Kings County Arts in Action

October 2021 Edition

Brought To You By Kings County Office of Education

Our Purpose

Arts education, which includes visual arts, music, drama, and media arts, is an important part of a well-rounded education. This newsletter serves to highlight the amazing work with the arts being done by school districts within our county.

Arts Education Throughout Kings County

Corcoran High School Visual Art Programs

The gallery below displays some of the many pieces students at Corcoran High School, which is part of Corcoran Unified School District, have created this year through assignments given by Mr. Alvarez.

Hanford High School Artwork

Ms. Bejarano's students at Hanford High School, which is part of Hanford Joint Union High School District, have been creating some incredible pieces this semester as they learn about perspective, values, and color scheme. One of these pieces was chosen as our newsletter background for this edition.

Hanford High Choir Programs

The Hanford High Choral Music Department has hit the ground running this fall. The singers had a fantastic fall concert in October. It was a joy performing live again! The advanced choirs attended the Fresno State Fall Invitational and got a wonderful clinic from Dr. Andrew Crane, the director at BYU in Utah. We are preparing for upcoming Honor Choir events and our winter Holiday concert is Tuesday, December 14, 2021. If you would like the choirs to sing or carol at any Holiday events, please email Jennifer McGill at

JC Montgomery Stories with Style 2.0

For the 2nd year, JC Montgomery students participated in Kings County Office of Education's Stories with Style project. Stories with Style was developed by Consultant Ed Campos and Principal/Consultant Elizabeth Norris. the Educational Services Department under the direction of Assistant Superintendent Joy Santos and Director of Leadership Services LaVonne Chastain and with the support of Kings County Office of Education Superintendent Todd Barlow. See here for how this project began.

Through a series of lessons, students learned about the history of hip hop and its impact on society both in the past and today. Students analyzed lyrics and art work for literary devices and thematic messages. They had the opportunity to create visual art with Urbanists Collective artists Joanna Sanchez and Erik Gonzalez. They learned to create beats on their devices from producer/artist Josh "OPTX" Levine and received mentoring in writing rap pieces from Josh and rapper Black Aesop of Living Legends. The Music Forward Foundation spoke to the students about marketing their work. At the end of the series, students were challenged to create original, collaborative pieces about problems facing our community. The teaching artists selected the piece they felt best met the challenge. It can be seen below. The lessons are available for free use throughout the region. For more information contact Additional Stories with Style projects created at JCM can be found on the JC Montgomery YouTube channel.

JCM is also a proud recipient of a Hip Hop Education and Equity Initiative planning grant, which will be used to develop an Arts, Media, and Entertainment pathway at the site.

Students at JCM also recently entered the Unsung competition put on by BreakFree Education. This organization provides educational support to schools serving system impacted youth. The song submitted is a top five finalist. Winners will be announced in the next few days.

It's Not 2 Late - Recorded and Filmed at Kings County Juvenile Detention Center

Parkview Middle School Artwork

Mr. Christian's 7th grade visual arts students at Parkview Middle School, which is part of Armona Union Elementary School District, have been learning about shading using pencils and other materials.
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Pioneer Middle School Art and Poster Submissions

Ms. McCaslin's students at Pioneer Middle School, which is part of Pioneer Union Elementary School District, have been learning to create grid portraits and to shade objects. Students also submitted projects for a peace contest.

Liberty Middle School Marching Band and Color Guard

The Liberty Middle School Marching Band and Color Guard from Lemoore Union Elementary School District were able to perform in parades during this fall for the first time since 2019. They performed at the Fowler Band Review and the Visalia Band Review as well as helping open the Fresno fair this year. This was the second season they were able to show off their new band uniforms as well.

Akers Arts

From Mr. Fraley, art teacher at Akers Elementary, which is part of the Central Union Elementary School District:

It has been a fun and exciting start to our school year with students back in the classroom at full capacity. As you know it is so much better to teach, especially the arts, face to face in the same room.

We began the year at Akers School with a couple of lessons about Color Theory and about the Olympics, with this being an Olympic year (postponed from 2020) and the upcoming Winter Olympics. We talked about artwork that has been done at the Olympics and looked at the work of LeRoy Neiman. Also included are a few examples of pumpkins done in oil pastel as we have transitioned into form and color in the Fall.

Hanford West High School Choir and Musical Theatre

The Hanford West High School Choir & Musical Theatre, part of Hanford Joint Union High School District, has been very active this Fall season.
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VAPA Arts Resources for Educators

The VAPA committee has compiled a list of resources for arts educators.

The Kings County Office of Education VAPA website has resources and information about the arts in Kings County.

Next KCOE Arts Update

Kings County Office of Education will release our next arts update in January 2022. Submissions may be sent to Liz Norris. Districts and sites are responsible for verifying that photos may be publicly released. Photos should be submitted in groupings of three due to the gallery format of S'more. Videos of live performances may also be accepted.