The Art Adventure program offers first, second and third grade Woodland students the opportunity to learn about art through reproductions of artwork from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Woodland parent volunteers receive training at the Institute and then visit every classroom to discuss a thematically grouped set of eight reproductions. Students learn about two different sets each school year, one in the fall and one in the spring, and are encouraged to visit the Institute (admission is free) to see the original pieces of art.
Branch Out is an after school enrichment program. It provides Woodland students the opportunity to expand interests and learn new things. There are fall and winter sessions. Past programs have included art, computers, sports, chess, baby-sitting, quilting, and theatre.
Destination Imagination (DI) is an international program that promotes creative thinking, team building, risk taking, and spontaneous problem solving. DI is open to every student in grades 3-5. Students are divided into teams of five to seven members and are coached by trained volunteers. Teams meet at least once every week from October through March, after school or on weekends, until performing at the regional tournament. An informational meeting is held in the fall to further explain the program. There is a registration fee; however, scholarships are available.
Environmental Learning Field Trips
Students participate in at least one field trip each year. A nominal fee is charged; however, scholarships are available. Past destinations have included:
• Children's Museum • Science Museum • Minnesota History Center • Dodge Nature Center
• Orchestra Hall • Murphy's Landing • Children's Theatre • various musical productions
Woodland students are given the opportunity to take part in a variety of fine art activities throughout the school year. Some of these activities include music programs, band concerts, trips to Children's Theatre, visiting authors, Art Adventure, variety show and local high school plays.
Literature Circles were created to help young readers enjoy literature beyond the regular classroom setting. Adult volunteers guide students through literature that has been chosen for the appropriate reading and interest level. Literature Circles give students the opportunity to share feelings about text,
characters, language and other aspects of literature in a small, comfortable setting.
School-wide enrichment assemblies (lyceums) may be presented each year. The goal of lyceum presentations is to broaden student experience.
Math Olympiad Team
Math Olympiad is a non-profit program devoted to these goals:
• To develop enthusiasm for problem solving
• To contribute to cognitive development
• To enrich experiences in intellectually stimulating and significant mental activities
To become part of the Woodland Math Olympiad Team, students in fourth and fifth grade are given the opportunity to take a qualification test in October.
Qualifying students meet twice a month, from November through March, during school hours for strategy sessions and to take the five Olympiad tests.
Woodland's team competes with over 1000 other schools worldwide in their division.
PERK DAY - Parents Enthused to Reinforce Kids:
Parents Enthused to Reinforce Kids (PERK) is a program for kindergarten and first grade students. It is a volunteer opportunity for parents to come to school and participate in either one-on-one or small group activities with students from their child's classroom in the areas of language arts and math. It is scheduled throughout the year for first grade and kindergarten students during the second half of the year.
Student Council is a service group comprised of two members of every fourth and fifth grade classroom. The Council sponsors school pride activities and various service projects at the school, local, and global levels.