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Garfield Art Students Spread Winter Throughout the School

Miss Shannon Frey’s Art Students created hand-painted murals as a collaboration throughout the building.  Students worked in collective groups to show the “Elements of Design”, which was the semester focus.  Miss Frey is so very proud of her students for not being afraid to show their creativity in this public display of art.


Ridgeway Students Present Musical Programs

Ridgeway Elementary first grade classes presented “‘Tis the Season” on Monday, December 11th, to a packed house! It was a wonderful evening of music including The Grinch, “Jingle Bells” with a cell phone twist, and flashlight choreography to the song “Sleigh Bells”. On Tuesday, December 12th the second grade classes at Ridgeway took the stage for their holiday program. Both groups are under the direction of music teacher, Mrs. Melynda Caswell.

Ridgeway’s First Graders Perform


Hamilton Freshman and High School Bands Perform

Band students of Hamilton Freshman and Hamilton High Schools presented their winter concert last week.  There are three sections of band at Hamilton High School. Symphonic Winds meets 1st period and Symphonic Band meets 6th period.  Concert Band, which meets 7th period, includes freshman students who are bused to Hamilton High School for the last period of the day. Also on the program was the Hamilton High Jazz Band which rehearses twice a week after school.

Each group performed 3 selections. Highlights from the concert include the beautiful “Appalachian Carol”, the fast finger work of “Shepherd’s Hey” and “Polar Express Medley”, complete with a model train running on tracks in front of the stage. Hamilton High Jazz Band closed out the concert with three jazzy holiday classics before culminating in “Auld Lang Syne”.

The bands are under the direction of Mr. Paul Dixon, Mr. Patrick Naylor, and Miss Haley Britt, student teacher from Miami University.

Mr. Naylor and the HHS Jazz Band

The young ladies in band look stylish and professional in their newly purchased black gowns.

Hamilton High Orchestra Members Play National Anthem

The words “basketball” and “orchestra” don’t often occur in the same sentence, but in this case, they do. Members of the Hamilton High School Orchestra performed the National Anthem before the matchup between Hamilton and Sycamore. They did a great job and plan to do the same when the Hamilton High girls take on Badin, on Feb. 5, 2018.

Left to Right: Macy Caudill, Layla Gadd, Andie Angel, Andrew Roden, Ayden Wilder, Adrian Falcon

Garfield Middle School Choirs Give Concert

Garfield Middle School 7th and 8th grade choirs performed for family and friends in the Garfield Auditorium. The program was filled with many holiday favorites including the classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?”. The choirs are directed by Mr. Matthew Baker.

Hamilton Freshman and High School Orchestras Perform

The Hamilton High Auditorium was filled with the sound of strings as the Hamilton Freshman and Hamilton High School Orchestras performed on their winter concert.  Highlights of the concert were “Trepak from Nutcracker Suite”, “Carol of the Bells”, and the finale, “I’ll Be Bach for Christmas” which intertwined melodies of Bach with classic Christmas carols.  The Freshman Orchestra is under the direction of Mr. Matthew Kirkendall. Hamilton High’s Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra are under the direction of Mr. Matthew Pfeuffer.

Mr. Kirkendall and the Hamilton Freshman Orchestra

Mr. Pfeuffer and the Hamilton High Concert Orchestra

Mr. Pfeuffer and the Hamilton High Symphonic Orchestra



Garfield Students Get a Musical Treat

The Garfield student body gathered in the gym last week, but not for a basketball game. They were treated to a concert of holiday music presented by their classmates. The eighth grade band, orchestra, and choir each performed three selections from their recent concerts to an appreciative audience of their peers. This is the 2nd year for what may become a tradition at Garfield.

Mrs. Dietsch and the Garfield Eighth Grade Band

Mr. Baker and Garfield’s Eighth Grade Choir

Mrs. Carroll and Garfield’s 8th Grade Orchestra

New Art Display at District Central Office

The artwork of Crawford Woods students is currently on display at the Hamilton City School District’s Central Office.  Thank you to art teacher, Mrs. Leah Warner for sharing this display of water color and clay ornaments.

Crawford Woods Art

Ridgeway Art Teacher on Selection Committee

Congratulations to Ridgeway Art teacher, Mrs. Terry Toney. She has been accepted on the 2018 StreetSpark Selection Committee for the 2018 murals!  StreetSpark, a public art program in partnership with the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Community Foundation, was founded to further the arts identity in the city through exciting murals and public art projects. The program creates arts engagement by producing high quality art, providing opportunities for local artists and enhancing the visual appeal of the city. With the goal of fueling Hamilton with art, StreetSpark will bring visible murals and artwork into our community. This program is energizing our streetscape, creating awareness of the arts and sparking new development throughout Hamilton.





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