Scales Elementary Special Classes

Physical Education
Welcome to Physical Education at Scales! As a program, we will strive to grow your students’ motor and spatial awareness skills, cooperative skills, fitness level, and present your children with activities and games that they can do for their entire life. This year, we will offer units where parents are able to join in on the fun: archery (3-5), cosmic bowling (K-5), and field day (K-5). We also offer Fall Run Club and Spring Run Club in the mornings to all students at Scales. If you need to contact us at any time, feel free to email Chad Messmer (chadm@wcs.edu), Jessica Herrell (jessica.herrell@wcs.edu), or David Brown.
Art
The Visual Art Program at Scales Elementary is designed around the Scope and Sequence created by WCS Art Educators, which is based on the Tennessee Visual Art Standards. Students will build a strong foundation in the visual arts using the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design as a guide for observing artworks and creating art utilizing a variety of media. Additionally, students will learn through the study of Art History, Criticism, and Production. Most importantly, Art is a place for students to express their creativity and solve problems using their higher order thinking skills.

Student artwork is on display throughout the year outside of the art room. Also, there is a school wide art show featuring the artwork of every student once a year. Please make plans to attend this year’s Art Show on December 6th from 5:30 – 7:30.

Library and Media Center
Scales students visit the library as part of the Special Class rotation.  Students may checkout the following number of books per grade level:  Kindergarten-one book, First and Second- two books,
Third through Fifth-three books.  As part of their library visit they will, also, receive library instruction.

Students have daily access to the library where they may return or renew their books and checkout new ones.  Books may be renewed one time and then must be returned for others to enjoy.

There is not a fine for overdue books.  If a student has an overdue book, checkout privileges may be denied until the book is returned.  Books that have not surfaced in 30 days are presumed to be lost.  A bill with the cost of the book will be sent home.  If the book is found and returned we will issue a refund.  Books damaged while checked out to a student will be assessed by the librarian to determine whether repairs can be made.  A damage bill with replacement costs will be sent home for books damaged beyond repair.

We will have our fall book fair in November.  We celebrate Read Across America on March 2nd.

Music
Music at Scales Elementary is designed with the school’s Mission Statement in mind: “Creating a balanced education to help us be lifelong learners”.    Through discovery and practice, students gain a well-rounded music education with emphasis on music literacy, music history, performance, and appreciation.

Music Literacy:  At Scales, we use a standard-based, hands-on method to approach reading music. As your child’s music teacher, I believe it is my first priority to teach my students to be musically literate.  This includes both standard and non-standard forms of notation.  Using our voices and different instruments in the classroom, students will be able to read, notate, analyze, compose, and perform with correct musical notation.

Music History:  The other side of the “Scale” (pun-intended!), in our music curriculum is the understanding of the development of music: how it connects to our culture, other cultures, and the role it plays in our own lives.  Students at Scales actively demonstrate and apply an understanding of music history through performances, games, and activities.  At the end of the 5th Grade, we will attend the Nashville Symphony as an entire grade-level, and participate in an experience that is meaningful and memorable.

Performance & Music Appreciation:

Each grade-level (K-5) has at least one opportunity to perform during the school year.  Performances are our time to not only show our talents, but what we have learned in music class and how we have grown as musicians.  Our performances at Scales are designed to accompany our music curriculum with a polished understanding of why we are participating in the particular performance, and how it is relevant to our lives.

  • Students in grades K-3 perform in special grade-level programs.
  • 4th graders perform on the recorder.
  • 4th and 5th Grade have the opportunity to participate or perform in the Spring Musical. This is an official, Broadway, Jr. Production that has two performance dates and many rehearsals throughout the year.
  • 4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to join the school Choir, which has multiple performances throughout the year.
  • 4th and 5th Grade students also participate in a private, school-administered website called Google Classroom. Through their music site, students can access music assignments, share materials, take polls, and collaborate on music content.

 

I look forward to working with your child in developing their knowledge, appreciation, and skills in music this year.  As the music teacher at Scales, I will strive for excellence in all aspects of my position, and will dedicate myself to the continued aspiration of making our music program the best it can possibly be.  It’s going to be a great year! Go Mustangs!

“Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.” -Shinichi Suzuki