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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!

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!

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.

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.

Mishmash (Liana)

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

This is middle school band! All 6-8th graders are welcome to come make music together in a fun environment. All instruments, voices and levels are welcome. This ain’t your grandma’s middle school band: we play lots of different types of music and have a lot of laughs along the way.

You will need to provide an instrument for yourself, but if you don’t have one, don’t let that stop you… Talk to me, I may be able to help!

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.

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!

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.

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.