Joliet Public Schools | District 86


Fine Arts

Fine Arts

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Fine Arts

The Joliet Public Schools District 86 is committed to providing dynamic visual arts and music instruction, taught by an arts specialist on a regular basis.  Students will explore culture through a broad-based curriculum covering the nature, value, and meaning of the four art disciplines-dance, music, drama, and visual arts.  Students will learn the language of the arts and how to interpret movement, sounds, story, and visual images.  Through problem-solving, communication, technology, teamwork, and the application of the arts to other learning areas, students will enrich the quality of their lives.

James Shaw, Coordinator
Fine Arts Coordinator
815-740-3196 x 282

MUSIC Directors

Laura Armstrong
 Dirksen Bands
815-729-1566 x223
Linda Pierson
Dirksen Orchestras
815-729-1566 x223
Jennifer Ketchmark
Dirksen Choir
815-729-1566 x223
Brett Marcum
Gompers Bands
815-727-5276 x221
Andrew Davis
Gompers Orchestras
815-727-5276 x221
Jennifer Wynveen
Gompers Choir
815-727-5276 x221
John Damore
 Hufford Bands
Clifford Hunt
Hufford Orchestras
Julia Krizmanic
Hufford Choir
R. Scott Barnas
Washington Bands
815-727-5271 ext 215
Melissa Schoonover
Washington Orchestras
815-727-5271 ext 215
Rebecca Wagnon
Washington Choir
815-727-5271 ext 215


Music Directors & Schools Served

Dirksen Quadrant Schools Gompers Quadrant Schools
Dirksen Jr. High School Gompers Jr. High School
Farragut Elementary School Forest Park I.E. School
Pershing Elementary School Marshall Elementary School
Thigpen Elementary School Sanchez Elementary School
  Singleton Elementary School
Laura Armstrong, Band Brett Marcum, Band
Linda Pierson, Orchestra Andrew Davis, Orchestra
Jennifer Ketchmark, Choir & Music Jennifer Wynveen, Choir & Music
Hufford Quadrant Schools Washington Quadrant Schools
Hufford Jr. High School Washington Jr. High School
Cunningham Elementary School Culbertson Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School Eisenhower Academy
Sandburg Elementary School Keith Elementary School
Taft Elementary School Woodland Elementary School
John Damore, Band R. Scott Barnas, Band
Clifford Hunt, Orchestra Melissa Schoonover, Orchestra
Julia Krizmanic, Choir & Music Rebecca Wagnon, Choir & Music


Elementary Art TeacherS

& Schools Served

Holly Dominik Rene Fitz-Henley Denise Johnson Katherine Roberts Martha Summers-Romero
Farragut Culbertson Cunningham Pershing Forest Park
Jefferson Keith Eisenhower Taft Marshall
Sandburg Woodland Singleton Thigpen Sanchez



Junior High School Art Teachers
Dirksen Junior High Gompers Junior High Hufford Junior High Washington Junior High
Nicole Koehler Christine May Miranda Campbell Kathleen Kerestes





26th Annual Solo & Ensemble Performance Assessment
Event's details
February 07, 2015

All Day Event
Location: Sator Sanchez School, , -

Solo & Ensemble Performance Assessment for all Jr. High B/O/C Students and select intermediate B/O Students.
(All Day Event)



Music Department Activity
Event's details
February 11, 2015

Time:04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: Family Fun Zone, Crest Hill, IL -IL

Activity for all qualified band/orchestra/choir students.
(04:00 PM - 07:00 PM)



All City Jazz Band Clinic
Event's details
February 12, 2015

Time:06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: Gompers - Band Room, , -

Guest Conductor to work with the All City Jazz Band
(06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)



Music Parents Association Executive Board Meeting
Event's details
February 12, 2015

Time:07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: Gompers Jr. High - Orchestra Room, , -

Monthly meeting of the MPA Executive Board
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)



Institute Day - No School for Students
Event's details
February 13, 2015

All Day Event

Institute Day - No School for Students
(All Day Event)

Welcome to Joliet Public Schools District 86

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