On Monday morning, April 16, current 6th and 7th grade students will take part in an Elective Course Enrollment Fair designed to expose all students to the offerings for each grade at Cassville Middle School.
Small groups of students will circulate to visit with elective course teachers about their classes, their pre-requisite requirements, and their role in Career Preparation through both co- and non-curricular clubs.
Students will be bringing home specific course descriptions and an elective course enrollment form to share and review with parents. The enrollment form will need to be signed by parents and returned with their selected courses for the 2018-19 school year.
This is the third year CMS has held an Elective Course Fair, but will be the first time it has been completed during the school day. Parents and students are encouraged to review the information together, and to contact the Middle School Office with any questions pertaining to scheduling.
Current 5th grade students will not be participating in this year's fair due to a scheduling change that will expose all 6th grade students next year to Art, Choir, FACS, Computer Literacy, Health, and Intervention. All 6th grade students will have the option to participate in Band, and will receive a full year of PE that will include Hunter Safety education/certification and DARE.
The 7th and 8th grade concert bands traveled to Monett High School on Saturday March 24th to participate in the Cub Fest Music Festival.
This event is the highlight of the concert band season as an educational and unique musical experience. For many of our students this was their first opportunity to perform in a concert hall and experience the acoustics.
Each band prepared two contest pieces and performed on stage for a panel of judges receiving ratings and critiques. The 8th grade band received the highest rating, scoring a 1 Superior. The 7th grade band received the 2nd highest rating, scoring a 2 Excellent. Both groups brought home a trophy.
CASSVILLE, MO – Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) and Dr. Richard Asbill, the superintendent of Cassville R-IV School District, released the following statement after today’s ribbon cutting for the newly renovated classrooms at the Cassville Intermediate School:
“A few years ago, during a meeting with the southwest Missouri school administrators, I made a point to say, just like I do with all constituents, to call me if they ever need my help,” said Rep. Long. “A few months later, Dr. Asbill took me up on that offer and called me asking for help to secure funding for flood damage repairs for the Cassville Intermediate School. My office and I got to work immediately and contacted FEMA. After months of hard work, FEMA finally approved the funding. I’m happy to do what I can to help my constituents on a federal level. This kind of work is why I ran for office.”
Dr. Russell Robinson, former music teacher at Cassville R-IV schools (1974-1979, 1980-81), will be in Cassville on April 9 with his wife, Brenda, to present the first Russell Robinson Music Education Scholarship to a graduating senior, who is going to college and majoring in music education.
The presentation will follow a choral concert at 7PM in the CHS Gymnasium where the choirs will perform and Robinson will conduct some of his published choral works at the request of Mary Richmiller, CHS Choral Director.
“This very, very generous scholarship is a game changer for our students,” said Richmiller. “Dr. Robinson is a renowned composer and conductor. He wants to give back to Cassville, where he began his teaching career. I am humbled and thrilled that he is providing this opportunity for our students. It is especially exciting that he is coming to Cassville to present this award to the first recipient. The choirs at Cassville R-IV are rehearsing music he has composed for this terrific evening. Dr. Robinson has graciously agreed to work with our students himself and conduct his pieces at the concert. I hope everyone in Cassville comes to this very special concert to celebrate the music he has given the world as well as our school choirs.”
As this first scholarship will probably be the only time Dr. Robinson will personally attend to present this annual award, all of the Cassville community are encouraged to attend.
Robinson says, “I have such fond memories of beginning my teaching career in Cassville. As a 22 year-old college graduate, my students were so kind to me as were the fellow teachers, administrators, parents and the entire community. After retiring from the University of Florida in 2016, I reflected on how much Cassville influenced my personal life and my professional career. I communicated my wishes to establish an annual scholarship with Superintendent Dr. Richard Asbill, School Board Member Jon Horner (my former music student), and Mary Richmiller, and they made it easy for me to make this a reality. I only wanted to establish the criteria and provide the funding for the scholarship each year, and not be involved in the actual selection of the recipient. When I was teaching in Cassville, I had so many gifted and talented students, many of whom could have benefitted from financial assistance in pursuing a music teaching career. I am privileged to not only pay it forward but also pay it backward for all that Cassville did for me.”
“Dr. Robinson's commitment is twofold in demonstrating his view of music education and Cassville School District,” stated Dr. Asbill. “His efforts to support students dreams and career pursuits in music education is so important to our local community.”
Dr. Russell L. Robinson, was named Emeritus Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida and received the Preeminent Faculty award in 2016 when he retired after 32 years as Professor and Head of Music Education. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Drury University in 1974 and his masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Miami in 1980 and 1984.
Robinson has made over 300 appearances as a conductor, speaker, consultant and presenter at festivals, workshops, honor choirs, all-state choirs and state, regional, national and international conferences in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, Mexico, Canada, the Middle East, and Australia as well as conducting venues, which include: Carnegie Hall (3 times and has been invited to conduct there again in 2019), Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Boston's Symphony Hall, the White House, and Washington's National Cathedral.
Dr. Robinson was the 2016 inductee into the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) Hall of Fame, and is a past President of FMEA, Associate Dean of the UF College of the Arts, National Collegiate Chair and Choral Adviser for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
He and his wife Brenda, were the Founding Directors of the UF Teach the World program from 2010-2017, providing internships for over 100 college students in international schools in Rome and Paris. After several trips to Africa, Dr. Robinson founded the UF Africa Choir in 2009 with an institutional linkage program at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, having his Ph.D. students from Kenya conduct the choir. This choir is still in existence at UF, performing authentic choral music of Eastern, Western and Southern Africa.
Robinson is a published author, composer and arranger with over 450 publications in print, including choral compositions, arrangements, articles, books, and instructional DVD's that are used by music teachers world-wide.
Jon Horner added, “It is such a wonderful and gracious act by Russ and Brenda to set up the scholarship for CHS students wanting to go into music education. Russ has had such a positive impact on the lives of so many students during his career. Russ has been an amazing mentor and has had a tremendous impact on my professional life. I’m truly grateful for his wonderful influence.”
Since his retirement from UF, he has continued to be active professionally: writing, conducting, speaking and consulting internationally, and as he says, “having a lot of fun doing only what Brenda and I want to do.” Dr. Robinson’s website is: RussellRobinson.com
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