Students in grades 1-4 attend Physical Education class two times each week for thirty minutes at a time. Kindergarten students attend Physical Education once each week for thirty minutes. During Physical Education classes, children are very active. They learn the importance of movement and work on many different developmentally appropriate activities to improve fitness, coordination and to have fun. A significant part of our Physical Education curriculum also focuses on fitness and nutrition. Students are always encouraged to wear or bring tennis shoes to school on Physical Education days so they can all participate fully and safely in all activities in the gymnasium.
Students in grades 1-4 attend Art class one time each week for sixty minutes at a time. Kindergarten students attend Art once each week for thirty minutes. While in Art class children not only produce pieces of their own art, but they learn many different art concepts and explore the works of famous artists. Each spring, pieces of art created by Whitehouse students are displayed at our District Art Show and Music Festival. You can also find selected pieces of student art on display throughout the building and in our Whitehouse Gallery as you enter the building.
Students in grades 1-4 attend Music class two times each week for thirty minutes at a time. Kindergarten students attend Music once each week for thirty minutes. While in Music class students sing, study and play music, dance, move, and explore many musical concepts. Students in grades 1-4 also have the opportunity to present a music program to their fellow students during the school day and to parents and family members in the evening. Students in third and fourth grade also have the extra opportunity to participate in ensemble after school if interested.
Whitehouse Media Center:
Students in all grades visit the media center once each week for thirty minutes. During this time they have an opportunity to check out books, hear stories, work on computers available in the media center and READ!!
One of the exciting features of our media center is our AR program. AR stands for Accelerated Reader. Accelerate Reader is a computer program that assesses what a child has remembered from what they read. Many of the teachers in the building establish quarterly reading goals for their students and students work toward those goals by correctly answering questions on AR quizzes. Every time the children come to the library they have the opportunity to check out books with an AR label on the spine. These books are tagged by their difficulty so that each child may select books at his/her reading level.
AR books are available in the library. Many are also available in classrooms. Each year, thanks to our Parent Club, the school purchases AR tests to add to our collection. Be sure to check out the list of all AR tests currently available, which is located in the tab next to Special Areas on the website.