GM recognized as Outstanding Visual Arts Community by PAEA

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Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 11:12 AM

The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) recently recognized General McLane School District for its visual arts education with the endorsement of “Outstanding Visual Arts Community 2019.”

Districts receiving this endorsement demonstrate the importance of their visual arts programs with the following:
n Rigorous and inclusive programs: arts programs demonstrate rigor using standards-based curriculum taught at every level by highly qualified and certified arts educators.

Highly accessible programs: art programs are offered to all students at every level of education with a sustainable budget for the visual arts.

Highly visible programs: Schools and districts identify their programmatic accomplishments, curriculum for all levels, art staff, mission statements and arts events using their school websites and social media.

“We take pride in our dedication to making the arts an integral component of our curricular and co-curricular programs,” said General McLane School District Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “This is a testament to both our staff’s passion for empowering students through the arts and the extraordinary artistic talent of our students.”

General McLane visual arts teachers in the district include Emily Robertson, Kendra Moran, Christina Martin, Karen Hodas and Kathryn Thompson. Each of the district’s four schools host an annual art show, including the Creative Arts Expo, which was created four years ago as a collaborative effort from all the different art programs at the middle school.

In 2018, James W. Parker Middle School’s Creative Arts Expo was featured in the National Network of Partnership Schools’ 2018 book, “Promising Partnership Practices.” The collection features 70 activities from schools, districts, organizations and states, representing 11 states, 17 districts, and Ireland and Scotland. Last year’s Expo had more than 550 attendees.

General McLane also routinely has students competing at the state level of the National PTA Reflections Contest. Last year, McKean Elementary School’s Alex Cooney won first place at the state level in “Literature,” and James W. Parker Middle School students Kiera Schoolcraft, Milo Kline and Chloe Kiser each placed at the state level.

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