Fine Arts

          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-roundededucation, 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. 

Information About New Fine Arts Standards
Visual Arts

2018 Collierville Fire Prevention Poster City Contest Results

The Collierville Fire Department is proud to congratulate this year’s Collierville City Fire Prevention Poster Contest winners.  Wonderful posters were submitted by several participating Collierville schools; however, only one winning poster from each grade level (K-12) and division may be sent to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.  

Local city winners will be recognized at a reception in their honor on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10 AM at the Morton Museum.  The Collierville Fire Department awards each city winner an engraved medal and a certificate.   Posters will be on display at the Morton Museum during Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13). The winners and their posters will also be featured on the CFD website :

 State judging will be held in December 2018 in Nashville, TN. Winners will be notified by January 7th, 2019.  A list of winners and pictures of the winning posters will be posted on the State Fire Marshal’s website.

The following Collierville students’ posters were selected by fire division personnel to send to the state.   

Grade / Division




Hailey Howell

Bailey Station Elementary

First Grade

Mangalam Prakasam

Bailey Station Elementary

Second Grade

Bryant Dai

Tara Oaks Elementary

Third Grade

Swetha Somasundaram

Bailey Station Elementary

Fourth Grade

Janani Prakash

Bailey Station Elementary

Fifth Grade

Akshay Kumar Tammineni

Sycamore Elementary

Division I (K-5th Grade)

Tucker Molinaro

Tarra Oaks Elementary

Sixth Grade

Hailey Strong

Collierville Middle

Seventh Grade

Allie Timms

Collierville Middle

Eighth Grade

Ginger Anders

Collierville Middle

Ninth Grade

Jordin Jones

Collierville High

Tenth Grade

Savannah Kilgore

Collierville High

Eleventh Grade

Sydney Prascak

Collierville High

Twelfth Grade

Myrna Trevino

Collierville High

Division II (6th-12thGrade)

Mason Rivera

Collierville Middle

2018 BRACE Awards
"The Briarcrest Regional Art Contest & Exhibition's mission is to provide a venue for regional art teachers to display their students' artwork and provide incentives for higher quality craftsmanship, thereby, encouraging young artists and connection the local visual arts community." - Briarcrest Christian School
Students from approximately fifty schools in the area submitted artwork to this contest, including young artists from Collierville schools. Collierville Schools is extremely proud of all those who submitted work to be judged and those who received awards from this excellent local contest. Congratulations!
2019 Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards
"The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards is an annual juried student art exhibition presented by the Brooks Museum League and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. As an affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards honors exemplary art by students in 7th through 12th grades, recognizing their outstanding achievements in a competitive annual exhibition and providing cash prizes and scholarship opportunities. The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards is generously sponsored by the Brooks Museum League, which provides both financial support and countless volunteer hours." - Books Museum
Students from approximately fifty schools and studios in the area submitted artwork to this contest, including young artists from Collierville schools. Collierville Schools congratulates all those who received awards from this excellent local contest. Congratulations!
Upcoming Visual Art Events

Tournament of Champions
Collierville’s Tournament of Champions promises to be the premier marching competition of Western Tennessee.  Hosted at the brand new Collierville High School’s 5,000 seat state-of-the-art stadium, this spectacular event brought together Tennessee’s finest marching bands to compete in the areas most prestigious entertaining and educational band event of the year.  Our nationally acclaimed judges from coast-to-coast not only held bands to the utmost criteria for excellence but pushed them to stellar performances as well! It was an unforgettable experience that provided both bands and spectators a night to be inspired, amazed and swept off their feet!
Collierville High
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
Follow the CHS Dragon Band on Twitter: @Pridecville
Follow the CHS Dragon Orchestra on Twitter: @CHSDragonsOrch
Congratulations to all of the students who have made All West!
Choral Program
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 event will take place in mid-November at the Cannon Center in Memphis. 
Congratulations to these talented musicians!


Soprano 1 – Teyah Young, Aubrey English, Emily Hale, Meher Boghani, Hannah Andre


Soprano 2 – D. J. Zayed, Gracie Tanner, Erin Smith


Alto 2 – Emma Waycaster, Claire Criner


Tenor 1 – Parker Hood, J. M. Holmes


Bass 1 – Cameron Hutson, Dehn Basham


Bass 2 – Jack Siegel, Sawyer Norment

Follow the CHS Choir Department on Twitter: @Cville_Choir1
CHS Has 14 University of Memphis Honor Choir Participants
The University of Memphis Honor Choir is a great connector event for these students to pursue scholarships in music. Congratulations to these students:
Roman Austin, Matthew White, Cooper Clack, Taymon Lester, Emily Hale, Harley Bond, Emma Stopher, Emma Waycaster, Cameron Hutson, Shreya Reddy, Jordan Ronan, Dehn Basham, Victoria Jones, and Jewelz Simpson
Middle Schools
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. 
Elementary Schools
Check back soon for updates from all five of our elementary schools!
Collierville High
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 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 Draco Playhouse Theatre Season

The nominations for the Orpheum Theatre’s High School Musical Theatre Awards were announced yesterday.  These awards cover schools in West TN, North MS, and Eastern AR within a 200 mile radius of Memphis.  The CHS Draco Playhouse production of “Catch Me If You Can” has been nominated for the following 16 awards:


Best Chorus

Best Student Orchestra

Best Dance Execution

Best Choreography

Best Front of House

Best Artistic Element

Best Scenic Design

Best Music Director – Emily Taylor

Best Technical Achievement

Student Creative Achievement – MaKenzie Lawson

Student Technical Achievement – Andrew Boone

Student Stage Management – Emily Roark

Best Featured Actress – Emma Stopher

Best Lead Actor – Cooper Clack

Best Director – Chris Luter

Best Overall Production


The awards ceremony was held Thursday, May 24, 2018, at 7:00 pm at the Orpheum Theatre.  Congratulations to the following students who won awards:


Best Actress in a Leading Role - Shayna Ryan, THE MOUSETRAP
Best Actor in a Leading Role - Cooper Clack, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Will Beck, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Marrissa Cherry, ALMOST, MAINE
Best Featured Performances - Kala Morris, PINOCCHIO; Emma Stopher - CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Best New Performers - Matt Freeman, Danny Blaisdell
Director Award - Shayna Ryan, PINOCCHIO; Cooper Clack – ALMOST, MAINE
Assistant Director Award - Emma Stopher, PINOCCHIO
Costumes Award - Marrissa Cherry, PINOCCHIO
Sound Award - Andrew Boone, PINOCCHIO
Assistant Stage Manager Award – Danny Blaisdell, THE MOUSETRAP
Set Design Award - Gabby Nunez, THE MOUSETRAP
Lighting Control Award - Emma McVay, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN


Draco Playhouse production of Catch Me If You Can won 6 awards at the annual High School Musical Theatre Awards!!!  That was the most awarded to any school this year.  There were 29 schools from 3 states competing this year.


Awards were:


Outstanding Overall Production

Outstanding Dance Execution

Outstanding Set

Outstanding Student Orchestra

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Student Technical Achievement – Andrew Boone


CHS is now the only school that has won the Overall Production award multiple times.


Congrats to all of the cast, crew, and orchestra for all of their hard work that they put into this production.



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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Collierville AM
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!