Ancillary Programs

 

At MLA, our students receive physical education 5 days a week.  They also receive Art once a week as well as Multicultural Music twice a week, a program that teaches Spanish as well as multicultural appreciation and awareness through music.  We are currently developing blogs for each of these programs for MLA parents to enjoy.  Below, please find general information about each of our ancillary classes.


 

Art

 MLA prides itself on the uniqueness of its art classes. Students have art for one hour every week.  They are taught more than simply producing two or three dimensional products. Students are exposed to art appreciation (study of Art History) and the concepts that make art a valuable part of society. Our curriculum follows West Virginia Content Standards appropriate for each grade level. Artworks produced during the year are displayed throughout the school, at our annual Art Auction fundraiser, and the MLA Fine Arts night held each April.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Multicultural Music

At MLA, we believe that all children should be exposed to a foreign language and to music at an early age. At MLA, Senora Jen has combined Spanish and music together into a twice-weekly class that teaches both subjects using integrated and creative teaching methods.  Each student receives a CD of songs in Spanish to help them remember vocabulary and phrases.  Songs in English as well as other multicultural songs are also included on the CD.  Students perform three to four times a year for parents.

All students are taught how to play the Irish penny whistle in 2nd grade, and from 3rd grade and up they have the choice to learn instruments such as banjo, guitar, and piano.  As students mature, Senora Jen gives them more choice regarding the songs to sing, which instruments to play, and the orchestration of the songs.  We also have a partnership with the Playing for Change Foundation, an international foundation that promotes peace through music education.  Our MLA students were featured on the Playing for Change website for their work in recording and making a music video for the song United, which they sang in five different languages.  MLA is also proud to be a sister school to the Tintale music program in Nepal.  We are able to write letters back and forth between our students as well as share music, dance, and culture.

Multicultural Music is a lively, hands-on class that is also a lot of fun.  Together, we celebrate diversity of religions and ethnicity while using Spanish as a gateway to understand one language in more depth. Parents are encouraged to bring their musical and linguistic talents to class or to be involved in practice, studio recording, etc.  

 


 

 

Physical Education

MLA has developed the only five-day a week physical education program in Monongalia County. Students are given physical education and/or health instruction daily, helping to produce children who are self-aware, physically fit, and health conscious.  Three times throughout the year, children are tested with FitnessGram for muscular strength and endurance and the results are incorporated into their ISPs.    Since MLA first broke ground in 2000, MLA has completed three phases of development:  the initial school building, a play space that includes multi-age play equipment, and outdoor lunch park, basketball courts, and a gymnasium /multipurpose room.  The next step in MLA's development will be to fence our developed green space as a soccer/game field.

 

Our students have plenty of room to play both inside and outside.