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2017 - 2018 School Year

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2-3 Adventures in Learning

Teacher: Amber Reid
Section: 17C07 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Join us for a fantastic cooperative learning experience. Students will engage in in-depth 4 -week thematic units. The class will spend the 2-hour block digging into science explorations, math activities, art projects, stories and language arts

2-3 Adventures in Learning

Teacher: Nancy Boian
Section: 17C08 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

In this class we will explore wide variety of topics, including story elements and different types of literature, colors, symmetry, animals, and seasonal changes. Each week we will read corresponding literature and do related crafts. Another fun activity will be learning to play some simple songs on the handbells. Come join us in an Adventure in Learning!

2-3 Adventures with Literature

Teacher: Tracey Jacobsen
Section: 17C10 meets on M
Fee: 25 Student EUs

This class will focus on learning the elements of creating and telling a good story. We will be reading and analyzing stories, learning strong writing and grammar skills, researching story genres or events, interacting with characters and real life individuals in a creative way (crafts included!), and writing and publishing our own stories as a culminating project in the Spring.

2-3 Art

Teacher: Ashley Reimer
Section: 17C11 meets on M
Fee: 25 Student EUs

2-3 ART: Students will explore different artists throughout history and various art styles. Each week we will focus on a new artist, artistic movement, or culture. Students will enjoy reading books as a class, looking at images of a variety of art, and creating their own unique art pieces. Students will also get to enjoy a variety of art mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, pastels, and color pencil. Various crafts and crafting projects are also done throughout the year.

2-3 Digital Dudes

Teacher: Nicole Valine
Section: 17C49 meets on W
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Come join me in a digital discovery class that will help build your comfort in writing through the world of technology. In this course, we will strengthen our writing skills through working with I-movies, green screens, online writing supports and typing games. Through fun projects, such as writing and recording commercials for products and writing your own children’s books, you’ll learn how to navigate today’s technology tools while having fun. This class is designed to make writing come alive and use technology programs to help students create rich, meaningful projects.

2-3 Exploration into C-STEM Robotics

Teacher: Jesse Scherba
Section: 17C35 meets on W
Fee: 50 Student EUs

With the use of robotics (KIBO and Lego WeDo) this class grows the students capacity for creativity and fun by teaching computing, science, technology, engineering, and math education (CSTEM). The goal is to create a learning environment for students to build, program, and explore according to certain specifications using learned concepts and skills from CSTEM. Students solve a task by using the 'Design Process' to identify and investigate, create and implement, and then test and improve. Students then follow-up the process with an explanation of the solution. Desired outcomes for students is to develop Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills, Communication and Collaboration, and to teach new technology skills that can be applied in a variety of settings.

2-3 Language & Everyday Spanish

Teacher: Debra Moon
Section: 17C09 meets on W
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Oral traditions, storytelling, songs, chants, puppetry, and dramatic reading bring language alive in this class. Students are encouraged to depict, create and emulate characters in stories told. The activities are loads of fun and engaging for young children. Students will also learn Spanish.

2-3 STEAM

Teacher: Jaime Happ
Section: 17C32 meets on M
Fee: 25 Student EUs

This class will provide students with a fun way to explore the world around them through science, technology, engineering and math. Students will participate in engaging projects and experiments that will have them working together to make discoveries. Through teamwork and exploration, STEM will spark their love of math and science.

4-5 Above & Beyond

Teacher: Julie Sawley
Section: 17C17 meets on W
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This class is designed for advanced thinkers who thrive on going deeper into a topic. Students will work individually and in cooperative groups to unravel mysteries, solve critical thinking puzzles, become business entrepreneurs, investigate roller coasters, curate an art museum, and develop computer skills to create a research project.

Requires teacher recommendation.

4-5 Art

Teacher: Ashley Reimer
Section: 17C18 meets on M
Fee: 25 Student EUs

4-5 ART: Students will explore different artists throughout history and various art styles. Each week we will focus on a new artist, artistic movement, or culture. Students will enjoy reading books as a class, looking at images of a variety of art, and creating their own unique art pieces. Students will also get to enjoy a variety of art mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, pastels, and color pencil. Various crafts and crafting projects are also done throughout the year.

4-5 Digital Dudes

Teacher: Nicole Valine
Section: 17C15 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Come join me in a digital discovery class that will help build your comfort in writing through the world of technology. In this course, we will strengthen our writing skills through working with I-movies, green screens, online writing supports and typing games. Through fun projects, such as writing and recording commercials for products and writing your own children’s books, you’ll learn how to navigate today’s technology tools while having fun. This class is designed to make writing come alive and use technology programs to help students create rich, meaningful projects.

4-5 Exploration into C-STEM Robotics

Teacher: Jesse Scherba
Section: 17C13 meets on W
Fee: 50 Student EUs

With the use of robotics (Lego WeDo & Mindstorm EV3) this class grows the students capacity for creativity and fun by teaching computing, science, technology, engineering, and math education (CSTEM). The goal is to create a learning environment for students to build, program, and explore according to certain specifications using learned concepts and skills from CSTEM. Students solve a task by using the 'Design Process' to identify and investigate, create and implement, and then test and improve. Students then follow-up the process with an explanation of the solution. Desired outcomes for students is to develop Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills, Communication and Collaboration, and to teach new technology skills that can be applied in a variety of settings.

4-5 History

Teacher: Terri Emmons
Section: 17C14 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Travel back through California History, Explorers of the World, Native Peoples, Westward Movement and other historic topics in this project based class for 4th and 5th grade students. The class will address writing skills, reading and oral presentation in ways that are fun and engaging to all. Every unit includes hands-on activities, computer skills, games, teamwork and other exciting pursuits. Join us for a year of fun and learning!

4-5 History

Teacher: Debra Moon
Section: 17C12 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Travel back through California History, Explorers of the World, Native Peoples, Westward Movement and other historic topics in this project based class for 4th and 5th grade students. The class will address writing skills, reading and oral presentation in ways that are fun and engaging to all. Every unit includes hands-on activities, computer skills, games, teamwork and other exciting pursuits. Join us for a year of fun and learning!

4-5 Language Comes Alive

Teacher: Geri Clements
Section: 17C15 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Oral traditions, storytelling, songs, chants, puppetry, and dramatic reading bring language alive in this class. Students are encouraged to depict, create and emulate characters in stories told. The activities are loads of fun and engaging for young children.

4-5 STEAM

Teacher: Jen Doerr
Section: 17C33 meets on M
Fee: 25 Student EUs

This class will provide students with a fun way to explore the world around them through science, technology, engineering and math. Students will participate in engaging projects and experiments that will have them working together to make discoveries. Through teamwork and exploration, STEM will spark their love of math and science.

4-5 STEAM

Teacher: Katrina DuVal
Section: 17C34 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This class will provide students with a fun way to explore the world around them through science, technology, engineering and math. Students will participate in engaging projects and experiments that will have them working together to make discoveries. Through teamwork and exploration, STEM will spark their love of math and science.

4-5 Winning Writing

Teacher: Geri Clements
Section: 17C16 meets on M
Fee: 25 Student EUs

4-5 WINNING WRITING TECHNIQUES WITH SLAM DUNK RESULTS: The class will work on the main three types of writing: expository/research, opinion/contrast, and narrative/creative writing as well as other best practice writing programs. We will also be working to develop keyboarding skills and introduce students to Google classroom.

6-7 Ancient And Renaissance History

Teacher: Emily Brownfield
Section: 17C48 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

In this class, students will get to experience history in a new way as they complete projects and participate in collaborative learning. Students will delve deeper into the customs, art, and famous figures of the time periods and cultures we study together. History is so much more than dates and facts! By exploring the food, artwork, and practices of people in ancient times and during the Renaissance, students will be able to make contemporary connections to past times.

6-7 Math Strategies

Teacher: Linda Scherba
Section: 17C39 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

MATH! - all the cool kids are doin’ it! This course will explore various mathematical concepts in a fun, hands-on way. Students will create an interactive math notebook, complete art projects utilizing mathematics, and complete numerous projects. Students will participate in projects such as designing their own food truck and creating their own probability game for our Probability Carnival.

6-8 Advanced C-STEM Robotics

Teacher: Daniel Hendriks
Section: 17C41 meets on TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

With the use of robotics (Mindstorm EV3 Education), this class grows the students capacity for creativity and fun by teaching computing, science, technology, engineering, and math education (CSTEM). The goal is to create a learning environment for students to build, program, and explore according to certain specifications using learned concepts and skills from CSTEM. Students solve a task by using the 'Design Process' to identify and investigate, create and implement, and then test and improve. Students then follow-up the process with an explanation of the solution. Desired outcomes for students is to develop Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills, Communication and Collaboration, and to teach new technology skills that can be applied in a variety of settings. *** Prerequisites: 6-8 C-STEM Robotics Exploration class or Teacher approval

*** Prerequisites: 6-8 C-STEM Robotics Exploration class or Teacher approval

6-8 American Heroes and Heroines

Teacher: John Mattera
Section: 17C38 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

A personalized overview of American History through the lives of heroic men, women, boys and girls from the colonial period to modern times. Each week students will explore the life of one person who positively impacted the development of our country. In the process students will learn the many exceptional qualities of our nation and its history through the people whose positive influence shaped it. Language Arts and critical thinking skills, along with artistic expression will be emphasized. Hands-on activites and projects will be utilized in class. No outside research or homework required.

6-8 Art

Teacher: Katrina DuVal
Section: 17C36 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This class will teach students about the elements of art and design. Students will study various artist and use their work as inspiration to create their own pieces. Students will also be exposed to various techniques and mediums. Join us as we explore our creative side.

6-8 C-STEM Robotics

Teacher: Daniel Hendriks
Section: 17C42 meets on T
Fee: 50 Student EUs

With the use of robotics (Mindstorm EV3 Education), this class grows the students capacity for creativity and fun by teaching computing, science, technology, engineering, and math education (CSTEM). The goal is to create a learning environment for students to build, program, and explore according to certain specifications using learned concepts and skills from CSTEM. Students solve a task by using the 'Design Process' to identify and investigate, create and implement, and then test and improve. Students then follow-up the process with an explanation of the solution. Desired outcomes for students is to develop Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills, Communication and Collaboration, and to teach new technology skills that can be applied in a variety of settings.

6-8 Cultural Geography with Art

Teacher: Delena Cavaness
Section: 17C26 meets on T
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This class is designed to teach students about the wonders of our amazing planet. From my personal experiences and love of travel and tale, I weave the stories of people and cultures into a tapestry of colors, art forms, and fun. Students will create maps, do the map rap to learn the names of the countries, and create lovely art projects related to the area of study. They will also watch custom Keynote slide shows of the world, and I will show them artifacts from the region of study. They will have the opportunity to converse and get to know their classmates during projects.

6-8 Earth Science

Teacher: Konnie Barker
Section: 17C21 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This 6th-8th grade science class will use fun hands-on science experiments and enrichment activities to support the middle school earth science standards. Students will work cooperatively to create earthquake models, volcano simulations and models of the layers of the earth. We will test samples of rocks and minerals for hardness, streak, color and luster. Students will study ecology and examine pond water samples under a microscope. This class will be a great supplement to the scientific concepts you are studying at home.

6-8 EPIC

Teacher: Kristi Harper
Section: 17C19 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Effective Peer Interaction and Communication: Join us in building the basics of respect and goodwill amongst peers in our school: Cooperation, Communication, Respect, Understanding, Support, and Trust. EPIC teaches healthy relationships and helps prevent bullying. Students will engage in various activities to help teach these principles. These activities will then be shared with their peers at various events throughout the school year. Students will help plan and implement these events in order to build community within our school. Parental support for the events is much appreciated.

6-8 Fantasy Sports Math

Teacher: John Mattera
Section: 17C27 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Students participate in their own fantasy sports league using the statistics generated from weekly professional games to apply Common Core math skills. Topics include: Statistics and Probability, Measurement, Fractions, Ratios, Percentages, Geometry, Problem Solving, Computation, Written Expression, and more. Sports knowledge is helpful but not required.

6-8 Get it in Print

Teacher: Tracey Jacobsen
Section: 17C37 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This course is designed to teach and strengthen writing and storytelling skills at the middle school level. Students will work on all things from understanding how to develop an engaging character, to diagramming and manipulating sentences for maximum effectiveness, to creating, editing and proofing a final published story. Students will publish their own book as a culminating project, along with many other pieces in between.

6-8 Learning Adventures

Teacher: Linda Scherba
Section: 17C40 meets on TH
Fee: 25 Student EUs

This class will explore learning through educational games, contests and other learning experiences. Topics will include history, world records, problem solving, literature, media, geography, and other fascinating subjects. At times the students may help build or devise the games they will play.

6-8 Life Science

Teacher: Konnie Barker
Section: 17C20 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This 6th-8th grade science class will use fun hands-on science experiments and enrichment activities to support the middle school life science standards. Students will work cooperatively to create edible cell models using healthy foods. We will build models of mitosis, DNA and the skeletal system. The students will get the opportunity to participate in dissecting sheep eyes, hearts and brains. We will also be examining worm and squid anatomy. This class will be a great supplement to the scientific concepts you are studying at home.

6-8 Making History

Teacher: Julie Sawley
Section: 17C28 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Students will determine their own topics of interest and dive deep into learning how to do real research that will prepare them for high school and beyond. Students will learn about the importance of different types of sources and how to cite them, brainstorming questions for investigation, how to organize questions to build a cohesive ''story'', successful note-taking, writing bibliographies, as well as writing and computer skills. Students will use their research to create an exhibit project that can be submitted in the Butte County History Day competition in March. For more information about History Day visit http://www.nhd.org Are you ready to make history?

6-8 Money $marts

Teacher: Jesse Scherba
Section: 17C22 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Exploring money concepts within the context of simulations, digital education, and games, students will gain the skills to make sound financial decisions for their own future. Money (and economic) concepts are everywhere you turn! What would you do with $100,000 in the stock market? How would you save enough money for college? Join Money $marts to find out and receive a paycheck your first day of class!

6-8 Photo & Yearbook

Teacher: Geri Clements
Section: 17C23 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This class will produce the CORE Butte K-8 yearbook. Students will learn about photography and the elements of design as they produce pages for the yearbook. This is a great product-based classroom experience. Students may have access to a school camera or use their own.

Students must have attended or be willing to attend a Yearbook Seminar on May 5th and/or have prior experience. See Mrs. Clements for details.

6-8 Spanish

Teacher: Delena Cavaness
Section: 17C25 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Learn Spanish and have fun. Study materials will be provided, as well as time to practice pronunciation and oral Spanish with games, conversations, drills and skits. We will also explore culture and customs of Latino countries. Students who are able to, may read some simple stories in Spanish. This is a perfect way for students to gain some meaningful mastery of Spanish, and it may be coupled with additional home study if desired.

6-8 Speech & Debate

Teacher: Kristi Harper
Section: 17C24 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This class will develop and improve public speaking skills. Students will be asked to prepare and deliver speeches as well as participate in class debates. Speech anxiety solutions and active listening will be covered as well. Join us as we tackle the fear of public speaking in this fun and interactive class.

8th Grade High School Prep English

Teacher: Geri Clements
Section: 17C30 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This supplementary English class will be using Common Core standards to prepare students for high school English. It will meet twice a week. It will encompass critical reading and responding to literature, writing, speaking, collaborating, and technology. The class will involve a variety of classroom learning styles and projects. As a class, we will be reading 5-6 novels throughout the year and completing writing projects each learning period. The classroom teacher will communicate weekly with parents and PLT's and grade written and specific classroom assignments, providing a suggested grade each learning period for each student. Parents will ensure that students attend class regularly and help students complete assignments in writing, reading, and vocabulary at home. Parents will grade work from Grammar and vocabulary books. The PLT will assist the parent in choosing a spelling/vocabulary curriculum. The PLT will issue assignments and a grade for Language Arts including writing, with input from classroom teacher and parent.

8th Grade High School Prep English

Teacher: Geri Clements
Section: 17C29 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This supplementary English class will be using Common Core standards to prepare students for high school English. It will meet twice a week. It will encompass critical reading and responding to literature, writing, speaking, collaborating, and technology. The class will involve a variety of classroom learning styles and projects. As a class, we will be reading 5-6 novels throughout the year and completing writing projects each learning period. The classroom teacher will communicate weekly with parents and PLT's and grade written and specific classroom assignments, providing a suggested grade each learning period for each student. Parents will ensure that students attend class regularly and help students complete assignments in writing, reading, and vocabulary at home. Parents will grade work from Grammar and vocabulary books. The PLT will assist the parent in choosing a spelling/vocabulary curriculum. The PLT will issue assignments and a grade for Language Arts including writing, with input from classroom teacher and parent.

8th Grade High School Prep Math

Teacher: Kelly Clarke
Section: 17C31 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This class is designed to prepare students for high school math courses by providing structure, expectations, and assessment that are prevalent in a high school environment. The class requires students to use the Glencoe Course 3 curriculum, and regular attendance is a must. The teacher will regularly communicate with PLTs and parents about grades, attendance and assignments.

Shady Creek

Teacher: Rebecca Miller
Section: 17C43 meets on TH
Fee: 200 Student EUs
Additional fee may be required when registering for the Shady Creek field trip.

5th and 6th grade Shady Creek Class: The purpose of this class is to prepare students for the Shady Creek experience and provide a platform for reflecting on their experience. This class is required for all students wanting to attend Shady Creek Camp. In addition to learning what to expect, students will complete paperwork for Shady Creek, select nature names for camp, meet and get to know other students and staff who will be accompanying them. All communication about Shady Creek will funnel through the class once students are enrolled. We will hold a parent meeting 2-4 weeks before camp to answer questions and tie up loose ends. Parents are responsible for all transportation. Class is limited to 15 students. The cost is 200 EU's plus, $35 for each student. Dates: to be determined

TK-1 Adventures in Learning

Teacher: Amber Reid
Section: 17C06 meets on W
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Get ready for an Adventure when you travel through themes and units to explore books, science, art, holidays, music, health, safety, geography, historical figures and so much more. We will use art, music, literature, movement and more to learn about a variety of fascinating subjects. Each class will also encourage classroom skills, teamwork and cooperation. Prepare to journey with us in an Adventure in Learning!

TK-1 Adventures in Learning

Teacher: Rebecca Miller
Section: 17C04 meets on W
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Get ready for an Adventure when you travel through themes and units to explore books, science, art, holidays, music, health, safety, geography, historical figures and so much more. We will use art, music, literature, movement and more to learn about a variety of fascinating subjects. Each class will also encourage classroom skills, teamwork and cooperation. Prepare to journey with us in an Adventure in Learning!

TK-1 Adventures in Learning

Teacher: Jennifer Vaught
Section: 17C05 meets on W
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Get ready for an Adventure when you travel through themes and units to explore books, science, art, holidays, music, health, safety, geography, historical figures and so much more. We will use art, music, literature, movement and more to learn about a variety of fascinating subjects. Each class will also encourage classroom skills, teamwork and cooperation. Prepare to journey with us in an Adventure in Learning!

TK-1 Adventures in Learning

Teacher: Jenni Josifek
Section: 17C03 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Get ready for an Adventure when you travel through themes and units to explore books, science, art, holidays, music, health, safety, geography, historical figures and so much more. We will use art, music, literature, movement and more to learn about a variety of fascinating subjects. Each class will also encourage classroom skills, teamwork and cooperation. Prepare to journey with us in an Adventure in Learning!

TK-1 Adventures in Learning

Teacher: Nancy Boian
Section: 17C01 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Get ready for an Adventure when you travel through themes and units to explore books, science, art, holidays, music, health, safety, geography, historical figures and so much more. We will use art, music, literature, movement and more to learn about a variety of fascinating subjects. Each class will also encourage classroom skills, teamwork and cooperation. Prepare to journey with us in an Adventure in Learning!

TK-1 Adventures in Learning

Teacher: Rebecca Miller
Section: 17C02 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Get ready for an Adventure when you travel through themes and units to explore books, science, art, holidays, music, health, safety, geography, historical figures and so much more. We will use art, music, literature, movement and more to learn about a variety of fascinating subjects. Each class will also encourage classroom skills, teamwork and cooperation. Prepare to journey with us in an Adventure in Learning!

If you have questions, please call our TK-8 Chico Center Office (530) 809-0599

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