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Students Explore New Subjects and Skills at Fine Arts Bridge Camp

Some Mansfield ISD students are getting a head start on the upcoming school year by participating in a bridge program to introduce them to each other, their teachers and the unique way they’ll be learning at the district’s two fine arts academies.

This week, incoming third and fifth graders participated in an arts and music bridge camp at Brenda Norwood Elementary School.

“On a typical day, students get an equal amount of time in their core classes and their arts classes,” said third grade fine arts teacher Alexa Wright. “For some of them, it’s the first time they’ve ever done anything like this, especially in front of peers, so it was a really great way for them to break out of their shells a little bit.”

The fine arts academies at Brenda Norwood Elementary School and Alma Martinez Intermediate School—now in their second year—infuse core curriculum with the fine arts. Lessons include enriching fine arts skills such as creativity, problem solving, collaboration and self-discipline.

"We learned different styles of music and dance, and we were exploring theatre. I don’t mind traditional school, but I like this better because it’s really fun and unique,” said Rosalie Leavitt, an incoming fifth grader at Alma Martinez Intermediate School.

At the fine arts academies, students in third through fifth grades experience music, piano, dance, theatre and visual art. Fifth and sixth graders will also be introduced to orchestra, band and digital art.

“We know that coming into a school like this, especially an academy like, this is completely different than anything they’ve experienced before,” Wright said. “So, having the chance to get comfortable—to get to see the space, to get excited for what’s coming up—it’s really building those relationships now. So that way, we can hit the ground running on the first day of school and be able to create a lot of great things this year.”

The fine arts academies are offered through MISD's Power of Choice program. View more about the wide range of offerings here.