Chatham Middle School

School District of the

Chathams

Essential Intent

The vision of Chatham Middle School is to provide a secure, stimulating learning environment in which students find both challenge and support. Our school fosters a fundamental respect for oneself, the environment, and the world's diverse population, while recognizing the unique and complex nature of the middle school student. Chatham Middle School offers broad exposure to, and opportunities for, exploration so that individual interests and strengths can be developed. We encourage intellectual risk-taking, responsibility for one's actions, and the development of strong inter-personal relationships. Our school promotes learning that is relevant and establishes connections to the outside world, so that students may become successful, responsible and contributing citizens.

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Essential Intent

The essential intent of the CMS cycles and electives is to provide students the opportunity to explore and expand upon areas of interest outside the realm of their academic program.

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Essential Intent

The philosophy of the counseling program in the School District of the Chathams is that school counseling is an essential, integral part of the educational process. Counselors provide comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. As student advocates, counselors recognize the uniqueness, dignity and personal worth of each individual. In an interactive process, the counselor facilitates student academic achievement. Counselors work collaboratively with students, parents, educators and community members to support each student's ability to contribute at the highest level as productive members of society.

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Theater Arts at Chatham Middle School
Mrs. Gina Priano-Keyser 
gpriano-keyser@chatham-nj.org
 
The arts enable personal, intellectual, social, economic, and human growth by fostering creativity and providing opportunities for expression beyond the limits of language (NJCCCS, 2014). 
 
The Theater Arts program at CMS is designed to introduce interested 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to the basics of Theater and how to use performance skills in everyday life. Each grade level experience builds upon the concepts of the one preceding it.

 

THEATER​ (1 semester, alternate days) This course will address terminology, role playing, improvisation, stage management, choreography, props, set decoration, set design, scenery art, blocking, marking, backstage crew, and student direction. Students will utilize computer graphics and video technology in news, interview and talk show formats as well as creating and updating a video of CMS events. Students will also create and perform short plays.

 

 
Stagecraft covers the fundamentals of backstage technical support through actual practice. Learners construct scenery, paint sets, learn about lighting/sound, and gain a general understanding of backstage work. Students may volunteer to assist with the technical support of the CMS All-School Production.
 
STAGECRAFT 
(1 semester, alternate days)

This course will introduce 7th and 8th grade students with an interest in behind­the­scenes performance to technical elements of theater production including lighting, sound, and set design. Theater terminology, the importance of personal safety during backstage productions, stage crew collaboration, and career opportunities will also be covered. This course will offer interested CMS students the opportunity to develop fundamental skills in stagecraft and apply them through practical experiences with the CMS All­School Production and Theater class productions.

 
 

Essential Intent

The vision of Chatham Middle School is to provide a secure, stimulating learning environment in which students find both challenge and support. Our school fosters a fundamental respect for oneself, the environment, and the world's diverse population, while recognizing the unique and complex nature of the middle school student. Chatham Middle School offers broad exposure to, and opportunities for, exploration so that individual interests and strengths can be developed. We encourage intellectual risk-taking, responsibility for one's actions, and the development of strong inter-personal relationships. Our school promotes learning that is relevant and establishes connections to the outside world, so that students may become successful, responsible and contributing citizens.

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