Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Check Out Our Fifth Graders Performing at LEAF with Kim and Reggie Harris!

Hands down the best performance at LEAF!  Here it is in full.  Get ready to sing!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Second Graders Complete West African Drum Residency

Asheville resident and Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast, West Africa) native, Adama Dembele, spent this week teaching Claxton 2nd graders West African drumming.

The West African drumming residency took place during music specialist time and focused on teaching the 2nd graders to play rhythms particular to the traditional cultures of Ivory Coast and Mali. The students also learned a little about drumming technique, life in urban and rural West Africa, how certain rhythms can communicate meaning, and even a few words in the tribal dialects of the region and in French. 

We are fortunate that the PTO was able to fund this artist residency with a mini-grant.  We are even luckier that having our second graders work with Demebele has become a Claxton tradition, made possible last year by another PTO mini-grant and in years past with grants from the Asheville City Schools Foundation.

For more information about Adama Dembele and the incredible tradition he brings to Asheville, visit his website:  http://www.adamadembele.com

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Don't Miss the Fifth Graders' Performance at LEAF!

Claxton fifth graders will take to the stage at this spring's LEAF Festival, the culmination of a three-day residency with in Socially Conscious Music and Storytelling with Kim and Reggie Harris.

The performance will be at 1:15 on Saturday, May 10 at the Barn Stage.

Kim and Reggie Harris have amassed an amazing repertoire of African American music, blending spirituals and freedom songs, the old and the new. Combining traditional African-American spirituals and freedom songs with original folk, they sing of life, love, the quest for freedom, environment and community.

The duo raises awareness of the Underground Railroad through music and history. They will discuss leadership and role models with Claxton students, and will work with them to write songs and tell stories about leaders they know and/or admire. Fifth graders will also discuss the ways they are or can become leaders in their school and community.

Thanks to LEAF in Schools and Streets for this wonderful opportunity!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

It's Another Hit Show!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Claxton's 2014 spring musical, Princess Whatshername!

Reviews ranged from, "I LOVED IT!!!" (Lydia, age 5) to "I want to see it again!" (Jack, age 7)

Our students did an awesome job, and we are forever grateful to the parents who worked backstage and selling concessions, our live band members, all the faculty who helped with stage construction, logistics, and everything else, and of course Mr. Butler, the Musical Director, and Ms. Baldwin, the Director.  They put in countless hours every year to make the spring musical happen, and we are so pleased with what a success it was this year.

Stay tuned for information on purchasing a DVD!