Thursday, December 16, 2010

Poem of the Week

My Family 

By: Andrew, Grade 4
Cesar Chavez Learning Center

My family is like you’ve never seen.
My family is like a teacher at home.
My family is like a waiter that asks us what we want.
My family is like a map that leads me from wrong to right.
My family is like a doctor that helps me when I am sick.
My family is what creates love in our home.
Like I said,”My family is like you’ve never SEEN”!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Poet-Athletes Record Original Song with ASCAP Artist Dondria aka Phatfffat

Every year, The America Society of Composers, Authors, and Publisher’s (ASCAP) songwriter residency program partners with America SCORES to place an artist with participating SCORES affiliate sites.  These artists help a select group of students from one of the schools transform their words into an original song to perform and record in a professional studio.  This year, America SCORES Dallas had the honor of working with So So Def artist, Dondria aka Phatfffat.  A Dallas local, Dondria was first discovered as a YouTube channel sensation and now has 3.6 million profile views and over 100,000 subscribers.  Her recent album, Dondria V Phatfffat, was released just this last August. Last week, Dondria spent 3 days with all 32 Poet-Athletes from Steven’s Park Elementary School and helped them write, memorize, and sing an original song, “Let’s Party.”   
Day 1 “The Classroom: Part 1”
Dondria introduced the main lyrics of “Let’s Party” to the Poet-Athletes at Steven’s Park Elementary School. After learning the lyrics, it was then the students’ task to finish the song with two additional verses. Dondria encouraged the students to brainstorm ideas for the lyrics by thinking of words and concepts that connected to the theme of the song: getting together with friends and having a good time.
Day 2 “The Classroom: Part 2”
After school, the Poet-Athletes were jumping out of their seats and peering out of classroom 201 waiting in anticipation for Dondria’s arrival so they could continue working on their song collaboration.  At exactly 4:15, a boy yelled to his class, “She’s here!”  Immediately, all the kids rushed to their seats with their eyes fixed on the doorway awaiting Dondria’s entrance.  Dondria arrived in a whirl of positive energy carrying a stack of their printed lyrics with the credits at the bottom pronouncing, “Written and Performed by Dondria aka Phatfffat and Steven’s Park Poet-Athletes.”  Then it was down to business.  The students rehearsed the song and practiced singing with rhythm.  Once she felt the students were ready, Dondria had them practice singing the song with the instrumental track.  Dondria was kind and patient with the students during the entire process and encouraged them to express their experiences through words and song.

Day 3 “The Studio”
On Wednesday, the students filed onto a school bus that whisked them away to nearby Crystal Clear Studios.  As the bus approached the studio, the excitement intensified and the kids tumbled out of the bus ready to start their recording session.  In the studio, Dondria greeted the students and immediately ushered them into place around the four microphones.  Together, Dondria and the students huddled in a circle around the microphones and listened to the instrumental track and the control room operator’s instructions on their over-sized studio headphones.  In alternating intervals they sang, clapped and laughed, filling the recording studio with their voices.  Dondria encouraged every student to sing and have fun, while also inspiring them by lending her own skilled vocals to the track.  By the end of the night, the students were exhausted, but grateful for the chance to meet and sing with Dondria in a professional recording studio.  They left the studio that night with an aura of pride, joy and accomplishment.

America SCORES Dallas and the students at Steven’s Park sincerely appreciate this opportunity made possible by ASCAP and the incredibly talented, Dondria aka Phatfffat.  The album of songs produced through the partnership between ASCAP and America SCORES, including “Let’s Party,” will be released in Spring 2011.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Poem of the Week

My Class 

By: Fernando, Grade 5
Cesar Chavez Learning Center

My class is like a zoo
when they scream a lot
My class looks like a snake
when they get out of line
My class is like crazy monkeys
 when they talk a lot
My class looks like traffic
 when they are in line
My class is like a circus
when they run around too much
On the playground or at recess
My class are like tigers
when they run so much or when they are really fast

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Poem of the Week

What did they do to my Beautiful Earth?

By: Hector, Grade 5
Cesar Chavez Learning Center

I’m up in the sky looking at people
Throwing trash to the floor 
I say, “No, No you better pick that up”
I was so angry for what they did to my earth
People cutting trees
The Earth was so sad
She felt so brown
There was no oxygen
People look what they did to our Earth
The Garbages were so full
No more trash could fit
There were a lot of factories
The air was not clear
It turned into something awful that no person could smell it
It surrounded the whole world
The next day I was so mad
I just wanted to make the greatest thunderstorm
And I did
I splashed everything
Not even a crumb of trash
Everyone was happy
No more factories that spread out the smoke
I am always watching 
For those days I have not forgotten in the sky
I am a cloud
And I will never forget what they did to my Beautiful Earth 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Stay In Stride With America SCORES Dallas

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