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  School:

Mineral Springs

Middle School

 
  Location:

Winston-Salem,

NC

 
  Grade: 8
 
  Disciplines: Visual Art
Language Arts
 
  Description: Students create ceramic place settings based on literary characters.
 
 
 

About the School

Students entering Mineral Springs Middle SchoolMineral Springs Middle School, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Mineral Springs Middle School is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. Its 410 students are mostly African American, with a growing number of Hispanic students and a minority of students of Caucasian and racially-mixed backgrounds.

Arts play a fundamental role at Mineral Springs. Mineral Springs is one of more than 30 A+ Schools, all emphasizing the arts across the state. The philosophy of the A+ Schools derives from Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences: a belief that the arts stimulate in-depth learning and holistic knowledge in students, resulting not only in higher achievement, but also in lowering the incidence of behavioral problems and absences from school. The staff at Mineral Springs includes full-time teachers of dance, vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, and drama. Through the creative use of allocated positions, Mineral Springs has resisted arts funding cuts and maintained a high number of professional arts faculty to carry out its mission.

The Mineral Springs curriculum includes classes for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders in visual art and photography, orchestra and band, choral music and piano, drama and video production, modern dance, and performance arts. Artists who have state teaching certification and professional status in the arts community teach these classes. Collaborations among arts faculty include student exhibits, concerts, performances, demonstrations, and “informances” scheduled during the entire school year. In addition to this selection of arts courses, the non-arts teachers routinely include the arts in their instruction.

School information compiled from the Mineral Springs Middle School Web site:
http://web2k.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/MSpringsMS/info/aplus.htm

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