About Fine Arts at SMHS

The St. Michael fine arts programs help students develop their God-given talents and provides them with the opportunity to use their gifts in serving others in their community. The mission statement of St. Michael High School is to foster the spiritual, intellectual, and personal development of young men and women as committed disciples of Christ. The fine arts programs at St. Michael incorporates this mission into its curriculum as it encourages the growth and development of our students spiritually, intellectually, and personally.

Course Listings:

Percussion Ensemble – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Student should be a percussionist
Description: Open to all intermediate and advanced percussionists. The class is guaranteed to keep percussionists motivated after marching season and maximize individual and group potential through small ensemble work and winter drum line.

Advanced Band – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Beginning or Intermediate Band; audition and/or recommendation.
Description: Open to all wind and brass players who have completed a beginning or intermediate band course. The band director will fill, by audition or by recommendation, positions in this top band. Students must make an appointment with the band director for a recommendation and/or audition material.

Jazz Ensemble – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Audition
Description: Open to advanced instrumentalists who are interested in Jazz. Jazz band music is generally scored for saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and rhythm section and participation is limited to these instruments. Students will work on jazz ensemble music, theory, and improvisation in addition to concert and marching band responsibilities.

Percussion Ensemble II
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Student should be a percussionist
Description: Open to all intermediate and advanced percussionists. The class is guaranteed to keep percussionists motivated after marching season and maximize individual and group potential through small ensemble work and winter drum line.

Percussion Ensemble III
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: Student should be a percussionist
Description: Open to all intermediate and advanced percussionists. The class is guaranteed to keep percussionists motivated after marching season and maximize individual and group potential through small ensemble work and winter drum line.

Percussion Ensemble IV
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 12
Prerequisite: Student should be a percussionist
Description: Open to all intermediate and advanced percussionists. The class is guaranteed to keep percussionists motivated after marching season and maximize individual and group potential through small ensemble work and winter drum line.

Art I – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: None
Description: This course includes drawing, graphic design, painting, three-dimensional work and the history of art.

Art II – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Art I.
Description: This course includes drawing, print making, painting and three-dimensional work with more depth, complexity and expansion of media than in the first course.

Art III – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: Art II.
Description: This course expands the media experiences presented in the earlier years of art instruction. Greater variety of creative expression, use of color and technique will be included as an approach to competitive products.

Beginning Clothing – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: None.
Description: This course is designed as an introduction to concepts relating to fabrics, sewing equipment, the elements and principles of design and beginning clothing skills. Emphasis is on applying construction and design skills to apparel as two major projects are completed in the fall semester.   Students create a design portfolio and technique portfolio which is used as their personal reference source as they complete their sewing projects.

Advanced Clothing – CP
Grade Level:  11 & 12
Prerequisite:  Beginning Clothing
Description: This course is offered only in the spring semester.  Students will continue developing their sewing skills as they attempt more complex clothing construction.  Two projects will be completed during the semester; one must include a set-in sleeve and one must be a “challenge” for the individual student.  Students will add to their design and technique portfolios.  The major event for this course is the spring fashion show that showcases their clothing projects.

Beginning Child Development – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: None
Description: Students take a look at the rewards, responsibilities, and challenges involved in the parenting role. Topics covered include relationships, family dynamics, readiness  for parenting, human reproduction, pregnancy, childbirth, and caring for a newborn.  The importance of decisions to become a parent is reinforced in each unit.  Students have the opportunity to experience parenting through participating in the Baby-Think-It-Over program which involves caring for a  computerized ” baby” over a designated period.

Advanced Child Development – CP
Level:  College Prep
Grade Level:  11 & 12
Prerequisite:  Beginning Child Development is preferred but not necessary
Description:  This one semester course, offered in the spring, introduces the student to theories associated with social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development from 1 year to 6 years. The course integrates theories with parenting skills recommended to foster all development as well as discipline options.  In addition, topics covered include child abuse, selecting child care, language development, and health care.

Food and Nutrition – CP
Level:  College Prep
Grade Level:  11 & 12
Prerequisite:  None
Description:   This one-semester course is offered in the fall semester only.  The course provides an introduction to the basic principles of nutrition, wellness, and food preparation.  The focus of the course is centered on healthy food and lifestyle choices.  The overall goal is to enhance student awareness in regards to personal food choices and physical activity.  Topics covered include digestion, the six major nutrients, basic food preparation, meal planning and etiquette, reading the nutrition label, safety and sanitation, measuring ingredients and reading recipes, and the relationship between diet and health.

Adult Responsibilities – CP
Level:  College Prep
Grade Level:  11 & 12
Prerequisite:  None
Description:  This one semester course is offered in the spring semester.  It is designed to build the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors that students will need as they complete high school and prepare to take the next steps towards adulthood in today’s society. The course includes the study of personal goals and standards, the steps to finding and getting a job (the cover letter, resume, interviewing, and the interview follow-up), banking and money management, the use of credit, housing options, sewing on buttons, and clothing care.  The project based approach utilizes higher order thinking skills.

Consumer Homemaking – CP
Level:  College Prep
Grade 10, 11, & 12
Description:  This course is designed to give the student an introduction to Food and Nutrition and Clothing with an emphasis on the rights and responsibilities of the consumer.  Topics include basic nutrition, meal planning and preparation, safety and sanitation in the kitchen, and making healthy choices.  The second semester focuses on clothing construction and wardrobe planning.  Topics include basic textiles, the sewing machine and equipment, simple sewing techniques as well as sewing on buttons and doing laundry.  Students will complete one clothing project.

Liturgy Choir, Open – CP
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Audition and approval of liturgy choir director.
Description: This course is open to those who audition for the choir director or are recommended by their middle school choir director. The chorus is a performance and competition oriented organization. Music covered in this course includes selections from great classical choral literature as well as standard choral works, show tunes, jazz-rock style pieces, popular tunes, and church music. The choir will hold performances both during and after school rehearsal. Such rehearsals and performances are a graded, required attendance.

Publications (Yearbook) – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: Teacher approval.
Description: A course designed as a basic course in journalistic style and technique, including the newspaper skills of writing, make-up, and copy reading. The intent of the course is the production of the quarterly school paper, with emphasis on developing specific skills for writing news stories, editorials, sports stories, and advertising copy.