Joliet Public Schools | District 86


Fine Arts


Patrick M. Baker
Fine Arts Coordinator

420 N. Raynor Ave.
Joliet, IL 60435

Phone: (815) 740-3196
Fax: (815) 740-5957

Fine Arts

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Fine Arts

Throughout time, the arts have been essential to human existence.  When people create in sounds, images, gestures and words, they discover ways to shape and share their thoughts and feelings with others. Through the arts, students learn critical thinking, effective communication and collaboration, and creative problem solving. 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.

National Core Arts Standards

Illinois Learning Standards for Fine Arts

Illinois Arts Learning Standards

Patrick M. Baker, Coordinator

Fine Arts Coordinator
815-740-3196 x 282

MUSIC Directors

Dirksen Quadrant 815-729-1566 ext. 223
Laura Armstrong Dirksen Bands
Linda Pierson Dirksen Orchestras
Jennifer Ketchmark Dirksen Choir & Music
Gompers Quadrant 815-727-5276 ext. 221
Brett Marcum Gompers Bands
Alex Brinkman Gompers Orchestras
Jennifer Wynveen Gompers Choir & Music
Hufford Quadrant 815-725-3542 or 815-725-3540
James Shaw Hufford Bands
Clifford Hunt Hufford Orchestras
Julia Krizmanic Hufford Choirs & Music
Washington Quadrant 815-727-5271 ext. 215
R. Scott Barnas Washington Bands
Melissa Schoonover Washington Orchestras
Rebecca Wagnon Washington Choirs & Music


Music Directors & Schools Served

Dirksen Quadrant Schools Gompers Quadrant Schools
Dirksen Jr. High School Gompers Jr. High School
Farragut Elementary Forest Park I.E. School
Pershing Elementary Marshall Elementary
Thigpen Elementary Sanchez Elementary
  Singleton Elementary
Laura Armstrong, Band Brett Marcum, Band
Linda Pierson, Orchestra Alex Brinkman, 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 Culbertson Elementary
Jefferson Elementary Eisenhower Academy
Sandburg Elementary Keith Elementary
Taft Elementary Woodland Elementary
James Shaw, Band R. Scott Barnas, Band
Clifford Hunt, Orchestra Melissa Schoonover, Orchestra
Julia Krizmanic, Choir & Music Rebecca Wagnon, Choir & Music



Culbertson Martha Summers-Romero
Cunningham Deanna Hasselbring
Dirksen Nicole Koehler
Eisenhower Rene Fitz-Henley
Farragut Deanna Hasselbring
Forest Park Katherine Roberts
Gompers Christine May
Hufford Miranda Campbell
Jefferson Laquita Henry-Sohail
Keith Rene Fitz-Henley
Marshall Denise Johnson
Pershing Laquita Henry-Sohail
Sanchez Martha Summers-Romero
Sandburg Laquita Henry-Sohail
Singleton Denise Johnson
Taft Katherine Roberts
Thigpen Katherine Roberts
Washington Rachel Vische
Woodland Rene Fitz-Henley



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