Arts Program

Visual Arts

Discipline-based curriculum incorporating art history, criticism, production, and aesthetic perception. Students experience ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking.

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  • Grades served: K-5

    • Techniques Taught: Art Criticism, Art History, 2-D Drawing/Painting/Printing, 3-D Sculpture/Ceramics and Arts Interdisciplinary Connections
    • Type of Instruction: Individual Instructions, Independent Work, Peer Mentoring, Group Instruction
    • Special Equipment: Two Skutt Kilns, Three Brent Throwing Wheels, One Mini Slab Roller, Fifteen Table Top Easels, Twenty five Drawing Boards, Twenty five Full Standing Easels, Twenty Table Top Easels, 2-D Tools, 3-D Tools, Baroque Style Wooden Frames, Twenty Leader Frames, One Apple Computer, Visual Arts Resource Fine Art Prints
    • Afterschool Club: 1st-2nd Grade Art Club from September to December. 3rd-5th Grade Art Club all year

Performing Arts

Music

Performance-based curriculum designed to develop natural talents through singing, listening, movement, and playing instruments in the primary grades and strings, band, keyboard, or vocal, beginning in third grade.

+Piano
  • Grades served: 3 – 5

    • Styles taught: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary/Modern/Pop
    • Type of instruction: Group class, Partner work, Peer mentoring
    • Instruments taught: Piano Keyboard
    • Special equipment: Yamaha Clavinova Digital Pianos, Grand Kawaii Piano
    • Afterschool club: Yes
    • Also taught are technique, note reading, ear training, composition

+Strings
  • Grades served: 3 – 5

    • Styles taught: Classical, Fiddle, Pop
    • Type of instruction: Group class, Partner work, Peer mentoring
    • Instruments taught: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
    • Special equipment: Instruments available for students to take home
    • Afterschool club: Yes

+Band
  • Grades served: K-2

    • Styles taught: Classical, Folk, Pop
    • Type of instruction: Group class, Partner work, Peer mentoring
    • Instruments taught: Voice, Body movement, Percussion, Orff Instruments
    • Special equipment: Instruments available for student use in school only
    • Afterschool club: NO

     

    Grades served: 3 – 5

    • Styles taught: Classical, Wind Band, Pop, Folk
    • Type of instruction: Group class, Partner work, Peer mentoring
    • Instruments taught: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion
    • Special equipment: Instruments available for students to take home
    • Afterschool club: NO

+Chorus
  • Grades served: K – 5

    • Styles taught: Classical, 2-part Choral, Pop
    • Type of instruction: Group class, Partner work, Peer mentoring
    • Instruments taught: None – voice
    • Special equipment: Music folder with music
    • Afterschool club: Yes

Drama

Discipline and performance-based curriculum designed to develop dramatic talent through the study of theater arts, the history of theater, and improvisation.

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  • Grades served: K-5th

    • Techniques/Styles/Mediums taught:   Dramatization, Choral Speaking, Tableaux, Role Playing, Improvisation, Drama Games, Script Writing and Critiquing
    • Type of instruction (ie. group class, peer mentoring, partner work, etc.):   Drama is hands-on, experiential learning and engages mind, body, voice,  space and emotions to interpret and convey to others information and ideas.
    • Group Learning, Peer Mentoring, Partner Work, Individual
    • Instruments taught (if applicable): Musical Theatre, Script Analysis, Script Writing, Character Development, Stage Directions, Set Design, Props
    • Special equipment (ie. all Apple computer lab, fully functioning tv studio):  Sound System, Lightboard, Microphone
    • Afterschool club: Yes

Dance

Performance-based curriculum designed to foster self-expression through creative movement in the primary grades and jazz, tap, and ballet beginning in third grade.

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  • Grades Served: K-5th Grade

    • Techniques/Styles taught: Dance movement, ballet, jazz, modern and tap
    • Type of instruction: Group studio class, private tutoring, ensemble and partner mentoring
    • Special Equipment: Ballet and jazz attire, including pink tights, leotard and ballet shoes. Jazz attire would include a leotard, jazz shorts or tights and jazz shoes. Tap shoes are required when there is a studio tap class.
    • After School Club: TBD

Communication Arts

Television Production

Curriculum designed to introduce the world of broadcasting in Plumosa’s own TV studio as well as the production and development of audio and multimedia presentations.

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  • Grades Served:  K-5

    • Techniques Taught:  Storytelling/Teleprompter Script Writing, Editing on iMovie Application, TV Studio Camera/Sound System Operations
    • Type of Instruction: Group/Class, Partner Work, Independent Work, Peer Mentoring
    • Special Equipment: Apple Computer Laptops and iPads, Fully Functioning TV Studio, Digital Hand-held Cameras, Tripods
    • Afterschool Club:  No

Graphic Design and Digital Media

Curriculum designed to develop expertise in podcasting, graphic design, creative writing, desktop publishing, video production, and photo-journalism using PLumosa’s state-of-the-art Apple Computer Lab.

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  • Grades served: 3 – 5

    • Skills taught: Digital Art, Multimedia Presentations, Print and Electronic Research, Coding
    • Type of instruction: Small Groups, Partner work, Peer mentoring
    • Special equipment: Apple iMac Lab, iPads, Dell PC Lab

Dual Language Program

The Dual Language Program in Spanish begins in kindergarten and continues through fifth grade.

Students receive 50% of their instruction in Spanish and 50% in English. Languages are taught separately at all times. Student academic progress is monitored in both languages.

The benefits of dual language immersion include:

Fluency in a second language
Cross-cultural understanding and appreciation 
Increased self-esteem
Superior critical thinking skills
Higher levels of reading achievement