1811003 DODSON MS(Visual/Performing Arts)

1811003 DODSON MS(Visual/Performing Arts)

Program Description
Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Magnets. Learning the skills and knowledge for creating, refining, and sharing works in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment industry promotes teamwork, communication, creative thinking, and decision-making abilities. These are all traits needed to function successfully in the competitive and media-rich 21st century. Whether the student has already achieved a level of accomplishment or demonstrated an interest or potential to grow in an art form, Visual and Performing Arts Magnets provide highly rewarding learning experiences.
Grades:
6-8
Phone:
(310) 241-1900
Program Capacity 2018-2019:
198
Applications Received 2017-2018:
0
Openings 2018-2019:
198
Success Secret:
Dodson’s Visual and Performing Arts Magnet will be a versatile, three-year program reflecting the demographic diversity of its students.  It will provide an engaging and challenging instructional program that integrates the Arts throughout the curriculum.  Since the arts is a language that can communicate across racial, social, educational, and economic barriers and reach all demographics, inclusion of various homogeneous groups-English Language Learners, English Only Learners, students with disabilities, gifted and talented individuals, at-risk and Title I students-will create a heterogeneous membership that reflects cultural and racial diversity.
Track:
Single Track
Tour Information:
Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1 Tours begin in the Attendance Office. Please RSVP in advance by calling (310)241-1922
Magnet Vision:
The vision of Dodson Middle School’s Visual and Performing Arts Magnet program is to enable learners to use their academic and artistic knowledge and skills to excel in a competitive, diverse, and changing world and make positive contributions to society.
Magnet Mission:
Students will engage in explorations of the arts and analyze how they impact individual lives and our society as a whole.  Becoming critical thinkers, problem solvers, literate individuals, digital citizens, healthy individuals, and lifelong learners are valued learning objectives at our school, and Dodson’s rigorous academic program coupled with our visual and performing arts curriculum are the vehicles in which to achieve these goals.
Academic/Career Pathways:
Students who wish to explore the arts will participate in a variety of arts classes which may include any combination of exploratory art, art production, beginning drama, exploratory theater, technical theater, dance, introductory choir, general art, film appreciation and filmmaking. Each year, students will take two of the aforementioned semester long art classes. Dodson will work toward having students take one visual art and one performing art yearly. Alternatively, students who wish to specialize will pursue a three-year pathway of sequential instruction sustained in a visual or performing art. This may include: 1. Instrumental music, either beginning, intermediate, and advanced strings or wind percussion 2. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced choir 3. Visual arts of drawing, painting and ceramics   4. Theater progression of beginning, intermediate and advanced drama.
Academic Competition Teams:
MESA Math Counts Robotics
Athletic Teams:
Community Partnerships:
The school’s surrounding cities, San Pedro and Rancho Palos Verdes, both have amazing artistic opportunities for students. Additionally, the school plans on reaching out to local community organizations. These organizations include but are not limited to Shakespeare by the Sea, Angel's Gate Cultural Center, and Crafted. Dodson students will continue to participate in the San Pedro Art Association Contest which is hosted at Crafted. Students are given guidance from their respective art teacher. In the past, many students received prizes. Los Angeles County Museum of Art intermittently offers a Digital animation workshop that students will attend. Dodson has and will continue to participate in the LAUSD’s film and art festival. Students will submit films and artwork to be shown at the two different festivals. Dodson has introduced students to live performances of Shakespeare through Drama Teacher’s Association of Southern California. Angel’s Gate Cultural Center and Crafted are organizations offering public art programs that Dodson will actively seek student participation.  Dodson students recently collaborated with Angel’s Gate in the production of peace posters. Students will also attend Angel’s Gate’s open studios community event where they will meet with working artists and learn various art skills first hand. In addition, students can obtain valuable information from the artists about their careers and opportunities in the arts fields.
Advanced Placement (AP) Course Offerings:
European History
International Baccalaureate (IB) Program:
No
After-School Programs:
Beyond the Bell
Other Theme-Based Activities:
Dodson teachers will incorporate arts into core academic classes through a theme based project, grade level interdisciplinary teams, who meet once a month during the school’s weekly embedded common planning time,will collaborate with a visual or performing arts teacher to create theme based projects that are innovative, relevant, and ensures student preparation beyond high school.
Wall of Fame/Notable Alumni:
Detailed Information: