The scientific method is the core of our science program and is developed not only through classroom activities, but also through laboratory experiences. Each class works in the science lab twice a month, exploring their current science concepts. The students’ lab experience is developed further through our Science Fair in the spring. All students, from kindergarten through middle school, demonstrate their understanding of the scientific method through age and experience appropriate science investigations.
Real World Social Studies
Our social studies curriculum is enhanced by two school-wide history presentations; The Walk Through History, and The Wax Museum. Presented in the spring, both events make history come alive for the students and their families
Walk Through History
Each class spends a month immersed in a historical period of their social studies curriculum, using a variety of materials and approaches to study this history. The culminating activity is our Walk Through History, where each class transforms their classroom into the time period, replicating the culture of their chosen historical event. Every student visits every classroom and participates in specially prepared activities. Students have experienced ancient Rome and Greece, Colonial Virginia, China, Africa, and the contemporary 60’s.
The climax of our middle school students’ year long research project is The Wax Museum. Beginning in the fall, sixth grade students select a mathematician to research, the seventh grade students select a scientist, and the eighth grade students select a historical figure. Throughout the year, they utilize their research, writing, public speaking and theatrical skills to plan and present a 3 minute, dramatic, first person narrative on their selected figure. Dressed as their topic, they present their narrative on demand to students and parents who visit The Wax Museum in the spring.
Instrumental Music Program
Our instrumental music program is conducted after school three days a week by Mr. Chris Huppach, our music specialist. Student concerts are planned throughout the school year. Fees and lesson schedules for keyboard and strings are available from the school office.