Friday, December 22, 2017

Nothing But Love

Just one last Blog entry for 2017 to let you all know that I super appreciate all of your talents and hard work, and send you lots of love during this holiday season.  So, from my buddies (in pics below- my three furry children, and my nephew Lui who I love more than the air I breathe) and me, have a wonderful, restful break.  See you in January!


Friday, December 15, 2017

T'was the Week Before..The Last Week of 2017


This week started off with the amazing Musical at Durfee- Legally Blonde was everything it was wrapped up to be!  The cast was amazing- and did you know that we perform with our own pit?  That's right!  Our kids are learning from the best to employ these skills, and build work ethic so they can be successful in the field.  I'm so proud of the cast, crew (you would not BELIEVE the work that is involved in putting on a musical- just ask Gary Bigelow!)  and of course their fearless leader, Ms. Lara Beth Terry.  Ms. Ana Arsenio also supported the production by helping within her design class, sewing things for the show!  Once again, kudos to all who passionately worked to get it done.  It was amazing.

On Monday evening, students from Ms. Souza's Talbot Band played for the diners at the St. Bernadette's Parish Hall.  Always humbled by these kids and their ability to bring joy and hope to those who need it most at this time of year.  Love love love.

The Morton Winter Concert was held on Tuesday, and the groups were also super awesome!  Can't wait to see them up here at the Hilltop!

On Wednesday, our Durfee Art Students hopped on a bus with me and members of YEAH (Youth Experiencing Artistic Hope) to check out Boston's Artists for Humanity Headquarters.  What an amazing experience.  Our goal is to finalize plans to build our own studio space where Fall River students can be paid to work on arts related projects after school in an environment that is safe and challenging, connecting their love for art to business and careers in the field.  Stay tuned!  We are looking at a space in the city, and have met with Mayor Correia.  

Thursday night, Durfee's Chorus, Band and Orchestra students ROCKED THE HOUSE.  Simply stated, I have never been so proud of a group of students and adults in my life.  These musicians came together to build a show that wowed the public. If you haven't seen the grande finale, check it out on my Twitter page or the FRPS Facebook page.  Sooooooooooo good- and there are a couple of "local musicians" guest gigging in there- see if you can find Mr. Matthew Desmarais and Mr. Toby Monte in the bunch!

Here are some pics that captured the magic of the work this week...

On the Calendar for Next Week:
  • Wrapping up the year!  Here's to wishing you a safe, calm week with your students!  
  • Arts Learning Walk for 6-12 is rescheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • PD Feb 2 Plan will be shared with teachers.
  • HLCS Concert- 12/21 during the school day
  • Spencer Borden Concert- 12/21 at 9:30
  • Vacation begins at the close of the half day on Friday!
Nuts and Bolts:
  • Remember to share lesson plans with me weekly, either via email or on the drive.  Thank you!
  • Developing teachers on one year evaluation plans will be scheduled for Formative Meetings in January.  Start pulling together your evidence- at this point, you should present 1-3 artifacts for your SLG, PPG and 4 Standards from the Teacher Rubric at a Glance.  Need a link to the rubric?  RUBRIC
  • Building cool Blendspaces?  Don't forget to share them!  K-8 teachers can share on the maps in the Drive!

Have an awesomely winter-wonderlandish weekend,


Friday, December 8, 2017

Snow in the Forecast!

Happy Friday, Bloggers!

   This week, we have been busy preparing for lots of performances, and preparing work for Scholastic Art submissions...  The work is coming to an end for the calendar year, but you wouldn't know that walking through our classrooms.  Here are some pictures from this week:

Durfee AP 2D Work..

Durfee Ceramics Work

Henry Lord 2nd Graders Preparing For Winter Concert!

The Revamping of the Art Studio Space at RPA

The Maker Bot 3D Printer in RPA's Arts Studio

In the News This Week...
  • Hope to see you at the Durfee Musical!  The event starts tonight and runs through Sunday..  Check out the flyer below for more info!

  • Next week, we have the Durfee Winter Concert- I know I say this all the time, but THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE AMAZING...  What an evening we have in store for you!  Here is the flyer for the concert- hope to see you all there!

  • Middle School Concerts:

      • Kuss- 12/19
      • Talbot- 12/5- This was a success!
      • Morton- 12/12
      • HLCS- 12/13
      • Doran- 12/6
    • All City:
      • Band- 3/26
      • Orchestra- 4/5
      • Chorus- 5/16
      • All City Rehearsals will be starting (chorus has already started) after break!  If you know of any middle schoolers who would be interested in All City Chorus, please give them this information from Michela Gardner at Morton:  Do you LOVE to sing? 
          • Are you looking for more  opportunities to share your voice?  
            Join the Fall River All City Chorus!
            Who: Fall River students grades 6-8
            Where: Rehearsals are held at Morton Middle School
            When: Every other Wednesday, 4:15-5:30 PM
            Directed by: Michela Gardner, Morton Chorus Director
            Performance: Wednesday, May 16th at 6:00 PM

            First rehearsal on November 29th!

            Contact your music teacher or
            if you have any questions!
    Additional Nuts and Bolts:
    • Durfee Department Meetings are Wednesday, December 20th after school.  We will be having a little fun with this one..  Durfee staff, stay tuned...
    • Friday, December 23rd is a release time day for staff and students, so have yourself a wonderful holiday break!
    • The next set of learning walks in buildings will be focused on Close Reading strategies and Collaboration during group work.  Here is an interesting look at what a Close Read looks like in the art classroom when analyzing a painting...
      • How to Interpret Art (or music if you replace arts elements with elements of musicianship..) through the “Close Read” 
        •  FORMAL ANALYSIS: Describe aesthetics (color, space, composition, and other elements) and subject matter.
        • Sample Questions: Encourage students to give looking time. Spend some time looking closely at this work of art then talk about what you see. Take a minute to study this image then list in writing the details you notice. Invite students to share their observations. 
          • So what did you see? 
          • What’s going on in the painting?
          • Help student direct their attention to things you want them to notice. What objects are included in this painting? 
          • What is something you notice about ____? 
          • Help students analyze the artist’s visual strategies. What did you notice first and why? 
          • How does the artist show us what’s important? 
          • How does your eye travel through the picture? 
          • Notice the artist’s use of line (or color, shapes, etc.). 
          • What adjectives describe the lines (colors, shapes, etc.)?
          •  What’s the overall mood of the painting? 
          • How do the lines (colors, shapes, etc.) help to create that mood? Invite students to interpret or speculate about the meaning of the artwork. 
          • What do you think the artist wanted to communicate? 
          • What’s the main idea? 
          • What would be a good title for this work and why? 
          • Guide students to support their responses with evidence. 
          • What do you see that makes you say that? 
          • Encourage students to ask questions of their own. 
          • What would you like to know about the artwork? What would you like to ask the artist?
    • In terms of collaboration, reflect on the specific roles you assign when planning for group work...  does each student have a particular task?  Is their collaborative part essential for the successful outcome of the project or the work?  Think about the accountability to the learning community, the knowledge and to rigorous thinking...  Consider this Accountable Talk Framework when planning these collaborative tasks:
    Students should be able to be accountable to the group (top tier), then to the knowledge, and finally to rigorous thinking as we plan these challenging collaborative tasks.

    And a Little Shout Out..

    To Mary Zema, who shared with me the most precious video (I am sharing a picture here) of her students at HLCS performing the notes projected on the board with the appropriate Boomwhacker.  Yes, these students are reading music, and playing a percussion instrument!  Kudos to you, Mary, for holding the bar high for all students, and planning musical lessons that engage and push our kids to do more than they ever thought they could... Mucho love heading your way from your team!

    And to Jayson Newell, who shared with me the video of his students working with technology and the Compose Yourself tech/music game..  These kids were playing their compositions they created with such excitement!  It's that kind of magic love for music we all love to see in our classrooms...  Thanks Jayson, for teaching Doran Scholars to LOVE MUSIC.

    Planning Ahead:
    • You have a release time day on the last day of school before break!  See your school's dismissal time on the website!
    • You have a full day PD day on Friday, February 2nd.  I will be planning a 90 min PD for art and music from 10:30 to Noon.  The memo with the agenda will be sent to all teachers and principals on Monday.
      • Groups will be Art K-12, and Music K-8, 9-12 and Itinerant Music.  Art will have a demo on the use of a few new media with the help of Carolyn Jane from Dick Blick, and Music will have specific grade leveled groupings with specific tasks...  K-8- Lesson structures for engagement in the older grades (4-8), 9-12 and Itinerants- Sight reading, close reading in music and program work for All City.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Arts Fam!