Jr/Sr High Fall 2021 Semester Schedule

All classes are at our Haddon Heights Baptist Church campus.  They are for socially mature kids who are 12 AND in 7th grade and up.

**Additional fee is required. See class description.

^Pre-requisite applies. See class decription.

First Period

(9:20-10:20)

 

Actor's Workshop

Bio Lab**

Epic Board Games

German Conversation^

Historical Heavyweights

Serious Science, Serious Fun

 

 

 

Study Hall 

Second Period

(10:20-11:20)

 

Boomwhackers**

Epic Board Games

Study Skills: How to Get  Awesome Grades

Watercolor Workshop

Study Hall

Third Period

(11:20-12:20)

 

ASL

Chem Lab**^

Crochet Club**

Physical Fitness

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Writing Workshop

Study Hall

JR/SR HIGH Class Descriptions

Actor's Workshop

Location: Room 306

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)

ASL

Location: Room 306
American Sign Language (ASL) is more than being able to spell words with your hands.  It is considered a language that has similar patterns to our spoken language but has its own unique grammar pattern.  In this class students will learn the basic fundamentals of ASL including the alphabet and counting.  Students will learn common phrases, requests, and common conversational elements.  Songs and poems may also be introduced to help reinforce classroom material. Students should expect to spend a few days a week at home practicing the skills learned in class.  A lot of what is learned in ASL will build on previous lessons so it’s important that students keep up with the work.  (K. Alvarez)

Bio Lab

Location: Lab - Room 302
All the labs you need to round out your high school biology curriculum! We will be doing both dissections and microscope work.  (E. Claggett)

NOTE: Students must be taking biology or have taken HIGH SCHOOL biology. There is a $50 fee.

Boomwhackers

Location: Room 303

Students will use pitched plastic sticks to create music cooperatively (in ways that are similar to a handbell choir). Class time will be spent almost exclusively in rehearsing and playing songs for recordings and/or a live performance at the end of the semester. With only ten weeks, we’ll have to work hard! 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 mature enough to monitor their own behavior and participate appropriately so that they don't ruin the experience for other members of the class. 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 for color copies and for repair/replacements/ upkeep of the instruments.

Chem Lab

Location: Lab - Room 302
All the labs you need to round out your chemistry curriculum! This is part 1 of a 2 semester class.   (D. Freeland)

NOTE: Students must be taking chemistry or have taken chemistry. There is a $50 fee.

Crochet Club

Location: Fellowship Hall
We will spend the semester working on several small crochet projects, including some amigurumi.  Students will be working on a variety of projects based on their level of ability.  All abilities and levels are welcomed!  This class will be combined Jr/Sr High and 4th-6th grade. Supplies and project patterns will be provided.   (K. Allison & A. Karl)
NOTE: There is a $10 fee.

Epic Board Games

Location: Fellowship Hall

A variety of unique board games from the "Board Game Renaissance" of the last two decades will be provided, including instruction, as well as discussions of game mechanic development for interested students. Students can participate for 1 or 2 periods.  (B. Claggett)

German Conversation

Location: Library

Sprechen wir zusammen! German Conversation will be a relaxed time together where the conversation is in German! A typical meeting will start with a conversation prompt in German such as a video clip, a cartoon, an advertisement, a postcard, etc.  We may roleplay and do some drama together; sometimes we may script ourselves and other times we may go totally extemporaneous! This class assumes that students have already studied some German and already know some grammar and vocabulary. But most of all, your success (and fun!) in this class will depend on your willingness to just throw yourself in and say something.  Deutsch macht Spass! Please contact the teacher with any questions.  (B. Osborne)

Historical Heavyweights

Location: Room 303

Do you like to argue? Do you wonder how to articulately disagree with someone? Do you like learning about the characters who make history exciting?  Join us for Historical Heavyweights!  In this class, we will learn about persuasive arguments and logical fallacies that help us become better communicators and critical thinkers. We will also cover some of history’s most colorful characters, and what gave them their places in our books. Then, it’s time to choose sides!  Tell us why you believe your chosen Heavyweight deserves to be crowned the most influential in history! (A. Gager)

NOTE: Students will need to do some work outside class time.

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Location: Room 305
The Scarlet Pimpernel was written about France as it is engulfed in a bitter war between the wealthy and the “citizens," as the nobles of England look on in horror. The story contains mystery and intrigue, murder, and a little romance. Who is the Scarlet Pimpernel? Can he outwit the determined and cunning Chauvelin, who lives and breathes to find that elusive Scarlet Pimpernel? How many will go to "Madame Guillotine" before the thirst for blood dies down? You might find yourself chanting “They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere” before our class is over! Each week will be filled with conversations about the assigned chapters, projects that will revolve around events that happen in the book - secret codes, wax seals, and guillotines. We will play a few games about the hunt for imposters and spies. EXTRA CREDIT assignments will be sent home every week. Students are NOT required to do them, but will receive a sweet reward every week if that week's assignment is completed. It is HIGHLY recommended that each student have a copy of the book but it is not required. I hope this class will be entertaining for everyone but it will be so much more engaging if the students are able to read along. Plus, the ending of the book is completely amazing and jaw dropping!  (B. Biad)

Physical Fitness

Location: Gym
This will be a fun yet structured time of playing games and being active.  (S. Quinn)

Serious Science, Serious Fun

Location: Room 305

We will be exploring various areas of physical science using some structured labs from TOPScience and from various physical science curricula. We will probably do some exploration of properties of pendulums, some exploration of properties of liquids (cohesion and adhesion), and if time allows, we will investigate some real world applications of Newton's Laws of Motion. This will be a hands-on supplement to a physical science or general science curriculum, geared to science-y kids in 7th-9th. There is a high likelihood of it being part 1 of a 2 semester class.  (S. Battermann)

NOTE: Students will need to provide a three-ring binder.

Study Skills = How to Get Awesome Grades

Location: Room 306
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)

Watercolor Workshop

Location: Room 305
In this class, students will be introduced to watercolor techniques and basic color theory & mixing. We'll then practice and improve our skills by working together through several teacher and video led projects. Suitable for beginners AND those experienced artists looking to improve their work. Required supply list (approximately $30) will be sent out to registrants prior to the start of classes.  (M. Ferguson)

Writing Workshop

Location: Room 303
This class is for eager and reluctant writers. Through fun in-class activities and discussions, students will stretch their creative writing skills and improve their academic writing as well. There will be some small homework assignments this semester.  (B. Mitros)