June 7 - 16, 2021
During the ten days leading up to graduation ceremonies on June 16, 44 donors came together to secure a dollar-for-dollar match made possible by a small group of generous individuals. Together our strong community of supporters raised $36,289 in honor of the Class of 2021!
THANK YOU for providing critical support for CCSA's high-quality academic program to ensure that future classes have access to the resources needed to follow in the footsteps of our 2021 graduates.
The Step Into Our Studio Virtual Event Series was comprised of 3 creative workshops – visual arts, music, and poetry – taught by CCSA teachers and demonstrated by CCSA scholars. The event was a great opportunity to experience CCSA's approach to arts-integrated virtual learning.
CCSA Visual Arts teacher Kelly Nicholson lead participants in drawing a city block while CCSA student architects demonstrated the creation of their own urban masterpieces. This lesson exemplified how perspective plays a role in every aspect of art and life, not limited to drawing.
Commemorating Black History Month, CCSA high school students and their music teacher, Frank Hosking, demonstrated how they used digital software to create remastered compositions of Billie Holiday's iconic song, "Strange Fruit". Following this event, we encouraged participants to access a free version of the digital composition app, Soundtrap, to compose their own mix.
In preparation for National Poetry Month in April, CCSA middle school students and their teacher Cherron Hamm lead participants through a lesson in blackout poetry.
Working from the groundbreaking bestseller, Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You, students demonstrated how the arts can help to “find the language” to effectively talk about race in America. Workshop 3 explored how CCSA incorporates critical conversations about race and social justice into the core of our arts-integrated curriculum.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Our first virtual live event invited guests to join us for a conversation with school leadership and view the creative artwork of students at Chester Charter Scholars Academy (CCSA). Watch the video presentation to see how CCSA’s arts-integrated curriculum is empowering 695 students in grades K-12 to realize their best selves, and employ their intellectual and creative power to succeed personally and to enrich their community.