Arts Programs at LPE

  • All students, Kindergarten through 8th grade will have an experience in the Arts Programs at Lake Pleasant Elementary.

     

    Kindergarten - 4th grade, students have Music class with Mrs. Jill McKinley/Mrs. Bonnie Crawford and students will have Art with Mrs. Kelsey Speirs.

     

    In 5th and 6th grade, students choose between Choir and Band instead of taking the more general Music class.  They still have Art with Mrs. Speirs.

     

    In 7th and 8th grade, students can choose between Choir, Band or Art (Advanced Art is also available by teacher selection).  

     

    Choir is directed by Mr. Darren Friedman and we are currently in the process of hiring a Band Teacher.

K-4 Music

  • All Kindergarten through 4th Grade students have K-4 Music as part of their Specials Rotation.

     

    Mrs. Bonnie Crawford teaches classes on Days 1 & 3

    Mrs. Jill McKinley teaches classes on Days 2, 4 & 6

     

    Once school starts -- Performance Dates will be posted.

     

Art

  • GENERAL ART

     

    7th and 8th grade General Art

    General art will be a combined 7th and 8th grade class. Students will learn about the different elements and principles of Art throughout the course of the year. They will learn about different art movements and periods in time, along with artistic styles and artists that will prepare them for art in high school.

     

    What does my child need to participate in general art?

    Students will be provided with all the materials that they need.

     

    Will my child have art homework?

    Students will sometimes need to bring in images that they need for their art projects. Also, students might need to finish a project at home.

     

    What will my child’s art grades look like?

    Students will have the following grades in the gradebook:

    • Weekly participation points
    • Sketches
    • Major projects
    • Art critiques

     

    How many days of General Art are in the 6-day rotation schedule?

    There will be 2 days of art per 6-day schedule.

     

    ADVANCED ART

     

    Advanced Art will be a combined 7th and 8th grade class for students that want to take Art more seriously.  Students will learn about the different elements and principals of Art throughout the course of the year. They will learn about different art movements and periods in time, along with artistic styles and artists that will prepare them for Art in high school.

     

    What does my child need to participate in advanced art?

    • A 9x12 ringed sketch book
    • All other materials will be provided in class

     

    Will my child have art homework?

    There will be a light amount of homework. There will be a weekly sketch book assignment, which consists of 1 sketch a week to be done at home. Students will sometimes need to bring in images that they need for their Art projects.

    Also, students might need to finish a project at home.

     

    What will my child’s art grades look like?

    Students will have the following grades in the gradebook:

    • Weekly participation points
    • Sketches
    • Major projects
    • Art critiques

     

    How many days of advanced art are in the 6-day rotation schedule?

    There will be at least 2 days of art per 6-day schedule.  Depending on other scheduling factors, this class could turn into a 3-4 day class out of the 6-day rotation.

     

    Mrs. Kelsey Speirs, Art Teacher

     

Band

  • BAND (5th & 6th Grade)

    What does my child need to participate in Band?

     

    *Parents of beginners, please wait to rent or purchase instruments, accessories and books until after the school year has begun and the band teacher has fit your child to an instrument.  The teacher will notify you of the date that students will need to start bringing the instrument, accessories and book.

     

    All band students are expected to make a FIRM commitment to stay in band for one full school year.  Being in band is a lesson in responsibility. Students will learn to cooperate and perform with others. All band members contribute to the team spirit of the group that is preparing for the concerts.

     

    What will my child need to bring to band class?

    • A quality instrument *
    • Necessary accessories -- depending on the instrument (ex: neck strap, reeds, oil, swab) *
    • Method book, Tradition of Excellence Book 1 *
    • Black 1/2 -inch or 1-inch binder with a flap on the inside for holding the book
    • Clear page protectors
    • Pencil

     

    What attire will my child need by the first performance?

    • Band shirt or plain black polo shirt (Band shirts may need to be purchased by parent.)
    • Black pants or skirt
    • Black shoes and socks

     

    6th graders interested in band for the first time should be advised that they will be an entire year behind the other band students. Most band students begin in 5th grade and move up to 6th with a year of experience. At home practice would be very intense for a beginning 6th grade band student. Please contact Ms. Friend at KFriend@PUSD11.net if you are a 6th grader interested in beginning band next year.

     

    How will my child be graded in band?

    Band is a cumulative graded class. Yearlong grades are based on: 

    • Meeting daily rehearsal objectives. They are a check for understanding grade in grade book.  
    • Bringing required supplies
    • Evidence of practice
    • Required performances, a minimum of 2 per year and maybe more depending upon what opportunities arise. Performances are mandatory and are a major project grade in the grade book.
      • 5th Grade – Fall and a Spring concert.
      • 6th Grade – Fall and Spring concert and one performance on a Saturday for the Peoria Arts Festival. (It is held in April – date to be announced.)

     

    How many days will my child have band?

    • 3-4 times in the 6-day rotation. (This may change depending on student choices for electives.)

     

     

    ADVANCED BAND (7th & 8th Grade)

     

    What is required of my child to participate in Band? 

    All band students are expected to make a FIRM commitment to stay in band for one full school year. Being in band is a lesson in responsibility. Students will learn to cooperate and perform with others. All band members contribute to the team spirit of the group that is preparing for the concerts.

    What will my child need to bring to band class?

    • A quality instrument
    • Necessary accessories depending on the instrument (ex: neck strap, reeds, oil, swab)
    • Black 1/2 -inch or 1-inch binder with a flap on the inside for holding the book
    • Clear page protectors
    • Pencil

     

    What attire will my child need by the first performance?

    • Band shirt or plain black polo shirt.  (Band shirts may need to be purchased by parents.)
    • Black pants or skirt
    • Black shoes and socks

     

    How will my child be graded in band?

    Band is a cumulative graded class. Yearlong grades are based on:

    • Meeting daily rehearsal objectives. They are a check for understanding grade in the grade book.

      • Bringing required supplies
      • Evidence of practice
      • Playing Tests
      • Required performances, a minimum of 4 per year: Jr. High Band Night at Liberty High School, Fall Band Concert, Mega Band Concert at Liberty High School and the Spring Band Concert. There may be more depending upon what opportunities arise. Performances are mandatory and are a major project grade in the grade book.

     

    How many days will my child have band?

    • 3-4 times in the 6-day rotation. (This may change depending on student choices for electives.)

     

    Mrs. Kimberly Friend, Band Teacher

     

Choir

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    What supplies will my child need for choir?

    • Your child will need:
       
      • A ½" three ringed binder (the larger ones don't fit in the folder cabinet).
      • A pencil pouch that will attach and be kept in their binder.
      • Two pencils (any kind will do)
      • A highlighter (lighter colors work best - any kind will do).
      • Some loose-leaf paper (about 10 sheets).
      • Choir attire chosen by teacher.

     

    How many choir performances will there be?

    • The school district mandates that each performance group have two concerts per calendar year. We will have two and may have more depending upon what opportunities may arise. 

     

    Are choir performances mandatory?

    • Performances are mandatory and are a major project grade in their gradebook. We will be holding our performances in the evenings with the exception of the Peoria Arts Festival (6th grade only).  
       
      • 5th Grade –Winter and Spring concert.
      • 6th Grade –Winter and Spring concert and one performance on a Saturday for the Peoria Arts Festival. (It is typically held in April – date to be announced).
      • Junior High –Winter concert (at Liberty High School), and a Spring concert.

     

    How many days will my child have choir?

    • Performance groups are required to have at minimum 3 days of rehearsal. Students will have between three and five rehearsal days per week.

     

    How will my child be graded in choir?

    • Choir students are graded on the following:

      • Meeting classroom objectives – participating in activities, discussions and singing when appropriate.
      • Being in attendance – students are not allowed to "skip" their electives. Doing so will result in a consequence (card signing, lunch detention, etc.)

     

    Being prepared – practicing and studying at home when necessary, checking out music and bringing it back for rehearsal, turning in homework or communication with parents. 

     

    Mr. Darren Friedman, Choir Teacher

     

Arts Staff

  • K-4 Music:  

    Mrs. Jill McKinley Email

    Mrs. Bonnie Crawford Email

     

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    musical 2nd grade

     

    K-8 Art:  Mrs. Kelsey Speirs  

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    Mrs. Speirs also holds an after school Art Club for Lake Pleasant students once a week once.  Art Club will resume once COVID-19 restrictons are lifted.  

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    5-8 Choir:  Mr. Darren Friedman

    Email

     

    5-8 Band:  TBD

     

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