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Re: A+ schools (long)


From: Judi Carter (judihc2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Apr 11 2002 - 14:52:42 PDT

RE: A+ schools (long)And I would like to come with Becky if you arrange a time to meet.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Rebecca Stone-Danahy
  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2002 1:15 PM
  Subject: RE: A+ schools (long)

  Hey Linda,
  I would be interested to learn more about your school (do you teach there?). Maybe I could come and visit? I had no idea that you or this school was so close to me!

  Becky in Lewisville

  -----Original Message-----
  From: Fields, Linda []
  Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2002 11:34 AM
  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Subject: A+ schools (long)

  In the past, several people have asked for information on A+ schools (those
  with arts driven curricula. Yesterday I received a newsletter from our
  school district about our magnet schools, one of which is an A+ school. My
  former art supervisor (really a music person) is the principal. Here is what
  it says about the school:
          "Parkview is a magnet school that seeks out, nurtures, and
  celebrates the best and brightest in every child and combines daily arts
  instruction with academic subjects. There are only 35 A+ Cultural Arts
  schools in North Carolina-and the only one in Guilford County is Parkview.
          North Carolina's A+ Cultural Arts program is built on the priniciple
  that every child learns better if the whole being is engaged-mind, body, and
  spirit. That means developing lessons that stimulate and challenge all seven
  intelligences-Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic,
  Musical, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal-which we all have in some degree.
  The A+ program also believes the best way to engage the whole child is by
  teaching arts every day, along with the schools' core curriculum of reading,
  writing, math, science, and social studies.
          The daily arts instruction, makes Parkview an exciting place to
  learn and provides teachers multiple opportunities to recognize the special
  skills and learning styles of every student.
          All Parkview students get special instruction every week from four
  full-time teachers certified in Visual Arts, Music, Drama, and Dance. These
  special teachers plan and coordinate activities with all classroom teachers,
  kindergarten through fifth grade.
          Parkview teachers have been carefully selected and have received
  additional education in (1) developing lesson plans to involve the whole
  child, and (2) integrating arts into daily learning experiences and academic

          The article goes on to talk about special afterschool activities and
  arts opportunities, and concludes by saying,

          "Parkview prepares students for a continuing interest and
  participation in the arts as thry move through school and into their adult
  lives. An ongoing study by Guilford County Schools shows that students who
  participate in performing arts and athletics at the high school level have
  better grades, lower dropout rates, better attendance and fewer discipline

          Website is www.gcsmagnet

  Hope this is helpful to some of you. Linda in NC