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Class of 2017 presents Disney's Lion King Jr.

Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. takes place in a kingdom of lions in Africa and tells the story of Simba, from a boisterous, undaunted lion cub to his flight from the kingdom for fear that he had killed his father, Mufasa, and his triumphant return to take his rightful place as King. The production, influenced by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, shows the value of friendship and humor and the intrinsic integrity of the Circle of Life. Join us as the Class of 2017 presents the School’s annual musical production. 

Thursday, May 4 
10 a.m. Matinee Performance
7:00 p.m. Evening Performance

Friday, May 5
7:00 p.m. Evening Performance

There is no cost to attend any of the musical performances. All families and friends of the School are invited to attend.  


Schoolwide Spaghetti Supper

Thursday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

A schoolwide Spaghett Supper will be held Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m. before the 7 p.m. Lion King, Jr. showing. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread stick, cookie and drink (tea, lemonade or water). 

Adult Plate- $10
Child Plate- $8

Once you purchase your ticket(s), your name will be put on a list for check-in at the Spaghetti Supper.  You will not be issued a printed ticket. Deadline to purchase spaghetti supper tickets is Thursday, April 27.

Click here to purchase your spaghetti supper tickets.

 

Presbyterian School Odyssey of the Mind Teams Win First Place and Advance to World Finals


Presbyterian School scored huge at the March 8th Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament with two of our five teams winning FIRST PLACE! Congratulations to 5th Grade and 4th Grade for their first place wins and earning a spot at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. Additional congratulations are in order for 5th Grade who also won the highest award a team can win at the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament, the Ranatra Fusca Award for Creativity, which is given to the team who brings the most creative solution to competition. This is the second time 5th grade has won this award! These teams will move on to the World Finals at Michigan State University May 24.

With five Odyssey of the Mind teams, Presbyterian School was a dominating presence at the State Tournament. Each team, composed of 5-7 students, tackled a long-term problem for six months and brought their solutions to competition.  While parent volunteers coached each team, the team could not receive any adult or “outside assistance” in presenting a solution to their long-term problem.  Over 65 schools were represented at the State Tournament coming from all over Texas to present their solutions. 

The Third Grade Team coached by  Anne Godinich and Farzanah Gangjee included Asa Gangjee, Julia Godinich, Ivy Fallon, Nathan Kim, Khang Le, Eli Mayer and Luke Vargheese. This team won Fifth Place in their problem, "A Superhero Cliffhanger!" The delivery and timing of their lines as well as the sets impressed the judges. Judging comments shared that this team’s enthusiasm was infectious!

The Fourth Grade Team A coached by Frances Rambo and Suneeta Nidamarthy included Bennett Hendricks, Talulah Monthy, Anna Morrison, Rohan Nidamarthy, Sohan Nidamarthy, Rachel Rambo and Izzie Song. This team had the problem, "It's Time, Omer" and won First Place in their problem. The rapping and improvisation was very cool! Judges commented that they worked very well together as a team.

The Fourth Grade Team B coached by Andrea Richardson, Andrea Lawless and Garvin Davis included Dylan Davis, Katie Coogan, Nate Lawless, Campbell Richardson, Max Harris and Aidan Murphy. This team presented "Odd-a-Bot" and overcame a lot of obstacles to receive a Fifth Place win!  This problem requires the building of a robot which must move in four new ways like a human to perform a task. The judges were blown away by the style elements being brought together their incredibly creative set. 

The Fifth Grade Team coached by Lisa Ehrlich, Lori Hendricks and Kara Trail included Blair Davis, Makayla Harris, Hayden Hawes, Harrison Hendricks, Marshall Malone, Eliott Smythe and Matthew Trail. This team presented the problem, " Catch Us If You Can."  The team had to create and build multiple vehicles that travel different routes.  During the performance, the team also presented a simulation of a scene taking place inside  of a vehicle as it travelled and a soundtrack. This team so impressed the judges that they not only won First Place, but was also awarded the "The Ranatra Fusca Award for Creativity," the highest award a team can win in Odyssey of the Mind. The judges from the high school division came down to sit with them afterwards, to hear how they engineered their vehicles.

The Sixth Grade Team coached by Amy Horton and Vera Hasham included Anayla Wilson, Jessica Horton, Sierra Ondo, Margaret Ellison, Charlie Guscott and Luke Hawash. This team presented "A Superhero Cliffhanger" in a higher age division and won Fourth Place. Their humorous and creative solution along with costume design impressed the judges.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that encourages children to think creatively and solve problems without any outside assistance from adults.  Children learn how to brainstorm, organize, be creative with materials and work as a team.  Students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

 

 

All Presbyterian School Odyssey of the Mind Teams Win TOP THREE Places in Regional Tournament and Advance to State Finals


Presbyterian School scored huge at the February 25th Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament with every eligible team placing in the TOP THREE of their division's problem. Congratulations to all our teams for these fantastic wins: 3rd Grade (1st place), 4th Grade Team A (2nd place), 4th Grade Team B (3rd place), 5th Grade (1st place) and 6th Grade (3rd place). And to top off these wins... 5th Grade also won the highest award a team can win at Odyssey of the Mind, the Ranatra Fusca Award for Creativity, which is given to the team who brings the most creative solution to competition. These teams will move on to the Texas State Finals at Waller High School on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

With six Odyssey of the Mind teams, Presbyterian School was a dominating presence. Each team, composed of 5-7 students, tackled a long-term problem for six months and brought their solutions to competition at the Regional Tournament.  While parent volunteers coached each team, the team could not receive any adult or “outside assistance” in presenting a solution to their long-term problem.  There were more than fifty other schools that participated in the tournament.

The Second Grade Team coached by Lori Cook and Krishali Hoffman included Lala Cook, Alexia Hoffman, Sadie Lawrence, Kylie Holmes, Finley White and Simone Cook. This team presented a performance about a group moving out of one place into another.  This problem is named, "Movin' Out" and features  a creative "glittery" performance about a group of genies and their pets moving out of their bottle to another location- the beach.  Judges commented on how well the team worked together and how animated they were! The Second Grade team is a member of the Primary Division which is not eligible to participate in the State Finals.

The Third Grade Team coached by  Anne Godinich and Farzanah Gangjee included Asa Gangjee, Julia Godinich, Ivy Fallon, Nathan Kim, Khang Le, Eli Mayer and Luke Vargheese. This team won First Place in their problem, "A Superhero Cliffhanger!" The delivery and timing of their lines as well as the sets clearly impressed the judges. Judging comments shared that this team’s enthusiasm was infectious!

The Fourth Grade Team A coached by Frances Rambo and Suneeta Nidamarthy included Bennett Hendricks, Talulah Monthy, Anna Morrison, Rohan Nidamarthy, Sohan Nidamarthy, Rachel Rambo and Izzie Song. This team had the problem, "It's Time, Omer" and won Second Place in their problem. The rapping and improvisation was very cool! Judges commented that they worked very well together as a team.

The Fourth Grade Team B coached by Andrea Richardson, Andrea Lawless and Garvin Davis included Dylan Davis, Katie Coogan, Nate Lawless, Campbell Richardson, Max Harris and Aidan Murphy. This team presented "Odd-a-Bot" and overcame a lot of obstacles to receive a Third Place win!  This problem requires the building of a robot which must move in four new ways like a human to perform a task. The judges were blown away by the style elements being brought together their incredibly creative set. 

The Fifth Grade Team coached by Lisa Ehrlich, Lori Hendricks and Kara Trail included Blair Davis, Makayla Harris, Hayden Hawes, Harrison Hendricks, Marshall Malone, Eliott Smythe and Matthew Trail. This team presented the problem, " Catch Us If You Can."  The team had to create and build multiple vehicles that travel different routes.  During the performance, the team also presented a simulation of a scene taking place inside  of a vehicle as it travelled and a soundtrack. This team so impressed the judges that they not only won First Place, but was also awarded the "The Ranatra Fusca Award for Creativity," the highest award a team can win in Odyssey of the Mind. The judges from the high school division came down to sit with them afterwards, to hear how they engineered their vehicles.

The Sixth Grade Team coached by Amy Horton and Vera Hasham included Anayla Wilson, Jessica Horton, Sierra Ondo, Margaret Ellison, Charlie Guscott and Luke Hawash. This team presented "A Superhero Cliffhanger" in a higher age division and won Third Place! Their humorous and creative solution along with costume design really impressed the judges.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that encourages children to think creatively and solve problems without any outside assistance from adults.  Children learn how to brainstorm, organize, be creative with materials and work as a team.  Students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

 

 

Think.Make.SEE. The Artist’s Creative Journey - Last Week! 

Closes March 31

At the Glassell Junior School of Art

 

Last week to see Think.Make.SEE. gives the observer a glimpse into the artist’s creative journey.  In order to create, artists must first imagine.  In order to imagine, they must trust that they are creative. The art studio is a guide for life. Planning is essential, but problem solving when things go wrong, as they often do, is paramount.  Artists must be both decisive, but also adaptive.  The gift of time to reflect and consider or reconsider their choices allows for a final product for which we can all see and be proud.

All fifth and sixth grade students will have a work in this exhibit at the Glassell Junior School of Art.  Seventh and eighth graders in Expressive Sculpture, 3-D Personal Narrative, Mixed Media, or Photography will also have a piece on exhibit. Fourth grade students will install this exhibit following their study of art installation at the Glassell Junior School of Art. 

Think. In order to create, artists must first imagine. In the art studio, they need to continually practice fundamentals like observation as well as build new skills through experience to create a storehouse of images to draw from later. By eighth grade, students have a memory bank of images and experiences to inform their work.

Artists must also plan how they will execute, a skill developed from fifth to eighth grade. The sixth grade Greek Vases include their introductory Color Studies so we can see the thought process made visible. The eighth grade student has greater stamina to persevere through complex, multi-stage processes. The Lino Cuts, for instance, require students to work by a process of deletion (rather than an additive process) which demands careful planning and precision because once a part is carved away, it is gone. This kind of unforgiving process mandates thoughtfulness at every step.

Make. Artists must be both decisive, but also adaptive. As students develop, they learn, through trial and error, the properties of different media and the nuances of different tools.  A decision made with clay may or may not work as planned when the clay is fired, which changes its properties. Imagine the surprise of fifth grade students when, after having sketched a rooster, were asked to paint it using a fork. They had to discover how the given tool can help them achieve the end This exercise caused them to handle uncertainty and adapt using a new method.

SEE. Artists exhibit their final product to share their creative journey with viewers.  Those of us who see take inspiration from work displayed.  Fortunately, Presbyterian School students can walk across the street from school for inspiration from master artists. Students are exposed to glimpses of the world across time at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and other neighborhood museums.  With a rich array of museums in the neighborhood, students can be inspired by local artists, contemporary artists, craft artists, and more. This kind of access will shape the artists they will become, as will seeing their own work exhibited in galleries like the Glassell Junior School of Art.  

Students at Presbyterian School are also fortunate to have exposure to several art teachers to guide them. Cristina Cox, Mindy Herrick,Vehishta Kaikobad, Mary Lynn Grimes and Nancy Baltodano have been the guiding experts for the young artists and photographers, helping them on their journey to Think. Make. SEE.

As Presbyterian School plans for an enrollment expansion in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Second Grade for the 2017-18 school year, we are making necessary plans for more (and different) spaces to accommodate the increase of classes and students. With this in mind, we are moving our Admission, Finance, Communications and Philanthropy offices out of 10 Oakdale to free up the building for additional classroom space.

Beginning August 2017, 4th grade will occupy beautifully remodeled learning spaces at 10 Oakdale. Remodeling in 10 Oakdale will begin mid-April and after renovation is complete, 4th grade will enjoy much more flexible space. A fully enclosed building dedicated to 4th grade will enable students to exercise their independence when switching classes and provide much needed space for individual and group projects.

Our Admission, Finance, Communications and Philanthropy departments will move their offices from 10 Oakdale to 1 Pinedale, an adjacent property located directly across from the North Parking Lot along the Middle School carpool route.

10 Oakdale will be closed from March 30 (at noon) through April 3 to accommodate this move.  The Admission, Business, Communications and Philanthropy offices will reopen on April 4 at 1 Pinedale. If you need assistance from these administrative offices between March 30 - April 3, please contact either Mary Elizabeth Borden in the Early Childhood/Lower School Office or Michelle Mota in the Middle School Office. Please note, the Uniform Resale Closet will be closed during the move.

 

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