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K-12 Visual & Performing Arts

At Marion P. Thomas Charter School, we take pride in our comprehensive Visual & Performing Arts program, which is designed to foster creativity, inspire imagination, and empower students from Kindergarten through 12th grade to explore and excel in various artistic disciplines. Our program aligns with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Visual & Performing Arts to ensure that students receive a well-rounded arts education in visual art, dance, theater, and music.

Some of our Visual & Performing Arts Partnerships:

ArtsEd NJ NJPAC

 


The administrators who support the Visual & Performing Arts Department are:

 

Central Office

Mrs. Chanelle Wolfe, Director of Teaching, Learning & Culture (cwolfe@mptcs.org


 

PAC

Mr. Krys Hargrave,
Vice Principal (khargrave@mptcs.org)



 

STEAM

Ms. Nefertiti Jackson,
Vice Principal (njackson@mptcs.org



 

HS

Ms. Nicole Cooper,
Vice Principal (ncooper@mptcs.org)

Ms. Brittany Rhodie,
Lead Teacher (brhodie@mptcs.org

Visual Art Overview

 

Our Visual Art curriculum is founded on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Visual & Performing Arts, emphasizing the development of artistic skills and creativity. From elementary to high school, students explore a wide range of art mediums, techniques, and styles. They learn to express themselves visually, analyze art critically, and understand the cultural and historical contexts of art. Our students create and showcase their own artwork, participating in art exhibitions and community projects to share their creativity with others.
 

The Visual Art Instructional Team:

PAC

Ms. Lovelace
 

STEAM

Ms. Solhir
 

HS

Mr. Benjamin
 

Visual Art Curriculum Guides
 

High School (9-12)

Dance Overview

Dance is an integral part of our Visual & Performing Arts program. We follow the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Dance, encouraging students to express themselves through movement. Our dance curriculum encompasses various styles, from classical to contemporary & hip hop, and students learn choreography, dance history, and performance skills. They have the opportunity to participate in dance recitals and collaborate on projects that emphasize the connection between dance and other art forms.
 

The Dance Instructional Team

PAC

Ms. Massey-Rodriguez

HS

Mr. Wiggins

Visual Art Curriculum Guides
 

High School (9-12)

Theater Overview

Theater education at Marion P. Thomas Charter School adheres to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Theater Arts. Students explore the world of drama, from acting and script analysis to stagecraft and production. They develop their acting skills, learn about the technical aspects of theater, and gain an appreciation for theater history and literature. Our students showcase their talents in school productions, enabling them to experience the thrill of live performance while honing their communication and teamwork skills.

The theater team also utilizes TheaterFolk, which is a one-stop shop for plays, resources, and curriculum support.

The Theater Instructional Team

PAC

Ms. Vargas

Ms. Ross
 

STEAM


 

HS

Ms. Rhodie

Ms. Camilo

Theater Curriculum Guides
 

K-8

In Progress

High School (9-12)

Music Overview

The New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Music guide our music education program. Our students delve into the world of music, from music theory and history to vocal and instrumental performance. They have the opportunity to learn to play various musical instruments and participate in choir and band ensembles.
 

The Music Instructional Team

PAC

Ms. Stokes
 

STEAM

Mr. Castillo
 

 

At Marion P. Thomas Charter School, we believe that an education in the visual and performing arts is essential for the holistic development of our students. Our program aligns with state standards and fosters creativity, self-expression, and critical thinking skills, preparing our students to become well-rounded individuals who appreciate and contribute to the arts in their communities. Our dedicated arts faculty is committed to nurturing each student's unique talents and ensuring they have opportunities to shine in the world of visual and performing arts.

All three schools will host a minimum of two performances: Winter & Spring. They will also collaborate to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month so students can demonstrate their musical talents and appreciation for diverse musical traditions. Artists will be afforded the opportunity to showcase their artwork throughout the year as well.
 

Partnerships