Art and Science Integration

Art and Science integration is the idea of working the arts (music, art, and theatre) and the sciences (physical, biological, and chemical) into the entire curriculum.  This means a student could be sitting in a social studies lesson that highlights an art component or a music class that highlights the science behind different notes.  The possibilities for integration are endless.  It is ASA’s goal to integrate this across the entire K-8 curriculum so that every class includes these components throughout the day so that students can connect their interests in the arts and sciences to all the other areas of required study.

  • Music – One of the primary components of the arts at ASA, every student takes part in dedicated music classes in K-8.
  • Art – Another primary component of the arts at ASA, every student takes part in dedicated music classes in K-8.
  • Theatre – Currently an optional component of the arts that is explored in a variety of opportunities at different grade levels, culminating in the gala night for elementary and the after school theatre program for middle school.
  • Physical – The physical sciences are explored at various grade levels and this includes topics like forces, geographic processes, electricity and magnetism.
  • Biological – The biological sciences increase in complexity through the grade levels, including topics like cells, ecological processes, plants/animals, environmental systems, and body systems.
  • Chemical – The realm of chemical sciences also increases in complexity as students get older.  Topics in this area include atomic structure, elements, chemical interactions, and energy.

ASA just moved past it’s start up phase in the past few years and with all the challenges of starting up a school, the art and science integration mission was secondary to ensure there were classrooms and required curriculum in place to meet MN standards.  Starting two years ago, the attention started to shift towards the long term mission of arts and science integration.  Already in the past year, the elementary has started pushing ahead with this effort as it’s easier to combine these techniques in the elementary model of contained classrooms.  The middle school is following with integration efforts as school staff work out the logistics and training required to make this a seamless experience.  That work continues…

ASA has been accepted into the Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP). The program will provide substantial planning support and training for the ASA CAPP team to push integration efforts forward with a team planned approach.  This process will begin this spring and will run from 2021 through 2023.

Members of the current CAPP team include:

  • Erick Dornseif – Co-chair
  • Roxann Winter – Co-chair
  • Krista Finseth – Kindergarten
  • Jamie Lukas – 2nd Grade
  • Kara Dahl – 4th Grade
  • Amy Pelowski – Elem Art
  • Carmel Leisure – Elem Music
  • Lisa Brady – Elem Principal
  • Tonja Brown – MS Language Arts
  • Nate Severson – MS Music
  • Amy Donegan – MS Office
  • Jon Moberg – MS Principal
  • Liz Shatek – Parent