SPS Voice

Arts Education
Dr. Ryan Killeen

I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the arrival of beautiful spring weather.

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending two fantastic performances of the SPS production of Seussical Jr. It is difficult to capture it words the magic of this phenomenal production.

We are blessed with an incredibly talented team of educators who prepared our students. My sincere thanks are offered to directors, Ms. Dwyer and Mrs. Scaturo and choreographer, Mrs. Gramlich. The hours of hard work and dedication came to fruition in our most ambitious production yet and showcased the gifts and talents of 65 students (more than 60% of our upper school).

For those of you unfamiliar with the play, it interweaves elements of some of the classic stories of Dr. Seuss in a musical narrative. The end result is a joyous celebration of friendship, determination, and tolerance. The innocent wisdom tells lessons from which we all can still learn.

Our musical theater program is an important component of our commitment to arts education which we plan to grow here at SPS. Arts education programs have a significant and measurable positive effect on child development and form an essential component of a rich, well rounded academic program. In the words of a 2005 study from the Rand Corporation, the arts "can connect people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing." The arts are shown to increase student growth and development in math, cognitive development, reading, critical thinking, and verbal reasoning. Theater also supports positive interpersonal skills and peer relationships.https://www.edutopia.org/arts-music-curriculum-child-development

Sometimes we all can lose sight of the essential need to integrate all learning as society tends to silo education into neat categories. STEM and Humanities must both be cultivated and celebrated in our schools. In the words of Albert Einstein "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

Please join us later this month as we will continue celebrations of the arts with our Spring Art and Music night on May 22nd showcasing our visual art program led by Mrs. Dolan and our music program led by Ms. Hemmel.


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