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Neighborhood Student Showcase Festival

Below is a listing of the responses so far for the Student Showcase festival. Please contact me if you still want to join! Truly awesome! Thank you!

Facing what congress might do today, you might think under these circumstances, it would be impossibility motivating a Student Showcase - you would be forgetting why teachers really teach!!!

Yes, we have teachers motivated by their students' learning! They are coming forward with the energy that makes a difference in how our children face their world! Thank you to all of you who are joining our effort to celebrate our students' achievement!

I have had only positive reactions to structuring the space into four "neighborhoods" one for each school in the Mascoma Valley Regional School District. At this point I am going ahead with plans for the neighborhood theme. I will configure the Mascoma cafeteria into four areas with a big center "main street." I hope Principals and department heads help develop a "look" for each neighborhood. I am happy to be as inclusive as possible. As far as infrastructure, we will have about 320 of hanging wall, we can have table space for 3-D displays, I can make special space for demonstrations, and we have a small stage for performances, readings, presentations, etc..

If you are planning a presentation or performance, I try and schedule them together and encourage everyone to stay for all the performances. If you have a display, as soon as possible, let me know what you will need for wall space of if you need tables for your display. Let me know what you plan, if you are collaborating with other teachers or with other departments. Sharing as much as possible will help encourage participation.

Sincerely, Christopher Morse

Alyson Tessier reports: I would like to create a display of student works including, formal lab reports, student created brochures and other student examples from my physical science classes.

Mary Beth Klunder updates her report: I think we will need at least 3 big tables and 6-8 chairs. We will have 3 display boards and some hands on activities set up: Abacus, Base ten blocks, counters, fraction circles, paper prisms, fraction tiles, and our Wikispace accessed on a computer and a Power Point presentation on a computer. I am also going to try to get a few laptops with Paint on them to show how to create and color mandalas with Technology.

Karen Money reports: MAP students will put together a display of pictures and some written reactions to either the projects the students completed in the jewelry workshop or talking about the process of working with the jeweler Joeseph Derobertis. We will be focusing on trying something new, success that can come from putting effort into something and the feeling of accomplishment. Please let me know how much space I should plan for this display to be, also should I mount it on poster board or on a tri- fold display board.

Sara Dunkerton Will be presenting her class project on Noyes Academy.

Chris Rose, Kathe Estes, from EVS √Kindergarten report: The two Kindergartens at EVS have put together a quilt of their favorite places to go in Enfield in celebration of the town≠s 250th birthday. During Read Across America Week, each grade level was responsible for learning about an era in Enfield≠s history. Kindergarten was responsible for Present Day Enfield, so we learned about the various spots in the town and drew our favorite. We have the two quilts on our classroom doors and we plan to combine them into one quilt for the showcase.

Hanna Fadden reports: I will be showcasing a collection of art projects from the 2010-2011 Sophomore English Class. In order to incorporate art into the curriculum, I try to assign at least one art related assignment with each text together with a writing assignment. For example, while reading The Lord of the Flies, each student is expected to create a map of the island. Culminating our assignments on Old Man and the Sea, students are expected to create a book of symbols. Macbeth students must create various posters, participate in performances and write scripts based on Macbeth. The students create Dr. Seuss inspired comic strip posters during our poetry unit. Lastly, they create PowerPoint presentations based on A Separate Peace. By incorporating art, I find the students are more apt to express themselves and strengthen their writing by incorporating art within their class work.

Lydia Foxall reports for FBLA (faculty advisor, Shawn Joyce): FBLA will be displaying Mayan jewelry and accessories during the art show this year. The MayaWorks is a nonprofit organization that supports young Guatemalan women and their families. Local women make all the products that are sold. Mascoma≠s FBLA has joined with Mascoma Alumnus, Stephanie Bostwick, a local volunteer for the MayaWorks, to help promote and sell these products. The FBLA has already earned $121 for MayaWorks from selling their bracelets, bags, hacky sacks, etc. during the lunch periods and they hope to sell more during the art show. See:

Sue Jukosky reoports: I have had a Dartmouth grad student work with me all year in science classes. She has created a poster for a poster session. I would be happy to display it at the showcase.

Mary Wenig reports: The whole science department plans on showcasing things--we were looking at technology.

Barbara Sirotkin reports: SOMETHING FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES!!! The first-year Spanish (and French) students invite you to a puppet musical entitled "The Rainforest is in Trouble and that's NOT a Good Thing," presented on Saturday, April 30 at Mascoma High School (at 12:00 noon.). This event will be held in the Spanish room B1 which has been transformed into a rain forest and is next to the festival in the Mascoma Café. The play features the animals of the rainforests of the world, many of which are in danger of extinction, and teaches us about the importance of the forest itself and the effects of deforestation. The songs incorporate Spanish and French, but the play is in English. You are sure to enjoy this cute presentation.

Gail Beaufays (French) reports: In addition to the rainforest performance collaboration with the Spanish classes in our room B1 rainforest, French II classes will display gargoyle statues at the Showcase Festival and French III classes will display some travel brochures. French Club will serve food (lunch) for our exchange fundraiser.

Mary Beth Klunder reports: My group of students at CES is discovering that "Math is Everywhere." o We are exploring all the ways we use math and o All the places we find math. We have found math in art, history, and cultures around the world; in particular a circular artwork called the Mandala. We will share these discoveries at the Showcase with displays of Mandalas our students at CES have made and how we can create and share them with Technology. We will also share several fun ways to learn math topics. Our students are excited to be part of the Student Showcase Festival!

Cynthia Cummings reports: Indian River School Art students will have two different types of projects displayed. The first will be "Personal Collages" created by students in grades seven and eight, created while working with artist in residence, Gary Hamel. The other work will feature raku pots made by students and staff while working with artist in residence, Richard Foye during the hands on week right after Spring break.

Christine Jespersen reports: International Foods will be doing their "Country" displays. There are 9 students. Each student creates a display celebrating the culture of a country as well as traditional food recipes and tasty samples.

Child Development will have their homemade toys like last year. 10 students≠ work will be represented.

Christie Guerrette reports: I am planning on doing the same thing as last year, I am just selecting some student work to show. Christie teaches Art at both Canaan and Enfield Village School and last year had an impressive display of five projects representing both schools.

Christopher Morse reports: Art projects from all Art classes will be included at the Student Showcase Festival. We will have the annual vote for the winner of the Cash for Dragons contest. Everyone that comes to the Festival can vote for their favorite. Work representing numerous Art assignments will be included: masks, drawings, paintings, ceramics.

Our partnership with the NH State Council on the Arts has lead to some wonderful collaborations. NH's poet laureate Walter Butts will present our Read Across America program. In addition, we continue to hope to work with poet and writer Meg Kearney with Matt Wood's, Hannah Fadden's and Kobe Van Beest's English classes.

We are continuing our partnership with Kirsten Cappy of "Curious City: Where Kids & Books Meet." This year, Kirsten Cappy working to have us pilot an interactive website based on a young adult novel, by Angie Smibert "Memento Nora." "Curious City: Where Kids and Books Meet" is developing the book's website as a place to "publish" and award middle school and graphic novel productions. The novel is set in a future totalitarian gated US where daily attacks by an unnamed opposition are wiped from people's memories by a government sponsored pill. Three teens, though, decide not to take the pill and to feel, think, and rebel. The form of their rebellion is a graphic novel that they smuggle into their high school and distribute in bathroom stalls (the only unmonitored space). The website will be an opportunity for students to develop their own chapters.

We have League of NH Craftsmen≠s jeweler Joseph De Robertis returning to work all week with Voc Lab students as well as working with Mascoma≠s Alternative Program (MAP). Joe was well received last year and his increased participation is by faculty request.

We will have two performances of a historic magic show as an assembly for Mascoma High School Friday, April 29th and again at 7 that evening at Mascoma for the general public. You are all invited! Carr Robertson continues to work with us. Last year, she created a play about Noyes Academy with the Indian River School students. This year, Carr helped coordinate a presentation by three people who have focused on black ventriloquist hypnotist and magician Richard Potter, the man for whom Potter Place is named. Richard Potter lived from 1783 to 1835 and achieved acclaim and success at a challenging time for black people. Carr helped to bring together Princeton University Dean, John Hodgson, NH Art Institute≠s Graphic Novelist Joel Gill, and historic magician Robert Olson who does a live presentation of Richard Potter≠s magic show. All three of these people have dedicated extensive study of Richard Potter. Together they will present a program about the fascinating character. More detail about these three individuals follows.

Three Professionals Characterizing the Magician Richard Potter, Joel Gill, Art Department Chairman, NH Institute of Art

Joel Christian Gill Chair of The Foundations Department at the NHIA Institute of Art is working on a graphic novel of stories based on obscure Black History. The book called Pockets Full of Hope: Astonishing Black History. Will include the stories of:

Henry Box Brown a slave who mailed himself to freedom; Harry Bucky Lew the first professional black basketball player. Richard Potter: the first American stage magician and ventriloquist. George Moses Horton: The first published southern slave poet. Theophilus Thompson: The first recognized chess master in the United States. The Sad Story of Malaga Island: An Island off the coast of Maine populated by and integrated community of Blacks, Whites and group of bi-racial children circa late 1890 to about 1911. Joel C. Gill, Chairperson of Foundations, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Concord Street, Manchester, NH 03104, 603-836-2568,

Dr. John Hodgson Dr. John Hodgson is the Dean of Forbes College at Princeton University. His publications include Sherlock Holmes: The Major Stories with Contemporary Critical Essays (Bedford Books of St. Martin≠s Press, 1994) as well as books on Wordsworth and on Coleridge and Shelley. He has also published articles in a variety of professional journals and series, including Studies in Romanticism, Poetics Today, ELH, American Literature, The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, and several of the Modern Language Association≠s Approaches to Teaching volumes on Romantic Poets (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley). Most recently, his critical essay on Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes appears in the new Blackwell≠s Companion to Crime Fiction (2010). Dean Hodgson has for several years been writing a book "Venting: Ventriloquism Becomes American" on the rise of ventriloquism as a performing art in Eng land and America (late 18c-early 19c), in which Richard Potter features prominently as one of the seminal figures of this history. A brief extract from his research is available in his article ≥An Other Voice: Ventriloquism in the Romantic Period,≈ which appears in Romanticism On the Net 16 (November 1999) [Date of access]:

Robert E. Olson Born in 1927. American magician, collector, author and illustrator. Specialized in gospel magic. Noted for his biographies of famous magicians.

18th Century Magician comes to campus

From, Share, September 03, 2009 URBANA, Ohio (September 3, 2009) - Clad in knee breeches, red waistcoat and a tricorn hat, Robert Olson will reincarnate Mr. Bayly, an eighteenth century magician, at Urbana University Student Center, 579 College Way, Urbana, Ohio on Tuesday, September 8 at 7pm.

Bayly, an actual magician of the late eighteenth century, first performed in New York City in 1767. He advertised that he would present his feats of magic, "without the use of Pockets, Bags, or Sleeves." Notices advertising Mr. Bayly's performances can be found in New York, Baltimore, and Alexandria, Virginia, where he eventually made his home. At one show in 1782, money must have been in short supply, as potential customers for the show were told that they could use flax, wool, beeswax, or cotton as the price of admission.

Robert Olson, from Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, has spent the past 30 years studying and recreating magic shows of history. "It began as a hobby with a Mysto Magic Set I received as a Christmas present when I was eight years old." Olson said. "The history part came later. I began to read the 18th and 19th century magic books, the broadsides and advertisements that magicians put out; the diaries and letters from people who actually saw them perform. It was like they were whispering in my ear."

The advertisements for magicians like Bayly listed what was in their shows. Olson was able to recreate the tricks by using magic books published before 1800. Bayly's tricks are done with cards and coins, cups and balls, and a vanishing soldier, called "The Bonus Genus." Unlike the magic on television, most of Mr. Bayly's magic takes place right in the hands of the audience. Olson's show recreates the magic and fun of Mr. Bayly. He has performed at museums and historical societies across the United States, Canada and England. The magic is done with recreated props, 18th century costume, and the early language that appeared in the magic books of Bayly's time... "I was surprised myself," Olson commented, "on how much both children and adults enjoy the show. The history of magic, the hidden science used by magicians, the fun of Mr. Bayly with his language, all work together so well. I think Mr. Bayly would be proud if he could come back and see how people today were still enjoying his magic."

Robert Olson as Richard Potter The Magician Audiences got a different view of magic in the 1700s. Obviously, it wasn≠t on TV. A lot of magic in the 18th century happens up close, Robert Olson said, and a lot of it happens right in their hands. The magic of the 18th century was more intimate. It≠s more amazing when stuff happens right in your hand. For Olson, a Connecticut resident set to make his annual visit to the Fair at New Boston, his interest in magic began like most everybody else with a magic kit as a kid. It≠s crazy how a hobby ends up as what you should be doing, Olson said. My original field this is nuts was electrical engineering. That is, until he was visiting Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts one day and spotted a magic book published in the 1830s (Old Sturbridge Village is a living history museum set in the 1830s). He inquired, and they gave him a handful of rare magic books to take home for a year. Olson returned and became the village≠s resident magician for 25 years. I thought I≠d end up doing it once or twice a year at Sturbridge Village, he said. Now I go all over the country. He specializes in historical magic, and can re-create shows from the 18th century, the 1830s, the 1860s and 1900. The one trick that all have in common? The good ol cups and balls routine. At New Boston, he≠ll personify Mr. Bayly, a real-life Englishman and 18th century magician who worked the East Coast from the 1760s to 1780s. Physically, it≠s all smaller. Card tricks, coin tricks, ribbon tricks, Olson said. When you traveled in the old days, you couldn≠t travel with an illusion show like David Copperfield does today. But it≠s not like you could make the Statue of Liberty disappear it didn≠t exist. Mr. Bayly will perform at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. in the Cheapside Theatre.

The historic magic show depicting Richard Potter is usually 45 minutes, but he modifies the length of time for schools - based on the time available. When we get back to him with a tentative date, he will hold it without a deposit. He will also send advance material on the background of Richard Potter, the history of magic, and the history of blacks in New Hampshire during Potter's lifetime. He recommends incorporating these materials into course work so that students are prepared and get the most from the performance and the discussion.$741.html