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Nomination Forms for 2018-2019 for Art, Music and Band ALPHA program

The nomination window for the ALPHA Arts program is open until October 26, 2018.  Anyone can nominate any student in grades 3 through 12 to be screened for the program.  Simply complete one of the attached forms and return it to your child’s music, art, band, or chorus teacher. 

Students who are nominated will be pre-screened sometime between October 26 and November 10.


Your child’s music, art, band, or chorus teacher can provide more information.



McBee, S.C. – McBee Art Program has been awarded a $750 grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The support will allow the organization to add pyrography and wood carving to the arts program. Students will be able to explore subtractive and additive wood burning along with line and shading work on wood. This will instill knowledge for the students in a medium which would otherwise be unobtainable. Finally, this resource would bring more students in to the Visual Art program by providing new unique forms of hands on art.


Chesterfield County School District is supporting the grant project of McBee High School art program by helping meet its obligation of a $350 match for the Arts Commission grant with local dollars.


About The South Carolina Arts Commission: The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.


About McBee High School art program: Victoria Wade is a newly hired art teacher of grades 7-12 and is currently working to build up the McBee school and community arts. This grant is the first of many she plans to implement to encourage participation from local students and expand their resources in the art room. With these particular funds students will use wood burning to explore different subject matters and personal expression while learning of the history and relevance across the world today.

2017 Fine Arts Festival
The Fine Arts department recently held CCSD's 3rd annual Fine Arts Festival at McBee High and McBee Elementary. All 16 schools were represented with either students participating in either an honor band clinic, honor chorus clinic, or artist-in-residence experience. The two-day clinic was held at McBee High and Elementary schools with a culminating concert and art show on the evening of the second day.
The Festival is presented as fulfillment of our Fine Arts mission and strategic plan. It also assist in meeting several requirements for our gifted and talented arts program, ALPHA Arts.
2016-2017 Summer ALPHA Program

The fine arts programs in Chesterfield County are stronger than ever!  We just finished our ALPHA Arts summer program at CRMS.  Students received instruction in Visual Art, Chorus, Band, General Music, and (new this year) steel drums!  Additionally, students were offered fine arts electives ranging from Rock & Roll History to Collage to Music Theory.  Students also attended a field trip to Greenville to see exhibits at the Greenville County Museum of Art as well as Hairspray live at the Greenville Little Theatre.


Chesterfield High School Band Wins State

The Chesterfield High School Marching PRIDE wrapped up their competitive season on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by winning the 2014 SCBDA  Class A State Marching Band Championship held at Batesburg-Leesville High School. The band was the smallest in competition on the day with only 28 total members and they ended up winning all three major judging captions of music, marching, and overall effect. Also, winning five of the six judges who were scoring each bands individual performance. Under the direction of Mr. Steve McGinnis with assistance from Associate Director Mr. Bryce Benning and Color Guard Instructor as well as McBee graduate Mrs. Dalen Kirby. The band was also able to capture the very first lower state title this season as well.


“I inherited a very talented and well trained group of musicians. My predecessor Mr. Cameron Watkins set up the band program at Chesterfield incredibly well. All marching season we as a staff have been blown away at their ability to overcome obstacles everyday no matter the conditions. We have preached hard work all season, and the goal was never to win a state title but to out work everyone else. If the students could accomplish that, the competition would take care of itself. These young man and women show up and work more than a team but as a family toward a common goal of excellence. At times it was difficult, but this group choose to stay the course and be rewarded. I also have to mention the never ending support from the band boosters, the community at large and the administration at Chesterfield High.  This honor would not have been possible without each and every one of them. I am just excited for these students they can take this memory with them for the rest of their lives and no one can take it away. Over this season, I hoped each day that these students learned the value of hard work and dedication. Because on Saturday they proved they had what it took to overcome adversity. We all couldn’t be more proud.” Mr. McGinnis said.

CCSD awarded Distinguished Arts Program Grant

Chesterfield County School District was awarded a Distinguished Arts Program grant by the SC Department of Education for the project entitled Improving Arts Education. We received the maximum award in the amount of $40,000. The purpose of the DAP grant is to assist schools and districts in developing and implementing arts initiatives that support quality arts education programs that significantly improve student achievement in the arts through curriculum, instruction, and assessment based on the implementation of the 2010 South Carolina Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts. Funds from this grant will be used to purchase supplies and materials for art and music classes, band instruments, technology and multimedia equipment, support artist in residence programs and provide professional development opportunities for fine arts teachers.

How You Can Help

Go to Donorschoose.org  to find teachers with classroom projects that you can help fund.  It is a great way to help bring much needed materials and supplies to our art. music and band programs.
Check out Cheraw Intermediate School's  request.