I hope you and your family and friends are all very well! Welcome to the Theater I-IV online class! We would like to invite you to join with us to use this quarantine time to prepare and get to a better place in our training, health and academics than we were when our little break began. So come with us on this journey!
We will be having our weekly class on our new Google Classroom platform. This invitation to join the "new" class should be in your school email. Please note, this google classroom is a different group than the google classroom we used previously in our 'in person' classes.
Here is the plan, there will be weekly assignments posted in the classwork page. You will need to submit each week's assignments by Thursday, midnight. You only need to submit the assignment once, regardless of how many electives in which you are enrolled with either "Cassar."
Additionally, if you feel inspired, use your journal from class or begin a new journal. This will give you a place to chart your progress. If you choose, you can also keep a diary of entries to document your and your family's experiences thoughout this journey (after all, this kind of thing is the stuff new musical theatre hits are made of) . . . just be sure to let both the Mrs. Cassars know when auditions are to be a part of your new hit cast!
Remember that all of these activities are to be completed in a safe, socially distanced, guideline following, solo fashion, on your own or with the people already living in your home. Can't wait to get started with ya'll again! I miss seeing all of you :)
Week 1 Assignment: (April 20-24)
Keep yourself in tip top shape by beginning your yoga training with "Mr. Hawaii" Tamal Dodge leads students in beginner Hatha and Flow Yoga. This is a great way to build your strength and flexibility.
Obviously, follow instructions carefully and only go "as far as your body is telling you today." Be healthy and safe and consult your doctor if you have any questions about whether you should participate in physical activity.
Participate in yoga at least two times a week. Keep a workout and practice journal to document your activity and progress. These entries do not have to be long, just date, time, activity you did and progress you feel you are making (or feel you need to make ;)
On Thursday, April 23, (midnight) post an appropriate photo of yourself mastering one yoga position, AND a reflection paragraph of how you feel after a yoga training session.
Just Click Yoga for Beginners Youtube Video to start getting back in shape.
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education
Ms. Arianna Cassar
“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong. We are all connected.”
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ms. Arianna Cassar-Cruice is very excited to be teaching Theater I-IV at Chalmette High School. Ms. Cassar-Cruice grew up in St. Bernard Parish and is proud to be a product of the St. Bernard Parish Public School System. She believes that it is truly an honor to be teaching in this community and developing its students. Ms. Cassar is thrilled to be a part of the time honored system that helped to develop and shape her so much.
An honor graduate of Chalmette High School, Ms. Cassar attended Louisiana State University and the University of New Orleans. She graduated from UNO with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education and Teaching. Arianna finished her education degree with a term of student teaching experience at Andrew Jackson Middle School.
Being a CHS graduate, Ms. Cassar-Cruice has firsthand experience with the climate and expectations affiliated with CHS. As a result, she wants to continually create that atmosphere and rigor in her classroom. She feels so blessed and proud to be back at her alma mater encouraging and giving students the tools they need to succeed. Also, Ms. Cassar-Cruice is a part of the National Council of Teachers of English; this organization helps teachers to stay up to date with the most modern, data driven methodologies in Secondary Education and links them in a nationwide professional learning community.
Ms. Cassar-Cruice identifies herself as a constructivist teacher. For those unfamiliar with this term, constructivism is the theory that students in the classroom create, build and construct knowledge out of active experiences. This pedagogic approach promotes: movement in the classroom, exploring information from multiple resources, reflecting on real life experiences and connecting various activities and methodologies to what students are learning in their core content subject areas.
For those of you out there familiar with the St. Bernard Parish Public School System, you may know that Ms. Cassar-Cruice is a part of a family of teachers. Try not to get confused with all of the Cassars on campus; she is one of many. Her entire immediate family is a part of the St. Bernard Parish Public School System. Her mother is a retired math teacher; her sister is the choir teacher, and her father is the Cultural Arts and Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator. Growing up in this environment, she has come to regard all of the faculty in this caring community as part of her family; so naturally, she is excited about joining the upper ranks of the best business team in the world, the faculty at Chalmette High School.
Also to Ms. Cassar-Cruice’s credit, she is a founding member of The Performing Arts Academy. This is an elite theatrical program that develops students’ abilities in the Dramatic Arts; this includes acting, music, vocal training, dancing, FX makeup, wiggery and technical theater. This is her fourteenth year serving as the program’s Artistic Director, Choreographer, Wig and Make-Up Designer. This summer marked her eighteenth anniversary with the program. Some of her directing highlights include Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Treasure Island, Peter Pan, Anything Goes, Shrek, the Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Into the Woods, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Once Upon a Mattress. She is the choreographer and assistant director for CHS Voices: Chalmette High School’s Music Theatre and Vocal Arts Program and also serves as the Flight Choreographer for its Theatrical Flight Training Program affiliated with ZFX Flying Effects. In addition to her directing credits, she is a skilled actor and singer. She has been a part of the musical theater scene since she was in second grade at Lacoste Elementary. Some of her experiences include Wendy in The Performing Arts Academy’s first production of Peter Pan, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Yvette in CHS Live’s Death on the Nile, Raphael in both the original and encore performances of A Night at the Inn by Tom Dugger, and in the starring role of Anna in The King and I.