Academics

Integrated Arts


Art

Kindergarten 

Kindergarten students are introduced to the exciting world of art through lessons that directly relate to world around them and the diverse topics they are studying in the classroom.  Weekly, students learn how to analyze artwork and explore a wide variety of materials, from oil pastels to watercolor.  The projects are geared towards building valuable fine motor skills and artistic skills.  Each spring, students select several works for display in the annual Student Art Show.

Students will:

  • Experiment with a wide variety of art materials and techniques including: tempera, watercolor, pen and ink, wax-resist, collage, beads, oil pastels, tissue paper, and sculpture
  • Complete projects that build a solid foundation in areas such as drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture
  • Learn how to break down complex subjects into simple shapes, allowing for more realistic drawings of the natural world including humans, animals, and trees
  • Share materials and speak about the artwork of others in a respectful manner, building a safe environment in which creativity can blossom

Lower Elementary 

Students in grades 1-3 have class once per week. Through interactive class discussions, students are exposed to influential works of art from across time. As they discover the important role that art has played around the world, they see how it reflects the values and way of life of the people who made it. As they create their own works of art in these new styles, students expand their own artistic skills and visual language. They also develop a deeper understanding of art history and a greater appreciation for other cultures. Each spring, students select several works for display in the annual Student Art Show.

Open Art Studio allows students to spend additional time in the Art Room on creative projects they are working on in within their academic curriculum.

Students will:

  • Create art using a wide range of materials including: paint, watercolor, yarn, clay, colored pencils, oil pastels, wire, foil, and wood
  • Learn about the art of influential cultures and historical periods including: Ancient Egyptian art, Greco-Roman art, Medieval & Renaissance art, Native American art, African art, Asian art, and Oceanic art
  • Develop the ability to analyze art and discuss it with confidence
  • Learn techniques that build drawing, painting, illustration, design and sculpture skills
  • Select their own works of art for exhibit in the hallways
  • Share materials and speak about the artwork of others in a respectful manner, building a safe environment in which creativity can blossom

Upper Elementary 

Students in grades 4-6 attend Art class weekly. During this time, students explore the Elements of Art (line, value, color, shape, form, space and texture) through engaging individual and group projects. They also analyze and discuss the work of ground-breaking modern artists. By creating projects that reflect the style of these artists, the students are able to personally connect with the art they are studying and further enhance their own style. They are encouraged to push boundaries and to think “outside of the box” as so many of these artists did. In addition to building traditional fine art skills, the students also learn folk art techniques such as weaving, sewing, jewelry-making, and needlepoint. Each spring, students select several works for display in the annual Student Art Show.

Open Art Studio allows students to spend additional time in the Art Room on creative projects they are working on in within their academic curriculum.

Students will:

  • Use a wide variety of art materials to create both 2-D and 3-D works of art
  • Build valuable artistic skills such as utilizing perspective, color theory, shading, proportion, and drawing from observation
  • Learn about the lives and influential art by artists like Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Georges Seurat, Keith Haring, and Bridget Riley
  • Use art to express emotions or ideas
  • Create projects that directly relate to the Upper Elementary curriculum

Middle School 

Middle School students have Art class weekly. Through class discussion and engaging projects, they develop a deeper understanding of the Elements of Art (line, value, color, shape, form, space and texture) and the Principles of Design (balance, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm and unity). The Middle School students create a wide variety of 2-D and 3-D works of art that are inspired by the work of 19th and 20th century artists as well as the historical cultures that they are studying in Humanities class. Each spring, students select several works for display in the annual Student Art Show.

Open Art Studio allows students to spend additional time in the Art Room on creative projects they are working on in within their academic curriculum.

Students will:

  • Explore works by trailblazing artists such as: Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt, Jim Dine, John Constable, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali
  • Develop the ability to create sophisticated works of representational art as well as art influenced by prominent movements such as Pop Art, Dada, Abstraction, Romanticism, and Surrealism
  • Use a variety of art materials to create 2-D and 3-D works of art, such as: charcoal, acrylic paints, watercolor, clay, collage, wood, and embroidery floss

Health

ASM’s Health Program engages students in thinking critically about health and healthy behaviors. Students set individual health goals and track their progress. Topics such as the value of good nutrition, positive decision-making and predicting consequences, and Internet safety are discussed. ASM’s Health Program is taught in collaboration with the Physical Education teacher the School Nurse, and guest speakers.

The  curriculum is based upon the Great Body Shop ®. Teaching methods include lecture, demonstration, projects, discussions, and role playing, among others.  We acknowledge that you are your child’s primary health educator and we value your partnership. Your child will bring home materials so that you are aware of the lessons being presented and be involved in their class work.  

In Lower Elementary, your child learns about emotional health and its relationship to physical health, anatomy and physiology, safety, preventative health measures, exercise and relaxation techniques.  

Upper Elementary students learn about social, emotional, and physical health. Sixth years discuss topics related to growth and development, puberty and reproduction.

The Middle School students discuss drug and alcohol use, violence prevention and preventing diseases. Students complete a long-term project each year. On a global scale, students study the relationship between environment, disease and public health.

Library, Media and Technology

Children’s House 

Each week, your child will enjoy receiving four books of various genres including stories, poetry and non-fiction. Children look forward to the surprise of opening their library bag to see which reading adventures await them! Kindergarten students visit the library in small groups to become comfortable using the library resources and selecting an additional book. Children’s House parents frequently volunteer in the library and are welcome to visit with their children to borrow additional parent and student resources.

Lower Elementary 

The Lower Elementary library program is designed to support independent and assigned reading, writing, research, technology integration, and projects across the curriculum. In addition to weekly lessons, your child will have the opportunity to visit the library to work alone or with peers on inquiry projects. Close collaboration between classroom teachers and the Library Media Specialist help students apply skills they are learning in library class to Montessori curriculum topics in STEM, geography, science, history and literature.

Students will:

  • Research planets, constellations and read stories of the sky in different cultures
  • Conduct country studies for United Nations Day
  • Read biographies and take notes in graphic organizers
  • Learn concepts of computer science using code.org
  • Use iPads for content creation and collaboration
  • Explore literary elements such as character, setting, and plot, write poetry, stories and plays
  • Perform in Readers Theatre
  • Learn keyboarding (third-year students)

Upper Elementary 

Upper Elementary students develop an awareness about the constant flow of information in their lives. Your child will learn how to analyze print and electronic resources, ethically and creatively, while developing sophisticated research skills. The standards-based curriculum guides students through the inquiry process from the selection of a topic to the presentation of a product.  During weekly classes, students have the opportunity to use library resources, seek guidance, and work on projects alone or with peers. Fifth and sixth-year students enjoy one-to-one computing with Chromebooks ®.

Students will:

  • Follow rubrics for science fair projects and Spanish class research
  • Learn concepts of computer science using code.org
  • Use iPads to demonstrate learning through presentations
  • Write, read and recite poetry
  • Understand how to be good digital citizens
  • Cite sources and take notes using the Easybib® application

Middle School 

Middle school students apply and master research and synthesis skills, which are essential for success in secondary school. The program challenges students to apply skills acquired in previous years to produce well-developed research papers. In addition to weekly lessons, there are ample opportunities to seek individualized instruction and guidance to support ongoing project work. The middle school is a one-to-one computing environment where students use Chromebooks®, in addition to having access to a variety of other computing devices.  

Students will:

  • Formulate and refine research questions and strategies
  • Craft and support a thesis statement
  • Identify and use print, online and human resources
  • Evaluate web and print resources for bias, authority, currency and relevance
  • Search and use resources from paid online databases such as peer reviewed journals, digitized periodical articles, and topic specific collections
  • Distinguish primary and secondary source documents
  • Take notes and cite sources using the Easybib® application
  • Differentiate between paraphrasing and in-text citation
  • Demonstrate sound ethics and digital citizenship skills

Music

ASM is a vibrant musical community where students’ individual skills blossom through performing and participation. From Children’s House to Middle School, every class sings together for an audience several times a year.  Many ASM students are also accomplished instrumentalists who perform independently at monthly Morning Coffee and semi-annual Evening Coffeehouse events. ASM’s music curriculum uses Kodaly and Orff-based pedagogy to develop tuneful singing, coordinated movement, courageous and skillful improvisation, a strong foundation in music-reading and a deep understanding of the elements of music.

Children’s House 

The music teacher visits each Children’s House classroom twice a week to lead the children in a rich variety of carefully chosen singing games and activities, using the framework First Steps in Music. Movement, play and laughter are vital ingredients in every music lesson. Students delight in singing independently, as well as a group, and playing classroom instruments like shaker eggs, jingles, and rhythm sticks. Children’s House students perform as a level at our U.N. Day Celebration in October.  Each December they present a simple Winter Concert. Kindergarten students enjoy stretching their musical capabilities in an additional weekly music lesson tailored to fit their advancing skill level. Each spring the Kindergarten students prepare several songs to perform together at their Moving-Up ceremony in June.  

Lower Elementary 

Singing, improvisation, reading, writing, and dance are the areas of concentration in Lower Elementary music lessons. While students routinely incorporate music into presentations throughout the year, they also have the opportunity to perform in the school-wide Winter Concert in December.

Students will:

  • Sing rounds, partner songs, and songs with ostinati (vocal and instrumental)
  • Write simple songs using a pentatonic tone set
  • Compose percussion pieces using different timbres and ostinati
  • Move creatively to music according to clear parameters
  • Play Orff instruments with correct technique
  • Improvise on Orff instruments using the pentatonic scale
  • Play a wide variety of singing games that prepare contra and square dancing steps

Upper Elementary 

Upper Elementary students have weekly music classes. Reading, writing, and instrument skills become much more demanding and the students work with greater autonomy.  

Students sing songs with harmony parts. In the spring, each class ends with a string of songs performed as a unit, sometimes for an audience of teachers or peers. Music meshes with units in the regular classroom, sometimes with the addition of Artists-In-Residence.

Students will:

  • Sing songs in harmony
  • Sight read and compose music
  • Develop basic proficiency playing the recorder
  • Using the notes Fa and Ti in movable Do solfege with the proper hand signs
  • Design a performance incorporating dance, instruments, singing, acting, and set-design
  • Perform in a variety of contexts: all-school meetings, in-class presentations, school concerts, and special events
  • Sing, in the range of an octave or more, songs from a variety of musical traditions, sometimes in languages other than English

Middle School 

Students have several performance opportunities in a variety of contexts: All-school meetings, First Friday Coffee, formal concerts, and in-class presentations. Using the self-knowledge gained from these experiences in and out of school, Middle School students work with the music teacher to shape the course of study for the year. 

When a student graduates from ASM’s music program, they will:

  • Have basic fluency reading standard Western notation
  • Know rudimentary decoding methods for reading music at sight
  • Know how to read a score
  • Be able to play basic chords on a guitar
  • Be able to play simple tunes on the piano
  • Sing in tune in the range of an octave or greater
  • Know their vocal range (soprano, alto, etc.)
  • Be aware of their changing voice (male)
  • Know their interests and strengths in music and dance
  • Have mentored others in their strengths
  • Have sought and received mentoring help from peers
  • Know a varied repertoire of music
  • Associate music with joy

Although all Middle School students sing, dance, compose, and play instruments, their music classes tend to reflect their musical interests, many of which are pursued outside of school. Students in bands and youth orchestras bring in their instruments and contribute to the class ensemble. Serious dancers take the lead in choreography. Pianists accompany songs from lead sheets. The musical taste of the students is respected and expanded.

Physical Education

The mission of our Physical Education program is to provide students with a safe and positive physical environment while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. 

Kindergarten students participate in a variety of cooperative activities and games which will develop basic locomotor skills and physical ability. Meanwhile, the students will learn to follow complex instruction, act as leaders, and contribute appropriately within a team. Kindergarten students meet once a week throughout the academic year.

In Lower Elementary, students engage in a variety of cooperative activities and team oriented games which will develop intermediate locomotor skills and athletic ability. In addition, the students will learn to take initiative, act as leaders, exhibit good sportsmanship and contribute effectively within a team. Lower Elementary students meet twice a week and will learn to play soccer, basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, football, dance, participate in agility drills and adventure games.

Upper Elementary students participate in a variety of cooperative activities and team oriented games which will develop advanced locomotor skills and athletic ability. The students will regularly take initiative, act as leaders, and contribute effectively within a team. Upper Elementary students meet twice a week and will learn to play handball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, football,  and adventure games. Students will  understand several types of cardiovascular endurance exercises, agility drills, proper flexibility movements, and a series of strength related exercises.

Our Middle School students pursue a variety of cooperative activities and team oriented games which will develop athletic ability and overall fitness. The students will regularly take initiative, act as leaders, and contribute effectively within a team. In middle school, physical education classes meet twice a week and students learn effective strategy and play sports such as football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, frisbee, wiffle ball, tennis, and engage in running, dance and personal fitness. Students will perform a variety of strength endurance exercises, improve cardiovascular endurance, participate in agility drills, and understand proper flexibility routines.

Spanish

Children’s House 

During the weekly class, your child is introduced to Spanish language and culture through games, stories, songs, poems, and visual-tactile associations.

Students will:

  • Identify basic words: numbers, colors , weather, body parts, animals, and holiday and seasonal words
  • Comprehend and respond to basic questions in the spoken language
  • Gain an understanding of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries

Lower Elementary

During weekly classes, students begin to develop fluency in Spanish by using thematic vocabulary and simple grammatical structures through the repetition of visual-tactile activities, games, songs, conversation, music, and short sentence writing.

Students will:

  • Practice pronunciation
  • Build listening comprehension skills
  • Converse in Spanish during circle time and when performing skits  
  • Explore Hispanic cultures and traditions through a variety of media

Upper Elementary 

During weekly classes, students progress in their ability to use Spanish according to grade level. Textbooks are introduced in Upper Elementary, providing students with a more advanced learning environment. Students further develop speaking, listening, reading,and writing skills through a variety of creative activities.

Students will:

  • Strengthen pronunciation and spelling skills
  • Communicate using a broader range of vocabulary and grammar
  • Develop writing skills through the construction of sentences and small paragraphs
  • Broaden knowledge of Hispanic culture through research and presentations

Middle School 

At the Middle School level, Spanish is a major academic subject and is equivalent to level one High School Spanish. The classes are spoken entirely in Spanish and fluency in listening and speaking become well-developed. Learning activities include paragraph and report writing, in-depth readings, grammar practices, frequent homework and daily speaking opportunities. Long-term projects allow students to express their creativity through designing children’s literature, art projects and travel brochures.

Students will:

  • Apply correct grammatical structures to their writing and speaking
  • Continue to develop proper pronunciation and spelling
  • Expand their knowledge of vocabulary
  • Achieve a higher level of written expression
  • Research Hispanic cultures and present projects to the ASM community

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