Parents, the district is offering re-takes of the following EOC's: Algebra, Geometry, US History, Biology, and Civics. As soon as the results are made public, students need to register for the test on Virtual Counselor. Please click on this link to read a very important letter from the district.
Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the top high school jazz bands in the nation who took the highest honors at the prestigious 19th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival (EE) at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
After a packed three days of mentoring, jam sessions, and workshops, EE culminated at tonight’s concert, where the top-placing bands each performed with their choice Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) member. The second half of the final concert featured the world-renowned JLCO with Wynton Marsalis – whose members served as mentors for the finalist bands throughout the week – performing a repertoire of tunes made famous by Duke Ellington.
Each band was chosen by a panel of judges composed of distinguished jazz musicians and historians – Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Artistic and Managing Director, Wynton Marsalis; composer, conductor, and Ellington authority, David Berger; drummer and co-leader of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Hamilton; educator and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist, Chris Chrenshaw; and composer, arranger, and bassist extraordinaire, Chuck Israels.
Culminating at the ceremony, Wynton Marsalis presented awards to each of the 15 finalist high school jazz bands. Doug Tidaback, director of Tucson Jazz Institute, accepted the 1st place trophy and an award of $5,000. Julius Tolentino, director of Jazz House Kids, accepted the 2nd place trophy and an award of $2,500. Christopher Dorsey, director of Dillard Center for the Arts, accepted the 3rd place trophy with an award of $1,000. Garfield High School, directed by Clarence Acox, received honorable mention with an award of $750. The remaining eleven bands were each awarded cash awards of $500. All monetary awards are to be used for improving the jazz education programs of each respective high school.
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 19th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival Awards
First Place Tucson Jazz Institute, Tucson, AZ
Second Place Jazz House Kids, Montclair, NJ
Third Place Dillard Center for the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Honorable Mention Garfield High School, Seattle, WA
DCA students also nabbed several of the top individual awards presented including:
Outstanding Piano: Max Holm, Ulysses McClover
Outstanding Bass: Chris Mills
Outstanding Guitar: Zachary Auslander
Outstanding Drums: Zachary McKinney, Dillard Center for the Arts
Outstanding Alto Sax: Christian Cummings
Outstanding Tenor Sax: Ben Stocker
Outstanding Trumpet: Anthony Hervey
DCA also nabbed the following ensemble awards: Outstanding Trombone Section & Outstanding Rhythm Section
The Competition & Festival is the culmination of the annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program (EE), which also includes non-competitive regional festivals around the country, teaching resources, a summer Band Director Academy, newsletters, and more. The year-long Essentially Ellington program will have distributed more than 21,600 newly transcribed scores by the end of this school year. For more information including background, history, photos, and audio recordings of the Essentially Ellington 2014 repertoire, and more, visit: http://academy.jalc.org/ee/
This year, the Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival was more media accessible than ever via JALC social media on Facebook, Twitter
EssEllington, Instagram jalcnyc, and Tumblr. Throughout the weekend, students, viewers, and participants shared their thoughts and photos by using the hashtag #EE2014.
The 15 Finalists for Essentially Ellington 2014 (in alphabetical order): Beloit Memorial High School (Beloit, WI); Carroll Senior High School (Southlake, TX); Community Arts Program (Coral Gables, FL); Dillard Center for the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, FL); Garfield High School (Seattle, WA); Jazz House Kids (Montclair, NJ); Lexington High School (Lexington, MA); Medfield High School (Medfield, MA); Mount Si High School (Snoqualmie, WA); Osceola County School for the Arts (Kissimmee, FL); Rio Americano High School (Sacramento, CA); Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA); Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie, WI); Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ); Whiteland Community High School (Whiteland, IN).
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2013-14 Concert and Education Season boasts a diverse range of artistry and embodies the concept “all jazz is modern.”
2014 FCAT/EOC Schedule
|FCAT 2.0||Mon 5/5Tues 5/6||8 AM||Blackbox,177, 361, 363|
|Biology EOC||Weds 5/7||8 AM||177, 218, 361|
|Biology EOC/ESOL||Weds 5/7||8 AM||827|
|US History EOC||Thurs 5/8||8 AM||Blackbox, 177, 361,363|
|US History EOC||Fri 5/9||8 AM||177|
2014 AP Exam schedule
The 2014 AP Exams will be administered over two weeks in May: May 5 through 9 and May 12 through 16. Coordinators are responsible for notifying students when and where to report for the exams. Early testing or testing at times other than those published by the College Board is not permitted under any circumstances.
|Week 1||Morning 8 a.m.||Afternoon 12 noon|
|Computer Science A
Spanish Language and Culture
|Chinese Language and Culture|
|English Literature and Composition||Japanese Language and Culture
|English Language and Composition||Statistics|
|Studio Art—last day for Coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8 p.m. EDT) and to gather 2-D Design and Drawing students for physical portfolio assemblyTeachers should have forwarded students' completed digital portfolios to Coordinators before this date.|
|Week 2||Morning 8 a.m.||Afternoon 12 noon||Afternoon 2 p.m.|
Physics C: Mechanics
Electricity and Magnetism
|United States Government and Politics||French Language and Culture
|German Language and Culture
United States History
|Italian Language and Culture
|Comparative Government and Politics
Spanish Literature and Culture
AP Exams begin Monday, May5. Students please remember to attend your exam session according to the schedule. If a student is testing at 12:00 noon, he/she must attend "A" lunch and plan for transportation home. Noon exams extend beyond the regular school day.
Also, students are to remember that there is no MAKEUP for AP exams. If a student does not participant in his/her AP exam, an $89.00, obligation will be recorded and he/she will forfeit 1 quality point in their GPA. If the student would like to order a late exam, the student may pay the $40.00 late fee and must inform Mrs. Hankerson by the end of the day Tuesday, May 6th. Email Mrs. Hankerson
The SAT deadline is Friday May 9, 2014 and the ACT deadline is Friday May 9, 2014. As you know, summer break is approaching and these are the last two test that will be given for this school year. Next week is the final week to sign up for the June 7th and June14th test. Students can stop by Mr. Witherspoon's office and receive waivers during lunch and before or after school ONLY.
Even though the Senior Art Exhibit is over, you can still see all of the Senior work that is still on sale and what they cost. To find out how you can purchase any work, visit the Dillard High's Office or call the school to speak to Mr. Charles or the art teacher Mr. Joesph.
From a young age, I had always enjoyed the coookie-cutter arts and crafts classes that I attended once a week. I loved being able to work with my hands to create drawings from my imagination. As I grew older, so did my desire for something more. No longer was I content drawing fictional characters, and places with crayons and markers on loose-leaf paper. Over the years I was able to hone a few of my skills as an artist. I became more confident in my ability to shade and draw from observation. Coming to Dillard High, I discovered Graphic Design, and it became a way for me to create art in a non-traditional medium. Little did I know I that I would be pursuing it as a career four years later.
I intend to apply to the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Art Institute of Tampa, and the College for Creative Studies. My major area of study will be Graphic Design. My weighted GPA is 3.4 and out of 293 students I am 72. In the future I would like to expand my skills outside of drawing and graphic design. There are many mediums and art forms to express yourself, and I want to dabble in a few others. Many people think that those who become artists will be condemned to a life or tribulation and hardship. I want to be another person who proves the prevalent "starving artist" stereotype to be false. Art has led me to like-minded, and interesting people who have helped to influence ny work. I draw inspiration from them as well as what they create. I make art because it has been a natural talent of mine for years, and I simply enjoy doing it. It's gratifying for me when I'm able to put my ideas on paper for others to see.
We live in a chaotic world and art is my outlet. Once I realized this, I began to cultivate my talent into what it is now. It brings me great pride to see myself grow artistically and academically as I draw closer to a secondary schoolingm While attending Dillard Center for the Arts, under the tutelage of Mr. Joseph, Ms. Mazur, Ms. Jenkins, I have achieved far more than I might have elsewhere. My accomplishments include receiving the 2012 Congressional Art Award and having the winning artwork displayed in the Capitol building, multiple Scholastics Art awards, and the 2013 AIDS Poster Contest (1st Place), and a few more. I have been a part of the top ten percent of my graduating class with a 4.09 GPA (weighted) and I plan to attend Parsons the New School for Design while also applying for Kansas City Art Institute, and Florida State University. I have received scholarships to Savannah College of Art and Design and Kansas City Art Institute. In college I am looking to obtain a BFA degree in Fine Arts.As I am still learning and exploring the vast media and materials in which I can produce art, I find my art is eclectic when grouped. I tend to work with heavier textures because it is flexible amd allows me to express my feelings toward my subjects. My subjects whether drawings or paintings are all personally interesting to me in the ways that I need to expound on them. For the past 7 years I have also studied privately with Al Razza and he has been a tremendous influence to me as well. He has helped and pushed me to discover my own art style and love my craft.
Making art started off as a hobby before I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in the Arts. Once I figured this out I decided that coming to Dillard Center for the Arts would be the best school that would help me refine my skills. While attending Dillard Center for the Arts I was able to explore many different areas helped me realize that I enjoy working digitally and also by hand, which is what many animators do today. In my Junior year of high school I got the opportunity to take an AP Art History class which opened a newfound curiosity for the arts of the past. This subject area is another interest that I may want to pursue in the future.
I am in the top ten percent of my graduating class with a ranking of 20 out of 293 students. I currently have a weighted 4.0 GPA. I am in the process of applying to Parsons the New School for Design, NY, School of Visual Arts, NY, Nova Southeastern University, FL, and Maryland Institute College of Art. I intend to get my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Animation or Art History.
I believe that art is always growing and new things are always being discovered which is what I love about art. Art can be interpreted in many ways but only the artist himself knows the true meaning of his work. This is how I feel about many of the works I create. As I continue drawing and painting I am experimenting with different materials to improve my skills. I plan to travel and explore different areas of the world and to further open myself artistically and spiritually. That will then help me grow in a way that I may share what I have learned with others who may feel the same about becoming an artist.
"Without art the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable". - George Bernhard Shaw. I feel as though I can personally associate with this quote for my purpose of making art. Art is by every means a release from the harsh reality of our daily lives. We as humans get so absorbed by it, whether it be for the viewer or the artist themselves. Art is that invigorating escape for me. In all sincerity, it is pure joy to me. That dream of sharing my joy with others to give them a moment of happiness is what has always motivated me. Because of this, I wish to major in illustration while attending college to and minor in animation. As Robert Schuman once said, "To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist". The idea of creating characters within their own universe for the viewer to get lost in is an absolutely enchanting idea for me, but it is not possible without an education.
I have applied to MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) and CCS (College for Creative Studies) to pursue these educational goals. I believe that these schools will actually challenge by artistic abilities. Though already advancing rapidly, I feel as though there is always room for improvement. This will aid me in my career aspiration in becoming a graphic novelist. My passion for graphic novels, such as Marvel and DC are some of my vast admiration of pursuing this career. However, one does not simply enter these schools because one wishes it, which is why I maintain my 4.5 GPA and ranked 3rd in my class. What the future truly holds is unknown to men no matter whom they are, but that never intimidated anyone from trying to forge it.
Denise Robillard's writing will posted on a seperate story soon.
Before Winter Break, on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8 a.m to 9 p.m Dillard High's Thespian Troupe (The word Thespian coming from the often considered first actor, a Greek named Thespis) participated in this year's District 7 Individual Events where they had the chance to perform Monologues, Duet Acting Scenes, and Musical Scenes and make costumes, write plays, and participate in many other categories. Be sure to congralulate the following students for their participation in the Thespian District 7 Competition and for winning acclaim for Excellent and Superior Performances:
Mia Rus and Gia (Pepper) Jones, Darius Roberts and Christopher Currington for Duet Acting.
Telemaque and Co. for Ensemble Acting
Joy McCoy, Pryscila Salinas, Samantha Palacios, Douglas Goodridge, Jasmine Myers, and Darius Roberts for Monologue
Guerdy Guerner & Jah'kevah Lyonel, Joy McCoy & Tamara McFarlane, Darius Roberts & Douglas Goodridge for Duet Musical
Jasarie Mercedes, Bryce Feygers for Solo Musical.
Parents and students interested in learning more about Dillard's fantastic Emerging Computer Technology & Digital Entrepreneurship Magnet Programs are invited to attend the 2014 Open House Presentation, January 23 beginning at 6:00 PM. Student and parents will be able to tour our beautiful campus and our technology building to learn more about our unique program offerings such as Robotics, Gaming & Animation, Programming and much more. For more information, please contact the ECT office at 754-322-0852.
Parents and students interested in learning more about the nationally renowned Dillard Center for the Arts Visual & Performing Arts Magnet Program are invited to attend the 2014 Open House Presentation, January 14 beginning at 6:30 PM. A variety of performances are slated in addition to specific information about the program, how to apply and the audition process. Student and parents will be able to tour our beautiful performing arts facility as well. For more information, please contact the performing arts office at 754-322-0838.
The graduating class of 2014 is finally having their art show! Everyone is welcomed to come and partake in their public display of ALL of our artwork. Those featured in the show will include Stephanie Archila, Steve Aviton, Kemani Chin, Kaley Maslan Brown, Gabriela Pabon, Denise Robillard, Simone Smith and Sheherazade Thenard . The work WILL BE FOR SALE so come out and enjoy this marvelous moment in their lives and show your support!
When: Thursday, January 16, 2014
4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.