Luella Middle School’s connections department offers a variety of classes that allow students to explore fields and interests outside the academic areas, while extending their knowledge and connections to the real world. In elementary school many of these classes are known as specials. Students attend two connections classes every day throughout the year.
In the art room the goal is lifelong learning in the arts while learning skills and creating artworks we would be proud of displaying. Our standards for art can be found on the GeorgiaStandards.org site. We will spend time in class exploring art and artists, techniques and building skills, and creating artworks for personal and community display. Students will have multiple opportunities to create and display their artwork in school and in the community. Art is a semester long class.
Band – Jill Keesey, Instructor
Band begins with instrument selection and basic music reading skills. No prior experience in necessary. The focus of the LMS Band Program is comprehensive musicianship, producing musicians who can read music independently and become lifelong students who continue an appreciation of music. All students will learn performance etiquette as performers and audience members through experience on both sides of the stage. Performance opportunities are varied, and include on-campus and off-campus venues. Sixth grade is the only opportunity students have to join beginning band. Students must turn in a registration form in order to participate in band. Band is a yearlong connections class.
Business Technology – John Steiner, Instructor
In business technology students are introduced to the principles of business in the 21st century while learning and fine tuning their keyboarding skills. This course should also help students use computers effectively in their lives, thus providing a connection between computer science and business careers. The goal of this course is to provide middle school students with an introduction to the principles of computer science, basic keyboarding skills, internet safety and usage, and computer applications through Microsoft Office programs. Personal, professional, and ethical standards of behavior for the workplace will be examined and reinforced in the classroom. Business Technology is a semester long connections class.
Chorus – Heidi Long, Instructor
Chorus is offered at all three grade levels. Variety is very important in many aspects of the course, including repertoire studied, instruction provided, and evaluations conducted. The focus of the LMS Choral Program is comprehensive musicianship, producing singers who can read music independently and make strong performance choices individually with regard to historical and theoretical context. All students will learn performance etiquette as performers and audience members through experience on both sides of the stage. Performance opportunities are varied, and include on-campus and off-campus venues. Students must turn in a registration form in order to participate in chorus. Chorus is a yearlong connections class.
Drama – Heidi Long, Instructor
Drama is offered at all three grade levels. The focus of the LMS Drama Program will encourage students to participate in and appreciate theatre throughout their lives. All students will learn to be more confident, more expressive in their communication and more cooperative in their dealings with others. Performance opportunities are varied, and include on-campus and off-campus venues. Drama is a semester long connections class.
Family and Consumer Science – Loretta Tucker, Instructor
Family and Consumer Science is designed for students to study getting to know oneself, nutrition and food preparation with emphasis on safety and sanitation, the growth and development of young children, clothing care and repair, home management, and careers related to Family and Consumer Science. Family and Consumer Science is a semester long connections class.
Math Enrichment/Reading Enrichment – Danette Carroll, Instructor
Math Enrichment is a class focused on connecting the math standards to real life experiences. Students will use math concepts in a new and exciting way.
Physical Education – Julie Holcombe/David Jenkins, Instructors
The Luella Middle School Physical Education Program will develop basic skills, aerobic exercise, cooperative games, rhythmic movement, problem solving, team building, life skills, and general comprehension of team sports. Physical Education is a semester long connections class.
Study Skills/Mindset – Charles Maurer and Pam Shroyer, Instructors
Spanish – Kathy Gardener, Instructor
In this course students begin developing proficiency in the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. It is a vocabulary-rich environment where survival skills are taught along with cultural information about the many Spanish-speaking countries. Activities include dialogue, role-playing, celebrations, films, videos, recordings, games, food study and other activities which provide an overview of the language. Spanish is a semester long class.