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Courses available in the upcoming school year.


3D Art

Kelly Foshee

  • The only class all year dedicated to nothing but 3D Art! Do you like to build/make stuff? This class is for you.
  • Are you frustrated with your efforts with 2D Art? Maybe your brain thinks better in 3 dimensions. This class is for you.

In 3-D Art we will:

  • Design and create masks from mixed media
  • Work with clay
  • Learn a variety of sculpture techniques with different media to create your own original artwork
  • Explore the artwork of other 3D artists to improve your own skills and gain perspective

Acrylic Painting

Kelly Foshee

This class will build upon the topics covered in Painting I, and will include more basic and advanced painting techniques and projects. Acrylics will primarily be used along with further exploration of mixed media methods.

Advanced Darkroom

Cheyenne Butcher

Would you like to improve your darkroom skills? Want to learn how to use more features on your camera and gear? Do you want to expand your photography voice? This class is for you! We will: Learn the Zone System Strengthen Darkroom techniques Learn how to studio lighting techniques as well as working with natural light. Have artist lectures, guest speakers and field trips.

Fine Arts

Algebra I

Ademola Adeyemi

Students are initially introduced to: one-step, two-step, and multiple-step equations; factoring simple one variable equations; substituting values for various unknowns; rates and proportions; percent problems; combining various math concepts in solving real-world problems.

Algebra I students are ready to learn the following: functions, linear functions and equations, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents and polynomials, different methods of factoring polynomials, quadratic functions and equations, data analysis and probability and introduction to complex numbers.

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Algebra II

Stephanie Heiliger

Algebra II students are ready to learn: quadratic functions and applications; polynomial functions and applications; exponential and logarithmic functions and applications, rational and radical functions; probability, data analysis and statistics; and sequence and series.

STEM
Liberal Arts

American Sign Language I

Rogelio Contreras

This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Students will focus on learning the ASL alphabet, basic vocabulary, grammar structure, fingerspelling, commands, and ASL questions. Students will be given the opportunity to develop both receptive and expressive skills in order to hold a beginning-level conversation with deaf/hard-of-hearing native users of ASL. An awareness of the history and culture of deaf people, as well as information on deaf role models, are included in the course.

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Fine Arts
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American Sign Language II

Rogelio Contreras

This course is designed for students to expand their understanding of the grammar and vocabulary of American Sign Language studied during the first level course. Students are given the opportunity to continue to develop both their receptive and expressive skills in order to communicate effectively with deaf individuals. An awareness of the history and culture of deaf people, opportunities to interact with the deaf community and information on deaf role models are included in the course. Students also study different sign language systems in existence.

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Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

Ancient History and Mythology

John Turner

In this one trimester elective students will be exposed to the classical world. From the Greeks to the Mesoamericans, students will gain an appreciation for past humanity. This course will also introduce students to some of the most famous myths, folktales, and legends in the ancient world. Through an interdisciplinary lens, students will explore the culture and language of these societies and will work to understand the relationship between ancient and modern myth, and why myths continue to speak to us today.

AP Art

Aubree Karner

AP Drawing, AP 2D Art & Design, AP 3D Art & Design

Are you a committed artist? This college level class will take your skills to the next level while strengthening your artistic eye. You choose whether you will create a 2D or 3D art portfolio for possible college credit.

AP English Language and Composition

Angela Hudson

AP Lang is a three-session course that focuses on language as a persuasive tool and is designed to develop students’ ability to utilize and analyze rhetorical appeals, techniques, and devices in various media. While students will primarily read non-fiction texts, we will also include some fiction. An AP exam is offered at the end of the year, but is not required to participate in the course.

Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

AP English Literature and Composition

Jeffery Donaldson

This is a college-level literature course which explores a variety of the world’s great literature. It prepares students to take the AP Literature exam which, if passed, counts for college credit. The course involves intensive reading, writing, and discussion.

Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

AP Physics

Steven Okapal

The AP Physics 1 Course has been designed by the College Board as a course equivalent to the algebra-based college-level physics class. At the end of the course, students will take the AP Physics 1 exam, which will test their knowledge of both the concepts taught in the classroom and their use of the correct formulas.

STEM

Art Foundations

Aubree Karner

This class is a basic introduction to fine art methods and media for both beginners and students familiar with basic art media. By exploring of the Elements of Art, Principles of Design and a variety of art media you will learn how to use these simple tools to create both 2D and 3D works of art.

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Art History

Kelly Foshee

This class is an introduction to the history of art for those who might be interested in the subject and those who may have no interest whatsoever. Regardless, what you will learn from this class is the ability to look at art and understand it within its historical and social context, and construct informed critiques with your new understanding. What does this mean? It means that you will learn to look at the how and why of art, whether you love it or hate it, and then be able to say exactly what you love or hate about it—and know what you’re talking about.

Fine Arts

Art Specialization

For students interested in moving beyond the fundamentals of art, new electives will be offered in areas of specialization which may include ceramics, textiles, book arts, illustration, and more.

Banned Books & Society

Angela Hudson

A critical examination of banned books and book banning in American society, including the political, cultural, and historical moments that lead to banning. Required reading will be a carefully selected short list of books that are currently or have been banned. 11th and 12th grade students only. Parental approval required for enrollment.

Biology

Mary Nicholson

Biology is a laboratory science course in which students investigate a wide range of topics including cells, cell transport and reproduction, genetics, DNA, evolution, and ecology. Students will have an opportunity to participate in various laboratory activities and dissections throughout the course.

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Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

Chemistry

Emily Hyde

Chemistry is a laboratory science course in which students will explore the composition of matter and the physical and chemical changes it undergoes. This course combines lecture and discussion to support a heavily laboratory focused curriculum, allowing students an active learning environment to explore basic and complex chemistry concepts.

STEM
Liberal Arts

Chemistry in the Community

Emily Hyde

Chemistry in the Community is a laboratory-focused course, using experimentation to explore basic chemistry concepts. This course uses real-world environmental issues to explore multiple topics in chemistry through lecture, discussion, and guided experiments.

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Fine Arts

Composition 9

Morgan Reeves

In this course, we will spend time reading about and discussing various themes and essential questions that relate to us as individuals. This class will help you sharpen your reading and writing skills as we dive in and examine literary works and texts. While studying long and short works of fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and drama, students will think and discuss critically while becoming familiar with literary elements and techniques. As a composition course, much of what we discuss and analyze will also lead to putting those thoughts and ideas on paper. Students will write creative pieces of fiction and poetry in addition to expository and argumentative papers using the writing process. These writings will show knowledge of standard grammar and usage as well as a sense of audience. Lastly, listening and speaking skills will also be developed throughout the course.

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Computer Programming

Eric Miller

Do you have patience with computers?

Do you want to learn one of the most important future skills?

Have you ever wondered what is going on behind the scenes in your computer?

This class is for you! We will:

  • Learn basic drawing skills with python turtle.
  • Program our computers to make something we want.
  • Program beautiful graphics and games!

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Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

Conceptual Physics

Steven Okapal

In Conceptual Physics students investigate the interaction of matter and energy in a variety of methods, focusing on the concepts, rather than the math, involved with these interactions. The course begins with an introduction to the scientific method and Newtonian mechanics. It then follows with thermodynamics and proceeds to electromagnetism. At the end, the students have a choice of a variety of topics including modern physics, a more intense look at mechanics focusing on rotational motion, or optics.

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Liberal Arts

Critical Communication

Jeffery Donaldson

As the culmination of their language studies, students read challenging and diverse material and are also given freedom to choose their own topics of inquiry. Students will write essays and other short works, both fiction and non-fiction, for each section with the goal of creating arguments that synthesize their readings, discussions, and research and clarify their individual ideas about each theme/topic.

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Critical Reading

Korie Johnson

In Critical Reading, students study rhetoric (the art of persuasion). Students read material and identify how authors use rhetorical devices to move readers to think, feel, and act in certain ways. Students analyze literary devices in short stories, novels, and works of poetry and non-fiction. Students use their knowledge of literary and rhetorical devices to persuade readers as they craft their own original works of both creative and analytical writing. The course includes discussion, student-led research, and student presentations.

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Critical Writing

Angela Hudson

Critical Writing is a two-session 11th grade English course designed to help students understand practical approaches to critical analysis, research, and the application of those skills to reading and writing. Students will be engaging with various texts, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and plays.

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Darkroom 101

Cheyenne Butcher

Are you interested in Photography?

Do you want to learn how to use a camera and print your own photos?

Interested in learning about different artists?

Want to find ways to express yourself?

This class is for you! We will:

  • Learn about the history of photography, use shoot and process film photography and even learn alternative processing!
  • Learn about different photographers/artists with lectures, field trips and guest speakers.
  • Develop hands-on skills in the darkroom.

Debate

Kate Hughes

This class offers students a variety of experiences that develop the basic concepts of persuasion and the oral communication process. It prepares students for interscholastic competition in team debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, extemporaneous speaking, and other artistic speaking events. The course will require considerable research and participation in tournaments.

Design Algebra II

Stephanie Heiliger

Design Algebra II is a math class taught in a non traditional way. Students are ready to learn through real life applications and projects: quadratic functions and applications; polynomial functions and applications; exponential and logarithmic functions and application, rational and radical functions; probability, data analysis and statistics; and sequences and series.

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Fine Arts

Design Geometry

Fallon Jazz

Students in this course use hands-on and project-based methods to learn geometric concepts including: area, perimeter, volume, triangle congruence, triangle similarity, trigonometric ratios, and proofs.

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Fine Arts

Digital Media

Cheyenne Butcher

Do you want to learn how to use a digital camera?

Are you interested in video editing?

Do you want to learn how to use Adobe Creative Cloud?

Want to create a final portfolio?

This class is for you! We will:

  • Get weekly feedback on the work you’re creating
  • Learn Photoshop techniques and build a digital workflow.
  • Advanced Studio lighting
  • Visit with working photographers
  • Develop a final portfolio

Drawing I

Aubree Karner

This class is a beginning drawing class for those who have never drawn before and those who have a grasp of basic drawing techniques. We will begin with line and progress through shape, form, positive/negative space, value, composition and proportion through careful observation and drawing of still lifes, interiors, natural objects and figures.

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Drawing II

Aubree Karner

This class is a continuation of Drawing I. We will continue our drawing studies with linear perspective, intuitive gesture, building forms, figure drawing, abstract composition, color and mixed media.

Fine Arts

Ecology Around Us

Mary Nicholson

In this course, students will explore the interactions of organisms with each other and their environment at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. The focus will be on using case studies, labs, and field techniques to observe the diversity of organisms around us.

Engineering Physics

Steven Okapal

Engineering Physics is a project-based class, focusing on the mechanical aspects of physics, and how they can be applied to various physical tasks. The students will complete a series of projects illustrating Newton's 3 Laws of Motion, as well as integrating other aspects of traditional physics as they explore how to take direct action in the world around them.

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Fine Arts

English Lit 10

Korie Johnson

In English Literature, students read contemporary and classic works of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction to identify the elements of Literature. Lectures and student research help students read texts in historical context. Throughout the course, students participate in and lead discussions, conduct original research, and develop both analytical and creative writing projects.

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Environmental Science

Emily Hyde

Environmental Science is where biology, chemistry, and physics intersect to help us understand our Earth. In this course we will analyze the intricate connections between living organisms and our Earth, specifically examining human interaction with our environment. We will learn about many of the natural processes occurring all around us on a daily basis. This course will use lecture, discussion, projects and experiments to help us understand our environment on a deeper level.

Exploring Oklahoma

Jeffery Donaldson

Exploring the land that would become the 46th state, students will visit capitals, grasslands, sacred grounds, and ghost towns on day trips throughout Oklahoma. In class, we will identify destinations worthy of exploration and make plans to visit them. We will read works by Oklahoma poets past/present and songwriters with distinct Okie voices. Guided by the cultural heritage of the five civilized tribes of Oklahoma, we will examine the cross-cultural bridges that unite the people who call this state their home. Finally, the elective will invite students to experience an off-grid weekend. Camping out under the stars (with the goal of leaving no carbon footprint) students will better appreciate their state and what it means to be a responsible 21st century resident.

Freshman Seminar

Morgan Reeves

Transitioning to high school can be a pretty exciting time! Yet, with newfound freedom, an increased workload, and greater responsibility, one can feel a bit overwhelmed trying to balance all of the changes. In this class, we will discuss and explore strategies that will set you up for a smooth transition into high school. Some topics covered will include time-management skills, study habits, college/career exploration, and emotional well-being, with a strong emphasis on relationship building. We will engage in FUN hands-on activities, class discussions, and group projects to help ensure social and academic success for the next 4 years and beyond.

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Gender Studies

Jen Lamkin

This course is a creative exploration of gender as it contributes to social organization, history, culture, political, economic and living experiences.

Genocide Studies

Wes Hill

Genocide is defined as the deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group. When genocide has occurred outsiders have often proclaimed, “never again!” - In this one trimester elective, we will seek to understand the cause and effect of the world’s deadliest genocides and ask ourselves “Is never again truly possible? And if so, what is our part in making never again a reality?”

Geometry

Fallon Jazz

Students in this course will be learning geometric concepts including: area, perimeter, volume, triangle congruence, triangle similarity, trigonometric ratios, and proofs.

STEM
Liberal Arts

Government

Wes Hill

Government is a one trimester thought-provoking exploration of United States Government and Politics. We will cover such topics as the Constitution, Bill of Rights, interest groups, politics, voting, branches of government, laws, public policies and current events.

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Fine Arts
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Health & Fitness

Gabrielle Holston

Healthy individuals are composed of more than just a healthy body and healthy mind, but rather a synergistic system that is capable of building and healing itself. This class is designed as a safe space for you to push your physical and mental limits, but also learn how and when to rest. By the end of this class, you should have a good idea of how well-defined your physical limits are, how to focus on a task or problem, how to become the architect of your own growth, and how to maintain your own health.

Instrumental Music

Hector Torres

Beginning in 6th grade students will learn to read and create music via exploration of multiple instruments and genres. Throughout this 3 trimester course our focus will move between music theory, composition and performance in an ensemble setting.

Fine Arts

Intro to Digital Literacy

Eric Miller

Do you like solving problems?

Do you find yourself excited by new technology coming out?

Do you just like learning new things?

This class is for you!!

We will explore the impact of technological advances and how they affect our lives.

We will explore how we can use the tech in our lives in better ways.

We will also explore a little coding, just to see what makes machines “think.”

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Introduction to Computer Science

Eric Miller

Do you like computers and want to learn more about them?

Have you ever wondered how to program your own interactive stories, animations, or games?

Have you ever wondered how to build a website?

This class is for you! We will:

  • Learn computer science through games and websites.
  • Program interactive stories, animations, and games.
  • Build your own webpage.

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Fine Arts
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Library Aide

Jesse Stallings

Students will pursue a number of projects intended to expand, improve, and maintain the library at TSAS. These projects will offer students the opportunity to draw on their knowledge of our culture and values while applying newly-acquired skills in library science and construction. Students will be expected to work collaboratively, incorporating surveys and community feedback as they tackle the design challenges of a fully-functioning library.

Maker Space Creations

Aubree Karner

If you like to solve problems and DIY projects, this class is for you. You will use creative thinking skills while getting hands on experience with all kinds of maker tools like the laser cutter, 3D printer, and more.

Modern Science Discoveries and Research

Emily Hyde

In this elective, we will be learning about the most exciting and groundbreaking research happening across the globe! We will explore topics in chemistry, biology, technology, and more. We will explore exciting new topics, ranging from the power of isotopes, how scientists use DNA today, and how new technology breakthroughs are shaping our world.

Musical Theater

Marilyn Gates

This course entails developing skills in vocals, dance and acting. Class performs at all applicable venues and performs the annual “big” musical. Lots of hard work but even more fun!

Native American History

John Turner

This elective course provides a general introductory overview of Native Americans within the fields of history, anthropology, literature, and political science. This course introduces students to the diverse perspectives concerning Native Americans and promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding indigenous rights, culture, and histories.

Personal Finance

Fallon Jazz

Personal Finance covers the basics of how to responsibly handle finances during and after high school. This course will cover budgeting, joining the work force, taxes, checking accounts, saving money, credit, insurance, and investing. This course is designed to be a broad overview of knowledge that will promote good personal finances.

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Philosophy

Steven Okapal

Philosophy is an investigation of Western thought presented as two separate courses which are alternated each year. The first course is over Plato, Descartes, Hume and Kant, where the focus is on deep reading of the material. The second is over the major topics of philosophy, namely logic, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and linguistics/aesthetics.

Podcasting

Angela Hudson

In this single-session journalism course, students will learn the basics of creating a podcast, including research, writing, and sound engineering, culminating in their own podcast to air on a public platform. No previous knowledge or experience required.

Pre-calculus

Stephanie Heiliger

Pre-Calculus takes the concepts and skills from Algebra II and extends both depth and application. Calculus is the mathematical study of continuous change. This class will provide an introduction to some foundational Calculus concepts and should prepare you for any College Algebra course as well to go on into Calculus.

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Printmaking I

Kelly Foshee

This class will be an introduction to the art of printmaking, which is the oldest form of graphic design. As well as basic printmaking techniques, students will learn collographs (collage texture prints), relief prints (linoleum and rubber carvings) and other methods. Correct use of specialized printing equipment, tools, and supplies will also be taught.

Printmaking II

Kelly Foshee

This class will be a continuation of the techniques learned in Printmaking I, and will further your skills in the art of printmaking. Students will learn how to create drypoint intaglios on plastic, reduction relief prints (linoleum), and silkscreen, with the possibility of other advanced methods such as monotypes (painting on Plexiglass), and oil-based ink printing.

Revealing Lies in History

John Turner

This elective course explores the relationship between the creation of personal and collective memory and the production of history. The seminar will examine the tensions between memory and history, using some of the most acclaimed recent history books. Students will think critically about memoirs and autobiographies, oral histories and personal reminiscences, festivities and holidays of commemoration, historical memory in popular culture, and family lore and stories. What receives the privilege of being remembered and what gets deliberately forgotten constitutes the essence of what we know as history.

Science in Fiction

Mary Nicholson

In this course, students will explore the role that science plays in works of fiction. They will analyze both accurate and inaccurate portrayals of science concepts in literature and film to deepen their understanding of concepts such as genetics, parasitism, and disease. This course will include discussion, research, and labs.

Spanish I

Stephen Place

This course assumes no prior Spanish knowledge and teaches students to listen, speak, read and write Spanish on an elementary level. This is accomplished through activities, projects, and lessons from a variety of sources and experiences that focus on these four skills.

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Spanish II

Rogelio Contreras

This course builds upon the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing learned in Spanish I through activities, projects, and lessons from our curriculum (Avancemos II) and other sources that focus on these four skills.

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Speech

Kate Hughes

This class offers students a variety of experiences that develop the skill of public speaking. It prepares students for interscholastic competition in extemporaneous speaking, original oratory, and other artistic speaking events. This course has multiple memorization requirements. Students will be asked to do physical warm-up exercises every day in class. Participation in tournaments is also required. No previous experience is necessary — all students with good work ethic are welcome!

Trigonometry

Stephanie Heiliger

Trigonometry is a branch of mathematics that studies relationships involving lengths and angles of triangles. Trig students are ready to learn: trigonometric functions, trigonometric graphs and identities, advanced forms of geometry, and real world applications.

STEM

US History

Jen Lamkin

American Studies is a course analyzing the history of the American nation from its origins to the present. At the conclusion of the course students will have a ready command of the details of American history, allowing them both the historical perspective to comment on original documents as well as inform their thinking regarding current issues.

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Watercolor Painting

Kelly Foshee

In this course you will learn many watercolor techniques to depict texture and form. You will use layers of paint to create dynamic pieces of art.

World History

John Turner

The purpose of this course is to give the student a better understanding of the complex global community that we live and participate in on a daily basis. Throughout this two trimester course, students will be looking at many aspects of our global community as they relate to political, economic, historical, geographical, religious, and cultural themes as they relate to global studies.

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Animal Husbandry

In this course, students will learn about the proper care and maintenance of farm animals such as chickens, goats, donkeys and honeybees. Students will become familiarized with animal biology, day-to-day care, nutrition, health, selective breeding, processing and successful management of domestic animals. Instruction will consist of discussion, lecture and hands-on activities, including three on-site farm labs.

AP Biology

Upper level, yearlong course that builds upon foundations of Biology 1 by exploring content to greater depth and wider extent of cellular processes, biochemistry, technology and population ecology. Emphasis on analysis, writing and mathematical applications.

STEM

AP Chemistry

This course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced coursework in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore topics such as: atomic structure, inter-molecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.

LABORATORY REQUIREMENT This course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time provides students with opportunities to engage in laboratory investigations. This includes a minimum of 16 hands-on labs, at least six of which are inquiry based.

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AP Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP Computer Science Principles prepares students for college and career. All students taking AP courses are encouraged to take the AP exam.

This course will teach computer fundamentals and programming logic to students by using Scratch and Python.

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Arctic Circle Science

Emily Hyde

In this course students will learn the basics of Arctic science and study how the Arctic affects and is affected by climate change. Students will expand their knowledge in biology, chemistry, and physics to understand this extreme ecosystem and its importance in climate science. The course is heavily discussion based with supporting lectures and hands-on activities that use real Arctic data to gain a deeper understanding of the Arctic environment.

Astronomy

Steven Okapal

Astronomy is the study of the universe outside of Earth. The Astronomy class will be broken up into the following sections: History of Astronomy, The Sun cycle, Our Solar System, and if there is time; Star cycles. We will look at the basics of how people started to study the night sky, what we know about our Sun, what we know about our solar system, and if possible, what we know about distant stars.

British Literature

Jesse Stallings

The primary objective of this course is to show you that the things you do every day—whether reading, watching television, listening to music, drawing, arguing, or watching movies—can be applied to how you write. I’m just going to show you how. If you already know how, I’m going to show you how to do it better; if you already know how to do it perfectly, I’ll let you write our lesson plans.

Choir

Kate Hughes

Choir is a class designed to teach students the art of vocal performance. Students will be trained in methods of healthy vocal production, ensemble-building, choral blend, sight-singing, and more. All are welcome - no previous experience is necessary!

Fine Arts

Community Engagement

Community Engagement is a 1-session elective course that incorporates a student-driven community service project that has both learning and community action goals. This project is designed through collaboration among faculty, students, and community partners. This gives students experiential opportunities to learn in real world contexts and to develop skills of community engagement.

Contemporary Topics

Jen Lamkin


Creative Writing

Korie Johnson

In this writing workshop, students have the chance to grow as readers and writers. Students explore the elements of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction in works that span a range of sub-genres. As writers, students create and share their own creative writing in a supportive environment. As readers, students respond to the work of their peers intelligently and constructively. Students learn strategies for publishing their work and organize and offer a reading of their work.

Cross Country

Stephen Place

This is open to anyone who thinks they may be interested in running or wants to get in shape! No previous classes or experience necessary to join the team. Cross Country generally entails running longer distances but don't worry if you can't run that far yet - we'll work up to it! We compete as a 3A school against others in the region but competition is not a necessary aspect of the class - if you want to run just for you I'd be happy to have you in the class! We start practice as a team over the summer so if you're interested in joining please reach out to me as soon as possible! If you don't decide to join until school starts in August you are still welcome to join.

Democracy in Action

Wes Hill

Democracy in Action is a one trimester elective that examines current and relevant political issues, with a focus on students finding and lending their voice to contribute to our nation’s democracy. While content is highly guided by student interests, issues might include healthcare, education, equality, military action, national debt, civil rights and more...

Ex Cineribus

Cheyenne Butcher

Ex Cineribus is TSAS's art anthology. This is a student-led class that requires students to put together a quality product from start to finish.

Figures in Art

Aubree Karner

From the Renaissance to Modern Art, the human figure has long been a source of inspiration to artists. In this class we will explore how artists have approached their depictions of the human body. Using that inspiration, we will create 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional works that all depict some aspect of the figure.

Film as Literature

Korie Johnson

Students use the methods of literary interpretation to study and analyze the art of film. Students will read works of fiction and non-fiction, write both analytically and creatively, and participate in discussion.

French Culture

Bienvenue! French Culture is a 12-week Humanities course that focuses on several distinct aspects of culture in France, including: inventions, famous people, language, Impressionism, Paris, history, literature and food. The importance of cultural awareness is stressed through group work, presentations, reenactments and projects. All coursework and instruction will be in English.

French I

French I focuses on the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking activities through vocabulary, grammar, and culture. This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of French language or culture. The textbook used is Bon Voyage! Level I, and there is a penpal component to the course.

French II

French II continues to develop basic concepts learned in French I including pronunciation, grammar, and culture. This course is designed for students who have completed French I. We will work with the Glencoe textbook Bon Voyage! Level II, and there is a penpal component to the course.

French III

French III aims to further develop proficiency in oral communication, reading, and writing previously learned in French I and II. The second half of the class is focused on reading, analyzing and creating a project for Antoine de St. Exupéry's novella, Le Petit Prince.

Graphic Novel

Jesse Stallings


Great Stories

Jesse Stallings

Stories are important. They are how we keep track of great (or awful) things that have happened, how we teach our children, how we understand strangers. They help us stay connected with our past and dream about our future. It is with this in mind that we will consume the great stories of Western civilization (World Literature will cover the others) with the hope that we will be inspired, enlightened, and entertained.

Horticulture

This course is designed to introduce and explore plant science, soil science and landscape design. Students will become familiarized with plant identification, structures and functions and learn various methods of plant propagation. Instruction will largely consist of hands-on activities, labs and development of our school garden.

Hospitality & Tourism

Jeffery Donaldson

Explore real-world employment opportunities in the Hospitality Industry, where meetings and events factor into the success of virtually every market segment: corporate, association, education, fraternal, and more. We will examine entry level positions and upward climbing potential within hotel management, event venue operations, sales, and catering. We will meet professionals working in sound and light production. We will visit various venues and meet and listen to guest speakers with an array of professionals meeting planning expertise, perhaps even attend a catered event or see back-of-house operations. We will also explore how tour operators, travel agencies, destination management companies, and chambers of commerce, add to the wealth of a city (and examine how city budgets depend on visitor tax dollars). We will look at entrepreneurial opportunities that were born out of this industry’s demand (i.e. Airbnb, hotel childcare, etc.) and consider how you can get your start.

Jazz

This three-trimester course will focus heavily on improvisation through the exploration and performance of classic and modern jazz standards as well as blues, funk and more!

Fine Arts

Jazz II

Jazz II is the foundational jazz ensemble at TSAS. Students begin to learn jazz standards including the fundamentals of jazz performance and personal performance fundamentals. Coursework includes the preparation of ensemble music, etudes, scales, and supplemental materials.

Latin American Studies

This course is an interdisciplinary overview of Latin American history, culture, geography and art. Through the trimester students will learn about Latin America through a variety of mediums including primary documents, films, literature, food, art, music and current events. Topics will include pre-colonial societies, current day politics, festivals, religion, musicians and artists, and more.

Microbiology

This course is an in-depth look at biology on the cellular level with an emphasis on microorganisms and biotechnology applications. Topics include microbial cell structure and function, microbial genetics, and the role of microorganisms in disease, immunity and their impact on the environment. Students will become familiar with a wide range of laboratory procedures and analysis.

Mobile Application Development

Eric Miller

Do you ever wonder what it takes to make an app?

Have you ever thought that you had a cool idea for an app?

This class is for you!

We will be learning Swift which is the language all Apple apps are written in.

You will work on an app from beginning to end and potentially even put it on the app store when class is over

Mythology

Korie Johnson

A survey (and historiography of sorts) of Mythologies throughout time and around the world.

Overseas Odyssey

Jeffery Donaldson

(O-Squared) — preparation for travel abroad to become more aware of one's place in the world. The course curriculum will focus on The Netherlands as a Spring Break 2019 destination (with a day-trip to Bruges). Immersions in art, literature, culture, and history will inform class instruction. To prepare for bike-friendly explorations in Amsterdam, Harlem, De Hoge Veluwe, and Bruges, students will also develop biking skills. Participation in fundraising efforts will be expected. The goal is affordability for all interested 11th/12th graders who are in good academic standing to enjoy a 9-day epic journey abroad in March 2019.

Pandemic and Community Health Science

Pandemics are large-scale outbreaks of infectious disease that can greatly increase morbidity and mortality over a wide geographic area and cause significant economic, social, and political disruption. This course will brush the surface of the role of science in preparing for pandemics; the detection and characterization of a virus, disease epidemiology, and tracking of the trajectory of a pandemic. It will look at interventions such as drugs, vaccines, personal protective equipment for health care workers and community behavior change. It will also look at the challenges of communicating the science of pandemics to the public, both risk communication and uncertainty in modeling as well as decision-making on the part of government and science officials while data unfolds.

The class will focus on the pandemics in the 19th through 21st century including the latest 2019 COVID-19 pandemic.

Photography I

Cheyenne Butcher

Students will learn the basics of black-and-white photography including camera operation, film exposure, processing, composition, studio set-up, basic lighting, and printing. Students will learn to use all parts of the darkroom for processing and printing black and white film. They begin the course building their own pinhole camera and will be exposed to different terms, techniques, and various artist's works. Students will present their artwork to the class for exhibition and criticism. Returning students will expand on their darkroom skills; they will develop a portfolio of their images and learn to manipulate their images in the darkroom. Students are encouraged to bring their own cameras but class cameras will be available for check out.

Photography II

Cheyenne Butcher

This is a portfolio photography class.

Refine your film developing and darkroom-printing skills as you deepen the creative aspects of your camera work. In this course, you will also explore the art of visual communication and ways to use photography as a fine art design element. Students will present their artwork to the class for exhibition and criticism. You'll deepen the creative aspects of your camera work and develop portfolio-ready pieces. We recommend that you bring your own film camera but class cameras will be available for check out. Returning students will expand on their darkroom skills; they will develop a portfolio of their images and learn to manipulate their images in the darkroom. Advanced students can introduce digital photography into their creative process.

Seeing & Hearing Shakespeare

Jeffery Donaldson


Self-Identity & Culture

Korie Johnson

Humans are constantly working to understand themselves and figure out how they fit. This course explores the human search for meaning and belonging. In order to further understand, students study the history and cultural cachet of many tools western culture offers to aid in self-discovery. Students use a critical lens to investigate these tools (technology, culture, and belief systems) offered as sources of answers and meaning. The course is American Studies-esque as it works within multi-disciplines. It is built on in-depth reading, writing, original student research and presentations, and student and teacher-led discussions.

Spanish Culture

Rogelio Contreras

Hola! Spanish Culture is a 12-week Humanities course that focuses on several different aspects of culture (Language, History, Art, Culinary Arts, Geography, Demographics, Music, Cinematography) in Spain, Mexico, Central America other South American-speaking countries. All coursework and instruction will be in English, but hopefully the students will learn some new Spanish phrases along the way!

Track & Field

Stephen Place

This is open to anyone who thinks they may be interested in running or wants to get in shape! No previous classes or experience necessary to join the team. Track and Field includes short, medium and long distance running, relays, and a myriad of field events! We compete as a 3A school against others in the region but competition is not a necessary aspect of the class - if you want to run just for you I'd be happy to have you in the class! The competitive season begins at the beginning of 3rd trimester so any student wanting to compete will need to be enrolled in both trimesters.

Web Development

This course will allow a student to create interactive website front-ends using (X)HTML, JavaScript, and CSS and the student will be able to code websites, web applications, and learn about web graphics by using GIMP.

STEM
Career & College House

Wind Ensemble

This ensemble is made up of wind and percussion students who wish to develop their music skills individually and in an ensemble. Instrumentation includes: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion. Individual practice is expected. Participants will have opportunities to compete as individuals for positions in honor groups such as the Green Country Honor Band and All State Band. In addition, there are opportunities for small ensemble and full band competition or festival performances. Travel is a possibility for this group and therefore, fund raising is a priority in order for the ensemble to afford expenses. Instrument rental program available.

Women’s Studies

Women's Studies is an introductory course which looks at the history of gender roles and relationships between women and men and among women, from ancient history to modern times. We will examine the social, cultural, historical and political influences on the status of women while presenting women’s experiences from diverse backgrounds, social structures, and cultures.

WORD Poetry Out Loud

Jeffery Donaldson

  • Create original, spoken word pieces for performance.
  • Memorize classics for performance competition and scholarships.
  • Poem of the Day—Read and Discuss poems in various styles.
  • Write your own poems in journals for self-enrichment and performance
  • Select and Memorize great, classical poems for Out Loud Poetry

WWII & the Holocaust

John Turner

This course examines the origins of World War II, the nature of warfare in the 20th century, the consequences on the global community, and along with the social and political circumstances that gave rise to the war. The study of the Holocaust and other genocides will allow the student to recognize the patterns of dehumanization and understand how it reinforces hate and violence towards targeted groups. Students will also examine what happens when individuals and governments fail to take a stand against human injustice.

Yearbook

Cheyenne Butcher

This is a two-semester class commitment, Photography I prior is suggested but not a required. Yearbook may seem like a class, but it's much more. This class is a student-run project that requires dedication and creativity. Student's actively build every aspect of the yearbook including student portraits, event photography, editing, graphic design, marketing, communication, writing, reporting and interviewing. This class does include after-school activities and events that need to attended.

Yoga

Stephen Place

This will be a fun, challenging, enlightening course and I’m so glad to be offering this course! Yoga is a practice centered in the connection between the mind and body, and we will work to increase your understanding of both. My goal is to facilitate yoga classes in a friendly, non judgmental and non-competitive space, and to foster a sense of community amongst individuals interested in growing their spiritual journey through the teachings of Yoga.

Zine

Cheyenne Butcher

Zine (/ziːn/ ZEEN; short for magazine or fanzine) is a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via photocopier. This class explores the world of self-expression and storytelling through avenues of photography, collage, writing, illustration, and any other art you can think of. The possibilities are limitless, and the subject is up to you! Learn bookbinding, photoshop manipulation, healthy workflows, and about the underground artist community of Zine.