- Benchmark Advance
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- Over 900 computers networked throughout the Fenton campus establish a student to computer ratio of two computers for every five students in kindergarten and first grades; ratio of 1:2 in second grade, and a 1:1 ratio in all third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms.
- Laptop computers on loan to all Fenton teachers dock at custom-made workstations in every classroom for access to the school's DS3 line.
- All teacher work stations connect to a 4,500 lumen ceiling-mounted video projection unit which project the teacher's laptop, document camera, DVD or VCR player on to six by eight foot retractable screen, accessible through a switch at the teacher station.
- A voice amplification system in every classroom which includes a wireless headset for the teacher and handheld microphone for student use.
- Video conferencing accessible in every classroom.
- All third, fourth and fifth grade classroom have a one-computer-per-student configuration. Computers are recessed under custom-designed glass-top desks and connected to the school's network providing access to standards-aligned software as well as DS3 line for Internet access.
- All classrooms and offices have telephones with voice mail, and each room and office is connected to a school-wide intercom system.
Using the Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools as the basis of instruction, physical education will continue to be scheduled for all grade levels to include 100 minutes of physical education every ten school days as per state guidelines. Specific skills and activities will continue to be planned by teachers, supervised by administrators, and implemented by paraprofessionals.
To support the goals of maintaining and improving the physical, mental, and overall well being of all students, in addition to the continued implementation of the physical education standards, the Charter School has developed Wellness Policies on Physical Activity and Nutrition according to federal guidelines. The plan promotes healthy food choices throughout the school day, active physical participation by all students, and holds all stakeholders responsible for insuring that the full intent of the guidelines are met.
Visual and Performing Arts
The visual arts program at Fenton Avenue Charter School and Fenton Primary Center is based on a blending of the California State Content Standards for the Visual Arts with all other curricular areas. The Charter School’s program emphasizes the integration and development of strategies to reinforce content instruction through a corresponding visual arts strand. The objective is to increase student awareness of how creative thinking and problem solving in art enhance learning in all areas. The visual arts program establishes an environment for the students to learn to live their lives creatively.
A variety of art techniques and mediums are explored. New media (technology) is balanced with the traditional arts. Learning the skills, processes, materials and tools for both is imperative. Students will be the new artists of the new millennium and success will require a strong foundation in both new and traditional media.
The classroom teacher will continue to provide art instruction to all students once a week. Lessons have been designed to address the skills and abilities to be mastered at each grade level based on the five strands of the Visual Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools:
- Artistic Perception
- Creative Expression
- Historical and Cultural Context
- Aesthetic Valuing
- Connections, Relationships, Applications
Part-time music teachers will continue to provide music instruction weekly based on the Music Standards for California Public Schools. Beginning in grade 3, and continuing through grade 5, students will continue to learn to read music and play a beginning wind instrument (recorder).
Reflecting the Charter School’s belief in “how learning best occurs,” the Charter School will continue its commitment to arts education:
“Arts education offers students the opportunity to envision, set goals, determine a method to reach a goal and try it out, identify alternatives, evaluate, revise, solve problems, imagine, work collaboratively, and apply self-discipline. As they study and create in the arts, students use the potential of the human mind to its full and unique capacity.”
The History-Social Science curriculum is based on the Content Standards for California Public Schools. The Charter School will continue to utilize the 2006 adoption Reflections by Harcourt School Publishers to implement the course of study for each grade level:
- Grade Two: People Who Make a Difference
- Grade Three: Continuity and Change
- Grade Four: California: A Changing State
- Grade Five: United States History and Geography: Making a New Nation