Classroom News

Classroom Updates

Mrs. Harwell - Visual Art Teacher
Art Class   (10/23/2015)
Please check Schoology for classroom updates on project due dates, upcoming tests, or to access course resources. Grades are updated on a weekly basis on Powerschool. Please remember to review each assignment to ensure you have every assignment submitted. Please email Mrs. Harwell at with any questions.
Projects by Grade Level
8th Grade- Graphite Portrait Drawing, Clay Vessel
7th Grade- Impressionism Painting, Figure Drawing, Printmaking
6th Grade- Contour Line Drawing/Painting, Clay Maraca
Visual Art Newsletter   (09/11/2015)
6th Grade

Welcome to Visual Art! Our first project focuses on observational drawing. The students will be creating a "Contour Line Drawing." We have learned the importance of observation and how it can impact the accuracy of a drawing.The students created a drawing of their hand, shoe, or found object and transferred the design in a balanced and dynamic pattern onto their final paper. Next week, we will discuss and take notes about color and include complementary colors into the final drawings.
7th Grade
It's time to paint! For our first project of the trimester, students will be creating a painting inspired by the French 19th century art movement called Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. To prepare for this project students learned about the characteristics and inspirations of each style of art as well as the differences among them. They also learned about many famous artists from this time such as Manet, Pissaro, Degas, Sisley, Monet, Morisot, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Toulouse-Lautrec. 
8th Grade
Welcome to Visual Art! Our first project focuses on portraiture. The students learned about several artistic styles from art history such as Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Abstract (Cubism), Surrealism, and Pop Art. The students discussed characteristics of each particular style and learned the social purpose of a portrait during each time period. Next week the students will begin creating a realistic portrait by utilizing the grid system. The grid system is a drawing technique used to reproduce or enlarge an image by drawing a grid onto an original photo and a grid of equal ratio onto the final paper.  

Mrs. Reatherford - Band Director
Flyer Lyre   (05/24/2019)
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Flyer Lyre   (05/03/2019)
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Mrs. Shellard - Drama Teacher and Director of Musical
6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Drama   (10/23/2015)
Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade drama, please continue to check in Schoology for assignments and Powerschool for graded work.  If you see a NG that means I don't have your work yet.  Please turn it in. Questions, email Mrs. Shellard at
 Projects by Grade
6th - Audience Etiquette 2 paragraph, Solo Pantomime, First Grade Story, Monologue
7th - Duet Pantomime, Theatre History, Duet Scene
8th - Theatre History, Acting/Directing Scene, Entertainment Speech

6th Grade Drama   (09/10/2015)
Welcome to 6th grade drama!  Students are learning about good audience etiquette and stage directions while beginning to create their solo pantomime.  Students will be gin performing these in class at the end of September.  Questions, email Mrs. Shellard at
7th Grade Drama   (09/10/2015)
Welcome back to drama 7th graders!  We are currently working on creating a duet pantomime with a partner.  Students will begin performing them in class on Wednesday September 16 for blue students and Thursday September 17 for silver students.  Questions, email Mrs. Shellard at
6th Grade Drama   (09/10/2015)
Welcome to drama!  6th graders are learning about good audience etiquette and beginning to create their first project which will be a solo pantomime using the 5 rules of pantomime.  These pantomimes will be due end of September.  Questions, email Mrs. Shellard at
Ms. Stanton - General Music and Choir
General Music   (11/11/2015)
6th Grade
As we quickly approach the end of the trimester, the 6th graders are having a blast exploring the Appalachian Dulcimer, which is a simple string instrument that allows us to create and perform our very own compositions. We recently finished our Latin American Music unit, in which we studied the customs, musicians and dancing of Latin American cultures. A few hard-working students were lucky enough to celebrate the end of the unit with a Latin American feast!

7th Grade
Since wrapping up our African Folk Music unit, the students have been working hard to dig deeper into pop music by creating listening maps. These listening maps portray different aspects of music that listeners don't usually pick out while they are passively listening to songs, such as dynamic changes, texture, and tone color. 

8th Grade
For the last part of the trimester, we have been giving our regards to Broadway. We have learned about the history of Broadway, important names in the industry, and different ways that it impacts theater and entertainment as we know it today. We will finish out the trimester by watching and analyzing the hit Disney musical "Newsies."