Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

The Arts Program of the schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is based on  the New York State Standards.  As with  all of our educational programs, all instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith  foundation. Spanning history and place, the Arts has always been a vital part  of the traditional ceremonies and festivities of the world’s cultures and in  particular of the culture and tradition of the Catholic Church. The Arts can  become a pathway to understanding ourselves and others.  It can illuminate the traditions and  religions of the many other cultures that are part of our nation and our  world.  The Arts transcends barriers of  language, race, and culture and has the potential of helping humankind to  achieve our goal of a peaceful society. 

The content of the  Pre-Kindergarten Arts program is centered around the following New York State  Standards areas: Visual Arts

  • experiments with a variety of mediums and methods of  use art materials
  • uses materials to build and create “pieces” that  represent another item
  • chooses materials and subjects with intent and purpose
  • paints, draws and constructs models based on observation
  • identifies similarities and differences among samples  of visual art


  • participates in a variety of music activities  including listening, singing, finger plays and musical instruments
  • engages in music activities having different moods, tempos,  and rhythms
  • creates sounds using traditional and non-traditional  instruments
  • moves and keeps rhythm to different kinds of music
  • repeats, responds and/or reacts to lyrics and/or  melodies

Theatre  and Dramatic Play

  • represents fantasy, real life, imagination and  literature through dramatic play
  • assumes the role of something or someone else and  attempts to speak in the appropriate manner and tone
  • uses basic props, and costume pieces to establish  time, setting and character
  • demonstrates age-appropriate behavior when observing  theatre and drama

Dance/Creative  Movement

  • demonstrates concepts (feelings, ideas, etc.) through  dance and creative movement
  • uses movement to interpret or imitate feelings,  animals,, etc.
  • learns simple, repetitive, dance steps and routines
  • compare and contrast different forms of dance
  • demonstrates age appropriate audience behavior when  observing dance and creative movement productions.         

Physical Education/Health

The Physical Education Program of the schools of the  Diocese of Ogdensburg implements the New York State Standards.  As with all of our educational programs, all  instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith foundation.  The human person and thus the human body as  well as all life is respected.  Therefore  proper development and understanding of the body is an important part of the  development of the whole person.  The  elementary physical education program is designed around the following areas.

  • using the senses to guide learning and to plan and  carry out movements
  • demonstrates coordination and control of large muscles
  • combines a sequence of large motor skills with and  without the use of equipment
  • demonstrates eye-hand coordination and dexterity  needed to manipulate objects
  • participates in activities designed to strengthen  major muscle groups and promote balance and flexibility
  • demonstrates personal care and hygiene skills and  demonstrates awareness of healthy habits
  • demonstrates  awareness and understanding of basic safety rules