Cameron Specialists

2021-2022 Grades 6-8

Welcome to the Cameron Specialists Curriculum Information Newsletter!

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Art - Ms. Tunney

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou


Hello Artists! Get ready to express yourselves. We are gearing for a great year of sculpting, painting, and drawing.

How does art communicate?

What is it saying?

How can art connect us to others?

This year, we will consider these questions and many more as we critically analyze artwork from cultures around the globe. Cameron artists will tap into their creativity as they create a variety of artworks and explore different arts media.


Don’t throw out those plastic water bottles!

Visual arts can make good use of old rubbish which we transform into beautiful recycled arts projects. Below are things we are collecting:

  1. Old news papers (for paper mache)

  2. Empty plastic water bottles (for recycled art projects)

  3. Old unwanted toys (for use as armatures for sculptures. Items such as medium sized plastic animals, barbies, stuffed animals are useful)

Questions? E-mail: atunney@framingham.k12.ma.us


Band/Music - Mrs. Dupuis

Concert Band:

This is going to be a great year of making music! I can't wait to get started. I wanted to fill you in on a few details about band this year. Wind instruments will need to be distanced and play with instrument masks and bell covers. I will provide all the necessary PPE for you. Percussionists just need to bring their music and sticks to class.

  • The following 3 forms below will be handed out at the first class. Keep an eye out for them:

For those more advanced players that can already read and play HERE is the Jazz Band Registration Form. Jazz Band meets on Thursdays and will begin on September 23rd.


Music Class: "Music & SEL"

This class meets 10 times over each trimester. We will be focusing on drumming, rhythms and collaborative music making. Classes will include lessons from the "World Music Drumming" curriculum as well as drum circles.


Here is the Band/Music Newsletter


Additional Band & Music information can be found on the CAMERON BAND/MUSIC WEBSITE.


Questions? E-mail: cdupuis@framingham.k12.ma.us

Twitter: @kdcdmusic

Chorus/Music - Ms. Storm

Chorus:

Hey Singers! I am so excited to make music with all of you this year. Here are a few details regarding the upcoming year. Individuals can sing indoors with masks on, provided they are standing 3 feet apart. This year we will have two performances. The first is a holiday caroling showcase that will take place during school. The second is our end of the year concert, which will take place in June 2022. Keep an eye out for those dates, as I will be sending them out shortly!


Music & SEL

Music & Social Emotional Learning will meet 10 times over the course of one trimester. We will be focusing on music technology, composition, and music for social change. Classes will include lessons on Bandlab, Soundtrap, Musescore, and more. We will also be analyzing the role music plays in society, and how music can be utilized to communicate important topics.


If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! You can reach me at mstorm@framingham.k12.ma.us

Drama - Mrs. Shea

Drama:
Each trimester students are able to come to the Drama room and learn through play. Every class focuses on a different Drama idea and we use hands-on, active, engagement to learn. Some of the topics include: Theater Etiquette, Improvisation and Musical Theater. All you need to bring to class is your creativity and willingness to try new things.


Arts and SEL with Mrs. Shea:

This class meets 10 times over each trimester. We will be focusing on the five SEL competencies (self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills) through the lens of theater. We will explore ourselves, our relationships with others and how we fit into our community.


Here is a link to the Cameron Drama Website. It can be found on the Cameron Middle School Website under "Clubs". This website also includes information about Cameron Drama Company and our after school theater programs.


Questions? E-mail: tshea@framingham.k12.ma.us

Health - Mrs. Roth

Each student will have Health class for one trimester out of the school year which totals about 28 classes. The Health course offers a variety of content related to the physical, social and mental health of your student and their community. Health classes promote a variety of different skills that empower students to navigate these often confusing and challenging years (i.e. decision making, goal setting, finding health resources, etc.).

To view curriculum topics and grading please go to the Cameron Health Website and select the grade of your student. You can also find information and resources to have at home health discussions with your student in the Parent/Guardian tab.

Any questions? Email me at: aroth@framingham.k12.ma.us


Media Specialists/Library - Ms. Thompson

The Cameron library is open to students! They can stop in to return or check out books before homeroom in the morning or during the school day with permission from a teacher. Students are also welcome to return school library books from ANY Framingham Public School. They will get to the right place. Students can also access Ebooks through the Sora App or by accessing the Commonwealth EBook Collection. Here is an instructional video if students need help logging in. Families can also contact me via e-mail (ethompson@framingham.k12.ma.us) with support in accessing books for students. I am so excited to welcome students into the library this year!

Orchestra - Mrs. Casinghino

Welcome to the Cameron Orchestra! This year students who chose the violin, viola, cello or bass will have orchestra class on Days 4 or 5 on the Cameron rotating schedule. We are fortunate that orchestra class will meet for the entire year. You will be able to learn how to tune your instrument, read notes and rhythms, learn fingerings, bowing techniques and much more! I am looking forward to teaching you many different styles of music.

Mrs. Casinghino

ncasinghino@framingham.k12.ma.us

Physical Education - Mr. DiSanto

PE is a full-year course that provides students with the opportunity to learn a variety of sports and sport-related movements, as well as health and fitness concepts. Health topics are related to nutrition, fitness health, and wellness. Emphasis is placed on active participation, individual effort, and positive social interaction during fitness and sport activities.


If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out: bdisanto@framingham.k12.ma.us

Physical Education - Mr. Kelberman

PE is a full-year course that provides students with the opportunity to learn a variety of sports and sport-related movements, as well as health and fitness concepts. Health topics are related to nutrition, fitness health, and wellness. Emphasis is placed on active participation, individual effort, and positive social interaction during fitness and sport activities.


If you have any questions don't hesitate to email: Akelberman@framingham.k12.ma.us

Tech Ed - Ms. McAnthony

Welcome to Technology Education with Ms. McAnthony:


Tech Ed. has a fun-filled curriculum which gives students the opportunity to develop essential technology and engineering skills that will empower them with self-learning skills. Our projects are mostly hands-on learning experience.

Tech. Ed. course-work at glance:

Grade 6 themes:

  • Intro to Digital Tools - Communication, Collaboration, Coding and 3D Printing

  • Intro to Engineering Design Process and Modeling

  • WeVideo: Introduction to video editing and themes

Grade 7 themes:

  • Intro to Structures

  • Applying the Engineering Design process

  • Robotics/micro bits

Grade 8 themes:

  • Applying the EDP in a major capstone design thinking project.

  • Significant Technology Trends


Why Engineering?...because dream need doing


Questions? E-mail: imcanthony@framingham.k12.ma.us

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