Visual Arts

Each grade level focuses in an age-appropriate manner on:

  • Creating, Performing, and Producing (exploring a variety of artistic processes, tools, and materials as well as utilizing the elements and principles of design)
  • Art History (appreciating artwork throughout history and how it relates to the world today)
  • Analysis and Aesthetic Understanding (studying the value and meaning of art while responding to the environment and surroundings)
  • Connections (integrating the students’ core curriculum and surrounding environment with the study of art)

Library

The primary function of the school library/media center is to serve as a main source for the educational and recreational reading needs of the students; to provide resources for teachers; and to support the curriculum with a goal of making students information literate as well as teaching them the skills needed to access information, both print and non-print, in an age of burgeoning knowledge.

The pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first, and second grades come to the Media Center weekly for story hour.  At this time, each class is read one or more stories appropriate to the  grade level.  The librarian 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 to familiarize 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.

Music

Grades PK-1

Focuses on laying the foundation for music literacy though the use of movement and rhythm methods along with the Orff-Schulwerk processes.

Grades 2-3

All students learn the fundamentals  of music (rhythm, steady beat, melodic line, expression, and some basic musical notation) 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.

Students in grades four and five choose between band and chorus; students in grades six through eight choose between band, chorus, and general music.

Band (Grades 4-8)

Provides 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 beginning and intermediate band students.

Chorus (Grades 4-8)

Provides students 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 a varied repertoire of choral music literature.

General Music (Grades 6-8)

An introductory course for students that provides a general survey of music.  The course provides students with the opportunity to participate in a variety of singing exercises and to perform on instruments. Students will read, write, perform, and analyze music and musical performances. Students will also learn about music throughout history.

Technology

Grades K-5

  • Keyboarding will be taught in all grade levels through the use of keyboarding websites and keyboard programs. Proper keyboarding techniques will be reinforced throughout the year in all grade levels.
  • Students will acquire a working knowledge of technology terms, including names of computer hardware and functional terms related to web and software use.
  • Students will continue to develop their computer skills through the use of age-appropriate software and projects that are integrated with their classroom curriculum.
  • Students will learn to code using various websites and programs on the computer and on the iPad.
  • Internet Safety, cyber-bullying, and how to appropriately research and cite resources will be taught and reinforced throughout the year.

Grades 6-8

  • Students will continue to develop their computer skills through the use of age-appropriate software and projects that are integrated with their classroom curriculum; to acquire a working knowledge of technology terms; to practice keyboarding; and to understand Internet safety.
  • Students will learn about video production.  iPads will be used to film scenes for the OLA morning announcements.  The iMovie iPad app will be used to create videos for class projects.
  • Students will receive instruction on Chromebooks and various iPad apps.

Physical Education (PK-8)

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.

  • 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

Spanish (Enrichment PK-5)

Student use varied tools and techniques to develop basic Spanish communication skills; learn about various Spanish-speaking countries and their cultures; learn basic Spanish vocabulary and expressions; and learn prayers in Spanish. Students in pre-K through second grade meet once each week; students in grades three through five meet twice each week.