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Track 3, 7th-12th, Class Descriptions

ART

ART:  FOCUSED PROJECTS, 1st semester: BEGINNING DRAWING, 7th +

55 min. class, 1st semester, 15 weeks, Terri Kryzer

Drawing is foundational to other mediums of art. Students will use graphite, blending tools, charcoal, and colored pencils as they are introduced to the elements of line, shading, blending, and value. Through graphing, copying master's works of art, and learning how to accurately see and record objects as seen from real life, students will gain confidence and knowledge in their drawing skills. Students will immediately apply fine art concepts such as light, tone, texture, shadow, perspective, and composition into their drawings. As they are introduced to Master Artists, students will be required to study one Master Artist in-depth and present a 5-minute presentation to the class (using Power Point, story board, or anything creative to aid in their presentation). Mrs. Kryzer always encourages her students who have taken this class to take it again! There will be new content for former students and they will have more practice drawing!

No supply fee, but students must bring the following to each class:

  • Spiral-bound sketch book (11 x 14 or 9 x 12); paper should be drawing quality
  • A set of drawing pencils with at least one H, B-2, B-4, and B-6
  • One charcoal pencil
  • 2 blending tortillions
  • eraser

(If you would like to order through me, let me know by July 25, 2017. I usually get a bulk discount.)

Cost:  Early Registration = $140/semester ($150 after July 15th)

 

ART:  FOCUSED PROJECTS, 2nd semester: ADVANCED DRAWING, 7th +

55 min. class, 2nd semester, 15 weeks, Terri Kryzer 

In this advanced drawing class, students will learn about proportions, how to master the parts of a human form, tonal value, how to blend, shading, strokes, and textures.  The students will create some awesome art!  No supply fee!

Supplies student must bring to every class:

  • Spiral bound sketch book (11 x 14 or 9 x 12) Paper should be drawing quality
  • A set of drawing pencils with at least one H, and B-2, B-4 and B6
  • One charcoal pencil
  • 2 Blending tortillions
  • Eraser

(If you would like to order through me, let me know by July 25, 2017. I usually get a bulk discount.)

Prerequisite:  Beginning drawing or tutor approval.

Cost:  Early Registration = $140/semester ($150 after July 15th)

 

ART:  FOCUSED PROJECTS, 1st semester: PASTELS, 7th +

55 min. class, 1st semester, 15 weeks, Terri Kryzer 

Chalk and Oil Pastels:  The first 7 weeks students will engage in hands-on chalk pastel drawings. Students will get to participate in sidewalk chalk art, and learn various techniques including blending, highlights, shading, perspective, composition and layering.

The last 8 weeks of class we will use oil pastels, in addition to blending stumps and mineral spirits, to create beautifully blended and layered oil pastel paintings!  Students will get to choose at least two of their own ideas demonstrating the techniques taught in class. Throughout the year we will be talking about master artists.

Notes:

  • Supply fee covers paper, pencils, chalk and oil pastels, stumps, mineral spirits, and other incidentals.
  • If registration is below 3 people for this class, the cost will be $10/class (or $150/semester) for private/semi-private lessons of the students' choice.

Cost:  Early Registration = $140/semester ($150 after July 15th) + $15 supply fee payable to Terri Kryzer on the first day of class

 

ART: FOCUSED PROJECTS, 2nd semester: WATERCOLOR, 7th +

55 min. class, 2nd semester, 15 weeks, Terri Kryzer

This course will include an introduction to watercolor painting. Color theory, various brush and masking techniques will be explained as well as perspective, composition, and drawing techniques.  

Notes:

  • Supply fee covers cold-pressed watercolor paper, watercolors, and other incidentals.
  • If registration is below 3 people for this class, the cost will be $10/class (or $150/semester) for private/semi-private lessons of the students' choice.

Cost:  Early Registration = $140/semester ($150 after July 15th) + $15 supply fee payable to Terri Kryzer on the first day of class


ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

ADVANCED WRITING (IEW), 7th - 10th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Nancy Djerf

Learning to write is a process that takes time and practice. Excellent writing foundations will be established in this course as students will write a variety of essays, pen creative works, practice imitation of style, and complete report writing and critique. IEW’s structure and style are taught and required in the weekly assignments. More advanced students will use decorations including similes and metaphors, hyperbole, and triples. Personal attention and feedback is given to each student’s work and learning targets will be provided for experienced AND beginning IEW learners. 30 weeks of instruction allows students time to comprehend, practice, and master the art of writing. Students will write and receive a minimum of ten graded papers with feedback.

Prerequisite: 2 years of IEW or tutor permission

No text for this class.

Required Materials:

  • 3-inch, 3-ring binder
  • loose leaf filler paper
  • ball point pens
  • different colored fine-tipped markers or colored pencils for homework assignments: yellow, orange, red, pink, green, blue, purple, brown, black,
  • basic assortment of highlighters for class
  • a quality college-level dictionary. Electronic dictionaries are acceptable; however students will not have internet access
  • access to a computer and printer. Assignments are required to be typed.

Cost:  Early Registration = $325/year ($335 after July 15th)

 

BRITISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION (IEW), 9th - 12th

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Heather Sandahl 

Heroism, tragedy, and the making of a monster are just some of the epic themes this challenging full credit course will traverse. We will study of the importance of historical context, literary analysis, and more. Students will read great poetry, short stories, and classic British novels including: Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Paradise Lost, Pride and Prejudice, and Great Expectations. In addition to excellent literature, writing, vocabulary, and public speaking will be included in this course. Students will gain an appreciation for foundational literary texts and develop analytical skills valuable in any subject area or interest.

Required Materials (Please be sure to purchase the exact literature editions for the 4 items with asterisks, as linked to amazon.com)

Other novels, etc. may be required and are TBD. Please check back for updates.

 

(We offer British Literature & Composition and American Literature & Composition in alternating years.)

Cost:  Early Registration = $350/year ($360 after July 15th)


HISTORY

WESTERN CIVILIZATION I (CLEP-PREP), 9th - 12th (Cancelled)

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Laura Glassel

The topics in this class include the civilizations of Ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East; the Middle Ages; the Renaissance and Reformation; and early modern Europe. We will also be identifying the causes and effect of major historical events.  Review for the CLEP exam will be done towards the end of the second semester.

Required Materials:

Cost:  Early Registration = $350/year ($360 after July 15th) + supply fee of $10 payable to Laura Glassel on the first day of class


MATH

MATH LAB - Pre-algebra through Pre-Calculus, including Statistics, College Algebra, and ACT prep, 7th+

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Esther Williamson

Do you have a math student who needs extra math homework help on a weekly basis? Register for one of our new math homework help classes where a qualified math instructor can give one-on-one assistance. Classes will be limited to 3 students to maximize the amount of time the instructor can devote to each student.

Requirements:

  1. Students should bring their current math curriculum, homework, pencil, and solutions manuals (if they have them) each week. If the math class is online, they should bring a laptop as well.
  2. Students should come prepared with a great attitude and questions about the concepts they are struggling with.

Cost: Early Registration = $210/year ($220 after July 15th) - this works out to just $7/session for semi-private math tutoring!


MUSICAL THEATER

MUSICAL THEATER, 4th - 8th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Cindy Beck

After a brief exploration of the history of American Musical Theater, students will be introduced to skills required for performing in musical theater through active participation and reflection. Focus will be on three skill sets:  acting, movement, and vocal training. Acting instruction will consist of theater exercises, working on motivation, speaking skills, monologues, scenes, characterization, and group presentations. Instruction in movement will include basic theater movement as well as expressing feeling and stories through movement, while vocal instruction will cover musical theater singing, technique, enunciation, and basics of voice preparation. The class will present a performance for families in the co-op at the end of each semester! Come and take advantage of our affordable introductory fee for this exciting new class!

Cost:  Early Registration = $260/year ($270 after July 15th)


SCIENCE

A BEKA BIOLOGY WITH LAB, CLEP-PREP, 9th - 11th 

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Erica Woytcke

A Beka Biology: Taught from a creationist perspective, this biology course, intended for 9th grade and above, provides an introduction to the concepts and methods of general biology. In-class labs will give opportunities to develop skills such as writing lab reports, microscopy, and analysis of lab data, which is based on the scientific method. Additional topics include zoology, botany, human anatomy and physiology, genetics, microbiology, cytology, and ecology.

This class will help prepare students for a biology CLEP test. Students will be expected to keep up with assigned coursework at home and will be given homework to complete on a weekly basis. Quizzes will be given in class, as well as a midterm and final exam. Note-taking will be required in class.

Homework: Students can expect to spend a minimum of 3 hours each week beyond class time to complete the necessary homework.

Required Materials:

  1. A Beka Biology – God’s Living Creation - 4th edition
  2. A Beka Biology Field and Laboratory Manual - 4th edition
  3. A Beka Biology Answer Key (optional, but recommended)

Cost: Early Registration = $390/year ($400 after July 15th); price includes $30 supply fee 

 

APOLOGIA CHEMISTRY WITH LAB, CLEP-PREP, 10th +

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Laura Glassel

This course is designed to be a high school chemistry course that gives the student a good foundation in chemistry in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course.  This class will also prepare the student to take the Chemistry CLEP test.

In order to understand this Apologia text, the student needs to have completed Algebra 1 and should have access to a scientific calculator. The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, thermo chemistry, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, equilibrium and organic chemistry. Students who take and understand this course will be very well prepared for a tough university chemistry course. Hopefully they will also gain an appreciation for chemistry around them in their everyday lives

Prerequisite: Completed Algebra 1

Homework: approximately 4 hours per week. Students can expect a test every two modules. There will be bi-weekly homework covering the review questions, as well as some additional projects.

Required Materials:

Cost:  Early Registration = $360/year ($370 after July 15th) + $30 supply fee payable to Laura Glassel on the first day of class

 

APOLOGIA PHYSICAL SCIENCE, 8th - 10th (Cancelled)

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Laura Glassel

A systematic introduction to science designed primarily for grades 8th - 10th. Topics include the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. Lab experiments will be completed in class. Tests will be given in class and will each cover two modules. Students must keep up with reading and homework in order to fully comprehend the material and to be prepared for lectures, class discussions, and experiments.

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 (can be taken concurrently) and Apologia General Science (or equivalent science course)

Homework: 3-4 hours per week

Required Materials:

Cost: Early Registration = $350/year ($360 after July 15th) + $15 supply fee payable to Laura Glassel on the first day of class

 

PHYSICS, 10th + (Cancelled)

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Laura Glassel

This course is designed to be a first-level high school physics course.  Laura Glassel believes that physics can be fun and interesting, and that students who are not in love with math can still be amazed at the concepts in physics. She understands that not every student aspires to be a physicist, and those who do are probably taking physics at a college through the PSEO program. Laura has geared this course to those who want physics on their high school transcript without the overwhelming barrage of the complicated math, and with the goal of getting students to appreciate physics around them in their daily lives (including how physics is at work in all the rides at the Valley Fair Amusement Park!).

Prerequisite: Completed Algebra 1 and Geometry

Homework: Reading and questions - approximately 4 hours per week. 

Required Materials:

Cost:  Early Registration = $360/year ($370 after July 15th) + $15 supply fee payable to Laura Glassel on- or before the first day of class


SPANISH

SPANISH I, 7th - 12th

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Patty Noguera

The students will develop their knowledge and skills of the Spanish language through listening, reading, speaking, and writing via conceptual-based learning and units of study. Vocabulary, grammar, culture, and the history of the Spanish-speaking world will all form integral parts of this course. This first year of language acquisition study will provide students with a strong foundation as they pursue fluency in the Spanish language in the future. This class will cover roughly the first half of the textbook and workbook.

Required Materials:

Cost: Early Registration = $320/year ($330 after July 15th)

 

SPANISH II, 8th - 12th - (Cancelled)

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Patty Noguera

Students will engage in activities such as hearing, reading, writing, and speaking the Spanish language. Vocabulary and grammar are used in basic conversations, culture will be introduced in each chapter of the book, and the vocabulary learned in each chapter will be used to describe the culture of different Spanish-speaking countries. Each chapter will build on the information which was covered in the previous chapter(s). Each student is encouraged to make cultural connections to a wide variety of Spanish countries and themes. Tis class will cover roughly the second half of the textbook and workbook.

Formative and summative assessments will be taken by the students in each unit of study that will assess them in specific areas:

  • Comprehending spoken and visual text
  • Comprehending written and visual text
  • Communicating in response to spoken, written, and visual text

Using language in spoken- and written form

Required Materials:

Cost: Early Registration = $320/year ($330 after July 15th)