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Monday

Adulting 101 - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Being an adult isn’t easy, but it can be a little easier with some preparation. In this course we will be covering the topics most often cited by older adults as things they wish they had known, or things they think every young adult needs to know to be able to function effectively in the world.

Each class will be an interactive lecture based on the topic for that week. Eva Goldstein-Meola uses a PowerPoint presentation for visual reinforcement as well as videos to demonstrate concepts or complement information being presented.

Homework will be assigned to reenforce concepts learned during class. Expect one hour of homework weekly.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Design is a Journey of Discovery Introduction to Interior Design - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 24, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Interior design isn’t just about picking colors and décor! Design requires creative thinking and problem solving. We will discuss floor plan evaluation, area planning, choice of materials, furniture, budgeting and much more! In this class students will learn to use a variety of online tools to design floor plans, mood boards and their own lighting and fabric.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

History of Modern Israel - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Israel is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world’s attention, aroused its imagination, and lately, been the object of its opprobrium.

Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns?
Why does Israel make the decisions it does?
And what lies in its future?

We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel’s people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions. Though Israel’s history is rife with conflict, these conflicts do not fully communicate the spirit of Israel and its people: they give short shrift to the dream that gave birth to the state, and to the vision for the Jewish people that was at its core. Guiding us through the milestones of Israeli history, we will relay the drama of the Jewish people’s story and the creation of the state.

Together, we will explore a brief but thorough account of the cultural, economic, and political history of this complex nation, from its beginnings so we can understand its future. The result is a vivid portrait of a people, and a nation, reborn.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Introduction to Deaf Culture - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Can hearing people be a part of the Deaf community? Why are cochlear implants so controversial? Are Signed Exact English, American Sign Language, and Pidgin Sign all the same thing? In what ways are Deaf people and people with disabilities similar and different? What type of careers can I obtain working with Deaf people?

These are a few of the many questions we will answer this semester. This course is designed to introduce you to the most important aspects of the American Deaf experience. We will expose the history, contributions, and contemporary lives of Deaf people in America.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will address topics such as the diversity of Deaf people, Deaf cultural norms, Deaf arts, and Deaf international communities. This course will provide you will a foundation in which future Deaf Studies classes will expand.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Introduction to Start Ups - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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What is a start-up? Is it a full-fledged business? Is it an idea? Is it both?

Israel is considered by the world the start-up nation and more products and designs began their life in Israel. Jonathan Meola has been a part of this world in one capacity or another for a large part of his adult life. He is excited to share with students the concept behind start-ups.

What is a start-up?

How do you come up with the next great idea?

How do you get investors?

What happens when you sell the start up?

Introduction to Start Ups is so much more than just a business class. Entrepreneurial education is slowly but surely becoming more mainstream. It is a class to inspire, make your move, fulfill your vision, look at your goal. Yes, you can be the Startup Hero!

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Lights! Cameras! Action! An Alternative Course for High School English: Movies as Literature - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Camera! Movies! Action! In this complete, one-year high school English course, we will combine learning with fun! Together, we will use classic movies to introduce and study the elements of literary analysis and critical thinking. We will view a variety of historical, classic and modern movies. The movies themselves take the place of literature, acknowledging the reality that this is the medium for storytelling most accessible to modern audiences. Preparation for discussion and the discussion itself teaches students many of the tools of literary analysis such as plot development, theme, foreshadowing, setting, mood, character development, symbolism, the author’s purpose, point of view, motivation, puns, and irony. The analysis includes other aspects applicable to film such as staging and dramatic effects. After discussion, students are given two or three questions from which they will choose one as the subject for an essay.

Please note that there is an option for students to receive this class as an HONORS credit. There are three extra assignments to be done, which are due by class 11, class 15 and class 20.

Please note: For a student to be successful in this class, they should have experience writing a five-paragraph essay. Yes, this will be reviewed; however, very briefly. Typically, it is best, but not required, if a student has a year of MSW or AAE with Eva before taking this course.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Not Your Grandmother’s Hobbies: A Modern Approach to “Older” Skills - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Do you want to be creative while also learning some of the “lost” arts?

Many of these skills are making a comeback and are trending on social media such as Instagram. Perhaps this is partially because society is recognizing the power of creativity and the meditative properties of these hobbies. In fact, when we are allowed to express ourselves and make creative choices, we often demonstrate more self- control in our lives. These hobbies are great life skills and can even spark an entrepreneurial spirit within us.

During this class, we will learn the basics to 3 needlecraft hobbies. 1. Sewing 2. Crochet 3. Knitting. Students will leave each unit with a totally awesome creation of their very own. I will do my best within each unit to allow student choice so that they end up with amazing and fun results!

BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS ARE INVITED (and encouraged) TO PARTICIPATE!!!

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

The History of Rock ‘n Roll - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Discover the history of rock ‘n roll in more detail that you can imagine. In Rock History, you will learn where rock music started, how it evolved, its highs and lows, its outlaws and visionaries and how it changed social history by combating racism and challenging the establishment with alternate lifestyle and fashions. You will get a chance to explore many of the revolutionary artists who defined rock ‘n roll as well as the unsung heroes in genres from rockabilly to psychedelia, punk, metal and beyond. You will learn about the musical and business trends in rock, major technological innovations, the prime innovators and the historical context that has seen rock alternately flourish and struggle over the past sixty years.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Touring Food, Culture & History - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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This course is designed for the beginner student who loves to travel, loves culture and enjoys unique dishes from the cultures they are curious about. This class is not only a “how-to” in the culinary aspect but will discuss the culture and history behind the meal. In class, we will “travel” to a country, discuss a dish, it’s origin, and execute the meal. Students that want a strong foundation of basic culinary skills and knowledge, but also understand the historical background will enjoy this course. In this class, students will learn basic knife skills, kitchen safety, culinary terms, how to use a cast iron and over eight delicious recipes. Recipes will include empanadas from Argentina, salsa from Mexico, paella from Spain and more! Mature students only as students will be utilizing sharp kitchen objects and hot cooking areas.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Geography Matters: Exploring our Fifty States - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $250.00

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Did you know that about 75 % of graduating seniors admitted to not being able to……

• name all fifty United States
• name all fifty capitals
• locating the states on a blank United States map? (Reuters, 2016)

Additionally, according to the Nation’s Report Card, students lacked basic geographical awareness in both general know and problem solving. For example, 55% of graduating seniors could not answer the following question correctly:

What is the most common use of land in the Great Plains region?
• Fishing
• Farming
• Mining
• Recreation

With the focus on STEM related subjects, there has been a sharp decline in geographic awareness. That is where this class steps in. While at homeschooling conferences this past spring and speaking to students of all ages, I noticed that students lacked knowledge in not only the geography of the United States, but the geographical features and location of our nation’s gems.

Geography is more than drawing a map and noting a specific state’s location. During our 20-weeks together, the students and I will focus on an in-depth study of our amazing country. We will focus on climate, flags and seals, date of statehood, mottos and symbols, tourist destinations, significant historical events, people that were important to that state, timeline of key events, and much more!

Join us for a wild and crazy ride!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 4th - 7th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Harry Potter: Culinary Edition - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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This course combines both the love of the Harry Potter series and culinary skills. In this class, we will read passages of the series together that discuss the food. We’ll discuss the context and the importance of some of these meals to our favorite characters. This course is designed for the beginner student in the kitchen that wants to step away with a strong foundation of basic culinary skills and knowledge. In this class, students will learn basic knife skills, kitchen safety, culinary terms and over ten delicious recipes. Recipes will include butterbeer, treacle tart, pumpkin pasties, Molly’s meat pies and more! Mature students only as students will be utilizing sharp kitchen objects and hot cooking areas.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Introductory Culinary Course - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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This course is designed for the beginner student in the kitchen that wants to step away with a strong foundation of basic culinary skills and knowledge. In this class, students will learn basic knife skills, kitchen safety, culinary terms, how to use a cast iron and over ten delicious recipes. Recipes will include homemade bread, hummus, meatballs, roasted veggies and more! Mature students only as students will be utilizing sharp kitchen objects and hot cooking areas.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Celina Vallarta

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Books for Bakers - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Dive into these delicious stories and enjoy a slice of yummy dessert, too! In this class, we’ll read A Tangle of Knots and PIE . Along with enjoying the stories, we’ll also choose delicious recipes from the books to learn to bake. A Tangle of Knots is a fantasy story about a girl with a baking-related gift. PIE is a mystery that involves a world famous pie recipe and a cat. They are both fantastic stories and perfect for the kids who love to bake or want to give baking a try.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Natalie Hines

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Making Dinner - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 23, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Each week we will focus on food staples kids love and should learn to make. We will learn everything from reading recipes to cooking the perfect dish. Students will have a say in the types of food we cook through a pre-class questionnaire. Students will finish class with their recipes and the know-how to wow their families and friends with their delicious dishes. (Lifestyle and food allergies will be honored and accommodated.)

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Natalie Hines

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.