Tracks Tradition - Tracks 2011
Spring 2012 Tracks in Reverse
5-31 Miss PCHS, Food, Born this Way: The Miss PCHS pageant makes only a brief appearance, but the foods and nutrition class has a menu that lingers on the palate, and Gaga's "Born" accompanies a student down a heavily made up destruction.
Prom 2012: It's another prom with students dressed to the nines until nearly twelve o'clock.
Chorus at Disney for Talent Show: This gives the full talent show performance with cutaways of the Disney trip that were projected on the wall while the chorus sang.
5 -11 Announcers, Acro-bball-scissors-rock: The announcers introduce Chinese acrobats, an animation on paper, rock, and scissors, the faculty battling it out on the court, the resident Norwegian poking fun, and a Hannah music video .
5-4 Remaining Talent and "Panem": This gave the second half of the talent show with intercuts from the announcer team in their Hunger Games spoof and a special twist at the end by Cade Underwood, Student Body President.
4-26 Talent Half & Dodgeball: The first half of the talent show is represented, along with the dodgeball tournament finale that raised money in advocate.
4-2 Softball, Chorus, Memories, Shawn: The softball team and its star pitcher are featured, the chorus competes at Brevard, there's a plug for video memories, and Shawn speaks on drunk driving.
3-19 Stand and Deliver, Saving Soap: There's another call for video entries in the talent show with one "Oscar" winner sampled from the PCHS halls. Cade Underwood also makes a plea for donations of soap to enable "Clean the World" to improve sanitary conditions in poorer countries.
3-9 Guys & Dolls, video contest, Polk's Got Talent: Cast and Directors speak about the play, the Oscar angle for a video entry is again taken, and the "Polk's Got Talent" show that raised money for the chorus's Disney trip is highlighted.
3-2 Kiss the Pig, Orbit, Chinese Hula: The Kiss the Pig contest is given a plug, Sponge Bob and students spoof gum, and some excellence with the hula hoop is shown by students and professionals.
2-23 Band, Relay, Talent Finale: Members of Mrs. Gilbert's concert band give some insight into their inspiration. Faculty members participating in the joint talent show also share some behind-the-scenes insight. This sandwiches a small Relay for Life set of soundbites.
2-17 Super Powers, Fashion, Stylin': Students and teachers are quizzed on their choice of super powers. Ali explores (mostly) girls' sense of fashion for fall and winter. Two announcer guys do their own stylin' on the stage.
2-9 Partial Talent Show, Valentine Preview: The student portion of the talent show is summed up, and then their are some classroom and hallway declarations of love and other thoughts of Valentine's Day.
2-3 Talent Preview & Review: A few talent show participants are asked about their upcoming acts. Then there's a blast from the past in a faculty talent show that gave the best of disco and another dance style.
1-27 Goals: This is the typical Tracks assignment to start off the semester: go out of the classroom to get interviews and cutaways that tell what staff members and students at PCHS are looking forward to for the semester.
2011 Fall Tracks Videos in order then rewind
9-16 boredom, volleyb., cheerl. This begins with ways to beat boredom from the summer. Then the volleyball team that went on to win the conference is featured along with the cheerleading team.
9-22-29, fashion, dream, goals2 Jessa gets girls ideas on fashion and then stars in a dream of fleeting fancy. Staff and students also tell what goals for the year they have set.
10-7 to 27, grapes, fair, spirit, play, spook2 Grapes on the farm are made into jam, the state mountain fair has much to offer, spirit week has much participation, the Steel Magnolias had a great impact on the actors, and don't forget spooks near Halloween.
10-12 volley, homec., bake-off The volleyball team is celebrated as the conference champ, the homecoming court is shown, along with a football play and the band's performance. Then the foods and nutrition class has various teams telling how to make oatmeal cookies.
11-4 lipgloss commer., alma mater This gives the classic commercial by the team of Savannah and Jessa on the amazing lip gloss product. Then there's the alma mater sung the previous spring in concert featuring cutaways of the school.
11-11 Windstream Prize Entry This was shot in one period using the whole class. Jessa and Savannah are the main characters and Christie was camera person. This was supposed to show what volunteering and good works were done by the school. The school excels in this area.
11-18 & 12-9 steel mag. & winter formal prev. This has a commercial or preview on two upcoming events: the play Steel Magnolias and the winter formal.
12-19 Christmas tuba and cookies This has a feature on the tuba event that fills the auditorium each year with wonderful sounds of Christmas. Then there are Christmas cookies that fill the hallways with pleasant aromas.
Winter Formal 2011 w/Photographer Tanya Ledford This features the super photos of Mrs. Ledford, who was also a sponsor of one of the two clubs that put on the lavishly decorated dance. This year had a Chinese theme to go along with this first year with a Chinese teacher.
1-6-12: Student & Teacher Goals This concludes the goals series which was sponsored by the Student Council with photos displayed on the bulletin boards of the English/Social Studies Hall.
1-13 The Chinese Class Mrs. Wang Yi was concluding her first semester teaching Chinese to well-filled classrooms at PCHS.
Fall Semester 2011 in Rewind
This has the opening, a stirring speech, and the turning of the tassels.
Mr. John Paul McIntyre is presented with the Teacher of the Year Award for 2013-14 by Mrs. Feagan and 2012-13 Teacher of the Year Kim Mirasola. Some of the thunderous applause is cut so you will stay tuned to the end to hear the witty comment passed on from Mirasola to Mrs. Feagan.
HHS had won 30 straight conference games and been undefeated by Polk since 2007. How Polk won is recounted by two players and the coach using HHS game footage. Then comes a senior offer.
The 2-18 Blind Date was shot in a day and edited in another day but unable to be shown until 2-25. Thanks! to Ms. Brown-Williams for being open to this collaboration between Tracks and her Drama II class.
This gives only a brief minute on the Miss Mamerica pageant for which more is to follow at a later time. Also, there is the appeal for a new club with letter-writing skills reaching out with compassion.
Assistant Principal Robert Frost gives his account of building his own airplane. This was shot and edited by Joel Picher, a fellow pilot and teacher.
Other Spring 2013 Videos
Wang Yi's second and final year at PCHS received this recognition at the underclassman awards ceremony.
Animatronics at the NC Zoological Park provided dinosaurs for viewing.
This gives the remainder of the spring talent show with opening and close by Principal Feagan.
The Spring 2013 Talent Show of students and staff had many acts that stood out, including this one with glow sticks and choreographed by Ms. Mirasola using her advocate class.
This video has no footage from PCHS students except a plastic bottle and some voice-over. It demonstrates life-saving CPR and the AED from varied sources, including the "Stayin' Alive" song.
Today's Tracks featured a snow conspiracy, a rerun available on the 2003-06 page. The only new story here is on a former student that now is a teacher of Animal Science. Welcome, Mrs. Gilbert. Sorry, chickens.
The varsity girls' game against Hendersonville and the varsity boys' game against Avery are recounted in anticipation of the final conference game against the Bearcats on 2-12. There is also a CPR lesson from the Red Cross.
There's been a void of dressing in drag for pageants or spirit week. Now, THE event returns to raise funds for the band; glimpses of the past pageantry are shown in review. There's also another cause being promoted, and that is cystic fibrosis through t-shirt sales.
This has two videos, ungrounded with your parents in four easy steps, and Signing up for Video 101 with Mr. Picher (and Mr. Coss) as Mr. Picher gives reasons for taking the course to which William Price comes to heartily agree.
This begins with a second Drama II duo over a male suitor that the girl's brother tries his best to reject. Then another way of dealing with conflict has the Terminator; it is a rerun from four years ago but ends with a present-day twist.
This is a review of half the talent show and a word to seniors on photo participation.
1-30-13: The dozen works of Sammie and Mollie have snippets here, which includes two exam projects not yet seen. But Tracks is not headed to the toilet; Mr. Picher is joining up as a co-teacher.
These two segments were exam projects for seniors the previous semester, one with Mr. Picher and a wayward student and the other a music video reflecting on playtime.
The pushbroom percussion provides some details on their past performances.
Dodgeball is done, so Tracks can be broadcast with a Shakespeare contest and a Miss PCHS recap
This begins with some drama that's heating up a kitchen. But the big blast comes from a commercial for the bingo, raffle, and dance off. Held in the cafeteria, its proceeds will help the Prom 2013.
Fall 2012 Tracks Videos
Reasons for Ms. Mirasola being Teacher of the Year are well demonstrated. Then there is a spoof of the Senior Project and of being beautiful for the winter formal.
Mr. Campbell is more than a great math teacher and entertainer, as can be evidenced here. Other legends, those lost in 2012, are also featured, plus there's some riff raff.
Fall Tracks of Earlier Segments
10-1 2012 Sr. Court and Hero Bee: Students will vote in advocate on Thursday, Oct. 4th for homecoming queen. Interviews and a hero spoof are given here.
9-7 Pre-Landrum Game: Landrum had uncharacteristically won a game against Polk last year. So the hope was to get back in winning form.
9-5 Opening, commerical, fall review: This asks what students are looking forward to, tries to entice others to consider the "Tracks" class, and reviews the past fall
9-12 Hall and Landrum Encounters: The game with Landrum was a very satisfying victory. But only one encounter between two students in a hallway was somewhat satisfying.
9-19 Together, Friends, Soccer: This starts with the school theme of "We're all in this together." Then a photo interaction shows a friendship interaction and then an early soccer game is summed up.
9-26 Volleyball win over Bearcats, Mountain State Fair: The Lady Wolverines left Bearcat territory with a convincing 3-1 match; the state fair and homecoming court also gave rise to high expectations.
10-18 Ed Prize Winner, Ag class, Bearcat Volleyball Rematch: Opens with a contest entry promo on public education, then goes on to report on Ag class and a Big-time volleyball clash.
11-7 Hallway etiquette, Wrestling & Football compared: Hallway do's and don't's are demonstrated by our etiquette experts and then wrestling and football practices are compared and finally we conclude with a vocal exercise.
10-3 Twin Day, Call of Duty, Skipping Class Photo Interaction, Maybe music video: There are four stories set to music, though only one is a traditional music video.
10-26 100th Win for Ollis, America questions, Band:Tribute is paid to Coach Ollis and the football team in their 100th win; there is also discovery in what it means to be American and what it means to be in the land of Oz.
11-28 Talent Show Half Recap from 11-15 and Career Fair Review
Indiana Jones and Sherlock spoof is followed by a chorus concert and Christmas wishes and previews of the 1-9 show.
Fun facts and An ode to a teenage brother is given Voice in Speak
11-1 Favorite scary movies are listed, dodgeball is pumped up as an advocate sport, biscuits are baked, and football play-offs are given well-wishes.
This begins with two minutes of world and then local news and then an intro to Tracks: two-minute recap of talent, two-minute review of Winter Formal.
Hero day to blue and white; Wolverine Festival to Homecoming Night; all is captured here for Spirit Week!
Classic Videos of 2011
You'll have to take our word for it without further explanation: each of these classics is worth seeing!
Spring 2011 Videos of Note
Two Dancing Episodes from the 2011 DVD This has a segment from the last student talent show. Three students in Mr. Campbell's school club of dancing were in need of assistance until he joined them on stage. Then Redd gives a how-to on the jerk.
5-19 Prom: This is shorter than most "prom videos" but still jampacked with some good dancing, some great photos by Mrs. Ledford using her cell phone, and the crowning of king and queen.
Senior song: "I made it!" proclaims this song with five school shots and the rest at Harmon Field at the senior picnic.
Magic Spray: Mollie Nelson was just finding her footing with her first Tracksable video of the semester. Who could have known she'd have nearly twenty more after another year!!
Kard-Bord Diet: Mollie collaborated with Maurice to create some innovative uses of recycling while being kind not just to the environment but to animals, too.
Ski Team: This gives an introduction to the ski team and to Sabrina, an AFS student from Switzerland, who needed no introduction to skiing or the slopes.
Art w/ Mr. Thomas: Mr. Thomas creates a very welcoming environment for making art work, even if it involves the unnerving self-portrait. This has none of the normally required voice-over or interviews but simply takes in a class putting a few tips to use.
Fall 2011 Faculty Talent: This may be the last of the fully faculty talent shows, which had been alternating with student shows before Ms. Mirasola skillfully combined the two without need of fillers with the intro.
Prank, Sundrop, Miss PCHS: This was the sort of senior prank that a principal wouldn't much mind: there was no break-in, no damage, and little mess other than a half-ton vehicle. There's also a take on a Sundrop commercial and the Miss PCHS that took flight with her dance.
Spring Break Report: Five people are asked by Mollie about their spring break plans, Really, sort of.
Life Remote: James sells a product that would come in real handy for most people at least some of the time.
Spring Student Talent Review from F 2010 and S 2011: Grace and kazoo's epitomize this talent show from the spring.
The Tracks Website, in brief
SchoolTube, the world's largest K-12 video community, announced on 4-19-12 that it was launching channels for individual school producers. So, Tracks may choose to upload some of its newest videos on its own SchoolTube channel. The pchstracks channel on Youtube only has a dozen so far.
About 60 videos were made from weekly programs, beginning in fall 2011 with the start of the Shutterfly site. These have two to four stories totaling about four minutes. Most videos are single segments averaging about two to three minutes. Most Tracks videos of any significance have been re-edited here, from VHS tapes of 1995 to the DVD's of the 2008-11 graduations.
2012-13 Video Journalism Class Info
In the past, there were two grades given weekly: 1) for notes and logs that are written daily; 2) a progress check made on the hour of hands-on time given for projects Mon. through Thurs.
The notes are from discussion, observation, and critiquing done of student projects and professional scenes that model a set theme each week that students may choose to do their project on in groups of two or as a solo. Logs are summaries of the project work. These run the gamut from commercials to music videos to duels to conversations to photo interactions to movie previews to spoofs.
The only required project each six weeks is the interview project that highlights a sport, club, class, or other activity with five or more students. This coincides with the only homework each six weeks, which is to get footage to make that interview project. This footage could be an hour or more spent getting 10+ minutes of footage of a school sport, a club, a school event, or five or more students involved in an activity. Along with cutaways, three or more usable interviews were to be gotten. This comp project could also for one six weeks focus just on family and/or friends, but it'd have to be edited into a 1 1/2 minute keepsake after school, in advocate, or on a Free Friday.
Required notes have been a major hurdle for many students to overcome. Being showcased on "the big screen" may well provide a big motivation in the 2013-14 year.
Origin & Wall
Fall '13 Update
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