Community | Academics | Sports | Arts

We divide our classes in to four types.  Choose which type from above.

Community:

The only way Cada Casa exists is thanks to the amazing communities in which it thrives.  In addition to our classes, we also organize events for our community, especially the teens.  Here is a list of some of the work that we have done in the past:

  • Bigger Than Hip-Hop: A multi-art performance night for teenagers.  Entertainment includes local high school bands, dancers from the B-Boy dance class, slam poetry, live painting, and an emceed dance party.
  • El Torneo de Campeones: A bilingual, bicultural 4 vs 4 soccer tournament for all ages based in Redmond, OR.
  • Día de los Muertos: Combining forces with CAUSA Oregon, our Day of the Dead celebration includes a presentation of altars, mole competition, and performance.
  • Cypher Night: An open mic for spoken word pieces.  Whether it be storytelling, slam poetry, or songs, this event gives voices to teens.
  • Film Fridays: Teens are invited to screen movies and discuss their social influence.
  • TBD First Friday Stage: Teens are given the opportunity to perform in front of an audience and practice their pieces.
  • Bend Poetry Slam: All age Poetry Slam hosted by Cada Casa instructor MOsley WOtta.
  • Tin Pan Alley Jam: We took over the alley to provide some of Central Oregon's newest groups.

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.

Sports:

HIP-HOP & B-BOY DANCE

This class will be digging deep into the art and history of the Hip Hop and B-Boy dance culture. Students will have the choice to interact within the community by going out on the streets as a group and using this form of art to show our unique self expression through dance. There will also be opportunities for our class to perform at bigger stages and events such as Icon City. Our last class will be like a small graduation. Family and friends will be invited to watch us perform and share what we have learned. The class will work together to create and organize this event.

ORIENTEERING & GEOCACHING

Explore nature outdoors while developing lifelong learning skills! Orienteering is the sport of using a map and compass in order to navigate. Learn how to read maps, understand symbols, words, and graphic organizers in order to complete a variety of tasks at hand. Geocaching is one big outdoor treasure hunt in which players can create their own orienteering activity. Geocaching players can develop GPS coordinates to hide and locate items, then reflect on their experiences.  Orienteering and Geocaching are used interrelated by navigating to reach a destination in the necessity completing objectives. The goal is to run, hike, or walk to points in order to complete the route given - on and off trails, by navigating through checkpoints along the way. Objectives given will develop mathematical, literacy, social and environmental, physical and mental skills, and other varieties of multi-subject skills.

BILINGUAL SOCCER

Bilingual is a modern language class aimed to develop the Spanish language in a physically active setting.  Second language learning has amazing results at young ages and can help in the development of neural pathways.  This class pairs the Spanish Language Development goals and content of Elementary DL Spanish with a conversational and instructional language. Non-native and native Spanish speakers develop the language in a bilingual setting.

FRISBEE GOLF & ULTIMATE FRISBEE

This course gives an introduction of the fundamental skills within Ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee Golf. It is designed to accommodate the beginner, intermediate, and advanced players who want to develop their frisbee skills. Skills will include a variety of throwing skills, passing and catching. Abilities will include improving our running, cutting, turning, field defense and offense, as well as marking and goal setting.

SPEED, AGILITY & QUICKNESS

Speed, Quickness, and Agility are one of the most significant pieces towards athletic success. Each of these components all involve learned motor skills. We will refine these techniques, and specialize them specifically for the individual. Students will use a variety of modalities in order to improve and reach their goals. Students will develop their Speed, Quickness, and Agility for their specific sport in order to grow stronger and become a proficient automated mover. Students will deeper understanding of movement concepts, functional skills, increase their muscle strength and endurance, in order to increase their personal potential. While students develop these concepts, they will learn how to set goals and reach S.M.A.R.T. goals within the classroom. 

RECREATIONAL VOLLEYBALL

It is designed to accommodate the beginner to intermediate coed player who wants to develop their volleyball skills. The emphasis of this course will be to work on proper form and technique for passing, setting, and hitting. Players will also learn basic rotation and strategy for game play. Each skill will be put to the test in recreational play from small group drills to full team scrimmage.

CONTEMPORARY & HIP-HOP DANCE ENSEMBLE

A collaborative teaching of performance choreography that entails the techniques and styles of hip-hop& contemporary dancing. Students will learn dance pieces that not only improve technique but tell a story. The focus will be on collectively constructing multiple performance pieces that showcase the artistically visual side of music through dance. This fusion of the two different styles of dance enables the students to break the barriers of traditional standards and expectations by the two individually. In other words the two styles will be used together to create a unique and different style. That has the hard hitting, raw, and stunning visual effects of hip-hop, and the subtle, vulnerable, organic, and captivating style of contemporary. To create a performance piece that takes dance and the students to another level.  

FITNESS FOR ALL ATHLETES

Weight training will be implemented within the curriculum for the students to develop and broaden their knowledge of body composition, strengthening and toning. Students will understand safety, spotting, use, and movement analysis for proper techniques. They will also learn to specialize their training techniques and routine. Within these components, students will be able to individualize their training needs for their specific goals in order to understand how to develop regimens they will be able to modify at any point for their desire. The skills students will be using within the course can be applied to lifetime fitness outside of the classroom as well.

Arts:

SCREEN PRINTING & APPAREL DESIGN

The goal of this class is to familiarize students with the process and purposes of silk screening and encourage them to use it as a dynamic (and totally fun) vehicle for artistic expression. We’ll learn a brief history of silk screening, see the work of several silkscreen artists, and learn about several different processes.  Students will have the opportunity to do poster art, composition pieces, or their own t-shirts.

THE MURAL PROJECT

This course introduces students to the history and impact of mural painting and the implementation of their own.  The first week will lead students through the time periods and styles of murals in history as an influence in creating their very own.  Four students will be paired with a PoetHouse artist to design the structure, formulate the concept, and finalize the project in a public arena.  Confirmed spaces include the Truckstop Skate Park, and other centrally located and publicly viewable public and private properties. Diversity, community, and social commentary will be emphasized throughout the topics and themes painted in this course.

HIP HOP 101

This class aims at introducing the fundamentals of hip-hop.  Each class will include an aspect of history, cultural significance and lyrical development.  It is important for students to understand the history of hip-hop starting with the Bronx and Brooklyn, the Harlem Renaissance, the godfathers of hip-hop, as well as general themes and movements.  Hip-Hop is a mixture of different aspects of urban culture, including DJing, emceeing, rapping, breakdancing, graphing, free-styling, beat-boxing, street entrepreneurship, fashion, and language.  Students are encouraged to explore what they find interesting about Hip-Hop.  There will be a portion of lyrical development devoted to each class, which will focus on the similarities between Rap and Poetry, different rhyming schemes, and social commentary themes.  This class will give students the opportunity (if comfortable) to perform at a cada|casa event, First Fridays, or recording in a studio.

GUERILLA ART

Our goal with this series of workshops is to teach students that art doesn't have to be a painting on a canvas, but can be a personal expression seen anywhere, in whatever form it wants to take. Most of the activities we will be doing in these classes will engage the viewer in a public space in local environments. Students will participate in exercises such as: Moss graffiti, Guerilla knitting & crocheting, Chalk bombing, Sticker-making.

STENCIL GRAFFITI & SOCIAL COMMENTARY

This class will introduce students to the world of street art with an emphasis on stencil graffiti. Students will be encouraged to watch demonstrations, practice spray paint techniques, and produce a street art-style piece or series.  Students will also learn how to analyze and produce pieces of art that reflect themes in society.  Note: there will be no illegal graffiti or tagging done in this class and respiration protection will always be used.

LATIN AMERICAN ART

This 6-week class will provide a brief overview of Latin American art history in conjunction with art projects culturally and stylistically pertinent to notable art movements/trends andartesenías. As language and culture are inextricably linked, this course will also incorporate Spanish vocabulary and grammar, with discussion of cultural practices and beliefs. Projects will include Peruvian retablos, molas (multi-layer textile art), murals, Day of the Dead linocut prints, Guatemalan worry dolls, making natural pigments and paints and paper, and making a piñata to be used for our post class fiesta.  You do not need to be able to speak Spanish to take this class.

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.

CONTEMPORARY & HIP-HOP DANCE ENSEMBLE

A collaborative teaching of performance choreography that entails the techniques and styles of hip-hop& contemporary dancing. Students will learn dance pieces that not only improve technique but tell a story. The focus will be on collectively constructing multiple performance pieces that showcase the artistically visual side of music through dance. This fusion of the two different styles of dance enables the students to break the barriers of traditional standards and expectations by the two individually. In other words the two styles will be used together to create a unique and different style. That has the hard hitting, raw, and stunning visual effects of hip-hop, and the subtle, vulnerable, organic, and captivating style of contemporary. To create a performance piece that takes dance and the students to another level.  

NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE & ART

This course is an overview of Native American art history and uses art projects that are culturally and stylistically consistent with Native expression. Students will learn about patterns and themes that tribes use in different regions of the country, as well as forms of pantribal artwork. We will explore Native American artwork while learning how to develop a sensitivity to and understanding of Native Americans’ unique status and culture.