Mrs. Frances Chapman
Art Teacher/ Media Center
I am a native Floridian. I graduated from Jacksonville Episcopal High School where I discovered my love of art through an inspiring and encouraging art teacher. I came to Athens, Georgia in 1979 to attend college because of the outstanding reputation of the UGA Art Department. I have been a teacher at SJS since 1985. It is my privilege to work with all of the students and staff of our school in my role as Fine Arts educator and in the management of our Media Center. In addition, I am the staff leader of our Knights Tennis Program, as well as the 8th Grade Yearbook sponsor. I love and am passionate about all of the “hats I wear” here. It is an honor to have such deep and diverse roots in the St. Joe’s family, even teaching children of past students.
All SJS learners in PK/K through Grade 5 participate in Art class once a week. Students in Grade 6 experience fine arts and band twice a week. When our students are in 7th grade they chose to continue their Fine Arts experience in either Band or Art through 8th grade. All students in our school are afforded scheduled weekly time in our Media Center and it is open first thing each morning for their convenience.
Fine Arts: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso
Students will have opportunities to function as artists, as well as learners of the arts. Arts challenge and enrich personal identity and build awareness of the aesthetic in a real-world context. The SJS fine arts course will expose students to a variety of teaching instructions including lecture, discussion, group work, activities, and a wide range of hands on experiences in many types of art media. These will engage and help students independently and collaboratively investigate, problem solve, express themselves and think creatively through research, observation, and tactile experiences. Students will explore connections between our everyday life and art, the history of art, the meaning and cultural impact of art in our world as they discover the connections between art and morality, ethics, culture, economics, politics, and the environment. Students will develop a meaningful foundation in knowledge, skills, and attitudes to create, appreciate and respond to all different art forms and genres, contemporary and past, from all cultures. Involvement in the arts encourages students to understand the arts in context and the cultural histories of artworks, supporting the development of an inquiring and empathetic world view.
Media Center: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”― Dr. Seuss
My goal is to inspire a love of reading in an atmosphere conducive to independent and guided learning during Library time at SJS. Students have weekly instructional time in the Media Center followed by browsing and independent learning opportunities. My role as Librarian is an academic support for our students and teachers. In addition to the daily management of our Follett Destiny Library Management System, I manage and support our Reading Counts and Battle of the Books academic enrichment programs. These are driven by the classroom teacher as an enrichment to each grade’s Language Art Curriculum. Scholastic Reading Counts (SRC) is an independent reading program for our students which combines reading practice and software-based reading assessment. The program is proven to develop reading skills, help raise test scores, and motivate students to achieve reading success. Battle of the Books (BOB) is a student-driven opportunity for our avid readers in grades 3 - 8. Students must earn a seat on their grade’s team in order to attend the annual Archdiocesan quiz bowl-like, rigorous academic competition.
In conclusion: my favorite line when I meet prospective parents visiting St. Joseph Catholic School is “As a teacher and past parent, there is no place I’d rather be! I love being a part of the SJS Community and you will too!"