A message from our music staff:

Mr. Berger and Ms. Hennessy are glad you're here! Check back often for updates and info about our Westgate music program. Mr. Berger can be reached via email at gberger@sd25.org, and Ms. Hennessy can be reached at ahennessy@sd25.org. Follow Mr. Berger on Twitter! @WEMusic160

Friday, April 19, 2013

This week in Music class~Jazz and concerts and water, oh my!


This week we spent time exploring various types of Jazz for Jazz history month. Students heard examples of Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, Big Band, and Latin Fusion. I also shared video examples of great jazz musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald & Mel Torme scat singing, and Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie playing their trumpets. (They enjoyed seeing those giant puffy cheeks!) I have included the Louis Armstrong video link below. He's singing the old favorite "Hello Dolly".
http://youtu.be/kmfeKUNDDYs

Our second grade concert was held Tuesday evening, and was a success! Students performed songs about springtime, and each class played a song on Orff instruments. Congratulations to all of our second grade students on a fine performance!

How about that weather this week? It reminded me of the old jazz song, "Into each life some rain must fall"! Ella sings that one so well!
Anyway, I happened to be sitting in the music room after school on Wednesday when I heard a 'drip... drip...' coming from the ceiling. Yep! It was a leak. With all of the rain, the roof just couldn't hold all of the water. Thankfully, the rain stopped and the roof is repaired.

Our 5th grade students took a quiz on Voice Ranges, (Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass), and Third graders had a quiz on the notes of the Treble clef. I also shared a few rhythm games from the website TMI- The Music Interactive. The website to download these free activities is www.themusicinteractive.com. We did JamaMambo, Rhythm Blocks and Rhythm Dictation. Staff Wars is also available on this site. Check it out!!

Mr. Berger ./'

Monday, April 15, 2013

Looking for Kindergarteners! From the Westgate Office...

We are looking for new kindergarten students and new first grade students for the 2013-2014 school year!

Parents do you know a parent of a kindergarten age student? Do you know a parent of a current kindergarten student attending a full time program in another school? Do you know parents who are thinking about transferring their children to Westgate?

If so, please motivate these parents to contact Westgate's office and talk with Robyn or Debbie. We need to secure student numbers to plan homeroom sections and teacher staffing. The number of homerooms within a grade-level and teachers are dependent on our student population. 

Please help us contact parents who may be interested in attending Westgate!

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Annual Variety Show was a huge success!!

Congratulations to all of our Westgate students that participated in the Variety Show last Friday night. We had 30 acts this year, and the talent was great! There were dance numbers, comedy, musicians, singers, and even poetry! The commons at South Middle School was jam packed with family members, which makes us wonder if we need to move the show to an even larger venue next year! Could Rolling Meadows High School be next? We'll see! Special thanks to our Variety Show committee- Coach K, Mrs. Belesiotis and Miss Goldstein, and to our helpers, Mrs. Collins, Mr. Badynee, Mrs. Klarner, Mrs. Wood, and the Westgate PTA for selling yummy concessions!