With extended periods of rehearsal in preparation for the upcoming competitive marching and football seasons, musicians spent time rehearsing marching and music fundamentals as well as learning the material for the 2014 field and football shows during the annual Summer Band Camp. Beyond rehearsals, Band Camp serves as an opportunity for the students to come together to get to know the other members of the Alamo Heights Band family. Bonding opportunities take place throughout the week, as sections spend time eating together, gathering at one anothers’ houses for social events and ultimately performing together for the first time as members of an outstanding band program. See the efforts of these summer musicians come to life during halftime under the Friday Night Lights!
AHISD TEAM CELEBRATES A NEW YEAR
Happy New Year! Coming together as a team for the first time after summer break, teachers and staff at Alamo Heights ISD shared their excitement for the new year. The staff kicks off the academic season each August with the annual convocation ceremony in which all team members gather to reconnect and symbolically launch the new year. This year’s New Year’s theme featured an AHISD logo dropping from the stage along with confetti and balloons, similar to the annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square. Guest speakers included Ann Veazey, AHISD Teacher of the Year; Cory Bakke, Alamo Heights School Foundation president; Lott McIlhenny, AHISD Board of Trustees president; and Dr. Kevin Brown, superintendent.
As the first day of the new school year drew near, classrooms began to fill with teachers excited to learn new ways to engage their students. AHISD’s behavioral specialist, Dan St. Romain, shared his knowledge of brain-based tactics to keep kids interested and engaged at all levels. The teachers-turned-students found the activities to be innovative and interactive, allowing them to create an excitement for learning for their own students.