As I mentioned in a previous post, March was a very busy month in the Reading Public Schools. We finished off the month with the New England School Band Association (NESBA) Winter Color Guard Championships which were held at the Reading Memorial High School Field House. Thousands of winter color guard participants and spectators from all over New England participated in this exciting day long event. At the end of the evening, the RMHS Winter Color Guard Team came in first place in their division with an exciting performance called “Living Love.” You can view their performance on You Tube located here. Congratulations to the students, the coaches, and the Reading Band Parents Organization for hosting this worthwhile event.
This week is an extremely busy week for the Reading Public Schools. We have three schools, Barrows, Joshua Eaton, and Killam that have their spring open houses this week. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we have our 5th Annual ArtsFest, located at the RMHS Fine and Performing Arts Center. ArtsFest was created five years ago by RMHS Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair William Endslow and Elementary Music Coordinator Al Mosier. The two evening event features student music performances and hundreds of pieces of student art work along the high school’s “Main Street.” The program for the two evenings are as follows:
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, April 12th
- 5:30 p.m.
- 6th Grade Combined Band
- 6th Grade Combined Chorus
- Elementary All-District Chorus
• 6:30 p.m.-Reading Memorial High School Choral Ensembles
• 7:00 p.m.
- Middle School Jazz Bands
- Reading Memorial High School Stage Band
- Reading Memorial High School Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday, April 13th
• 5:30 p.m.
- 7th and 8th Grade Combined Band
- Middle School Select Chorus
- 7th and 8th Grade Combined Chorus
• 6:30 p.m.
- Reading Memorial High School Concert Band
All music performances will take place in the Performing Arts Center and all of the art work is displayed along Main Street outside of the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. We encourage you to come and celebrate the arts!
During this week, we are also proud to be hosting our third annual Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence National Institute, which will be held on Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15th. We have over 750 teachers and administrators from both our district and from all over the country attending this professional development experience. On Thursday morning, outside conference participants will be visiting Barrows, Joshua Eaton, Parker, and RMHS. On Thursday afternoon and on Friday, our staff will join the outside participants to share best practices in over 100 workshops, several which are being presented by our own staff. We also have student performances from the groups who performed at ArtsFest. This professional development experience is unique to this area and it supports our philosophy of learning from each other with a mindset of continually improving our schools.
A copy of the conference program can be located here. Please take a few minutes to skim the program and see all of the great learning that is going on in our district.
Thank you for your continued support of professional development. These are the types of activities that will continue to make our staff and schools stronger. Ultimately, it is events like this that will benefit our students in the classroom.