How does my child get graded in Unified arts?
In the past, if you were good at the skill (whether in art, music, or theathlete), then you got an A. Today we recognize that not everyone is an athlete, naturally coordinated, orgifted in the realm of music art, or other subjects. For the complete gradingrubric, please see the Grades page. Butto put it simply, if a student makes an effort to improve their skills(whether successful or not) they receive a good grade (G) for effort. Themore effort the higher the grade. If a student demonstrates knowledge of theconcept being taught then they earn a good academic grade (G). All we reallyask as teachers is that the students try hard and take what we do seriously.Back to Top
Physical Education? That's the same as gym class right?
Not exactly. And this may seem a little picky, but there is a differencebetween the terms. When you are in science class you learn science, mathclass you learnmath. If it were called gym class we would learn about the gym. And gymclass was always known for playing games. But what was the purpose of thosegames? No one really knows. The emphasis was on the rules of the games, notthe concepts, skills, or benefits of the game. The purposeof physical education is to gain knowledge about our body, how to move it,become coordinated, and to develop habits of a healthy lifestyle. The termphysical denotes that we are learning about our bodies. We definitely playgames but the games are the means to the end product. Not the productthemselves. The games are used to motivate students to learn, inspire them towant to continue outside of school, and provide a wide variety of learningmethods. My motto is "Play to Learn not Play to win" Means that even thoughI want everyone to try their best to win the game, we do not put the emphasison who won. Wetry to remind ourselves that the game taught us something that can help usbecome better people, teammates, and movers.Back to Top
How should my child prepare for P.E.?
Comfortable clothing is key. Skirts and dresses should be avoided to preventembarrassment in awkward physical situations. Any comfortable loose shirts(according to the dress code in the handbook) is fine. Shoes are the biggestconcern. The dress code prohibits the wearing of sandals, flip flops, orheelies with wheels. Many students do wear sneakers but do not tie them tightenough. All the slack should be pulled from the laces and tied on the outsideof the shoe. The shoes should also be laced properly to allow tightening asneeded. This should happen EVERY SCHOOL DAY! There are many students in theschool and doing everything possible to keep them safe is our job.Back to Top
What is the Unified Arts student of the week award?
This award is given to one student in each grade once a week. They are chosenby the Unified Arts staff who recognize these students as hard workers and/orgreat classmates that usually go above and beyond. Their names are announcedover the intercom and are given a medal that they may proudly wear throughoutthe week (unfortunately it must be returned at the end of the week).Back to Top