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                                 Club Descriptions Winter 2018

Clubs are "after school activities" supervised by advisors.
They are not academic courses and do not accrue grades.

Due to the flexible nature of alternative education,
they are offered at times convenient for all.

 

 

3D Design In this club students who have a particular interest in a technology project will get to work on it with tutorial support. This may include Google sketch-up, 3D printing, coding, computer animation, or others. Those without a particular driving interest will learn 3D computer sculpting with the Mudbox application.

Acrobatics 2 This acrobatics course if for students who have mastered the basics of Acrobatics 1 and are looking for a greater challenge. Students who arrive without enough experience will be moved to the acrobatics 1 class. Feel free to contact Miss Rachael if you are unsure which class is best for your child.

Acrobatics I This club focuses on one and two person acrobatics including feats of balance, agility and coordination. Slack line, floor stunts, and basic skills such as handstands, somersaults and cartwheels, we will eventually move onto two person stunts and tricks. While safety and control are our number one priorities, there will be plenty of fun and games along the way.  The skills we learn are sure to match any skill level from a first-time learners to an experienced acrobat.  The sky is the limit as each student proves his/her ability to advance in difficulty. 

Adv. Minecraft Plan a City plan a city and run a business in it.  (Students must have their own Minecraft account at home., available from Minecraft.net for $26.95. This is a one-time purchase which the school cannot cover.) In this 2-hour club, students will choose a business to run in a city they create together. On a private Minecraft LAN, built just for our students, students will create their own business, and experiment with the buying and selling process.  A group build will be available as an optional stretch for students who are ready for the challenge. Critical thinking, collaboration and creativity will be emphasized in this club.

American Girls: Discover what life was like for girls through the historical fiction series "American Girls." Explore the history, traditions and influences of the day for girls growing up at various time periods in American History. We will read excerpts from the books, look at the accompanying dolls and accessories, dress up when appropriate, do crafts, and sample foods. We will create a journal/scrapbook of our own and write a diary page as if we were living in the time we are studying.

American Ninja Training: Finally, no more swinging off the furniture!   Join us, for a fun-filled hour of jumping, swinging, climbing, hanging, leaping, balancing, rolling; shall I continue?!  We have obstacles to challenge every age and skill level. This is a fun and exciting approach to helping the kids stay active. 

American Sign Language: Come learn the 4th most used language in the U.S. In this beginning level course, students are introduced to Deaf Culture and History and instruction of the basics of ASL grammar and syntax, vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers and visual-manual communication. Skill-building activities and games as well as interactive communication will be used to enhance developing expressive and receptive skills in the target language.

Animal Art: Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! From reptiles and mammals to watercolor and mixed media, this course will have all things animals and art. The young students will learn to use artist tools properly, share supplies and create refrigerator worthy projects to take home.

Appetizers:  In this club, students will learn to create appetizers that are appropriate for a variety of events from fancy to casual. 

Archery: Calling all Robinhoods, Katniss Everdeens, Hawkeyes and Green Arrows! Archery has arrived at North Star!  Both beginners and students with some archery experience will find instruction and skill improvement in our new PE club. Whether you are ultimately interested in bow hunting or target archery, our certified instructors will help you advance your skills. This class will cover archery safety, different types of equipment, range set up, shooting techniques, advanced alignment, and extensive practice. Safety will be the first and paramount priority in this class.

Arctic Animals: The Arctic is a hostile environment, yet students will meet animals in that are able to thrive either on the tundra or in the icy waters that surround the North Pole. They will also learn about all the special characteristics and behaviors of these animals to deal with the extreme cold and hostile environment.
Enjoy activities that teach about the Arctic animals and Subarctic animalswhich may include the polar bear, the arctic fox, the wolf, the beluga whale and more

Art Studio In this club, student who are serious about improving their artistic skills will enjoy 2 solid hours of guided studio lessons in mixed media. Drawing, painting, pastels and 3D materials will be accessed as the focused artists and their teacher build remarkable skills.  Students can come for 1 or 2 hours.

Backcountry Navigation and First-Aid: In this 100% hands on course, we will get down to the real needs of a light-weight, Leave No Trace backpacker.Learn what gear you need and what to avoid. Finally understand how to use that darn compass! Become efficient at the basics of Map and Compass navigation. Learn a few tricks to keep track of your location in the wilderness…and weaved throughout the day will be some First Aid training and emergency preparedness.

Ballet and Lyric Dance In this introductory dance class, students will learn some of the basic positions and movements of ballet. Also, they will have an opportunity for expressive dance through the fluid choreography and emotional focus of the lyric dance component. Come join this dance class, one of the most effective and elegant ways of improving posture, grace, flexibility, and strength.

Barista Cafe: In this class, students will explore the occupation of a Barista. We will start out getting a food handler’s permit and then begin to learn to make Espresso, Lattes, Chai Tea and Italian Sodas. Students will take and fill orders, developing serving skills as well. By the time we finish this class, students will have mastered some skills for a job as a barista.

BasketsBasket weaving is one of the most widespread crafts in the history of human civilization. Baskets have been woven throughout history for practical, artistic and religious purposes. In this class students will learn about basket leaving, complete baskets of their own design, and learn to make a simple basket from start to finish. Other activities will be included to embellish the baskets.  

Beads and Bangles: Learn about beading and simple jewelry making for our younger students. 

Beginning Woodcrafting In this class, students will learn to use hand tools to build a variety of wood projects.  The saw, miter box, hammer, screw driver, sanding block and simple finishes will become well known friends in this fun, hands-on class.

Big Art for the School Walls: Help design and create pieces of artwork that are big enough to add some class to our school by becoming long-term displays. 

Bike Parts Art: Art can come from amazing materials…which create amazing ideas. Using a variety of discarded bike parts, students will create 3D sculptures and explore thinking in novel ways.

Biology Lab:Hands-on, minds-on inquiry-based study of introductory biology for middle/high school students. Join us to make grocery store items come alive, moldify Jell-O, analyze dragon genetics, solve murders, gorge on jellybeans, digest food outside your body, see how long you can hold your breath, and more! High school students will need to turn in written lab reports to their certified teacher to have this considered one of their activities towards a high school biology credit.

Board Games for Critical Thinking Board games teach students to decipher patterns, focus, take turns and defer gratification, develop self-regulation, practice decision-making, evaluate choices and consequences and develop strategic thinking. Come enjoy games like Cathedral, Blokus, Chronology, the Da Vinci Game, Quoridor, Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride. Students who want to continue learning the algorithms for the Rubic's Cube are welcome as well.

Board Games for Critical Thinking: Board games teach students to decipher patterns, focus, take turns and defer gratification, develop self-regulation, practice decision-making, evaluate choices and consequences and develop strategic thinking. Come enjoy games like Cathedral, Blokus, Chronology, the Da Vinci Game, Quoridor, Castle Panic, Forbidden Island, Roll with it, Sushi Go, Ticket to Ride and Pandemic.

Bread Dough Creations & Classical Music Stories: We have pulled together 13 bread dough projects, from pretzels to bunny bread. Students will make dough and then sculpt and shape their designs while they listen to classical music, woven into stories: Bach Comes to Call; Mozart's Magic Flute; Beethoven Lives Upstairs; and Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery.

Build a Drum, Learn to Drum: Using real goat skin to create the drum head, students will learn about and build hand-made drums. Then, they will focus on the basics of rhythm and percussion. Students will learn how rhythm is broken down into meters and the function of the different elements of a beat.

Build a Fidget Spinner (K-3) They are all the craze... and you know you love them... but how do you make one? Come learn the step-by-step process of building a variety of basic fidget spinners.  All  materials areprovided and you will finish the class with more than one completed spinner and the knowledge to make more!

Build a Website: Students will learn to build a drag and drop website, requiring no coding or HTML skills. Each student will choose a topic, set up the web-hosting, organize and decorate their site, learn to add content while observing copyright law, and add a blog if they like. Students must be able to type, but hunt-and-peck typing will work.

Car Engines and Car Maintainence (levels I and II): In level 1 students will learn to complete maintenance and simpler repair tasks for cars while the weather is good. In level 2 students will learn more complex repair tasks, will tear apart and rebuild an engine. Students will become more handy around the garage and learn to save money through acquiring these important skills.

Carving Dabble in the art of carving using special techniques and materials. Like soft wood, but more forgiving, these materials won't crack, split, or check, and pieces can be bonded. Students will create projects using Carv-Foam, BalsaFoam, Crea-Stone and soap: excellent mediums for beginners to carve. These rigid materials do not require dangerous tools or significant strength and motor control- perfect for beginners.

Chess Club:  The Chess Club gives students an opportunity to play friendly games of chess against their peers in a low-stress environment. Students of all levels are welcome to come, as help is given to those who need it. Chess variants, chess theory and moves will be taught, as students are ready.

Comedy Radio Theater: Whether you feel like you are a natural comedian or enjoy telling puns, embark on the rules of comedy.  Come play with us as we learn what makes something funny in a recorded skit, comedy radio theater.  Experiment with a variety of comic characters,  within the context of various comedic monologues.  So come join the club, and let's "make 'em laugh."  Use your voice to paint vivid pictures and characters. and build comedy with a focus on pace, tempo, and timing in order to nail those moments just right. As skills develop, we will record a short radio/audio
drama, complete with sound effects! 

Computer Animations: The need for students to play and express themselves, and to enjoy the element of fun while learning and they will bring it into this club. In the tech era, their playground is a bit different and they have the opportunity to create unique digital experiences. Beginning with 2D animation and  progressing to 3D animations as skills are mastered, students will progress at their own pace with staff support and encouragement.

Computer Camp: Computer Camp will make learning the basics fun! Become the techie geek of your family by knowing the difference between a lightning cord and a USB cord. How can you know which processor your computer uses and why would you care? What is your processor speed? Is the memory card robust enough? What graphics card is being used and is it enough for high-powered gaming? Using a variety of games and hands on tasks students in this class will start by learn how to rule their computers rather than being passive users. Become stealthy: with both Macs and Chromebooks, students will learn how to be ultra-safe on the internet, how to guard their digital footprints, how to build hack-deterring passwords and how to recognize a phishing or hacking attack. Think you know how to search the internet? What about browser options, search tools and boolean operators? You will speak geek at the end of this club.    

Construction: Remodeling  In this club the students will learn the fundamentals of safety, tools, carpentry, plumbing and electrical.  Learn how math actually applies to real world and develop practical skills for affordable remodeling at home.

Costume Design for Alice in Wonderland Learn to design and improve your painting, constructing, designing and sewing skills while creating the fantastical costumes for the drama club’s production of Alice in Wonderland. The student will learn safety, how to use various tools, and basic sewing as well as how to read and use patterns and modify fit.

Crazy Paint: Jammin’ cats and funky monkeys; owls and giraffes, dancing snowmen, handprints and google eyes…. explore the way paper, salt, blending and washes create cool paintings for even beginning painters! Come play in the paint with us!

Crazy Paint: Jammin’ cats and funky monkeys; owls and giraffes, dancing snowmen, handprints and google eyes…. explore the way paper, salt, blending and washes create cool paintings for even beginning painters! Come play in the paint with us!

Cross Stitch: Counted cross stitch is like painting by number with embroidery floss on fabric! It is easy to master simple stitches that can be used for simple or elaborate designs.   Cross stitch is the most popular form of needlework today.  It is very easy, relaxing and enjoyable. Cross stitch and needlework can be found in the earliest history, as far back as sixth century BC.  Needlework has been around as long as there has been cloth to work it on.  Pieces of embroidery and needlework have been found preserved in ancient Egyptian tombs and in Medieval churches.  Join us for an quiet hour of needlework.

Design a Fidget Spinner (4-6)  They are all the craze... and you know you love them... but how do you make one? Come learn the step-by-step process of building a variety of basic fidget spinners...and then let your creativity explode as you learn the skills necessary to design ab=nd build a variety of these fascinating toys. All  materials are provided and you will finish the class with more than one completed spinner and the knowledge to make more!

Desserts: In this club, students will learn to create appetizers that are appropriate for a variety of events from fancy to casual.

Dissection Are you comfortable with cutting? In this class we form groups and learn about how organs, tissues, and systems operate at the level of the organs and organisms. Learning to dissect can help students understand how the living world is put together. This hands-on club activity will make all of life science easier to understand. Join us as we look at clams, chicken hindquarters, a cow eye, and much more!

Drama 7-12 (year-long): This 2-hour club activity will focus on the production of our spring play. Major and minor role characters will have an opportunity to continue to ignite their passion for acting.  Our director will match your commitment to out-of-class work with her dedication to providing you with instruction skills and a performance you can be proud of. Extra rehearsals before the spring performance, and studying lines and blocking at home, are required.

Drawing for Industrial Design: In this class, students will learn the paper, pencil and pen skills needed to create the original drawings that are later uploaded to technology programs to successfully create graphic images on the computer. It is amazing the amount of handwork still required in digital art!

Fabric Landscapes: Fabric is our medium and we will be crafting beautiful and permanent landscape
quilt-style masterpieces to hang in our common area and multi-purpose room.
We will be using simple methods and most of the work will be done with iron-on
and applique technique, so no sewing experience is required. If you are an artist
looking for a way to "make your mark" on your school, this class is for you!

Felting   Explore the wild world of wool!  Through many inspiring projects, students will discover the various methods of felting wool as well as dying the wool to achieve different colors.  Projects may include felted soap, hats, figures, and much more!

Felting Explore the wild world of wool! Through many inspiring projects, students will discover the various methods of felting wool as well as dying the wool to achieve different colors. Projects may include felted soap, hats, figures, and much more!

Fencing This PE club in classical fencing emphasizes tradition and insists on respect and integrity.  This class is an introduction to fencing and will focus on developing core strength and endurance. Students will learn the classical fencing form and basic attacks and parries. Advanced students will focus on advanced skills, bouting and competition. To excel, it will be necessary that students practice at home.  Come dressed in exercise clothes.  All fencing equipment necessary will be provided.

Fine Woodcraft: In this club, for older students, you will learn to use hand tools to build a variety of wood projects. The saw, miter box, hammer, screw driver, sanding block and simple finishes will become well known friends in this fun, hands-on class.

Flash, Crash, Rumble and Roll: The Science of Air: Learn about the various ways that air influences our world. Investigate severe weather, tornadoes, levitation, lungs, anemometers, hovercrafts, barometers and more through activities and hands-on learning.

Floor Hockey & Gaga Ball: Need we say more? Using safe foam-tipped sticks and eye protection, students will play floor hockey and switch it up with gaga-ball---a floor based, safe alternative to dodgeball.

Geography Bee Grades 4-8: Students can supplement their social studies at home with this fun approach to geography. Through games, students will learn geography facts and have the option to attend a competitive geography bee (which can go national :-). "The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2018 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion." (National Geographic)

GF Cooking on a budget Learn to create GF foods that are so tasty and healthy that you won’t notice the missing gluten. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert foods will be covered.

Giggle and Nibble Poetry: Snacks and poetry! Listen and create funny poems while enjoying snacks. 

Glass Etching    Students will discover their inner artist as they learn to etch glass in a variety of fun and exciting projects.  We will explore positive and negative stencil designs in a number of inspiring activities that students will get to take home!

Glass Etching Students will discover their inner artist as they learn to etch glass in a variety of fun and exciting projects. We will explore positive and negative stencil designs in a number of inspiring activities that students will get to take home!

Hand Chimes Have you ever heard a hand bell choir? The music is stunningly beautiful! We have received a grant for a one year loan of a 3-octave set of hand chimes. These professional quality chimes sound like hand bells but are easier to control. Students will master the fundamentals of melody, coordination and technique while collaborating to create beautiful music.

Hands-on History: Westward Movement: Capturing the unique character and history of the West, this club provides a number of memorable journeys.  Young explorers will experience the excitement of the West with hands-on activities, simulations, discussions, and stories.

High School Literature: Short Stories/Poetry (year long) Can you identify theme, mood, motif, literary elements and poetic devices? Would you like to learn these high school skills in a low stress, no-homework environment?  This year-long club will involve listening to and reading famous and fascinating short stories and moving or funny poems. We will annotate and decorate them so that the learning and terminology sticks. Colored pens and pencils, stickers and guidance will result in new learning, enjoyment of literature and engaged discussions.

Hiking:  Join your friends on a weekly hike for some renewing exercise in nature. You will also learn skills of observation, identification, ecology and teamwork

History through Art: From cave painting to rock carving to mosaics and Celtic Art, this class will take you on an artistic adventure through time!  Many hands on projects in a variety of mediums will expose students to the arts and techniques of the centu

Human Body: Join this club for an introduction to the inner workings of the human body brimming with fascinating facts and activities. What's going on inside your insides? From the skeleton to muscles and blood flow and respiration, kids can discover how all parts of the human body fit and work together through interactive learning activities and fun

Improv: Here you will learn improvisational skills that pertain to acting and to every day life. This class is designed to increase confidence on stage and in social situations. Learning to make and accept offerings onstage as well as developing and portraying characters can be accomplished by playing improvisational games, and performing in both comedic and dramatic situations. Students will gain experience being in a performance environment and learn skills in acting and thinking on your feet. This class will be useful to those with no experience and seasoned actors alike.

Irish Dance: If your child has boundless energy and needs an excuse to jump up and down, this is the class for you! Students will enjoy learning to feel the rhythm of the music, as well as move their feet in perfect time to Irish Jigs and Reels. They will be taught the basic forms needed to execute simple steps in Traditional Irish Step Dancing, and learn several basic dances. This class will also learn the joy of team-work by learning a few simple Ceili (group) dances. WHAT DO IRISH DANCE STUDENTS NEED? - Black pants (yoga pants are ideal) and T shirt for class. Girls, skirts or dresses are not appropriate for dance class, as it makes it difficult to jump and move correctly. Irish Dance soft shoes are not required, but are available at Empire Dance in Downtown Spokane or can be purchased online.

Jr. Drama (4-8) Jump in and learn to put your energy and creativity to the test! Through a variety of skits, games and activities you will develop your acting skills and begin to prepare a winter and spring performance. This smaller play is designed for students looking for smaller more manageable roles. .Jump in!

Jr. Fencing: This PE club is an exciting environment for middle school students to develop the values of friendship, respect and excellence through the skills of fencing. Fencing  instantly appeals to a student’s sense of play and also provides a unique mix of physical and intellectual stimulation, the benefits of which can be transferred to all of life. Students will use high-quality plastic practice foils to develop correct form using quality quipment that matches their current strength.

Keva Plank Design & Build: Explore science and art through the ingenuity of your imagination. KEVA planks are perfectly-cut, identical construction blocks that stack with greatstability. Narrow towers can reach any height! The construction  system provides a unique building  experience  for  people of all ages—KEVA enthusiasts range from toddlers to professional architects because everyone can enjoy building at their own skill level. During this club,  through a series  of individual and small group activities, students will be introduced to KEVA planks. They’ll make two- and three-dimensional  structures in response to a variety of challenges and use the planks as a tool for measurement.

Kings, Queens and Empires: Hail all ye nobles and monarchs of old!  It's time for a royal adventure! In this club, students will get a taste of the life of royalty in a variety of historical times and cultures. What is the role or a king? What is an empire and how does a king or queen  rule it? What adventueres and dangeres did they face? How did they live their every day lives? We will learn a little about famous kings and queens in history through exciting books, stories, and hands on interaction. Join the our royal adventure!

Lakes Ponds and Rivers: There are 50 lakes within an hour of Spokane, and rivers everywhere. Discover the beauty and science of the river and the riparian habitat of the Little Spokane area and other local bodies of water. In this class you will enjoy a nature journal, plant and animal identification, water studies, hikes, art projects and more.

Leather and Stone Carving: Continue to explore the art of leatherworking and add the art of carving.  Leather is one of the oldest and most enduring materials for creating practical items. From bags to book covers and belts to bracelets, the crafting of leather never fails to entice. Come learn the history and historical uses of leather and primitive leather making practices as you work on your own creations. These will NOT be pre-cut ready to stamp projects! ALSO: Dabble in the art of carving using special techniques and materials. Like soft wood, but more forgiving, these materials won't crack, split, or check, and pieces can be bonded. Students will create projects using Carv-Foam and soap stone...excellent mediums for beginners to carve.

Lego Learning In this club, students will take on a different challenge every week.  Legos have captured the fascination of many children. We will access that fascination and provide challenges that require collaboration, problem solving, imagination and creativity….all the wonderful parts of children’s minds that we love to celebrate. Some of the challenges might involve building the largest, or tallest structures; a maze or moving vehicle; a bridge, windmill, birdhouse or ancient monument; one never knows! Jump in and create with us!

Mad Scientist Magic Tricks  It’s not magic, it’s science!  Students will learn how and why magic tricks work and the science behind them. This is a hands-on club where students will learn scientific principles and tricks of optical illusion to impress and amaze their friends.

Makerspace Studio/Design Process: In this club, students will interact with a variety of constructive materials to address design challenges and learn the design process: 1) Identify a Problem  2) Brainstorm  3) Design 4) Build; 5) Test; 6) Evaluate; 7) Redesign; 8) Share solution. Whether building a tower, a bridge, a parachute, an egg-drop contraption or a spinning toy...students will build their skills in thinking creatively and collaboratively; communication clearly, implementing designs, evaluating their work and presenting to a peer group. Join us for some lightly structured fun!

Marimbas: The marimba is a percussion instrument that originated in the African country of Zimbabwe. It is made of wooden bars, played with mallets, and amplified by resonators suspended underneath the wooden bars. Their magical music is accessible to every skill level. This class has access to 7 marimbas. 1-3 people can work at each marimba.
Learning will take place off-campus at Covenant United Methodist (8 min N from North Star)
just north of Wandermere Golf Course.  The marimbas will be brought to our Winter Showcase and our Spring Celebration of Learning. Depending on interest, we can make this a “parent & student” class, or expand it to two different grade levels and include a gym opportunity.

Martial Arts: Self defense is a core ability that benefits everyone. The knowledge that comes with the ability to defend oneself promotes confidence, respect, attitude, mental and physical toughness, and knowing when to be gentle and when to be rough. All of these benefits are encapsulated in this skill set. Students will learn strikes, blocks, joint locks, throws, submissions, grappling, kickboxing, and maybe even a little fight choreography! There are few things as rewarding as taking someone who wants to learn, and helping to develop their skills so that they are at least a step above the average person in practicing self-defense. Students should expect to work hard, and participate in strength conditioning and flexibility training to help students learn to work with their bodies. This class will be fun for everyone involved. Because martial arts can be dangerously misused, parents are required to enforce the safety rules I insist on in my class: There will be no martial arts practice outside of class or direct parent supervision. Violation of this safety rule will result in temporary suspension from class. I look forward to helping students develop as people and capable defenders of themselves and others.

Math & Writing Lab (combination of math lab and writing lab as both teachers can handle both subjects) Math Lab: Are you getting stuck on concepts in math? Are you looking for a nice, quiet, focused environment where you can work on math homework with the support and help of a teacher always on hand? Well come on in and make yourself at home! Bring your math homework and questions to class for help and clarification on all the tricky concepts that math may throw your way! Writing lab: Bring in the writing project you are working on for help or choose an in class assignment. This class is supportive, and provides specific success-focused-instruction to help every young writer move from their current skill level up through the next step, whatever that might be for each child. This individualized approach will help each student meet their goals and needs.

Math Test Prep: Being able to progress in math is not the same as being prepared to take a standardized math test. If you are looking for support and instruction to show what you know on upcoming tests, this is the course for you.

Minecraft: Smithsonian Natural History Museum: (Students must have their own Minecraft account at home., available from Minecraft.net for $26.95. This is a one-time purchase which the school cannot cover.) In this 2-hour club, students will learn about the unique dispays and exhibits in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum through a virtual tour online. Next, on a private Minecraft server, built just for our students, students will create their own Minecraft replicas, integrating the essential elements under study. A group build will be available as an optional stretch for students ready for the challenge. Critical thinking, collaboration and creativity will be emphasized in this history-art-technology integration class.

Mini Fencers: What child has not grown up pretending to be a swashbuckling pirate, a ylopho Musketeer, or even the master of swordplay himself, Zorro? Why do they do it? Because it’s fun! Mini-fencers is a welcoming and friendly club giving young children a fun and safe introduction to the exciting Olympic sport of fencing. We provide bright coloured foam and plastic equipment that is safe and yet hard enough to give children the real feel of fencing. We ensure that eye protection is worn at all times giving piece of mind as well as genuine fencing experience.

More Candles and Lanterns: Calling all lovers of light!  In this course students will learn how to make a variety of candles using various materials.   Additionally, they will learn to make lanterns of different shapes and sizes, also using different materials. Practical and fun, the students will take home several completed projects that can be used at home. This is a great hands-on supplement to an early American History course.

More Photography: Discover the creative joy of photography! This exciting class will put your creative wheels in motion…literally! It is all about learning to “see” stories, symbolism, representations, beauty and fine art design in the everyday world around you. THEN….learning how to take those shots that capture the story you saw.  Students need to bring their own cameras. Students will have access to a high end SLR mirrorless camera to share. We will also have special lenses to clip onto those using their cell phone cameras. Students will learn to shoot great photos with both high end cameras and the ubiquitous cell ohone yloph. We will also display our favorite images as framed prints. This course is NOT designed to create the yearbook or slideshow…unless a student wants to pursue this as an individual project.

More than Greek Mythology #1 (Fall 2017):  We’ve all heard of the Greek gods… but how many students know about Norse, Egyptian and Celtic mythology? This club will use hands-on-projects to explore mythology from around the world and will integrate history and geography.

More than Greek Mythology #2 (Winter 2018):  We’ve all heard of the Greek gods… but how many students know about the mythology Hawaiian, Aztec, Slavic, and Chinese mythology? This club will use hands-on-projects to explore mythology from around the world and will integrate history and geography.

Music Makers: Learn to play simple instruments, including a glockenspiel (ylophone) and a beautiful set of hand bells Students will learn to delight in making music, learn beginning note reading and perform simple selections in an ensemble setting. Students will NOT need to procure their own instruments.  

Personal Self Defense The instructor in this classes uses her years of experience in a variety of martial art forms to educate your student on safety. This class we will address situational awareness, boundary setting and physical self-defense techniques which will help to keep the students safe in any situation.

Pet Vet: Using stuffed animals and lots of resources, learn about the health, behavior and needs of a variety of pets. With each pet, learn a bit more about how to take care of minor pet issues and wrap it up with a trip to a vet or a dog groomer!

Phonics Art and Games: Let’s learn phonics through games and art projects! Students reading at the kindergarten through first grade level will play and learn. Letter and phonogram sounds, blending skills, sight words and more will be integrated into traditional PE games, table games and art projects for an active approach to literacy. Students will gain skills most with 2x per week participation. 

Phonics PE: Let’s learn phonics through active PE games! Students reading between the first and second grade level will learn through play. Phonogram sounds, blending skills, word patterns and families, sight words and more will be integrated into traditional PE games for an active approach to literacy. Students will gain skills most with 2x per week participation. 

Photography How about some digital photography with an actual purpose? This exciting class will put your creative wheels in motion…literally! It is all about learning to “see” stories, symbolism, representations, beauty and fine art design in the everyday world around you. THEN….learning how to take those shots that capture the story you saw. We will also display our favorite images as framed prints. This course is NOT designed to create the yearbook or slideshow…unless a student wants to pursue this as an individual project.

Physical Science Lab: Hands-on, minds-on inquiry-based study of introductory chemistry and physics for high school  students. Join us to discover the secret of alchemy, make hard rock candy, blow up balloons chemically, find out what makes popcorn pop, create flubber, and make some crazy chemical reactions.

Piano In this small club students will receive individual instruction, work on music theory, practice opportunity and an introduction to composers. Book may be purchased using curriculum allotment dollars. Practice sessions are expected at home.

Portraits and People: Drawing: In this class we will zoom in and focus on the challenge of drawing the human figure, people and their faces.  Buckle up for some serious improvement in your drawing skills.

Pottery Taught by an experienced potter,  this popular class will move from hand building to wheel throwing, hardening, trimming, bisquing, glazing and firing. We will use pottery clay and learn one of the most intriguing art forms around. Students in grades 7-12 who have already had some experience in hand-building  will gain an introduction to wheel throwing and will build their skills in hand building, trimming, and glazing. Students will take turns on the wheel, with two-four students per week having an opportunity to use the wheel. Students must have strength and the maturity to follow directions and work independently and responsibly to work on the wheel in class.

Pulleys, Planes and Cranes: Build and learn! Learn about simple machines, which provides an introduction to physics.

Reader's Theater Using scripts, students reading between the second and third grade level will enjoy acting out wonderful and engaging stories with with dramatic skills and simple props. Build your reading skills, expression, fluency and comprehension.

Reading Adventure This club is designed for students to workin a group on building reading skills with some intensive support. Enrollment is by invitation only. Students are required to participate twice a week.

Reading Rally This club is designed for students to work on building reading skills with some intensive support. Enrollment is by invitation only. Students are required to participate twice a week.

Reading Support This class is designed for students to work on building reading skills with some intensive support. Enrollment is by invitation only. Students are required to participate twice a week.

Reverse Engineering In this club students will jump right into hands on learning, using old electronics, the students will learn how to take them apart using a variety of skills (problem solving, cooperation, research), and try to figure out the possible use of the different parts.

Rock Art: Paint on rocks…a variety of fascinating projects!

Sew Cool: Learn to use patterns, cut fabric, and stitch the pieces together using both machine and hand stitching, to make a variety of beginner projects.

Shocking Electricity - Students will step into this mysterious subject to discover some foundational information, like, WHAT IS ELECTRICITY… (seriously, do you know what it is?)  learn what’s inside of a battery, spend some time with different circuit experiments – including learning the difference between parallel and series circuits (and why you would use one or the other), point of contact variables, conductors and insulators (experimenting with various household items, classifying them accordingly), and learn several new vocabulary words, and electricity short-hand (A.K.A. notation or schematics) to save time and add clarity when we design our own circuits.  In the end, students will harbor some great feelings of awe and accomplishment.

Silly Substances: Another version of the wildly popular club: Incredible Secret Formulas... In this hands-on class we will enjoy art projects that teach science concepts and vocabulary.  In this “get your hands dirty class” we will create craft activities  play dough, silly putty, chalk, crystals, gross-out things, things to do with eggs, things to do with yeast, bubbles, paper mache and slimes.

Simple Woods  In this class students will learn to use hand tools to build a variety of wood projects.  The  saw, miter box, hammer, screw driver, sanding block and  simple finishes will become well known friends in this fun hands on class.

Small Engine Mechanics: In this class we will dismantle and rebuild a single cylinder engine (such as a lawn mower engine) and learn the components and physics concepts involved in engines.

Solar-Powered Science Explore the power of the sun as you learn about alternative energy, photovoltaic cells, and electrical circuits. As a team, build a racecar, excavator, solar fan, helicopter, and much more as you explore the power of the sun. Students will create build creations that demonstrate how solar power can be turned into electricity. Students will also learn about and be able to explain how gears work, what a driver gear is, and explore energy, torque, transmission, and more. 

Soups of the World: Around the World in 13 bowls   This course will teach your child to create masterful, healthy, well-balanced soups from cuisines around the world. As they dice and slice, students will learn geography (where exactly is Tunisia?), Science (why does milk curdle at the boiling point?), History (New World foods vs Old World foods, and why we call chiles “peppers”), as well as sundry health facts and poetry tidbits along the way.  Students: get ready for a hands-on, delicious, interesting journey.

Spanish Tutoring and Conversation: 7-12 Taking a course in Spanish but could use some practice or additional help? This course will include conversations in Spanish and tutoring for additional help. Laughter and clarity will be your take away…as well as the necessary coversational time chucks to bring your B to an A.

Spokane Field Trips: Grab your lunch and head to the van to explore all the expeditionary learning available near us. Potential locations include: The Spokane House; West Valley Outdoor Learning Center; Greenbluff’s Pet rescue and/or the pottery shop; Vet; Planetarium; Soap making; Blacksmithing; Bike shop; Rock hounding; Art museum; Science center; Cabellas ; Manito Park; Old town Newport Wa; Organic farm; Auntie's bookstore/Uncle's Games; The Davenport; Bozarth Mansion; Buck Knives; Carr’s one of a kind; Earthworks recycling; Hydroponic farm tours; Krispty Kreame; Livingstones Rock Ranch Dig; Tandy leather; National weather service; Radio or TV station; Post office; REI/clinic leave no trace; Pottery and a Stained glass studio tour. Permission slips will be required.

Stage Make-up and Face Painting: Learn everything from basic make-up to aging, fantasy and animal make-up in this new stage make-up class.Also, take some time to learn the marketable skill of face-painting. Use a brush and a sponges to transform yourself into an amazing tiger or puppy. You will be able to see these steps of transformation and practice in mastering face painting. We will also dabble in making some awesome face masks with recycled material as well as other exciting surprises.

Stagecraft:  In this class, students will work closely with drama director and class to design a visual concept for the school play.  Students will also work with woodworking class to help build sets.  Students will learn mural-style painting techniques, stage design, creative use of props, furniture painting and design and “up”cycling. This class requires hard work, commitment, leadership and maturity!  It may also be one of the most fun classes you will ever take!

Stagecraft: Backdrop Painting In this class, students will work closely with drama director and class to design a visual concept for the school play and will learn mural-style painting techniques, creative use of props, furniture painting and design.

Stop Motion Animation: Snap a picture, make a movie. That is the main process in stop action animation. Students can use toys, legos, drawing or even play-clay to create a stop motion movie. The objects are arranged on the set (background), and a picture is taken with an iPad.  The objects or characters are then moved slightly by hand and another shot is taken. This cycle is repeated until the animator has finished the story. When all the pictures are pulled into an app, they create a movie in which it appears that the object is moving by itself. Using the app, Stop Motion Animator, the completed video will be downloaded to a Chromebook as a .webm file and uploaded to the student's Google Drive account. Students will learn to pay special attention to lighting and object placement and working in a calm environment. Funny or dramatic...the story is up to you!  You will learn storytelling, art and technology all in one fun class.

Talk Like Kid President: Students will be introduced to the young performer, "Kid President" and the uncle behind his great talks. They will view and discuss his various talks and learn to imitate his presentation style. Bit bu bit, using a transcript of the pep talk given by "Kid President" kids will deliver two or three lines at a time, perfectly while being filmed. This will be edited into a wonderful montage/speech to be projected at the end of the year performance.

Tea Time Story Time: Who doesn't love a wonderful story?  Quality stories read dramatically and will be shared while enjoying tea with friends. This class will also provide an introduction to manners in a slightly formal setting, tea-time behavior and listening skills.

Teatime Poetry Come celebrate as the English do! Gather around to enjoy tea and crumpets (or some other treat.) Listen to poetry: fun, silly, sad, touching, inspiring!  Create a little book of poems using glue and your thumbprints! No writing required! This is a delightful class for readers and non-readers alike.

Tech-infused STEM Club: (STEM = Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) Through this STEM Club, students will gain practical, team work and leadership skills. Building challenges, robotics, simple coding, teamwork, independence, presentational skills and resilience will be useful to them in the world of work and beyond school.

Up for a Challenge: This class is targeted toward students who really want to challenge themselves using project-based learning.  First, students must complete an application to receive permission to join the class. In the month of February, we will be focusing on the school library as our first project as a way to get to know one another. For the rest of the semester we will follow our dreams as we brainstorm, choose, research and complete several long-term projects.  The sky is the limit!  Students could choose to start a business, a newspaper, play games, whatever they choose working in small groups or as a whole class. Geared toward gifted and motivated students...open to all.

Web Design and Development: There is more to web design than posting pictures and text on the internet. Planning, sketching, building, syling and coding are all play an important background role that is not evident to the average user. Learn about whatis going on behind the scenes and gain some important design and coding skills.

Winter Art: Using a variety of mediums, students will create art projects focused on the theme of winter: snowflakes, snow scenes, snowmen and more. As Spring arrives, the focus will shift with the seasons.

Writing lab
Bring in the writing project you are working on for help or choose an in-class assignment. This class is supportive, and provides specific success-focused-instruction to help every young writer move from their current skill level up through the next step, whatever that might be for each child. This individualized approach will help each student meet their goals and needs.

Yoga: This PE class will focus on stretching, strengthening and stress management. Nothing eases stress more than exercise. In a calm, quiet setting, participate in stretching and strengthening activities that calm and organize your body for the challenges ahead. Every week, learn a new stress management strategy and develop your own stress management toolbox.

Zentangles: Discover your inner artist and find inspiration EVERYWHERE!  We will learn techniques and exercises that will help you to create masterpieces of "Doodle-ship" from curvy lines, loops and squiggles, to quirky designs.  This art adventure may just lead you to greater focus, creativity and awareness of the beauty all around you in the smallest details...The best part about this art class is that anyone can do it!  If you can doodle, you will enjoy this class and be amazed by what you can create with a pen and paper.  (Based on the Art of ZenTangle and Creative Doodling)