Grades: 3-4 2014

Course Schedule: 2014

Below are the course offerings for periods 1 - 9. Personalize your experience by selecting a first and second choice for each of the periods. Please click on each course for a brief description. (All students should choose courses based on the grade level they will be entering in Fall 2014.)

Pick-up Times

  • Half Day - 12:30 p.m. Pick-up (4 Classes / No lunch)
  • Full Day - 3:30 p.m. Pick-up (6 Classes / Lunch provided)
  • Full Day - 5:30 p.m. Pick-up (8 Classes / Lunch provided)

Based on your selected pick-up time, please choose from the following course options.

1
1 - 3
Achievers
Botany; Chess; Magic Through Science
Botany: This class has been designed for our young wizards, witches, and lovers of nature. This is a hands?on course where you will investigate plants. You will also use plant based inks, and take a closer look at the green that is all around you. Students will learn to identify different types of leaves as well as some of the unique ways plants are used in everyday life.

Chess: This introductory course will cover the rules of the game. Teach children about strategy, patterns, and positions of the board. Students will study chess openings, various types of chess endings, each of the different pieces on the board, and dive into elementary chess studies.

Magic Through Science: The magical world of science and wizards is looking for some new recruits. You will be challenged to make water disappear, create bubbling potions, and attempt to tame wild beasts! Discover the art of transfiguration and potions all in one place. Be prepared to get creative as you learn about natural science and chemistry.
Fahey, Markzon, Rodriguez
Closed
1
1 - 3
Innovators
Latin; Lyrics & Music (Song Writing); Predict the Outcome
Latin: Let's learn the language of the ancient Romans! By learning Latin students will enrich their English vocabulary and grammar. These skills will be incredibly useful for your spelling, writing, and verbal skill set. Knowing Latin will give you an edge in the incorporation and understanding of technical terms in the scientific, medical, and legal fields. As we work on reading and writing Latin we will explore how the Romans thought, dressed, lived and worked. The study of Latin will thus incorporate ancient culture and society. This course will include some fun and creative hands on projects related to ancient life. Textbook: Minimus

Lyrics & Music (Song Writing): Writing songs is a form of storytelling. Lyrics in songs have structure, pattern, and meaning. In this class you will learn about structure of songs, writing lyrics, rhythm in words and sentences, and how different words can change the meaning of a song. You will write lyrics for your own music as well as create lyrics lines as a songwriting group. Work on your lyrical skills while gaining vocabulary, enhancing your ability to express your ideas clearly, and practicing sentence structure.

Predict the Outcome: Predicting the outcome is easier when you begin to understand probability and statistics. If I roll a dice six times, what is the likeliness of rolling a 5? Does it change the more I roll it? You will take a look at patterns of behavior, percentages, fractions, and decision making off of gathered evidence.
Salzman, Diamond, Gossman
Open
1
1 - 3
Voyagers
Balancing Budgets; Clay; Reporting the News
Balancing Budgets: The time has come to balance the budget! In this class you will be challenged to balance complex budgets and review needs vs wants, goods and service, and the difference between a consumer and a producer. Learn about total costs in going to a baseball game from the ticket price, to food, and transportation. This class is designed to introduce fundamentals of economics including challenges, saving verses spending, what money is, and where it comes from. Are you ready to balance budgets?

Clay: Students will get their hands dirty in this class through hands-on clay art techniques. They will have an opportunity to create imaginative sculptures and a variety of pottery pieces. Each individual student will approach the projects from their particular point of view allowing for personal expression and freedom to explore. No prior experience is needed to learn about and enjoy the exciting challenges of clay art. Students will create playful creatures using pinch pot and sculpture techniques. Coiling will be used to construct free form vessels. Slab work will assist students in making boxes, mugs, and expressive face wall planters. Students will also work with tile design while producing several personalized tiles.

Reporting the News: If you are dreaming of being the next great reporter it is important to learn how the newsroom works. You will start out this class by learning about the newsroom and the different types of roles. Next you will be charged with the task of uncovering a great news story. You will need to research to learn what people are interested in, ask tough questions, and double check sources. Put on your thinking caps to decide what information is most important in your final report. Your final project will be to sit, record, and report the news! Final projects will be uploaded to our YouTube page to show their journalistic skills and give them a chance to interact with the videos after they've finished their report. Put your best detective work forward and bring out your public speaking skills to best present the news.
Hunter, Ayers, Hough
Open
1
4
H305143
Express Yourself: Role Play
In this class you will be challenged to role play different scenarios and asked what you would do to change the ending. Was the big bad wolf just cold? If he hadn't been banging down the door would the pigs have invited him in? Did he huff and puff because he was upset? What could he have done instead? By taking a look at different role playing scenarios you will learn some of the tools needed in making and maintaining personal relationships.
Flotard
Open
1
4
R312143
Get Moving!
Let’s travel back to a time when you couldn’t wait for gym class! Games like Dodge ball, Floor Hockey, Bean Bag toss and capture the flag with get campers up and moving. Team building and sportsmanship skills will be at the heart of this traditional program.
Open
1
5 - 7
Dynamos
Calligraphy & Penmanship; Lego Math; Villains on Trial
Calligraphy & Penmanship: Did you know clear handwriting is important for not only reading but can be used for emphasizing points in writing? Clear handwriting can make taking notes, writing letters, and studying easier. When you write paragraphs you are able to utilize different forms of handwriting to move a reader along a paragraph. An emphasis in this class will be on not only penmanship but also the art of Calligraphy! Calligraphy has its own history and writing styles. Calligraphy is a formal form of writing and has been used by knights in castles, authors, and is still even used today!

Lego Math: Learning multiplication and division can be tricky! This class will take you deep into the world of multiplication, basic division, and fractions. Learn how ot use the studs to multiply and divide. You will be challenged to build squares and even count out fractions. Using LEGO pieces is a great way to visualize answers and begin to see patterns in math.

Villains on Trial: The big bad wolf insists he is innocent! Hansel and Gretel are facing trial for vandalism of private property. The two claim they were falsely led to believe they could eat pieces of the house. Learn about the law and have fun, too! Plaintiffs and defendants. Witness testimony. Burden of proof. You will review stories with your classmates and conduct a trial that places both villains and storybook heroes on trial. Teams will design testimony through research, practice public speaking, and understand different parts of the courtroom. Write your own testimony as a witness, or prepare your opening arguments as an attorney. At the end of the course, a Mock Trial presentation will be performed. Which part do you want to play a witness, an attorney, or maybe even the judge? Your honor, the wolf was innocent! The defense rests.
Thiele, Gossman, Gualtieri
Open
1
5 - 7
Inventors
Future NSA: Code Breakers; Get Moving!; Power Up
Future NSA: Code Breakers: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to your first assignment at the NSA Your challenge will be to decipher secret codes and messages. Are you able to identify the mathematical patterns in the messages? Can you identify the origin of a message or its purpose? Is there a message hidden within the message you have been asked to decode? Be prepared to show off your cryptography skills, and learn new cryptographic messaging tactics. You and your teammates will be able to trade encrypted secret messages and compete in a final cryptography competition at the end of the session.

Get Moving!: Let’s travel back to a time when you couldn’t wait for gym class! Games like Dodge ball, Floor Hockey, Bean Bag toss and capture the flag with get campers up and moving. Team building and sportsmanship skills will be at the heart of this traditional program.

Power Up: Power up by learning about electricity and circuits. Learn about how to stay safe with electricity, how batteries and circuits work, as well as what conductors and insulators are. Power up a car using solar energy, navigate circuits to light up a light bulb, and create static electricity with a balloon.
Trojanowski, Schlitzer, Rodriguez
Closed
1
8
H302183
World Crafts
In this class you will be asked to create artwork that represents cultures from around the world! Did you know you can use Elmer’s gel glue and crayons to create your very own batik? Create an African mask, create pop art out of tissue paper, and work on an Australian Aboriginal Dot Art project! How many different countries can we visit through art during the session?
Fueshko
Open
1
8
H352183
Draw Me a Story
Get your creative energy moving by illustrating your own storybook. In this class you will be asked to draw first and write second. Sometimes it is easier to start with a picture than to go straight to writing down words. Let your cartoons, illustrations, and amazing artwork help illustrate your ideas. Learn how to draw pictures to tell a story in order, and how different colors can change the mood of a picture. Use the details in your drawings to help write descriptive stories. Each student will produce and present a final piece.
Douglas
Open
1
8
M312183
Problem Solving
This course is aimed at motivating curiosity and developing ability in problem solving techniques. Students will be provided with a variety of problem situations that can be approached via several modes of solution. Emphasis is on solution of problems that provide opportunities for intuitive and inductive reasoning, mathematical discovery, reasoning skills, creativity and originality of thought.
Linder
Open
1
8
R326183
Karate
Students will learn basic karate skills in a non-competitive course focused on physical fitness, confidence and personal safety. This class encourages concentration and builds self-esteem in a safe high energy course.Clothing and sneakers that are comfortable and allow for a range of movement are strongly suggested for this course.
Fontana
Open
1
8
S307183
GT CSI
Be a part of the fastest–growing career field—CSI or crime scene investigation. Curious young minds learn about the science of forensics and how it relates to the study of genetics, pathology, toxicology and other disciplines. Scientific facts are gathered and used to develop problem-solving skills and strategies. Students work with evidence they’ve acquired through hands-on investigations, the basics of DNA, fingerprinting techniques and analysis. Super sleuths use their powers of observation and critical-thinking skills to break the case.
Rodriguez
Closed
1
9
A302193
Cartooning
Learn the fundamentals of cartooning through drawing of simple shapes. You will be challenged to create your own unique characters, write short meaningful dialogue, and work on perspective and composition in your artwork. Writing skills, sequential planning, and fine motor skills are put to the challenge.
McWilliams
Closed
1
9
H312193
Fun with Flags
With the excitement of the Olympics how many different countries are you able to identify just from their flags? Enhance your Vexillology skills by studying the symbols and meaning in flags from around the world. What do the colors and symbols on different flags mean? After learning about different countries flags, you will be challenged to make a flag to represent your own family.
Conroy
Open
1
9
H340193
Poise & Public Speaking
Everyone has the potential to speak effectively, evolve their own personal style, and develop poise and confidence when communicating with an audience. In American schools, in-class presentations are becoming increasingly central to academic success. This class provides fun and easy exercises to help you discover your "power voice" within and how the correct use of that voice can help make you an effective speaker in front of an audience.
Owens
Closed
1
9
M327193
Math Through Sports
Why does Kristi Yamaguchi spin faster when she pulls her arms in? When you swing a baseball bat, where's the best place for the ball to make contact with the bat? If you wanted to knock over a weighted bowling pin at the county fair, which would be the most effective projectile: the rubber ball or the beanbag, assuming they have identical masses and velocities? In this course, we will answer all of these questions and more, as we explore a number of common sports and games, and question how they work. Get ready to wow your friends when you're able to explain profound physics concepts behind your awesome pool-playing abilities!
Alloy
Open
1
9
R315193
Human Puzzles
Communication can be extremely complex. Your super squad will figure out how to untie a human knot, use your wits to cross a treacherous “swamp”, and transport treasure to safety without touching it! This course will challenge you to be a problem-solver, a team-player, an innovator, and a leader who guides the team to triumph! Your group will run, jump, leap, and challenge one another as you learn how to be each piece of the Human Puzzle!
Flotard
Open
2
1 - 3
Achievers
Botany; Chess; Magic Through Science
Botany: This class has been designed for our young wizards, witches, and lovers of nature. This is a hands?on course where you will investigate plants. You will also use plant based inks, and take a closer look at the green that is all around you. Students will learn to identify different types of leaves as well as some of the unique ways plants are used in everyday life.

Chess: This introductory course will cover the rules of the game. Teach children about strategy, patterns, and positions of the board. Students will study chess openings, various types of chess endings, each of the different pieces on the board, and dive into elementary chess studies.

Magic Through Science: The magical world of science and wizards is looking for some new recruits. You will be challenged to make water disappear, create bubbling potions, and attempt to tame wild beasts! Discover the art of transfiguration and potions all in one place. Be prepared to get creative as you learn about natural science and chemistry.
Fahey, Markzon, Rodriguez
Closed
2
1 - 3
Innovators
Latin; Lyrics & Music (Song Writing); Predict the Outcome
Latin: Let's learn the language of the ancient Romans! By learning Latin students will enrich their English vocabulary and grammar. These skills will be incredibly useful for your spelling, writing, and verbal skill set. Knowing Latin will give you an edge in the incorporation and understanding of technical terms in the scientific, medical, and legal fields. As we work on reading and writing Latin we will explore how the Romans thought, dressed, lived and worked. The study of Latin will thus incorporate ancient culture and society. This course will include some fun and creative hands on projects related to ancient life. Textbook: Minimus

Lyrics & Music (Song Writing): Writing songs is a form of storytelling. Lyrics in songs have structure, pattern, and meaning. In this class you will learn about structure of songs, writing lyrics, rhythm in words and sentences, and how different words can change the meaning of a song. You will write lyrics for your own music as well as create lyrics lines as a songwriting group. Work on your lyrical skills while gaining vocabulary, enhancing your ability to express your ideas clearly, and practicing sentence structure.

Predict the Outcome: Predicting the outcome is easier when you begin to understand probability and statistics. If I roll a dice six times, what is the likeliness of rolling a 5? Does it change the more I roll it? You will take a look at patterns of behavior, percentages, fractions, and decision making off of gathered evidence.
Salzman, Diamond, Gossman
Open
2
1 - 3
Voyagers
Balancing Budgets; Clay; Reporting the News
Balancing Budgets: The time has come to balance the budget! In this class you will be challenged to balance complex budgets and review needs vs wants, goods and service, and the difference between a consumer and a producer. Learn about total costs in going to a baseball game from the ticket price, to food, and transportation. This class is designed to introduce fundamentals of economics including challenges, saving verses spending, what money is, and where it comes from. Are you ready to balance budgets?

Clay: Students will get their hands dirty in this class through hands-on clay art techniques. They will have an opportunity to create imaginative sculptures and a variety of pottery pieces. Each individual student will approach the projects from their particular point of view allowing for personal expression and freedom to explore. No prior experience is needed to learn about and enjoy the exciting challenges of clay art. Students will create playful creatures using pinch pot and sculpture techniques. Coiling will be used to construct free form vessels. Slab work will assist students in making boxes, mugs, and expressive face wall planters. Students will also work with tile design while producing several personalized tiles.

Reporting the News: If you are dreaming of being the next great reporter it is important to learn how the newsroom works. You will start out this class by learning about the newsroom and the different types of roles. Next you will be charged with the task of uncovering a great news story. You will need to research to learn what people are interested in, ask tough questions, and double check sources. Put on your thinking caps to decide what information is most important in your final report. Your final project will be to sit, record, and report the news! Final projects will be uploaded to our YouTube page to show their journalistic skills and give them a chance to interact with the videos after they've finished their report. Put your best detective work forward and bring out your public speaking skills to best present the news.
Hunter, Ayers, Armstrong
Closed
2
4
H305243
Express Yourself: Role Play
In this class you will be challenged to role play different scenarios and asked what you would do to change the ending. Was the big bad wolf just cold? If he hadn't been banging down the door would the pigs have invited him in? Did he huff and puff because he was upset? What could he have done instead? By taking a look at different role playing scenarios you will learn some of the tools needed in making and maintaining personal relationships.
Armstrong
Open
2
4
R315243
Human Puzzles (1-4)
Communication can be extremely complex. Your super squad will figure out how to untie a human knot, use your wits to cross a treacherous “swamp”, and transport treasure to safety without touching it! This course will challenge you to be a problem-solver, a team-player, an innovator, and a leader who guides the team to triumph! Your group will run, jump, leap, and challenge one another as you learn how to be each piece of the Human Puzzle!
Open
2
5 - 7
Inventors
2114 Town of the Future; Fossils & Artifacts: Archaeology; Inside the Earth
2114 Town of the Future: What will the town of the future look like in 2114? Will we have flying cars? Will buildings glisten in the sun and appear invisible in the sky? Imagine creating the ultimate town with your classmates. As groups you will be responsible for deciding on local businesses, street placements and schools. Each day you and your planning committee will be challenged to use you reading, writing, math, and map skills.

Fossils & Artifacts: Archaeology: Archaeologists spend a majority of their time on digs. Archaeologists search for dinosaurs, plant remains, weather patterns, and fire damage. It is their job to use pickaxes, drills, and toothbrushes to carefully unearth artifacts from the past. Digs can uncover pottery, clothing, shoes, and the remains of art. Each of these artifacts are pieced together to help learn more about a culture or animal that once roamed the earth. In this class you will be asked to put on your hard hats, roll up your sleeves, and think like an archaeologist!

Inside the Earth: Explore the geological forces below the earth's surface. With the help of the sun and the moon our planet is able to build mountains, reheat rock, and repair pieces of itself. We rely heavily on the forces that exist right under our feet. Discover what is in the belly of the earth and how the crust of the planet is able to protect us from the molten lava in our core.
Linder, Gualtieri, Walek
Closed
2
5 - 7
Transformers
Multiplication, Division, Fractions ... Oh My!; Thinking Like Lincoln; World Dance
Multiplication, Division, Fractions ... Oh My!: Math is everywhere! This class will help you navigate the winding woods of division and fractions. Within this class you will be challenged to work on real world math problems. Begin to lay down a brick path for even more challenging math in the future.

Thinking Like Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln is described as a writer, thinker, lawyer, politician, and leader. This class will teach you some of the history of our 16th president as well as take a look at government and persuasive writing. How to you persuade individuals to share an idea with you through writing? Lincoln’s response was to think, write, think, and rewrite. Often he would speak with his peers to gauge his writing and how his writing was being perceived. Be prepared to write persuasive ideas in this class and work toward carefully creating your arguments.

World Dance: Dance takes different forms around the world. From celebrations to sorrow, cultures around the world use dance as a form of expression. World Dance will take you on an active trip around the globe through folk, modern, jazz, East Asian, classical, street, and Latin styles. Each class will introduce new techniques, develop confidence, and learn some of the social history associated with each style. You will be asked to be silly, serious, and to commit yourself to becoming a global citizen.
Gossman, TBA, World Dance
Open
2
8
H302283
World Crafts
In this class you will be asked to create artwork that represents cultures from around the world! Did you know you can use Elmer’s gel glue and crayons to create your very own batik? Create an African mask, create pop art out of tissue paper, and work on an Australian Aboriginal Dot Art project! How many different countries can we visit through art during the session?
Fueshko
Open
2
8
H352283
Draw Me a Story
Get your creative energy moving by illustrating your own storybook. In this class you will be asked to draw first and write second. Sometimes it is easier to start with a picture than to go straight to writing down words. Let your cartoons, illustrations, and amazing artwork help illustrate your ideas. Learn how to draw pictures to tell a story in order, and how different colors can change the mood of a picture. Use the details in your drawings to help write descriptive stories. Each student will produce and present a final piece.
Ferrera
Closed
2
8
M312283
Problem Solving
This course is aimed at motivating curiosity and developing ability in problem solving techniques. Students will be provided with a variety of problem situations that can be approached via several modes of solution. Emphasis is on solution of problems that provide opportunities for intuitive and inductive reasoning, mathematical discovery, reasoning skills, creativity and originality of thought.
Paradise
Closed
2
8
R326283
Karate
Students will learn basic karate skills in a non-competitive course focused on physical fitness, confidence and personal safety. This class encourages concentration and builds self-esteem in a safe high energy course.Clothing and sneakers that are comfortable and allow for a range of movement are strongly suggested for this course.
Fontana
Open
2
8
S307283
GT CSI
Be a part of the fastest–growing career field—CSI or crime scene investigation. Curious young minds learn about the science of forensics and how it relates to the study of genetics, pathology, toxicology and other disciplines. Scientific facts are gathered and used to develop problem-solving skills and strategies. Students work with evidence they’ve acquired through hands-on investigations, the basics of DNA, fingerprinting techniques and analysis. Super sleuths use their powers of observation and critical-thinking skills to break the case.
Rodriguez
Closed
2
9
A302293
Cartooning
Learn the fundamentals of cartooning through drawing of simple shapes. You will be challenged to create your own unique characters, write short meaningful dialogue, and work on perspective and composition in your artwork. Writing skills, sequential planning, and fine motor skills are put to the challenge.
McWilliams
Closed
2
9
H340293
Poise & Public Speaking
Everyone has the potential to speak effectively, evolve their own personal style, and develop poise and confidence when communicating with an audience. In American schools, in-class presentations are becoming increasingly central to academic success. This class provides fun and easy exercises to help you discover your "power voice" within and how the correct use of that voice can help make you an effective speaker in front of an audience.
Daidone
Closed
2
9
M327293
Math Through Sports
Why does Kristi Yamaguchi spin faster when she pulls her arms in? When you swing a baseball bat, where's the best place for the ball to make contact with the bat? If you wanted to knock over a weighted bowling pin at the county fair, which would be the most effective projectile: the rubber ball or the beanbag, assuming they have identical masses and velocities? In this course, we will answer all of these questions and more, as we explore a number of common sports and games, and question how they work. Get ready to wow your friends when you're able to explain profound physics concepts behind your awesome pool-playing abilities!
Alloy
Closed
2
9
R315293
Human Puzzles
Communication can be extremely complex. Your super squad will figure out how to untie a human knot, use your wits to cross a treacherous “swamp”, and transport treasure to safety without touching it! This course will challenge you to be a problem-solver, a team-player, an innovator, and a leader who guides the team to triumph! Your group will run, jump, leap, and challenge one another as you learn how to be each piece of the Human Puzzle!
Flotard
Closed