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3D History: WWI- No Man's Land, 1914-1915

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Why read about key military battles on maps or in books when you can learn about them hands-on, in three dimensions, using historical miniature gaming? In 3D History, pivotal engagements come alive for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top terrain, deploy hundreds of miniature soldiers, ships, and tanks... all while playing a military strategy game. Each student will have the opportunity to fight a battle from both sides, allowing them to test various strategies, try multiple scenarios, predict different outcomes, and rewrite history- an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of what actually happened and why!

In 1914 the world was rocked by the Assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. His death, and a tangled web of secret and public alliances would be the spark that dragged the whole world into a Great War. The Entente, the triple Alliance of France, Russia, and Great Britain would face off against the Central Powers of Imperial Germany and Austria Hungary, across "No Man's Land" the nightmare zone between the famous trenches of WWI, with all the world's industrialized militaries focused on them.

This semester, students will study the early years of WWI, and how it settled into the stalemate on the Western Front with its infamous trench warfare, as well as the vast Eastern Front.

Note: This is a 1 hour, 55 minute class with a 10-minute break part way through.

Topics in this Series: WWI- No Man's Land 1914-1915 (Semester 1) and WWI- Over the Top 1916-1918 (Semester 2).

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: Period maps, photographs, and re-creations will be posted on a class Google Drive, and video links from YouTube will be e-mailed to parents and students for homework or supplemental investigation.

Assessments: Will not be given.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $312.00

3D History: WWI- Over the Top, 1916-1918

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 15, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Why read about key military battles on maps or in books when you can learn about them hands-on, in three dimensions, using historical miniature gaming? In 3D History, pivotal engagements come alive for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top terrain, deploy hundreds of miniature soldiers, ships, and tanks... all while playing a military strategy game. Each student will have the opportunity to fight a battle from both sides, allowing them to test various strategies, try multiple scenarios, predict different outcomes, and rewrite history- an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of what actually happened and why!

In 1916 The Great War had been churning through men and material for two years. Something had to be done- warring countries were driving deep into debt and losing entire generations of young men at the front. The armies had to go "Over the Top." Great Battle Plans were drawn up for massive, simultaneous attacks across the whole of Western Europe. In secret, the British built new technological horrors to drive through the German lines: land battleships bristling with guns, covered in armor and belching smoke and fire. The gears of war reached as far as Gallipoli in Turkey and the deserts of the Middle East. In the West, an untapped American giant slowly stirred to war. Provoked by unrestricted submarine warfare, diplomatic intrigue, and a righteous desire to defend democracy, would America arrive in time to decide the outcome of the Great War?

This semester will study later years of WWI, the major battles of the Western Front, where tens of thousands of men went "over the top" of their trenches to near certain death, as well as the desperate attempts to break the stalemate in other theaters of war with new technologies.

Note: This is a 1 hour, 55 minute class with a 10-minute break part way through.

Topics in this Series: WWI- No Man's Land 1914-1915 (Semester 1) and WWI- Over the Top 1916-1918 (Semester 2).

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: Period maps, photographs, and re-creations will be posted on a class Google Drive, and video links from YouTube will be e-mailed to parents and students for homework or supplemental investigation.

Assessments: Will not be given.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $356.00

3D History: WWI- Over the Top, 1916-1918

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 15, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Why read about key military battles on maps or in books when you can learn about them hands-on, in three dimensions, using historical miniature gaming? In 3D History, pivotal engagements come alive for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top terrain, deploy hundreds of miniature soldiers, ships, and tanks... all while playing a military strategy game. Each student will have the opportunity to fight a battle from both sides, allowing them to test various strategies, try multiple scenarios, predict different outcomes, and rewrite history- an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of what actually happened and why!

In 1916 The Great War had been churning through men and material for two years. Something had to be done- warring countries were driving deep into debt and losing entire generations of young men at the front. The armies had to go "Over the Top." Great Battle Plans were drawn up for massive, simultaneous attacks across the whole of Western Europe. In secret, the British built new technological horrors to drive through the German lines: land battleships bristling with guns, covered in armor and belching smoke and fire. The gears of war reached as far as Gallipoli in Turkey and the deserts of the Middle East. In the West, an untapped American giant slowly stirred to war. Provoked by unrestricted submarine warfare, diplomatic intrigue, and a righteous desire to defend democracy, would America arrive in time to decide the outcome of the Great War?

This semester will study later years of WWI, the major battles of the Western Front, where tens of thousands of men went "over the top" of their trenches to near certain death, as well as the desperate attempts to break the stalemate in other theaters of war with new technologies.

Note: This is a 1 hour, 55 minute class with a 10-minute break part way through.

Topics in this Series: WWI- No Man's Land 1914-1915 (Semester 1) and WWI- Over the Top 1916-1918 (Semester 2).

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: Period maps, photographs, and re-creations will be posted on a class Google Drive, and video links from YouTube will be e-mailed to parents and students for homework or supplemental investigation.

Assessments: Will not be given.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $356.00

Abstract Geometrics in Pen & Ink: Monograms *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 2: Starts on November 3, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Marisela Rumberg

Grade Range: 6th-Adult

Prerequisites:

Students will learn to create beautiful images, abstracts, or monograms by drawing structured, geometric patterns in pen and ink in an art form called Zentangle. The Zentangle Method (R) is a fun, easy-to-learn process of creating beautiful images by drawing small, repeating patterns. You don't need to be an artist to create Zentangle art! This class will be taught by Marisela Rumberg, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Click here to see examples of Marisela's Zentangle abstracts and geometrics.

The Zentangle method is based on small geometric or organic elements called "tangles" replicated and arranged in patterns to create an overall design. Let your mind go and relax in the repetition of drawing intricate, abstract, black and white designs to add the zen to the tangles in this unique art form.

Second quarter, students will learn to create intricate monograms using design basics. Then, students will learn to embellish and embolden their monograms with blended patterns into an overall composition. Practice designs and in-class exercises will initially be drawn on blank grid step-out templates that students will print at home. Students may wish to keep their completed and in-progress designs in a folder or cut them out to glue into a sketchbook, notebook, or journal. Finished designs will be inked on 3.5" X 3.5" white Zentangle paper tiles.

Note: This class will be held entirely ONLINE in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the full year. Recordings will be made for students with schedule conflicts.

Supply Fee: Students will order and pay for class supplies directly from the instructor with a credit card number or PayPal account. Kits will be shipped to enrolled students prior to class. Kits will include 2 pens, a pencil, a blender, and paper tiles in a canvas bag. Students may select from a kit for 1 quarter or 2 quarters of classes.

Topics in this Series: Design Basics (Quarter 1); Monograms (Quarter 2); Borders, Frames and Vignettes (Quarter 3); and Zendalas/Mosaics (Quarter 4).

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

Acting- Kids Theater: Medieval Mayhem

Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Knights, Kings, Queens, and castles. What tales come from the land of dragons and magic? An epic story of old will come to life, with the help of our fine actors and actresses. Will our tale be of King Arthur and his mighty knights, or will we have a tale from Robin Hood and his Merry Men? What adventure will unfold when we come together for the show of a lifetime?

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through the two, prepared scripts together. Through group activities and guided discussion, they will create new characters, brainstorm variations, craft plot changes, add lines, and cast their parts. The instructor will then update and customize the class script with the students' input.

The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.

Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. Note: Students who are emerging readers (not able to read at a 3rd/4th grade level) would be better suited to the Young Actor's Playhouse class, rather than this level.

Topics in this Series: The Craziest Dream Ever (Quarter 1), Medieval Mayhem (Quarter 2), The Incredible Invention (Quarter 3), and The Emperor's Ensemble (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $104.00

Acting- Kids Theater: The Emperor's Ensemble

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

The Emperor has appeared, but what happened? Had he traveled from far away land? Been transported from another time? Did he forgotten who he is...or forget to wear fine clothes? How will the emperor's trusted ensemble get him ready for the big event? Our actors will discover what is up with that crazy emperor and save him from himself!

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through the two, prepared scripts together. Through group activities and guided discussion, they will create new characters, brainstorm variations, craft plot changes, add lines, and cast their parts. The instructor will then update and customize the class script with the students' input.

The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.

Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. Note: Students who are emerging readers (not able to read at a 3rd/4th grade level) would be better suited to the Young Actor's Playhouse class, rather than this level.

Topics in this Series: The Craziest Dream Ever (Quarter 1), Medieval Mayhem (Quarter 2), The Incredible Invention (Quarter 3), and The Emperor's Ensemble (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $118.00

Acting- Kids Theater: The Incredible Invention

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Our actors create an imaginative invention that will change the world! What crazy adventure unfolds when this invention is revealed? What does it do? Where did it come from? Will the invention go missing? Will it do something unplanned? That is for our actors to know and share in their own original play. Find out on this incredible adventure!

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to start to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the actors will decide on characters, conflict, conclusion, and the story they want to tell. Students will pitch ideas to the group, and those concepts will be developed and blended into a script that reflects the contributions of each student. The script will be customized for this class by the instructor with input from the students.

The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.

Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. Note: Students who are emerging readers (not able to read at a 3rd/4th grade level) would be better suited to the Young Actor's Playhouse class, rather than this level.

Topics in this Series: The Craziest Dream Ever (Quarter 1), Medieval Mayhem (Quarter 2), The Incredible Invention (Quarter 3), and The Emperor's Ensemble (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $118.00

Acting- Teen Stage: Immersive Improv

Quarter 3: Starts on January 15, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Keely Kirk

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Snappy comebacks, one-liners, sarcasm, exaggeration, irony...and teenagers. These things just go together! Improv gives kids an outlet for fun, creative stories and spontaneous humor. Teens who find amusement in the unexpected and humor in the unpredictable will enjoy improvisational acting!

Third quarter, actors will learn the "long game", or long form improv. Class activities will teach students how to do edits, perfect their scenework, create characters, escalate emotions, elevate relationships, and work with objects to create a longer, more involved story. They learn about timing, transitions, and how to connect scenes and travel through the improv story with recurring characters, patterns, and common themes to portray a hilarious or witty situation. Class exercises will help students improve listening stills and build the collective, group imagination.

Improvisation is the art of entertaining with connected, unpredictable twists and turns often seen from the great comedians and best live entertainers. Improv students will improve their ability to think on-their-feet, play off each other, and react with spontaneous wit, sarcasm, and irony. Actors' creative thinking and communication skills will be strengthened as they work "outside-of-the-box" and learn to read their audience.

Improv can be for everyone! No previous experience is needed. Beginners are welcome, and experienced students will further develop their improv skills. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, flexible, and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work collaboratively in a group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class.

Topics in this Series: Irresistible Improv (Quarter 1), Innovative Improv (Quarter 2), Immersive Improv (Quarter 3), Improv in Action (Quarter 4). Continuing students from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next quarter.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hour per week outside of class.

Assignments: If any, will be sent to parents and students by e-mail.

Assessments: will not be given.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $160.00

Acting- Teen Stage: Improv in Action

Quarter 4: Starts on March 26, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Keely Kirk

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Snappy comebacks, one-liners, sarcasm, exaggeration, irony...and teenagers. These things just go together! Improv gives kids an outlet for fun, creative stories and spontaneous humor. Teens who find amusement in the unexpected and humor in the unpredictable will enjoy improvisational acting!

Feeling sketchy? Fourth quarter, actors will learn sketch-writing! Students will discover how to come up with the premises for sketches, how to develop these scenarios through patterns and themes, and how to develop interesting, hilarious, and charming characters. Actors will learn the skill of playing to spot what works, highlighting and building that, then playing some more, all while recording, refining, rehearsing, producing, acting, and evaluating. The class will learn different writing techniques throughout the course such as break the rules, who/what/where, repeating/escalating, reversal, switching, exaggerating, and role reversal. The class will use the "game of the scene" to find that one, simple, magical line that they will expand to captivate the audience. The group will improvise to get ideas for scripts and will reverse play to improve scripts.

Improvisation is the art of entertaining with connected, unpredictable twists and turns often seen from the great comedians and best live entertainers. Improv students will improve their ability to think on-their-feet, play off each other, and react with spontaneous wit, sarcasm, and irony. Actors' creative thinking and communication skills will be strengthened as they work "outside-of-the-box" and learn to read their audience. The final class of the quarter will be an open rehearsal which parents and friends are welcome to attend.

Improv can be for everyone! No previous experience is needed. Beginners are welcome, and experienced students will further develop their improv skills. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, flexible, and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work collaboratively in a group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class.

Topics in this Series: Irresistible Improv (Quarter 1), Innovative Improv (Quarter 2), Immersive Improv (Quarter 3), Improv in Action (Quarter 4). Continuing students from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next quarter.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hour per week outside of class.

Assignments: If any, will be sent to parents and students by e-mail.

Assessments: will not be given.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $160.00

Acting- Teen Stage: Innovative Improv *HYBRID*

Quarter 2: Starts on October 30, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Keely Kirk

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Snappy comebacks, one-liners, sarcasm, exaggeration, irony...and teenagers. These things just go together! Improv gives kids an outlet for fun, creative stories and spontaneous humor. Teens who find amusement in the unexpected and humor in the unpredictable will enjoy improvisational acting!

Second quarter, students will continue to practice how to express themselves through improvisational acting. They will work on more advanced improvisational scene work where they will develop wild stories and colorful characters. Improv exercises will encourage creativity and confidence while working and "playing" well with others! The class will learn how to sustain an interaction beyond the first few lines to grow into a fully improvised scene. Students will be encouraged to experiment with bold and creative choices on stage.

Improvisation is the art of entertaining with connected, unpredictable twists and turns often seen from the great comedians and best live entertainers. Improv students will improve their ability to think on-their-feet, play off each other, and react with spontaneous wit, sarcasm, and irony. Actors' creative thinking and communication skills will be strengthened as they work "outside-of-the-box" and learn to read their audience. The final class of the quarter will be an open rehearsal which parents and friends are welcome to attend.

Improv can be for everyone! No previous experience is needed. Beginners are welcome, and experienced students will further develop their improv skills. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, flexible, and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work collaboratively in a group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class.

Note: This will be a Hybrid class in which the class meets face-to-face during weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7, and online in a synchronous, virtual classroom during weeks 2, 4, and 6. For in-person class meetings, students will meet outdoors in a landscaped courtyard (as long as the weather/temperatures are favorable) and should bring a folding camp-style chair.

Topics in this Series: Irresistible Improv (Quarter 1), Innovative Improv (Quarter 2), Immersive Improv (Quarter 3), Improv in Action (Quarter 4). Continuing students from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next quarter.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hour per week outside of class.

Assignments: If any, will be sent to parents and students by e-mail.

Assessments: will not be given.

What to Bring: Because facial expressions and nuances are integral to Improv, students should purchase and bring to in-person meetings a clear face mask such as Amazon's "Covering Face Breathable with Clear Window Visible Expression for Adults, Deaf and Hard Of Hearing" mask product.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

Acting- Tween Stage: Improv Scenes

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will learn how to develop a scene with a partner with no script, no planning, and no casting! Tweens will learn how to react, interact, and respond "on the fly" and in character to each other in situations that are made-up on-the-spot. Actors will practice taking cues from their partners to keep the scene going in a hilarious, creative development that no one can anticipate or replicate.

Popular improvisational exercises such as "Scene Jump", "Columns," and "Two-Minute Story" will be the backdrop for unusual, unexpected, and mixed-up settings which will be the catalyst for wild and crazy interactions among characters. Students' cooperative work will improve their creative thinking, interpersonal skills, and ability to think outside the box.

This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work in a collaborative group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class. Drawing on their favorite improv exercises, the students will perform for family and friends at the end of the quarter.

Topics in this Series: Comedy Mash-Up (Quarter 1); One Minute Plays (Quarter 2); Improv Scenes (Quarter 3); and Who Dunnit? (Quarter 4). Taken these classes before? No problem, you can take them again as improv-based acting will be a new and different experience every time!

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $118.00

Acting- Tween Stage: One Minute Plays

Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Imagine a scene at a crazy concert, an awkward birthday party, the worst movie ever, a misunderstanding in a foreign country, or a close encounter with a celebrity!

Envision those scenarios all in one zany production, as a collection of one-minute plays! The class will race through at least twenty short scripts featuring a range of whacky mini stories. The class will cast, practice, and perform them in a rapid-fire form called tiny theater and flash fiction. One-minute plays are popular around the country in venues such as college theater, indie stage, and countless festivals such as the annual "Gone in 60 Seconds" event.

New and returning acting students will have fun and be challenged to think on their feet with the rapid-fire pace of these super-short plays as they connect with the audience, bring their character to life, and tell their story... in just one minute. Students will change characters and plots in quick succession and bring the audience along with them. If they forget a line, they'll improvise! From story to story, students will develop clever transitions and sequence the short scenes to a coherent class production.

This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work in a collaborative group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class. The students will perform for family and friends at the end of the quarter.

Topics in this Series: Comedy Mash-Up (Quarter 1); One Minute Plays (Quarter 2); Improv Scenes (Quarter 3); and Who Dunnit? (Quarter 4). Taken these classes before? No problem, you can take them again, as they offer a new and different experience every time!

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $104.00

Acting- Tween Stage: Who Dunnit?

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will create a unique, improvisational "Who Dunnit" mystery. As a group, the tweens will select a unique theme and an intriguing location for their own, original mystery. Will it be a crowded bus, a sports game, a luxury hotel, a space ship, or something else? Over the course of the workshop, students will develop their own characters including suspects and investigators- all who have a motive- and a victim. The cast will guide the audience along the path of mystery and suspense.

The final class will showcase their process and performance, where students will enjoy the artistry of putting it all together in a group setting. Clues and motives revealed by the on-stage investigation will confound the audience as they try to identify the guilty culprit. The question, "Who dunnit?" remains unknown until the final performance, where no one knows until the final reveal.

This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work in a collaborative group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class. The students will perform for family and friends at the end of the quarter.

Topics in this Series: Comedy Mash-Up (Quarter 1); One Minute Plays (Quarter 2); Improv Scenes (Quarter 3); and Who Dunnit? (Quarter 4). Taken these classes before? No problem, you can take them again as improv-based acting will be a new and different experience every time!

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $118.00

Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Detective Drama

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Help! Was it Colonel Mustard in the Kitchen or Miss Scarlet in the Study? Or maybe that goofy new Mr. Gray in the Game Room? Our young actors are in the middle of a mystery, and they need to solve a crime! Using classic characters from the game of Clue, and creating new ones, young actors will develop a detective play to find out who stole something and from where.

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through prepared scripts together. Once they have selected their favorites, the scripts will be customized with input from the students. Through group activities and guided discussion, the class will brainstorm to create characters and dream up details to transform the tale and make it their own.

Young actors will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional expression, and observation/concentration while learning to portray their original character. Young actors will learn aspects of acting by script read-through, blocking, costume/prop discussion, and planning the show. Through individual and group activities, young actors build confidence in preparation for a final sharing for parents.

Students will work from a simple, written script, but emerging readers can be accommodated. Parents will be emailed the script after the 3rd or 4th class and will be expected to help their children memorize their lines and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class.

Topics in this Series: Rainforest Rescue! (Quarter 1), Fractured Fairy Tales (Quarter 2), Our Own Pirate Play (Quarter 3), and Detective Drama (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $118.00

Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Fractured Fairy Tales

Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! What happens when Goldilocks meets the 3 Bullfrogs? Or, when "Cinderella" becomes "Spiderella?" Our young actors will work together to twist and retell well-known fairy tales! Kids have fun introducing new names, silly settings, and plot twists to familiar storylines from favorite fables and folk tales.

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through prepared scripts together. Once they have selected their favorites, the scripts will be customized with input from the students. Through group activities and guided discussion, the class will brainstorm to create characters and dream up details to transform the tale and make it their own.

Young actors will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional expression, and observation/concentration while learning to portray their original character. Young actors will learn aspects of acting by script read-through, blocking, costume/prop discussion, and planning the show. Through individual and group activities, young actors build confidence in preparation for a final sharing for parents.

Students will work from a simple, written script, but emerging readers can be accommodated. Parents will be emailed the script after the 3rd or 4th class and will be expected to help their children memorize their lines and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class.

Topics in this Series: Rainforest Rescue! (Quarter 1), Fractured Fairy Tales (Quarter 2), Our Own Pirate Play (Quarter 3), and Detective Drama (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $104.00

Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Our Own Pirate Play

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Ahoy, maties! Acting is an adventure! Young actors will find themselves on a pirate ship, where they will create an imaginative storyline and unique characters for their very own original play. Will they encounter a kooky pirate captain, a prickly peg-leg mate, a bottom-dwelling bilge buccaneer, or a shanty- singing scallywag on their quest for pirate booty?

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to begin to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the young actors will decide on characters, conflict, and conclusion, and the story they want to tell. The script will be developed and customized for this class with input from the students.

Young actors will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional expression, and observation/concentration while learning to portray their original character. Young actors will learn aspects of acting by script read-through, blocking, costume/prop discussion, and planning the show. Through individual and group activities, young actors build confidence in preparation for a final sharing for parents.

Students will work from a simple, written script, but emerging readers can be accommodated. Parents will be emailed the script after the 3rd or 4th class and will be expected to help their children memorize their lines and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class.

Topics in this Series: Rainforest Rescue! (Quarter 1), Fractured Fairy Tales (Quarter 2), Our Own Pirate Play (Quarter 3), and Detective Drama (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $118.00

Algebra I

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 7th-10th

Prerequisites: PreAlgebra

This is a complete course in high school Algebra I which will cover fundamental concepts in algebra and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. This course is designed to emphasize the study of algebraic problem-solving with the incorporation of real-world applications. Topics in Algebra I include number systems, linear systems, rational numbers, complex numbers, exponents, roots, radicals, quadratic equations, polynomials, factoring, absolute values, ratios, and proportions. In addition, the course will cover solving and graphing systems of functions, linear equations, and inequalities. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem-solving.

Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation in pre-algebra topics in order to take this class.
Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work.
Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address in order to be set up as users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload.
Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by checking that weekly homework sets are complete and giving periodic take-home tests; class participation is also strongly encouraged. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for the purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.
Textbook: Students should purcashe or rent the required textbook for this class: Algebra I: Expressions, Equations, and Applications by Paul A. Foerster. It is available in a few different editions, each of which is virtually identical: 2nd edition (ISBN-10 020125073X, ISBN-13 978-0201250732), 3rd edition (ISBN-10 0201860945, ISBN-13 978-0201860948), and Classic edition (ISBN-10 020132458X, ISBN-13 978-0201324587). It is also available under the title Foerster Algebra I, Classics edition (ISBN-10 0131657089, ISBN-13 978-0131657083). A calculator is not needed for this course.
Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Algebra I for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1099.00

Algebra II

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: Algebra

This is a complete course in high school Algebra II which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Topics in Algebra II include linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational and irrational algebraic functions, and quadratic relations and systems. In addition, this course will cover higher degree functions with complex numbers, sequences and series, probability, data analysis, and trigonometric and circular functions. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem solving.

Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation Algebra I in order to take this class.
Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work.
Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address in order to be set up as users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload. In lieu of a graphing calculator, students should have access to websites desmos.com and wolframalpha.com for graphing assignments.
Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by checking that weekly homework sets are complete and giving periodic take-home tests; class participation is also strongly encouraged. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for the purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.
Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Algebra and Trigonometry: Functions and Applications- Prentice Hall Classics (ISBN-10 0131657100, ISBN-13 978-0131657106). A scientific calculator similar to the Casio fx-115ES PLUS is required for this class.
Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Algebra II for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1099.00

American Sign Language (ASL) I *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Daniel Frame

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Are you interested in learning a new language that is used right here in America? Are you intrigued by a modern language that has no written form? Do you want to find out why American Sign Language is much more closely linked to French Sign Language than British Sign Language? If so, American Sign Language (ASL) is a great language for you! In this class, students will learn the basic skills in production and comprehension of ASL while covering thematic units such as personal and family life, school, social life, and community. Each unit will include presentations and readings on Deaf culture and Deaf history. Students will learn fingerspelling and numbers, developing conversational ability, culturally appropriate behaviors, and fundamental ASL grammar. Class time will be dedicated to interactive ASL activities and face-to-face signing practice with the instructor and partners.

ASL students will have a Deaf instructor. He regularly teaches all-hearing classes and is an excellent role model for students to meet and interact with a native speaker of ASL and to lean natural facial expressions, gestures, and body language used in Deaf communications. ASL students will have more confidence when they encounter Deaf instructors in college or greet speakers of ASL in social settings. Because the instructor is Deaf, students are not permitted to speak aloud in class. This approach improves visual attention and encourages immersion in the language. Students will be able to ask questions of the instructor by writing on individual white boards, but they will be encouraged to sign in order to communicate with the instructor. Lessons are facilitated with Power Point presentations, and a professional ASL interpreter will assist the class on the first day and in second semester for a Deaf culture lesson. Enrolled students are not expected to know any sign language prior to beginning ASL I.

Hundreds of colleges and universities, including all public institutions of higher learning in Virginia, accept ASL as a distinct foreign language. This allows hearing and Deaf students to fulfill foreign language requirements for admission to college. Teens who have difficulty writing, spelling, or have challenging pronunciation in English, can be successful with ASL as a second or foreign language choice. Penn State University research demonstrated that the visual and kinesthetic elements of ASL helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in hearing students.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours each week outside of class on required vocabulary exercises, readings, and signing practice.

Assignments: Homework assignments will be posted online in the Canvas digital classroom platform. There may be some brief written assignments, but for most homework assignments, students will be asked to post short videos of themselves signing. Students will need either a camera phone or webcam to complete these assignments.

Assessments: The instructor will assign points using a class rubric for the parent's use in assigning a course grade. Course rubrics will evaluate students on their sign production, fingerspelling, ASL grammar, facial expressions including “above the nose” grammar (brows and body movement), and “below the nose” modifiers (lip expressions).

Textbook: Students should purchase or rent "Signing Naturally Units 1-6 workbook" (ISBN# 978-1581212105) which includes a DVD or signing videos. This class will cover units 1-4.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in World Languages for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $655.00

American Sign Language (ASL) II *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Daniel Frame

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Students of ASL will continue to improve their fluency in this 2nd year course. As students become more advanced signers, emphasis will be on focusing on the meaning of a conversation (whole) rather than individual signs (parts). In conversation, students will learn to confirm information by asking questions in context. Second year students will continue to build their vocabulary, apply ASL grammar, and will learn to make requests, ask for advice, give opinions, make comparisons and use superlatives, and narrate stories. Other skills covered in ASL II include expressing year, phone numbers, time, and currency in numbers, appearance, clothing, giving directions, locations, etc. Each unit will include presentations and readings on Deaf culture and Deaf history. Class time will be dedicated to interactive ASL activities and signing practice.

ASL students will have a Deaf instructor. He regularly teaches all-hearing classes and is an excellent role model for students to meet and interact with a native speaker of ASL and to lean natural facial expressions, gestures, and body language used in Deaf communications. ASL students will have more confidence when they encounter Deaf instructors in college or greet speakers of ASL in social settings. Because the instructor is Deaf, students are not permitted to speak aloud in class. This approach improves visual attention and encourages immersion in the language. Students will be able to ask questions of the instructor by writing on individual white boards, but they will be encouraged to sign in order to communicate with the instructor. Lessons are facilitated with Power Point presentations, and a professional ASL interpreter will assist the class on the first day and in second semester for a Deaf culture lesson. Enrolled students are not expected to know any sign language prior to beginning ASL I.

Hundreds of colleges and universities, including all public institutions of higher learning in Virginia, accept ASL as a distinct foreign language. This allows hearing and Deaf students to fulfill foreign language requirements for admission to college. Teens who have difficulty writing, spelling, or have challenging pronunciation in English, can be successful with ASL as a second or foreign language choice. Penn State University research demonstrated that the visual and kinesthetic elements of ASL helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in hearing students.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours each week outside of class on required vocabulary exercises, readings, and signing practice.

Assignments: Homework assignments will be posted online in the Canvas digital classroom platform. Through Canvas, students will be asked to post short videos of themselves signing as homework. Enrolled students will be asked to review ASL 1 vocabulary, grammar, and facial expressions.

Assessments: The instructor will assign points using a class rubric for the parent's use in assigning a course grade. Course rubrics will evaluate students on their sign production, fingerspelling, ASL grammar, facial expressions including “above the nose” grammar (brows and body movement), and “below the nose” modifiers (lip expressions).

Textbook: Students should purchase or rent "Signing Naturally Units 1-6 workbook" (ISBN# 978-1581212105) and "Signing Naturally Units 7-12 Student Workbook" (ISBN# 978-1581212211) which includes a DVD of signing videos. This class will cover units 5-8.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in World Languages for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $655.00

Ancient Justice: Crime & Punishment in Medieval Times

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

This class will explore the judicial processes of Europe following the collapse of Rome. From witch trials and Viking blood feuds, then back again to the real barbarians, lawyers! Like a traditional mock trial program, the class will hear cases, and students will defend themselves. Real historical cases will be studied, and trial parts assigned to the class, which will be debated from the perspective of Royal Courts, Church Ordeals, or a Viking assembly they creatively called "a Thing." The class will serve as the jury and, if necessary, select period-appropriate verdicts and explain how they arrived at their decisions, while striving for period accuracy. Second semester will move to codified Renaissance legal systems, leading up to the direct Ancestor to American legal traditions, Common Law.

Topics in this Series: Crime & Punishment in Medieval Times (Semester 1), Crime and Punishment in the Early Modern Era (Semester 2).

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: Period maps, photographs, and re-creations will be posted on a class Google Drive, and video links from YouTube will be e-mailed to parents and students for homework or supplemental investigation.

Assessments: A mid-term and final exam may be given.

Textbooks: None. Case documents are provided in class.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History or Civics for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $282.00

Ancient Justice: Crime & Punishment in the Early Modern Era

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 15, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

This class will explore the judicial processes of mainland Europe and their divergence from English
Common Law. Like a traditional mock trial program, the class will hear cases, and students will defend themselves. Real historical cases will be studied, and trial parts assigned to the class, which will be
debated from the perspective of Englishmen, from commoners to nobility, and Europeans in both
criminal and church courts. The class will serve as the jury and, if necessary, select period-appropriate
verdicts and explain how they arrived at their decisions, while striving for period accuracy. This semester
will examine the Justice systems of Renaissance Europe up to Colonial Britain.

Topics in this Series: Crime & Punishment in Medieval Times (Semester 1), Crime and Punishment in the Early Modern Era (Semester 2).

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: Period maps, photographs, and re-creations will be posted on a class Google Drive, and video links from YouTube will be e-mailed to parents and students for homework or supplemental investigation.

Assessments: A mid-term and final exam may be given.

Textbooks: None. Case documents are provided in class.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History or Civics for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $322.00

Aquatic Biology: Extreme Marine

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

More than 70% of the Earth's surface is water! Understanding the earth s oceans and freshwater systems is critical to understanding life on our planet- from beginnings in the seas to the water cycle that supports ongoing life. The study of aquatic and marine biology provides a basis for understanding much of the chemistry, physics, biology, and meteorology on our planet. Budding marine biologists will travel inland to learn about freshwater systems like lakes and ponds, rivers and streams before returning to the coast to study marshes and estuaries followed by extreme marine environments- all under the guidance of an experienced marine biologist. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in several demonstrations and experiments in each class.

During Quarter 4, students will journey to some of the most extreme marine systems on the planet. We'll investigate underwater caves, polar seas, deep sea trenches, submarine canyons, and hydrothermal vents. Students will watch footage from submersibles exploring these environments and study the unique plants and animals that inhabit these regions.

Topics in this Series: Lakes & Ponds (Quarter 1); Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams (Quarter 2); Marshes and Estuaries, Where the River Meets the Sea (Quarter 3); and Extreme Marine (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Aquatic Biology: Marshes and Estuaries, Where the River Meets the Sea

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

More than 70% of the Earth's surface is water! Understanding the earth s oceans and freshwater systems is critical to understanding life on our planet- from beginnings in the seas to the water cycle that supports ongoing life. The study of aquatic and marine biology provides a basis for understanding much of the chemistry, physics, biology, and meteorology on our planet. Budding marine biologists will travel inland to learn about freshwater systems like lakes and ponds, rivers and streams before returning to the coast to study marshes and estuaries followed by extreme marine environments- all under the guidance of an experienced marine biologist. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in several demonstrations and experiments in each class.

During Quarter 3, students will focus on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of estuarine systems. We will learn about salinity gradients, nutrient cycling, and biological communities in temperate estuaries and tropical mangrove swamps. Students will study the amazing adaptations that allow plants and animals in these habitats to tolerate rapid changes in temperature and salinity. We ll also discuss human impacts to estuarine habitats, including habitat loss, water diversion, and eutrophication.

Topics in this Series: Lakes & Ponds (Quarter 1); Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams (Quarter 2); Marshes and Estuaries, Where the River Meets the Sea (Quarter 3); and Extreme Marine (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Aquatic Biology: Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams

Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

More than 70% of the Earth s surface is water! Understanding the earth s oceans and freshwater systems is critical to understanding life on our planet- from beginnings in the seas to the water cycle that supports ongoing life. The study of aquatic and marine biology provides a basis for understanding much of the chemistry, physics, biology, and meteorology on our planet. Budding marine biologists will travel inland to learn about freshwater systems like lakes and ponds, rivers and streams before returning to the coast to study marshes and estuaries followed by extreme marine environments- all under the guidance of an experienced marine biologist. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in several demonstrations and experiments in each class.

During Quarter 2, students will learn the basics of Riparian Biology, the study of aquatic life in rivers and streams. We ll discuss differences in water flow, sedimentation, and hydrodynamics that are used to classify riparian habitats and will learn about the characteristic assemblages of organisms that occur in different flow regimes. Students will compare various major river systems around the world and study the diversity of riverine biomes and organisms.

Topics in this Series: Lakes & Ponds (Quarter 1); Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams (Quarter 2); Marshes and Estuaries, Where the River Meets the Sea (Quarter 3); and Extreme Marine (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Architecture: Inspired by Nature

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 15, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Laura Albert

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $494.00

Around the World: Geography of Central & South America *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Around the World is a creative, interactive examination of world geography! Geography is much more than just maps and mountain ranges! Students will make an in-depth investigation of all aspects of geography region-by-region. Second quarter will explore the geography of Central and South America, from Suriname to Santiago to the Sao Manuel River.

Students will engage in hands-on activities, such as games and scavenger hunts, to learn about the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena and five themes of geography (location, place, human and environment interaction, movements, and regions) for each area that they study. For each major region, the class will look at aspects of human geography: political boundaries, cities and communities, cultural, social, and economic themes (dominant languages, religions, ethnic groups, agriculture, and trade), along with aspects of physical geography such as landforms, waterways, climate zones, biomes, etc. The class will also touch on the geographic specialties of meteorology and hydrology to understand how these impact physical and human geography.

Note: Map basics, including reading maps, types of maps, latitude and longitude, and understanding representations on maps, will only be covered during the first quarter of each year. Any student enrolling in the course after the first quarter will be expected to review map basics from a class packet of map information.

Topics in this Series: North America (Quarter 1); Central and South America (Quarter 2); Middle East & North Africa (Quarter 3); Sub-Saharan Africa (Quarter 4). Second year (2021-22) Europe (Quarter 5); Russia & East Asia (Quarter 6); South & Southeast Asia (Quarter 7); and Oceania, Antarctica & Earth's Oceans (Quarter 8). Lab/Supply Fee: Included in the course fee.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $147.00

Around the World: Geography of Central & South America *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Around the World is a creative, interactive examination of world geography! Geography is much more than just maps and mountain ranges! Students will make an in-depth investigation of all aspects of geography region-by-region. Second quarter will explore the geography of Central and South America, from Suriname to Santiago to the Sao Manuel River.

Students will engage in hands-on activities, such as games and scavenger hunts, to learn about the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena and five themes of geography (location, place, human and environment interaction, movements, and regions) for each area that they study. For each major region, the class will look at aspects of human geography: political boundaries, cities and communities, cultural, social, and economic themes (dominant languages, religions, ethnic groups, agriculture, and trade), along with aspects of physical geography such as landforms, waterways, climate zones, biomes, etc. The class will also touch on the geographic specialties of meteorology and hydrology to understand how these impact physical and human geography.

Note: Map basics, including reading maps, types of maps, latitude and longitude, and understanding representations on maps, will only be covered during the first quarter of each year. Any student enrolling in the course after the first quarter will be expected to review map basics from a class packet of map information.

Topics in this Series: North America (Quarter 1); Central and South America (Quarter 2); Middle East & North Africa (Quarter 3); Sub-Saharan Africa (Quarter 4). Second year (2021-22) Europe (Quarter 5); Russia & East Asia (Quarter 6); South & Southeast Asia (Quarter 7); and Oceania, Antarctica & Earth's Oceans (Quarter 8). Lab/Supply Fee: Included in the course fee.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $147.00

Around the World: Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Around the World is a creative, interactive examination of world geography! Geography is much more than just maps and mountain ranges! Students will make an in-depth investigation of all aspects of geography region-by-region. Fourth quarter will explore the geography of Sub-Saharan Africa from Sudan to Soweto to the savannas.

Students will engage in hands-on activities, such as games and scavenger hunts, to learn about the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena and five themes of geography (location, place, human and environment interaction, movements, and regions) for each area that they study. For each major region, the class will look at aspects of human geography: political boundaries, cities and communities, cultural, social, and economic themes (dominant languages, religions, ethnic groups, agriculture, and trade), along with aspects of physical geography such as landforms, waterways, climate zones, biomes, etc. The class will also touch on the geographic specialties of meteorology and hydrology to understand how these impact physical and human geography.

Note: Map basics, including reading maps, types of maps, latitude and longitude, and understanding representations on maps, will only be covered during the first quarter of each year. Any student enrolling in the course after the first quarter will be expected to review map basics from a class packet of map information.

Topics in this Series: North America (Quarter 1); Central and South America (Quarter 2); Middle East & North Africa (Quarter 3); Sub-Saharan Africa (Quarter 4). Second year (2021-22) Europe (Quarter 5); Russia & East Asia (Quarter 6); South & Southeast Asia (Quarter 7); and Oceania, Antarctica & Earth's Oceans (Quarter 8). Lab/Supply Fee: Included in the course fee.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $167.00

Around the World: Geography of the Middle East & North Africa

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Around the World is a creative, interactive examination of world geography! Geography is much more than just maps and mountain ranges! Students will make an in-depth investigation of all aspects of geography region-by-region. Third quarter will explore the geography of the Middle East and North Africa, from Nazareth and the Nile to Marrakesh and Medina.

Students will engage in hands-on activities, such as games and scavenger hunts, to learn about the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena and five themes of geography (location, place, human and environment interaction, movements, and regions) for each area that they study. For each major region, the class will look at aspects of human geography: political boundaries, cities and communities, cultural, social, and economic themes (dominant languages, religions, ethnic groups, agriculture, and trade), along with aspects of physical geography such as landforms, waterways, climate zones, biomes, etc. The class will also touch on the geographic specialties of meteorology and hydrology to understand how these impact physical and human geography.

Note: Map basics, including reading maps, types of maps, latitude and longitude, and understanding representations on maps, will only be covered during the first quarter of each year. Any student enrolling in the course after the first quarter will be expected to review map basics from a class packet of map information.

Topics in this Series: North America (Quarter 1); Central and South America (Quarter 2); Middle East & North Africa (Quarter 3); Sub-Saharan Africa (Quarter 4). Second year (2021-22) Europe (Quarter 5); Russia & East Asia (Quarter 6); South & Southeast Asia (Quarter 7); and Oceania, Antarctica & Earth's Oceans (Quarter 8). Lab/Supply Fee: Included in the course fee. Non-Meeting Dates This is a 7-week class that does not meet on March 10.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $147.00

Art History: Asia to Africa, Non-Western and Global Modern Art

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 15, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Students will travel through time and around the world in this survey of the history of art! The class will look at images of art as religious icons, records of historical events, myths, portraits, propaganda, conveyors of power and authority, and fantasy to answer the big question, "What is the function of art aside from being aesthetically pleasing?" Students will be asked to predict how their definition of art will change throughout the course of the year.

This unique exploration of art history will be enlivened by rich class discussions, projects, visits to exhibits, and the instructor's own creative style and personal experience at significant historical sites throughout the ancient world. Following the AP syllabus for this course, students will learn about the people and concepts behind each type of art, considering that the conditions of the time influenced the art and architecture: physical location, settlement, innovation, warfare, politics, beliefs, religion, funerary practices, and interconnections to other, contemporary cultures.

This study of the history of art will begin with the early 20th century, leap back to the origins and development of arts in Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, then return to World War II to trace the influences of a global culture on modern art. Starting with Cubism, Primitivism, Neoplasticism, and Readymades will allow the students to see the recombined elements before breaking them down by cultural contribution. Returning to India, students will discover the origins of Hindu and Buddhist architecture and sculpture and examine their many similarities. Next, the class will travel to early China, to trace the evolution from pottery, to stonewares, to the origin of Chinese writing on bronze cast vessels. The class will be introduced to ideas of the afterlife through the terracotta warriors and uses of jade before moving to Japan to examine investigate the arts before the introduction of Buddhism. Human sacrifice, ball games, and a fabulous slew of composite deities will frame the discussion of the role of art in Native American cultures from Vancouver Island to the southern tip of the Andes. Next, students will discuss prehistoric African rock art, the idea of kingship in Benin through royal portraiture, and the visual interaction of cultures through the Sapi-Portuguese saltcellars. Later, students will travel to Oceania to investigate images of the Australian Dreamtime, Tongan barkcloth, and Maori men's meetinghouse architecture. We will return to the aftermath of World War II to see how each of these elements is expressed in the contradictions and complexity of Modernist art and architecture. Finally, the class will discuss how personal and group identity can be symbolized in art, investigate environmental and site-specific art, and consider the possible futures of artistic expression.

Levels:This course is AP Optional for students who took the prior semesters in 2019-20. All four Compass semesters are needed to prepare for the 2020 AP Art History exam.

Topics in this Series: Renaissance to Recent, Western Art Part 2 (Semester 1), Asia to Africa, Non-Western Art (Semester 2)

Workload: AP students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class; on-level students should expect to spend 1 hour outside of class.

Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments, quizzes, and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload. For each chapter, there will be open book quizzes, and students should be able to describe their three favorite works. There will be a semester project based on the creation of one's own myth and culture. Image recognition is key to learning art history. Each semester, students will be assigned approximately 60 images to identify (25% of the AP's 250) on the midterm and final. On-level students should be able to identify the art or object by style. AP students are expected to learn the name, description and compare/contrast the images.

Assessments: Points will be assigned for projects, quizzes, chapter summaries, and exams, and parents may use the total points earned to assign a class grade. Quizzes will be administered through Canvas.

Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History, 15th Edition by Fred Kleiner (ISBN 13- 978-285754994).

AP Fees: The fee to take the College Board's AP Art History exam in May 2021 is not included; each family will be responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam

Credit:Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History or Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $372.00

Art History: Renaissance to Recent, Western Art Part 2 *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Students will travel through time and around the world in this survey of the history of art! The class will look at images of art as religious icons, records of historical events, myths, portraits, propaganda, conveyors of power and authority, and fantasy to answer the big question, "What is the function of art aside from being aesthetically pleasing?" Students will be asked to predict how their definition of art will change throughout the course of the year.

This unique exploration of art history will be enlivened by rich class discussions, projects, visits to exhibits, and the instructor's own creative style and personal experience at significant historical sites throughout the ancient world. Students will learn about the people and concepts behind each type of art, considering that the conditions of the time influenced the art and architecture: physical location, settlement, innovation, warfare, politics, beliefs, religion, funerary practices, and interconnections to other, contemporary cultures.

This study of the history of art will begin with the early Renaissance in Northern Europe and the innovation of oil painting. This technique was used to evoke different ideas in Burgundy, Flanders, France and the remains of the Holy roman Empire. Students will discover how etching and engraving are different and explore the illustration of printed books. Next, the investigation turns to Quattrocento Florence and the influence of Humanistic principles and innovations in perspective. Women's participation in Italian art during the High Renaissance will be introduced through the works of several female artists. The allegorical symbols and minute details of the North will be contrasted with the joyful mythologies of Italy. The class will then examine the changes brought about by Mannerism, and how these were expressed in both Italy and the North, as well as the difference in focus of Protestant and Catholic artists. Looking at spectacular Baroque art, the class will discuss the continuation of patronage with an art market and without royalty. The study of the Dutch vanitas paintings will open a discussion of the importance of the household and of personal contribution to society and science. After a century of revolutions, European art has a quick dalliance with the Rococo, then the enlightenment focuses artists on a more austere neoclassicism. Next, the exploration will take students to the effects on art of the Industrial Revolution through materials, technologies and subjects. Students will learn about the political and artistic revolutions that led to the Romantic spirit, the Realist reaction against Romanticism, and how landscape painting was somewhere between the two. The 19th century brings the first public art museum, prefabricated architecture, and the advent of photography. Finally, we will investigate the end of the 19th century and the beginning of Modernism in art: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, symbolism, and the first skyscrapers.

Levels:This course is AP Optional for students who took the prior semesters in 2019-20. All four Compass semesters are needed to prepare for the 2020 AP Art History exam.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

Topics in this Series: Renaissance to Recent, Western Art Part 2 (Semester 1), Asia to Africa, Non-Western Art (Semester 2)

Workload: AP students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class; on-level students should expect to spend 1 hour outside of class.

Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments, quizzes, and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload. For each chapter, there will be open book quizzes, and students should be able to describe their three favorite works. There will be a semester project based on the creation of one's own myth and culture. Image recognition is key to learning art history. Each semester, students will be assigned approximately 60 images to identify (25% of the AP's 250) on the midterm and final. On-level students should be able to identify the art or object by style. AP students are expected to learn the name, description and compare/contrast the images.

Assessments: Points will be assigned for projects, quizzes, chapter summaries, and exams, and parents may use the total points earned to assign a class grade. Quizzes will be administered through Canvas.

Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History, 15th Edition by Fred Kleiner (ISBN 13- 978-285754994).

AP Fees: The fee to take the College Board's AP Art History exam in May 2021 is not included; each family will be responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam

Credit:Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History or Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $326.00

Art: Fun with Fiber Arts

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Marisela Rumberg

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $144.00

Art: Fun with Fiber Arts

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Marisela Rumberg

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $144.00

Art: Fun with Fiber Arts

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Marisela Rumberg

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $144.00

Art: Marvelous Mosaics for Kids (12PM)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shona D'Cruz

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Mosaic is a fun, functional and decorative art form with a rich historical tradition! Kids will explore the art of fitting small pieces together to compose a larger, mosaic work. Working with mosaics is a very hands-on, tactile form of three dimensional art that will challenge and delight students as their designs take shape. Students will experiment with tiles, pebbles, beads, shells, and recycled treasures to create one-of-a-kind mosaic projects!

Second quarter projects include: a mosaic with geometric wooden shapes; a fall leaf mosaic incorporating beads; mosaic photo frame, mosaic stepping stone built on a paver, and a mosaic fall wreath with polymer clay components and tiles. All pieces will be grouted after class, off site by the instructor and will be available the next class. A supply fee of $40.00 per student is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Art: Marvelous Mosaics for Tweens (1PM)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shona D'Cruz

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Mosaic is a fun, functional and decorative art form with a rich historical tradition! Kids will explore the art of fitting small pieces together to compose a larger, mosaic work. Working with mosaics is a very hands-on, tactile form of three dimensional art that will challenge and delight students as their designs take shape. Students will experiment with tiles, pebbles, beads, shells, and recycled treasures to create one-of-a-kind mosaic projects!

Second quarter projects include: a mosaic with geometric wooden shapes; a fall leaf mosaic incorporating beads; mosaic photo frame, mosaic stepping stone built on a paver, and a mosaic fall wreath with polymer clay components and tiles. All pieces will be grouted after class, off site by the instructor and will be available the next class. A supply fee of $40.00 per student is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Art: Painting Fun with Acrylics

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lorrie Herman

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Learn to paint with acryllics- a versatlie medium that can be thick and bold or lightly washed to mimic watercolor. Students will learn to mix colors in the initial "Get to Know Acrylics" lesson. Each week students will learn different techniques and will see examples from artists who featured those tecniques. Techniques include a value study and the use of light and shadow, creating textures, stamping, pointillism, and creating transparent/translucent effects. Example projects may include an impressionistic painting in the style of Monet or Cezanne, a pointillism painting in the style of Seurat, a fish painting, an abstract, a stained glass windown (in paint), and a pet portrait.

Acryllic paints do not come out of fabrics, so students should bring a smock, apron, or large cover-up t-shirt each week. There is a $10.00 material fee due to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Art: Painting Fun with Acrylics

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lorrie Herman

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Learn to paint with acryllics- a versatlie medium that can be thick and bold or lightly washed to mimic watercolor. Students will learn to mix colors in the initial "Get to Know Acrylics" lesson. Each week students will learn different techniques and will see examples from artists who featured those tecniques. Techniques include a value study and the use of light and shadow, creating textures, stamping, pointillism, and creating transparent/translucent effects. Example projects may include an impressionistic painting in the style of Monet or Cezanne, a pointillism painting in the style of Seurat, a fish painting, an abstract, a stained glass windown (in paint), and a pet portrait.

Acryllic paints do not come out of fabrics, so students should bring a smock, apron, or large cover-up t-shirt each week. There is a $10.00 material fee due to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Art: Painting Fun with Acrylics

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lorrie Herman

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Learn to paint with acryllics- a versatlie medium that can be thick and bold or lightly washed to mimic watercolor. Students will learn to mix colors in the initial "Get to Know Acrylics" lesson. Each week students will learn different techniques and will see examples from artists who featured those tecniques. Techniques include a value study and the use of light and shadow, creating textures, stamping, pointillism, and creating transparent/translucent effects. Example projects may include an impressionistic painting in the style of Monet or Cezanne, a pointillism painting in the style of Seurat, a fish painting, an abstract, a stained glass windown (in paint), and a pet portrait.

Acryllic paints do not come out of fabrics, so students should bring a smock, apron, or large cover-up t-shirt each week. There is a $10.00 material fee due to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Art: Pencil & Paint: Purrfect Pets

Quarter 2: Starts on October 29, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

coming soon

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- Korean War, 1950-1953

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make!

At the end of WWII, the World was divided into a bi-polar power structure. The two dominant forces, the United States and its Allies, versus the Soviet Union and its puppets. In the final months of WWII, the Soviets occupied large swaths of territory with the goal of creating buffer states. In many cases, they would run up against US or Allied forces there. This would set the stage for the next 50 years of proxy conflicts, known as the Cold War. The first such place was Korea in the 1950s. The Government of North Korea, made up of hand-picked Communist loyalists, rolled into a weakly defended South Korea to forcibly unify the country. The US found this unacceptable and led a United Nations army to beat back the North Korean armies to the border of China. This prompted the Communist North Koreans to launch a second invasion. The UN forces were pushed all the way back to the original 1950 border, which to this day is the most heavily militarized zone on Earth. In both countries, the Koreans and their respective allies wait for conflict to arise again, as the ceasefire signed in the 50s was not technically an end to the state of war.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 16" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, buildings, rivers, bridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: WWII from the Russian Perspective, Stalingrad/Berlin (1st quarter), WWII The Battle of the Bulge, 1944 (2nd quarter), WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1945 (3rd quarter), and Korean War, 1950-1953 (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- Korean War, 1950-1953

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 4:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make!

At the end of WWII, the World was divided into a bi-polar power structure. The two dominant forces, the United States and its Allies, versus the Soviet Union and its puppets. In the final months of WWII, the Soviets occupied large swaths of territory with the goal of creating buffer states. In many cases, they would run up against US or Allied forces there. This would set the stage for the next 50 years of proxy conflicts, known as the Cold War. The first such place was Korea in the 1950s. The Government of North Korea, made up of hand-picked Communist loyalists, rolled into a weakly defended South Korea to forcibly unify the country. The US found this unacceptable and led a United Nations army to beat back the North Korean armies to the border of China. This prompted the Communist North Koreans to launch a second invasion. The UN forces were pushed all the way back to the original 1950 border, which to this day is the most heavily militarized zone on Earth. In both countries, the Koreans and their respective allies wait for conflict to arise again, as the ceasefire signed in the 50s was not technically an end to the state of war.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 16" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, buildings, rivers, bridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: WWII from the Russian Perspective, Stalingrad/Berlin (1st quarter), WWII The Battle of the Bulge, 1944 (2nd quarter), WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1945 (3rd quarter), and Korean War, 1950-1953 (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- WWII The Battle of the Bulge (MON)

Quarter 2: Starts on November 2, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make!

In late 1944, the outcome of the Second World War wasn't in doubt to anyone but the most deluded of Nazis. That didn't make the fighting any less lethal, but did increase Hitler's desperation to pull off a miraculous victory in the West and buy time to deal with the encroaching Soviet Red Army. The focal point of this plan was the Ardennes, a "quiet" sector of the front in Luxembourg where the Allies had sent badly mauled units to recover from fierce fighting elsewhere. The logic being, nobody in their right mind would invade through the forest, in winter, especially given the dire circumstances the German army was facing literally everywhere else. This was a miscalculation. Hitler used this opportunity to ram the last functioning units at his disposal to "drive the Allies back into the sea" and try and take the port of Antwerp, the only major port not left in total ruin by the German retreat. A victory here would have potentially reset the clock all the way back to D-Day, six months earlier.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 16" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, buildings, rivers, bridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: WWII from the Russian Perspective, Stalingrad/Berlin (1st quarter), WWII The Battle of the Bulge, 1944 (2nd quarter), WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1945 (3rd quarter), and Korean War, 1950-1953 (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $121.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- WWII The Battle of the Bulge (WED)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make!

In late 1944, the outcome of the Second World War wasn't in doubt to anyone but the most deluded of Nazis. That didn't make the fighting any less lethal, but did increase Hitler's desperation to pull off a miraculous victory in the West and buy time to deal with the encroaching Soviet Red Army. The focal point of this plan was the Ardennes, a "quiet" sector of the front in Luxembourg where the Allies had sent badly mauled units to recover from fierce fighting elsewhere. The logic being, nobody in their right mind would invade through the forest, in winter, especially given the dire circumstances the German army was facing literally everywhere else. This was a miscalculation. Hitler used this opportunity to ram the last functioning units at his disposal to "drive the Allies back into the sea" and try and take the port of Antwerp, the only major port not left in total ruin by the German retreat. A victory here would have potentially reset the clock all the way back to D-Day, six months earlier.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 16" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, buildings, rivers, bridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: WWII from the Russian Perspective, Stalingrad/Berlin (1st quarter), WWII The Battle of the Bulge, 1944 (2nd quarter), WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1945 (3rd quarter), and Korean War, 1950-1953 (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1942

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make!

The opening stage of the Pacific Theater of WWII was a painful lesson for the United States, especially the Navy. Starting with the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that crippled much of the fleet, Japan continued with devastating and coordinated strikes across the whole Pacific that pushed the US and its allies back across thousands of miles of ocean. That changed at Midway, when the outnumbered US fleet ambushed and wrecked the Japanese on their way to take yet another isolated island. This opened the way for the US to go on the offensive and regain the initiative, starting between Hawaii and Allied Australia, in the Solomons at Guadalcanal. Rather than focus solely on the ground campaign, this class will also include a naval component, using models of the ships that fought the many naval battles of Guadalcanal at the infamous Iron Bottom Sound.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 16" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, airfields, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive scale miniature naval ships to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Axis and Allies War at Sea gaming rule system for moving ships and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: WWII from the Russian Perspective, Stalingrad/Berlin (1st quarter), WWII The Battle of the Bulge, 1944 (2nd quarter), WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1945 (3rd quarter), and Korean War, 1950-1953 (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1942

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 4:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make!

The opening stage of the Pacific Theater of WWII was a painful lesson for the United States, especially the Navy. Starting with the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that crippled much of the fleet, Japan continued with devastating and coordinated strikes across the whole Pacific that pushed the US and its allies back across thousands of miles of ocean. That changed at Midway, when the outnumbered US fleet ambushed and wrecked the Japanese on their way to take yet another isolated island. This opened the way for the US to go on the offensive and regain the initiative, starting between Hawaii and Allied Australia, in the Solomons at Guadalcanal. Rather than focus solely on the ground campaign, this class will also include a naval component, using models of the ships that fought the many naval battles of Guadalcanal at the infamous Iron Bottom Sound.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 16" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, airfields, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive scale miniature naval ships to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Axis and Allies War at Sea gaming rule system for moving ships and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: WWII from the Russian Perspective, Stalingrad/Berlin (1st quarter), WWII The Battle of the Bulge, 1944 (2nd quarter), WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1945 (3rd quarter), and Korean War, 1950-1953 (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Bibliophiles Books Group: Greed

Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Danielle Rhodes

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

In Bibliophiles Book Group, middle school-aged students will read renowned classics and award-winning juvenile literature. This book discussion group will examine a different theme each quarter to introduce students to literary analysis. Students will read, examine, and compare two full-length novels that share similar themes through facilitated discussions and extension activities which encourage students to make personal connections to what is read. The group will evaluate themes, characters, setting, and writing style.

Second quarter, students will examine the theme of Greed through The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien and The Pearl by John Steinbeck.

Assigned chapters are expected to be read at home, either as read-aloud, individual silent reading, or listening to the unabridged audiobook. Students should come to class prepared to discuss the reading. Classroom discussions will emphasize the use of textual evidence when explaining thoughts and opinions. Students will be assigned creative, short assignments to enhance and demonstrate their understanding of each novel such as quote explications, thematic questions, or imagining a conversation between characters from different books.

Topics in this Series: Deception and Disguise (Quarter 1); Greed (Quarter 2); Order and Chaos (Quarter 3); Power and Powerlessness (Quarter 4).

Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and because they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

Supply Fee: A class fee of $22.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

What to Bring: Students should bring the current novel, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking pages.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $148.00

Bibliophiles Books Group: Order and Chaos

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Danielle Rhodes

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

In Bibliophiles Book Group, middle school-aged students will read renowned classics and award-winning juvenile literature. This book discussion group will examine a different theme each quarter to introduce students to literary analysis. Students will read, examine, and compare two full-length novels that share similar themes through facilitated discussions and extension activities which encourage students to make personal connections to what is read. The group will evaluate themes, characters, setting, and writing style.

Third quarter, students will examine the themes of Order and Chaos through The Maze Runner by James Dashner and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Assigned chapters are expected to be read at home, either as read-aloud, individual silent reading, or listening to the unabridged audiobook. Students should come to class prepared to discuss the reading. Classroom discussions will emphasize the use of textual evidence when explaining thoughts and opinions. Students will be assigned creative, short assignments to enhance and demonstrate their understanding of each novel such as quote explications, thematic questions, or imagining a conversation between characters from different books.

Topics in this Series: Deception and Disguise (Quarter 1); Greed (Quarter 2); Order and Chaos (Quarter 3); Power and Powerlessness (Quarter 4).

Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and because they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

Supply Fee: A class fee of $16.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

What to Bring: Students should bring the current novel, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking pages.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $169.00

Bibliophiles Books Group: Power and Powerlessness

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Danielle Rhodes

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

In Bibliophiles Book Group, middle school-aged students will read renowned classics and award-winning juvenile literature. This book discussion group will examine a different theme each quarter to introduce students to literary analysis. Students will read, examine, and compare two full-length novels that share similar themes through facilitated discussions and extension activities which encourage students to make personal connections to what is read. The group will evaluate themes, characters, setting, and writing style.

Fourth quarter, students will examine the themes of Power and Powerlessness through the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

Assigned chapters are expected to be read at home, either as read-aloud, individual silent reading, or listening to the unabridged audiobook. Students should come to class prepared to discuss the reading. Classroom discussions will emphasize the use of textual evidence when explaining thoughts and opinions. Students will be assigned creative, short assignments to enhance and demonstrate their understanding of each novel such as quote explications, thematic questions, or imagining a conversation between characters from different books.

Topics in this Series: Deception and Disguise (Quarter 1); Greed (Quarter 2); Order and Chaos (Quarter 3); Power and Powerlessness (Quarter 4).

Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and because they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

What to Bring: Students should bring the current novel, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking pages.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $169.00

Brain Games: Puzzles, Riddles & Brain Teasers

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

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6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

Calculus (Honors or AP A/B)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 11th-12th

Prerequisites: PreCalculus

This is a complete course in high school Calculus which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Topics in Calculus include limits of functions (one-sided and two-sided limits, limits at infinity and infinite limits, limits of sequences, and continuity of functions), derivatives (various definitions of derivatives, estimating derivatives from tables and graphs, rules of differentiation, properties of derivatives, separable differential equations, and the Mean Value Theorem), applications of derivatives (related rates, optimization, and exponential growth and decay models), integrals (basic techniques of integration including basic antiderivatives and substitution), applications of integrals (in finding areas and volumes, describing motion, and as accumulation functions), and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem-solving.

Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation PreCalculus in order to take this class.
Level: This course is offered at two levels, Honors and Advanced Placement (AP). The scope and sequence are identical, however AP students may have additional practice problems. Students who wish to take the AP exam must register and pay for their own exam through the College Board in fall 2020 for the May 2021 exam.
Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work.
Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address in order to be set up as users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload.
Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by checking that weekly homework sets are complete and giving periodic take-home tests; class participation is also strongly encouraged. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for the purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.
Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Calculus: Single Variable/Early Transcendentals, 8th edition by James Stewart (ISBN-13 9781305270336). A scientific calculator similar to the Casio fx-115ES PLUS is required for this class, and it is highly recommended that students preparing for the AP exam have a graphing calculator similar to the TI-83. Students without a graphing calculator must have access to desmos.com and/or wolframalpha.com for graphing assignments.
Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Calculus for purposes of a high school transcript.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1333.00

Chess: Advanced Beginners 2

Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites: Beginning Chess series, or equivalent

In Advanced Beginner Chess 2, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other, including: advanced beginning counting in chess; Double attack tactics; Using the center once you control it; Advanced beginning king and pawn endgames; Key positions in rook and pawn endgames; Principles of minor piece endgames; and Simple, pawn-less endgames. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 15-20 hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Advanced Beginner Chess, or a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner Chess level.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $100.00

Chess: Advanced Beginners 3

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites: Beginning Chess series, or equivalent

In Advanced Beginner Chess 3, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other, including: Later than beginning pins; Using more or better attackers; Using more or better defenders; Finding the forcing moves when they are also the best moves; Queen and bishop teams for attacking; Queen and knight teams for attacking; and Queen and rook teams for attacking. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 15-20 hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Advanced Beginner Chess, or a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner Chess level.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $114.00

Chess: Advanced Beginners 4

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites: Beginning Chess series, or equivalent

In Advanced Beginner Chess 4, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other, including: Pawns: good and bad individually; Pawns: good and bad groups; Finding pins and escaping from them; Piling on a pinned piece; Trapping rooks in the opening;and Later than beginning level skewers. Advanced Beginner Chess 4 will conclude with a chess party and awards ceremony with certificates. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 15-20 hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Advanced Beginner Chess, or a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner Chess level.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $114.00

Chess: Beginners 2 (MON)

Quarter 2: Starts on November 2, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites:

In Beginning Chess 2, students will learn introductory skills such as: back rank mates; draws, all 5 types; elementary checkmates 2Rs+K, K+Q vs. K, K+R vs. K; elementary opening principles 1, elementary opening principles 2, pawn structure 1, pawn structure 2. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches. A student can enroll in Beginning Chess 2 as his/her first class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $86.00

Chess: Beginners 2 (WED)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites:

In Beginning Chess 2, students will learn introductory skills such as: back rank mates; draws, all 5 types; elementary checkmates 2Rs+K, K+Q vs. K, K+R vs. K; elementary opening principles 1, elementary opening principles 2, pawn structure 1, pawn structure 2. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches. A student can enroll in Beginning Chess 2 as his/her first class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $100.00

Chess: Beginners 3

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites:

In Beginning Chess 3, students will learn fundamental skills such as: discovered checks and attacks; pins and double checks; counting: center squares, squares of control with attackers and defenders; checkmate drills; keeping the King safe in the opening; tactics lesson 1 forks; tactics lesson 2 skewers and x-rays; reviewing opening principles. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches. A student can enroll in Beginning Chess 3 as his/her first class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $114.00

Chess: Beginners 4

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites:

In Beginning Chess 4, students will review and learn strategies such as: double attacks; elementary checkmates; pawns and knights in the opening; bishops and queens in the opening; when to develop the queen in the opening; best board behavior; and 5 questions to ask before moving. Beginning Chess 4 will conclude with a chess party and awards ceremony with certificates. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches. A student should have some prior knowledge of chess basics in order to enroll in Beginning Chess 4.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $114.00

Chess: Intermediate Players 3

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 9:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 4th-8th

Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner Chess series, or equivalent

In Intermediate Chess 3, students will learn skills that build upon each other such as, forks two; making pins work and getting out of them; x-rays and skewers; overload; removing the guard; deflection; decoys. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 30+ hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Intermediate Chess, a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner and Advanced Beginner Chess levels, or instructor permission. Homework may be given.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

Chess: Intermediate Players 4

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 9:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 4th-8th

Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner Chess series, or equivalent

In Intermediate Chess 4, students will learn skills that build upon each other such as, two lessons on king and pawn endgames; two lessons on king with queen and pawn endgames; two lessons on king, rook and pawn endgames; and two lessons on minor piece (knight and bishop) endgames. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 30+ hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Intermediate Chess, a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner and Advanced Beginner Chess levels, or instructor permission. Homework may be given.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

Civics Critics: Constitution Connection *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 8, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

Civics Critics will explore themes related to the US Constitution through guided inquiry and evidence-based analysis. These topics are posed as a series of thought-provoking questions that students will research, debate, discuss, and form opinions about. First semester will examine themes such as the Articles of Confederation, branches of government, checks and balances, divided powers, the federal budget, and unalienable rights in a relevant, approachable, and interactive context. The class will apply this knowledge to analyze three big DBQ inquiries: The Ideals of the Declaration: Which is the Most Important? How Did the Constitution Guard Against Tyranny? and Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students' Online Speech?

Civics Critics is an interactive, multi-disciplinary examination of some of the key issues in American Government using sources from The DBQ Project. DBQs, or document based questions, are derived from AP History exams and help develop high school level critical thinking skills. Students will review an array of primary sources such as letters, journal entries, inventories, ship's manifestos, newspaper articles, period maps, and court documents along with selected secondary sources like excerpts, charts, and graphs. Students will be guided through analyzing the documents, interpreting the data, drawing inferences, and forming conclusions. In some historical scenarios, the class will consider conflicting perspectives and be able to defend and debate multiple sides of a key issue. To demonstrate comprehension and a deeper understanding of the class themes, students will use factual findings to develop structured, evidence-based essays. Students will also complete additional short and interactive assignments throughout the semester.

Note: This section will be held entirely ONLINE in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the full year. Recordings will be made for students with schedule conflicts.

Topics in this Series: Constitution Connection (Semester 1) and Bill of Rights Battles (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to read and write at grade level.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on homework, investigation, or reading for this class.

Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates.

Assessments: The instructor may offer parent conferences to provide feedback on the student's work and participation.

Lab/Supply Fee: The fee for a class notebook is included in the class tuition.

What to Bring: Class notebook, paper, and pen or pencil.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $288.00

Civics Critics: Constitution Connection *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

Civics Critics will explore themes related to the US Constitution through guided inquiry and evidence-based analysis. These topics are posed as a series of thought-provoking questions that students will research, debate, discuss, and form opinions about. First semester will examine themes such as the Articles of Confederation, branches of government, checks and balances, divided powers, the federal budget, and unalienable rights in a relevant, approachable, and interactive context. The class will apply this knowledge to analyze three big DBQ inquiries: The Ideals of the Declaration: Which is the Most Important? How Did the Constitution Guard Against Tyranny? and Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students' Online Speech?

Civics Critics is an interactive, multi-disciplinary examination of some of the key issues in American Government using sources from The DBQ Project. DBQs, or document based questions, are derived from AP History exams and help develop high school level critical thinking skills. Students will review an array of primary sources such as letters, journal entries, inventories, ship's manifestos, newspaper articles, period maps, and court documents along with selected secondary sources like excerpts, charts, and graphs. Students will be guided through analyzing the documents, interpreting the data, drawing inferences, and forming conclusions. In some historical scenarios, the class will consider conflicting perspectives and be able to defend and debate multiple sides of a key issue. To demonstrate comprehension and a deeper understanding of the class themes, students will use factual findings to develop structured, evidence-based essays. Students will also complete additional short and interactive assignments throughout the semester.

Topics in this Series: Constitution Connection (Semester 1) and Bill of Rights Battles (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to read and write at grade level.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on homework, investigation, or reading for this class.

Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates.

Assessments: The instructor may offer parent conferences to provide feedback on the student's work and participation.

Lab/Supply Fee: The fee for a class notebook is included in the class tuition.

What to Bring: Class notebook, paper, and pen or pencil.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $288.00

Civics Critics: Know Your Rights

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

Civics Critics will explore themes related to the US Bill of Rights through guided inquiry and evidence-based analysis. These topics are posed as a series of thought-provoking questions that students will research, debate, discuss, and form opinions about. Second semester will examine themes such as the first ten amendments, the justice system, and Supreme Court cases in a relevant, approachable, and interactive context. The class will apply this knowledge to analyze three big DBQ inquiries: Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students' Online Speech? Search and Seizure: Did the Government Go Too Far? Is the American Jury System Still a Good Idea?

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $308.00

Classic Magic Academy:

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Joe Romano

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites:

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $220.00

Classic Magic Academy:

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Joe Romano

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites:

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $220.00

Code for a Cause: Technovations Team for Girls

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 28, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Imagine a phone app that could quickly reunite lost pets, connect the poor with resources that they need, or report a problem in the community! Code for a Cause is the Compass-based Technovation hub where middle school girls will participate in the world's largest technology entrepreneurship program for girls. Each year, Technovation teams solve real world problems through technology that they develop!

Through Technovation, girls work with women mentors, identify a problem in their community, develop a mobile app, and launch a startup. Since 2010, 23,000 girls around the world have developed mobile apps and startups to solve problems around a diverse range of problems, including food waste, nutrition, women's safety, and much more. In this year-long program, girls will work in teams and learn the skills they need to change the world with technology.

Girls will beging with get-to-know-you and team building activities before breaking into teams of 3-4. Each team will brainstorm to identify a problem in the community. They will propose a mobile app solution to their problem and conduct market research to see if their idea is the best possible solution. Next, the girls will learn to program their unique application using a web-based software called MIT App Inventor. In class, girls will be coached step-by-step on the process and logic of creating an interactive application. Finally, girls will learn how to brand their app, create a business plan, and look at what it would take to bring the app to market.

Girls will work on laptops provided by the instructor to eliminate technology or connectivity problems in class. However, since the app inventor platform is web-based, girls may continue to code at home. The course tuition includes a technology use/access fee.

Participation in Technovation gives girls the confidence to pursue more computer science courses (70%), and give many the foundation to eventually major in computer science (26%). Technovation teams are in 100 countries, and the program is sponsored by Oracle, Google, 3M, Adobe Foundation, and others. The Compass Technovation facilitator/instructor will be a coding coach from Coder Kids. This is a year-long program that follows the Compass Monday calendar.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $720.00

Coding Lab: Mobile App Design

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Coding Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Coding Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Computer science-trained coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.

Tweens and teens love their phones and tablets and have fun coding custom apps (applications) for them. Students start with the Swift programming language which is used for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. Later students move into programming responsive web design to create hybrid apps for both desktop and mobile devices using Web App Maker. In all app programming languages, students practice the iterative design process to define a problem, generate ideas, build, test, and improve their app.

Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Coding course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $209.00

Coding Lab: Mobile App Design

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Coding Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Coding Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Computer science-trained coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.

Tweens and teens love their phones and tablets and have fun coding custom apps (applications) for them. Students start with the Swift programming language which is used for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. Later students move into programming responsive web design to create hybrid apps for both desktop and mobile devices using Web App Maker. In all app programming languages, students practice the iterative design process to define a problem, generate ideas, build, test, and improve their app.

Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Coding course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $209.00

Coding Workshop: Minecraft Mods

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Coding Workshop is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Coding Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Computer science-trained coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.

Kids are introduced to coding in the virtual world they already know and love. Students learn to enhance their Minecraft world through mods (modifications) that they program themselves. Young coders begin by creating custom structures and cool new effects using Python. Later they create mods that add custom items and blocks to the game using Java. Students use their imaginations to make Minecraft do what they want it to do- through the power of coding.

Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Coding course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $209.00

Coding Workshop: Minecraft Mods

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Coding Workshop is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Coding Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Computer science-trained coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.

Kids are introduced to coding in the virtual world they already know and love. Students learn to enhance their Minecraft world through mods (modifications) that they program themselves. Young coders begin by creating custom structures and cool new effects using Python. Later they create mods that add custom items and blocks to the game using Java. Students use their imaginations to make Minecraft do what they want it to do- through the power of coding.

Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Coding course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $209.00

Comic Art: Creating Characters

Quarter 2: Starts on November 2, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Joe Granski

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Bam! Pow! Zowie! In this class, students will create a 3-6 panel comic book under the guidance of a professional illustrator. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of illustrating comics, with an emphasis on creating a unique character. Students will be taught the basics of illustrating a character, including figure drawing, costumes, and facial expressions. Students will create the character and tell a 3-6 panel story about them. The comic page will be drawn in pencil, inked, and colored in. Each week students need to bring their own supplies consisting of a #2 pencil, gum eraser, manual pencil sharpener, fine sharpie, and an ultra fine sharpie. A set of colored pencils will be needed in weeks 6 and 7.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Compass Literarians: Creative Writing & Literary Magazine Board

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 15, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

This Literarians writing board is a home for students who love to write, who love to read writing, and who love to share writing with others. Writing is often a solitary act, but writers also need a community in which to grow. Mirroring the design of famous writing salons/groups like The Bloomsbury Group, The Algonquin Round Table, and The Inklings, this course fosters a Compass community that will encourage individual writers, promote literary collaboration and provide challenging feedback to boost creativity and artistic development.

Our second semester will focus on editing and publishing. Students in this course will select writings from their portfolios and prepare them to submit to contests, anthologies and publications beyond our Compass campus. While continuing to draft and explore their own personal writing, students will assume editorial roles in the production of Pen Point, a beyond-our-classroom anthology. As editors, students will design and build an anthology, advertise the publication, solicit manuscripts and artwork, develop selection criteria, review/select/edit material, and learn the principles of layout and design. Embedded in this process are real-world experiences, and students will improve their communication and organization skills through goal-setting, time management, meeting deadlines, emailing, confirmations, proofreading, etc. There is a $20.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day to cover publsihing costs of the printed literary magazine anthology.

Topics in this Series: A Creative Writing and Literary Magazine Board (Semesters 1 and 2, with registration by semester.) Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: Advanced reading, writing, and analytical skills.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class on investigation, writing, or editing for this class. Assignments: Writing and editing assignments will be delegated by the student board. Assessments: In lieu of a teacher-provided assessments, writers will receive peer feedback on their own work, and the finished product will be a printed anthology for their portfolio.

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for publishing expenses

What to Bring: Students should bring laptops to class to work collaboratively and real-time on shared documents and the class portal.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $389.00

Compass Literarians: Creative Writing & Literary Magazine Board *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

This Literarians writing board is a home for students who love to write, who love to read writing, and who love to share writing with others. Writing is often a solitary act, but writers also need a community in which to grow. Mirroring the design of famous writing salons/groups like The Bloomsbury Group, The Algonquin Round Table, and The Inklings, this course fosters a Compass community that will encourage individual writers, promote literary collaboration and provide challenging feedback to boost creativity and artistic development.

First semester will focus on building a personal writing portfolio strengthening students' passions for genres and forms they are comfortable with as well as trying writing that is new to them. Using writing workshops to capitalize on what they already know and to encourage experimentation in unfamiliar areas, students can expect to grow as writers, editors and leaders in our Compass community.

Students will use their own work and the works of professional authors to understand what makes good writing, to improve technique, to experiment with new forms/genre and to understand the drafting, editing and publishing process. They will explore publishing options through online platforms and hardbound journals.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructor's option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

Topics in this Series: A Creative Writing and Literary Magazine Board (Semesters 1 and 2, with registration by semester.) Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: Advanced reading, writing, and analytical skills.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class on investigation, writing, or editing for this class. Assignments: Writing and editing assignments will be delegated by the student board. Assessments: In lieu of a teacher-provided assessments, writers will receive peer feedback on their own work, and the finished product will be a printed anthology for their portfolio.

Lab/Supply Fee: None

What to Bring: Students should bring laptops to class to work collaboratively and real-time on shared documents and the class portal.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $341.00

Cracking Codes, Cryptology for Kids: Secret Agents

Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Rebecca Sticha

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Students will learn the language of spies and secret agents in this children's cryptology class. Cryptology is the science of secret writing which uses math and logical reasoning to decode and create mystery alphabets. Each week, students will learn one or more ciphers and will practice using them to decode messages and write secret messages to each other!

Student agents will continue their undercover operations by learning Morse code and sending messages with maritime flags. Students will learn about Vigenere ciphers and Affine ciphers. The quarter will culminate in a collaboration to crack a variety of codes to flee a classroom Escape Room which may include challenges such as coded letters, picture clues, mirror image writings, puzzling word searches, and cryptograms. We will also share the stories of famous writers and code-crackers like Lewis and Clark. This quarter's ciphers will include an introduction to the math concepts of prime numbers and basic multiplication.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a Magic Kingdom

Quarter 2: Starts on November 2, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Children are full of stories and bubbling over with big ideas! In this class, students will learn how to capture their creative vision into a simple story that they will write and illustrate. Second quarter, they will spin the tale of their own, unique Magic Kingdom. Will their journey include wizards or warlocks, castles or caves, spells, dragons.. or something else?

Students will learn how to build a Story Arc through guided, weekly activities. They will discover the key elements to composing a story such as crafting characters, posing a problem, advancing the action, constructing the climax, and writing the resolution- through brainstorming questions like, "Who is in your story?", "Where does this take place?", "What does that look like?" and "What happened after ____?"

Emerging writers or readers are welcome and will receive support, if needed, to get their own words written down. Psst- don't tell your child, but this class helps lay the foundation in language arts for more advanced creative writing and composition. Pair this class with Playful Puppet Workshop, Acting: Kids Theater, or Writing Well: Sentences that Speak to further encourage communication and storytelling skills. The supply fee is included in the class tuition. Topics in this Series: Awesome Adventure (Quarter 1), Magic Kingdom (Quarter 2), Medieval Castle (Quarter 3), and Zany Zoo (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $100.00

CSI Forensic Science Lab

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

Students will delve into the world of crime scene investigators (CSIs) as seen each week on Law and Order, NCIS, and the CSI television series! Students will be introduced to the field which combines knowledge of biology, chemistry, and physics! They will learn how to examine a crime scene and collect evidence. They will perform labs and hands-on activities such as different kinds of fingerprinting, finger print patterns, and learning how to find and lift latent fingerprints. The class will practice identifying footprints and making molds. They will further their skills in collecting and analyzing evidence through labs and hands-on activities that demonstrate fiber and hair analysis. They will test different fabrics, and learn how to use pollen and insects to determine the location of a crime. Students will use equipment similar to CSI analysts and FBI detectives such as microscopes and chromatography and combine those techniques along with logic, deductive reasoning, and the scientific method to solve mock crimes and CSI mysteries. Students will take notes and record their findings in science journals/notebooks.

Notes: (1) Portions of this class were taught in winter 2020, and some activities will be repeated. (2) For sensitive students, please note that while actual crime scene details and graphic photographs will not be shown to students, the nature of forensic science will suggest and reference crime scenarios.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to read at grade level and have age/grade-level dexterity and fine motor skills for the detailed instrument work in this class.

Topics in this Series: Comparative Anatomy Dissection Lab (Semester 1) and CSI Forensic Science Lab (Semester 2).

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0.5 -– 1.0 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: Some weeks, students will be given pre-lab work that must be completed before they can start the week's lab activities.

Lab/Supply Fee: A lab fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $391.00

Cybersecurity Basics: Networks

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 25, 2021

Class Time: 1:30 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Alex Seminario

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

More than 4.4 billion people saw their personal data stolen in just three of the top data breeches in the last decade! Key personal, financial, and business data is unintentionally released, or worse, hacked, when digital information is not properly secured in cyberspace. Cyber-viruses crippled and compromised major businesses long before Coronavirus was in the news. This is why the cybersecurity industry is in high demand, with a job growth projection of 38% per year and starting salaries in excess of $100,000!

This course is an introduction to fundamentals of cybersecurity in an interactive, information technology (IT) class taught by a cybersecurity expert and college professor. The course is designed to give students an overview of cybersecurity as a potential career field and get them interested in pursuing cybersecurity learning at a higher level.

Second semester, students will learn about computer network concepts including networking protocols and network architecture with basic network security. The class will cover information related to network concepts, installation, configuration, media and topologies, along with network management and security.

Topics in this Series: Operating Systems/Hardware (Semester 1) and Networks (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: None.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class completing reading and virtual labs.

Assignments: Homework will be a combination of reading chapters, completing online quizzes, virtual labs, and a semester project. All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates.

Assessments: Points will be awarded for the competition of assignments, quizzes, and projects, and parents can assign a grade based on the number of points earned as compared to the number of points available.

Textbook/Materials: Second semester, students should purchase or rent the CompTIA Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 6th edition, by Mark Ciampa (ISBN 978-1337288781). This text is available as a paperback or e-book.

Software Fee: Students will have to pay a fee of $119 (estimated) for a one-year subscription to the Cengage online learning platform which allows students to complete virtual lab exercises.

What to Bring/Equipment: Students must bring a PC or Mac laptop to class each week. These should be no more than 3 years old. Chromebooks and tablets cannot be used. Students should also bring their laptop charger and a 6 foot extension cord to class each week.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Technology or Career Exploration for purposes of a high school transcript.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $799.00

Dissection Lab: Comparative Anatomy (Thur)

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 10, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

Students will investigate the comparative anatomy of a variety of organisms and organs through a semester-long dissection study. Students will complete dissections of organisms from a range of phyla, in order of increasing complexity of the organism. A preliminary list of dissections includes: a sponge, hydra, flatworms, clam, earth worm, starfish, grasshopper, crayfish, crab, squid, octopus, bony fish, and shark. Students will examine major systems in each such as digestion and respiration. Students will also investigate characteristics of major organ systems in higher order animals through the dissections of a heart, brain, kidney, eye, muscles/tendons, and intestines/stomach.

The class will cover lab safety, practice proper dissection techniques, and learn how to set up and maintain a lab journal with notes and drawings of cells, organs, and organisms. Students will also use microscopes to look at tissue samples throughout the semester. In order to accommodate student distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, all small organism and organ dissections will be done individually, not with a class partner. Dissections of larger, more complex organisms (such as shark), will be performed as an instructor-led, in-class demonstration.

The final list of organs and organisms may vary depending on availability. This class will not include the dissection of amphibians, reptiles, or mammals due to cost, class duration, and ethical and safety concerns. The instructor will provide links to recommended, online virtual dissections of these additional phyla. Note: This class was last taught in two quarters in Fall 2019, and much content will be repeated.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to read at grade level and have age/grade-level dexterity and fine motor skills for the detailed instrument work in this class.

Topics in this Series: Comparative Anatomy Dissection Lab (Semester 1) and CSI Forensic Science Lab (Semester 2).

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0.5 -– 1.0 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: Students will be given pre-lab work each week that must be completed before they will be allowed to begin the week's dissection.

Lab/Supply Fee: A lab fee of $110 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $345.00

Dissection Lab: Comparative Anatomy (Wed)

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

Students will investigate the comparative anatomy of a variety of organisms and organs through a semester-long dissection study. Students will complete dissections of organisms from a range of phyla, in order of increasing complexity of the organism. A preliminary list of dissections includes: a sponge, hydra, flatworms, clam, earth worm, starfish, grasshopper, crayfish, crab, squid, octopus, bony fish, and shark. Students will examine major systems in each such as digestion and respiration. Students will also investigate characteristics of major organ systems in higher order animals through the dissections of a heart, brain, kidney, eye, muscles/tendons, and intestines/stomach.

The class will cover lab safety, practice proper dissection techniques, and learn how to set up and maintain a lab journal with notes and drawings of cells, organs, and organisms. Students will also use microscopes to look at tissue samples throughout the semester. In order to accommodate student distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, all small organism and organ dissections will be done individually, not with a class partner. Dissections of larger, more complex organisms (such as shark), will be performed as an instructor-led, in-class demonstration.

The final list of organs and organisms may vary depending on availability. This class will not include the dissection of amphibians, reptiles, or mammals due to cost, class duration, and ethical and safety concerns. The instructor will provide links to recommended, online virtual dissections of these additional phyla. Note: This class was last taught in two quarters in Fall 2019, and much content will be repeated.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to read at grade level and have age/grade-level dexterity and fine motor skills for the detailed instrument work in this class.

Topics in this Series: Comparative Anatomy Dissection Lab (Semester 1) and CSI Forensic Science Lab (Semester 2).

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0.5 -– 1.0 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: Students will be given pre-lab work each week that must be completed before they will be allowed to begin the week's dissection.

Lab/Supply Fee: A lab fee of $110 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $345.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Prehistoric Series- Ice Age Survival (2.6 million years ago -– 4000 BCE)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Brrrr, it's cold! Travel back to the Ice Age, a world filled with wilderness and wonder that began 2.6 million years ago. Learn about early man and the animals that were among the megafauna of the Pleistocene era through an Ice Age Safari, in which students will hunt Mammoths and other prehistoric beasts using their own miniature hunters simulating authentic prehistoric cooperative hunting tactics that allowed our ancestors to take down mighty mammoths with pointy sticks and rocks! Students will also make a miniature prehistoric human settlement complete with primitive huts, mega-fauna, people, and Ice Age animals, and play competitive games to hunt and gather food and grow their tribe. Over the course of the class, students should be able to explain the lifestyle of early man and the adaptations of the animals he lived with and the environment that necessitated them.

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landforms, waterways, plant life, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a history-based survival strategy game. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include Prehistoric Seas Survival (1st quarter), A Jurassic Survival Challenge (2nd quarter), Ice Age Survival (3rd quarter), and Sumerian Settlement (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Prehistoric Series- Jurassic Survival Challenge (MON)

Quarter 2: Starts on November 2, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Students will learn about the Mesozoic flora and fauna of the prehistoric world and be introduced to the ideas of plate tectonics, species variation, and the evolution of plants. This knowledge will be applied through several games in which the students will learn the characteristics of the various dinosaurs and other creatures that lived with them and how to cooperate in a group. In "Saurian Safari", students get to simulate a cooperative hunt through a Mesozoic game park using miniature figures of their own, and in "Try-To-Survive-Asaurus," students will try to survive in the harsh and changing environment of the dinosaurs while playing as their very own dinosaur with the options of cooperating with or eating their fellow classmates. Over the course of the class, students should be able to explain the differences in the types of dinosaurs and plants found during the period, be it Cretaceous, Jurassic, or Triassic and how these differences are reflected in their very own swamp, forest, or scrub terrain type boards.

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landforms, waterways, plant life, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a pre-history-based survival strategy game. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include Prehistoric Seas Survival (1st quarter), A Jurassic Survival Challenge (2nd quarter), Ice Age Survival (3rd quarter), and Sumerian Settlement (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $121.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Prehistoric Series- Jurassic Survival Challenge (WED)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Students will learn about the Mesozoic flora and fauna of the prehistoric world and be introduced to the ideas of plate tectonics, species variation, and the evolution of plants. This knowledge will be applied through several games in which the students will learn the characteristics of the various dinosaurs and other creatures that lived with them and how to cooperate in a group. In "Saurian Safari", students get to simulate a cooperative hunt through a Mesozoic game park using miniature figures of their own, and in "Try-To-Survive-Asaurus," students will try to survive in the harsh and changing environment of the dinosaurs while playing as their very own dinosaur with the options of cooperating with or eating their fellow classmates. Over the course of the class, students should be able to explain the differences in the types of dinosaurs and plants found during the period, be it Cretaceous, Jurassic, or Triassic and how these differences are reflected in their very own swamp, forest, or scrub terrain type boards.

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landforms, waterways, plant life, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a pre-history-based survival strategy game. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include Prehistoric Seas Survival (1st quarter), A Jurassic Survival Challenge (2nd quarter), Ice Age Survival (3rd quarter), and Sumerian Settlement (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Prehistoric Series- Sumerian Settlement (4000 BCE)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Travel back to the ancient Middle East and learn about the very first civilizations ever to exist! Discover the first major cities of Ur and Uruk, the first written language in Cuneiform, and the first story every written, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Each student will create an individual diorama of an ancient Sumerian city and play a cooperative survival strategy game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and politics of the time.

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a history-based survival strategy game. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include Prehistoric Seas Survival (1st quarter), A Jurassic Survival Challenge (2nd quarter), Ice Age Survival (3rd quarter), and Sumerian Settlement (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Virginia History- The Battle of Yorktown (Rev. War) (WED)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Before the founding of the America, there were thirteen original British colonies, and Virginia was the oldest, as well as one of the largest and most influential. Often called "The Birthplace of Presidents," Virginia gave us many of the country's Founding Fathers, like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and James Madison. It was in Virginia, at Yorktown, that the American War of Independence would come to an end, and Virginians would be present at most major battles of the Revolution. Students will create a diorama board of a famous Revolutionary battle relevant to Virginia, choosing from the battle of the Great Bridge at Norfolk, the Battle of Vincennes with the Virginia militia in Indiana, or the Battle of Yorktown.

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a history-based strategy game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and politics of the time. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include Virginia History: Jamestown and the Powhatan Confederacy, 1607 (1st quarter), The American War of Independence (2nd quarter), The War of 1812 (3rd quarter), and The Civil War 1861-1865 (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Virginia History- The Battle of Yorktown (Rev. War) *ONLINE ONLY* (TUE)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Before the founding of the America, there were thirteen original British colonies, and Virginia was the oldest, as well as one of the largest and most influential. Often called "The Birthplace of Presidents," Virginia gave us many of the country's Founding Fathers, like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and James Madison. It was in Virginia, at Yorktown, that the American War of Independence would come to an end, and Virginians would be present at most major battles of the Revolution. Students will create a diorama board of a famous Revolutionary battle relevant to Virginia, choosing from the battle of the Great Bridge at Norfolk, the Battle of Vincennes with the Virginia militia in Indiana, or the Battle of Yorktown.

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a history-based strategy game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and politics of the time. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to build at home. The class will be conducted virtually over Zoom. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor through Venmo or PayPal. Online students will need to pick up a kit of materials at Compass before the start of class. Topics in this year's series include Virginia History: Jamestown and the Powhatan Confederacy, 1607 (1st quarter), The American War of Independence (2nd quarter), The War of 1812 (3rd quarter), and The Civil War 1861-1865 (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Virginia History- The Civil War, 1861-1865

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

There is Civil War history in every corner of Virginia! The Commonwealth saw fighting from the earliest days of the Civil War to its end at Appomattox Courthouse, following the Confederacy's loss of its capital in Richmond. Battles in Virginia took place in every type of setting, from the fields of Manassas to the mountains of the Shenandoah; and from the first ironclad battles around Hampton Roads to intense sieges never before seen around Petersburg. At the conclusion of the quarter, each student will understand Virginia's significance to the Civil War as a whole, why Richmond was chosen as the capital of the Confederacy, how battles were fought at the start of the Civil War, and what changed by the end of the war.

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a history-based strategy game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and politics of the time. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include Virginia History: Jamestown and the Powhatan Confederacy, 1607 (1st quarter), The American War of Independence (2nd quarter), The War of 1812 (3rd quarter), and The Civil War 1861-1865 (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Virginia History- The War of 1812

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

After the American war of Independence, the young nation of the United States struggled to gain its footing internationally, especially in the eyes of its former colonial masters, Great Britain. The class will discuss the lead-up to the War of 1812, from the perspectives of the young American nation and the British Empire, how America's first political parties opposed or supported the war, and the national consequences that would result. Once the diorama boards are completed, students will re-enact battles like the burning of Washington.

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a history-based strategy game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and politics of the time. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include Virginia History: Jamestown and the Powhatan Confederacy, 1607 (1st quarter), The American War of Independence (2nd quarter), The War of 1812 (3rd quarter), and The Civil War 1861-1865 (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Eco Scientist: Africa & Asia

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Become a world-travelling eco adventurer and earth scientist without leaving Compass! Study the world's most exciting and diverse ecosystems and learn about the incredible biologic and geologic phenomena that shape them. Venture into caves and coasts, tundra and taiga, and forests and fjords. Each week student scientists will begin by locating the fascinating features on a map before learning about these incredible habitats from the ground-up, starting with the geology of a place, then working their way through the climate, biome, flora, and fauna. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce regional and ecological diversity by examining rock types, classifying plants, observing insects, or modelling weather phenomena. Throughout their journey to fascinating ecosystems, explorers will keep a science log to document their discoveries. Finally, students will link their studies to current events in these regions.

This quarter s journey begins at the highest point on earth Mt. Everest. We'll journey through Asia and India and see how these land masses have changed over geologic time. Why are there elephants in India and Africa, but not in the Middle Eastern lands that connect them? We'll follow the elephant s trail through time and explore the African continent and the world s largest rift valleys where the earth is literally tearing apart!

Topics in this Series: The Americas and Antarctica (Quarter 1); Northern Latitudes (Quarter 2); Africa & Asia (Quarter 3); and All About Islands (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Eco Scientist: All About Islands

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Become a world-travelling eco adventurer and earth scientist without leaving Compass! Study the world's most exciting and diverse ecosystems and learn about the incredible biologic and geologic phenomena that shape them. Venture into caves and coasts, tundra and taiga, and forests and fjords. Each week student scientists will begin by locating the fascinating features on a map before learning about these incredible habitats from the ground-up, starting with the geology of a place, then working their way through the climate, biome, flora, and fauna. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce regional and ecological diversity by examining rock types, classifying plants, observing insects, or modelling weather phenomena. Throughout their journey to fascinating ecosystems, explorers will keep a science log to document their discoveries. Finally, students will link their studies to current events in these regions.

This quarter's expedition takes us to Iceland, the Galapagos, Hawaii, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean and South Pacific island regions. We ll learn about the ecological theory of island biogeography which describes the different patterns of species colonization and evolution observed on islands. No study of islands would be complete without understanding the geologic forces that make many of them volcanoes! We'll look at where volcanoes are located throughout the world including some right here in the United States that we might forget about!

Topics in this Series: The Americas and Antarctica (Quarter 1); Northern Latitudes (Quarter 2); Africa & Asia (Quarter 3); and All About Islands (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Eco Scientist: Northern Latitudes

Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Become a world-travelling eco adventurer and earth scientist without leaving Compass! Study the world's most exciting and diverse ecosystems and learn about the incredible biologic and geologic phenomena that shape them. Venture into caves and coasts, tundra and taiga, and forests and fjords. Each week student scientists will begin by locating the fascinating features on a map before learning about these incredible habitats from the ground-up, starting with the geology of a place, then working their way through the climate, biome, flora, and fauna. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce regional and ecological diversity by examining rock types, classifying plants, observing insects, or modelling weather phenomena. Throughout their journey to fascinating ecosystems, explorers will keep a science log to document their discoveries. Finally, students will link their studies to current events in these regions.

Bundle up! Second quarter, students will journey to the northern latitudes. We'll begin in the frozen north of the Arctic Circle, then travel south through Greenland, Russia, and Europe. We'll see how some animal and human populations deal with environmental extremes through seasonal migrations. Along the way we'll learn about cold weather phenomena, polar ice, tundra and taiga (coniferous forest) biomes, inland seas, and the seasonal effects of polar nights and midnight sun.

Topics in this Series: The Americas and Antarctica (Quarter 1); Northern Latitudes (Quarter 2); Africa & Asia (Quarter 3); and All About Islands (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Electronics Workshop: Build a Drone

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

Students will continue to learn about electronics in this practical, hands-on workshop! Electronics are fundamental to lots of things that kids want to build. In this class, students will fuse several engineering disciplines as they build, test, and fly their own drones! Student engineers will learn about basic circuitry and electronics as they assemble drone controls. They will solder and wire the drone motors and instrumentation. The class will learn about aeronautics including the forces of flight, aerodynamics of helicopters, and synchronization of propellers. Next, engineers will use real hand tools such as manual and motorized drivers to assemble their drone units. The student engineers will download and practice apps to launch, land, and pilot their drones. Each student will need a smart phone or tablet device with bluetooth connectivity for weeks 6, 7, and 8 to control their drone units. Students will learn about aviation rules governing the operation of drones. Finally, engineers will take their drones outdoors for test flights and a final Drone Rodeo challenge.

Topics in this Series: Circuit Basics (Quarter 1); Circuits + Programming (Quarter 2); Individual Arduino Projects (Quarter 3); and Build a Drone (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $70.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the drone kit, which they get to keep once built.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $176.00

Electronics Workshop: Circuits + Programming

Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

Learn all about electronics in this practical, hands-on workshop! Electronics are fundamental to lots of things that kids want to build such as automated toys, robots, and computers. Students will increase their understanding of electronics through work with the Arduino microcontroller and integration of Arduino sensors: motion sensors, temperature sensors, light sensors, humidity sensors, tilt sensors, and more, to build new electronic circuits using these inputs each week. The work with circuits and sensors will prepare students to build more advanced projects later in the year.

Topics in this Series: Circuit Basics (Quarter 1); Circuits + Programming (Quarter 2); Individual Arduino Projects (Quarter 3); and Build a Drone (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $65.00 for NEW students is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for an electronics kit, soldering iron, and take-home materials. A class fee of $20.00 for RETURNING students for additional sensors and components.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $158.00

Electronics Workshop: Individual Arduino Projects

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

Students will continue to learn about electronics in this practical, hands-on workshop! Electronics are fundamental to lots of things that kids want to build such as automated toys, robots, and computers. In this electronics lab, students will design, build, and test an individual project powered by an Arduino microprocessor. Will it be a robot, a rover, a game, or something never-before-seen? Students will use their prior knowledge of electronic circuits, the Arduino microprocessor, and motion, temperature, light, humidity, and tilt sensors. They will add new components such as motors and shields combined with mechanical construction.

Topics in this Series: Circuit Basics (Quarter 1); Circuits + Programming (Quarter 2); Individual Arduino Projects (Quarter 3); and Build a Drone (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $65.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for new and returning student for an Arduino processor and robotics kit and take-home materials.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $176.00

Energy Economics: Strategy & Sim. Role-Playing Game (RPG)- The Industrial Revolution

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 14, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

This class will study and simulate the revolution that built the modern world, from coal to oil!

For thousands of years, the most advanced feats of human engineering came about through brute labor of men and beasts. Armies, soldiers, and slaves built roads and temples, and cargo was transported on waterways or pulled on animal-drawn carts. Once humanity began the widespread use of mechanical engines, it kick-started a massive leap in technology and progress. The limits were no longer set by biology, but by technology. This took people out of fields and into factories, producing goods at superhuman rates and raising the standard of living for humanity to unimaginable levels. This class will study the early Energy Economy, how modern nations exploited new technology and energy sources in the Industrial Revolution.

The class will use a custom Role-Playing Game to simulate a transitional industrial economy. Students will role play as either industry or energy tycoons and attempt to dominate the market and rule the supply and demand, while balancing the construction and maintenance of a class energy grid. Economic systems, infrastructure, labor organization, all must be precariously balanced to keep civilization out of literal darkness. Will they be Carnegies and Rockefellers, or will they run out of steam? To accomplish this, students will create a business plan and run balance sheets week-by-week to justify their strategies. These strategies will have to account for decisions like, how much fuel to acquire versus how much energy/goods to produce and sell in the in-class economy. We will track this in a class ledger, updated weekly and posted online. The students' bookkeeping will reveal profit or loss and guide their choices for the next week's game. Players will learn to change their strategies and tactics based on what everyone else is doing so their businesses remain profitable. Will they avoid bankruptcy or achieve a monopoly -– true to history?

Each student's business plan and bookkeeping ledger will be updated on class Google Drive and will be developed with feedback from the instructor. At the end of the semester, students will add a reflection about what they learned and what they would have done differently in their business plan with their new knowledge and game experience.

Students are encouraged, but not required, to take both semesters of this class. First semester will use a simple energy and business model, while second semester will be more technical including more energy options and considerations, resulting in more complex business plans and game strategies. During the second semester, students will learn about the different types of jobs found in the energy industry.

Topics in this Series: The Industrial Revolution (Semester 1), The Oil Economy and Beyond (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: None

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: Course documents including period plans, photographs and recreations will be made available through a class Google Drive link emailed to parents (and students who provide their email address), as well as a class reading list of articles/excerpts and YouTube playlist for any videos watched in class or assigned as homework.

Assessments: Informal assessments will be given at the instructor's discretion, but assignments will not be scored or graded. Each student's financial success in the game will be an indicator of their learning and participation for purposes of assigning a grade. Parents will also be given shared access to their student's business plan with instructor and ledger, with instructor comments at the conclusion of class.

Textbook/Materials: None

Lab/Supply Fee: None

What to Bring: Paper or notebook, pen or pencil

Credit: Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History, Economics, or Business for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $414.00

English: Advanced Literary Criticism & Composition- Overview of Literary Movements *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp, Melanie Kosar

Grade Range: 10th-11th

Prerequisites: None

Overview

Advanced Literary Criticism & Composition is a seminar-style course that introduces the high school student to a deeper investigation into literary movements and literary themes throughout the ages. Like art, literature is a writer's response to his world and a reflection of his society and contemporary culture. Literary genres evolved in response to significant events, prevailing philosophies, and impactful innovations and discoveries in the writer's lifetime. Literary movements create a timeline that reflects those influences. In this course, students will read and evaluate selections from a number of literary movements such as: Romanticism, Dark Romanticism, Gothic, Transcendentalism, Realism, Naturalism, Magical Realism, Stream of Consciousness, Expressionism, Harlem Renaissance, Modernism, Beat, etc., and make connections to significant effects of the period.

Advanced composition in this course will move beyond personal interpretation of the work ("What do I think?") and transition into two Schools of Literary Criticism: Biographical Criticism, which views literature through the personal world of the writer ("What did the writer think?"), and Historical/Societal Criticism which views literature through the society/times of the writer ("What was going on around the writer?")

Literature

First semester of Advanced Literary Criticism will include a chronological grouping of literature in "movements" and a study of how movements combine to create genre. Students will be assigned brief, weekly mini-research assignments on history, geography (if applicable), music and art of the period, politics, religion, philosophy, author biography, etc, to establish a foundation and background information on the literary movement. Students will discover how literature reflects the people, events, discoveries, and ideology of the time and how literary movements provide clues to the philosophical, scientific, and societal climate. The class will look at wars and conflict as a creative element that drives evolution in literary movements. The types of literature used to examine movements will span novels, short stories, poetry, letters, political writings, slave narratives and analytical essays. Examples of literature that will be read first semester include selections from the Odyssey (Homer), Arabian Nights, Don Quixote, Jonathan Swift and poetry by Shakespeare. The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term. In addition, students will be asked to read several selections over the summer.

Composition

First semester Composition will apply the Schools of Literary Criticism to craft essays that demonstrate and understanding of movements in the broader context of literature- across eras, across genre/form, across writers and across the world. Teens will write a series of short essays that use different "filters" or "lenses" to view literary genres. Students will develop skills in notetaking, adding research to their literary essays, and managing their writing portfolios. They will also perform parallel, independent research in literature to develop a presentation on a movement or era culminating a semester project.

Class Structure This course is part of a custom curriculum developed and team-taught by Anne Sharp and Melanie Kosar. The courses are designed in a sequential program that complements the developmental skills of the adolescent learner. It is a seminar-style approach that mirrors university literature and writing classes. Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

Topics in this Series: Overview of Literary Movements (Semester 1) and Survey of Themes in Literature (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level. Students should have had a prior course in literature to have established a firm foundation in basic literary elements and form.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class. In addition, students should complete the summer assignments consisting of the literature identified above and a hand-out of literary terminology to learn.

Assignments: will be posted on a Google Classroom.

Assessments: are portfolio-based. Students will create a digital portfolio that incorporates annotated reading lists, reflects individual interests and accomplishments and showcases a variety of writing. See the Compass memorandum for more information on assessments in Language Arts.

Textbook: Students should purchase or borrow the assigned literature. In some cases, specific editions will be identified with ISBN numbers so students can be on the "same page" (literally!)

What to Bring: Students should bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, current literature selection, and personal writing journal to both class meetings each week.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $681.00

English: Advanced Literary Criticism & Composition- Survey of Themes in Literature

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp, Melanie Kosar

Grade Range: 10th-11th

Prerequisites: None

Overview

Advanced Literary Criticism & Composition is a seminar-style course that introduces the high school student to a deeper investigation into literary movements and literary themes throughout the ages. Like art, literature is a writer's response to his world and a reflection of his society and contemporary culture. Literary genres evolved in response to significant events, prevailing philosophies, and impactful innovations and discoveries in the writer's lifetime. Literary movements create a timeline that reflects those influences. In this course, students will read and evaluate selections from a number of literary movements such as: Romanticism, Dark Romanticism, Gothic, Transcendentalism, Realism, Naturalism, Magical Realism, Stream of Consciousness, Expressionism, Harlem Renaissance, Modernism, Beat, etc., and make connections to significant effects of the period.

Advanced composition in this course will move beyond personal interpretation of the work ("What do I think?") and transition into two Schools of Literary Criticism: Biographical Criticism, which views literature through the personal world of the writer ("What did the writer think?"), and Historical/Societal Criticism which views literature through the society/times of the writer ("What was going on around the writer?")

Literature

Second semester of Advanced Literary Criticism will include a grouping of literature in "themes" and a study of how themes combine to create genre. Students will be assigned brief, weekly mini-research assignments on history, geography (if applicable), music and art of the period, politics, religion, philosophy, author biography, etc, to establish a foundation and background information on the literary movement. Students will discover how literature reflects the people, events, discoveries, and ideology of the time and how literary movements provide clues to the philosophical, scientific, and societal climate. The class will look at wars and conflict as a creative element that drives evolution in literary movements. The types of literature used to examine movements will span novels, short stories, poetry, letters, political writings, slave narratives and analytical essays. Examples of works that will be read second semester include complete texts or selections from Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, Shelley, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and more recent writers. Other selections include The Importance of Being Ernest (Oscar Wilde), The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald), and The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka). The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term.

Composition

Second semester Composition will continue to apply the Schools of Literary Criticism to craft essays that demonstrate and understanding of themes in the broader context of literature- across eras, across genre/form, across writers and across the world. Teens will write a series of short essays that use different "filters" or "lenses" to view literary genres. Students will develop skills in notetaking, adding research to their literary essays, and managing their writing portfolios. They will also perform parallel, independent research in literature to develop a presentation on a literary theme culminating a semester project.

Class Structure

This course is part of a custom curriculum developed and team-taught by Anne Sharp and Melanie Kosar. The courses are designed in a sequential program that complements the developmental skills of the adolescent learner. It is a seminar-style approach that mirrors university literature and writing classes. Mrs. Kosar will teach the literature components of the course on Wednesdays, and Mrs. Sharp will teach the writing portion of the class on Fridays.

Topics in this Series: Overview of Literary Movements (Semester 1) and Survey of Themes in Literature (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level. Students should have had a prior course in literature to have established a firm foundation in basic literary elements and form.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class. In addition, students should complete the summer assignments consisting of the literature identified above and a hand-out of literary terminology to learn.

Assignments: will be posted on a Google Classroom.

Assessments: are portfolio-based. Students will create a digital portfolio that incorporates annotated reading lists, reflects individual interests and accomplishments and showcases a variety of writing. See the Compass memorandum for more information on assessments in Language Arts.

Textbook: Students should purchase or borrow the assigned literature. In some cases, specific editions will be identified with ISBN numbers so students can be on the "same page" (literally!)

What to Bring: Students should bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, current literature selection, and personal writing journal to both class meetings each week.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $779.00

English: Introduction to Literary Analysis & Writing- Elements of Literature *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp, Melanie Kosar

Grade Range: 9th-10th

Prerequisites: None

Overview

The Introduction to Literary Analysis & Writing is a high school student's first look at the higher-level relationship between literature and personal writing. Literary analysis and critical writing move a teen from being merely a good reader- a middle school skill- to becoming a scholarly reader and diagnostic writer which are the foundations of high school and college level inquiry into all forms of written works.

In this seminar-style course, literature is not restricted to a particular genre or form, and writing is not limited to a common five-paragraph composition. Instead, literature is presented as a survey, sampling many different types of works, and composition is approached as the development of a student's personal responses to what he reads. During the first semester, students will examine the basic elements of literature, and second semester will evaluate forms and genres to create a "big picture" of the development of literature.

Literature

First semester Literary Analysis will focus on the basic elements of literature- character, setting, theme, plot, and conflict- and how they interact to create story. These building blocks exist across all forms of literature, so the class may evaluate the plot in an epic poem, a character in a classic play, or the setting in a short story. Some well-known literature will be used to introduce students to the various literary elements, and new works will be studied to demonstrate the best examples of a vivid fictional universe, a strong narrator, beloved (or feared) characters, and other literary components. Examples of some literature that students may read in this course are The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Sallinger), Nation (Terry Pratchett), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith), Journey to the Center of Earth (Jules Verne), Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), and a selection of short stories. The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term. In addition, students may be asked to read several selections over the summer.

Composition

First semester Writing will focus on personal response to literature, with the core being a personal writing journal. The students' journals will be a place to record what they think and feel about what they are reading. Students will learn to annotate, to cite passages from text, and to format. Notes made in the journals will be used to develop short, informal written pieces about the literature read in the course. Observations from the student's journal will also be used to collect supporting, textural evidence to support the reader's opinions which will be formulated into a thesis (personal position). Written assignments will include summaries, compare/contrast analyses, and parallel structure writings that focus on character, setting, plot, conflict, etc., to further underscore and assess student's understanding of the building blocks of literature. First semester will conclude with a culminating project on a sub-genre of the student's own choosing which will analyze works for character, plot, setting, and other literary elements studied.

Class Structure This course is part of a custom curriculum developed and team-taught by Anne Sharp and Melanie Kosar. The courses are designed in a sequential program that complements the developmental skills of the adolescent learner. It is a seminar-style approach that mirrors university literature and writing classes. Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

Topics in this Series: Elements of Literature (Semester 1) and Forms of Literature (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level, and it is recommended that students have had a middle school writing class.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class. In addition, students should complete the summer assignments consisting of the literature identified above and a hand-out of literary terminology to learn.

Assignments: will be posted on a Google Classroom.

Assessments: are portfolio-based. Students will create a digital portfolio that incorporates annotated reading lists, reflects individual interests and accomplishments and showcases a variety of writing. See the Compass memorandum for more information on assessments in Language Arts.

Textbook: Students should purchase or borrow the assigned literature. In some cases, specific editions will be identified with ISBN numbers so students can be on the "same page" (literally!)

What to Bring: Students should bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, current literature selection, and personal writing journal to both class meetings each week.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $681.00

English: Introduction to Literary Analysis & Writing- Forms of Literature

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp, Melanie Kosar

Grade Range: 9th-10th

Prerequisites: None

Overview

The Introduction to Literary Analysis & Writing is a high school student's first look at the higher-level relationship between literature and personal writing. Literary analysis and critical writing move a teen from being merely a good reader- a middle school skill- to becoming a scholarly reader and diagnostic writer which are the foundations of high school and college level inquiry into all forms of written works.

In this seminar-style course, literature is not restricted to a particular genre or form, and writing is not limited to a common five-paragraph composition. Instead, literature is presented as a survey, sampling many different types of works, and composition is approached as the development of a student's personal responses to what he reads. During the second semester, students will examine forms and genres to create a "big picture" of the development of literature.

Literature

Second semester Literary Analysis will focus on forms of literature- novels, short stories, essays, plays, poems, etc.- and the different ways they tell a story. Some well-known literature will be used to introduce students to the different forms. Some well-known literature will be used to introduce students to the various literary elements, and new works will be studied to demonstrate the best examples of a vivid fictional universe, a strong narrator, beloved (or feared) characters, and other literary components. Examples of some literature that students may read in this course are The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho), Journey to the Center of Earth (Jules Verne), Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr), Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson), and Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston). The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term.

Composition

Second semester writing will continue to incorporate the personal response to literature, through a personal writing journal. The students' journals will be a place to record what they think and feel about what they are reading. Students will learn to annotate, to cite passages from text, and to format. Notes made in the journals will be used to develop short, informal written pieces about the literature read in the course. Observations from the student's journal will also be used to collect supporting, textural evidence to support the reader's opinions which will be formulated into a thesis (personal position). Written assignments will include summaries, compare/contrast analyses, and parallel structure writings that focus on character, setting, plot, conflict, etc., to further underscore and assess student's understanding of the building blocks of literature. First semester will conclude with a culminating project on a subgenre of the student's own choosing which will analyze works for character, plot, setting, and other literary elements studied.

Class Structure

This course is part of a custom curriculum developed and team-taught by Anne Sharp and Melanie Kosar. The courses are designed in a sequential program that complements the developmental skills of the adolescent learner. It is a seminar-style approach that mirrors university literature and writing classes. Mrs. Kosar will teach the literature components of the course on Wednesdays, and Mrs. Sharp will teach the writing portion of the class on Fridays.

Topics in this Series: Elements of Literature (Semester 1) and Forms of Literature (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level, and it is recommended that students have had a middle school writing class.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class. In addition, students should complete the summer assignments consisting of the literature identified above and a hand-out of literary terminology to learn.

Assignments: will be posted on a Google Classroom.

Assessments: are portfolio-based. Students will create a digital portfolio that incorporates annotated reading lists, reflects individual interests and accomplishments and showcases a variety of writing. See the Compass memorandum for more information on assessments in Language Arts.

Textbook: Students should purchase or borrow the assigned literature. In some cases, specific editions will be identified with ISBN numbers so students can be on the "same page" (literally!)

What to Bring: Students should bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, current literature selection, and personal writing journal to both class meetings each week.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $779.00

English: Modern Narratives in Nonfiction Work *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp, Melanie Kosar

Grade Range: 11th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Overview

Modern Narratives in Nonfiction Work is a seminar-style course that focuses on the incorporation of style, voice, and tone in literature and in writing. Viewing literature as "published writing", students will examine the products and processes of other writers in order to understand and refine their own. Through the analysis of professional and student works, students will explore what makes truly great writing.

Literature

First semester of Modern Narratives in Nonfiction will examine the works of great essayists. A partial list of reading selections includes I am Malala (Malala Yousafzai), I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou), essays by Joan Didion and Ray Bradbury, speeches by Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, etc., Ted Talks, and an discussion of "real" versus "fake" news. In addition, the class will use style manuals and classic writing texts such as Strunk & White's The Elements of Style and William Zinsser's On Writing Well. The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term. In addition, students will be asked to read several selections over the summer. Students will be assigned brief, individual research assignments and take turns leading the class discussion on topics related to the featured author or event.

Composition

First semester Senior Composition, dovetailing with the college admissions season, will focus on "the personal essay", writing to prompts, writing with a deadline, and ruthless editing (a.k.a. "meeting a word count"). Going beyond the five-paragraph template that encourages "cookie cutter" essays, students will create a unique architecture embedded with personal style, voice, and narrative structure. In short, students will uncover not just who they are as individuals, but who they are as writers... and how to fuse these two identities into a creative, organized, clear, and elegant essay.

In the process, students will master their writing process and identify personal writing strengths. These strengths will be developed into a writing workshop that they will present to classmates and the Compass community. Portfolios (now a potential college resume addition) will be expanded to include essays, research papers, and extracurricular support (artwork, performances, PowerPoints, etc.).

Class Structure This course is part of a custom curriculum developed and team-taught by Anne Sharp and Melanie Kosar. The courses are designed in a sequential program that complements the developmental skills of the adolescent learner. It is a seminar-style approach that mirrors university literature and writing classes. Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

Topics in this Series: Modern Narratives in Nonfiction Works (Semester 1) and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize Writings (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class

Assignments: will be posted on a Google Classroom.

Assessments: are portfolio-based. Students will create a digital portfolio that incorporates annotated reading lists, reflects individual interests and accomplishments and showcases a variety of writing. See the Compass memorandum for more information on assessments in Language Arts.

Textbook: Students should purchase or borrow the assigned literature. In some cases, specific editions will be identified with ISBN numbers so students can be on the "same page" (literally!)

What to Bring: Students should bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, current literature selection, and personal writing journal to both class meetings each week.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $681.00

English: Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Non Fiction

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp, Melanie Kosar

Grade Range: 11th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Overview

Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Non Fiction is a seminar-style course that focuses on the incorporation of style, voice, and tone in literature and in writing. Viewing literature as "published writing", students will examine the products and processes of other writers in order to understand and refine their own. Through the analysis of professional and student works, students will explore what makes truly great writing.

Literature

Second semester will examine Nobel and Pulitzer-Prize winning non-fiction. Examples of some essays that may read in this course include Long Day's Journey Into Night (Eugene O'Neill), The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway), The Bluest Eyes (Toni Morrison) and other prize-winning poets and journalists. In addition, the class will use style manuals and classic writing texts such as Strunk & White's The Elements of Style and William Zinsser's On Writing Well. The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term. In addition, students will be asked to read several selections over the summer. Students will be assigned brief, individual research assignments and take turns leading the class discussion on topics related to the featured author or event.

Composition

Second semester Senior Composition will focus on criteria for the assessment of writing, the writing that fulfills that criteria, and how a writer can meet those expectations. Students will develop a variety of non-fiction writings that reflect communication in the "real world" such as writing boards, contests, ads/solicitations conveying criteria, awards, letters of acceptance and rejection, press releases, announcements, decisions. Finally, students will set their own writing goals called, Personal Writing Agendas (PWAs) and design the criteria for exploration of a genre such as poetry, personal narrative, op-ed, or articles. Going beyond the five-paragraph template that encourages "cookie cutter" essays, students will create a unique architecture embedded with personal style, voice, and narrative structure. In short, students will uncover not just who they are as individuals, but who they are as writers... and how to fuse these two identities into a creative, organized, clear, and elegant essay.

In the process, students will master their writing process and identify personal writing strengths. These strengths will be developed into a writing workshop that they will present to classmates and the Compass community. Portfolios (now a potential college resume addition) will be expanded to include essays, research papers, and extracurricular support (artwork, performances, PowerPoints, etc.).

Class Structure

This course is part of a custom curriculum developed and team-taught by Anne Sharp and Melanie Kosar. The courses are designed in a sequential program that complements the developmental skills of the adolescent learner. It is a seminar-style approach that mirrors university literature and writing classes. Mrs. Kosar will teach the literature components of the course on Wednesdays, and Mrs. Sharp will teach the writing portion of the class on Fridays.

Topics in this Series: Modern Narratives in Nonfiction Works (Semester 1) and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize Writings (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: will be posted on a Google Classroom.

Assessments: are portfolio-based. Students will create a digital portfolio that incorporates annotated reading lists, reflects individual interests and accomplishments and showcases a variety of writing. See the Compass memorandum for more information on assessments in Language Arts.

Textbook: Students should purchase or borrow the assigned literature. In some cases, specific editions will be identified with ISBN numbers so students can be on the "same page" (literally!)

What to Bring: Students should bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, current literature selection, and personal writing journal to both class meetings each week.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $779.00

French Foundations

Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Bonjour! French Foundations is an introductory class for middle school-aged students. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), adjectives, greetings, and simple phrases. Students will learn beginning grammatical constructions such as noun-verb agreement, noun-adjective agreement, adjective placement, and the rules of regular verb conjugation. Students will be encouraged to speak aloud and converse with classmates, but also to learn to sound out, spell, and read beginning, written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, grammar, and usage while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Students should be at grade level in their reading. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $148.00

French Foundations

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Bonjour! French Foundations is an introductory class for middle school-aged students. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), adjectives, greetings, and simple phrases. Students will learn beginning grammatical constructions such as noun-verb agreement, noun-adjective agreement, adjective placement, and the rules of regular verb conjugation. Students will be encouraged to speak aloud and converse with classmates, but also to learn to sound out, spell, and read beginning, written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, grammar, and usage while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Students should be at grade level in their reading. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $169.00

French Foundations

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Bonjour! French Foundations is an introductory class for middle school-aged students. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), adjectives, greetings, and simple phrases. Students will learn beginning grammatical constructions such as noun-verb agreement, noun-adjective agreement, adjective placement, and the rules of regular verb conjugation. Students will be encouraged to speak aloud and converse with classmates, but also to learn to sound out, spell, and read beginning, written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, grammar, and usage while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Students should be at grade level in their reading. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $169.00

French I (On-Level or Honors)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Bonjour and get ready for a full year of beginner level high school French! This is a conversation-focused program in which students will build their vocabulary quickly and learn essential grammar skills in French. Vocabulary will include the alphabet, numbers, time, dates, seasons, school, free time activities/hobbies, likes/dislikes, personal descriptions, family relationships, emotions, food/restaurants, places/locations in town, and shopping/clothing. There will be a strong emphasis on competency using regular and irregular present tense verbs and common grammar concepts such as articles, pronouns, adjectives, and comparative phrases.
Class will be conducted primarily in French and will focus on listening and speaking skills, asking and answering questions, and correct use of grammar. At home, students will be responsible for memorizing vocabulary and grammar, completing homework assignments, and watching both grammar instruction and language immersion videos.

Level: This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. French I offers a substantive, full-credit experience taught at either level. All class members share core material and participate in the same class activities, but honors students will be given homework that requires higher level reasoning and advanced application of various grammar skills. All students will register online for the same course. Students must indicate which level they want to study by the end of the first month of class.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 30-45 minutes per day, 4 days per week on homework outside of class.

Assignments: Are sent by e-mail to parents and students. Students must have access to a computer and internet service for computer-based videos and practice tools that are assigned as homework and are essential to success in the class.

Assessments: Quizzes, tests, and individual performance reviews will be given to all students at regular intervals to provide parents with sufficient feedback to assign a grade.

Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Bien Dit!: Student Edition Level 1 2013 (French Edition) (ISBN-13 978-0547871790)

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Foreign Language for purposes of a high school transcript.

Prerequisites: None

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $635.00

French with Friends

Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Salut! French with Friends is an introductory class for elementary aged beginner. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, etc), adjectives, beginning verbs, greetings, and simple phrases. Songs, games, stories, and hands-on activities will be used in class to review vocabulary and phrases. Emphasis will be on conversation, but students will be encouraged to learn to spell and sound out written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $148.00

French with Friends

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Salut! French with Friends is an introductory class for elementary aged beginner. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, etc), adjectives, beginning verbs, greetings, and simple phrases. Songs, games, stories, and hands-on activities will be used in class to review vocabulary and phrases. Emphasis will be on conversation, but students will be encouraged to learn to spell and sound out written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $169.00

French with Friends

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Salut! French with Friends is an introductory class for elementary aged beginner. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, etc), adjectives, beginning verbs, greetings, and simple phrases. Songs, games, stories, and hands-on activities will be used in class to review vocabulary and phrases. Emphasis will be on conversation, but students will be encouraged to learn to spell and sound out written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $169.00

Fundamentals of Drawing: All About Animals

Quarter 2: Starts on November 2, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Joe Granski

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will be introduced to drawing in a relaxed, informal setting, where they will learn the fundamentals of drawing along with the elements of art and principles of design.

Second quarter, teens will be doing basic, freehand sketching of a variety of animals. Take a tour of an artistic zoo with drawings representing mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects! Will you draw tigers or tortoises, groupers or grasshoppers? Middle school artists will learn to draw different types of lines, fading, shading, and blending using crosshatching and smudging. Through animal studies, artists will learn techniques with pencil to help them replicate different effects such as fur, feathers, and scales, along with proportion, dimension, and shading. Over the course, students should progress to draw more carefully and more accurately and to represent more refined details in their drawings. Toward the end of the quarter, students may also choose to add color to their drawings.

The instructor will demonstrate various techniques by developing a sample drawing. Students may elect to follow the class sample or may apply the drawing skills to an entirely unique drawing. This class is suitable for beginners who have never drawn before and for intermediate art students who have worked in other mediums and are interested in exploring drawing. Drawing can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

Topics in this Series: Marine Life (Quarter 1), Endangered Art (Quarter 2), TBD (Quarter 3), and TBD (Quarter 4).

Lab/Supply Fee: A new student class fee of $15.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for a sketchbook, a pencil box with pencils of varying hardness, and an eraser. Returning drawing students do not need to pay a supply fee and are expected to replace their drawing supplies as needed, with similar or better quality.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Fundamentals of Drawing: Endangered Art

Quarter 2: Starts on November 6, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Students will be introduced to drawing in a relaxed, informal setting, where they will learn the fundamentals of drawing along with the elements of art and principles of design.

Second quarter, teens will be doing basic, freehand sketching of some of the world's most endangered animals from photographs- from Black Rhinos to Bornean orangutans. Raise awareness of critically endangered species such as the Hawksbill Turtle, black footed ferret, blue whale, or giant pandas through art! Teen artists will learn to draw different types of lines, fading, shading, and blending using crosshatching and smudging. Through animal studies, artists will learn techniques with pencil to help them replicate different effects such as fur, feathers, scales, along with proportion, dimension, and shading. Over the course, students should progress to draw more carefully and more accurately and to represent more refined details in their drawings. Toward the end of the quarter, students may also choose to add color to their drawings.

The instructor will demonstrate various techniques by developing a sample drawing. Students may elect to follow the class sample or may apply the drawing skills to an entirely unique drawing. This class is suitable for beginners who have never drawn before and for intermediate art students who have worked in other mediums and are interested in exploring drawing. Drawing can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

Topics in this Series: Marine Life (Quarter 1), Endangered Art (Quarter 2), TBD (Quarter 3), and TBD (Quarter 4).

Workload: Work outside of class is optional for those who wish to practice their drawing techniques.

Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

Lab/Supply Fee: A new student class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a sketchbook, a pencil box with pencils of varying hardness, and an eraser. Returning drawing students do not need to pay a supply fee and are expected to replace their drawing supplies as needed, with similar or better quality.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $114.00

Fundamentals of Drawing: Fantasy Landscapes- Unity & Harmony

Quarter 4: Starts on March 26, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Luc Atangana

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Students will be introduced to drawing in a relaxed, informal workroom setting, where they will learn the fundamentals of drawing along with the elements of art and principles of design.

Fourth quarter, students will begin fantasy landscapes from their imagination including trees, rivers, mountains, moons, and perhaps a castle. Fantasy gives artists the freedom to draw steeper mountains, higher cliffs, and dramatic waterfalls, beyond what would be realistic. Principles of Design including unity, variety, movement, and harmony will guide the development of the fantasy landscapes. Elements of art taught in prior quarters including line, shape, texture, value, form, and composition, will be re-taught and refined. Over the course, students should progress to draw more carefully and more accurately and to represent more refined details in their drawings. Toward the end of the quarter, students may also choose to add color to their drawings. Students who enroll third quarter will be given some individual attention to learn concepts covered earlier quarters.

The instructor will demonstrate various techniques by developing a sample drawing. Students may elect to follow the class sample or may apply the drawing skills to an entirely unique drawing. This class is suitable for beginners who have never drawn before and for intermediate art students who have worked in other mediums and are interested in exploring drawing. Students who have two or more quarters of drawing with this instructor, may choose to draw with a digital stylus and iPad/laptop (owned and brought to class by the student), to create digital drawings. Drawing can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

Topics in this Series: Everyday Objects- Line, Shape & Texture (Quarter 1), Realistic Renderings- Value, Form & Composition (Quarter 2), The Built Environment- Space, Depth & Dimension (Quarter 3), and Fantasy Landscapes- Unity & Harmony (Quarter 4).

Workload: Work outside of class is optional for those who wish to practice their drawing techniques.

Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a sketchbook, a pencil box with pencils of varying hardness, and an eraser. Returning drawing students do not need to pay a supply fee and are expected to replace their drawing supplies as needed, with similar or better quality.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $137.00

Fundamentals of Drawing: The Built Environment- Space, Depth & Dimension

Quarter 3: Starts on January 15, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Luc Atangana

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Students will be introduced to drawing in a relaxed, informal workroom setting, where they will learn the fundamentals of drawing along with the elements of art and principles of design.

Third quarter, students will begin drawing structures, then city streets, then cityscapes to learn one and two-point perspective techniques as well as use of space to create the illusion of depth. Principles of design, including symmetry, movement, and dominance, will guide development of compositions. Elements of art taught in prior quarters including line, shape, texture, value, form, and composition, will be re-taught and refined. Over the course, students should progress to draw more carefully and more accurately and to represent more refined details in their drawings. Toward the end of the quarter, students may also choose to add color to their drawings. Students who enroll third quarter will be given some individual attention to learn concepts covered earlier quarters.

The instructor will demonstrate various techniques by developing a sample drawing. Students may elect to follow the class sample or may apply the drawing skills to an entirely unique drawing. This class is suitable for beginners who have never drawn before and for intermediate art students who have worked in other mediums and are interested in exploring drawing. Students who have two or more quarters of drawing with this instructor, may choose to draw with a digital stylus and iPad/laptop (owned and brought to class by the student), to create digital drawings. Drawing can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

Topics in this Series: Everyday Objects- Line, Shape & Texture (Quarter 1), Realistic Renderings- Value, Form & Composition (Quarter 2), The Built Environment- Space, Depth & Dimension (Quarter 3), and Fantasy Landscapes- Unity & Harmony (Quarter 4).

Workload: Work outside of class is optional for those who wish to practice their drawing techniques.

Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a sketchbook, a pencil box with pencils of varying hardness, and an eraser. Returning drawing students do not need to pay a supply fee and are expected to replace their drawing supplies as needed, with similar or better quality.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $137.00

Geo Detective: Exploring Ecosystems

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Geo-Detectives discover the many mysteries of Earth Science. From large scale disasters that come from inside the planet to microscopic contaminants in the water and soil, Geo-Detectives look high and low to understand the forces, systems, and cycles that continue to shape the Earth, its climates and ecosystems. Geo-Detectives will explore concepts as diverse as fossils to fault lines, ozone to ocean trenches, and trade winds to tundra. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce geological phenomena such as examining fossils, classifying rocks, reading the seismographic charts, or modelling the water cycle.

Fourth quarter, students will focus on the biological components of the world's climate zones. We'll investigate how global weather patterns affect the formation of ecological communities of plants and animals in a region. Students will learn how the physical characteristics (temperature range, precipitation, light exposure, etc.) of a habitat determine the type of plants and animals that can colonize and survive in a region. We'll also learn about the amazing range of physical and behavioral adaptations organisms have evolved to flourish in various biomes.

Topics in this Series: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes
(Quarter 1); Wacky World Weather (Quarter 2); Sensational Cycles and Seasons (Quarter 3); and Exploring Ecosystems (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Geo Detective: Sensational Cycles and Seasons

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Geo-Detectives discover the many mysteries of Earth Science. From large scale disasters that come from inside the planet to microscopic contaminants in the water and soil, Geo-Detectives look high and low to understand the forces, systems, and cycles that continue to shape the Earth, its climates and ecosystems. Geo-Detectives will explore concepts as diverse as fossils to fault lines, ozone to ocean trenches, and trade winds to tundra. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce geological phenomena such as examining fossils, classifying rocks, reading the seismographic charts, or modelling the water cycle.

Third quarter, Geo Detectives will take a big picture perspective on the physical, chemical and biological processes that occur on our planet. We will learn about the rock cycle, water cycle, carbon and nitrogen cycling, primary productivity and the flow of energy through ecosystems.

Topics in this Series: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes
(Quarter 1); Wacky World Weather (Quarter 2); Sensational Cycles and Seasons (Quarter 3); and Exploring Ecosystems (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Geo Detective: Wacky World Weather

Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Geo-Detectives discover the many mysteries of Earth Science. From large scale disasters that come from inside the planet to microscopic contaminants in the water and soil, Geo-Detectives look high and low to understand the forces, systems, and cycles that continue to shape the Earth, its climates and ecosystems. Geo-Detectives will explore concepts as diverse as fossils to fault lines, ozone to ocean trenches, and trade winds to tundra. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce geological phenomena such as examining fossils, classifying rocks, reading the seismographic charts, or modelling the water cycle.

Second quarter, students will learn the physics behind air and water circulation, and how they combine to form wacky weather phenomena such as hurricanes, tornados, hail, fog, and even regular old rain showers. The class will see how air and water systems on earth govern global climate systems as well as local and regional weather patterns. Kids will learn how meteorologists and climatologists examine data from a variety of sources, such as ice cores, sediment cores, the fossil record, and historic records to trace large-scale changes in climate and sea level over geologic time.

Topics in this Series: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes
(Quarter 1); Wacky World Weather (Quarter 2); Sensational Cycles and Seasons (Quarter 3); and Exploring Ecosystems (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Geometry

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 8th-11th

Prerequisites: Algebra

This is a complete course in high school Geometry which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Students will learn deductive reasoning, and logic by completing geometric proofs. Topics in geometry include: lines, angles, congruence, concurrence, inequalities, parallel lines, quadrilaterals, transformations, area, similarity, right triangles, circles, regular polygons, and geometric solids. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem- solving.

Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation Algebra I in order to take this class.
Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work.
Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address in order to be set up as users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload.
Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by checking that weekly homework sets are complete and giving periodic take-home tests; class participation is also strongly encouraged. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for the purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.
Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding, 3rd edition (ISBN-10 0716743612, ISBN-13 978-0716743613) A calculator is not needed for this course.
Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Geometry for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1099.00

Graphic History: The American Revolution (through Graphic Novels)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Danielle Rhodes

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Was the Tea Party a party? What really happened on Revere’s fateful ride? Meet Alexander Hamilton on a new stage! In this class, students will learn about American History through Graphic Novels. Kids will not even realize they are learning as they are absorbing factual information through the intriguing, illustrated short-form novels.

Through colorful, dramatic graphics and an approachable conversational tone, graphic novels show kids that history can be thrilling! The first class will begin with a discussion about the graphic novel genre including vocabulary unique to the illustrations and format (panels, speech bubbles, etc.) by looking at many examples of graphic novels. Each week, students will read a different graphic novel at home organized around a cohesive historical theme. In each class, the novels and historical content will be discussed. Students will think they are talking about cool, comic-style books they have read, but the facilitated class discussion will weave in literary analysis and critical thinking skills.

Students are expected to pre-read one graphic novel per week and may read individually or enjoy read aloud with their families. These novels are generally considered a reading level for ages 8-12. Students should purchase or check-out from the library all titles that will be read for the class. Students are also welcome to download digital versions of the graphic novels on Kindles or tablets.

  • The Fight for Freedom 1750-1783 by Saddle Back Educational Publishing (ISBN 978-1599053578)
  • True Stories of the Revolutionary War by Elizabeth Raum (ISBN 978-1429693424)
  • Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale (ISBN 978-1419703966)
  • Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Lafayette! by Nathan Hale (ISBN 978-1419731488)
  • Sons of Liberty by Marshall Poe (ISBN 978-1416950677)
  • Alexander Hamilton: The Fighting Founding Father by Mark Shulman (ISBN 978-1684125432)
  • Topics in this series include: The American Revolution (Quarter 2); Westward Expansion (Quarter 3); The Civil War (Quarter 4). Next year, watch for Graphic History of the Age of Progress, 20th century, world wars, and civil rights.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $148.00

    Great Books for Girls Group

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Megan Reynolds

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Great Books for Girls offers preteen students the opportunity to read high quality literature and expand their understanding of what they read through book discussion and hands-on extension activities. Through facilitated class discussion, students will analyze plot, theme, characters, genre, and setting by citing specific examples from the story. In addition, students will complete a wide range of extension activities, such as acting out or illustrating favorite scenes, writing alternate endings or prequels, or researching specific aspects of the story. Students will be asked to read assigned chapters from their books at home, either as read-aloud, individual silent reading, or listening to the unabridged audiobook. Readers will be encouraged to take notes on key passages or questions. The first book of Quarter 2 will be "Hattie Big Sky" by Kirby Larson. A second, follow-up book will be voted on by the students each quarter from A Mighty Girl suggested titles, Newbery Medalists and Honor Books, and the Capitol Choices book lists.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $132.00

    Great Books for Girls Group

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Megan Reynolds

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Great Books for Girls offers preteen students the opportunity to read high quality literature and expand their understanding of what they read through book discussion and hands-on extension activities. Through facilitated class discussion, students will analyze plot, theme, characters, genre, and setting by citing specific examples from the story. In addition, students will complete a wide range of extension activities, such as acting out or illustrating favorite scenes, writing alternate endings or prequels, or researching specific aspects of the story. Students will be asked to read assigned chapters from their books at home, either as read-aloud, individual silent reading, or listening to the unabridged audiobook. Readers will be encouraged to take notes on key passages or questions. All books selected for 2020-21 will feature the theme, "XXXX." The first book of Quarter 3 will be coming soon by xxxxx. A second, follw-up book will be voted on by the students each quarter from A Mighty Girl suggested titles, Newbery Medalists and Honor Books, and the Capitol Choices book lists.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $150.00

    Great Books for Girls Group

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Megan Reynolds

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Great Books for Girls offers preteen students the opportunity to read high quality literature and expand their understanding of what they read through book discussion and hands-on extension activities. Through facilitated class discussion, students will analyze plot, theme, characters, genre, and setting by citing specific examples from the story. In addition, students will complete a wide range of extension activities, such as acting out or illustrating favorite scenes, writing alternate endings or prequels, or researching specific aspects of the story. Students will be asked to read assigned chapters from their books at home, either as read-aloud, individual silent reading, or listening to the unabridged audiobook. Readers will be encouraged to take notes on key passages or questions. All books selected for 2020-21 will feature the theme, "XXXX." The first book of Quarter 4 will be coming soon by xxxxx. A second, follw-up book will be voted on by the students each quarter from A Mighty Girl suggested titles, Newbery Medalists and Honor Books, and the Capitol Choices book lists.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $150.00

    History Investigators: Medieval Europe *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    History Investigators will examine formative periods in European History through guided inquiry and evidence-based analysis. These topics are posed as a series of thought-provoking questions that students will research, debate, discuss, and form opinions about. First semester will examine several big questions about Medieval Europe:

    -What was the authority of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages?

    -How did manorialism and feudalism come to dominate Medieval Europe?

    -What factors contributed to the spread of the Black Death in Medieval Europe?

    -What were the varying roles for women in Medieval Europe?

    History Investigators is an interactive, multi-disciplinary examination of some of most significant events and turning points in European history using sources from The DBQ Project. DBQs, or document- based questions, are derived from AP History exams and help develop high school level critical thinking skills. Students will review an array of primary sources such as letters, journal entries, inventories, ship's manifestos, newspaper articles, period maps, and court documents along with selected secondary sources like excerpts, charts, and graphs. Students will be guided through analyzing the documents, interpreting the data, drawing inferences, and forming conclusions. In some historical scenarios, the class will consider conflicting perspectives and be able to defend and debate multiple sides of a key issue. To demonstrate comprehension and a deeper understanding of the class themes, students will use factual findings to develop structured, evidence-based essays.

    Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

    Topics in this Series: Medieval Europe (Semester 1) and Renaissance and Reformation (Semester 2). Students may register for either or both semesters independently. Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester. Students may register for either or both semesters independently. Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: All assignments will posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates.

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for completed homework, projects, quizzes, and tests. A letter grade will not be assigned, but parents can use total points earned versus total points offered to assign a grade for purposes of a homeschool transcript. Parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site.

    Textbook: None.

    Lab/Supply Fee: The cost of class copies is included in the course fee.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in American History for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $288.00

    History Investigators: The Renaissance and Reformation

    Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 15, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    History Investigators will examine formative periods in European History through guided inquiry and evidence-based analysis. These topics are posed as a series of thought-provoking questions that students will research, debate, discuss, and form opinions about. Second semester will examine several big questions surrounding the Renaissance and Reformation:

    - Is the Renaissance a mischaracterization of an age?

    -How did the Renaissance change man's view of man?

    -How did the Northern Renaissance differ from the Italian Renaissance?

    -Between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who was the more representative example of a Renaissance man?

    -How did the Protestant Reformation change Christianity?

    -What were Martin Luther's arguments against the Catholic Church?

    -How did the Catholic Church respond to the Reformation?

    History Investigators is an interactive, multi-disciplinary examination of some of most significant events and turning points in European history using sources from The DBQ Project. DBQs, or document- based questions, are derived from AP History exams and help develop high school level critical thinking skills. Students will review an array of primary sources such as letters, journal entries, inventories, ship's manifestos, newspaper articles, period maps, and court documents along with selected secondary sources like excerpts, charts, and graphs. Students will be guided through analyzing the documents, interpreting the data, drawing inferences, and forming conclusions. In some historical scenarios, the class will consider conflicting perspectives and be able to defend and debate multiple sides of a key issue. To demonstrate comprehension and a deeper understanding of the class themes, students will use factual findings to develop structured, evidence-based essays.

    Topics in this Series: Medieval Europe (Semester 1) and Renaissance and Reformation (Semester 2). Students may register for either or both semesters independently. Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester. Students may register for either or both semesters independently. Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: All assignments will posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates.

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for completed homework, projects, quizzes, and tests. A letter grade will not be assigned, but parents can use total points earned versus total points offered to assign a grade for purposes of a homeschool transcript. Parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site.

    Textbook: None.

    Lab/Supply Fee: The cost of class copies is included in the course fee.

    Non-Meeting Days: In addition to the scheduled days-off on the published Compass schedule, this class does not meet on March 12.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in American History for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $308.00

    Integrated Middle School Science

    Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 9, 2020

    Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Donna Shackelford

    Grade Range: 8th-9th

    Prerequisites:

    This year-long, lab-based course is a survey of key concepts in the fields of physical science, Earth science, and life science which will give students the foundational knowledge to succeed in high school level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. Each class period will involve approximately 25 minutes of lecture and 60 minutes of lab time.

    Weekly lab work will allow students to apply the scientific concepts studied, improve laboratory techniques, record observations, take a variety of measurements, use different lab equipment, record and interpret data, convert units of measure, and write lab reports. An effort is made to incorporate recent scientific discoveries and new technologies in class discussions. The background covered in this course will enable a teen to become an educated reader of scientific news and a more knowledgeable consumer.

    The life science topics in this class are designed to give the student general knowledge in biology, zoology, botany, genetics and ecology. General themes in the class include life cycles, food webs, and an understanding that living things depend on each other. Microscope work will be used in life science labs. Students may want to dual register with this course and the fall Dissection Lab classes for a more robust introduction to biology and for further lab experience. The physical science portion of the class will overview fundamentals of chemistry and physics such as the properties and classification of matter, the Periodic Table, basic chemical reactions, energy, forces, work, motion, simple and compound machines, waves, light, sound, and electricity. Earth science concepts include the water cycle, weather patterns, climates, and water/air quality.

    This class is appropriate for a tween or teen who had limited middle school level science and who expects to pursue high school level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, or Environmental Science on a college-preparatory track. This class is also appropriate for a homeschooled teen who will likely pursue an arts- or vocational- focused path and for whom an overview of high school science concepts is sufficient.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: will be given in class and repeated in the weekly e-mail to parents and students. In addition, students will have some take-home labs to complete observations and measurements longer term at home.

    Assessments: The instructor will provide a quarterly student evaluation form which includes metrics on a student's class participation, homework, and general understanding of concepts for the parent's use in assigning a grade.

    Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Miller & Levine Biology, 2010 edition (red macaw cover, ISBN # 978-0133669510). Students should also purchase Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide by Workman Publishing (ISBN # 978-0761160953)

    Lab/Supply Fee: A lab fee of $125.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in general science for purposes of a homeschool transcript.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1075.00

    Intro to Economics: Choices, Decisions, People & Policy *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

    Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. John Kornacki

    Grade Range: 10th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Where does the money come from for stimulus checks or a tax cut? How is a debt different than a deficit? These topics can be understood with a practical, everyday, concept-based approach to Economics. This course in applied economics spans key themes in micro-economics and macro-economics in a tangible, approachable way using cases and real examples from the community around us and avoids the traditional math-heavy, dull, and difficult study of the field.

    Economics is all about choosing and then deciding. It involves the study of how and why these choices and decisions are made and then determining their outcomes for a person, a firm, or even a nation. Sometimes the study of economics is referred to as the study of the political economy because it involves public decisions. For this course, we start off with smaller units first--often called micro-economics--and stress practical or applied concepts. Later on, the course will examine the larger-scale implications for using the tools of economics to better understand public policy formation and to explore case studies on such issues as alleviating poverty, addressing climate change, and protecting public health.

    In his classic text Economics, Paul Samuelson of MIT says economics is the study of how people choose and use limited resources having alternative uses. The material in this class incorporates his traditional often called neoclassical approach as well as the ideas from the so-called free-market Austrian-School economists like Henry Hazlitt and Milton Friedman. The course connects these concepts through the approachable books, Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? A Fast, Clear, and Fun Explanation of the Economics You Need For Success in Your Career, Business, and Investments and Economics in One Lesson

    In short, this course aims to build a better understanding of a teen’s personal stake in using the concepts and tools of economics in daily life as well as offering a way to visualize how they are used to create the public policies. The course starts small and moves to larger subjects over time. It offers students a chance to explore ideas, evaluate case studies, discuss them in class, and then write about them. The course encourages the development of critical thinking skills using the basic terms and concepts of applied microeconomics.

    Note: Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction later in the year as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

    Prerequisites: None

    LevelsThe course provides a substantive, full-credit experience in either an Honors or On-Level track. All students complete the same assignments for Semester 1. Near the end of Semester 1, students may decide to differentiate their workload and continue On-Level or at an Honors level for Semester 2. Honors students will have more in-depth assignments with longer and additional readings, more practice of synthesis and analysis, and additional writing. Both tiers offer a sunstantial, full-credit experience. Students register online for the same course.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class on homework.

    Assignments: Assignments will consist of readings, worksheets, individual and group projects. All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates.

    Assessments: Points will be awarded for the competition of assignments, quizzes, and projects, and parents can assign a grade based on the number of points earned as compared to the number of points available.

    Textbook/Materials: A class bundle consisting of two books and a packet of photocopied articles will be provided. Additional readings, if selected, will be identified by August 15.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $38.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as full credit in Economics for purposes of a high school transcript.

    AP Exam Option: Students who take this course at the Honors level Semester 2 will have covered a substantial portion of the preparation for the AP exam in Microeconomics. The instructor will create a list of additional topics and analyses needed for any student who wishes to concurrently and independently study for the AP exam. Students who wish to take the AP exam must register and pay for on their own exam through the College Board in fall 2020 for the May 2021 exam.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $780.00

    Introduction to Philosophy: Minds and Knowledge

    Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 15, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    How can we be sure we are not a character in someone else's videogame? How can a brain know itself? What kinds of things can be known? This course introduces the basics of epistemology and philosophy of mind though a discussion of Bart Simpson's actions, movies such as The Matrix, and Asimov's robot stories. Through relevant pop culture references and modern examples, students will become familiar with some theories of Plato, Descartes, and Heidegger.

    Topics in this Series: Morals and Ethics (Semester 1), Minds and Knowledge (Semester 2), etc. Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at or above grade level and be able to participate in thoughtful class discussion.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-3 hours per week outside of class, depending on speed of reading.

    Assignments: Students will be assigned weekly pre-reading consisting of a chapter or article, which will be discussed in the next class. Students will have two papers or projects during the semester. All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates.

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for class participation (50%), projects/papers (40%), and written journal responses to pre-readings (10%).

    Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase two books: (1) Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence, Second Edition by Susan Schneider (Print ISBN# 978-1118922613, Online ISBN:9781118922590) and (2) The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer, by William Irwin, Mark T Conard, Aeon J Skoble (ISBN#978-0812694338).

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Humanities for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $372.00

    Introduction to Philosophy: Morals and Ethics *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    What does it mean to be a good person? What does it mean to be happy? Can a machine be moral? Philosophy is the study of life's big questions related to existence, knowledge, value, reason, and the mind. Through pre-readings, short response papers, and class discussions, the class will explore the themes of morals and ethics using approachable, well-known characters from the Simpsons and Isaac Asimov's short stories. These discussions will provide an introduction to some of the ideas from Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics, Nietzsche's various writings, and Kant's categorical imperative.

    Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

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    Topics in this Series: Morals and Ethics (Semester 1), Minds and Knowledge (Semester 2), etc. Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at or above grade level and be able to participate in thoughtful class discussion.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-3 hours per week outside of class, depending on speed of reading.

    Assignments: Students will be assigned weekly pre-reading consisting of a chapter or article, which will be discussed in the next class. Students will have two papers or projects during the semester. All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates.

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for class participation (50%), projects/papers (40%), and written journal responses to pre-readings (10%).

    Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase two books: (1) Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence, Second Edition by Susan Schneider (Print ISBN# 978-1118922613, Online ISBN:9781118922590) and (2) The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer, by William Irwin, Mark T Conard, Aeon J Skoble (ISBN#978-0812694338).

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Humanities for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $326.00

    Inventors' Lab: Going Green (11AM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Donna Shackelford

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    A fuzzy warm fleece jacket (made from recycled milk bottles); forgiving playground mulch (made from shredded tires). A new jigsaw puzzle (made from recycled paperboard). Kids use products every day that have been made from recycled materials! Inventing with all new materials is relatively easy, but also somewhat wasteful. Can our junior inventors create a new product using recycled or re-purposed materials? Can we solve a problem with a new invention while also reducing the waste materials sent to landfills?

    In this class, students will practice creative thinking and be coached through the steps of the invention process. Students will be encouraged to identify a need by noticing a problem or inconvenience and thinking about ways to solve it. They will engage in hands-on, in-class activities to encourage imagination and effective brainstorming- the spontaneous, creative thinking where all ideas are considered. Recognizing that many great inventions are twists or remakes on existing goods or inspired by others ideas, kids will learn to apply the SCAMPER technique to the problems they identify: Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Minify, Magnify, Put to new use, Eliminate, and Reverse/Rearrange.

    Students will practice inventive thinking with a class problem and class invention in order to get them comfortable with working on their own inventions. They will learn to consider alternatives and pros and cons of a new idea and narrow down possible solutions. Students will be asked to keep an Inventor s Log (journal) to track all aspects of their inventing process. They will name their invention, sketch it, and build a prototype (model) of the invention.

    This class will use a curriculum called, "Invent it, Build it! Invention- Making the World a Better Place". In class, the instructor will provide basic prototyping materials such as cardboard, tape, straws, wooden sticks, scissors, glue, and paper. If a student's model-building needs require other materials, his/her family made need to send recycled materials from home.

    During winter and spring, themes for this age group will include Flight Academy: Aviation Challenge (third quarter) and Flight Academy: Aerospace Race (fourth quarter.)

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

    Inventors' Lab: Going Green (1PM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Donna Shackelford

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites:

    A fuzzy warm fleece jacket (made from recycled milk bottles); forgiving playground mulch (made from shredded tires). A new jigsaw puzzle (made from recycled paperboard). Kids use products every day that have been made from recycled materials! Inventing with all new materials is relatively easy, but also somewhat wasteful. Can our junior inventors create a new product using recycled or re-purposed materials? Can we solve a problem with a new invention while also reducing the waste materials sent to landfills?

    In this class, students will practice creative thinking and be coached through the steps of the invention process. Students will be encouraged to identify a need by noticing a problem or inconvenience and thinking about ways to solve it. They will engage in hands-on, in-class activities to encourage imagination and effective brainstorming- the spontaneous, creative thinking where all ideas are considered. Recognizing that many great inventions are twists or remakes on existing goods or inspired by others ideas, kids will learn to apply the SCAMPER technique to the problems they identify: Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Minify, Magnify, Put to new use, Eliminate, and Reverse/Rearrange.

    Students will practice inventive thinking with a class problem and class invention in order to get them comfortable with working on their own inventions. They will learn to consider alternatives and pros and cons of a new idea and narrow down possible solutions. Students will be asked to keep an Inventor s Log (journal) to track all aspects of their inventing process. They will name their invention, sketch it, and build a prototype (model) of the invention.

    This class will use a curriculum called, "Invent it, Build it! Invention- Making the World a Better Place". In class, the instructor will provide basic prototyping materials such as cardboard, tape, straws, wooden sticks, scissors, glue, and paper. If a student's model-building needs require other materials, his/her family made need to send recycled materials from home.

    During winter and spring, themes for this age group will include Flight Academy: Aviation Challenge (third quarter) and Flight Academy: Aerospace Race (fourth quarter.)

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

    Investigative Archaeology- Field Methods

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 14, 2020

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

    Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: See course description regarding 8th grade enrollment

    Archaeology is the field of study that unlocks the clues to past civilizations. Forensic archaeology applies these methods to solve puzzles. In this class, students will use physical evidence to try to understand or re-create what happened to an individual through life, death, and burial or to an object though its creation, use, and after it was lost, buried, or discarded. Students will practice field archaeological techniques such as surveys, excavation, and mapping, as well as documentation, analysis, and illustration of human material culture. This archaeological lab will be guided by a scholar of art and antiquity. Dr. Erica Hughes has traveled and participated in archaeological explorations throughout the ancient world. Students will "dig" her personal photos and stories. Class discussions, group activities, and individual hands-on experiences are designed to help teens understand the creation, recovery, and conservation of artifacts and remains.

    First semester, students will learn the field component of investigative archaeology. The class will first learn to plan their trench on grid paper and then practice actual excavation techniques in a field square. Students will learn to use the baulk trimming method in addition to using a total station and plumb bob. The instructor will teach methods of recording stratigraphy, drawing sections and trenches, and documenting artifacts through site photography and sketching. The class will learn about lighting, angles, and scales for photographing their finds. Archaeological illustration of bones, figurines, and pottery, metal, and stone vessels will be taught with pencil, and students will ink their best work for a grade.

    Topics in this Series: Field Methods (Semester 1), Forensics (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: 8th grade students may only enroll in this course if they successfully completed one of Dr. Hughes' 2019-20 archaeology classes.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for class activities and demonstration of field techniques in addition to a semester project.

    Textbook/Materials: A pdf version of the required textbook will be posted on the class Canvas site for reading assignments.

    Supplies/Equipment: Students should purchase and bring with them each week the following tools and supplies:

  • - Archaeology Trowel- Recommended model (Digitup.com): Eco Archaeology Trowel- Soft Grip Handle. (Note: trowels from garden stores tend to have the wrong shape and are unsuitable.)
  • - Sketching Kit- Recommended model (Amazon): Drawing and Sketching Pencil Set in Zippered Carrying Case. (Includes: 6B, 5B, 4B,3B, 2B, B, HB, H, 2H, 3H, 4H, and 5H pencils as well as an eraser, pencil sharpener, and a sketch pad.)
  • Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Social Sciences for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $419.00

    Investigative Archaeology- Forensics

    Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 25, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

    Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: See course description regarding 8th grade enrollment

    Archaeology is the field of study that unlocks the clues to past civilizations. Forensic archaeology applies these methods to solve puzzles. In this class, students will use physical evidence to try to understand or re-create what happened to an individual through life, death, and burial or to an object though its creation, use, and after it was lost, buried, or discarded. Students will practice field archaeological techniques such as surveys, excavation, and mapping, as well as documentation, analysis, and illustration of human material culture. This archaeological lab will be guided by a scholar of art and antiquity. Dr. Erica Hughes has traveled and participated in archaeological explorations throughout the ancient world. Students will "dig" her personal photos and stories. Class discussions, group activities, and individual hands-on experiences are designed to help teens understand the creation, recovery, and conservation of artifacts and remains.

    Second semester, students will explore the forensic component of investigative archaeology. They will explore issues such as the interpretation of skeletal remains, excavating Native burial grounds, and the differences between restoration and reconstruction. The class will review examples and different methods of aging artifacts through archaeological chemistry, phytolith analysis, charcoal, K-Ar and C-14 dating, isotope analysis, and dental calculus. They will look at paleoclimate as a means of site restoration and will learn proper recording techniques for forensic investigations. Example activities to demonstrate these concepts include: using the 6-6 rule to restore a smashed pot; assembling a complete, but disarticulated, human skeleton; and role-playing to debate the ethics of paving over a local heritage site.

    Topics in this Series: Field Methods (Semester 1), Forensics (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: 8th grade students may only enroll in this course if they successfully completed one of Dr. Hughes' 2019-20 archaeology classes.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for class activities and demonstration of forensic techniques in addition to a semester project.

    Textbook/Materials: A pdf version of the required textbook will be posted on the class Canvas site for reading assignments.

    Supplies/Equipment: Students should purchase and bring with them each week the following tools and supplies:

  • - Archaeology Trowel- Recommended model (Digitup.com): Eco Archaeology Trowel- Soft Grip Handle. (Note: trowels from garden stores tend to have the wrong shape and are unsuitable.)
  • - Sketching Kit- Recommended model (Amazon): Drawing and Sketching Pencil Set in Zippered Carrying Case. (Includes: 6B, 5B, 4B,3B, 2B, B, HB, H, 2H, 3H, 4H, and 5H pencils as well as an eraser, pencil sharpener, and a sketch pad.)
  • Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Social Sciences for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $489.00

    Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Amusement Park

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

    Class Time: 12:30 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

    Fourth quarter, students get ready for weekend get-aways and vacation time by building creations for an amusement park! Projects will include a ferris wheel, merry go round, teacup ride, eccentric gear rocking ship, daring swings, and a monorail.

    Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown.

    Notes:(1)Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. (2) Projects are built from shared, Instructor-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can step into class 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

    Topics in this Series: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (Quarter 1); Animal Architects (Quarter 2); Winter Workshop (Quarter 3); Amusement Park (Quarter 4)

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $198.00

    Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Animal Architects (MON)

    Quarter 2: Starts on November 2, 2020

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

    Second quarter, junior engineers will get "wild" and build a zoo of articulated animals! Using mechanical concepts like rachet, linkage, and levers, and the fantastic diversity in the animal kingdom, our creators will build leaping dolphins, towering giraffes, swinging monkeys, jumping grasshoppers, and more!

    Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown.

    Notes:(1)Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. (2) Projects are built from shared, Instructor-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can step into class 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

    Topics in this Series: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (Quarter 1); Animal Architects (Quarter 2); Winter Workshop (Quarter 3); Amusement Park (Quarter 4)

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $126.00

    Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Animal Architects (TUE)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

    Second quarter, junior engineers will get "wild" and build a zoo of articulated animals! Using mechanical concepts like rachet, linkage, and levers, and the fantastic diversity in the animal kingdom, our creators will build leaping dolphins, towering giraffes, swinging monkeys, jumping grasshoppers, and more!

    Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown.

    Notes:(1)Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. (2) Projects are built from shared, Instructor-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can step into class 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

    Topics in this Series: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (Quarter 1); Animal Architects (Quarter 2); Winter Workshop (Quarter 3); Amusement Park (Quarter 4)

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $147.00

    Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Animal Architects (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 12:30 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

    Second quarter, junior engineers will get "wild" and build a zoo of articulated animals! Using mechanical concepts like rachet, linkage, and levers, and the fantastic diversity in the animal kingdom, our creators will build leaping dolphins, towering giraffes, swinging monkeys, jumping grasshoppers, and more!

    Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown.

    Notes:(1)Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. (2) Projects are built from shared, Instructor-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can step into class 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

    Topics in this Series: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (Quarter 1); Animal Architects (Quarter 2); Winter Workshop (Quarter 3); Amusement Park (Quarter 4)

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $147.00

    Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Winter Workshop

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

    Class Time: 12:30 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

    Third quarter, students will build for an icy winter environment and explore constructions like a bobsled course, snow plows, snow mobiles, a Polar Express train, and gondola ski lifts!

    Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown.

    Notes:(1)Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. (2) Projects are built from shared, Instructor-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can step into class 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

    Topics in this Series: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (Quarter 1); Animal Architects (Quarter 2); Winter Workshop (Quarter 3); Amusement Park (Quarter 4)

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $198.00

    Junior Art Studio: Cultural Art Creations

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

    Third quarter, junior artists will create art with influences from African Art, Mexican Art and Folk Art. As examples, we will make Mexican bead brackets, African masks, recreate Folk Art from the famous El Salvadoran artist Fernando LLort, and design our own folk art cat. Additional project materials this quarter will include beads, raffia, paints, and clay.

    Topics in this Series: Artists and their Animals (Quarter 1); Famous Abstracts (Quarter 2); Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 3), and Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

    Junior Art Studio: Cultural Art Creations

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

    Third quarter, junior artists will create art with influences from African Art, Mexican Art and Folk Art. As examples, we will make Mexican bead brackets, African masks, recreate Folk Art from the famous El Salvadoran artist Fernando LLort, and design our own folk art cat. Additional project materials this quarter will include beads, raffia, paints, and clay.

    Topics in this Series: Artists and their Animals (Quarter 1); Famous Abstracts (Quarter 2); Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 3), and Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

    Junior Art Studio: Famous Abstracts (TUE-10am)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

    Second quarter, Junior Artists will learn about famous abstract and geometric artists and their art- what designs and patterns will we be able to see in their works? Featured artists include Miro and his geometric abstract art; Calder with his whimsical abstract sculptures; Klee and his childlike colorful designs; and Mondrian with his Yellow, Blue, Red and Black Line art. Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their own abstract and geometric art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

    Topics in this Series: Artists and their Animals (Quarter 1); Famous Abstracts (Quarter 2); Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 3), and Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

    Junior Art Studio: Famous Abstracts (TUE-11am)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2020

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

    Second quarter, Junior Artists will learn about famous abstract and geometric artists and their art- what designs and patterns will we be able to see in their works? Featured artists include Miro and his geometric abstract art; Calder with his whimsical abstract sculptures; Klee and his childlike colorful designs; and Mondrian with his Yellow, Blue, Red and Black Line art. Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their own abstract and geometric art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

    Topics in this Series: Artists and their Animals (Quarter 1); Famous Abstracts (Quarter 2); Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 3), and Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

    Junior Art Studio: Famous Abstracts (WED-10am)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

    Second quarter, Junior Artists will learn about famous abstract and geometric artists and their art- what designs and patterns will we be able to see in their works? Featured artists include Miro and his geometric abstract art; Calder with his whimsical abstract sculptures; Klee and his childlike colorful designs; and Mondrian with his Yellow, Blue, Red and Black Line art. Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their own abstract and geometric art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

    Topics in this Series: Artists and their Animals (Quarter 1); Famous Abstracts (Quarter 2); Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 3), and Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

    Junior Art Studio: Famous Abstracts (Wed-11am)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

    Second quarter, Junior Artists will learn about famous abstract and geometric artists and their art- what designs and patterns will we be able to see in their works? Featured artists include Miro and his geometric abstract art; Calder with his whimsical abstract sculptures; Klee and his childlike colorful designs; and Mondrian with his Yellow, Blue, Red and Black Line art. Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their own abstract and geometric art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

    Topics in this Series: Artists and their Animals (Quarter 1); Famous Abstracts (Quarter 2); Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 3), and Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

    Junior Art Studio: Scenic Seascapes

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

    Fourth quarter, Junior Artists will study seascape art and aspects of the ocean and its animals from artists such as John Groves, Jim Holland and Natasha Nazareako. Our art projects will vary and feature lighthouses, ocean animals, and seascapes. Through weekly projects, junior artists will create their own sea-inspired art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

    Topics in this Series: Artists and their Animals (Quarter 1); Famous Abstracts (Quarter 2); Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 3), and Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

    Junior Art Studio: Scenic Seascapes

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

    Fourth quarter, Junior Artists will study seascape art and aspects of the ocean and its animals from artists such as John Groves, Jim Holland and Natasha Nazareako. Our art projects will vary and feature lighthouses, ocean animals, and seascapes. Through weekly projects, junior artists will create their own sea-inspired art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

    Topics in this Series: Artists and their Animals (Quarter 1); Famous Abstracts (Quarter 2); Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 3), and Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

    Kids' Engineering Lab: Aviation Challenge

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Donna Shackelford

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    In Engineering Lab, students will explore the physics of airplanes, parachutes, and gliders! They will experiment with wing shapes, the geometry of nose cones, and the volume of parachutes, for example. Students will test various class-built craft to understand the mechanics of lift, drag, and thrust, and they will build with a variety of materials to understand how weight affects flight performance. Newton's Laws of Motion are introduced and tested in hands-on experiments.

    Each aviation project will incorporate the engineering-design process of brainstorm, design, build, test, and modify as students tweak their creations to achieve improved performance. As examples, students will build gliders, test various weights and adjust components to perform loops. They will learn about the physics of flight for helicopters and then experiment with 'how high' could propellers fly at Compass and how to make a controlled landing with a paper helicopter.

    Topics in this Series: Inventors' Lab: Eureka (Quarter 1); Inventors' Lab: Going Green (Quarter 2); Kids' Engineering Lab: Aviation Challenge (Quarter 3); and Kids' Engineering Lab: Rocket Race (Quarter 4)

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $196.00

    Kids' Engineering Lab: Rocket Race

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Donna Shackelford

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    3-2-1...We have liftoff! Learn about the engineering behind the Space Race as we celebrate some exciting developments in rockets and space travel in 2020-2021! In Kids' Engineering Lab, students will explore the physics of rockets, satellites, and space craft. Students will learn all about the challenges of getting into space for the purpose of exploration! They will discover that the motion of all objects--everything from the flight of a rocket to the movement of a canoe--is governed by Newton's three laws of motion. Students in this class will also learn how satellites benefit life on Earth, as well as explore motion, rockets, and rocket motion. The ideas of thrust, weight and control will be explored, helping students to fully understand what goes into the design of rockets. After learning how and why the experts make specific engineering choices, students also learn about the iterative engineering design process as they design and construct their own model rockets.

    The group will learn about triangulation, a concept that is fundamental to the navigation of satellites and global positioning systems designed by engineers. Students will construct solar sails made of aluminum foil to move cardboard tube satellites through "space" on a string and to demonstrate the transfer of energy from wave energy to mechanical energy. The class will investigate the effect that thrust has on rocket flight with paper straw rockets ("strawkets") which will show how rockets with smaller exit nozzles provide more thrust. The students will also simulate solid rocket fuel by using an antacid tablet and discussing the chemical reaction.

    Topics in this Series: Inventors' Lab: Eureka (Quarter 1); Inventors' Lab: Going Green (Quarter 2); Kids' Engineering Lab: Aviation Challenge (Quarter 3); and Kids' Engineering Lab: Rocket Race (Quarter 4)

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $196.00

    Learn to Sing: Colors of Songs

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Wyndy Frederick

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    From the Muppets' Kermit (Bein' Green) to Finding Nemo in the "Big Blue World," many songs celebrate color! Discover the color in music with a fun rainbow of songs such as My Favorite Things, Colors of the Wind, Over the Rainbow, Puttin' on the Ritz and more!

    The quarter's repertoire will include at least one chorus number from a major musical film. Students will work on other music as solos, duets, or small group numbers. This introduction to vocal performance will include posture, breathing, intonation, and the principles of blending vocal harmonies. Basic musical notation will be introduced as well as melodic and harmonic intervals. No previous musical experience is required just joy in singing! Prior to the start of class, the instructor will identify song book(s) and accompaniments for students to purchase. A performance will be held at the end of the quarter. Topics in this Series: Songs from the Silver Screen (Quarter 1); Holidays Around the World (Quarter 2); The Colors of Songs (Quarter 3); and the Songs of Summer (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

    Learn to Sing: Songs of Summer

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Wyndy Frederick

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    The quarter's repertoire will include at least one chorus number from a major musical film. Students will work on other music as solos, duets, or small group numbers. This introduction to vocal performance will include posture, breathing, intonation, and the principles of blending vocal harmonies. Basic musical notation will be introduced as well as melodic and harmonic intervals. No previous musical experience is required just joy in singing! Prior to the start of class, the instructor will identify song book(s) and accompaniments for students to purchase. A performance will be held at the end of the quarter. Topics in this Series: Songs from the Silver Screen (Quarter 1); Holidays Around the World (Quarter 2); The Colors of Songs (Quarter 3); and the Songs of Summer (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

    Literature Roundtable Seminar: Science Fiction *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Danielle Rhodes

    Grade Range: 10th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Roundtable is a seminar-style literature analysis and discussion class for high school students. Instead of a broad, general survey of literature, Roundtable students will examine a focused, "special topic" in literature through critical evaluation and rich discussion. Written works will be selected for their contribution to a specific genre and their influence on society.

    First semester, the class will examine the Science Fiction genre with a critical eye on what elements are found in all science fiction works. The class will examine the role of identity and the individual in the strange, new worlds through a study of works such as: Blood Child (1995), a short story by Octavia Butler, Frankenstein (1818) by Mary Shelley, Invisible Man (1933) by HG Wells, The Blazing World (1966) by M. Cavendish and Ready Player One (2011) by Ernest Cline. Genre-aligned poetry and excerpts will be incorporated throughout the semester.

    For this course, students should be engaged readers who come to class prepared to participate in intellectual discussion. Students are also expected to take part in in weekly class discussions by sharing their reflections and reactions to the readings and drawing conclusions and comparisons with other works. For each novel, the instructor will provide a guide with thoughtful questions and prompts on the reading that students must come to class prepared to discuss with textual evidence. The course instructor will serve as a facilitator-moderator to lead Socratic, "roundtable" discussions in addition to other in-class activities, such as partner and small group work, to further the class's understanding of the literature. This course will focus on comprehension and analysis through discussion rather than composition. Students will be assigned creative, short assignments to enhance and demonstrate their understanding of each novel such as re-writing a scene, imagining a conversation between characters from different books, developing a prequel or sequel scene, writing a review, etc.

    When discussing written works, students will be expected to give textual references such as specific quotes and examples- a higher-order high school and college-level skill that will be needed in later courses which require written analysis of literature. A key skill that will be taught in this class is how to annotate texts. Students will begin by examining samples of the instructor's own annotated novels then move to annotating the first short story in class as a group. For each novel, students will be given specific details to search for and annotate such as major plot points, character traits, interesting word choice, setting details, quotations, or questions. Later, students will be prepared to annotate automatically as they read with their own questions and reactions, a skill that can also be applied to the readings in other courses.

    Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

    Topics in this Series: Science Fiction (Semester 1) and Dystopian Literature (Semester 2). Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to read and comprehend at a minimum 9th grade level for this course. Per Compass guidelines, accelerated 8th grade students may register for this course, however, in addition to the 9th+ grade reading level, they must posses the maturity to handle high school level topics and more mature discussion.

    Workload: Students should expect to read approximately 100 pages per week. For students who have challenges with reading, audio books may be used, but students should still be prepared to follow along and annotate in the physical novel.

    Assignments: Weekly assignments will be posted in the Canvas classroom management system. Students will need their own e-mail addresses to access the system, and parents may be set up as additional "observers" to their teen's Canvas account.

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for preparation, participation, and short assignments, and parents may use the total points earned to calculate a grade.

    Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and because they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, a "class bundle" of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased for students. (See Supply Fee below).

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $34.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

    What to Bring: Students should bring the current novel, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking pages.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript. For a full credit in English, families would need to "bundle" this course with additional coursework in composition.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $296.00

    Little Medical School: Cat Veterinarian (2PM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Beth Ross

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Little Veterinarians will learn what it takes to care for cats! Students will discover what it is like to go to the vet's office and learn how to do a tip to tail exam on cats including what makes a cat patient special. They will learn what cats tell us through body language and behavior and how to keep cats stress-free. The class will learn about vaccinations and immunizations for cats. Finally, students will learn about complete cat care at home, including what makes interesting and stimulating toys to keep cats busy!

    Topics in this Series: Dog Veterinarian (Quarter 1); Cat Veterinarian (Quarter 2); Nutrition (Quarter 3) and Sports Medicine (Quarter 4).

    Materials/Supply FeeThere is a $38.00 material fee due on the first day of class and payable to the instructor for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a plush cat, cat bandana, adoption certificate, cat toy, disposable lab coat, syringe, a class diploma, and a set of vet office materials including worksheets on body condition, organs, physical exam, body language, and home care.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

    Little Medical School: Cat Veterinarian (3PM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Beth Ross

    Grade Range: K-1st

    Prerequisites:

    Little Veterinarians will learn what it takes to care for cats! Students will discover what it is like to go to the vet's office and learn how to do a tip to tail exam on cats including what makes a cat patient special. They will learn what cats tell us through body language and behavior and how to keep cats stress-free. The class will learn about vaccinations and immunizations for cats. Finally, students will learn about complete cat care at home, including what makes interesting and stimulating toys to keep cats busy!

    Topics in this Series: Dog Veterinarian (Quarter 1); Cat Veterinarian (Quarter 2); Nutrition (Quarter 3) and Sports Medicine (Quarter 4).

    Materials/Supply FeeThere is a $38.00 material fee due on the first day of class and payable to the instructor for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a plush cat, cat bandana, adoption certificate, cat toy, disposable lab coat, syringe, a class diploma, and a set of vet office materials including worksheets on body condition, organs, physical exam, body language, and home care.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

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