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Fine Arts at Cane Creek Middle
Fine Arts at Cane Creek Middle
Posted on 11/01/2017
Students perform a shadow puppet show in Matthew Pospishil's art class.This article appears in the Fall 2017 special edition of BCS Advantage magazine. To find out more about Advantage, click here.

Walk the halls of Cane Creek Middle School and you’re sure to hear the deep resonance of a cello, the trill of a flute, or the rising swell of a well-rehearsed chorus.

Like other BCS middle grade schools, Cane Creek strives to get children involved in a wide range of fine arts options, from strings to theater to acrylic paints.

“There is an awareness at our school about the well-rounded student who exceeds in the three A’s — academics, arts, and athletics,” said band director Clif Dodson. “We want to see every student grow and excel.”

“We’re very fortunate to have such strong and complete fine arts programs here,” said chorus teacher Kathryn Strickler. “It takes parent and public support to make these programs thrive, and Cane Creek has had that for a long time.”

“Art gives students an outlet where they can take their middle school ‘drama’ and put it to use ...” said Ellen Wharton, Cane Creek Middle School theater teacher.“It’s great to do something different,” said eighth-grader Jack Applegate, a percussionist in the school band who used a second “exploration” elective to learn trumpet. “It’s really fun to see yourself get better.”

The improvement carries over into academics, said theater teacher Ellen Wharton. The fine arts, including theater, encourage students to engage creatively in multiple disciplines at the same time.

“Most people see the relationship with Language Arts because theater is a literary art, communicating stories and ideas to an audience,” she said. “But it is so much more. Theater boosts Social Studies in exploring the culture and history of our global community.”

Theater and other creative arts also involve technology and design, giving students more with science and math. They give students a mental roadmap to develop projects — plays, songs, paintings, and more — from start to finish.

“Art gives students an outlet where they can take their middle school ‘drama’ and put it to use, collaborating to create solutions to problems and building confidence to stand in front of peers and parents,” Wharton said.

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