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NEA FInal Report

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Educators benefitted 4 third

5 4/5,  1 each K-2, 4 sp ed 1 library   total 17 teachers


students benefitted 479


 2000 Greatest accomplishment 

5 original operas written, produced and performed by students

evening performance of   presented 5 mini-operas to their parents.  What a WONDERFUL experience!!  First of all, the auditorium was PACKED -- standing room only!!  one  class did such a great job at sharing information about the opera process between each opera. 


2000 lasting results


2000 reaction to activities colleagues & students 

The ARIA Opera Program helped students by developing self-esteem (especially as performers), promoting exciting attitudes toward school and opera, interpersonal skills (as they worked together to learn about operas; then write and perform their own opera) and improving student behavior.

Our ELL and special education students need extra support in all areas of literacy: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Activities with our teaching artist as well as field trips, Adler Fellows visit and opera projects gave all students new literacy strategies and skills.


Our Principal wholeheartedly supports Aria.  This year she had one-time funds through Prop A to pay for some of the extra hours teachers spent in opera PD.  We were also able to use some of the PEEF Elementary Arts funds ). 

"The children were really excited about planning and creating the mural.  The muralist was very organized and included most children in the process. At times the classrooms would get very messy but the muralist cleaned up after himself or I would support him in the cleaning activity." 


"For the most part their voices and opinions were respected. Most of the time the children were on task and became very excited when it was time ti create or to put up the mural."


"One group was taken out each week to work on the mural. When the work was finished the muralist thanked them with a cake and juice party."



"I think the muralist could have been more sensitive to the children with special needs.  At times he was "short" and impatient."


"Although he said he worked with different groups of children throughout the city, he didn't seem to reflect an understanding of differences or culture."


"E-mail communication was not clear.  Often neither 4th grade teacher received communication on planning. The muralist communicated with the principal, but not much."


"Finally there was an error in the dedication of the mural. We wanted the mural to reflect the 4ht grade and teachers (especially one teacher who was retiring) but the muralist noted on the tile "2011". It was really impersonal."


Week 1 Sept. 14

Slide presentation of SF Murals, Name Game

Week 2 Sept. 21

Ceramic-working with clay, drawing exercise

Week 3 Sept. 28

Video, drawing exercise

Week 4 Oct. 5

Painting on tiles, painting ceramic pieces

Week 5 Oct. 12

Field trip to another mural (TBA)

Week 6 Oct 19

Drawing/collage exercise-design day

Week 7 Oct. 26

Design day-cut & paste, assembling the mural design

Week 8 Nov. 2

Fabrication, laying tile

Week 9 Nov. 9

Fabrication, laying tile

Week 10 Nov. 16

Fabrication, laying tile

Week 11 Nov. 23

Fabrication, laying tile

Week 12 Nov. 30


Week 13 Dec. 7


Week 14 Dec. 14


Week 15 Jan. 4, 2011

Mural unveiling, students make presentations & receive certificates of appreciation






2000 challenges how address.resolve

few teachers didn't follow through on their commitment to the PD aspect of the program.  If those teachers had followed through on their PD commitment, you would never have had to deal with the opera education department administration.  Also, we prefer for issues and complaints about a teaching artist to be taken up with them directly, as soon as it becomes an issue,


2000 different approach what would have done differently 

Assistance and support that would help might include:

Buses for the field trips.  

Funds for supplies for costumes and sets

Publicity-arrange for news/TV etc to come to schools for events

Suggestions of possible grants we could apply to supplement scarce resources

Stipends for attending workshops

Books and media titles for school library

Suggestions of appropriate on-line resources for students (and teachers)

Template letters and articles for parent newsletters: Fall Welcome overview; Opera in Ballpark & Spring: calendar events like Adler & Scene shop activities; Opera events for families in summer.  Schools can add name to template & translate.

Webinar for some of the workshops; on-line teacher resources: history of Opera in SF, Museum of Performance and Design, Bay View Opera House; SFPL history collections, etc.

Citywide day of student performances at Opera House!



APPLICANT ENCOURGEMENT  AASL grant exploratorium Oct 2011; CSLA Magic Touch workshop Nov 2011





MC544LL/A  IPOD TOUCH 32G (4TH GEN)-USA              10        $2,750.00


in kind


30 visits with each classroom, 9 PDs with educators, 10+ available opera resources, etc.  Please know that our program is larger than any other in San Francisco.  We hope that Robert Lewis Stevenson enjoyed the $19,300 grant that was received in order for San Francisco Opera to partner with 8 classes this year, our second year together.



corresponding materials.. mail




This is a reminder that this coming Sunday, May 1 at 2pm, we’ll all be viewing the SF Conservatory of Music’s production of The Telephone, by Carlo Menotti. I will be in attendance as well, so I’ll keep an eye out for all of you. The performance is free, so please be sure to show up slightly early…I suggest around 1:30pm. I plan on arriving at 1:15pm.


Afterwards, we’ll briefly meet to discuss a next meeting time for Opera Club. We definitely want to consider this opera for school visits next year.developed materials mail

thanks for last week/

let me know if you need more ideas...


I have been thinking about the curriculum & I have a few suggestions:

1.  discuss telephone timeline..from Edison to iPhone; maybe they could reearch & make timeline...with annotations how things changed & evolved with phones

2. Edison's birthday in in Feb so could look into his bio..that he was not a great student etc..

3. also research about trains/history of train transportation...esp. transcontinental for out here...kids esp. boys love trains...I think very few kids have been on train, even Caltrain...


4. older kids:what happened after the end of play...

also develop a play with characters that were on the other end of the phone...

5. Some might be interested in bio of Menotti..that he was born in Italy, lived in Columbia, went to school in PA ..that he had 8 siblings, stuff like that for kids...Prizes that he won, when, where, why....they could do map of places that were important & why

6. Telephone was written in 1947...what else was going on that year/era?

Just a few example of dates that still impact live today that happened in 1947



January 1

Nigeria gains limited autonomy.

January 3 – Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time.


February 3

Percival Prattis becomes the first African-American news correspondent allowed in the United States House of Representatives and Senate press galleries.

February 10 – In Paris, France, peace treaties are signed between the World War II Allies and Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Finland. Italy cedes most of Istria to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

February 21 – In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera", his Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.

February 22 – Tom and Jerry cartoon Cat Fishin', is released.


March 6USS Newport News, the first completely air-conditioned warship, is launched in Newport News, Virginia.


April 1

Jackie Robinson, the first African American in modern Major League Baseball, signs a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

April 15 – Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to play modern Major League Baseball.


May 22 – The Cold War begins: In an effort to fight the spread of Communism, President Harry S. Truman signs an Act of Congress that implements the Truman Doctrine. This Act grants $400 million in military and economic aid to Turkey and Greece.


June 5 – U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall outlines the Marshall Plan for American reconstruction and relief aid to Europe.


July 11The Exodus leaves France for Palestine, with 4,500 Jewish Holocaust survivor refugees on board.


August 15

The greater Indian subcontinent with a mixed population of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, etc. formed by the Partition of India gain independence from the British Empire and retains the name India.

Louis Mountbatten becomes the first Governor General of India. Jawaharlal Nehru takes office as the first Prime Minister of India.


September 13 – Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru suggests the exchange of four million Hindus and Muslims between India and Pakistan.


October 14 – The United States Air Force test pilot, Captain Chuck Yeager, flies a Bell X-1 rocket plane faster than the speed of sound, the first time it has been accomplished

October 30 – The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the foundation of the World Trade Organization (WTO), is established.


November 2

In California, the designer and airplane pilot Howard Hughes performs the maiden flight of the Spruce Goose, the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built. (The flight lasts only eight minutes, and the "Spruce Goose" is never flown again.)

November 6 – The program Meet the Press makes its television debut on the NBC-TV network in the United States.

November 29 – The United Nations General Assembly votes to partition Palestine between Arab and Jewish regions, which results in the creation of the State of Israel.


December 6Arturo Toscanini conducts a concert performance of the first half of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Otello, which was based on William Shakespeare's play Othello, for a broadcast on NBC Radio. The second half of the opera is broadcast a week later.

The first practical electronic transistor is demonstrated by Bardeen, Brattain, and Shockley of the United States.


The Titanic


Scene 1:  Boarding the Titanic




ALL: 1912. 


  • There were no airplanes.  
  • To cross the ocean, people went by ship… ocean liners to be exact.  
  • In 1912, the grandest ocean liner in the world set sail.  

ALL: Her name was the Titanic.  


  • She was the fastest, largest, and fanciest passenger ship in the world.  
  • The Titanic was as tall as the Eiffel Tower.  
  • The Titanic could carry 3,500 passengers. 
  • The Titanic could cross the Atlantic Ocean in 7 days.  
  • The Titanic had an elevator and a grand ballroom. 
  • She even had a swimming pool and a sauna! 
  • But the most amazing of all: 

ALL: The Titanic was unsinkable! 

ALL: April 10th, 1912.


  • Passengers from England, France and Ireland board this historic ship.
  • 2,223 people set sail for America on the Titanic’s maiden voyage.



  • Dad: Come on Honey!
  • Mom: Girls, hurry up!
  • Sis 1: Where are we going?
  • Sis 2: On the Titanic!
  • Vendor 1: Souvenirs for sale!
  • Vendor 2: Pies for 25 cents!
  • Vendor 3: Hats for $1
  • Sis 2: Look!  There it is!


ARIA 1 – PART 1 (sung by family and all)



It’s very big and beautiful

The rooms are all so grand

We’ll dress up in our fancy clothes

Then listen to the band.


Refrain – (FAMILY)

The Titanic is unsinkable.

It’s very unbelievable.

I’m so excited to be on this ship.



Refrain – (ALL)

The Titanic is unsinkable.

It’s very unbelievable.

I’m so excited to be on this ship.



  • Friend 1: I’m leaving!  I’ll miss you! Good bye!
  • Friend 2: Bye!  Have a fun time!  I’ll miss you too!



  • Brother 1: Let’s go buy something first.
  • Brother 2: OK, let’s go.
  • <interact with vendors>
  • Brother 1: There it is.  The Titanic!


ARIA 1 – PART 2 (sung by brothers and all)



I heard it is unsinkable.

I wonder if it floats

I heard there is a swimming pool.

Are there such things on boats?


Refrain (ALL)

The Titanic is unsinkable.

It’s very unbelievable.

I’m so excited to be on this ship.



  • Crew 1: All Aboard!
  • Crew 2: The Titanic is ready to sail!
  • Crew 3: Raise the anchor.
  • Crew 4:  The Titanic is unsinkable.
  • Captain: Are we ready everyone?
  • All: YES SIR!


ARIA 1 – PART 3 (sung by crew)



This is the first ship of its kind

The largest ever made

A scientific miracle

Her memory will not fade!



The Titanic is unsinkable

It’s very unbelievable

I’m so excited to be on this ship.



ARIA 1 - PART 4 (sung by all)



We’re here on her maiden voyage

Across America

We’ll cross the sea in record time

A brand new life for us!


The Titanic is unsinkable

It’s very unbelievable

I’m so excited to be on this ship.












Scene 2:  The Night it Sank





ALL: Late at night - April 14th, 1912. 


  • The Titanic has been at sea for 4 wonderful days.  
  • Tonight, just like other nights, some people enjoyed dinner, dancing, and music in the grand ballroom.  


  • Others, especially those with children, were already in their cabins asleep.  


  • The crew kept watch on the deck, steering the ship through the clear night.  It was a night like any other night.



ALL: No one could have imagined what was to come…






  • Dad: Isn’t this an amazing ship?
  • Brother: It sure is! Can you believe it’s unsinkable?




  • Brother:  What was that?!


ARIA 2 – PART 1 (sung by party)


Did you hear that?

It was loud.

What will happen  

To this crowd?


Was it an iceberg?

That scraping sound?

Water is rushing in.

Are we going to drown?


But it’s unsinkable

This is impossible

The Titanic cannot sink.





  • Dad:  Wake up!  Wake up! Something has happened!
  • Mom: Hurry girls!


ARIA 2 – PART 2 (sung by all passengers)


Did you hear that?

It was loud.

What will happen  

To us all?


Was it an iceberg?

That scraping sound?

Water is rushing in.

Are we going to drown?


But it’s unsinkable

This is impossible

The Titanic cannot sink.



  • Crew 1: We’re sorry Sir.  We couldn’t turn her fast enough.
  • Crew 3: Send a distress call!
  • Crew 4: We’re going down!
  • Captain: We’ve hit an iceberg!


ARIA 2 – PART 3 (sung by crew then all)



It was an iceberg!

It’s torn the ship!

Seal off the compartments.

Signal for help.



Prepare the lifeboats

Are there enough?

Women and kids first

They must get off.



But it’s unsinkable

This is impossible

The Titanic cannot sink.

Cannot sink.


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