Sunday, December 20, 2009

Tractor Shed Theatre wins National eInstruction Classroom Make-over!!!

logoeInstruction Announces Winners of $90,000 National Classroom Makeover Video Contest


- Schools in Texas, Nebraska and North Carolina Snag Top Honors to Receive State-of-the-Art Interactive Technology

DENTON, Texas, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ – eInstruction, a premier global provider of learning technology, announced today the grand prize winners of its third annual Classroom Makeover Video Contest. The winners, representing the top video submissions from hundreds of entries from around the United States and Canada, were selected by a guest judging panel and through votes submitted by the general public on the contest website,

The recipients of more than $30,000 in classroom technology from eInstruction, Dell, 3M, Texas Instruments and other educational technology companies are:

Grades K-5 Winner: Ms. Karen Rose’s class from Harry McKillop Elementary School in Melissa, Texas.  Their video, “We Use Technology,” can be viewed at

“Just participating in the contest has so positively impacted my classroom, I can only imagine the wonderful impact that actually winning the equipment will have,” said Ms. Rose.  ”However, the most amazing part of the contest has been the incredible support we have received. The small town of Melissa is a family, and everyone came together to support these great kids.  I’m so proud of my students.  They work exceptionally hard and constantly amaze me with their creativity, spirit, and determination to learn as much as they can every single day. I’m so excited that they will have access to all of these new tools.”

Grades 6–8 Winner: Ms. Joy Schott’s 6th grade Technology and Computer Sciences Class at Burwell Elementary School in Burwell, Nebraska.  Their video, “It’s All Technology,” can be viewed at

“The video contest was a great adventure where my students learned how much support we have for their education,” said Ms. Schott.  ”We appreciate the opportunity since budgets are tight and aren’t completely there for schools like ours.”

Grades 9-12 Winner: Ms. Molly Rice’s Theater Arts Class at Saint Stephens High School in Hickory, North Carolina.  Their video, “The Tractor Shed Zone,” can be viewed at

“I’m absolutely thrilled to win this amazing prize from eInstruction for our music video entry for the Classroom Makeover contest. The arts are always last on the list to receive technology,” said Ms. Rice.  ”My classroom badly needed a make-over since it is a converted tractor shed with one working computer.  I will finally have the tools I need as an educator to truly reach my students, foster 21st century learning skills, and globalize my program.  This visionary award will undoubtedly make a lasting contribution to the educational lives of my students — present and future.”

“I had so much fun watching all of the entries, and several of my colleagues kept looking over my shoulder and offering their critiques,” said Jenna Johnson, Student Life and Culture Reporter for the Washington Post. “It was very, very difficult to judge the entries because they were all fabulous.  Congratulations to everyone!”

Fellow judge Dr. Don Knezek, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) said, “It was a pleasure to judge these video projects.  To see students thinking creatively and collaborating with peers, teachers and others to communicate using digital-age, media rich strategies is particularly reassuring.  I congratulate eInstruction for stimulating this level of engagement and productivity.”

Christine Weiser, Managing Editor of Technology & Learning magazine, said, “I was very impressed with the obvious hard work that teachers and students put into the videos for the contest. Their passion for technology and quality education was evident. Congratulations should go to all of the participating schools for their efforts.”

Other judges included Jackie Nespral, anchor of NBC News in Miami and Pat Harvey, anchor of CBS Prime 9 News in Los Angeles.

Each winner will receive a complete interactive classroom makeover with advanced interactive technology, including:

  • INTERWRITEMobi™ System – A mobile version of the popular interactive whiteboard, Mobi is the industry’s first and only multi-user, multi-tablet system that enables both teacher and students to concurrently interact with and contribute to the same digital content from anywhere in the classroom.  Also a first, Mobi’s built-in color LCD display reports student responses instantly, making it easy for teachers to identify students who need special attention or topics that require re-teaching.
  • INTERWRITE DualBoard™ – The first interactive whiteboard that allows two people or teams to work at the board simultaneously using two interactive pens.
  • CPSPulse™ – The most advanced version of the market-leading Classroom Performance System used by millions of students and teachers around the world.
  • ExamView® Assessment Suite – Featuring Test Generator, Test Manager and Test Player, making it easy for teachers to create, administer and manage both formative and summative assessments.
  • ExamView® Learning Series – A collection of more than 12,000 unique, high-quality, grade-appropriate questions specifically aligned to state standards and core curriculum topics in language arts, math, reading, science and social studies.  The Learning Series works together with the Assessment Suite to help teachers review, reinforce and supplement standards-based instruction.
  • Dell Latitude 2100 Netbooks – A lightweight, mobile computer that gives modern classrooms a new gateway to discovery and collaboration.  The Netbook features an exclusive Network Activity Light, enabling teachers to monitor network activity and identify students who might be focusing on something other than the assignment at hand.
  • 3M Super Close Projection System – DLP projector with 3M™ Vikuiti™ Super Close Projection technology that can project the same image from 40 inches as a conventional projector does from 10 feet away.
  • SP Control System – Simple, intuitive control systems with modular pass-through input patch points.
  • Fablevision Live Wire School Bundle – Helps teachers transform the learning environment and integrate writing, creativity and self-expression across the curriculum.
  • Study Island programs – Online standards-based learning programs designed specifically to help students master the skills and knowledge described in each state’s unique set of standards.
  • Texas Instruments TI-34MV (grades K-5 winners) and TI-73 (grades 6-8 winners) Calculator Emulator – Software that projects an interactive representation of a scientific calculator and features unique instructional capabilities.
  • Texas Instruments TI-Nspire Teacher Edition Emulator (grades 9-12 winners) – Software component for teachers that enables enhanced document editing to create materials for students using handheld calculators.
  • Inspiration Inspiration® Software (grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 winners) – visual thinking and learning tools students rely on to plan, research and complete projects successfully.
  • Inspiration Kidspiration® Software (grades K-5 winners) – software that develops thinking, literacy and numeracy skills using proven visual learning principles.
  • eTap Campus License and Workspace Lessons – eTap’s curriculum includes instruction, practice exercises, and assessments, as well as audio/video tutorials and links to interactive activities to make learning motivating and engaging.
  • Professional Development Package – a day-long program designed to introduce teachers and students to their new technology.

The complete eInstruction Classroom Makeover is valued at approximately $30,000.  In addition to the classroom technology, winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a celebratory party for the entire school.

To viw all video submissions, including the winners, visit  For more information about eInstruction’s interactive learning solutions, please visit

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Poetry Out Loud Classroom Contest Winners:

Results in no particular order:

Play Production Top 5:

Justin Um, Ruby Osorio, Lindsay Gurley, Tyanna Campbell, Tate Waddell, and Sarah Luckadoo (two tied for number five spot.)

Theatre Arts II Top 5:

Tanner Helms, Taylor Bell, Sophie Hunt, Oliver Dresden, Katya Beningston, and Caitlin Woodham (two tied for third place)

These actors must polish both poems and over the break memorize their third poem.  District Poetry Out Loud contest for the State winner is Thurs. Jan. 7 afterschool in the Tractor Shed.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fundraiser :)


Thank you so much for helping to raise money for the theatre program.  If you purchased items from a theatre student, you should receive your products by Friday 18th.  The delivery will be here by Thursday.  Please have your money ready if you haven’t already paid.  We can take checks (made out to St. Stephens High School) or cash (with correct amount).  We sold about $4,500 worth of products and will profit $1,667.00. 

 You can still order items online from the web store.  The products can be delivered anywhere in the USA.  Maybe you need a last minute Christmas present shipped to a loved one … 

 Visit –  school id:  35060 or just search and find SSHS theatre arts.


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Monday, November 30, 2009

Tractor Shed Theatre Finalist in the Interactive Classroom Makeover Video Contest!

videoPlease help Saint Stephens H.S. win the public vote! It only takes 5 minutes to sign up, view, and vote (and leave a comment if you’d like). We are the only school represented in NC.

We can win over $30,000 in technology for our classroom. Visit sign up (the link is in the right-hand corner of the page), and go to the high school entries. You will find “The Tractor Shed Zone” entry. On our page, you will see the “Vote for This” link. We are also sending votes to an elementary school in Texas “We Use Technology” if you’d like to vote in that category.

Voting ends noon Dec. 4th, 2009.
Help spread the word so Catawba County can win!

Theatre Arts II Class (makers of the winning video):

Theatre Arts II

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Play Production heads to NCTC One-Act Regional Play Festival!

SSHS Tractor Shed Theatre Play Production Class to compete Saturday at North Carolina Theatre Conference One-Act Play Festival.  We will perform Everyman – the English Morality Play.

Everyman, a short play of some 900 lines, portrays a complacent Everyman who is informed by Death of his approaching end. The play shows the hero’s progression from despair and fear of death to a “Christian resignation that is the prelude to redemption.”1 First, Everyman is deserted by his false friends: his casual companions, his kin, and his wealth. He falls back on his Good Deeds, his Strength, his Beauty, his Intelligence, and his Knowledge. These assist him in making his Book of Accounts, but at the end, when he must go to the grave, all desert him save his Good Deeds alone. The play makes its grim point that we can take with us from this world nothing that we have received, only what we have given.

The play was written near the end of the fifteenth century. It is probably a translation from a Flemish play, Elckerlijk (or Elckerlyc) first printed in 1495, although there is a possibility that Everyman is the original, the Flemish play the translation. There are four surviving versions of Everyman, two of them fragmentary.

Director Molly Rice and Cast set the show somewhat modern but kept the Middle English language.  The language was a challenge at first, but once the students found it’s meaning and music, they enjoyed the words.  The setting has a technology edge, including cell phones, computers, and a Elmo projector making the case that technology distracts us even more from God.

WCU to host 300 students for High School Play Festival Nov. 6-7 10/30/2009 – Some 300 students from the mountains and piedmont of North Carolina will be judged on their theatrical skills as Western Carolina University hosts a western regional competition of the North Carolina Theatre Conference’s High School Play Festival on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7.

Student teams representing 11 high schools will have 45 minutes to get set up on the stage in WCU’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, present their plays, and get off the stage. The teams can present either one or two plays over the two-day festival. “It is a very fast-paced and intense two days of competition,” said Peter Savage, acting instructor in WCU’s department of stage and screen, and coordinator for the event.

Two adjudicators will watch each play and judge the performance aspects of the productions, giving particular attention to the quality of the acting and directing. A variety of awards, including two Distinguished Play Awards, will be presented during a ceremony at 8 p.m. Nov. 7. School teams that capture Distinguished Play Awards will be invited to compete in the 2009 NCTC State High School Play Festival, which will be held at Greensboro College on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 19-20.

All the performances are open to the public free of charge. Those attending the festival should park in the Fine and Performing Arts Center parking lot.

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Theatre Arts II Music Video

Please remember to bring your costumes in for Monday’s filming:

3 suits


t-shirts & jeans (no writing on shirts)

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Theatre Arts II

Due Wed. Sept. 30th for a grade all Costumes and Sound Cues for your scene.  Items must be stored in your prop box or if too much stored in another box.  Please leave at front door in the morning if you do not want to carry them around.



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Governor’s School & NCSA

Rising seniors:

If you are interested in auditioning for Governor’s school or NC School of the Arts High School Program, please let me ASAP.  Governor’s school deadline is Wed. Sept. 30th.

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College Auditions

For High School Seniors

This is your opportunity to audition/interview for most of North Carolina’s colleges and universities, in one place, at one time, for only $70 (if you register by October 16)! After October 16, the price will increase to $80. This year’s Unified College/University Auditions & Fair will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Greensboro College. Both North Carolina residents and non-residents are welcome to audition.

Actors will have 60 seconds to present a monologue. If you also want to show off your vocal abilities, you will have a total of 90 seconds for your monologue and a song selection. The 90 seconds can be divided between your monologue and song any way you wish. An accompanist will be on-site and must be utilized. No a cappella singing or pre-recorded accompaniment will be allowed.

Non-Actors (Technicians, Designers, Stage Managers, etc) will show samples of your work in a portfolio review room. Samples may be photos, drawings, models, or anything else that demonstrates your production experience.

The NCTC Unified College/University Fair will be open all day Saturday, November 21. You may receive callbacks or interviews for specific schools, but you (and your parents) are also encouraged to visit all booths to learn about the many great options for study in North Carolina.

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TST Coffeehouse

The Tractor Shed is up and running with a great new year!  We have already had two successful Coffeehouses with musical talent by Saint students, Sydney Shepherd, tractor shed alumni, and local musician Alyn Mearns.  Watch this space for our forthcoming coffeehouse.  Please join us on Facebook by searching for tractor shed coffeehouse.

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