Greetings From the Arts Specialist Team at Global Arts Plus
Hello Global Arts Plus Community!
Welcome back to our returning families and a special welcome to our new families. We are delighted to be teaching in person this year and thank you for trusting us with your students. It is a joy to partner with you. It has been heartwarming to see our learners attending arts classes in person! Our school community and curriculum are grounded in the arts as a way of learning. We want each and every one of our students to participate in arts class learning. Thank you so much for supporting your scholar in and through the arts.
Our Global Arts Plus Mission...
The mission of Global Arts Plus is to provide a quality, comprehensive, arts infused education for all. Here are many ways our mission takes form at school:
In The Arts
Students at Global Arts Plus receive a standards based education in dance, drama, music and visual arts. Young artists learn the foundations of each art form known as elements. These elements are the ingredients that combine in the arts. With knowledge and experience in the elements of the arts, students create, perform/present, respond and connect with each art form. Here are the arts specialists who teach your children at each campus:
Debra Elias- Dance & Drama K-4
Betsy Wright- Visual Art K-4
Brooke Steigauf- PreK Art & Visual Art Integration K-4
Mike Holland- Music KG, 2 & 3
Kim Kroetsch- Music Grade PreK, 1, 2 & 4 + Arts Integration Teacher on Special Assignment K-4
At the Upper Campus, the Arts Team is made up of:
Mr. Sam - Visual Art
Mrs. Block - Dance
Ms. Moyer - Band and Music
Ms. Rasheed - 7th and 8th Grade Theatre
Ms. Kianovsky - 5th and 6th Grade Theatre
Ms. Kneeland - Choir
Though The Arts
In addition to learning in the arts within each arts class, students also learn through the arts at our school. All teachers in our school integrate arts standards with content standards in other subjects such as math, writing and social studies. This year, we have two staff positions partially dedicated to supporting arts integration throughout the lower campus: Brooke Steigauf and Kim Kroetsch. These two teachers will collaborate with classroom teachers and students throughout the year to enrich our arts infused curriculum.
This year, Ms. Rasheed is the Arts Integration Specialist at the Upper Campus and Mrs Kroetsch at Lower Campus. Their roles as Teachers on Special Assignment include establishing an arts integration committee, co-facilitating professional development for teachers on arts integration, coordinating residencies, creating, teaching and documenting arts integrated lessons and units in collaboration with Global Arts Plus teachers.
We had our first arts integration committee meeting last Tuesday! More exciting news to come from the committee soon!
Arts residencies are an important aspect of our overall arts programming. Each grade level collaborates with a community artist to learn a new artistic skill or process. The guest artists we invite into our school bring unique cultural and artistic perspectives and experiences to our students, and offer professional development working side by side with teachers. Stay posted for an announcement of our 2021-22 Arts Residencies coming soon!
Choir at Lower Campus
Our lower campus has had a long tradition of choir for our students beginning at grade 2. Our 2nd grade choir at lower campus has welcomed 80 young singers annually, while our grade 3 & 4 choir has involved 160 singers. It is with disappointment that we announce that our lower campus choirs will be on a pause for the foreseeable future. We know that families will understand that this is simply a decision based on safety. The presence of the COVID virus in our community, paired with the large size of our elementary choirs and the increased chance of virus spread when singing indoors with large groups who are in close proximity to one another make elementary choir unsafe at this time. We hope that the day comes when our glorious, large elementary choirs can perform again!
At a Gathering, groups of students share their learning in and through the arts with the community: including students, staff, families and guests. This year because of COVID, we are doing Gatherings in a new and different way to keep everyone as safe as possible. Groups of students are hosting each gathering while the rest of the school tunes into the live sharing via Google Meet. At lower campus, we are currently working out the kinks with technology. Please look for an invitation soon to join our Friday Gatherings virtually. Lower campus virtual gatherings will be from 3:25-3:45 on Friday afternoons.
At the Upper Campus, we have a rotation system for every Friday gathering, where two grade levels will be invited to the auditorium while the other two grade levels will be livestreaming the gathering. Upper Campus virtual gatherings will be from 9:41 - 10:26 am on Friday mornings. Gathering details will be posted on Schoology starting in the month of October.