The Arts in Andover Public Schools Issue 29 / April & May 2019

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1 The Arts in Andover Public Schools Issue 29 / April & May 2019 Foundation Studio art examples from Diana Zawil s class: (Upper Left) Sravya Sathi, grade 9. (Upper Right) Jillian Manchester, grade 9. (Bottom left) Ethan Shahbazian, grade 9. (Bottom Right) Own Chen, grade 9. **Table of Contents ** Page 1-2: Wit, Grit and Good Work Page 3: Salem Maritime Exhibit & National Scholastic Art Awards Page 4: Concert Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band Page 5: Partnership PD between Newton, Andover & the Addison Gallery of American Art Page 6: Sanborn Insects, High Plain Art & New Marching Band Uniforms Page 7:Heading to Carnegie Hall & South School Music Class Page 8: Calendar of Events Arts Faculty Emily Babbist, Art Katie Bickford, Music Jenn Bobzin, Choral & Music Jeff Buckridge, Music Evelyn Casey, Music Janice Chapin, Art Susan Choquette, Drama Teresa Consentino, Art Beth Delforge, Coordinator Jessica Daviso, Art Chris Desjardins, Chorus & Music Julie Diehl, Orchestra Charlotte Dunn, Art Leigh Elliott, Orchestra Erica Frisk, Photography Catherine Hofius, Band & Orchestra Martha Giguere, Music Teresa Kaufman, Art Bette Jean Krieger, Art Shannon Laitala, Art Emily Lapointe, Music Meghan Michaud, Art Gina Murray, Music Linda O Donnell, Music Ronnie Pennick, Art Lori Pratt, Music Jordan Ricciardi, Art Hannah Robins, Art Elise Roddy, Art Jessica Scarfo, Art Julie Selvitella, Art Zee Soffron, Art Diane Waddell, Music Joe Wright, Band Diana Zawil, Art Wit, Grit and Good Work by Beth Delforge Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Howard Gardner speak at the National Art Education Association Convention in Boston, MA. As is known by many, he is a well-known scholar, prolific writer, and someone invested in arts in education among other research areas. He has been a professor at Harvard University and a senior director at Harvard Project Zero for many years. He is someone I admire and enjoy listening to because of his scholarly thinking and his interest in arts and education. During this lecture, the subject matter, his sense of humor, and his comfort in sharing his thinking with such a large audience of arts educators from around the world in the Hynes Conference Hall was captivating. He spoke about how wit and grit are areas that need our attention today for success in learning and in life. He made a point of connecting these skills with good work. When wit and grit interface with good work, their purpose heightens.

2 Gardner made me curious. What makes for good work? How does he define good work? He has been involved in a research project for nearly twenty years called The Good Project that promotes students to become good workers and good citizens who contribute to the well-being of society. Gardner s references to The Good Project made me think about the One Community, One Nation (OCON) work Adrianne Bock, K-12 Social Studies Coordinator and I have been involved in this past year. OCON is a K-5 integrated curricular (social studies, literacy, and arts) framework focused on exploring concepts of community, civics, and culture. It is an instructional approach focused on thinking-centered classrooms, performative understandings, and collaborative inquiry, which prioritizes conceptual understanding over information acquisition. Central to the work is the development of civic dispositions (i.e. promotion of the common good, open-mindedness, critical mindedness, compassion ) in students, and the integrated curriculum is in the service of cultivating these dispositions. Almost half of our elementary K-5 teachers and specialist teachers (including art, music, digital coaches, librarians, ELL) have participated this year in the OCON professional development institutes and subsequent curriculum design days. Gardner spoke about two educational claims he believes are important for schools today. The first claim is that we should individualize teaching, learning, and assessing as much as possible. Not only does this claim make me think of how social emotional learning merges into engaging learning, it extenuates how personalization validates each of our students and honors the knowledge they bring into the classroom. Our students are not empty vessels. Our lived experiences, no matter how young or old we are, impact how we enter into learning experiences. From this place of self, students often feel validated and seen as a contributing member, which further prepares and engages them to want to learn new knowledge, beyond what they brought into the classroom. If a student does not feel seen intellectually, then new knowledge loses its purpose. Subsequently, when students feel like a contributing member from the start, they are less likely to question, why should we learn this? OCON has supported teachers to create units that engage students in inquiry-based and creative problem solving. Because of this, Gardner may see a parallel to the individualized teaching, learning, and assessing when considering Andover s interdisciplinary social studies, literacy, and arts curricular and instructional practices. The other claim Gardner spoke about was the importance of pluralizing learning by presenting important ideas in several ways. This may help students understand concepts better by seeing a variety of ways of knowing. It might help students make stronger connections which may lead to deeper understanding and can encourage an open-minded view when experiencing multiple approaches. Again, Gardner s ideas made me see connections to how OCON s instructional practices create multiple opportunities when learning about social studies concepts. OCON s instructional practices include kinesthetic learning, The Performance Cycle which highlights multiple entries into literacy and the arts, hands-on art making, the use of thinking routines and other reflective practices, and community building and analysis while putting into practice civic dispositions. In combination, these practices add to the learning environment to students actively engaged in their learning with a direct aspiration to become good citizens who contribute to the well-being of society. It was inspiring and validating to hear Dr. Gardner speak about good practices in education today and consider connections to our current work in Andover Public Schools.

3 Salem Maritime Exhibition & National Scholastic Art Award The following students in Meghan Michaud s fall Drawing course are exhibiting work in the Salem Maritime National Historical Site Youth Art Exhibition. Congratulations to all! Tim Ahn, Danny Beetham, Liliana Bishop, Peter Faulkner, Haley Ferguson, Kayla Gaudette, Sara Green, Bryce Herald, Janisah Landry, Andrew Layman, Nate Manchester, John Marshall, Aanya Parmar, Grace Pomeroy, Sophie Powell, Madison Redler, Jaidiliz Salazae, Madison Serapiglia, Aaliyah Wyman, Jenny Yu, Alexandra Altman, Dan Berberian, Gabriella Castro-Rovira, Sreeja Chaparala, Jayronn Chevalier, Jordan Clements, Romano Duncan, Maude Focke, Henry Grebe, Hannah Guenard, Kathleen Hartnett, Sally Hodges, Austin Hollan, Mark Huynh, John Kaidbey, Grace Lyons, Emily Nason, Amina Nefic, Allison Regnante, Matthew Ros, Nika Sokolova, Sabina Treacy. (Right) Senior at Andover High School, Audrey Gallacher, and art teacher, Jessica Daviso, are standing in front of the new mural at APS. Recently, Audrey was informed that she won two National Gold Medals and one National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She will head to Carnegie Hall in NYC to show her work at the national exhibition and attend the ceremony. CONGRATULATIONS for achieving such an esteemed award. 3

4 Concert Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Bands A number of great concerts have happened in the schools over the last few weeks. Each year, hundreds of students participate in the All Band Night including students from grades 4-12 and the All Orchestra Concert including students from grades This week, the Jazz Concert will include all four Jazz Bands including students from all three middle schools and the high school. Such concerts represent a wonderful developmental opportunity to hear our youngest students experience the impressive Collins Center stage, often sharing their first formal concert with peers from across town. As an audience member, we also hear how musical pieces incrementally become more complicated as we listen to middle and high school groups. A new component in the All Bands Night was a partnership created by the high school band and band teacher, Catherine Hofius. High School students organized an eighth grade clinic including a full rehearsal between the older and younger ensembles as well as sectionals. Additionally, the clinic included the expectation to perform together at the All Bands Night. High School students wanted the experience to be a welcoming into the high school. The partnership was a huge success and their performance sounded terrific. Fabulous concerts have demonstrated impressive growth and collaboration over the school year. Thank you to the instrumental teachers for their commitment to Andover Public Schools music programs and to all our hard working students: Band Teachers: Joe Wright & Catherine Hofius Orchestra Teachers: Julie Diehl & Leigh Elliott Jazz Teachers: Jeff Buckridge, Catherine Hofius, Brad Livingston & Joe Wright 4

5 Partnership PD between Newton Public Schools, Andover Public Schools & the Addison Gallery of American Art Andover art teachers from elementary and middle schools participated in a one-day professional development day held at the Addison Gallery of American Art on April 2, The day was a collaboration between Richard King, Newton Public Schools Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator K-8, Christine Jee, Education Associate for School & Community Collaborations at the Addison Gallery, and Beth Delforge, Arts Coordinator for Andover Public Schools. The day included combining Newton and Andover faculties learning together. The focus of the day included modeling a meaningful museum and school partnership. It demonstrated the importance of building community with the group (applicable to student learning in the classroom) by utilizing a variety of activities. Similarly, thinking routines were highlighted as a way of viewing, thinking, and learning within two exhibits at the museum (In & Out of Place and the Harlem Sisu exhibits). It was from our viewing of the two exhibits that we surfaced personal poems around Where I Am From by finding inspiration and possible themes relating ourselves with individual pieces from the art exhibits. We took these personal poems, to create collages (see images on this page). The stories behind the collages are very thought provoking. Incorporating art making into the day was another important goal within the professional day. At the end of the day, we reflected on the experience. One teacher wrote, It was instructive to spend the day in a student role. It helped me to think about how I am pacing and sequencing my own activities around making, viewing, reflecting in the classroom. Another teacher s response stated, This was great! Loved the ability to look, reflect and make art while using strategies that can be implemented into the classroom. Everyone seemed very pleased to have the opportunity to meet other professionals in their field from another school district. 5

6 Sanborn 3 rd Grade Insects Teresa Kaufman, art teacher at Sanborn School worked with third grade students to create 3D insects using recycled apple crates from Market Basket. They studied Insects: What is the problem? There is a global insect decline because of intensive farming, pesticides and climate change. Students answered: How I can help. I can bring awareness of this problem through my art! I can help the earth by producing less trash. I can recycling and repurpose materials. e Deborah Meier describes in the foreward of Visible Learners: It is rare these days to find a book that actually describes a classroom in which a teacher and students engage in learning together. As David Hawkins once put it --- learning is a triangle with teacher and student at two corners and their common subject of study at the third. We adults join our students in uncovering puzzles of the mind, built around dilemmas presented by the world around us. Visible Learners by Mara Krechevsky, Ben Mardell, Melissa Rivard, Daniel Wilson Catherine Hofius is excited to show off the new Marching Band uniforms, ready for next school year. Don t they look super sharp! High Plain 2nd graders created circus parades after reading two books with art teacher, Bette Jean Krieger: The Great Circus Parade by Evelyn Malone Curro (a wordless book) and Sophie s Animal Parade by Amy Dixon. 6

7 Heading to Carnegie Hall Three Andover High School students, James Chen, Jessica Liao, and Joohwan Song, decided to enter a competition over the winter months called Musicfest s Rising Talent Festival. They could either attend the physical audition in New Jersey or submit their audition by video. They decided to submit their audition by video. The expectation was to submit a single chamber piece that was under eight minutes in length. The piece that they submitted was Beethoven's Trio No.4 in B flat major, Op.11 1st Mvmt. Allegro con Brio. Within the trio, James plays cello, Joohwan plays clarinet and Jessica play piano. All three students take part in the instrumental programs at the high school. James is in Orchestra, Jessica is in the Color Guard of Marching Band, and Joohwan is in Concert Band. Their efforts were highly recognized as they won the Grand Prix in the festival. James, Jessica, and Joohwan are now headed to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York over April break. Their concert will take place on April 15, What a life experience to play in Carnegie Hall. Congratulations to James, Jessica, and Joohwan for their initiative and high quality work. We look forward to hearing about the experience at Carnegie Hall. Music Learning at South School Fifth grade students have been involved in music making with music teacher, Linda O Donnell. One can see patterns of fruit representing notes on the white board. Students are broken into three groups as they compare and contrast each line of music. Now they have chosen different instruments to demonstrate their understanding of the lines of music. They have worked their way up to performing by applying different activities before transferring work to percussion instruments. Mrs. O Donnell is excited about this lesson because it reflects a number of goals including student analysis. Students are asked to work in groups of 7 or 8, they created a melody, they chose tone colors, they understand instrument patterns and they decided on which instruments to play as an ensemble. Ms. O Donnell lights up when she says, Students are using 21 st critical thinking. This work is the combination of six years creating music in class. It is noticeable that students have built the habit over the years of how critical thinking works alongside performance. Bell School Third Grade Chorus singing at their weekly rehearsal with music teacher, Ms. Bickford. Fourth Grade students create name designs with art teacher, Theresa Dennehy at South School 7

8 The Arts in Andover Public Schools Issue 29 / April & May 2019 Upcoming Performances & Exhibitions April 1-30 Andover High School Central Office Art Exhibit April 2 All Strings Concert, Collins Center, 7:00p April 5 Doherty Musical, High School Musical Jr. April 6 Doherty Musical, High School Musical Jr. April 7 Doherty Musical, High School Musical Jr. April 10 Jazz Band Concert, Collins Center 7:00p May 1-31 Doherty Central Office Art Exhibit May 3 WMS Musical, The Addams Family May 4 WMS Musical, The Addams Family May 5 WMS Musical, The Addams Family May 7 AHS Music Honors Recital, 7:00p May 9 AHS Spring Theatre, Romeo & Juliet, Collins Center, 7:30p May 10 AHS Spring Theatre, Romeo & Juliet, Collins Center, 7:30p May 11 AHS Spring Theatre, Romeo & Juliet, Collins Center, 7:30p May 13 Alumni Cabaret, 7:00p May 15 AHS Spring Concert, Collins Center, 7:00p May 21 After-School Orchestra Spring Concert, WMS, 7:00p May 22 South School Spring Concert, 9:30a & 7:00p May 23 Doherty School Spring Concert, 1:00p & 7:00p May 28 Bancroft School Spring Band & Strings Concert, 9:45a & 7:00p May 28 West Elementary School Choral Concert, 9:30a & 7:00p May 29 Bancroft School Spring Choral Concert, 9:00a & 7:00p May 29 West Elementary School Spring Band & Strings Concert, 9:00a & 7:00p May 30 Sanborn School Spring Concert, 9:30a & 7:00p High Plain School, Kindergarten artwork: Dr. Seuss What Pet Should I Get? In honor of the famous author/illustrator s birthday on March 2. Students made a personal connection to one of his books. Will your pet be a real pet, a wild pet, or imaginary? Will it fly, swim, have horns, a tail, be big or small? What kind of pet would you get? (Left) I chose a dog-cat-dragon-unicorn. (Center) I chose a flying unicorn. (Right) I chose a sea dragon. 8

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