Meijer Great Choices Film Festival Awards
Two films created in my classroom were awarded in the Junior competition, giving our classroom $400 in grant funds to use towards a variety of projects. It was awesome to see the students who created those pieces be recognized and see their work on the screen. Even better were the conversations the competition started about how they can get involved again next year.
Thanks to your votes, Aron won 3rd place and Blake, Evie, and Zach were awarded a Judges Choice award.
Goodbye with GIFs
Always eager to push my students to do higher level work, I thought I would give this a go a couple of years ago with great success. This is such a great way to finish the school year and test students on some of their basic understanding of how to manipulate images in Photoshop as well as work with animation.
Celebrating at the Scholastic Awards
It was a joy to complete the school year celebrating student success with another WMS Gold Medalist. I am so proud of the work Tara made (her little felted dog shown below) that has earned her this recognition. I look forward to seeing how she uses her voice and skills as she continues to progress in our Arts programs (especially since she will be in my class again next year).
I am also very thankful to the donors who helped make this possible, especially Tanger Outlets and the TangerKIDS grant that helped fund this experience.
I was a little star-struck to also hear from my favorite author when I was in middle school, R.L. Stine. He introduced Marc Brown for the Scholastic Awards alumni achievement award. I do not know how I would have survived middle school without Fear Street novels in my life.
It was also inspiring to hear other former winners and how they have used this moment to give them permission to live creatively. The night started with film star, Ansel Elgort, getting down into the crowd and high-fiving winners before encouraging them to keep their creativity at the center of their lives.