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Welcome to the Visual Art Department of McCullough Jr. High Dear Parent(s), We are pleased to have your son and/or daughter in Art and have some exciting activities planned. We are looking forward to great exhibitions of student artwork throughout the school for all to enjoy. A strong fine arts program is a mainstay in a student’s educational career. Studies in Art Education reveal that art classes enhance a child’s ability to communicate more effectively and problem-solve more proficiently. Additionally the use of two and three-dimensional media such as drawing, painting, and sculpture help students build a strong foundation in the elements and principles of art for a broader humanities background. The scheduling program at McCullough Jr. High provides ninety-minute blocks of art every other day. In this way, your son or daughter will complete the class within one semester. To guarantee a marvelous semester, we want to share this letter of vital information with you and your student. Please read the following, then sign and return. SUPPLIES There is an art supply fee of $25.00 and is payable by check to McCullough Jr. High. This fee is due within two weeks. Supply fees include all materials that the student might need for class. Special arrangements will be made for those who need assistance. No student will be denied an opportunity to participate due to lack of funds. GRADING Each project will be graded based upon the following criteria: objectives (skills/technique), craftsmanship and thorough completion. In accordance with school policy, ten points will be deducted for each day a project is late. Oftentimes a student wants to dedicate greater detail to a project and may foresee a need for extra time. We encourage this serious student to schedule additional time to work on their project prior to the date it is due. Success stems from doing our best and completing all assignments. Safety Policy/Classroom Management Plan Students are taught safe procedures in the use of materials and tools. Disruptive classroom behavior can lead to accidents and injury. Therefore, we stress safety and will not tolerate horseplay or misuse of tools and equipment. Each student deserves the best possible environment in which to learn so we have developed a Classroom Discipline Plan that clearly states the behavior necessary for class to run smoothly. The rules are as follows: Follow directions the first time they are given Be seated and quiet during the teacher presentations and work time Remain on task the entire work time Maintain proper care of supplies Respect each other and artwork – If it isn’t yours, please do not touch it! By working together, this will be an awesome year. You are the security and strength behind your child. We want to be an extension of that security and strength. Together, we can make your son and daughter’s success the ultimate goal. If you have questions or concerns, please call or email. Thank you, Art Department of McCullough Jr. High 832-592-5100