2014 - 2015 Class Descriptions

ENGLISH

Middle School English
Instructor: Sandra Medlock (smedlock@satx.rr.com)

Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30); siblings in English/multi English enrollment take $10/mo discount after initial $30
Supply fee: $10 one-time charge for year-long class handouts.
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 7th through 9th
Minimum enrollment: 3 students
Prerequisite: None. Repeat students will have new material and challenges.
Required textbooks: Handouts provided by tutor. Students need 100 Best Loved Poems edited by Philip Smith, Operation Yes! by Sara Lewis Holme, and Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood. Recommended but not required: 180 Daily Teaching Lessons (Easy Grammar Ultimate Series:, Grade 8 Student Workbook) [Paperback] by Wanda Phillips. ISBN-13: 978-0936981628. If your child is younger, you may want the Grade 7 workbook.

Course description: We will study different styles of writing, and will include product reviews, book reports, personal narratives, persuasive essays, and opinion letters. Students will write 2 age-appropriate assignments per month and some in-class writing. They will read and test or report orally on 2 books per semester (not the same novels as last year).
Course Makeup Policy: Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed and turning in missed tests or writing assignments.
Course Grading Policy: Students are graded on writing assignments, exams and presentations. Incompletes will be assigned until missed assignments are completed. Mid-term progress reports will be provided. Plagiarism is not acceptable and will result in a failing grade and possible discipline by the steering committee.

American Literature CANCELED
Instructor: Cindee Dupaquier

Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)
Supply Fee: $10 copy fee (one time)
Grade Level: 9th-12th
Minimum Enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: None
Required Textbooks and Supplies: Handouts provided. Students will need a journal (notebook with paper). Required novels (selection list will be provided) – two per semester – may be purchased or checked out from a local library. Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of English (purchase or download). Please do not use a “modern” dictionary.

Course Description: Students will study periods of American Literature from Pre-Colonial to Contemporary works. Discussions will include current events of the time that influenced writers of the age. In addition to classic works we will research and share differing styles of poetry, short stories, and speeches. Students will also be required to keep a journal. Grade will be determined by class participation, research, and written and oral reports. Students will be required to read and analyze two novels each semester.


British Literature
Instructor: Cindee Dupaquier

Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)
Supply Fee: $10 copy fee (one time)
Grade Level: 10th-12th
Minimum Enrollment: 4 Students
Prerequisite: None
Required Textbooks and Supplies: Handouts provided. Students will need a journal (notebook with paper). Required novels (selection list will be provided) – two per semester – may be purchased or checked out from a local library. Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of English (purchase or download). Please do not use a “modern” dictionary.

Course Description: Students will study the periods of British Literature from Middle Ages to Contemporary. Discussions will include current events of the time that influenced the writers of the age. In addition to classic works we will research and share differing styles of poetry, short stories, and speeches. Students will also be required to keep a journal. Grade will be determined by class participation, research, and written and oral reports. Students will be required to read and analyze two novels each semester.

High School English
Instructor: Sandra Medlock (smedlock@satx.rr.com)

Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30); siblings in English/multi English enrollment take $10/mo discount
Supply fee: $10 one-time charge for year-long class handouts.
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 9th through 12th for students who do not like to read or write
Minimum enrollment: 3 students
Prerequisite: None. Repeat students will have new material and challenges.
Required textbooks: Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers (9th Edition) [Hardcover] By Lynn Q. Troyka, DougHesse, ISBN-13: 978-0136028604. Used, Kindle, or PDF allowed. If you have trouble finding the 9th edition, let me know if you can find an earlier edition. Reader #1: Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer. Reader #2: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Handouts and grammar worksheets provided by tutor. Grammar worksheets from Easy Grammar Plus by Wanda Phillips.

Course description: Students will learn and practice grammar and written communication, with different styles of writing, including reviews, essays, and a spring research paper. Students will write one assignment per month with some in-class fun writing, and read and test on 2 to 3 books to be scheduled through the school year (new novels this year).
Course Makeup Policy: Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed and turning in missed tests or writing assignments.
Course Grading Policy: Students are graded on writing assignments, exams and presentations. Incompletes will be assigned until missed assignments are completed. Mid-term progress reports will be provided. Plagiarism is not acceptable and will result in a failing grade and possible discipline by the steering committee.

High School English Intensive
Instructor: Sandra Medlock (smedlock@satx.rr.com)

Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30); in English/multi English enrollment take $10/mo discount
Supply fee: $10 one-time charge for year-long class handouts.
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 9th through 12th for students who enjoy reading a variety of literature.
Minimum enrollment: 3 students
Prerequisite: None.
Required textbooks: Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers (9th Edition) [Hardcover] By Lynn Q. Troyka , Doug Hesse, ISBN-13: 978-0136028604. Used, Kindle, or PDF allowed. If you have trouble finding the 9th edition, let me know if you can find an earlier edition. Summer reader: Brave Companions by David McCollough (read by Aug 26). Fall Readers: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Spring Reader : Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson, The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare). Fall choice and research paper readers TBA. Handouts provided by tutor.

Course description: Students will learn and practice different styles of written communication, including reviews, application essays, a critique/analysis paper, with oral and powerpoint presentations. Students will write 3 to 4 assignments per month with some in-class writing, and read and test on 6 or 7 books per school year, some assigned and some by choice. Reading choices will include Shakespeare and other accepted classic literature as well as contemporary award-winning choices.
Course Makeup Policy: Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed and turning in missed tests or writing assignments.
Course Grading Policy: Students are graded on writing assignments, exams and presentations. Incompletes will be assigned until missed assignments are completed. Mid-term progress reports will be provided. Plagiarism is not acceptable and will result in a failing grade and possible discipline by the steering committee.

Creative Writing
Instructor: Sandra Medlock (smedlock@satx.rr.com)

Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30); siblings in English/multi English enrollment take $10/mo discount
Supply fee: $10 one-time charge for year-long class handouts.
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 9th through 12th, younger students on a case-by-case basis.
Minimum enrollment: 3 students
Prerequisite: None. Repeat students will have new challenges.
Required textbooks: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print By Renni Browne, Dave King. Paperback. ISBN 978-0060545697. Used books or ebook allowed. Handouts provided by tutor. Recommended but not required: Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain. We will discuss concepts from this book, but many students find the book dry and unreadable.

Course description: Students will study and practice with weekly assignments the writing styles for creative fiction and creative nonfiction, including the units of novel writing, short stories, flash fiction, screenplays, and brites, feature articles, blogs and poetry. Monthly Skype interviews/guest lecture with published authors will be scheduled as Internet access allows.
Course Makeup Policy: Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed and turning in missed tests or writing assignments.
Course Grading Policy: Students are graded on writing assignments, exams and presentations. Incompletes will be assigned until missed assignments are completed. Mid-term progress reports will be provided. Plagiarism is not acceptable and will result in a failing grade and possible discipline by the steering committee.

MATH

Basic Math (Middle School Math) CANCELED

Instructor: Sandra Medlock (smedlock@satx.rr.com)

Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)
Supply fee: $10 one-time charge for year-long class handouts.
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 7th and 8th grade.
Minimum enrollment: 3 students
Required textbook: Teaching Textbooks 7 by Greg Sabouri, used is acceptable. Textbook and answer key required. Tutor will distribute additional worksheets for practice.

Course Description: We will be covering arithmetic topics to prepare for Algebra, and learning tricks and techniques to help students remember how to process problems. There will be assignments, practice, reading and testing that will need to be done at home. Diligence in weekly assignments is expected. Internet access and a google or yahoo account will be needed for access to syllabus, lesson plans, and other necessary files. Additional worksheets for practice from other sources will be provided.
Expectations: Math is a skill, much like playing a sport or a musical instrument. This means that regular practice is required to really make progress. Homework assignments are designed to give you frequent practice on the new skills you are learning and are vital to you being a successful math student. They help you best if you work on homework through the school week rather than attempting to complete all of the work in one day.
Late and Make up work: Work can be made up when a student is absent, and must be turned in within 2 weeks of the absence. The student is required to obtain notes missed (notes are very important) and find out what assignments are due.
Doing work late is bad for your understanding and learning and therefore will be discouraged. Work that is one week late will have 10 points taken off the grade. No work will be accepted more than a week after the due date.
Grading Policy: Students in all classes will receive a grade based on homework, tests, major exams and participation. Attendance, being on time and prepared for class, and asking and answering questions are all part of the participation grade.

Pre-Algebra
Instructor: Sara Hull (shull84@reagan.com)

Course Fee: $280 (8 payments of $35)
One-time copy fee: $10
Textbook: Pre-Algebra: A Teaching Textbook 2.0 and Pre-Algebra: Answer Key and Test Bank 2.0 (Companion CDs are not required for this course.) (to purchase from publisher)  (to purchase from ebay - Make sure to get 2.0)
Grade Level: 8 or 9
Minimum enrollment: 3 students
Supplies: 2” 3-ring binder with 3 dividers, calculator, pencils, paper

Course Description: We will be covering topics designed to prepare the student for Algebra 1, including brushing up on all operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents and integers. Measurement, basic geometry and statistics are covered as well as a thorough introduction to equations. There will be an emphasis on real life applications of the topics covered.
Before the school year begins: Usually the first few chapters in a math book are review. Rather than spend valuable class time on this review, students will be required to complete one or more chapters before the first day of class.
Expectations: Math is a skill, much like playing a sport or a musical instrument. This means that regular practice is required to really make progress. Homework assignments are designed to give you frequent practice on the new skills you are learning and are vital to you being a successful math student. They help you best if you work on homework through the school week rather than attempting to complete all of the work in one day.
Late and Make up work: Work can be made up when a student is absent, and must be turned in within 2 weeks of the absence. The student is required to obtain notes missed (notes are very important) and find out what assignments are due.
Doing work late is bad for your understanding and learning and therefore will be discouraged. Work that is one week late will have 10 points taken off the grade. No work will be accepted more than a week after the due date.
Grading Policy: Students in all classes will receive a grade based on homework, tests, major exams and participation. Attendance, being on time and prepared for class, and asking and answering questions are all part of the participation grade.
Group Study Sessions: Many students find it difficult to only receive instruction one hour a week in their math classes, however obtaining a tutor can be quite expensive. To help remedy this I will be offering group study sessions in my home (in Schertz) on Thursdays. The session for each class will be offered at the same hour as the Tuesday class, and can be attended by reservation for just $10 per week. This time will be spent answering student questions and showing additional examples from the lesson on Tuesday.

Algebra 1
Instructor: Sara Hull (shull84@reagan.com)

Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
One-time copy fee: $10
Textbook: Algebra 1: A Teaching Textbook 2.0 and Algebra 1: Answer Key and Test Bank 2.0 (Companion CDs are not required for this course.) (to purchase from publisher)  (to purchase from Amazon - Make sure to get 2.0)
Grade Level: 8 or 9
Minimum enrollment: 3 students
Supplies: 2” 3-ring binder with 3 dividers, calculator, pencils, notebook paper, grid paper for graphing

Course Description: We will be covering solving simple equations, linear equations, second-degree equations, systems of equations, and graphing and inequalities. The textbook will be supplemented to make sure the state math standards are covered, and there will be an emphasis on applications of the concepts learned.
Before the school year begins: Usually the first few chapters in a math book are review. Rather than spend valuable class time on this review, students will be required to complete one or more chapters before the first day of class.
Expectations: Math is a skill, much like playing a sport or a musical instrument. This means that regular practice is required to really make progress. Homework assignments are designed to give you frequent practice on the new skills you are learning and are vital to you being a successful math student. They help you best if you work on homework through the school week rather than attempting to complete all of the work in one day.
Late and Make up work: Work can be made up when a student is absent, and must be turned in within 2 weeks of the absence. The student is required to obtain notes missed (notes are very important) and find out what assignments are due.
Doing work late is bad for your understanding and learning and therefore will be discouraged. Work that is one week late will have 10 points taken off the grade. No work will be accepted more than a week after the due date.
Grading Policy: Students in all classes will receive a grade based on homework, tests, major exams and participation. Attendance, being on time and prepared for class, and asking and answering questions are all part of the participation grade.
Group Study Sessions: Many students find it difficult to only receive instruction one hour a week in their math classes, however obtaining a tutor can be quite expensive. To help remedy this I will be offering group study sessions in my home (in Schertz) on Thursdays. The session for each class will be offered at the same hour as the Tuesday class, and can be attended by reservation for just $10 per week. This time will be spent answering student questions and showing additional examples from the lesson on Tuesday.

Geometry
Instructor: Sara Hull (shull84@reagan.com)

Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
One-time copy fee: $10
Textbook: Geometry: A Teaching Textbook 2.0 and Geometry: Answer Key and Test Bank either version (Companion CDs are not required for this course.) (to purchase from publisher)  (to purchase from Amazon)
Grade Level: 9 or 10
Minimum enrollment: 3 students
Supplies: 2” 3-ring binder with 3 dividers, calculator, pencils, notebook paper, grid paper for graphing, compass and protractor
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1

Course Description: Some topics covered will include properties of shapes, logic and proofs, as well as an introduction to trigonometry
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work.
Expectations: Math is a skill, much like playing a sport or a musical instrument. This means that regular practice is required to really make progress. Homework assignments are designed to give you frequent practice on the new skills you are learning and are vital to you being a successful math student. They help you best if you work on homework through the school week rather than attempting to complete all of the work in one day.
Late and Make up work: Work can be made up when a student is absent, and must be turned in within 2 weeks of the absence. The student is required to obtain notes missed (notes are very important) and find out what assignments are due.
Doing work late is bad for your understanding and learning and therefore will be discouraged. Work that is one week late will have 10 points taken off the grade. No work will be accepted more than a week after the due date.
Grading Policy: Students in all classes will receive a grade based on homework, tests, major exams and participation. Attendance, being on time and prepared for class, and asking and answering questions are all part of the participation grade.
Group Study Sessions: Many students find it difficult to only receive instruction one hour a week in their math classes, however obtaining a tutor can be quite expensive. To help remedy this I will be offering group study sessions in my home (in Schertz) on Thursdays. The session for each class will be offered at the same hour as the Tuesday class, and can be attended by reservation for just $10 per week. This time will be spent answering student questions and showing additional examples from the lesson on Tuesday.

Algebra 2
Instructor: Sara Hull (shull84@reagan.com)

Course Fee: $360 (8 payments of $45)
One-time copy fee: $10
Grade Level: 10 or 11
Minimum enrollment: 3 students
Textbook: Algebra 2: A Teaching Textbook 2.0 and Algebra 2: Answer Key and Test Bank 2.0 (Companion CDs are not required for this course.)
(to purchase from publisher)  (to purchase from Amazon- Make sure to get 2.0)
Supplies: 2” 3-ring binder with 3 dividers, calculator (graphing calculator suggested but not required), pencils, notebook paper, grid paper for graphing
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1

Course Description: The focus of Algebra 2 is preparing for higher level math courses. Some topics covered will be solving equations of increasing complexity, solving systems of equations, conic sections, graphing calculators and statistics and probability.
Before the school year begins: Usually the first few chapters in a math book are review. Rather than spend valuable class time on this review, students will be required to complete one or more chapters before the first day of class.
Expectations: Math is a skill, much like playing a sport or a musical instrument. This means that regular practice is required to really make progress. Homework assignments are designed to give you frequent practice on the new skills you are learning and are vital to you being a successful math student. They help you best if you work on homework through the school week rather than attempting to complete all of the work in one day.
Late and Make up work: Work can be made up when a student is absent, and must be turned in within 2 weeks of the absence. The student is required to obtain notes missed (notes are very important) and find out what assignments are due.
Doing work late is bad for your understanding and learning and therefore will be discouraged. Work that is one week late will have 10 points taken off the grade. No work will be accepted more than a week after the due date.
Grading Policy: Students in all classes will receive a grade based on homework, tests, major exams and participation. Attendance, being on time and prepared for class, and asking and answering questions are all part of the participation grade.
Group Study Sessions: Many students find it difficult to only receive instruction one hour a week in their math classes, however obtaining a tutor can be quite expensive. To help remedy this I will be offering group study sessions in my home (in Schertz) on Thursdays. The session for each class will be offered at the same hour as the Tuesday class, and can be attended by reservation for just $10 per week. This time will be spent answering student questions and showing additional examples from the lesson on Tuesday.

Consumer Math CANCELED
Instructor: Sara Hull (shull84@reagan.com)

Course fee: $360 (8 payments of $45)
One-time copy fee: $40
Textbook: There is no required text for this course.
Supplies: 2” 3-ring binder with 3 dividers, calculator, pencils, notebook paper
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra 1

Course Description: This is the math course every high school student should take, regardless of what career they plan to pursue. Consumer Math covers the topics every responsible adult uses in their everyday life, including figuring wages, deductions, and income tax, managing checking and savings accounts, interest on investments, interest on loans, budgeting and responsibly spending on transportation, food, clothing, housing and other expenses.
Expectations:  Math is a skill, much like playing a sport or a musical instrument. This means that regular practice is required to really make progress. Homework assignments are designed to give you frequent practice on the new skills you are learning and are vital to you being a successful math student. They help you best if you work on homework through the school week rather than attempting to complete all of the work in one day.
Late and Make up work: Work can be made up when a student is absent, and must be turned in within 2 weeks of the absence. The student is required to obtain notes missed (notes are very important) and find out what assignments are due.
Doing work late is bad for your understanding and learning and therefore will be discouraged. Work that is one week late will have 10 points taken off the grade. No work will be accepted more than a week after the due date.
Grading Policy: Students in all classes will receive a grade based on homework, tests, major exams and participation. Attendance, being on time and prepared for class, and asking and answering questions are all part of the participation grade.
Group Study Sessions: Many students find it difficult to only receive instruction one hour a week in their math classes, however obtaining a tutor can be quite expensive. To help remedy this I will be offering group study sessions in my home (in Schertz) on Thursdays. The session for each class will be offered at the same hour as the Tuesday class, and can be attended by reservation for just $10 per week. This time will be spent answering student questions and showing additional examples from the lesson on Tuesday.


Pre-Calculus
Instructor: Stacy Puckett (bluecelestite@gmail.com)

Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $10 one-time fee
Grade Level: 10 or 11
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Curriculum Required: The Pre-Calculus Teaching Textbook*** only the textbook and answer key/test bank are required for this class. A graphing calculator is helpful but not required for Pre-Calculus.  (to purchase from publisher)  (to purchase from Amazon)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 2 and Geometry

Course Description: Over the coming year we will be exploring Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus topics including but not limited to Trigonometric functions and graphs, Logarithmic functions and graphs, and a deeper Algebraic understanding. Our focus will be in preparing for Calculus. Due to the nature of the Teaching Textbook system there will be supplementation throughout the year.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work.
Before the school year begins: Usually the first few chapters in a math book are review. Rather than spend valuable class time on this review, students will be required to complete one or more chapters before the first day of class.
Expectations: Math is a skill, much like playing a sport or a musical instrument. This means that regular practice is required to really make progress. Homework assignments are designed to give you frequent practice on the new skills you are learning and are vital to you being a successful math student. They help you best if you work on homework through the school week rather than attempting to complete all of the work in one day.
Late and Make up work: Work can be made up when a student is absent, and must be turned in within 2 weeks of the absence. The student is required to obtain notes missed (notes are very important) and find out what assignments are due.
Doing work late is bad for your understanding and learning and therefore will be discouraged. Work that is one week late will have 10 points taken off the grade. No work will be accepted more than a week after the due date.
Grading Policy: Students in all classes will receive a grade based on homework, tests, major exams and participation. Attendance, being on time and prepared for class, and asking and answering questions are all part of the participation grade.

Calculus
Instructor: Stacy Puckett (bluecelestite@gmail.com)

Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $20 one-time fee
Grade Level: 12
Minimum enrollment: 2 students
Curriculum Required: Calculus, Concepts and Applications 2nd edition by Foerster; graphing calculator is required (to purchase from Amazon)
Prerequisites: Algebra 1, Geometry Pre-Calculus, Trig or Advanced Math or equivalent course completed

Course Description: Over the course of the year we will be covering Calculus topics to prepare for the College Board Calculus AP Exam. This test allows a student to test out of College Calculus. (If a student wants to take the College Board AP Calculus test arrangements and preparation will be taken.)
Due to the advanced pace this course will be taking there will be a virtual class on Friday afternoons and access to Google groups will be required.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work.
Before the school year begins: Usually the first few chapters in a math book are review. Rather than spend valuable class time on this review, students will be required to complete one or more chapters before the first day of class.
Expectations: Math is a skill, much like playing a sport or a musical instrument. This means that regular practice is required to really make progress. Homework assignments are designed to give you frequent practice on the new skills you are learning and are vital to you being a successful math student. They help you best if you work on homework through the school week rather than attempting to complete all of the work in one day.
Late and Make up work: Work can be made up when a student is absent, and must be turned in within 2 weeks of the absence. The student is required to obtain notes missed (notes are very important) and find out what assignments are due.
Doing work late is bad for your understanding and learning and therefore will be discouraged. Work that is one week late will have 10 points taken off the grade. No work will be accepted more than a week after the due date.
Grading Policy: Students in all classes will receive a grade based on homework, tests, major exams and participation. Attendance, being on time and prepared for class, and asking and answering questions are all part of the participation grade.

SCIENCE

General Science
Instructor: Lisa Frazier

Course fee: $320 per year ($40 per month) I have eliminated the supply fee and copy fee to help with registration costs. Supplies and Pre-Printed Lab Notebook pages are now included in the class fee. Sibling Discount: $5 per month (if you have signed up more than one child that lives in your home for any of my science classes, each additional student after the first one will be $5 less per month.)
Grade Level: Recommended Grade Level: 7th, but appropriate for 6th – 8th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Books Required (parent must purchase on their own): Apologia General Science, 2nd edition ($40) ISBN-10:19320128669
Supplies Required: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers

Course Description: "This course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences. Although it can be used for eighth grade (especially if the student has recently left the public schools), it is typically used best in the seventh grade. The course covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. Its scope, therefore, is quite wide."
This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. I use a balance of lecture, discussion and games as teaching tools to keep students engaged. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the On Your Own Questions in the text. One project for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation. This will be assigned in the fall and due a couple of weeks before the winter break.
Students will get excellent exposure to science without too much homework. Some students, especially at this age need to just enjoy science before they get too bogged down with answering questions and taking tests. As an exposure to the level and type of tests required in upper level sciences, I will send home Module Tests (usually every two weeks). For General Science, these may be taken “open book.” Students can expect about an hour or two of homework per week. All assignments must be turned in by the following week. I often teach using a Socratic Method of asking students questions and either praising, correcting, or expanding upon their answers, so class participation is expected. This may or may not be very new to your students, so expectations will rise gradually through the year.
My science classes are based on Apologia science textbooks. The best place to purchase these (unless you can find them used) is here at www.homeschooldiscountproducts.com. They are often “on sale during the summer at CBD or through Rainbow Resources. Also, check www.amazon.com for used textbooks. PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE PURCHASING THE CORRECT EDITION, life gets complicated when you are using an old edition.
My goal is to extend a love for science (or at least an interest and understanding) and the miracles of God’s awesome creation. Apologia is the perfect curriculum for just that. As much as possible, students will perform experiments themselves with their assigned lab partner. For me, learning is exciting when I can experience and prove what I am reading. The high school courses are advanced curriculums which will prepare students well for college courses.

Physical Science
Instructor: Lisa Frazier

Course Fee: $320 per year ($40 per month) I have eliminated the supply fee and copy fee in order to help lower registration costs. All supplies and pre-printed notebook pages are now covered in the class fee. Sibling Discount: $5 per month (if you have signed up more than one child that lives in your home for any of my science classes, each additional student after the first one will be $5 less per month.)
Grade Level: Recommended Grade Level: 8th (6th and 7th grade students may take the class if they have some experience with PreAlgebra or are taking it concurrently.)
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra or at least taking it concurrently
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Books Required (parent must purchase on their own): Apologia Physical Science, 2nd edition ($40) ISBN 10: 1932012774
Supplies Required: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers, calculator

Course Description: "This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology. Thus, we generally recommend it as an 8th grade course. The text discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. The author especially concentrates on the myths generated by the hysterical environmentalist movement. It is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science curriculum. "
This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. I use a balance of lecture, discussion and games as teaching tools to keep students engaged. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the On Your Own Questions in the text. One project for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation. This will be assigned in the fall and due a couple of weeks before the winter break.
Students will receive an excellent exposure to science without too much of homework. Some students, especially at this age need to just enjoy science before they get too bogged down with answering questions and taking tests. In preparation for high school sciences, Module Tests will be sent home at the end of each module, but may be taken “open book”. This is to prepare the student for the types of questions they will be expected to answer in high school sciences in order to demonstrate mastery of the material. Taking the test will be good review for solidifying concepts and good practice for high school. Students can expect about an hour or two of homework per week. All assignments must be turned in by the following week. Class participation in discussion is expected.
My science classes are based on Apologia science textbooks. The best place to purchase these (unless you can find them used) is here at www.homeschooldiscountproducts.com. They are often “on sale during the summer at CBD or through Rainbow Resources. Also, check www.amazon.com for used textbooks. PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE PURCHASING THE CORECT EDITION, life gets complicated when you are using an old edition.
My goal is to extend a love for science (or at least an interest and understanding) and the miracles of God’s awesome creation. Apologia is the perfect curriculum for just that. As much as possible, students will perform experiments themselves with their assigned lab partner. For me, learning is exciting when I can experience and prove what I am reading. The high school courses are advanced curriculums which will prepare students well for college courses.

Biology
Instructor: Lisa Frazier

Course Fee: $400 per year ($50 per month) I have eliminated the copy fee this year and the lab fee to save at registration time, all lab supplies including dissection specimens are now included in the class fee, lab notebook pages are also included. Sibling discount: $5 per month (if you have signed up more than one child that lives in your home for any of my science classes, each additional student after the first one will be $5 less per month.)
Grade Level: Recommended Grade Level: 9th, but will be accepted as high school credit for any student
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Books Required (parent must purchase on their own): Apologia Biology, 2nd edition ($50) ISBN: 1932012540
Supplies Required: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers

Course Description: "This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course and is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university biology course."
This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. I use a balance of lecture, discussion and games as teaching tools to keep students engaged. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class, lab sheets to be completed at home), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the On Your Own Questions in the text. One project for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation. This will be assigned in the fall and due a couple of weeks before the winter break. Module Tests will be taken at home at the end of each module. As often as possible Study Guide Questions will be discussed in class, students may take notes on those to prepare for the Module Test, extra credit will be offered and class participation expected.
My science classes are based on Apologia science textbooks. The best place to purchase these (unless you can find them used) is here at www.homeschooldiscountproducts.com. They are often “on sale during the summer at CBD or through Rainbow Resources. Also, check www.amazon.com for used textbooks. PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE PURCHASING THE CORECT EDITION, life gets complicated when you are using an old edition.
My goal is to extend a love for science (or at least an interest and understanding) and the miracles of God’s awesome creation. Apologia is the perfect curriculum for just that. As much as possible, students will perform experiments themselves with their assigned lab partner. For me, learning is exciting when I can experience and prove what I am reading. The high school courses are advanced curriculums which will prepare students well for college courses.

Advanced Biology: The Human Body
Instructor: Lisa Frazier

Course Fee: $360 per year ($45 per month) The lab fee has been eliminated and is now incorporated into the class fee. All specimens and supplies are now incorporated into the class fee. Must have minimum of 3 students enrolled to offer this class. Sibling discount: $5 per month (if you have signed up more than one child that lives in your home for any of my science classes, each additional student after the first one will be $5 less per month.)
Grade Level: Recommended Grade Level: 11th or 12th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: Must have completed Biology I
Books Required (parent must purchase on their own): The Human Body, 2nd ed., 2013 ISBN: 978-1-935495-72-7
Kaplan Anatomy Coloring Book, 4th ed. ISBN: 978-1419550409
Supplies Required: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers

Course Description: “Combined with Exploring Creation with Biology, this text gives the student the equivalent of a university biology course.” This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. I use a balance of lecture, discussion and games as teaching tools to keep students engaged. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class, lab sheets to be completed at home), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the On Your Own and Study Guide Questions in the text. Tests will be required to be completed at home and turned in the following week. One or two projects for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation. This will be assigned in the fall and due a couple of weeks before the winter break. Class participation in discussions is expected.
My science classes are based on Apologia science textbooks. The best place to purchase these (unless you can find them used) is here at www.homeschooldiscountproducts.com. They are often “on sale during the summer at CBD or through Rainbow Resources. Also, check www.amazon.com for used textbooks. PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE PURCHASING THE CORECT EDITION, life gets complicated when you are using an old edition.
My goal is to extend a love for science (or at least an interest and understanding) and the miracles of God’s awesome creation. Apologia is the perfect curriculum for just that. As much as possible, students will perform experiments themselves with their assigned lab partner. For me, learning is exciting when I can experience and prove what I am reading. The high school courses are advanced curriculums which will prepare students well for college courses.

Marine Biology CANCELED
Instructor: Lisa Frazier

Course Fee: $360 per year ($45 per month) Lab supply has been eliminated and incorporated into the class fee. All lab supplies and specimens are included. Must have minimum of 3 students enrolled to offer this class. Sibling discount: $5 per month (if you have signed up more than one child that lives in your home for any of my science classes, each additional student after the first one will be $5 less per month.)
Grade Level: Recommended 11th or 12th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: Must have completed Biology 1
Book Required: parents must purchase on their own Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Marine Biology ISBN: 192012583
Supplies Required: 1”3-ring binder,notebook paper, dividers

Course Description: “In order to take this course, students must have completed a first-year biology course, preferably Exploring Creation with Biology. This course concentrates on marine wildlife and marine habitats. It provides a survey of members of each biological kingdom that live in marine environments. The student will learn about the microscopic organisms that make life in the ocean possible, including details about their interesting habits and life cycles. The student will also learn about the anatomy of many macroscopic marine creatures such as clams, starfish, and sharks. The student will then learn how these creatures and their physical surroundings form marine ecosystems such as intertidal zones, estuaries, coral reefs, continental shelf communities, epipelagic communities, and deep-ocean communities. The course ends with a study of marine resources and our relationship with the sea.”
For the student who needs more science, but not leaning toward Chem or Phys, another interesting Biology course, especially for those who just love the ocean anyway. Students must complete reading prior to class. On Your Owns will be submitted and Module Tests sent home and returned for grading. Most labs will be completed in class, with lab report completed at home. We will do extra dissections to keep the class interesting. One outside project or report will be required. As always, class participation is expected.
My science classes are based on Apologia science textbooks. The best place to purchase these (unless you can find them used) is here at www.homeschooldiscountproducts.com. They are often “on sale during the summer at CBD or through Rainbow Resources. Also, check www.amazon.com for used textbooks. PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE PURCHASING THE CORECT EDITION, life gets complicated when you are using an old edition.
My goal is to extend a love for science (or at least an interest and understanding) and the miracles of God’s awesome creation. Apologia is the perfect curriculum for just that. As much as possible, students will perform experiments themselves with their assigned lab partner. For me, learning is exciting when I can experience and prove what I am reading. The high school courses are advanced curriculums which will prepare students well for college courses.


Intro to Astronomy
Instructor: Jennifer Strickland

Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50); siblings in my Science/multi Science enrollment take $5/mo discount after each
Lab supply fee/ Copy fee: NONE – this is included in the monthly fee
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 10th through 12th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: Algebra I. Recommended to have previously taken a high school science course.
Required textbooks: (parent must purchase on their own) Universe by Design by Dr. Danny Faulkner
Astronomy Today, 7th ed by Chaisson McMillan (ISBN: 978-0321691439)
Required supplies: 1″ 3-Ring Notebook with the following labeled dividers: Notes, Labs, Homework, Tests; Notebook paper, Scientific Calculator, Pencils/ Pens, Observation Journal – this can be any type of bound notebook

Course description: First semester: Solar System Astronomy - a study of the sun, planets and satellites of our solar system including theories about the origin and structure, other solar systems and extraterrestrial life. Second semester: Stellar Astronomy - the study of our sun, stars - "birth," life," and "death," the Milky Way galaxy and other galaxies including some theories of the Universe as a whole, it's past, present and future.
We’ll be using a secular-based text and supplement with a Creation-based book and articles. For indoor observations, we’ll be using the award winning Starry Night projection software and outdoor observations will be at home and at monthly Star Parties.
Astronomy counts as a high school science credit but does not replace Biology, Chemistry or Physics. For more detail, go to www.stricklyscience.com under menu title “Intro to Astronomy.”
Course Makeup Policy: Students are responsible for making up labs at home or may arrange for a make up time with me during my break hours or in my home.
Course Grading Policy: Students are graded on writing all assignments. Those that are not turned in will result in a “0” until the assignment is turned in. Ten points will be deducted per week for late assignments unless parent excuse has been given. Progress reports will be sent out at the end of every quarter and all grades will be posted online for parent access and convenience.

Chemistry I
Instructor: Jennifer Strickland

Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50); siblings in my Science/multi Science enrollment take $5/mo discount after each
Lab supply fee/ Copy fee: NONE – this is included in the monthly fee
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 10th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: Algebra I
Required textbooks: (parent must purchase on their own) Apologia Chemistry, 2nd edition ($50) and Solution and Test Manual ($15)
Required supplies: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers, SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR

Course description: "This course is designed to be a first-year high school chemistry course and gives the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry, in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course. The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university chemistry course."
This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. I use a balance of lecture, discussion and games as teaching tools to keep students engaged. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class, lab sheets to be completed at home), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the On Your Own and Study Guide Questions in the text. All students in this class must complete take-home tests. One project for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation. This will be assigned in the fall and due a couple of weeks before the winter break.
Course Makeup Policy: Students are responsible for making up labs at home or may arrange for a make up time with me during my break hours or in my home.
Course Grading Policy: Students are graded on writing all assignments. Those that are not turned in will result in a “0” until the assignment is turned in. Ten points will be deducted per week for late assignments unless parent excuse has been given. Progress reports will be sent out at the end of every quarter and all grades will be posted online for parent access and convenience.

Chemistry II  CANCELED
Instructor: Jennifer Strickland

Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50); siblings in my Science/multi Science enrollment take $5/mo discount after each
Lab supply fee: $50 (this is a one-time fee)
Copy fee: NONE – this is included in the monthly fee
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 11th - 12 th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: Chemistry I
Required textbooks: (parent must purchase on their own) Apologia Advanced Chemistry in Creation, 2nd edition ($50) and Solution and Test Manual ($15)
Required supplies: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers, SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR

Course description: "This chemistry course is designed to be taken after a college-preparatory chemistry course such as Exploring Creation with Chemistry. When both courses are taken, the student is prepared to take the AP (advanced placement) or CLEP (College Level Examination Program) chemistry exam. The course includes detailed discussions of stoichiometry (with limiting reactants), thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, orbital hybridization, molecular orbitals, molecular geometry, chemical equilibrium, and nuclear chemistry. The student also receives an introduction to organic chemistry, focusing on the major functional groups, organic nomenclature, and polymer chemistry. There are 28 hours of laboratory exercises in the course, including the rate of an iodine clock reaction, distillation, chromatography, the common ion effect, measuring pH changes in a buffer, the electrolysis of copper sulfate, polymerization experiments, and the hydrolysis of sucrose."
This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. I use a balance of lecture, discussion and games as teaching tools to keep students engaged. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class, lab sheets to be completed at home), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the On Your Own and Practice Problems in the text. One project for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation. This will be assigned in the fall and due a couple of weeks before the winter break.
Course Makeup Policy: Students are responsible for making up labs at home or may arrange for a make up time with me during my break hours or in my home.
Course Grading Policy: Students are graded on writing all assignments. Those that are not turned in will result in a “0” until the assignment is turned in. Ten points will be deducted per week for late assignments unless parent excuse has been given. Progress reports will be sent out at the end of every quarter and all grades will be posted online for parent access and convenience.


Physics
Instructor: Jennifer Strickland

Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50); siblings in my Science/multi Science enrollment take $5/mo discount after each
Lab supply fee/ Copy fee: NONE – this is included in the monthly fee
Recommended grade level: 11th - 12 th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: Algebra II or Trigonometry
Required textbooks: (parent must purchase on their own) Apologia Physics, 2nd edition ($50) and Solution and Test Manual ($15)
Required supplies: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers, SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR

Course description: “This college-preparatory high school physics course is designed specifically for independent study. This course material is easy to read and understand.” There is a lot of math involved in Physics, therefore I will require the OYO Questions, Practice Problems and Tests to be turned in for grading. Lots of practice will be needed to excel in Physics. Review questions can be completed at home and self-checked with answers in the back of the book, but will not be expected to turn in. Completed lab sheets will be required to be turned in for grading. All assignments are listed in the schedule and will be due at the beginning of class each week.
This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. I use a balance of lecture, discussion and games as teaching tools to keep students engaged. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class, lab sheets to be completed at home), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the On Your Own and Practice Problems in the text. One project for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation. This will be assigned in the fall and due a couple of weeks before the winter break.
Course Makeup Policy: Students are responsible for making up labs at home or may arrange for a make up time with me during my break hours or in my home.
Course Grading Policy: Students are graded on writing all assignments. Those that are not turned in will result in a “0” until the assignment is turned in. Ten points will be deducted per week for late assignments unless parent excuse has been given. Progress reports will be sent out at the end of every quarter and all grades will be posted online for parent access and convenience.

SOCIAL SCIENCES - HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

Texas History CANCELED

Instructor: David Petershack

Course fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Minimum enrollment: 5 students
Supply Fee: $10 one-time fee
Prerequisites: None
Materials Required: Course materials will be provided by the instructor, but it is recommended that the student have a good dictionary for class work.

Course Description: This class surveys the history, economy, geography, government and people of Texas. We will use vocabulary activities, discussions with questions, creative thinking and creative writing in our pursuit of Texas History.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work including class work, homework, tests, simple projects and participation.

Government/Economics
Instructor: David Petershack

Course fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Minimum enrollment: 5 students
Prerequisites: None
Materials Required: Declaration Statesmanship: A Course in American Government, Drs. Richard Ferrier and Andrew Seeley, Both Student Text and Readings Text. Mr. Petershack may be able to get a deal on the books, please contact if you are interested.
Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity, 2010 edition by James D. Gwartney, Richard L. Stroup, Dwight R. Lee, and Tawni Hunt Ferrarini. Class will also be using other materials as provided by instructor

Course Description
: The first half of the year will be focused on Government. This course is designed to "help the young citizens of America to understand how the principles of the American founding are crucial to the pursuit of happiness which is their birthright."
The Student Text begins with the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the United States. Then, it continues on through the writing of the Constitution and the forming of the government, and how the founding fathers incorporated all the fundamental principles within the Constitution. This insightful program next discusses the challenges our country faced in the past and how they were eventually solved, and how those same problems apply to America today.
The second half of the year we will be using The book “Common Sense Economics”. Common Sense Economics covers what students really need to know in order to make wise choices as consumers, investors, voters and citizens
We will mainly addresses the various principles of economics through the problems and concerns of modern society such as the effect of price controls, the role of profits and losses, and international trade. We then will go over a brief history of economic theory. The class is designed to make economics fun.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work including class work, homework, tests, quizzes, projects and participation.

U.S. History (1402-1914)
Instructor: David Petershack

Course fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Minimum enrollment: 5 students
Prerequisites: None
Curriculum Required: Students will need to purchase a copy of America: The Last Best Hope, vol. 1 by William Bennett.
Prerequisites: None

Course Description: Once upon a time…there was a country founded on the belief that all men are created equal and are endowed with certain unalienable rights, such as Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The story of America is filled with interesting characters, sweeping adventure, world wars, terrible tragedies, and the most majestic of triumphs. It has been called one of the greatest stories ever told. This class covers these events from 1492 – 1914.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work including class work, homework, tests, projects and participation.

HS World Geography CANCELED

Instructor: David Petershack

Course fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Minimum enrollment: 5 students
Curriculum Required: Glencoe World Geography, 2004 or 2005, Richard G. Boehm, Ph.D. (book available used on many websites including Alibris.com)
Prerequisites: None

Course Description: This course is designed to continue and expand knowledge of the five themes of geography by exploring the world in spatial terms; by places and regions; by understanding physical systems and human systems; by studying the environment and society; and by learning how to apply geography in the real world. The class will be centered around student participation and discussion. Students will be required to find real world examples to bring to class. Students will learn the geography of the world and develop knowledge of how we relate to it.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work including class work, homework, tests, quizzes, projects and participation.


HS World History
Instructor: David Petershack

Course fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Minimum enrollment: 5 students
Prerequisites: None
Curriculum Required: Glencoe World History, 2005, Jackson J. Spielvogel, Ph.D. (book available used on many websites including Alibris.com)

Course Description: This course is designed to explore the history of the world by studying the first civilizations; new patterns of civilization, the early modern world; European imperialism; the twentieth century and a global civilization. The class will be centered on student participation and discussion. Students will be required to find real world examples to bring to class. Students will learn the history of the world and develop knowledge of how we relate to it.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work including class work, homework, tests, quizzes, projects and participation.

ELECTIVES

Speech and Debate
Instructor: Cindee Dupaquier

Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)
Supply Fee: $20 (one time)
Grade Level: 8th-12th
Minimum Enrollment: 6 students
Required Supplies: Students will need a notebook or binder with lined paper. Access to a computer for research.
Required Books: Great Speeches for Better Speaking: Listen and Learn from History’s Most Memorable Speeches” –Michael Eidemuller; “Thank You for Arguing, Revised and Updated Edition: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion” – Jay Heinrichs; “Talk the Talk: Speech and Debate Made Easy” – Alim Merali

Class Description: (Speech – 1st Semester) Students will develop improved speaking habits and abilities through the study and practice of public speaking. Students will research great speeches that have impacted peoples, cultures, and world events. They will learn to identify the elements of good public speaking and how to apply them. (Debate – 2nd Semester)This will be a connected follow-up to Speech. Students will utilize the skills acquired in Speech and apply them to the art of debate and persuasion. Students will learn how to research an argument, present their side, take effective notes on the opposition and deliver rebuttal. Various styles of debate will be discussed and studied.
Both semesters will require reading, research, and oral presentation.

Middle School Spanish CANCELED

Instructor: Aida Scalercio (vascalercio@netscape.net, (210) 326-0960)

Course Fee: $360 per year (or 8 payments of $45)
Supply Fee: $20 per year supply/copy fee
Grade Level: 6 - 8
Required textbook and workbook:
1. Spanish Is Fun Book A Second Edition (ISBN 978-087720140-3)
2. Spanish Is Fun Book A Second Edition Cuaderno de ejercicios– workbook (ISBN 978-087720144-1)
These may be purchased from the publishers’ website: http://www.amscopub.com/
Required Materials for Class: Textbook and workbook, pencils/pens, notebook paper, 3x5 note cards, binder, dividers for homework, vocabulary, notes, tests, quizzes, and class work.

Course Description: Middle School Spanish is an introductory level course for upper elementary and middle school students. The topic-based lessons deal with functional situations and are designed to develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The students will learn vocabulary and grammar through exercises, short narrations, illustrated conversations, and personalized dialogue. Students must be self-motivated and should practice what was learned daily in order to achieve retention and language fluency. Assignments that reinforce concepts will be given on a weekly basis. These are an essential part of the learning process.
Course Makeup Policy: Students must take the responsibility to complete missed work and to turn in homework assignments when they return to class after an absence. Tests and quizzes must be made up the week the student returns to class unless other arrangements are made.
Grading Policy: Class participation, homework, tests, quizzes, projects, and semester exams will determine final grade.


High School Spanish I
Instructor: Aida Scalercio (vascalercio@netscape.net (210)326-0960)

Course Fee: $360 per year (or 8 payments of $45)
Supply Fee: $35 per year (Spanish workbook and copy/supply fee)
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Materials provided by tutor:
1. ¡En Español! 1 (*Textbook -McDougal Littell, 2002)
2. Cuaderno Mas Practica (workbook)
*Textbooks are provided for the students to use throughout the year and must be returned at the end of the course. No writing is permitted inside the textbook. A $25 lost textbook fee will be collected for unreturned books. Final grade will not be issued until fee is collected. Workbooks are consumable and yours to keep.
Required Materials for Class: Textbook and workbook, pencils/pens, notebook paper, 3x5 note cards, binder, dividers for homework, vocabulary, notes, tests, quizzes, and class work.

Course Description
: In High School Spanish I, students will hear and speak Spanish from the very beginning, starting with greetings and farewells, the alphabet and numbers. Students will learn the present and present progressive and basic preterit (past) tense forms along with pronouns, descriptive, limiting, possessive, and demonstrative adjectives, and interrogative words. Some vocabulary topics that are covered in Spanish I are school, house, family, pastimes, the calendar, and weather. Grammar and vocabulary are mixed with culture, readings, and information on different Spanish speaking countries.
Course Makeup Policy: Students must take the responsibility to complete missed work and to turn in homework assignments when they return to class after an absence. Tests and quizzes must be made up the week the student returns to class unless other arrangements are made.
Grading Policy: Class participation, homework, tests, quizzes, projects, and semester exams will determine final grade.

High School Spanish II
Instructor: Aida Scalercio (vascalercio@netscape.net (210)326-0960)

Course Fee: $360 per year (or 8 payments of $45)
Supply Fee: $35 per year (Spanish workbook and copy/supply fee for students or returning students needing the Spanish I workbook) OR $20 per year (copy/supply fee for returning students with Spanish I workbook)
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish I
Materials provided by tutor:
1. ¡En Español! 1 (*Textbook -McDougal Littell, 2002)
2. Cuaderno Mas Practica (workbook)
*Textbooks are provided for the students to use throughout the year and must be returned at the end of the course. No writing is permitted inside the textbook. A $25 lost textbook fee will be collected for unreturned books. Final grade will not be issued until fee is collected. Students completing Spanish I with Mrs. Scalercio will continue to use their Spanish I workbooks. Workbooks are consumable and yours to keep.
Required Materials for Class: Textbook and workbook, pencils/pens, notebook paper, 3x5 note cards, binder, dividers for homework, vocabulary, notes, tests, quizzes, and class work.

Course Description: This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish I. Spanish 2 reviews and expands the work of Spanish 1 by building and strengthening communication skills as well as grammatical structures. The students are able to comprehend and participate in short conversations. Translations, writing, and reading comprehension are increased at this level. The students read and write notes, letters, and short reports using Level 2 vocabulary. Cultural material is presented through class discussion.
Course Makeup Policy: Students must take the responsibility to complete missed work and to turn in homework assignments when they return to class after an absence. Tests and quizzes must be made up the week the student returns to class unless other arrangements are made.
Grading Policy: Class participation, homework, tests, quizzes, projects, and semester exams will determine final grade.

Beginning Art Techniques
Instructor: Dwayne Puckett (armoralleather@gmail.com)

Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)
Supply Fee: $20 one-time supply fee
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Minimum Enrollment: 4 students
Curriculum Required: none
Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Art Technique ~
Drawing: Layout, sketching, shading, color, and application.
Painting: Water based acrylics and possibly water color.
3D: Construction with found objects and Multi Media
This is a basics of what art is supposed to be, applications of different media in ways that are both aesthetically pleasing and personally gratifying. My target is to introduce the student not just to art technique but also art appreciation. I plan to take at least two field trips to any of the number of museums here in San Antonio with the possibility to visit an Art Gallery. And encourage each student to participate in our end of year art show.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work.

Advanced Art Techniques
Instructor: Dwayne Puckett (armoralleather@gmail.com)

Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Supply Fee: TBA based on direction taken by student
Grade Level: 11 - 12
Minimum Enrollment: 2 students
Curriculum Required: none
Prerequisite: submission of portfolio and artist statement (can be simple)

Course Description: Advanced Art: In other words, this is “Where We Get Serious About Art!” This is for the student who is serious about Art and Art related futures in college. The class will be small so we can have more one on one time to get your chosen art emphasis polished and ready for the professors in college. My intent is to help students polish their skills, learn to frame or display their pieces properly, and help them understand the intent of a constructive critique of their work. I fully expect the prospective student to have the basics of art down and show an extraordinary drive to create well defined pieces and the will to make a complete project from studies to the finished framed work of art. Supplies and such will be determined as each student will have a different focus so the needed supplies will vary according to their requirements. I plan to take at least two required field trips to any of the number of museums here in San Antonio with the possibility to visit an Art Gallery. And each student will be required to participate in our end of year art show.
Prospective students are required to submit a portfolio of their work so I can determine their abilities and whether or not they need more basic training or can dive into the next evolution of their work. Simple photographs of the pieces will be sufficient, they can be mailed to my e-mail address.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work.

Art History CANCELED

Instructor: Dwayne Puckett (armoralleather@gmail.com)

Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)
Supply Fee: $10 one-time supply fee
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Minimum Enrollment: 5 students
Curriculum Required: none
Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Artistic talent not required! This is for someone who would like to learn about art and all it’s beautiful history. We will focus on history, style, artists, etc. There will be tests and this course is study intensive. I plan to take at least two required field trips to any of the number of museums here in San Antonio with the possibility to visit an Art Gallery.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their test scores and participation in class.


Theater Production
Instructor: David Petershack

Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)
Minimum Enrollment: 5 students
Curriculum Required: None required.
Prerequisites: None required

Course Description: Theater Production is a course designed to acquaint students with the beauty and magic of theater. It will be fun! fun! fun! We will focus on voice, stage movement, and role playing. By using improvisational skills, the class will train students to express themselves joyfully and with confidence. They will learn to create a believable character and portray it with technical skill in a production scheduled for the end of the year.

Theater Improv
Instructor: David Petershack

Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)
Minimum Enrollment: 5 students
Curriculum Required: None required.
Prerequisites: None required

Course Description: This class is designed to acquaint students with the beauty and magic of theater by using improv techniques to learn how to put your own imprint on a character.  We will focus on creating scenes and characters by using improvisational skills.  The class will train students to express themselves joyfully and with confidence. They will learn how to adapt and create scenes on the spot.

Beginning Photography/Photoshop
Instructor: Dave Crockett

Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Minimum Enrollment: 4 students
Requirements: Active interest in photography, a digital point-and-shoot camera or DSLR camera, tripod, PC computer or laptop.

Course Description: Students will learn fundamentals of photography, composition, lighting, portraiture, landscape/architectural photography, artistic photography, photojournalism, and more. Students will learn by lecture and hands-on lab with weekly assignments. Students will also learn how to edit photographs in Photoshop as well as photo restoration, manipulation and enhancement.

Movie Production
Instructor: Dave Crockett

Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Minimum Enrollment: 8 students
Requirements: Active interest (not a filler class). Class may require some Saturday 6-8 hour filming days to meet project deadlines.

Course Description: Students will learn from hands-on experience how to make a full-length feature film! Students will write, act-in, film, edit and produce a full-length feature film by the end of the school year! Students will learn by doing all aspects of movie production including screen writing, story boarding, acting, filming, editing, special effects, sound effect recording and more. The movie will be shown to family and friends at a screening at the end of the year! Students will also get a copy of the movie on DVD. This is serious class and only serious students should sign up. This class will be especially exciting for students interested in in drama and want to learn about film acting beyond stage acting. Class will be fun, energetic and a wonderful experience and students will have a full-length feature film to show for their work!

Music Appreciation, a high school elective
Instructor: Sandra Medlock, smedlock@satx.rr.com

Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)
Supply fee: $10 one-time charge for year-long class handouts.
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 9th through 12th grades; younger students on a case-by-case basis.
Prerequisite: None.
Minimum enrollment: 3 students
Required textbook: Music: An Appreciation, 6th Brief Edition by Roger Kamien. Make sure you select the "brief" edition. Used on Amazon starting at $1.94.

Class Description: This course is divided into four sections of 8 or 9 weeks. The first quarter consists of basic music theory and understanding the complexities of rhythm, harmony, and musical instrumentation as it developed over the centuries. The second quarter is a review of music styles and composers of the 16th through 19th century. The third quarter is a study of music styles and roots in the 20th century with study of significant composers and musicians. The fourth quarter is an analysis of contemporary and millennial music in both Christian and secular genres as it relates to modern music history; with an in-class presentation of a contemporary form or musician. Tests, quizzes, short essays, and a presentation are included in the course. Students are encouraged to have access to the Internet for additional information on composers, musicians and styles.

Engineering Design and Problem Solving
Instructor: Jennifer Strickland

Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50); siblings in my Science/multi Science enrollment take $5/mo discount after each
Drafting Board and Kit: $100 (student keeps)
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 9th - 12 th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: Geometry or taking simultaneously
Required textbooks: (parent must purchase on their own)
Exploring Drafting, 2007 ed. by John R. Walker and Bernard D. Mathis
($60-$70 new – check out the used prices on Amazon!) ISBN: 978-1-59070-575-9
Exploring Drafting Worksheets, 2007 ed. by John R. Walker and Bernard D. Mathis
($20 new) ISBN: 978-1-59070-576-6
Required supplies: Laptop for CAD work (I will provide a 2002 version of AutoCAD LT for educational use); Drafting Kit & Board TBD (@$100)

Class description: This course will introduce basic drawing practices and skills used by drafters and designers. Students will learn the fundamentals of creating drawings by applying sketching methods, line conventions and industry standards to solve drawing problems. We’ll cover geometric constructions, orthographic views, dimensioning, pictorial drawing, pattern development, and computer-aided drafting (CAD). Students will first apply these skills manually, using common drafting tools. Then, they’ll learn how to construct their designs in AutoCAD LT.
Students will learn how these practices are used in different design disciplines including mechanical, architectural, electrical, welding, aeronautical, civil and graphic designs. They will also have an opportunity to meet professionals in many of these industries.
Course Makeup Policy: Students are responsible for making up labs at home or may arrange for a make up time with me during my break hours or in my home.
Course Grading Policy: Students are graded on writing all assignments. Those that are not turned in will result in a “0” until the assignment is turned in. Ten points will be deducted per week for late assignments unless parent excuse has been given. Progress reports will be sent out at the end of every quarter and all grades will be posted online for parent access and convenience.
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