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Music, Art & Technology

Art (Pre-K to 8th Grade)

Primary Art

In Primary Art students become aware that all of their talents are a gift from God, and by using these talents is a way of praising God. They learn to use the Art room and its equipment and supplies in a safe manner. They are introduced to the Elements of Art in a simple context to start the building process. This is done through the use of many different mediums. Artwork is often displayed to instill an appreciation for their own work and the work of others. The work of Artist is studied to give value to the history of Art.

Intermediate Art

Intermediate art classes continue to build on the elements and principles of design. Students are challenged to build on their creativity by improving in the areas of craftsmanship and using mixed mediums. Hand building is introduced in Ceramics. Student artwork is displayed so that the talent of our students may be appreciated. Artist both past and present are studied by all grade levels.

Middle School Art

Students in middle school art class continue to build their skills while incorporating the elements and principles of design in their work. Craftsmanship is improved upon and multiple mediums are used. Students work is exhibited and sometimes sold. Artist both past and present are studied.

Music

Pre-K3 to 4th Grade

Our music classes are based on the philosophy set forth by the Kodály Method, an approach to music education developed by the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály. These practices recognize the many ways in which children learn: aurally, visually, and kinesthetically. The Kodály Methodology thus empowers students with the ability to read music.

Students learn the various sounds (rhythmic and pitch) through folk songs of their culture first, and then expand to folk songs of other cultures before learning and attaching the music symbol (notation) to the sound. Just as one learns to speak before they read, the same process is applied in learning to read music. As students progress in their literacy skills, they build fluency and a broader depth of musical vocabulary to employ.

The ability to hear music without the aid of an instrument is paramount. The voice is the child’s first instrument and needs to be developed as such. From this natural progression of child-centered learning, students continue their learning to more advanced steps including transcribing (dictating) and composing (writing) their own music.

Here at Christ the King School, we understand the importance of introducing your child to music at an early age, so students begin their music education in pre-school. They explore the world around them through music and learn early childhood developmental concepts through play. As students continue their educational path, they embark upon expressing themselves through a wide array of musical activities to ensure a holistic music education, as set forth by the National Standards for Music Education. PreK classes meet once a week; Kindergarten through Fourth grade meet twice a week.

Choir (5th to 8th Grade)

Choir is a one year commitment that expands upon elementary music reading skills, and introduces music theory, vocal development/technique, and performance etiquette. We are a performance ensemble that insists on quality and commitment.

Students gain vocal independence through individual, regular vocal checks and sight reading. CKS Choir performs for school assemblies and various concerts (Winter & Spring), leads in worship at mass, and participates in festival and honor choirs through the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Solo opportunities are also made available for students through KMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival, and our in-house Arts Celebration. In Choir, students enjoy being part of something larger: a community of great musicians and friends while experiencing the excitement of performance.

Band (5th to 8th Grade)

The Christ the King band program begins in 5th grade and includes four ensembles grouped by grade level - 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The middle school bands have four performance opportunities each year; the Halloween school assembly, Christmas Concert, Area Band Concert, and Arts Festival. The 5th grade band performs three times each year, at the Christmas and Area Band Concerts and again at the Arts Festival.

Students in the band program are learning the skills necessary to play and perform on their chosen instruments. Students are also learning ensemble skills and the importance of working together to create a performance. Students are being introduced to a wide variety of musical styles and genres through the varied music literature studied and performed in class. Band students also are pursuing musical opportunities outside of the classroom, including district and collegiate honor bands and the annual KMEA Solo and Ensemble festival.

Music Exploration (6th to 8th Grade)

Music Exploration is a three tier course with an emphasis on Music History. Each class is one trimester (12 weeks). Music Exploration I (6th grade) begins an in-depth study of music of Ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance; Music Exploration II (7th grade) continues with the Baroque and Classical periods; and Music Exploration III (8th grade) completes the timeline with music of the Romantic and Twentieth Century.

The study of each time-period is linked to significant historical events that correspond to our musical studies. Using guided questions and notes, students use inference skills to aid them in their understanding of the progression of music throughout history. Literacy skills are expanded through rhythmic and melodic reading. A wealth of hands-on activities are employed to re-create the environment of each time-period, such as period dancing, composing, letter-writing, portrait drawing, instrument playing, etc.

Piano Keyboarding (8th Grade)

Keyboarding is a one trimester class (12 weeks) that allows students to begin or enhance their keyboarding skills. Class is typically sectioned into three main parts: lesson, group piano, private practice. During the lesson, students gain concepts of theory in a hands-on approach through games and activities. To reinforce the importance and joy of making music with others, students engage in group piano; each student receives a musical part that is within their range of capabilities to add to the ensemble. Lastly, each student uses private practice time during class to work on selected repertoire and scales and receive guidance from the instructor.

Spanish (Pre-K to 8th Grade)

Elementary Spanish

The goal of this curriculum is to develop positive attitudes and excitement toward learning the Spanish language. Learning a foreign language helps students to understand different cultures and creates awareness for the diversity of all God’s children.

The Spanish program is created with two-year alternating curriculum. However, there are themes that are included every year in the curriculum such as colors, numbers, polite words, greetings, calendar, commands, prayers in Spanish and culture. The language is introduced through songs, games, multi-sensory and hands on activities to reach different types of learning styles. The program is taught by a native speaker to expose the students to the correct language pronunciation.

The following is a short description of the program:

Pre-K3 to Kindergarten

Students learn to greet others and follow simple one or two step commands. Spanish prayers are introduced to the students.

First and Second Grade

Students learn to read in Spanish and to use short sentences to communicate as well as to ask and answer simple questions in class. By the end of second grade students are confident praying in Spanish.

Third Grade

Students are able to establish short conversations and to ask basic questions. Grammar and writing activities are introduced. Students take part of acting skits using vocabulary learned in class.

Fourth Grade

Students learn grammar concepts such as pronouns and verb conjugation. Multi-sensory tools and activities are utilized to review phrases and expressions learned in each topic. Homework is introduced to reinforce the concepts learned in class.

Fifth Grade

Fifth grade students are more confident learning Spanish grammar. Students will be exposed to vocabulary related to introductions and self-descriptions, date and time, seasons and weather, school supplies and classes, foods of Mexico and Spain, and summertime activities. Students will also be introduced to various cultural customs and practices of the Spanish speaking world. The role of the Catholic faith in Spanish speaking countries will also be explored throughout the year.

Middle School Spanish

The goal of the middle school Spanish program at CKS is to prepare students to enter Spanish II at the high school level. The Spanish I content is broken down into a three year program.

6th Grade

Sixth grade students will learn a wide variety of vocabulary this year. Some of the vocabulary includes: ways to describe themselves and others, classroom vocabulary, greetings, food, courtesy, time, seasons, weather, days of the week, clothing, and house vocabulary. The sixth graders will also learn basic sentence structure, possessive adjectives, question words and articles. Regular present tense conjugation of ar verbs will also be explored along with ser, tener, dar and estar. Students will also work on translating small passages from Spanish to English. Students will start speaking Spanish in the room whenever they can.

7th Grade

Seventh grade students study more advanced grammatical structure. They will expand on regular present tense conjugation and irregular present tense verb conjugation. The preterite and present progressive tense will also be introduced. Students will be exposed to vocabulary related to different nationalities, family relationships, activities at home, school supplies and activities, and food. Students will also be introduced to various cultural customs and practices of the Spanish speaking world. The role of the Catholic faith in Spanish speaking countries will also be explored throughout the year.

8th Grade

Eigth grade students will build upon their knowledge and mastery of the present tense, of both regular and irregular verbs, as they begin to master the past tense and implement reflexive verbs. Students will be able to describe what they or someone else has done in the past using the preterite tense in Spanish. Students will be exposed to vocabulary related to sports, pastimes, health, air travel, vacation, and daily routines. Students will also be introduced to various cultural customs and practices of the Spanish speaking world. The role of the Catholic faith in Spanish speaking countries will also be explored throughout the year.

Technology (K to 8th Grade)

Kindergarten

Students begin their year with new passwords. All students are taught how to logon to the virtual desktop, open and use a program, manipulate a mouse, double-click on a mouse, and logoff the virtual desktop. Students are also introduced to the iPad and its various uses as an educational tool. The graphics program MS Paint is also introduced and used as a learning tool.

1st Grade

Students review the fundamentals of the graphics program, MS Paint, and are introduced to MS Word Processing, throughout the year. Using MS Word, students become more familiar with the keyboard so that they can quickly find all letters and numbers.

2nd Grade

Students will continue working with MS Word, entering and editing text, and will learn a variety of technology terms. In this year, students are taught and expected to master the Internet basics: opening a web browser, going to a website, minimizing, maximizing, and closing a web browser.

3rd Grade

Third grade students will begin keyboarding. They will learn the home row of keys and progress steadily through all the letters of the alphabet. MS Word will be an important part of the curriculum as the students work on formatting and projects. File management becomes a valuable tool so that saved files can be easily found for editing and printing. Students will also be introduced to search engines and proper Internet etiquette/safety.

4th Grade

Throughout this year, keyboard skills learned in 3rd grade will be reviewed and reinforced – proper posture, location of the home row of keys, correct finger placement, etc. Students will also spend a great deal of time fine tuning MS Word formatting skills and begin learning the basics of MS PowerPoint. Students will also be introduced to film making using iMovie on the computer lab’s iPads.

5th Grade

Fifth grade students will review all technology skills learned throughout elementary (MS Word, PowerPoint, Internet etiquette/safety, keyboarding, etc.) and are expected to show mastery by the end of the year. Students will be introduced to MS Excel during their fifth grade year. Filmmaking and editing with an iPad will also be a focus throughout the year.

Physical Education (Pre-K to 8th Grade)

The physical education curriculum for grades PreK - eighth focuses on age appropriate activities that meet the National and State Standards of Physical Education Instruction, meet the NASPE content standards, and follow Christ the King’s FAITH guidelines.

Band (5th to 8th Grade)

The Christ the King band program begins in 5th grade and includes four ensembles grouped by grade level - 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The middle school bands have four performance opportunities each year; the Halloween school assembly, Christmas Concert, Area Band Concert, and Arts Festival. The 5th grade band performs three times each year, at the Christmas and Area Band Concerts and again at the Arts Festival.

Students in the band program are learning the skills necessary to play and perform on their chosen instruments. Students are also learning ensemble skills and the importance of working together to create a performance. Students are being introduced to a wide variety of musical styles and genres through the varied music literature studied and performed in class. Band students also are pursuing musical opportunities outside of the classroom, including district and collegiate honor bands and the annual KMEA Solo and Ensemble festival.

Research (6th to 7th Grade)

The goal of this 12-week course is to engage students in the research process including choosing appropriate topics, using research materials, citing sources in commonly accepted formats, how to avoid/identify plagiarism, note taking skills, practice with paraphrasing, how to identify bias, and how to find appropriate search engines. This class is designed to help students learn successful research techniques and how to use computers, the Internet and web based materials correctly in completing research projects that tie into other core content classes (Social Studies, Science, English, etc.)