The music program at Cottonwood
Creek follows the Colorado State and Cherry Creek Standards for Music
Education. All students at Cottonwood
Creek participate in a comprehensive music program that includes singing,
dancing, instrument playing, listening and music reading.
Students in grades 3-5 play
recorders in music class. 4th and 5th graders
participate in the Recorder Karate program. As students demonstrate proficiency, they
earn “belt” rankings advancing from white belt to black belt and beyond.
Each grade level also performs
in a musical production each year. For the 2011-2012 school year the
productions will be:
- Kindergarten – Continuation Day
- First Grade - “Squirm”
- Second Grade - “The Heart of America”
- Third Grade - TBA
- Fourth Grade - TBA
- Fifth Grade - Continuation Day
In addition, the
Cottonwood Choir will perform a winter concert and a spring concert.
Students also have
opportunities in before and after school programs to further their musical skills
in band and choir.
“Let music never die in me! Forever let my spirit sing!
Wherever emptiness is found, let there be joy and glorious sound.” –Joseph
Dawn Thompson, Art
Here at Cottonwood Creek
Elementary the exploration of visual arts and design
processes is about invention, creation, and innovation. Building on the
development of ideas through a process of inquiry, discovery, and research
leads to the creation of works of art, whether using traditional
materials or the latest technologies. Studying art and design at
Cottonwood Creek involves inquiry, posing and solving problems, perseverance,
re-purposing, taking risks, inspiring, and most of all, having fun.
Matt Mundy, Physical Education
“Physical education is the beginning of the lifelong learning
process in which schools teach children how to live as active,
healthy adults with both active bodies and active minds.” PE4life
A quality Physical Education program incorporates all aspects of movement skills, physical fitness and personal wellness. This includes the five components of physical fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio respiratory endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Cottonwood Creek’s Physical Education program encourages every student to benefit and succeed, regardless of his/her ability or experience. We use a skills based approach in to teach locomotor, manipulative and stability skills that will set the students up for success in activities and sports. Students will work cooperatively with others, developing a sense of fair play and sportsmanship. Active participation will in turn promote the students to carry on a healthy lifestyle.