New Garden Elementary School teachers challenged the Greenwood Elementary School teachers to a friendly game of basketball. After much practice, it seemed like New Garden Elementary School was destined to win; they even had staff cheerleaders who performed at half time. The game was held on neutral territory and the Kennett Middle School gym was filled to capacity. It was a close game with New Garden Elementary School losing by one point.
As a result of schools being closed because of inclement weather on February 9 and March 14, 2017, the last student day for the 2016-2017 school year will now be Monday, June 12, 2017. Any additional inclement weather days make-up days will be added to the end of the calendar.
Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule Revision
Parent/teacher conferences for kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students on Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17, will be held as scheduled. Those that were canceled on Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15, 2017, will be made up as follows:
Kindergarten and Elementary Schools – Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21, 2017, with kindergarten students dismissed at 12:05 p.m. and elementary students dismissed at 12:30 p.m.
Middle School – Tuesday, March 21, 2017, with students dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 20 will be a full day of school for Kennett Middle School students.
Every year, New Garden Elementary School’s fifth grade students visit the Chester County Technical College High School (CCTCHS). The goal of this visit is to expose the students to the option of the option of attending CCTCHS in the future, and for students to learn about the various programs, as well as the criteria needed to enter the program. It was a very informative day!
New Garden Elementary School’s band is comprised of fourth and fifth grade students who play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. They meet once a cycle in small groups to learn the various aspects of tone production, music literacy, and rhythmic etudes on their instrument. The students begin by learning how to assemble the instrument and advance throughout the year to playing beautiful music! They also take the time to learn the historical importance of the various composers, events during their lives, and connections to other art forms. When concert time is near, the students take all that they have learned in their group lesson and rehearse together as one large ensemble. This gives the young musicians a chance to combine their part with the other instruments in the band to create complex harmonies and rhythms. The musical literature the students explore includes folk, multicultural music, movie soundtracks, and classical arrangements of both traditional band and orchestra composers.
New Garden Elementary School’s orchestra is composed of students in third through fifth grades who play instruments from the string family; violin, viola, cello, and bass. They meet in small groups once per cycle, as well as in a large group ensemble to prepare for concerts. The students begin by learning the basics of sound production on their instrument by establishing the correct right and left hand technique, and then advance to more complex bow strokes and fingering patterns using all the strings. A large emphasis is placed on learning to read music and understanding basic theory skills. The musical repertoire that is used in their development and concerts comes from many genres including classical, American fiddle, mariachi, rock, and movie soundtracks.
New Garden Elementary School’s instrumental program is a year-long commitment with concerts presented in January and May.