Coordinator: Mr. Warrichaiet
At Clarendon, students have the opportunity to learn a band instrument starting in 5th grade. We offer instruction on flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and percussion. Students are pulled out of class each week for a 20-minute group lesson, and meet twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays for full band. 5th grade band rehearsals are 12:30-1:00 during lunch recess, while 6th grade full band meets 2:30-3:00.
In 5th grade band, students focus on learning the basic fundamentals of their instrument. This includes reading musical notation, learning fingerings, playing correct rhythms, and more! Once a student has reached 6th grade band, we are able to add further elements of playing opportunities, including playing holiday carols around school and performing in the annual Instrument Festival in spring.
Coordinator: Mrs. Caryn Ruesch
Cougar Choir started in January 2014. They meet during lunch recess on Friday. The choir is made up of 20 talented 5th and 6th graders who love to sing, and chose to miss their Friday recess time to come to choir. We lead the National Anthem at assemblies, and are going to be singing with the Band and Orchestra concert in May (there are some other performance opportunities still in the works as well).... The Cougar Choir kids are doing great and having a blast singing together!
Cordinator: Mr. Dale Wimer
“If music be the food of love, play on.” William Shakespeare
In Mukwonago, students have the opportunity to be a part of a nationally recognized instrumental program that fosters life-long learning skills. We emphasize a diverse musical education by integrating alternative styles and improvisation with a traditional based training.
4th Grade Orchestra: Students in 4th grade are eligible to join our Strings program. Every 4th grader is introduced to the stringed instruments in the fall. Meeting once a week for a 20 minute lesson, the students will achieve a fundamental understanding of their instrument and during the 3rd trimester, will meet as a large ensemble to prepare for our Spring Concert.
5/6th Grade Orchestra: Students are encouraged to continue in orchestra in the 5th and 6th grades. This orchestra meets for two full rehearsals and one 20 minute lesson per week. During these years, we develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of music and performance.
S.A.V.E. Student Against Violence Everywhere
Coordinators: Mrs. Abbie Wehner and Mrs. Caryn Ruesch
Clarendon’s SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) chapter held their first meeting on Tuesday, September 24th. Approximately 30 students in grade 4-6 attended, and others are welcome to join throughout the year, as long as they have a permission slip turned in. (See Mrs. Wehner if you need a permission slip to participate in SAVE.)
Throughout the school year, SAVE members will meet with their advisors, Mrs. Wehner and Mrs. Ruesch, once per month, usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. SAVE is a national, student-driven organization that works to get students involved in keeping their schools safe. The group’s main foci will include anti-bullying campaigns, improving friendship skills, and planning some school-wide activities to spread the SAVE message. Clarendon SAVE members will be partnering with Mukwonago High School, Park View Middle School, and other Elementary SAVE Chapters throughout the year.
A SAVE Balloon Release will be held on Friday, October 18th. Elementary and middle school SAVE members are invited to join the high school SAVE members, at half time of the MHS football game, to release balloons in honor of those who have lost their lives as a result of school-related violence. (SAVE members will receive more information on participation in this event.) National Safe Schools Week will be the week of October 21st, with National SAVE Day falling on October 23rd.
Since then, a group of HS SAVE members came to visit Clarendon, and they did activities based on the theme, "The Power of Words" with the entire 4th, 5th, and 6th grade groups. Clarendon's SAVE Chapter has also had some HS SAVE students attend two of their meetings to give insight on how they could handle difficult situations and make a positive difference in our school.