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Magnet Program Information

Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School is an elementary magnet school serving K-5 students residing in Connecticut. The school infuses the New London Public School's curriculum with an emphasis and incorporation of Arts into other areas of study. The goal of Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School is to provide students in grades K-5 with the skills necessary to grow academically and artistically. The magnet school accomplishes this by providing the students with a rigorous core academic program. Students will make interdisciplinary connections, engage in project-based learning, participate in the production cycle and work with our partnering organizations as they develop and refine new skills.

Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School integrates learning experiences and activities that support the students' development. The arts curricula is built into each student's daily schedule and provides them with additional experiences that will enhance their training in the arts. By the end of grade 5, students will gain exposure in all of the art forms by participating in specific classes that help them to identify their interests and abilities.

The Arts truly provide students with a foundation for success in all academic and artistic areas, by bringing the content to life.

Dance classThe Nathan Hale Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School provides students from Kindergarten through grade 5 an integrated learning environment that combines traditional academics with an arts curriculum that includes vocal and instrumental music, visual art, dance, theatre, creative writing, and interdisciplinary arts. Utilizing research-based teaching and learning practices in reading, mathematics, science, technology and the arts, students will make interdisciplinary connections, and engage in project-based learning. The school will explicitly teach all facets of the production cycle, and students will create projects for both school-based and outside audiences. Instruction in core academic areas, as well as participation in live performances and public showcases of their work, will provide students with challenging learning activities that will develop their ability to demonstrate creativity, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and assume leadership roles.

The school will seek to transcend the work of a traditional elementary school. Teachers will focus on educating the whole child and on developing a community of learners that values the work of all individuals. This is especially important in the upper elementary grades because there is often a need to build intra- and interpersonal skills related to self-confidence, emotional intelligence, effective communication and teamwork.

Mission Statement

The mission of Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School is to bring New London and other area school children together to develop their fullest artistic potential, to prepare them for academic success at the middle and high school level, to lead productive lives, and to contribute to society as creative, engaged citizens.

Vision Statement

It is the vision of the Nathan Hale Magnet Elementary School for Performing and Visual Arts that every student, no matter what their economic, racial, or ethnic background, can achieve at high levels and become successful lifelong learners. We believe that an introduction to the arts at an early age is vital to that development because the arts promote the independence of thought that is necessary for students to show leadership and creativity, both inside and outside of school.

Goals

The common focus of the Nathan Hale Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School is to provide students in grades K-5 with the skills necessary to grow academically and artistically. The magnet school will accomplish this by providing the students with a rigorous core academic program. Students will make interdisciplinary connections, engage in project-based learning, participate in the production cycle and work with our partnering organizations as they develop and refine new skills.

Nathan Hale Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School will integrate learning experiences and activities that support the students’ development. The arts curricula will be built into each student’s daily schedule to provide them with additional experiences that will enhance their training in the arts. By the end of grade 5, students will gain exposure in all of the art forms by participating in specific classes that help them to identify their interests and abilities.

The goals of Nathan Hale Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School are to:

  • Foster an understanding of, appreciation for, and respect of cultural diversity.

  • Establish a safe, challenging and nurturing academic environment.

  • Provide a quality integrated educational program focusing on the arts in a cooperative environment.

  • Provide high-quality challenging education, grades K-5, so students reach grade level benchmarks and are prepared to exceed state and national standards of achievement.

  • Develop creativity, lifetime skills, work habits, character qualities and a refined approach to problem solving and critical thinking

  • Promote racial integration and reduce racial, ethnic, and economic isolation.

  • Collaborate with all stakeholders to fulfill the mission and vision of the school.

Cutting Edge Classroom TechnologyKeyboard lab

In every classroom:

  • 4 student PCs

  • Teacher PC

  • Epson Bright Link Interactive Projector

  • Hovercam Document Camera

  • Voice Amplification System

  • iPads for every student

In the school:

  • Laptops and monitors are available for small group instruction areas

  • Two computer labs for use by all in the building

  • Video Editing room

  • The school is equipped with HDTV and complete building wireless access

  • Interactive smart tables

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