BSIL Class Request Form
BSIL staff will register students based on request forms received and recommendations by staff. Parents do not register their children. Registration request forms will be reviewed on a first come first served basis. Schedules will be posted to the MSP portal beginning August 13th. If you do not have a portal login, please email Michelle at michelle@baltimorehomeschool.org. PLEASE READ THE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS AND EXPECTATIONS BEFORE REQUESTING CLASSES.

Schedules will not be final until enrollment or re-enrollment documents are completed, signed, and returned. Enrollment/Re-enrollment documents can be found HERE :

https://form.platoforms.com/fr43b7zy7oh/

We are digitizing our files and need to have completed forms for BOTH NEW and RETURNING families.
Email address *
Parent/Legal Guardian Name *
Parent & Student Orientation
Parent Orientation is on August 31st at 11am, or you can attend the evening Parent Orientation September 2nd at 5:30pm.

Student Orientation is September 3rd at 1pm.

Zoom links will be posted and emailed.

ATTENDANCE TO THE PARENT ORIENTATION IS REQUIRED.
ALL STUDENTS MUST ATTEND THE STUDENT ORIENTATION.
If there is a schedule conflict please notify brittany@baltimoreschoolofindependentlearners.org ASAP
Wellness Counselor Agreement
All BSIL students, ages 10 and up, will meet with one of our Wellness Counselors for self-health check-ins at various times throughout the academic year. To opt out of the self-health check-in, parents/guardians must email Brittany Williams at brittany@baltimoreschoolofindependentlearners.org no later than September 14th, 2020.
I understand and agree that my child (age 10 and up) will meet with one of the BSIL Wellness Counselors throughout the academic year.
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Student name *
Student age *
as of September 14, 2020
Student birth date *
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Student email address
Please select 1 of the following options *
If one of the options does not apply to you, please contact Brittany Williams brittany@baltimoreschoolofindependentlearners.org
Student plans on attending BSIL for: *
I would like to pay tuition on the following plan: *
I understand and agree I am financially responsible for tuition and fees for the entire school year, and that tuition and fees are due and payable as indicated on this contract. If my child(ren) is dismissed, suspended, expelled, or removed from BSIL at the discretion of BSIL, I am still obligated to pay the remaining balance of tuition and fees, plus any costs of arbitration and/or collection. Should I remove my child(ren) from BSIL, regardless of the reason, I am still obligated to pay the remaining balance of tuition and fees, plus any costs of arbitration and/or collection. I understand and agree that any payment not received without alternate payment arrangements made within 30 days of the due date may result in the voiding of the contract with BSIL, resulting in removal from classes and/or the school program. I also understand students will not be allowed to attend classes, receive work or make up work when tuition is 30 days overdue. A student’s tuition payment must be current in order to receive progress reports, transcripts or any communication with other schools or organizations.
Student Fees will be invoiced on August 17th. Please select applicable fees *
Office Hours
This year on the schedule you will see office hours for some of the directors and instructors. Office hour zoom links will be posted and sent to the parents. Parents and students will be able to follow the link during any one of the office hours to ask questions or discuss concerns. For teacher office hours not listed, office hours will be by appointment only by emailing the instructor.
Project Based Learning (PBL) Requirements
The Project Based Learning (PBL) course is a requirement for all BSIL students. PBL puts the student in charge of a specific aspect of their education, allowing the student to select and study a topic of their choice. This is an opportunity for the student to focus on a specific interest and create their own unique project. Students will work with a facilitator to develop and refine an age and ability appropriate plan. The facilitator will help them identify their project topic, set goals, choose a mentor if necessary, and help them record their progress. They will meet with their facilitator regularly to stay on track, identify problem areas, and make adjustments as/if necessary.

A student may choose their PBL topic in order to study a particular subject in-depth, to satisfy a specific credit type, because it works best for their schedule, or simply because it’s a different approach to learning.

Some sample PBL topics are:

•Research and design an original choreographed dance in a specific dance style.
•Identify types of video game styles and compare and contrast two favorite styles.
•A visual report on LGBTQ+ historical figures in the music industry.
•Create a peer counseling system in order to facilitate mental health conversations between teens.
•Research, design, and build a lego village from a specific time period.
•A podcast of different conspiracy theories

Parents and students will receive a PBL Guidebook during their orientation. Once a student's schedule is finalized they will be contacted about selecting a facilitator and scheduling their first meeting.
Project Based Learning *
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If you request a class and it is full do you want to be put on the wait list for the class? This is highly recommended as a way for the directors to gauge class demand and evaluate the need for additional sections of each class.
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Private Tutor Request
Private tutoring is available in the areas of math, reading, and grammar. It is on a first come first serve basis. One tutor, one time a week max per student. Please email interest to brittany@baltimoreschoolofindependentlearners.org
Please read each class description carefully BEFORE requesting that class. Following the prerequisites is required. Students will be withdrawn from a class if placement is not appropriate. This could affect their enrollment status and/or program requirements. *
General Expectations for ALL classes
Behavior:

Participation in each class will be conducted with respect for all students, guests, and materials.

Responsible online citizenry is assumed. Behavior online and in the google classroom should be the same as would be expected in person.

Engagement in the material is expected through participation in discussions or direct communication with the instructor.

Google Classroom:

This tool is used to communicate with students between classes and should be checked at least twice weekly.

The teacher will post all assignments in a timely manner, ideally the same day as assigned.

Attendance:

Attendance is expected at every scheduled class. If a student has not received log-in credentials for an on-line class, the teacher must be contacted a minimum of 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time.

Absences with parent notes are excused, but the work assigned will still be due per the established class schedule or published due date.

Proper attendance means having both video and microphone on. If this is a concern, contact the instructor and they will work to get you the equipment necessary.

Assignments:

Students are expected to complete all assignments on time and self-manage their independent work over longer periods of time.

Homework assigned for a class is essential in learning and practicing the skills presented. Please make sure your student is leaving enough time to complete all assignments.

To request extensions on due dates for assignments, students or parents must contact the instructor prior to the due date. No exceptions will be make for work submitted past the due date without prior permission from the instructor.

Illness:

Illness and Stress are terrible bedmates. If the student or someone in your home is ill or other extenuating issues cause your student distress, please let the instructor know.
I have read and understand the General Expectations for ALL classes *
English Descriptions
StoryTime :4-8yrs
Tuesday: 10:30-1055
Session 1
Rashida
In Rashida’s Story Time, we will read a variety of books that will entertain and stimulate the minds of children ages 4-8. We will travel to distant places, meet many diverse faces, and learn more about the world we live in. Together we will have some wild adventures and make some new friends. After each story we will chat about it, discuss how the story made them feel, and what they learned.
Parents, please stay with or near your children during Story Time. Your presence will encourage your kids to stay engaged and will allow you and your child to talk about the story later.
I will use the Zoom app and several library apps and I will share my screen to give the children a more vibrant visual experience.

Language Arts: 8-9yrs
Wednesday: 11-11:50
Full Year
Julie
Literature-based activities to help strengthen our skills in reading,writing, and comprehension.Requirements: student should be able to read and comprehend chapter books and answer comprehension questions in a journal. The student should be able to write 3-4 sentences on a topic (correct spelling is not a requirement). Homework: there will be 15-20 minutes of reading outside of class each week.

Language Arts: 10-11yrs
Mondays & Wednesday: 1-1:50
Full Year
Julie
We will spend the year reading and discussing great Literature, adding hands-on activities to help bring the stories to life. Requirements: Students are expected to complete the assigned readings each week before class and come prepared to discuss it.

Writing Fundamentals: 12-13yrs
Monday & Wednesday: 10-10:50
Full Year
Julie
We will go through the steps of the writing process using a program designed to appeal to all learning styles. Games and activities will be used to keep it fun. Requirements: We will be using WriteShop as our Guide. Please go to https://writeshop.com/placement/ before registering for this class to insure that your child is either at Level F or WriteShop I. Homework: students will be assigned no more then one hour of homework per week.

Graphic Noveling:12+yrs
Wednesday: 11-11:50
Session 2
Credit: .25
John
In recent years, graphic novels have gone from being glorified comic books to valuable classroom resources. The visual nature of the medium gives students another way to tell their stories. It provides another method to develop storytelling skills and character development. Although the class is designed around graphic stories, the focus is on writing and storytelling, so no prior art training is required. We will be using the textbook Making Comics by Scott McCloud, available on Amazon. Topics to be covered include
The storyboard process
Story pacing
Visual narrative

Mechanics of Writing: 14+yrs
Tuesday & Thursday: 11-11:50
Full Year
Credit: 1
Kara
**CLASS FULL**
This class will cover in-depth grammar understanding and the structure of academic writing. Students will be given the opportunity to learn why the grammar rules exist and how these strange alien symbols impact the meaning of the text. We will also learn and practice writing skills such as: writing a summary, writing a thesis, research papers, identifying and citing sources, and more. These are essential skills for all high schoolers to master.
Recommended Materials - The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need by Susan Thurman

Creative Writing: 14+yrs
Tuesday: 10-10:50
Session 1
Credit: 1/3
Kara
Calling all dreamers and schemers and fantasy learners! Let’s explore your imagination while learning the proper structure and editing process needed to develop to complete a story. We will be working on themed short stories as well as pursuing the students’ individual interests all while focusing on how to best reach the reader.

Indigenous Literature: 14+yrs
Thursday: 1-1:50
Session 1
Credit: .5
Kara
Read novels, short stories, and poetry by the Native peoples of North America. We will prioritize Indigenous voices from the US and Canada. We will occasionally view films and other digital media. This class will ask the question of who wrote the history of the Americas, why, and what other voices have been silenced. There are over 500 Nations and Tribes and while we cannot study them all we will work to widen the variety of voices from which we learn American History.
Required Materials -
The Trap by John Smelcer, Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

LGBTQ Literature: 14+yrs
Tuesday: 10-10:50
Session 2
Credit: .5
Kara
In this class we will read novels, short stories, and poetry by the LGTBQIA+ community. Sex and Gender will take a front seat in our discussions including the required readings as well as the history of the Queer community in America. Students will learn to consider issues such as race and class and how they impact LGTBQ issues within texts as well as the importance of authentic voices speaking their own truths.
Required Materials - Kings, Queens, and Inbetweens by Tanya Boteju, Boy Erased by Garrard Conley, M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang, Being Emily by Rachel Gold

Shakespeare: 14+yrs
Thursday: 10-10:50
Session 2
Credit: .5
Kara
“More of your conversation would infect my brain.” Coriolanus (Act 2, Scene 1)
Enter the world of Shakespeare with bawdy jokes, narcissistic kings, and pies made out of babies. Together we will travel back to the Globe Theater and ask the immortal question: Who said this, Shakespeare or Batman? We will be studying 2-3 plays in-depth as well as Shakespeare’s sonnets. The class will combine interpretation & analysis along with exploration of the theatrical joy to be found in even Shakespeare’s darkest work. This is not an acting class but we will be reading scenes out loud.
Required Materials - TBA
English
Teaching Textbooks Math
Students requesting to register for Teaching Textbooks MUST complete the minimum number of lessons per week agreed upon by parent and instructor in order to successfully complete the course. Students will receive between .5-1 credits for successful completion of this class. Students must attend weekly check-ins that will be scheduled individually once student's schedules are finalized. Teaching Textbooks requires families to purchase the appropriate curriculum for their level. Once registered and level is established, parents accounts will be charged the curriculum amount (usually between $50-70). PLEASE SELECT THE REGISTER MY CHILD FOR TEACHING TEXTBOOKS BELOW. You will be contacted regarding level, and individual check in day and time once registration is complete. Math office hours are held every day from 10am-10:50am for registered math students to ask any questions related to their work.
Math Descriptions
Math for Littles: 5-7yrs
Wednesday: 10-10:50
Session 2
Jackie

Money Matters: 14+yrs
Tuesday: 1-1:50
Full Year
Credit: .5
Enid
Students will learn about budgeting and understanding the value of a dollar. Along with learning some basic principles of consumer math and economics, they will have to manage finances using real world situations. Students will be required to purchase Barron's "E-Z Business Math." Students will also be REQUIRED to complete homework each week.
Math
Science Descriptions
Hands on Science: 9-11yrs
Monday: 2-2:50
Session 1
John
From electrical circuits to kitchen chemistry, Hands on Science is designed to give students hands-on experience with a wide variety of fun scientific fields. This class is designed for students to use self-contained kits that have everything they need to discover the wonders of science. Topics to be covered include:
Simple machines
Electrical circuits
States of matter
*There is a $20 materials fee for each registered student. Once registration is confirmed, you will receive a bill.

Hands on Science: 9-11yrs
Monday: 2-2:50
Session 2
John
From electrical circuits to kitchen chemistry, Hands on Science is designed to give students hands-on experience with a wide variety of fun scientific fields. This class is designed for students to use self-contained kits that have everything they need to discover the wonders of science. Topics to be covered include:
Simple machines
Electrical circuits
States of matter
This is a different class from Hands on Science Session 1. Students can request registration for both classes. Materials and activities are different for each class.
*There is a $30 materials fee for each registered student. Once registration is confirmed, you will receive a bill.

Bugs: 9-11yrs
Tuesday: 1-1:50
Session 2
John
Bugs, insects, creepy crawlies, whatever you want to call them, they live all around us, and even though not everybody loves them, we all depend upon them every day. This class is meant to look at the fascinating world of insects and other invertebrates and the role they play in our ecosystem. Topics covered will include
What makes something an insect
How insects evolved
How insects affect the environment
The class will involve hands-on activities with insects, as well as field work outside to gather them.

Ocean Science: 12-13yrs
Tuesday: 11-11:50
Full year
John
Approximately ¾ of Earth is covered by oceans, and yet we have better maps of the planet Mars then we do of the ocean bottom. This class is designed to explore the oceans and the range of life that calls them home. Topics to be covered include:
Oceans of the world
Marine habitats
Types of marine creatures
How oceans affect the world’s climate
Current threats to ocean life

History of Space Science: 12-13yrs
Monday: 11-11:50
Session 1
John
When Sputnik made its first orbit of Earth it set off a super power space race that would make history and eventually send human beings to the moon and beyond. This class is a look back at that time, a chance to marvel at the bravery, ingenuity and scientific know-how of those early space explorers. Topics covered include
The early history of NASA
The science of satellites
The Mercury 7
The Apollo Program
Spin-off technologies from the space program

Science of Art: 12+yrs
Wednesday: 11-11:50
Session 1
Credit: .25
John
People frequently separate art and science, but there are a lot of overlaps between the two. Whether dealing with the chemistry of mixing paints, the physics of kinetic sculptures of the biology of how the human eye actually sees a work of art, there’s plenty of science involved in art. This class is designed to give students a hands-on look at science. Topics covered include:
The optics of color
Introduction to anatomy for drawing
Sculptural engineering
Science of animation

World Building: 12+yrs
Monday: 11-11:50
Session 2
Credit: 0.25
John
From the wonders of James Cameron’s Pandora to the vastness of Larry Niven’s Ringworld, imaginary worlds have proven their ability to carry us away, but could they really exist? What does science say? The class is built around the concept of taking students’ creativity and combining it with real-world science in order to imagine a fictional world. Each world created could be used as the basis of a story or series of stories, as well as many types of games. Topics covered will include
Planetary science
Geology
Geography
Anthropology
Environmental science

Anatomy & Physiology: 14+yrs
Monday & Wednesday: 1-1:50
Session 1
Credit: 0.5
John
The human body may be the most complex machine ever evolved. It is an amazing interconnected network of bones, muscles, organs, and nerves. This class is designed to give students an appreciation of its anatomy (what the parts are) and its physiology (what the parts do). We will be using a combination of an online textbook and handouts for this class. Topics to be covered include:
Levels of organization
Major body systems
Growth and development of the body
The body at work and play

Epidemiology: 14+yrs
Tuesday & Thursday: 10-10:50
Session 1
Credit: 0.5
John
Throughout history, disease has been a major influence on human life. Now, more than ever, a working knowledge of the biology, history, and treatment of disease will provide a better understanding and appreciation of the process of diseases and our efforts to combat them. Topics covered include:
Disease throughout history
Types of diseases
How diseases affect the body
History of medicine and the fight against disease
New and emerging treatments and cures

Astronomy: 14+yrs
Thursday: 4:4-50
Session 1
Credit: 0.25
Sean
In this class, students are introduced to the central themes in astronomy. Students will start by learning the fall night sky and techniques for keeping track of time and space. From here, we will examine cycles and phases, our local solar system, stellar evolution, celestial mechanics, and the history of astronomy. Various experiments and simulations are performed, and two or three short projects may be assigned. Students should expect to spend some time outside, and ideally, we will meet under safe conditions at least once during the semester to use telescopes. Upon completion of this course, students should have a firm grasp on the elements of astronomy and a good knowledge of the current night sky. Grades are determined by homework and labs. Keep looking up!

Earth Science
Tuesday & Thursday: 2-2:50
Full Year
Credit: 1
John
It’s a big complex world and Earth Science is the scientific study of how it works. It includes geology, hydrology, meteorology and climatology. This class is designed to give an overview of many fields of Earth Science. Topics covered include:
The formation of Earth
Geological processes
Earth’s atmosphere
Weather and climate

Racism & Science: 14+yrs
Tuesday: 10-10:50
Session 2
Credit: 0.25
John
We often like to think of science as being a rational exploration carried by unbiased individuals for the common good. While that’s what most scientists strive for, the unfortunate truth is that there are many examples of science being misused by racists and of racist scientists carrying out unethical experiments. This class is designed to explore that history. Topics covered include
Validity of race as a scientific concept
History of eugenics
Unethical experimentation
Racism in medicine

Physics: 14+yrs
Monday & Wednesday: 10-10:50
Full Year
Credit: 1
John
Physics is essentially an exploration of the rules that make the universe work. Matter, energy and motion are all part of the exciting world of physics. This class is designed to give students an overview of that world. The textbook we will be using for the class is Conceptual Physics, Tenth Edition by Paul G. Hewitt, available on Amazon and as a free downloadable PDF. Topics covered include:
Laws of motion
Gravity
Waves and sound
Electricity and magnetism
Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
(Students should have had at least an introduction to algebra)
Science
Social Studies Descriptions
World Cultures: 8-9yrs
Monday: 11-11:50
Full Year
Julie
We will spend the year traveling the World and learning the basics behind geography, cultures, and government/economy. This is an activity-based class, as we will create an interactive notebook together throughout the year. Class expectations: Students should be able to read/write and follow instructions.Thirty minutes of homework may be assigned outside of class each week.

How to Build Your Own Country: 10-11yrs
Thursday: 10-10:50
Full Year
Julie
What makes a country a country? In this project-based class, we will explore all aspects of this question (and have fun doing it!) Each student will take the concepts we discuss in class and apply it towards creating their own country. Geography, Government, Civics/Economy concepts will all be incorporated. Class Expectations: Participation in class discussions, and the ability to work independently on projects. Must come to class prepared. Homework requirements: up to one hour of work outside of class to complete assignments.

What in the World Is Going On?: 10-13yrs
Monday: 11-11:50
Full Year
Kelly and Brittany
We are living in strange times and we need to talk about it. What is going on in the world, in Maryland, in your family? We will talk about Current Events, Racism, Homophobia, Priviledge, the CoronaVirus Pandemic, and more. Discussions will be age-appropriate, but we will deal with crisis issues and hard topics.
*Homework: After every class, we will write a one page reflection on one or more of the topics we discuss. Classes will take place via Zoom and Google Classroom.

Ancient World History: 12-13yrs
Wednesday: 11-11:50
Session 1
Jill
We will be focusing on several different ancient world cultures and exploring their development, why they mattered, and how we know what we know about them today. Students will have several assigned books that all of us will be reading and some readings that students can choose with parental or teacher help. Students should be prepared to do reading, writing, constructive questioning, and lots of discussion. Assigned books will be forthcoming.

European History: 14+yrs
Monday & Wednesday: 11-11:50
Full Year
Credit: 1
Mark
In our survey course of European History, students will investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from approximately 1450 to the present.
The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction of Europe and the world, economic and commercial development, cultural and intellectual development, states and other institutions of power, social organization and development, national and European identity, and technological and scientific innovations.

Pandemics, Politics, and Perpetual Problems: 14+yrs
Wednesday: 1-1:50
Full year
Credit .5
Kelly and Brittany
We are living in strange times and we need to talk about it. What is going on in the world, our country, Maryland, our families, our minds? We will talk about Current Events, Politics, Racism, Homophobia, Priviledge, the CoronaVirus Pandemic, and more. We will mine the news media and social media for discussion topics. We will look at history, literature, art, and music for context and perspective and possibly debate relating to current events and issues. Discussions will be age-appropriate, but we will deal with crisis issues and hard topics.
*Homework: After every class, students will write a 500-1,000 word reflection on one or more of the topics we discuss. Classes will take place via Zoom and Google Classroom. (500-1,000 words. Double spaced. 12 point font. Times New Roman or Arial font.)

World Religion: 14+yrs
Tuesday: 2-2:50
Full Year
Credit: 1
Kara
Secular World Religion is a comparative study of the history and basic beliefs of major religions such as Native American Spirituality, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will do this via primary religious documents, personal accounts, and historical perspectives. The approach to learning about religion here is one that values the diversity of beliefs (and non-beliefs) of the religions and individual students. It is not a goal of this class to offer right and wrong answers to the kinds of questions religions so often address but to open up discussions.

“I hold that it is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others’ religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world’s religions is a sacred duty.” - Mohandas K. Gandhi
Social Studies
Fine Arts Descriptions
Origami: 7-9yrs
Thursday: 10-10:50
Session 2
John
Origami is the ancient art of paper folding. It is a beautiful art form that is easy to learn and has a wide range of both artistic and practical applications. This class is designed to introduce students to the basics of origami and give them the tools they need to begin making their own designs. Topics covered include:
Basic folds
Advanced folding
Origami design
Origami with a variety of materials

Ukulele: 7-11yrs
Wednesday: 2-2:50
Full Year
Sahffi
Group Ukulele Lessons (Two Classes: Ages 7-11 and 12+, Limit 5 per class
Always wanted to learn an instrument? Sahffi will offer Group Ukulele Lessons this year! We’ll be using the “Rainbow Ukulele” PDF method book, emailed to students prior to the start of class. Each student will be responsible for providing their own instrument. This class does require homework in the form of practicing. We’ll be learning to read ukulele tab, read rhythms and learn chords for popular songs chosen by the students. Students will also be asked to play for the group individually at times, but no pressure will be put on becoming the next Jake Shimabukuro! We’ll learn how to play so we can have fun singing together with friends and family.

Learn To Sing: 7-11yrs
Thursday: 1-1:50
Full Year
Sahffi
Learn to Sing! Group Voice Lessons (Two Classes: Ages 7-11 and 12+, Limit 5 per class
This class will explore what it means to speak your truth through exploring our singing voice. We will have group voice lessons using Sahffi’s own “Vocal Ladder” technique which teaches students how to use your body as an instrument to find your most authentic voice. We will have Zoom “sing-a-longs,” meaning we all sing with Sahffi, but we have to stay on mute because of the delay. Students will also be asked to sing or lead songs for the group, however, no pressure to be the next American Idol! This class will have vocal exercise homework and is designed to help us speak our truth, find our confidence and sing from our hearts.

Art Exploration: 8-11yrs
Thursday: 11-11:50
Full Year
Tiffany
In this class we will explore the languages, concepts, and practices of art through visual and historical perspectives, including cultural art and art history. We will study specific artists & their mediums, where they fall into the historic timeline, and create works of art that coincide with lessons. A few examples of cultural art are African tribal art, cave paintings, American folk art, impressions, sculpture, and textiles. We will discuss the elements of art, such as content, composition, style, method and materials. Students will also learn about many of the visual art practices, including drawing and painting, sculpture, printmaking, conceptual and installation art, as well as craft and graphic design.

Origami: 9-11yrs
Tuesday: 10-10:50
Session 1
John
Origami is the ancient art of paper folding. It is a beautiful art form that is easy to learn and has a wide range of both artistic and practical applications. This class is designed to introduce students to the basics of origami and give them the tools they need to begin making their own designs. Topics covered include:
Basic folds
Advanced folding
Origami design
Origami with a variety of materials

Music & Art: 10-13yrs
Wednesday: 11-11:50
Session 2
Nicole
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Visual & Conceptual Art: 12-13yrs
Thursday: 10-10:50
Full Year
Tiffany
In this class we will explore the languages, concepts, and practices of art through visual and historical perspectives, including cultural art and art history. We will study specific artists & their mediums, where they fall into the historic timeline, and create works of art that coincide with lessons. A few examples of cultural art are African tribal art, cave paintings, American folk art, impressions, sculpture, and textiles. We will discuss the elements of art, such as content, composition, style, method and materials. Students will also learn about many of the visual art practices, including drawing and painting, sculpture, printmaking, conceptual and installation art, as well as craft and graphic design.

Studio Art A: 12+yrs
Monday: 10-10:50
Session 1
Sie
In Art studio students will learn the mechanics of drawing and paintings. They discover artistic styles, drawing tools and special techniques as they develop their unique creations. Sketching books will be used to practice skills and develop ideas for final pieces.
Class supplies:
Sketch Books
pencils
watercolor
inking pens
Acrylic Paints

Studio Art B:12+
Wednesday: 10-10:50
Session 1
Sie
In Art studio students will learn the mechanics of drawing and paintings. They discover artistic styles, drawing tools and special techniques as they develop their unique creations. Sketching books will be used to practice skills and develop ideas for final pieces.
Class supplies:
Sketch Books
pencils
watercolor
inking pens
Acrylic Paints

Ukulele: 12+yrs
Wednesday: 1-1:50
Full Year
Credit: 0.25
Sahffi
Group Ukulele Lessons (Two Classes: Ages 7-11 and 12+, Limit 5 per class
Always wanted to learn an instrument? Sahffi will offer Group Ukulele Lessons this year! We’ll be using the “Rainbow Ukulele” PDF method book, emailed to students prior to the start of class. Each student will be responsible for providing their own instrument. This class does require homework in the form of practicing. We’ll be learning to read ukulele tab, read rhythms and learn chords for popular songs chosen by the students. Students will also be asked to play for the group individually at times, but no pressure will be put on becoming the next Jake Shimabukuro! We’ll learn how to play so we can have fun singing together with friends and family.

Learn To Sing: 12+yrs
Thursday: 2-2:50
Full Year
Credit: 0.25
Sahffi
Learn to Sing! Group Voice Lessons (Two Classes: Ages 7-11 and 12+, Limit 5 per class
This class will explore what it means to speak your truth through exploring our singing voice. We will have group voice lessons using Sahffi’s own “Vocal Ladder” technique which teaches students how to use your body as an instrument to find your most authentic voice. We will have Zoom “sing-a-longs,” meaning we all sing with Sahffi, but we have to stay on mute because of the delay. Students will also be asked to sing or lead songs for the group, however, no pressure to be the next American Idol! This class will have vocal exercise homework and is designed to help us speak our truth, find our confidence and sing from our hearts.

Visual & Conceptual Art: 14+yrs
Thursday: 1-1:50
Full Tear
Credit: 0.5
Tiffany
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the languages, concepts, and practices of art through visual and art historical perspectives. We will discuss cultural art and art history and the elements of art, such as content, composition, style, method and materials. Students will also be introduced to many of the visual art practices, including drawing and painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, conceptual and installation art, as well as craft and graphic design.

Craftsmanship: 12+yrs
Tuesday: 1-1:50
Session 2
Credit: 0.25
Carrie
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Fine Arts
Technology Descriptions
3D Printing: 12-13yrs
Monday: 1-1:50
Session 2
John Monahan
In the last few years, 3d printers have gone from prohibitively expensive industrial machines to affordable desktop tools. In the process they have inspired a generation of makers and sparked what some are calling, a new industrial revolution. This class is designed to introduce students to 3d printers and teach them how to design and print their own 3 dimensional designs. Each student will have the opportunity to print their own 3D designs.
Topics covered include:
History of 3d printers
How 3d printers are changing society
How to design 3d objects using Tinkercad
Troubleshooting 3d printers

Engineering:14+yrs
Wednesday: 1-1:50
Session 2
Credit: 1/3
John Monahan
Engineers are literally responsible for building our modern world. Engineering, however, is not simply one field of science. There are many. This class is a basic introduction to engineering. Topics covered will include
Civil engineering
Mechanical engineering
Electrical engineering


Electronics:14+yrs
Thursday: 4-1:50
Session 2
Credit: 1/3
Sean Lally
We live in an electronic world - have you ever wondered about how these crazy things work? Regardless of your level of nerd-dom, electronics may be the class for you. We will start with the basics of charge and voltage, then launch into a few weeks of the big ideas behind circuits (Ohm's law, series and parallel circuits, Kirchoff's rules, electromagnetism). You will build things virtually AND with provided electronic components (bulbs, resistors, diodes, etc.). In the second half of the class, we will delve into digital electronics: binary math, digital logic, gates, and even an introduction to everyone's favorite mini-platform, the Arduino. So, come and learn about the wide world of electronics - you'll get a charge out of it!

Some basic algebra will be needed, but otherwise, no background at all is required. Materials will be provided and a small lab fee ($15 or so) may be requested.

Technology
Physical Education Descriptions
Yoga: 8-14yrs
Monday: 3-3:45
Session 1
Jill
In this Yoga series we will briefly examine the history and origins of this ancient practice. We will delve into breathing exercises, a variety of yoga postures and games, and relaxation. Along the way we will learn how yoga supports our health, gives us tools to cope with stress, and learn a bit about anatomy too!

Fitness Conditioning: 13+yrs
Wednesday: 2-2:50
Session 2
Credit: 0.25
Sasse
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Physical Education
Health Descriptions
Health: 8-11yrs
Thursday: 2-3:50
Full Year
Nicole
Together we will investigate health-related topics such as:
Healthy Eating, Exercise, Why we worry and what to do about it, personal hygiene, how our organs, muscles, and bones work, and much more!
Health
Foreign Language Descriptions
Beginning Spanish Conversation: 12+yrs
Tuesday: 11-11:50
Full Year
Credit: 1
Gene
This class is an introductory course which emphasizes listening comprehension and speaking with support from the Pimsleur curriculum.
Students must purchase the Latin American Spanish Pimsleur app from their provider app store.
Foreign Language
Elective Descriptions
Fun & Games: 5-7yrs
Monday: 2-2:30
Session 1
Jules

Career Readiness: 12+yrs
Tuesday: 2-2:50
Session 2
Credits: 1/3
Jen
In Career Readiness we will explore many topics important not only when pursuing a lifelong career, but also when engaged in college interviews and pursuing internship opportunities. We will review communication skills (verbal, non-verbal, and written), resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, social and workplace ethics, social media presence, leadership, teamwork, project planning, and customer service. Whether your student plans to enter the workforce or attend a two-year or four-year college, these skills are paramount to career (and college) success!
Electives
Please read the Class Description BEFORE requesting classes. ALL BSIL students 11 years and up MUST register a BSIL Check In at least one of their attending days
Study Lounge - Staff Monitored
The Study Lounge is a monitored virtual space for students to complete homework and classwork. The monitor is there for supervision purposes. If a student has questions regarding their homework the monitor will do their best to answer or refer them to the instructor for help. Students can register for this class or they can drop in when necessary. If you select any of the Study Lounges below, the student will be considered as part of the regular roll for the class and regular attendance is expected.
Study Lounge - Staff Monitored
Clubs
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