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our children to be productive citizens in a diverse, ever-changing world.
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Dr. Bernard Short
Someone You Should Know
Hello Illinois Family!
Bernard Short (b. 1979, Harlem, NYC) was raised in Far Rockaway Queens, NY; he earned a BA in music with a focus in composition at Morehouse College in 2007, and a Masters in Music Education at The University of Georgia in 2012. He is currently in the PhD in music composition program at the University of Iowa. He was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship, currently; he is working as a research assistant for the Center for New Music, and is studying with Lawrence Fritts and David Gompper.
From 2008-2014 he was the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Cross Keys High School in Atlanta, GA. While Director, he was responsible for the rebirth of both programs, which are thriving today, and the programs awarding of Grants from many organizations, which helped fuel his success; including one from The Grammy Organization. In 2015, he received a commission from The Julien Chamber Winds Ensemble at The University of Dubuque. In 2017, he was commissioned to compose a piece to have its world premier in Mykonos, Greece at the Delian Academy for New Music’s International Summer Academy for Composers and Sound Artists. To Bernard, music is the expression of a person’s soul that is best used as a way to communicate with someone without allowing words to obliterate the message. That's why he's... Someone You Should Know!
This Week at Illinois School
MATH FACTS PRACTICE AT HOME!
Please be sure to have your 1st through 8th grade student practice their math facts DAILY for a minimum of 10 minutes per day on the Math Facts in a Flash Website! Click on the link below and type the login information provided to you on the Parent Home Connect Letter. If you did not receive one of these, please request one from your child's teacher. Students will be regularly tested on their math facts in the classroom using this timed program.
This year, students have the opportunity to join the Illinois Inspirational Choir and/or the Illinois African Drum Circle.