Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 6. Here are five things you need to know:
Western PTA Meeting: Members of the Western Coventry School PTA will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Fifth grade teachers will be represented at the meeting. Zoning Board Meeting: Members of the Coventry Zoning Board of Review will meet this evening at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall. Click here to view tonight's agenda. CHS Alumni Musicians: Brad DeGraide, choral director and teacher at CHS, and Marina Ferri (Class of 2008) have scheduled an alumni concert for Apr. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium to benefit the CHS Alumni Association. They are looking for former high school musicians who have remained in the music field either as a teacher, performer or music professional. Anyone interested should …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The sixth grade writers will be included in a poetry anthology.
Five of Linda Middleton's sixth grade English students at Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School recently earned accolades when their poems were chosen to be published in the Fall edition of this year's Creative Communication Poetry Anthology. Cara Burgess, Emma Campbell, Grace Mischler, Diana Petrarca and Stephen Sulyma all submitted poems to Middleton that were written independently and not part of any class assignment. Middleton then forwarded the poems to Creative Communication where they were reviewed and selected by a staff comprised of teachers, professors and writers. According to the contest website, less than 50 percent of the poems that are entered are accepted for publication, making this quite an honor for the ASFMS students. "I…
Monday, January 7, 2013
Have a great photo, painting or drawing that you think will be a perfect cover photo for our Facebook page? Upload it now!
Earlier this year when Facebook changed to the new Timeline layout, Coventry Patch asked Facebook fans what Coventry image should appear as the cover photo. We want to continue to highlight Coventry's artistic talent as the seasons change on our Facebook page. From now until Sunday, Jan. 13 we'll be accepting winter-themed submissions for a cover photo for us to use on Coventry Patch's Facebook page. Whether it's a photo of a historic building, a serene pond scene or people just going about their day, we want to see your take on Coventry. Be creative and try to capture the essence of the city to represent Coventry on Facebook. There's no age requirement to submit: You just have to be a Coventry Patch user and be able to create a 100 …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Five students from CHS and six from ASFMS have been selected to perform in the All-State Band and All-State Chorus groups.
Eleven Coventry music students were recently selected to take part in the RI Music Educators Association (RIMEA) Junior and Senior Division All-State festivals. Students in grades seven through 12 from across the state auditioned on Nov. 17 at Moses Brown School for a chance to participate in the festivals. Coventry All-State Performers: Coventry High School Chorus: junior Jenna Larson (Alto Voice), Senior Division Woman’s Choir and freshman Mikayla Dubis (Alto Voice), Junior Division Mixed Choir. Coventry High School Band: freshman John Palmer (Trumpet), Junior Division Concert Band, senior Connor Briden (Baritone Horn), Senior Division Concert Band, and senior Patrick Shea (Drum Set), Senior Division Jazz Ensemble. (Patrick placed #1 …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Elementary students were treated to a sampling of selections from four CHS groups.
Hopkins Hill School students and faculty were visited by the Coventry High School Music Department on Wednesday morning for a holiday concert. Performances were given by the Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mr. William Smith, Concert Chorus, directed by Mrs. Lisa Masse and Select Choir, directed by Mr. Brad Degraide. This was the seventh year that Smith brought his band students to perform at Hopkins Hill and the third year being joined by the chorus. Throughout the performance, the directors occasionally asked the elementary students to identify specific instruments and told them about the music programs offered at the high school Each group performed several selections that will be part of the free Coventry High School …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
History of the holiday, local closures, the story from Plimoth Plantation, things to keep the kids busy and information about today's CHS football game against WW.
Editor's Note: Happy Thanksgiving, Coventry! Before you browse today's Five Things, you should know that today officially marks my second anniversary as the editor of Coventry Patch (the site's second birthday is coming up in December). I just want you all to know how thankful and lucky I am to have such a great community to work with and for, every day! Have a great holiday! -- Lauren What It's About: Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the 149th year that it's been celebrated as a national holiday. President Abraham Lincoln started the official holiday in 1863, though the tradition of the Thanksgiving feast s traced to 1621 in Plymouth, MA. What's Closed: Coventry schools and town offices (except for police and fire …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Look to the skies for some stunning light displays this November and December.
As you do your Christmas shopping and plan feasts for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, cast your eyes upon the universe's natural fireworks. Astronomers anticipate three meteor showers this November and December. Nov. 12: Taurid Meteor Shower Nov. 17: Leonid Meteor Shower Dec. 13: Geminid Meteor Shower Be sure to schedule a night this season to bundle up, lay out some blankets (if it's dry) and enjoy the light show in the sky. Share your tips for photographing the showers. Tell us your favorite places to sneak off to view the skies.
Monday, November 5, 2012
The Massachusetts-based children's act gave two performances at the school on Thursday.
If you were standing outside the doors of Blackrock Elementary School's gymnasium on Thursday, you may have thought there was a rock concert going on inside. To the school's, Pre-K through fifth grade students, this very well may have been the case when they were visited by the "Toe Jam Puppet Band" for two one-hour performances. The two-man band featured Tom Poitras as the plaid-suited singer and songwriter and Vinny Lovegrove as the silly emcee. Poitras played acoustic guitar and banjo while singing original songs like "I Need a Car Wash", "Green Light A Go-Go" and "Don't Scare the Aliens". Lovegrove got the kids on their feet while singing, dancing and acting out the songs with student volunteers and a seemingly endless supply of …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
What music was controversial when you went to high school? What do you think it is about music that often divides generations?
It was a real life story of Footloose on Saturday night, when the Middletown High School administration stopped a homecoming dance early after students protested a policy that prohibits sexually explicit dancing, often referred to as grinding. Students claimed the DJ would not allow requests, and only played alternative music; a genre that most students said they did not like or know how to dance to. After failed attempts to request their favorite music, such as Nicki Minaj, the majority of the student body sat on the floor and chanted in protest. Some students even reported a near riot broke out. The school administration denied that a riot took place. The administration stopped the dance an hour and a half early and sent the …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
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How does 40 percent off a night of laughs at the Park Theatre in Cranston tomorrow night sound? I'm happy to offer Patch readers this deal. Just enter the code PATCH40 when you're buying tickets at the Park Theatre's Web site and you're set. Or, mention the code when you call the Box Office at 401-467-PARK. So what is the show? Just in time for the election, catch a real life debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Ok, not the real Presidential candidates — but it will be a lot funnier than watching the real debates on CSPAN. It's "The Complete History of America," a timely comedy show by the acclaimed Reduced Shakespeare Company. Touted by the Chicago Tribune as “Witty and wonderful.” and “Masterful!” by the Los Angeles Times, the …