Performance at the Core

WPS Performing Arts Newsletter, Vol. I, no. 5

Our Mission

The mission of the WPS Performing Arts program is to prepare students to be artistically literate citizens and for lifelong engagement in the arts. Through the cyclical artistic process of creating, performing, responding and connecting to and through artistic works, students will become creative, collaborative, and persistent problem solvers in the global community.

It's Common Assessment Time!

Between January 17 and January 27, elementary music teachers will assess one class in grade 4 or kindergarten using the new common assessments. At our January 30th, staff meeting, we will begin analyzing our results and identifying our next steps. Please contact Lisa Leach if you have questions about implementation.

Focus on Key Ideas and Details: Making Connections with Folk Songs and Images

Many folk songs and games are great resources for literacy exploration and help personalize the learning. When students play and sing, they can retell stories and identify characters and setting. For example, after playing Thorn Rosa (a version of Sleeping Beauty), students use visuals to share the sequence of events.
Thorn Rosa Resources

Video and audio of the song as well as visuals to use.

Jan Brett's The Mitten Resources

Masks, video and writing prompts

Worcester Students featured at the Festival of Lights

On Friday, December 2nd, students from the Goddard School, Quinsigamond School, Doherty High and Burncoat High performed at Worcester's Festival of Lights celebration.
WPS sings with Sam James

Burncoat UNITES Update

Burncoat UNITES is developing partnerships to increase our student instrumentalists' opportunities in our community. We meet twice weekly at Burncoat Middle School and use ensemble-based instruction to become Citizens, Artists and Scholars, Every Day, Everywhere. For more information, contact Lisa at

SAVE THE DATE: Arts Festival 60

Tuesday, May 9th, 12pm

3 Salem Street

Worcester, MA

It's our 60th anniversary for celebrating the arts in the Worcester Public Schools.

Are you interested in helping lead the WPS Arts Festival?

How do we involve students more in the presentation and focus of the Arts Festival? How do we increase art-making opportunities for the Worcester community? An Arts Festival next-generation committee is forming now to make the Arts Festival more relevant, visible and indicative of the Arts Program Mission.

Please contact Timmary at or Lisa at if you are interested in this work. Pdps will be available.

Middle School Performing Arts Department Meeting

Monday, Jan. 23rd, 2:30pm

420 Grafton Street

Worcester, MA

Elementary Level Performing Arts Department Meeting

Monday, Jan. 30th, 2:45pm

140 Harrington Way

Worcester, MA

High School Level Performing Arts Department Meeting

Monday, Jan. 30th, 2:15pm

140 Harrington Way

Worcester, MA

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