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MS Mythology (Ella Muelen)

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

If you love stories, you will enjoy my class.  When I’m talking about stories, I’m not only talking about reading a book.  I’m talking about watching a movie, watching a TV show, listening to an audiobook, listening to a podcast and even good old fashioned human to human conversations.  These are all wonderful ways to enjoy a good story.  In my mythology class, we will explore stories from the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Norse people.  We will watch movies that tie into these myths.  We will then critique the story for accuracy.  We will research ancient myths and explore questions like: What makes a character a hero?  How is God defined in mythology?  The class will have a moderate amount of homework, but all of it will be manageable.  Please come and enjoy some fun myths with me.

Current Events (elizabeth ortega)

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

This class was so enjoyable, let’s continue! If you have already taken current events I would love to have you back and if you are new, welcome.

Every week we will dive into a different topic. We will gather opinions about what global issues, political matters, current news, etc. we want to explore and then start there. We will read articles, watch short videos, listen to news segments, and look at photos regarding the issue at hand.

You will have asynchronous time to complete an assignment each week and then, the following week, we will engage in small group discussion. What did you learn? What surprised you? What do you still wonder?



Sex and Health Education (MS) (elizabeth ortega)

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

Sexual health and healthy relationships are things all people, especially young people, deserve. In this class I will do my best to include a wide variety of genders, sexualities, and different bodies, and to focus on the real world experiences of students in middle school.

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!

Black History through Stories and Songs (Sam)

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

Exploring the journey of Blacks in America offers a deeper understanding of a culture that is always fighting. So many people share accounts of both struggles and triumphs. There are many stories that we have heard, and so many more that need to be heard! Along with those stories are songs that tell of a painful past, yet share about a glorious future. This class will be about hearing both familiar and not, while gathering a better understanding of why this history matters.

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

MS Ecology (hannah)

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

Let’s take a closer look at the evolution of life on Earth. In this class, we will learn about Earth’s biomes, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles, expanding our understanding of how all things are interconnected. You can look forward to spending time outside and creating a model of a cell!