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Intro to ASL
American Sign Language (ASL) is a vibrant language that is used by approximately half a million people each day. This class will teach basic vocabulary of words used in everyday life situations. We will discuss Deaf culture and history as well as current events in the Deaf community. Access to the internet at home will be important as participation in Google Classroom will be required. This class will give Middle School students a terrific foundation for ASL Levels 1 and 2 (taken in High School).
A hands-on class that focuses on current real-world questions and problems in life science. Students will first inquire about water quality and its effects on an ecosystem. After going on multiple field trips to streams, rivers, and bogs in the Grand Rapids area, they will help solve a water quality problem in Wamego, Kansas. The next unit focuses on God’s amazing animal kingdom. Students will answer the question, “How do scientists ensure that animals live successfully in an environment”? In the 3rd quarter, students will find themselves in a genetic debate! As students discover the concepts behind traits, heredity, and GMO’s, they will learn how to formulate a scientific argumentative essay. We will finish out the year learning about the human body and diseases effects on the human body.
This class will offer many projects and assignments to prepare them for a digital age. Students will learn online safety, protecting their online reputation, getting the best results when searching online, how to create a website, how to create a blog, how to use Google drive, and how to use other important apps and tools online. This class will be great for technology beginners, but will also challenge those who are tech-savvy.
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.
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.
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.
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* The Health portion of the class will be geared toward 8th-12th graders. It 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.