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#Max # StudentsSubjectAgesClass NameInstructorSessionCreditDescriptionDayTimePrice
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110Elective10-12yrsWheelhouse 10-12yrs - Tuesday - Session 1FacilitatorS1Wheelhouse Level I - Assisted - students select from a topic list for their project
Wheelhouse Level II - Independent - students design their own project
The project can be individual or a group. Students will be paired with a Wheelhouse Mentor who is knowledgeable in their selected topic area. Once they have their Wheelhouse Mentor they will establish project plan with goals, milestones, action steps, and a timeline. Every student enrolled in the series will participate in a final project exhibition. The Wheelhouse Mentor is there to support the student, to guide them in their establishment of a project plan, and keep track of their milestones, and point them towards resources necessary to complete their project. This is a Project Based Initiative. Students must be self motivated to successfully complete this course. Please do not request this class if your student has no interest in a project based class. There are project study times allotted on the schedule as Wheelhouse Study Block (WHSB) that students can enroll in to work on their projects. We recommended that Wheelhouse students sign up for at least one WHSB class time in addition to the Wheelhouse class.
Tu2-2:55$130
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210Elective13+yrsWheelhouse 13+yrs - Tuesday - Session 1FacilitatorS10.25Tu2-3:30$195
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310Elective13+yrsWheelhouse 13+yrs - WednesdayFacilitatorFY0.5W2-3:30$330
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410Elective10-12yrsWheelhouse 10-12yrs - Tuesday - Session 2FacilitatorS2Tu2-2:55$170
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510Elective13+yrsWheelhouse 13+yrs - Tuesday - Session 2FacilitatorS20.3333Tu2-3:30$255
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614Elective11+yrsWorld BuildingJohn MonahanS10.125From the wonders of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world 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. Topics covered will include
•Planetary science
•Geology
•Geography
•Anthropology
•Environmental science
Each world created could be used as the basis of a story or series of stories, as well as many types of games
M1-1:55$156
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715Elective11+yrsBSIL Daily CheckInLisa GotliebFY0.125The morning check-in is designed to make sure that students are set up for success and prepared academically and socially to have a positive, productive day.M/Tu/W/Th9:30-9:55 or
10-10:25
n/a
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814Elective14+yrsStudy Skill StrategiesLisa GotliebS10.125This class is designed to help students develop and strengthen test-taking strategies, study habits, learning styles, and critical thinking. Students will be taught specific tips and strategies for answering different types of questions on standardized and performance tests. While the goals of the class are to alleviate test anxiety and to increase performance on assessments, the hope is that students will learn to maximize their potential by developing best practices and habits of mind that will promote continual growth as a learner both inside and out of the classroom. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their learning and implement strategies for success.M2-2:55$156
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915Elective11+yrsBSIL Daily Check OutMichelle FewerFY0.2Accountability is key. Setting a schedule and knowing how to modify it are a big part of personal accountability. In this class, students will learn about different methods and styles of scheduling, time management, and accountability. Weekly sessions will include reviews of both personal and academic goals and requirements. Personal accountability partnerships will be developed, encouraged, and moderated. Setting up for a solid year of success is our ultimate goal.Th2-2:55n/a
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1014Elective13+yrsLife Skills Seminar SeriesVariousS10.25We all have those things that we wish would have learned about earlier in our lives. The goal of this Seminar Series is to equip and empower our kids to be prepared for their impending adulthood. Some of the topics include: Budgeting, Taxes, How to Jumpstart a Car, How to Change a Tire, How to Handle Conflict and Avoid Drama, Saying No, The Importance of Punctuality, How to Get a Job, Savings & Checking Accounts, Etiquette, and much more.Th1-1:55$156
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1114Elective10+yrsWheelhouse Study BlockMatched MentorFY(WHSB) We recommended that Wheelhouse students sign up for at least one WHSB class time in addition to the Wheelhouse class. ONLY STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE WHEELHOUSE CLASS SHOULD ENROLL IN WHSBM/Tu/Th
M/Tu/W/Th
11-11:55
1-1:55
$100
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1212English10-12yrsVocabulary RiddlesCarrie NeaseFYUsing a variety of written resources, class time and games, we'll explore words, usage and work to increase our vocabularyW10-10:55$360
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1312English10-12yrsBuilding Writing SkillsCarrie NeaseFYThis class is a good match for someone who grasps sentence structure and is ready to move forward with the 5 step writing process. The 5-step process is made up of Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Publishing. The step-by-step lessons use examples and easy-to-understand concept maps that teach brainstorming, planning, editing, and revising. Each lesson is followed by practice. Subject matter will be somewhat flexible, but the process will be structured. This is not a good fit for someone who is able to sit and write stories and essays on their own. This may not be a good fit for someone who is uncomfortable with someone giving suggestions and directions on their writing process.W11-11:55$360
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1414English13+yrsCreate & CritiqueEnid FranklinFY0.5This is a creative writing class. Students will learn how to give and receive constructive feedback on their original work. Each week as homework, students will be given a prompt. Students will come to class prepared to read their stories aloud to the class.Tu1-1:55$360
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1514English8-10yrsLanguage ArtsJulie BernhardtFYWe will be exploring all aspects of Language Arts: grammar, writing, spelling, poetry, vocabulary and reading. We will use a variety of teaching methods, using Guest Hollow’s language curriculum with Beowulf’s grammar as our spine. Class pace will be set by class abilities, moving as fast or as slow as we need to. Children familiar with grammar will have the option to move ahead as needed. Weekly homework of writing and grammar practice will be assigned.Tu10-10:55$360
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1614English13+yrsPoetry & Literature - But Not The Boring StuffKelly PolyakovS20.5In this class we will learn about some of the rule-breaker writers of poetry and prose and explore their methods, expression, and boldness. We will ask questions like: what motivates a writer? How bold is too bold? What is good writing? We will read and listen and write reflections. Students will receive written feedback on their writing in a constructive and supportive manner. The goal of this glass is to expose our kids to literature, encourage them to think deeply about it, and reflect with compassion and a critical eye. Please bring a dedicated notebook and a pencil/pen to class.W11-11:55$204
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1714English13+yrsCreating a Literary Magazine & YearbookLisa GotliebFY0.5Throughout the year, students in this class will work to produce a Yearbook-Literary Magazine. Students will learn the principles of yearbook production and develop skills as writers, photographers, and editors to create a book that captures the unique spirit of BSIL. This class is for artists and writers to learn more about their individual, unique styles, enhance those styles, and present their work to the world.M3-3:55$360
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1814English14+yrsSpeech & DebateLisa GotliebS20.25This class encourages students to use their voices to engage in meaningful, persuasive discourse about contemporary issues and will help students sharpen their critical thinking skills. True critical thinking is examining an issue from all sides before accepting a conclusion as true. Learning how to debate teaches students how to participate in the rational exchange of ideas and arguments. In this class, we will cover a variety of styles of public speaking and formal debate by focusing on the aspects of logical reasoning and argumentation as well as the basics of good communication. Ultimately, students will learn advocacy skills that they can use in a variety of experiences. Homework will involve some reading and research.M2-2:55$204
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1914English14+yrsEnglish: Identity Literature
English: Non-Fiction Writing
Lisa Gotlieb
Rebecca Wald
FY1Identity Literature: Much of Young Adult (YA) text is rooted in Identity literature. This genre has experienced a surge in popularity and for good reason. It allows adolescents to learn about themselves and the world during a critical time in their development. Still, this genre is largely misunderstood and dismissed from discussions of “real” literature, and that’s a mistake. In this class, we’ll explore the authors and texts that have contributed to the evolution of YA lit by reading a range of literary styles and voices. In the process, we’ll engage in discussions about critical analysis; representations of gender, race, sexuality, and other components of identity; and debates over censorship and the definition of “appropriate” content. The best YA authors understand the complexity of teenagers and write with an authenticity that necessitates including mature topics and themes. Students who take this class should be prepared to read, think, and engage in thought-provoking discussions.
Non-Fiction Writing: The only way to become a good writer is to write a lot. In this class, that's exactly what we'll do. We'll write in-class exercises and homework assignments. We'll write for a variety of audiences and settings. We'll write to inform, to persuade, to describe, to argue, to analyze, and even to entertain. We'll also work to improve our writing products through self-, peer-, and teacher review. You'll come out of this class a better and more confident writer, and hopefully you'll have some fun along the way.
M/Tu/Th11-11:55$900
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2014English12-14yrsWriting Through LiteratureMichelle FewerFY0.5Preparing a standard essay can be scary and intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. In this class students will learn to develop their own writing style by reading short stories, using various graphic organizers, and incorporating constructive feedback into their assignments. Weekly reading and writing is required.Tu11-11:55$360
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216English12-14yrsReading Workshop 12-14yrsAlana McFallFYThis class is designed for struggling or reluctant readers with and without identified disabilities in reading. Students will improve decoding and comprehension skills by working in a supportive small group environment with a reading specialist and making use of immersion reading technology. Overall reading and comprehension skills will improve. But, the focus of this class is finding the joy in reading! Highly engaging material that students choose, immersion reading technology and lively group discussion will help students learn to love reading. Expectations for this class are high and full participation is required. Students will be expected to read a minimum of 30 minutes a day outside of class time. For the purposes of this course your child will be issued a Kindle Fire 7 for class usage. Please understand if loss or damage occurs to the device the full replacement or repair cost will be added to your account. The Kindle is for the sole purpose of reading along with listening to the professional narration of books. The Kindle will be configured allow your child to only have access to books and narration. No other access, such as internet browsing, game playing etc…, is available nor should it be attempted. To charge the kindle a USB charger is needed. In addition, your child will need earbuds or headphones that you will need to provide. The Kindle and headphones must come to class with your child each week. **There is a $20 e-books materials fee for this classTu2-3:30$540
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226English9-11yrsReading Workshop 9-11yrsAlana McFallFYThis class is designed for struggling or reluctant readers with and without identified disabilities in reading. Students will improve decoding and comprehension skills by working in a supportive small group environment with a reading specialist and making use of immersion reading technology. Overall reading and comprehension skills will improve. But, the focus of this class is finding the joy in reading! Highly engaging material that students choose, immersion reading technology and lively group discussion will help students learn to love reading. Expectations for this class are high and full participation is required. Students will be expected to read a minimum of 30 minutes a day outside of class time. For the purposes of this course your child will be issued a Kindle Fire 7 for class usage. Please understand if loss or damage occurs to the device the full replacement or repair cost will be added to your account. The Kindle is for the sole purpose of reading along with listening to the professional narration of books. The Kindle will be configured allow your child to only have access to books and narration. No other access, such as internet browsing, game playing etc…, is available nor should it be attempted. To charge the kindle a USB charger is needed. In addition, your child will need earbuds or headphones that you will need to provide. The Kindle and headphones must come to class with your child each week. **There is a $20 e-books materials fee for this classTh2-3:30$540
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237English15+AfrofuturismKara TylerS10.5Afrofuturism combines elements of African mythology, science fiction, African Diaspora history, magic realism, political fiction, and fantasy in texts across multiple media and artistic forms. Afrofuturism extends issues facing those of African descent into imaginings of the future. This genre uses fiction/creative performance to critique racial inequality in the present and to imagine the future from a non-eurocentric point of view. This class regards Afrofuturism as a black literary and cultural aesthetic. We will be examining more than just the art, but also historical perspective and literary critiques to help the student place the materials within the context of the broader inequalities addressed in these works. We will also examine how the experience of Afrofuturism is different for black and white readers/viewers and the genre's success at inversing the concepts of insider and outsider from a modern to post-modern narrative. All Academic Papers are provided within the assignment in Google Classrom. Most books/comics/films are available free online or at your local library but some may need to be purchased. This class is conducted through Google Classroom with 3 required discussion meeting face-to-face. For a detailed description email kara@fightingmonkey.com Google Classroom - Class Code is nb0izwDiscussion classes Th 10/3, 11/7, and 12/53-3:55pm$156
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2410Fine Arts13+yrsFilm - Lights, Camera, ActionBrittany WilliamsS20.5This class is for students who are interested in the behind the scenes of film making. Students will make 3-4 short films focusing on directing and cinematography. Students will also be expected to fill other roles in the production process such as, art, set, and costume design, sound, lighting and technical. Students will start off with gaining an appreciation of film production and then delve into the chaos of producing a series of short films. This class does not focus on acting or editing. It is a class that is self motivated and requires the ability to work in groups. The class will end with a film premiere to showcase the student’s work.Tu2-3:30$306
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2510Fine Arts13+yrsPodcastBrittany Williams
Kelly Polyakov
S10.5Podcasting for Creative Thinkers: A Project Based Workshop
This class is for the doers. We will start from scratch by learning the tech stuff and researching how podcasts are made. We will Brainstorm, Plan, Practice, and Do. We will make mistakes and learn from them. The goal of this class is to produce a regular podcast throughout the school year (and possibly beyond!).
Students who enroll in this class must agree to work collaboratively and employ a strong work ethic. Creativity and focus are essential. Please bring a dedicated notebook and a pen/pencil to this class.
Tu2-3:30$234
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2614Fine Arts11-14yrsCraftsmanshipCarrie Nease
Nicole Sterrett
FY0.125In this class, we will be exploring many different forms of craftsmanship. Including, wood-burning, sculpting, perler beads, paper art, jewelry making, and woodTh10-10:55$360
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2712Fine Arts9-12yrsSewingDonnetta JohnsonS1Learn how to sew with a sewing machine, cut and pin fabric, piece fabrics, stitch seems, and complete a sewing projectTh11-11:55$156
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2814Fine Arts10+yrsSit & StitchMichelle FewerFY0.25Gather round the table with a project for some fun conversation and needed accountability. Students MUST bring a project or craft to class each week. Progress on individual projects will be discussed and encouragement to continue will be plentiful. Adults are always welcome.W1-1:55$210
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2914Fine Arts8-12yrsBucket Drumming Music & ArtNicole SterrettFYUsing sticks and buckets students will learn rhythm, proper stick holding, and gain an enjoyment for percussion in a fun and engaging environmentM11-11:55$360
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3014Fine Arts6-9yrsInstrument Petting ZooSahffi LynneS1“How many instruments do you HAVE, Ms. Sahffi??” Ms. Sahffi has a plethora of instruments from all four instrument families, and she loves to share them! In this class we’ll not only learn about the four instrument families of the orchestra, we’ll also get to try some! We’ll also learn about instruments from around the world, listen to music that features the instruments we are trying, and perhaps even be brave enough to play an original composition or two for folks if we discover some cool sounds! Sure to be lots of adventurous fun! May not be suitable for children with sensory issues. W10-10:55$156
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3114Fine Arts6-9yrsSongwriting ISahffi LynneS1In this class students will learn the structure of popular songs, how popular songs are constructed and also write their own songs as a group. If students are interested, Sahffi will also help individual students craft their own song as well. Students will be introduced to musical styles and concepts, and also be offered voice lessons. A live performance of their original songs will be offered at the end of the session if students are interested in sharing. This class will not have homework, but students will be encouraged to journal their creative ideas. W11-11:55$156
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3215Fine Arts8+yrsChoirSahffi LynneFY0.25The power of group singing has been felt since the dawn of time. People across the planet have for centuries come together to pray, unite, celebrate, mourn, protest and heal through song. Ms. Sahffi is excited to offer a choir to express our collective voices for peace! Vocal coaching, learning harmony, and working and singing together as a choir will be an integral part in our choir experience. We will have fun and work towards performing powerful and beautiful music together. For serious singers only.W1-1:55$300
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3314Fine Arts6-9yrsMusic From Around The WorldSahffi LynneS2This exploratory class is designed as interactive introduction to music from around the world. We’ll listen to music from parts of the world that we are interested in, and from there discover new sounds, new rhythms, and new cultures and religious beliefs. We will learn about instruments and dances of the various regions as well. This class may have assignments on a pass/fail basis, such as asking ancestral history or favorite styles of music from family members. Assignments will help us determine where to take us on our journey of listening to music around the world! W10-10:55$204
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3414Fine Arts6-9yrsSongwriting IISahffi LynneS2In this class students will learn the structure of popular songs, how popular songs are constructed and also write their own songs as a group. If students are interested, Sahffi will also help individual students craft their own song as well. Students will be introduced to musical styles and concepts, and also be offered voice lessons. A live performance of their original songs will be offered at the end of the session if students are interested in sharing. This class will not have homework, but students will be encouraged to journal their creative ideas. W11-11:55$204
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3514Fine Arts13+yrsArt 13+yrsTiffany AverillFY0.5The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the languages, concepts, and practices of art through visual and art historical perspectives. Cultural art and art history will also be explored throughout the class. Students will be engaged in discussion about 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, sculpture, printmaking, conceptual and installation art, as well as craft and graphic design.Th10-10:55$360
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3614Fine Arts12+yrsArt 12+yrsTiffany AverillFYThe purpose of this course is to introduce students to the languages, concepts, and practices of art through visual and art historical perspectives. Cultural art and art history will also be explored throughout the class. Students will be engaged in discussion about 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, sculpture, printmaking, conceptual and installation art, as well as craft and graphic design.Th11-11:55$360
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3714Fine Arts8-12yrsArt 8-12yrsTiffany AverillFYAn introductory class for the younger students who like to express themselves and create art. Students will be introduced to many different media, including, print making, drawing, painting, weaving, sculpture and so much more! Let’s get those creative minds and imaginations flowing!Th1-1:55$360
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3814Health13+yrsScience of Well BeingHeather BrownFY0.5Based on Yale University’s popular online course The Science of Well-Being, as well as tools such as the Wellness Wheel, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and more, this class will explore what it means to live a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. Understand the difference between what humans THINK will make us happy and what ACTUALLY leads to happiness. Learn and practice habits of body and mind that lead us to self-understanding, emotional regulation and meaningful pursuits. W2-2:55$360
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3914HealthAllMonday Morning Meditation MomentLara WrigleyFY0.25This class will provide students with the opportunity to learn and settle into a weekly meditation routine. This is a wonderful way to start the school week. Meditation can help provide well being in the mind and body. In addition in can strengthen concentration and restore balance to our nervous systems. We will start with simple breath meditation and over time expand into a process designed to increase neural integration.M10:30-10:55$180
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4014Health13+yrsTrain Your BrainLisa GotliebFY0.25Did you know that neuroplasticity means that the brain can continuously change and grow? This is great news! The Train Your Brain class will focus on improving students’ executive functioning and will help increase academic and personal success. Executive functioning skills are fundamental to working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control. The brain needs these skills to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses. Train Your Brain will help students develop an understanding of their strengths and learn strategies for supporting areas of weaknesses. Students will learn to use a growth mindset to improve time management, increase organization, and build self-esteem.M1-1:55$360
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4114HealthAllWednesday Morning Meditation MomentMark NapolitanoFYW10-30-10:55$180
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4214Health8-10yrsHealthNicole SterrettFYTu1-1:55$360
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438Math8+yrsTeaching TextbooksKate HeckFYSelf-lead class at student's ability. Facilitator present to answer questions, set goals, and monitor progress
*software registration fee - The price of the subscription varies from around $43 to $67
Student must enroll in three 30 minute sessions per week. Additional homework will be required for this class
M/Tu/W/Th10-10:25 or
10:30-10:55
$150
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4412Multi Disciplinary14+yrsAdvanced Academic Study Project (AASP)Matched MentorFYTBDThis is a class for high school students. AASP is an opportunity for students to design their own project and earn academic credit This can be an individual or group project. There are more documentation requirements for this class in order for the student to receive credit in specific core subjects. This class requires an application process in which the student submits and initial proposal for their project. Upon approval, they will be assigned a mentor to further develop their project plan. This includes goals, milestones, action steps, and a timeline. AASP students will participate in a final project exhibition. They will also submit a process paper detailing their project process. Their PBL Mentor will provide a detailed evaluation of their project to be included in their High School Transcript. This is and Advanced Project Based Initiative. Students must be independent and self motivated to successfully complete this course. Please do not request this class if your student has no interest in an independently lead project based class. There are several AASP class times allotted on the schedule. We recommended that AASP students request to register for at least 2 AASP class times. AASP students may also participate in Wheelhouse class as a separate class for a separate project.M/Tu/Th
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4515Physical Edication8+yrsOpen GymNicole SterrettFY0.25M2-3:30$360
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4615Physical Edication8+yrsOpen GymNicole SterrettFY0.25Tu2-3:30$360
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4715Physical Edication8+yrsOpen GymNicole SterrettFY0.25Th3-3:55$360
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4815Physical Edication8+yrsOpen GymFY0.25W2-2:55$360
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4914Science11-12yrsLiving WorldJohn MonahanS1What could be more fascinating than learning about all the living things in the world? They’re all around us, even inside us, and we depend upon them for everything we do. This class is designed to give a fun overview of what it means for something to be alive, how living things work, from individual cells to entire populations, and how they interact with each other. Topics covered will include:
•Cells and how they work
•Different types of living things
•Evolution
•Ecosystems and biomes
M10-10:55$156
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5014Science12-13yrsCSIJohn MonahanS1Shows like CSI and NCIS have put forensic science into the spotlight. This class will focus on the real life science of forensic investigation and how it differs from portrayals in TV and movies. Topics covered will include
•History of forensics
•Types of evidence
•Chain of custody
•Proper crime scene procedure
•New techniques and reexamination of older techniques
Due to the nature of crime scene investigation, some discussion and depictions of violent acts is unavoidable, but everything will be handled in a respectful and age appropriate manner.
M/W11-11:55$312
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5114Science14+yrsBiology - High SchoolJohn MonahanFY1Biology is the science of life, from the smallest single cell to the largest and most complex creatures on the planet. This class is designed to cover the nature of life and biological processes. Topics covered will include:
•Cell structure and functions
•Classification of living things
•Evolution
•Ecosystems and biomes
•Genetics
Tu/Th10-10:55$720
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5214Science10-11yrsWeird CrittersJohn MonahanS1Our world is full of all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures, from lizards that walk on water and birds that live underground to fish that glow in the dark and mammals that lay eggs. This class is designed to teach about these creatures and how they evolved into these marvelous forms. Topics covered include:
•Types of living things
•How living things interact with their environment
•How animals communicate
•Saving endangered species
Tu11-11:55$156
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5310Science14+yrsScience Independent Studies w/ LabJohn MonahanFY1This is an independently designed and led high school level science course. Students will design their own science course with the help from ​Science Instructor ​John to make sure it meets their specific graduation requirements. Students are expected to keep up with their coursework, goals, and objectives, and created labs. John will assist, but it is an independently led class. Students are also expected to come up with ways to demonstrate their knowledge to receive credit for their transcript.W10-10:55$360
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5414Science10-11yrsScience of FlightJohn MonahanS1Humans have been trying to fly like the birds for centuries, but it’s only been recently, a little over a hundred years, that we’ve mastered it. In that time, we’ve gone from a handful of tentative flights of less than a few hundred yards to flying non-stop around the world. This class is designed to look at that history and the science behind it. Topics covered will include
•Hot air balloons and dirigibles
•The completion to make a flying machine
•How war changed airplanes and airplanes changed war
•The future of flight
In addition to learning history, this class will feature hands-on labs to learn about the science of flight
Th11-11:55$156
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5514Science11-12yrsPlant ScienceJohn MonahanS2Sometimes it’s easy to take plants for granted, but we depend upon them for our food, our building materials and even the air we breathe. They’re surprisingly complex and form the basis for our entire environment. This class is designed to introduce students to different types of plants, how they grow and reproduce and all the ways we depend upon them. Topics covered will include:
•How do plants get energy
•Types of plants
•How plants interact with other living things
•How do plants reproduce
M10-10:55$204
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5614Science12-13yrsPhysical ScienceJohn MonahanS2What is the universe made of? How does it all work? These are fundamental questions we start asking when we are kids. This class is designed to answer some of those questions and introduce kids to physical science. It’s a combination of introductory chemistry and physics. The class will emphasize hands on experiments and the topics covered will include:
•Atoms and molecules
•Chemical reactions
•Laws of motion
•Light & sound
•Since we will be focusing on hands on labs, lab safety procedures will be emphasized.
M/W11-11:55$306
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5714Science12-13yrsSpace ScienceJohn MonahanS2Humankind has only just begun to explore our universe and we are learning that it more beautiful and more complex than we ever imagined. This class is designed to introduce students to the wonders of the universe around us, from its beginnings to the formation of galaxies, stars and planets. Topics covered include:
•The big bang
•Structure of galaxies
•Stars and how we view them
•Our solar system and others
M1-1:55$204
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5814Science10-11yrsCooking ScienceJohn MonahanS2What happens to food when we cook it? Why doesn’t food stick to non-stick pans? What makes bread rise and gives yogurt its tangy flavor? We eat everyday but often take for granted the sometimes complex science of how our food is prepared. Food Science is designed to delve into that world with hands on kitchen experiments. Topics covered will include
•How heat affects our food
•Fermentation
•Food preservation
•The science of taste
Because we will be doing hands on labs with real food, a $5 lab fee is required for this
class
Tu11-11:55$204
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5912Science10-11yrsTinker CrateJohn MonahanS2From electrical circuits to fiber optics, Tinker Crates are 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:
•Electrical circuits
•Automation
•Biomechanics
•Fiber optics
•Animation
$60 materials fee
Th11-11:55$204
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6014Science8-12yrsDesign a ZooJulie BernhardtFYImagine you are hired to design a brand-new zoo for your community…where would you start? This class will go through the steps required to do just that, starting with the question “What makes a zoo successful?” Session one will involve researching and planning…watching virtual tours of Zoos from across the country, compiling lists of wants/needs for our own zoo, animal exhibits, and required space. In Session Two, children will choose which exhibits they will work on, becoming animal experts as they learn about how to create the ideal habitat. Each child will use the information they learn to create a diorama of their exhibit. We will end the year with a special event planned to show off all our hard work.M10-10:55$360
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6114Science8-11yrsMystery ScienceJulie BernhardtFYThis class will be using the online curriculum “Mystery Science”. Children will be able to help choose their own “mystery question” to solve, working in small groups through the unit and completing the hands-on experiments that go allow with each one. This class incorporates many different learning styles, and allows children to move through the units at their own pace. Science units are grouped by grades k-2, 2-4, 3-5 so that each child will have the ability to work at their own level. Children will be paired up in order to share laptops, if your child would like to work independently, they will need to supply their own laptop or tablet.M1-1:55$360
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6215Science10+yrsIrvine Nature CenterFY0.25We are fortunate to be only a half mile from Irvine Nature Center! During our trips to Irvine, we will explore the woods, meadows, butterfly house, and nature center. There will be plenty of opportunity for independent and group exploration, in addition to structured activities, games, and communing with nature. Students will have freedom to choose their activities. All of our BHCC & BSIL participants are expected to well-behaved citizens, respectful of each other, our transportation, and Irvine. The agreement and waiver must be signed by each student and the student's parent. An additional transportation fee is required and necessary to make this activity possible.M2-3:30
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6312Social Studies13+yrsSocial Science With SuperherosJenn SchmidtS20.25In this class we will examine social sciences using superheroes; how their history, superpowers, chosen implements, and character relate to a variety of theories.Th1-1:55$204
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6414Social Studies11-13yrsZombie GeographyJulie BernhardtFYWhen the zombies attack, where should we run, where to regroup, and where to rebuild our lives? Those questions, key to survival, can focus student attention on a highly motivating and dangerously overlooked fact: Geography skills can save you from the zombie apocalypse! This class will focus on learning those skills to help us survive a series of scenarios based on surviving an attack to our own neighborhood. This project-based class will involve active engagement, problem solving and using critical thinking skills to help students master geography skills more deeply…all while having fun too! Weekly homework may be assigned in order to keep the pace needed to complete the curriculum.M11-11:55$360
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6514Social Studies7-10yrsHistoryJulie BernhardtFYWe will explore American history units beginning with the Colonial Era. Each unit will include projects, games, videos and reading selections to help us dive into each time period. Children will be given opportunities to choose from specific topics within each unit to explore and share with their classmates.Tu11-11:55$360
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6614Social Studies14+World History - Reading Like a HistorianKate HeckFY1The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features a set of primary documents designed for groups of students with a range of reading skills.
This curriculum teaches students how to investigate historical questions by employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading. Instead of memorizing historical facts, students evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on historical issues and learn to make historical claims backed by documentary evidence. This year we will focus on topics from world history, from the ancient world, through medieval times and into more modern questions as time permits. Class activities will be supplemented by assigned reading and/or videos and written assignments
M/W1-1:50$360
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6714Social Studies15+yrsAmerican GovernmentMark NapolitanoFY0.75This course will present a comprehensive study of United States federal and state government, beginning with the philosophical and historical precursors to its establishment. Students will be introduced to the seminal documents, important laws and statutes, as well as important Supreme Court cases, that frame our government. The three branches of government, the role of the citizen, political parties, the media, and public policy will round out the course. The course will include outside class reading, (utilizing an on-line open source curriculum), note taking assignments, as well as, in class and home quizzes, to ascertain class topic/concept mastery. Course will target general high school skills of reading and comprehension.W11-11:55$360
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6814Technology11-13yrsRobotics IJohn MonahanS1Robots have long filled science fiction, but that fiction if rapidly becoming a reality, as robots take over many roles in our society. This class is designed to teach students about the potential and practical applications of robots by having them design and build their own using the LEGO Mindstorms system. Students will work cooperatively in teams to solve specific problems using robots. Topics covered include:
•History of robots
•Current and future uses of robots
•Designing robots
•Programming robots
Tu1-1:55$156
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6914Technology12-13yrsEngineeringJohn MonahanS1Engineers are literally responsible for building our modern world. Engineering, however, is not simply one field of science. It is many. This class is a basic introduction to engineering. It will provide a general overview of the field. Topics covered will include
•Civil engineering
•Mechanical engineering
•Electrical engineering
This will primarily be a hands-on class, with students working cooperatively to build several projects using inexpensive and found objects.
W1-1:55$156
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7014Technology13+yrs3D Printing IJohn MonahanS10.25In 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 triggered 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. Topics covered include:
•History of 3d printers
•How 3d printers are changing society
•How to design 3d objects using Tinkercad
•Troubleshooting 3d printers
Th1-1:55$156
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7114Technology11-13yrsRobotics IIJohn MonahanS2This class is designed for students who have already taken the introductory robotics. It will focus on more advanced projects and applications of robotics. The LEGO Mindstorms system will be used for this class. Topics covered will include:
•Applications of robotics
•Robotics in industry
•Robotics in the home
Tu1-1:55$204
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7214Technology12-13yrsInventingJohn MonahanS2Where do all those inventions come from? How do inventors get their ideas? How do you turn a great idea into an actual invention? This class is designed to help students come up with ideas and bring them to fruition. Topics covered include:
•What is a patent
•How to set up an inventor's notebook
•History of inventions
W1-1:55$204
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7314Technology13+yrs3D Printing IIJohn MonahanS20.3333New types of 3d printers and new materials for them to use are constantly being developed. That opens up whole new horizons for aspiring 3d printer. This class is designed to build upon the Introduction to 3d printing class and give students practice with new 3d design programs. Topics covered will include:
•What is the future of 3d printing
•Advanced materials for 3d printing
•How to design 3d objects using Sculptris and Blender
Th1-1:55$204
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