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Related Arts 2017-08-01T19:34:01+00:00

Sponsor: Kristy Buche           Email: kristina.buche@wcs.edu            Phone: 615-472-4431 Extension: 6460

General Music
General Music is a quarter-long class offered only to 6th graders. In this class, students will gain a basic understanding of musical notes and rhythms, musical styles and time periods, singing, and instruments. Students will sing every day, as well as analyze music that they listen. Students will learn to play West African drums and acoustic guitars. Students will also create commercial jingles and add sound effects to silent movies. Students should expect to participate fully each day in order to improve musical skills.

7th and 8th Grade Choir
Choir is a year-long course offered to 7th and 8th graders. Taking this course in both 7th and 8th grade years is encouraged, but not required. Between the 7th and 8th grade years, different and increasingly challenging music will be performed. Students will sing every day in class, as well as to participate in class activities and assignments. Students will learn about rhythmic and melodic notation, tempo, dynamics, and vocal production. Students should expect to participate fully each day to improve musical skills and to complete the ensemble sound. There will be several concerts during the year, at which student attendance is expected. There may be field trips during the year, and students may also choose to audition for Honor Choir opportunities.

Sponsor: Katie Wilcox           Email: katie.wilcox@wcs.edu           Phone: 615-472-4431 Extension: 6435

6th Grade Band
Students who are interested in learning a band instrument should join this class their sixth grade year. It is a year-long course that begins with choosing one instrument (with the help of the instructor) to focus on through their band career. Students will learn how to read treble and bass clef, as well as basic rhythms and musical notations. Students will play instruments every day in class, and are expected to take instruments home to practice for best results. The 6th grade band will perform three times throughout the course of the year.

7th Grade Band
This course if offered to 7th grade students who were in 6th grade band the previous year or transferred from another band. Students will learn more advanced rhythms, notes, and musical concepts. Students will play instruments every day in class, and are expected to take instruments home to practice for best results. 7th grade band will perform at sporting events, at three concerts throughout the year, and in the Middle Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association’s Concert Performance Assessment in the spring. 

8th Grade Band
This course is offered to 8th grade students who have two previous years of band instruction. Students will learn the most advanced rhythms, notes, and musical concepts for the middle school level. Students will play instruments every day in class, and are expected to take instruments home to practice for best results.  Students will also learn the fundamentals of marching in preparation for high school band. 8th grade band will perform at sporting events, at three concerts throughout the year, and in the Middle Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association’s Concert Performance Assessment in the spring. 

***Any student wishing to join band without the requirements listed must get permission from the instructor before signing up for the course. If a student wishes to change instruments, that must be recommended from the instructor.***

Sponsor: Michelle Vinci           Email: michellev@wcs.edu           Phone: 615-472-4431 Extension: 6430

6th Grade–Exploration
During the 9 week art rotation, students will work with several art media. We begin with still-life drawing to build confidence and observational skills. Color theory and painting follow with a project that connects to art history. A favorite of all 6th graders is the clay project related to one of their social studies units to help them make deeper connections in content (interdisciplinary connections.) Students follow up their works with written reflections.

7th Grade–Methods & Techniques
As students grow older they have a greater desire to learn how to make something look “real” in art. Students walk away from this 9 weeks rotation with a greater understanding of these skills with value & shading in drawing, 1 point perspective, as well as the major color concept that nothing is ever one color but rather made up of many colors. Students put individual expression to their work as they paint, sculpt with clay and incorporate several art concepts in team stop-motion animation projects using iPads. Students follow up their works with written reflections.

8th Grade–Personal Style
Students begin to understand what it means to develop a style as they spend a Semester in this art rotation. Skilled drawing is explored with a thoughtful connection to self, pen & ink methods are developed, Pop Art is experienced through sculpting, and realistic drawing skills are developed with portraits. A mixed-media art piece is created with an interdisciplinary connection to English/ language arts and history. Students experiment with pottery wheel techniques and learn several printmaking methods. Students follow up their works with written reflections, artist statements and participate in art critiques.

Sponsor: Jeff Boyet           Email: jeffrey.boyet@wcs.edu           Phone: 615-472-4431 Extension: 6422

Theatre I
The goal of 6th Grade Theatre I is to prepare students for the next level of theatre and help them gain confidence for 7th grade Theatre II and 8th Grade Advanced Acting. The skills students will have an opportunity to learn include: building confidence through performance, memorization, collaboration, reading comprehension and written expression. This semester long class will focus on the following specific areas:

  • Develop character through games, performances and activities.
  • Describe the relationship between theatre and society within a given time period.
  • Creating character by replicating dialogue, movements and facial expressions of another person/object.
  • Improvisation
  • Develop memorization skills and further extend their reading comprehension.
  • Write original scripts for in-class puppet performances.
  • Creating hand props/puppets.
  • Perform memorized monologues for in-class performances.
  • Demonstrate proper audience etiquette.

Theatre II
The goal of 7th Grade Theatre II is to prepare students for the next level of theatre and help them gain confidence for 8th grade Advanced Acting and beyond. The skills students will have an opportunity to learn include: building confidence through performance, memorization, collaboration, reading comprehension and written expression. This semester long class will focus on the following specific areas:

  • Develop character through games, performances and activities.
  • Describe ways in which a selected art form is used in theatre.
  • Demonstrate improvisation skills.
  • Develop memorization skills and further extend their reading comprehension.
  • Showing a characters emotion through the use of facial expressions.
  • Demonstrate proper audience etiquette.

Advanced Acting
The goal of 8th Grade Advanced Acting is to prepare students for the next level of theatre and help them gain confidence for high school courses and beyond. The skills students will have an opportunity to learn include: building confidence through performance, memorization, collaboration, reading comprehension and written expression. This semester long class will focus on the following specific areas:

  • Develop character through games, performances and activities.
  • Write original scripts for in-class performances.
  • Determine the needs and design the technical elements of scene.
  • Collaborate with others to create a scripted scene.
  • Develop memorization skills and further extend their reading comprehension.
  • Learn the importance of set, make-up and costume design.
  • Examine various art forms used in theatre (dance, music, stage combat)
  • Demonstrate proper audience etiquette.

Sponsor: Lynette Hayes           Email: lynetteh1@wcs.edu           Phone: 615-472-4431 Extension: 6446
Sponsor: Preston Brooks           Email: prestonb@wcs.edu           Phone: 615-472-4431 Extension: 6447

Physical Education
In physical education class students will participate in individual and team sports and lifetime wellness activities such as tiger ball, flag football, disc golf, ultimate frisbee, soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, pickle ball, and others. Students will learn team and individual strategies/skills for these sports.
Students will also participate in daily fitness activities designed to prepare them for success on the state mandated Fitnessgram pacer test as well as other components of the Fitnessgram fitness test.

Sponsor: Sara Reynolds           Email: sarar@wcs.edu           Phone: 615-472-4431 Extension: 6429

6th Grade
In Exploring Technology, students develop an understanding of the progression and scope of technology through exploratory experiences. In group and individual activities, students experience ways in which technological knowledge and processes contribute to effective designs and solutions to technological problems. Students participate in design activities to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Brainstorming, visualizing, modeling, constructing, testing, and refining designs provide firsthand opportunities for students to understand the uses and impacts of innovations. Students develop skills in communicating design information and reporting results.
In this course it is expected that students participate in all activities and gain new experiences. It is critical that students bridge their knowledge in mathematics and science so as to enhance their comprehension of technology. This course is a cornerstone for a middle school technology engineering education program.

7th Grade
In the Inventions & Innovations course, students learn all about invention and innovation. They will have opportunities to study the history of inventions and innovations, including their impacts on society. They will learn about the core concepts of technology and about the various approaches to solving problems, including engineering design and experimentation.

Students will apply their creativity in the invention and innovation of new products, processes, or systems. Finally, students learn about how various inventions and innovations impact their lives. Students participate in engineering-design activities to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Students are involved in activities and experiences where they learn about brainstorming, visualizing, sketching, modeling, constructing, testing, experimenting, and refining designs. Students also develop skills in researching for information, communicating design information, completing engineering portfolios, developing a cost analysis, working with time studies and reporting their results.

8th Grade
Principles of Manufacturing is a yearlong, high school level class and is designed to provide students with exposure to various occupations and pathways in the Advanced Manufacturing career cluster.  It is the first course in the Fairview High School  Mechatronics program of study. In order to gain a holistic view of the advanced manufacturing industry, students will complete all core standards, as well as standards in two focus areas. Throughout the course, they will develop an understanding of the general steps involved in the manufacturing process and master the essential skills to be an effective team member in a manufacturing production setting. Course content covers basic quality principles and processes, blueprints and schematics, and systems. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will advance from this course with a nuanced understanding of how manufacturing combines design and engineering, materials science, process technology, and quality.

Sponsor: Pat Gipson           Email: wilmag@wcs.edu           Phone: 615-472-4431 Extension: 6412

6th Grade Computer Class
Computer Class is only offered to 6th Graders. Students will connect to the world’s information by comparing and contrasting life today with life in the past. Students will study the basics of good digital citizenship then create a presentation on this topic. Also, students will participate in collaborative learning projects using google docs, slides, and spreadsheets. In these projects, students will use a variety of research tools, organize data, and make visual presentations. Weekly, students will work to improve their keyboarding techniques and increase their accuracy and their words per minute.

Sponsor: Natasha Shirley           Email: natasha.shirley@wcs.edu           Phone: 615-472-4431 Extension: 6425

Exploratory Spanish
Exploratory Spanish is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture.  Students will explore geography, customs, and traditions of the 21 countries where Spanish is the national language.  They will also learn some of the basic Spanish language by focusing on listening, reading, writing and speaking. There will be multiple opportunities to speak Spanish in class with an emphasis on using the language outside of the classroom.


Spanish 1

Spanish 1 is a high school honors course and is an introduction to the study of the Spanish language and its culture. Students perform the most basic functions of the language and become familiar with some elements of its culture. The emphasis is placed on the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing within a given context extending outside of the classroom setting when possible.

A general introduction to the culture, its products (e.g., literature, laws, foods, games) perspectives (e.g., attitudes, values, beliefs,) and practices (patterns of social interaction) is integrated throughout the course. Students acquire some insight into how languages and cultures work by comparing the Spanish language and culture(s) to their own.