Special classes are enrichment opportunities incorporated into the schedule at every grade level.
Teachers at CK integrate technology throughout the curriculum at all grade levels. Teachers are equipped with tools including MacBooks, iPads, Apple TVs, View Sonic Boards, Promethean Boards, and document cameras. Students are 1:1 with Touchscreen Chromebooks in grades 4-8 and 1:1 iPads in grades 1-3 to improve understanding, encourage inquiry, differentiate instruction, and develop organizational skills. These devices offer students a variety of engaging application for project development, presentation, and assessment. Students in grades 2–8 have school Gmail accounts and utilize Google apps. They use Google Classroom, apps, and email within our organization during daily instruction and at home, creating a fluidity between school and home. Our technology teacher provides instruction on netiquette, online safety, Google apps, coding, and research skills.
Our PE program provides each student with a variety of challenges that contribute to the development and maintenance of their physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. Students participate in developmentally appropriate activities that support the acquisition of sport and game concepts, coordination, motor skills, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Along with the curriculum checklist, our physical education instructor includes President's Physical Fitness Training. Additionally, students can participate in a variety of extracurricular sports teams and activities, which include Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Football, Golf and Running Club.
Our robust art program provides students with knowledge of art history and the elements of art and design through hands-on projects with a variety of media and materials in the art studio. Students in all grades use the National Core Art Standards as the roadmap. The art experience at CK is enhanced through our parent-directed Hands-On-Art curriculum. Students have five additional art lessons and projects per year through the parent-led Hands on Art program. We display student artwork throughout the school and have student-created masterpieces of the week to encourage pride and creativity.
CK offers a comprehensive music program for all students structured in the Orff and Dalcroze methods. General music classes meet weekly, and optional band and choir programs are offered. Primary students focus on exploration and creation of music through children’s songs and movement. Basic instruments such a body percussion and rhythm sticks pave the way for their years to come in the Orff method. Grades 3-5 perform and improvise music while increasing their skills with written notation and ear training. Students learn the recorder, mallet, and vocal techniques and focus on identifying and codifying music symbols and concepts. Grades 6-8 have units in advanced Orff and Dalcroze methods, class guitar, and a comprehensive music history course that spans the ancient Greeks to the present. The CK band has two groups with 45 students all together. 4th graders in Beginning Band meet once a week, and the 5th-8th grade Advanced Band meets twice a week. All band students receive a 20-minute private lesson once every two weeks. The band program uses the Essential Elements progressive method books so that our young musicians can work at their own pace. Our Choir has over 70 K-8 students and meets once a week to work on sacred and pop music alike. The choir is a great extension to the general music classes allowing those students a more in-depth view into choir methods like Solfege and reading notation.
Students in grades 4-8 participate in a 40 minute Spanish class each week, and on the days without class they spend 15-20 minutes working on online Spanish activities to ensure continuous reinforcement of the lessons. Students develop a foundation of vocabulary and grammar while working on reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. In addition, students learn about and celebrate the cultures and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries.
Students attend a library session once a week. Students learn about literature and authors from various time periods and have the ability to borrow books. Plans for our new library post-construction include having a full-time librarian who will offer a triple, spiraling curriculum that includes research skills, study skills and test-taking strategies.
Our full-time, Type 73 certified school counselor supports the teachers, students, parents, and administration. Students meet with the counselor individually, in small groups, as a class, or as a grade level to support their various needs. Counseling includes social initiatives including Random Acts of Kindness and Red Ribbon Week. Individual and group sessions provide tools to help students successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent, and kind citizens. K-5th grade participate in lessons co-taught with homeroom teachers with targeted lessons from the 2nd Step Social Emotional Program. Grades 6-8 cover relevant lessons on topics including life skills, character education, decision making, conflict management and prevention.
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