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Welcome to our Blog! Ever wonder what is going on the inside of TSA? We are here to give you an inside look! Every Thursday we will be featuring a blog about the arts, events, or fun activities going on with TSA. Bloggers will include students, staff, and faculty! 

Mariachi at TSA

 We're really excited to have seen a first performance by a new music ensemble at TSA - A Mariachi Band. Mariachi is a style of Latin American music originating in Mexico. Like jazz developed in the United States, Mariachi is a blend of Spanish, Native and African elements that developed in the mid-1800s. In the early 20th century, Mariachi became a highly popular musical form in radio broadcasts across Mexico and Latin America. Today, the Mariachi music culture is important in many Latin American communities, and musicians perform, compete, and record traditional and new music throughout Latin America and the US. 

 TSA Is lucky to have a seasoned Mariachi professional to help our ensemble. Moises Salazar comes from a Mariachi family in Santa Cruz, CA, and is currently studying music at UT. He has been coaching our band, which is led by TSA String instructor Diana Anderson.

 Mariachi is partly defined by the music a band plays, and also by the instruments - violins, trumpets, guitars, the vihuela and guitterone, and of course singers, because Mariachi songs are always based on tunes sung in Spanish.

 We're looking forward to our Mariachi band developing into a lasting enterprise at TSA. Watch for upcoming performances. If you'd like to know more, contact David Saygers at

An Interview with Mary Kate Schellhardt 

By Ashley, 8th Grade 

Thursday, December 1st 


In 1993 the award-winning movie "Whats Eating Gilbert Grape" was released. Starring along with Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, and Juliette Lewis, the 38 year old actress Mary Kate Schellhardt recently allowed me to interview her. 

Q: Are you working on any projects right now?

A:I just finished a project with this guy named Matt Palka and he wrote a movie, we filmed it, we edited it, and it came out on Amazon just recently. It's called The Saturday Scout Club. 

Q: How did you start acting? 

A:Well, when I was seven my mom put me in an acting class and I loved it. I kept wanting to be in every acting class I could and my mom and dad, you know gave me these acting classes. Then, when I was 14 I had been auditioning for commercials in Chicago, after school I would leave and go on a train to go to these auditions. When I was also 14 I booked the film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and that started everything, being a film actress. 

Q: Is the process difficult? 

A: Yes, it is. It's fun if you really like it but I can only speak from my own experience. It's difficult because you move from your school, family, and everything you know to a new place, well it's like camp. For about three months you meet a whole bunch of new people and there's a bunch of camera-people, crew all around, the cast. I was in school so I had to keep up with my schoolwork, I had a tutor and it was a whole bunch to take in. Even though it was difficult, it was very rewarding. 

Q: On a scale to 1-10, how stressful is an acting career? 

A:To have one your whole life it's about a ten, it's really difficult. It's just really difficult to have an acting career. The percentage of actors working in the business is five, five percent to actually have jobs. 

Q: What is the hardest thing for you to film? 

A:Free Willy 2 was one of the hardest ones. Just because I had to work with these mechanical whales, they were robots. I was underwater and I had to learn how to scuba dive-we had to do these things underwater with these big robots. It was not fun but it was a little difficult. I was away from my family for four months, although I had my grandma and cousin there. It was hard to be away from everybody-I missed them so much. 

Q:What do you enjoy most about acting? 

A: What I like so much about it is the idea you can tell a story, any story that you want, and you can be any character that you want. It's almost like when you're a kid, and you make believe something, and you play house, or tag, whatever games you played as a kid. That's what acting is like. I really love getting a character, and creating that character, kinda flipping behind the scences of their actions and being able to play different people-that's the most fun. 

Q:What was it like on set for What's Eating Gilbert Grape? 

A: It was so fun. I was 14 like I said and we all lived in a hotel, and then in the morning I would get picked up by a big van and I would head for the set, and I had a little trailer that my grandmother and I shared. They would do my hair and makeup, and that would take about an hour and a half. I would go back to my trailer and wait. There would be lunch breaks, there would be dinner breaks, and then when you got on the set you were just make believing. I What's Eating Gilbert Grape, there was a house that burned down at the very end of it. That was the real house we really filmed in. 

Q: What was it like working with Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio? 

A: Johnny Depp was so nice, so kind, so generous. Just so nice and funny-he was so funny. And then Leonardo DiCaprio was so funny too-so nice and so kind. The thing about Leo was that when they called him to go to set, you know he played Arnie that's mentally challenged, he would just switch into it. He wouldn't have to wait and do a bunch of exercises. He had these hand gestures that he would start doing and before you knew it he was that character. They were just so kind, so smart, and just so talented. They would talk to the crew, they were always on set with everyone. They joked around with each other so much, and were always playing practical jokes on each other. It was nice, and we felt like a family. 

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring actors? 

A:I do, a lot of people say this but you just need to follow your dream, and believe in yourself, and study, practice. 


Teacher Feature: Mrs. Gogel

By Jimesha, 8th Grade

Mrs. Gogel is the history teacher for seventh and eighth grade on the third floor. She loves what she does.
She has been teaching here for eight years. As a teacher, she interacts with the students very nicely and has a
very fun personality, but she makes sure the kids learn. If the students have a hard time learning, she goes
back over it in more depth to make sure everybody is on the same page.

Students may know about Mrs. Gogel's life inside of school, but they may not know what she does in her
regular life. Mrs. Gogel is 30 years old and has a son name Fredrick Charles Gogel (Freddie) and a dog
named Lina. Freddie is five months old. As a mother she loves her child so much that she has picture all over
the room of him. Mrs. Gogel usually doesn't have a lot of spare time, but if Mr. Gogel watches Freddie, she
likes to go to the Maumee Valley Historical Society and do educational programming. She also likes to take
Freddie and Lina on walks.

Mrs. Gogel's room is very stylish she has a lot of pictures of Abraham Lincoln, her favorite historical figure.
Her room number is 332 and the inside of her classroom is very organized and creative. Sometimes during
the school day she likes to play pranks on people. A good example of one of her pranks is on Mr. Allred's
birthday she printed grumpy cat cards and got him cookies. She asked her students to write on the cards,
and after the students were done they bombarded his room and hung the cards all over the room.
All in all, TSA is glad to have Mrs. Gogel teaching history!