Hickman Honor Choir was one of only four schools to receive a superior score at the recent CMEA Choral Festival at Johansen High School (March 14,2014). Hughson High School, Johansen High School and Downey High School were the other schools honored.
Hickman Honor choir received a unanimous superior rating (the very highest possible) by the three judges from the Sacramento and Bay Area. The Hickman Boy’s choir, combined with Hughson High School to also receive a superior rating. So, Hickman, the only choir with elementary students to participate, received two of the 5 superior ratings awarded. After performing, one of the judges, from Consumnes River College, stated that she has never heard an elementary school performance that was as musical as that of the Hickman Honor Choir.
The boys of the choir distinguished themselves as the only boy’s choir to receive a superior rating.
Equally impressive was that fact that all the schools we saw had adults accompanying the choirs. Hickman had our very own Roy Mendiola, a talented seventh grader, accompany on the piano, with some very difficult pieces. The judges also made mention of Roy’s outstanding skills as a pianist/accompanist.
Another session of Lego Robotics concluded this week. Student-built robots competed on the last day of class. Look for more pictures soon in our Facebook STEM photo album !
Hickman Community Charter District would like to thank the Ray Main Family and their employees for the wonderful addition to our STEM program. The robotics tournament table will be a professional addition to our robotics “Bot Battles”. We are grateful for all you do to support our schools and our students.
Congratulations to the following student award winners at the 2014 Literary Conference:
On Tuesday this week, Luca Mitchell was honored at a local breakfast recognizing students from various schools throughout the county who have overcome obstacles. Luca was born with born with oculocutaneous albinism, affecting his skin and vision, yet he find strategies to accomplish and do what other students can take for granted. Click here to read a Modesto Bee article about the award ceremony.
In junior-high competition, the Hickman Charter red team took top honors, followed by the green team of Blaker-Kinser Junior High in Ceres, the black team of Ustach Middle School in north Modesto and La Loma Junior High in Modesto.
Saturday’s competition at Modesto Junior College tested high school students’ skills in areas from anatomy to water quality. Mapping, magnets and materials all posed conundrums for the kids to solve. Diseases, designer genes and the dynamic planet drew on a team’s collective knowledge. One category tested kids’ ability to cope with technical problems.
Some 15 junior high teams competed in events ranging from “Boomilever” to wheeled vehicles. The classic egg drop, where not cracking up is the goal and laughter often the result, got a rotor twist. Meteorology, the metric system and minerals all challenged students to master the moment.
Read about Modesto’s event in the blog of Modesto Junior College geology instructor Garry Hayes, at http://geotripper.blogspot.com/2014/03/action-on-our-seismometer-today.html. See individual results here.
The 28th annual regional competition was coordinated by the Stanislaus County Office of Education.