School News & Announcements
Creativity abounds when it comes to learning at North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School (NCCAE). Arts integration is a critical component of the curriculum. A recent example of that is the creation of a silent movie called Westward Bound by Erin Tarpley's fifth-grade class.
A Message from our new Interim Principal, Mr. Rob Grant
Dear NCCAE Families, Friends, and Community,
It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed interim Principal of North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school communty that has a rich history of academics, student enrichment, parent involvement, all embedded in an arts integrated tradition!
I have devoted a major portion of my lifetime to the performing arts. Initially, that dedication began as a student at "The Famed" LaGuardia High School of the Arts in New York. There I majored in vocal music while minoring in theater education. I was also what they called a "working student artist"! I had signed a recording contract with the Motown Recording label in my second year of high school. I would attend school by day and record and perform by night. Other classmates of mine included designer Isaac Mizrahi, actress Jennifer Aniston and actor Carl Payne (Martin). Moreover, I continued to be very active in the arts community throughout my college years. After graduation, I was employed at The Michelangelo Middle School where I spearheaded various arts entertainment activities for students. I used my arts background to introduce musical theater into my classroom. Recently, I've spent the last decade supporting an arts based curriculum at the nationally recognized School of the Arts here in North Charleston. All this to say, I am the product of a arts influenced educational experience.
I value what an arts education can provide to students. Research suggests that children who are exposed to the arts are less stressed, more focused, better coordinated, more confident, better equipped to self-advocate, increases ability to successfully collaborate, promotes humanitarianism and character building and generally produces a well-rounded individual.
Our faculty, staff, and administration are focused on providing a quality learning experience for all students through the integrated arts program that North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary was charted upon. Our focus as an organization will continue to be on preparing students to be college and career ready by developing essential skills and behaviors in a safe, supportive environment. We will have a purposeful approach to providing relevant, engaging content...all while building strong relationships with families, students and the community at large. We encourage you to become involved whether through our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), School Improvement Council (SIC) or one of the many coommittees or support groups aimed at improving our campus. Your feedback and support are essential to our continued improvement. I am enthused about the possibilitis for excellence that our partnerships will manifest this school year.
Hootie Owls SOAR!!