Experiences. Opportunities. Expectations
The Arts (along with Academics and Athletics) is one of District 196's three cornerstones. Here at Parkview we integrate these elements in core classroom instruction, outside-of-class opportunities presented by our specialists, after-school programs, and our Physical Education experiences.
Our visual arts curriculum makes valuable connections to the individual, to society and to culture. The growing complexity of our contemporary culture requires of every individual a capacity for visual analysis and critique. In the production and contemplation of artworks, we can understand ourselves and the world around us. Learning through the visual arts develops creative problem-solving skills as students face issues that often have multiple solutions. Art brings individuals together to share feelings, beliefs and values and develop a sense of community.
Parkview students work with an art specialist that provides instruction in the visual arts. Students experience a variety of media as they develop their aesthetic awareness.
At Parkview, we believe library and media education is essential for teaching the whole child. Our elementary media curriculum prepares students to be lifelong learners through development of skills that require critical and creative thinking, collaborating while taking into account a variety of perspectives, collecting, organizing, evaluating and communicating information, and becoming responsible digital citizens.
We believe that reading is the foundation for all learning. Media specialists play a vital role in helping develop literacy competencies in all students and foster the development of lifelong readers.
Parkview's music program has a long history of excellence, taught by gifted educators and superb musicians. Students encounter music theory, composition, music history, vocal performance, and instrumental performance.
Our music curriculum is a critical component of our performing arts program. These offerings contribute to the lifelong development of the whole child- intellectual, physical, social and emotional. Music provides sequential experiences in creating, analyzing and performing that are an integral component of a quality, comprehensive education. Music gives students the opportunity to develop their own creative potential while exploring world cultures and one another’s diverse backgrounds. It also serves as an important form of communication that reflects and affects society, culture and history.
Watch the 3rd graders perform in their concert on December 1st, 2022.
At Parkview, Physical Education is far more than "play time." Our PE program is an important part of District 196's commitment to student learning and health. Evidence shows that healthy students are better on all levels of academic achievement: academic performance, education behavior, and cognitive skills and attitudes.
Our physical education curriculum is designed to contribute to the lifelong development of the student by providing opportunities that positively impact and increase the intellectual, social, emotional and physical fitness of the student. Physical activity enhances social development by emphasizing personal achievement, character, and integrity through individual and team activities and sports. Physical education promotes respect for the uniqueness and dignity of self and others through physical activities.
Welcome to the new Parkview STEM specialist page! I am Ms. Haugh, and I will be working with your student to advance their passion, understanding, and appreciation for the four main disciplines of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math.)
Whether students are designing an experiment to test a hypothesis they wrote based on a question about the natural world around them, creating a website to help track student usage of specific library books, or using their prior knowledge about geometry and forces to build and test a prototype of a bridge, science, technology, engineering, and math continuously intersect nearly all aspects of our every day lives.
During their time in the STEM Lab, students will engage in meaningful and collaborative hands-on projects with their peers, sharing their discoveries and learning process along the way. I invite you to follow along with us throughout the year by clicking appropriate links on the STEM Lab webpage.
District 196 has an award-winning band program. Our high schools have performed at national parades and around the world. That journey to excellence begins at Parkview where students are taught by their 5th grade band teacher.
Watch the 5th Grade Winter Band Concert! The band performed on January 24, 2023.
Watch the 5th graders second Band Concert from April 25, 2023.
Join band! This video tells you all about it.