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February 9, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH -- While some people spend their whole lives trying to get to Carnegie Hall, a group of students from Ensign Intermediate School are planning their second appearance at the famed venue. The Ensign Madrigals, a choir of seventh- and eighth-grade students, has been invited to perform with the National Youth Choir 2001 on March 25 at the famous hall in New York City. "It's great. And you know what else? It's neat because we've been there, and so it's great not to be as nervous," said Donna Kelsen, the vocal music teacher at Ensign.
August 1, 2000
Danette Goulet SCHOOL'S OUT is a weekly feature in which Daily Pilot education writer Danette Goulet visits a summer camp within the Newport-Mesa area and writes about her experience. Clutching colorful sheer scarves, toddlers flit around the bright music room like a swarm of pastel butterflies. It was the first day of a weeklong camp at the Pacific School for Music and the Arts in Costa Mesa. The camp is designed to introduce young children to the arts.
By Michael Miller | October 17, 2006
At Adams Elementary School last week, music teacher Bridget Duffin led fifth-graders in a rhythmic exercise called "What's for Dinner?" To start, Duffin pounded four beats on a drum and sang the title phrase — "WHAAAT's-forDIN-ner?" — then had the students, in pairs, pound the same rhythm back and sing a response: spaghetti and bread, bean burritos and so on. The object of the lesson was to get the students drumming together as a band — following the same beat, picking up one another's cues.
By B.W. Cook | January 1, 2010
The holidays were filled with music on the Orange Coast. The Pacific Chorale, under the artistic direction of John Alexander John Alexander , presented their spectacular concert and dinner event at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, netting an impressive $115,000 for the Pacific Chorale. The annual Christmas fundraising gala is known as A Dickens Feast, and begins with the Pacific Chorale’s annual holiday concert “Tis The Season!” at the RenĂ©e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
By Michael Miller | October 24, 2006
Kurt Suhr, who is entering his third year as principal of Newport Heights Elementary School, has been selected to receive the Orange County Department of Education's Outstanding Contributions to Education Award next month. At a ceremony on Nov. 9, the department plans to honor Suhr at a reception at its headquarters. He is the second Newport-Mesa educator to be honored by the county this year, following Newport Coast Elementary School teacher Ingrid Ohanian in March. "We have so many people at this school who are making fantastic things happen," Suhr said.
By Dave Brooks | May 22, 2006
It can be tough to be a vegan with style. Take shoes, for example. Try finding a good pair that aren't made from leather. And most brands of lipstick are made with beeswax; some are even tested on animals. That makes it pretty tough for vegans like Lindsey Packer to follow a strict dietary system that bars eating or wearing anything made from animal by-products. No meat, no dairy, no eggs ? not even honey. Packer was used to purchasing her nondairy cheeses, spicy Tofurky and organic leeks, but it was becoming increasingly difficult to find shoes not made from leather.
February 15, 2000
Danette Goulet As the children stood in two curving rows facing the keyboard, their high-pitched voices rang out almost in unison. "I've been working on the railroad, all the live long day. I've been working on the railroad, just to pass the time away. Can't you hear the whistle blowing ..." Most of the first-graders at Park Private Day School belted out the old classic. A couple were even dancing around. Those simple songs we all loved as children are still as fun as ever.
By Tom Ragan | March 23, 2010
Sarah Brazer, a senior at Costa Mesa High School, was born blind. She sees only in big blurs and dark images. If she’s lucky and the letters are written large enough, she’ll be able to read them, but only with a magnifying glass. She’ll probably never drive. And yet since the moment Brazer was diagnosed with visual impairment when she was 4 months old, she’s been getting on with life just like everybody else — thanks largely to her mother, Jennifer Brazer, who made sure she received the appropriate schooling.
January 6, 2002
"It is one of the best memories of my life. My daughters, my husband, my family and the Rose Bowl." -- Rhonda Heintz, 42, of Costa Mesa, on riding on the 1978 Mission Viejo float in the Rose Parade. The float won the Sweepstakes award. "Historically when we have rainy weather, we traditionally have boat fires." -- Sgt. Ron Peoples of the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol, speaking about a 51-foot sailboat that suffered around $10,000 in damages during a fire on Dec. 29, a rainy Saturday.
By Michael Alexander | January 13, 2009
Newport-Mesa kids need a bridge to the 21st century. That’s the message Newport-Mesa school board members said they were sending when they voted Tuesday for a new science, math and technology magnet to take the place of Davis Elementary in the fall. “In the 21st century, what are we doing to teach our kids so that they will compete?” asked board member Karen Yelsey. “The U.S. is missing from the list of the top 10 science and math countries. It’s confirmed that we lagged behind many other industrial countries.
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