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Professor Brown has added a second time segment for this course, https://homeschoolconnections.gosignmeup.com/public/Course/browse?courseid=3583. If this 11:30 AM Eastern course is full and closed, you can sign up for the 2:30 PM Eastern course.

If you want to make spelling effortless and fun (!) – then this is for you! Get new ways to think about spelling, to make it simple… discover games that make spelling downright fun … and turn spelling into something you don’t have to worry about, because you have “insider information” to make spelling easier!

Total classes: 6

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays, June 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 2021

Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific)

Duration: 45 to 50 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade levels: 5th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: Supplemental, ¼ to ½ credit (may be extended with additional work)

Fee: $97 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $117 after April 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA

Course description: Is spelling a challenge? Do you want to find out what's going wrong and make spelling easier? Join Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA, the Creator/Director of True North Reading: The Complete Mastery Reading & Spelling Program and the Aquinas Writing Advantage to get a new and powerful approach to spelling with the top how-to skills and easy tips (based on research and a powerful, successful approach) to make spelling easier. Revolutionize the way you "do" spelling, understand what's missing, and find out how to remember the spelling of words much faster. For 5th through 8th grade students.

Course outline:

Class 1- The reading & spelling connection the Basic Code and the alphabet’s pure sounds (and what that has to do with spelling) auditory discrimination (hearing beginning, end, and middle sounds) the concept of Sound Pictures and consonant blends

Class 2- When two Sound Pictures meld for a new sound the four (4) truths of spelling two spelling games that make spelling easier and better grouping and learning in “Sound Boxes” (for better memory)

Class 3- More grouping by sound or sight, for memory learning two-and-more piece Sound Pictures exact sound matches and “peanut butter sounds” “sound families” (Sound Box “cousins”)

Class 4- Spelling Games, not “writing the word 20 times”: Spelling Bingo, Spelling Go Fish, Spelling Dice Game, and more

Class 5- How “Imposters” for the Basic Code and Combination Codes work (and the “first imposters” le, se, etc.)

Class 6- “Vowel Name” Combinations and Upper-Level “Imposters”

Course materials: All learning materials for the course are provided FREE by the instructor. Students should bring two (2) packs of 3x5 cards, a black marker, an 8 ½ x 11 notebook, and a highlighter to class.

Homework: Between classes, students will have approximately one hour of homework/preparation for the next class with creating fun learning materials, playing spelling games, and practicing the ideas presented in the course. Work and projects will be brought to class and used together in activities that can be repeated and enjoyed at home, beyond the course.

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Starts Starts: 6/14/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 6/22/2021 12:15 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 32 seats
Closed Enrollment
 
If you want to make spelling effortless and fun (!) – then this is for you! Get new ways to think about spelling, to make it simple… discover games that make spelling downright fun … and turn spelling into something you don’t have to worry about, because you have “insider information” to make spelling easier!

Total classes: 6

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays, June 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 2021

Starting time: 
2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 PM Central 12:30 PM Mountain 11:30 AM Pacific)

Duration: 45 to 50 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade levels: 5th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: Supplemental, ¼ to ½ credit (may be extended with additional work)

Fee: $97 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $117 after April 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA

Course description: Is spelling a challenge? Do you want to find out what's going wrong and make spelling easier? Join Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA, the Creator/Director of True North Reading: The Complete Mastery Reading & Spelling Program and the Aquinas Writing Advantage to get a new and powerful approach to spelling with the top how-to skills and easy tips (based on research and a powerful, successful approach) to make spelling easier. Revolutionize the way you "do" spelling, understand what's missing, and find out how to remember the spelling of words much faster. For 5th through 8th grade students.

Course outline:

Class 1- The reading & spelling connection the Basic Code and the alphabet’s pure sounds (and what that has to do with spelling) auditory discrimination (hearing beginning, end, and middle sounds) the concept of Sound Pictures and consonant blends

Class 2- When two Sound Pictures meld for a new sound the four (4) truths of spelling two spelling games that make spelling easier and better grouping and learning in “Sound Boxes” (for better memory)

Class 3- More grouping by sound or sight, for memory learning two-and-more piece Sound Pictures exact sound matches and “peanut butter sounds” “sound families” (Sound Box “cousins”)

Class 4- Spelling Games, not “writing the word 20 times”: Spelling Bingo, Spelling Go Fish, Spelling Dice Game, and more

Class 5- How “Imposters” for the Basic Code and Combination Codes work (and the “first imposters” le, se, etc.)

Class 6- “Vowel Name” Combinations and Upper-Level “Imposters”

Course materials: All learning materials for the course are provided FREE by the instructor. Students should bring two (2) packs of 3x5 cards, a black marker, an 8 ½ x 11 notebook, and a highlighter to class.

Homework: Between classes, students will have approximately one hour of homework/preparation for the next class with creating fun learning materials, playing spelling games, and practicing the ideas presented in the course. Work and projects will be brought to class and used together in activities that can be repeated and enjoyed at home, beyond the course.

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Starts Starts: 6/14/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 6/22/2021 3:15 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 32 seats
Closed Enrollment
 
Ready to moving? Join this to learn some basic workout techniques and get credit for Physical Ed. Come to class with plenty of water at your side and dressed casually for exercise.

Total class meetings: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, June 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, and July 1, 2021.

Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central 8:00 Mountain 7:00 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes per class

Prerequisite: In good health, since these exercises will become rigorous. 

“I, _______________________________, have enrolled in the intro to Physical Fitness and Heath curriculum/course offered through Homeschool Connections. I recognize that the program may involve strenuous physical activity including, but not limited to, muscle strength and endurance training, cardiovascular conditioning and training, and other various fitness activities. I hereby affirm that I am in good physical condition and do not suffer from any known disability or condition which would prevent or limit my participation in this exercise program. I acknowledge that my enrollment and subsequent participation is purely voluntary and in no way mandated by Homeschool Connections .”

“In consideration of my participation in this program, I,_________________________, hereby release instructor Kevin Kiernan,  Homeschool Connections and its agents from any claims, demands, and causes of action as a result of my voluntary participation and enrollment.” “I fully understand that I may injure myself as a result of my enrollment and subsequent participation in this program and I, ___________________________________, hereby release instructor Kevin Kiernan,    Homeschool Connections and its agents from any liability now or in the future for conditions that I may obtain. These conditions may include, but are not limited to, heart attacks, muscle strains, muscle pulls, muscle tears, broken bones, shin splints, heat prostration, injuries to knees, injuries to the back, injuries to feet, or any other illness or soreness that I may incur, including death.”

I HEREBY AFFIRM THAT I HAVE READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE STATEMENTS.


Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Physical Education

Fee: $87 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $107 after April 15 for all six classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin Kiernan

Course description: This is a 2-week course covering health-related aspects of physical fitness including flexibility, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and body composition. We will work on developing better mobility and stability through physical exercises. While learning about the musculoskeletal system and how proper nutrition and exercise benefit that system. Recommended credit is one high school health credit.

Course outline:

Day 1: squats, leg raises, push-ups bench-mark test for time / Physical Activity and Hydration & Nutrition

Day 2: hamstring, shoulder, bicep, back exercises / A Complete Exercise Program

Day 3: chest, quadriceps, abdominals, triceps, exercises / Your Aerobic Fitness

Day 4: hamstring, shoulder, bicep, back exercises / Your Muscular Fitness

Day 5: hamstring, shoulder, bicep, back exercises / Your Flexibility

Day 6: chest, quadriceps, abdominals, triceps, exercises / Sharpening Your Functional Fitness

Day 7: hamstring, shoulder, bicep, back exercises / Supplements. What to take and when

Day 8: squats, leg raises, push-ups improvement test for time/ Meeting the CDC Exercise Guidelines

Course materials: Dumbbells or resistance bands needed for some exercises. All academic information will be provided in the Moodle page.

Homework: The live class will be actual physical exercises, for increased mobility and strength. Starting with warmup, stretching, then muscle development exercises. Students will have daily assigned readings, and a daily quiz

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Starts Starts: 6/21/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 7/1/2021 10:45 AM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Status Status: 13 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 

Old Testament Scripture doesn’t have to be dry! Join this engaging high school course and learn how to interpret and look at Scripture in a way that aligns with the Church Fathers and gets you to a deeper understanding that matters in your everyday life.

Total class meetings: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, June 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, July 1, 2021

Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Theology

Fee: $97 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $117 after April 15 for all eight classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Mike Creavey, MA

Course description: Welcome to Mr. Creavey’s crash course on how Catholics approach the interpretation of Sacred Scripture! We’ll begin by briefly exploring basic principles of biblical interpretation and the traditional “senses of scripture” as described by the Church Fathers and the Catechism. Then we will put those principles into practice through the remaining sessions as we apply them to some key events in both the Old and New Testaments. Students will thus better understand how the various phases of salvation history build upon what came before while also hinting at their ultimate fulfillment, achieved by Jesus through the ministry of His Church.

Course outline:

1. Intro to Catholic Biblical Interpretation (6/21)

2. The Senses of Scripture (6/22)

3. Creation & The Fall (6/23)

4. The Flood & The New Creation (6/24)

5. The Family of God (6/28)

6. Exodus & the Promise Land (6/29)

7. Kingdom & Catastrophe (6/30)

8. Awaiting the Messiah (7/1)


Course materials:

Required:

1. The Holy Bible, preferably the Revised Standard Version 2nd Catholic Edition (RSV-2CE) or the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE). Note that Both translations can be found for free at 
biblegateway.com in the dropdown translation selection box. The You Version Bible app and its corresponding website, bible.com is also useful.

2. Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2nd Edition (ISBN-13: 978-0385508193). The CCC is also free online at 
http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/catechism/index.html.

3. Various FREE online articles, PDFs, video and audio links may be shared by the instructor throughout the course.

Optional For Your Consideration (NOT expected, but definitely worth checking out!):

Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture of Salvation History by Dr. John Bergsma, ISBN-13: 978-1594713477 (
https://amzn.to/3ptf3CP)

A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God's Covenant Love in Scripture by Dr. Scott Hahn, ISBN-13: 978-0892838295 (
https://amzn.to/2KUkDPA)

Ascension Press’ “The Great Adventure” Bible and related bible study resources which can be found at 
ascensionpress.com/pages/the-great-adventure

Homework: Various passage selections from Scripture, as well as relevant sections of Dr. Bergsma’s book (optional list above), will form the basis for most of the lecture material. These readings will be provided as a reference for students and for recommended reading. However, due to summertime constraints and the scope of our material, these reading selections will be optional based on the parent’s desire for their student. Assessments will be based on class lecture content and will consist of two online quizzes, each covering that particular week’s material. They will be due by the following Monday.


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Starts Starts: 6/21/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 7/1/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Location Location:
Status Status: 19 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

Have you always wanted to learn to draw? You can in this simple yet powerful workshop that teaches you how to use the strongest, most powerful art techniques as you learn to draw..

Total classes: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, July 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22

Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central 2:00 Mountain 1:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Art Theory or Fine Arts

Fee: $97 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $117 after April 15 for all 8 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Inshal Chenet

Course description: Students will learn how to use the art techniques applied by the old masters, as well as more advanced techniques for a finished drawing. This is a practically focused course to help students learn the great composition skills of the western tradition and apply it to their sketch work. For example, they will learn how to use the Golden Ratio to compose a sketch to match the natural flow of the human eye.

Course outline:

1. Introduction and Object Perspective

2. Linear Perspective

3. Golden Ratio

4. Triangular Composition

5. Landscapes

6. Facial Proportions

7. Bodily Proportions

8. Color Theory

Course materials: Art pencils, sketchbook, and a plastic page protector. Ability to scan drawings or take a picture of drawings. The instructor will provide other materials for free.

Homework: Students will need to practice sketches to cement lessons. These practice sketches will be turned in for Mr. Chenet to critique. The assignments should take 30-60 minutes per school day.

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Starts Starts: 7/12/2021 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 7/22/2021 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Location Location:
Status Status: 21 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Ensure the coming school year’s success with a dynamic boot camp where you’ll get the extra edge needed to ace Algebra II and Geometry in the fall.


Total classes: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, July 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, and 22, 2021

Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Students who plan to enter Geometry or Algebra 2 in the upcoming fall semester

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: 1/3 semester Math

Fee: $97 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $117 if you register after April 15 for all 8 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Emily Nardozzi

Course description: This course is designed to provide a rigorous review of Algebra 1 concepts that are needed in order to be successful in Geometry and Algebra 2. A solid conceptual understanding of Algebra 1 is essential for success in all subsequent math courses as it is frequently used as a base in both high school and college.

Course outline:

1) Evaluating Expressions and Combining Like Terms (Simplifying Expressions)

2) Properties of Exponents

3) Solving Linear Equations and Proportions

4) Linear Equations (Slope, Graphing, Writing Equations of a Line)

5) Solving Systems of Equations

6) Solving Quadratics

7) Angle Relationships

8) Pythagorean’s Theorem & Review


Course materials: None – All material provided free by instructor.

Homework: Each day students will be given a set of practice problems to complete as a review of that day’s lesson, with an answer key to self-check. There will be a short three- to four-question automated quiz for students to take each day, which is graded by the computer for immediate feedback. Homework should take approximately 20 minutes or less each day.

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Starts Starts: 7/12/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 7/22/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 8 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
We all know that video editing, photo editing, drawing, and animation tools are critical high school computer science skills and with this course, you can get learning with Adobe Creative Cloud. Note: Students must purchase/have the Adobe software. See below for materials requirements so you can join in the fun and get ahead in the field of Computer Animation with a full semester credit.

Total class meetings: 12

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, July 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, and 29 2021

Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central 8:00 Mountain 7:00 Pacific)

Duration: 50 minutes per class

Suggested credit: One full semester Computer Science

Fee: $157 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $177 after April 15 for all six classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Margaret (Peggy) Morrow, Ph.D.

Course description: Learn to use the most popular Photo and Video, Drawing, and Animation tools while making fun and creative projects. The skills mastered in the course will help students to successfully produce materials for their other courses both in middle school, high school, and on into college. Additionally, they can use their skills to fulfill the Great Commission by creating videos for their church or youth group. Students will learn how to import sound, video, and image files and blend them together to create video productions. To accentuate their video productions, they will learn how to crop, layer, blend, touch-up, and filter images. Finally, they will learn to draw and create their own images and animations. Through the course, students will also learn how to analyze images that they encounter, and question how they were created and manipulated. 
Click here to view student created movies.

Course outline:

Class 1 – Introduction, Fixing and Enhancing Images

Class 2 – storyboard, Adding Media

Class 3 – Adding Shapes and Text

Class 4 – Editing

Class 5 – Filters, Colors, Selections, Layers

Class 6 – Transitions and Special Effects

Class 7 – Final Video/Photo Composition

Class 8 – Final Video/Photo Composition

Class 9 – Drawing

Class 10 – Tweening

Class 11 – Animation

Class 12 – Final Animated Composition

Course materials: Students will need to purchase a one-year Adobe Creative Cloud license for $19.99/month available from 
Adobe here, or approximately $240 for the first year. Note: This is PC or MAC based and will not install on a Chromebook. Please check the system requirements to ensure that you have the needed hardware. You can learn more about system requirements here.

Homework: Students can expect to spend between 30 to 90 minutes 4 days per week working on their film, photo, and animated creations. Students will work each week towards creating a video and animation productions that incorporate all the skills learned throughout the course. Three mini movies will be created during the course with a length of 1 to 5 minutes. Additionally, students will create four photo collages that include images that may be incorporated into their movies, a set of drawings and animations. Homework will be graded and feedback will be provided. A daily schedule will be provided.

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Starts Starts: 7/12/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 7/29/2021 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 12
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Location Location:
Status Status: 12 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 
Get excited about math with Dr. Correira and discover how math can be fun, exciting, and full of surprises! Instead of apprehension, help give your student an attitude of positive anticipation for future math lessons when you join this course.

Total classes: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, July 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, and 22

Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central 8:00 Mountain 7:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th – 8th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Math enrichment

Fee: $77 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $97 after April 15 for all eight classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kris Correira, DSc

Course description: Dr. Correira is inviting you to a theme party—and the theme is numbers! Your host has a series of party games that involve interesting forms and uses of numbers. Just be sure to bring the needed supplies to the party!

Course outline:

Day 1 & 2: Party game 1—Roman Numerals (a deeper appreciation of place value)

Day 3 & 4: Party game 2—Roll the Dice (probability and histograms)

Day 5 & 6: Party game 3—Solomon Grundy (finite numbering systems)

Day 7 & 8: Party game 4—Off and On (binary numbers, measurement, computers)

Course materials:

· Paper—plain, graph, and index cards

· Pencils—plain and colored

· Dice, 2 six-sided preferable of different colors. (OPTIONAL – pairs of other polyhedral dice)

· Print and cut out:

o Binary Wall

o 7-piece pie

Homework: No homework!





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Starts Starts: 7/12/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 7/22/2021 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Status Status: 8 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Learn mystery literature with a theater and mystery-story expert! Read Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown stories, deep-dive into literary analysis, and have some good old-fashioned fun as you solve the mysteries!


Total classes: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, July 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2021

Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 AM Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester English or Literature

Fee: $137 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $157 after April 15 for all eight classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: The two greatest sleuths in the history of detective fiction are Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and GK Chesterton’s Father Brown. We will read and discuss a different mystery story every day, alternating between these two characters who both demonstrate, in their own ways, how Reason and Faith work together!

Course outline:

Monday, July 12 - Introduction and scenes from “The Honor of Israel Gow” - Father Brown

Tuesday, July 13 - “A Study in Scarlet” - Sherlock Holmes

Wednesday, July 14 - “The Blue Cross” - Father Brown

Thursday, July 15 - “The Hound of the Baskervilles” - Sherlock Holmes

Monday, July 19 - “The Queer Feet” - Father Brown

Tuesday, July 20 - “The Red Headed League” - Sherlock Holmes

Wednesday, July 21 - “The Hammer of God” - Father Brown

Thursday, July 22 - “The Final Problem” - Sherlock Holmes

Course materials: Mr. O’Brien will provide FREE course materials as PDFs of the stories, all of which are in the public domain.

Homework: Daily assignments will consist of reading that day’s story and taking a computer-graded quiz for immediate feedback. There will be a final essay assignment, graded by Mr. O’Brien. Homework should take no more than one to two hours per day outside of the live class.

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Starts Starts: 7/12/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 7/22/2021 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Status Status: 1 open seat left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
You don't have to be a theologian to study and understand papal encyclicals. In this course you will gain the confidence to read the documents of the Church yourself and to incorporate the wisdom of Pope St. John Paul’s teachings into your own life and to those around you.

Total class meetings: 6

Class dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2021

Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Theology

Fee: $77 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $97 after April 15 for all six classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Debbie Gaudino

Course description: This course will provide an in-depth look at Pope St. John Paul II’s Encyclical “The Mercy of God” (Dives in Misericordia), which he himself describes as “a heartfelt appeal by the Church to mercy, which humanity and the modern world need so much.” In this course we will carefully read the Holy Father’s encyclical and will also use examples from other papal documents and from the life and witness of Pope St. John Paul II himself to illustrate his teachings. Examining this encyclical will give students the confidence to read the documents of the Church themselves and to incorporate the wisdom of Pope St. John Paul’s teachings into their own lives and to allow their lives to influence the culture around them.

Course outline:

● Day One: The Basics: What is an encyclical? Where does this encyclical fit in the other Papal teachings of Pope St. John Paul II? Why did JPII write this encyclical and what did he hope it would give to the world?

● Day Two: “The Messianic Message” and “Mercy in the Old Testament”

● Day Three: “The Parable of the Prodigal Son”

● Day Four: “The Paschal Mystery” – Mercy revealed in the Cross and Resurrection, Mary as the Mother of Mercy

● Day Five: “Mercy…From Generation to Generation” – an examination of challenges facing our world today.

● Day Six: “The Mercy of God in the Mission of the Church” – our role as missionaries of mercy.

Course materials: Dives in Misericordia is a 42-page document that can be printed for free from the Vatican Website: 
http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_30111980_dives-in-misericordia.html. Also available for purchase from the Daughters of St. Paul, https://paulinestore.com/mercy-of-god-dives-in-misericordia-3125-159049.html.

Homework: Approximately 5-10 pages of reading per night from the encyclical with a short quiz after Days 1-5, based on the reading material. A one-page reflection paper will be due before the last class.



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Starts Starts: 7/13/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 7/22/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
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Status Status: 21 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Join in this short literature course with the story of two children who write letters back and forth, sharing their lives, hopes, dreams, and experiences while living across the world from each other. High school students are welcomed, too.


Special Notes:
This course can be for both Middle School and High School levels.


Total class meetings: 4

Class dates: Wednesdays, July 14 21, 28, and August 4, 2021

Starting time: 5:30 PM Eastern (4:30 Central 3:30 Mountain 1:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Literature or English

Fee: $67 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $87 after April 15 for all four classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: It started as a “pen pal” assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. Caitlin chose Martin, a boy from Zimbabwe. This true story traces how Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends and better people, through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.

Course outline:

1. Wednesday, July 7 - Part I (pages 1-80)

2. Wednesday, July 14 - Parts II and III (pages 81-224)

3. Wednesday, July 21 - Parts IV and V (pages 225-323)

4. Wednesday, July 28 - Parts VI and Epilogue (pages 324-396)

Course materials: I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alfirenka & Martin Ganda, ISBN # 978-0-316-24133-5 (
https://amzn.to/2M5IyME)

Homework: Weekly assignments will consist of reading the assigned material plus brief reflections or essay answers graded by Mr. O’Brien. Homework should take no more than about two to three hours per week in addition to class time.

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Starts Starts: 7/14/2021 5:30 PM
Ends Ends: 8/4/2021 6:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
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Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

Learn the core concepts of computer programming in this high-interest, advanced middle school course with Minecraft! Join Dr. Morrow for a fun, interactive, hands-on course where your young teen “gets ahead” with technology!

Total class meetings: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, July 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 2021

Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 PM Central, 12:30 PM Mountain, 11:30 AM Pacific)


Duration: 50 minutes per class

Prerequisite: A love of Minecraft and a desire to learn coding. Make sure you own the required hardware (see Course Materials).

Suggested grade level: 6th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Computer Science

Fee: $117 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $137 after April 15 for all six classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Margaret (Peggy) Morrow, Ph.D.

Course description: Coding with Minecraft introduces students to core computer programming concepts such as events, coordinates, variables, conditionals, functions, and iteration. It builds on the popularity of Minecraft and introduces core concepts to learn how to code.

Course outline:

Day 1: Introduction – Setup

Day 2: Mod Design 1

Day 3: Mod Design 1

Day 4: Mod Design 2

Day 5: Mod Design 2

Day 6: Game Design 1

Day 7: Game Design 1

Day 8: Project Demonstrations

Course materials: You will need to register for both a parent and student Tynker account (the parent authorizes the courses). You can purchase a quarterly plan to suit the needs for this course for 
$75 for a 3-month subscription .
https://www.tynker.com/ 
Create the parent account first, and then authorize your child to take the following courses: Minecraft Mod 1, Minecraft Mod 2, Mind Crafters, Game Design 1 and Game Design 2.
You will also need to purchase Minecraft Java Edition for $26.95 from
 https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/ (be sure to login with a Microsoft account)
Note: This is PC or Mac based and will not work on a Chromebook. Please check the system requirements to ensure that you have the needed hardware. More information about system requirements can be 
found here.

Homework: Students can expect to spend between 30 to 90 minutes 4 days per week working on their coding creations and submitting them for grading on the Moodle site. A daily schedule will be provided.

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Starts Starts: 7/19/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 7/29/2021 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Status Status: 6 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
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