Four times a week our students visit their Specials class. These classes are PE, Music, Art & Media/Technology. These classes allow our students to explore their world through different instruction and experience.

Ms. Moore’s music class provides students a chance to learn and love music. I am amazed when I walk into the fourth grade class right now and see students strumming guitars or playing the keyboards. Every student is touching and holding these instruments and experiencing the joy of making music beyond their voices.

Mr. Fotta’s art class is currently up to their elbows in clay. The students learn different pottery techniques and experience holding the moist mud in their hands and see how the kiln fires. They learn about artists and different views on this thing called art.

Mr. Poyer’s PE classes currently are learning the finer points of bowling. Multiple sets of pins are placed turning our gym into fun bowling alley. Students share goals of sportsmanship. They cheer for each other and learn to work cooperatively to play the different games.

Ms. Hale and Ms. Bell take our students on a journey through the media center learning about books and seeing how technology is a tool to share with others learning  from the classroom. The incredible abilities that our students have to design and create content with a tech tool is fantastic.

I consider the specialist staff courageous to not take the simple route to providing learning experiences for our students at Joyner. The different approaches and willingness to try new things amaze me. The teachers look for new opportunities to engage our students. Thank you to our specialists who make these Specials truly special!

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