Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


May 9, 2013

Schools host Technology and Art Fair


Knoxville —

The night was not just about technology. 

Students' creativity and artistic talents were on display at every building. Mrs. Davis' folk singing group were playing their guitars and singing at Northstar Elementary. 

At West, a video of the students' singing performance, in honor of National Library Week, was being played in the art room. The video was posted on YouTube, which also integrated the technology aspect of the evening. In the same room, art projects were on display, including clay bowls made by the students. Visitors also had the opportunity to learn about fun art forms they could try at home, including homemade watercolors and marker art. 

Several tumblers and dancers showcased their talents in the Knoxville Middle School auditorium. Others showed how they were able to invent their own game, with given just a few tools to do so, in the KMS gymnasium. 

The Commons area of KHS were full of visual artwork. In the background, KHS singers and instrumentalists showcased their musical prowess. 

"I continue to be impressed with the visual and performing arts displayed and presented by our students.  I think our performing arts will continue to grow when we are using the new auditorium," Flack added. 

The excitement of participating in the event made it difficult to take in every presentation at every school. There was so much participation by staff and students, who had so much to share, the two-and-a-half hour event was not enough. 


"Our teachers and principals put a lot of time into planning informative and entertaining programs for students and parents who were interested in learning more about how technology and the arts are integral parts of our curriculum.  Teachers and students worked together in several buildings to prepare demonstrations of the learning activities that are taking place in our classrooms.  I'm tremendously appreciative of the time and effort our staff gave to prepare for the evening," Flack said. He went on to say, "It's difficult to find a time during the school year when there aren't a lot of activities involving students.  Wednesday evenings are free of school activities but many elementary students and parents are involved with little league baseball, softball, and youth soccer.  I'm confident that those who were able to attend were impressed with what they observed." 

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