Tag Archives: Hannah

Marine Ecology of the Puget Sound (hannah)

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

Puget Sound is the second largest estuary in the United States. Its numerous glacier-carved channels and branches are fed by freshwater from 19 different river basins that flow down from the Olympic and Cascade Mountains to the wetlands, salt marshes, and bays of the sound. Puget Sound’s climate, extensive shoreline, nutrient-rich waters, and diverse habitats sustain a variety of wildlife. 

By utilizing the plentiful resources and curricula developed at UW, Western, and elsewhere nearby, we will study the dynamic, living systems that exist in the Puget Sound. We will learn about the different ecosystems and how they connect, getting to know local animals, plants, and habitats. We will discuss the environmental changes that threaten species and ecosystem survival as well as the sustainable solutions we can enact to keep the sound healthy. 

This class will include trips to the shores of the sound. Get to know your biome better! With SCIENCE!

Sociology of the International District (hannah)

How does our school community connect to the International District community? What is the history of the ground we walk on? How can we be in just relationship with our neighbors? 

We go to school in the heart of a rich historical and cultural urban enclave. The International District is a multiethnic concentrated area that includes Chinatown, Japantown, Little Saigon, and Manilatown. Chinese immigrants first came to the PNW in the 1850s. Since then, the sociology of the International District has been shaped by legislature, migration, war, environment, business, gentrification, racism, culture, and resistance. 

Sociology is a science focusing on society, human behavior, relationships, and interactions. In this class, we will learn about the history of the ID in order to understand the sociology of the area over time and today. Class will include visits to local businesses, museums, and parks throughout the term. I hope to have members from the community come speak with us. 

Analyze That! (hannah)

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

In accompaniment to the classic writing class Summarize This!, this class is geared towards honing skills of analytical writing. We will read / listen to / watch different pieces of juicy stories and media. We will then learn and practice how to think critically, look closely, and translate thoughts into arguments framed by reasoning. 

This class is for students with deep ideas, who look at the world through a critical lens, and want to learn how to write with clarity and power. It will require some outside-of-class prep work and accompanying writing assignments. 

Philosophy III (hannah)

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

THERE’S MORE TO PHILOSOPHIZE ABOUT. If you want to join the class but didn’t take it in prior terms, talk to me.

Danny Woo Community Garden Class  (hannah)

High on the hill above the ID rests a small but sprawling green space of curling vines, flowering trees, and community garden plots. 

As anyone who took landscape sketching knows, I LOVE Danny Woo Community Garden. As anyone who has spoken to me at all knows, I love the science and cycles of nature, especially when it results in tasty produce. Gardening is a 

In this class, we will head up to volunteer for the community garden. We will be working with staff from Seattle Parks and Rec. Tasks may include planting, weeding, cleaning, watering, harvesting, or other needs.

Soccer and Kick It (hannah and elizabeth)

Play soccer! Kick it! It’s still happening! We are going to cap the class at 12 students this term.

Watercoloring (hannah)

This is an introductory class to the relaxing and beautiful art of watercolor painting. We will practice techniques and eventually paint our outdoor springtime surroundings. Paints, brushes, and paper will be provided.

Yoga (hannah)

This is a continuation of the last-slot-on-Wednesdays yoga class. We breath, we stretch, we talk, we connect. We get stronger. It’s really fun.

The Hate U Give (hannah)

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

In this class, we will read, analyze, discuss, and write about the book, The Hate U Give. Here’s a brief synopsis of the book:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

This acclaimed story handles themes of identity, racism, community, family, the power of language, injustice, and social action. Everyone I know who reads this book loves it and is moved by it. This is a class for middle school students excited to dig into a book, learn about big concepts, and study how they connect.


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