Students travel to specials each day with their class on a rotating basis. They come to Art, Music, Physical Education, Media/Steam and Science each week.
Hello from the Art Department!
My name is Carol Mason; I graduated from UNCG with my BFA in Art Education and have been teaching Art since 2005.
Kindergarten through 5th grade Art classes offer individualized, differentiated and whole group instruction that help to insure every student's personal success in Art. Multicultural and cross-curricular projects encourage creative exploration and teach students to use of a wide variety of media. Art helps with mind and body focus, hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills that aid additional areas like Math, History, Language Arts and Science. Art Education helps to build self esteem and provide every child with a healthy outlet to communicate and express personal feelings and views of the world around them.
The PGE Art Dept. as well as WSFCS provides multiple opportunities through local art displays, exhibitions, events and contests to celebrate our student's artistic achievements.
I enjoy sharing my love of the arts and help children to find their artistic voice. I'm so grateful to be a part of this wonderful school community!
Hello from the Music Department.
My name is Denette Staley, and I’ve been teaching music since 1992 and have had the wonderful opportunity to be at Piney Grove since the beginning of my teaching career.
Music at Piney Grove consists of group and individual learning experiences where rhythm , dynamics, harmony, texture and timbre are experienced through movement and dance, singing, playing instruments, games, and other various learning activities. Students are also offered the opportunity to join chorus in fourth and fifth grades and begin learning recorder in third grade.
The goal of music education at Piney Grove is to help grow and develop a love of music and music making in each student, and to encourage each child to appreciate a variety of music and musical experiences throughout life.
Hello from the Piney Grove P.E. Department!
My name is Kaylie Fox and I began my teaching career 2018 at Piney Grove. I recently graduated from HPU with a degree in Health and Physical Education and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work, learn and grow as a teacher here at Piney Grove. My teaching approach is to help every student to practice and maintain a healthy active lifestyle.
Kindergarten through fifth grade students enjoy learning a variety of games that teach team work and collaboration, locomotor skills, as well developing personal goals for improvement in these areas.
P.E. provides fun events throughout the year our students look forward to: Tae KwonDo, Jump Rope For Heart and Field Day. Thanks to the PTA, students and staff for welcoming me as a Piney Grove Panda, I'm excited to be a part of this school community!
A Message from your Media Specialist
My name is Stephanie Epperley, and I am the Media Coordinator/technology facilitator at Piney Grove. I'm fortunate to work with Beth Secrest, the Media Assistant, to collaborate on engaging lessons for information studies, reading promotion and STEAM activities. I have a Master's in Library and Information Science from UNCG and am National Board Certified. This is my 18th year as an elementary school media coordinator and I love being part of the Piney Grove Panda family!
Science is everywhere!
Piney Grove has its own Science Lab and Science Specialist, Bonnie Adams. Students in K-5 visit the Science classroom once a week to engage in many different activities to increase their knowledge of the world around them as well as increase their growth in Science literacy. Activities could take place in the Science Lab or classroom, at the Koi Pond, at our weather station, on the nature trail, at the greenhouse, in the garden area, or anywhere on our Wild Site. All lessons are guided and developed with the NC Science Essential Standards as a focus. Collaboration between the Science Specialist and classroom teachers guarantee a learning experience based on needs as well as hands-on enrichment.
Each year, Piney Grove students and staff team up with Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful to support projects that help clean and beautify our natural world. Participation in Big Sweep, Greater Winston-Salem Clean-Up, Bulb Blitz, and the Clean and Green Contest helped our school earn an Excellence Award and plaque for Most Creative Projects. In addition, Piney Grove proudly flies the Clean and Green flag.
Two other projects that are a part of our Science program are Science Fair and Science Day or Night. Our goal is for all students to develop an understanding of the Scientific Method through research and hands-on experiences. Students have one year to complete a Science Fair Project, and then all projects are due to the school in early December for judging. In early January, the first place winner in K-2 and the first and second place winners in 3-5 continue to the county competition with hopes of making it to regional, state, or national. Piney Grove also has either a Science Day or a Science Night which is a fun Science filled day or evening with a wide range of topic areas. Teachers and outside sources offer engaging activities that are open to all students and their families.
If you have a love for Science, then PGE is where you need to be. From the quirky behaviors of the numerous animals in the Science classroom to the sometimes loud and messy experiments, there's Science excitement at the Grove!