Jr/Sr High Spring 2022 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

(9:30-10:25)

 

Actors Workshop:  Scene Work

Canvas & Acrylic Painting

Chess Club ^

Cold Warriors

German Conversation

Music Theory ^ **

Serious Science, Serious Fun

Study Hall

Violin/Viola/Cello Group Lessons**

Second Period

(10:30-11:25)

Boomwhackers **

Crochet Club ^**

Drivers Education ^ **

Epic Board Games

High School Choir

Making Cents of Money

Rube Goldberg

Study Hall

Violin/Viola/Cello Group Lessons**

Third Period

(11:30-12:25)
 

ASL 2 ^

Chem Lab ^

Dance Fitness

Face Your Fears with Franke

Physical Fitness

Quilting With Purpose ^ **

To Kill A Mockingbird

Study Hall

Violin/Viola/Cello Group Lessons**

JR/SR HIGH Class Descriptions
Sorted by Class Period

FIRST PERIOD

Actors Workshop:  Scene Work

Location: Room 306

Period 1

This semester in Actors Workshop, we will be working on scenes from contemporary plays.  We will perform those scenes at an end of the semester concert.  We will continue to build on the skills we learned in the fall semester, however, anyone is welcome to join us.  Attendance is VERY IMPORTANT, as your scene partners will be depending on you to be present to rehearse your scene in class.  Please, only register if you can commit to being in class (unless there is an illness in your family.) Students should expect to spend time outside of class working on scene memorization.  (A. Karl)

 

Canvas & Acrylic Painting

Location: Art Room (305)

Period 1

Acrylics are fun & versatile helping young artists develop an understanding of painting while learning about renowned artists and their techniques. They’ll learn how to apply these techniques to create their own masterpieces as well as learn about brushes, layering, mixing with the color wheel and more. Sessions focus on specific artists or styles and help kids discover their creativity & individuality through their paintings. No prior skill needed, everyone has an artist inside them! (A. Marino and K. Allison)

Required supplies: 

Amazon.com: Professional Artist Paint Brush Set of 12 - Painting Brushes Kit for Kids, Adults Fabulous for Canvas, Watercolor & Fabric - for Beginners and Professionals - Great for Water, Oil or Acrylic Painting

 

Amazon.com: Strathmore 400 Series Acrylic Pad, Linen Finish, 9"x12" Glue Bound, 10 Sheets

 

Chess Club ^

Location: Fellowship Hall

Period 1

This will be an organized time for students to practice chess skills and challenge peers.  Chess will not be taught.  Students will need to understand the basic rules of the game and moves of each chess piece.  Students will need to bring a chess board and pieces to each class. (K. Alvarez)

Cold Warriors

Location: Room 303

Period 1

This class will review a brief history of the Cold War, from causes, major military, espionage, and social events, and conclusions.  Class will include some lecture, some discussion, some in-class exercises, and guest lecturers, schedules and availability of lecturers permitting. (B. Claggett)

German Conversation ^

Location: Room 304

Period 1

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.  (B. Osborne)

Note: Pre-requisite: Able to speak German or in the process of learning German and ready to expand into conversation.

 

Music Theory *

Location: Music Room 208

Period 1

We will cover anything and maybe everything from notes values to basic chord analysis. Topics could include, note values, rhythm, time signatures, note reading, sight singing, key signatures, circle of fifths, major scale constructure, chord structure and inversions, simple chord progression analysis. Students should expect to spend 1-1.5 hours on homework each week. Students should have prior choir experience, instrument or vocal lessons.  Please contact the teacher if you have questions if this would be a good fit for your student. 
(M. Hoffman) 

Note: There is a $5 fee.  

Serious Science, Serious Fun

Location:  Lab (Room 302)

Period 1

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 and 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. We talk a lot about the components of an excellent lab report write-up and encourage them to be written about the experiments that we do in class, but these write-ups are optional. Rewards ARE given. :) Students who did not participate in the fall are welcome to join us!  (S. Battermann)

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

Violin/Viola/Cello Group Lessons**

Location: Church Library

Period 1, 2 or 3

New or continuing students will be accepted with prior approval from the instructor. Traditional teaching: good posture, left hand position and bow hold, good intonation; correct rhythm; use of four fingers and four strings; use of low second finger; bowings: half or whole bows, legato, détaché, staccato, legato; use of bow division; meters: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4; simple dynamic contrast. Musical fundamentals will be taught and applied to playing of solos and ensembles. (Ms. Amy Weckesser)

To enroll: 

1) Contact Ms. Amy Weckesser @ violinamy30@hotmail.com or 856-952-1737 BEFORE co-op starts to evaluate your child’s experience level, instrument, etc.

2) Have your instrument with you on the first day of co-op. Violin rental (if needed) can be arranged through John Exley (856-304-7230) for $120/year (includes maintenance, strings, etc.). 3) Pay lesson and book fees in full on the first day of co-op. 

Note: Lesson fee: $150/child for ten weeks. Book fee (new students): $20.00 These fees are payable directly to Amy Weckesser, NOT included in your co-op invoice. 

 

SECOND PERIOD

 

Boomwhackers**

Period 2

Location: Room 306

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: This class has a $4 fee. Possible Performance. Tentative Date Wednesday May 4.

 

Epic Board Games

Location: Fellowship Hall

Period 2

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.

(B. Claggett)

 

Crochet Club ^** 

Location: Library

Period 2

Join us for some crocheting fun!  This semester we will continue to build on skills learned last semester while we build friendships.  Mrs. Karl and Mrs. Allison will provide patterns and guidance as needed.  Please note that students must be able to chain and single crochet. Students will need to bring their own hooks to class.  This will be a combined Jr/Sr High and 4-6 grade class.  (A. Karl & K. Allison)

Note: There is a $5 fee

 

Drivers Education ^**

Location: Room 304

Period 2

This class is taught by Teacher J. Tyrell from Harper Driving School.  It is intended to prepare students for taking their written test to obtain a driving permit in NJ. Students will need a copy of the manual available at https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/about/manuals.htm.  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) (check out the official state information here.  NJ MVC | First Driver License) (J. Tyrell)

NJ MVC | First Driver License

The official website of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

Note: There is a $20 fee.

 

High School Choir

Location: Music Room 208

Period 2

This year we will continue to have Supreme amounts of fun, including singing Bohemian Rhapsody! Please note, the version we are doing has been edited and makes no reference to killing anyone.  Although reading music isn't a requirement, some musical knowledge is a help.  Students should expect to spend some time at home practicing. (M. Hoffmann)

Note: There will be an end of semester choir concert. Tentative Date: Wednesday, May 4

Making Cents of Money

Location: Room 303

Period 2

In this class we will seek to gain a new understanding of money. We will be diving into financial literacy by understanding needs, wants, banking, our money personalities and more.  Students may have at home assignments during the week that could include researching various finance related topics.  Families are encouraged to dialogue and discuss at home to facilitate greater understanding of concepts and increase personal application.  Students will need a notebook or folder to organize and contain weekly handouts. 
(D. Freeland)

Rube Goldberg Workshop

Location: Room 305

Period 2

If you have ever seen a Rube Goldberg machine in action you know that they can be amazing contraptions! In this class we will discover how force and motion work together to create our own Rube Goldberg style creations. For the first half of the semester we will examine the six types of simple machines: inclined plane, lever, wedge, wheel and axle, pulley, and screw. Each week we will talk about and assemble simple machines using household items. During the second half of the semester we will use our class time as a Rube Goldberg engineering workshop, where students can use their knowledge of simple machines to create their own contraptions. This will be a student driven class, and the Rube Goldberg creations can be as simple or complex as the students would like them to be based on their own levels of interest and skill. Students who would like to can work on components outside of class and bring them in, but this is not required.  Throughout the semester we will be collecting household items to share with the class (a list will be provided). If you are interested in experimenting, assembling, building and creating this could be a fun class for you! (K. Bowers)

NOTE: Each student will need to bring a notebook for sketches and notes. In addition, students will be asked to spend $5 on dollar store items such as a small screwdriver and dominoes. 

Violin/Viola/Cello Group Lessons**

Location: Church Library

Period 1, 2 or 3

New or continuing students will be accepted with prior approval from the instructor. Traditional teaching: good posture, left hand position and bow hold, good intonation; correct rhythm; use of four fingers and four strings; use of low second finger; bowings: half or whole bows, legato, détaché, staccato, legato; use of bow division; meters: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4; simple dynamic contrast. Musical fundamentals will be taught and applied to playing of solos and ensembles. (Ms. Amy Weckesser)

To enroll: 

1) Contact Ms. Amy Weckesser @ violinamy30@hotmail.com or 856-952-1737 BEFORE co-op starts to evaluate your child’s experience level, instrument, etc.

2) Have your instrument with you on the first day of co-op. Violin rental (if needed) can be arranged through John Exley (856-304-7230) for $120/year (includes maintenance, strings, etc.). 3) Pay lesson and book fees in full on the first day of co-op. 

Note: Lesson fee: $150/child for ten weeks. Book fee (new students): $20.00 These fees are payable directly to Amy Weckesser, NOT included in your co-op invoice. 

 

THIRD PERIOD

 

ASL 2 ^

Location: Room 306

Period 3

This class will be a continuation of the fall semester ASL (American Sign Language) class.  The class is open to new students but those with some familiarity with ASL and know the ASL alphabet.  If you are unsure if this class is a good fit for your student please contact the teacher prior to registration.  Please note that there is not a required text for the class but access to this book - E-Z American Sign Language (Barron's E-Z Series) Fifth Edition - is beneficial.  For those that were not in the fall class it is recommended that you purchase the book and review the first half prior to the start of classes. (K. Alvarez)

 

Chem Lab ^

Location: Lab (Room 302)

Period 3

All the labs you need to round out your chemistry curriculum! This is part 2 of a 2 semester class.  
(D. Freeland)

NOTE:  This is a continuation of fall semester and not open to new students. 

Dance Fitness

Location: Fellowship hall

Period 3

Come ready to incorporate movement, balance, and great music for a workout so fun you won’t realize it’s exercise!  No dance experience necessary, only an attitude of being present over being perfect. Movements and music are clean.  Please wear appropriate shoes and bring water.  (A. Gager)

 

Face Your Fears with Frankenstein

Location: Room 303

Period 3

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein started an entirely new genre: one that explored horror, monsters, and how gruesome mistakes could truly be. By using Frankenstein as a mentor text, students will choose their own prompt, either focusing on a time they were misunderstood (like the monster) or on a fear that they harbor (like Dr. Frankenstein or the villagers) and complete a short story based on that idea. This class is for students who enjoy writing and will require a few hours of work outside of class each week. Students should read Frankenstein before the spring semester starts. This class is really geared toward high school students.  Please email Bethany Mitros at bethanymitros@gmail.com if you have any questions about whether this class will be a good fit for your student.  (B. Mitros)

Physical Fitness

Location: Gym

Period 3

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

Quilting With Purpose^***

Location: Room 304

Period 3

This sewing class is designed to grow the students' skills with their sewing machine. We will be learning the basics of making a quilt from beginning to end. Each student will work with a small team to design a basic quilt that will be given to Foster the Family when it is finished. The teams will be guided by me as their teacher but it will be more of a group led activity. Each student must have a comfortable knowledge on how to use their sewing machine, how to troubleshoot basic issues and be comfortable using a rotary cutter. This class is designed to be fun and allow each student to work with their creative designs as I show them how to make a basic quilt. Every week I will come with boxes filled with fun fabrics that they can choose from to work on their quilt. I will have basic quilt patterns they can choose from to make the top of their quilts, show them how to put together designs, add batting, add the backing, and how to top quilt. It's going to be fun, creative, and most likely, free spirited. Each student should have their own sewing machine and bring it each week to class. 

(B. Biad)

Note:  There is a $10 fee. Students will need to bring their own sewing machine to class.

To Kill a Mockingbird 

Location: Room 305

Period 3

We will spend the semester reading and discussing this classic American novel of two kids growing up in the South and finding themselves in the midst of racial and community tragedy.

Note:  This book contains offensive language and themes of racism, abuse, and injustice. Please consider your child’s maturity level when signing up for this class.  Each student will need a copy of the book to read during the semester.  (E. Claggett)

Violin/Viola/Cello Group Lessons**

Location: Church Library

Period 1, 2 or 3

New or continuing students will be accepted with prior approval from the instructor. Traditional teaching: good posture, left hand position and bow hold, good intonation; correct rhythm; use of four fingers and four strings; use of low second finger; bowings: half or whole bows, legato, détaché, staccato, legato; use of bow division; meters: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4; simple dynamic contrast. Musical fundamentals will be taught and applied to playing of solos and ensembles. (Ms. Amy Weckesser)

To enroll: 

1) Contact Ms. Amy Weckesser @ violinamy30@hotmail.com or 856-952-1737 BEFORE co-op starts to evaluate your child’s experience level, instrument, etc.

2) Have your instrument with you on the first day of co-op. Violin rental (if needed) can be arranged through John Exley (856-304-7230) for $120/year (includes maintenance, strings, etc.). 3) Pay lesson and book fees in full on the first day of co-op. 

Note: Lesson fee: $150/child for ten weeks. Book fee (new students): $20.00 These fees are payable directly to Amy Weckesser, NOT included in your co-op invoice.