Jr/Sr High Fall 2019 Semester Schedule

These classes are offered at our Sovereign Grace Campus unless otherwise noted. They are for students in 7th grade and up. Room assignments listed on this page are not finalized until after registration closes, because they often change based on actual registration numbers.

Parents may decide to register their 7th grader as a 6th/7th grader to stay on the FCC campus OR for Jr/Sr High to stay on the SG campus. We do ask that parents understand our SG campus functions socially as a high school. There is often very little (if any) academic difference between some of our more challenging classes at FCC and our lighter classes at SG. If a student (and this does apply more often to boys than to girls) has more exuberant or energetic behavior, they will not fit in very well at SG, as we have higher standards of student conduct in that building.

 

Parents are not allowed to volunteer on more than one campus unless they are leading a class. Teachers can - and often do - travel between campuses.

**Additional fee is required. See class description.

^Pre-requisite applies. See class decription.

First Period

(9:10-10:10)

 

Actor's Workshop

Beginner Guitar**

Chess Club

German I

Journey into Ancient Egypt

Knitting**

Practically Painless Prose

Vets In Training**

 

Second Period

(10:15-11:15)

 

Basics of Web Development
 

Boomwhackers** 

Economics

Medieval History w/ Biblioplan

TOPScience Lab

Transforming Conflict into Connections**

 

Variety Show

Third Period

(11:20-12:20)

 

Art Club - National Arts Honor Society**

 

Coding & Ciphers

Dance Fitness

 

Lift Up Your Voice

Mock Trial

Problem Solving in the 21st Century

JR/SR HIGH Class Descriptions

Actor's Workshop

Location: KQ Room 6 

We will learn the fundamentals of acting and put them into practice in a "workshop" format. Students will work in groups to prepare and perform two scenes - one contemporary and one Shakespearean. Our final project for the class will be a monologue. Students will need to memorize all work performed in class.  (A. Karl)

Art Club - National Arts Honor Society

Location: Pine Room

Students will bring their own art work to class and learn how to positively critique and share feedback with their peers. Students will choose a group art project to work on and a fundraising option for the spring semester. Art concepts will be given to the students three weeks before the first class so they have time to work on them at home. NAHS meetings outside of co-op will be offered but are not required. **Seniors are eligible for NAHS cord or tassel for graduation. Any grade can add NAHS to their transcript.  (M. Ehrlich)

NOTE: There is a $6 fee which will cover the membership dues to the NAHS.

Basics of Web Development

Location: KQ Room 3

Students will learn how to create and share content on their own web pages. After deciding what content they want to share with the world, they will learn how to structure and style their pages using HTML and CSS. They will also practice valuable programming skills such as debugging and commenting, along with Digital Citizenship and Copyright. By the end of the class, students will have a personal website that can be shared with others. This is a foundational Computer Science class that will allow the student to develop problem solving, persistence, creativity, collaboration, and communication. This class is for all Jr/Sr High students who have basic computer knowledge.  (J. Iovino)

NOTE: Each student will be required to have their own laptop or Chromebook and bring it to class every week. Mobile devices will not be accepted. Students will be required to work on their web pages outside of class.

Boomwhackers

Location: KQ Room 6

Students will use pitched plastic sticks to create music cooperatively, similar to a handbell choir. Class time will be spent almost exclusively on playing music. Tested by a tone deaf grandparent with a lack of music-reading ability, we can verify that no experience is necessary. For advanced students, opportunities will exist for them to select and arrange their favorite songs so they can be performed in class. Please google HarvardTHUD for an idea of what we are hoping to accomplish. My favorite sample of this musical endeavor (at a level higher than we can achieve in 10 weeks) can be found here:  https://www.fascinately.com/fascinating/2015/04/performance-of-bachs-prelude-no-1-using-only-boomwhackers-is-fantastic/. Come join in the thrill of making music as a team!  (B. Bantle)

NOTE: There is a $2 fee.

Beginner Guitar

Location: FCC Vestibule

Students will need to be dropped off at our FCC location at the beginning of the day, and then will be transported from FCC to SG for second period. This session of classes will introduce the student to the instrument and teach them to read music without any cheaters. By mid-course, everyone should be counting and playing music as it was meant to be played. Guitarists are taught to play melodies with some introductory chords. As it can be difficult for younger students to pay attention in a group setting, students should be 8 and older. Students must have an instrument to bring to class and to practice on at home. Home practice time is especially important in group lessons or the student will not be able to keep up in class. The instructor will provide all music. The semester fee must be paid directly to the instructor on or before the first day of class. Parents can contact Leslie at 856/952-7843 or leslieg25@comcast.net with any questions before the semester starts.  (L. Glenn) 
NOTE: There is a $100 fee payable by the first day of the semester.

Chess Club

Location: KQ Room 2

This class is for those students who already know how to play chess and have a good working knowledge of the game. The purpose of this class is NOT to teach the students how to play, but to give them the opportunity to play other students of varying skill levels and to improve their game. If the students are interested, a tournament will be held during the last several weeks of the session. Let's play some Chess!  (K. Alvarez)

NOTE: Each student should bring a chess set to class.

Codes & Ciphers

Location: KQ Room 3

Learn about the ciphers used by Julius Caesar, Thomas Jefferson, and Navajo soldiers in World War II, how messages are hidden in plain sight, the kinds of ciphers used in modern online encryption, and much more. Each week students will learn more about historical and modern-day encryption, and how logic, statistics, and probability play a part in creating codes and ciphers and cracking them.   (L. Harrison)

NOTE: Students will have homework, in the form of an encrypted message, that they will have to decode at home every week. Each student will need to bring a binder for handouts every week.

Dance Fitness

Location: KQ Room 6

Girls will have fun dancing, not even realizing the toning, cardio, and balance elements that make it a workout too. Music and movements are clean.  Get ready to sweat!  (A. Gager)
NOTE: Please wear appropriate clothes and footwear for exercise, and bring a water bottle.

Economics for the High School Student

Location: Pine Room

This course will cover the basics of economic theory. Of all the social sciences that are studied worldwide, economics is the most misunderstood and least appreciated. I have written a 52 page primer to help students understand economic principles. Each student will be able to understand economic decisions made at every level - from the national government down to the individual. I use every day events to simplify and explain complex issues. This primer can be downloaded by the students for use during the semester. When the student finishes this course, he or she will have the equivalent of one year of college economics which I taught in two different colleges. (G. Bocher)

German I

Location: Pine Room

Deutsch ist logisch und schön! Come learn the beauty of German and be able to speak to people all around the world! (My team once got food in Italy by speaking German, so you never know when German will save the day—and your stomach!) In this high school German class, students will learn the basics of the German language, along with an introduction to life and culture in Germany. This course is designed to get students communicating effectively in German and to meet a requirement for one year of high school foreign language.

Our textbook is Deutsch Aktuell 1, 5th edition, and the workbook that goes with it. Students will need to purchase the textbook and workbook before class begins.  (They are readily available on several online bookstores.)  There will be frequent graded assignments and a vocabulary quiz and a test on each chapter (tests will be every two to three weeks). We will review and correct some homework assignments in class.  Students will receive a detailed syllabus after registration closes in August. Students will need to practice German on www.duolingo.com (a free language-learning site) at home during the week. Finally, since one class per week isn’t enough for effective language learning, there will be a mandatory mid-week remote class (via Internet) on a platform TBD. This is a full-year class with 3-5 additional classes during the HIS winter break (some remote; some in the classroom). Please contact the teacher with any questions.  (B. Osborne)

Journey into Ancient Egypt

Location: Maple Room

Take a trip to the Egypt of five thousand years ago as we explore the history of a land that is woven intricately through the Old Testament, and learn more about how the Egyptian people influenced and were influenced by the lives of Moses, Abraham, David, Solomon, and others. Find out the answers to questions like: Who was the princess that pulled Moses from the Nile?, Who was the REAL pharaoh of the Exodus? or Who REALLY built the pyramids? Experience the sights, sounds, and even tastes of this fascinating land as you handle real Egyptian artifacts, taste the foods they ate, write in hieroglyphs, and learn how God used Egypt to shape the history of the world for over three millennia. Back by popular demand, this amazing class is a repeat of our Fall 2018 class.  (T. Harrison)

Knitting 101

Location: Mom's Room

This semester we will focus on the basics of knitting. We will learn how to read the label on a skein of yarn and we will learn some basic stitches - knit, purl, yarn over, cast-on and bind off. We will start with small projects to practice these stitches, learn a pattern combining these stitches and possibly try our hands at a bigger project. As we progress, students may have a chance to pick their own yarn for a project.  (K. Hoffman)

NOTE: There is a $5 fee.

Lift Up Your Voice

Location: KQ Room 2

Come join the choir! We have so much fun as we make music, make friends and explore the vocal talents we have all been blessed with. Learn how to use your instrument and how to sing in harmony. No experience necessary. The more the merrier! The only requirement is that you can read - words, not necessarily music. We will be focusing on slightly more difficult music than the Jr. Choir, and really fine tune our sound.  (M. Hoffman)

Medieval History w/ Bibloplan

Location: KQ Room 1

Using the classically-based BiblioPlan curriculum, we will cover world and church history from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance. This class will be presented in a format to be counted for a high school history credit, with an option for parents to supplement at home for an additional half credit of a literature elective. You can also choose to take this class as a solid enhancement to your existing language arts instruction. Information will be provided for the necessary texts for purchase, estimated at $75. As a two semester class, it will also have required work over the mid-year co-op break period, with a possible extra meeting or two during the break. (A. Gager)

NOTE: Reading, writing and maps will be assigned each week. 2-4 hours/week of homework, with much of that depending on the nature of the student.

Mock Trial

Location: Maple Room

This is an introduction to the Mock Trial program. Students will participate in a prepared fictitious trial that will help them not only learn about the judicial system, but also aid in developing analytical, communication and presentation skills. Please note that we will be working with a real criminal case. Working together in teams, students will study the case, prepare strategies and arguments, and develop cases for both prosecution and defense sides. Roles will include trial attorney teams for prosecution and defense, witnesses, jury, bailiff and time keeper. Teams will prepare opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations and closing arguments. During the last class the Mock Trial will be held. As we will only have 9 weeks to prepare for trial, students must commit to attending every class and must come in prepared to work together seriously with their team. 100% participation from each student is required. During the last class of co-op, the Mock Trial will be held. The trial will take 1.5 - 2 hours. You must commit to staying that extra time on the last day as every team member is vital and will be needed during trial.  (D. Wronko)

NOTE: You must commit to stay an extra hour (approximately) on the last day of the semester so that we can run our Mock Trial.

Practically Painless Prose 

Location: KQ Room 1

Looking to make your writing sparkle? Shine? Really stand out?? By reading and discussing some short essays and stories --  famous and not-so-famous, funny and serious, historical and fictional -- students will discuss what makes the writings inspiring, challenging, or irritating. Class time will also be spent on improv writing and challenges designed to create varied and interesting sentence construction, strong, active verbs, and vivid descriptors. In addition, students will put their newfound skills to work writing small pieces at home each week. Writings are meant to be short and should only cause a very insignificant amount of stress, although attempts at correct grammar and spelling is always a goal. Through the use of silly topics, we will do essays of comparison, persuasion, and description, etc. For example, comparison essays may pit one superhero against another or debate whether walruses or penguins make better pets. We will also try our hand at literary analysis by using children’s books. Essays will be “graded” through the use of a comment card that aims to point out strengths and makes suggestions for improvement. A diligent writer could produce a portfolio of 8-10 writings during the semester suitable for hanging right next to a glittered preschool craft on the door of any homeschool family’s fridge.  Practically painlessly.  (B. Bantle)

Problem Solving in the 21st Century

Location: KQ Room 1

This class will explore several topics of technological challenges in the 21st century, from space exploration to power generation and more. Students will use basic problem solving methods to develop possible solutions to these challenges. In addition, the students will simulate their solutions by taking on the role of the users of the technology to explore its effects.  (B. & E. Claggett)

TOPScience Lab

Location: Maple Room

Spilling over with good, clean fun: watch simple liquids heap, roll, creep, and soak as you investigate cohesion, adhesion, surface tension and capillary action. Model the hydrogen bonds that hold water together. Separate ink with chromatography, study oil slick rainbows and interference patterns. Students will work alone and in teams to investigate simple yet important science concepts that are the foundation to understanding liquids.   (P. Vanaman)

Transforming Conflict Into Connection

Location: KQ Room 2

Do you ever walk away from a conversation thinking of ways you could’ve handled something differently?  Or think about ways you could’ve gotten what you or the other person wanted? Or, have you ever wanted to avoid a situation because you didn’t know how to deal with potential conflict? If so, this is a class for you.

In our society today, we witness and hear a lot about blame, being wrong, feeling divided, having disagreements. This class offers a way to understand how we can handle situations with empathy, reflection, and acceptance while understanding others' feelings, as well as our own, and the needs underneath that might be driving certain behaviors. Through discussions, exercises, and practice, we’ll learn how to peacefully and mindfully cope with conflict in a world that sometimes feels like chaos. Discussions and lessons will be based on the teachings of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, from his book, Non Violent Communication – A Language of Life. Assigned readings in this book will be foundational for our in-class discussion time. Each student will receive their own copy on the first week of class. Students will be assigned readings from this book as homework.  (C. Gipple)

NOTE: There is an $8 fee.

Variety Show

Location: Mom's Room

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.” — Vernon Howard
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” — Henry Ford
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin
“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” — Carl Rogers
"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." — Oliver Wendell Holmes

We’ve been given a wonderful and complex mind from our Creator that is always learning and growing! In this class you will encounter a new topic each week that will grow and stretch your mind and world! You will be enriched with presentations and activities from your teachers and some surprise special guests. Topics will range from science to geography to history to food and beyond!   

“Variety is the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor.” William Cowper's poem, “The Task” (1785)

(A. Forde & S. McQuoid)

Vets In Training

Location: KQ Room 3

Children are fascinated by animals and display a deep passion for animal welfare and well-being at an early age. We will have live animal interaction in every class. The HousePaws Vets in Training Program embraces the human animal bond through interaction and education using STEAM initiative. By providing hands-on experienced based education to each student in the program the children are empowered to explore the human animal bond and the many facets of veterinary medicine and science. If you have questions regarding the content for this semester, please send them to  vit@housepawsmobilevet.com.  (D. Lacey & J. Zucker) NOTE: There is a $100 fee.

© 2018 by HIS Home Educators, Inc.