The Reflections Gallery presented by Los Alamitos PTA Council in March. The 2015-16 theme is , "Let Your Imagination Fly!" Over 200 entries from every school, representing every genre of arts: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, visual art, photography. Participation in the program is growing. Weaver and McGaugh had more than 65 entries.
As the nation's largest volunteer-run child advocacy organization, PTA supports arts education because it recognizes its immense value to our
Creating art is a valuable learning process. Artistic exploration and expression enhance and develop intellectual, social and physical skills.
When children express themselves through words, pictures, music, photography and other art forms, they grow intellectually. The National PTA Reflections program helps parents encourage and recognize the continuous self-discovery process of their children.
With art, children learn to analyze their thoughts, feelings and ideas; look at objects, people and experiences in a fresh and exciting way; and develop curiosity for the ideas and works of others.
There are four skills students demonstrate and enhance through their artwork in the Reflections program:
In his current position as director of Instrumental Music at Los Alamitos High School, John Rush leads the Jazz I, II, and III bands, String Orchestra, Jazz Combos, and teaches AP Music Appreciation. Under his leadership, the jazz program expanded to three bands. This year’s experience at the competitive Reno Jazz Festival was especially successful, as each of his jazz performing groups placed in their respective divisions.
STEM vs. STEAM
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the center of attention in most US public schools today. The focus on STEM fields was initiated to increase global competitiveness and the project does have its merits. However, it has left the arts languishing far off in the periphery. This is quite unfortunate, as art education is known to improve academic performance.