The main focus of THS’s music program is to introduce all students to the love and enjoyment of music with the hope of instilling a life-long desire to continue to grow musically.
Students learn the main musical elements of music history and theory. This includes melody, rhythm, form, harmony, and tone color. The Kodály concept of teaching music is implemented with all kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Kodály is an experience-based approach to teaching music that recognizes the voice as the most natural instrument and one which every person possesses; therefore, learning through singing precedes instrumental training. Using the Orff Schulwerk method, instruments are introduced beginning with the use of xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels as well as other percussion instruments. Students in grades 6-8 elect to participate in Beginning Band or Chorus.
Yearly music program highlights include an all-school Winter Celebration held in December, a spring musical in March, and an end-of-year music showcase assembly. This year’s spring musical is James and the Giant Peach.
The art program at THS has three main goals. The first is to encourage our students to express themselves creatively within the context of specific projects. The second goal is to expose our students to a wide variety of materials, techniques, and disciplines. The third goal is to introduce artist’s works from geographically and ethnically diverse groups and provide students with a sense of the history of art within the context of their own artwork.
Studies indicate that children who learn a second language show greater cognitive development in such areas as mental flexibility, creativity, divergent thinking and higher order thinking skills. By offering our students Mandarin, Spanish and English, THS provides instruction in languages economically, politically and culturally important in the 21st Century.
The Spanish program is designed for students to develop communicative competency in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and the Latin culture. The progression is gradual and linguistically appropriate for all ages. As students progress through the program, they are encouraged to take linguistic risks, be vulnerable, and use their intuition. Differentiated instruction complements various learning styles, abilities and language backgrounds. Our Spanish program is aligned with the National K-12 Foreign Language Standards. Our goal is to thoroughly prepare our students for a strong fundamental background in Spanish I.
Students are introduced to the phonetic system of modern, standard Mandarin Chinese, including pin yin, transliteration, and tones. Students learn to recognize characters and sentence patterns as they develop listening and speaking skills, communicating about themselves and their environment using sentences containing basic language structures. Activities to practice oral and aural skills include dialogue, interviews, surveys, presentations of poems, songs and traditional games. Throughout the program, students will gain insight into China’s diverse cultures and customs.
THS recognizes the critical importance of place-based, experiential learning. For this reason, the School offers optional, extracurricular international trips to Spanish and Mandarin-speaking countries to enhance our student’s understanding of world languages and cultures.
Our international trips have included travel to Costa Rica, China, and Spain.
Our goal in physical education is to build conceptual knowledge of physiology, food, exercise, teamwork and motor skills while fulfilling the needs of the individual for lifelong health and wellness. Self-responsibility, positive social interaction, and the strengthening of self-confidence are all developed within the dynamics of teamwork.
Students Learn to:
- Demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
- Understand movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to learning and performance of team activities.
- Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
- Exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity.
- Value physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.
The Garden at THS is a place to learn, play and connect with nature. Working with our Garden Coordinator and parent volunteers, students get the opportunity to plant, work, harvest and prepare healthy delicious food. When in season, the students harvest and prepare salads to serve at lunch, make smoothies using produce from the garden and learn about new fresh and healthy foods. The garden provides an environment for hands-on learning and teaches valuable concepts and skills that integrate with several subjects and educational goals, including personal and social responsibility and building community. Most important, it is a place to have fun!