The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Noblesville East Middle School Vocal Revolution show choir member eighth-grader Abby Pittman (front) performs with classmate Chloe Hildebrand (middle) and seventh-graders Colin McCabe (back right) and Addison McMillan (back left) during the show choir’s final spring concert on May 23 at Noblesville High School. The choir performed its final concert Thursday night during NEMS’s Eighth Grade Honors Night.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Noblesville East Middle School Vocal Revolution show choir member eighth-grader Abby Pittman (front) performs with classmate Chloe Hildebrand (middle) and seventh-graders Colin McCabe (back right) and Addison McMillan (back left) during the show choir’s final spring concert on May 23 at Noblesville High School. The choir performed its final concert Thursday night during NEMS’s Eighth Grade Honors Night.
Today is the last day of classes for Noblesville Schools.
While some parents may not be as excited, since their kids will be home all summer, and will have to find ways to entertain them, our family is ready for a two-month summer break.
It’s been a great year for our schools and my Noblesville East Middle School seventh-grader.
We have remained strong as a district and as a community.
Over the past school year, our community has continued to heal from the school shooting on May 25, 2018. At the beginning of this school year, our schools implemented new safety procedures, for backpacks, visitor check-ins and student supervision, and more counseling support, and prevention and protection measures.
And in November, Noblesville Schools referendum passed, by a margin of 59 percent, for additional referendum funding, part of which is being used to increase safety staff and equipment within the district.
For us, seventh grade was a very memorable year.
My daughter, who auditioned and was invited to join her school’s show choir, Vocal Revolution, branched out and made new friends while singing and dancing in the choir, with several performances that parents were invited to attend.
Many of those same show choir students also auditioned and were cast in the school’s fall musical, “Mary Poppins Jr,” which had three sold-out shows in November at Ivy Tech in Noblesville.
Show choir, throughout the year, had several opportunities to perform outside the school, from contests at other schools, to singing the National Anthem at various events. Vocal Revolution most recently performed the “Star-Spangled Banner” at an Indianapolis Indians game at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis.
Last week, the show choir performed a final spring concert, which brought tears to the eyes of many of its members, knowing that it would be the final time for those seventh- and eighth-graders to sing together on the Noblesville High School stage before the eighth-graders become big freshman and move on. Although, last night, the show choir actually made its final performance at NEMS’s Eighth Grade Honors Night.
This school year, my daughter tried out and made NEMS’s seventh-grade girls basketball team, coached by Kyle Brooks and Mollie Pulley, who were awesome athletic instructors. And while my daughter was on the B team, she learned so much and got floor time at almost every game. It was a great experience for her, not only getting to play a sport she loves but branching out and meeting new kids.
Seventh grade was also her first year that she had band class every school day. (In sixth grade, band and choir alternated every other day.) This year, she also participated in pep band, playing her clarinet at basketball games.
This school year, she was invited to join We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program at her school, being recommended for membership by her teachers. She was also in Bridges Language Arts high-ability class again this year after being invited to join the class in sixth grade. She was on the All A’s Honor Roll her sixth grade and, so far, her seventh-grade school year. We don’t yet have final grades for this quarter, just crossing our fingers.
Most recently, she received an invitation and was accepted into her school’s National Junior Honor Society.
Add piano lessons, being a juried youth volunteer at Conner Prairie, competing in piano and voice competitions, including Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) contests, and playing a role in a holiday community theater production.
Yes, we’ve been busy, but we will be just as busy over the summer.
We’ll start the weekend off with the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville Darlington Bed Race on the Square tonight, and the Noblesville Street Dance on Saturday night. In between, there will be costumed interpreter training in Prairietown at Conner Prairie and watching a performance of En Pointe Indiana Academy’s “Don Quixote” at Noblesville High School.
Next week, there’s is the school’s advanced choir camp, with Noblesville Township-sponsored free track and field camp the week after, and Hamilton County Artists’ Association art camp and Noblesville United Methodist Church VBS and a two-week summer intensive En Pointe dance workshop for jazz, musical theater and ballet (thanks to a Westfield Playhouse scholarship) that are also on our schedule this month.
We also have to work on Hamilton County 4-H projects, including Dog Obedience, Photography, and new projects, Veterinary Science and Foods.
Besides keeping up with piano lessons, there will be swimming at Forest Park Aquatic Center (pool opens daily beginning Saturday and membership includes admission to Hamilton County’s Morse Beach), visits with nearby grandparents and summer camping vacations planned for every chance that we get in between all of these activities.
There is always a lot to do in Noblesville and in and around Hamilton County. We try to fit as much as possible into our schedules.
So, with school out for the summer at the end of our school day today, let’s enjoy our summer break!! Because it won’t be long until the first day of classes on Aug. 1.
(Also coming up, for families with kids, ages 5-13, seeking something free to do this summer, The Belfry Theatre has auditions at 3 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday for its summer youth production, “Honk! Jr: The Musical; rehearsals run four nights a week for much of the summer)

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.