Degrees and Certifications:
State of Vermont VT Level II Educators License Endorsement: 3-02 - Art PreK-12 June 20’ - 6/30/2025 The Art of Education University Course Title: Teaching Strategies for Art Teachers Summer 2017 Course Title: Designing Your Art Curriculum Spring 2019 Course Title: Managing the Art Room Fall 2019 Course Title: Art Therapy for Art Teachers Fall 2017 University of Vermont Course Title: Building Students Self-Esteem and Communication Skills Fall 2010 Course Title: Art, Creativity and Happiness Summer 2014 Course Title: Decision-Making and Character Education Summer 2015 Course Title: Abnormal Psychology Summer 2016 Brandman University Course Title: Responsive Classroom I Fall 2010 Course Title: Responsive Classroom II Fall 2012 Teachers Apprenticeship Program (TAP) Licensing Preparation Program August ’09 - January ‘10 Central Connecticut State University Bachelors Degree – Art - Concentration: Sculpture September ’03 - May ‘05
Dear Students and Family Members,
This will be my fifth year teaching within the EWSD community, and I am so excited about the school year ahead! I graduated with a BA in Art from Central Connecticut State University and currently hold a Level II VT Educator's License. I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Art Education.
I strongly believe in the facilitation of differentiated instruction, academic choice, arts integration, and brain-based learning. I use and adapt Responsive Classroom approaches and look forward to facilitating art events and activities both inside and outside of the classroom. I will motivate and advocate for all students as they grow and become confident, self-seeking learners.
I will be building relationships while I am in the classroom over the next several months, and hope to connect and work with families in our community as well. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to discuss the specific needs of your child, feel free to email me at email@example.com. If you prefer a phone call I am available at Hiawatha on Tuesdays and Fridays, and a half day on Wednesday.
Thank you and here’s to a great year!
Cassandra Gengras (she/her)
News And Announcements
2021-2022 School Year
Instagram Page: ewsd_artsGreat news everyone.. EWSD Art Teachers now have a shared instagram page!!! You can now see photos not only from your child's school, but from artists at other schools as well. Please follow us and enjoy the amazing art!
2020-2021 School Year
ROY G. BIV
I wanted to share this attached link to the ROY G. BIV youtube song/video by They Might Be Giants. Students seemed to really enjoy it when I played it in art class last week! Since we aren't supposed to sing along in school, I thought it might be nice to access the video from home. Enjoy! : )
I finally spoke with Square1Art and guess what?! They are in the process of shipping our work (from last year when school closed) back NOW!!! Students that created portraits last year will recieve them back within the next few weeks. I will continue to send out updates about his fundraiser!
I will be filling in for Mrs. Coffrin at Fleming through December! I am so excited to see former students, as well as meet new students! I will be at Hiawatha on Mondays and Thursdays, and at Fleming on Tuesdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays I will be splitting my time between schools. Please feel free to reach out anytime by email. See you soon Fleming and Hiawatha artists!
2019-2020 School Year
Clay Projects Still in Art Room:
Missing your clay project? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you recognize your art in these photos and/or did not receive your clay project (or another piece) at pick-up. We can then arrange a way to get it back to you!
End of Year ART Updates:An important message from Miss Gengras:Hi Artists and Families!You have done amazing work this year and I miss you all so very much. I hope you enjoyed seeing your artwork after such a long time, and I hope you have a wonderful summer. I look forward to seeing you after break!If you did not receive a specific piece of artwork at pick-up, please email me directly. As of now Square1Art packets are in the process of being mailed back to Mrs. Mayhue. From what I understand, you should still be able to place orders once packets are returned. As soon as I have a more detailed update on this timeline, I will post it on the art webpage under the "announcements" section.Please feel free to reach out over break with any questions, feedback, or just to say hello! The remote learning videos and lessons can be accessed at any time right from the art webpage, so fill up that sketchpad and stay creative! You rock Hiawatha artists, see you soon!Sincerely,Miss Gengras
Square1Art: Mrs. Mayhue has been communicating with team members at Square1Art and is waiting still for updated information. Stay tuned!!!
Sketchbooks, Portfolios and Your Artwork: All of your artwork can be picked up at Hiawatha on Thursday June 11th from 7:30am to 10:30am. I hope I can see or wave to you then! If you have a clay piece that has not been returned, please contact me directly and let me know. Mrs. Grykien and I will soon be reaching out about this. Enjoy having all of your wonderful artwork back!!!
Portfolios, Murals and Square1Art
Hi artists and families! I am guessing many of you have questions about when you will see your artwork again, and might be wondering about our Square1Art fundraiser too. Below is an update for you about where we are now with all of this. I will continue to keep you posted as I receive more information and again, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any additional questions or concerns. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.
Murals: VIRTUAL MURAL UNVEILING- TUESDAY JUNE 2, 2020
This year's Integrated Arts theme was mural painting. The plan was that each grade-level in the school would design and paint their own mural. However due to school closing, only 1st and 2nd graders were able to participate in this project. Kindergarteners had started the planning process, but did not get to the painting. This means that next year, Art Integration will most likely start with 1st and 3rd grade, since Kindergarteners now will then be in 1st. There is good news though! 1st and 2nd graders did paint murals and on Tuesday June 2nd, I will be able to share their work with you! I have planned a "Virtual Mural Unveiling Event" that Mrs. Grykien will be hosting! Please stay tuned for more details about this event. Once we return to the school building, these murals will be hanging in our hallways. Regardless, everyone will soon get a chance to see the amazing collaborative work these muralists did!
Square1Art: Mrs. Mayhue has been communicating with team members at Square1Art and the PTO will soon be sending out a letter/update about this fundraiser. We spent a lot of time on our self-portraits this year and you all worked SO hard. It is very important to me that this work be celebrated. Regardless of whether or not the fundraiser takes place, your masterpieces will be returned to you. We discussed the possibility of posting them in an online art show, so I will let you know if that is possible as soon as I find out and receive more information. Stay tuned for more information here, and from members of the PTO.
Sketchbooks, Portfolios and Your Artwork: All of your artwork is still at school- just the way we left it. Since we are not able to access the school or materials within the building right at this moment, we will have to wait. However I want to assure you that all of your work is safe, and will be returned to you as soon as possible. My guess is that it may be at the beginning of our next school-year. However if there is any way that I can get it back to you any sooner, I will do whatever I can to make that happen. If you are in 3rd grade and will not be returning to Hiawatha next year, I will still find a way to get it back to you. That may mean mailing it home, having it be picked up, or even sending it with a sibling that still attends Hiawatha. In my opinion though, really the best way to pick up your artwork will be to come visit me in the art room! I will miss you 3rd graders so it will make me very happy to see you again.
A Message To Artists and Families During School Closing:
Dear Students and Families,
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about any art assignments, or if there is anything at all that I might be able to help you with in any way. Although we are distanced right now, we are all in this together!
E-mail is the best way to reach me. I check it each day and I am also happy to set up a time to chat or video conference if need be.
I will provide links to additional art activities and resources right here, on this website. Some of the resources are related to learning content, and can help inspire art activities assigned in student's Remote Learning Plans. Others are geared toward making art to de-stress, or to gain additional practice. Art-making can be very therapeutical during a time like this.
I look forward to making and sharing art virtually during this time, and I hope you all are able to do the same! Again, please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything at all.
I look forward to continuing our murals and working with clay when we return to school.
Thank you for your support and patience during this unusual time. Take good care of yourselves and your loved ones. May creativity be with you.
2018-2019 School Year
Coming This School Year...
Artists and Families,
We have SO many amazing integrated art opportunities planned for the 2018-2019 school year. I am so excited!!! Right now I am working with Ms. Pinto to plan exciting inteactive art projects for our International Potluck in January. This year our theme will be China and Tiawan. Later in the year we will be working on plays, murals and other amazing integrated projects. Fine Arts Night will be in March, and students will again participate in the Square1Art Fundraiser this spring. Those are just a few of the many things artists can look forward to this year. I will keep you posted on this website, so be sure to stay tuned!
Artist In Residence: Peter Pan
I am so excited about our artist in residence this week! Art students will be making many of the props and stage accessories for this production. Art integration classes will be held throughout the day Monday and Wednesday. If any parents or volunteers would like to help students through the creative process, please contact Mrs. Grykien or Miss Gengras. See you at the performance this Friday, 2/15/19!
Orders have been placed and products will arrive back at Hiawatha by May 1st! Please contact Nikki Mahue from our PTO for more detailed information, or with any questions or concerns. Thank you all for your participation and suport with this fundraiser!
How it works: each student gets to create a masterpiece in art class. The artwork is shipped to S1A, and then catalogs are sent back. Each family will receive a catalog and can order keepsakes with their child's art printed on it. Profits will be for our school. All students who participate (regardless of weather or not an order is placed) will receive free stickers with their art on it.
2017-2018 School Year
End Of The Year Art Projects and Announcements:
Lots of art has been and will be coming home with students throughout our last weeks of school. Artists have portfolios, sketchpads and sculptures to take home. During our last art classes, we will be finishing up projects and making community posters to hang over the summer! Be sure to contact Miss. G with any questions or concerns. Have a great summer everyone!!!
BUDDY BENCH DESIGN UPDATE
All students in the school voted on a final design. The image will be printed on our new bench which is in the works!
After our 3rd grade design teams worked hard to narrow down yet include each and every Hiawatha student's ideas into revised drawings, we were left with 12 designs to choose from. Each and every students at Hiawatha got to vote on their favorite design and after narrowing it down again with another vote, a final bench design has now been chosen. We will be working on the next steps and taking action to purchase a bench over the coming weeks!
BUDDY BENCH DESIGNS
As you all may have been hearing through the news and other communications, our school is loooking forward to having a buddy bench. Most students at Hiawatha can tell you why this project is so important and meaningful.
I encourage you to ask them about it! Each artist in grades K through 3 worked on a detailed design for their version of an "ideal" bench. It will be viewed and used as inspiration by a design team, for a schoolwide art project that will come to completion this spring.
Students have put their hearts into these designs and I too, am grateful to have an opportunity to work on this project.
Here are students working on thier designs...
Check out these links from the press as well!
Cultural Dinner/Arts Integration
Artist's prepared fine art and decor for our celebration of different cultures in back in Janurary. ELL artists created candles in celebration on Diwali, a holiday celebrated in India. Along with the candles, artists created beautiful elephant wall hangings. The decorations and patterns used were inspired by the elephants of India. Many students and families that attended the dinner stopped by the mosaic station. I look forward to creating mosaics with students in the future, as that particualr art form is appreciated in many countries around the world. Thanks so everyone who made it such a great night, and for your consistent celebration and appreciation for all cultures and communities.