As states are pursuing raised standards for student learning, it is important to recognize the essential role of arts education in the development of well-rounded students preparing for college, career, and life readiness. In fact, Tennessee has made significant artistic contributions across the national landscape, and Tennessee’s school teachers and leaders will undoubtedly play an important role in nurturing environments of creativity and innovation that will lead to even greater contributions.
The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) lists the arts and music as a part of a “well-rounded” education, and Tennessee schools offer a rich history of supporting arts education. Tennessee is recognized nationally for significant contributions in arts and culture, and the state academic standards for arts education contribute to increased student access for quality arts education that impacts college, career, and life readiness for Tennessee students. While Tennessee Code Annotated §49-6-1025 speaks to visual art and music instruction for grades K-8, schools also offer courses in dance, theatre, and media arts instruction.
(a) The course of instruction in all public schools for kindergarten through grade eight (K-8) shall include art and music education to help each student foster creative thinking, spatial learning, discipline, craftsmanship and the intrinsic rewards of hard work.
(b) Local boards of education are encouraged to fully implement the art and music curriculum adopted by the board of education through both art and music classes, as well as integration into other core academic subjects.
In addition, Tennessee graduation requirements stipulate one full credit of fine arts, and many students elect to focus concentration on sequential course offerings in multiple arts disciplines, including visual arts, dance, media arts, theatre, and vocal and instrumental music. As the economic development of Tennessee becomes increasingly dependent upon skills and outcomes that are embedded in the Tennessee Standards for Arts Education, such as critical and creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, reflection, and persistence, it will become even more important to ensure that Tennessee students are engaged in sequential standards-based arts instruction. Arts education can also reach a diversity of learners by embodying learning modalities, helping all students learn.
CHS Visual Art students won awards in the Scholastic Art Competition in the Drawing & Illustration, Painting, Printmaking, Mix Media, Sculpture and Photography categories.
5 Gold Keys
13 Silver Keys
26 Honorable Mentions
3rd Place - Senior Divison
2nd Place - Junior Division
CMS art students won awards in the Scholastic Art Competition in the Drawing & Illustration and Painting categories.
1 Gold Key
2 Silver Keys
5 Honorable Mentions
Schilling Farms Middle
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Upcoming Visual Art Events
Band and Orchestra
Of the nearly 5,000 students in West Tennessee to audition for a few, coveted spots, 52 student musicians from Collierville High were selected for the 2017 All-West TN Band and Orchestra Convention/Clinic.
The CHS Winter Guard placed 2nd out of 7 in their division at their February competition in Southaven, MS.
The following students were selected to be members of the Arkansas State University Honor Band, to be held on April 29:
Reese Mitchell, mallets
Mellodee Hooker, clarinet
Mary K Siqueira, French Horn
Jordan Marshall, Alto Saxophone
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Of the thousands of students to audition for a few, select openings in TN Honor Choirs, 22 Collierville students were selected to be part of the Southwest TN Honor Choirs and 9 were selected to the West TN All State choir.
On Saturday, January 28, 2017, the following students passed the octet testing phase of the All-State Choir audition: Savannah Pruitt, Cassie Meredith, Emily Chapman, Emma Stopher, Roman Austin, Eric Hale, Taylor Olsen. These outstanding singers will represent CHS at the state level in early April when they will rehearse and perform in Nashville with the top singers from across the state.
On Friday, February 10, 2017, a handful of CHS senior Chamber Choir students sang with their teacher, Mrs. Emily Taylor, in the Memphis Masterworks Chorale performance of the greatest oratorio ever written. Made up of adult singers from across the Memphis area, the choral ensemble presented Messiah by George Frederic Handel at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis. Emily Chapman, Savannah Pruitt, Rebecca McNutt, Lauren Stokke, and Eric Hale performed the entire oratorio (a 2 1/2 hour event) as part of the ensemble.
The CHS Choirs will be performing in the TN Regional Choral Festival on Thursday, March 2 at Germantown Presbyterian Church. This is a qualifying event for the state festival. Good luck to all of the participants!
The CHS Choral Department will present their final concert of the 2016-2017 school year on Monday May 8 at Germantown Baptist Church. Titled, "The Voice", the finest choir members at CHS will sing the music of top pop artists. The concert will include a meal catered by Germantown Commissary. Tickets are $15/adults and $8/children and MUST be purchased by May 1st. No tickets will be sold at the door!
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Of the nearly 5,000 students in West Tennessee to audition for a few, coveted spots, 24 student musicians from Schilling Farms and 11 from Collierville Middle were selected for the 2017 All-West TN Band and Orchestra Convention/Clinic.
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Theatre courses are offered at Collierville High School. In these courses, students learn basic stage techniques, theatre terminology, and Western theatre history, including major people, events, and conventions of Western theatre. Advanced students explore script writing and directing. The Draco Playhouse, Collierville High's student theatre production group, performs several times throughout the school year.
Follow the Draco Playhouse on Twitter: @DracoPlayhouse
The 2017-2018 Draco Playhouse Theatre Season
TV, Film, Speech and Debate
CHS TV - 19
TV - 19 (98.2 for Comcast users) is Collierville's Public Access, Education and Government TV station. Our studio, based out of Collierville High School, broadcasts the morning announcements each school day. The station also carries the Town of Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Planning Commission, and Board of Education meetings.
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Every day at Collierville High School starts with the live morning news show, Collierville AM. The morning show carries announcements from throughout the school, sports scores, and news. The show is supported by students from the Introduction to Film and Video class and produced by students from Advanced TV Production.
Follow Collierville AM on Twitter: @ColliervilleAM
Speech and Debate (Forensics)
Collierville has a wonderful tradition as a highly competitive Speech and Debate team. For nearly three decades, this team has turned out great competitors and fantastic citizens. Speech and Debate helps develop communication skills in a fun and competitive way. Collierville's team travels all over Tennessee and the Southeastern United States to some of the best tournaments available to compete in multiple styles of debate, public speaking, and performance.
Follow on Twitter: @DragonForensics
Congratulations to Emma Capitanelli, Matt Rozanski, Kayla Smith, and Natalie Estes for being named Academic All Americans by the NSDA!
The following students will be attending the NSDA National Qualifying Tournament in Nashville on March 3rd: Emma Capitanelli, Matthew Rozanski, Kayla Smith, Hunter Youngblood, Cullen Bertram, Natalie Estes, Claire Thomas, Julianna Hoy, Cameron Hutson, Sarah Rubinstein, and Trisha Sivalingham. Good luck to these outstanding students!