Harrisonburg City

HHS Fine Arts Academy

Categories: Harrisonburg City | 2017

The Harrisonburg High School Fine Arts Academy, developed and implemented in 2013, is an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and experiential learning community that prepares students for a lifelong career, passion, and/or appreciation of creativity through the arts. The curriculum, a sequential four-year program focusing on fundamentals, history, and culture, culminates with a year-long community arts project.  Critical thinking and advanced problem solving are demanded from each student, while individual artistic growth is inherent within the curriculum.    Students audition in six specific artistic strands including visual, movement, music, dramatic and creative writing arts.  Students interview with faculty, discussing their interests, ideas, and inspirations in all art forms to ensure value in multiple disciplines. Six teachers, each bringing an expertise to the community, teach collaboratively, in concert and individually, to bring the curriculum alive to the students. In addition to their community learning class, students are required to study in their specific art strand to develop their craft. Assessment is based on an artistry rubric, developed by students and staff, used to encourage emotional creativity, risk, revision, and quality. 

Contact

JR Snow
Fine Arts Academy Director and PK-12 Fine Arts Coordinator
jsnow@harrisonburg.k12.va.us
540-437-5036


JMU College Mentors for Kids

Categories: Harrisonburg City | 2017

JMU College Mentors for Kids is a non-profit organization that was designed to pair college mentors with elementary students.  Through weekly after-school activities, mentors and students use the time together to focus on higher education and career, culture and diversity, and community service.  Mentors help their "little buddies" understand the importance of education, show them the benefits to cultural understanding, and teach them ways to give back to their community.  The program is just getting started at Keister Elementary School, but we can already see and feel the excitement from students as they've met their mentors and made the initial connection to the college experience.

Contact

Whitney Kinkead
School Counselor
wkinkead@harrisonburg.k12.va.us
540-434-6585


Yearbook Class Partnership with African Students

Categories: Harrisonburg City | 2017

Kids helping kids – the idea is simple and beautiful. To give marginalized students a voice, the yearbook staff at Harrisonburg High School in Harrisonburg, Virginia formed a partnership with children in Cura Orphanage in Kenya, East Africa. Despite the global challenges, students collaborated on two projects: creating the orphanage’s first yearbook, followed by producing Cura’s creative writing booklet, which helped students deal with the loss of their parents to HIV. Words have power. These projects gave African students a sense of their own identity as many children at Cura had never seen their own photograph.   Additionally, it opened our students’ eyes to the importance of social activism and reaching out to others. Plato said: “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back.”  By forming a global partnership with children halfway around the world, we broke down cultural barriers by empowering young people at the grass roots level.

Contact

Mary Strickler
English Teacher and Yearbook Advisor
mstrickler@harrisonburg.k12.va.us
540-433-2651