2019-20 Learning Center Class Descriptions
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Below are descriptions for each of our classes offered at the the Homeschool Learning Centers for the 2019/2020 school year. Classes may be purchased on Bookmart on our Springs website.
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TK-8 Workshops
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(please scroll down for high school courses)
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ClassIf marked "YES," students are required to bring their Chromebooks to this class, as well as take the Milestones onsite. Description
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Acting & ImprovTalent is reflected in a variety of art forms. Some dream of acting on the “big screen” and others want to build their self-confidence and engage an audience by public speaking. In Acting and Improv you learn how to act for close-ups, deliver a speech or play a character, and address your audience as you learn how to become believable actors. As an actor, we will video your plays and critique your performances. Improv is where you learn to develop both comedic and dramatic characters in detail, gain skills on how to be spontaneous while staying focused and in character. This prepares a student for future theatre work, and gives them the ability to walk into any situation with confidence. And all the while, having fun! By the end of the year, your student will have improved in their overall confidence, learned how to engage an audience, and be exposed to the performing arts -a valuable tool for high school, college, and beyond!
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BizworldYESCheck it out at Bizworld.org! BizWorld teaches children the basics of entrepreneurship, business, and finance in a fun, hands-on way! This project-based learning (PBL) program gives children the opportunity to learn first hand how to start and operate their own business. Working in teams of six or less, students start, fund, and run their own company in a product producing industry. The decisions that the companies make are entirely student-driven. The students decide everything from what to name their company to how many products to make and how much to charge for them! The program culminates with the Sales Bazaar, an exciting opportunity for you to engage other students at your school, parents, administrators, and community members. During the Sales Bazaar, students sell their products to their customers - don’t worry; no real money is involved! Students use the BizWorld monetary denomination, BizBucks. Throughout BizWorld, students have multiple opportunities to practice leadership skills and hone their math and communication skills. *Students in grades 3-8 taking this class will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week.
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Cat in the Hat ScienceExplore the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss through the Cat in the Hat's Science Learning Library. This series introduces nonfiction to the beginning reader. Enrich your child’s understanding of science and the environment through entertaining and intriquing stories. They will learn fascinating facts that will keep them curious. In fact, the television show, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, was inspired by the book series, that will be used in this course. We invite you to explore with us this year the exciting topics: Animal Habitats & Classification, Insects, Space, the Human Body, Weather, Dinosaurs and Plant Life. The Cat in the Hat’s Science Books are great for reading, thinking and hands-on experimenting and will introduce science learning and Seussian fun to your child.
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DanceDo you find your shoe tapping the floor when the music begins to play? Does the need to get up out of your chair arise as the melody lifts? Then Welcome to Dance! Have your student come and explore the fundamentals of dance and creative movement! Students will learn the history, terminology, and basic techniques associated with different dancing styles throughout the year, all while having fun and gaining confidence in this interactive course! Each class will begin with a warm up and a stretch to work on strength and flexibility and include fun physical activities giving students not only the basics of dance, but also reinforcing concepts such as rhythm and movement, spatial awareness, coordination, and memorization. Come join us, and let the dancing begin!
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Digging for DinosaursStudents will travel back in time, millions of years ago, and learn about dinosaurs and their lives on the earth: triceratops, tyrannosaurus, stegosaurus…just to name a few! The subject of dinosaurs appeals to the natural curiosity of young students, both boys and girls. As we dig for dinosaurs students will explore dinosaur-related content such as, their history, what they looked like, where they lived and what they ate. This course is designed to offer students a rich environment of history, science, art, math, and writing as they find out about recent dinosaur discoveries, study the characteristics of some better-known dinosaurs, and dig into the world where dinosaurs walked the earth.
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Famous InventorsWelcome to Famous Inventors. Have you ever wondered where certain things came from or who invented them? Your curious kids will love these fascinating people that will astound and inspire them! Throughout history, people have imagined and then created new things to make their lives better, easier, and more enjoyable. From the wheel, to penicillin, to the computer, inventions continue to change the way we live. This class introduces students to the amazing world of inventions and the people who took the initiative and risk to ask questions and find solutions. Students will love learning about these fascinating people, the culture and era they lived in, and will make discoveries that will astound and inspire them!
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FIRST Lego LeagueCome and join the world of technology with our Robotics team. Check it out at http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll  We will explore computer programming with Lego EV3 MINDSTORMS. Young Engineers will create a solution to a real life problem as determined by FIRST LEGO League(FLL). While doing this they will design, build, and program a robot to complete a series of tasks in a competitive environment with the opportunity to compete for a spot in the First Lego League competition at LegoLand. FIRST Lego League only allows teams of up to 10 members. FLL provides a topic and a research project to be done and presented by all students, which is used to choose the 10 members. Due to the requirements of the competition—those on the competing team will be required to attend additional days and weekends, may incur additional costs to attend the competitions, as well as parents of team members are encouraged to help. After the competition season, students will continue to explore NXT MINDSTORMS, compete with other teams, and investigate engineering aspects. All students will participate in class activities, support the team, and may attend the competitions.
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Frog and Toad Reading ClubFrog and Toad are best friends – they do everything together! From grand quests to everyday activities, two of Arnold Lobel’s most beloved characters show how wonderful friendship can be! They eat cookies, plant gardens, help each other and are just plain silly together! This class will give students the opportunity to experience all aspects of language arts (reading, writing, listening and speaking), as well as science (seeds, frog/toad life cycle, seasons), math(time, patterns, problem solving) and celebrating friendships as they join these lovable characters on their hilarious adventures.
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Games of StrategyGames of strategy can build valuable life and thinking skills. One of the most effective ways to learn this is through an immediate and authentic experience that leaves the student wanting more. Game-playing is the perfect example of such an experience because it is entertaining and engaging and it stimulates student involvement. Games provide an opportunity for reflective and logical thinking, planning, problem-solving and decision making. Students will also develop the life skills of cooperation, coping and dealing with mistakes, and being resilient, while engaging in friendly competition. In this class we will be introducing Chess and various other games such as The Settlers of Catan, Mancala, Mastermind, Pandemic and Ticket to Ride. Students may also do a project where they make their own game.
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Harry Potter & More Book ClubCalling all Muggles! Are you ready to live the magic? Books can take us on the greatest adventures, be it through the looking glass, over the rainbow, or even through time and space! In this class, we will push the limits of our imaginations by exploring many incredible fictional universes. As a part of the Book Club, students will read through many higher level texts designed to inspire, push, and grow them as a reader. Your students will use the inspiration these amazing works of literature provide to write, create, hypothesize, research, and even perform for thier peers! This will be an exciting and engaging way to branch out into learning areas that students may not have otherwise considered. Join us for a good read, a great chat, and an inspirational project. We're saving you a seat right by the fireplace...Always!
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I CAN MathYESMaster the I CANs in a fun group setting! This class is an approved math support option that includes all textbooks and supplemental materials. A highly qualified, credentialed teacher will teach two days per week using interactive small group instruction, supported independent practice, hands-on centers and an online math component called ST Math (included). Parents are key in helping their student succeed! Parents are expected to be implement the lessons on home days, making sure students complete their assignments and understand the concepts. It's a wonderful partnership! Students will be expected to complete structured math assignments on the additional three home days each week, as well as ST Math. Students are expected to attend class two days per week on a regular basis. Students who are not completing assignments on homestudy days, or miss more than 2 onsite classes within a 4 week period, may be dropped from the class. Teacher, ES, parent, and student, will be required to sign the I CAN Math Roles & Responsibilities form. Assignments and assessments will be done by the I Can Math Teacher. Both Part 1 and Part 2 will be purchased, and must be attended to be enrolled in this class. *Students taking this class will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week. Also, students in this class will be required to take their (3) Milestone math assessments onsite in this class.
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If you Give a Mouse a CookieIf you give a student a book...there are endless possibilities for learning! This course uses the books of Laura Numeroff to engage students in a variety of learning activities that include math, science, reading, and writing as Mouse, Moose, Pig, Cat, and Dog each experience everyday situations and the consequences that tumble like dominoes through the pages of their adventures!. When Mouse and friends get together, one thing always leads to another in the most unexpected ways. You just never know where things will end up, but you can be sure that IF Mouse and Friends go on an adventure together, THEN they will just have to have fun the whole time.The mischief begins when these cuddly animals get more and more demanding! Students may also create their own adventures throughout the year and become authors and illustrators themselves! .
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Intro. to Biology & ChemistryYESThis hands-on science class will focus on a wide range of Biology and Chemistry materials, including animals, chemicals, mixing ingredients, and much more. Students will learn important vocabulary terms in both Biology and Chemistry worlds. Not only will these young scientists be exposed to animal dissections, but will be in charge of putting together and building their own rockets! Weekly discussions and bi-weekly experiments will be completed, as well as different options in learning the variety of material, being offered.
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Leadership & YearbookYESLeadership is a quality that can be developed in an individual. Students may do community outreach in their personal lives and share in class, plan and carryout fundraising events, plan spirit days for their learning center, and work on specialized programs like the school yearbook. Middle school students are invited to take the lead in their school. Students will embark on challenging activities, and fun games that will act to motivate this leadership group. Some classes are divided into two sections: leadership and yearbook. In yearbook, students gather photos to represent learning center memories that are collected and artistically applied to the yearbook pages through the yearbook program. Students who enter this class experience personal growth and responsibility.
*Students taking this class will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week.
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Lego League (non-competing)Do you love Legos, robotics and working with friends to complete tasks? Then this introductory class to First Lego League is the class for you! In this class students will learn all about First Lego League and what it entails. FIRST LEGO League challenges children to think like scientists and engineers. Students in this class will focus on the 6 core values of First Lego League : Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork and Fun, while creating a project based on a real world problem. Students will work in teams to research and create a solution to the scientific and real-world challenge that the First Lego League Organization introduces this August. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions for the Robot Game. Students in this class will gain the experience and skills to prepare them for our competition class when they are in 7th and 8th grade.
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Let's Go GeographyWhere is Ecuador and what is it like to live there? Let's discover the World together as we learn about geography while having fun. This class offers a hands-on approach to learning with the learning by doing philosophy that will be used to get to know the world around us. Let's Go Geography is a unique kid's geography curriculum that lets your kids explore today's world with hands-on activities for every learning style including singing, writing, crafts, notebooking, watching videos, & more. Come take a journey around the world as we investigate Countries and their cultures.
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Mastering MathYES*It is strongly encouraged that students in the class use Spring Into Math as their core math curriculum. The class provides foundational math skills and teacher support to homeschool students - helping them master the Math I CANs! Using interactive small group instruction, supported independent practice, and fun hands-on centers - students will gain confidence in the math processes needed for success. Students will also have access to Prodigy or iReady. Prodigy is a game-based learning platform that’s so engaging, students will voluntarily learn and practice curriculum-aligned math at home while getting adaptive feedback. iReady taps into the rich data from the i-Ready Diagnostic to deliver personalized learning paths to growth for each student, balancing rigor and reachability. iReady meets learners at their level, helps them problem solve, and keeps them motivated to continue their progress, providing digital instruction that is proven to drive gains for students at all levels.
*This class does not provide a curriculum and is not intended to be a full math course. *Students taking this class will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week.
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Math Fun & GamesJoin us as we navigate the exciting world of math! In this class students will explore math concepts through the use of calendar routines, games, puzzles and hands-on activities. Each week we will learn new math skills that will increase the students level of understanding in a fun, hands-on way, as they develop a fluency in recognizing and communicating numbers. In class we will use the world around us to find patterns and teach shapes, as well as problem solve, create symmetry, and make connections. Students will enjoy games and activities that teach the grade level I CAN math concepts, as well, and have fun making music, crafts and number patterns to master the fun and challenging math world!
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Math LabYESThe class provides foundational math skills and teacher support to homeschool students - helping them master the Math I CANs! Using interactive small group instruction, supported independent practice, and fun hands-on centers - students will gain confidence in the math processes needed for success. Students will also have access to ST Math or iReady. ST Math is a visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving to engage, motivate and challenge students toward higher achievement. iReady taps into the rich data from the i-Ready Diagnostic to deliver personalized learning paths to growth for each student, balancing rigor and reachability. iReady meets learners at their level, helps them problem solve, and keeps them motivated to continue their progress, providing digital instruction that is proven to drive gains for students at all levels.
*This class does not provide a curriculum and is not intended to be a full math course. *Students taking this class will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week.
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MusicWhat is the first thing you feel when you hear an exciting melody begin to play? When the beat causes your fingers to drum, and the atmosphere around you begins to change? To listen to music is to engage in a world of sound, emotion and even intellect. In this music class your student will uncover the excitement of music history, learn general music skills, and will become immersed in music on several levels such as listening, reading music notation, playing together as a group, and becoming familiar with great composers in our history and current composers of modern music, and their works. Younger students will learn new skills on the recorder and hand bells, and older students will have the opportunity to learn the ukulele. The school will provide recorders and ukuleles that students are able to borrow for the school year. However, if your student has a recorder of their own, please feel free to send it with them. Students will be asked to bring their instrument in each week so that they themselves will be able to play along, and create the melodies we all love to hear.
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Music Fun & Kids ChoirMusic Fun: To all the listening ears who enjoy the sweet sound of music, come join us in Music Fun! Here students will fall in love with music and movement in this creative and hands-on class! They will venture to different cultures, learn about music in history, literature, and so much more. Using pieces like Saint Seans ‘Carnival of the Animals’, students will be able to truly enjoy classical works of art while they learn a dance, or make a craft to link them to the literature and the melody. They will also enjoy singing, while tapping into some acting and improvisational techniques, as well!

Kids Choir: Get ready to sing your heart out! In Kid's Choir, students will study and perform a variety of genres of music, including Broadway, Disney tunes, Christmas music and Rock 'n' Roll! In addition to singing, get ready to boogie! Some of our songs will have choreography as well. Vocal warm ups, reading music, and the basics for performing on stage will all be taught in this course. Sing and dance with us!
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Musical TheaterWe cordially invite you to the Musical Theater workshop! Here we will choose big and fun musical numbers in which your students will enjoy performing time and time again after successfully memorizing lines, songs & choreography. In this class students will fall in love with music and movement, recreating the classic and well loved musicals we all know. Parent participation is key in this workshop as students benefit greatly from practicing with parents at home, as well as parent volunteers who are needed during the year-end show season! Our gifted teachers bring out the best in our students ~ many of whom who have had never performed before and now have a new talent and appreciation for the stage. Come and join us as we begin a whole new season of creativity! *PLEASE NOTE this is a performance class in which all students will be expected to participate. Attendance and arriving on time to class play an imprtant part in supporting the production and your fellow actors. Students should expect to spend at least one hour per day at home memorizing lines, music and blocking. Up to 4 after school rehearsals are required and students will be expected to be in the evening performance.
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Photography & There's No Place Like ARTYESPhotography: Students will explore the essentials of photography including camera use and care, the principals of composition and design, and the basics of photo editing. We will be over the rainbow with our well-rounded creative skills, learning to view, analyze, and create from multiple artistic perspectives with inspiration from those before and around us. Let's get creating! **NOTE: Camera use, either for class-set cameras or personal devices, will require student/parent agreement and consent with guidlines.
*Students will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week.

Art: "You've always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself." The Wizard of Oz. This is how we feel about every student learning to become an artist. The Springs theme for the 2019/20 school year is There's no place like Springs! Where we will look for ways to be courageous. This class is all about creating and growing as an artist... and having the courage to try new things. Students will explore and experiment with a variety of materials such as ink, pencils, colored pencils, markers, chalk, oil pastel and watercolor and they will participate in activities that will enrich their understanding of how to use each medium. The projects and activities in this class are geared towards developing various art skills and encouraging individual creativity and artistic expression. While many of the projects are guided, each student works with his or her own vision and produces a unique finished piece. Students will have fun learning about the lives and works of many famous artists and practicing their art styles! Students may also prepare for an art exhibit at their learning center or in their classroom to showcase their work! Be prepared to take risks, share ideas and sometimes get messy! You'll want to join us because... there's no place like ART!
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Road Trip USAHave you ever dreamed of packing up, hitting the road, and leaving your troubles behind? Well, now you can! Let’s take a trip -- a virtual road trip. Road Trip USA is a class where students plan a virtual road trip cross country. Your student will utilize math, geography, and computer skills all in a fun and motivating setting. Students will map out their route, plan a budget, book hotels, select sites to visit, choose attractions to see, and create an album of their adventures. It's a fun way to "experience" parts of the country and learn about states and regions. Students will use websites such as Google Earth, Mapquest, Priceline, and Yelp to plan the most exciting and realistic trip ever. Don’t be surprised if your student starts to save for this fascinating trip in real life! In addition, they will know exactly how much to save to make it happen. Let’s go!
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Sign LanguageThis course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge needed to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL). This course introduces basic sign language vocabulary, fingerspelling and grammar. In addition, students will be introduced to aspects of American Deaf culture and history. Students will build their ASL vocabulary through instruction, interactive games and songs which may include themes such as people, food, animals, emotions, opposites, weather and colors. Curriculum will be differentiated for each grade level.
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Skills for LifeYESWith technology taking over, some basic life skills can fall through the cracks. We will introduce students to different life skills that they should know or learn, but that are not always taught in a traditional classroom. Hands-on learning in personal finance, cooking, etiquette, health and wellness, survival skills, handicrafts, taxes, interest and mortgages are just a few of things we will touch on - depending on age and student interests. Students will practice problem-solving and character building exercises using the GO Strengths animated series and will collaborate and work in teams, become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and be flexible and adaptable while being creative and imaginative. Older students may also explore global and cultural awareness,as well as social responsibility and ethics. *Students in grades 3-8 taking this class will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week.
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Spanish & Spanish FunHablas Espanol? No? Well, soon you can! We'll build basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar through games, songs and lots of conversation practice. This workshop emphasizes oral communication in a variety of topics at a basic level, beginning with the alphabet and common words and phrases.  The students will create a Spanish book with words and phrases they have mastered.  We will strive to further each student's conversational skills in Spanish. Throughout the year new vocabulary, the past tense and other useful grammatical points will be covered. Students will create their own dialogues on topics that interest them. The objective of this workshop is to comprehend and exchange conversation in Spanish in class and others within the Spanish community. In addition, develop speaking , listening, reading, writing skills and include understanding the Spanish culture-differentiated for each grade level. Some learning centers have added Duolingo Class Activities! A fun way to practice Spanish together.
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Speakers LeagueYESAre you looking for a fun way to develop your child's confidence? Speakers League is a great place to develop public speaking, critical thinking, leadership, and organizational skills.Conquering a fear of public speaking can position children to succeed on many levels in life. Social phobias often start with shyness in childhood or early adolescence, and progress during adolescence, according to scientific studies. By deciding to join a Speakers League Club you are giving a gift to your child, positioning him or her to become a confident and poised leader of the future. Students will also write and present speeches that wll be critiqued by their peers. *Students taking this class will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week.
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Sports & FitnessSports and Fitness: Welcome to Sports and Fitness where exercise and moving can be a fun thing you enjoy. Whether you enjoy a team sport or a more individual type of activity, this is the class for you. Come and discover your skills in physical sports and movement while learning to work with others. Students will explore the benefits of building teamwork and creating a foundation that will help them find their interests for life style changes. Every week the class will cover aspects that lead to a healthier lifestyle through games, exercise drills, and team sports; like soccer, basketball, jump rope, and dodgeball. Come join us, and learn how to be healthier while having fun!
*Students taking this class will be required to wear closed toe shoes and clothing that is appropriate for fitness activities.
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Spring into WritingYESYoung minds are full of imagination, wonder and curiosity. Writing can be an amazing outlet for kids – allowing them full reign to express their personality and creativity. Even so, most kids dread the thought of writing, especially when it comes to tedious writing assignments in school. In the age of email, text messaging and social networking, kids’ tolerance for writing anything longer than a few sentences is being severely tested. Being able not only to write but write well is an essential skill for all ages. That is why it is even more important today to encourage your children at a very early age to write. So how can you help make writing easier for your children? Let's find out!
*Students taking this class will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week.
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STEM 4 ScienceYESIn STEM 4 Science students will discover their inner engineer and become lifelong STEM(Science Technology, Engineering & Math) learners. They will tackle real-world problems using the engineering design process of creativity, and collaboration. STEM science challenges will engage learners in innovative problem solving and allow them to explore problems like prosthetics, pollution, and disease control, as they discover that they have the talent and potential to design and improve technologies and solve problems. Students will choose their path through open-ended challenges that have multiple solutions and engage in activities that are fun, exciting, and connect to the world in which they live in, while developing critical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills that will help prepare them for success in school and in life.
*Students taking this class will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week.
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Storybook ArtLet’s read and make art! Join us as we explore the world of art making through the illustrations of books. Each exciting art piece will be inspired by an element of a storybook that we read together in class each week. Students will receive quality art instruction while working with a wide variety of art materials (paint, oil pastel, watercolor, etc.) and methods. Be prepared for hands-on fun each week as we discover how wonderful creating art can be!
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Technical TheaterCalling out innovative students to design costumes, make accessory props, and learn to exaggerate a character by applying makeup.  This  workshop will help students learn basic skills to design costumes, create masks and add prop accessories to their designs. Together we will learn how to upcycle and recycle simple discarded items and create useful theatrical costumes and props for the characters they select. Reading and writing is included in this workshop. Students will read and discuss scripts from popular plays. They will take notes and draw their designs. Students will have the opportunity to create costumes, props and do makeup for the learning center's musical theater performances. This workshop is sure to be a creatively fun experience for the students!
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Writing Down the Yellow Brick RoadYESWriting, writing and more writing! Where to start ? There are so many components of writing and this class will narrow on all the fun aspects of those components. Several topics will be covered, including writing speeches, poetry, short stories, writing your own story, and writing using MLA format. We will start from the basics. Each student will find what they love to write about and expand their knowledge in the varieties of writing and writing skills.

*Students taking this class will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week.
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YearbookYESDo you like taking pictures and interacting with your classmates? In yearbook, students gather photos to represent learning center memories that are collected and artistically applied to the yearbook pages through the yearbook program. Students who enter this class experience personal growth and responsibility as they work with design elements, restrictions, creations, and deadlines to help produce the pages that will become the memories of their school that last a lifetime. *Students taking this class will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week.
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Yoga and Fitness"Power, strength, endurance...calm, peace, mindfulness. This class incorporates all of this...and more! Students will learn the basic positions of yoga for its health benefits to the mind and body, but also will be taught the why behind the positions. Which positions help detox the body? Which positions strengthen the back? Which ones helps with balance and with overall toning of the body? Students will also be challenged with boot camp training such as burpees, lunges, jumping jacks, and circuit training. Yoga brings a mind and body connection and introduces mindfulness to promote calm. The fitness brings the power and the strength. Join us for a overall healthy body experience! " --
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ZoophonicsAll Children Love the Zoo! Zoo-phonics® is a method developed to make children strong readers and spellers using a “phono” (hearing), “oral” (speaking), “visual” (seeing), “kinesthetic” (moving), and tactile (touching)—whole brain approach. Students actually learn the sounds of the alphabet and advanced phonemic concepts through an easily understood, concrete method of presentation. Zoo-phonics® uses animals drawn in the shapes of the letters for ease in memory. A related body movement is given for each letter. This concrete approach cements the sounds to the shapes of the letters. Zoo-phonics is an effective and developmentally appropriate way to teach phonemic awareness, and we look forward to seeing the growth our students make throughout the academic year.
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Zoophonics & Handwriting SkillsAll Children Love the Zoo! Zoo-phonics® is a method developed to make children strong readers and spellers using a “phono” (hearing), “oral” (speaking), “visual” (seeing), “kinesthetic” (moving), and tactile (touching)—whole brain approach. Students actually learn the sounds of the alphabet and advanced phonemic concepts through an easily understood, concrete method of presentation. Zoo-phonics® uses animals drawn in the shapes of the letters for ease in memory. A related body movement is given for each letter. This concrete approach cements the sounds to the shapes of the letters. Zoo-phonics is an effective and developmentally appropriate way to teach phonemic awareness, and we look forward to seeing the growth our students make throughout the academic year. Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) utilizes a two-lined approach to handwriting, providing a simple but clearly successful style. This style is developmentally based, works for children of all abilities, is easy to teach and is multi-sensory. Handwriting Without Tears is also "lefty" friendly and includes easy-to-learn steps for readiness, printing and cursive. Give your kids the chance to be successful writers!
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High School Courses
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CoursesIf marked "YES," students are required to bring their Chromebooks to this class, as well as take the Milestones onsite. Students attend these classes onsite, two times per week, with a highly qualified teacher. The lab requirement for the science classes are met through our mobile science lab, though the onsite teacher may offer additional labs. Students are required to complete the assignments given by the onsite teacher, which may be in addition to the course work in Canvas. Whenever possible, these additional assignments are done in a fun, collaborative group setting.
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Algebra 1YESAlgebra 1 is the first course in the Algebra sequence, and fulfills the Algebra requirement. This mastery course is designed with more scaffolding to support students who passed math 8, but struggled with algebraic concepts. Students will solve linear equations, systems of linear equations, equations involving algebraic fractions, and quadratic equations by factoring and utilizing the Quadratic Formula. They will look at the laws of exponents, rational exponents and rewrite equivalent polynomial expressions in various forms to highlight various key features of the polynomial. These skills will be applied to set up and solve application problems. Other topics include how to graph lines, perform arithmetic with both polynomial and rational expressions, how to factor polynomials, how to solve a quadratic equation using zero product property and completing the square, and how to represent and analyze statistical data in various ways.

Prerequisite: Completion of 8th Grade Math
Meets the A-G subject requirements
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ChemistryYESStudents attending this class will learn the structure and properties of matter. Topics begin with the structure of atoms and progress through atom interactions to form compounds and changes that take place during chemical reactions. All topics are supported with weekly laboratory experiences. The focus of this course is to provide students the opportunity to engage in laboratory skills, the principles of the scientific method and scientific thinking, and building connections between Chemistry concepts and providing opportunities to practice critical thinking and analysis.  

Prerequisite: Completion of Math 1, completion of or concurrently enrolled in Math 2. Recommended: Completion of Biology.
Meets the A-G subject requirements
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DanceStudents will learn the basic techniques associated with different dancing styles including Hip Hop, Contemporary, World Dances and Dances popular throughout previous decades, all while having fun and gaining confidence. Each class will begin with a warm up and a stretch to work on strength and flexibility and include fun physical activities giving students not only the basics of dance, but also reinforcing concepts such as rhythm and movement, spatial awareness, coordination, and memorization. Come join us, and let the dancing begin!
This class is an "extra-curricular opportunity." It is not a graded or unit based course
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English 1YESEnglish 1 encourages students to be informed, thoughtful, and independent readers, writers, speakers, and listeners.
In English 1, students will work toward mastery of I CANs taken from ELA Common Core Standards in reading, writing, and language. This course will emphasize the close reading, evidence-based analysis, and critical thinking skills students will need to be successful in this English course and future English courses.
This course provides students ample opportunity to read, comprehend, evaluate, and analyze complex literature and informational texts from a variety of authors and genres, both classic and contemporary. Students will learn to make inferences about what they read and cite evidence from texts to support their conclusions and analysis.
Students will produce a variety of writing pieces including informal and formal pieces and complete narrative, explanatory, research assignments ranging in length for different audiences and purposes. Students will use the writing process to write coherent and focused essays and written responses. Some assignments completed in English 1 will be completed in conjunction with your student’s science course to show how writing is not just an important skill in English but other subject areas as well.
Taking this course at a learning center allows students to gain an appreciation for differing perspectives through class discussions and collaborative learning activities.
Meets the A-G subject requirements
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English 2YESEnglish 2 is a 10 unit course focused on providing students with the opportunity to engage in the following essential skills:
Reading and understanding literature and informational texts
Making connections between literature and informational texts to practice critical thinking and analysis
Developing writing skills using the writing process to write for different purposes
Researching to answer questions or to solve a problem using multiple sources
Speaking and writing with a command of English standard language conventions
Orally communicate ideas through collaborative discussions and presentations

Units will be assigned based on mastery of objectives called I CAN!s. Students must complete a proctored final exam each semester which equals 15% of the student’s grade (per semester). Students must also complete and submit one mastery assignments per I CAN (ten total) to earn the ten required units for the year.
Meets the A-G subject requirements

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ERWC (11)YESExpository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) 11 is a rigorous, college-preparatory course designed to engage students in the discovery of who they are as persons, the realization of the ways in which they can participate in society, and their development as critical consumers and effective communicators within society. Employing a rhetorical, inquiry-based approach that fosters critical thinking, student agency, and metacognition, the course includes coursework designed in modules drawn from the following categories: American foundational documents, American drama, American literature, research, and contemporary issues. Students will progress through coursework along an “arc.” Through this arc, students will prepare to read challenging texts, read with purpose, question what they read, discover what they think, and write rhetorically about texts. By the end of the course, students will have read a range of literary and nonfiction text genres and produce culminating projects, including academic essays, research reports, and multimedia presentations, from initial draft to final revision and editing.

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Environmental ScienceYESEnvironmental Science is the study of our earth; it’s resources and our impact. Students attend this class with the opportunity to engage in laboratory skills, the principles of the scientific method and scientific reasoning. We will build connections relevant to our world today as you and your peers, our next generation; face the challenges of developing technologies for alternative energy resources. Inquiry-based science activities in which students will study a general introduction to environmental science, humans and the environment, engineering practices, pollution, atmosphere and climate change, earth’s resources and environmental policies.
Meets the A-G subject requirements
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ERWCYESThe goal of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) is to prepare seniors for the literacy demands of higher education. Students successfully completing this course develop skills, knowledge, processes, and dispositions in the following areas of academic literacy: reading rhetorically, writing rhetorically, listening and speaking rhetorically, and habits of mind.

Through a sequence of eight to ten rigorous instructional modules, students in this yearlong, rhetoric-based course develop advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The cornerstone of the course presents a scaffolded process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to nonfiction and literary texts. Modules also provide instruction in research methods and documentation conventions. Students will be expected to increase their awareness of the rhetorical strategies employed by authors and to apply those strategies to their own writing. They will read closely to examine the relationship between an author’s argument or theme and his or her audience and purpose; to analyze the impact of structural and rhetorical strategies; and to examine the social, political, and philosophical assumptions that underlie the text. By the end of the course, students will be expected to use this process independently when reading unfamiliar texts and writing in response to them.
Meets the A-G subject requirements

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Games of StrategyGames of strategy can build valuable life and thinking skills. One of the most effective ways to learn this is through an immediate and authentic experience that leaves the student wanting more. Game-playing is the perfect example of such an experience because it is entertaining and engaging and it stimulates student involvement. Games provide an opportunity for reflective and logical thinking, planning, problem-solving and decision making. Students will also develop the life skills of cooperation, coping and dealing with mistakes, and being resilient while engaging in friendly competition. In this class we will be introducing Chess and various other games such as The Settlers of Catan, Mancala, Mastermind, Pandemic and Ticket to Ride. Students may also do a project where they make their own game.
This class is an "extra-curricular opportunity." It is not a graded or unit based course
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GeometryYESGeometry is the second course in the Algebra sequence. This mastery course is designed with more scaffolding to support students who passed math 8, but struggled with geometry concepts. Students will use reasoning to prove both shape congruence and shape similarity. Students will also apply the Pythagorean Theorem to the coordinate plane and use it as a basis for understanding basic trigonometric ratios. They will prove theorems about circles and use those theorems to solve problems involving conics. Finally students will study both theoretical and experimental probability.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1
Meets the A-G subject requirements
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Leadership and YearbookYESLeadership is a quality that can be developed in an individual. Students may do community outreach in their personal lives and share in class, plan and carryout fundraising events, plan spirit days for their learning center, and work on specialized programs like the school yearbook. Students are encouraged to take the lead in their school. Students will also embark on challenging activities and fun games that will act to motivate this leadership group. For the yearbook, students will gather photos to represent learning center memories that are collected and artistically applied to the yearbook pages through the yearbook program. Students in this class will experience personal growth and responsibility as they work with design elements, restrictions, creations, and deadlines to help produce the pages that will become the memories of their school that last a lifetime.
*Students taking this class will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week.
This class is an "extra-curricular opportunity." It is not a graded or unit based course
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Math 1YESThis course will strengthen and build on students' previous knowledge in middle school math. This course will focus on algebraic expressions, linear functions, quadratic functions, some basic exponential functions, exponents, polynomials, solving equations, geometric congruence proof and construction methods, finding volumes, areas, descriptive statistics, connecting algebra and geometry through reasoning, theorem manipulation and proof as well as real life applications. The 8 mathematical practices and possess will be embedded throughout the course.   

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 8th grade math.
Meets the A-G subject requirements
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Math 2YESThis class is a highly engaging integrated high school mathematics course. This course is a continuation of Math 1. It will be covering geometric reasoning, proof through theorems and postulates, algebraic properties, exponents, polynomials, factoring, sequence and series. The class uses technology and mastery teaching to drive instruction for personalized learning.      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math 1.
Meets the A-G subject requirements
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Math 3YESThe focus of this course is on intermediate algebra -- the mathematical study that uses variables to represent numbers. It expands on elementary algebra by including complex numbers, operations with higher order polynomial functions, and working with several new types of functions. Particularly, logarithmic, exponential, and polynomial functions of degree greater than two are explored. Conic sections and their equations and plots, combinations and permutations, and the binomial theorem round out the course. Pre-calculus level Trigonometry is also covered.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math 2 or Geometry and Algebra 1.
Meets the A-G subject requirements
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Math SuccessYESThis course is for students who are taking their math course online (not at the Learning Center) but need support in understanding the content, discussions, and mastery assignments. Students will work in small collaborative groups under the Learning Center teacher's direction to ensure they are truly mastering the concepts in their math courses. In order to do so, students in this course will need to stay on the pace set by the Canvas course.
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Musical TheaterWe cordially invite you to the Musical Theater workshop! Here we will choose big and fun musical numbers in which your students will enjoy performing time and time again after successfully memorizing lines, songs & choreography. In this class students will fall in love with music and movement, recreating the classic and well loved musicals we all know. Students will also get a chance to work on acting techniques and improv, as well as be introduced to what happens behind the stage. Parent participation is key in this workshop as students benefit greatly from practicing with parents at home, as well as parent volunteers who are needed during the year-end show season! Our gifted teachers bring out the best in our students ~ many of whom who have had never performed before and now have a new talent and appreciation for the stage. Come and join us as we begin a whole new season of creativity! *PLEASE NOTE this is a performance class in which all students will be expected to participate. Attendance and arriving on time to class play an imprtant part in supporting the production and your fellow actors. Students should expect to spend at least one hour per day at home memorizing lines, music and blocking. Up to 4 after school rehearsals are required and students will be expected to be in the evening performance.
This class is an "extra-curricular opportunity." It is not a graded or unit based course
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Photography & There's No Place Like ARTYESPhotography: Students will explore the essentials of photography including camera use and care, the principals of composition and design, and the basics of photo editing. We will be over the rainbow with our well-rounded creative skills, learning to view, analyze, and create from multiple artistic perspectives with inspiration from those before and around us. Let's get creating! **NOTE: Camera use, either for class-set cameras or personal devices, will require student/parent agreement and consent with guidlines.
*Students will be required to bring his or her school issued Chromebook to class every week.

Art: "You've always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself." The Wizard of Oz. This is how we feel about every student learning to become an artist. The Springs theme for the 2019/20 school year is There's no place like Springs! Where we will look for ways to be courageous. This class is all about creating and growing as an artist... and having the courage to try new things. Students will explore and experiment with a variety of materials such as ink, pencils, colored pencils, markers, chalk, oil pastel and watercolor and they will participate in activities that will enrich their understanding of how to use each medium. The projects and activities in this class are geared towards developing various art skills and encouraging individual creativity and artistic expression. While many of the projects are guided, each student works with his or her own vision and produces a unique finished piece. Students will have fun learning about the lives and works of many famous artists and practicing their art styles! Students may also prepare for an art exhibit at their learning center or in their classroom to showcase their work! Be prepared to take risks, share ideas and sometimes get messy! You'll want to join us because... there's no place like ART!
This class is an "extra-curricular opportunity." It is not a graded or unit based course
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PhysicsYESStudents attend this class will learn the study of motion, forces, energy, heat, waves, sound, light, quantum mechanics, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear physics. We will focus on the development of models deeply rooted in scientific inquiry, in which mathematics is used to describe and predict natural phenomena and to express principles and theories.
Prerequisite: Completion of Math 1 & Math 2, completion of or concurrently enrolled in Algebra 2 or Math 3.
Recommended: Completion of Chemistry.
Meets the A-G subject requirements
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Pre-CalculusYESThe focus of this course is to provide students the opportunity to engage in the following essential skills: Use a graphing calculator such as the TI-84 for calculations including trigonometric and for graphing functions. Convert between radians and degrees. Comparing and contrasting cultures and time periods. Prove, derive, and use trigonometric identities. Know and use the graphs of the sine, cosine, and tangent functions, and their inverses. Perform operations on vectors in the plane including dot products. Use the polar coordinate system.      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math 3 or Geometry and Algebra 2.
Meets the A-G subject requirements
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Skills for LifeYESWith technology taking over, some basic life skills can fall through the cracks. We will introduce students to different life skills that they should know or learn, but that are not always taught in a traditional classroom. Hands-on learning in personal finance, cooking, etiquette, health and wellness, survival skills, handicrafts, taxes, interest and mortgages are just a few of things we will touch on - depending on age and student interests. Students will practice problem-solving and character building and will collaborate and work in teams, become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and be flexible and adaptable while being creative and imaginative. Older students may also explore global and cultural awareness,as well as social responsibility and ethics.
High School students will be required to do Community Service hours as part of this class.
This class is an "extra-curricular opportunity." It is not a graded or unit based course
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Spanish 1YESBy enrolling in Spanish 1 at a SCS Learning Center, you are ensuring your student has regular weekly interaction by a highly qualified Spanish teacher who will design the students Key Assignments and conduct all course grading and assessments. The Parent/ES will need to ensure the student regularly attends this course or that the student has regular daily access to the internet and a working computer to be able to access the online class. The Parent/ES will also support the Learning Center/LIVE teacher by keeping up to date on the student’s grades in the online grade book. Spanish 1 is a 10 unit course intended to be completed over the span of one school year (generally 9th or 10th grade). The focus of this course is on learning the basic formulaic skills in speaking, listening, writing, and reading needed to communicate in Spanish. Students will learn present tense verbs both regular and irregular including the following verbs; ser, estar, ir, dar, and regular ar, er, and ir verbs. Additionally, students will learn how to describe people and things, speak about school related topics, family, and sports, as well as greetings. Students will learn vocabulary related to the topics above, develop correct pronunciation and spelling in Spanish, and will learn cultural information related to Spanish speaking countries and the Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. Students intending to go to a four-year college or university should complete this course at the A-G level by using an approved A-G textbook, completing all course objectives and completing the A-G additional requirements as outlined on this accountability sheet.
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Spanish 2YESBy enrolling in Spanish 2 at a SCS Learning Center, you are ensuring your student has regular weekly interaction by a highly qualified Spanish teacher who will design the students Key Assignments and conduct all course grading and assessments. The Parent/ES will need to ensure the student regularly attends this course or that the student has regular daily access to the internet and a working computer to be able to access the online class. The Parent/ES will need to ensure that the student regularly attends the learning center course or that the student has regular daily access to the internet and a working computer to be able to access the online class. The Parent/ES also should support the Learning Center/LIVE teacher by keeping up to date on the student’s grades in the online gradebook. Spanish 2 is a 10 unit course intended to be completed over the span of one school year (generally 10th or 11th grade). The focus of this course is on learning to use created language to read, write, speak and listen in Spanish. Students will learn preterite, imperfect, subjunctive and future tense verbs both regular and irregular. Additionally, students will learn how to describe order food and beverages, discuss health, discuss electronics, and write a one paragraph composition in Spanish. Students will learn vocabulary related to the topics above, develop correct pronunciation and spelling in Spanish, and will learn cultural information related to Spanish speaking countries and the Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. Students intending to go to a four-year college or university should complete this course at the A-G level by using an approved A-G textbook, completing all course objectives and completing the A-G additional requirements as outlined on this accountability sheet.
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Spanish 3YESBy enrolling in Spanish 3 at a SCS Learning Center, you are ensuring your student has regular weekly interaction by a highly qualified Spanish 3 teacher who will design the students Key Assignments and conduct all course grading and assessments. The Parent/ES will need to ensure the student regularly attends this course or that the student has regular daily access to the internet and a working computer to be able to access the online class. The Parent/ES also should support the Learning Center/LIVE teacher by keeping up to date on the student’s grades in the online gradebook. Spanish 3 is a 10 unit course intended to be completed over the span of one school year (generally 11th or 12th grade). The focus of this course is on learning to use planned language to read, write, speak and listen in Spanish. Students will learn review previously learned tenses including present, preterite, imperfect, subjunctive, conditional and future tense verbs both regular and irregular. Additionally, students will learn vocabulary and skills to describe personal relations, past-times, daily life, health and wellness, travel, nature, technology, and work. Students will learn vocabulary related to the topics above, develop correct pronunciation and spelling in Spanish, and will learn cultural information related to Spanish speaking countries and the Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. Students intending to go to a four-year college or university should complete this course at the A-G level by using an approved A-G textbook, completing all course objectives and completing the A-G additional requirements as outlined on this accountability sheet.
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Speakers LeagueYESAre you looking for a fun way to develop your confidence? Speakers League is a great place to develop public speaking, critical thinking, leadership, and organizational skills. Conquering a fear of public speaking can position a person to succeed on many levels in life. Social phobias often start with shyness in childhood or early adolescence, and progress during adolescence, according to scientific studies. By deciding to join a Speakers League Club students will become confident and learn how to be poised leaders of the future. As part of the class, students will also write and present speeches that wll be critiqued by their peers.
This class is an "extra-curricular opportunity." It is not a graded or unit based course
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The Living EarthYESThe Living Earth (formerly known as Biology) is the study of life on Earth through the lens of real world phenomena. Students attend this class with the opportunity to engage in laboratory skills, the principals of the scientific method and scientific reasoning. We will build connections between biology topics, current events, and other related sciences to practice critical thinking and analysis. Inquiry-based science activities include hierarchy of organisms, balance, flow of energy, DNA and proteins, cellular division and replication, genetics, evolution, biodiversity and humans on earth.

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Math 1 or Algebra 1.
Meets the A-G subject requirements
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Yoga & FitnessPower, strength endurance...calm, peace mindfulness. This class incorporates all of this...and more! Students will learn the basic positions of yoga for health benefits to the mind and body, but will allso be taught the why behind the positions. Which positions help detox the body? Which positions strenthen the back? Which help with balance and overall toning of the body? Students will also be challenged with boot camp training such as burpees, lunges, jumping jacks and curcuit training. Yoga brings a mind and body connection and introduces mindfulneess to promote clam. Fitness brings power and strength. Combined they give an overall healthy body experience. Join this class to get your mind focused and build a strong body!
This class is an "extra-curricular opportunity." It is not a graded or unit based course
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