Related Arts Classes
Every class at Walnut Grove will visit each Related Arts class weekly.
The the main focus of the WGES Visual Art Program is to ensure that all students find their own creative way to feel good about themselves. Throughout the year, students will learn different techniques such as printmaking, collage, sculpture, mixed media, and more. Drawing and painting skills are regularly practiced. Students will explore the elements of art through every art unit, which will enhance students’ art vocabulary and skills.
Through singing, playing instruments, and creative movement, students at Walnut Grove experience the joy of music. Each grade level is showcased in a music program once a year. These performances are a great way for students to share some of what we have learned during music class, as well as gain experience performing for an audience on a stage. Recorder lessons are a part of the 5th grade curriculum. Students in 3rd-5th grades also have the option to join the school Chorus for more performance opportunities. We look forward to sharing our love of music with your child at Walnut Grove.
The Walnut Grove Learning Commons is staffed by a full time library media specialist and a library assistant. The Learning Commons is centrally located within the school and houses the print and non-print collection that supplements and enriches the academic curriculum. Computer terminals and a class set of Chromebooks provide access to the Internet, online encyclopedias, Accelerated Reader program, Follett OPAC, etc. The Learning Commons continually promotes the enjoyment of literature and the use of informational skills through various programs and activities. Two of these programs are the Tennessee Twenty Reading Challenge that is available to all students and Literary Groups that are available to 3rd – 5th grade students.
The focus of Walnut Grove Elementary Physical Education Department is to develop healthy bodies, promote positive attitudes towards lifetime physical activity, practice sports skills, learn about physical fitness, and most importantly to have fun! Physical Education is an integral part of the total education process. It gives the students the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and socially through the use of physical activity.
The Physical Education department uses the state mandated FITNESSGRAM program to assess student’s level of fitness (muscular strength, aerobic capacity, flexibility) for all 3rd-5th graders. Each student will be assessed at the beginning and end of the school year. All students will receive formative and summative assessments to provide evidence of learning and help guide teacher instruction.
The school counselors facilitate classroom guidance, conduct small groups, meet with individual students. See our Counseling page.
Classroom guidance consists of lessons taught on topics based on character development and focus on one character word a month. Other important life skills are also taught – such as personal, social, emotional and career development.
Small groups are organized to help students meet certain challenges they may be facing.
Individual Counseling is offered to students as needed.
Mrs. Donna works with students in grades K-5. She works with all students on basic computer and keyboarding skills. Older learners will continue growing in their knowledge and application of computer programs on the Chromebooks. All students will acquire the skills to become responsible digital citizens.