The Evergreen Initiative Course Catalog
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SubjectCourseGradesCourse DescriptionPrerequisites Overall GoalsTimes (PST)DatesMaterialsAbout the Teacher(s)Registration Form
Computer ScienceGame Development & Engineering5th-9th gradeStudents will learn the basics of game development using JavaScript. They will learn programming essentials and then move into game development, where they will be able to exercise their new skills. Students will have the chance to use their creativity to create their own games. By the end, they will have a solid foundation for continuing to engineer games and simply developing in general. This course will teach the fundamentals of game development and the JavaScript programming language. It aims to serve as an entry point for students interested in engineering games or for those beginning to learn to program. Saturdays 1pm-3pm ( 2 hours)6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17-Computer with internet and a account (I'll be showing how to set this up in class so don't worry if you encounter any problems)
I'm Sachin Raja, I'm a sophomore at Brea Olinda High School. I began programming a few years ago when I took a course in Python and loved seeing my ideas come to life. I soon began to learn other languages, such as JavaScript (the one we'll be using in this course) and gained a passion for designing interactive experiences. In my free time, I enjoy furthering my programming knowledge by building my own projects and playing video games.
Beginner's Python4th - 9th gradeThis course aims to teach everyone the basics of programming computers using Python. We start with the basics of how one constructs a program from a series of simple instructions in Python and move to more complicated programs using things like loops, lists, and functions. Anyone regardless of their prior knowledge should be able to master the materials in this course with ease.The first goal of this course is to understand how computers understand programs and the basics of Computer Science no matter the language. After that we will begin writing our own programs using Python and understanding the basics of Python as a language. Mondays 11am -12pm (1 hour)6/21-8/09 (8 week course)
-ComputerMy name is Aaryamik and i'm 16 years old. I am currently a junior, soon to be senior, attending Evergreen Valley High School. I look forward to teaching you this summer!
Java - The Genesis of Programming6th - 12th gradeEntering the programming world is difficult, and it’s not hard to see why. It takes time, energy, logical thinking, lots of data management, and memory in your brain to be able to code like a programmer. I have gone through the tough times, trying to grasp what a command does, or trying to reason algorithmic errors in my loops. It’s all quite complex, but I am here to help. Understanding Java is the perfect foundation to succeed in any coding language. Learning Java is like learning English, you learn it, you can probably use the basic language anywhere and everywhere. Java has led the game of programming for many years and was the genesis, where it all started and began.
I believe that all of you will have some sort of future with programming. Partially, because I think you all will be great programmers, but mainly because programming has seeped through every single sector of the world today. Automobiles, manufacturing, production, processing, I mean everywhere you go, you find some sort of program in your everyday lives. My goal is for you to be able to unpack and understand it. Java is not necessarily an easy programming language, but I believe that accomplishing it will provide you with one of the greatest skill sets IT companies look for, especially sitting here in Silicon Valley.
Wednesdays 5pm - 6:30pm & Saturdays 4pm - 5:30PM7/3, 7/7, 7/10, 7/14, 7/17, 7/21, 7/24, 7/28, 7/31 - Computer with internet accessI am Manav Gurnani, and in many ways, I may seem very complicated. We are all very complicated. That’s beyond the point, sorry, start again. Hi, I am Manav Gurnani, and I’m here to teach you about Java, the world of programming, and its humble beginnings. I am an avid programmer and love to code. I’ve been programming Java for 4 years, and I still love it as the day I started programming. I show interest in cars as well, it’s another passion/hobby of mine, to talk about cars. See, I wasn’t so complicated, was I?
Science/Social ScienceIntro to Chemistry7th - 9th The Introduction to Chemistry Course is an enrichment course recommended for passionate and STEM-oriented students who hope to study chemistry in high school and want a head start. This course primarily serves to educate students about the central concepts of chemistry and reinforce a variety of important academic skills. Students will learn to interpret data and information both qualitatively and quantitatively. Furthermore, students must be able to demonstrate not only their conceptual knowledge of chemistry topics but also be able to solve problems, work collaboratively, and communicate their ideas.
By the end of the course, students should be adept in:
1. Expressing and applying data using scientific notation and significant figures
2. Studying the structure of an atom and nuclear chemistry
3. Writing electron configurations
4. Navigating the periodic table, analyzing trends, and identifying different elemental groups and their properties
5. Understanding ionic bonding, covalent bonding, and polarity
6. Naming molecules and identifying them based on the chemical formula or in word form
Wednesdays 5pm-6:30 pm6/23, 6/30 (my birthday), 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11 -Laptopsmart -phone -notebook -writing utensils -scientific calculator -periodic table of elements
I’m Ethan and I’m a rising senior at Evergreen Valley High School. I am very passionate about chemistry as one day I hope to go to medical school in the future. Additionally, I have taken both Chemistry and AP Chemistry, having earned A’s in all semesters. Currently, I serve as an officer in my school’s Red Cross and Chemistry clubs, and I volunteer at the Good Samaritan Hospital on Thursdays. In my free time, I enjoy doing speech and debate, drinking boba tea, and playing on my PS4.
Physics8th Grade to 12th Grade
In this introductory Physics class, students will learn the basic foundations of physics along with Kinematics (in 1 and 2 dimensions), Forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion, and Uniform Circular Motion and Gravity. This is a great introductory class if your student is interested in taking AP Physics 1 in sophomore, junior, or senior year, or if they would like to get an introduction to the content taught in a general physics class. This class will include minimal homework, but students are expected to be able to apply the concepts they learn to physics problems and become well-acquainted with physics terminology, etc.. No prior knowledge on physics is required, however students should be proficient with trigonometry and performing basic operations on a scientific calculator. 1. To introduce students to the fundamentals and introductory concepts of Physics.
2. To allow students to apply the concepts they learn to comprehensive physics problems.
6/18, 6/25, 7/02, 7/9, 7/16, 7/30, 8/06
-Computer -paper/pencil -scientific calculator
Shreyaa Karan is currently a rising senior at Evergreen Valley High School. In addition to teaching and tutoring students, Shreyaa enjoys dancing, shopping, playing sports, and hanging out with her friends. She currently holds 2 club officer positions (ARK and Girls Who Code) and is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, & CS Honor Society. She has won at the Synopsys Science Fair, and has received honors from the San Jose City Hall and Google Science Fair for her projects leveraging machine learning and image analysis. Shreyaa is excited to volunteer for The Evergreen Initiative! [Closed]
Psychology6th to 9th gradeStudents will learn about the different fields in psychology and how it applies to everyday life. Each class will involve lectures and an interactive group activity to further extend the students’ knowledge on what they learned that day. By the end of the session, students will get a chance to better their writing skills by putting together a research essay while getting a sense of the outline of professional research articles.
The goal of this class is to learn all about the human mind. This class aims to teach students about the structures of the human brain and why us, as humans, act the way we do. It will help improve writing and research skills as well as build on map and diagram drawing skills.
7pm - 8pm6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27-Computer with google slides & google classroom -notebook or google docs to take notesRomy Yang is a sophomore in high school who is very dedicated and hard working. She has a strong passion in learning about the human mind and she has taken psychology classes at her local college, receiving one of the highest grades in her class. She is part of many psychology related clubs in school. She has a blog on instagram to help spread awareness and advocate for others about mental health. She also plays the violin in the school orchestra as the leader of her section. She is very interested in mystery and psychological thriller books, so she is starting to write her own stories in her free time. [Cancelled]
Intro to Neuroscience6th to 12th gradeThis course will take you on a journey of the brain, as we will delve into many interesting facets of the brain including its structure, different functions, and some case studies that will arise!
By the end of the course we hope students will be able to confidently:
Describe the structure of neurons and explain synaptic transmission.
Describe the mechanisms of action of the special senses.
Explain how the brain controls emotion, sleep, language, attention and memory.
5pm - 6pm6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15Please go to the following site and download the BrainFacts book! am an aspiring STEM major who would like to research in the field of neuroscience. I have done 2 years of research now, am the vice president of the neuroscience club at my school, and participated in the Brain Bee this past year! I am very excited to share my knowledge with all of you!
Foreign LanguageSpanishMore info coming soon!
Spanish Crash Course7th to 11th gradeThis course will cover all of the basic grammatical rules and concepts of the Spanish language along with all the vocabulary typical of a beginner’s Spanish course. Students will be expected to take notes during class and complete the assigned homework. The class will prepare students for speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish in future courses. Prepare students for success in future Spanish classes. Students will be able to conjugate into the present, future, and past tense and will have an understanding of the typical vocabulary used in Spanish classes.Wednesdays 9:30am-10:30am (times are flexible)6/16 - 8/04-Computer with access to Zoom and a microphone -notebook of any kind -pencils -1 colored pen -1 highlighter -Google Docs -device to take pictures of homework/notes My name is Sukhleen and I am a senior in high school. I have been learning Spanish for the past five years, and in that time I have become well acquainted with the expectations that teachers have for students at every level of Spanish in school. I have always found Latin culture interesting and enjoy exploring the different aspects of the culture as much as I can. Along with studying Spanish in a formal classroom setting, I am a member of MEChA, a club that organizes several Latin culture events every year. I’m excited to get to know you all this summer!
MathematicsPre-Algebra6th grade - 8th gradeThis class will cover the basic topics usually included within an 8th grade level math course. It will include pre-algebra topics such as variables, linear functions, and systems of equations. This class does not cover geometry or graphical transformations.
After taking this class, students should be comfortable with manipulating variables in equations, finding equations of linear functions, and understanding the mathematical properties like exponents and rational numbers that complicate these graphs.
4pm - 5pm6/26, 6/3, 7/10, 7/16**, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21 **7/16 takes place on Friday, rather than the usual Saturday.-Notebook -computer with internet accessMy name is Philip Le and I am a Junior at Evergreen Valley highschool. I enjoy exercising, reading, and playing video games in my freetime and am very excited to be teaching this class. I am currently taking Calculus AB. I’ve gotten an A in every math class I’ve taken in highschool, and have experience teaching math concepts to others through tutoring.
Math III8th +In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of Math III. I will go in order by chapter, covering topics such as functions and their graphs, equations and solutions, sequences and series, and trigonometric properties, By the end of this course, students will understand and be able to describe how functions behave, and they will have a solid foundation in algebra.Completion of Algebra I or equivalent OR a strong willingness to learn*Students will learn the fundamentals of algebra and problem-solving.
1. Students will be able to describe properties of elementary functions.
2. Students can extract information about a function given its graph and vice versa.
3. Students can sketch graphs given a function.
4. Students will be able to use a variety of methods to solve polynomial equations.
12pm-1:30pm6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7
-Notebook -computer with internet accessAdrian Rozario, a junior at Evergreen Valley High School, has won academic awards for his performance in mathematics. He often tutors his classmates, taking the time to teach them the underlying concepts for each problem they encounter. He has always received high marks in his math classes. He currently studies calculus. In addition to calculus, Adrian enjoys physics, reading, speech and debate, biking or running, and spending time with friends and family.
Contest Math Preparation6th–9th grade
This course aims to foster mathematical creativity, supplement fundamental knowledge, and build a solid foundation for math competitions like Mathcounts and the American Mathematics Competition 8 and 10 (AMC 8/10). Students will learn to think at an advanced level as they tackle challenging problems and concepts from algebra to number theory. Furthermore, real-world problem-solving skills are emphasized above all else. While everyone’s level will be taken into account, this class is designed for middle and high schoolers who have at least taken Prealgebra or Algebra 1; however, no prior math competition experience is necessary to succeed. Completion of Prealgebra/Algebra 1 or an equivalent course 1. Master versatile competition strategies that can be applied to any situation
2. Develop confidence in a student’s problem-solving abilities
Sundays 7:30pm - 8:30pm6/20-9/05 (no class 8/1 and 8/15)
Access to Zoom and a stable connection to WiFiMy name is Cynthia Wang, and I’m a rising sophomore at Harker. From a young age, I have had a passion for mathematics; this coming year, I will be taking AP Calculus BC. In middle school, I achieved high scores in math competitions like the AMC 8, CAML, ASMA, and Arete Labs. More recently, I tested in the top 2.5% of students who took the AMC 10, which qualified me for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME) as a freshman. Beyond math, I serve in my school’s student council, play NPL/ECNL soccer, and enjoy writing in my free time.
AMC8/Math Olympiad4th-8th grade This course is designed to introduce elementary and middle school students interested in math to math competitions, such as the AMC 8 and Math Olympiad. Students will learn techniques and tricks to solve math competition problems of varying difficulties. Students will build off of what they are taught in school and also be introduced to new concepts that will help them solve all kinds of problems. The objectives of this course are that all students will know the fundamentals of the four main topics in competitive math: algebra, geometry, number theory, and combinatorics. They will learn about famous mathematical concepts in each of these areas and this will help them be better prepared for math competitions in the future. Students will also be exposed to a wide variety of problems during the class.Mondays 4pm-6pm6/21, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9
Access to a laptop, internet and zoom, a calculator, and something to write on.
My name is Ritika Joshi and I’m currently a junior at Evergreen Valley High School. I have been doing math competitions since I was in 4th grade, and one of my favorite things about it is how good it feels to solve a tough problem. I came into the Honor Roll for the AMC 8 and I am also an AIME qualifier. Other than doing math, I love to draw, bake, and play with my cat. [Closed]
ArtsCalligraphy/Bullet Journaling3rd - 9th gradeWithin this course, students will learn how to create, format, and write in an organized personalized journal.
By the end of the course students should be able to set up a bullet journal for a month, have better organizational skills, and know how to write in multiple fonts.
Saturdays 4pm-5pm6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 Pho learned traditional calligraphy in March and has been bullet journaling for over a year. Journaling helps her stay organized with school work and allows her to take some time to plan before the week starts.
EnglishCreative Writing 5th-8th gradersThis creative writing class is great for beginner to intermediate writers who would like to strengthen their writing through learning about parts of speech, sentence structure, figurative language, literary elements, and more! There will be lots of opportunities to play around with your writing and discover your personal literary style, with creative writing prompts and character building, and learning how to find inspiration in your everyday surroundings. - learn about parts of speech/figurative language
- develop your own literary style
- become more confident in your writing & find your voice
Saturdays 11am-12pm6/26, 7/03, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24,7/31, 8/07, 8/14- notebook
- computer + internet access for zoom
- personal google account
My name is Amber Henny and I am a junior at Evergreen Valley High School. I love creative writing and am currently taking AP Literature. I can’t wait to help others improve their writing and discover their passion for it as well! My teaching experience includes reading & math tutoring, and my 3 year commitment to being a Kumon assistant. I am so excited to meet everyone. [Closed]
Career OrientedIntro to Entrepreneurship4th–8th gradeThis introductory course aims to serve as a segue for beginners into the business and entrepreneurship field. Creative students who love to ‘think outside the box’ will thrive as they work in teams to turn their ideas into a working business plan—all in 11 lessons. Not only will students study successful company strategies from every sector but also will they learn to apply their knowledge to real-life scenarios. All classes start off with a rapid-fire public speaking exercise followed by an interactive presentation on business fundamentals to foster a closer team bond and to divert their attention back to the realm of entrepreneurship. No prior experience is needed to excel in these classes. The course culminates in a business pitch competition where they present to the class and students’ families, and by the end, students will have an increase in confidence, leadership, and collaborative skills.- Learn why entrepreneurship is the catalyst for success in every field
- Strengthen problem-solving and public speaking skills in front of an audience
- Turn a student’s interest or passion into a working nonprofit or business!
Saturdays 7pm-8:30pm 6/19-9/11(no class 7/31 and 8/14)
Access to Zoom and a stable connection to WiFiHello! My name is Cynthia Wang, and I’m a rising sophomore at Harker. From a young age, I have always been involved in the entrepreneurship field and have excelled in competitive settings. I have pitched my innovation plan to shareholders and angel investors, and more recently, my team was top twenty in the United States for the Wharton High School Investment Competition. This year, I placed 4th overall internationally in DECA, a prestigious business competition. Beyond business, I serve in my school’s student council, play NPL/ECNL soccer, and enjoy writing in my free time. [Closed]
Youtube Video Production4th-9thHave you ever wanted to be a YouTuber, or learn to edit videos? In this course, students will have the opportunity to understand and create their own YouTube video. Students will learn about everything it takes to make a YouTube video, whether it’s a gaming video, vlog-style, or anything else. From scripting to recording the video, cameras and lighting, and editing and posting the video, this course will teach every aspect of video production in a fun way and productive environment.
n/aBy the end of this course, students will be able to
- Use screen-recording software or cameras to properly record a YouTube video
- Use lighting and camera techniques to create a better viewing experience
- Write scripts and speak in an entertaining way to the audience
- Edit videos in iMovie and other software using cuts and music
- Post their videos on Youtube
Wednesdays 3pm-4pmWednesday, 6/16 - 8/4-Phone or Camera
-Computer with Windows or Mac (all meetings on Zoom)
Hi, my name is Sameer Raja and I’m a sophomore in high school. I am an avid YouTuber and video producer. My teaching style is different. I love teaching in a fun way where students can interact. Instead of competing with each other, my students collaborate and have fun. I also don’t provide any unnecessary busy-work or homework. After all, it is the students’ summer which they need to enjoy. My love for filmmaking and cinematography has inspired me to create a course to teach others to get started and improve their filmmaking skills. I look forward to seeing you or your student in my Youtube Video Production course this summer.[Closed]
Speech & Debate (Public Forum)7th - 12th GradePublic Forum is one of three debate formats and involves students writing a for and against the case for a particular resolution. Students will then debate at tournaments against their peers with the winner being decided by whose case and narrative was more persuasive.
The intention of this class is to teach the students how to debate. Using a holistic and ground-up approach, we intend to demonstrate how to research, articulate and deliver complex information in a comprehensible manner while having fun.Wednesday 7pm - 8pm6/23 - 8/25 (10 week course)Computer, WiFi, Notepad/PenI am Nemerjit Singh, a junior at Evergreen Valley High School. I am a member of the Speech and Debate Club at Evergreen Valley High School and I am ranked top 200 in the nation and I have won a prestigious Silver Tournament of Champions Bid at La Costa Canyon. Additionally, I was a top 5 speaker at Badgerland and have had winning records at many tournaments in varsity.
Public Speaking7th-10th grade This course will teach students the basics of public speaking. Each week will follow a different aspect of it, from gesturing to voice tonation and authenticity. The course will also enlighten students on how to write a speech of their choosing (whether it be a ted talk, spoken word poem, original oratory). At the end of the intensive, they will be more confident in their voice, equipped with the ability to effectively communicate their thoughts in a clear and concise way. Skills that will be achieved:
Acquisition of effective communication skills
Proficiency in advanced public speaking techniques
Increased confidence in students’ voice
3pm-5pm7/11, 7/15, 7/18, 7/22, 7/25, 7/29, 8/1, 8/5n/aSwasti Johri is a 17 year old teen from the Bay Area. She has been doing speech and debate since her freshman year, and qualified for nationals in original oratory in 2021 (along with receiving many additional awards and tournaments). She also founded the EVHS Mock Trial team, where she taught 16 students the essentials of public speaking and law, helping the team place in the top 10 in its inaugural year. She has also won commendations in Model UN, and has been recognized by the county for her poetry and writing. In her free time, she enjoys doing pottery and eating chicken biryani! [cancelled]