Art, Music, & Spanish - Fort Thomas Independent Schools

Edition 2.5 - March 2016

5th Grade Spanish with Silvia McClamrock (3-5 Spanish)

1st Grade Spanish with Julie Dashley (K-2 Spanish)

4th Grade Art with Jennifer Flynn (3-5 Art)

2nd Grade Music with Mary Scaggs (K-2 Music)

Kindergarten Art with Nikki Everett (K-2 Art)

3rd Grade Music with David Rockel (3-5 Music)

5th Grade Spanish with Señora McClamrock

In the 5th grade, we are learning about telling our likes and dislikes regarding activities in our free time. Students are “app smashing,” or using information from one app, PicStitch, in another app, Puppet Pals. That way, students can use backgrounds from the real world and a cartoon of themselves in PicStitch together in Puppet Pals to act out their likes and dislikes.

We used this video of Cristina from Spain, titled Las cosas que me gustan, as inspiration:

Las cosas que me gustan. Nivel A1

Here is an example of what some students from Johnson came up with:

Las cosas que me gustan

Silvia McClamrock

3-5 Spanish Educator FTIS

1st Grade Spanish with Señora Dashley

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In first grade we just finished up a unit about months and are now focusing on talking about weather! Soon, we will be able to combine the two to talk about the weather in different months. Also, we will look at the weather in different countries around the world. Right now, we are practicing our vocabulary with movement, song, drawings, and the memory game!

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Julie Dashley

K-2 Spanish Educator FTIS

4th Grade Art with Mrs. Flynn

Experimentation and personal connections have been a focus for our 4th graders in art class. All three schools visited the Cincinnati Art Museum, getting to take a closer look at how art communicates messages, and even had the opportunity to draw in their sketchbooks onsite. Back in the classroom, we've discussed folk art and quilting, and how we all express our creativity in different ways. Many students have utilized every recycled materials to explore art in three dimensions. Students were also challenged to create a personal narrative visually. What message will you send with your art?

3rd Grade Recovering the Classics Event

In our last newsletter, I shared information about our first Recovering the Classics Event, which was a huge success! Be sure to check out all the photos on my blog and learn more details.

Jennifer Flynn

3-5 Visual Art Educator FTIS

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2nd Grade with Mrs. Scaggs

The primary students have been busy the past few weeks learning about composers and the music they create. Kindergarten just finished learning about Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, first grade at Johnson finished Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (MES and WES will learn this later, after their musical is finished) and the second grade are learning about Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and The Wolf. We discussed Prokoviev’s love of Russian culture and how he took a Russian folk tale and orchestrated it for an audience. We have discussed instruments and how they represent characters in a story, we created a little book that can be read at home and received math, writing and reading activities that correlate with Peter and the Wolf.

Serge Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

In music class we would like to introduce you Mrs. Scaggs’ student teacher. His name is Kyle Heinrich and he is a senior at NKU. He is majoring in music education with an emphasis in vocal music. He joined us on Monday March 7th and will be co-teaching (with Mrs. Scaggs) the K-2 grade students and the chorus until May 6th. Fort Thomas is very lucky to have such a talented student teacher. If you see him around the building, please make him feel welcome.

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On Monday March 14th a woodwind quintet from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra visited Woodfill. The assembly was for first and second grade students. We were able to see the instruments up close and also to hear how they sounded. Second grade students were able to see most of the instruments that play the characters in Peter and the Wolf. It was a treat to see/hear instruments up close and personal.
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Upcoming concerts (free to public and all are welcome):

Monday April 18th – Woodfill first grade musical “Bugz” from 6:00 – 6:30

Tuesday April 19th – Moyer first grade musical “Bugz” (at Woodfill) from 7:00 – 7:30

Tuesday April 26th – Fort Thomas Children’s Choir concert (at HHS PAC) from 7:00 – 8:00

Mary Scaggs - K-2 Music Educator FTIS

Kindergarten Art with Mrs. Everett

It seems like Spring is finally here! The art room continues to buzz with busy students exploring, planning, creating, and sharing their artwork.

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The Kindergarten Art classes are no exception! To start of the month of March we learned about author, illustrator and artist Dr. Seuss, and made our own Dr. Seuss inspired characters. This week, however, was one of my FAVORITES! It was RAINBOW week! We learned about the order of the colors of the rainbow and had a little help from the Cat in the Hat to learn his "Rainbow Song". The kindergarten students painted rainbows in ROY G BiV order and brought color and cheer to the end of this winter season. I love when rainbows bring the sunshine in my art studio! As luck would have it, we had a rainbow appear in the sky the very same weekend! I love when students are able to connect what we are learning in the art room to the world around us.

Nikki Everett

K-2 Visual Art Educator FTIS

3rd Grade Music with Mr. Rockel

If you haven’t heard by now, the third grade is working on the recorder. I know the third grade parents can easily remember the first day their child brought home this instrument. What a beautiful sound. Well, with a few forty-five minute classes, we proudly present the BA Blues. Before you listen/watch their performance, please know that they are actually reading the music as they play. From start to finish, we worked on this particular song for fifteen minutes. Our goal is to have them gain interest in performance using a musical instrument while learning and understanding the value of being musically literate.

3rd Grade Recorder Video

David Rockel

3-5 Music Educator FTIS


District Art Show K-12

Save the Date!

On Friday, April 15th, our first district-wide Art Show will be held at The Art House (Grades K-8) as well as Fort Thomas Coffee (Grades 9-12). SELECT students from JES, MES, WES, HMS, and HHS will have artwork on display. To be announced soon.

Woodfill First Grade Musical "BUGZ"

Monday, April 18th, 6-6:30pm

1025 Alexandria Pike

Fort Thomas, KY

Woodfill's musical will take place in the WES Cafeteria.

Woodfill Art Show

Monday, April 18th, 6:30-8pm

1025 Alexandria Pike

Fort Thomas, KY

EVERY Woodfill student, grades K-5, will have an artwork framed and on display in the WES Gym! Families have the option of taking home the framed artwork for $25. Proceeds will go toward future 7 Habits murals in our building.

Moyer First Grade Musical "BUGZ"

Tuesday, April 19th, 7-7:30pm

1025 Alexandria Pike

Fort Thomas, KY

Please note: Due to construction, Moyer's musical will take place in Woodfill's Cafeteria.

Fort Thomas Children's Choir Concert

Tuesday, April 26th, 7-8pm

2400 Memorial Parkway

Fort Thomas, KY

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place at the HHS PAC. All are welcome!

Online Art Exhibits

Don't forget to visit our ever-expanding online exhibits!

Johnson's Gallery Moyer's Gallery Woodfill's Gallery

ART ROOM Donations

Cleaning out some areas in your house this spring?

We appreciate your donation of any of the materials below.

  • Styrofoam Plates
  • Silk Flowers
  • Art Books/Drawing Books
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Egg cartons
  • Wood Blocks
  • Small sheets of cardboard
  • Miscellaneous Craft Supplies

Thank you for supporting our student art studios!


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Cincinnati Music Hall

Save the Date - Celebrate Earth

Saturday, April 16 | 10:30 AM
Bring the family to celebrate Earth Day through song and music, including "Circle of Life" from The Lion King and Debussy's La mer ("The Sea"). Stunning visuals will play above the stage to help bring nature center stage at Music Hall.

Taking Root providing free tree saplings and Cincinnati Nature Center is providing free milkweed seeds to each child at the concert to take home and plant!

FREE Family Fun Zone starts at 9:30 am

Concert at 10:30 am (Tickets required)
Visit the website to order tickets

Cincinnati Zoo - Tunes & Blooms

See a collection of Cincinnati’s finest and most respected music veterans playing together in the Zoo’s beautiful gardens, for FREE! Why tip-toe through the tulips when you can rock the garden?

April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28


Admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $9.

Enjoy the Zoo Blooms while you’re here!

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On Saturday, April 30, 12-3pm, visit the Coldspring Branch of the Campbell County Library for an afternoon of international food, crafts from around the world and games! El Día de Los Niños is a celebration of children, families and reading. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

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Cincinnati Art Museum - REC

Rosenthal Education Center: Open Tues – Sun, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Rosenthal Education Center (REC) is the new art education space inside the museum. Through dedicated interactive exhibition and studio space the collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum is brought to life for children of all ages. The REC encourages families to discover the Art Museum’s collection in a fun, immersive, hands-on and safe manner through a variety of experiences.


Learn MORE up-to-date, information about our Art, Music, and Spanish programs on our website. Read blog posts, see pictures, and view resource information for every grade!