Spotlight on Hall    




Band teacher Jeff Derby loves teaching students melody, rhythm, articulation, dynamics, intonation, sight-reading, posture, blend, listening and composition.  “Music combines the brain and the heart coming together to create beautiful sounds.  Thank you to SPARK for your continued financial support.”  

Seventh grader Annabelle O enjoys how band brings everyone together by working collaboratively.  “Band  is not only a place to learn and grow, but a place to feel safe and have fun.”




Chorus teacher Samantha Nickel is grateful that SPARK funds the entire choral program at Hall including credentialed staff, all sheet music for students, piano tuning, choral festival fees and piano accompanists for performances. Choir provides the “opportunity for students to learn music and share their voice in a safe and collaborative environment.”

According to seventh grader Brooke E, “Chorus to me is a place that I can truly be myself and release through something I love to do. It challenges students to step outside of their comfort zone and work together in harmony.”




Michael Song, Game Design/ Project Lead the Way Teacher  on Special Assignment (TOSA),  believes that skills learned in his class are valuable. When students apply engineering design concepts, they not only create entertaining games, but they also discover that these  skills can be used to solve problems outside of school.  “Students rely on each other for collaborative feedback and support, while building on the independent skills they need to be lifelong learners!”

Eighth grader Andrew S loves learning new platforms to code games and ideas. “I love this class. I learn a ton, and it’s fun!”




Tech Art teacher Todd Ritola enjoys showing students how to utilize visual communication and work through problems that have more than just one solution. “Analyzing and creating art in school helps teach kids the skills to problem solve and think critically while developing craft. SPARK is a vital link in keeping the arts program alive in our schools.”

Sixth grader Siena B says, “Mr. Ritola has taught us how to make comics, use photoshop and organize our work. This is one of my favorite classes.”




Art teacher Jennifer Fry cannot say enough about how important arts education is for middle school students by providing an outlet for creative expression, developing fine motor skill and teaching how art influences change.  “Art can often engage students who might struggle in other academic areas, providing an important connection to school and learning, ” says Ms. Fry.  She is  grateful to SPARK funding which provides students with an exceptional visual arts program, including cutting edge equipment and materials. 

Seventh grader Sadie H says art has brought her newfound confidence.”I did not know what I was capable of and art brought out my creativity,” she says.




IDEA combines innovation, design and engineering, including automation and robotics. Teacher Ted Stoeckley says“Without the financial support from SPARK for funding for training, I would not be able to provide this exciting enrichment opportunity for Hall Students.”

Eighth grader Mayson W says this class has exceeded her expectations. “IDEA is creative, interactive, and exciting. We are always doing something that takes care, consideration and focus.”


By supporting SPARK, you are supporting access to these programs at Hall.  THANK YOU!



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