San Francisco High School of the Arts Community Newsletter | May 5, 2023
FROM THE ADMINISTRATION
Important Dates May 6 Spring Art Showcase and Gallery at Stonestown Galleria May 5-7 Thunderstruck Dance Competition May 10 St. Thomas the Apostle – Spring Arts Tour May 11 Stevenson Elementary School – Spring Arts Tour
Remarks from our Head of School
Time flies and we are into the last month of the year! This is our busy time with many tests (big and small) along with the preparation for upcoming performances including the big recital. Yes there could be stress, yes, hard work is needed, but there is the reward of accomplishment afterwards!
– Dr. Sherry Zhang Head of School San Francisco High School of the Arts
Spring Arts Tour
Mr. Brian, Event Planner, Performance Enthusiast
Maybe it’s spring. Maybe it’s because May is Asian American Heritage month. Maybe more and more people are getting to know and getting to liking the dances we perform… We have many performances lined up this whole month.
Announcing our Spring Arts Tour! This tour will bring us to 7 locations around the bay area, from nearby schools to Stonestown Galleria to senior centers.
As a cherished opportunity to perform and share our arts, our students will be showcasing several pieces from the upcoming Spring Spectacular show.
So be on the lookout for more news from our Spring Arts Tour!
Featured Academic News of the Week
Mr. Lee Randazzo, History Teacher
Dear parents and guardians,
Our 6th and 7th grade students got a special treat this week, engaging in “conversation” with a Roman emperor. Did we have a time machine? Yes, of sorts. This emperor wrote a book and we read part of it. The emperor was Marcus Aurelius and his book was called Meditations. (Actually the book was a compilation of his journal entries, made after he died in 180). Our students had to evaluate the advice Marcus had for regular people to live their lives (and write about it). We also had a great discussion in class about how many of Marcus’s thoughts were not so different from how people think today.
Those of you who have visited my classroom know that it’s full of books. Those books are all related to lessons. I love it when we can go beyond the textbook (more in-depth) and analyze primary sources from history. Most other American students would not be exposed to such knowledge until they reach university. But our middle school students can handle it just fine.
Fans are indeed pretty cool. So cool, in fact, that our dance conservatory gentlemen will use their fans to demonstrate the level of coolness in the Chinese dance featured in the upcoming Spring Spectacular recital titled Summer Fan Scholars.
In ancient China, it was typical and expected for gentlemen to develop both their minds and their bodies. This dance, choreographed by Mr. Mike, uses fans as props to blend graceful movements with powerful techniques, showcasing their mastery over their movements.
HSArts will continue to provide private campus tours over the next several weeks giving all interested students and their families the opportunity to further explore our programs and offerings. Please RSVP hereto schedule your tour.
Young Artists News By Ms. Ginnie, Young Artists Coordinator Hello Young Artist program dance families,
Just a reminder that we will have two dress rehearsals on campus in May! They will be on Wednesday, May 10th and Wednesday, May 24th. Both dress rehearsals will run from 3:30-6:00pm. If students finish early, we will send a message in the Telegram app and parents can respond if they would like to pick up early. We will bring your child out when you pull up to the curb. Students will need to arrive with hair in a neat bun (unless their teacher asked for a different hairstyle). We will wear costumes but no makeup for the rehearsal. Finally, just a reminder that there may be makeup/hair supplies that students need to purchase for the recital!! Having all the necessary supplies is very, very important to ensure that students are neatly groomed and ready for the stage. We sent out an email last week with the subject “Spring Rehearsal and Recital Info” that includes a link to the Supplies Checklist — it is copied here WHAT TO BRING. There are also hard copies available at the front desk.
Spring Arts Tour – Kickoff at Kaiser Mr. Brian, Coordinator of Arts Things
On our Spring Arts Tour, we visited Kaiser Permanente in Redwood. In celebration of Asian American Heritage Month, our students performed several dance pieces from our upcoming Spring Spectacular recital. Here’s a short video capturing Ms. Hanna leading our students to do a bit of spacing before the performance from our Facebook page @hsartssf
Stay tuned for more news and media from our Spring Arts Tour, continued next at St. Thomas the Apostle School next Wednesday!
Spring Art Showcase and Gallery at Stonestown Galleria
Thunderstruck Dance Competition
St. Thomas the Apostle School – Spring Arts Tour
Spring Spectacular Dress Rehearsal #1
Stevenson Elementary School – Spring Arts Tour
Charlotte’s Web Open Rehearsal
Sagebrook Senior Center – Spring Arts Tour, sponsored by NHS
Charlotte’s Web musical performance
Kaiser Permanente 2nd visit – Spring Arts Tour
Headliners Dance Competition
Communication is essential and we strive to connect with our students, parents, and families throughout the school year. We will continue reaching out to you with this weekly newsletter. We also encourage you to visit our website and follow our social pages including Facebook and Instagram for announcements, information, and celebrations