Haley music program recognized - March 23, 2006

Record Number: 2317
Displayed from: Mar 23, 2006 , until: Apr 20, 2006

Haley Elementary School's music program has been selected to receive special recognition as a Model Music Education Program by the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). The MENC Model Music Education Program is a newly established award program acknowledging 12 outstanding music programs from across the nation that demonstrate distinctive aspects and successes based on The National Standards for Music Education. The Haley music program's unique characteristics as a Model Music Education Program include the integration of state-of-the-art music and educational technologies, the innovation of various related arts and integrated curriculum projects and the utilization of technology-driven assessment tools. Haley music supports the school's improvement plan by facilitating language arts, social studies, math and science related music curriculum lessons, projects, and activities and utilizing authentic student/teacher created assessments. In addition to the grant for $1,500, Haley will be featured in an MENC publication highlighting the program. Grant writer Wendy Bloom, Haley music teacher, will participate in a panel discussion featuring the schools winning the model award at the Biennial National Music Educators Conference in April in Salt Lake City. The Haley music department will utilize the grant award funds to upgrade music composition and multimedia software in the Haley music technology lab and to purchase additional African instruments for the Haley drum circle ensemble. The school is located at 2201 Maplecrest Road. For information, contact Nathan Spicer, principal, 425-7350.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.