My name is Christi Norris, and I love working at Old Shell Road School of Creative and Performing Arts. I enjoy coming to work every day because I love our children. They are so talented, intelligent, mannerly, and sweet! They are truly amazing! Old Shell Road Magnet School is a wonderful place to be. I am very blessed to work with a knowledgeable, dedicated staff and to have incredible parental involvement.
The school combines a rigorous core curriculum with an arts integration focus to develop the creative and critical thinking skills necessary for success in today’s world. This interdisciplinary approach engages our students in rigorous instruction designed to enhance creativity. Students are empowered to inquire, express, design, collaborate, and apply the skills and strategies taught in the arts studios to learning content throughout the day. Students of Old Shell Road School are prepared to approach challenges with creative ideas and thinking strategies. The teachers are trained in the Talents Unlimited Program and develop lessons that tap into higher order thinking.
In addition to an outstanding academic curriculum, the school provides instruction in a variety of fine arts studios, which include visual arts, vocal and instrumental, theatrical movement, dance, drama, as well as mass communication, media and technology. The arts studios provide platforms for developing, enriching, and promoting our students’ many talents as they engage in all aspects of the performance and creative arts. Our students celebrate the arts daily and have opportunities to showcase their abilities through schoolwide productions performed in our community. Old Shell Road School upholds a tradition of excellence in both the arts and academics, creating a unique and successful early learning experience that builds a strong foundation for our students’ future. As a matter of fact, Old Shell Road was named 2015 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. It is truly a wonderful school and the best place to be.
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One of my favorite quotes is:
"Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime." Maimonides