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Related Arts

Norris Middle School offers a variety of related arts classes that are meant to enrich and expand our students’ learning. Each student takes two related arts classes at a time, along with their academic classes. Sixth graders change related arts classes every nine-week grading period, with the goal of exposing students to as many of the classes as possible. Seventh and eighth grade students choose their related arts classes and rotate each eighteen-week semester.


Art - Ms. Huffaker
The Visual Arts course at NMS provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of artmaking techniques and unique arts experiences. This course is intended to expand upon the students’ elementary foundations as well as introduce new and innovative visual arts concepts and methodology.

  • To develop critical thinking and creative problem solving skills
  • To begin understanding and using visual arts vocabulary
  • To increase appreciation of contemporary and historical art movements
  • To create meaningful and personally relevant works of art

Band - Mr. Henry

The goal is to provide students with the ability to become excellent musicians, able to perform varied repertoire alone, with small ensembles, and with large ensembles, by learning the fundamentals of music performance. Students will do a trial run with multiple instruments during their first few weeks in the band. There will be an instrument fitting night that will be announced at the beginning of the 2024-25 school year


Choir - Ms. Goodale
My goal is to create a safe and inclusive environment where every student feels valued and supported. I believe that music has the power to bring
people together, and I want to foster a sense of unity and teamwork within our choir with the following:

  • Focusing on developing strong vocal technique and musicianship skills. We will be working on proper breathing, posture, and vocal exercises to strengthen our voices and improve our overall sound as a choir.
  • Introducing a diverse repertoire of music from different genres and cultures. This will not only broaden our musical horizons but also help us appreciate the rich diversity of music that exists in the world.
  • Encouraging creativity and self-expression through opportunities for solo and small group performances. I want each student to feel empowered to showcase their individual talents and develop their own unique musical voice.

Health - Coach Marshall
Health is designed to explore the mental, physical, emotional, and social wellness needs of students. We will cover nutrition, exercise, and hygiene among other relative topics. We will also practice skills necessary to assist students in their present and future life.

Peer Buddy - Mrs. Childress
Students will have the opportunity to support our students with disabilities. Students must apply to be in this program and will be selected based off of grades, attendance, and leadership skills. Students will discuss the power and importance of inclusion.

Physical Education - Coach Harmon
The four primary goals of my program are as follows:

  • Enjoy and seek out physical activity.
  • Promote the achievement of personal fitness goals.
  • Develop a variety of skills through participation in Physical Fitness (30%),Team Sports (25%), Lifetime, Individual, & Recreational Activities (25%), Cooperative Games/Personal & Social Responsibilities (10%), Rhythm & Dance (10%)
  • Integrate Common Core & PARCC

The goal of my class is to expose all of my students to different types of fitness in hopes that they will find something they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. I am passionate about fitness and am looking forward to having your student in class!

STEM - Mr. Harrison
S.T.E.M class is a fun, interactive, and exploratory approach to learning that is centered around the 4 C’s: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity. You never know, you may be the next great inventor the world is waiting for!

World Cultures - Sra. Sharon
In World Cultures class, students learn cultural information from around the world including geography, music, food, religions, holidays, etc.