As part of our commitment to excellence in all avenues of education, Associated has introduced a number of programs to increase art and athletic experiences for our students.
The Ra'anan project was introduced at Posluns in 2006. This includes a formal art period into the weekly schedule as well as doubling the amount of time for music and physical education. Our focus in these classes is on skill development, creative problem solving and personal expression. Children acquire the tools necessary to be successful and feel proud of their participation in each of these areas. In addition to providing children with access to a broader education, Ra'anan has freed up time for teachers to be involved in weekly professional development through their participation in "professional learning communities". Third, Ra'anan includes weekly tefillah b'yachad where grades come together for learning and praying as a community.
At Kamin, co-curricular enrichment activities called Keter offer enrichment in health and fitness, technology, arts, drama and music. Keter involves a six-week cycle, five times a year, when students receive art, drama, math, music and character education. This program was created with the understanding that students learn in a variety of ways. It is up to us to develop strategies to help them attain educational excellence. The 2007/08 school year saw the first year of this project, which involved students participating in a variety of gym activities geared at their interest and skill level. As the Keter program enters its second year, we look forward to watching our students unleash their creativity.
At the Danilack Middle School, art and physical education are taught during the weekly class schedule. All classes are 45 minutes long. Art is taught twice a week, and gym three times a week. While the subjects are taught separately, the art teacher may deal with projects and topics which are being taught in other classes.