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The Arts In Our Schools

Dr. Dean Slusser, Fine Arts Director


Camden County Schools has a strong history of support for the arts. The loss of our elementary music programs in 2010 was the result of a difficult economic situation being faced by schools across the state and across the nation, but since that time we have worked to find creative solutions to ensure the children of Camden County will have opportunities for arts instruction and activities. To that end, each of our elementary schools offers an after-school enrichment program that includes arts-based activities.  The programs may look different from school-to-school, but they were the first step in the ongoing development of long-term strategies to enrich the lives and educational programs of our students through the arts regardless of the economic environment.

In addition to school-based arts initiatives, the Camden County High School Theatre offers an annual children’s theatre tour that visits each of the nine elementary schools in our system.  The program helps to prepare high school performers for college admission and scholarship opportunities while offering elementary students the opportunity to see a live performance. 
 
Other system-wide opportunities include the spring musical at Camden County High. Since 2005’s production of THE KING AND I, the high school theatre has invited students of every grade level to participate in the production in alternate (odd-numbered) years.
 
Elementary and middle school students interested in the arts may also participate in our annual summer camp.  This tuition-based program meets on weekday mornings for two or four weeks depending on grade level.  Students participate in music, theatre, dance and visual arts activities that culminate in a theatre performance.  The session is usually scheduled to begin in late May or early June.  Future camps may include expanded course offerings such as visual art classes or dance.
 
Children and adults of every age are invited to take the stage in our annual community musical each summer.  Founded in 2001 with a production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the goal of this program has been to provide opportunities for families to have fun working together on a production. 
 
Economic challenges notwithstanding, the Camden County School system is committed to keeping the arts in our schools and in the lives of our students.  For more information about the arts in Camden County Schools, please contact Fine Arts Director Dean Slusser at dslusser@camden.k12.ga.us

CCHS Theatre production

WILLY WONKA (2011)

 

 

The Fine Arts Academy at Camden High
 
     In the fall of 2008, after more than two years of study and planning, Camden County High School converted to a Smaller Learning Community model.  The CCHS Freshman Academy hosts all incoming ninth graders during their first year in high school.  Then, in preparation for the sophomore year, students choose an academy based on their career interests.  More than 500 students this year selected the Fine Arts Academy as their "home."  More than thirty teachers deliver curriculum in all core course (Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies) as well as “major” areas of study (Art, Band, Creative Writing, Chorus, Culinary Arts, Dance, Interior Design, and Theatre).

     The CCHS Fine Arts Academy is still young, but we are already seeing the benefits of change as students build stronger relationships with teachers who work to make a rigorous curriculum relevant to them and their interests.  Major area teachers as well as academic teachers work with students to develop realistic goals and strategies that enable them to be successful in school and in life.
 

CCHS Fine Arts Academy Logo
designed by CCHS student
 Briana Broussard
(Class of 2009)

   The Visual Arts Program

CCHS Fine Arts Academy student work
on display at Kingsland City Hall (2010)
Visual Arts is the largest program in the Camden County High School Fine Arts Academy, with three full-time teachers serving more than three hundred students per year.

Mrs. Linda Bobinger and Mr. Grayson Day are housed in the 10-12 grade building and teach a variety of beginning and advanced classes.  Mrs. Nancy Brooks, who is stationed at the Ninth Grade Academy, teaches primarily beginning courses.

Teachers work to give opportunities for students to develop a presence and a relationship within the community.
The Wildcat Bands
 

     CCHS Band Director Mr. Allan Smith and Assistant Director Ms. Sonya Williams lead the CCHS Band programs.  Classes include Ninth Grade Band, Percussion, Concert Band and Symphonic Band.  Ms. Williams’ also offers a course in Music Theory and Composition one semester per year.  The Marching Wildcats participating at half-time during football games.  They also participate in at least one marching competition during the season.  In the spring semester, the classes work on musicianship and performance skills by preparing the most challenging music.  Our ninth graders work on Level IV music or higher.  The Concert Band focuses on Levels IV and V, and our Symphonic Band plays Level V and VI music.

For more information about the CCHS Band program, you can click here to visit their website.
 

Halftime at the State Championship Game in the Georgia Dome
 
Painting students work to refurbish the
Woodbine Mural (2009)