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Record Number: 17135
Displayed from: May 11, 2018 , until: Jul 11, 2018

Adams Elementary first-grade students are putting the finishing touches on an opera they will perform for friends and family on Tuesday, May 22.

Over the course of the school year, the first-graders have worked with Heartland Sings, a non-profit vocal musical company based in Fort Wayne, to learn about opera while mastering the grade’s English-Language Arts standards. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, the students worked with vocal artists, Stephanie Carlson, Jerome Sibulo and Mark Phillips from Heartland Sings, to explore Language Arts through the world of opera. This spring, the students worked to create all aspects of the story and music for their own original operas. In addition to Language Arts Curriculum, these operas incorporate the 21st Century Skills of teamwork, collaboration, problem solving, creative thinking, critical thinking and perseverance.

The goal of Heartland Sing’s Arts Integrated Residency is to allow for collaboration between vocal artists, teachers and school administrators to create educational programming that enhances student achievement by integrating arts and the core curriculum of language arts, math and science. Heartland’s Arts Integrated Residency allows students to learn in a variety of ways through the genre of opera.

“Working with Heartland Sings has been an amazing opportunity for our students,” Adams Principal Federa Smith said. “Like most first-graders, they were not familiar with opera before this experience. That we were able to combine these lessons with our language arts curriculum made it a unique learning experience that they will never forget.”

The operas created by the students, “The Case of the Many Missing Music Books” and “Something is Rotten in Candyland,” tell stories of trouble and triumph using settings and characters created by the students. The students will perform the operas in concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Adams Elementary, 3000 New Haven Ave.

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.