Mrs. Kirenda Cummings » VAPA Course Syllabus

VAPA Course Syllabus

Welcome to the 2020/21 School Year! My name is Mrs. Cummings and ‌I have the pleasure of being the Visual & Performing Arts Achievement Guide. My classroom is located on Hussle‌ ‌&‌ ‌Motivate‌ ‌Dr.‌ Inside‌ ‌Florida‌ ‌A&M‌; better known as ‌“The‌ ‌Creator’s‌ ‌Lab”


Course Description‌‌


All‌ ‌Achievers‌ ‌at‌ ‌GAVPAA‌ ‌STEM‌ ‌will‌ ‌choose‌ ‌a‌ ‌major.‌ ‌Major‌ ‌courses‌ ‌will‌ ‌utilize‌ ‌authentic‌ ‌materials‌ ‌and‌ ‌resources‌ ‌from‌ ‌Visual‌ ‌and‌ ‌Performing‌ ‌Arts.‌ ‌These‌ ‌courses‌ ‌engage‌ ‌Achievers‌ ‌in‌ ‌genuine‌ ‌performance‌ ‌while‌ ‌encouraging‌ ‌Achievers‌ ‌to‌ ‌express‌ ‌themselves‌ ‌through‌ ‌culinary‌ ‌arts,‌ ‌visual‌ ‌art,‌ ‌dance,‌ ‌theater ‌arts,‌ ‌digital‌ ‌and‌ ‌fine‌ ‌arts,‌ ‌and‌ ‌music.‌


The‌ ‌arts‌ ‌are‌ ‌a‌ ‌dynamic‌ ‌presence‌ ‌in‌ ‌our‌ ‌daily‌ ‌lives,‌ ‌enabling‌ ‌us‌ ‌to‌ ‌express‌ ‌our‌ ‌creativity‌ ‌while‌ ‌challenging‌ ‌our‌ ‌intellect.‌ ‌Through‌ ‌the‌ ‌arts,‌ ‌children‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌unique‌ ‌means‌ ‌of‌ ‌expression‌ ‌that‌ ‌captures‌ ‌their‌ ‌passions‌ ‌and‌ ‌emotions‌ ‌and‌ ‌allows‌ ‌them‌ ‌to‌ ‌explore‌ ‌ideas,‌ ‌subject‌ ‌matter,‌ ‌and‌ ‌culture‌ ‌in‌ ‌delightfully‌ ‌different‌ ‌ways.‌ ‌The‌ ‌visual‌ ‌and‌ ‌performing‌ ‌arts‌ ‌standards‌ ‌presented‌ ‌here‌ ‌are‌ ‌comprehensive.‌ ‌For‌ ‌the‌ ‌four‌ ‌disciplines‌ ‌of‌ ‌dance,‌ ‌music,‌ ‌theater,‌ ‌and‌ ‌visual‌ ‌arts—‌ ‌each‌ ‌with‌ ‌its‌ ‌own‌ ‌body‌ ‌of‌ ‌knowledge‌ ‌and‌ ‌skills—the‌ ‌standards‌ ‌are‌ ‌organized‌ ‌into‌ ‌five‌ ‌strands‌ ‌that‌ ‌are‌ ‌woven‌ ‌throughout‌ ‌all‌ ‌artistic‌ ‌experiences. ‌The‌ ‌standards‌ ‌incorporate‌ ‌both‌ ‌traditional‌ ‌means‌ ‌of‌ ‌artistic‌ ‌expression‌ ‌and‌ ‌newer‌ ‌media, ‌ ‌such‌ ‌as‌ ‌cinematography, ‌video, ‌and‌ ‌computer-generated‌ ‌art.‌ ‌ ‌

Courses offered

Subject‌ ‌Areas-‌ ‌Subject‌ ‌to‌ ‌Change‌ ‌●‌ ‌Visual‌ ‌Arts‌ ‌●‌ ‌Digital‌ ‌Arts‌ ‌●‌ ‌Choir/Voice‌ ‌●‌ ‌Theater ‌Production‌ ‌●‌ ‌Acting‌ ‌●‌ ‌Dance‌ ‌●‌ ‌Instrumental‌ ‌Music‌ ‌


The‌ ‌overarching‌ ‌objective‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌Visual‌ ‌and‌ ‌Performing‌ ‌Arts‌ ‌program‌ ‌at‌ ‌GAVPAA‌ ‌STEM‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌study‌ ‌of‌ ‌theory‌ ‌and‌ ‌practice‌ ‌in‌ ‌every‌ ‌area‌ ‌of‌ ‌Visual‌ ‌and‌ ‌Performing‌ ‌Arts.‌ ‌As‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌exposure‌ ‌to‌ ‌varied‌ ‌careers‌ ‌available‌ ‌in‌ ‌these‌ ‌fields. ‌ ‌Each‌ ‌Quarter, ‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌focus‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌California‌ ‌State‌ ‌Standard‌ ‌associated‌ ‌with‌ ‌each‌ ‌concentration‌ ‌for‌ ‌5‌th‌-8‌th‌‌ ‌grade; ‌aligning‌ ‌them‌ ‌to‌ ‌the common‌ ‌core‌ ‌standards‌ ‌to‌ ‌allow‌ ‌for‌ ‌diversified‌ ‌understanding‌ ‌of‌ ‌related‌ ‌disciplines. ‌ ‌

Student Learning Outcomes & Growth (SLOG) 

By‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌this‌ ‌course, ‌ ‌students‌ ‌will:

  • Be‌ ‌introduced‌ ‌to‌ ‌vocabulary‌ ‌and‌ ‌actions‌ ‌in‌ ‌all‌ ‌areas‌ ‌of‌ ‌visual‌ ‌and‌ ‌performing‌ ‌arts‌ ‌from‌ various‌ ‌cultures.‌ ‌ ‌
  • Research‌ ‌and‌ ‌evaluate‌ ‌various‌ ‌educational‌ ‌institutions‌ ‌across‌ ‌the‌ ‌country‌ ‌and‌ ‌world‌ ‌with‌ arts‌ ‌programs‌ ‌
  • Have‌ ‌a‌ ‌basic‌ ‌understanding‌ ‌of‌ ‌various‌ ‌careers‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌arts‌ ‌ ‌
  • Have‌ ‌opportunities‌ ‌to‌ ‌perform‌ ‌and‌ ‌present‌ ‌inside‌ ‌the‌ ‌classroom‌ ‌

Have‌ ‌opportunities‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌featured‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌GAVPAA‌ ‌STEM‌ ‌Showcase‌ ‌for‌ ‌Achievers,‌ ‌family‌ and community through the Virtual Talent Show, “GAVPAA’s Got Talent”

Course Requirements & Expectations  

Course Expectations

Course Materials 

Students‌ ‌must‌ ‌bring‌ ‌to‌ ‌class‌ ‌daily: ‌ ‌

Required‌ ‌text‌ ‌and‌ ‌course‌ ‌readings‌ ‌(Will‌ ‌be‌ ‌provided‌ ‌as‌ ‌needed‌ ‌via‌ ‌Google‌ ‌Classroom‌)‌
Writing‌ ‌instruments‌ ‌(blue,‌ ‌black,‌ ‌&‌ ‌red‌ ‌ink‌ ‌pens,‌ ‌pencils,‌ ‌highlighters,‌ ‌etc.)‌ ‌
Artist‌ ‌Sketchbook‌ ‌(Drawing paper or No-line paper is fine)
Laptop‌ ‌
Color‌ ‌Pencils‌ ‌
Other‌ ‌supplies‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌requested‌ ‌with‌ ‌advance‌ ‌notice‌ 


Course Schedule 

PLEASE‌ ‌NOTE:‌ ‌Modifications‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌tentative‌ ‌course‌ ‌schedule‌ ‌may‌ ‌occur‌ ‌in‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌accommodate‌ ‌guest‌ ‌presenters,‌ ‌student‌ ‌needs,‌ ‌etc.‌ ‌

 Daily Agenda

  • Welcome/Attendance
  • Bell Work/Review
  • Lecture
  • ICP (In Class Practice)
  • Check-In
  • ACP (After Class Practice) Overview
  • Exit Ticket
  • Dismissal

Trimester Agenda

  • Every 4 weeks a project will be due (for this class, projects are used in place of traditional testing like midterms or finals).
    • Project I- Due the Monday/Tuesday of Week 4
    • Project II- Dues the Monday/Tuesday of Week 8
    • Project III- Due the Monday/ Tuesday of Week 12
    • More specific dates and details will be available in the Google Classroom.
  • Quizzes will be conducted weekly to measure retention of material as they study and prepare for the projects.
  • Vocabulary Will be given and worked with for the duration of the project assignment.

Learning‌ ‌Concept(s)/Standard(s)‌ ‌&‌ ‌Assignments‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌posted‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌Google‌ ‌Classroom‌; Available 8/21/20

Grading Procedures

‌GAVPAA STEM’s Course Grading Percentage Breakdown

Projects/PBL‌ ‌Products‌ ‌–‌ ‌40%‌ ‌

Participation/Classwork‌ ‌–‌ ‌30%‌ ‌

Tests/Quizzes/Essays‌ ‌–‌ ‌20%‌ ‌

Homework‌ ‌–‌ ‌10%‌ ‌


Grading Scale:

A = 4.0 pts, 90-100 - Advanced 

B = 3.0 pts, 80-89 - Proficient

C = 2.0 pts, 79-75 - Capable 

C- = 1.0 pt, 74-70 - Emerging

 F = 0 pts, 69-Below - Not Meeting standards 


GAVPAA STEM will not include a “D” letter grade.


Academic Grades are determined based on the following: 

  • Quality of Work (Purposeful Excellence) 
  • Interpretation and application of facts, concepts, and principles of the subject 
  • Originality, initiative, and reasoning 
  • Quantity of completed class and homework (effort is important here) 
  • Meeting the standards of the course/subject

Contact Information



Text: 562.787.5104

Office Hours: Monday- Thursday 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm

Appointments Only on Friday

Zoom Appointment when scheduled

(School Approved Holidays Excluded)