Baymonte 4th and 5th grade band students performed at the the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Festival held at Santa Cruz High School. The band performed for a panel of three professional adjudicators and music directors, and received a unanimous rating of “Excellent”. Afterward, they received a clinic workshop which focused on strengths and suggestions for improvement.
Overall, God blessed us all with a great experience, and a fun way for our Baymonte music students to perform out in the community along with other bands from all over the California Central Coast. A huge thank you to the students for their hard work and a special thanks to the parents for their support and generous help with the event.
Jason Braun, Baymonte Music Director
Baymonte 7th Graders Bennett Cocherell, Ashlyn McDaniel, Sam Freeman, and Nicolette Negrete were recognized at the awards ceremony for the Santa Cruz County Science Fair last night. Bennett received a Project of Merit Award. Ashlyn placed second in her division and earned a special award from the Botanical Society. Sam placed first in his division for his project about removing E. Coli from water. Nicolette placed first in her division and was the overall runner up, winning a cash prize of $250 for her project on leaf yeasts. Ashlyn, Sam, and Nicolette were also invited to represent Santa Cruz County in the California State Science Fair.
Baymonte students showcased their musical talents at the annual Christmas Concert. Sounds of merry melodies filled the sanctuary at Santa Cruz Bible Church. Mr. Braun, Music Program Director, delightfully lead the students as they played, sang and strummed songs of the Christmas season. Mr. Patterson noted in the welcome that most of these students only began playing these instruments in September. It is exciting to see their progress in a few short months. Thank you to all the family and friends that came out to support our students. Save the date for Baymonte Celebrates the Arts on May 10th.
This past Sunday, 7th grader Caelan Gilliam competed in the Region 14 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Caelan’s team, Los Gatos Running Club, finished in first place in the girls 11-12 division. This qualified the team to compete in the National Junior Olympic Cross-Country Championships on December 9th, in Tallahassee Florida.
Caelan was the 4th runner on her team, finishing the 1.86 mile course in a time of 12:38, which was a personal best. She was 20th overall (11th against other teams).
The Los Gatos team won with a combined score of 48 points, besting second place McFarland, from the movie “McFarland, USA” who had 62 points.
The team qualified for the regional meet by coming in first place at the district meet held November 18th, in Folsom.
Caelan will be flying with her 6 teammates to Tallahassee for the race on December 9th.
We’ve been learning all about the human body in second grade. We have studied the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, muscular and skeletal systems! Our culminating event was “Surgery Day”. Students were given some “emergency situations” and they had to perform surgery on the skeletons provided for them. It was fun, challenging and luckily all the “patients” made it through surgery!
Architecture elective had a great day by the bay, looking “fly”, sketching and learning about net-zero and green building from Greg Mantz, architect with DPR construction. The kids were able to see a net zero building in action, learn more about garden living walls, solar applications, and use of high-end technology in design. – Mrs. McNeill
What could be a better combo of beach, sun, fun and Plein Air watercolor painting! Art elective in action learning to “draw what you see” with watercolor techniques using our beautiful landscape backdrop of Santa Cruz lighthouse and the surf. A trip to a local glass artist studio rounded off the day, with a glass blowing demonstration and a few fun facts about chemistry of glass and its use in creating sculptural pieces. – Mrs. McNeill