Combined Arts

Stephen Murray - Curriculum Leader

The classes included in our combined arts rotation are an integral part of our middle school’s comprehensive curriculum. Early adolescence is a time for exploratory learning and the development of new skills: physical, social, and thinking. While the core curriculum classes (English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages) provide students with opportunities to develop their Linguistic Intelligence and their Logical- Mathematical Intelligence, the Combined Arts classes offer the chance to strengthen other intelligences such as Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, and Extrapersonal.

The curriculum in each of the arts classes is designed to challenge students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills and to foster a greater sense of self-esteem. As students learn about engineering and design, try different art media, rehearse a Shakespearian play, or compose a simple melody, they begin to link up with the adult world through the awareness of new competencies and strengths.

Students will rotate through the following specials each term:
  • Applied Science
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sixth grade students will also participate in a Library/Technology class during the term in which they have Drama on their schedule. 


Name Grade Email
Pete Curran
 all  x4217
Katherine Lopez  all x4215
Bethann Monahan
Steve Murray
 all  x4214
Sara Ravid
 all  x4210
Rebecca Pagano  all x4209 
Hip Rivera
Whitney Tandon  all  x4213 
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