The 6th grade art rotation class lasts only 9 weeks. Students will gain an understanding of what makes a “good” drawing by learning and applying skills of observation, composition, and shading through the drawing objects from real life. Students will also have the opportunity to create art based on the styles of famous artists, using various techniques of painting, collage, and simple printmaking. By the end of the 9 weeks students will also have learned one-point linear perspective drawing skills. Varied activities keep the level of interest very high. Students are encouraged to draw at home and to keep a personal visual journal that will be compiled at the end of the 9 weeks term. All students will have at least one art work included in the school wide art show held in the spring of the year.
|Kristin Bloodworth||Art Rotation|
Hewitt-Trussville Midle School Athletics Information
The Hewitt-Trussville Middle School Band is made up of over 250 members in three different bands. One hundred twenty five 6th grade students are involved in the Beginning Band, where they learn to play a musical instrument for the first time. The two other bands are Concert Band and Symphonic Band. The Concert Band is made up of sixty 7th and 8th grade students. The Symphonic Band is made up of seventy five 7th and 8th grade students and play advanced middle school band literature. All 7th and 8th grade band students participate in the Pep Band which plays at all home football games, pep rallies, and some school assemblies. All of the bands perform a Holiday Concert and Spring Concert.
Band takes patience and lots of practice. It helps students learn to be independent, responsible, and co-operative. Besides all that – band is fun!
Students who select Rotation as their Sixth Grade elective will participate in Choir for one nine week grading period. This nine week period allows students to become familiar with building skills as a singer as well as the expectations of singing in a choir. Throughout the nine weeks, students sing a variety of musical styles, develop music reading skills, and learn to sing in two-part harmony. The nine weeks culminates with a performance in the Choir Room for parents and grandparents to attend.
The Choir 6/Rotation experience also encourages many students to continue to sing in Choir as a Seventh and/or Eighth Grade student.
7th/8th Grade Mixed Choir
The Seventh and Eighth Grade Mixed Choir rehearses daily to increase the students’ abilities in singing skills and to prepare for performances. The Choir members are both young ladies and men. Students participate in concerts and choral festivals throughout the school year and are occasionally invited to perform in the community for special events. Students perform a variety of music from classical to pop music. Students have the opportunity to audition for the Alabama All State Choir and Young Voices Festival.
7th/8th Grade Girls’ Choir
The Seventh and Eighth Grade Girls’ Choir rehearses daily to increase the students’ abilities in singing skills and to prepare for performances. Students participate in concerts and choral festivals throughout the school year and are occasionally invited to perform in the community for special events. Choral students perform a variety of music from classical to pop. Students have the option to audition for the Alabama All State Choir and Young Voices Festival. Many girls enjoy the opportunity of singing with a “girls only” group.
|Counselors||Sue Boyd and Alice Lawley|
|Debate Team||Kim Hutchens|
|Huskies in the Middle|
Student Run Television Studio hosted on TCS Intranet.
Huskies in the Middle is proud to provide morning announcements to the student body every morning. The HT-TV team is student operated. All news casts are anchored, shot, and produced by students. Interviews are done inside the studio to promote a sense of community within the school.
|Media Center||Jamie Peerson||Media Center|
Lego Mindstorms (18 weeks)
Students learn how to program basic robot behaviors using motors and rotation, sound, light, touch and ultrasonic sensors. By incorporating their own creativity, design, logic, and problem-solving skills, students can explore endless engineering, math and science opportunities.
Design and Modeling (9 weeks)
Students use geometry, problem-solving, teamwork, and project management skills to design and develop product prototypes. Students do NOT need to have a working knowledge of geometry for this course.
The Magic of Electrons (9 weeks)
Engaged in relevant hands-on projects, students unravel the mysteries of digital circuitry and will be introduced to the principles of electricity and electronics. They will learn how electrons produce electromotive force and move from one atom to the next. They will design simple circuits to sense real world conditions and explore the implications of electricity on our lives.
Scholars Bowl is an academic team made up of 6th through 8th graders who compete in a Jeopardy-like game against other schools. Our team is in a local league, and our matches are mainly in the Fall against public and private schools such as Moody, Springville, Odenville, and Pell City.
Science Olympiad fosters pride in the academics. The students flex their intellectual muscles in areas such as ecology, chemistry, robotics, biology, etc. Students have the opportunity to compete against top students across the state in the field of science.
|Technology||Shane Clay |
7th and 8th Grade Theatre Arts I
This year-long course introduces students to the theatre and offers them many acting opportunities. Students study improvisation, pantomime and mime, voice and diction, acting, dramatic structure, varieties of drama, theatre history, and play production. Students must be willing to incorporate creativity and imagination into many varied class productions. The course requires student participation in class plays, skits, monologues, poetry interpretation, theatre games, and movement.
8th Grade Theatre Arts II
The prerequisite for this course is Theatre Arts I. Theatre II students are more involved in character development, script analysis, collaboration, and the role of technical theatre in a production. In addition to studying dramatic structure and the overall acting process more deeply, students will continue to examine theatre history, broaden theatre vocabulary, and respond to productions by communicating thoughts and feelings, explaining concepts of aesthetics, and evaluating artistic choices. Students will participate in class plays, skits, monologues, poetry interpretation, theatre games, and movement.
The Drama Club produces two afterschool plays/musicals each year. Students audition to participate in each production.
The HTMS Ambassadors act as hosts and hostesses of our school. Students are selected in the spring through an interview process. In addition to their duties as hosts and hostesses, Ambassadors also participate in service projects throughout the year.
|Lauren Dean, Victoria Milton, and Kathy Troncale|
|National Junior Honor Society|
The National Junior Honor Society is a nationally recognized, prestigious organization that upholds the value of knowledge. Membership in the Hewitt Trussville Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society must be earned by the effective demonstration of the five qualities held in high esteem by the Society: scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. In order to qualify, a student must be in the seventh or eigth grade, have a 4.0 GPA, and be held in high regard by the faculty and staff here at HTMS. The selection process begins in February.
|Amanda McIntosh||National Junior Honor Society|