Second Grade Specialist Update

Claxton Elementary

Art Update- Mr. Cassara

  • Foreground, middleground, and background. Fall landscapes in paint, crayon,

and torn paper.

  • Edgar Degas inspired dancers in pastel and paint: lead into their December 4th

field trip to the Nutcracker ballet.

Drama Update- Mrs. Rigsby

We focused on PLOT for the past few months. We dug into the parts of a plot, and that every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. We looked at the story "Where Stories Come From" and imagine what the characters look like, and acted out the story.

Health & PE Update- Coach Swain

Over the break please remember to help your child fill out their Activity Log! One was sent home with your child, but in case you lost it - here is a link to a new copy to print!

Music Update - Mr. Butler

Yankee Doodle Keep It Up!

Younger grades learn about and sing this American standard as we approach Veteran's Day in lessons that integrate history and music. Dating to the American Revolution, Yankee Doodle has fun lyrics with references that help us learn about the birth of our nation.

"Yankee Doodle went to town a-riding on a pony, stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni." Did you know that "macaroni" was originally an Italian word for "fancy?" Hence the fancy noodles that go so well with cheese got their name. The expression was also used for a person who dressed fancy; what we would call a "dandy" in English . Without decent uniforms, especially compared to the British "Red-Coats," the first American soldiers had to resort to a feather in a cap as a uniform of sorts. Really not fancy at all, but good enough for the Yankee Doodle dandy!

2nd Grade Nutcracker and the Mouse King Field Trip

The 2nd grade attended the Asheville Contemporary Dance Company's Nutcracker and the Mouse King at Diana Wortham Theatre on December 4th, a modern dance adaptation of the same story made popular by the Russian composer Tchaikovsky's famous ballet. They learned about Tchaikovsky's wonderful music from the Nutcracker Suite in 2nd grades and other classes as the winter Holidays approach.