Cascade Parent Partnership

Academics

Course Catalog Fall 2024-25

2024-25 First Semester Course Catalog

Monday/Wednesday Classes

These classes meet 2x per week

Art-venture Quest

Grades 2-3

Monday/Wednesday 9:30 – 10:25

Certificated. Art

Explorers will embark on a journey to locations near and far. Starting at home in the Pacific Northwest, artists will create maps and other representations of this places that we call home.  Then, as the semester continues, we will travel near and far to discover how artists from different cultures and times use the visual arts elements to communicate their observations, ideas, and beliefs, and create useable objects for everyday living. From ancient civilizations to modern-day visionaries, we’ll explore the rich tapestry of human creativity and draw inspiration from the diverse cultures, places and artworks we encounter.


We’ll try out all sorts of arts media and techniques painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpting, and making cool collages.


So, grab your paintbrushes and let’s set sail on this amazing art adventure together. Get ready to unleash your imagination and make some awesome art!

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible.

Instructor: Laurie

3 hours on the learning plan

Once Upon a Block

Grades K-2

Monday/Wednesday 10:30 – 11:55

Certificated. ELA/Art/Technology

Enter the world of fairy tales in this K-2 writing class where students craft their own magical stories inspired by classic and fractured tales. Using Minecraft as a creative tool, they’ll bring their tales to life by building settings and characters, fostering imagination and storytelling in an immersive, interactive environment. Students will need a district issued iPad or district issued laptop with mouse to participate in this class.

Instructor: Scott

4 hours on the learning plan


What Goes Around

Grades 3-4

Monday/Wednesday 10:30 – 11:55

Certificated. Science

All the spheres – atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere. We come in contact with them everyday and they impact life here on earth. Come explore the ins and outs of the spheres and how they connect to each other and how we interact with them. Hands on experiments, scientific observations, and projects will help students understand concepts. Students will maintain a scientific notebook and will have daily writing and drawing tasks. 

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor: Lily

3.5 hours on the learning plan


Ink and Clay: Exploring ‘A Single Shard’ Through Literature and Visual Arts

Grades 5-6

Monday/Wednesday 10:30 – 11:55

Certificated. Art/ELA

Embark on a captivating journey across continents and back in time to explore the art, geography and history of 12th Century Korea in this integrated ELA and VA class inspired by the novel, A Single Shard by Linda Sue Parks. 

By translating text descriptions into visual representations, students will strengthen reading comprehension, develop drawing skills and cultivate their creativity. Exploring the history and geography of 12th Century Korea, will offer students valuable insights into the cultural backdrop that shapes the narrative of “A Single Shard” and the extraordinary artwork of that period.   Students will synthesize their learning in personal blogs, where they will share their insights, reflections, and artistic creations with their peers, fostering a collaborative learning community and extending the reach of their exploration beyond the confines of the classroom. From creating pottery inspired by the protagonist’s journey to crafting visual interpretations of key scenes, this interdisciplinary course offers a dynamic fusion of deep reading, and artistic expression. Please join us!  

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible. Younger students must have demonstrated advanced skills in both ELA and Art. Out of grade band requests will be considered if a student has had a least one semester of art with Laurie.

Instructor: Laurie

5 hours on the learning plan


Feasting on Fiction and Nibbling Non-Fiction – Section A

Grades 7-8

Monday/Wednesday 10:30 – 11:55

Certificated. ELA/Social Studies

In this class, we will read fiction and non-fiction about food.  We will also be sharpening our writing skills in essay writing.  We are going to read and write about food and all underpinnings that go with it: culture, preparation, nutrition, eating habits, and comfort.  Each unit will include a fiction center piece to devour with non-fiction side dishes to feed our hearts and minds.  Each unit end with a themed class buffet inspired by the readings but prepared by the student.

NOTE: Students sign up for either section A or section B, but not both.

Instructor: Bill

4 hours on the learning plan

Math Mania

Grades 2-3

Monday/Wednesday 1:00 – 1:55

Certificated. Math

This fast paced 2-3 class makes math social, hands on and engaging. Come learn the mathematical concepts with friends through quick math rotations of games and lessons. This semester we focus on multi-digit adding and subtraction, multiplication/division fact fluency, general place value number sense and tackling word problems

Instructor: Scott

3 hours on the learning plan


Know Your Place

Grades 4-5

Monday/Wednesday 1:00 – 1:55

Certificated. Math

Building on 3rd and 4th grade math, this class will continue the discussion of place value in our base 10 math system. Students will get comfortable building numbers in base 10 and doing the 4 operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, with multi-digit numbers. Students will work through problems as a class, in small groups and independently. We will also use manipulatives, real world examples, and projects to help us understand math concepts.

Instructor: Lily

3 hours on the learning plan


Let’s put on a play!

Grades 6-8

Monday/Wednesday 1:00 – 1:55

Certificated. Drama

In this drama class for 6-8 grade students, we will explore different forms of performance from monologues to improvisation to producing a play. Students will be encouraged to act up and get silly and sometimes serious. Students with no or little experience and those with lots of experience will find something for them in the class. We will perform a play at the end of the semester. 

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor Bill

3 hours on the learning plan

LAB CLASSES

The following Lab Classes are designed for students who are below grade level in these subjects.

Students do not sign up for the classes, but are assigned Lab Classes through Counselor/Teacher recommendation. USE THIS REQUEST FORM to be considered for Lab classes. Talk to your counselor if you think your student should be taking a lab class.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Students remain in the lab class until skill mastery is achieved and could be exited from the class prior to the end of the term. For this reason, students need to have another certificated class on their schedules (including students new to Cascade).
  • Lab classes DO count as one of your 5 (full time)/3 (part time) classes, take attendance, and provide monthly progress. But, you must still maintain another certificated class on your student’s schedule.
  • These classes will maintain a waitlist if full. As students exit, other students can join mid- term from the waitlist or as requested if there is space.

Lab Class Request Form


Reading Lab Section A

Grades 2-4

Monday/Wednesday 2:00 – 2:55

Skills Improvement

Students will be taught phonics, phonemic awareness, high frequency words and reading strategies at their individual reading level in small groups. Students will also practice comprehension strategies through class discussion in grade level texts through whole group read alouds. Homework will be provided to practice at home.

NOTES: Students will request either section A or section B, but not both.

This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor: Scott

3 hours on the learning plan


Spelling Lab

Grades 3-5

Monday/Wednesday 2:00 – 2:55

Skills Improvement

Welcome to “The Magic of Spelling and Cursive Instruction”! Say goodbye to rote memorization and hello to the enchantment of the English language and penmanship! Our curriculum takes a sequential, language-based approach to spelling, bolstering both reading and writing proficiency. Through cursive writing instruction, students not only enhance their writing fluency but also fortify their grasp on language learning. Instead of memorizing word lists, students delve into the sounds and patterns and rules that compose words, making spelling, reading, and writing a breeze. Our research-backed curriculum guides students through a journey of learning to write and read letters, words, and sentences in cursive. From mastering high-frequency words to understanding sound-letter correspondences and English language rules, students engage in sound, analytical practices that instill confidence in their spelling abilities. Join us and discover the transformative power of language-based spelling instruction.

For further insight into our approach, check out this article: “How Words Cast Their Spells: Spelling is an Integral Part of Learning the Language, not a Matter of Memorization.”

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor: Laurie

4 hours on the learning plan


Writing Lab

Grades 5-6

Monday/Wednesday 2:00 – 2:55

Skills Improvement

This class is designed to diagnose and support lagging skills in writing. Writing is a complex interworking of several different domains and if a student has any issue with any one of those domains, it can make the writing process laborious or antagonistic. In this class, we will work to make writing a positive process while supporting all skills so students can access writing for communication and learning at need.

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor: Bill

2.5 hours on the learning plan


Math Lab

Grades 6-8

Monday/Wednesday 2:00 – 2:55

Skills Improvement

Come work on middle school math concepts in math lab. This course is designed for students in 6-8th grade who have math goals they want to work on. We will primarily be working on stretching K-5 math to beginning algebra. 

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor: Lily

3 hours on the learning plan


Monday/Wednesday/Friday Classes

Place Value Playtime

Grades K-1

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:30 – 10:25

Certificated. Math

This fast paced K-1 class makes math social, hands on and engaging through play. Come learn the mathematical concepts with friends through math games. We will practice counting, learn Place Value (ones and tens), develop our number sense, solve math word problems and develop our fact fluency (addition and subtraction through 20).

Instructor: Scott

4 hours on the learning plan


Eating our Words Section A

Grades 4-5

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:30 – 10:25

Certificated. ELA/Social Studies

In this class, we will read fiction and non-fiction about food.  We will also be sharpening our writing skills in expository and persuasive paragraphs.  We are going to read and write about food and all underpinnings that go with it: culture, preparation, nutrition, eating habits, and comfort.  Each unit will include a fiction center piece to devour with non-fiction side dishes to feed our hearts and minds.  Each unit end with a themed class buffet inspired by the readings but prepared by the student.

NOTE: Students sign up for either section A or section B, not both.

Instructor: Bill

4 hours on the learning plan


We Be Mathin’

Grades 6-8

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:30 – 10:25

Certificated. Math

Calling all middle school math students! Get ready to build on your math knowledge this semester with projects, discussions, and real world examples. Students will be spending the majority of class working in small grade-level groups. This semester, we will be focusing on ratios and percents in 6th grade, proportions and percents in 7th grade, and linear equations in 8th grade.

Instructor: Lily

4 hours on the learning plan

Tuesday/Thursday Classes

These classes meet 2x per week.

Avian Adventures

Grades K-1

Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 – 10:25

Certificated. ELA/Science

In this non-fiction K-1 ELA/Science class we will learn about birds around the planet with the Kratt brothers. We will take a deep dive into a new bird every week, learning about, anatomy habitats, diet, food web, migration, through non-fiction informational books, educational videos, crafts and creating scientific illustrations. We will celebrate at the end of week with an episode of the Wild Kratts.

Instructor: Scott

4 hours on the learning plan


World Travelers 

Grades 2-3

Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 – 10:25

Certificated. Science/Social Studies

Come travel the world and learn all about the different continents, regions, climates and animals of the world! This class will focus on how where you are in the world impacts the landforms, culture, weather and culture you experience. We will do projects, have discussions, and do readings to help us understand important locations around the world and our own geography here in Washington State! 

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor: Lily

3 hours on the learning plan


Eating our Words Section B

Grades 4-5

Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 – 10:25

Certificated. ELA/Social Studies

In this class, we will read fiction and non-fiction about food.  We will also be sharpening our writing skills in expository and persuasive paragraphs.  We are going to read and write about food and all underpinnings that go with it: culture, preparation, nutrition, eating habits, and comfort.  Each unit will include a fiction center piece to devour with non-fiction side dishes to feed our hearts and minds.  Each unit end with a themed class buffet inspired by the readings but prepared by the student.

NOTE: Students sign up for either section A or section B, not both.

Instructor: Bill

4 hours on the learning plan


Artistic Alchemy: Unleashing Creativity through Book Art

Grades 6-8

Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 – 10:25

Certificated. Art


Enroll in the 6-8 Art class, “Artistic Alchemy: Unleashing Creativity through Book Art,” and discover the rich possibilities of book art.  We’ll learn about the history of book making and explore paper making, book binding printing and illustrating techniques as well as multiple approaches to illustrating and altering books.  Each book will offer a vehicle for exploration of diverse visual arts media.  Students will discover their unique creative voice while honing technical skills in multiple visual arts media and developing knowledge of the Visual Arts Elements and Principles of Design. Through analyzing and interpreting master artworks, students gain inspiration, insight, and develop visual arts knowledge and critical thinking skills. No experience necessary—join us as we unlock the wonders of book art and artistic expression together!

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor: Laurie

4 hours on the learning plan

Cubic Creations

Grades K-2

Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 – 11:55

Certificated. Art/Technology

In this K-2 class we discover the art of drawing, building and writing stories in Minecraft! From cozy cottages to adorable axolotls, let your imagination flourish as you create your own unique world. Students will need a district issued iPad or district issued laptop.

Instructor: Scott

4 hours on the learning plan


From Words to Art: Exploring ‘A Single Shard’

Grades 3-4

Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 – 11:55

Certificated. Art/ELA

Embark on a captivating journey across continents and back in time to explore the art, geography and history of 12th Century Korea through an integrated ELA and VA class inspired by the novel, A Single Shard by Linda Sue Parks.  By translating text descriptions into visual representations, students will strengthen oral listening and reading comprehension, develop drawing skills and cultivate their creativity. Exploring the history and geography of 12th Century Korea, will offer students valuable insights into the cultural backdrop that shapes the narrative of “A Single Shard” and the extraordinary artwork of that period.   From creating pottery inspired by the protagonist’s journey to crafting visual interpretations of key scenes, this interdisciplinary course will offer a dynamic fusion of literary inspiration, and artistic expression. Please join us!  

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible. Younger students must have demonstrated advanced skills in both ELA and Art. Out of grade band requests will be considered if a student has had a least one semester of art with Laurie.

Instructor: Laurie

4 hours on the learning plan


What’s the Matter?

Grades 5-6

Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 – 11:55

Certificated. Science

Reactions, acids, bases, elements and the periodic table. All of this and more is awaiting you in What’s the Matter. In this class, students will learn basic chemistry principles and how matter and atoms are the basic structure of everything on earth! We will intertwine chemistry with other areas of science through discussions, videos, experiments and projects.

Not HCC/AL Eligible.

Instructor: Lily

4 hours on the learning plan


Feasting on Fiction and Nibbling Non-Fiction – Section B

Grades 7-8

Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 – 11:55

Certificated. ELA/Social Studies

In this class, we will read fiction and non-fiction about food.  We will also be sharpening our writing skills in essay writing.  We are going to read and write about food and all underpinnings that go with it: culture, preparation, nutrition, eating habits, and comfort.  Each unit will include a fiction center piece to devour with non-fiction side dishes to feed our hearts and minds.  Each unit end with a themed class buffet inspired by the readings but prepared by the student.

NOTE: Students sign up for either section A or section B, but not both.

Instructor: Bill

4 hours on the learning plan

Feather, Beak and Bone

Grades 2-3

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00 -1:55

Certificated. Science/ELA

Explore the world of our feathered (ahem! dinosaur) friends in this interactive class 2nd and 3rd grade class. Through hands-on activities, drawing, readings and videos, students will learn about avian origins, anatomy, biology, types, and systems, gaining a deeper appreciation for these remarkable creatures.

Instructor: Scott

3 hours on the learning plan


Play Time!

Grades 4-6

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00 -1:55

Certificated. Drama

In this drama class for 4-6 grade students, we will explore different forms of performance from monologues to improvisation to producing a play. Students will be encouraged to act up and get silly and sometimes serious. Students with no or little experience and those with lots of experience will find something for them in the class. We will perform a play at the end of the semester. 

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor: Bill

3 hours on the learning plan


Land Ho!

Grades 7-8

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00 -1:55

Certificated. Social Studies

Calling all geography lovers, historians and mapmakers! This class will explore the 5 themes of geography – location, place, interaction, movement and region. Students will learn about the importance of place and space through discussions of geography based history, map making, population demographics and human migration. Projects, videos and reading will be a big part of this class. Students will develop their own nations and combine their learning from the semester into one World’s Fair simulation at the end of the semester.

Not HCC/AL eligible.

Instructor: Lily

3 hours on the learning plan

LAB CLASSES

The following Lab Classes are designed for students who are below grade level in these subjects.

Students do not sign up for the classes, but are assigned Lab Classes through Counselor/Teacher recommendation. USE THIS REQUEST FORM to be considered for Lab classes. Talk to your counselor if you think your student should be taking a lab class.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Students remain in the lab class until skill mastery is achieved and could be exited from the class prior to the end of the term. For this reason, students need to have another certificated class on their schedules (including students new to Cascade).
  • Lab classes DO count as one of your 5 (full time)/3 (part time) classes, take attendance, and provide monthly progress. But, you must still maintain another certificated class on your student’s schedule.
  • These classes will maintain a waitlist if full. As students exit, other students can join mid- term from the waitlist or as requested if there is space.

Lab Class Request Form


Reading Lab Section B

Grades 2-4

Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 – 2:55

Skills Improvement

Students will be taught phonics, phonemic awareness, high frequency words and reading strategies at their individual reading level in small groups. Students will also practice comprehension strategies through class discussion in grade level texts through whole group read alouds. Homework will be provided to practice at home.

NOTES: Students will request either section A or section B, but not both.

This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor: Scott

3 hours on the learning plan


Math Lab

Grades 2-5

Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 – 2:55

Skills Improvement

Come work on your math operations and fraction understanding in math lab. Students will work independently on math goals but may also work in small group with other students who are doing similar concepts. This class will focus on doing the 4 operations at the 2-5 grade level and helping students understand fractions. 

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor: Lily

3 hours on the learning plan


Writing Lab

Grades 7-8

Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 – 2:55

Skills Improvement

This class is designed to diagnose and support lagging skills in writing. Writing is a complex interworking of several different domains and if a student has any issue with any one of those domains, it can make the writing process laborious or antagonistic. In this class, we will work to make writing a positive process while supporting all skills so students can access writing for communication and learning at need.

This class will also provide many incentives to make working on these skills more appealing such as learning through games, choosing topics, working with peers, and, at times, rewards.

Instructor: Bill

2.5 hours on the learning plan


Monday Classes

These classes meet 1x per week.

Stop Motion Animation

Grades 4-8

Monday 9:00 – 10:25

Elective. Technology

Bring your story to life by making stop motion animated movies! Working in teams, we will build sets and characters using LEGO® bricks, clay, and other materials, then write, direct, and edit unique stories. We will learn about narrative structure, setting the tone, and using special effects to communicate stories to an audience. By the end of the session, kids will complete multiple animation exercises and a final film project to share with the world!

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible. Electives serve students within the grade band only.

Instructor: BEAM

2 hours on the learning plan


ELA Learning Support Session 1

Grades 4-5 with IEP

Monday 9:00 – 9:25

SDI only for students with IEP ELA goals.

This course is designed to provide a supportive and engaging learning environment for student grades 4-5 with Reading and/or Written Language IEP goals. Students will receive specially designed instruction to help them improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Through group collaboration, projects, games, discussions and activities students will strengthen reading fluency, comprehension, writing stamina, spelling, vocabulary and typing skills tailored to your student’s individual needs. 

Students may sign up for multiple sessions as needed.

Other sessions offered: Wednesday 9:00

SpEd teacher instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan


Math Learning Support

Grades 6-8 with IEP

Monday 9:00 – 9:25

SDI only for students with IEP math goals.

Designed specifically for middle school students with IEP Math goals, our small group setting allows for specially designed instruction focused on building math confidence and asking questions. We will cover a wide range of math topics, including number sense, operations, algebraic thinking, geometry, and strengthening core concepts and applied real world problems. Students will have fun playing math games and feel prepared by practicing a variety of strategies and building their understanding of math tools.  

This session is designed to accompany Lily’s 6-8 We Be Mathin’ class on Mon/Wed/Fri 9:30 – 10:25. Students who sign up for this support session should enroll in the math class too.

SpEd Teacher instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan

Dungeon Master Academy

Grades 4-8

Monday 10:30 – 11:55

Elective. ELA

Learn to be a Dungeon Master and forge your own adventure! In this inclusive class about creative storytelling, kids won’t just be playing D&D as an adventurer, they will build magical worlds, draw amazing maps, and weave fantastic stories. Students will use craft materials to bring their campaigns to life, practice improv techniques, and learn the rules of D&D so that they can lead their own adventures. Then, working in groups, we will create characters and take turns running games for each other. At the end of the course, kids will take home custom adventure kits to share with friends and family!

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible. Electives serve students within the grade band only

Instructor – BEAM Experiences

2 hours on the learning plan

Math Learning Support 

Grades K-1 with IEP

Monday 1:00 – 1:25

SDI only for students with IEP math goals.

This group is designed to provide specially designed instruction in the area of math for students with IEP Math goals. Students will strengthen their foundational math skills as we will focus on number recognition, counting and number fluency, addition and subtraction and simple problem-solving. We will build confidence and have lots of fun through hands-on activities, visual aids, games and station work. Students will get extra practice and work on skills at their own pace. 

SpEd Teacher Instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan

ELA Learning Support Session 1

Grades 2-3 with IEP

Monday 2:00 – 2:25

SDI only for students with IEP ELA goals.

This small group Learning Skills group is for students with Reading and/or Written Language IEP goals. Specially designed instruction will focus on building essential reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, all while fostering a love for language and literature. We will explore various literary genres, engage in fun hands-on activities, games, and multimedia resources. Students will be encouraged to take risks and learn how to express their thoughts and ideas. This group aims to improve reading fluency, developed critical thinking abilities, strengthen writing skills and build confidence and independence.

Students may sign up for multiple sessions as needed.

Other sessions offered: Wednesday 2:00, Friday 9:00

SpEd Teacher Instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan

Learning Support Study Skills Session 1

Grades 6-8 with IEP

Monday 2:30 – 2:55

SDI only for students with IEP goals of study/organization.

This is small group for students who have study/organization IEP goals in the middle school. Students will receive specially designed instruction in the areas of executive functioning and study skills. We will dive into various engaging activities and discussions that will help you develop essential skills to excel academically and gain independence. Skills like organizing assignments, managing your time effectively, or breaking down projects, problem solving, navigating online platforms, note-taking, goal setting and test preparation will be in tackled throughout the year. Students will work closely together to share experience, gain confidence and learn from one another. 

Students may sign up for multiple sessions as needed.

Other sessions offered: Wednesday 2:30

SpEd teacher instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan


Tuesday Classes

These classes meet 1x per week.

Video Game Design

Grades 4-8

Tuesday 9:00 – 10:25

Elective. Technology

Design and build your very own video game! New and exciting changes to the Fall curriculum make this class great for new and returning students. Each day, students will receive a short lesson, followed by guided creative building time. Lessons focus on designing fun and challenging platformer levels. This is not a programming-focused class, but students will have the opportunity to customize their games using block-based programming similar to Scratch. At the end of the course, students will have a game they can play and share with friends and family!

PREREQUISITES: Students must have basic computer skills: be able to save and load files, switch between programs and type on the computer.

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible. Electives serve students within the grade band only.

Instructor: BEAM

2 hours on the learning plan

Woodworking

Grades 6-8

Tuesday 9:30 – 10:25

Elective. Fine Art

This is a 12 week course and does not run the full semester. Learning Plan hours will be adjusted when class ends.

CLASS DATES: September 10 – December 3.

Kids’ Carpentry is a hands-on toy building experience designed to teach students practical woodworking skills with an emphasis on the safe use of hand tools. We create unique opportunities for students to construct fun and exciting projects while empowering them to become independent thinkers-building confidence, self-esteem, and a repertoire of practical skills that last them a lifetime. At the end of the session, each student will go home with wooden toys that they have made and painted by hand.

This class for our middle school students will take on more complicated projects as is appropriate for this age group. Students will have the opportunity to modify or develop their own projects with teacher input on a case by case basis.

Electives serve students only within the grade band. Not HCC/AL eligible.

Instructor: Kids Carpentry

1.5 hours on the learning plan

Woodworking Section A

Grades K-2

Tuesday 10:30 – 11:25

Elective. Fine Art

This is a 12 week course and does not run the full semester. Learning Plan hours will be adjusted when class ends.

CLASS DATES: September 11 – December 4

Kids’ Carpentry is a hands-on toy building experience designed to teach students practical woodworking skills with an emphasis on the safe use of hand tools. We create unique opportunities for students to construct fun and exciting projects while empowering them to become independent thinkers-building confidence, self-esteem, and a repertoire of practical skills that last them a lifetime. At the end of the session, each student will go home with wooden toys that they have made and painted by hand.

Electives serve students only within the grade band. Not HCC/AL eligible.

Instructor: Kids Carpentry

1.5 hours on the learning plan

ELA Learning Support 

Grades K-1 with IEP

Tuesday 1:00 – 1:25

SDI only for students with IEP ELA goals.

This group is for early elementary students to get extra support to further develop their literacy skills in a small nurturing environment. Created for students in K-1st with Reading or Written Language goals on their IEP. Specially designed instruction will focus on goal areas, strengthening phonics, sight words, vocabulary, writing practice and story telling through games, activities and promoting teamwork. We know this small group will have so much fun while practicing and building their skills. 

SpEd Teacher Instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan

Learning Support Math Session 1

Grades 2-3 with IEP

Tuesday 2:00 – 2:25

SDI only for students with IEP goals of math.

This 2nd and 3rd grade math group will provide specifically designed instruction to student who have IEP Math goals. Students will have lots of fun in this small learning environment to strengthen their math foundation and key math concepts to improve confidence and fluency. Sessions will cover a wide range of topics including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, geometry and more by using real-life examples and relatable scenarios. In this course, we will focus on building a strong foundation in key math concepts, ensuring that each student feels confident and capable in their mathematical abilities. Through interactive activities, games, and hands-on exercises, we aim to make learning math a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone to foster a positive math attitude. Learners will learn tips, tricks and tools that get them ready for a world of math.

Students may sign up for multiple sessions as needed.

Other sessions offered: Thursday 2:00

SpEd teacher instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan

Learning Support Social Skills Session 1

Grades 6-8 with IEP

Tuesday 2:30 – 2:55

SDI only for students with IEP goals of social skills.

Middle school is all about social skills and building relationships! This is a class for students who have Social Skills on their IEP. The goal is to equip students with tools they need to navigate social situations with confidence and ease. We will dive into topics like active listening, empathy, and problem-solving in order to increase self-awareness and expression while respecting the perspectives and feelings of others. The group will explore real-life scenarios which encourage students to apply their newfound skills in practical situations. We want to empower them to make positive choices and handle social challenges with grace and resilience. Self-advocacy and lessons about knowing oneself are also main themes. Lessons will be engaging by using middle school topics and playing lots of games!  

Students may sign up for multiple sessions as needed.

Other sessions offered: Thursday 2:30

SpEd teacher instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan


Wednesday Classes

These classes meet 1x per week.

ELA Learning Support Session 2

Grades 4-5 with IEP

Wednesday 9:00 – 9:25

SDI only for students with IEP ELA goals.

This course is designed to provide a supportive and engaging learning environment for student grades 4-5 with Reading and/or Written Language IEP goals. Students will receive specially designed instruction to help them improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Through group collaboration, projects, games, discussions and activities students will strengthen reading fluency, comprehension, writing stamina, spelling, vocabulary and typing skills tailored to your student’s individual needs. 

Students may sign up for multiple sessions as needed.

Other sessions offered: Monday 9:00

SpEd teacher instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan


ELA Learning Support Session 1

Grades 6-8 with IEP

Wednesday 9:00 – 9:25

SDI only for students with IEP ELA goals.

This course is offered to middle schoolers with Reading and/or Written Language IEP goals. The small group learning will be focused on reading, writing, grammar/conventions, and vocabulary. Students will engage in a variety of specially designed instruction activities, discussions and games that cover comprehension strategies and writing techniques through rich texts and different genres encouraging critical thinking skills. We aim to continue to build the strong foundational skills and enhance literacy and clear and creative expression. Students will learn lots of tips and tricks and technology tools too. 

Students may sign up for multiple sessions as needed.

Other sessions offered: Friday 9:00

SpEd Teacher Instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan


Woodworking Section B

Grades K-2

Wednesday 9:30 – 10:25

Elective. Fine Art

This is a 12 week course and does not run the full semester. Learning Plan hours will be adjusted when class ends.

CLASS DATES: September 11 – December 4

Kids’ Carpentry is a hands-on toy building experience designed to teach students practical woodworking skills with an emphasis on the safe use of hand tools. We create unique opportunities for students to construct fun and exciting projects while empowering them to become independent thinkers-building confidence, self-esteem, and a repertoire of practical skills that last them a lifetime. At the end of the session, each student will go home with wooden toys that they have made and painted by hand.

Electives serve students only within the grade band. Not HCC/AL eligible.

Instructor: Kids Carpentry

1.5 hours on the learning plan

Woodworking

Grades 3-5

Wednesday 10:30 – 11:25

Elective. Fine Art

This is a 12 week course and does not run the full semester. Learning Plan hours will be adjusted when class ends.

CLASS DATES: September 11 – December 4

Kids’ Carpentry is a hands-on toy building experience designed to teach students practical woodworking skills with an emphasis on the safe use of hand tools. We create unique opportunities for students to construct fun and exciting projects while empowering them to become independent thinkers-building confidence, self-esteem, and a repertoire of practical skills that last them a lifetime. At the end of the session, each student will go home with wooden toys that they have made and painted by hand.

If there are more requests than seats, students who have never had this class will have priority.

Electives serve students only within the grade band. Not HCC/AL eligible.

Instructor: Kids Carpentry

1.5 hours on the learning plan

The Magical Art Bus

Grades K-1

Wednesday 1:00 – 1:55

Certificated. Art

In this one-of-a-kind art class, young artists will embark on a magical journey through the enchanting world of creativity. Inspired by the beloved adventures of the Magic School Bus, we’ll explore the wonders of art in ways that are as captivating as they are educational.

Each week, our students will hop on board the Magic Art Bus as we venture into realms of artistic discovery. From diving into the depths of oceanic artistry to soaring through the cosmos of celestial creativity, there’s no limit to where our imagination can take us!

But hold on tight, because the fun doesn’t stop there. Along the way, we’ll learn about famous artists, explore different art movements, and experiment with a variety of artistic techniques. Whether it’s painting, drawing, sculpting, or crafting, there’s something for every budding artist to enjoy on our magical journey.

And just like Ms. Frizzle always says, “”Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!”” In the Magic School Bus art class, we embrace the joy of experimentation and celebrate the beauty of imperfection. After all, it’s the journey of creation that truly matters.

So, hop aboard the Magic Art Bus and join us on an unforgettable adventure through the colorful world of art. Get ready to unleash your creativity, ignite your imagination, and experience the magic of making art come alive!

Instructor: Laurie

1.5 hours on the learning plan

ELA Learning Support Session 2

Grades 2-3 with IEP

Wednesday 2:00 – 2:25

SDI only for students with IEP ELA goals.

This small group Learning Skills group is for students with Reading and/or Written Language IEP goals. Specially designed instruction will focus on building essential reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, all while fostering a love for language and literature. We will explore various literary genres, engage in fun hands-on activities, games, and multimedia resources. Students will be encouraged to take risks and learn how to express their thoughts and ideas. This group aims to improve reading fluency, developed critical thinking abilities, strengthen writing skills and build confidence and independence.

Students may sign up for multiple sessions as needed.

Other sessions offered: Monday 2:00, Friday 9:00

SpEd Teacher Instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan


Make Your Mark

8th Graders Only

Wednesday 2:00 – 2:55

Activity

Eighth graders, this group is all about making your mark—on the wall, in our community, and in your future. This is your time to shine.
• Come meet and hang out with your fellow eighth graders for team building and collaboration activities
• Learn about different high school options
• Design and create an Eighth Grade Mural to leave as a legacy
• Be part of creating and implementing school-wide activities.
While this class is not mandatory, we would love all eighth graders to sign up.  It’s going to be a great time!

This weekly activity is only for 8th grade students. This does NOT count as one of your classes and does NOT provide certificated contact. It DOES provide a ton of fun!

Instructors: Ann and Debi


Learning Support Study Skills Session 2

Grades 6-8 with IEP

Wednesday 2:30 – 2:55

SDI only for students with IEP goals of study/organization.

This is small group for students who have study/organization IEP goals in the middle school. Students will receive specially designed instruction in the areas of executive functioning and study skills. We will dive into various engaging activities and discussions that will help you develop essential skills to excel academically and gain independence. Skills like organizing assignments, managing your time effectively, or breaking down projects, problem solving, navigating online platforms, note-taking, goal setting and test preparation will be in tackled throughout the year. Students will work closely together to share experience, gain confidence and learn from one another. 

Students may sign up for multiple sessions as needed.

Other sessions offered: Monday 2:30

SpEd teacher instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan


Thursday Classes

These classes meet 1x per week.

Intro to Piano

Grades K-3

Thursday 9:30 – 9:55

Elective. Music.

Students will learn the notes on the piano, how to identify and read the notes on the Grand Staff (bass and treble clef), scales, chords, and an understanding of basic theory and reading music.  Music played will begin with basic educational and familiar melodies, but opportunities for students to play appropriate arrangements of popular songs of their choice will also be provided. 

Electives serve students only within the grade band.

Instructor: Jennifer

2 hours on the learning plan


Parkour, Games, and Movement

Grades 3-5

Thursday 9:30 – 10:25

Elective. PE/SEL

This is a 13 week course and does not run the full semester. Learning Plan hours will be adjusted when class ends.

CLASS DATES: September 5 – December 5

Join instructors from Kong Academy https://www.kongacademy.org/, as they empower children to overcome their obstacles by honoring them where they are, guiding their growth and celebrating persistence through play and movement. Focused on their three pillars, Parkour for kids, Executive Function development and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), students will do the following over this 18 week course:
Develop a connection with yourself and the environment
Build a strong and mobile bodyProgress together in a community full of support
Improve working memory
Grow cognitive flexibility
Guide impulse control
Understand and manage emotions
Build compassion and positive relationships Make responsible decisions and develop a growth mindset

Electives serve students only within the grade band.

Instructor: Kong Academy

1.5 hours on the learning plan

Independent Study Piano

Grades 4-8 or with prior instructor approval (see *)

Thursday 10:00 – 10:25

Elective. Music

*Prerequisite: Intro to piano or instructor approval. (Also open to beginning piano students grades 4-8)  

Students will continue to develop knowledge and understanding of scales, chords and basic theory as they continue to explore reading and playing more complex songs.  Students will be encouraged to learn songs of their choice and to explore improvisation and creating original compositions.

Instructor: Jennifer

2 hours on the learning plan

Parkour

Grades K-2

Thursday 10:30 – 11:25

Elective. Physical Education/SEL

This is a 13 week course and does not run the full semester. Learning Plan hours will be adjusted when class ends.

CLASS DATES: September 5 – December 5

Join instructors from Kong Academy, as they empower children to overcome their obstacles by honoring them where they are, guiding their growth and celebrating persistence through play and movement. Focused on their three pillars, Parkour for kids, Executive Function development and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), students will do the following over this 18 week course:
Develop a connection with yourself and the environment
Build a strong and mobile body

Progress together in a community full of support
Improve working memory
Grow cognitive flexibility
Guide impulse control
Understand and manage emotions
Build compassion and positive relationships Make responsible decisions and develop a growth mindset

Electives serve students only within the grade band. Not HCC/AL eligible.

Instructor: Kong Academy

1.5 hours on the learning plan


Recess Games

Grades 4-6

Thursday 10:30 – 11:25

Elective. Physical Education

Come play games with us! We will be learning new games, relearn old ones, and spending time playing fun games as a group. This is a great opportunity for your student to get some social interaction in a safe space with Jennifer.

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible. Electives serve students within the grade band only

Instructor: Jennifer

1.5 hours on the learning plan

Learning Support Social Skills 

Grades K-2 with IEP

Thursday 1:00 – 1:25

SDI only for students with IEP social skills goals.

This group is for students with Social Skills IEP goals who will receive specially designed instruction through activities, games, role playing, and discussions. Students will have lots of fun exploring communication, teamwork, empathy and problem solving while they work together and learn about each other. Topics such as making and building friendships, sharing, conflict resolution, self-advocacy, turn taking, listening and expressing feelings will all be incorporated into the group sessions. It will be a great chance to build friendships and learn about strategies for lower elementary students to gain confidence. 

SpEd Teacher Instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan

Learning Support Math Session 1

Grades 2-3 with IEP

Tuesday 2:00 – 2:25

SDI only for students with IEP goals of math.

This 2nd and 3rd grade math group will provide specifically designed instruction to student who have IEP Math goals. Students will have lots of fun in this small learning environment to strengthen their math foundation and key math concepts to improve confidence and fluency. Sessions will cover a wide range of topics including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, geometry and more by using real-life examples and relatable scenarios. In this course, we will focus on building a strong foundation in key math concepts, ensuring that each student feels confident and capable in their mathematical abilities. Through interactive activities, games, and hands-on exercises, we aim to make learning math a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone to foster a positive math attitude. Learners will learn tips, tricks and tools that get them ready for a world of math.

Students may sign up for multiple sessions as needed.

Other sessions offered: Tuesday 2:00

SpEd teacher instruction

Learning Support Social Skills Session 2

Grades 6-8 with IEP

Thursday 2:30 – 2:55

SDI only for students with IEP goals of social skills.

Middle school is all about social skills and building relationships! This is a class for students who have Social Skills on their IEP. The goal is to equip students with tools they need to navigate social situations with confidence and ease. We will dive into topics like active listening, empathy, and problem-solving in order to increase self-awareness and expression while respecting the perspectives and feelings of others. The group will explore real-life scenarios which encourage students to apply their newfound skills in practical situations. We want to empower them to make positive choices and handle social challenges with grace and resilience. Self-advocacy and lessons about knowing oneself are also main themes. Lessons will be engaging by using middle school topics and playing lots of games!  

Students may sign up for multiple sessions as needed.

Other sessions offered: Tuesday 2:30

SpEd teacher instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan


Friday Classes

These classes meet 1x per week.

Lego Robotics – Rovers

Grades 3-5

Friday 9:00 – 10:25

Elective. Technology/Engineering

Build and design real, functioning robots! Each day, students receive a short lesson, followed by guided building time. We will construct robots that automatically react to their environment using motors and sensors to solve creative team challenges. Note – this is an engineering and building class that does not have a focus on programming.

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible. Electives serve students within the grade band only

Instructor – BEAM Experiences

2 hours on the learning plan.


ELA Learning Support Session 3

Grades 2-3 with IEP

Friday 9:00 – 9:25

SDI only for students with IEP ELA goals.

This small group Learning Skills group is for students with Reading and/or Written Language IEP goals. Specially designed instruction will focus on building essential reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, all while fostering a love for language and literature. We will explore various literary genres, engage in fun hands-on activities, games, and multimedia resources. Students will be encouraged to take risks and learn how to express their thoughts and ideas. This group aims to improve reading fluency, developed critical thinking abilities, strengthen writing skills and build confidence and independence.

Students may sign up for multiple sessions asneeded.

Other sessions offered: Monday 2:30, Wednesday 2:30

SpEd Teacher Instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan


ELA Learning Support Session 2

Grades 6-8 with IEP

Friday 9:00 – 9:25

SDI only for students with IEP ELA goals.

This course is offered to middle schoolers with Reading and/or Written Language IEP goals. The small group learning will be focused on reading, writing, grammar/conventions, and vocabulary. Students will engage in a variety of specially designed instruction activities, discussions and games that cover comprehension strategies and writing techniques through rich texts and different genres encouraging critical thinking skills. We aim to continue to build the strong foundational skills and enhance literacy and clear and creative expression. Students will learn lots of tips and tricks and technology tools too. 

Students may sign up for multiple sessions as needed.

Other sessions offered: Wednesday 9:00

SpEd Teacher Instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan

K-5 Intro to Guitar

Grades K-5

Friday 9:30 – 9:55

Elective: Music

Students will learn the basics of how to tune their guitar, how to read and play simplified chords, and how to read and play single string tab. Students will learn familiar, old, and current songs. As students progress, they may be introduced to the CAGED chord system, more challenging tab, and more challenging songs. Students may also explore songs of their choice. Regular practice is required for success and students will be encouraged to perform for family members and the class.

Note: Electives serve students within the grade band only.

Instructor: Jennifer

2.5 hours on the learning plan

Independent Study Guitar

Prerequisite: Previous enrollment in guitar or instructor approval. Also open to beginning guitar students grades 6-8.

Friday 10:00 – 10:25

Elective. Music

Students will explore the CAGED chord system as well as additional chords and patterns. Strum patterns will become more complex and more difficult, multiple string tab will be introduced. Students will be encouraged to learn songs of their choice and will be encouraged to create their own chord patterns, tab, and songs. Students will be assessed during the first few sessions and changes will be made if necessary, so that students are in the appropriate class.

Instructor: Jennifer

2.5 hours on the learning plan

Recess Games

Grades K-3

Friday 10:30 – 11:25

Elective. Physical Education

Come play games with us! We will be learning new games, relearn old ones, and spending time playing fun games as a group. This is a great opportunity for your student to get some social interaction in a safe space with Jennifer.

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible. Electives serve students within the grade band only

Instructor: Jennifer

1.5 hours on the learning plan


Minecraft Design Workshop

Grades 2-3

Friday 10:30 – 11:55

Certificated. Art/Technology

In this 2-3 class we will explore and research architectural styles and learn to design, draw 2 dimensional plans, elevations and sections and use Minecraft to build them in 3D. Students will need a district laptop or district iPad.

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor: Scott

2.5 hours on the learning plan


A Science Fair Fairy Tale

Grades 4-6

Friday 10:30 – 11:55

Certificated. Science

Come and join this project based learning class on Fridays! We will be exploring the scientific method by focusing on famous experiments, our own experiments, and eventually, a science fair project. Tracking data, writing hypotheses, and doing background research will help to frame our activities. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with each other and develop experimental processes in class as we test a new question every week.

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor: Lily

2 hours on the learning plan


Improvilicious

Grades 7-8

Friday 10:30 – 11:55

Certificated. Drama

The objectives of this course are to discover the fundamentals of improvisational comedy, improve your storytelling skills, learn techniques to think quickly on your feet and to be more creative.  This spirited, fun course is designed for the actor who wants to learn the essentials of good scenic improvisation or anyone who wants to improve their teamwork or quick-thinking skills.  Through coaching, warm-up exercises, creative performance games and basic short-form scene-work, you will learn how to be more spontaneous, trusting, and cooperative and how to listen in a fun, creative atmosphere.  

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible

Instructor: Bill

2 hours on the learning plan


Lego Robotics – Creative Contraptions

Grades 4-8

Friday 10:30 – 11:55

Elective. Technology

Let your imagination run wild with marvelous machines! In this class for inventive kids, we will explore fun new ways to build autonomous gadgets using sensors and motors, and discuss how real-world robots make industries function. Students will design and create original robotic arms, paper airplane launchers, catapults and more. Then, using everything we have learned, we will construct a collaborative mega-ball-mover! Note – this is an engineering and building camp that does not have a focus on programming.

NOTE: This class is not HCC/AL eligible. Electives serve students within the grade band only

Instructor: BEAM

2 hours on the learning plan

Learning Support Social Skills 

Grades 3-5 with IEP

Friday 1:00 – 1:25

SDI only for students with IEP social skills goals.

This Friday group is specially designed for upper elementary students with Social Skills IEP goals. This group will have lots of fun exploring communication, teamwork, empathy, and problem-solving through interactive activities, games, and discussions. Students will learn how to work together, respect different perspectives, and resolve conflicts. Students will learn how to identify and address social challenges, finding creative solutions that promote inclusivity, individuality, and self-advocacy. We aim to create a space where everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts and experiences, fostering a sense of community and friendship. 

SpEd Teacher Instruction

0.5 hours on the learning plan