Grayson student chorus to perform at Carnegie Hall

The Grayson High School Mixed Chorus will be performing in February at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York. They were invited to sing there after giving an outstanding performance at the Georgia Music Educators annual meeting in Savannah. The school's Advanced Women's Ensemble, Men's Chorus and Select Mixed Ensemble will comprise the mixed chorus. Led by director Alan Raines, they will be the first of four choral groups to sing at the concert as part of the Southeastern Honor Chorus. The Grayson students are not the only musicians to represent Gwinnett at Carnegie Hall. Lilburn Elementary School music specialist Kristen Gwaltney performed there last month with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus.

Gwinnett dancers will be represented in 'Nutcracker'

Twelve Gwinnett County student dancers will be performing in the Rotaru International Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" this winter. Niki Vanden Hoek, a sixth-grader at Duluth Middle School, will be playing the role of Clara. She has been studying ballet since the age of 2. The other performers from Gwinnett County are Emily Flower, Adam Frandsen, Jenese Hornsby, Maura Kiefer, Gabriella Kogan, Yendi Reid, Kaylin Reque, Rachel Ward and Faythe, Gabriel and Kendell Weeks. Performances will be held at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 17 and 18 at 3 p.m.


J.P. McConnell Middle School will host a seminar on "Being a Savvy Internet Parent." It will include tips on how to set parental controls and monitor IM conversations and Web sites kids are visiting. The seminar is free and open to the public. It will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the McConnell Media Center.

Cedar Hill Elementary School will have a "Family Fun Health and Fitness Day" on Saturday. The school's PTA, health and physical education teachers will set up centers to learn about health, nutrition and fun ways to incorporate exercise into daily life. Sidewalk chalk, jump ropes and other take-home materials will be available. The event will be held at 2 p.m.

Rubina Madan is the education reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Post.