WASHINGTON, DC – Four Carl H. Kump Middle School students took their act on the road, performing an original adaptation of “Over the Rainbow” in front of 800 attendees at the National Schools to Watch Conference last Thursday.  Reprising their roles were Jessica King as Dorothy, Erika Fabrizzio as Tin Man, Hannah Vargas as Scarecrow and Gabby Smith as Lion.

Teachers Nicole Drasin and Cheryl Fabrizzio had put a Kumpf spin on the old classic, renaming it “The Wizard of Clark.”  The students had originally performed the piece at a state Schools to Watch luncheon held at Kean University last year. The girls were selected from among a nationwide pool of student groups. 

"It was amazing," vice-principal Amanda Cloutier said. "They did a phenomenal job.  They got a standing ovation from 800 plus people."

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The Schools to Watch program is at the forefront of national middle-grades reform. Schools achieving the recognition have raised student achievement, developed best practices in creating positive student development and met a variety of criteria in establishing student excellence.  

Watch a video of the girls’ performance that the Carl H. Kumpf Middle School Facebook page