The Promise

The Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association is committed to keeping arts education alive in our classrooms, a promise made to our community through the one-mill referendum. Watch this page for news on how SC/TA and its members are “keeping the promise.”



November 9, 2015

Sarasota shines in All State Chorus selections

FEMEA logoCongratulations to Joan Tracey, music teacher at Ashton Elementary, who headlines a great showing at this year’s All State Chorus selections by the Florida Elementary Music Education Association!

Tracey is the only Sarasota music teacher whose students were selected for a new All State group: the All State Orff Ensemble, which is comprised of youngsters not only singing but also chanting, dancing, improvising, and playing instruments such as recorders, marimbas and xylophones.

All in all, Tracey had five students chosen for the new Orff Ensemble, and another two chosen for the All State Chorus. Joi Chapman of Brentwood Elementary had three students chosen for the All State Chorus, and Kim Miles of Lakeview Elementary saw one student named to the All State Chorus. Statewide, 800 students auditioned for spots in the two ensembles.

The All State Chorus will perform at the Tampa Convention Center at 1:45 pm Jan. 14, and the Orff Ensemble performs at the Convention Center Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m.


November 5, 2015

The Peace Poster Contest is upon us again — and Laurel Nokomis School is leading the way once more!

Teacher Kristin Shackelford, a Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association member, led the schools 6th, 7th and 8th graders to participate in this annual Lions Clubs International event as she has for four years. Winners this year are eighth-graders Michelle Krumholz and Samantha Schanely, and seventh-grader Paris Trunzo! All three advance to district competition.

Poster Contest photo - The Promise


September 15, 2015

SC/TA music teachers shine in new technology program

Leading into “Arts in Education Week,” SC/TA is proud to announce that two of its members are the only Sarasota County music teachers chosen for a prestigious new “Trailblazer” program focused on making the greatest possible use of computer tablets.

Charles Allen and Amanda Bauman, music teachers at Laurel Nokomis School, were chosen out of 112 applicants to be part of the “Technology Trailblazers” program built around Microsoft Surface tablets. SC/TA is announcing their distinction in honor of “Arts in Education Week” Sept. 13-19, a nationwide celebration of keeping the arts alive in classrooms. Read more.


July 8, 2015

Allen, Bauman named “Technology Trailblazers” for ensemble project

Charles Allen and Amanda Bauman, SC/TA members, are among 23 “teacher teams” named Technology Trailblazers, giving them access to ground-breaking new equipment and software in their classrooms. Allen, one of SC/TA’s executive board members, and Bauman are recognized for “Scratching the Surface of Music Creativity,” which will use technology to explore how ensembles express emotion, mood, ideas, dynamics and articulation.