It is about halfway through the year in music! We have been doing a lot of exciting things so far this year!This school year so far 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 this school year. At 4 different times throughout this 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 are also going to 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!) and then each child is also treated to their own book about the orchestra. The transportation, food, book, 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 concerts this year will be December 2018, February, and March 2019.*** 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.*** 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.'We Wish You A Merry Christmas' will be the Grand Finale song with all Grades and Classes performing together at the end of the concert.*** 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 is scheduled to be at Wildwood Middle High School in the Gymnasium. More information to follow.***Earth Day Celebration ConcertThe third grade concert this year was a huge success. They sounded beautiful! Many students attended the 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 had about 30 students represent our school. We needed chaperones so some of our wonderful 'It Takes A Village' Tutors volunteered to accompany our kids for the day (THANK YOU, LADIES, we couldn't have gone without you!!) Everyone enjoyed FREE lunch and ice cream and the kids had a blast!***Lake Sumter Elementary Honor Chorus--The concert date has already been set for 2019 and will be Friday, March 1, 2019.We had 8 fifth grade students representing our school in this concert of 110 students in both Lake and Sumter counties. They had been working very hard on their own as well as after school rehearsals memorizing the music to 7 vocal songs including a Yiddish Folk Song, a Polynesian Folk Song, and a song by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They sang in Alto harmonizing with 14 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 2, 2018 at The Fellowship Church 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 County Schools, you don't want to miss these concerts! Bushnell, Lake Panasoffkee, and Webster Elementary Schools will also be represented with students from our county participating.
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.