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December 9, 2019 Board of Directors Meeting

KLSD ArtsALIVE Board of Directors Meeting

December 9, 2019

Call to Order:

KLSD ArtsALIVE Co-President Colleen Cerami called the regular meeting of the KLSD ArtsALIVE Board to order at 7:08 p.m. at the John Jay High School ACR conference room.

Roll Call: 

The following Board Members / Committee Reps were present:

  • Maureen Birmingham
  • Colleen Cerami-Segal
  • Vinnie Bell
  • Liz Gebbia
  • Jo-Ellen Holbrook
  • Mary Beth Johnston
  • Amanda Godsoe
  • Topaz LeTourneau
  • Alison Ganis
  • Barbara Milone
  • Beverly Summa
  • Rachel Izes

The following Board Members / Committee Reps were not present:

  • Andrew Meikle
  • Dr. Steven Siciliano
  • Jenny Nelson
  • Jen Dembo
  • Monica Bermiss
  • Kerby Halifunua
  • Amanda Dickerson
  • Monica Bermiss


Call to Order:

Colleen called the meeting to order at 7:08 pm. Topaz motioned to accept the November minutes and Maureen seconded the motion.                        


Recap of JJHS & JJMS Drama and Art Show:

The High School and Middle Schools held their fall dramas. The flower sales at the Middle School play were strong; they sold out on Friday and Saturday night. Concessions at the high school made about $300.  Flower sale were poor, however, and unsold flowers were given to the performers.

Giving Tuesday Update:

Jo-Ellen gave an update on Giving Tuesday which made $660, a very good amount for the minimal amount of work required.

Board of Education Meeting Reports

Maureen attended a Board of Ed meeting which featured a synopsis of academic year 2018 – 2019.  She was pleased to report the Arts were well represented and thoroughly discussed. 

Liz reported on the early November BoE meeting she attended, which focused primarily on the technology initiatives within the district. There were several teachers who shared how they use technology as an integrated part of the curriculum. They also discussed the level of engagement of students across different grades. 

The BoE also announced the final decision to retire the Indians JJHS mascot. Each BoE member shared their rationale for their individual decisions. Dr. Selesnick also announced there would be a task force established shortly to develop the process for determining how to select a new mascot. The JJ Indians mascot will remain intact for the 2109-2020 academic year.

Week of the Arts

Vinnie gave an update on the Week of the Arts planning; events will take place 12/16 – 12/20: 

  • On Monday, there will be an Orchestra and Wind concert.  Since the whole student body cannot fit in the cafeteria at one time, they will have two performances.
  • On Tuesday and Thursday, there will be “Meet the Artists” events. Students will be working on their artwork in the gallery and English classes will come to visit.
  • On Thursday morning, 8th graders will come to JJHS so the students can be exposed to the electives at the high school.  There will be presentations from the Visual and Performing arts, music and world language. 
  • On Friday, the PTO will host Winter Wonderland. There will be snacks and musical entertainment in the cafeteria during the day.  This will involve the acapella groups, dance team, Vocal Jazz, etc.

Arts in Ed Programming Update

Colleen reported on the JJMS art gallery installation at the middle school, which KLSDAA funded. As a way to acknowledge KLSDAA’s contribution, a plaque will be installed.

Barbara and Jo-Ellen will also work on getting a plaque for Steve Morse this year. The plan is to get the plaque installed before Encore in January.

Other recently funded programs include:

  1. Teacher grant request for Jill Hirshfeld’s Wilderness trip – KLSDAA received a thank you note, program evaluation and photos
  2. Forensic grant from Emilia Camporese – KLSDAA received a program evaluation, thank you note and pictures
  3. Amy Geiger trip to Lincoln Center – three sections of students attended; a thank you note was immediately submitted
  4. Alyssa Leventhal 7-8th grade orchestra trip 

The group discussed the benefits of the Big (JJHS students) and Little (6th graders) Orchestra program. It served as a type of mentoring program, and the two groups of students will perform together

Encore Update:

There were 24 audition submissions, many of whom are freshman and sophomores. It appears these students attended Encore when they were 8th graders and now want to be involved.

There was not a strong response from alumni; only one graduate is returning. A reason for the lack of response could be that Encore is taking place later in January this year. The date was driven by Andre’s availability and when the current students get back to JJHS from Christmas break.

The group discussed if there is someone who can mentor Andre for future performances as he may not always be available. Vinnie will ask if Vocal Jazz could perform at Encore.

Tickets will be set up with Brown Paper Bag tickets; there will be advanced sales for KLSDAA members followed by general sales to the public. All information for the program needs to be submitted before the Christmas holiday. Students can submit headshots digitally.

Other details include:

  • Andrew is working on the PR poster; the Student Board will help put up posters at JJHS
  • Topaz will handle the raffle
  • Beverly will manage the cast dinner
  • Mary Beth can help with decorations
  • Liz and Jo-Ellen will cover the flowers 


There being no other business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

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