Creative Integration of Arts and Sciences Program Takes Center Stage at South Avondale School’s Back-to-School Event


Principal Michael Allison cuts the ribbon to officially launch the new Creative Integration of Arts & Sciences program at South Avondale School.

Parents, students, teachers and faculty members gathered at South Avondale School for a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 9, 2017, celebrating the new specialized curriculum.

South Avondale School is one of nine schools launching a new specialized program this school year through Cincinnati Public Schools’ (CPS) Vision 2020: My Tomorrow program. South Avondale School’s Creative Integration of Arts and Sciences Program for grades K-6 provides authentic and dynamic learning experiences in the arts and sciences — teaching students to become creative problem-solvers.

“I’m extremely excited about our children being empowered to take the next step and ask questions that have yet to be asked,” says Principal Michael Allison about the new curriculum. “Our children will be life-long learners, excited about learning and — with support from the school, home and community — success will be achieved.”

Students had the chance to meet their teachers, play corn hole and enjoy snacks, while parents were encouraged to sign up for the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), as well as sign their children up for any after school activities. 

The event featured a special appearance by Nick “The Midnight Gourmet” Tolbert and David White, from Universal Keystone Education which is responsible for bringing a new program, Living Legends, to some CPS elementary schools.

Representatives from community partners such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati and Children’s Hospital were also in attendance and available for questions. Music was provided by Reverend Todd O’Neil on the keys and South Avondale School student DeAndre Southerland on the drums.

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