Author Archives: Hannah Blacksin

Dungeons and Dragons (Taig/Quinn)

Have you ever wanted to slay a demon or god? Well sorry I can’t make that happen but I will be facilitating Dungeons and Dragons where you can pretend to! Wow, so cool right! New and experienced players are welcome, plus I will be helping everyone along so don’t worry. I will be the DM or Dungeon Master. We will choose the setting and the theme together and I will help you create characters. I will have all the resources you need except a pencil and a notebook or you can bring your laptop.

Take this class if you want to roleplay or just chill and play a fun game at school. We will take turns bringing snacks to the sessions. This is a collaborative game and we will make decisions together but I will ultimately have the final say on most things.

 

Minimum of 3, max of 8 people in the class. Mature themes. This class will be co-facilitated by Brandon!

Watercolor (hannah)

Watercolor is an experimental, fun, dynamic form of art. In this class, we will explore the art form and connect with each other. This term will include some skill-building and technique-practicing.

Analyze That! (HS and MS sections) (hannah)

Analysis is a detailed examination of anything complex in order to understand its nature or to determine its essential features. You can analyze media, literature, social systems, human behavior. Practicing analysis means honing a sharp, critical eye – you notice different parts of something, you make connections, you form an argument.

This class will center on learning the skills of analysis, first in discussion together and then in writing. We will look closely at pieces of writing, visual art and media, and music in order to understand and argue what the heck is really going on.

My intention is to teach both a high school and middle school section of this class. When you make your priorities list, please indicate HS or MS Analyze That. 

Soccer and Kick it (hannah and elizabeth)

Head up to yeller terrace once a week to play soccer! Non-competitive, all levels welcome.

Danny Woo Community Garden (hannah)

Danny Woo Community Garden is beautiful terraced land, sloping above the CID, providing garden plots for members of our wider community. We will head up there to volunteer – pulling weeds along the pathways, tending the compost, and caring for the chickens.

The times we can go volunteer at the garden are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10-3. So, this class might end up happening as two (or three?) sessions depending on how scheduling happens. You do not have to attend both (or all) sessions to receive credit.

Recess! (hannah)

We get to use the neighborhood gym again! Each week, we will head around the corner to play different classic recess games. Capture the flag, red rover, varieties of tag, relay races, maybe even shoot some hoops or play the mythical Mushroom Ball. This will be non-competitive, run-around and participate in structured active fun time.

Here is when the gym is available. We will have to schedule around these times:

Monday & Friday after 1:30pm

Tuesday & Thursday after 1pm

Marine Biology (HS and MS sections) (hannah)

In this class, will study the science of the ocean and the organisms that inhabit it. Major concepts include interrelationship of marine and terrestrial environments, the geology of the oceans, marine organisms, and the ecology of coral reefs. Students will learn about the physical structure and chemistry of the ocean, the diversity of ocean life, marine ecology, and the scope and impact of human interactions with the oceans. This class will include some lab work, projects, and presentations.

There will be both a high school and middle school section of this class. When you create your priorities list, please indicate either HS or MS Marine Biology. 

Pachinko (HS only) (hannah)

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

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is an awesome and epic book that we will read, discuss, and write about. This is a class for high school students who want to read incredible narrative fiction, engage in multiple avenues of literary analysis, and learn about the turbulent histories of Korea and Japan. 

This class requires about 40 pages of reading per week, some of which we will do together in class. You will write a final analytical essay as well as some writing prompts and projects throughout the term. The school will provide a book for each of you and an ebook if needed.

Here’s a summary of the story from Lee’s website:

A saga about four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from their home.

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

Street Art (hannah)

In October 2018, a painting from celebrated street artist Banksy was sold at a Sotheby’s auction. The moment after it was sold, a hidden shredder was activated and the painting started to shred.

What does street art mean? Is it necessarily a public project? Can street art disrupt accepted hierarchies in art and culture? How does street art provoke controversy, transform the landscape, and inspire social change?

In this class, we will explore these questions by looking at examples of historical and contemporary street art, in Seattle and around the world, including graffiti, murals, and public projects. This class will include a walking tour of street art in Seattle , a locally-famous muralist speaker, and (hopefully!) a partnership with Urban Artworks to create a mural of our own! 

College Prep (juniors and seniors) (hannah)

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

This class is for Juniors and Seniors who are preparing for collegiate life beyond PSCS. We will look at schools, keep track of deadlines, and work on applications including essays. This is a space for organization, accountability, and personal college work support.

My intention is to run this class once a week, during the short slot at the end of the day on Wednesdays, if we stick with the schedule from last year.