Kindergarteners will learn how to sing together, sing in tune, and sing beautifully; they will learn good citizenship with our instruments; they will learn to express the music they hear through movement; they will learn to work together and then to share with their community through performances.
First and second graders will learn the basics of rhythm reading, ear training, and note reading; the songs they learn in class will often reflect the units they’re working through in their classroom; they will begin to learn about our musical heritage through masterworks and through music of other cultures; they will begin to develop ensemble skills; they will offer back what they learn through performances.
Third and Fourth graders will be applying their musicianship to more organized ensemble work, including learning to play the recorder. Music class will also often reflect the classroom units, such as the Native American unit in third grade and the trip to Sutter’s Fort in fourth grade. Musical vocabulary and appreciation will grow through more advanced listening and analysis. Class performances will become more complex and rich.
Fifth graders will be polishing off their intermediate musical education with orchestration of songs, an exploration of jazz, blues, and the birth of rock and roll, integrating music into their classroom units, and then leading the school in a celebration of Star Wars through music (May the Fourth Be With You!).
Middle Schoolers will have the opportunity to choose music and theater electives: Music History in the fall (from Ancient Greece to the Harlem Renaissance…) and Musical Theater Production in the spring (theater games, skits, short scenes, technical theater design projects and backstage, sets and costume crews for the Spring Musical Gala)
Art Teacher - Christianne Langford
Librarian - Gina Sims
The goal of the CCDS Library Media Center is to ensure that students and staff develop the ability to find and use information and to become lifelong learners and effective users of ideas and information. This is accomplished by providing students and staff with access to an information rich collection of print, multiple technologies, and research information. The focus of the CCDS Library Media Center is to promote literacy in three main areas:
• Reading Literacy: to have each student perform as an avid and capable reader.
• Information Literacy: to have each student be an organized investigator; a critical and creative thinker; an effective communicator; a responsible information user.
• Technology Literacy: to have each student be a skilled user of technology tools; to use technology appropriately and effectively to enhance learning.
The CCDS Teacher Librarian coordinates a Scholastic Book Fair with the Parent Teacher Partnership in December. This book fair provides an excellent opportunity to promote reading while providing books for the library collection. All proceeds from the book fair go towards new books for the CCDS library and for teachers. A second book fair is offered in the spring through the Teacher's Book Connection during Open House.
To learn more about our library or to volunteer to help, go to the CCDS Library homepage, or call 895-2650.