Welcome to the Special Teachers Home Page. Here you will find general information for all specials teachers.
Special area teachers usually see students once a week. We are on a five day rotation.
Please try to remember your child's sneakers on PE days so we can stay as safe as possible. We are always moving! If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.....
Hopefully your child is active in some type of sport activity after school. It is so important to develop a healthy lifestyle at an early age so that they will develop into active adults in the future. The Aquatic Complex or the Coral Springs Gym are great places to start.
Some of you have inquired about how to get a "1" in PE so I have included my criteria for you to look at. Please feel free to send me an e-mail or leave a message at school if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks.
Physical Education grades are based on the following criteria:
- Ability to work independently on skills/concepts:Fine/Gross motor skills, Fitness concepts and lead-up games.
- Shows maximum effort, Participation/Knowledge of content area.
- Ability to work cooperatively with partner, group or team/Attitude.
- Behavior- ability to listen to directions when given the first time.
- Respect - Respect of classmates, teachers and self.
- Dress appropriately for activity/Responsibility.
Mrs. Novell's Updates...
In Kindergarten we are exploring color and learning about Jackson Pollack. Jackson Pollack was known as “Action Jackson”. Jackson Pollack created art that was experiential. His art is known as “Abstract Expressionism”. He would tack canvas onto a hardwood floor and drip, pour and splatter paint onto the canvas. He would walk around the canvas using household objects such as spatulas, whisks, and sticks to toss and splatter the paint onto the canvas. Action Jackson’s art was not about creating an image. His art represented some of the basic elements of design…color, line and rhythm. In kindergarten students created jellyfish using Action Jackson’s techniques. They learned to mix their own secondary colors from the primary colors; red, yellow, and blue.
In 1st grade we are exploring color and learning about Georgia O’keefe. Geogia O’keefe studied art her entire life and later on became an art teacher. Her friend sent ten drawings to a famous photographer and gallery owner named Alfred Stieglitz in New York without her knowing. Alfred Stieglitz displayed her work in the art gallery and the rest was history. Georgia O’Keefe married Alfred Stieglitz and became the most famous woman American artists of the 20thcentury. Georgia O’Keefe was known for her close-up paintings of flowers. Her paintings represented more about color, shape, and composition then they were about the actual flower. In 1st grade we painted a flower close up using primary colors to make secondary colors. The students learned to paint going off the page and also learned to make their own colors. Next, they will create their own flowers using photographs of flowers to inspire them.
In 2nd Students will be learning about creating depth and space. Students will be learning about Claude Monet. Monet was an “Impressionist” artist. He painted a fleeting moment in time. He loved to paint the water and how it changed with the time of the day. Students are learning about showing depth in their work by creating boats that are larger and lower on the page and then smaller ships in the distance attached to the horizon line to create deep space. Students will be painting the water “Monet” style using small brush strokes and mixing the paint directly onto the paper.
In 3rd grade, students created images of peace to celebrate “National Peace Week”. Students were very excited to go outside and work cooperatively as a group to create large drawings that represent their beliefs and views of peace. Students are also creating galaxy painting…Action Jackson style." Jackson Pollack created art that was experiential. His art is known as “Abstract Expressionism”. He would tack canvas onto a hardwood floor and drip, pour and splatter paint onto the canvas. He would walk around the canvas using household objects such as spatulas, whisks, and sticks to toss and splatter the paint onto the canvas. Action Jackson’s art was not about creating an image. His art represented some of the basic elements of design…color, line and rhythm. We are also making the planets and learning about mixing primary colors to create secondary colors in pastel. We are making are planets look 3-d by creating a highlight area and a shadow area.
In 4th and 5th grade, we will be exploring the element of design; color. We will be learning about the artist, Andy Warhol, as a “pop artist”. They learned that “Pop Art” represents what was current or popular at the time. Warhol showed his images in repeat to make a statement that we see what is popular everywhere! That’s why he would create repeats of Campbell soup cans, coke bottles and super stars. Students created a repeat of a basic shape and learned about mixing colors. Students will learn about color theory and will get to “ experiment” with mixing their pallet to create all the colors from primary colors.
This year I am very excited to be using a new curriculum for all of our Park Springs Elementary K-2 Spanish Classes - “DESCUBRE EL ESPAÑOL” from Santillana.
“Descubre el Español” is a K- 5 FLES (Foreign language in the Elementary school) designed to promote communicative proficiency and literacy in Spanish.
It is a standards-based, researched program that provides teachers with the tools to differentiate instruction for all learners, develop and expand Spanish literacy, identify the Essential Questions vital to early Spanish as a second language instruction, and support literacy of both English speakers learning Spanish and Spanish speaker developing literacy in their own language. Descubre el Español con *Santillana* sports communicative proficiency and literacy in Spanish by:
- Making language learning a cultural adventure…
- Exploring language and culture through explicit presentation and integration of National Foreign Language Standards…
- Providing instructional support to all students, from beginners to Heritage Speakers…
Each grade will study one level of the program and will be provided with a textbook and practice book to use at school during class. Students will have a Web Link in which they will have access to the book, practice book, games, etc. (more information to come about the web).
LEVELS: Kindergarten Level A, 1st Grade Level B, and 2nd GradeLevel C
If you would like to find out more about this program please visit: http://www.santillanausa.com
Looking forward to a wonderful adventure.