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Biology and Behavior of Dogs (Terri Silva, Mara Schormann)

Would you like to understand your best furrriend a little better?

Join Mara Schormann and Terri Silva to gain some insight into the brains and bodies of humanity’s most constant companion.

In this class, we will use the new book “Biology of Dogs from Gonads through Guts to Ganglia” by Tim Lewis phD to learn the basics of the Anatomy and Physiology of dogs (and, by the way, also us since we basically work the same!).

We will also learn how to better understand and communicate with our canine friends… and even our human friends (since we basically work the same!).

We will alternate weekly between biology and behavior.  Terri will take the lead for biology, and Mara will take the lead for behavior.

Required texts/materials: Biology of Dogs- Tim Lewis phD The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

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!

Cults, cliques, cons, codependents, & killers (Terri Silva)

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

What’s up with all the cults these days? I don’t know if there are actually more than there used to be, or if they are simply more visible because of so many media outlets, but there certainly are a lot of documentaries and articles lately.

I’ve always had an interest in psychology and behavior.  I’ve wondered how people got caught up not only in cults, but also in harmful and deceptive relationships in general.  This curiosity was based on self-defense: how could I protect myself from these relationships?  Are there clues in someone’s behavior, speech patterns, body language, etc, that they might be a manipulative person?  And how about groups- what types of characteristics are common among harmful groups?

Over the past several years, I’ve pursued what has turned out to be a bit of a passion project in studying abnormal psychology. One of the things that has been striking to me is the similarity among (most- not all) cult leaders, conmen/women, and even serial killers, in their behavioral and speech patterns.  And the successful ones- the ones who are able to successfully manipulate other people, that is- also often have a mastery of the psychology of influence and manipulation.

In this class, we’ll watch/listen/read accounts of cults, con people, cult-like organizations and businesses, and manipulative relationships.  We’ll analyze their common characteristics, and compare/contrast them with healthier relationship and communication patterns.  One example of a “watch” will be “The Shrink Next Door.”

In doing so, I hope you will feel better equipped to protect yourself, feel more confident in yourself, and become a more kind, less-judgmental person (assuming you don’t wish to harmfully manipulate others!).  You should also become a more competent critical thinker, and someone who is better equipped to ask meaningful questions.

Believe it or not, this is a science class: much of the work of analyzing these patterns involves noticing when evidence is needed and identifying what kinds of evidence would suffice.  That is a big part of the scientific process.  We’ll learn some basics about neural wiring and brain structure/function.  We’ll learn about some of the quirks of our brains that make us vulnerable to fallacies of reasoning, bias, hyperbole, and shame.  And we’ll also learn to identify those fallacies of reasoning, bias, hyperbolic and shaming language.

There will be some emotionally difficult content in this course.  I am happy discuss any concerns you may have around this and try to mitigate when possible, but this is a disturbing subject by nature.

About the instructor: I'm Wyatt Silva's mom :).  I have Bachelor and Master degrees in evolutionary biology with a focus on behavioral ecology.  I am an Assistant Professor at Bastyr University, and an adjunct at North Seattle College, where I teach mostly human biology courses.

Old School Film Class (Dan Gillmore)

Let’s watch old school horror and suspense films (think Dracula, Wolfman, The Mummy, Black Cat, etc) and then discuss them.

We may pepper in some other classic films that will help get you started on your path to understanding film critique, theory, and production.

We’ll watch part of the film each class, then finish it the next class, followed by discussion. You won’t need to do outside work, but you will likely want to take notes.

Blue Soup (Charlie and Brayden)

Brayden and Charlie are starting a band! Wanna be involved?

We’re going to make weird music! We’ll switch the genre of music all the time. Jazz, Rock, Yacht Music, Muzak, And so much more!
Difficulty level is moderate, If you get frustrated figuring things out, then this might not be the class for you. Come and join if you can play an instrument, or sing, but this isn’t really a band for learning how to play an instrument.
Brayden and Charlie will come in each week with a new song for you all to learn, we’ll learn it, and play it (and have fun doing it.)
Come and have fun! <3

Duolingo (Val)

Break down communication barriers by learning a world language. Which communities do you want to interact with a little more? Choose a language in the free Duolingo app and work at your own pace to earn your language credit. Share one new phrase when you report your weekly progress to Val!

Required texts/materials: Duolingo App Students will be responsible for obtaining their own texts/materials. Materials should be procured by: Before the first class

Midrange Amplitude (Brandon Bermudez)

This is the beginner/intermediate Pop band.

This class is accepting new members! Email Brandon for more info.

Midrange Frequency (Brandon Bermudez)

This is the PSCS advanced Rock/Pop band.

This class is closed to non-returning members. Email Brandon directly with questions.

American Music (Brandon Bermudez)

This is a music history and appreciation class for everyone. This class will explore the origins and evolutions of modern American music. Students will explore a catalog of genre-defining songs, pioneering artists, and novel sounds that have shaped American music throughout its history.

Students will need a computer, headphones, and access to Spotify for the playlists (Spotify has free accounts).

Required texts/materials: Spotify Account Students will be responsible for obtaining their own texts/materials. Materials should be procured by: Before the first class

Beatcraft (Brandon Bermudez)

This is a beginner/intermediate music theory and song creation class. Students will learn how to read and interpret written music, as well as operate software-based music creation tools. This class will go over the most fundamental music ideas from rhythm and time, to melodies and chord progressions. Do not worry if you don’t play an instrument since this is NOT a performance class, though you will learn to understand the piano as it is our primary interface for making music. Students will need a computer, headphones, Google Chrome, and a BandLab account.

Required texts/materials: BandLab Students will be responsible for obtaining their own texts/materials. Materials should be procured by: Before the first class

Twilight Zone

It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

In this class, we will watch a selection of Rod Serling’s classic exploration into speculative stories, discuss the themes and if the show is still relevant today.

Reading short stories may be a part of the course work, each story taking about an hour to read per week.

2023 PSCS Yearbook (Yearlong) (Sieglinde)

Hope to work with a motivated group of 5-10 students who want to spend time this year learning how work together as a team, to collect photos and create a repository, and then, ultimately in Spring Term, pull it all together into a book. I’ll work with you on using the Adobe Suite, taking photos, and creating a school yearbook that represents all of us, captures our memories, and has a cohesive feel. We’ll start off slow in Fall Term (CID Guidebook?!), move into more work in Winter, then we’ll need everyone to get real busy in Spring.

We’ll need

1-2 editors

2-3 Photographers

2-3 Layout Managers

Geometry (Scobie)

In this long-running, year-long PSCS class, we’ll review basic elements of geometry and geometric definitions. We’ll learn and refine 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, visual proofs, algebraic proofs, and other explorations. The class will finish in the spring with a unique 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.
  • expect occasional in-class tests, quizzes, and puzzles
  • expect collaboration on some work
  • be able to maintain a quiet non-social work environment when asked
  • for sure there is homework; a full credit of HS math requires some work outside of class

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

Cut It Out! (Scobie)

MakerMade M2 CNC KitMakerMade M2 CNC Kit
Who wants to be on a small team (6 students max)  who help develop, install, and learn about the new computer-controlled plywood-cutting robot I’ve ordered for the shop?  This class will include:

  • Unboxing a kit that lets us build and install a CNC router capable of cutting any shape into a plywood or other panel up to 4 x 8 feet!
  • Designing a way to install this tool and cutting rack onto the east wall of the shop
  • Testing and calibrating the machine
  • Setting up a dust collection system for the machine
  • Practicing digital drawing and design in Sketchup in order to develop the skills to design projects for the machine
  • Learning the software that drives the tool path, and how to convert technical design drawings to tool paths.
  • Developing helpful videos for teaching others to use the cutter
  • Trying out early projects
  • And, more important than any of these things: naming the machine! :-).

Shop Life (Scobie)

If you like making things, fixing things,  and  being competent with tools, you should always take as much Shop Life as you can possibly get your hands on! Here’s what we’ll be doing:

  1. Learning about tools and the skills to use them effectively and safely.
  2. Working on improving, organizing, stocking, and cleaning our ever-developing shop.
  3. Contributing to the school and our larger community with fixes, furniture, and projects.
  4. Completing projects that result in gifts you can give to yourself or others.

Leadership (HS) (elizabeth ortega)

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

We’ve got some “already” student leaders, some “up and coming” student leaders and some “I wanna be” students leaders. I want to work with y’all to figure out how to build up a student leadership crew.

My intention is to start by listening, hearing what everyone has to say. Supporting folks in facilitation development and actually trying on leading all community and small group things.

Figuring out what projects folks want to work on and commit to and supporting, guiding and mentoring a group of students into deepening their self trust, integrity and leadership skills that goes to serve the community at large.

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. 

International Economics (MS/HS) (2 Terms) (TSam)

This class aims to provide students with functional knowledge of economics, so they may become informed consumers, producers, and citizens in today’s world. Economics is the study of how individuals, businesses, and governments make decisions about the use of scarce resources in a world of unlimited wants and needs. This is done at both the microeconomic level and the macroeconomic level, both of which will be examined in detail. At the microeconomic level, students will investigate the smaller units of the economy and individual firms and markets. In macroeconomics, students will study the global economy and economics of nations and governments as they attempt to foster growth and stability. The course is useful in helping students acquire many life skills, including personal financial literacy, and in establishing a foundation for a more advanced study of economics.




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Soccer and Kick it (hannah and elizabeth)

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

Sex Ed and Health (Year long) (HS) (elizabeth ortega)

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

Relationships, with ourselves and others, our sexuality and our gender journeys are life long paths we build and build. Talking about sex, relationships and our bodies openly and honestly can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. It can also be enlightening, informative, and pretty exciting! I will do my best to include a wide variety of genders, sexualities, experiences, and perspectives and focus on the real world and real life experiences throughout this class and always, you as the students help mold that process.

I will be utilizing the curriculum, Beyond the Basics, 3rd edition created byAction Canada for Sexual Health and Rights and supplement with S.E.X., second edition: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties by Heather Corinna as well as various educational media pieces and articles.

Beyond the Basicstakes an approach that is rooted in comprehensive sexuality education—seeking to move the bar beyond anatomy and risk, to ensure students are better prepared to lead empowered sexual lives where they feel comfortable in their own bodies, can exercise their right to bodily autonomy, and are equipped with the skills to challenge oppressive gender norms. The comprehensive approach fosters cultures of consent, respect for diversity, and critical thinking skills, some of the most valuable things that students can learn in school, which also happen to be some of the hardest things to teach. There is another lens to this work, one that is sharply attuned to social change at the highest levels. One of the strengths of CSE as an approach to sexual education is that the connections between systemic forces and individual health outcomes are made. This is the work that connects the structural drivers of health to individual experiences. Challenging systemic oppression and body shaming; demanding public policy that supports consent, healthy relationships and resiliency; all while keeping one eye firmly focused on the individual in need of education.”

Check out: https://www.actioncanadashr.org/ 

and the book: S.E.X., second edition: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties 

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.

Taking Care of Me (MS/HS) (elizabeth ortega)

This class feels more important than ever. Our nervous systems and hearts can feel overloaded with stress and anxiety throughout this life. What better time than to slow down and figure out how to be more well onto yourself and your loved ones?

We will come together to take care of our hearts, bodies, and spirits, and get to know each other and ourselves a little better. We will meditate, listen, breathe, make art together, go outside, write, stretch, and create a little sanctuary space in school for an hour.

This class is for you if you want to practice mindfulness and consistent acts of ritual to take care of yourself and to find your centered place in this time.

Just Draw, Art History (MS/HS) (TSam)

What is art? Is Art truly the expression of one’s true self?

This class is a space for art enthusiasts to come together and have a space to create. Art is an ever-important element in the nature of who people are and how stories are shaped through inspiration and imagination. We will meet as a class and discuss trends in art (Past and present) while using the space to expand on our artistic interpretations. Each day will be filled with creative energy and we will have a share out to celebrate your work.


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

Wonder (MS) (elizabeth ortega)

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

We will read the book together and engage in rich discussion about how to envision and build the world you want to see. We’ll talk about disability justice and learn some history about disability activism and where things are at today with all different folks with different abilities.

Wonder is a novel written by R. J. Palacio published in 2012. Palacio’s Wonder was inspired by an incident where her son started to cry after noticing a girl with a severe facial deformity. Several spin-offs, including the calendar book 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts, We’re All WondersAuggie and Me, and White Bird have been published. A film adaptation was released in 2017, of which a spin-off sequel/prequel film (adapting White Bird) followed in 2022.

New York Times Bestseller five years in a row!


“You can’t blend in when you’re, BORN TO STAND OUT”

This will be a read-aloud and discussion class. There will also be short writing assignments along the way to practice diving deeper into content and themes.

We might even finish the class by watching the film! And see if there’s momentum to continue the series and spin offs.

Cinema (HS Only) (Year long) (TSam)

The film industry has been a constant element that was created to express the ideas of others. Through film, we can see deep ideas from people whose expressions can capture moments from the past looking into the future. While it’s hard to see every film that has ever been made, we can center ourselves around so many elements of several movies and experience a connection that surpasses both time and space. In the class, we will participate in watching films from a large number of different styles and use those moments to expand our knowledge of these amazing selections of work. There will be in-class discussions along with essay writing (group project) to help us convey our thoughts and stretch our thinking.


Mature Themes: Words and images can be inappropriate for some students.


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. 

*Podcasting/AV Club (MS/HS) (Year long) (TSam)

Podcasting has now become one of the coolest ways to acquire information in the present, digital age. While traveling, exercising, or relaxing; your average person is usually tuned into their favorite show. Recently, the popularity of podcasts took to new heights with the deep interest in shows like True Crime, and other mystery-based, story-led programs. Whether you’re into listening to podcasts or always wanted to create your own, this Is the class for you. 

Also, this class will double as a space for our new starting Audio/Visual Club! The purpose of this club is to help create a new culture around filming our school events while keeping our audio (and other video effects) in great working order. This club will be a starting point for a permanent need in our community. We will learn/enhance our skills in camera work, audio sourcing, mixing, and making sure lighting and other visual needs are being met on a high level.


 (Limited to 8 students, max)




World History, Heroes & Lesser Known Events (HS Only) (TSam)

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

World History is a subject that explores the key events and global historical developments since the 1200s that have shaped the world we live in today. The scope of Modern World History provides the latitude to range widely across all aspects of human experience: economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts. The class will illuminate connections between our lives and those of our ancestors around the world. We will also analyze people, groups, and important figures who have not been credited in history.

We will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, explore historical movements and concepts, and test theories. Students will refine their ability to read for comprehension and critical analysis; summarize, categorize, compare, and evaluate information; write clearly and convincingly; express facts and opinions orally, and use technology appropriately to present information.


Sex Ed and Health (Year long) (MS) (elizabeth ortega)

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

We will work to create a space where you can learn relevant information about sexual and relational health. Talking about sex and our bodies openly and honestly can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. It can also be enlightening, informative, and exciting!

This class will be a place to build confidence and friendly curiosity, rather than shame and judgment. Cultivating a relationship with one’s sexuality and body is a journey – and it’s better if you feel informed and aware along the way.

We will utilize the book: You Know, Sex: Bodies, Gender, Puberty, and Other Things by Cory Silverberg

“Racially and ethnically diverse, inclusive of cross-disability experience, this is a book for every kind of young person and every kind of family…You Know, Sex is the first thoroughly modern sex ed book for every body navigating puberty and adolescence, essential for kids, everyone who knows a kid, and anyone who has ever been a kid.”

Please reach out if you have any questions about the content of this class!

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

Indigenous Civilizations of the World (MS/HS) (TSam)

Often when we look at where people come from, we barely go back to a couple of generations. In that, we lose out on some much valuable information and key people who shaped us into who we are today. As a multicultural person, my family often struggles to have accurate updates on our family tree and other important figures in our complicated history.

This class will center on important developments, issues, accomplishments, and problems of World civilizations (pre-colonization),  including the study of African, Asian, European, Islamic, Native American, and Latin American civilizations, and discusses the relationships among these civilizations to the present day.




Summarize THIS! (Scobie)

In this long-running developmental writing class, you’ll be able to start right where you are as a writer, and then improve all your fundamental skills. 

What do we write? 
In Summarize THIS, we listen to an audio or video source piece several times (excerpts from This American Life, The Moth, and other well-produced audio/videos are common). Listening to the piece, you’ll take notes, make a draft summary, and improve it using a custom checklist created just for your current writing skill set. The idea is to communicate as much of the piece as possible in a limited number of words. You’ll often have time in class to get started, but you’ll probably need to spend more time to produce your best work, so work with your advisor to plan for that!

Then what?
After writing each piece, you’ll respond to a very detailed edit of your original work to further improve it.

For most students, it’s at least a few hours of work each week OUTSIDE of class, but a great investment in becoming an effective listener, logical thinker, and competent, efficient writer.

  • Credit for the class requires all summaries to be complete and up to the standards in your checklist.
  • If this is a repeat class for you, no problem, you can take it as many times as you want…. but I’ll be asking you to up your game!

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.

Diverse Voices & Yummy Things (MS/HS) (elizabeth ortega)

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, queerness, institutional racism and human rights, global issues and we’ll pull from assorted forms of media including podcasts and news sources.

Each class one of you will provide either a yummy treat or a yummy beverage for everyone to share and we will create a sign up!

I’ll provide 2 options each day, y’all will vote and bam! We listen and discuss.

Whiteness/straightness/cis-ness/patriarchal-ness etc. in media is the norm; this is an opportunity to approach important topics from different viewpoints and perspectives. 

No homework, just come ready to contribute to discussions each day and eat yummy things and THINK and PONDER and FEEL and DISCUSS.

The Art of Storytelling, Story Sharing & Short Story Writing (MS/HS) (TSam)

I love a good story! It becomes an even better story when someone is able to tell it with so much energy and connection to their audience. 

This class will center around the idea of storytelling. We will take deeper dives into several places in our life that have been interesting (happy, sad, funny, shocking, unbelievable) and turn those experiences into amazing works of literature. We will take part in elements of story building that are from prompts, analyze other great stories and their great elements, research and learning techniques for when you get stuck.

Come join us, if you have a passion for creative writing, storytelling, and a thirst for building upon some ideas you’ve been holding onto for some time. 

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! 

Wo Pop (MS/HS) (TSam)

Do you ever wonder what music is like in other parts of the world? Being a HUGE music lover, I often find myself wondering about that very thing. Often I find myself going on Spotify and seeing what’s available in many parts of the world.

We will explore music in a variety of ways and find out what makes music so popular in different cultures. We will look for commonalities and differences in sounds and lyrics, and learn about the relationship music holds with that particular culture. Who knows? Maybe we will discover where some of the sounds in America originated from!!!

Note: Headphones and a music account (Spotify) are required!

Mature Themes –  Lyrics in songs can use language not appropriate for all students.

African American Poetry (MS/HS ) (2 Terms) (TSam)

Poetry is one of the greatest written expressions known to humans since its inception. The literary form is one of the many ways African Americans have been able to express themselves in a way that helps others to understand the tragedy and triumphs that have been a part of their journey since the early days of writing. In the present day, poetic forms have been at the forefront of almost all literary circles and major spaces of thought in all areas of the world.

In this class, we will analyze the major poetic voices that have shaped African American culture, while understanding the deeper meanings behind s key terms and ideas from these literary giants. Also, we will form small literature groups to understand other works and develop our own poetry.

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. 

Intersectional Sociology of Gender (2 terms) (HS) (elizabeth ortega)

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

In this class we will examine how gender, from an intersectional lens shapes the media, violence, sexuality, intimacy, education, the economy, different family structures, religion, government and society at large. We will explore how gender varies by race, class, ethnicity, global region, sexual orientation, why feminism and women’s liberation across the globe aim to improve the lives of women and men and everyone in-between. Emphasis will be on U.S. history and society, but comparisons to other countries will be made to examine how gender works and plays out.

Through this class students will be able to 1) analyze how social structure and culture shape gendered identities and experiences, apply sociological terms and concepts concerning gendered experiences and phenomena to their papers and presentations 2) Identify how race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality affect gender relations and experiences 3) Explain how gender creates power and control imbalances in people’s personal relationships

I will be pulling material from the Human Sexuality course I teach at Antioch to expand our lenses and knowledge context from the world of academia.