These pictures track progress from the beginning of February until mid-April. The final two pictures are drawings of the construction that will begin after school is out on the front entrance area and the offices.
The 3rd graders enjoyed a field trip to Memorial Stadium and the Nebraska State Capitol. First, they learned a lot about the Huskers, including a tunnel walk and they even got to run the football field. They then soaked up the sun while having a picnic. After lunch, students worked together with parents on a Scavenger Hunt around the Capitol. A special surprise was meeting both Senator Dorn and Senator Brandt. They were even introduced to all Senators in the Unicameral. Finally, they stopped at Sonic for a cool treat before heading back to school.
Second semester always seems to fly by for students and teachers, especially the music students. On January 14, Southern High School hosted the Pioneer Conference Honor Band. Students participating were: Morgan, Stephanie, Neleigh, and Allison on flute, Kelsay and Kyleigh on clarinet, Ashtyn on bass clarinet, Melina on trumpet, Connor on trombone, and Brianna on baritone. The clinician was Roger Thaden, a twice-retired Nebraska band teacher. Songs performed were: Joy by Ticheli, Midnight Fair by Bobrowitz, On a Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss by Holsinger, Selections from: The Greatest Showman arranged by Murtha, and Bandology by Osterling.
On Monday, February 25, freshman and sophomore choir students traveled to Tecumseh and participated in the 26th Annual Freshmore Clinic at Johnson County Central High School with clinicians Kevin Boesiger and June Bowers. Diller-Odell was one among eleven other schools that attended. Participating for Diller-Odell were: Mallory, Allison, Jadyn, Rachel, Brianna, Kennedy, Kim, Maddy, Adrien, and Bradley.
MUDECAS Music Contest was hosted by Diller-Odell on Tuesday, March 19. Attending the contest besides Diller-Odell were Tri-County, Freeman, Palmyra/Bennett, and Meridian. The band and choir performed and each received a II rating. Student performers with a I rating were: Morgan- flute solo, Bradley- vocal solo, Melina-vocal solo, and Allison-vocal solo. Students receiving a II rating were: Ashley-alto sax solo, Stephanie-flute solo, Melina and Connor on a trumpet and trombone duet, Bradley-piano solo, Kyleigh-vocal solo, and Jadyn-vocal solo.
MUDECAS contest is a great contest to attend because the judges will give helpful critiques on how to improve your performance for the District Music Contest.
In December, several junior high students auditioned for the Meridian Junior High Honor Clinic. The clinic has a honor choir and honor band. Selected for the honor band was 7th grader Preston on baritone. He attended an all day band clinic on Friday, April 5th and then performed a concert that evening with guest clinician Dr. Duane Bierman from UNK.
District Music Contest was hosted by Fairbury High School on Friday, April 25. The band and choir performed and received a II rating. Students receiving a I rating were: Kyleigh-vocal solo, and Melina and Connor on a trumpet and trombone duet. Receiving a II rating were: Morgan-flute solo, Jadyn-vocal solo, Allison-vocal solo, Bradley-vocal solo, Melina-vocal solo, Adrien-vocal solo, and Kelsay-clarinet solo.
To end the school year the high school students will have a Fine Arts night on Monday, April 29. Solos performed at contest will begin at 6:15 and art work will also be displayed. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm.
K-6 will hold their music concert on Monday, May 6, at 7:00 pm.
5th and 6th grade will perform their dessert theatre production on Monday, May 13. Tickets available only from 5th and 6th graders.
This summer look for the high school band at the Diller Picnic and Odell Day! Have a great summer everyone!
IT’S TIME FOR FAMILY FUN NIGHT!!!!!!
Thursday May 2nd from 6-7 p.m. will be Family Fun Night for Title I families. Bring the family and have some fun doing activities from the room. Come and see what the students are keeping busy with in Title. Take a peek at the materials we have and have some fun while learning. Families can choose to try our Brain Quest, Hot Dots, Quizmo, Frog System Program-math and reading board games, Sequence, a game of Yahtzee, Battleship, or play some dominoes. Your child can also show you some of the weekly work they do. Refreshments will be furnished. Please sign the note Mr. Denner sent home and return it with your child back by Tuesday, April 30th.
As part of the Diller Odell Public School improvement process, we will be seeking input from parents in a survey the week of April 29-May 3. Please check back here for more information. Your input is valued and appreciated!
Diller-Odell Art Club traveled to the Main Street Art Gallery in Elkhorn, NE. The studio was originally built in 1915 and was a vehicle repair shop. In 2014 Tyler Curnes purchased the building and restored it and created the Main Street Art Gallery. Tyler currently creates pieces in glass in his studio. He shares the gallery with bronze sculptor David Biehl, jewelry artist Levet Oz, painter Jane Kathol, and former alumni and painter Ashley Spitsnogle. The students learned about each artist's work and creative process. After touring the studio they had fun at Urban Air and went to several movies. It was a fun informational day!
Congratulations to Sierra for placing first in “The Young American Patriotic Art Awards”. Sierra’s watercolor titled “Solemn Salute” depicts President Kennedy’s son saluting his father in his final act of love and patriotism. The contest is sponsored by the Legion Auxiliary. “Solemn Salute” will now compete at state and if she places first in state her piece will then compete at the National level.