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Fine and Performing Arts | 2025 E. Winsett, Tucson, AZ 85719 | (520) 225-4900 | joan.ashcraft@tusd1.org

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ESSA Conference Selection

TUSD Fine Arts/OMA schools and their students will be featured at the statewide 2021 Virtual ESSA Conference on February 23 and 24. Selected from numerous applications, Arizona Department of Education describes these virtual presentations/performances as embodying the state's theme of adapt, innovate, and respond while demonstrating engagement and the highest quality of arts education during unprecedented and challenging times. Congratulations to these schools, students, teachers, and administrators!

  • RUHS Dance Students choreography and virtual performance entitled In a Society, Beth Braun, teacher
  • RUHS Dance Students choreography and virtual performance entitled Forever, Beth Braun, teacher
  • Doolen MS Orchestral Students entitled Strings Performance, Paul Ensey, teacher
  • TUSD students from HS Choirs, Pueblo HS Mariachi, Doolen MS Band and Orchestra, Fruchthendler OMA students, Warren OMA Visual Arts students entitled On-Line Creativity, Joan Ashcraft and Thom Lewis, coordinators

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46 TUSD Students Receive the Arizona Arts Seal in 2020

46 TUSD Graduating Seniors Receive The Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency in Spring 2020

In the inaugural year of Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency, 2019-2020, 46 TUSD scholars from eight district high schools created capstone projects in music, dance, visual art, theater, and media arts that were adjudicated to be worthy of recognition from the Arizona Department of Education.

Even though the final semester for the class of 2020 has been filled with many challenges, the committee charged with vetting the students' art did not want their hard work to be overlooked. The school closure prompted students to creatively design methods to present their work online and final interviews were conducted through Zoom.

TUSD Transportation Workers Assist Fine Arts With Pandemic Safety Measures

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Transportation Department employees, (left to right) Kathy Ringo, Linda Kahle, Grace Burleigh, and Shena McDuffie, create bell covers for TUSD horn students.

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Bus driver, Linda "Kansas" Kahle,
cuts stretch cloth for bell covers.

Tucson Unified School District's transportation drivers are lending their talented skills to protect music students and staff during the pandemic. With the limited number of students physically attending school, bus drivers are available to assist other departments. TUSD Transportation Department has placed four of their employees on loan to TUSD's Fine and Performing Arts Department.

Bus drivers Linda "Kansas" Kahle, Shena McDuffie, Kathy Ringo, and bus monitor Grace Burleigh, are all skilled seamstresses who have already created over 6,700 colorful cloth face masks for district employees and students. Currently, they are lending their sartorial skills to making cloth bell covers for wind instruments.

Music educators across the nation are concerned with the germ-laden aerosols wind instruments produce. Bell covers act like face masks for brass and woodwind instruments, preventing the aerosols from spreading.

For the past week, the four transportation workers have been bringing their sewing machines into the Fine Arts workroom and setting up a production line to produce 1,100 bell covers of various sizes. From small ones for clarinets, to larger ones for trumpets and trombones, with the largest for tubas.

It is pleasure to have the work room, once again, bustling with energy. The collaborative spirit of Transportation lending a hand to Fine Arts is evidence of how TUSD teamwork is meeting the challenge of keeping our students and staff safe.

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