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We offer a wide variety of classes that introduce students to new topics and experiences, and enable them to interact with a wide variety of students.
ACT Prep Class 14+ Rm #30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 14 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $30.00
This class is designed to maximize students' ACT score. Most of the trouble that students have is anxiety and trying to use solely their knowledge to try and do well. In addition to brushing up skills, the majority of this class will be about teaching teens how to be prepared for this unique test. It is a timed test with proven strategies that will be presented to help students not run out of time or rush while they are taking the test.

Animal Studies 13+ Room #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Animal Studies will give students a chance to experience first hand encounters with a variety of subjects from the animal kingdom. While this is intended to be an interdisciplinary elective and not a full science credit, we will cover general science skills such as observation and classification and life science concepts including structure and function of animals, heredity and variation, ecosystems, and both natural and human driven selection. We’ll also do some writing, some art, possibly some math, and have a lot of fun! Our animal visitors will be primarily vertebrates, but we may have a few surprises.
Homework will be minimal.


Baking 101 10-13 Rm #22/Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
Who doesn't like playing with dough? Learn the ins and outs of the art of baking. Each week, learn to prepare a different tasty treat whether it's savory or sweet.

Beginning Fencing 8+ Rm # Gym
Teacher: Kim Miller
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
Students are taught to focus on the joy of self- improvement and to "forget
about winning". They learn to appreciate the contribution of others, value
what they have to offer, how to enjoy the process of self-improvement, and
get a great work-out as well! Students also learn how to deal with
frustration, control anger and remain cool under pressure. Fencing improves
hand-eye coordination, balance, timing, strength, and reflex management. But
the best part is... it's a lot of fun!

This class is structured to give someone who has never fenced before a good
idea of what the sport is about and is intended to familiarize the student
with the equipment and the basics of the sport.

Students will be required to purchase their own fencing equipment. Details
and assistance will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the
year.


Brain Games 9-12 Rm #11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This action packed, dynamic class will focus on improving the critical thinking skills that are crucial for students. Through games, puzzles, activities, and experiments, students will build their logic skills, problem solving, memory skills, coding ability, and more.

Computer Animation 13+ Rm #30
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Using Adobe Creative Cloud applications, we will create and manipulate digital characters to make short 2D and 2.5D animated films (as opposed to 3D animated films).

Conscious Connections 11-13 Rm # 22
Teacher: Sherry McHenry
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
In this class we learn effective approaches to the way we connect with others and communicate, especially in challenging situations. Learn practical skills in bringing more awareness, insight, compassion, and choice to your communications. The way we speak, to others and especially to ourselves, how we connect with and treat ourselves, all affect our connection with other people. Develop deeper listening skills and the ability to stay present in conversations. When we are not mindfully communicating we judge, label, blame and criticize ourselves and others. Develop awareness of those negative patterns and choose to communicate more effectively.

Conscious Connections 14+ Rm 24
Teacher: Sherry McHenry
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
In this class we learn effective approaches to the way we connect with others and communicate, especially in challenging situations. Learn practical skills in bringing more awareness, insight, compassion, and choice to your communications. The way we speak, to others and especially to ourselves, how we connect with and treat ourselves, all affect our connection with other people. Develop deeper listening skills and the ability to stay present in conversations. When we are not mindfully communicating we judge, label, blame and criticize ourselves and others. Develop awareness of those negative patterns and choose to communicate more effectively.

Cooking Adventures 6-9 Rm # 11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 9
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Hop aboard our imaginary food truck as we set off on Cooking Adventures. Together we will follow recipes (and create a few of our own), explore different cultures, books, and time periods. We’ll even throw in some math and science as we create our culinary creations. Let the adventure begin!

*****Due to the nature of this class, we will be using a wide variety of ingredients. If your child has any dietary restrictions or allergies, please consult the teacher to make sure this class is a good fit for your child.*****


Cooking Around the World 13+ T-TH Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
We will travel around the world learning interesting information about different cultures/countries and preparing and tasting new dishes from those cultures/countries.

Dance for Musical Theater 12+ Room# 24
Teacher: Catherine Dresbach
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00

Students will be introduced to dance technique as it applies to Musical Theatre performance with a focus on proper body alignment, placement and conditioning, Musical Theatre dance vocabulary, and moving as part of an ensemble. This training will give them the ability to dance in front of others with poise, confidence and stage presence.



Dance Mix 9-12 Room# 24
Teacher: Catherine Dresbach
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
A high-energy dance class that samples hip-hop, tap, musical theater, ballet, jazz, and more! Does your child want to dance but is unsure of what style he or she would like best? Or maybe you love ALL styles of dance! In this dance class, students will be taught the basic foundation for the styles of ballet, jazz, and tap dance on a regular basis. We will learn the history and culture of classical dance and how dance has evolved through the years. We will also have several performances for family and friends throughout the year. Students will have a blast! Tap and ballet shoes are required, as well as comfy athletic clothing.

Dungeons & Dragons 13+ Rm 25
Teacher: Dan Carlson
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
D&D Club is a creative class for tabletop gaming with the world's most popular fantasy adventure game. If you're new to D&D, learn to play in this class. If you've played before, prepare to dig deeper into how the game works as we play through a year-long adventure full of exploration, puzzles, monsters, and funky-shaped dice! Studies in recent years have begun to show the effectiveness of tabletop role-playing games for building players' social & problem-solving skills, as well as the game's incredible power to stretch the imagination through improvisational story-telling. Space in this class is very limited, so move fast to ensure you get a spot on LOL's adventuring party for 2018/19!

Dungeons and Dragons 13+ 3:30 Rm 25
Teacher: Dan Carlson
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
D&D Club is a creative class for tabletop gaming with the world's most popular fantasy adventure game. If you're new to D&D, learn to play in this class. If you've played before, prepare to dig deeper into how the game works as we play through a year-long adventure full of exploration, puzzles, monsters, and funky-shaped dice! Studies in recent years have begun to show the effectiveness of tabletop role-playing games for building players' social & problem-solving skills, as well as the game's incredible power to stretch the imagination through improvisational story-telling. Space in this class is very limited, so move fast to ensure you get a spot on LOL's adventuring party for 2018/19!

Entertain Your Brain 10-12 Rm #33
Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Do you love Game Night? Join your friends to play strategy and/or math games of all types: board, card, and dice. Develop your strategy and plan your attack. We’ll play a combination of intriguing commercial games ( such as SET, Prime Climb, Blokus, Ubongo, Dimension, NMBR9, Lost Cities, Tsuro, Pentago,), old favorites such as mancala, as well as teacher created games. Hang out and think with your friends. Practice turn taking, good sportsmanship, reading game rules, set up, clean up, and conflict resolution. We will even create our own strategy/math games to play. Come join the thinking party!

Exploratorium 6-9 Rm# 11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 9
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
The Exploratorium, is a completely hands on, brain-on STEM wonderland--part museum, part classroom, and part playground. Each week students will have access to various Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math activities. Students choose which activities they wish to explore among a series of stations set up for each day.

Fiber Arts 13+ Rm #32
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
In this class, students will learn the history of fiber, how it is made, and what sources and materials are used in its production. We will concentrate on four areas: knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, and colonial rug hooking. Students will learn how to do each art, ho to read patterns, and choose and make their own projects. These will be pieces that students will be able to take home, use, and/or give as gifts.
In addition, basic pattern-making will also be taught for each art. Through this instruction, students will be able to design their own projects.


Free Choice Time T/Th 2-2:15
Teacher: To be determined
Supervisor: Diana Osborn
Outside Work: Optional
Ages: 6 and up
0.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
For younger students staying all day, free choice time is an important part of our program and is structured into their schedule. This free time enables students to help balance their day according to individual needs. They will have opportunities to play games outside, run, build forts, hunt for bugs, play board games, play dress-up, put on a puppet show, or sit quietly and read. Teachers will supervise this time and be available, but the beauty lies in its unstructured quality.

Free Choice Time T/TH 2:15-2:30
Teacher: To be determined
Supervisor: Diana Osborn
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 12
0.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Coming Soon

Free Choice Time Wed. 2:00-2:15
Teacher: To be determined
Supervisor: Diana Osborn
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 13
0.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
See above.

Fun with American Sign Language Rm . 22
Teacher: Becky Flanagan
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $30.00
This interactive class will introduce some basic vocabulary and structure of American Sign Language through a variety of hands-on lessons designed to expose the student to a different means of communication. History of Deafness in America and cultural elements of this interesting population will round out the students’ understanding of this beautiful language. Students will produce poetry and stories using sign language.

Green Leaves Club 13+ Wed Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
The choices we make every day determine what kind of a world we live in. Discover ways you can reduce your environmental impact and help Leaves of Learning conserve resources. Learn about making healthier choices for yourself and the planet, investigate the life cycle of common products, and brainstorm creative and fun solutions to challenges. We’ll do crafts, make food, play games, run school wide projects and contests, and hopefully take a field trip.

Green Leaves Club 9-12 TH Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
The choices we make every day determine what kind of a world we live in. Discover ways you can reduce your environmental impact and help Leaves of Learning conserve resources. Learn about making healthier choices for yourself and the planet, investigate the life cycle of common products, and brainstorm creative and fun solutions to challenges. We’ll do crafts, make food, play games, run school wide projects and contests, and hopefully take a field trip.

How to Be Funny 13+ Rm # 23
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
-- jokes, jests, puns, wordplay, double talk, malarkey, poppycock, balderdash and twaddle
-- stunts, tricks, gags, practical jokes, high jinks, shenanigans, tomfoolery and monkeyshines
-- funny actual words like rannygazoo, flummery, oompus-boompus, phonus balonus, kerfuffle
-- funny names, like Jack Dupp, Eileen Dover, Plato Beans, Helen Highwater, Hugo Yorway
-- learning to speak apparent gibberish, i.e, ‘code languages’ similar to Pig-Latin
-- legerdemain (sleight-of-hand) for beginners
-- plus Other Things to Say & Do of Which Serious-minded People Scarcely Approve
-- Discovering classic written humor:
PG Wodehouse, Jerome K Jerome, Mark Twain, James Thurber, humorous poems, aphorisms, one-liners, parody, satire, writing your own humor
-- Discovering classic film humor:
Laurel & Hardy, The Three Stooges, The Marx Bros., Jonathan Winters, Monty Python
-- Discovering musical humor:
Gilbert & Sullivan, Spike Jones, Peter Schickele, Porky Pig’s Blue Christmas, Jonathan & Darlene Edwards, Ray Stevens
funny songs, novelty numbers, writing your own funny song
-- Discovering the practical uses to which funniness can be put: to have fun, to amuse friends, to compel people to listen to you, to appeal to potential boyfriends and girlfriends, to see the comedic potential in almost every situation, to develop a healthy alternative to the Blues and to banish dull care with a hey nonny no and a hot cha cha.
-- Philosophizing throughout on the nature of comedy, i.e, why something is funny


How to Start Your Own Country 14+ Rm #35
Teacher: Alex Schrank
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This class idea was inspired from the days at Leaves when a few friends and I started our own "country" called the United Federation of Thag. We wrote a constitution, held elections, designed currency, and learned a lot about all the moving parts that have to come together to form a working government. In this class students will found their own "countries," develop a system of government, write and enforce laws, regulate their economies, and establish international relations with each other - all while learning about the theory behind each of these functions of government in a unique and engaging way. Each class will involve a realistic scenario or crisis that each of the countries will have to deal with. Sometimes it may be an internal issue, sometimes it may require cooperation between the countries, and occasionally it might lead to disagreements between countries. Over the course of the semester, students will have to deal with these issues inside the rules that they themselves created -or find a way to change them. This class would be primarily hands-on learning, but would provide countless natural opportunities for teaching the theory behind politics and government.

IQ University 14+ Rm #20
Teacher: Dr. David Stark
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Do you like friendly battles of wits? IQ-University, or IQU for short, is your chance to put your academic and intellectual prowess to the test in a fun, friendly, but competitive atmosphere. Students will participate in a range of Trivia and Academic Quizzing challenges. With that in mind, it is highly encouraged for students who plan to participate on our Quiz Team during the winter season to enroll. It is also encouraged for students who are curious about joining Quizzing, love Trivia, playing Quizlet, and other kinds of general knowledge games. Or not. Participating on the Quiz Team (which competes Mondays at 4pm at Cincinnati State during the winter season) is not required for enrolling in the course... just an enjoyment of gaming and challenges. In addition to the Quizzing aspect, student will participate in a range of strategy games and simulations (like Cut-throat Monopoly, Settlers of Katan, modified versions of RISK based on boards we create, and more). We may also devote some time to the classics, like Stratego and Chess. Put your mind to the test in IQU!

LOL News Team 11-13 Rm #25
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Are you a budding writing, photographer, or videographer? Do you love reading the news? Creative students with an interest in journalism are encouraged to join our LOL News Team! We will study news writing, photography, interview skills, and social media in order to produce the LOL News. Topics covered will include finding credible sources, thinking critically about the news, internet safety, and the fundamental skills of journalism. We'll work together as a team to become more informed, empathetic and engaged with our LOL community and we'll highlight all of the amazing events, classes, special projects, students and teachers, and day-to-day culture at Leaves! Publishing opportunities include producing writing, photography, and short videos for the LOL News Facebook and Instagram pages. Although meeting in separate class times, the 12 - 14 class and the 15+ class will collaborate to produce the news.

LOL News Team 14+ Rm #32
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Are you a budding writing, photographer, or videographer? Do you love reading the news? Creative students with an interest in journalism are encouraged to join our LOL News Team! We will study news writing, photography, interview skills, and social media in order to produce the LOL News. Topics covered will include finding credible sources, thinking critically about the news, internet safety, and the fundamental skills of journalism. We'll work together as a team to become more informed, empathetic and engaged with our LOL community and we'll highlight all of the amazing events, classes, special projects, students and teachers, and day-to-day culture at Leaves! Publishing opportunities include producing writing, photography, and short videos for the LOL News Facebook and Instagram pages. Although meeting in separate class times, the 12 - 14 class and the 15+ class will collaborate to produce the news.

Mock Trial 15+ Rm #11
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Experience the thrill of tense courtroom action with Mock Trial! Learn the proper procedures to prosecute and defend a case; act out roles as attorneys, witnesses, and judge; and work with actual judicial professionals to develop a better, richer understanding of the entire system. Take field trips to watch court cases in action, including a potential trip to Columbus to see the State Supreme Court, and experience all aspects of the judicial system as it applies to your life. Try small cases in class, from fairy tales gone wrong to re-enactments of Supreme Court cases dealing with your rights as a student and as a citizen. And the culminating project: we get to work with the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education's Mock Trial program to produce and showcase a significant trial experience.

Peace Jam Ambassadors 13+ Fri. Rm #33
Teachers: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland, Leslie Hamilton, Alex Schrank
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
You can take one or both days (offered Wed. and Fri.) of PJ Ambassadors!!! Both days will offer stand-alone activities that will complement each other. Designed for high school students, PeaceJam Ambassadors explores issues related to peace, violence, social justice and oppression. Youth study the lives and works of a Nobel Peace Laureate and the strategies he or she uses to address pressing global issues. Participating youth create and implement their own Global Call to Action Projects, becoming creative leaders who are committed to solving the most difficult problems facing our world. This program also includes an annual PeaceJam Youth Conference where youth spend a weekend with that Nobel Peace Laureate, giving them an unprecedented opportunity to share with, learn from, and be inspired by a world leader for peace. Based on the quality and scope of our work, our club has been chosen as one of only 5 groups in the world to pilot an equality and inclusivity addendum to the curriculum, and our projects have been recognized by the leaders of PeaceJam and our regional affiliate, Great Lakes PeaceJam.

Peace Jam Juniors 7-9 Rm #33
Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 7 - 9
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
PeaceJam Juniors uses the stories of the childhoods of 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners to help youth become passionate and informed advocates for themselves and their world. Focusing on creating peacemakers from the earliest age, PJ Juniors allows students to explore the ideas of peace, justice, community, feelings, identity, and self-expression in a safe, inclusive environment. Students create many small projects throughout the year to put into practice their leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills, and at the end of the year create a major Global Call to Action project to be showcased for lawmakers and other active students at the Youth For Justice Summit in Columbus. Using art, history, science, math, literature, and writing, we become great peacemakers!

Peace Jam Leaders 10-12 Rm #33
Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
Designed for 10-12 year olds, PeaceJam Leaders uses the stories of the lives of 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners to help youth become passionate and informed advocates for themselves and their world. Focusing on the need to help young people find their identities, express themselves in positive ways, and learn how to make a positive impact on the people around them, PJ Leaders inspires youth to truly become leaders. Through art, social sciences, video, literature, writing, and any other means the students choose, we can become better communicators and collaborators as we work together to create meaningful projects addressing serious issues at the root causes. We will have a chance to show off our amazing work in Columbus at either the Youth For Justice Summit or the Project Citizen showcase, the latter of which will allow us to actually change laws or public policies, and both of which will allow us to speak directly to our state and local lawmakers. This is an amazing, inspiring, and really fun class!

Personal Finance & Prac. Life Skills 16+ Rm # 30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 16 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
• Money Matters: Why It Pays to Be Financially Responsible
• Dream Big: Money and Goals
• Road Rules: Researching and Buying a Car
• The Cost of College: Financing Your Education
• A Perfect Fit: Finding the Right Career for You
• Keeping Score: Why Credit Matters
• Privacy Please: Protecting Your Identity
• Making it Work Together: Money and Roommates
• A Plan for the Future: Making a Budget
• Make It Happen: Saving for a Rainy Day
• Savvy Spending: Sharpening Money Decisions
• Bank or Bust: Selecting a Banking Partner
• Nothing But Net: Understanding Your Take Home Pay
• Using Credit Wisely
• The Danger of Debt: Avoiding Financial Pitfalls
• Home Sweet Home: Purchasing a Place
• Smooth Sailing: Exploring Insurance and Estate Planning
• A Way to Wealth: Understanding Interest and Investments
• Financial Forces: Understanding Taxes and Inflation
• The Tools to Build Your Financial Dream
• Buy, Sell or Hold?: An Overview of Investing
• Kindness Counts: Understanding Charitable Giving
• And Many Practical Life Skills: Changing a tire, sorting laundry, sewing on a button……


Personal Finance & Prac. Life Skills 16+ Rm #30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 16 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
• Money Matters: Why It Pays to Be Financially Responsible
• Dream Big: Money and Goals
• Road Rules: Researching and Buying a Car
• The Cost of College: Financing Your Education
• A Perfect Fit: Finding the Right Career for You
• Keeping Score: Why Credit Matters
• Privacy Please: Protecting Your Identity
• Making it Work Together: Money and Roommates
• A Plan for the Future: Making a Budget
• Make It Happen: Saving for a Rainy Day
• Savvy Spending: Sharpening Money Decisions
• Bank or Bust: Selecting a Banking Partner
• Nothing But Net: Understanding Your Take Home Pay
• Using Credit Wisely
• The Danger of Debt: Avoiding Financial Pitfalls
• Home Sweet Home: Purchasing a Place
• Smooth Sailing: Exploring Insurance and Estate Planning
• A Way to Wealth: Understanding Interest and Investments
• Financial Forces: Understanding Taxes and Inflation
• The Tools to Build Your Financial Dream
• Buy, Sell or Hold?: An Overview of Investing
• Kindness Counts: Understanding Charitable Giving
• And Many Practical Life Skills: Changing a tire, sorting laundry, sewing on a button……


Photography 2 14+ Rm #25
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Pre-requisite: Photography I class or equivalent skill. Recommended camera is Canon RebelT5I or any Rebel.
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
This class will guide students toward a deeper level of understanding of photography. We will go over editing techniques with Lightroom, create in-depth photo sessions that push the limits of students’ imaginations and dig deeper into composition. Students will work to find their own personal photographic style.

Photography I 13+ Rm #25
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: Students must have their own camera. Recommended camera would be a Canon Rebel T5I or any Rebel.
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Join me as I take you on a journey into the world of basic photography. You'll learn the basic foundation of photography: how your camera works, lighting techniques , how to properly compose an amazing eye catching image and much much more.

Photoshop I/Illustrator 14+ Rm #25
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Students in this class can opt to learn Photoshop or Illustrator or a bit of both. We will take you through different Photoshop/Illustrator lessons teaching basic tools and features moving into detailed projects like: photo manipulation, creating composite images, gaining a better understanding of composition and how to edit images in detail.
This class teaches important skills that may be beneficial when seeing employment and any creative career path. Photoshop & Illustrator are industry standard programs for not only photography but graphic design and marketing.


Running with a Purpose 10+ Rm Gym
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Everyone yearns to be healthy and fit. But most of us have a hard time committing to a structured routine that gets us there. You, students, told us that running for the sake of running felt either daunting or boring. So, we listened! This new class is everyone’s opportunity to break away from the common stereotype that is often associated with structured exercising. Running will not feel like a chore ever again! Instead, we will exercise with a clear purpose, one which differs for each of you. It is up to you to set your goals, and to dictate the pace and weekly activities in this class.
Do you feel like chasing a Frisbee on the green manicured lawn of Chamberlin Park? Or perhaps you prefer playing a game of dodge ball or broom hockey in the gym. Like tagging your friends or kicking a soccer ball under the blue skies of French Park, right after hiking through its beautiful, lush woods? Or maybe, this time, you feel like dribbling a ball and shooting hoops with your friends. You can do all these, and more, in Running With (a) Purpose!
And while you are running (with purpose)--without ever noticing you’re exercising, you will also learn to balance good nutrition and physical activity with your busy lifestyle. Come run with a purpose, and you will have a fun time together with friends. Exercising will not feel boring or daunting ever again!


Scientific Research Methods 15+ Room 23
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Significant
Prerequisites: Algebra I
Ages: 15 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Research Methods will help students understand and critically evaluate scientific studies across disciplines. Turning to empirical evidence (information scientists acquired by observation or experimentation) to further one’s knowledge is critical as we try to make sense of the world around us, of what we learn. We turn to science to understand how bits and pieces of the world work, and to test ideas or theories that have been put forward by others. Science offers standards through which we can objectively evaluate empirical evidence. Data tell us what is true and what it not. And science offers what our standard methods of understanding the world do not.
In the first part of this course I cover topics on the philosophy of science and research design. The most important concepts have to do with causality, confounding, and spuriousness. In the second part of the course I cover measurement. Here, we will grapple with the meaning of measures and sampling strategies.
Students will first evaluate others’ research, and use such sources to form educated opinions about various topics and pressing issues. They will become educated consumers! By the end of this course, students will be able to design rigorous studies, and conduct their own research projects.


Stop Motion Movie Making 10-12 Rm #30
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 10 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Using mobile devices, students will create Legomation, Claymation, and other stopmotion-style short films. Concepts of story writing, camera composition and basic editing will be practiced as well.

Study Hall/Private Tutoring/Lesson TH 11:00-12:15
Teacher: To be determined
Supervisor: Diana Osborn
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Leaves of Learning charges a $5 fee per hour for use of a space for private tutoring or lessons; your tutor or instructor will adjust their hourly rate by $5.00 in order to accommodate for this cost. Hourly rates for tutors vary and the actual tutoring or lesson fees should be paid directly to the instructor. If your lesson is not going to be for the entire class time, please sign up for the entire class time and then email Christie Sawyer at csawyer@ leavesoflearning.org and she will have your bill adjusted accordingly. Thank you!

Study Hall/Private Tutoring/Lessons F 2:15-3:30
Teacher: To be determined
Supervisor: Lauren Batten
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Leaves of Learning charges a $5 fee per hour for use of a space for private tutoring or lessons; your tutor or instructor will adjust their hourly rate by $5.00 in order to accommodate for this cost. Hourly rates for tutors vary and the actual tutoring or lesson fees should be paid directly to the instructor. If your lesson is not going to be for the entire class time, please sign up for the entire class time and then email Christie Sawyer at csawyer@ leavesoflearning.org and she will have your bill adjusted accordingly. Thank you!

Study Skills 10-12 W 1:00 Rm #22
Teacher: Chris Santoro
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Are you looking for ways to organize schoolwork, sports gear, your backpack, your bedroom? To study more efficiently? Set and meet goals? Manage your time (where does it go!)? In this class, students will learn the importance of and gain practice in vital executive skills—including organization; planning & prioritizing; task initiation; sustained attention. These are skills we need throughout our lives, and skills that take practice. Over the year, we'll practice these skills through games and activities as well as individualized homework/study/organization plans.

Study Skills 13+ T-TH 2:15 Rm #22
Teacher: Chris Santoro
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Are you looking for ways to organize schoolwork, sports gear, your backpack, your bedroom? To study more efficiently? Set and meet goals? Manage your time (where does it go!)? In this class, students will learn the importance of and gain practice in vital executive skills—including organization; planning & prioritizing; task initiation; sustained attention. These are skills we need throughout our lives, and skills that take practice. Over the year, we'll practice these skills through games and activities as well as individualized homework/study/organization plans.

Study Skills 13+ W 2:15 Rm 22
Teacher: Chris Santoro
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Are you looking for ways to organize schoolwork, sports gear, your backpack, your bedroom? To study more efficiently? Set and meet goals? Manage your time (where does it go!)? In this class, students will learn the importance of and gain practice in vital executive skills—including organization; planning & prioritizing; task initiation; sustained attention. These are skills we need throughout our lives, and skills that take practice. Over the year, we'll practice these skills through games and activities as well as individualized homework/study/organization plans.

The Great LOL Bake-Off Show 13+ Rm 22/Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
Do you love the BBC’s Great British Bake Off more than chocolate cake? Enter “The Great LOL Bake Off” which offers all of the same wondrous cooking triumphs and fails, colorful characters, and trials and tribulations of students absolutely obsessed with cooking! Our production company will broadcast our show, “The Great LOL Bake OFF!” on our own YouTube channel. Students will be in charge of pre-production organization, set-up, scripts, introductions, equipment, timing, food photography, videography, YouTube expertise, food reality show expertise, public speaking, and every detail that goes into creating a quality show about quality food.
“The Great LOL Bake OFF!” will be more about fun and learning than cut-throat competition. Think “charming” and “fascinating” –not competitive. Our class will practice our manners by asking guest judges to attend our filming sessions (LaDawn, other foodies that are friends of LOL). We’ll seek guidance from food photographers. We will visit TV sets and study TV hosting techniques. We will learn the tricks of timing the filming of cooking and baking. Student will interview the cooking students and do mini-biographies in the spirit of The Great British Bake Off. There’s much crativit to be had here…and wecan’t wait to get started!


The Great LOL Bake-Off Show-Production 13+ Rm#25
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Do you love the BBC’s Great British Bake Off more than chocolate cake? Enter “The Great LOL Bake Off” which offers all of the same wondrous cooking triumphs and fails, colorful characters, and trials and tribulations of students absolutely obsessed with cooking! Our production company will broadcast our show, “The Great LOL Bake OFF!” on our own YouTube channel. Students will be in charge of pre-production organization, set-up, scripts, introductions, equipment, timing, food photography, videography, YouTube expertise, food reality show expertise, public speaking, and every detail that goes into creating a quality show about quality food.
“The Great LOL Bake OFF!” will be more about fun and learning than cut-throat competition. Think “charming” and “fascinating” –not competitive. Our class will practice our manners by asking guest judges to attend our filming sessions (LaDawn, other foodies that are friends of LOL). We’ll seek guidance from food photographers. We will visit TV sets and study TV hosting techniques. We will learn the tricks of timing the filming of cooking and baking. Student will interview the cooking students and do mini-biographies in the spirit of The Great British Bake Off. There’s much crativit to be had here…and wecan’t wait to get started!


Yoga Fun 8-12 Stage
Teacher: Dara O'Loughlin
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
This class promotes the development of strength, flexibility, balance, self confidence, mindfulness, kindness, and relaxation. Each week, students will explore poses, breathing, and other helpful tools in a fun and supportive setting. Yoga mat required.

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