Last Monday, illustrator Joseph Santiago of Saint James Studios and his business partner Yamilca visited their son's fifth grade Core class with Stefanie Trepper to give a lesson on a crucial aspect of the filmmaking process: storyboarding.
The fifth grade CORE program is a central place for students new to the Middle School building to come together for shared academic and social-emotional opportunities.
The fifth grade academic program fosters burgeoning independence, critical thinking skills both abstract and conceptual, and analysis of connections to the curriculum through individual experiences. In social studies, students explore why communities seek to establish new civilizations, how to create balance through government structures and how the foundations of our forefathers influence the policies of today. In language arts, inferential, analytical and comprehension skills are cultivated through expository writing, vocabulary development and written expression. All of these interconnected disciplines allow students to develop relationships with their peers while balancing shared experiences with the collective fifth grade community.