Jr/Sr High Spring 2020 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 have the option 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 understand that some students can be on a higher academic level but still young in age.  We ask that parents understand our SG campus functions socially as a high school, and as such, kids should be a mature 12 years old at a minimum in order to be registered in these classes. 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**

Boomwhackers**

Burning Books &  Revolting Animals

Chess Club

German I

Miniature Weapons**

Wearable Art**

 

Second Period

(10:15-11:15)

 

Driver's Ed**

Knitting in the Round**

Medieval History w/ Biblioplan

Study Skills: How to Get  Awesome Grades

Ten Dollar Founding Father

TOPScience Lab - Magnets

Foundations of Communication

Third Period

(11:20-12:20)

 

Dance Fitness

Intro to Public Speaking

Knitting Club

Lego Engineering

 

Lift Up Your Voice

Physical Fitness

Vietnam Story

JR/SR HIGH Class Descriptions

Actor's Workshop

Location: KQ Room 6 

In this class we will use theatre games and improv to explore the basics of acting.  We will learn all about stage presence, diction, projection, working in an ensemble, character development through voice and physicality, auditioning for a play, and so much more!  The bulk of our class time will be spent playing theatre games, however the student will prepare one monologue to present on week 10 as part of a mock audition.  What fun!  (A. Karl)

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 our FCC campus to SG campus 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.

Boomwhackers

Location: KQ Room 2

Students will use pitched plastic sticks to create music cooperatively, similar to a handbell choir. Class time will be spent almost exclusively in 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. Making shared music is a very different experience from playing alone. Students must be willing to work collaboratively. Because students will break out into small groups to seriously practice, students must be mature enough to monitor their own behavior so that they don't ruin the experience for other members of the class. Sharing of musical ideas and thinking outside the musical boxes is a strong part of the class, but with that comes the need to also respect the equipment and behave with maturity. There will be no use of the boomwhacker sticks for unintended purposes. Come join in the thrill of making music as a team!  (B. Bantle)

NOTE: There is a $4 fee.

Burning Books & Revolting Animals

Location: Mom's Room
What is censorship?  Are there positive and negative aspects to censorship?   How do we respond to the cultural changes around us?  Can we fight for or against change without infringing on the rights of others?  These are the kinds of questions we will be discussing in this class, using Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm, and other short stories as a guide.   (E. Claggett)

NOTE: Students are required to read these books in order to participate in class discussion.

Chess Club

Location: KQ Room 1

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.

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.

Driver’s Ed

Location: Maple Room

We will spend our time studying and discussing the New Jersey Drivers' Manual in preparation for taking the state written test. Passing the written test is the first needed step to getting a permit. Students will be expected to read chapters weekly in preparation for class, and we will take regular quizzes to monitor progress. All students who are 16 at the time of our last week of class will be able to take the written test that day in order to obtain their blue cards. Students under 16 or over 16 are welcome as well, but they will not be able to take the test in class.  (J. Tyrell from Harper Driving School)
NOTE: There is a $15 fee.

Foundations of Communication

Location: KQ Room 2

Do you ever walk away from a conversation wishing you’d said or done something differently? Or have you ever avoided a situation because you didn’t know how to deal with a potential conflict? Through these 10 weeks, we’ll explore how to use our language more skillfully and with clearer intention to create happier, calmer, and more peaceful relationships with siblings, parents, teachers, friends, and anyone you come into contact with. In this interactive class, we’ll use activities, discussion and games to practice our skills of listening, empathy and communication. Some highlights of what will be covered include learning how to: 

  • Be specific and clear in asking for what you want 

  • Understand your needs and the needs of others instead of judging yourself or others.

  • Effectively clarify that what you’ve said is what another person has heard

  • Express and hear feelings without blame, criticism or judgment

  • Handle difficult situations when you’re triggered 

  • Listen to what’s being said, as well as what’s not being said

  • Pause (mentally & physically) in moments of conflict

  • Pay attention to forms of communication that block connection 

  • Respond with compassion and empathy vs. Reacting with anger & judgment

  • Say what you mean with honesty and authenticity

Book:  Each student will receive their own copy of the book, Non-Violent Communication, by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. Students may be assigned readings from this book as homework. Handouts and other readings may be offered as supplemental resources.   (C. Gipple)

NOTE: There is an $8 fee for students who did not take the fall semester "Transforming Conflict" class.

German I

Location: Pine Room

Deutsch ist logisch und schön! This course is designed to get students communicating effectively in German and to meet a requirement for one year of high school foreign language. It is a continuation of German 1 that was taught in Fall 2019. New students who have previously studied German are welcome to join us, but they will need to pass a German placement test to be sure this class is the level they need. (Contact the teacher.)

Our textbook is Deutsch Aktuell 1, 5th edition, and the workbook that goes with it. (They are readily available from several online bookstores.)  There are frequent graded assignments, and a vocabulary quiz and test on each chapter (tests will be about every two weeks). We will use Google Drive for tests, quizzes, and other resources. We will review and correct most homework assignments in class.  Students will receive a detailed syllabus listing homework, tests, etc. 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 is a mandatory remote class (via Internet) on Tuesday mornings from 8 to 9 a.m. using www.freeconferencecall.com. Please contact the teacher with any questions.  (B. Osborne)
 

Intro to Public Speaking

Location: Maple Room
Students will plan and present two speeches (informative and persuasive) during the semester.  Homework will include preparing and practicing speeches but should not require large amounts of research or time.  We will be doing the bulk of the preparation in class.  Although this class is not graded, feedback will be given to the student through the use of a grading rubric.  (A. Karl)

Knitting in the Round/Knitting Club

Location: Welcome Center

This semester we will be learning how to knit in the round.  There will be a supply list with links emailed prior to projects.  Skills required for this class are the ability to cast on, knit, purl and bind off.  If students wish to participate in the Knitting Club third period, they will need to bring their own projects.  No supplies/class fee will apply to Knitting Club.  (K. Hoffman)

NOTE: There is a $5 fee.

Lego Engineering

Location: KQ Room 3

This class will teach basic problem solving skills and the students will practice those skills by competing in a challenge using Lego built devices.  There will also be some simple discussion of programming concepts and a programming element for advanced students.  No prior experience required.  (B. Claggett)

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.

Miniature Weapons of Mass Destruction

Location: Maple Room
Who needs a spitball or a peashooter when you can make a Clothespin Catapult, a Paperclip Crossbow, or a Coat Hanger Slingshot? Every kid knows it's their responsibility to protect their backyard from the imminent threat of the zombie apocalypse (or at least be good enough at target practice to impress all their friends). Come arm yourselves with a militia of household objects, and maybe learn a little about the physics and engineering principles that make a good projectile while you're at it. (Students must be willing to carefully follow instructions and to take the Mini-Weapon Maker's Pledge: "I will never use my weapons on anything living, except for trees because they don't mind.")  (L. Harrison)
NOTE: There is a $5 fee.

Physical Fitness

Location: KQ Room 1
This will be a fun yet structured time of playing games and being active.  (J. Iovino)

Study Skills = How to Get Awesome Grades

Location: Pine Room
For 10 weeks, you will learn tips and strategies for getting awesome grades in high school and college. Each week we will cover a new topic: effective note taking, getting the most from reading assignments, memory, planning & organization, focus & concentration, procrastination, studying for exams, text anxiety, papers & essays, and brain benefits of exercise. There may be some light homework to practice the skills and reading of materials, but most of the work will be done in class. This class will be fun, but serious.  (J. Iovino)

Ten Dollar Founding Father

Location: KQ Room 6
Hamilton's legacy alongside Miranda's musical genius provide the backdrop for our writing class. Gain insight into the founding of our country and explore issues that still exist in modern America. Examples of topics that will be covered are: irony, the tragic hero, Revolutionary War, roles of women and minorities, Constitutional theory, economic systems, immigration, the meaning of legacy, British viewpoints of the Revolution, the election of 1800, and the Federalist Papers. Class activities may include: debates, staging a duel, writing a historical rap in a group, musical listening sheets, giving speeches, analyzing primary sources, art, annotated life maps, plenty of song analysis (always censored for inappropriate language) and whatever hands-on activities we can find that high schoolers will still enjoy. Even during "teacher up front teaching moments," class will hopefully be highly interactive and students are encouraged to participate and to be fully invested in the conversation. All grades are welcome in the class; however, there will be high school level homework. Writing will be a centerpiece of this course as we analyze the decisions of the founding fathers and learn to develop our own thesis paper. The writing & rhetoric specific assignments that will be due are - 1. Immigration Paper (3 paragraphs)- based upon an interview that the student will conduct with an immigrant 2. Speech of 3-5 minutes on assigned person from the time period 3. Five paragraph thesis essay from list of topics to be discussed in class.  4. One page ‘thought’ paper on personal legacy. A complete syllabus will be available prior to the beginning of class so that students can plan their semester. Speeches will be during week 2, and potential topics will be emailed out immediately following registration. Please note, students do not need to just whip up the essay at home without help. Each essay will be due in pieces so that instruction can be given in class on thesis statements and how to plan out each paragraph. All writing levels will be welcome as long as students are willing to try.
Come join us for this exciting journey through the world of Hamilton. As Miranda said, "Every day" (or class) "has the potential to be the greatest day" (or class) "of your life."  (B. Bantle)

TOPScience Lab

Location: KQ Room 3

Students employ simple techniques to discover and map interacting magnetic fields, and to graph the strength of magnetic fields over distance. They build compasses, motors, buzzers, and other ingenious inventions, improvising with refrigerator magnets and cheap, simple stuff.   (P. Vanaman)

Vietnam Story

Location: Pine Room
Major Gordon L. Bocher, a Purple Heart Vietnam Veteran, was shot down during the Vietnam Conflict. He will share personal stories and history from a first person account of the Vietnam War. Classes will include historical context and first person accounts of what happened during the War. This will be a lecture-style class. Note taking and research are required.   (G. Bocher/M. Ehrlich)

Wearable Art

Location: KQ Room 3
This is not your standard jewelry making class! We'll use unusual materials like found items, clay, wire, leather, and macrame while incorporating fine art concepts to create wearable art! Students will complete at least 10 pieces of jewelry during the semester. They will create earrings, pendants, and bracelets and complete the semester with the confidence and ability to continue to create mini works of art to keep, sell, or give away. Students will be required to have some of their own tools. An email will be sent prior to the semester detailing the tools needed (approx $10). All other materials will be provided from the class fee.  (M. Ferguson)

NOTE: There is a $20 fee.

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