Kindergarden through 4th Grade
Carlson Elementary offers specials classes based on a 6-day rotation. What this means is that all students in grades K-4 will receive 2 30-minute classes of PE, Music, and 1 30 minute section of Library over the course of 6 school days. Library time will be split between instruction in the Carlson Media Center as well as instruction in the computer labs. Specials days vary depending upon grade level and homeroom. Your child's homeroom teacher will provide you with a schedule of when their specials are so you can plan accordingly (tennis shoes on PE day, etc.). The district has established a yearly calendar informing parents the days (i.e. Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, etc.).
Students in grades 5 and 6 are provided PE, Music, Library (library and computer lab) as well as Band and Orchestra. These classes follow a 3 day rotation where day 1 is repeated as day 4 on the district 6 day rotation schedule and so on. If your child is in fifth or sixth grade and interested in playing a band or orchestra instrument, they will be given the opportunity to participate the first week of school to determine their interest. From there they will be placed accordingly. Students who play an instrument do not attend Music class but rather will attend their respective instrument classes. Band and Orchestra classes occur within the instructional day. We refer to this as BLOCK Time and it falls between 12:00pm and 1:05pm depending upon which grade level your child is in. Homeroom teachers will provide you with a class schedule so you can plan accordingly.