CLASS CATALOGUE Fall 2017

(GRADES 6-12)

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MONDAY CLASSES (11 WEEKS)


STEM - 01 - Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Monday, 9:00 – 10:00 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 6 - 12

 

This course provides students with an understanding of the academic and professional behaviors and skills necessary to enhance their chances of success as a student of higher education, science, technology, engineering and mathematics major,  and ultimately as a professional.  The skills include working effectively in teams, goal setting, time management, and developing oral communication skills.  Students are introduced to resources available to them at the higher education campuses.  Students are given an opportunity to work individually as well as collaboratively with their classmates on assignments and design projects.

Student Learning Outcome:

  1. Identify and distinguish between different fields of engineering by researching information about them and further select one of them as a career.
  2. Identify effective methods to study engineering and demonstrate it in a team setting.
  3. Demonstrate the knowledge of preparing an educational plan. 
  4. Discuss the importance of ethics in engineering and show awareness of professional codes of conduct.
  5. Employ campus resources such as; library, career center, learning center, counseling and financial aid to succeed in their educational journey in engineering transfer program.

Course Prerequisite:

An interest to learn how to train yourself in becoming a focused and dedicated student, improve your focus and dedication towards STEM, and later growing in accomplishing the long-term goals for success and happiness in life.

Who should register for this course?

Anyone, 12-years old and older, with an interest in improving his or her study skills, focus towards goal setting, and learning about the benefits of a STEM based education, specifically, in the fields of Engineering & Technologies

TEACHER: Artin Davidian

SEMESTER FEE: $320

 

Interior Design Cancelled

          

Monday, 8:30 – 10:00 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 6 - 12

 

In this class students will gain an understanding of the elements and principles of design.  Students will learn to make appropriate selections of colors, fabrics, furnishings, lighting and furniture.  Students will develop skills in architectural drafting and space planning  through the use of hand or computerized drafting techniques. Older students will apply math calculations to scale rooms and create scaled floor plans for a variety of spaces.  Class and homework projects will include creating a color wheel, decorating sample rooms and designing floor plans.  Students will also explore potential careers in the architecture and design fields. Please bring old, unwanted magazines to class the first day. 

TEACHER: Ellen Hausman

SEMESTER FEE: $365


World History: From The First Humans To The Decline And Fall Of Rome

Monday, 10:00 – 11: 00 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 6 - 12

Today, all humans, whether they are Europeans, Australian Aborigines, or Africans, belong to the same subgroup of human beings, Homo Sapiens Sapiens, or wise, wise humans. We have more in common with our ancient ancestors and each other than we often admit, and we have survived thousands of years because of our ability to adapt and progress. The material covered for the first semester will be from prehistory up to 500 AD, and will include the history from many regions of the world, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Ancient Greece and Rome. We will be covering a lot of material in a short amount of time, so students will be expected to pay keen attention in class, take notes, and do a fair amount of homework, including a research paper. Students will not only learn the important events in history, but also learn how the information fits together in terms of human development, time periods, and regions of the world. Students will be engaged in as many hands-on activities as time allows. The curriculum will be based on the first unit of the Glencoe World History book. The book is available online and I will provide a way to access it for free.

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $280


STEAM Science in Art (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)

Cancelled

Monday, 10:00 – 12: 00 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 6 - 8

 

The new age of the “artist-scientist” has arrived.  This unique hands-on course is designed to focuses on the common lines between creative expression and the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  In this course, the instructor will teach projects that highlight unique Art-STEM topics.  Students will learn new approaches to problem solving, innovative design, and critical thinking, as well as the leading edge of science and technology.  This project-based course helps them truly grasp the concept that they would not have experienced in a lecture-base class.  New and returning students are welcome as we will have new projects. Projects may include:

  • Angry Bird – Force, and Projectile (Physics)
  • Pop-stick Bomb – Force, and Potential Energy (Physics)
  • Drawing Bot - Force, Vibration, and Movement (Physics)
  • Circuits with Play Dough – Circuitry Design, Conductivity, and Materials (Chemistry)
  • Paper Airplane – Force, Fluid Dynamics, and Movement (Physics)
  • Magnet and Motor – Electricity, and Electro-Magnetics (Physics)
  • Origami – Geometry (Math)

TEACHER: Fu-Tien Chiou

SEMESTER FEE: $365


Ping Pong

Monday, 10:00 – 11: 00 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

All Ages

Students will learn the basic rules of table tennis, as well as various techniques (proper grasp of the racket, forehand stroke, backhand stroke, etc). They will play competitive games, and have monthly tournaments. 

Besides being an educational sport, table tennis is engaging, enjoyable, and fun. This program will be a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies.

TEACHER: Bella Livshin, Gilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $220
 

Ping Pong

Monday, 11:15 am – 12: 15 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

All ages


Students will learn the basic rules of table tennis, as well as various techniques (proper grasp of the racket, forehand stroke, backhand stroke, etc). They will play competitive games, and have monthly tournaments. 
Besides being an educational sport, table tennis is engaging, enjoyable, and fun. This program will be a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies. 

TEACHER: Bella Livshin, Gilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $220


Current Events

Monday, 11:15am – 12: 15 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 6 - 12


We will read articles about current political events and have class discussions about how they impact the world, both globally and domestically. Students will be expected to read articles in a timely manner and do research on the accurateness of the articles and alternative opinions. There will be more homework than last year, as students will be expected to write several essays that compare and contrast the different viewpoints. We will also spend several weeks researching and preparing for a structured debate.


TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $280


Sign Language

Monday, 12:15 – 1: 15 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 6 - 12 

This class will be a beginning class in ASL

(American Sign Language).  It will include

  • The basic elements of ASL
  • Sign Language vocabulary
  • The uniqueness of a visual language vs. a hearing language
  • The use of ASL for communicative interaction      
  • Creative use of ASL through songs and stories.

This class aims to build on student needs, abilities, goals, and interests.  A basic sign language book will be used for standardized learning and reference, along with suggested resources available to be purchased, and accessed on the internet for enrichment.  Hopefully, access to the Deaf Community, and the richness of Deaf culture will be arranged.

TEACHER: Miriam Cantor

SEMESTER FEE: $270


Writing Wonderland

Monday, 12:15 – 1: 15 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 6 - 12


Writing words on a page can be exciting and liberating.  It can also be daunting for some at times.  In this Creative Writing class, we explore our English language and creative literary forms, such as journaling, poetics, and prose, as we use them to express ourselves both constructively and creatively.  

Learning how to move beyond our inner critic and gain confidence in our individual expression is a beneficial skill to develop and a goal of this class.  We'll also work in class on understanding how to receive and perceive words of others – both written words when hearing or reading one another's writings and oral words of constructive feedback and commentary.  

Class reading and writing topics assist students in utilizing various forms of written expression to free their words on paper.  All writing levels welcome! 

 

TEACHER: Valorie Knutson

SEMESTER FEE: $270


Ping Pong

Monday, 12:15am – 1: 15pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

All ages


Students will learn the basic rules of table tennis, as well as various techniques (proper grasp of the racket, forehand stroke, backhand stroke, etc). They will play competitive games, and have monthly tournaments. 
Besides being an educational sport, table tennis is engaging, enjoyable, and fun. This program will be a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies. 

TEACHER: Bella Livshin, Gilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $220


Improv and Scene Study

Monday, 1:15 –2:45 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 6 - 12


In this method and skills acting class, students will work on improvisational skills by learning new techniques and participating in a variety of theatre games. Students will also learn young adult monologues and experience complete scene work from modern and classical plays. Participants will be guided on how to find monologues that interest and resonate with them and they will be asked to work on these as well, perfecting their text study and learning how to prepare for auditions. Students interested in a final presentation will have the opportunity to perform a demonstration of class activities at the end of the year CLP Extravaganza on Dec. 17.

TEACHER: Naomi Ackerman

SEMESTER FEE: $380


Recorder Level Three and Four

Monday, 12:15 –3:00 pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 11, 18, 25 (No class Oct. 2, 9) 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, (No class Nov. 20), 27, Dec. 4, 11

Grades 3 -7


This is a continuation from the Level Three class. Previous experience playing the recorder is necessary. Includes note reading and music theory. This semester we will focus on ensemble playing including duets, trios and quartets. If you have some experience but are not sure which level you are, and you have not taken the Level One or Two class, please come for an evaluation on the first day and we will figure out which class is right for you.

TEACHER: Karen Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $190

 

Wednesday CLASSES (11 WEEKS)

 

STEM 02

Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00am (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 6 - 12

Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Projects Instructor: Artin Davidian

This is an introductory course in Engineering Design to introduce students to the exciting field of Engineering and stimulate their learning of math, science and verbal communication skills through hands-on, team-based, and open-ended design projects that are creative and fun. This course will also cover the step-by-step design process necessary for any type of design work. The project work is enhanced with lectures and reading on design theory and methods, and introduction to manufacturing techniques-processes and prototype building. 

Student Learning Outcome:

  • Build and Test functional prototypes.

  • Solve and calculate engineering related problems while utilizing design criteria covered in class.

  • Professional team presentations on final engineering design projects.

Course Prerequisite:

An interest to learn how to design, build, and test a specific design project within a team setting to accomplish a specific task without too many directions from the boss (instructor).

Who should register for this course?

Anyone, 12-years old and older, with an interest in learning how engineers are challenged daily to solve, improve, and create devices, machines, vehicles, or structures for the benefit of the human race. Students who took the STEM 01 class last year. 

TEACHER: Artin Davidian

SEMESTER FEE: $320

 

Marine Zoology: Vertebrates 

This Class Is Full - Please add your name to the waitlist in the comments section of the registration page

         Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00am (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 6 - 12

This is a continuation of the Marine Zoology: Invertebrates class from the spring semester. New students are welcome! In this session, students will be focusing on 5 major groups of marine vertebrates: 

1. Cartilaginous Fish: No bones about it, cartilaginous fish are super cool! We’ll start with the super weird jawless fish, lampreys! Kids are always simultaneously fascinated and grossed out by this weird group! We’ll even get hands on with a dissection. Then, move into learning what makes skates different from stingrays, and do another dissection. Then, finish up with everyone’s favorite- SHARKS! We’ll explore them from every scientific aspect- evolution, taxonomy, anatomy, habitat, adaptations, conservation issues, and more! And…another dissection!

2. Bony Fish: Did you know that bony fish are the largest vertebrate group on earth? The variety of adaptations are amazing, and we’ll spend a few weeks learning all about them. Did you know that clownfish can change from being a male to a female and back again? How about the fact that cute little pufferfish contain a toxin 1,200 times more deadly than cyanide? Those are just a few of the interesting facts we’ll cover. And of course, a dissection! 

3. Reptiles: Reptiles aren’t just on land! We’ll cover sea turtles, sea snakes, and the marine iguana (which is only found in the Galapagos!). There will be an awesome project that will track sea turtles on their migratory paths across the globe. We’ll learn what causes a baby sea turtle to become a male or female (hint: temperature!). Did you know that female sea turtles return to the beach they were born to lay their eggs, and that male sea turtles never leave the ocean? We’ll focus on all 7 species of sea turtle, and discuss the conservation issues surrounding them.

4. Birds: Did you know that a sea bird has the longest migration of any animal on earth? And it’s a sea bird that has the longest wingspan of any bird on earth? From seagulls to albatross, penguins to puffins, we’ll cover these often overlooked group of marine animals!

5. Marine Mammals: What’s the difference between a whale and a dolphin? What about a seal and a sea lion? Did you know the closest living relative to the whales are HIPPOPOTAMUSES?! We’ll cover these and many other fascinating topics as we work our way through the world of marine mammals! Manatees, sea otters, polar bears, seals, sea lions, walruses, dolphins, whales…WHEW! After studying their intelligence and emotional capabilities, we’ll then launch into a discussion on the pros and cons of keeping these animals in captivity. 

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook

SEMESTER FEE: $310


Tech Math 02- Introduction to Applied Math For Industrial Technology

Wednesday, 10:15 – 11:15 am (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 4 - 6

This course covers a practical application of basic math skills to typical industrial applications and problems. Topics include units of measure and conversions, reading tools of measurement, perimeter/area/volume calculations using plane and solid geometry, algebra, and arithmetic. Technical applications and problem-solving skills including the appropriate use of technology are emphasized.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to …

  1. Convert fractions to decimals and back.
  2. Use formulas to solve geometric problems.
  3. Use formulas to solve trigonometry problems.
  4. Understand decimal tolerances.
  5. Understand and work with percents.
  6. Work with different systems of measure.
  7. Working knowledge of literal equations in machine shop mathematics.
  8. Ratio and proportion.
  9. Measuring with rulers, tape measures, dial calipers, micrometers, and thread gages.

Course Prerequisite: 

A basic knowledge of Arithmetic. Students should already be proficient in multi-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. If applicable, the student should have also successfully completed the TECH MATH-01 coursework. 

Who should register for this course? 

Anyone with an interest to apply basic mathematics to solve real-life workforce problems, specifically in the technical fields and are 9-years old or older. 

TEACHER: Artin Davidian

SEMESTER FEE: $310


Middle School English 

Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30am (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 6 - 8

Poetry madness, word play, short stories, classic essays, and a Shakespearean play are a few of the things we will explore this semester. Students will learn how to analyze literature, how to write creatively, and how to write a five-paragraph essay. Writing skills include richer word choices, better sentences, organizational tools, idea brainstorming, description enrichment, poetry, and essay writing. No textbook required. The Shakespearean play is readily accessible from your library system.

TEACHER: Mackenzie Towler

SEMESTER FEE: $285

 

Fitness Essentials - Proficiency

Wednesday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 6 - 8


Students learn the essentials of fitness and how to “fit” them into even the busiest of schedules.

All workshops include onsite workouts, as well as workouts to perform at home. Workouts combine cardio, strength, stretch & core exercises to give a comprehensive “efficient” workout.

Students will learn:

  • How to create the time to do quick workouts
  • How to do quick workouts, wherever they are, using their body weight
  • About their Fitness Personas and how to put it to use so they can accomplish their personal goals & passions
  • About their body type & specific workouts
  • How to integrate core & stretch moves throughout a typical day 

This class will be a unique opportunity for students to learn all about health, fitness and nutrition as it relates specifically to them. Classes will include dynamic warm ups, cooperative and team building activities, strength training exercises, running form and skills, as well as flexibility training.  Goals will be set at the onset of the semester and they will be tracked and assessed as necessary so students can follow and challenge progress as individual needs necessitate.  Running and physical fitness abilities will be determined at the commencement of the program and increases will be offered on a personalized basis so each student improves at his/her own ability.  Students will leave with the ability to perform proper squats, planks, push ups and more!  By educating and informing students of the truths of fitness, we offer them the foundation for a positive and lifelong connection.

Virtual coaching at home:

  1. At the start of the program, students will complete a multi-part profile that will give us an idea of what equipment they have access to at home and what their schedule is and learn more about their various personas (food, fitness & fearless (lifestyle). Ideally these will be filled out in person, but they can also be completed at home.
  2. Students will then receive a summary of the results from their coach along with a recommended plan. The plan will include workouts they can complete at home as well as help students better understand themselves. For example, students will become more aware of their personality type and food preferences in a way that will help them integrate fitness into their lifestyles and schedules. 
  3. Each week students will have the opportunity to workout in-person with our coach. They will receive a handout of suggested workouts for the week along with descriptions on how to do each exercise and routine.
  4. In between the in-person sessions, the coach will be checking in with students via text or email. Students get to share with their coach any feedback, questions and challenges. The coach is then able to give them ongoing support, encouragement and suggestions to continue to find ways to integrate the program at home with their schedule. 

Although the class is co-ed, students will be working at “stations” and will not have physical contact with other students.

TEACHER: Staff from Student Fitness Experts

SEMESTER FEE: $300


High School English - World Literature

Wednesday, 11:30am – 1:00pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 9 - 12

This year, we will study some of the world's greatest literature focusing on representative works of Europe by major authors cited in the AP® English Course Description with an emphasis on Russian, German and French classics. A rich body of course reading will include authors such as Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Flaubert, Camus, Ibsen, Chekhov, Orwell, Hemingway, and others incorporating novels, short stories, poetry from the sixteenth century to contemporary times, and a wide range of essays.  All works selected for the course are widely recognized as essential college-bound texts. 

Through discussion, collaboration, and creative and interpretive writing experiences, students will learn and apply literary and rhetorical analysis. Emphasizing the structure and development of the essay, students will write interpretive, exploratory, expository, and argumentative essays through the writing workshop process. 

Each class consists of a mini-lesson, reflection, discussion, and interaction with the readings, vocabulary and sentence structure development, and a variety of writing activities to develop their skills and unique voices as writers and thinkers. 

No textbook purchase is required. All readings are readily accessible from the local library or will be provided as handouts. 

This course intentionally shares reading and contextual materials with the Model UN course which follows it to integrate reading and writing across the curriculum in both language arts and social studies to enhance the learning experience for students in both classes. The course will culminate in an opportunity for students to share their writings with an invited audience. 

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $285


French History 

Wednesday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 3 - 8

This class will offer different level of assignments for different ages. 

This course, focusing on the French monarchs, will begin with the very beginnings of France herself in the mid-400s, when King Clovis 1 became the first king, and end with the untimely death of Louis XVI at the hands of his own people. We’ll go through each of the dynasties and the monarchs that left their mark on this great nation- sometimes good, sometimes, well…..  We’ll learn about Gauls and Romans and Vikings… People you know- like Charlemagne, Joan of Arc, and Marie Antoinette- and lots of people you’ve never heard of (but should!)….Sons betraying fathers, mothers betraying sons, friends betraying friends….Battles, LOTS of battles! Between kings, kings and popes, kings and nobles, kings and the regular citizens…the Crusades and the French Religious Wars…how karma bit Charles IV in the behind, and prevented there ever being a queen to rule over France….Good King Henry IV (how I love him so!)….lots of dealings with England, Spain, Italy, and Austria…there’s even a beautiful love story! Oh, and um, spoiler alert- there are a few beheadings. So much drama, intrigue, and excitement- and the best part is that it all really happened! And it all happened before 1800!! And the best part is that I shot educational videos ON LOCATION to share with the class and really bring the material to life!


TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook

SEMESTER FEE: $310


Chemistry - Discovery Level 

This Class Is Full - Please add your name to the waitlist in the comments section of the registration page

 

Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 3 - 6


In this hands-on class, students will actively engage in scientific exploration with activities and experiments almost every week and a mini science fair at the end of the course. Students must bring a pair of clear safety goggles with their name written in permanent ink to the first class. Topics will include: An Introduction to Chemistry and Tools, Matter, Determining Mass, Volume, and Density, Atoms, Elements, and the Periodic Table,  Create an Element Poster, Mixtures and Compounds,  How to Determine Mixtures from Compounds, Solubility of Solids, Liquids, and Gases, Observing Solubility in Different Solutions, Polymers, Observing the Solubility, Absorption, and Creation of Polymers. Acids and Bases, Measuring pH to Determine if a Substance is an Acid or Base, Thermodynamics, Measuring Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions,  Oxidation Reduction Reactions, Observing Redox Reactions, Balancing Equations, There is No Magical Matter!, The Structure of Molecules, Creating Crystals, Organic Chemistry, You're Just One Big Walking Chemistry Experiment!

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook


SEMESTER FEE: $325


Chemistry Section 2 - Discovery Level 

This Class Is Full - Please add your name to the waitlist in the comments section of the registration page

 

Wednesday, 1:45 – 2:45pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 3 - 6


In this hands-on class, students will actively engage in scientific exploration with activities and experiments almost every week and a mini science fair at the end of the course. Students must bring a pair of clear safety goggles with their name written in permanent ink to the first class. Topics will include: An Introduction to Chemistry and Tools, Matter, Determining Mass, Volume, and Density, Atoms, Elements, and the Periodic Table,  Create an Element Poster, Mixtures and Compounds,  How to Determine Mixtures from Compounds, Solubility of Solids, Liquids, and Gases, Observing Solubility in Different Solutions, Polymers, Observing the Solubility, Absorption, and Creation of Polymers. Acids and Bases, Measuring pH to Determine if a Substance is an Acid or Base, Thermodynamics, Measuring Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions,  Oxidation Reduction Reactions, Observing Redox Reactions, Balancing Equations, There is No Magical Matter!, The Structure of Molecules, Creating Crystals, Organic Chemistry, You're Just One Big Walking Chemistry Experiment!

TEACHER: Mary Middlebrook


SEMESTER FEE: $325


Speaker's League

Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 4 - 8

 

Come join the fun and take the fear out of public speaking. Modeled after Toastmasters, Speaker's League offers kids the opportunity to hone their public speaking skills through hands-on activities including the preparation and presentation of speeches, impromptu speaking, the use of visual aids, gestures, and vocal variety. The meetings are run by the students and they progress through levels as they master specific skills. 

New members are welcome!

TEACHERKaren Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $200


Model United Nations

Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00pm (11 weeks)

Sept. 6, 13, (No class 20) 27, (No class Oct. 4, 11) 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, (No class Nov. 22), 29, Dec. 6, 13

Grades 8 -12


Model United Nations is well-known for its emphasis on leadership, public speaking, debate, consensus-building, community service, and global awareness for students. Model UN participation is also a highly regarded and valuable asset for college preparation and
admission. This dynamic Model UN experience involves creative explorations and simulations of current and historical global issues. Students are immersed in and debate major world issues, taking on the role of UN delegates, leaders and historical figures, learning to write position papers and speeches, as well as public speaking, negotiation, conflict resolution, problem solving, and presentation skills. Students also learn elements of parliamentary procedure, geography, and the history and functioning of the United Nations, developing a deeper understanding of our world, its history, its peoples, and the ways governments can work together to solve problems and promote peace and understanding among nations.

Through this course, students may choose to participate in the Los Angeles Youth UNICEF Club which won 15 Presidential Service Awards for its community service work in 2016-17.

This year, our Model UN class focus will be:

Changing Superpowers and their Impact on Global Stability, Case Study: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of the Russian State

This year’s in-class and joint summit topics will include:

  • 1)  Animal Farm by George Orwell, A Literary Crisis Committee
  • 2)  The Russian Duma and the Bolshevik Revolution Historical Crisis Committee 1917

  • 3)  The Manhattan Project Historical Crisis Committee 1939

  • 4)  Stalin’s Politburo Historical Crisis Committee 1943

  • 5)  Conflict in Korea Historical Crisis Committee 1945

  • 6)  The Cuban Missile Crisis Historical Crisis Committee 1962

  • 7)  Crisis in the Ukraine 2014 present Summit

  • 8)  NATO, Cyber Warfare and Espionage Summit

  • 9)  Truth, Facts, and the International Press Corps Summit

  • 10) The Cabinet of Oceania: A Literary Crisis Committee on George Orwell’s 1984

The course will include College-Bound Recommended Literature: Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell, the essays “Politics and the English Language” and “Shooting at the Elephant” by George Orwell, and the Oscar-winning documentary “The Fog of War”.

Students should please bring laptops ideally, or tablets or other means of accessing information online, in addition to a binder for handouts, pen and paper. 

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $300


WJCC Fun Run Training For The December 10th Race 

Wednesday, 3:15 – 4:15pm (6 weeks)

Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15,  29, Dec. 6   

Grades 3 - adult


The JCC 5k is coming this December!! Come and train for the 2nd annual JCC 5k with TEAM CLP.  Team training is for EVERY student, regardless of fitness level, size, ability or shape! No prior running or fitness experience required. Runners will learn running form, technique and pacing. Training will be geared to students in 3rd grade and up. Parents are welcome to participate for free! Each class combines discussion with fun activities; strength, balance and agility exercises; as well as running skills, drills and intervals.


TEACHER: Staff from Student Fitness Experts

SEMESTER FEE: $150, One parent free for each paying kid

 "The JCC 5k is coming this December!! Come and train for the 2nd annual JCC 5k with TEAM CLP.  Team training is for EVERY student,

Friday CLASSES (11 WEEKS)


Analog Game Design

Friday, 9:00 – 10:30am (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades 6 - 12


The analog game design course (“analog” means not with a computer) combines the fun of playing games with the lessons of teamwork, time and resource management, creative production, research, critical analysis, plus science, math, history, language, reading and writing skill development. Students will play popular board, card, and role-playing games while applying a critical eye to the structural mechanics of rules and content. They participate in group discussions focused on game theories, game history, and game modification such as altering the rules of chess and play testing the revisions. Each student will develop and produce their own analog game as a final project. 

TEACHER: Aaron Vanek

SEMESTER FEE: $300


Advanced Chess: Chess In The Age Of Technology

Friday, 9:30 – 10:30am (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

All Ages


Kids love technology; from the iPad to the Xbox to whatever thing is next, they can't stop smudging the screen with their little kid fingers! In this class we will put technology in the hands of good by using it to enhance and further Chess knowledge. Each week we will explore a different kind of technology to help the students understand the game better. From the 1970s Chess Challenger to apps to self moving magnetic pieces to virtual reality and everything in between, this class is sure to be "liked" by all!

*All students should be confident in the basic rules of Chess. This is a perfect follow up class for any children who previously attended Beginners Chess and/or Chess 2.0.*

*This is a mixed age class because Chess ability has more to do with differences in experience and knowledge than it does differences in age. 

TEACHERBrian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $240

 

Beginning Chess: Welcome To The Game Of Kings And Queens

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

All Ages

The old saying goes, "Chess is the game of Kings (and Queens)", and in this class we'll find out why. Chess subtly teaches children all the qualities of a noble king or queen: Courtesy, Integrity, Self-Control, Perseverance, Indomitable Spirit, Problem Solving, Confidence, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Planning, Patience, Social Skills, Critical Thinking, Imagination and more. And if that weren't enough, it's also super awesome fun! In this class we'll start at the beginning to discover all the different characters (pieces) of Chess and background information about who they are and where they come from. Then it's onto how they move on the board and the rest of the dynamic rules of this 2000 year old Game of Kings!

*This is a mixed age class because Chess ability has more to do with differences in experience and knowledge than it does differences in age.*

TEACHERBrian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $220


Ping Pong

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

All Ages

Students will learn the basic rules of table tennis, as well as various techniques (proper grasp of the racket, forehand stroke, backhand stroke, etc). They will play competitive games, and have monthly tournaments. 

Besides being an educational sport, table tennis is engaging, enjoyable, and fun. This program will be a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies. 

TEACHERGilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $180

 

Ping Pong

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

All Ages

Students will learn the basic rules of table tennis, as well as various techniques (proper grasp of the racket, forehand stroke, backhand stroke, etc). They will play competitive games, and have monthly tournaments. 

Besides being an educational sport, table tennis is engaging, enjoyable, and fun. This program will be a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies. 

TEACHERGilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $180


Career Exploration - Cancelled

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades 6 - 12

This class is geared toward the upper middle school and high school students who are beginning to consider what career path they would like to pursue.  We will be using online assessments to help students determine areas of skill and interest, and we will have a wide variety of guest speakers who represent a number of nontraditional careers.  The goal of the class is to help students think outside of the box in terms of career choices, and to be exposed to career options that they may not have considered.  

TEACHER: Traci Tessler and Karen Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $220


Statics - Physics At Equilibrium

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades 6 - 12

Statics is the latest class in our long-running series of physics related classes. Statics is a branch of mechanics which looks at static (at rest) bodies. Statics is the backbone of most engineering related fields. When chairs, tables, and bridges are designed, the engineers cannot allow them to fail. Using statics they can assure that their designs will stand strong. The purpose of this class is to teach the students how math and physics relate to the real world. The students will be learning theories in the lecture component and test those theories in the lab component. This class contains some high school level trigonometry; however, absolutely no previous knowledge of trigonometry is required. Basic algebra is recommended; however, not necessary if you believe your child is up to the task. Note taking will play an important role as well. When most homeschool students transition to either high school or college, they find themselves at a slight disadvantage. This class aims to bridge that gap. The students will learning skills to retain what a teacher says and how to use that information in real-world scenarios.

TEACHER: Abraham Rav-Noy

SEMESTER FEE: $260


Story Circle

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades 6 - 12

Access your personal and original stories while discovering what makes a good story and how to tell it well. Students will learn the fundamentals of plot development and participate in each other's stories through role playing and acting. This class will enhance writing, public speaking, and performance skills while providing a safe forum for interpersonal communication, self discovery and friendship. The process is both fun and deeply rewarding. This session we will also focus on how folktales can be a catalyst for personal stories.  This class is for new comers and seasoned veterans.

TEACHERKaren Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $220

 

Art: The Art Of "Sketchbook" 

Friday, 12:30 – 2:00pm (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades 4 - 8

In this class students will develop the skills to keep an art journal. Students will also learn to draw from life and make sequential drawings using pencil, ink, watercolor and collage leading  to short graphic novel drawings using original stories.

Optional: Students will also learn the basics of drawing on a tablet for those who have  the technology of a tablet or iPad and a drawing app. For those who do not,  the drawing will be done in the sketchbook. 

* Required materials: A hard bound, all medium sketchbook . 

TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky

SEMESTER FEE: $260


Battle Bots 4.0 

Friday, 2:00 – 3:00pm (9 weeks)

Sept. 8, 15, (No class 22, 29)(No class Oct. 6, 13) Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, (No class Nov. 10), 17, (No class Nov. 24)Dec. 1, 8, 15

Grades 6 - 10

Battle Bots is back. Now in its fourth iteration, it is better than ever. In teams, the students will design and construct robots. The robots will be designed to complete a series of predetermined challenges. Last semester, we focused on the mechanical engineering aspect of robotics. This semester, we will be paying more attention to the electrical side. The students will learn how to program the robots as well. Throughout the course, we will be using components from LEGO Mindstorms NXT, LEGO Mindstorms EV3, and VEX IQ. If we need a part that doesn't exist. We will design and 3D print our own. No previous knowledge of robotics is required. This class is offered in three different age groups. Though the classes are nearly identical, each class differs slightly to accommodate the age group.

* Please note, this class is not the same as any Battle-Bots class from previous sessions. Each iteration of the class is completely independent and covers a different area of robotics. This class is designed to accommodate both students who have experience in robotics and students who have no experience in robotics.

TEACHERAbraham Rav-Noy

SEMESTER FEE: $260


Tutoring  

Are you interested in tutoring sessions in math, reading and writing for your child? Conveniently located at the WJCC during CLP hours or off hours. A number of our CLP teachers are available to help your kids. Please check the box for tutoring on the registration form and we will let you know about fees and availability.