Westside schools:
Coronado bails out venue-less music festival

       Coronado High got a reminder this week of what it was like during last year's auditorium construction, when the school became the last-minute venue for a long-scheduled regional music competition.
       To make room for 45 schools during the three-day Pikes Peak Large Group Festival, the Coronado's music and drama students and staff had to relocate their classes to the auxiliary gym and other locations. They also had to set up as many as 90 chairs in their own rooms so the visiting high school and middle school band members could practice before performing, according to CHS band director Alan Combs.
       The competition, in which Coronado was not a participant, was to have been at Irving Middle School, but that didn't work out for unexplained reasons. “All these schools had registered and paid, set up transportation and had judges in place, but they'd lost their venue,” he said.
       Coronado couldn't be called 100 percent Good Samaritan. The event organizers “had tried a lot of places, and we'd said 'no' a couple of times,” Combs said. “Finally we said OK.”
       He said the CHS classes moving was the “same, exact thing” as last year, when work on the auditorium (which is just across the hallway from the music and drama rooms) required it.
       The inconvenience will have some reward. Combs said the Coronado music program will receive a stipend for hosting the event.
       The community is invited to the Buena Vista Elementary Annual Art & Pie Night Tuesday, April 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
       Buena Vista is at 1620 W. Bijou Street. Festivities will be in the gym, including sales of pie slices and beads made by students and staff. In a silent auction, people will get “chances to own pieces of Buena Vista's history: original antique windows!” a press release sates.
       Proceeds from the event will benefit the school's art program and PTA.
       For more information contact Gail Mayne at 640-9234 or gailmayne@q.com.
       Whittier Elementary will host an informational meeting for parents who might want to enroll their students in its EAGLES program Wednesday, April 22 from 6 to 7 p.m.
       EAGLES is a magnet class for gifted students in grades 3-5 that started four years ago at Whittier. With the school closing as an elementary after this year, the class will become part of the new Westside Elementary (in the West Middle School building) starting with the 2009-10 school year, Whittier Principal Marlys Berg said.
       “The purpose of the Eagles classroom is to nurture and motivate gifted students of all backgrounds by providing an exceptional, individualized, inquiry-based and multi-sensory instructional experience,” a District 11 press release states.
       The EAGLES acronym stands for Exceptional Academic Gifted Learning Experience Site.
       Whittier is at 2904 W. Kiowa St. For more information, call 328-4900.

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