Student Art GalleryTop of Page

ArtTop of Page

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

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 Sutters 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

Intermediate Band -5th grade and up. Most students have played one school year, but beginners are welcome to leap in!
Concert Band - Prerequisite: Successful completion of Standard of Excellence Book 1. Balances new skills with preparation of performance pieces.
Symphonic Band - Prerequisite: Familiarity with the content of Standard of Excellence Book 2. Increased emphasis on development of performance pieces.
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.
December 5 - Winter Concert   6:30 p.m., CCDS Gym
March 15 - CMEA Band Festival (time TBA)
May 10 - Spring Concert   6:30 p.m., CCDS Gym
May 11 - Competition at Six Flags
June 6 - 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.
Intermediate Band 
Wednesday and Friday  4-5 p.m. 
Concert Band 
Wednesday and Friday   2:55-3:55 p.m. 
Symphonic Band
Tuesday and Thursday  2:55-4:15 p.m.
Suggested donation is $50 per month


CCDS Choral Program 2018-2019Top of Page

Choir ~ Ruth Greenfield, Director
Choir ~ open to 2nd grade and up
             (no experience required) ~
Tuesday mornings 7:40-8:25 a.m. and/or
Thursday, 3-3:30 p.m. (library)

Suggested donation: $20/month

Concert Choir ~ open to 5th through 8th graders ~
Mondays, 3-4 p.m. (music room)
Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m. (MS Common Area)
Friday mornings,  7:30-8:25 a.m.
Suggested donation for Concert Choir: $50

Performance Dates
Winter Concert - December 5, 6:30 p.m.
Chico Choir Festival - March 15
Spring Concert - May 10, 6:30 p.m.
Spring Musical - February 12 and 13
Print Sign-Up Form Here

Please contact Ruth Greenfield at with any questions.