Tuesday, March 5, 2019

No Strings Marionettes Residency

Students experienced a delightful Artist-In-Residency with Barbara Paulson of No Strings Marionettes. All students created their own puppet over a three-day period. Then on the fourth day they learned how to manipulate the puppets. A song, dance, or story was created and then students performed for the whole school on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. What a wonderful performance! What really stood out was just how individual each puppet was and that there was "nobody else like me".

Since our school is so small, it was not possible to hold an evening performance for parents, so this year we are trying something different. We had our District Public Relations person, Megan Baule, record the performance and are waiting for the final product. Once we have a way to share with our UMS community, we will contact everyone so you can see our 2/19/19 performance. Thank you to Barbara Paulson for a wonderful experience for all Union Memorial School students!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Open House This Thursday!!

Union Memorial School will have our Open House on Thursday, October 4, 2018 beginning at 6:30 pm.  Please make sure you stop in the Art and Music Room to see us. We will have an on-going slide show, so come on in!!  Ms. Vella (Art) and Ms. Mutz (Music) look forward to seeing everyone...  

Sunday, August 26, 2018

New School Year ... New Music Schedule

Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year! As I write this, we are not yet back in the classroom with students, but that will happen in just a couple of days. New this year (for me) is the switching of the Music and Arts schedules. I have been teaching with the same format for 30 years. But, change is good! Admittedly, I will have to get used to it, though. 

Music classes will be held Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and all day Friday. Then I pack up and travel to the other side of Colchester to teach music at Porters Point School. The Art Educator, Ms. Amanda Vella and I share our Art/Music Room, so she is there when I am not, and vice versa. Best way to get in touch with me is through email:  martha.mutz@colchestersd.org. 

See you soon!   

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Last Day of School -- Here is a Second Grade Tradition

On our last day of school, UMS always holds an assembly. We sing the school song "Glad To Be Here", sing a patriotic song such as "America, The Beautiful", and just last year we started a tradition of having our oldest -- the Second Graders -- sing a song to us all. Thanks to Mary Alice Amidon, we sing her song "I'm Growing Up". The students line up 2x2 by their class, but they are sandwiched in between kindergarteners and first grade classes. Watch and listen:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday Dress Rehearsal -- It's Coming Together!!

So many details... When dress rehearsals are rough it always gives performers something to think about. Nothing went wrong ... at all ... But we only have this one chance to be in this space and get things set up. Tonight we will be ready!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesday Night Performance a Success!!

Our performance tonight went off without a hitch. Students were focused, warmed up and ready to roll. They sang their hearts out, and I could not be prouder of them. To think they are just 5-8 years old. Yes, they can not only LOOK good up there on stage, they showed everyone they are quite impressive with their singing and acting, too!