Weekly Class Schedule
A typical day at Black Butte School begins with an all-school morning meeting where students learn about interesting current events, each other, happenings at school, and how to be best prepared for the day ahead. Similarly, the school day ends, with a closing meeting, where students take time to reflect on their performance for the day, gather their belongings, and clean up the school before heading out the the bus. Book-ending the day with announcements and reflection helps students to stay engaged in school throughout the school day, as well as, when they return home.
After morning meeting, lower grade students head to their math class with Ms. Steele, where they engage in creative projects, games, and individual math work designed to teach math, as well as, provide them with a positive relationship with the subject. After recess and snack, they head to their language arts block with Mr. B, where they hone their reading and writing skills. Upper grade students start with language arts, or social studies twice per week. After the morning they break go to math. Upper grade students also use the language arts time for journalism, an elective designed to teach writing skills, and yearbook, an elective designed to teach computer, graphic design, and storytelling skills. Social studies, journalism, and yearbook are taught by Mr. Sharp.
After a full lunch and recess period, all students participate in a half hour period of silent reading. Then, lower and upper grade students separate into their field studies classes (lower grades with Mr. B and upper grades with Mr. Sharp) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays all students rotate through a variety of enrichment classes. In the fall term, students take performing arts with Ms. Sharp, Physical Education with Mr. Sharp, and Health with Mr. Sharp. In the winter term students take Spanish with Mr. Sharp, Music (ukulele & percussion) with Justin Veloso, and Lego Robotics with Mr. B. In the spring term, enrichment classes include physical education and various arts activities in preparation for the Spring program.
Sprinkled throughout the school year students take full and half day visual arts classes. Almost every Friday, students are out on field expeditions, where they explore local educational attractions that are related to their field studies curriculum. In the winter, students participate in an eight week ski/snowboard program each Friday. In the spring, students participate in two weeks of swimming classes. During one of the last few weeks of school, upper graders go on the annual overnight trip.