Cultural ArtS

What do a symphony orchestra, STEAM museum and NASA astronaut all have in common? They are all part of special cultural arts assemblies that have come to Jefferson school in the past.

 

The PTA Cultural Arts Committee at Jefferson Elementary School plan a year’s worth of interactive cultural assemblies for the students. These assemblies are interactive, and we strive to provide our students an education enriched with the arts throughout the year. The PTA brings amazing performers such as authors, poets, and musicians to share their skills and experiences with our Jefferson students.

 

This is supported through the PTA fundraising efforts, and supplementing the school's budget by directly funding educational materials, additional curriculum tools, and school events.

Interested in donating or getting involved? You can reach out to culturalarts@jefferson-pta.org.

 

This is the line up of our Cultural Arts Assemblies for the 2017-2018 school year: 

 

 

Totally Vocally A Capella Performance
Ball in the House has been dedicated to educating students about music and singing. The group did instructional demonstrations with our Jefferson students, and helped students discover the history of a cappella singing from chant to doo wop. The elements of teamwork and collaboration are equally highlighted as students explore how various vocal parts create harmony and beats, working in unison to produce a multi-dimensional piece of music. The group remains committed to being good stewards of respect, positivity, and teamwork through fun a cappella music.

 

 

Astronaut Don Thomas
Don Thomas is an astronaut, scientist, professional speaker, educator, and author of Orbit of Discovery about his STS-70 mission aboard space shuttle Discovery. A veteran of four flights, Don has spent 44 days in space and orbited the Earth nearly 700 times. Recently, Don came to Jefferson School to inform and excite our students about our future in space and preparing our next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers for their missions in the future.

 

 

 

Rochel Garner Coleman's Homage to the Negro Baseball League

Shadow Ball pays homage to the men who played in Negro League baseball and paints a picture of America’s suffering during the Great Depression. Rochel Garner Coleman plays Cool Papa Bell, one of the League’s most famous players. A sterling fielder and an outstanding batter (regularly averaging over .400), Bell was legendary for his uncanny speed. Satchel Paige often regaled audiences with the story that when he and Bell roomed together, Bell was so fast that he could turn out the light and be in bed before the room got dark. Off the field though, an entirely different story emerged as black players encountered second-class status and mass economic hardship.

 

 

Dances of India by AATMA Performing Arts | 4th Grade Artist Residency

This workshop on Dances of India by AATMA Performing Arts allowed Jefferson School's 4th Grade  students to establish a foundation for the evolution of Indian dance. The students got a well-rounded education in Indian culture through dance, and explore of the evolution of Indian dance, from its rural roots to modern Bollywood cinema. They did a choreography after a one week course and culminated in a routine that our 4th Grade students' performed.

 

 

Guerilla Haiku | 3rd Grade Artist Residency

Actor and Educator, Caley Vickerman of Guerilla Haiku Movement came to Jefferson School to work with our 3rd Graders on using "haiku" a form of Japanese poetry as a method of expression; simple, precise and immeasurably powerful. Haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. The students grabbed buckets of sidewalk chalk, and go on a wild haiku adventure.

 

 

Aviation Day

The Jefferson Students got to go on a high flying adventure with Hobby Quest’s Airplanes. They started their journey by going back in history and building the Boeing P-26, a super realistic model using a rubber band powered engine and depicting the first American all-metal production fighter used by the United States Army Air Corps in 1932. Next, the students created the Avatar with today’s technology by building this lightweight, yet durable, free flight electric plane. The Avatar is on a quest to discover the world, and the students along for the ride! Then, they built a Batman, this masked hero’s super cool helicopter will take him to new heights to help complete his quest. The students learned all about different types of planes, fun flight facts, and even learn about Bernoulli’s Principle!

 

 

PTA fundraising efforts support the school's budget by directly funding educational materials, additional curriculum tools, school events, and other enhancements that make Jefferson School special. 

Interested in donating or getting involved? You can reach out to culturalarts@jefferson-pta.org.

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