Music & Art
At Meredith-Dunn we recognize the importance of a fine arts curriculum. At least once per week our students are involved in music and art classes. These classes expose students to various types of music, art forms, and history. Student accomplishments are highlighted in various productions and art shows throughout the school year.
Each week Meredith-Dunn students spend time in our school library. Based on their grade level, students are involved in read-alouds and special projects. Older students will develop research skills. Various media will be introduced and a diverse selection of books are available for check-out.
Students in grades K – 4 receive iPads and students in grades 5 -8 receive Chromebooks loaded with programs and applications that coincide with our teaching practices. Every week all students visit the computer lab where they have the advantage of access to a variety of experiences involving basic computer skills, the understanding of various programs and applications, as well as, learning to utilize assistive technology. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) lessons are integrated into classroom activities under the supervision of an experienced teacher. Our classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and classroom amplifying surround sound systems. Our computer lab is equipped with 3D printers.
Computer instruction consists of a self-paced, interactive curriculum that engages students while they are learning critical technology skills such as keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets and presentation skills. Students learn about internet research to gather, evaluate and use information. Internet safety and digital citizenship is also a part of the curriculum.
Meredith-Dunn School has a 1:1 device program. First through Fourth grade students are supplied an ipad, keyboard and stylus. Fifth through 8th graders are provided a chromebook. We have a television station where 8th grade students produce the morning announcement program and then show a movement activity called SmartMoves.
Using iPads or Chromebooks, students apply existing knowledge to plan and conduct research, manage projects and produce original work. Students communicate and work collaboratively using a variety of apps that help them think critically and solve problems using logic and reasoning skills.
Specialized instructional programs such as HearBuilder, Learning Ally and Bookshare are used to support a variety of reading needs of our students by promoting phonological awareness and auditory memory.
Each classroom is equipped with a surround sound classroom amplification system to promote students’ reception of auditory material, as well as an interactive projector and television to enhance the visual teaching environment.
Our gymnasium is equipped with state of the art light, sound and video systems to support our students in talent shows, musical and drama performances.