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Thursday, January 31, 2013

PSSA Kick Off!!

The PSSA Prep Season is underway.  We kicked things off right with an amazing Pep Rally where our BuZy Bee was joined by our friend Buzzbee from our local B101 Radio Station!!  BuzzBee helped to entertain and coach our students as they participated in an exciting game of "Are You Smarter Than Your Teacher".  Students battled Ms. Meier, Ms. Claxon, Ms. Turner and Ms. McConnell!  This game helped not only the contestants review good test preparations but the entire school! Our students were victorious, proving that they are definitely on the road to scoring ADVANCED on the PSSA's in April!

Our student participant were awarded with a B101 Radio Prize Bag and each student received a B101 Tattoo featuring our new friend Buzzbee.

During the pep rally, we took a short commercial break to watch our new PSSA Rock the Test Video!  This video was created by students from each grade, featuring the voices of our 6th grade class! This video can be viewed on Dobson's new School Tube Channel.

We finished off our pep rally by singing some of our oldie but goodie PSSA Songs like the PSSA (YMCA) and I'm a BEE!  All of the students are ready and raring to go!

Each class from Kindergarten through 8th grade made a PSSA BuZy Bee Promise.  From practicing First In Math each day, to promising to arrive at school each day on time, these promises will definitely help guide each class through this preparation process!

Stay tuned for more BuZy Bee fun as we prepare for the PSSA's!!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Achieve3000 Leaders!

Our PSSA prep season is underway and our students are hard at work!! Congratulations to our weekly top scorers, Franny in 5th grade and Hayley in 7th grade!! You each earned bonus points for your achievement!  

Keep up the good work!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

History Hunters on the Prowl!

 On December 7, 2012 the 5th grade History Hunters visted Cliveden.

Cliveden was the summer home fo the Chew Family.  Benjamin Chew was one of the most important and wealthiest men in Philadelphia during the 1760's.  The students explored the hard life of a patriot soldier during this time.  They also learned about the loyalists and how choosing sides created friction among the colonists. 

Cliveden fascinated us as we also discovered how George Washington lost the battle of Germantown because the British soldiers barricaded themselves inside the actual walls of Cliveden!  Amazing history right in our own backyard!!

Achieve3000 Top Scorers

Thursday, January 17, 2013

PSSA Buzzz: Rock This Test!

Tomorrow starts the beginning of our PSSA Prep Season.  With a Pep Rally as well as many special guests, the kick off is sure to be not only entertaining but also full of good information to help our students to prepare.

Students have worked hard all week to prepare this year's PSSA Prep Song, "Rock This Test".  Check out the music video... you never know, you might find yourself featured!

Dobson now has a account!!  Videos from events as well as student work will be featured here throughout the year!

Direct Link to our video:

Monday, January 14, 2013

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

KidBiz Top Scorer Update!

With the PSSA approaching, we are mindful of our students progress using both KidBiz/TeenBiz as well as First In Math.  The PSSA Pep Rally will be held a week from tomorrow and the 50 day count down will begin!

Below is an update on the school wide progress on KidBiz/TeenBiz so far this year!

Congratulations to Ms. Linder's class, room 208!  Keep up the good work!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Winter Showcase In the News

 Dobson Students Participated in the Roxborough Winter Showcase on Tuesday, January 9th.  Click the link at the bottom of the article to see some fantastic pictures (including one of our Cinderella Performers) from the concert!

Last night, students from five local schools hit the Roxborough High stage to showcase their talents in a winter music showcase.
Performances included Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" and Jackson 5's "ABC," in addition to winter classics such as "Winter Wonderland".
The concert was a collaboration between Roxborough High, Shawmont, AMY Northwest, Cook-Wissahickon and Dobson schools.

Nathan Wesner, who teaches music at AMY Northwest and Shawmont schools, said the simple purpose of the concert was to bring local schools together.
"We wanted to create a sense of community," said Wesner, "and resurrect the idea of a regional program."

He said the students have been practicing the musical selections since September and rehearsed for several hours on the day of the show.

Hugh Williamson, who teaches music at Cook-Wissahickon, Shawmont and Dobson schools, said the event is part of a School District of Philadelphia tradition.

"This is one of the legacies of the District," said Williamson. "It's a long-standing tradition, but it's become increasingly harder to do. We're grateful to be here and get the kids excited about music."
He said schools like Dobson, which has a smaller band of about 20 students, couldn't put on this type of concert alone.

"We've combined forces to do what we couldn't do by ourselves," said Williamson, who added that nearly 200 students participated in this year's event.

RHS as a community 'anchor' 
Karen Thomas, principal of Cook-Wissahickon School, says she saw the concert as a way to connect with the community.

"We got everyone on board [from the] principals [to the] choir directors and music teachers; everyone came together," said Thomas. "It was important to host the concert at Roxborough High because we want to grow more opportunities to use this high school as an anchor in the community."

The event was free to the public but various raffles helped bring in money for the schools.
"I think we raised a good amount for the music programs," said Thomas, who noted that the schools are always in need of more instruments. Stephen Brandt, principal of Roxborough High School and former graduate of the school, says he enjoyed seeing the students share their talents on his school's stage.

"This concert is a way to start an articulation about Roxborough High School and open our doors to the community," said Brandt. "We're at a point now where Roxborough is really taking off and expanding its programs."

Support from the audience 
Virginia Lamb, content specialist of music education for the PSD, said she attended the event to help support music education in Northwest Philadelphia.

"I've been looking forward to seeing the kids join forces for this concert," said Lamb. "Music education should be the core of all education. Music changes and saves lives."
Mardy Tomlin-Corbin, a parent whose seventh-grade son, Tyriq, performed in the show, said her son has been playing the trumpet for about four years.
"I really like this collaboration concert because it's a chance for the kids to really showcase their talents," said Tomlin-Corbin.
Parents Sherri and Scott Weems said they were pleased to see their sixth-grade son, Dorien, play clarinet in the show.
"This is a great opportunity for the kids to work together and get to know other children," said Sherri. "It's nice to see them perform. I thought it was an excellent show."
Brandt said Roxborough High School plans to host another multi-school event in the spring and intends to continue the momentum for other collaborative concerts at the school in the future.
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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Winter Music Showcase

The School District of Philadelphia Music Department Presents…
A Winter Music Showcase

Roxborough High School Auditorium
6498 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128
When: Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
Time: 6pm Sharp with doors opening at 5:30pm

Admission: Free
Performing Students: Vocal Ensembles and
Combined Band & Orchestra
Collaboration of: Local Roxborough Schools: AMY-Northwest, Cook-Wissahickon School, Dobson School, Shawmont School, and Roxborough High School.
Other: Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Raffle items donated by local merchants.
For More information Please contact:
Mr. Nicholas D'Orsaneo IV
Choir Director/Music Specialist

Coming This Week: January 7th

Coming This Week:  January 7th- January 11th

Congratulations to the December Students of the Month!

Nora F., Tahir B., Durand D., Kadence B., Mia B., Ava A., Nyssa P., Sammie D., Tiger M., John S., Evan W., and Zack W.!!

Don't forget to log on to KidBiz3000 and First In Math everyday!! If you need your child's log in information, please contact your child's teacher!

Monday, January 7th

  • Achieve3000 Achievements will be announced! Stay tuned for more information.

Tuesday, January 8th

  • Winter Music Showcase!!  This Showcase will feature many of our students in the large band and a group of songs from our recent production of Cinderella!
    • Roxborough High School
    • 6:00pm

Wednesday, January 9th

  • Drop Everything And Read
  • 3:15 Boys Basketball game vs. Linglebach at Hillside 

Friday, January 11th

  • Fun Friday
    • 30 Tickets with 10 additional needed to dress down
  • Bake Sale to benefit the 5th Grade Classroom

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Picture Retake Day will be on Monday, January 7, 2013. Students who were absent or unable to have their picture taken in November may do so on the 7th. A note will be sent home with students this week.
  • Home and School Meeting at 6:00pm.  This meeting will be held at the Roxborough Free Library
  •  January 21st- School will be closed for Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Coming This Week: January 2, 2013

Coming This Week:  January 2nd- January 4th

Happy New Year Dobson Dolphins!!

Don't forget to log on to KidBiz3000 and First In Math everyday!! If you need your child's log in information, please contact your child's teacher!

Wednesday, January 2nd

  • Drop Everything And Read!

Wednesday, January 2nd

  • Student of the Month Assembly at 2:25pm
  • Dollar Dress Down Day

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Picture Retake Day will be on Monday, January 7, 2013. Students who were absent or unable to have their picture taken in November may do so on the 7th. A note will be sent home with students this week.