Morristown, NJ- Normandy Park School students and families gathered to celebrate the Valentine season during a live, lunchtime, jazz performance by the Padula Duo on Friday, February 6.  The Hearts and Jazz show was one of several events aligned with the school’s 2014-15 Jazz-Age theme.

Linda and Mike Padula, professional jazz musicians, played jazz standards to a grateful audience in the multi-purpose room.  The room was transformed with artwork created by Steven McPeters’ AP art students at Morristown High School as well as in Cathy Polcaro’s Normandy Park art class.  Lunch was served on tablecloth-covered tables lit by electric candles.  As students finished eating, they moved towards the stage for impromptu dancing with enthusiastic staff.  While Principal Lora Clark watched, she noted, “This partnership event between home and school truly captured the essence of our community.”

Normandy Park School’s Jazz theme began in October with a visit from author Andrea Davis Pinkney, known for her biographies of famous Jazz age musicians.  Students have learned about the era during all classes, with a special focus in art, music, library, computer, and physical education classes.  Senior unit students will present a Living History Museum, featuring famous Jazz era Americans, in the near future.  A whole-school culminating event will take place in late February featuring dance, vocal, drama and musical instrument performances.  All events and programs relating to the Jazz Age theme are supported with funding by the Home and School Association and the Morris Educational Foundation.