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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!

Science Lab (Jenn) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

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

What is science, anyways? Science can be explained as the study of how the world works through observation and experimentation. So in Science Lab, we will be doing a lot of observing and experimenting with both the everyday and extraordinary applications of science. We will focus on hands-on group experimentation, paired with some individual work. This will involve some group collaboration and personal note-taking. Curiosity is encouraged!

All are welcome – this will be interesting and fun for students who haven’t studied much science recently and also for those who already know that they love science.

  • 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.
  • Must be in a mega slot.

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!

Math Lab (Jenn) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

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

This will be a fun, exploratory math lab that will highlight how math can be both practical and tangible, and will also guide us through a variety of math skills that we can learn together. This class will have a focus on group collaboration but will be flexible to meet each person in their own math journey. Regardless of your math background, this will be a space to be curious about what you don’t know yet, and strengthen what you already know. If you are unsure about your math interest, or if you already know that you love math, this is the class for you!

  • 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 available.
  • Must be in a mega slot.

About the instructor: I enjoy math because I see it as a practical tool to use in daily life as well as in most careers. I had fun applying math concepts to my recent career as an aircraft mechanic, but there are so many other diverse ways that it comes in handy. I'm looking forward to sharing these skills with you!

Algebra 1 (Year Long Course) (Jenn)

Please note: If you take this class, you must commit to the full year, which means prioritizing the scheduling of Algebra in both winter and spring terms.

This class will engage the major topics of Algebra 1, with flexibility to include pre-Algebra skills as students need it. My approach will include how these math methods have tangible uses in our everyday lives, and will include both group collaboration and individual work. The emphasis will be on strengthening your understanding of Algebra concepts and exploring diverse ways on how those concepts can be implemented. It 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.

  • Middle schoolers may join with instructor permission, which may include getting an advisor recommendation.
  • Must be in 70 minute slot, twice a week.

About the instructor: I experience math as a particular exercise for my brain that helps me in all functions of my life. Whether it is fixing an aircraft, calculating a tip at a restaurant, or just recognizing patterns and probabilities in art or in people, I find that my "math muscle" helps me everywhere! I believe that math should be welcome and encouraged in everyone, and that a more holistic approach to math (and science) will be for a greater benefit to myself and to society as a whole.