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Knowledge

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El Rincon is the only elementary school in the Culver City School District to have wet & dry science labs equipped for hands-on discovery and ready for the Next Generation Science Standards. Young scientists visit the lab on a two-week rotation for guided instruction. In the lab, students engage in a variety of activities, learning what it is like to be a scientist, botanist, engineer, and they even get to dissect living specimens.  The lab supplements classroom instruction in a space where our young scientists create models of structures that can withstand hurricanes, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Students learn about weather and currents, monitor climate change, and see into the tiny world of microscopes.
 

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With the help of the Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF), El Rincon has it's very own Arts & innovation Lab! 
 
The Arts & Innovation lab is a hands-on problem solving place. Like professional engineers, students will use their knowledge, experience and imagination to solve problems, testing and reworking their solutions until they are satisfied. Away from textbooks and worksheets, they will learn practical lessons in math, physics, computer science, engineering and even business.
 
During the first trimester, students learn about foundational art skills. During weekly 45 minute classes, basic visual art and engineering design skills will be introduced or reviewed. 
 
Trimester two is where students learn about expanding tools and challenges. During class, digital tools will be introduced and explored; fundamental skills will be combined or elaborated. Students will engage with grade-specific technologies, like the simple robots resembling bees that will introduce TK and Kindergarten students to coding. The students will use pushbuttons on the bots to create programs that make the bees move in specific ways. Later they‘ll move to a digital programming interface.

 
Trimester three is time for creativity unleashed. Students will combine experiences and skills into integrated projects.
Students will use what they’ve learned over the course of the year to create projects and solve problems. They may be asked to identify a problem and then think about how they might build something that would address that problem. Older children might even align with a local non-profit. The results will be solutions of their own invention for problems they want to address. 

As the students work together they won’t just learn about math, physics and computer programming. They’ll learn how to discuss problems and solutions, how to work together as a team, how to learn from one another, and how to appreciate and make use of their diverse ideas, skills and experiences. And they will be learning all of this amazing stuff while having a blast!
 

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At El Rincon we are putting the "A" in STEAM with many different arts programs on campus including music, choir, dance, drama and storytelling.
 
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is a Culver City based non-profit teaching in-class music residencies to elementary schools throughout L.A. County. The program has been at El Rincon for several years in grades K-3. Last year, we were excited to add a 5th grade "Music of the World" program.
 
Dedicated teachers, Mr. Knight and Ms. Koplinka-Loehr, direct the Grades 1-2 and Grades 3-5 choirs respectively. Students learn performance skills and develop a love for vocal music. There are several concerts throughout the year where students perform for classmates, teachers, parents and the community.
 
Young Storytellers engages creativity through the art of storytelling. Using the timeless techniques of mentoring, collaboration, and performance, we provide public school students with an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life on stage and film. Their mission is to inspire young people to discover the power of their own voice. 
 
Culver City Unified School District’s Front & Center Theatre Collaborative provides CCUSD with TK-12th grade theatre arts curriculum. The Collaborative is a unique partnership that brings together teaching artists from professional theatre groups with local funding partners to create an unparalleled collective impact – the highest concentration of theatre arts programming per student in any Los Angeles County school district.