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Track 3, 7th-12th, Class Descriptions

ART

Graphic Design: Digital Illustration, 7th - 12th

55 min. class, 30 Weeks, Gretchen Gramenz-Adamich

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An introduction to illustration software which focuses on creating and drawing digital art. We will use design principles, color theory, typography, layout and their relationships. The free vector based program, Inkscape, will be introduced. We will explore some of the other software for tablets that the students already use. We will also utilize zoom meetings as the need arises. The class will be interactive, and students will need to be prepared to bring their computers to class in order to demonstrate Inkscape. A link to this software will be sent after students enroll. By the end of the term students will have an interesting portfolio of art projects.

Students do not need the previous graphic design class to participate. Basic computer knowledge is the only prerequisite.

Homework will be approximately 1-2 hours a week.

It is not possible to take this class without a computer or software; please email tutor for questions prior to class registration.

Required:

  1. An email address
  2. Laptop, either Mac or PC, with Inkscape installed.

Cost: Registration = $310/year ($320 after August 15th)

A late fee of $10.00 will be added effective August 15, 2021, to the class cost; registration fee also increases on that date.

$10 Supply Fee for Handouts. A check for the supply fee must be made payable to Gretchen Gramenz-Adamich on the first day of class.

 


ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

ADVANCED WRITING (IEW), 8th - 12th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Nancy Djerf

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This class is designed to prepare the high school student for college and PSEO courses where quality writing skills are an expected medium to communicate. This course expands upon repeated practice to refine effective skills in order to effectively handle the challenges of the course.

Based on the foundations and methods of Institute for Excellence in Writing, this class will use the skills learned in previous levels to strengthen note taking, structural and stylistic techniques, and report writing to focus on more advanced IEW skills such as: timed essays, writing from "essay prompts," critques, analytical writing skills (ACT and SAT writing portion has changed to an analytical focus), flashbacks, imitation of style, "super essay" (multi-resource) research paper, which will include in-text citations and a works cited page. Students will be required to present their research papers using a PowerPoint presentation. Some grammar and vocabulary will be included, however, the focus will be on writing.

Prerequisite: Successfully completed two years of IEW or have teacher approval to register. **Regardless of past writing experience, no mid-year entry is allowed.**

Homework: Weekly homework approximately 2-6 hours depending on assignment.

Required Materials:

· IEW Student Resource Notebook (SRN-S-$19)

· Access to a computer and printer

· 2" - 3" ring binder

· 12 tabbed dividers

· loose leaf filler paper and writing utensil

· different colored fine-tipped markers or colored pencils for homework assignments

· Mini stapler

· USB flash drive

Cost: Registration = $350/year ($360 effective August 15th).

A late fee of $10.00 will be added effective August 15, 2021, to the class cost; registration fee also increases on that date.


SOCIAL STUDIES

WORLD HISTORY, 7th/8th - 12th

75 min. class, 30 weeks, Rebecca Wahl

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7th grade parents considering this class need tutor pre-approval due to the extensive reading this course requires.

“Knowing your past will help you live better in the future…Live every day with the past in mind and eternity in view.” – Ray Notgrass

What exactly was “reborn” during the Renaissance? How did the Reformation change the church? Were early scientists men of faith? How did WWI contribute to the causes of WWII? Why was it called the Cold War? What was happening in other parts of the world throughout all these things? And how can we see God working and glorified through all of this? These are just a few of the questions we will explore in our study of modern world history.

Ranging from roughly 1500-present day, this class will emphasize the development of our modern world starting with the end of the Dark Ages and progressing into the 21st Century. Using a variety of methods to explore history, including lectures, art, mapping, group activities, presentations, primary source work, and even food, students in this class will learn to make connections from the past to help them with their understanding of the present.

Students do not need to have completed ancient history in order to take this class.

Homework for this class will consist primarily of weekly reading assignments, and students can expect an average of 2 hours of homework assignments each week.

Students who successfully complete this course with a grade of “C” or above will have earned .5 high school credit in world history.

Required Materials:

Exploring World History Part 2: The Renaissance to the Present by Ray Notgrass

In Their Words by Ray Notgrass

An organizational system (folder, etc.) to keep track of assignments and handouts (student preference)

Notebook or loose-leaf paper

Writing utensils

Cost: Registration = $350/year ($360 effective August 15th).

A late fee of $10.00 will be added effective August 15, 2021, to the class cost; registration fee also increases on that date.

$10 Supply Fee for Handouts. A check for the supply fee must be made payable to Rebecca Wahl on the first day of class.


 

SCIENCE

ABEKA BIOLOGY WITH LAB, CLEP-PREP, 9th - 11th

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Erica Woytcke

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

Cost: Registration = $390/year ($400 effective August 15th)

A late fee of $10.00 will be added effective August 15, 2021, to the class cost; registration fee also increases on that date.

$30 Supply Fee for Handouts. A check for the supply fee must be made payable to Erica Woytcke on the first day of class.


CHEMISTRY WITH LAB, CLEP-PREP, 10th +

75 min. class, 30 weeks, Erica Woytcke

THIS CLASS QUALIFIES FOR Co-op & Tutor CONTINGENCY PLANS

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 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. There will be weekly homework covering the review questions, as well as a mid-term and final exam. Lab reports will occasionally have to be finished at home instead of in class.

Required Materials:

· Discovering Design with Chemistry. Dr. Jay L. Wile. Berean Builders, 2015. ISBN: 9780996278461

· Students will also need a composition notebook for their labs, and a second notebook of choice for taking notes. Homework problems will be turned in on individual pages of paper, either from a notebook or loose-leaf (both are required to be stapled when turned in).

· Students must bring a scientific calculator to class each week, no exceptions.

Cost: Registration = $375/year ($385 effective August 15th)

A late fee of $10.00 will be added effective August 15, 2021, to the class cost; registration fee also increases on that date.

$30 Supply Fee for Handouts. A check for the supply fee must be made payable to Erica Woytcke on the first day of class.