|Middle School Arts & Languages Curriculum|
7th and 8th Grade Drama
The purpose of this class is to have fun using our voices and our bodies to express stories. Drama is about helping others to feel something, to identify with others' experiences, and thus to learn more about life and ourselves. Drama is about helping others to laugh. Drama is about helping others to cry. Ultimately it is about wisdom, but the process of getting there can be so enjoyable, we sometimes forget that. It's fun, but it's deep.
It's really important to participate and try your best in drama. There's no such thing as “I can't do this,” or “I'm just not a drama type,” or anything like that. If you are shy, we'll work on that a bit so you can still do what you do. A lot of professional actors are shy! (Ok, so it's a small fraction, but it's still a lot!) But, shy or not, you must try your best.
There won't be much homework. Sometimes students will be asked to memorize some lines, or prepare a scene, or do some things at home. But regardless, it will be fun, and it won't be “desk” type homework.
The first few months students do exercises and building up their skills. They will do some improvisation, and so on.
Students are reminded that all they need to do to be successful is to come with an open mind, and to wear clothing that allows free movement.
Middle School Teachers
Aaron teaches 7th and 8th grade science, math, computers, choir, and drama. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from the University of New Hampshire and a teaching credential in physics. He taught high school and college physics for two years, worked in the electron optics industry for two years, and has been an outdoor/ environmental science educator for six years. He plays and gives private instruction in saxophone, flute, Celtic style penny whistle and wooden flute, and voice.
Veronique joined the Spring Hill community in 2009 after having taught for 12 years in Los Gatos and Hermosa Beach. She received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science, as well as her Teaching Credential and Masters in Education from University of California, Los Angeles. She has served as a mentor teacher for her district on several occasions, as well as participated on a middle school task force. She worked for many years with the local high schools in her area to ensure a smooth transfer for the middle school students. Veronique enjoys traveling to foreign countries, as well as backpacking the Sierra with her two daughters and husband. She has a passion for cycling and rode across the Pyrenees for her 50th birthday.