Art, Music, & Spanish - Fort Thomas Independent Schools

CREATIVITY is in full force.

Welcome spring! A lot of CREATING has been occurring in our Art, Music, and Spanish classrooms. Enjoy this edition of Artspeak, and be sure to check out our new website.

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

You're invited to our 9th Annual ELEMENTARY ART SHOW!

March is Youth Art Month
Join us in celebrating our young artists by visiting our art exhibit on display at the Ft. Thomas Branch of the Campbell County Library. Elementary artwork will be on display SAT. MARCH 21 - WED. MARCH 25, 2015. The opening reception will occur SUNDAY, MARCH 22 FROM 2-5PM with music performed by the HHS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA.

NEW THIS YEAR: During the opening reception, enjoy contributing to an interactive piece of art celebrating our city. While at the library, be inspired to check out books about artists or art techniques!

Nikki Everett (K-2) & Jennifer Flynn (3-5)

Visual Art Educators FTIS

Artists Video 2015

WE ARE ARTISTS: Check out our 2015 video with artists from all of our elementary schools!

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Student work from Spanish on the new website!

In the 3rd Grade we are still working on saying our weather expressions. Students used the iPads to create collages about the weather. The gallery (from Moyer, still working on other schools) is up on my page on the Fort Thomas Arts site.

In the 4th Grade we just tested out our speaking skills by asking each other which fruits and vegetables we liked.

In the 5th Grade, we are still working on talking about our family members. Students recorded themselves speaking using the Puppet Pals HD app. We had a great time. Videos are also found on my page on the Fort Thomas Arts site. I am still trying to figure out how to organize everything there, so bear with me if you have to scroll a bit!

Silvia McClamrock

3-5 Spanish Educator FTIS

No Homework Day - Student Lyrics

New Lyrics..."No Homework Day" ahead?

4th and 5th Graders are currently working on using music to persuade an audience. They are using the tune “Oh! Susanna,” written by Stephen Collins Foster, and creating their own lyrics. They found out that Stephen once wrote songs to help James Buchanan in his election campaign. We don’t really know how much it helped but, nonetheless, they were written and sung.

One group of students used their song to persuade Mrs. Brummer for a “no homework day.” We will find out if it worked. Another class asked Mr. Haskamp for more recess. Every 5th grade student participated in this lesson so there are too many to acknowledge. Watch the videos and you will see the hard work that was put into this project!

David Rockel

3-5 Music Educator FTIS

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We've had a butterfly spotting!

In second grade, we sent paper butterflies to Mexico in October to symbolize the monarch migration. Students in Mexico keep them during our cold winter and then in April or May, we will get butterflies, but not our own as monarchs never go to the same place twice.

Just recently, we received pictures of our butterflies in Mexico! In the picture, the boy that is holding two butterflies are of a second grade class at Woodfill and a second grade class at Moyer! How exciting! We cannot wait to get a package in the mail from Mexico and see where the butterflies are from and the notes from the students in Mexico!

Julie Dashley

K-2 Spanish Educator FTIS

Music Lasts a Lifetime - BMN Cover Art Contest

The students in kindergarten through second grade are working on a competition for the Kentucky Music Educator's magazine Bluegrass Music News (BMN). The cover contest is asking for students to draw a picture that represents the theme "Music Lasts A Lifetime." We have been discussing the impact of music over the life of various people and the amazing possibles of future inventions. (The students were amazed to hear that when I was born technology such as cell phones, IPods, streaming sites such as ITunes and Netflix did not exist.)

The students are working on their ideas and sketching them this week and will finish their pictures next week. Winners from each grade level at each school will be selected (based on their artwork and their representation of the theme) to advance to the state competition, for a chance to have their artwork selected to be used on the cover of the July issue of BMN. Good luck everyone!

P.S. If students in grades 3-5 wish to enter the contest, have them complete an art rendering matching the theme by Thursday March 27th to Mrs. Scaggs' mailbox at school.

Mary Scaggs

K-2 Music Educator FTIS

Fort Thomas Elementary Art Show - Opening Reception

Sunday, March 22nd, 2-5pm

1000 Highland Avenue

Fort Thomas, KY

Kids' Art Museum

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

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

Art room donations!

Thank you for your help in keeping our art studio stocked!

  • Sharpened pencils with erasers
  • Gluesticks
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Hand sanitizer