Standing Ovations

1,400 middle school choir students gathered at the Paul Taylor Field House on Saturday, May 3 to celebrate the sounds of The Jackson Five, and more specifically, Michael Jackson.  Performing to a packed audience,  students sang and danced to  all of the favorites from this legendary group.    The guest conductor for the event was John Jacobson, world-renown choreographer and consultant for Walt Disney Productions, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and America Sings. 

Sandra Day O’Connor High School Orchestra Director Ms. Lisa McCutchan has been announced as a national quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY FOUNDATION Music Educator of the Year.  222 music teachers from 41 states have qualified from an initial application pool of 7,000 nominations.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K-gr. 16, private and public schools) who have made significant and lasting contributions to the field of music education.


Congratulations to Kuentz Elementary fourth grade student Shelby Crowley and Clark freshman Isabella Perdomo for having their art work selected from 3,000 entries for development of patches that are part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program Celebration.  Both patches will fly to the International Space Station in 2014.  Student recognition for this achievement is scheduled for Monday, June 2, 2014 at Paul Taylor Field House.