Preparing all students

to reach their full potential

as lifelong learners

and socially responsible contributors to our global community


Westport Public Schools, Westport CT

"Matisse Study"

by a GFS first grader

for a distance learning

art project  




Includes all Elementary, Middle and High School performances and Art Shows

 Striving to develop each student's artistic literacy & global awareness


The Westport Music & Art Department's vision is to develop each students' artistic literacy and global awareness by developing their ability to create, perform/produce and respond to diverse music and art at the highest level in a safe and nurturing environment.

Art "At a Distance" 


Westport art students continue to create, inspire and practice their skills with distance learning art assignments​.

Staples Musicians Selected as the Val & Sal of the Class of 2020!

Valedictorian Ben Spector (left) and Salutatorian Ben Schussheim (right) jamming on their saxes at a jazz ensemble performance. Photos by Dylan Goodman

Congratulations to SHS musicians Ben Spector and Ben Schussheim who were selected as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2020! Ben and Benji both play saxophone in the jazz ensemble and are integral parts of the music department overall..

Middle School Virtuosos Play at Symphony Hall

The Middle School Chamber Orchestra had the opportunity to perform on stage at Symphony Hall on March 6, 2020, conducted by their music teachers Mrs. Eileen Shannon and Mrs. Michele Anderson. Below are videos of their performances.

Westport Music Department Once Again Recognized Among Best Communities Nationally for Music Education

For the eight straight year, the Westport Public Schools Music Dept. has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation. Recognized for its outstanding commitment to music education, Westport joins 623 districts across the country in receiving this prestigious award for 2019. The recognition is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.


Staples High School seniors Manny Vouse and Tomaso Scotti, two of approximately 300 top Connecticut seniors who excel in the arts, were scheduled to be honored at the Connecticut Association of Schools High School Outstanding Arts Awards Banquet on April 7. The banquet, held annually at the Aqua Turf in Southington, was unfortunately canceled this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The CAS recognizes two seniors in each member high school for their outstanding ability in the performing and visual arts. Selected by Staples staff to receive this honor, Vouse was recognized for music and Scotti for art. 

The Connecticut Association of Schools serves Connecticut's K-12 public and parochial schools in all areas of inter-school activity. The association represents over 1,100 schools in the state. The Connecticut Association of Schools is a non-profit organization located in Cheshire, Connecticut.

Staples Seniors Receive CAS Arts Awards

Long Lots Music Groups Make it to All-State Festival!

The Long Lots Chamber Orchestra and Grade 5 Chorus, the Long Lots Singers,  were selected to perform at the 2020 CT All-State Festival in Hartford. They submitted concert recordings in November for review by a panel of music educators and were the only elementary groups chosen. Their performance was scheduled for Friday, April 3 at the Connecticut Convention Center but was unfortunately canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

GFS Mood Meters featured @Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

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