Throughout the year, students at both campuses get “in-school” field trips, which parents are welcome to attend. These enriching events include performances by Ballet Pensacola, Pensacola Opera, Pensacola Symphony, University of West Florida professors and musicians, other local musicians, World Harmony Runners, parents, and more. We invite parents to please share any ideas for visitors that they think would enrich the children’s school experience.
Cinco de Mayo 2010
This year we decided to have a celebration of Mexican culture, including art, food, song, dance, and percussion. We had the marimba group from University of West Florida, as well as a Mexican singer and a guitarist. Students made papel picado (cut paper flags), sampled guacamole and enchildadas, learned some new Spanish words, learned folkloric dance steps, and played maracas.
9-12 Music Performance Leads to Exciting Connections
9-12 studied American History in their cultural studies during the 2009-2010 school year, so their closing ceremony included a song about famous events and people from the US. This song, titled “Ballad for Americans” has not been performed for many years. As Reita Paul (MSP music teacher at that time) was looking for the music and lyrics, historians got interested in the fact that our students would be reviving it. There was such interest because a famous African-American performer, Paul Robeson, did the piece. Dr. Lillie J. Edwards, history professor at Drew University in New Jersey, met with the students to discuss intolerance throughout American history. The students had a chance to have a conference call with Jeff, the leader of the New York City Labor Chorus; the last group to revive the song. The director even mailed several books about Paul Robeson to the school as donations for our library.