Madison Middle School has a rich history of arts-related opportunities for our students. For six years, our school received a grant and was a part of the Whole School Initiative sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission. As part of this initiative, we strove to use the arts (visual arts, drama, dance, creative writing, and singing) to teach the state's objectives. We had a tremendous amount of positive feedback from students and staff as we invited artists in to train teachers to use the arts and exposed our students to a myriad of hands-on activities. When the grant was over, we continued to receive funds through the district, and most recently, through our generous PTO. This has allowed the students at MMS to be challenged in creative ways as they receive a well rounded education. We have an active Arts Committee that plans and oversees the arts funding. Teresa McLelland serves as the project director and committee members are Catie Stolzfus, Tyler Johnson, Aubrey Davis, Cortney Robertson, Jan Bruening, Kathy Maze, Krista Kettler, and Katy Abels.
Students who attend MMS will have many arts-related choices for electives each year. In the visual arts, students will first take Art Foundations in order to begin to learn the basics of art. Those who successfully complete this class will be allowed the next year to choose a more in-depth art class, such as Painting, Design, or Drawing. In addition, we have an Advanced Art class. Students wishing to select this course will be given an information packet and chosen for the class based on the material they submit.
Other arts related electives include Band and Choir, both of which are excellent and award-winning. These electives are audition only classes. Those new to our school who are interested in either of these electives should contact the school office. We also offer Drama and Creative Writing. The arts are well represented here at MMS. For more information please start by contacting your grade level principal.