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- Open House 2, 3
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Welcome to the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler
Welcome Back to School!
Welcome back to our IAA students and Families!  It is going to be a fantastic year and we are looking forward to everything that it brings.   We hung the brand new IAA mosaic just in time for the first day of school.  It's bright, colorful, and full of life!  Last year's graduating class designed and created the mosaic with teaching artist and parent, Rebecca Schwarz.  Ms. Leaphart's students worked together to create our very own, very artsy, very IAA new sign.     Welcome back!
Kindergarten times for the FIRST WEEK
Welcome new K families!  We wanted to be sure that you know the times for the first week.

Wednesday, August 26 - First Day:  Pick up at 11:30 am
Thursday, August, 27 - Ms. Maggie's Class:  Pick up at 2:50 pm
                                  Ms. Emily's Class:  Pick up at 11:30 am
Friday, August 28 - Ms. Maggie's Class:  Pick up at 11:30 am
                             Ms. Emily's Class:  Pick up at 2:50 pm

The K teachers and our Special Educators use these first days to assess every kid as a team to help ensure success for each individual.

Thanks for your cooperation on this!  Looking forward to working with your child every day!
Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe Speaks About the Magnet Schools
Integrated Arts Academy - Hot off the Press!
Celebrating 6 Years of Success!
Click the link below to view channel 5's coverage of the Magnet School Celebration and Parade!
A special thank you to Vermont Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe.

Jon Gailmor Residency a wonderful success!
What fun was had by the students and staff during our 5th annual Songwriting residency with the talented Jon Gailmor!  Jon went around the school to every classroom and helped each class write and perform an original song reflecting some of their favorite learning that occurred this year.  The children did an amazing job singing their songs!  There were songs about all kinds of things; animals, space, the moon, and dogs and cats to name a few.  It was a memorable moment at the Arts Academy.  Stay tuned to find out how you can hear a recording of the students.

Jon Galimor with a Pre-K class
The African Children's Choir at IAA!
It was a busy week at the Integrated Arts Academy  - four 5th grade performances of "If Only" and a visit from African Children's Choir .  Plus, the entire school walked to the Flynn on Friday morning to see the matinee performance by the group. And there's more... the kids have been doing workshops this week around the show with Flynn teaching artist,  Lois Trombley! What an amazing school full of inspiring and energized people! Thank you teachers and staff!! Thank you Flynn Center for the Performing Arts for underwriting these amazing activities this week with the choir!
Click here to read the post in the Burlington Free Press

How Integrating Arts Makes Learning Come Alive
IAA is featured on the NPR blog, Mindshift.   Take a good look to see how the arts impact learning at IAA.

Read THE WEEKLY LEAL: the IAA 2nd Grade Newspaper
Click to Read the Latest Issues of "THE WEEKLY LEAL," the IAA 2nd Grade Newspaper.

Here's a new edition of the Weekly Leal.  Click here to read the news and to be in the know.

Click here to get to the ARCHIVE of the Weekly LEAL.

Ukulele Class Comes to IAA!

Beginning on January 8th and running for 6 weeks, IAA students will be participating in an afterschool Ukulele class.  The class is presented by Integrated Arts Academy and Young Tradition Vermont with support from the Vermont Community Foundation, the Turrell Fund, the Nelson Family Foundation and others

This is an after school activity for IAA students only.  Not open to the public.

The class will be taught by musician, performing artist, educator, and YTV board member Brian Perkins. Brian has recorded and performed with countless brass and traditional string bands. He has been involved with the many groups that foster traditional music and dance in Vermont. Along with his daughter Ella, he has become involved in the Burlington Public School District music programs including the musical theater productions of Burlington’s Very Merry Theater. In recent years Brian has been on teaching staff at Trad Camp and has also taught classes through Burlington Parks and Recreation, FlynnArts and Edmunds Middle School, where he directs the 6th Grade Jazz Band. He is delighted to lead the first group of after school ukulele players at IAA.

Participants will learn basic skills in operating and caring for a Ukulele as well as skills for collective and individual music making. They will play common folk songs used for social music making. This music will be from the American folk tradition with a special focus on the immigrant traditions which have enriched and continue to add to our common music.

Classes are on Thursdays from 3 to 4 in the music room at IAA.  They begin on Thursday, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5 & 12th

The IAA Dragon Welcomes the New Year!

Fill the Bowl! What a Success!
The 3rd Graders Raised over $1800.00 for Hunger Free Vermont and The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf at this year's FILL THE BOWL fundraiser.  
Click here to see a video of the experience start to finish.  
Circus Smirkus at IAA!
IAA has the good fortune of working with Circus Smirkus for a five day residency.  All IAA students, pre-k through grade 5 get hands on circus training with Joni White Hansen, a lead teacher at Circus Smirkus. The residency runs through PE class and will culminate with a mini "show and tell" at Friday's Town Meeting, November 7th at 2:15 pm.  Come One, Come All!   Check out our young circus performers!
Our Literacy Breakfasts were a wonderful success!
Thank you to all who were able to come and take part in our Literacy Celebrations!  We had a great turn out of families who came to enjoy their child reading, and who joined us for breakfast with their child's class.  It is an amazing way for families and teachers to connect in order to be a successful team, and for families to know what is going on in their child's class.  
ONE STRINGS Begins on September 29th!

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.


Sculptor Thea Alvin and IAA at St. Mike's

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.

IAA as Lab School for VT Teaching Artists
IAA, in partnership with multiple arts and higher education organizations, serves as a lab school for teaching artists from across the State.  First semester the artists the teaching artists engage in a graduate level course using IAA for observations and participation to improve their practice in a public school setting.

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.