CMS Related Arts Showcase puts spotlight on students

Parents of Carpenters Middle School students got the chance to see their children excel in areas that often aren’t highlighted when the school held a Related Arts Showcase on Dec. 3.

CMS principal Mike Crabtree said the Related Arts curriculum is fairly new concept to many but it has been in place since the school was opened 10 years ago.

“It gives a lot of kids who don’t get lot of attention drawn to them the opportunity to show that they’re capable of learning and excelling and that they’re successful in areas outside of academics and athletics,” he said. “We want the community to come see what the students are learning and the new things going on.”

The principal said one of the highlights of the evening was students from the PE class who demonstrated archery. The principal said there is more to the sport than simply shooting an arrow. “There’s a lot of discipline and concentration that goes with it that anyone can do,” he said.

Crabtree said students in the Art Department got to show what concepts they’re learning and while illness forced planners to cancel the Band performance, students in choir entertained the crowd. “We also had a full choir concert that evening,” he said.

Students in the Teen Living class displayed gingerbread houses they made and students in the Diversified Technology class were demonstrating activities going on in their class.

Crabtree said the Diversified Technology class is an opportunity for the students to explore different career paths. The principal said the students work independently in groups of two with a lot of self-guided instruction.

“They go through different modules that are different career interests,” he said. “Some deal with robotics and some deal with pneumatics, which is closely related to what factories do around here.”

Students also have the opportunity to study plastic mold injection while others study photography. “They learn about skills you need in that business and it gives kids an introduction to that industry,” Crabtree said.

Students also get experience learning about robotics. They’ll build robotic arms and are given specific tasks and they have to write computer programs tailored to the tasks, Crabtree said. “They’re simplified lessons but it gives the kids an idea of what goes on in that industry.”

Different disciplines of study for Related Arts curriculum involve:

Art – the students learn art principles.

Teen living – students learn skill for practical living like cooking and personal economics.

Computer technology – students learn how to use practical programs like Microsoft Word and spreadsheets.


Keyboarding – students learn music theory.

Diversified Technology

Library – sixth grade students learn how to do research.

Physical education


Crabtree said the Related Arts Showcase happens once a year. About 150 students participated at the Dec. 3 event and a total of about 250 attended the showcase. For more information on the Related Arts curriculum visit

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