We are embarking on a new plan for displaying the talents of our students in the area of music at Burns Elementary. The students at Burns Elementary will begin performing programs on a rotating basis starting in 2019-2020. The kinder boost, k,1 and 2 students will present the winter program on December 19th, 2019 at 6:00 and 3,4,5 and 6 students will present a spring program in April 2020, the exact date is not yet set. In the 2020-2021 school year, we will switch; 3,4,5 and 6 students will present a winter program and kinder boost, k, 1 and 2 students will present a spring program. Throughout their school careers, students will perform both spring and winter programs. Here are the reasons we think this change will be beneficial for students and for our school:
The student population of Burns Elementary has grown quite large, 285 students and we can not fit all of the parents in the gym for one kinder boost - 6 program.
Scheduling two programs each season and avoiding Wednesdays, sports games, and conflicts with music programs at Burns High School and Carpenter has become difficult.
Because it is necessary to schedule the spring programs in early April so that they take place before WY-TOPP testing, in the past we end up with the district music festival and two programs three weeks in a row. The students just finished preparing and presenting their winter program and then shortly in January or February must prepare for the spring program.
Music class time is limited (20-25 minutes 2X per week). We will be able to use the extra time that we will not be spending preparing for programs developing students’ musical skills, musical literacy, and music appreciation through singing, playing games, playing instruments, improvising, and composing music.
By changing the configuration of the program schedule will allow us to put on a product of higher quality that will be more enjoyable for all teachers, students, and parents.
Schools of our size with the facilities we have available to work with have to come up with alternatives to resolve the issues of space, time, scheduling and resources.
We have tried other options over the past years and have not found a solid solution to our program needs. This is a viable solution. Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
Principal Burns Elementary