Course Catalog

Fall 2019

Remember that your credit needs receive top priority in final schedule approval.  Course offerings, instructors, and credits may change or be cancelled without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.  We do not guarantee your first choices, but do our best to respect your preferences in scheduling.   Please note that some courses have fees.   Please review your registration sheet 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 between quarters.   

            

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, AM

3-Hour courses

Animal Minds I

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Wendy McKenzie, Nearby Nature

Animal Minds will be an exploration of science and literature focusing on animals and humans as well as the animal within us.  We will be learning about animal behavior through observation and literature.  Fall topics include: senses and perception, cats and dogs, and wolves v. scientists.  Students should expect to be active with frequent walks and gardening.

Credit: 0.5 SC (+03061 Zoology) 0.5 LA (#01065 Literature of a Theme)

Time (Location) offered: MWF AM (Yurt)

Culinary I, II & III                                            

Grades: 9-12

Instructor:  Carly Rodgers, Le Petit Gourmet

In this course, students will be immersed in the world of culinary arts: studying techniques, refining skills and developing creativity. Students will have 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 prepare daily breakfast and lunch for the school, as well as holiday feasts and other special events.  Students will be instructed on safety and efficiency, with coursework including kitchen sanitation, classical knife cuts, and recipe conversions using basic math. Students will also develop seasonal menus via networking with local farmers.  This class requires a $50 fee.

Credit(s): 1.0 CTE (16098 Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Services—Workplace Experience)

Times (location) offered: MWF AM (Main Site)

 Geography of Bliss

Grades:  11-12

Instructor: Jami Teran, HeartWise

What makes people happy?  This course is a practical and philosophical journey into both the definition of 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 environment, activities, behaviors and habits.

Credit(s): 0.5 LA (#01097) and 0.5 PE (#08051)

Time (location):  MWF AM (HeartWise)

Woodcut                                                                                                   

Grades: 9-12

Instructor:  Perry Joseph, MECCA

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 using a professional grade printing press.

Credit(s): 1.0 FA (05161, Print Making)

Time (location) offered: MWF AM (MECCA)

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, AM 1

90-Min. courses

The Disintegration of the American Dream

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: TBD, Le Petit Gourmet                                                             

What is the “American Dream”? How was the American Dream created? How has the American Dream evolved? What has caused so many to believe the American Dream is no longer attainable? Students will answer these questions by developing their own theses through a textual analysis of essential American authors such as: Hunter S. Thompson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Arthur Miller, John Steinback, Lorraine Hansberry, Richard Yates, Alan Moore and David Gibbons.

Credit(s): 0.5 LA (#01054 American Literature)

Time offered: MWF AM1 (Main Site)

Mathematics: Geometry

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Alec Lamson, Le Petit Gourmet

This is the standard high school Geometry course. We will cover advanced topics in both Euclidean and analytic geometry, as well as give an introduction to formal logic and proofs. Topics are chosen to help students meet Oregon's educational standards but with a focus on revealing the connections between geometric and algebraic reasoning.

Credit(s): 0.5 MA (#02072 Geometry)

Time (location) offered: MWF AM 1 (Main site)

Sociology of Social Change

Grades: 10-12

Instructor: Tom Coppolino, Nearby Nature

This course is an introduction to the field of Sociology, the scientific study of society through the observance of human behavior, specifically the observance of humans in groups or social relationships. The main objective of this class is to challenge you to start observing our society more critically. A main premise of Sociology is that since people create society, we the people can understand it and can ultimately change it.

Credit(s): 0.5 SS (#04258 Sociology)

Time (location) offered: MWF AM 1 (Main Site)

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, AM 2

90-Min. courses

Mathematics: Life in Pre-Algebra

Grades: 7–12

Instructor: Denise Velasco, Nearby Nature

Decimals, fractions, 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 MA (#02051 Pre‐Algebra)

Time (location) offered: MWF AM 2 (Main Site)

Mathematics: Algebra 1

Grades: 7-12

Instructor: Tom Coppolino, Nearby Nature              

In Algebra I, 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 MA (02053)

Time (location) offered: MWF AM 2 (Main Site)

Mathematics: Algebra 1.5

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Alec Lamson, Le Petit Gourmet               

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 but with a focus on mathematical modeling and critical reasoning.

Credit(s): 0.5 MA (02054)

Time (location) offered: MWF AM 2 (Main Site)

‘Murica!

Grades: 9-12

Instructor:  TBD, Le Petit Gourmet

This course offers an assessment of American history, beginning with the start of the Revolutionary War through the 20th century. Students will learn to look history with the lenses of a historian through their 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 understanding of the ideas and events that shaped the nation we occupy today.

Credit(s):  0.5 SS (#04103 Modern U.S. History #01055 American History)

Time (location) offered: MWF AM 2 (Main site)

 

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, PM

3-Hour Courses

Advanced Culinary

Grades: 9-12 (This class requires the instructor’s prior approval to enroll)

Instructor:  Carly Rodgers, Le Petit Gourmet

In this course, students will build on skills they learned in Culinary I, II, & III. Students will learn about the history of food and culinary arts, international cuisine, menu planning, restaurant financials, advanced baking, butchering and explore different types of restaurant serving styles. Students will study works by Michael Pollan and other authors who focus on the modern agribusiness and sustainability in commercial farming. The class will go on tours of farms and visit different food purveyors—from established restaurants to food carts—in order to understand our local food systems. In addition, guest chefs will perform cooking demos with the class. Lastly, in this course students will participate in an internship at a local business in the food industry. (This class has a $50 fee.)

Credit(s): 1.0 CTE (16098 Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Services—Workplace Experience)

Times (location) offered: MWF PM (Main site)

Animal Minds I

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Wendy McKenzie, Nearby Nature

Animal Minds will be an exploration of science and literature focusing on animals and humans as well as the animal within us.  We will be learning about animal behavior through observation and literature.  Fall topics include: senses and perception, cats and dogs, and wolves v. scientists.  Students should expect to be active with frequent walks and gardening.

Credit(s): 0.5 SC (+03061 Zoology) 0.5 LA (#01065 Literature of a Theme)

Time (Location) offered: MWF PM (Yurt)

 

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, PM 1

90-Min Courses

Breath by Breath  

Grades: 9-12 (10th graders take this course with Sexuality Matters PM 2)

Instructor: Jami Teran, HeartWise

Breathing is so ordinary, so mundane, that its true significance can easily pass us by. For thousands of years, people have used simple breathing exercises to relieve anxiety, stress, depression, and even chronic pain. Breath can also be the vehicle for cathartic heart-opening, wild creativity, AND help us stay grounded and present. Breath by breath offers mindfulness meditations, various breathing practices, yoga Nidra techniques, and group discussions to decrease stress, anxiety, and poor sleep as well as enhance creativity and focus!

Credit(s): 0.25 PE (#08053) and 0.25 LA (#01104)

Time (Location) offered: MWF PM 1 (HeartWise)                                                                                                       

Mathematics: Math Lab

Grades: 9­-12

Instructor: Alec Lamson, Le Petit Gourmet                

The Math Lab is for students who need or want additional time and instruction in mathematics in order to meet their educational goals. This may be because they are trying to pass their essential skills tests, need additional math credits in order to meet graduation requirements, or want to study advanced topics in mathematics beyond the scope of our normally offered courses. The Math Lab is for independent study and does not have “lessons” in a traditional sense; instead, students work under their own direction and receive tutoring from the instructor.

Credit(s): 0.5 MA (02053)

Time (location) offered: MWF PM 1 (Main Site)

Mathematics: Algebra 1

Grades: 7-12

Instructor: Tom Coppolino, Nearby Nature              

In Algebra I, 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 MA (02053)

Time (location) offered: MWF PM 1 or 2 (Main Site)

Myths and Legends: Part I

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: TBD, Le Petit Gourmet

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, Egyptian, Mayan, Aztec, 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.  This is a 2-year, non-sequential course. Students may join or leave the class at the start of a new semester.

Credit(s): 0.5 LA (#01065)

Time (Location) offered: MWF PM 1 (Main Site)

Sexuality Matters

Grades: 9-12 (10th graders take this course with Breath by Breath PM 2)

Instructor: Denise Velasco, Nearby Nature               

Sexuality is a part of everyone’s lives. This course takes a comprehensive approach to increase your knowledge, build your communication skills, help clarify your personal values, and dispel misconceptions regarding sexuality and relationships. Sexuality is an integral and essential component of human health. The curriculum also covers strategies for avoiding diseases and unwanted pregnancy. When you are comfortable with your own sexuality and can effectively communicate about and advocate for your needs, you are more likely to make informed and healthy decisions.

Credit(s): 0.5 HE (#22208 Family Living)

Time (Location) offered: MWF PM 1 (Main Site)

Urban Hiking

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: William Hughes, Nearby Nature             

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, 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, student are required to be dressed with proper clothing and footwear.

Credit(s): 0.5 PE (08001 Physical Education)

Time (location) offered:  MWF PM 1 (Main site)

 

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, PM 2

90-Min Courses 

Breath by Breath  

Grades: 9-12 (10th graders take this course with Sexuality Matters PM 1)

Instructor: Jami Teran, HeartWise

Breathing is so ordinary, so mundane, that its true significance can easily pass us by. For thousands of years, people have used simple breathing exercises to relieve anxiety, stress, depression, and even chronic pain. Breath can also be the vehicle for cathartic heart-opening, wild creativity AND help us stay grounded and present. Breath by breath offers mindfulness meditations, various breathing practices, yoga Nidra techniques and group discussions to decrease stress, anxiety and poor sleep as well as enhance creativity and focus!

Credit(s): 0.25 PE (#08053) and 0.25 LA (#01104)

Time (Location) offered: MWF PM 2 (HeartWise)                                                                                                        

GED Prep

Grades: 10-12 (students need written approval from a parent/guardian, NCS administration, and the instructor for entrance into this class)

Instructor:  TBD, Le Petit Gourmet

This class is designed to help students study and prepare to take the GED test. Students enrolled in the GED program must maintain at least an eighty percent attendance rate and be able to obtain state ID (Oregon ID card, drivers permit, or license).

Credit(s): 0.5 EL

Time (location) offered: MWF PM 2 (Main Site)

Mathematics: Algebra 1.5

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Tom Coppolino, Nearby Nature                   

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 MA (#02054 Algebra I part 2)

Time (Location) offered: MWF PM 2 (Main Site)

Mathematics: Geometry

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Alec Lamson, le Petit Gourmet

This is the standard high school Geometry course. We will cover advanced topics in both Euclidean and analytic geometry, as well as give an introduction to formal logic and proofs. Topics are chosen to help students meet Oregon's educational standards but with a focus on revealing the connections between geometric and algebraic reasoning.

Credit(s): 0.5 MA (#02072 Geometry)

Time (location) offered: MWF PM 2 (Main site)

Sexuality Matters

Grades: 9-12 (10th graders take this course with Breath by Breath PM 1)

Instructor: Denise Velasco, Nearby Nature               

Sexuality is a part of everyone’s lives. This course takes a comprehensive approach to increase your knowledge, build your communication skills, help clarify your personal values, and dispel misconceptions regarding sexuality and relationships. Sexuality is an integral and essential component of human health. The curriculum also covers strategies for avoiding diseases and unwanted pregnancy. When you are comfortable with your own sexuality and can effectively communicate about and advocate for your needs, you are more likely to make informed and healthy decisions.

Credit(s): 0.5 HE (#22208 Family Living)

Time (Location) offered: MWF PM 2 (Main Site)

Ultimate Frisbee

Grades: 8-12

Instructor: William Hughes, Nearby Nature             

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 the disc, 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 PE (08002 Team Sports)

Time (location) offered: MWF PM 2 (Main site)

 

TUESDAY, THURSDAY AM

3-Hour courses

Chemistry I                                                                                             

Grades: 9-12 (only for students who took Chemistry first semester)

Instructor:  Perry Joseph, MECCA

This academically challenging course explores the nature and interactions of matter. The periodic table of elements will be the basis for our study of atomic, molecular, and ionic interactions. Topics of study include states of matter, behavior of gases, subatomic particles, electron configurations, chemical formulas and equations, electronegativity, types of bonds, chemical quantities (stoichiometry), acids and bases, oxidation and reduction reactions, and, if time permits, we will tackle organic, nuclear, and electrochemistry. We will perform 4 lab experiments.

Credit(s): 0.8 SC (03101 Chemistry)

Time (location) offered: T/Th AM (MECCA)

Culinary I, II & III                                           

Grades: 9-12

Instructor:  Carly Rodgers, Le Petit Gourmet

In this course, students will be immersed in the world of culinary arts: studying techniques, refining skills and developing creativity. Students will have 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 prepare daily breakfast and lunch for the school, as well as holiday feasts and other special events.  Students will be instructed on safety and efficiency, with coursework including kitchen sanitation, classical knife cuts, and recipe conversions using basic math. Students will also develop seasonal menus via networking with local farmers.  This class requires a $50 fee.

Credit(s): 0.8 CTE (16098)

Times (location) offered: T/Th AM (Main site)

International Film Studies

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: TBD, Le Petit Gourmet

Learn to perfect your skills as a film critic by analyzing films from around the world.  Students evaluate each film’s representation of local culture, storytelling techniques, and depiction of regional landscapes and climate.  For each country there will be a required film, and students can suggest films at the end of each term.  This course must be taken with Mad Maps

Credit(s): 0.3 LA & 0.1 Elective (#01103 Composition, #55168 Film)

Time (location) offered: 2 Sections, T/Th AM (Main Site)

Mad Maps: Where in the world is Denise Velasco?

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Denise Velasco, Nearby Nature

Travel virtually to exotic places, learn the themes of geography, the features that define the earth, the climate patterns of the earth, and how to study peoples and cultures around the world. Study and explore the various aspects of geography in all areas of the world. This includes the human, physical, and cultural traits of an area. This course must be taken with International Film Studies.

Credit(s): 0.4 SS (#04001 World Geography)

Time (location) offered: 2 Sections, T/Th AM (Main Site)

Nourish: A Lifestyle and Awareness Laboratory

Grade: 9th cohort (AM & PM sections), open to 10-12th if seats are available

Instructor: Brie Huling, HeartWise

In this class we investigate and play into what it takes to embody a healthy lifestyle as we settle into the high school experience. Through literature, film, media, and pop culture we will explore the various ways that being in the world effect 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): 0.4 LA (#01009) and 0.4 PE (#08051)

Time (location) offered: T/Th AM (HeartWise)

Survival

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: William Hughes, Nearby Nature

This course will enhance student skill in both wilderness and urban survival. Students will demonstrate the ability to create a shelter out of raw materials within the urban forest of Alton Baker Park. This course will also consist of readings of survival situations, journal entries, documentaries, survival tactics such as creating fire in damp wet conditions, the recognition of the signs of hypothermia, and rescue protocol.  The urban survival portion of the class consists of identifying food and shelter resources within the Eugene community.

Credit(s): 0.4 Elective and 0.4 PE (08049 Physical Education, Other) per semester

Time (location) offered: T/Th AM (Alton Baker Park/the Yurt)

Spanish I, II & III (multi-level)

Grades: 9-12

Instructor:  Michelle McLaughlin, Le Petit Gourmet

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 World Language (Spanish 06101)

Time (location) offered: T/Th AM (Main Site)

 

TUESDAY, THURSDAY, PM

3-Hour courses

Faces

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Perry Joseph, M.E.C.C.A

Masks have been used throughout human history for disguise, ritual, protection, ornamentation, and to reunite the living with the ghosts of their ancestors. Modern masks are utilized for many practical and cultural purposes as well, such as for sports, entertainment, war, attracting a mate, scaring people, and, of course, making people think your head is on backwards. Oh wait…it really is on backwards. From tiny Inuit finger masks to huge Polynesian tribal tiki masks, we will study and sculpt our own masks using a variety of techniques and materials.

Credit(s): 0.8 FA (+05161 Printmaking)

Time (location) offered: T/Th PM (M.E.C.C.A.)

Nourish: A Lifestyle and Awareness Laboratory

Grade: 9th cohort (AM & PM sections), open to 10-12th if seats are available

Instructor: Brie Huling, HeartWise

In this class we investigate and play into what it takes to embody a healthy lifestyle as we settle into the high school experience. Through literature, film, media, and pop culture we will explore the various ways that being in the world effect 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): 0.4 LA (#01009) and 0.4 PE (#08051)

Time (location) offered: T/Th PM (HeartWise)

A Stitch in Time

Grades: 9-12

Instructor:  Michelle McLaughlin, Le Petit Gourmet

Explore pre-20th century Europe through the lens of fashion history. We will study fabrics, garment construction, ornamentation, aesthetics, and beliefs surrounding clothing and accessories through the course of time. Activities will include lectures, reading, written exercises, films, and some hands-on demonstrations.

Credit(s):  0.8 Social Studies (04065)

Time (location) offered: T/Th PM (Main Site)

Urban Community

Grades: 9-12

Instructor:  William Hughes, Nearby Nature            

Take a whole systems approach to life and help create a healthier way of living in Lane County.  Students 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 lecture, discussions, journal entries, community presenters, films and hands-on projects.  Another focus of this class will be to coordinate with the Events Planning class to set up community service opportunities for NCS students.  This class is for motivated students who are interested in exploring and restoring the ecology of our urban setting.

Credit(s): 0.2 HE (+08053 Community Health) 0.2 EL (72105 Values Clarification) 0.4 PE (08001 P.E.)

Time (location) offered: T/Th PM (Tuesdays downtown, Thursdays Yurt)

 

TUESDAY, THURSDAY, PM 1

90-Min courses

Calculating the Future: People and the Planet

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Tom Coppolino, Nearby Nature

In this course, students will increase their understanding and awareness of ecological global issues through activity-based lessons and action projects. This course will be an interdisciplinary exploration of environmental issues and challenges faced by human societies in the 21st century. The primary objective of this course is to provide you with a systems-oriented perspective on the key areas of environmental studies. Specifically, I would like you to leave this course with 1) an understanding of the role of humans in the ongoing changes to the biosphere and the cultural, political and economic causes; and 2) an ability to understand and evaluate environmental issues from multiple perspectives. This course will focus on critically examining the social, cultural, political, and ethical issues related to the environment.

Credit(s): 0.4 SS (#04299 Social Science)

Time (location) offered: T/Th PM 1 (Main Site)

Envisioning the Future

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Wendy McKenzie, Nearby Nature

What is the science behind global climate change? Why was the science in question for so long? How do we shift the paradigm to lessen our impact and create a more sustainable future?  Do a deep dive into the big questions while creatively exploring the possibilities of a greener tomorrow.

Credit(s): 0.4 SC (#03003 Environmental Science)

Time (location) offered: T/Th PM 1 (Main Site)

Event Planning

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Denise Velasco, Nearby Nature 

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): 0.5 EL (99821)

Time (location) offered: T/Th PM 1 (Main site)

Sound and Technology

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Mari Livie, HeartWise

In this 1.5 hour class we will create and collect stories, conduct interviews, record, edit, build soundscapes, and work with a digital audio workstation to produce episodes for our NCS podcast. 

Credit(s): 0.4 EL

Time (location) offered: T/Th PM 1 (Main Site) 

TUESDAY, THURSDAY, PM 2

90-Min courses

 

Calculating the Future: People and the Planet

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Tom Coppolino, Nearby Nature

In this course, students will increase their understanding and awareness of ecological global issues through activity-based lessons and action projects. This course will be an interdisciplinary exploration of environmental issues and challenges faced by human societies in the 21st century. The primary objective of this course is to provide you with a systems-oriented perspective on the key areas of environmental studies. Specifically, I would like you to leave this course with 1) an understanding of the role of humans in the ongoing changes to the biosphere and the cultural, political and economic causes; and 2) an ability to understand and evaluate environmental issues from multiple perspectives. This course will focus on critically examining the social, cultural, political, and ethical issues related to the environment.

Credit(s): 0.4 SS (#04299 Social Science)

Time (location) offered: Tu/Th PM 2 (Main Site)

Garden Crew

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Wendy McKenzie, Nearby Nature

Spend the last part of TU/TH day helping out in the gardens at main site! The focus of this class is to get our gardens to produce salad greens for the kitchen.  Many other projects related to refurbishing the garden areas are involved in the class as well.

Credit(s): 0.4 EL (#18301 Agricultural Productions)

Time (location) offered: T/Th PM 2 (Main Site)

Independent Living

Grades: 11-12  only

Instructor: Denise Velasco, Nearby Nature

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): 0.4 CTE (22151)

Time (location) offered: T/Th PM 2(Main site)

Music

Grades: 9-12

Instructor: Mari Livie, HeartWise

This class focuses on building a repertoire of shared music.  Think of it as band practice.  We will collectively select and arrange songs.  Vocals, keyboard, drums, bass, ukulele, guitar, accordion, flute, electronic, etc… Build your musical skill and flexibility through practicing with others.

Credit(s): 0.4 EL

Time (location) offered: T/Th PM 2 (Main Site)