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Visual Arts

Lisa Kaija

Being creative with elementary students is one of my favorite ways to spend a day. This will be my twelfth year of teaching at Pomfret/Prosper Valley. I have a BA in Art History from Dartmouth College and a considerable amount of graduate credit in various art disciplines. I especially enjoy collaborating with classroom teachers to
develop projects that integrate visual arts ideas into math, science, language arts and social studies units. My husband and our five grown children are my passion. Outside of school, I work as a docent at the Hall Art Foundation in Reading and as a co-director of “Mountains and
Rivers Forever” summer camp through Marsh-Billings- Rockefeller National Historical Park. Whenever possible, I make time for biking, hiking, gardening, cooking and traveling. Make your life a work

lkaija@wcsu.net
802-457-1234 ext. 1806

Visual Arts Curriculum and Activities

The Prosper Valley Arts Room is a vibrant and active learning center on Tuesdays!  Drawing, painting, papier maché, clay, collage, printmaking, pastels, pen and ink, maskmaking, book arts, textiles and weaving, metal embossing, murals, environmental art, recycled sculptures and “free art”—these are some of the avenues we explore in the Visual Arts program to enhance the rich academic atmosphere at The Pomfret School.  Once each week, students spend close to an hour in the art room looking at art, discussing ideas and engaging in hands-on activities. 

Integrating art projects with grade-specific curriculum is a priority for Prosper Valley teachers, so communication lines with classroom teachers are always open.  Favorite rites of passage include second grade papier maché Arctic animals, fourth grade clay bas relief insect tiles and sixth grade self-portraits.  Some art classes are multi-age groupings, but most are straight grades with very manageable numbers of students.

The Visual Arts program enthusiastically supports the performing arts at The Prosper Valley School.  Scenery and props for musical concerts, dramatic performances and school-wide celebrations are frequently designed and constructed by students.


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Performing Arts

Christine Morton

Christine has a BA in Music from Monmouth University and her Music Education certification from Montclair State University.

In recent years, Christine has earned 15 credits in Music Technology and 3 credits in First Steps in Music Curriculum from Castleton State University.  Christine is the music teacher for The Prosper Valley School, Killington, and Reading Elementary Schools.  She also is the Worship Leader and Choir Director at the First Congregational Church in Woodstock.  She likes to garden, grow orchids, bike ride, snowshoe, and fly fish.

cmorton@wcsu.net
802-457-1234 ext. 1806

Music Curriculum

Music is fundamental to human expression, reflecting values and cultures throughout the world since the beginning of civilization.  Music is one area of education, which is involved with the whole child and is important for developing self-esteem and personal expression.  General music touches other areas of formal study and includes integration with math, physics, social studies, culture, history, language, poetry, linguistics, physical coordination as well as developing skills in basic music reading and listening.

Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 sometimes have the opportunity to participate in Chorus, where the classroom skills and concepts can be reinforced and practiced.  This group receives elementary vocal training, learns to develop self-discipline, teamwork, and respect for live performances, and learns to memorize material.  The individual student learns to have confidence in his/her vocal abilities.

Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 also have the opportunity to take instrumental music lessons.  The objectives are organized to provide a series of levels involving understanding of the common elements of instrumental music:  rhythm, pitch, musical structure, and symbols, quality of sound, instrument assembly and care, and performance practices. 


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Physicial Education & Health

Kipp Dixon

Kipp moved to Vermont from Alaska in 2016 to bring his passion for the outdoors & lifetime sports to the students in this area (and of course to get some laps in on Killington’s 200+ day seasons!) He was fortunate enough while growing up in Alaska to get to do things like ski, snowboard, snowshoe, hike, bike, ice skate & whitewater kayak, and now he’s incredibly excited to get to share his experience in these activities, plus many others, with the Prosper students. 

His teaching background is in Elementary PE & Health, youth ski coaching, and leading summer camp adventure & sports programs.


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Library

Jess Langlois

In addition to working at The Prosper Valley School, Jessica is the Youth Services Librarian at the Sherburne Memorial Library in Killington. This is her second year at TPVS. She has a BA from Arizona State University, and an MA in Library Science from the University of Arizona. Jessica lives in Rutland with her family. She is a Girl Scout leader in Rutland, and she enjoys running, hiking, gardening, and traveling.


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Technology Integration

Eileen Vaughn, Media Specialist

I have worked at three schools in the WCSU for the past 17 years as a library media specialist. I am very fortunate because I truly love my work. I teach at The Prosper Valley School, Barnard Academy and Killington Elementary School. My job involves children, teachers, books and technology. I see about 200 different students each week. What a life!
Previously, I taught in the classroom in various grades from grade two through grade eight.
When not teaching, I enjoy the visual arts. I love to paint and visit art museums. My favorite vacation spot is Maine, where I can walk barefoot along the sandy beach. For more information, go to my google site at https://goo.gl/EqgjrL