Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Music

The Music Program of the schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is based on  the New York State Standards.  As with  all of our educational programs, all instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith  foundation. Spanning history and place, music has always been a vital part of  the traditional ceremonies and festivities of the world’s cultures and in  particular, of the culture and tradition of the Catholic Church. Music can  become a pathway to understanding ourselves and others.  It can illuminate the traditions and  religions of the many other cultures that are part of our nation and our  world.  Music transcends barriers of  language, race, and culture and has the potential of helping humankind to  achieve our goal of a peaceful society. 

The content of Grade Seven-Eight  music is centered around the following New York State Standards areas: Music Essentials – Rhythm,  Melody, Harmony, Form, and Expressive Qualities Creating, Performing  and Participating

  • compose simple pieces that reflect a  knowledge of melodic, rhythmic, timbrel, and dynamic elements
  • sing and/or play alone or in  combination with other voice or instrumental parts, a varied repertoire of old,  art, and contemporary song from notation, with good tone, pitch, duration and  loudness
  • improvise short musical compositions  that exhibit cohesiveness and musical expression
  • perform ensembles, read moderately easy/difficult  music and respond appropriately to the conductor

Knowing and Using Arts  Materials and Resources

  • use traditional and nontraditional  sound sources including electronic ones, in composing and performing music
  • use school and community resources to  develop information on music and musicians
  • use current technology to create,  produce and record/playback music
  • demonstrate  appropriate listening and other participatory  responses to music a variety of genres and cultures
  • investigate some career options  related to their musical interest

Responding and  Analyzing Works of Art

  • listen, analyze and evaluate their  own and other’s performances,   improvisations and compositions by comparing them with similar works and  events
  • use appropriate terms to reflect a working  knowledge of musical elements
  • demonstrate a basic awareness of  technical skills musicians must develop to produce aesthetical performances
  • use appropriate terms to reflect a  working knowledge of social-musical functions and uses
  • use basic scientific concepts to  explain how music-related sound is produced, transmitted and perceived

Understanding the  Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts

  • identify the cultural contexts of  performance or recordings and perform a varied repertoire of folk, art, and  contemporary selections from the basic cultures
  • identify titles and composers of  well-known classical concert music and blues/jazz selections
  • discuss current and past cultural,  social and political uses of music
  • perform ensembles, repertoire in a  culturally authentic manner

Visual Art

The Visual Arts Program of the  schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is based on the New York State  Standards.  As with all of our  educational programs, all instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith foundation. Art, like music, is not a stand-alone program but is  connected to all of life.  Spanning  history and place, art has always been a vital part of the traditional  ceremonies and festivities of the world’s cultures and in particular of the  culture and tradition of the Catholic Church. Art transcends barriers of  language, race, and culture and has the potential of helping humankind to achieve  our goal of a peaceful society. 

The content of Grade 7-8 Art is centered  around the following New York State Standards areas: Elements of  Art – Line, Color, Value, Shape, Texture, Form and Space Principles  of Design – Unity, Variety, Emphasis, Balance, Proportion, Pattern and Rhythm Media and  Methods – Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography  and Art History

Creating, Performing  and Participation in the Arts

  • experiment and create art works in a  variety of mediums
  • develop own ideas and images through  works based on themes, symbols and events

Knowing and Using Arts  Materials and Resources

  • understand the characteristics of  various mediums – 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional, electronic
  • develop skills with electronic media as  a means of expressing visual ideas
  • know some cultural institutions and  community opportunities to interact with original art and artists
  • reveal through own art work an  understanding of how medium and technique influence creative decisions

Responding and  Analyzing Works of Art

  • explain their reflections about the  meanings, purposes and sources of works of art and describe their response
  • explain the visual and sensory  qualities found in a wide variety of art work
  • explain the themes that are found in  works of visual art and how art works are related to other forms of art

Understanding the  Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts

  • look at a variety of art works and  artifacts from world cultures to discover their important ideas, issues and  events
  • look at a variety of art works and  artifacts from the U.S. and describe the style, organization and cultural  meaning
  • create an art work that shows the  influence of a particular culture

Physical Education

The Physical Education Program of the schools of the Diocese  of Ogdensburg implements the New York State Standards.  As with all of our educational programs, all  instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith foundation.  The human person and thus the human body, as  well as all life, is respected.   Therefore, proper development and understanding of the body is an  important part of the development of the whole person.  The elementary physical education program is  designed around the following areas.

  • Developing the gross and fine motor muscles  of the body
  • Coordinating the gross and fine motor  muscles of the body
  • Basic physical fitness activities and  warm-ups
  • Rhythm and dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Game skills
  • Health and  wellness of the body