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MS Environmental Science of the Pacific Northwest (Hannah)

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

Ever wonder why Mt. Rainier has a constant cloud cap? The status of the resident orcas in the San Juan Islands? Which of these plants all around us are edible?

We live in one of the most rich, rainy ecosystems in the world. Every element of this glorious biome is interconnected — from cedar to salmonberry, from the summits to the Sound. If you want to learn about the environment all around you, and your place within it, take this class!

We will ask questions, do research, conduct experiments, and go outside in order to learn about the biodiversity, climate, systems and cycles, flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. We will learn through a lens of sustainability.

Current Events (Sam)

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

Information and how it is shared is so important. The need to be informed of news in your local community, county, city, state, and country as a whole is (in its basic terms) the main way people can stay connected. In this class, we will learn what makes the news, how information is distributed, and who makes the tough decision on what is covered on the local news, printed newspapers, and national and international websites.

We will also take the opportunity to learn about stories from new places and stories that the mainstream media thinks is not important to cover. Also, we will find time to uncover news from lesser-known places and understand the things they encounter on a daily basis.

This course will involve reading and answering questions about the content of each story. Students will have the opportunity to locate and present articles that interests them and relate the information to the class. There will be time to discuss things we discover and find interesting.

Writer’s Workshop (Hannah)

In this class we will practice writing, reading, thinking, questioning, listening, and sharing. You already do all of these things, and after this class you will be able to do them with more depth and clarity. You will not only hone skills but learn about yourself, other people, and the world through the writing process. Wow! But how?

You will do different kinds of writing in this class, including narrative, persuasive, informative, and fun random exercises. You will give and receive feedback with your peers. You will submit response letters about your reading regularly to which I will respond, like a reading/writing correspondence. The words will flow through you like rainwater down a Seattle drainpipe and nourish the garden of your mind. 

Required texts/materials: A notebook. Also, you are expected to read your own books throughout the duration of this class. If you don't have reliable access to new books, still take this class! We can help you out, just let us know. We will also read at least one book all together which we will get for you.

Queer Latino Literature (elizabeth)

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

This class will center upon reading the book, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” a novel by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. This piece of literature dives into Mexican-American culture, queerness, discovery, growing up, love, family and life in the 1980’s. We will explore these themes even deeper as we read through the novel.  It has won numerous awards, including the Lambda Literary Award, the Stonewall Book Award, the Pura Belpre Narrative Medal for Latino fiction and several others.

Each week there will be reading, note taking and a couple personal projects throughout the term. We’ll be engaging in discussion, reflection and presentations.

For families and students, take a look at the novel to decide if this class and reading this book is right for you.