Programs at Dunham School
Along with the extensive curriculum/activity list that is a part of every classroom at Dunham, we take pride in the opportunity to provide a number of unique educational activities. These are listed below:
We have a half time credentialed PE teacher who works with every class at least twice a week.
Dunham is fortunate to work with the Mr. Music program weekly in "grade level specific" music instruction.
Drama teacher "Miss Dana" works with all grade levels for second trimester enrichment. At the end of the second trimester, each grade level performs on stage at the Dunham PTO Pasta Feed event.
Dunham fielded two teams last year who participated in the Sonoma County Science Olympiad. This after school program is open to all interested 4-6 students, and is taught by the former president of the California Science Teacher Association Sharon Janulaw.
This year many of our teachers have been trained in the STRAW program. Together with the students and docents from several Bay area science environmental organizations, our students work to restore valuable watershed areas throughout Sonoma and Marin counties.
With the help of many parent volunteers, our garden is flourishing. During the first and third trimesters, students work with garden coordinator, Ms. Lindsey, to grow starts from seed in the greenhouse, transplant, and maintain plants. The produce is sold as a fundraiser at mini "farmers markets" in front of the school during dismissal, with the proceeds going back to the garden program. Check out the garden blog at dunhamgarden.weebly.com!
After School Clubs
Dunham teachers share their hobbies and personal interests with students in 6 week sessions called "clubs." Examples include yoga, scrapbooking, "kindness club," drawing, field biology, math, and science. We also have a variety of vendor run clubs throughout the year!
After School Sports
Grades 4 - 6 participate in a South County elementary league and compete against other schools in basketball, softball, volleyball and flag football.
Support Services: RSP, Speech/Language/Counseling
We are fortunate to have a strong support staff at Dunham to help every child meet his/her potential.
Week-long Science adventures in Yosemite (5/6)
Every other year our PTO supports a week-long trip for all our 5th and 6th graders at Yosemite Institute. Next trip will be during the 2012/13 school year.
Walker Creek outdoor education (6th)
Along with all the other 6th grades in Petaluma our students have the opportunity to attend Walker Creek Outdoor School in the Spring where they have lots of science adventures, but they also get to meet the students they will be attending junior high and high school with.
Angel Island Civil War simulation(5th)
Every year our fifth grade students reenact the Civil War during an overnight camp on Angel Island, through the Living History Project. Students even stand watch during the night!
After school opportunities in music, art, science, sports
After school piano instruction through the “Move Over Mozart” program, TGW golf, Spanish Instruction through "Colors of Spanish" program, drama, chess, and after-school sports. These opportunities vary depending on availability of volunteers an/or adequate participation to support the program.
Extensive field trip opportunities in every class
From trips to the fire department to the Rosicrucian Museum, all of our students have field trips as part of their curricular experiences.