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Encore Classes

What is Encore?....

The Encore lineup consists of classes that give students at FMS opportunities for enrichment and enjoyment. Encore classes allow students to explore fine arts, computer applications, and life skills.


Career Cluster Technologies

Dr. Jason Morgan

Students are allowed to explore careers of their interest through hands on learning.  Public speakers, technology driven instruction, and exciting exploration are just a small part of what this class entails.


Family and Consumer Sciences-Home Arts  

Mrs. Jill Brooks 
                           
        
Teen Discoveries-7th grade
, Teen Connections-8th Grade

The 7th and 8th grade Family and Consumer Sciences classes are an integral part of the Florence City Schools Career and Technical Education programs. These courses are classified as an introduction to two career pathways available to high school students; Human Services and Culinary Arts. Teen Discoveries and Teen Connections are designed to help students in grades seven and eight develop skills needed for living now and throughout their teen years. Instructional content from the Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum includes personal development, life management, and career exploration skills in problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, interpersonal communications, and application of basic academics are reinforced in this course. Kuder Career Assessment is given as an instructional element of all Career and Technical Education classes. The integration of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) activities assist students in leadership development, personal growth, and school/community involvement through State and National competitions.


Creative Writing   

Mrs. Tammy Hollis
                                                                         
In Creative Writing, students explore various genres of writing including the following: fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, poetry, drama, mystery, and science fiction. Students also write across the following four modes of writing: expository, narrative, persuasive, and descriptive. In this class, students are able to move away from teacher-directed prompts. They may choose writing topics, or they may create topics of their own. Close attention is given to grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary use. Character development, plot building, irony, and other short story elements are explored.


Spanish 1

Ms. K. Herron

Spanish I is a first-year modern language course which provides students with opportunities to communicate at a basic level, to develop insights into Spanish cultures, to better understand their own language and culture, to access knowledge from other disciplines using Spanish, and to participate more fully in the global community.  This class is available to eighth grade students. The students grade will show up on their high school transcript. Also, a passing grade will allow the student to take Spanish 2 in 9th Grade.


Visual Arts-Semester Course 

Pat Reaves

Visual art is an exploratory class that introduces students to the elements and principles of art. Students will use a variety of media to create art. Cultural and historical influences will be discussed, both present and past. Various opportunities for students to enter competitions is provided throughout the school year


FMS Beginner Band

Russell Belote and
Brian Jay

This year long course is intended for students that are interested in playing a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument.  Students may be in either 7th or 8th grade.  Students will be able to participate in many concerts & other activities at the middle school level.  It's not too late to be a part of the FCS Band program!!


FMS Symphonic Band

Brian Jay
                                            
This year long course is for students that have completed a minimum of 1 year in band (I.e. beginner band).  We play a wide variety of grade 2-3 (middle school level) band literature for school programs & concerts such as Veterans Day, Christmas & Spring.  This group also participates in our state's highest level of band achievement which is called ABA Music Performance Assessment.  Students may participate in individual events such as All-State, District Honor band, Shoals Area Honor Band, UNA honor band and Solo & Ensemble. Members of this group also make up the FMS Jazz Band.


General Music

Robert Patrick

General music is a comprehensive course that will allow students to get an overview and apply their knowledge of music; we will cover music throughout history, music ensembles, instruments, music theory, music as it pertains to other curricula, and music across the world.


Chorus

Mrs. Jane Powell


Choral music is taught daily at Florence Middle School and is an elective class.  The goal of the class is to offer quality choral music education aligned with the Alabama Course of Study.  The various classes are divided into several performing groups- 7th Grade Girls Chorus, 8th Grade Girls Chorus, Boys Chorus, and a combined Concert Chorus. The students are given the opportunity to participate in the UNA Honor Choir, Alabama All-State Chorus, State Choral Performance Assessment, Solo/Ensemble Performance Assessment, Winter and Spring Concerts and the school-wide Talent Show.
 


Stagecraft

John Jackson

Students study technical areas in the preparation of a play. Ever wonder “how did they do that?” Stage craft students learn about all the “behind the scenes” activities like set design, lighting, sound, properties, and costuming. This is a lecture styled course with some hands on components.
 


Introduction to Theater

This class is a beginning course to the theater arts classes. This class explores all different types of acting styles and explores the different aspects of theater
 


Orchestra

Beginning orchestra students will learn to play a violin-family instrument. This class is for students interested in beginning studying orchestral instruments: violin, viola, ‘cello, double bass. Advanced orchestra will help those 2nd and 3rd year orchestra students continue to develop their skill on string-family instruments.
 


Guitar

Students will learn the basics of guitar playing in this 1 semester course. You do not need to own your own guitar but it is encouraged. Students will learn about music reading, guitar tuning, finger picking, chords, and strumming techniques and learn fun music as a class.
 


Journalism

Journalism is an elective course that is dedicated to the art and craft of writing, editing, photographing, and documenting news which is relevant to our student body and our surrounding community.
 


Math Intervention

Extra helps class that help build and enhance student math skills.
 


Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate aims to develop students’ skills and confidence in the areas of public speaking, research, debate, and creative performance. The course will cover the fundamentals of effective public speaking: preparation, pace, tone, facial and vocal expressiveness, and anxiety management.
 


Dance

This class is an introduction class that will explore all different types of dance.
 


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