|2019-20, 2020-21 Section Assignments
Below this message, you will find a link to the Competitive Section Assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21 school years. The link will take you to a landing page where you will find the following:
Competitive Sections ‚Äď There are 3 menus at the top that are universal to both the list and the map; 1. Activities, 2. Year, and 3. Schools. To view the section assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21, make sure the year drop down menu in the middle says ‚Äú2019-2020, 2020-2021‚ÄĚ. You will need to click on the ‚Äė+‚Äô sign to expand any of the lists below to view all the schools within a section.
1. The Activities menu will allow you to see a list of all schools that are registered in that activity
2. The school menu will allow you to see where that school is listed in the activity you have selected.
3. If you leave the school the same and change activities to ‚ÄúActivities‚ÄĚ. You will see a list of all the activities that the school is registered for and what section they are in.
4. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a section or class in an activity be using the controls just underneath the drop-down menus.
Section Map ‚Äď The same menus and control listed above are also available on the map.
1. Select an activity first and make sure 2019-2020, 2020-2021 is selected in the year menu.
2. You can find a school by selecting it in the ‚ÄúSchool‚ÄĚ Menu. It will show on the map with all the locations of the schools in that section. The school you selected shows larger than others.
3. Note that the school locations have a number on them. This identifies the classification not the section.
4. Section locations are hosted on the side of the maps. The number indicates how many are in each section and is located above the number of the section
5. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a certain section in a class by using the controls below the menus at the top.
6. One additional control on the map is the ‚ÄúShow Coop Teams‚ÄĚ. By selecting this you will see additional schools that are in a coop but not the Host School. You will also notice gray arrows starting with the host school and pointing to each additional school in the coop.
|The Best of John's Journal: No. 4/ Making Beautiful Music: Tyra Wiles And The Austin Band|
|Posted by John Millea (email@example.com) - Updated 7/18/2019
|Here's No. 4 on the list of my 10 favorite John's Journal stories from 2018-19. Like No. 5, music is a big part of the story. The tale of Tyra Wiles and her friends in the Austin High School band program is unforgettable. It was originally posted on April 4.
Tyra Wiles is not always very verbal but she loves music. The senior at Austin High School has Down syndrome, which doesn't stop her from performing as a percussionist in the Packers band program. And if you saw the 160-member pep band play at the girls state basketball tournament last month ‚Äď like I did -- you might have seen Tyra playing a snare drum.
I found it intriguing as well as inspiring.
"She loves to play, and there's nothing better than being on the bus and going with the other kids," said Tyra's mom, Linda Gibeau.
When Tyra started middle school, Linda asked about having her be part of the middle school band program. "I said, 'I don't care if you give her foam sticks and a foam drum, I want her in the band.' "
Watching Tyra play with the band is a real treat. Her skills have improved to the point that she can perform the national anthem perfectly. But hanging out with the other band kids and being part of the group is the best part.
"I never played a musical instrument and was never in sports," said Linda, who works as a substitute teacher in Austin, her hometown. "I live vicariously through my kid. I work the same hours as she's in school, and if the band is heading to a game in the morning I cancel my job and go. I'm the only substitute teacher at every game and I've got a (school employee) badge so we go for free. Wrestling, girls or boys basketball, volleyball, track meets, everything, I go."
Tyra is also a six-year member (and a captain) of the Packers adapted bowling team, which has competed at state. When a pepfest was held for the bowlers last year, Tyra entered the gym with the pep band, then put down her drum and joined the bowlers. Her mother had helped her write a speech, which went like this: "I‚Äôm Tyra Wiles, I like bowling. Go Packers!‚ÄĚ
Another highlight of Tyra‚Äôs high school career was going to the prom with Derek Olmschenk, a 6-foot-6 hockey player who was with the Austin Bruins junior team after graduating from Cretin-Derham Hall and is now playing at the University of St. Thomas.
Band is Tyra‚Äôs only mainstream class, and Austin band director Christoph Dundas said her impact has been bigger than most people realize.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs good for both Tyra and for the other students,‚ÄĚ said Dundas, who is the parent of an elementary special needs student. ‚ÄúFor Tyra it‚Äôs a chance to experience something that a lot of students with special needs never get to experience just because of the way life happens. And it‚Äôs good for the other students, too, because they get to experience a class with somebody they don‚Äôt see in other classes.
‚ÄúBand is multi-grade, multi-age, and Austin is a big enough school that a lot of kids really don‚Äôt see kids from other grades other than in music classes. She‚Äôs impacted students three years older than she is and students who are three years younger. Tyra‚Äôs impacted seven different grades of students.‚ÄĚ
Brad Mariska, currently a band director at Farmington High School, used to teach in Austin. In his final year there, he worked with Tyra when she was in ninth grade.
‚ÄúShe was involved in middle school band and had a great band director, Nino Tarara. I met with him when Tyra was in eighth grade,‚ÄĚ Mariska said. ‚ÄúWe asked, ‚ÄėHow can we make this work at the high school level?‚Äô We kind of brainstormed and we wanted to help her be involved as much as possible.
‚ÄúIt was great. She was able to be a part of the band. She comes to concert band every day, she plays in concerts. We had weekly band lessons when she and I would work one on one.‚ÄĚ
During the 2018 football season, Dundas received an email from a member of an opposing team. The player, also a band student at his school, had noticed Tyra in the band during a game in Austin and wrote to Dundas to tell him how neat it was to see Tyra in the band.
‚ÄúSo Tyra even reaches students from other schools,‚ÄĚ Dundas said.
This is Tyra‚Äôs last year as a member of the band, although she will continue attending school in a job-training program for up to three years. She will graduate with her class in June; Linda admits to shedding a few tears when she wrote a check to pay for Tyra‚Äôs cap and gown.
‚ÄúShe‚Äôs a cool kid,‚ÄĚ said Mariska. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs why we teach. That‚Äôs why we do this.‚ÄĚ
Dundas said, ‚ÄúIn the grand scheme of things Tyra may not realize her impact. There can be everyday experiences that people take for granted. And she gets to take that for granted, too.‚ÄĚ
--Follow John on Twitter @MSHSLjohn, download ‚ÄúPreps Today with John Millea‚ÄĚ on your favorite podcast app and hear him on Minnesota Public Radio.
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