Fine Art Form…

The annual Fine Arts Show and Gallery is this evening.  Each child displays seven completed personal masterpieces thanks to the talented vision and execution of our art teacher extraordinaire, Scott Fiorenza.  Whether it’s a Head Start student or an Art Club master student, Mr. Fio knows how to create and deliver artistic magic with each learner every year!IMG_7216

Thanks goes out to our entire Specials Team of educators who not only support each other through programs, shows, exhibitions, 5K runs, and more, but have so much fun along the journey too!  Thanks to our staff in general who host the refreshment table and act as gallery docents throughout the evening event.

IMG_7218We are blessed with the most amazing PTO Volunteers who spend time and creative talents arranging, organizing, and hanging each child’s artwork throughout the hallway galleries for this big show.

Our Miller Ringers and Singers along with some talented piano students share beautiful music for gallery gazing throughout the evening.  Thanks, Mrs. Perez and friends, for setting the tone and mood for a successful gallery stroll.

It is so critical for our young learners to have these important creative, artistic, and musical outlets throughout their educational journey.  Judging from the annual turnout and the responses, our learners are most definitely in fine art form…and more!

Fine Art Form and more…

sign1The annual Fine Arts Show and Gallery with our Family Book Fair event was another huge hit this year.  Each child displays seven completed personal masterpieces thanks to the talented vision and execution of our art teacher extraordinaire, Scott Fiorenza.  Whether it’s a Head Start student or an Art Club master student, Mr. Fio knows how to create and deliver artistic magic each year!

Thanks also goes to our entire Specials Team of educators artshow1who not only support each other through programs, shows, exhibitions, 5K runs, and more, but have so much fun along the journey too!

We are blessed with the most amazing PTO Volunteers who spend time and creative talents arranging, organizing, and hanging each child’s artwork throughout the hallway galleries for this big show.  These ladies also host the refreshment table each year…yum!

Much appreciation goes to Melissa Bolgiano, our Library Media Specialist, and her volunteers who ensure our Book Fair and Family Night event goes smoothly.  Thanks for supporting our campus library and the new Maker Spaces in our 21st Century Media Center.

Our Miller Ringers and Singers along with some talented piano students shared beautiful musicartshow3 for gallery gazing throughout the evening.  Thanks, Mrs. Perez and friends, for setting the tone and mood for success.

It is so critical for our young learners to have these important creative, artistic, and musical outlets throughout their educational journey.  Judging from the turnout and the responses, our learners are most definitely in fine art form…and more!  EnJOY your holiday weekend!  🙂

DinoSoaring!

Our second graders were truly dinoSOARing IMG_3935last night during their prehistoric musical adventure.  Written by Jill and Michael Gallina, this rip-ROARing presentation brings dinosaurs to life with fun facts, catchy tunes, “Anylosaurus terminology,” and cool dance moves (dinosaur-style, mind you).  🙂

IMG_3926Congratulations to our talented learners, their classroom leaders, our entire Specials team (especially Mrs. Perez our music teacher), and our Art Club (for the clever sets and scenery).  Special thanks to the many parents and volunteers who donated material and sewed for hours so every child had a clever dinosaur outfit to wear!  WOW!  So…if you see a Stegosaurus walking down the street, chances are he or she is DinoSoaring!  🙂

A.C.E. launches into new adventures!

MISD’s annual Academic Camp for Elementary or ACE is winding down today, but what a week around here!  Elementary students from around MISD have participated in the following ways:

Camp SCRAPs (Super Cool Recycled Art Projects), taught by Baxter teacher, Amy Sears.  Artists explored who uses recycled materials in their work while creating their own unique prints, paintings, drawings, collages, and other crafts using a variety of previously enjoyed materials blended with quality resources.

Drawing! Painting! Pottery! Crafts! was designed by Miller teacher, Scott Fiorenza.  Various art topics were explored through different mediums to create inspired artwork based on the art elements and principles of design.

Creating Music Using Technology, shared by Irvin’s music teacher, Adriane Brown, had students using technology to create and perform original compositions.  Digital instruments, iPads,, and other innovative online music programs were used.  Students performed a short program to showcase their amazing musical creations.

Be A Rocket Scientist, engineered by MHS teacher, Sarah Hardin, challenged rocketlauncherslearners to build genuine combustible engine rockets.  Young scientists ignited and launched their rockets in a special ceremony, marveling at each one soared upwards of 700 feet and then gracefully returned assisted by their skillfully crafted parachutes.

Balanced Brain-iacs, led by Vitovsky teacher, Paula Doskocil, focused on activities designed to enhance the brain’s function.  Students used balance boards, too backboards, rotation boards, balance beams, and the pendulum ball to enhance their handwriting, reading, and math skills as well as hand-eye coordination and focus.

Go Google, conceived by Vitovsky teacher, Stacee Johnson, used iPads and laptops to “go Google.”  Students researched topics of choice as they explored Google educational tools and web 2.0 applications to learn web search techniques and create a finished technology project to share with others.

Campers enthusiastically shared their overwhelming appreciation and thanks to these talented teachers for their creative experiences.  MHS Pals assisted and earned community service hours for participating during the week.  Special thanks to Miller AP, Robin Bass, and her team for leading the groups throughout the week.  Thanks to the campers, their leaders, and families who embraced the ideas and participated at the highest levels.  It’s great to launch into new adventures…and never better than the summertime!  🙂

A ROCKIN’ Science Time!

IMG_0004It’s true; the library was rockin’ today at LME!  We were honored to have THE famous singing zoologist, Lucas Miller, charm our learners and classroom leaders alike with his hilarious and scientifically-accurate songs and stories.  He shared important facts on the wetlands, butterflies, omnivores, SHARKS, and other earthly delights.  He sang from his funny greatest hits including Anaconda La Bamba, Slimy, Living In A Wetland, IMG_0007and I’m A Mako Shark.  One teacher commented, “You can tell he’s a smart, serious musician who loves teaching others scientific facts; it’s the best of all worlds!”

Mr. Miller’s animated talk, audience interaction, and beautiful natural images truly captured our learners and their keen interest in a highly engaging and meaning presentation.  One student summed it up best, “Mrs. Van, we had a rockin’ science time today!”  🙂  Thanks, Lucas Miller!

The Blessing of Music

The chords are so grand they send shivers down the back of your neck.  You hear the familiar strains of a holiday melody filling the air and instantly feel wrapped in the glorious blessing of music…

BRAVOS to our Frank Seale Middle School Band friends band2who serenaded us today with several Christmas carols and holiday tunes in what was a JOYous occasion indeed!  With so many of our former LME learners sitting in the first chair of each instrument section, it does our Miller hearts proud to know our learners are leaders in all areas, including music!

Many of my Christmas memories are stored away within the refrains of beloved carols and songs.  We begin as small children (like our youngest Head Start friends) learning these wonderful songs.  Each year, we are given the gift of dusting them off, tuning them up, and sharing them with others.  Like a fine antique, this music becomes priceless with the passing of time (especially as I get older each year!).  So here’s your question today:  “Other than carols or songs, what other things do you bring out at Christmas time, dust off, and share with others to enhance the holidays?”

So…turn on your favorite tune, close your eyes, and allow the music to move you beyond the hustle and bustle of the daily rush.  Here’s hoping you are blessed with the wonderful gift of music now and throughout the coming year!  🙂

Music and Passion…

As you probably know, I’ve been away traveling this past week in New England, visiting family in Boston and especially enJOYing the extraordinary music at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut.  Our oldest daughter, Rachel, is studying as a Yale University Fellowship Recipient this summer.  During our time in Connecticut, we’ve stayed at the beautiful Mountain View Inn in Norfolk (and I highly recommend the generous hospitality of Dean and Jean Marie Johnson when you’re in the area!)–the Berkshires are something splendid to behold!  While there, a particularly clever concert on Sunday afternoon warmed my educator heart during the Festival’s “Family Day” when the young artists perform in small ensembles during a family-friendly chamber concert.  These extraordinary young musicians share their passion for music (and their highly expensive instruments) with young children and their families, followed by games, an ice cream social, and great family fun.  The weather cooperated (sunny with the temperature about 72) and even the bugs stayed hidden for the bulk of our outside time!  We were invaded by pirates when the Jigsaw Quintet (Rachel is dressed in green) claimed center stage to perform Sea Shanties for a delighted audience (who participated by saying “aarrgghh” a great deal).

Children simply adore music–it’s an international language after all–and children bring delightful reactions to any performance whether they take the stage to perform or participate as an audience member.  I’m so very grateful we have the fine arts in Midlothian ISD!  Just like Rachel (who grew up in MISD), you may be raising the next musician, artist, dancer, or other performing genius in your home right now.  May you always support the music and passion of your own child during their youth…and beyond!  Continue to stay safe and enJOY your summer!  🙂