Academics:

SPOKEN POETRY IS TRANSFORMATIONAL

This class will introduce young adults to the art of spoken word poetry.   Students will be encouraged to listen, write, and perform poetry with focus on social commentary, tone, and eventually compete in a poetry competition – a Slam.  The class will meet once a week for general discussion and performances, and will also have a workshop times available where students can come in and get one-on-one help with their work.  The final class will be a poetry slam open to the public where every student will perform selected pieces.  Public performances include Cypher Night, First Friday’s, Townsend’s all-age Poetry Slam, Silvermoon Poetry Slam, and OutLet Art.

LA MAÑANA INFORMADA

A cup of joe or a gourd of mate? Start your morning with a conversational Spanish class geared towards understanding current events and cultures from different countries in Latin America. We will start the class with different breakfasts latinoamericanos, then use news headlines to explore elements of these countries’ cultures as a springboard for informed discussion and conversation. Learn to use an ever-evolving vocabulary in a relaxed, casual atmosphere that will encourage development of oral language skills and expand your cultural awareness.

THE NEWSPAPER PROCESS

 The Newspaper Process is a six-week course that provides students with a passion for knowledge the basic skills to change the world through journalism.  Students will learn the entire process of creating and publishing a real news publication and even distribute it themselves on the last day of class. From writing and editing articles to layout design and distribution, every student has the opportunity to find their niche in the journalism world. We will be visiting The Source to take a tour with editor Mike Bookey, who will also be working closely with the class throughout the course. Every student has an opportunity to find a passion in the exciting world of writing, so why not try an exciting and fun way to do so through The Newspaper Process.

CHICANO STUDIES

This class, taught in Spanish, will examine common social issues in Latin American countries, as well as in Spain and in the United States.  Students will be exposed to authentic Latin American and Spanish music, movies, TV, and literature.  Themes such as discrimination, migration trends (within the Spanish-speaking countries and to the U.S.), environmental degradation, and economic issues, among others, will be analyzed. 

REDISCOVER DISNEY MOVIES

The familiar stories of our childhood -The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella- hold magical memories for all of us. But what else lies behind the screen of these classic children’s tales? In this class we will watch and discuss the themes in many popular Disney movies and how those themes manifest into our ideas of love, romance and beauty. We will conclude the class by turning these stories on their head and transforming the classics into the unexpected.

WILD CURRANTS HERB SCHOOL

Witches, wizards, children, and young men and women ages 8 to 14, come explore our local and global plant medicines and learn to be an herbalist for your family and community. Harvest from the wild and from a local herb farm, Learn to make teas, salves, candies, lotions, oils, and powders, Write your own materia medica book that explores plants and their uses, Make herb art, Take home a chest filled with herbs and medicines you harvested and made yourself, Share what you learn with friends and family in community herb workshops

ANIMAL LAB & ORNITHOLOGY

Animal Science gives students the opportunity to interact and learn about animals in ways they may not otherwise be able to. Animals range from snakes to cockroaches to hedgehogs and sharks and include topics such as ecology, conservation, anatomy, and behavior. Simulation games, dissections, experiments and hands-on interaction with many different animals encourages students to ask bigger picture questions and gain knowledge and a respect for the animal world. Let your knowledge take flight in this introduction into the study of birds class. This class will focus on various aspects of bird knowledge ranging from flight, egg production, feather structure, bird identification and the preservation of wildlife habitats. We will take a hands-on approach on the study of birds. This will consist of in class bird experiments, bird watching field trips and live in class bird presentations. The class will also focus on the environmental impacts that humans have on bird environments. This class will hopefully inspire a lifelong passion of birding that the whole family can share.

WILD CURRANTS HERB SCHOOL

Witches, wizards, children, and young men and women ages 8 to 14, come explore our local and global plant medicines and learn to be an herbalist for your family and community. Harvest from the wild and from a local herb farm, Learn to make teas, salves, candies, lotions, oils, and powders, Write your own materia medica book that explores plants and their uses, Make herb art, Take home a chest filled with herbs and medicines you harvested and made yourself, Share what you learn with friends and family in community herb workshops

MATH (P)REVIEW

These classes are designed to review the most important concepts from the previous year's content while introducing students to concepts in next year.  Students will be assessed for gaps of knowledge and provided an account and personalized lessons in which they can practice math problems online beyond the range of the class.  This class is not only for students who may have struggled the past year, but for thos who want to get ahead. Math 1: Incoming 6th graders who want to prepare for Math 1. Math 2: For students who have taken Math 1 and will be enrolled in Math 2 in the Fall Math 3: For students who have taken Math 2 and will be enrolled in Math 3 in the Fall

SOCIAL ISSUES IN MEDIA

This class, taught in Spanish, will examine common social issues in Latin American countries, as well as in Spain and in the United States. Students will be exposed to authentic Latin American and Spanish music, movies, TV, and literature. Themes such as discrimination, migration trends (within the Spanish-speaking countries and to the U.S.), environmental degradation, and poverty, among others, will be analyzed.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS 101

During this course we will learn focus on strategies necessary to be a successful student. We will work on organization, note-taking, and study techniques, but we will learn and practice skills in interactive ways. For example, we will have discussions and use engaging websites and games in order to strengthen our academic skills. Review of essential writing components, such as grammar and parts of speech will be covered, as well as basic computer skills. After taking this course students will learn how to effectively communicate with teachers, seek support from peers and other school staff members, and balance academics and extracurricular activities. Setting both academic and non-academic goals will be emphasized in this course and can help a student at any level. We will also learn about different types of learning styles and each student will understand how she or he learns best.