2018-2019 Paideia Catalog

Schedule

8:30 - 11:15

HS AM Session & 78 Academic Classes

11:15 - 12:00

Lunch

12:05 - 2:50

PM Session  (All Grades)

2:50

School is dismissed

All-Day Activities 

 

Indoor Rock Climbing

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: ALL DAY

Counts for PE CREDIT

 

Explore the world of indoor and outdoor rock climbing. We will spend our days at the Central Rock Gym in Hadley, MA. where we will practice sport climbing up to heights of fifty feet, bouldering, low traverses, climbing, trust/team games, safety precautions, climbing etiquette, challenge by choice, and positive participation in a local community sport. A willingness to maximize potential, push oneself, support and trust others, and have an awesome time are required! This course is eligible for PE credit.

PVPA Mock Trial Team

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: ALL DAY

AUDITION ONLY

 

Students will combine the art of argument, acting, and rhetoric with their academic study of a specific topic–a legal case. Students will work on their performance skills after conducting extensive critical thinking.

PVPA Musical Rehearsals: Urinetown

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: ALL DAY

AUDITION ONLY

 

Students in the PVPA Musical production of Urinetown are expected to be in this all-day course during Paideia.


AM Activities

Catalyst Dance Company Rehearsals

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

AUDITION ONLY

Counts for PE CREDIT

 

The Catalyst Dance Company is a morning-only Paideia, and a 3-week dance and choreography intensive for all members of Catalyst. Dancers will develop their artistry as performers and dance makers, and the group will work collaboratively to strengthen their skills as an ensemble. Enrollment is mandatory for all company members. This course is eligible for PE credit.

Conspiracy Theories
THIS CLASS HAS MOVED TO THE AFTERNOON

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

 

This course will examine many of the conspiracy theories that pervade popular culture today. Political assassination orchestrated by the CIA, a hidden world power structure run by secret societies, NASA faking the moon landing, shape shifting reptilian aliens walking among us–these are just some of the things that millions of America's believe to be "The Truth." We will take a critical look at the evidence being presented in support of popular conspiracy theories, and discuss why these ideas have become such a cultural phenomenon. Who killed Kennedy? Is the Illuminati really "confirmed"? What are the tin foil hats for? Questions will be answered. Secrets revealed! P.S. Some of the content will feature mature themes, and a few R-rated movies that involve some violence and adult language will be shown.

Costume Production

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

Costume Production will be supporting the school musical, Urinetown. We will apply students' sewing and costuming knowledge to a real production. Previous sewing experience is required.

GUEST ARTIST! WAM Theatre Ensemble - Devising Performance with Activist Themes

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

Led by a WAM Theatre's Associate Artistic Director, Talya Kingston, students will use devised theatre techniques to create an original performance. Loosely based around the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” our theatre performance will explore activist themes through an intersectional feminist lens. We will perform this piece together in school and at a community gathering with other schools in Pittsfield in February. The criteria for participation is enthusiasm and the creative impulse to voice your ideas and feelings using multiple forms of artistic expression.

Hands-on ASL

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

Learn about the translation process of English to ASL, and learn and perform songs in ASL.

Introduction to 3D Modeling and Printing

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

If you can an imagine an object, you can print it! 3D printing technology is growing beyond plastics, and their application is limitless, but whatever the project may be, modeling is essential skill. In this course, we will approach some basic free software such as Sketchup, Sculptris, and Blender. With these, we will create and print simple objects such as chess pieces and figurines, but will also look at resources to go beyond.

Life Skills 101: Make Me An Adult!

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

Life Skills 101 teaches students all of the things adults wish we knew when we went off into the Big Wide World: from how to tie a tie to grocery shopping on a budget; from practicing interview skills to learning how to slice carrots properly. Along the way, we'll watch a couple of classic movies (Cary Grant, anyone?) and learn about self-care when living on one's own.

Plays for Life!

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

We will be reading, discussing, exploring, and watching a number of new and old plays to build our theatrical knowledge. Learning about plays and playwrights helps us conceive of our own stories, prepare as actors, and be better humans.

SAT Math Prep

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

Do you want to raise your math SAT scores? We will review the mathematics expected on the test. Perhaps more importantly we will discuss how the structure of the test, and test-taking strategies can help to improve your scores.


Screenwriting and Alternative Scripting For Film

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

Do you have a great short film in your head, but don't know quite how to communicate it to your cast and crew? This class will help you get that blockbuster idea down on paper! In this course, students will learn proper screenplay format, tips on how to structure a short film plot, and methods for thinking and writing "visually." Students will also have the opportunity to explore alternative scripting techniques for more experimental filmmaking (story grids, visual decks, and co-creation techniques). Throughout, we will watch short films in order to familiarize ourselves with this unique film format. The short scripts written will be considered for production in PVPA's spring Short Film class.

Social Fabric: Community Quilts

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

Study the art and history of quilting and learn about the work of Faith Ringold, an African American artist known for her painted story quilts, and the Gee's Bend quilters in Alabama, an isolated group of African American quilters who developed unique designs using ancestral fabrics. Each student will design and create a hand-stitched story panel using pre-existing waste fabrics that is expressive of what is important to each of them, and are encouraged to include fragments of fabric that are significant in their own lives. The panels will be sewn together to create a collaborative quilt, and the group will decide where they would like to donate the finished product in the community. No previous experience is necessary.

Spectrum A Cappella Rehearsals

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

AUDITION ONLY

 

Students in Spectrum A Cappella will be having intensive rehearsals in preparation for our spring semester with a focus on sight reading, arranging, and choreographing together.

The Arranger's Workshop

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

The Arranger's Workshop is a music course that teaches students how to arrange their favorite songs for any instrumentation. No song is to too hard, no instrumentation is too strange. This is a great way to learn how to make creating music with your friends more exciting!


Urinetown Set Construction

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

This group will complete construction and installation of the set for Urinetown. Students who have Stagecraft or Scenic Painting experience are preferred.

Video Game Development

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

Every video game starts out as just a simple idea, but what does it take to make that idea a reality? In order to answer this question, we will take a closer look at the video game industry, learn about the different stages of video game development, and play video games through the lens of a game developer. You will then work on a team to create the visual and plot elements of your own game while also researching proper game engines, programming methods, marketing strategies and more as you discover the amazing world of Video Game Development.

Virtual DJing and Music Editing

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

In Virtual DJing and Music Editing, students will use wave form audio editing programs and professional DJing software to edit and create their own music mixes.

Winter, Nature, and Mindfulness

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

Winter, Nature, and Mindfulness is designed for students to have fun, relax, and stay active during the winter weather. We’ll be learning valuable outdoor survival skills through hiking, snow-shoeing, food storage, and building shelters. We’ll also spend some time indoors creating art, practicing yoga, drinking tea, and reading. Students will earn PE credit.

WOFA Rehearsals

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

AUDITION ONLY

Counts for PE CREDIT

 

WOFA is a required morning course for all Wofa drummers and dancers to work on the Wofa showcase for March 1 & 2. This course is eligible for PE credit.


Cultural Conversations in World Cinema

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

Join David in experiencing and actively discussing 12 films from around the world that have impacted him personally in the most eye-opening, gratifying, and life-transforming ways. In this course, prepare to have your mind blown and your perception of the world challenged, as you view the world through various lenses and thus be challenged to consider issues from differing global perspectives. Note: Some R-rated films will be shown. Parental permission is required to view R-rated films.

The Eye of the Beholder

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: AM

 

Students will have an opportunity to learn photographic techniques along with select poetic forms and expression. We will work on campus and also take field trips. One focus this year will be our sense of identity. You will be able to explore and refine your "eye" for photography, and express your poetic voice.

PM Activities

7-8 Dance Education Laboratory (DEL)

Grade Levels: 7-8

Time of day: PM

AUDITION ONLY

Counts for PE CREDIT

 

Join PVPA's Dance Education Lab (DEL) and become a dance mentor to elementary-aged students at the Leeds School in Northampton. PVPA dance students learn how to design, organize, and teach dance and choreography workshops linked to different curricular themes with 3rd, 4th & 5th graders. The residency will culminate in a final joint performance of PVPA and Leeds dancers. This course is eligible for PE credit.

7-8 Funkadelic Rehearsals

Grade Levels: 7-8

Time of day: PM

AUDITION ONLY

Counts for PE CREDIT

 

Members of Funkadelic are required to rehearse and prepare for their Spring show during the afternoon Paideia course. This course is eligible for PE credit.


7-8 Gender and Pop Culture

Grade Levels: 7-8

Time of day: PM

 

Examine the ways in which gender roles are established and reinforced through popular culture. We will also explore popular media that disrupts rigid gender norms, and ultimately create counternarratives of our own.

7-8 Indoor Rock Climbing

Grade Levels: 7-8

Time of day: PM

Counts for PE CREDIT

 

Explore the world of indoor rock climbing. We will spend our afternoons at the Central Rock Gym in Hadley, MA learning how to safely sport climb, boulder, traverse, belay, and have fun pushing our limits. A willingness to maximize potential, support and trust others, and have an awesome time is required! This course is eligible for PE credit.

7-8 Literature on the Screen

Grade Levels: 7-8

Time of day: PM

 

Students will read and discuss short stories, and then view film adaptions. Then students will analyze and discuss the adaptations.

7-8 Polar Fleece Hat Making

Grade Levels: 7-8

Time of day: PM

 

Learn to make a variety of basic hats from polar fleece, and alter them to suit your own creative ideas. We may also have small demonstrations of other hat-making techniques if time and student interest allows.

Gr.8 Stage Management

Grade Levels: 8

Time of day: PM

 

Do you want to learn about stage management? If you are really organized and responsible, calm under pressure, like understanding how all of the parts come together to create an event (whether theatre, music, dance, visual art, events, weddings, festivals, etc.), and are skilled in the art of herding cats, then you might like stage managing! Throughout Paideia we will learn about production, from concept to post, and each student will create their own production book template they can use in the future. Some topic highlights include: forms, timelines and calendars, meetings, communication, collaboration, calling shows, and more!

7-8 Sustainable Fashion Accessories

Grade Levels: 7-8

Time of day: PM

 

Using sustainable fashion practices and hand-sewing techniques, students will transform waste fabric into new bags, belts, and scarves. Students will learn basic sewing stitches and construction techniques, and become familiar with different fabrics as they design and make one-of-a-kind accessories. No previous experience is necessary.

7-8 Virtual DJing and Music Editing

Grade Levels: 7-8

Time of day: PM

 

In Virtual DJing and Music Editing, students will use wave form audio editing programs and professional DJing software to edit and create their own music mixes.

7-8 West African Dance and Drum

Grade Levels: 7-8

Time of day: PM

Counts for PE CREDIT

 

This course provides an introduction to West African dance, rhythms and chants. Students learn connections in dance and music forms from Guinea, West Africa while connecting their own bodies, breath and sound. Drummers learn traditional rhythms, hand techniques and positions, and take part in the powerful interaction between movement and music. This course is eligible for PE credit.

7-8 Yarn for a Cause

Grade Levels: 7-8

Time of day: PM

 

Students will learn the basics of knitting and crocheting, and will practice their skills by making garments (hats, scarves, blankets, stuffed animals) to donate to a charitable cause of their choosing at the end of Paideia. We will also make a group-wide quilt that will be displayed during the Paideia showcase. While we knit and crochet, we will drink tea, listen to music, and form new relationships with PVPA students. Interested students should bring any crochet hooks, knitting needles, and yarn that they have!

Adventures in Toy Theater

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

 

Students will use existing or original short stories as the basis for creating small-scale, two-dimensional theatrical sets and puppets, inspired by a Victorian-era performance practice known as toy theater. They will collaborate to rehearse and perform their miniature theatrical works for invited audiences.

Chess and Other Strategy Games

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

 

Are you a budding chess master, or do you just want to learn how to play this awesome game? In this course we will learn about the history and lore of chess. Oh, we will also play a lot of games.

Civil War Crash Course Intensive

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

 

This course will explore one of the most significant events in American history. Students will create connections between the past and the present as they investigate Civil War America, including subjects such as military life, gender, music, and African American history. Special emphasis will be devoted to investigating how the Civil War has been remembered over time in movies, books, and National Parks. Students will also participate in field trips and examine current issues surrounding reenacting and living history.

Cultural Conversations in World Cinema

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

 

Join David in experiencing and actively discussing 12 films from around the world that have impacted him personally in the most eye-opening, gratifying, and life-transforming ways. In this course, prepare to have your mind blown and your perception of the world challenged, as you view the world through various lenses and thus be challenged to consider issues from differing global perspectives. Note: Some R-rated films will be shown. Parental permission is required to view R-rated films.

Dance Education Laboratory (DEL)

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

AUDITION ONLY

Counts for PE CREDIT

 

Join PVPA's Dance Education Lab (DEL) and become a dance mentor to elementary-aged students at the Leeds School in Northampton. PVPA dance students learn how to design, organize, and teach dance and choreography workshops linked to different curricular themes with 3rd, 4th & 5th graders. The residency will culminate in a final joint performance of PVPA and Leeds dancers. This course is eligible for PE credit.

Funkadelic Rehearsals
Grade Levels: 9-12
Time of day: PM
AUDITION ONLY
Counts for PE CREDIT

 

Members of Funkadelic are required to rehearse and prepare for their Spring show during the afternoon Paideia course. This course is eligible for PE credit.

Gender and Pop Culture

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

 

In this course, we will examine the ways in which gender roles are established and reinforced through popular culture. We will also explore popular media that disrupts rigid gender norms, and will ultimately create counternarratives of our own.

Literature on the Screen

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

 

Students will read and discuss short stories, and then view film adaptions. Then students will analyze and discuss the adaptations.

M.A.P.S. (Music and Poetry Synchronized)

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

AUDITION ONLY

 

MAPS (Music and Poetry Synchronized) is an audition-based songwriting class that provides an exciting opportunity to write original music to poetry submitted by students from the Urban Assembly Green Careers Charter School of NYC. It is a partnership across space and time, and the results are always extraordinary! This course will culminate in bringing the two groups together for a concert showcasing the poetry and music created together.

Stage Management

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

 

Do you want to learn about stage management? If you are really organized and responsible, calm under pressure, like understanding how all of the parts come together to create an event (whether theatre, music, dance, visual art, events, weddings, festivals, etc.), and are skilled in the art of herding cats, then you might like stage managing! Throughout Paideia we will learn about production, from concept to post, and each student will create their own production book template they can use in the future. Some topic highlights include: forms, timelines and calendars, meetings, communication, collaboration, calling shows, and more!

The Eye of the Beholder

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

 

Students will have an opportunity to learn photographic techniques along with select poetic forms and expression. We will work on campus and also take field trips. One focus this year will be our sense of identity. You will be able to explore and refine your "eye" for photography, and express your poetic voice.

Urinetown Pit Orchestra Rehearsals

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

AUDITION ONLY

 

Students and teachers in the Urinetown pit orchestra will learn, refine, and perfect the music for the PVPA musical.

Video Game History

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

 

How did Video Games become the single most profitable form of entertainment in our society today? To answer this, along many more questions, we will have to take a trip through the decades starting with a time when arcade machines were king, and Atari paved the way for household gaming. This trip later filled with controversy, violence, sexism, and lawsuits where we almost saw the fall of gaming forever. Prepare for a journey packed with nostalgia, powerful discussions, classic game trailers, lively debates, and, of course, gaming as we unravel what is known as Video Game History.

Visual Arts Portfolio Development

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

 

This group is designed for visual art students to develop finished work to build and strengthen their portfolios. Student work can be self-directed with input and reflection from the instructor.

Yarn for a Cause

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time of day: PM

 

Students will learn the basics of knitting and crocheting, and will practice their skills by making garments (hats, scarves, blankets, stuffed animals) to donate to a charitable cause of their choosing at the end of Paideia. We will also make a group-wide quilt that will be displayed during the Paideia showcase. While we knit and crochet, we will drink tea, listen to music, and form new relationships with PVPA students. Interested students should bring any crochet hooks, knitting needles, and yarn that they have!