Letter to Parents and Caregivers from Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe
Smarter Balanced Assessment: Another Measure of Learning
Thank you to everyone who turned out for this fun event at Higher Ground!
Thanks to you and the sponsors (listed below) of this event, the PTO raised over $11,000!!
Kids VT/Seven Days
Thanks to our amazing partnership with Young Traditions Vermont, the IAA will be hosting a contra dance residency!
Local dance caller and leader Mary Wesley will join Mr. Myregaard’s music classes, grades 2 – 5, for a two-week dance residency! Mary will share some of her favorite traditional American and English social dances including partner dances in circles, longways and square formations as well as some singing and play-party games. We will also learn some of the history behind these dance and music traditions and talk about the different reasons people dance together. The residency runs from February 9th through February 20th.For more info about Mary Wesley click here, for info about Young Traditions Vermont click here.
Click here to see a video of the experience start to finish.
We are proud to announce the launch of our third year of ONE STRINGS at IAA for 4th and 5th graders. We begin on Monday, September 29 and run for 24 weeks ending in May of 2015. ONE STRINGS (or Old North End Strings) is inspired by El Sistema, a Venezuela-born program that has successfully brought orchestral music and instruction to underprivileged schoolchildren in several countries for more than 30 years, with more than 50 programs in the U.S.. ONE Strings is intended to develop a sense of community and collective achievement among the children, using principles borrowed from El Sistema such as every child can learn to experience music, and the benefits from that learning inform critical life choices those students make.
Our program includes two 30-minute sessions per week. On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings, all 97 fourth and fifth graders and their teachers and paraeducators learn to play violins in a group lesson under the instruction of violinist, Kathleen Kono. Unlike the Suzuki method or other similar approaches that focus on individual or small-group instruction, an entire class of 20+ students play as an ensemble with their classroom teacher.
The IAA partners with the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association and the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival (with their artistic director Soovin Kim,) to bring this program to our students. A Vermont Community Foundation grant helps fund the instruction, along with contributions from individual and corporate donors, as well as the school’s PTO.
The program offers many more engagement opportunities for students. Special to ONE Strings, the strings instructor and IAA teachers team up to create curriculum connections within the classroom and the music room. Additionally, LCCMF and VYOA provides tickets and access to community strings performances and dress rehearsals for students and their families as well as bringing string performances to IAA.
Thank you to all who attended our Open House Nights last week! We had a wonderful turn out and teachers really felt like they were able to personally connect with families. I have heard that parents enjoyed themselves as well and were excited to get a first-hand glimpse of what goes on in their children's classrooms.
A huge thank you to Papa Frank's for cooking us tasty food and also to the PTO for providing it for us!
Connections like this are what makes The Integrated Arts Academy the special community that it is.
Sometimes an opportunity comes our way that we just can’t resist. This seems to happen a lot at IAA lately as we become more and more known for learning through the arts.Last week our fourth and fifth graders were able to join an art installation in progress at St. Michael’s College. We paired up with St. Mike’s Education students, and assisted artist Thea Alvin as she created an enormous stone archway on the campus grounds. Thea Alvin is a stone mason who has been working with rocks for over 30 years. Her work reminds one of the much loved work of the famous artist, Andy Goldsworthy. Our students learned a bit about the physics involved in this kind of sculpture and then worked in teams to create their own small stone arch. See the snapshot page for visual details. Students also took advantage of the word garden and wrote some fun and lively stone art sentences. The arch is now a permanent outdoor installation at St. Mike’s and well worth a visit.
ONE Strings at IAA uses an El Sistema inspired model of instruction for all of our 4th and 5th graders. The ONE Strings Program will run for 24 weeks this year and begins the first week of October. Here's a link to learn more about El Sistema: https://elsistemausa.org/
Dismissal time the remaining four days of the week will be 2:50 pm for elementary and 3:00 pm for middle school. CCTA Neighborhood Specials will do morning runs, Monday to Friday and afternoon runs except on Wednesdays.
Until a soon to be determined date this Fall, as we did last year, student identification cards will not be required for NEIGHBORHOOD SPECIALS. For now, students may ride to and from school on CCTA regular routes from 7 am to 7 pm at no charge with student identification cards. CCTA will allow four weeks for students to secure their picture identification. No CCTA logo is required.
For more information, click here.
They learn more about teaching through the arts, arts integration, and Universal Design for Learning, (UDL). Second semester some of them offer and teach arts residencies to our students. Read more about it in this Seven Days piece.
ONE Strings Program Now in Year Two at IAA
Now in it's 2nd year, the Old North End Strings (ONE Strings) program at IAA is an El Ssitema inspired strings program that is engaging all 4th and 5th graders for 20 weeks this winter and spring. Students are engaged in ensemble playing with their homeroom teachers and all of their classmates twice a week during the school day.
See the video about this here.
At the Integrated Arts Academy, a Pilot Program Puts Violins in Students' Hands
Read the Seven-Days piece on our pilot strings program. Click here.