Specialist Classrooms & Electives

Elementary Specialist Classrooms

Spanish: K-5th grade students receive weekly Spanish instruction by a Spanish speaking teacher through an interactive curriculum using the TPRS method. This method combines storytelling, reading and Spanish through actions to help students make gains toward fluency.

Technology: Students have access to a PC computer lab. Elementary students learn needed keyboarding skills, Microsoft Windows, and MS Office software familiarity.

Music: General Music is offered to all grade levels. Students are taught about composers, the elements of music, music appreciation, and participate in performance with voice and instrument. Band begins in 6th grade and continues through middle school and high school.

Physical Education: Students develop the skills of physical fitness and conditioning while learning sportsmanship and athletic skills.

Art:  Students explore creativity through the art program offered to all grade levels.

Middle School Electives

We focus on core subjects and skills that will prepare students for high school. We augment the core subjects through modern and varied elective options such as drama, technology, yearbook, health, band, choir, Spanish, and physical education in order to provide a well-rounded school experience.

Students in middle school are expected to suit up for each PE class. Baskets for belongings are provided in the locker rooms. Locks are optional and are the student's responsibility. Students must change back into regular school clothes following class unless their PE class is at the end of the day.

High School Electives

Additional High School electives offered include: speech; technology; yearbook; digital media, computer animations and computer applications; physical education, weight training, health; fine and performing arts: art, photography, band, choir, performance company; and foreign languages.

Art program overview:

Crosspoint's high school art program is uniquely set up so that any student can participate without prerequisite classes nor experience level. Our project based curriculum reflects the elements and principles of design in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, experimental art and printmaking. All students are challenged individually to improve based on their own personal styles and creative expression. Drawing is the foundation to any art program, therefore, is an important element every semester. Returning students will be challenged to higher levels of observation while beginning students will be introduced to the concept of drawing what they see versus what they know. New mediums and projects will be explored each semester so returning students will always be exposed to a variety of media to further enrich their creative experience and develop their creative voice. Art History is woven into each semester in order to give meaning and to teach technique. Students will choose an artist that they will use to influence their final exam painting or mixed media piece. This will be their final exam grade along with a presentation on the artist's life & work.

We now offer at 3 credit concurrent painting class through Northwest Nazarene University. This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of painting. It is designed to develop the student's ability to translate color, organize compositional ideas with visual balance and increase their confidence in the medium.

Denise Cormier Mahoney, Art Instructor


  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas; Master of Art Education, 2011
  • Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1983Women Painters of Washington- Active 2005 to present


  • Federation of Canadian Artists- Active 2006 to present

Juror Experience

  • 41st Helen Norris Open Show- Sydney Gallery, Port Orchard -Guest Juror- May 2011

Gallery Affiliations

  • Directors Gallery- Bainbridge Island, WA- 2008- present
  • Women Painters of WA- Columbia Tower, Seattle
  • Founder Silverdale's Old Town Art Walk –Juried Exhibits 2003- 2010

 Museums & Collections

  • Olympic Resource Management- Permanent collection, Poulsbo, WA- Nov. 2005
  • The Port Gamble Museum- Permanent collection, Port Gamble, WA- June 2005


  • "Best in Show" WPW Member show 2010- Barbara Shaiman- Seattle Art Museum Gallery

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