Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Michelangelo, and Marc Chagall are just a few of the masters who inspire our young artists. Every student at the Rosemont Schools has twelve to eighteen weeks of instruction in elements, techniques, mediums, and art history. Classes are also an opportunity to reinforce concepts in math, social studies, language arts, and science. Budding artists’ work includes fiber art, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture or relief sculpture, and 2-D or 3-D work. At the lower campus, projects may be driven by a particular artist, a medium, or a technique; holidays and culture celebrations may also shape projects. Art history connections with world history are a major component in the curriculum at the upper campus.
Each spring, young artists display their work in the Rosemont Art Show. Over 250 student works are displayed. Student art work is also shown throughout the community and we participate in Youth Art Month and other area art celebrations. Both campuses offer art clubs which meet after school.
Both campuses are equipped with computer labs where each student has weekly access to a desktop computer for a full class period. Led by the instructional technologist, the class helps students become more efficient and comfortable with the use of computers, as well as enhances learning, research, and the life-long use of electronic information. The labs are also available for classroom teachers to employ as an additional learning venue on a rotating basis when the technologist is not leading classes.
Destination ImagiNation (D.I.)
Creativity, problem solving, and team work – don’t those sound like skills for life? Destination ImagiNation is a community-based, school-friendly program which builds those skills in enjoyable and meaningful ways. Teams of approximately seven students work together applying their talents and critical thinking to solve a Team Challenge. Younger students in kindergarten through second grade may participate in a non-competitive program called Rising Stars, while students in second grade and up can choose from a particular team challenge focusing on skills such as engineering, storytelling, and improvisation. Teams compete in a regional tournament in late winter, with at least two to three months of preparation beforehand. Students from the Rosemont Schools have gone all the way to the state contest.
Colorful skirts, rebozos, hats, sleek black pants, leotards, ballet slippers, the tap, tap, tap of shoes in rhythm, bodies bent over in a deep stretch – such are the sights and sounds of the only program in the DISD offering dance to every student in kindergarten through fifth grade. For at least six weeks, students learn a variety of techniques in ballet, modern, African, Folklorico, hip-hop, tap, and jazz. Additionally, they study dance history, choreography, and basic anatomy. Our students also perform throughout the community in venues such as the Dallas Zoo, Turner House, DISD Dance Festival, and Dance for the Planet.
From researching the habitats of owls, to read-alouds, to talking with Alaskan mushers in real time, to searching for that-just-right-book, our libraries are beehives of activity! Both campuses have full-time librarians who maintain collections available for all students, teachers, and parents to check-out.
We have books, magazines, and audio-visual materials accessible in English, Spanish, English-Spanish bilingual, American Sign Language/Braille, and even Vietnamese. How’s that for serving the community? We also host interactive video conferences, making real-time connections with folks across Texas and North America. Students use the libraries for multiple research purposes, both independently and with their entire classes, and participate in several reading incentive programs. Last year alone, the libraries circulated over 50,000 items and checked out an average of 51 items per student.
Joyfully coaxing sound from hand instruments, all students at the lower campus explore the fundamentals of music. Their study includes melody, rhythm, harmony, tempo, texture and dynamics, as well as pre-reading experiences preparing them for music literacy. Multi-cultural music is emphasized and so is singing and the use of a variety of instruments, including rhythm instruments, xylophones, keyboards, and guitars. We offer an after school program, Little Kids Rock, as well as off-campus performance opportunities.
All upper campus students take music and delve deeper into fundamentals and voice training, with field trips to music venues such as the Dallas Opera and the House of Blues. These students have the opportunity to participate in an after school choir and a spring contest, as well as performances and a winter show. Keyboard and recorder classes are also offered.
Where do students go to run, jump, hit or kick a ball, find out about good nutrition, or feel good about themselves? The Rosemont gyms, of course! Our physical education program strives to make all students aware of the benefits of good health and physical activity for life. Students study the human body, nutrition and fitness. They practice loco-motor skills, throwing and catching, jumping and landing, chasing, fleeing, and dodging, jumping a rope, dribbling, weight transfer, and striking an object with an instrument. Additionally, Texas law requires students in grades three and above to complete a fitness test.
The PE department’s banner activities are Hoops for Heart at the upper campus, Jump Rope for Heart at the lower campus, and Field Days for both schools.