Middle School Fine & Performing Arts
Middle School students pursue their interests in the fine arts through participation in quarterly art classes. As they move through the Middle School, they focus on one or two concepts per year and explore a wide range of materials such as paint, papier-mâché, printmaking, clay, oil pastels, fabric, charcoal, photography, and stop-motion film. In addition to the classic skills of perspective, composition, and color, areas of study include scale and proportion, medieval architecture, the mobiles of Alexander Calder, and self-portraiture through mixed media. In seventh and eighth grade, there are additional electives in digital art and design and graphic art plus the opportunity to enroll in a selective yearlong art studio course. Across all of our campuses, there are ongoing artwork displays and rotating exhibitions showcasing student work to the general public.
2019 -2020 Middle School Performance Schedule
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium unless otherwise noted. The auditorium house opens at 7:00 p.m. for seating.
|Fri., Nov. 15 & Sat., Nov. 16||Eighth Grade Performance Ensemble|
|Thur., Dec. 12||Winter Choral Concert|
|Wed., Dec. 18||Winter Band Concert|
|Wed., Jan. 22||MLK Dance Concert|
|Fri., Jan. 24 (11 a.m - 1:30- p.m.)||
MLK Jazz Band Luncheon
|Thur., Feb. 6||MS & US Combined Jazz Band Concert|
|Fri., Feb. 28 &
Sat., Feb. 29
|Sixth Grade Play|
|Wed., April 22||Spring Choral Concert & Gallery Night|
|Thur., April 29||
Spring Band Concert
|Fri., May 1||7th/8th Art Studio Trip to Princeton|
|Fri., May 8 (all day)||Music in the Parks Festival,
Six Flags, Jacksonville, NJ
|Sat. May 16 (3 p.m.)||Strings Concert at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, NYC|
|Fri., May 29 (7:30 p.m.) &
Sat., May 30 (5:30 p.m.)
|Seventh Grade Shakespeare Performance|
Please check our website for up-to-the-minute changes regarding inclement weather.
Middle School students also rotate through quarter-long performing arts classes in music, dance, and drama. In addition to the quarterly classes, they may elect to continue to hone their skills in the performing arts through participation in the yearlong performance groups of chorus, band, or strings. In grades six through eight, there are additional opportunities to participate in the selective groups of Jazz Band, Chamber Singers, and Selected Strings Orchestra. All of these musical groups perform several times a year at concerts, assemblies, and other school functions. Each school year concludes for these groups with participation in the national Music in the Parks Festival, where they have consistently received awards of excellence in every category.
In grades six through eight, students are afforded the opportunity to participate in fully staged theatre productions either as performers or back stage as members of the crew. There are three annual productions: the sixth grade play, the seventh grade Shakespeare production (done in conjunction with the seventh grade English department), and the selective eighth grade Performance Ensemble. Students throughout all the middle school grades are offered performance opportunities in dance. Instruction and performances include a wide variety of techniques and cultural styles, from traditional to current day. This diversity is highlighted in the annual dance performance celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.