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- Open House Grades K-1
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Welcome to the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler
Please note that the 4th and 5th grade Open House, which is on Thursday, September 18, 2014, has a time change.  It is now starting at 5:30pm due to a conflict with the BHS open house.

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you there!

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.

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival at IAA
The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival graced IAA today with a visit and performance by the Young Quartet Residency Fellows. It was a passionate performance for the fourth graders and a wonderful motivator for the soon to begin 3rd year of our ONE Strings Program at IAA.

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:


CCTA Information for the 2014-2015 School Year
For the 2014-2015 school year, the Burlington School District will continue our K-8 weekly release Wednesday schedule beginning August 27, the first student day. Elementary students will be dismissed on Wednesday at 1:50 pm with middle school dismissal at 2:00.  Mountain Transit Inc. (a subsidiary of Student Transportation of America – STA) will provide the transportation from schools following six of the existing Neighborhood Special bus routes on the Wednesday early dismissal schedule.
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.

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.

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

The Second edition of the Weekly Leal is out!  Check it out.  Click here to read!

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

IAA El Sistema Pilot Strings Program in Year Two

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.

"Move It Move It" in the News
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