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THS Students make All-State Band

Congratulations to Junior Tanner Ness (Trumpet) and Freshman Jayson Bubel (Alto Sax) for making the 2016  Connecticut Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band.  The 2016 CMEA All-State Music Festival will be held at the Hartford Convention Center April 28-30, 2016.

Congratulations #PrideofTorrington

 

 

THS Orchestra @ Newington HS

The Torrington High School Orchestra performed a combined concert with the Newington High School Orchestra on Wednesday February 3, 2016 at Newington High School.  With over 80 students on stage this was the largest combined orchestra in recent years.   Emmett Drake, Director of Orchestras from the West Hartford Public Schools was the guest conductor.   The concert featured the CCSU Sinfonietta, Newington High School Chamber Orchestra and the combined THS/NHS Orchestras.

Rehearsal at Newington HS

Jazz @ Fermi High School Jazz Festival Sat Feb 27

The Torrington High School Jazz Ensemble will be performing in the Enrico Fermi High School Jazz Festival on Saturday February 27, 2016 at Enrico Fermi HS in Enfield, CT.

Participating Schools and times

Fermi HS – Jazz Combo – 9:00am
Chicopee HS – Jazz Combo – 9:25am
Fermi HS – Jazz Combo – 9:50am
South Windsor HS – Jazz Ensemble – 10:15am
Fermi HS – Jazz Ensemble – 10:45am
Ellington MS – Jazz A – 11:05am
Ellington MS – Jazz B – 11:30am

INTERMISSION
Northwest Catholic HS – Unified Jazz Ensemble – 12:30pm
Westfield South MS – Jazz Band – 12:55pm
Westfield HS – Jazz Ensemble – 1:20pm
Canton HS – Jazz Ensemble – 1:45pm
Bristol Central HS – Jazz Ensemble -2:10pm
Torrington HS – Jazz Ensemble – 2:35pm

Navy Band Northeast Combo – 3:00pm

Awards 4:00pm

Directions to Fermi High School –

 

 

Register for Music Courses 16-17 School Year

Course Books were handed out in Advisory this week. Powerschool portal for registering for courses will be open in February!!

Visit our Course Page for more information

 

Ms Rondeau - Concert Choir, Chamber Choir Introduction to Piano, History of Popular Music & Music Technology I
Mr. Splettstoeszer – Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Music Technology I and Music Technology II

Need more information – visit the Music Wing today!!!

 

Breaking News! Music Listed in New Federal Law

It’s a new day for music education. For the first time ever, music has been recognized as a stand-alone subject in the definition of a Well-Rounded Education in a new federal education law.

Today, the United States Senate passed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA)  [S. 1177] by a final vote count of 85 to 12, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was reauthorized.   With the President’s signature, hopefully in the days to come, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) will be no more.

We want to thank our members and all music education advocates for sending more than 20,000 letters to Congress. Your voice contributed to this monumental advancement for music education.

Here are the most important top line takeaways from the new bill:

 

  • A New and Clear Intent to Support Our Nation’s Schools Through a Well-Rounded Education: This is a sea change from NCLB, which focused heavily on the academic success of students narrowly defined as reading and math.
  • Enumeration of Music as a Well-Rounded Subject: Replacing the Core Academic Subject language from NCLB, this language clearly articulates that music should be a part of every child’s education, no matter their personal circumstance.
  • Requirements for Well-Rounded Education: Schools will now be able to assess their ability to provide a well-rounded education, including music, and address any deficiencies using federal funds.
  • Flexibility of Title I funds to support a well-rounded education. All Title I programs, both school-wide and targeted, are now available to provide supplemental funds for a well-rounded education, including music.
  • More Professional Development for Music Educators: Funds from Titles I, II and IV of ESSA, may support professional development for music educators as part of supporting a well-rounded education.
  • Flexible Accountability Systems: States must now include multiple progress measures in assessing school performance, which can include such music education-friendly measures as student engagement, parental engagement and school culture/climate.
  • Protection from “Pull Outs”: The new ESSA discourages removing students from the classroom, including music and arts, for remedial instruction.

To learn more about the bill, click here.

Passing this law with music listed as a stand-alone subject simply kicks open the door of opportunity to ensuring music’s place in every school — and leading in the decision-making for what that looks like.

 

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