The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), in Mountain View, provides music and art instruction at school. From Kindergarten to 4th grade students receive art instruction during the first semester and music instruction during the second semester. 5th grades students can chose to concentrate on either art or music for the full school year.
These excellent programs are provided by the Mountain View Education Foundation (MVEF) and a small grant from CSMA. Without parent donations to MVEF these enriching classes would not be possible.
The use of technology in the classroom supports and integrates the subject matter curriculum. All classrooms are wired for Internet access. Each classroom can be scheduled for computer lab time for projects as needed.
Each grade level is scheduled for one field trip per trimester. Most of the time these field trips are off campus, but occasionally organizations come to school instead. Permission slips are required for children to participate in field trips and teachers may ask parents to sign up as field trip chaperones. PTA volunteers plan field trips with input from classroom teachers to ensure the off-site experiences tie into the classroom curriculum.
Sample Field Trips from recent years:
- Mountain View Public Library
- Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
- Mountain View City Hall
- Deer Hollow Farm
- Hidden Villa Farm
- California Academy of Sciences
- Oakland Museam of California
- Marine Science Institute
- Natural Bridges State Park
- Stanford University
- Age of Sail
- Science Camp
Funding for Field trips is provided by the Mistral PTA, these funds are supplemented by grants when possible.
Field Trip Transportation
Various modes of transportation are used for field trips. These include district school busses, chartered busses or city buses, and walking to local destinations.
On the rare occasions when parents drive, the driver must complete district forms and provide proof of adequate insurance and a recent DMV driving record. These requirements are for the protection of drivers and students.
Physical Education Instruction
Our district contracts with Rhythm and Moves for physical education classes for all students in grade 1, 2 and 3. Classes meet weekly for 45 minutes and the teacher remains with the students. Our district contracts with Rhythm and Moves for 4th and 5th grade PE also. Classes meet twice a week for 45 minutes. Rhythm and Moves provides credentialed teachers while the classroom teachers have planning and preparation time.