Topic: Conversational French
Pre-requisites: French 1
Description: Conversational French is a course designed to encourage and improve students’ conversational
abilities with the French language. The focus of the course will be learning vocabulary and grammar skills necessary to
function in French conversation. Students will learn how to use the context of situations to improve comprehension. Students
will be encouraged to contribute through conversation and classroom activities as they learn skills such as how to talk about
themselves and asking for assistance.
Topic: Conversational Spanish
Pre-requisites: Spanish 1
Description: Come learn how to speak Spanish with everyday people in various situations. You never know
when speaking Spanish could come in handy, however Spanish from books can only help you so much. This elective is
designed to allow you the opportunity to learn how to communicate with other Spanish speakers. Broaden your horizons
and your abilities with this course.
Topic: Intro to Hmong
Description: This class is for students with a beginning to low intermediate level of spoken Hmong. It will
set as a stepping stone to the Hmong language, as well as any other tonal languages. Instruction is oriented towards
using best practice methods to help students learn and retain information in order to use the language effectively.
All aspects of linguistic performance: speaking, reading, and listening will be given --with a heavier emphasis on
speaking (as well as tones). Students will be, systematically and incrementally, introduced to materials that will
enable them to acquire cultural and linguistic literacy about Southeast Asia, the Hmong community specifically.
Topic: Intro to Japenese
Description: This is an introductory course in Japanese language which will leave a foundation for further
learning on the subject. We will cover basic vocabulary and grammar of Japanese and introduce the written forms of the language.
In addition, this course will present a greater cultural prospective on life in Japan and provide advice for students looking to
study abroad in their college careers. Fans of Anime, Manga, J-Pop, and all things Japanese need to apply.
Topic: Cursive Writing
Description: If your third grade class wasn’t enough to make you proficient in cursive writing, and you
have always wanted to write quickly while taking notes; if you have heard about recent studies which have found
that students who write in cursive have better recall of class materials than those who print or type; or if you
have always wanted to have beautiful handwriting, you may want to sign up for this class.
Topic: Get a Grasp on Grammar
Description: Not sure when to use a comma? Wondering what the purpose of a semicolon is? Where do the quotation marks go,
and when do you use them? And what’s with those three little dots in the middle or at the end of a sentence? This elective is for
you! Get a Grasp on Grammar will help build your sentence-level confidence.
Description: This course will prepare students for speaking on topics. In addition to knowing how to better speak in front
of crowd students will learn how to shape the messages for different audiences. Students will also learn how to make various types
of speeches such as informative, argumentative, inspirational, and press related. Visual aids can be an enhancement to any speech,
but it can also be a detriment. Learn how to make right visual aesthetic choice through taking this course. Anyone looking to
improve their public speaking skills needs to apply. (Course limited to eight students)
Topic: Diversity Matters
Description: Why does diversity matter? Why is it important to know your neighbors? The world is ever changing and comprised of
various and beautiful people. Just to name a few there are people of diverse ethnic backgrounds, culture, and of LGBTQ community. This
course is an introduction to diversity, an appreciation of multiculturalism, and we will discuss issues that affect multicultural individuals.
Some of those topics may include: learning about various ethnic backgrounds, self-awareness, assumptions, stereotypes, micro aggressions, and
or current events that impact diversity. This will be an opportunity to learn more about yourself and others who are different from you. If
you have an open mind, the willingness to learn and appreciate others who are different from you then this course is for you.
Topic: Greek Mythology
Description: In ancient times, just as now, people looked for the causes of forces greater than themselves. In
Ancient Greece, people created larger than life characters resembling themselves but in possession of powers far beyond the scope of
human possibilities but representative of the personal, political, and environmental forces that dominated their lives. They called
the greatest of them gods, and for centuries stories were told and passed down about their powers, exploits and all too human failings.
The Greeks gave us these stories. Poetry, novels and plays written over the 2000+ years have continued to carry these gods and goddesses
into our lives and DVD players. This class will study the Greek gods and heroes through the writing of Edith Hamilton and examine the
lessons they can teach us today. This year the great Fantasy writer, Neil Gaiman has written a beautiful book of Norse mythology that we
will also be including in our class.
Topic: Latin American Literature and Culture
Description: En este curso exploraremos los diferentes facetos de la cultura y la identidad Latina. Exploraremos
estó a través de la literatura que vamos a leer de autores Latinos en como la cultura y identidad se representa en las
lecturas. Through this course, we will be looking a Latin American literature, exploring different themes, and looking at
different ways Latino culture is represented in these readings. We’ll be doing readings in Spanish and/or Spanglish.
Topic: Introduction to Calculus
Description: An overview of the first semester of Calc 1. If you like math but are a little intimidated by
that big word CALCULUS then you should sign up for a little prep work. You are sure to derive great satisfaction from this
class and reach new limits before unknown to you.
Topic: Introduction to Trigonometry
Pre-requisites: Algebra 1 & Geometry 1
Description: if you think “what’s your sine” is a line to get a date or if you think “cosine” means to get
someone to sign off on your car loan then you really need this class. You will have the chance to get it all right after this
class as the Right Angle gets to take on a whole new meaning. Be better prepared to take on Trig next fall after completing
this summer session.
Topic: Introduction to Physics
Pre-requisites: Algebra 1
Description: Are you taking Physics in the fall? Or, are you simply interested in learning how the world around
you works? This is the elective for you! Spend your summer studying projectile motion (think nerf guns and car jumps) while getting
ready for the next school year.
Topic: ACT Science
Description: Do you have what it takes to read 7 passages and answer 40 questions, all in 35 minutes? Nervous about
how to prepare? Looking for hints and tips on how to attack the exam? We will help you form a battle plan. This course will help
you get ready for the often challenging portion of the test. Preparing for the ACT Science course doesn’t have to be boring: we’ll
make science fun!
Topic: Introduction to Psychology
Description: Have you ever wanted to better understand human thinking and behavior? Do you consider yourself a “people watcher?”
Are you interested in trying to figure people out? If so, then this course is for you! In this course, we will explore a number of topics
related to the human mind and behavior such as: how experiments work, the brain, sleep and dreaming, stress, learning, personality, social
influence and authority, psychological disorders and more! Students will gain a better understanding of the field of psychology and be better
prepared to enter a high school introduction or AP psychology course.
Topic: The Stock Market and Economics
Description: Ever wondered how the stock market worked? Ever wanted to learn how to invest? Want to learn how to have your money
make money? What about learning how goods and services reach us in a modern economy and how technology and politics impacts these processes?
This class includes a virtual stock market game which allows students to research and invest in companies; then follow those companies using real
world stock information.