2009 - 2010



2010 Merivale Fine Arts Certificates were presented at our June commencement

fine_art_certificate_graphic.jpg

MUSIC — Alex Teutsch, Ben Curran, Dylan Fox-Altherr, Maxim Ralchenko, Alicia Lim,

Ross Manson, Ylan Chu, Travis Suitor, Tristan Whalen-Hughes, Courtney King and Robbie Thuot

ART — Haley Canavan, Blair Davidson,

GENERAL — Caroline Mitchell, Megan Raddatz, David Stringer


Mike_Neill_Awardw_text.jpg

WE WIN 3 CAPPIES!!!!!!!!!!nominees.jpg Maddy.JPGchin.jpgcasey.jpg hayescrook.jpg Chin_group.jpgNash_group.jpg NAC_cast.jpg Ophira.jpg swingers.jpg group.jpgcappieslogo1.jpg



ONE ACTS
Our Drama Department drew great crowds at the ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL held in the Merivale Cafetorium on June 2 and 3. There were many outstanding performances

1Act1461.jpg1Act1367.jpg 1Act1505.jpg1Act1378.jpg

1Act1344.jpg1Act1490.jpg


SHSM STUDENTS TAKE ALGONQUIN MEDIA ARTS TOURGonk2.jpg Gonk1.jpg
Gonk3.jpg Gonk4.jpg

Many thanks to Diane Banks for arranging a terrific tour of Algonquin College's Photography, Animation, Photography, Graphic Design, Multi Media and Interior Design programs

QUARK XPRESS' CHRIS EDWARDS VISITS MHS
QuarkLogo.jpg Quark_visit.jpg
Chris Edwards spent a day at Merivale, checking out projects we created with XPress. Quark donated 30 seats of the software to Merivale in 2009.


MERIVALE ART SHOW

Many thanks to everyone who helped put together the 2010 Merivale's Art Show!

SPECIAL THANKS TO .....

    • Bleeker's Stereo and TV
    • The City of Ottawa Archives
    • Kelly Ryan
    • Shane Williams
    • Ylan Chu for organizing the music schedule
8:00-9:00 - Laura Teutsch and Janna Balkwill
9:00-9:30 - Stephen Rouble
9:30-10:10 - Natasha Chander
10:10-10:50 - Nancy Jones
11:00-11:30 - Stephen Rouble
11:30-12:30 - Janna Balkwill
12:30-13:00 - Tristan Whalen-Hughes
13:00-14:15 - Ylan Chu
14:15-15:15 - Jason Wong
15:15-16:15 - Ylan Chu
16:30-18:00 - Nick Maclean
  • Our terrific Custodial Staff
  • WADE TECH - Mr. John Gagnon

Screen_shot_2010-05-10_at_10.58.49_PM.png8340.jpg8338.jpg
8337.jpg 8335.jpg8329.jpg
8321.jpg 8317.jpg
8315.jpg8306.jpg
8298.jpg 8291.jpg
8283.jpg 8286.jpg8282.jpg
8280.jpg 8278.jpg
8276.jpg 8272.jpg

Grand_Finale.jpgsalmon.jpg

The GRAND FINALE concert was terrific! Many thanks to guest conductor
Ms. Melanie Reeks for helping us with the Steel Pans, Vocals and the Senior Concert Band.


davidINT.jpg

David Stringer

The Merivale Fine Arts Team extends its deepest sympathy to the Stringer family on the passing of their son David.

David was taking Graphic Design and Photography this year and always impressed his teachers with his unique

ability to think "outside the box". Most recently, David played a knight in our Once Upon a Mattress production.

May his memory be a blessing.



young@art.jpgDean.jpgChandan.jpgsara.jpg

Davidson.jpgCHEO.jpg


YOUNG at ART AWARDS were presented on
Wednesday, May 12 7:30 pm at Ben Franklin Place.

What is Young at Art?

Young at Art is a rare opportunity for young artists unlike anything else in North America. City of Ottawa youth are encouraged to reach out to their communities
through the experience of a citywide, juried art competition that brings their remarkable artwork to local community art galleries. Submitted artwork goes through
a jury process to determine which pieces will be exhibited in galleries in the east, west and central regions of the City. Young at Art juries are a diverse mix of
youth and established artists from our community who volunteer their time and expertise to help deliver exciting, quality exhibitions based on common assessment criteria.

Artwork selected by the jury is now on display at the Centrepointe Theater Gallery and the Atrium Gallery in Ben Franklin Place until May 25, 2010.

We are well represented with 22 Merivale pieces on display! Six Merivale artists were recognized for excellence

  • Drawing Senior – Best of Drawing, BLAIR DAVIDSON
  • Mixed Media Junior - RAHUL CHANDAN
  • Mixed Media Senior - the AWE3O Graphic Design Class
  • Other Media Senior - BETHANY DEAN
  • Digital Graphic Design - SARA HAERIAN-ARDAKANI
  • Issak Skiner - Alternate: YAA Short Term Studio Grant

zuni_familyINT.jpgsarahfamilyINT.jpgdeanINT.jpg
isaak2INT.jpg Isaak1INT.jpg

SPECIALIST HIGH SKILLS MAJOR STUDENTS at ALGONQUIN
7540.jpg 7539.jpg7538.jpg
7535.jpg 7500.jpg7496.jpg

Merivale's SHSM students recently completed three intensive training sessions at Algonquin College. Many thanks to instructor Greg Beldam and to Algonquin

College's Chris Jones for making this experiential learning possible for our students.



ALGONQUIN GRAPHIC DESIGN GRAD SHOW

7124.jpg7118.jpg7115.jpg

Merivale's SHSM students were invited to the annual GRAPHIC DESIGN GRAD SHOW at the Hard Rock Cafe! Merivale grads Manny Lopez

and Laura Sauer were on hand to greet us!


Mattress.jpg Mattress_poster.jpg
m2.jpgm3.jpg
m4.jpgm14.jpg

m6.jpgm11.jpg
m5.jpgm12.jpg

WE HAD A TERRIFIC RUN! Congratulations to Ms. Woods, Ms. Davidson, Ms LePage, Mrs. Cañas, Ms. Watson Laird, Mrs. Gale

and all the cast and crew that made this another outstanding Merivale Musical.




CAPPIES CRITICS NIGHT @ MHS
7295.jpg 7298.jpg
Merivale hosted the CAPPIES CRITICS on Thursday, April 29. Many thanks to Lisa Nash and Cheryl Calof
for doing such a great job organizing this important arts evening and for arranging all the centerpieces
and decorations.

We also wish to express our gratitude to parents who provided food and to our school Admin team
and to Dr. Joan Strong
and the MHS English Department who pitched in to make this a very festive event.


ChrisJones2.jpgChrisJones1.jpg
CHRIS JONES @ MHS
Chris Jones, graphic design coordinator at Algonquin College dropped in on Monday, April 12 to talk about the Graphic Design program at Algonquin and also to distribute copies of the 2010 Algonquin Graphic Design Yearbook. He looked at some of our projects and engaged students in a lively discussion about future design trends.


alien.jpgalien1.jpgalien2.jpg
ALIEN VISITS MERIVALE

Senior Graphic Design students will be revisiting the layout and design possibilities presented by the tabloid press. We recruited an alien - our own Cameron Stewart! Many thanks to Metro, Popeyes, Best Buy, HomeSense and Constable Ross of the OPP for participating in our photo shoot.



SAM2.jpgSAM3.jpgSAM1.jpgSILK SCREEN WORKSHOP at the SAM GROUP

On March 31, FOCUS Program students printed Tshirts at the SAM GROUP. Many thanks to Steve Maher, Robert Way and his son Alex for making this opportunity available to our student as part of the Specialist High Skills Major initiative.





skates.jpg
SKATE PROJECT

FOCUS Program students recently spent a few periods drawing hockey and figure skates and roller blades at our neighbourhood SportChek store. They will be doing a number of studies that will be used to create full scale mockups of skateboxes.





Teknision's Tony MacDonell Talks to FOCUS Group
Tony_MacDonell2010.jpg

On Wednesday, March 3, Merivale High School’s Communication and Design FOCUS group was treated to an outstanding presentation by Teknision Inc’s TONY MACDONELL, one of Canada’s leading Interactive Designers, and all around great guy. Tony had a lot to say about the future of design and how in a short time, people are going to interact with the virtual world in ways we never thought possible.

He finished his talk by engaging the class in a demonstration of “Sayback”, an iPhone application designed by his studio.

We are grateful that Tony made time to speak to our students. His talk will count towards the experiential learning component in Merivale’s Specialist High Skills Major initiative.




MUSICFEST 2010 RESULTS !
MUSICFEST 2010Jr. Jazz Band SILVER MEDAL!
MUSICFEST 2010Dixieland BandGOLD MEDAL!
Dylan.jpg



MUSICFEST 2010Sr. Jazz BandSILVER MEDAL!
salmonINT.jpg


MUSICFEST 2010 — Sr. Concert BandSILVER MEDAL!

musicfest7.jpgmusicfest5.jpgmusicfest4.jpg

musicfest3.jpgmusicfest2.jpgmusicfest1.jpg
musicfest_band.jpg musifest9.jpg




MUSICFEST 2010— Jr. Concert BandSILVER MEDAL!

laura.jpg



CENTRALAIRES
Merivale Music hosted another very successful and well attended CENTRALAIRES CONCERT on Wednesday, February 17. Conducting the Centralaires was Fran Chilton McKay. Fran was head of the Music Department at JS Woodsworth for many years and we were also fortunate to have her at MHS for one year before she accepted a professional music position with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Both Mr. Ramin and Ms. LePage play with the Centralaires. The final piece in the concert feratured a joint effort with members of our bands playing "Ireland" with the Centralaires!

5384Ramin.jpg5368fran.jpg5391Alicia.jpg
5390max.jpg 5384Ramin.jpg5372charles.jpg
5378Michele.jpgCentralaires2010.jpg



music-a-thonINT.jpgcasey_and_friend.jpgnancy_and_Ylan.jpg

Ralchenko_ensemble.jpgdad.jpg

Band-a-Thon_Twisterint.jpg Band.jpgbandathon2.jpg
charlie.jpgBandathon_Michele.jpg

singers.jpgBandathon_kids.jpg
Bandathon_james.jpg Bandathon_girls.jpg
Bandathon_end.jpg

Many thanks to all the students, parents and teachers that helped make our 24 hour Band-a-Thon a terrific event!



art_summatives.jpg

Art Students have had a very successful first term! Many of their projects will be on display at the ART SHOW in May!




group_INT4819.jpg=
4832.jpg4833.jpg

title2.jpgMr. Ramin and the Dixieland Band served up a terrific set at SUZART's Kraig-Paul and Friends fundraiser

held at Woodroffe United Church on Saturday, January 23! Many thanks to Lisa Nash for arranging this gig for our students.





YBCover1.jpgThis year's imaginative yearbook cover
was created by Grade 11 Graphic Design
student CURTIS TUPIN.












MERIVALE ARTS were well represented at the recent Grade 8 Parents Night held on Tuesday, January 12, 2010.

Many thanks to Ms. LePage and Mr. Ramin for conducting the Steel Pan and Dixieland Band.

Mattress1.jpgMattress2.jpgYlan.jpg

Ms. LePage also supervised the first performance of the Once Upon a Mattress ensemble, that also included violins! CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Wood for putting together a Once Upon a Mattress teaser on such short notice. The cast was outstanding!

frog1.jpgfrog2.jpg

Mrs. Gale hung a terrific ceramic and art display in our Library and also profiled the Grade 9 and 10 art program in Room B101.

Mrs. Canas and Mr. Fried showed an impressive selection of photos and graphics in Room A107. Mr. Fried also designed the spirited powerpoint presentations that were also very well received.



IMG_1805group.jpg
Ceramics students taking part in a pottery wheel workshop on Monday, December 14.
Many thanks to artist Susan Gold and Corrie Keevil, coodinator of the Nepean Visual Art Center.


Suzarters.jpg

A strong contingent of Merivale Fine Arts staff and students attended SUZART's the December 12 excellent performance of Beauty and the Beast. Ms. Woods and Mr. Osterer joked about how we could get their chorus of youngsters who played plates, napkins and wolves into Once Upon a Mattress :-)


Many (many) thanks to Lisa Nash for following through with this initiative. The SUZART people were happy to see us and have pledged to help us with costumes for our spring musical. We look forward to sustaining this excellent fine arts relationship for many years.




On Friday, December 11, the Department went on its annual first term visit to Montreal. The day trip was organized by Mr. Fried and included visits to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canadian Center for Architecture and a little seasonal shopping.




Joey.jpgIMG_1765int.jpg
The WINTER WONDERBAND concert was terrific! Many thanks to guest conductor
Mr. Steiner for helping us with the Steel Pans and the Senior Concert Band.

IMG_1741int.jpgIMG_1745int.jpg
IMG_1754int.jpgIMG_1757int.jpg

IMG_1750int.jpgIMG_1749int.jpg




Savage.jpgSavagecastint.jpg

Savage1500int.jpg Savage1501int.jpg
Savage1507int.jpg Savage1514int.jpg
Savage1516int.jpg Savage1517int.jpg
Savage1518int.jpg Savage1530INT.jpg

Our Fall presentation of The Curious Savage enjoyed a terrific three day run - with close to 150 people in the audience at the Friday performance!


The November 24 Coffee House was a rousing success. Many thanks to Ms. Rafus, Mr. Hughes, Mr. Williams and all the staff, students and parent volunteers that contributed to an outstanding evening.

IMG_1468int.jpgIMG_1488int.jpgIMG_1486int.jpg




vocal09int.jpg

At the request of Councillor Gord Hunter, Merivale's Vocal Ensemble opened the November 16th session of City Council with a rousing rendition of the National Anthem. This was the meeting that ultimately decided the fate of the Landsdowne Live proposal.

Many thanks to conductor Michele LePage, terrific parent volunteers Lisa Nash and Huong Nguyen for helping with transporting the group to City Hall!



AN EVENING OF THE ARTS - NOVEMBER 5, 2010


Evening_of_the_Arts_poster.jpgMerivale's Fine Arts Department hosted "An Evening of the ARTS" on November 5, celebrating a new partnership between Suzart Productions and Merivale High School. Suzart is a local, non-profit musical theater company whose mandate is to offer terrific family entertainment and also to provide an oppportunity for everyone, particularly youth, a chance to experience all aspects of musical theater. Our feeder school, Sir Winston Churchill PS also participated in this very well attended arts production!

Many thanks to LISA NASH who organized the event, and to our new Drama Lead Cynthia Wood who coordinated most of the evening. Scott Hughes was our excellent MC while Michele LePage and Charlie Ramin (music), Lisa Gale (visual art), Brian Fried (all photography) Andrea Davidson (stage manager), Shane Williams and Jaclyn Canas were instrumental in making this a terrific night for Merivale Fine Arts!


Suzart_performers.jpg IMPROV_GRICER.jpg more_singers.jpg BENNY.jpg trustee.jpg gord.jpg


MERIVALE FINE ARTS at the WORLD of WORK CONFERENCE - Aberdeen Pavillion - October 28, 2009


FriedatWoWint.jpg
PatrickWoWint.jpg
bandWoW.jpg

• At MHS, we are proud of our well deserved reputation for excellence in the Fine Arts.

• Our courses, productions, musical theater, publications, concerts and art displays contribute to the school culture and have solidified Merivale’s reputation for outstanding achievement.

• Our recent graduates study at the most prestigious post secondary art, music, media and drama schools in this country.

• Our arts teachers are among the most committed and passionate in our system. They are outstanding people who do an extraordinary job and have been recognized by the Ottawa Carleton District School Board


2009 OCDSB ARTS AWARDS

WikiOCDSB_Arts_Awards-_16.jpg

Once again our Merivale community has been cited for excellence in arts programming


Dr. Joan Strong is the recipient of the Arts Recognition Award for Secondary Literary Arts for 2008-2009. Joan’s enthusiasm, dedication and long hours of hard work inspiring students and initiating literacy projects is truly outstanding. As Cappies mentor and Cappies Critics Leader at Merivale, Dr. Strong helped elevate the standards of writing which enabled our students to see many of their reviews published and the team win Cappie Awards for “Top Critic Team” and Lead Male Critic


Scott Hughes
accepted the Arts Recognition Award for Secondary Media Arts for 2008-2009.Scott’s work with students to produce prize-winning newspapers and short films and videos, in-house MTV channel and new Flash animation course have made a significant contribution to the Merivale learning community.


The Arts Recognition Award for Community Volunteer for 2008-2009 was presented to
Huong Nguyen
. Huong’s tireless assistance at every concert, theatre performance and music event and her generous support in fundraisers and the annual Cappies Gala are truly remarkable. Her passion for the arts has made a huge difference in the lives of so many students.

Department Head Irv Osterer was also recognized for his leadership in the arts

We also congratulate
Mr. Gerard Loehr,
Sir Winston Churchill's music teacher for being recognized as the Elementary Music Teacher of the year.

2009-10 CHEO POSTER CONTEST

The 2009 Grade 11 Graphic Design class created artwork for CHEO's annual "Wear your Bear" poster competition.

Congratulations to Laura Harvey whose work was one of the finalists.



certificate_type.jpg

fineartscert.jpg

To qualify for a Fine Arts Certificate : Visual Art
Students must complete seven visual art courses and achieve a mark of at least 70% in each elective.

To qualify for a Fine Arts Certificate: Music
Students must complete seven music courses and achieve a mark of at least 70% in each elective.

To qualify for a General Fine Arts Certificate
Drama students and others who take arts courses without a concentration in visual art or music, are eligible for a Fine Arts Certificate, if they take any seven arts courses and achieve a mark of at least 70% in each course.

The Department will also accept one of — Creative Writing EWC4U or IDC4U1 Yearbook/Newspaper towards the General Fine Arts Certificate.
Fine Arts teachers will be reviewing student transcripts in May. Certificates are presented at the Graduation Assembly in June.