By Molly F., Zahra A., Carly C., & Katie K.
On Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Hampton Elementary had an assembly with Chinese acrobats. There were two girls and two boys ages, 14, 16, 20, and 21.
They had many tricks and routines including, flexibility tricks, balancing while moving, and gymnastics! They did partner tricks as well such as lifting and flipping each other. One of the girls did a dance with fans and balanced them on parts of her body. She also did this with candelabras. In addition, the men did pole dancing where they pulled themselves onto a large pole and used their strength to move around and stay up without falling. The two girls and men both did a gymnastics duet and were both very flexible. They were perfectly in sync and could support each other’s weight. These performances were amazing!
These acrobats were very young and have been training for performing almost their whole lives. “We have been training everyday” Said the announcer. They have been doing it for 14 years!
We also asked the PTA some questions about preparing the assembly. First, we asked them how they got the idea to have a Chinese Acrobat assembly. “I was trying to book something entertaining. Something FUN! I wanted a special treat for students and faculty to enjoy before winter break. I also thought it would be something interesting since most students have never experienced a performance like this, said the PTA’s Cultural Arts Chairperson, Melissa Randola.
Next, we asked them how they got in contact with the organization. “The name of the organization is The Bureau of Lectures and concert artists. I personally contacted them via email and phone. I also sent items through the mail,” Randola said.
Finally, we asked them if it was difficult to plan an assembly and what goes into planning the assembly? “I don’t think it is difficult. It is very exciting. Here is how I plan an assembly:
1) Check with Ms. Kaiser for available dates and what our budget is for the assembly.
2) Book the assembly. Mail a contract and down the payment.
3) ‘’Get prepared by setting up the dressing room, a microphone, sound system, etc.
4) ‘’Greet the assembly guests.
5)After the assembly I send a thank you note with feedback about the assembly. I also include their final payment.”
Thanks to the PTA to make it possible. This assembly was a big success for Hampton. I think that all the students really enjoyed having something like this to experience!
by Connor Y. & Nick F.
The fourth-grade musical December Nights, December Lights told about different types of holidays that are in December and how people celebrate the holidays. The musical was a great musical. The fourth grade sang “December Nights, December Lights,” “Light the Candles,” “La Fiesta de la Posada,” “Light the Kanara for Kwanzaa,” “Holiday Lights,” “One Candle Lights the Way,” and finally again to closeup the play they sang “December Nights, December Lights Finale.”
The fifth-grade band and orchestra performances were amazing. The band is made up of baritone, Saxaphone, trumpet, tuba, trombone, clarinet, drums, and flutes. The band worked hard for two months practicing and getting better at their instruments for the right tune. For the opening, the band played “Hot Cross Buns,” followed by “Inception,” and lastly for the closer “Jingle Bells.” The orchestra was made up of Violins, Violas, Cellos, and a double bass. The orchestra spent time and hard work to perfect the way they played. They worked and worked for two months straight practicing until they were great at their piece. The orchestra first played “Jingle Bells,” then the “Two Terrific Tunes” (also known as Lightly Row and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star), and finished it off with “Fiddlers Hoedown.”
By Lucas V. & Max L.
Hampton’s first blood drive happened on November 21, 2019. Parents and staff donated blood to help those in need.
The blood drive was held in Hampton’s gym, which had Red Cross personnel who had set up their equipment. Parent volunteers met people at the door and helped people sign in. They were also serving snacks and refreshments to the donors.
The host of the blood drive and Hampton’s school nurse, Mrs. Chambers, told us that “Although it was successful, I would like there to be more donors.” said Mrs. Chambers. Even though twenty-four people tried to donate, only fifteen were able to donate blood.”
If you’re unable to donate blood, here’s some ways you can help the Red Cross. One way to help the Red Cross is by spreading the word about the blood drive. You can spread the word by telling your community about it so there can be a higher chance that the Red Cross will get more applicable donors.