The focus is on developing imagination, creativity, teamwork and sparking children's interest in thinking of and presenting ideas. Teams are formed at the beginning of each year.
4th & 5th Grade Students are invited to apply for various jobs around the school. These jobs help our students develop a sense of pride and belonging, as well as providing a service to our school. Some jobs include flag raiser, green team recyclers, teacher assistant, assembly crew, just to name a few.
When a staff member sees a Green Mountain student doing something positive, they may give them an ICU slip (meaning ‘I See You’ being a good citizen). An ICU can be given to any student by any staff member (particularly if it’s tied to the Green Mountain ABCs).
Each week there is a drawing in each classroom where names of winners are read during our morning announcements. Along with the school wide recognition, the PTA sponsors a free ice cream treat for each winner.
4th & and 5th grade students are eligible for the school Safety Patrol Program. Training and parent permission is required. Students must conduct themselves in a responsible manner to serve.
Our Green Mountain Library is truly the “heart of the school”. It houses books that help student and staff members alike. It is important for us to keep these materials in good condition and in order, so we all find what we need quickly. Page Masters are responsible for shelving the books for their section, dusting their shelves, and making sure books are in the correct order and that their shelves are in tip top shape. They also need to have a good attitude, and cooperate with fellow students and teachers. Page Master’s time in the library is NOT an indoor recess, but an opportunity for them to develop and practice “on the job” work skills while they help serve the people in our school.
Green Mountain Band
All our district elementary schools offer a band program and students can begin playing in the school band at the start of their fifth grade year. At the beginning of the school year, your child will have the opportunity to explore and play various band instruments.
Qualified music teachers will assist them through this process. Band instruments, which they can play, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion instruments. If your child wishes to play percussion, they must have had at least two years of piano experience from a private instructor, and please note that the percussion section will be capped off at three student’s total. Elementary band meets each day for 30 minutes during the school day. Typically, there are four concerts during the school year.
5th Grade Beginning Band
This is where all the fun begins! Students will develop their music reading skills and apply them to a band instrument! Students choose (with Mrs. Morgan’s help) between flute, clarinet, trumpet, and trombone/baritone. Each student will have a chance to play the instruments and see a demonstration performed by a professional before a decision is made. Students will learn how to make a sound, learn how to read music, and learn how to play in a group with different instruments!
- Essential Elements 2000 (for 5th grade band)
- Instrument Pencil with eraser
- Clarinets and Saxes need a minimum of 3 reeds and cork grease
- Trumpets and tubas must have valve oil
- Trombones need slide oil or slide cream
Students are expected to bring their books and instruments to class every day. They are expected to take part in the rehearsal process, respect peers’ perspectives, and participate in any other activities designed to further knowledge of the literature or a musical concept. Assignments will include competencies, practice reports, quizzes and homework. Practice sheets will be due at the end of the quarter. Concerts are mandatory participation, unless there is a family emergency.
The Green Mountain band program is a yearlong class. If parents or students want to quit the class halfway through the year, There is a process to go through. Ms. Thomas must be contacted, a meeting must be set up and a thorough discussion of why the student or parent wants to be pulled from band. Then a collective decision will be made with the consent of Ms. Thomas and Principal Rogers. If the decision of the student after the meeting is to quit, the student’s elementary grade will be reflected as a no credit for the rest of the year unless otherwise specified by Ms. Thomas or Principal Rogers.
PLEASE ALSO KNOW STUDENTS WILL NOT CHANGE INSTRUMENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR Any change of instrument will be up to Ms. Thomas’s discretion and discussed with the parent and student if this option will help the student be more successful on his/her instrument For a more detailed information, please refer to Ms. Thomas’s 2015-16 Email –Liam@ckschools.org
Our chorus program is held one day a week. Fourth and fifth grade students are eligible to participate. Please contact Mr. Dahl, our Chorus Director, for more details. Phone – 360-662-8716, email - GARYD@ckschools.org