Co-Curricular Activities

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Winter 2014

During Co-Curricular Period on B & E Days

These co-curricular opportunities will rotate by trimester. Students will sign up each trimester and be placed in small groups led by staff, community friends and parents. The purpose of this time is to provide authentic experiential learning that would not typically be part of our school's curriculum and allow students to engage in activities in the middle of the day, instead of competing for after school time. A variety of activities will be offered during our co curricular activity period. See below for our current offerings.

Co-Curricular offerings Winter 2014:

AWSEM - Veronica Ledoux & US students
Girls only - initiated by American University Women in Science, Engineering & Math - focused science with Upper School student mentors and faculty leader - meets in US Science complex.

Bridge - Nancy Jonske & Marie Finch
Learn the basics of Contract bridge, or simply bridge, a trick taking card game.  It is played by four players in two competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite each other around a table.

Choir - Charlie Walsh
Sing, sing, sing!

Costa Rica - Spencer White, Li - Ling Chen & Jessie Lowe
Preparations for global trip in March.

France - Katie Gunderson, Len Carr & Chris Bell
Preparations for global trip in March

Getting Fi
t - Chris Skrapits
Running and general fitness training - outdoors, weight room and gym.

Indoor Games - Brian Gant
Play some of your favorite indoor games from PE classes - learn some new ones too.

Marimba - MyLinda King
Learn all about playing Marimba -  a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets to produce musical tones.

Meditation - Holly Walsh
Learn basic mediation practice to achieve calmness and rest, heighten creativity, and revitalize the mind, body and soul.

Model Trains - Ed Sallia
Learn about this hobby at the school's model train rail yard.

Peru - Yen-Ling Wang & Paul Andrichuk
Preparations for global trip in March.

So You Want to be Published - Christa Kaainoa
Write all types of pieces suited to be published in a variety of periodicals.

Sketchbook - Dale Rawls
Time in the art studio to create: sketch, draw & paint.

Strings - Mark Pritchard and staff from Rose City Strings Academy
Time for basic instruction and work playing the viola, cello and/or violin.

Study Skills - Kristin Ogard & Natalie Dickinson
Some time set aside to study and get organized with teachers there to assist.

Tinkering - Rob Van Nood & Tom Tucker
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create moving sculpture. Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects. Tinker with batteries, lights, buzzers, motors, switches, etc.

Yearbook - Barbara Ostos
Get started on highlighting the year and capturing memories. Yearbook staff will celebrate the experiences, activities, and people that make the year unforgettable.



Co-Curricular offerings Fall 2013:

What’s Your Racquet? – John Hamilton & Yen Ling Wang
Will include time on the tennis, badminton and pickle ball courts teaching rules, skills and strategies. The goal will be to help match players of equal abilities on the same court. Instruction and match play will be featured.

MathCounts
- Lauren Sharashian and US students
MathCounts provides fun and challenging math programs for middle school students to increase their academic and professional opportunities. MathCounts is a national program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement.

Sketch Book - Dale Rawls
Enjoy drawing and creating in our sketch books.  Sometimes we'll go on a peaceful walk outside on campus and be inspired by the natural world.  Other times we may just hang and create in the studio inside the beautiful new arts center. We will use all assortment of media: pen, pencil, watercolor, pastels and more. Sketch books provided.

Marimba - Charlie Walsh
Learn to play the Marimba, enjoy the beat and songs specifically for the marimba. This will be an active, fast paced and fun musical experience for all who sign up.


Bridge - Nancy Jonske
Bridge is a wonderful, complex trick taking game played with partners and in foursomes. It is an immensely popular international game played in everyday homes, tournaments and online. Middle School kids can pick it up quite aptly and it is a life long game that can be enjoyed for years and years.


Handling Emergencies
- Michael Hayward
There's always a need for people to be willing to help in emergencies. But to be safe and effective in a crisis you need training. This class will both discuss and demonstrate a variety of emergency actions that you could
use to help someone or yourself. First aid, lost in the wilderness skills, and Hands-Only CPR are part of the agenda.

Needle & Thread - Ann Fyfield & Zoe Edelen Hare
This activity is designed for beginner or experienced sewers, knitters and the like. We will explore the basics withrelying on improving our hand and eye coordination, as well as hand dexterity.  We will keep projects fun and simple, following the lead of student interest.

Garden Club & Bee Keeping – Carter Latendresse
Takes care of the organic gardens and apple orchard on campus. And new this year – work with our bee colony! Among other things, we plant seeds, harvest fruits and veggies, take care of school compost, cook, eat, and bring harvests to the Barn for the school's salad bar. The Garden Club will also build garden furniture, garden bed signs, and birdhouses, and then we will install these garden items along with other necessities such as rain barrels. Another important task is to grow flowers and veggies in the greenhouse for the big Spring Festival plant sale fundraiser. If you like being outside, making and eating tasty food, building garden furniture, and growing beautiful flowers and veggies, this activity is for you.


Latin Dancing 
- Barbara Ostos
Learn the similarities and differences of salsa, merengue and bachata. Learn the various dance steps and enjoy the wonderful beat.
Science Olympiad for Beginners – Larry Hurst
Science Olympiad subjects may include earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved with science. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students and teachers work together toward a shared goal.

Boot Camp - Katie Gunderson & Chris Skrapits
Somedays we’ll work out in the weight room others we may just drop everything and run in a non threatening and support atmosphere. Have fun, work hard and get up a sweat.

Middle School Student Association (MSSA)   – Len Carr
We will meet during Activities time during the fall. No lunch meetings! Lots to discuss and get our arms around to support our middle school.  Required for all MSSA officers
Meditation – Holly Walsh
Use meditation and yoga techniques for relaxation, calm breathing, self regulation and to help achieve clearer minds.

3D Design & Printing – Paul Monheimer & Dale Yocum
Learn the fascination and mystique surrounding this amazing technology.

Chinese Yo -Yo – Li-Ling Cheng
This ancient spinning game is simple to learn yet provides endless levels of skill development, challenge and fun. The barbell-shaped, hollow toy is manipulated on a string tied to two sticks, which are held by the player. By spinning the Chinese yo-yo fast enough, the player can elicit a humming sound from the yo-yo. Sound easy? Come give it a try. Maybe we will form a team!

Frisbee – David Ellenberg
Enjoy some good times tossing the disk playing both Frisbee Golf or Ultimate Frisbee depending on everyone’s interest and abilities. We’ll be running around a lot – so be prepared to work up a sweat in this Activity.
 

 
















What’s Your Racquet? –
John Hamilton

Will include time on the tennis, badminton and pickle ball courts teaching rules, skills and strategies. The goal will be to help match players of equal abilities on the same court. Instruction and match play will be featured.

Theatre Games - Deirdre Atkinson

All kinds of theatre games can be played to increase performance, embrace theatre risk taking and creative skills. Most theatre games have no winners or losers. Students work individually or with others to accomplish the goal of the game - sometimes creating something out of nothing, creating community, excercising group focus and of course -- having fun!

Science Olympiad – Larry Hurst

Science Olympiad subjects may include earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved with science. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students and teachers work together toward a shared goal.

Open Woodshop – Tom Tucker

Come to the woodshop for some additional woodshop exposure and/or to complete ongoing wood projects. Students will receive instruction needed to complete appropriate projects which are doable within the time frame permitted.

MathCounts - Lynda Douglas and Lauren Sharashian and US students

MathCounts provides fun and challenging math programs for middle school students to increase their academic and professional opportunities. MathCounts is a national program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement.

Open Band – Mark Pritchard

This class will be 100% performance oriented. Everyone welcome but, some musical experience appreciated as we strive to create our MS Band. We will be covering rock and jazz and need instruments such as drums, guitars, sax and horns and a singer or two. Rock on!

The Olympic Games – Brian Gant

Learn, practice and play a variety of the Olympic games from team handball to field (floor) hockey, volleyball, soccer and more. We will be running, jumping and throwing. Want to be active? This activity is for you.

Visual Projamming - Suresh Srinivan and Tim Rayle

In computing a visual programming language (VPL) is any programming language that lets users create programs by manipulating program elements graphically rather than by specifying them textually.

AWSEM - Veronica Ledoux and US students

Advocates for Woman in Science, Engineering, and Math (AWSEM) is a science program designed to motivate middle school girls to pursue higher education and careers in the areas of science, engineering and math.The AWSEM program introduces middle school girls to professional women role models providing an opportunity for girls to participate in a variety of experiences related to these fields.

Photograpy - Craig Daniels

Learn basic photo techniques, styles and composition tips. Enjoy taking photos students are interested in, editing and creating the finished product. Use all variety of cameras from iphone to point and shoot.

Meditation - David Ellenberg

Use meditation techniques for relaxation, calm breathing, self regulation and to help achieve clearer minds.

Challenge Course - David Reich

Explore the school’s amazing Challenge Course and/or move indoors as weather dictates to the rock wall or all sorts of challenging games of initiative. This activity is a chance to learn some new skills, work as a group and have fun. You will learn about yourself as well as about being a cooperative team player.

Taiwan trip - Come together to plan upcoming trip to Tawian.

Cost Rica trip - Come together to plan upcoming trip to Costa Rica.

 

 

Co-Curricular offerings Fall 2012:
















What’s Your Racquet? –
John Hamilton

Will include time on the tennis, badminton and pickle ball courts teaching rules, skills and strategies. The goal will be to help match players of equal abilities on the same court. Instruction and match play will be featured.

Theatre Games - Deirdre Atkinson

All kinds of theatre games can be played to increase performance, embrace theatre risk taking and creative skills. Most theatre games have no winners or losers. Students work individually or with others to accomplish the goal of the game - sometimes creating something out of nothing, creating community, excercising group focus and of course -- having fun!

Science Olympiad – Larry Hurst

Science Olympiad subjects may include earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved with science. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students and teachers work together toward a shared goal.

Open Woodshop – Tom Tucker

Come to the woodshop for some additional woodshop exposure and/or to complete ongoing wood projects. Students will receive instruction needed to complete appropriate projects which are doable within the time frame permitted.

MathCounts - Lynda Douglas and Lauren Sharashian and US students

MathCounts provides fun and challenging math programs for middle school students to increase their academic and professional opportunities. MathCounts is a national program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement.

Open Band – Mark Pritchard

This class will be 100% performance oriented. Everyone welcome but, some musical experience appreciated as we strive to create our MS Band. We will be covering rock and jazz and need instruments such as drums, guitars, sax and horns and a singer or two. Rock on!

The Olympic Games – Brian Gant

Learn, practice and play a variety of the Olympic games from team handball to field (floor) hockey, volleyball, soccer and more. We will be running, jumping and throwing. Want to be active? This activity is for you.

Visual Projamming - Suresh Srinivan and Tim Rayle

In computing a visual programming language (VPL) is any programming language that lets users create programs by manipulating program elements graphically rather than by specifying them textually.

AWSEM - Veronica Ledoux and US students

Advocates for Woman in Science, Engineering, and Math (AWSEM) is a science program designed to motivate middle school girls to pursue higher education and careers in the areas of science, engineering and math.The AWSEM program introduces middle school girls to professional women role models providing an opportunity for girls to participate in a variety of experiences related to these fields.

Photograpy - Craig Daniels

Learn basic photo techniques, styles and composition tips. Enjoy taking photos students are interested in, editing and creating the finished product. Use all variety of cameras from iphone to point and shoot.

Meditation - David Ellenberg

Use meditation techniques for relaxation, calm breathing, self regulation and to help achieve clearer minds.

Challenge Course - David Reich

Explore the school’s amazing Challenge Course and/or move indoors as weather dictates to the rock wall or all sorts of challenging games of initiative. This activity is a chance to learn some new skills, work as a group and have fun. You will learn about yourself as well as about being a cooperative team player.

Taiwan trip - Come together to plan upcoming trip to Tawian.

Cost Rica trip - Come together to plan upcoming trip to Costa Rica.

 

 

Co-Curricular offerings Fall 2012:

The Play's the Thing  - Deirdre Atkinson

We will be gathering to read and discuss plays and then make recommendations for the 7th grade drama season! Scripts will include everything from low-ball comedies to "drama-dies" to science fiction to classics. Your opinions and wisdom are needed to help us build dramatic seasons that are challenging for our actors and intriguing to our audiences!

Garden Club – Carter Latendresse

Takes care of the organic gardens and apple orchard on campus. Among other things, we plant seeds, harvest fruits and veggies, take care of school compost, cook, eat, and bring harvests to the Barn for the school's salad bar. The Garden Club will also build garden furniture, garden bed signs, and birdhouses, and then we will install these garden items along with other necessities such as rain barrels. Another important task is to grow flowers and veggies in the greenhouse for the big Spring Festival plant sale fundraiser. If you like being outside, making and eating tasty food, building garden furniture, and growing beautiful flowers and veggies, this activity is for you.

Chorus – Charlie Bush

Join together and sing all variety of music: popular, traditional, culturally diverse, seasonal and more. Discover the fun of singing together with friends and performing. Discover your inner voice and sing! We’ll explore all variety of rhythm, melody, tempo, dynamics, timbre, harmony, and style.

Handling Emergencies - Michael Hayward

There's always a need for people to be willing to help in emergencies. But to be safe and effective in a crisis you need training. This class will both discuss and demonstrate a variety of emergency actions that you could use to help someone or yourself. First aid, lost in the wilderness skills, and Hands-Only CPR are part of the agenda.

Can It! – Ann Fyfield

We’ll start with learning how to make and preserve scrumptious jams and jellies, using both frozen and fresh fruit. We'll also learn how to make pesto by using basil, mint and cilantro from our gardens. We'll even round out our canning with some pickles perhaps and some yummy sauces to put on ice cream. What would jam and jelly be without a little chocolate in between? P.S. Taste testing IS allowed!

Challenge Course - Dale Rawls & David Reich

Explore the school’s amazing Challenge Course. This activity is a chance to learn some new skills, work as a group and have fun. You will learn about yourself as well as about being a cooperative team player. The focus will be on the lower elements only. No previous experience required.

Introduction to Programming Using Lego Robots – Dale Yocum

This self-paced co-curricular is an introduction to the concepts of computer programming. We’ll use LEGO robots as the object of our attention because they use an easy drag and drop graphical system. This is different than after school robotics in that we won’t be building things with LEGOs. This is intended for those students who have never done programming before or who have only made it though the basics, for example in 7th grade science.

What’s Your Racquet? – John Hamilton

Will include time on the tennis, badminton and pickle ball courts teaching rules, skills and strategies. The goal will be to help match players of equal abilities on the same court. Instruction and match play will be featured.

Yearbook: Capturing Our Community's Moments – Barbara Ostos

Students will work in our co-curricular team to capture all of our community's moments for the yearbook. Although the yearbook will not be printed until the end of the year, with so many activities, sports and events ongoing throughout the year, each trimester the yearbook team will divide and conquer to be sure to accurately include everything memorable from the year.

Knit & Crochet - Yen-Ling Wang

Students will learn to knit and crochet simple hats and scarfs. Our goal is for every student to create a piece to keep for themselves and one or two other pieces to donate to a charitable cause. All materials will be provided.

Road to the White House – David Ellenberg & Paul Monheimer

Follow the ups and downs of election season. What are the issues? How is a voter to decide between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama? Join us as we examine all things electoral.

Yoga Bhoga – Natalie Dickinson

In Sanskrit "bhoga" means fun, which is a key aspect to any yoga practice. We will explore a wide range of yoga postures, styles and breathing exercises. This will be a time to build strength, balance and flexibility in a fun and supportive environment. We will take time to relax and calm down, and also energize and awaken the mind and body.

Public Speaking – Jason Stevens

Ever had to speak in front of an audience? Well, you'll be doing just that in many of your classes this year. If speaking in public gives you the heebie-jeebies, or if you just want to be better at it, this is the session for you! We'll be watching videos of great speeches, and learning how to craft and deliver one of your own. Interested students will have the option to debate each other, but it is not required.

The Art of Poetry & Songwriting - Katie Gunderson

Do you like reading and writing poetry? Would you like to learn more about it? Then this co-curricular is for you! Get the chance to create your own poems and song lyrics and compile them into a collection to share or just keep to yourself!

Salsa, Cumbia 101- Beginner dance class – Spencer White

Super basic and fun dance. We will learn the steps of two Latin dances, the Salsa and the Cumbia. You will not be partnered or forced to dance with someone! It is individual work. Come and get loose, dance, enjoy some great music and tear it up on the dance floor!

Open Band – Mark Pritchard

This class will be 100% performance oriented. Everyone welcome but, some musical experience appreciated as we strive to create our MS Band. We will be covering rock and jazz and need instruments such as drums, guitars, sax and horns and a singer or two. Rock on!

Drop Everything and Run – Chris Skrapits & Christa Kaainoa

Get your heart racing and your speed on! We will spend our time getting into shape and getting fit. Activities will include: interval training, long runs, geo-caching, and trips to Nike, forest park and waterfront park. Come on and get your run on!

Literary Magazine – Holly Walsh

Join a community of writers to create poetry, fiction, and non-fiction! Our ultimate goal is to publish our Middle School's very own literary magazine.

The Olympic Games – Brian Gant & Paul Andrichuk

Learn, practice and play a variety of the Olympic games from team handball to field (floor) hockey, volleyball, soccer and more. We will be running, jumping and throwing. Want to be active? This activity is for you.

Science Olympiad for Beginners – Larry Hurst

Science Olympiad subjects may include earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved with science. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students and teachers work together toward a shared goal.

Open Woodshop – Tom Tucker

Come to the woodshop for some additional woodshop exposure and/or to complete ongoing wood projects. Students will receive instruction needed to complete appropriate projects which are doable within the time frame permitted.

 

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