The visual arts provides the opportunity for the student to develop his artistic gifts which enlarge the heart and mind and give him a fuller understanding of what it means to be a human being. At PDS, it is our objective to encourage students to express themselves through specific art projects. We strive to introduce students to a variety of materials, methods and use their imagination to create art. Our goals are to enable students to appreciate the work of master artists and learn art styles from them. As students enter the upper grades, techniques and methods are being introduced and developed.
They learn various art forms throughout the year, and several of our students have gone on to win prizes in District & State.
- Yearly angel project
- Juke Joint Festival Art
- District State Competition
PDS music education classes strive to develop both an appreciation and a love for music. Starting a child on the road to great music is a primary objective. Preschool through 6th grade learn age-appropriate songs that are used in weekly chapel services, class plays presented before parents, community outreach performances, and in school musicals. A specific genre of International Music is spotlighted each year and songs of these countries are incorporated into weekly music education classes.
- Girls' Ensemble
- Class Plays
- Use of Orff Instruments and handbells
- A music curriculum which concentrates on theory, classical instruction, instrumental, and singing.
Our continually updated book collection makes reading fun in the PDS Library. We encourage reading and learning about current events through an assortment of programs. In 2015, we launched a new program called Real Men Read for the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth grade boys at PDS. Its purpose is to offer examples of men who like to read and expose our boys to favorite books that men and boys have enjoyed throughout the years.
- Summer Reading Program
- Current Events Report and discussions
- Books for Birthdays
- Over 10,000 books and constantly updating our collection
- Sylvan Competitive Reading program - Book Adventure
PDS computer enrichment program boasts a computer cart that comes directly to your child's classroom. It is outfitted with laptops, which are loaded with curriculum building software. Students learn to use Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, among other programs.
- Flat Stanley takes trips across the USA
- Virtual Field trip to San Diego Zoo with educational videos on animals
- Learning animation, slide transition, context, and images
- Microsoft Word - learn how to change font style, color, and style.
- Microsoft Excel - 4-6th
God designed our bodies to move. Students learn about working with others and healthy habits all while having fun! Using programs like Project Fit, we help the students to improve their movement, strength, agility, balance, and coordination, building a lifelong love of physical activity.
- Project Fit
- Miles on Mondays
- Green and Gold Field Day
- DORE programming