Applying to Chief Joseph School of the Arts:
The Lottery application period opens on January 6, 2014 for new students interested in attending Chief Joseph for the 2014-15 school year. A link to the online application will be available on January 6th. To access the link, go to the district website (www.meridianschools.org). Click on "Parent" tab. Next, select "Schools of Choice" from the left-hand menu, then select "Application Forms". The application deadline for the Lottery is January 24, 2014. If you do not have computer access, you are welcome to visit Chief Joseph and complete the application on a school computer. Please feel free to call our school office with any questions you may have.
Please note that families interested in attending Chief Joseph School of the Arts are responsible for their own transportation.
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Registration for incoming kindergarten students for the 2014-15 school year begins January 6, 2014. Each school will hold a Kindergarten Registration Day during the month of March.. The Registration Day at Chief Joseph School of the Arts Registration Day will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 1:30 until 7:00 p.m. An appointment time will be set for that day for each student - after all registration materials have been received by the school.
Chief Joseph School of the Arts:
In the fall of 2012 Chief Joseph Elementary became an arts school of choice. At Chief Joseph, the core subjects are still emphasized; they are simply infused with art integrated study and strategies. Students have additional opportunities in the visual arts, in choral and instrumental music, and in creative writing taught by highly trained teachers.
Our goal is to further integrate the arts into the district curriculum through the exploration of a variety of the arts media. This supports our mission of pursuing excellence in academics, the arts, and character development. Through the arts, students will have the opportunity to develop self-confidence, poise, and leadership skills while learning creatively.
Families interested in attending Chief Joseph are responsible for providing their own transportation.
Focusing on the Arts Really Works!
Educational research demonstrates that a focus on the arts helps students become better readers and problem solvers, especially when arts are integrated as part of the school's curriculum. Through an arts infused curriculum, students learn to utilize higher-order thinking skills such as critical thinking, analyzing, and decision-making.
Teachers at Chief Joseph address state and district standards by using visual arts, creative writing, and various other arts media in and out of the classroom. These experiences provide a means for students to construct their own knowledge and a deeper understanding of important concepts.
Skillfully integrated arts-based activities (drawing, creative writing, drama, sculpture, singing, dancing, and playing music) enhance student learning and help students acquire basic developmental skills in engaging and meaningful ways.
Chief Joseph School of the Arts is looking for new or gently used donations of musical instruments (flutes, clarinets, trumpets, half size violins, cello) that students in need can use to join the school's newly formed Band and Orchestra programs. Please contact the Chief Joseph School office at #350-4200 to make a much-appreciated donation. Thank you for your generosity!