Thursday, February 25, 2010

Footloose! Performance Update

As of Friday, February 26 at 4:00pm, Friday and Saturday performances WILL take place as scheduled. See you there!

Looking for the flyer with performance details? Click here!

Cab Students Jazzed at Disney World

Cab Calloway's JazzChords Choir and Jazz Lab Band returned from Disney World this past Monday with some great memories. JazzChords director Marty Lassman reported on the trip:

This was the first plane flight for some students. This was a great, positive, first experience for them. They experienced the joy of checking bags, airline security checks and, for some, the loss of baggage by the airline.

This long weekend needed to have educational experiences but there also needed to be time to experience ‘the happiest place on earth’ and there was a wealth of time for both!

Some students swam in the hotel’s pool when we first arrived on Thursday afternoon; it was in the low 60’s but the pool was heated. Others rushed to the park for two hours until our opening ceremonies where we were introduced to the three vocal judges, three instrumental judges, three instrumental clinicians and four young professional performers. Disney does things right! These were nationally known - some internationally known - clinicians and performers. Then all the judges, clinicians and performers presented a concert and our students were overwhelmingly inspired by their playing and singing. One student said to me, "You tell us when we improvise, to sound like a sax or a trumpet or a trombone. Now I get it!"

Because our hotel was on the Disneyworld campus, we were able to take advantage of extended hours in the Magic Kingdom that night with fewer crowds and shorter lines!

Friday began with the JazzChords performing for the judges while the Jazz Lab had some free time in the park. We also stayed to listen to a jazz choir from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Following that, the JazzChords had time in the park while the Jazz Lab performed. Both groups had a few free hours ion the park and some singers took advantage of the fabulous American Idol Experience where they went through the same process that the participants on American Idol do. Several of our students got as far as the semi-final round!

Friday night, we attended a private reception where we ate wings and egg rolls and listened to and danced to one of the Disney professional ensembles playing standard jazz tunes. Following that, we were led to a private area to see the spectacular Images of Earth firework spectacular at Epcot. Epcot was open to us late that night so again we had shorter wait lines at rides.
Saturday was intense with workshops. First the vocalists, brass, rhythm and woodwinds had their own clinics. Next, our students attended a ‘conversation’ with the young professional artists where they could see what path their lives took and our students could ask questions of them. Finally, there was a jam session with the professionals, clinicians and our students. Asher Denberg (9) and Gregory Dexter (8) were chosen as the pianist and drummer for the entire session! Several of our students were able to ‘jam’ (improvise) with such greats as Dr. Willie Hill, Chris Vadala and these up and coming professionals. At the end of the session, Butch Miles gave Greg a private drum lesson on brush technique. Wow!

After an afternoon in the park, we gathered one last time for the evening awards ceremony. The awards look like ‘platinum’ records ... but with Mickey Mouse ears! Dr. Cannon and I were congratulated by Mickey himself, Asher won an award as the outstanding accompanist and Darrell Patterson won an award as the outstanding vocal soloist.

This was an amazing and incomparable educational experience for me and our students. Based upon the student and parent chaperone reaction to the educational and fun aspects of this trip, we are certainly going to repeat the experience as soon as possible!

BPA state winners

And the results are in from Wednesday's BPA state competition in Dover. Congratulations to the Cab Calloway teams winning medals:

  • Web Team 1st Place: Reilly Megee, Nik Eastburn, Brianna Jeffreys

  • Career Research Team 1st Place: Bryn Black, Jessica Fogal, Brittany Quimby

  • Prepared Speech 3rd Place: Nate Fox

  • Extemporaneous Speech 1st Place: Cara Fantini

  • Computer Literacy 5th Place: Nik Eastburn

  • Business Communication 5th Place: Bryn Black

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cab students win Scholastic Writing Awards

Congratulations to the following students who earned Gold Key recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2010.
  • Ryan Kirk
  • Emily Desmond
  • Kelly Nolte
  • Jacob Sackett-Sanders (2 Gold Keys)
  • Aubrey Arnold
  • Reilly Megee
  • Amy Su

Each year, more than 165,000 works of art and writing are submitted to The Awards. Only 10,000 students earn Gold Keys as decided by leaders in the creative industries.

Cab student performs in Willy Wonka Junior

Come to Saint Edmond's Academy on March 26, 27, or 28 for the school production of "Willy Wonka, Junior" and prepare to be impressed and entertained. This uplifting stage production is sure to warm the hearts of children of all ages and is great family entertainment. The 51 cast members, featuring boys and girls from Delaware and Southeastern Pennsylvania, and including Cab sixth grader Maren Billy, are in process of learning songs, dances, lines, and blocking to create another memorable production. Saint Edmond's Academy has a long history and reputation for excellence in musical theatre. This production continues the tradition with professional set/lighting design, stage
management, accompanist, choreographer and music and stage directors.
The principal cast is made up of experienced performers including a number
of All-State singers. Tickets (Adult $10; Student/Senior $7.50) are
available at the door, but advance purchase recommended.

Contact Deborah DeHart/Elaine Reilly,
Saint Edmond's Academy,
2120 Veale Road, Wilmington, DE 19810
302-475-5370, ex. 241.

Cab students perform with OperaDelaware

The OperaDelaware Youth Program’s upcoming production of DISNEY’S MULAN, JR. features Noemi Perez, Tiffany Droke, Jameson May, David Petka, Elizabeth Quinones, Kathleen Reeve, Madison Shockley, Leann Umeroglu, Amy Vresics, and Emma and Madeline Driban, students at Cab Calloway School of the Arts!

The production is at The Tatnall School's Laird Performing Arts Center at 7pm on Friday, March 5th, 2010 and 4:30 & 7pm on Saturday, March 6th, 2010. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for reserved seating. Please contact Sara Tantillo at (302) 658-8063 ext 3253 to purchase tickets! For more information, see OperaDelaware's website.

School Spirit Day!

Tomorrow is School Spirit Day! We are supporting the Pearce Q. Foundation, raising funds for kids who have been diagnosed with cancer.

If you don't know our own Pearce Quesenberry, a 7th grader, you've got to meet her. She is extraordinary! She and her family have faced such challenges in the last 730 days, and they are now dedicated to helping other families who face the challenges of beating cancer!

If you would like to learn more about the foundation, please visit the website of the foundation:

Please feel free to wear jeans tomorrow (teachers) and/or a crazy hat (teachers/students). There are students from the NJHS who are assigned to collect all donations from students during homeroom tomorrow to the main office.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Girls on the Run coming to Cab

What is Girls on the Run?

Girls on the Run is a life-changing learning program for girls in grades 3-8. The program combines training for a 5K (3.1 mile) running event with healthy living education. The program instills self-esteem and strong values through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships and physical training – all of which are accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff and community.

This spring we will introduce the program to Cab students for the first time. We will open up registration to 6th grade girls. The program will have two coaches with a team maximum of 14 students.

If we get a strong interest for next spring we will open up the program to 6th and 7th grade girls and have two teams.

Please visit our website for registration and details about the program. Registration opens February 22 online.

Important Dates:

Tuesday March 30: first Girls on Track practice

Tuesday/Thursday: 3 to 4:15pm practice

Saturday June 5: Race Day!

If you have questions, please contact Alice Kamen, parent and coach (

Cab students attend BPA competition

Good luck to Mrs. Cleveland's Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club as they prepare to head to Dover for their state competition this Wednesday, February 24. This year, twenty-three middle school students have entered various events including Excel, keyboarding, speeches, Career Research, Web Team, Extemporaneous Speaking, Graphic Design.

All students will compete in the following open events: Business Fundamentals, Business Communication, Business Math, Computer Literacy.

Winners at the state level advance to national competition, held May 5-9, in Anaheim, California.

Footloose! The Musical

Footloose: The Musical Directed by Marjorie Eldreth! Like the 1984 Kevin Bacon film that inspired it, Footloose follows the story of Ren, who moves with his mother to a small town where dancing is prohibited by law. Teens will be teens, of course, so Ren ends up at odds with the town and especially the local minister, Reverend Moore. Along the way, the characters sing familiar songs from the movie ("The Girl Gets Around," "Holding Out for a Hero," "Let's Hear It for the Boy," "Almost Paradise," and of course the title tune), and new songs as well.

Thursday Feb. 25, Friday Feb. 26 and Saturday Feb. 27 all at 7 PM

Tickets are $10 (only $8 for students and seniors)

Tickets can be reserved by calling Cab at (302) 651-2700 or by emailing
Footloose Dinner Theatre - Great Deal - Reservations needed Now!!!

A special deal before the SATURDAY (5 PM) evening performance! The price of $37.00 includes dinner and the show! Our lobby will be transformed into a casual dining spot with round tables and catering by Short and Sweet Café in the Cannery. You know how good their food is!

Menu details and signup form

CCSA on Facebook

There are several ways to interact with CCSA on Facebook. Simply type Cab Calloway School of the Arts into the Search Box to find them.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Haiti fundraiser

Enjoy yourself and help raise money for the Delaware Medical Relief Fund for Haiti at the same time. Check out the Rock-N-Blues for Haiti at the Cranston Heights Fire Hall this Sunday, February 21, from 3:00-7:00pm. Click here for the flyer.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Footloose Dinner Theatre

Mark your calendar for the spring musical--Footloose! This year, you can make the evening complete by attending the "Footloose Dinner Theatre" event on Saturday, February 27, beginning at 5:00pm. Eat, then enjoy the show which begins at 7:00pm. For an order form and menu, click here!

AP Exam Registration

This note is for parents of AP students from Mrs. Rigby:

All students taking an AP class received their AP exam registration form and the AP Bulletin for Students and Parents in their AP classes about two weeks ago. Just in case this information didn't make it home, you can access the AP Bulletin for Students and Parents at Good luck with those exams!

Young Choreographers Showcase

Auditions for the Young Choreographers Showcase will be March 8th, 9th and 10th - sign-up for an audition time outside room 246 (MS Dance).

The Performance dates are March 31st and April 1st. Please see Mrs. Warburton-Phibbs for more information.

Cab Calloway at "Sunday with Shakespeare"

If you'd like to see CCSA senior Pierre Theron perform a chilling monologue from Titus Andronicus or catch a scene slice from Hamlet, directed by Shannon Clark, or The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Lindsay Reed and Alysia VanLooy, stop by UD on Sunday, February 28th and join us for a little Shakespeare.

"Sunday with Shakespeare" will be held from 1 to 5 PM at the Thompson Theatre in the new Roselle Center for the Arts on Amstel Avenue at the University of Delaware. The event is free and open to the public.

A Teachers Workshop will be held at 11:30 am: Dr. Halio and PTTP's Leslie Reidel will provide you with an hour of Professional Development at 11:30 AM. All you need to do is show up at the Thompson Theatre. If you can, stay for the Sunday with Shakespeare program starting at 1 pm." There will be refreshments at intermission.

The event will combine the statewide Shakespeare Competition, featuring individual students performing monologues and reciting sonnets, with the former New Castle County Shakespeare Festival, featuring troupes of actors performing scenes. Both will be viewed by an audience of their peers and from UD's REP (Resident Ensemble Players) Company who will serve as judges for the Competition and commentators for the Festival. The performances will be interspersed with entertainments by the day's Master of Revels, Christopher Davis, the Renaissance Man.
Sponsoring organizations include: Delaware Humanities Forum, Delaware Branch of the English-Speaking Union, the theatre program at the University of Delaware, Padua Academy and the Cab Calloway School of the Arts, and the Cab Calloway School Fund.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Snow Day!

All weekend activities in Red Clay are cancelled (February 5, 6 and 7). We will send notification of rescheduled events when we hear of them. School closes on February 5th at 1:00 PM for Cab Calloway.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mr. Masiello's class learns vocabulary!

We all know those Cab sixth grade students have impressive vocabularies, thanks to their wonderful English teacher, Mr. Masiello. Ever wonder how they learn all those challenging words? Take a look; NBC TV 10 in Philadelphia posted this video clip of an English class learning vocabulary words by using music and movement: Audacious!

Cab Calloway support for Haiti

Maya Shapira, a 6th grade student at Cab Calloway is Dr. Nadiv Shapira's daughter. He just returned from Haiti on the DE Medical Mission team. A video of their trip created for the Wilmington News Journal is available at

Mrs. Shapira reports:
A 20-member medical team from Delaware spent a week treating earthquake victims in n the coastal town of Jacmel, Haiti, where the town's only hospital lay in ruins. We are sending out our second medical team this Wednesday. More medications and medical supplies are needed. If you can get them to me or to the location listed below by Tuesday evening that would be great. If that is too soon, don't worry, we will be sending teams continuously, for as long as we can.

Wish List Donation for Delaware Medical Relief Team

Please look at the below list and consider any donations for Delaware Medical Relief Team.

Children's Medication
Prescription Meds
Anti-Inflammatory/Pain Medication

Medical supplies—everything from disinfectant and bandages to operating room supplies and surgical equipment
Mosquito netting and plastic sheet
Ziploc bags – S, M & L – for pills
Garbage clear bags
Sharpie pen
Cleaning gel/Hand sanitizer
Tents/sleeping bags

Casting supplies (fiberglass)
Trauma shears
Electrocautery pens
1% Lidocaine
Debridement kits
Suture removal kits
Surgical Masks
Needle drivers
Ortho sets

Supplies can be dropped off at:
First State Surgery
1000 Twin C Lane, Suite 200
Newark, DE

2102 Wind Lane,
Wilmington, De

Cash donations (or checks made out to DE Medical Relief Team Fund) can be dropped off or mailed: Premier Physicans, 410 Foulk Rd, Suite 200B, Wilmington, DE 19803