2018-2019 Specials Schedule

Students at NRE have the amazing opportunity to participate in a variety of learning environments and experiences outside of their regular classroom. Throughout the year, students experience Art, Music, P.E., Technology, Health, the Think Tank, Spanish, and Mandarin during their Specials rotation. Classes are 40 minutes long and student have two of these classes a day. This makes for about nine weeks of each Special. 5th and 6th graders have the choice throughout the year to follow their interests and are able to pick their own "electives" which are offered and taught by the wonderful Specials teachers. 

Art: Creativity - Critical Thinking - Communication - Collaboration! Those words describe what we do every day in art - giving students the time to create, to critically think through problems, talk about their art and work together to create art!


P.E.: According to Ms. Ivie, NRE's physical education teacher, "Children are naturally active. They love to move. My goal is to make that movement meaningful, enjoyable, challenging, and successful. I want to install a love of physical movement in the students so they will carry it throughout their lifetime."

Tech Lab: In the combined Technology/Library Media Department at Northridge Elementary, we believe our role is to produce responsible "Digital Citizens". We strive to ensure NRE students have the essential technology and information literacy background necessary to be successful in Middle School, High School and beyond. Our curriculum is designed to provide students with the essential skills necessary to achieve this goal.


Think Tank: The Think Tank is a creative makers-space where students focus on the 4 C’s: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking. Students work together to solve a variety of problems and explore the world through research, trial and error, and ingenuity. We are excited to fill the year with projects that are challenging and perplexing. Students will investigate bridges, buildings, boats, magnets, simple machines, electricity, robots, computer programming and whatever else intrigues them. 


Mandarin: As said by Yawen Lien, NRE's Mandarin teacher, "Chinese is a wonderful language to learn and can really help broaden your child’s horizons. In fact, knowing a second language can help your children throughout their entire lives – in school, college and as they’re starting their own careers." Learn more about what your student will be doing during Mandarin by visiting Lien Lao Shi's Mandarin website.