“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.”
–William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education
CAPS is the new Corbett School District program opening down in the old Springdale School which will provide added opportunities for our students. This program will infuse the arts throughout the curriculum and provide daily Spanish instruction.
The history of the Springdale School site goes way back to the early 1900’s, but I will start with the more recent history. Springdale School was open as an elementary school for the last year in 1995-96. At that time, both the old Corbett Grade School and Springdale School were shut down and students from both buildings were transferred to the new Corbett Grade School. Since the shut-down, the old Corbett School burnt down, and Springdale was used sporadically as a community center. Finally, the Springdale facility was closed to use by the Fire Marshall. For most of the last 15 years, Springdale School has been a liability in terms of finances as various avenues for the building were explored. A couple of years ago the offer of an interest-free loan for the refurbishment of schools came across the superintendent, Randy Trani’s, desk. He then began to explore the possibilities of fixing up Springdale School to provide more opportunities for our students while simultaneously increasing district revenue and eliminating the building as a liability. The idea gained favor with the school board and the plan is now becoming a reality. Construction has begun and the building will open in late August with 5 classrooms for our new K-8 program integrating art and providing Spanish instruction.
We are excited to begin to build a community of learners in this new space. The teachers have already been busy planning for the year and discussing and developing curriculum, activities, field trips, and special events. We are also looking forward to forming partnerships with other community organizations such as Corbett Children’s Theater, the Historic Society, SSCA (Springdale School Community Association) and more. CAPS at Springdale will be a part of the larger Corbett community – an extension of the main campus. Our school will find opportunities to reach out to the main Corbett campus in order to foster relationships between students attending various programs. We are excited to be a small school with its own special identity that is also part of a larger community.
The teachers are developing a rich academic program that incorporates dance, drama, music, and the visual arts across the curriculum. We will follow the same basic three-year rotation of social studies, science, health, and language arts topics as the main campus and continue using the same math materials as well. Where CAPS will differ is in the focus on incorporating both performing and visual arts and the addition of a Spanish language program that will provide a daily lesson to each of the classes.
The program is very near full at this point. The 6-8 classroom has thirty two students, there is currently one space available in the 3-5 classrooms, and about 7 slots that can be filled at the primary grades. Construction started Tuesday June 19th and an amazing amount has been completed already! We will have a back-to-school potluck for our new Springdale families and staff on August 21st from 4:30-7:00pm. This is an exciting time!