Specials

Specials at Davis Middle School

Bell Schedule -- Bell schedule for in-person and at-home students.  Updated Oct. 1

 

Art          Careers           Computers          Library          Music          Physical Education        Tech & Living

 

                                    Spotlight on Specials

LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SPECIALS CLASSES

 

Students in Band and Strings are continuing to work on fundamental music vocabulary such as scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises while developing a characteristic sound for their instrument. All 7th and 8th grade instrumental students are also working on a piece of solo literature selected by the student and teacher which will be recorded in early second semester as part of the Davis Instrumental Music Virtual Winter 
Concert.

                                 

 

Careers-7 students have become very efficient while they research jobs and careers by using multiple devices. Davis really is where a student's future takes off!

 

8th grade Art class is working on the Holocaust Memory Project. One of the methods is to flip the image upside down and search for the light and dark shapes to create a dynamic image with form and contract. In 6th grade Art class, students are doing their presentations for their superhero self-portraits.(Not pictured 7th grade Art students have been creating looms out of cardboard and cardstock. They are using yarn, plarn (yarn made out of plastic bags) as well as paper weavings using junk mail and old assignments to create a weaving.)

                                     

 

6th grade students in Tech and Living have been learning how to care for their clothes. They have been learning how to sort laundry, wash and dry their clothes, iron a dress shirt, read care labels, and mend/repair clothes.

                                      

 

Students may use an HP Stream from the library when I-Pads are accidently left at home. Davis students may check out books from the library plus they have the opportunity to read e-books using the SORA app. We hope students will "fall in love with reading". Poster created by Miss Nancy, library paraprofessional. 

                                       

 

 

Digital Media students hard at work in a Power Point:

                                        

 

 

 

Mrs. Kolb currently teaches 8th grade Art and Pottery. Due to the pandemic we have mostly done art projects but hope to do some clay (making kits for student to take home!). Some things we have focused on this year are Collage and Community, Regionalism/Grant Wood, Pop Art/Andy Warhol, Architecture/Frank Lloyd Wright and Two Point Perspective. 8th graders main area of focus is American Art and the American Experience. Students are doing an amazing job learning how to use Art to express themselves and develop their personal artistic voice.

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Students participating in the Band and Strings programs at Davis Middle School are working towards improving their skills as instrumentalists while developing life skills through the individual and collective group experiences which are part of being a member of a performing ensemble. The curriculum focuses on four key areas found in the National, State, and District standards for Music Education. These include Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting. Currently Band and Strings students are working on fundamental concepts such as rhythm, scale patterns, intonation, and ensemble skills. Due to Covid-19, the Davis Winter Concert is unfortunately cancelled. However, students will be recording videos of solo literature for their instrument which will be combined into a Class Recital Video which will be shared with parents at the end of the semester.

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Students may take Intro to Careers in 7th grade and Careers & Technology in 8th grade. These unique set of classes allow students to start dreaming about their future! Job exploration, career clusters, and goal setting give students a jump start on planning and preparing for high school, college, and a career. High school comes very quickly so if students have ideas for their future, they can make better decisions for their high school classes. These career classes align perfectly with our school's vision statement: Davis is where a student's future takes off!

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Students at Alfonza W. Davis Middle School who enroll in Music gain much more than a platform for singing. Music is part of all of our lives. From performing the most artistic cantata, listening to our favorite songs on the radio, or taking in the background sounds in a movie, we all experience music in our own personal and unique way. Hopefully students will link music instruction to everyday life by appreciating how music affects one's own self as well as others. In music this year we have studied breath support, major and minor scales, pitch, melody, beat and rhythm and more. Please feel free to join one of our music classes this year.

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6th Grade Art curriculum explores art throughout history. The 6th grade had a great time viewing artwork from the Paleolithic period and investigating the materials that were used to create these artworks that date back 25-30,000 year ago (now that's some good house paint!). Students then created their own cave art and presented to their classmates.

  Artwork by: Joshua F.  6th Grade

 

7th Grade Art has been busy developing their own style. Students have access to Davis Digital and were able to log in and use some tools to learn about proportion. After some practice, students worked on a self-portrait and created symbols and patterns to represent themselves. We focused on the artwork of Frida Kahlo as inspiration for our surreal self-portraits.

       Artwork by:  Kara T.    7th Grade

 

8th Grade Art studies American artists. We started with regional artist, Grant Wood, focusing on the famous artwork, "American Gothic" to create a parody. Our Aviators worked hard to create a foreground, middle ground, and background to create a sense of space in their artwork.

      Artwork by: Diana T.  8th Grade

 

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Tech and Living connects what students are learning in other classrooms to the real world. Tech and Living encourages hands on learning and career connections. Topics discussed this quarter during remote learning include clothing care, personal finance, parts of a recipe, and a healthier me.

Check out these links:   Healthy at Home Calendar September 2020                September Recipe of the Day Calendar

 

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Sora --The student reading app, by OverDrive. Sora provides the quickest and easiest way to get started with digital titles from our school library. Students can simply login using school credentials and instantly access hundreds of eBooks and audiobooks on virtually any device. Contact your school librarian, Kimberly Moriarty, if you have any questions. 

 To get started accessing Sora, follow these steps:   Access Sora      

 

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Students enrolled in Computer Applications and Digital Media classes at Alflonza W. Davis Middle School engage in teacher guided interactive lessons and activities provided by Common Sense Media. Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. The digital citizenship lessons address timely topics and prepare students to take ownership of their digital lives. We are proud to offer lessons that prepare students with critical 21st century skills.