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Geometry (Scobie)

You know who you are for this year-long class, and I appreciate you! Please prioritize and sticker it appropriately to avoid conflicts, or be ready to make significant personal compromises to stay in it, should you choose not to sticker it to fit your full commitment to the year-long experience.

  • Some algebra is required. If you have the equivalent of a high school Alg.1 class, you’ll be fine as long as you’re willing to to work to revive your skills. If you have only the bare essentials of algebra, you’ll need to be willing to work hard at some specific sections of the class, but there will also be parts of the class that don’t require any algebra.
  • expect occasional in-class tests, quizzes, and puzzles
  • expect collaboration on some work
  • be able to maintain a quiet non-social work environment when asked
  • for sure there is homework; a full credit of HS math requires some work outside of class

Shop Life (Scobie)

If you like making things, fixing things,  and  being competent with tools, you should always take as much Shop Life as you can possibly get your hands on! Here’s what we’ll be doing:

  1. Learning about tools and the skills to use them effectively and safely.
  2. Working on improving, organizing, stocking, and cleaning our ever-developing shop.
  3. Contributing to the school and our larger community with fixes, furniture, and projects.
  4. Completing projects that result in gifts you can give to yourself or others.
  5. Possibly learning about our new CNC cutting machine, when to use it, and for what. (If you wish to use this aspect of the shop, please understand there may be significant outside-of-class work to learn about drawing and preparing cut files)Outside work is elective and almost entirely voluntary in this class, almost never assigned.

Fearless English (Scobie)

How I Make My Hypnosis Recordings - Start to Finish | Giovanni Lordi
This is the class where each week, you write something you’re genuinely excited to read aloud to your classmates, mostly fiction, but sometimes other kinds of work.

I am nowhere near out of good, provocative prompts, and I’ll take ANY of my wonderful writers from fall term, as well as ANY new writers!

  • There is always work outside of class because we use class for reading your pieces aloud. You get your pieces written between classes!
  • This class is FIRE, people, based on the idea that you should only bother writing what you’re super-pumped to share. When you do this the way it’s meant to be done, it feels like being in the best writing class there ever was.

Graphic Design and Typography (Scobie)

Best Graphic Designers

Graphic Design is using, combining, and blending images and words to create messages, moods, and meanings.
Typography is a subset of graphic design that focuses on how individual letters, alphabets, and entire fonts are designed and used.


Come geek out with me about Helvetica and why it is both the best and worst typeface ever designed. Take walks to find and record examples of graphic design, and think about what’s good and bad about it. Collect images of graphic design from the web and other sources.  Try being a designer for a client. Design a logo. Design a poster that could change someone’s mind about something! Meet professional designers and learn about how they work.

  • There WILL be outside-of-class work, sometimes more, sometimes less, but if you like design, it should be mostly pretty fun. Still, learning real design is a time consuming process, so you’ll need to be willing to give some of your own time to it.
  • YES, I’m looking into getting us all access to professional design software at a very reasonable price.
  • There probably will be both individual and class projects for this class.