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Algebra I - Review

Students will review and extend mastery of linear functions, systems of equations, and rules of exponents. If time permits, there will be an introduction to quadratic functions.

 

Geometry - Enrichment

Enrichment pace will review and expand on right triangle trigonometry, circles, and coordinate geometry. Teacher will survey and emphasize areas of knowledge and move forward toward new topics accordingly.

 

Geometry - Review

Review pace will review and deepen knowledge in similar figures and area and volume of figures. Teacher will survey and emphasize areas of need and adjust topics accordingly.

Functions and Trigonometry - Enrichment

Enrichment-pace will review and expand on polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Teacher will survey and emphasize areas of knowledge and move forward toward new topics accordingly.

Functions and Trigonometry - Review

Review pace will review and deepen knowledge in polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Teacher will survey and emphasize areas of need and adjust topics accordingly.

Anatomy and Physiology Survey Course - All Levels, Recommended for 10th-12th grade

The hip bone's connected to the... whole skeleton! Interested in learning more? How are humans able to walk upright, how does food travel through our bodies, and how can two small lungs power a whole person? This course will be an introduction to  basic human anatomy and physiology.  We will learn about major systems, such as the circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems, and also incorporate hands-on labs that can be done at home. This is an all-levels course, but may be best suited for students in grades 10-12​.

Backyard Botany - Recommended for All Grade Levels

Botanists know that there's a whole world around us that often goes unnoticed. We will learn the basics of botany, focusing on flowering plant identification.  The class will include sketching, flower dissection, and backyard ecology experiments and will give you a new way to "see" the world.

Birding  - Recommended for All Grade Levels

Have you ever wondered who might be living in your backyard? You might have more neighbors than you think!  Birding will review the fundamentals of bird identification. In class we will review basic techniques of bird identification and then go out to find and identify local species (this will be similar to a scavenger hunt). Students will also learn to log what they see. Teacher will survey and emphasize areas of interest and move forward toward new topics accordingly

Natural Disasters - Recommended for 8th-10th graders

Do you love disaster movies?  Have you ever wondered how things like earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions occur?  In this class, we will explore natural disasters by using you tube videos, computer simulations, and programs like google maps.  We will investigate the science of how they occur and what you can do as an individual and as a member of a broader community to reduce the risk they pose. If you like science on the epic and dramatic scale, this class is for you!  

Outliers:  Studies of Success​ Recommended for 10th-12th graders

How do you define a successful person?  How do you know if your view of success will lead to a successful life?  In Outliers, we will use the thoughts and information gathered by Malcom Gladwell in his 2008 book to explore the story of success.

Essential questions about opportunity will include:  Why do birth dates predict success in hockey, computer science, the law, and the clothing industry?  Does it really take 10,000 hours to become an expert?  Why do people with high IQs fail to graduate from college?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of entitlement?

Essential questions about legacy will include:  How do the rates of plane crashes correlate with cultural legacies?  Why do students willing to fill out tedious questionnaires do better on math tests?  Can you close the achievement gap by going to summer school?

And finally: What makes an outlier?

Students will be expected to read 10 – 20 pages of the book in preparation for each class.

 

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