Making the Grade Burgess Utilizes Art

Teachers at Burgess Elementary are all about keeping the arts alive.

They have been taking music and different art lessons and incorporating them into everyday academics.

Eddie Randle explains in tonight's Making the Grade.

Finding ways to keep students focused and engaged in all subjects is all part of the education process and sometimes it's challenging.

So teachers at Burgess Elementary are using different forms of art to keep kids interested and engaged.

Fourth graders are utilizing their music class and incorporating math in songs.

Students use instruments like the drums to help them prepare for end of course test.

"We're learning capitalization and multiplication, like numbers and digits," said 4th greader McKenzie Platt.

4th grader Nicholas Darcus says, "When it gets in my head it helps me think of the digits and numbers and how to do multiplication and division,"

But it's different strokes for different folks.

6th graders are using paint and sculptures to help them get ready for the transition to junior high.

Gabrelle Easter placed in multiple uil categories this year and says art has helped her stay on track.

"Time management, I can mange time very well right now, and art helps me because I have different things that I do and i keep them organized very well," said 6th grader Gabrelle Easter.

"When you get to Jr. High it helps you express your feeling and it gets you ready for what your going to be doing in your life," said 6th grader Tystevia Vaughn.

Teachers say when you mix art with academics it makes art so much more relevant, which is just another way to keep art alive in our schools.

Administrators say they welcome any way to help students excel in the STAAR Test.
High school students began earlier this week and other grades will test throughout the month.

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