Electives & Wednesdays
Secure Forum: All MHS classes have a secure interactive forum to communicate with tutors, parents and classmates. Tutors will use this platform to communicate about classwork and assignments.
Parents and students access the forum by signing into the website using the username & password created on the membership form and clicking on "forum".
Assignments & Supplies: Binders and notebooks will be handed out as needed for organizing course work. Homework is assigned on our interactive course forums. Class supplies required will be posted on the forum throughout the year.
Better Together (3rd - 6th) (Tues & Thurs 2:00 - 2:55 PM)
According to the new Wonka movie in theaters, “The secret is not the chocolate that matters, it's the people you share it with.” We will focus on the soft skills in this class that will lead us to have more time to spend with others. Time management, self care, healthy habits, and household responsibilities will be covered. If we learn how to fold and cook when young, it will be so automatic that we will have the health and time to savor and cherish our friends even more. Doing your part will lead to stronger families and eventually communities. We are all learning math, science, history, and English but in this class we will delve into life skills as a group. We likely will begin each class with a short skit or show and tell. Afterall, public speaking is an important life skill that is hard to emulate at home. So, a few minutes of class will be dedicated to this weekly. I will have puppets to help us break the ice! In the beginning, I encourage parents or children to suggest areas they would like help growing in this semester.
Spanish (5th - 12th) (Tues & Thurs 2:00 - 2:55 PM)
Adhering to Tennessee state standards and those set by CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), students will gain an understanding for the mechanics of language and grammar through the rigorous study of Spanish. Students will regularly utilize skills learned by reading short works of Spanish literature to assess mastery.
Principles of Engineering (7th - 12th) (Tues & Thurs 2:00 - 2:55 PM)
This course is designed to follow the standards of the TN Department of Education for the 9th grade introductory course on engineering. It carries no prerequisites. Also included will be the Career Awareness Standards that apply to all Career and Technical Education courses. It is geared toward the more mature learning styles of those students. Middle school students can be successful if families keep this in mind. The course is a full credit with a minimum of four (4) contact hours per week. Since we will not meet that requirement, it is up to the families of the students to ensure the homework is completed. Required supplies include a basic drafting kit. These have a wide range of prices. I will work with families to determine what meets the student’s needs the best. We will cover: Safety, the Design Process, Measurement, Legal issues, Ethics, Environmental issues, Career Choices and Job Readiness. The purpose of the homework is to allow students the opportunity to meet full credit while splitting their time between classes and time at home.
Art: Elementary (Wednesdays 1:00 - 1:55 PM) (32 Classes)
The nature of this class will be focused on providing insight into the practices of many worldwide cultures in the vein of artistic expression, including (but certainly not limited to) Japanese origami, ancient cave painting and clay molding, Native American hide murals, Italian Renaissance painting, Greek pillars, and African masks and beadwork.
Art & Astronomy: Middle & High School (Wednesdays 2:00 - 2:55 PM) (24 Classes)
The nature of the class will be focused on providing insight into the practices of many worldwide cultures in the vein of artistic expression, including (but certainly not limited to) Japanese origami, ancient cave painting and clay molding, Native American hide murals, Italian Renaissance painting, Greek pillars, and African masks and beadwork. Also included will be techniques on composition and drawing, as well as color theory, the elements of art, and art history.
The astronomy sections, adhering to Tennessee state standards, will allow students the opportunity to see beyond their current limitations through the study of the origin of the cosmos; star studies; the structure, composition, and exploration of our solar system; asteroids, meteoroids, and comets; black holes and galaxy classification; and dark matters and energies. While no homework will be given in either class, small quizzes and projects may be assigned intermittently to keep track of academic progress.
Earth & Space: Elementary (Wednesdays 2:00 - 2:55 PM) (32 Classes)
Topics that will be touched upon will include Weather, The Water Cycle, Atmosphere, Earth’s Surface and Subsurface, Rocks, Soil, Outer Space. No homework will be assigned. As this is a full year-long class, and we will only be meeting one day a week, every effort will be made to cover as much material as possible.
Personal Finance: Middle & High School (Wednesdays 1:00 - 1:55 PM) (24 Classes)
Personal Finance is a foundational course designed to inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals,future earning potential, and long term financial well-being. The standards in this course covers decision-making skills related to goal setting,producing income, budgeting, saving, borrowing,managing risk, and investing. The Course Helps students meet the growing complexities of personal financial management and consumer decision making. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will understand how their decisions will impact their future financial well-being. No homework will be assigned. As this is a full semester class, and we will only be meeting one day a week, every effort will be made to cover as much material as possible.
Geology: Middle & High School (Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:55 PM) (8 Classes)
The study of the physical processes that shape the earth’s surface and how those processes effect humans and the environment. A combination of lab, lecture, field studies, and student research and presentations will be used to create a basic understanding of the physical processes of earth.