Despite nearly 6,000 miles of distance, these sixth-graders at Kimball Elementary School were able to chat and laugh with classmate George Matua (who can be seen on the SmartBoard in the background) Wednesday, March 20, in the school’s science lab. George was in the country of Georgia for his grandmother’s 80th birthday. His classmates’ favorite thing was to hear him speak in Georgian. At this point, George had been gone nearly two weeks and he was near the end of his stay. Students here were all ready to sing “Happy Birthday” to George’s grandmother, but the wi-fi connection in Georgia was lost when the computer was moved. Even though having video and audio work simultaneously using Skype was a challenge, they all enjoyed being able to keep in touch.
Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua (in the light of full disclosure, George’s mom).
Friday, Feb. 22, Kurt Helgeson and Chuck Hentges from SCSU came to Kimball to instruct students in grades five and six on the CAD software Auto Desk Inventor. Students learned how to use the software to create a basic shape, make a hole, extrude the design, change the view of their 3-D design, and then change the material for the part they created.
Mr. Widvey, I thought I might take this opportunity to congratulate you on the extremely fine musical presentation by your school band at The Field Museum in Chicago today. I am an orthopedic surgeon from San Francisco with an interest in vertebrate paleontology esp. relative to the knee joint (conf. Google Scholar, Dye SF).
I was there to study Sue [the Tyrannosaurus rex] when I had the unexpected pleasure of hearing the Kimball HS band. I was frankly astounded at the near professional quality of the musicality of this outstanding group of young people. They were attentive, polite, and superb. They clearly are a reflection not only of the remarkable leadership skills of the band director, but also of your leadership, and the community of Kimball at large.
The past week has been a whirlwind for the KAHS Band. Following their Winter Concert the week before, on Tuesday, March 19, the band sent 11 events to Section/State Solo & Ensemble Contest at St. John’s Prep. All 11 events received state ratings with 8 superiors (the top rating possible) and 3 excellents. Those earning State Superior were: Caitlin Carr - violin solo; Austin Roerick - trumpet solo; Andi Schiefelbein - clarinet solo; Shelby Schiefelbein - clarinet solo; Miranda Albert - flute solo; Tessa Mackereth - flute solo; Andi and Shelby Schiefelbein - clarinet duet; and Alexis Rose and Lauren Libbesmeier - saxophone duet. Those earning State Excellent were: Ashlee Alrich - tenor sax solo; Tessa Mackereth, Miranda Albert and Haley Schiefelbein - flute trio; and Austin Roerick, Cameron Hunt and Luke Merten - trumpet trio.
KAHS choir members, all who participated in contest, are from left to right, in back, Ariel Laabs, Ryan Luitjens, Caleb Anderson, Brady Mehr, Camen Miles, Bridget Anderson, and Holly
Dahlinger. In front are Shelby Schiefelbein, Stacy Hurrle, Erin Diffley, Olivia Straley, Savannah Gohmann, Kaitlyn Truenow, and Elene Loliashvili. Not pictured is Danielle Helgeson. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.