ARTS PROGRAM OVERVIEW: John Still K-8 is the only K-8 school in the district that offers a full-time music teacher during the school year to students in 6th ...
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Reginald Brown John Still K-8 School
Principal Reginald Brown is at John Still K-8 School School in the Sacramento City Unified School District. The school has a total of 930 students enrolled and 50 staff. Mr. Maroon has been the Principal at the school for 3 years. ARTS PROGRAM OVERVIEW: John Still K-8 is the only K-8 school in the district that offers a full-time music teacher during the school year to students in 6th through 8th grades. This music teacher teaches classes in band, orchestra and guitar. In addition, Principal Brown has received grants for the past two school years for a drama teacher to integrate drama and theater in to the English language arts programs for students in the 6th grade. Principal Brown has also entered in to a memorandum of understanding with the Focus-On-Family Foundation to host the South Sacramento Visual and Performing Arts Academy on campus. This academy offers the following arts programming to students in 3rd through 8th grade who live in the Meadowview Corridor. This program is open to students who attend Parkway Elementary, Edward Kemble Elementary, Cesar Chavez Intermediate, John Bidwell Elementary, John Sloat Elementary, John Still K-8, Rosa Parks K-8 and Susan B. Anthony Elementary School. On Friday nights, the following programs are offered: visual art, poetry and spoken word. On Saturday mornings, students can participate in social etiquette classes, hip hop, tap/jazz, step, interpretive dance/ballet, piano, drama and musical theater. ARTS LEARNING: Mr. Brown has demonstrated that the arts are integral part of learning. He offers a wide variety of arts programming and is always looking for innovative and creative ways to bring new arts programs to the school. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Mr. Brown is currently partnering with Focus-On-Family Foundation to offer arts on Fridays and Saturdays. He also actively pursues grants from other funding
sources including the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission to provide arts learning for students at John Still. LEADERSHIP: Mr. Brown steps outside of the box when it comes to ensuring that the students at his school have access to the arts. He doesn't just depend on District "allocations", he partners with outside agencies and organizations, he is open to creative scheduling, and he has put together a team that looks for and gets outside funding for the arts. In this way Mr. Brown leads by example proving that it can be done! RIPPLE EFFECT: Four years ago SCUSD initiated an elementary after school orchestra program to feed Middle School Music programs in the highest need areas of our district. As a result, last year Mr. Brown's school John Still Middle had a large increase of students signing up for Music classes. The District had funded a part-time Music teacher who had to also serve another Middle School. Mr. Brown fought for and received funding for his music teacher to be full time. Several other Middle schools have since hired their music teacher full time as well. Also the elementary after school programming has grown and several schools have secured outside funding to support the classes at their sites.
Information provided by Gayle Carrick, Visual and Performing Arts Training Specialist
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