The visual arts are a universal language. People from all cultures and across time have used the arts to enhance their lives and communicate ideas. When we admire the mysteriousness of a cave painting, we wonder who created it, how they lived, and what beliefs they had. Even though each culture has expressed itself in a unique way, the common thread of our own humanity runs through all art. The study and the making of art can help us formulate the kinds of questions that enable us to appreciate our culture and that of others. The visual arts play an important role in human development throughout one’s life, paving the way for healthy cognitive and emotional development. The art program at RES contains a multitude of standards and components, which are derived from the SAU48 curriculum, The NH Frameworks for the Arts, and The National Standards for Arts Education.
Health at RES meets once per week for the duration of the school year in grades 1 – 8. Topics covered are consistent with the State of NH Curriculum Guidelines for Health and include: general health & wellness; personal safety; disease prevention; physical fitness & nutrition; alcohol, tobacco & other drugs; mental & social health; and human growth & development. Not all topics are covered in every grade but there is a natural progression of information with most topics spiraled to reinforce previous learning. Besides increasing health knowledge, the ultimate goal of the health program at RES is to improve student wellness. Our hope is that as students progress through the coursework, they will come to appreciate their own bodies’ capabilities & limitations, understand the influence of their behaviors on their health, and choose to make more health-enhancing decisions.
Health is wealth – let’s help it last a lifetime!
At Russell Elementary School we are fortunate to provide out students with access to several forms of technology in order to enhance their educational growth. All of our classrooms have ceiling mounted LCD projectors that work directly with interactive whiteboards. These hands-on interactive learning tools are supported with wireless internet service through the use of teacher and student laptops and iPads. These instruments allow our students to develop critical thinking skills through guided discovery instruction and support from our teaching staff. In addition, students experience the ability to take their education to individual levels of higher understanding and knowledge through the vast informational path of the world web.
Music is an aesthetic art form. It is unique in its ability to combine all areas of study. The Music Program at RES educates every student in music through band, chorus, and general music classes. The framework and standards for these classes are derived from the SAU48 curriculum and the National Standards for Music Education. This program also strives to create community involvement through anual parades, festivals, and concerts.
Physical Education at RES is based on a developmental approach that provides a logical progression in skill and knowledge development from kindergarten to eighth grade.
In Grades K-4, the focus is on gross motor skills and concepts that are explored through the use of a variety of equipment and activities.
In Grades 5-8, the students are encouraged to use and enjoy the skills and knowledge they have developed through group and individual activities with an emphasis on lifetime activities.
Physical Education is taught by a certified teacher, and provides students with a basic understanding of their bodies and insight into their own growth. Children are allowed to participate and succeed at their own level.
The students also participate in the Ski NH 4th Grade Earn Your Turns Program, the Elks National Free Throw Contest, and fitness testing using The President’s Challenge Fitness Test.