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Art, Music and Physical Education


Students using team work and technology on an Art project.


South Side General Music Program

Music educates the whole child and the Bristol Music department is committed to continually helping to improve academic, social, physical and artistic skills. The Bristol Public School Music Curriculum is aligned with the National Standards for Music Education which are as follows:

  • Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Performing on instruments, alone and with others a varied repertoire of music
  • Improvising melodies, variations and accompaniments
  • Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
  • Reading and notating music
  • Listening to, analyzing and describing music
  • Evaluating music and music performances
  • Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
  • Understanding music in relation to history and culture

Each student at South Side School grades one through five, is provided with an opportunity to create, perform and respond to music.

Grade One – Students learn to keep a steady beat, develop a singing voice through matching pitch, play various small percussion instruments, and respond creatively to music through movement.

Grade Two – Students continue to learn and experience music through singing, creating and responding while using various percussion instruments, playing games, movement, and beginning music terminology.

Grade Three – Students explore the language of music by singing, playing various percussion instruments, learning beginning music notes, symbols, responding to music and games as they prepare to begin soprano recorder in January. Information to parents will go home in December.

Grades Four and Five - Students continue to sing, create, improvise and respond to music through games, playing various percussion instruments and partner activities. At this time only students in 5th grade can participate in chorus. More information will follow.

South Side School General Music Program

Physical Education


First of all I would like to introduce myself…..My name is Lisa Galske, I have been teaching physical education in the Bristol Public School system for 14 years. I am very excited to be teaching your children this year.

The next few weeks my goal is to try and get to know each and every one of them. They have been working very hard on their fitness components, movement concepts, cardio, muscular strength and endurance and flexibility. As the year progresses we will be challenging your students with a variety of skills and units such as; manipulatives, rhythmics, cooperative games and fitness. Therefore, it is imperative that your students follow these specific guidelines in order to maximize their learning in physical education.

1. Each child is required to participate unless excused by a physician or school nurse.

2. Please have your children dress comfortably. SNEAKERS are required for safe participation.

3. Please leave valuables, jewelry, at home on PE days.

4. Formal evaluation will be conducted throughout the year. Assessments will be based on movement concepts/skills, fitness, manipulative skills, and responsible behavior.

Thank you, I look forward to a great year working with your children!

Lisa Galske, Physical Education Teacher