Gateway Elementary

Specials

bowls

Clay bowls created by Gateway students.

Visual Arts

  • “Technical skills can be learned by almost anyone who has the determination to pursue it, but innovative ideas and the ability to express them come from some place beyond the material world.” --Carole Ann Borges
  • “Art exists in the space between nature and significance.” --Levi Strauss

Exploration of visual arts and design processes is about invention, creation, and innovation. Building on the development of ideas through a process of inquiry, discovery, and research leads to the creation of works of art, and, whether using traditional materials or the latest technologies, prepares students to be independent, lifelong learners. Participation in the visual arts provides students with unique experiences and skills that develop important traits for success in the 21st century workforce. Studying art and design involves inquiry, posing and solving problems, perseverance, re-purposing, taking risks, and persuading and inspiring. (Read more about the Colorado Visual Arts Standards.)

student standing in front of hockey net holding hockey stick

Gateway students love soccer!

Physical Education

Gateway Elementary and Woodland Park School District Vision:

Through our physical education curriculum, students will acquire the knowledge and skills to value, appreciate, and participate in lifelong physical activity and fitness.

Philosophy:

Physical Education is that integral part of the curriculum that, through human movement, concentrates on the development of individuals’ maximum physical potential and their related social, emotional, and intellectual growth. As a result of physical education, students are more likely to be better prepared as productive students, workers, and contributors to their communities and organizations within society.

student playing guitar

Music

  • “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ~ Victor Hugo
  • “Music is the art of thinking with sounds." ~ Jules Combarieu

By implementing a structured and standards-based music education, students continue the generational conversation and become fluent in the language of music as a manner of artistic, intellectual, and cultural expression. The acts of performing, creating and responding to music provide a means for development and growth in the ability to express the otherwise inexpressible and to facilitate growth in many areas of academic development.