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Art is a platform for developing problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and original ideas. Many studies site increased test scores as proof of the importance of the arts in an individual’s education. Exploring ideas through creating is a more lasting method of acquiring knowledge; we tend to remember things we do better than things we are told. With the correlation of the Art SOL to the core SOL, students can not only develop creativity and confidence but also further understand knowledge in such subjects as math, science, and social studies.

The Hopkins Art Program also facilitates the acquisition of other skills. It incorporates various forms of multi-sensory technology. Students develop social cooperation by learning to work together in small groups. In the media of sculpture, students deal with the engineering principle of structural integrity as well as aesthetics. Of course, students learn to draw and paint, but their real creations go beyond just a sheet of paper.

Some events to look forward to include:

  • Art & Music Night in March
  • Fine Arts Festival in April
  • The Hopkins art display at the Chesterfield County Fair in August

The music classroom centers on experience with rhythm, singing, moving, playing, listening, and evaluating. From kindergarten through fifth grade, all students will have opportunities to experience music in many different ways. Music is a cumulative curriculum, allowing students to master skills through each grade level. Elementary school is the perfect place for preparation that is broad yet comprehensive, leading to the larger goal of participating in middle school and high school programs, should they choose. For those who simply come to music during elementary school, the benefits are many. “Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive music training. Musically trained children perform better in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills in literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics, and IQ.” (Dr. Laurel Trainor, Prof. of Psych, Neuroscience and Behavior, 2006)”

Hopkins music offers the following extra enrichment activities to our students. If interested please see Mr. Brooks.

  • Song writing contest
  • Chorus
  • Dance Team
  • Juggling Club
  • Performance Acting
  • After School Video production
    • Sound recording
    • Lighting techniques
    • Green Screen Techniques
Physical Education

Physical Education is an essential element of students’ educational experiences and in the development of skillful, healthy, and happy CCPS students! Physical Education teaches students the necessary physical skills to participate in sport and leisure pursuits, increase physical fitness, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Physical Education also regularly guides students to master important social and cognitive skills to include: quick decision-making; individual and group problem solving; applications of strategy, tactics, public speaking, and leadership among others.

At Hopkins, the P.E. department aspires to uphold and meet high standards of skill and content mastery for our students through fun and innovative lessons, the effective use of equipment, cross-curricular learning, and the application of relevant technology.

Students practice learning essential skills in the key content areas of:

  • Skilled movement
  • Movement principles and concepts
  • Personal fitness
  • Responsible behavior
  • Physically active lifestyle
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