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Practical Life

One of our goals as parents and teachers is to help our kids develop a strong and realistic sense of independence and self-reliance. We want them to be prepared, and feel prepared, as they make the journey into adulthood. These classes will address some of the most important skills necessary to make a seamless transition into adulthood and its many challenges.
Adulting 101 Rm. 35
Teacher: Tiffany Medcalf
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
There is so much to learn before moving out of your parent's house. In this class, we will learn a new skill every week. These skills include changing a tire, jumping a car battery, sewing on a button, washing clothes at the laundromat, how to fill out tax forms, job applications, and much more.

Animal Exploration (9-11) F 1:00 Rm #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 11
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Get an up close, first hand look at a variety of visitors from the animal kingdom. Learn about where they live, what they eat, how they grow and their places in the world. The class will welcome visitors, play games, and share what we learn through media that can include discussion, writing, and the arts. We plan to have a lot of fun while developing our skills in observation, classification, experimentation and description.ures, with unusual habits, living in diverse environments.

Animal Studies 15+ Room #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 15 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.


Art Professional Practices & Marketing (13+)Rm. 30
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
The class is designed to incorporate professional business practices and marketing one’s art. I received feedback from students who plan to pursue art in college and/or after high school as a personal interest or occupation. Based on the feedback, I thought this would be a good class for students who plan to pursue art beyond high school. The class is designated for students who have a passion for art and who may possess advance skill level artistically and/or creatively. As a professional artist, they will learn how to create a signature voice in their work and more.

Students will apply to 2-3 student arts shows. Scholastic art, Wyoming Art Show, Loveland Art Show, and the Golden Ticket Art Show, Clifton, are just a few examples of the shows.


Students will learn how to build a signature brand as well as learn how to brand themselves. The class would take a real look at commercial art vs. fine art. Students will learn how to discern the differences. The class will learn and discuss the principles on how to sell their art and how to apply for grants and resident opportunities.



Baking Academy (11-13) Fri. 2:15 Rm. Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
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.

Baking Academy Junior (8-10) Fri. 1:00 Rm. Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 - 10
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
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.

Coding & Computer Literacy (14+) Rm. 32
Teacher: Sarah Mahoney
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Students will start by learning about coding fundamentals such as variables, loops, and if/then statements. From there, they progress to working with graphics and eventually to building games. Students will also become efficient with typing skills and learn how to use the features of Google Drive.
This is a self-paced course where kids work through a series of lessons at their own pace.


Coding Fun & Computer Skills (9-13) Rm. 32
Teacher: Sarah Mahoney
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 13
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Learn to code through games and activities! Master fundamental functions, create code blocks, and draw and move shapes. Students will learn the basic building blocks of programming. Learn typing skills and basic functions of Google Drive.


Dinner, Dessert, Delicious (13+) T/TH Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $80.00
Students will learn to make informed diet choices which will pave the way to independent living, on or off a budget. Students will learn to prepare foods that they choose and like. Food preparation will be a fun and relaxing activity. Prepared food will be eaten at each class!

Going Green: Upcycled Art (6-8) Rm. 37
Teacher: Chelsea Borgman
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
One person’s trash is another person’s…artwork!? That’s right, in this class we will take unwanted items like cardboard, plastic water bottles, and newspaper and turn it into beautiful works of art! During this class, students will learn about the history of recycled art, contemporary artists who make art about recycling and the environment, and the basics of our recycling system. Students will learn to search their surroundings for usable materials and consider how they can transform garbage into something useful and/or beautiful.


Mind Your Manners (8-10) Rm. 32
Teacher: Sarah Mahoney
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 - 10
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Etiquette and manners - Students will learn etiquette and practice using good manners. They will reflect on how being polite can encourage sharing and cooperation.

Students will cover friendship etiquette, communication skills, poise, confidence, greetings, and introductions etiquette, and email/letter writing etiquette. At the end of the year, we will be putting our manners and etiquette skills to the test by having an afternoon tea with small talk.


Miniature House Building (8-10) Rm. 35
Teacher: Tiffany Medcalf
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 - 10
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Each student will build their own house. Students are invited to be creative, building a traditional doll house, a firehouse, a school, or even a farm. Students will also construct most of the furniture and figures for their dollhouses. At the end of the year, each student should have at least one dollhouse to keep.

Personal Finance & Prac. Life (15+) F 1:00 Rm.25
Teacher: Jennifer Showalter
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
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


Personal Finance & Prac. Life 15+ W 2:15 Rm. 22
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 16 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Plan for the Journey Ahead with Financial Education

From High School Financial Planning Program:

"Financial planning is not just about money. It’s about your journey: where you want to go, what you want to do, what your life will be like. How will you sort through all the possible pathways and make your dreams a reality?

This program helps you discover tips and tools to intentionally choose your direction while navigating the unknown frontier of your financial future. Learn how to chart and adjust your route as your values and life circumstances change.

The HSFPP's plan-driven approach doesn't just teach information or show students how to manage a financial task – it guides them to do it for themselves so they can apply financial decisions to their own lives and return in the future to do it again successfully.

As a result, HSFPP students are better at demonstrating and forming positive behaviors, and have greater average gains in confidence, than those who take other financial education courses based solely on knowledge and literacy.

The HSFPP materials are research-based, noncommercial and offered completely free of charge, including printed materials, as a public service. There's no catch, ulterior motive or cost. Period."


HSFPP Personal Finance Module Topics
Money Management - Control Your Cash Flow
Borrowing - Credit: Use--Don't Abuse
Earning Power - More Than a Paycheck
Investing - Money Working for You
Financial Services - Care for Your Cash
Insurance - Protect What You Have


Personal Finance & Prac. Life 15+ W. 9:30 Rm.22
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 15 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Plan for the Journey Ahead with Financial Education

From High School Financial Planning Program:

"Financial planning is not just about money. It’s about your journey: where you want to go, what you want to do, what your life will be like. How will you sort through all the possible pathways and make your dreams a reality?

This program helps you discover tips and tools to intentionally choose your direction while navigating the unknown frontier of your financial future. Learn how to chart and adjust your route as your values and life circumstances change.

The HSFPP's plan-driven approach doesn't just teach information or show students how to manage a financial task – it guides them to do it for themselves so they can apply financial decisions to their own lives and return in the future to do it again successfully.

As a result, HSFPP students are better at demonstrating and forming positive behaviors, and have greater average gains in confidence, than those who take other financial education courses based solely on knowledge and literacy.

The HSFPP materials are research-based, noncommercial and offered completely free of charge, including printed materials, as a public service. There's no catch, ulterior motive or cost. Period."


HSFPP Personal Finance Module Topics
Money Management - Control Your Cash Flow
Borrowing - Credit: Use--Don't Abuse
Earning Power - More Than a Paycheck
Investing - Money Working for You
Financial Services - Care for Your Cash
Insurance - Protect What You Have


Self-Expression Through Art (11-13) Rm. 30
Teacher: Trelan Jones
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
This is a nonjudgmental, free-thinking and upbeat self-reflective art class. Self-reflection is looking in the mirror and allowing yourself to describe what you see. Self-reflection empowers students to better understand their strengths and weaknesses which will translate into better life presence.

Students will discuss self-awareness, feelings about themselves, views on what's going on in the world today, and give power toward being the best they can be. The objective is to think about the process to better understand yourself and others around you. Students will have opportunities to create self-reflective art projects using many different mixed media mediums such as drawing, collage, glazes, use of color, installation art, and more.


The Great LOL Bake Off (14+) 9:30 F Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
Want to learn the ins and outs of the art of baking? Are you an amateur or versed baker, who wants to keep his or her baking skills sharp? This class is for you! Each week students will learn to prepare a tasty treat, whether sweet or savory. We will make everything from scratch, using high-quality ingredients. Students will bring their favorite recipes to the LOL kitchen, and share their passion for baking with other LOL foodies. They will master various techniques and classic recipes such as pie crusts, cake and cookie batters, pizza, bread and other loaves and pastry doughs. Our LOL bakers will surely impress their fellow students and esteemed judges with their culinary masterpieces. The “contest” part of the class will be more about fun and learning rather than cut-throat competition. Aside from winning prizes, students will receive positive feedback from fellow foodies--LOL students and teachers, as well as professional bakers.


What's Next? (14+) Rm. 24
Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
You don't have to be a senior to start thinking about what comes next after high school! Whether you want a technical degree or certificate, a liberal arts degree, or an apprenticeship that launches you into the workforce, the steps you take now can help you set up for success in your next steps. Which of the 16 broad career fields are you most interested in? No surprise, but Leslie's are Education, Service, and Government/Policy! What jobs are even available in those fields that tie in your passions and skills? Is there a program somewhere out there that lets you put it all together? Spoiler: yes, and we can help you find it. We can cover everything from financial aid to applications and essays, from budgeting to what you can actually expect your first days to be like. Your next steps can feel like you are setting foot onto another planet--similar enough to Earth that you can breath without a helmet and identify that that thing is A Plant, but strange enough that you are definitely not sure if that Plant is carnivorous. Leslie, who has experience with college and career access from both the high school and college sides, will not tell you what path you have to start down once you step out of high school and into this new world, but she will help make sure you have the tools you need to navigate it all successfully.

Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Rm. 13
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) authentically engages students in problems, programs and policies that directly affect them. It is a systematic and scientific way for students to identify a problem, gather data about it, and make recommendations for improvement. The process fosters an environment where youth can become agents of change in their communities.

This is a teacher-facilitated but student-led project-based class. Students will learn about research and the scientific method by conducting a research project on a topic selected by the class.

Students will:

·Apply the scientific method in a real research project

·Learn about research paradigms and ethics

·Research what is already known about the chosen topic

-Explore data collection methods (survey, interview, Photovoice, focus groups, participatory mapping, etc.) and choose the best methods for their question.

·Participate in data analysis and interpretation

·Develop action plans based on findings

· Create written and graphic presentations of their findings and action plans


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