Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekly Arts Wrap Up- 5/19/17

Another whirlwind week filled with art, music and performance!

At Durfee, artists share their best work with the community at the Festival of the Arts- held Friday, May 19th from 5 to 7PM. Student work was adjudicated by local artists and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons were placed on the pieces chosen for their skill and ability to work within each category.  Here are some images from the show..












At Kuss, this evening and throughout the weekend, we have The Lion King Musical being performed by the Kuss Theater Group.  This amazing and resilient team of young actors and singers have had to cope with the sudden loss of their Theater teacher, Mr. Eric Spencer.  Mr. Toby Monte, Ms. Nicole Laprise, Ms. Melissa Costa Doyle, Ms. Stephanie Bonalewicz and Mr. Roger Fournier have been instrumental in taking hold of the reins with a true "Show Must Go On" spirit.  Thanks go out to them for leading this work and not letting our Kuss students down.

Morton's Annual Art and Fashion Show was a huge success- Some amazing up and coming artists showed off their work this week!  






Last week, the district Orchestra and Band leaders orchestrated our annual Solo Fest, where instrumental students perform for an adjudicator (not their teacher) and receive individual and targeted feedback as to their technique.  This is a great FRPS Festival, and students' faces light up when they receive their medals!  We will be redesigning the process for next year, so stay tuned for the 2018 Solo Fest in the spring of 2018!

Next week, we have 5th Graders heading to the RI Vets to be a part of The Rhode Island Philharmonic's LINK UP Performance, with recorders in hand!  Good luck to all 800+ students participating in this grant funded event!  Teachers, make sure you have your final student count in for Monday so I can confirm buses!

Also, Itinerant Teachers are beginning to draft their schedules for next school year, so these will be shared with building principals as soon as next week for some!

On the Calendar:

  • CPT Kuss 7:30 AM Monday
  • CPT Morton- Tuesday 8AM
  • CPT HLCS- Tuesday 8:30AM
  • CPT Talbot- Thursday 1:15PM
  • Senior Awards Night- Thursday 5:30 PM
  • CPT Doran- Friday 8AM
  • DHS Alumni Meeting Friday Evening
  • CPT Durfee- Thursday 10:45AM
  • Senior Finals- 5/24 to 6/2
  • Senior Prom- Friday, June 2, 6PM
  • Graduation- Friday, June 9th, 7PM
  • Finals for Underclassmen- 6/16 to 6/23
  • Last day for teachers- 6/26
Evaluation Nuts and Bolts:
  • I have been meeting with teachers all week and there are some great constructive conversations going on...  I truly appreciate the time and effort you all take in putting together your evidence and the attention you have paid to the feedback and recommendations given.  As I have these meetings, I am also looking for ways to improve my practice, and will ask you for things that you think can be focused on for next year, that I can help facilitate.  
  • One year plans: The deadline for summative conferences is 5/26.  You should be preparing your artifacts for submission one week prior to the date that you meet with your evaluator.  Make sure you include the outcome of your SLG work, and that it is easy to understand- report your findings and have a conclusion as to what the impact of this work was on student learning.  At the summative, you need 3-5 artifacts per standard as well as for the SLG and PPG.
  • Two year plans: Same as above, but if you are in formative period, you should have 1-3 artifacts for each standard, as well as the SLG and PPG.  If at summative (end of 2nd year), you should have 3-5. 
  • If you work at Durfee or are an itinerant teacher, I have invited you to these meetings this week via the calendar.  If I am a secondary evaluator (K-8 teachers who I do not own directly), feel free to have me at these meetings with your building evaluator.
Have a wonderful week!

Jackie




Monday, May 8, 2017

Weekly Arts Wrap Up- May 8th, 2017

It's that time of year!  

Busy, bustling classrooms filled with teachers and students all over the district working on projects, AP portfolios, performances, exhibits..  Oh my!  Let's not forget to take a moment to give ourselves a little pat on the back for the great, meaningful work you all do with OUR KIDS, day in, day out..  I know this is teacher appreciation week, and administrators will be doing little things to make you smile, but I want to tell you, from the bottom of my heart that I am so proud of you all.  You are (and I have said this before) the art or music teacher that our kids will make memories with that will last a lifetime.  It takes a special person to do that, and I tip my hat to you all..  Thank you for making my job the best job on the planet.  

And now for some sharing...

Mr. Carvalho and his students at his Gallery Opening on Friday!

4 Canvases from Mr. Carvalho's Class
Ms. Terry's Theater Students in New York City this weekend!

In the News This Week...

  • FRPS Annual Solo Fest will be held tonight at Durfee!  Students from all instrumental programs are invited to perform a piece, and will receive feedback from their adjudicator.  This great event helps build confidence in our instrumental (orchestra and band) students, as they rarely get a chance to be judged by someone other than their teacher.  Medals are awarded at various playing levels, and it's a great accomplishment for our students.  Best of luck to all!
  • The BMC Durfee Spring Concert is Thursday, May 11th at 6:30PM.  We hope to see you all here, as we have yet another amazing show!  Our Durfee students have been preparing for months under the tutelage of their fearless directors, Mr. Matt MacMullen, Ms. Lara Beth Terry and Ms. Erin Erban.  Behind the "curtain" is our own Mr. Oz, the amazing Mr. Gary Bigelow, who runs the lighting and sound- we couldn't do it with out him!
  • Durfee Students depart for their Adjudication Festival on Friday morning!  Break a leg, and show'em you GOT GRIT!
  • Morton Middle School is holding their annual Arts Night- Fashion Show and Exhibit on May 17th at 6PM.  It is sure to be quite a show, with teachers modeling garments made from non-traditional materials, and all of the art on display!
  • Durfee's Artists present their work to the community at the Festival of the Arts, on Friday, May 19th from 5 to 7PM.  Work will be viewed prior to the event by outside artists and judged based on category criteria- awards will be unveiled at the show.
  • The Lion King will be performed by the Kuss Theater Group on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 19-21.  Friday and Saturday shows start at 7PM, and the Sunday matinee starts at 2PM. Reserved orchestra seating-10$, General Admission Adults- 9$, Senior Citizens- 8$ and Students- 5$.
  • Thursday, May 25th, 5th Graders will be heading to the RI Vets to be a part of the Rhode Island Philharmonic's LINK UP Performance, with recorders in hand!  Good luck to all 800+ students participating in this grant funded event!

On the Horizon:

  • District Solo Festival- Monday, May 8th 3:45PM
  • Durfee Spring Concert- 5/11 6:30 PM
  • Durfee Music Student Trip- 5/12- 13
  • Durfee Festival of the Arts- Friday, 5/19
  • Link Up Program with the RI Phil- 5th Grade District Field Trip- 5/24
On the Calendar for Collaboration:
  • CPT Kuss 7:30 AM Monday
  • CPT Morton- Tuesday 8AM
  • CPT HLCS- Tuesday 8:30AM
  • CPT Talbot- Thursday 1:15PM
  • CPT Doran- Friday 8AM
  • CPT Durfee- Thursday 10:45AM
Evaluation Nuts and Bolts:
  • One year plans: The deadline for summative conferences is 5/26.  You should be preparing your artifacts for submission one week prior to the date that you meet with your evaluator.  Make sure you include the outcome of your SLG work, and that it is easy to understand- report your findings and have a conclusion as to what the impact of this work was on student learning.  At the summative, you need 3-5 artifacts per standard as well as for the SLG and PPG.
  • Two year plans: Same as above, but if you are in formative period, you should have 1-3 artifacts for each standard, as well as the SLG and PPG.  If at summative (end of 2nd year), you should have 3-5. 
  • If you work at Durfee or are an itinerant teacher, I have invited you to these meetings this week via the calendar.  If I am a secondary evaluator (K-8 teachers who I do not own directly), feel free to have me at these meetings with your building evaluator.
Have a wonderful week!

Jackie


Monday, May 1, 2017

Weekly Arts Wrap Up- May 1, 2017

Welcome back, Fine and Performing Arts Family!

We have had a week filled with joy and celebration of the arts, but suffered the loss of a team member who was dear to us.  Mr. Eric Spencer was the Theater Teacher at Matthew J. Kuss Middle School, where he worked with many of our students who loved him dearly.  Students at Kuss met today with the Kuss team to hear the news and also be able to share some time to discuss and console each other.  Here at Durfee, the performing arts team met with students to do the same, as so many of the Durfee students were also students of Eric.  Mr. Spencer will be missed, but remembered for all of the passion for the craft that he handed down to his students.  We mourn his loss, and keep his memory in our hearts.

Last Thursday, we held the 2nd Annual FRPS K-12 Arts Expo at BMC Durfee High School.  Thanks go out to all who helped make this show such a celebration.  It sure does take a village!  Here are some pictures that capture the energy of the event...












In reflection, it's my goal to have all students represented who we serve in the arts, and as we grow and learn to make this Expo the best it can be, let's ensure that all students in art have a piece on display- after all, this is one of our most important standards! (4.12- Choose and prepare artwork for exhibition, and be able to discuss their choices, 4.8- Create and prepare artwork for group or individual public exhibitions, and 4.2- Select works for exhibition and work as a group to create a display).  All work will be delivered to your schools this week.

On the Horizon:
  • Junior SEMSBA- 5/5 and 5/6
  • District Solo Festival- Monday, May 8th 3:45PM
  • Durfee Spring Concert- 5/11 6:30 PM
  • Durfee Music Student Trip- 5/12- 13
  • Durfee Festival of the Arts- Friday, 5/19* (pending)
  • Link Up Program with the RI Phil- 5th Grade District Field Trip- 5/24
On the Calendar for Collaboration:
  • CPT Kuss 7:30 AM Monday
  • CPT Morton- Tuesday 8AM
  • CPT HLCS- Tuesday 8:30AM
  • CPT Talbot- Thursday 1:15PM
  • CPT Doran- Friday 8AM
  • CPT Durfee- Wednesday 10:45AM
Evaluation Nuts and Bolts:
  • One year plans: The deadline for summative conferences is 5/26.  You should be preparing your artifacts for submission one week prior to the date that you meet with your evaluator.  Make sure you include the outcome of your SLG work, and that it is easy to understand- report your findings and have a conclusion as to what the impact of this work was on student learning.  At the summative, you need 3-5 artifacts per standard as well as for the SLG and PPG.
  • Two year plans: Same as above, but if you are in formative period, you should have 1-3 artifacts for each standard, as well as the SLG and PPG.  If at summative (end of 2nd year), you should have 3-5. 
  • If you work at Durfee or are an itinerant teacher, I will be inviting you to these meetings this week via the calendar.  If I am a secondary evaluator (K-8 teachers who I do not own directly), feel free to have me at these meetings with your building evaluator.
Have a wonderful week!

Jackie






Monday, April 10, 2017

Weekly Arts Wrap UP! 4/10/17

 On April 16th, Charlie Chaplin’s (picture above) 128th birthday which falls on Easter day this year, Chaplin’s World will be celebrating its first anniversary with lots of fun events - including an attempt to break the record for the most people dressed as Chaplin’s Little Tramp (in the garden of his former home) and an Easter egg hunt.
Mark Carvalho's class at Durfee

 Students preparing for All City!
 All City Band!
Our Durfee students know how to inspire the 5th grade instrumental students!

 Bows up and ready at All City Orchestra!

Happy Monday to All!

In the arts last week, we were busy!  Art rooms are bustling with preparations for the 2nd Annual FRPS ARTS EXPO, to be held at Durfee on Thursday, April 27th from 5 to 7PM for the community to see the awesome work our students create.  In the instrumental world, directors were busy preparing and performing with students from grades 5 to 12 for the Annual All City Band and Orchestra Concerts.  The Durfee Auditorium hosted these events on Tuesday and Thursday, and parents were so pleased with their students' performances.  In 5th grade music classrooms, students are continuing to practice for the upcoming Rhode Island Philharmonic's LINK UP Performance, held on Thursday, May 24th.  Students will be performing with thousands of other 5th graders from RI and Mass using their recorders..  This great opportunity was afforded to FRPS through the grant funded Link UP program from the Rhode Island Phil.  Our recorders, student music books and professional development was given to us AT NO COST so our students could do this work, and be a part of the performance- so excited to see them play!

Lesson Plan Shout Out:

Check out this lesson inspired by Matt MacMullen's PD in January with the bucket drumming!  
Thanks Mary Zema!  The Stone students will love this!

Grades 4-5 Stone
Opening Activity- Intro. to class  Classroom expectations
MCF Standards:, 2.1 Demonstrate and respond to beat,  3.4 Echo and perform easy rhythms
Essential Understandings - Students will understand
  • That music has stressed notes called accents
  • Measureable objectives-Students will be able to:
  • Play accented patterns
     Working towards:
  • Recognizing note values and accented notes
Work Period
  • Students will clap Rite of Spring pattern
  • Students will play play drums with accents to Rite of Spring and accents and half notes on Eye of the Tiger
  • Listen to O Fortuna and play if time
  • Students will have free time to explore games or play keyboard
Assessments
  • Formative assessment is based on student’s ability to correctly identify and play accented patterns in the music
  • Review of assessment content
Modifications
  • Partners
  • Teacher guidance
Materials/Resources :

  • White board/InFocus Projector, Tablets, Recorders, Video, buckets, sticks

Here's another great lesson that asks students to synthesize art from a cultural/historical reference from Heather Pereira at Doran:
Link to her Blendspace: https://www.tes.com/lessons/bv76_9Kr3XlqnA/tjanpi-desert-weavers
Grade 6
Tjanupi Fiber Art Sculpture
Objective: Students will create 3D animal form based on Tjanupi Weavers Fiber Art
Procedure: Day 1: Presentation on Tjanupi Weavers, students choose animals and review rubric..  Day 2: Demonstration on how to start sculpture process.  Student’s work independently to create form & wrap Day 3 & 4: students choose colors/textures of yarn, wrap and add embellishments.  
Evaluation: Rubric and reflection
Learning standards: 1.5-1.7, 2.7, 2.9, 2.10, 3.5, 3.6, 4.4-4.8, 5.5, 5.6, 6.3-6.4, 7.2, 8.5
Evaluation: Rubric
Materials: Presentation, worksheet,
Vocabulary: found objects, surface texture, form, symbolism, abstract, sculpture, fiber art, organic shapes, proportion, tactile, scale

Great tasks planned ensure engagement, thinking, creating, performing and help our students have the courage to express themselves through the arts!

On the Calendar:

  • Monday: Amazon Planning Conference Call 12:00PM, School Committee Meeting- 5:30 Kuss, Observations
  • Tuesday: Community Partnership Planning Meeting at DHS 10:30AM, CPT Morton 8AM, HLCS CPT 8:45 AM, Faculty Meeting DHS 2:45 AM
  • Wednesday: Pick up art work at Morton, 5PM Budget Meeting at SB, CPT Durfee Team 10:45AM
  • Thursday: Durfee Term 3 grades due, Talbot CPT 1:20PM
  • Friday: No School- Good Friday

And Looking Ahead:

  • DHS Department Meeting- Wednesday, April 26th
  • The April K-8 Department Meetings will be as follows:
  • K-5 Music- Thursday, April 27th at Letourneau- 3:45 to 4:45.
  • 6-8 Music- Thursday, April 27th at Morton- 3:45 to 4:45.
  • K-8 Art- Your "department meeting" time will also be Thursday, April 27th at Durfee- come after your dismissal time to set up for the arts Expo! Reminder- if you would like to have your artwork brought to Durfee, have it prepared (and rolled up with tape securing it) and email me prior to Thursday the 13th so I can arrange for transportation. This way, couriers can do this during spring break week. I will have the bi-fold boards set up and labeled by school by the end of the day on Monday the 24th.
  • The Durfee Fine and Performing Arts Team has their faculty meeting on Tuesday, April 11th, and their department meeting on Wednesday the 26th- Dept. Meeting: Music should use this time to prep for the Spring Concert and Art should use the time to hang student work in the Durfee area for the Arts Expo.
  • Our own Mary Zema will be presenting to the Special Education Parent Advisory Council on Tuesday May 2nd, sharing some of the activities she has done in music class. She has been working with Pre-k -8 ASD classes and would like to share some strategies that parents may wish to do at home with their child. She will also share some research on a music program called REI which has had proven success in helping children with ASD experience less anxiety and do better with transitions.  You rock, Mary!
  • K-12 Arts Expo!  Thursday evening, from 5 to 7PM!  Hope to see you all here!
Have a wonderful, short week, and an even more wonderful break!

Thank you for all that you do for Our Kids,

Jackie

Monday, April 3, 2017

Weekly Arts Wrap Up- 4/3/17







This week's photos are from Durfee, Donations, Doran and Viveiros!

Lesson Plan Shout Outs:


  • This week, I want to share this lesson from Mark Carvalho for Pen and Ink..  Check it out!

Pen and Ink Lesson Plan


  • I also want to share this lesson from Gary Bigelow's Technical Theater Class:

Topic:  Line set drawing and building a flat: Essential Understandings
Students will :
  • Construct a “ boxed flat - 4’ x 8’ scale model 1”=1
  • Construct and understand the uses of Flats and Ground Rows

4.3 Recognize and understand the roles and responsibilities of various technical personnel in creating and producing a theatrical performance
4.6 Draw renderings, floor plans, and/or build models of sets for a dramatic work and explain choices in using visual elements (line, shape/form, texture, color, space), and visual principles (unity, variety, harmony, balance, rhythm)
    1.   Describe characteristics of theatre technology and equipment based on a  tour of a high school or professional theatre
  1. 5. 11 Use a variety of assessment tools such as journals, rehearsal notes, video/audio tapes, rubrics, self, peer, and teacher evaluations to revise and refine their own or the group’s work

Pacing/Sequencing
Mini Lesson
  • Understanding  the Hollywood and boxed flat uses
  • Demo the construction of the project ( using Google Classroom – original tutorial video )
Scenic Flats. (creating a model flat )
Flat Facts
Flats, short for Scenery Flats, are flat pieces of theatrical scenery which are painted and positioned on stage so as to give the appearance of buildings or other background.
Flats can be soft or hard covered. Soft-covered flats (covered with canvas or muslin) have changed little from their origin in the Italian Renaissance.
Soft-covered flats are usually covered with muslin.
Hard-covered flats with a frame that is perpendicular to the paint surface are referred to as studio, TV, or Hollywood flats.
Hard-covered flats are usually covered with Luan.
Flats with a frame that places the width of the lumber parallel to the face are called Boxed, New York or Broadway flats.
Usually flats are built in standard sizes of 4 wide x 8, 10, or 12 feet tall so that walls or other scenery may easily be constructed, and so that flats may be stored and reused for subsequent productions.
Often affixed to battens flown in from the fly tower or loft for the scenes in which they are used.
Flats may also be stored at the sides of the stage, called wings, and braced to the floor when in use for an entire performance.
Creating a working scaled drawing of a 4x8’ boxed flat
  • What is a scaled drawing ?
  • Draw a template in a 1” scale  of the components of the assigned scenery on graph paper and agree on the standard dimensions.
  • Trace and cut out you flats using the templates you created.
  • Assemble your free standing flats.


Work Period
  • Collaborative engagement  in developing a template for a model flat.
  • Reading and following directions as they work on their project as a group or team.
  • Constructing a study guide ie:terms procedure and the componants of a flat and a line set drawing.
Assessments
  • Projects “ Line set drawing and scale model of a flat.
  • Summative written assessment.
Closing  
  • Write terms ( terms of the day )  in blue notebook:
  • Disussion : What are we doing? Why must we understand scenic settings , positions and the environment?
Home work
  • Make-up  OA and worksheets Google classroom
Modifications
  • Highlighting steps.
  • Reviewing Rubric daily
  • More “one on one” attention.
  • Extended deadline.
  • Study guide and O.A for those absent
Materials/Resources :

  • In – Focus Projector, pencils, paper, rulers  blue book. production pictures, cell phone calendars.digital camera, Stage and Shop areas, scripts

What I notice in both of these lessons is the depth of content specific vocabulary, and how students are being presented with a task that is rigorous and has an aspect of problem solving using the arts standards.

In the News This Week:

  • WE made it through MARCH! Yay!
  • Up next- All City Band and Orchestra! This will be held here at Durfee on Tuesday (band) and Thursday (orchestra), April 4th and 6th at 6:30 PM- over 125 students are participating in this event each night! Come on down and celebrate our students' ability to practice and perform!
  • End of Term 3 is Friday the 7th!
  • The K-12 Arts Expo is coming! Please give your art teacher colleagues a huge high 5 this month as they prepare student work for the Arts Expo, held here at Durfee on Thursday, April 27th from 5 to 7PM. Art teachers, please let me know if you need additional supplies or invites!

Collaboration, Arts EXPO and Growth:

  • Heather Pereira will report back to colleagues during the May departmental meeting as she travels today to the DESE's Art Education Conference. We are keeping in tune with the state's discussions around teaching the arts! Topics- The Teacher as Artist, and Expert Artist, Expert Learner.
  • The April K-8 Department Meetings will be as follows:
  • K-5 Music- Thursday, April 27th at Letourneau- 3:45 to 4:45.
  • 6-8 Music- Thursday, April 27th at Morton- 3:45 to 4:45.
  • K-8 Art- Your "department meeting" time will also be Thursday, April 27th at Durfee- come after your dismissal time to set up for the arts Expo! Reminder- if you would like to have your artwork brought to Durfee, have it prepared (and rolled up with tape securing it) and email me prior to Thursday the 13th so I can arrange for transportation. This way, couriers can do this during spring break week. I will have the bi-fold boards set up and labeled by school by the end of the day on Monday the 24th.
  • The Durfee Fine and Performing Arts Team has their faculty meeting on Tuesday, April 11th, and their department meeting on Wednesday the 26th- Music should use this time to prep for the Spring Concert and Art should use the time to hang student work in the Durfee area for the Arts Expo.
  • Our own Mary Zema will be presenting to the Special Education Parent Advisory Council on Tuesday May 2nd, sharing some of the activities she has done in music class. She has been working with Pre-k -8 ASD classes and would like to share some strategies that parents may wish to do at home with their child. She will also share some research on a music program called REI which has had proven success in helping children with ASD experience less anxiety and do better with transitions.  You rock, Mary!

On the Calendar:

  • CPT Middle Schools- prep for Expo, MCAS
  • CPT Durfee- Thursday, 10:45
  • IMPORTANT DATES
    DAY
    DATE
    EVENT
    Friday
    4.7
    Term III Ends
    Tuesday
    4.11
    Faculty Meeting- Durfee
    Friday
    4.14
    No School - Good Friday
    Monday
    4.17
    First Day of Spring Recess!
    Monday
    4.24
    Back to School!
    Wednesday
    4.26
    Department Meeting- Durfee
    Thursday
    4.27
    Durfee Parent Night - Arts Expo, Dept Meetings for K-8 F&PA Teachers (see above)
    Thursday
    5.25
    Durfee Senior Awards Night 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Monday
    6.26
    Current last day of school for teachers
Thank you, and get out there in that sun before it goes away again!!!

Jackie