It's no surprise that Ava in Pre-K runs over to Francesca, a middle schooler, and gives her a big hug. That kind of interaction happens all the time at IDS. How? IDS encourages plenty of all school activities that allow students of different ages to interact, explore, engage, sing, play, learn and even dance together. There is a genuine connection that is felt among all the students. Everybody knows everybody.
Each school year IDS students in our elementary school and middle school experience a variety of programs sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Committee and underwritten by the IDS Parent Association. The teachers of the Cultural Enrichment Committee strive to create a school year program that is varied and can be thought-provoking, engaging, entertaining, enlightening and educational. Programs can be division specific or include the entire school community. Past experiences have included:
Blue Jupiter - An A Cappella vocal group of 4 performers in an interactive program which allows students to sing, try vocal percussion, and dance
Collective Consciousness-Shakespeare: The Remix - The ghost of Shakespeare visits a girl in 2009 to help her see the power of words today
Eshu Bumpus – A dynamic storyteller who presents stories drawn from folk tales and story songs from around the world
Hip Hop Dimensions – Four performers present a dance program that explores the roots of Hip Hop and its impact on today's culture. Students participated in follow-up workshops in Hip Hop.
Taikoza - A troupe of three drummers and a dancer who provide electrifying music on barrel-like drums and costumed dances inspired by traditional festivals of Japan
Sirius Coyote – Two performers who present the cultural nuances of Latin America by singing and playing Latin American folk songs in English and Spanish
Gayle Danley-In a Slam Poetry format, the poet dramatically relives her personal stories as a model for students to experience a spirit of creativity and self-expression
Yorick's Marionettes – A presentation of familiar folk tales through the skillful manipulation of handmade marionettes
Pilobolus – Two performers from this highly acclaimed dance troupe delight their audience with an exciting display of acrobatics joined with dance
Little Theater of the Deaf – An offshoot of The National Theater of the Deaf, deaf performers, accompanied by a hearing narrator, present a dramatic version of an old folk tale, “The Brindle Beast”