Specialist Programs

Art Education
The art room is a busy, happy place. The curriculum includes drawing, painting, ceramics, weaving, printmaking, collage, sculpture, jewelry design, calligraphy and more!  Projects are often integrated with literature, science, environmental science, history and art history. Children see, talk about and create artwork inspired by artists from around the
world and throughout time. They are encouraged to think independently and have confidence in their choices. They know that it is alright to try more than once and that things do  not have to be perfect to be good. Fortunately they are good at cleaning up after themselves since many of our projects are messy! Remember to dress casually on art day!

Technology Integration
Technology integration is more than just learning to use computers in a lab setting. At HPS, technology integration is achieved through activities embedded into the Common Core curriculum. Lessons are taught together with both the classroom teacher and the Technology integration Teacher. This method is designed to improve instruction and learning.

Environmental Science Education
The environmental science program at Hollis Primary School is a unique learning opportunity in that it allows students a range of hands-on active learning opportunities.  Throughout the school year the seasonally-appropriate lessons foster observation, investigation, experimentation, allow students a chance to put theories into practice.  This evolving program incorporates many of the states' Grade Level Expectations for Life Science instruction and our curriculum aims to establish a foundation by which students can base their future understandings about nature and gives students a chance to think about how their actions as a citizen can have a positive or negative impact on the natural world.  Environmental Science students are responsible for recycling at school, planting and maintaining Turtle Island our beautiful outdoor classroom and garden and composting.

Library Skills Education
With a space that is three classrooms long, a collection of over fourteen thousand titles, and a full computer lab, our media center is a very busy place.  Classes visit each week for stories, activities, instruction, and book
browsing.  Also, our doors are always open to individual students any time they have an information need or are ready for a new book to read.  We offer a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, picture books, biographies, and audio books.  We even have a few Nook e-readers that our third graders may check out.  Our goal is for students to become independent learners so instruction focuses on making good book choices, research skills such as being able to use the library catalog or an encyclopedia, and computer skills such as logging on to the school network or gathering information from an approved online site.  We also make sure we take time to just enjoy many of the great stories and great illustrations that are available in our collection.

Music Education

Physical Education
Here at the primary school our philosophy in physical education is centered around each student developing a greater appreciation for physical activity through exploratory, guided discovery and directly taught movement experiences. As children progress and are successful, they continually encounter challenges which improve their movement skill and allow them to function confidently and cooperatively in physical activity.

Spanish Language Education
At Hollis Primary School we are pleased to offer all students in grades 3-6 the opportunity to learn Spanish. The goal of our program is to provide an atmosphere in which students can learn basic vocabulary and be introduced to some fundamental structure of the language with comfort and ease. In other words, we want the children to have fun experiences with the language to encourage further language learning.  Our program is based on the National Foreign Language Standards (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, Communities) and is primarily conversational with the use of games, songs, projects, and manipulatives such as pictures, stuffed animals, and plastic foods.

At this introductory level of Spanish grades are not given. Observation, projects, and classroom work help us to assess the success of our program. Most importantly, we know that our goals here are being met when we hear both students and staff using simple Spanish in a natural, matter-of-fact way in the hallways. We also appreciate feedback we have received from parents who are pleased with what their children are sharing at home.