CLASS CATALOGUE Winter/Spring 2019

(GRADES 6-12)

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MONDAY CLASSES (9 WEEKS)


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

Monday, 9:30 – 11: 00 am (9 weeks)

Sept 9, 16, 23, (no class 30), Oct. 7, (no class 14, 21), 28, Nov. 4, (no class 11), 18, (no Class 25), Dec. 2, 9  

Grades 6 - 12

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 with 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 (3–5 pages), or an equivocal-length PowerPoint presentation. 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.    

New students are welcome!

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $265


21st Century History

Monday, 11:15am – 12: 15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 9, 16, 23, (no class 30), Oct. 7, (no class 14, 21), 28, Nov. 4, (no class 11), 18, (no Class 25), Dec. 2, 9  

Grades 6 - 12


This class does not promote a specific political ideology, and in fact, the terms left/right, conservative/liberal, Democratic/Republican are not important, but the issues are. I teach that these are merely brand names filled with rhetoric, and we talk a lot about rhetoric and sources of information. I teach students to understand the different perspectives on current issues, be able to navigate through the plethora of “facts,” and then decide how they feel about the issues. I seek to open the minds of students to see the workings of politics and world events that might not have been so obvious to them. The content for this class is developed each week so that it is current, and I reinforce the material with information and discussions about rhetoric, media sources, etc. We will read articles and watch videos about current political events and have class discussions about how they impact people throughout the world, not just domestically. Students will be expected to read articles in a timely manner and do research on the accurateness of the articles and alternative opinions. Students will write several essays that demonstrate that they understand the different viewpoints of an issue, and then have an opportunity to weigh in with their personal opinion. If there is interest, we will also spend several weeks researching and preparing for a structured debate.


TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $230


Ping Pong

Monday, 11:15 am – 12: 15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 9, 16, 23, (no class 30), Oct. 7, (no class 14, 21), 28, Nov. 4, (no class 11), 18, (no Class 25), Dec. 2, 9  

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 class is a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies. 

TEACHER: Bella Livshin, Gilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $180


Sign Language 2

Monday, 11:15 – 12:15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 9, 16, 23, (no class 30), Oct. 7, (no class 14, 21), 28, Nov. 4, (no class 11), 18, (no Class 25), Dec. 2, 9  

Grades 6 - 12 


This American Sign Language class is a continuation from last year. New students are welcome.

     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.

This is a continuation class but new students are welcome. If you have a younger student who would like to take ASL, Please email karen@karengolden.com.

TEACHER: Miriam Cantor

SEMESTER FEE: $230


Everybody Can Draw

Monday, 12:15pm – 1:15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 9, 16, 23, (no class 30), Oct. 7, (no class 14, 21), 28, Nov. 4, (no class 11), 18, (no Class 25), Dec. 2, 9      

Grades 4 and up

People often tell me that they cannot draw. My answer is always the same: “Everybody can draw. You first need to learn how to see.” When you learn to play an instrument, you learn to identify the sound of the notes and you should practice often to become good. That is the same with drawing. We will begin by learning the science of drawing…perspective. Then we will learn to identify how light gives objects dimension and begin to work with tonal range. Once we have confidence in our ability to see with perspective and lighting, we will experiment with different drawing techniques, such as hatching and cross hatching, stippling, and blending. Other topics we will explore are composition, line quality, and texture. Each student will be given a sketchbook and will be expected to draw in it regularly outside of class. I will give easy homework assignments, reinforcing what we learned in class, that can be completed in their sketchbook.

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $240

 

Ping Pong

Monday, 12:15  – 1:15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 9, 16, 23, (no class 30), Oct. 7, (no class 14, 21), 28, Nov. 4, (no class 11), 18, (no Class 25), Dec. 2, 9  

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 class is a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies. 

TEACHER: Bella Livshin, Gilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $180


Organizational And Study Skills

Monday, 12:15 –1:15pm (9 weeks)

Sept 9, 16, 23, (no class 30), Oct. 7, (no class 14, 21), 28, Nov. 4, (no class 11), 18, (no Class 25), Dec. 2, 9  

Grades 6 - 12

The Organizational and Study Skills class is meant to give middle and high school students an understanding of methods that can be used to succeed in homeschool classes, traditional school classes, college, and beyond.  We will develop skills in note taking, homework, studying, and oral presentations, as well as practice ways to stay focused and handle stress.  We will also look at how to use time wisely and organize ourselves so that we are at our most productive and least overwhelmed. Emphasis will be on providing a number of methods so that students can find what works best for them.

TEACHER: Traci Tessler

SEMESTER FEE: $230


Filmmaking - From Script To Screen

Monday, 2:15 – 3: 15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 9, 16, 23, (no class 30), Oct. 7, (no class 14, 21), 28, Nov. 4, (no class 11), 18, (no Class 25), Dec. 2, 9      

Grades 4 and up

Take full control over the film creating experience. Students will write, direct, rehearse, act, edit, and much more to create a finished short film as a team! Every student will have an important role in the process and can showcase their unique talents through their work. There is a role for everyone no matter their age, experience, or interests. This class will cover technical aspects such as ‘what makes a good script?’ to more extravagant aspects such as ‘what is my character’s personality?’ The skills  students will learn can apply to major media platforms such as YouTube. Students will see that there is no need for lots of fancy equipment to create a film; phones, tablets, and a team is all they need! (The equipment used for the “in class” production will be provided, but students are more than welcome to bring any equipment they have with them!)

TEACHER: Talya Tessler

SEMESTER FEE: $230


Mulit- GenreWriting: From Many Angles, In Many Voices

Monday, 1:15 – 2: 15 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 9, 16, 23, (no class 30), Oct. 7, (no class 14, 21), 28, Nov. 4, (no class 11), 18, (no Class 25), Dec. 2, 9

Grades 6 - 12

Students develop as expressive and creative writers by exploring and interpreting subjects they are passionate about through a wide variety of genres. This workshop will explore multi-genre writing including a variety of group writing games and activities.   Students’ projects act as collages of artistic expression with each piece revealing a different facet of their topic.  In the final weeks, the class will work together creating a performance piece that showcases their writing projects and will perform a reader’s theatre presentation of their work for an invited audience.   

"Multi-genre writing is an eclectic approach to writing instruction that offers students a wide range of options for expressing ideas and communicating knowledge. As students explore different avenues for translating what they think or know into writing, they begin to understand that there is no single "right way" to communicate. Instead, writing demands intelligent, informed choices based on purpose, audience, content, and personal preference. Giving students the freedom to make these choices fosters their creativity and increases their engagement." (From the Annenberg Foundation)

TEACHERHeidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $230

 

Sewing 1 and 2

Monday, 2:15 –3:45 pm (9 weeks)

Sept 9, 16, 23, (no class 30), Oct. 7, (no class 14, 21), 28, Nov. 4, (no class 11), 18, (no Class 25), Dec. 2, 9  

Grades 5 and up. Adults are welcome!

Students will learn all the basics of sewing including learning about fabric, how to read a pattern, how to place a pattern on fabric, pin, and cut, and how to thread, sew and care for a machine.

Sewing machines are provided. You may bring your machine in, to learn how to use it, after your first project is complete.

Limited to 8 students per class.

For continuing and new students.

TEACHER: Christine Borreaz


SEMESTER FEE: $315


Wednesday CLASSES (12 WEEKS)

 

Math Circle

Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00am (12 weeks)

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

Grades 6 - 12

The math program at CLP is supported by LAMC, Los Angeles Math Circle, a Sunday math school for mathematically inclined children run by UCLA Department of Mathematics. LAMC curriculum covers all levels from K to 12. The topics range from place-value numerals to set theory, geometry, graph theory, Boolean algebra, topology, etc. We use the LAMC curriculum to tailor our classes to the needs and mathematical background of our students. The topics we cover are either missing from, or are not covered in depth, in the standard U.S. school curriculum. Our instructors are trained by the LAMC personnel. The CLP math program not only prepares our students for college, but it also shows that math is one of the most beautiful and entertaining human activities, with the same level of creativity as poetry and music.

To see the samples of the CLP Math Circle Courses for the previous year, please click on the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/01fakoixq3ef5qw/AAAli-FH7DUGHI7EAgtS0hNBa?dl=0

* Creative Learning Place prides itself on close cooperation with UCLA. The Mathematics program at CLP was founded and is supported by Dr. Oleg Gleizer, the Mathematics Department Chair at Geffen Academy, an on-campus UCLA middle and high school. 

* Interestingly enough, Math preparedness or extensive knowledge are not necessary components of a successful Math Circle. Having said that, it should be acknowledged that the Math Circle is not a substitution for a sequential math curriculum. We encourage our students to study sequential math separately.

This is not a repeat of previous years and new students are welcome. 

TEACHER: Eric Kogan

SEMESTER FEE: $325

 

Physiology And Anatomy: Follow In DeVinci's Footsteps

Wednesday, 9:00– 10:00am (12 weeks)

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

Grades 6 - 12


Find out how the body works through this inventive science class! We will follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps by drawing our main organs, tissues and body systems while learning how they work. By creating real life drawings using colored pencils, Dr. Charlotte will guide you from skin to skeleton. In the end, the students will have a beautiful and anatomically correct book of personal drawings of the amazing body. This class will also include labs and a project to be presented at our science fair on the last day of the semester.

This class is run in two tracks. After the first 5 weeks, you cannot change tracks.

Track 1: Students will participate in lectures and in class labs. Quizzes, homework and class project are optional. No formal grade is given.
Track 2: Students will participate in lectures and in class labs. Textbook:Human Body: An Illustrated Guide to Every Part of the Human Body and How It Worksby Martyn Page, published by DK (ISBN-10: 0789479885) will be used. Students in Track 2 will read the textbook, do assignments and quizzes and an end of the semester exam. The class project is mandatory and formal grades will be given.

TEACHER: Dr. Charlotte Swanson

SEMESTER FEE:  $310


Middle School English This class is full

Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30am (12 weeks)

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

Grades 6 - 8

From Shakespearian plays to spooky poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, and the dystopian worlds of Ray Bradbury to the allegorical novellas of George Orwell, this class will explore the richness and variety that the literary world has to offer. Students will learn how to analyze literature, and think critically about different ideas and themes. They will learn to write creatively as well as academically. Writing skills include richer word choices, stronger sentences, idea brainstorming, organizational tools, description enrichment, the five-paragraph essay format, and editing strategies. No textbook required. All readings will be accessible online or at the public library. 

New material for returning students. 

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $310

 

High School English - American Classics

Wednesday, 11:30am – 1:00pm (12 weeks)

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

Grades 9 - 12

This year, we will study some of the world's greatest literature focusing on representative works by major authors cited in the AP® English Course Description with an emphasis on American classics.  A rich body of course reading will include authors such as Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Herman Melville, Arthur Miller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Langston Hughes, Flannery O’Connor, Toni Morrison, Edgar Allan Poe, Harper Lee, Martin Luther King, and others, incorporating novels, short stories, essays, and poetry. 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.  Class consists of mini-lessons, reflection, discussion, interaction with the readings, and a variety of literary activities to develop students’ skills as readers 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 College-Bound Literature and Theatre Lab course to to enhance the learning experience for students in both

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $350


Women In History: Famous Females This class is Full

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

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

Grades 5 - 9

Dust off your monocle and step into the time machine as we travel through history to learn about women who have changed the world. From famous faces to hidden figures, we will immerse ourselves in the lives of these women, the time periods in which they lived, important events that they took part in, their contributions in their fields, and how life would be different without them. This semester we be visiting ancient civilizations across the globe as we specifically focus on women from ancient history. 

This class will be tailored to fit each student's academic level as we expand upon our reading and writing skills. Every student can learn something from these important women so girls and boys are both encouraged to be a part of this class.

Note: For those of you who have taken my class before, this semester will not overlap with what we previously learned. 

TEACHER: Hyla Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $275


Astronomy - A Study Of The Cosmos And Our Place In It

Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30pm (12 weeks)

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

Grades 5 - 8



For as long as we've been around, humans have looked to the sky and asked profound questions. How did we get here? Are we alone? What is out there? Join us on a journey through the universe as we explore these deep questions, visit alien worlds, and have some fun along the way.

Some Topics Covered Include

  • A Human History - Looking to the Heavens
  • Extending the Eye - The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Gravity - The Glue of the Universe
  • Our Planet - The Earth Moon System (Phases of the Moon)
  • Does it Rain Diamonds on Venus? The Planets/Solar System/Exoplanets
  • Follow that Star! Stars and Navigation
  • Have no Sphere! Atmospheres and Lithospheres
  • Fire in the Sky - The Chemical Element Factories of Stars
  • A little bit of Chemistry (Rocket Launch)
  • Do Stars Go to Heaven? Neutron Stars and Black Holes
  • Life in the Universe
  • The Milky Way and Galaxies
  • Intergalactic/CMB
  • Possible Field Trip to Griffith OBS Thursday/Saturday Nights

Optional textbook for more in-depth study in this class: "Universe" by Roger Freedman.

TEACHER: Christopher LaBorde

SEMESTER FEE: $310


Speaker's League

Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00pm (12 weeks)

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

Grades 4  and up

 

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: $250


The Art Of The Essay

Wednesday, 1:45 – 2:45pm (12 weeks)

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

Grades 9 -12

This class focuses intensively on the essay-writing process, including skill development for college admissions, testing, and coursework.  Students will study outstanding classic and award-winning essays by authors such as George Orwell, Joan Didion, E. B. White, and Martin Luther King, as well as contemporary opinion writers, using these texts as models for their own writing. Through interactive and collaborative experiences, students will engage with mini-lessons, and writing projects to identify common writing patterns, develop strong thesis statements, understand the structure of effective essays, and participate in the “academic conversation” of writers.  With lively discussion and exploration, we will dive deep into the essays we read to figure out what makes them work so well, and how we can try the techniques we uncover in our own writing. Through the writing process, students will draft, revise, and edit their own essays throughout the year, developing a portfolio of their best work to share.

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $280


Sewing 1 and 2

Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (12 weeks)

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

Grades 5 and up. Adults are welcome!

Students will learn all the basics of sewing including learning about fabric, how to read a pattern, how to place a pattern on fabric, pin, and cut, and how to thread, sew and care for a machine.

Sewing machines are provided. You may bring your machine in, to learn how to use it, after your first project is complete.

Limited to 8 students per class.

For continuing and new students.

TEACHER: Christina Borraez

SEMESTER FEE: $365


Sewing 1 and 2 

Wednesday, 3:15 – 4:45 pm (12 weeks)

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

Grades 5 and up. Adults are welcome!

Students will learn all the basics of sewing including learning about fabric, how to read a pattern, how to place a pattern on fabric, pin, and cut, and how to thread, sew and care for a machine.

Sewing machines are provided. You may bring your machine in, to learn how to use it, after your first project is complete.

Limited to 8 students per class.

For continuing and new students.

TEACHER: Christina Borraez

SEMESTER FEE: $365


Thursday CLASSES (12 WEEKS)


College - Bound Literature And Theater Lab: "Self Evident: American Literature And The Search For The American Dream"

The College-Bound Literature and Theatre Lab includes a fully integrated language arts curriculum using theatre, music, dance, literature, writing, film, and visual arts to explore and interpret significant themes and concepts in college-prep literature geared for high school age and upper middle school students. Involving in-depth creative and interpretive explorations, this year focuses on the American literary classics college-bound students should read and know, including works by Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Herman Melville, Arthur Miller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Langston Hughes, Flannery O’Connor, Toni Morrison, Edgar Allan Poe, Harper Lee, and Martin Luther King. Some of the works we will explore in whole or part include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, Moby Dick, The Crucible, The Scarlet Letter, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and Catcher in the Rye.  

Students can participate in all three classes for a complete integrated literature and performing arts curriculum or choose those classes they prefer. This is a full year commitment!!

Music and dance classes will provide opportunities to explore the literature through music and movement, as well as exploring American classical works, rock and roll and related musical theatre such as Big River, The King and I, Working, Godspell, Guys and Dolls, Hairspray, Sweet Charity, and A Chorus Line. 

During the ongoing workshop, students create theatre pieces, write monologues and other pieces, interpret scripts, poems, and stories, incorporate personal experiences and opinions, and work with a myriad of interactive and dynamic tools for exploring and comprehending challenging ideas.   No prior training in dance, music or theatre is necessary.   From the material generated by the class throughout the year, a theatre piece is created including music and dance which is presented in a final performance that celebrates a year of experiential learning.    

What they are saying about Theater Lab: 

"That show was spectacular.  The level of depth you get into with these students is remarkable. The history, the politics, the commentary, the complexity, the progressiveness...it's all incredible.” – Mayim Bialik
 

“To say I was blown away is a huge understatement. I was moved beyond words. What you drew out of your young performers was nothing short of extraordinary. Their commitment to the work was beauty in motion. I was entertained, educated and enlightened. But more than all that, much more than all that, I was inspired.” – Cullen Douglas     

We’re so impressed, moved and inspired by the kids’ talent and energy, and the beautiful and creative ways they showcased their knowledge. What an incredible experience for them to be involved in! The show has made a huge impact on us and we are so grateful to have seen it! – Nina Mercer

PLEASE NOTE:

There will be a parent/student meeting on Sept. 12th following class at 1:00 to discuss the details of the production and fundraising.

The semester fees pay for the classes, but not the tech week or performance at the theater. We will be selling tickets and advertising in a playbill to offset some of these costs. In addition, there is a required ticket purchase of 20 tickets per family.  Tickets can be used to attend all performances and can also be resold to friends and family as preferred.  Ticket price is $10 each and payment for required ticket purchase ($200) is due by the fourth week of class.   

This is a full year commitment!!

  • The Winter/Spring dates are as follows: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, (no class 9, 16) 23, May 7, 14, 21    17 week
  • Registration for the Winter/Spring 2020 semester will take place in December. 
  • The Winter/ Spring 2019 fees will be: Theater Lab Dance  $405, Theater Lab Music $405, Theater Lab Literature $535
  • Combo for all three: $1295

Please note: There  will be mandatory tech rehearsals on the following days:

  • May 19:  9:00-3:00  At the theater
  • May 21: 9:00-5:00 Place TBD
  • May 24 -26: 9:00 - 5:00  At the theater
  • May 27 and 28  show days: Call times will be posted at a later date. There will be two evening shows and a matinee on Thursday.


Theater Lab Dance

Thursday, 9:00 – 10:00 am (12 weeks)       

Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, (no class 17), 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, (no class 28), Dec. 5, 12

          Grades 6 - 12

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $310

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Theater Lab Music

Thursday, 10:00 – 11:00 am (12 weeks)

Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, (no class 17), 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, (no class 28), Dec. 5, 12

Grades 6 - 12\

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $310


Theater Lab Literature

Thursday, 11:15– 12:45 am (12 weeks)

Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, (no class 17), 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, (no class 28), Dec. 5, 12

Grades 6 - 12\

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $410

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Combo Discount for all three classes: $980

(Please note, the combo discount is worth three classes with Inspire Charter School Specialty program)

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Cell Biology Seminar - A Meet And Greet With DNA

Thursday, 1:15– 2:45 am (8 weeks) (Please note that this class does not meet every week)

Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, (no class 10,  17), 24, 31, Nov. 7, (No class 14), 21, (no class 28), Dec. 5, (No class 12)

Grades 6 - 12\

DNA is the code of life but how does it work? What does it look like, how is it copied and how is it related to RNA and the protein process? In this cell biology class, students will discover the remarkable way our cells copy and divide themselves and how our genome is protected and passed down to future generations. In addition, this class will include discussions about the differences between prokaryote and eukaryote cells and cell organelles and the movement of proteins through our cells. This class will consist of lectures and labs. It will also include a project to be presented at our science fair on the last day of the semester.

Students interested in an accompanying textbook are encouraged to purchase: “Biology”by Levine/Miller, Published by Prentice Hall (2006 and 2007 editions with a dragonfly on the cover work well, ISBN-10: 0132013495 or the 2010 edition with a macaw on the cover, ISBN-10: 9780133669510). 

TEACHER: Dr. Charlotte Swanson

SEMESTER FEE:  $270

rain for the 2nd annual JCC 5k with TEAM CLP.  Team training is for EVERY student,

Friday CLASSES (12 WEEKS)

Role Play Game Design

          Friday, 9:30 – 10:30 am (12 weeks)

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

Grades 6 - 12

Tabletop role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons have become a huge part of popular culture—author George RR Martin, creator of Game of Thrones started as a Dungeon Master. 

It has become a multi-billion dollar industry that heavily influences some of the most popular video games such as Witcher, Fallout, and Pokemon Sun and Moon. 

Students will learn about the history of pen-and-paper role-playing games, play a few, and, finally, design their own pen and paper scenario or game system. 

Lessons include world building, narrative design, character design, game mechanics and randomization, research and inspiration, plus business skills such as copyright, publishing and marketing. 

TEACHER: Aaron Vanek

SEMESTER FEE: $315


Chess: Whose Turn Is It Anyway? 

          Friday, 9:30 – 10:30 am (12 weeks)

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

All Ages

Time to break some rules! Throughout the years many different hybrid versions and varieties of Chess have been developed in the hopes of making an already infinitely challenging game even more complex. Each class will focus on a different Chess varietal. The schedule is as follows: 

  • Class 1: Blitz Chess (Speed Chess)
  • Class 2: Chess 960 (Invented by the legendary Bobby Fischer) 
  • Class 3: 3 Man Chess (In The Round)
  • Class 4: Chess 4 (4 Player Chess)
  • Class 5: Bughouse (Team Chess)
  • Class 6: Suicide Chess (Losing Chess)
  • Class 7: Strato Chess (3D Chess)
  • Class 8: Hexes (Hexagonal Chess)
  • Class 9: Crazyhouse
  • Class 10: KnightMare Chess
  • Class 11: Tile Chess
  • Class 12: Invent a new Chess variant!

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

TEACHER: Brian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $300


Chess 2.0

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (12 weeks)

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

All Ages

 

In this class for more experienced players we will be taking Chess education to a higher level. We'll begin with a lightening fast review of the rules of the game, but quickly move beyond that to dive into Chess strategy, technique and style! And there will something challenging for all involved. The class will be fun and upbeat and will include gameplay, puzzles, technology, and group activities.

*All students should be confident in the basic rules of Chess. This is a perfect follow up class for any students who previously took Beginners Chess. 

TEACHER: Brian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $300


Learning General Math and Motion Through Live Action Role Playing (LARPing)

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (12 weeks)

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

Grades 6 - 8

Learn by playing interactive role-playing games! The first unit focuses on velocity and motion through helium-balloon Olympic-style games. The second unit puts students in control of a music company trying to make the most money using accounting level math, percentages, and basic geometry. 

TEACHER: Aaron Vanek

SEMESTER FEE: $320

 

Ping Pong

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (12 weeks)

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

          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 class is a great opportunity for students to exercise while taking a break from their studies. 

TEACHERGilbert Table Tennis Center

SEMESTER FEE: $240

 

Chess: Welcome To The Game Of Kings And Queens

Friday, 11:30 – 12:30am (12 weeks)

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

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: Perseverance, nobility, courtesy, benevolence, responsibility, problem solving, confidence, 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!

TEACHER: Brian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $300


Story Circle

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (12 weeks)

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

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 newcomers and seasoned veterans.

TEACHERKaren Golden

SEMESTER FEE: $300


Art: Cartooning, Character Design and Cosplay

Friday, 12:30 – 2:30pm (12 weeks)

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

Grades 4 - 9

In this class students will learn the basic conventions of drawing a figure and develop ideas for character design based on original script. Students will also create costumes and/or accessories  for a cosplay based on the original designs. Students will work on developing their drawing, design and construction skills while creating original work.

TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky

SEMESTER FEE: $400


Private Recorder or Saxophone Lessons

Learn to play the recorder or saxophone or brush up on your recorder skills.  For beginning through advanced players. Private lessons can be arranged anytime Karen is not teaching a class at CLP, including Tuesdays and Thursdays and in the afternoon and early evening hours. 

TEACHER: Karen Golden

Class Fees: Private lessons will be sold in lesson packages: $120 for four 30 minute lessons. Please email Karen@karengolden.com to  schedule a time. 


Tutoring  

Are you interested in tutoring sessions in math or 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.