Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wydown Middle School Looks at Changes in Arts and PE

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wydown Middle School Looks at Changes in Arts and PE

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Clayton School District officials are considering changes in fine arts, enrichment and physical education classes at Wydown Middle School.

None of the changes would require additional employees or equipment, according to the proposals submitted by teachers.

The school's fine arts department recommended that a theater class be added for sixth-graders to complement band, orchestra and choir.

With this addition, every sixth-grader would be required to take a performing arts class. Sixth-graders also would be required to take two trimesters of a class called "integrated arts" offering exposure to all aspects of the arts.

A year-long integrated arts class would be added for seventh graders.

Seventh-graders now take just a single trimester of fine arts, and those who take music classes are not able to take another arts class. The change would allow students to take an additional art or foreign language class.

Integrated arts classes would be added for eighth-graders as well. Those who met certain criteria would earn masters status, allowing them to give individual shows or recitals and to tutor other students.

If approved, the proposed fine art changes would be effective next year for sixth- and seventh-graders and in the 1995-96 school year for eighth-graders.

"The fine arts changes are to promote Wydown as the school for art," said Assistant Superintendent Linda Henke.

The changes are based on middle school models from around the country, Henke said. …

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