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




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