• WAPA Email Update 8/12 

    Hello WAPA Nation!

    Welcome to your biweekly-ish update email from your favorite Whetstone staff members! Some info below is old, some new, so please make sure to peruse it all. If you are newly enrolled at Whetstone HS, we welcome you to this great program and hope these newsletters will help you feel more prepared prior to the start of school. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at WhetstoneAPA@gmail.com or any of our individual email addresses (at the bottom of this email) with any questions you may have.

    Your Directors,

    Grace McAllister, Rashad Mitchell, Christopher Ray, Andrea Tippery

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    WELCOME TO MR. MITCHELL

    We have some GREAT news for you! Please welcome Mr. Rashad Mitchell to the WAPA team as our new Instrumental Music Director! He hails from the Cleveland area originally and earned his Bachelor’s Degree at The Ohio State University, where he was a member of the marching band. We’re excited to have him here at Whetstone!

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    Subscribe to the WAPA Google Calendar

    Subscribe to our Google Calendar to stay up to date on all things WAPA! Specific rehearsal schedules will be on separate calendars, but this calendar will include all concerts, show performances, booster meetings, and fundraising events. Events marked with asterisks (**) are tentatively scheduled and subject to change.

    To Subscribe via URL (most people): Click HERE.

    iCal format (fewer people): Click HERE.

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    Marching Band Reminders

    Uniform Fittings start TODAY for seniors from 12-1:30pm in the auditorium (Juniors 8/13, Sophomores 8/16, Freshmen 8/17)

    Pay your band fees online at whetstoneapa.weebly.com 

    Bring a water bottle, mask for inside, and sunscreen/hat every day for band camp! It's hot out there!

    All sheet music is available in the "Documents" section of CHARMS if you need additional copies.

    Friday the 13th Movie "Night" tomorrow- students are invited to come back to WHS at 1:30 after grabbing lunch or uniform fittings to watch a scary (but not that scary) movie! Students can vote for their favorite choice on the Band Officers' instagram story: @whetstonemarchingband2021 

    Monday 8/16 is TIE-DYE Day! Bring a light-colored shirt to tie-dye after camp!

    For photo/video updates, keep an eye on the WAPA instagram/facebook page @whetstoneAPA or the Band Officers' instagram @whetstonemarchingband2021 

    Marching Band Spirit Week NEXT WEEK 8/16-8/20

    Monday- Funky socks and hats
    Tuesday- Hawaiian day
    Wednesday- Mismatch Day
    Thursday- Section Theme Contest
    Friday- Whetstone Spirit/Blue Day

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    Fall Play Announced!

    This year’s fall mainstage production will be...

    GENERAL SHOW INFORMATION can be found on Music Theatre International’s (MTI) website here!

    SEPTEMBER: Audition Workshops, Auditions, Call Backs, First Read Through, Crew Meetings, Blocking Rehearsals

    OCTOBER: Blocking Rehearsals, Run Throughs, Crew Meetings and Rehearsals, Set Build Saturdays

    NOVEMBER: All Cast & All Crew Run Throughs, Tech Rehearsals, Dress Rehearsals, Set Build Saturdays

    DECEMBER: Dress Rehearsals, In-School Performance, Performances (December 3rd and 4th), Set Strike (December 5th)

    Sign ups for Audition times and more information will be posted soon on the WAPA Theatre school CCS website here.

    Subscribe to the Peter and the Starcatcher google calendar HERE.

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    Fall Musical Collaboration with DMS and CAHS!

    This fall we will be collaborating with Dominion Middle School and Columbus Alternative High School to present a global event celebrating local theatre… All Together Now! 
     

    GENERAL SHOW INFORMATION can be found on Music Theatre International’s (MTI) website here!

    SEPTEMBER: Audition Workshops, Auditions, Call Backs, First Sing Through, Music Rehearsals, Choreography Rehearsals

    OCTOBER: Music Rehearsals, Choreography Rehearsals, Run Throughs

    NOVEMBER: All Cast & All Crew Run Throughs, Tech Rehearsals, Dress Rehearsals, Performance (Saturday November 13th @ Dominion Middle School)

    DECEMBER: Dress Rehearsals, In-School Performance, Performances (December 3rd and 4th), Set Strike (December 5th)

    Sign ups for Audition times and more information will be posted soon on the WAPA Theatre school CCS website here.

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    Update your CHARMS Contact Information

    If you are new to WAPA or have some information to update with us, please update that on the CHARMS website: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/selfregister.asp?s=WhetstoneAPA 

    The “school ID” is WhetstoneAPA. This is different from past years!

    Your “student area password” should be your CCS ID Number UNLESS you’ve changed it in the past. If you are having trouble, please contact Mrs. McAllister at gmcallister@columbus.k12.oh.us, and she’ll reset it on her end. 

    If you are NEW, but find yourself getting an error message of some kind when self-registering, please try the “Returning Students” option and use your CCS Student ID to sign in

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    JOIN the Music Boosters! 

    WAPA thrives on parent involvement. There are countless hours by students that go into making all of our events and performances take place, however there are many “behind-the-scene” hours put in by parents and directors to make sure students are supported throughout the year. The Music Boosters encompasses all things WAPA - Instrumental, Choral, and Theatrical. There are many ways to get involved to help make a difference in our students’ journey while here at Whetstone. Please consider joining us on the second Monday each month starting SEPTEMBER 9th. Meetings start at 6:30pm and will take place in the Whetstone HS library.

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    Join WAPA on a trip to CHICAGO!

    WAPA is taking on Chicago April 8-10, 2022! Members of the Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Mixed Chorus, Vocal Ensemble, and Theatre program will be traveling to perform, eat, learn, and experience Chicago! Information can be found below- please contact a WAPA director with any questions! 

    We are still in need of chaperones and there are payment plans available to set up to make everything easier! You can find information about signing up at https://bobrogerstravel.grcoll.co/go/whetstone6090

    Here is a link to our WAPA website in which you can find more information about the trip and our programs: https://www.ccsoh.us/Page/10648

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    Sign up to Receive WAPA texts through Remind - @WAPAnation @WAPAclass

    “WAPA Nation” is for parents, guardians, siblings, students, teachers, counselors, staff, and community members to receive updates on upcoming events, fundraisers, and more! Send a text to 81010, Text this message: @wapanation or click https://www.remind.com/join/wapanation

    “WAPA Class” is for students in WAPA to receive updates on rehearsals, times, upcoming events, fundraising opportunities, and more! Send a text to 81010, Text this message: @wapaclass or click https://www.remind.com/join/wapaclass

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