Teacher: Mr. Adam Mitchell
In Music at Cash, all students have the opportunity to experience and make music together. Students work together to develop a strong foundation in singing, folk dance, playing instruments, reading music, and acting through music. In addition to this, students at all levels will have the opportunity to perform for their parents and peers at least once during the year. We also have a 4th and 5th grade Cougar Chorus that meets before school.
Like regular movement, many studies have demonstrated the effect participating in music has on learning, memory, productivity, energy, and general overall happiness.
I love music, and I love making music. My goal is to foster a lifelong love and appreciation of music through sharing it with students and making music together, and through being a strong, positive role model. At the end of the day, I want to light a spark in each of our students so that they use it to shine as lifelong musicians.
In kindergarten, students work to develop an understanding of pitch and rhythm. We explore different ways we can make music, and often make music through play. Students work to develop an understanding of how to use their voices, and how to sing in a healthy way. Students also learn to read music using rhythmic patterns of quarter notes and quarter rests.
In 1st grade, students continue to work on developing and expanding their sense of pitch and rhythm through experiencing and making music. We begin to study parts of the tritonic scale as well as reading music that uses eighth notes, quarter notes, and quarter rests. In first grade, students begin to accompany their singing on our classroom percussion orchestra.
In 2nd grade, students continue their journey into pitch and rhythm through singing and reading music that uses the pentatonic scale. Students also begin to compose their own rhythmic patterns to perform on rhythm instruments. They continue to accompany their singing on our classroom percussion orchestra to give students the experience of playing music as an ensemble.
In 3rd grade, students continue to work toward building solid a vocal and instrumental foundation through performing and experiencing music from diverse cultures and trough reading and playing melodies using the diatonic scale. Students also begin to work on responding to the gestures of a conductor when singing and playing instruments to perform as a group. Students will have the opportunity to audition for Cougar Chorus at the end of the school year.
In 4th grade, students will learn to play music on the recorder. A recorder is a small, woodwind instrument that is the ancestor of the modern flute. It is a wonderful tool to help students learn to read music, work on musicianship, and prepare to possibly play in band in middle and high school and beyond. Students will work to develop foundational woodwind and brass techniques as they play their recorders, and have the opportunity to incorporate recorder playing into performances with the classroom percussion orchestra. Students will also learn to read music on the treble clef staff to learn to play their recorder music, and get to experience singing and playing harmony in two parts. At the end of the year, students get to learn about North Carolina Jugband music. They will make their own wash boards and learn to play the spoons as they perform traditional Appalachian Folk Songs. Fourth Graders also have the opportunity to participate in Cougar Chorus and audition for North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus.
By 5th Grade, students have experienced what it is like to perform as a band, a chorus, and as an orchestra. Students work on responding to conductor gestures as an ensemble, and on applying the techniques they have learned to perform as an ensemble. Fifth grade also continues to work on reading music and interpreting musical score, as well as training their ears to recognize rhythmic and melodic patterns and the sounds of instruments from the brass, woodwind, string, and percussion families. In February, fifth graders will get to go on a field trip where they get to sing along with the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra. The goal at the end of fifth grade is to foster a love of music through performance and to prepare and inform students who wish to pursue making music beyond the elementary school setting. Fifth Graders also have the opportunity to participate in Cougar Chorus, audition for North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus, or participate in Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools All-County Chorus.
Cougar Chorus is a special learning environment designed to provide a rich and rewarding musical experience for each child. The children will study and perform a variety of music from simple unison folk songs to contemporary musical literature. Our mission as a chorus is to encourage our students’ many gifts and talents as people from diverse backgrounds to raise our voices together in harmony and to give the gift of music back to the community by singing, learning and performing beautiful music together.
Students in 4th and 5th grades will have the opportunity to participate in chorus. Rising 4th and 5th graders may audition to be a part of Cougar Chorus at the end of their 3rd or 4th grade years, and current 4th and 5th graders have the opportunity to audition at the beginning of the year. If your child is interested in Cougar Chorus, I will give them more information as we approach audition times. Cougar Chorus performs at various times and venues throughout the school year. Performance appearances for the 2019-20 school year will include the Kernersville Christmas Stocking benefit concert, the Cash Elementary Holiday Sing-a-long, a potential Wake Forest Basketball national anthem sing, the Cash Elementary Spring Concert, and the 3rd annual Kernersville Junior Choral Festival.
The North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus is a group of approximately 150 students who are chosen from across North Carolina to perform at the NCMEA Conference each year. The purpose of this Honors Chorus is to provide students with the opportunity to develop their abilities to the greatest possible extent. Teachers who are members of NCMEA are permitted to send in auditions from six of their students. Adjudicators are hired to select the members of the Honors Chorus. Teachers then work with their students in preparation for the concert and students spend the day before the concert working with the clinician. Participating in the North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus is very rewarding for teachers, students and their families. Candidates to audition are identified during the chorus audition process and selected at the end of May for the following year.
Teacher: Mrs. LaShonda Saddler
- Students will be introduced to computers and practice placing their hands in the home position on the keyboard to establish proper keyboarding skills. Students will learn where numbers and letters are located on the keyboard, how to open programs, type in specific website addresses and add addresses to their favorites. Students will be exposed to Microsoft Paint, Microsoft Word and age appropriate online educational websites.
First and Second Grade:
- We will expand basic computer skills and how Microsoft Word and PowerPoint can be used with specific classroom assignments.
Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade:
- Our students will focus on Microsoft Office Programs: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The programs will be integrated with their classroom work to show how technology can be used to enhance their studies.
We encourage all of our students to practice proper keyboarding at home with a goal of enhancing speed and accuracy.
Teacher: Mr. Joshua Thompson
In Physical Education, all students benefit from learning skills at different levels, participation in a variety of lifetime activities, and learning how to keep their bodies healthy and strong.
Our students work at their own level so that every child is successful. At Cash Elementary we want to expose the students to a variety of physical activities and sports that they can pursue throughout their lives as an avenue for a healthy lifestyle. Our goal is to motivate the students to become regularly physically active.
Several studies have demonstrated the effect of exercise on learning, memory, productivity, energy, and general overall happiness.
Our ultimate goal is to instill a love for movement by teaching lifetime activities and by being a positive role model.
Teacher: Mrs. Kristine Beam
My role as an art educator is to promote a positive and creative environment where students can develop both their intellectual capabilities and their capacity to express their ideas, imaginations and feelings visually.
My mission is to ground my students with a strong visual arts foundation which includes knowledge and understanding of the elements of art, the principles of design, art appreciation, visual awareness, self-expression and reflective criticism.
To this end, I encourage students to become actively involved in the artistic process, and thru studying art, they can come to a greater understanding and appreciation of the diverse histories, cultures, ideals, and viewpoints of the people who make art.
My goal for each art project that I teach is to show my students that with some hard work and dedication, they can create and do amazing things!