Get John Jay High School more full time performing arts teachers

Get John Jay High School more full time performing arts teachers

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casey w started this petition to The John Jay High School administration

Recently at John Jay High School two beloved arts teachers retired, and unfortunately, the heart of the John Jay Performing Arts Department seems to have left with them.  These teachers were hastily replaced without much thought into the needs of the John Jay students or the arts department as a whole. Although the new teachers are very passionate and are doing their best to keep the program alive, the arts are not receiving the support or attention it needs from the John Jay administration. 

Having full time music teachers at the high school is extremely important for several reasons, the first one being the ability for the teacher to interact with the students to the fullest extent. When a teacher is not in the building for the majority of the school day, students lose the valuable opportunity to build a relationship with their teacher.  Having music teachers become full time would allow for personal connections between students and teachers, boost class morale, increase the passion and dedication of music students, and boost class sizes (something we severely need help with). Also, having full time music teachers gives students a greater opportunity to take lessons and increase their musical ability. When a music teacher has to leave certain periods of the day, the periods of lessons available to students becomes limited. By having more full time music teachers at the high school students can increase their musical ability, get more out of the arts department, and make their concerts even better.

The teachers are so busy and overwhelmed between their classes at the middle school and high school that, of no fault of their own, the performing arts community is disintegrating before our eyes

The John Jay Performing Arts department is overflowing with talented, hard working, and passionate students. We have all the qualities needed to make the John Jay High School arts department one the best in the area. We've won the Berklee Jazz Festival, we've put on great dramas and musicals, we have given great concerts. All we need is the support and the resources of the administration.

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