THORNTON FOOTBALL TEAM PROVIDES UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR FELLOW STUDENT
Sixth-grade student Jeffrey Plumlee is a devoted student and an avid sports fan. Although he must use a wheelchair because he has cerebral palsy, he carries a certain swagger properly seasoned with an attitude of humility.
Plumlee was invited to be a member of the Thornton football team for the Oct. 11 home game against Anthony Middle School.
“Jeffrey doesn’t take anything for granted,” said Abraham Cevallos, Thornton high intensity paraeducator. “He appreciates the little things, so for him to be able to be a part of a team means a lot.”
The idea to include Plumlee in the game came to Marvin Harris, campus police officer, after getting to know him at school. “After Jeffrey introduced himself to me on the first day of school, we started eating lunch together every day and talking about sports.” Harris said. “He is one of the reasons I’m excited to come to work every day.”
Jamie Williams, Thornton teen leadership, peer mediation teacher and student council sponsor, joined forces with Harris to coordinate the details and get the student body involved.
Thornton students and staff cheered for Plumlee as he made his way onto the field. Plumlee was all smiles as he led the Patriots through a banner that said “Patriot Pride” with signatures from the Thornton student body. He escorted the team through a tunnel formed by Thornton students and members of the opposing Anthony football team.
“It’s electric; it’s exciting,” Plumlee said. “This is really special. I’m just glad to be a part of the team.”
Plumlee hopes to attend college after high school to become a sports broadcaster. With the support of his family and school, Plumlee’s own challenges are met with optimism and devotion. “We want Jeffrey to know we have his back 100 percent,” Harris said. “Thornton is a family and we support each other in everything we do.”
CFISD ART COORDINATOR’S FOOTBALL HELMET TO REPRESENT SUPER BOWL LI
A football helmet design created by CFISD art coordinator Lee Carrier was selected by the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee as one of 51 helmets that will represent Super Bowl LI in its upcoming “Touchdown Tour.”
The Touchdown Tour, a series of community events designed to provide a unique Super Bowl experience, will feature a one-of-a-kind Helmet Wall exhibit consisting of 51 helmets (one for each Super Bowl) designed by local Houston artists. The tour kicked off on Aug. 27at Space Center Houston.
Artists were asked to design the NFL helmet with their vision of what the Super Bowl means to Houston. Each helmet will be displayed on a 16-foot-wide by 12-foot-high wall that will travel with the Touchdown Tour and help to excite and engage the communities.
Carrier, a Cypress Springs High School graduate and former Cypress Lakes High School art educator, chose a design that mirrored the native theme of her art, a series she has worked on for more than a year.
“It continues to be a dream or mine and an honor to have my work recognized by reputable organizations such as the Super Bowl Host Committee,” Carrier said. “I am so grateful for such an opportunity to express my ideas and thoughts through art making. I still stand on the fact that I am an educator artist, modeling for others how to use your talents to create opportunities and successes for yourself. My message is that it never hurts to put yourself out there and try. For every ‘no’ that I am told is another opportunity to get to a ‘yes.’”
The Helmet Wall will also be displayed at Super Bowl LIVE, a 10-day festival at Discovery Green and adjacent lots leading up to Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium.
FOUR GROUPS TO PERFORM AT 26TH ANNUAL MUSIC FOR ALL NATIONAL FESTIVAL
Four CFISD music groups have been invited to perform at the 26th annual Music for All National Festival, set for March 9-11 in Indianapolis.
The groups were selected based on the recommendation of Music for All’s distinguished panel of evaluators from an outstanding pool of applicant ensembles: the Langham Creek High School percussion ensemble; the Cook Middle School percussion ensemble; the Salyards Middle School symphonic winds band; and the Cook Middle School symphonic winds band.
The ensembles and bands were deemed to have achieved the high level of musical performance and artistry worthy of being featured on a national stage.
Marshall Thomas, Langham Creek assistant band director, commended his students’ work ethic. “We are so proud of how the percussion program has progressed and the opportunity to showcase these students’ talents on a national stage is truly special,” Thomas said.
Langham Creek senior William Hammer also expressed gratitude for the national honor. “All the individuals involved knew what they had to do, and they did it,” he said. “I know everyone is excited to be able to perform in Indianapolis.”
Joe Glass, Salyards band director, credited the school administration, community and students for making the achievement possible. “Words cannot describe how proud I am of our band students for their dedication and hard work toward receiving this nationally accredited award,” Glass said.
Michael Dick, Cook band director, said his two groups of musicians were excited for the opportunity. “We are humbled and honored to represent Cook Middle School and CFISD,” Dick said. “This will be a great opportunity for our students to have a performance experience they will never forget.”
CFISD STUDENTS SCORE LEAD ROLES IN THE NUTCRACKER
Several CFISD students have been cast in the Artisan Ballet Company’s 10th annual performance of the timeless ballet classic The Nutcracker at the Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress Road). Performances are Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The role of Clara will be performed by Julia Chrapliwy, a sixth-grade student at Hamilton Middle School and Katie Gray, a seventh-grade student at Hamilton Middle School. Brynn Beckner, Cy-Fair High School freshman, and Ana Blanco, Cypress Ranch High School sophomore, will lead the Waltz of the Flowers as the Dew Drop Fairy, and Beckner will also perform as the Snow Princess.
Other CFISD students cast in The Nutcracker production include: Jasmine Saengvanhpheng, Cy-Fair High School; Macy McClosky and Calista Quinn, Hamilton Middle School; Riley Fry, Spillane Middle School; Claire Hodges, Goodson Middle School; Adrienne Countryman, Bleyl Middle School; Ellie Nelson, Birkes Elementary School; and Brynna Barrett, Yeager Elementary School.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SEW DRESSES FOR THIRD-WORLD CHILDREN
Students in Cate Vance’s family and consumer sciences classes at Anthony Middle School used the skills they developed at school to benefit children in a third-world country. Vance discovered the international organization Dresses for Little Girls Around the World during a 2014 professional development seminar, when she and other middle school instructors learned how to sew dresses from pillowcases.
During the 2014-2015 school year, Vance described education in impoverished countries to her seventh-grade students in Exploring Foods and Fabrics and eighth-grade students in Principles of Human Services classes.
“We viewed photos of girls in impoverished countries, dressed in thin and torn t-shirts,” Vance said. “In some countries only the wealthy or the boys are educated. However, to build community and advance civilization, we must educate the women, who are the first educators of the children. If a girl is given an education, she will improve the lives of her family. When our students heard that a girl must have proper clothing to attend the school, the students’ hearts were moved to sew dresses for little girls.”
After completing in-class assignments, students worked each day to sew the dresses in spring 2015. The next year’s classes picked up the projects and completed 19 dresses in spring 2016.
Vance linked up with members of community support organization Cy-Hope, who delivered the dresses to girls at the faith-based camp Jacob’s Well near the town of Limbe, Haiti, during a summer mission trip.
Upon seeing a photo of smiling children wearing the dresses, Anthony eighth-grade student Mason Lowe – who sewed seven dresses herself – became emotional. “I just loved with all my heart seeing all of the girls wearing the dresses I made,” Lowe said. “It was truly heart-tugging to see them smiling. I really appreciate [Ms. Vance’s] help with the dresses and pushing me to make them.”
SPILLANE STUDENT CAST IN HOUSTON GRAND OPERA HOLIDAY CLASSIC
Spillane Middle School sixth-grade student CJ Friend has been cast in the Houston Grand Opera rendition of the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, Dec. 2-17.
Friend, an honor student at Spillane, will play the roles of Young Mary and Janie Bailey in the world premiere holiday production, which features leading composer Jake Heggie and librettist Genes Scheer. The opera is based on the classic Frank Capra film It’s a Wonderful Life.
Friend studies musical theater at the TUTS Humphrey’s School of Musical Theater (HSMT) Academy and has performed in many theater productions around Houston including TUTS, Lone Star College, Playhouse 1960, Wildfish Theater and CAPA. She has also appeared in three Houston-area high school Tommy Tune-nominated productions—Shrek at Cypress Ranch High School (Young Fiona), Gypsy at Spring High School (Baby June) and Meet Me in St. Louis at Cypress Woods High School.
Friend will also be performing in the Cypress Woods High School production of Shrek Jr. Oct. 6-8 as Young Fiona. The show is directed by Holly Knott and Toby Drake.
Aside from studying musical theater at HSMT and training at NYC Broadway Intensives, Friend has also been recognized in her academic achievements through her memberships with Mensa, Duke TIP and Johns Hopkins Talented Youth programs. Visit houstongrandopera.org for more information.
TUTS ANNOUNCES SHOW TITLES FOR PARTICIPATING TOMMY TUNE SCHOOLS
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has announced the production titles from the schools participating in the 15th Annual Tommy Tune Awards. Created by TUTS in 2002, the Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in the production of musical theatre by high school students and their teachers.
The show titles and run dates for each school are as follows by month:
Cypress Ranch High School will present Hello, Dolly! on Nov. 10-12 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.
Cypress Ridge High School will present Annie on Jan. 26-28 at 7 p.m.
Performances ran in October of Moby Dick: The Musical at Cypress Falls High School.
The Tommy Tune Awards ceremony is open to the general public. The awards this year will be held on April 18. For more information, call 713-558-2640 or visit TUTS.com/TommyTune
Cy-Fair Schools, Sports, Students November 2016
Category: Schools, Sports, Students