a box in the front office for donations to the Humane Society. You can donate either pet food (canned or dry), pet toys, etc. and there will be a jar for cash donations.
On December 6, Saturday evening, several groups from AAW performed at the Annual Noel Night Celebration, sponsored by the University Cultural Center Association of Detroit. The AAW Dancers performed at the Scarab Club, Musica Antiqua ad Orchestra at The Inn on Ferry Street, The Brass Choir at the Detroit Public Library, and the Choir at the Scarab Club and at the Unitarian Church at Cass and Forest. Congratulations to all who performed!
Above, the concert choir performs at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
AAW will be holding auditions for "Class Action" by Brad Straight. This is the play that will be going to the M.I.F.A. competition this year. Although each scene of the play stands on its own, there is a common thread - all of the vignettes deal with situations that take place outside the classroom. Some of the themes that the play covers are: home work, detention, teen idols, peer pressure, bullying and young love.
Auditions will be Tuesday Oct 7, 3:45-5:30pm and Wed Oct 8, 5:30 - 7pm, in the drama room (room 708). Auditions are open to any AAW student. Call backs will be posted in the drama room by Monday following auditions. We are also looking for students interested in working on the tech crew.
The AAW brass choir, bassoon quintet and choirs performed at the Detroit Festival of Arts Sep 12 - Sep 14 at the DaimlerChrysler Children's Fair Main Stage and at the new Barnes and Noble Bookstore at the Wayne State University Welcome Center.
Students from Mr. Jacobi’s 2D Art III class were invited by Art on the Move to participate in the Street Painting area at the Detroit Festival of the Arts on September 12-14.
Street painters traditionally will reproduce an existing piece of art, a practice that originated in Italy several hundred years ago. The participating students selected a painting created in 1928 by Tamara de Lempicka as the subject matter for their painting. Teresa Steenland produced an initial sketch that was submitted and approved.
Pastels (colored chalk) were used to create the image on the street, in the middle of John R, right behind the Detroit Institute of the Arts. The AAW students, through a tremendous display of teamwork, produced a piece that was marveled at by hundreds of onlookers. Many said they thought that it was the best of all of the student work at the exhibit, including that of a number of art students from the College for Creative Studies! People said that they were amazed that high school students were doing work of such high quality.
Participating student artists were: Joann Dietz, Vince Finazzo, Nicole Fraser, Sarah Holtz, Dorian Palazzola, and Teresa Steenland. Mr. Jacobi gave minimal assistance with the art (the students said “Leave us alone- we know what we’re doing!!!”), and focused on things like “working the crowd”, passing out AAW business cards, procuring additional food tickets for the kids, and sitting in the shade. Everybody had a great time!
Visit the Visual Arts Archives for Photos.
The Visual Arts Department Awards for 2002 - 2003 are online now. You can take a look at them on the Visual Arts Archives page.
Shown here: Psychological Self-Portrait by Tamika Tyler.
Beginning August 4th, Mr. James Hunter will join our staff as Interim Principal. Mr. Hunter was the principal of Helen Keller Junior High from 1975-1998, and is the Chair for Accreditation and Evaluation for High and Middle School Levels, Lakeland School District, as well as a member of Oakland County Association of Secondary Principals. He served as President of the Royal Oak Association of School Administrators, Royal Oak School District.
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