All about Oz in Owls Head

By Beth A. Birmingham | Feb 19, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Fifth-graders Hannah Edwards, Makayla Gleba and Hayley Adams pose in front of the ruby slipper bulletin board they designed with the help of art teacher Su Johnson at Owls Head Central School. The school is studying a unit about "The Wizard of Oz."

Owls Head — Owls Head Central School hallways have been transformed into Oz over the past couple weeks.

Third-grade teacher Karen Matthews, along with other staff members, worked with Carissa Veit, Regional School Unit 13 Proficiency-Based Education Project Manager, to develop lessons with targets to address the common core standards for each grade.

"Art teacher Su Johnson was instrumental in developing the scenes of events with the students from Kansas to Oz and back again as you walk down the halls," said Matthews.

For the past few months, Matthews said the staff has been planning for the Oz unit — which will include a showing of the original movie, a trip to the Farnsworth Art Museum to view The Wonderful World of Oz exhibit, and related music with music teacher Angelia Johnson.

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Nina Waldron and Logan Putansu show off their representation of the talking apple tree from The Wizard of Oz. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Karen Skarka, Abby Waterman and Searra Tolman played a big part in assembling this munchkin land display at Owls Head Central School. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Katherine Freeman and Jessica Watkinson stand beside their fifth-grade classroom door exhibiting the events that took place in Emerald City. Owls Head Central School is studying "The Wizard of Oz." (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The Lollipop Boys — Jason Merrifield, Kayden Johnson and Braden Benner — are evident on Karen Matthews' third-grade classroom door at Owls Head Central School. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Landdon Willis and Lily Judecki stand by the scarecrow cornfield they helped put together at Owls Head Central School. Lorri Calloway's fifth-grade class joined the school in its unit on "The Wizard of Oz." (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (3)
Posted by: Helen Plourd | Feb 21, 2014 07:29

How to go students, teachers and Mrs. Johnson this is stupendous art work!!! I am proud of you, teachers and parents for students who want to achieve!!! I miss you but will be back soon. Keep up the above reproach work. Helen Plourd

Posted by: Suzanne Philbrook | Feb 20, 2014 15:06

It is so nice to see some positive coverage for a change!  A huge thank you to Sue Johnson, the art teacher at Owls Head Central, for all her hard work for this project.  She has gone above and beyond and we are so fortunate to have her as our art teacher.

Posted by: Jill Porter | Feb 19, 2014 12:32

Great job!!!  Owls Head Central School, the kids, the teachers and staff are gems!!!  Beautiful work on "The Wizard of Oz".  Thank you!

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