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Elective Department

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Art - Wendy Anderson



A huge thank you to all the families who donated $25 for their art student! Donations are always accepted as we head into the spring semester. Art donations are especially important as we start ceramics which can be expensive when we purchase clay and glazes. We are just finishing an in depth unit in drawing. The self portraits, grid drawings and doodle art should be at home, on the wall by now. Remind your child that art made by their own hands is a priceless gift. Our next unit starts in December, everything 3D! Wire art, duct tape, ceramics and the super fun altered books project. Extra credit for any ticket from a museum, gallery or art show too. Please make sure you send me an email with any questions, ideas, donations or comments on your child's artwork. 



Welcome back to school  from  the  Art Department! We are looking forward to a fun and active school year!

The art department supplies everything you need to participate in art thanks to your generous donation of

$25.00 during the first month of school. Please make your checks payable to HSMS.

Also, remember that Slater Art is  about being positive and shutting off your internal negative voice to allow you to have fun and not be  overly judgmental about what you create in class. The main point is to have fun and be respectful of your work and others in order to quiet our critical inner voice.

I can’t wait to meet all the new art students this year, we are going to have a blast!


Link to Teacher Website:Wendy Anderson

Culinary Class


The Culinary class is off to a great start! First of all, thank you so much to all of the families that donated $50 to help our class buy food supplies. We spend an average of $100 a week on food supplies for three classes as we cook each week. It adds up really fast. After starting the year with food preparation basics and getting to know our kitchens, we are moving forward to more complicated menu items. At this time of year we let the holidays dictate our menus. Last month we made chocolate skulls for Dia de los Muertos. The week before Thanksgiving we are making a turkey dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy. After Thanksgiving we will make various kinds of cookies and have a class cookie exchange. Each week we do something new and it's always exciting! 


Welcome all new and returning Spartans.

We'll have fun in the kitchen preparing and eating some great foods while learning culinary basics, variety of cultural foods, nutrition and food production and celebrating holidays.

Bring your appetite and let’s “get cooking!”

The culinary class supplies everything you need to participate thanks to your generous donation of

$25.00 during the first month of school. Checks can be made payable to HSMS.

Recommended Supplies:

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Teacher Website:Leslie Curry

Band - Mr. Binder


Link to Mr. Binder's Teacher Site - TBA

Computers - Kim Romero

Drama - Weslynn Finfrock

Drama is a great class!  It is a wonderful place to make close friendships and lasting memories.  Students learn acting and vocal technique and improvisational skills, in preparation for the class productions.  Typically we have two productions in a school year. The Winter Showcase, comprised of a one act play, a series of monologues, and a few musical numbers, will be at the end of the first semester. The second production will be a full on musical performed at the end of the school year. 
As a drama student, you will be required to:
1. Participate in classroom assignments
2. Memorize lines and blocking when assigned
3. Attend afterschool rehearsals when required (calendars will be provided in advance) 
4. Attend at least one Saturday work party per semester (Don’t worry! They’re fun!) 
5. Attend and participate in ALL scheduled performances.


Teacher Website:Weslynn Finfrock

Industrial Tech - Kyle Desideri

Leadership - Sandra Martin

Media Production - Sandra Martin