Arts Alliance at Abington Heights (AAAH) is a program that integrates the visual and performing arts with the academic curriculum for an intensive two-month period and to a lesser extent, throughout the year. The core group of participants was the fourth grade class at Newton Ransom Elementary School. The students are totally immersed in this program on a daily basis for eight weeks with the help of teachers and artists in residence.
The students do an incredible amount of writing through journaling, poetry, and research. Each child keeps a reflective journal of his or her experiences and thoughts during the program. Various forms of poetry are also taught and explored in this program. The environmental unit in science is also integrated into this program. During this program several of the fourth grade students create artwork learn, about light, composition, and photographic theory and history. Students take field trips to help reinforce what is being taught.
At the end of this program, the students perform for all the students at Newton Ransom Elementary, the fourth grade at Clarks Summit Elementary, and parents and friends of the community. They will dance, act, and sing. The students will also perform their poetry to the lively accompaniment of a percussionist. Delicious food is also a very important part of this celebration. This huge undertaking is a celebration of the students’ study and work. The students gain confidence in their own abilities across the curriculum during this experience.
In the past the program hosted two artists in residence, Mr. Adam Maalouf, a professional percussionist, cellist, and composer who resides in New York City and Ms. Laura Ancherani from the Symmetry Dance Company and studio located in West Scranton. The program result was the students performing a show called “A Breath of Life” for the school community were they danced, acted and sang and later shared their artwork and research projects.
BUSINESS TAX CREDITS
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EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD
AEIO provides an annual grant to Abington Heights schools for Kuiper Award winners designated by the district. The Kuiper Award recipients use the funds in the classroom or for professional development.
CSE SENSORY ROOM
CSE Sensory Room offers a unique setting for students in autistic support, life skill classes and with learning differences.
Select Abington students and teachers participate at this unique four-day literature conference in July at Keystone College.
ODYSSEY OF THE MIND
Congratulations to all the Abington OM teams for another great year.
GIRLS STEM PROGRAM
Abington Heights Middle School hosted the first Girls in STEM competition. You go Girls!
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