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2018 - 2019 School Year

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1-3 Adventures in Learning

Teacher: Nancy Boian
Section: 18C17 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 in Learning

Teacher: Nancy Boian
Section: 18C18 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 in Learning

Teacher: Linda Scherba
Section: 18C19 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 Digital Dudes & Art

Teacher: Nicole Valine
Section: 18C04 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

~Come join us 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. ~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 Exploration into C-STEM Robotics

Teacher: Jesse Scherba
Section: 18C33 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.

2-3 STEAM

Teacher: Jennifer Vaught
Section: 18C34 meets on W
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 Above & Beyond

Teacher: Julie Sawley
Section: 18C32 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, and develop new computer skills. Possible units include becoming business entrepreneurs, investigating and building roller coasters, joining an expedition to mars, and curating an art museum.

Requires teacher recommendation.

4-5 Digital Dudes & Art

Teacher: Nicole Valine
Section: 18C03 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

~Come join us 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. ~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 Exploration into C-STEM Robotics

Teacher: Jesse Scherba
Section: 18C35 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.

4-5 Handicrafts

Teacher: Tracey Jacobsen
Section: 18C15 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

4th and 5th graders will work on a number of DIY projects throughout the year that involve sewing and quilting, woodworking, paper crafting and more. Teachers will rotate through teaching various projects and each may take several weeks to complete. This is not just an art class; this class will take commitment from students who really want a challenge of learning intricate techniques paired with their best tools -- their hands! It will take patience and dedication from all students who enroll to persevere through learning new skills and crafting mediums while completing these fun projects. Some skills the students will learn include: operating a sewing machine, painting, sanding and staining techniques, elegant card making and upcycling.

4-5 Hands On STEAM and History

Teacher: Terri Emmons
Section: 18C16 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Fun exploration of the world around them past and present through science, technology, engineering, math and history. Students will participate in engaging projects and experiments that will have them working together to make discoveries. Through teamwork and exploration, STEAM will spark their love of math and science. History projects and simulations will include Salt dough maps, Mission projects, Westward Movement simulation, Explores ect.

5-6 Shady Creek

Teacher: Rebecca Miller
Section: 18C27 meets on T
Fee: 200 Student EUs
Additional $35 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. Dates: to be determined.

Dates: (Nov. 15-Feb. 7 Tentative trip date) Registration for this class will not occur until Fall semester so that it will not count towards current 2-class per student restrictions.

6-8 Advanced C-STEM Robotics

Teacher: Daniel Hendriks
Section: 18C24 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

6-8 Ancient and Medieval History

Teacher: Emily Brownfield
Section: 18C07 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 Middle Ages, students will be able to make contemporary connections to past times.

6-8 Art Around the World

Teacher: Emily Brownfield
Section: 18C08 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Does your student enjoy hands-on learning? Do they enjoy being creative? In this class, students will learn about different countries and cultures from around the world through art! We will utilize a wide variety of techniques and mediums to create and learn. Students will walk away from this class having a better understanding and appreciation for the rich world they live in.

6-8 C-STEM Robotics

Teacher: Daniel Hendriks
Section: 18C23 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 Earth Science

Teacher: Konnie Barker
Section: 18C06 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 Elective Wheel

Teacher: Laura Sousa
Section: 18C42 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Tuesday Music Appreciation is an introductory course to music. Students will explore music's various functionalities in order to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for all types of music. Throughout the course, students will focus on music's various purposes and functions, the history of music, music in film and television, music as identity, and music theory. No musical experience is needed. Thursday Join the class for a series of short workshop style electives on teen topics. This elective class will cover a range of subjects each being taught by a different teacher. Topics that may be included: health issues, home economics, cyber safety, emotions and its roll coaster effects in middle school, typing, nutrition an exercise, volunteerism, first aid and other interests the class may have.

6-8 EPIC

Teacher: Kristi Harper
Section: 18C28 meets on TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Effective Peer Interaction and Communication: Join us in building the basics of respect and kindness amongst peers in our school. EPIC teaches leadership skills, builds healthy relationships, and helps prevent bullying. Students will help plan and implement middle school events in order to build community within our school. Parental support for the events is much appreciated.

Thursday Only, two hour class

6-8 Get it in Print

Teacher: Tracey Jacobsen
Section: 18C21 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 Life Science

Teacher: Konnie Barker
Section: 18C05 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: 18C10 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Students will determine their own topics of interest and dive deep into learning how to do research that will prepare them for high school and beyond. They will learn about the importance of different types of sources and how to cite them, brainstorming questions for investigation, how to organize research to build a cohesive "story, writing bibliographies, as well as computer skills. Students will use their research to create a project that can be submitted in the Butte County History Day competition in March. This class ends in March after the Butte county competition. For more information about History Day visit www.nhdca.org. Are you ready to make history?!

6-8 Money $marts

Teacher: Jesse Scherba
Section: 18C11 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 Moving & Cartooning

Teacher: John Mattera
Section: 18C14 meets on TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Part of the time the class will teach kids foreshadowing, sketching techniques, visual perspective, and creative cartoon-style drawing then post the art on SeeSaw (digital portfolio). The other part of the class will include fun traditional classroom PE games and sports activities. Non-competitive.

6-8 Photo & Yearbook

Teacher: Geri Clements
Section: 18C13 meets on T
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.

This is a two hour course.

6-8 Physical Science

Teacher: Michael Emmons
Section: 18C09 meets on T
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This 6th-8th grade Physical Science class will use fun hands-on science experiments and enrichment activities to support the middle school physical science standards. Students will work cooperatively to do laboratory investigations testing the concepts of density, forces and motion, and the laws of motion. An exploration of chemistry will include a general understanding of the periodic table and atomic modeling. This class will be a great supplement to the scientific concepts you are studying at home.

6-8 Speech & Debate

Teacher: Kristi Harper
Section: 18C22 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs

This class will develop and improve public speaking skills. Students will be asked to prepare (during class time) and deliver speeches in the following genres: informative, demonstrative, and impromptu. Students will also participate in class debates. Speech anxiety solutions and active listening skills will be covered as well. Join us as we tackle the fear of public speaking in this fun and interactive class.

7th Grade Math

Teacher: Daniel Hendriks
Section: 18C20 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs
Glencoe Course 2

Students will meet twice a week to receive direct instruction for 7th grade math. The teacher will set expectations for work completion using a 2-week schedule that will be emailed to parents. Parents are still the primary math teacher for their student and are responsible for grading, daily monitoring and teaching lessons at home. The classroom teacher is supporting the learning at home by going over examples, reviewing important concepts, and answering questions from the book during class. Parents are welcome to attend class.

Students must use Glencoe Course 2 so teacher can pace and directly instruct from the book.

8th Grade High School Prep English

Teacher: Geri Clements
Section: 18C12 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: 18C25 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: 18C26 meets on T/TH
Fee: 50 Student EUs
8- Glencoe Math, Course 3

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.

This class requires students to use the Glencoe Course 3 curriculum, and regular attendance is a must.

8th Grade High School Prep Math

Teacher: Kelly Clarke
Section: 18C43 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.

This class requires students to use the Glencoe Course 3 curriculum, and regular attendance is a must.

Academic Support

Teacher: Karen Palmerlee
Section: 18C36 meets on T
Fee: 0 Student EUs

This class is not open for general enrollment.

Registration for this class is through the SPED dept.

Academic Support

Teacher: Erika Simpson
Section: 18C37 meets on T
Fee: 0 Student EUs

This class is not open for general enrollment.

Registration for this class is through the SPED dept.

Academic Support

Teacher: Brandon Greene
Section: 18C38 meets on T
Fee: 0 Student EUs

This class is not open for general enrollment.

Registration for this class is through the SPED dept.

Academic Support

Teacher: Rebecca Gontiz
Section: 18C39 meets on T
Fee: 0 Student EUs

This class is not open for general enrollment.

Registration for this class is through the SPED dept.

Kindergarten Exploration

Teacher: Katrina DuVal
Section: 18C29 meets on M
Fee: 50 Student EUs

Students will experience a traditional style kindergarten classroom focusing on social skills and early literacy development through thematic units and activities. The class is designed to help foster skills in beginning readers. Students will learn by songs, art projects, poetry, and phonics games. This class is geared mainly for transitional kindergarten and kindergartners.

This class is also appropriate for struggling first graders with teacher recommendation (open to 1st graders in fall after reg windows open to all).

TK-1 Adventures in Learning

Teacher: Jenni Josifek
Section: 18C01 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: Linda Scherba
Section: 18C02 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: Jennifer Vaught
Section: 18C30 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: 18C31 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!

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

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