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Career & Technical Education CTE)

Animation in the Home Studio (all levels)
Stefan Gruber, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Zoom! : Mon/Thu 10:30-11:45

CTE - Animation Tech Graphics 1 / 0.5

https://seattleschools.zoom.us/j/91530038833?pwd=QUc4NTBEV09EL0tVQ0ViUEh1YUlnZz09
Passcode: Homestoo

How can your home environment be transformed into an animation studio? What little part of your space can you dedicate to training yourself to be an animator in the home studio? What materials do you have and what materials can you search for access to and what materials do you hope nova can help provide to make your animation growth goals possible? A basic agreement in this class is to make a space into your own home studio and to develop ideas and content for your own animation piece.

Careers-Time Flies-Semester 2 Tues/Fri-Section 1
Jennifer Spigner, 2nd Semester 2020-21
virtual : Tue/Fri 9:00-10:15

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

Careers-Time Flies-Semester 2-Mon/Thurs-Section 2
Jennifer Spigner, 2nd Semester 2020-21
virtual : Mon/Thu 1:25-2:45

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

Committee

Calm Art Space
Becky Laird, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Zoom : Fri 11:55-12:40

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.

Guild
Lydia Wynn, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Zoom - https://seattleschools.zoom.us/j/83015320485?pwd=cEhpTjdydEtGMDhqSFJTR0YzeTRPdz09 : Wed/Thu 11:55-12:40

SS - Student Government / 0.25

To create community events that promote community building throughout Nova.

POC Committee
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Melissa's virtual room 101 : Thu 11:55-12:40; Tue 11:55-12:40

SS - Student Government / 0.5

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, host movie nights, collaborate with local organizations, and program 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.

Remotely Outdoors Together
Adam Croft, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Zoom and the outside world : Wed 11:55-12:40

UE - Student Activity (EXP 2021) / 0.15

Let’s get outside! This is a community building activity committee in which we’ll remotely connect through Zoom as we each safely explore the world outside our doors. We’ll draw, take pictures, share observations, and simply share time together as we remotely explore the outside world “together”.

Song Club
Jared Harkness, 2nd Semester 2020-21

UE - Student Activity (EXP 2021) / 0.15

Students will get together and share songs, and then discuss. (Just a neat place to hang out and talk about music)

Spanish Committee
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Wed 1:25-2:45; Wed 11:55-12:40

UE - Focus / 0.5

Join Stella and Melissa on Weds at 11:55-12:40 and 1:25-2:45 for some fun, intensive Spanish language learning and practice! We will focus on practicing our reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills from an approach that emphasizes how people use Spanish in everyday language. We may also look at the similarities and differences among language features and cultures in the diversity of peoples who live in/come from Latin America.

Expect music, art, games and other cool interactive ways to practice and immerse ourselves in language study!

Video Game Social
Jared Harkness, 2nd Semester 2020-21

UE - Student Activity (EXP 2021) / 0.15

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 while engaged in collaborative gaming. Teacher Julia Reade will be assigning/finalizing the credit in this class.

Enrichment

All the World's a Stage
Brian Neel, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Mon/Tue 1:25-2:45; Mon/Tue 3:00-3:50

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

Animation Indoors, Outdoors and Otherdoors
Stefan Gruber, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Outdoors, and room 204

ART - Multimedia 1 (EXP 2021) / 0.25

On some fair weather days, we’re going to spend some time outdoors studying the art of pixilation and animating materials we find in the wild.
On other days, we’ll watch animation and create content for the animation showcase in early June. This is a great option for animation in the Home Studio Students and Open Portal Students
To have time to work on your personal animation final projects. We can also open up some weird time doors, like creating an overnight timelapse Slow Life of plants, melting ice, etc.

Art & Justice Lab
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Rm 122 - Zone Moon, Family 6 - Cohort B -- Thurs/Fri, 2:00-3:50pm

UE - Student Activity (EXP 2021) / 0.25

This is intended as a space of creation, celebration, experimentation, and sharing art, poetry, and music inspired by our inquiries into justice issues we especially care about. We will build a “community lab” space—both indoors and outdoors—so please be willing to practice deeply and actively listening, making and taking space in seminars, and engaging in cycles of action and reflection, individually and collectively.

Walking Inquiry
Adam Croft, 2nd Semester 2020-21
the Central District, beginning with room 202 : Thu/Fri 3:00-3:50

None assigned


Please note that this enrichment course will meet every Thursday and Friday afternoon from 2 till 3:50 pm. The time indicated above (“3:00-3:50”) is inaccurate due to the limitations of the drop-down menu choices.*

Students will engage in a Walking Inquiry into the past, present, and future of the Central District of Seattle.

Potential topics of exploration include:

- history and continuing consequences of “red-lining”;
- histories of gentrification, including resistance to;
- social justice geography;
- environmental and ecological history;
- plants and animals of the Central District;
- public spaces, including parks.

Students are encouraged to bring their own notebook or sketchbook, along with a pen or pencil. Students should also dress ready to walk outside on either sidewalks or well-groomed park trails, including in rainy and sunny weather. Please also note that we will observe all covid-19 safety protocols, including masking and 6-foot minimum distancing between each other, whether in the classroom or out on our walks.

Fine Arts

3x3x3 - Pottery (T/F 10:30)
Becky Laird, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Tue/Fri 10:30-11:45

ART - Ceramics BEG / 0.5

*PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS IF YOU HAVE TIME IN YOUR SCHEDULE TO PICKUP/DROP OFF MATERIALS AT NOVA ON FRIDAYS
*WE WILL MEET TOGETHER (VIRTUALLY) ON TUESDAYS AND THERE WILL BE A PARKING LOT MATERIALS EXCHANGE ON FRIDAYS AT NOVA
*Communication via text/email will be important for making arrangements regarding materials/times
*Thinking/talking/sharing about your work is part of this class

3×3×3
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 (maximum dimensions will be 3″ × 3″ × 3″)
Learn Something – Each week you will do a little research about a clay artist, technique, etc.
Share Something – Each TUESDAY you will share what you have been working on with your classmates.

ART INDEPENDENTS/Study Hallzilla
Becky Laird, 2nd Semester 2020-21
World Wide Web : Wed 10:30-11:45

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.

Community Art Lab (T/F @ 9:00)
Becky Laird, 2nd Semester 2020-21
World Wide Web : Tue/Fri 9:00-10:15

ART - Multimedia 1 (EXP 2021) / 0.5

Want to work on visual art in the morning? Looking for a quiet creative way to start your day? We will be learning and practicing specific skills in visual arts. Possible units (we will co-create units based on interests and skills of the community) might be: line; line and value; and/or collage, color, and contrast. What other techniques media would you like to work on?

We will create a daily routine that might include:
welcome & share creative practice and set intention for the day/week
demonstration
studio art lab time
check-ins – small groups or individual support
community share out and feedback
closing circle/round

Decision Tree: Making Games
Stefan Gruber, 2nd Semester 2020-21
online : Mon/Thu 9:00-10:15

ART - Multimedia 1 (EXP 2021) / 0.5

https://seattleschools.zoom.us/j/91530038833?pwd=QUc4NTBEV09EL0tVQ0ViUEh1YUlnZz09
Passcode: Homestoo

If playing games is a passion, and you’ve always wanted to make your own game, this is time set aside for you to that.
We’ll be delving into mechanics, themes and concepts of games, breaking down what makes them fun. You can choose to make a physical board game, a RPG, a sport, or put some focus into self-driven programming learning and design a game online. Your project should be something you can attempt to play in some form during our quarentined times.

Language Arts

Blog
Debbie Kuttner, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Debbie's Zoom Room : Tue/Thu 10:30-11:45

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).
Mostly, we are just going to have so much fun! Blog zoom class is going to be a party where we experience some life to blog about. Competencies: reading, writing, and communicating.

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

Queer Eye for Film
The Dark Knight Batman, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Rm 102 : Mon/Wed 10:15-11:40

LA - 12B Comparative Lit & Comp / 0.5

CELL PHONES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THIS CLASS. IF YOU CAN’T DEAL WITH THAT DO NOT TAKE THE CLASS. YOU WILL BE MARKED ABSENT IF YOU TAKE IT OUT. AFTER SEVEN ABSENCES YOUR POSSIBLE CREDIT WILL BE CUT IN HALF.

This class will be examining queer films. We will examine these films through the lens of gender identity and sexuality. We will also look at film making in general, film tropes, representation and its aspects in conjunction with a capitalist society, symbolism and theme in films, and how all of this is relevant to you. You will do a project on each film that is reflective in nature. You will examine your own history and education regarding gender identity and sexuality as well as understand and contemplate the concept of gender fluidity and the deconstruction of a gender binary. We will also be looking at intersectional issues regarding gender and race.

Possible films we may watch are:
The Celluloid Closet
Moonlight
Paris is Burning
Rafiki
But I’m a Cheerleader
TransAmercia
Bird Cage
and many more.

Work for this class will have to be done outside of the class since we will devote as much time as possible to watching and discussing the films.

Studio Ghibli
Debbie Kuttner, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Debbie's Zoom Room : Tue/Fri 9:00-10:15

LA - 10B World LIT & COMP / 0.5

We will watch films from Studio Ghibli, including but not limited to Princess Mononoke, Naussica of the Valley of the Wind, and Spirited Away. We will discuss, analyze, evaluate, and find joy in the films and then produce work reflective of our experiences intellectual and heartfelt. The four products from this class will include one project, one essay, and one creative writing.

Study HallZilla
Debbie Kuttner, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Debbie's Zoom Room : Mon/Thu 10:30-11:45

UE - Focus / 0.5

Some days we will read; some days we will write; and, some days we will communicate with one another about what we are doing and make plans for upcoming media that is helpful to all of us. Each student will develop a portfolio of folders, with an introduction explaining what competencies they are completing from last semester or even further back. We will discuss and explore as a group, subgroups, and individually executive functioning, learning differences, organizational and study skill strategies, thriving, striving, joy, and wisdom. This class will not feel like redoing or relearning or rehashing old stuff. This class will operate as a place to demonstrate your strengths and work on your challenges.

The Art of Writing
The Dark Knight Batman, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Room 102 : Mon/Thu 9:00-10:15

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.

Weird Fiction
The Dark Knight Batman, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Room 102 : Mon/Thu 1:25-2:45

LA - 12B Comparative Lit & Comp / 0.5

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.
WARNINGS: WE WILL LOOK AT ISSUES AND THEIR WILL BE MENTION OF SUCH THINGS AS DEATH, REALITY, HORROR, BLOOD, MONSTERS, HUMAN MONSTERS, NOTHINGNESS, THE VOID, MEANING.

Bella Daly and Terrance will be teaching this class.

Weird Fiction is a genre that incorporates aspects of horror, science fiction, fiction, fantasy, and various other genres. In general though, weird fiction is simply odd. It moves its readers to consider the meaning of their lives and the purpose of reality. It is also a genre that has waaaay more writers of color than all the genres I listed earlier in this paragraph.

In this class we will be watching a few films, reading the novella by Victor LaValle, “The Ballad of Black Tom”, and looking at a lot of short stories. Bella is going to take you through a way to use art and/or a super cool writing process to find and/or create meaning in the pieces that we look at.

You will learn how to write a short story, do short writing exercises, create projects, build a monster, question your reality, write an essay, discuss, and then discuss some more, and look at different philosophies attached to this genre.

If you took THE NEW AWAKE a few years ago, this class will have some overlap, but there will be some new stories.

Language Arts / Fine Arts

Playwriting
Brian Neel, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Mon/Thu 10:30-11:45

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.

FOUR LEVELS OF CLASS:
- Participate in group theater exercises. (This is not just a writing class, it’s theater!)
- Complete in-class writing exercises and 2 short plays. (This is a writing class, duh.)
- Share your writing by reading it and having it read aloud. (Theater is spoken.)
- Be Attentive and Respectful of others’ sharing.

Language Arts / Social Studies

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, 2nd Semester 2020-21
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/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.

Business Math (LIVE)
Christina Wright, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Online : Mon/Thu 1:25-2:45

MA - Business Math BUS130 / 1

This course is designed to support student financial competence in the adult world, specifically in the world of business.
There are four themes within this course with some examples of what we’ll investigate.

1. Looking out for yourself

• How do you know if your paycheck is correct? How much money are they allowed to take out? How can you check? Where does the money go? Do you have any choice about this?
• You may need to borrow money for your life after graduation. Who will lend money to a young adult? How do you know if it’s a fair and reliable deal? What do you need to know to enter into a safe agreement?
• Credit cards are becoming essential, but you’re nervous about them. How do you protect yourself if you get a credit card? How do you decide when it’s safe to get one?
• Do you have to file federal income tax? If so, how do you do this? Why would you do it?

2. Making a case when you care

• How can you use math to analyze the inequities surrounding COVID? Where can you find the data you need?
• What is going on with Washington State sales tax? Is it fair? How can you tell when a tax is regressive, flat, or progressive? Who benefits from each?
• What does it mean to say a particular group is underrepresented? What are the mathematics required to make this statement?

3. Increasing your employability

• You will be encouraged to use technology throughout this course.
• You will learn Excel basics and formulas.
• You will learn the basics of Quickbooks.

  • You will understand how sales taxes work in a retail situation.

4. Starting your own business

• What are the steps you need to take if you want to start your own business?
• What are the new taxes you need to think about?
• Who’s out there to help you?

The FINE Print:
1. Students in this class will be earning 1.0 HS math credits.
2. Completing this course meets the state’s math requirements.
3. In late March, students will have the option to register for BUS130 at Edmonds College for the spring quarter, April 5-June 15. This course will convey 5 college credits on a student’s transcript (which will be initiated at the time of registration.)
4. The tuition for the college course will be $215 for each student. We will support every student who needs financial help.
5. This course will meet twice a week for twice as long as its associated college course, which explains why they are equivalent.
6. Yes, students can earn credits in two places at the same time, should they choose to register for the College in the High School course.

Calculus A/B - ASYNC, FRI
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2020-21
LIVE on Zoom - find link on schoology course page : 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

Foundations
Lydia Wynn, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Zoom - https://seattleschools.zoom.us/j/83015320485?pwd=cEhpTjdydEtGMDhqSFJTR0YzeTRPdz09 : Mon/Thu 10:30-11:45

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

In foundations, students will re-establish their relationship with mathematics by starting a new foundation with the content. Breaking down the barriers from previous math experiences, we will explore ways to connect mathematics to students’ own lives as well as the world around them. Should be considered for students who need to take Algebra 1 (mostly freshfolks) and who haven’t had the best experience with mathematics before.

WE will cover the following concepts in this class:

Critical Numeracy (numbers with a context, how numbers change, new types of numbers)
Linear Modeling in your World (simple linear functions and regression, systems of linear equations, linear optimization)
Comparing Growth and Change (introducing quadratic and exponential functions)

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.

Math Analysis B (M/Th 1:25)
Lydia Wynn, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Zoom - https://seattleschools.zoom.us/j/83015320485?pwd=cEhpTjdydEtGMDhqSFJTR0YzeTRPdz09 : Mon/Thu 1:25-2:45

MA - Algebra 2B / 0.5; MA - Pre-Calculus B / 0.5

Intended for students who would traditionally sign up for Algebra 2 or Pre Calculus.

This course will encourage students to compile previously learned mathematics tools to take them to a deeper level of problem solving and analysis. We will work with the deeper nuances of functions and what they communicate about various scenarios. We will specifically look into functions from a calculus perspective in preparation for the next step in mathematics study. Intended for students hoping to go to college or pursue a STEM field.

Math Analysis B (M/Th 9:00)
Lydia Wynn, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Zoom - https://seattleschools.zoom.us/j/83015320485?pwd=cEhpTjdydEtGMDhqSFJTR0YzeTRPdz09 : Mon/Thu 9:00-10:15

MA - Algebra 2B / 0.5; MA - Pre-Calculus B / 0.5

Intended for students who would traditionally sign up for Algebra 2 or Pre Calculus.

This course will encourage students to compile previously learned mathematics tools to take them to a deeper level of problem solving and analysis. We will work with the deeper nuances of functions and what they communicate about various scenarios. We will specifically look into functions from a calculus perspective in preparation for the next step in mathematics study. Intended for students hoping to go to college or pursue a STEM field.

Math Competency Completion - Wed 1:25 pm
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2020-21
LIVE on Zoom - find link on schoology course page : Wed 1:25-2:45

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!

Other Indies (just in case)
Lydia Wynn, 2nd Semester 2020-21

None assigned

Physical Education

Choose Your Own Wellness Adventure!
Julia Reade, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Tue/Fri 1:25-2:45

PE - Individual/Dual Activity 1 / 0.5

Choose Your Own Wellness Adventure will provide students with the support and structure needed to effectively explore, select, implement, and reflect on their own individual wellness routine. We will meet twice weekly as a whole group. Each class meeting will involve a short segment of teacher-lead instruction followed by opportunities for students to share ideas, ask questions, and discuss activities. Each class meeting will also include screen-free time during which students are invited to choose from a menu of wellness activities to be completed during the screen-free portion of class. We will close each class meeting by coming back together for final thoughts.

Important Note: Every person has different levels of comfort being on screen, speaking on camera, and expressing themselves in the remote learning format. Please know that I will never expect anyone to perform an exercise on screen or communicate using one method. We will work together to make sure all voices are heard in a way that is most comfortable for each individual.

Science

Building Challenges Enrichment
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Moon 120 - The Laboratory : Mon/Tue 1:25-2:45; Mon/Tue 3:00-3:50

SC - Science Seminar (EXP 2021) / 0.25

This is a class for people who love to use their hands, who learn best by doing, who like using tools with care. Are you curious about how to apply math to design and build things? If so, this may be the class for you. We will be using power tools and electronic prototyping tools. The main focus will be on using algebra, geometry, and scientific experimental process to drive the projects you’ll be making.

Ecological Explorations
Adam Croft, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Zoom and the outside world : Tue/Fri 1:25-2:45

SC - Ecology 1 / 0.5

What can we learn by going outside and giving attention to the living beings with whom we share our neighborhoods and planet? In this live course, students will develop and practice skills of ecological science in the outside world accessible outside their doors.

This course will focus upon developing skills in the practices of scientific inquiry, including skills in research, observation, experimentation, and communication. Some skills will be specific to ecological science, while many will be applicable to any area of scientific inquiry.

This is a project-based course in which students will develop inquiry projects based upon their own particular questions and interests.

This course will enroll a maximum of 27 students.

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.

Joy is the Natural State
Grace Uding, 2nd Semester 2020-21
LIVE - Virtual : Mon/Thu 10:30-11:45

SC - Science Seminar (EXP 2021) / 0.5

This is a class about Nature and Connection. Health for the planet, our bodies, our minds and our communities are all part of the wonderful journey to wholeness. In this class we will spend lots of time outside. We will use movement and stillness, sound and silence, journaling, “critter reports”, playing games, chatting and sharing to become more Alive and Aware and Connected.
Adam

Students can take the assignments and gear them toward science, health, PE or personal growth competencies. It is a getting to know yourself and the natural world you live in by exploring the outside where you live. Great for kids who are willing to go outside and be in their urban wilderness. Not great for students who won’t go outside.
Eyva

Projects in Physical Science
Grace Uding, 2nd Semester 2020-21
LIVE - Virtual : Mon/Thu 9:00-10:15

SC - Physical Science (EXP 2021) / 0.5

Let’s have some fun messing around with stuff and learning how the world works!

Just to make it clear, this is not an asynchronous class. We will meet via zoom.

I’ll give a few lessons, watch some videos, chat and play some games. Some classes will be dedicated to letting you build. They will be “Plan, Do, Review” days. We will meet at the beginning of the period and you quickly tell me what you will work on at home, then we check in again at the end of the period to tell me/show me and the class what you worked on. In the words of Ms. Frizzle: “Get messy, make mistakes!”

Social Studies

Future Visions (WH/Sci)
Adam Croft, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Zoom, for now : Tue/Fri 9:00-10:15

None assigned

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.

We will meet through Zoom, every Tuesday and Friday morning between 9:00 and 10:15. We will also make every effort to mix up our time together so that you’re not staring at a screen for the duration of every class session.

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.

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 27 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

The Cold War & Decolonization
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Melissa's virtual room 101 : Mon/Thu 1:25-2:45

WHist / 0.5

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

What was the Cold War? In this class we’ll more closely examine dominant and critical narratives of the periods leading up to, during, and after this historical era. Whose stories and perspectives are frequently ignored in major narratives of the world’s peoples’ restructuring relationships to each other, domestically and internationally? When did the Cold War “end” and for whom? What was the role of fear in US/world leaders’ efforts to “contain” or to “grow” communism during an era marked (and preceded) by various revolutions of people around the world? How did they possibly influence each other? What and why were the “hot wars” in the “Cold War”? What are the consequences of how people do/did ignore, deny, and/or highlight the interconnectedness of peoples in the world within and beyond borders?

As the Cold War continued, it became a struggle not just between two political and military powers but between two ways of life or which of the two could better meet human needs. We’ll unpack ideologies and policies of the “isms” through various historical lenses (e.g. colonialism, communism, Marxist-Leninism, socialism, capitalism, fascism, authoritarianism, etc.) that continue to drive human conversations and people’s movements today.

Dominant narratives of the US-Soviet lens of the Cold War are deeply intertwined with decolonization processes in the Americas, and the African and Asian continents following the decline of empires and shifts to “nations” and the complexities of nation-building. “National aspirations must be respected,” Woodrow Wilson, the US president during WWI, insisted. “Peoples may now be dominated and governed only by their own consent.” Yet he was also of the view (like many in the 20th century) that certain people weren’t ready to rule themselves. When did colonialism “end” (or has it)? How do we know? What is important to know and do, as we deeply consider answers to these questions?

What role did racial hierarchies of this time play in mis/understanding peoples’ aims for self-determination? (What is self-determination, for an individual? for groups of people? for a country?) What are the ongoing challenges to building an independent country, and ensuring that its lands and peoples thrive—not just survive? How have art, propaganda, pop culture, and even punk music manifested messages of resistance and revolutionary thought and actions against systems of oppression?

(MORE INFO TBA HERE, ASAP)

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

Uprisings (AGE/WH)
Adam Croft, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Zoom, for now : Mon/Thu 9:00-10:15

SS - American Government & Economics / 0.5

People around the country and the world are rising up to demand justice and safety for themselves, their communities, and those most harmed by unjust institutions and systems of power. Students in this course will inquire into the immediate and longer-term histories of these uprisings, as well as the possibilities for change.

We will meet through Zoom, every Monday and Thursday morning between 9:00 and 10:15. We will also make every effort to mix up our time together so that you’re not staring at a screen for the duration of every class session.

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 27 students.

US 11A (ES): Origins & Roots
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Melissa's virtual room 101 : Mon/Thu 10:30-11:45

SS - US History 11A / 0.5

This U.S. History 11A class, also counts as an ethnic studies credit (11B is offered as a separate class that meets on T/F).

In this class we’ll focus on content and processes informed by Indigenous epistemologies/frameworks to critically examine the origins of how peoples of early America lived in various configurations of community and/or conflict with each other, how they viewed their selves and their worlds, and dominant and critical narratives of the “mixing” of indigenous, African, and European peoples on this soil. We’ll examine settler-colonialism’s structures and impacts on humans in this part of the world, prior to and leading up to the Civil War. Our aim is to ask big questions of, and be “in conversation with” this country’s multi-layered and complex past through engaging with various sources of history, across content areas.

Students will learn, practice, and demonstrate history and ethnic studies competencies focused on interrogation of colonization, engaging in opportunities to learn to know and love self, develop/refine a historical consciousness, and define ways to navigate a colonized society.

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 (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