Grades: 7-8 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
A707113
Upcycled Clothing - Stitch by Stitch
Weave, snip, stitch, and paint your old clothes into something unique and original. The favorite shirt you wore so much it now has holes can be upcycled into something new. In this class we will go over stitches, measuring, creating a basic pattern, and experiment with different materials for transforming an object.
McWilliams
Open
1
1
E761113
Next Great Novel
Have you been dreaming about being the next great American author? Does the idea of seeing your book on a shelf in the bookstore make you smile? This class is going to help take the idea you have for your next great novel and help you begin to put it onto paper. Over the three week course you will begin to outline where you want your story to go, work on character development, and begin to write your first chapter. Discover your creative writing process. Do you write better at night, in the morning, outside, with music, or with complete silence? You will be asked to workshop your ideas with classmates and learn how to set writing goals for your novel. As with any writing class you will also be asked to write and revise, revise, revise.
Sanford
Open
1
1
H718113
Psychology
Why do people think and behave the way that they do? This is the puzzle that most psychologists are attempting to decipher. In our three week course, we will examine some of the possible answers to this essential question. After an overview of the various theoretical approaches to psychology, we will explore the following topics and more: Classical and operant conditioning. Why is it so hard to break bad habits? The brain and behavior, “ What would happen if you split the brain in half? Sensation and perception, “Can you really taste the difference between Coke and Pepsi?" Sleep and dreams, “ What, if anything, do dreams mean? Hypnosis, “ What happens during hypnosis and why?" Can you be hypnotized? Abnormal behavior, “ Why are some people afraid to leave their houses?"
H. Klein
Closed
1
1
M756113
Geometry in Architecture
Elements of geometry are found in most forms of construction. Have you ever wondered how the Great Wall, the pyramids, or the Taj Mahal were created? They were each created using advanced forms of Geometry. Each of these buildings represents excellent examples of where we can see mathematics in Architecture. Geometry is used to make sure corners are square, arches are centered, and different elements of the house are level. In this course you will calculate height, width, and incorporate your geometry skills into understanding how math is used in architecture. Will you use arches, circles, or triangles to in your future building? While you are going to examine structure, this class is focused on math!
Sanchez
Open
1
1
S726113
Mechanics in Engineering (Double Period)
Engineering Mechanics has roots in both physics and mathematics. This course will study different types of forces that result in motion. Understanding Engineering Mechanics is important throughout different engineering fields. These principles are used in aerospace, cars, software, and manufacturing. Within this course you will take a deep dive into understanding how simple concepts of wheels, gears, and levers become complex units in creating movement. Students should be ready to learn how to build, launch, analyze, and tweak projects like a Ping-Pong catapult. Required Supplies: Students will need to purchase either the Wooden Ornithopter Model Kit or the Pathfinders Leonardo DaVinci Aerial Screw Wood Kit for the course. Either of these can be purchased from Amazon.
Gualtieri
Closed
1
1
T707113
Webpage Design
Do you have a keen eye for design and a love of programming? This course is optimal for students whose interests encompass design, programming, and who feel knowledgeable about a particular subject. Webpages are designed using a variety of tools for an endless amount of topics. In this course you will learn how to use the basic tools of web design and learn how to utilize HTML. The course will also teach students about how web pages are designed with user experience in mind, and how content for a website is developed.
Coren
Closed
1
2
A703123
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
Open
1
2
E762123
Inspiring Writing
Discover how easy writing can be in inspiring writing. In this class you will learn techniques for pushing your imagination to its limits. Writers use tricks and writing prompts to get their thoughts in writing. Pictures, articles, story cubes, music, free writing, and many other tools are used to help people write. What is your inspiration? Learn how to keep moving when writing.
Alloy
Open
1
2
H778123
Speeches of Great Leaders
What do Susan B. Anthony, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, and Abraham Lincoln have in common? They were all great speakers who could inspire an audience of listeners. In this class you will learn parts of their speeches and why individuals like these were such dynamic speakers. Be prepared to recite and practice speaking in front of an audience. Learn where and how they used gestures to make a point. Enter into the world of forensics (public speaking), and pick a speech of someone who inspires you to learn about in more detail for this course.
Weinstein
Open
1
2
H793123
Knights, Dragons, and Mysteries Galore
This is one of the most interesting and exciting history courses you will ever take. Imagine studying the life of Richard the Lionhearted, the Lincoln assassination, the wreck of the Hindenburg, and the real Count Dracula all in the same course. With extensive use of film, speculation, and the professor's collection of medieval artifacts and weaponry, the greatest events of all time will spring to life. From Hannibal to the Beatles, King Arthur to the Bermuda Triangle, the Vikings to the Princes in the Tower, we will cover the best of the best. Join us for an unforgettable journey through the pages of time.
Woods
Closed
1
2
M716123
PSAT Math
Daunted by the PSAT? Determined to Ace the test? Discover more than 25 test taking strategies as well as exercises to strengthen your pre-algebra, elementary arithmetic, algebra and geometry skills. Let us provide you with all the tools you need to foster success.
Sanchez
Open
1
2
S726123
Mechanics in Engineering (Double Period)
Engineering Mechanics has roots in both physics and mathematics. This course will study different types of forces that result in motion. Understanding Engineering Mechanics is important throughout different engineering fields. These principles are used in aerospace, cars, software, and manufacturing. Within this course you will take a deep dive into understanding how simple concepts of wheels, gears, and levers become complex units in creating movement. Students should be ready to learn how to build, launch, analyze, and tweak projects like a Ping-Pong catapult. Required Supplies: Students will need to purchase either the Wooden Ornithopter Model Kit or the Pathfinders Leonardo DaVinci Aerial Screw Wood Kit for the course. Either of these can be purchased from Amazon.
Gualtieri
Closed
1
2
S773123
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
K. Klein
Closed
1
3
H706133
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
Open
1
3
H749133
Voyage through the Ages
Prepare to be an early explorer with an exploration of history with Vikings, Conquistadors, and pirates joining in their voyage at sea. Join in the tradition of discovery of new worlds and civilizations by tracking explorers like Marco Polo and follow the Vikings through North America. Do you better represent Sir Francis Drake? History is filled with excitement, new discoveries, and stories that have helped shape who we are today. By joining in the Voyage Through the Ages, you will have an opportunity to discover some of your own past.
Woods
Open
1
3
H754133
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
3
S764133
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.
Cameron
Closed
1
3
S775133
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
4
B702143
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
4
H741143
Civil War - Reconstruction
So what actually happened after the Civil War? In order to be able to discuss what happened during the period of reconstruction, students will review key points of the Civil War and then take a look at how the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were used to reconstruct the Southern states. During the reconstruction the south was facing political, social, and economic issues. This class will focus on issues that dealt with famine, disease, crime, and aspects of anarchy that were rampant in the south. This class will have strong topics and contain information that takes a look at the social and political changes that occurred just after the Civil War.
Weinstein
Open
1
4
M730143
Trigonometry
Trigonometry, or “trig”, is found in geography, astronomy, physics, chemistry, and engineering. The applications of trig can be found in calculus, statistics, and linear algebra. This class is for advanced math students with a base knowledge of geometry and algebraic concepts. You will be introduced to Sine, Cosine, and Tangent functions. You will be asked to solve triangles, divide sides within triangles, and understand trigonometric identities.
Sanchez
Open
1
4
R702143
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
S717143
Botany
Welcome to the world of plants. Be prepared to adventure outside to gather, collect, and examine specimens from the world around you. This is a hands?on course where you will investigate plants. Learn about how and why flowers and plants grown in specific areas. Students will create their own planting bean labs and track growth through journaling. Learn about using plant based inks, and some of the uses of the plants around us.
Fahey
Open
1
4
S775143
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
4
T705143
Java Programming
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).
Closed
1
5
B703153
Compounding Interest: Finance
This course will cover finance from earning, saving, spending, and giving. You will also take a look at how compounding interest affects both savings and credit. In this class you will be challenged to balance budgets that involve compounding interest. The class will take a look at how budgets are created and change. Not only will students take look at their own projected financial picture, but work on a budget that affects a larger populous. Be prepared to learn about needs verses wants of an individual and how to determine needs verses wants of a greater population when analyzing or proposing a budget.
Hunter
Open
1
5
E703153
Journalism
Are you ready to move beyond class essays? In this more advanced journalism course, students will hone their writing craft with meaningful and comprehensive reporting and criticism. Beginning with the structure and language necessary in reporting and moving on to developing high-level vocabulary and memorable sentences and paragraphs, this class will advance students to a high caliber of writing that translates into more effective all-around language arts capability. We'll cover local and national news, review films and books with a critical eye that imparts opinion and analysis, learn the voice of a seasoned editorial columnist, as well as learn physical layout and assembly logistics involved in printing newspapers. In this advanced exploration into journalism, you'll take the next step towards becoming the premier voices of your generation through developing versatile and useful writing skills.
Russ
Open
1
5
H795153
Ancient Newscasts
What if you lived when Rome was being built? What if you were a reporter when Cleopatra was in power? How would you report historical events to the public in a condensed manner? You are going to be asked to dig deep into history and synthesize historical information. Your ultimate goal will be to transform what you’ve uncovered into concise interpretations for a general public. If there were television and radio in Ancient China, how would they have reported the invasions of Genghis Kahn? Be sure to double and triple check your facts as you are preparing to deliver the news.
Weinstein
Open
1
5
M778153
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
5
R726153
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
5
S714153
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
5
T703153
C/C++
C/C++ is a language used to create computer programs! The course will provide an introduction into programming utilizing the C/C++ language as a platform. The class will primarily focus on understanding the aspects and problem solving utilizing the language to learn the basic elements of programming. Students will have a small introduction into C++ toward the end of the course. The course is a fit for students with an interest in programming, or have even attempted some programming on their own already. Students who are familiar with Java or HTML may have a slightly easier time in the course; however there are considerable differences in syntax between the three languages. The goal is to teach problem solving, troubleshooting, and critical thinking within a programming context.
Ross
Closed
1
7
A736173
Clay Studio
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
7
A776173
Pen and Ink Drawing
Pen and ink are traditional mediums used by illustrators, cartoonists, and fine artists. Incorporating proper ink techniques can help make drawings appear bolder and more defined. This class includes techniques of continuous line, continuous line scribble, crosshatch, parallel line and stippling. Supplies Required: An 8x10, 8.5x11, 9x12, or 11x14 inch spiral-bound drawing notebook, and a Sakura 30061 3-Piece Pigma Micron Blister Card Ink Pen Set, Black.
McWilliams
Open
1
7
S729173
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!
Alloy
Open
1
7
S743173
Building Skyscrapers
You've taken the basics of Geometry already. In Building Skyscrapers you will need to put your math and collaboration skills to work in order to create new skyscrapers. You and your classmates will build human skyscrapers to learn about force and balance as you work your way up to your own architectural masterpiece. Learn about the fundamentals of tension and compression while you are in the testing and design stages. The class will cross compare the design of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. You will be asked to take a look at the differences between the two and discuss ascetic verses structural necessity. Who will be able to create the newest addition to the skyline?
Larson
Open
1
7
T720173
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
8
H792183
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.
Trojanowski
Open
1
8
M717183
Algebra
This course is designed as a first course in algebra for students with little algebra background. Students will acquire fundamental algebra concepts and skills necessary to the study of higher mathematics. Goals: - To develop proficiency and a conceptual understanding of algebera - To acquire a variety of techniques, symbolic, numeric, and visual, for solving problems - To recognize the relevance to and practical use of algebra in real-life application
Romeo
Closed
1
8
M746183
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
Open
1
8
R707183
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
8
S718183
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.
Alloy
Closed
1
9
A777193
Puppet Master
Work on the art of sculpting while creating your own puppet. In this class you will create your own unique puppet with clay and other materials. You will learn how to bring your puppet to life and create a unique persona through movement techniques, design, and general pageantry. Incorporate materials such as paper mache, cardboard, and fabric.
Ayers
Open
1
9
E716193
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.
Sanford
Open
1
9
R735193
Just the Nets
Be prepared to bump, pass, volley, and keep the birdie off the ground. This is a gym class that will work on sports that include nets. We will be playing games such as badminton and volleyball.
Schlitzer
Open
1
9
S702193
Immersed in Elements: The Periodic Table
Can you differentiate between an isotope, ion, new element, and a molecule? For the next three weeks be prepared to become immersed in the elements of the Periodic Table. Learn what it is like to become part of an atom and how the elements work with one another. Check your energy levels and prepare for flying electrons.
Larson
Closed
2
1
A707213
Upcycled Clothing - Stitch by Stitch
Weave, snip, stitch, and paint your old clothes into something unique and original. The favorite shirt you wore so much it now has holes can be upcycled into something new. In this class we will go over stitches, measuring, creating a basic pattern, and experiment with different materials for transforming an object.
McWilliams
Closed
2
1
E710213
Rewriting Novels
Have you been dreaming about being the next great American author? Does the idea of seeing your book on a shelf in the bookstore make you smile? This class is going to help take the idea you have for your next great novel and help you begin to put it onto paper. Over the three week course you will begin to outline where you want your story to go, work on character development, and begin to write your first chapter. Discover your creative writing process. Do you write better at night, in the morning, outside, with music, or with complete silence? You will be asked to workshop your ideas with classmates and learn how to set writing goals for your novel. As with any writing class you will also be asked to write and revise, revise, revise.
Sanford
Open
2
1
H718213
Psychology
Why do people think and behave the way that they do? This is the puzzle that most psychologists are attempting to decipher. In our three week course, we will examine some of the possible answers to this essential question. After an overview of the various theoretical approaches to psychology, we will explore the following topics and more: Classical and operant conditioning. Why is it so hard to break bad habits? The brain and behavior, “ What would happen if you split the brain in half? Sensation and perception, “Can you really taste the difference between Coke and Pepsi?" Sleep and dreams, “ What, if anything, do dreams mean? Hypnosis, “ What happens during hypnosis and why?" Can you be hypnotized? Abnormal behavior, “ Why are some people afraid to leave their houses?"
Klein
Closed
2
1
M756213
Geometry in Architecture
Elements of geometry are found in most forms of construction. Have you ever wondered how the Great Wall, the pyramids, or the Taj Mahal were created? They were each created using advanced forms of Geometry. Each of these buildings represents excellent examples of where we can see mathematics in Architecture. Geometry is used to make sure corners are square, arches are centered, and different elements of the house are level. In this course you will calculate height, width, and incorporate your geometry skills into understanding how math is used in architecture. Will you use arches, circles, or triangles to in your future building? While you are going to examine structure, this class is focused on math!
Sanchez
Closed
2
1
S726213
Mechanics in Engineering (Double Period)
Engineering Mechanics has roots in both physics and mathematics. This course will study different types of forces that result in motion. Understanding Engineering Mechanics is important throughout different engineering fields. These principles are used in aerospace, cars, software, and manufacturing. Within this course you will take a deep dive into understanding how simple concepts of wheels, gears, and levers become complex units in creating movement. Students should be ready to learn how to build, launch, analyze, and tweak projects like a Ping-Pong catapult. Required Supplies: Students will need to purchase either the Wooden Ornithopter Model Kit or the Pathfinders Leonardo DaVinci Aerial Screw Wood Kit for the course. Either of these can be purchased from Amazon.
Gualtieri
Open
2
1
T707213
Webpage Design
Do you have a keen eye for design and a love of programming? This course is optimal for students whose interests encompass design, programming, and who feel knowledgeable about a particular subject. Webpages are designed using a variety of tools for an endless amount of topics. In this course you will learn how to use the basic tools of web design and learn how to utilize HTML. The course will also teach students about how web pages are designed with user experience in mind, and how content for a website is developed.
Coren
Closed
2
2
A703223
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
Open
2
2
H778223
Speeches of Great Leaders
What do Susan B. Anthony, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, and Abraham Lincoln have in common? They were all great speakers who could inspire an audience of listeners. In this class you will learn parts of their speeches and why individuals like these were such dynamic speakers. Be prepared to recite and practice speaking in front of an audience. Learn where and how they used gestures to make a point. Enter into the world of forensics (public speaking), and pick a speech of someone who inspires you to learn about in more detail for this course.
Owens
Open
2
2
H793223
Knights, Dragons, and Mysteries Galore
This is one of the most interesting and exciting history courses you will ever take. Imagine studying the life of Richard the Lionhearted, the Lincoln assassination, the wreck of the Hindenburg, and the real Count Dracula all in the same course. With extensive use of film, speculation, and the professor's collection of medieval artifacts and weaponry, the greatest events of all time will spring to life. From Hannibal to the Beatles, King Arthur to the Bermuda Triangle, the Vikings to the Princes in the Tower, we will cover the best of the best. Join us for an unforgettable journey through the pages of time.
Woods
Closed
2
2
M716223
PSAT Math
Daunted by the PSAT? Determined to Ace the test? Discover more than 25 test taking strategies as well as exercises to strengthen your pre-algebra, elementary arithmetic, algebra and geometry skills. Let us provide you with all the tools you need to foster success.
Sanchez
Closed
2
2
S726223
Mechanics in Engineering (Double Period)
Engineering Mechanics has roots in both physics and mathematics. This course will study different types of forces that result in motion. Understanding Engineering Mechanics is important throughout different engineering fields. These principles are used in aerospace, cars, software, and manufacturing. Within this course you will take a deep dive into understanding how simple concepts of wheels, gears, and levers become complex units in creating movement. Students should be ready to learn how to build, launch, analyze, and tweak projects like a Ping-Pong catapult. Required Supplies: Students will need to purchase either the Wooden Ornithopter Model Kit or the Pathfinders Leonardo DaVinci Aerial Screw Wood Kit for the course. Either of these can be purchased from Amazon.
Gualtieri
Open
2
2
S773223
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
E719233
PSAT Verbal
Are you looking to maximize your PSAT scoring potential, boost your PSAT confidence, and reduce your PSAT anxiety? PSAT Verbal Workout is a positive and stimulating training program that will put you in top form to meet the challenges of the PSAT and beyond. PSAT Verbal Workout includes warm up activities in PSAT format, types of questions, and practice exercises in context and word clues, connotation and denotation, figurative language, inferences, and reading comprehension. All activities and exercises are designed to get you into maximum shape for the PSAT.
Alloy
Closed
2
3
H706233
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
Open
2
3
H749233
Voyage through the Ages
Prepare to be an early explorer with an exploration of history with Vikings, Conquistadors, and pirates joining in their voyage at sea. Join in the tradition of discovery of new worlds and civilizations by tracking explorers like Marco Polo and follow the Vikings through North America. Do you better represent Sir Francis Drake? History is filled with excitement, new discoveries, and stories that have helped shape who we are today. By joining in the Voyage Through the Ages, you will have an opportunity to discover some of your own past.
Woods
Closed
2
3
H754233
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
Open
2
3
H794233
Building the Team
One of the most basic parts for building any team includes understanding how to communicate with one another. In this class you will be given a series of challenges in which you will have to work together to solve problems given by the instructor. These problems may involve props, scenarios, or potential conflict issues. Be prepared to act out different scenarios and make community-based decisions with one another. The goal of this class is to ultimately practice observation and communication skills through cooperation, inquiry, listening, and patience.
Flotard
Open
2
3
S764233
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.
Hassan
Closed
2
3
S775233
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
4
B702243
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
4
E702243
Study Skills
Are your studying effectively and efficiently? This course offers a wide variety of study skills, with an assortment of helpful hints and useful strategies for academic self-sufficiency. Learn to manage time, listen effectively, improve concentration, and remember more of what you study. Note-taking techniques, test-taking strategies, memory tricks, and presenting effective oral reports are among the topics that will be covered.

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Owens
Closed
2
4
M730243
Trigonometry
Trigonometry, or “trig”, is found in geography, astronomy, physics, chemistry, and engineering. The applications of trig can be found in calculus, statistics, and linear algebra. This class is for advanced math students with a base knowledge of geometry and algebraic concepts. You will be introduced to Sine, Cosine, and Tangent functions. You will be asked to solve triangles, divide sides within triangles, and understand trigonometric identities.
Romeo
Open
2
4
S717243
Botany
Welcome to the world of plants. Be prepared to adventure outside to gather, collect, and examine specimens from the world around you. This is a hands?on course where you will investigate plants. Learn about how and why flowers and plants grown in specific areas. Students will create their own planting bean labs and track growth through journaling. Learn about using plant based inks, and some of the uses of the plants around us.
Fahey
Open
2
4
S775243
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
4
T705243
Java Programming
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
5
B703253
Compounding Interest: Finance
This course will cover finance from earning, saving, spending, and giving. You will also take a look at how compounding interest affects both savings and credit. In this class you will be challenged to balance budgets that involve compounding interest. The class will take a look at how budgets are created and change. Not only will students take look at their own projected financial picture, but work on a budget that affects a larger populous. Be prepared to learn about needs verses wants of an individual and how to determine needs verses wants of a greater population when analyzing or proposing a budget.
Closed
2
5
E703253
Journalism
Are you ready to move beyond class essays? In this more advanced journalism course, students will hone their writing craft with meaningful and comprehensive reporting and criticism. Beginning with the structure and language necessary in reporting and moving on to developing high-level vocabulary and memorable sentences and paragraphs, this class will advance students to a high caliber of writing that translates into more effective all-around language arts capability. We'll cover local and national news, review films and books with a critical eye that imparts opinion and analysis, learn the voice of a seasoned editorial columnist, as well as learn physical layout and assembly logistics involved in printing newspapers. In this advanced exploration into journalism, you'll take the next step towards becoming the premier voices of your generation through developing versatile and useful writing skills.
Trojanowski
Open
2
5
H795253
Ancient Newscasts
What if you lived when Rome was being built? What if you were a reporter when Cleopatra was in power? How would you report historical events to the public in a condensed manner? You are going to be asked to dig deep into history and synthesize historical information. Your ultimate goal will be to transform what you’ve uncovered into concise interpretations for a general public. If there were television and radio in Ancient China, how would they have reported the invasions of Genghis Kahn? Be sure to double and triple check your facts as you are preparing to deliver the news.
Caruso
Open
2
5
M778253
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
5
R727253
Hip-Pop-O-Rama
Hip-Pop-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-Pop-O-Roma 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-Pop-O-Roma 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
5
S714253
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
2
5
T703253
C/C++
C/C++ is a language used to create computer programs! The course will provide an introduction into programming utilizing the C/C++ language as a platform. The class will primarily focus on understanding the aspects and problem solving utilizing the language to learn the basic elements of programming. Students will have a small introduction into C++ toward the end of the course. The course is a fit for students with an interest in programming, or have even attempted some programming on their own already. Students who are familiar with Java or HTML may have a slightly easier time in the course; however there are considerable differences in syntax between the three languages. The goal is to teach problem solving, troubleshooting, and critical thinking within a programming context.
Ross
Closed
2
7
A736273
Clay Studio
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
7
A776273
Pen and Ink Drawing
Pen and ink are traditional mediums used by illustrators, cartoonists, and fine artists. Incorporating proper ink techniques can help make drawings appear bolder and more defined. This class includes techniques of continuous line, continuous line scribble, crosshatch, parallel line and stippling. Supplies Required: An 8x10, 8.5x11, 9x12, or 11x14 inch spiral-bound drawing notebook, and a Sakura 30061 3-Piece Pigma Micron Blister Card Ink Pen Set, Black.
McWilliams
Closed
2
7
M780273
Probability and 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.
Hunter
Closed
2
7
S729273
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!
Alloy
Open
2
7
S743273
Building Skyscrapers
You've taken the basics of Geometry already. In Building Skyscrapers you will need to put your math and collaboration skills to work in order to create new skyscrapers. You and your classmates will build human skyscrapers to learn about force and balance as you work your way up to your own architectural masterpiece. Learn about the fundamentals of tension and compression while you are in the testing and design stages. The class will cross compare the design of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. You will be asked to take a look at the differences between the two and discuss ascetic verses structural necessity. Who will be able to create the newest addition to the skyline?
Open
2
7
T720273
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
8
B701283
Advertising Agency
Did you know that you may see up to 3,000 advertisements per day? What you may not see is all the behind the scene work that goes into the creation of an advertising campaign. In this class, students will experience how campaigns are created, from beginning to end. Advertising involves an entire world of unseen collaborators. The artist is tasked with bringing an idea to life with eye catching designs. The strategist is responsible for understanding the audience, market and competition. The writer uses both creative and informational writing tactics to find the right message for the brand. The planner explores emerging media to gain brand exposure. The pitchman presents the final product using business and promotional tactics. What role fits your personality best? In addition to learning each role, you will be introduced to some of the current heavy players in advertising. Most large brands hire advertising firms to create their tv and radio commercials, online marketing, cell phone apps, and print materials. You will be tasked to work together in developing a campaign for a current popular brand. You will work with your team in a "think tank" to create all of the elements of an advertising campaign. The final challenge will be a full pitch in front of a panel of advertising experts for your group's campaign.
Closed
2
8
H792283
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
Open
2
8
M737283
Algebra II
In Algebra II students will expand on their knowledge of Algebra 1. This course will develop the students understanding of core algebraic concepts such as polynomials, algebraic expressions, factoring, quadratic equations, and an introduction into Trigonometry. They will learn to apply these concepts to real life applications. Students will be engaging in mathematical concepts that will broaden their understanding of what they know and prepare them for a smooth transition to higher levels of mathematics.
Romeo
Open
2
8
M746283
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
8
S718283
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.
Alloy
Open
2
9
A758293
Watercolor Works
Watercolor Works is an introductory watercolor course designed to teach the essentials of color theory, composition, drawing, and 2D design. All of these necessary basics of the visual arts fused with the inspiration of the natural world, including plant and animal life, help you get a closer look at a smaller world that you may otherwise walk right by!
Villalobos
Open
2
9
E716293
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.
Closed
2
9
E764293
Write the Sitcom
Many of us have our favorite TV show, but we do not tend to think about what goes into writing something funny with interwoven characters. Sitcoms allow us to watch about 15 to 30 minutes of a show that weaves together multiple story lines. How much time is given to each of the players in the story? How do you write to keep a watcher engaged and connected to your characters? After dissecting and discussing popular shows, the class will work in two teams to create their own sitcom. After writing your sitcom with developed characters and dialogue the teams will swap stories with one another. With the other team’s dialogue and developed characters in hand you will interpret what is on the page and bring it to life through cold readings. After the initial readings the teams will discuss what they were able to understand from each of the sitcoms. The writers will get a chance to revise their own sitcom and do a final reading of their work for the other team. This class is an opportunity to learn how to develop material with direction, dialogue, and multiple levels.
Sanford
Open
2
9
R735293
Just the Nets
Be prepared to bump, pass, volley, and keep the birdie off the ground. This is a gym class that will work on sports that include nets. We will be playing games such as badminton and volleyball.
Schlitzer
Closed
2
9
S702293
Immersed in Elements: The Periodic Table
Can you differentiate between an isotope, ion, new element, and a molecule? For the next three weeks be prepared to become immersed in the elements of the Periodic Table. Learn what it is like to become part of an atom and how the elements work with one another. Check your energy levels and prepare for flying electrons.
Larson
Open
1
1
PA706113
Composing Pop Music
TBA
TBA
Open