In Art class at Vestavia Hills Elementary West students learn about art history, artists, the basic art elements, digital art and photography and both 2D and 3D art. Each unit taught follows the Alabama Visual Art Course of study and is curriculum based to enhance creativity, classroom learning and problem-solving skills. With a student population of over 800 artist, VHEW is now digitally displaying student artwork online. Students will have the opportunity to photograph their art and upload it to a secure site for parents to view. Original artwork will be sent home as completed.
The Library Media Center of Vestavia Hills Elementary West School has been developed and designed to help students and teachers experience numerous learning opportunities through exposure to a wide variety of print and non-print materials. The West library follows American Association Standards/Guidelines and incorporates Alabama College and Career Readiness Standards into every library lesson taught. 21st Century Skills are integral in the success of our students, and it is our full intent to immerse students in quality lessons that stimulate Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, and Collaboration. The Media Center is always open for students, teachers, and parents.
Sing, say, dance and play; lots of learning along the way! The music curriculum at VHEW is based on the National Core Music Standards for elementary General Music. During class students explore different musical styles and have many opportunities for movement and improvisation. Students learn how music relates to our daily lives. We discuss the subject matter of our lyrics, which introduces advanced vocabulary, history, patriotism, traditions, holidays, and more. Steady beat and the use of our beautiful singing voices are stressed, so each grade's yearly music program is truly something special! Annual guests for older grades include representatives of the Music Opportunity Program who demonstrate string instruments, VHEC Honor Choir, and our fine VHHS jazz band. Fun and learning is non-stop in music!
The goal of the Physical Education Program of Vestavia Hills Elementary West is to assist each student to become a physically healthy and active person and gain knowledge about healthy lifestyle. The curriculum for K-3 Physical Education is organized into content standards and benchmarks that define the learning goals and objectives appropriate for each grade level. What the students should know and be able to do is defined in three strands: motor skills development, health-enhancing physical activity, and interactive behaviors. A sequential and progressive physical education program benefits the various needs, ability levels, and interests of all the students.