ABS Thursday Notes- June 27, 2019

Thursday Notes                            Published for the Arts Based School Community                           June 27, 2019 www.artsbasedschool.com     Congratulations to ABS! Congratulations to our school and our teachers for our awesomeness!  ABS is ranked #1 in Forsyth County for both middle school and elementary schools both overall and for teachers! Although I completely agree, I do not know anything about this website or their criteria… Check out this link to find out more or just bask in the glory! Scroll down to the bottom of linked page to see rankings for Forsyth County. https://www.niche.com/k12/the-arts-based-school-winston-salem-nc/rankings/   Staffing Updates I am excited to announce several staffing updates.  It’s an exciting time of the year as we look for the next great teachers to join the ABS team.  We get to meet many wonderful educators during the process that are excited about the way we teach children.  Here’s the casting list so far for 2019-20…   Kindergarten: Trish Goldberg, New Hire, Ashley Rudd First Grade: Kathie Fansler, Nicole Howard, Sherell McArthur Second Grade: Jess Broughton, Nicole Londono, Missy Warren Third Grade: Anne Campbell, Becca Lard , Ashley Setser Fourth Grade: Alex DeJarnette, Kelly Robertson, Renee Meeks Fifth Grade: Leni Fragakis, Laura Lynne Frazier, Becky Koza Sixth Grade: Alysha Christian, Courtney Hedgecock, Katie Hugus Seventh/Eighth Grades: Rob Rambach, Lisa Hendrix, Jennifer Lewis, Lenora McNamara, LeeAnn Farrell The Arts: Jan Adams, , Mary Boudreault, Brian Schmoyer, Heidi McIver, Elizabeth Gledhill, Jordan Brown, Amber Engel Spanish: Hope San Filippo PE: Brianna Pierce   Hellos and Goodbyes… Tiffany Parris and Christi Barnes are leaving ABS.  We will certainly miss all our friends leaving and wish them well on their journeys.   Welcome to our new friends joining the party… Brian Schmoyer will be teaching K-4 art.  Brian has worked as an arts educator for the last fourteen years both at public schools and Sawtooth School, most recently at Cash Elementary.  He is a creative digital artist with experience in animation and graphic design.   Amber Engel will be joining ABS as the middle school music teacher.  She has a bachelor’s degree and is licensed in K-12 music.  She’s the perfect match with a background in teaching band and musical theater.  She will be teaching grades 5-8 music.  Mary Boudreault will be teaching K-4 music.   As we rebuild the second grade team, we’re excited to announce the dynamic duo of Missy Warren and Nicole Londono will be moving up from kindergarten to second grade.   That leaves an opening in kindergarten and some assistant positions.  If you know of a great teacher who would be a match for our school, please send them our way.   Art...

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ABS Thursday Notes- June 20, 2019

Thursday Notes                            Published for the Arts Based School Community                                           June 20, 2019 www.artsbasedschool.com       ABS Summer Camps! If you missed the May 31 deadline to register for summer camp, here’s your chance to enroll your child! We have a few open spots remaining in the camps below. You can register here.     Week 2 (June 24-28) Unicorn Camp (rising Kinder – 5th grade) Get Your STEM On! (rising Kinder – 5th grade)   Week 3 (July 8-12) All Aboard the RMS Titanic (rising 4th-8th grade)   Week 4 (July 22-26) Crime Scene Investigation (rising 3rd-6th grade)     Field Day 2018 The rain held off and the clouds kept it cool.  It was a great day for playing outside.  The air horns blew and the day began.  They spit watermelon seeds, got dizzy, had their pictures taken, ran relays, danced, completed an obstacle course, and even got wet!  We had a fantastic Field Day!  We’d like to thank April Greenwood, Melissa Rareshide, and Amanda Davis  for putting together a wonderful field day!   Thanks to the parents who ran activities, provided supplies, helped set up and clean up, we couldn’t have done it without you!  It’s so great to be a part of such a wonderful community.   Back to School Night-Save the Date! ABS Back to School Night is scheduled for Monday, August 19, 5-8pm.  To ease parking, we will have staggered sessions. More details soon…   Who’s My Teacher? Classroom teachers met with the grade level team before school was out to create the class rosters for next year.  They use all that they know about your child’s academic, social, emotional, and behavioral qualities to determine which classroom is the best match.  Class placement will be sent to parents in late July.   Parent Workday in the Garden Help! We need all hands reporting to rescue our gardens from the weeds!  Please meet Principal Hollis on Saturday morning, June 22, 9-11am at ABS to trim, weed, and beautify the grounds.     New Parent Orientation Save the Date- Wednesday, Aug 7 at 10am for the New K-4 Parent Orientation at ABS.  This program is designed specifically for new families in grades K-4th at ABS to support your transition into ABS and to answer your questions.  Please mark your calendars and join us!   Middle School Orientation Save the Date-Wednesday, Aug 7 at 6pm for Middle School Orientation.  For new parents (grade 5-8) and also for parents new to middle school.  This program is designed to answer questions about how our middle school program works (grades 5-8) and what...

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ABS Thursday Notes- June 6, 2019

Thursday Notes                            Published for the Arts Based School Community                                 June 6, 2019 www.artsbasedschool.com     How We Do It and Why By Mary Siebert   Try to Say it in One Breath… Back to School Night, Friday Sing, 5th Dancing Classrooms, 1st Wells Fargo sky-high Visit, 4th Diana Greene writing, 4th “My Inside-Outside Self” with John Ray bass and Diana Greene, K Dixie Classic Fair, 6th Math & Science dances with Thao Nguyen, 2nd African dance with Miss Dawanna, , Georgia Reynolda House Dorthea Lange exhibits,  Dave Pilkey and Bookmarks at the Dash Stadium, 7th Renaissance Festival, “Take the Lead” dancers at the Convention Center with Ms. Hollis, Kinder & 1st Farmer’s Market, African Drumming with Mr. Bill, 3rd Natural Science Center, Drama games with Mr. Bob and Ms. Heidi, 1st Triad Farmers Market, 8th “La Boheme” opera, 2nd “African Tales”, 1st Old Salem, 1st Caves of Lascaux, Book Fair, 3rd Millis Health Center, 4th “Legend of 2-Path” film at UNCSA,  Jazz Dads morning performances, 8thAlamance Battlefield, WFU Museum of Anthropology visits, Storytelling and combat training with Heidi McIver, 4th Old Salem, Snow storm, hurricane, 6th walks to Bailey Park concerts, Guided Math, 8th Visit to water treatment plant, Kaleidium visits, Movie Day, 5-8 January Jam, 6th NC Zoo, 4th Landform Documentaries, K – 2 SciWorks, 1st Woodwind Quintet, 5th “West Side Story” at a/perture cinema, 4thGuilford Battlefield, 4th UNCSA Nutcracker, 3rd “Renaissance Spectacles”, Spelling Bee, Science Fair, K-Kids Skate parties, 2nd Audiologist visit, UNCSA “PLUCK” dancers visit Kinder, 8th journalist Mr. Scott from the WS Journal visit, 2nd Home Moravian pipe organ, 3rd Grade WS Symphony visit, Reynolda Gardens and Stream Ecology visits, 8th Triad Stage “A Christmas Carol,” 5th Cowboys with Ms. Siebert, 3rd Old Salem, Kinder “Peter and the Wolf” with UNCSA PLUCK, Mad Science, 8th “Text + Context” photo project with Diana Greene, 4th Emerald Hollow Mine, 6th Olio Glassworks, 8th Pulitzer Center visits; 5th “Romeo & Juliet on the Border”, Open-Air all-school Friday Sing, 3rd Police, Courthouse and Fire Station visits, K-2 Piedmont/Fletcher Opera “Hansel and Gretel”, SciWorks visits, 8th Civil Rights Museum, Middle School Kre8ivU Music Technology, High School info night, Kinder puppet visits with Mr. Bob, Visits to Tanglewood, 2nd Minglewood, 8th Latta Plantation, Parent-Child Retreat with Mr. Ertl, Art Club, Crazy Running, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, beginning strings, ABS Choir, 4th “Like a Family”, with Reel Shady Band, 8thCarowinds, 7th Creek Crawl, K Mrs. Hanes Cookie Factory, 4th trip to Raleigh, Builder’s Club and K-Kids, Blues demos from Matt Kendrick and Diana Tuffin, 7th opera “Brundibar” with professional orchestra, 6thOvation Sound studio recording with Bill Stevens, 8th dance class with Thao, 4th Revolutionary War speaker, Community Creates Fundraiser, Woolsey Farm, 4th Pilot Mountain, 7th Proximity Hotel Sustainability visit, 7th Walk to Bio Tech, Spirit weeks and pajama days, 6th short films with Tyler Hickman at a/perture cinema, 7th River Run Film screening “Memory Games” at SECCA,  2nd Haiku with Mr....

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ABS Thursday Notes- May 30, 2019

Thursday Notes                            Published for the Arts Based School Community                        May 30, 2019 www.artsbasedschool.com     How We Do It and Why By Mary Siebert   “One thing I’ve learned is that I’m not the owner of my talent; I’m the manager of it.” – Madonna   Watching a class of twenty 4th graders demonstrate their freshly learned violin skills for parents last week, the uniformly good sound quality was striking. The typical squeaks and squawks associated with beginning strings were strangely absent. Students sat in the theater, well-spaced to allow freedom for the bow arm, each of them demonstrating excellent posture, a firm, straight left wrist, an elegantly lifted right elbow. Ms. Allen led them through a step-by-step demonstration, allowing volunteers to play solos and coaching them fluidly and effectively when something needed correction. She emphasized to parents that beautiful tone is the result of attention to skill, not raw talent. They all had the ability to learn these basics. It was a great example of the discipline required of an artist, right from the start.   Something mysteriously similar happened in band informances, where 5th graders had been playing for only a year, only twice weekly for 45 minutes, with multiple interruptions for Romeo & Juliet rehearsals. One of the bands had missed many Monday rehearsals due to snow and hurricanes and holidays. In spite of these limitations, the enthusiasm and skills demonstrated on a variety of instruments were remarkable, and so again was the disciplined approach.   The common mystery factor is, of course, great teaching. Ms. Allen and Ms. Boudreault were both able to lay solid groundwork in limited time. In their new positions, they valiantly and successfully introduced our new projects and also sustained a mix of experiments and traditions: general music, Friday Sing, piano lab, basic note reading, music tech, musicals, operas, conducting, music for dance productions, after school band and strings, recorder, trips to local performances, African Drumming, integration …it is a very broad, dynamic program, and they aced it. For more about next year’s music and performance opportunities, read on.   Music Ensembles and Art Clubs Next Year Our after-school music and art clubs will again be offered next year, for 6th – 8th graders. Watch for a sign-up form in email later in the summer.   Band for Rising 5th Graders All 5th graders at ABS are required to take band. Next year we will be trying a unique approach to beginning band, so please do not buy or rent an instrument for your student yet! Instrument rental information and more details about this program will be sent home next week.   Performance...

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ABS Thursday Notes- May 23, 2019

Thursday Notes                            Published for the Arts Based School Community                                May 23, 2019 www.artsbasedschool.com     ABS Summer Camps! ABS is excited to offer Summer Camps this June and July! Join ABS staff on adventures that explore science, arts, movement, magic, and more! All summer camps will run from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday. Campers should bring a lunch to camp each day. Camps will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Payment is due at the time of registration.   Camp registration is currently open to ABS students only.  Registration deadline is May 31. See more information and registration at ABS Summer Camps   Farewell It’s always hard to say good bye.   We have some staff changes to announce.  Although change is part of life it’s always challenging to imagine our school without these special people.  We thank each of them for their service and commitment to ABS in helping us develop in to the school that we are. Miss Lauren Quintal will be taking a break from teaching next year in search of new adventures! Mrs.  Sarah Scott will be staying home next year with new baby and big sister James. Tired of his long commute from Salisbury, Mr. Sharkey will be leaving ABS at the end of the school year.   Welcome Mrs. Katie Hugus will be joining the ABS faculty as a sixth grade teacher, teaming with Alysha and Courtney.   Ms. Hugus is relocating to Winston-Salem from Raleigh.    She has a bachelor’s degree with a K-6 license.  She has been teaching for 3 years at Franklin Academy, a charter school in Wake Forest, NC.   Mrs. (Setser) Tate will be moving up from second grade to teach third grade with Mrs. Campbell and Ms. Lard.   Mrs. Ashley DeStasio will be joining the EC team.  Mrs. DeStasio has taught both middle school and elementary school EC students most recently in Lexington.  She has  been teaching for more than ten years with a bachelor’s degree and license in Exceptional Children.   We will continue interviewing for PE position and a second grade teacher.   Graduation Ceremony  The 8th grade graduation ceremony takes place Thursday, June 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the ABS Ewing Theater. (1380 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.) The exercises will last about 45 minutes. Students should dress up, (avoid jeans, sneakers, T-shirts) and arrive by 5:45. On Friday, students will do the traditional walk-through procession of both buildings, to be cheered and greeted by all K–7 students, before Field Day fun begins.   Fourth Graders “Fly-up”! Fourth grade students will get a chance to visit the 7th Street building with their teacher and Assistant Principal Raper the...

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ABS Thursday Notes- May 16, 2019

Thursday Notes                            Published for the Arts Based School Community                                            May 16, 2019 www.artsbasedschool.com     How We Do It and Why By Mary Siebert   “I’m scared. Wait! It’s super cool! I got this!” – Reluctant ABS 8th grader during music tech class.   This week, all ABS students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades have been visited by teachers from KRE8ivU, a Lexington-based company that introduces young people to music production. The founder of KRE8ivU is Douglas Green, an optimistic, super-dynamic man with years of experience in music and music production, having worked alongside some of the greats in the American popular scene. KRE8ivU offers after-school and summer school courses, and Mr. Green reports dynamic leaps in interest and skills, when his students are introduced to software designed to mimic the professional recording studio. He is excited to offer classes during the regular school day, because he knows this program ignites interest among students of every skill set. In our classes, we are seeing the kind of enthusiasm he predicted, with students rapidly dipping into the process of music production at varied levels of expertise and skill.   Studies indicate that students nationwide overall have been losing interest in music classes, due to cultural changes, lack of access to instruction or instruments, and lack of parental resources or commitment.Music has been a required subject in the U.S. since the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act passed in 2015. But where music classes are available in public schools, they rarely include all students past elementary years. Instead, the arts typically become electives beginning at middle school.   At ABS, we have experimented with required band and/or chorus through the 8th grade, but the wide disparity of skills and interest prevented us from meeting the “creative” goals required by the state, such as composing, improvising, arranging and producing original pieces. This year’s required band at 5th grade, intro to violin at 4th grade, and after-school offerings have been enthusiastically received by parents and students, but we continue to consider how best to present music instruction in required upper-grade classes.   High school music teachers in the U.S. are reporting renewed energy and interest from students when elements of contemporary popular music are introduced, such as electronic composition and recording skills. The popular music industry requires advanced technology during creating, recording, and live performance, so it makes sense to incorporate these skills into music classes. We wanted to give it a try.   There are daunting challenges: expensive hardware and software, instructor’s familiarity with these materials, and unique procedures for including all students. Music teachers are not...

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