Category Archives: Afterschool events

The Play’s the Thing

This is the first weekend I have time to blog. A while back, from March 1 to the March 3, Adelia Chambers’ production of Seussical the Musical took place. Months of practice, rehearsals, sets, props, costume and makeup design came together for a few precious hours. This was the third production, following The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. Following are photos during and after the show.

Where does a principal and assistant principal dress up for the occasion?

Ticket art

Soundchecks and placement before show


Curtain calls

What would become the backdrops

Orange County’s Arts Education Impact Grant presented by The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools provided Mrs. Chambers with funds for the play, we would might have had to find other sources for. Thank you, Foundation.


Christmas, again, and again.

Adelia Chambers and Apopka Elementary Chorus Club opens the season.

On December 1, the season begins with Adelia Chambers and her chorus performing in Winter Wonderland. Public school children throughout the area are invited to perform at the Kit Land Nelson Park, in conjunction with the lighting of the tree and other holiday festivities which kick off the holiday.

Wet for a while and cold, as the morning sun tried to break through.

Next came the parade on the 9th. Everything you have seen in movies about local parades, you can just envision in these parades. It is kind of small townish, with a charm not only for those in it, but those who are watching it as well.

My school on parade.

 Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and his wife.

Councilman Bryan Carson

School Board Christine Moore walked instead of rode.

Florida hospital and their rebuilt announcements.

Jones High School.

Ocoee High School

Wekiwa High School


The Blue Darters, Apopka High

Video clips from parade

We had Pajama Reading Night at school

We also decided to give back to the community. This was my team’s basket, along with Kindergarten’s for the Apopka Police.

There is also Kit Land Nelson Park and its lit up fineries. Even on Christmas Night you find people in the park at the later hours. Just happy to walk around and see all the light installations.

There was also this commercial during the food drive which was another event after school. Many showed up to help give out free food, donated by Second Harvest.

The real fun of a small town during the holidays, I have found is the park and the way my friends on West Orange celebrate with lighting their houses.

 This house attaches to the one below follow the wire to the left to see how the lights attach the two houses.

And that, my dear Disney, is how Christmas is done in the city of Apopka. You might want to stop by and see.


Fairy Tale Evening

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I was only able to stay for 45 minutes, but this was the beginning of the ball we had outside school in May 2015. I will admit,  I have never been to one, and with time checking for my flight, there was no Cinderella in sight.

the dyches

betancourt and jackie

blakes runn and huttom

blakeslee and hutton

But the fact that admin could actually get people to come in and dress up for the event, pending the end of the school year, at a very nice place in Apopka says a lot.

the gangs all here



Apopka Art & Jazz Festival 2015

jazz1Giving kids a chance to perform in front of a live audience is what it is all about

The Sixth Apopka Art and Jazz Festival was placed earlier on the calendar this year from what I have heard. It is usually later. A firm email came out citing next year, no matter what, it would be held April 1. Central Florida weather from late November to mid-March can be unpredictable, sometimes nasty cold. While the cold was terrible, the drizzle and dampness is not conducive to art displays, or putting kids out to perform in costume. The Festival is held at the Amphitheater, which is a pretty open space, subject to wind.

jazz 13

jazz 12

The Apopka Amphitheater is a large open structure which adjoining a small lake. There is a lot of open space surrounding it, which pitches up, perhaps a larger water area at one time. The surrounding area is spare around, but very Florida pleasant, which means green, but open. The area north of Orlando is not so Florida flat, so you have more rolling plain.



jazz blue girls

jazz 14

There had to be about 25 messages, some large, clogging up my email during the last few days. Luckily, I could always follow them, even in my nervousness about trying to get art work together and get all the info right for the show.  Because of testing, and other things, the festival was scheduled for what turned out to be one of the strangest days of the season. We were supposed to get heavy rain, and high winds.

happy birthdayDedicated principal, shows up, even though it is her birthday.

jazz 15 dedicated jteacherDedicated middle school teacher setting up work.

thandiweArtwork blew away at first, table crashed over. At one point I thought my display was going to be lifted up and blown away. One paper quilt ripped before I could get it up. One hung in there for the whole show, without much incident, but a lot of clanging.

People came and went, but not a lot, I wished more kids would have showed up, but the weather, which had started so rainy, must have turned a lot of people off. By the afternoon it was sunny and not cold at all. The poor girls in blue dresses (above) in chorus had been wearing sweatshirts over their sparkly dresses.

jazz iohn and surviving quiltJohn, my assistant, removes wood from the surviving quilt, as we took the show down.

Things like this are a lot of work, but the kids who either perform, or those who have work displayed, get a big kick out it!

homePretty area as you walk around the lake, the water Cezanne blue.

Pajama Night

miller and chambers endWorking hard, working after school, working evenings, for love not pay.

pj tortor

pj blincoe

pj guerrier

pj mont

pj gonzalez

pj maise

When people knock teachers for having too much free time, I wonder what they really know about schools today. Far from 9 to 5, I watch two administrators at a parade on Saturday, a music production on Monday night and then tonight a gathering in the library for children and adults. I see fellow teachers in the parking lots long after 5. I love this bunch, they work as hard as all teachers and admin really do.

internAnd our wonderful intern, here at night, really working for the love, for they aren’t even paid any salary.