Wednesday, December 15, 2010

COMMUNITY SERVICE: a look back at the first semester

What a fantastic semester! Participation in the first semester’s community service projects was fantastic. The year started with: a donation of more than 500 pounds of food to Action Partnership; setting up, assisting, and breaking down the Council on Aging and People Helping People festivals; and maintaining our coast by participating in the Coastal Cleanup with the state of California.

As we moved into October, students donated Halloween candy for the Boys & Girls Club of Orange County, raised $750 and walked in the CHOC Walk at Disneyland, and hosted a cupcake decorating booth at the Anaheim Fall Festival. 

As we got closer to the holiday season, students donated Boxes of Love for those unable to afford a Thanksgiving meal, donated to the Family Resource Center Hygiene Drive, went to a senior home to visit with the residents, and donated hundreds of toys to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) through Fairmont’s annual CHOC Toy Drive. 

Semester two will prove to be just as successful! We begin the semester with a clothing drive for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation followed by a SOUPer Bowl Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. April 10 - 16, 2011 is National Volunteer Week and the Prep will be participating in a special project – stay tuned!

The school year will end with participating in the AIDS Walk, Arthritis Walk, and the Kristie’s Foundation BBQ and Festival. The tentative total of service hours that can be earned in semester two is 30. Thank you for continuing to take the time to "Paws for a Cause!"

Seniors – don't wait until the last minute to finish your community service graduation requirement! Senior hours are due by Tuesday, April 12th and the reflection project is due by Tuesday, April 26th.

- Contributed by Mrs. Anna Kunkle, Prep Community Service Coordinator

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

MUSIC: performance groups shine in winter concert

On Tuesday, December 7 the Prep's music program was showcased in a Winter Concert for the entire student body, faculty and staff. Our Concert Band, Concert Choir, Show Choir, Combined Choir and Orchestra repeated the program in the evening for parents, friends, and family. Traditional holiday music combined with festive performances entertained the audience.

Orchestra kicked off the performance with a set including Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (excerpt), by Johann Sebastian Bach; Concerto in D Major, by Georg Phillip Telemann; What Child is This…?, arranged by Ovidiu Marinca; and Hungarian Dance No. 5, by Johannes  Brahms.

Combined Choir followed with classical Christmas fare such as Carol of the Bells and Carol of the Drums, then ended with the more modern "Wonderful Christmastime," and the jazzy "Baby It’s Cold Outside." As Show Choir left the risers to prepare for their number, Concert Choir sang a beautiful ballad called "Winterlight," and then ended their program with Grinch, following the story of the "Whos in Whoville."

Concert Band took their place on stage beginning with Carol of the Bells. Before moving into their jazz band repertoire, they performed the Nutcracker highlights in a piece titled 3 Minute Nutcracker. Jazz selections included The Incredibles, 25 or 6 to 4, Theme from Family Guy, and Good King Swings. Ending their part of the program, the band performed out traditional Christmas Pop Sing Along consisting of 4 popular songs for the audience to sing.

The Show Choir performed their always anticipated finale with "The Way I Are" – the middle selection for their competition set.

The music program will travel to the Honolulu Festival March 9-14 for competition, and will end the season locally on April 9 with our annual Disney competition. Save the date for our Spring Concert on April 12!

- Contributed by Ms. Stacey Barta & Mr. Ovidiu Marinca, Prep Music Teachers
- Photos by Senor Giustorobelo, Prep Digital Film Teacher

Monday, December 6, 2010

HUSKY HOWL: to our fall play cast & crew

The fall play, "Barefoot in the Park," was held December 2-4 and was a complete success! The hard work the students put into it (both actors and crew alike) really paid off and I am infinitely pleased with the result. Junior Eleni C., who played the role of Paul Bratter, is a phenomenal actor who had most of the audience on all three nights quite confused because of her excellent characterization. 

Corie Bratter, Phorum S.
Telephone Repairwoman, Cynthia Z.
Paul Bratter, Eleni C.
Mrs. Banks, Nassim K.
Victor Velasco, Nicolas C.

- Contributed by Mr. June Yoon, Prep Theatre Arts Teacher

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

HUSKY VISION: november edition

Enjoy the November edition of Husky Vision, the Prep's monthly video news program:
     Part One
     Part Two

Check out all past editions on our Husky Vision YouTube channel!

- Contributed by Mr. Pablo Giustorobelo, Prep HV Producer