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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!

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.

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.

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

Environmental Justice (Year Long Class) (elizabeth)

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


“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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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


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.

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.

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.