Fall Arts Festival – Jr. High/HS Dance

On Wednesday, November 29th, North Pointe’s Dance Program presented: Trove. The show kicked off with a Jr. High class performing Singin’ in the Rain, and included class dance collaborations in which high school students created a story and portrayed it through simple props and choreography. In second period’s dance, Let’s Get Ridiculous, a girl’s text to her friends “to hang out” turned into a “ridiculously” good time.  A Ballet class’s music malfunction brought out student’s sassy hip hop moves in fifth period’s dance; The Nutcrackers. 

In addition to the dance department’s usual, upbeat jazz and hip hop dance numbers, this semester’s show included three contemporary pieces; Satellite, Believer and Stand by Me.

Satellite was choreographed by Jr. High students Grace Chapman, Adriana Howard, Kaylie Kolb, Amelia Murray and Nasser Sinnokrot.  High school dancers and choreographers, McKenzie Bishop, Mieja Levy, Anna Nguyen & Valeria Nuno Medina wowed the crowd with their technique and emotion in Stand by Me.  Lost and vulnerable, “the group” discovered something to believe in again after an encounter with the charismatically evil man in the red shirt. . Miss Dabkowski’s creation Believer was darker than her usual sassy, upbeat pieces and was thrilled when her students “took to” the concept and change of pace.

When commenting on Trove she stated, “The students blew me away this semester with their creativity, energy and dedication! It is unbelievable how much theses students have grown in such a short period of time.”

Fall Arts Festival – Jr. High/HS Piano and Guitar

The Jr. High and High School Piano/Guitar students presented a sincere performance on Tuesday evening for the second day of the Fall Arts Festival.  The concert included  the “oldies” Stand by Me and Duke of Earl.  The 4th period Jr. High Piano/Guitar class also performed The Beatles favorite Let it Be.  The concert was an application of the study of chords, classical guitar technique, and strumming patterns which all of the students have been striving to master.  Most of the students have only started to learn to play the guitar for the first time during the second quarter of this school year, but they have taken on this task with bravery considering the difficulty beginning to play the instrument.  The night was concluded with five dedicated and very hard working soloists.  Paul Dellinger performed a demanding classical guitar arrangement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Hark! The Herald Angels Sing to contribute to the holiday season.  Gabriel Aukett, Christian Gonzalez, Lauren Hutchison, and Jacilyn Norton all played advanced piano solos with a fantastic feeling which could be felt throughout the theater.  Instructor Justin Leon commented on the evening, “I am delighted to work with such hard working and thoughtful students, I look forward to each school day because I know they will be filled with emotionally captivating experiences of musicianship.”

Fall Arts Festival – Jr. High Theatre

On Monday night the Jr. High Theatre classes performed for their families at the Fall Arts Festival.  The students have been learning about different performance styles in class this semester and most recently have been studying spoken word poetry.  For their performance they performed pop songs in the style of spoken word poetry.  Most notable was Team 1 from 2nd hour which included, Hope Carney, Lyncoln Carbajal, Christin Cedillo, Erik Estrada Garcia, Morgan Page, and Vanessa Sempoalt in their performance of Stand By Me and Team 2 from 4th hour which included  Samantha Bricker, Kiera Carpenter, Jocelyn Dean, Susana Hinojos, Vanessa Lopez Rodriguez, and Cheyenne John for their creative performance of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Director Katie Gardea said, “It was really fun to see each group put their own spin on a pop song and explore the style of spoken word poetry. The results were very creative and interesting.”

Speech and Debate at Mountain View HS

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Kief for placing 3rd in Poetry Interpretation at The Toro Country Classic at Mountain View High School. Kaitlyn was leading the field of 50 and was inched out of 1st in the finals. Kaitlyn also went to semifinals in her debut event Programed Oral Interpretation.  “I am extremely proud of entire effort of the team at this very competitive tournament; everyone got some great scores and feedback that will surely help them improve on their performances for our competition next week,” said Coach Richards.

Speech and Debate at McClintock HS

Congratulations to North Pointe’s Kaitlyn Kief for winning an event championship in Poetry Interpretation at McClintock HS. Team members, Adalila Machic Huitzil and Julian Alejandre added more awards to the team’s total. Adalila won 3rd Place in Prose Interpretation, Julian placed 5th in Humorous Interpretation and the pair teamed up to win 4th Place in Duo Improv. Freshman, Taylor Munck and Junior, Natalie Quintero were semi-finalists in Dramatic Interpretation. “I’m so proud of the award winners and equally as proud of our newest members who improved from last week,” said Coach Richards.

Falcon Players Present 1984

The Falcon Players closed their production of 1984, this Friday. In their four show run they were able to perform for family and friends as well as their classmates and teachers. Jeremiah Thomas and Melissa Mena led the cast as Winston and Julia. Seniors, Kaitlyn Kief, Alex Goehring, and Kristen Smith, shined in their ability to make supporting roles memorable and empathetic. Director, Katie Gardea commented, ” I am extremely happy about how hard the cast and crew worked to pull off this challenging piece.”

Marching Band at Williams Field HS

North Pointe’s Marching Band competed and placed 6th this weekend at Williams Field High School. We received second in music ensemble. Props to our percussionists for learning how to spin flags and stepping up. “We need to step it up a notch and appeal to the judges opinions,” said Director Sadlo.