Special Courses

In addition to the core curriculum, The Schenck School offers art, computer, library, and physical education classes.

These classes enrich the educational experience of our students on a weekly basis and their design compliments the goals and objectives of our primary curriculum.

Art

The goal of The Schenck School art program is to build confidence in our students by teaching them the fundamentals of drawing, painting and sculpture and to develop their appreciation of art in general.

The teacher meets with each class once a week. During class, the students learn the basics of drawing, painting and clay sculpture. When a student leaves The Schenck School, they will have the skill and confidence to produce wonderful works of art as well as discuss art in abstract terms.

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At The Schenck School, students receive concrete "how to" directions and make use of several mediums. The Art Teacher encourages students to explore what they have learned and use their new-found knowledge to create art of their own. Students have wonderful success with this approach because they have built a solid foundation from which to work. Art is a visual language and once students know the basics, their confidence, creativity, and ability to express themselves, grows in leaps and bounds!

 

Music

The music program at The Schenck School instills an appreciation for all aspects of music and music history.

Once a week grade levels K-5 attend music. The students are taught the music alphabet, note values and musical terms. They learn about all the instruments of the orchestra and the different periods of music as well as study many composers ranging from Bach to the present day. The genres of opera, ballet and jazz are also explored. In addition, several weeks are spent learning a variety of folk dances from all over the world.

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Kindergarten, first and second grade students are taught to keep a steady beat and to play non pitched rhythm instruments. Additionally, they learn many songs and participate in movement and listening games. First and second grade students begin to learn to play the Orff instruments.

 

Third grade students learn to compose music and play many pieces on the Orff instruments. In addition, they learn to play hand bells and continue to learn new songs, many of which follow their classroom curriculum such as naming all the states and the presidents.

Fourth grade students learn to play recorders and read music in the treble clef. The students also continue to learn more advanced pieces on the Orff instruments.

Fifth grade students continue to play recorders and the Orff instruments the first part of the year. The second part of the year is spent making and learning to play a dulcimer.

The sixth grade does not have music on a regular basis, but they do participate in field trips to the opera, the symphony, the ballet, the museum and theatre.

Physical Education

The goal of physical education is to provide positive and fun learning activities across all areas of sports, games and fitness that lead to a lifetime of healthful physical activities.

Students attend physical education twice a week and are instructed in a variety of sports skills along with health, nutrition, cooperative games, movement, fitness, rhythm and the promotion of safe responsible personal and social behavior.

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Students may learn at different rates; therefore, instruction is tailored to their needs. Some students excel in this area while others may need more one-on-one time with the teacher. The physical education program strives to meet the students where they are, no matter what the skill level, and promote a lifetime of healthful physical activity in both fitness and sports activities.

 

Technology Instruction


Technology Instruction at The Schenck School strives to teach students the tools necessary to be successful students in the 21st century.

Integrating technology into the current curriculum is the goal of computer education. An additional goal is to prepare each student with the knowledge and the confidence necessary to be successful in a traditional educational setting thus preparing students as stated by the School's mission statement.

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Integrating technology into classroom instruction means more than teaching basic computer skills and software programs in a separate computer class. Effective tech integration must happen across the curriculum in ways that research shows deepen and enhance the learning process. In particular, it must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. Effective technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is routine and transparent and when technology supports curricular goals (Edutopia.org).  The Technology Teacher works closely with each teacher to integrate technology while supporting the curriculum. The Technology teacher travels to the classroom and teaches in tandem with the classroom teachers, thus making technology a way of enhancing the curriculum. 

The School is diligent in making sure that only age-appropriate access to computers, software, the Internet and other necessary technology to facilitate learning are available to students. iPads have been incorporated in the classrooms from K-6th to enhance the curriculum.  Each student has access to MacBook Pros on two of our shared laptop carts. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade are currently in a one-to-one laptop or iPad configuration.