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Related Arts Classes

At Chapman’s Retreat Elementary, we pride ourselves on developing the whole student.  Daily offerings of special area classes help to meet that goal.  Our related arts classes are on a 5 day rotation, meaning that students attend a 50 minute class of music, art, library/technology once a week, and Physical Education twice a week.

The art department at Chapman’s Retreat creates an atmosphere for students to learn a variety of techniques using the art mediums of crayons, markers, color sticks, paint, paper, clay, etc. Art history studies movements in art and the way artists have influenced and been influenced in the world around them. Technology has been used to help students search for information and comparing artworks. Students are expected to continually strive to improve their craftsmanship. Each child is encouraged to express himself or herself through elements of art and principles of design. Student art work is displayed through an exhibit at a Nashville art museum and the WCS Spring Fine Arts Festival. You can also access your child’s artwork, which is scanned by students in class.

The school counselors facilitate classroom guidance, conduct small groups, meet with individual students, and help to coordinate 504 meetings. Classroom guidance consists of lessons taught on topics based on character development and focus on one character word per month as well as life skills such as personal, social, emotional and career development. More information on counseling can be found by exploring, our School Counseling page.

The CRES Library Media Center strives to be an oasis for all students, faculty, and staff.  At the hear of our school, the library aims to be a firm foundation for not only literacy, but all facets of lifelong learning.  Through literature, technology, research, multiple types of media, and classroom collaboration, the library program infuses many forms of learning that directly correlate to that taking place throughout the building. By helping students find interesting and appropriate reading material, offering practice and support through Accelerated Reader, and acknowledging students as they reach their reading goals, the CRES media center endeavors to be a vibrant, popular, and thriving reading program. Visit the Media Center to see more details on the library program, tools, and resources.

Students at Chapman’s Retreat Elementary attend music class once a week for 50 minutes.  Classes are taught through the Orff Schulwek approach, where the motto is sing, speak, dance, and play.  In music class, the students will learn through active music making experiences such as singing, moving/dancing and playing instruments. All 4th and 5th grade students have the option to join Cheetah Singers, the school chorus.  Students involved in chorus meet once a week before school.  These students will have many performance opportunities throughout the school year, including the Williamson County Fine Arts Festival in the Spring.


The Chapman Retreat Elementary Physical Education Department is committed to providing quality activities that encourage an active lifestyle.  Students are exposed to a variety of activities categorized by loco-motor skills, non-loco-motor skills, manipulative skills, games and fitness challenges.  Students experience activities that are developmentally appropriate, while consideration is given for individual differences and learning styles. Lessons are structured to provide a variety of activities that enhance physical, mental, and social/emotional development.  There are many activities taught to enhance an active lifestyle, but two favorites are bowling and roller skating.

Students will come to class to learn about technology, computer proficiency, and being a productive, positive, healthy member of the online world. Focus will be on technological readiness, application of computer programs, and digital citizenship.

Cheetah Champs

Related Arts Teachers employ a department-wide behavior policy called, Cheetah C.H.A.M.P.S.  It is an incentive-based positive behavior plan that allows students to earn rewards in exchange for exemplary behavior.

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