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Program Name*DescriptionInstructor
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Real-Life Math - 6-8 - Tues. 2:30-3:25Just as the title says, we will be using real-life situations as the basis for learning many math concepts and solving complex math problems. Examples might include calculating the amount of different construction materials for a building project, tracking inventory, orders, and doing basic accounting for a coffee business, tracking weather data over time and calculating averages, determining the economics of buying vs. leasing a car, accruing simple or compound interest in saving accounts, communicating data visually, calculating rectangular and rounded areas to determine the quantity of materials needed for home decorating improvements, and applying ratios, proportions, and measurement conversions in working with recipes. Students will feel successful in this class if they have some knowledge of intermediate to advanced geometry skills (calculating area, perimeter, and angles), understand and can do equations with decimals and fractions, and have some pre-algebra knowledge (like 5x - 20 = 80). This class will help meet state standards for mathematics at these grade levels.Andy Johnson
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Circuits & Electricity - 4-8 - Wed. 1:30-2:25Shockingly fun! Using circuit-building kits, we’ll be doing a lot of hands-on explorations of circuits and electricity, and will be learning about the history of electricity and its importance in today’s world. Helps meet state standards for science for these grade levels.Andy Johnson
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Circuits & Electricity (REPEAT from Winter Term)- 1-4 - Wed. 2:30-3:25Shockingly fun! Using circuit-building kits, we’ll be doing a lot of hands-on explorations of circuits and electricity, and will be learning about the history of electricity and its importance in today’s world. Helps meet state standards for science for these grade levels. Andy Johnson
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Guitar - 3-8 - Thurs. 10:45-11:55We will group students into two groups - each group will have 25 minutes of music theory and 25 minutes of guitar instruction / playing. Students must have their own guitar.Andy Johnson
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Presentation Skills - 4-8 - Thurs. 12:30-1:25Presentation skills are another essential literacy that all students should learn and continue to improve throughout their schooling and careers. Students will choose and / or be given various topics to research and create short presentations to give to the class, to other classes, and to parents and staff. Students will work on different forms of presentation (speeches, digital slide shows, video, etc.) and will practice speaking clearly, making eye contact, presenting in an organized fashion, using relevant and engaging visuals, and more. This class will help meet state standards for language arts for these grades. To feel successful in this class, students should be able to read well enough to do basic research and be able to use a computer or Chromebook to learn to create digital presentations (with support). Don't worry if your student is currently anxious about speaking in front of others - this is a feeling that greatly diminishes with practice, and we will provide support to help them gain confidence! Andy Johnson
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Bowling - 3-8 - Mon. 10:45-12:00Besides having fun learning how to bowl, there is actually a lot of math to be learned through bowling - using the normal scoring system and then playing other math games we bowl.Andy Johnson
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Human Anatomy / Health (for Boys Only) - 6-8 - Mon. 12:30-1:25Discussion based class for boys, covering age-appropriate topics related to social, emotional, and physical health.

Your Student will feel success in this class if they can:
1. Participate in open discussions
2. Possess a level of maturity to discuss topics
3. Possess a desire to seek a healthy lifestyle.

A sample of work for this class might include:
A topic will be presented, including some written or video materials. The instructor will lead a discussion, including small group activities, role playing, or other activities. Topics may include fear, peer pressure, anxiety; interpersonal relationships and communication; healthy sleep and eating habits; drug and alcohol prevention; community and social media safety; body systems, including the reproductive system and puberty education; respect, compassion and resilience.
Andy Johnson
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School Newspaper - 5-8 - Mon. 1:30-2:25Working collaboratively, students will combine their individual strengths and expertise to do research, conduct interviews, write articles, take and edit photos, draw pictures, and create other media to use in our digital school newspaper (using Google Docs & Websites).Andy Johnson
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Flight & Flying Things - 1-4 - Mon. 2:30-3:25Exploring the science, history and craft of flight! In this project-based science and social studies class we will learn about and do hands-on activities with paper airplanes, rockets, balloons, birds, and other flying things. To feel successful in this class, your child should be able to follow simple instructions, and have the patience to try crafts and do experiments with partners.Andy Johnson
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Biz Town - 4-8 - Mon. 8:30-10:15Students learn about how to become a citizen, how an economy works, how to open a bank account, how to apply for a job and run a successful business. The curriculum directly correlates to the Common Core State Standards for 4th/5th/6th grades. This interactive, project based program not only teaches students how to manage their own personal finances and the importance of becoming a successful professional in a community, but it also empowers them to take responsibility for their professional and educational futures. Toward the end of the class, students go to JA BizTown, an experiential business simulation set inside a realistic, 8,500 square foot replica of an American city (for a one day field trip to Portland on May 28) and become citizens, where they work in one of the 19 businesses, make personal financial decisions, hold business meetings, pay taxes and donate to a non-profit organization.Andy Johnson & Monica McQueen
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Coding & Robotics - 5-8 - Wed. 12:30-1:25Using a variety of tools and robots, students will learn basic to intermediate coding skills and how to program robots to accomplish simple tasks. Students will use code.org, coding apps on the iPads, and robots like Lego Boost, Lego EV3, Thymio and Coji, and learning some basic HTML code to create a website. Having a basic understanding of computer coding is becoming an essential literacy. This class helps meet state standards for math and computer science for these grade levels. Students will feel successful in this class if they have a basic understanding of math, logic, and can work well with a partner.Andy Johnson & Monica McQueen
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Rock On (Rocks & Minerals) - 1-8 - Thurs. 10:45-11:55This will be offered as both an onsite and as a virtual class, and helps meet state science (geology) standards for these grades. - Onsite Class: Students will meet onsite and explore rocks and minerals of Oregon and beyond. They will create Rocks and Mineral Lab books. We will have a variety of guest speakers during this class.

Virtual Class: Students will experience the same lessons as the onsite class, however they will work independently at home at their own pace by logging onto Google Classroom and completing each of the lessons. Students will send copies of their completed work to the instructor as assigned. Students may also attend all field trips and events and bring their Rock display during the last week of class and participate in sharing their display with the rest of the class. They can also submit via video as well.

Your Student will feel successful if they:
1. Have a passion for rocks and want to learn more about rock properties and also have an interest in the rocks we can find in Oregon. (as well as the rest of the world)
2. Have basic writing skills or be willing to work on the writing portion at home with parent.
3. Be comfortable with presenting final rock display project and telling the class about it.
Cheri Reinke & Malachi Bodenhamer
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Drama /Theater 3-8 - Wed. 2:30-3:25Through fun acting and improv exercises, learning monologues and reading short scripts, students in this drama class will learn (practically) professional-level acting skills, voice projection, and stage presence. We will try to go on a field trip to watch a theater production practice or play, and will present a short play for parents on the last day of term.Chris Scadden
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Swimming - K-8 (OFFSITE) 3:00-3:30In the first class, students will be divided into small groups of three according to their swimming level (ability) and age. Depending on the level, students will be learning various swimming skills. Parents must stay at the pool while their child(ren) are in the lesson.Dallas Aquatic Center Staff
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Swimming - K-8 (OFFSITE) 3:30-4:00In the first class, students will be divided into small groups of three according to their swimming level (ability) and age. Depending on the level, students will be learning various swimming skills. Parents must stay at the pool while their child(ren) are in the lesson.Dallas Aquatic Center Staff
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Pre-Algebra CSI - 6-8 - Thurs. 1:30-2:25Pre-Algebra CSI: Crime Scene Activities using Pre-Algebra Skills

Students will receive clues to solve a “crime scene” (nothing gory!). Clues will take students through world cultures and locations. Pre-algebra skills will be used to solve the clue puzzles, ultimately solving the crime!

Students will work in teams. A different crime scene will be explored each week.

Pre-algebra skills will include: expressions, factors, inequalities, decimals, exponents, scientific notation, fractions, ratios, coordinate planes, and probability.

Your Student will feel success in this class if they can:
1. Have a strong working memory of multiplication facts
2. Navigate multi-step math word problems
3. Have an emerging understanding of the concepts listed above.

Homework:
Students who do not complete the math puzzles and clue gathering during class can complete the crime scene study at home. This is not required, but completing each mystery will provide a better understanding of the pre-algebra concepts, and will provide the enrichment learning in social studies and geography.
Dawn Adams
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Yoga -5-8 - Thurs. 12:30-1:25Advanced yoga skills, balancing and partner work, will be taught, with an emphasis on strength, flexibility and mindfulness (focus and relaxation).Dawn Spires
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Yoga - 1-4 - Thurs. 1:30-2:25A playful, beginning yoga and mindfulness class, with an emphasis on fun, focus, balance, strength and flexibility.Dawn Spires
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Golf 2-8 (3:00-4:00) - Dallas Golf Club (Not yet confirmed)Golf practice at the driving range and on the putting green at Dallas Golf Course - students must have their own set of golf clubs (which can be purchased new or used).EJ Fisher
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Notable Figures in American History - 3-6 - Thurs. 1:30-2:25This class is geared towards 3rd-6th grades.

This is a research-heavy class. We will be spending the 10 weeks diving into history. Each student will pick a famous historical figure to do a paper and presentation on that person. This will be presented at our Night of the Notables at DCS.

Students will be expected to write a five paragraph research paper by the end of the term as well as create a presentation board or digital presentation about their historical figure.

We will end the term with a Night of the Notables event at DCS where our students will be dressed up like and presenting all of the information that they learned (possibly combined with the end-of-year Showcase of Learning event).

This is a great way to get students engaged in building their writing and presentation skills, practicing research and fact finding and learning all about the History that has shaped America.

• Please note that this class will have work that is sent home to be completed.

Your Student will feel success in this class if they can:
1. Work independently to research
2. Be able to write fluently and know the basics of a well formed paper.
3. Students must be able to use a computer; basic functions of typing, conducting research and navigating.
Emily Blanton
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Oregon Trail & Westward Expansion - 3-5 - Wed. 8:30-10:15This class is going to be co-taught by Emily Blanton and Andy Johnson. They will each be teaching 5 weeks and then switching!
Example: Weeks 1-5 Andy Johnson teaches Westward Expansion to Grades 3-5 and Emily Blanton teaches Oregon Trail to Grades 5-8.
Weeks 6-10 Andy Johnson teaches Westward Expansion to Grades 5-8 and Emily Blanton Teaches Oregon Trail to Grades 3-5.

The Oregon Trail part of the unit will be focusing on teaching the history of the pioneers journey to Oregon! We will be using simulation activities, mapping, journaling and other activities to help the students immerse themselves in the experience of this important migration.
In the Western Expansion part of the class (The Lewis and Clark Expedition, the California Gold Rush, and the First Transcontinental Railway) students will be utilizing videos, PowerPoint, and lecture to teach students about how the U.S.A. connected the East and the West through some monumental moments in our history. The West was a WILD and EXCITING place for early settlers and pioneers, and we hope to bring some of that excitement into the lives of students as we learn about the people, the technology, and the events that led to Western Expansion in the United States.

All of our onsite classes are designed to enhance your student’s home education, and to help students learn new skills and insights. With this in mind, your student will feel successful in this class when they can:

1. Participate and work well in group settings.
2. Read and write well enough to do some research and complete journal entries.
3. Use a computer; basic functions of typing, online searching, navigating and creating documents.
Emily Blanton and Andy Johnson
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Westward Expansion & Oregon Trail - 6-8 - Wed. 8:30-10:15This class is going to be co-taught by Emily Blanton and Andy Johnson. They will each be teaching 5 weeks and then switching groups.
Example: Weeks 1-5 Andy Johnson teaches Westward Expansion to Grades 3-5 and Emily Blanton teaches Oregon Trail to Grades 5-8.
Weeks 6-10 Andy Johnson teaches Westward Expansion to Grades 5-8 and Emily Blanton Teaches Oregon Trail to Grades 3-5.

The Oregon Trail part of the unit will be focusing on teaching the history of the pioneers journey to Oregon! We will be using simulation activities, mapping, journaling and other activities to help the students immerse themselves in the experience of this important migration.
In the Western Expansion part of the class (The Lewis and Clark Expedition, the California Gold Rush, and the First Transcontinental Railway) students will be utilizing videos, PowerPoint, and lecture to teach students about how the U.S.A. connected the East and the West through some monumental moments in our history. The West was a WILD and EXCITING place for early settlers and pioneers, and we hope to bring some of that excitement into the lives of students as we learn about the people, the technology, and the events that led to Western Expansion in the United States.

All of our onsite classes are designed to enhance your student’s home education, and to help students learn new skills and insights. With this in mind, your student will feel successful in this class when they can:

1. Participate and work well in group settings.
2. Read and write well enough to do some research and complete journal entries.
3. Use a computer; basic functions of typing, online searching, navigating and creating documents.
Emily Blanton and Andy Johnson
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Sign Language - 4-8- Tues. 12:30-1:25Taught by Jen Teal, an experienced local ASL educator, students will learn and reinforce basic signs to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing people in our community.Jen Teal
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Sign Language - K-3 - Tues. 1:30-2:25Taught by Jen Teal, an experienced local ASL educator, students will learn and reinforce basic signs to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing people in our community.Jen Teal
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Handwriting / Penmanship - K-3 - Wed. 12:30-1:25Penmanship, with particular importance placed on proper pencil/pen grip, is still an important skill. This will apply to both right and left-handed students. While it may seem forward-thinking to give kids the freedom to hold a writing instrument however they want, there are disadvantages. Fine motor skill coordination is vital when learning how to draw, paint, or write legibly and improper grip hampers these abilities and restricts dexterity. We will provide grips and other aids for teaching handwriting and correcting grip.Jo Dhooghe
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Advanced STEM through Art - 5-8 (Two Hours) - Wed. 1:30-3:25This two-hour class is designed to develop technical art skills and will include "seeing" exercises - activities and practices that will help develop right brain skills, such as spatial differentiation and proportion perception. This will include an introduction to perspective drawing and other projects that emphasize realistic or representational art, (vs. modern, abstract, contemporary art). Math skills and beginning physical sciences will be surreptitiously covered in the process through multiple media. Perfection is not the end goal. Improvement of skills is. To that end, there will be recommended at-home practices for most of the exercises. Former first or second term students from last school year are welcome to repeat this class this term if they wish. This class builds on art skills already taught and developed in first term STEM Through Art class. New students are welcome but should understand and have practiced some of the above art skills.Jo Dhooghe
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Literary Study & Writing - 5-8 - Thurs. 8:30-10:15This Term we will be reading excerpts from classic novels, short stories & poems, analyzing the writing techniques, learning vocabulary, and discussing ideas from the story. The emphasis of the creative writing part of the class will be imagination and ideas. Students will be using the novel as inspiration for their own writing, and will use Chromebooks so that refinements can easily be made, improving grammar, spelling, sentence and paragraph structure, word usage, and vocabulary.Jo Dhooghe
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Basic Art Skills - K-3 - Thurs. 10:45-11:55Geared toward our younger budding artists, this class will both inspire creativity and build basic art skills, like seeing and beginning to draw lines, shadow, and perspective. We will be developing fine motor skills and other basic drawing skills while creating fun works of art over the course of the term. Students will feel successful in this class if they understand that part of becoming an artist involves developing and practicing different skills, and can demonstrate patience, perserverance, and focus during class.Jo Dhooghe
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Elements and Principles of Design (Art) 3-8 - Tues. 8:30-10:15The goal of this class is for students to understand how artists plan and execute successful works of art by using the Elements and Principles of Design, and to use that understanding to do the same. Through the term, the class will cover the tools to create art and design, known as the Elements (Line, Shape, Form, Color, Texture, Space, Value), and the ways to use those tools, known as the Principles (Pattern, Contrast, Emphasis, Balance, Proportion, Harmony, Movement). Each class will begin by viewing and discussing examples to gain an understanding of what these ideas look like and how they are applied in art. Students will then be given a project that emphasizes the Elements and Principles discussed in that class while allowing for their own interpretation and design. Various mediums will be explored during the term including string, paint, paper mache, clay, fabric, and more. Materials fee $10. To feel successful in this class students should feel comfortable with using art supplies (brushes, scissors, etc) and working towards a goal that has a framework but requires a lot of individual creativity and decision making. This class will help meet state standards for visual arts for these grades.Karen Mahoney
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Famous Artists (Art) - K-4 - Tues. 10:45-11:55The goals of this class are to both expose young students to famous works of art and offer projects that allow them to explore their own creativity. Each week of class students will be presented with a famous work of art, the title, the artist, and their country. Age-appropriate works include the Mona Lisa, Starry Night, The Great Wave and works by Picasso, M.C. Escher, Jackson Pollock, among others. We will have a short discussion about what we see and then create pieces in a similar style using various mediums throughout the term, including paint, clay, paper collage, tinfoil, and fabric. Materials fee $10. To feel successful in this class students should feel comfortable with using art supplies (brushes, scissors, etc) and working towards a goal that has a framework but requires a lot of individual creativity and decision making. Text will be used on paper and the classroom board to reinforce audio learning, but reading and writing are not necessary.Karen Mahoney
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Bricks4Kids (LEGO Engineering) 1-8 - Wed. 10:45-11:55Students will use LEGO® Bricks, axles, pulleys, gears, motors and more to build a variety of models. Bricks 4 Kidz will explore engineering and architectural principles, math and science concepts and will engage in STEM activities. Helps meet science and math standards for various grade levels.Kat Lugo
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Nature Explorers - 3-6 - Tues. 1:30-2:25This class will lead students to understand and appreciate our natural world, especially the relationship of plants, animals and humans to each other and to their habitats. Children will explore what living species need to survive, how they adapt to their environment, and how they interact with other living species. As part of this, children will learn about sustainability and how they can have a positive impact on the environment and other species.
This class will be both in the classroom and outside in nearby parks. It will be an experiential, hands-on class where children will practice the skills of scientific inquiry through observation, hypothesis-formation and experimentation. Children will also develop their expressive skills through reading, writing, and art with nature. It is the goal of this class that children learn about our natural world with their head, heart, and hands.
Kristi Dubois - OSU 4H
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Local Government 5-8 - Tues. 8:30-9:25This highly interactive class will cover the basic structure and functions of local government. Students will be researching and writing about an aspect of the local government entities which interests them. Helps meet state social studies (civics / government) requirements for these grade levels. We will have a field trip on April 15 to the Dallas Courthouse to see our local justice system in action.Linda Connolly
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Essay Writing (year-long)— 5-8 - Tues. 9:30-10:30Year-long class - Only continuing students may enroll - no new students (unless very advanced older writers with pre-approval from a Guide and from the instructor). This course takes students step-by-step through every aspect of an essay with extra emphasis on the thesis statement. We will cover introduction and conclusion techniques, strong topic sentences, smooth transitions, and solid organization and structure. Students will learn and practice models for descriptive and persuasive, narrative, expository and compare and contrast essays. Helps meet language arts requirements for these grade levels.Linda Connolly
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Beginning IEW (Writing) - 4-7 (Year-long class) - Tues. 10:45-11:55Year-long class - Only continuing students may enroll - no new students (unless very advanced older writers with pre-approval from a Guide and from the instructor). Students will develop their informational writing skills as they write on a variety of enjoyable, functional, non-fiction topics. Perfect course to start with for the new or reluctant writer. This course is very interactive and strives to make writing fun. The instructor will correct/edit all work and give detailed feedback on each assignment. Helps meet language arts requirements for these grade levels. This is a year-long class and students have to enroll in the fall term.Linda Connolly
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Advanced IEW (Writing) - 5-8 (Year-long class) - Tues. 12:30-1:25Year-long class - Only continuing students may enroll - no new students (unless very advanced older writers with pre-approval from a Guide and from the instructor). This class is for students who have completed Beginning IEW, however, confident 7th and 8th grade writers may enroll even if they have not completed Beginning IEW. This course will reinforce what was learned in Beginning IEW with plenty of writing practice. Students will also learn new models and techniques to bring their writing to the next level. This will be a fun, interactive, year-long class and will prepare students for Middle School and High School level writing projects. Helps meet state standards for language arts for these grade levels. Year-long class.Linda Connolly
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Interval Training - 6-8 (OFFSITE) T/Th - 2:45-3:45Students will experience functional fitness classes based on their own strength and fitness levels. They will be challenged to learn safety in agility, strength and functional movement skills. These skills will help them grow in physical and mental health throughout their lives. Helps meet PE standards.Lisa Preston
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College Prep Genius - 6-8 - Tues. 1:30-2:25Using the College Prep Genius course, Lisa Stewart will help students through the course materials and improve their test taking skills. College Prep Genius is the culmination of more than a decade of research, classroom experience and SAT expertise, and will help students learn to cut down the amount of time they take answering test questions on ALL sorts of tests, and other techniques to become more successful test takers, leading to increased confidence, decreased anxiety and potential college scholarships down the road. Lisa Stewart
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Project Adventure - 3-5 - Mon. 8:30-10:15In this creative play adventure, students will take on sea-loving characters as they live and work in an underwater city. They will learn about oceans and the creatures that live in them through role-playing scenarios, arts & crafts, writing and other endeavors. We are planning a field trip to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport in May.
*Goals: Students will learn facts about what lives in our oceans even as they create fictious scenarios and pretend to be under the ocean themselves.
*Covering: Sea life living in deeper parts of the ocean; environment living in extreme pressure and temperatures; ship wrecks
*To feel successful in this class, students should be able to work cooperatively in groups, learn facts from a variety of sources, and enjoy writing.
Marian Scadden
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French - K-3 - Mon. 10:45-12:00Learners will be introduced to French through common words (such as numbers, colors, etc.) songs, poems, and stories. Much of the speaking will also be movement-oriented to facilitate the learning. Students will also practice and memorize simple phrases.Marian Scadden
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French - 4-8 - Mon. 12:30-1:25Learners will be introduced to French through common words (such as numbers, colors, etc.) songs, poems, and stories. Much of the speaking will also be movement-oriented to facilitate the learning. Students will also practice and memorize simple phrases.Marian Scadden
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Creative Dramatics - 1-5 - Mon. 1:30-2:25In this class, young people will have an opportunity to learn some theater techniques, along with using their imaginations to create and enjoy activities and low-pressure performing.
*Goals: Through theater activities, introduce young people to drama in an informal setting that allows them to use their own creative ability; learn some theater techniques without having to be part of the tension that goes with performing a play; and to have fun.
*Focusing on: 1. Movement: large, free movement; 2. Voice: speaking clearly (enunciation) and loudly (projection); 3. Emotion: using body and voice to communicate a feeling; 4. Group Activities: large group activities make it easier for even hesitant students to participate; small group activities allow for more individual involvement; 5. Concentration and Imagination
* To feel successful in this class, students should be able to work to overcome fears to get in front of people, be willing to try out new activities, and learn to work cooperatively within large and small groups
Marian Scadden
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Daring Kids - 4-8 - Mon. 2:30-3:25Do you dare? Using The Dangerous Book for Boys AND The Daring Book for Girls, we’ll do many of the activities in the book, from knot-tying to code-breaking to paper airplanes and beyond. Marian Scadden
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Tumbling & Math - K-3 - Mon. 12:30-1:25Students will learn basic, beginner tumbling movements that will focus on the proper form to improve confidence and build a solid platform for future gymnastics / movement skills. They will be working on their flexibility and strength in a series of fun drills and games. With a strong emphasis on safety, we will not teach or have them attempt anything if they are not ready. The instructor will go at the speed of each child’s skill set to ensure that everyone is getting the most out of this class. In addition, we will be observing how math plays a role even in gymnastics, sometimes measuring, paying attention to arcs, geometry, shapes, and numbers, and sometimes practicing basic math facts as we tumble! McCall Connor
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Tumbling / Gymnastics - 3-8 - Mon. 1:30-2:25Students will learn basic, beginner tumbling movements that will focus on the proper form to improve confidence and build a solid platform for future gymnastics / movement skills. They will be working on their flexibility and strength in a series of fun drills and games. With a strong emphasis on safety, we will not teach or have them attempt anything if they are not ready. The instructor will go at the speed of each child’s skill set to ensure that everyone is getting the most out of this class.McCall Connor
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Ready Readers & Creative Play M/W - K-3 - M & W - 8:30-10:15Twice weekly class. Two instructors will work with different groups of students to develop reading skills at each child’s reading level. Through games, manipulatives, and other engaging activities, very early readers will be learning letters, phonemic awareness & phonics, while more developed readers will work on improving reading fluency, sight words, sentence building, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary. From awareness/exploration stage to emergent readers to early reading & writing stages. Please speak with your Guide if your child can not attend twice per week. Bring students at 8:30 to start with creative, social play, or at 9:00 for Ready Readers activities.
Meredith Rich
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Writer’s Workshop - 2-5 - Mon. 10:45-12:00Writer's Workshop is an interdisciplinary writing technique which can build students' fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing. Students are exposed to the organization and thought required to create a story or write about a favorite topic and develop it into an understandable narrative with a focus.
Because they are allowed to choose the topic, students are motivated to create and complete works to read to classmates. Peer conferencing can become a central part of the creative process. The Writer's Workshop format includes story planning possibly with peer conferencing, revision, teacher editing, and direct instruction in the mechanics of grammar. This teaching technique allows students the opportunity to develop expression, revision strategy and skill in writing.
This can supplement home language arts curriculum, and students will feel more successful in the class if they can do some writing at home, and if they are already writing at least short paragraphs (mostly independently).
Meredith Rich
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Human Anatomy / Health (for Girls Only) 6-8 - Mon. 2:30-3:25Discussion based class for girls, covering age-appropriate topics related to social, emotional, and physical health.

Your Student will feel success in this class if they can:
1. Participate in open discussions
2. Possess a level of maturity to discuss topics
3. Possess a desire to seek a healthy lifestyle.

A sample of work for this class might include:
A topic will be presented, including some written or video materials. The instructor will lead a discussion, including small group activities, role playing, or other activities. Topics may include fear, peer pressure, anxiety; interpersonal relationships and communication; healthy sleep and eating habits; drug and alcohol prevention; community and social media safety; body systems, including the reproductive system and puberty education; respect, compassion and resilience.
Meredith Rich
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Ready Readers & Creative Play - K-3 - T/Th 8:30-10:15Twice weekly class. Two instructors will work with different groups of students to develop reading skills at each child’s reading level. Through games, manipulatives, and in other engaging ways, very early readers will be learning letters, phonemic awareness & phonics, while more developed readers will work on improving reading fluency, sight words, sentence building, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary. From awareness/exploration stage to emergent readers to early reading & writing stages. Please speak with your Guide if your child can not attend twice per week. Meredith Rich
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USA Road Trip (Geography) - 1-4 - Tues. 2:30-3:25Using videos, books, maps and other resources, we will take a virtual road trip through the United States and learn about geography, state capitals, major landmarks, different landscapes, cultural differences, and other interesting facts about the USA. Students will help each other to plan routes for their own Road Trips using Google Maps, print maps and other print and online resources. Students will feel successful in this class if they are able to read simple informational texts and participate in group planning activities. This class will help meet state standards for social studies (geography) for these grade levels.Meredith Rich
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Oceans & Water - K-3 - Wed. 10:45-11:55We will broaden our scientific knowledge of the ocean’s habitat through studying specific ocean life forms and learn about the properties of water. We will work in small groups and as a whole to explore and get to know the plants and animals found in our world’s oceans and conducts experiments with water as a solid, liquid and gas. This class helps meet science standards for these grades.Meredith Rich
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Math Games - 1-3 - Wed. 1:30-2:25Through games and small group work will increase our understanding of how numbers relate to each other, including grouping in tens and ones. We will broaden our understanding and use of geometry, and begin to understand the attributes of shapes and how to create them, as well as understand how to put some shapes together to create a new shape, or how to recognize shapes at different orientations. We will play with measurements, telling time, and using money. We will expand our number base to 1000, work on double & triple digit addition and subtraction, work with linear measurements and length units, and work on our understanding of how numbers relate to each other, including place value to the thousandths. Meredith Rich
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Coding/Robotics/Math - K-4 - Tues. 12:30-1:25Using a variety of tools and robots, students will learn basic to intermediate coding skills and how to program robots to accomplish simple tasks. Students will use code.org, coding apps on the iPads, and robots like Lego Boost, Thymio and Coji. Having a basic understanding of computer coding is becoming an essential literacy skill. This class helps meet state standards for math and computer science for these grade levels. Students will feel successful in this class if they have a basic understanding of math, logic, and can work well with a partner.Monica McQueen & Meredith Rich
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Ballet I - K-5 (OFFSITE)Beginning ballet for grades K-5 taught at the Dallas Ballet and Dance Academy - Our Vagonova curriculum comprises exercises done at the barre, in the centre and across the floor.Mr. Michael
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Tap Dancing - 1-8 (OFFSITE)Beginning Tap Dancing for grades 1-8 taught at the Dallas Ballet and Dance AcademyMr. Michael
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Kicks for Kids (Martial Arts) 2-8 (OFFSITE) M/W 2:45-3:45Kicks for Kids™ is a martial arts program for children ages 6 through 12. Students in Kicks for Kids™ learn Taekwondo, Karate and self-defense techniques. Students have a great time while improving their fitness and gaining traits to benefit them throughout life. Aside from fitness, discipline and self-confidence, students learn the five tenets of Taekwondo. Students will attend this class twice per week, on both Mondays AND Wednesdays.Parkside Self Defense
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Rock Climbing 1-8 (11:00-12:00) - SALEM (Not yet confirmed)Rock Climbing class taught by experienced instructors at RockBoxx in SalemRockBoxx
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Book Mountain - 4-8 - Tues. 10:45-11:55Students will set off on a self-paced adventure into a variety of literary genres. Students will be completing different activities (in class and at home) centered around their books of choice, earning points along the way in a race to be the first to reach the summit of Book Mountain. Class can be used to supplement or replace home reading & language arts curriculum. Students will feel most successful reading and completing activities off-site. Grades 3-6.Stasey Norstrom
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Guts & Goosebumps (Human Anatomy) - 3-6 - Tues. 2:30-3:25We will explore the organs, guts, and other gross things that make up the human body. What does the pancreas do? How does a body fight off a cold? Students will learn about the various human systems and what makes us go thump-thump thump-thump thump-thump...
Meets state standards for science (human biology) for these grade levels.
Students will be taking lecture notes, doing online research, and completing interactive presentation books. Students will feel successful by being present and engaging in all activities. Grades 3-5 (other grades upon Guide approval).
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Ancient Civilizations - 3-6 - Wed. 10:45-11:55This term, we will learn about the ancient Norse, India, Maya, and Mali civilizations. The class will engage in lecture style and multimedia presentations, as well as hands-on activities. Students will be successful by being present and engaging in all activities. NOTE: Completion of Ancient Civilizations I is not necessary prior to taking this class. Grades 3-5 (other grades upon Guide approval). Helps meet state standards for social studies / world history for these grade levels.Stasey Norstrom
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Math Poetry - 2-5 - Wed. 12:30-1:25A "Teacher's Choice Award" winning program, Math Poetry uses a blend of math and language arts to explore topics such as multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, and geometry. Prior to class start, students must be confident adding and subtracting and have a basic understanding of multiplication and division. Grades 2-5Stasey Norstrom
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Architecture II - 3-6 - Thurs. 8:30-10:15This term, students will be exploring constructing neighborhoods with an emphasis on renewable energy and self-sustainability. Students will combining art, math, and science in small groups to make the best eco-friendly areas. For the student to be successful, they must have a knowledge of geometry, multiplication, and basic art skills. NOTE: Completion of Architecture I is not necessary prior to taking this class. Grades 3-6.Stasey Norstrom
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Grow a Math Garden - 1-4 - Thurs. 12:30-1:25Spring is upon us and it's time to plan a garden! Using math skills like geometry, multiplication, addition, and subtraction, each junior gardener will design and plant their “garden”. But to grow a great garden, they need to buy seeds, water pitchers, soil, and shovels. Each student will also need to plan for the future; you never know what the weather will bring. It's Oregon after all!

For students to be successful, they will need to have an understanding of addition and subtraction, as well as foundation in multiplication. Output will depend on effort and participation. We can also use real information from your own yard or garden!
Stasey Norstrom
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Beginning Ukulele - 2-8 (OFFSITE - SALEM)Learn simple songs on the ukulele in Salem. New students accepted spring term. Susan Wiley
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Continuing Piano 2-6 (1:00-2:00) - SALEMOnly for students continuing from Winter termSusan Wiley
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Continuing Beginning Piano 1-4 (2:00-3:00) - SALEMOnly for students continuing from Winter termSusan Wiley
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Beginning Piano 1-6 (3:00-4:00) - SALEMOnly for students continuing from Winter termSusan Wiley
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Independent Study - 2-8 - Tues. 9:30-10:30Requires the approval of your DCS Guide. Assignments must be sent in by parents each week. Students can work independently on a pre-approved online / distance learning course or home-learning project in a small classroom under staff supervision.
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Independent Study - 2-8 - Tues. 10:45-11:55Requires the approval of your DCS Guide. Assignments must be sent in by parents each week. Students can work independently on a pre-approved online / distance learning course or home-learning project in a small classroom under staff supervision.
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Independent Study - 2-8 - Tues. 12:30-1:25Requires the approval of your DCS Guide. Assignments must be sent in by parents each week. Students can work independently on a pre-approved online / distance learning course or home-learning project in a small classroom under staff supervision.
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Independent Study - 2-8 - Wed. 10:45-11:55Requires the approval of your DCS Guide. Assignments must be sent in by parents each week. Students can work independently on a pre-approved online / distance learning course or home-learning project in a small classroom under staff supervision.
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Independent Study - 2-8 - Thurs. 10:45-11:55Requires the approval of your DCS Guide. Assignments must be sent in by parents each week. Students can work independently on a pre-approved online / distance learning course or home-learning project in a small classroom under staff supervision.
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