It's no surprise to those of you who have seen Ravenswood in action that our school is amazing. Now, there is documented data to support what we all knew! In as brief a way as I know, I'd like to explain a little bit about what all of this data means.
Last year, CPS came out with it's Arts Plan in which great steps were made to ensure that all students in CPS get the dynamic and essential arts education that they deserve. In order to track the progress of schools giving this education, CPS came up with a rating system to determine how schools are doing. On a scale from 1 to 5 (1=Excelling, 2=Strong, 3=Developing, 4=Emerging, 5=Incomplete Data) each school in CPS was given a category to describe where they are in the process. I'll give you 3 seconds to guess how Ravenswood did. 3.....2.....1.....
This means that Ravenswood Elementary School is dedicated to the full, diverse, and rigorous arts education of every student that walks through our doors. We strive to provide a meaningful and creative experience day in and day out. We look to our community, arts partners, faculty and staff to push our practice and pedagogy to be the best that it can be.
So, here is the information all of this comes from.
That, as they say, is that.
Ravenswood Elementary is doing something new this year with the middle school. The enrichment staff has come together to form an electives schedule! The concept is that the students will choose the main courses that the enrichment teachers have decided to teach for three of the four quarters throughout the year, leaving one day of the week set aside for the P.E. to make sure the students receive a fully enriched education. Their choices will lead them to taking each of the Arts Enrichment class at some point in the year. For example, if a student chooses to have drama for the first quarter, they will have music and/or art for the next two quarters. So far, I have seen a really positive turnout for all of the these classes. Based on what the students are interested in, I have decided that my quarter courses are going to be:
The set design group for this first quarter has been awesome all week. As a lot of the students didn't know each other very well, being a mixed grade class, I started the course with a team building exercise. In small groups, the students were assigned to design and build a fort using only the materials we had in the room! In a few short minutes, the students were collaborating and creating fantastic structures using stacks of books, tables, tape, rope, and each other. It was a sight to behold! I can't wait to see the brilliance that is bound to come out in the next few weeks.