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Paradise Center Class Descriptions

2018 - 2019 School Year

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1- 2 STEAM

Teacher: Vicki Gronseth
Section: 18P08 meets on W
18 credits per semester

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.

1-2 Adventures in Learning

Teacher: Linda Scherba
Section: 18P09 meets on W
18 credits per semester

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!

2-3 Math Mania

Teacher: Vicki Gronseth
Section: 18P11 meets on W
18 credits per semester

This class is designed to help students develop good number sense through manipulatives and hands-on activities that support estimation and mental computation as well as discovery of a variety of strategies for solving problems; among many other foundational math cornerstones. This is not a drill and lecture class; this is all about discovering the wonders that make math work!

3-5 STEAM

Teacher: Jaime Happ
Section: 18P12 meets on W
18 credits per semester

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 Adventures in Learning

Teacher: Linda Scherba
Section: 18P13 meets on W
18 credits per semester

Join us for a fantastic cooperative learning experience. This class focuses on digging into units centered around California and U S History, with emphasis in Science, Language Arts or Geography.

6-8 C-STEM Robotics

Teacher: John Mattera
Section: 18P05 meets on T
18 credits per semester

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 English

Teacher: John Mattera
Section: 18P06 meets on T/TH
18 credits per semester

Jr. High English focuses on reading comprehension, literary analysis and response, writing strategies and application. We also review language conventions and vocabulary, prepare and deliver oral presentations, use technology to create documents and presentations, and make cross curriculum connections while studying literature.

6-8 Public Speaking

Teacher: John Mattera
Section: 18P02 meets on T/TH
18 credits per semester

Students will practice various forms of public speaking in class including: Expository, Narrative, Persuasive, Research Presentation, and more. Students will develop proficiency and comfort in public speaking while practicing five key skills: Eye Contact, Volume, Clarity, Organization, and Time Management. The class will emphasize mutual respect and the role of the listener to create an environment that promotes confidence and trust.

6-8 Science Lab

Teacher: Vicki Gronseth
Section: 18P14 meets on TH
18 credits per semester

Interactive lab covers some of the 6-8th grade science standards. Students need to be simultaneously completing all assignments from their grade level science curriculum in order to fulfill the requirements of the grade level standards.

6-8 Spanish

Teacher: Vicki Gronseth
Section: 18P01 meets on T/TH
18 credits per semester

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.

9-12 Biology Lab Support

Teacher: Jen Doerr
Section: 18P21 meets on T
0 credits per semester
Prerequisites: *Recommended for students who have completed a-g Math 1A with a C or better.

This is an onsite lab support class to accompany an home study high school biology class. This course meant to satisfy the laboratory requirement for a-g biology. Students are required to also complete an independent study biology course at home using a textbook/online course of their choice, however the lab will be following traditional biology course topics in the following order: The Scientific method, biochemistry, cell design and function, cellular energy, anabolism and catabolism, genes, chromosomes and cell division, meiosis, generics/heredity/Punnet squares, population genetics, evolution theories, classification, structure and function of bacteria and viruses, diseases and disorders, protozoans, fungi, plant classification and anatomy, plant physiology, invertebrates, vertebrates, ecology, and human anatomy. It is highly suggested to utilize a textbook resource that follows the same topics. Each week students will participate in a hands-on lab, class discussion and have time to ask questions with regards to their independent study biology course. Students will be responsible each week to bring a lab notebook, TI-35 or comparable (students may not use cell phones), and a writing utensil.

This is an extra-curricular class that may enrich an independent study science course.

a-g English 11

Teacher: Debby Hubbard
Section: 18P19 meets on TH
5 credits per semester
Prerequisites: Successful Completion of English 10 or instructor approval.

English 11 courses continue to develop students' writing skills, emphasizing clear, logical writing patterns, word choice, and usage, as students write essays and learn the techniques of writing research papers. Students continue to read works of literature and other written materials that often form the backbone of the writing assignments.

This is a two hour block course.

a-g English 12

Teacher: Debby Hubbard
Section: 18P20 meets on TH
5 credits per semester
Prerequisites: Successful Completion of English 11 or instructor approval.

This class is designed for high school students to explore famous works by literary greats. Students will sample works from all over the world and in many different genres. There will be interactive group discussions and analysis of each work. Comprehensive questions and literary responses will be a part of the work assigned. Students will be encouraged to relate their life experiences to situations found in the novels selected.

This is a two hour block course.

a-g English 9/10 A

Teacher: Debby Hubbard
Section: 18P18 meets on TH
5 credits per semester

Through directed reading and writing assignments, students will focus on the mechanics of language and vocabulary development. Students will demonstrate critical analysis as they evaluate patterns and connections within fiction and non-fiction genres, discuss and present ideas and observations, and write narrative, expository, and analytical essays using organization, research, drafting, editing, and revising. Students will be encouraged to relate their own life experiences to situations found in the selected course material. Creative thinking is encouraged and critical thinking is required. English I/IIA is a 5 credit/semester course; meaning students are expected to complete approximately five hours of class work per week. As we only meet in the classroom twice weekly (2 hours), students can anticipate dedicating approximately three hours per week outside of class on given assignments and reading.

a-g Mathematics II

Teacher: Cheryl Allagree
Section: 18P15 meets on T/TH
5 credits per semester
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I or teacher recommendation.

Integrated Mathematics Course II is the second of three mathematics courses required for college entrance. The course content expands upon the mathematical content and techniques of Integrated Mathematics Course I. In addition to further development of the strands with connections and applications, this course emphasizes unifying ideas such as mathematical modeling and argumentation, variation, algorithmic thinking, and multiple representations. The course emphasizes geometry.

Academic Support

Teacher: Shelley Brady
Section: 18P04 meets on W
18 credits per semester

This class is not open for general enrollment.

Registration for this class is through the SPED dept.

Academic Support

Teacher: Shelley Brady
Section: 18P22 meets on T
1 credits per semester

This class is not open for general enrollment.

Registration for this class is through the SPED dept.

Health

Teacher: Debby Hubbard
Section: 18P16 meets on T
5 credits per semester

Become acquainted with the availability and effective use of health services, products, and information. Explore environmental and external factors that affect individual and community health. Understand the relationship of family health and individual health. Know essential concepts and practices concerning injury prevention and safety and understand essential concepts about nutrition and diet. Know how to maintain and promote personal health and know about prevention and control of disease. Go beyond physical health and learn how to maintain mental and emotional health. Understand aspects of substance use and abuse. Understand the fundamental concepts of growth and development.

Life Management

Teacher: Vicki Gronseth
Section: 18P17 meets on T
5 credits per semester

Students will be provided with sound financial principles that will guide them into adulthood. The financial component of this class will educate as well as entertain students as they learn to avoid the dangers of debt, build savings, money management, and more. This class includes training in securing a job, cooking, home and auto repairs, time management, understanding and relating to personality types, goal setting, and more. This two-semester class is aligned to current state standards and benchmarks.

Math 7 & Math 8

Teacher: Cheryl Allagree
Section: 18P03 meets on T/TH
18 credits per semester

This is a support class to help families with 7th grade math & 8th grade math. Twice weekly instruction will be centered on skills needed to master the Common Core Standards for 7th & 8th grade. Classroom Teacher Responsibility - The classroom teacher will provide assignments and twice weekly instruction, record attendance, and track progress for in-class activities, participation and completion of projects. The classroom teacher will correct all in-class assignments, and chapter assessments. The classroom teacher will provide the PLT with a pacing guide for the class curriculum and will also work closely with parent-teachers and PLTs to come up with the most accurate grade for each LP. The teacher will also offer coaching to parents who are having difficulty with instruction or using the curriculum. Personalized Learning Teacher Responsibility - The PLT will track progress, affirm that assignments are being completed, review work, and collect a sample each learning period. PLTs will have access to a classroom work summary and will incorporate this report into the student's overall grade for Math. Parent Responsibility - Parents will correct all assignments that are given by the classroom teacher with the provided solution manual. Parents will ensure that students arrive to class with assignments completed and corrected. The parent/guardian will still provide a majority of the instruction at home, correct work, and provide guidance.

TK-1 Adventures in Learning

Teacher: Linda Scherba
Section: 18P07 meets on W
18 credits per semester

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 Hands on Science

Teacher: Vicki Gronseth
Section: 18P10 meets on W
18 credits per semester

This is a highly interactive science lab. Students will learn about earth, life and physical sciences through investigation and experimentation. Students will have hands-on experience in such areas as the five senses, plant and animal life, states of matter, and much more!

If you have questions, please call our Paradise Office (530) 872-8294