Art education is taught once a week for 40 minutes in grades one through three.The program offers a planned sequential curriculum in design, drawing, painting, print making, clay, crafts, and sculpture. A certified art teacher provides students with opportunities for visual self-expression using a wide variety of tools, materials, and techniques. Progress is reported to parents at the end of the second and fourth report periods.
Computer technology is not viewed as a separate entity at the elementary level.It is the function of the elementary schools to teach curriculum... not to "teach computers". Therefore all teachers must be able to use this tool to enrich, extend, and supplement curricular content. Classroom and special area teachers use the services of a technology resource teacher in each building to plan for curricular integration and receive any needed teaching in how to carryout instruction with technology. All schools are equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia computer labs in which children can access the Internet and work in a whole-class setting when appropriate.
Additionally classrooms are equipped with networked computers capable of internet access and in continuing instruction that may be initiated in the lab. It is here that teachers may use their computers to prescribe drill and practice software for individual students.
Integrated Language Arts
The language arts program encompasses the areas of reading, writing, and speaking. Students are involved in activities beginning in kindergarten which are designed to help them explore their interests, share their experiences, and develop a lifelong love of reading.
Kindergarten students begin to develop and master math readiness skills such as number recognition and patterning. Computation is formally introduced in first and second grade with a focus on addition and subtraction skills. Multiplication and division is a focus in third grade.
These skills are further developed and expanded . Number concepts, geometry, measurement, problem-solving and other related skills are taught at all levels. Student progress is reported to parents as a letter grade beginning the third nine-week report period of first grade.
The curriculum focuses on a variety of individual and team sports and activities. Added at this level is an emphasis on critical thinking skills. Progress is reported at the end of the second and fourth report periods for all students.
The science curriculum exposes students to a wide range of topics in the areas of earth and space science, life science, and physical science. Students are presented with opportunities to develop the skills needed to understand how science works, learn new concepts, solve problems, and make decisions in today's technological society. Students at each grade level participate in two hands-on science modules.
A textbook is also used with this program. The health program is designed to motivate students to build healthy life styles. Selected topics include nutrition, discrimination between helpful and harmful drugs and the human body.
The social studies program is sequenced to build on major skills and understandings that the students have. It focuses on people, places, and time.Major understandings are developed in the areas of geography, history, civics and government, economics, and culture. Map, chart and graph skills as well as citizenship skills are emphasized at each level.
The primary music program provides students with musical knowledge along with habits and experiences, which will become an integral part of their adult lives. The primary curriculum objectives use singing, movement, and instrumental play to build skills in the musical elements of rhythm, melody, and harmony. The music curriculum also provides students with opportunities to appreciate and discriminate among the works of composers, time periods, and style.
All elementary students receive music instruction. Students are taught by a music specialist once a week for a 40-minute period. Kindergarten students receive music instruction by the classroom teacher.
The music program provides students with musical knowledge along with habits and experiences which will become an integral part of their adult lives.
Students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills and participate in vocal and/or instrumental performance ensembles. Progress is reported to parents at the end of the second and fourth report periods.