Thursday, June 22, 2017

Throw Back Thursday- Last Blog of 2016/17 School Year!

Look at how cute we are...

This Durfee hunk still works the stage like a Boss...  Can you guess who it is?


This young talent has a voice that inspires DHS..
She can rock a violin AND a side pony tail...


A girl and her Dad- and my goodness, does she look like him!  Her gift of music to students across the district started right there on that piano!


Giddy up, cowgirl!  Those auburn curly locks can't hide under that hat!

This Tansey Watson Artiste was modeling "Mona Lisa Quiet" way back then..

I caught THIS band director RED HANDED!

Can you tell which "Deb" is THIS Deb?

She stands tall in her HLCS art room now, but she was once a lil' spitfire!

Is this the cutest?  Once again, McG, you are adorable!

Ms. T, is that your best Chris-cross Apple Sauce you can do?

Dynamic Duo, Part I

Dynamic Duo, Part II

Dynamic Duo, together, ready to fight crimes against all string instruments..

Christine, are those KNIVES on the wall?  Hahhahahha

Mr. Brown, you look exactly the same!

Studious Doc- AKA Don Smith..

Look closely at this face- can you tell who this soaring Eagle is?

1980's runway model?  No, that's our own Talbot Artist, Teresa Moniz!

I'm sure this talented girl ROCKED the Girl Scouts, and now she inspires Sylvia artists!
Harry Potter's got nothin' on those glasses...

Little did she know she'd be marching to Morton every day to inspire her artists!

Thank you for playing Thrwoback Thursday with me.  I loved seeing pictures of all of you.  Here's one of me, probably from 3rd grade, circa 1978.  
I literally could open cans with those front teeth...

In closing, I hope your year has been a successful one, and that you can look back on it like we do at these TBT pics...  laughing a little, sad a little, lots of pride, maybe a few regrets.  Our experiences in life make us who we are, and we share a little bit of ourselves in what we do with our students.  For all of that, I am grateful.  Have a wonderful summer, and get out there- go to a show (or be in a show), go to museums (or show your work in a gallery), sing, paint, build, sculpt, design, sew, compose, create..  Be you!

Thank you, 
Jackie


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Almost There Blog... 6/15/17

Durfee Music Students at 2017 Commencement

Welcome to the FINAL STRETCH!

Love:

If you are reading this, you have made it to the final weeks of the 2016/17 School Year.  You have survived back to school woes, football season (and watching the historical Pats comeback), snow (and snow days), rain (pretty much the whole month of May) and suddenly, it's 75-90 degrees and we are knee deep in field days and finals.  While there are so many things going on, we need to remind ourselves to take a breath, look around at all we have accomplished with and for our kids, and celebrate that greatness.  I know I say this all the time, but, you need to be reminded that you are the adult in your students' day that represents the arts, whether performance or visual, and the skills you bestow are and will be something they will carry with them always.  Whether they hear a familiar song on the radio years from now that you taught them to sing, or see how that complimentary color scheme and composition draw their eye into an image on a billboard, or maybe they are in that song or on that billboard, you made an impact.  And for that, I am grateful for having the opportunity to work with all of you.  Thank you.

Plan:

As we wrap up our work with students, consider sending them off into summer with some artistic food for thought..  Are they traveling with family, or stayin' local?  Are they doing any camps, or summer school?  Consider motivating students to journal, either visually with drawings of what they see and experience or in what music, films or performances they fall in love with this summer.  We have reams of drawing paper that students can use a small stack to make into a little sketchbook/journal.  Inspire them to be active and reflective artists this summer, and have a share day in September!

Grow:

As you may have seen on the FRPS website, the district will be holding summer PD opportunities for content areas.  The arts have a couple of offerings!  

  • Accountable Talk and Critiquing the Arts
  • Using Technology in the Arts Classroom
These are taught by teachers for teachers.  Stay tuned for more info on how to sign up.

ART: In addition, U Mass Dartmouth is offering some great courses this summer.  


  • Two-week, 3-credit studio courses
  • PDPs in Special Needs and Sheltered English Immersion specifically designed for arts teachers to fulfill licensure requirements 
  • Participants will share experiences and exchange ideas about contemporary issues in arts and education
Here is the link: http://www.umassd.edu/cvpasummer/courselisting2017/?utm_source=CVPA+Summer+Arts+Educators&utm_campaign=CVPA+Summer&utm_medium=email


MUSIC: MICCA 8th Summer Institute 2017
Sponsored by David French Music Co., Anthem Musical Instruments, and MICCA
Thursday, July 20th and Friday, July 21st, 2017
The Summer Institute will be held at Hopkinton High School, Hopkinton, MA
This year, the MICCA Summer Institute will feature a "conference model" with sessions offered by local educators grouped by strand. Attendees can choose between choral, band, and string strands with several sessions being offered across all strands. Session titles have been developed by educators to meet the practical needs of elementary, middle, and high school teachers. 

Link: http://www.miccamusic.org/summer_institute.html



PLAY:

And for the final Blog next week, I need you.   
Yearbook Throwback...   Dig out those old photos and send me a pic of you for my next week's THROWBACK THURSDAY BLOG.  Kindergarten?  Senior Year?  Prom?  You pick- but please play!  This will only be awesome if you participate.  :)

Have a wonderful weekend.
Jackie

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 30th, 2017

In the News this Week...

Ms. Csizmesia's 5th Graders ON STAGE AT THE RHODE ISLAND PHILHARMONIC!  

  • FRPS 5th graders participated in the Rhode Island Philharmonic's Annual Link Up Program!  This grant funded recorder program allows our kids to learn to play an instrument (the recorder) while having fun with the RI Phil- the culminating activity is an unbelievable concert at the RI Vets Theater where thousands of students from RI and Massachusetts come together to play the songs they practiced all year long!  This year, we had a special part in this event- our own Becky Csizmesia led the Letourneau students ON STAGE to model their performance for ALL!  Kudos to Becky and the Letourneau 5th graders!  YOU ROCKED IT!
  • Durfee celebrated excellence with the class of 2017 at their annual Senior Awards Night and NHS Cording Ceremony!  What a wonderful evening.  As I sat in the audience, I was so proud of our kids and their teachers, who persevered together through thick and thin to get to this point!  I am humbled by the multiple talents and skills our students are leaving us with, and know that they have what it takes to make it in whatever career path they choose.  Class of 2017- you are the #GOAT!
  • Our own Christine Mandeville led an afternoon of clay learning in her Staff Pottery Workshop at Morton Middle School.  It is opportunities like these from colleagues, with colleagues, for colleagues that are most meaningful.  Thank you, Chris, for all that you do to make play of work, and work of clay!
  • On Friday, the Durfee Band and Choral Students were asked to play at three Memorial Day Celebrations.  We saluted, celebrated and mourned all who fought for our country.  Through music, we paid homage to those who fought for our great nation.
Check out this Community Arts Opportunity!

Check Out these Fine and Performing ARTISTS!





Durfee Ceramics Students "testing out" their vessels with a little celebratory ice cream!

Talbot Middle School celebrates the arts on May 31st!  Be there!

Evaluation Nuts and Bolts:


  • I am continuing to meet with teachers this week and appreciate the time and effort put into the artifacts you are putting forward, and in addition, 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.
  • At this point, I have met and prepared all one year summative reports. I have given paper copies to all teachers- please send me back a signed copy, and thank you!
  • 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 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 so that I can be a part of the process for commendations and recommendations.

Planning Ahead:Durfee:

  • On Monday, June 5 we will use Advisory Schedule with Period 2 extended to 10:39 so Day 1 of Science MCAS goes smoothly
  • The Final Exam will run from June 16 to June 23. All students are required to take their Final Examination for 10% of their final grade and all classes should be administering some sort of Final Assessment on those days. AP students who attended all Saturday sessions should be the only ones exempt from Final Examinations. Classes should not be finishing early. If you are choosing to have a project or another type of assessment, have students present or do another culminating activity during the scheduled final exam period. If a student tells you that they need to take their examination early, this must be cleared with grade office.
  • We will hold an AP assembly for all students taking an AP Class on Tuesday, June 13 during Period 3. AP Teachers will be there to distribute summer packets to all students signed up for their classes next year.
  • 6/2- Junior Awards and Senior Prom
  • 6/5 and 6- Science MCAS!
  • 6/8 Grad Rehearsal, 6/9- Graduation
  • 6/13 Faculty Meeting
  • 6/15- Last FULL DAY FOR KIDS
  • 6/16-26- FINALS!

Concerts/Events:

  • Talbot Spring Concert and Arts Exhibit- 5/31
  • Kuss- Exhibition Night- 5/31, Spring Concert- 6/6
  • Morton Spring Concert- 6/6
  • HLCS Spring Concert- 6/15?
  • Paw Sox Trip- 6/6 and 6/8 (Talbot and Morton)
  • Kuss Trip to Lake Compounce- 6/2
  • String Parent Night at Durfee- 6/7
  • Band Parent Night at Durfee- 6/5

Supplies!

  • I have submitted all requests given to me to Russ Lewis. I thank you for sending these in for orders for the first half of the next school year. I will be sending teachers the process for requisitions for the 2017/18 SY from the arts and music budget in next week's email.
  • These District Supplies will be sent to you soon- I believe before the end of this school year, so plan ahead- rotate any left over supplies to the front of the shelf, and clean out storage spaces to make sure supplies are organized and ready for next year!
Thank you!

Jackie







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