Students attend art class once weekly. The art lab is a spacious area that allows students to explore multiple art media. The lab is equipped with a kiln allowing the young artists experience in creating with clay. Students are encouraged to participate in art contests in the community as well as the Fine Arts exhibits scheduled during the year at UMS-Wright.
The Lower School counselor meets weekly with each K4 through Second Grade classroom and bi-monthly with students in grades three through five. The focus of the large group counseling session is on "Respecting Others" and "Building Character". The counselor is also available to meet the students and/or parents individually.
Spanish instruction is provided to students in grades K4-5 and encourages language acquisition skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In a fun, informal atmosphere, students progress from learning to recognize and to speak basic phrases to the point of initiating conversation with fellow students and the instructor. Vocabulary centers on basic objects, places and common kinship terms. Connections are made across the curriculum through literature selections and the study of the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.
Each class visits the library once a week to enjoy literature and receive direct instruction in library science. The Lower School Library is a warm, friendly, and inviting place where students are encouraged to become lifelong readers.
In addition to the once per week class visit, students in grades first through fifth move in and out of the library for book selection before, during, and after school. The automated system in the Harris Library provides a user-friendly system and promotes student independence. Parents are encouraged to visit the library with their students and take advantage of the available resources. Student computers are available for research and online reading.
Music & Drama
Students attend a combined music and drama class once a week. During music/drama class, students participate in various music and drama activities that encourage creative thinking and refine performing skills. Each year grade level shows are performed by students in K-5 through fifth grade. Most of our lower school shows include singing, drama, and dancing. Students in third through fifth grades have the opportunity to participate in our Lower School Chorus program which sings in community events and has been invited to sing at the Governor's Mansion.
Students attend physical education class three times weekly. Ample outdoor space, the PAC gym, and the pool facilities enhance the environment for physical education classes in the Lower School. Weather permitting, students in grades first through fifth swim during the months of August, September, and May. Students are required to dress in the P.E. uniform for participation in class.
Students in grades 1 through 5 participate in our EXCEL enrichment class. In a creative, challenging and collaborative environment, students have the opportunity to hone their thinking and problem-solving skills. Through developmentally appropriate activities, students work to advance their organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills.