Welcome to Art!
by Mrs. Jones
The National Core Arts Standards for Fine Arts center around CREATING a variety of art, PRESENTING our wonderful creations, RESPONDING to art through evaluation and interpretation, and CONNECTING our experiences with societal, cultural, and historical context.
In the art room we are currently looking at the elements and principles of art and how they combine and interact, we apply this study to our own work, as well as the work of a variety of artists. Already we have spoken about and looked at the works of Paul Klee, Frida Kahlo, James DeRosso, Yayoi Kusama and Pablo Picasso. We have used a variety of materials like paper collage, tempera, acrylic, watercolor, clay, ink, chalk pastels, oil pastels and we are only just beginning!
Even now, students from all grades are looking forward to our spring art show, St. Mary: Stars Under the Sea. All students will be involved in selecting their art to present, and some other fun surprises!
If you would like to see what our students are currently working on in the art room, please check out the art room’s instagram page @StMaryStarArtRoom
Examples of Student Artwork
Welcome to Music!
Music classes for lower elementary grades at St. Mary’s focus on learning elements of Music through singing, listening, creating and performing. There are many hands-on opportunities to practice steady beat and improvise with rhythm while exploring different percussion musical instruments and movement activities. Students will be exposed to many genres and of music through listening and journaling activities that attend to instrument families, tempo, dynamics, mood, melody, harmony and musical forms. Students will learn the basic of music theory including musical symbols, reading rhythms and reading and writing music.
Keep it Up at Home: Research shows that music is a powerful tool in making connections for learning in the brain. Researchers out of the Music Institute at Princeton have demonstrated that young children develop their disposition to music making at very early age and, will learn to love and appreciate music if their primary caregivers show that they and appreciate music. What does this all mean?
MAKE MUSIC AT HOME WITH YOUR CHILDREN
Make music a part of family ritual and family fun time. Sing together on car rides, have dance parties, learn an instrument together, play dinner music and talk about music.
Try this: Listen to one piece of music together, any song from pop to classical. Discuss the message of the song or how it made you feel. Discuss the title of the song and how it fits the song? Pick out instruments you hear and how the different instruments created particular emotions. Use music vocabulary while you share your favorite songs and artists and challenge your children to appreciate lots of musical styles. Above all never stop singing together. If you are not a fan of the voice God gave you, give it back to him!
Junior high music class is divided into three main components; Music Theory, History and Song. Throughout the year, the class will be exploring each of these aspects of music.
In our music theory lessons we will learn how music works. This will first entail reading and writing music. Throughout the year we will be studying the nature of rhythm and melody, as well as exploring how harmony, form and texture serve to influence the mood of a musical piece.
History and Appreciation
Each quarter we will focus on a different composer. During the quarter we will learn about the composers life and important works, and learn how that composer influenced the history of music. As we listen to their compositions, we will gradually train our ears to discern the subtle differences between the various musical periods
The singing component of our music class will focus on music for the Mass as well as the folk music from a variety of cultures. We will practice singing as a class, in small groups, and individually, to help us gain confidence with our singing ability. Rhythmic and melodic exercises will help train both our voices and our ears.
Welcome to Physical Education!
by Coach Corsey
Welcome to our Physical Education Program
Physical Education is broadly recognized as a contributing factor to a student’s well-being and happiness. High quality Physical Education, contributes to good health, develops motor skills, teaches life skills, and improves a student’s self-confidence. The development of fundamental skills at an early age, can establish a strong base for more advanced skills and physical activity. Studies also show there is a direct correlation between increased physical activity and academic successes.
All grades in our curriculum, are aligned with the California State and the Diocesan Physical Education Standards. These guidelines provide what students need to know at each grade level. Thanks to a generous Title IV Grant, we received from the Oceanside Unified School District this past academic school year, our program has been able to expand our regular team sports and skills, to unfamiliar skills and games, from other parts of the world!
My goal is to teach, review, and improve standard skill sets, introduce lifelong good physical habits, and create a safe, supportive environment, while our students experience fun, laughter, and a Catholic connection to athletics.
Welcome to our Physical Education Program
PER GRADE LEVEL
The main focus for our KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS, is to learn basic movement skills such as jumping, hopping, catching, and throwing, which also assists with their academic instruction in counting, following 1-2 step instructions, and taking turns. Good sportsmanship is not only encouraged, but modeled and taught, on a daily basis.
FIRST GRADE students are emerging as individual learners, who are ready to improve basic movement skills. Student’s at this age are introduced to jump roping skills (single ropes), different throwing patterns, batting (from a Tee), and 3-step instructions. Students also learn simple facts about how their body moves, spatial awareness, and how to participate within a group.
SECOND GRADE students are now ready to try individual skills, work in partner activities, and put 3-4 step instructions together. Second Graders are beginning to have the ability to combine skills and understand basic (oral) directions that can improve their gross motor skills. In all instructions, good sportsmanship is encouraged.
THIRD GRADE students are learning ‘how-to-be’ more manipulative with movement skills (dribbling with one hand, kicking a rolling ball, running longer with purpose, playing games with more rules). During this year individual skills are focused on to develop more accuracy and speed. Students learn to perform traditional exercises, experience games from other countries, and learn why it is important to have good sports habits. They also have become more aware of their responsibility in a team setting, for their overall fitness level, and the importance of good sportsmanship.
FOURTH GRADE students are ready to participate in group and game situations, as well as individually. They are able to understand and accomplish 4-5 instructions together, perform independently in stations, and confidently be peer helpers. Students are now aware of spacing, direction changes, tempos, level of movement, and the importance of health and fitness as a continuous lifestyle. This is the grade where students begin to realize that practice can improve a skill, manipulation of equipment is easier, and knowledge of body management is evident. It is also the grade level where sportsmanship has become “teaching lessons”.
FIFTH GRADE students are beginning to understand that practicing a skill will make you a better athlete. They understand the difference between offense and defense in a game situation, and the concept of playing as a team. Fifth graders are able to lead class ‘warm-ups’ (under the direction of the teacher) and help their peers during skill practice. Students are able to focus on a sport for a longer period of time, which leads to more competitive game situations. At this age, they are expected to play with good sportsmanship and respect each other’s skill levels. Also at this level, students are beginning to demonstrate the motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
** In Middle School, the standards emphasize working together to achieve a common goal, meeting challenges, and making decisions at the individual and team level. By this age, good sportsmanship is expected and modeled. For those students who ‘think’ Win-At-All-Cost is okay, class consequences are given.
SIXTH GRADE is a year that students become very aware of the athletic abilities of their peers. They are faced with making individual decisions that will benefit themselves and the team. It is the time when they realize that in order to achieve the common good in a team situation, they must work together. Their individual skills become more developed and they (usually) begin to become sport specific in their training. They are beginning to obtain and realize they can have a high level of achievement in an activity with practice. It is also at this level, students are beginning to understand the value of a good ‘Captain’.
SEVENTH GRADE students demonstrate more advanced techniques for throwing, kicking, punting, catching, and volleying. They are able to memorize complicated rules, instructions, and sport drills. They like to be with their peers and most enjoy competitive situations. Some Seventh Graders begin to choose a lifetime sport. Here at St. Mary’s, they are instructed in a variety of team sports, such as Broom Hockey, Volleyball, Softball, Basketball, and Track. Students are able to accept increased responsibility for their own physical fitness, demonstrate skills to their peers, and take the role of Captain as a ‘leadership’ position.
EIGHTH GRADERS are able to model, and practice learned skills individually and in group settings. At this level, they are able to explain and (in some cases) diagram offense and defense strategies. This knowledge helps them begin to develop interest in increased performances, as an individual, and on a team.
Students are also beginning to understand the team concept, their contribution to that team, and how their improvement of skills can enhance the game. Most Eighth Graders have acquired the understanding that conditioning, practice, and overall fitness are key ingredients to success in competitive sports. This is also the age to stress the importance that physical exercise is not just a class, but a lifestyle. Good sportsmanship is expected at this age and grade level.