Gym Soccer

You don’t have to know how to play soccer, there are very few rules to gym soccer. Come join, who knows, you could like it!

1,000 Crowns (Wyatt, Brayden & Charlie)

Pre-arranged band rehearsal! New members by permission only.

Duolingo World Language

Need a world language credit? Want to learn just about any language you can imagine? This “class” can be taken in any class slot.  It is kind of like an on campus independent study with weekly check-ins with Amy.

What is Duolingo? Duolingo is a popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app in the world, with more than 300 million users. The company’s mission is to make education free, fun and accessible to all. Duolingo is a way to learn a language designed to feel like a game and scientifically proven to be effective.

How will this “class” work?

  1. You will begin by meeting with Amy and setting up a Duolingo account.
  2. You will set some goals and check in with Amy once a week to share progress in your goals.
  3. That’s it. Yep, it is that simple.

 

Volleyball (Esther and Miranda)

Come play volleyball with us. You don’t need any experience, it will be a supportive fun game!

 

Maximum 14 humans

PSCS Play (Play Sam) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

PSCS PLAY! A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Do you like to act? Do you just want to try something different? PSCS will be performing A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream this fall term and all members of the community are encouraged and welcome to be a part of the cast. This class will culminate two evening performances December 5 and 6. The schedule requirement will be either one mega slot and one other afternoon block (3 class slots) to be determined.
Come one, come all to be a part of the PSCS 2019 – 20 play!

An Evening With Eli

Continuing from last year; new students by permission only.

Typing (Chrissy)

The ability to type and to type correctly is an imperative skill to have in today’s electronic world. Each student will participate in online lessons that best fits their level focusing on proper hand placement. Students will track their progress each week. The majority of class time will be independent work so students will need to focus on the task at hand. Students will have 2, 20 minutes of practice each week outside of class.

Required texts/materials: Students will need to have their laptop and charger as well as acquire a "skin" to cover the letters on their keyboard. One example that will work for some computers: https://www.amazon.com/Speedskin-UltraSlim-Keyboard-Instruction-Laptops/dp/B00E016RCK/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_147_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=H90DKZ4JD0HDHSNR3D1E  

Physics (Year Long Class) (Jenn)

Please note: If you take this class, you must commit to the full year, which means prioritizing the scheduling of Physics in both winter and spring terms.

Physics! This is one of my favorite subjects and I’m so looking forward to sharing this with you. I have found it to be a fascinating window into how we currently understand our physical reality, as well as how we will discover new understandings of our future. From mechanics to everyday occurrences to space exploration and even some science fiction .. we’ll dip into it all, all the while having discussions, experiments, and practices to strengthen our understandings of physics and develop each person’s scientific method.

Students should be prepared for an emphasis on hands-on group projects with some individual work. This will not be a test-heavy class, but you can expect occasional in-class quizzes that are used only as a guide for where we should go next. There will be in-class work assigned — work not finished in class can be considered as homework, but if you are on-task during class, you shouldn’t expect any homework. Optional take-home exercises will be made available.

  • Previous Algebra 1 experience or concurrent enrollment in this year’s Algebra 1 class is required.
  • If you are curious about using Geometry to meet the prerequisite requirement, please get an advisor recommendation and come talk to me.
  • Must be in 70 minute slot, twice a week.

About the instructor: To me, science is a discipline rooted in creativity and exploration. I'm passionate about inviting the artists, the dreamers, as well as the methodic thinkers, to realize that they have a potential to contribute to scientific endeavors. Equally important is understanding science in the context of community and environment. I'm looking forward to exploring all of this with you!

Beginning Cooking (Chrissy)

This class is designed to help students be more comfortable and confident in the kitchen. We will focus on basic skills i.e.: safety, measuring, knife skills, reading recipes, cleaning etc. While we will do some cooking, if you want something to eat in every class, this probably isn’t going to be the class for you. Some times you will prep food and then have the homework assignment to take it home and use those prepped materials. In order to accommodate more students there will be two separate classes of 4. Each class will meet once a week for 70 minutes.

Adulting 101: Things You Should Know (Sean K Reynolds)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

You’re getting ready to enter the world as an adult. There are things you can learn right now that’ll make being an adult easier for you and for the important and prominent people in your life (parents, siblings, guardians, new college roommates, significant others, and so on). Not only will this directly help your day-to-day living, it’ll show other people that you’re a capable and considerate person—not a goofball who is stumbling through life making awkward, insensitive, stinky, or even hurtful mistakes.

This Adulting class covers basic cooking skills, making friends in a new place, tips for job interviews, booking plane tickets, jump-starting a car, using a toolkit and power tools, setting boundaries with roommates, changing a flat tire, what to do when you get sick, filling out a basic tax form, dating, de-escalating personal conflicts, how credit cards work, and a whole lot more.

Some of those things sound really boring. They are really boring. But knowing how to do them means fewer arguments at home, more cash in your pocket, and not smelling like garbage, which I we can all agree are positive things.

About the instructor: I'm a professional game designer, trained chemist, amateur artist, decent cook, former resident advisor for a college dorm, jack-of-all-trades, and a very chatty extrovert. I've moved cross-country nine times, have accumulated a lot of life experience, and I want to give you a head start on knowing how to deal with life outside of high school.

Science Lab (Jenn) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

What is science, anyways? Science can be explained as the study of how the world works through observation and experimentation. So in Science Lab, we will be doing a lot of observing and experimenting with both the everyday and extraordinary applications of science. We will focus on hands-on group experimentation, paired with some individual work. This will involve some group collaboration and personal note-taking. Curiosity is encouraged!

All are welcome – this will be interesting and fun for students who haven’t studied much science recently and also for those who already know that they love science.

  • There will be in-class work assigned — work not finished in class can be considered as homework, but if you are on-task during class, you shouldn’t expect any homework.
  • Must be in a mega slot.

About the instructor: To me, science is a discipline rooted in creativity and exploration. I'm passionate about inviting the artists, the dreamers, as well as the methodic thinkers, to realize that they have a potential to contribute to scientific endeavors. Equally important is understanding science in the context of community and environment. I'm looking forward to exploring all of this with you!

High School Jazz Immersion (Liana) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Jazz is at the root of most of the music you listen to, and the ability to play it (even at a basic level) will make you better at almost any other form of music that you play.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a quick read on why every musician should study jazz. (It has bullet points, so you can get right to it!)

In this class, we’ll practice playing jazz: learning charts and improvising solos. 

But… We can’t properly honor this art form without doing the history, theory and listening that goes along with it. To facilitate this learning, we will read the book Moving To Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life. (Reading will be ~20 pages/week.)

This class is open to any instrument/vocals (horn players: please join us!), and you need not be an expert to partake in the fun! You will, however, need to step outside of your comfort zone, take some musical risks, and contribute to an encouraging, positive musical environment.

Required texts/materials: You will need your instrument, music, a mechanical pencil, headphones, your computer, and your book.

Math Lab (Jenn) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

This will be a fun, exploratory math lab that will highlight how math can be both practical and tangible, and will also guide us through a variety of math skills that we can learn together. This class will have a focus on group collaboration but will be flexible to meet each person in their own math journey. Regardless of your math background, this will be a space to be curious about what you don’t know yet, and strengthen what you already know. If you are unsure about your math interest, or if you already know that you love math, this is the class for you!

  • There will be in-class work assigned — work not finished in class can be considered as homework, but if you are on-task during class, you shouldn’t expect any homework.
  • Optional take-home exercises will be available.
  • Must be in a mega slot.

About the instructor: I enjoy math because I see it as a practical tool to use in daily life as well as in most careers. I had fun applying math concepts to my recent career as an aircraft mechanic, but there are so many other diverse ways that it comes in handy. I'm looking forward to sharing these skills with you!

Diverse Voices & Yummy Things (Liana & Elizabeth)

In this class, we’ll gather to consume and discuss media by and about diverse humans. We’ll hear from various voices on topics like identity, cultural appropriation, queerness, institutional racism and human rights, and we’ll pull from assorted forms of media including podcasts, documentaries and tv/sitcoms. Each class one of you will provide either a yummy treat or a yummy beverage for everyone to share!

Whiteness/straightness/cis-ness/male-ness etc. in media is the norm; this is an opportunity to approach important topics from a different viewpoint and perspective. 

No homework, just come ready to contribute to discussions each day.

Let’s Talk Personality with The Enneagram (Kirsten Harrison & Mallory Harrison)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Don’t let this big word scare you off! It’s pronounced ANY-a-gram.  It’s an ancient personality tool that describes nine basic ways of seeing the world.

Not everyone sees the world in the same way. That’s a GOOD thing. And yet, it can baffling and frustrating sometimes, too.

I (Kirsten) first heard of the Enneagram about 3 years ago and have been fascinated by how it has helped me grow in self-awareness and in understanding of the people around me.

I (Mallory) see this not as a way to put people in boxes, but as a way for us to empathize and be kind to each other.

The Enneagram is NOT:

An excuse for bad behavior.
The answer to all the problems we face.
A way to label others.

It is one tool that you may find useful to have as you navigate life in community with others.

While there are tests available that may help you find “your number,” most enneagram teachers say the best way to understand which way you see the world is to learn about the nine types and see which seems to describe you. We may take the test at some point, because it’s FUN and can provide you with clues.

 

There are so many excellent personality inventories. Why the Enneagram? 

That’s right! Personality is fascinating, and there are lots of great systems. Here’s why the Enneagram is my fave (Kirsten):

It’s tells me the things I don’t want to hear, but need to. Only hearing about my strengths is awesome, but hearing about my blind spots helps me grow.

It is about MOTIVATION, rather than behavior. When you know why someone you are close to behaves a certain way, it can help you see a bigger picture that can help provide context.

 

 

 

About the instructor: I'm Mallory's mom, and mom to her older siblings Kayti and Ryan. Hospitality and presence are important to me. I'm an Enneagram 2.

Required texts/materials: The Enneagram Made Easy The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

World History: Early Civilizations (Chrissy)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

In this World History class, students will learn about the earliest human societies and developments. Part of the class will be spent learning to identify main ideas, making connections, and asking questions based off of provided text. The rest of the time will be spent working on projects, activities, discussion, and documentaries. This class will go for the year but you do not need to commit to the full year. Topics focused on this term: Paleolithic/Neolithic age, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and Judaism and the Israelite kingdoms. We may go further but will depend on how the class feels.

Required texts/materials: Students will largely be working from National Geographic World History: Great Civilizations textbook. The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

9th-12th Grade Bands (Liana)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Put your sticker here if you are a 9th-12th grader who wants to play in a band! I will use the sorting hat™ to distribute you into a few bands during the scheduling process.

Sign up for some good fun, hard work, and serious learning!

Note: the second class meeting will be the “Lab meeting.” During this time, we will focus on music theory, music history and music appreciation in our band groups. This section will not be required, though it is highly encouraged. There won’t be homework specific to the lab meeting — just show up and gain knowledge & skills that will make you a better musician!

Required texts/materials: You will need your instrument, music, a mechanical pencil, headphones and your computer. Students will be responsible for obtaining their own texts/materials. Materials should be procured by: the first class meeting.

Middle School Jazz Immersion (Liana) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Jazz is at the root of most of the music you listen to, and the ability to play it (even at a basic level) will make you better at almost any other form of music that you play.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a quick read on why every musician should study jazz. (It has bullet points, so you can get right to it!)

In this class, we’ll begin learning the art of jazz and improvisation. 

Never done it before? That’s OK! Had a little experience last year? Great!

We can’t properly honor this art form without doing the history, theory and listening that goes along with it. We will have some light reading assignments along with other supplemental activities in order to acclimate you to the jazz world.

This class is open to any instrument/vocals (horn players: please join us!), and you need not be an expert to partake in the fun! You will, however, need to step outside of your comfort zone, take some musical risks, and contribute to an encouraging, positive musical environment.

Required texts/materials: You will need your instrument, music, a mechanical pencil, headphones, your computer, and any relevant supplemental materials.

Food Bank – mega (Chrissy) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

Head down to the Rainier Valley Food Bank, help them unload and prepare several pallets’ worth of food to give to people who need it. Physical labor! Cool people!  Max of 12 students

Geometry, (Year Long Course) (Scobie)

IMPORTANT: If you take this class, you must commit to the full year, which means prioritizing the scheduling of Geometry in both winter and spring terms.

In this long-running PSCS class, we’ll review basic elements of geometry and geometric definitions. We’ll learn and refine your geometric drawing techniques while looking at the practical math and beauty of geometric relationships. We’ll also continue to explore measurement and systems of measurement for distance, angle, slope, area, and volume, linear and non-linear equations, graphing, proofs and other explorations. The class will finish in the spring with a unique and brilliant introduction to the core principles of Trigonometry as inspired by an insightful New Zealand math curriculum. Sometimes we work from a book, like a ‘normal’ math class. Other times we learn with physical models, drawings, and other resources.

  • Some algebra is required. If you have the equivalent of a high school Alg.1 class, you’ll be fine as long as you’re willing to to work to revive your skills. If you have only the bare essentials of algebra, you’ll need to be willing to work hard at some specific sections of the class, but there will also be parts of the class that don’t require any algebra.
  • Each term, Geometry must meet in two 70-minute slots per week minimum. This is a year long math class, and we have lots to cover.
  • expect occasional in-class tests, quizzes, and puzzles
  • expect collaboration on some work
  • be able to maintain a completely quiet work environment when asked
  • expect homework for most class sessions through the year.

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

National Geographic (Chrissy)

Anyone else love National Geographic magazine like I do? Between beautiful photographs, thought provoking graphics, and stories that grab readers attention, I have always been inspired and educated by the stories they share. In their own words, National Geographic Society “pushes the boundaries of exploration, furthering understanding of our world and empowering us all to generate solutions for a healthy, more sustainable future for generations to come. Our ultimate vision: a planet in balance.” Let’s explore together!

Each week for homework, you will choose an article (length/challenge will be based on where you are at). The writing in Nat Geo isn’t necessarily easy-peasy so you have to be willing to dig in and/or ask for help (perhaps if you are like me, you enjoy being read to – ask a friend or family member to read out loud to you!) You will have a short worksheet to fill out  after you have read the article. In class, you will then share out to your peers what the article was about. If that makes you nervous, we will work together on speaking/presenting skills.

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

Understanding Film: Westerns – Mega (Chrissy) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

Clint Eastwood stars in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In this Understanding Film class, we are taking the knowledge we have learned in past Understanding Film classes and applying it to a specific genre of film, Westerns. We will unpack how it has impacted culture specifically culture in Hollywood. Some topics we will study are: themes, representation, actors, directors, and history of the western. While you do not have to have taken an Understanding Film class before, it will assist in your deeper understanding of film. Class time will be spent discussing homework then watching westerns ending with group discussion. While this class is open for all, some of the films will be rated R.

Required texts/materials: Once Upon a Time... the Western. The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

Advanced Cooking (Chrissy)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

This class is a short but dedicated time for high school students who have taken many of my various cooking classes in the past and are ready to jump in and try new recipes and new techniques. Students need to be confident, and proficient in the kitchen. What we do in class will be dependent on the students and what they want to learn. The constraint? Time! This will meet in two 55 minute slots. Oooh challenge! If you are in high school and want to take this class, come and talk to me!

 

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

Algebra 1 (Year Long Course) (Jenn)

Please note: If you take this class, you must commit to the full year, which means prioritizing the scheduling of Algebra in both winter and spring terms.

This class will engage the major topics of Algebra 1, with flexibility to include pre-Algebra skills as students need it. My approach will include how these math methods have tangible uses in our everyday lives, and will include both group collaboration and individual work. The emphasis will be on strengthening your understanding of Algebra concepts and exploring diverse ways on how those concepts can be implemented. It will not be a test-heavy class, but you can expect occasional in-class quizzes that are used only as a guide for where we should go next. There will be in-class work assigned — work not finished in class can be considered as homework, but if you are on-task during class, you shouldn’t expect any homework. Optional take-home exercises will be made available.

  • Middle schoolers may join with instructor permission, which may include getting an advisor recommendation.
  • Must be in 70 minute slot, twice a week.

About the instructor: I experience math as a particular exercise for my brain that helps me in all functions of my life. Whether it is fixing an aircraft, calculating a tip at a restaurant, or just recognizing patterns and probabilities in art or in people, I find that my "math muscle" helps me everywhere! I believe that math should be welcome and encouraged in everyone, and that a more holistic approach to math (and science) will be for a greater benefit to myself and to society as a whole.

A People’s History of the United States (Year long) (Chrissy)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Howard Zinn’s, A People’s History of the United States, revolutionized United States history when the book was first printed in 1980. A People’s History focuses on history from the “point of view of America’s women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers.” Knowing and understanding US history allows us to make connections, ask questions, and discuss what is happening currently in the United States. The reading is challenging and dense but richly rewarding! There will also be a small amount of written work for each class which must be done in order to participate/discuss when class meets. As this is a year long class, we will keep class spicy with projects, documentaries perhaps even some debate! Please plan on committing to taking this class for the full year.

Required texts/materials: A People's History of the United States. There is a audiobook available that students may choose to use as well. Students will be responsible for obtaining their own texts/materials. Materials should be procured by: First class

Mishmash (Liana)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

This is middle school band! All 6-8th graders are welcome to come make music together in a fun environment. All instruments, voices and levels are welcome. This ain’t your grandma’s middle school band: we play lots of different types of music and have a lot of laughs along the way.

You will need to provide an instrument for yourself, but if you don’t have one, don’t let that stop you… Talk to me, I may be able to help!

Note: the second class meeting will be the “Lab meeting.” During this time, we will focus on music theory, music history and music appreciation in our band groups. This section will not be required, though it is highly encouraged. There won’t be homework specific to the lab meeting — just show up and gain knowledge & skills that will make you a better musician!

Required texts/materials: You will need your instrument, music, a mechanical pencil, headphones and your computer. Students will be responsible for obtaining their own texts/materials. Materials should be procured by: The first class meeting.

Environmental Justice (Year Long Class) (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

This is a YEAR LONG CLASS.

“Sometimes we just simply have to find a way. The moment we decide to fulfill something, we can do anything. And I’m sure that the moment we start behaving as if we were in an emergency, we can avoid climate and ecological catastrophe. Humans are very adaptable: we can still fix this. But the opportunity to do so will not last for long. We must start today. We have no more excuses.” -Greta Thunberg

This class is a deep dive into the complex history and current realities that people, creatures, organisms and plants of the earth are undergoing throughout the globe.  The state of the environment and the health of the earth is in crisis and there is much to learn about how we’ve (collectively as humans) impacted this interconnected life here on earth and what people are experiencing because of it globally. Each of us is or will be affected by the environmental crisis and some folks depending on race, class, nationality and location are impacted at faster rates.

From BP oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico to the Flint water crisis in Michigan we will cover topics such as: natural gas and fracking, oil consumption, chemical toxins in communities of color, food and farming crisis’s, Native people’s resistance around the world, climate chaos and much more.

The book that will guide this class is called, “A People’s Curriculum for the Earth.” by Bill Bigelow and Time Swinehart

We, the people! (Sam)

Behold, the power of a good idea!

In this class, we going to dive deep into what has gone into creating this republic we called the United States. There are many parts of our federal, state, county and city government that move to keep our country moving and active. We will explore many topics and ideas around systems of government, leadership and how you can make a difference in many aspects of your life. There will be readings, conversations, research and work centered around how to be effective in being a well-spoken young person and a positive influencer in society.

American History: Malcolm X (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

This is a high school lit and history class.

We will be reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X by: Alex Haley and Malcolm X .

This brilliant piece of American literature is an important work that captures the heart and soul of America (in it’s darkness and light). Malcolm X is/was a controversial and powerful figure. He was a legacy and deeply adored person as well as an enemy to many. He was born in 1925 and was assassinated in 1965.

Due to the historical nature of this novel this class covers a pivotal time in American history. We will dive into the themes, literary devices, historical content and perspective writing. This book is an American classic and important high school and/or college level read.

Their will be discussion, debate, and supplementary films we will watch.

Art & Aesthetics (Sam) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

One of the many forms of expression, Art, is expressed in so many mediums. In this class, I want to explore the idea of what makes something art. How do we look at different pieces and express the deeper meaning behind them? We will study the people who have made huge influences and current artists who are stretching the medium into many different directions. Let get into great conversations about the things we experience and do some creating of our own while pushing ourselves to build new skills!

Required texts/materials: Drawing journal, pencil/pen and coloring pencils. Students will be responsible for obtaining their own texts/materials. Materials should be procured by: 9/20/19

Juggle! (Scobie)

The goal of this class is learning how to practice something effectively.
If you can’t juggle, you’ll either learn to juggle, or you’ll get much closer.
Either way, you’ll learn things about practicing that will serve you for the rest of your life.
If you can already do a basic three-ball pattern, you’ll learn much more than you now know.
In our first class meeting, we’ll make high quality practice balls to work with.
  • The willingness/ability to do quiet, focused practice is a class requirement
  • Eight student maximum

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

Dictionary Game (Scobie)

Yup, it’s that game where you make up plausible definitions for inscrutable words and then try to guess which one is the REAL definition. Sometimes we do it the other way around: read a definition and make up the word! Over the years, we have had more fun and hilarity with the dictionary game than should be allowed in a lifetime, but we’re going to keep on playing, regardless.

  • Newcomers welcome: you’ll get whatever coaching you need to play well.
  • Intended for one 55-minute slot

Queer Biographies (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

In this class we’ll be learning about many different powerful folks throughout history that have impacted the world AND were/are QUEER.  The book we’ll be going through is “Queer, There, and Everywhere” by Sarah Prager.  This book reads a bit like a graphic novel and centers the lives and voices of people who fought and loved outside of the norm.

“From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.”

We will get into deep discussion, watch videos, unpack definitions and explore the exciting history and stories of important historical figures. Join the class at any level. We will ALL be learning new ideas and information!

Soul Writing: Writing Down the Bones (Elizabeth)

I never considered myself a writer or someone who enjoyed writing until I read the book, “Writing Down the Bones.”  This book has freed thousands of writers’ voices and is often read as a fun and quirky “Writing 101” for folks that wouldn’t normally like or take (if they could help it)  Writing is simple if you learn to trust yourself.  Trusting your personal and important voice will allow you to write with more confidence.  There is no A +B = C to becoming a good writer.  But, there are a plethora of ways to write and things to write about.

This class will push you to practice writing by writing.  Not any particular way.  Not any particular formula.  But simply by putting your pen to the paper and having a “beginner’s mind” even if you are not a beginner and absolutely love writing. I would love to have you if  you are interested in being open to learning about yourself and your process in writing.

This class is for you if you already enjoy writing or if you are curious about a budding writer inside or if you simply need more practice in discovering your voice.

Middle School Read Aloud (Scobie)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Image result for books

If you’re a middle schooler and you love listening to good writing read aloud, this class is for you. If you know you want to progress in your thinking, speaking, vocabulary, and English skills, this class is for you. This class will now meet twice per week and will include plenty of good read-aloud as always, but also some discussion, some short, fun writing assignments, and other creative ways of engaging with our stories.

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

Slow down/Self Care (elizabeth)

This class is a chance to slow down, unwind, meditate, stretch, journal, breathe and read.

We will rotate practice the art of mindfulness and self awareness.

Each day we will have a consistent flow and practice to help you center, calm and come back to yourself.

There are no requirements or homework, just you and the desire to take care of yourself better.

 

World Geography (Year long) (Sam)

This course will be exploring how the physical features of the earth, population settlement patterns, human activities, customs, and traditions contribute to defining a place, a culture, and people. The course examines how the land, features, people, and cultures of the world affect the social, political, and economic character of nations and regions.

Biology (Sam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Biology: “bio-” = life and “-ology” = study of

In other words, it is a branch of knowledge that deals with living organisms and vital processes. Themes that we will be studying in this course include scientific skills, cellular processes, biochemistry, genetics, natural selection, ecology, human body systems, and the social implications of science on society.

Summarize THIS! (Fall & Winter HS edition) (Scobie)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

WHAT’S NEW IN SUMMARIZE THIS?

The in-school coached work session! See “Coached Writing Session (for Summarize THIS!)” in the class blog, and talk to your advisor!

This class is primarily a homework class in which you’ll do one piece of edited, finished writing, from a half page to two pages per week, to a specific word count. Expect to listen to the audio or video source piece several times (Excerpts from  This American Life, The Moth, and other well-produced audio/videos are common). Then you’ll take notes, make a draft, improve it using a check-list. Finally, you’ll work with your editor to further improve your work every week. For most students, it’s a several hours of work each week, but a great investment in becoming an effective listener, logical thinker, and competent writer.

  • There will be a coached work session each week in the second meeting of the class, which will allow you to make major progress toward finishing your summary. Most students will still need to put in additional work, and sometimes this work slot will contain a grammar lesson or other instruction.
  • As usual, credit for the class requires all summaries to be complete and up to the checklist standards for the class.
  • If this is a repeat class for you,  I’ll be asking you to up your game.
  • IMPORTANT: All writers are required to find and work with a qualified and willing mentor/editor for every assignment. I can be editor for up to two students this fall term. If you hope to have me as your editor, ask early. I reserve the right to choose who I will edit for.
  • Must be scheduled in a 70 minute double slot, unless we are near the student minimum.
  • All students are encouraged to use the in-school coached writing session offered this term.

History of Music (Rock Edition) (Sam) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

Music! The songs and sounds that bring us all together. We will discuss the roots of rock music and how this style has changed over the years.   We will listen to music from this amazing genre, analyze sounds, dissect lyrics and dive deep into how this musical style has changed throughout time.

 

Digital Music (Sam)

Introduction for beginners.

Music and technology have really become a common theme when it comes to music creation and production. Today, it’s become more accessible to open up a laptop (or a home computer) and create music without having to go to a studio. We have the opportunity to explore how this style has really more into the forefront of music today. This class will be using a basic web-based browser software that will allow you to begin to explore how to create music.

Required texts/materials: You need to have a computer that can run specific music software. Also, you must have your own headphones.

Poetry (Sam)

Creative thought expressed through the written word. In this class, we will experiment, play with words, ideas and the devices people use to make poems. We will also do some readings and exploration of poets who have been influential in their time and now. Let’s explore how poetry impacts our society both in America and abroad through different styles, subject matters and how poems shape our lives as a whole.

American Trans History (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

We will be exploring queer/trans histories, stories, voices and experiences in the U.S.  Often queer history, movements and people are pushed to the side or completely erased from history. Well, not in this class! These voices and stories will be front and center and oh so celebrated as we learn about them! Much attention will be given to issues of race, class, different cultures, oppression and resistance.

We will be reading, Transgender History by Susan Stryker. This book covers American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today. “Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-’70s to 1990—the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the ’90s and ’00s.

Transgender History includes informative sidebars highlighting quotes from major texts and speeches in transgender history and brief biographies of key players, plus excerpts from transgender memoirs and discussion of treatments of transgenderism in popular culture.”

There will be a mix of lecture, discussion, documentaries and maybe a field trip.
High school only unless you are an 8th grader and feel up to the challenge and come to discuss with me.

Science of Flight (continued) (Scobie) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

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This is a continuation of last year’s course in flight science, but there are some key differences. All prior students are welcome. New students are welcome also, but I request a  friendly ‘intro discussion’ with me to be sure the class will be a fit.

We’ll do some review of key principles from last year’s class, and then move into our unwatched lectures.

(As before, I’ll be partnering with “The Great Courses” to co-teach alongside video lectures by Professor James Gregory, looking at both the history and scientific principles behind most kinds of flying.)

To get regular breaks from the projected lectures, we’ll be taking advantage of the mega-slot for longer and more regular discussion and illustration, more math, and hands-on experiments or demonstrations.

IMPORTANT: Megaslot Wednesday is the only position I have for this class, unless it gets traded for one of my

 

Life Science (Sam)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Life science comprises all fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms, like plants, animals, and human beings. In this class, students will have the opportunity to learn and explore living things with a focus on environmental and global issues which affect our world.

 

Electronic Music Collective (EMC) (Sam)

An exploration of composition, production, and keyboard musicianship through the use of electronic musical instruments, computers, and a variety of compositional, production, and instructional software. Students develop increased fluency in sound creation, listening, and musical mindset. (Teacher approved)

Required materials: You need to have a computer that can run specific music software. Also, you must have your own headphones.