A Message from the Director
November 30, 2015
Dear Parents and Students of Valley Academy,
As we enter the holiday season there is much excitement for the unique way in which the arts are being taught at our school! Dance, musical theatre, music and the visual arts are being integrated with what is being taught in the regular classrooms to enhance and deepen student learning.
Arts integration goes beyond including art projects in class; it is a teaching strategy that seamlessly merges arts standards with core curricula to build connections and provide engaging context.
Arts integration uses teaching practices that have been shown in brain-based research to improve comprehension and long-term retention. Integrating the arts into the curricula helps students embrace their learning and retain their knowledge.
Beyond engagement and retention there are numerous other benefits of arts integration: It encourages healthy risk taking, helps kids recognize new skills in themselves and others, provides a way to differentiate instruction, builds collaboration among students and teachers, bridges differences and draws in parents and the community. Plus, it’s just plain fun!
Creating a richer, more memorable learning experience through the arts not only unleashes a rising tide of academic achievement but it lays the foundation for what it means to be a truly creative community.
I encourage you to come and visit and see what’s happening in our arts classrooms. We are the only school in all of Washington County integrating the arts on a full time, consistent basis. The energy and quality of arts instruction is exciting!
In keeping with our mission statement we are providing a superior, character building academic program enhanced by integrated training in the fine and performing arts.
Lori Wrankle, Visual Art Specialist K-8