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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!

High School Jazz Immersion (Liana) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

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

Jazz is at the root of most of the music you listen to, and the ability to play it (even at a basic level) will make you better at almost any other form of music that you play.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a quick read on why every musician should study jazz. (It has bullet points, so you can get right to it!)

In this class, we’ll practice playing jazz: learning charts and improvising solos. 

But… We can’t properly honor this art form without doing the history, theory and listening that goes along with it. To facilitate this learning, we will read the book Moving To Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life. (Reading will be ~20 pages/week.)

This class is open to any instrument/vocals (horn players: please join us!), and you need not be an expert to partake in the fun! You will, however, need to step outside of your comfort zone, take some musical risks, and contribute to an encouraging, positive musical environment.

Required texts/materials: You will need your instrument, music, a mechanical pencil, headphones, your computer, and your book.

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!

Middle School Jazz Immersion (Liana) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

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

Jazz is at the root of most of the music you listen to, and the ability to play it (even at a basic level) will make you better at almost any other form of music that you play.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a quick read on why every musician should study jazz. (It has bullet points, so you can get right to it!)

In this class, we’ll begin learning the art of jazz and improvisation. 

Never done it before? That’s OK! Had a little experience last year? Great!

We can’t properly honor this art form without doing the history, theory and listening that goes along with it. We will have some light reading assignments along with other supplemental activities in order to acclimate you to the jazz world.

This class is open to any instrument/vocals (horn players: please join us!), and you need not be an expert to partake in the fun! You will, however, need to step outside of your comfort zone, take some musical risks, and contribute to an encouraging, positive musical environment.

Required texts/materials: You will need your instrument, music, a mechanical pencil, headphones, your computer, and any relevant supplemental 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

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.

Art & Aesthetics (Sam) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

One of the many forms of expression, Art, is expressed in so many mediums. In this class, I want to explore the idea of what makes something art. How do we look at different pieces and express the deeper meaning behind them? We will study the people who have made huge influences and current artists who are stretching the medium into many different directions. Let get into great conversations about the things we experience and do some creating of our own while pushing ourselves to build new skills!

Required texts/materials: Drawing journal, pencil/pen and coloring pencils. Students will be responsible for obtaining their own texts/materials. Materials should be procured by: 9/20/19

History of Music (Rock Edition) (Sam) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

Music! The songs and sounds that bring us all together. We will discuss the roots of rock music and how this style has changed over the years.   We will listen to music from this amazing genre, analyze sounds, dissect lyrics and dive deep into how this musical style has changed throughout time.

 

Science of Flight (continued) (Scobie) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

Image result for flight science

This is a continuation of last year’s course in flight science, but there are some key differences. All prior students are welcome. New students are welcome also, but I request a  friendly ‘intro discussion’ with me to be sure the class will be a fit.

We’ll do some review of key principles from last year’s class, and then move into our unwatched lectures.

(As before, I’ll be partnering with “The Great Courses” to co-teach alongside video lectures by Professor James Gregory, looking at both the history and scientific principles behind most kinds of flying.)

To get regular breaks from the projected lectures, we’ll be taking advantage of the mega-slot for longer and more regular discussion and illustration, more math, and hands-on experiments or demonstrations.

IMPORTANT: Megaslot Wednesday is the only position I have for this class, unless it gets traded for one of my