Research shows that the best way to learn science is by doing science. FOSS (Full Option Science System) has been adopted by the SMFCSD to put the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into practice by integrating all three dimensions: the Disciplinary Core Ideas, the Science and Engineering Practices, and the Crosscutting Concepts to engage students and teachers in enduring experiences that lead to deeper understanding of the natural and designed world. Located in Room 18, College Park has a full science lab complete with teaching garden and weather station. Ms. Nannette Mahar leads our science effort, running the science lab, setting up experiments, teaching lessons with Mandarin classrooms teachers, and supporting the annual science fair.
Located in Room 24, College Park teachers and parent volunteers off the Art in Action Program. The Art in Action Program provides a high quality, comprehensive K–8 visual art curriculum. Students learn about works of art from cultures around the world, how to look at art using art vocabulary and concepts; and how to express themselves by creating their own unique masterpieces. The unique spiral curriculum—introducing and reinforcing concepts through the 9 program levels—gives students a solid foundation in drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques as well as develop students’ critical-thinking skills, creativity, visual literacy, self-esteem, and an appreciation of other cultures. Ms. Joy Vigil leads our art efforts by setting up materials, teaching lessons with classrooms teachers and supporting the annual art show.
Kinder to Fourth Grades Music for Minors(MforM) is a volunteer organization providing music enrichment programs in pre-school through elementary schools in the San Francisco Bay area of California since 1988. MforM nurtures the love and literacy of music through trained community volunteers and professional music instructors. Children and classroom teachers enthusiastically welcome MforM docents into the classroom for fun-filled, engaging music lessons involving singing/signing songs, rhythmic movement/dance, instrumentation, and listening appreciation.
Fifth Grade Through the generous support of our district Education Foundation and our PTA, all 5th grade students take instrumental or vocal music classes one day per week. Students borrow instruments from school free of charge. Classes lead to a spring concert and are the foundation of more advanced music classes offered at middle school and high school.