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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.
Dungeons & Dragons 13+ Wed. Rm. #31
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
D&D Club is a creative class for tabletop gaming with the world's most popular fantasy adventure game. If you're new to D&D, learn to play in this class. If you've played before, prepare to dig deeper into how the game works as we play through a year-long adventure full of exploration, puzzles, monsters, and funky-shaped dice! Studies in recent years have begun to show the effectiveness of tabletop role-playing games for building players' social & problem-solving skills, as well as the game's incredible power to stretch the imagination through improvisational story-telling. Space in this class is very limited, so move fast to ensure you get a spot on LOL's adventuring party for 2018/19!

Academic Quiz Team
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
0.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
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 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.


Academic Quiz Team 9-9:30 F Rm #30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $75.00
September - February
Mondays 4-6 pm Cincinnati State College
Occasional Saturdays

Ohio Academic Challenge helps students learn to think quickly, creatively, and make good guesses while working in a team. It is also a good way to gain knowledge for the ACT and SAT and is mostly fun. Students compete statewide. See details here.https://sites.google.com/site/ohioacademiccompetition/

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) mid-October through February. 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, contact them at dstark@leavesoflearning.org and/or aevans@leavesoflearning.org.


ACT Review Science and Math 14+ W 3:30
Teacher: Allison Evans
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $30.00
The ACT is more than a test and students are more than their numerical score.

For students, preparing for and taking the ACT is good preparation for college or further education as well as a curriculum-based achievement test, measuring what you’ve learned (and retained!) throughout your education. It is a predictor of future success in academic endeavors.

Many colleges use it as part of their admissions process; scholarship agencies do as well.

Our class will take several complete practice tests and many example questions while we work together to understand correct and incorrect answer choices.

Some content will be reviewed in detail:

ACT Math
Pre-Algebra (20-25%)
Elementary Algebra (15-20%)
Intermediate Algebra (15-20%)
Coordinate Geometry (15-20%)
Plane Geometry (20-25%)
Trigonometry (5-10%)

ACT Science
Data Representation (30-40% of Questions)
Research Summaries (45-55% of Questions)
Conflicting Viewpoints (15-20% of Questions)

ACT Reading
RUN-ONS & FRAGMENTS
VERBS: SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT & VERB TENSES
PUNCTUATION
IDIOMS
WORDINESS
PARALLEL STRUCTURE
PRONOUNS
MODIFIERS: ADJECTIVES/ADVERBS & MODIFYING PHRASES
WORD CHOICE: TRANSITIONS & DICTION
ORGANIZATION AND STRATEGY


Analyzing the Apocalypse 14+ W Rm. 25
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 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.

Be an Entrepreneur! 14+ W Rm.
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Create your own business from the ground up. Learn what it takes to make a business and keep it running. Students will be expected to come up with a business and run it for the school year. We will work on determining their target market, branding, social media expectations and much more!

Beginning Fencing 8+ Rm # Gym
Teacher: To be determined
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.


Conscious Connections 11-13 Rm #
Teacher: Sherry McHenry
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
In this class we learn effective approaches to the way we connect with others and communicate, especially in challenging situations. Learn practical skills in bringing more awareness, insight, compassion, and choice to your communications. The way we speak, to others and especially to ourselves, how we connect with and treat ourselves, all affect our connection with other people. Develop deeper listening skills and the ability to stay present in conversations. When we are not mindfully communicating we judge, label, blame and criticize ourselves and others. Develop awareness of those negative patterns and choose to communicate more effectively.

Conscious Connections 13+ Rm
Teacher: Sherry McHenry
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
In this class we learn effective approaches to the way we connect with others and communicate, especially in challenging situations. Learn practical skills in bringing more awareness, insight, compassion, and choice to your communications. The way we speak, to others and especially to ourselves, how we connect with and treat ourselves, all affect our connection with other people. Develop deeper listening skills and the ability to stay present in conversations. When we are not mindfully communicating we judge, label, blame and criticize ourselves and others. Develop awareness of those negative patterns and choose to communicate more effectively.

Current Events 15+ W Rm. 20
Teacher: Dr. David Stark
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
The present moment is constant and is all we ever really have. It is yesterday’s future and tomorrow’s past. The stories of our lives and realities are the collection of these moments and the space that exists somewhere in between our recollection and anticipation of the ever-available Ongoing Now. Our sense of currency is impermanent and, as such, is given deepest meaning through historical context. This applies on a personal, cultural, and universal level.

In this class, students have the opportunity to become familiar with and engage with current social, political, technological, scientific, pop-cultural, and other major events as they unfold. In order to best comprehend their meanings, our study of current events is to be narrated through the lenses of the past -- which has always been the real point and reason for doing the study of history well.

The nature of this course lends itself to a format of significant student participation through research, reports, presentations, discussions, and debates. The homework/outside preparation requirements level is moderate. There is no textbook, but a laptop, Chromebook, or tablet (with keyboard and writing program) is required.


Dance Mix 7-12 Room MPR
Teacher: Catherine Dresbach
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 7 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
A high-energy dance class that samples hip-hop, tap, musical theater, ballet, jazz, and more! Does your child want to dance but is unsure of what style he or she would like best? Or maybe you love ALL styles of dance! In this dance class, students will be taught the basic foundation for the styles of ballet, jazz, and tap dance on a regular basis. We will learn the history and culture of classical dance and how dance has evolved through the years. We will also have several performances for family and friends throughout the year. Students will have a blast! Tap and ballet shoes are required, as well as comfy athletic clothing.

Digging into the Data:Research Methods 15+ Rm. 25
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
In this digital age, we are constantly bombarded with new “research” on dating, the latest diets, climate change, and gun control, to name a few. But how do we know what study findings to trust? In this class, students will look at a variety of topics and dig down into how that information was developed and presented to us. Did the researchers do their job? Do their data support their findings? And are their findings significant, representative and generalizable? Students will have ample opportunity to research their own topics of interest. By the end of this course, students will be able to understand and critically engage with “research” stories, and design and conduct their own research studies if interested. The goal of this class is to become educated consumers!


Dungeons and Dragons 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. If you're new to D&D, learn to play in this class. If you've played before, prepare to dig deeper into how the game works as we play through a year-long adventure full of exploration, puzzles, monsters, and funky-shaped dice! Studies in recent years have begun to show the effectiveness of tabletop role-playing games for building players' social & problem-solving skills, as well as the game's incredible power to stretch the imagination through improvisational story-telling. Space in this class is very limited, so move fast to ensure you get a spot on LOL's adventuring party for 2018/19!

Dungeons and Dragons 13+ Wed. Room 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. If you're new to D&D, learn to play in this class. If you've played before, prepare to dig deeper into how the game works as we play through a year-long adventure full of exploration, puzzles, monsters, and funky-shaped dice! Studies in recent years have begun to show the effectiveness of tabletop role-playing games for building players' social & problem-solving skills, as well as the game's incredible power to stretch the imagination through improvisational story-telling. Space in this class is very limited, so move fast to ensure you get a spot on LOL's adventuring party for 2018/19!

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

Epic Plates: Cooking 13+ T/TH Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Moderate
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!

Fiber Arts 9-12 Rm #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $55.00
Learn about a variety of fiber, how it is grown or made, and what sources and materials are used in its production. We will try our hands at carding, spinning, and dying techniques. Students will also explore several knitting methods, weaving, and cross stitch. We’ll have the opportunity to create some of our own tools and patterns as well.

Fiber Arts 13+ 3:30 W Rm. 31
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $55.00
Learn about a variety of fiber, how it is grown or made, and what sources and materials are used in its production. We will try our hands at carding, spinning, and dying techniques. Students will also explore several knitting methods, weaving, and cross stitch. We’ll have the opportunity to create some of our own tools and patterns as well.

Free Choice Time T/TH (2:00-2:15) PM
Teacher: Julie Klettke
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.


Green Leaves Club 9-12 T Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
The choices we make every day determine what kind of a world we live in. Discover ways you can reduce your environmental impact and help Leaves of Learning conserve resources. Learn about making healthier choices for yourself and the planet, investigate the life cycle of common products, and brainstorm creative and fun solutions to challenges. We’ll do crafts, make food, play games, run school wide projects and contests, and hopefully take a field trip.

Health and Nutrition 14+ Fri. Rm. #
Teacher: Robyn Williams
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Students will be learning concepts, skills and behaviors for healthy living in a positive, encouraging environment.

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

Mr. Sowash, who is the author of seven books, will also share some of his own humorous writings.”


Imaginarium 6-9 Rm. 11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 9
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Welcome to the imagination playground. In this class, students are given the supplies, time, and freedom to explore and create. In this creative wonderland, students will have the opportunity to explore storytelling; puppetry; patterns in nature, math, and science; 2D and 3D art; writing; music; messy play; comic creations; architecture and physics; and much more. Join us in this fabulous fantasyland.

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

It's All in the Game 6-9 Rm. #11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 9
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
It’s time to play your way through learning! In this class we will play and create our own games. Outdoor games – Indoor Games – Sports games- Mind Games – Board Games are all fair game! This course is where PE, Math, Science, History, and Writing all come together. Students will explore academic concepts, strategy, logic skills, and physical skills while playing the games. Writing skills will be strengthened as we create and write directions for the games we create. You may have so much fun playing that you forget you’re working. Have you got game?

It's All in the Game 9-12
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
It’s time to play your way through learning! In this class we will play and create our own games. Outdoor games – Indoor Games – Sports games- Mind Games – Board Games are all fair game! This course is where PE, Math, Science, History, and Writing all come together. Students will explore academic concepts, strategy, logic skills, and physical skills while playing the games. Writing skills will be strengthened as we create and write directions for the games we create. You may have so much fun playing that you forget you’re working. Have you got game?

LOL Bakers 12-15 W Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 and up
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.

Modern Day Pioneering 13+ 1:00 Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Learn about homesteading practices on a small farm and explore skills and techniques you can use in your own back yard. Topics will include growing annual and perennial food plants; trees; raising animals for eggs, milk, fiber, and feathers; beekeeping; composting; the farm ecosystem; and creating small structures such as raised beds, fencing, and pens. Both modern and historical methods will be discussed. Learn to use and preserve the harvest and explore the ways various parts of the farm interrelate and support each other. We will also explore the economics of homesteading, the idea of self sufficiency, and some of the effects of regulation. Meat production will only be addressed tangentially and at the comfort level of the class. Some projects will require minimal preparation outside of class or completion at home. There will also be outside reading.

Modern Day Pioneering 6-9 F Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 9
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Learn about homesteading on a small farm or in your own back yard. Learn about growing food, raising animals for eggs, milk, fiber, and feathers; bees; and composting. Both modern and historical methods will be discussed. Learn some ways to use and preserve the harvest and explore how different parts of the farm work together. We will have many hands on projects that can be taken home and shared or continued.


Modern Day Pioneering 9-12 9:30 F Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Learn about homesteading on a small farm or in your own back yard. Topics will include growing food; trees; raising animals for eggs, milk, fiber, and feathers; bees; composting; and managing water. Both modern and historical methods will be discussed. Learn to use and preserve the harvest and explore the ways various parts of the farm interrelate and support each other. Meat production will only be addressed tangentially and at the comfort level of the class. Some projects will require minimal preparation outside of class or be brought home to be continued or completed if you wish.


Peace Jam Ambassadors 13+ Fri. Rm #33
Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
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
Teacher: Alex Schrank
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
You can take one or both days (offered Wed.and Fri.) of PJ Ambassadors!!! Both days 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 7-9 Rm #33
Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 7 - 9
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
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 They also create a major Global Call to Action project to be showcased for the Great Lakes Peace Jam Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Using art, history, science, math, literature, and writing, we become great peacemakers!


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


Per. Finance & Prac. Life Skills (T only) Rm 24
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+ 1:00 Rm # 30
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+ 2:15 Rm #30
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


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

Photography II Rm #
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Photography I or equivalent knowledge base.
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
This is a class for the budding photographer who already knows how to use their camera’s controls and understands what f-stop, shutter speed and ISO are. Students will decide on their own photography assignments with the goal of building a portfolio. They will learn to give and get constructive critique, develop their skills in lighting and composition and use photo-editing software to enhance their images.

Students need a digital SLR camera.



Photoshop I 14+ Rm #
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
Students in this class can opt to learn Photoshop or Illustrator or a bit of both. We will take you through different Photoshop/Illustrator lessons teaching basic tools and features moving into detailed projects like: photo manipulation, creating composite images, gaining a better understanding of composition and how to edit images in detail.
This class teaches important skills that may be beneficial when seeing employment and any creative career path. Photoshop & Illustrator are industry standard programs for not only photography but graphic design and marketing.


Preschool Lunch T/TH (12-1PM)
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 11:45-12:45 each day for students. Cost is $4.00 per hour.

Preschool Lunch W/F (12-1:00)
Teachers: Paige Andrew, Heather DeLaVega
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!

Puppets and Plays 9-12 W Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
We will study, design, and operate a range of puppets from shadow puppets to simple marionettes. Explore puppetry in different cultures and discover some of the ways puppets are used (you may be surprised). Learn the stories behind some famous puppet characters. We’ll create our own puppets, and even theaters, out of a variety of materials, then use many of them to put on shows including traditional and well known tales and stories of our own creation.

Secrets, Lies&Conspiracy Through History 14+ W Rm.
Teacher: Alex Schrank
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
Was the Illuminati ever a real secret society? What ​really ​goes on at Area 51? In this class, we’ll explore thousands of years of human history, from the plot to kill Julius Caesar to the unsolved mysteries that confound us in the present. We’ll read declassified government documents, listen to UFO eyewitnesses (including a U.S. president!), and separate truth from fiction by examining the evidence ourselves.


Songwriting 14+ Rm. 23
Teacher: Kim Taylor
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
Love music? Ever wanted to learn to write a song? Songwriting 101 is for anyone interested in the process of songwriting! Music lovers of all genres and ALL levels of proficiency are welcome in this class. Learn to take your thoughts and ideas and turn them into song lyrics and perform them with your peers! (Kim has over 20 years experience working as a singer-songwriter in the music industry. She received 6 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for songwriter of the year and has traveled all over the globe performing her original material. Her songs have been placed in numerous television shows including Smallville and Cyberbully. Find more about her work at www.kim-taylor.net).

Study Hall/Private Tutoring/Lesson TH 11:00-12:15
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/Private Tutoring/Lessons F 2:15-3:30
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!

Sweets From Scratch 9-12 1:00 Kitchen
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
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.

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