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Spring 2020: (March 16, 2020 - May 11, 2020)
Spring Break - April 13th, Make-up Day - May 18th
Register before 2020-03-01 to avoid the late registration fee of $5.00 per class.
Scholarship applications are due by 2020-03-01.
First payment due upon registration..
Final payment due: 2020-04-01.
Classes are held on MONDAYS.
Class Cost Ages Instructor Enrolled Room Site Status
09:30-10:50
Math, Music, and Motion: Rhythmic Foundations of West Africa
This class is part West African drumming, part fundamental math, and ALL fun! When blended with drumming and movement, learning about times tables, fractions, and decimals has never been easier or more fun! Students will have an opportunity to learn and play traditional rhythms on traditional instruments from West Africa including djembe, dunun, balafon, krin, and calabash. In addition to learning rhythms and dance, students will also have the opportunity to explore the rich cultures of West Africa. From geography and history to art, we’ll discuss the function of these traditional rhythms in the context of the societies from which they originate. Half of our class time will be devoted to fundamental math concepts, including but not limited to addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, fractions, and decimals. The goal of the math portion of this class is to get the basics of math off the page and into your body. Music and math are naturally connected and drumming is an especially fun way to bridge the two! Wear comfortable clothes to dance in and come ready to move and groove! Please bring a hand drum if you have one, drums provided for those who don’t.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Percussive Math
$160.00 5-9 Jennifer Borishansky 2/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 1/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Circus Arts
Find your Inner Fool! Build sculptures with props, balance on the balance beam, walk on the globe, juggle, peacock feather balancing, and hula hoop around the room. Let's have some fun learning new tricks and build on performance skills.
Notes:
Prerequisites: No.
Clown, hoop, juggle, balance & play!
$175.00 5-9 Erin Riley 2/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
All for One and One for All: Leadership and Team Building (8-12)
How can the whole team cross the Chocolate River using only a few marshmallows? How can you communicate if you've been bitten by the "Lip Zip Bug"? Each week, participants will be presented with physical and mental challenges where successful completion requires teamwork and rigorous problem solving. Through fun and engaging activities, we'll explore the power of communication, leadership, creative thinking, collaboration, self-reflective group processing, and other key skills for working as part of a team. Throughout the term, students will develop an appreciation for their own strengths, and explore some of the skills that may not come as easily at first. This will be a fun, supportive, and non-competitive class full of exciting adventures in teamwork!
Notes: ***This class will run for 6 weeks, starting after Spring Break and including the makeup day
Prerequisites:
Games and Skills for Working Together
$130.00 8-12 Kate Adamson 12/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
Care of Magical Creatures (Veterinary Medicine)
Have you ever wanted to be a veterinarian? Have you ever wanted to know why your dog pants in the air conditioning or how your cat purrs? Do you know how to tell a species by the shape of their blood cells? Want to learn the tools and techniques of treating a wound? Want to know the secrets of building a zoo? Then this class is for you!
Notes: Student will need access to a pet at home to complete project work. If students do not have a pet then the project can be modified to use a non domestic species.
Prerequisites:
Animal science and biology
$170.00 8-18 Virginia Cunningham 5/15 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
May The Force Be With You
Will you join the light side or the dark side? Is the force strong with you? Join me and your new friends as we experience Star Wars in a new light. We'll work out our bodies, our imaginations, and our creativity as we learn new and improved ways of dueling with light sabers, complete with sound and light effects, learn exciting martial arts techniques, and memorize scripts to create a short film. Which side will you choose – to become a Jedi knight or a Sith Lord?
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Light sabers, filmmaking
$175.00 8-11 Louis Torkornoo 3/15 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
My Three Chambered Heart Continued (8-11)
What are the differences between a legless lizard and a snake? My Three Chambered Heart continues with yet more reptiles (and a few amphibians) to meet and learn about. We will learn how to go “herping” and will practice safe reptile handling skills. Students will develop a deeper understanding of our ectothermic friends through various games and activities. The unique eating habits of each species will be explained, with opportunities to watch various feedings (not required). We will also prepare meals for Argentine Tegu lizards. Various venomous species will be explored, and we will learn about hemotoxic and neurotoxic venoms through experiments. Crocodilians will also be covered. Students will have field journals to document their journey and findings through notes and photos. New students are welcome to join us!
Notes: Students will have the opportunity to see various snakes being fed, but they are not required to watch or be in the room for the feeding. All mammal prey offered will not be live (they are frozen, thawed). Prey animals include rabbits, rats, and mice. Insect or lizard prey would be offered live.
Prerequisites:
Hands-on with snakes and other reptiles!
$175.00 8-11 Jacob Pugh 7/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Basketball
Boys and girls will learn the basics of team basketball each Monday. They will learn the fitness, mental, technical, and tactical fundamentals to be successful in a game situation. The class will consist of training at Washington Park and classroom activities as well. There will be a few games scheduled with area schools. More details to come regarding the games.
Notes: 5 STUDENT'S WOULD BE NEEDED TO PLAY A REGULATION GAME
Prerequisites:
Basketball basics
$150.00 12-16 T Williams 3/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
What If - The Continuing Saga
Let's continue writing the collaborative novel we started last fall. What will happen when the characters reach the compound? Will Ellen ever stop running? Who else will fall under Mr. X's spell? Most importantly, what should we name John's truck? Find out all this and more as we continue frolicking with words. As with last class, there will be weekly writing and rewriting assignments and in class critiques. This class is a continuation of the fall section of What If. New students are welcome, but should contact the instructor prior to registering to read what we have written so far and determine whether they are interested in joining the project.
Notes: This class has homework--plan to spend 1-2 hours per week working outside of class.
Prerequisites: Previous What If class or instructor permission.
Writers' workshop
$160.00 12-16 Teela James 5/8 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
09:50-10:50
Birds of a Feather
How do birds sit on wires and not burn their feet? How do they stay warm in a storm? What does a bird eat for breakfast? Come explore the magic world of birds. In this class will be designing wings, building nests, learning bird calls and diving into what it might be like to be a bird. We will spend some time outdoors spying for birds.
Notes: This is a 60 minute class. We will be taking short walks around the church neighborhood, so please make sure your child can walk short distances and stay with a group.
Prerequisites:
Science, art and crafts
$125.00 5-7 Kim Lohan 8/8 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
11:00-12:20
The Classical Origins of Harry Potter
The magical world of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter teems with vivid characters, enchantments, and wild story lines. Did you know that many of the creatures, people, places, names, spells, and even potion ingredients have ancient Greek and Roman roots? In this class we will dissect the first 3 Harry Potter books to uncover all the hidden classical references embedded in the series. Through storytelling, pictures, games, discussion, crafts, movies, and hands-on activities we will study Greek and Roman mythology and discuss the connection and usage of these ancient stories in modern day Harry Potter. A portion of each class will be devoted to increasing vocabulary and *spelling* skills by learning the Latin roots used in Harry Potter spells. Books 1-3 will be covered in class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Classical mythology, Latin, Harry Potter
$165.00 5-9 Jennifer Borishansky 8/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 3/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
DIY Barbie Fashion (6-8)
Dress Barbie in a new wardrobe that you make. We will create swimwear, workout clothes, casual dress, and ball gowns using fabric and latex. Hand stitching and hot gluing will be necessary.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Make clothes to fit Barbie dolls.
$175.00 6-8 Shelley Marshall 3/6 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Basic Drawing
This is for folks that LOVE to draw. Drawing is great fun, entertaining and lets the world see your creative ideas! In this class you will learn drawing techniques that make drawing more exciting and satisfying. We will explore gesture drawing, contour drawing, perspective and learn how to look at drawings in a new way that will help develop skills for making more realistic and expressive art work. Individual attention will be given to help each student acquire new capabilities.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Drawing
$160.00 6-9 Davette Leonard 6/11 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Irish Dance
In Irish dance we will learn and practice the building blocks that are specific to this cultural dance form. Dance class work will involve individual footwork while dancing with others. The goal is to work together to create a dance piece for performance.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Learn the basics of Irish dance.
$150.00 7-12 Lori Madden 4/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
American Football
Students will learn the basics of offensive and defensive strategies of flag and touch football. We will engage in many catching, passing, and defending activities. Students will learn leadership and teamwork in each class. Each class will have classroom instruction, theme, activities, and game.
Notes: Students should have cleats, water, snack, and a good attitude for learning.
Prerequisites:
Play American football with Coach West
$150.00 7-12 T Williams 7/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
My Three Chambered Heart Continued (8-11)
What are the differences between a legless lizard and a snake? My Three Chambered Heart continues with yet more reptiles (and a few amphibians) to meet and learn about. We will learn how to go “herping” and will practice safe reptile handling skills. Students will develop a deeper understanding of our ectothermic friends through various games and activities. The unique eating habits of each species will be explained, with opportunities to watch various feedings (not required). We will also prepare meals for Argentine Tegu lizards. Various venomous species will be explored, and we will learn about hemotoxic and neurotoxic venoms through experiments. Crocodilians will also be covered. Students will have field journals to document their journey and findings through notes and photos. New students are welcome to join us!
Notes: Students will have the opportunity to see various snakes being fed, but they are not required to watch or be in the room for the feeding. All mammal prey offered will not be live (they are frozen, thawed). Prey animals include rabbits, rats, and mice. Insect or lizard prey would be offered live.
Prerequisites:
Hands-on with snakes and other reptiles!
$175.00 8-11 Jacob Pugh 11/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
Improv Jedis
This is a course for the experienced improv Jedi (anyone who has taken improv 101 or equivalent before). We will work on going deeper into the art of improv. You will learn how to become more fluid on the spot. Improv is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene, or story are made up in the moment. You will learn that you don't have to be funny in real life to be funny on stage. You will learn how to work with a supportive team to create scenes that captivate an audience. We will learn breathing techniques to feel emotions on stage, and learn physicality to create an environment that an audience can see without actually seeing it. At the end of the course you will be ready to perform a short show for your family and friends to attend. This is all through warm-up exercises and fun games. You will learn a newfound confidence and skills that you can carry not just on stage, but through your whole life!
Notes: Bring notebook if you like to take notes.
Prerequisites: Improv 101 or equivalent
For already experienced improv Jedis!
$150.00 11-18 Heather Hayes 3/15 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Abracadabra Alakazam (12-16)
Want to amaze your friends and astonish the masses? Come learn magic from professional magician Wes Iseli. In this special class, you will learn mind reading magic, card magic, coin magic, magic with everyday objects and much more. Wes will perform magic, teach tricks, and share some of the history of magic. Classes will include time to review and practice so at the end of the 8 weeks you can perform everything he has taught with ease. Students will receive a magic kit at the end of the course as well.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Art of Magic
$175.00 12-16 Wes Iseli 11/14 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
All for One and One for All: Leadership and Team Building (12-18)
How can you transport nuclear waste across a treacherous path using only rubber bands and your team's ingenuity? Each week, participants will be presented with physical and mental challenges where successful completion requires teamwork and rigorous problem solving. Through fun and engaging activities, we'll explore the power of communication, leadership, creative thinking, collaboration, self-reflective group processing, and other key skills for working as part of a team. Throughout the term, students will develop an appreciation for their own strengths, and explore some of the skills that may not come as easily at first. This will be a fun, supportive, and non-competitive class full of exciting adventures in teamwork!
Notes: ***This class will run for 6 weeks, starting after Spring Break and including the makeup day
Prerequisites:
Games and Skills for Working Together
$130.00 12-18 Kate Adamson 1/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
13:00-14:20
Horse Lovers Class
This class is for all horse lovers. Students will learn about horses through crafts, stories, and hands on activities. We will learn horse industry terms, safety, history, and science. No need to ride or own a horse. Class will end in a horseless horse show.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Horse study with crafts
$170.00 5-8 Virginia Cunningham 6/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 3/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
My Community - Connected
There’s a big world outside our door. In this class we’ll explore some of the different communities around us Charlottesville. Through stories and craft projects we’ll talk about members of our community that we may not see every day: those in assisted living homes, the Women’s Prison, shut-in neighbors, those needing food assistance, volunteers at the Rescue Squad, and refugees from other countries. As a part of the class we will making gifts to present to members of the community we’ve studied.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Crafts that connect us to community
$160.00 5-8 Ingrid Cordano 1/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Sports Fitness
The class will support students in movement activities useful for basketball, football, and soccer. Strength, speed, agility, and power will be themes of emphasis. Catching and passing will be included in the class. Students will have an opportunity to increase their intrinsic motivation and personal confidence in an athletic arena.
Notes: Students should have comfortable clothing, cleats, water, and a snack.
Prerequisites: Students must be able to follow instructions
Sports activities with Coach West
$175.00 6-10 T Williams 1/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
The Science of Flying
Ever wanted to build a model RC airplane from its parts and watch it take flight? Perhaps you're a pro, or a beginner, at building paper airplanes? Or maybe you've wondered how such a heavy airplane can float in the air. Come join me and your friends as we assemble individual parts, complete the electrical and mechanical engineering components required to make your RC airplane soar through the air. We will discover how the size of the wings affects the lift, how jet propulsion works, and the science behind propellers and the overall flight. This is your chance to discover the answers.
Notes: We could use a larger room like the cafeteria room by the kitchen
Prerequisites:
RC Airplanes and paper Airplanes
$175.00 8-12 Louis Torkornoo 2/20 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Abracadabra Alakazam (8-11)
Want to amaze your friends and astonish the masses? Come learn magic from professional magician Wes Iseli. In this special class, you will learn mind reading magic, card magic, coin magic, magic with everyday objects and much more. Wes will perform magic, teach tricks, and share some of the history of magic. Classes will include time to review and practice so at the end of the 8 weeks you can perform everything he has taught with ease. Students will receive a magic kit at the end of the course as well.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Art of Magic
$175.00 8-11 Wes Iseli 10/14 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
DIY Barbie Fashion (8-12)
Dress Barbie in a new wardrobe that you make. We will create swimwear, workout clothes, casual dress, and ball gowns using fabric and latex. Hand stitching and hot gluing will be necessary.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Make clothes to fit Barbie dolls.
$175.00 8-12 Shelley Marshall 0/8 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
CHEC It Out
The teens got our digital newspaper running. Now it’s time for the next group of journalists to share their voices. We will help each other write news articles, reviews, opinion pieces, and more. Working as teams, we’ll write pieces that are fun to read without getting stressed about perfection. Students can write on paper, laptops, or other devices but should be comfortable participating in short cooperative writing activities. Students from the first session of CHEC It Out may register for the class or serve as assistants, depending on enrollment.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Student Run Digital Newspaper
$165.00 10-14 Rachel DiLuciano 6/8 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Acrylic Painting on Utilitarian Objects
Students will experience painting pictures with acrylics on objects such as clay pots, tee shirts, picture frames or the object of their choice. We will plan and create drawings that will be transferred onto the objects before painting them. Everyone will create their own transfer paper in order to do the tracings. Students are encouraged to bring in objects that they would like to paint upon, with size in mind. Too big or too small could be challenging.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Acrylic Painting
$165.00 10-18 Davette Leonard 2/11 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
My Three Chambered Heart - The Sequel (12-18)
What are the differences between a legless lizard and a snake? My Three Chambered Heart continues with yet more reptiles (and a few amphibians) to meet and learn about. We will discuss reptile evolution in depth and see some of the oldest and youngest living species. We will cover the importance and impact of phylogenetic taxonomy on the science. Animals coming out of brumation in the spring will make an appearance. The unique eating habits of each species will be explained, with opportunities to watch various feedings (not required). We will also prepare meals for Argentine Tegu lizards. Various venomous species will be explored, and we will learn about hemotoxic and neurotoxic venoms through experiments. Crocodilians will also be covered. Students will have field journals to document their journey and findings. New students are welcome to join us!
Notes: Students will have the opportunity to see various snakes being fed, but they are not required to watch or be in the room for the feeding. All mammal prey offered will not be live (they are frozen, thawed). Prey animals include rabbits, rats, and mice. Insect or lizard prey would be offered live.
Prerequisites:
Herpetology with Live Specimens
$175.00 12-18 Jacob Pugh 15/15 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
14:30-15:50
Fun with Scissors
We will explore different forms of three dimensional art forms and styles from pottery to fiber, paper mache to tissue paper stained glass. Students will learn about a different craft each week and then design and create their own version.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Make your own version crafts
$170.00 5-9 Virginia Cunningham 1/20 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 1/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Let's Go To Africa!
Take a journey with me into the heart of Africa as we explore much of what Africa has to offer! Learn about the fascinating cultures of the people, experience that music that moves you, and the food that nourishes you. Have you ever wanted to learn how to play African drums, learn African dances, and sing children tunes? Well this is your chance. We'll discuss the different types of musical instruments present in the African culture and experience the musical culture. You'll also participate in fun, strategic African children games that will challenge you both mentally and physically. C'mon, let's go to Africa!
Notes:
Prerequisites: 15
Culture/Games/Music
$170.00 5-8 Louis Torkornoo 5/15 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
50 Great States
In this class, we will learn about each of the 50 united states. By the end of the course, students should be familiar with the names of all 50 states and be able to locate them on a map. We will use games, puzzles, songs, and fun facts on our learning journey. Regional foods may be served.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Learn about the USA's 50 united states.
$160.00 7-10 Shelley Marshall 5/8 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Visual Math
You promised to bring in a quarter pan of brownies for the CHEC bake sale and you and your friends can eat the rest. You wake up and see that Dad has eaten one third of the pan. Will you and your friends get any brownies? In this class we’ll use lots of visualization and mental models to explore problems that may seem overwhelming at first. We’ll think in cubes, play with fractions, and explore graphing all through group games and puzzles. This is not a class that focuses on “getting the problems right” but rather on learning to see the beauty and relationships that math presents. P.s. When we figure it out, we’ll eat the leftovers brownies in class...
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Understanding math in visual terms
$160.00 9-12 Ingrid Cordano 2/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Calligraphy and Painting
Celtic lettering and Chinese/Japanese styles of calligraphy will be incorporated into expressive watercolors and tempera paintings. We will experiment with calligraphy markers and inks on different types of materials, including fabric to produce banners and calligraphic paintings.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Calligraphy and Painting
$160.00 10-18 Davette Leonard 4/11 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Step Into the Garage
Musicians with some experience (beginners ok) come together to form a garage band. The necessary music theory and techniques will be covered so that students can apply concepts directly to the creation of original music. We will learn basic song formats, including riff based songs, eight and twelve bar blues, modal jazz, and pop song structures. We will cover how to improvise and create on the spot both lead and rhythm pieces that support the SONG. Each class will be spent playing together to learn how to listen, communicate, and collaborate in a band setting. Instruments (and amps and pedals) will be available, but students should bring their instruments as well. Students will be encouraged to apply skills obtained on one instrument to another. Instruments include drums, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, and keyboard. Everyone will learn how to create fun “rock star” guitar effects, even if you don’t play guitar! The class will culminate with a performance at the end of the term. READING MUSIC NOT REQUIRED.
Notes: Students should have regular access to the instrument of their choice (guitar, bass, keyboard/piano, or drums). A drum set will be available for drummers during class. Students interested in expanding their skills on new instruments may be able to borrow instruments between class periods.
Prerequisites: A basic working knowledge of guitar, keyboard/piano, bass guitar, or drums OR musical experience that could be applied to these instruments. Beginners welcome, though an understanding of scales and chord shapes is preferred as we will jump immediately into creating original music.
Theory and chops to form a garage band
$175.00 10-18 Jacob Pugh 5/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
The Commedia Players perform Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare - part 2
This is part 2 of a two part class that began last session, and so is only for students who were enrolled in part 1. It’s like this . . .two sets of twins are separated at birth in a terrible shipwreck. Many years later they all end up in the same city, without knowing of the other’s existence. Confusion, mayhem, and mistaken identity are the hilarious result. This adaptation is inspired by the stock characters from the Italian Commedia tradition, such as the bragging blustering Il Capitano, and Arlecchino, the lovable blundering fool. And and of course, there will be chase scenes, sight gags, pratfalls, stage fights, a wacky kazoo playing clown chorus, oh and . . . just a little romance. So dig out your rubber chickens and clown shoes, polish up the old slide whistle and let’s all get to work! This play will be performed on the make up day of the spring session. There will be 1 or 2 extra rehearsals during the last weeks of rehearsal.
Notes:
Prerequisites: Must have taken part one of this course (winter session) - or have permission from instructor.
Rehearsal for the spring play.
$170.00 11-16 Lou Volpendesta 11/15 Social Hall Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
LEGO Great Ball Contraption
Design and build with LEGO Technic to create a collaborative Great Ball Contraption (GBC). Using Rube Goldberg principles and powered by LEGO motors, the GBC module will pass LEGO balls throughout the system or "machine." The class-designed module may even travel to Brickfair VA in August to be part of the huge GBC there. See last year's Brickfair VA GBC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxzOjS4CXfg
Notes: This class is co-taught by a mother-son team: Emily & Liam Mohajeri Norris. Liam, age 16, is an avid LEGO designer and enthusiast who has years of experience with LEGO robotics and running LEGO building challenge workshops for all ages.
Prerequisites: Interest and experience with LEGO and/or engineering.
Create a LEGO Great Ball Contraption.
$170.00 12-18 Emily Norris 6/10 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
14:30-15:30
Stories through Playtray
Do you like envisioning what a fairy world would like? Or want to travel to the desert while in a classroom? This creative class is for kids who look at a small object and see it's potential. This class we will explore hands on building of various scenes; arctic winter, desert biome, magic forest, etc. Come listen to a story and then create your own mini world in a sandtray. This class is for kids who love to imagine and like the tactile world of telling stories through small objects. Each student will create a book of their own stories by dictating to the teacher as well as document each tray through drawing and photos.
Notes: This is a 60 minute class.
Prerequisites:
Storytelling, art
$125.00 5-7 Kim Lohan 4/4 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
15:50-16:15
Programming with Minecraft (ONLINE OFFERING)
Make it rain chickens! Detect valuable ore beneath your feet! Spawn 1000 blocks of TNT with a single command! Using MakeCode for Minecraft, a block-based programming language, students will learn the fundamentals of computer science by altering the behavior of their own Minecraft worlds. The class will cover programming basics such as variables, iteration, conditionals, and event handling through various guided programming tutorials and independent projects. This online class aims to deliver computer programming instruction to a wide range of students with varying levels of proficiency through one-on-one instruction at a distance. There is NO class meeting. We will communicate entirely via email. Weekly homework will be assigned--a short reading and a small project with step by step instructions. Students working independently can learn at their own pace. Students wishing to progress faster can do so and will receive a new assignment each time they finish one. Returning Minecraft students are welcome! We'll just pick up where you stopped last time. For students who need in person assistance we can arrange to meet at CHEC during the normally scheduled CHEC day.
Notes: This course does not have a scheduled meeting time! Students work at home at their own pace. Students need a Windows 10 computer with a purchased copy of the Windows 10 edition of Minecraft. Apple users can run Bootcamp, which allows you to install Windows 10 on Apple hardware. Students should have their own email address for correspondence with the instructor (or a parent willing to receive and send email for them).
Prerequisites: Prior experience with Minecraft and a computer capable of running the Windows 10 version of Minecraft (see Notes section) Sufficient reading and writing skills for reading instructions and communicating via email (or have a parent who doesn't mind helping). Ability to work independently and be motivated to work outside a classroom.
Learn to program with Minecraft
$150.00 8-18 Tom Lynch 1/8 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
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Winter 2020: (January 06, 2020 - February 24, 2020)
Make-up Days March 2 and March 9
Register before 2019-12-01 to avoid the late registration fee of $5.00 per class.
Scholarship applications are due by 2019-12-01.
First payment due upon registration..
Final payment due: 2020-01-23.
Classes are held on MONDAYS.
Class Cost Ages Instructor Enrolled Room Site Status
09:20-10:40
Creative Filmmaking at Light House Studio
Lights, Camera, Action! Put your creativity and storytelling skills to the ultimate test as you learn how to write a Hollywood script, direct a scene, rig a camera, and edit a film from start to finish. Comedy? Sci-fi? Superhero!? With so many genres to choose from and techniques to learn, you’ll be one step closer to being the next superstar filmmaker.
Notes: This course will be held off-site at Light House Studio at 220 West Market Street in downtown Cville. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from Light House Studio. CHEC will be happy to help facilitate a parent carpool. Due to programming conflicts, Light House will not be holding a workshop on 1/27 or 2/17. These workshops will be made up on 3/2 and 3/9.
Prerequisites: None
Learn how to create your own film
$160.00 12-15 Will Goss 7/12 Light House Studio TBA Light House Studio Open
09:30-10:50
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 1/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
The Toy Shop
You read that right - this class is all about TOYS! But not the toys you buy in a toy store. We might live in the electronic age, but these toys require no screen, no computer chip, no batteries... no electricity at all. These toys we'll make all on our own. Can you make a toy grasshopper jump two feet in the air without a spring? You might have fashioned arrows out of sticks, but have you made a full archery set? We'll make a toybox full of toys, and even create new designs and prototypes!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Toy design
$165.00 8-12 Megan Bailey 7/12 Lower Hall 1 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Trashion Fashion
Let your ideas and your recycling hit the runway in CHEC's first trashion fashion show. Students will create and model upcycled outfits--clothing made out of things like plastic, old clothes, shower curtains, K-cups, and old wires. Along the way, we'll learn garment construction techniques and build an understanding of what can and can't be recycled. We'll take a field trip to a thrift store where each student will have a budget to buy things for their designs. During the last class, we'll hold a fashion show to display our creations and dazzle the masses.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Designing, Sewing, Recycling
$175.00 9-14 Teela James 9/10 Social Hall Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
We're NOT Gambling
Casino games, carnival games, the lottery, family game night... can you beat the system? Can math tell you if someone's cheating? We'll study the probability involved in each game, see what actually happens when we play, and analyze the results. We will be doing math every session but calculators are welcome. Students will work in teams to design and test their own probability based games. Since gambling is not legal for this age group we will not be gambling but we will be playing games.
Notes: While I believe that education about gambling will decrease the students' interest in future gambling, students in this class will learn how to play casino games. If this is of concern to you, please do not register for this course.
Prerequisites: Ability to translate numbers between fraction, decimal, and percent forms. Familiarity with solving simple math equations with variables. (We will do the complicated equations together).
Intro to statistics via games
$155.00 13-16 Rachel DiLuciano 6/10 Lower Hall 2 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
09:50-10:50
Time Travel to Egypt
Join us on a trip back in time to the Egyptian pyramids. Learn about hieroglyphs, build a pyramid and prepare a mummy for their tomb. We will learn through books, hands on activities and playing games.
Notes:
Prerequisites: none
History, geography, art and crafts.
$125.00 5-7 Kim Lohan 8/7 Lower Hall Kitchen Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
11:00-12:20
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 2/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
The Toy Shop
You read that right - this class is all about TOYS! But not the toys you buy in a toy store. We might live in the electronic age, but these toys require no screen, no computer chip, no batteries... no electricity at all. These toys we'll make all on our own. Can you make a toy grasshopper jump two feet in the air without a spring? What about your own bobble head? We'll make a toybox full of toys, and even create new designs and prototypes!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Toy design
$165.00 5-8 Megan Bailey 9/12 Lower Hall 1 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Pat It and Roll It
Enjoy the sweet things in life--from strawberry shortcakes to chocolate truffles to perfect pastries. In this introductory cooking class, we will practice basic baking techniques like measuring, mixing, cutting, and rolling. We'll have a smidge of reading (recipes), a dash of math (measuring), and handfuls of merriment as we ice cakes, roll truffles, and mark our pies with a 'B' (or other applicable designs). Best of all, students will be taking home a bit of their baking to share with others. Bon appétit.
Notes: Please inform instructor of dietary restrictions. Ingredients will include gluten, dairy, and eggs.
Prerequisites: Given safety concerns in a cooking class, students must be able to follow instructions about handling hot or sharp items.
Cooking
$190.00 5-9 Teela James 11/8 Lower Hall Kitchen Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
American Football
Students will learn the basics of offensive and defensive strategies of flag and touch football. We will engage in many catching, passing, and defending activities. Students will learn leadership and teamwork in each class. Each class will have classroom instruction, theme, activities, and game.
Notes: Students should have cleats, water, snack, and a good attitude for learning.
Prerequisites:
Play American football with Coach West
$150.00 7-12 T Williams 5/12 Blue Room Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
I went into a cell and what did I see?
Come and join us this fun and hands-on workshop! You will have a chance to use a microscope to observe cells from organisms that we can’t even see with our own eyes. You will also explore the cells building blocks. In the end, you will make an edible cell model.
Notes:
Prerequisites: microscopes
Hand-on activities to learn about cells
$170.00 8-11 Ruei-Jen Fan 0/12 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Closed
Geography Through Storytelling: Winter Stories
We will explore landscape and myth with the dramatic arts, as we consider the wintery environments of the northernmost parts of our planet. We'll look into how plants, animals, and humans adapt to long dark winters and frozen landscapes. Then we'll consider how landscape and culture interact as we live into the drama, pathos, and beauty of ancient stories and myths from various oral traditions, including Native American and Northern European folklore. Then we will choose one or two of our favorite tales to rehearse and present to our parents on the last day of class. This class is about connecting to the material with the whole body as we use movement, gesture, rhythm, and voice to become the animals, frost giants, trolls, tricksters, talking bears, wizards, heroes, and heroines that spring from these fierce and beautiful landscapes. We’ll also be working on the other aspects of dramatic storytelling such as speaking and moving in response to narration (thrilling action scenes!), moving and speaking as different characters (bold heroes and heroines and fantastic monsters!), experimenting with moving in slow motion, creating frozen sculptures that tell a story (tableau), and moving together as a chorus (rhythmic speech and movement). All the while we'll be developing the deep listening required as we collaborate to express the magic of these wintery realms.
Notes:
Prerequisites: none
Landscape and myth through dramatic arts
$165.00 9-11 Lou Volpendesta 12/10 Social Hall Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
Beginner and Intermediate Guitar and Songwriting
This course is for designed for both beginner and intermediate learners. Students will learn or continue to build upon their knowledge of the basic guitar chords that are used to compose most songs. They will also learn the essential parts of a guitar and their functions, as well as basic music theory as related to rhythm, tempo, and tab reading. At the end of the course, students will be able to compose their own songs using basic guitar chords and tabulate their own piece. They will also develop the confidence to perform or showcase their new skills. Parents are welcome to take the course with their children.
Notes: Students may rent guitars from me at $5 per session (I have 5 personal guitars to rent out, on first come first served basis), purchase personal guitars (recommended for students who wish to continue into intermediate and advanced guitar courses at CHEC), or rent from musical stores in Charlottesville. Amazon and Ebay.com also sell affordable guitars with a rating of 3 stars (out of 5) for $30 - $50.
Prerequisites: None
Finger picking, strumming, and rhythm
$165.00 10-18 Louis Torkornoo 0/15 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Closed
Improv Padawans
This is a course for anyone! We will work on beginner improv exercises. If you are an improv beginners! Improv is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene, or story are made up in the moment. We will start with the basics of what improvisational comedy is. You will learn that you don't have to be funny in real life to be funny on stage. You will learn how to work with a supportive team to create scenes that captivate an audience. We will learn breathing techniques to feel emotions on stage, and learn physicality to create an environment that an audience can see without actually seeing it. At the end of the course you will be ready to perform a short show for your family and friends to attend. This is all through warm-up exercises and fun games. I promise you will learn a newfound confidence and skills that you can carry not just on stage, but through your whole life!
Notes: A notebook for taking notes is recommended, but not required. Watch some improv shows on t.v. prior to attending to get an idea of what improv comedy is.
Prerequisites: No prior skills are required, besides a good attitude and a willingness to have fun and learn.
Learn to perform with no script
$150.00 11-18 Heather Hayes 9/15 Sanctuary Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
My Three Chambered Heart
Students interested in herpetology will learn about many different species of snakes (and a few other reptiles) from around the world. There will be new, live animals each week. Students will learn how to properly use a snake hook and how to accurately read a snake's demeanor. The class will learn snake identification as well as proper handling and husbandry skills. We will go on a tour through a snake's digestive track to discover how they consume and digest food. We will learn about geography as we discuss each species' habitat and learn about invasiveness. We will travel back in time to discover how snakes and other reptiles have evolved. Students will have field journals to record their findings. Each species will be covered in depth, and students will have a chance to interact closely with the animals. Some species include 12-foot Burmese pythons, reticulated pythons, Dumeril's boa constrictors, and giant Argentine Tegu lizards.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Herpetology with live snake specimens
$170.00 12-18 Jacob Pugh 13/10 Lower Hall 2 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
13:00-14:20
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 3/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Game On!
What are your favorite board games? Why? Can you combine the best elements of popular board games to create an amazing game? We will start this class by playing new games, old games, and old games made new. We will learn about the history and development of the games and discuss game theory. Games will focus on math, reading, geography, and interpersonal skills. Students will conclude the class by designing their own board game and playing it with friends.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Game history and design
$160.00 5-7 Virginia Cunningham 3/8 Mural Room Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Somewhere Below the Sea
The ocean covers most of our planet, and yet there is so much that we haven’t explored. Did you know that an island is just the top of an undersea mountain? The world’s tallest mountain is under the ocean! We all know about whales and sharks, but have you heard of the four-eye butterfly? Join us on an underwater adventure as we discover the many mysteries that lie beneath the waves.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Ocean life and geology
$165.00 6-10 Megan Bailey 10/12 Lower Hall Kitchen Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
The Science of Flying
Ever wanted to build a model RC airplane from its parts and watch it take flight? Perhaps you're a pro, or a beginner, at building paper airplanes? Or maybe you've wondered how such a heavy airplane can float in the air. Come join me and your friends as we assemble individual parts, complete the electrical and mechanical engineering components required to make your RC airplane soar through the air. We will discover how the size of the wings affect the lift, how jet propulsion works, and the science behind propellers and the overall flight. This is your chance to discover the answers.
Notes: Parents who wish for their children to own their own RC airplanes will need an additional $40.
Prerequisites: None
RC Airplanes and paper Airplanes
$170.00 8-14 Louis Torkornoo 0/20 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Closed
My Three Chambered Heart
How do you safely hold a twelve foot python? Budding herpetologists will learn about many different species of snakes (and a few other reptiles) from around the world. There will be live animals each week. The class will learn snake identification as well as proper handling and husbandry skills. We will go on a tour through a snake's digestive track to discover how they consume and digest food. We will learn about geography as we discuss each species' habitat and learn about invasiveness. We will travel back in time to discover how snakes and other reptiles have evolved. Students will have field journals to record their findings.
Notes: This will be an extremely hands-on course and students will have an opportunity to handle all but the most aggressive species. Students are not required to hold or touch the animals, but will be shown how to safely hold and handle snakes of many different species and many different sizes.
Prerequisites:
Hands-on with snakes and other reptiles!
$175.00 8-11 Jacob Pugh 10/10 Lower Hall 2 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
Reader Lovers Book Club
This class will be about the joy of reading and sharing our views about what we have read. It is for reader lovers and those who are not lovers yet but who are open to explore! We will investigate the following themes in our books this semester: language and learning, self esteem and courage, magic, and imagination. We will look at the evolution of reading; our discussions will grow from basic understandings of plot, conflict, resolution, and description to literary devices and tropes. Classes will include discussion, analytic and creative writing, arts and crafts, and some book related games, snacks, and fun. Students are encouraged to have finished the assigned reading before the class. To bring to class: the book, a favorite notebook, and a writing instrument. Proposed Syllabus: Week 1: Giants Beware (graphic novel) by Jorge Aguirre Weeks 2 and 3: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Week 4: The Borrowers by Mary Norton Weeks 5 and 6: The Miscalculations of Lightening Girl by Stacy McAnulty Week 7 and 8: The Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
Notes: To bring to each class: a fun notebook and/or sketchbook, a favorite pen or pencil, and a copy of the book.
Prerequisites: Books must be bought or borrowed by the student.
Reading and discussion, writing and art
$150.00 9-13 Monica Farrell 8/15 Sanctuary Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Basketball
Boys and girls will learn the basics of team basketball each Monday. They will learn the fitness, mental, technical, and tactical fundamentals to be successful in a game situation. The class will consist of training at Washington Park and classroom activities as well. There will be a few games scheduled with area schools. More details to come regarding the games.
Notes: 5 STUDENT'S WOULD BE NEEDED TO PLAY A REGULATION GAME
Prerequisites:
Basketball basics
$150.00 12-16 T Williams 5/12 Blue Room Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Delve into Dungeons and Dragons
Join your friends for this engaging foray into a fantasy world. Our first epic journey will be to pick and customize your character. Will you be a high elf, a human, a lightfoot halfling, or a hill dwarf? A cleric, a fighter, a rogue, or a wizard? Will your character be jolly, or sarcastic, or quick to throw a punch? After that we'll set off on a daring adventure full of deadly perils, powerful magic, ferocious goblins and, if we're lucky, some bad puns. No D&D experience required--pretty polyhedral dice provided.
Notes: Please inform instructor of any dietary restrictions as I sometimes bring snacks. We will be playing a different campaign from previous years, so the class is appropriate for new and returning students.
Prerequisites:
Role playing game
$165.00 12-16 Teela James 7/5 Social Hall Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
CHEC It Out!
Don't you think it's about time CHEC started an online newspaper? We'll investigate and report on the most interesting happenings and people from our CHEC community and beyond. Don't necessarily enjoy writing but you like to talk, draw cartoons, take pictures, or design layout? We need you also! Students this session will make decisions and set up systems that may be continued by future students.
Notes: Students will choose assignments to independently complete outside of class time.
Prerequisites:
Student run newspaper
$160.00 13-18 Rachel DiLuciano 8/10 Lower Hall 1 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
14:30-15:50
Supervised Stay
Play games with friends, work on art projects, play outside in the attached fenced playground, or work on independent projects! This class is perfect for those like to stay at CHEC all day, but don't wish to take four classes, those who have a gap between classes they want to take, those who have siblings take classes who don't wish to take a class themselves, or those who just love unstructured play time. Note that this is not a taught class. Site managers will supervise, but will not be leading activities. As such, the fee for this class contributes to our rent and insurance costs, but does not include an instructor fee. This class is intended for drop-off students, so if a parent is on site and supervising their own child, the child does not need to be enrolled in this class.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Dannielle Lamison 3/10 Church Parlour Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Art Masters
Explore the techniques of Masters of Art! Each week, we will learn about an inspiring artist and create our own art following his or her style. Some artists we plan to explore this semester: Joan Miro, Sonia Delaunay, Salvador Dali, Katsushika Hokusai, Emily Kngwarreye (aboriginal art)
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Studio art and art history
$175.00 5-8 Monica Farrell 9/12 Lower Hall Kitchen Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Game On!
What are your favorite board games? Why? Can you combine the best elements of popular board games to create an amazing game? We will start this class by playing new games, old games, and old games made new. We will learn about the history and development of the games and discuss game theory. Games will focus on math, reading, geography, and interpersonal skills. Students will conclude the class by designing their own board game and playing it with friends.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Game history and design
$160.00 8-12 Virginia Cunningham 3/12 Mural Room Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
May the Force Be With You!
Will you join the light side or the dark side? Is the force strong with you? Join me and your new friends as we experience Star Wars in a new light. We'll work out our bodies, our imaginations, and our creativity as we learn new and improved ways of dueling with light sabers, complete with sound and light effects, learn exciting martial arts techniques, and memorize scripts to create a short film. Which side will you choose – to become a Jedi knight or a Sith Lord?
Notes: Ideas are welcomed as we write our scripts and build items.
Prerequisites:
Star Wars! Light Sabers!
$165.00 8-11 Louis Torkornoo 0/15 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Closed
LEGO Engineering Challenges
A single Lego brick can support nearly a half ton. The engineering feats that can be constructed by combining these bricks are limitless, and can apply to nearly any real-world STEM situation. Sounds simple, right? That's how it will feel when you take your skills to the next level through hands-on missions to construct super-strong bridges, indestructible towers, and ultra-fast cars.
Notes: This class is co-taught by a mother-son team: Emily & Liam Mohajeri Norris. Liam, age 16, is an avid LEGO designer and enthusiast who has years of experience with LEGO robotics and running LEGO building challenge workshops for all ages.
Prerequisites: Interest in LEGO and/or engineering and physics principles.
Use LEGO to learn engineering & physics
$150.00 8-12 Emily Norris 8/10 Lower Hall 1 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
My Three Chambered Heart
How do you safely hold a twelve foot python? Budding herpetologists will learn about many different species of snakes (and a few other reptiles) from around the world. There will be live animals each week. The class will learn snake identification as well as proper handling and husbandry skills. We will go on a tour through a snake's digestive track to discover how they consume and digest food. We will learn about geography as we discuss each species' habitat and learn about invasiveness. We will travel back in time to discover how snakes and other reptiles have evolved. Students will have field journals to record their findings.
Notes: This will be an extremely hands-on course and students will have an opportunity to handle all but the most aggressive species. Students are not required to hold or touch the animals, but will be shown how to safely hold and handle snakes of many different species and many different sizes.
Prerequisites:
Hands-on with snakes and other reptiles!
$175.00 8-11 Jacob Pugh 8/10 Lower Hall 2 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
Rock On! Making Your Own Music
Think about your favorite song. What do you like about it? Is it the melody? The lyrics? When music is good, it moves us - sometimes physically. A good beat pushes us to dance, even while sitting down. Powerful words can move us to tears, lift our spirits, and inspire us. In this class, we'll explore what makes great music and create our own!
Notes:
Prerequisites: General knowledge of music - rhythm values, especially - is preferred, but not required. You do NOT need to play an instrument. Only an enjoyment of music is required!!
Musical composition
$155.00 11-18 Megan Bailey 3/12 Sanctuary Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open
The Commedia Players Present: Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare - Part 1
This is part 1 of a two part class. Part 2 of this class will be held in the CHEC Spring session. I have spread the rehearsal period for this play over two sessions. It’s like this . . .two sets of twins are separated at birth in a terrible shipwreck. Many years later they all end up in the same city, without knowing of the other’s existence. Confusion, mayhem, and mistaken identity are the hilarious result. This adaptation is inspired by the stock characters of the Italian Commedia dell' arte tradition, such as the bragging blustering Il Capitano, and Arlecchino, the lovable blundering fool. And of course, there will be chase scenes, sight gags, pratfalls, stage fights, a wacky kazoo playing clown chorus, oh and . . . just a little romance. So dig out your rubber chickens and clown shoes, polish up the old slide whistle and let’s all get to work! There will be 1 or 2 extra rehearsals during the last weeks of rehearsal. The performance for this play will be on the make up day for the CHEC Spring session (May 18).
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Rehearsal for performance
$165.00 12-17 Lou Volpendesta 11/10 Social Hall Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
14:40-16:00
Delve into Dungeons and Dragons
Join your friends for this engaging foray into a fantasy world. Our first epic journey will be to pick and customize your character. Will you be a high elf, a human, a lightfoot halfling, or a hill dwarf? A cleric, a fighter, a rogue, or a wizard? Will your character be jolly, or sarcastic, or quick to throw a punch? After that we'll set off on a daring adventure full of deadly perils, powerful magic, ferocious goblins and, if we're lucky, some bad puns. No D&D experience required--pretty polyhedral dice provided.
Notes: Please inform instructor of any dietary restrictions as I sometimes bring snacks.
Prerequisites:
Role playing game
$165.00 9-11 Teela James 5/5 Lower Hall 3 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Waitlist
15:50-16:15
Programming with Minecraft (ONLINE OFFERING)
Make it rain chickens! Detect valuable ore beneath your feet! Spawn 1000 blocks of TNT with a single command! Using MakeCode for Minecraft, a block-based programming language, students will learn the fundamentals of computer science by altering the behavior of their own Minecraft worlds. The class will cover programming basics such as variables, iteration, conditionals, and event handling through various guided programming tutorials and independent projects. This online class aims to deliver computer programming instruction to a wide range of students with varying levels of proficiency through one-on-one instruction at a distance. There is NO class meeting. We will communicate entirely via email. Weekly homework will be assigned--a short reading and a small project with step by step instructions. Students working independently can learn at their own pace. Students wishing to progress faster can do so and will receive a new assignment each time they finish one. Returning Minecraft students are welcome! We'll just pick up where you stopped last time. For students who need in person assistance we can arrange to meet at CHEC during the normally scheduled CHEC day.
Notes: This course does not have a scheduled meeting time! Students work at home at their own pace. Students need a Windows 10 computer with a purchased copy of the Windows 10 edition of Minecraft. Apple users can run Bootcamp, which allows you to install Windows 10 on Apple hardware. Students should have their own email address for correspondence with the instructor (or a parent willing to receive and send email for them).
Prerequisites: Prior experience with Minecraft and a computer capable of running the Windows 10 version of Minecraft (see Notes section) Sufficient reading and writing skills for reading instructions and communicating via email (or have a parent who doesn't mind helping). Ability to work independently and be motivated to work outside a classroom.
Learn to program with Minecraft
$150.00 8-18 Tom Lynch 4/8 TBA-TJUU Thomas Jefferson Memorial Open