Dear Parents and Guardians,
Last week I attended the Regional Qualifying Marching Band Contest where Ralston Valley advanced to state for the 15th year in a row. Also, I had the opportunity to listen to and enjoy the Ralston Valley Choir perform at their fall concert last Tuesday. In each case, I was very impressed with the quality of direction, and the excellent level of performance by our students. Ken Sawyer and Jeff Talley put in untold hours of time and effort to make the RV music programs the pride of Jeffco.
I am a true believer that the performing arts are an essential component of a high performing school. As our teachers push our students in class and expect the best from our students, so do the directors of our performing arts groups. I believe that the things students do and learn through their experiences on the band practice field during the week, or the hours spent within choir sectionals, contribute to a well-rounded and fully developed person. On the inside of band and choir programs it is evident that there are a broad range of students with multiple interests. Academically, they represent some of RV’s best performers. They represent football, volleyball, soccer, tennis, softball, golf, cross country (that’s just the fall sports). They also have students who are on our yearbook and newspaper staff, student government, and the pom squad and cheer.
The kinds of things students are learning in our music programs dovetail well with what our teachers work on with our students in class; they experience hard work, focus, goal orientation, teamwork, grit and determination, and the ability to practice things over and over and over to achieve excellence on the final assessment (the performance). Great schools like Ralston Valley are developed and maintained through the depth and quality of all of the extra curricular activities and groups. Our music programs deliver depth and quality everyday. In the end, our students are the beneficiaries of these fine programs.