Learning through the Arts is an integral part of Rooftop’s vision:
“Our challenging educational program integrates the arts to empower all students to become effective problem solvers. Rooftop’s students are academically engaged and socially responsible members of the community who face challenges with optimism and confidence. We believe that when the arts are thoughtfully integrated into the academic program, students’ opportunities to think critically and problem solve creatively significantly increase.”
Rooftop’s Art Committee provides the school staff with support to problem-solve, design and implement new and exciting, socially relevant ideas through the creation of an integrated school-wide arts curriculum. Members of the Art Committee also communicate with SFUSD’s Visual and Performing Arts office, representing the school site at district meetings.
The school’s concept-based integrated “Art Is…” curriculum helps the school to grow in new and exciting directions each year. The program challenges and engages all ages, interests and learning styles. The arts at Rooftop are an integral part of each student’s academic and social experience. Students are encouraged to engage actively with the world and real-life issues through their arts experiences. Because the arts creatively address the development of the whole student, the entire academic experience is strengthened. In addition, the art program builds community by inviting families to learn together and honors the diverse cultures and perspectives of our families.
See the 2011-2012 Rooftop Arts Program website.
ROOFTOP ART COMMITTEE:
SFUSD Site Art Coordinator: Judy Toupin
Art Parent Program Coordinator: Amy Balsbaugh
Clay Program Coordinator: Miki Fujiwara
Mary Ann Cruz (Kindergarten)
Judy Toupin (3rd Grade)
Joyce Woo (4th Grade)
Cyndy Sugawara (6th-8th Grade Art)
Andi Wong (3rd & 4th Technology & 6th Grade Teaching Artist)
Amy Balsbaugh (Parent)
Rooftop’s Art Program publishes a monthly newsletter during the school year, chronicling student learning through the arts. Click links below to view an archive of past newsletters: