Welcome to Integrated

Mrs. Frasca and Mrs. Trongard

What is Integrated?

Welcome to our Integrated class!

We like to think of ourselves as a learning family. We use our three period block in a number of ways, all with the intent to cultivate minds that think about the world they live in a meaningful and well-developed context. The literature we study is carefully chosen to complement and enhance the period the students study in their AP World History class. We examine not just the history or literature of a period, but also the art and music in order to better understand the experience of human beings Ina given time and place.

No event happens in a vacuum, devoid of outside thought or influence, so why should learning? We are currently organizing several field trips to enrich your child's learning experience. These trips are part of the Integrated experience and include written extensions that ask students to articulate their understanding of and reflections on what they have learned. Your children will learn to read and think critically; but more importantly, they will learn to question everything they read, watch or hear. We will use Remind ( a texting app) to keep you apprised and a part of the exciting work your child is part of. Text @intfamily to 81010 to receive updates and look through a window into your child's learning.

Check out the video below. It is a TED Talk that we watched to consider what happens when human beings allow themselves to know only a "single story" of any one place, people or event.

Field Trips

We are currently arranging a few trips for the year. These trips are an integral part of our program, as they ask the students to explore the human output of different periods and movements. We usually go to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Guggenheim. In addition, your children will participate in virtual field trips- assignments that ask them to visit the online collections of some of the world's great museums. Read below to see some of their comments in response to the Met's collection on the Age of Exploration.


We will also be visiting Oceanside's Elementary Schools to build on a program we started last year, bringing Philosophy to children. Check out the video below to see what last year's students said about their experience with the program.

Age of Exploration at the Met

Kristin B. said Sep 16, 2015

The piece of art that most illustrated the time period of the Age of Exploration for me was the Salvator Mundi. This painting includes the two main focuses of society at that time, religion and science. This artwork displays Jesus holding the earth in one hand. This shows the way that explorers felt that Jesus controlled their journey, and they trusted him. Also, shown is two of the most important reasons for exploration: to spread Christianity and to become more knowledgable of the earth that we live on. This painting reflects the attitudes of many people at that time becauseThe piece of art that most illustrated the time period of the Age of Exploration for me was the Salvator Mundi. This painting includes the two main focuses of society at that time, religion and science. This artwork displays Jesus holding the earth in one hand. This shows the way that explorers felt that Jesus controlled their journey, and they trusted him. Also, shown is two of the most important reasons for exploration: to spread Christianity and to become more knowledgeable of the earth that we live on. This painting reflects the attitudes of many people at that time because of the fact that religion played a large role in their lives. It also reflects the connection between the two and shows the way that they believed god controlled the events of the world.


Chelsea B. said Sep 15, 2015


One piece of art that I found most interesting was the celestial globe with clockwork by Gerhard Emmoser. This art helps me contextualize the age of exploration because it portrays their interest and knowledge of the astronomical world. This globe enabled them to know where certain stars and constellations were and it also allowed them to know when specific seasons were occurring. By knowing which season they were in, it allowed them to grow particular crops pertaining to that time of year. By growing particular crops they were able to trade with others based off their
One piece of art that I found most interesting was the celestial globe with clockwork by Gerhard Emmoser. This art helps me contextualize the age of exploration because it portrays their interest and knowledge of the astronomical world. This globe enabled them to know where certain stars and constellations were and it also allowed them to know when specific seasons were occurring. By knowing which season they were in, it allowed them to grow particular crops pertaining to that time of year. By growing particular crops they were able to trade with others based off their trading routes. This art reflects that the people of the age of exploration were big in navigating, farming, and trading and they were able to use their skills for those things because of this advanced technology of the Celestial Globe With Clockwork.


Amaan M. said Sep 15, 2015

I found the Astronomical Table Clock really interesting. Mainly because it had 3 different different systems of counting hours: French, Italian, and Nuremberg. It makes me wonder: why would someone need to count in 3 different ways? It's because during the Age of Exploration, the world was starting to come together and diffuse. It also might show sometimes, things like hours might be counted very differently, showcasing the communication barriers between certain cultures. People wanted to go everywhere on the globe and appeal to as many people as possible.

Philosophy in the Schools

Contact Us

Mrs. Frasca jfrasca@oceansideschools.org 678-8568

Mrs. Trongard ltrongard@oceansideschools.org 678-7534

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