Author Archives: Amy Stern

Practical Piano. (Brandon)

This is an “advanced beginner” class for folks interested in learning how to become better at physically playing the piano. Students will learn keyboard exercises to develop good playing technique, strengthen rhythm, and build on the theory learned in the intro class. Students will learn strategies to quickly learn and more easily read music. Students will analyze melodies, chords, and harmonies to better understand how they are performed on the piano. Students will continue analyzing famous songs, creating their own music, and are encouraged (but not required) to share them with the community.
Prerequisite: Intro to Piano class or blessing from Smooch (email Brandon for info)

HS Sex Ed (amy)

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

We’ve covered a lot in this class already this year.  That said, there is still a lot to come! 

Sexual relationships, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and birth control are some of the topics we will be diving into for the remainder of the year.  

*This is a year-long class and should be prioritized when considering your Spring schedule.

Parallel Play Book Club (amy)

This once-a-week class is an opportunity for you to read a book of your choice and share what you’re reading with others.  

Throughout the term we will read (obviously), write, and share.  Perhaps this is the type of reading accountability that you’ve been craving.  

Please join us for this chance to lounge in literacy and build a book-loving community.


BASASO. (Brandon)

A continuation of the intermediate band.

Casual Ghost Party. (Brandon)

A continuation of the advanced band.

Science Fair (amy)





Draw conclusions.

Communicate results.


The Scientific Method is a process that we’ve all utilized throughout our lives, whether we’ve realized it or not.

Have you ever wondered if bread will be more moldy if left in the shade or the sun?  Have you ever wondered if talking to plants helps them grow?  What other questions do you have?  Let’s try to answer them!

In this twice-a-week class, we will learn about the Scientific Method in more depth, complete a project together, then complete our own science fair projects.  All of this will culminate in our own PSCS Science Fair, where we can share our learning with others.

You get to decide how deep to go in this class.  Science fair projects can be simple, complex, or anywhere in between. 

Adulting (amy)

Paying bills.  Credit cards.  Jobs.  Paying rent.  Budgeting.  Vacations.  These are all parts of being an adult.


In this once-a-week class we will learn about all of these things (and more) so that we are better prepared to conquer adulthood.


I have some ideas of things to teach, but I will also ask YOU what you want to learn – so you will have a chance to guide where this class goes.

MS Sex Ed (amy)

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

We’ve learned the basics about how reproductive organs work, the technical aspects of pregnancy, how to identify healthy vs unhealthy relationships, and so much more.  But wait…THERE’S STILL MORE TO COVER!

We will be wrapping up the year by learning about STIs (facts, transmission, prevention, and treatment) and birth control, and putting together all of the learning we’ve done since September.  

*This is a year-long class and should be prioritized when considering your Spring schedule.

Weaving (amy)

You’ve seen the looms gathering in Cherry.  Now, it’s time to use them!  

In this twice-a-week class we will learn how to warp a loom (get it ready), follow a draft (weaving patterns), and create our own pieces of fiber art.

Be a part of pioneering a program at PSCS that can live on for years!