Class Types

The following areas of study are offered by HCA.
Art
3-6 Art-Tastic, 3-6 ART-Tastic, 5-10 Art Foundations, 5-10 Art Foundations, 5-10 Art Foundations, 5-12 Art Workshop, 5-12 Art Workshop, 5-12 Yarn Art, 5-8 Art Foundations, K-2 ART-Tastic, K-2 Art-Tastic
Fine Art
5-7 Intro to Theatre, 7-12 Theatre Performance
Geograph
3-5 Trail Guides World Geography, 5-8 Mapping the World by Heart
High Sch
10-12 Composition & Writing (LTOW 2), 10-12 Literature 2, 8-10 Writing & Literature (LToW 1/Lit. 1) (12:30-1:55), 8-12 Study Hall (1/2 period), 9-12 Biology (10:45-11:55), 9-12 Government/Health (12:30-1:55), 9-12 Government/Study Hall (12:30-1:55), 9-12 Sign Language 2 (2:00-3:25), 9-12 Spanish 2 (2:00-3:25), 9-12 Study Hall/Health (12:30-1:55)
Language
1-2 Core Block (1st & 2nd period), 3-5 IEW Writing, 3-5 Writing: Becoming a Brave Writer, 5-7 IEW Writing, 5-8 Intro to Public Speaking, 6-8 Intro to Foreign Language, 6-8 Intro to Logic, 6-8 Writing: Developing Brave Writers/Intro to LTOW, 7-9 IEW Writing
Math
3-4 Math Games
Music
3-12 Intermediate Instrumental Ensemble, 3-4 Music, 5-12 Beginning Instrumental Ensemble OR Group Flute Lessons, 5-12 Chorus, 7-12 Adv Instrumental Ensemble, K-2 Music
Phys Ed
3-5 PE, 5-7 PE, 6-10 PE, K-3 PE
Science
1-3 Jr. Science (Core Block Only)
Sciences
1-3 Jr. Science, 3-6 Apologia Science, 5-7 Apologia Science, 7-8 Apologia General Science, 8-9 Apologia Physical Science,

Class Descriptions

 

K-2 ART-Tastic (taught by Lisa Everly) Top 

Summary Class Description:

This class provides a relaxed and fun environment in which a wide array of artistic media are provided to allow children to explore their creative expression. Children’s book authors and illustrators are the inspirational basis for many of our projects. Activities are varied and include a literature connection, painting techniques using watercolor, and other paints, collage, oil pastels, and other media. Above all, we will seek to glorify the Lord and consider biblical principles while exploring art and various artists.  Other goals will be to bless others around us, foster friendships and a lifelong interest in art. It is perfect for both the first time art student and for any student who enjoys creating art. There will be no homework.

Pre-requisite: None

Textbooks: None

Student Materials: Provided by teacher

Additional Information: None.

 

K-2 Art-Tastic (taught by Lisa Everly) Top 

Summary Class Description:  This class provides a relaxed and fun environment in which a wide array of artistic media are provided to allow children to explore their creative expression. Children’s book authors & illustrators are the inspirational basis for many of our projects. Activities are varied and include a literature connection, painting techniques using watercolor, & other paints, collage, oil pastels, and other media. Above all, we will seek to glorify the Lord and consider biblical principles while exploring art and various artists.  Other goals will be to bless others around us, foster friendships and a lifelong interest in art. It is perfect for both the first time art student and for any student who enjoys creating art. There will be no homework.

Pre-requisite: None

Textbooks: None

Student Materials: Provided by teacher

Additional Information: None

 

K-2 Music (taught by Sharon Shaner) Top 

Summary Course Description:  Students will learn the basics of music theory and rhythm through fun interactive games and activities. We will explore instruments while learning about the lives of famous composers and their works. Students will apply what they learn through song and perform as a choir for the closing program each semester. This class is ideal for students who already take private music lessons or have had one full year of music class before, though it is not necessary.

Pre-requisite: none

Textbooks: none

Student materials purchased in advance by parents: a folder and a sharpened pencil

 

 

K-3 PE (taught by Regina McKenna) Top 

Summary Class Description: Our goal is to provide a friendly introduction to sports and fitness while building coordination and self-esteem. JumpBunch® uses a hands-on approach that integrates the physical and mental aspects of each lesson: children have a chance to see, touch and experience each sport. We gear our program for their maximum enjoyment, while learning team skills, cooperation and sportsmanship. All children are a part of our "team," no matter what their level of skill.

We guide students through all phases of physical development: eye/hand coordination, large and fine motor skills, muscle development, body balance and cardio-respiratory enhancement.

Pre-requisite: NA

Textbooks: NA

Student Materials: NA

Additional Information: It is important that your children dress appropriately for physical activity. Tennis shoes or sneakers are a must. Children should wear comfortable clothing with freedom of movement. Dresses or skirts are not recommended.

 

K-4 Lunch & Recess (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

Lunch and recess provide a time to enjoy friends in a less structured environment, though all HCA rules still apply.  Kindergarten through fourth grade students will enjoy recess for the first 20 minutes of the period, then move to the kitchen to eat lunch during the final 20 minutes.

HCA has hired our Jump Bunch coach to provide consistent supervision each week in the recess area.  While she will provide varied options for play and play equipment, this is most definitely NOT a formal P.E. class.  During recess time students may opt for the provided activities or unstructured play.

Students bring in their lunch.  Lunches should not need refrigeration or cooking as HCA does NOT have permission to use the refrigerator, microwave, or other SAYSF Bible Church kitchen appliances.  Please also include any required eating utensils.

Please pack items for younger students that they are able to open independently.

 

1-2 Core Block (1st & 2nd period) (taught by Sharon Wilkinson) Top 

Summary Class Description: During this two-period class, students will engage in a variety of age appropriate activities in the areas of language arts, social studies, and math. Classic children’s literature and stories of famous Americans and missionaries will be spotlighted for language arts. Social studies will have a geography focus as the children gain a gentle introduction to different cultures around the world.  Foundational language and math skills will be taught through multisensory activities to enable deeper processing to occur. Weather permitting, we will enjoy a brief recess time on the playground.

Pre-requisite: None

Student materials: Pencils, eraser, crayons/colored pencils, glue stick, scissors, 1 two-pocket file folder to transport papers to and from home, 2 folders with fasteners for use as project folders.

Additional information: Most of the work will be completed during class time.

IF YOU WANT TO ENROLL IN 1-3 JR. SCIENCE BUT IT IS CLOSED, PLEASE CONTACT THE REGISTRAR!!

 

1-3 Jr. Science (taught by Sharon Wilkinson) Top 

Summary Class Description: The core curriculum for junior science will be drawn from Apologia’s, “Exploring Creation with Botany,” and combined with other age appropriate botanical studies. Every class session will include hands on activities, experiments or nature walks as we take a closer look at God’s flora kingdom.

Pre-requisite: None

Textbook: 1st & 2nd grade none. 3rd grade - Exploring Creation with Botany, Jeannie Fulbright: 2004, Apologia Educational Ministries.

Student Materials: Pencils, crayons/colored pencils, glue stick, scissors, small sketchbook for nature trails, 1 two-pocket file folder to transport papers to and from home, 1 folder with fasteners for use as project folders.

Additional Information: Most of the work will be completed in class time. Some projects, such as observation of plant growth, will require homework. 3rd graders will have weekly reading from the textbook.

 

1-3 Jr. Science (Core Block Only) (taught by Sharon Wilkinson) Top 

Summary Class Description: The core curriculum for junior science will be drawn from Apologia’s, “Exploring Creation with Botany,” and combined with other age appropriate botanical studies. Every class session will include hands on activities, experiments or nature walks as we take a closer look at God’s flora kingdom.

Pre-requisite: None

Textbook: 1st & 2nd grade none. 3rd grade - Exploring Creation with Botany, Jeannie Fulbright: 2004, Apologia Educational Ministries (optional).

Student Materials: Pencils, crayons/colored pencils, glue stick, scissors, small sketchbook for nature trails, 1 two-pocket file folder to transport papers to and from home, 1 folder with fasteners for use as project folders.

Additional Information: Most of the work will be completed in class time. Some projects, such as observation of plant growth, will require homework. 3rd graders will be provided with optional weekly reading assignements from the textbook.

 

3-12 Intermediate Instrumental Ensemble (taught by Linda Henry) Top 

Summary Class Description: This class is designed for students who already have a basic understanding of and proficiency on their instrument. It will provide opportunities to play together with other students of similar skill levels as well as teach some of the basics of music theory.

Prerequisites: Knowing how to play the instrument.

Homework requirement: Practicing at home in order to learn the music.

Textbooks: None as of now. The music that is played is specifically arranged for whatever instrumentation is present each year.

Student-provided materials: 1. Instrument with case; 2. Instrument appropriate accessories i.e.: cleaning swab, reeds, valve oil, cork grease, slide grease, etc.; 3. Music stand; 4. Instrument appropriate fingering chart

Notes: The Materials Fee covers music, printing, and other necessities for teaching the ensemble. Please contact HCA to discuss student levels, if in doubt.

 

 

3-12 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

3-12 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

3-12 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

3-12 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

3-12 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

3-4 Math Games (taught by Mary Pat Stewart) Top 

Class Description: Math Games will provide opportunities for strategic thinking, problem solving and deepening the students' understanding of mathematical concepts through fun, motivational games and activities.  Other goals for the class include increasing computational fluency and developing effective teamwork skills while working in small groups. Students will also gain valuable experiences with grids, graphs, calculators, abacuses, measuring tools, as well as art, to explore and widen their view of math. 

Homework:  Minimal, complete activities not finished in class

Pre-requisites:  None

Required textbooks: None 

Materials that families purchase: 12" ruler, crayons or colored pencils, pocket folder with loose-leaf, basic calculator 

 

3-4 Music (taught by Sharon Shaner) Top 

Summary Course Description:  Students in third and fourth grade music class build on the basics of music in a hands-on learning environment.  Students will continue to learn the basics of music theory and rhythm through fun interactive games and activities. We will explore instruments while learning about the lives of famous composers and their works. Students will learn to play the recorder during the spring semester and will perform selections at the open house in May. Students will apply what they learn through song and perform as a choir for the closing program each semester.

Pre-requisite: none

Textbooks: none

Student materials purchased in advance by parents: a folder and a sharpened pencil.  A recorder must be purchased by the parents before the spring semester begins.

 

3-5 IEW Writing (taught by Cathy Backhaus) Top 

Summary Class Description: In this class, the beginning student will study grammar and simple sentence construction that will lead to writing solid paragraphs, and on to three paragraph stories. Created to compliment what is being taught in Language Arts by the parents in the home, 3-5 writing will provide the student with many tools that will improve writing skills. The student will learn to take notes, summarize narrative stories, summarize references, write from pictures, and create original stories. We will also do daily journal entries to provide practice in written expression. The Institute for Excellence in Writing mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.” Your child will be instructed in the basics of this theme-based program and encouraged to grow in confidence and writing ability.

Pre-requisite: Student should be able to read comfortably and feel competent to copy sentences from the board in class.

Textbooks: IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) All Things Fun & Fascinating –Second Edition-January 2012- by Lori Verstegen

Student Materials: 3-ring binder with paper and tabbed dividers; Am. Heritage Student Thesaurus (either grades 3-7 or 7-10*siblings may share one book - also); a sewn composition book for journal writing.  One “Portable Wall” from IEW $5 if bought directly from Mrs. Backhaus ($7.00 ordered online at www.excellenceinwriting.com)

Homework: approximately 30-40 minutes daily - varies from child to child.

 

3-5 PE (taught by Regina McKenna) Top 

Summary Class Description: Our goal is to provide a friendly introduction to sports and fitness while building coordination and self-esteem. JumpBunch® uses a hands-on approach that integrates the physical and mental aspects of each lesson: children have a chance to see, touch and experience each sport. We gear our program for their maximum enjoyment, while learning team skills, cooperation and sportsmanship. Every child is a part of our “team”, no matter what their level of skill.

We guide students through all phases of physical development: eye/hand coordination, large and fine motor skills, muscle development, body balance and cardio-respiratory enhancement.

Pre-requisite: NA

Textbooks: NA

Student Materials: NA

Additional Information: It is important that your children dress appropriately for physical activity. Tennis shoes or sneakers are a must. Children should wear comfortable clothing with freedom of movement. Dresses or skirts are not recommended.

 

3-5 Trail Guides World Geography (taught by Cathy Backhaus) Top 

Summary Class Description: This course is intended to be a supplemental class which will give the students exposure to World Geography. It is not intended to be a stand-alone Social Studies class. We will do all of the work in class; mapping exercises, worksheets, various projects and building a geography notebook. Although there may be homework from time to time, it will usually only be work that wasn’t able to be completed within the class period. Together we will be building a complete World Geography notebook which your child will be able to enjoy for years to come. We will also be making a salt dough relief map of a country chosen by the student to be put on display at our end of the year Open House.

Pre-requisite: none

Textbooks: Atlases will be ordered by Mrs. Backhaus. Payment will be expected once class begins. (Exact amount is unknown at this time, but will be less than $20.)

Student Materials: 3-ring notebook, 9 tabbed dividers, ruler, good eraser, colored pencils for mapping exercises, pencil sharpener, glue stick, circle hole reinforcers, and scissors.

 

3-5 Writing: Becoming a Brave Writer (taught by Shannon Foster) Top 

Summary Class Description: Kids are tremendously interesting people, even the ones who are reluctant writers. My goal is to help draw out the fascinating mind life of your children so that they can capture those precious thoughts in writing. What's on paper ought to be a fair and insightful representation of all that goes on in your kids' busy heads. When it is, your young writers will love the results.

That, in a nutshell, is why Brave Writer exists.

Brave Writer focuses on establishing writing voice and the writing process in children and teens first, by fostering the right environment for writing risks, then, exploring exercises that nurture and draw out the writing voices of children without causing damage (making writing a chore or treating it like a subject to be drummed out for school or causing resentment, tears, and writer's block).  Our twin goals are: peace and progress in the writing process. We will explore various exercises used within several of the Brave Writer programs and incorporate different writing activities such as:

-Ipad project

-book jacket project

-5 W’s writing

-Mail Order catalogue

-Diary of character/historical figure

-found poetry

-Writing from art project

-Body biography project

-Research project

-narrations

Pre-requisites: To benefit from this class a student should have a working knowledge of sentence construction and paragraph writing.   A separate grammar and literature component (supplied by parent) would be necessary to create a complete a language arts curriculum. 

Homework:  Homework for this class will be moderate (10 minutes per week day, or three 15 minute assignments between class days).

Textbooks:  none

Student Materials: Each student will be required to have a file folder, three ringed binder (can be used for other classes too), composition notebook (not spiral), pens, pencils, colored pencils, highlighters, scissors, glue sticks and erasers.  Students will master the steps of good writing and by the end of the year each student will have a full portfolio of writing!

 

3-6 Apologia Science (taught by Kristin Bell) Top 

Summary Class Description: Exploring Creation with Botany presents a scientifically sound and God-honoring study of botany. Content covered includes the nature of botany and the process of classifying plants. It then discusses the development of plants from seeds, the reproduction processes in plants, the way plants make their food, and how plants get their water and nutrients and distribute them throughout the body of the plant.
Class activities will include projects, labs and experiments, as well as lesson reviews and class discussions.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: Required reading and written or oral narration ~15 min/day. Recommended review and extended learning activites from the Botany Notebooking Journal ~10-15 min/day. Homework will be emailed Thursday evenings for the upcoming week.

Textbooks: Exploring Creation with Botany by Jeannie Fulbright ISBN 978-1-932012-49-1

Student-provided materials: Folder, lined paper, blank paper, colored pencils, scissors, glue stick, Botany Notebooking Journal ISBN 978-1-935495-06-2 OR a spiral notebook and an additional folder with prongs is needed.

Notes: Material fees cover all in class experiment and project materials.

 

3-6 Art-Tastic (taught by Lisa Everly) Top 

Summary Class Description:  This class provides a relaxed and fun environment in which a wide array of artistic media are provided to allow children to explore their creative expression. Children’s book authors and illustrators are the inspirational basis for many of our projects. Activities are varied and include a literature connection, painting techniques using watercolor, and other paints, collage, oil pastels, and other media. Above all, we will seek to glorify the Lord and consider biblical principles while exploring art and various artists.  Other goals will be to bless others around us, foster friendships and a lifelong interest in art. It is perfect for both the first time art student and for any student who enjoys creating art. There will be no homework.

Pre-requisite: None

Textbooks: None

Student Materials: Provided by teacher

Additional Information: None

 

3-6 ART-Tastic (taught by Lisa Everly) Top 

Summary Class Description:  This class provides a relaxed and fun environment in which a wide array of artistic media are provided to allow children to explore their creative expression. Children’s book authors and illustrators are the inspirational basis for many of our projects. Activities are varied and include a literature connection, painting techniques using watercolor, and other paints, collage, oil pastels, and other media. Above all, we will seek to glorify the Lord and consider biblical principles while exploring art and various artists.  Other goals will be to bless others around us, foster friendships and a lifelong interest in art. It is perfect for both the first time art student and for any student who enjoys creating art. There will be no homework.

Pre-requisite: None

Textbooks: None

Student Materials: Provided by teacher

Additional Information: None

 

3-8 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

5-10 Art Foundations (taught by Carrie Patterson) Top 

Summary Class Description:  This is a fun, interactive, general studio art class for kids who like to make art, want to explore mixed media. Class will cover all of the foundation basics of good design and composition while also touching on the cornerstones of art history

 

5-10 Art Foundations (taught by Carrie Patterson) Top 

Summary Class Description:  This is a fun, interactive, general studio art class for kids who like to make art, want to explore mixed media. Class will cover all of the foundation basics of good design and composition while also touching on the cornerstones of art history

 

5-10 Art Foundations (taught by Carrie Patterson) Top 

 

Summary Class Description:  This is a fun, interactive, general studio art class for kids who like to make art, want to explore mixed media. Class will cover all of the foundation basics of good design and composition while also touching on the cornerstones of art history

 

 

5-12 Art Workshop (taught by Carrie Patterson) Top 

Summary Class Description:  This class is intended for students who love to draw and paint. Students should be able to work by themselves on a drawing or painting for at least 45 minutes and should want to learn more rigorous techniques, methods, and history regarding drawing and painting. Lessons will challenge students to work from observation while also encouraging self expression.

 

5-12 Art Workshop (taught by Carrie Patterson) Top 

Summary Class Description:  This class is intended for students who love to draw and paint. Students should be able to work by themselves on a drawing or painting for at least 45 minutes and should want to learn more rigorous techniques, methods, and history regarding drawing and painting. Lessons will challenge students to work from observation while also encouraging self expression.

 

5-12 Beginning Instrumental Ensemble OR Group Flute Lessons (taught by Linda Henry) Top 

Summary Class Description: This class is designed for students who are either just beginning to play flute or who are beginning to play another instrument, but are taking private lessons elsewhere, and would like to play in an ensemble. It will also teach some of the basics of music theory.


Prerequisites: Knowing the basics of how to play the instrument, unless its beginning flute.

Homework requirement: Practicing at home in order to learn the music.

Textbooks: None as of now. The music that is played is specifically arranged for whatever instrumentation is present each year.

Student-provided materials: 1. Instrument with case; 2. Instrument appropriate accessories i.e.: cleaning swab, reeds, valve oil, cork grease, slide grease, etc.; 3. Music stand; 4. Instrument appropriate fingering chart

Notes: The Materials Fee covers music, printing, and other necessities for teaching the ensemble. Please contact HCA to discuss student levels, if in doubt.

 

5-12 Chorus (taught by Sharon Shaner) Top 

Summary Course Description:  Choral Ensemble is a full year course designed to provide an atmosphere for the enjoyment, appreciation, and performance of choral music. The instruction and improvement of voice quality, intonation, ability to read music, ability to sight-sing, and the overall development of musicianship is stressed in conjunction with the learning of each piece of music. The Chorus will perform at the Christmas Festival and in the spring at the Open House events. Attendance at these performances and dress rehearsals are a course requirement.

Pre-requisite: none

Textbooks: none

Student materials purchased in advance by parents: a folder and a sharpened pencil

 

5-12 Yarn Art (taught by Erin Kluever) Top 

Yarn Arts

What is yarn? What can I do with it? This class will discover the many types and uses of yarn, and students will learn the basics of knitting and crocheting.

No prerequisites and only optional work outside class

 

5-7 Apologia Science (taught by Kristin Bell) Top 

Summary Class Description: Exploring Creation with Botany presents a scientifically sound and God-honoring study of botany. Content covered includes the nature of botany and the process of classifying plants. It then discusses the development of plants from seeds, the reproduction processes in plants, the way plants make their food, and how plants get their water and nutrients and distribute them throughout the body of the plant.
Class activities will include projects, labs and experiments, as well as lesson reviews and class discussions.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: Required reading and written or oral narration ~15 min/day. Recommended review and extended learning activites from the Botany Notebooking Journal ~10-15 min/day. Homework will be emailed Thursday evenings for the upcoming week.

Textbooks: Exploring Creation with Botany by Jeannie Fulbright ISBN 978-1-932012-49-1

Student-provided materials: Folder, lined paper, blank paper, colored pencils, scissors, glue stick, Botany Notebooking Journal ISBN 978-1-935495-06-2 OR a spiral notebook and an additional folder with prongs is needed.

Notes: Material fees cover all in class experiment and project materials.

 

 

 

 

5-7 IEW Writing (taught by Cathy Backhaus) Top 

Summary Class Description: Created to compliment what is being taught in Language Arts by the parents in the home, this class will improve the student’s writing strength and depth while studying the six major ancient civilizations—Sumer, Egypt, Israel, Babylon, Greece, and Rome. Incrementally, instruction will cover all the IEW models of structure and elements of style, including grammar and vocabulary while learning to write poetry, solid paragraphs, three paragraph stories, and five paragraph research reports. We will also do daily journal entries to provide practice in written expression. The Institute for Excellence in Writing mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.” Your child will be instructed in the basics of this theme-based program and encouraged to grow in confidence and writing ability.

Pre-requisite: None

Textbooks: IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons, 4th Edition March 2014 (Student Book only) by Lori Verstegen.

Student Materials: 3-ring binder with paper and tabbed dividers; Am. Heritage Student Thesaurus (either grades 7-10 or 3-7 *siblings may share one book); a sewn composition book for journal writing. One “Portable Wall” from IEW $5 if bought directly from Mrs. Backhaus ($7.00 ordered online at www.excellenceinwriting.com)
Please Note: The Student Resource Notebook is a necessary component of this course. This supplementary resource is included (FREE!) with your purchase as an e-book for you to download and print (110 pages), or you may purchase it printed and spiral-bound on the IEW website listed above.. (If you do not place your order online through the website, please check the copyright page in your textbook for download information.)

Homework: approximately 30-45 minutes daily – varies from child to child.

 

5-7 Intro to Theatre (taught by Keith Hight) Top 

Summary Course Description: 

Calling all young actors! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a character or act in your own scenes? In this class you will develop confidence, self-expression, and group interaction through improvisation, acting games, and vocabulary. This class is perfect for the beginner as well as the intermediate young actor. This class will provide exposure to enrichment activities in the areas of following directions, reading, drama, music, history, and comprehension. Students will have the opportunity to perform in a play at the spring Open House with an additional possible performance mid-year.

Prerequisite:  Public Speaking is recommended, but not required.

Materials:  -Scripts for the play will be provided during the school year.  Students are responsible for their scripts and are required to purchase a new one if they lose their original.

-Notebook for Journal entries

-Pencil and highlighter

-Wear comfortable clothing as we will be moving during most classes.

 

5-7 Lunch & Recess (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

Lunch and recess provide a time to enjoy friends in a less structured environment, though all HCA rules still apply.  Fifth -seventh grade students will eat lunch in the kitchen during the first 20 minutes of the period, then move to the gym to enjoy recess during the final 20 minutes.

HCA has hired our Jump Bunch coach to provide consistent supervision each week in the recess area.  While she will provide varied options for play and play equipment, this is most definitely NOT a formal P.E. class.  During the lunch recess, students may opt for the provided activities or unstructured play.

Students bring in their lunch.  Lunches should not need refrigeration or cooking as HCA does NOT have permission to use the refrigerator, microwave, or other SAYSF Bible Church kitchen appliances.  Please be sure they pack necessary eating utensils.

 

 

5-7 PE (taught by Regina McKenna) Top 

Summary Class Description: Our goal is to provide a friendly introduction to sports and fitness while building coordination and self-esteem. JumpBunch® uses a hands-on approach that integrates the physical and mental aspects of each lesson: children have a chance to see, touch and experience each sport. We gear our program for their maximum enjoyment, while learning team skills, cooperation and sportsmanship. Every child is a part of our “team”, no matter what their level of skill.

We guide students through all phases of physical development: eye/hand coordination, large and fine motor skills, muscle development, body balance and cardio-respiratory enhancement.

Pre-requisite: NA

Textbooks: NA

Student Materials: NA

Additional Information: It is important that your children dress appropriately for physical activity. Tennis shoes or sneakers are a must. Children should wear comfortable clothing with freedom of movement. Dresses or skirts are not recommended.

 

5-8 Art Foundations (taught by Carrie Patterson) Top 

Middle School HCA students will explore art by learning the fundamentals of visual language through drawing, painting, mixed media, and small sculpture. Each project is designed to increase technical skills and art historical knowledge. The content of each project is tailored specifically to allow for individual expression and to create a nurturing, fun, and interactive learning environment for middle school students. Students do not need previous art experience. Instructor will provide all materials.

 

5-8 Intro to Public Speaking (taught by Cathy Backhaus) Top 

Summary Class Description: Public speaking is a skill that is used throughout our lives. Interviews, discussions, debates, stage presentations, answering questions in class, delivering book reports for classes, talking to others on the job, negotiating any kind of business deals, explaining why you (were) homeschooled, or even giving a defense of your faith in Jesus Christ, are all opportunities to “speak well.” Having practice giving speeches at a young age will make these experiences much less stressful, for the shy student as well as the more confident student. This class offers excellent strategies to help students be poised, to capture the right tone and voice, to achieve the right kind of eye contact, and to be aware of how one’s appearance and actions affect their speech. Confidence will be built slowly through weekly opportunities to recite poetry, share experiences, performs skits, and create/present speeches. Homework will involve preparation, practice, and memorization for class meetings.

Pre-requisite: A willing spirit!

Textbook: none.

Student Materials: pocket folder or small 3-ring binder to store and organize many papers

Additional Information: Students will participate in a winter event, as well as a final classroom family/guest invited performance to provide opportunities for formal presentations in front of an audience. Memory work will be necessary as well.

 

 

5-8 Mapping the World by Heart (taught by Cathy Backhaus) Top 

Summary Class Description: Students will learn to read and create maps of the world through David Smith's Mapping the World by Heart. This will be a hands-on class with students learning how to understand maps and will be able to create their own world map by the end of the year. For more information please refer to www.mapping.com. (No purchase necessary)

Pre-requisite: none

Textbooks: Atlases will be ordered by Mrs. Backhaus. Payment will be expected once class begins. (Exact amount is unknown at this time, but will be less than $20.

Student Materials: 1 ½ -inch three-ring notebook with pocket dividers and tabbed dividers and paper; a zipped plastic holder or container for the following individual items:
• One or two #4 hard pencils (2H, 3H, 5H or 6H are okay)
• One or two black razor-point pens (needed for thin fine lines in black ink)
• Three or four razor-point pens in other colors for labeling (red, blue and green)
• An excellent eraser – Art Gum or similar, that leaves no residue
• A set of colored pencils (and sharpener)
• White-out – quick dry kind

Please note that a portion of the Materials Fees will be used to purchase a complete set of student maps for each student and the graphing paper used for this course.

 

6-10 PE (taught by Regina McKenna) Top 

Summary Class Description: Our goal is to provide a friendly introduction to sports and fitness while building coordination and self-esteem. JumpBunch® uses a hands-on approach that integrates the physical and mental aspects of each lesson: teens will have a chance to see, touch and experience each sport. We gear our program for their maximum enjoyment, while learning team skills, cooperation and sportsmanship. Every teen is a part of our “team”, no matter what their level of skill.

We guide students through all phases of physical development: eye/hand coordination, large and fine motor skills, muscle development, body balance and cardio-respiratory enhancement.

Pre-requisite: NA

Textbooks: NA

Student Materials: NA

Additional Information: It is important that your teens dress appropriately for physical activity. Tennis shoes or sneakers are a must. Teens should wear comfortable clothing with freedom of movement. Dresses or skirts are not recommended.

 

6-8 Intro to Foreign Language (taught by Erin Kluever) Top 

Over the year, we will study five languages including French, German, and Spanish. The class will learn common vocabulary and phrases, as well as being introduced to the culture and geography of countries that speak the languages.

 

6-8 Intro to Logic (taught by Erin Kluever) Top 

Summary Class Description:  In the first semester we will learn how to recognize different types of fallacies - common errors in reasoning.  In the second semester we will be covering different tools for various critical thinking tasks.  Logic exercises and games will be included, as time permits. This is not a formal logic course, but instead it is a course that will teach a variety of critical thinking skills.

 

Pre-requisite: none

 

Textbooks purchased in advance by parents: The Fallacy Detective (2009 Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9745-315-3-3 ) and The Thinking Toolbox (ISBN: 0-9745315-1-0). While the 2009 version of The Fallacy Detective is preferred, the current edition is acceptable; the teacher will have a limited number of copies of the 2009 version available for rent.

 

Student materials purchased in advance by parents: Spiral or composition notebook

 

6-8 Writing: Developing Brave Writers/Intro to LTOW (taught by Shannon Foster) Top 

Summary Class Description:  We will continue to develop our writing voice and becoming even more comfortable with the writing process. Our twin goals are: peace and progress in the writing process. We will explore various exercises used within several of the Brave Writer programs as well as, introducing a new approach to the persuasive essay, Lost Tools of Writing. This program is based on the idea that all writers (from 14-year-old students to Pulitzer Prize winners) face three universal problems: every writer has to come up with good ideas, organize those ideas clearly, and express them effectively.
Three Canons of classical rhetoric to solve those problems:
● Invention, a series of tools and skills that teach aspiring writers to come up with good ideas.
● Arrangement, which is made up of tools and skills that help students organize their thoughts in an organized, effective, and coherent fashion.
● Elocution (a fancy word for style), which is made up of skills and tools that allow the young writer to creatively, effectively, and purposely express their thoughts.

Students will be introduced to these cannons through time-tested exercises as tools, guiding them to become better writers. Throughout the year students will gain experience through several different forms of writing, including:
Narrative – tells a story, most often written in first person using “I.”
Comparison/Contrast – an essay that explains the similarities and differences of two or more ideas, people or things.
Persuasive – a style that is used to argue a specific point with strong support.

Pre-requisites: To benefit from this class a student should have a working knowledge of sentence construction and paragraph writing. A separate grammar and literature component (supplied by parent) would be necessary to create a complete a language arts curriculum.

Homework: Homework for this class will be moderate (15 minutes per week day, or three 20 minute assignments between class days).

Textbooks: Lost Tools of Writing 5th edition https://www.circeinstitute.org/store/book/level-1-4th-ed-students-workbook

Student Materials: Each student will be required to have a file folder, three ringed binder (can be used for other classes too), composition notebook (not spiral), pens, pencils, colored pencils, highlighters, scissors, glue sticks and erasers. Students will master the steps of good writing and by the end of the year each student will have a full portfolio!

 

7-12 Adv Instrumental Ensemble (taught by Linda Henry) Top 

Summary Class Description: This class is designed for students who have more than a basic understanding of and proficiency on their instrument. It will provide opportunities to play together with other students of similar skill levels as well as teach some of the basics of music theory.

Prerequisites: Knowing how to play the instrument.

Homework requirement: Practicing at home in order to learn the music.

Textbooks: None as of now. The music that is played is specifically arranged for whatever instrumentation is present each year.

Student-provided materials: 1. Instrument with case; 2. Instrument appropriate accessories i.e.: cleaning swab, reeds, valve oil, cork grease, slide grease, etc.; 3. Music stand; 4. Instrument appropriate fingering chart

Notes: The Materials Fee covers music, printing, and other necessities for teaching the ensemble. Please contact HCA to discuss student levels, if in doubt.

 

7-12 Theatre Performance (taught by Keith Hight) Top 

Enrollment in this class is audition only. Auditions were held at HCA on Thursday, May 4, with a memorized one minute monlogue.  Please contact the registrar about auditioning after that date.

Summary Course Description:   This full-year course will consist of auditions, casting, rehearsals, and plays performled at CSM LaPlata for Christmas and Open House.  Students will develop a solid acting technique while having fun in the process. They will discover what it’s really like to work on stage and experience the thrill of improvisation while learning the fundamentals of acting in a supportive and energetic environment.

Prerequisite: Drama 1, Drama 2 or equivalent is helpful, but not required.

Materials Needed:  Scripts – to be handed out the first day of class.

-Notebook for Journal entries (to be brought to each class)

-Pencil and highlighter

-Wear comfortable clothing as we will be moving during most classes.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  • Every month, there will be a Friday rehearsal at CMS, LaPlata.
  • The Christmas Festival and Open House performances will be held at CSM, LaPlata.  There will be a dress rehearsal/cast party/performance on Friday, December 8, and on Friday, May 4 TENTATIVELY. 
  • There will be opportunities for students to volunteer for traveling performances.

 

7-8 Apologia General Science (taught by Sherri Hastings) Top 

Summary Class Description: As the Apologia website states: “This course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences. 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. There are many hands-on experiments.”
During class there will be lectures and as many experiments as we can fit in (both those in the book and many that aren't). The student will be responsible for all readings and chapter questions outside of class. There will be regular tests, most of which will be taken at home. We will also be using the Student Notebook published by Apologia.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: Reading, chapter questions, notebook pages, and lab write-ups. Tests are taken at home.

Textbooks: "Apologia’s Exploring Creation With General Science" – 2ND EDITION (ISBN: 978-1-932012-86-6) AND "Exploring Creation with General Science" STUDENT NOTEBOOK (ISBN: 978-1-935495-70-3). You do NOT need to purchase the Solutions and Tests manual.

Student-provided materials: Pencils

 

7-9 IEW Writing (taught by Cathy Backhaus) Top 

Summary Class Description: Created to compliment what is being taught in Language Arts by the parents in the home, this class will develop composition, grammar, and vocabulary skills while students write about American history. This year we will also be covering the literature component included within the text which studies the following six novels that integrate with the historical topics used for writing assignments: The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Johnny Tremain, Sign of the Beaver, By the Great Horn Spoon, Rifles for Waitie, and Hattie and the Big Sky. Reading list and instructions will be sent out during summer.) Incrementally, instruction will cover all the IEW models of structure and elements of style, including grammar rules, vocabulary, and stylistic decorations. In addition, we will be writing narrative stories, poetry, research papers, critiques, formal five-paragraph essays with proper formatting, and summarizing references. We will also do daily journal entries to provide practice of written expression. The Institute for Excellence in Writing mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.” Your child will be instructed in the basics of this theme-based program and encouraged to grow in confidence while improving writing ability.

Pre-requisite: Because this level of IEW moves at a more rapid pace, it is recommended that a student who is new to IEW be able to write an organized paragraph with a clear topic sentence and complete body sentences before enrolling in this course.

Textbooks: IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons, First Edition, February 2017 by Lori Verstegen (Student Book Only)

Student Materials: 3-ring binder with paper and tabbed dividers; Am. Heritage Student Thesaurus (either grades 7-10 - or – any readable, quality thesaurus will suffice.); a sewn composition book for journal writing. One “Portable Wall” from IEW $5 if ordered directly from Mrs. Backhaus ($7.00 ordered online at www.excellenceinwriting.com)
Please Note: The Student Resource Notebook is a necessary component of this course. This supplementary resource is included (FREE!) with your purchase as an e-book for you to download and print (110 pages), or you may purchase it printed and spiral-bound on the IEW website listed above.. (If you do not place your order online through the website, please check the copyright page in your textbook for download information.)

Homework: approximately 30 - 45 minutes daily - varies from child to child.

 

8 Lunch & Recess (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

Lunch and recess provide a time to enjoy friends in a less structured environment, though all HCA rules still apply.  Eighth grade students will eat lunch during the first 20 minutes of the period in a classroom, then move to the gym to enjoy recess during the final 20 minutes.

HCA has hired our Jump Bunch coach to provide consistent supervision each week in the recess area.  While she will provide varied options for play and play equipment, this is most definitely NOT a formal P.E. class.  During the lunch recess, students may opt for the provided activities or unstructured play.

Students bring in their lunch.  Lunches should not need refrigeration or cooking as HCA does NOT have permission to use the refrigerator, microwave, or other SAYSF Bible Church kitchen appliances.  Please be sure they pack necessary eating utensils.

Note: Since grades are often flexible for homeschoolers, please contact HCA if you would like to request that your 8th grade teen be enrolled in the 5-7 Lunch to eat with friends.  Alternatively mature 8th grade students that are not interested in the recess may request enrollment in the high school lunch group.  Such requests are considered, space permitting, on a case-by-case basis.

 

 

8-10 Writing & Literature (LToW 1/Lit. 1) (12:30-1:55) (taught by Shannon Foster) Top 

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THIS CLASS MAY NOT TAKE 10-12 LIT. 2 OR 10-12 COMP. & WRITING

Summary Class Description:  Good writing does not spring up from formulas or systems. There is no "secret" or "break-through" method that will make your students good writers or you a good writing teacher.  Good writing is the product of dedicated practice developing key skills.  To write well one must look at it like an art or a craft that demands careful attention and persistent hard work. In fact, learning to write well is not so different from learning to play the piano or sculpt a human figure or shoot a three point shot in basketball.  Click here for more details...

We will include literature in our discussing of the writing tools.  Students will need to read one book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, over the summer to be prepared for the first day of class.  Other literature selections include:

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Night by Eli Weisel

Selections from The Odyssey by Homer

And various short stories including those by O’Henry, Edgar Allen Poe, Guy de Maupassant  

Pre-requisites: To benefit from this class a student should have mastered sentence construction and paragraph writing, as well as have a basic foundation of literary analysis skills.  A separate grammar component (supplied by parent) would be necessary to create a complete English I credit. 

Homework: Homework for this class will be rigorous.  There will be at least 3 hours of work for the students between classes.

Textbooks:  Lost Tools of Writing 5th edition https://www.circeinstitute.org/store/book/level-1-4th-ed-students-workbook

It is strongly encouraged to have the Teacher’s Guide as well as the student book.  Buying the Teacher’s Guide also allows you access to teaching videos, which would be highly beneficial in helping your student with this program.

Link for the set: https://www.circeinstitute.org/store/book/lost-tools-writing-level-one-complete-set

Student Materials: Each student will be required to have a file folder, three ringed binder (can be used for other classes too), composition notebook (not spiral), pens, pencils, colored pencils, highlighters, scissors, mini stapler, glue sticks and erasers.

 

8-12 Study Hall (1/2 period) (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for high school students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. This study hall is only for high school students who are enrolling in only Government, Spanish, or ASL, but not two of these three. This is also for the student enrolled in 8-10 Writing & Lit., but not enrolled in Spanish or ASL.  Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

8-9 Apologia Physical Science (taught by Sherri Hastings) Top 

Summary Class Description: As the Apologia website states, "Exploring Creation With Physical Science provides a detailed introduction to the physical environment and some of the basic laws that make it work. The fairly broad scope of the book provides the student with a good understanding of the earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. It also covers details on weather, motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, the solar system, atomic structure, radiation, nuclear reactions, stars, and galaxies. Typically, we recommend that the student take this course during the same year that he or she is taking pre-algebra.”
During class there will be lectures and as many experiments as we can fit in (both those in the book and many that aren't). The student will be responsible for all readings and chapter questions outside of class. There will be regular tests, most of which will be taken at home. We will also be using the Student Notebook published by Apologia.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: Reading, chapter questions, lab write-ups. Tests are taken at home.

Textbooks: Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Physical Science – 2ND EDITION (ISBN: 978-1-932012-77-4) AND Exploring Creation With Physical Science STUDENT NOTEBOOK (ISBN 978-1-935495-71-0). You do NOT need to purchase the solutions and tests manual.

Student-provided materials: Calculator, pencils

 

9-12 Biology (10:45-11:55) (taught by Sherri Hastings) Top 

Summary Class Description: As the Apologia website states: “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.”
During class there will be lectures and as many experiments as we can fit in (both those from the book and others that aren’t). There will be microscope work and dissections (more dissections than are scheduled in the book). The student will be responsible for all readings and chapter questions outside of class. There will be regular chapter tests.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: While the setup of the textbook is the same as the Apologia middle school science texts, this course is a big step up in terms of amount of material to learn. There weekly readings and questions. Tests are taken at home.

Textbooks: Exploring Creation with Biology – 2nd EDITION, Apologia Educational Ministries (ISBN: 978-1-932012-54-5); AND the Solutions and Tests manual (ISBN: 978-1-932012-55-2). These are usually sold as a set. DO NOT PURCHASE THE STUDENT NOTEBOOK.

Student-provided materials: 3-ring binder (1.5 – 2 inches), 16 dividers, paper, pencils, colored pencils

Notes: The materials fee, which includes dissection specimens, will be determined at the beginning of fall semester once the number of students is set.

 

9-12 Government/Health (12:30-1:55) (taught by Sherri Hastings) Top 

GOVERNMENT WILL BE HELD ONLY FOR THE FALL SEMESTER FROM 12:30 - 1:55.

Summary Class Description: The author states: “Exploring Government is a one-semester high school course. Lessons cover Federal, state, and local government and also contemporary issues in government. Special emphasis is placed on the Biblical basis for government and on the U.S. Constitution. Each of the fifteen units is intended to be studied for one week. As we understand the background, basis, and operation of American government on all levels, we are better equipped to remain prayerful, thoughtful, and involved with regard to government.”

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: There will be weekly readings and questions, regular quizzes and tests (take-home), and projects.

Textbooks: Exploring Government (2016 EDITION) AND We Hold These Truths (2016 EDITION) by Ray Notgrass. These are usually sold as a set. Make sure you buy the 2016 edition! It is hardcover (not paperback, like previous editions) and has a picture of the U.S. Capitol building against a blue sky on the cover. You do NOT need to purchase the Quiz and Exam pack.

Student-provided materials: 3-ring binder, pencils

 

HEALTH WILL BE HELD ONLY FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER FROM 12:30 - 1:55.

Summary Class Description: This course will cover all facets of health from a Christian perspective. We will discuss physical, mental, social, and spiritual health. Topics covered include anatomy, body systems, food choices, exercise, diseases, stress, emergencies, responsibility, and more. There will be projects and activities. The goal is to have fun while learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: Weekly readings and questions. Take-home tests

Textbooks: Total Health - Choices for a Winning Lifestyle by Susan Boe (2nd edition, ISBN: 9781583312261) Make sure to get the high school text (green) not the middle school text (red).
Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide by Matt Goulding (2011 edition ISBN: 978-1609612412)

Student-provided materials: Pencils

 

9-12 Government/Study Hall (12:30-1:55) (taught by Sherri Hastings) Top 

 GOVERNMENT WILL BE HELD ONLY FOR THE FALL SEMESTER FROM 12:30 - 1:55.

Summary Class Description: The author states: “Exploring Government is a one-semester high school course. Lessons cover Federal, state, and local government and also contemporary issues in government. Special emphasis is placed on the Biblical basis for government and on the U.S. Constitution. Each of the fifteen units is intended to be studied for one week. As we understand the background, basis, and operation of American government on all levels, we are better equipped to remain prayerful, thoughtful, and involved with regard to government.”

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: There will be weekly readings and questions, regular quizzes and tests (take-home), and projects.

Textbooks: Exploring Government (2016 EDITION) AND We Hold These Truths (2016 EDITION) by Ray Notgrass. These are usually sold as a set. Make sure you buy the 2016 edition! It is hardcover (not paperback, like previous editions) and has a picture of the U.S. Capitol building against a blue sky on the cover. You do NOT need to purchase the Quiz and Exam pack.

Student-provided materials: 3-ring binder, pencils

 

STUDY HALL WILL BE HELD ONLY FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER FROM 12:30 - 1:55.

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

If you do not need your student to enroll in the 1st (or 2nd) Semester 1 ½ period study hall, please email the registrar to have your invoice credited for the 1st (or 2nd) Semester study hall.

 

 

 

9-12 Lunch (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

Lunch is a time to enjoy friends in a less structured environment, though all HCA rules still apply.  High school students will eat lunch during the first 20 minutes of the period in a classroom, then have the option to remain in the lunchroom or go outside.

High School students are also given the privilege of eating lunch outside on nice days at the picnic table closest to the entry door.  (HCA's agreement with SAYSF stipulates that ALL students will be supervised by an adult at all times.)  Since they  have been given a separate lunch eating area, it is also the high school students' responsbility to pick up trash, wipe the table, and empty the trash in their lunch area. 

Students bring in their lunch.  Lunches should not need refrigeration or cooking as HCA does NOT have permission to use the refrigerator, microwave, or other SAYSF Bible Church kitchen appliances.

 

 

9-12 Sign Language 2 (2:00-3:25) (taught by Ricki Gemmel) Top 

 

Summary Class Description:  This class will review and expand ASL grammar, vocabulary, and range of topics from the ASL I Class. Students will increase narrative and conversational fluency, compare aspects of ASL and English through translation exercises, and compare aspects of the Deaf culture, American culture and their own culture. It is the goal of this class to help students achieve meaningful interactions within the Deaf community. (Adapted from Signing Naturally student workbook units 7-12 introduction)

 

Prerequisites:  American Sign Language I

 

Homework Requirement:  Homework assignments may include, but are not limited to, analyzing videos, practicing vocabulary, answering questions, translating sentences, readings and preparations for classroom or Christmas/Open House presentations. Students should plan on working at least twenty-thirty minutes per day to complete assignments.

 

Textbook:  Signing Naturally Units 7-12 Student Workbook by Lentz, Mikos and Smith. ISBN-13: 978-1-58121-221-1

Student Provided Materials:  The student workbook comes with a video DVD, so the student will need to be able to view the DVD as well have access to the internet to complete occasional assignments not in the workbook.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  This class begins in the middle of 5th period.  If your child is taking a 4th period class other than8-10 Writing, Government, or Health, they must signup for the 8-12 study hall (1/2 period) during fifth period. Contact the registrar if you have any questions.

 

9-12 Spanish 2 (2:00-3:25) (taught by Brenda Cavallaro) Top 

Summary Class Description: This course is a continuation of Spanish I and is designed to develop the student’s ability to utilize the Spanish language in listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities as well as enhance your awareness and understanding of the Hispanic world and its culture and customs. Course content will include development of vocabulary pertaining to travel and lodging, school, leisure activities, personal hygiene, and shopping as well as basic grammatical structures for passive and active use, geography and culture.

Prerequisite: Spanish I

Textbook: Plazas y Paisajes (provided by the teacher for student use)

Homework requirements: Students will have at least 4 assignments due each week as well as projects, oral presentations, compositions, and tests/quizzes.

Student materials: Students need a 1 ½ inch 3-ring binder, pens, pencils, supplies for projects when needed.

Notes: The materials fee includes the book rental as well as fees for copies of worksheets and other miscellaneous items needed for class.

PLEASE NOTE:  This class begins in the middle of 5th period.  If your child is taking a 4th period class other than 8-10 Writing, Government, or Health, they must signup for the 8-12 study hall (1/2 period) during fifth period. Contact the registrar if you have any questions.

 

9-12 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

9-12 Study Hall/Health (12:30-1:55) (taught by Sherri Hastings) Top 

HEALTH WILL BE HELD ONLY FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER FROM 12:30 - 1:55.

Summary Class Description: This course will cover all facets of health from a Christian perspective. We will discuss physical, mental, social, and spiritual health. Topics covered include anatomy, body systems, food choices, exercise, diseases, stress, emergencies, responsibility, and more. There will be projects and activities. The goal is to have fun while learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: Weekly readings and questions. Take-home tests

Textbooks: Total Health - Choices for a Winning Lifestyle by Susan Boe (2nd edition, ISBN: 9781583312261) Make sure to get the high school text (green) not the middle school text (red).
Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide by Matt Goulding (2011 edition ISBN: 978-1609612412)

Student-provided materials: Pencils

 

STUDY HALL WILL BE HELD ONLY FOR THE FALL SEMESTER FROM 12:30 - 1:55.

 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

If you do not need your student to enroll in the 1st (or 2nd) Semester 1 ½ period study hall, please email the registrar to have your invoice credited for the 1st (or 2nd) Semester study hall.

 

 

10-12 Composition & Writing (LTOW 2) (taught by Shannon Foster) Top 

Students enrolling in this class MUST also enroll in 10-12 Literature, as the writing assignments will be based on the literature discussed in the 10-12 Lit class.

Summary Class Description:  In Lost Tools of Writing Year 2, we will pick up where we left off in Year 1. After completing all the concepts of level 1, we will begin the process of applying what we have learned to our literature studies. You will be using the same workbook that you used in LToW year 1, so you do not need to purchase a new workbook. We will also explore other types of writing besides the persuasive essay. Using Essay Styles for High School by Train Up a Child Publishing, we will practice the narrative, descriptive, expository styles as well. If time allows we will proceed into Lost Tools of Writing level 2. You do not need to purchase LToW level 2 at this time.

Pre-requisites: First and foremost, each student must have taken LToW I in order to take the writing hour.  The literature hour is open to anyone.  To benefit from these classes a student should have mastered sentence construction and paragraph writing, essay writing, as well as have a developing knowledge of literary analysis skills.  A separate grammar component (supplied by parent) would be necessary to create a complete English I credit. 

Homework:  Homework for this class will be rigorous.  There will be at least 3 hours of work for the students between the Lit. and writing classes.

Textbooks:  Lost Tools of Writing 5th edition https://www.circeinstitute.org/store/book/level-1-4th-ed-students-workbook

It is strongly encouraged to have the Teacher’s Guide and videos as well as the student book. Link for the set: https://www.circeinstitute.org/store/book/lost-tools-writing-level-one-complete-set.  IF YOUR STUDENT HAS A BOOK FROM LAST YEAR, THEY DO NOT NEED TO PURCHASE A NEW BOOK.

Student Materials:  Each student will be required to have a file folder, three ringed binder (can be used for other classes too), composition notebook (not spiral), pens, pencils, colored pencils, highlighters, scissors, mini stapler, glue sticks and erasers.

 

10-12 Literature 2 (taught by Shannon Foster) Top 

This literature class is open to all 10-12 graders.  This class is required for the 10-12 Composition & Writing (LToW 2).  You may NOT enroll in this class if you are enrolling in 8-10 Lost Tools of Writing 1.

Summary Class Description:  

Pre-requisites: None.

Homework:  Homework for this class will be rigorous.  There will be at least 3 hours of work for the students between the Lit. and writing classes.

Textbooks: **Please purchase only recommended editions, as it will provide for smoother class discussion.**

CliffsComplete Macbeth: https://www.amazon.com/CliffsComplete-Macbeth-William-Shakespeare/dp/076458572X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491417601&sr=8-1&keywords=cliffs+complete+Macbeth

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (*I know this is an older edition of this book, but I like the “connections” that are also included.*): https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0395775442/ref=olp_f_usedAcceptable?ie=UTF8&f_new=true&f_usedGood=true&f_usedLikeNew=true&f_usedVeryGood=true&qid=1491416933&sr=1-1

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier: https://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-Daphne-Du-Maurier/dp/0380778556/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491417445&sr=8-1&keywords=rebecca+daphne+du+maurier+avon+fiction

Student Materials:  Each student will be required to have a file folder, three ringed binder (can be used for other classes too), composition notebook (not spiral), pens, pencils, colored pencils, highlighters, scissors, mini stapler, glue sticks and erasers.


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