Archives for October 2015

Music Specialist with Mr. Sean

In Music Mr. Sean introduced our students to the Grand Staff. They learned about the notes and how they sit upon the Grand Staff.  They played quarter and eighth notes. Mr Sean certainly has a way of sharing the information so that students get it. Thanks Mr. Sean.  The music sounds good.

Elective Session 1: STEAM

In STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) our students learn about circuit boards and how to solder them. Ms. Ashley is a great teacher, she is so patient and very supportive as our students develop their understanding of STEAM concepts and specifically in this class how to solder these circuit boards.  I can’t wait to see what they do.  Thanks Ms Ashley.

Electives Session 1: Basketball

Coach Craig gets his basketball elective to run some drills at the Salvation Army.  They learn about basketball strategy and practice dribbling skills. Coach Craig is wise and knowledgable about the game.  Our students have a lot of respect for him and are lucky to have such a great Coach.  Thanks Coach Craig. 

Music Specialist

Sean and his Music Class are rocking and rolling.  Students are practicing many concepts in Music.  In these images the 5th graders are practicing quarter and eighth notes.  They are playing keyboards, and orff instruments and learning about chord progressions.  Sean keeps the tempo on his drum set while students follow.  It sounds so nice.  Great job Sean and thanks!

Art Specialist

3-5th Grade Art: Friedensreich Hundertwasser Inspired Art works   
We designed pieces based on The art of Friedenreich Hundertwasser, an Austrian painter who creates 2D images using colored line.  We discussed the elements of color and line and how they create shape and contrast. The results were beautiful.  Students used markers to create line patterns of color.


Movement Specialist

3-5th Grade Movement with Susan of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater   
 The students have been learning the differences between abstract and literal forms of movement.  They are finding that it is more difficult than it sounds. In trying to distinguish the differences through movements they came up with some fun and beautiful dances.
K-2nd Grade Movement with Giles of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater    

In Movement with K2 the students are learning about bones.  They did movements that isolate their bones through movement.  Students looked at a skeleton to help them better understand why and how our bones help us create beautiful dances.  After they each created a dance based on how a skeleton might  move.  A fun time was had by all.  Thanks Giles and Susan!

Session 1 Electives 2015-16

 Composition Art Elective  
 We have seen some very interesting compositions in our Composition Art Elective with Jennie Wing.  The students have been creating some beautiful mixed media pieces with found objects. 

Greenworks Environmental 101   

 In Greenworks Environmental Ms. Christine Brown brought her “Worm-A-Way” composting system.  The students were able to see how worms create fertile soil and make a positive impact in the quality of our soil.   They also discussed the way  soil works with this experiment utilizing plastic bottles. It is designed to show how soil allows water to filter through, and which soil type will do best at filtering ground water.  

 Tae Kwon Do   

 Master Morris is able to keep his classes full attention at all times.  We are so lucky to have him and Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do in our community.  The philosophies taught in this elective are an extension of the movements they learn.