"Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse
At no time in history have these words rung more true. It has required a great deal of courage and collaboration across our district to develop a plan to offer fine arts instruction for the students of West Genesee. Every day, what once seemed like insurmountable challenges to overcome become more attainable. As we learn more information about the reopening of schools, we continue to work together to develop plans to offer robust music, art, and dance programming at West Genesee, being mindful of student and staff safety. We know how vital fine arts education are to the educational experiences of each student, and are happy to share some updates and specifics about our programming.
Beginning with our littlest learners, every student in grades K-4 will have music and art special. This will be different than your students may be used to; the special area teachers will push into the classrooms for special area time. This is to reduce traffic flow in the hallways and keep our students as safe as possible. All of our virtual elementary students will receive music instruction as well. We are very thankful to have been able to order art and music supplies for every child to have access to that will support their fine arts education, whether they are receiving instruction in school or remotely. In addition to enhancing the instruction students will be receiving, these art and music supplies have been ordered so there will be no sharing of equipment among students. These supplies should be available for every child by the beginning of October, and we will contact you once we know more about the delivery and hand-out of these supplies.
Moving up to our 5-8 students! All 5th grade students will receive music and art special in the same push-in model as the elementary students to increase student safety. All art classes for 6th and 7th grade students, and students who participate in our band, chorus, or orchestra program will begin the year with virtual instruction. We know how important these programs are to our students for their academic, social, and emotional success and development, so we do have some updates to share with you about these programs:
- We will look to offer art for 6th grade students in-person beginning in the second semester.
- Studio in Art for 8th grade students will not be offered at this time.
- We are looking to offer in-person lessons for our band, chorus, and orchestra students. In the meantime, students will have access to quality music education from their teachers virtually. We must first navigate the start of the school year with its new requirements for staff, and will continuously evaluate for when it is safe and feasible to implement our lesson program in-person.