NCSD Elementary Arts Education

 
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$20,900
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Dec 2, 2013

Funds Needed for Musical Instruments

The North Clackamas School District (NCSD) takes pride in its ability to offer music, arts and physical education to students at every education level. We are one of only nine Oregon school districts (out of nearly 200) that offer orchestra to our students. Due to budget cuts over the past five years, NCSD has eliminated 25% of our teaching and 25% of administrative positions, while serving the same number of students. Even with these budget cuts, NCSD preserved music classes at all levels.

 

Every student in the North Clackamas district deserves the same access to educational opportunities, regardless of which school they attend.  To ensure that the music programs at each of our elementary schools offer the same educational experience, during the 2012-13 school year we worked with our music teachers to decide what instruments were needed to present our music curriculum adequately and create an “ideal” music classroom. We then audited the music rooms of every district school to create an inventory of what instruments were need to ensure that all schools have a complete set. The result of this audit shows that there is a disparity in the number and types of musical instruments available to students in each of our classrooms.  To ensure that each student has the instruments they need to participate in class, a total of $115,000 is needed to purchase additional instruments.

The goals and objectives for the music program are to ensure that each music learner becomes a responsible student with essential music knowledge, concepts and performance experiences. NCSD has standards for kindergarten through sixth grade music education that align with Music Educators National Conference (MENC) standards. All district third grade students take a written exam to ensure that these standards are being met. In a time when districts nationwide are cutting music, NCSD sees this program as an important piece of our students’ education, just like math or reading.

Through generous corporate and individual donations NCEF raised $20,000 to purchase drums and keyboards for all elementary music classrooms. Now we are reaching out to parents, foundations, corporation and community members to increase this number and purchase the other musical instruments needed to make sure the music classroom in each elementary school is equally equipped. The $115,000 needed to complete the project will equip our students with the instruments they need to participate fully and be effective in their music classrooms.

Jul 18, 2013

Save the Date - NCEF Auction 2014

Mark your calender for the NCEF Annual Gala Auction & Dinner April 26, 2014 at Willamette View. In addition to being a beautiful venue, Willamette View is both within district (Abernethy and Persimmon are both out of district) and is very generous with the pricing for the event - so we will spend much less money, netting more for our student, teachers and programs.

Because of the new location we are talking about a few changes including:
  • A longer silent auction with "silent auction only tickets" for Willamette View residents and staff and NCSD staff.
  • A Sabin- Schellenberg dessert auction
  • More student participation, especially with all the current and former NCSD students who are working at Willamette View.

So mark your calender for another great event - we are excited about next year!

Mar 13, 2013

Update on NCSD

District staff, public invited to enroll freshmen & sophomores in Rex Putnam or Milwaukie HIgh

North Clackamas Schools will open enrollment to 50 high school freshmen and sophomores at Milwaukie and Rex Putnam High Schools in 2013-14. Part  of the benefits of these 2 high schools are there amzaing music and arts programs.  We are one of only 9 districts in the state that offers orchestra.

 “Providing students with engaging, challenging learning opportunities to pursue their individual interests is a huge catalyst for academic success,” said Superintendent Matt Utterback.  “In North Clackamas, we offer a full spectrum of electives — from college-level AP and International Baccalaureate courses and career-technical programs to first-rate performing and visual arts. We work to meet each student’s unique needs.

Openings in North Clackamas include:

•  25 spots at Rex Putnam High School, which offers the county’s only International Baccalaureate college preparatory program; competitive band, orchestra, choir, and drama and athletic programs; a newly renovated building; and a large number of on-site courses in which students can earn college credits. 

•  25 spots at Milwaukie High School, rated Outstanding by the State of Oregon, with on-site health care at no cost to students; competitive band, orchestra, choir, drama and athletic programs; a newly renovated arts center; and many on-site courses in which students can earn college credits.

Students in both of these schools may also take elective classes at the Sabin-Schellenberg Center, the state’s largest career-technical center, with 15 in-depth, hands-on programs providing college credit opportunities to high school students. Programs at the center include: Agriculture, Automotive Services, Broadcasting & Digital Media, Business Management, Computer-Aided Design, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Digital Design, Early Learning, Electronics, Fire Science, Forestry, Health Services, Law Enforcement, and Manufacturing Engineering.

Dec 10, 2012

Update on NCSD Arts

The North Clackamas Education Foundation is excited to have received a total of $10,500 in grant for elementary musical instruments from Target, PGE, the Swigert Foundation and the Charlotte Y. Martin Foundation.

The North Clackamas School District (NCSD) takes pride in the ability to offer music, arts and physical education to students at every education level.  Unfortunately, due to a $10 million budget shortfall the NCSD had to eliminate 140 teaching positions for the 2011-2012 school year, including 4 of 13 elementary music teachers, a 30% staff reduction. Even with the budget cuts, NCSD was able to preserve music classes at all levels, but was forced to increase class sizes. Due to these increased class sizes, our elementary music programs do not have enough instruments for each student to fully participate in class.

These grant will help purchase the instruments needed to present music curriculum in a relevant and meaningful way, so that all NCSD school children can experience hands-on learning and contribute fully in music classes.

As one of our music teachers said “NCEF has been ‘instrumental’ in bringing Linwood's music department to life.  Instruments and books purchased through NCEF funding are the foundation of what Linwood students experience in music.  From African djembes and bell trees to storybooks we can orchestrate and additional keyboards to compensate for growing class sizes, the Foundation is a big part of what makes music education possible.  Our lives are all made richer through the continued support of NCEF!”

Aug 8, 2012

Update on NCSD Arts

The North Clackamas Education Foundation is excited to have received a total of $10,500 in grant for elementary musical instruments from Target, PGE, the Swigert Foundation and the Charlotte Y. Martin Foundation.

The North Clackamas School District (NCSD) takes pride in the ability to offer music, arts and physical education to students at every education level.  Unfortunately, due to a $10 million budget shortfall the NCSD had to eliminate 140 teaching positions for the 2011-2012 school year, including 4 of 13 elementary music teachers, a 30% staff reduction. Even with the budget cuts, NCSD was able to preserve music classes at all levels, but was forced to increase class sizes. Due to these increased class sizes, our elementary music programs do not have enough instruments for each student to fully participate in class.

These grant will help purchase the instruments needed to present music curriculum in a relevant and meaningful way, so that all NCSD school children can experience hands-on learning and contribute fully in music classes.

Thank you!

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