Friday, April 27, 2012
BROCKTON--Brockton High's Drama Club will host performances of the ever-popular musical "Grease" Friday, May 11 and Saturday May 12 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee Sunday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at the Edwin A. Nelson Fine Arts Building at Brockton High School.
Tickets are $12. They are on sale now at the main office of Brockton High. Tickets will be sold day-of-show while seats last.
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
BROCKTON—When students at John F. Kennedy Elementary School return from vacation next week, they will have something that hasn’t been available to them in many, many years: a new playground.
A steady cadre of parents and volunteers have been installing the school’s playground since last week when volunteers from the city’s public works department used a bulldozer to grade and flatten a swath of land in front of the school that had become a broken-down, and according to parents, unsafe area for youngsters.
After this week, it will boast a safe and modern playground with corkscrew slide, monkey bars, climbing wall and a host of other play stations that are part of a $25,000 playground earned by the school through a contest hosted by Miracle Recreation Equipment.
(pictured below with children Andrew and Alex) and other committee members thanked everyone in the community for their help making the dream of a new playground a reality.
The drive began several years ago with fundraisers, but took a decided turn when the playground committee entered Miracle Equipment’s contest last November.
The contest included voting from the community on Miracle’s website, an essay on why the school was deserving of the new playground and a video—aided by Brockton Community Cable Access’ Noube Rateau—that showed the old playground and interviews with parents, staff and students explaining why the school should win the grand prize.
Miracle Equipment had 150 entries from across the US and between the video and the city collecting the most votes, the Kennedy School walked away with a brand new playground.
Although the playground will be ready to go for students when they return on Monday, some work is still left.
Parent and school department spokeswoman Jocelyn Meek said plans are in the works to place picnic tables and other furniture for parents and kids to relax and watch as others crawl and play on the new equipment.
Meek said school officials are looking to aid other schools, like the Raymond and the Downey, get playgrounds for their schools.
“This was a community effort and it’s for the community,” Giannaros said. “We’re really excited for the kids and the city,” she said.
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Monday, April 9, 2012
BROCKTON—Brockton High’s music department will take to the stage Tuesday night for its annual spring concert which will feature internationally-acclaimed woodwind artist Chris Vadala and a presentation of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award to Carl W. Landerholm.
Vadala, best known for his work with the Chuck Mangione Quartet, will be a featured performer during the Brockton High School Spring Concert Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Vadala is a saxophone professor and director of jazz Studies at the University of Maryland.
Vadala will perform with the Advanced Concert Band and conduct a workshop with students during the school day.
The concert is being sponsored by the Brockton Rotary Club and some of the proceeds will benefit an outdoor amphitheater the club is building in honor of the late John Drystadt, a long-time Rotarian and music lover who supported the BHS Music Department.
When the Marching Band was trying to purchase new uniforms in 1992, Drystadt walked around a Rotary luncheon and secured funding for 27 of them, all before dessert was served.
Landerholm, a 1957 graduate, will be presented the Distinguished Alumni Award during the concert.
Landerholm will be honored at a preconcert reception in the Azure Café at Brockton High School.
The reception will begin at 5:30 and conclude at 7 p.m.
Friends, colleagues, BHS Alumni and the community are welcome to attend.
The spring concert features the Concert Band, Advanced Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.
Musical fare will range from pops music to jazz and light classical. Vadala will appear with the Advanced Concert Band, performing “Take the A Train’ and “The Children of Sanchez.”
The Spring Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Brockton High School auditorium.
Tickets cost $4 per person and are available at the Brockton High School main office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door while seats last.
(Vidala CD image courtesy Chris Vadala.com)
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Friday, March 30, 2012
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Monday, March 26, 2012
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
BROCKTON--Peter Czymbor, a 6th grade teacher at Ashfield Middle School in Brockton received a surprise visit from the Horace Mann Co., Wednesday to announce Czymbor is one of 50 educators across the U.S. to earn an Abraham Lincoln Fellowship.
The fellowship includes a nearly-all-expenses paid five day trip to Springfield, Ill., during the summer to learn about Abraham Lincoln.
Czymbor and 49 other teachers will "walk in Abraham Lincoln's footsteps," through various historical sites in Illinois, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Lincoln's home, Lincoln's tomb and the Old State Capitol State Historic Site.
School officials said Czymbor is a great teacher with a passion for history and is known in the community for his prowess as a juggler at a host of events.
(Photo courtesy Brockton Public Schools. Czymbor, in middle, with Ashfield School Principal Barbara Lovell at left, and, right, Don McGrath, a representative of the Horace Mann Insurance Co.)
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Monday, March 19, 2012
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