The art program at PCS is an essential part of the academic curriculum. Art is a fun and
exciting experience for all.
Art is designed to nurture and develop the student’s God-given desire to create and appreciate the aesthetic beauty in God’s universe. Seeing the beauty of His spectrum of colors and the simplicity and yet complexity of all shapes brings about awareness of how art effects their lives.
A variety of media is used such as: oil pastels, chalk pastels, colored pencils, crayons, water color, etc. Students study the basic elements and principles of art. Each child is introduced to famous works of art allowing them exposure to artwork by many different artists as well as a variety of types and styles of art from many different cultures and historical periods.
Students experience and gain skill with the various art processes to pursue with confidence their ability to grow in their aesthetic sense and use these skills as another means through which they can honor and glorify God.
PCS offer students the opportunity to learn using the most current technology available. The computer lab is equipped with 19 computers with Windows 2007 systems. A campus-wide fiber and wireless high speed LAN connects all computers on campus to each other and the Internet as well as the computer in each classroom. This allows programs to be shared with the classroom, such as Accelerated Reader and the Destiny Library automation system.
PCS strives to prepare students to function in the technological world we live in. Each class comes to the computer lab once a week. Students will implement technology to conduct research, to promote productivity, to perform basic operations, to communicate, and to enhance problem-solving and decision making. Students will practice responsible use of technology mindful of the ethical and social issues impacted by biblical principles surrounding this medium.
PCS health education helps students make informed decisions about personal and social health issues. By learning about body systems and nutrition students are able to embrace physical fitness as a lifelong goal.
The school nurse teaches a class for all grade levels. Kindergarten and first grade begin with a general overview of the five food groups and foods that make up these groups. This is done through a variety of visual aids and games. 2nd and 3rd grade nutrition moves beyond the generalities of the foods that make up the five food groups and addresses how that food group keeps you healthy. An understanding of why we need to eat from all five food groups each day is developed. These skills are developed by visual aids, activities, and literature. 4th and 5th graders gain basic knowledge of nutrition and the effect of nutrients on the body. Discussions take place that describe how physicians and nutritionist use this information to help keep us healthy. Case studies are reviewed. Students then take on the role as a doctor or a nutritionist and diagnose what could be wrong with their patient and prescribe the correct nutrient. 6th grade review the previous skills up to this point and then begin to discuss how to balance the amount of foods we need. Calories, fats, and cholesterol are discussed. Students are taught how to read food labels to not only decrease food nutrients you want to limit but also to increase the nutrients you do want.
During our germ unit the students will begin at the basics in kindergarten and first grade. They will learn how germs are spread and how to properly wash their hands by using fun activities. We will progress from this basic knowledge to covering the differences between viral and bacterial infections and prevention and treatment.
The PCS library has a collection 5,037 books and 330 audio –visual materials.
All students attend a scheduled library period each week. During the scheduled library periods, students are provided library instruction to assist them in locating resources to benefit the curriculum. Throughout the year, information is presented to students about many authors and illustrators.
Information literate students become independent, lifelong readers and learners who value literature, read noteworthy titles from a variety of genres and literary styles, and who contribute positively to the learning community and to our democratic society. PCS is committed to providing students with those skills which enable them to reach their potential to serve God, their families, and communities in Christian leadership.
Music is a basic special subject course taken by all students. Students recognize that music is a gift from God and as such should be used to glorify and serve Him. Students are encouraged to develop a lifelong love of music through participation in performance and study.
Students study music by experiencing music through listening, singing, and playing instruments, and movement activities. Styles, periods, composers, and other countries related to music are also studied.
Physical education at PCS reflects the high value God places on human life and the respect we should have for one another. The program provides an environment that recognizes individual potential and encourages leadership and participation which students need for lifelong fitness. Students grow in an understanding of rules, safety, and strategies of games and activities and develop skills and abilities through participation in a variety of team and individual activities. By exercising sportsmanship students develop understanding and sensitivity needed to function in a diverse society.
All students participate in a scheduled PE class once a week.