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Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA)

Welcome to the Visual & Performing Arts Department!
Providing access and opportunities to the arts for a lifetime of enjoyment!

Our district is proud to offer instruction in Visual & Performing Arts to our students district-wide, from grades 1-12! 
Elementary VAPA (grades 1-5)
(559) 898-ARTS (Phone)
Our students receive instruction every other day for 45 minutes in the arts, learning choral music, instrumental music (flutophone), and visual art. 
Several Highlights of the 2016-2017 School Year were:
  • "El Bracero" Mariachi Opera and Visual Art Showcase - In partnership with the Visalia Opera Company - OCHS
  • ALL district students, grades 1-5, were provided an all-expenses paid "capstone arts experience" field trip!
    • Events will include, but are not limited to:
      • Tulare County Symphony
      • Enchanted Playhouse Theater - Visalia, CA
      • Tulare County Office of Education Theatre Company Productions
      • KCUSD Drama Productions, as presented by Reedley High & Orange Cove High School Theatre Departments
      • Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra performances
      • Children's Musical Theatre-works performances.
Several Highlights of the 2015-2016 School Year were:
  • KCUSD District Fair Primary Grade Performance - Orange Cove High School 
  • Oral Interpretation Festival - 450 KCUSD and St. La Salle students grades K-6 participated - Orange Cove High School
  • Fiesta Art Show - Students from nearly all KCUSD Elementary & Immanuel Schools submitted art - Downtown Reedley 
  • KCUSD School Board Showcases - Washington Elementary & Jefferson Elementary
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - McCord Elementary - Downtown Orange Cove
  • 2nd Annual Orange Cove High School Band Review 
  • Various Site Christmas Concerts - Reedley & Orange Cove Schools
  • AL Conner, McCord & Sheridan 5th graders - "Miss Nelson Is Missing" Play - Presented by the OCHS Drama Dept.
  • District-wide Graffiti Prevention Curriculum - with support from the Reedley Police Department & KCUSD Administration
  • Jefferson, TL Reed & Lincoln 5th graders - "School House Rock, Jr." - Presented by the TCOE Theatre Company (Visalia)
  • Reedley High School Spring Musical - "Beauty and the Beast" - Elementary Student Presentation 
  • Spring Night Performances - Washington Elementary, Jefferson Elementary
  • Patriotic Salute - Riverview Kindergarten through Third Grade - Riverview Elementary
  • School-wide Visual Art Showcase - AL Conner Elementary
  • Mr. Holland's Opus Instrumental Music Grant - New Instruments purchased - Dunlap K-8 School & Grant Middle School
VAPA Tech Staff
Our team of caring Visual & Performing Arts Technicians are excited to share their love of the arts with your child at every opportunity! We strive to provide a balanced variety of music and visual art curriculum in a variety of topics, both seasonal and educational, to help your child develop curiosity and passion for all things artistic! 
School Site Location VAPA Tech
AL Conner Elementary Orange Cove, CA Donna Vincent, Melissa Villegas
Alta Elementary Reedley, CA Rachael Rudy, Micah Brummitt
Dunlap K-8 Dunlap, CA Robert Clark
Great Western Elementary Reedley, CA Carol Leppke
Jefferson Elementary Reedley, CA Emily Gomez, Micah Brummitt
Lincoln Elementary Reedley, CA Samantha Rea
McCord Elementary Orange Cove, CA Berenice Rodriguez
Riverview K-8 Reedley, CA Elizabeth Hull
Sheridan Elementary Orange Cove, CA Ashley Panella, Berenice Rodriguez
Silas Bartsch K-8 Reedley, CA
Ashley Ramirez
TL Reed K-8 Reedley, CA Janice Trott
Washington Elementary Reedley, CA Crystal Nunez, Micah Brummitt
Secondary VAPA (grades 6-12)
Our secondary VAPA programs offer a wide variety of educational opportunities for our students.
We are excited to offer programs in:
  • Band (grades 6-12)
    • Reedley High "Pirate" Marching Band
      • Directors: Daniel Paulsen, Samuel Gipson, Lisa Dewhurst, Jason Awbrey
      • Colorguard: Bill Davis
      • Drum Line: Corey Dobbins
    • Orange Cove High "Titan" Marching Band
      • Director: Ryan Ubhoff, Moises Caluya
      • Colorguard: TBA
      • Drum Line: TBA
  • Choir (grades 9-12)
    • Reedley High School & Orange Cove High School
      • Director: 
      • Accompanist: Bernadette Tasy
      • Performing Arts Theatre Manager: Steve Jones
  • Theatre & Drama (grades 9-12)
    • Reedley High School
      • Director: Sarah Wiebe
    • Orange Cove High School
      • Director: Cassy Ortiz
  • KC Showcase (grades 3-12)
    • District-wide
      • Co-Directors: Sarah Wiebe, Bernadette Tasy
      • Stage Manager: Marianne McFarlin
      • Staff: Corey Dobbins, Robert Clark, Denise Norwood
  • Visual, Applied & Culinary Arts (grades 9-12)
    • Reedley High School
      • Staff: Connie Wiebe, David Smith, Matthew Hiebert
    • Orange Cove High School
      • Staff: Cassy Ortiz, Samantha Garner, Joyce Huebert

Link to the National Core Arts Standards!