Creekside has chosen a category of charter school that allows us much freedom to be creative with the structure and curriculum. With this flexibility comes the addition of integrated enrichment electives for all students.
All of the music classes at Creekside support the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards for Music. At Creekside, we are particularly focused in authentic performance as we feel it builds character and confidence in our students to be the best they can be. Consistent with the standards, our music curriculum is described below:
The 6th Grade is currently re-writing lyrics and music to a song of their choice for their upcoming performance. They are writing musical notation for the song they picked and working together to have their performance reflect who they truly are inside and show off what they can do musically on their instruments. Everyone sings!
The curriculum utilizes teacher created materials, purchased curricular programs and vocabulary themes, including numbers, greetings, geography, spelling and conversational skills. We also integrate subject matter from other classes.
September-October (also focused on)
– Aztec history leading up to modern day traditions
– Day of the Dead traditions in Mexico and around the world
– Musical Wednesdays- each Wednesday students are exposed to a new song related to the theme/topic/unit. They may be asked to listen for words they are familiar with, seek out verbs or nouns, or translate verses. They may be asked to research the band/musician- see the tours they are on, where they go, how much tickets are and what that costs in U.S. dollars if they are out of the country.
Life Ingredients aims to create an emotionally stable population, one more aware of its thoughts and feelings and more capable of empathy and understanding than any generation in history. Activities focus on 8 essentials: thought, calm, clarity, guidance, observation, gratitude, perspective, and truth. These Life Recipe lessons are designed to help promote positive student development and participation throughout the day. (Life Ingredients)
Enrichment Fridays offer our children a supervised, experiential educational environment that meets the independent academic engagement requirements for the academic year. During winter season Enrichment Fridays build camaraderie and exposure to nordic and downhill skiing.
The Creekside enrichment program is divided into 3 sessions; Fall, Winter, and Spring. This allows more flexibility for parents to choose just the season or season(s) they wish their students to attend, in addition to more variety and new experiences for the kids.
Friday classes include ropes course experience, outdoor education, Woodward days and science sessions.