The Elementary Reading/Language Arts program in Anne Arundel County Public Schools is designed to accelerate achievements for all students. To attain this important academic goal, AACPS Explicit Lessons and Writing Curriculum form the foundation of language arts instruction at Meade Heights Elementary. Utilizing these resources allows for student engagement in a wide variety of activities that explicitly enhance their skills in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing. This program exposes students to guided reading books that meet the instructional level of each student and build confidence and greater independence in reading.
Developing lifelong readers is our mission at Meade Heights. Throughout the year there will be school wide reading incentives, such as Meade Reads, to showcase a variety of literature to our children. Exposing students to culturally diverse reading materials is a schoolwide goal. Allowing children to view a variety of perspectives and see themselves within the text helps to build confidence and positive self-esteem within young children.
Stem in Society
STEM class is a part of the cultural arts rotation at Meade Heights. The class allows students to work on real-world problems alongside teachers and other professionals from the community. Technology tools are integrated into instruction for research, calculation, measurement, designing engineering projects, programming robots, and preparing presentations.
STEM class takes place in the STEM Lab across from the Library Media Center. Volunteers or donations of materials are always welcome! Please contact Mrs. M. De Berry at 410-222-6509 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
M. De Berry
EEE/STEM in Society
Art is a highly valuable mode of thought and expression, a way of constructing meaning through critical response and creative production, and a universal and powerful symbolic language.
"ART" refers to a broad range of human endeavors including the fine arts, applied arts and design, crafts and its manifestation in all forms of cultural representation.
Through a quality art education, students learn to:
- Develop, express, and evaluate ideas
- Produce, read and interpret visual images in an increasingly visually-oriented world
- Recognize and understand the artistic and cultural achievements of societies.
These basic skills enable a student to become visually literate while developing intellect and continuing to foster relationships between thinking, expressing and producing.
The general music program at Meade Heights consists of two 30-minute class periods a week for grades PreK-5. Each year, students build on the concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and tone color. Students sing, read notation, move to music, play classroom instruments, and compose music. In addition, students learn to play the recorder beginning in third grade. Each year a selected grade takes a field trip to listen to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Almost all students sing in two programs each year focusing on a winter theme in December and a patriotic theme in May. We also have a fourth and fifth grade chorus that performs in two evening concerts each year.
General Music Teacher and Choral Director
Meade Heights Elementary Music Department offers free instrumental music classes for students in Grades 3-5. Instrumental music classes meet during the regular school day twice a week for thirty minutes. Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade can choose to play a string instrument including the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students in 4th and 5th grade can play a string instrument (listed above) or choose a band instrument including: Flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone, tuba or percussion. Students in Band and Strings perform a Winter and Spring Concert each year.
Instrumental music is an enjoyable group activity with many benefits.
Participating in an instrumental music program helps students:
- develop mental and physical coordination
- develop self-confidence
- develop responsibility and self-discipline
- develop learning skills needed for success in every other academic subject
- develop social skills and the ability to work with others
- develop communication skills
Physical education is an integral part of the total education program. The curricular content is based upon the National Standards for Physical Education, the Maryland Learning Outcomes and the Maryland Physical Education Content Standards. Elementary physical education is a planned sequence of activities that affords the students the opportunity to achieve competency in a variety of movement forms. The students learn to apply movement concepts to the development of motor patterns and integrated movement sequences. Development of a student's personal fitness potential is an important program outcome. Elementary school students have the opportunity to develop psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills. A positive, nurturing environment is the climate of each instructional setting. Elementary students are exposed to opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social integration in a performance-based program.