Resource Classes

The standards for Kindergarten General Music serve as the foundation for further music instruction. Students are introduced to basic musical concepts through singing, playing instruments, listening, and moving. Emphasis is placed on beginning to obtain musical knowledge, skills, and understanding as performers, composers, and listeners. Students investigate personal feelings and preferences evoked by musical experiences.

The standards for Grade One General Music emphasize the language and production of music. Instruction focuses on the development of skills in singing, playing instruments, listening, moving, and responding to music. Emphasis is placed on performing simple rhythms and developing aural skills related to pitch, musical form, and instrument identification. Students investigate the purpose of music and how people participate in music in everyday life.

The standards for Grade Two General Music enable students to continue developing musical skills and concepts in singing, playing instruments, listening, performing, responding with expression, creating/composing, and moving with a focus on fine motor skills. Emphasis is placed on ensemble playing, notating pitches and rhythms, and identifying orchestral instruments. Students investigate the roles of music in various world cultures and explore how music evokes personal ideas and emotions.  Students traditionally participate in a holiday musical in December.

The standards for Grade Three General Music enable students to continue building mastery in the areas of music literacy, including singing, playing instruments, listening, moving, and creating/composing music. Students also develop skills and understanding through the study of rhythm, musical form, and melodic notation. Students investigate the roles of music in various cultures and reflect on their personal motivations for making music. 

The standards for Grade Four General Music emphasize a deeper understanding of musical concepts, including singing, playing instruments, listening, creating, composing, and performing. Students continue to expand their knowledge of orchestral instruments and music from various cultures. Students gain understanding of music styles and listen to, analyze, and describe music. 

Students will also be exposed to ensemble playing by playing the recorder.

The standards for Grade Five General Music enable students to use their music knowledge and skills to synthesize information and create music. Students continue to read, write, and compose music, using increasingly complex rhythms and meters. They begin to develop choral skills, including singing in two- and three-part harmony. Students explore and perform a variety of music styles and develop personal criteria to be used for describing and analyzing musical performances.  Students are given multiple musical performance opportunities throughout the year. They will also be introduced to middle school music elective options of band, orchestra and chorus.  

The art curriculum is based on building off prior knowledge and skills.

In kindergarten we focus on developing our fine motor skills and understanding how to properly function in an art studio. Major areas of focus include drawing (lines, shapes, patterns, textures & color) collage & watercolor painting.

In 1st grade we take steps in our drawing and begin to think about 3-D shapes, shading and color blending. We also do more process oriented work such as mosaic art and creating other mixed-media work. More emphasis is stressed on drawing from observation and thinking about how a background relates to subject matter. In 1st grade we really start looking at our work and finding ways to critique and revise, which is a skill we build upon in 2nd – 5th grade.

2nd grade is a great time where all the work we have done in kindergarten and 1st grade culminate and students create mixed-media pieces that have multiple layers of different elements. Students will explore the world of sculpture and begin to learn new techniques beyond the realm of drawing and collage. We also begin to start thinking about how symbols can be generated in art and learning about art from different cultures around the world.

By 3rd grade we begin to explore new processes for creating work and begin to refine our presentation skills. Students work with symmetry and create tessellations. Students will work with grids and realism. Students will use multiple mediums to blend colors and create work that is abstract. Student will use the slab technique to hand build with clay, as well.

In 4th grade the focus is drawing. We look at how artists use their technique to create stunning, realistic drawing from observation. Focus areas include, value & shading, contour, gesture & composition. Students will work with fine point sharpies and explore the world of graphic arts, as well as incorporating their prior knowledge of mixed-media work to create illustrations that truly tell a story.

5th graders begin the year with the monumental task of creating the yearbook cover. Students explore art through analyzing different styles throughout history and look at the roles of artists in society. Students will practice creating work that is abstract, expressionistic and realistic through different lessons in media exploration. By this point students should have a strong understanding of what a good critique looks like and how to get positive feedback from rubrics and collaboration.

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.