Arts important in education

Susan Gunnell - Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

We know that education in the arts is important to our students. In fact, research shows that student participation in the arts helps close the achievement gap, enhances learning and achievement for children including economically disadvantaged students and students needing remedial instruction, and helps prepare a creative workforce. Earlier this year, Wright Brothers Elementary School students in kindergarten, first, and second grades participated in an activity that integrates academics with the arts. Through participation in The Muse Machine, students had the opportunity to work with Michael Lippert, Director of the Muse Machine Elementary Program. Mr. Lippert is an arts integration consultant who works with teachers and students to create original performance pieces that help students communicate and learn grade level curriculum concepts.

Kindergarten students focused on American symbols including the American flag, the Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Bell. First graders targeted 2-D and 3-D shapes. Their story called “Shape Shifters” included the triangle, square, circle, cone, pyramid, sphere, and cube. Second grade students created an original story that highlighted the different parts of a story including setting, characters, problem, and solution. With Mr. Lippert’s assistance, students created, memorized, and practiced their grade level script.

One of the highlights of the students’ participation in The Muse Machine is the public performances given to parents, families, and other students at the conclusion of the program. The public performances give students the opportunity to demonstrate to their families and classmates the material they have crafted with Mr. Lippert. These original theatrical performances showcase the original work of the students and illustrate all they have learned and created.

Muse Machine activities are very beneficial to our students and help make learning fun! As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at

Susan Gunnell

Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at