April 4-8

White Oak Varsity Choir
Way to go Choir! I am so proud of these students. They made straight ones in sight reading. They were absolutely incredible. Their concert singing was awesome too. Mrs. Jennings has bragged and bragged on them and how amazing they sounded. What a great group of singers!
Next important date! April 28 Spring Concert. Come listen to the middle school choir followed by the high school choir. We will be singing our concert songs from contest and a medley from West Side Story

Middle School. 7/8th grade
Concert April 28, Thursday 6:00. This group is becoming pros at sight reading. They are such awesome learners. We are polishing a couple of classical pieces then onto some pop fun. The song, “We Don’t Talk about Bruno” will forever be etched in my mind thanks to these amazing kids. We are also working on songs for a little in=house talent show. Who knows where the nest American Idol will come from?

6th Grade
We are working on “Compose Yourself” a little mini musical which is teaching them about many of the classic composers. Your kids may come home singing a little Bach or Handel, but maybe with some “updated” lyrics.
They are also working on some group talent displays

March 28 – April 1

Varsity Choir
We will be leaving the school at 9:30 on Wednesday, March 30 for UIL Concert/Sightreading. I anticipate being home by 4:30-5. Band students know we will be picking them up in Gilmer on our way to Texarkana.
All students attending need to make sure they have all parts of their formal wear ready for contest. Students who are not in band will go to first period, then meet in choir room to change and load the bus.
The choir has been working so hard to do our best. Friday, they worked with Dr. Turner from Stephen F. Austin to polish their skills. He was very complimentary of our choir and I was so proud of them!

Middle School
7th/8th Grade
We are sight reading now in three parts. They are doing a great job and ready to take the next step in developing these skills. We also have 5 songs we are working on and preparing for Spring Concert.
On Fridays, they are working on songs of their choice as we prepare for an amazing Talent Show.

6th Grade
We just started a unit on different composers. It comes with a fun musical. Some of the composers included are Beethoven, Bach, Handel, and Brahms. They are also working on little numbers of their own in groups, pairs, or even solo. I can’t wait to see how their creativity develops as they prepare for a chance to perform.

March 21-25

Happy Spring Break!

6th Grade
The students did a great job on their musical, On the Radio. I am so proud of them. This last six weeks we will be having a lot of fun and also focus on getting ready for 7th/8th grade choir. We will be developing sight reading skills. We will also be prepping for a little end of year performance/talent show!

We will continue to polish and work on our songs including “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”. We will also be during more sight reading and dividing up into groups for end of year talent show. We had a great time supporting our classmate at Artsview Theatre’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress”!

We have contest in Texarkana on March 30. We will leave school around 10 and should be back by 4 that afternoon. In preparation for this contest we will have a half-day workshop this week. I will give you all final details as soon as I have confirmation from our clinician. We will be wearing formal wear like a concert, so please secure all of your pieces now..
Band contest is also that day, and Mrs. Jennings will be helping get band students from Gladewater back to me so they can do both contests!
Our fundraiser will also start this week so please watch for details and a note!

March 7 – 11

Happy Week Before Spring Break!

Wednesday, March 9 we will taking another field trip to see “Once Upon a Mattress” presented by ARTSVIEW THEATRE in downtown Longview. Your student had the opportunity to bring a permission slip and attend this fun production starring one of our own White Oak thespians! We will eat at The Butcher Shop then travel to the theatre and return home about 9. I love getting to expose the students to these opportunities. Who knows who might be the next famous actor/singer out of White Oak Texas?!

6th Grade
This is the last week of their nine-week rotation. Students will be presenting “On the Radio” on Wednesday at 3:15.
A semi dress-rehearsal will happen the Tuesday before so please have all costuming in my room on Tuesday. Please put costumes on hangers and label both the hanger and the costume.
On Friday, they may bring a snack and a drink to enjoy during class as we celebrate our performance and the end of the grading period

7/8th grade
This group is coming on strong. We have added “We Don’t Talk About Bruno to our list of songs this week. This delighted most of the students, and some are in a deep depression – lol. It’s a fun song and so awesome to see their joy as they sing. They can switch from Italian to pop and then Broadway without missing a beat.

We are blessed to have Dr. Mary Heiden come Monday to listen to our choir and encourage us as we prepare for UIL contest. She will also talk about Kilgore College and scholarship opportunities. Many of our students are involved in multiple activities during the spring semester so we are juggling a great deal and the students are doing it well.
Contest will be March 30 in Texarkana. This is an all day event and I will give you more details as I obtain them
This choir is starting to really gel and encourage each other to be the best they can be. I am so proud of them.