Morning Session

Professional Skills 101


Instructor:  Mrs. Compton

Preparing for any job interview can very well be one of the most important and stressful times in your life. Landing the perfect job can be a challenge, but with the practice and information you can easily overcome this challenge.

Just a little preparation and thought ahead of time can have positive effects on your interviewing skills. This course will go over the issues and provide an analysis of the interviewing process. This course can help you prepare successfully for any job interview!

Prerequisites:  None

Cost:  None

Introduction to Emergency Services Careers with Basic Life Support and First Aid Certification

Instructor:  Mr. Conway

Over the Winterim period, we will examine the Emergency Services Careers of Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services (Advanced Life Support/Basic Life Support), and Law Enforcement. With each of these disciplines to include the general public being considered First Responders to a variety of emergencies, this class will focus on achieving the American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) and First Aid Certification (with Automated External Defibrillator – AED), while learning the different roles people play in responding to emergencies and caring for the sick and injured.

This course will be interactive with fellow students and instructors, with a portion of time spent outside learning about various equipment and apparatus utilized in the careers. Advanced notice will be give to ensure students are dressed appropriately for the weather.

If you would like to learn more about the specifics of the AHA BLS course content, please visit: https://cpr.heart.org/en/cpr-courses-and-kits/healthcare-professional/basic-life-support-bls-training

Prerequisites:  None

Cost:  $25 per student for American Heart Association credential processing and BLS certification card.

Self Defense

Instructor:  Mr. Frauly

Mr. Frauly, a WTF Certified 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo, and professional martial arts instructor will give hands on training for all students in self-defense. Expect a fun course where students will learn how to use their strength to protect others and to defend themselves as necessary.

Prerequisites:  Athletic clothing

Cost:  None

The Guerrilla Video Production Course

Instructor:  Mr. Jones

We are going to make a video, Guerrilla style, fast and furious with a focus on iphone videos.

First we’ll deconstruct this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM8DcCoZulw, figure out what they did, and then build our own version. SPOILER:  this could ruin watching movies forever like a normal human. BUT if you like abnormal … (applause).

This course will uncover and put to work the core values of storytelling, using existing lighting, grip, audio, and cameras. We will experience the three film production phases; pre-production, production, and post-production with our main focus leaning into production and post production. We will make a video together. We will laugh, discover, and be inspired.

Making videos is making worlds. We need all types of savvy people:  tech, actor, visual, detail, writer, athletic, fashion, make-up, unicorns etc. We have a limited class size so don’t wait to sign up.

Requirements – mobile phone. Ability to do homework like edit on your phone or laptop.

Prerequisites:  None

Cost:  None

Digital Minimalism

Instructor:  Mr. Keefe

Digital Minimalism is an invitation for students to join Mr. Keefe on a journey that he began this past summer. After years of frustration regarding his digital habits, he read a book (Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport Jr.) that helped to change his philosophy on how to approach his digital habits.

The book itself argues for this philosophy for an increased autonomy and freedom, as well as the time that can be gained by altering habits of phone and computer usage. However, in the course we will take it one step deeper, seeking to understand how when we allow our digital habits to control us, it fundamentally changes our humanity and prevents us from living rightly and freely within the Kingdom of God.

The class consists of reading and processing key resources, discussing personal stories and social realities of being an adolescent in 2020, as well as practical strategies for gaining freedom-exhausting digital habits. The group will also be challenged by doing a 3-day “digital detox” that will hopefully help students separate “high-value” and “low-value” activities.

Prerequisites:  None

Cost:  None

Menticide: Propaganda, Mass Delusion, & Brainwashing

Instructor:  Mr. McGowan

It is often said, “students should be allowed to make up their own minds.” However, how can students truly make up their own minds if they are hijacked by various bias-laden messages and narratives that bombard them from almost every angle? Critically thinking about what one’s own beliefs are is crucial for “making up your own mind,” but equally crucial is the ability to recognize, evaluate, and resist any and all attempts to highjack “your own mind” before it is made in the image of someone else’s agenda.

In this course, we will examine the nature and effect of Propaganda on the individual, how that effect exaggerates among the masses, various methods of Brainwashing, and how to become aware of and resist Propagandists and Brainwashers. This course will be discussion-based, focusing primarily on readings from “The Manipulated Mind” by Denise Winn. Students in this course will be required to purchase this book – either paperback or ebook – prior to the Winterim term ($10 Kindle ebook | $20 paperback). There will be required pre-reading work to be done before the first day of Winterim. There will be reading assignments for each day of the Menticide Course.

Prerequisites:

  • Purchase “The Manipulated Mind”
  • Pre-reading section, prior to 1st day of class (see: Menticide Moodle Page)

Cost:  The purchase of “The Manipulated Mind” – $20 paperback

How To Be A Superhuman

Instructor: Mr. Dwight Nelson

In a world where cloning, human genetic engineering, and age reversal are no longer science fiction but science fact, biohacking has become a reality.

But nutritional biohacking has been around for 75 years. Many of the practices will shock you, surprise you, and perhaps change your life.

Prerequisites:  None

Cost:  None

Sewing

Instructor:  Mrs. Oberg

Students in this class will make multiple pillowcases and at least one pencil pouch. They will supply their own fabric and supplies (list sent after sign up). Some of the pillowcases will be donated to a child who is in a battered women’s shelter. 

Students will need to bring a sewing machine capable of sewing a straight stitch (and its zipper foot attachment) to school and leave it here for the week. There will be two machines available if you don’t have one. If you do not have a machine, contact Profe Oberg BEFORE registering for the class.

Prerequisites:  Basic experience with a standard sewing machine

Cost:  None

Speech

Instructor:  Mr. Piper

Students will learn to plan and perform a variety of short speeches, each prepared and performed in limited timeframes. Group discussion, individual coaching, and group and individual practice time will focus on (1) brainstorming, selecting, and organizing ideas; (2) learning techniques for opening, closing, and making transitions within speeches; and (3) using voice, posture, and gesture to connect and communicate with audiences.

Prerequisites:  None

Cost:  None

Codeacademy

Instructor:  Mr. Wiens

The students will use codeacademy.com to learn the basics of one new computer programming language each day. Code Academy is a self-paced, interactive website that allows the user to learn for free. Each day will start with a short history of the language, as well as a brief explanation of where and how the language is used currently. The rest of the class will be spent on the computers, following the website’s direction. By the end of the week, the students will be able to explain a little bit about each language and how/where it is used. They will also understand the basic structure of each language and have a cursory understanding of how to actually code with it.

Prerequisites:  Fully charged computer each day

Cost:  None