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Out & About with Cassie Burton – Wildcat Alumni Magazine

Cassie Burton, the BTSALP Drama Specialist at Wasatch and Polk Elementary Schools, was featured in the Fall 2016 edition of Wildcat, WSU’s Alumni Magazine! We are so excited that she was chosen to be featured for her work and for the impact that she has on her students! Congratulations, Cassie! We also visited her as her first and second grade students prepared for their Halloween performances. The first graders performed a play about goblins and monsters helping witches make a stew. They also had a choreographed dance to the “Monster Mash.” The second graders performed Sleepy Hollow, written by Ms. Burton.

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The second graders performed Sleepy Hollow, written by Ms. Burton.

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The first graders performed a play about goblins and monsters helping witches make a stew. They also had a choreographed dance to the “Monster Mash.”

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Out & About with Alisa Webb – North Ogden Elementary

This week we visited Alisa Webb, the BTSALP visual arts specialist at North Ogden and Hooper Elementary Schools. Alisa was at North Ogden this week and we got to see her present a lesson with kindergarten students, as they explored patterns and their initials. She had them write their initials in pencil, cover it with tape, and then paint over the tape (they were supposed to paint in a pattern). In a future lesson, the students (or Alisa) will remove the tape to reveal their initials. It was great seeing Ms. Webb in action, watching the classroom teacher assist Ms. Webb and the students, and seeing the kindergarteners work and learn!

She also had a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr quote created by found objects – it was really neat!!!

 

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Ms. Webb introducing the lesson.  She broke down the lesson into smaller tasks.

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Letters with curves can be tricky!  This student mastered cutting short pieces to cover the curved letters.

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Students were asked to paint their paper with patterns.  Can you tell what their patterns were?

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Created by the students at North Ogden Elementary with Ms. Alisa Webb (BTSALP visual arts specialist) – Found objects project

 

 

Below, the students were asked to create animal sculptures and will be making habitats that correspond to each animal.

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Lincoln Elementary Choir and Ukulele Ensemble at the Capitol

Lincoln Elementary Choir and Ukulele Ensemble at the Capitol

Davis School District’s Lincoln Elementary Choir and Ukulele Ensemble performed as part of the Centennial Celebration of the Utah State Capitol Building.  The choir and ukulele ensemble were led by Kim Graff, the music specialist at Lincoln Elementary (the ukulele ensemble accompanied the choir too).  There was a great turnout of support!  What a fun opportunity for the students to perform!

Davis School District is affiliated with the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program.  The BTS Arts Learning Program helps to fund three music instructional coaches and one visual arts instructional coach.  These coaches put together monthly professional development opportunities for the music and visual arts specialists in the school district.  The coaches also work with the specialists to help plan lessons, come up with classroom management ideas, and more!

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Out & About with Kristy Tubbs and Professor Colorfritz

Kristy Tubbs, the BTSALP visual art specialist at Syracuse Arts Academy (Antelope Campus), invited us into her classroom today (Sept. 27, 2016). She had a special visitor, Professor Colorfritz, a mad scientist, come in to help teach the 1st grade students about primary and secondary colors by doing color mixing experiments!

 

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After Professor Colorfritz taught her lesson on primary and secondary colors, Mrs. Tubbs talked about shapes and forms.  The students discussed the differences about shapes and forms and drew cylinders/beakers.

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Here are some self portraits the students did earlier in the school year:

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Arts Integration with WSU PREP STEM Summer School

On June 17, 2016 the WSU Arts Learning Collaborative arranged for Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen, Assistant Professor of Biology at Stanford University (our Arts Integration Conference keynote speaker), to present his work with whales and jellyfish to Weber State University’s PREP Year 1 students (a STEM summer academy).  The students then explored sculptures, scale, and other math concepts with Erinne Roundy and created miniature sculptures of large animals and objects.  Check out some of their examples below!

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Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen presenting his research from Stanford University.

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WSU PREP Y1 students watching Dr. Goldbogen’s presentation.

 

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After Dr. Goldbogen’s presentation, Erinne Roundy talked to the students about sculptures and scale.  She had the students create miniature models of large animals and objects.

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Many thanks to Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen, Erinne Roundy, WSU PREP, Tamara Goldbogen, and all of the others behind the scene for making this happen!

 

Wasatch and Valley Elementary 6th Grade Performances

May 26th is the last day of school for students in the Ogden and Weber School Districts! Congratulations to the teachers and students for making it through another year! Here are some highlights from two 6th grade performances from May 24.  Click here to see this post on our Facebook page.

Wasatch Elementary School – Donna Corby, principal
Drama Specialist: Cassie Burton (Ogden School District)
Dig It

“Dig It” was performed by Wasatch Elementary’s 6th grade students before their awards and promotion ceremony. The musical described how people lived in ancient cultures, from building pyramids in Egypt to the building of Rome!

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Valley Elementary School – David Hales, principal
Music Specialist: Daniel White (Weber School District)
6th Grade

Mr. White worked with the 6th grade classes at Valley to put together “A Vacation to Mars,” which touches on parts of the Utah 3rd and 6th grade Science Core. The students helped choreograph the musical, created the sets and props, and set up special lighting!


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Ogden School District: Elementary Festival of Arts

Ogden School District had their Elementary Festival of Arts at Ogden’s Union Station from May 16-20. Elementary students from all over Ogden performed in the lobby and artwork was posted from the elementary schools throughout the district. Here are some photos of the pieces and performances by our BTSALP elementary schools! Click here to see this post on our Facebook page.

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Lincoln Elementary – Ross Lunceford, Principal –  Charla Hedgepeth, BTSALP Visual Arts Specialist –  2nd Grade Watercolor and marker

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Lincoln Elementary – Ross Lunceford, Principal – Charla Hedgepeth, BTSALP Visual Arts Specialist – 3rd Grade Oil pastel and watercolor

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James Madison Elementary – Vincent Ardizzone, Principal – Brent Rhodes, BTSALP Visual Arts Specialist – Teacher’s Portrait 1st Grade Marker and crayons

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James Madison Elementary – Vincent Ardizzone, Principal – Brent Rhodes, BTSALP Visual Arts Specialist – 5th Grade Tempera paint

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Hillcrest Elementary – Jennifer DeCorso, Principal – Charla Hedgepeth, BTSALP Visual Arts Specialist – 2nd Grade Paper and tempera paint

Horace Mann grade 4 oil pastel and glue

Horace Mann Elementary – Jileen Xochimitl, Principal – Brent Rhodes, BTSALP Visual Arts Specialist – 4th grade Oil pastel and glue

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Horace Mann Elementary – Jileen Xochimitl, Principal – Brent Rhodes, BTSALP Visual Arts Specialist – 2nd Grade Collage and print

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Horace Mann Elementary – Jileen Xochimitl, Principal – Brent Rhodes, BTSALP Visual Arts Specialist – 3rd grade Marker and watercolor

Taylor Canyon cat in the hat came back grade 3

Taylor Canyon Elementary – Jeanne Clifton, Principal – Leslie Ireland, BTSALP Drama Specialist – Ms. Bowman’s 3rd grade class and Mrs. Ireland turned the book “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back” into a play!

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Taylor Canyon Elementary – Jeanne Clifton, Principal – Leslie Ireland, BTSALP Drama Specialist – Ms. Malan’s 4th grade class wrote their own play “Because of Darin: The Perfect Play (Not!)” The class created and wrote the scenes, Mrs. Ireland edited it, and the class made the props and found the costumes. The play has been published and can be purchased on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ogden and Weber End of the Year Performances

May is a month of performances! In the past week, we have attended over 7 shows at BTSALP elementary schools in the Ogden and Weber School Districts and there are plenty more shows to see!

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Taylor Canyon Elementary School – Jeanne Clifton, principal
Drama Specialist: Leslie Ireland (Ogden School District)
Mrs. Ireland’s after school drama program performed “Cinderella Hood,” which combines the stories of Cinderella and Robin Hood.

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Ms. Miller’s 6th Grade Class
Ms. Miller’s 6th grade class performed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”


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Lomond View Elementary School – Kevin Chase, principal
Music Specialist: Daniel White (Weber School District)
Mrs. Broad’s 5th Grade Class
Mr. White and Mrs. Broad work on the musical “The American Revolution” with their 5th grade students. The students choreographed the musical, created the sets and props, and blocked it as well!


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Wasatch Elementary School – Donna Corby, principal
Drama Specialist: Cassie Burton (Ogden School District)
Golden Spike
Students at Wasatch Elementary performed in and attended the show “Golden Spike” which describes how the railroads were built in Utah.


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Polk Elementary School – Maridee Harrison, principal
Drama Specialist: Cassie Burton (Ogden School District)
6th Grade Shakespeare Scenes
The 6th grade students at Polk Elementary performed scenes from four of Shakespeare’s works: The Tempest, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and Macbeth.