A Typical Day
In the morning, children in the elementary grades are greeted by teachers as they walk to their classrooms and get settled for the day, while the students in the middle grades head to their lockers to gather what they need for their first period class before they go to their advisor for announcements and the morning check-in.
As the day unfolds, our Pre-Kindergarten children—who have finished their calendar and weather activities—are listening to their teacher read a story to them as preparation for workboard centers. Kindergarten children are in rotating through four math table activities before they gather their P.E. uniforms and go to P.E. class on the turf field. The first graders are busy with art creations inspired by the work of Frank Stella after completing their dot pattern assessments. The second graders are writing journal entries about what they might see on their field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and head out to study plant life at our organic garden. The third graders, who've just come from singing a two-part harmony in music class, question a visiting park ranger from Point Lobos about the habitats of marine mammals as they touch and hold the samples of furs and bones of local marine life the ranger has brought to the class.
The fourth grade students, who have just finished taking a vocabulary quiz in their Spanish class, have broken up into small literature circle groups and are discussing the latest chapters they have read from the gold rush novel, By the Great Horn Spoon. The fifth graders are busy preparing for their afternoon Multicultural Festival, where they deliver oral presentations about their family history to their parents, the teachers and students in the elementary grades.
Meanwhile in the middle school grades, students are absorbed in a range of projects and activities. In English class, half of the Grade six students are choosing their best poem—the haiku? the free verse?—to present at the Grade 6-8 Poetry Reading before an audience of parents, teachers, while the other half are in art class, using their laptop computers to research the life and artwork of Vincent Van Gough. In the dance studio, the seventh grade girls are stretching at the barre, before they learn a new combination of jazz steps; while the seventh grade boys are in music class learning their choral parts for the Grade 6-8 musical. In the Spanish classroom, half of the eighth grade students are speaking in Spanish as they role-play visits to a Spanish pharmacy during which they describe their cold symptoms and ask for medicine, while the other half of the eighth grade class is in history—where they have been divided into two groups, the Spartans and the Athenians, and they are debating the Peloponnesian War.
In the afternoon at 3 o'clock, all students assemble in their classrooms or with advising groups to close the academic day. At 3:15 pm students gather their books and backpacks. While some students will go home for the afternoon, others will stay and head off to their after-school activities.
It’s a typical day at the Carmel Campus.