|Forming bonds through song
When we sing a song together, we form a common bond. - Crystal Forbes
For three years now, Franklin Choral Director Crystal Forbes has partnered with Stevenson Middle School teacher Christina Brown to bring their students together for joint choir rehearsals and concerts. Stevenson Middle School is located in the Burbank neighborhood in Chicago. On Wednesday, the choirs held their first joint rehearsal of the year at Stevenson.
The goal of the partnership is to show students that while they may come from different backgrounds and geographic locations, they are actually much more alike than they think.
Wednesday's rehearsal began with a few ice breaker activities where middle school students nervously introduced themselves to new faces. After introductions and rehearsing a few holiday songs, students were laughing and smiling together.
Forbes, a 30 year teacher at Franklin, says that music is something everyone understands. "Any time students are able to collaborate, the benefits are plentiful. Being part of a large group allows students to work towards a common goal, integrating shared knowledge with new perspectives, and strengthening bonds with others by implementing social-emotional competencies," says Forbes.
In December, the choirs will perform in two community-based concerts at the DuPage Convalescent Center and Windsor Park. The partnership has been personally rewarding for students. "The two choirs realize they have a great deal of common ground by which they are able to connect and produce something beautiful to give back to others," says Forbes.
Franklin Assistant Principal Joe Kish is very supportive of the initiative. “This partnership offers students a chance to use the gift of music to expand their horizons and make a positive difference in the lives of others," says Kish.
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2016-17 Calendar Available for Public Review
On October 14, the Board approved to post next year's calendar for public review and comment. Comments can be directed to Dr. Robert Rammer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-682-2015.
Upcoming Board Meetings
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Fall Physics Program for Middle School Students - begins Oct. 20. Online Pre-registration is now open for the Fall 2015 Physics Club Program for Middle School Students. Link to online pre-registration and course information: http://goo.gl/4YFwV0. Contact: Esther at email@example.com or 630-544-0680. Flier
Poinsettia Sale - From now through November 1, support the WWS Girls Basketball Team and buy a poinsettia. Order form and details.
Your Choice: A Family’s Journey
to Recovery - Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 PM at Naperville Municipal Center. See the flier for more details.
Eat Chicken & Support the NEW 200 Foundation
- Tuesday, November 10 from 6 am to 10 pm at Chick Fil Et in Wheaton. See the flier
Franklin Holly Jolly Market - Saturday, November 14 from 10am to 2pm at Franklin Middle School. For more information, or to participate as a vendor, please contact Michelle Rollins at 630.649.9588 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Event Flier
Community Engagement: Facilities Assessment - December 2 from 7-8:30 pm at Hubble. We’ve assessed our facilities. Come hear the results and let’s chart the path for our future. More information...
WWS Winter Art Show - December 10th from 6-8pm at WWS library. This free event is open to the public. Student artwork displayed is from first semester painting, photography, architectural models, drawing, jewelry and more. For more information call 630-784-8641.
Bower Bobcat Holiday Craft Show - Saturday, December 12 from 10am to 3pm at Bower. Large selection of crafts, food, free goodies are available. See the flier for full details.