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Some Special Programs at Mariposa Elementary
Enrichment: Through state lottery funds, all 1-5 grade students participate in P.E., Art , and Music Enrichment.
English Language Learner Program: Students who are English Learners receive instruction, in accordance with state guidelines, to support their growth in the English language.
Gifted and Talented Education Program: Students who qualify for the GATE program are placed in cluster classes with certified GATE teachers. In addition, they may participate in some after-school enrichment GATE activities as they are available.
Coffee with the Principal: Four times a year, all parents are invited to have breakfast with the principal and to hear presentations concerning homework, testing, parenting strategies, special programs. In addition, parents are invited to ask questions concerning any of our Mariposa programs.
Intervention Programs: A variety of Interventions are offered to those students who are in danger of retention because they do not meet the State Standards:
Parent Tutoring: We welcome parents who wish to help tutor other students during the school day. Parent tutors have helped our studnets over the years and we appreciate this wonderful resource.
Cross-age tutoring program: Many primary classrooms utilize cross-age tutors.
At-Risk Students: At Risk students who qualify with specific learning needs through the IST process receive additional services through the Resource Program.
Flag Ceremonies: All first through fifth-grade students attend flag ceremony each Friday during the last thirty minutes of the day. This is our time to build school community at Mariposa. At flag ceremony, students participate in a patriotic observance, see a classroom presentation, are presented with various awards and certificates, and receive information about upcoming events at Mariposa. Parents are always invited to the flag ceremony.
Intramural Noon Sports: All fourth and fifth graders may take part in noon sports. Football is played in the fall, soccer in the winter, and beatball in the spring.
Music Program: Monarch Chorus is under the direction of Mariposa teacher, Mrs. Hornung and former Mariposa teacher, Mrs. Gray.
Band is open to all 4th-5th graders.
Violin instruction is open to all students grades in 4th and 5th grade.
Friendly Helpers: Fifth Grade volunteers are trained to assist with various school projects. These students lead school tours, assist with Flag Ceremonies and school functions throughout the year.Mariposa Gardens Project: Our school is a Master Gardener demonstration site with gardens throughout the campus. Students learn how to plant and maintain the gardens under the direction of parent volunteers. There are themed gardens including a desert environment, California Bounty garden, Jurassic Park garden, kindergarten reading garden, salsa garden, topiaries and rose gardens. Students learn how to tend these gardens with parent supervision.
Focus on the Visual and Performing Arts: All students at Mariposa receive experiences in the visual and performing arts. They learn about famous artists and composers. They listen to classical music each morning before school. They perform in musicals at flag ceremony and in their classrooms. They learn dances from many foreign nations. They also have the benefit of an art-enrichment teacher annually for a trimester.
The Fine Arts program at Mariposa Elementary is constructed around the four strands of the state's Visual and Performing Arts Framework: Music, Dance, Drama, Art. In each strand we seek to give students an opportunity to learn the historical perspective of the discipline.
Music: Each morning for a half hour before school, classical music is played over the school's public- address system. A "Composer of the Month" is featured, repeating musical selections for five days. It is a great way to start the day at Mariposa. Our school band has had sixty-five members in grades 3 to 5. The band performs two concerts at school. Their final concert is at the Redlands Bowl, our community amphitheater. Our school chorus is very active with 70 members from grades 3-5. Students perform at school and in the community. Lottery funds also provide a music enrichment teacher for one trimester.
Drama: At Mariposa we feel strongly that students should participate in drama and numerous productions are staged each year. Each grade level has an opportunity to present a musical program. There is a spring musical open to all students, and all classes present at flag ceremony.
Dance: Each year we incorporate choreography in our schoolwide productions. We were very pleased with the results and teachers expressed the desire to continue training in the teaching of dance. In the previous years Mariposa entered into a partnership with the Music Center in Los Angeles. We realized that if we were truly a Visual and Performing Arts School we needed to do more in the area of dance, especially folk dances from other cultures.