At Scales Elementary School students are on a six day special class rotation. Students will have a double dose of P.E., Art, or Music each six days.
The music program at Scales is based on the Kodály Approach to Music Education. Zoltán Kodály, 1882-1867, was a Hungarian composer, enthnomusicologist and educator. The hallmarks of the approach that bears his name are 1. Folk song and high-quality compositions 2. Beautiful, healthy singing 3. The musical tools of solfege, rhythm syllables and hand signs 4. The development of true musical literacy, the ability to read and think music in one’s mind.
Our classes meet once during the six day cycle for 45 minutes. A typical lesson includes vocal warm ups, review of repertoire, songs and games to prepare a new rhythm, pitch or concept, a movement activity or dance, and songs to practice a musical skills and concepts. Students in grades 3-5 play the recorder, and all grade levels have opportunities to incorporate classroom instruments to our songs.
Beyond the school day, 4th and 5th graders will have the opportunity to participate in chorus. The chorus will present one or two concerts each year. There are also opportunities to sing in a spring musical or talent show. If you’d like to know more about music at Scales, please get in touch with Eric Sennett.
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 and creating art. Additionally, students will learn through the study of Art History, Art Criticism, and Art Production. Most importantly, Art is a place for students to express their creativity and solve problems using a variety of higher order thinking skill sets: Analyzing, Evaluating, and Creating.
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. Lastly, every student is encouraged to create a digital portfolio of their artwork using Artsonia. This enables the student to share their artwork with their family and friends and gives them a sense of pride and ownership in what they create.
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.
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 Team and Spring Run Team in the mornings to all students at Scales.