School is back in session and one local elementary school is boasting a new designation. Yadkinville Elementary is now an A+ school. The new status means that the arts will be incorporated into learning at the school.
“We are excited about the transformation of Yadkinville Elementary School from a traditional school to an arts-based A+ school,” said Yadkin County School Superintendent Dr. Todd Marin. “The faculty underwent a week of training over the summer to learn how to better integrate the arts into their existing curriculum. I believe this will bring a new element to learning at Yadkinville, and that the students will benefit tremendously by being exposed to the arts on a daily basis. Yadkin County has a strong arts tradition, and this fits in our county. Our students benefit when they have experiences in the arts.”
The A+ program was established in 1995 and Yadkinville Principal Dr. James Sheek said the school is now among 50 or so schools in the state to obtain the designation.
“It’s going to be a focus for the teachers on integrating art into the classroom,” Sheek said. “There’s a lot of research out there that says that teaching through the arts does a lot to help students not only learn more and learn better, but learn more deeply and begin to make connections that maybe they wouldn’t ordinarily make. I think that’s the thing that has the most promise here.”
Sheek said as part of the A+ program, theater arts will now be incorporated at the school. Jessie Grant, a Yadkin County native with strong ties in theater in the county, has joined the staff at Yadkinville Elementary.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the YES A+ family,” Grant said. “Theater opens a creative door that focuses on the learn-by-doing philosophy. Theater at this age inspires confidence and self efficacy. We’ve got amazing teachers and talented kiddos. I simply cannot wait to see what the future holds for YES!”
According to the school’s website, arts education will be approached in several different ways including, “bringing together arts and non-arts objectives to create hands-on, experiential, connected and meaningful learning experiences and creating opportunities for students and staff to experience artistic works and performances in both their school and their community.”
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