ABS Thursday Notes- May 11, 2017

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                          May 11, 2017




How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


“Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, and not just re-decorate it.” – Banksy


For five years, ABS 6th graders have tackled state-required world history social studies goals through film making. Some of the phrases from the Standard Course of Study that suggest the grand scope of film making as an appropriate art form at this grade level are:

-Understand the emergence, expansion and decline of civilizations and societies from the beginning of human existence to the Age of Exploration.

-Understand the political, economic and/or social significance of historical events, issues, individuals and cultural groups.

-Explain how innovation and/or technology transformed civilizations, societies and regions over time (e.g., agricultural technology, weaponry, transportation and communication).”

-Explain how invasions, conquests and migrations affected various civilizations, societies and regions (e.g., Mongol invasion, The Crusades, … and Alexander the Great).

This is a dramatically broad swath of time and events for 10-11-year-olds to digest in a few short months, but the prospect of writing and performing in their own short films is a great motivator for research. 8th grader Nick Mayers, when interviewed recently for the “Nations Report Card” video, said that this project was one of his favorites over the past nine years, because it inspired and transformed the way he approached research; an influence that has stuck with him.

This year’s two short films, a documentary of Genghis Khan, and a music-theater style overview of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, were scripted over the course of the year, with the most recent “shoot day” occurring yesterday.

The teachers coach research and script writing, Nick Zayas directs and films the segments, Elizabeth Gledhill helps students create painted portraits, clothing studies and maps for still shots, Ashleigh Cooper introduces potential sound track music and teaches sung segments, Becky Koza choreographs a playful Broadway-style dance break, Claire O’Boyle assists with shoot management. The singing for “Eleanor” was recorded at Ovation Sound, with professional engineer Bill Stevens earlier in the year, and the film has been edited to fit the soundtrack by Mr. Zayas. Process Pictures, a local editing company, will tackle the Genghis footage. The films will be premiered for students at the ABS theater on June 1st at ABS, and then released to families via Vimeo.


First Annual Summer Book Swap (MLK building)

Everyone loves a great book to read over the summer and swapping books with friends is a great way to refresh your bookshelf. Join us in helping all students get books to read over the summer by donating books for the ABS First Annual Summer Book Swap.


Send in book from May 15th through May 26th (collection boxes will be located outside the classrooms).  Donated books will be part of the Summer Book Swap station during field day.


The more books that are donated the more books each student will get to bring home for the summer. Thank you in advance for supporting summer reading.


Calling All ABS Volunteers 

It’s that time of year again!  We need Proctors for EOG Testing.  See below for specific dates and the number of proctors needed.  The expected time frame is 8 to 12 noon.  Please email slefever@artsbasedschool.com if you can help!


Important information to know:

-You can NOT proctor in the grade level of your own child(ren).  Be sure to volunteer for a different grade level.

-Cell Phones and electronic devices are not permitted in the testing room.  If proctors choose to bring their phone into the building, they will be required to put them in our Electronics Collection Container before entering the classroom in which they proctor.

-Training will be provided at 8 am each morning before testing begins.  You must be on time for training to participate in proctoring.

-We must have people who can stay the entire time.  You may finish early but need to be prepared to stay until students are finished testing.

Specific Dates  – Total # of proctors Needed

May 22 – 10 proctors needed, I have 4 – need 6 more (testing in grades 3 & 4)

May 23 – 10 proctors needed, I have 3 – need 7 more  (testing in grades 3 & 4)

May 24 – 15 proctors needed, I have 4 – need 11 more (testing in grades 5 through 8)

May 25 – 15 proctors needed, I have 5 – need 10 more (testing in grades 5 through 8)

May 26 –  8  proctors needed, I have  5 – need 3 more (testing grade 5/8)


May 30 – 6 proctors needed, I have 3, need 2 more (Make-up all grade levels)

May 31 – 6 proctors needed, I have 2, need 4 more (Make-up all grade levels)

June 1  – 6 proctors needed, I have 2, need 4 more (Make-up all grade levels)


7th and 8th Grade Math Classes

Parents of rising 7th and 8th graders may be wondering about math classes for next year. All students are required to learn 7th grade math in 7th grade and 8th grade math in 8th grade.  Most students will take these required classes as their only math instruction. Some students who have demonstrated advanced skills in math will be eligible for advanced math instruction in addition to the math they are required to learn for their grade level. We offer Math I for 7th graders and 8th graders who qualify, and Math II for 8th graders who qualify.  Mrs. Raper will send letters home after school ends letting parents know their child’s math placement.


Cell Phones and Testing

Just a reminder that cell phones and electronic devices are not permitted in any End-of-Grade or End-of-Course test session.  All cell phones or devices will be collected prior to each testing session.  Students may have a book or magazine, but they may not use any electronic devices.  Parents and students may choose to keep all electronic devices at home during testing to avoid any issues.


Field Day

Field Day will be held on June 2nd this year. It’s a half-day and we need volunteers to help the classes run their games. Please contact your class rep if you can help. This is one of the last opportunities of the year to earn volunteer hours.


Last Parent Council Meeting of the year – May 12th- 

Our last meeting of the school year will be Friday, May 12th at 8:15am in the Cafe of the MLK Building. We will be voting on the 2017-2018 PC Board. Lindsay Deibler (lindsaydeibler@gmail.com) or Julee Nunley (julee@thenunleys.net)


All Library Books Due

All library books are due by Friday, May 19 so that we can begin end-of-the-year inventory the following week. Please check bookshelves and under the beds at home to make sure all have been turned in. Thanks!

Upcoming Events

4th – Raleigh

Fri, May 12, 7:00am – 5:30pm

ABS Garden Workday

Sat, May 13, 9am – 1pm

1st – Three Cinderellas-Ms. McArthur

Tue, May 16, 12:15pm – 12:45pm
1st – Three Cinderellas-Mrs. Howard

Wed, May 17, 12:15pm – 12:45pm

1st – Three Cinderellas-Mrs. Fansler

Thu, May 18, 12:15pm – 12:45pm

Math I EOC

Fri, May 19
All Library Books due

Fri, May 19

4th – Instrument Introductions

Fri, May 19, 11:30am – 2:00pm

EOG Reading- Grade 3 and 4

Mon, May 22

EOG Math-Grade 3 and 4

Tue, May 23

1st- Reynolda Gardens and House

Tue, May 23, 9:10am – 1:15pm

EOG Reading-Grade 5,6,7 and 8

Wed, May 24

K- Woosley Farm

Wed, May 24, 9:15am – 1:30pm

EOG Math-Grades 5,6,7 and 8

Thu, May 25

2nd – Piedmont Environmental Center

Thu, May 25, 8:45am – 12:45pm

EOG Science- Grade 5,8

Fri, May 26

Final Friday Sing – K-4

Fri, May 26, 1:50pm – 2:20pm

No School- Memorial Day

Mon, May 29