Thursday, March 24, 2016

Oberlin College's Obertones Tour Claxton

Grades K through 2 got an a capella treat on March 23, when Oberlin College's Obertones performed at Claxton.

The group stressed the benefits of working hard on your interests and talents, and helped inspire our kids to work toward attending college one day. 

Check out these videos of their performance at Claxton:

Many thanks to the Obertones for including Claxton in their spring tour!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Happier Students, Higher Scores: The Role of Arts Integration

"The science behind arts integration is solid. Simply put, more of the brain is at work when the arts are part of the learning process, strengthening attentiveness, reaction time and comprehension."

As if we needed more persuading! Check out the full article in The Edvocate:

Happier Students, Higher Scores: The Role of Arts Integration

Friday, March 18, 2016

Fifth Graders Learn Set Design

Did you know March is Theater in Our  Schools month?

Of course, at Claxton, we have theater in our school every day, thanks to Drama Specialist Ms. Rigsby.

In addition to teaching students how to perform (public speaking skills), how to interpret texts and write their own plays (literacy), and how to communicate persuasively, Ms. Rigsby is helping Claxton fifth graders stretch by designing their own sets. 

Designing sets requires students to think spatially, plan ahead, and do lots of problem solving, since there's only so much that can fit on a stage. What a great example of arts-integration of multiple disciplines at once.

Best of all, it's obvious that this is a fun and engaging way to learn. Thanks, Ms. Rigbsy!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Performance by Buncombe Turnpike ... and Claxton Students

One of WNC's premiere bluegrass bands, Buncombe Turnpike, took to the Claxton stage to give our students a taste of local heritage and a chance to perform themselves.

Fronted by our own Tom Godleski, Buncombe Turnpike plays a variety of heartfelt tunes, ranging from contemporary and traditional bluegrass to gospel and handcrafted originals. 

Take a look at Miss Jones's Twitter feed to see a video of Claxton students performing.

And enjoy the sounds of Buncombe Turnpike below. We are so lucky to have Mr. Godleski and other talented teachers like him! Thank you, Buncombe Turnpike, for the special concert!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Arts Inspiration from Harriet Tubman

Just walk the halls of Claxton, and you see the signs of an arts integration school everywhere. One of our favorite current "exhibits" is now on display across from the Media Center. 

Second graders created collages of Harriet Tubman and her words. In the process, they learned about this great woman, her important role in helping hundreds of slaves reach freedom, what the Underground Railroad was, and how to be moral leaders themselves.

Kudos to Mr. Cassara for blending all these important lessons—and these visual arts skills—into one great art lesson!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Fifth Graders Set to Perform at LEAF with Chilean Musical Artist Nano Stern

We are excited to announce that this year's LEAF Schools & Streets residency at Claxton will unite arts integration with our new Spanish integration program.

Fifth graders will perform at this spring's LEAF with Chilean musical artist Nano Stern. Described in the LEAF catalogue as "a voice for his generation," Stern is influenced by Chilean music, indigenous African and European techniques, and classical and jazz elements. "Nano will bring to students a style that oscillates between personal and political, that utilizes music as both a meditative tool and a language of its own."

In the week leading up to spring LEAF, Stern will come to Claxton for a three-day residency with the fifth grade classes. All fifth graders are invited to perform with him at LEAF on Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 a.m. at Eden Hall. Mark your calendars now!

Many thanks to LEAF Schools & Streets and to our own Claxton PTO for funding this residency!

Here's a sample of Nano Stern performing: