The programs you support when you support the PTA
Ballroom Dancing: Grades 5 & 8
The middle school participates in Dancing Classrooms, an arts-in-education program teaching ballroom dance to the 5th, 8th and 12th grade students. Dancing Classrooms has been hailed as an effective program for teaching social dance, the program provides many other benefits. Dancing Classrooms is about creating an atmosphere that allows students who are typically introverted and reserved to step out and shine. It focuses physical energy and increases health through the joy of movement. It builds self-esteem and interactive social skills as it improves children’s confidence and ability to relate to others.
Gold Opera-Young Audiences New York: Grade 4
Gold Opera provides students with in-depth meaningful learning experiences through the arts over a multi-week schedule. Residency programs are skills-based, integrate with the curriculum, and address the Learning Standards and Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. Through the Gold Opera Project students compose an opera with a professional artist in residence.
Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance: Grades Pre-K, K, 1, & 2
The Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance provides weekly yoga and movement classes. Students stretch, dance, and explore yoga through interactive games like creating the letters of the alphabet with their bodies and sculpting each other into shapes. The goal of this program is to increase concentration, learn relaxation and decrease every day stress.
New York Historical Society
Museum educators work with students and teachers delivering a hands-on social studies programs that aligns with the Social Studies Scope and Sequence for each grade. Students explore artifacts, images, maps and documents from the NY Historical Society collections to develop their history content knowledge and hone their critical thinking skills while teachers benefit from this classroom-embedded approach to professional development.
Salvadori Center: Grades 5-8
The Salvadori Center uses the built environment – buildings, bridges, skyscrapers, etc. – to help students understand math and science concepts. This is done through engaging, collaborative, and hands-on project-based learning where every student can succeed. Salvadori’s school-based programs are linked to grade-specific learning objectives and National Common Core Standards and assess the change in students’ comprehension of the math and science concepts explored through the program.
Shakespeare in Schools: Grade 7
Bringing Shakespeare into the body presents the right amount of challenge for young people, and helps to bring the plays and poetry to life in their hearts. Recognizing that research has proven that exposure to and participation in the arts has a powerful and positive effect on educational achievement and self-esteem, the Shakespeare Society sends classically-trained professional actors and teaching artists into public school classrooms. Teaching through performance helps draw young people into the world of Shakespeare through movement, speech and performance; it allows students to internalize the language and meaning of the plays and to have fun!
Studio in a School: Grades K-5
Studio in a School offers quality art workshops once a week, where children explore their creativity and learn the joys and benefits of making art. Students discover new ways they can express themselves through manipulating art materials. The students learn to use artists' tools, hone their technical and expressive skills, and develop vocabulary to describe their intentions and explain their choices. They learn to envision an idea and develop it.
Turtle Bay Music School: Grade 6
During the Colombian Music, Dance, and Culture Residency with Turtle Bay Music School, students have the unique opportunity to learn from internationally acclaimed musicians known for their influence in the Colombian music world. Each student learns all aspects of Colombian music, including (but not limited to) dancing, singing and percussion! Through actively experiencing Colombian music and dance, students are exposed to the rich cultural and historical roots of Colombian and other Latin American cultures. In their weekly sessions students build ensemble performance skills and increase their confidence in their musical abilities as they explore unique avenues of creativity. Students also absorb the basics of the Spanish language through traditional songs, and traditional dance steps will provide the students with an exciting and satisfying challenge to express Colombian rhythms through movement, all while having fun! This program culminates in an incredibly unique performance where students will showcase their new musical knowledge in a performance with the premiere Colombian music group of Manhattan, Folklore Urbano!