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Woods Lake Elementary: A Magnet Center for the Arts

Woods Lake Elementary

District Mission Statement: Kalamazoo Public Schools will educate every child, every opportunity, every time.

School Mission Statement: Woods Lake Elementary: A Magnet Center for the Arts - where academics and the arts create opportunities for learning.

Woods Lake PTO: Meets the first Monday of each month at 5:15pm. All parents are welcome to attend.

President: Kathy Taylor

Vice President: Meghan Cook

Part II – Curriculum Development and Alignment / State Core Curriculum

The district is continuing to develop and implement a preK-12 core curriculum aligned with the state standards and benchmarks. The curriculum adheres to the Michigan School Improvement Framework. The district’s Curriculum Framework document sets the timeline and process for examining the content areas of mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, world languages, fine arts, health and physical education and information literacy. The purpose of the framework is to ensure that the district systematically increases the alignment of our curriculum, professional development and assessment to state and national standards. A copy of the Curriculum Framework and core curriculum documents are housed in Teaching and Learning Services, with the assistant superintendent. There are no deviations from the State core curriculum and benchmarks.



Artists in Residence for The Dance Education Program

Artistic, Cultural and/or Educational Value

     Professional dance artist, Debra Norton, provides dance instruction to 560 students and 22 teachers four days per week (Monday – Thursday).    This project adds value in several ways.  First, children will learn about the art form of dance, learning skills and technique.  Dance classes provide an additional layer of kinesthetic learning in addition to their physical education experiences.  Children learn about the cultures and traditions of people from other parts of the country and the world, and throughout history.  The different ways of learning through movement and dance provide another modality of learning for our students

Educational Impact

     With this Artist in Residence for Education Project, the embedding of dance into the school experience will enhance the arts environment of the school. 

The Artist in Residence will:

Provide highly engaging instruction on the elements of dance and creative movement for all students, especially those who learn in non-traditional ways (special education), and those without full English language skills (ESL).

Collaborate with classroom teachers to integrate dance into the core classroom curriculum. For example, a unit of connecting writing and movement prepares students for creative and non-fiction writing as they explore sequencing, character development, plot and setting

Create an environment open to creativity and artistic risk-taking as students make choices in beginning choreography. 

Encourage creative and critical thinking skills throughout all dance experiences in order to reach our school and district objectives of teaching with “higher order thinking” strategies.

Develop students’ physical abilities and kinesthetic awareness through dance training. 

Improve students’ collaboration and cooperation skills as they work together to create and perform.

Perform frequently in order to instill self assurance and poise.

Expose students to the possibilities of careers in dance through interaction with Artists in Residence, Guest Performers, and community stage productions

Thank You!  

This activity is supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.


Micole Dyson, Principal

(269) 337-0790

3215 Oakland Dr.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Full day:
8:50 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Half day:
8:50 a.m. – 11:58 a.m.