Students Celebrate Black History Month

Middle school students marked Black History Month by taking part in several in-school educational activities.

As part of the celebration, student-musicians from the chamber orchestra, jazz band and quartertones performed music composed by African-American musicians, including Scott Joplin and Duke Ellington.

Additionally, seventh- and eighth-graders penned and shared short compositions about African-American icons who have influenced their lives. Essay subjects included Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder and Rosa Parks.

“Black History Month is an important time for students to learn from the achievements of African-American icons,” said music teacher Linda Jutting. “Feeling connected to the accomplishments of others can help students set their own goals, and there is nothing more universal than music to serve as inspiration.”