• Course Expectations for 6th and 7th Grade Art 2017-18

    Contact information: Mr. Kevin McColley (6/7 Crimson at Parkview, 6/7 G Team at Prairie Ridge)

    E-mail: kevin.mccolley@ankenyschools.org

    Additional Art Teachers for Parkview and Prairie Ridge: allyson.schafroth@ankenyschools.org (6/7 Gold & Maroon Teacher at Parkview) and kyle.benna@ankenyschools.org (6/7 J and A Teacher for Prairie Ridge)

    Alternative Contact: Phone: (Parkview Middle School) 515.965.9640; (Prairie Ridge Middle School) 515.965.9705 Best time to reach us by email: At your convenience. You should hear from us within one business day. Best time to reach me by phone: 7:55 – 8:20; 3:45 – 3:55 (Monday – Friday)

    Course Description:

    6th grade Art In 6th grade art, students are introduced to a variety of art mediums and techniques. As students’ progress through the course they are challenged in art to use their creativity and develop artistically. Students should be expected to learn about: elements and principles of design, drawing, painting, and technology. In each topic we will learn about art history, discuss techniques and develop skills that will improve art creation.

    7th grade Art In 7th grade Art, students will experiment with a variety of media to create visual art. The elements of art, (e.g., line, shape, space, color, value, texture, and form) are stressed in two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional work. Students will begin to apply art principles, (e.g., rhythm, movement, balance, proportion, variety, emphasis and unity) in their art expression. The development and application of basic techniques and skills are stressed. Students will express their ideas by using art as a form of communication. Students learn to respect their own ideas and artistic expressions and those of others as they analyze and evaluate works of art.

    *I like to post things that the students are creating 6/7 to my website: https://kevinmccolley.weebly.com The course description is great, but if you'd like to visually see things the kids have created feel free to check out this site and go to the page titled "Art Projects."

    How students will be graded:

    • A 0-100 percent scale will be utilized at the secondary level in the Ankeny Community School District.
    • Letter grades will continue to be assigned for all courses at the secondary level based on the 0-100 percent scale.
    • When utilizing a rubric with a 1-4 scale, teachers will show the connection between a student’s performance on the rubric to the assigned grade within the 0-100 percent scale. This connection will be communicated at the onset of its use and throughout the learning progression for the purpose of providing feedback.
    • When a rubric is converted to a letter grade, the 0-100 percent scale will be employed.

    Reporting in Infinite Campus:

    Our learning in art will focus around the following standards:

    1. Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work 2. Presenting/Producing:Interpreting and sharing artist work 3. Responding: Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning 4. Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and context

    You are invited to monitor the growth your child makes over the course of this next quarter. Equally, your child will be engaged in monitoring their progress as well. All students will learn and grow as artists this quarter. In Infinite Campus you will see how we monitor that growth over time. Ultimately, kids who demonstrated limited art concepts and skills based on our standards will receive supports to grow as learners. Students who are secure in the art concepts and skills will receive supports and opportunities to develop further, potentially reaching the Exceeding level of performance. There are 4 levels of performance we ascribe to students progression of learning, and you will see these in Infinite Campus:

    1. Does Not Meet Standard 2. Partially Meets Standard 3. Meets Standard 4. Exceeds Standard

    Here are descriptors, what they represent, and what you will see in Infinite Campus gradebook: DM = Does Not Meet Standard of Learning PM = Partially Meets Standard of Standard MS = Meets Standard, Grade Level Expectation ES = Exceeds Standard *M = Missing. IC sends out notifications on Tuesdays if your student is missing work. *X = Exempt. Students will be exempt from that data point by teacher discretion.

    Guiding Practices:

    Multiple and Varied Assessment Opportunities (including Retakes) All students should have multiple assessment opportunities to demonstrate higher levels of achievement. The opportunities may be initiated by the instructor or the student, but always at the instructor’s discretion. Additional opportunities may include retakes of an alternate form of an assessment (e.g., Form B instead of Form A), student revisions of work products based on descriptive feedback, or alternative methods of assessments (e.g., an oral response rather than a written test).

    Guidelines for retakes include the following:

    • Students will be provided the opportunity to be reassessed (i.e., retakes and homework).
    • Teachers determine appropriateness and authentic need for reassessments.
    • Generally, reassessments will be limited to one retake per assessment. Additional reassessments will be provided at the discretion of the teacher.
    • Retakes will be taken within a reasonable time frame that the teacher determines and informs students of in advance.
    • Homework / Independent Practice

    Homework is an opportunity for students to practice skills, apply knowledge, review and build on past learning, and extend learning. Homework is individualized and based on each student’s progress towards established standards. The purpose of the assignment will determine whether or not a grade is given and will be clearly articulated to students. Through independent learning tasks (homework), students assume more responsibility for their learning and are given opportunities to apply what they have learned to new situations or experiences.


    Extra Credit and Bonus Points

    To ensure that grades reflect progress toward and achievement of the standards, giving extra credit points or bonus points will not occur in this class.

    Formative and Summative Assessment: Definitions

    • Formative Assessment: Formal and informal processes teachers and students use to gather evidence for the purpose of improving learning.
    • Summative Assessment: Assessments that provide evidence of student achievement for the purpose of making a judgment about student competence or program effectiveness.

    Behavioral Expectations

    • The vision of the Ankeny Community Schools is that behavior will be reported separately from academic achievement.
    • Behavior expectations for this course will be focused on:

    o Organization and Readiness o Productivity and Accountability o Collaboration Skills

    • We will be utilizing the following rubric to assess these behaviors:
    • Work Habits Rubric