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Welcome to the DCPS Arts Team! We are so happy to have you in our schools. I know this is a particularly interesting year to start in a new school district, but we are all new to this virtual learning adventure together. You all attended the New Educator Orientation this week, and it may have answered some questions and added many new ones. Here are some resources to support you for now:

  1. NEO website,

  2. New Arts Teacher Packet here

  3. Our welcome video here

  4. here you will find our curriculum, framework for arts learning, partners, and much more. (PD page is password protected only for DCPS teachers- please find it in your email or contact for the password)

Two calendar items:

  1. We will host a new teacher coffee chat on Friday August 28th from 9-10am, link to join here.

  2. The arts team will have office hours from 9am-4pm on Friday, August 28th for any needs that arise, link


Next week is the preservice professional development week. You will receive a lot of information and I encourage you to focus on what you need for August 31st. Items like Impact, grading, and field trips can wait for another day. But knowing how to login and use canvas and teams are a day one need. Getting your first weeks of canvas course pages set up are a week one need(or a plan from your principal if you are still waiting on login credentials)

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Dear Arts Teachers,

One week until we see each other again! I have 4 important points of information for you all today, so please read through to the end.

Before we start let us all take a reminder from the great Lindsey Vance to breath-

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CCC- Canvas Course Companions-

This summer ten of the art, music and theater teachers developed our curriculum into canvas courses for general art, music and theater. These pages will be transferable to your class courses to use or edit as needed for your students. The courses will start rolling out over the next week to be ready for preservice.

Technology for virtual learning-

This is great page to see all the different websites, software and application tools you can use for your classes. We are in the process of purchasing Smart music, Soundtrap, Quaver, and expanding Adobe Creative Suite to grades 6-12. Once those purchases are final we will notify you all to begin using. We are optimistic that they will be ready for the beginning of school.

Preservice PD-

Preservice week is Monday August 24th- Friday August 28th.

Each day will have focused information and training to prepare you for school opening on the 31st. The Arts content day will be Wednesday, August 26th.

Supplies for the Fall-

Supplies are coming! Our team has been hard at work getting various funding sources to ensure your students are able to have digital and physical supplies for your classes. We are optimistic that the various donations and DCPS purchases of visual arts and music supplies will be set soon.

For your planning purposes, we will have:

  • Visual arts kits of crayons or color pencils, and sketchbooks for all grade levels of students.

  • Elementary music we will have rhythm sticks and recorders.

  • Secondary ensemble courses will receive a limited number of portable music stands, trombone and trumpet mutes, drum pads, and snare sticks for at-home practice. A limited number of headphones will also be distributed for 6-12 music students.

These supplies will not arrive until closer to the end of September.

(Connected Schools and secondary ceramics courses will have some separate kits coming from some generous local funders, you will be individually contacted about these specific kits.)

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Updated: Jul 14, 2020

Our team provides a "one stop shop" for you in this website which allows you to navigate our newest updates, events, opportunities, and teacher resources.

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