Monthly Archives: November 2011

Kindergarten Reads


Mrs. Juenker’s kindergartener’s love reading, and they especially love being read to.
As a way to inspire and motivate young readers Mrs. Juenker has set up a series of visitors to the classroom to read to her students. The assistant superintendent is shown here, but he is only one in the rich line up she has created. What a wonderful way to highlight and elevate reading.

Annual Fill the Bowl Fundraiser Coming Right Up: December 15th


Fill the Bowl is an annual benefit dinner to raise awareness about hunger and is sponsored by the 3rd Grade at The Integrated Arts Academy. On Thursday, December 15 from 6:00-7:30 pm guests can select from over 200 original handcrafted bowls made by the third graders. All soups and breads have been donated by local restaurants and bakeries. Proceeds from the donations will benefit The Intervale Center and farmers who have been affected negatively by Hurricane Irene. The bowls can be taken home as a reminder that someone’s bowl is always empty. There is also a silent auction of artist made ceramic bowls.

Where the Wild Things Are


Where are the wild things? First grade, of course! Mrs. Patalano and Ms. Mack’s first grade classes have been reading Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. With the help of visual art teacher, Ms. Chaffee, students then created their own versions of “wild things” and used them as inspiration and motivation for their own writing. Check out these beautiful paintings by our very talented and “wild” first graders!

Kindergarten Taps out a Pattern


Ms. Maggie’s kindergarten students have been tapping out patterns with their rhythm sticks.
In this kindergarten music unit, language and rhythm concepts were combined to give students
verbal, tactile, and kinesthetic experiences. Through participation, students became familiar with some
basic elements of music and could recognize a steady beat and simple rhythm. Students performed simple rhythm patterns for our Friday Town Meeting.

The Art Element – LINE


Students in Ms. Chaffee’s art classes have been actively exploring the art element LINE.

Line as defined in Wikipedia is most easily defined as a mark that spans a distance between two points (or the path of a moving point), taking any form along the way. As an art element, line pertains to the use of various marks, outlines and implied lines in artwork and design, most often used to define shape in two-dimensional work.

Here are some fantastic examples of some of the ways students are exploring the element LINE in their visual art class.

Incredible African Dance Residency


Our Fall residency this year was a spectacular success. Over the course of ten days, all children pre-k through grade 5 participated fully in learning specific and lively dances from West Africa. Jeh Kulu drummers and dancers worked so hard to bring their culutural experiences to the whole IAA family. The Thursday night performance was an absolute stunning experience filled with joy and rhythm. The IAA is particularly lucky to have the support of the Vermont Arts Council – which funds our fall residencies- they are an organization who understands the power of the arts in education. Art – Ask For More!