Northport K-8 School middle grades Art instruction has been deemed an integral facet in educating the school’s children. Students in grades K-8 enter Valerie Niewieroski’s art class with hopes of fun and color, but Mrs. Niewieroski offers so much more to the students. A plethora of studies have proven that an excellent fine arts school program enhances motor skills, builds language development, strengthens problem solving and critical thinking skills as well as offering a vital outlet for self expression and inventiveness. Studies have also proven a direct correlation between art, music education and higher academic achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the Arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in math and science fairs and to win writing awards. The month of September has been dedicated to the study of shapes in Mrs. Niewieroski’s classes. Students have created their own organic shaped beasts inspired by the paintings of Henri Matisse. Pictured are Northport students proudly displaying their creative energies.