Westside schools:
Howbert musical changes ‘Woods’ song

       Preparations for a Howbert Elementary musical usually concern the number of student participants and/or sets and costumes.
       For this spring's sports-themed show - “Get in the Game” (written by national children's-musical tandem John Jacobson and Mac Huff) in the Coronado High auditorium Wednesday, April 29 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. - the intrigue had more to do with one of the songs, titled: “At the Country Club with Tiger Woods.”
       Because of the famous golfer's recent, extensively publicized personal issues, Howbert music director Katherine Kennedy said that at first she didn't know what to do about the song. But at last, working with the 150 third- to fifth-graders in the show, she hit on the idea of having students sing their dads' names instead of “Tiger Woods” each time his name came up in the lyrics.
       “I e-mailed the composer [Jacobson, who lives in California] and he was thrilled,” Kennedy said. “He thought it was the best idea he'd heard for that song. He'd been getting tons of e-mails about it.”
       The school's performance is free and open to the public. Coronado is at 1590 W. Fillmore St.
       At the recent state MATHCOUNTS competition at Colorado School of Mines, Holmes Middle School took ninth place among 25 schools - its best finish ever.
       Out of 180 students total who worked on math problems at the event, the top student from the Westside was Miles Christian of West Middle School in 45th place. Kyle Allison led Holmes in 46th.
       In another competition, West's eighth-grade math students took first place out of about 12 schools from around the area April 13 at Skyview Middle School.
       The school's MATHCOUNTS team, led by math teacher Phil Hutcherson, also has earned the Gold status for the second straight year through participation in the national MATHCOUNTS program, which promotes math achievement. (Gold is attained by having a sufficient number of students pass MATHCOUNTS' 10- question Gold-level challenge.)
       Coronado High School engineering and math teacher Bryce McLean and Bijou Alternative High School English teacher Amy Mirando have been honored with Diamond Awards this year by the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs.
       The awards go to one teacher at each participating District 11 school based on evaluations sought from students and a follow-up evaluation by the Rotarians and a D- 11 representative. A teacher can only receive the award once.
       Award winners each get a clock with a diamond inset, a cash award and other gifts.

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