Mansfield School & Family Magazine Summer 2017 - Page 30

T he Mansfield ISD Summit High School Wind Symphony and TA Howard Honor Bands recently received one of the most prestigious honors afforded to musicians and music educators. Both schools have been invited to perform at the 2017 Midwest Clinic in Chicago -- the largest instrumental music education conference in the world. This marks the first time a Mansfield ISD band has been selected to be featured in the legendary conference which bills itself as showcasing the ‘finest performances from around the globe’ since 1946. “We’re incredibly proud of all the students’ hard work, and thankful for all the amazing private lesson teachers, clinicians, parents, administrators and band directors, past and present, who have made this possible,” said Summit Director of Bands Christopher Kanicki. All bands undergo a rigorous multi-step application process. Applications are evaluated by some of the foremost music educators in the world and only a handful of groups are chosen each year from the United States and 30 participating countries. “Being invited to The Midwest Chicago Clinic is a huge accomplishment for our students, band staff and lesson teachers who have worked so hard to earn this privilege,” said TA Howard Band Director Nathaniel Neugent. “I am beyond proud of our administration, parents, district, and community for supporting us in this endeavor 100-percent.” Along with their performances, Summit High School and TA Howard students and instructors will have the opportunity to attend concerts and clinics allowing them to learn the latest techniques and trends in music education from the best in the industry. The Midwest Clinic draws more than 17,000 attendees from around the world. It will be held December 20-23. Timberview High School recognized as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction T he AVID Center recognized Mansfield Timberview High School as a 2016-17 Schoolwide Site of Distinction. This honor is awarded to campuses with strong AVID College Readiness Systems who have improved academic performance for all students based on increased opportunities including: ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ The percentage of 11 th and 12 th grade students who have taken at least one rigorous course such as AP or dual credit. The percentage of 11 th and 12 th grade students who have taken at least one AP exam. The percentage of all students who have taken a pre-collegiate exam (PSAT, SAT, ACT). The percentage of seniors who met college entrance requirements. The percentage of seniors who applied to college. The percentage of seniors who were accepted to college. “The trajectory of many of our students’ lives has been changed because of the district’s vision and financial support,” said Angela R. Martin, who coordinates the AVID College Readiness System. “The AVID elective class focuses on students who are underrepresented in higher education. The Schoolwide Site of Distinction recognition shows that Timberview has utilized the system to improve academic performance for all students.” 28 Mansfield School & Family