2014-15 MHS FINE ARTS NEWS

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2014-15 FINE ARTS CERTIFICATE AWARD WINNERS
Trevor Andersen — Music
Alex Dee — Music
Madeleine Denike — General Arts
Hugh Ding — Music
Brian Ernst — Visual Art
Neil Gill — General Arts
Amy Hamilton — Visual Art
Emily Helmer — Music
Xiaoyu Hu — Music
Holly Laurenzio — General Arts
Teagan Lopes — Visual Art
Tracy Ly — Music
Keenan Murphy — Music
Gaelan O'Shea — Music
Marvin Velasquez — General Arts
Keana Watkins — General Arts
Beatrix Wong — Music
Nadia Zakhilwal — Visual Art



SPECIALIST HIGH SKILLS MAJOR - Red Seal Diploma
Teagan Lopes


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NEW MURALS FOR THE CANADIAN AND WORLD STUDIES WING
Andi Bordt and Esther Johnston spent a semester at Merivale enrolled in our Communication and Design FOCUS program.
They recently completed these impressive summative projects and will be awarded a Special Red Seal Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Merivale's Randy Tran and Teagan Lopes have also filled all the criteria, and will receive their Red Seal Diploma at Commencement.


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OVER 250 ART SHOW SELFIES WERE POSTED!
MANY THANKS TO ALL THAT PARTICIPATED
Here is the link to the Facebook page where people posted their photos. https://www.facebook.com/events/1655761014637102/


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Many thanks to Ms. Dutton and Mrs. Sward for another outstanding concert!


The City of Ottawa is sponsoring a contest in our schools — their people are looking for a series of postcards that would reflect the spirit of the nation's capital during Canada's 150 year celebrations in 2017.

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OUR KINDNESS WEEK WINNER!
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We followed up the "WIN on WEDNESDAY"
with a promise to "Beat 'em in the Bell Centre :-)

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Author, poet, filmmaker and Merivale Alumnus SHANE BOOK was an honoured guest at our school
on Monday, April 20. Shane has been nominated for a Griffin Poetry Prize, for Congotronic (House of Anansi).

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The FOCUS Program guaranteed a "WIN on WEDNESDAY"
for our OTTAWA SENATORS ...
No question about ... our photos of Alex, Griffin, Kelsey, Emily and Dmitri that were
sent to the TEAM 1200, tweeted and retweeted by the OCDSB made the difference !

In any event, a very spirited and honourable effort ... we live to fight another day!

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FOCUS/SHSM STUDENTS ARE NOW CERTIFIED FIRST AIDERS!

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On March 10, MERIVALE FINE ARTS went to the Canadian Tire Centre last night and did our best!
We gave them everything we had — except two points!

The Artwork prepared by our FOCUS program kids looked terrific and music teacher Kate Sward's steel drum version of the Hockey Night in Canada Theme played by our steel pan ensemble was a huge hit!

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Our Colombian exchange students thoroughly enjoyed their first NHL game, and no doubt managed a few additions to the English vocabulary in keeping with our school's proactive ELL initiative :-)

Huge props to Office Adminstrator Barb Dettmar who helped big time with seating, bus issues and took the outstanding photos of our murals in the stands. Many thanks to The Dicksons (Kate's folks and her husband!) for helping us manage the Cube Van to transport the steel pans.

AND none of this would have been possible without the generous assistance of our principal Barb Gage!

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Trevor Andersen received the 2015 MUSICFEST Senior Concert Band Award




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Our Junior Concert Band captured BRONZE at 2015 MUSICFEST
The Senior Concert Band took SILVER

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Claire Sethuram received the 2015 MUSICFEST Junior Concert Band Award



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Postmaster Connie Black-Sturby was so elated to receive our class Valentine Day efforts that she sent a wonderful card, a box of chocolates, a sweatshirt and a brochure outlining the annual festivities in Love, Saskatchewan whose population swells from 58 souls to just under 500 on February 14 every year! We took this image to send to her in class today. Helping us with the photo is our top notch office administrator Barb Dettmar, who works diligently behind the scenes to make sure all our fine arts programs run smoothly and efficiently!
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Michael Bridglalsingh is a percussionist with the Nepean Panharmonics Steel Band working with Alex Dee on his bossa nova, bolero and calypso beats as we prepared for our Steel Pan performance at the Canadian Tire Centre on TUESDAY, MARCH 10

— Katherine Sward

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Great to see ANDYand ESTHER back at MHS...


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On Monday, January 12, Merivale Fine Arts teachers were recognized for excellence by the Arts Advisory Council!


SCOTT HUGHES (Porter Airlines project / 2013-14 MEDIA ARTS Secondary)

IRV OSTERER (Face2Face project with the Ottawa Archives/ 2013-14 Secondary Arts Event)

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CYNTHIA WOOD ( 2013-14 Secondary Drama Award)


Joining them is TAKIS ZERVAS who received a well deserved award for his 20 year association with
Merivale's Multicultural Show


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OUTSTANDING CONTOUR DRAWINGS FROM MRS. GALE's GRADE 9 ART CLASS




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NUIT BLANCHE

Mr. Osterer attended Ottawa's Nuit Blanche with colleague Evelyn Michaud and artist David Jones. Mr. Osterer's former student, printmaker Rob Hinchley, was the driving force behind the best venue at the 12 hour event — he managed to secure a steam roller to print really large woodblock and plywood plates. Other Merivale students spotted were Kim Bartnik at Arts Court, the Zambrano Cantor family on Sussex, and Focus student stars Andi Bordt and Esther Johnston.


Now if they could only schedule these things on a weekend that it didn't rain!



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Steel Pan class under the direction of Ms. Dickson ... lucky to have a veteran drummer :-)

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Congratulations to this year's cast ...

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MERIVALE 50th REUNION NEWS

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Our Fine Arts team is excited to be back for 2014-15!

The changes ....

Mr. Osterer will be in the school Library each afternoon, and will be leading a new "Maker Movement" initiative that will encourage a more creative interface in that space. He is also piloting a new Integrated Arts program, that will provide a link to our special series photography, ceramics and graphic design courses as well as our Communication & Design SHSM/FOCUS program.

Mrs. MacLean is on leave at McGill University working on a Master's Degree in Music performance.

Ms. Dutton will be the lead music teacher.


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We welcome Kate Dickson to Merivale. Kate will be teaching the Steel Pan ensemble between 7 and 8 am. The balance of her music timetable will be filled at Bell High School

FINE ARTS FACULTY

Mrs. Lisa Gale — Visual Art

Mrs. Jaclyn Cañas — Photography, Ceramics, Drama

Mr. Irv Osterer — Library, Graphic Design, Communication and Design FOCUS/SHSM coordinator, Integrated Arts

Mr. Scott Hughes — Communication Technology, Animation

Ms. Elizabeth Dutton — Music

Ms. Kate Dickson — Steel Pans

Ms. Cynthia Wood — Drama, English


We are currently changing the course outlines and information sheets to reflect the OCDSB's new Assessment and Evaluation policy.

We are hoping that they will all be on-line by the end of semester one.

We are all looking forward to another terrific year!

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MERIVALE ART at the EMERALD PLAZA LIBRARY


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Samples of artwork from Merivale students will now be on display every month at the newly renovated Emerald Plaza library.



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CONGRATULATIONS to ALL OUR CAPPIES NOMINEES and to RONAN LYALL, winner of the 2014 CAPPIE for Comic Actor in a Musical

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Posters printed courtesy of the IDP Group in Renfrew, Ontario. We wish to thanks General Manager Kerry Thompson for his help with our projects.

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Thanks to Ms. MacLean for making Music Monday a blast!
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We are happy to say that our entire Fine Arts team is back for 2013-14.
There are a few small changes.
Mr. Osterer will be the school librarian during semester one, but will be returning to the classroom in Semester 2.
Mrs. Cañas will be teaching the ceramics course this year.

FINE ARTS FACULTY
Mrs. Lisa Gale — Visual Art
Mrs. Jaclyn Cañas — Photography, Ceramics, Drama
Mr. Irv Osterer — Library, Graphic Design, Communication and Design FOCUS/SHSM coordinator
Mr. Scott Hughes — Communication Technology, Animation
Ms. Elizabeth Dutton — Music
Mrs. Tessa MacLean — Music, Careers/Civics
Ms. Cynthia Wood — Drama, English

We are currently changing the course outlines and information sheets to reflect the OCDSB's new Assessment and Evaluation policy.
They should be on-line by the end of semester one.
We are all looking forward to a terrific year!