TSMS Related Arts Classes

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

Visual Art classes are designed to help students solve problems with creativity and express themselves through art.  By learning the fundamentals of design, students will develop their skills in drawing, painting, mixed media, and ceramics.

Did you enjoy learning the recorder, working with drums, or playing guitar in elementary school?  Band is the next step.  Middle school band students will specialize on one instrument: woodwind, percussion, or brass.  You will perform in concerts throughout the school year to showcase your talent!

The major emphasis of this course is on singing activities and vocal production. This national standards based course develops the skills necessary for ensemble singing of choral literature appropriately arranged for middle school voices, and in reading music notation.
The course also provides opportunities for growth in the understanding of musical elements (rhythm, melody, form, harmony, expressive elements, and style) as applied to the music performed. Students will learn to enjoy participating in vocal music; work cooperatively with other students in the musical organization and serve the school by participating in selected performances.

The goal for the TSMS choir program  is to inspire and grow students in the area of singing and performing.  Being a part of a choir builds relationships, confidence, and talent.  Students will learn how to sing in harmony and work together as a team of vocalists.

Open to 8th grade students only, German is a high school credit course where students will travel to Independence High School to complete German I.  Students will then be able to take German II as a freshman.

Instructor: Ashley Schmidt

The Multimedia course is designed to develop and build on computer technology skills. Students will use a variety of computer software and web tools. Topics that will be covered are keyboarding, Google Drive, Microsoft Office, digital citizenship, Internet search skills, and coding. Students will participate in a variety of individual and group projects.

Orchestra students will prepare three concerts and one competition during the school year. Students will learn proper string instrument position and set-up, and develop their left hand and bow techniques throughout the course of the year. Techniques include finger patterns for the left hand, as well as marcato, staccato, and legato bow strokes. In addition, orchestra students will have the opportunity to be mentored by local professional guest artists. Students will also learn and practice rehearsal etiquette and ensemble skills in a team-building atmosphere.

Coaches: Mark Montgomery and Shelley Steakley

  • Students will work individually, together, and with Physical Education teachers to improve overall physical health and fitness. Students will utilize teacher, self, and peer assessments to assist in improving their skills and knowledge of physical education.
  • Units include but are not limited to: volleyball, soccer ,floor polo/lacrosse, flag football, basketball, Frisbee, fitness games, and non-traditional games.
  • Fitness training: Flexibility, muscular strength, and endurance, and sport specific training.
  • We expect students to work/play hard, get exercise, follow our gym procedures, and have fun while in PE class. We expect our students to be respectful, be responsible, and take pride in all they do!!

In 7A Spanish students will develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment through the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, presentational). Students demonstrate proficiency in the communication modes by listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language.

In 8B Spanish students will continue to develop their ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment through the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, presentational). Students will continue to demonstrate proficiency in the communication modes by listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language.

Instructor: Katie Boothe

Theatre classes are designed to help develop creative problem solving skills, improvisation, and confidence in public speaking.  Students will participate in theatre games, as well as script and character studies.  Theatre is a fun and challenging way to get shy students to open up, and gives everyone a safe place to grow creatively.