Course Descriptions 2021-2022

Computer Science

Computer Science with Keyboarding

Half year/0.5 credit. Offered 1st and 2nd semester. Grades: 7-12. (This course will fulfill 0.5 credit of the 1.0 credit occupational educational requirement or 0.5 credit of the 3.0 elective requirement.)

Students will develop touch keyboarding and 10-key skills with speed and accuracy. Students will learn and use a variety of tools to be successful with cross-curriculum and practical projects needed for their future life and career development. Skills and knowledge in the use of documents, spreadsheets, data bases, presentations (Microsoft Office Suite/Google Suite), search engines and internet safety will be widely infused.

Instructor: Caty McGrew

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45

Electives/Enrichment

Cooking Basics

1 year. Grades 8- 12. (This course will fulfill 1.0 credit of the 1.0 credit occupational educational requirement)

This beginning cooking class is designed with the absolute beginner in mind. The course will cover learning how to chop, slice, and dice, how to read and execute recipes, how to cook without a recipe, how to make stock-broth and soups, meal planning, shopping, and working within a budget, spice recognition and which spice combinations complement each other, setting a table, food presentation, and more. Required reading will include several cookbooks as textbooks and homework will involve cooking tasks to be completed at home, and documenting their process and completion through the use of photos and videos. An additional course fee will be required which will cover the cost of cooking supplies and food.

Instructor: Lisa Rollins

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45 or Wednesdays 8:00-9:55

Walt Disney’s Kingdom- an online course

1 year. Grades 8-12. (This course will count as an elective credit)

Walt Disney not only invented Mickey Mouse and Disneyland, but his company’s ingenuity developed the entertainment industry as we know it today. This class will look at the history of Walt Disney and Disney’s influence on entertainment. From cartoon shorts to animal documentaries, movies, theme parks, and so much more Disney did it all, and we will cover as much as we can in class. Students will be required to take part in analysis, discussion, and writing in an online classroom setting.

Instructor: Caty McGrew

Time arranged online

Geography Map Challenges

1 year. Grades 4-8

In this class we will work in teams to learn our geography facts. From continents to capitols, we will tackle the world using map challenges in a fun, cooperative environment. We will be learning and memorizing map skills, political and physical geography using large hands-on maps. This class will encourage students to interact with one another and use teamwork to play and learn.

Instructor: Tessa Johnstone

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45

Brave Reader Book Club

1 year. Grades 3-5

Welcome to investigative reading! In the spirit of Brave Writer by Julie Bogart, we will be reading a different novel each month and coming together in class to have big conversations about the reading. We will be reading a variety of multi-cultural books with a mix of poetry, mystery, historical fiction and non-fiction. We will investigate literary devise and discuss strategies to increase comprehension and understanding of the written word. Best of all, we will celebrate the end of each book with a party! This is a supplemental course to your student’s English instruction. Students at all reading abilities are welcome. Parents can help their students by reading the book aloud at home if needed.

Instructor: Tessa Johnstone

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45

Educational Support

All grades.

This is a resource class where students will have help and guidance when working on school work. Students can bring work from home or other Hill Creek classes to work on. I will be available to not only help student with assignments, but to coach them in study skills, communication, problem solving, self-advocacy and learning strategies. Support classes are available three times each week and students are welcome to attend all three or just one. This is a flexible class, students take one month at a time, stopping when they no longer need support. All students welcome!

Instructor: Tessa Johnstone

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

High School Research Competency/History-Day Research Paper

1 year. (Grades 9-12)

This class will guide a student through the research process allowing them to complete the required ANW research project. Students will meet the first month of September for specific class instruction and then intermittently throughout the year to discuss progress and receive direction on their individual projects based on their topic of choice. Students will have the option to follow a senior schedule or a full school year schedule. Timelines schedule will be distributed during the first class meeting.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Time arranged by instructor

English

Elementary Homeroom

1 year. Grades 3-6

This class incorporates history and English.

In English, we will cover grammar, vocabulary/spelling, handwriting – both printing and cursive, and writing composition in a variety of forms, which may include poetry, expository writing, narrative writing, creative writing and opinion writing. History content will be nicely intertwined with our writing and literature assignments.

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

Instructor: Carley Martin

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

Middle School English

1 year. Grades 6-8

During this time of tremendous social, emotional and intellectual transition, middle school students are ready for more academic rigor and challenges. In this reading and writing focused class, students will engage in reading a variety of engaging and challenging works from the English canon, along with examples of classic children’s literature. They will grow as they work individually, participate in small groups and engage in whole class discussions and activities. Students will comprehend, analyze and evaluate short stories, novels and poetry. Grammar, vocabulary and spelling will be regular components of class with the student goal of increased proficiency in written communication and reading comprehension. Students will complete four book responses (1 per quarter), and they will participate in the annual Writer’s Conference.

Instructor: Dana Bitto

Thursdays 10:00-11:55

Middle School English/Washington State History

1 year. Grades 6-8.

While fulfilling the Washington State History requirement for Middle School, students will grow their knowledge base and build a more solid foundation in reading, grammar, and writing. HISTORY-Students will create a State Notebook as they explore their beautiful state of WA! Study includes state symbols, geography & weather, history, cities, economy, government, wildlife & plant life, entertainment, and attractions. READING-Students will dive into great works of literature which will bring to life their history lessons and explore other important issues/genres. They will also get to choose their own reading books each month. They will be required to read various genres and will complete a monthly book review. WRITING-Students will focus on the six traits of writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Weekly practice will improve these traits and interactive class activities will develop them throughout the year. Students will participate in the annual Writer’s Conference. GRAMMAR-Students will build a strong foundation for understanding the concepts of grammar and using them effectively when reading, writing, or speaking. Students will prepare for high school level English classes and future language study by building their foundation in essential grammar rules, vocabulary, parts of speech, sentence structure & basic diagramming.

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

British Literature and Composition (HS English)

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

Students will engage in meaningful discussions and activities to gain a deeper understanding of British literature, spanning from medieval to modern writings. With an emphasis on the Socratic method, students will analyze, comprehend and evaluate novels, short stories, plays and poetry. The intertwining of literature and history will remain a focal point. Students will continue the study of more advanced grammar, spelling and study and reference skills. As students respond to the readings, they will become more proficient writers by composing descriptive, narrative and persuasive essays and poetry. Students will write a research paper in the fall and will participate in the Writer’s Conference in the spring.

Instructor: Dana Bitto

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

Foreign Language

Spanish I

1 year/1 credit. Grades 8-12. 8th graders receive high school credit. (This course fulfills 1.0 credit of the 2.0 credit World Language requirement)

With an emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension, this introductory Spanish course is designed to build confidence and communication skills in the beginner. Using an online curriculum called ULAT (Universal Language Acquisition Tool), students will spend the year learning, conjugating, and creating sentences for self-expression using the present tense of the 60 most common Spanish verbs and corresponding vocabulary represented by gestures, visual cues, and pictures to infer meaning. Each week, the student will work on mastering the assigned course content, and come prepared to speak and answer questions about what they studied. Towards the end of the third quarter, students will begin learning the phonics of Spanish and learn to read using stories and passages in Scripture.

Instructor: Lisa Rollins

Offered two different days: Tuesdays 11:10-12:55 and Thursdays 11:10-12:55

Spanish II

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

A progression of course content completed in Spanish I using the online curriculum ULAT (Universal Language Acquisition Tool) and projects designed to increase the accuracy, fluency, and self-expression of the Spanish speaker. Modals, present progressive and past tense verb forms will be introduced and students will continue reading practice that emphasizes comprehension through narration and pronunciation.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of a first-year Spanish class, or interview with instructor.

Instructor: Lisa Rollins

Thursdays 8:00-9:55

Health

Health

1 semester/0.5 credit/2nd semester Grades 9-12. (This course satisfies the 0.5 credit of 1.5 credits of physical education and health.)

Students will use curriculum designed to encourage teens to make health and wellness a priority! This class will address nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, mental health, safety, first aid, disease prevention, drug abuse, spiritual growth, and more. They will also learn an atlas of the body systems—digestive, endocrine, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory. Students will complete the Legacy Institute’s You Are Designed For a Great Story program. The young men in the class will read God’s Gift to Women by Eric Ludy, and the young women will read Leslie Ludy’s Authentic Beauty. All students will need to complete a CPR class.

Instructor: Dana Bitto

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45 2nd semester

History/Social Studies

U.S. History

1 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills the 1 credit of the 1.0 credit U.S. History requirement).
Students will 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 will read a narrative account of what has made our country great and what can keep it great. The students will also discover the 28 Principles of Freedom our Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity and freedom. They will learn how adherence to these beliefs during the past 200 years has brought about more progress than was made in the previous 5000 years. Students will complete political and physical maps of the United States and battles, illustrated timelines, biographies, and mini reports on significant historical events.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45

Contemporary World Problems (1st semester)

One half year—1st 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 will expose 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. Issues discussed in this class will closely follow the current events of the day.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55 1st semester

High School Civics/American Government (2nd semester)

One half year—2nd semester/0.5 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills the Civics requirement.)

Students in this one semester class will learn the history, the meaning, and the daily functions of the U.S. Constitution in their life and their nation. They will understand why the Founding Fathers fashioned a document of God-given rights that have stood the test of time and political tinkering. Students will examine the questions: What does the Constitution actually say? What does it mean? What were the Founders’ intentions for this document? And how is it being interpreted to shape our laws and way of life today? After studying the Constitution and the national government, students learn about federalism and government at the state and local levels. Students will also read and complete assignments and papers on Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55 2nd semester

Mathematics

Elementary Math (Grade 4)

1 year. Grades 3-4. 3rd graders need to be at a 4th grade math level

Elementary mathematics builds on and solidifies basic skills in math. Areas of focus include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, basic geometry, place value and rounding. Moderate parent involvement will be expected in order to make sure students are getting their work checked on a daily basis, since class instruction only occurs once a week.

Instructor: Carley Martin

Thursdays 8:00-9:55

Elementary Math (Grades 5-6)

1 year. Grades 5-6

All new students will take a placement test before the school year begins to help with proper placement.

Elementary mathematics builds upon and solidifies basic skills necessary for the upper math levels. Areas of focus will include multi-digit addition & subtraction, multiplication & division, fractions, decimals, measurement, place value & rounding, expressions, patterns, factors, multiples, percentages, and beginning algebraic skills. Curriculum used is Math Mammoth, grade 5.
What to expect: Students should expect to watch daily math tutorial videos, complete up to 4 lessons weekly and practice their multiplication facts daily. Parents are required to correct their student’s homework daily, and student will perform re-dos on problems they get wrong. This will allow class time to be centered on review and new concept instruction. Students will take chapter tests and in-class multiplication speed drills.

Instructor: Sarah Slyman

Thursdays 8:00-9:55

Math Fundamentals

1 year/1 credit. Grades 6-12

Math Fundamentals 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: Caty McGrew

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: Caty McGrew

2 day class

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

Math Lab/ Integrated Math

1.0 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12.

Students will work on math based on their individual needs. Class work may include algebra and geometry along with other applied math topics. This class is for students who want an applied math class, want to review a previous math class, or need individual help in math. The course name on the student’s transcript will be individualized for each student. Students will be required to complete one or two online assignments per week in addition to written work that is turned in each week. Instructor permission is required.

Instructor: Christina South and a teacher assistant

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55

Algebra I

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

This course builds the foundation for all future math classes. Although applications of algebra will be studied, students benefit greatly by learning to be diligent and attentive to details in this math class. Students will also be challenged to think critically with abstract concepts. They will solve, graph, and apply linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations, quadratic and exponential equations. The overall emphasis of this course will be on understanding the “why” of algebra through mastery of concepts and skills, and application to real world problems. Students will also review basic operations involving integers, fractions, decimals, and percentages. Additional fees will apply if there are less than 5 students.

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

Instructor: Christina South

2-day class

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

Geometry

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

Practical applications, logic, and art come together in this math class. Students will study the properties and applications of common geometric figures including points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, and solid figures. Basic trigonometry concepts will be covered at an introductory level. Students will memorize vocabulary, apply geometric concepts to figures and in real-life applications, and complete proofs. This class will include artistic and practical projects. Inductive and deductive reasoning will be used in proofs and problem-solving. Algebra I skills are used and reviewed throughout the course. Students will also review basic operations involving integers, fractions, decimals, and percentages. Additional fees will apply if there are less than 5 students.

REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion of Algebra I or the equivalent (as determined by the instructor)

Instructor: Christina South

2-day class

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

Pre-Calculus

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

This is a challenging class that is helpful for college-bound students seeking scholarships and/or math and science related degrees. Although the class meets only once a week, students will be required to work on math several times each week and may have one or two online assignments on days that class does not meet. Timely completion of homework and corrections on both tests and homework are critical for student success in this class. A graphing calculator is required and online resources will be used also. Topics of study include linear, quadratic, exponential, polynomial, rational, radical, and logarithmic functions. Trigonometry, probability and statistics, and an introduction to limits will also be included. Many of these topics are part of the Algebra 2 curriculum, but will be studied at a greater depth with more independent learning required. It will be an early morning brain challenge; students may bring snacks and/or coffee!

Prerequisite: Algebra 1, 2 and Geometry

Instructor: Christina South

Wednesday 8:00-9:50

Science

Elementary School Science: Exploring Creation with Zoology

1 year. Grades 3-6

Students will explore the science of swimming creatures. Our first topics of study for the school year will be the scientific method and what zoology is. We will then go into the details of all creatures that live in water. Subtopics will include larger groups of animals, such as bony fish and cartilaginous fish. We will also dive into details of different members of each aquatic animal group, such as fish, sharks, jellyfish, and starfish.

Students will also prepare a project to be presented at the Science Fair. Parents will need to help their child with completing the experiment, specifically in collecting research on their topic, typing the final paper, and building their presentation board.

Instructor: Caty McGrew

Thursdays 10:00-11:55

$50 lab fee for supplies

Middle School Science: Heaven and Earth

1 year. Grades 6-8

Students will be studying earth science throughout this year. The three main topics we will study are weather and water, the universe, and planet Earth. Subtopics we will cover are wind, oceans, the different planets, weather patterns and storms, rocks and minerals, mountains, and volcanoes.

Students will also prepare a project to be presented at the Science Fair. We will work on the science fair project throughout the first semester with assignments to complete along the way.

Instructor: Caty McGrew

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

$50 lab fee for supplies

Physical Science

1 year/1 credit. Grades 8-12. 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 11:10-12:55

$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

Thursdays 8:00-9:55

$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 or current enrollment in Algebra I.

Instructor: Amorah Nelson

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45

$50 lab fee for supplies and tutoring

Anatomy and Physiology

1 year/1 credit. Grades 10-12. (This course fulfills 1 credit of the 2 credit science lab requirement)

The course explores the principles of the structure and function of the human body. Areas of study include: basic chemistry, cell and tissue studies, organs and an overview of all the human body systems. One of the aims for this class is for students to marvel at the intelligent design of the human body as created by God. Dissections and lab work will be key components to recognizing and understanding anatomy and physiology. Students participate in the Science Fair. In addition to the class time, there is a science tutoring time offered on Tuesdays to help students who have questions or need extra help.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of a biology course.

Instructor: Amorah Nelson

Thursdays 10:00-11:55

$50 lab fee for supplies and tutoring

Life Practicum, Biblical Worldview

Life Practicum

This course is meant to provide instruction in those critical areas of life that can determine personal and financial success. Through Dave Ramsey DVD lessons, speech and communication lessons, class discussion and personal growth activities students will acquire knowledge and skills in which they can access to make choices that bring life in relationships, money, work and daily living.

Instructor: Dana Bitto

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45 1st semester

The Theology of the Gospel

One half year—1st semester/0.5 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills 0.5 credit of the 3.0 credit elective requirement)

The purpose of this class is to build the foundation of Christianity in the gospel and biblical theology from Scripture. Everyone is a theologian, but not everyone cultivates their theology from the Bible. This course will develop a biblical theology based on a simple outline of the gospel: God, Man, Jesus, You. It will serve as a precursor to Biblical Worldview by establishing the basis for having a biblical worldview.

Instructor: Tim Drumm

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45 1st semester

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 biblical worldview focuses on its foundation; interpretation; teaching about God, Christ, sin, and salvation; and application to current ethical issues. Students learn the definition of biblical worldview and understand its distinctiveness from other world religions and philosophies and will be able to rightly interpret God’s Word and apply it to everyday ethical issues. They also become equipped to defend this worldview. In the process, students are humbled before a majestic God who, in love and grace, has revealed Himself as Savior.

Assigned Reading: Reasons We Believe by Nathan Busenitz; Bitesize Theology by Peter Jeffery; Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong by John MacArthur (ed.) and other selected materials. The instructor provides a list of other titles for further study.

Instructor: Tim Drumm

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45 2nd semester