7 May JP Lord Students Present "Cinderella" May 7, 2013 By News News 0 JP Lord students recently performed "Cinderella: The JP Lord Way" for parents, staff and the community thanks to a grant from the Omaha Schools Foundation. Under the direction of local writer, actor and producer Fran Sillau, students presented a down-home, hillbilly adaptation of the classic fairy tale. In this version, Cinderella lives on a farm and is befriended by barnyard animals that, along with Cinderella's fairy godmother, help her attend the royal ball. There, she meets and falls in love with Prince Charming and the two eventually marry. Unlike the original version of the story, however, the newlyweds decide to live on the farm with Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters rather than in the royal castle. Sillau, who wrote the screenplay, has an extensive background in theater for youth and conducts arts education professional development workshops for teachers across the country. To date, he has conducted workshops in Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Dakota, Tennessee, New York and Washington. Another focus of Sillau's work is conducting workshops for youth with physical and developmental disabilities to help them discover the power within themselves. Click here to see a photo slideshow from the performance! Related Articles Special Education Students Present "Rap-Unzel" Special education students from South High Magnet, Burke High, Benson High Magnet, and North High Magnet presented "Rap-unzel: A Modern Telling of a Grimm Tale with Rap Music" in early March. "Rap-unzel" is an original work co-written especially for this project by Fran Sillau, well-known theater educator, director, and writer, and Mark Kurtz, accomplished composer and musician. Students created a special backdrop for the production with the help of Paula Wallace, a painter from Omaha's Hot Shops. This project was a collaboration between the Omaha Public Schools and WHY ARTS. Click here to see a photo slideshow from the performance! N.I.C.E. Students Present "Snail Girl Brings Water" at Rose Theater OPS students enrolled in the Native Indian Centered Education (N.I.C.E.) program presented "Snail Girl Brings Water" during four sold out performances at the Rose Theater. The play, which was an adaptation of the book by the same title, is a Navajo creation story that shares traditional beliefs of how the earth was created. In this portion of the story, students portrayed how water was brought to the earth for people and animals to use. This is the third year that OPS and the Rose Theater have collaborated to bring Native American culture to the stage. Click here to see a photo slideshow! Bancroft Elementary Students Enjoy Unique Science Presentation Students attending Bancroft Elementary's Summer Library Program received a lesson in science during the Omaha Children's Museum's Whiz Bang Super Science Show on June 9. Program presenter Anna Sander demonstrated the concepts of air pressure, water pressure and chemistry as students helped create slime, H2O rockets and were given an opportunity to watch a two liter bottle of soda erupt ten feet into the air. Click here to see a photo slideshow from the presentation! Fullerton Magnet Students Present Unique History Lesson Fullerton Magnet Center third-graders helped history come alive during the school's seventh annual "Voices from the Past" event. Students researched more than two-dozen famous Omahans who are buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, including real estate agent Byron Reed; the city's first park commissioner, Joseph Hummel; Omaha's first teacher, Julia Goodwill Root; Warren Buffett's great grandfather, Sidney Buffett; and the city's second mayor Andrew Poppleton. The students dressed up as their research subject and gave short presentations to family and friends on that person's life. Click here to see a photo slideshow! OPS Students Visit Kennedy Space Center Five OPS students and their two teacher advisors were invited to the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Fla., to learn more about the launch of STS-134, the final mission of the space shuttle Endeavour. The students—four seniors from North High Magnet School and one sophomore from Omaha Burke High School—were selected in a contest seeking student-designed experiments to conduct in microgravity. The OPS schools’ projects represent two of the 16 school communities from across the country represented on the April mission. The contest is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), coordinated by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and NanoRacks, LLC. SSEP is a national Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education initiative that provides middle and high school classes (grades 5-12) the ability to propose experiments to fly in low Earth orbit, and to celebrate that accomplishment with their local community and with national and global audiences. While in Florida, the students had the opportunity to tour Kennedy Space Center and received a bus tour of Cape Canaveral. They also got an up close look of Endeavour's launch pad and the media area. Students saw the assembly building where the booster rockets and external fuel tank are being prepared for the scheduled June launch of STS-135. The students were also able to test out a space shuttle sleeping bag and pose in a replica of an Apollo capsule. While in Florida, the students will also attend an SSEP conference, featuring speakers who work in the space industry. The North and Burke students will present the details of their spaceflight experiments and hear about the experiments from other participating students. Click here to see a photo slideshow of the students' trip to Kennedy Space Center! Benson High Magnet Students Organize Mock Disaster Drill Benson High Magnet students in the Health Professions and JROTC classes recently executed a simulated medical evacuation exercise called “Project Saving Grace." During the drill, students worked with emergency medical technicians (EMTs), health care professionals, and representatives from the Army National Guard, Omaha Fire Department and Omaha Police Department. The mock scenario students faced was a bus accident that required treating and/or transporting students and faculty members. Students prepared for the event by learning advanced first aid techniques in treating concussions, eye injuries, fractures, cardiac arrest, punctured lungs, shock, amputation, open fractures, internal bleeding, blunt force trauma, and more. Students also received training in setting up a triage station. During the exercise, students had to recognize what type of injuries the mock victims were experiencing, what injuries take priority, whether to treat them on site or transport them, and learned to work quickly and efficiently under pressure. The evacuation exercise aimed to help students improve the skills they need to save lives and inform the community of the importance of learning first aid. Click here to see a slideshow. *Please note: The photos do not represent a real emergency. All situations were part of the mock disaster drill.* Comments are closed.