student groups from La Porte High School were in the spotlight as
they greeted and entertained participants at the recent Texas
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development conference in
The LPHS Varsity Orchestra performed for the opening
of the general session of the 61st
annual conference, which was held Oct. 19 through 21 at Moody
Gardens. Music performed at the conference covered a range of
Included on the program were Mozart's Eine
Henry Mancini's Pink
Rigby by John Lennon
and Paul McCartney, Cotton-Eyed
Joe, and a string-bass
feature titled Bass-ically
orchestra also performed Palladio
by Karl Jenkins, which became well known as the music for a national
jewelry commercial. Selections from the soundtracks of Star
Wars and Mission
Impossible also were
performed on the program. The orchestra is led by Dr. Geoff Carlton,
Clint Brown and Rachel Carlton.
At the end of the 30-minute
concert, the orchestra began the TASCD business meeting alongside a
contingent of students from the high school's "Bridging Hearts"
American Sign Language group, sponsored by Kathy Kimball. Nine
members of "Bridging Hearts" joined the orchestra in performing
Banner in sign
The La Porte JROTC, under the direction of Sergeant
First Class Joseph Glennan, also presented the colors during the
The LPHS Cheerleaders and Bulldog mascot
greeted conference attendees and performed cheers and stunts during
the ribbon-cutting ceremony to the exhibit hall. The LPHS Jazz
Ensemble, under the direction of William Hoffman, provided music for
the opening of the exhibit hall as well.
On Oct 20, members of
the LPISD Faculty String Quartet performed at the President's
Reception. They included violinists Rachel Carlton of La Porte
Junior High School and Debbie Barker of Baker Sixth-Grade Campus,
violist Clint Brown of La Porte High School, and cellist Alex
Pancheri of Baker Sixth-Grade Campus.
LPHS band director Kevin
Poe served on the 2008 TASCD Local Arrangements Committee.
is comprised of public, private and university administrators,
counselors and educators from throughout the state of Texas. The
conference was among the first to be held in Galveston at Moody
Gardens since Hurricane Ike struck the island in September.