Gaslight Community Conservatory Hosts Summer Dance Youth Programs

Submitted by Denair Gaslight Community Conservatory

Kids Summer Dance Camp

A week-long, half-day camp learning a variety of dance styles with a dance recital on Friday free for family and friends.

July 23-27, 2018, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, K-6 Grade, $100 per camper

Dance Styles Taught: ballet, tap and jazz.

For registration or more information contact info@denairgaslight.com or (209) 664-9514

Dance Instructor Amy Gallegos from BellaLise School of Dance

 

Mommy and Me Dance Classes

Tuesdays, June 12, 19, July 10, 17, 31 and August 7,

Walking to 2 Year Olds, 9:00 am-10:00 am, Ballet and music movement

2 Year Olds – 4 Year Olds, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Ballet, tap and music movement

Cost:  $60 per adult/child, per 6-week session. There is a $10 registration fee.

Includes a warm up and cool down song, movement and balance games and an introduction to dance steps

For more information contact info@denairgaslight.com or (209) 664-9514

Dance Instructor Amy Gallegos from BellaLise School of Dance

 

Additionally, the Gaslight Theater has an upcoming Sparks Dance Recital.

Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Denair Community Conservatory, Denair, tickets are $8.

Gaslight Community Conservatory to Host Shabby Chic Sign Design Fundraiser

Submitted by Denair Gaslight Community Conservatory

Join the Gaslight Community Conservatory for an afternoon of creative fun and get your Summer decorating started!

Step 1:  Prepurchase your tickets on our webiste (www.denairgaslight.com) to reserve your place in the class.  Classes are limited to 20 participants and all tickets must be purchased by 8:00pm on June 13th.

Step 2:  Choose one of the two sign designs.

Option 1:  Happy 4th of July or Option 2: Hello Summer

Step 3:  Email your sign selection to info@denairgaslight.com by 8:00pm on June 13th to allow for preparation of materials.

Step 4:  Come to the theater on June 16th and enjoy an afternoon of treats, beverages, and fun!

June 16, 2018
2:00pm
$45.00 per participant
3908 N. Gratton Rd.
Denair, CA 95316
(209) 664-9514

Top Denair High Students Lopez, Knox Reflect on Quality of Education, Academic Success

Submitted by Denair High School

Daisy Lopez is the Denair High School Class of 2018 valedictorian thanks to her 4.16 grade-point average. The salutatorian will be Hannah Knox, who compiled a 4.11 GPA in her four years. Both young women aspire to become veterinarians.

The graduation ceremony will be Friday, May 25 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Jack Lytton Stadium. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are not required.

After students receive their diplomas, there will be a Sober Grad Night party in the gym.

Lopez and Knox recently took time to answer 10 questions about their high school experiences.

 

Question: What are the key things other students should know about your academic success and how you achieved it?

Lopez: Keeping myself motivated and aware of the goals I wanted to achieve helped me continue working hard throughout my academic years at Denair High School. Also, enrolling in honors and AP classes really helped expose me to new and challenging material.

Knox:Always try to push yourself, but know your breaking point. I pushed myself too hard and it ended up backfiring for me. Also, good grades just don’t happen for most, so if you want a good grade, you have to go that extra mile in every assignment and every test. It’s always better to do more. I made this my philosophy when I came into high school and it really prepared me for honors and AP classes.

 

Q: How much time outside of class did you spend studying or doing homework?

Knox: I have never been a big studier, so I learned to cram right before a test, such as the night before or literally minutes before a test, which seemed to work pretty well for me. Maybe I’ll take a night off once in a while if I know I have time before the assignment is due.

Lopez: Outside of class, I spend about three to four hours every day doing school work.

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Documentary Team Following 3 Denair Students for a Week

Submitted by Denair High School

The Cannes Film Festival is an international showcase each year for the best films and documentaries. Many of the world’s most famous actors, directors and producers are gathered this week along the French Riviera to celebrate their work.

Could tiny Denair be represented next spring? It’s possible.

A team of documentarians will spend this week in Denair following three students from their homes through their days at school and back again. The idea is to create a 10- to 15-minute documentary – and perhaps a longer film version – that captures teen life in a typical rural American town.

The idea was the brainchild of Denair High Principal Kara Backman, whose goal is to shine a positive light on the community as well as her campus.

“We want to show the public how we open the doors of opportunity to all kids,” she said.

Backman hired GoodCity Concepts from Cleveland to produce the documentary. She is familiar with their work, having seen videos they’ve created during her time as a national education consultant.

Videographer Henry Ortlip and production assistant Kaytie Leonard arrived last weekend from the Midwest and began work Monday. They will be in Denair through May 20.

Their mission? To portray eighth-grader Connor Prock, junior Adrianna Snyder and senior Alex Flores as authentic representatives of the broader student body and community. The students were selected with the blessings of their families.

“What we’re trying tell is the worth of Denair via some inspiring story lines,” Leonard explained.

For instance, Prock comes from a prominent farming family with generational roots in Denair. His parents, Joe and Danielle, are both Denair High graduates. His grandfather and uncle both have served on the school board. They operate a dairy with thousands of cows. Connor raises beef cattle, which affords a glimpse into agricultural life. Continue reading “Documentary Team Following 3 Denair Students for a Week” »

Silva Hired as Next Principal at Denair Middle School

Submitted by Denair Unified School District

The Denair Unified School District didn’t have to look very far to find its next principal for Denair Middle School. Trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to hire Amanda Silva, who currently serves as the district’s assistant director of special education.

“She’s dedicated to Denair. She empowers others. She’s forward thinking. She’s passionate about kids,” said Kara Backman, the district’s director of secondary education and high school principal. She served on the hiring committee will be Silva’s direct supervisor.

Backman said Silva stood out among the seven internal and external candidates who were interviewed. Silva will become the middle school campus’ fifth principal in the past four years, a trend she intends to do her best to end.

“The biggest thing is building culture and pride in community, school and students,” she said. “We need to be positive, think positive and work hard.”

Silva has been with the district since February 2016 and has worked with staff and students across all four campuses to develop special education programs. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and an administrative credential and master’s degree from College of San Joaquin.

Confronting a steady decline in enrollment will be among her first challenges, she said.

“We need to become a team,” said Silva, who believes the relationships she already has forged with the DMS staff will benefit her. “We’ll be focused on doing our best for all our students.”

Silva will replace Brian LaFountain, who will return to the classroom teaching high school math in Ceres. Continue reading “Silva Hired as Next Principal at Denair Middle School” »