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Performing arts programs return to Chino Valley schools

Students in their Del Rio Elementary art class.

Students in their Del Rio Elementary art class.

The wait is over, the performing arts programs are coming back to Chino Valley! In recent years the Chino Valley Unified School District #51 has had to make adjustments to programs offered at the elementary level due to budget cuts.

This year with the passing of Proposition 123, we are thrilled to inform our supportive community that this 2016-17 school year we will be bringing back multiple art programs. They include: learning various creative art techniques in elementary art class, and the art of movement during Structured Play (PE).

At Del Rio Elementary we will be adding a fifth grade afterschool band program. All fifth graders who are interested in playing a musical instrument are encouraged to register ASAP for this afterschool program either at Del Rio Elementary office or Heritage Middle School office.

In addition, with your support we are able to add a split position of Art teacher three-quarters of a month at Del Rio and Structured Play (PE) one-quarter of the month at Territorial Early Childhood Center. These electives are in addition to the current weekly library time and technology time.

Art programs greatly benefit student’s academic performance. As the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies states the “arts learning experiences contribute to the development of certain thinking, social and motivational skills that are considered basic for success in school, work and life.”

“Students who participate in arts learning experiences often improve their achievement in other realms of learning and life. In a well-documented national study using a federal database of over 25,000 middle and high school students, researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles found students with high arts involvement performed better on standardized achievement tests than students with low arts involvement. Moreover, the high arts-involved students also watched fewer hours of TV, participated in more community service and reported less boredom in school.”

Catterall, James S. (2002), “Involvement in the Arts and Success in Secondary School.” In R. Deasy (Ed.), Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Achievement and Social Development, Washington, DC: AEP

We look forward to enriching each and every student’s life through helping them make connections between the arts and their academic studies; helping them to learn, to focus, and to achieve greatness.

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