Jess Harben offers a variety of programs for all students. K-6th participate in weekly classes in music and visual arts and each grade level performs for an audience at least once a year. Extracurricular activities include Band, Orchestra and Choir.
6th graders are welcome to join the band or orchestra and participate in a number of school and district wide activities. The instructors are RISD staff from Liberty Junior High School. The Junior high band website is http://www.Libertypatriotband.org.
Each grade level has music twice a week for 45 minutes. We focus on rhythms, pitches, reading music, singing songs and playing instruments.
There are several annual field trips we get to go on. 3rd grade goes to the Eisemann Center to hear the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. 5th grade goes to Berkner HS or Lake Highlands HS to hear their orchestras and the All District Elementary Choir. 6th grade goes to Berkner HS for the Choral Festival performed by Berkner HS, Liberty JS, and Apollo JS. 6th grade also goes to see an opera at the AT&T Winspear Opera House.
Our choir is called "Here comes Treble.". We meet on an after school basis. Please talk to Mrs. Bouras (Ashley.Bouras@risd.org) for details. The choir performs at PTA meetings, school assemblies and at our 6th grade graduation.
Art at Jess Harben is taught by Ms. Stephanie Carlson Monday,Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and all day on Fridays, Ms. Lopez teaches art all day Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Students meet for art class for 45 minutes once a week. Through the art curriculum, students study and gain an appreciation for fine art. They have the opportunity to paint, sculpt, draw, collage and more. Each year, the 4th graders enjoy a field trip to the world-renown Dallas Museum of Art.