Lawton has a long tradition of offering the arts to our students with regular assemblies and workshops, school events and artist-in residence programs. Programs are funded by the PTA, and are woven into the curriculum by Lawton teachers. Some highlights include the following:
In addition to our full time music teacher, instrumental music class is also provided for our 4th and 5th graders. The 5th graders will have a spring opera workshop.
Visiting artists provide workshops in mixed media, clay, ceramics and watercolor, augmenting the visual arts curriculum already provided by the creative Lawton staff.
Each year, visiting authors work with our students to build on our Young Authors writing program. In 2007-2008, Lawton expanded its writing program, and the visiting poets offered poetry workshops in the spring.
Lawton’s World Cultures Program is an exciting learning opportunity for the whole community. The staff is excited about this opportunity and has decided to modify the format this year in order to align with the social studies curriculum in the intermediate grades, 3rd through 5th grade.
The 2012 Word Cultures unit will pilot a new and exciting plan. Each grade band will study a different region. The teachers within that grade band will collaborate and determine what areas of study and focus within that region. The intermediate students will study different regions and analyze aspects of government, culture as well as learning what made the United States the melting pot by comparing/contrasting governments in a specific region, studying immigration and comparing/contrasting cultural elements. The K-2 classes will continue to learn about different regions by examining the different aspects of the culture, geography, biology and language.
Kindergarten will focus on South Americ
First grade will focus on Asia
Second grade will focus on Australia and the South Pacific
Third grade will focus on North America
Fourth grade will focus on Europe
Fifth grade will focus on Africa
The goal of the program is still for students to have “traveled the world” by 5th grade. World Cultures caps off with a week-long celebration, culminating with a “World’s Fair” festival, where visitors are whisked abroad and classrooms are transformed into exotic locales. Since 2004, we’ve gone to Asia, Africa, Latin America, South America, Australia, the Pacific Island nations, Antarctica and Europe.
You are invited to view the recently created video celebrating the success of Lawton’s World Cultures program, which started in 2004. Material was collected* from the residencies in 2010 while the school was studying Africa. Our staff will utilize the video for training, sharing and furthering the program with the educational community. We hope you enjoy it! You can view the video link by clicking here.
*Special thanks go to: Kevin Cruff, a local professional photographer and videographer for his tireless efforts in putting this together; Susan Ewbank for help with development and her exceptional photography; Lawton staff, parents and students for all of their contributions with development and content. The PTA would also like to thank Alison Grevstad for her work on this project.
Each year, the PTA Enrichment Committee sponsors and coordinates visits by each classroom to the Discovery Park Outdoor Education program.
Science Week and Fair
Staff, students and families work together to have a week-long celebration of scientific study.
A returning favorite, Gaylen Suave, (a.k.a. the “Dance Dude”) taught line and updated folk dancing to our students this fall, and visiting artists often offer dance as part of our World Cultures curriculum.