Wednesday, May 27, 2015
We will be holding our annual Completion “Comp” Night on Wednesday, June 3, at 6 PM in the CHS Gymnasium. Eligible students will be honored as they earn their CRTC completion certificate which indicates they’ve demonstrated at least proficiency at all the essential competencies related to their chosen program.
New CRTC Program: Stagecraft
On Monday night, May 10, the Instructional Committee of the Concord School Board voted to recommend to the entire School Board that the CRTC offer Stagecraft as a new CTE program beginning in 2016/2017.
We’ve been pondering a program of this nature for years given the strong support for the performing arts in all the communities we serve. Our initial focus was acting and directing, but our CRTC Community Theater Program Task Force focused us on stagecraft (also called technical theater), which includes sound, lighting, costumes, sets, and props. The task force determined that actors were being provided more than enough opportunities presently and students who were interested in stagecraft did not have many (if any) formal opportunities to explore and expand their skills.
To establish Stagecraft as a full CTE program we are working on the following three major program elements:
- Post-Secondary Relationships - Both UNH and Plymouth State have expressed interest in forming a dual enrollment relationship (it cannot be formalized until after our first year). Numerous stagecraft courses are part of any theater major’s core college expectations.
- Industry Partners - There are so many potential partners, including performance auditoriums in most of our high schools, as well major theaters in the area. We were also pleased to have Steve Martin, from the Capital Center of the Arts, as a member of our task force. They will certainly partner with us.
- Industry Certificates - There are a number of which we are exploring.
We will spend the summer and fall fleshing out more details and then start to market the new program in January, 2016. Please contact us to learn more and/or to have input in the process.
Reflecting on CRTC Request for Enrollment
The CRTC receives 99% of its applications by early March, processes them for a month, and announces admission status in April. Last week we gave out letters to our returning students, and this Wednesday we will provide letters to new students (available in the student’s commons).
Applicants (from all nine of the schools we serve) must complete an application and reflective essay to apply. We also collect transcript, attendance, and reference data on every student. The process to make our selections takes place over a five week window.
The overall health of the CRTC, given the quality and volume of student applying, is better than ever. Enrollment request are up. We now have wait lists in 8 of our 10 programs. Some very talented, passionate, and committed students are applying (as well as returning). It is an exciting time.
Last Thursday our teaching staff, after reading over all their new applicant’s dossiers, did some reflection on patterns they are seeing in those students. Here are the highlights:
- There was a very strong theme of wanting to join a profession this year. Candidate’s essays emphasized career requirements and considerably less was elaborated on personal “likes” related to the particular program.
- There was elevated evidence of previous relevant experience. Criminal Justice and Fire Science students especially have done some activities in the field already.
- There was a strong theme of passion to serve especially in the realm of health science. Students reflected on their own family’s medical history. Our New Americans in particular have an affinity for health career and they express it beautifully in their essays.
- Students are expressing more defined career planning, more than we’ve ever seen. They are seeing the CRTC as a step along their pathway.
- Students were more aggressive about selling themselves and specifically their value to the program. They were much more strongly attuned to persuading the evaluator.
As mentioned, we will be providing status letters for new students on Wednesday. Our office is available to answer any questions.
Friday, May 22, 2015
The Students below have made our CRTC Honor Roll for Quarter 3. The criteria is to have an 87 - 91 in both your soft and hard skills. Congratulations to all the hard work these students have put in!
CRTC Honor Roll-Grade 12
James Birtwell V
CRTC Honor Roll-Grade 11
CRTC Directors List- Grade 12
Arthur Aznive Jr.
Leonard Galvin III
CRTC Directors List- Grade 11
CRTC Directors List- Grade 10
CRTC Directors List- Grade 10
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Congratulation to our Auto students who won the TWO major state competitions this year. Skills USA in March then the Ford AAA this Saturday. Scott will be taking our team to Detroit in early June to compete nationally. Keep up the great work!