Grades: 5-6

Course Schedule

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
H525113
Knights, Dragons, and Mysteries Galore
From the high sea adventures of the Vikings, to the forest of Sherwood, on to the battlefields of Europe with Richard the Lion Hearted, to the scary Transylvania home of the real Count Dracula; the Middle Ages provides us with the most interesting and fascinating people, places, legends, and events in history. Through extensive use of film, literature, folklore and the professor’s collection of medieval weapons, incredible stories of mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure will come to life. Join us for an unforgettable journey through the pages of time.
Woods
Closed
1
1
H571113
Debate Team
Do you ever try to persuade your friends to have the same idea as you have? In this class you will look at two sides of an argument and choose a side. Explore the techniques and strategies of a skilled debater and apply your knowledge to current issues and events. Learn how to research and use objective facts to support your position and build a compelling argument. Work with teams in a point and counter point debate.
Weinstein
Open
1
1
A503113
Manga: The Graphic Novel
Who is the main character of your next graphic novel? This class will focus on two main areas. Students will create their own characters through pen and ink drawings. Next students will create their own story lines and begin to break down the art of panel writing for the graphic novel. The final project for students will be a short story line of their own inclusive of their unique characters. Is your main character going to be the villain or the hero?
Russ
Closed
1
1
B502113
Corporate Climber
Before you can become the next great CEO you have to learn each of the different roles of the corporate world. In this class you will use your entrepreneurial spirit while broken up into project teams. As teams you will be given challenges to create business plans and generate ideas for creating the ultimate business. Analyze your idea by figuring out who would be interested in your product or service, what type of competition is out there, and what type of funding might be needed to launch your business.
Larson
Closed
1
1
E504113
Slam Poetry
Become a confident and articulate slam poet! Slam poets exude confidence and have an ability to understand how to use rhythm, words, and movement to emphasize important ideas. This class will require creativity and innovation to create original poems. Students will also use communication and collaboration skills with their classmates to work with one another on creating group poems that string together.
Brothers
Open
1
1
S521113
Pre Pre Med
This hands-on Anatomy and Physiology course is designed to provide students who are interested in a pursuing a career in a health or medical field with an understanding of the anatomy of the human body and the physiology of its systems. Students will have the opportunity to perform lab dissections on a variety of mammalian organs in a laboratory. Students will also gain insight into a variety of medical conditions and the fields that treat them.
Cameron
Closed
1
1
S575113
Robotics (Double Period)
Students will explore the evolution of robotics from past to present. They will discuss the utilization of robotics and mechanical design for use as prosthetics and bionic limbs, as assembly line workers, and in areas unsafe for humans. They will learn the design process as they construct a variety of Lego NXT based robots as team exercises including a traditional motorized vehicle with various end effectors for lifting, moving, and sorting. Students will program their own robots using computers, allowing them to accomplish a range of tasks. Students will utilize various sensors, allowing the robot to function autonomously. Students will document their designs and programs in an engineering notebook. Safety issues and human factors with robot replacements will be explored. The students will work in collaborative teams and explore different roles within projects. They will develop construction skills and programming abilities which will be applied in building robots. They also will understand robotic history through video and lectures encouraging exploration of the potentials and untapped future of the robotics industry.
Dituri
Closed
1
1
S578113
University of the Future
What will the university of the future be like in 2114? What will we study? Will we have to go to a classroom? What will the students be like? Imagine creating the ultimate university with your classmates. As groups you will be responsible for deciding on what majors are offered, how the classrooms are set up, how the university looks, and who is accepted into the school. Each day you and your planning committee will be challenged to use you reading, writing, math, and map skills.
Verrengia
Closed
1
1
S581113
Architectural Design
Architecture combines the practical qualities of safety and protection for our lives with unlimited possibilities of self-expression. Architecture can also offer solutions to problems such as ecological concerns, energy issues, or space limitations. After learning about form and function and the ways structures are built, you will create an architectural solution to a problem that concerns you.
Pezzino
Closed
1
2
A575123
Symmetry in Art
This is a hands on art class in which you will study concepts of symmetry in artwork. Symmetry is used to create balance in art and utilizes concepts from mathematics. Students will use tools such as mirrors, compasses, rulers, and basic geometric shapes to help lay the foundations for drawing more complex pieces of art. Studying symmetry helps teach spacing, proportion, and helps demonstrate how mathematical concepts are used in art.
McWilliams
Closed
1
2
M535123
Mind Benders
Strategy games allow you to work multiple areas of your brain! Strategy games require you to think deeply and forces participants to look into the future to beat their opponents. The best players of strategy games are able to see moves all the way through to the end of the game before they even begin. What makes strategy games very difficult is having to think deeply, and weigh each potential outcome of a move. In Mind?Benders, you will be asked to challenge yourself and classmates in games that are hands?on. You will learn some of the history of the games and be asked to compete against yourself. Go (Reversi/Othello), Checkers, Mancala, and Risk are just a few of the games that will be covered in this course.
Buttram
Open
1
2
E516123
Persuade Me: Enhanced Public Speaking
Great leaders have the ability to persuade an audience of listeners toward their personal view points. These leaders are prepared with a large amount of training, practice, and tips on how to best present their ideas. Did you know if you read a sentence in three different ways, you are able to project three completely different meanings? Did you know changing one word in a sentence can completely alter the strength of your speech? In this course you will be challenged to create an original argument where you not only learn how to read in a persuasive manner, but also how to handle curveballs that may arise. Students will work on understanding powerful body language, how to motivate through tonality, and begin to learn how to connect with an audience on a personal level. The course will utilize techniques in acting such as improvisation and relaxation. Please note: This course is not a debate course; rather it will focus on presentation, rhetoric, and writing.
Owens
Closed
1
2
E523123
Short Fiction Writing
Everyone has a story to tell. This class will focus on writing short stories, reviewing popular short story writers, and developing characters. Becoming a writer takes practice, time, and revision. This is an active, supportive, writing workshop where class participation is a must. The final project of this course is a reading of a finished piece of work for your classmates and instructor to hear.
Trojanowski
Closed
1
2
E538123
Reading and Writing Across Genres
This reading and writing course is designed for students who want to explore a variety of short-story fiction and enhance their writing with easy to follow tips and tricks. Over the course of the nine weeks, students will study well-known authors such as James Thurber, Rod Serling, Ray Bradbury, Dorothy Parker and W.W. Jacobs. The students enrolled in this course will explore, analyze, discuss and evaluate each selected piece of reading; selected videos will accompany the reading passages. Additionally, students will use several stories as œmentor texts? to practice and refine writing tips and tricks, including figurative language, sensory details, magic three and visual effects. Throughout the course, students will engage in meaningful discussions relevant to both the selected literature and their own writing samples. Students will work with their peers to edit and revise selected pieces of writing as well as conference individually with the instructor. By the end of the course, students will gain a deeper understanding of literature and its components and a greater appreciation for the power of writing.
Sanford
Closed
1
2
M518123
Personal Finance
Budgeting, budgeting, and budgeting. In this course we are going to discover the differences in earning, saving, spending, and giving. Students will discover the differences between cash, check, and credit. Students will work on understanding elements of compounding, savings, and saving to be a millionaire. As part of this course students will explore ways of giving that adults take part in on a regular basis which includes giving time verses money and sharing items no longer used. It is never too early to start working on personal finance.

A calculator is recommended for this course.
Treitler
Closed
1
2
R521123
Get Physical
This isn't your old fashioned physical education class! Discover the links between present day sports and the games played in ancient civilizations. Explore traditional and present day games children play in other countries. Play sports and games that have become popular in America while discovering their origins. Through this multicultural approach, children will learn the difference between games and sports and link the past with the present. Students will be challenged to create their own games and equipment to be used in game play! Cooperation will be a central theme while students enjoy getting their fill of daily physical activity.
Parrish
Open
1
2
S575123
Robotics (Double Period)
Students will explore the evolution of robotics from past to present. They will discuss the utilization of robotics and mechanical design for use as prosthetics and bionic limbs, as assembly line workers, and in areas unsafe for humans. They will learn the design process as they construct a variety of Lego NXT based robots as team exercises including a traditional motorized vehicle with various end effectors for lifting, moving, and sorting. Students will program their own robots using computers, allowing them to accomplish a range of tasks. Students will utilize various sensors, allowing the robot to function autonomously. Students will document their designs and programs in an engineering notebook. Safety issues and human factors with robot replacements will be explored. The students will work in collaborative teams and explore different roles within projects. They will develop construction skills and programming abilities which will be applied in building robots. They also will understand robotic history through video and lectures encouraging exploration of the potentials and untapped future of the robotics industry.
Dituri
Closed
1
2
T512123
Animation
In this hands-on animation class, students focus on the basic technique of frame-by-frame animation. Animators will develop their ideas, storyboard them to produce and original, creative work.
Coren
Closed
1
3
A551133
Calligraphy
Calligraphy has a unique history in art and writing. Calligraphy is a formal form of writing and has been used by knights in castles, authors, artists, and is still used today. In this class you will learn basic calligraphy techniques for writing and art. Learn how to create beautiful line work for handwriting, and create works of art using calligraphy ink.
Thiele
Closed
1
3
E503133
Journalism
Have you ever wanted to report on the news? Have you ever wondered how the different elements of a newspaper come together? In this course, we'll learn the process of writing effective and original pieces of news, essays, and reviews. Students will develop language and writing skills including clarity and directness of sentences, complex and effective vocabulary, and organization and prewriting tactics that they can take from the newsroom to the classroom. The fundamentals of all forms of communication begin with a well rounded and finely tuned writing voice. In this introduction to journalism, you'll start your journey in the fine art of reporting and also have fun covering the news!
Russ
Closed
1
3
H579133
Civics
What are the rights and duties of a citizen? How do the three branches of government and the body of the people work together to govern citizens? In this class we will take a look at the three branches of government in the United States. We will also cover forms of government from countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, Russia, and China. The class will take a look at how citizens are ruled and the basics of how government works in each of these countries.
Weinstein
Open
1
3
S519133
Disaster Science
What soil properties cause the biggest sinkhole when mixed with water? Extreme weather conditions and disasters happen all over the world. Environmental Scientists are often asked to rush to the scene to help clean up from oil spills, help determine whether soil conditions are safe for building homes, and to purify rivers and streams for drinking water. In this class you will learn some of the techniques used to clean oil, purify water, as well as the fundamentals of natural disasters.
Gualtieri
Closed
1
3
M546133
Let's Play the Stock Market
Using stock market simulation software, students will compete to create the best-performing investment portfolio using stocks and mutual funds. The class will be taught with an emphasis on fundamental, top-down research and will require students to understand economic, industry and operational factors that affect a stock's performance. Students will be able to earn interest on cash balances and create leveraged portfolios. Topics will include: History and function of the stock market, Investment Types: Stocks, Bonds & Mutual Funds, Researching investment ideas, Evaluating Securities, Risk & Diversification, Portfolio Management, Portfolio Assessment.
Larson
Closed
1
3
S573133
Forensics
Students will learn the basics of crime scene investigation while learning biology and chemistry concepts. Topics that will be explored include blood typing (synthetic), chromatography, fingerprinting, hair analysis, fiber analysis, saliva detection, forensic anthropology, DNA fingerprinting, entomology, and a variety of other topics which relate to crime scene investigation. As a culminating activity, students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have acquired to work as a team to solve a simulated crime scene
Klein
Closed
1
3
S593133
Brain Science
The brain is a very complex, but extremely fascinating organ that we depend on every day for just about every action we can think of. The brain is a necessary part in everything from wiggling your finger to remembering our names…but have you ever wondered how the brain works? If you have, this is the course for you. This course will allow you to explore the brain from cell to striatum, from organelle to amygdala, from chemical reaction to memory formation. Students will learn about brain structure as well as function using a variety of activities and lessons designed to challenge students as well as spark their interest in this amazing organ.
Pezzino
Closed
1
3
R502133
Contemporary Dance
Contemporary dance focuses on using your body to express passion, fear, joy, and grief. This class will focus on expression through non-verbal communication skills. Dancers will be challenged to think like a dancer emulating Graham, Limon, Evans, and Horton. *Jazz shoes are encouraged but not required.
Open
1
4
A523143
Clay
While working in a professional ceramic studio students will learn and apply many 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.
Ayers
Closed
1
4
E558143
Editor in Chief
Do you have what it takes to be the next great editor? Editors use their keen sense of grammar and reading skills to enhance written work. In this course you will put your eyes and brain to the test seeking to reconstruct sentences, analogies, and proof reading errors. Incorporate your knowledge of writing to ensure articles and stories flow clearly for a reader.
Sanford
Closed
1
4
H571143
Debate Team
Do you ever try to persuade your friends to have the same idea as you have? In this class you will look at two sides of an argument and choose a side. Explore the techniques and strategies of a skilled debater and apply your knowledge to current issues and events. Learn how to research and use objective facts to support your position and build a compelling argument. Work with teams in a point and counter point debate.
Fueshko
Closed
1
4
M558143
Economics: What's My Budget?
This course will teach the science of Economics. The idea of economic “challenges” is it is never too early to introduce children to all aspects of money (earning spending and saving) and the economy. This introduction to economics for early learners includes topics such as: what money is, where it comes from, and what we do with it. Earning money, spending money, and saving money. Students will gain an understanding of goods and services, needs and wants, and the difference between producers and consumers. Spending money is the active trade for what you want and need, the trick is to know the difference between the two and being able to determine different values among the competing options. In this course we will look at instances that money can be used to acquire, including things, activities, and gifts. We will explain the “bigger” financial picture. For example, a movie involves not just the price of admission, but gas for the car, popcorn, pop, time and energy. This will help them be more aware when making financial decisions.

Calculator recommended for this course.
Treitler
Closed
1
4
H506143
Music, Lights, and Mirrors
The lure of the stage is in store for our aspiring Broadway Actors! Transform yourself into different characters, personas, and experience how to make words on paper come alive. Acting helps you in understanding punctuation, expression, setting, and themes in writing. Discover your big Broadway personality in a supportive environment.
Brothers
Closed
1
4
M578143
Checkmate!
Introductory course includes: Rules of the game. Significance of the Center and Pieces Activity. Initiative. Pawn structures. Good and bad pieces. Various types of Chess Endings. Elementary chess studies. Strategy and Ideas behind chess openings. Pawn structures. Strong and weak squares. Strategic ideas in the middle games. Detailed analyses of various positions. Endgame ideas and their significance for the practical player.
Markzon
Open
1
4
S518143
Rocketry
Become a rocket scientist! Learn about the science behind what makes a rocket soar into outer space and the physics involved in getting it off the ground. Discover how Newton’s Laws of Motion govern flight as you build and launch your very own rocket. Learn more about the NASA Space Program, its history and the early struggles of getting rockets into space. After blast off, use math to determine how high your rocket flew and how fast it traveled.
Verrengia
Closed
1
4
R507143
Soccer
Aim, pass, and punt your way up the field. This soccer class will keep your feet moving as you work through soccer fitness drills. Be prepared to scrimmage three on three, practice your footwork, and learn how to work as a team to move the ball.
Open
1
4
T520143
3D Design
This course offers the student an opportunity to explore various computer assisted drawing programs and techniques used for Architectural design and 3d modeling. Computer generated drawings will be created in the areas of design, Architecture / Interior design, 3 dimensional modeling, animation, and multi part assemblies as well as a focus on graphics and technical illustration. Problem solving activities involving design through the use of computer assisted drafting will be stressed.
Coren
Closed
1
6
H554163
Techniques of Geniuses
Take a fascinating and fun-filled brain adventure from the Renaissance to the 21st century while exploring the extraordinary genius of DaVinci, Einstein, Edison, Disney, Spielberg, and Steve Jobs. It’s a journey to expand your mind to accomplish more than you ever thought possible. You’ll have fun enhancing your brainpower with games, puzzles, music, art, language, and science—exercises to wrap your brain around. You’ll become inspired when we experiment with some of the thinking techniques of great minds.
Owens
Closed
1
6
H591163
Drama in the Theater
There is drama in the theater! Transform yourself into different characters, personas, and experience how to make words on paper come alive. Acting helps you in understanding punctuation, expression, setting, and theme in writing. You will learn about the different aspects in theater including auditioning, reading, and performing.
Brothers
Closed
1
6
H592163
Study the Case
Let’s take a deeper look at how laws are made. In this class we will cover who makes laws, how laws are passed, and study how decisions on cases were potentially made. Unlike Order in the Court, this class will focus more on reverse research and analysis of court cases.
Fueshko
Closed
1
6
L515163
Veni, Vidi, Vici: 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.
Salzman
Closed
1
6
E559163
Vocab Builder
Building vocabulary is an essential need for developing writing and working on reading comprehension. In this class we will work on building vocabulary using popular books, work on reading comprehension exercises using vocab words as clues, and play games. Study idioms and homophones through crossword puzzles, matching games, and trivia. Dazzle your friends with your ever increasing lexical abilities.
Sanford
Closed
1
6
S514163
Inventors Workshop
Look for problems to solve or appliances, toys or games that can be improved. We will brainstorm possible solutions, research prior examples and materials and design, build and test working models. The students will be provided with tools and some of the parts such as motors, batteries, bubble-wrap, wires, etc. Every step of the process is to be carefully recorded in their Engineering Notebooks. The students will realize that there is usually a lot of work to get to a finished product. To stimulate creative thinking and to foster team-building we will have friendly competitions of the best designed and working paper airplanes and the tallest and most stable Spaghetti-Marshmallow towers. The students will construct simple motors and will be introduced to the operation and theory of microcontrollers and fiber optics. Students will bring in and disassemble unusable fax machines, appliances, printers, toys, etc. in searching for usable parts and to understand how products are manufactured and assembled. The students will learn how to use tools safely (e.g. screwdrivers, pliers, coping saws, etc.) as they disassemble broken appliances in the search for usable parts.
Alloy
Closed
1
6
S528163
Aquatic Investigation
Did you know dragonflies begin their lives as ferocious aquatic predators? Or that the type of crops grown in Ohio can affect fish in the Gulf of Mexico? Examine aquatic organisms as you work your way through the ecology, geology and chemistry of streams, ponds, lakes and oceans. You will be asked to examine different aquatic ecosystems; you will see how the quality of our planet’s greatest natural resource affects life at the bottom of the sea and on land. This is the chance to examine specimens from a variety of aquatic ecosystems and determine how they have adapted to their niche.
Pezzino
Closed
1
6
M509163
Intermediate Chess
Now that you’ve learned the basics of Chess it is time to move onto more advanced moves. This class will take the next step in working on strategy with students. How many plays ahead can you think? Does your opponent have any tells?
Markzon
Open
1
7
E555173
Song Writing
Learn about form, rhythm in language, and storytelling through music. In this class you will study how different words can change the meaning of a song. You will write lyrics for your own music as well as create lyric lines as a song writing group. Build vocabulary, enhance your ability to express yourself, and get creative in this writing class.
Diamond
Closed
1
7
H529173
Order in the Court
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: Learn about the law and have fun, too! Plaintiffs and defendants. Witness testimony. Burden of proof. These are just a few of the legal terms students will learn in the exciting new course called LAW FAIR. Find out about courtroom procedure from an insiders perspective. Write your own testimony as a witness, or prepare your opening arguments as an attorney. Students will have the opportunity to prepare an original law case and submit it to the NJ State Bar Foundation for review in their Law Fair competition. Laws will be researched, testimony written, and both sides of the case carefully explored and designed. 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 defense rests.
Fueshko
Closed
1
7
M579173
Seeking Symmetry: Geometry
Symmetry is an intrinsic property in mathematics. When we study symmetry we take a look at transformation of objects through rotation, reflection, and inversion. Each of these elements are part of an area of mathematics called group theory. In this class you will study symmetry through equations, physical arrangement of objects, and touch on elements of physics. Learn the uses of geometry in nature, in the creation of objects, and in art.
Romeo
Closed
1
7
S585173
Zombie Science
The myth of the Zombie is deep within our history. In this class we will examine the mythos of the Zombie through Epidemiology. What makes someone a Zombie? Some diseases can give people a zombie like appearance. In this class you will explore issues of outbreak containment, diseases that manifest in how we view zombies today, and epidemiology. This science class will take you through understanding various disease states. You will be challenged to work on hands-on experiments that show how populations shift and change through viral or bacterial influence.
Dituri
Closed
1
7
R526173
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
7
H513173
Get Organized
Organizational skills are tools to make life more enjoyable, rather than more rigid. How children organize the many demands of their busy lives is critical to their success at school as well as to their personal sense of accomplishment. This course is designed to provide a tool-kit of organizational and study skills to manage time, materials, and information while offering a variety of useful strategies that will lead to academic self-sufficiency. Students will learn how to improve their grades by understanding their unique learning style and how their brain processes information best. This understanding will enhance learning while shrinking the time it takes to study. Time management, note-taking techniques, test-taking skills and memory tricks will be presented. Students will improve their concentration and remember more of what they study.

Required Text: "SOS Strengthening of Skills" textbook for Get Organized and Study Skills.


http://www.rbs.org/publications/Category-Detail/Publication-Detail/191/categoryid--11/productid--50/
Owens
Closed
1
7
S529173
Marsville
Be the first to discover, explore and colonize a new world. Marsville students have been recruited by the Space Administration to travel to Mars and colonize the planet. Before they leave on their mission, there are preliminary tasks to complete. The team of explorers will need to determine what is needed to survive on Mars and work to determine how they will meet those needs. Students will create models of survival systems that will be used once they arrive on Mars. In this class, students will use science to design their systems, problem solving skills to figure out how to overcome specific problems they will face on Mars and math determine the size of their system and the colony to make sure they are to scale. Some of the activities that will take place in this class are: determine what humans will need to survive on Mars for an extended time, create a life?like model of a life support system, designing the layout of the colony, create a nutritious meal, build a life size habitat and design a mission logo. Come explore a new world with us!
Verrengia
Closed
1
7
T505173
Java
This course is designed to teach beginners how to write object-oriented computer programs in Java. Two possible software tools will be used for this purpose, Greenfoot (http://www.greenfoot.org/) and Robocode (http://robocode.sourceforge.net).
Ross
Closed
1
8
A511183
Knitting
In this course the student will learn the history and origin of knitting. The basic skills of hand knitting will be taught in this class. Students will also learning the language and terms of knitting (How to read a simple stitch pattern), cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and cast off. Students will also explore the Fibonacci or Leonardo Pisano Bigollo (c. 1170 c. 1250) theory of sequences of numbers. They will be taught how to use the Fibonacci theory to design and create a scarf using the stitch patterns learned in class.
McWilliams
Open
1
8
E537183
Who Dunnit... Mystery Writing
Mystery writing challenges our writing skills to see how well we can weave a puzzle for a reader. Setting the stage, creating cliffhangers, and building tension are all important aspects of writing a great mystery. In this class you will interact with writings of other fiction writers, work on creating your own unique writing puzzle, create characters, and learn how to incorporate words that help create suspense in writing.
Caruso
Open
1
8
H517183
Intro to Philosophy
This course is designed specifically for our deep thinkers. Are you a stoic? A skeptic? An Epicurean? Ancient Greek philosophers helped influence how the western world thinks, teaches, and interacts. This course is designed to push you to think far beyond the boundaries of a linear fashion. While logic comes into play in most arguments, it is the ability to look beyond a surface level explanation to discover the idea of “truth” Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle spoke of. You will be asked to think like each of these philosophers, analyze questions, and prepare support for or against different topics that have no absolute right or wrong answer. Is your glass half full or half empty? Do flowers feel emotion? Explore your intellectual wisdom with ancient philosophers of the past.
Buttram
Open
1
8
H540183
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
8
M538183
Intro to Algebra Concepts
Algebra Concepts will build on the concepts of Pre-Algebra and introduce students to the number system, solving algebraic equations and inequalities, and factoring. Required Textbook: Book 1:At the Mall with Algebra: ISBN-978-0-7575-3293-1 Book 2: Record Makers and Breakers: ISBN 978-0-7575-4217-6
Dituri
Closed
1
8
S563183
Roller Coaster Physics
Hold onto your seats! This is one fun ride! Roller Coaster Science guides students through a scientific mystery, set in an amusement park, where the rides are not working properly. Students will learn about the major historical people and moments related to discoveries in the field of motion and gravity and apply that knowledge to solve the mystery. Students will also use the laws of motion and gravity to design their own roller coaster.
Sanford, Dituri
Closed
1
8
T510183
Diving Deep into Word: PPT, Access, and Excel
Sharpen your business presentation skills using Power Point, Access, and Excel. Learn how to use more advanced features in each of the tools to be able to create business style reports and presentations. Incorporate charts and graphs into your presentations to show a creative representation of data.
Coren
Closed
1
9
E560193
Set the Scene: Play Writing
Discover how to join the ranks William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller by becoming the ultimate G&T Playwright for the next few weeks! How far can you push your imagination? In this class you will rewrite and act out stories from famous writers to learn the basic structure of a play. From there you will be challenged to write your own play telling a story through action, writing lines, and rewriting the end of a story.
Brothers
Open
1
9
H565193
History of Rock and Roll
Do you characterize yourself as a rocker or a roller? Have you ever listened to a song and wondered exactly what the artist was thinking as he or she composed the piece? Rock and Roll has had the power to inspire, motivate, and influence people all over the world. The History of Rock and Roll is a class where students will take a journey back to the beginning of the 20th century when modern rock was emerging as the result of cultural collisions in American cities. This class will expose students to a variety of musical genres from jazz of the 1920s to grunge of the 1990s and everything in between. Whether you are a head banger, two-stepper or fist pumper, this class has something to offer any music lover.
Caruso
Open
1
9
M510193
Geometry & Technology
Geometry was never so much fun! Using Geometer’s Sketchpad (GSP) in a computer lab setting, you will learn to construct precise figures, and then use animation to study them interactively. You will learn the basic functions and commands of GSP, and then apply them to some fascinating problems, including constructions and measurements of geometric figures, similarity, solid geometry, coordinate geometry, string art, Snowflakes (iterations), transformations and tessellations. You will explore Geometric concepts using virtual manipulatives. You will solve application problems involving geometric concepts. Prerequisite: Student should be comfortable with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Linder
Closed
1
9
M535193
Mind Benders
Strategy games allow you to work multiple areas of your brain! Strategy games require you to think deeply and forces participants to look into the future to beat their opponents. The best players of strategy games are able to see moves all the way through to the end of the game before they even begin. What makes strategy games very difficult is having to think deeply, and weigh each potential outcome of a move. In Mind?Benders, you will be asked to challenge yourself and classmates in games that are hands?on. You will learn some of the history of the games and be asked to compete against yourself. Go (Reversi/Othello), Checkers, Mancala, and Risk are just a few of the games that will be covered in this course.
Buttram
Closed
1
9
R509193
Yoga
This course allows you to relax and get into shape at the same time. Yoga is a union of body, mind, and spirit. The practice of yoga makes the body strong and flexible. This class explores gentle movements to increase flexibility, strength, and well-being. Students are led through stretches, yoga postures, and breathing practices, then guided into deep relaxation using visual imagery. Learn about the history of yoga and how it originated and has changed over the years. In this class, you will learn yoga poses to tone the whole body, strengthen muscles, improve posture, and increase your energy. Please bring your own mat.
Closed
1
9
S587193
Science of Spycraft
Students will turn into super sleuths as they investigate the science behind the skills, equipment and techniques spies use in their covert operations. Investigate how laser beams, facial recognition, listening devices and other top-secret devices work in this hands-on course.
Trojanowski
Closed
2
1
A503213
Manga: The Graphic Novel
Who is the main character of your next graphic novel? This class will focus on two main areas. Students will create their own characters through pen and ink drawings. Next students will create their own story lines and begin to break down the art of panel writing for the graphic novel. The final project for students will be a short story line of their own inclusive of their unique characters. Is your main character going to be the villain or the hero?
Villalobos
Closed
2
1
H571213
Debate Team
Do you ever try to persuade your friends to have the same idea as you have? In this class you will look at two sides of an argument and choose a side. Explore the techniques and strategies of a skilled debater and apply your knowledge to current issues and events. Learn how to research and use objective facts to support your position and build a compelling argument. Work with teams in a point and counter point debate.
Daidone
Closed
2
1
B502213
Corporate Climber
Before you can become the next great CEO you have to learn each of the different roles of the corporate world. In this class you will use your entrepreneurial spirit while broken up into project teams. As teams you will be given challenges to create business plans and generate ideas for creating the ultimate business. Analyze your idea by figuring out who would be interested in your product or service, what type of competition is out there, and what type of funding might be needed to launch your business.
Larson
Closed
2
1
E504213
Slam Poetry
Become a confident and articulate slam poet! Slam poets exude confidence and have an ability to understand how to use rhythm, words, and movement to emphasize important ideas. This class will require creativity and innovation to create original poems. Students will also use communication and collaboration skills with their classmates to work with one another on creating group poems that string together.
Brothers
Open
2
1
S521213
Pre Pre Med
This hands-on Anatomy and Physiology course is designed to provide students who are interested in a pursuing a career in a health or medical field with an understanding of the anatomy of the human body and the physiology of its systems. Students will have the opportunity to perform lab dissections on a variety of mammalian organs in a laboratory. Students will also gain insight into a variety of medical conditions and the fields that treat them.
Hassan
Closed
2
1
S575213
Robotics (Double Period)
Students will explore the evolution of robotics from past to present. They will discuss the utilization of robotics and mechanical design for use as prosthetics and bionic limbs, as assembly line workers, and in areas unsafe for humans. They will learn the design process as they construct a variety of Lego NXT based robots as team exercises including a traditional motorized vehicle with various end effectors for lifting, moving, and sorting. Students will program their own robots using computers, allowing them to accomplish a range of tasks. Students will utilize various sensors, allowing the robot to function autonomously. Students will document their designs and programs in an engineering notebook. Safety issues and human factors with robot replacements will be explored. The students will work in collaborative teams and explore different roles within projects. They will develop construction skills and programming abilities which will be applied in building robots. They also will understand robotic history through video and lectures encouraging exploration of the potentials and untapped future of the robotics industry.
Dituri
Closed
2
1
S578213
University of the Future
What will the university of the future be like in 2114? What will we study? Will we have to go to a classroom? What will the students be like? Imagine creating the ultimate university with your classmates. As groups you will be responsible for deciding on what majors are offered, how the classrooms are set up, how the university looks, and who is accepted into the school. Each day you and your planning committee will be challenged to use you reading, writing, math, and map skills.
Verrengia
Closed
2
1
S581213
Architectural Design
Architecture combines the practical qualities of safety and protection for our lives with unlimited possibilities of self-expression. Architecture can also offer solutions to problems such as ecological concerns, energy issues, or space limitations. After learning about form and function and the ways structures are built, you will create an architectural solution to a problem that concerns you.
Pezzino
Closed
2
1
H525213
Knights, Dragons, and Mysteries Galore
From the high sea adventures of the Vikings, to the forest of Sherwood, on to the battlefields of Europe with Richard the Lion Hearted, to the scary Transylvania home of the real Count Dracula; the Middle Ages provides us with the most interesting and fascinating people, places, legends, and events in history. Through extensive use of film, literature, folklore and the professor’s collection of medieval weapons, incredible stories of mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure will come to life. Join us for an unforgettable journey through the pages of time.
Woods
Closed
2
2
A575223
Symmetry in Art
This is a hands on art class in which you will study concepts of symmetry in artwork. Symmetry is used to create balance in art and utilizes concepts from mathematics. Students will use tools such as mirrors, compasses, rulers, and basic geometric shapes to help lay the foundations for drawing more complex pieces of art. Studying symmetry helps teach spacing, proportion, and helps demonstrate how mathematical concepts are used in art.
McWilliams
Closed
2
2
E516223
Persuade Me: Enhanced Public Speaking
Great leaders have the ability to persuade an audience of listeners toward their personal view points. These leaders are prepared with a large amount of training, practice, and tips on how to best present their ideas. Did you know if you read a sentence in three different ways, you are able to project three completely different meanings? Did you know changing one word in a sentence can completely alter the strength of your speech? In this course you will be challenged to create an original argument where you not only learn how to read in a persuasive manner, but also how to handle curveballs that may arise. Students will work on understanding powerful body language, how to motivate through tonality, and begin to learn how to connect with an audience on a personal level. The course will utilize techniques in acting such as improvisation and relaxation. Please note: This course is not a debate course; rather it will focus on presentation, rhetoric, and writing.
Caruso
Closed
2
2
E523223
Short Fiction Writing
Everyone has a story to tell. This class will focus on writing short stories, reviewing popular short story writers, and developing characters. Becoming a writer takes practice, time, and revision. This is an active, supportive, writing workshop where class participation is a must. The final project of this course is a reading of a finished piece of work for your classmates and instructor to hear.
Trojanowski
Closed
2
2
E538223
Reading and Writing Across Genres
This reading and writing course is designed for students who want to explore a variety of short-story fiction and enhance their writing with easy to follow tips and tricks. Over the course of the nine weeks, students will study well-known authors such as James Thurber, Rod Serling, Ray Bradbury, Dorothy Parker and W.W. Jacobs. The students enrolled in this course will explore, analyze, discuss and evaluate each selected piece of reading; selected videos will accompany the reading passages. Additionally, students will use several stories as œmentor texts? to practice and refine writing tips and tricks, including figurative language, sensory details, magic three and visual effects. Throughout the course, students will engage in meaningful discussions relevant to both the selected literature and their own writing samples. Students will work with their peers to edit and revise selected pieces of writing as well as conference individually with the instructor. By the end of the course, students will gain a deeper understanding of literature and its components and a greater appreciation for the power of writing.
Sanford
Closed
2
2
M518223
Personal Finance
Budgeting, budgeting, and budgeting. In this course we are going to discover the differences in earning, saving, spending, and giving. Students will discover the differences between cash, check, and credit. Students will work on understanding elements of compounding, savings, and saving to be a millionaire. As part of this course students will explore ways of giving that adults take part in on a regular basis which includes giving time verses money and sharing items no longer used. It is never too early to start working on personal finance.
Treitler
Closed
2
2
R521223
Get Physical
This isn't your old fashioned physical education class! Discover the links between present day sports and the games played in ancient civilizations. Explore traditional and present day games children play in other countries. Play sports and games that have become popular in America while discovering their origins. Through this multicultural approach, children will learn the difference between games and sports and link the past with the present. Students will be challenged to create their own games and equipment to be used in game play! Cooperation will be a central theme while students enjoy getting their fill of daily physical activity.
Parish
Open
2
2
S575223
Robotics (Double Period)
Students will explore the evolution of robotics from past to present. They will discuss the utilization of robotics and mechanical design for use as prosthetics and bionic limbs, as assembly line workers, and in areas unsafe for humans. They will learn the design process as they construct a variety of Lego NXT based robots as team exercises including a traditional motorized vehicle with various end effectors for lifting, moving, and sorting. Students will program their own robots using computers, allowing them to accomplish a range of tasks. Students will utilize various sensors, allowing the robot to function autonomously. Students will document their designs and programs in an engineering notebook. Safety issues and human factors with robot replacements will be explored. The students will work in collaborative teams and explore different roles within projects. They will develop construction skills and programming abilities which will be applied in building robots. They also will understand robotic history through video and lectures encouraging exploration of the potentials and untapped future of the robotics industry.
Dituri
Closed
2
2
M535223
Mind Benders
Strategy games allow you to work multiple areas of your brain! Strategy games require you to think deeply and forces participants to look into the future to beat their opponents. The best players of strategy games are able to see moves all the way through to the end of the game before they even begin. What makes strategy games very difficult is having to think deeply, and weigh each potential outcome of a move. In Mind?Benders, you will be asked to challenge yourself and classmates in games that are hands?on. You will learn some of the history of the games and be asked to compete against yourself. Go (Reversi/Othello), Checkers, Mancala, and Risk are just a few of the games that will be covered in this course.
Buttram
Open
2
2
T512223
Animation
In this hands-on animation class, students focus on the basic technique of frame-by-frame animation. Animators will develop their ideas, storyboard them to produce and original, creative work.
Coren
Closed
2
3
A551233
Calligraphy
Calligraphy has a unique history in art and writing. Calligraphy is a formal form of writing and has been used by knights in castles, authors, artists, and is still used today. In this class you will learn basic calligraphy techniques for writing and art. Learn how to create beautiful line work for handwriting, and create works of art using calligraphy ink.
Closed
2
3
R534233
Tap Tap Tap
Move your feet to rhythm and beat! Tap dancing is full of energy and requires a great deal of focus. In this class you will have to listen carefully to the rhythms and avoid extra beats. Be ready to smile, shuffle, and step your afternoon away. *Students must bring their own tap shoes.
Paradise
Open
2
3
S519233
Disaster Science
What soil properties cause the biggest sinkhole when mixed with water? Extreme weather conditions and disasters happen all over the world. Environmental Scientists are often asked to rush to the scene to help clean up from oil spills, help determine whether soil conditions are safe for building homes, and to purify rivers and streams for drinking water. In this class you will learn some of the techniques used to clean oil, purify water, as well as the fundamentals of natural disasters.
Gualtieri
Closed
2
3
M538233
Intro to Algebra Concepts
Algebra Concepts will build on the concepts of Pre-Algebra and introduce students to the number system, solving algebraic equations and inequalities, and factoring. Required Textbook: Book 1:At the Mall with Algebra: ISBN-978-0-7575-3293-1 Book 2: Record Makers and Breakers: ISBN 978-0-7575-4217-6
Treitler
Open
2
3
E503233
Journalism
Have you ever wanted to report on the news? Have you ever wondered how the different elements of a newspaper come together? In this course, we'll learn the process of writing effective and original pieces of news, essays, and reviews. Students will develop language and writing skills including clarity and directness of sentences, complex and effective vocabulary, and organization and prewriting tactics that they can take from the newsroom to the classroom. The fundamentals of all forms of communication begin with a well rounded and finely tuned writing voice. In this introduction to journalism, you'll start your journey in the fine art of reporting and also have fun covering the news!
Trojanowski
Closed
2
3
H579233
Civics
What are the rights and duties of a citizen? How do the three branches of government and the body of the people work together to govern citizens? In this class we will take a look at the three branches of government in the United States. We will also cover forms of government from countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, Russia, and China. The class will take a look at how citizens are ruled and the basics of how government works in each of these countries.
Caruso
Closed
2
3
S573233
Forensics
Students will learn the basics of crime scene investigation while learning biology and chemistry concepts. Topics that will be explored include blood typing (synthetic), chromatography, fingerprinting, hair analysis, fiber analysis, saliva detection, forensic anthropology, DNA fingerprinting, entomology, and a variety of other topics which relate to crime scene investigation. As a culminating activity, students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have acquired to work as a team to solve a simulated crime scene
Klein
Closed
2
3
M546233
Let's Play the Stock Market
Using stock market simulation software, students will compete to create the best-performing investment portfolio using stocks and mutual funds. The class will be taught with an emphasis on fundamental, top-down research and will require students to understand economic, industry and operational factors that affect a stock's performance. Students will be able to earn interest on cash balances and create leveraged portfolios. Topics will include: History and function of the stock market, Investment Types: Stocks, Bonds & Mutual Funds, Researching investment ideas, Evaluating Securities, Risk & Diversification, Portfolio Management, Portfolio Assessment.
Larson
Closed
2
3
S529233
Marsville
Be the first to discover, explore and colonize a new world. Marsville students have been recruited by the Space Administration to travel to Mars and colonize the planet. Before they leave on their mission, there are preliminary tasks to complete. The team of explorers will need to determine what is needed to survive on Mars and work to determine how they will meet those needs. Students will create models of survival systems that will be used once they arrive on Mars. In this class, students will use science to design their systems, problem solving skills to figure out how to overcome specific problems they will face on Mars and math determine the size of their system and the colony to make sure they are to scale. Some of the activities that will take place in this class are: determine what humans will need to survive on Mars for an extended time, create a life-like model of a life support system, designing the layout of the colony, create a nutritious meal, build a life size habitat and design a mission logo. Come explore a new world with us!
Verrengia
Closed
2
3
S593233
Brain Science
Students will learn the basics of crime scene investigation while learning biology and chemistry concepts. Topics that will be explored include blood typing (synthetic), chromatography, fingerprinting, hair analysis, fiber analysis, saliva detection, forensic anthropology, DNA fingerprinting, entomology, and a variety of other topics which relate to crime scene investigation. As a culminating activity, students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have acquired to work as a team to solve a simulated crime scene
Pezzino
Closed
2
4
A523243
Clay
While working in a professional ceramic studio students will learn and apply many 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.
Ayers
Closed
2
4
E558243
Editor in Chief
Do you have what it takes to be the next great editor? Editors use their keen sense of grammar and reading skills to enhance written work. In this course you will put your eyes and brain to the test seeking to reconstruct sentences, analogies, and proof reading errors. Incorporate your knowledge of writing to ensure articles and stories flow clearly for a reader.
Sanford
Closed
2
4
H506243
Music, Lights, and Mirrors
The lure of the stage is in store for our aspiring Broadway Actors! Transform yourself into different characters, personas, and experience how to make words on paper come alive. Acting helps you in understanding punctuation, expression, setting, and themes in writing. Discover your big Broadway personality in a supportive environment.
Brothers
Closed
2
4
H571243
Debate Team
Do you ever try to persuade your friends to have the same idea as you have? In this class you will look at two sides of an argument and choose a side. Explore the techniques and strategies of a skilled debater and apply your knowledge to current issues and events. Learn how to research and use objective facts to support your position and build a compelling argument. Work with teams in a point and counter point debate.
Fueshko
Closed
2
4
M558243
Economics: What's My Budget?
This course will teach the science of Economics. The idea of economic “challenges” is it is never too early to introduce children to all aspects of money (earning spending and saving) and the economy. This introduction to economics for early learners includes topics such as: what money is, where it comes from, and what we do with it. Earning money, spending money, and saving money. Students will gain an understanding of goods and services, needs and wants, and the difference between producers and consumers. Spending money is the active trade for what you want and need, the trick is to know the difference between the two and being able to determine different values among the competing options. In this course we will look at instances that money can be used to acquire, including things, activities, and gifts. We will explain the “bigger” financial picture. For example, a movie involves not just the price of admission, but gas for the car, popcorn, pop, time and energy. This will help them be more aware when making financial decisions.
Treitler
Closed
2
4
M578243
Checkmate!
Introductory course includes: Rules of the game. Significance of the Center and Pieces Activity. Initiative. Pawn structures. Good and bad pieces. Various types of Chess Endings. Elementary chess studies. Strategy and Ideas behind chess openings. Pawn structures. Strong and weak squares. Strategic ideas in the middle games. Detailed analyses of various positions. Endgame ideas and their significance for the practical player.
Markzon
Closed
2
4
R507243
Soccer
Aim, pass, and punt your way up the field. This soccer class will keep your feet moving as you work through soccer fitness drills. Be prepared to scrimmage three on three, practice your footwork, and learn how to work as a team to move the ball.
Schlitzer
Open
2
6
H554263
Techniques of Geniuses
Take a fascinating and fun-filled brain adventure from the Renaissance to the 21st century while exploring the extraordinary genius of DaVinci, Einstein, Edison, Disney, Spielberg, and Steve Jobs. It’s a journey to expand your mind to accomplish more than you ever thought possible. You’ll have fun enhancing your brainpower with games, puzzles, music, art, language, and science—exercises to wrap your brain around. You’ll become inspired when we experiment with some of the thinking techniques of great minds.
Owens
Closed
2
4
T520243
3D Design
This course offers the student an opportunity to explore various computer assisted drawing programs and techniques used for Architectural design and 3d modeling. Computer generated drawings will be created in the areas of design, Architecture / Interior design, 3 dimensional modeling, animation, and multi part assemblies as well as a focus on graphics and technical illustration. Problem solving activities involving design through the use of computer assisted drafting will be stressed.
Coren
Closed
2
4
S519243
Disaster Science
What soil properties cause the biggest sinkhole when mixed with water? Extreme weather conditions and disasters happen all over the world. Environmental Scientists are often asked to rush to the scene to help clean up from oil spills, help determine whether soil conditions are safe for building homes, and to purify rivers and streams for drinking water. In this class you will learn some of the techniques used to clean oil, purify water, as well as the fundamentals of natural disasters.
Walek
Open
2
4
S518243
Rocketry
Become a rocket scientist! Learn about the science behind what makes a rocket soar into outer space and the physics involved in getting it off the ground. Discover how Newton’s Laws of Motion govern flight as you build and launch your very own rocket. Learn more about the NASA Space Program, its history and the early struggles of getting rockets into space. After blast off, use math to determine how high your rocket flew and how fast it traveled.
Verrengia
Closed
2
6
E559263
Vocab Builder
Building vocabulary is an essential need for developing writing and working on reading comprehension. In this class we will work on building vocabulary using popular books, work on reading comprehension exercises using vocab words as clues, and play games. Study idioms and homophones through crossword puzzles, matching games, and trivia. Dazzle your friends with your ever increasing lexical abilities.
Sanford
Closed
2
6
H591263
Drama in the Theater
There is drama in the theater! Transform yourself into different characters, personas, and experience how to make words on paper come alive. Acting helps you in understanding punctuation, expression, setting, and theme in writing. You will learn about the different aspects in theater including auditioning, reading, and performing.
Brothers
Open
2
6
H592263
Study the Case
Let’s take a deeper look at how laws are made. In this class we will cover who makes laws, how laws are passed, and study how decisions on cases were potentially made. Unlike Order in the Court, this class will focus more on reverse research and analysis of court cases.
Fueshko
Closed
2
6
L515263
Veni, Vidi, Vici: 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.
Salzman
Closed
2
6
M509263
Intermediate Chess
Now that you’ve learned the basics of Chess it is time to move onto more advanced moves. This class will take the next step in working on strategy with students. How many plays ahead can you think? Does your opponent have any tells?
Markzon
Open
2
6
R527263
Hip-Hop-O-Rama
Hip-Hop-O-Rama is a combination of art forms such as popping, locking, breaking and various acrobatic moves; driven by kid friendly blends of hip-hop and pop music. Dancing can take many years to master; therefore early exposure will generate confidence and enhance developmental skills. The commitment to Hip-Hop-O-Rama will improve coordination, promote total fitness, and discipline through rhythm and technique. Isolating then progressing the learning styles of clarity, definition, and translation is a great technique to support the F.O.R.M. (Frequent, Organized, Repetition, Mastery) method. Learning the techniques and applying the F.O.R.M. method is a beneficial tool that transitions well into school and in life. The coordination and balance demonstrated to complete each step in transition becomes an anaerobic exercise. Therefore fitness and dance is a great way to anaerobically help strengthen muscles, obtain excellent cardiovascular health and give joints flexibility and elasticity. Hip-Hop-O-Rama will be an exciting fitness course that will be appreciated by all students of various dance and music interests. Simply come prepared to move your body in new ways and get aerobic and anaerobic results right away.
Parrish
Open
2
6
S514263
Inventors Workshop
Look for problems to solve or appliances, toys or games that can be improved. We will brainstorm possible solutions, research prior examples and materials and design, build and test working models. The students will be provided with tools and some of the parts such as motors, batteries, bubble-wrap, wires, etc. Every step of the process is to be carefully recorded in their Engineering Notebooks. The students will realize that there is usually a lot of work to get to a finished product. To stimulate creative thinking and to foster team-building we will have friendly competitions of the best designed and working paper airplanes and the tallest and most stable Spaghetti-Marshmallow towers. The students will construct simple motors and will be introduced to the operation and theory of microcontrollers and fiber optics. Students will bring in and disassemble unusable fax machines, appliances, printers, toys, etc. in searching for usable parts and to understand how products are manufactured and assembled. The students will learn how to use tools safely (e.g. screwdrivers, pliers, coping saws, etc.) as they disassemble broken appliances in the search for usable parts.
Alloy, Verrengia
Open
2
6
S528263
Aquatic Investigations
Did you know dragonflies begin their lives as ferocious aquatic predators? Or that the type of crops grown in Ohio can affect fish in the Gulf of Mexico? Examine aquatic organisms as you work your way through the ecology, geology and chemistry of streams, ponds, lakes and oceans. You will be asked to examine different aquatic ecosystems; you will see how the quality of our planet’s greatest natural resource affects life at the bottom of the sea and on land. This is the chance to examine specimens from a variety of aquatic ecosystems and determine how they have adapted to their niche.
Pezzino
Closed
2
7
E555273
Song Writing
Learn about form, rhythm in language, and storytelling through music. In this class you will study how different words can change the meaning of a song. You will write lyrics for your own music as well as create lyric lines as a song writing group. Build vocabulary, enhance your ability to express yourself, and get creative in this writing class.
Diamond
Closed
2
7
H513273
Get Organized
Organizational skills are tools to make life more enjoyable, rather than more rigid. How children organize the many demands of their busy lives is critical to their success at school as well as to their personal sense of accomplishment. This course is designed to provide a tool-kit of organizational and study skills to manage time, materials, and information while offering a variety of useful strategies that will lead to academic self-sufficiency. Students will learn how to improve their grades by understanding their unique learning style and how their brain processes information best. This understanding will enhance learning while shrinking the time it takes to study. Time management, note-taking techniques, test-taking skills and memory tricks will be presented. Students will improve their concentration and remember more of what they study.

Required Text: "SOS Strengthening of Skills" textbook for Get Organized and Study Skills.


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Owens
Closed
2
7
H529273
Order in the Court
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: Learn about the law and have fun, too! Plaintiffs and defendants. Witness testimony. Burden of proof. These are just a few of the legal terms students will learn in the exciting new course called LAW FAIR. Find out about courtroom procedure from an insiders perspective. Write your own testimony as a witness, or prepare your opening arguments as an attorney. Students will have the opportunity to prepare an original law case and submit it to the NJ State Bar Foundation for review in their Law Fair competition. Laws will be researched, testimony written, and both sides of the case carefully explored and designed. 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 defense rests.
Fueshko
Closed
2
7
S585273
Zombie Science
The myth of the Zombie is deep within our history. In this class we will examine the mythos of the Zombie through Epidemiology. What makes someone a Zombie? Some diseases can give people a zombie like appearance. In this class you will explore issues of outbreak containment, diseases that manifest in how we view zombies today, and epidemiology. This science class will take you through understanding various disease states. You will be challenged to work on hands-on experiments that show how populations shift and change through viral or bacterial influence.
Dituri
Open
2
7
M579273
Seeking Symmetry: Geometry
Symmetry is an intrinsic property in mathematics. When we study symmetry we take a look at transformation of objects through rotation, reflection, and inversion. Each of these elements are part of an area of mathematics called group theory. In this class you will study symmetry through equations, physical arrangement of objects, and touch on elements of physics. Learn the uses of geometry in nature, in the creation of objects, and in art.
Romeo
Closed
2
7
R526273
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
7
S529273
Marsville
Be the first to discover, explore and colonize a new world. Marsville students have been recruited by the Space Administration to travel to Mars and colonize the planet. Before they leave on their mission, there are preliminary tasks to complete. The team of explorers will need to determine what is needed to survive on Mars and work to determine how they will meet those needs. Students will create models of survival systems that will be used once they arrive on Mars. In this class, students will use science to design their systems, problem solving skills to figure out how to overcome specific problems they will face on Mars and math determine the size of their system and the colony to make sure they are to scale. Some of the activities that will take place in this class are: determine what humans will need to survive on Mars for an extended time, create a life?like model of a life support system, designing the layout of the colony, create a nutritious meal, build a life size habitat and design a mission logo. Come explore a new world with us!
Verrengia
Closed
2
8
A511283
Knitting
In this course the student will learn the history and origin of knitting. The basic skills of hand knitting will be taught in this class. Students will also learning the language and terms of knitting (How to read a simple stitch pattern), cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and cast off. Students will also explore the Fibonacci or Leonardo Pisano Bigollo (c. 1170 c. 1250) theory of sequences of numbers. They will be taught how to use the Fibonacci theory to design and create a scarf using the stitch patterns learned in class.
McWilliams
Open
2
7
T505273
Java
This course is designed to teach beginners how to write object-oriented computer programs in Java. Two possible software tools will be used for this purpose, Greenfoot (http://www.greenfoot.org/) and Robocode (http://robocode.sourceforge.net).
Ross
Closed
2
8
E537283
Who Dunnit... Mystery Writing
Mystery writing challenges our writing skills to see how well we can weave a puzzle for a reader. Setting the stage, creating cliffhangers, and building tension are all important aspects of writing a great mystery. In this class you will interact with writings of other fiction writers, work on creating your own unique writing puzzle, create characters, and learn how to incorporate words that help create suspense in writing.
Caruso
Closed
2
8
H517283
Intro to Philosophy
This course is designed specifically for our deep thinkers. Are you a stoic? A skeptic? An Epicurean? Ancient Greek philosophers helped influence how the western world thinks, teaches, and interacts. This course is designed to push you to think far beyond the boundaries of a linear fashion. While logic comes into play in most arguments, it is the ability to look beyond a surface level explanation to discover the idea of “truth” Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle spoke of. You will be asked to think like each of these philosophers, analyze questions, and prepare support for or against different topics that have no absolute right or wrong answer. Is your glass half full or half empty? Do flowers feel emotion? Explore your intellectual wisdom with ancient philosophers of the past.
Buttram
Closed
2
8
H540283
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
2
8
M538283
Intro to Algebra Concepts
Algebra Concepts will build on the concepts of Pre-Algebra and introduce students to the number system, solving algebraic equations and inequalities, and factoring. Required Textbook: Book 1:At the Mall with Algebra: ISBN-978-0-7575-3293-1 Book 2: Record Makers and Breakers: ISBN 978-0-7575-4217-6
Dituri
Closed
2
8
R533283
Broadway Dance
“Fun, laughs, goodtime…” This course is designed for our future stars of Broadway. The class will focus on technique, persona, confidence, and some of the historical figures of Broadway. Did you know the Castle Waltz is just one example of the early fusion of pop culture into Broadway dance? Can you name the musical? This course is for mixed level dancers and will have students who just picked up their first pair of Jazz shoes through dancers who have been dancing their entire lives. ***Black jazz shoes required for course***
Open
2
8
S563283
Roller Coaster Physics
Hold onto your seats! This is one fun ride! Roller Coaster Science guides students through a scientific mystery, set in an amusement park, where the rides are not working properly. Students will learn about the major historical people and moments related to discoveries in the field of motion and gravity and apply that knowledge to solve the mystery. Students will also use the laws of motion and gravity to design their own roller coaster.
Sanford
Closed
2
8
T510283
Diving Deep into Word: PPT, Access, and Excel
Sharpen your business presentation skills using Power Point, Access, and Excel. Learn how to use more advanced features in each of the tools to be able to create business style reports and presentations. Incorporate charts and graphs into your presentations to show a creative representation of data.
Coren
Closed
2
9
E560293
Set the Scene: Play Writing
Discover how to join the ranks William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller by becoming the ultimate G&T Playwright for the next few weeks! How far can you push your imagination? In this class you will rewrite and act out stories from famous writers to learn the basic structure of a play. From there you will be challenged to write your own play telling a story through action, writing lines, and rewriting the end of a story.
Brothers
Closed
2
9
H565293
History of Rock and Roll
Do you characterize yourself as a rocker or a roller? Have you ever listened to a song and wondered exactly what the artist was thinking as he or she composed the piece? Rock and Roll has had the power to inspire, motivate, and influence people all over the world. The History of Rock and Roll is a class where students will take a journey back to the beginning of the 20th century when modern rock was emerging as the result of cultural collisions in American cities. This class will expose students to a variety of musical genres from jazz of the 1920s to grunge of the 1990s and everything in between. Whether you are a head banger, two-stepper or fist pumper, this class has something to offer any music lover.
Caruso
Open
2
9
M510293
Geometry & Technology
Geometry was never so much fun! Using Geometer’s Sketchpad (GSP) in a computer lab setting, you will learn to construct precise figures, and then use animation to study them interactively. You will learn the basic functions and commands of GSP, and then apply them to some fascinating problems, including constructions and measurements of geometric figures, similarity, solid geometry, coordinate geometry, string art, Snowflakes (iterations), transformations and tessellations. You will explore Geometric concepts using virtual manipulatives. You will solve application problems involving geometric concepts. Prerequisite: Student should be comfortable with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Linder
Closed
2
9
M535293
Mind Benders
Strategy games allow you to work multiple areas of your brain! Strategy games require you to think deeply and forces participants to look into the future to beat their opponents. The best players of strategy games are able to see moves all the way through to the end of the game before they even begin. What makes strategy games very difficult is having to think deeply, and weigh each potential outcome of a move. In Mind?Benders, you will be asked to challenge yourself and classmates in games that are hands?on. You will learn some of the history of the games and be asked to compete against yourself. Go (Reversi/Othello), Checkers, Mancala, and Risk are just a few of the games that will be covered in this course.
Buttram
Closed
2
9
R509293
Yoga
This course allows you to relax and get into shape at the same time. Yoga is a union of body, mind, and spirit. The practice of yoga makes the body strong and flexible. This class explores gentle movements to increase flexibility, strength, and well-being. Students are led through stretches, yoga postures, and breathing practices, then guided into deep relaxation using visual imagery. Learn about the history of yoga and how it originated and has changed over the years. In this class, you will learn yoga poses to tone the whole body, strengthen muscles, improve posture, and increase your energy. Please bring your own mat.
Closed
2
9
S587293
Science of Spycraft
Students will turn into super sleuths as they investigate the science behind the skills, equipment and techniques spies use in their covert operations. Investigate how laser beams, facial recognition, listening devices and other top-secret devices work in this hands-on course.
Trojanowski
Closed
2
9
R521293
Get Physical
This isn't your old fashioned physical education class! Discover the links between present day sports and the games played in ancient civilizations. Explore traditional and present day games children play in other countries. Play sports and games that have become popular in America while discovering their origins. Through this multicultural approach, children will learn the difference between games and sports and link the past with the present. Students will be challenged to create their own games and equipment to be used in game play! Cooperation will be a central theme while students enjoy getting their fill of daily physical activity.
Parrish
Open