Art is a universal language, a form of communication that is a reflection of our world throughout history. As teachers of art at O.B. Gates Elementary school, our goal is to provide a positive atmosphere in which each child is able to learn about the elements of art. We teach the basic artistic and life skills of seeing and observing, imagining, problem solving, and critical thinking through lessons designed to fit the diverse developmental needs of our students. We teach all children to value and respect themselves, each other, and the individual creative abilities that exist in every person. Art is an essential part of our world, and it touches almost every aspect of our lives. It is our goal to help students develop a lifelong participation in the appreciation of the visual arts!
At O.B. Gates we strive for all kids to know and love music. All students participate in music K-5, including special education classes. Students of all ages and abilities learn the history of music, the basics, and also how to perform on stage in front of an audience.
Students exercise their spirits, minds and bodies through PE activities in all the grade levels. Activities include the basics of sports skills and games, physical fitness, basic health information, and the skills necessary to make healthy decisions for healthy living and lifelong fitness. Students also learn how to take care of their minds and bodies though our workout Wednesdays and morning programs.
Mr. Buckley and Mrs. Rogers
Intercultural communication is a vital skill in a world where Facebook and Skype make it possible to connect with people halfway across the globe with a click. Here at Gates Elementary, our students have the unique opportunity to become acquainted with the Chinese language and culture. Our goal is to equip students with the experience and joy of learning about a different culture, the ability to see from another perspective and value system, and the desire to become intercultural communicators and friendship ambassadors