Resource Classes

The art program at Curtis Elementary is based on four basic categories: production, art history, art criticism and curriculum connections.

Throughout the year I incorporate these ideas to explore the world of art and create a learning environment that encourages risk taking, problem solving and experimentation all while learning and having fun!

Production: Students learn to work with various mediums and processes in two dimension and three dimension.

Art History: Students learn about famous artists, cultures, and styles of art.

Art Criticism and Aesthetics: This promotes students thinking and communicating about different types of art work. It helps students self evaluate and learn critical thinking skills to problem solve.

Curriculum Connections: Through interdisciplinary activities, students should see connections among the processes, concepts and content learned in art and in other classroom subjects.

Teachers: Emily Wolfe and Kathryn Bailey (Tuesday)

Teacher: Rachel Tougas

Itinerant Teacher: Leah Kovak (Tuesdays)

Music for kindergarten through grade five introduces basic music concepts through singing, playing instruments, moving, and listening. Students will gradually develop their singing voices, a repertoire of songs, and a sense of rhythm beginning with the steady beat and continuing toward complex rhythms and meters. Movement experiences are included as a means of demonstrating an understanding of concepts such as pitch, rhythm, and form. Listening experiences include traditional and contemporary classical works, American folk music, and music of other cultures. Through these experiences, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate and apply an understanding of music concepts.

Teacher: Tina Seal

Itinerant Teacher: Gary Haney (Fridays)

The purpose of physical education is to help students acquire the knowledge, processes, skills, and confidence needed to engage in meaningful physical activity both in the present and for a lifetime. The practice of leading a physically active lifestyle will bring about personal enjoyment, challenge, satisfaction, and a health-enhancing level of personal fitness. As a result of physical education instruction, the student will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate competence in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
  • Apply movement principles and concepts to learning and developing motor skills and specialized movement forms.
  • Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of personal fitness.
  • Demonstrate responsible personal and social behaviors in physical activity settings.
  • Demonstrate a physically active lifestyle, including activity within and outside of the physical education setting.

STEAM integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics into creative and engaging topics. STEAM allows children to explore, question, research, discover, and enhance their critical thinking skills. It incorporates hands-on learning and puts the students in control.

Teacher: Carol Murphy