CLASS CATALOGUE Winter/Spring 2020

(GRADES 6-12)

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MONDAY CLASSES (15 WEEKS)


World History: Muslim World, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas

Monday, 9:30 – 11: 00 am (15 weeks)

Jan. 6, 13, (no class 20) 27, Feb. 3, 10 (no class 17) 24, Mar. 2, (no class 9) 16, 23, 30,  Apr.  (no class 6, 13) 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18  

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 second semester will be from prehistory up to 500 AD, and will include that history from many regions of the world, including the Muslim world, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. 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 (4-6 pages). 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 second unit of the Glencoe World History book.

New students are welcome!

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $450


21st Century History

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

Jan. 6, 13, (no class 20) 27, Feb. 3, 10 (no class 17) 24, Mar. 2, (no class 9) 16, 23, 30,  Apr.  (no class 6, 13) 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18  

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.

New students are welcome!


TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $395


Ping Pong

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

Jan. 6, 13, (no class 20) 27, Feb. 3, 10 (no class 17) 24, Mar. 2, (no class 9) 16, 23, 30,  Apr.  (no class 6, 13) 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18  

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: $310


Sign Language 2

Monday, 11:15 – 12:15 pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 6, 13, (no class 20) 27, Feb. 3, 10 (no class 17) 24, Mar. 2, (no class 9) 16, 23, 30,  Apr.  (no class 6, 13) 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18  

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 class is taught using a contextual rather than a sequential orientation. 

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: $395


The Art Of The Sketchbook

Monday, 12:15pm – 1:15 pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 6, 13, (no class 20) 27, Feb. 3, 10 (no class 17) 24, Mar. 2, (no class 9) 16, 23, 30,  Apr.  (no class 6, 13) 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18  

Grades 4 and up

To become good at drawing you need to draw....every day! Much like you practice an instrument every day. In this class we will explore different drawing exercises, including drawing what you see, doodling, abstract drawing, etc. We will talk about composition, line quality, texture, technique, and even color. Each student will be given a sketchbook and will be expected to draw in it every day outside of class . I will give easy homework assignments that can be completed in their sketchbook.

TEACHER: Steve Rachwal

SEMESTER FEE: $400

 

Ping Pong

Monday, 12:15  – 1:15 pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 6, 13, (no class 20) 27, Feb. 3, 10 (no class 17) 24, Mar. 2, (no class 9) 16, 23, 30,  Apr.  (no class 6, 13) 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18  

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: $310


Beyond Study Skills: Next Steps Towards Success

Monday, 12:15 –1:15pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 6, 13, (no class 20) 27, Feb. 3, 10 (no class 17) 24, Mar. 2, (no class 9) 16, 23, 30,  Apr.  (no class 6, 13) 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18  

Grades 6 - 12

This class is the next step after Organizational and Study Skills (not required for enrollment in this class), to increase students' proficiency in all different areas of life.  We will have a different topic every week, from how to change a flat tire to how to start your own business, from how to iron to how to plan a weekly menu and shop on a budget.  We will also learn basic first aid and CPR. We will have many guest speakers and plan to give students a wide variety of useful, practical skills.  

TEACHER: Traci Tessler

SEMESTER FEE: $395


Filmmaking - From Script To Screen

Monday, 2:15 – 3: 15 pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 6, 13, (no class 20) 27, Feb. 3, 10 (no class 17) 24, Mar. 2, (no class 9) 16, 23, 30,  Apr.  (no class 6, 13) 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18  

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! Continuing students will get to further their knowledge and will partake in new projects. 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: $385


Mulit- GenreWriting: From Many Angles, In Many Voices

Monday, 1:15 – 2: 15 pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 6, 13, (no class 20) 27, Feb. 3, 10 (no class 17) 24, Mar. 2, (no class 9) 16, 23, 30,  Apr.  (no class 6, 13) 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18  

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: $395

 

Sewing 1 and 2

Monday, 2:15 –3:45 pm (15 weeks)

Jan. 6, 13, (no class 20) 27, Feb. 3, 10 (no class 17) 24, Mar. 2, (no class 9) 16, 23, 30,  Apr.  (no class 6, 13) 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18  

Grades 4 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: $510


Wednesday CLASSES (18 WEEKS)

 

Math Circle

Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00am (18 weeks)

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, (no class 8, 15) 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

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: $530

 

Physiology And Anatomy: Follow In DeVinci's Footsteps

Wednesday, 9:00– 10:00am (18 weeks)

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, (no class 8, 15) 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

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.

New Students welcome!

TEACHER: Dr. Charlotte Swanson

SEMESTER FEE: $480


Middle School English 

Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30am (18 weeks)

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, (no class 8, 15) 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

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: $510

 

High School English - American Classics

Wednesday, 11:30am – 1:00pm (18 weeks)

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, (no class 8, 15) 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

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: $570


Women In History: Ladies In Lab Coats

Wednesday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (18 weeks)

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, (no class 8, 15) 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

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 will be learning about inspiring inventors, amazing astronauts, and those who have made the unknown known, as we focus on women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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: $455


Trees, Forests And People

Wednesday, 12:30am – 1:30pm (18 weeks)

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, (no class 8, 15) 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

Grades 5 - 8

What is a tree, and how does it work? Why do trees grow in some places but not others? Why are trees important? What do they do for people, and what is their role in the ecosystems where they live? Could we survive without trees? What would Los Angeles be like without them? This class will address these questions and more, using a mixture of lecture, discussion, botany labs, field study, computer modeling, and independent research.

Topics will include:

  • Structure and function of trees, with an introduction to photosynthesis and reproduction
  • Overview of the world’s forests
  • Introduction to tree identification, with classroom and field work
  • Introduction to the practice of scientific field work
  • How forest ecosystems work, with construction of ecosystem models
  • Stability and disturbance in forest ecosystems (the role of fire, storms, insects, etc.)
  • What trees and forests do for people, including discussion of forest products, ecosystem services
  • How urban forests are different from natural forests, with evaluation of the benefits of street trees using computer modeling. Discussion of the benefits and limitations of computer models.
  • Role of trees and forests in global carbon cycles and energy flows.

Students will be encouraged to keep a field/lab notebook to document their findings and serve as a long-lasting resource. Two mini-projects and an optional final project and/or paper will allow students to explore their individual interests.

An optional Thursday morning field trip to Tree People in Cold Water Canyon Park is planned, if there is sufficient interest. We may also explore opportunities to volunteer at a tree planting or similar activity to support our urban forest.


TEACHERColleen Ryan

SEMESTER FEE: $490


Speaker's League

Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00pm (18 weeks)

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, (no class 8, 15) 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

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: $420


The Art Of The Essay

Wednesday, 1:45 – 2:45pm (18 weeks)

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, (no class 8, 15) 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

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: $460


Sewing 1 and 2

Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (18 weeks)

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, (no class 8, 15) 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

Grades 4 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: $600


Sewing 1 and 2 

Wednesday, 3:15 – 4:45 pm (18 weeks)

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, (no class 8, 15) 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

Grades 4 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: $600


Thursday CLASSES (17 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:

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.   

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 (17 weeks)       

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  

          Grades 6 - 12

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $405

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Theater Lab Music

Thursday, 10:00 – 11:00 am (17 weeks)

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  

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $405


Theater Lab Literature

Thursday, 11:15– 12:45 am (17 weeks)

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  

Grades 6 - 12\

TEACHER: Heidi Joyce

SEMESTER FEE: $535

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Combo Discount for all three classes: $1295

(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) 12 classes 

Jan. 9, (No class16), 23, 30, Feb. 6, (No class 13), 20, 27, March 5, (No class 12), 19, 26, April (No class 2, 9, 16) 23, May (No class 7), 14, 21  

Grades 6 - 12\

How do cells divide? How are genes passed down in prokaryote and eukaryote cells? How does genetics work? In this cell biology class, we will go through how cells divide, preserve their genome and protect themselves from damage. Students will learn about the history of genetics, how dominant and recessive genes are passed down and how to calculate the genotype and phenotype of the off spring.

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.

Attendance: Do your best to arrive on time.  

Please bring a wide ruled notebook to class each week. 

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: $395

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Friday CLASSES (18 WEEKS)

Role Play Game Design

          Friday, 9:30 – 10:30 am (18 weeks)

         Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb. 7, 17, 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 (no class 10, 17) 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22

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: $465


History Of Chess 

          Friday, 9:30 – 10:30 am (18 weeks)

         Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb. 7, 17, 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 (no class 10, 17) 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22

All Ages

Chaturanga, the game that would later become Chess, originated approximately 1500 years ago in Ancient India. Throughout the centuries, the game traveled to every part of the world via trade and conquest. Like an art or language, the changes in the game were influenced by different cultures and nations. In this course, each class will begin with a brief history lesson to give a cultural context to every rule change Chess underwent over the decades. Then we’ll play the game by ancient rules on replica antique boards. From Persia, to The Dark Ages, to the internet, and everywhere in between, we’ll “travel back in history” to experience the evolution of this Game of Kings that has stood the test of time!

TEACHER: Brian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $460


Chess Championship!

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (18 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb. 7, 17, 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 (no class 10, 17) 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22

All Ages 

This highly competitive class will challenge the students to face off in a series of tournament style Chess battles to determine who are the ultimate Chess Champions! The tournaments will include Round Robin, Knockout, Blitz, Bughouse, Puzzle, Simul, and more. In addition, all game results will be recorded and the player with the most wins at the end of the session will be crowned the King or Queen of Chess!

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

TEACHER: Brian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $455


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

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (18 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb. 7, 17, 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 (no class 10, 17) 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22

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: $470

 

Ping Pong

Friday, 10:30 – 11:30am (18 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb. 7, 17, 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 (no class 10, 17) 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22

          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: $370

 

Chess4Everyone

Friday, 11:30 – 12:30am (18 weeks)

         Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb. 7, 17, 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 (no class 10, 17) 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22

All Ages 

This is neither a beginner nor an advanced class; it’s both! In this course, Kids To Kings welcomes students of all ages and experience levels. Players that are new to Chess will be introduced to The Game of Kings and learn everything from the names of the Chessmen all the way to special moves like Castling. For more experienced players, we will go beyond the basics to explore Chess strategy, technique and style! The class will be fun and upbeat and will include gameplay, puzzles, and group activities. And there will be something challenging for all involved. 

This is truly Chess 4 Everyone!

TEACHER: Brian Julian

SEMESTER FEE: $455

Story Circle

Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm (18 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb. 7, 17, 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 (no class 10, 17) 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22

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: $455


Art: Art Of Zine

Friday, 12:30 – 2:30pm ( 9 weeks)

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb. 7, 17, 21, 28, March 6 (9 weeks)

Grades 4 - 9

In this class students will learn how to record, document and compile visual stories to create their very own zine (self-published mini-magazine). Through the zine-making process, students will explore lettering, graphic design, visual storytelling, character design, and printmaking.

At the end of the semester, student's individual zines will be combined to produce a class zine

TEACHER: Julianna Ostrovsky

SEMESTER FEE: $310

 

Art: Cardboard Models Of Future Cities

Friday, 12:30 – 2:30pm ( 9 weeks)

 March 13, 20, 27, April 3 (no class 10, 17) 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22

Grades 4 - 9


In this class, students will use cardboard to design and sculpt model cities of the future. In addition to exploring the artistic and architectural elements, students will propose, brainstorm and build creative solutions to real-life issues facing cities today, such as homelessness, climate change, and pollution. 

TEACHER: Karl Petion

SEMESTER FEE: $310

Combo: Art Of Zine And Cardboard Models Of Future Cities:

Total For both nine week sessions:$620


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.