Curriculum in P.E. has a different focus for early elementary, upper elementary, and middle school. Our youngest students will work on basic movement patterns, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and the foundations of teamwork and fair play. As they get older, the class will focus on perfecting skills from the younger grades while branching into team sports. Our oldest students take P.E. elective courses. These are offered quarterly and are advanced P.E. classes that might center around strength and conditioning, advanced team sports, overall health and wellness, and the like.
We provide a structured general music appreciation program for all grade levels. Exposure to a variety of musical styles, movement, production and performance, creativity and self-expression drive this program. Grade levels prepare and perform for the school and for families at least one time per year. We produce a musical each spring, which is open to all students K-8.
Art Masterpiece is an enrichment program where volunteers use reproductions of fine works of art to promote art literacy in children. Art is an integral part of life and the Art Masterpiece Program is a chance to stimulate the students' thought, perception and imagination. In the end, students attain a greater awareness of the world around them. Volunteers called "Art Guides" bring prints to the classroom and present a lesson and art activity planned for a particular grade level.
Students will learn fundamental operations and concepts, use technology tools to enhance learning, and increase productivity and creativity. Regular lessons in digital citizenship and cross-curricular activities to enhance classroom-based instruction are important aspects. K-5th grade classes have computers in the classrooms, middle school students have access to a secondary computer lab and Chromebooks, and all classrooms have SMART Boards.
Exposure to a second language is an opportunity for students to learn how to learn a second language. Conversational language, understanding spoken language, simple vocabulary to both read and write, and cultural studies are important aspects of the program. Older students are also taught grammar and language literacy. Our Spanish classes are taught using games, songs, visual aids, presentations, hands-on projects, online activities, and textbooks (for older students).
In the Library, students learn to review and collect information from different resources. Attention is focused on promoting literacy projects and events to encourage all students to become lifelong learners and readers. The Library space is used for collaboration and private study, as well as information in all formats.