The Chabot PTA funds the following programs to enrich the curriculum and education of Chabot students.
All grades attend weekly art classes; works of art by Chabot students are also featured around the campus in an array of ongoing displays.
From chorus to percussion to movement to instrumental music, children of every age make music at Chabot.
All classes visit Chabot’s Library each week.
Instruction in Chabot’s dedicated Library Media Lab is provided for all students in third, fourth and fifth grades and includes research, touch-typing, word processing and other computer skills. Additionally, our Media Specialist assists teachers in implementing Blended Learning throughout our second to fifth grade classrooms. Students use Chromebooks to create and share documents with teachers and peers. Classes explore the website Newsela to read about current events at their “just right” reading level. Additionally, we are piloting some new Math programs to assist with differentiation and meet every student at their own level.
Current Events: Media/Technology
The Chabot PTA funds Spanish instruction for all kindergarteners. Optional before- and after-school Spanish programs are available for all grade levels at an additional cost to participants.
Chabot is one of very few elementary schools who employs a full time Science teacher. Through the PTA’s generosity, we are able to have a specialist work with all of our students. Students come to the science lab once a week to investigate through hands-on and minds-on activities; classroom teachers then follow up with another Science lesson in their rooms.
Classes use the Full Option Science System (FOSS) kits while meeting the California Science Standards. Additionally, the eight Science and Engineering practices, from the Next Generation Science Standards, are an underlying focus at each grade level.
The formal garden program went on hiatus during the new building construction in 2008-2010. The focus now is on rebuilding the garden so it can be used for outdoor learning and enrichment.
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The Chabot Media Lab and Technology Program has benefitted greatly from the addition of the OUSD Chromebooks two years ago. Initially purchased for the purpose of the SBAC (statewide) testing, our school expanded their use by blending into the curriculum in the classrooms. This year the students have been actively using technology in the classroom in a variety of ways:
- Searching for books in the online catalog
- Using smart/thoughtful keywords
- Finding Dewey Decimal call number
- Finding the book on the shelf
- Blending Chromebooks into the Curriculum
- Science Fair Project work
- Working in Google Drive to Create a Document
- Typing/Keyboard Skills
- Google Document Skills: Creating tables to organize data
- 4th grade class showing 1st graders
- Google Slides
- Research done online about a natural disaster
- Create a slide show