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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+ Wed. Rm. 22
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
The ACT™ is offered six times a year. Students provide ACT™ scores as part of their college applications fall of their senior year. The ACT™ can be retaken as many times as the student desires and (starting fall 2020) ACT™ reports the best score from each section (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
The semester for this class starts with the preACT™, a shorter test appropriate for student haven’t completed their last years’ of high school classes (e.g. higher math). Students experience test registration and official testing conditions albeit a shorter time. Formal reports are issued by ACT™ for student/teacher use but are NOT reported to colleges nor retained by the ACT™. Reports include score prediction for actual ACT™ tests and prioritized area to focus for improvement.
In this class we will take six practice tests (much assigned as homework), practice test taking strategies, and analyze the construction of the test questions.
NOTE: Students best preparation for ACT is to work hard taking hard classes. Test prep helps the students become familiar with test format, recognize types of questions, and improve testing speed. If this class identifies gaps in a student’s knowledge remedial assignments will be made on Canvas.


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.

American Cinema (14+) T/TH 9:30 Library
Teacher: Shawn Braley
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
American Cinema presents an overview of the history of American Cinema and several representative genres. We will study the Hollywood style, film techniques, the studio system and analyzing classic and current films and their relationship to American society as a medium. Movies say things about us and about our needs and wants as a culture. By looking at these films through a historical and analytical lens, students will be able to both, better analyze films from a critical perspective, as well as understand the context of film's from the past. We'll be viewing films from classic directors like Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, and Alfred Hitchcock and looking at the work of contemporary directors like the Coen brothers, Jordan Peele, Wes Anderson and Ava Duvernay. We'll analyze comedies, dramas, musicals, horror films and documentaries. The intention of this class is to offer a breadth and depth of film knowledge through the lens of American cinema.

This class is taught by Emmy winning filmmaker and co-founder of Cincy Stories, Shawn Braley, whose passion for movies and film history has led him to use film as a means of community building and connection.


Analyzing the Apocalypse 14+ F Library
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Did you say zombies? Yes, zombies, disaster, disease. This cross- curricular course will examine the apocalypse in different forms to answer questions such as what about the current state of culture makes apocalypse themes so popular, how does the apocalypse reveal our humanity, what is it about the undead that makes us feel so alive? We will look at the apocalypse in history, in religion, in art, in literature, and in film and use critical thinking skills to engage in hands-on activities and thought experiments involving humanity in crisis, survival in an apocalypse, rebuilding society from the rumble. Students will inquire history for earliest examples of apocalypse, will will read and response to apocalyptic literature, will examine and evaluate apocalyptic art and film, will learn basic survival skills including how to construct a water filter and solar oven. The class will culminate in students designing an apocalypse escape room and inviting family and friends to play and experience a taste of the apocalypse.

Animal Exploration (12-14) F 2:15 Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 - 14
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.


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.

Basic Photoshop (14+) Rm #20
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Students are required to purchase the "Student" or "Photo package" of Adobe Creative cloud. Students must also have a laptop that can run the program. Chromebooks do not work with this program.
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
We will take you through different Photoshop 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 like pro photo retouchers

This class teaches important skills that may be beneficial when seeking employment in any creative career path.


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.

Buono, Buonissimo! Italian Cooking and Language 14
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
Come explore some of the most famous dishes from Italy! Each week students will prepare a traditional dish from a specific region in Italy. We will explore the linguistic and cultural aspects of the Italian gastronomic tradition through readings and conversations about these recipes. Alongside the recipes, students will learn about ingredients, characteristics, traditions and curiosities related to an ingredient or a cultural aspect of the recipe. We will discover the traditions and history behind each dish, and the local products used to make it. Students will learn cooking terms and ingredients in Italian, and some basic Italian phrases, too. At the end of each class, everyone will go home with delicious food to share with their families. Come have fun learning Italian while making some delicious traditional food!


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.


Crime Stories (13+) Rm. 23
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Using crime stories to learn critical reading and effective writing skills
The mystery and suspense of these age appropriate crime stories will engage students to practice skills they might otherwise not consider important.
Students will research infamous criminals (serial killers, mass shooters, and terrorists are purposely excluded) and share their bibliographic research projects with the class (blog, podcast, traditional research paper, or other formats students choose). We will learn to read critically, and to analyze tone and bias in non-fiction. Students will compare and contrast multiple sources of the same event, and evaluate sources for reliability.They will learn to select strong evidence to support an argument, and how to write a persuasive speech for a specific audience and purpose. We will record facts and findings of specific cases, and also explore and correlate greater crime and violence prevention issues and trends. Crime theory and statistics will supplement the crime stories and case studies discussed.
Crime Stories will cover some of the concepts currently covered in The Art of Persuasive Speaking class, such as: critical reading and analysis of sources, evaluating, comparing and contrasting multiple sources of the same event, seeking strong evidence to support an argument, writing a persuasive argument for a specific audience and purpose, to name a few.


Dance Workshop (8-12) MPR/Stage
Teacher: Julie Locker
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 - 12
1.5 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.

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!

Dungeons & Dragons (10-13) Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 13
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Dungeons and Dragons Club is a creative class for tabletop gaming with the world's most popular fantasy adventure game. Our 10-13 group offers the popular 5th edition rule system in a format based on children’s literature and classic stories. Fall of 2021 will begin with a trip to Neverland. If you're new to D&D, learn to play in this class. If you've played before, be prepared for some new twists and unusual challenges. While we’re at it you’ll have a chance to stretch your imagination, practice your mental math skills, and strengthen your recall, attention to detail, visualization, and social and problem-solving skills. Space in this class is very limited, so move fast to ensure you get a spot on LOL's adventuring party.

Dungeons and Dragons Level 1 13+ Tues. 3:30 Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Dungeons and Dragons Club is a creative class for tabletop gaming with the world's most popular fantasy adventure game. If you're new to D&D or just want to try out a new character or class, this is your group! We will begin by discussing character traits and organization and group dynamics while we design our characters together. Our adventures will begin with some short stand alone quests to let new players get into the swing of things and practice working together as a party, then evolve into epics 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.


Dungeons and Dragons Level 3 13+ TH ONLY Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
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. This section is for experienced players who want to play more advanced characters. Students should be able to create a fully equipped 5e character with a personality and backstory on their own, outside of class. We’ll choose our level and discuss party dynamics, then plunge in to more advanced challenges and 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.

Flower Farming-Floristry for Beginners (13+) #20
Teacher: Christina Matthews
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
The Flower Lady is training the next generation of flower farmers, floral designers and nature lovers, on a small scale flower production. Christina Matthews, the owner of the The Flower Lady OTR, will teach you step-by-step how to grow, harvest, create and sell stunning seasonal blooms. Flower Farming Florisity for Beginners will incorporate technical training, learning a variety of growing and floristry techniques with easy to understand advice and instruction to help you build a small cut flower business. Join The Flower Lady for a behind the scenes look at urban flower farming and she shares all of the systems and processes that she's developed over many years in the business to help her produce an abundant amount of gorgeous blooms.

Flower Farming-Floristry for Beginners (9-12) #20
Teacher: Christina Matthews
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
The Flower Lady is training the next generation of flower farmers, floral designers and nature lovers, on a small scale flower production. Christina Matthews, the owner of the The Flower Lady OTR, will teach you step-by-step how to grow, harvest, create and sell stunning seasonal blooms. Flower Farming Florisity for Beginners will incorporate technical training, learning a variety of growing and floristry techniques with easy to understand advice and instruction to help you build a small cut flower business. Join The Flower Lady for a behind the scenes look at urban flower farming and she shares all of the systems and processes that she's developed over many years in the business to help her produce an abundant amount of gorgeous blooms.

Food is LOVE 3D Art Class (13+) Rm. 30
Teacher: Trelan Jones
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Who does not love food? Food is LOVE. This is a very upbeat fun class! This is a 3D art class. Students will recreate their favorite foods using found objects. The class will have a focus on group projects. Team building and working in a team environment is very important on a personal level as well as building relationships in general. Students will partner in class to create tasty dishes through art and collage.


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

Health and Nutrition 14+ Wed. 9:30 Rm. 30
Teacher: Lisa Andrews
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
What food is in your food? Do you need a supplement? How can you feel better, prevent disease and fuel for fitness? Students will learn nutrition concepts like label reading, meal planning and other skills and behaviors for maintaining good health in a positive, encouraging environment. Optional Book Purchase.

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.

Mix & Magic (6-8) Rm. 24
Teacher: Dr. Joanna Abrams
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This is a class for all magic lovers! We will explore the fantastical world of books, like Harry Potter or the Hobbit, and the wizardry of our own world, too. As a STEAM class, we will explore Potions (basic chemistry), Astronomy (learning constellations and making simple star charts), and Runes (codes and codebreaking). We will draw on art and literature, too: making our own magic wands, decorating the room to add ambience, exploring mythology, and writing and illustrating our own magical stories. The world is a magical place—let’s explore it together!


Mystery Problem Solving (12-14) Rm. 35
Teacher: Tiffany Medcalf
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 - 14
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
n this class, we will focus on logic and reasoning. Through escape room challenges, who dunnit mysteries, and other puzzles, we will learn about if/then and if and only if statements, along with traditional PQ reasoning. These skills are beneficial in language arts, math, and programming..

Navigators (10-13) Rm. 25
Teacher: Dr. Joanna Abrams
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
The Moral Compass

As a Navigator, I promise to do my best to create a world free of prejudice and ignorance.
To treat people of every race, creed, lifestyle and ability with dignity and respect.
To strengthen my body and improve my mind to reach my full potential.
To protect our planet and preserve our freedom.

Navigators is an all-gender, inclusive scouting organization, guided by our moral compass. Whether you want to be an official scout member, joining a troop and participating in hiking and camping activities outside of Leaves, or you just want a fun experience, learning about the world around you (topics from flight to caves to arts and crafts), working towards social justice, and protecting our environment, this is the class for you!




Navigators (6-9) Rm. 25
Teacher: Dr. Joanna Abrams
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
The Moral Compass

As a Navigator, I promise to do my best to create a world free of prejudice and ignorance.
To treat people of every race, creed, lifestyle and ability with dignity and respect.
To strengthen my body and improve my mind to reach my full potential.
To protect our planet and preserve our freedom.

Navigators is an all-gender, inclusive scouting organization, guided by our moral compass. Whether you want to be an official scout member, joining a troop and participating in hiking and camping activities outside of Leaves, or you just want a fun experience, learning about the world around you (topics from flight to caves to arts and crafts), working towards social justice, and protecting our environment, this is the class for you!




Out of the Box (6-8) Rm. 11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Come on in – or should we say out with us! In this class, academics and creativity collide! There are times to color inside the lines, follow procedures, and play by the accepted rules. This is not one of those times. We will find creative ways to solve academic challenges, bring stories to life, explore a few cultures and countries, create artistic masterpieces, and design our own games and challenges. Come along with us as we think, “Outside the Box.”


Peace Jam Ambassadors 14+ Fri. 2:15 Rm. 33
Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
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 Leaders (11-13) Fri. 11:00 Rm. 33
Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
PeaceJam Leaders is a standards-based curriculum for young people between the ages of 11 and 14. It explores the adolescent stories of 10 Nobel Peace Laureates and the strategies they used to overcome problems in their lives and their communities. Through this age-appropriate curriculum, youth explore their own identities and reexamine the choices they make including their role models and the peer groups to which they belong. Youth also develop leadership and problem-solving skills while engaging in service-learning activities that address local needs.



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


Photography Plus (13+) Rm. 20
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Minimal
Prerequisites: Students are required to purchase the "Student" or "Photo package" of Adobe Creative to use Adobe Lightroom. Chromebooks will not work with this program. Students are also required to have their own camera. Recommended cameras would be a Canon Rebel T5I or any Hobbyist Rebel.
Ages: 13 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Take an indepth look into photography. We will start with basics like learning how to compose a great image, rules of photography and types of photography. Then step into lighting and how to edit images using professional programs like Adobe Lightroom.

Students are required to purchase the "Student" or "Photo package" of Adobe Creative to use Adobe Lightroom. Chromebooks will not work with this program. Students are also required to have their own camera. Recommended cameras would be a Canon Rebel T5I or any Hobbyist Rebel.


Photoshop Plus (13+) Rm. 20
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Minimal
Prerequisites: Students are required to purchase the "Student" or "Photo package" of Adobe Creative cloud. Students must also have a laptop that can run the program. Chromebooks do not work with this program.
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
Take an indepth look into photoshop. Learn the basic tools, how to use the program, techniques that will make you stand out, photomanipulation and learn how to composite an image like a pro. This class will take a much deeper dive into photoshop than the Photoshop basics class.

Students are required to purchase the "Student" or "Photo package" of Adobe Creative cloud. Students must also have a laptop that can run the program. Chromebooks do not work with this program.


Preschool Lunch T/TH (12-1PM)
Teachers: Heather DeLaVega, Justine Patton, Paige Andrew
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 5 - 5
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Lunch period supervision is available from 11:45-12:45 each day for students. Cost is $4.00 per hour.

Preschool Lunch W/F (12-1:00)
Teachers: Heather DeLaVega, Justine Patton
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 5 - 5
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Lunch period supervision is available from 11:45-1:15 each day for students. Cost is $4.00 per hour. Students will be able to enjoy a quiet time to eat, rest and relax as well as time to create, run and play!

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.


Self-Expression Through Art 13+ Fri. 11:00 Rm. 30
Teacher: Trelan Jones
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 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. You are welcome to take Wed. & Fri. together.

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.


Self-Expression Through Art 13+ Wed. 11:00 Rm 30
Teacher: Trelan Jones
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 and up
1.25 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. You are welcome to take Wednesday and Friday together.

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.


Study Hall TH 11:00 Rm. MPR
Teacher: 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 F 2:15-3:30 MPR
Teacher: Christie Sawyer
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
This is a quiet time for students to work independently.

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.


The Zine (13+) Rm. 20
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 0 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Help put together a biweekly publication for the leaves of learning students. Students will have the opportunity to write their own stories and create magazine spreads on subjects that matter to them from anything like school activities, popular games, fashion, food and more.

Trash Pirates (10-13) Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 13
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
What is a Trash Pirate? A Trash Pirate is someone who captures the value in resources that others might waste. The original Trash Pirates got their start at festivals and events, redirecting unused resources and creating art from found materials. We’ll study and learn from some amazing art and reclamation projects and create things both beautiful and practical. Want to learn about the life cycles of everyday items? Help the leaves community share resources, make healthy choices, and avoid waste? Are you interested in reducing, reusing, recycling, or upcycling? What is upcycling? Do you like to cook, garden, make art, or play games? Then unleash your creativity, sharpen your problem solving skills, and join our crew!


Trash Pirates (6-9) Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 9
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
What is a Trash Pirate? A Trash Pirate is someone who captures the value in resources that others might waste. The original Trash Pirates got their start at festivals and events, redirecting unused resources and creating art from found materials. We’ll study and learn from some amazing art and reclamation projects and create things both beautiful and practical. Want to learn about the life cycles of everyday items? Help the leaves community share resources, make healthy choices, and avoid waste? Are you interested in reducing, reusing, recycling, or upcycling? What is upcycling? Do you like to cook, garden, make art, or play games? Then unleash your creativity, sharpen your problem solving skills, and join our crew!


Tutoring/Music Lesson 1-2:15 F
Teacher: Christie Sawyer
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Students working with a tutor or taking music lessons during this time should choose this block. Students who will be tutored or taking a lesson during a portion of this block should report to study hall when not in their lesson.

Leaves of Learning charges a $6 fee per hour for use of a space for private tutoring or lessons; your tutor or instructor will adjust their hourly rate by $6.00 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!


Tutoring/Music Lesson 11-12:15 F
Teacher: Christie Sawyer
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Students working with a tutor or taking music lessons during this time should choose this block. Students who will be tutored or taking a lesson during a portion of this block should report to study hall when not in their lesson.

Leaves of Learning charges a $6 fee per hour for use of a space for private tutoring or lessons; your tutor or instructor will adjust their hourly rate by $6.00 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!


Tutoring/Music Lesson 11-12:15 T
Teacher: Christie Sawyer
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Students working with a tutor or taking music lessons during this time should choose this block. Students who will be tutored or taking a lesson during a portion of this block should report to study hall when not in their lesson.

Leaves of Learning charges a $6 fee per hour for use of a space for private tutoring or lessons; your tutor or instructor will adjust their hourly rate by $6.00 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!


Tutoring/Music Lesson 11-12:15 W
Teacher: Christie Sawyer
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Students working with a tutor or taking music lessons during this time should choose this block. Students who will be tutored or taking a lesson during a portion of this block should report to study hall when not in their lesson.

Leaves of Learning charges a $6 fee per hour for use of a space for private tutoring or lessons; your tutor or instructor will adjust their hourly rate by $6.00 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!


Tutoring/Music Lesson 2:15-3:30 F
Teacher: Christie Sawyer
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Students working with a tutor or taking music lessons during this time should choose this block. Students who will be tutored or taking a lesson during a portion of this block should report to study hall when not in their lesson.

Leaves of Learning charges a $6 fee per hour for use of a space for private tutoring or lessons; your tutor or instructor will adjust their hourly rate by $6.00 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!


Tutoring/Music Lesson 9:30-11 F
Teacher: Christie Sawyer
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Students working with a tutor or taking music lessons during this time should choose this block. Students who will be tutored or taking a lesson during a portion of this block should report to study hall when not in their lesson.

Leaves of Learning charges a $6 fee per hour for use of a space for private tutoring or lessons; your tutor or instructor will adjust their hourly rate by $6.00 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!


Tutoring/Music Lessons 11-12:15 TH
Teacher: Christie Sawyer
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $0.00
Students working with a tutor or taking music lessons during this time should choose this block. Students who will be tutored or taking a lesson during a portion of this block should report to study hall when not in their lesson.

Leaves of Learning charges a $6 fee per hour for use of a space for private tutoring or lessons; your tutor or instructor will adjust their hourly rate by $6.00 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!


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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