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3D Game Design Winter 2018 Tuesday 9:00 am 06:00 am 6th - 9t Jan 15, 2018 15

$300.00

Introduction to 3D Game Design teaches the fundamentals of video game creation. Topics taught during this course include video game story lines, character creation, animation, level design and programming of both player controlled and non-player controlled video game elements. All of these topics are critical to the creation of a fun, challenging, and enjoyable video game.

During the course, you will create a minimum of 8 different games that focus on multiple aspects of video game design. You will also write discussion posts, complete assignments, and play and provide feedback to your classmates about their game creations.

There are a total of 1000 points available (100 per week) to be earned throughout the class. All points are weighted evenly. Points for completing a discussion post are weighted equally as points awarded for video game creations.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Ryan Rasar

Creative Story Writing Winter 2018 Wed 9:00 am 06:00 am 7th - 12th Jan 17, 2018 13

$300.00

Have you ever wondered how to write a compelling story?  Do you want to learn the secret of an opening sentence that hooks your reader?  Does writing a plot that bolts off the page intrigue you?Are you stuck trying to create compelling characters?  Is creating a unique and authentic writer's voice important to you?

Join us for this new semester course and learn answers to all these questions and more. In this class topics explored include:
-components of strong introduction, climax, and conclusion
-character development
-setting
-sharpening descriptive language

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Sarina Furer

Exploring American History with American Girls (Session 2) Winter 2018 Tuesday 9:00 am 06:00 am 3rd - 6th Jan 16, 2018 0

$300.00

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.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Graphing Calculators: A Love Affair Between a Student and His Calculator Winter 2018 Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am 06:00 am 7th - 12th Jan 16, 2018 14

$400.00

There is a VERY valuable tool in mathematics: the graphing calculator. However, many students don’t know how to use it properly! A proper graphing calculator can be used to solve so many different types of math problems. Many teachers and schools are starting to realize the incredible power of a graphing calculator and are teaching their math classes assuming their students are using them. In this class, we will unveil the vast power of the graphing calculator and how it will make your math life better!

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jennifer Tubbs

How to Argue: Logic and Reasoning Winter 2018 Monday 9:00 am 06:00 am 8th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 14

$300.00

Do you love arguing with your friends? Do you like trying to make your point, even if it’s not a good one? This class is for you! In this class, we’ll discuss structures of arguments, common fallacies and basic logic skills. We’ll also discuss how to “argue” with someone and still remain friends! After this class, you should be able to make clear, valid arguments.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jennifer Tubbs

Minecraft + Architecture History Winter 2018 Wednesday 9:00 am 06:00 am 5th - 8th Jan 15, 2018 12

$300.00

The Minecraft + Architecture History course will teach students about 10 architectural styles to include Egyptian, Native American, Roman, Greek, Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian, early American, Modern and 21st Century architecture.

During the course students will create many builds in Minecraft. It is preferred that students create their builds on the *QwestCraft Minecraft server but they can also create their builds on their own home computer or even on Minecraft pocket edition (tablet) or console (Xbox, etc.). Server participation is not required for this course. Students will also write discussion posts, complete assignments, quizzes, and provide feedback to classmates about their Minecraft architecture creations.

*Only Java ‘Vanilla’ Minecraft for PC/Mac computer is supported on the server. Please email stemqwest@gmail.com if you have any questions about Minecraft version compatibility.
There are a total of 1000 points available to be earned throughout the class. All points are weighted evenly. Points for completing a discussion post are weighted equally as points awarded for Minecraft builds.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Ryan Rasar

Music, in Theory Winter 2018 Wednesday 9:00 am 06:00 am 8th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 15

$300.00

Having a great voice is nice but if you want to be a musician you have to know more than that.  In this short one-semester class, we will cover basic music theory and reading so that you have the foundation to go on to play any musical instrument or create your own composition.  

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Penina Taylor

The Bare Necessities for using Microsoft Office: An Introduction Winter 2018 Tuesday 9:00 am 06:00 am 4th - 12th Jan 17, 2018 15

$300.00

Microsoft Office is the work standard for getting work done digitally efficiently. While the basics have not changed in over twenty years the students will experience the basic usage of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. While some menu commands are consistent across all applications, most of them are not and this is where most adults and students get frustrated. With fun training topics and assignments, we will practice enough to be able to handle most of what the students will need for high school, college and beyond.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Keith Brooks

The Math of the Game: Math in Sports Winter 2018 Wednesday 9:00 am 06:00 am 5th - 9th Jan 15, 2018 15

$300.00

Have you ever wondered how people get all those numbers that you see when watching a sporting event? Or have you ever wondering why they even matter? In this class, we will look at how ESPN or other sports broadcasters get all those numbers! We will also learn how to use those numbers to make predictions.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jennifer Tubbs

Understanding the World Around You: An Introduction to Sociology Winter 2018 Thursday 9:00 am 06:00 am 9th - 12th Jan 18, 2018 13

$300.00

We live in an interconnected society; therefore, understanding that society is imperative. Sociology is the study of the larger society including social interactions, groups, conflicts, and culture. It uses the scientific method to help analyze and understand social behavior. Sociology attempts to explain patterns in society and why those patterns occur. As an introduction to Sociology, this class will cover the major theories of study as well as sociological concepts of culture, socialization, status, deviance and stratification. We will also look at sociological perspectives of race, gender and inequality.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Laura Forde

You Decide! Applying the Bill of Rights Winter 2018 Wednesday 9:00 am 06:00 am 7th - 10th Jan 18, 2018 13

$300.00

The United States Constitution was drafted in Philadelphia in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention. However, many delegates felt that the document was not truly complete, since it did not include a  list of rights that offered people protections from abuses of power by the government. These delegates felt that the lack of these rights would prevent ratification by the States, and after further deliberations, crafted ten Amendments to the Constitution that are known collectively as the Bill of Rights.  During class, we will analyze, discuss, debate and decide which court cases apply to each individual amendment.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

An Introduction to World Religions Winter 2018 Wednesday 11:00 am 08:00 am 7th - 10th Jan 18, 2018 14

$300.00

Across the globe, people have asked questions such as:

  • Where/How did the world begin?
  • Who are we?
  • What is our purpose is in life?
These questions, when viewed through the prism of different religious traditions, have a variety of answers. Throughout human history, religion has played a role in history, literature and current events.  Without a basic understanding of various religious traditions, students often can’t relate to what they read in fiction and non-fiction texts.   In this survey class, we will explore some of the major faiths practiced by people worldwide.  For each one studied, we will learn about:
  • Sacred objects
  • Festivals
  • Traditions
  • Sacred places
  • Rites of passage

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Be a Rock Hound! Elementary Geology Winter 2018 Monday 11:00 am 08:00 am 3rd - 6th Jan 15, 2018 12

$300.00

Elementary Geology introduces young students to the scientific discipline of geology. Students will explore the history of geology; tools used by geologists; rocks, minerals, and soil; the layers that make up Earth; volcanoes and earthquakes; the atmosphere; the hydrosphere; the biosphere; the magnetosphere; how the different parts of Earth work together; and more.  We will use Real Science 4 Kids as a jumping off place; however, additional resources will be added into every class.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Bullet Journaling for Creativity and Academic Success Winter 2018 Thursday 11:00 am 08:00 am 6th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 14

$300.00

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.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Can You Relate? Developing Relationship Skills Winter 2018 Wednesday 11:00 am 08:00 am 8th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 14

$300.00

Explore a wide variety of psychological tools and perspectives which can improve and enrich our relationships with other people, such as friends, family members including parents and even members of the opposite sex as well as ourselves. We will look at resources and psychological approaches that can help us in the various relationships in our life. Some topics that we will cover include the art of listening, communication between genders, how to deal with people in our lives who we strongly disagree with and how we can use tools such as Yoga, meditation and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to get ourselves to a ‘better place’ emotionally.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Yitzchak Twersky

Connections: A Social Studies/Social Sciences Class Winter 2018 Wednesday 11:00 am 08:00 am 5th - 8th Jan 15, 2018 14

$300.00

Because Social Studies encompasses more than history and geography, it is important to include the other elements into our curriculum. This course reinforces what many students already know and gives them a chance to practice their knowledge, while also increasing their understanding.

This class will:

• Study immigration and US citizenship, including interacting with the following questions: What is immigration? What do I need to know about immigration in US history? How do people become citizens? What are my responsibilities and rights as a US citizen? (Students across the globe can share information regarding their own countries and I will help.)

• Discuss citizenship and ethics and use reading, along with mixed methods to examine citizenship issues in our world.

• Learn the answer to the question, "What is digital citizenship?" This segment will facilitate students becoming responsible and productive digital citizens. (includes social media etiquette and ethics)

• Practice self- care and self- regulation using methods such as breathwork, meditation/visualization, creative writing, journaling, movement, etc.

• Examine challenging social situations and roleplay ethical ways to handle them. It will be emphasized that we are all unique and have our own morals, but that we can all practice these skills.

• Create a social circle in our own communities. During this portion, students will generate ideas for social groups or networks that they can create based on their interests. This will also incorporate the final project.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Discovering Shapes and How They Work: Intensive High School Geometry in One Semester Winter 2018 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 11:00 am 08:00 am 8th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 12

$500.00

Are you looking to get ahead in your math schedule? Are you trying to make up for lost time? If so, this class is for you. Geometry is typically offered as a full year class, however, we will cover everything in Geometry in just one semester! Class meets THREE DAYS a week to accomplish this!  The class is intensive!  Topics will include reasoning and proof, tools of geometry, parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, relationships within triangles, polygons and quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles and trigonometry, transformations, area, surface area and volume and circles.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jennifer Tubbs

Foundational Reading Skills for Older Students Winter 2018 Tuesday 11:00 am 08:00 am 3rd - 7th Jan 15, 2018 14

$300.00

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.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

HTML & CSS Basics: Create Your Own Corner of the Web! Winter 2018 Wednesday 11:00 am 08:00 am 6th - 9th Jan 15, 2018 15

$300.00

Don’t just consume the internet. Create your own corner of the web, and share your ideas and creativity with the world. Get ready to:

  • Build a website with HTML.
  • Style a website with CSS.
  • Create, edit and add graphics and videos to a site.
By the end of the course, you’ll have a beautiful, functional website on the topic of your choice.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Melissa Despina Fragiadaki

Ideas that Changed the World Winter 2018 Tuesday 11:00 am 08:00 am 5th - 9th Jan 15, 2018 12

$300.00

Discoveries don’t usually come about with someone leaping out of a bathtub shouting “Eureka!” More often than not discoveries are the result of the coming together of efforts of a lot of different people. This class focuses on ten inventions, theories or discoveries that truly changed the world, and on the people who were involved in the process. The world is big multifaceted place. With that in mind, each class will focus on a different area of science. This interdisciplinary class will be sure to surprise you and to blow your mind!

 

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Passionate about Pushing Pixels! - Intro to Adobe Photoshop Winter 2018 Monday 11:00 am 08:00 am 8th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 10

$300.00

Photoshop is widely regarded as the industry standard for image editing and photo manipulation. And not without good reason, Photoshop is so well known that it has worked its way into cultural language as a verb, as in “That’s been Photoshopped!” In this class, you will learn exactly what makes this software so powerful and how to harness that power for your own (hopefully good) intentions!

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Kirk Nelson

Present Yourself: A Course in Public Speaking Winter 2018 Wednesday 11:00 am 08:00 am 7th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 15

$300.00

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.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Science in EVERY Subject Winter 2018 Monday 11:00 am 08:00 am 3rd -6th Jan 15, 2018 15

$300.00

Einstein is quoted saying, “The true science of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” In this course, we will be exploring science in new and imaginative ways This course will include the following components:

• Asking questions and formulating hypotheses • Experimentation • Reading for information and gathering Information • Writing in response to reading and experimenting • Drawing conclusions

This class will be a fun way for students to work on their reading and writing, while also engaging in interesting scientific topics. They will assume the role of scientist and improve their scientific inquiry skills each week.

By utilizing these skills, students will complete a project throughout the course and present it during the last class. This project is significant, yet not overwhelming, because it is completely up to the student. I will provide criteria and guidelines, and the student is responsible for finding an example of science in his or her own life to write about and to demonstrate. The possibilities are endless and the goal of this project and class is to empower students to become better thinkers who are willing to grow through mistakes, observations, history, and outcomes.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Starting at the Very Beginning: Jump Start IEW Writing Winter 2018 Thursday 11:00 am 08:00 am 3rd - 6th Jan 18, 2018 7

$300.00

Are you looking for a SOLID jump start to writing class for 2018 - 2019 school year?   If so, this is it!   Eva Goldstein-Meola, certified IEW specialist as well as seasoned reading/writing teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience, is leading this 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 30 minutes of homework daily.  

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Tales from Tolkien: A Study of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Winter 2018 Thursday 11:00 am 08:00 am 8th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 12

$300.00

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.  

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Sara Moore-Gruver

Tip-Offs and Kick-Offs: The Art of Watching Sports Winter 2018 Thursday 11:00 am 08:00 am 6th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 15

$300.00

Have your family or friends ever been watching a sporting event and they call start yelling and jumping up and down? But you had no idea why? Have you ever wondered what a “down” in football is? Or an “offensive rebound” in basketball? Or a “fly ball” in baseball? And what’s all this talk about the playoffs? And seeding? Salary caps? In this class, we’ll discuss the rules of basketball, football and baseball and how to watch them! We’ll discuss the difference between college versus professional. We’ll even talk about how to find good articles to read about your favorite team! If you’ve ever wondered what all the fuss is about, this is the class for you!

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jennifer Tubbs

Touring Art History and Meeting the Masters (Session 2) Winter 2018 Thursday 11:00 am 08:00 am 5th - 9th Jan 18, 2018 7

$300.00

Students will become acquainted with classic artists through their works of art. Biographical information about the artists will be complemented by a review and discussion of their works. An emphasis will be placed on learning the techniques which made their art revolutionary. Each unit culminates with the students acquisition of the techniques through the creation of their own artwork. Artists covered will include Michelangelo, Degas, Rembrandt, Cassat and Kahlo.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Geula Twersky

ACT Math Made Easy Winter 2018 Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 9th - 12th Jan 16, 2018 14

$400.00

For many people, the Math portion of the ACT is the part that brings their score down. But don’t worry any longer! This class will help you study for the ACT Math portion. We will break down the material needed to know for this test as well as take many practice tests. If you ask anyone that knows how to study for the ACT, they will tell you that the best way to study is to take practice tests…as many as you can get your hands on! In this class, we will take at least 10 practice ACT math tests. While we can’t guarantee your score will improve by so many points, we can guarantee that if you put in the work, you will see improvement! Whether you’re looking improve your score from 12 to 17 or from 30 to 33, this is the class for you!

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jennifer Tubbs

AnimatED: Super Heroes Winter 2018 Thursday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 2nd - 5th Jan 15, 2018 14

$300.00

Get your “Hour of Code” right here! Experiment with Digital Art and Technology simultaneously! Learn how to create animation games using SCRATCH; our exclusive curriculum teaches you fundamentals of programming, logic and sequencing by
writing simple and complex scripts. Students will create a 1 or 2 -player game at
the end of each lesson using concepts covered. Project ideas challenge advanced
learners. Play On!!

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Vrinda Joshi

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Winter 2018 Thursday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 7th - 10th Jan 18, 2018 13

$300.00

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.

Parents, please note, the topic of the Holocaust will be discussed during this class. In addition, due to the nature of the topic being discussed, the teacher will be showing short movies and images containing pictures from the Holocaust. Please make sure your child can handle this topic and these images.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Geula Twersky

AppStudio: Create Your Own Apps! Winter 2018 Wednesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 4th - 8th Jan 15, 2018 14

$300.00

There's an App for that! Learn how to create simple apps using MIT's AppInventor 2. This block-based tool takes the student to the next level of programming and facilitates the creation of apps in significantly less time than traditional programming environments thus inspiring intellectual and creative empowerment.

Please note: To participate in this class the students will need a

1) A GMAIL account.

2) An Android device - phone or tablet.

3) A good Internet connection and a good WIFI router.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Vrinda Joshi

Basic Paragraph Writing: The Basic 5-sentence Paragraph in Steps Winter 2018 Thursday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 3rd - 5th Jan 18, 2018 11

$300.00

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.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jan Murray

Comic Art: Learning to Tell Stories Through Pictures Winter 2018 Tuesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 6th - 9th Jan 15, 2018 14

$300.00

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.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Geula Twersky

If it’s Alive ……Then It’s Biology Winter 2018 Monday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 5th - 8th Jan 15, 2018 12

$300.00

Middle School Biology gives young students a strong foundation in the scientific discipline of biology. Students will learn about the classification of living things (taxonomy), cell structure and types of cells, photosynthesis, plant structures and their purpose, the life cycle of plants, single-celled organisms and how they move and eat, the life cycle of the frog, the life cycle of the butterfly, and ecosystems.  We will use Real Science 4 Kids as a jumping off place; however, additional resources will be added into every class.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Penina Taylor

In the News: Introduction to Journalism Winter 2018 Wednesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 7th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 15

$300.00

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.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jan Murray

Introduction to Deaf Culture Winter 2018 Monday and Wednesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 7th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 10

$550.00

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 dialogue, debate, and 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 on which future Deaf Studies classes will expand.

Weeks: 20

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Ladies, Poets and Spies: A History of Women in The United States Winter 2018 Thursday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 7th - 10th Jan 15, 2018 15

$300.00

United States history often seems to focus on the achievements of men—from Pilgrims to presidents, astronauts and inventors, military generals and authors, our history books are filled with men.  Where were the women in all of this?   They were busy, too—busy writing, spying, campaigning, and creating.  In this class, we will study the women who shaped this country from the very beginning, learning to view our national history in a new light. We will cover United States history from the 16th century through the present, studying the biographies, writings and contributions of women in chronological order.  We will discover how they influenced history, their culture and society.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Sara Moore-Gruver

Passport to the World: A Study of the Seven Continents in Ten Weeks Winter 2018 Monday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 3rd - 5th Jan 15, 2018 12

$300.00

This study is designed to create an understanding of the world around us by visiting the 7 continents of the world. It starts out with a basic lesson about where the continents are located. The students will explore the geography of each continent, important landmarks and at least one country on each continent. Students will be able to access videos via links provided to further enrich the study. There will also be a word bank/spelling/vocabulary for each continent, a fun, easy, but educational project for each continent, and each student will keep a “Travel Journal” and share their imaginary writings after each week’s studies. Each student should have a good understanding of the location of each continent, some of its countries, people, culture and landmarks.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jan Murray

Perspectives: A Journey into Short Stories for Middle School Students (Session 2) Winter 2018 Monday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 6th - 9th Jan 15, 2018 2

$300.00

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.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Prepare for College Like a Boss: How to Succeed in High School and Prepare for College Winter 2018 Wednesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 8th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 15

$300.00

Are you already thinking about your college plans? Many students start thinking about college in 7th or 8th grade! But do you really know what you want to do in college and how to get there? This class will help you figure out what you need to do in high school to make your college life much easier. We’ll discuss time management, study skills, setting goals and reaching them, college admissions, extra curriculars, and what those darned college admissions officers are actually looking for.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jennifer Tubbs

Storytelling Through Code: Protagonists, Conflicts, Antagonists, and. . . Algorithms? Winter 2018 Wednesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 3rd - 5th Jan 15, 2018 13

$300.00

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!

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Melissa Despina Fragiadaki

Vectors Abound - Graphic Art with Adobe Illustrator Winter 2018 Monday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 8th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 15

$300.00

Adobe Illustrator is the professional’s tool of choice when it comes to crafting digital artwork. It’s not as well-known as Photoshop, the more popular sibling of the Adobe family, but Illustrator is unrivaled in what it does. And what it does is craft crisp, clean, scalable designs that are perfect for any medium. In this course, you will learn the secrets of Illustrator, the King of Vectors!

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Kirk Nelson

ADHD Toolbox Winter 2018 Wednesday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 6th - adult Jan 15, 2018 8

$300.00

Having an ADHD brain doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you, it’s kind of like being left handed. Not defective, just different. But also not in the majority. The world is a right-handed world because the majority of people are right handed. Left handed people need specialized tools to function properly in a right-handed world. People with ADHD aren’t defective, but we do need specialized tools to function properly in a neurotypical world.

Over the 10 weeks of this course we will walk through and create our own unique (unique to you, because you will design a system that works for you) system for functioning successfully in this neurotypical (NT) world.

My name is Penina Taylor and I am the designer and teacher of this class. I am a motivational speaker with ADHD who raised and homeschooled several ADHD children of my own.

I believe that ADHD is real and something that needs to be dealt with but I don’t like the term disorder. A “disorder” in most people’s minds is synonymous with “disease”, but a disease is something that makes your body sick. People with ADHD aren’t sick, they have a disorder. A disorder is anything that puts you outside the realm of “normal”. And normal does not always mean healthy; we should never confuse the two.

This course will be helpful for all students with ADHD, as well as ADHD affect from growing up with ADHD parent, regardless of any other medical or natural treatments being administered.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Getting Yourself Together: Study Skills for Middle School Students Winter 2018 Wednesday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 5th - 7th Jan 15, 2018 12

$300.00

This class will focus on the study skills that today’s students need in order to succeed in an academic setting of any kind. The students will learn organization, time management, note-taking, test-taking strategies, work prioritization, and how to study. It does not matter how hard you study if you are not studying in an effective manner. This course teaches kids how to study smarter, not harder.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Charissa Vangi

Go Greek Lightning: Percy Jackson (Session 2) Winter 2018 Tuesday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 5th - 8th Jan 16, 2018 11

$300.00

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.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Introduction to Python Winter 2018 Wednesday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 5th - 8th Jan 15, 2018 14

$300.00

In this class, we will introduce students to basic programming concepts using Python. Python is an interpreted, interactive, and portable object-oriented programming language that lets developers work quickly and integrate systems more effectively.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Left Brain Meets Right Brain: Math and Art Collides Winter 2018 Thursday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 3rd - 6th Jan 18, 2018 11

$300.00

Is your child more of a left brain learner or a right brain learner? In this class, they will use both sides of their brain and discover how maths can be artistic and art can be mathematical! Together, we will explore drawing challenges combined with a mathematical basis. Amazing patterns with a mathematical essence will be revealed throughout the lessons. Learn incredible maths facts as you draw the beautiful designs. From simple geometric patterns to fascinating fractal art, to awesome anamorphic art, and cool celtic knots, discover the beauty in maths, and the maths in beauty. Your children will learn that the creative side of mathematics is just as important as the learning of basic facts.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Making it Click! - Introduction to Digital Photography Winter 2018 Monday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 7th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 11

$300.00

Digital Photography is more than just photographs that are comprised of digital pixels. At its core, Digital Photography is about telling a visual story. Doing this successfully involves much more than choosing an Instagram filter. This course is equally about the concepts behind digital photography and technical skills to craft the images.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Kirk Nelson

Modern American History through the Lenses of Pop Culture Winter 2018 Tuesday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 9th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 15

$300.00

Why was it such a big deal when Captain Kirk and Uhura shared a kiss on Star Trek? How did Michael Jackson become the biggest star of the 1980s? What made the last episode of M*A*S*H the most widely watched television program in history?

Were television shows supportive or critical of the Vietnam War? How did musicians try to address poverty, world hunger, and inner city decay? Are there hidden commentaries on social issues in blockbusters such as Star Wars?

Most of American popular culture is influenced by historical events. Throughout the 20th century, popular music, movies, and television frequently highlighted issues that affected the country and the world at large. In this class, we'll be looking at the most important historical events from 1950 to the year 2000 and discussing how they were reflected in modern media.

Throughout the class, students will be viewing and listening to media clips, reading about the historical events to which they allude, and writing critical essays about what they learn.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Selena Robinson

You Can't Stop Them! Literature with Strong Female Leads (Session 2) Winter 2018 Monday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 6th - 9th Jan 15, 2018 10

$300.00

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.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Do you know how to think?: Critical Thinking and Decision Making Winter 2018 Tuesday 5:00 pm 02:00 pm 8th - 12th Jan 15, 2018 15

$300.00

Have you ever thought about thinking? How do you think? Do you like puzzles? The puzzle of better thinking is called critical thinking. Critical thinking provides methods to understand arguments. What is a proper argument? (Hint: There aren’t any raised voices included!) Critical thinking provides insightful processes to analyze proper arguments, their premises and flaws. We will explore how to think more purposefully about what we hear, read or think. We will exercise these skills through classroom discussions, homework and an end of semester scenario exam.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Leo McCormick

Holocaust & Human Behavior Winter 2018 Wednesday 7:00 pm 04:00 pm 9th -12th Jan 17, 2018 13

$300.00

In this semester course, students will learn about the history of the Holocaust from a sociological perspective. Participants will study the complex dynamics of human behavior and how it affected the choices of the people living at the time. We will grapple with decisions and behaviors which shaped our history in the past and struggle with ensuring that humanity makes wiser choices in the future.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Michelle Rapchik-Levin