Posted: September 17, 2013

Actors, Musicians and Artists from APS Fine Arts Magnet School Perform at State Fair

The students from Eubank Elementary helped kick off the annual state fair art show featuring the work of students from across the state.

Teacher Holly Gilster conducts students from Eubank ES.

It was a full house at the School Arts Building at Expo New Mexico last week, and much of the attention was on the talented students of Eubank Academy, the APS literacy and fine arts magnet school.

While parents and supporters got a peek at elementary and secondary student artwork on display during the New Mexico State Fair, they also were entertained by actors, poets,musicians and more from Eubank.

Student poets in Jessica Kehler's gifted program wrote and read original poems titled "I Am From..." during a poetry slam.

Student pantomimes performed a routine choreographed by teacher Candace O'Hearn with music provided by teacher Dave Brubeck. There also were drama presentation called from first, fourth and fifth grade students.

Fifth-grade students from Joe Perez, Dawn West, Casey Thomas and Paul Nelson's classes put on a performance that was an outgrowth of a Common Core State Standards unit designed by Holly Gilster to connect  music of the Caribbean with European explorers and their impact on the New World.

Artwork created by Leslie Lazaga's third graders were sold to benefit students and classrooms in need of supplies.

Eubank is being redesigned as a fine arts magnet school that will fully integrate fine arts into the Common Core State Standards in every content area across all grade levels.

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