Middle School Fine Arts

Middle School Fine Arts

Middle School 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 Middle School Art

Art

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

Grace Middle School 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 Middle School Orchestra

Grace Middle School 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 Middle School 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 Middle School Band

Grace Middle School Drumline

Drumline

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

Grace Middle School 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 Middle School Drama

Schedule

Visit Grace Event

Aesop's (oh so slightly updated) Fables

Grace Community Middle School theater department is presenting, “Aesop’s Fables” on December 7th at 6:30 PM and December 8th at 1:30 PM in the Burgess Auditorium.
 
“Aesop’s (oh so slightly updated) Fables” play weaves ten of Aesop’s most famous fables into a show that’s fun, fast-paced, and full of surprises. Contains: The Dog and the Bone; The Tortoise and the Hare; The Lion and the Mouse; The Fox and the Grapes; The Miller, His Son And the Donkey; The Country Maid; Farmer And Her Sons; The Fox And The Crow; The Boy Who Cried Wolf; and The Country Mouse and The City Mouse. It is good for the whole family!
 
Tickets are available online, click here.

Staff

Delisa Bice

Delisa Bice

Director of Fine Arts

Ms. Bice holds a BA degree from Sam Houston State University and MA from University of Houston at Clear Lake City.  Prior to her start at GCS in 2001, she taught sixteen years in public education in Texas. Ms. Bice loves introducing young people to theater in the middle school program as well as teaching dual credit speech.  She also serves as Director of Fine Arts for GCS.  In 2007, she founded The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Company, a performing arts partnership between Grace students and specially-gifted children and young adults.  Delisa worships at Bethel Hope in Tyler.  She is looking forward to occasional visits to NYC to see her daughter Caitlin and son-in-law Jesse who met each other at Grace in the sixth grade.

Marilyn Ackerson

Marilyn Ackerson

Art

Marilyn has worked as a middle school/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!

Melissa Euler

Melissa Euler

Art

Melissa has been the middle school/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.

Jennifer Furr

Jennifer Furr

Choir

Jennifer joined Grace Community School in 2018 as the high school and middle school choir director. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University with a choral music emphasis as well as a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Tyler. She has over 20 years of experience teaching voice and directing choirs in both public and private schools from the middle school to collegiate level. Her choirs have performed under her conducting baton in Dublin, Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, Munich, and Dresden, as well as Carnegie Hall and Disney World. Jennifer has two sons, Cameron and Charles, who are both enrolled at GCS. They attend Green Acres Baptist Church where Jennifer actively participates in the music ministry.

Jason Montier

Jason Montier

Band/Orchestra

Jason has been the middle school/high school orchestra director since 2010, the middle school/high school band director since 2014, and the middle school/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.

 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 middle school theater in Whitehouse and Waco. She and her husband, Doug, have two daughters at Grace.