Homeschool Connections
Class Descriptions 2018-2019

Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Algebra 2/Trig  Starts at 8:50
Teacher:  Veronica Roetcisoender
Age:  16 & up
Prerequisites:  Algebra 1 and Geometry.
Cost:  $75 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Intermediate Algebra; by Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis; 8th edition; ISBN: 0321279204
2) Student Solutions Manual, 8th edition, ISBN: 0321285697 (Optional)
Description: This course is designed for students who are college bound and will cultivate independence and stimulate self-motivation.  In addition to in-class teaching, the textbook provides excellent support for independent study.  With the successful completion of this course, your student will be prepared for college level math.  Algebra topics include understanding exponential and logarithmic functions, polynomial and rational functions, and conic sections.  The study of trigonometry includes right triangle trig, inverse trig functions, and trig identities.  Expect to spend 6-7 hours per week of work outside of class to complete homework and tests.  Additional student resources for use at home are available to supplement in-class teaching, and email support is available for both parents and students.  Internet access is required.
 
Biology  Starts at 8:30
Teacher:  Cydney Adler
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  General Science and Physical Science preferred but not required. Ability to read, write, and comprehend at a 9th grade level.
Cost:  $80 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$70 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes bound lab notebooks, dissection specimens, and lab supplies.
Text:  1) Exploring Creation with Biology, by Jay Wile, 2nd edition, ISBN: 1932012575
2) Tests and solutions guide is optional
3) There is an audio version of this text available (optional)
Description: This course emphasizes God's creative design that is so evident in living things.  We will study the science of biology and the classification of living things.  In separate modules we will learn about biochemistry, cells, cellular reproduction, genetics, ecosystems, and creation vs. evolution.  The five major kingdoms are studied individually with one module each for Monera, Protista, and Fungi, four modules devoted to animals and one to plants.  There are many hands-on experiments which will include the use of microscopes and dissections of prepared specimens.  This is an intensive study which will prepare students for college level classes.  Students will be expected to read 20-25 pages of text, complete study guides, tests, and lab notebook entries for each module (chapter).  Two weeks will be allotted to each module.  Class time is spent on lecture, hands-on experiments, testing and videos.  This class fulfills the requirement for a high school lab science.
 
Created to Create!  
Teacher:  Laura Jarrell
Age:  9 - 13
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$45 copy/supply fee per semester
Description: “Created to Create!” is an art journey for any student with a desire to explore their God-given creativity, whether or not they feel especially artistic. Since God is the ultimate Creator, and we are created in His image, that means we have a lot of untapped creativity waiting to spring out! Students in this class will learn the seven basic elements of art, what they mean and how to apply them, as well as learn to use a variety of art supplies and techniques with a guided project each week, allowing for plenty of individual creative expression along the way. We will use watercolor and acrylic paints, markers, colored pencils, pen & ink, soft and oil pastels throughout the year. Our classroom will provide a fun and relaxing atmosphere for creativity to flow! Students will be introduced to a new project each week, resulting in roughly 30+ beautiful creations by year’s end. Students’ artwork will be matted and placed in a portfolio they will keep and enjoy for years to come. Previous students are welcome to enroll again, as there will be a new line-up of projects for the year (with the possibility of a couple of returning "favorite" projects).
 
Drama Improvisation/Acting Technique  
Teacher:  Marianni Groves
Age:  11 & up
Cost:  $58 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per semester
Description: The basis for all acting performance starts with a sense of play.  The class will begin with learning theatersports style improvisation games.  We will then move into the introduction of acting technique where students will learn to quickly establish character, relationships, conflict, and story.  As the class progresses and students gain confidence we will turn our attention to acting technique.  We will introduce the actors to text analysis, character arc, subtext, given circumstances, and more. Audio/video recording or photography of rehearsal or performances may occur and be publicly posted.
 
Essay Writing  
Teacher:  Jennifer Sam Hunter
Age:  14 & up
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$15 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  The Lively Art of Writing, by Lucile Vaughan Payne (mass market paperback), ISBN: 0451627121
Description: In this class, students will learn and practice the fundamental skills for writing a variety of essays.  Students will look at what an essay does, what a thesis is, how to develop and support a thesis, and how to deal with opposing arguments.  Techniques practiced will cover paragraph construction and transitions, introductions and conclusions, overall essay structure, and writing style.  While the focus will be on academic papers, including analytical, compare and contrast, and persuasive writing, we will also spend some time practicing other essay types: essay tests, college application essays, and the dreaded SAT/ACT essay.  Homework expectations: 1- 3 hours per week.  High School Credit: ½ to 1 full English credit.  Ultimately, this is determined by the parent, depending on the amount of time students devote to their homework and essays.
 
Interpretive Lit. 1: Hero’s Journey  
Teacher:  Emily Lorelli
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Previous writing course is highly encouraged.
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$40 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry, ISBN: 978-0689713910
2) Another novel to be selected by the class
Description: How often do we, in our lives, get to solve a problem (climactically or not) and then ride off into the sunset to live “happily ever after?”  We don’t, do we?  The Hero’s Journey provides an alternative understanding of story pattern – one that more accurately depicts life’s story.  In this paradigm, the usual pattern of main conflict, rising action, climax, resolution is reexamined as a circular journey that involves a separation, a transformation, and a return.  The Hero’s Journey, unlike the standard “plot line,” can be seen as the pattern of human experience as reflected in most literature and film, in that the human experience is cyclical not linear.  This new understanding provides students with a foundation for literary, cinematic, and personal analysis.  The Hero’s Journey paradigm fits wonderfully into a Christian life-view in that we are each called upon to heed God’s call, learn to use our God given talents to grow personally and spiritually, and ultimately give back to and enrich our communities for the glory of God.  It is also possible to refuse the call and to live life selfishly; however, we will find in stories where the call is refused, the hero who refuses the call, brings evils upon himself and his community.  The class will explore The Hero’s Journey through film, myths and legends, novels, and creative writing.  As students will be writing interpretive paragraphs and short essays, they should be able to write a paragraph and support their assertions with textual evidence; therefore, previous enrollment in a writing class is highly encouraged.  Students should anticipate 2-4 hours of homework each week.  This class can be taken to fulfill a full English credit.
 
Open Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Description: If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the quiet study hall, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students under eight must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  This room is intended for visiting, games, or group activities.  Behavior and volume should reflect an appropriate indoor level, honoring both parents and fellow students.  Food and beverages are allowed.  Quiet studying is available in the quiet study hall or may be done in your car with parental supervision.
 
Quiet Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Description: If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the open study hall, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students under eight must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  This study hall is intended for silent, independent studying.  It may also be used by parents who are quietly working with their students.  Visiting, group activities, or games are not allowed in this room.  Respectful behavior is expected.  Food and beverages are NOT allowed.  Quiet studying may also be done in your car with parental supervision.
 
US History  
Teacher:  David Banks
Age:  14 & up
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  America, The Last Best Hope, by William Bennett
Description: This course provides a cursory view of United States history from colonization through the Second World War.  The goal is for the student to gain a basic understanding of events that shaped this nation in the context in which these events occurred.  There will be regular reading, note taking, outlines, presentations, in class conversations, group projects, and role playing.  Students should plan for about 3 hours of homework per week. 
 
Wednesday, 10:10 AM to 11:10 AM
Algebra 1  
Teacher:  Veronica Roetcisoender
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Pre-Algebra.
Cost:  $75 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Introductory Algebra; by Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis; 8th edition; ISBN: 0321279212
2) Student Solutions Manual, 8th edition, ISBN: 0321285808 (Optional)
Description: This is a traditional, comprehensive Algebra 1 course requiring participation in class as well as at home study.   In addition to in-class teaching, the textbook provides excellent support for independent study.  With the successful completion of this course, your student will be prepared to take Geometry or Algebra 2.  Algebra topics include real numbers, linear and quadratic equations, exponents, and polynomials.  Expect to spend 1-1.5 hours daily (four days a week) on assignments and tests. Additional student resources for use at home are available to supplement in-class teaching, and email support is available for both parents and students.  Email and Internet access is required.
 
Bodyworks  
Teacher:  Sharon Duguay
Age:  9 - 11
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Description: A little bit of health, a little bit of science, and a little bit of PE all rolled into one.  In this class we will look at how our body works and how we should take care of it.  We will examine major body systems and how our lifestyle choices affect the health of that system.  Part of each class period we will spend doing physical activity in the form of indoor and outdoor games and activities.  Students will participate in the President’s Challenge Fitness Program where they will set health and exercise goals and earn awards for their achievement.  Participation in physical activity is a major portion of this class and students should come dressed to play! 
 
Dave Ramsey “Foundations”  
Teacher:  Cynthia Gillam
Age:  14 & up
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$45 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes a workbook and handouts.
Description: Using the most recently updated DVD series "Dave Ramsey Foundations for Highschool", plus workbooks, whole class activities, discussion, and several projects, the class will learn 21st century personal finance, knowledge, and skills in a student centered, competency based approach to learning.  The students grades will be based on chapter tests, homework, participation, and projects assigned.  Homework will require 1- 2 hours per week.  There will be opportunities to participate in online competitions in financial literacy for scholarships, such as The H&R Block challenge. This class can be used as 1/2 credit toward an elective called "Personal Finance" on your student's high school transcript.
 
Forensic Science  
Teacher:  Cydney Adler
Age:  15 & up
Prerequisites:  Must have successfully completed at least one high school level science class such as Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Anatomy.
Cost:  $80 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$65 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes bound lab notebooks and lab supplies.
Text:  Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations, by Anthony J. Bertino, Publisher: Cengage Learning, 2nd Edition,   ISBN: 9781305077119
New text is pricey but many used copies available. Text also comes in e versions, rental, and downloadable. Any version is fine as long as it is the 2nd edition.
Description: CSI – Connections Forensic Science or “forensics” is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system. Learn and use concepts from biology, chemistry, physics, history and political science to analyze and evaluate evidence. Learn techniques for evidence collection and wrap your mind around deductive reasoning puzzles. Many hands-on activities and intriguing case studies make this an interesting and entertaining class. Class time will include lecture, labs, videos and tests. Students will read ~ 20 pages per week, answer review questions, and maintain a laboratory notebook. Homework will be 2-3 hours per week. This class fulfills the requirement for a high school lab science.
 
Geometry (w/Algebra Review) - Math U See  
Teacher:  Marna Marteeny
Age:  15 & up
Prerequisites:  Algebra 1.
Cost:  $74 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Geometry Student Pack, Math U See
Description: This class covers traditional geometry topics including formal proofs, Special Triangles, Polygons, Radicals, Trigonometry and more.  Additionally, we will spend time each class reviewing Algebra topics so that each student will be ready to go onto Algebra 2 with a refreshed view of Algebra 1.  Math U See is an excellent program developed for homeschoolers that works well within the Connections’ experience to support parents.  Homework will be about 4 hours per week.  Parents are responsible for correcting homework.
 
Intermediate Jazz Band  
Teacher:  Robin Stangland
Age:  11 & up
Prerequisites:  Teacher’s permission and audition.
Cost:  $62 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$10 copy/supply fee per semester
Cost Details:  Parents play for free.
Text:  TBA
Description: New students will be allowed to join by permission of the teacher with an audition.  We will learn to play by ear, learn to improvise, and learn to play in rock, swing, and Latin styles.  We will have two concerts per year and one band festival in March.  We also may play at a swing dance.  Attendance is required at all performances.  Students are expected to practice 20-30 minutes a day, 5 times a week.  Sheet music will be on loan to the student and must be turned in when done.  If you have any questions, email Robin at stangla@comcast.net.
 
Latin II  
Teacher:  Analiisa Reichlin
Age:  13 & up
Prerequisites:  Latin I or teacher’s permission.
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Latin Alive! Book One, Classical Academic Press, ISBN: 978-1-60051-055-7
2) Latin Alive! Book Two, Version 1.0 or later, ISBN: 978-1-60051-057-1 will be used 2nd semester
Description: This class is a continuation of Latin I.  We will complete Latin Alive!  Book 1 and continue on to Book 2.  Students will learn reflexive, relative and interrogative pronouns, pluperfect and future perfect, passive voice in all tenses; past, present and future participles; deponent and irregular verbs; and comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs.  Extensive study of Latin derivatives and stories of Roman culture, myths and history make Latin come alive.  Substantial Latin readings and translation exercises adapted from Latin literature will develop English grammar, vocabulary, and logic and problem solving skills.  Training in Roman culture, myths and history will be done through arts integration and hands-on projects.  Students should expect to spend about 3 to 3.5 hours each week on homework outside of class.  Access to email and internet is required.  One high school language credit.
 
Middle School English  
Teacher:  Jennifer Sam Hunter
Age:  12 - 14
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1)Holt Elements of Language, First Course, 1st edition, ISBN: 978-0030941931 or ISBN: 0030941938
2)The Giver, by Lois Lowry
3)Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, by Mildred Taylor
Description: Do the Language Arts skills required for success in high school seem daunting? This class will introduce and build the English skills necessary for students’ success as they prepare for high school. Students will learn and practice the fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary development, writing (both academic and creative), reading comprehension, and literature study. Weekly homework will be assigned in our textbook and literature selections.
 
Modern Crafting Vol. II  
Teacher:  Natalie Johnson
Age:  11 - 13
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$60 copy/supply fee per semester
Text:  Each student will be required to provide a few basic crafting/safety supplies for their personal use for the duration of the class:
1)Heavy-duty work gloves
2)Eye protection
3)Hammer
4)Needle nose pliers with wire cutters
5)Dust Mask
6)Scissors
7)LATEX-FREE rubber gloves
Description: This class is all of the fun of the original Modern Crafting class but with exciting NEW projects! In this class we will continue to unleash our creativity in areas such as: tiling, glass etching, concrete molding, ink transferring, and much more!  This class will offer an opportunity to experiment and become familiar with a variety of mediums such as wire, paint, wood, metal, concrete, tile, paper mache, glass etc...as well as exposure and proper instruction on working with basic tools (hammer, tin snips, wire cutters, pliers, drill).  We will often think “outside the box” - exercising frugality, resourcefulness and good stewardship as we learn to re-imagine, repurpose, utilize and incorporate common household items into our projects. This class is NOT an art technique class.  This class is a "take materials and glue/cut/shellac/decoupage/saw/heat/hammer/stitch/bend them together" to make something really unique and potentially useful or profitable.  We will have GREAT FUN but this is not for the "timid of crafting" as we will definitely get our hands dirty and learn how to handle sharp metal edges, heavy gauge wire, hot surfaces, some stinky chemicals and the occasional power tool!  ***Please note that Modern Crafting is NOT a prerequisite for this class*** To see some of the potential craft projects for this class, copy and paste this link: https://tinyurl.com/modcraft2018.
 
Modern World History  
Teacher:  David Banks
Age:  14 & up
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  World History, Continuity and Change; by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1997 edition
Description: This course will provide an overview of world history from a modern, or following the dark ages, timeline.  The course will provide students with an overview of events and issues that shape our world today.  The goal of the class will be for students to gain an understanding of the events of world history, so they can be informed global citizens.  There will be classroom discussions, quizzes, weekly reading, and home work.  Also, 1 or 2 outside projects.  Homework should average 2 to 3 hours a week.
 
Open Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Description: If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the quiet study hall, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students under eight must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  This room is intended for visiting, games, or group activities.  Behavior and volume should reflect an appropriate indoor level, honoring both parents and fellow students.  Food and beverages are allowed.  Quiet studying is available in the quiet study hall or may be done in your car with parental supervision.
 
Quiet Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Description: If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the open study hall, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students under eight must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  This study hall is intended for silent, independent studying.  It may also be used by parents who are quietly working with their students.  Visiting, group activities, or games are not allowed in this room.  Respectful behavior is expected.  Food and beverages are NOT allowed.  Quiet studying may also be done in your car with parental supervision.
 
Wednesday, 11:20 AM to 12:20 PM
20th Century US History  
Teacher:  David Banks
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  US History overview.
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  20th Century American Social and Political History, by David Goldfield, Prentiss-Hall Publisher, ISBN:  0130995142
Description: This course will give an overview of US history in the 20th century and will be thought provoking as students will sort through moral, ethical, political, and national values to view contemporary issues.  The class will use several resources including in-class and home work assignments.  Homework will average 2-3 hours per week not including reading as well as 2-3 projects throughout the year.  Students should have completed US history overview.
 
Attracted to Electricity & Magnetism  
Teacher:  Edward Morin
Age:  11 - 14
Prerequisites:  5th grade math/reading skills.
Cost:  $74 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$75 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes bulk-purchased electronic components and other materials for classroom projects and activities.
Text:  Safe and Simple Electrical Experiments by Rudolf Graf [OPTIONAL; great for working with your student at home]
Description: In 600 BC a Greek Scientist discovered static electricity.  Over the subsequent millennia, many scientists and inventors devised experiments and made additional discoveries that added to our understanding of this curious phenomenon.  With the breakthrough discovery of the battery in 1800 by Allesandro Volta and subsequent discovery in 1820 by Hans Christian Oersted that an electric current creates a magnetic field, the stage was set for a myriad of discoveries and innovation that all contributed to the benefits of electricity and electromagnetism we enjoy today. This class covers the subjects from the first part of the popular Turning On to Electronics class offered last year on a more-relaxed schedule.  Over the course of the year, students will conduct dozens of experiments selected from the classic, richly illustrated book Safe and Simple Electrical Experiments by Rudolf Graf as well as a few additional popular projects from last year.  These hands-on activities enable students to explore and experience the basic principles of electric charge, electricity, and electromagnetism using clever yet simple experiments. Significant discoveries and inventions, and the scientists and inventors behind them, will be highlighted along the way.  The book includes other projects that we will not be doing in class which require additional components if your student wishes to try them at home.  Students that wish to do these extracurricular projects on their own (or with a parent) can easily obtain these additional materials from a variety of sources (even Amazon.com!).  Students will need to be able to focus, be engaged, and be willing to follow instructions (verbal and written).  Good fine-motor skills are also important for this class. 
 
Beginning Band - Day 2  Meets both days
Teacher:  Robin Stangland
Age:  10 & up
Description: This is the second day of band class per week.  Please look at the full class description from Monday.  Starting in January we will use Wednesday for sectionals and only have full band on Wednesday twice a month.  With Robin’s approval, second year students will only need to come to band on Monday.  Wednesday only will not work.
 
Beginning Reader’s Workshop  
Teacher:  Emily Lorelli
Age:  12 - 14
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$40 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Students will need their own copy of the selected novels. ISBN numbers will be available after the novels are chosen.
Description: Reading and discussing great literature creates better readers, and better readers are better writers. However, when do we really have the chance to sit down with our peers to discuss great literature? Beginning Reader’s Workshop will provide students the opportunity to read and examine great literature for the middle grades. The class will be organized a lot like a book club with weekly meetings. The class will begin by learning the six signposts as described in Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading through teacher selected short stories and novel excerpts; subsequent books will be chosen by the class from a curated list of age appropriate novels. As we read, students will receive instruction on how to be engaged and responsive readers. Students will develop these skills in weekly reading journals. Grades will be based on participation in class discussion, reading journals, and other short writing assignments. This class is specifically designed to prepare middle school students for high school level language arts classes. Freshmen may take the class for half an English credit.
 
Drawing/More: Illustrated Journaling  
Teacher:  Meka Zieger
Age:  14 & up
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$60 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes journal, watercolors, watercolor brush, pens, handmade journal cover, big pad, and consumables.
Description: Van Gogh said, “It’s looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives a deeper understanding.” Pursuing the study of Art and Design by keeping a journal helps you to really “see.” This class uses your life as the vehicle for training Alertness, Appreciation, Aim, and Art. Our medium will primarily be pen and watercolor as we focus on gesture, contour, “mistakes,” positive/negative space, lettering, elements of design, color and perspective; as well as examining famous artists’ work. Learning to draw on-location and keep a journal is key for future art careers. I’m a graphic designer who draws daily–for more than “practice," learning repeatedly: what I haven’t drawn, I’ve never really seen.
 
Latin III  
Teacher:  Analiisa Reichlin
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Latin II or teacher’s permission.
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) Latin Alive! Book Two, Classical Academic Press, Version 1.0 or later, ISBN: 978-1-60051-057-1
2) Latin Alive! Book Three, Classical Academic Press, Version 1.0 or later, ISBN: 978-1-60051-084-7
Description: This class is a continuation of Latin II. We will finish Latin Alive! Book 2 and complete Book 3. Students will learn all forms of participles, independent, dependent and relative clauses, all infinitives, gerunds, deponent verbs, supine, subjunctive, conditions, purpose, result, relative, result, and proviso clauses. Extensive study of Latin derivatives and stories of Roman culture, myths and history make Latin come alive. Latin poetry will be studied, including dactylic hexameter, and substantial Latin works from Virgil, Horace, Ovid, Sallust, Nepos, Varro, Cato, Ennius and Livy will be translated, preparing the student for the Latin SAT, as well as developing English grammar, vocabulary, logic and problem solving skills. Students should expect to spend about 3.5 to 4 hours each week on homework outside of class. Access to email and internet required. One high school language credit.
 
Middle School Math - Math U See  
Teacher:  Marna Marteeny
Age:  11 - 13
Prerequisites:  Mastery of math facts including addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
Cost:  $68 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Zeta Student Pack, Math U See (no need to purchase manipulative kit)
Description: Middle School Math sets the stage for continued success throughout the higher levels of math from Pre-Algebra forward.  We will master fractions, decimals, and percents.  We will learn to approach word problems fearlessly!  Math U See is an excellent program, developed for homeschoolers, that works well within the Connections' experience.  This class is great for building confidence in mathematics! Parents are responsible for correcting homework each week. 
 
Modern Crafting Vol. II  
Teacher:  Natalie Johnson
Age:  14 & up
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$60 copy/supply fee per semester
Text:  Each student will be required to provide a few basic crafting/safety supplies for their personal use for the duration of the class:
1)Heavy-duty work gloves
2)Eye protection
3)Hammer
4)Needle nose pliers with wire cutters
5)Dust Mask
6)Scissors
7)LATEX-FREE rubber gloves
Description: This class is all of the fun of the original Modern Crafting class but with exciting NEW projects! In this class we will continue to unleash our creativity in areas such as: tiling, glass etching, concrete molding, ink transferring, and much more!  This class will offer an opportunity to experiment and become familiar with a variety of mediums such as wire, paint, wood, metal, concrete, tile, paper mache, glass etc...as well as exposure and proper instruction on working with basic tools (hammer, tin snips, wire cutters, pliers, drill).  We will often think “outside the box” - exercising frugality, resourcefulness and good stewardship as we learn to re-imagine, repurpose, utilize and incorporate common household items into our projects. This class is NOT an art technique class.  This class is a "take materials and glue/cut/shellac/decoupage/saw/heat/hammer/stitch/bend them together" to make something really unique and potentially useful or profitable.  We will have GREAT FUN but this is not for the "timid of crafting" as we will definitely get our hands dirty and learn how to handle sharp metal edges, heavy gauge wire, hot surfaces, some stinky chemicals and the occasional power tool!  ***Please note that Modern Crafting is NOT a prerequisite for this class*** To see some of the potential craft projects for this class, copy and paste this link: https://tinyurl.com/modcraft2018.
 
Open Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Description: If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the quiet study hall, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students under eight must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  This room is intended for visiting, games, or group activities.  Behavior and volume should reflect an appropriate indoor level, honoring both parents and fellow students.  Food and beverages are allowed.  Quiet studying is available in the quiet study hall or may be done in your car with parental supervision.
 
Physical Science - Apologia  
Teacher:  Cydney Adler
Age:  12 - 15
Prerequisites:  Read, write, and comprehend at grade level.
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$65 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes spiral bound student notebook and lab supplies.
Text:  Exploring Creation with Physical Science Student Textbook, by Dr. jay Wile, Apologia Educational Ministries Publication Date: 2007, 2nd edition, ISBN: 9781932012774, solution manual not required
Description: This class provides a detailed introduction to the physical environment and some of the basic laws that make it work.  The fairly broad scope of the book provides the student with a good understanding of the earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere.  It also covers details on weather, motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, the solar system, atomic structure, radiation, nuclear reactions, stars, and galaxies.  Discussions, videos, and many hands-on experiments and activities keep students engaged and learning.  Homework ~ 2-3 hours a week.
 
Quiet Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Description: If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the open study hall, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students under eight must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  This study hall is intended for silent, independent studying.  It may also be used by parents who are quietly working with their students.  Visiting, group activities, or games are not allowed in this room.  Respectful behavior is expected.  Food and beverages are NOT allowed.  Quiet studying may also be done in your car with parental supervision.
 
SAT/Study Skills  
Teacher:  Alex Binz
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Student should be familiar with algebra and geometry, and should be able to read and write at a high school level.
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  1) The Official SAT Study Guide, by The College Board, 2018 edition, ISBN: 1457309289
2) Rummy Roots, by Eternal Heart, ASIN: B000GTBCBQ
3) More Roots expansion, also by Eternal Heart, ASIN: B0015S4W3M (this is recommended but not required)
Description: This class is organized as a fairly standard SAT Test Prep course, but augmented to instill a broad array of skills necessary for any high school student to have. The centerpiece of the course is naturally the SAT prep content.  Students will learn about the different sections of the test and the sorts of questions that will be asked.  Given the breadth of the SAT itself, this class will allow students to review or catch up on a variety of subjects related to reading, writing, and mathematics.  Students will learn how to translate complex word problems into math equations, pull numbers apart and put them back together to quickly solve math problems in their head, recognize unfamiliar English words using Greek and Latin roots, skim a multi-paragraph essay to find essential facts, construct a sentence using proper grammar, spot improper grammar when it is used, and write both a 30-minute quick essay and a 1-hour analysis essay. In addition to the strictly SAT-related content, this course will also provide a number of modules to allow students to gain other related skills necessary to get the most out of this and other classes.  Students will gain experience in note-taking, memorization, speed reading, and critical thinking, as well as test-taking strategies to improve their grades and improve their chances of getting into the college of their choice.
 
Social Dance  
Teacher:  Marianni Groves
Age:  12 & up
Cost:  $59 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$55 copy/supply fee per semester
Description: Throughout time, until recently, communities gathered together to dance.  Young and old, weak and strong, coming together to learn, socialize, and exercise their bodies.  Social dance is a healthy avenue to socialization, health, coordination, and right-left brain communication.  Dances include: Square Dancing, Contra Dance, Irish Folk Dance, Beg. Swing, Waltz, and more.  Guest instructors will be brought in every other month to work with students.  No experience required. Audio/video recording or photography of rehearsal or performances may occur and be publicly posted.
 
Wednesday, 1:05 PM to 2:05 PM
Algebra 2 with Elements of Pre-Calculus  Starts at 12:55
Teacher:  Dimona Levari
Age:  16 & up
Prerequisites:  Algebra 1 and preferably also Geometry.
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$15 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes a workbook and worksheets that supplement the textbook.
Text:  1) The main textbook can be purchased used online for a very reasonable price:
Algebra 2 by McDougal Littell (cover has picture of runners on a track).
ISBN: 978-0-618-59541-9 or
ISBN: 0-618-59541-4
2) TI-84 PLUS graphing calculator
Description: This class will include the study of the following functions: Linear, Quadratic, Polynomial, Rational, Radical, Exponential, Logarithmic and Trigonometric. We will also master algebraic skills, trig identities and proofs and elements of Precalc so that students can place into college math when taking the placement test and score better on the SAT/ACT tests. If time allows we will also study sequences, probability and statistics but the priority of the class will be the topics that prepare the students for college level classes. Most of the homework will be done in the workbook. However, there will be a need to supplement from other textbooks (at college level) and worksheets which will drill students so that they master algebraic skills. Students will need to take notes and there are videos produced by the teacher to help when doing homework. The lines are open during the week and both students and parents should feel free to email questions to the teacher. Students will need a TI-84 PLUS graphing calculator. Homework expectations: It is important to keep up with due dates so that the class can progress smoothly and cohesively. Tests are assigned as homework. To receive full credit for the work, students might need to complete corrections on their work. The goal is to enjoy learning, avoid stress and anxiety and learn the material accurately so that when the time comes and students must take a test, they will feel confident and do well.
 
Chemistry and Physics, Apologia  
Teacher:  Cydney Adler
Age:  11 - 13
Prerequisites:  Read and comprehend at grade level.
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$50 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes spiral bound student "Notebooking Journal" and lab supplies.
Text:  Please have text on first day of class:
Exploring Creation With Chemistry and Physics, by Fulbright, Apologia Educational Ministries, ISBN: 9781935495987
Description: This course introduces students to the fascinating world of chemistry and physics.  They'll begin by exploring the basic building blocks of creation, atoms and molecules, and then journey through simple chemicals, the laws of motion, and energy in its many forms before discovering concepts of electricity and magnetism.  All the while, God will be glorified as the Master Designer of all that they're discovering.  Many hands-on experiments and activities keep students engaged and learning.  This course is a good foundation for high school science classes. High interest content, low intensity homework makes this class suitable to a wide variety of learning styles.
 
Current Events and World Affairs  
Teacher:  Alex Binz
Age:  15 & up
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Students must have access to various news media sources and the Internet
Description: This class will integrate a variety of topics related to current events and geography with elements of world history and politics (especially U.S. foreign policy) thrown in. Our overarching focus will be on the rest of the world, though we will spend some time covering U.S. politics and President Trump's second year in office. Given the emphasis on current events, the week-to-week schedule may be subject to change, letting us adapt as major news events unfold.  We will cover some difficult topics in class, so students will need the emotional maturity to deal with such topics.  The overarching format is fairly straightforward, though: I will introduce major themes and summarize modern world history (from Napoleon to present-day) in the first few weeks, then we will move around the world, region by region, spending about a month exploring the historical and modern experiences of each one.   Each week, students will read eight current events articles, and write a response to what they learn -- either a weekly paragraph, or a five-paragraph essay at the end of the unit. In addition, students will give a short oral presentation at the end of each unit, covering something they learned from the class. By the end of the year, students should be able to speak intelligently about news from around the world, identify locations related to both political and physical geography, and explain why the world map looks the way it does.
 
Honor Choir  
Teacher:  Leslie Schmunk
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Ability to match tones.
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$50 copy/supply fee per year
Description: An upper-level performance opportunity for the more accomplished musician who wants to be challenged. Student studies and performs choral literature of all styles and periods of music history. The student will continue to develop their vocal technique.  Emphasis is placed on the use of proper choral and vocal technique, music theory, and intermediate music reading skills. Ability to match tones is a prerequisite for this class.
 
Interpretive Lit. II: Shakespeare  
Teacher:  Emily Lorelli
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  A previous writing course, such as Writing Club, is highly recommended.
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$40 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Students will need a copy of each play, which will be chosen by the students in the first two weeks of class.
Description: Shakespeare never gets old.  Though his language may sound strange to our modern ears, his plays are still relevant and are continually being performed and re-imagined for stage and screen.  Shakespeare transcends time, place, race, and status to address themes common to humanity.  After the Bible, Shakespeare’s words are among the most frequently referenced written words in the western world.  He seems to be, as one teacher-author put it, “in the water supply.”  Therefore, to be familiar with Shakespeare’s works is to possess valuable cultural currency.  Shakespeare’s plays allow students to explore the treasury of his language as readers and interpreters as well as listeners and performers.  This year, we will read 5-7 of Shakespeare’s plays (to be chosen by the class).  By reading and discussing these plays together as a class, students will learn how to read Shakespeare, appreciate the power and play of his words, collaborate to unravel the complexity of his meaning, and build understandings of these remarkable texts.  In class, students will be expected to participate in reading select passages from the plays and contribute to class discussion.  Homework will range from 2-4 hours per week, consisting of reading selections of the plays and responding to them in reading journals, creating translations of selected texts into modern English, and writing character studies and interpretive essays.  Therefore, it is highly recommended that students have taken a previous writing class.  This class can be taken to fulfill a full English credit.
 
Jazz Combo  
Teacher:  Robin Stangland
Age:  11 & up
Prerequisites:  Many years of instrument experience, play fluently, have teacher’s permission, and might need audition.
Cost:  $62 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$10 copy/supply fee per semester
Cost Details:  Parents play for free.
Text:  TBA
Description: This is an advanced level jazz class where we will be learning to improvise, play by ear, and transcribe jazz classics.  It is for advanced level musicians.  Everyone will be soloing each band class.  We will have piano, bass (upright or electric), drum set, guitar, trumpet, sax, flute, clarinet, trombone, cello, or violin.  Students must have many years of experience on their instrument and be able to play fluently.  We will perform at the band concerts, swing dance, and at a coffee house at the end of the year.  All performances are required.  If you have any questions, email Robin at stangla@comcast.net.
 
Latin I  
Teacher:  Analiisa Reichlin
Age:  12 & up
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Latin Alive! Book One, Classical Academic Press, Version 3.0 or later, ISBN: 978-1-60051-054-0
Description: Influential author and academic Dorothy Sayers said, “The best grounding for education is the Latin grammar. I say this not because Latin is traditional and medieval, but simply because even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least 50 percent.” Studies also show that Latin students consistently outperform all other students on the verbal portion of the SAT, and continue to maintain a higher GPA in university. This comprehensive and rigorous class presents Latin in an engaging and enjoyable manner.  Students will solidify their understanding of English grammar by learning to conjugate and decline Latin words.  Students will also translate Latin sentences in a logical progression, using all eight parts of speech.  The relevance of Latin in history, ancient, and contemporary culture will be explored, and English vocabulary will increase through the study of derivatives.  90% of all polysyllabic English words come from Latin!  Readings adapted from Latin literature will also develop logic and problem solving skills.  Training in Roman culture, myths, and history will be done through arts integration and hands-on projects.  Students will be required to memorize noun and verb endings, as well as about 275 Latin words.  Students should expect to spend between 2.5 and 3 hours each week on homework outside of class.  Access to email and internet is required.  One high school language credit.
 
Musical Review  
Teacher:  Marianni Groves
Age:  13 & up
Cost:  $58 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$80 copy/supply fee per semester
Description: What is the difference between singing a song and selling a song? Well, it is time to learn! Music is a universal language and as such it challenges us to communicate and relate to each other on a deeper level. We will take music from such classics as well as throwing in new and exciting material from Broadway today to put together a musical review. Focusing on vocal technique, harmonies, and choreography students will have the opportunity to work on solos, duets, and group numbers.
Expectations: mandatory memorization, regular attendance, 1-1.5 hours a week outside of class.  Participation in all performances is required.  Performance dates yet to be determined we will perform once in January and once in May 2019.  Parents will be asked to provide production support.  Audio/video recording or photography of rehearsal or performances may occur and be publicly posted.
 
Open Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Description: If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the quiet study hall, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students under eight must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  This room is intended for visiting, games, or group activities.  Behavior and volume should reflect an appropriate indoor level, honoring both parents and fellow students.  Food and beverages are allowed.  Quiet studying is available in the quiet study hall or may be done in your car with parental supervision.
 
Public Speaking: Pipe Up  
Teacher:  Sara Froelich
Age:  12 & up
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$50 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes handouts, folders, incentives/prizes, and certificates.
Description: Have fun learning how to run a meeting, speak off the cuff, give a toast, deliver a speech, recite a poem, and more. The mission of Pipe Up is to afford each of its members stage time in a mutually supportive environment for the purpose of developing public speaking skills. Students will need to have a good attitude and a willingness to be supportive of other students. The fast-paced meetings provide plenty of opportunity for everyone to participate to whatever extent they are comfortable. Parents may choose to make this a class for credit or list it as an extra-curricular club activity.
 
Quiet Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Description: If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the open study hall, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students under eight must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  This study hall is intended for silent, independent studying.  It may also be used by parents who are quietly working with their students.  Visiting, group activities, or games are not allowed in this room.  Respectful behavior is expected.  Food and beverages are NOT allowed.  Quiet studying may also be done in your car with parental supervision.
 
Skill Building through Interactive History  
Teacher:  Kate Smith
Age:  10 - 12
Cost:  $40 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$25 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes two student workbooks.
Text:  Purchase or check out from the library:
By the Great Horn Spoon, by Sid Fleishman (we will be reading it in the spring)
Description: Imagine a whole-class simulation game that incorporates skill-building assignments while students compete in groups, and you will have an idea what this class is about.  This is a highly engaging class!  While not a comprehensive history class, it teaches periods of history alongside important basic skills (some that are often not incorporated in a typical homeschooler's curriculum).  Students will learn mapping and geography, as well as the history of the colonization of the New World.  During the simulation, students will experience the setbacks and successes of those who attempted to colonize.   In the spring, we will move on to the Gold Rush (both the California and the Yukon).  This simulation will teach students the important skill of note-taking both from oral lectures and reading selections.  The class will also do a novel study with the wonderful historical fiction novel "By the Great Horn Spoon."  During the simulation, mining teams will attempt to find success mining for gold, where a combination of hard work and fate will determine their outcome. 
 
Turning On to Electronics  
Teacher:  Edward Morin
Age:  13 & up
Prerequisites:  Good understanding of electricity, electric charge, circuits, and electromagnetism.  7th grade math/reading skills.
Cost:  $74 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$75 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes bulk-purchased electronic components and other materials for classroom projects and activities.
Text:  1)Toolbox for transporting tools, projects, and parts
2)Basic hand tools including needle-nose pliers, wire cutter, wire stripper, small screwdrivers, multimeter, etc. (some will also be available and shared in class)
Description: Did you know that nearly all of the benefits of modern electronics that we enjoy today were only discovered or invented in the last 200 years? Based on the final quarter of the popular Turning On to Electronics course offered last year, this class is now a more in-depth sequel to the new class Getting Attracted to Electricity and Magnetism. After a quick review of basic electrical principles including Ohms Law, this class focuses on learning about semiconductors through hands-on breadboard projects using diodes, LEDs, transistors, integrated circuits, digital logic, and other standard electronic components. Classes that are devoted to hands-on projects use a more flexible, self-paced, lab-style approach where students can bring their projects back to the next class or opt to continue working on them outside of class.  Significant discoveries and inventions, and the scientists and inventors behind them, will be highlighted along the way.  While there is some overlap with the Turning On to Electronics class offered last year, returning students will have new projects available to them.  All hands-on activities by students use safe power and do not require any soldering.  Students will need to be able to focus, be engaged, and be willing to follow instructions (verbal and written).  Good fine-motor skills and the ability to read small print and color codes on electronic components are also important for this class. 
 
Wednesday, 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
Algebra 1  
Teacher:  Dimona Levari
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Pre-Algebra.
Cost:  $70 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$15 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes a workbook and copies of worksheets that supplement the work in the textbook.
Text:  Textbook can be purchased on line or borrowed from the teacher with a cash deposit of $20 on the first day of class.  The deposit will be returned in exchange for the book a week before the end of the year:
1) McDougal Littel Algebra 1, ISBN: 978-0-618-59402-3 or ISBN: 0-618-59402-7
2) TI graphing calculator is required (TI-83, TI-84,TI-84 PLUS C or TI-84 PLUS CE)
Description: The content of this class is a comprehensive Algebra 1 curriculum with special emphasis on Linear, exponential and Quadratic functions, technical algebraic skills, graphing, strategies to solve word problems, and test preparedness.  We will also use the TI-84 calculator since it is commonly used on state tests and the SAT/ACT tests.  The students are expected to take notes (or pictures of the board) and ask questions, and it is highly recommended to participate.  Videos (produced by the teacher) will be provided to assist with homework during the week or can be watched in advance to 'flip' the classroom and be better prepared for the coming lesson.  Most of the homework is done in a workbook provided by the teacher. However, some work is from the textbook and worksheets. The textbook has solutions to the odd problems which will allow students to check their work.  Tests are assigned as homework and students are required to correct assignments to get full credit.  Students and parents may contact the teacher during the week with questions as needed.  An Honors grade is offered to those who are driven to do extra work on their own that the teacher will assign from the book.
 
Biology  Ends at 3:45
Teacher:  Cydney Adler
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  General Science and Physical Science preferred but not required and the ability to read, write, and comprehend information at the 9th grade level.
Cost:  $80 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$70 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes bound laboratory notebooks, dissection specimens, and lab supplies
Text:  Nest Learning and www.cbd,com seem to have lowest prices:
1) Exploring Creation with Biology, by Jay Wile, 2nd Edition (do not get the 1st Edition), ISBN: 1932012575
2) Tests and Solutions Guide is optional
Description: This course emphasizes God's creative design that is so evident in living things.  We will study the science of biology and the classification of living things.  In separate modules we will learn about chemistry, cells, cellular reproduction, genetics, ecosystems, and creation vs. evolution.  The five major kingdoms are studied individually with one module each for Monera, Protista, and Fungi, four modules devoted to animals and one to plants.  There are many hands-on experiments which will include the use of microscopes and dissections of prepared specimens.  This is an intensive study which will prepare students for college level classes.  Students will be expected to read 20-25 pages of text, complete study guides, tests, and lab notebook entries for each module (chapter).  Two weeks will be allotted to each module.  This class fulfills the requirement for a high school lab science.
 
Booting Up on Arduino  
Teacher:  Edward Morin
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Good understanding of electricity, electric charge, circuits, electromagnetism, and basic electronics. 8th grade math/reading skills.
Cost:  $74 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$75 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes classroom materials and bulk purchase of Ardunio Uno boards and all components for 15 book and other projects.
Text:  1) Arduino Project Handbook, by Mark Geddes (available on Amazon.com)
2) Basic laptop/notebook computer with an available USB port for programming and testing (older model is fine; Arduino software is available for use with Windows, MacOS and Linux)
3) Basic hand tools including needle-nose pliers, wire cutter, wire stripper, small screwdrivers, multimeter, etc. (some will also be available and shared in class)
4) Toolbox for transporting tools, projects, and parts
Description: In 1971, the tiny Intel 4004 microprocessor hit the market unleashing a microcomputer revolution that has forever changed our world.  Microprocessors provide powerful computer control for many of the everyday things around us including toys, smart-home control, automobile key fobs, all kinds of common appliances, our utilities infrastructure, and even the manufacturing infrastructure used to make these things!  This course is an introduction to one of the most-popular, easy-to-use microprocessor development systems called Arduino.  This hands-on, project-oriented course is based on the Arduino Project Handbook by Mark Geddes.  Students will work at their own pace to learn the basics of input and output control for a variety of common devices that will be used for creating fun projects with LED lights, simple games, and environmental sensing.  The knowledge and skills gained from this class also provide an excellent foundation for exploring robotics.  All hands-on activities by students use safe power and do not require any soldering.  Students will need to be able to focus, be engaged, and be willing to follow instructions (verbal and written).  Good fine-motor skills and the ability to read small print and color codes on electronic components are also important for this class. 
 
Concert Choir  
Teacher:  Leslie Schmunk
Age:  12 & up
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$50 copy/supply fee per year
Description: A mixed choir for students who love to sing.  This is a great place for students wishing to acquire basic music skills and knowledge regardless of their choral experience. Emphasis is placed on the individual singing voice, building choral basics, music reading fundamentals, and ensemble singing. Course content explores note reading, ear training, vocal technique, musical vocabulary, and performance in varied styles. Students study and perform choral literature of all styles and from all periods of music history.
 
High School Drama  Ends at 3:30
Teacher:  Marianni Groves
Age:  15 & up
Cost:  $61 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Plus a $175-$250 Production Fee determined by number of actors enrolled and demands of the show.
Description: We are scheduled to do a non-musical play this year.  Serious drama, serious commitment, serious fun.  This class is for those who know they love theater and are ready to stretch themselves.  Expect line, music, and choreography memorization, fundraising, and production work; including sets, costumes, choreography, and much more.  This class requires preparation time of 1-5 hours a week outside of class.  Because drama is a team activity, all rehearsals are mandatory.  Early in the year, there will also be a schedule handed out of mandatory outside-of-class-time rehearsals, most of which will be close to the production date.  Each family must agree to have their student at all of these rehearsals before the student accepts his/her part.  Regular attendance in class is also expected.  The parents in each family will be expected to attend several meetings throughout the year (probably during lunch hour) and to take on a production job.  Expect your production job to call for 20-50 hours throughout the year culminating toward production dates.  Each family will need to sign a contract agreeing to all of the above to confirm their enrollment in the class.  Our tech week dates are end of April to early May - definite dates TBD.  Students will have the opportunity to TOTALLY earn the production fee through fundraising opportunities IF they choose to participate. Audio/video recording or photography of rehearsal or performances may occur and be publicly posted.
 
Integrated History: Early Modern Era  
Teacher:  Kari Renkema
Age:  11 - 14
Prerequisites:  Ability to read (or listen to) and comprehend the required books.
Cost:  $60 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes notebook, maps, worksheets, and some craft materials.
Text:  1) Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 3, Early Modern Times, by Susan Wise Bauer
2) Volume 3 tests, Early Modern Times
3) I, Juan de Pareja, by Trevino
4) The World of William Penn, by Genevieve Foster
5) Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes
6) Indian Captive, by Lois Lenski
Description: Revolution!  This word describes the profound changes which characterize the Early Modern era, beginning with the Copernican Revolution and ending after the Napoleonic invasions.  History is so much more than just names, dates, and places - it is about the flow of ideas.  This class explores history by integrating the study of people and places with ideas in art, science, music, and even math and philosophy!  Be prepared for great discussions in class and fun, hands-on activities to reinforce the material.  So much more will be covered in class than is in the texts.  The teacher uses a Powerpoint program nearly every week for visual interest and learning.  Every week, there will be readings and worksheets, with occasional map work, timelines, and art projects to keep the work varied and interesting.  Parents are responsible for checking the weekly readings and worksheets.  Class participation is encouraged.  The teacher is flexible and very comfortable working with special learning requirements.  Among the personalities we will meet are Oliver Cromwell, the “Lord Protector of England;” Sir Isaac Newton; Louis XIV of France (the “Sun King”); Rene des Cartes; Hideyoshi of Japan; the "Greats" of Russia - Peter and Catherine; the unwise George III of England; the ill-fated Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette; and Napoleon. Learning is fun!  Come join us!
 
Open Study Hall  
Teacher:  No Teacher
Description: If a student is not enrolled in a class, they need to be in this room, in the quiet study hall, or in their car with their parent.  This study hall can only be used during or between your family’s classes.  It can NOT be used before your family's first class or after your family's last class.  Study hall students under eight must have an adult, who is directly responsible for them, in the room with them at all times.  This room is intended for visiting, games, or group activities.  Behavior and volume should reflect an appropriate indoor level, honoring both parents and fellow students.  Food and beverages are allowed.  Quiet studying is available in the quiet study hall or may be done in your car with parental supervision.
 
Youth and Government  
Teacher:  Alex Binz
Age:  14 & up
Prerequisites:  Students will need a basic grasp of writing and editing skills.  A basic familiarity with American civics will be helpful, but not necessary.
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Includes preliminary and final 'Bill Book,' handouts, and resources.
Description: This class offers a practical approach to learning American government and civics. The class will be modeled as a delegation for the YMCA Youth Legislature (with the option of actually participating in that program), and will thus be primarily student-led. At the beginning of the year, students will elect fellow students to chair each meeting, keep the minutes, and maintain order using parliamentary procedure.  Each week there will be a program by the teacher/advisor, which will provide lessons on American politics and government, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Washington State Constitution, how Congress and state legislatures function and where they differ, how laws are made and the reasons for voting for or against them, and how the press and lobbying organizations may influence the legislative process. Over the course of the year, students will learn how to debate using parliamentary procedure or ‘parli pro,’ how to conduct a sustained research project, how to write a bill or memorial, and how to argue persuasively for that bill in class and potentially in Olympia, in the very same chambers of the State Senate and House of Representatives where the bills that govern Washington state are debated and passed.  As a personal note, I (Alex Binz) participated in a Youth and Government class when I was in high school, and it remains one of my fondest memories and one of my favorite classes in all my time growing up.  I am eager and excited by the chance to return to this program as a teacher.
 
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Private Piano Lessons  
Teacher:  Robert Campbell
Cost:  $260 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$20 copy/supply fee per year
Cost Details:  Tuition covers eight, 30 minute lessons; longer lessons may be available for an additional cost.  The supply fee is for the spring recital.
Text:  Any required music books are to be purchased by the student or parents of the student.  In concerns to any music and materials used, all applicable copyright laws will be followed by students and the instructor.
Description: Robert Campbell’s desire is to make piano lessons fun and meaningful for all his students.  Beginning through advanced students are invited to take lessons with Robert.  For a free consultation, please see Robert on Monday or Wednesday or call him (425-273-5657) to schedule an appointment.  Most lessons are 30 minutes.  If this is the only Connections’ lesson/class you sign up for, you will need to register with Homeschool Connections by submitting a Registration Contract and paying the registration fee.
 
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