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Fall 2017 Courses

All Grades: 3rd to 12th

CHECKMATE

              Introduction to Chess provides students of Chess a strong foundation in the rules and strategies needed to play the game. The course is designed for students with little to no experience with chess. The course begins with a brief history of the game of Chess. It then introduces the students to the board and pieces, explaining through interactive lessons and games how each piece moves. The course ends with general tactics and strategies to improve the student’s game.

              In addition to teaching the rules of the game and the basic strategy, the instructor also teaches important opening concepts, recognition of tactical themes, calculation of material exchanges, and elementary endgame knowledge. Students can also participate in training games with other students.

              There are many benefits to learning the fundamentals of chess such as increased creativity, strategic thinking, improved concentration and memory, self-discipline, planning and foresight. 

3rd to 5th Grade

GROWING READERS

            Growing Readers will focus on readers in the 3rd to 5th grades that need support developing reading skills. The class will grow students’ reading skills, vocabulary and interest in different reading subjects.

HOW TO DO MATH? ELEMENTARY EDITION

            Elementary Math Refresher will focus on refreshing elementary students on Math for grades 3rd to 5th.

OUT OF MY MIND: A COMING OF AGE NOVEL

Book Summary: Eleven-year-old Melody is not like most people. She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She can’t write. All because she has cerebral palsy. But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Most people—her teachers, her doctors, her classmates—dismiss her as mentally challenged because she can’t tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by her disability. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

            The Book Club will use varying teaching methods to engage students in the reading. There will be book discussion groups and literature circles that will use stories to give them an opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinions while building reading and analytical skills.  Students will be reading the same book and meeting to discuss what they have read. Grades 5th to 8th

6 to 12th Grade

OBJECTION!! LAW AND YOUR RIGHTS

              Intro to Law – The course is designed to introduce students to foundational information about law and legal issues.  The class will help students understand and be able to answer important questions such as:

  • What is law?

  • How are laws made?

  • What roles can you play in influencing lawmakers?

  • How is our legal system organized?

  • What are the basic legal principles that apply to contracts, criminal law, and individual rights?

The class will also introduce students to basic areas of law (such as criminal law, contract law, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion), and will include activities that help develop the students’ public speaking and critical thinking skills. Grades 6th to 12th 

“EXCEL” IN MICROSOFT EXCEL AND WORD

               Beginner Microsoft is designed for students to learn how to use two applications in Microsoft Office platform. Students will be familiarized with the concepts of the many features in MS Word and MS Excel. Students will also be introduced to keyboard shortcuts, which help in the process of managing and editing documents. Grades 6th to 12th