2007-10-05 / Community

CVSR Program Jumps to Broadway

This past summer, Channel View School for Research offered its "Jumpstart" program for the third year in a row to current and incoming ninth-graders. The program is open to freshmen who demonstrate academic achievement and would like to earn additional high school credits. The theme of this summer's program was an interdisciplinary project in which the students read Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables." After reading the book, students got to see the Broadway play. For many, it was an enlightening experience because they had never experienced the excitement of live theatre. Students also rewrote their own version, in which they had to act, sing and create their own scenery, which they then performed for family, friends and school administrators. Teachers Michael Kennedy and Kathryn Patrylo felt the program was a huge success. Principal Pat Tubridy was so proud of the creative skits the students produced. She said: "Our students truly understood 'Les Miserables' - it was evident in how they applied it in their contemporary skits."

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