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As the 2013-2014 school year kicks off, the teachers and staff members of Prairie Vista Middle School have renewed their commitment to work diligently to provide all students with a challenging and relevant educational program. This is our second year of our Fine Arts Academy and we are adding 8th grade AVID to our existing course offerings, PVMS will engage students to develop both intellectually and creatively.
The 2013-2014 school year marks my eighth year as the principal of Prairie Vista Middle School and my thirty second year in the Hawthorne School District. I spent the first fourteen years in the Hawthorne School District as a 7th and 8th grade middle school teacher at Hawthorne Middle School. The next ten years were spent at Hawthorne Middle School as the Principal of HMS.
It is my honor to serve as the “head learner” at Prairie Vista Middle School. On an everyday basis, I learn from our students and staff. I continue to be impressed and amazed at our students’ ability to reach for an ever higher bar set by the creative and innovative approach of our talented staff.
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TAPPING INTO STUDENTS’ INNER STRENGTHS
Prairie Vista Middle School invests in the future, one fine arts program at a time. As other districts and states cut funding for the arts, two schools in Hawthorne, California, are making a strong statement about what puts kids on the road to college. Helen Morgan, superintendent of the K-8 Hawthorne School District, believes tapping into students’ inner strengths earlier in their education will put more students on a path to higher education.
Prairie Vista’s new music program, funded in part with donations by the Hawthorne School District Education Foundation and the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce, is opening up musical opportunity for 6th-8th graders. Students rotate each trimester into Dr. Lorenzo Sanchez’s new Roland F-110 piano lab, learning to read and write music, rhythm, and music history.
Customized by Roland Corporation for Prairie Vista, young players on the F-110’s 88-key Progressive Hammer Action piano experience the authentic feel of an acoustic grand. Students can explore up to 306 tones besides the piano, including eight drum sets and sound effects. As students grow and learn, they can access the F-110’s easy Transpose feature or Record and Save up to three tracks on the built-in Recorder.
Dr. Sanchez can isolate each player, listen to small groups, or hear the whole class on the RolandGLC-1 music conferencing system. This all-in-one communication solution is perfect for group piano teaching and music ensemble instruction. Because the GLC-1 doesn’t rely on external computer hardware or software, Prairie Vista’s music classes are simple to manage and fun for students. It’s both intuitive and easy-to-use.
The program is supplemented with a music accompaniment CD that plays along with the students. “The kids feel as if they are part of a band or an orchestra while they are learning basic keyboard concepts,” Dr. Sanchez says. He feels this makes their learning unique and that accompaniments “keep the students interested, help them develop a strong sense of rhythm, and help make playing fun right away.”
Giving students an opportunity to be successful in specialized courses, with technology as the center, is raising student interest and test scores. Compared to districts with similar demographics, Prairie Vista scores in the top 10 percent of similar schools statewide. Morgan points out, however, that “A test doesn’t measure your ability to build a robot or play a musical instrument....we just have to keep pushing ourselves.” And, Morgan adds, educators need to keep looking for opportunities for students to be successful. Prairie Vista is off to a great start!
PVMS Learners Today... Leaders Tomorrow!
Our responsibility is to prepare every student for success in college, career, and life.
Prairie Vista values the history of our school and community. We support the personal and intellectual success of each student. Our graduates will be productive and well informed citizens.
The goal of Prairie Vista is to advance student achievement.
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Tech. Tuesday - 3rd Flr. Lab
7th & 8th Grade Friday - Rm 102
Student Drop Off & Pick Up
Students are to be dropped off or picked up at the gate at the end of the driveway on Prairie Ave or at the gate on 135th. When using the Prairie Gate please drive to the end of the driveway to insure the safety of the students.
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