Tuesday, March 8, 2016

GHS Students Problem Solve with HNTB Engineers

 Grandview High School engineer students visited HNTB Engineering in downtown KC for some hands on experience in problem solving.

Students were presented a problem from HNTB engineers, they have to add 500 students to their high school, and will work with a team of engineers to come up with what additional structures, parking, fields, etc. They then presented their solutions and also had the opportunity to observe positive and negative mock interviews with HNTB’s HR team.

More than 30 students spent the day getting acquainted with engineers and architects to learn what it’s like to work in their profession.  Teachers say the kids came back really inspired!   The event was sponsored by Prep-KC.

Sweet! Hot! Jazz! –A Sweet Success

An estimated 500, in addition to the 80 students in the jazz bands, attended Sweet! Hot! Jazz!. The event raised enough funds to cover scholarships for graduating students who will continue to play in college bands. Gail’s Harley-Davidson was the major sponsor with other prize and food donations from throughout the district. While the district has had a jazz program with an annual district concert of all four jazz bands for 30 years, this was the fifth year for the Sweet! Hot! Jazz! celebration of the jazz program and fundraising event.

Two very special acknowledgements: –current Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and incoming district Superintendent Kenny Rodrequez played drum set on Jazz Orchestra’s Sing, Sing, Sing, and with his retirement this year, this was GC-4 Band Director Danny Watring’s last Grandview jazz concert.
Check out the Grandview Jazz Highlights and competition results so far this year (2016):  

Northwest Missouri State University - Feb. 26
Jazz Orchestra - First Place, Division 4A Mark Herrera - Outstanding Soloist (alto saxophone), Division 4A Aaron Spencer (drums), Josh Keleher (bass guitar), Anthony Nwaneri (flugelhorn), Geran Turner (soprano and alto sax), Oscar Rosales (piano) - Outstanding Musicianship awards,
Division 4A Jazz Ensemble - First Place, Second Band Division Andrew Kearse - Outstanding Soloist (bari saxophone), Second Band Division Natalie Reese (tenor sax), entire saxophone section (Thomas Guzan, Jennifer Guardado, Pyper Moore, Stormy Smith) - Outstanding Musicianship awards, Second Band Division
Grandview Middle School - Second in Middle School Division, 1 Rating Anna Mott - Outstanding Soloist award
Martin Middle School - Fourth in Middle School Division, 1 Rating Jason Keleher (drums/piano), Isaiah Gordon (bari sax) - Outstanding Musicianship awards

University of Central Missouri Jazz Festival - Feb. 20
Jazz Orchestra - 1 Rating Aaron Spencer (drums), Geran Turner (alto saxophone), Mark Herrera (alto saxophone), Josh Keleher (bass) - Outstanding Soloist awards
Jazz Ensemble - 2 Rating
Grandview Middle - 1 Rating Anna Mott (trumpet) - Soloist award
Martin City Middle - 2 Rating Josh Norgren (bass), saxophone section - Outstanding Musicianship awards

University of Missouri/Rockbridge Jazz Festival - Feb. 13
Jazz Orchestra - Unanimous 1 Ratings from all three judges and in sight reading, top score of all bands - Command Performance Band for evening concert with University of Missouri Jazz Band
Jazz Ensemble, Grandview Middle, Martin City Middle - 2 Ratings

KC Metro #3 All-District Jazz Band members
Jake Blackburn - trombone, senior; Geran Turner - alto sax, senior; alternate - Aaron Spencer - drum set, senior

Grandview Students Calculate Competition at 2nd Annual Math Relays

A fun filled weekend of math put students to the test as they competed in the 2nd Annual PREP-KC 5th and 6th Grade Math Relays Competition.

The competition was hosted by Hickman Mills School District and included students from Hickman and Center school districts. Congratulations to all students who participated!

Here's how our schools did...

Butcher Greene—Bronze
Grandview MS—Silver
Martin City K-8—Silver

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

GHS FCCLA Students Take on Jeff City to Shadow Legislators

Grandview High School students and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders) members, Ashley Arthur, junior, Aubriel Smith, senior, and Ey’Leonna Howard, junior participated the FCCLA Legislative Shadowing Project last month.

The the program provides an opportunity for junior and senior high school students to spend a day with their state senator or representative at the State Capital in Jefferson City. They observed hearings, meetings and were able to walk onto the senate floor and be introduced.  The students also attended a dinner banquet, sponsored by The Missouri Bar and discussed what makes a good citizen.

Arthur shadowed Senator Will Krause. Smith shadowed Senator KiKi Curls from Kansas City and Howard shadowed Representative Joe Runyons.

Also congratulations to FCCLA students who ran for office and competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition).

  • Arthur will serve as the State Vice President for the 2016-2017 school year.  
  • Howard will serve as the Region 14 President for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Courtney Cole will serve as the Region 14 Reporter for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Turon Franklin earned a silver medal for his STAR Event:  Job Interview.
  • Destini Brown served as a STAR Events evaluate and the chapter-voting delegate.