After weeks of rehearsing, hard work, sweat, and tears, Clemente Wildcat freshman students and upperclass drama students had an exciting experience performing ‘‘Sons of the Prophet” by Stephen Karam. The play took place at the American Theatre Company. Every student had a part in the play, either as an actor or on the production crew. It was a great experience for the students and teachers. The students said that if it were possible in the future, they would love to do it all again.
Some students were nervous or scared at first because it was the first time many of them had to perform in front of an audience. Students had to implement every IB skill their teachers taught them. Some students wouldn’t want to say their part but teachers would give them a talk and say, “You can do it” or “Give it all you got!” All of the confidence the teachers had in the students resulted in the students smiling and trying a little harder. When performance day arrived, students performed in front of their parents and strangers. The thought of missing a line or choking was a challenge they had to overcome, both individually and as an ensemble.
The students practiced deep breathing to calm their nerves and reflected on all of the time and effort they put into this performance. A lot of excitement came from knowing that most students could actually do better than what they believed that they could do throughout this experience. All students enjoyed it because they figured out that deep down inside they have an amazing talent either acting or producing. This was a wonderful experience because it gave our Wildcat students encouragement to do and try out something new. It truly showed the many talents of each and every Wildcat student. The outcome of the final student production was fantastic!
The culminating activity was a fieldtrip to see the professional matinee of the play. Students were impressed and inspired by the professionalism and talent the actors demonstrated. Both students and professional actors had awesome costumes and amazing tone. Facial expressions were realistic, and the chemistry was amazing among the actors. The class of 2017 will help mentor the incoming freshmen during the 2014 –2015 school year as an extension to the learning experience.
By Damarja Butler, Class of 2017
Edited by Artem Daniv, Class of 2017
On Thursday February 20, ten students from Roberto Clemente's Broadcast Technology program were invited to help Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveil the new "You Media Lab" at Humboldt Park's Chicago Public Library. Our students - along with Principal Marcey Sorensen, A.P. Jamie Crosen, Producer Mildred Amador, and CTE Program Coordinator Rashaan Meador - took a tour of the new facility aimed at engaging teens in media and technology. They were introduced to the concepts of 3D printing and media creation through video and other formats. Our students took part in an interactive demonstration of the newly installed 3D printer.
Sophomore student Michael Glenn secured an exclusive interview with Mayor Emanuel about youth media and the recent expansion of these programs in Chicago's Public Libraries.
This visit was a part of an ongoing relationship between CTE and Chicago Public Libraries in efforts to engage more teens in media and technology in and out of the classroom. The event proved to be both exciting and educational for our students.
For Black History Month, RCCA's Civics students were presented with primary documents, primary accounts, and video clips of African Americans during Jim Crow America. Some of the documents covered the Willie Lynch speech, Little Rock 9, and police reports on the assassination of Civil Rights activists. The students provided their insight as well as their reactions to the conditions that many Americans lived under from 1876-1965, and even today. As a closing to this unit, students had the opportunity to nominate, vote, and elect their own classroom representatives. Students all have a responsibility as a citizen of their classroom, through roles such as President and treasurer. These roles include responsibilities such as reading the bell-ringer and providing their classmates with participation points.The voting simulation allows for the students to experience first hand the privilege of voting and having a voice as an American citizen. As best summed up by Edwin Morales (Civics 1st Period), "It's so crazy that something so basic like voting can make change."
Each year the Fine Arts Department presents a Black History Program involving students from the Beginning/Advanced Mixed Chorus, the Advanced Band, and General Music. These students showcase their talents as they tell the stories of significant African-American figures and cultural expressions that have impacted, shaped, and defined our country. Both historical and present day issues are addressed in classrooms as students explore, practice, and perform the music from the African-American tradition. Aligned with the IB framework, students specifically examine personal and cultural expression as a global context which encompasses related concepts such as communication and presentation. The Fine Arts Department focuses much of their time on helping students develop a wide range of experiences that contribute to their understanding of what they experience locally and globally.
This year's Black History Program is Friday, February 28th. Freshman and junior classes will attend during 7th period. Sophomore and senior classes will attend during 8th period.
Students in Mr. Roger Badesch’s CTE Broadcast Technology program are in the middle of producing a music video that exemplifies IB learner profiles. Students ‘blindly’ selected one of ten available songs that Badesch and TV producer Ms. Mildred Amador previously evaluated for IB learner profiles such as open-mindedness, risk-taking, caring, principled, and reflective.
The song selected is Johnny Mathis’ rendition of “Life is a Song Worth Singing”, written by Thomas Randolph Bell and Linda Diane Creed. Students spent several class periods analyzing the lyrics and designing a visual story to go along with the words. Once the basic story was agreed upon, students drew storyboards for each scene and put together a taping schedule.
At this point, students are in the middle of production, videotaping actors and other scenes around the school. After taping is completed, students will enter the post-production phase editing the video and audio, producing movie trailers, designing artwork for promotional handouts and producing the DVD graphics.
Some of the lyrics of the song are “Only you generate the power, To decide what to do with your life. You're a fool if you think you're helpless, You control what you do with your life.” Film director Tarianna Williams, in her second year of the CTE broadcasting program, says the song “speaks about the hardships that young people face today, but that anyone can accomplish anything if they put their mind to it and think positively.”