Junior High Fine Arts

Junior High Fine Arts

Junior High Fine Arts allow the students to explore the fine arts and build foundational skills that allow them to excel as they grow in their art.

Grace Junior High Art

Art

Junior high students at Grace Community School learn the fundamentals of drawing and design in various genres of art.

Grace Junior High Orchestra

Orchestra

Students with no prior string experience on violin, viola, cello or bass learn the fundamentals of their instrument.  Select instruments can be provided free of cost for one year to allow students to “try-out” an instrument without the added expense of a rental fee.  Students perform two concerts per year.  Students in seventh and eighth grade orchestra with at least one year’s experience on violin, viola, cello or bass develop more advanced skills.  Students perform three concerts per year, October, December, and May, as well as attend various competitions as a group and as individuals.

 

Orchestra

Students with no prior string experience on violin, viola, cello or bass learn the fundamentals of their instrument.  Select instruments can be provided free of cost for one year to allow students to “try-out” an instrument without the added expense of a rental fee.  Students perform two concerts per year.  Students in seventh and eighth grade orchestra with at least one year’s experience on violin, viola, cello or bass develop more advanced skills.  Students perform three concerts per year, October, December, and May, as well as attend various competitions as a group and as individuals.

 

Grace Junior High Orchestra

Grace Junior High Choir

Choir

Teaches the basics of singing in unison and parts along with sight singing.  Seventh and eighth grade choir expands on these skills, and the eighth grade choir has the opportunity to explore musical theater by producing a junior musical project.

Grace Junior High Band

Band

Students in sixth grade learn foundational skills and music reading on woodwind and brass instruments.  Select instruments can be provided free of cost for one year to allow students to “try-out” an instrument without the added expense of a rental fee.  Students perform two concerts per year.  Students in seventh and eighth grade with at least one year’s experience in band develop more advanced skills.  This class will combine with the high school to develop advanced skills on woodwind, brass, and percussion. Students perform three concerts per year, October, December, and May, as well as attend various competitions as a group and as individuals.

 

 

Band

Students in sixth grade learn foundational skills and music reading on woodwind and brass instruments.  Select instruments can be provided free of cost for one year to allow students to “try-out” an instrument without the added expense of a rental fee.  Students perform two concerts per year.  Students in seventh and eighth grade with at least one year’s experience in band develop more advanced skills.  This class will combine with the high school to develop advanced skills on woodwind, brass, and percussion. Students perform three concerts per year, October, December, and May, as well as attend various competitions as a group and as individuals.

 

 

Grace Junior High Band

Grace Junior High Drumline

Drumline

Sixth grade students learn the fundamentals of playing percussion in an after-school club and expand on these skills in the Junior High Drumline.  All Drumline students must sign up for another fine art during the school day.

Grace Junior High Drama

Drama

Sixth grade drama introduces students to creative dramatics and foundational performance skills.  A combined seventh and eighth grade class builds these skills and produces a one-act play.

Drama

Sixth grade drama introduces students to creative dramatics and foundational performance skills.  A combined seventh and eighth grade class builds these skills and produces a one-act play.

Grace Junior High Drama

Staff

Marilyn Ackerson

Marilyn Ackerson

Art

Marilyn has worked as a junior high/high school teacher at GCS since 1997. Prior to that, she worked thirteen years in public and private schools. At Grace, she has served as cheerleading coach, yearbook advisor, and 7th grade math teacher. Since 2003, Marilyn has been the 6th grade Bible and art teacher. Marilyn received her bachelor’s degree in Education and her master’s degree in Reading from Stephen F. Austin State University. She and her husband David, who is an artist, live in Flint and have three adult children, two of whom are GCS graduates!

 Katie Ritcheson

Katie Ritcheson

Drama

Katie Ritcheson began teaching drama at Grace Community School in 2017. She is a 2003 graduate of Grace Community School. Katie studied theater and music at Tyler Junior College and Stephen F. Austin State University before beginning a career teaching junior high theater in Whitehouse and Waco. She and her husband, Doug, have two daughters at Grace.

Melissa Euler

Melissa Euler

Art

Melissa has been the junior high/high school art teacher since 2014.  Melissa received a BA in Art from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a secondary teaching certificate from Judson University in Elgin, Illinois.  After many years of homeschooling her three children, Melissa has taught High School Visual Arts and Ceramics since 1999, developing a three tiered Ceramics program along the way.  She and her husband Andy, also a Grace teacher, now have three grown children and one adorable grandson.

Jason Montier

Jason Montier

Band/Orchestra

Jason has been the junior high/high school orchestra director since 2010, the junior high/high school band director since 2014, and the junior high/high school cross country coach since 2013. He has served as National Honor Society advisor, shotgun team advisor, and the summer camp administrator. Since he has been at Grace, the instrumental program has won three Texas Association for Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) instrumental state championships. He also serves as the TAPPS state music chair. Jason received his B.S. in Music Education from East Central University, where he met his wife, Angela. They have three daughters who attend Grace. Jason is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt and manage conservation lands. He is also a seasoned runner who has completed six marathons and an ultra-marathon 50K, and many other races. One of his favorite races is the Rose City Triathlon were he competed individually, but also enjoys putting together relay teams stacked with several of his students.