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 BRACE competition at The Briarcrest Regional Art Contest & Exhibition.
Olivia Leggett- 3rd Place Ninth Grade
Brianna Morelli- Honorable Mention Tenth Grade
Myrna Trevino- Honorable Mention Eleventh Grade
Emma McVay- 3rd Place Twelfth Grade
Tamara Castany- Honorable Mention Twelfth Grade
Mrs. Burford, CHS Art Teacher, also won the Amy Lange Memorial Art Teacher Award.
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, several Collierville students were selected to be part of the Southwest TN Honor Choirs.
The following CHS singers will be participating in the All-Southwest TN regional honor choirs this Friday, 11/17, from 8am-3pm at Greater Imani Church in Memphis.
Aubrey English, Teyah Young, Meher Boghani, Emily Hale, Gracie Tanner, Hannah Andre, and Carol Ann Land
Lexie Mendenhall, Taylor Mercer, Emma Waycaster, Gabby Adams, and Claire Criner
Roman Austin, Matthew White, and Parker Hood
Cooper Clack, Dehn Basham, Cameron Hutson, and Jack Siegel
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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.
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DRACO PLAYHOUSE RECEIVES SUPERIOR RATING
The Draco Playhouse production of As It Is In Heaven performed in the TN Theatre Association One-Act Play Festival.
The production received Superior ratings from the Festival’s judges.
Kala Morris and Jamey Ryan were named to the Festival’s All-Star Cast for their individual performances.
Cast members were juniors Kala Morris, Mary Powers, and Carly Steed, sophomores Jamey Ryan, Samantha Schott, Maddie Bobbitt, and Teyah Young, and freshmen Emily Siegel and Alexis Steelman. Stage Manager was senior Emily Roark.
Congrats to all of these students on a great performance!
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.
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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!