Many aspects of the arts curriculum are designed to correlate with classroom studies, which provides the creative dimension to the academic classroom environment.
Beginning in the elementary grades, the arts curriculum provides a basic foundation of the concepts and skills in the visual arts, music, drama, and creative movement. As students progress to middle school, the approach to the arts is broadened. Students participate in several arts classes throughout the year, including the Musical, Jazz Band, Choreography, Filmmaking, Digital Photography, and Sculpture.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
Increases students’ awareness to the wide spectrum of visual arts, including creative self-expression; developing skill and manipulating media techniques and processes, understanding the arts in relation to history and culture, and recognize the characteristics and merits of one’s own artwork and those of others.
Through Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly methods, children learn the elements of music: rhythm, melody, expression, tone color, style, harmony, and form. Experiences include singing, listening, playing instruments, moving to music, reading, and improvising. Children demonstrate these music skills at performances.
Drama provides students with an appreciation of dramatic performances and an understanding of theater. Students begin to develop an awareness of emotions necessary to convey moods and feelings. They also develop the ability to apply movement and energy to a stage role.
Children love to move and learn through the use of the whole self. They need to become familiar with the language of dance in order to use their bodies in a way to express themselves, communicate and in relation to others. Creating dances and movement provide them with the skills they will need to learn dance in the future and give each child a way to celebrate their humanity.
A special circle of learning, Story Time, engages the young learners to listen and participate while stories, poetry and singing are led by the librarian. Attention is paid to “What is an author?” “What is an illustrator?”, and the Newbery and Caldecott awards. Interest in digital is fueled by personalized learning as children read online, One More Story. Shopping at a book fair under the guidance of parents and library volunteers invites individuals to select their own reading material. In addition, the children in PK read and view board books learning about the book’s front, middle and back. JK and K check out books, learn about Fiction (pretend) and Nonfiction (informational text, real), as they explore the library collection.
A special circle of learning, Story Time, engages the young learners to listen and participate while stories, poetry and singing are led by the librarian. Interest in digital is fueled by personalized learning as children read online, One More Story. Games, short plays, and scavenger hunts teach skills so children may locate books by call numbers. Shopping at a book fair gives students an opportunity to select their own reading material. INFOHIO, a safe, paid subscription introduces research.
Students participate in scavenger hunts and a library skills program to discover where the call numbers are for Fiction and Nonfiction. Shopping at two book fairs gives students an opportunity to select their own reading material. INFOHIO, a safe data-based subscription continues to build on research skills and Grade Four begins digital Passion Projects to promote personalized learning. Print builds students’ interest in pleasure reading. Lit Clubs for grades broaden interest in literature. Our collection supports diversity and inclusion.
The newly published ALA library standards guide our library/ media classes. The units include research, internet safety and facing the 21st Century challenges of becoming good digital citizen, understanding media, and guided reading. Eighth graders prepare for National History Day using research assistance provided by the librarian. In addition, two book fairs a year allow readers to select their own material, demonstrating independence and choices. Young Adult selections bridge the journey to maturity in pleasure reading. Our collection supports diversity and inclusion.
CCDS offers TAPP (Technology Advancement Pilot Project) program, a one-to-one collaborative use of technology program featuring Apple MacBooks for grades 3-8 and Apple IPads for preschool through grade 2.
Band and Choir Concert
Music and Movement performance, based on children’s literature (PK-2)
3rd Grade Native American program
4th Grade Regions & Robotics program
Middle School Musical
Field trips to museums, symphony concerts, and dance performances