Week 3 Catalog

Building Math Skills for Incoming Grade 6 (Two Week Course: Week 1)

Grade Level: Incoming 6th

Course Description: We will focus on strengthening skills for fractions and decimals. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with fractions and decimals are important skills for pre-algebra. These skills will be needed over and over again in your math and science classes here at ASD. This course runs for two weeks. It is expected that you also sign up for week 2. This course is also offered Weeks 1 and 2.

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The Science and Practice of Yoga

Grade Level: 8th - 12th

Course Description: Did you know that practicing yoga could not only make your body stronger, but your mind as well? During this course we will spend time looking at the science and history behind yoga and meditation, exploring the benefits of the practice and experiencing a variety yoga styles. Come with a yoga mat, water bottle and wearing comfortable clothes! This course will count for 12 hours of P.E. credit.

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2D Computer Graphics and Animation

Grade Level: 7th - 9th

Course Description: At the intersection of creativity and technology, this course will survey how to use the powerful, open-source programming tool Processing to produce math-based computer graphics. Students will learn how to create graphics, generate designs, and draw simple digital animations. Learn to master computer graphics, and gain an engaging and useful skill! For anyone curious about digital art, computers, or animation: no prior coding or computer experience required, all resources provided.

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Getting Ready for Middle School Writing for Incoming Grade 6

Grade Level: Incoming 6th

Course Description: Spend some time practicing the art of writing before entering middle school. During this course we will cover many types of writing including expository, argumentative, descriptive and narrative writing. We will also have some time to do some creative writing. This course will be suitable for a student needing to brush up on writing skills as well as a student who simply loves to write.

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Expressive Drawing

Grade Level: Grade Level: 7th - 9th

Course Description: In this course, taught by Studio Art Major Emma Mehegan, students will learn how to balance creative expression with formal drawing techniques. Tap into your own style while learning proper academic technique and exercises that you can use to practice, even after the class is over! Using graphite, charcoal, and pastels, students will experience the fun and freedom of expressive drawing. By the end of the week, you will have completed at least one drawing you are guaranteed to be proud of! Students will be expected to purchase a pad of newsprint paper (18in x 24in) and one piece of pastel paper (any color, 18in x 24in) (estimated total cost of about $15-$20). Pencils and charcoal will be provided.

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The Art of the Graphic Novel

Grade Level: 6th - 12th

Course Description: In this class students will read various works and learn to understand what happens in the imagination while reading a graphic novel. Tradition and technique will be discussed while making connections to other forms of visual storytelling. Students will learn about storyboarding and how many closely related to cinematography comics and graphic novels truly are. As well as reading and understanding the form of a graphic novel, the class will get to choose or create a short story to turn into a one page scene in the form of a comic strip.

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Introduction to Chemical Principals

Grade Level: 8th - 10th

Course Description: This course is geared for students entering ASD at grade 8 or above and have missed important chemistry concepts needed for IBC 3. Atomic structure, using the periodic table, and bonding will be covered. Students who feel that they could use a "refresher" for IBC 3 are encouraged to sign up. This course is recommended for students new to ASD who did not complete IBC I.

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From Zero to Hero

Grade Level: 8th - 12th

Course Description: Tracing the epic hero through history and beyond (from Odysseus to Luke Skywalker), while also exploring not just the hero, but the villain in both literature and film—and how the lines between good and evil are sometimes a little fuzzy.

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How to Adult!

Grade Level: 10th - 12th

Course Description: Want to learn about personal finances, checking, savings, credit and debit cards? We'll discuss basic finances plus budgeting, taxes, housing (rental versus buying), cars, toys, insurance and investing.


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