NETWORK CHARTER SCHOOL
2550 Portland Street ∙ Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 344-1229    Fax (541) 344-5118
www.networkcharterschool.net
Course Catalog
Spring 2017
Remember that your academic needs receive top priority in final schedule approval.  Course offerings, instructors, and credits may change or be canceled without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.  We do not guarantee your first choices, but do our best to respect your preferences in scheduling.   Please review your registration sheet and ask questions so that you understand exactly what you are signing up for.  Credit distribution per class is subject to change and your schedule may be adjusted to better fit your graduation requirements at quarter split.  *Please note that some courses have fees.* Your family is expected to pay fees at the beginning of the semester.   

Le Petit Gourmet Culinary Arts Program  
All Culinary classes are at Main Site - 2550 Portland Street

 

Culinary I, II & III: Grades 9-12*
Instructor: Carly Rodgers
In this course, students will be immersed in the world of culinary arts, studying techniques, refining skills, and developing their creativity. This is a unique opportunity to work in a professional kitchen while learning classic French techniques and international cuisine in a classroom setting. Students will learn how to work as a team to produce meals with multiple courses for regular school days, holiday feasts, and other special events.  They will be instructed on safety, efficiency, and creativity in a professional kitchen, with coursework including kitchen sanitation, classical knife cuts, recipe conversion using basic math, and development of seasonal menus, networking with local farmers.  Students will also spend time in the school’s garden learning to cultivate and harvest produce.  In class, students will study to earn their Food Handlers permit. 
Credit(s): MWF am 0.5 Elective & Tu/Th am 0.4 Elective (#16051 Exploration of Restaurant, Food and Beverage Services Industry) per semester. 
Times offered:  MWF am, 3 hour class & Tu/Th am, 3 hour class (Portland Street) 
*This course has a $50.00 fee.

Spanish (multi-level) I, II, & III: Grades 9-12                                                                                                                              Instructor:  Michelle McLaughlin                                                                                                                                                        In this course, you will learn how to read, write, speak, and listen in Spanish.  Activities will include lectures, written exercises, films, games, conversations, and field trips designed to promote learning at every level of proficiency.  Credit by level will be awarded according to the results of individual assessments at the end of each quarter.                                                  
Credit(s): 0.8 Foreign Language credit (Spanish I, II and III #06101)                                                                                                          Time offered: Tu/Th am, 3 hour class (Portland Street)

Theater/Shakespeare – 2017 Production: The Comedy of Errors: Grades 9-12*
Instructor: Janet Steiger Carr 
Gorilla masks, chase scenes, mistaken identity, twins, and lost parents!  This is Janet’s favorite comedy of all time.  There will be parts big and small, so take this opportunity to be part of this amazingly zany, wild production!
As we have fun, we will remember that the most important people in William Shakespeare’s amazing career were the actors he wrote for, and this class will explore the important relationship between a playwright and the actors. The class will include theater history, basic acting, backstage crafts/art, and the final play production. We will study the historical forces which shaped Shakespeare’s education and the political forces that created the theatre companies of his day.
On Friday, June 2nd, the class will present its production of the zany play The Comedy of Errors on the Churchill High Theater stage.  Please note: there will be an evening performance and two after school MANDATORY rehearsals in the Churchill theatre – one on May 23rd and a dress rehearsal on May 30th.  The exact time for the rehearsals will be discussed in class.  The performance date is set. 
This is first and foremost a theatre performance course, so unless a student is the Assistant Director or stage manager, all students will audition for, rehearse, and perform in the play. All students MUST take some part in the final performance or THEY WILL NOT PASS THIS CLASS. 
Credit(s): 0.4 Language Arts (#01060 Literature of an Author) and 0.4 Fine and Performing Arts (+05053 Drama – Comprehensive) per semester
Time offered: Tu/Th pm, 3 hour class (Main Campus, Portland Street)
*Grades 7 & 8 only if they have taken Janet’s basic acting class or a previous Shakespeare course.

Reign of Terror II: Grades 9-12
Instructor: Amber Carrell
What is terrorism? How does it impact our world today? How did it impact our world in the past? How has the definition changed over the years? Who are these terrorists and what are their motivations? This class will seek to define the word “terrorist” and gain an understanding of how and why certain groups have acquired this label throughout history. 
Credit(s): 0.5 Social Studies per semester (#04065)
Time offered: MWF am part 1, 90 minute class (Portland Street)


Everyone is a Critic: Grades 9-12
Instructor: Amber Carrell                        
Learn to perfect your skills as a literary and film critic by critiquing four styles of literature and film adaptations: narrative, expository, comparative, and persuasive. We will study each category through the eyes of different filmmakers and writers. For example, for the narrative category, we will watch The Social Network, and then we will compose a narrative of our own. We will then critique both works by comparing their strengths and weaknesses.  In each category there will be required films and negotiable films.  Negotiable films can be changed to class suggestions by majority vote. 
Credit(s): 0.6 Language Arts (#01103) & 0.2 Elective (#55168) per semester
Time offered: Tu/Th am, 3 hour class (Portland Street)

Myths and Legends II: Grades 9-12
Instructor: Amber Carrell

This course offers a literary journey into a variety of cultures around the world through their legends and myths. The myths we read and interpret will range from the creation myths from the ancient cultures of the Sumerians, Greeks, and Romans to the modern theatrical Star Wars canon.  From the texts and films we will extract knowledge about the nature of human experience through literary themes and archetypes. Students will connect shared myths and ancient epics that encompass and define much of the religion, values, and traditions that shape the ancient and modern world. 
Credit(s):  0.5 Language Arts per semester (#01065)
Times offered: MWF pm parts 1 & 2, 90 minute class (Portland Street)

Americana: Grades 9-12
Instructor: Amber Carrell

This course offers an assessment of American history, beginning with the dawn of the 20th Century. Students will learn to look at history through the lenses of a historian with critical evaluation of the political philosophy, literature, primary and secondary accounts that surround historical individuals and events.   Eventually, mastery of the course will allow for a greater understand of the ideas and events that shaped the nation we occupy today. 
Credit(s): 0.5 Social Studies per semester (#04103 Modern U.S. History)
Time offered: MWF am part 2, 90 minute class (Portland Street)


GED Prep: Grades 11-12 (administration and instructor approval for entrance into this class)
Instructor: Amber Carrell
This class is designed to help students study and prepare to take the GED test.  Students need to have or be able to obtain state issued ID (current identification, passport, driver’s permit, or driver’s license) in order to take official GED tests.  Students under 18 need to have parent/guardian permission to participate in the GED program.  Attendance is mandatory!
Time offered: Tu/Th pm, 3 hour class (Portland Street)

The World of Music II: Grades 7-12
Instructor: Mari Livie

This class is best suited for beginning musicians.  Using the ukulele as our primary instrument (though some guitars are available), we will learn chord structures, strum patterns, finger picking techniques, and a whole lot of songs.  We will divide our classroom time between music making sessions and sessions for learning about the broader musical world.  We will look at music through history, explore current musical phenomena, and share our favorite genres.  We will have multiple guest musicians.  There will be a performance expectation.  
Credit(s): 0.8 Elective (Music) per semester
Time offered:  Tu/Th pm, 3 hour class (Portland Street, The Cottage)

Mathematics: Algebra 1.5: Grades 9-12. Must have passed Algebra 1.
Instructor(s): Breckon Neat/Tom Coppolino

This is the standard high school Algebra course. We will cover systems of equations as well as quadratic equations, laws of exponents, and functions. Topics are chosen to help students meet Oregon's educational standards with a focus on mathematical modeling and critical reasoning.
Credit(s): 0.5 Mathematics (#02054 Algebra I, Part 2)
Times offered: MWF am part 1, 90 minute class (Tom) or MWF pm part 2, 90 minute class (Breckon) (Portland Street)

Mathematics: Algebra II : Grades 9-12. Must have passed Geometry.
Instructor: Breckon Neat

This is the standard high school Algebra course. We will cover analytic geometry and systems of equations as well as quadratic, exponential and logarithmic equations. Topics are chosen to help students meet Oregon's educational standards with a focus on mathematical modeling and critical reasoning.
Credit(s): 0.5 Mathematics (#02056 Algebra II)
Time offered: MWF pm part 1, 90 minute class (Portland St.)

General Science II: Grades 9-12
Instructor: Breckon Neat

This course will study topics in physics, chemistry, engineering, and technology. The focus will be on the historical development of the scientific method and its contributions to technological development. A goal of the
course will be to explore the philosophy of science and how scientific inquiry has shaped human culture.
Credit(s): 0.5 Science (#03202 Unified Science)
Time offered: MWF am part 2, 90 minute class (Portland Street)

 

M.E.C.C.A.: Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts
449 Willamette Street

 

Woodcut: Grades 9-12
Instructor:  Perry Joseph

Arising simultaneously from the ashes of despair in culturally isolated regions, the fine art of woodcut printmaking is historically tied to eras of human enlightenment in both eastern and western civilizations. Yes…one might say that woodcut saved the world from eternal darkness. Come learn the history and process, including carving and printing techniques, color reduction and multiple block registration, all printed on a professional grade printing press.
Credit(s) 1.0 Printmaking (+05161) per semester
Time offered: MWF am, 3 hour class (MECCA)

Ceramics: Grades 9-12
Instructor:  Perry Joseph

Play with mud and get credit for it. Eat off the ground without getting sick. We will create sculptures, murals, and functional utensils in a collaborative effort to transform that which is gross and boring (the ground) into masterworks of modern art!
Credit(s) 0.8 Creative Art Sculpture (+05158) per semester
Time offered:  Tu/Th pm, 3 hour class (MECCA)

Sacred Geometry - Art: Grades 9-12
Instructor: Perry Joseph

Unlock the secrets of the universe with the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio, build fractals and tessellations like M.C. Escher, and render scenes in 1, 2 and 3 point perspective!  This class will introduce you to graphic tools and techniques with fully integrated projects. 
Credit(s): 0.5 Informal Geometry (#02071), 0.5 Graphic Design (+05162) per semester
Time offered:  MWF am, 3 hour class (MECCA)

Microcosmic Mojo: Grades 9-12
Instructor: Perry Joseph

Study microbiology through scientific drawing!  Topics covered include cell types, cell structure, microorganisms and viruses.  You will observe organic shapes, forms, and textures found in microscopic life forms, and render them in watercolor and colored pencils. All work will be kept in a handmade science journal.
Credit(s): 0.4 Unified Science (#53202), 0.4 Creative Art (#55154) per semester
Time offered:  Tu/Th am - 3 hour class (MECCA)


Nearby Nature
Class locations vary. See course description.


 

Life in Pre-algebra: Grades 7-12
Instructor: Denise Velasco

Decimals and fractions and percents, oh my! Pre-algebra is a course between arithmetic and Algebra. Pre-algebraic concepts come in handy even in real life. They help you calculate bills, order food, and complete other routine tasks. Some of the topics we will cover are integers, the distributive property, solving equations, writing equations, powers, and exponents. This is a one-year course, but students may enter mid-year.
Credit(s): 0.5 Mathematics per semester (#02051 Pre‐algebra)
Time offered: MWF pm part 2, 90 minute class (Portland Street)

Independent Living: Grades 11-12.  This class is a graduation requirement.
Instructor: Denise Velasco

The big world beyond school awaits, and one day you’ll need to manage your own affairs. Learn how to make it on your own. In this course, you’ll take on topics like applying for a job, interviewing effectively, finding a place to live, managing a bank account, shopping for a loan or mortgage, and how to create a budget. Students will conduct in-depth career research as part of new diploma requirements. This course will entail applying detailed written and communication skills and engaging in a 40-hour internship in a field of career interest. Students must pass this class in order to graduate.
Credit(s): 0.8 Career (#22151 Career Exploration)
Time offered: Tu/Th pm, 3 hour class (Portland Street)


National Parks III: Grades 9-12
Instructor: Denise Velasco

The National Park Service has been called "America's greatest university without walls." It includes many of the world's most magnificent landscapes, a rich diversity of plant and animal life, some of the finest examples of American culture, and historic objects and places that reflect some important events in American history. Explore these parks and attend overnight field trips to four National Parks sites. 
Credit(s): 0.4 Social Studies (#04109 Particular Topics in U.S. History) Times offered: Tu/Th am Part 1, 90 minute class (Portland Street)
*There is a $100 fee to cover all expenses for the field trips.

General Health: Grades 9-12
Instructor: Denise Velasco

This course covers the benefits of healthy eating; physical activity; mental, social, and emotional health; and the prevention of drug and alcohol use, unintentional injury, and suicide. We will host guest speakers, take field trips (to the U of O cadaver lab), watch films, do independent projects and role playing, and learn about conflict resolution.
Credit(s): 0.5 Health (+08051) per semester
Time offered: MWF pm part 2, 90 minute class (Portland Street)

Street Law II: Grades 10-12
Instructor: Tom Coppolino  
                            
In this class students will learn about the law, democracy, and human rights in an accessible, engaging, and interactive way. Their understanding of practical law will empower them to become active, legally savvy contributors to their community. In this course we will examine the constitutional rights of students and teachers, and gain an understanding of practical law through real-life lessons and insights. This is a one-year course, but students may enter mid-year.
Credit(s): 0.5 Social Studies per semester
Time offered: MWF am part 2, 90 minute class (Portland Street)

Event Planning: Grades 9-12
Instructor: Denise Velasco
 
Help plan the events at Network Charter School. In this class you will learn the stages of event planning. After taking this course, you will gather the skills needed to plan and execute an event. Be prepared to be creative with a hands-on class.  
Credit(s): 0.4 Elective per semester (99821 Electives – Miscellaneous)
Time Offered:  Tu/Th am part 2, 90 minute class (Portland Street)


Ultimate Frisbee: Grades 9-12
Instructor: William Hughes
               
This course will focus on the game of Ultimate Frisbee.  Students will be able to create and enhance their disc skills on the field.  Skills include structure of the game, rules, throwing and catching the disc, and catching on the run.  Students will also learn team sportsmanship and leadership skills. 
This is a very physically demanding class.  We will be running games the majority of the class, rain or shine.
Credit(s):  0.5 Physical Education per semester (08002 Team Sports)
Time offered: MWF pm part 2, 90 minute class (Portland Street)

Urban Hiking: Grades 9-12
Instructor: William Hughes  
            
Explore beautiful and scenic Eugene.  This course will consist of hiking to Eugene’s green spaces. When we get to green spaces students will be able to bring Frisbees and soccer balls or play on the playground structures at the park.  Students are encouraged to use their phones and/or cameras to take photos of our explorations.  We will be hiking in all weather conditions; students are required to be dressed with proper clothing and footwear. 
Credit(s): 0.5 Physical Education per semester (08001 Physical Education)
Time offered:  MWF pm part 1, 90 minute class (Portland Street)

Urban Ecology: Grades 9-12
Instructor:  William Hughes
            
Take a whole systems approach to life and help create a healthier way of living in Lane County.  As a student of urban ecology, you will work side by side with Walama Restoration Project, Nearby Nature, and Food For Lane County's Grassroots Garden.  Through these unique experiences, you will play a major role in the future of our community.  The coursework will consist of lectures, discussions, journal entries, community presenters, films, and hands-on projects.  This class is for motivated students who are interested in exploring and restoring the ecology of our urban setting.
Credit(s): 0.2 Health (+08053 Community Health), 0.2 Elective (72105 Values Clarification), and 0.4 Physical Education (08001 Physical Education) per semester
Time offered: Tu/Th pm, 3 hour class (Tuesdays downtown, Thursdays Yurt/Alton Baker Park)


HOOKED!: Grades 9-12
Instructor:  William Hughes

This class will teach you how to catch, prepare, and consume local hatchery trout.  Beginning students will learn with bait rods and advanced students will have the option to learn the art of fly fishing.  We will study native fish, local aquatic insects, fly tying, fishing literature, and film.  Students will also understand and demonstrate what it means to be an "ethical fisherman.”  Expect many mornings spent along the Willamette River, rain or shine.
Credit(s): 0.4 Elective (+18306) Aquaculture, 0.4 Physical Education (08001) per semester
Time offered:  Tu/Th am - 3 hour class (Alton Baker Park/Yurt)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Algebra 1: Grades 7-12
Instructor: Tom Coppolino  
            
In Algebra 1, students will develop an introductory understanding of Algebra 1 level mathematical concepts and their practical application. They will learn about functions and graphs, linear equations, powers and roots, and simplifying and solving exponential expressions. When they complete this course, students will be able to:
Appreciate mathematical concepts and enjoy problem solving;
Understand introductory Algebra 1 concepts; 
Demonstrate effective communication skills using accepted Algebra vocabulary; and
Demonstrate comprehension and mastery of skills in introductory Algebra 1 level mathematics.
Credit(s): 0.5 Mathematics credits per semester (#02053 Algebra I, Part 1) 
Times offered: MWF am part 1 and MWF pm part 2, 90 minute classes (Portland Street)
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Algebra 1.5: Grades 9-12
Instructor: Tom Coppolino
                   
In Algebra 1.5, students will develop a better understanding of advanced Algebra 1 level mathematical concepts and their practical application. They will learn about systems of equations, sequences, modeling two-variable data, and quadratic and exponential functions. When they complete this course, students will be able to:
Appreciate mathematical concepts and enjoy problem solving;
Enjoy an advanced understanding of Algebra 1 concepts; 
Demonstrate effective communication skills using accepted Algebra vocabulary; and

Demonstrate comprehension and mastery of skills in Algebra 1.5 level mathematics.
This is a one-year course.
Credit(s): 0.5 Mathematics per semester (#02054 Algebra I, Part 2) 
Time offered: MWF, pm part 1, 90 minute class (Portland Street)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Earth in Crisis II: Grades: 9-12
Instructors: Tom Coppolino & Wendy McKenzie
Climate change and the environmental crisis is the focus of this team-taught Social Studies and Integrated Science course.  In this class we will learn about how to be mindful of the Earth as we go about our daily lives, and to recognize the power we have to make the world a better place. Students will acquire a critical consciousness about the environmental crisis and ask “why?” We will think critically about the roots of the environmental crisis and examine society’s unsustainable distribution of wealth and power.  For
the other half of the class we will delve into the science behind it all, the good, the bad, and the controversial, applying the same critical lens.
This is a one-semester course.
Credit(s): 0.4 Social Studies (Social Sciences +04299) and 0.4 Science (#03201 Integrated Science) per semester
Time offered: Tu/Th pm, 3 hour class (Portland Street) 

Animal Minds II: Grades: 9-12
Instructor: Wendy McKenzie

We will be delving into the minds of animals and humans to understand them better, as well as animal within us.  This semester, we will start with the human, our senses and perceptions, and how we navigate the world.  Then we will move to examining the work of scientists who have worked with animals, observing them and trying to understand them, while doing observations of our own.  We will also engage in ongoing animal habitat work in the form of native plant restoration, water quality monitoring, and gardening.
This is a full year course. Students may join mid-year.
Credit(s): 0.8 Science (+03061 Zoology) and 0.2 Language Arts (#01065 Literature of a Theme) per semester
Times offered: MWF am, 3 hour class (Alton Baker Park/The Yurt)  

 

HeartWise Community                                               
1840 Willamette St.

 

Geography of Bliss: Grades 9 – 12
Instructor:  Jami Teran    

What makes people happy?  Geography of Bliss is a practical and philosophical journey into both the definition and the destination of true happiness. Being happy is behind nearly every single human goal, objective, mission, and desire for contentment. Students will explore and develop a personal practice based on the science of well-being and cultivate a deeper sense of optimism, trust, self-esteem, and purpose. As the name suggests, we will also read the New York Times bestselling memoir and travelogue, Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World. We will integrate the text to expand our awareness of how people define and pursue happiness globally as we examine our own environments, activities, behaviors, and habits.
Credit(s): 1.0 Language Arts (#01065)
Times offered: MWF am (with instructor approval) and MWF pm, 3 hour classes (HeartWise/1840 Willamette)

Nourish: A Lifestyle and Awareness Laboratory (cannot be repeated) :Grades: 9-12
Instructor: Brie Huling

In this class we investigate and play into what it takes to embody a healthy lifestyle. Through literature, film, media, and pop culture we will explore the various ways that being in the world have on the mind and body. Students will experiment with mindfulness, movement, and meditation practices. They will take a close look at the cultivation of healthy habits and their long-term effects. Students will write articles, essays, and stories based upon the critical analysis of novels and film. Ultimately, students will read and write their way into better understanding of self-care and awareness.
Credit(s): 0.8 Language Arts (#01009) per semester
Time offered: Tu/Th am, 3 hour class (HeartWise/1840 Willamette)

Poetry, Writing & Yoga: Grades: 9-12
Instructor:  Brie Huling

In this class, we will study and explore literary devices and concepts through the study of poetry and song. This study of poetry will also develop and improve our close-reading skills. We will develop our interpretive-reading skills in tandem with our writing craft as students learn how to 

identify the themes and literary devices used in poetry and songs, and then develop their ideas and thoughts in formal writing that is clear and focused. Writing in the persuasive mode, students will respond to selected poems, clearly stating the theme of the work, citing evidence, and developing a logical argument. This work will prepare students to meet the Essential Skills requirement in writing. Low-stress writing prompts will be used to engage students in topics of high interest and relevance. The yoga component of the class is intended to address student well-being and health in general. We’ll not only explore our breath and the physical postures of yoga, we’ll also be exploring the relationship between mind, body, and our emotions, not only so that students can learn how to better connect with themselves, but to also feel more connected with one another as a community. 
Credit(s): 0.4 Language Arts (#01065), 0.4 PE (+08001)
Time Offered: Tu/Th pm, 3 hour class (HeartWise/1840 Willamette)


Middle School Course Offerings
Spring 2017
*Please note that some courses have fees.* Your family is expected to pay fees before the term begins.
 

MWF AM 1: Life in Pre-algebra – Denise or Algebra I – Tom (Main)
MWF AM 2: National Parks – Denise (*$100 field trip fee) (Main)
MWF PM: Tracks in the Mud – Wendy (Yurt)
T/TH AM: Middle School Lit – Josh (Main)
T/TH PM: World of Music II – Mari or Theatre – Janet (with instructor approval only) (Main)