Music in the ClassroomTop of Page

Music Teacher:  Ruth Greenfield
This year in music…

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)



BandTop of Page

Beginning Band - Level I: Starting in the fourth grade, students may enroll in Beginning Band. No prior  instrumental experience is needed to learn to play a woodwind, brass, string/electric bass, or percussion instrument. Learning to read music is also part of Beginning Band with no prior experience required. The emphasis is on the fundamentals of instrumental musicianship.  To enroll in Beginning Band, please complete both forms below.
Intermediate Band - Level II is for students who have successfully completed Beginning Band or the equivalent. Building on the foundation of Level I, Intermediate Band members continue to grow in musicianship through a balance of learning new elements and preparation of performance pieces.
Advanced Band - Level III places a greater emphasis on performance pieces while continuing to learn more advanced elements. Please contact Mr. McKenzie for questions regarding readiness for Advanced Band.
In addition to winter and spring performances for all levels of band, Intermediate and Advanced Bands perform at band festivals and will have other opportunities to perform in the community.
January 20 - Winter Concert
March 2017 - CMEA Band Festival (date and time TBA)
May 6 - Competition at Six Flags
June 2 - Spring Concert
June 8 - Graduation
Click for downloadable PDF forms. Please complete and return forms to Mr. McKenzie or the school office.
Registration Form - All Bands
Instrument Choice Form - Beginning Band only
After School Band Contract - for families who need childcare from the time that school gets out until band begins.
Beginning Band (Open to 4th grade and above)
Tuesday and Thursday - 3:45-4:30 p.m. 
Suggested donation is $40 per month
Intermediate Band (Completion of Beginning Band or equivalent required) 
Tuesday and Thursday 2:50-3:45 p.m. 
Suggested donation is $45 per month
Advanced Band (Completion of Intermediate Band or equivalent required)
Wednesday and Friday-2:55 - 4:15 p.m. 
Suggested donation is $50 per month.


CCDS Choral Program 2016-2017Top of Page

Choir ~ Ruth Greenfield, Director
This year brings some exciting changes to our CCDS choir program!  After a fantastic end to last year's program, I surveyed the concert choir students, and their responses were very positive and helpful as I have worked on the plan for the coming year.  Starting the school day later has also opened up opportunities for early rehearsals, which have proven to be extremely productive for our singers, whose brains and voices are fresher in the mornings than after the school day....
This is the current schedule (8/15/16):

Beginning Choir ~ open to 2nd grade and above ~
Wednesday mornings 7:40-8:25 a.m.
Basic singing techniques, beginning to intermediate harmony and music reading, fun staging/choreography, games, great friends!  Suggested donation: $20/month

Chorale ~ open to 6-8th graders ~
Tuesday and Friday mornings 7:40-8:25
Intermediate to advanced singing techniques, music reading, and harmonies, exposure to great choral arrangements of many genres, extra performances and festivals, deepening teamwork and relationships.  Suggested donation: $40/month

Concert Choir/Musical ~ open to 4th through 8th graders ~
Monday and Thursday afternoons 2:45-3:45 (extending to 4/4:30 in the Spring)  
Includes work on a year-long production of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story (with a few fun and age-appropriate tweaks). Will also be doing the Ashland trip on September 30, 2016, to see The Wiz.
Suggested donation for Concert Choir/Musical:
$50/month for those only choosing this ensemble
$25/month for those choosing Beginning Choir or Chorale as well.

Performance Dates
Holiday Sing - Dec. 14
Winter Concert - January 20 
Chico Choir Festival at the end of March (Chorale only)
Perform West Side Story on May 24-25, 2017 (Concert Choir/Musical Group)
Print Sign-Up Form Here

Please contact Ruth Greenfield at with any questions.

ArtTop of Page



Art Teacher - Christianne Langford

The art and drama curriculum follow the Visual and Performing Arts Standards for the state of California, and all art instruction is integrated with the classroom curriculum. Among the topics taught by our art teacher are:
  • art appreciation
  • painting
  • watercolor
  • sculpture
  • drawing
  • design
  • printmaking
  • art in the garden

Library Media CenterTop of Page

Librarian - Gina Sims

The library media program is an essential link to the larger learning community. The Chico Country Day School Library Media Center currently employs a credentialed Teacher Librarian part time. Each of the elementary classes (K - 5) attends the library program every week. Student computers are available for OPAC use or research. Printing and copying services are available with staff assistance.  The library observes numerous special events throughout the year including Banned Books Week, Teen Read Week, Read Across America, National Library Week, and California Young Reader Medal voting. Instruction includes library use, use of the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) to find materials, information literacy skills, how to use specific resources and collections in the library, and literature appreciation.

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.

Outdoor ClassroomTop of Page

Garden Teacher - Gina Sims
The "CCDS Outdoor Classroom - A Natural Laboratory and Garden" began a few years ago and is a community space that brings students, faculty, and parents together in a spirit of appreciation for our resources.

It provides a dynamic learning environment in a hands-on natural laboratory and assists our school in meeting state standards by integrating basic academic skills with a broad range of subjects:
  • nutrition
  • ecology
  • science
  • mathematics
  • language
  • art
  • social studies
  • business
The Outdoor Classroom fulfills the CCDS charter by emphasizing environmental education in order to prompt students to perceive systems and patterns, think broadly, and analyze the long-term effects of human activities. It requires ethical behavior, community involvement, and cooperative problem-solving.