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LA MESA – When, many years from now, someone chronicles the history of the new La Mesa Arts Academy magnet school, they will mark today, July 8, 2013, as its unofficial birthday.
On Monday morning, 60 students and parents gathered in the gymnasium of La Mesa Middle School and began a one-week summer conservatory that is being operated with the philosophy of the new magnet school that is not scheduled to officially begin classes until August of 2014.
This week, teachers Dr. Mark Arapostathis, Jon Hayman and the LMAAC planning team are hosting a week-long camp that will teach a mix of theater, music, visual arts and industrial arts classes. Those subjects are the backbone of the new magnet program this team is developing to create the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District’s arts-centered program recently approved by that district’s board.
In addition to those core courses, the camp students will receive a daily snack and lecture on culinary issues provided by Terra, the El Cajon Boulevard restaurant that specializes in sustainable, farm-to-table food sourcing.
Arapostathis said the new magnet school is hoping such a partnership can be part of an effort to build a culinary arts element into the new arts magnet program, perhaps in partnership with similar high school and junior college programs.