ORMS Art 1 Teacher
Welcome to Oak Run Middle School Art 1 classes! I look forward to getting to know your child this year. Art 1 classes will be taught with emphasis on the elements and principles of design. The elements are line, value, space, form, shape, color, and texture. The principles are unity, contrast, variety, pattern, movement, emphasis, and balance. We will also study about artists, cultural arts, and historical art genre. I will encourage critical thinking and creativity as students apply the elements and principles of art to produce drawings, paintings, sculptures, weavings, prints, etc. through a variety of media and methods. The art making process will be of utmost importance in Art 1. I am very excited to watch your children grow and enjoy creating art!
1st Period 8:20-9:07--Art 1
2nd Period 9:11-9:58--Art 1
3rd Period: 10:02-10:49--Conference
4th Period 10:53-11:40--Art 1
5th Period 12:18-1:14--Art 1
6th Period 1:18-2:05--Art 1
7th Period 2:09-2:39--Advisory
8th Period 2:43-3:30--Art 1
You may contact me at ORMS, Room 601 at 830-627-6434. I will return your call as soon as possible. You may email me at email@example.com.
Art 1 Supply List 2018-19
All students are asked to please bring the following art supplies:
*1 package or more #2 pencils (not mechanical)
*1 package of baby wipes (any brand) for cleaning oil pastels, paint, and other messes. We only have 2 sinks for approximately 30 students per class.
*1 or more bars of Ivory Soap for sculpture project. (Please label name and period number)
*1 white poster board (22 X 28) (to be used to make art portfolios and mount artworks.) May carefully fold in half. Please label with name and per. #.
*One cereal box flattened (for sculpture project) Please label
*One or more used (but clean) styrofoam cups to be used for recycled sculpture project. Please write name on bottom with permanent marker.
*To keep down the amount of supplies for students to bring, the remaining items needed will be shared between class periods:
Class period 1 is asked to bring 1 package of markers (thick tip) and 1 package of markers (thin tip)
Class periods 2 and 4 are asked to bring a package of computer paper (for daily drawing activities)
Class period 5 is asked to bring 2 boxes of facial tissues (For runny noses, we go through these quickly!)
Class period 6 is asked to bring a roll of making, tape 1 or 2 inch. Scotch brand preferred.
Class period 8 is asked to bring a box of gallon size freezer bags (any brand)
3rd period is my planning period, and 7th period is advisory class (no supplies needed.)
NOTE—All items except for poster board will be shared and do NOT need to be labeled. Please write name in pencil on corner of poster board and fold carefully in half (hamburger style).
I realize it is often difficult to find all supplies at the beginning of the year, so if you can’t find an item, it can be brought later. I would like to have all items by October 1st if possible. In case of financial difficulty, email me or call me and we can work something out.
We do have an art budget which is used to buy paper for drawing and painting projects, watercolor paint, tempera paint, printing ink, brushes, watercolor pencils, oil pastels, sharpeners, erasers, scissors, glue, construction paper, and many other supplies.
Thank you so much for your support! I am excited to meet you and your children and
get busy learning about and making ART!!
I grade all major art projects using the rubric system. A rubric of required elements will be posted on the board. Students will each receive a copy of the rubric and attach it to their art works. Generally, I have them score each element of the rubric (self evaluation). I will then score the rubric and add constructive comments as needed. I rarely give homework to students, but I do encourage them to have a sketchbook at home and practice drawing anything and everything they can find to draw. If a student cannot complete a project in class, they may schedule a time to come for tutoring or (with my permission), they may take the work home to finish. Most projects can be completed in class as long as students work diligently. Students who have been absent will also need to work in tutoring or at home to complete the work. We have so much to accomplish during the year, and students generally will not have time to make up missing work during class.
Information, Rules, and Procedures
This form will be given to students the first week of school. You may access it here if it doesn't make it home! Please sign the permission to display artwork form at the bottom of the page and return to me. Students also need to sign that they have read the form.
Welcome to Mrs. Willis's art classes at Oak Run Middle School!
Art Room Expectations:
Grading: Project grades and tests (50%), daily class work including quizzes (50%)
Discipline: Student misbehaviors will be documented. Seating changes, writing lines or paragraphs, and phone calls to parents will be used for minor infractions. Major infractions such as fighting or insubordination and persistent misbehavior will result in an office referral.
Cell phones or electronic devices may be used with teacher permission only.
Tardiness to class after the first week of school will result in a lunch detention.
Absences and missed work: Students are responsible for missed assignments. On return to school, they should ask me what they have missed. We will give time before or after school or at home to complete these assignments.
Using the restroom: Students are asked to use the restroom before school, during lunch, and between classes. On an emergency basis, they will be allowed to go after the 1st 15 minutes and before the last 15 minutes of class. Only one student at a time will be allowed to go.
iTunes U: Please enroll in your child's iTunes U art course to see what is happening in art each week. Students will be given an enrollment code.
Contact Info: Mrs. Willis: firstname.lastname@example.org 830-627-6434
Please sign, detach, and return the form below:
***Permission Form (sign only if you give permission for artwork and your child’s name to be displayed: I give permission to have my child's artwork displayed inside and outside of the Oak Run Campus. Child's name:____________________________
***Acknowledgment: I have read and understand the class rules.
Parent’s name: _________________________________________
Parent’s email: _________________________________________
Thank You! I am looking forward to a great year in art at ORMS! See you soon!
***Please email me your name, your child’s name, and your email address if you wish to receive a weekly message. I will briefly explain activities we are doing and any information I might want to share. I occasionally attach photos of student work.
I am available for students to work on missed work from 8:00-8:15 and 3:35-4:00 on Mondays and Thursdays. Students should only use art tutoring if they have been absent and have an overdue project to complete.
Students will continue to work on their parody or art work based on the style of their selected artist. They should finish the art work on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they will examine and write about their work of art. On Tuesday, students will write a constructive critique on a classmate's art work. They will describe, interpret, analyze, and judge the work using a selection of questions and criteria. Students will then begin sharing their art work and artist report with the class.
Youth Art Explosion:
Approximately 60 students from ORMS have works of art on display at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery on San Antonio Street here in New Braunfels. The Youth Art Explosion may be visited until April 26th. If you have a chance to take your child to this amazing show of works by students in Comal County, please visit. These works by middle and high school students are truly inspirational. My students who visits the display and sends or shows me a picture they have had taken of themselves in front of some of the art there will receive an extra credit grade of 100.
Notes from the school nurse
In order to ensure the safe dispensing of all medicines during school hours, all employees must follow the New
Braunfels Independent School District Medication guidelines. All medications intended for students must be
kept in the nurse’s office. The school does not furnish any medication for the student.
The parent or legal guardian must bring the medication to the school in the original container and complete a
written request. Students are not allowed to transport medications due to safety reasons. The request must
include the student’s name, the name of medication to be given, amount to be given, time to be given, the
length of time the medication will be needed at school, date of permission and signature of the parent or
Medications must be in the original container and properly labeled. Prescription medication labels includes
the name and address of the pharmacy, name of the student, prescribing practitioner, date prescription is
dispensed, name of medication, strength of medication, manufacturer principal ingredients if not a Brand
name medication, recommended dosage, and times to be given and other instructions if indicated.
Prescription medication for long-term use (over 2 weeks) will require an order from the prescribing
Parents need to schedule the administration of student medication in such a manner that medication brought to
school will be kept to a minimum. For example, if the medication is required four times a day, the school
would administer the noon dose only. Medication required two or three times a day should be given at home.
Parents may request a “school bottle” from the pharmacy if the medication is to be given at school - the
pharmacy will divide the dosage needed for school time and home. The school bottle can remain at school
until its contents have been taken. If a school bottle is not provided and the medication must go home in the
afternoon, parents must transport the medication.
Parents of children who are on long-term medication or require special procedures are required to
conference with the nurse before therapy is begun.
Over-The–Counter medication must be in the original container and include recommended dosage, directions
and reasons for use. Over-The-Counter medications will be administered according to the Medication Policy
and according to the manufacture’s recommendations on the label. A doctor’s order will be required if requests
are in excess of the manufacturer’s recommended dosage, length of time and reasons for use.
Asthmatics - Please complete the asthma information record and return it to the nurse to keep with the student’s
file, to facilitate emergency treatment if needed. If a student uses an inhaler, either daily or as needed, please
provide a school inhaler to be kept in the nurse’s office in case of an emergency. For students requiring further
treatment (i.e. nebulizers), parents must consult the nurse on an individual basis. No student may have
medication in his/her possession on school grounds during school hours without proper authorization.
Herbal and Dietary Supplements - Herbal substances, home remedies or dietary supplements are not
administered at school unless required by the individualized education program or Section 504 plan of a student
In accordance with Board of Nurse Examiners Rule, 22 Texas Administrative Code 217.11, the school nurse
has the responsibility and authority to refuse to administer medications that, in his or her judgment, are not in
the best interest of the student. Reference for policy and procedure is The Texas Guide to School Health
programs developed by the Department of State Health Services. http://www.dshs.texas.gov/schoolhealth/pgtoc.shtm
Notes from the school nurse:
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