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Elementary

Outclasses

Elementary Music and Southminster Ensemble/German

The elementary music program is lead by Mrs. Gabriele Hodges. The children sing more complex pieces and are introduced to music theory and instruments. The children regularly perform at services of Southminster Church and in school programs. They also have to opportunity to audition for smaller ensembles which compete at ASCI competitions.

The Southminster School Ensemble is an award winning vocal group consisting of students in the first through sixth grade. Twenty students are selected during yearly auditions and students commit to a weekly after school practice. Led by Music Director, Gabriele Hodges, students develop their vocal skills and perform an expansive repertoire in their community throughout the year. In addition, the Southminster School Ensemble is invited to participate in the church services at Southminster Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Hodges, a native of Germany, will also be conducting a German outclass for 5th and 6th graders. More to come!

Spanish/Latin/Sign Language

Spanish lessons are a part of the weekly curriculum for students in pre-kindergarten, bridge, and kindergarten through sixth grade. Beginning with basic vocabulary through more complex sentence structure and concepts, our Spanish teacher, Mrs. Julie Ruiz, uses song and visual aids to impart a multi-sensory lesson. Elementary students in second through sixth grade are tested and graded on the course work presented to them.

New this year, Mrs. Ruiz will teach the 5th and 6th graders Latin and Sign Language. More to come!

Phyiscal Education

The elementary Physical Education program is for all students from Pre K through 5th grade. Mrs. Beth Spearman will be teaching PE to the students three days a week.

Computer Technology

Each elementary class, grades PreK-5th receives computer technology instruction weekly from Mrs. Maria Botti. Mrs. Botti focuses on beginning computer skills, keyboading, computer terminology, Internet Safety and much more. All lessons are taught using a Google Chromebook which runs off Google Apps for Education and is completly web based. Using their personal Google Accounts students will create charts, graphs and Google Presentations. Students will also conduct internet searches and particiapate in document sharing . Objectives from the classroom will also be reinforced in the computer lab. For more information about Technology Class, visit Mrs. Botti's website at:

https://sites.google.com/a/southminsterschool.org/mrs-botti-s-technology-class/

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