West Valley Middle School
Related Arts Descriptions
Year Long Related Arts Classes
YEAR LONG ART is designed for the highly motivated student who wishes to participate in an Art class for the entire school year. The course provides the teacher and student an opportunity to explore Art concepts and processes in a more in-depth way.
6th grade Band
6th grade band is a hands-on performance based class. Students rehearse and perform music on brass, percussion or woodwind instruments. Band instruments include flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, French horn, baritone, tuba, and all percussion instruments. Students learn quality tone production, how to read musical notation and perform beginner level band music, both in a group and individually. A variety of musical styles are explored. The 6th grade band performs at least 2 concerts per year and several optional performance activities are available. No experience is required.
7th and 8th grade Band
7th and 8th grade band classes are hands-on performance based courses comprised of brass, percussion and woodwind instruments. Band instruments include flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, French horn, baritone, tuba, and all percussion instruments. Students rehearse and perform a variety of musical styles within the intermediate to advanced level, building on the skills developed in 6th grade. The 7th and 8th grade bands perform at least 2 concerts per year and there are several optional performance opportunities. One or two years of previous experience is recommended.
CHORUS provides students the opportunity to explore the expanding vocal range with a goal to sing three and four-part music literature, depending on grade level. Proper, and age appropriate, vocal production techniques will be demonstrated in order for students to evaluate personal and group performance utilizing a rubric. The students will be assigned to a voice part based on teacher assessment. Students with all levels of experience are welcomed! We typically have two school concerts per semester at Bearden High School. Students will be exposed to and perform a wide variety of music from the beginnings of music to today’s top radio hits!
PEER TUTORING is intended to help you become more effective as a peer and advocate for people who have moderate to severe intellectual and physical challenges. Peer tutors play an important role in helping people with disabilities develop a social network- a group of friends they can spend time with, go places and do things with, and who will help them meet new friends.
6th Grade Orchestra
6TH GRADE ORCHESTRA is a performance based class ideal for anyone who has ever wanted to play a stringed instrument (e.g. violin, viola, cello, or bass). We focus on learning to hold the instrument properly, how to make a great sound, and how to read music. We cover music of all styles. We generally perform two concerts per year with other outside performance opportunities available. No previous experience is required.
7th and 8th Grade Orchestra
7TH AND 8TH GRADE ORCHESTRAS are performance based classes. We focus on intermediate and advanced techniques of string playing. We cover music of all styles. We generally perform at least two concerts per year with other outside performance opportunities available. Previous experience is recommended.
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA a is a class tailored for students who have had private lessons or are motivated and seek an accelerated musical experience. Enrollment is audition based. Please contact Mr. Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
TECHNOLOGY: Learning today. Making a difference tomorrow. That is the theme for this 18-week course. This class will enable students to learn about and effectively access and use technology resources. Students already interact with technology daily. But, do they really know how technology is used in society? This class will take what students already use and work backwards. The goal is to see how real businesses use technology to inform the public that there is something new on the market. The Students will be challenged to create a concept for a product or service that solves a problem in their school or community. Once the students have a firm grasp of their product concept, the class will be truly begin. The class will be made up of three main phases: 1. Create a prototype of the product using the technology of 3D printing. 2. Students will then create a commercial or Public Service Announcement about their new product. 3. In the final phase, students will create a website. The website will include the commercial or PSA previously produced. Students will be using a variety of Adobe Creative Cloud computer programs to create graphics and logos. As time permits, students will have the opportunity to create a functioning App, do basic coding, and possibly learn about animation.
Wheel Related Arts Classes
Health and Safety
HEALTH AND SAFETY is designed to fit into a rotation arrangement to allow all students at this level an opportunity to participate in a health class. The teenage years can be filled with turmoil and uncertainty as they grow from childhood to adulthood. The course goal of Health and Safety is to help young people realize that the healthier they are, the happier and more successful they can be. By educating students regarding the benefits of healthy choices, they relate healthy living to personal wellness in the areas of physical, mental, emotional and social health, safety and prevention, human growth and development; thus, they will learn to apply these principles to life.
Health and Safety Optional
HEALTH AND SAFETY OPTIONAL is to help young people realize that the healthier they are, the happier and more successful they can be. Our Healthy Living class will provide an opportunity for all students to learn to respect themselves, others and their world in fun and practical ways. Real-life practical application activities will deepen student understanding of the West Valley Middle School Health Topics.
This course is designed to improve student use and understanding of Information Age technology. This enables students to learn about and effectively access and use technology resources. Students will use a variety of computer applications and tools.
Students continue to enhance keyboarding skills; as well as, strengthen their knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. General topics of this course are: Computer Ethics, Digital Citizenship, Computer Hardware, Basic Coding, Web Design, and Audio/Video Production. The goal is to make the connection between what students learn today, will make a difference tomorrow. Throughout the course students will work on effective communication skills.
ART WHEEL is designed to fit into a rotation arrangement to allow all students at the grade level an opportunity to participate in an Art class. It is a survey course that attempts to cover a wide variety of concepts, techniques, and media.
GENERAL MUSIC is a course that allows the student to experience a variety of musical studies in the local school and community and to begin to evaluate and critique what they have heard. Students will have the opportunity to examine musical characteristics when related to different cultures and historical periods.
Physical education plays a major role in the overall education of students. The skills learned prepare children physically and help develop skills that prepare them for success in the classroom. As children grow and increase their physical abilities, they learn how to participate in activities within groups, and they should develop an interest in both team and individual sports. Students will: Demonstrate basic skills needed to participate in a variety of team and individual sports and games. Describe common rule infractions within these sports and games. Demonstrate good sportsmanship and teamwork. Participate in movement and exercises to improve physical fitness. Participate in and individual fitness assessment and create a plan to improve areas of weakness. Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. Develop a life-long awareness of a physically active lifestyle This course is designed to fit into a rotation arrangement to allow all students at this level an opportunity to participate in a physical education class. Within this course are a variety of activities related to health and fitness, team activities, and individual activities. This course is based on the TN state standards for physical education.
EXPLORATORY LANGUAGE is an exploratory course designed to provide an introduction to culture and basic language skills for sixth grade students. Students in this class must have at least a “C” average in order to enroll. This course will be offered as a 9-weeks Related Arts course. Students will learn about topics in relation to general themes such as alphabet and pronunciation, geography, numbers, date, weather, basic conversation, holidays and celebrations. Students do not earn high school credit.
NOVEL STUDY Do you love to read and discuss young adult literature? In this 9 week course, you will read 3 books--one as a whole group novel study, one with a small group, and one book you will read independently.
TECHNOLOGY course is designed to improve student use and understanding of Information Age technology. This enables students to learn about and effectively access and use technology resources. Students will use a variety of computer applications and tools. During this 9-week Computer Technology course, students will continue to enhance their keyboarding skills; as well as, strengthen their knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. General topics the students will delve into are: Computer Ethics, Digital Citizenship, Computer Hardware, Introduction to Coding, Web Design, and Audio/Video Production. The goal is to make the connection between what students learn today will make a difference when they enter the “real” world. Throughout the course students will work on effective communication skills.
High School Credit Classes
INTRO LANGUAGE COURSES are for students who are interested in acquiring knowledge of the German, Spanish, Latin language and culture. The curriculum includes the study of the culture and basic communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Recommended for 8th grade students who read and perform language arts skills and math skills above grade level .
Visual Art 1^
VISUAL ARTS provides a variety of experiences that build on the concepts, techniques, and use of media introduced in the middle school program. Generally laboratory in nature, Art 1 explores and gives experience in two-dimensional (drawing, painting, printmaking) and three-dimensional (sculpture, ceramics, textiles) formats and integrates art history, design principles, and aesthetic criticism and response.
*Class is being polled for. It may not be offered next year.
^Class is for high school credit. Grade earned will be entered on student’s high school transcript and be factored into student’s grade point average in high school
~Class requires an application to be turned in with course selection sheet