TENTATIVE WAC Class Descriptions 2019-2020

(in progress)

Science

 

HS Credit Electives 

English
 

Intro to English- 1.5 hour class

(Recommended for 6th – 8th grades)

 

Instructor:  Carol Woolverton       Email:  woolvertoncg@gmail.com

 

In the Introductory English classroom, students will sample literature in its various forms. We will enjoy novels, short stories, poetry, and plays.  As we learn about the nuts and bolts of each form, the students will have opportunities to improve on understanding vocabulary, grammar, structure, and stylistic techniques.  Our texts will guide students in their own writing and editing skills.  Students will be encouraged to share their ideas, writings, and discoveries with each other in an encouraging and respectful atmosphere.

 

Text & Supplies:

US History-Based Writing Lessons (IEW)  ISBN: 978-1-62341-266-1

Fix it: Grammar: The Nose Tree (IEW)

2-3” three-ring notebook

Loose-leaf notebook paper

Pens and Pencils

Hard copies of the novels:

            The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth George Speare)

            Johnny Tremain (Esther Forbes)

            The Sign of the Beaver (Elizabeth George Speare)

            By the Great Horn Spoon (Sid Fleischman)

            Rifles for Watie (Harold Keith)

            Hattie Big Sky (Kirby Larson)

            Journey to Topaz (Yoshiko Uchida)

Play:    Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare – Folger Shakespeare Library)

Short stories and poetry will be provided by the teacher or accessed online.

Cost: $280 +  $15 supply fee

 

Intermediate English -1.5 hour class 

(Recommended for 7th – 9th grades)

 

 

One main focus of Intermediate English will be on the skills of reading literary works for ideas, writing persuasive essays based upon those ideas, and presenting them to their peers. Our text material will guide the journey through various selected novels.  Students will also have opportunity to read poetry, short stories, and a play, as they explore and evaluate decisions writers make about structure, style, theme, and characters.  They will have opportunity to share their writings and ideas in a relaxed and encouraging environment.

 

Text & Supplies:

Lost Tools of Writing, Level One (Circe Institute)

2-3” three-ring notebook

Loose-leaf notebook paper

Pens and Pencils

Hard copies of the novels:

            The Pushcart War (Jean Merrill)

            Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George)

            Holes (Louis Sachar)

            Wonder (R.J. Palacio)

            Out of the Dust (Karen Hesse)

            The Ear, The Eye and the Arm (Nancy Farmer)

Play:    Henry V (William Shakespeare – Folger Shakespeare Library)

Short stories & poetry will be provided by the teacher or accessed online.

Cost: $280 + $15 supply fee

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HS Honors English 1/2 - 1.5 hour class

Instructor: Jared Rose

Recommended: 9th grade and up

Email: yourpaljared@gmail.com

Mondays 8:00-9:30

American Literature 2019/2020

 

Through the course of the school year, students in American Literature will read and analyze the works of iconic American authors such as Mark Twain and Nathaniel Hawthorne as well as more modern authors such as Todd Strasser and Jean Fritz.  Throughout the year, the class will discuss elements of literature, learning to pick apart their reading selections as a group in class discussion and independently in essay assignments.   Writing assignments during the first semester will likely focus on persuasive writing based on topics from the literature, while the second-semester writing will center around analyzing elements of the literary works such as theme, historical viewpoints, and literary techniques.  No writing text is required for this class. 

 

Below is the list of books to purchase for the year.  Please acquire unabridged versions unless otherwise approved by the instructor.  Additional poems (either from public domain or copies given in class) will also be assigned and interspersed throughout the year but are not yet listed. 

 

1st Semester

Early Thunder by Jean Fritz

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Gold-Bug and Other Tales compilation of stories by Edgar Allen Poe (Dover Thrift Edition)

Humorous Stories and Sketches compilation of stories by Mark Twain (Dover Thrift Edition)

An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

 

2nd Semester

Fahrenheit 451

A Wizard of Earthsea

Maus 1 & 2 

And more to come...

Supplies:

2-3" three-ring binder

loose leaf paper

pens and pencils

Tuition: $305 + $25 supply fee

 

HS Honors English 3/4 - 1.5 hour class (this class will not be taught 2019-2020)

Instructor: 

Recommended: 11th and 12th grades

Email: 

This class is designed for upper-level high school students who are capable writers and readers.

 

Throughout this course we will be working to develop advanced critical thinking and reading skills through paragraph analysis, studying critical theory, and reading great literature in a seminar setting. Readings will include novels, dramas, poetry, and essays from around the world and from various centuries.

 

Students will practice summarizing texts in an informal weekly reading response essay/summary (1 to 2 pages in length) or other writing practice assignments.  Their abilities to summarize will be complemented by an introduction to research methods and, together, these skills will culminate in a research paper at the end of each semester.

 

Students are expected to be prepared to participate in guided class discussions based on the weekly assigned reading. They will also have opportunities to respond to one another’s writing and research.

 

Grades will be based on the work assigned, but, of course, parents are free to modify assignments based on their needs and grant the grade they feel is appropriate for their child’s work.

 

An encouraging and supportive environment is a key element of success in any endeavor, and parents are encouraged to communicate with their child about their reading, their writing, and their ideas.

 

Class Content:  TBD

 

Tuition: $305 + $25 supply fee

Science
 

Middle School General Science - 1 hr class (not being taught 2019-2020)

(Recommended 6th grade and up)

 

Instructor:  

email: 

Mondays  8:30 - 9:30

 

The first semester will be devoted to the history of science, scientific inquiry, analyzing and interpreting experiments, and the history of life including foundations of geology and the fossil record. The second semester will be focused on life science with an emphasis on the human body. Each semester will conclude with a final project.

 

Students will use a textbook for self-study during the week. Class time will be spent discussing concepts from the text and conducting experiments that illustrate those concepts.  Students will be expected to keep a laboratory notebook and complete some work online. This will be an appropriate class for students to get accustomed to the expectations of a classroom environment and learn independent study skills.

 

Required Text:  Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science  (ed. TBD)

 

Tuition:  $250 per year +$25 supply fee

 

Middle School Astronomy & Earth Science – 1 hr class

(not being offered 2019-2020)

Instructor:  

Recommended: 7th grade and up

email: 

Mondays 9:30 - 10:30

Students will explore astronomy, geology, meteorology, and hydrology through weekly reading assignments and group science experiments. Students will be expected to keep a laboratory notebook and complete some work online. Each semester will include a final project and presentation. It is recommended that students in this class be accustomed to independent study and the expectations of a classroom environment.

Required Text:  TBD

 

Tuition:  $250 per year +$25 supply fee

 
 

High School Honors Chemistry -1.5 hr class

 

Instructor: Kimberly Taylor

Recommended:  11th and 12th grades

Email: wacteachertaylor@gmail.com

Mondays 12:30-2:00

 

Chemistry is an abstract science filled with lots and lots of math as well as thinking and problem solving when you can't see the components. Protons, neutrons, electrons, and chemical bonds, and many other parts of chemistry require a mind that can wrap around concepts when you can only see the results but not what actually occurs.  In this class, we will progress at a rapid pace--even for high school. This is a junior/senior high school course.  Plan to spend at least 5 hours per week out of class doing much homework.  It is absolutely necessary to have completed a rigorous algebra course to succeed. 

 

We will cover atoms, subatomic particles, chemical bonding, chemical formulas, chemical compounds, and chemical equations, stoichiometry, significant figures, liquids, solids, and gases, solutions, acids and bases, reaction energy and kinetics, oxidation reduction, organic compounds, and nuclear chemistry. Plan to work hard and learn much. 

**Supplemental study sessions will be offered as needed.

The accompanying chemistry lab class is recommended.

 

Tuition: $375 per year + $5 supply fee

Required text and materials: Modern Chemistry by Davis, Metcalfe, Williams, and Castka.  2002, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. 

ISBN: 0-03-056537-5

3 ring binder with lots of paper, scientific calculator

 

High School Honors Physical Science- 1.5 hr class

 

Instructor: Kimberly Taylor

Recommended: High school

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or taking Algebra 1 concurrently 

Email:  wacteachertaylor@gmail.com

 

This course contains one semester of introductory Chemistry and one semester of introductory Physics.  We will meet once a week for an hour and a half.  There will be a concentration on developing the skills necessary to study high school science.  We will be spending time learning how to take the multitude of information the text presents and break it down into manageable chunks for studying.
 

Course topics first semester will include:  metric system, proper lab reports and experimental design, matter, atomic structure, the periodic table and chemical reactions.  Second semester topics include: work, fluid mechanics, statics, dynamics, and energy.  The course will explore these two disciplines using hands-on activities, projects, discussions, and applications.  Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class time on assignments.  No prerequisites are necessary, but concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1 is recommended.

Tuition is $305 per year + Supply fee $15

 

Required Text (finalized): 

  • Physical Science: Concepts in Action, by Wysession, Frank, and Yancopoulos.  Prentice Hall. ISBN-13 # 978-0-13-362817-3

       Please get the text WITHOUT earth science.

  • 2" binder with loose leaf paper, scientific calculator TI-30XIIS

 

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High School Honors Biology - 1.5 hour class (not being offered 2019-2020)

 

Instructor:  Kimberly Taylor

Recommended: High school

Email:  wacteachertaylor@gmail.com

 

Prerequisites:  There is no math component to this course.  This course is typically taken after physical science and before chemistry, but the order is flexible.

 

This class will cover major concepts in high school biology as detailed in the Kentucky Academic Expectations for Science as published by the Kentucky Department of Education.  These concepts include:  basic cell structure, osmosis, diffusion, photosynthesis, classification, Kreb’s cycle, glycolysis, transcription, translation, mitosis, genetics, and evolution.  Although evolution is a touchy subject, Mrs. Taylor feels it advantageous for her students to know the concepts so that they may successfully defend or refute them since they will be tested on them in standardized college testing as well as encounter them in the college classroom---not just in science classes.  She will approach evolution using the textbook as well as a Christian paperback, Case for a Creator.

 

Mrs. Taylor, the instructor of Biology, will use in-class discussions and many experiments to engage students in learning the concepts listed above.  In class quizzes will be given at random.  Powerpoint presentations will be assigned at the end of first semester.  Brief reports/summaries will be scattered depending upon the subject matter.  There will be in-class finals each semester.

 

Tuition:  $305 per year + $20 supply fee (34 weeks)


Required Text and Materials (finalized): 

  • Biology, Pearson Prentice Hall, Miller and Levine ISBN# 0-13-036701-X

  • Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel, student edition, ISBN# 0-310-24977-5  

  • Students will also need a 3-ring binder with loose leaf paper.  

 

Any high school student is permitted to register.

 

If corresponding lab is desired, Mrs. Taylor will be offering a separate Biology Lab class at her home off Exit 99 (approx. 20-25 minutes from FUMC).  See details in the description below.

 

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Honors High School Biology Lab (offered at Mrs. Taylor's home)

Instructor: Kimberly Taylor
Recommended: High school

Email: wacteachertaylor@gmail.com

The lab will coordinate with the topics covered in the biology course taught at Wellspring Academic Center.  However, it is NOT necessary to be enrolled in the academic center course to participate in the lab.  We will examine enzymes, cell structures and processes, isolate DNA, do microscope work, and multiple dissections.

 

ALL materials will be supplied.  However, students should bring a large shirt or lab coat.  We will make messes---especially when dissecting!

 

Cost: $150 for the year (10 labs), must be paid in full in July


The lab will be held at the home of Mrs. Taylor (off Exit 99-approx. 20-25 minutes from FUMC) from 9-11 am on the following Wednesdays (tentative):  8/21/19, 9/11, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4, 1/8/20, 2/5, 3/4, 4/1, 5/6.  Upon registration, the address will be emailed to you.
 

Biology Lab Syllabus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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High School Chemistry Lab (offered at Mrs. Taylor's home)

 

 

 

Instructor: Kimberly Taylor

Recommended: 9th - 12th grades

Email: wacteachertaylor@gmail.com

 

Location: Mrs. Taylor's home

 

This laboratory is designed to be taken concurrently with Chemistry. Lab experiments will reinforce concepts covered in the text. The student will gain experience in laboratory safety, proper equipment use, measurement, and studying chemical behaviors.

 

Prerequisites:  Because there is a math component to this course, it is recommended that students have already completed an algebra course.  Students who have already taken Chemistry I, but need to complete their high school lab requirement, may be admitted.

 

Required Text:  There is no required text for this course.

 

Independent Study:  Students can expect to have an average of 1-2 hrs of independent work to be completed at home each month.   This time will be spent reading over the upcoming laboratory experiment, preparing a brief summary of the procedure before class, and completing a full laboratory report at the end of each experiment.

 

Cost: $150 for the year (10 labs), must be paid in full in July

 

The lab will be held at the home of Mrs. Taylor (off Exit 99-approx. 20-25 minutes from FUMC) from 9-11 am on the following Wednesdays (tentative)*:  8/28/19, 9/18, 10/9, 10/23, 11/13, 3/18/20, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15, 4/29.  Upon registration, the address will be emailed to you.

 

*Please note: The above lab dates intentionally skip the winter months because much of this lab class will occur outdoors.

 
Foreign Language

Spanish I - 1.5-hour class

As of 5/24/19 at 2:30 pm, this class is closed.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, email hcthompson4@gmail.com and put "Spanish 1 Waiting List" in the subject line. Leave your name, student(s) name, and a phone number where you can be reached.  We will notify you if a spot opens up. 

Instructor: Jessica Duncan

Recommended: High school

Email: jessduncan@bellsouth.net

 

 

This class will provide students both the necessary grammar instruction and oral practice to gain a solid foundation in the Spanish language. The class will include development in all four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Classes will consist of going over new vocabulary and grammar concepts, quizzes, midterm, final, speaking/reading exercises, and group dialogues with fellow classmates.


Course Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in Spanish through their ability to listen, read, write and speak clearly.

  • Understand Spanish that is spoken at moderate conversational speed and that deals with everyday topics

  • Engage in simple conversations in everyday situations

  • Read non-technical Spanish in non-complex, familiar texts on various aspects of Spanish culture.

  • Write simple sentences correctly on the topics and activities presented in the course, using the present, immediate future, and present progressive tenses

  • Formulate answers to personalized questions related to the cultural practices of daily life such as family, housing, shopping, dining, and travel.

 

Independent Study:
Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours a week outside of class practicing concepts and vocabulary covered in class, completing homework, and working on group assignments.

 

Required Materials:

  • Three ring binder and loose leaf paper

  • Online access (in order to use a Spanish dictionary and view various tutorials)

  • Index Cards, if desired, to make vocabulary flashcards

  • Colored pencils

  • We will not use a textbook

 

Tuition:  $305 per year + $45 supply fee

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Spanish II - 1.5 hour class

Instructor:  Jessica Duncan

Recommended: High school

Prerequisite: Spanish I

Email: jessduncan@bellsouth.net

 

This class will continue to build on the Spanish foundation that students acquired in Spanish I. The class will include further development in all four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Classes will consist of going over new vocabulary and grammar concepts, quizzes, midterm, final, speaking/reading exercises, and group dialogues with fellow classmates.

 

Course Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Understand Spanish that is spoken at moderate conversational speed and that deals with everyday topics

  • Engage in intermediate conversations with speakers of Spanish in everyday situations.

  • Read non-technical Spanish in non-complex, familiar texts on various aspects of Spanish culture.

  • Write simple and complex sentences correctly on the topics and activities presented in the course using the present, preterite, and imperfect verb tenses and appropriate vocabulary

  • Use formal and informal commands

  • Respond to questions related to the cultural practices of daily life such as family, housing, shopping, dining, and travel using appropriate vocabulary and syntax

 

Independent Study:

Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours a week outside of class practicing concepts and vocabulary covered in class, completing homework, and working on group assignments.

 

Required Materials:

  • Three ring binder and loose leaf paper

  • Online access (in order to use a Spanish dictionary and view various tutorials)

  • Index Cards, if desired, to make vocabulary flashcards

  • Colored pencils

  • We will not use a textbook

 

Tuition:  $305per year + $45 supply fee

WAC High School Credit Electives
 

Music Appreciation Course - 1 hr class (16 weeks) 

(not being offered 2019-2020)

 

Instructor: 

Recommended: 9th-12th grade

Email:  

Time: Wednesdays, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Fall 2019 

 

This 16-week course will discuss important musical eras, ideas, and people from history.  Questions and topics covered will include:

  •  How did we get from Bach to The Beatles to Bublé?

  • Why is popular music so…well….popular?  

  • When and where did hymns originate?

  • When and where did contemporary Christian music originate?  

  • What is classical music and why is it even important?  

  • Who were the most influential people in music history?  

 

Potential field trip options: Choral Concerts, Orchestra Concerts, Operas or Musicals, Band Concerts

 

Who should take this course?  

  • Those who’ve have little or no background in music

  • Those wanting to expand their overall historical knowledge  

  • Those wanting to understand the need for artistic outlets such as music

  • Those wanting to fill an arts credit

  • Those wanting to explore the background of sacred music 

 
Required Materials:  Music: An Appreciation by Roger Kamien, a notebook for taking notes, pen/pencil 
 
Tuition: $140/16 week course + $15 supply fee 

 
 

Intro to Computer Programming- 1 hour class (16 weeks)

Instructor:  Brian Ramsay  

Email: brian.ramsay@gmail.com

Recommended: 9-12th-grade students

When: Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Spring 2020

 

The course will provide students with an understanding of the role that computation and computational thinking can play in solving problems, and how computers are used to solve problems, and automate the world around us. Using the Python programming language, we will use programming challenges and small projects to see how programming computers can open up new ways to view and solve everyday problems. If students have their own ideas for projects they would like to complete, Mr. Ramsay will try to make that possible.

 

- No prior math or programming experience is needed, as we will learn the basics of the Python language in class.

 

- Students should be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard, and with web browsing.

 

- Students should expect to spend 1-3 hours per week outside class working on projects or online lessons.

 

- Students who already have experience with Python or another programming language are welcome, and we will use Python to work on larger scale projects.

 

- A computer at home will be required - a laptop the student can bring it to class is preferred, but we can work it out if that isn't possible. Windows, Mac, and Linux are all acceptable - a Chromebook will work for most exercises, but projects may require either another computer or a yet-to-be-determined workaround.

 

 

Tuition:  $140 per semester +$20 supply fee (no textbook required)

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