Hello! I hope you are all hanging in there as we close in on Thanksgiving break.
Here are a few opportunities for the students to consider:
Phantoscope High School Film Festival: https://filmfreeway.com/Phantoscope
Kenyon Review 17th Annyal Patruicia Grodd Poetry Prize: kenyonreview.org/groddprize.
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: https://www.artandwriting.org/
Remember: this week seniors are taking the SAT on Tuesday and juniors are taking the PSAT on Thursdays. Only students who are testing will come to campus on those days. These are optional asynchronous teaching days as well.
Dodge Poetry Festival is happening NOW. I've heard it is wonderful, but I am just starting to check it out. They give free passes to students and educators here: https://www.dodgepoetryfestival.org/
Inprint is offering free tickets to their event with Britt Bennett this evening. You can find more information here: http://inprinthouston.org/event/a-conversation-with-brit-bennett/
If you're not familiar with her work, here is the blurb Inprint gives:
BRIT BENNETT’s second novel The Vanishing Half, published in June 2020, is taking the country by storm. The book was an instant #1 New York Times best seller, was named “Best Book of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, USA Today, GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Bustle, and was long listed for the National Book Award. According to Lisa Page in The Washington Post, “Reinvention and erasure are two sides of the same coin. Bennett asks us to consider the meaning of authenticity when we are faced with racism, colorism, sexism and homophobia. What price do we pay to be ourselves? How many of us choose to escape what is expected of us? And what happens to the other side of the equation, the side we leave behind? The Vanishing Half answers all these questions in this exquisite story of love, survival and triumph.”
A few things coming up in the Creative Writing Department:
First, there's the Creative Writing Guild meeting this evening. The guild is a great place to connect with other parents and hear a little bit more about what's going on in the department. Here is the information for the zoom meeting:
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Also, the Intro to Playwriting class has been working with the Theatre Department as well as the Alley Theatre to put together an hour of staged readings. The readings were originally going to air on 10/22, but all involved have decided to move the reading to the spring when we can project them in the Studio Theatre with a live audience.
We are looking forward to seeing a few students in the building next week. It's been so quiet here with just the teachers!
Jan Saenz will begin teaching the Intro to Poetry class on Monday to the freshmen. She brings with her a great energy and a passion for poetry and creativity. Freshmen, don't worry! You'll get to see Mrs. D again in the spring semester for Spoken Word.
We recieved an email today about the annual Scholastic competition. Here's a link to their website if you're interested in learning more: https://www.artandwriting.org/ .
Hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoys this gorgeous fall weather.
Today marks the last day we will be teaching from home. Next week we will be back in the building and moving on to the next phase of online learning. We will organize the classrooms to ensure safe spaces for students when they return on the 19th.
Don’t forget to check “Week at a Glance” at hspva.org to check upcoming assignments. The new week is posted by Sunday evening.
Inprint’s reading on Monday night is with Julia Alvarez and Sigrid Nunez. You can get tickets here:
A few opportunities to share:
Have a wonderful weekend!
Ms. Switek, Ms. Apte, and Mrs. D