Eighty William Floyd art students from elementary, middle and high school received a “Distinguished” rating or the state’s new “Distinguished with Mastery” rating on their art portfolios at the annual New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) Portfolio Day held at William Floyd High School on Saturday, May 4. To qualify to have their work adjudicated by a professional artist at this event, students demonstrated tremendous talent and had to receive a nomination from their teacher.
This annual event for student-artists provides an authentic assessment tool based on the New York State Learning Standards, which provides students with an opportunity to present portfolios of their work. Student portfolios provide evidence of understanding and student learning in the visual arts.
Theresa Bianco, Chairperson, Visual Arts, William Floyd School District, noted that of the 80 students who received accolades for their work, 50 earned “Distinguished” honors and 30 earned the state’s newest designation, “Distinguished with Mastery.”
Additionally, all of the seniors who went on the highest level of the ‘Major’ sequence achieved the rating of “Distinguished with Mastery.”
“Each portfolio required students to complete a self-portrait, resource-based artwork, observational work and various student choice pieces or focused artwork depending on the level of portfolio,” added Ms. Bianco.
The following secondary art teachers had students adjudicated at this event: Erin Almeida (William Floyd High School), Theresa Bianco (William Floyd High School), Tina Eccleston (William Floyd High School), Tori Golino (William Floyd High School), Tim Kosta (William Floyd Middle School), Erika Licausi (William Floyd High School) and Stephanie Taisler (William Floyd Middle School).
Additionally, William Floyd Elementary School art teacher Linda Francis had six elementary students adjudicated – fourth grader Luke Pitti (Distinguished with Mastery) and fifth-grade students: Megan DiGiacomo (Distinguished with Mastery), Kiera Hodgson (Distinguished with Mastery), Isabella Humberstone (Distinguished with Mastery), Domenic Iorio (Distinguished) and Alif Rahman (Distinguished).
Congratulations to all the students and their teachers on their accomplishments!
Please see additional photos in the album below!