Mercury Mine Signature Programs
PVSchools is committed to providing educational options and individualized instruction to meet the needs of all students.
Mercury Mine is proud to offer many different Signature Programs over the course of the school year to help each student achieve his/her highest level of academic and personal success.
Strike It R.I.C.H.
Strike it R.I.C.H. is our school wide behavior plan to reinforce Responsible, Invested, Caring, and Honorable action across our school. Expectations have been established for learning environments, cafeteria, outside/playground, bathroom, and common areas.
To support this positive behavior plan, teachers are being trained in and already using Conscious Discipline strategies. Students are being recognized daily for their participation and displaying great examples of Striking It Rich.
Special Area Classes at Mercury Mine
K-6th grade students have a Special Area Class with a state certified specialist each day. Special area classes teach Physical Education, Visual Art, Music and Computer/Library standards as well as help develop the whole child.
Our physical education curriculum follows the principles of Fitness for Life. The curriculum includes various sports, movement, and activities that incorporate all areas of physical fitness. Mr. Urken makes moving fun and students participate in our annual Field Day activities in the Spring.
Visual Arts with Ms. Kirsch teaches students to incorporate different media into their art projects as they learn design concepts and art history. 2D and 3D projects are completed throughout the year and offer different modalities of looking at and interpreting the world. Student work is celebrated at the District Fine Arts Festival.
Our General Music classes with Mrs. Wenger introduce students to a variety of rhythms, musical genres and instruments and incorporate movement and music history. Chorus students, who meet before school, have multiple performance opportunities throughout the year at school wide assemblies and the District Fine Arts Festival.
Computer/Library classes led by Mrs. Pang introduce and reinforce Digital Citizenship using the Common Sense Media Curriculum as students use computer productivity tools. Students will find Information Power and support for their recreational and educational reading in the library.
Band and Strings programs with Mr. Johnston and Ms. Crider are offered for 4th-6th grade students during Special Area times. Students learn the fundamentals of reading music and have performance opportunities at school and district festivals.
Artist In Residence
Our Artist In Residence program brings a visiting artist to our school every other year. Over the course of a month, all students have the opportunity to work with a professional artist to expand their arts and humanities exposure and learn in an interactive way from a primary source. Past residencies include A Celebration of China with Mei Kuei Chan Cruise; Mining A Wealth of History - Storytelling with Jim Cogan; and A Taste of Mexico with Oliverio Balcells. Other subjects have included Tai Ko Drums, African Arts and Folklore, and Celtic Dancing.
In collaboration with this program, our Mini Museum volunteers create a commemorative piece of artwork. This community project includes participation by all students and can be seen on display in the school library and cafeteria.
Funding for our Artist In Residence programs is provided by grants from The Arizona Commission on the Arts, SRP, and support from MMES PTG.