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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.
Academic Quiz Team
Teacher: Dr. David Stark
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
0 Hour Class; 0 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
We are excited to bring competitive interscholastic quizzing to Leaves of Learning! Quiz Team helps students learn to think quickly, creatively, and make good guesses. It is also a good way to gain knowledge for the ACT and SAT. “While winning is just the cherry on the top, student leadership and development are our main objectives. Well, that and having fun ...which comes easy with the way we approach Quizzing”, says Coach Stark.

Competitions are made of two teams of four players (plus subs) going head-to-head in a format similar to your favorite game show. Matches are held 4:00 Mondays at Cincinnati State (family carpools are encouraged) October 23 through February 2018. Practices are held in Room 20 on Wednesdays during lunch for each week of the season. Our varsity and reserve teams compete against other private and public high schools in the Cincinnati area, testing their range of knowledge and trivia in a variety of categories, including: World and U.S. History; Life Sciences; Physical Science; World and American literature; Fine Arts; Geography; Math; Music; and General Knowledge questions. The season lasts from late October to early February, ending with tournament play.

Enrollment is open to all high school students and is one way in which students can demonstrate their school spirit and pride. For more information, drop into a Wednesday practice during lunch! Cost is $75. The Quiz Team is coached by Allison Evans and David Stark. For more information, contact them at dstark@leavesoflearning.org and/or aevans@leavesoflearning.org.


ACT Prep Class 14+ Rm #35
Teachers: Kim Taylor, Tiffany Roark
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.

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.


Computer Animation 11-13 Rm #30
Teacher: Neal Brown
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
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).

Computer Animation 14+ Rm #30
Teacher: Neal Brown
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
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).

Ethics 14+ Rm #36
Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
How do you know you are right? What are your ethical principles? What guides how you live and how you make decisions? What is right, and how do you know? How do you make sound judgments, and what actually constitutes a sound judgment or a cogent argument? In this class we will examine the works of major moral philosophers and learn how to develop and analyze logical ethical arguments. The majority of our work, however, will involve discussions, debates, and lots of case studies and simulations! From dilemmas like lying and plagiarism to complex, real world issues like capital punishment, poverty, and the environment, students will be challenged not simply to share their opinions but to create strong factual arguments after diving into all sides of a problem.

Fantastic Farms 12-14 Rm #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 - 14
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
What is "agriculture"? 1,000 acres of wheat in Kansas? A coffee plantation in South America? An Ohio dairy farm? The local farmer's market? All this and more. In this class we'll explore the origins of food, clothing and many other products we use every day and follow their paths from the dirt to our hands. Plant, harvest, cook, experiment, read, write, produce art and enjoy visits from local farm residents - maybe even people - as we learn about the everyday and perhaps surprising impact agriculture has on our lives and world.

Fantastic Farms 14+ Rm #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
What is "agriculture"? 1,000 acres of wheat in Kansas? A coffee plantation in South America? An Ohio dairy farm? The local farmer's market? All this and more. In this class we'll explore the origins of food, clothing and many other products we use every day and follow their paths from the dirt to our hands. Plant, harvest, cook, experiment, read, write, produce art and enjoy visits from local farm residents - maybe even people - as we learn about the everyday and perhaps surprising impact agriculture has on our lives and world.

Fantastic Farms 6-8 Rm #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
What comes from farms? Learn about different kinds of farms and the plants and animals that live on them. Plant some seeds, meet some animal friends who help make our food and clothes, and find out how things are grown and raised on a farm. Through stories, visitors, and lots of hands on activities we'll learn about the amazing journeys many of our things take from the dirt to our houses.

Fantastic Farms 9-12 Rm #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
What do you imagine when you hear the word "farm?" A field of corn? A barn full of animals? Sure farms give us foods like milk and vegetables, but you might be surprised what else comes from a farm. Through art, cooking, stories, experiments, hands on projects, and special visitors, we'll explore the many products that come from different types of farms locally and around the world.

Feature Length Film Club 14+ Rm #30
Teacher: Neal Brown
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
Students will begin production of a feature-length (90-120 minutes) film; we will work with lights, camera, audio equipment to get the best footage we an and then to edit it to tell the exact story we want to tell.

Free Choice Time 2:15 F
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 12
0.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
coming soon

Free Choice Time T/Th 2-2:15
Teacher: Christie Sawyer
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: Jennifer Deming
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: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 13
0.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
See above.

Free Choice Time Wed. 2:15-2:30
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 12
0.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
coming soon

FX!: Video Editing and Film Effects 14+ Rm #30
Teacher: Neal Brown
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Students will learn the art of nonlinear-editing, creating music videos and assembling short films that include Hollywood-style special effects and graphics.

Gender Studies
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $30.00
coming soon

Inner World 10-12 Rm. #22
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This interactive class is designed to provide students with a “toolbox” of positive, nurturing techniques to strengthen their resilience, connectivity and ability to manage everyday life.
Each class incorporates simple techniques that increase the ability to quiet the mind, focus, stay present, gain control, listen effectively, communicate from the heart, resolve conflict and develop empathy. Positive use of their creative imagination is also taught for problem solving, self-esteem and wellness. Techniques include mindfulness, guided meditation, breath awareness, biofeedback (HeartMath), heart-centered communication (based on nonviolent communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg), reflection and journaling.


Leaf Press/ Journalism 14+ Rm#23
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
In this class, students will learn writing skills, and then they will put these skills to use while reporting, copywriting, editing and proofreading LOL’s school newspaper, The Leaf Press. In addition, they will generate visual images, layout the copy and images, and then publish and distribute the newspaper.

We will focus on writing in a journalistic style. This will include learning to choose the correct and concise word for greatest impact, placing modifiers carefully, using action verbs and active sentences, eliminating redundancies, and avoiding clichés. Students will learn how to research, how to interview, how to write headlines and cutlines, how to report accurately and objectively, how to write creative and captivating leads, how to handle direct and indirect quotes, and how to organize a story.


LOL News Team 12-14 Rm #23
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 - 14
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.

LOL News Team 14+ Rm #20
Teachers: Cassie Murray, Alyssa Brandt
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.

Mindful Communication 15+ Rm #22
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 15 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
Mindful Communication is an effective approach 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 affects Mindful Communication. 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.

Outside the Law 14+ Rm #36
Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
What do Blackbeard, Mata Hasi, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have in common? They all lived outside the law! In this course we will study legal systems and how they have changed over several millennia. We will look at good laws, bad laws, and downright strange laws – and also figure out how to make these distinctions. We will also cover groups who lived outside the law: pirates, historical and modern, spies and even social justice movements as they battled to change the laws.

Peace Jam Ambassadors 13+ Fri. Rm #36
Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
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 Ambassadors 13+ Wed. Rm #36
Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
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 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. Students 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 five 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 8-10 Rm #36
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 8 - 10
1.5 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 #36
Teacher: To be determined
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!

Photography 2 14+ Rm #20
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Pre-requisite: Photography 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.

Photoshop/Photo Editing 14+ Rm #21
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
This class will take you through different Photoshop lessons teaching basic Photoshop 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 is definitely an industry standard program for not only photography but graphic design and marketing.


Power of the Pen 13+ Rm #25
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Independent writers in meet to prepare to compete in local and district writing competitions around Cincinnati. For those students whose passion is creative writing, this is the place for you!

Practical Life Skills 16+ Rm #24
Teacher: Jennifer Showalter
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 16 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
This class will take the mystery out of the world of personal finance and will help to prepare students to make financially sound decisions.

Topics to be covered:

*financial terms and vocabulary
*balancing checking/savings accounts
shopping for a bank
*W-4 (What is it? How do you fill it out?)
*reading a pay stub
*computing payroll withholdings
*filling out deposit/withdrawal slips
*writing checks/endorsing checks
*creating a budget
*philanthropy/charity
*researching, budgeting and buying a car
*budgeting for college/school loans
*credit cards (shopping for the right card, interest rates, fees, reward programs, reading credit card statements, dangers/benefits)
*filling out tax forms (1040)
*moving-out expenses, budgeting, insurance
*investing in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, IRA's, 401k accounts, CDs and money markets


Practical Life Skills 16+ Rm #24
Teacher: Jennifer Showalter
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 16 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
This class will take the mystery out of the world of personal finance and will help to prepare students to make financially sound decisions.

Topics to be covered:

*financial terms and vocabulary
*balancing checking/savings accounts
shopping for a bank
*W-4 (What is it? How do you fill it out?)
*reading a pay stub
*computing payroll withholdings
*filling out deposit/withdrawal slips
*writing checks/endorsing checks
*creating a budget
*philanthropy/charity
*researching, budgeting and buying a car
*budgeting for college/school loans
*credit cards (shopping for the right card, interest rates, fees, reward programs, reading credit card statements, dangers/benefits)
*filling out tax forms (1040)
*moving-out expenses, budgeting, insurance
*investing in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, IRA's, 401k accounts, CDs and money markets


Runner`s Club 12+ Rm Gym
Teacher: Elena Licu
Supervisor: New Teacher
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Students will learn self-discipline as they enjoy the sport of running. Everyone will be working at their own individual level to acheive their goals. Encouragement and fun will be the center of this class.

Scriptwriting for Film and TV 14+ Rm #30
Teacher: Neal Brown
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
In this class, we will go over the principles of writing A/V scripts that are typically used for television style productions, and screenplays that are used for both shorts and feature-length films. The beginning part of the year will have us working together to help each student create their own scripts, and the second half of the year will involve us working as a class on a single feature-length script.

Speech and Debate 14+ Rm #25
Teacher: Charity Kuzuhara
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Students will learn to write and present persuasive, informative, extemporaneous and humorous or dramatic speeches focusing on their language, voice, gestures, and organization. Students will also learn debating skills through a variety of assignments both prepared and impromptu.

Sports and Games 9-12 Rm #Gym
Teachers: , Dan Vickers
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
A variety of team sports will be introduced. The goal will be to focus on cooperative skills and good sportsmanship behavior. During the session I hope to provide activity that will improve the students cardiovascular ability and the skills needed to participle in team activities. I will strive to find activities that are both enjoyable and informative.

Stop Motion Movie Making 11-13 Rm #30
Teacher: Neal Brown
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 11 - 13
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: Lauren Batten
Supervisor: Christie Sawyer
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: Christie Sawyer
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!

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