Special Area Classes
NEW THIS YEAR! - Discovery Lab
Discovery Lab is aptly named: it's an opportunity for younger students (Pre-K through 5) to discover science through methods children love best: asking questions, exploring, testing, and "making a mess". Every lab is an engaging, hands-on, application-based environment, where students are encouraged to ask questions and are guided to answer those questions through hands-on experimentation. Students learn to problem solve through exploration while collaborating with peers in a safe and fun environment.
Imagination, creation and a love of learning is at the center of visual art instruction. It promotes various ways of new thinking, working, creating, problem solving and above all communicating one’s ideas and feelings.
Grades Pre-K to 2:
The basic purpose of the early years’ art curriculum is for students to demonstrate an understanding of basic materials, applications, techniques and age-appropriate available technologies. Students in these years explore and experiment with basic art materials showing understanding and self-expression.
In grades 3 through 5 the students use proper vocabulary to explain materials, techniques and the propose or intent for creating a piece of art. Students in these grades develop a sense of assessing and discussing works of art. They also delve more deeply into the quality and purpose found in religious art dating back before Christ.
Lastly, students in grades 6 through 8 should be able to discriminate and identify themes, media, materials and subject matter in various works of art. Students of this age, are creating, analyzing and discussing more complex pieces of art using a greater range of materials, techniques and technologies. By this age, students have formed a greater understanding of how other disciplines are interrelated to the visual arts.
Spanish I (Grade 8)
The goals of Spanish I are to develop basic communicative skills in Spanish as a second language and to develop some rudimentary knowledge about the cultures of the Spanish speaking world. This course is modeled on a communicative approach where emphasis is placed upon communicating a message through meaning-bearing input and structured output. Students will obtain meaning from both spoken and written Spanish as well as express meaning by both writing and speaking in Spanish.
Students who master the necessary standards and objectives may earn credit for Spanish I that may be transferred to the high school they attend.
Spanish (Grades 3-7)
Students in third through eighth grade are offered conversational Spanish classes. The students are encouraged to speak Spanish as much as possible, expanding their vocabulary skills, communications skills and their thinking ability. They are challenged to use new vocabulary and learn how to use it effectively, building a good foundation for further study. In addition to forming a competency in Spanish at a young age, students are made aware of the different Spanish-speaking countries and cultures which surround us.
In Physical Education class, students learn how to stay physically, emotionally. socially, spiritually, mentally and environmentally healthy through the use of physical activity. Students are motivated to increase their knowledge, ability, and skills in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Students are encouraged to use the strategies and skills learned to create a healthful fitness plan.