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Ravens Report- February 2018

February 28, 2018

"It's a Grand Night for Singing" Musical Revue

Engaging Students As Individuals

2018 Legacy Lunch

Lead From Here

High-Tech Tools Support and Motivate Band Students

Just as music itself has evolved and changed over time, so has music instruction — that wondrous yet often labor-intensive process that turns the discordant clangs and ear-piercing shrieks of the novice player’s efforts into the polished, pleasing melodies and harmonies of an experienced musician.

As part of our comprehensive fine arts programming, Ravenscroft band director Bill Pendergrass employs an impressive suite of high-tech tools to support his students’ mastery of theory and technique ... (read more)

Reflections from the Student Diversity Leadership Conference

Six Upper School student leaders — Bakari Young-Smith ’18, Chaz Crosby ’18, Alexis Fenner ’19, Makayla Crawford ’19, Sam Tabet ’19 and Jackson Davis ’19 — were selected by Ravenscroft faculty to participate in the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA, this past November.

The annual conference, a multiracial and multicultural gathering of students from high schools across the U.S., focuses on self-reflection, identifying allies and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participants in SDLC develop effective cross-cultural communication skills, a better understanding of effective strategies for social justice, expression through the arts, and networking principles and strategies. In addition to large-group sessions, SDLC “family groups” and “home groups” allow for small-group dialogue and sharing.

Attendees have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and engage in powerful discussions surrounding important diversity issues. After developing skills and knowledge around these topics, our students returned with ideas for building greater cultural inclusivity and diversity in the Ravenscroft community.

Many of our students spoke of being inspired to apply to attend SDLC after getting involved in SPEAK (Students Pursuing Equity And Kindness), a student-led program that spreads awareness of and celebrates diversity at Ravenscroft.

Enjoy the students' video reflection and recap of SDLC.

Nic Stone, Author of “Dear Martin,” Visits Campus

What is it like to be a young man of color wrongfully accused of a very serious crime? In Nic Stone’s young adult novel “Dear Martin,” readers experience first-hand the feelings of injustice shared through the eyes of the main character, Justyce, an African-American student attending a predominantly white elite private school. Justyce is at the top of his senior class and looking forward to attending an Ivy League college when he is falsely accused by a white police officer of a crime he didn’t commit. The story is told through Justyce’s journal, in which he writes letters to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. exploring modern-day attitudes about race, equality and his own identity.

Students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to meet Stone and discuss Justyce’s story thanks to a grant from the Victor E. Bell III Endowment ... (read more)

Online News Students Explore, Produce Timely Media

As the 24-hour news cycle churns on and websites and social media promote coverage of events large and small, it’s more important than ever for consumers of that content to understand where it comes from, what its purpose is and whether it is objective or partisan.

One way Upper School students at Ravenscroft come to appreciate all of those aspects of news coverage is through studying its many forms and facets and experimenting with approaches themselves ... (read more)

Watch now: “The Transportin' Bottle”

Watch now: “The Mom Finder”

Super Bowl LII Commercials Can’t Compare to the Transportin’ Bottle or Mom Finder!

The Super Bowl isn’t just about football. It’s also about the commercials — as we all had a chance to enjoy during Super Bowl LII. In Emily Roach’s Digital Communications class, where the philosophy is “don’t just consume media, create it,” Middle School students are developing real-world skills that could one day thrust them into the Super Bowl limelight.

In a recent study on the art and science of advertising, Roach’s students were asked to create their own commercials for a product or service (real or imagined) of their choice ... (read more)

Soaring Ravens

Kevin Billerman Reaches 400 Wins As Ravenscroft Head Basketball Coach

Ravenscroft varsity boys basketball coach Kevin Billerman reached his 400th career victory Wednesday, Jan. 31, with the team’s 76-64 victory over Word of God Christian Academy.

Billerman, in his 18th year as head coach, now has a career record of 404 wins and 144 losses. His teams have played for four North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Championships, winning in 2012 ... (read more)

PA’s “Night to Remember”

Parents’ Association Puts On “A Night to Remember” in Support of Ravenscroft

The Parents’ Association’s gala and auction, “A Night to Remember in Venezia,” was held Saturday, Jan. 27, at the downtown Marriott, giving parents and grandparents, faculty and staff, and other Ravenscroft supporters an evening of community and fundraising.

The event, attended by approximately 480 guests, evoked the grandeur of a night in Venice, with glittering lights strung throughout the venue and many guests wearing festive Carnival masks ... (read more)

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