Sunday, May 30, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The end of another year.

It's over...again...another school year.  Where does the time go?  It's spent wisely on precious growing young people.  We all look forward to the summer to rest and recuperate.  I like to take time to evaluate the previous year and plan the coming one.  I am blessed to do the work I do.  Here are 3 videos from our end of the year programs:

Wallace's 6th Grade Promotion:

Ayr's K-6 Picnic Music:

Juniata's DARE and 6th Grade Promotion:

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Music advocacy from the heart of my daughter.

May 5, 2010

Honorable Dennis Utter
P.O. Box 94604 State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509

Senator Utter,

I am writing you to address my feelings on the issue of taking the music programs out of schools. I know that this in not an issue in our great state of Nebraska at the moment, but I fear that one day it may be. This letter is a plea for prevention.

Many states have mismanaged their money and are now cutting music programs from the schools. I understand that cutting math, science and reading classes are obviously out of the question. The argument is that some states feel they have to cut these programs in order to save money. However, there must be other ways in which that is possible. Students need music. There are many studies and statistics that I could mention in this letter about how music makes a child more intelligent, but I would like to approach it from a more personal point of view.

Music has been a part of my life since I was born. I have a musically gifted family. I play the flute, piano, and sing. My two brothers are also very talented musicians. One plays the bass guitar while the other one drums, and they are both marvelous singers. My mother was the inspiration to our musical abilities. She went to college to earn a degree in music education and has now been teaching music for over 20 years. She stayed at home with us when we were young and taught my brothers and I everything we know about music.

When my brothers and I were old enough to start school, my parents thought it would be best to send us to a small, parochial school. This meant that we would not be attending any of the schools in which my mother taught. My brothers and I were active in music programs in our elementary years and continued in high school. The music programs at our schools helped us become who we are today.

As stated earlier, my mother is an elementary school music teacher. She teaches in three small schools, Ayr, Juniata, and Wallace #16, in the Adams Central School District. She keeps in contact with music teachers nationwide through an e-mail list of K-8 music teachers. Many of those teachers have become her friends. It is very disheartening to her when she finds out that many of these teachers are loosing their jobs because of pulling music out of schools. Will it really be saving the government money by getting rid of these jobs and then having to pay for unemployment? I feel the states will have even more of a mess to clean up if music programs keep being cut.

My mother loves her job and loves her students as well. She understands the importance of having music kept in schools. Whenever I ask any of my mother’s students what their favorite subject is, they always say music. Music class is a time for them to learn and have fun at the same time.

I am currently attending college to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and I want the music programs to still be in our school systems by the time I become a licensed teacher. Also, if the Lord blesses me with a family, I want my children to be well educated in music as well. If Nebraska fails to take preventative motions to keep music in the schools, then when I do become a teacher, I will do my best to implement so sort of musical activity for my students. I want what is best for the students, and I feel that music is part of that.

Thank you very much for your time. Also, thank you for representing Nebraska. I pray that God will guide you and your decisions in leading our great state.

Sincerely, Elise Lukow

Thursday, May 6, 2010

What are some of your "Favorite Things" about music with Mrs. Lukow? by Lukow

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Laughter is the best medicine!

Here is a song we enjoy at the end of each year in the upper grades.  We make up our own rhymes and laugh and giggle and enjoy!  I hope you do too!

Monday, May 3, 2010

DARE Graduation

This morning, a whole school celebrated the graduation of 6th graders from the DARE program.  We sing and celebrate and listen to great essays written by promising young people.  There is some criticism of DARE.  "It doesn't work.  Kids still use drugs after going through the program."  No program can claim 100% success.  People have choices to make, but DARE gives them information with which to make positive choices.  I'm glad we have this cooperative program with our police force.  I'm glad our students get to learn and pledge their desire to stay drug free.  I'm glad we get to sing each year for this positive program.