Explore a variety of art materials, develop art techniques, and use creative thinking skills to express ideas and viewpoints about personal experiences and the world. Produce meaningful and unique drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and crafts in a studio setting. Study artists and their works to gain understanding of the artistic process and learn about art produced at different times and in diverse cultures. Make interdisciplinary connections based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for all disciplines.
Use new materials and techniques, and refine your artmaking skills. Students begin to develop a personal style and attain a high level of quality and craftsmanship in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and crafts. Interpret and express feelings and ideas in innovative ways and make interdisciplinary connections based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for all disciplines. Study great artists from different times and diverse cultures and learn to critique personal artworks and the works of others to inform personal artmaking.
Art Extensions – Full Year
Art Extensions – Full Year offers an opportunity for eighth grade students with interest and above average performance in art to refine their artistic skills and techniques. Students interpret and express personal feelings, experiences, and observations in advanced level art projects. They work with a variety of media and tools including technological applications in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture and they evaluate and critique their own and other students’ artwork. Students study art history and culture and analyze the works of great artists while making interdisciplinary connections based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for all disciplines.
3D Art Exploration
Work in the third-dimension by creating sculptures, ceramic objects, models and installations that express ideas about personal experiences and observations of the world. Learn to use a variety of art media, non-traditional materials, tools and equipment to compose, construct, and form functional and decorative artworks. Build knowledge, refine skills, improve techniques, and craftsmanship to meet challenges and solve problems in unique ways. Investigate three-dimensional artworks produced by artists in different times and places to inform the artmaking process.
Computers in Art
Use the computer as a tool for creating original artwork. Work with a variety of software applications including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator or other available software to explore subjects, ideas and themes related to living in the world. Make interdisciplinary connections based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for all disciplines and develop knowledge regarding ethical issues concerning computer generated imagery. Prior computer experience is not required.
|Career and Technical Education FCPS|
Digital Input Technologies
Digital Input Technologies is an elective course open to students in 8th Grade. This course introduces new and emerging input devices (e.g., speech- and handwriting-recognition software, headset/microphone, personal digital assistant [PDA], scanner, digital camera, digital video camera, keyboard, and mouse) to prepare students for using tools that are becoming standard in the workplace and in everyday life.
Computer Solutions is an elective course open to students in grades 7-8. This course introduces students to the world of business using the computer as a problem-solving tool. Emphasis is placed on using basic touch keyboarding skills to complete a variety of projects incorporating word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software. Basic Internet safety and computer maintenance issues are important components of this course.
|Kerry Bean||7th Grade English||703.912.4635|
|Samantha Fischer||8th Grade English||703.912.4601|
|Peggy Harmon||8th Grade English||703.912.4614|
|Jenny Hay||8th Grade English||703.912.4604|
|Emily Kirby||7th Grade English||703.912.4629|
|Kelly Steining||7th Grade English||703.912.4636|
|Amy Toothaker||8th Grade English||703.912.4621|
The FCPS Program of Studies (POS) for Language Arts defines the instructional program that must be implemented in the middle school language arts classroom. The POS describes curriculum content, and identifies the essential knowledge and skills taught, through specific standards, benchmarks, and indicators.
Language Arts study for Grades 7 and 8 consists of five strands:
Oral Strand: Students experience a variety of speaking, listening, and viewing situations.
Vocabulary Strand: Students expand and enhance vocabulary through language and literature.
Reading Strand: Students read and apply strategies to understand/analyze a variety of literature.
Writing Strand: Students write in a variety of forms using the six traits of writing.
Research Strand: Students access and select information from various sources for research
Please see the information sheets below for the criteria used when assessing student reading and writing.
-- Reading and Thinking Strategies
-- Six Traits (page one)
-- Six Traits (page two)
-- Six Traits Informational Rubric (page one)
-- Six Traits Informational Rubric (page two)
-- Six Traits Writing Rubric (page one)
-- Six Traits Writing Rubric (page two)
Students will be issued one of the following literature textbooks:
Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes
Bronze: Grade 7, Silver: Grade 8
(Prentice Hall, 2000)
Students will be issued one of the following language study textbooks:
Elements of Writing
First Course: Grade 7, Second Course: Grade 8
(Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1998)
The Writer's Craft
(McDougal, Littell, 1998)
Write Source 2000
(Great Source Education, 1999)
These links to publishers may be helpful in providing further information about the textbooks:
|Janet Michaelsen||7th & 8th Grade||703.912.4589|
|Melissa Steinhilber||7th & 8th Grade||703.912.4588|
FCPS English Proficiency Levels:
|Christie Barnes||8th Grade||703.912.4573|
|Sara Salas||7th Grade||703.912.4574|
Family and Consumer Sciences is an elective program for middle school and high school students. The program empowers students to become contributing family members, productive problem solvers, responsible citizens, quality workers, and continuing learners. The curriculum concentrates on the development of process skills in higher order thinking, communication, management, and leadership. These skills are needed to solve complex problems and challenges of daily living today and in the future. Instruction in family and consumer sciences programs and courses incorporates and reinforces the Virginia Standards of Learning.
|Shetha Abusbitan||7th Grade||703.912.4687|
|Artemis Anagnos||7th Grade||703.912.4639|
|Noemi Arellano||7th Grade||703.912.4641|
|Angela Florio||8th Grade||703.912.4615|
|Aly Gitlin||8th Grade||703.912.4607|
|Courtney Gorrell*||8th Grade||703.912.4603|
|Sara Hofman*||7th Grade||703.912.4643|
|Drew Archbald||7th Grade||703.912.4637|
|Sam Rhodes||8th Grade||703.912.4619|
*Denotes Department Chair
In Fairfax County Public Schools over 40,000 students are enrolled in the music elective programs of band, chorus, general music, orchestra and guitar. Our vocal and instrumental ensembles are seen and heard worldwide as well as throughout the Unites States. Locally our ensembles perform at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, George Mason Center for the Performing Arts, and the White House.
Performing groups have been selected to appear at the American Choral Directors Association Conference, the Mid-west Clinic, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Concert Band Festival, the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, and numerous other events.
FCPS provides general music education for all students Kindergarten through sixth grade, orchestra instruction beginning in fourth grade, and band and chorus instruction beginning in fifth grade in every elementary school. In grades seven through twelve a wide variety of music course offerings is available to meet students' interests and ability levels.
Washington Irving's Band website
Disclaimer: This is an external link to pages that are outside of FCPS. We do not control the contents of these sites. The currency of data, comprehensiveness, and relevancy of the information of pages outside of these pages is entirely the responsibility of the webcurators of the external sites.
|Ariel Austin||8th Grade||703.912.4554|
|Adam Brown||8th Grade||703.912.4553|
|Gayle Doane||7th Grade||703.912.4579|
|Mike Oblinger||7th Grade||703.912.4580|
|Stephany Rivera||8th Grade||703.912.4554|
|Erin Lumpkins||7th Grade||703.912.4579|
Students receive an average of 47-90 minutes blocks of physical education three to five times each week as determined by the class scheduling configuration established at the local school. Health education is taught approximately 9 weeks within the physical education course.
- PGA.com - Golf News and Information
- The Official Site of Major League Baseball
- TENNIS MAGAZINE ONLINE
- MSNBC Sports Front Page
- SkiNet Ski News
- PLAYERS INC - NFL Players Association
- ESPN Golf Magazine Online
- NHLPA Home Page
- NHL.com - The National Hockey League
- NBA.com The Official Site of the NBA
- Federation Internationale de Football (FIFA)
- CBS SportsLine - Sports News
- Welcome to sportfit.com
- Welcome to DO IT SPORTS
- Target Heart Rate Calculator
- HealthWorld Online
- Fitness Jumpsite
- Dole 5 A Day - Nutrition Education
- Cardiovascular Health Promotion
- Children's Safety Network Home
- American Heart Association
|FCPS Middle School Science|
|Leslie Bumgarner||8th Grade||703.912.4610|
|Jay Dailer*||8th Grade||703.912.4575|
|Sigrid Johnson*||7th Grade||703.912.4623|
|Elise Joseph||8th Grade||703.912.4609|
|Maggi Kohne||7th Grade||703.912.4624|
|Cara LaFlamme||7th Grade||703.912.4634|
|Pat Long||8th Grade||703.912.4620|
|Laura Przydzial||7th Grade||703.912.4644|
|Sharon Surette||8th Grade||703.912.4611|
|FCPS Middle School Social Studies|
|Becca Isoldi||8th Grade Civics||703.912.4605|
|Andrew Croce||8th Grade Civics||703.912.4617|
|Joyce Gardella||8th Grade Civics||703.912.4606|
|Sarah Titus||8th Grade Civics||703.912.4526|
|Tim Shirt||8th Grade Civics||703.912.4552|
|Carrie Guild||7th Grade History||703.912.4630|
|Julie Green||7th Grade History||703.912.4640|
|Brittany Kidd||7th Grade History||703.912.4633|
|Emily Geary||7th Grade History||703.912.4628|
|Chelsea Drgon||7th Grade History||703.912.4632|
|Matt Bechtel||7th Grade||703.912.4542|
|Carl Uccellini||8th Grade||703.912.4658|
and Engineering FCPS
Watch This Launch!!!
This year Irving students in Mr. Bechtel’s Technology Exploration 7 classes were provided the opportunity to observe a controlled launch of a solid-fuel rocket with a video camera attached to the nosecone. The miniature video camera onboard was able to capture the entire rocket’s launch and played back once returning to the classroom. What better way to introduce students to the study of aerospace and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) than to involve them in meaningful, hands-on learning experiences such as this video rocket launch.
The mission of Washington Irving Middle School Technology Education Program is to provide a safe and productive learning environment where students are subjected to problem solving design challenges which require application of knowledge and skills in the diverse disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Activities and lessons should develop a student’s critical thinking and decision making abilities through the use of human and material resources, processes, and technological systems. Students will be prepared for lifelong learning in a technological society because they will be exposed to activity oriented laboratory experiences that reinforce abstract concepts with concrete experiences.
The vision of Washington Irving Middle School Technology Education program is that upon leaving the 7th and 8th grade classrooms, students will recognize multiple relationships technology has with all systems in the designed world and how it helps fulfill our basic and even advanced human wants and needs. Students will leave our program with a better understanding of what technology is, how it works, how it is created and how it shapes our society.