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Abstract Geometrics in Pen & Ink: Zendalas/Mosaics *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      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.

Fourth quarter, students will continue to learn abstract design, but in a round format! In this class, Mandala + Zentangle = Zendala! New design elements (tangles) will be taught, but overall designs will emphasize balance and radial symmetry around a central point (think snowflakes, flower blooms, or a sunburst). In art, mandalas are "complex abstract designs in a circular form" that were traditionally used to represent the universe Hinduism and Buddhism. Today, mandalas are popular in home decor, textiles, clothing, and now Zentangle! Students will learn to embellish and embolden their circular designs 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:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the full quarter.

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).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $182.00

Acting- Cyber Stage: Alice in Cyberland

Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

What happens when Alice falls asleep playing solitaire on the computer? In this modern retelling of a children's classic, she is awakened by a white rabbit and meets the Cheshire Cat who welcomes her to Cyberland. As the visitor to this digital world, Alice must go on a techno-journey to meet the Queen of Hearts and get a special password to return through her computer.

The class will cast, practice, and perform the cyber play in an interactive, virtual setting for an online audience, yet students will communicate as if they're all in the same place together. The selected script was specifically written for virtual theater. New and returning acting students will have fun and be challenged to think on their feet with costumes, props, and backdrops when the show is literally happening in their own home.

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 online.

Topics in this Series: Alice in Cyberland (Quarter 1); Sherlock Holmes, a Radio Mystery (Quarter 2); If They Could Talk (Quarter 3); Goose Napped (Quarter 4)

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

Acting- Cyber Stage: Dr. Evil and the Pigeons with Lasers *ONLINE*

Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

What happens when the despicable mastermind of evil is also a bumbling buffoon? When the worst of his horrible, world-dominating plot involves…attack pigeons? Find out when Dr. Evil, encouraged by his assistant Shirley, decides to release trained pigeons, armed with lasers on the world! Unsurprisingly, his bird-brained scheme runs into hilarious obstacles and unforeseen roadblocks in rainy Seattle, rowdy New Jersey and rural Oklahoma. Will Dr. Evil straighten up and fly right…or remain a bad egg? Student actors will connect via an interactive, online platform to put on a hilarious play with fun sound effects, kooky characters, and side-splitting spoofs!

The class will cast, practice, and perform the chosen play in a virtual setting for our online audience, yet students will communicate as if they're all in the same place together. The selected script was specifically written for virtual theater. New and returning acting students will have fun and be challenged to think on their feet with costumes, props, and backdrops when the show is literally happening in your own home.

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 online.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the full quarter.

Topics in this Series: A Mystery Murdered (Quarter 2); Objection! Disorder in the Courtroom (Quarter 3), Dr. Evil and Pigeons with Lasers (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

Acting- Cyber Stage: Goose Napped

Quarter 4: Starts on March 23, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

This mystery will give you goosebumps! Trenchcoat-clad private eye Jo August, is hired for the case of a missing, uh, mother which turns into a wild goose chase. Turns out Mother Goose is the alleged victim, and the suspects include Old MacDonald, Georgie Porgie, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, and Peter and his wife. The detective discovers that every character has a motive. Will the perpetrator be found? Will his goose be cooked? Will she have egg on her face? The virtual audiences will be delighted by the funny plot twist and an un-eggs-pected ending.

The class will cast, practice, and perform the cyber play in an interactive, virtual setting for an online audience, yet students will communicate as if they're all in the same place together. The selected script was specifically written for virtual theater. New and returning acting students will have fun and be challenged to think on their feet with costumes, props, and backdrops when the show is literally happening in their own home.

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 online.

Topics in this Series: Alice in Cyberland (Quarter 1); Sherlock Holmes, a Radio Mystery (Quarter 2); If They Could Talk (Quarter 3); Goose Napped (Quarter 4)

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

Acting- Cyber Stage: If They Could Talk

Quarter 3: Starts on January 12, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Imagine that the last chocolate chip cookie pleads with you not to ear it! The math book begs to be studied. The toys that ask to remain on the floor. Discover the mixed-up world of Taylor, a teen who acquires the ability to hear what the objects and animals around her are saying. Are Taylor's ears burning when hears what the cat really thinks of the family? Or, does she keep an ear to the ground to find out what everyone and everything around her is planning?

The class will cast, practice, and perform the cyber play in an interactive, virtual setting for an online audience, yet students will communicate as if they're all in the same place together. The selected script was specifically written for virtual theater. New and returning acting students will have fun and be challenged to think on their feet with costumes, props, and backdrops when the show is literally happening in their own home.

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 online.

Topics in this Series: Alice in Cyberland (Quarter 1); Sherlock Holmes, a Radio Mystery (Quarter 2); If They Could Talk (Quarter 3); Goose Napped (Quarter 4)

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

Acting- Cyber Stage: Sherlock Holmes a Radio Mystery

Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Whodunit? The world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, is hired by the king to retrieve an incriminating photograph of his old flame in this modern adaption of Arthur Conan Doyle's A Scandal in Bohemia. Find out what happens when Sherlock Holmes faces mysteries even he cannot solve! Even the audience will be left puzzled.

The class will cast, practice, and perform the cyber play in an interactive, virtual setting for an online audience, yet students will communicate as if they're all in the same place together. The selected script was specifically written for virtual theater. New and returning acting students will have fun and be challenged to think on their feet with costumes, props, and backdrops when the show is literally happening in their own home.

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 online.

Topics in this Series: Alice in Cyberland (Quarter 1); Sherlock Holmes, a Radio Mystery (Quarter 2); If They Could Talk (Quarter 3); Goose Napped (Quarter 4)

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

Acting- Kids Theater: The Emperor's Ensemble

Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      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: $123.00

Acting- Teen Stage: Improv in Action

Quarter 4: Starts on April 9, 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: $173.00

Acting- Tween Stage: Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play (Marvel Spotlight)

Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 7, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

A glimpse of the Marvel Universe comes to stage! In this "marvelous" scripted play for school theater, actors and audience will learn some of the backstories of their favorite superheroes.

You know Thor as the God of Thunder, Master of the Storm, and heir to the kingdom Asgard, and Loki as the Norse God of Mischief and Thor's most worthy opponent. Travel back in time, through the magic of stage, to meet Thor and Loki as teenagers! Before they were superhero and supervillain they were feuding brothers, pulling pranks on each other, creating mischief and fighting for their parents' favor. Watch as Thor struggles with exams and Loki tackles high school troubles. Despite their rivalry, the two princes of Asgard have a bond that will last a "super" long time.

This script comes from Marvel Spotlight, a collection of plays from the Marvel Universe. Students, along with their acting instructor, will cast, rehearse, and coordinate a class performance of this comedy. Students will be encouraged to design and assemble simple costumes, props, and backdrops from items at home. Student actors will be expected to learn their lines and participate fully. 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 semester.

Topics in this Series: Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play (Marvel Spotlight)- Semester 1; Mirror of Most Value: A Ms Marvel Play (Marvel Spotlight)- Semester 2. Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester. Material Fee The cost of the script license is included in the course fee.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $239.00

Acting- Tween Stage: Mirror of Most Value: A Ms Marvel Play (Marvel Spotlight)

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

A glimpse of the Marvel Universe comes to stage! In this "marvelous" scripted play for school theater, actors and audience will learn some of the backstories of their favorite superheroes.

Meet Kamala Khan- a regular, 16-year old high school student from Jersey City. Before she was Ms Marvel, the sidekick of Carol Danvers' Captain Marvel, she was an awkward, nerdy teen. Kamala Khan struggles with her strict parents, her schoolwork, AND her superpowers. She tries to balance fighting crimes and physics class. When Kamala decides to boost her alter ego's image by writing her own Ms Marvel fan fiction, she starts to lose track of what really matters- her studies and her relationships. Join young Ms Marvel as she learns to accept herself and figures out what kind of hero she will be.

This script comes from Marvel Spotlight, a collection of plays from the Marvel Universe. Students, along with their acting instructor, will cast, rehearse, and coordinate a class performance of this comedy. Students will be encouraged to design and assemble simple costumes, props, and backdrops from items at home. Student actors will be expected to learn their lines and participate fully. 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 semester.

Topics in this Series: Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play (Marvel Spotlight)- Semester 1; Mirror of Most Value: A Ms Marvel Play (Marvel Spotlight)- Semester 2. Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester. Material Fee The cost of the script license is included in the course fee.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $268.00

Acting- Tween Stage: Who Dunnit?

Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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: $123.00

Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Cat & Dog Drama

Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will find themselves in a mix-up among dogs and cats in an imaginative drama where they will create an original storyline and unique characters for their very own original play! Will someone let the "cat out of the bag" or will our pet friends find themselves "barking up the wrong tree" on this pet-venture? Join us for purr-fectly hair-raising fun!

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: $123.00

Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Detective Drama

Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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: $123.00

Acting: Kids' Theater: Freaky Friday

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. From dawn to dusk, what happened to make an ordinary weekday turn into a fabulously funny, frivolous, freaky Friday?

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: Secrets and Spies (Quarter 1), Time Travel Tale (Quarter 2), Super Duper New Superheroes (Quarter 3), and Freaky Friday (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $146.00

Acting: Kids' Theater: Secrets and Spies

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. Will they practice sneaky surveillance with sly spies and astute agents in their own undercover adventure?

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: Secrets and Spies (Quarter 1), Time Travel Tale (Quarter 2), Super Duper New Superheroes (Quarter 3), and Freaky Friday (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

Acting: Kids' Theater: Super Duper New Superheroes

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. Will their superheroes have super speed or stupendous strength? What happens when these characters collide with vicious villains?

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: Secrets and Spies (Quarter 1), Time Travel Tale (Quarter 2), Super Duper New Superheroes (Quarter 3), and Freaky Friday (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $146.00

Acting: Kids' Theater: Time Travel Tale

Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. Will kids meet historical heroes, ancient animals, or explore the far-flung future in their time travel tale?

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: Secrets and Spies (Quarter 1), Time Travel Tale (Quarter 2), Super Duper New Superheroes (Quarter 3), and Freaky Friday (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

Acting: Young Actor's Playhouse: Arctic Adventure

Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2022

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will work together to develop an original play featuring polar pals enjoying frigid fun. What will happen when penguins and polar bears meet seals and snowy owls in icy incidents and snowy scenes?

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: Fantastic Fables (Quarter 1); Magical Monsters (Quarter 2); Arctic Adventure (Quarter 3); and Under the Sea Secrets (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $146.00

Acting: Young Actor's Playhouse: Fantastic Fables

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will work together to retell famous fables in an original play full of colorful characters. Will crafty creatures meet hilarious humans and other crazy cast members in silly scenes and storylines to teach a life lesson or tall tale?

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: Fantastic Fables (Quarter 1); Magical Monsters (Quarter 2); Arctic Adventure (Quarter 3); and Under the Sea Secrets (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

Acting: Young Actor's Playhouse: Magical Monsters

Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will create an imaginative storyline and unique characters for their very own original play. Will they meet daring dragons, jolly giants, wacky witches, and other mythical monsters in their supernatural spectacle?

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: Fantastic Fables (Quarter 1); Magical Monsters (Quarter 2); Arctic Adventure (Quarter 3); and Under the Sea Secrets (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

Acting: Young Actor's Playhouse: Medieval Madness

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will find themselves in the castles and keeps of medieval times. Will King Arthur's knights meet the outlaws of Sherwood Forest? Kids will work together to create and perform an original play featuring noble knights, lovely ladies, and swaggering squires.

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: Medieval Madness (Quarter 1); Silliest Circus (Quarter 2); Outrageous Outer Space (Quarter 3); and Wacky Wild West (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

Acting: Young Actor's Playhouse: Outrageous Outer Space

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will voyage into the depths of outer space to create an original play with creative characters like aliens, asteroids, and astronauts. Will they travel to populated planets, strange solar systems, or gargantuan galaxies in their extraterrestrial adventures?

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: Medieval Madness (Quarter 1); Silliest Circus (Quarter 2); Outrageous Outer Space (Quarter 3); and Wacky Wild West (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $146.00

Acting: Young Actor's Playhouse: Silliest Circus

Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will explore flamboyant performers from the circus to create an original, imaginative play featuring hysterical characters. Will they encounter a colorful clown, a jolly juggler, or an adventurous acrobat in their own three-ring circus?

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: Medieval Madness (Quarter 1); Silliest Circus (Quarter 2); Outrageous Outer Space (Quarter 3); and Wacky Wild West (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

Acting: Young Actor's Playhouse: Under the Sea Secrets

Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2022

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will create an imaginative storyline and unique characters for their very own original performance. What will happen if whales and walruses meet flashy fish and mystical mermaids in a unique underwater undertaking?

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: Fantastic Fables (Quarter 1); Magical Monsters (Quarter 2); Arctic Adventure (Quarter 3); and Under the Sea Secrets (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $146.00

Acting: Young Actor's Playhouse: Wacky Wild West

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will wander into the wild west to develop a unique and original play featuring creative characters. Will they become swashbuckling sheriffs, cool cowboys, or outrageous outlaws in their very own wacky western?

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: Medieval Madness (Quarter 1); Silliest Circus (Quarter 2); Outrageous Outer Space (Quarter 3); and Wacky Wild West (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $146.00

All About Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Cosmos

Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Rebecca Sticha

Grade Range: 5th-7th

Prerequisites:

Did you know that our Sun is a yellow dwarf star residing in a spiral galaxy, the Milky Way? Our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf star, is a mere 25 trillion miles away...but in our same galaxy! Kids who love astronomy and other sciences are invited to learn about stars, galaxies, and the cosmos in this beginning astronomy class.

Join us as we examine the lifecycle of stars and discuss what stars are made of. The class will learn how we observe the universe (telescopes, particle detectors, etc) and make these "astronomical" measurements of time and distance. And finally, the class will examine the phenomenon of black holes. This class will use some NASA projects for educators in their investigation. Future themes in this series include: Inner Solar System (Quarter 1); Outer Solar System (Quarter 2); Exoplanets (Quarter 3); and Stars, Galaxies & Exoplanets. (Quarter 4).

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

Ancient Justice: Crime & Punishment in Ancient Greece

Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 13, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

This class will explore the judicial processes of the ancient world, starting with Ancient Greece. Students will learn how justice was carried out in a time before codified written legal systems, prisons, lawyers, or even formal judges existed and where the facts of your case depended entirely on how well your rhetoric could convince hundreds of your fellow citizens that would serve on a jury. Like a traditional mock trial program, the class will hear cases, and students will defend themselves, but will be expected to do so as an Ancient Greek citizen would have, through open debate. Real historical cases will be studied and trial parts assigned to the class, which will be debated from the perspective of both citizen and non-citizen residents of an ancient Polis. The class will serve as the jury and, if necessary, select period-appropriate verdicts and explain how they arrived at their decisions.

Topics in this Series: Crime & Punishment in Ancient Greece (Semester 1); Roman law, From Republic to Empire (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation.Textbooks: Students should purchase a copy of: Select Orations of Lysias by James Morris Whiton (ISBN# 9780530892238 at Barnes & Noble online). Assessments: Will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: The cost of photocopied class documents is included in the course fee.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: $288.00

Ancient Justice: Crime & Punishment in the Roman Republic

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 10, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

This class will explore the judicial processes of the Roman Republic. Starting with the Regicide of the Tarquin King, followed by the first legal code, the Laws of the 12 Tables, all the way to the Codes of Emperor Justinian. This Semester will explore the foundation of the Roman Legal system that endures in some forms to this day. 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 Plebes and Senators of ancient Rome. 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.

Topics in this Series: Crime & Punishment in Ancient Greece (Semester 1); Roman law, From Republic to Empire (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation. Textbooks: None Assessments: Will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: The cost of photocopied class documents is included in the course fee.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: $355.00

Animal Kingdom Alive! (10am)

Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 45 min

Instructor: Various

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Meet live animals at Compass each week as we explore some of the major animal families through interactive presentations. Hold a Madagascar hissing cockroach, pet a giant saddleback tortoise, examine a sea star, and see an opossum up close! Each week, wildlife educators will bring a variety of animal ambassadors. They will discuss adaptations, habitats, diets, and diversity in the animal family. They will help students discover similarities and differences among species in animal families. Students will learn about adaptations and plenty of fun facts about the live animals that they meet each week. This is 45-minute program. Schedule of presentations:

  • 4/8/2021: Reptiles
    4/15/2021: Ocean Invertebrates
    4/22/2021: Raptors
    4/29/2021: Ocean Vertebrates
    5/6/2021: Woodland Mammals
    5/13/2021: Exotic Mammals
    5/20/2021: Insects

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

    Animal Kingdom Alive! (11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 45 min

    Instructor: Various

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Meet live animals at Compass each week as we explore some of the major animal families through interactive presentations. Hold a Madagascar hissing cockroach, pet a giant saddleback tortoise, examine a sea star, and see an opossum up close! Each week, wildlife educators will bring a variety of animal ambassadors. They will discuss adaptations, habitats, diets, and diversity in the animal family. They will help students discover similarities and differences among species in animal families. Students will learn about adaptations and plenty of fun facts about the live animals that they meet each week. This is 55-minute program. Schedule of presentations:

  • 4/8/2021: Reptiles
    4/15/2021: Ocean Invertebrates
    4/22/2021: Raptors
    4/29/2021: Ocean Vertebrates
    5/6/2021: Woodland Mammals
    5/13/2021: Exotic Mammals
    5/20/2021: Insects

  • 15 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

    Animal Kingdom Alive!- One Day Pass (4/15/21): Ocean Invertebrates (11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 15, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55

    Instructor: Various

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Meet interesting, live animals up close each week as part of the Animal Kingdom Alive! program. This is a one-day pass to meet live Ocean Invertebrates such as a starfish, sea urchins, sponges, arthropods (crabs and shrimp), and molluscs on Thursday, April 15. Find out about the habitat, diet, adaptations, threats, and fun facts about these animals. This program is available only to students in 3rd-5th grade. One day tickets are $25.00.

      Price: $25.00

    Animal Kingdom Alive!- One Day Pass (4/22/21): Raptors (11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 22, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55

    Instructor: Various

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Meet interesting, live animals up close each week as part of the Animal Kingdom Alive program. This is a one-day pass to meet live Raptors such as owls and hawks on Thursday, April 22. Find out about the habitat, diet, adaptations, threats, and fun facts about these animals. This program is available only to students in 3rd-5th grade. One day tickets are $25.00.

      Price: $25.00

    Animal Kingdom Alive!- One Day Pass (4/29/21): Ocean Vertebrates (11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 29, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55

    Instructor: Various

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Meet interesting, live animals up close each week as part of the Animal Kingdom Alive program. This is a one-day pass to meet live Ocean Vertebrates such as a flounder, dogfish, perch, bamboo shark, and seahorse on Thursday, April 29. Find out about the habitat, diet, adaptations, threats, and fun facts about these animals. This program is available only to students in 3rd-5th grade. One day tickets are $25.00.

      Price: $25.00

    Animal Kingdom Alive!- One Day Pass (5/13/21): Exotic Mammals (11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on May 13, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55

    Instructor: Various

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Meet interesting, live animals up close each week as part of the Animal Kingdom Alive program. This is a one-day pass to meet live Exotic Mammals such as a cavy, chinchilla, hedgehog, and a kinkajou on Thursday, May 13. Find out about the habitat, diet, adaptations, threats, and fun facts about these animals. This program is available only to students in 3rd-5th grade. One day tickets are $25.00.

      Price: $25.00

    Animal Kingdom Alive!- One Day Pass (5/20/21): Insects & Arachnids (11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on May 20, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55

    Instructor: Various

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Meet interesting, live animals up close each week as part of the Animal Kingdom Alive program. This is a one-day pass to meet live Insects & Arachnids such as stick bugs, rhino beetles, Madgascar Hissing Cockroaches, and tarantulas on Thursday, May 20. Find out about the habitat, diet, adaptations, threats, and fun facts about these animals. This program is available only to students in 3rd-5th grade. One day tickets are $25.00.

      Price: $25.00

    Animal Kingdom Alive!- One Day Pass (5/6/21): Woodland Mammals (11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on May 6, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55

    Instructor: Various

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Meet interesting, live animals up close each week as part of the Animal Kingdom Alive program. This is a one-day pass to meet live Woodland Mammals such as an opossum, skunk, gray squirrel, flying squirrel, and arctic fox on Thursday, May 6. Find out about the habitat, diet, adaptations, threats, and fun facts about these animals. This program is available only to students in 3rd-5th grade. One day tickets are $25.00.

      Price: $25.00

    Aquatic Biology: Extreme Marine

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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: $196.00

    Art History: Catacombs to Cathedrals, Western Art Part 1 (Honors or On-Level)

    Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 14, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    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 earliest known Christian art, and how its symbols evolved from Old Testament figures while still illegal. The image of Jesus will be traced from a young shepherd reminiscent of Apollo, to a stern Byzantine pantokrator, to a threatening Romanesque judge, to the caring and almost human Gothic hippy Christ. Covering the thousand years from the secretive catacombs of 200 AD through the height of Gothic architecture, the class will examine cross-cultural and pan-European elements of artworks and architecture. Next the study of art will take students to the East, to see the various influences in Byzantine art. Students will learn about the techniques of mosaic and see the grandeur of the Orthodox relics and icons. The influence of contact with Islam through the Crusades will be seen in the periods of iconoclasm.

    After considering the differences between Islamic and Muslim arts, the students' exploration will move into the Early Medieval Period to investigate Carolingian and Ottonian painting, furniture and tapestries, and how these were based upon a desire to emulate those of the Roman Empire. The return of sculpture through decorative capitals enclosing cloisters and tympana covering the entranceways to churches is seen in the Romanesque Period, named for the first universalizing style across all of Europe. Finally, the class will reach the Gothic period across Europe to discuss the origins of its name, modifications to cathedrals across the early high and decadent Gothic periods, and compare French with English Gothic styles.

    Levels:This course is offered at two levels, On-Level and Honors. They have different workloads, but meet together. Honors students will work at a university freshman level, while on-level students will use the same textbook, but will have less homework.

    Topics in this Series: Caves to Colosseum, Prehistoric to Ancient Art (Semester 1), Catacombs to Cathedrals, Western Art Part 1 (Semester 2), Renaissance to Recent, Western Art Part 2 (Semester 3), Asia to Africa, Non-Western Art (Semester 4) Workload: Honors 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 on the midterm and final. On-level students should be able to identify the art or object by style. Honors 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). Registration. All students will register online for the same course. Students must designate their intent to take the On-Level or Honors by the first week of class. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from Honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have begun, students may not "bump up" a level. 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: $405.00

    Art History: Caves to Colosseum, Prehistoric to Ancient Art (Honors or On-Level)

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 10, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    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, virtual 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 prehistoric art through Paleolithic examples (image making, cave painting, etc); Neolithic art, created as humans settled into communities such as Jericho and Catalhoyuk; and Megalithic remains like Stonehenge. The class will then move into Near Eastern art looking at examples from around the Fertile Crescent region: Sumerian, Akkadian, Neo-Sumerian, Babylonian, Hittite, Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, and Sasanian. Next, the study of art will take students to ancient Egypt where art was dominated for millennia by their religion, the ruling pharaohs, and a belief in the afterlife giving them embellish rock-cut tombs, elaborate pyramids, and intricate sarcophagi.

    After Egypt, the students' exploration will move into Aegean art including the funeral Cycladic art, Minoan art with frescoes and palaces, and Mycenaean art with its bold fortresses and celebrated Cyclopean masonry. The class will survey the influential art and architecture of Ancient Greece covering the Greek Geometric, Orientalizing, Archaic, Classical, Late Classical, and Hellenistic periods with its emphasis on form, balance, harmony, and an idealized human form on vases, statues, temples, and monuments. Next, students will journey across the Mediterranean to examine Etruscan art and architecture in the Orientalizing and Archaic periods, recognized by terra-cottas, sarcophagi, and bronze sculpture. Finally, the class will reach ancient Rome to view its art and architecture across several periods including the Roman Republic, Early Empire, High Empire, and Late Empire, with emphasis on painting styles, mosaics, and architecture spanning the typical Roman home, triumphal arches, public arenas, and aqueducts.

    Levels:This course is offered at two levels, On-Level and Honors. They have different workloads, but meet together. Honors students will work at a university freshman level, while on-level students will use the same textbook, but will have less homework.

    Topics in this Series: Caves to Colosseum, Prehistoric to Ancient Art (Semester 1), Catacombs to Cathedrals, Western Art Part 1 (Semester 2), Renaissance to Recent, Western Art Part 2 (Semester 3), Asia to Africa, Non-Western Art (Semester 4) Workload: Honors 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 on the midterm and final. On-level students should be able to identify the art or object by style. Honors 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). Registration. All students will register online for the same course. Students must designate their intent to take the On-Level or Honors by the first week of class. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from Honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have begun, students may not "bump up" a level. 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: $355.00

    Art: Pastels and Pencils

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Lori Goll

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites:

    In this class, the students will explore a different artistic principle or element each week through fun subjects such as still lifes (geometric shapes, fruits, vases, flowers, etc), landscapes, animals, and self-portraits. We will use a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, and pastel as we explore our subjects. Students will learn skills of line drawing, blending, layering, and shading while also learning some fundamentals of color theory, value, composition, and perspective. As students get comfortable with the different mediums, they are encouraged to develop their own style and expression.

    Instructor Lori Goll works predominantly in pastels professionally. She will teach proper studio techniques since pastels can be dusty! This class is suitable for beginners as well as returning art students who want to hone their skills. All materials are furnished. A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for supplies.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $172.00

    Art: Pastels and Pencils

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Lori Goll

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    In this class, the students will explore a different artistic principle or element each week through fun subjects such as still lifes (geometric shapes, fruits, vases, flowers, etc), landscapes, animals, and self-portraits. We will use a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, and pastel as we explore our subjects. Students will learn skills of line drawing, blending, layering, and shading while also learning some fundamentals of color theory, value, composition, and perspective. As students get comfortable with the different mediums, they are encouraged to develop their own style and expression.

    Instructor Lori Goll works predominantly in pastels professionally. She will teach proper studio techniques since pastels can be dusty! This class is suitable for beginners as well as returning art students who want to hone their skills. All materials are furnished. A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for supplies.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $172.00

    Art: Pastels and Pencils

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Lori Goll

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    In this class, the students will explore a different artistic principle or element each week through fun subjects such as still lifes (geometric shapes, fruits, vases, flowers, etc), landscapes, animals, and self-portraits. We will use a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, and pastel as we explore our subjects. Students will learn skills of line drawing, blending, layering, and shading while also learning some fundamentals of color theory, value, composition, and perspective. As students get comfortable with the different mediums, they are encouraged to develop their own style and expression.

    Instructor Lori Goll works predominantly in pastels professionally. She will teach proper studio techniques since pastels can be dusty! This class is suitable for beginners as well as returning art students who want to hone their skills. All materials are furnished. A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for supplies.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $172.00

    Art: Pencil & Paint: Under the Sea

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

    Grade Range: 2nd-4th

    Prerequisites:

    Elementary artists will enjoy a journey in a drawing and painting in this art basics class! Third quarter, students will be inspired by the ocean and complete projects that feature projects such as delightful dolphins, sleek sharks, playful penguins, or a creepy crab. Students will learn how to combine basic shapes into the more complex forms of plants and animals. Some pieces will introduce the idea of composition with a featured element plus a background. Principles of drawing such as perspective, light, shading and textures will be presented and practiced. Paint will be applied to several of the projects to add color to a rollicking rainforest! Supple fee: There is a $10.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $172.00

    Art: Upcycled, Recycled Sculpture for Kids

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Upcycling and recycling are conscientious ways to transform and reuse materials that would ordinarily be discarded! In this class, everyday throw-aways such as cans, bottles, and lids will be turned into sculptures. Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of salvaged sculpting materials. Sculpture is multi-sensory, and student sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different artists and sculpting techniques.

    Fourth quarter, young sculptors will create a variety of projects such as spring wind chimes from cans, polymer clay scenes in sardine tins, bottle top "mosaics", and cute little bottle people. Some projects will take two weeks to complete with the first week dedicated to the construction and second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. There is a $20.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $168.00

    Art: Upcycled, Recycled Sculpture for Tweens

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Upcycling and recycling are conscientious ways to transform and reuse materials that would ordinarily be discarded! In this class, everyday throw-aways such as cans, bottles, and lids will be turned into sculptures. Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of salvaged sculpting materials. Sculpture is multi-sensory, and student sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different artists and sculpting techniques.

    Fourth quarter, young sculptors will create a variety of projects such as spring wind chimes from cans, polymer clay scenes in sardine tins, bottle top "mosaics", and cute little bottle people. Some projects will take two weeks to complete with the first week dedicated to the construction and second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. There is a $20.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $168.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- Korean War, 1950-1953 (MON,12pm)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 5, 2021

    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!

    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: $177.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- Korean War, 1950-1953 (WED, 2pm)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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: $177.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: The Civil War- Battle of Gettysburg (TUE)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will learn the basic history of the Civil War, with a focus on the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil, the three days at Gettysburg. Gettysburg would be the last major offensive action by the Confederate Army on Union soil, shattering the myth of Lee's invincibility on the field and signaling the beginning of the Confederacy's downfall.

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield. 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. 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: Revolutionary War- Lexington & Concord (Quarter 1); The Alamo & the Mexican-American War (Quarter 2); The Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg (Quarter 3); and The Spanish-American War, Invasion of San Juan Hill, Cuba (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: The Civil War- Battle of Gettysburg (WED)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 12, 2022

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will learn the basic history of the Civil War, with a focus on the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil, the three days at Gettysburg. Gettysburg would be the last major offensive action by the Confederate Army on Union soil, shattering the myth of Lee's invincibility on the field and signaling the beginning of the Confederacy's downfall.

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield. 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. 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: Revolutionary War- Lexington & Concord (Quarter 1); The Alamo & the Mexican-American War (Quarter 2); The Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg (Quarter 3); and The Spanish-American War, Invasion of San Juan Hill, Cuba (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: The Mexican-American War & The Alamo (TUE)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Remember the Alamo! No? We'll fix that. The US did not always extend from sea to shining sea, and it would take several conflicts with Mexico to make that so. First was the Texas Revolution, in which Texas sought its independence from Mexico. It was this conflict that gave us the Alamo, often portrayed as a heroic last stand in the face of overwhelming odds. (That was only partially true.) Next was the Mexican-American War, in which the United States gained not only Texas, but also the California territory which included all the land from Texas to the Pacific. This class will focus heavily on US westward expansion and how the conquest of California and Texas added fuel to the eventual fire of the American Civil War.

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield. 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. 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: Revolutionary War- Lexington & Concord (Quarter 1); The Alamo & the Mexican-American War (Quarter 2); The Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg (Quarter 3); and The Spanish-American War, Invasion of San Juan Hill, Cuba (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: The Mexican-American War & The Alamo (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Remember the Alamo! No? We'll fix that. The US did not always extend from sea to shining sea, and it would take several conflicts with Mexico to make that so. First was the Texas Revolution, in which Texas sought its independence from Mexico. It was this conflict that gave us the Alamo, often portrayed as a heroic last stand in the face of overwhelming odds. (That was only partially true.) Next was the Mexican-American War, in which the United States gained not only Texas, but also the California territory which included all the land from Texas to the Pacific. This class will focus heavily on US westward expansion and how the conquest of California and Texas added fuel to the eventual fire of the American Civil War.

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield. 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. 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: Revolutionary War- Lexington & Concord (Quarter 1); The Alamo & the Mexican-American War (Quarter 2); The Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg (Quarter 3); and The Spanish-American War, Invasion of San Juan Hill, Cuba (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: The Revolutionary War- Lexington & Concord (TUE)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the first battles of the American War of Independence, Lexington and Concord, from the "shots heard round the world" to the unlikely match-up of an untrained militia of colonial farmers against the professional soldiers and statesmen of the great British Empire's army.

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield. 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. 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: Revolutionary War- Lexington & Concord (Quarter 1); The Alamo & the Mexican-American War (Quarter 2); The Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg (Quarter 3); and The Spanish-American War, Invasion of San Juan Hill, Cuba (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: The Revolutionary War- Lexington & Concord (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the first battles of the American War of Independence, Lexington and Concord, from the "shots heard round the world" to the unlikely match-up of an untrained militia of colonial farmers against the professional soldiers and statesmen of the great British Empire's army.

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield. 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. 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: Revolutionary War- Lexington & Concord (Quarter 1); The Alamo & the Mexican-American War (Quarter 2); The Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg (Quarter 3); and The Spanish-American War, Invasion of San Juan Hill, Cuba (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: The Spanish-American War, Invasion of San Juan Hill, Cuba (TUE)

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    In the late 19th century, the US had expanded rapidly across North America, leaving nowhere to go but overseas. To this end, we began to build a powerful, modern navy of steel warships, like the USS Maine. These ships sailed the world, "showing the flag" and letting our allies and enemies alike know that the US was an industrial force to be reckoned with. This went well until February 1898, when the USS Maine unexpectedly blew up in Havana harbor, where she'd been "showing the flag" in case the Cuban revolts against the Spanish there threatened American financial interests. Never one to miss an opportunity to sell newspapers, William Randolph Hearst (among others) reported that the ship had been sunk by a Spanish mine. This was not true, but that did not matter to "yellow journalists" who were the "fake news" or tabloids of that time. The story sold well and whipped the American people into a war frenzy. "Remember the Maine!" became the battle cry of the coming Spanish-American war. This class will cover the beginning of America's overseas empire, pre-World War 1 American politics of the Gilded age, and the beginning of the age of modern war.

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield. 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. 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: Revolutionary War- Lexington & Concord (Quarter 1); The Alamo & the Mexican-American War (Quarter 2); The Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg (Quarter 3); and The Spanish-American War, Invasion of San Juan Hill, Cuba (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: The Spanish-American War, Invasion of San Juan Hill, Cuba (WED)

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 23, 2022

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    In the late 19th century, the US had expanded rapidly across North America, leaving nowhere to go but overseas. To this end, we began to build a powerful, modern navy of steel warships, like the USS Maine. These ships sailed the world, "showing the flag" and letting our allies and enemies alike know that the US was an industrial force to be reckoned with. This went well until February 1898, when the USS Maine unexpectedly blew up in Havana harbor, where she'd been "showing the flag" in case the Cuban revolts against the Spanish there threatened American financial interests. Never one to miss an opportunity to sell newspapers, William Randolph Hearst (among others) reported that the ship had been sunk by a Spanish mine. This was not true, but that did not matter to "yellow journalists" who were the "fake news" or tabloids of that time. The story sold well and whipped the American people into a war frenzy. "Remember the Maine!" became the battle cry of the coming Spanish-American war. This class will cover the beginning of America's overseas empire, pre-World War 1 American politics of the Gilded age, and the beginning of the age of modern war.

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield. 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. 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: Revolutionary War- Lexington & Concord (Quarter 1); The Alamo & the Mexican-American War (Quarter 2); The Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg (Quarter 3); and The Spanish-American War, Invasion of San Juan Hill, Cuba (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

    Beginner 'Bots: Animated Animals (Afterschool)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2021

    Class Time: 4:30 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    First quarter, students will construct Animated Animals such as a hopping bunny, lumbering elephant, creeping frog, leaf-munching giraffe, trotting horse, mommy and baby bird, flapping owl, and a prowling, growling tiger.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules. In this longer format class, general science lessons on the topic will be presented alongside the robotics.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $235.00

    Beginner 'Bots: Animated Animals (Tue)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    First quarter, students will construct Animated Animals such as a hopping bunny, lumbering elephant, creeping frog, leaf-munching giraffe, trotting horse, mommy and baby bird, flapping owl, and a prowling, growling tiger.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $174.00

    Beginner 'Bots: Animated Animals (Wed)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    First quarter, students will construct Animated Animals such as a hopping bunny, lumbering elephant, creeping frog, leaf-munching giraffe, trotting horse, mommy and baby bird, flapping owl, and a prowling, growling tiger.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $174.00

    Beginner 'Bots: Creepy Crawlies (Afterschool)

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2022

    Class Time: 4:30 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    Fourth quarter, students will model and motorize creepy crawly creatures such as a crab, praying mantis, scorpion, snail, ant, spider, tadpole, and more.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules. In this longer format class, general science lessons on the topic will be presented alongside the robotics.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $269.00

    Beginner 'Bots: Creepy Crawlies (Tue)

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    Fourth quarter, students will model and motorize creepy crawly creatures such as a crab, praying mantis, scorpion, snail, ant, spider, tadpole, and more.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $199.00

    Beginner 'Bots: Creepy Crawlies (Wed)

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 23, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    Fourth quarter, students will model and motorize creepy crawly creatures such as a crab, praying mantis, scorpion, snail, ant, spider, tadpole, and more.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $199.00

    Beginner 'Bots: Jurassic Giants (Afterschool)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2021

    Class Time: 4:30 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    Second quarter, modern robotics will bring extinct Jurassic world to life with projects such a Brachiosaur, T-Rex, Megalodon Shark, Pterodactyl and their current cousins- the Komodo Dragon and Crocodile.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules. In this longer format class, general science lessons on the topic will be presented alongside the robotics.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $235.00

    Beginner 'Bots: Jurassic Giants (Tue)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    Second quarter, modern robotics will bring extinct Jurassic world to life with projects such a Brachiosaur, T-Rex, Megalodon Shark, Pterodactyl and their current cousins- the Komodo Dragon and Crocodile.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $174.00

    Beginner 'Bots: Jurassic Giants (Wed)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    Second quarter, modern robotics will bring extinct Jurassic world to life with projects such a Brachiosaur, T-Rex, Megalodon Shark, Pterodactyl and their current cousins- the Komodo Dragon and Crocodile.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $174.00

    Beginner 'Bots: Rush Hour! (Afterschool)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2022

    Class Time: 4:30 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    Third quarter, rush hour comes to Compass as students build and program automated vehicles like a dune buggy, Formula 1 race car, tow truck, tractor trailer, bus, and more.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules. In this longer format class, general science lessons on the topic will be presented alongside the robotics.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $269.00

    Beginner 'Bots: Rush Hour! (Tue)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    Third quarter, rush hour comes to Compass as students build and program automated vehicles like a dune buggy, Formula 1 race car, tow truck, tractor trailer, bus, and more.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $199.00

    Beginner 'Bots: Rush Hour! (Wed)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 12, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    Third quarter, rush hour comes to Compass as students build and program automated vehicles like a dune buggy, Formula 1 race car, tow truck, tractor trailer, bus, and more.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $199.00

    Bibliophiles Books Group: Power and Powerlessness

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 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.

    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: $168.00

    Blast-Off! Living & Working in Space Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on April 15, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    The more we know about the universe, the more we learn about ourselves. Every NASA mission embodies the spirit of discovery. While living in space might appear to be nothing but fun; some of the known and unknown effects of space can spoil the party. This field trip will provide a glimpse into astronauts' daily lives while in space and the impact on the human body.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Build It Better! Crazy Contraptions

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites:

    LEGO Mindstorms components and motors are not just for building robots! These interconnecting pieces can be constructed into an infinite number of unique, mechanized machines- much like an erector set!

    Second quarter, students will discover what happens when simple machines are combined to work together. They will be challenged to develop a unique, individual segment of a maze that moves a ball from point A to point B, and each segment will link to a classmate's invention to keep the ball moving! They will use complex machines (compounded simple machines) with additional motors and more components to move the ball through a series of lifts, automated carts, moving gates, escalators, and more! Will each contraption transfer the ball to its neighbor without hitting the floor? Can they pass the ball to their neighbor without hitting the floor? This project is inspired by the LEGO Great Ball Contraption competition, which is similar to Rube Goldberg inventions. See http://greatballcontraption.com/ or You Tube videos for impressive examples of the Great Ball Contraption. Second quarter students will be challenged to build bigger, better, more complex contraptions with compound machines and more mechanization!

    Topics in this Series: Marble Mazes (Quarter 1); Crazy Contraptions (Quarter 2): Gadgets & Gizmos (Quarter 3); and Widgets and Whatsits (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Build It Better! Gadgets & Gizmos

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites:

    LEGO Mindstorms components and motors are not just for building robots! These interconnecting pieces can be constructed into an infinite number of unique, mechanized machines- much like an erector set!

    Each week, students will build a new gadget or gizmo like a mechanized inchworm, a ball shooter, a claw, an insect-like crawler, and more. Students will incorporate simple machines, complex machines, and small motors into their projects. They will work with new parts, more gears, and specialty pieces that they have not used even in prior 'Build It Better' classes.

    Topics in this Series: Marble Mazes (Quarter 1); Crazy Contraptions (Quarter 2): Gadgets & Gizmos (Quarter 3); and Widgets and Whatsits (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $210.00

    Build It Better! Marble Mazes

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites:

    LEGO Mindstorms components and motors are not just for building robots! These interconnecting pieces can be constructed into an infinite number of unique, mechanized machines- much like an erector set!

    First quarter, students will be challenged to develop a unique, individual segment of a maze that moves a ball from point A to point B, and each segment will link to a classmate's invention to keep the ball moving! They will be challenged to incorporate as many simple machines as possible into their maze. They will learn about levers, inclined planes, wheel and axle, wedges, screws, and pulleys while inventing. Can they move a ball through a maze with a ramp (inclined plane), a flipper (lever), or lowered bucket (pulley) without using their hands? Can they pass the ball to their neighbor without hitting the floor? This project is inspired by the LEGO Great Ball Contraption competition, which is similar to Rube Goldberg inventions. See http://greatballcontraption.com/ or You Tube videos for impressive examples of the Great Ball Contraption. Second quarter students will be challenged to build bigger, better, more complex contraptions with compound machines and more mechanization!

    Topics in this Series: Marble Mazes (Quarter 1); Crazy Contraptions (Quarter 2): Gadgets & Gizmos (Quarter 3); and Widgets and Whatsits (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Build It Better! Widgets and Whatsits

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites:

    LEGO Mindstorms components and motors are not just for building robots! These interconnecting pieces can be constructed into an infinite number of unique, mechanized machines- much like an erector set!

    Each week, students will build a new widget or "whatsit" creation like a functioning scissor lift, a creeping spider, or a gripper. Engineer a mechanized doodler, a spirograph machine, and more. Students will incorporate simple machines, complex machines, and small motors into their projects. They will work with new parts, more gears, and specialty pieces that they have not used even in prior 'Build It Better' classes.

    Topics in this Series: Marble Mazes (Quarter 1); Crazy Contraptions (Quarter 2): Gadgets & Gizmos (Quarter 3); and Widgets and Whatsits (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $210.00

    Chess: Advanced Beginners 4

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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: $127.00

    Chess: Beginners 4

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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: $127.00

    Code for a Cause- Technovation Team for Girls

    Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 9, 2021

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

    Instructor: Laura Adler

    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 begin 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 Thunkable (an app inventor platform). 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.

    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.

    TechnologyEach student will need to have- and check- her own e-mail account and bring her own laptop to class each week. Chrome Books and tablets will not work for this application.Homework Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours outside of class each week on coding or collaborating with team members. Age: The Compass team will be competing at the middle school level. Team members must not turn 15 before August 2022 for this team.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $912.00

    Cracking Codes, Cryptology for Kids: Superheroes

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Rebecca Sticha

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will learn the language of spies, secret agents, and sleuths 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 will learn to covert communications and get a glimpse of the secret operations of their favorite superheroes with all-new codes. Using Marvel and DC characters as the backstories to new ciphers, students will learn codes such as Superman's invisible ink and Batman's code that can only be revealed with a cave black light. Who can resist figuring out the ciphers of Joker's riddles or the undercover codes of Hawkeye and Black Widow? 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.

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

    Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a...Fantasy Adventure

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      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. Third quarter, they will fabricate a fantasy adventure. Will their story feature fantastical creatures, faraway places, or fictional events?

    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 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: A Secret Room (Quarter 1); A Hero's Journey (Quarter 2); A Fantasy Adventure (Quarter 3); and A Walk in the Woods (Quarter 4).

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

    Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a...Hero's Journey

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      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 chronicle the account of a hero's journey. Will their story include an original superhero, an ordinary kid, or an old-timey tale? Where are they going, and what must they accomplish?

    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 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: A Secret Room (Quarter 1); A Hero's Journey (Quarter 2); A Fantasy Adventure (Quarter 3); and A Walk in the Woods (Quarter 4).

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

    Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a...Secret Room

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      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. First quarter, they will spin the story of a secret room- Where is the secluded room, and what is its secret?

    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 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: A Secret Room (Quarter 1); A Hero's Journey (Quarter 2); A Fantasy Adventure (Quarter 3); and A Walk in the Woods (Quarter 4).

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

    Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a...Walk in the Woods

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      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. Fourth quarter, they will draft the drama of a walk in the woods. Who do they wake? Where do they wander?

    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 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: A Secret Room (Quarter 1); A Hero's Journey (Quarter 2); A Fantasy Adventure (Quarter 3); and A Walk in the Woods (Quarter 4).

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

    Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a...Zany Zoo

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      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. Fourth quarter, they will tell the tale of their own, zany zoo. Will their story include a lazy llama, a sassy sea lion, a joking jaguar...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: $149.00

    Director's Chair: Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 10, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Picture the mysterious count in a dark, dreary stone castle in Transylvania or the frail, young Lucy Seward ailing in an English sanitorium, afflicted by nightly, blood-sucking visits from a vampire. How would you portray these scenes on stage?

    Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes to bring a production to stage? It takes a team of people to put on a show: stage managers, specialized designers for costumes, sets, props, lighting, music, and sound. There are also choreographers, fight directors, a dramaturge, a technical director, casting director, publicist, producer, and stage director to guide them all.

    This class will explore the different roles of the production team, designers, and crew responsibilities as students analyze a script and make decisions as if they were the Director. Under the guidance of a theater professional, students will learn how the pre-production and design teams develop the director's vision to bring a production to life!

    Students will begin with reading and analyzing a script without stage directions or notes. The group will make technical and artistic decisions to formulate a vision for the production. Students will learn to notate stage directions (such as 'stumble in from downstage right') and how to block scenes. They will make aesthetic decisions on set design and props, costuming, and technical effects such as lighting, sound effects, or music. The class will consider casting requirements and discuss the audition process. Example class projects include sketching costume concepts, creating a miniature set, and preparing audition notices.

    This class is recommended for beginners as well as experienced theatre and production students. Every script is different and offers new sets of challenges. The emphasis in this course is on the vision, design decisions, and the teamwork required to bring a performance to stage, but the class will not be putting on an actual production. Students who want to further their study of theatrical production might wish to co-register for the 2021-22 courses on costume fabrication, Sewing for Cosplay, Stage Combat, or one of several acting/improvisation classes.

    Topics in this Series: Director's Chair: Murder on the Orient Express (Semester 1), Bram Stoker's Dracula (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: Will be reviewed in class and summarized in the weekly e-mail. Assessments: Qualitative feedback will be given throughout the semester. A quantitative score/grade will not be provided. Textbook/Materials: Furnished by instructor. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a copy of the licensed script and project materials. What to Bring: Script and notes. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts or Career Exploration for purposes of a high school transcript.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $355.00

    Director's Chair: Murder on the Orient Express

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 13, 2021

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Imagine the dapper detective, Hercule Poirot resting aboard an elegant transcontinental train when the locomotive screeches to a stop in a snowdrift, and it is discovered that another passenger was murdered overnight. Picture a colorful cast of characters- a doctor, a governess, a matron and her maid, a businessman, a salesman, a valet, and others...all who have a motive in the murder. How would you tell this story on stage?

    Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes to bring a production to stage? It takes a team of people to put on a show: stage managers, specialized designers for costumes, sets, props, lighting, music, and sound. There are also choreographers, fight directors, a dramaturge, a technical director, casting director, publicist, producer, and stage director to guide them all.

    This class will explore the different roles of the production team, designers, and crew responsibilities as students analyze a script and make decisions as if they were the Director. Under the guidance of a theater professional, students will learn how the pre-production and design teams develop the director's vision to bring a production to life!

    Students will begin with reading and analyzing a script without stage directions or notes. The group will make technical and artistic decisions to formulate a vision for the production. Students will learn to notate stage directions (such as 'stumble in from downstage right') and how to block scenes. They will make aesthetic decisions on set design and props, costuming, and technical effects such as lighting, sound effects, or music. The class will consider casting requirements and discuss the audition process. Example class projects include sketching costume concepts, creating a miniature set, and preparing audition notices.

    This class is recommended for beginners as well as experienced theatre and production students. Every script is different and offers new sets of challenges. The emphasis in this course is on the vision, design decisions, and the teamwork required to bring a performance to stage, but the class will not be putting on an actual production. Students who want to further their study of theatrical production might wish to co-register for the 2021-22 courses on costume fabrication, Sewing for Cosplay, Stage Combat, or one of several acting/improvisation classes.

    Topics in this Series: Director's Chair: Murder on the Orient Express (Semester 1), Bram Stoker's Dracula (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: Will be reviewed in class and summarized in the weekly e-mail. Assessments: Qualitative feedback will be given throughout the semester. A quantitative score/grade will not be provided. Textbook/Materials: Furnished by instructor. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a copy of the licensed script and project materials. What to Bring: Script and notes. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts or Career Exploration for purposes of a high school transcript.

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

    Dynamic Dioramas- History & Culture: Ancient Egypt & the Sea Peoples

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    3000 years ago, western civilization, as the ancients knew it, almost disappeared. This was known as the Bronze Age Collapse, a near total ending of all civilization in the Mediterranean world. Only the mightiest empires would be able to withstand the onslaught of displaced invaders, climate disasters, and the breakdown of trade that had fueled the Bronze age. The last bastion of early human civilization was the New Kingdom of Egypt. Protected from land invasion by an impassable desert, their greatest threat would arrive by sea, giving the invaders the name, "the Sea Peoples." Because of the breakdown in civilization, little is known about Sea Peoples, but they forced the Empire of Ramses to change completely, or face extinction!

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger terrain and then compete in a history-based role-playing game which will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, and/or warfare 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:

    Ancient Egypt & the Sea Peoples (Quarter 1); Ancient Greece & the Trojan War (Quarter 2); The Roman Republic (Quarter 3); and Viking Invasions (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

    Dynamic Dioramas- History & Culture: Viking Invasions

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 23, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    In the "dark ages" of Europe, the Germanic barbarians and former invaders who settled in Western Europe had their turn at being menaced by ferocious pagans from the far corners of the world- the Vikings! Anglo Saxon Britain and Francia (i.e. proto-France) were some of the first victims of the marauding Viking raids, but over three centuries, Viking pillaging and piracy would reach from the North African coast and Sicily, all the way to the Middle East! The reputation for plunder and violence was earned, but not the entire story. Archaeological evidence shows that the "Vikings" actually spent more time exploring and trading, bringing goods from as far away as China to burial mounds in Northern Europe. This class will discuss the perfect storm of conditions that made Viking life possible, and recreate their home port coastal villages.

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger terrain and then compete in a history-based role-playing game which will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, and/or warfare 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:

    Ancient Egypt & the Sea Peoples (Quarter 1); Ancient Greece & the Trojan War (Quarter 2); The Roman Republic (Quarter 3); and Viking Invasions (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

    Dynamic Dioramas- Myths & Legends: Beowulf (The Vikings)

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Discover the ancient tale of the fierce, warrior prince of the Viking age- Beowulf.
    The well-loved saga tells of Beowulf and his followers, the most elite monster hunters ever. From diving into the depths of the ocean to slay sea monsters, to battling the brutal behemoth, Grendel, in Danish King Hrothgar's great hall, discover how Beowulf earned his fame. The story of Beowulf is a dungeon-crawling Viking epic for the ages and serves as the roots for the modern fantasy genre. It has been called the Norse Odyssey, complete with monsters and dragons.

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger terrain and then compete in a history-based role-playing game which will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, and/or warfare 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:

    The Pyramids & Gods of Ancient Egypt (Quarter 1); The Odyssey- Ancient Greece (Quarter 2); The Aeneid- Roman Republic (Quarter 3); and Beowulf- The Vikings (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

    Dynamic Dioramas- Myths & Legends: The Aeneid (Roman Republic)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    The Aeneid is the story of the mythical founding of Rome, as told by Rome's greatest epic poet, Virgil. Often compared to the Odyssey, another epic story of a journey, but with a dash of Roman propaganda thrown in. This is the tale of Aneas, a Trojan refugee who exemplifies all the great Roman virtues, such as piety, prudence, and gravitas. Each story in the epic exemplifies a different virtue and seeks to connect the founding of Rome and the family of Julius Caesar to mythical heroes and the gods themselves! The class will recreate these scenes in miniature for a role playing game, testing our knowledge of Roman culture, virtue, and favor of the goddess Fortuna!

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger terrain and then compete in a history-based role-playing game which will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, and/or warfare 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:

    The Pyramids & Gods of Ancient Egypt (Quarter 1); The Odyssey- Ancient Greece (Quarter 2); The Aeneid- Ancient Rome (Quarter 3); and Beowulf- The Vikings (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

    Dynamic Dioramas- Myths & Legends: The Odyssey (Ancient Greece)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2021

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    After the events of the Trojan War described in the Illiad, came The Odyssey, the arduous ten-year journey home to Ithaca by the legendary hero Odysseus. In true epic fashion, this is a story replete with meddling and vengeful gods, fierce monsters, and diverse settings for its series of disasters. Students will recreate famous scenes, such as the slaying of the Cyclops, or Odysseus's return to Ithaca to those who usurped his throne! These recreations will be used for role playing games, giving students a chance to be part of this unforgettable, ancient and epic!

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger terrain and then compete in a history-based role-playing game which will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, and/or warfare 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:

    The Pyramids & Gods of Ancient Egypt (Quarter 1); The Odyssey- Ancient Greece (Quarter 2); The Aeneid- The Roman Republic (Quarter 3); and Beowulf- The Vikings (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

    Dynamic Dioramas- Myths & Legends: The Pyramids & Gods of Ancient Egypt

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2021

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    The Old Kingdom, the first great civilization in Egypt, gave the world the iconic pyramids. Those pyramids, great and small, on the banks of the Nile River, and the nearby temples will serve as the backdrop for an exploration of the history and culture of Ancient Egypt, from the very beginning. Students will use their dioramas and a role playing game to tell the stories of Egypt's gods and foundational myths in the Old Kingdom.

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger terrain and then compete in a history-based role-playing game which will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, and/or warfare 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:

    The Pyramids & Gods of Ancient Egypt (Quarter 1); The Odyssey- Ancient Greece (Quarter 2); The Aeneid- Roman Republic (Quarter 3); and Beowulf- The Vikings (Quarter 4)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

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

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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: $177.00

    Dynamic Dioramas: Virginia History- The Civil War, 1861-1865 (Tue) *ONLINE*

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    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: $177.00

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

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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: $177.00

    Early Medieval History: Rise of Roman Empire through 9th c. Ireland & Britain

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 7, 2021

    Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 145 min

    Instructor: Hugh Gardner

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will be immersed in detail and fully engaged in this intensive history course led by well- known homeschool instructor and historian Hugh Gardner. This history class is unlike other high school history course. Instead of learning a sequential set of names, dates, and battles, students will learn how to analyze and interpret history. Much like a college seminar, this approach to world history incorporates historiography (the history of the history.) Mr. Gardner does not teach a narrow view from a single textbook or static set of prepared notes. Instead, he presents the back story and multiple interpretations for the "why" questions in world history. Class discussion considers interpretations from a wide array of scholars and is updated as new sources are published. Rather than running through a timeline of outcomes, students will evaluate contributing factors (the "how" questions) and will learn about the personalities, prejudices, and biases of the people involved ("who").

    The first semester will introduce the Roman way of war beginning with Caesar and examine the Roman conquest of Gaul and invasion of Britain. Students will explore the Celts, Germanic tribes, and other "barbarians." The class will navigate the dark ages and early middle ages, including the collapse of Roman-Britain, the so-called "Age of Arthur," the letters of Saint Patrick, the voyage of Saint Brendan, and the Book of Kells.

    This is no ordinary history class as Mr. Gardner surrounds the students with vivid posters, maps, charts, primary sources, and artifacts to supplement his story-telling style. Students will be able to examine and handle period pieces such as antique and replica weapons and military accoutrements of the era while learning how these tools helped shape the battlefields and turning points in history. Students will be introduced to the art, music, and literature of the times in addition to warfare and politics. With an emphasis on primary sources, students will scrutinize historical atlases and original writings, all in a collaborative and interactive setting. Just for fun, students earn historical trading cards for class participation.

    This is a 14-week (semester) class. It is the first part in a four semester (two-year series). Second semester will include Vikings, Saxons, and Normans, concluding with the epic battles of 1066 and the Bayeux Tapestry (winter/spring 2022). The second year of Medieval study will include Robin Hood, Byzantium, the Rise of Islam and the beginning of the Crusading Era (Fall 2022); the end of the Crusading Era, the Mongols, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce (winter/spring 2023).

    Topics in this Series: Early Medieval History: Rise of Roman Empire through 9th c. British Isles (Semester 1), Early Medieval History: The Vikings (Norse), Saxons, and Normans (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: Reading assignments will be assigned in class and noted in the weekly e-mail. Assessments: Will not be given. Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase: (1) The Historical Atlas of the Celtic World , by John Haywood, Thames & Hudson, 2009 (Paperback Edition, ISBN 978-0500-28831-3) OR (1)
    Atlas of the Celtic World by John Haywood, Thames & Hudson, 2001 (Hardback Edition, ISBN 0-500-05109-7); (2) Patrick The Pilgrim Apostle of Ireland (Analysis of St. Patrick's Confessio and Epistola), by Maire B. De Paor, P.B.V.M., Veritas, Dublin, 1998. (ISBN 0-06-000902-0), and (3) The Voyage of Saint Brendan by John J. O'Mears, trans., Smythe, 1991 (ISBN-13: 978-0851055046). What to Bring: Paper or notebook; pen or pencil; assigned texts. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in world history for purposes of a high school transcript.

    9 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $495.00

    Early Medieval History: The Vikings (Norse), Saxons, and Normans

    Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2022

    Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 145 min

    Instructor: Hugh Gardner

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will be immersed in detail and fully engaged in this intensive history course led by well- known homeschool instructor and historian Hugh Gardner. This history class is unlike other high school history course. Instead of learning a sequential set of names, dates, and battles, students will learn how to analyze and interpret history. Much like a college seminar, this approach to world history incorporates historiography (the history of the history.) Mr. Gardner does not teach a narrow view from a single textbook or static set of prepared notes. Instead, he presents the back story and multiple interpretations for the "why" questions in world history. Class discussion considers interpretations from a wide array of scholars and is updated as new sources are published. Rather than running through a timeline of outcomes, students will evaluate contributing factors (the "how" questions) and will learn about the personalities, prejudices, and biases of the people involved ("who").

    Second semester, students will examine the Viking Age, Saxon England, and the Normans. The class will culminate with the decisive battles of these three peoples for control of England in 1066. The group will meet Alfred the Great and decipher the Bayeux Tapestry to further their understanding of the period. Just for fun, one class session will be dedicated to Norse games.

    This is no ordinary history class as Mr. Gardner surrounds the students with vivid posters, maps, charts, primary sources, and artifacts to supplement his story-telling style. Students will be able to examine and handle period pieces such as antique and replica weapons and military accoutrements of the era while learning how these tools helped shape the battlefields and turning points in history. Students will be introduced to the art, music, and literature of the times in addition to warfare and politics. With an emphasis on primary sources, students will scrutinize historical atlases and original writings, all in a collaborative and interactive setting. Just for fun, students earn historical trading cards for class participation.

    This is a 16-week (semester) class. It is the second part in a four semester (two-year series). The second year of Medieval study will include Robin Hood, Byzantium, the Rise of Islam and the beginning of the Crusading Era (Fall 2022); the end of the Crusading Era, the Mongols, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce (winter/spring 2023).

    Topics in this Series: Early Medieval History: Rise of Roman Empire through 9th c. British Isles (Semester 1), Early Medieval History: The Vikings (Norse), Saxons, and Normans (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: Reading assignments will be assigned in class and noted in the weekly e-mail. Assessments: Will not be given. Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase: (1) The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings by John Haywood, Penguin, 1995. (ISBN 978-0-140-51328-8) and (2) The Vinland Sagas by Keneva Kunz, trans., Penguin, 2008. (ISBN 978-0-140-44776-7) Note: Earlier Penguin editions are not the same.) What to Bring: Paper or notebook; pen or pencil; assigned texts. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in world history for purposes of a high school transcript.

    9 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $565.00

    Eco Scientist: All About Islands

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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: $196.00

    Engineering Simulation Lab: Aeronautical (High Altitude Space Planes)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Have you wondered about re-usable, high altitude space planes? In this simulation class, students will examine aspects of Aeronautical Engineering to design, build, and launch their own virtual high altitude space planes. On screen, student engineers will select and test variables such as wing shape, fuselage design, and engine type, while also experimenting with lift, drag, and thrust-to-weight.

    The class will use KerbalEDU simulation software on laptops to immerse themselves in a realistic, simulated environment to complete a series of challenging missions. In the KerbalEDU environment, students can design and build different marine vessels, launch them, and use mission data to improve their designs.

    Topics in this Series: Aeronautical Engineering- High Altitude Space Planes (Quarter 1); Aerospace Engineering- Space Missions (Quarter 2); Astronautical Engineering- Space Station Design (Quarter 3); Marine Engineering- Ships & Submarines (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Engineering Simulation Lab: Aerospace (MultiStage Rockets)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Are you interested in rocket design and engines? In this simulation class, students will examine aspects of Aerospace Engineering to design, build, and launch their own virtual multi-stage rockets. On screen, student engineers will apply the physics of space flight and test variables such as nose cone shape, fins, stages, and fuels.

    The class will use KerbalEDU simulation software on laptops to immerse themselves in a realistic, simulated environment to complete a series of challenging missions. In the KerbalEDU environment, students can design and build different marine vessels, launch them, and use mission data to improve their designs.

    Topics in this Series: Aeronautical Engineering- High Altitude Space Planes (Quarter 1); Aerospace Engineering- Space Missions (Quarter 2); Astronautical Engineering- Space Station Design (Quarter 3); Marine Engineering- Ships & Submarines (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Engineering Simulation Lab: Astronautical (Space Station Design)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 13, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Would you live in a long-term space habitat? In this simulation class, students will examine aspects of Astronautical Engineering to design, build, launch, and resupply their own space station modules in a multi-player environment. On screen, student engineers will construct modules for command, housing, research, storage and support for a virtual for a space stations, such as the ISS, while considering the challenges of long-term space habitation.

    The class will use KerbalEDU simulation software on laptops to immerse themselves in a realistic, simulated environment to complete a series of challenging missions. In the KerbalEDU environment, students can design and build different marine vessels, launch them, and use mission data to improve their designs.

    Topics in this Series: Aeronautical Engineering- High Altitude Space Planes (Quarter 1); Aerospace Engineering- Space Missions (Quarter 2); Astronautical Engineering- Space Station Design (Quarter 3); Marine Engineering- Ships & Submarines (Quarter 4).

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

    Engineering Simulation Lab: Marine (Ships & Submarines)

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 24, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Are you intrigued by the voyage, exploration, and defense of the seas? In this simulation class, students will examine aspects of Marine Engineering to design, build, launch, and pilot their own virtual navy. On screen, student engineers will select and test variables such as hull shape and material, type of propulsion, fuel source, vessel weight, and more to create a variety ships and submarines. They will use their virtual vessels to complete missions, onscreen challenges, and epic sea battles.

    The class will use KerbalEDU simulation software on laptops to immerse themselves in a realistic, simulated environment to complete a series of challenging missions. In the KerbalEDU environment, students can design and build different marine vessels, launch them, and use mission data to improve their designs.

    Topics in this Series: Aeronautical Engineering- High Altitude Space Planes (Quarter 1); Aerospace Engineering- Space Missions (Quarter 2); Astronautical Engineering- Space Station Design (Quarter 3); Marine Engineering- Ships & Submarines (Quarter 4).

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

    Experimental Methods & Design: Animal Behavior

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    In this class, middle school students will learn to work as independent investigators using the scientific method. Students will observe the systems under investigation, choose a pattern or trend that interests them, and then develop a testable hypothesis. Students will learn how to: design a scientific experiment for either a laboratory or field setting, choose appropriate controls, minimize investigator bias, correctly perform measurements and to record and analyze data.

    During first quarter, students will design experiments relating to animal behavior. Possible areas of investigation include behavior at the individual level (such as substrate selection with pill bugs or millipedes); learned behavior with planaria; foraging and habitat preferences with hermit crabs; territoriality among betta fish or hissing cockroaches; or social behavior with ant colonies. Others may design experiments that test intraspecific interactions, predator-prey relationships, or animal competition.

    Students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed scientific literature to research their subject. By the end of the quarter, students will have completed their independent investigations, summarized the results in a poster, and will present their data to the class. Each quarter will focus on a different aspect of science. Topics in this Series: Animal Behavior (Quarter 1), Chemistry (Quarter 2), Microscopic (Quarter 3), and Environmental Science (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: $172.00

    Experimental Methods & Design: Chemistry

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    In this class, middle school students will learn to work as independent investigators using the scientific method. Students will observe the systems under investigation, choose a pattern or trend that interests them, and then develop a testable hypothesis. Students will learn how to: design a scientific experiment for either a laboratory or field setting, choose appropriate controls, minimize investigator bias, correctly perform measurements and to record and analyze data.

    During second quarter, students will design experiments relating to chemistry! Our focus will be on chemical reactions that we observe in everyday life and/or hear about in the news. Students will design experiments that test the chemistry of food, household products, or environmental agents. Possible areas of investigation include the effects of street runoff on water quality, how increasing levels of carbon dioxide change the acidity of freshwater and seawater, and the effects of acid rain on plant growth.

    Students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed scientific literature to research their subject. By the end of the quarter, students will have completed their independent investigations, summarized the results in a poster, and will present their data to the class. Each quarter will focus on a different aspect of science. Topics in this Series: Animal Behavior (Quarter 1), Chemistry (Quarter 2), Microscopic (Quarter 3), and Environmental Science (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: $172.00

    Experimental Methods & Design: Environmental Science

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    In this class, middle school students will learn to work as independent investigators using the scientific method. Students will observe the systems under investigation, choose a pattern or trend that interests them, and then develop a testable hypothesis. Students will learn how to: design a scientific experiment for either a laboratory or field setting, choose appropriate controls, minimize investigator bias, correctly perform measurements and to record and analyze data.

    Fourth quarter, students will investigate an aspect of environmental science such as water quality, air pollution, contaminants affecting native species, or man-made materials affecting the indoor environment. Depending on thier area of focus, students may use microscopes, spectrometers, or other equipment and learn to keep science journals/notebooks.

    Students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed scientific literature to research their subject. By the end of the quarter, students will have completed their independent investigations, summarized the results in a poster, and will present their data to the class. Each quarter will focus on a different aspect of science. Topics in this Series: Animal Behavior (Quarter 1), Chemistry (Quarter 2), Microscopic (Quarter 3), and Environmental Science (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: $196.00

    Experimental Methods & Design: Microscopic Life

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    In this class, middle school students will learn to work as independent investigators using the scientific method. Students will observe the systems under investigation, choose a pattern or trend that interests them, and then develop a testable hypothesis. Students will learn how to: design a scientific experiment for either a laboratory or field setting, choose appropriate controls, minimize investigator bias, correctly perform measurements and to record and analyze data.

    Third quarter will focus on investigations of small and/or microscopic organisms such as Planaria, Euglena, brine shrimp and tardigrades (water bears). Students will spend time using microscopes, making slides, and learning to keep science journals/notebooks. Our overall themes will be understanding processes that are important for organisms' survival at the microscopic scale, and comparing these lifestyles and adaptations to those from macro-scale ecological communities with which students are more familiar.

    Students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed scientific literature to research their subject. By the end of the quarter, students will have completed their independent investigations, summarized the results in a poster, and will present their data to the class. Each quarter will focus on a different aspect of science. Topics in this Series: Animal Behavior (Quarter 1), Chemistry (Quarter 2), Microscopic (Quarter 3), and Environmental Science (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: $196.00

    Fashion Design I

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 13, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Paris. Milan. Madrid. What's on the runways in 2021? Wide disco collars, chic trench coats, and layered skirts in simmering neons, crochet knits, and faux leather. Do you study the pages of Glamour, Vogue, Marie Claire, and wish to be involved in the world of trendy fashion? Perhaps you follow fashion influencers on Instagram. Or, do you enjoy the satisfaction of designing apparel yourself, your way? If so, this class is for you. Each week this course will cover two aspects: the history of fashion and fashion design.

    Fashion trends are often cyclical, and elements of style are reimagined every few decades. Students will seek inspiration for new designs and style remixes by learning about the history of fashion in eastern and western cultures for the last century. First semester, students will look at fashion trends by decade from 1900 through the 1960s. This semester will cover chapters 1 through 3 in the textbook.

    With inspiration from historical design trends, students will learn how to create fashion renderings, from initial concepts through a chic, coordinated collection. First semester, the class will learn about color theory, color psychology, and composing color palettes. They will learn to draw their designs by sketching a croquis (a quick, rough sketch of a garments on a proportioned figure.) Students will practice vision boarding and developing a story board. This class does not include sewing the fashions.

    Topics in this Series: Stellar Style: Fashion Design & History I (Semester 1), Stellar Style: Fashion Design & History II (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 on reading assignments and completing design activities.

    Assignments: Projects and readings will be given out in class and will also be communicated via email.

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

    Textbook: Students should purchase Fundamentals of Fashion Design, 3rd Edition, by Richard Sorger and Jenny Udale (ISBN# 978-1474270007) before the first class. Additional information will be distributed as handouts in class.

    Lab/Supply Fee: None.

    What to Bring: Images/sample photos, swatches, and other assigned materials.

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

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

    Fashion Design II

    Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 10, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    London. New York. Tokyo. What will be on the runways in 2022? Statement coats, full-body capes, tailored suits, layered skirts, vests, metallic detailing, iridescent fabrics and natural fibers. Do you study the pages of Glamour, Vogue, Marie Claire, and wish to be involved in the world of trendy fashion? Perhaps you follow fashion influencers on Instagram. Or, do you enjoy the satisfaction of making things yourself, your way? If so, this class is for you. Each week this course will cover three parallel tracks: the history of fashion, fashion design, and sewing, with the first hour of each class being lessons and design work and the second hour dedicated to application and sewing.

    Fashion trends are often cyclical, and elements of style are reimagined every few decades. Students will seek inspiration for new designs and style remixes by learning about the history of fashion in eastern and western cultures for the last century. Second semester, students will examine fashion trends by decade from the 1970s through the 2000s. The class will also highlight the work of influential designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Kenzo Takada, Prada, and others. This semester will cover chapters 4 and 5 in the textbook.

    With inspiration from historical design trends, students will learn how to create fashion renderings, from initial concepts through a chic, coordinated collection. Second semester, students' design work will focus on creating a collection and sharing those designs through a collection story board. The class will also culminate with presentation of designs and a discussion of related careers including fashion design, art, graphic design, advertising, merchandising, costuming, manufacturing, retail work or virtual style influencer.

    Topics in this Series: Stellar Style: Fashion Design & History I (Semester 1), Stellar Style: Fashion Design & History II (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 on reading assignments and completing design activities.

    Assignments: Projects and readings will be given out in class and will also be communicated via email.

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

    Textbook: Students should purchase Fundamentals of Fashion Design, 3rd Edition, by Richard Sorger and Jenny Udale (ISBN# 978-1474270007) before the first class. Additional information will be distributed as handouts in class.

    Lab/Supply Fee: None.

    What to Bring: Images/sample photos, swatches, and other assigned materials.

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

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $355.00

    Fencing for Beginners & Advanced Beginners

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Fencing Sports Academy

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Fencing is the clashing of steel and competitive spirit combined with the battle of the wits. Apply the rules of Olympic fencing, and you have a physically and mentally challenging game of strategy, often called, "physical chess." In Beginning Fencing, students will learn the rules of the sport as well as footwork, attacks, parries, responses, and how to judge matches. Beginning students will use the epee, a thin, lightweight sword with broad hand guard and will wear a wireless electronic scoring sensor over layers of protective gear. Returning students will work with both the epee and foil. The physical benefits of fencing are an increase in agility, balance and coordination. Fencing also provides mental benefits such as improved focus, strategy and confidence. Fencing is safety-oriented with blunt tip weapons, chest protectors, chest/sleeve pads, fencing jacket, gloves, and face mask. All equipment is provided by the instructor. Students are asked to wear comfortable athletic pants such as running pants or sweatpants (no jeans, no dresses), and low-heeled athletic shoes.

      Price: $169.00

    French Foundations

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 7th-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: $163.00

    French Foundations

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 7th-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: $163.00

    French Foundations

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 12, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 7th-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: $186.00

    French Foundations

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 23, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 7th-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: $186.00

    French with Friends

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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 1: Starts on September 8, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Salut! French with Friends is an introductory French class for elementary-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, 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: $163.00

    French with Friends

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Salut! French with Friends is an introductory French class for elementary-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, 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: $163.00

    French with Friends

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 12, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Salut! French with Friends is an introductory French class for elementary-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, 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: $186.00

    French with Friends

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 23, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Salut! French with Friends is an introductory French class for elementary-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, 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: $186.00

    FUNctional Fitness: Homeschool PE (Wed)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Iman Castaneda

    Grade Range: 2nd-6th

    Prerequisites:

    FUNctional Fitness is a dynamic kids' homeschool PE program that incorporates well-rounded exercises to get kids up and moving mid-day! No two workouts are the same, but each day's activities incorporate exercises that target 10 areas: cardio-vascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. FUNctional Fitness focuses on functional movements that are fundamental to all aspects of play and exercise- pulling, pushing, running, throwing, climbing, lifting, and jumping. Work-outs are scalable and adaptable to different individual's own level, and the emphasis is on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. When the weather permits, some exercises may be taken outdoors. The physical challenges of FUNctional Fitness will foster self-confidence, focus, and help instill a foundation for a lifetime of fitness. All equipment is furnished. Students are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants, and comfortable, supportive athletic shoes. FUNctional Fitness continues each quarter, and students may repeat the class to continue to improve fitness. No two workouts are the same! Students must be minimum age 7 to take this class.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

    Fundamentals of Drawing: Defining Details

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 9, 2021

    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.

    Fourth quarter, teens will sketch a variety of subjects to demonstrate some advanced techniques in drawing- shading, light and shadow, textures, and perspective- to add detail and dimension to their works. The class will also be introduced to the concepts of composition and the fundamentals of portraiture. Over the course, students should progress to draw more carefully, more accurately and to represent more refined details in 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 Animal Art (Quarter 2), Fantasy Figures (Quarter 3), and Defining Details (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: $172.00

    Geo Detective: Exploring Ecosystems

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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: $196.00

    Go West! A Day in the Life of a Frontier Soldier on theSanta Fe Trail (+Wives of Soldiers) Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on May 18, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Fort Larned National Historic Site

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Fort Larned National Historic Site's programs offer students an exciting introduction to the daily life of a frontier soldier. Through a live and interactive lesson with park rangers via the Internet, students journey back through time to examine the daily routines and living conditions of a common soldier.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! A Day in the Life of a Homesteader Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on May 11, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Homestead National Monument of America

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    A brief of overview of the Homestead Act is discussed. Discussion includes the types of houses built on the plains and the chores of a homestead child. A guided discussion on the inside of a log cabin with pictures. If time allows there is a video on general stores and one on growing wheat not only to
    show the process, but show how agricultural machinery has evolved.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! A School Day in 1872 Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on May 25, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Homestead National Monument of America

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    This program will answer: What the Homestead Act of 1862 was and how it brought people west to settle. Students will compare and contrast life in a classroom in 1872 and today.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! Heading West (St. Louis) Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on April 13, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Gateway Arch National Park

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    How do you pack a covered wagon? Learn how the pioneers prepared for the dangerous journey across prairies, rivers, and mountains as they migrated west to Oregon and California.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! Legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on May 4, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Union Pacific Railroad Museum

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Start your history investigation! What does the transcontinental railroad mean in American history? Analyze the clues, consider different perspectives, and draw your own conclusion. Students will work with primary source documents to understand the history of the transcontinental railroad from multiple perspectives.The group half, conducted with the museum via a one hour lesson on Zoom or other video chat platform, is about delving deeper into understanding and learning from primary sources. Students will practice several different methods of interrogating and analyzing historical documents. They will learn from each other to piece together the whole story of the transcontinental railroad.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! Stories of San Diego Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on April 27, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: San Diego History Center

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Discover San Diego's early beginnings and how the history of San Diego is reflected in our culture today by exploring the changes that have occurred here over time.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! Westward Ho! (San Jose) Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on April 20, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: History San Jose Museum

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    What challenges did American settlers face when traveling West overland during the mid-1800s? During the mid-1800s, many American settlers moved west in covered wagons. History San Jose offers students the opportunity to travel as part of an American caravan from Independence, MO to Sacramento, CA. Students will visually analyze photographs and paintings to determine the environmental dynamics settlers faced across the terrain and inspect artifacts settlers carried over the course of their 1,700-mile journey West. By the end of the presentation, students will understand the motivating factors that led people to trek overland and recognize the challenges American settlers faced when traveling westward to California.

      Price: $15.00

    Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Amusement Park (TUE)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    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.

    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: Amusement Park (WED)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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

    Junior Art Studio: Kings and Queens, Kids' Medieval Art (Tue 10am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2022

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior artist will explore fun and interesting art processes through a variety of medieval art projects such as a crown craft, make our own parchment paper, design a code of arms and make a custom shield to name a few.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $144.00

    Junior Art Studio: Kings and Queens, Kids' Medieval Art (Tue 11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2022

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior artist will explore fun and interesting art processes through a variety of medieval art projects such as a crown craft, make our own parchment paper, design a code of arms and make a custom shield to name a few.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $144.00

    Junior Art Studio: Kings and Queens, Kids' Medieval Art (Wed 11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 23, 2022

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior artist will explore fun and interesting art processes through a variety of medieval art projects such as a crown craft, make our own parchment paper, design a code of arms and make a custom shield to name a few.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $144.00

    Junior Art Studio: Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (Wed 10am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on March 23, 2022

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior artist will explore fun and interesting art processes through a variety of medieval art projects such as a crown craft, make our own parchment paper, design a code of arms and make a custom shield to name a few.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $144.00

    Junior Art Studio: Mixed Media Makers (Tue 10am)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior artists will explore fun and unique art processes through a variety of mixed media projects such as tint and shade ice cream cones, cut paper art, quilt and tile inspired art, and amazing illusion art.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $126.00

    Junior Art Studio: Mixed Media Makers (Tue 11am)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior artists will explore fun and unique art processes through a variety of mixed media projects such as tint and shade ice cream cones, cut paper art, quilt and tile inspired art, and amazing illusion art.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $126.00

    Junior Art Studio: Mixed Media Makers (Wed 10am)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior artists will explore fun and unique art processes through a variety of mixed media projects such as tint and shade ice cream cones, cut paper art, quilt and tile inspired art, and amazing illusion art.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $126.00

    Junior Art Studio: Mixed Media Makers (Wed 11am)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 8, 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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior artists will explore fun and unique art processes through a variety of mixed media projects such as tint and shade ice cream cones, cut paper art, quilt and tile inspired art, and amazing illusion art.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $126.00

    Junior Art Studio: National Gallery Garden (Tue 10am)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior arts will explore the art works of the famous artists whose work is on display in the beautiful outdoor garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Exhibited artists include Smith, Calder, Miro, Burton, Lichtenstein, Flanagan, LeWitt, Bourgeois, Oldenburg, Shapiro, Kelly, Graft, Abakanowicz and DiSuvero. Projects will be representative of the theme, form, or art mediums of the week's featured artist. Example projects are a 4-sided pyramid, grafted tree, and a spider sculpture.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $126.00

    Junior Art Studio: National Gallery Garden (Tue 11am)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior arts will explore the art works of the famous artists whose work is on display in the beautiful outdoor garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Exhibited artists include Smith, Calder, Miro, Burton, Lichtenstein, Flanagan, LeWitt, Bourgeois, Oldenburg, Shapiro, Kelly, Graft, Abakanowicz and DiSuvero. Projects will be representative of the theme, form, or art mediums of the week's featured artist. Example projects are a 4-sided pyramid, grafted tree, and a spider sculpture.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $126.00

    Junior Art Studio: National Gallery Garden (Wed 10am)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior arts will explore the art works of the famous artists whose work is on display in the beautiful outdoor garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Exhibited artists include Smith, Calder, Miro, Burton, Lichtenstein, Flanagan, LeWitt, Bourgeois, Oldenburg, Shapiro, Kelly, Graft, Abakanowicz and DiSuvero. Projects will be representative of the theme, form, or art mediums of the week's featured artist. Example projects are a 4-sided pyramid, grafted tree, and a spider sculpture.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $126.00

    Junior Art Studio: National Gallery Garden (Wed 11am)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior arts will explore the art works of the famous artists whose work is on display in the beautiful outdoor garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Exhibited artists include Smith, Calder, Miro, Burton, Lichtenstein, Flanagan, LeWitt, Bourgeois, Oldenburg, Shapiro, Kelly, Graft, Abakanowicz and DiSuvero. Projects will be representative of the theme, form, or art mediums of the week's featured artist. Example projects are a 4-sided pyramid, grafted tree, and a spider sculpture.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $126.00

    Junior Art Studio: Scenic Seascapes (TUE, 10am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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: $144.00

    Junior Art Studio: Scenic Seascapes (TUE, 11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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: $144.00

    Junior Art Studio: Scenic Seascapes (WED, 10am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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: $144.00

    Junior Art Studio: Scenic Seascapes (WED, 11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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: $144.00

    Junior Art Studio: Whimsical Winter Works (Tue 10am)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2022

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior Artists will study and create art that showcases winter with projects such as aerial view snowman, winter trees snow painting, polar bear art process, newspaper winter landscape, and fold, and print winter reflection. They will examine samples from artist who worked in similar material themes or styles.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $144.00

    Junior Art Studio: Whimsical Winter Works (Tue 11am)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2022

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior Artists will study and create art that showcases winter with projects such as aerial view snowman, winter trees snow painting, polar bear art process, newspaper winter landscape, and fold, and print winter reflection. They will examine samples from artist who worked in similar material themes or styles.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $144.00

    Junior Art Studio: Whimsical Winter Works (Wed 10am)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 12, 2022

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior Artists will study and create art that showcases winter with projects such as aerial view snowman, winter trees snow painting, polar bear art process, newspaper winter landscape, and fold, and print winter reflection. They will examine samples from artist who worked in similar material themes or styles.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $144.00

    Junior Art Studio: Whimsical Winter Works (Wed 11am)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 12, 2022

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Junior Artists will study and create art that showcases winter with projects such as aerial view snowman, winter trees snow painting, polar bear art process, newspaper winter landscape, and fold, and print winter reflection. They will examine samples from artist who worked in similar material themes or styles.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (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: $144.00

    Junior Engineering with LEGO: Awesome Automobiles (Tue)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2021

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 85 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 tackle Awesome Automobiles, building pull-back motorcycles, belt-drive fire jeeps, gear-driven dragsters, and car carriers.

    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. Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. Topics in this Series: Super Structures (Quarter 1); Awesome Automobiles (Quarter 2); Monster Machines (Quarter 3); Colossal Construction (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $194.00

    Junior Engineering with LEGO: Awesome Automobiles (Wed)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2021

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 85 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 tackle Awesome Automobiles, building pull-back motorcycles, belt-drive fire jeeps, gear-driven dragsters, and car carriers.

    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. Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. Topics in this Series: Super Structures (Quarter 1); Awesome Automobiles (Quarter 2); Monster Machines (Quarter 3); Colossal Construction (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $194.00

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