New Music Teacher Hopes to Hit Right Notes to Create a Love of Music
Abigale Senatore is the new music teacher for Poland Union and McKinley Elementary students. This year, music education is different because of COVID-19, but Senatore is finding ways to ensure students still receive a music education.
At McKinley Elementary the music room is still used, but students have assigned seats which are socially distanced. Third grade students recently played music bingo. Senatore called out the music notes, and students had to match it on their bingo sheet. Before students used the bingo sheets, they sanitized their hands, and the sheets were disinfected before and after use.
Third and fourth grade students are starting a unit on drumming. Instead of using a classroom set of equipment and instruments, each student will be provided with a large plastic cup for a "drum" and two unsharpened pencils as "drumsticks." This eliminates shared materials and also allows for proper sanitizing. At Poland Union, which is home to kindergarten, first and second grade students, Senatore visits each classroom with a traveling cart.
“What I love about teaching music to kids the most, if I could pick just one thing, is seeing what we teachers all like to call the "lightbulb moment" happen. The moment when information finally "clicks" for a student,” said Senatore. “ However, a lot of times, in music class, the kids are too busy having fun to even realize that moment has happened for them! Also, we as people are born knowing and loving music. It's extra rewarding when my kids are able to use what they've learned in class to describe what they already know and love: the music of their lives.”
Senatore wants students to realize music is part of who we are. At the basic level, in kindergarten, she talks with students about the steady beat of music being like a heartbeat, and for people, music is just as essential as a heartbeat.
“Especially in the challenging times of these last six months, people have turned to the arts, such as music, more than ever because in them, we find support, belonging, and we find our voice,” said Senatore.
Senatore graduated from Neshannock High School in 2016. She attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania where she graduated in May of 2020 Magna Cum Laude and with all-college honors.
USDA Announces Free Meals
The USDA announced that all students attending the Poland Local Schools are eligible for free meals, whether they are attending in person or remote. Families with children who are not yet school-age are also eligible to obtain meals under this program, so please share this information with family members and friends.
All In-person students can obtain a free lunch and any meals previously purchased this week by in-person students will find their funds credited to their account.
For remote learners or non-Poland School Aged Families with children, orders can be placed via email to Megan Roemer at email@example.com or by phone at (330)757-7000 ext. 5. Orders must be placed by 12 Noon each Friday to arrange for Monday pickup.
Meals will be available for curbside pick-up from 9:30am-10:30am every Monday outside of the District Offices facing the stadium.
Breakfast items will include a cereal bar, fruit, juice and milk.
Lunch items will include sandwiches, vegetables, fruit and milk.
Distribution will take place in a drive thru fashion in order to promote social distancing and limit contact.
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