Course Descriptions 2019-2020

English

Elementary Homeroom

1 year. Grades 3-6

This class incorporates history and English. For English, we cover different types of writing: narrative, expository, and opinion/persuasive writing. I really like the simple structure of the Four Square Writing. Grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension are part of homework assignments each week.

For history, we use Christian-based History Study: Time Travelers, An Activity-Based Study Designed to Teach Hands-On. This year we will study Colonial Life: food, family life, school, faith, pleasures, and past times and more. We use creative writing, make recipes of the era, add events and historical people in a notebook timeline, make authentic crafts and games, and put many small paper assignments into a completed lap book.

Prerequisites: Students should be reading at 3rd grade level and be able to write a complete sentence with capitals and punctuation.

Instructor: Barb Peterson

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

Middle School English

1 year. Grades 6-8.

This class provides students with a foundation in writing using IEW U.S. History Based Writing Lessons that move through paragraphs, essays, creative pieces, and research papers. Grammar lessons are taught in class using a blend of the IEW Frog Prince, or Just Desserts and Grammar Revolution lessons, and students are provided with homework to practice their newly acquired grammar skills at home. Vocabulary is incorporated into literature and writing lessons. Literature lessons that include literary devices and analysis correspond with books chosen by the teacher and the student. Students participate in a 40-book challenge while maintaining a reading notebook. Students also will participate in the Writers’ Conference.

*A more advanced track for writing and grammar will be made optional to parents at the beginning of the school year if they want to have a more challenging curriculum for their child.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

Middle School English/Washington State History

1 year. Grades 6-8.

While fulfilling the Washington State history requirement for middle school, students grow their knowledge and build a solid foundation in reading, grammar, and writing.

HISTORY Students create a state notebook as they explore their beautiful state of Washington! Study includes state symbols, geography and weather, history, cities, economy, government, wildlife and plant life, entertainment, and attractions.

READING Students dive into great works of literature, bringing to life their history lessons and explore other important issues and genres. Time is taken in class to discuss daily reading and books reports will be assigned.

WRITING Students focus on the six traits of writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Weekly practice improves these traits and interactive class activities develop them.

GRAMMAR Students build a foundation for understanding and using grammar concepts when reading, writing, or speaking. Students prepare for high school English classes and future language study by building their foundation in essential grammar rules, vocabulary, parts of speech, sentence structure and diagramming, phrases and clauses, active and passive voice, mood, punctuation, writing style and more.

Instructor: Sarah Slyman

Thursdays, 10:00-11:55

English Foundations

1 year/ 1 credit. Grades 8-12. 8th graders receive high school credit. (This course fulfills 1 credit of the 4 credit English requirement.)

This class builds and strengthens students’ foundational reading, writing, and academic skills. While reading great literature, students develop confidence in the writing process growing their independence and creativity. Students gain experience in writing stories, simple reports, essays, and creative writing. Additionally, stylistic techniques–strong verbs, quality adjectives, sentence openers–are taught incrementally to move students from the basics to more sophisticated writing. Grammar and vocabulary are taught in the context of writing and editing. Students write a research paper and participate in the Writers’ Conference.

Instructor: Amy Tucker

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

Literature & Writing

1 year/1 credit. Grades 8-12. 8th graders receive high school credit. (This course fulfills 1 credit of the 4 credit English requirement.)

Students learn how to read, evaluate, and respond to diverse kinds of writing (short stories, novels, poetry) while developing their ability to compare an author’s perspective and message to a Christian worldview. Using literature as the foundation, students gain a broader vocabulary and stronger grammar skills to use in their writing. They also strengthen their critical thinking skills and practice various writing techniques. Class time is often discussion-based with small and large group interaction.

Instruction and class activities include peer review and editing, proofreading and revising, annotating literature, and understanding literary devices. Students complete a research paper and participate in the Writers’ Conference.

Instructor: Karen Schmidt

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

English Literature

1 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills 1 credit of the 4 credit English requirement.)

Students read, analyze and discuss an array of literature types and incorporate writing, grammar, and vocabulary concepts throughout the year. They also strengthen critical thinking skills and practice various writing techniques, including writing a research paper. Students participate in the Writers’ Conference.

Prerequisite: Students must have passed the English Competency assessment.

Instructor: Dana Bitto

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

Health

Health (online)

1 semester/0.5 credit/ Grades 9-12. (This course satisfies the 0.5 credit of 1.5 credits of physical education and health.)

This one-semester class provides an overview of components of healthy choices and lifestyles, focusing on physical fitness, nutrition, disease prevention, reproductive health, and mental health. The emphasis is on learning and applying health information that students can use now and in the future. Factors that result in personal wellness and those that hinder wellness are examined. The course equips students with the knowledge and tools necessary to make positive lifestyle choices related to diet, exercise, disease prevention, mental health, and stress—all in the context of a God-honoring lifestyle.

While completing weekly assignments, student keep a health journal discussing how they are applying and integrating what they’re learning. Each student completes a project on a topic of his/her choosing, using a creative media of their choice (video, audio, visual). The project promotes a health concept. Past projects: a brochure on suicide prevention; an infographic on improving sleep habits; a poster on digital addiction.

NOTE: This course uses an online format. Students meet at the beginning and end of the semester, then work independently at home–in collaboration with the teacher–to complete weekly assignments using educational videos and readings. No text book is required.

Instructor: Karen Schmidt

History/Social Studies

Middle School English/Washington State History

Grades 6-8

While fulfilling the Washington State history requirement for middle school, students grow their knowledge base and build a solid foundation in reading, grammar, and writing.

HISTORY Students create a state notebook as they explore their beautiful state of Washington! Study includes state symbols, geography and weather, history, cities, economy, government, wildlife and plant life, entertainment, and attractions.

READING Students dive into great works of literature, bringing to life their history lessons and explore other important issues and genres. Time is taken in class to discuss daily reading and books reports will be assigned.

WRITING Students focus on the six traits of writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Weekly practice improves these traits and interactive class activities develop them.

GRAMMAR Students build a foundation for understanding and using grammar concepts when reading, writing, or speaking. Students prepare for high school English classes and future language study by building their foundation in essential grammar rules, vocabulary, parts of speech, sentence structure and diagramming, phrases and clauses, active and passive voice, mood, punctuation, writing style and more.

Instructor: Sarah Slyman

Thursdays 10:00-11:55

High School United States History

1 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills the 1 credit of the 1.5 Contemporary World History requirement).

Students use a positive and patriotic approach in studying American history through the events and personalities that have shaped our great country with an emphasis on our Christian past. They read a narrative account of what has made our country great and what can keep it great. The students also discover the 28 Principles of Freedom that our Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity and freedom. Students learn how adherence to these beliefs during the past 200 years has brought about more progress than was made in the previous 5,000 years. Students complete political and physical maps of the United States and battles, illustrated timelines, biographies, and mini reports on significant historical events that provide the pages of a United States History Compellation Portfolio.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55

High School Contemporary World Problems

One half year—2nd semester/0.5 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills 0.5 of the 1.5 credit Contemporary World History requirement).

This one semester class exposes students to historical foundations, institutional structures, and government processes necessary to engage in informed discussion about public policy. Students will be able to draw connections between historical tensions and current controversial issues, and evaluate, synthesize and debate policy from multiple perspectives. Issue discussed in this class closely follow the current events of the day.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45, 1st semester

High School Civics/American Government

One half year—1st semester/0.5 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills the Civics requirement.)

This one semester class gives students an inspiring look at the blessings we enjoy as American citizens and the symbols we hold dear, then proceed to a fascinating study of the Constitution, the government it established, and the rights and privileges it guarantees the American people. After studying the Constitution and the national government, students learn about federalism and government at the state and local levels. Students will have the privilege of hearing from local and state office holders who will visit the class throughout the semester.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45, 2nd semester

Foreign Language

Spanish I

1 year/1 credit. Grades 8-12. 8th graders receive high school credit. (This course fulfills 1.0 of an elective credit.)

In this highly interactive first-year course, students learn and practice conversation, reading, writing, pronunciation, and grammar. Cultural insights are added to give context and help the language make more sense. Basic English grammar skills are needed.

Instructor: Karen Schmidt

Thursdays 8:00-9:55

Spanish II & III

1 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills 1.0 of an elective credit.)

Continuing to build on the foundation of first-year Spanish, Spanish 2 and Spanish 3 enable students to work cooperatively and separately to gain fluency and conversation skills, reading, writing, and grammar competency. Past, future, conditional, perfect, and subjunctive tenses are covered.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of a first-year Spanish class, or interview with instructor. For Spanish 3, students should have completed Spanish 2 or demonstrate competency.

Instructor: Karen Schmidt

Thursdays 10:00-11:55

Mathematics

Elementary Math

1 year. Grades 4-6

Elementary mathematics builds on and solidifies basic skills necessary for upper level math. Areas of focus include multi-digit addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, decimals, measurement, basic geometry, place value and rounding, expressions, patterns, factors, multiples, and beginning algebraic skills.

Students have regular tests, quizzes, and in-class speed drills designed to sharpen their skills. Students and parents should expect 4-5 lessons to be completed at home weekly and memorization work of multiplication facts.

Instructor: Sarah Slyman

Thursdays 8:00-9:55

Math Fundamentals

1 year/1 credit. Grades 6-12

Middle School Math continues to build the algebraic skills developed in elementary mathematics. Areas of focus include ratios, rates, proportions, percentages, arithmetic operations, negative numbers, properties of numbers, variables and expressions, geometry and the coordinate plane, fractions and decimals, numbers and operations, solving equations, relationships and functions, systems of equations, and various other math concepts.

Instructor: Dennis Powell

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55

Pre-Algebra

1 year/1 credit. Grades 6-12

This course prepares students for algebra and includes a review of basic skills and the introduction of variables. Also covered are signed numbers, positive and negative exponents, and linear equations.

Instructor: Dennis Powell

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45 and Thursdays 8:00-9:55

$50 fee for two-day class period

Integrated Math

1.0 year/1 credit. Grades 8-12.

This course combines algebra and geometry concepts with general math skills review. The content areas include computation with real numbers including fractions, decimals, and integers; rates, ratios, and percent; exponents and radicals, variables and functions; solving equations; graphing and problem solving; and geometry concepts. Students study each content strand at their individual level. Integrated Math 1, 2, 3, and 4 (if needed) can replace the traditional sequence of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 1. This course is designed with the struggling learner in mind and is more individualized than a typical class.

Prerequisites: Completion of Pre-Algebra and teacher approval. Students may take Integrated Math after Algebra 1 or Geometry, but the course title (level 1, 2, or 3) will depend upon the skill level of the student.

Instructor: Christina South

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55

Algebra I

1 year/1 credit. Grades 8-12 (This course fulfills 1 credit of the required 3 math credit requirement). 8th graders receive high school credit.

This course covers what is typically taught in first year high school algebra. Students review basic operations involving positive and negative numbers, explore various kinds of functions, study linear equations, polynomials, radicals, and learn to solve systems of equations, quadratic equations and inequalities. The overall emphasis is on understanding the “why” of algebra through mastery of concepts and skills and application to real world problems.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Algebra or equivalent (as determined by the instructor).

Instructor: Christina South

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45 and Thursdays 10:00-11:55

Geometry

1 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12 (This course fulfills 1 credit of the required 3 math credit requirement)

Practical applications, logic, and art come together in this class. Students study properties and applications of common geometric figures including points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, and solid figures. Students memorize vocabulary, apply geometric concepts to figures and in real-life applications, and complete proofs. Inductive and deductive reasoning is used in proofs and problem-solving. Algebra I skills are used and reviewed.

Instructor: Christina South

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45 and Thursdays 8:00-9:55

Music

Music History & Theory

One semester (fall). Grades 6-12. (This course fulfills 0.5 credit of the 2 credit Fine Arts requirement.)

This course is an introduction and exploration of music from Ancient Greece to Gershwin. Significant composers and compositions are highlighted as well as the historical context surrounding them. Music theory is the study of notation, scales, intervals, and rhythms. Aural skills are developed through a focus on dictation and sight-singing.

Prerequisite:  No musical background is required.

Instructor: Ilsa Higgins

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45 1st semester

Science

Elementary Science

1 year. Grades 3-6

This class explores the fascinating world of chemistry and physics! Students begin by exploring the basic building blocks of creation, atoms and molecules, simple chemicals, the laws of motion, and energy. We also discover concepts of electricity and magnetism. Experiments include making bouncy balls, formulating a smoke bomb, building a solar oven, constructing a working periscope, fashion a miniature motor, and creating a lava lamp! All the while, God is glorified as the Master Designer.

Students prepare a project to present in the Science Fair. Parents will need to help their child collect research, type the final paper, and complete a presentation board.

Instructor: Stacy Thompsen

Thursdays 10:00-11:55

$50 lab fee for supplies

Middle School – Earth Science

1 year. Grades 7-8. (Grade 6 with instructor permission.)

This class covers the earth from the inside out. Topics include geology, earthquakes, hills and mountains, volcanoes, rocks and minerals, oceans and waters, the solar system, stars, and galaxies. This class includes lab experiments that correlate with each topic. Students will participate in the Science Fair.

Instructor: Stacy Thompsen

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

$50 lab fee for supplies

Physical Science

1 year/1 credit. Grades 7-12. 8th graders receive high school credit. (This course fulfills 1 credit of required 2 credit science lab requirement)

This course starts with a study of matter and energy. Then students are given an introduction to chemistry and biochemistry and engage in a study of physics concepts. This class gives students a great foundation for future higher level science classes such as chemistry and physics. Eighth grade students who do not want high school credit have the coursework adjusted accordingly. This course includes labs and requires writing formal lab reports. Students participate in the Science Fair. In addition to the class time, a science tutoring time is offered on Tuesdays to help students who have questions or need extra help.

Instructor: Amorah Nelson

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45

$50 lab fee for supplies and tutoring

Biology

1 year/1 credit. Grades 8-12. 8th graders receive high school credit. (This course fulfills 1 of required 2 credit science lab requirement)

This course covers cellular and molecular biology (cells and genetics), botany (plants), zoology (animals), and basic human anatomy and physiology (human body). This course includes labs, some of which are dissections. Students participate in the Science Fair. In addition to the class time, a science tutoring time is offered on Tuesdays to help students who have questions or need extra help.

Instructor: Amorah Nelson

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55

$50 lab fee for supplies and tutoring

Chemistry

1 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills 1 credit of the 2 credit science lab requirement)

The course covers various areas of inorganic and organic chemistry. Subjects may include the following: structure of atoms, periodic table, types of bonding, naming compounds, types of chemical reactions, acids and bases, gas laws, measures of concentration, solutions, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Mathematical calculations are involved so students need to have taken or be taking Algebra I. This course includes extensive labs and requires writing formal lab reports. Students participate in the Science Fair. In addition to the class time, a science tutoring time is offered on Tuesdays to help students who have questions or need extra help.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of or current enrollment in Algebra I.

Instructor: Amorah Nelson

Thursdays 10:00-11:55

$50 lab fee for supplies and tutoring

Biblical Worldview

Biblical Worldview

One half year—1st semester/0.5 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills the Biblical Worldview requirement for graduation.)

The study of the nature and character of the Bible, focusing on Scripture’s inspiration, inerrancy, authority, sufficiency, canonization, and preservation.

Instructor: Tim Drumm

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45 1st semester