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Tuesday

Exploring American History with American Girls (Session 2)

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


Students will explore United States History from 1764-1824 – – American, French, Swedish immigrants, and African-American. (Cécile, Kirsten, Addy & Samantha). We plan to include the historical events of the country for the time studied. In addition, we will explore the culture, lifestyle, geography and inventions of the time. Students will write short journal entries, create timelines and be involved with one project during the semester, which the students will present. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as character, setting and conflict as they are used in literary analysis.  NOTE:  Students do NOT need to have participated in Session One to enroll in Session Two.  Each session is a stand alone session.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

Thursday

Bullet Journaling for Creativity and Academic Success

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


You have probably heard of journaling before, but have you heard of bullet journaling? Bullet journaling is a new writing and art medium that is drawing in a great amount of hype for amazing reasons! Bullet journals can be used in EVERY academic area. The benefits of bullet journals include the following:

• Increased cognition and memory
• Improved focus, productivity, and organization
• Reduced stress and anxiety
• Heightened goal tracking and achievement
• Enhanced writing abilities
• Improved academic performance

By teaching bullet journaling in the context of several academic subjects, this course will help your child improve cognition and reap the benefits of developing the skill of bullet journaling. This class is realistic and practical because students will not only be learning how to bullet journal, they will be given assignments that will aid in their mastery of math, reading, writing, science, and social studies topics.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 6th - 12th

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

Tuesday

Foundational Reading Skills for Older Students

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


Do you desire to become a stronger reader? Are you ready to up-level your reading, writing, and thinking? If you’re a parent, do you want these things for your learner?

In this class, we will definitely do all of this! We will celebrate our love of reading and work on our reading skills simultaneously. This class will be operated in a way that starts in the beginning, yet builds on several areas so that multiple levels of readers can work together to improve their individual reading abilities- And YES, we will have FUN!

This course focuses on the five components of reading that is differentiated for the older student. It is for readers who find reading to be more difficult than fun. The primary skills include reviewing phonics, fluency, writing in response to reading, and comprehension. In addition, we will practice test taking skills such as finding evidence and rereading to gain clarity. Everything in this class aims to allow an opportunity for students to gain and grow healthy reading habits.

In this class, we will be learning literacy skills and will aim to provide a framework so that every student will end the course with a brighter spark for reading.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 3rd - 7th

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

Wednesday

Present Yourself: A Course in Public Speaking

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


After animals and death, public speaking is one of the most common fears people experience. Yet, being able to speak publicly is a skill that is required in so many areas of life – teaching, interviewing for a job and sales, just to name a few. Learning how to present yourself well and with confidence is crucial to success in life.  This course, taught by a public speaker and life coach, covers all of the basic pieces needed for you to learn to speak in public with confidence and effectiveness.

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Thursday

Starting at the Very Beginning: Jump Start IEW Writing

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


This is an interactive, introductory class geared towards elementary to middle, and/or upper elementary level students. In this class, students will focus on brainstorming, note taking and writing both fiction and nonfiction pieces. Writing structures can include summarizing nonfiction, narrative summaries, beginning story writing using narrative summaries and beginning report writing.. Simultaneously, students will also learn how to implement various stylistic techniques to increase description, as well as remove banned words (overused, boring words) from their writing. Students will receive approximately 20 minutes of homework daily.

Instructor: Stephanie McCormick

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

Thursday

Tales from Tolkien: A Study of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


Vastly popular and immensely intelligent, J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic trilogy The Lord Of The Rings has reached cult status.  Today, Tolkien’s fiction is not only a literary classic, but it’s also instrumental to the growth and popularity of the genre of modern fantasy.   Students in this course will have the opportunity to not only read Tolkien’s work for pleasure, but also to delve deeply into the historical, mythological and literary backgrounds of his tales.   Students will come away with a new appreciation and understanding of Tolkien’s epic stories.  

Instructor: Sara Moore-Gruver

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Thursday

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


Why would a young girl leave her home on a hot summer day dressed in multiple layers of warm winter clothing? What does a teenager think and feel about being forced to go into hiding to escape the Nazis Holocaust? We will journey through the diary of Anne Frank in which Anne shares her innermost feelings, challenges, and hopes. We will keep a journal of our own thoughts and feelings as we journey through the acclaimed diary, The Diary of Anne Frank. With Anne Frank as our guide, we will learn about the Holocaust and the triumph of the human spirit over the forces of evil.

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Thursday

Basic Paragraph Writing: The Basic 5-sentence Paragraph in Steps

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


This study is designed to create an understanding of the parts of a paragraph as well as how to put them together to make a perfect paragraph. Learning to write different types of paragraphs and learning to write in chronological order, students will come away ready to start learning about essays.

Instructor: Jan Murray

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

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

Tuesday

Comic Art: Learning to Tell Stories Through Pictures

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


Do you often find yourself developing elaborate doodles? Are you an aspiring cartoonist? This class will help you turn your doodles into comic strips that tell your own story. You will acquire the fundamental building blocks that you need in order to express yourself through a combination of pictures and words. We will explore panel transitions, text image relationships, one, two, and three point perspective as well as figure drawing. Each class will conclude with a creative assignment which reinforces the artistic principles covered in class.

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Wednesday

In the News: Introduction to Journalism

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


Students will learn what journalism is, ethics of sound journalism, the differences between newspapers decades ago and present time and how to make/write a basic newspaper/newsletter. The internet and the student’s local newspaper will be used as tools as well as worksheets and ongoing projects. This class is designed to use the daily newspaper as a teaching tool.

Instructor: Jan Murray

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Monday

Perspectives: A Journey into Short Stories for Middle School Students (Session 2)

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


In literature, characters become our friends. We can sympathize or celebrate with them. We feel their joys, sorrows and pain. In this class, Perspectives, your child will embrace the world of Short Stories. We will delve deep into these pieces of literature analyzing, discussing and writing about the details pertaining to these stories. All writing will be five paragraphs in the form of critiques, research and essays.  It is preferred (and to the student's benefit) if the student has some experience writing five paragraph essays.   NOTE:  Students do NOT need to have participated in Session One to enroll in Session Two.  Each session is a stand alone session.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Wednesday

Storytelling Through Code: Protagonists, Conflicts, Antagonists, and. . . Algorithms?

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


It’s time to become the producers and directors of your own animated stories and games!

With a little code and a lot of creativity, along with “unplugged” activities including, dancing, making paper airplanes and building structures with jelly beans and toothpicks, you’ll develop a basic understanding of computer science.

In addition to learning computer science, you’ll take a close look at some of your favorite movies, including Star Wars, to help you learn how to tell a powerful story.

As your final project, you’ll show off your coding and storytelling skills by using Scratch to create your very own animated story and corresponding video game that your friends and family can enjoy!

Instructor: Melissa Despina Fragiadaki

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

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

Tuesday

Go Greek Lightning: Percy Jackson (Session 2)

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


When the Greek god Poseidon was busy using his trident to slay the lightning wielding god Zeus, he probably didn't imagine that one day a young boy from upstate New York with ADHD named Percy Jackson would discover that he was a reincarnated demigod, whose dyslexia made it possible for him to read Greek inscriptions! This class will focus on learning about the Greek mythologies, their Ancient Near Eastern influences, and their ultimate influence upon Western culture, and of course, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. Characters in the Percy Jackson series will be compared with their ancient Greek mythological counterparts in a quest to bridge modern literature with ancient civilizations.  NOTE:  Students do NOT need to have participated in Session One to enroll in Session Two.  Each session is a stand alone session.

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Monday

You Can't Stop Them! Literature with Strong Female Leads (Session 2)

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


Leadership! Courage! Empathy! Passion! The leading ladies in the novels we will be reading have it all. Together, in this class, we will read, discuss, analyze, comprehend, relate and write about the leading ladies in five award winning yet very different novels. Students are expected to read the novel independently and come prepared to question, relate to, respond and analyze their views based on discussion. Due to the content of these books, I ask that all students are respectful to one another. Independently or in wikigroups, students will be responsible to complete either a project or a paper (of their choice from a list) with every novel. This class is for VERY mature 5th graders through 8th grade because of the content of the books.   NOTE:  Students do NOT need to have participated in Session One to enroll in Session Two.  Each session is a stand alone session.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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