New band uniforms/choir robes

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The new band uniforms and first-ever choir robes will be presented at the April 12, 2013, Jr./Sr. High Spring Concert in Verdigre. Featuring the Jr./Sr. High Band and Choir and the Jr. High Jazz band, the concert will kick off at 7:00 p.m. in the VHS gymnasium. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the concert.

The Verdgire Public School Foundation and Verdigre Music Boosters would like to that everyone who made the dream of new uniforms and robes a reality. It could NOT have been accomplished without your help!

Czech bagpiper coming to Verdigre

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Czech-American bagpiper Michael Cwach will play and sing traditional folk songs and make a presentation before the Verdigre screening of “Call of Dudy: Bohemian Bagpipes Across Borders,” the first full-length documentary film on the Czech bagpipe tradition (dudy is Czech for bagpipes).

Michael grew up on a farm near Yankton, S.D., and graduated from the University of S.D. with a master’s degree in music. He received a Fulbright scholarship to study the bagpipe tradition of the Czech lands and recently completed a PhD in music at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. His presentation will consist of the music and cultural history of the bagpipes, showing rare photos and archival materials from the Czech Republic and from early Czech settlers in the USA.

The film was co-directed and produced by Jeffrey Brown, a Prague-based filmmaker who has produced a number of award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries in Europe, Africa and the U.S. He will also be in attendance.

This exciting event will be at the United Methodist Church in Verdigre on Thursday, April 25, starting with a “meet and greet” potluck from 5-7:00 p.m. The bagpiper will be playing at 7:00, followed by the film at approximately 7:45. There will be door prizes from the Czech Republic awarded and “Call of Dudy” DVDs and Czech bagpipe polka CDs will be available for sale. Admission is free, with free-will donations gratefully accepted.

The duo will also spend time at Verdigre Public School during their stay, providing educational, musical and cultural enrichment to students.

This opportunity is provided, in part, by The Verdigre Public School Foundation and Verdigre Inn Tune.

All Americans

Verdigre students learn music, and more, from The Young Americans

By Jason Wessendorf

Who are The Young Americans? What do they do?

For nine Verdigre youth, those questions were answered this past week as they spent three days learning from and practicing with the group.
The Young Americans® were founded almost 50 years ago in Hollywood, Calif. For all of these years, their purpose has remained the same:
• To provide their talented Young American student performers (17-23 years of age) with education in music, dance, performance and teaching methods.
• To use this training, and the good will and optimism of these young people to support music in schools and its inherent benefits through conducting International Music Outreach Workshops in educational facilities of all types throughout the world.

The three-day workshops culminate in a 2-hour concert featuring the workshop participants performing alongside The Young Americans. The performance is the end result, with the core of the workshop focused on providing experiences and tools to students that yield individual, personal growth and understanding.

The Young Americans consist of 250 members from over 39 states and 8 countries. Among its 3,000+ alumni are professionals in music education, fine arts, motion pictures, television, radio, Broadway and recording. The Young Americans is a 501(c)(3) corporation with no political agenda, no religious affiliation and no shareholders to satisfy. Many of their staff work as volunteers, most are former Young Americans; all are dedicated to the proposition that music and dance, along with the enthusiasm, optimism and good will of their student performers, will make the world a better place.

The group’s tour brought them to O’Neill Public School for a March 8-10 workshop where members expanded the horizons of and instilled confidence in over a hundred area youth.

Attending from Verdigre were Carlena Forman, Kelsey Knigge, Amanda Boggs, Serena Babcock, Max Hollmann, Alex Hollmann, Bryson Wessendorf, Jacie Rifer, and Alexis Hrbek. The price for the three-day workshop was $27 per student after partial funding from the Verdigre Music Boosters and the Verdigre Public School Foundation.

The 7:00 p.m. show on Sunday, March 10, featured The Young Americans performing first, offering a wide range of dancing and singing styles. After intermission, it was the students’ time to shine as they weaved through the carefully-orchestrated series of group numbers, solos and dance moves they had skillfully learned and practiced over the last three days.

A professional show from start to finish, the audience was taken through decades of popular music and movie themes, moving inspirational numbers that brought tears to the eyes of audience and performers alike, international music from the countries the group had visited on tour, and much, much more.

Comments from the Verdigre students summed up the experience as “exciting,” “amazing,” “awesome,” and “the best experience of my life.”

“It was very impressive performance,” said Pete Pavlik, Verdigre Public School band/choir director. “The commitment of The Young Americans and their enthusiam is just fantastic. The intense learning and practicing all the area kids do culminates in an unbelievable end result.”

Update: Four of the students that attended made plans to attend the Young Americans summer camp in Fremont, Neb., this summer. A bake sale and hot potato bar raised half of the money required (approximately $1400 of a $2800 goal), with the Music Boosters providing $70 per student and the VPS Foundation paying for the remainder. They will spend a week expanding upon the great lessons they learned during the 3-day workshop, becoming better leaders and making lifetime memories.

Young Americans

Verdigre students learn music, and more, from The Young Americans

By Jason Wessendorf

Who are The Young Americans? What do they do?

For nine Verdigre youth, those questions were answered this past week as they spent three days learning from and practicing with the group.
The Young Americans® were founded almost 50 years ago in Hollywood, Calif. For all of these years, their purpose has remained the same:
• To provide their talented Young American student performers (17-23 years of age) with education in music, dance, performance and teaching methods.
• To use this training, and the good will and optimism of these young people to support music in schools and its inherent benefits through conducting International Music Outreach Workshops in educational facilities of all types throughout the world.

The three-day workshops culminate in a 2-hour concert featuring the workshop participants performing alongside The Young Americans. The performance is the end result, with the core of the workshop focused on providing experiences and tools to students that yield individual, personal growth and understanding.

The Young Americans consist of 250 members from over 39 states and 8 countries. Among its 3,000+ alumni are professionals in music education, fine arts, motion pictures, television, radio, Broadway and recording. The Young Americans is a 501(c)(3) corporation with no political agenda, no religious affiliation and no shareholders to satisfy. Many of their staff work as volunteers, most are former Young Americans; all are dedicated to the proposition that music and dance, along with the enthusiasm, optimism and good will of their student performers, will make the world a better place.

The group’s tour brought them to O’Neill Public School for a March 8-10 workshop where members expanded the horizons of and instilled confidence in over a hundred area youth.

Attending from Verdigre were Carlena Forman, Kelsey Knigge, Amanda Boggs, Serena Babcock, Max Hollmann, Alex Hollmann, Bryson Wessendorf, Jacie Rifer, and Alexis Hrbek. The price for the three-day workshop was $27 per student after partial funding from the Verdigre Music Boosters and the Verdigre Public School Foundation.

The 7:00 p.m. show on Sunday, March 10, featured The Young Americans performing first, offering a wide range of dancing and singing styles. After intermission, it was the students’ time to shine as they weaved through the carefully-orchestrated series of group numbers, solos and dance moves they had skillfully learned and practiced over the last three days.

A professional show from start to finish, the audience was taken through decades of popular music and movie themes, moving inspirational numbers that brought tears to the eyes of audience and performers alike, international music from the countries the group had visited on tour, and much, much more.

Comments from the Verdigre students summed up the experience as “exciting,” “amazing,” “awesome,” and “the best experience of my life.”

“It was very impressive performance,” said Pete Pavlik, Verdigre Public School band/choir director. “The commitment of The Young Americans and their enthusiam is just fantastic. The intense learning and practicing all the area kids do culminates in an unbelievable end result.”

10 desks purchased – more needed

Many Verdigre Public School classrooms contain a mix of old and (sometimes) new desks, while others use banquet (folding) tables. The Verdigre Public School Foundation hopes to help the VPS Advisory board change this.

A run-down of what is needed:

Approximately 12 Science Lab tables. This is especially important as many experiments and/dissections are not safe to do on a banquet table, which is currently in use. Bumping the table and having a student spill chemicals or slip while holding a scalpel is not an option. As such, these tables have been identified as a priority. Purchased!

• Approximately 30 lab chairs, to be determined based upon the chosen Science Lab tables.

Approximately 20 Computer Lab task chairs, 20 classroom task chairs, 20 workstation tables and classroom counters – Currently, students are using banquet tables (folding tables) and chairs that cannot be adjusted. It is impossible to ergonomically type on a keyboard or use a mouse when the height cannot be adjusted on either your table or chair. This can be very taxing on a student’s wrists and posture and, as such, is also a priority.

• 30 English classroom student desks

• 10 Social Studies classroom student desks

• 10+ Music Room chairs

• 12 6th grade classroom chairs

• 21 Teachers’ desks (certified staff) – Teachers are using old, outdated desks that are as old (or older) than the student’s desks.

• Cemented Parking Lot (south) – This will help with water runoff and keep the school much cleaner, saving money on upkeep

• Press box sound system

• Football field lighting

• Stage Curtains

• Cafeteria tables