The Specials Program at James Hart School....
...allows students to gain experiences and knowledge in a variety of academic areas. Each class is taken by every seventh- and eighth-grade student for six weeks each year.
Seventh-grade students work with plastics, beginning with basic shapes to gain familiarity with the tools used, advancing towards items such as an ice scraper, pie server, business card holder and picture frame, all made with Lexan. Eighth-grade students begin with woodworking, initially designing simple projects such as a hand sander and advancing to projects such as the well known address sign, coat rack, or portable chair. This course helps students gain familiarity with shop safety procedures and protocols. All of these skills are necessary in more advanced shop courses at the high school level, as well as to provide students the knowledge necessary for basic home repair.
Speech and Drama
Through the Speech & Drama curriculum, students have the opportunity to address public speaking/performance skills, as well as explore their role as audience members in several different activities. They learn that appropriate listening is as important as effective speaking. These two essential skills will serve them in life, no matter what path they choose.
In art, we will look at and discuss major works/styles of art, as well as create our own masterpieces using the elements and principles of design. Students will also be exposed to various artists, art styles, and cultures from around the world.
The 7th-grade Health curriculum is the study of the reproductive body system and other related topics. The curriculum is abstinence-based.
The 8th-grade Health curriculum covers a circle of topics beginning with self-esteem and stress. The students learn about various difficulties that can occur from an inability to deal positively with these areas. They also learn the power of positive character traits.
7th-Grade General Music
This course is a six week survey of the "History of American Music From 1640-Today". The class will consist of lectures, activities and audio visual presentations.
8th-Grade General Music
This course is a six week survey of the "History of Classical Music" from pre-historic times to today. This class will consist of lectures, activities and audio visual presentations.
Technology Integration will teach students the operation of a desktop computer and the curriculum application of the computer through a series of lessons with clear goals and performance objectives. Students will have the opportunity to learn and apply computer technology skills in many different areas. The following list contains the curriculum objectives of this class: Etiquette, Ethics, Plagiarism and Copyright; Touch Typing/Keyboarding; Word Processing; Spreadsheets; Databases; Drawing, Painting and Desktop Publishing; Multimedia Projects; Technology News (Current Events in Technology); Electronic Research, Career Exploration and Collaborative Projects.
The James Hart Specials Staff
- Linda Berry, Technology
- David Weishaar, Industrial Arts
- Matthew Zimmerman, Music/Band
- Kristin Mescall, Art
- Kathy MacKinnon, Health
- Adrienne Olsen, Music/Choir
- Greg Weiss, Speech/Drama