Art

St. John the Baptist Catholic School’s curriculum is based on the school’s mission, philosophies, and Minnesota Standards.

Students in the early grades are encouraged to

  • Experiment with a variety of tools, materials, and processes as a means of expression. Sharing ideas and discovery is encouraged.
  • Learn coordination of hand and mind to enhance communication of their ideas.
  • Develop observational skills while developing the ability to describe, interpret, evaluate, and respond to work in the visual arts.

Through examination of their own work, and that of other people, times and places, students discover the essence of artwork and appraise its value and purpose.

The middle school student is:

  • Expected to demonstrate higher levels of the expected skills and knowledge through increasingly complex art works.
  • Given an opportunity for more sophisticated responses to works of art.
  • Provided art experiences with unique outlets for creative self-expression and communication.

The middle school art curriculum enriches the student artist’s personal experience as awareness of their world and other times and cultures are increased, creativity and originality is encouraged, and criteria for judging art are identified.

The concept of sketchbook is developed further as a tool for self-assessment, recording ideas, note-taking, preplanning, record-keeping and developing opinions and judgments about artistic questions.

K-5 Music

St. John the Baptist Catholic School’s curriculum is based on the school’s mission, philosophies, and Minnesota Standards.

Kindergarten: Students will learn basic musical elements of expression, tone color, duration, pitch, design, and style through listening, basic Kodaly melodic and rhythmic notation, singing in tune, games, movement, dance and playing classroom instruments. Students will showcase these skills with a concert performance in the spring.

First Grade: Students will expound on basic musical elements of expression, tone color, duration, pitch, design and style through listening, visual identification of orchestral and classroom instruments, continued advancement in Kodaly melodic and rhythmic notation and performance, identification of basic musical symbols and forms, basic improvisation, singing unison in tune, games, movement, body percussion, dance, playing classroom instruments, performance of multi-cultural repertoire, and a study of famous composers. Students will showcase these skills with a concert performance in the spring.

Second Grade: Students will be proficient in basic musical elements of expression, tone color, duration, pitch, design and style through listening, continued progression of Kodaly melodic and rhythmic notation and performance, introduction of basic traditional identification of musical notes, symbols and forms, aural identification of orchestral and classroom instruments and their families, improvisation, continued development of healthy vocal technique and unison singing, games, movement and dance, body percussion, playing classroom instruments, learning music and dance of various cultures, and a study of select composers and their respective styles. Students will showcase these skills with a concert performance in December.

Third Grade: Students will continue to increase proficiency of musical elements to include visual and aural recognition of expression, tone color, duration, pitch, design and style, through listening, continued adaptation of Kodaly melodic and rhythmic notation and performance to traditional methods, continued development of healthy vocal technique, the introduction of part singing through rounds and canons, games, movement, dance, body percussion, increased proficiency in playing classroom instruments, playing the recorder, improvisation, increased knowledge and awareness of music and dance from diverse cultures, and a continued study of past and present composers and their styles. Students will showcase these skills with a concert performance in December.

Fourth Grade: Students will continue to increase their visual, aural and physical proficiency of musical elements of expression, tone color, duration, pitch, design and style through listening, integrating Kodaly melodic and rhythmic notation and performance with traditional methods, understanding and performing more complex rhythmic patterns, continued advancement of part-singing through canons and partner songs, increased proficiency in playing classroom instruments and the recorder, individual and group improvisation and composition, games, movement, dance, body percussion and aural recognition of musical style and composers. Students will showcase these skills with a concert performance in the spring.

Fifth Grade: Students will continue to increase their visual, aural and physical proficiency of musical elements of expression, tone color, duration, pitch, design and style through listening, continued integration of Kodaly melodic and rhythmic notation with traditional reading, increased use of complex rhythmic patterns to include syncopation, continued advancement of part-singing to include canons, partner songs, counter melodies and 2 part harmonies, increased proficiency in playing classroom instruments as a solo and ensemble, continued advancement of individual and group improvisation and composition, aural recognition of major and minor tonalities, dance, movement , body percussions, and continued aural recognition and performance of multi-cultural music and traditional Western music. Students will showcase these skills with a concert performance in December.

***A goal to encompass all grades will be to organize an Orchestra field trip for grades on a semi-annual basis.

K-8 Physical Education

St. John the Baptist Catholic School’s curriculum is based on the school’s mission, philosophies, and Minnesota Standards.

Physical Education at St. John the Baptist Catholic School provides a positive, safe learning environment for all students. We teach a variety of physical activities that make physical education class fun and enjoyable. Students are given opportunities to be successful in activities. We promote student honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship. We try to guide students into becoming skillful and confident movers along with developing and maintaining fitness. The activities used in classes give students the opportunities to succeed in cooperative and competitive situations. At all age levels we provide specific, constructive feedback to help students master motor skills, practice skills and be active for a lifetime.