Fifth Grade Artists exhibited their inspirational works at Juliette Low’s fifth annual Art Fair, held on December 11. One month prior to the fair, students researched and then selected an artist from a pre-approved list of 45 artists. After selecting an artist, they chose one of that artist’s paintings to replicate. Among the artists selected were Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Mary Cassatt, and Pablo Picasso. The art was judged on Thursday, December 11, and the winners were announced at a special exhibit for families and community members that afternoon.
Heaven Hakai received First Place for “Mountain Retreat,” inspired by Bob Ross. Second Place went to Sarang Choi for “Right and Left” inspired by Winslow Homer. Joudi Heilani received Third Place for “Sunset on Lamplight Lane,” inspired by Thomas Kinkade. In addition to the winners, 15 students received Honorable Mention awards.
Juliette Low thanks Superintendent Ellen Curtin for attending the Fair and the many District officials who served as judges, including Hanan Thornton, Alex Flores, Steve Pescetti, Myrlene Pierre, David Appling, Christina Fink, Katie Quinto, and Tony Spittell. Thank you also to visiting teachers from Baden-Powell who took the time to judge the work.
Thank you to the extraordinary fifth grade teachers who inspired and facilitated this successful event: Jodi Cummings, Michelle Salinas, and Ann Bucheli.
Sparkly, red boots replaced ruby slippers as the footwear magically appearing on Dorothy’s feet, inspiring her to sing “These Boots are Made for Walkin’.” Joining Dorothy and the lion, scarecrow, and tin man, on their quest for the Wizard’s powers, was Olaf the snowman, who came along for “moral support.” These are but a few of the surprises enjoyed by audiences viewing Juliette Low’s recent production of “Oz.” Additional musical numbers included “Summer,” “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” “Rainbow Connection,” and “Merry Old Land of Oz.”
Students were mesmerized by the vocal talents and acting abilities of the 60 Oz cast members comprising this latest production. Seven performances, including an evening show for parents and community members, were given. Special thanks are extended to Superintendent Ellen Curtin for providing busses which enabled students from all nine Magnolia School District schools to attend.
The brilliance and dedication of Director and Writer Sherrie Todorovic, Patti Park, Missy Hillon, Sandy Jackson, and Melissa Brakefield are greatly appreciated. Thanks also go to Marty Walter, Virgil Tatad, Brenda Santos, and Shadia Jeha, Juliette Low parents, who shared their talent and time to assure a quality production.
Disney School has a fantastic Teaching Garden, in which every classroom has a plot of land to grow crops. The students love the garden, and are learning so much about preparing, planting, caring for, and harvesting crops. Soon, the garden will have benches, picnic tables, and a strawberry garden, as well!
Mr. Adams's class has already harvested many crops, such as; a variety of herbs, cabbages, lettuces, and kale. The students took the kale home, made up their own sandwiches, and brought them back to school to eat. For the second harvest, just a few days ago, students picked many types of leafy vegetables. With much delight, they were able to pick which ones to smell, feel the texture of, and taste. All participants had great fun! What a great learning experience it was, as well!!!
On Friday, December 5, Pyles PTA hosted a winter-themed arts and crafts night for more than 500 students and family members. The multi-purpose room and three classrooms were filled with children and adults alike gluing, glittering, and glossing a wide variety of different projects. During breaks in creativity, families snuggled together and enjoyed piping hot cups of hot chocolate with candy cane stirrers. Children were thrilled to find a jolly special guest with a red stocking cap in attendance. Much appreciation to the teachers, parents and volunteers who made this event possible for the Pyles School community!
On Wednesday, November 19, twenty upper grade students from Robert M. Pyles School were recognized for their attendance and academic efforts with complete Thanksgiving feasts including all of the fixings: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, corn, green beans and pumpkin pies. This special recognition was made possible through the county's GRIP program, District Attorney's Office, OC Sheriff's Department, and partnerships with Foods 4 Less and Saddleback Church. At this time of year, we have so much to be thankful for....students and families committed to school success and supportive community partnerships.
FIRST Lego League is a robotics program for 4th-8th graders. This year, the Magnolia School District was fortunate to have two schools participate in the competition. The theme was called “World Class Challenge” and it was all about teaching and learning. Students had 8 weeks to build Lego models, program a robot to perform a number of different tasks, and prepare a research project. During the tournament, they were judged on the Robot Game, Research Project, Robot Design, and Core Values. Our students learned to work together as a team, and to help others. One of the Core Values is that learning and discovery is more important than winning awards. Schweitzer’s Robotic Bulldogs team was recognized for their perseverance and tenacity during the Robot Game. Maxwell’s RoboRunners team was mentored by Fullerton’s Sunny Hills High School Engineering students. Schweitzer and Maxwell students cheered each other on at the tournament and made their schools proud.