Each student selects from the listing of courses to create a personal schedule. Students take three courses daily. Students should select a first choice and second choice course, for each class period (one, two and three). We ask that students choose alternative courses in case a selected class is at capacity or doesn’t run at one of the sites due to underenrollment for that course. We also encourage students to apply early to increase their chances of getting their first course choice.
|B05||Period - 1||New!Cracking Codes: Patterns and ProbabilityFull |
Opening play, mid-game, end-game - develop these strategies and more as you move across a chessboard or around a cribbage and backgammon board. Improve your memory, concentration, and ability to conceptualize as you engage in these ancient games of kings. Develop your ability to estimate and predict your opponents' moves. Create a personal repertoire of tactics and plays. Create a game that stumps your classmates.
|B06||Period - 2||The Curious Chemist Full|
The way materials are put together and the way they act under certain conditions is called the study of chemistry. Chemistry helps us explain the things that happen in nature. Chemists are scientists who use each of their five senses to explore and make sense of life. Experiment with water, acids, bases, and everyday household items to discover the chemical world in which we live. Design a series of experiments to test your predictions about the reactions of substances.
|B07||Period - 3||New!Expanding Your Universe! |
How big is your world? Your universe consists of everything that is known to you. This course will help to make you aware of your immediate world and then expand your understanding of the bigger universe as far as you can see or imagine. As you expand your understanding of the cosmos, you will also grow in your understanding of your unique role in these differently sized worlds.
|B09||Period - 1||Biology of Me |
Did you know that even when you are at rest, your body is working nonstop? Take this class and you will learn about your body’s organs and how they work together to perform your body’s work. Look at cells under the microscope to get up close and personal with your body’s tiny parts. Learn how food and movement provide fuel for those cells and exercise for your muscles to keep your body machine going strong. Put all this information together and create a Power Plan for making the most of your biology.
|B10||Period - 3||Simple Machines, Complex Designs |
Did you know that shovels, wheelbarrows, hockey sticks, and wooden bats are all simple machines called levers? Simple machines make work easier by enabling us to decrease our mechanical effort to move objects. The six types of simple machines are often combined in complex machines. Come learn about the six types of simple machines and create some original machine designs of your own.
|B08||Period - 2||New!Lessons from the Wild Things - How to Write and Illustrate
Your Own Book! |
Do you believe a picture is worth a thousand words? In this course, you will explore new and classic works of literature that have won the prestigious Caldecott award. Did you know that Caldecott winners, even though they are picture books, often have more challenging vocabulary and reading levels than entry level chapter books? Because the pictures tell so much of the story, word choice is very important- every word counts! Authors spend a long time making sure they have just the right words to complement the illustrations! After considering the components that make these stories award-winners, you will have the chance to write and illustrate your own work of storytelling art! Caldecott award winning authors and illustrators intertwine the art of illustration and the craft of vocabulary to create sophisticated themes in their works- and in the class, you will too! If you love to read and draw, and long to design fantastical stories and creative characters, this is the class for you!
|P11||Period - 1||Building Blocks of Engineering: The Way Things WorkFull |
Are you a budding engineer or just want to know how to fix things? Do you stay awake at night wondering how things work? Then this is the course for you! Gain an understanding of the world around you. Learn about the mechanics involved in the workings of everyday gadgets. Apply creativity and scientific principles to improve a current machine or invent a new one that solves a problem. Learn basic engineering principles and delve into the inner workings of vital machines.
|P12||Period - 2||New!Koalas, Kangaroos, and Crocodiles: Discovering the Land
Down Under |
There’s more to Australia than kangaroos and shrimp on the barbie! Did you know that there are 1500 species of Australian spiders? Did you know that there are more sheep in Australia than people? Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef has a mailbox? In this course you will investigate some of the ways Australia is unique! You will examine the evolution of Australian slang and impact of Australian culture on American society today. If you are interested in learning more about the Outback, and applying this knowledge to your understanding of zoology, anthropology, and geography, hop aboard the SIG Land Rover and learn all about the flora, fauna, and people of the Land Down Under!
|P13||Period - 3||Rocks, Minerals, and Crystals: Earth's TreasuresFull |
Whether you like to collect rocks or just appreciate the beauty of a colorful gemstone, this class has something for you. You’ll learn to analyze and appreciate rocks and minerals by their characteristics, grow crystals, and research related topics that really interest you. Finally you’ll determine what makes things like gems valuable to humans.
|P14||Period - 3||New!To the Rescue: There’s a Superhero in Everyone! |
Superheroes with superpowers abound in our books and movies today. What powers do you have that you would enhance if you could to help someone? Would you be able to heal a sick person, see an accident before it happened, use your powers of persuasion to convince people to do good things, or something altogether different? In this class you will study the origins of superheroes and investigate the reasons for their lasting popularity in our society. Then you will have the chance to adapt their imaginary powers in a real way and focus your newly tapped energies on a challenge that interests you.
|P15||Period - 1||New!What’s the Chance? |
Have you ever wondered how likely it is to win the lottery or if you have a good chance of being the grand prize winner in a local drawing? Questions like these are answered by types of math called statistics and probability. In this course, you will review fractions, decimals, and percents and translate these functions into the math of probability! You will calculate odds using data, determine frequencies, values, and even learn about Pascal’s triangle. If you’ve ever wondered, “what’s the chance…”, wonder no longer- just do the math!
|P16||Period - 2||The Detective: Master of MysteriesFull |
Do you like to solve mysteries? Then you might be interested in what detectives do to solve crime mysteries. Would you like to learn the techniques for interviewing witnesses and interrogating suspects? Have you ever pictured yourself giving evidence in a court room? If so, then join us for a study of the world of the police detective. Discover the roles detectives play when they go undercover or gain information from an informant. Find out how detectives collect and preserve evidence for court testimony. Create a mystery for your peers to solve!
|AR18||Period - 4||Get Theatrical! |
In this drama class, you will enjoy an introduction to the fantasy world created in the theater. Examine various aspects of theater production, including taking on an acting role, analyzing a scene, designing a set, and performing for others. Focus will be given to thinking on your feet, creating a stage presence and projecting a character. Those who enjoy music and dance can incorporate these talents as well. Demonstrate how theatrical you can be in front of a SIG audience!
|AR19||Period - 4||Art AlleyFull |
Do you love to draw, paint and sculpt? Then this art class is right up your alley! We’ll help you express yourself in pencil, ink, and watercolor, as well as through three dimensional materials. You will learn how to create perspective, light, shading, and color, along with learning to shape sculptures. Find out about positive and negative space. Discover the artist within and create original, displayable work to share with others.
|AR17||Period - 4||Sports StopFull |
If you love to be physically active through various team sports, you’ll enjoy this sports smorgasbord. Dependent upon campus facilities available, engage in old favorites such as softball, touch football, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Practice the skills of various well-known sports and field games. Then create a new sport or game that showcases your best skills and strategies and try it out with others. You will be grouped with students in your age range during activities.