Cedars Options 

(7th & 8th-grade levels)

Language Arts

* Mapping the World by Heart (5th-7th Grades)


Teacher: Jeanette Lord In this class students will learn to draw the world by heart through games, songs, drawings, videos, solving mysteries, and special projects. We’ll plan and participate in a South American Fair, complete a European bag-a-country project, Africa lapbook, and lots more activities. We’ll study longitude and latitude, time zones, mountain ranges and rivers. Students will be expected to keep all homework papers and maps in a 3-ring notebook. Supplies: Purchase: Rand McNally’s Know Geography World Atlas for Grades 4-9 Purchase: The Usborne Geography Encyclopedia of World Geography. *This book is optional. Use it instead of the internet for research. Science Board (1st semester)
One white poster board (2nd semester)
Glue stick
Pencils
Erasers
Colored pencils
Printer paper (for drawing practice)
3-ring notebook
Tab dividers for the notebook




* Mapping the U.S. (5th-8th Grades)


Teacher: Jeanette Lord Trek the U.S. in this fun class where we learn to draw the U.S. Activities include mapping, drawing, learning the capitals, and the geography of each state. During the final 6 weeks, students travel with Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery and explore northern parts of the Louisiana Purchase in search of the Northwest Passage while reading the novel, The Captain’s Dog, My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe. Written from the perspective of Meriwether Lewis’ dog, and true to real events, this exciting narrative includes excerpts from Lewis’ personal journal. Students map the route as they read through the book. Additional assignments include learning about the various Indian tribes, geography, vocabulary, plants, and animals of the expedition. We’ll also take a pretend hike on the Appalachian Trail. How fun! What will you pack? What will you eat? What if you run into a bear!? Is that poison ivy? Find out this fall! It’s going to be fun! SUPPLIES Desk Atlas of the United States. Get at rainbowresource.com The Captain’s Dog, My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith. Also, get at rainbowresource.com Pencils Erasers Colored pencils




* Physical Geography (8th-12th Grades)


Teacher: Jeanette Lord
Students will learn to draw the world through games, songs, drawings, videos, solving mysteries, and special projects. We’ll plan and participate in a South American Fair, complete a Europe amazing race project, and an Africa research project.. We’ll study longitude and latitude, time zones, mountain ranges and rivers. Students will be expected to keep all homework papers and maps in a 3-ring notebook. SUPPLIES - Rand McNally’s Know Geography World Atlas for Grades 9-12. Science board (1st semester)
Poster board any color (1st semester)
One white poster board (2nd semester)
Glue stick
Pencils
Erasers
Colored pencils
Printer paper (for drawing practice)
3-ring notebook
Tab dividers for the notebook





History

* Earth & Space Science - Mon


Teacher: Roger Nimmo Abeka Science: Earth & Space From earthquakes and volcanoes to clouds and galaxies, show your child the features of God’s Creation here on earth as well as the Great Beyond with Science: Earth and Space! This textbook guides your child through a study of geology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and environmental science. A thorough study of rocks, soil, and fossils will give your child ample proofs that this earth was created by God and not evolutionary processes. Mr. Nimmo taught High School Science for 21 years. He taught Chemistry, AP Biology, Anatomy/Physiology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and General Science. He is an Oklahoma State retired teacher. He has spent over 3 thousand hours studying the strengths for the Creation Model and the weaknesses of the Theory of Evolution Model. Students will have access to Mr. Nimmo’s personal library of books to take home and study on their own. Supplies: Project Resources Book $15 per semester book rental fee




* Earth & Space Science - Wed


Teacher: Roger Nimmo This class will be an extension of the Monday class where concepts are reinforced and hands on experiments and labs coordinated. You can choose to only attend the Wednesday Lab class, but you will need to make sure and stay in sync with the Monday class syllabus at home in order to gain the best experience from this class! Mr. Nimmo taught High School Science for 21 years. He taught Chemistry, AP Biology, Anatomy/Physiology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and General Science. He is an Oklahoma State retired teacher. He has spent over 3 thousand hours studying the strengths for the Creation Model and the weaknesses of the Theory of Evolution Model. Students will have access to Mr. Nimmo’s personal library of books to take home and study on their own. Supplies: $40 per semester lab & experiment supply fee




* Veterinary Science


Teacher: Candra Graves This class will give you an introduction into veterinary science. If you are interested in zoology or becoming a veterinarian, veterinary technician, or any job that pertains to animals this is the class for you! We will be covering most body systems, along with terminology and basic veterinary information. There will be experiments and dissections to reinforce what we are learning. Fee: $30 per semester for lab supplies Book Rental Fee of $15 may incur




* Botany


Teacher: Jennifer Miser Using the Gorgeously illustrated text “Practical Botany” by Geoff Hodge, students will be introduced to the plant kingdom, growth form and function of plants, inner workings, reproduction, external factors, botany and the senses, and follow the profiles of many famous botanists and botanical illustrators. This is a very hands on and visual botany course, looking at specimens and doing outdoor lab studies. Supplies for class: Textbook plus supply fee Supply fee for class includes Botany Record Journal, Plant Supplies for Analysis, and a set of sketching materials and collection tools. Supply Fee: $50.00




* Creation Science


Teacher: Roger Nimmo This course includes: sections of Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Genetics, Astronomy, History of Science, Zoology, Biblical Studies and the truth about the Theory of Evolution. Every Christian and non christian need to understand the difference between Origin and Operational Science, the Philosophy of science, what kind of changes have and are really occurring in living things, what the fossil record really reveals, what scientific laws contradict the theory of evolution, how did the genesis flood really change the earth, and what does the Bible teach us about these changes? Mr. Nimmo taught High School Science for 21 years. He taught Chemistry, AP Biology, Anatomy/Physiology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and General Science. He is an Oklahoma State retired teacher. He has spent over 3 thousand hours studying the strengths for the Creation Model and the weaknesses of the Theory of Evolution Model. Students will have access to Mr. Nimmo’s personal library of books to take home and study on their own. Class fee: $35.00 For the Study Set Debunking Evolution Study Set Book Rental Fee of $15 may incur




* Physical Science - MON (8th grade & up)


Teacher: Eileen Bader Curriculum: Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd edition Introduce your child to chemistry and physics through the foundational principles taught in Exploring Creation with Physical Science. We will be covering the first 10 modules. Start out with scientific measurements, the different forms of matter, and the periodic table and other chemistry concepts. We’ll then graduate into physics and the study of forces, motion, energy, and light. Supply fee: $0 Supplies Needed: Student textbook: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd edition - Purchase Link HERE




* Physical Science - WED (8th grade & up)


Teacher: Eileen Bader Curriculum: Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd edition This class will be an extension of the Monday class where concepts are reinforced and hands on experiments and labs coordinated. You can choose to only attend the Wednesday Lab class, but you will need to make sure and stay in sync with the Monday class syllabus at home in order to gain the best experience from this class! Supply fee: $40




* Life Science Monday


Abeka 7th Grade Science: Order and Design This class introduces new plant features and flower families; also, it builds upon the systems of the body, and how all of them work together to help your child function. We will learn about marsupials of the mammals; flight motions of birds; types of scales on fish; dinosaurs and similar types of reptiles; and the anatomy of amphibians; discuss the helpful aspects of insects, classifications within microbiology, and functions of forests, showing how all of these living elements work together within God’s wonderful world. Supplies: pencil, 1 inch 3 ring binder, notebook paper Book rental fee: $15 per semester




* Life Science Wednesday


Abeka 7th Grade Science: Order and Design This class introduces new plant features and flower families; also, it builds upon the systems of the body, and how all of them work together to help your child function. We will learn about marsupials of the mammals; flight motions of birds; types of scales on fish; dinosaurs and similar types of reptiles; and the anatomy of amphibians; discuss the helpful aspects of insects, classifications within microbiology, and functions of forests, showing how all of these living elements work together within God’s wonderful world. Supplies: pencil, 1 inch 3 ring binder, notebook paper, composition notebook, colored pencils Supply fee: $25





Math

* Study Hall


Supervisor: Varied We have TWO options for Study Hall this year, be sure to include WHICH your child wants to be included in. -Quiet Study hall is for those whom want to read, work, etc in a quiet environment where we keep noise to a minimum. -Social Study hall is for those whom want to talk, chat, & get to know each other. Our Aspire Group rules and expectations still apply here but we do encourage and desire healthy and happy friendships to grow within the group, even at Academy!




* Martial Arts & Self Defense


Teacher: Partnered with Wolfe Pack TKD Wolfe Pack Taekwondo Students will learn a holistic form of Tae Kwon Do stressing the five fundamental tenets of Tae Kwon Do: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit taught in a supportive, positive environment. Our beginner classes target ages 6 to adult with little or no prior martial arts experience. Our advanced program is designed for students with a higher level of martial arts experience or those students who wish to work towards competitive sports martial arts such as fighting and board breaking. SPECIAL CLASS PRICING - $160 per semester




* Guitar I


Teacher: Sheldon Clark
This class will take the younger students from basic sight reading and notes to playing a song. Starting on the 1st string on week one, string 2 on week two....continuing this pattern until week six on the 6th string. Next we will learn chords and progressions leading up to full songs. The primary goal of this class is to teach each student proper playing through proper practice and the joy of music achieved by reaching smaller goals (wins) and ultimately bigger goals (playing a full song). Supplies: $15 Supply Fee per Semester




* Digital Photography & Image Editing


Teacher: Melissa Davis This course is designed for the beginning photographer. In this course, students will learn ways to improve their photography. Class topics include: Creating Better Photos with Composition, Shooting in Manual, and Processing/Saving Your Photos. Hands-on class activities and lessons with homework to be completed during the week. Course requires a digital SLR camera that can be set to manual. Class Supply Fee: $5 Student Supply List:

  • Digital camera that can be set to fully manual (DSLR examples: Canon Rebel series, Nikon D series)
  • Media Card
  • Card Reader or Cable to download photos from camera to computer




* Yearbook & Journalism


Teacher: Melissa Davis This course is for students who want to join the yearbook staff and document the Aspire 2020-2021 school year. In this course, students will learn basic photography and page layout skills, as well as how to tell a story with photographs and copy. Each student will be assigned events to cover, as their own personal part of the yearbook. This class is open to 7th grade and up. Class time will be used for lessons and working on page layout for assigned pages. Outside of class time, students will be required to complete assignment (photographing events) and help with photographing the Aspire students for official posed yearbook photos. Two class times options are available. Class Supply Fee: none Student Supply List: Digital camera (actual camera recommended and preferred over a mobile phone) Laptop with internet access to work in Yearbook software




* Principles of Sketching


Teacher: Jennifer Miser This course will introduce students to basic drawing, perspective, and sketching techniques. We will cover elements on a 2D plane, light, shadow, tone and texture. Students will produce a sketch portfolio to be added to throughout the semester. Supplies: 5x8 sketchbook Graphite Drawing Kit: pencils, erasers, sharpener. Gum eraser Kneaded eraser Blending stumps Make sure the pencil kit has at least HB, 2B-6B, 2H-4H. More options are fine.




* Drama (2 Hour Class)


Teacher: Sofia Brennecke with the Clark Youth Theater Drama class will consist of honing stage skills and working on monologues or short skits to be showcased to parents one class day. All teaching will be done by Clark Youth Theater teachers. ​Special Class Fee: $180 (remember, this is a two hour class so it's an EXCELLENT value!) Supply Fee: $30 per semester This plus the class fee covers Scripts (not cheap), facility props & useage, etc.




* Guitar II


Teacher: Sheldon Clark Age 12 and older
The class will take a faster approach to the basic skills without sacrificing any of the fundimentals. Although some students may already play the guitar, They will also benefit from (weeks 1 thru 3 ) this crash course and fill in any holes in their current foundational skills. this class will encompass a thorough understanding of playing and how a guitarist mentally approaches, memorizes and efficiently practices music. Supplies: $10 Supply Fee per Semester




* Guitar III


Teacher: Sheldon Clark A continuation of Guitar II in learning the instrument and mostly focused on being performance ready. We will try to play 2 to 3 performances (mostly assisted living facilities) per semester. Supplies: $10 Supply Fee per Semester




* Nature Arts & Crafts


Teacher: Melissa Davis This course is designed for anyone who loves nature and creating beautiful art. In this course, students will use natural materials to create crafts (art, decorations, gifts). Hands-on class activities each week. Students will be asked to bring specific nature items to class for the next project on occasion (leaves, sticks, flowers, pinecones, rocks, etc.). I am gathering as many supplies as I can beforehand to keep the supply costs down. Class Supply Fee: $15 Student Supply List: Paint Pen Set for Rock Painting - Fine Tip (optional) Colorful Sharpie Set for Rock Painting (optional) Folder to keep project Instructions (optional)




* Special Help with Spelling


Teacher: Tiffani Scott This class is a hands-on class to help with the fundamentals of spelling. We will be using a lot of things beyond writing and repetition to learn and remember spelling words. This class is adaptive, meaning I will adjust as needed as I learn their learning styles and levels. I will be using words on their level. Different kids in the same class may have different words. This class will work well for kiddos on the spectrum, who maybe don’t write well or do well in structured settings. I do not allow ANY sort of bullying and go over this from day one. In my classes I talk about how we all learn in different levels and ways. Supplies: Folder, 3x5 notecards, Pencil




* Special Help with Reading


Teacher: Tiffani Scott This class is for the kiddo who is struggling with reading. We will use different methods as well as reading from different kinds of things. We go over mechanics, as well as trying to pinpoint what the struggle is. This class is adaptive, meaning I will adjust as we go, and I learn their learning style and levels. There is no curriculum to purchase but I do ask for a $20 supply fee. This class will work well for kiddos on the spectrum, who maybe do not write well or do well in structured settings. I do not allow ANY sort of bullying and go over this from day one. In my classes I talk about how we all learn in different levels and ways. Supplies: Folder, 3x5 notecards, Pencil




* Girls Self Defense


Teacher: Lori Herbel This class will combine physical fitness and self defense. We will begin each class with a warm up and a brief cardio and strength workout. Following that we will work on self defense techniques from a Krav Maga curriculum. Girls should wear comfortable clothes they can move freely in.




* Art Composition


Teacher: Penny S. Burt Prerequisite: None Description: We will be covering the Elements of Composition. The first 8 classes will cover the 7 elements of composition: Line, Shape, Pattern, Texture, Balance, Gray Value and Color with two classes on color. The following classes will be media based, such as watercolor, pencils, pastels, etc. Artists through history will be introduced as they are relevant to the subject being covered. Supply fee: $25 per semester




* Comic Strip Illustration


Teacher: Penny S. Burt Prerequisite: Art Composition Description: In this class, students will develop cartoon characters and learn to draw them in comic strip format. The characters will be developed into full body images. They will learn about good plots and storylines, as well as methods to best tell the story they want told. Textbooks: There are three books I will be referencing for this class. You DO NOT have to purchase them: Usborne Art Ideas—Drawing Cartoons, Stan Lee’s How to Draw Comics, and Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley. **Just FYI, Stan Lee’s book does have some mild adult content-violence and scantily clad women. It is not the main focus of the book, and it can be avoided when reading the valid illustration content. Obviously I will be filtering this for class. Each book has a strength. The Usborne book shows a wide variety of characters. Stan Lee’s book focuses on superheroes and good story telling. And Mastering Manga is helpful for the Manga specialty. Supply fee: $25 per semester




* Choir


Teacher: Elizabeth Alpert Students will develop: The ability to follow a conductor/director. The ability to sing in 2-3 part harmony (possibly 4 part for 9th-12th) Basic concepts of sight-singing Students will learn: Singing in different styles of music. An introduction to show choir (5th-8th and 9th-12th) The different voice types. How to praise the Lord through song! Supplies needed: 3 Ring Binder Pencil Supply Fee: $10




* Intro to Instruments


Teacher: Elizabeth Alpert Students will learn about: The different instruments in each of the sections of orchestras, symphonic bands, jazz ensembles, praise & worship bands, and some instruments used during the earlier time periods (Biblical Instruments, Medieval/Renaissance, Baroque, etc.) The development of the instruments, including the modern day piano and organ. Instruments from other cultures throughout the ages. The ranges and voices that these instruments represent. Some foundational concepts of music will be discussed (Grand Staff, clefs, etc.) to allow the students a greater understanding of each of the instruments. Musical terms will also be taught. Instruments will be brought in for students to experience. Some restrictions may be in place due to Covid 19 (i.e. wind and brass) A field trip may possibly be planned depending on permission from Aspire to see instruments not small enough to be brought onsite. Supplies needed: 3 Ring Binder Pencil Supply Fee: $10




* Computer Applications (8th & up)


Teacher: Eileen Bader Curriculum: Easy Office 2016, 1st edition Computer Applications is a course designed to teach students how to use the computer as a school, personal, and business tool using Microsoft Office 2016. Students will learn to manipulate files, perform word processing, create spreadsheets, and design presentations. We will also briefly delve into Google Docs. Supply list: Easy Office 2016 Book - Purchase Link HERE A laptop with Microsoft Office 2016 installed A USB flash drive




* String Art


Teacher: Melissa Davis This course is designed for anyone who loves making art with their hands. In this class we will be using embroidery floss and creating Friendship Bracelets, String Art decor, Cross Stitch design, and more. Hands-on class activities each week. Students will learn how to make these various pieces of jewelry and decor by following simple class projects. Once these skills have been learned, students can have more creative choices on following projects. I am gathering as many supplies as I can beforehand to keep the supply costs down. Supply Fee: $15




* Jewelry Making


Teacher: Nicole Crandell Description: Students will learn jewelry making basics while making beautiful, wearable, and sellable accessories. We will make earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more. Topics covered will range from beading, bead weaving, wire wrapping, leather jewelry, and much much more! By the end of class, students will be able to make a wide variety of projects to wear, gift, or sell. Optional: Parents may sign up for the class for just the supply fee. Students younger than 6th grade may attend with a parent. $20/semester supply fee. Supplies needed: Needle Nose Plier, Round Nose Plier, Side Cutter, Bead Board, Notebook.





Science

* Earth & Space Science - Mon


Teacher: Roger Nimmo Abeka Science: Earth & Space From earthquakes and volcanoes to clouds and galaxies, show your child the features of God’s Creation here on earth as well as the Great Beyond with Science: Earth and Space! This textbook guides your child through a study of geology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and environmental science. A thorough study of rocks, soil, and fossils will give your child ample proofs that this earth was created by God and not evolutionary processes. Mr. Nimmo taught High School Science for 21 years. He taught Chemistry, AP Biology, Anatomy/Physiology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and General Science. He is an Oklahoma State retired teacher. He has spent over 3 thousand hours studying the strengths for the Creation Model and the weaknesses of the Theory of Evolution Model. Students will have access to Mr. Nimmo’s personal library of books to take home and study on their own. Supplies: Project Resources Book $15 per semester book rental fee




* Earth & Space Science - Wed


Teacher: Roger Nimmo This class will be an extension of the Monday class where concepts are reinforced and hands on experiments and labs coordinated. You can choose to only attend the Wednesday Lab class, but you will need to make sure and stay in sync with the Monday class syllabus at home in order to gain the best experience from this class! Mr. Nimmo taught High School Science for 21 years. He taught Chemistry, AP Biology, Anatomy/Physiology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and General Science. He is an Oklahoma State retired teacher. He has spent over 3 thousand hours studying the strengths for the Creation Model and the weaknesses of the Theory of Evolution Model. Students will have access to Mr. Nimmo’s personal library of books to take home and study on their own. Supplies: $40 per semester lab & experiment supply fee




* Veterinary Science


Teacher: Candra Graves This class will give you an introduction into veterinary science. If you are interested in zoology or becoming a veterinarian, veterinary technician, or any job that pertains to animals this is the class for you! We will be covering most body systems, along with terminology and basic veterinary information. There will be experiments and dissections to reinforce what we are learning. Fee: $30 per semester for lab supplies Book Rental Fee of $15 may incur




* Botany


Teacher: Jennifer Miser Using the Gorgeously illustrated text “Practical Botany” by Geoff Hodge, students will be introduced to the plant kingdom, growth form and function of plants, inner workings, reproduction, external factors, botany and the senses, and follow the profiles of many famous botanists and botanical illustrators. This is a very hands on and visual botany course, looking at specimens and doing outdoor lab studies. Supplies for class: Textbook plus supply fee Supply fee for class includes Botany Record Journal, Plant Supplies for Analysis, and a set of sketching materials and collection tools. Supply Fee: $50.00




* Creation Science


Teacher: Roger Nimmo This course includes: sections of Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Genetics, Astronomy, History of Science, Zoology, Biblical Studies and the truth about the Theory of Evolution. Every Christian and non christian need to understand the difference between Origin and Operational Science, the Philosophy of science, what kind of changes have and are really occurring in living things, what the fossil record really reveals, what scientific laws contradict the theory of evolution, how did the genesis flood really change the earth, and what does the Bible teach us about these changes? Mr. Nimmo taught High School Science for 21 years. He taught Chemistry, AP Biology, Anatomy/Physiology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and General Science. He is an Oklahoma State retired teacher. He has spent over 3 thousand hours studying the strengths for the Creation Model and the weaknesses of the Theory of Evolution Model. Students will have access to Mr. Nimmo’s personal library of books to take home and study on their own. Class fee: $35.00 For the Study Set Debunking Evolution Study Set Book Rental Fee of $15 may incur




* Physical Science - MON (8th grade & up)


Teacher: Eileen Bader Curriculum: Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd edition Introduce your child to chemistry and physics through the foundational principles taught in Exploring Creation with Physical Science. We will be covering the first 10 modules. Start out with scientific measurements, the different forms of matter, and the periodic table and other chemistry concepts. We’ll then graduate into physics and the study of forces, motion, energy, and light. Supply fee: $0 Supplies Needed: Student textbook: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd edition - Purchase Link HERE




* Physical Science - WED (8th grade & up)


Teacher: Eileen Bader Curriculum: Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd edition This class will be an extension of the Monday class where concepts are reinforced and hands on experiments and labs coordinated. You can choose to only attend the Wednesday Lab class, but you will need to make sure and stay in sync with the Monday class syllabus at home in order to gain the best experience from this class! Supply fee: $40




* Life Science Monday


Abeka 7th Grade Science: Order and Design This class introduces new plant features and flower families; also, it builds upon the systems of the body, and how all of them work together to help your child function. We will learn about marsupials of the mammals; flight motions of birds; types of scales on fish; dinosaurs and similar types of reptiles; and the anatomy of amphibians; discuss the helpful aspects of insects, classifications within microbiology, and functions of forests, showing how all of these living elements work together within God’s wonderful world. Supplies: pencil, 1 inch 3 ring binder, notebook paper Book rental fee: $15 per semester




* Life Science Wednesday


Abeka 7th Grade Science: Order and Design This class introduces new plant features and flower families; also, it builds upon the systems of the body, and how all of them work together to help your child function. We will learn about marsupials of the mammals; flight motions of birds; types of scales on fish; dinosaurs and similar types of reptiles; and the anatomy of amphibians; discuss the helpful aspects of insects, classifications within microbiology, and functions of forests, showing how all of these living elements work together within God’s wonderful world. Supplies: pencil, 1 inch 3 ring binder, notebook paper, composition notebook, colored pencils Supply fee: $25





Geography

* Mapping the World by Heart (5th-7th Grades)


Teacher: Jeanette Lord In this class students will learn to draw the world by heart through games, songs, drawings, videos, solving mysteries, and special projects. We’ll plan and participate in a South American Fair, complete a European bag-a-country project, Africa lapbook, and lots more activities. We’ll study longitude and latitude, time zones, mountain ranges and rivers. Students will be expected to keep all homework papers and maps in a 3-ring notebook. Supplies: Purchase: Rand McNally’s Know Geography World Atlas for Grades 4-9 Purchase: The Usborne Geography Encyclopedia of World Geography. *This book is optional. Use it instead of the internet for research. Science Board (1st semester)
One white poster board (2nd semester)
Glue stick
Pencils
Erasers
Colored pencils
Printer paper (for drawing practice)
3-ring notebook
Tab dividers for the notebook




* Mapping the U.S. (5th-8th Grades)


Teacher: Jeanette Lord Trek the U.S. in this fun class where we learn to draw the U.S. Activities include mapping, drawing, learning the capitals, and the geography of each state. During the final 6 weeks, students travel with Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery and explore northern parts of the Louisiana Purchase in search of the Northwest Passage while reading the novel, The Captain’s Dog, My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe. Written from the perspective of Meriwether Lewis’ dog, and true to real events, this exciting narrative includes excerpts from Lewis’ personal journal. Students map the route as they read through the book. Additional assignments include learning about the various Indian tribes, geography, vocabulary, plants, and animals of the expedition. We’ll also take a pretend hike on the Appalachian Trail. How fun! What will you pack? What will you eat? What if you run into a bear!? Is that poison ivy? Find out this fall! It’s going to be fun! SUPPLIES Desk Atlas of the United States. Get at rainbowresource.com The Captain’s Dog, My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith. Also, get at rainbowresource.com Pencils Erasers Colored pencils




* Physical Geography (8th-12th Grades)


Teacher: Jeanette Lord
Students will learn to draw the world through games, songs, drawings, videos, solving mysteries, and special projects. We’ll plan and participate in a South American Fair, complete a Europe amazing race project, and an Africa research project.. We’ll study longitude and latitude, time zones, mountain ranges and rivers. Students will be expected to keep all homework papers and maps in a 3-ring notebook. SUPPLIES - Rand McNally’s Know Geography World Atlas for Grades 9-12. Science board (1st semester)
Poster board any color (1st semester)
One white poster board (2nd semester)
Glue stick
Pencils
Erasers
Colored pencils
Printer paper (for drawing practice)
3-ring notebook
Tab dividers for the notebook





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Monday Electives

* Study Hall


Supervisor: Varied We have TWO options for Study Hall this year, be sure to include WHICH your child wants to be included in. -Quiet Study hall is for those whom want to read, work, etc in a quiet environment where we keep noise to a minimum. -Social Study hall is for those whom want to talk, chat, & get to know each other. Our Aspire Group rules and expectations still apply here but we do encourage and desire healthy and happy friendships to grow within the group, even at Academy!




* Martial Arts & Self Defense


Teacher: Partnered with Wolfe Pack TKD Wolfe Pack Taekwondo Students will learn a holistic form of Tae Kwon Do stressing the five fundamental tenets of Tae Kwon Do: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit taught in a supportive, positive environment. Our beginner classes target ages 6 to adult with little or no prior martial arts experience. Our advanced program is designed for students with a higher level of martial arts experience or those students who wish to work towards competitive sports martial arts such as fighting and board breaking. SPECIAL CLASS PRICING - $160 per semester




* Guitar I


Teacher: Sheldon Clark
This class will take the younger students from basic sight reading and notes to playing a song. Starting on the 1st string on week one, string 2 on week two....continuing this pattern until week six on the 6th string. Next we will learn chords and progressions leading up to full songs. The primary goal of this class is to teach each student proper playing through proper practice and the joy of music achieved by reaching smaller goals (wins) and ultimately bigger goals (playing a full song). Supplies: $15 Supply Fee per Semester




* Digital Photography & Image Editing


Teacher: Melissa Davis This course is designed for the beginning photographer. In this course, students will learn ways to improve their photography. Class topics include: Creating Better Photos with Composition, Shooting in Manual, and Processing/Saving Your Photos. Hands-on class activities and lessons with homework to be completed during the week. Course requires a digital SLR camera that can be set to manual. Class Supply Fee: $5 Student Supply List:

  • Digital camera that can be set to fully manual (DSLR examples: Canon Rebel series, Nikon D series)
  • Media Card
  • Card Reader or Cable to download photos from camera to computer




* Yearbook & Journalism


Teacher: Melissa Davis This course is for students who want to join the yearbook staff and document the Aspire 2020-2021 school year. In this course, students will learn basic photography and page layout skills, as well as how to tell a story with photographs and copy. Each student will be assigned events to cover, as their own personal part of the yearbook. This class is open to 7th grade and up. Class time will be used for lessons and working on page layout for assigned pages. Outside of class time, students will be required to complete assignment (photographing events) and help with photographing the Aspire students for official posed yearbook photos. Two class times options are available. Class Supply Fee: none Student Supply List: Digital camera (actual camera recommended and preferred over a mobile phone) Laptop with internet access to work in Yearbook software




* Principles of Sketching


Teacher: Jennifer Miser This course will introduce students to basic drawing, perspective, and sketching techniques. We will cover elements on a 2D plane, light, shadow, tone and texture. Students will produce a sketch portfolio to be added to throughout the semester. Supplies: 5x8 sketchbook Graphite Drawing Kit: pencils, erasers, sharpener. Gum eraser Kneaded eraser Blending stumps Make sure the pencil kit has at least HB, 2B-6B, 2H-4H. More options are fine.




* Drama (2 Hour Class)


Teacher: Sofia Brennecke with the Clark Youth Theater Drama class will consist of honing stage skills and working on monologues or short skits to be showcased to parents one class day. All teaching will be done by Clark Youth Theater teachers. ​Special Class Fee: $180 (remember, this is a two hour class so it's an EXCELLENT value!) Supply Fee: $30 per semester This plus the class fee covers Scripts (not cheap), facility props & useage, etc.




* Guitar II


Teacher: Sheldon Clark Age 12 and older
The class will take a faster approach to the basic skills without sacrificing any of the fundimentals. Although some students may already play the guitar, They will also benefit from (weeks 1 thru 3 ) this crash course and fill in any holes in their current foundational skills. this class will encompass a thorough understanding of playing and how a guitarist mentally approaches, memorizes and efficiently practices music. Supplies: $10 Supply Fee per Semester




* Guitar III


Teacher: Sheldon Clark A continuation of Guitar II in learning the instrument and mostly focused on being performance ready. We will try to play 2 to 3 performances (mostly assisted living facilities) per semester. Supplies: $10 Supply Fee per Semester




* Nature Arts & Crafts


Teacher: Melissa Davis This course is designed for anyone who loves nature and creating beautiful art. In this course, students will use natural materials to create crafts (art, decorations, gifts). Hands-on class activities each week. Students will be asked to bring specific nature items to class for the next project on occasion (leaves, sticks, flowers, pinecones, rocks, etc.). I am gathering as many supplies as I can beforehand to keep the supply costs down. Class Supply Fee: $15 Student Supply List: Paint Pen Set for Rock Painting - Fine Tip (optional) Colorful Sharpie Set for Rock Painting (optional) Folder to keep project Instructions (optional)




* Special Help with Spelling


Teacher: Tiffani Scott This class is a hands-on class to help with the fundamentals of spelling. We will be using a lot of things beyond writing and repetition to learn and remember spelling words. This class is adaptive, meaning I will adjust as needed as I learn their learning styles and levels. I will be using words on their level. Different kids in the same class may have different words. This class will work well for kiddos on the spectrum, who maybe don’t write well or do well in structured settings. I do not allow ANY sort of bullying and go over this from day one. In my classes I talk about how we all learn in different levels and ways. Supplies: Folder, 3x5 notecards, Pencil




* Special Help with Reading


Teacher: Tiffani Scott This class is for the kiddo who is struggling with reading. We will use different methods as well as reading from different kinds of things. We go over mechanics, as well as trying to pinpoint what the struggle is. This class is adaptive, meaning I will adjust as we go, and I learn their learning style and levels. There is no curriculum to purchase but I do ask for a $20 supply fee. This class will work well for kiddos on the spectrum, who maybe do not write well or do well in structured settings. I do not allow ANY sort of bullying and go over this from day one. In my classes I talk about how we all learn in different levels and ways. Supplies: Folder, 3x5 notecards, Pencil




* Girls Self Defense


Teacher: Lori Herbel This class will combine physical fitness and self defense. We will begin each class with a warm up and a brief cardio and strength workout. Following that we will work on self defense techniques from a Krav Maga curriculum. Girls should wear comfortable clothes they can move freely in.




* Art Composition


Teacher: Penny S. Burt Prerequisite: None Description: We will be covering the Elements of Composition. The first 8 classes will cover the 7 elements of composition: Line, Shape, Pattern, Texture, Balance, Gray Value and Color with two classes on color. The following classes will be media based, such as watercolor, pencils, pastels, etc. Artists through history will be introduced as they are relevant to the subject being covered. Supply fee: $25 per semester




* Comic Strip Illustration


Teacher: Penny S. Burt Prerequisite: Art Composition Description: In this class, students will develop cartoon characters and learn to draw them in comic strip format. The characters will be developed into full body images. They will learn about good plots and storylines, as well as methods to best tell the story they want told. Textbooks: There are three books I will be referencing for this class. You DO NOT have to purchase them: Usborne Art Ideas—Drawing Cartoons, Stan Lee’s How to Draw Comics, and Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley. **Just FYI, Stan Lee’s book does have some mild adult content-violence and scantily clad women. It is not the main focus of the book, and it can be avoided when reading the valid illustration content. Obviously I will be filtering this for class. Each book has a strength. The Usborne book shows a wide variety of characters. Stan Lee’s book focuses on superheroes and good story telling. And Mastering Manga is helpful for the Manga specialty. Supply fee: $25 per semester




* Choir


Teacher: Elizabeth Alpert Students will develop: The ability to follow a conductor/director. The ability to sing in 2-3 part harmony (possibly 4 part for 9th-12th) Basic concepts of sight-singing Students will learn: Singing in different styles of music. An introduction to show choir (5th-8th and 9th-12th) The different voice types. How to praise the Lord through song! Supplies needed: 3 Ring Binder Pencil Supply Fee: $10




* Intro to Instruments


Teacher: Elizabeth Alpert Students will learn about: The different instruments in each of the sections of orchestras, symphonic bands, jazz ensembles, praise & worship bands, and some instruments used during the earlier time periods (Biblical Instruments, Medieval/Renaissance, Baroque, etc.) The development of the instruments, including the modern day piano and organ. Instruments from other cultures throughout the ages. The ranges and voices that these instruments represent. Some foundational concepts of music will be discussed (Grand Staff, clefs, etc.) to allow the students a greater understanding of each of the instruments. Musical terms will also be taught. Instruments will be brought in for students to experience. Some restrictions may be in place due to Covid 19 (i.e. wind and brass) A field trip may possibly be planned depending on permission from Aspire to see instruments not small enough to be brought onsite. Supplies needed: 3 Ring Binder Pencil Supply Fee: $10




* Computer Applications (8th & up)


Teacher: Eileen Bader Curriculum: Easy Office 2016, 1st edition Computer Applications is a course designed to teach students how to use the computer as a school, personal, and business tool using Microsoft Office 2016. Students will learn to manipulate files, perform word processing, create spreadsheets, and design presentations. We will also briefly delve into Google Docs. Supply list: Easy Office 2016 Book - Purchase Link HERE A laptop with Microsoft Office 2016 installed A USB flash drive




* String Art


Teacher: Melissa Davis This course is designed for anyone who loves making art with their hands. In this class we will be using embroidery floss and creating Friendship Bracelets, String Art decor, Cross Stitch design, and more. Hands-on class activities each week. Students will learn how to make these various pieces of jewelry and decor by following simple class projects. Once these skills have been learned, students can have more creative choices on following projects. I am gathering as many supplies as I can beforehand to keep the supply costs down. Supply Fee: $15




* Jewelry Making


Teacher: Nicole Crandell Description: Students will learn jewelry making basics while making beautiful, wearable, and sellable accessories. We will make earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more. Topics covered will range from beading, bead weaving, wire wrapping, leather jewelry, and much much more! By the end of class, students will be able to make a wide variety of projects to wear, gift, or sell. Optional: Parents may sign up for the class for just the supply fee. Students younger than 6th grade may attend with a parent. $20/semester supply fee. Supplies needed: Needle Nose Plier, Round Nose Plier, Side Cutter, Bead Board, Notebook.





Wednesday Electives

* Mapping the World by Heart (5th-7th Grades)


Teacher: Jeanette Lord In this class students will learn to draw the world by heart through games, songs, drawings, videos, solving mysteries, and special projects. We’ll plan and participate in a South American Fair, complete a European bag-a-country project, Africa lapbook, and lots more activities. We’ll study longitude and latitude, time zones, mountain ranges and rivers. Students will be expected to keep all homework papers and maps in a 3-ring notebook. Supplies: Purchase: Rand McNally’s Know Geography World Atlas for Grades 4-9 Purchase: The Usborne Geography Encyclopedia of World Geography. *This book is optional. Use it instead of the internet for research. Science Board (1st semester)
One white poster board (2nd semester)
Glue stick
Pencils
Erasers
Colored pencils
Printer paper (for drawing practice)
3-ring notebook
Tab dividers for the notebook




* Mapping the U.S. (5th-8th Grades)


Teacher: Jeanette Lord Trek the U.S. in this fun class where we learn to draw the U.S. Activities include mapping, drawing, learning the capitals, and the geography of each state. During the final 6 weeks, students travel with Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery and explore northern parts of the Louisiana Purchase in search of the Northwest Passage while reading the novel, The Captain’s Dog, My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe. Written from the perspective of Meriwether Lewis’ dog, and true to real events, this exciting narrative includes excerpts from Lewis’ personal journal. Students map the route as they read through the book. Additional assignments include learning about the various Indian tribes, geography, vocabulary, plants, and animals of the expedition. We’ll also take a pretend hike on the Appalachian Trail. How fun! What will you pack? What will you eat? What if you run into a bear!? Is that poison ivy? Find out this fall! It’s going to be fun! SUPPLIES Desk Atlas of the United States. Get at rainbowresource.com The Captain’s Dog, My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith. Also, get at rainbowresource.com Pencils Erasers Colored pencils




* Physical Geography (8th-12th Grades)


Teacher: Jeanette Lord
Students will learn to draw the world through games, songs, drawings, videos, solving mysteries, and special projects. We’ll plan and participate in a South American Fair, complete a Europe amazing race project, and an Africa research project.. We’ll study longitude and latitude, time zones, mountain ranges and rivers. Students will be expected to keep all homework papers and maps in a 3-ring notebook. SUPPLIES - Rand McNally’s Know Geography World Atlas for Grades 9-12. Science board (1st semester)
Poster board any color (1st semester)
One white poster board (2nd semester)
Glue stick
Pencils
Erasers
Colored pencils
Printer paper (for drawing practice)
3-ring notebook
Tab dividers for the notebook