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Two-Dimensional Art
Students will learn and become familiar with the Elements and Principles of Design using two-dimensional art. They will engage in active learning experiences by using a variety of medias and techniques, such as: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, etc... This class is designed for students to gain an understanding and appreciation of self and others through art history, culture and heritage.

Three-Dimensional Arts
Students will learn and engage with the Elements of Art and Principles of Design using three-dimensional art, with an emphasis in clay. They will be introduced to working with clay through hands-on experience while learning the basics of pottery and sculpture. This class is designed to help cultivate the students’ creative instinct, fine motor skills and visual proportion. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of self and others through art history, culture and heritage.

Student looking at art

Teacher:

Art Teacher, K-5 and Arts Academy 



Winter & Spring Showcases:
TBD

Community Exhibitions:
Work will be displayed on campus as well as exhibited around Surprise.
 

Student playing trumpetBand 

Program Overview: 
Band at West Point begins in the 5th grade, and the Advanced Band has 6th-8th graders with two to four years of instrumental experience.

Teacher: 


Recent Performances: 
Winter and Spring concerts, Holiday concert at Sun Village, School Board performances, Pageant of Bands (judged performance), District Honor Band, All-State Honor Band, Regional Solo & Ensemble festival, Maricopa County Fair.

Clubs: 
Band Club meets before school twice per week.

Recent Field Trips and Expert Visits: 
Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Ballet, Phoenix Youth Symphony, Sun Village, Pageant of Bands, District and State Honor Bands, County Fair; World-renown musicians perform for us and work directly with our students (in person and via the internet).
 

Students singingChoir, Keyboarding and Guitar

Program Overview: 
Choir Class focuses on improving the students' singing skills, learning to sing in two- or three-part ensembles. Students perform at various events throughout the year.

Keyboard Class focuses on learning 5-finger Major Scales, Octave Major Scales, Major Chords as well as learning to play student-selected songs.  

Guitar  will introduce students to playing melodies and chords.  Students will learn the names of the strings and be able to play single notes as well as chords. Students will work on playing common chord progressions using I-IV-V chords in at least 3 different keys. Various strumming patterns and picking styles will also be introduced.  Students will work at their own pace and be expected to perform at an end-of-semester recital.

Teacher: 
Nicole Truitt
nicole.truitt@dysart.org

Performances: 
December Showcase 
May Production
District Festival of Choirs
District Honor Choir Festival
Arizona County Fair
Other smaller performances include Literacy Night, Math Night, Kindergarten Showcase, and Caroling at retirement homes.

Clubs: 
Choir and Keyboard clubs meet before school

Potential Field Trips and Expert Visits: 
Caroling at Sun Village; Phoenix Youth Symphony Music Memory Program; Phoenix Chamber Music Society; Phoenix Symphony; Phoenix Boys Choir; Professional Composer
 

Student's dancing in performanceDance

Program Overview: The dance program embraces the philosophy of "Dance as an Art". Our focus will be to express dance through the various styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Hip-Hop. The students will be challenged with incorporating the core contents in dance. They will do so by documenting their progress in a journal, utilizing anatomy to understand their bodies, providing research about the history in dance, and learning the importance of the five elements that make up dance. This year I plan to set a goal for my classes. The goal is to have each individual student gain the knowledge of dance through their own creative touch.


Teacher: Ms. Cruz


Performances:
Winter Showcase - December 2019
Spring Showcase  -May 2020
 

Student playing violinOrchestra

Program Overview: 
Orchestra at West Point begins with violin in the 4th grade, and the Advanced Orchestra has 6th-8th graders with two to five years of instrumental experience. Orchestra instruments are violin, viola, cello and string bass.

Teacher: 


Recent Performances: 
Winter and Spring concerts, Holiday concert at Sun Village, School Board performances, ABODA Orchestra Festival (judged performance), All-State Honor Orchestra, Regional Solo & Ensemble festival, Maricopa County Fair.

Clubs: 
Band Club includes string players and meets before school twice per week.

Recent Field Trips and Expert Visits: 
Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Ballet, Phoenix Youth Symphony, Sun Village, Orchestra Festival, All-State Honor Orchestra, County Fair; World-renown musicians perform for us and work directly with our students (in person and via the internet).
 

Physical Education


Program Overview:

Physical Education Class:  Focuses on teaching the students the benefits of skill related fitness and health related fitness through physical activity.  

Additional Opportunities:  Baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball,  flag football and girls volleyball are provided to all 7th and 8th grade students at West Point Elementary.