Elementary Music Education Sees Huge Gains at Parkrose
The passage of the Arts Education & Access Fund will change that.
As soon as the City of Portland has resolved the two legal challenges facing the Arts Education & Access Fund, Parkrose can expect funding for more than 3 additional full time elementary music teachers – allowing the district to assign one teacher for every Parkrose elementary school.
In the meantime, thanks to Mayor Hales’ offer to fund school districts at half-levels while sharing the law suit risk, Parkrose will be adding 1.5 full time elementary music teachers in the Fall, more than doubling the size of its current elementary music program.
There are not many high school choirs that can say they have performed for the President of the United States. But the Parkrose Debonairs can make this claim. And with the restoration of year-long music education at every Parkrose elementary school, the District may soon be ready for an encore performance.
Parkrose’s Haiku Awake Showcases the Power of Arts-Integrated Learning
While the Parkrose School District cannot currently afford to staff visual arts, dance and drama instruction in their elementary schools, they have forged some powerful partnerships with community-based organizations that bring the arts to life for Parkrose students during and after school. Haiku Awake is an excellent example.
Haiku Awake gives elementary students in the Parkrose School District the opportunity to see the Portland Japanese Garden in fall and spring, and explore the Japanese culture using their 5 senses.
Classes were presented with information on Japanese culture: Living in Harmony with Nature and Awakening the Senses, provided by the Japanese Garden Curriculum Consultant, Joan Kivitka.
Each student was tasked with taking photographs of their time in the Gardens and then asked to use those pictures as the basis for their own Haiku poetry. Both the photographs and poems are beautiful and unique reflections of their learning experiences and will eventually be published in a book.
Last November, Portland voters overwhelmingly supported the establishment of the Arts Education & Access Fund to restore arts teachers to every Portland elementary school and increase access to the arts citywide. Please join us in advocating that Portland City Council act quickly and thoughtfully to shore up and secure Portland’s new Arts Tax. We want to ensure that it is successfully and efficiently collected and distributed to the classrooms and communities that it was designed to reach. Nissen operation http://www.shellbellecouture.com/info/taking-20-mg-of-xanax.php taking 20 mg of xanax neurotoxic E-mail Portland City Council today and share your perspective on the importance of honoring the will of the voters and investing our tax dollars in arts education and access: