Related Arts Programs

Mill Creek Middle provides students the opportunity to explore many interests outside of the academic classroom. Whether it is through band, art, theater, or robotics, passion and talents are unveiled as students are free to express themselves and inspire others in the process.

Art exposes students to various mediums and allows individual expression with hands-on activities which are linked with curriculum requirements in each grade level. Some of the topics and mediums explored are art history, sketching, pastels, clay, watercolors, cartooning, painting, pottery and more.

Contact Mrs. Perthel

The MCMS Band offers a variety of options to explore music. The band performs at local and community events, parades, pep rallies, and concerts. Students can find many ways to get involved in enrichment opportunities such as Fast Forward Band and Mid-State Prep.

Contact Mrs. Lowry

Choir gives students the opportunity to explore various methods of song and vocal performance through vocal exercises, songwriting workshops, and choir performances. Students not enrolled in Choir as a Major can still perform daily during Flex as part of the Flex Tones, a musical group that celebrates music and performance.

Contact Mrs. Exler

Students will develop skills in operating a keyboard by touch with emphasis on entering the alphabet, numbers, and symbols with proper technique. Students will also create projects using various pieces of technology, such as Google Apps for Education.

Contact: Mr. Young

Students will demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities. Lifetime Wellness is a holistic approach to health and lifetime physical activities in Tennessee schools. This approach to total wellness encompasses the physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being of the individual.

Contact Coach Young

Robotics (7th, 8th)- A 9 week course which introduces students to Robotics. Students work in pairs to program Vex IQ robots using RobotC software. This course uses the Engineering Design Process to develop students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as develop their ability to communicate and work with other students. Throughout the course, students program their robots to complete a variety of tasks, using simple commands and input from the robot’s sensors. At the end of the course, students will complete a final project which encompasses all the material covered. No Robotics experience is necessary.

Engineering (6th)- This course focuses on introducing engineering challenges for students to work on in small groups. Challenges involve in bridge building, aircraft design, raft making, NASA challenges, Catapult making, and other small stem tasks. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and use the supplies given to accomplish a specific task while competing among their peers.

Contact: Mr. Williams

Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures. This communication is evidenced in all four language skills (listening, speaking, writing and reading) with an emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing. Students explore the similarities and differences between American culture and that of the Spanish-speaking world. This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.

Contact: Ms. Shelor

Strings offers students the opportunity to learn various string instruments (violin, viola, cello, string bass, guitar, etc.) in a classroom setting. Classes are not restricted to beginner or experienced students. Students will learn music theory, history, instrument technique with a variety of performance opportunities.

Contact Mr. Madole

Students will explore Drama through script writing, character acting, scene design, directing, research, presentation, and context. Auditions will be held during the school year for the fall and spring productions and/or musicals.

Contact Mrs. Isom

Yearbook is open to 8th grade students as a minor class. Students must have teacher recommendations in order to be considered for yearbook. In yearbook, students take an active role in putting the annual yearbook together. This includes, but is not limited to, taking pictures at various athletic, related arts, and school events, using yearbook software to place images together, creating yearbook pages, and taking ownership of the yearbook production process.

Contact Mrs. Perthel

Majors & Minors

Majors are Related Arts classes that meet 55 minutes each day, 5 days per week. Majors classes may run yearly, quarterly, or by semester (Ex: Band, Art, Computers, PE). Minors are Related Arts classes that also meet 55 minutes each day, 2 days per week. Minors classes change quarterly (Ex: Great Debates, Current Events, PE Plus). Students will get information and registration forms for Majors and Minors at the end of each school year. Students will rank their Majors and Minors preferences for the following school year. Much time and consideration goes into placing students according to their preferences. Minors offerings change each year and provide a wide range of opportunities for students to explore their interests while in middle school.

Related Arts Teachers

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