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Career & Technical Education CTE)

Animation Induction (Level 1, 10th grade and up)
Stefan Gruber, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
205 Cloud Level Animation Lab : Mon/Wed/Fri 10:30-11:55

CTE - Animation Tech Graphics 1 / 0.5

Open to all people of all levels of artistic talent from none to godly. Animation is a different art from drawing, so no drawing skills are necessary, only braveness. We’ll be exploring many techniques including 2D puppet, pixelation, flipbooks, clay. It’s a lot of fun and really good exercise for the imagination. We’ll also watch a lot of animation in here to get inspiration and meet with guest animators who make artistic animation for a living.

Character Design (all levels)
Stefan Gruber, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
205 Cloud Level Animation Lab : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:35-14:00

ART - Drawing / Painting BEG / 0.5

In here we’ll approach character design from many directions. From live drawing portraiture to looking deeply at the designs of characters we love, copying and inventing our own characters and trying to reinvent for ourselves what a character even is. Does a character have to be depicted as a living being? Can a concept be a character? Can the concept of a character be the main driving force behind the design? What is more important, form, function, fun, or formula? To further explore the OC’s we create, we’ll be playing them in one shot role playing games, incorporating them into comics, and other world building projects.

Experimental Animation (Advanced)
Stefan Gruber, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Animation Labs : Mon/Wed/Fri 2:50-4:00

CTE - Animation Tech Graphics 2 / 0.5

Experimental Animation is a workshop designed to make the materials and resources available for the independent animator. 1st semester focuses on developing soundtracks before animation, so that lip-synch is possible. We will be able to have a professional style punched-paper animation area, one or two long-term 3-D animation setups; Flash will be available as well. Materials: Most supplies are supplied; some self-budget (probably under $20) may be needed. The finished works made in this class are burned to DVD and shown in a theatrical setting at the end of the 2nd semester.

Fibers & Threads
Isabella Pagel, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
B-20 : Tue/Thu/Fri 10:30-11:55

CTE - Apparel & Textiles I / 0.5

Class will be facilitated by Isabella Pagel.

All experience levels are welcome but be prepared to work in class, this is a “hands on” class.

We will read & create patterns, cut, serge, sew, iron, and knit.

Nova Farm
Susan Barth, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Susan's Room #B3 and the Nova Farm : Mon/Wed/Fri 1:25-2:45

CTE - Env Horticulture 1 / 0.5

Plan to be outside and get dirty. In this class, will have both indoor and outdoor learning. You will experience botany, horticulture, farming, and social justice around food. You will work on the farm, cultivate crops, learn about environmental issues surrounding agriculture and do projects catered to your interests, including leadership, internships, and career paths. Be prepared to get dirty. This fall, we work on putting some of the garden to bed, planting hardy winter crops and landscaping, art and building. Come learn how to use power tools. Grow stuff, the bees need you.

This is a CTE class that can cross credit with science. You can also earn college credit through South Seattle College if you take this class for a full year or meet extra competencies in one semester. Please discuss with Susan.

A graduation Social Justice Project could be done in this class.

Time Flies 1A-Semester 1-Mon/Wed/Fri
Jennifer Spigner, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
RM #B-20 : Mon/Wed/Fri 8:45-10:10

CTE - Career Conn-1 (JS Only) / 0.5

The world of careers has many paths to explore and also gain professional skills in the process.
Are you interested on how to find and keep a job?
Come to this class and you will become workplace ready to look for jobs and opportunities.

Identify careers based on assessments on interests and skills
Career Research
Identify personal skills, interests and abilities and relate them to current career choices.
Present information to class on career interests
Essential Careers during covid
Resume building
Interviewing Skills
21st Century Skills
Employment Law
Health and Safe in the workplace
Workplace Readiness Skills:Professionalism, Communication, Collaboration, Adaptability, Technical
Leadership and Community Skills

Time Flies 2A-Semester 1-Tues
Jennifer Spigner, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
RM #B-20 : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

CTE - Career Conn-2 (JS Only) / 0.5

*Time Flies 1A or Careers course pre-req
and
*Through hands-on experiences as an Wellness Ambassador role OR another current work based experience that will provide the opportunity to demonstrate your current workplace skills and continued growth in those skills.

Meet once a week to update on workplace skills and reflection for growth in your contributions while doing work based experience the other days of the week. Managing your time in your work and/or projects.

Continually exploring career paths as your interests change and develop.

Understand the skills and demonstrate them as you work on projects individually or collaboratively.

Through hands-on experience, guest speakers, research and exploration the student will discover a variety of career pathways for post-secondary educational choices and careers.

Students will understand the importance of Ambassador role expectations and demonstrate growth and your contribution in your community leadership role.

Workplace Readiness Skills: Professionalism, Communication, Collaboration, Adaptability, Technical
Leadership and Community Skills

Financial Literacy Skills such as budgeting, cost/benefit analysis, saving and credit.

Committee

Action Faction and Wellness Steering Committee
Eyva Winet, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
121 : Thu 11:55-12:40

HE - Health Education HS / 0.15

Action Faction Mission Statement:
As an all-inclusive committee, we work to create a safe and respectful community for all genders and sexualities. We combat sexuality and gender identity oppression by creating positive actions in Nova and beyond. Positive actions include maintaining safe spaces for discussions, resources and events. We believe that any social justice movement must work towards inclusion of other social justice goals. We recognize that all oppressions are connected and in no way do we want our actions to propagate other forms of oppression.

Wellness Steering Committee:
We will be meeting regularly with the folks running the new Nova Wellness Center to help build, improve and expand their services for Nova students and the community. We have already helped architects design the temporary space but will continue to advise for the permanent space. We have helped hire staff for the space but will also give feedback and support their understanding of Nova and our amazingly diverse students. We agreed to help them get student art and interesting pieces to decorate the space so we need folks who are willing to make or curate art. We will also be working on grant writing to get more services and expand the possibilities of what the wellness center can offer.

Join us! We need your voice to drive this work. Country Doctor is very happy to collaborate and take guidance from students so we need you all to show up and make this center truly work for youth!

There are opportunities to work on culminating inquiry projects, health credit, CTE credit, peer education, grant writing, internships in the health field connected to this committee!

Budget Committee Wed 2:05pm
Lance Brown, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Rm 221 : Wed 2:05-2:45

SS - Student Government / 0.15

22 STUDENT MAXIMUM

This committee is responsible for the fiscal decisions of Nova. The Friends of Nova (formerly the PTSA) raises funds for student and teacher use. It’s the role of this committee to oversee the equitable distribution of these funds. Furthermore, Nova is the only school in the District that has the privilege of designating where and how our school budget is spent. This is the forum within which those conversations and decisions are made.

The learning goals of this committee are:
1. to learn how to read and interpret a fiscal spread sheet;
2. to participate in group decision making;
3. to engage in conversations about equity and opportunity within our community;
4. to provide a space where all students and school groups feel heard and valued and where their proposals are taken seriously;
5. to explore ways to communicate our decisions and dilemmas within the Nova community;
6. to observe and participate in a formal committee structure, including a mild form of Robert’s Rules of Order;
7. and to have the experience of facilitating the running of the committee.

Button Brigade - Fridays (Governing Committee)
Reghan Biddle, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Rea's Room - 122 : Fri 2:05-2:45

SS - Student Government / 0.15

Button Brigade will work in collaboration with Action Faction and the rest of the Nova community to create buttons, posters, and flyers for Nova events and to help disseminate important information to the community.

Dungeons and Dragons
The Dark Knight Batman, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Rm 102 : Fri 11:55-12:40

UE - Student Activity (EXP 2021) / 0.25

This committee is devoted to playing the incredible role playing game – Dungeons and Dragons. Each Friday we will come together and play. Create a character! Run a campaign! No experience necessary at all. We will teach you how to play. Must be willing to get along with others (or be willing to learn how to), show up unless you have an incredibly good excuse, and certainly have the capacity to have fun.
Also, if you don’t have dice or source books, don’t worry about it. We have some extra you can borrow for the day.

Clearly, we will be doing this online.

Guild
Lydia Wynn, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
207 - Winnie's Room : Tue 2:05-2:45

SS - Student Government / 0.25

The purpose of guild is to promote events that strengthen the community involvement of Nova.
Students in guild will:
*Plan various events
*Support fundraisers
*Organize prom

  • Engage in the needs/desires of other Nova students.
    *Represent all student activities and interests.

Marketing and Fundraising
Eyva Winet, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Moon 120 : Fri 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.15

We will be building relationships to community organizations and funders to help provide services and supports and opportunities for our students. We will be fundraising and making materials to use when reaching out to potential funders or partners. We will be surveying students, staff and families to collect information to tell Nova’s story authentically and to determine what students, staff and families think about what partnerships and projects we should be seeking support and funding. You will learn job, organizing and fundraising skills. This will be a working committee not a talking a lot committee.

There is the possibility of working on math competencies through this committees projects. Talk to Eyva directly if you are interested in that extension of this committee work.

Mission and Vision Committee: The Nova Project
Eyva Winet, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
121 : Thu 13:45-14:25

UE - Leadership / 0.15

This committee will combine staff and student and eventually families and partner organizations to continue to continuously monitor our school’s improvement plans to make sure that our work and mission and vision are in alignment and we are making progress toward our goals. This is a committee to work on the giant inquiry project that is Nova. Who are we? What are we doing? Why are we doing it this way?

We will meet twice a month after school for longer than 45 minute sessions. This year specifically we are working on our accreditation, which will be part of this process but we also have to report to the board about being an ALE school and update our school’s continuous improvement plan yearly. These will also give students on this committee the opportunity to go to the school board, local and state government meetings, conferences etc.to share our Nova Project.

Please find Eyva to discuss your interest in participating in this new committee.

There is the opportunity for this to be part of your senior inquiry project or some significant piece of credit.

Mothership
Michelle Vecchio, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
105

SS - Student Government / 0.25

Mothership supports all-school decision making and the committee system.

Nova Minecraft Gov. Committee Thu 2:05pm
Lance Brown, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Rm 221 : Thu 2:05-2:45

SS - Student Government / 0.25

22 STUDENT MAXIMUM

Students will participate in Nova Minecraft Project.
The students will recreate the Nova building in Minecraft.
When complete all students will be welcome to visit the Nova Minecraft Building.
This would give us some sense of community again.

Nova Step Team!
Melissa Park, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Melissa's Room 101 : Fri 2:50-4:00

UE - Student Activity (EXP 2021) / 0.25

Join Nova’s new step team, led by Zack! Students of all genders and racial identities are welcome! NOTE 9/24/21: we currently meet 3:00-4:00 on Fridays in Room 101. Possible PE and/or other credit options TBD.

Planet Nova
Adam Croft, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
room 202 and beyond : Fri 2:05-2:45

UE - Leadership / 0.15

Let’s tend to our school’s relation to the Earth and each other, including through maintaining and strengthening our systems for composting, energy conservation, environmental justice, ecological awareness, and anything else we can do for our living community.

POC Committee
Melissa Park, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Melissa's room, 101 : Tue/Wed 2:05-2:45

SS - Student Government / 0.25

This governing committee, the People of Color Committee (POCC), is a meeting place for students and staff who identify as people of color to reconnect, affirm, and unapologetically be ourselves. We are especially focused on citizenship teaching and learning, building community in our shared spaces, developing and growing our leadership skills, and acting and reflecting on issues of race and equity in a safe and open environment.

Past projects have included our organizing of coat & warm clothing drives in the winter, field trips, pot-lucks, hosting movie nights, collaborating with local organizations, and programming teaching events for the school. Additionally, students rotate facilitation duties of weekly committee meetings & short- and long-term projects.

POCC is one of several governing committees which give input to Recruitment Committee and our administrators for Nova’s Mission/Vision C-SIP School Improvement Plan (an official document generated annually by Nova’s administrators that sets goals, enrichment, instructions programs, students’ achievement, and assessment of the school, and is published on our school’s SPS website.

PSA Committee
Eyva Winet, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Band Room : Tue 13:50-14:30

SS - Student Government / 0.13

Safety
Annie Parker, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Room 114 : Thu 2:05-2:45

SS - Student Government / 0.13

As we come back to school in person with new protocols in an ever changing environment of all the things including Covid, feeling and being safe physically and emotionally is critical to our well-being as a school community. This committee will work to update the district safety plan, improve our disaster preparedness, be in charge of drills, review and evaluate emergencies and improve our process of addressing emergencies, managing shared public spaces at Nova, including outdoor spaces, helping resolve issues that make students, staff and/or the community feel unsafe, supporting restorative processes when Nova Norms are broken and physical or emotional safety is compromised.

Senior Committee
Adam Croft, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
room 202 : Thu 2:05-2:45

SS - Student Government / 0.15

Debbie will co-facilitate this committee!

We’ll plan and execute senior-oriented activities, supports, and events, especially our graduation ceremony (!!!), but also study sessions and anything else to help make everyone’s final year of high school successful and meaningful.

Sound Committee
Eyva Winet, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Band Room : Tue 13:50-14:30

SS - Student Government / 0.13

Still Life/Quiet Art Space (FRI 2:05)
Becky Laird, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Art Room (219) : Fri 2:05-2:45

ART - Exploring the Arts (EXP 2021) / 0.15

Calm Art Space is a weekly gathering space to connect with peers while working on individual art pieces. We will work together to offer weekly optional art prompts and supportive feedback.

Tuesday Recruitment fall 2021
Debbie Kuttner, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Zoom 220 : Tue/Thu 11:55-12:40

UE - Leadership / 0.25

Recruitment Committee oversees the functioning of all recruitment-related activities here at Nova. In particular, this committee can make decisions that effect how Nova is going about bringing new students into our community as well as how we are perceived by those potential new recruits.

We need students in order to be a school! And we need people to know about Nova and want to come here in order to get those students! Basically, Recruitment is essential to the survival of Nova and all that we are doing here.

Decisions are made through consensus-building whenever possible.

Video Game Social Committee
Julia Reade, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Room 201 : Fri 2:05-2:45

UE - Personal Growth / 0.25

This INVITE ONLY committee is a structured, student-lead committee designed to offer students an opportunity to further develop their social skills. The group will gather around a common interest—gaming—and engage in discussions about this topic.

Wednesday zoom orientations
Debbie Kuttner, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Zoom Rm 220 : Wed 2:05-2:45

UE - Leadership / 0.25

we will meet each week to orient perspective families and students to Nova. orientations will happen via zoom, so be sure to have your laptop with you

Yearbook
Susan Barth, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Rm 3- Susan : Thu 3:00-3:50

CTE - Publishing Yearbook 1 / 0.25

Yearbook will meet both Tuesday’s and Thursday’s in Susan’s Room B03. We will fund raise with t-shirt sales, creating Nova promotional swag, photograph events and create our yearbook. We are looking for motivated, organized, creative types (you do not need to have all of those traits together). We want photographers, designers, and tech savvy folks to help us. We will capture the amazingness of our community. We also want the yearbook to be affordable for all who want it. So, we will be figuring out new and creative ways to fund raise. No experience necessary, just a strong willingness to contribute. You will learn all aspects of yearbook production regardless of your specialty. This class will be facilitated by Allison, Susan B.

The basic credit is .25 per semester, depending on the amount of work you put in.

Elective

Chess and Variants
Stefan Gruber, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
205 Cloud Level Animation Lab : Wed 11:40-12:20

UE - Student Activity (EXP 2021) / 0.15

Your objective will be to improve your chess playing abilities, and learn some variations on the chess rules.

Enrichment

Dis/critical Narratives (ELA/ES) 12:35
Michelle Vecchio, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
105 : Mon/Wed 12:35-14:00

None assigned

Brief Description
This Ethnic Studies class focuses on how disabilities can be seen as cultural, historical, or and political experiences, with the purpose being to learn about the social norms that support, stigmatize, or define disabilities and more than that to take what we learn outward into our school and communities through activism, inquiry and change.

Competency A Learning Objectives
- Active reading and reflecting upon narrative to interact with the text to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, –
and of the cultures of the United States and the world
- Identifying dominant narratives in texts, their power to exclude voices and oppress identities, and critical narratives as a form of resistance to these narratives
- Recognizing that communication is expressed and received through perspective, position within power and intersections of power, and personal lenses of experience.

Competency B Learning Objectives
- Identifying literary concepts, devices, and elements (of specific media formats or present across media types) and explaining the relevance of the concept to the text, other texts, and within one’s life
Engaging with multiple forms of creative media
- Writing and recording creative responses and original pieces, such as poems, short stories, book projects, letters to characters, student films and recordings

Competency C Learning Objectives
- Writing for different audiences and purposes
- Engaging in conversation with staff and classmates to create community knowledge as well as self-assess development in community and academic competencies

Competency D Learning Objectives
- Self-assessing one’s writing with staff and peers in order identify areas of personal growth (mechanics, grammar, voice)
- Building and growing in reflection on the themes of Ethnic Studies and learning from one’s self and others
- Recognizing that compliance with harms is the perpetuation of harms and developing reflection and action to end complicity without centering oneself

Competency E Learning Objectives
- Using writing and other means of communication to share ideas
- Identifying, problem-solving, and taking action toward a social justice challenge
- Communicating effectively to a group of peers and elders their inquiry process, content, and creative outcome (this can be an inquiry project goal)

Fine Arts

All the World's a Stage
Brian Neel, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
RM #209 : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:35-14:00

ART - BEG Theatre / 0.5

Facilitator: K. Brian Neel

Students in this class can receive FA-Theatre 8 credit.

This introductory course is for all students looking to develop skills in acting and performing in front of others. Public speaking, creative problem solving, and collaboration are explored through creative activities, voice and movement exercises, improvisation, story structure, creating character, and scene study. No previous theatre experience necessary. All students are welcome.

THREE LEVELS OF CLASS:
- Participate in group theater games and exercises
- Complete in-class performance creation exercises
- Be Attentive and Respectful of others’ creations

ART INDEPENDENTS
Becky Laird, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Art Room (219) : Mon/Fri 2:50-4:00

ART - Art Survey / 0.5

Students will have the opportunity to identify areas of interest and work on developing their skills in this asynchronous class. Students will participate in weekly office hours with school staff to review progress, share resources, and set learning goals for the upcoming week. Additionally, students will develop some way to share their learning with the Nova community.

Independent contracts have specific competencies related to each contract. Students will meet with staff overseeing the contract and with content area specialists to ensure appropriateness of competencies. Independent contracts are an opportunity for students to seek out knowledge and skills independently with the collaborative support and guidance of school staff.

CLAY - Handbuilding ONLY (T/TH 10:30)
Becky Laird, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Art Room (219) : Tue/Thu 10:30-11:55

ART - Ceramics BEG / 0.5

This class if for students who have not yet taken pottery at Nova! This will be a handbuilding class ONLY (no wheel throwing this semester). The class will be limited to 16 students. Thinking/talking/sharing about your work is part of this class

Each week you will do (at least) three things for this class:
Make Something – Each week we will learn/practice a particular skill/technique and you will create a project that incorporates that skill or technique
Learn Something – Each week you will do a little research about a clay artist, technique, etc.
Share Something – Each week you will share what you have been working on with your classmates.

CLAY INDEPENDENTS
Becky Laird, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Art Room (219) : Mon/Fri 2:50-4:00

ART - Multimedia 1 (EXP 2021) / 0.5

Students will have the opportunity to identify areas of interest and work on developing their skills in this asynchronous class. Students will participate in weekly office hours with school staff to review progress, share resources, and set learning goals for the upcoming week. Additionally, students will develop some way to share their learning with the Nova community.

Independent contracts have specific competencies related to each contract. Students will meet with staff overseeing the contract and with content area specialists to ensure appropriateness of competencies. Independent contracts are an opportunity for students to seek out knowledge and skills independently with the collaborative support and guidance of school staff.

Fine Arts / Social Studies

Zoom Indies for All
Debbie Kuttner, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Zoom Room 220 Debbie's Room : Mon/Wed/Fri 2:50-4:00

None assigned

I wanted to have a class that is for students who liked online learning. But you don’t have to like online learning to take advantage of a class where you can create your own independent contract in any learning category. You might have to meet with a teacher occasionally other than me, but I will be there every Mon, Wed, and every other Friday to help guide you in your work. If you have missing credit from last year, take this class. If you wanted to do YouTube Philosphy via Terrance’s schoology course, but didn’t get to most of the lessons, take this class. If you want to explore with me what options there are for earning CTE, science, ELA, history, math, art, music, photography, cooking, and much much more, take this class.
REgarding attendance: you can come to every class via your laptop and not be in Room 220 physically; however, you can also come to Room 220 for every class and work via computer sitting a few feet away from me. You can also come physically some times and virtually others. All of the explanations hopefully lead you to understand why the class is called Zoom Indies and why it doesn’t list a specific kind of credit, but says (All) next to it.

Health

Gender Tea
Eyva Winet, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
120 : Fri 11:55-12:40

HE - Health Education HS / 0.25

Gender Tea
Is the gender binary getting you down? How about the gender hierarchy? Tired of other people telling you what your identity is or should be or that your doing it wrong? Want to drink tea and chat with other rad people who want to talk about gender, sex and sexuality in a safe and supportive space? Want to imagine space where all bodies are safe, free and celebrated? Want to work toward creating that here and now? Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come as long as you can agree to the safety norms grown in the group.

Talk to Eyva about Health or other kinds of credit.

Health for Non- 9th Graders
Susan Barth, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Room #B3 : Mon/Wed/Fri 10:30-11:45

HE - Health Education HS / 0.5

We will be exploring deeper meaning and connections within your physical, mental and social well being and how to relate them to yourself, those close to you and your local and global communities. You will gain a holistic understanding of how to recognize when aspects of your health are out of balance, how to create safe practices surrounding your health and the choices you make. We will explore what is needed to keep your body, identity and community healthy. We will work on positive goal setting around your health and aspects that may affect it. You will create ways in which you can empower yourself in your own health and take positive action.

This class can also be part of a Graduation Pathway. You would be working with Careers and the Wellness Center.

You will need to complete the Health CBA as part of full credit. This is also a graduation requirement.

Communicating Ideas in Health
Students will be able to share and teach information that they have gathered on issues of importance for their own health.
Intro to the Adam Project, including Service Learning.
The student can create traditional presentations of information. i.e. research posters and/or presentations
The student can create non-traditional presentations of information. i.e. artistic responses, games, coloring books, comic books, technology, etc.
The student can communicate understanding to peers, experts and laypersons.
The student will use technology to communicate, educate and call to action for conservation projects. This will include websites, blogs, social media etc.

Summer Independents
Susan Barth, 2nd Semester 2020-21

None assigned

Language Arts

Blog
Debbie Kuttner, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Debbie's Room 220 : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:20-13:45

LA - Journalism Writing / 0.5

There is an art to writing for yourself. Some call it narrative essay, some call it blogging, or journalling or sometimes it’s just about getting your ideas out there onto the interwebs and sharing your thoughts about music, movies, books, video games, politics, art, etc. In this class students will learn how to communicate ideas to an audience. There will be opportunities for writing reviews, interviews, research, and narratives. Some students will step up to be peer editors, some to work on the technical side (wordpress is our platform); some students will choose to write weekly columns, or to be investigative reporters. We will make decisions as a community of learners, perhaps tying ourselves directly with committees or other Nova/community entities (like facilitating a space for the PTSA, coor groups, Douglas Truth library, and more).

Check out novaknows.com and come and make it more of what it is, or something completely different.

Media Studies
Debbie Kuttner, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Rm 220 : Tue/Thu/Fri 10:30-11:55

LA - 10B World LIT & COMP H / 0.5

This class has so many other cooler names: Studio Ghibli reboot; SMP uploaded (or something like that). I’m going to let students run this class, because at the end of second semester last June we all got really excited in the Studio Ghibli class about exploring what story telling means in the 21st century. There will be readings and you will do projects and write creatively using fiction and/or non-fiction to do it! We’ll explore video games, and apps, and platforms, and ancient story telling. We will tell each other stories on paper and with our mouths. We might even write some stories as a whole class or in groups. This class is experimental, so come to it with an open mind and buckle up for an amazing journey not yet written.

Philosophy
The Dark Knight Batman, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Rm 102 : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:35-14:00

LA - 12B Comparative Lit & Comp / 0.5

Level: This is open to any one at any level as long as they are willing to engage in thinking, reading, and writing.

In this class we will look at the following branches of philosophy: Ethics, Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Social and Political Philosophies.
We will try to do this by engaging in these different ideas by practicing them through different experiments that will be created during the class. There will be reading, watching, thinking, and writing in this class. We will try to explore, discuss, and experience many ideas through the course of this class.
If you like working your brain, asking questions, and engaging in the possibility of ideas then this will be a great class for you.

Poetry
Melissa Park, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Melissa's room, 101 : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:35-14:00

LA - Poetry / 0.5

This is a class about the power of language to heal, to incite, to inform, to describe, to express feelings. It has two main goals: to practice reading/interacting with poetry for meaning and purpose, and to write your own poems. We seek to develop engagement of all five senses to create and experience poems, develop writing practice, revise/edit, and share our processes in a poetry space we create with each other.

Major goals for the class are turning in a portfolio of original poems written this semester AND a portfolio of your interactions with, analyses of other people’s poems. As often as we can safely do so, we’ll take walking trips in the surrounding area to engage with and learn from/with our local environments and locales. Students are required to lead a 20-minute seminar on a poem or writing practice of your choice. MORE DETAILS TO BE POSTED ASAP.

Read with your Ears and Eyes
Debbie Kuttner, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Debbie's Room 220 : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:35-14:00

LA - 10B World LIT & COMP / 0.5

I have some fantastic books planned to read with your ears and eyes! Black Enough ; A Phoenix First Must Burn; Just Mercy; the Binti trilogy. Some of the books we will look at are short stories, some of them are based on trues stories, some of them have been made into movies we can watch. I want this to be a class where you learn about yourself as a reader. I’ll be having you do different styles of reading. For example, one class maybe you’ll listen to a story with the text in front of you. In another class period we might try listening with the speed up or down. Maybe there will be a slide show to go with a story. Perhaps you could try drawing while listening. Perhaps you could read only with your eyes and take notes that enhance the experience. In this way, I hope that we can build a community of readers and communicators and note takers and artists, a place where people come to enjoy and relax, while experiencing stories all around you. Come explore.

Science Fiction
The Dark Knight Batman, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
102 : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

LA / 0.5

Level: will be individuated for student
Description: (Should be read like that guy who does movie trailers. Also, extremely epic music or a theremin should be playing in the background.)
In a world with no heroes comes the greatest hero the world has ever known.
Spouting works of science fiction onto the pages of long forgotten paper and binding it with glue the hero sets out to make a new world.
A world
of
unlimited potential.
A world where children will laugh again and be awed by the wonder of great stories. Stories of science. Fiction.
A world where the children will write their own stories and an essay on something to do with this awesome thing called The Science Fiction.
A new and bold world where the hero shows movies and projects can be done on them.
But wait…I just had to punch an alien that was trying to eat me.
A bombastic world where to escape and make things better the children must create and build a time machine.
From the ashes will rise discerning information gathers, storytellers, time travelers, and beings that are confident and competent in presenting their work to their peers.
This hero is you.
(Epic music rises in volume, there are space explosions which can’t be heard because it is space, and two more things for you – You’re Welcome)
Be prepared to read both short stories and novels, be read to, watch, write and write about science fiction.

Some Films
The Dark Knight Batman, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Room 102 : Tue/Fri 10:30-11:45

LA - 12B Comparative Lit & Comp / 0.5

This is an ethnic studies class.
CONTENT AND PHONE WARNINGS: THIS CLASS WILL DISCUSS ISSUES OF RACE, POWER, PRIVILEGE, GENDER, EQUALITY, DEATH, LIFE, FREEDOM, CONTROL, BEAUTY, AND REALITY. DO NOT TAKE THE CLASS IF ANY OF THESE ISSUES WILL BE TOO DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO MANAGE.
NO CELL PHONES WILL BE ALLOWED IN CLASS. YOU WILL BE COUNTED ABSENT IF YOU PULL YOURS OUT WITHOUT PERMISSION. IF YOU CAN’T DEAL WITH THIS THEN DO NOT TAKE THE CLASS.
We will study different types of story arcs and archetypes through viewing and discussion different films and documentaries. Each film will have a project that will be due for it, and will be created within the context of the film and discussion in class. Some of the films we MIGHT watch are:
“Get Out”
“Boyz in the Hood”
“Black Klansman”
“Children of Men”
“Yojimbo”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Moonlight”
“The Big Sick”
“Smoke Signals”
“Reel Indian”
“Do the Right Thing”
“Set it Off”
“Get on the Bus”
“No Country for Old Men”
“When We Were Kings”

and many others. If you are interested in films and/or stories this would be a good class to take.

The Art of Writing
The Dark Knight Batman, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Room 102 : Mon/Wed/Fri 8:45-10:10

LA - 12B Comparative Lit & Comp / 0.5

NO CELL PHONES IN THIS CLASS. IF YOU CAN’T DEAL WITH THAT DON’T TAKE THIS CLASS.

And the great God, Shub la Pulesh, pronounced the written word. AND IT WAS GOOD!
Then the great God, Shub la Pulesh, pronounced that the written word could be poetry, short story, essay, letters to friends, comments, grocery lists, etc. And the list grew and grew of what the written word could be. AND IT WAS GOOD!
Then the great God, Shub la Pulesh, pronounced that a teacher must be born to offer a room where this could happen. So, out of the mud and the grime of this wheat thresher of a world was brought a man. TERRANCE, HE SHALL BE CALLED!!!!! the great God, Shub la Pulesh, cried. AND IT WAS BETTER THAN GOOD!!!
The great God, Shub la Pulesh, proclaimed that sometimes one would read what one had written out loud. AND THAT WOULD BE VERY GOOD INDEED!
And then and verily and finally the great God, Shub la Pulesh, pronounced, LET US TAKE ALL OF THESE WRITINGS AND COMPILE THEM INTO A PORTFOLIO AND THEN WHEN THE END COMES WE SHALL CULL OUT THE GREATEST OF THE GREAT AND MAKE THEM INTO A BOOK! YES! EACH OF YOU WILL MAKE A BOOK!!!!! AND THOSE BOOKS….THEY SHALL BE GOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And the Earth shook from the magnitude of the great god, Shub la Pulesh’s, statement, but settled back down again so that students could come to Room 41 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to write and read the great words.

Language Arts / Fine Arts

Playwriting
Brian Neel, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
RM #209 : Mon/Wed/Fri 10:30-11:55

ART - Theatre Playwriting / 0.5; LA - Creative Writing / 0.5

Facilitator: K. Brian Neel

Students in this class can receive either LA-Creative Writing credit or FA-Theatre 8/Playwriting credit.

This playwriting class will equip you with tools for creative self-expression, endowing self-confidence and the sense that ideas—about yourself, the world, and the challenges you face—matter. Your voice will be heard. All aspects of writing for the theater will be explored, including character, story, conflict, genre, driving action through dialogue, and the power of the unspoken word. There will be much improvisation and game-play. We will write quickly and fearlessly in an atmosphere of risk taking, with positive and constructive feedback.

Van Gogh with the Flow
Julia Reade, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Room 201 : Mon/Wed 12:35-14:00

IEP - Language Arts M / 0.5

Hector (Mondays only) and Julia are back with activities aimed at supporting student growth in communication and social skills as well as holding space where students feel safe stepping outside of their comfort zones. Mondays will be held in the art room, where we will explore communication and social skills through creative expression. Wednesdays will be held in Room 201, where we examine topics of interest and develop and explore our own personal wellness routines. We will examine our personal self-care routines with the goal of highlighting what is going well and growing in other areas. We also will examine relationships and practice what it means to heave healthy relationships with ourselves and others that center consent. Every other Friday we will explore and discuss visual media. Through Van Gogh with the Flow you will demonstrate Fine Arts, Health, and/or Language Arts learning objectives towards our school competencies.

Learning Objectives:

Health and Wellness:
1. Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behavior
2. Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information and products to enhance health
3. Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and reduce health risks
4. Student will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health
5. Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health
6. Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks
7. Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community healthy

Speaking and Listening:
1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners building on other’s ideas and expressing their own
2. Adapt speech to a variety of different contexts and task

Language Arts / Social Studies

Humanities Competency Support-M/W 2:50-4:00
Melissa Park, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Melissa's room, 101 : Mon/Wed 2:50-4:00

LA / 0.5; SS - US History 11A / 0.5; SS - US History 11B / 0.5; UE - Focus / 0.5; WHist / 0.5

This is a teacher-supported space to help you get current humanities competency work/assignments completed AND/OR finish work on remaining competencies for a history or LA class you didn’t complete last semester or previously during your time here at Nova. Set a workable goal at each session and check in regularly about next steps and getting help if/as needed.

In this space, students can, e.g.
*Prepare for and verbally complete assigned work.
*Get help with breaking down assigned work into smaller manageable tasks.
*Get help with reading/making sense of assigned readings/texts.
*Get help with research strategies and/or doing research for assigned work.
*Get writing help on any type of assigned written work.
*Start/finish your Constitutional Issues CBA.
*Start/finish your inquiry history project or paper.
*Draft and revise that essay (or those poems, or reflections, etc.) that you still need to finish.
*Design a different plan to meet competencies that feels do-able—and interesting to you—with teacher support through the whole process.

Korean Films & History
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Melissa's virtual room 101 : Tue/Fri 1:25-2:45

LA / 0.5; WHist / 0.5

This is a class for anyone interested in films and/or specifically Korean cinema. It’s been around for 100 years now, since the 1919 March 1st Independence Movement when Korea fought for independence from Japanese colonial occupation. There are awesome stories and storytellers from Korea beyond (and including) Bong Joon-Ho and his 2019 film, “Parasite.”

NOTE: for every film we’ll watch in this class you’ll need to read English subtitles to understand the dialogue, (unless you’re fairly proficient in Korean language). You will do projects based on the films—these will be opportunities to demonstrate LA or WH competencies. We will discuss films in class in contexts of e.g. symbolism, theme, historiography, historical analysis of events and their interpretations, film influences, and more.

(Will post more details ASAP!)

Some content warnings: The films I’ve chosen are not predominantly focused on the following elements listed below, but sometimes they come up—obliquely, in brief scenes alluding to/mentioning: drug addiction, rape/sexual assault, sexual harassment, bullying, death, illness [e.g. mental illness, cancer], murder, suicide, sexuality, violence involving guns, knives, war, (and maybe zombies…?). Sometimes I may skip a few scenes ahead…

Students will have the choice whether to view and/or participate in discussions of particular films or work on alternative projects. Specific content warnings will be repeated before we start/resume each film in class. (In my opinion, the films are often less, and/or not any more, intense than most films/shows viewable on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.).

Possible films we may watch are:
Seopyeonje
The King and the Clown
The Housemaid (1960)
I Am Sun Mu
The Host
Parasite
Sunny
House of Hummingbird
Poetry
Burning
and more…

ALSO: if interested in working with a tutor this semester, ask me about details and/or fill out this short form for the UW College Buddy Program

Mathematics

...And a Side of Math... [Independent]
Lydia Wynn, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Zoom - https://seattleschools.zoom.us/j/83015320485?pwd=cEhpTjdydEtGMDhqSFJTR0YzeTRPdz09 : Mon 3:00-3:50

MA - Algebra 1A / 0.5; MA - Algebra 1B / 0.5; MA - Algebra 2A / 0.5; MA - Algebra 2B / 0.5; MA - Geometry A / 0.5; MA - Geometry B / 0.5

We will meet on Wednesdays as scheduled by the student.

For students who have not received full credit in a previous or required math class. We will explore what hasn’t worked for them in past math classes and create an alternate pathway to help student find their definition of success Students who haven’t found success in previous math classes should have been in high school for at least 2 years

This class will look like a few projects that students are working on in their natural lives and we work together to establish the mathematical connection and complete some work to demonstrate the mathematics competencies that may be missing from the student’s transcript.

The purpose for this class is to fulfill any math competencies that have not previously been met. This will be student driven and project based.

Algebra 1A Tue/Thu 10:30am
Lance Brown, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
room 221 : Tue/Thu 10:30-11:55

MA - Algebra 1A / 0.5

22 STUDENT MAXIMUM

This is the first semester of Algebra I. This course is appropriate for any students who are interested in taking it, regardless of whether they feel confident in math or not. In addition to learning the fundamentals of algebra, we’ll be devoting weekly class time to developing number sense, mathematical inquiry skills, and pattern recognition. Additional support time is available outside of class for students who would like additional help or more advanced challenges.

This class will cover 5 areas:
1. Numbers and Properties
2. Variables and Equations
3. Intro to Functions
4. Linear Functions
5. Linear Functions, Part II

In addition to the mathematics content, students are expected to

  • listen with respect to another person’s explanation;
  • provide help when asked;
  • ask for help when needed;
  • play an active role in sustaining a safe and encouraging learning space for one another; and
  • treat all materials gently so that they may be reused.

Algebra 1A/1B (LIVE) - Mon/Thu
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2020-21
LIVE on Zoom - find link on schoology course page : Mon/Thu 1:25-2:45

MA - Algebra 1A / 0.5; MA - Algebra 1B / 0.5

This is a condensed semester of Algebra 1A and 1B, focusing on the most essential skills in Algebra 1. This course is appropriate for any students who are interested in taking it, regardless of whether they feel confident in math or not. In addition to learning the fundamentals of algebra, we’ll be devoting weekly class time to developing number sense, mathematical inquiry projects, and pattern recognition. Additional support time is available outside of class for students who would like additional help or more advanced challenges.

We will playfully explore basic functions, data tables, and graphs, representing mathematical stories in multiple ways. You will explore, challenge, and apply the algebraic skills to real-world and societal problems through unit projects. We do a lot of talking, experimenting, and modeling with “stuff.” You are expected to ask lots of questions!

This class will cover the main content units of:
1. Numbers, Properties, Variables, and Equations
2. Intro to Functions
3. Linear Functions
4. Intro to Quadratic Functions
5. Brief Intro to Exponential Functions

In addition to the mathematics content, students are expected to

  • listen with respect to another person’s explanation;
  • provide help when asked;
  • ask for help when needed;
  • play an active role in sustaining a safe and encouraging learning space for one another; and
  • treat all materials gently so that they may be reused.

Algebra 2A - Section 1 (MWF 8:45)
Akil Srinivasan, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
120 - The Science Laboratory : Mon/Wed/Fri 8:45-10:10

MA - Algebra 2A / 0.5

This is the first of two semesters of Algebra 2. This course is appropriate for any students who are interested in taking it, and have taken geometry; it is the 3rd course in the math sequence at Nova. In addition to reviewing the fundamentals of algebra, we’ll be learning about a host of new functions. The main focus will be how to use functions in real-life situations!

Our class will spend time on mathematical inquiry skills, mechanical skills, and how to apply these ideas to real life problems in engineering, science, and student-driven areas of interest.

There will be about 2 hours of homework/studying per week. Be prepared to practice your math skills and collaborate on projects. We will also follow the 8 absence attendance policy, which will help keep you on top of things in this class.

This class will cover the following areas:

  • Re-acquainting with linear functions and mathematical thinking
  • Quadratics
  • Polynomials
  • Rational exponents & Radical functions
  • Exponential & Logarithmic Functions part 1

In addition to the mathematics content, students are expected to

  • Listen with respect to another person’s explanation
  • Engage in discussion
  • Communicate ideas both informally and formally
  • Provide help when asked
  • Ask for help when needed;
  • Play an active role in sustaining a safe and encouraging learning space for one another
  • Treat all materials gently so that they may be reused.

Algebra 2A - Section 2 (MWF 12:35)
Akil Srinivasan, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
120 - The Science Laboratory : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:35-14:00

MA - Algebra 2A / 0.5

This is the first of two semesters of Algebra 2. This course is appropriate for any students who are interested in taking it, and have taken geometry; it is the 3rd course in the math sequence at Nova. In addition to reviewing the fundamentals of algebra, we’ll be learning about a host of new functions. The main focus will be how to use functions in real-life situations!

Our class will spend time on mathematical inquiry skills, mechanical skills, and how to apply these ideas to real life problems in engineering, science, and student-driven areas of interest.

There will be about 2 hours of homework/studying per week. Be prepared to practice your math skills and collaborate on projects. We will also follow the 8 absence attendance policy, which will help keep you on top of things in this class.

This class will cover the following areas:

  • Re-acquainting with linear functions and mathematical thinking
  • Quadratics
  • Polynomials
  • Rational exponents & Radical functions
  • Exponential & Logarithmic Functions part 1

In addition to the mathematics content, students are expected to

  • Listen with respect to another person’s explanation
  • Engage in discussion
  • Communicate ideas both informally and formally
  • Provide help when asked
  • Ask for help when needed;
  • Play an active role in sustaining a safe and encouraging learning space for one another
  • Treat all materials gently so that they may be reused.

Calculus A - Group Indy
Akil Srinivasan, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
120 - Laboratory : Fri 3:00-3:50

MA - Calculus A / 0.5; MA - Calculus B / 0.5

This is the second of two semesters of Calculus, but any student interested in starting calculus can join. This course is appropriate for any student interested in taking it, but they must have taken precalculus. It is a course in differential and integral calculus. We will focus on both theory (rigorous proofs) and applications. We will treat it as a group independent/asynchronous class with weekly meetings and learn through textbook readings, discussion, problem sets, proofs, and application projects. Calculus applications are found everywhere, including physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, economics, and practically anything having to do with “quantitative change” in the world!

This is group independent that meets to check in every week on only Friday at 3 pm with Akil
Students must be willing to do most of the learning as an independent outside of the Fri check in time

Competency Completion WED 2:50pm
Lance Brown, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Rm 221 : Wed 2:50-4:00

MA - Algebra 1A / 0.5; MA - Algebra 1B / 0.5; MA - Geometry A / 0.5; MA - Geometry B / 0.5

These spaces are subject specific – students who require missing competencies in one or more classes WITHIN ONE SUBJECT will meet ONCE A WEEK with a teacher – these are not drop in spaces, but regularly scheduled sessions to complete competencies specific to previously taken classes with missing competencies or to complete portfolios within the subject

While building content competencies, students will also develop their skills of:
Perseverance
Communication/Relationship
Modeling
Building Connections

Financial Algebra T/Th 12:35
Lance Brown, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Live online - scheduled meetings : Tue/Thu 12:35-14:00

MA - Financial Algebra 1 / 0.5

Max for Class 22

We will learn the everyday skills adults need to establish a budget, bank, save and borrow money, and pay local and national taxes. At the same time, we will be exploring the finances of the country. Just as we look at our own budgets, we will explore the topic of balancing the federal budget and learn about the issues that surround the federal deficit. As we explore the distinction between “wants” and “needs” in our own budgets, we will examine the choices our own country makes in its military spending. As we explore the way taxes are taken out of paychecks (FICA) we will look at the structure and sustainability of Social Security and Medicare. We will explore income tax models comparing fixed-amount taxation to flat/proportional taxes, to the progressive tax model. We will be using VR headsets for some of our work.

This is a math course for students who learn best by doing. It has been designed for those who “think with their hands” and who like to use math in real situations from the get go. We will do many labs and short term projects in this course. In addition to the math, we will be working throughout on problem solving skills, communication skills, and the ability to work on a team, the three attributes employers say are the most important to them.

Financial Algebra 1 is the first semester of a year-long course for students who have completed Algebra I and Geometry. This course can serve as the third credit of math for students who elect to take an alternative for the third year requirement through a counselor supported approval process. This course is also appropriate for students who have completed Algebra 2 and want to take a course specifically focusing on the mathematics of personal finance. The objectives of this course are not equivalent to the objectives for Algebra 2. Financial Algebra combines algebraic and graphical approaches with practical business and personal finance applications. Students explore algebraic thinking patterns and functions in a financial context. Students achieve success by offering an applications based learning approach incorporating Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry topics, and by connecting math to the real world. This course is designed to build upon prior knowledge of math concepts from other courses. This algebra-based course features real-world algebra concepts found in banking, credit, income taxes, insurance, and household budgeting. Step-by-step strategies will help students learn the time value of money, how to evaluate the purchases and consumer contracts, and how to build a business plan by knowing costs, profits, and break even points.

Geometry 1A Mon/Wed 10:30am
Lance Brown, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
room 221 : Mon/Wed 10:30-11:55

MA - Geometry A / 0.5

22 STUDENT MAXIMUM

Geometry A
Lydia Wynn, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
207 - Winnie's Room : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:35-14:00

MA - Geometry A / 0.5

Geometry Learning Objectives

The measurement of the world. (Geo – Earth, Metry – Measurement). In this class we will take the abstract ideas of mathematics and use them to make sense of the tangible world around us. Exploring measurement, properties of shapes, logic, and structure we will develop a strong sense of how mathematics builds up the world around us.

Experience in Algebra 1, is highly encouraged but we can work on building up those competencies as well. Please come to class with an open mind about where mathematics can take you in the world.

Geometry A/B (LIVE) - Tue/Fri
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2020-21
LIVE on Zoom - find link on schoology course page : Tue/Fri 1:25-2:45

MA - Geometry A / 0.5; MA - Geometry B / 0.5

This is a condensed semester of Geometry A and B, focusing on the most essential skills in Geometry. This course is appropriate for any students who are interested in taking it, regardless of whether they feel confident in math or not.

This is a hands-on, socially constructed, introductory course in Geometry. As this class is the first course of formal Geometry, we will begin learning how to define and classify. In other words, how are things named in a way that makes sense? There are some new symbols to learn and some new terms to assimilate.

We will take a trip into the world of logic, where you will learn skills that will help you construct and rebut arguments in other aspects of your life. We will explore reasoning with some grand explorations into shapes—— in what ways is it possible to construct things? How do sides affect angles, angles affect length? How little do you need to know about shapes to answer other things? There are so many shapes and so many questions worth asking.

We will embark on an historical journey into the art of constructions with compass and straightedge, and many non-European ancient origin stories of geometry.

We will draw, construct, and measure angles and explore dynamically how they are formed and how one angle can affect another. These explorations will be self-constructed and interactive, where we will practice thinking and talking together about our ideas. The conversation about angles will develop into a conversation about triangles. We will ask (and answer questions) about individual triangles (i.e. If you know the lengths of two sides, can you say anything meaningful about the third side? If two sides of a triangle are equal, are you privy to any information about its angles?) Finally, we will learn what conditions need to be met before we can conclude that two triangles are congruent.

We will learn how to construct geometric arguments, which are similar to supporting a thesis in a research paper. We will do this through formal proofs, flowchart proofs, and paragraph proofs. You will be encouraged to create your own version of what makes sense as a way to prove something conclusively.

We will expand our study of triangles to polygons. We will investigate quadrilaterals very closely. There will be so much to play with and so much to experience.

We will explore, challenge, and apply these geometry skills to real-world and societal problems through unit projects. We do a lot of talking, experimenting, and modeling with “stuff.” You are expected to ask lots of questions!

This class will cover the main content units of:
1. Geometry Foundations and More Constructions
2. Transformations
3. Triangles
4. Congruence, Similarity and Quadrilaterals
5. Trigonometry and Pythagorean Theorem
6. Area and Volume

In addition to the mathematics content, students are expected to

  • listen with respect to another person’s explanation;
  • provide help when asked;
  • ask for help when needed;
  • play an active role in sustaining a safe and encouraging learning space for one another; and
  • treat all materials gently so that they may be reused.

Integrated Math Mon/Wed 8:45am
Lance Brown, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Rm 221 : Mon/Wed 8:45-10:10

MA - Algebra 1A / 0.5; MA - Geometry A / 0.5

22 STUDENT MAXIMUM

Students can take this class if they need credit for ALGEBRA or GEOMETRY. Please specify which credit is needed, during sign up.

The focus of the course is to build on the students’ concrete reasoning experiences developed in
earlier grades. The course includes the following units of study: the real number system and its properties;
algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities; identifying and modeling functions, including
qualitative, linear, inequality, quadratic, exponential, absolute value, square and cubed root,and step
functions; systems of equations; translations of functions; identification of roots (zeros) and their significance;
arithmetic and geometric sequences; polynomials; factoring; quadratic equations; and the analysis of statistics
data. The use of calculators is an integral part of this course and graphing calculators (TI84+) is suggested.

Math
Reghan Biddle, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Room 122 : Tue/Thu 10:30-11:55

IEP - Basic Math 1A M / 0.5

working on math competencies

Math Competency Completion - Wed 2:50 pm
Akil Srinivasan, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
120 - Laboratory : Wed 2:50-4:00

MA - Algebra 1A / 0.5; MA - Algebra 1B / 0.5; MA - Geometry A / 0.5; MA - Geometry B / 0.5

This is a class to help you get remaining competencies done for a math class(es) you didn’t complete either last semester or during your time here at Nova.

COORDINATOR, please specify amount and type of math credit needed in the enrollment note

Ask your previous math teacher(s) what the competency/ies are that you still need to do. We will co-create a plan for you to practice and demonstrate these competencies, whether this is through completion of uncompleted work / work in progress, or kick-starting a different plan to meet competencies that feels do-able (and interesting!) to you through a project or portfolio creation.

This will be a small class section of ~20 students, and your attendance is required for this once a week class.

NOTE: there will also be times when you and I may need to meet for an extra appointment here and there to support longer discussions and/or working together on practicing specific competencies. Additionally, to make this all work, it’s vital that students practice creating time and space (and grace towards yourself) to work towards an agreed-upon goal for self-paced work, every week. Another possible resource: UW tutor program, let Akil know if you’d like a tutor!

Math in Society A
Lydia Wynn, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
207 - Winnie's Room : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

MA - Math Analysis A (EXP 2021) / 0.5; MA - Probability & Statistics A / 0.5

PreCalculus will also be able to count as a Dual Enrollment if you choose. This means that you can receive college credit for completing this credit.

Pre Calculus Learning Objectives

A chance to take mathematics to a whole new level. Using prior mathematics learning (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2) as a foundation, we are going to explore how math can apply to your world with an introductory Calculus lens. From working with functions as a descriptor of relationships and change, to developing connections between triangles, circles, and functions (trigonometry). We will open our minds to the language that is used to describe the patterns of the world and strengthen your comfort towards working with mathematical notation, graphical representation, and manipulation.

Experience in Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 is highly encouraged as they represent the foundation of what we do in Pre Calculus. Complete mastery is not necessary, however genuine effort and honest question asking are welcomed! Please come to class with an open mind about where mathematics can take you in the world.

Pre Calculus A
Lydia Wynn, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
207 - Winnie's Room : Tue/Thu/Fri 10:30-11:55

MA - Pre-Calculus A / 0.5; MA - Pre-Calculus A H / 0.5

PreCalculus will also be able to count as a Dual Enrollment if you choose. This means that you can receive college credit for completing this credit.

Pre Calculus Learning Objectives

A chance to take mathematics to a whole new level. Using prior mathematics learning (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2) as a foundation, we are going to explore how math can apply to your world with an introductory Calculus lens. From working with functions as a descriptor of relationships and change, to developing connections between triangles, circles, and functions (trigonometry). We will open our minds to the language that is used to describe the patterns of the world and strengthen your comfort towards working with mathematical notation, graphical representation, and manipulation.

Experience in Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 is highly encouraged as they represent the foundation of what we do in Pre Calculus. Complete mastery is not necessary, however genuine effort and honest question asking are welcomed! Please come to class with an open mind about where mathematics can take you in the world.

Physical Education

Map My Fun
Julia Reade, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Room 201 and Outside : Fri 8:45-10:10; Tue/Thu 8:45-10:10

PE - Individual/Dual Activity 1 / 0.5

IMPORTANT Map My Fun will utilize a fitness tracking app, Strava, and our own two feet. No phone? No problem! No feet? Also no problem. However, we will be outside mapping our fun rain or shine.

Did you know you can draw using the satellites in space? True story! We’ll use maps, technology, and our own two feet to create images. Walk a heart around King’s Deli, spell “Nova” on the Garfield grass field, or jog a dead rat as a tribute to your school. By mapping your phone, you will demonstrate physical fitness learning objectives towards our school competencies.

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstration of motor skills and movement patterns
2. Application of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement patterns and performance
3. Recognition of the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction
4. Exhibition of responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others
5. Demonstration of the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity

Nova Sports Committee
Julia Reade, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Nova Room 201

None assigned

This committee will focus on developing, planning and playing sports at Nova. Kira, the committee’s founding student, will lead ultimate frisbee, but we will play and plan other activities as well. Students are invited to attend Tuesday and/or Thursday.

Peace of Mind
Akil Srinivasan, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
120 - Laboratory : Fri 2:05-2:45

PE - Individual/Dual Activity 1 / 0.15

We will practice weekly formal mindfulness meditation. No experience necessary! Many studies show that daily meditation can help us deal with a host of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression and help with stress reduction as well!

PE credit also available

Science

Biology
Susan Barth, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Susan's RM 3 : Tue/Thu/Fri 10:30-11:45

SC - Biology A / 0.5

Come explore Biology. This class will include, inquiry based science, research, modeling of systems and creating projects. You will hone your experimental skills, creating experiments to further your learning and expand your mind. This class will highlight Cell Biology topics. There will be terminology to learn and apply. As a Biologist, you will share your work with your peers and beyond.

Students will be expected to enter their work in the annual SNART Fair.

There will be a minimum of 2 hours of homework/studying per week. Be prepared to practice your study skills or build them if that is new to you. You will be expected to learn and apply study techniques.

This class will be offered for Biological Science credit. It’s expected that you have some science background. If you need a boost before this class, take Life, Labs and Learning.

Attendance: This class will follow the 6 absence attendance policy, although you should plan to attend class regularly, which will help keep you on top of things in this class. After 6 absences, you will need to complete a project outside of class to have the possibility to earn full credit.

Expectations _ You will be expected to show up and contribute to this class.

Conservation in Action
Susan Barth, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Room B3 : Mon/Wed/Fri 1:25-2:45

SC - Science Seminar (EXP 2021) / 0.5

This class is a call to action for conservation. Using inquiry based science to discover local and global conservation issues, create action and positive change. Students will create conservation projects, linking local and global communities, reaching out to experts in the field and getting others to work with you in your efforts. Learning about ecology and how everything is linked together and what we can do to work towards a healthier planet. Students will create art as a way to educate others on the issues you explore and what can be done to help. You don’t need to feel creative to take this class. There are many ways to create art, we will explore them.

You will and carry out a scientific study in this class, you will write a scientific paper and engineer changes based on your findings. You will do good things in this class, for yourself and the planet.

Although this class will be Ecology credit, you may be able to work with Karen K. for art credit.

Engineering Maker Space (Sci/Math)
Akil Srinivasan, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Moon 120 - The Laboratory : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

MA - Math Analysis A (EXP 2021) / 0.5; SC - Science Seminar (EXP 2021) / 0.5

Interested in making devices? Want to design and figure out electrical circuits? We’ll explore micro controller programming (using Arduino’s) and figure out how to program them, and connect them to other electronic parts. In the process, you will follow a series of tutorials, then expand on them to build your own personal devices!

We will also explore other making techniques setting up and using the 3D Printers and Laser Cutter.

The emphasis is on good engineering design. No prior programming experience required! Students who took Programming last year may continue in this class, building on skills and projects from last year. New students with no experience are encouraged to join us as well!

Credit: Competencies will be shown through project proposals, design, parts sourcing, prototyping and testing, reflections, and discussion.
Available for 3rd Year Math credit, or science seminar credit

In addition to the programming and hardware content, students are expected to

  • Listen with respect to another person’s explanation
  • Engage in discussion
  • Communicate ideas both informally and formally
  • Provide help when asked
  • Ask for help when needed;
  • Play an active role in sustaining a safe and encouraging learning space for one another
  • Treat all materials gently so that they may be reused.

Foundational Chemistry/Physics
Akil Srinivasan, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Moon 120 - The Laboratory : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

SC - Physics A / 0.5; SC - Physics B / 0.5

This is a combined Chemistry and Physics foundational class that also meets the ethnic studies requirement tThere will be math, some labs, research projects and physics/chemistry seminars. If you hate these things this is not the class for you. If you like theories of the universe, time travel, questions of reality and perception, energy, movement, matter, and how civilizations across times/places modeled the physical world, this class is for you. We will focus on de centering the dominant European narrative around physics and chemistry, focusing on work through critical narratives and recreating historical experiments.

This class is for 0.5 total science credit, (optionally cross-listed meeting ethnic studies with Melissa’s guidance). This class is not heavy lab focused, but instead focused on foundational models in physics/chem across different times, cultures. Think of it as ‘people’s history and practice of chemistry/physics.’

Students will get 0.5 chemistry or 0.5 physics, or 0.25 chem/0.25 physics depending on interest and projects. For more lab projects and extra credit, there is a Wednesday 2:50 block science time in the lab. So a student could do extra projects and do more lab time for additional physics or chemistry credit by working with Eyva or me during Wed afternoons.

Next semester: Eyva is teaching an “Chemistry Lab/Advanced Chemistry” class and I am teaching a “Physics Projects/Advanced Physics” class. Eyva’s gives 0.5 credit in Chemistry and mine gives 0.5 credit in Physics.

Example: A student wants 1.0 chemistry credit this year for their learning, college prep, and science plans. They would take “Foundational Chemistry/Physics” with me in the Fall for 0.5 chemistry, and Eyva’s Chemistry Lab class in the Spring for 0.5 chemistry as well. If they wanted additional science credit, they could come on Wednesday afternoons in the lab and set up more projects.

Gaia Science (Sci/WA)
Adam Croft, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
room 202 : Mon/Wed/Fri 8:45-10:10

SC - Earth Science (EXP-2021) / 0.5

How does the Earth live as an interconnected set of relations between living and non-living beings? How can such an understanding help us confront the global and local challenges we face today? These and related questions will guide our whole-class inquiry while each students takes on their own inquiry into the workings of our living Earth, sometimes known as Gaia.

Please delete
Susan Barth, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
B03 : Tue/Thu/Fri 10:30-11:45

None assigned

Seminar

Freshfolks through the lens of LGBTIAQ+ Texts and Stories
Eyva Winet, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
120 : Mon/Wed/Fri 10:30-11:55

LA / 0.5

Freshfolks is an introduction to Nova, an LA class, an opportunity to practice: Nova norms, self advocacy, alternative forms of assessment, choice and consent in what and how you are learning and social justice and action. This version of fresh folks has be designed and co-facilitated by staff and students of multiple genders and orientations who came together with past knowledge and experience studying, exploring, learning and/or teaching about LGBTQIA+ culture and history. We are part of a process that is piloting curriculum that will be used by the whole district. Students in this class will get to explore intersectional stories and move through a cycle of exploring identity, power and privilege, resistance and action while engaging with many kinds of texts and stories that speak to these themes.

Freshfolks through the lens of LGBTIAQ+ Texts and Stories
Brent Hester, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
#204 : Tue/Thu 8:45-10:10

LA / 0.5

Freshfolks is an introduction to Nova, an LA class, an opportunity to practice: Nova norms, self advocacy, alternative forms of assessment, choice and consent in what and how you are learning and social justice and action. This version of fresh folks has be designed and co-facilitated by staff and students of multiple genders and orientations who came together with past knowledge and experience studying, exploring, learning and/or teaching about LGBTQIA+ culture and history. We are part of a process that is piloting curriculum that will be used by the whole district. Students in this class will get to explore intersectional stories and move through a cycle of exploring identity, power and privilege, resistance and action while engaging with many kinds of texts and stories that speak to these themes.

Writing Cafe
Annie Parker, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
RM #114 : Mon/Wed 2:50-4:00

None assigned

Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary experience! Drop by on Monday and Wednesday afternoons to write, read, hang out, or do homework in a communal space. Get help if you need, or just be creative in a safe, encouraging space.

Social Studies

Abolition Studies (AGE/WH)
Adam Croft, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
room 202 : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:35-14:00

SS - American Government & Economics / 0.5

Note: This course is primarily intended for students seeking American Government & Economics (AGE) credit, but can also be a vehicle for practicing and demonstrating World History (WH) competencies for WH credit.

What is abolition and how can we abolish those systems and institutions that cause harm? This and related questions will initiate our whole-class inquiry while each student takes on their own inquiry process into the workings (and not workings) of civic and other institutions of power, including exploring and developing your own relation to public and private power.

This course will focus upon developing skills in research, writing, discussion, and civic action. Students seeking World History credit will emphasize development of the practices of historical inquiry, including posing authentic inquiry questions, analyzing dominant and critical narratives, identifying and accessing relevant sources of information, and synthesizing research into historical understanding through writing and discussion. Students seeking American Government & Economics (AGE) credit will practice these same skills of historical inquiry while developing skills for critical participation in democratic governance and other tools for accessing/confronting systems and structures of power.

This is a project-based course in which students will develop inquiry projects based upon their own particular questions and interests. We will also regularly engage in whole-class activities, including readings, discussions, films, guest speakers, and activities suggested and/or led by students.

This course will enroll a maximum of 25 students.

Environmental Justice (WH/Sci/WA)
Adam Croft, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
room 202 : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

SC - Science Seminar (EXP 2021) / 0.5

Why are so-called environmental impacts like pollution so unequally distributed across race, gender, class, age, and nationality — and what can be done to minimize harms for all people? Environmental justice works to combine the inquiries of environmentalism and social justice to create community well-being. This pursuit will guide our whole-class inquiry while each student takes on their own inquiry process into particular aspects of environmental justice.


WA State History credit is available for this course.*

Future History (WH/Sci/WA)
Adam Croft, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
room 202 : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:35-14:00

SS - World History 3 / 0.5

What future would you like to help create? How can historical and scientific understanding help us to make sense of the present so as to create a just and humane future? In a time of profound and over-lapping challenges to individuals, communities, nations, and the world at large, students in this course will develop and practice skills of historical and scientific inquiry to develop possibilities and pathways for the futures they would like to bring into being.

This course will focus upon developing skills in research, writing, discussion, and scientific inquiry. Students seeking World History credit will emphasize development of the practices of historical inquiry, including posing authentic inquiry questions, analyzing dominant and critical narratives, identifying and accessing relevant sources of information, and synthesizing research into historical understanding through writing and discussion. Students seeking Science credit will emphasize development of the practices of scientific inquiry, including skills in research, observation, experimentation, and communication. Students seeking WA State History credit will emphasize local topics within their historical and scientific inquiry.

This is a project-based course in which students will develop inquiry projects based upon their own particular questions and interests. We will also regularly engage in whole-class activities, including readings, discussions, films, guest speakers, and activities suggested and/or led by students.

This course will enroll a maximum of 25 students.

World History Competencies

Students will engage in sustained student-centered and -driven inquiry, which will demonstrate their ability to:

Practice historical scholarship:
- pose meaningful questions, gain knowledge, and communicate understanding of historical inquiry, including racism, historical inequity, relevant policies, collective and individual actions to address injustice;
- critically analyze texts and people for their use of dominant narrative and implicit bias;
- research complex topics and articulate arguments that take into account multiple divergent points of view;
- find and evaluate primary and secondary resources for bias;
- engage in the writing process, including planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

Transform understanding into action in the world:
- identify, problem-solve, and take action toward a social justice challenge.

Participate in community scholarship and action:
- communicate effectively to a group of peers and elders their inquiry process, content, and creative outcome.

Science Competencies

Students will engage in sustained student-centered and -driven inquiry, which will demonstrate their ability to:

Practice scientific scholarship:
- pose meaningful questions, gain knowledge, and communicate understanding of natural and physical systems;
- design, carry-out, and communicate (in writing, orally, graphically, and other media) research, including scientific, historical, and civic.

Develop scientific practice:
- practice sustained observation of natural and physical systems, including intentional use of imagination in support of perception;
- design, carry-out, assess, and communicate field and/or laboratory experiments;
- model natural and physical systems and communicate understanding of both model and real-world systems.

Participate in community scholarship and action:
- communicate effectively to a group of peers and elders their inquiry process, content, and creative outcome.

History Competency Completion-Section 1, TUES 9am
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Melissa's virtual room 101 : Tue 9:00-10:15

LA / 0.5; SS - US History 11A / 0.5; SS - US History 11B / 0.5; UE - Focus / 0.5; WHist / 0.5

This is a class to help you get remaining competencies done for a history (or LA) class you didn’t complete either last semester or during your time here at Nova.

Ask your previous history/LA teacher what the competency/ies are that you still need to do. We will co-create a plan for you to practice and demonstrate these competencies, whether this is through completion of uncompleted work / work in progress (e.g. Constitutional Issues CBA, inquiry history project or paper) or kick-starting a different plan to meet competencies that feels do-able (and interesting!) to you.

This will be a small class section of no more than 15 students, and your attendance is required for this once a week class. (There is a Tues section and a Fri section.)

NOTE: there will also be times when you and I may need to meet for an extra appointment here and there to support longer discussions and/or working together on practicing specific competencies. Additionally, to make this all work, it’s vital that students practice creating time and space (and grace towards yourself) to work towards an agreed-upon goal for self-paced work, every week.

ALSO: if interested in working with a tutor this semester, ask me about details and/or fill out this short form for the UW College Buddy Program

History Competency Completion-Section 2, FRI 9am
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Melissa's virtual room 101 : Fri 9:00-10:15

LA / 0.5; SS - US History 11A / 0.5; SS - US History 11B / 0.5; UE - Focus / 0.5; WHist / 0.5

This is a class to help you get remaining competencies done for a history (or LA) class you didn’t complete either last semester or during your time here at Nova.

Ask your previous history/LA teacher what the competency/ies are that you still need to do. We will co-create a plan for you to practice and demonstrate these competencies, whether this is through completion of uncompleted work / work in progress (e.g. Constitutional Issues CBA, inquiry history project or paper) or kick-starting a different plan to meet competencies that feels do-able (and interesting!) to you.

This will be a small class section of no more than 15 students, and your attendance is required for this once a week class. (There is a Tues section and a Fri section.)

NOTE: there will also be times when you and I may need to meet for an extra appointment here and there to support longer discussions and/or working together on practicing specific competencies. Additionally, to make this all work, it’s vital that students practice creating time and space (and grace towards yourself) to work towards an agreed-upon goal for self-paced work, every week.

ALSO: if interested in working with a tutor this semester, ask me about details and/or fill out this short form for the UW College Buddy Program

Korean Culture (& Language*)
Melissa Park, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Melissa's room, 101 : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:35-14:00

WHist / 0.5

This class is designed with attention to the interconnectedness of language, culture, and history.

Students taking the class will earn 0.5 world history (or elective/social studies) credit through demonstrated practice of history competencies. * Additionally, students can opt to take the SPS assessment for Korean language to also earn World Language credit. DETAILS TBA, ASAP!

This class is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Korean culture and history and/or those who want to begin or continue studying Korean language to grow their abilities to use Korean in daily settings.

Students will pose questions of major events/issues that shaped Korea from ancient eras through to today’s current events and Korea’s global relationships. We will generate those together to guide what we’ll focus on most. What are you curious to learn about Korean culture, history, and/or language?

e.g.

What’s up with Korean dramas—why are they so popular around the world?
Why so much eating and crying (at the same time) in Korean tv?
Why did “mukbangs” (먹방) become (and continue to be) so popular?
Why is tteokbokki (떡복기) so delicious—and can we learn to cook it?
What kinds of (offline) group games do Koreans play? (Let’s try some out!)
What’s it like to be LGBTQ in Korea?
What’s it like to be a feminist in Korea?
What are specifically Korean cultural feelings/concepts, like “Han” (한) and “Jeong” (정) about?
Why is there so much cuteness in pop culture (known as “aegyo” 애교)—that is not only embodied by young female-identified people?
What are Korean children’s and/or folk stories about?
Korean etiquette? Everyday phrases/common greetings?
Hilarious Korean slang?
Manhwa/web comics?
Korean proverbs?
The music and/or film/tv industries in Korea?
Can we watch some cool Korean movies?
Why is there so much English in mainstream Korean culture?
What cool literature and/or other arts come out of Korea?
Why is Korea still split in two? Will it ever be unified?
What is the education system in (South) Korea like?
What are the Koreas’ relationships with their neighboring countries?
Why does the bad juju between Japan and Korea never seem to die?
What the heck is up with Kim Jong-Un & DJT?
How worried should the US be about North Korea’s weapons? What do South Koreans think of them?
Why is the former South Korean president (the one before the current person in office) sitting in jail for the next 25 years?

other possible history topics: proto-Korean 3 Kingdoms period, foreign invasions and battles for control of the land & its peoples, China’s dominating influences, colonization by Japan, independence movements, its division into North & South during the Cold War, South Korea’s rise as an economic power, its “soft power” in Hallyu 한류 (the “Korean wave” of food, electronics, music, tv/film, cosmetics, fashion), the complexity of Korean ideas of nationhood, patriotism, and democracy, the complexity of North Korea’s and South Korea’s current international relationships, North Korea’s closed, repressive society, and South Korea’s political turmoil and impeachment trial of its current president.

US 11A: All Our Relations (ES, WH)
Melissa Park, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Melissa's room, 101 : Mon/Wed/Fri 8:45-10:10

SS - Ethnic Studies US11A / 0.5; SS - Ethnic Studies WH-2 / 0.5

This class counts as an ethnic studies credit and can be USH 11A OR world history credit. Working on US-focused projects will count for 11A credit; world history-focused projects will count for world history credit.

What is meaningful and worthwhile to know and experience in a US History class informed by historical forces interacting on a global scale in world history? How can/why would we re-center our/people’s indigeneity, and learning from place, and all of the relationships it facilitates in our lives?

The course aims to help each of us develop and practice critical readings of the past in order to help make sense of our present and future. Strong emphasis is placed on developing/practicing historical scholarship skills, including researching and evaluating primary and secondary resources for bias and utility, and developing critical and supported arguments. All students are eligible to earn honors credit. MORE DETAILS TO BE POSTED ASAP.

Need help with and/or a place to get work done? Come to Humanities Competency Support in Room 101, Mon/Wed 2:50-4:00pm!!

US 11B (ES): Experiment & Empire
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Melissa's virtual room 101 : Tue/Fri 10:30-11:45

SS - US History 11B / 0.5

This U.S. History 11B class, also counts as an ethnic studies credit (11A is offered as a separate class that meets on M/Th).* A student can take this 11B class without having taken 11A previously (although it’s recommended to take 11A first or simultaneously).

In this class we’ll focus on content and processes informed by indigenous African epistemologies/frameworks to critically examine structures of settler-colonialism, engage in opportunities to learn to know and love self, develop/refine a historical consciousness, and define ways to navigate a colonized society.

Two main areas of focus for this semester’s class are examining dominant and critical narratives of the “experiment” of America’s interracial democracy, during the period of “Radical Reconstruction” and if/how we can learn from its successes and “failures” after the Civil War, as well as America’s continued structures and narratives of its empire building.

(more details to be posted here asap.)

ALSO: if interested in working with a tutor this semester, ask me about details and/or fill out this short form for the UW College Buddy Program

US 11B: World Music (ES, WH)
Melissa Park, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
Melissa's room, 101 : Tue/Thu/Fri 10:30-11:55

SS - Ethnic Studies US11B / 0.5; SS - Ethnic Studies WH-2 / 0.5

This class counts as an ethnic studies credit and can be USH 11B OR world history credit. Working on US-focused projects will count for 11B credit; world history-focused projects will count for world history credit.

There is SO much “world music” in “American” music! West African epistemologies and creative practices—e.g. song, “music,” sculpture, aesthetics—have continued through music and art in the Caribbean and the Americas. In the US especially, they blended with of those of indigenous peoples and settlers from Europe, Asia, and the world. This class takes the approach that exploring the intersections of music and historical forces can reveal more about ourselves as creators and our shared histories and entanglements than traditional “book”-based history study.

The course aims to help each of us develop and practice critical readings of the past in order to help make sense of our present and future. Strong emphasis is placed on developing/practicing historical scholarship skills, including researching and evaluating primary and secondary resources for bias and utility, and developing critical and supported arguments. All students are eligible to earn honors credit. MORE DETAILS TO BE POSTED ASAP.

Need help with and/or a place to get work done? Come to Humanities Competency Support in Room 101, Mon/Wed 2:50-4:00pm!!

World Languages

ASL (American Sign Language) 10:30
Brent Hester, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
RM #204 : Mon/Wed 10:30-11:55

WL - ASL 1A / 0.5; WL - ASL 1B / 0.5

Participants will explore different aspects of Deaf culture and learn American Sign Language. The students will learn linguistic patterns and applying them in various situations. The instruction is both in American Sign Language with occasional “English islands”. During English islands students can ask questions pertaining to the language structure or ask clarifying questions. Teaching strategies are heavily focused on an immersion model.

The content of the class will be Deaf culture and learning American Sign Language, which is the vehicle from which students will learn and practice language. In class students will be introduced to different aspects of Deaf Culture. Students will choose the lens from which they will study the Deaf culture so that they can make comparisons between the cultures and make comparisons with their own culture. Some suggested topics of focus (lens) for independent work may include:

*Deaf LGBTQ+ communities
*Deaf music/arts/literature/media
*accessibility
*hearing allies
*Deaf Technology
*Audism/Linguicism/Phonocentrism

  • Deaf cultural history
  • Deaf BIPOC topics
    *Careers using American Sign Language

Current class capacity is a maximum of 22 students.

*This class will be Co-Facilitated by Michael Cooper.

ASL (American Sign Language) 8:45
Brent Hester, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
RM #204 : Mon/Wed 8:45-10:10

WL - ASL 1A / 0.5; WL - ASL 1B / 0.5

Participants will explore different aspects of Deaf culture and learn American Sign Language. The students will learn linguistic patterns and applying them in various situations. The instruction is both in American Sign Language with occasional “English islands”. During English islands students can ask questions pertaining to the language structure or ask clarifying questions. Teaching strategies are heavily focused on an immersion model.

The content of the class will be Deaf culture and learning American Sign Language, which is the vehicle from which students will learn and practice language. In class students will be introduced to different aspects of Deaf Culture. Students will choose the lens from which they will study the Deaf culture so that they can make comparisons between the cultures and make comparisons with their own culture. Some suggested topics of focus (lens) for independent work may include:

*Deaf LGBTQ+ communities
*Deaf music/arts/literature/media
*accessibility
*hearing allies
*Deaf Technology
*Audism/Linguicism/Phonocentrism

  • Deaf cultural history
  • Deaf BIPOC topics
    *Careers using American Sign Language

Current class capacity is a maximum of 22 students.

*This class will be co-facilitated by Michael Cooper.

Spanish M/W
Brent Hester, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
RM #204 : Mon/Wed 12:35-14:00

WL - Spanish 1A / 0.5; WL - Spanish 1B / 0.5; WL - Spanish 2A / 0.5; WL - Spanish 2B / 0.5

Participants will explore different aspects of Spanish culture, learn linguistic patterns, and applying them in various situations. The instruction is in Spanish with occasional “English islands”. During English islands students can ask questions pertaining to the language structure or ask clarifying questions for certain points. Teaching strategies are heavily focused on an immersion model.
The content of the class will be culture, which is the vehicle from which students will learn and practice language. In class students will be introduced to different regions where Spanish is spoken. Students will choose the lens from which they will study the culture of each region so that they can make comparisons between the cultures and make comparisons with their own culture. Some suggested topics of focus (lens) for independent work may include:
*LGBTQ+ communities
*music/arts
*festivals and celebrations
*poverty and class systems
*indigenous/pre-colonial cultures
*architecture

Current class capacity is a maximum of 22 students.

Spanish T/Th
Brent Hester, 1st SEM-FALL 2021-22
RM #204 : Tue/Thu 12:35-14:00

WL - Spanish 1A / 0.5; WL - Spanish 1B / 0.5; WL - Spanish 2A / 0.5; WL - Spanish 2B / 0.5

Participants will explore different aspects of Spanish culture, learn linguistic patterns, and applying them in various situations. The instruction is in Spanish with occasional “English islands”. During English islands students can ask questions pertaining to the language structure or ask clarifying questions for certain points. Teaching strategies are heavily focused on an immersion model.
The content of the class will be culture, which is the vehicle from which students will learn and practice language. In class students will be introduced to different regions where Spanish is spoken. Students will choose the lens from which they will study the culture of each region so that they can make comparisons between the cultures and make comparisons with their own culture. Some suggested topics of focus (lens) for independent work may include:
*LGBTQ+ communities
*music/arts
*festivals and celebrations
*poverty and class systems
*indigenous/pre-colonial cultures
*architecture

Current class capacity is a maximum of 22 students.