2015 Elementary School Winners
Taking Back the Swamp!
Agassiz Crew Club students will produce the musical "Shrek the Musical
Jr". Students will create sets, costumes and props and be trained in sound
and light design and operation.
Nicholas Hall - Jan Heyn-Cubacub
Nigerian Talking Rhythms
Armstrong students will be studying Nigeria across grades and
curriculum. Because drumming is an important part of the Nigerian
culture we will have our students build and study the varying pitches of
the dundun or talking drum and create their own compositions.
Denise Pellikan - Patrick Rodden
Bloomin' in the Garden
Students will learn to explore the garden via their senses. Through
multisensory experiences, profoundly disabled students will learn
about gardens and plant seedlings in the community garden.
Students will study the customs, artistic expression and culinary flair of
Italy. They will acquire the skills to perform a dance, experiment with
painting techniques and cook in the Italian style.
BCS Steel Drum Band
Students will start a steel drum band that will perform for the school
community at events. Students will learn songs with positive messages
that promote Social Emotional Learning.
Be Healthy, Stay Active
Students and their families will learn about the benefits of exercise,
healthy eating and a variety of exercises and sports. Through a color band
assessment, we can gauge the growth of the student. Lessons will be
shared at home through a newsletter. Students will create a video to
encourage other kids to exercise and eat well.
Yesenia Garcia - Elsie Cardenas, Lena Carrillo
Fundamentals of Painting
Interested students in grades 3 through 8 will be introduced to the
fundamentals of acrylic painting in an after school program which will
culminate in an art exhibition and MCA field trip.
To welcome new students and families to Boone, our students will
collaborate with parents to create canvases illustrating the word
"Welcome" in their native languages as they celebrate our rich diversity.
Heaven Help Us Now
Students will learn about the civil rights movement through the study of
African American performing artists such as Alvin Ailey and Motown
artists. Students will create and perform their own choreography and be
quizzed on U.S. and dance history.
The Brighton Park Museum
Art Club students will transform our school into ‘The Brighton Park
Museum’. Students will plan, create, install and present an outside mosaic
mural, paneled paintings and a lunchroom mural.
Keys for Kids
Keys for Kids will put keyboards in the hands of students in the classroom
setting. Students will build music making skills as well as literacy skills and
will experience teamwork and community as they perform throughout the
school on Unity Day.
Students will learn fundamentals of Lyrical Dance using a variety of
genres, props and acrobatics. Through a strong knowledge base, students
will be empowered to collaborate effectively among peers.
Students will study the history and significance of protest music from the
time of the Revolutionary War to current time. Students will create original
compositions to protest the violence they see.
Kelly McCollom - Stephanie Campbell, Tracy Dineen
Students will learn how to create music, play new musical instruments,
develop their music literacy, learn new music vocabulary and
learn to perform in an ensemble with new Orff instruments.
Students will help design and plant a school and community garden to
foster community wellness, individualized active learning and engaging
Allison Parker - Patrick Crall, Carol Rowley, Christina Pawelec, Anna Khawam
Chicago Academy - Ele
Expanding the Basses
Students will be able to expand musical harmonies as we expand our Orff
Chicago Academy - Ele
PreK Music Performance
Students in PreK learn to play tambourines, small xylophones and rhythm
sticks to perform for their parents as well as in school assemblies.
Carolyn Williams - Halina Zielna
Christopher Cares Cards
Students gain the opportunity to practice some introductory work skills
through creating greeting cards used to thank our school supporters with
packages of cards.
Margaret McNamara - Therese Panfil, Therese Burke
CICS - W Belden
Students work to create and produce an original play, “Imagine.” This is
a cross curricular project between music, art, and media for students to
develop their 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking,
communication and collaboration.
Anna Ausmann - Holly White
Cooper Dual Language
Students in the growing and successful mariachi program come with basic
music skills. In this program, among other things, they will explore the
production of sound, placement of notes, counting rhythms and care for
Phillip Olazaba - Michael Espinosa
Students will write a musical connecting lessons from social studies,
writing, story telling, drama, dance, music and visual art. They will write
the songs for the musical using the Orff method of composition.
Adrienne Henze - Bari Raab, Sabrina Severns
Students will be introduced to drumming to help build discipline and
positive peer interactions. Students will express themselves while
developing musical skills. They will learn to work as a team, assigning
different parts of the rhythm to create the most effective musical
Are You Hungry?
Students will plan, plant and care for a community garden so that they can
learn about the environment and contribute to their community. They will
work together to enhance The Dawes' community garden.
Amani Abuhabsah - Julie Fitzpatrick
ART FOR AARP
Fifth grade students will connect with the residents at a community
nursing home by meeting with residents on monthly and bi-monthly
projects. Students will create special art projects for the residents to
brighten their rooms.
Diverse learning students will learn cooperative learning skills through a
gardening project specializing in plants native to Illinois.
Nicole Rosenthal - Christina Torres
Scholars increase their interest and skill set in reading, writing, editing,
illustrating, conflict resolution and character education as they each create
four different kinds of books. Parents are involved in reading with and
monitoring their child's at home reading.
Donna Flanagan - Candi Webb-Jones
Wearable Electronic Art
Students will use their understanding of electrical engineering to design
and create their own wearable electronic art projects. These will be
showcased at our school's first annual Maker Faire!
Students will create large grid portrait murals of icons inspiring to the
community on upcycled tiles. They will transform a run-down area of the
school that students and visitors frequent daily.
Emma Ott - Mary Rodriguez
Students will create large Mexican folk art sculptures that will be
integrated into a student theatrical production of “The Little Prince."
Music and Literacy
Music and literacy skills are integrated in the music classroom by setting
classic children’s literature to original and prepared orchestrations using
the Orff mallet percussion instruments.
Franklin Fine Arts
Students will participate in an after-school yoga program which
will enhance their academic and artistic endeavors. This will be particularly
beneficial for dance students.
Franklin Fine Arts
The Japanese Influence
Using ceramics as their medium, Franklin students will explore their
connection of nature, community and each other through the visual arts
tradition of Japan.
Public Art & Murals!
Students will investigate how murals and public art can convey meaningful
messages and beautify school spaces by the creation of murals and a
public art piece.
World Drum Circles
Students will study cultures where drums originate, types of music and
rhythmic patterns, create original music and improvisation. Students
will rehearse their compositions and perform at the Gunsaulus Fine Arts
World Music Drumming will investigate how to convey emotion and
using a variety of percussion instruments from world cultures.
Orff for Literacy
Students in Orff for Literacy will compose and improvise on Orff
instruments. Taking Chinese folk stories, they will set the words to music,
promoting the relationship between literacy and music.
Student writers, artists and editors will publish "The Thorne," Hawthorne's
literary magazine. Fifteen students will join the editing staff. Students in
grades 5-8 will receive copies.
Middle school music students will perform West African, Caribbean and
Latin American percussion music on authentic instruments and study the
origin of music being performed.
Students will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of production and
performance so that all can participate in the spring play, "The Secret Case
of Sherlock Holmes".
Sara Hritz - Lilian Bityou, Deb McLaughlin
Kindergarten thru second grade students will explore the climate, animals,
plants, people and conservation of the Rainforest. They will create 3D
habitats, books and a drama/video presentation.
Loujean Nelson - Rici Sultan
VEX Robotics Program
Students will work with The VEX Robotics Program in an after school
STEAM curriculum allowing students access to science, technology,
engineering, art and mathematics through robotics challenges.
Jennifer Crall - Christopher Friberg, Marciel Gonzalez
Students will learn the techniques and performance qualities of tap dance.
They will "tap" into their math skills to create various sequences and
sounds with their tap shoes.
Ceramics of the Americas
Students will study pottery both as a way to create with clay and to learn
about the ceremonies, traditions and daily life of various cultures from the
way pre-Columbian Americas used clay.
Students will study ways that street art is used throughout the world to
express ideas. Students will create their own works which will be displayed
in the school where they will host several viewings.
Folk Art Instruments
Students will create musical instruments out of found, re-purposed and
recyclable materials. The instruments will be influenced primarily from
Latin American music and folk art.
Olympic Team Handball
Students will learn to play team handball to interpret world geography,
understand diverse culture, taste the spirit of competition and experience
the value of teamwork and physical well-being.
Students will make their Hawaiian staycation come true by learning to play
and perform traditional Hawaiian songs on their new ukuleles.
Big Top Circus!
Students will be transformed into circus stars right before your eyes!
Students juggle, walk the tight wire, ride unicycles and act like clowns at
the first production of the Kilmer School Circus!
Jennifer Foss - Jason Feriend, Angela Norcik
In the Culture Club program our students will explore the cultures of the
United States, Mexico, Africa, China and Japan. They will also complete
creative projects designed for each country.
Donna Flanagan - Clara Paul
Through equine science, students will look at horses holistically,
developing a thinking skill that will serve them well. They will study the
artistic structure and historical role of horses and will create stained
glass paper horse pictures, ceramic tile horses and canvas paintings.
Their work will be displayed in the Equestrian Evolution Gallery Event.
Students at Lincoln continue the "conservation conversation," as they build
on last year's efforts to observe and monitor animal species in our local
community, along with growing native plants.
Amy Andrews - Debbie Hayes-Miller
8th Grade! It's Kinetic!
Eighth grade students will study the interactions of both matter and
energy by conducting experiments and completing engineering design
Growing With Creativity
Primary students will learn about the plant cycle by planting plants from
seed and caring for plants indoors and in a garden. Middle school
students will create sculptures and a mini mural in the garden.
Arthur Helbig - Christine Flynn
Each student will design and create two clay tile reliefs that incorporate
different design motifs seen in American and Mexican folk art.
Lauren Klopack - Ivette Gonzalez
Let's Make Games and Apps
Students will make digital games using Scratch and other
technology tools. They will explore their interests and showcase their
talents through inclusion of original scenarios, graphics and music.
Joan Mendelson - Lina Mason
Rocking in the Classroom!
Students will engage in team building and creativity, while implementing
music literacy and composition strategies.
Students will research specifics on how to design, install and maintain a
school perennial garden. Students will learn about the care of a flower
garden and the beautification of their community.
Casey Carlock - Dena Milano, Barbar Brodsky , Migdalia Chavez, Marianne Galassini
Follow The Alphabet Road
Students learn to engage in authentic problem solving of
community-based issues by using this service learning pedagogy.
Casey Carlock - Dena Milano
Students will work in groups to arrange a folk song for a recorder and
xylophone. Each group will compose an introduction and melodic
accompaniment to the folk song and coda. They will perform at the
We Can Grow Food Anywhere
Students will have opportunities for learning about healthy eating,
horticulture and business. They will grow edible herbs, fruits and
vegetables in our classrooms through Earth Box gardens.
Gerard Kovach - Elise Guerrettaz, Kim Bendig, Sarah Lincoln, Lisa Suchy, Erin Claxton
Ya Got Treble
Students in grades 3-8 will dance, sing and act to the glorious music of
"76 Trombones" in the acclaimed musical, "The Music Man!" Everyone will
be left singing and clapping to the beloved musical.
Katherine Arbuckle - Valerie Betts, David Weeks
Students will study West African Drumming through a partnership with Old
Town School of Folk Music. They will study the people through culture,
music and dance.
Students will learn about diverse ancient cultures, learn to draw and
paint on a large scale as they participate in all aspects of creating a
mural to enhance the walls at Monroe. Students' names will be placed
with the mural.
JR Sports Emporium
Students will use the art of pyrographics on wood to design various types
of Jackie Robinson sport's clocks and a bench. They will present each
youth of the Jackie Robinson Little League team with their own clock and
the bench will be donated as a permanent art piece to the Jackie Robinson
Sandra Rance - Amondo Avargas, Frank Williams, VonDietra Butler
The Timeline of Life
Students participate in the creation of a script, costumes, sets and
choreography and will perform in performances that cover the origins and
progression of life.
Lindsay Wilps - Danielle Zablocki, Stephanie Rywak, LaTasha Bell, Mairi Pearce
The Ukulele Project III
Students will learn how to paint their ukuleles in art and then construct
them and learn how to play them in music class. The students will perform
on their constructed ukuleles in concert.
Rachel Atlas - Lisa Macri
Kindergarten students will recall memories of field trips and demonstrate
their understanding of cultural thematic units by creating 3D sculptures
using clay, paint and decorations.
Veronica Acuna - Maia Golley, Joel Carlovsky
Chihuly at New Field
Students will look at the works and artistic process of glass artist Dale
Chihuly. Using special, malleable plastic film, students will create their
own organic bowl forms and paint them in his style.
Beehives and Bouffants
Students will explore the many facets of live musical theater while
discovering their true voice within the crowd and developing a sense of
the unique talents they each have to share. They will put on the show "Hair
Spray" in June.
Steven Rigik - Aisling Conroy, Mary Ann Kennedy, Mary Ella Kelm-Palacios, Ginny Caponigro
Our Words - Our Faces
Students will interview and photograph Mexican American community
members and record and retell their stories. They will create a book: "Our
Journey, Our Words and Our Faces".
Christina Jennings - Jillian Swinford, Brandon Barr
Chicago, Our Kind of Town
To learn Chicago history, students will create murals of major events in
Chicago history with an emphasis on The Great Chicago Fire of 1871. At
the unveiling of the murals, students will present a short play.
The World of Steel Drums
Fifth grade music students will experience a journey to Trinidad and
Tobago by playing steel drums and percussion instruments and using
Aldo Mazzotti - Margaret Rux, Barbara Krupa
Students will help prepare for the centennial celebration of Peirce school
by creating a centennial bricolage mural project which will be an artistic,
multicultural and educational collaboration between students, teachers,
arts professionals and community members. The mural will hang near the
front entrance of the school.
Raymond Soto - Meredith Buchbinder
The Canopy: Brazilian Folktales
Fifth grade students will create plays from folktales and compose music to
accompany the action. "The Canopy: Brazilian Folktales", will be written
and performed by the students.
Brooke Thompson - Michael Richie, Haneefa Muhammad, Marissa Moritz, Vivian Leventis
Music Moves Me Too
Students will enjoy exploring rhythms and melodies playing diverse
percussion instruments, learning folk dances of various countries and
creating their own melodies, accompaniment and movement.
Students will learn about energy conservation. Students will design a solar
oven and use it to cook pizza.
Digging the Past
Imagine traveling back in time to visit Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and
China, then bringing back what you learn to understand life today and
creating a video magazine. You just need the right tools.
Bonnie Hoffman - Alexandra Skorb
Rudolph Enabling Garden
Rudolph Enabling Garden is an indoor multisensory garden that will
provide children with multiple disabilities access to create, engage and
explore year round gardening.
Kathryn Freely - Bridget Cibulskis, Linda Shambee, Maryann Griffin
Bodies in Motion
Students will learn how the body moves and observe sports that are new
to them. They will learn to paint and design abstract bodies in motion
onto a large scale mural to be displayed in the Sawyer Gymnasium.
Performing A Musical
Students will take an active part in acting, singing and creating sets and
costumes for the musical "The Little Mermaid." This will introduce them to the
world of musical theatre from auditions to encore.
Soft Sculpted Pop Art!
Students will create fictional characters and bring them to life
through pop art-inspired soft sculptures. They will be introduced to textile
painting, fabric assemblage and sculpture.
In De-FENCE of Diversity
Normally developing students will buddy with students in the Ready to
Learn program where they will jointly paint fences with the colors of
countries' flags. This activity helps students embrace the cultural and
cognitive diversity of students while learning basic preschool concepts of
acceptance, imagination, cooperation and patience.
Stone Academy Presents...
Students will explore issues of tolerance and bullying while participating
in a dynamic and poignant musical theatre production of "Once On This
William Marsland - Jamie Lynn Perry
Wild About Seuss
Students will perform the production of “Seussical Junior”. Students will be
a part of every aspect of the production including stage crew, scenic art,
sound, lights and performance.
Angela Maniaci - Katie Loveland, Sara Knox, Sandi Lerner, Evelyn Pollins, Marilyn Duff, Gordon McCall, Samantha Gamble
Kindergarteners will be involved in decorating our new modulars
to make them more inviting and welcoming to our students. Students will
create mosaics and plant landscaping.
Rocking Music Composition
Students will learn to play and read notation for the guitar, bass, piano
and drums in class. They will take skills learned and form a band to
compose their own original music and lyrics.
Students will create ceramic bowls to be used in a service learning project.
Each student-created bowl will be sold and filled with soup to raise money
for the homeless.
Hannah Weil - Laura Saunders