Tag Archives: Chrissy

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  

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.

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.

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

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.

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