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Sex Ed and Health (MS) (elizabeth ortega)

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

We will work to create a space where you can learn relevant information about sexual and relational health. Talking about sex and our bodies openly and honestly can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. It can also be enlightening, informative, and exciting!

This class will be a place to build confidence and friendly curiosity, rather than shame and judgment. Cultivating a relationship with one’s sexuality and body is a journey – and it’s better if you feel informed and aware along the way.

We will utilize the book: Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and You “This candid, inclusive, stereotype-defying, and absolutely wonderful primer on sexuality and gender identity embraces diversity in all of its dimensions.” To further inform the curriculum we will also use the age appropriate curriculum: The Get Real middle school curriculum.

Please reach out if you have any questions about the content of this class!

Just Write (MS) (Sam)

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

Just Write (MS)


Do you wish you had more time to write down your ideas, but don’t know where to start? Well, this is the class for you. The whole purpose is to make time to write and use those moments to increase our ability to see things in a creative way. You might find yourself writing short stories, creating poetry, sketching song lyrics, or even working on a big writing project. 

I want us to gather and work on building up our writing skills in a relaxed way. I find that just taking the time to write and process thoughts and ideas helps us to stay connected to the great skill of writing. We will have time to free write (journal), work on specific projects, blog, and even the chance to do collaborative work. If you’re looking to get more into writing or take the time to just write more, this is the class for you!

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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