Teacher: Miss Jessica Harms
- Creating, Performing and Producing: Exploring a variety of artistic processes, tools, and materials. Utilizing the elements and principles of design. Developing and strengthening the building blocks on which creativity and visual communication are based.
- Art History: One important goal in art class this year is to appreciate artwork throughout history and understand how it relates to our world today. By exploring art for its historical, social, and cultural contexts, students can better appreciate how the artwork was important in its time. Students will also utilize this knowledge to recognize how art has chronicled world history and how it impacts their lives now.
- Analysis and Aesthetic Understanding: Students are encouraged to study the value and meaning of art while responding to the environment and surroundings as works of art. Throughout the year the students will discover how art not only reflects images but also relationships, experiences, and feelings. The students will also describe, analyze and interrelate art works while utilizing their knowledge of the elements and principles of design and art history.
- Connections: Integrating the students’ core curriculum and surrounding environment with the study of art leads to a better understanding of the importance of art and how it relates to the students’ lives. By incorporating multiple disciplines and modern culture students will gain a more meaningful experience in the art room while reflecting on their world in a visual way.
Teacher: Mrs. Kelly Senay
General Music (PK-3)
- Students will continue to develop their computer skills through the use of age-appropriate software and projects integrated into the classroom curriculum.
- Students will attain a working knowledge of technology terms including computer hardware and instructional terms for web and software instruction.
- Internet safety and citing resources appropriately will be taught and reinforced.
- Keyboarding will be taught in all grade levels; the software used and projects designed will be based upon the developmental level of the class. Structured keyboarding will not be taught after fourth grade. Practice at home is essential for basic mastery of the keyboarding skills.
Teacher: Mr. David Coheley
Primary Music will focus on laying the foundation for music literacy though the use of movement and rhythm methods along with the Orff-Schulwerk processes. The National Standards of Music Education relating to primary music will also be used.
• Sing tunefully
• Build a repertoire of songs, games, and rhymes
• Develop a feeling for the steady beat
• Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the following: fast/slow, loud/soft, high/low, short/long, same/different, smooth/jerky
1st grade concepts:
Activities to accomplish these concepts will include: action songs, finger plays, song tales, chants, folk songs, nursery rhymes, movement, circle games, singing games, children’s literature, listening, instruments, use of music staff board to indicate melodic and rhythmic patterns, rhythmic dictation, melodic dictation using desk staves, etc.
Identify and demonstrate the beat, the rhythm of the words, and the difference between the two
Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the following rhythms: Da (quarter note), 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & (eighth notes), and rest
- Identify and demonstrate two-beat ostinato patterns
Identify and demonstrate an understanding of two-beat meter, measure, bar line, double bar, and repeat sign
Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the melodic notes
Identify and demonstrate an understanding of a single melodic note
Second and Third Grade: All students will learn the basics of music, which include rhythm, steady beat, melodic line, expression, and some basic musical notation. This will primarily be accomplished through singing and echoing exercises along with the use of some wind and percussion instruments. A variety of musical cultures, styles, composers and historical time periods will be studied and related to other disciplines (such as literature, art, science etc.). There will also be Christmas and spring performances generated from all classes.
Band and Chorus (4-8)
Teacher: Mr. David Coheley
Band: Band is designed to provide middle school students with the experience of learning and playing a musical instrument. These newfound talents and rehearsal techniques can be transferred to all areas of study. It has been proven that students who play instruments (or sing) excel in all areas of academia. Students will also learn the value of teamwork and accomplishing short and long-term goals. All of these learned skills will culminate in the performing of instrumental music literature appropriate for middle school students.
Chorus: Chorus is designed to provide a middle school student with the experience of singing in a more advanced vocal ensemble. Previously learned skills such as musical terms, physiology of singing, and music fundamentals will be incorporated to expand the students learning. New vocalizing and sight-reading skills will be developed using drills, singing, and written exercises. All of these learned skills will culminate in the performing of choral music literature appropriate for a middle school student.
Archdiocese of Atlanta Standards for Music Education
- Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
Reading and notating music.
Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
Evaluating music and music performances.
Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
Librarian: Mrs. Diane Miller-Deasy
The goal of a good school library program is to make students “information literate”: to teach them the skills needed to access information, in both print and non-print environments, in an age of burgeoning knowledge.
The Pre-K, kindergarten, first, and second grades come to the Media Center for story hour weekly. At this time, each class is read one or more stories appropriate to grade level. The Media Specialist teaches author, title, illustrator, and publisher recognition, checks for listening skills and general comprehension, and instructs in simple library procedures such as book checkout.
Library skills instruction is given to all grades in the course of research projects in various subjects across the curriculum. Our goal is to familiarize our students with the process of information retrieval so that they will be able to enter any library with confidence in their ability to locate information.
The Media Center is computerized with both Follett Circulation Plus and OPAC (on-line public access catalog). A number of online library products (Grolier Online, Galenet Junior Reference Collection, Electric Library, EBSCO, Nettrekker, and World Book) and the internet are networked on all Media Center computers. Certain CDs (The American Indian, Dictionary of American Biography, and World Book) are networked as well. In addition, single copies of various research-oriented computer software are loaded on the Media Center computers.
Spanish Enrichment (PK-5)
Teacher: Mrs. Thais Diaz
Pre-K, kindergarten, first, and second grades meet once a week. Third and fourth grade meet twice a week.
Instruction will consist of Spanish story time, puppet shows, educational games, geography, plays in Spanish, student-created mini-books, and oral presentations so that everyone gets to experience the fun. Focus is on the development of listening and speaking through thematic units that represent Spanish speaking cultures around the world.
- Students learn about Spanish speaking cultures through songs, games, music, clothing, government, marketplace, food and beverages, geography, art, celebrations, and other traditions and customs using Spanish storybooks, teacher-created materials, and Spanish word walls.
- Students listen and watch for clues (teacher’s face and body and pictures).
- Students learn to converse in Spanish.
- Students learn the basic language structure of the Spanish language.
- In 3rd and 4th grade the Pasacalle textbook series published by Sociedad General Española de Librería, S.A. will be used in conjunction with teacher created materials.
- Teacher gives lots of audio, verbal, visual, and written support.
Physical Education and Health (PK-3)
Teacher: Miss LaTonya Henry and Miss Jennifer West
Physical Education: Through the implementation of the National Standards for Physical Education, students will develop the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to maintain lifelong physical activity and wellness. Physical Education will also help to develop the whole person by incorporating psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains in each skill.
Units taught will include:
Health: The students will gain knowledge to develop and enhance the physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. The information obtained is designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease and reduce health related risk behaviors.
- Physical Fitness
- Locomotor Movements (i.e. running, jumping, skipping)
- Manipulative Skills(i.e. kicking, striking, throwing)
- Non-Manipulative Skills(i.e. balancing, transferring weight, stretching)
- Cooperative and Recreational Games
Units taught will include:
Physical Education and Health (4-8)
- Personal Health
- Physical Activity
- Injury Prevention and Safety
Teacher: Miss LaTonya Henry and Miss Jennifer West
Physical Education: Through the implementation of the National Standards for Physical Education, students will develop the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to maintain lifelong physical activity and wellness. Physical Education will also help to develop the whole person by incorporating psycho-motor, cognitive, and affective domains in each skill.
Units taught will include physical fitness, dance and rhythm, cooperative skills, team, and individual sports.
Health: The students will gain knowledge to develop and enhance the physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. The information obtained is designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health related risk behaviors.
Units taught will include nutrition, social behavior, reducing health skills, and health promotion.