This course provides students with a broad overview of the many disciplines involved in the study of life. It starts with a brief introduction to the definition of life and then discretely examines and explores each of the five biological kingdoms. Students will participate in hands on labs including animal dissections, microscopic life studies, and many chemical process labs. Students will complete a handful of projects throughout the year as well.
This class will cover vocabulary and cultural studies, as well as a study of Spanish grammar and sentence structure. We will employ the use of songs, games, and other activities to solidify the lessons as well as to make learning fun! Your student will learn how to properly compose Spanish sentences and engage in conversation. This class will include many activities to allow your child to practice speaking the Spanish that they are learning to read and write, and will help them grow in confidence as Spanish-speakers. This class is geared for students who have already taken Intro to Spanish, and will serve as the first half of high school Spanish. We hope to offer a Spanish 2 class for the 2020/2021 school year.
Cheyenne Werner (Writing)
Joy Alferink (Speech)
This class will focus on both writing and speech with a semester dedicated to each.
First semester, students will learn to write beautifully by reading the works of wonderful authors, watching movies (it’s true!), and learning about literary elements and grammar principles by digging into fantastic books, poems, magazine articles, newspapers, scripture passages and more! Together we will participate in fun exercises and games to play with words, learn basic grammar, and practice getting the amazing thoughts in our heads onto paper. We will also work on several interest-led projects and activities. This is truly a unique writing class, and I can guarantee that even the most tentative and timid of writers will have a blast – and perhaps even LOVE writing by the end of the year!! Projects will be based on the WriteShop curriculum and BraveWriter philosophy.
In MS/HS Art Class, we will explore different mediums and styles to create a wide variety of pieces, all "wall hanging worthy". Rather than giving step by step "how tos", different techniques will be demonstrated and then space will be given for students to explore, so no two works will be alike! We also will examine various famous artists and art movements, both present and historical, so students also learn some basic art history.
*IMPORTANT NOTE* Algebra 1 is a prerequisite for taking this class.
Chemistry is one of the most fascinating studies of the orderly design of our perfect Creator! The chemistry course is based on regular laboratory investigations of matter, chemical reactions, and the role of energy in those reactions. Students will learn about the structure and properties of matter and its interactions. The course will include the study of atomic structure, chemical bonding, reactions, mass relationships in reactions, gasses, liquids, solids, solutions, acids and bases, kinetics and equilibrium, organic and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory experiments will be used to reinforce topics studied from the text. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the history of chemistry, explore the uses of chemistry in various careers, and learn and practice laboratory safety.
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Students use many different STEAM skills (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and creative problem solving to figure out a solution to their assigned problem. Homework for this class will be student-led,l typically from December - February.
*IMPORTANT NOTE* Students must be available the third and fourth Saturdays in February for their initial tournament (the specific date is yet to be determined) and the third Saturday in March if their team advances to the State Finals.
P.E. and Health
Course objectives are that each student enjoys physical activity, improves their overall strength and conditioning, learns and practices fitness principles and plays and learns lifelong sports and team sports. Each class will have these three components every week: fitness game, “health break” and a chance to play either a traditional or new sport. Each student will also be asked to keep a simple, fitness journal that helps them keep track of how they are moving throughout the week.
Students/families can choose to seek the health credit or not but some material and quizzes will be given to the entire PE class regardless of this choice, especially if it covers fitness principles or different systems of the human body. This class will be high energy and the goal is to help everyone have fun and find success in the gym or on the field!
*IMPORTANT NOTE* Health will be offered separately from P.E. for two reasons: 1. It will allow HS students to take both P.E. and Chemistry Lab, and 2. Some families do not wish to pursue, or have already taken the Health credit.
ASL 1 and 2
ASL is a rich and complex language. Recently declared as an official language and recognized across the United States as a foreign language, more and more high school teachers across the country are teaching ASL as an elective. This class is designed to prepare individuals to successfully interact with ASL users. Lessons are structured around language needed for common-life situations, and examples are presented in the form of dialogue coupled with grammar and vocabulary instruction. Information is also included about the culture and history of the Deaf community in the United States.
ASL 1 is geared toward 9th and 10th grade students who have completed Intro to ASL. ASL 2 is designed to follow ASL1 and complete the high school language requirement.
Technology - Film Studies and Production
We all have our favorite films! Films can help us discover more about ourselves and others through movie magic! But how does that “movie magic” happen? What makes a good film or a film classic? Students in this class will watch multiple classic films from the early 1900’s to now and write a synoptic analysis of each one. Symbolism, irony, cinematography, theme, design, and production are just some of the many aspects of film that we will dive into. Students will finish off each semester with a choice project on either a specific film, or creating an original film. This class could count toward either a technology or a writing credit.
In this class we will build on everything we learned this past year in our Christian Beliefs class and dig even deeper into the topic of apologetics - defending those beliefs. Combining Biblical and primary source readings with reader response assignments, students will have an opportunity to learn how to defend their Christian faith in the face of all that contemporary culture throws their way.