Week 4 Catalog

Building Math Skills for Incoming Grade 6 (Two Week Course: Week 2)

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 1. This course is also offered Weeks 1 and 2.

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Programming Simple Video Games with PyGame

Grade Level: 7th - 9th

Course Description: If you've ever wanted to create your own video games, but didn't know where to start, this is the course for you. Students will learn the basics of the Python programming language and its PyGame expansion, and then employ these tools to code simple puzzles and games. Learn the technical language of video games, and then develop your own spin on simple classics. Builds on skills learned in 2D Computer Graphics and Animation. Taking both is recommended, but not required if you have prior experience with computer programming.

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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: 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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Welcome to ASD Camp!

Grade Level: Incoming 6th

Course Description: During the first day of this camp week we will tour the ASD building, participate in ice breaker/ team building games, and begin to get to know each other. The remaining three days we will meet at Greeley Park in Nashua so that we can run around, play team sports such as kick ball, soccer, and dodge ball, as well as tag. Come have a great time and get to know your new schoolmates!

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There's Philosophy Everywhere! A Life Lesson a Week with Calvin and Hobbes

Grade Level: 6th - 12th

Course Description: A look into the brilliant philosophy of Bill Watterson through his enduring comic strip. Bill Watterson created a voice through which the world could be understood, often so clearly it is as if that understanding came from oneself. At the beginning of every class a Calvin and Hobbes strip will be passed out for students to read. Their job will be to then analyze and muse upon the topics in an open class discussion. Often the topics in a Bill Watterson strip focus on major life dilemmas or simply meaty universal questions. This class is intended to incite critical thinking over those topics and the philosophical themes therein, while using a visual language that creates a comfortable environment in which to learn often thick topics of ethics and other general philosophy. There are no materials for this class except the willingness to participate!

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Introduction to Biological Principals

Grade Level: 8th - 10th

Course Description: This course will cover the core biology content for year one of IBC. It is recommended for incoming students who will not have taken IBC I as well as proficient students looking to reinforce their skills. Topics covered include the organization of life, cell structure, and the chemical basis for life. This course is recommended for students new to ASD who did not complete IBC I.

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Banned Books that Shaped Literature & the World

Grade Level: 8th - 12th

Course Description: This workshop explores books that have had a profound effect on American life. We’ll look at some of the best books and their movie counterparts that have been banned/challenged at some point, and discuss the nature of censorship.

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Introduction to Kenpo: A Modern Course in Self-Defense

Grade Level: 7th - 12th

Course Description: A certified black belt instructor will give an introductory course on the material of Kenpo Karate. Subjects will includes stances, punches, kicks, blocks, techniques, and philosophy. Additional information for continuing the program will be available. The rigor of this course counts as 12 hours of Physical Education Credit.

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Pottery

Grade Level: 8th - 12th

Course Description: Have you ever wanted to use a potter's wheel and make a clay pot? Or learn how to properly build a slab piece of art or even just do pinch pots? AnDrew French is ASD's Tech and Environmental Science Teacher and also the IT Guy. He also used to be an Art Major in college and would love to share his knowledge. Your work will be bisque-fired so that you can then glaze your art for a second firing and then take it all home! Our high school students can earn a half-credit (0.5) in Art toward your high school graduation requirements. So come get muddy, get creative, and get credit all while having fun with Art. This course runs for two weeks. It is expected that you also sign up for the first week.


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