Welcome to Jefferson Middle School's REACH and Visual Communications Classes
REACH for 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders:
- REACH is a fantastic class that combines English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Theater, Speech, Debate, and Technology. Being a part of this class means you will have the opportunity to explore history and literature at a much deeper level. But REACH isn’t just about learning in a traditional classroom environment. It is about being able to explore the world around us through hands-on learning experiences. REACH is a class that is student-driven. You will be responsible for taking your learning to the next level through research projects, speeches, debates, and theatrical productions.
Students who qualify for the REACH program are assigned to one of our classes for the academically talented called REACH (Reading Enrichment and Arts Cohort for High-Achievers). Goals of the program reflect the use of critical thinking and problem solving skills. In the first quarter, students analyze high school-level text and learn the research process. In the second quarter, students work together to bring what they have learned to life through a theatrical production. Students learn to write scripts, build sets, direct audio and lighting, as well as act on the stage. In the last weeks of the semester, they put on a completely student-made production for the school and local community. The REACH instructor and counselor work together to identify students who qualify based on scores and teacher recommendation.
- Learn the ins and outs of producing a live television newscast. Learn how to shoot video, edit footage, and create a live television broadcast.