Sixty of Maxwell Elementary's third thru sixth-grade students recently performed "Disney's The Jungle Book Kids." As one of only four schools chosen in Orange County to be a part of the Disney Musicals in Schools program this year, their staff worked with two teaching artists from Segerstrom Center for the Arts to learn how to guide students from their first rehearsal to their first performance. For seventeen weeks, the students practiced two days a week to learn how to sing, dance act, and along the way they also increased their public speaking skills, self-confidence, and gained a deeper understanding of what it means to work as collaboratively as part of an ensemble. The entire school joined in on the fun by making animals to decorate the jungle sets. On March 13th, the cast and crew were invited to perform on stage at Segerstrom Center for the Arts at their Student Share Celebration. During this once in a lifetime opportunity, students got to perform "The Bare Necessities" and "It Starts with a Dream." Many students are already looking forward to performing in a musical at Maxwell again next year. 

On January 23rd, Mattie Lou Maxwell Elementary had the visit of a lifetime. As part of the celebration of the the 100th Anniversary of the National Hockey League, the Anaheim Ducks asked Maxwell to host an assembly featuring the Stanley Cup. During the assembly, information about the Cup was presented by Mike Bolt, one of the four "Keepers of the Cup". Students were given the opportunity to ask questions about the history of the Cup, and then each class took a photo with it. Whether a hockey fan or not, it was an experience that will be remembered for years to come.

On October 15th the Maxwell Conservation Club headed to Huntington State Beach for its annual beach clean up.  Club members were joined by Maxwell teachers, principals, and families resulting in over 70 people helping our Earth.  Some of the club members first started coming to the beach clean up as younger siblings of club members.  They have now joined the club and are bringing their older siblings back for this special event. It truly shows that the Maxwell Conservation Club is creating a legacy of community service and fun of which we can be very proud.

On Saturday, November 12th, the Mattie Lou Maxwell First Lego League (FLL) robotics team had our fall robotics tournament in Orange. This year's theme was Animal Allies. The robotics missions all were animal themed and our research project was about how scientists could develop an app to help notify hotels to turn down the hotel lights and for beachgoers to stay off the beach when sea turtle babies are hatching. Our team worked hard on the research project and robotic missions and demonstrated Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition to the 32 other teams in attendance. Most importantly, We Had Fun!

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