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The Beat Goes On at River School Posted 5/25/18

Reasons to support artists in the schools’ programs are palpable in beginning and advanced World Percussion classes at River School, taught by acclaimed professional musician and visual artist John Hannaford... read more >>

Napa Valley Register, May 24, 2018

Shakespeare at Silverado Middle School Posted 5/17/18

William Shakespeare may have written his plays 400 years before they were born, but drama students at Silverado Middle School say his works still resonate with their lives.

Deep into rehearsals for upcoming performances of “The Tempest” and “Much Ado About Nothing,” they paused to discuss the question of why people still perform the Bard’s works after all those years... read more >>

Napa Valley Register, May 2, 2018

River School performs "Into the Woods Jr" Posted 5/1/18

About a year ago, some students from River Middle School had the opportunity to go and see “Into the Woods” in San Francisco at the Golden Gate Theatre. The reason behind this was to expose students to different techniques used in the theater.

This wasn’t a traditional musical. The Fiasco Theater cast didn’t just use normal props. For example, Cinderella’s stepsisters held up a curtain in place of dresses. The birds were shadows on the wall. Little did the students know that this show would be the inspiration for this year’s spring musical... read more >>

Napa Valley Register, April 25, 2018

ACHS Drama Department awarded $20K in grants Posted 3/5/18


ACHS RISE grant big check group photo

To help promote the new TV series, “Rise,” NBC sponsored a national grant competition to support high school theatre programs. Over 1,500 schools from across the country applied for one of fifty $10,000 grants.

 2nd check award

Summer Heartt teaches Theatre at American Canyon High School (ACHS) and she wrote the winning application for ACHS. The $10,000 award included a visit to ACHS by the show’s young star, Damon Gillespie, and a trip to the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco where fifty ACHS students previewed the show’s first episode - and where the Theatre Company surprised us with another $10,000! Summer Heartt is a member of the NVUSD Arts Leadership Team.

See the news coverage on NBC News.

Watch the video ACHS submitted:


Napa High Jazz Band earns straight 'Superiors' at CMEA Festival Posted 2/27/18

On Jan. 17, the band earned superior marks from the judges at the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) North Bay Jazz Band Festival at Sonoma State University. Read more >>


Napa Valley Register, Feb. 14, 2018