Westside schools:
Honor orchestras perform at CHS

       Nine Coronado High School students are members of the High School Honor Orchestra that will play at their home school Thursday, Jan. 21.
       Also, one student from Holmes and two from West are in the Middle School Honor Orchestra that will play in the concert starting at 7 p.m.
       Coronado is at 1590 W. Fillmore St.
       Admission is free.
       The total of 35 musicians in each orchestra are from Colorado Springs District 11 and Widefield District 3. According to Tom Fleecs, D-11's fine arts curriculum coordinator, students were chosen “through a rigorous audition process.”
       The middle school group will be directed by Andrea Meyers, a Denver-area music teacher who has guest conducted in Colorado and is serving as member-at-large for the National American String Teachers Association.
       Carlos Elias is the guest conductor of the high school group. He is the cirector of strings/orchestra at Mesa State College in Grand Junction and has previously been assistant concertmaster of the El Salvador Symphony Orchestra, and conductor of the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.
       The students in the orchestras from Westside schools are:
  • Coronado - Jonathan Will, Carley Mantleri and Brittany Ware (violin); Sylvia Hayes and Riley Ehrlich (viola); Nathaniel Lohmann and Austin Hartley (cello); and Daniel Burnett and Sarah Carter (bass).
  • Holmes - Kaitlin Taylor (cello).
  • West - Alessandro Delisio (viola), Olympia Vida (cello).

    Inside the Peak Vista Caremobile at Midland Elementary Jan. 19, Midland first-grader Connor Ireland has his pulse checked by Peak Vista medical assistant Candace Aragon during a family appointment that also included his mother Melissa, kindergarten brother Aaron, his 4-year-old sister Annalise and 2-year-old brother Tiernan.
    Westside Pioneer photo

           Twenty-seven Midland Elementary families received medical assistance in the Caremobile that was parked outside the school Jan. 19.
           Principal Robyn Colbert said she had requested the visit from Peak Vista Community Health Center's medical unit on wheels as part of a District 11 recent agreement with the charity health-care nonprofit.
           In fact, Midland was the first D-11 school to have the Caremobile come by, Colbert said. She was eager for the service because she knew of numerous school families who, chiefly because of their financial circumstances, might not see a doctor for their children as regularly as they should. With appointments set up every 15 minutes, “there's no hassle of waiting around,” she pointed out. And if people are indigent, “Peak Vista helps with that.”
           A medical assistant was in the three-room Caremobile to provide routine exams, treatment of illness or injury, ongoing primary care, physicals, immunizations or referrals for specialty care.
           Colbert had made an effort to get the word out to Midland's families in the weeks beforehand, so that nearly all the potential appointment times Jan. 19 were filled. Nicole Null, the Caremobile manager, told Colbert hers was the best turnout since the effort started a year ago.
           The Caremobile will drive back to Midland three more times this semester: March 5 to offer dental care, April 21 for medical care again and May 7 to follow up on the dental.

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