It is over halfway through the year in music! We have been doing a lot of exciting things this year!This school year we have been learning alot in our musical skills of rhythm and beat and instrument families. Also, our students are well versed in our school theme song we have learned in all of our classes.***Orchestra ConcertWe have been VERY blessed and have been told that A Night at the Orchestra concerts will continue next school year. At 4 different times throughout the year, 10 Fifth and Fourth graders will be chosen to select a special adult to accompany them to a special themed symphony orchestra concert. This will be an evening concert and we will be meeting in front of the school at 5:30pm to be transported by bus to the Sharon Performing Arts Center in the Villages for the concert at 7:00PM. Our Gracious donors also provide all with a delicious sandwich from PUBLIX and bottle water for the ride there. And then we have gotten special meet and greets with some of the performers and instruments before the concert begins!(The kids really like that part!). The transportation, food, and concert would not be possible without the generous donations of some wonderful people in the villages! We give a tremendous THANKS to them for their support of sharing the arts with our children! Notes go home with every student in fourth and fifth grades and those returned will be among the 10 students selected to receive an invitation to attend the concert coming up! Our last concert this year was March 18, 2019. We look forward to more next school year!*** Fifth Grade Recorders: (fifth graders only) This year, all fifth graders will be given a recorder to use in class only. Letters/order forms will be sent home soon as a courtesy to offer the students a very affordable option of purchasing their own to keep and practice with at home. If your child already has a recorder at home, please send in a short note and I will get him/her the music to practice. Remember, recorders are part of the music program and therefore part of your child's music grade. The more they practice, the better they play and sound and the higher their grade. Recorder orders are due by March 22, 2019 and should arrive 8-12 business days afterward. Recorders should be kept at home after they arrive for practice.*** Veteran's Day ConcertOur Veteran's Day Concert this year was on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 5:00PM. It was performed by our 4th and 5th graders. They performed several songs honoring our Veterans and military personnel. We had a great turn out, especially with our new benches, we had plenty of comfortable seating. We loved showing our support to our Veterans!***Veteran's Day InviteMs. Delgorio's and Ms. Stalling's First Grade classes were invited by the City of Wildwood to represent Wildwood Elementary at a Veteran's Day event at City Hall on Friday November 9th. They sang 'America the Beautiful' and did an excellent job representing our school.***Winter ConcertThe Winter concert will be held this year on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, starting at 5:00PM. It will be performed by our Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Graders, Along with Ms. Lipham's, Ms. Robinson's and Ms. Laing's classes. They just about have their songs memorized! We have our grand finale song we have been practicing with all the children that we will present on the stage so it will be a pretty amazing performance! We have added instruments to a couple of our grade levels so it is sure to be exciting to watch! Please be patient of our transitions during the performance between grade levels. Even though this takes only a few minutes, it is well worth it to see and hear all of our beautiful children sing the songs they have been working so hard for months to learn. With our new bench seating, we hope to have enough room for everyone wanting to see their little ones. We look forward to you coming and supporting our little performers! Our students can select the song file to practice along.*** ALL County Music Showcase ConcertWe will be participating in this concert featuring our fifth grade students as well as a select number of fourth graders coming up at a later date. Also participating will be both South Sumter and Wildwood Middle School bands, choruses and South Sumter and Wildwood High School Choruses and Bands. This concert will "SHOWCASE" all of the musical talent that Sumter County has to offer in our schools. We will get the opportunity to participate in the grand finale' and sing with the middle and high school choruses while being accompanied by the bands. Every year we alternate the concert venue to opposite ends of the county and this year in 2019, it will at Wildwood Middle High School in the Gymnasium. This will be on March 22, 2019 and the concert will begin at 7:00pm. Fifth graders need to arrive at 6:00pm in order to practice with the other schools before the concert begins. The song files are provided below for those attending that would like to practice.*** Arbor Day Concert at City HallMs. Delgorio's and Ms. Stalling's classes have been invited back this year to perform at City Hall for their annual Arbor Day Event. It will be at the end of April. They are busy preparing to sing a song all about trees so they can WOW the audience! Come on out and hear them perform. The date will be known later, or City Hall will have the information.***Earth Day Celebration ConcertThe third grade concert this year will be on April 13, 2019. Letters went home with all Third grade students the first week back from Winter break. Students have been practicing their songs in class preparing to blow you away this year! This concert is also a field trip on a Saturday down to the SEEC (Sumter Environmental Education Center) CEMEX mine in Center Hill, at the south end of the county- (not too far from the fair grounds). We would like a good number of students to represent our school. We also need chaperones so we can enjoy the day having fun visiting the environmental booths and learning about conservation. Everyone who goes will enjoy FREE lunch and ice cream and the kids always have a blast! Please make sure you return the letters by the deadline if you would like your child to go. (We have to order the T-Shirts!) You can ride with us (and save your gas) and chaperone, follow the bus, or meet us down there for a great day of fun and music and hear your child sing! Permission slips will be sent home with a copy of the words to practice to the song files below when the letters are returned.***Lake Sumter Elementary Honor Chorus--The concert will be Friday, March 1, 2019.This year we had 5 fifth grade students represent our Wildwood Elementary in this concert of 100 students in both Lake and Sumter counties. They have been working very hard on their own as well as after school rehearsals memorizing the music to 7 vocal songs including a Spanish Lullaby, a Traditional Zambian Folk Song from Africa and a beautiful Two-Part Traditional Spiritual rendition of Peace Like A River. They sang in Alto harmonizing with 16 other schools when we met for the final 8 hours of rehersals over 2 days before the concert at 7:00 PM on Friday, March 1, 2019 at The First Baptist Church of Leesburg South Campus at 25900 US HWY 27 Leesburg FL 34748. The concert was FREE and open to the public. If you want to be blown away by the most talented elementary singers of Sumter and Lake County Schools, you don't want to miss this concert we have every year! Bushnell, Lake Panasoffkee, and Webster Elementary Schools are also represented with students from our county participating. (the first photo is of 2018 students, second photo is of this year's students)
Name: Ms. Karen WatsonTitle: Music TeacherExt: 62342Welcome:
I grew up in Inverness, Florida and attended Citrus County Schools. I am a graduate of Citrus High School (Go Hurricanes!), Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Florida and Graduated Saint Leo University with a degree in Elementary Education. For the first 11 years of my teaching career I was a third grade teacher in Sumter County Schools. Fresh out of college, I taught my first year at Bushnell Elementary School. My second year I moved over to North Sumter Primary School in Wildwood and didn't look back. When the Primary school and Intermediate school merged to form Wildwood Elementary School, I was right there with them, excited to teach in a big new classroom (no more portables for me)! In the summer of 2013, I was given an opportunity to move to the Music Room. I received my certification and started teaching music which I absolutely LOVE doing!
My musical background includes singing with my sister in church and choir since I was a child and I was able to travel and perform with my church youth choir. I began playing the recorder in third grade, clarinet and oboe in fourth grade, and continued through middle and high school. My junior year, I became Drum Major of my high school marching band, playing with the percussion section. I was in our high school performance rock band, BREEZ, played the keyboard, and was able to travel to different venues to perform with the group. I started taking piano lessons when I was 7 years old and played it as my talent in the Miss Teen Citrus County pageant 2 years in a row.