Bells were Ringing at the FI School Winter Concert and Art Show

by Jane Ahrens

Fishers Island School was filled with song, music and beautiful artwork for the Winter Concert and Art Show on Thursday, December 11.

Principal Karen Goodwin welcomed everyone to the evening’s event. In her opening remarks she shared that educational research has shown  talent CAN be grown if the following three conditions exist: Ignition, Master Mentors and Deep Practice. Karen reminded the audience that, “In this school we have all three – upper class and older student role models, dedicated and accomplished teachers, and time and inclination for deep practice to achieve visible success.” Talent was certainly in evidence Thursday evening in the singers, musicians and artists of all levels!

1. Ignition: something ignites the possibility for kids. Typically it’s a model, such as a peer or older student that demonstrates what is possible.
2. Master Mentors that support the child’s growth. Teachers, community volunteers and parents/ family can serve in this role.
3. Deep practice. Practice that leads to extraordinary performance. Student determined to achieve high levels.

The Music Program
with Music Director Mr. Chris Dollar and Accompanist Mr. Nate Matzdorff

1st and 2nd Grade Chorus: Rockin’ Robin, Up On The Housetop, Santa Claus is Coming to Town

3rd and 4th Grade Recorder Ensemble: Jingle Bells, When the Saints Go Marching In, Old MacDonald

Student Soloist: Senior Aaron Kane – Violin

5th – 6th Grade Band: Hot Crossed Buns, Merrily We Roll Along, Good King Wenceslas, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Jingle Bells

Fishers Island Chorus: Carol of the Bells, You’ll Be In My Heart, September, Silent Night

Student Soloist: Emma Cypherd – Guitar/Voice

Fishers Island School Band: A Christmas Festival, Light Cavalry Overture, Sleigh Ride

Intermission’s entertaining Dessert Auction raised funds for the Class of 2015. Other fundraisers included the pasta dinner, gingerbread house auction and the gift card tree!

Special thanks to Mr. Tommy Doroshevich, Setup and Logistics; Mr. Chad Mrowka, Audio Engineering; Mr. Michael George, Lighting Support; Isabella Harris, Program Artwork; and the Fishers Island Community Center for Audience Seating. And, thank you to all of the Faculty and Staff of the Fishers Island School for your support of the students.

Thank you to the Fishers Island Community for your continued support of the arts in your school.

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Featured Photo

USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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