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Career & Technical Education CTE)

Yearbook
Susan Barth, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Rm 3- Susan : Wed 13:50-14:30

CTE - Publishing Yearbook 1 / 0.25

This class will be facilitated by Tristan and Susan. We have a number of goals. One of which is to make the best yearbook ever. We are looking for motivated, organized, creative types (you do not need to have all of those traits together). We want photographers, designers, organizers and computer types to help us. We want to capture the amazement 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. Come help us wrap up this year’s book. You don’t have to have been enrolled in fall, to join us for the spring.

The basic credit is .1-.25 per semester, depending on the amount of work you put in.

Animation Induction (Level 1, 10th grade and up)
Stefan Gruber, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Animation Lab 205 : Mon/Wed/Fri 14:35-16:00

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.

CTE Indies
Christina Wright, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Spectrum Dance Theater : Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat 19:22-19:22

CTE - Fine Arts Worksite 2 / 0.5

  • Dance technique
    Classes in ballet, contemporary, modern, tap, choreography

Class with Donald Byrd, Engaging Meets every Friday for 1.5 hours
Focused on the mind set, attitude, identity supportive to a professional dancer

This student is studying for a career in dance. She is in a professional track at a studio where she dances every day, is part of choreographed pieces, and meets with a group of other professional dancers once a week.

Experimental Animation (Advanced)
Stefan Gruber, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Animation Labs : Mon/Wed/Fri 10:15-11:40

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.

Fashion Design
Susan Watters, 2nd Semester 2017-18
B-07 : Mon/Wed/Fri 10:15-11:40

CTE - Apparel & Textiles I / 0.5

This class will be facilitated by Dorothy Le from Foundry 10.

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.

Hardware Programming
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Moon 120 - The Laboratory : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

CTE - Digital Design 1 / 0.5

Interested in programming 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!

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 CTE or 3rd Year Math credit

We will also follow the 8 absence attendance policy, which will help keep you on top of things in this class.

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.

Nova Farm
Susan Barth, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Susan's Room #3 and the garden : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:20-13:45

CTE - Env Horticulture 1 / 0.5

In this class, you will experience botany, horticulture, farming, and social justice around food. You will work on the farm, cultivate crops, cook, create and carry out inquiry based experiments to support your learning, learn about environmental issues surrounding agriculture and do projects catered to your interests. Be prepared to get dirty. This spring, we will work on waking the garden up, doing seed starts for the spring festival, planting crops and landscaping some open areas. You will also take on a leadership project. Come make art with us and help things grow. The bees need you.

This class can be taken for Occ. Ed. or Science, depending on what your focus is. You will need to work the details out with Susan.

Open Animation Portal
Stefan Gruber, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 205 : Mon/Wed/Fri 14:35-16:00

CTE - Animation Tech Graphics 2 / 0.5

Open Portal is a way to extend your projects from other animation classes into a bigger project. For instance, if you have a 300 frame animation piece and want to color it, add shadows, and textures for a more professional feel, this is the place to do that. It also doubles as a place where you can be if you want extra time working on your assignments for Comics, Games, and Animation Class.

Work site Coordination
Christina Wright, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Christina's Room, 207

None assigned

Career and Technical Education:Worksite Learning

The Nova Project

Christina Wright, Worksite Learning Coordinator
(206) 295-4556

Many students at Nova work off campus at paid and unpaid jobs that are valuable learning experiences. The purpose of going through the official steps of the Worksite Learning is to convert those learning experiences into high school credit.

  • Basics
    1. You need to have taken (or be in the process of taking) a CTE course. At Nova, this could include any of Stefan’s classes, Farm with Susan, Applied Geometry or Public and Private Finances with Christina, Programming with Akil or the Foundation of Art with Karen. Ask me if you’re not sure.
  • Completing Forms and Agreements
    2. You need to get signatures, lots of them. Please bear with me.
    a. Before you begin:

    • i. You, your parents, and I sign an agreement that sets up the basics of a paid or unpaid internship or job. This is called the Worksite Learning Internship Student-Parent-School Agreement (yellow). (If you’re 18 or older, you can sign for yourself.)
    • ii. Next, I, you, your parents, and your supervisor at work need to sign an agreement called the Cooperative Worksite Learning Agreement (orange.)The rules state that you cannot begin accruing time for credit until this form has been signed.
    • iii. There is an Emergency Waiver (blue) that we need to complete.
    • iv. You and I will come up with some reasonable learning goals for your work. Together, we’ll complete the Cooperative Worksite Learning Agreement/Learning Plan (white). You and your parents will sign this. Then, when I visit you on your job for the first time, your supervisor and I will sign it.
      b. That’s what you need to get started before you can count your hours. Hours? Every time you log 180 hours, you can earn .5 credit. Yup.
  • Begin accruing hours
    3. I will come visit you at your jobsite.
    a. You will need to talk to your supervisor so that you’re certain the time is free for us to meet. I’ll give you some times and days when I’m free. This meeting is short, no more than 15 min.
    b. I will need an exact address so I can find you!
    c. Together, you, your supervisor, and I will set your individual goals using the Worksite Leanin Student Learning Plan and Evaluation (white.)

    • i. I will make two more visits. Each time, we will meet with your supervisor to check out your progress on the goals you set up.
    • ii. The last visit, your supervisor will get to evaluate you.
  • On-going contact

4. You need to maintain an ongoing connection with me, your Work-based Learning Coordinator.
a. You will check in with me every Fridays at 8:45-10:10 during a Monday week. If this time does not work for you, we will need to establish another.
b. You will track your hours on the Work-based Learning Time Report (mauve.) I really do NOT want to use your pay stubs as they contain information that is absolutely private, including your SSN.
c. You will be part of a small group that meets to report cool stuff, little problems, and ideas during this time.
d. You will maintain your own file in Room 207.

  • Evaluation
    5. The End
    a. I will make a final visit and you will get evaluated by your work supervisor.
    b. You will be asked to create a culminating project. You may craft this so that it meets your strengths and interests. Without this project, you will not earn credit.

    • i. Twenty minute presentation to a group of students about your experience;
    • ii. A portfolio of the projects to which you contributed, along with some text explaining what the projects meant to you;
    • iii. A culminating experience on your job, such as a concert, a class, or a performance;
    • iv. An analysis that includes all your weekly journals and a careful conclusion about what you learned and how you grew;
    • v. A scholarly paper about the field in which you worked;
    • vi. Interviews of people who do work in this field and a paper about what you learned;
    • vii. A thoughtful piece of art (song, poem, rap, sculpture, dance, etc.) that speaks for your experience;
    • viii. A presentation of a video you made at work;
    • ix. Something I haven’t been able to imagine.

Committee

Action Faction
Eyva Winet, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Moon 120 and Trans Resource Center : Thu 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 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.
Competencies

plan and execute social justice projects that support organizations efforts to end gender and sexuality injustice
learn about power and privilege
explore the interdependence of multiple oppressions
create and execute our own projects that will work toward gender and sexuality injustices
find levity and joy in this hard work
spread sass and camp to the world

Budget Committee
Christina Wright, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Christina's Room, Cloud 207 : Thu 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.25

This teacher-parent-student committee is responsible for the fiscal decisions of Nova. The PTSA raises funds for student and teacher use. It is 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.

There are new (to us) regulations regarding ASB funds. We do not have a paid membership ASB fund to distribute. However, we do help student-run organizations and fundraisers to keep track of their money and to pass it on to future “generations” at the school.

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.

Chess Club
Adam Croft, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 202 : Thu 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.1

Come play chess with fellow Nova students! Everyone welcome — no experience required.

College Prep
Debbie Kuttner, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Rm 220 with Debbie & Jennifer : Wed 13:50-14:30

None assigned

Please come and meet with Debbie and Jennifer to ask questions, create study plans, work on understanding your graduation plan better, assistance with fafsa (and other ways of getting money to pay for college), plus many more possibilities. Jennifer is Nova’s new career and college counselor and Debbie has been teaching language arts and helping students graduate and get into college for almost twenty years. This committee slot is an opportunity for drop-in support or weekly check-ins about progress. We can review how to work on a college-ready transcript, how to choose colleges to apply to, demystifying the process of an applying. We can help you look into community college options. We can look at scholarships and other issues regarding paying for college. Are you curious about extracurriculars and Nova? Do you want to understand what we do without a gpa? Perhaps you want to work on your essay or have questions about how many letters of recommendation you should plan for. We have answers! We also can help you prep for higher test scores, or decide which tests to take when. Are you interested in AP options? Nova doesn’t have any AP classes, but you can still prep for and take AP exams!
Whatever you want to explore—we are here for you every Wednesday at committee time!

D.A.R.E.
Akil Srinivasan, 1st Semester 2017-18
B20 - The Sanctuary : Wed 13:50-14:30

None assigned

This is a student-initiated and student-lead committee – there are no staff present in the room. DARE is a safe space for students to discuss—NOT GLORIFY—issues they face around drug use. The intent of this committee is not to rehabilitate or force young people into recovery, but to approach drug use through the lens of harm reduction, connecting students to additional support networks if desired. More specifically, this committee aims to increase education around substance use and create a drug-free school day, where students are making healthy and safe choices and encouraging others to do the same.

Note: There is no credit given, this is just a contract to keep track of attendance

D.A.R.E.
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2017-18
B20 - The Sanctuary : Wed 13:50-14:30

None assigned

This is a student-initiated and student-lead committee – there are no staff present in the room. DARE is a safe space for students to discuss—NOT GLORIFY—issues they face around drug use. The intent of this committee is not to rehabilitate or force young people into recovery, but to approach drug use through the lens of harm reduction, connecting students to additional support networks if desired. More specifically, this committee aims to increase education around substance use and create a drug-free school day, where students are making healthy and safe choices and encouraging others to do the same.

Note: There is no credit given, this is just a contract to keep track of attendance

Dungeons & Dragons Committee
Brian Aytch, 2nd Semester 2017-18
rm #122 : Thu 13:50-14:30

None assigned

Dungeons and Dragons is a famous game created in 1974, it is extremely popular throughout the world. Dungeons and Dragons is fantasy based game in which players create characters to participate in an open-ended role playing generally referred to as a campaign.
Characters go on adventures/quest under the guidance of a dungeon master (sometimes referred to as a game master). Players of D&D learn and develop countless skills applicable to life and school . Skills learned/acquired include creativity, math, social skills, story telling and analytical reasoning.

See article below for good description.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-uncanny-resurrection-of-dungeons-and-dragons?utm_source=nextdraft&utm_medium=email

Film Analysis
Tristan Conley, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Tristan : Thu 13:50-14:30

UE - Student Activity / 0.1

Students will learn to be a contributing member of a discussion group that focuses on the analysis of film.

Hiring and Review
Adam Croft, 2nd Semester 2017-18
room 202 : Tue 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.15

This committee will collect feedback about teachers and coordinators at Nova and share that feedback with teachers and coordinators. We will also participating in hiring new positions and collecting information from the school about FTE needs when hiring needs to take place.

Need a Washcloth?
Becky Laird, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Becky's Room - 201 : Fri 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.15

Overwhelmed
Eyva Winet, 2nd Semester 2017-18
207 : Fri 13:50-14:30

UE - Personal Growth / 0.25

learn the skills to set boundaries while supporting peers and other loved-ones
practice them in life
share learning
build a community of students with stronger emotional intelligence

Peace of Mind
Akil Srinivasan, 1st Semester 2017-18
Dance Room - B01 : Fri 13:50-14:30

UE - Student Activity / 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!

Peace of Mind
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Dance Room - B01 : Tue 13:50-14:30

UE - Student Activity / 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!

Planet Nova
Adam Croft, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 202 and beyond : Fri 13:50-14:30

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, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Melissa's room, Moon 101 : Tue/Wed 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.25

The People of Color Committee (POCC) is a meeting place for students and staff who identify as people of color.

We meet to build community and hold space for POC students and staff to develop and practice their leadership skills and discuss issues of race and equity in a safe and open environment. Along with Chelsey, Akil, Brian, and Melissa, students will facilitate committee meetings & projects, on a rotating-signups basis.

We’re excited to continue programming and hosting school events this semester, organize field trips, collaborate with local organizations, and teach & learn about our experiences as POC at Nova and Seattle at large.

Poster Brigade and Quiet Coloring
Becky Laird, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Becky's Room - 201 : Tue 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.15

Recruitment Committee
Akil Srinivasan, 1st Semester 2017-18
Earth B20 : Thu 13:50-14:30

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.

Recruitment Committee
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Earth B20 - The Sanctuary : Thu 13:50-14:30

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.

Senior Committee
Mark Perry, 1st Semester 2017-18
Mark's Room : Wed 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.15

Senior Committee supports all of the 2017-18 potential graduates. The committee meets weekly and discusses and plans ways and activities to support seniors ability to graduate and walk at graduation. This year graduation committee is also planning community service activities. During second semester, Senior Committee will plan the graduation ceremony. Through this process students will learn to work together, develop and activate plans and create a graduation plan and ceremony for the 2017-18 graduation.

Sound Committee
Christina Wright, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 207/ Band Room : Tue 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.15

The Sound Committee is meeting weekly. So far, we have outlined the following responsibilities:


  • Learn how to set up a PA for school events.

  • Find a way to organize who uses the band room and when so that it is not Susan Watters’ responsibility.

  • Work towards making the room more sound proof.

  • Be effective stewards of the instruments and equipment in the room. This may include inventories and repairs.

The Sound Committee has expressed some interest in organizing and producing all-school Art Shares. This would involve organizing the sign ups, publicizing the event, setting up the PA equipment, moving furniture, emceeing the actual event, and cleaning up when it is over.

Spoken Word Committee
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Melissa's room, Moon 101 : Fri 13:50-14:30

UE - Student Activity / 0.1

Spoken Word Committee is a co-created writing community of poets and aspiring writers. Writing, sharing our writing, listening, walks outside, and poetry open mics are regular activities. We hope to continue collaborations with Youth Speaks Seattle and local poets for more rad poetry events and workshops at school and around the city. If you have any interest in writing and/or poetry, join us! ALL are welcome.

The Guild of Calamitous Events
Tristan Conley, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Tristan : Fri 13:50-14:30

UE - Student Activity / 0.1

In this committee we plan and execute school events. In small groups students will go through the necessary steps to make their event a reality.

Previous events:
Karaoke Nights
Messing around in Halo/Unreal
Blacklight Dance
Smash Bros Tournament
Movie Nights
Halloween Dance
Chill Winter Cozytime Dance
Board game night
PROM

The Rat's Nest
The Dark Knight Batman, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 102 : Tue 13:50-14:30

UE - Student Activity / 0.25

This class can be Student Activity credit.

The Rat’s Nest is dedicated to furthering activities at Nova that support the physical fitness and mental well-being of the Nova community. As a committee, we’ll explore different issues that might be keeping Nova from being the best community it can be. We will then create different action plans and activities to help create awesome community bonding for this great school.

United Nova
Eyva Winet, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Moon 120 : Wed 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.15

United Nova supports all school decision making and the committee system. We also approve new committees, direct people to specific committees to solve problems and create initiatives to address challenges that come up in the school.

Our specific decision making power is:

1) approve new committees
2) mediate conflict between committees
3) sounding board for problems and then will either address those problems or direct them to the appropriate committee
4) if decisions need to be made but no committee exist to make those decisions U.N. tries to recruit and support a committee to take on this work and will make decisions if that is not possible.
5) determine who is impacted by decisions and determines the best strategies to get those voices heard in the process
6) calls all school votes
7) calls all school meetings
8) organizes all school feedback and reflections
9) get student feedback for Nova Cons, the schedule, and school norms
10) works with appropriate community members and committees to update school norms and policies

Wizards of the Toast
Tristan Conley, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Tristan : Tue 13:50-14:30

UE - Student Activity / 0.1

In this committee we are designing our own set of MTG through an iterative design and playtest approach. Each week we will play a game using our current set and use our experience to democratically propose changes and additions to the current set.

Fine Arts

Acting
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Dance room : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:20-13:45

ART / 0.5

This class is taught by Nova alum (& actor/director) Beverly Poole!

Having the courage to stand in front of an audience is not always easy, but it is a skill that can be learned! In the acting class we will cover several aspects of theatre in this one class—improvisational work and devising, monologues, scenes, and reading through plays. At the end of the class there will be a low-key showcase of the things we are proudest of, put on by our class.

Getting into the head of a character is a great way to improve your writing, your art, and even just every day social interactions— plus it’s fun!

advanced studio art and portfolio
karen kosoglad, 2nd Semester 2017-18
room 219 : Tue 13:50-14:30

ART - Exploring the Arts / 0.5

This is a 1.5 hour class meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30-9:55. This class is designed for advanced individualized studio exploration for portfolio creation. Ceramics, printmaking, drawing painting and mixed media collage will be available. We will meet with Allegra’s writing class to begin each class for the first half hour to practice writing and reading explorations. We will use this model to create a focus and practice before the studio art begins.

art survey: Jewelry Exploration
karen kosoglad, 2nd Semester 2017-18
219 : Tue/Thu/Fri 10:15-11:40

ART - Art Survey / 0.5

Learning Objectives

This is an advanced art class and a prerequisite of other art classes is required or student can show a portfolio of work. New students are encouraged to build a foundation in slow time and drawing into printmaking.

We will be developing processes to make all kinds of wearable art including enameling, soldering, metal etching, sawing metal, reclaimed/up cycling,small sculpture, fiber arts and more. This class will include research, inquiry, material acquisition, creative play. Wire and combining materials will be explored. We will use sketching nature and natural forms for inspiration.

This is an art survey class of both 2 and 3 dimensional design. Students will be invited to explore many art mediums and techniques. Printmaking ,drawing, painting, and sculpture will be offered. There will be a focus on the foundations of visual art and design.

A Sketchbook is required.

Learning Requirements

1.
The student understands and applies arts knowledge , and visual arts.
1.1.
Understands and applies arts concepts and vocabulary.
1.2.
Develops arts skills and techniques.
1.3.
Understands and applies arts genres and styles of various artists, cultures, and times.
2.1.
Applies a creative process to the arts.
2.2.

The student communicates through the arts.

Band
Michelle Brewer, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Band Room : Mon/Wed 21:52-21:52

None assigned

This is a class in which you will create musical groups (of any nature) and be asked to come up with a 10-15 minute set to perform. Your band will also be required to play a cover song, randomly selected from a hat. We will also try to record some songs from each band. If you have always wanted to be in a band, or even if that urge is brand new, this is your chance. You do not need to already know how to play an instrument, you only need a love of music and a willingness to participate. Please understand that it is up to you to get into a band and stay in it; I will not be placing you in one.

Ceramics
karen kosoglad, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Art Room #31 : Mon/Wed/Fri 10:15-11:40

ART - Ceramics / 0.5

This class is for all levels. Students will be introduced to basic techniques of working with clay. Learning how to center the clay, hand building and sculpture will be explored. Many different glaze applications will be introduced. Students will learn about function and form through their exploration of clay and process.

independent
karen kosoglad, 1st Semester 2017-18
219

None assigned

Printmaking, Drawing from Life
karen kosoglad, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Art Room #31 : Mon/Wed/Fri 8:45-10:10

ART - Printmaking / 0.5

Facilitate and introduce a variety of printmaking techniques and produce individual portfolios. Exploration of a diverse approach to printmaking through, mono prints, collographs, linoleum block, dry point, silk screen, reduction prints, 3 color blocks and image transfers. Through a combination of many printing techniques students can combine and alter their final images..

Slow Time Outside
karen kosoglad, 1st Semester 2017-18
Rooms 202 (Adam's) and 218 (Karen's) : Mon/Wed 14:35-16:00

ART - Art Survey / 0.25

  • This course is co-taught by Karen K. and Adam C.! *

How can we think with our senses? Can we think like a plant, or a stream, or the wind? How can we express the living world through drawing and other artistic media? How can we learn to see, listen, smell, and sense the living world through the practices of art and science?


We will practice drawing as a foundation to seeing the living world. Nature study is a process in seeing, taking visual cues from nature. Drawings are dialogues between shapes, slowing down the process of making in order to see in a new way.


This course will explore the common ground of art and science found in the practice of drawing the living world. Key themes and skills include: field observation, learning applications, drawing, use of different media (ink, collage, etc.), the role of imagination in perception, participation, depth.


Assessment will be based upon depth of exploration, participation, and development of understanding based within the course activities and outside research. Students will keep a journal for sketching and writing and also read and reflect upon relevant literature.


Scope and sequence:


I. Getting to know this place.
a. Guiding questions:
i. What is this place?
ii. What lives here?
iii. How does it all connect?
iv. What is the feeling sense of this place?
v. How is this place organized in space and time?
vi. How does this place change over time?
b. Project: weekly field observations, drawings, etc. of a place on or just off of campus, collected into long-term field journal with reflections.


II. Expression of life
a. Guiding questions:
i. How do we practice imagination in support of perception?
ii. What does it mean to observe?
iii. What are we able to observe?
iv. How do we express our imagination?
v. How do we use different media in pursuit of expression?
b. Project:
i. Art: Portfolio of an organism: observe, imagine, and express your understanding of and relation to another lifeform using media you have explored in this course.
ii. Science: Diary of an organism: observe, imagine, and research a particular organism, tracking its changes over time and communicating your understanding through words, diagrams, drawings.


III. Final portfolio:
a. Guiding questions:
i. What have you accomplished?
ii. What have you learned?
iii. What are you still pondering?
iv. What are you still struggling over?
v. What will you take with you from this experience?
b. Portfolio:
i. Collected works from the semester
ii. Written reflection on above questions

Fine Arts / Science

Art Share Committee
Eyva Winet, 1st Semester 2017-18
120 : Tue 13:50-14:30

None assigned

At the intersection of justice, art and community we will create events, like art shares that build all three!

DBT
Eyva Winet, 2nd Semester 2017-18
205 : Fri 13:50-14:30

UE - Personal Growth / 0.25

learn the skills from DBT
practice them in life
share learning
build a community of students with stronger emotional intelligence

Spring Indy
Allegra Guarino, 2nd Semester 2017-18

None assigned

Yes, and...
Julia Reade, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Vida Room 208

None assigned

Improv and art games. This class will be in two parts: weekly improve workshops with Action Faction (an improve school for nuero-divergent learners) and visual art workshops hosted by Vida. The joining theme will be participatory, process focused, student-centered curriculum.

Fine Arts / Social Studies

The Art of Resistane
Allegra Guarino, 2nd Semester 2017-18
209 : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:20-13:45

None assigned

In this course we will explore the way that art is a voice which becomes a tool of resistance. You can take this course for Visual Art, Language Arts, or History Credit. You must declare the credit you want from the beginning of the course

We will explore 14 different artists from around the world that have used art as a way to bring illumination, knowledge, and understanding to different movements and moments in history.

Students will engage in a long-term art project finding their own voice to reclaim and participate in justice and social resistance in our current troubled times.

Angela Davis in her MLK Day speech in Seattle 2017 spoke of the importance of communities of resistance to practice care for one another and themselves. We will focus on the ways that political movements can maintain vibrance and health as well.

Health

Gender Tea
Eyva Winet, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Moon 120 : Fri 13:50-14:30

UE - Personal Growth / 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.

Giana and Theo will be facilitating with support from Eyva.

Health
Julia Reade, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Julia Room 208 : Mon/Wed 12:20-13:45

HE - Health Education HS / 0.5

We will be exploring deep 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 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.

Health
Allegra Guarino, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Mon/Wed 12:20-13:45

HE - Health Education HS / 0.5

We will be exploring deep 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 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.

Language Arts

Blog More
Debbie Kuttner, 2nd Semester 2017-18
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.

Dark and Unusual Writing
Tristan Conley, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Tristan : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:20-13:45

LA - 12B Comparative Lit & Comp / 0.5

In this class we will be reading, analyzing, and producing a variety of dark and unusual genres of writing. Together we will explore what makes each genre so “dark” and/or “unusual” in order to create our own entries in each genre.

There will be a lot of writing and sharing your work with the class or small groups.

Genres will include:
Creepypasta, SCP entry, character tournament, body horror, and dystopian alternate timeline.

Essay spring 18
Debbie Kuttner, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Debbie's Room 220 : Mon/Wed/Fri 10:15-11:40

LA / 0.5

This course is designed for anyone who wishes to write more powerful, interesting, and thoughtful essays of all types: expository, narrative, persuasive, compare/contrast, analytical, and more. Before writing we will engage in activities that will enhance and inform the writing process. We will read published essays and consider issues of qualities (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, theses, transitions, and more). Each week we will practice some aspect of essay writing, consider the techniques of published writing, and share our own works in progress. Note: For credit you will write six polished essays and complete in-class writing and reading assignments, and perhaps seminar a published essay.
ATTENDANCE: Students are allowed to miss six classes (excused or unexcused) until they have to begin doing projects to make up for the lost hours not in class. If students don’t make up this time they are only eligible for a maximum of 0.25 credit until they do.

Know
The Dark Knight Batman, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 102 : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:20-13:45

LA-H / 0.5

THIS CLASS IS FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS ONLY.

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

You are the experience.

Expect to work toward understanding your life.
Expect to speak a great deal in this class.
Expect to move.
Expect to read.
Expect to be there.
Expect to write.

Obey/Resist/Create
The Dark Knight Batman, 1st Semester 2017-18
Room 102 : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:20-13:45

LA - 12B Comparative Lit & Comp / 0.5

HEY!!!! THERE IS A LOT OF READING IN THIS CLASS! WE ARE GOING TO READ AT LEAST THREE NOVELS AND A THREE VOLUME GRAPHIC NOVEL. IF YOU ARE SIGNING UP FOR THIS CLASS YOU ARE AGREEING THAT YOU WILL DO THE READING AND RETURN THE BOOKS WHEN YOU ARE DONE. I AM TOTALLY FINE WITH YOU LISTENING TO THE NOVELS ON TAPE OR CD OR DIGITALLY. REALLY. BUT, YOU HAVE TO READ/LISTEN TO THEM. YOU WILL HAVE TO DO A LOT OF THIS READING/LISTENING ON YOUR OWN TIME – AS HOMEWORK. HOMEWORK. DON’T SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS IF YOU CAN’T OR DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT.

CONTENT AND PHONE WARNINGS: THIS CLASS WILL DISCUSS ISSUES OF POLITICTS, CONTROL, DEPRESSION, SUICIDE, DEATH, TERROR, MEANING, NON-MEANING, REALITY, LIFE, RESISTANCE, CREATIVITY, AND FREEDOM. 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.

In this class we will read at least three novels. They are:
1984 by George Orwell (298 pages)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (158 pages)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (311 pages)

We will also be reading the three volume graphic novel:
March by John Lewis, Adrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

We will also be looking at:
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century by Timothy Snyder

The novels and graphic novels are examples of possible and real dystopias. What happens when all aspects of your life are controlled? When your gender becomes a commodity? When the color of your skin is reason for hatred? There are examples of resistance and creativity throughout all of these novels. This class isn’t just looking at the “bad” that governments or people are capable of but the great beauty and perseverance that people are able to find in these intense situations.
We will also watch some films and other short pieces as we go through the class.
You will read these novels and be responsible for finding what is important to you in them for each and every class.
You will keep a journal of your reading with questions, comments, art, and more.
You will write one essay for the class.
You will create book projects.
You will be responsible for finding a tyranny, presenting it to the class, and developing with the class a method of resistance to that tyranny.
You will be responsible for bringing three “videos” (youtube, or something else) demonstrating joy, grit, and happiness.
You will create a social action plan for a community and put it into action. Something to help out a community.
You will create a social action plan for yourself and put it into action. Something to help out yourself.

Poetry
Melissa Park, 1st Semester 2017-18
Melissa's room, Moon 101 : Tue/Thu/Fri 10:15-11:40

LA - Poetry / 0.5

NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED IN THE CLASS. SERIOUSLY. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE THIS. If using a cell phone in class without prior permission, you’ll be asked to leave class for the day and will be counted absent.

ATTENDANCE: For 0.5 credit, students can miss up to six classes (excused or unexcused) until they need to complete projects to make up for the lost hours not in class. If students don’t make up this time they are only eligible for a maximum of 0.25 credit until they do.

“Poetry is the medium for telling the truth, and because a poem is antithetical to lies/evasions and superficiality, anyone who becomes a practicing poet has an excellent chance of becoming somebody real, somebody known, self-defined, and attuned to and listening and hungering for kindred real voices utterly/articulately different from [their] own voice.” – June Jordan

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 learn how to read poetry for meaning and purpose, and to write your own poems. Improving one’s writing requires that one reads A LOT and develops/maintains a regular and/or daily practice of writing.

Earning full credit includes turning in a portfolio of 16 original poems written this semester AND a portfolio of 20 written analyses of poems (you will have lots of time in class to do these). Students will also be in charge of leading one seminar in front of the class that lasts 15-20 minutes.

Expect to read and discuss a variety of poems to explore a range of how poets in different places and eras have used language to describe the “unsayable” in their lives. We’ll work on developing an ear and feel for the music, tone, and rhythm in others’ poetry and our own. We’ll do writing games, exercises from prompts, and experiment with various poetic forms. Taking this class means you’re expected to actively participate in building and sustaining a writing community—one that cultivates sincerity, respect for others, mindfulness, and really listening.

We’ll do ‘poetry field trips’ to read and write outdoors and/or in different settings, and co-create a group poetry project that could look like hosting an open mic or poetry reading at or away from school, or a class poetry ’zine or cd, or something else entirely. Look forward to awesome guest poets and workshops. Students are also encouraged to participate in Youth Speaks Seattle writing circles, open mics, local slams, and Spoken Word Committee on Fridays.

reading committee
Allegra Guarino, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Thu 13:50-14:30

None assigned

Shakespeare
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Adam's room, #202 : Mon/Wed/Fri 10:15-11:40

LA / 0.5

This class is taught by Nova alum (& actor/director) Beverly Poole!

In this class, we will use Shakespeare’s plays and history to examine the idea of censorship and subversive content in the media. We will go through three different plays, examine the poetic language and form, and we will discuss why we should (or whether we should) still care about Shakespeare, a 400 year old dead white guy. What can Shakespeare, and our culture’s relationship with Shakespeare, teach us about our own culture? This is an LA class, so a high level of reading and critical thinking will be expected, but it is open to anyone with any level of interest. Whether you know nothing about Shakespeare, are a returning student, or are a huge fan—this is the class for you!

The Art of Fiction
Debbie Kuttner, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Rm 220 - Debbie's Room : Tue/Thu/Fri 10:15-11:40

LA / 0.5

Let’s read books! Wait, what is a book in the 21st century? Let’s look at a variety of genres (science fiction, fantasy, sci fi, dystopias, horror, alternate history, historical fiction, magical realism, and more). And while we are at it, let’s make our own multimedia books—using found materials. Let’s build something we can all be proud of.
Students will be expected to read, sometimes with ears, sometimes with eyes, and sometimes with both. Students will be expected to write, sometimes with mouth, and sometimes with fingers—using a variety of implements.

The Art of Writing
The Dark Knight Batman, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 102 : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

LA / 0.5

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

FRESHFOLKS HAVE PRIORITY SIGN-UPS FOR THIS CLASS, BUT SKILL LEVEL IS FOR ANYONE.

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.

The Naked Truth on Stereotypes
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Melissa's room, Moon #101 : Mon/Wed/Fri 14:35-16:00

LA / 0.5

NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED IN THE CLASS. SERIOUSLY. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE THIS.

Students of color have priority to sign up for this class. This is a Language Arts class for students who are the most frequently “invisibilized,” marginalized, and/or vulnerable to harmful stereotyping in mainstream society/culture, media, public policy and/or at school. All stereotypes objectify, judge, deny, and ultimately, exaggerate myths about who we are as individuals and communities, while limiting our abilities to express our whole truth and the fullness of who and what we want to be.

The Naked Truth On Stereotypes is a class about cultivating your voice and the power you already have inside you. Chelsey, Azura, Esther, and Melissa will co-teach the class this semester. Our class goals are:

REFLECTION – deepen understanding of self & “other”
EXPLORATION – expose and debunk socially constructed myths of identity & stereotypes
CREATION – practice art to expand & amplify the collective creative power of community
CELEBRATION – celebrate our stories: all of them
ACTION – inspire & incite radical action to uproot systems of domination & dehumanization

Our work towards these goals include:
- critically reading and responding to poetry and prose on race, gender, class, sexuality, intersectional identities, and the role of the artist in society.
- connecting our individual experiences to systemic issues; questioning & analyzing history and current events through the lenses of power and privilege
- challenging ourselves and others to think deeply and critically on the above
- completing an individual inquiry project and related assignments on race, power, privilege, identity, justice, art, community
- active listening
- daily writing
- learning/using poetry tools in our writing
- role-plays and Theater of the Oppressed activities

No poetry writing experience is necessary. Students will perform their poetry in a culminating performance for an audience.

The Play!
Allegra Guarino, COOR 2017-18
209 : Tue/Thu 14:35-16:00

None assigned

Come and work behind the set on costumes, lights, design, stage management, or get up there and act! Auditions are during Bridge week. Be sure to stop by even if you don’t want to be an actor.

Women in Film & Literature
Debbie Kuttner, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Rm 220 - Debbie's room : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:20-13:45

LA - 12B Comparative Lit & Comp / 0.5

In this version of “Senior/Junior Literature” this semester we will be reading/viewing a number of works that depict fictional women created by women, men and others. Our novels will include some of the following: The Poisonwood Bible, The Color Purple, The Good Earth, Sula, Madame Bovary, Jasmine, Their Eyes Were Watching God. We will also look at women depicted in film, and may choose to watch some or all of the following: Strangers in Good Company, Set it Off, La Femme Nikita, Nausicaa Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away, Passion Fish, Mississippi Masala, Trans America, Babette’s Feast, He Loves Me/He Loves Me Not, and others. We may also choose to read some essays and short stories by authors like Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Alice Walker, Helene Cixous, Audre Lorde, and more. Come prepared to read, listen and watch a lot of stories! and to discuss and write about them.

Language Arts / Social Studies

Black Studies: WH/LA
Melissa Park, 1st Semester 2017-18
Melissa's room, Moon 101 : Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 12:20-13:45

LA / 0.5; WHist / 0.5

NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED IN THE CLASS. SERIOUSLY. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE THIS. If using a cell phone in class without prior permission, you’ll be asked to leave class for the day and will be counted absent.

ATTENDANCE: For each 0.5 credit, students can miss up to six classes (excused or unexcused) until they need to complete projects to make up for the lost hours not in class. For each 0.5 credit, if students don’t make up this time they are only eligible for a maximum of 0.25 credit until they do.

This class meets 5 days a week. BLACK / AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS, AND STUDENTS OF COLOR HAVE PRIORITY SIGN-UPS FOR THIS CLASS, BUT ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO TAKE THIS CLASS. Students may earn 0.5 Language Arts (up to LA 12B) and 0.5 World History up to World 3*. *NOTE: earning World 3 credit requires meeting additional specific, intermediate competencies.

This semester’s Black Studies class will focus on Black activism and resistance in history and at present, in the US and around the world. Black and African diasporic peoples have been (and continue to be) pushing for their and others’ liberation and social justice for a long, long time. Their work and experiences have created / continue to create some of the world’s foremost examples of vibrant activism, resistance, scholarship, art, music, and literature in human history.

This is a class about engaging with the legacies of all of the above. And it is a class about practice—of reading, writing, thinking, communicating with others, and challenging our own assumptions. Expect to READ A LOT in this class (short stories, poetry, essays, speeches, up to 2 books), and WRITE/CREATE A LOT (short essays, short research papers/projects, stories & varied written forms). There will be LOTS OF READING AND WRITING SUPPORT, and it’s fine to listen to audio versions of stories/books we’ll read. We’ll do much of the work in class, HOWEVER, EXPECT TO COMPLETE HOMEWORK OUTSIDE OF CLASS EVERY WEEK TO BE ON-TRACK FOR FULL CREDIT.

History of Racist Ideas
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Melissa's room, Moon 101 : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:20-13:45

LA / 0.5; WHist / 0.5

NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED IN THE CLASS. SERIOUSLY. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE THIS.

Students of color have priority to sign up for this class. Scholar and author Ibram X. Kendi has said “Racist ideas are ideas. Anyone can produce them or consume them.” This WH/LA class will focus on the histories of how racist ideas developed and spread in different eras and parts of the world. We will examine multiple perspectives and evaluate primary and secondary sources to analyze, question, and challenge our own ideas of race, and how racist ideas have (and continue to) shaped policies in the US and abroad re: citizenship, civil rights, immigration, displacement, poverty, governance, justice systems, housing, healthcare, education, and civic participation. What real-life impacts have racist ideas had on Black, white, multi-racial, and not-Black people of color in the US and abroad, and intersectionally?

How did humans struggle to understand “otherness” and the varieties of humanity they encountered in the ancient world? Why/how did colonialism help create concepts of race & ethnicity? How did Enlightenment thinkers influence scientific racism? And why are scientists currently reworking biological theories of race using cutting-edge genomic research? How did “Black people” become “Black?” How did “white people” become “white?” What is colorism? How do people in other countries and cultures in the world experience “race?” What racist ideas are evident in other countries and cultures? How are racist ideas perpetuated in modern history and our lives today? What are examples of racial progress and antiracist ideas/activism in history and now?

K-Dramas
Melissa Park, 1st Semester 2017-18
Melissa's room, Moon 101 : Mon/Wed/Fri 8:45-10:10

LA / 0.5; WHist / 0.5

NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED IN THE CLASS. SERIOUSLY. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE THIS. If using a cell phone in class without prior permission, you’ll be asked to leave class for the day and will be counted absent.

ATTENDANCE: For 0.5 credit, students can miss up to six classes (excused or unexcused) until they need to complete projects to make up for the lost hours not in class. If students don’t make up this time they are only eligible for a maximum of 0.25 credit until they do. Students may earn 0.5 Language Arts (up to LA 12B) OR 0.5 World History up to World 3*. *NOTE: earning World 3 credit requires meeting additional specific, intermediate competencies.

What is up with “K dramas?” Why are so many non-Korean folks in different countries (binge-)watching them these days? What are the shows even about and why? Can one learn anything about storytelling and/or Korea by watching them?

This class will start with these questions, and will be a fun and rigorous romp through the world of Korean dramas, cultural norms, and modern East Asian history. (“Korean dramas” is a catch-all phrase for any type of scripted televised show, e.g., action-thriller, melodrama, romantic comedy, historical, fusion, etc.).

We’ll examine popular drama tropes, historical figures, and larger recurring themes in history and present-day serial narratives. We’ll also watch a few films, sample some K dramas, read stories & non-fiction, and do lots of writing. Students will write short essays and create narrative-based projects (this could even be creating a script for and/or filming your own short mini-drama).

Small Fries
Debbie Kuttner, 1st Semester 2017-18
Rm 220 - Debbie's Room : Mon/Wed 14:35-16:00

UE - Focus / 0.25

Need to finish partial credit in language arts or world history, US history, or AGE? Still have to work on or start that pesky 12-15 page research paper? Or maybe you are in your first or second year of high school and want a studyhall so you can do all of your work at school in a guided, supportive environment. Hey! we might even eat fries!
Feeling anxious about graduation? College applications?/ If you need very little credit or want to work on other graduation requirements like senior project, this is the class for you.
You might even need a small amount of credit in one of the other areas and then you could come to this class for inspiration and guidance and earn the credit from an appropriate Nova teacher. Elective credit for study skills is available as well.
I have been graduating Nova students since 2000, so I feel confident that I can get you to graduation!

Small Fries
Debbie Kuttner, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Rm 220 - Debbie's Room : Mon/Wed 14:35-16:00

UE - Focus / 0.25

Need to finish partial credit in language arts or world history, US history, or AGE? Still have to work on or start that pesky 12-15 page research paper? Or maybe you are in your first or second year of high school and want a studyhall so you can do all of your work at school in a guided, supportive environment. Hey! we might even eat fries!
Feeling anxious about graduation? College applications?/ If you need very little credit or want to work on other graduation requirements like senior project, this is the class for you.
You might even need a small amount of credit in one of the other areas and then you could come to this class for inspiration and guidance and earn the credit from an appropriate Nova teacher. Elective credit for study skills is available as well.
I have been graduating Nova students since 2000, so I feel confident that I can get you to graduation!

The Century Cycle: Africa, America, and August Wilson in the 20th Century
The Dark Knight Batman, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 101 : Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 10:15-11:40

None assigned

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.

This class has POC priority sign-ups.

This class is worth 1.0 credit, which can be split, DUE TO THE COMPETENCIES YOU COMPLETE, for Language Arts, World 1, 2, and/or 3, &/or US History 11B (11B only).

We will be studying one of the greatest playwrights to walk this earth – August Wilson. More specifically, we will be studying his Century Cycle – a 10 play series that covers the Black experience of the 20th century in America. Wilson wrote a play for each decade of the last century and covers everything from African spirituality and rituals to playing golf.

We will be studying aspects of the 20th century in America such as spirituality, ritual, art, the blues, jazz, the great migration, race equity and in-equity, the Black power movement of the 60’s, the civil rights movement, Jim Crow laws, and the magnificence of Black culture.

For those of you wanting World History you will be going in depth into the issues that the more than 50 African countries lived through during the 20th century. You will study art, culture, history, agriculture, architecture, music, etc. and how these countries influenced and were influenced by the rest of the world.

Each student will be responsible for FIVE PORTFOLIOS during the course of this class.

Students will be responsible for:
1) Five Portfolios that include a variety of assignments addressing the competencies for the credit you are trying to get in the class.
2) Engage in research, inquiry projects, and at least one oral history project.
3) Read all 10 plays as well as primary and secondary texts.
4) Writing in a variety of styles: creative (short story, poem, play), essay and short answer, research paper, reflection.
5) Be willing to examine yourself, your ethnicity, and the roots from where you and your ideologies stem.
6) Be willing to listen to others’ stories that may differ from your own with compassion.
7) Be willing to be challenged regarding your assumptions and/or to push you to become even better than you are now.
8) Be willing to be applauded for your magnificence.
9) Be willing to participate in a responsible, rational, and compassionate way with your peers.
10) Be willing to sit with what you do not know or understand, or with what someone else does not know or understand.

This class has it all, and it will demand a lot from you in return.

Mathematics

Algebra 2B (12:20 pm class)
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Moon 120 - The Laboratory : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:20-13:45

MA - Algebra 2B / 0.5

This is the second of two semesters of Algebra 2. This course is appropriate for any students who are interested in taking it, and have taken Algebra 2A; 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:

  • Exponential & Logarithmic Functions
  • Polynomials
  • Rational exponents & Radical functions
  • Rational Functions

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 2B (8:45 am class)
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Moon 120 - The Laboratory : Mon/Wed/Fri 8:45-10:10

MA - Algebra 2B / 0.5

This is the second of two semesters of Algebra 2. This course is appropriate for any students who are interested in taking it, and have taken Algebra 2A; 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:

  • Exponential & Logarithmic Functions
  • Polynomials
  • Rational exponents & Radical functions
  • Rational Functions

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 2B (TuThu 10:15)
Lance Brown, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Lance's Room B19 : Tue/Thu 10:15-11:40

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.

“Math Support” time is available during lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for any student who would like additional help or more advanced challenges.

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 B
Christina Wright, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Christina's Room, 309 : Tue/Thu/Fri 10:15-11:40

MA - Algebra 1B / 0.5

This is the second half of Algebra I, and will begin halfway through the Algebra curriculum. This is a playful and rigorous exploration of linear, quadratic, and exponential equations, graphs, and tables. We do a lot of talking, experimenting, and modeling with “stuff.” We will continue our exploration of slope, or rate of change. We will learn how to tell if, when, and where two lines cross, and how this technique can help in a decision making process about profit and costs. We will learn how to graph parabolas and how to predict from their equations what they’re going to look like. We will explore exponents and see how exponential equations model the growth of bacteria, populations, and, of course, money! We will focus intently on squares and square roots and learn how to simplify radicals, expanding to identifying and using the Pythagorean theorem and the distance formula. We will continue to add to our skills in creating scatterplots and graphing equations on the TI 84+ calculators.
Students with IEPs are welcome. Modified credit is available, and this arrangement is best made early in the semester.

Algebra1 B (Speak with Purpose)
Lance Brown, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Lance's Rm (B19) : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

MA - Algebra 1B / 0.5

This is the second half of Algebra I, and will begin halfway through the Algebra curriculum. This is a playful and rigorous exploration of linear, quadratic, and exponential equations, graphs, and tables. We do a lot of talking, experimenting, and modeling with “stuff.” We will continue our exploration of slope, or rate of change. We will learn how to tell if, when, and where two lines cross, and how this technique can help in a decision making process about profit and costs. We will learn how to graph parabolas and how to predict from their equations what they’re going to look like. We will explore exponents and see how exponential equations model the growth of bacteria, populations, and, of course, money! We will focus intently on squares and square roots and learn how to simplify radicals, expanding to identifying and using the Pythagorean theorem and the distance formula. We will continue to add to our skills in creating scatterplots and graphing equations on the TI 84+ calculators.
Students with IEPs are welcome. Modified credit is available, and this arrangement is best made early in the semester.

Applied Algebra Indie: Budget Challenge Simulation
Christina Wright, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 207

CTE - Applied Algebra B / 0.25; MA - Financial Algebra 1 / 0.25

This is a independent experience for you to learn about budgeting, banking, credit cards, and bill paying. This is an online simulation known as The Budget Challenge, in which you are “given” a job, a pay check, and (limited) choices for services you require. For ten weeks, you will be required to “pay” your bills on time, complete quizzes periodically, and respond to situations that change. You will keep track of your bank account through the use of a Cash Flow Spreadsheet, an Excel file that has been populated with categories for keeping track of your income and outgo.

In order for you to earn credit for this experience, you must log on at least twice a week for the ten weeks, whether or not Nova is in session at the time!!!! You are also asked to email or print a completed Cash Flow Spreadsheet at the conclusion of the Simulation.

The Simulation will officially begin on February 15 and will last until April 26. However, you cannot add this class after Monday, February 5. The rules of the simulation are such that I need to enter my “class” by February 8, so there cannot be late enrolments. Also, it is essential that you come for an entire period on Friday, February 9 so that you can log in and begin your “vendor choices” for the simulation.

Note: This course is open to students who are beginning to plan for life beyond Nova. You must have access to a computer, though it does NOT have to be at school. You will be expected to meet with Christina (that’s me) on every Friday (periods 1,2 or 3) of a Monday week. Plan to spend the entire period. I will be available to answer your questions, chart your progress, and provide encouragement.

Applied Geometry Indie: Aeronautical Navigation
Christina Wright, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 207

CTE - Applied Geometry A / 0.25; MA - Applied Math 2A / 0.25

This course is an extension of Geometry B, an application of the techniques you learned, especially with the measurement of angles. In this independent you can expect to explore and learn about charting airplane flight. You’ll learn about the effects of wind, and, finally, how to steer a course that will help you to correct for the speed and direction of the wind. This correction develops through the use of vectors, which is directly applicable to the study of Physics.

Note: This course is open to students who have already (mostly) completed Geometry B. You will be expected to meet with Christina (that’s me) on every Friday (periods 1,2,or 3) of a Monday week. Plan to spend the entire period. I will be available to answer your questions, chart your progress, and provide encouragement.

Applied Geometry Indie: Islamic Art
Christina Wright, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 207

CTE - Applied Geometry A / 0.25; MA - Applied Math 2A / 0.25

The Islamic culture and religion is ancient, venerable, and wide spread. The art developed within the culture was strictly mathematical. This class is an independent for a student who is intrigued and captivated by the mathematical art of the Islamic culture. You will be guided through nineteen increasingly complex constructions, accompanied by a map and brief history of the place in which that particular construction is located, usually as a decorative wall.

Note: This course is open to students who have already (mostly) completed Geometry B. You will be expected to meet with Christina (that’s me) on every Friday of a Monday week. Plan to spend the entire period. I will be available to answer your questions, chart your progress, and provide encouragement.

Applied Geometry Indie: Nautical Navigation
Christina Wright, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 207

CTE - Applied Geometry A / 0.25; MA - Applied Math 2A / 0.25

This is a set of projects and lessons that build towards being able to plot a dead reckoning, calculating set and drift, and figuring out a course to steer. This curriculum follows the guidelines for the US Coast Guard exam, so the real-world applications are abundant.

Note: This course is open to students who have already (mostly) completed Geometry B. You will be expected to meet with Christina (that’s me) on every Friday (period 1,2, or 3) of a Monday week. Plan to spend the entire period. I will be available to answer your questions, chart your progress, and provide encouragement.

Calculus B
Michael Hodapp, 2nd Semester 2017-18
105 : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:20-13:45

MA - Calculus B / 0.5

This is the second of two semesters of Calculus. This course is appropriate for any student interested in taking it, but they must have taken precalculus and Calculus A. 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 seminar and learn through textbook readings, discussion, and interesting problems posed by both the facilitator and students. Calculus applications are found everywhere, including physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, economics, and practically anything having to do with “change” in the world!

If there is interest and dedication, we can also spend some time preparing for the AP exam to get college credit.

Possible topics include (but can be changed depending on student interest):

  • Functions and graphs
  • Rigorous development of limits (including epsilon-delta theory)
  • Continuity
  • Derivatives and Differentiability
  • Many applications of differential calculus
  • Curve sketching
  • Related rates (simple differential equations)
  • Implicit differentiation
  • Parametric equations
  • Polar functions
  • Vector functions
  • l’Hopital’s rule
  • Riemann sums
  • Indefinite and definite integrals
  • Applications of integration
  • Fundamental theorem of Calculus
  • Numerical approximations to integrals
  • Sequences and series, including convergence and divergence

There will be on the order of 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.

“Math Support” time is available during lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for any student who would like additional help or more advanced challenges.

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

Geometry B
Christina Wright, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Christina's Room, 207 : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

MA - Geometry B / 0.5

This Geometry class will be different. This semester we will explore the origin stories of the math we are learning. In what culture was this math first explored? By whom? Where? How long ago? Geometry has distinct non-European roots, but is normally presented with European provenance (e.g., Fibonacci and Pythagorus.) Why was it appropriated? What proof is there of the primacy of other cultures’ thinking? How does this expanded lens help us make sense of this ancient study?

Be prepared to READ more than in your average math class. Be prepared to DRAW time lines to consider a more extensive sense of history. Be ready to LEARN about how archeology has provided insight. Be open to PRONOUNCE names that are unfamiliar. Be OPEN to change what you thought about where math comes from and from whom.

In this semester we will be building on the foundations of the work in constructions and transformations we did in the first semester. We will extend that to triangles, formal and informal proof, similarity, and trigonometry. We will include a very practical unit in standard and metric measurements and their applications in daily life.

Geometry B (The Origin of Objects) Mon/Wed
Lance Brown, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Lance's Room, B19 : Mon/Wed 8:45-10:10

MA - Geometry B / 0.5

This Geometry class will be different. This semester we will explore the origin stories of the math we are learning. In what culture was this math first explored? By whom? Where? How long ago? Geometry has distinct non-European roots, but is normally presented with European provenance (e.g., Fibonacci and Pythagorus.) Why was it appropriated? What proof is there of the primacy of other cultures’ thinking? How does this expanded lens help us make sense of this ancient study?

Be prepared to READ more than in your average math class. Be prepared to DRAW time lines to consider a more extensive sense of history. Be ready to LEARN about how archeology has provided insight. Be open to PRONOUNCE names that are unfamiliar. Be OPEN to change what you thought about where math comes from and from whom.

In this semester we will be building on the foundations of the work in constructions and transformations we did in the first semester. We will extend that to triangles, formal and informal proof, similarity, and trigonometry. We will include a very practical unit in standard and metric measurements and their applications in daily life.

Geometry B (The Origin of Objects) Tue/Thur
Lance Brown, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Lance's Room, B19 : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:20-13:45

MA - Geometry B / 0.5

This Geometry class will be different. This semester we will explore the origin stories of the math we are learning. In what culture was this math first explored? By whom? Where? How long ago? Geometry has distinct non-European roots, but is normally presented with European provenance (e.g., Fibonacci and Pythagorus.) Why was it appropriated? What proof is there of the primacy of other cultures’ thinking? How does this expanded lens help us make sense of this ancient study?

Be prepared to READ more than in your average math class. Be prepared to DRAW time lines to consider a more extensive sense of history. Be ready to LEARN about how archeology has provided insight. Be open to PRONOUNCE names that are unfamiliar. Be OPEN to change what you thought about where math comes from and from whom.

In this semester we will be building on the foundations of the work in constructions and transformations we did in the first semester. We will extend that to triangles, formal and informal proof, similarity, and trigonometry. We will include a very practical unit in standard and metric measurements and their applications in daily life.

PreCalculus Independent
Christina Wright, 2nd Semester 2017-18

None assigned

Mariah will be working on her own, and with her father’s help, to work through chapters of the PreCalculus textbook by Forester. I will be communicating with her and her father to set goals for this work and to arrange for assessments of her progress.

PREEK (Pre-Calclulus)
Christina Wright, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 207, Christina's Room : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:20-13:45

MA - Pre-Calculus A / 0.5

  • This is a great course for those who have completed (or mostly completed) Algebra II. We will begin this course with a rigorous review, so if you are hesitant because you can’t remember your early Algebra, don’t fret. This is a yearlong class designed to bridge the gap between Algebra II and Calculus. It is a year to explore, extend, and play with functions, frolicking among the various function classes, including polynomials, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometric functions.
  • This will not be a “bells and whistles” course. Rather, it is an opportunity to study fundamental and often already familiar concepts deeply, turning them over and around and exploring them with care and true understanding. Our work will often entail use of technology, and there will be considerable opportunity to practice sketching graphs, manipulating equations, and writing/talking about how concepts work and relate.
  • This course is being taught as a workshop. That has two implications. First, there will be less memorization and more thinking required of everyone. Second, time in class will be time on task, completing the work together to explain, question, and compare our results.
  • Students will need regular access to Schoology in order to get access to teaching videos which will be made available as the course progresses. Laptops and Ipads are welcome, but not required, in this class.

This is a yearlong course, but students are welcome to take the first semester as a stand-alone course.

Physical Education

3-Way Soccer
Stefan Gruber, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Gruber's Lab, The Dead Rat Field : Mon/Wed/Fri 8:45-10:10

PE - Individual/Dual Activity 1 / 0.5

3-Way soccer!
This is an unorthodox sports workshop. We sit down at the end of each game to talk about what rules we want to add and subtract to a constantly changing sport. 12 years of fine tuning in this way has produced a game that uses 3 teams on a circular field and a huge yoga ball that you dribble on the grass with your fist, or kick. It feels a bit like a bizarre circus act crossed with a blend of many familiar sports aspects. Meet at Stefan’s room to keep your bag safe, then we head over to the Dead Rat Field.

Bombardment Society
The Dark Knight Batman, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Garfield Community Center : Thu 13:50-14:30

PE - Individual/Dual Activity 1 / 0.25

This class can be Individual/Dual Activity 1.

Students will develop eye hand coordination and learn teamwork through the age old game of dodge ball.

Dead Rats Track
Julia Reade, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 208 : Tue/Thu/Fri 13:50-14:30; Mon/Wed/Fri 14:35-16:00

PE - Team Sport 1 / 0.5

Team:

The team practices daily during the 2:30pm block to no later than 4pm. Team members are required to attend all practices, meets, and complete any workouts assigned outside of class time but part of the training plan. Meets will be on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm in Shoreline.

Interested in run/walking, but not able to fulfill the team requirements? Enroll in the course and receive PE credit based on your individualized attendance and participation plan. 1-5 day attendance options available.

Don't Trip
Julia Reade, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Vida Room 208

None assigned

Walking is a great way to de-stress, bring oxygen to your brain and engage in the neighborhood. Students will democratically choose the direction we wander, and leave their phones behind for an experience in the present moment. We’ll bookend our walks with simple gentle stretches.

Science

Biology
Susan Barth, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Susan's RM 3 : Mon/Wed/Fri 10:15-11:40

SC - Biology 1 / 0.5

This class has a base in cell Biology and will cover the fundamentals of the cell. 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. 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.

Attendance: This class will follow the 8 absence attendance policy, although you should plan to attend class regularly, which will help keep you on top of things in this class.

Expectations _ You will be expected to show up and contribute to this class. This class will help you prepare for the Bio EOC

Building Stuff and Doing Science
Tristan Conley, 2nd Semester 2017-18
The Laboratory : Mon/Wed/Fri 14:35-16:00

None assigned

Science is not just a bunch of facts. Science is a process. This process has resulted in some fairly established and reliable ideas, models, and tools that are useful for probing the world around us. We’re going to look at some of these ideas, models, and tools, and put them into action to explore:

How does an abstract equation help you understand the phenomena that occur around you every day?
How does an abstract equation help you see how the planet you live on works.
How does an abstract equation help you explore and answer your own questions about the universe?
How does an abstract equation help you build something to accomplish a task?

We will be looking at the history of scientific discoveries. We will examine some of the equations that govern the world around us and test them ourselves. We will design and answer crazy hypothetical questions. We will make models. We will explore phenomena at a local and world/universe scale. We will build things to tackle a challenge.

Chemistry
Eyva Winet, 2nd Semester 2017-18
RM #120 : Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 12:15-13:40

SC - Chemistry 1 / 0.5; SC - Chemistry 2 / 0.5

This course is an experiential journey through the essential themes, concepts, models, laboratory skills, mathematics and thinking processes that characterize a molecular understanding of the world. This class emphasizes creating a context for chemistry by understanding the history, philosophy, multi-ethnic perspectives, ethics, applications and relevance of chemistry. Chemistry is a study of the atomic theory, the structure of matter, bonding, nuclear chemistry, fuel chemistry, the periodic table, stoichiometry, reaction chemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, oxidation-reduction chemistry and more. These reactions and concepts explain and control the environment, product manufacturing, the human body, scientific arts like photography and ceramics, food, fermentation and combustion! Expect labs, color changes, burning stuff, and fun! We will also discuss pressing chemical issues and chemical ethics. There is math and writing in this course so get ready to use your whole brain!

Earthology
Adam Croft, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 202 and beyond : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:20-13:45

SC - Earth Science / 0.5

Students will explore the science and history of the living Earth. In particular, we will pursue an understanding of Gaia Theory as developed by James Lovelock, Lynn Margulis, and other scientists. Students will be expected to develop a broad understanding of the dynamics of the living Earth while also taking on an inquiry and teaching project exploring a particular aspect of Gaia.

Scope and sequence:

I. What is happening here on Earth? How do we find answers to this question? [observe, research, experiment, model]
a. Explore current status of:
i. Lithosphere: rocks, soils, tectonic plates, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.;
ii. Hydrosphere: oceans (acidification, over-fishing, sea-level rise), fresh water (rivers, lakes);
iii. Cryosphere: ice caps, ocean ice, glaciers, mountain snow/ice;
iv. Atmosphere: carbon dioxide, pollution (sulfur, nitrogen, particulates, etc.), temperature ;
v. Biosphere : habitat destruction, deforestation, mass extinction, invasive species, etc.
b. Project: model an Earth system and how it is changing.

II. How did it get to be this way? How did it used to be? [research, experiment, design]
a. Explore history and dynamics of each Gaia-sphere
b. Project: design a life-supporting planet fundamentally different than the Earth.

III. How could it be again? What can we do as responsible participants in the Earth? How can social justice (ie. Black Lives Matter, NoDAPL Water Protectors, Occupy, etc.) interconnect with Earth justice?
a. Research and discuss key questions related to application of Earth knowledge in conjunction with social justice
b. Project: action-research project linking social and Earth justice.

IV. Final portfolio:
a. Guiding questions:
i. What have you accomplished?
ii. What have you learned?
iii. What are you still pondering?
iv. What are you still struggling over?
v. What will you take with you from this experience?
b. Portfolio:
i. Collected works from the semester
ii. Written reflection on above questions

Environmental History
Adam Croft, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 202 and beyond : Mon/Wed/Fri 8:45-10:10

SC - Science Seminar / 0.5

Students will explore the relations of human groups and places. In this course, we will question, challenge, analyze, and create the relations between humans and the Earth and how these relations have changed throughout human/Earth history. Most class topics will be determined by the course participants, though we will continue to relate these histories to those of the place within which this course is situated: Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington, Pacific Northwest, North America, …

In particular, we will seek to understand and create an ethic of place. Students will leave the course with a set of questions and understandings to help guide future relations between people and place.


WA State History credit is available for this course.*

Questions to be addressed by students participating in this course include:
- how have humans lived in this and other places?
- how are humans currently living in this and other places?
- how could humans live in this and other places?
- how does the Earth live in this and other places upon the Earth?
- what is the state of the planet and its life today?
- how is health/pollution distributed across the planet today and in this place?
- how has the climate crisis come about, and what is its relation to this place?
- how are/will these changes affect(ing) communities differently depending upon race, class, gender, age, sexuality, ability, etc.?
- how are/will these changes affect(ing) plants, animals, ecosystems, oceans, and the living planet (Gaia)?
- what does environmental justice look like in this and other places?
- what does a healthy human civilization living with and upon a healthy planet look like, in this and other places?

Life on Earth
Adam Croft, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 202 and beyond : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

SC - Biology 2 / 0.5

Students will explore the science and history of life on Earth. Students will be expected to develop a broad understanding of the dynamics of life on Earth while also taking on an inquiry and teaching project exploring a particular aspect of Earth’s life. This course will also prepare students for half of the Biology EOC competencies.

Scope and sequence:

I. What is life? How do we answer such a question? [research, classify, design]
a. Zones of exploration
i. Definition of life;
ii. Requirements for life;
iii. Classification of life.
b. Project: Design a viable creature.

II. How do organisms live together? How do we study these interactions? [research, observe, design, experiment]
a. Zones of exploration
i. Ecological relations;
ii. Human-induced changes.
b. Project: Design and conduct a field study.

III. How do organisms change over time? How do we know? [research, scheme]
a. Zones of exploration
i. Evolution by natural selection;
ii. Examples of evolution;
iii. Human evolution.
b. Project: Plausible evolution of creature.

IV. Biology EOC: practice and review

V. Final portfolio:
a. Guiding questions:
i. What have you accomplished?
ii. What have you learned?
iii. What are you still pondering?
iv. What are you still struggling over?
v. What will you take with you from this experience?
b. Portfolio:
i. Collected works from the semester
ii. Written reflection on above questions

Marine Biology
Susan Barth, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room B3 : Tue/Thu/Fri 10:15-11:40

SC - Marine Science 1 / 0.5

This class will be co-taught with Jack Morgan. He is an avid diver in the Puget Sound.

We will focus on marine life and the environments they live in. We will be learning about specific organisms and how they work, gather food, evolve, survive harsh conditions, and the types of symbiotic relationships they form. There will be an anatomy and physiology portion in each ecosystem we learn about. We may dissect some organisms (not mandatory). We will use Inquiry to discover things about marine life and the ocean, create explorations and put our learning to use. We will explore how scientists create studies to investigate the marine environment.

Conservation will be a focus in this class, looking at what is happening in our oceans and figuring out what we can do about it. We will look at water and it’s life from a social justice stance, how are people and organisms affected by the greed of others? You will be expected to participate in conservation actions this semester (Service Learning hours will be available).

Field trip ideas involve the Seattle Aquarium, Marine Afloat and some local beaches during this class to learn and carry out research.

This class will be a .5 Marine Science credit. It is a good option for the EOC in conjunction with Biology to equal your full year.

Service of Science
Susan Barth, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 3 : Tue/Thu/Fri 11:40-12:20

SC - Ecology 1 / 0.5

Explore conservation and other types of science through what scientists are doing to study and expand our knowledge and action in these areas. Become a part of the movement by collecting and sharing data through Citizen Science. Watch documentaries and create projects surrounding issues in science. Find your own mission and start a movement in Nova, Seattle or around the world. Use tools and technology to benefit the planet. Help bring change, be the change. Learn and inspire yourself and others.

1. Conservation topics- we will be exploring current issues around conservation in our area and beyond.
2. You will create conservation projects and carry them out for Service Learning Credit.
3. Citizen Science- Citizen science is a way for everyone to get involved in gathering data in science topics they are interested in and to share it with scientists to use in their research. We will look at the types and benefits of Citizen Science. You will choose a project to work with, do your own research and collect data for working scientist. We will look at how technology like smart phones is instrumental in this work.
4. Field trips- Possible trips include the Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, local forests and Marine Afloat.
5. Service Learning hours- Part of this class will be completing a minimum of 15 service learning hours in areas that you are exploring in this class. Remember you need 60 to graduate.
6. Join or create movements that are working towards your cause.

Science / Language Arts

Modern Physics
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Moon 120 - The Laboratory : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:20-13:45

SC - Science Seminar / 0.5

This class will be Co-Taught with Tristan Conley.

Do you like mind-bending physics? Theories of the universe? Quantum entanglement? Questions of perception, modelling, how do we know what we can’t see?

We will primarily focus on reading, talking about these theories, writing, and designing the class together! You will research and present a 45 minute physics seminar as well. There will be some math, research projects, labs, and philosophical and ethical seminars. If you hate these things this is not the class for you. If you like theories of the universe, time travel, particle physics, questions of reality and perception, energy, movement, matter and MATH, then this is the class for you.

Do you feel like some of ^ ^ ^ sounds like it would be an awesome launchpad for a work of science fiction? You can take this class for LA by bringing your science understanding to life via short stories, essays about outlandish hypothetical situations, and analyzing works of science fiction that have attempted to bring cosmology and modern physics to life.

Social Justice Community

Yarn, Yak, and crafts
Debbie Kuttner, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Debbie's Room 220 : Tue 13:50-14:30

CTE - Apparel & Textiles I / 0.15

Come learn how/teach/practice how to knit and crochet, and to needle felt, make boxes and engage in any other craft we want to. You are welcome to join for all or part of the time. Perhaps you may even chose to earn credit. We will discuss as a group if we would like to focus on learning a skill (how to make socks for example), or if we would like to engage in a social justice project or two: prisoners who knit, blankets for babies, Welcome Blanket , or one you suggest.

Social Studies

AGE
Allegra Guarino, 2nd Semester 2017-18
209 : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

SS - American Government & Economics / 0.25

Do you want to graduate?
Do you need to take American Government and Economics?
Join us. It will be rad.

Earth! Wind! Water! Fire! History! MONDAY
Tristan Conley, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Tristan : Mon/Wed/Fri 8:45-10:10

SS - World History 2 / 0.5

Humans have existed for a miniscule amount of time when compared to the Earth itself. How the Earth Made History is a world history class in which we will explore how the first 4.5 billion years of world history set the stage for the beginning of human history.

We will learn about how water, volcanoes, earthquakes, outer space, and the distribution of natural resources have shaped both the earth and ancient history.

This class focuses primarily on ancient history (from the beginning of human history to 500 CE).

Earth! Wind! Water! Fire! History! TUESDAY
Tristan Conley, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Tristan : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

SS - World History 2 / 0.5

Humans have existed for a miniscule amount of time when compared to the Earth itself. How the Earth Made History is a world history class in which we will explore how the first 4.5 billion years of world history set the stage for the beginning of human history.

We will learn about how water, volcanoes, earthquakes, outer space, and the distribution of natural resources have shaped both the earth and ancient history.

This class focuses primarily on ancient history (from the beginning of human history to 500 CE).

Inventing America
Michael Hodapp, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 105 : Tue/Thu/Fri 10:15-11:40

SS - US History 11A / 0.5

In Inventing America, we’ll explore early U.S. history, from the arrival of Columbus through the Civil War. In studying this time period, we’ll constantly question everything about what it means to be American. We’ll critically examine the story about where our country came from by examining art, children’s books, movies, and political propaganda. We’ll compare the real history with some of the national myths that we’ve created. We’ll study topics that rarely make it into high school history texts, including colonialism in the Americas, an early history of gender and sexuality, the legacy of class struggles in the United States, and the creation of the concept of race. We’ll engage with complex history using role plays, class debates, research projects, and art.

This history class will not focus on memorizing names, dates, and places. Instead, this class will challenge students to think critically about U.S. history and to identify historical trends and tensions within U.S. society. By the end of the semester, students should be able to construct a cohesive narrative that connects current events to earlier U.S. history, including to our founding documents.

Know Us By Our Numbers
Michael Hodapp, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 105 : Mon/Wed/Fri 8:45-10:10

MA - Probability & Statistics B / 0.5

Know Us By Our Numbers brings together an interdisciplinary crew of government, history, and statistics students to analyze contentious social issues and decide what we as a nation should to about them. The class will choose a new contentious social issue each 4-6 weeks. Beginning with the news and moving to research and policy briefs, we’ll work to understand the problem with concrete data and a clear understanding of domestic and foreign policy. Students will research solutions and work towards presentations and papers that present proposed policy changes and back up their argument with data and evidence. Along the way, we’ll also invite in community groups and public officials to better understand their positions on the issues and advocate for the policies that we think are important. AGE, US History, and Statistics students will follow parallel tracks, learning different skills and competencies that they can then apply to interdisciplinary projects.

Living the Dream
Michael Hodapp, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Room 105 : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

SS - US History 11B / 0.5

What does it mean to live the American Dream? Is it a myth? Has it changed over time and across different places? Who has had access to the American Dream and who has seen their American Dream deferred or denied? How? This class will study United States history since the late 19th Century through the lens of four larger social institutions: employment, housing, schools, and voting. During the course of the semester, we’ll cover industrialization, labor rights movements, the Civil Rights era, housing discrimination and redlining, school segregation and resegregation, and a history of elections. We’ll approach history as a contested subject, one in which a multitude of stories from different perspectives must be weighed and considered as we search for larger trends and truths in U.S. society. Examining history through a lens of race, class, gender, and power, we’ll constantly ask whether the common stories we tell in U.S. history might be biased. If so, what purposes do they serve? And how can we wrap our heads around events and time periods that looked radically different to different people in the United States?

Rather than focusing on memorizing names, dates, and places, this class will challenge students to think critically about U.S. history and to identify historical trends and tensions within U.S. society. By the end of the semester, students should be able to construct a cohesive narrative that connects current events to earlier U.S. history.

Unnamed History
Brian Aytch, 2nd Semester 2017-18
Brian & Mark's Rooms : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:20-13:45

None assigned

This course will travel into the world of American History that is usually lost, hidden, or unnamed. We will begin with a look at education and incarceration. We will discover the historic patterns and issues that created the conditions or context for our current education policies and practices and have led the United States to incarcerate 25% of all the people in the world who are in prisons and jails. We will look deeply into the relationships between public education policy and practice and the “juvenile justice system.” We will also examine influences of health, housing, politics and economics in relation to education and incarceration. Our focus will be on looking at currents events, seeing what happened before they took place, and predicting what will come next. If you want to engage in honest discussion and “blow your mind” with new understandings, this is the course to take.

Please Note: This is a no use of cell phone class. Students are expected to arrive on time and fully engage for the entire class.

Technology

Digital Music (Beats!)
Mark Perry, 2nd Semester 2017-18
207 : Mon/Wed/Fri 10:15-11:40

None assigned

Course Description:
Students in this course will learn how to make music with Ableton Live and Push, and gain foundations in the physics and science of sound and digital audio. Concepts in this course can be translated to video, storytelling, and many types of programming, all while having fun making beats and music. Each student will have access to a digital workstations to create original music. Additionally, students will learn to record, perform, sequence, and manipulate sound.

World Languages

French Studies
Lydia Condrea, 2nd Semester 2017-18
RM #204 : Mon/Wed/Fri 10:15-11:40

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

All world language classes will start with a week of introduction to Language Acquisition, taught in English. The goal of this part of the course is to provide students with understanding of language acquisition/learning process and to empower them in their endeavor of mastering a new language by making them aware about most effective strategies of reaching that purpose. Afterwards, participants will explore different aspects of French culture, learning linguistic pattern, and applying them in various situations. The instruction is in French. At the end of this semester every class will participate in a language swap, with the goal of continuing building cultural awareness, analytical skills, and flexibility in interpreting linguistic data. Teaching strategies, as in all language classes at Nova, are targeting language acquisition rather than learning.

Advanced French Studies
Lydia Condrea, 2nd Semester 2017-18
RM #204 : Fri 13:50-14:30

WL - French 3A / 0.5

Participants will explore different aspects of French culture, learning linguistic pattern, and applying them in various situations They also will be preparing hands on activities and presentations for students of lower levels . The instruction is in French. Teaching strategies, as in all language classes at Nova, are targeting language acquisition rather than learning.

Advanced Russian Studies
Lydia Condrea, 2nd Semester 2017-18
RM #204 : Thu 13:50-14:30

WL - French 3A / 0.5

Participants will explore different aspects of Russian culture, learning linguistic pattern, and applying them in various situations They also will be preparing hands on activities and presentations for students of lower levels . The instruction is in Russian. Teaching strategies, as in all language classes at Nova, are targeting language acquisition rather than learning.

German Studies
Lydia Condrea, 2nd Semester 2017-18
RM #204 : Mon/Wed/Thu 14:35-16:00

WL - German 1 Comp NM (Novice Mid)*1.0 CR / 0.5; WL - German 2 Comp NH (Novice High)*1.0 CR / 0.5

All world language classes will start with a week of introduction to Language Acquisition, taught in English. The goal of this part of the course is to provide students with understanding of language acquisition/learning process and to empower them in their endeavor of mastering a new language by making them aware about most effective strategies of reaching that purpose. Afterwards, participants will explore different aspects of German culture, learning linguistic pattern, and applying them in various situations. At the end of this semester every class will participate in a language swap, with the goal of continuing building cultural awareness, analytical skills, and flexibility in interpreting linguistic data. Teaching strategies, as in all language classes at Nova, are targeting language acquisition rather than learning.

Italian Studies
Lydia Condrea, 2nd Semester 2017-18
RM #204 : Mon/Wed/Fri 12:20-13:45

WL - Italian 1 Comp NM (Novice Mid)*1.0 CR / 0.5; WL - Italian 2 Comp NH (Novice High)*1.0 CR / 0.5

All world language classes will start with a week of introduction to Language Acquisition, taught in English. The goal of this part of the course is to provide students with understanding of language acquisition/learning process and to empower them in their endeavor of mastering a new language by making them aware about most effective strategies of reaching that purpose. Afterwards, participants will explore different aspects of Italian culture, learning linguistic pattern, and applying them in various situations. The instruction is in Italian. At the end of this semester every class will participate in a language swap, with the goal of continuing building cultural awareness, analytical skills, and flexibility in interpreting linguistic data. Teaching strategies, as in all language classes at Nova, are targeting language acquisition rather than learning.

Japanese Studies, intermediate/advanced
Lydia Condrea, 2nd Semester 2017-18
RM #204 : Tue/Thu/Fri 8:45-10:10

WL - Japanese 1A / 0.5; WL - Japanese 1B / 0.5; WL - Japanese 2A Proficiency / 0.5

All world language classes will start with a week of introduction to Language Acquisition, taught in English. The goal of this part of the course is to provide students with understanding of language acquisition/learning process and to empower them in their endeavor of mastering a new language by making them aware about most effective strategies of reaching that purpose. Afterwards, participants will explore different aspects of Japanese culture, learning linguistic pattern, and applying them in various situations. The instruction is in Japanese. At the end of this semester every class will participate in a language swap, with the goal of continuing building cultural awareness, analytical skills, and flexibility in interpreting linguistic data. Teaching strategies, as in all language classes at Nova, are targeting language acquisition rather than learning. The class will be taught by Jay, and Diya will serve as teaching assistant

Modern Greek Studies
Lydia Condrea, 2nd Semester 2017-18
room 204 : Tue/Thu/Fri 12:20-13:45

WL - Greek 1 Comp NM (Novice-Mid)*1.0 CR / 0.5

All world language classes will start with a week of introduction to Language Acquisition, taught in English. The goal of this part of the course is to provide students with understanding of language acquisition/learning process and to empower them in their endeavor of mastering a new language by making them aware about most effective strategies of reaching that purpose. Afterwards, participants will explore different aspects of Greek culture culture, learning linguistic pattern, and applying them in various situations. At the end of this semester every class will participate in a language swap, with the goal of continuing building cultural awareness, analytical skills, and flexibility in interpreting linguistic data. Teaching strategies, as in all language classes at Nova, are targeting language acquisition rather than learning.

Russian Studies
Lydia Condrea, 2nd Semester 2017-18
room 204 : Tue/Thu/Fri 10:15-11:40

WL - Russian 1 Comp NM (Novice Mid)*1.0 CR / 0.5; WL - Russian 2 Comp NH (Novice High)*1.0 CR / 0.5

All world language classes will start with a week of introduction to Language Acquisition, taught in English. The goal of this part of the course is to provide students with understanding of language acquisition/learning process and to empower them in their endeavor of mastering a new language by making them aware about most effective strategies of reaching that purpose. Afterwards, participants will explore different aspects of Russian culture, learning linguistic pattern, and applying them in various situations. The instruction is in Russian. At the end of this semester every class will participate in a language swap, with the goal of continuing building cultural awareness, analytical skills, and flexibility in interpreting linguistic data. Teaching strategies, as in all language classes at Nova, are targeting language acquisition rather than learning.

Spanish Studies
Lydia Condrea, 2nd Semester 2017-18
RM #204 : Mon/Wed 8:45-10:10

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

All world language classes will start with a week of introduction to Language Acquisition, taught in English. The goal of this part of the course is to provide students with understanding of language acquisition/learning process and to empower them in their endeavor of mastering a new language by making them aware about most effective strategies of reaching that purpose. Afterwards, participants will explore different aspects of Spanish culture, learning linguistic pattern, and applying them in various situations. The instruction is in Spanish. At the end of this semester every class will participate in a language swap, with the goal of continuing building cultural awareness, analytical skills, and flexibility in interpreting linguistic data. Teaching strategies, as in all language classes at Nova, are targeting language acquisition rather than learning.