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May 19, 2017
by: Keira Collin, Étude Studios Writing Intern

ESAA students bring Settlers’ Stories to life

 

Second and third graders at the Elementary School for the Arts and Academics collaborated in groups to explore the lives of early settlers in America. After developing plays to showcase the problems that the settlers faced, IDEAS Academy film interns from Étude Studios helped to capture them.

Drama teacher Dan Burkey explained the process used to make these plays:

“We structured short plays and scenes based on those problems and solutions. For our performance we recorded them in front of a green screen and replaced the green background with backgrounds that the kids had hand drawn on paper, “ Burkey said.

Collaboration between the schools in the Étude Group allows students to learn about different ways of thinking and art forms as well as understand the importance of working as a team.

“Interns came in to check camera angles and talked the students through the process of film production, the idea of saying ‘Action!’ as well as making sure cameras and microphones were operating before we started. The interns had it set up so we could just move the kids in and start filming and we were able to sync up the sound between multiple cameras: the same process that professional film studios would use while trying to film a scene with multiple angles,” Burkey said.

Internship at IDEAS Academy through Étude Studios gives IDEAS students the opportunity to be a part of high quality, professional work that will be a template to their work in the future.

“It was great for interns to have more of a production element of their work. This was more a filmed presentation where the intended product is the film scene itself, Burkey said. “The elementary students got to see and feel what it's like to be in a professional environment and to have a team of technicians with actors where each group had their own responsibilities, working together creatively for the same goal.”

Alex Dean, a film intern at Étude Studios, was pleased that the final product of this collaboration created a bridge between the two schools.

“[Interns responsibilities are] important because either [Mr. Burkey] would have had to capture it himself or they would’ve had to hire a professional film team, but we have an internship program at IDEAS with videographers, so we were able to make this happen with a lot of help from Burkey,” he said.

From filming the Settler’s Plays, Dean gained an appreciation of the different talents prevalent in all students and the benefit of bringing those together.

“I think the kids did a really good job. A lot of them were only looking up at the script a couple of times during the play. From an actor's point of view, they did really great and I think that if they continue with this they could be really amazing actors, so kudos to them,” Dean said.


April 22, 2017

ESAA's Mrs. Faul Named SASD Teacher of the Year

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Jamie Faul 2017 As one of ESAA's upper primary teachers, Mrs. Faul takes steps every day to make sure that all students are engaged in authentic learning and deep thinking.

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February 7, 2017

ESAA Exhibitions of Learning Schedule

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ESAA students look forward to sharing their learning with their school community on Monday, February 27th. Parents are encouraged to attend their child's Exhibition of Learning, and are welcome to stay to see the other projects. Students have focused on looking closely at the world around them, researching topics, creating solutions, and representing their ideas. Exhibitions of Learning are as much about their process as they are about the final product. Questions and connections are always welcome!

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November 6, 2016
by: Susan Griffiths, ESAA Dean of School

Trimester 1 Exhibitions of Learning

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We are excited to invite you to ESAA’s Trimester 1 Exhibitions of Learning (EoLs) on Friday, November 18, 2016.  EoLs are the students’ culminating presentation of projects. These exhibitions illustrate the integration academics, arts, and our Habits of Mind and Learning found in students’ projects.  Students share their learning and problem solving through the creative process. Exhibitions of Learning are also an opportunity for friends and families to participate in the learning by asking questions and giving feedback to students on topics such as the process, working together as group, how the students’ thinking changed, or how might their newly gained knowledge be relevant beyond the project.

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September 5, 2016
by: Susan Griffiths

Connections: Building Community at ESAA

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If school is about helping students understand the world around them, it makes a  great deal of sense to start the school year helping students better understand themselves as friends, learners, teachers, and leaders. With this in mind, ESAA teachers Rachel Pekarek and Jamie Faul created a school wide plan to build community during the first weeks of school. We began the year using this plan to provide students and teachers with the time and space to make connections not only in their classrooms, but throughout the school and in the community. The following are some highlights from our first two days of school.

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August 16, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

MAKER Break at Sheboygan Summer Music Series

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MAKER Break, the creative makerspace program developed by The Étude Group’s IDEAS Academy and The ARTery of the John Michael Kohler Art Center, was a featured program at the August 11th Levitt Amp Sheboygan Summer Music Series. 

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July 1, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

Announcing MAKER BREAK: A Summer Makerspace Program

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We are excited to announce a free summer makerspace program developed by IDEAS Academy[ideas/] and The ARTery of The John Michael Kohler Arts Center. MAKER BREAK is a series of summer workshops and sessions that explore a wide range of making practices and activities. Participants can explore everything from circuitry and mic building at IDEAS Academy to knotsmanship and screenprinting in The ARTery.

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June 28, 2016
by: Lori Ladiges

ESAA Literacy Parent Connections: Reading to Children at Home from Birth to Age 8 and BeyondNew News Article

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Dear Parents,

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June 3, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

ESAA World Peace Games Challenge 4th and 5th Graders

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Students in the 4th and 5th grades at ESAA spent time this spring participating in the World Peace Games and were guided by the essential question, “How can people better understand each other?”

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May 24, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

ESAA 2nd and 3rd Graders Skype with Lightning Thief Playwright

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ESAA 2nd and 3rd graders recently had the opportunity to attend a matinee showing of Theatreworks’ The Lightning Thief at the Weill Center.  Exposure to theater is important to everything from developing creativity and imagination to lengthening attention span.  It’s also a powerful connector to reading.  We were fortunate that our students had the chance to attend a live production of a book so many of them enjoy.

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