Billy Miles

Billy Miles

Classroom: Divine 307A
Email: billy.miles@cdhl.wa.gov
VP: 360-553-4624
Subjects: K-12 Art, Yearbook

Hello, everyone! I’m the K-12 art/yearbook teacher here at WSD. I’m very proud to be teaching here at my alma mater (Class of ’95 – whoo!).

After I graduated from WSD, I attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. where I took courses in photography, graphic design and fine art. I survived five busy, crazy and fun-filled years at Gallaudet and graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. The five years I spent at Gallaudet were some of the best years of my life, in large part because of the personal growth I went through and exploring what it meant to be a proud Deaf person entering adulthood. Go Bison!

After graduating from Gallaudet University, my wife Dana and I moved back home to Vancouver. I worked for two years at a catalog consulting firm in Portland, which was a good experience for me. However, I had a strong desire to work within the Deaf community where I felt like I belonged. I went to graduate school at Western Oregon University where I graduated in 2004 with a master’s degree in Teacher Preparation: Deaf Education.

Life brought my wife and I (and our kids) to Kansas and then South Dakota where we lived for several years before deciding in 2007 that there was simply no place we’d rather be than in our home state of Washington. I’m very fortunate that life was able to bring us back here to WSD where I’ve been teaching for the last eleven years! Each year brings new challenges and I’m loving every minute of it.

Classroom: Divine Building, Room 307A
Schedule:
2nd Period (HS Art): Mondays/Wednesdays: 9:55-11:27; A Fridays: 8:37-9:11
3rd Period (MS Art): Mondays/Wednesdays: 12:03-1:30; A Fridays: 9:14-9:48
8th Period (MS Art): Tuesdays/Thursdays: 1:33-3:00; B Fridays: 9:51-10:25

Course Description: In art, we will be studying the seven elements of art: line, shape, space, value, form, texture and color. We will also be studying the nine principles of design: unity, balance, harmony, contrast, rhythm (repetition or pattern), variety (alternation), emphasis (dominance), proportion (scale) and movement. We will be learning fundamental art concepts through the exploration of various medium (paint, crayons, pencils, pastels, paper, etc.) and applying what we’ve learned in class to create new artwork. Composition and creativity are emphasized, and students are encouraged to experiment with different subjects and styles. In addition to creating artwork, we will be learning about famous artists throughout history and critiquing their work, as well as learning about multicultural art. You will be working on several projects that reflect your understanding of the concepts taught in class.

Each time you finish an assignment, you will need to take a picture of it with your iPad and upload it in the appropriate assignment on Google Classroom. This is a new method for me to keep track of your work and this will also help you develop a digital portfolio of all your work throughout the year. When you take a picture with your iPad, make sure the photo is clear and well-lit!

Student Expectations:

  • Arrive to class on time, ready to work
  • Remain on task throughout class
  • Follow directions given by the teacher
  • Do your best work at all times
  • Clean up before leaving the classroom
  • Turn in assignments on time (if you work hard and still need more time, let me know)
  • Take a picture of your assignments and upload to Google Classroom
  • Respect yourself, respect others, and respect things
  • Make up all work missed due to absences
  • Follow all codes of discipline as outlined in the Student Handbook
  • Have fun!

If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make up missed work. Schedule an appointment with me to discuss how you can make up missed assignments.

Your grades will be based on daily performance as well as project/assignment rubric scoring. See attached sheets for both rubric scoring sheets.

Grading will be determined by WSD Grade Marks with grading based on daily participation/performance as well as completion of assigned pages/spreads. You will also be required to take a picture of your completed assignments/projects and share them with me on Google Drive:

How your grade will be weighed:

class participation / performance = 50 points
completion of lessons / assignments = 30 points
assignments uploaded to Google Classroom = 20 points

Possible Points100 = 4.0 (A)

Letter grade Percent ranges Scale value General rubric
A 93-100 4.0 Exceeds expectations
A- 90-92.9 3.7
B+ 87-89.9 3.3
B 83-86.9 3.0 Meets expectations
B- 80-82.9 2.7
C+ 77-79.9 2.3
C 73-76.9 2.0 Approaching expectations
C- 70-72.9 1.7
D+ 67-69.9 1.3
D 60-66.9 1.0 Does not meet expectations
F <60 0 No evidence

Know the fundamentals of the elements of art and the principles of design and how they are used in the world around us.

Major Goals: As a result of successfully completing these courses, the student should be able to:

  1. Create artwork that demonstrates an understanding of the elements of art and the principles of design.
  2. Use a variety of medium individually and collectively in their artwork.
  3. Create artwork that incorporates different types of effects using a variety of medium in addition to traditional medium.

All assignments created must be of your own creation (no copying of other artwork). All artwork must be appropriate and in compliance with the student handbook. No artwork that includes or suggests profanity, sex, gangs, drugs, alcohol, violence or weapons will be accepted.

For further questions or to schedule a meeting with me, either see me after class or send me an email at billy.miles@cdhl.wa.gov

Classroom: Divine Building, Room 307A
Schedule: 5th Period: Tuesdays/Thursdays: 8:20-9:52; B Fridays: 8:00-8:34

Course Description: In this class, we will be creating WSD’s 2018-19 yearbook. This is an exciting opportunity for YOU to showcase the best things about WSD: our staff, students, academics, the residential program, sports, clubs, etc.

While all of you will be working together on the WSD yearbook, I recognize that some of you may have skills or preferences in different areas (photography, planning, design, etc.). However, I ask that you be willing to do other things as necessary (even things you may not be comfortable with!) in order to make sure we finish the yearbook on time.

We will start off by learning how to use cameras to take good pictures for the yearbook. I will not have a photography class this year. This means you will need to be proactive with taking pictures for the yearbook! I will be developing a chart for photography where we will work together to make sure we get the photos we need for the yearbook.

Because this is a year-long class, you will need to remain committed to this class throughout the year. It’s a lot of work, but in the end it’ll be worth it. Patience is also a very important part of this class, because we all will have different opinions sometimes. Respect for each other is a key part to the success of our class. More importantly: have fun!!

Student Expectations:

  •   Arrive to class on time, ready to work
  •   Remain on task throughout class
  •   Follow directions given by the teacher
  •   Do your best work at all times
  •   Meet deadlines on time (this is very important!!)
  •   Respect yourself, respect others, and respect things
  •   Follow all codes of discipline as outlined in the Student Handbook
  •   Have fun!

Grading will be determined by WSD Grade Marks with grading based on daily participation/performance as well as completion of assigned pages/spreads:

How your grade will be weighed:

class participation / performance = 60 points
completion of lessons / assignments = 40 points

Possible Points100 = 4.0 (A)

Letter grade Percent ranges Scale value General rubric
A 93-100 4.0 Exceeds expectations
A- 90-92.9 3.7
B+ 87-89.9 3.3
B 83-86.9 3.0 Meets expectations
B- 80-82.9 2.7
C+ 77-79.9 2.3
C 73-76.9 2.0 Approaching expectations
C- 70-72.9 1.7
D+ 67-69.9 1.3
D 60-66.9 1.0 Does not meet expectations
F <60 0 No evidence

Major Goals: As a result of successfully completing these courses, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the process for creating a yearbook.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to work with others in a team to accomplish a common goal.

All assignments created must be of your own creation (no copying of other work). All photos, artwork and graphics used in the yearbook must be appropriate and in compliance with the student handbook. Items that include or suggest profanity, sex, gangs, drugs, alcohol, violence or weapons will not be accepted.

For further questions or to schedule a meeting with me, either see me after class or send me an email at billy.miles@cdhl.wa.gov