The Unified Arts are an essential part of every child’s education at Kennett Middle School. Its role is to integrate academic skills and concepts into life and culture. Students are exposed to a variety of experiences that will help shape a more complete, well-rounded person ready for high school and future careers. At KMS, we recognize the need to foster intellectual, creative, physical, social, health and technological skills in all students. We all look forward to working with your child this year.
FACS (90 min/30 days)
Family and Consumer Science (FACS) will provide your child with the essential skills to become a productive family member, friend and community leader. We will work cooperatively in groups, improving our interpersonal communication skills while engaging in creative and critical thinking. Topics covered in 7th and 8th grade include:
- Career Exploration
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Child Development
- Personal Financial Literacy
- Food and Nutrition
Tech Ed (90 min/30 days)
Technology Education and Engineering offers an opportunity for our students to explore engineering topics in manufacturing, construction, power & energy, transportation, communications and bio-related technologies.
The universal problem solving model and engineer design process are utilized by our students as they build prototypes and offer solutions to class challenges using tools, machines and processes. All technology solutions have input from “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, art, math).
Grade 7 activities:
- Pontoon boats
- Spinning tops
- Gumball machines
- Solar ovens
- Magnetic lock box
Grade 8 activities:
- Solar cars
- Mousetrap vehicle
- Balsa bridges
- Tambor clocks
Visual Art (45 min/60 days)
Art instruction is valuable to all students in the middle school as the practice of producing artwork involves the student with constant decision making and self assessment. This practice in creative problem solving can be extended to other areas of learning.
Students will be studying the Elements of Art and Principles of Design as the foundation of class. They will explore a variety of art materials and techniques as well as learning about art and artists from different time periods and cultures. Students will create both 2D and 3D artworks that will include drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, crafts and design. In addition to these artworks, students will present a Show and Tell once during class. 7th graders will explain an object from home in terms of the Elements & Principles of Art. 8th graders will talk about an art career or an artist of their choosing.
Health (45 min/60 days)
Health classes focus on providing students with a better understanding of themselves, others and the community around them as they grow in self-reliance. Students will be assessed through participation, classroom projects and quizzes.
Topics to be covered in 7th grade will include accident proneness, signs of health, stress reduction, growth and development, building self-esteem, Project alert and nutrition. The emphasis in 8th grade will include goal setting, consumerism, refusal skills, growth and development, evaluating abstinence and contraception, and coping with skills for life events.
General Music (45 min/60 days)
7th grade: The students will be gaining a better knowledge of the themes touched on in elementary school. This includes reading music, playing the piano, and knowing the instruments of the orchestra. The students will be doing research on the significance and history of The Star Spangled Banner. They will also learn the basics of guitar playing.
8th Grade: the students will be working in groups or as partners to explore new areas of music. They will be writing a piece of music on the computer. The students are going to be exploring the worlds of opera and music theater. They will be researching major composers within four significant time periods of music history. They will get to continue their learning of the piano through reading music at a level they are comfortable with.
~ Jenn Ouellette
Physical Education (45 min/60 days)
This year, Physical Education will be 12 weeks long. Each student will have PE every day during the same block. Students will participate in a variety of team, individual and fitness activities while becoming positive participants and knowledgeable spectators.
- Students are expected to change into appropriate clothing for each class. This includes sneakers, tee-shirt/sweatshirt, athletic shorts or wind pants.
- Each student will be assigned their own PE /Sport locker. Keep all valuables and clothes locked up. You are responsible for your own PE lock and locker. Do not tell anybody your combination. Tell me if you have a locker problem or if it is lost.
- A five point grading rubric will be used daily. Students will be graded on preparation, attitude/sportsmanship, participation/effort, and improvement.
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