Ms Warburton, Mr Boston and Ms Van Derwark are the Trace Arts dream team! First of all, we're so lucky to have an arts program with music, drama and visual arts in a public elementary school. On top of that we have an amazing group of teachers supporting the program. They all go above and beyond to support the students and consistently help out in fundraisers and other after hours events. Ms Warburton even attends all the PTO meetings!
I think the Trace arts program helps develop these types of soft skills/values. It is great to have the students for example participate in plays and in a strings orchestra - they learn to work together and support each other to success.
I think much of this begins at home but yes, my kids seemed to be pretty tuned into these concepts from school also. Just recently there was a Cornerstone reading program around the theme of "bucket filling" with positive actions and words and they've taken that message to heart.
We love the TWBI program and the arts the school has to offer. The reason I'm not giving the school 5 stars is really the school district's fault: The classes should all have a permanent teaching aide given the class sizes.
The teachers at Trace are as effective as any can be in the sub-standard situation they operate under: Classroom sizes in San Jose Unified School District are simply too large. Education, our most important investment in the country's future, is sadly underfunded.
Trace is a very good school. It has a lot of programs that the children can get into, also the arts program is great! Teachers are caring and very involved. The parent help and participation is inspiring and am happy to be a part of.