Westside schools:
‘Big top’ theme for Bristol’s annual Night

       The “big top” was actually the gym roof, but imagination could fill in the rest Feb. 10, as Bristol Elementary put itself in circus mode for its fourth annual Night of Excellence event celebrating its educational role as an arts magnet school.

At Bristol Elementary's annual Night of Excellence... In the night's "big top" theme, Emily Sorensen (wearing a ringmaster-style black top hat) leads masked and face-painted students in a drumming number.
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       An estimated 400 people attended the 1 1/2-hour show, included music, food, art that had been created by all the students (grades K-5) and circus-style showmanship.
       “Every year we try to base the Night of Excellence on a theme,” Emily Sorenson, the school's music teacher, said afterward. “This year, because MAT [Manitou Art Theatre] is our Artist in Residence, our theme was the circus.”
       Hence the name: “Night Under the Big Top.”
       Wearing a ringmaster-esque black top hat, Sorenson directed the kids - most of them wearing masks - in some of the skills they've learned this year from MAT, including unicycle riding, high-wheeling, juggling, balancing, stilt-walking and hula-hooping.
       “It was very successful,” she said. “The premise is to show all the things we offer here, and the kids felt real good about their performances.”
      
       Jackson techno grant
       In support of School District 11's Morgridge Family Foundation grant last year, the Promethean Technologies bus will visit Jackson Elementary, 4340 Edwinstowe Ave., Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

At Bristol Elementary's annual Night of Excellence... Unicycling Bristol fifth-grader Chad Rowe exchanges "fives" with the front row.
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       Activities will include a public open house and technology showcase from 1:30 to 3 p.m., with a demonstration of “best practices in the interactive classroom” from 3 to 5 p.m., a D-11 press release states.
       Called the “Activ-Classroom In Motion,” the bus is a “36-foot technology-enabled education experience on wheels,” the press release adds.
       Jackson was one of five schools receiving up to $20,000 each in equipment from Promethean Tech-nologies, including interactive whiteboards, tablets and response clickers, according to District 11 website information.
       Other Morgridge grant recipients on the Westside are Howbert Elementary and Holmes Middle School.
       The Morgridge grant amount is $45,000, with matching funds coming from D-11 and the affected schools.
       Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Promethean specializes in interactive learning technologies, with products sold internationally.

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