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Specialty Classes

Art

Our art program provides students with a well-rounded and enriching experience that fosters creativity, self-expression, and a deep understanding of the visual arts. The curriculum is aligned with national and state standards and covers a broad spectrum of art components, including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, digital art, art history, and art appreciation. Students are exposed to diverse artistic traditions, artists, and art movements and are taught how to appreciate and critically evaluate artworks, both their own and those of others. Students explore interdisciplinary connections between art and other subjects, such as science, mathematics, literature, history, and Judaics, to enhance their understanding of cross-curricular concepts. 

 

Media

The goal of Shalom School’s media program is to ensure that students are effective users of information by empowering students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. The areas of focus are literature appreciation, digital citizenship, media literacy, research skills and information fluency, and critical thinking skills.

Students participate in interactive lessons that support the use of library resources, enhance their love of reading and literature, and develop 21st-century skills. The students are instructed to use, evaluate, and produce information and ideas using a broad range of appropriate tools, resources, and information technologies. 

Music

Our music program provides students with a well-rounded musical education that fosters a love for music, musical skills, creativity, and an understanding of the cultural and historical aspects of music. Aligned with national and state standards, our comprehensive curriculum covers a wide range of music components, including singing, playing musical instruments, music theory, composition, music history, and music appreciation. The program effectively integrates music history, cultural perspectives, and exposure to diverse musical traditions, broadening students' understanding of music's global and historical significance. Students explore interdisciplinary connections between music and other subjects to deepen their understanding of cross-curricular concepts. 

 

Physical Education

Shalom School's comprehensive, standards-based P.E. curriculum prioritizes student learning, inclusivity, safety, and lifelong physical activity. The curriculum addresses a wide range of skills and concepts, including fundamental motor skills (e.g., running, jumping, throwing), fitness components (e.g., cardiorespiratory endurance, strength), and health education topics (e.g., nutrition, personal wellness). Our school’s inclusive P.E. practices ensure all students, regardless of ability or background, have the opportunity to participate and succeed in physical education. P.E. prioritizes holistic student development, ensuring that students not only acquire physical skills but also gain knowledge about health and wellness, develop a positive attitude toward physical activity, and build the confidence to lead active and healthy lives.

 

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)

The STEAM program creates opportunities for children to explore, problem-solve, and innovate. Students will develop competence in robotics, coding, 3D printing, and other digitally-based topics, engaging in hands-on, open-ended projects that require them to solve real-world problems collaboratively. Our inquiry-based approach fosters curiosity and a desire for discovery. They will learn the engineering design process, which involves defining problems, generating solutions, prototyping, testing, and iterating on designs. Additionally, students will be introduced to various STEAM-related careers and pathways, inspiring them to pursue further education and careers in these fields. Students develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills that will enable them to become lifelong investigators and creators.

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