Welcome back to the Bayonne Public Schools! I trust that everyone had a restful and enjoyable summer break. As we begin our first month back to school, the Bayonne Fine & Performing Arts Department asks that you consider the quote above. As educators, we recognize the importance of persistence in learning. Often students approach the new school year with excitement only to encounter adversity and choose to give in rather than meet new challenges head on. It is imperative that we prepare our students to fail and supply them with the skills necessary to “stand up”, learn from their mistakes, and move forward. As artists, our team of educators understands the importance of learning from each experience - whether successful or not - and seeks to teach our students how to view each failed attempt as an opportunity to learn and grow. Our staff will work diligently to inspire, support, and develop the confidence so necessary for every learner each day in their art and music classes. I wish everyone a great year and looking forward to an exciting year!





    Timothy Craig
    Director of Art, Music, Drama and Buisness Education
    Bayonne Public Schools
    Pattie Squitieri


    Fine and Performing Arts Department Mission Statement

    The mission of the Bayonne High School Fine & Performing Arts Department is to cultivate student growth in visual art, dance, music, and theater in a supportive and challenging environment that fosters creativity and innovation. These opportunities will serve to guide and prepare all students to think critically, recognize and appreciate art in all forms, work collaboratively with others, and demonstrate leadership capacity in the 21st century. Motivated arts students will build a strong foundation in preparation for college and career opportunities in the Fine and Performing Arts.

    Fine and Performing Arts Department Goals:

    1. Develop a knowledge base of the Fine and Performing Arts.
    2. Appreciate the aesthetic and expressive value of the Fine and Performing Arts in their historical, cultural, and social contexts.
    3. Develop an understanding of methods, materials, techniques and styles.
    4. Increase comprehension and awareness in the Fine and Performing Arts through problem-solving, critical analysis, and communication.


    The Bayonne Fine and Performing Arts Department includes visual art, music, theater, and dance and seeks to celebrate creativity in all students. Through study, interpretation and execution, students who enroll in courses in the Fine and Performing Arts Department will not only explore the pedagogy of each discipline, but also gain a deeper appreciation of the value of the fine and applied arts in the 21st century global community.