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ACADEMY Course Descriptions 2014 

SESSION II Classes - June 22-28
for 7th and 8th graders

NOTE: We schedule classes based on the date we receive payment and registration forms. We make every effort to ensure that students get their starred choice and one of their top three choices each period. You will receive your class schedule at ACADEMY check-in.

COMMUNICATION/LANGUAGE ARTS  

'BREAKING': THE AESTHETICS OF HIP HOP
Hip Hop is based in street culture and dance but the aesthetics of the art are more complex. Repetition, revision, remixing and storytelling are legendary elements of the art and highlight the concept that by going back you learn something new each time. You'll explore your own version of non-linear storytelling as you create small collages, study and create your own recurring elements of graffiti and peel back the layers of your personal identity as you create a rap about ACADEMY combining the talents and creative self-expression of the whole class.
Instructor: Wind Woods is a playwright and educator. Currently working on a doctorate in Theatre at UC Irvine, Wind has taught a variety of courses in the performing arts and creative writing fields from K-12 to the university level.

DIGITAL MAGAZINE WORKSHOP
If you love to write, this is the class for you! We will be writing true stories using a variety of journalistic and creative writing techniques to make our own magazine. You'll learn about writing personal essays, reviews, and profiles, and how to make the ordinary seem extraordinary! At the end of the week, you'll take home a class magazine that features your own inspiring ACADEMY stories, articles, and artwork.
Instructor: Rebecca Owen is a former ACADEMY student who has an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from Minnesota State University. She teaches writing, plays the cello, and spends time with her two horses.

PEACEMAKERS
What is non-verbal communication? What is the difference between perception and perspective? Conflicts occur between people at every age and in every setting. You'll develop skills like active listening and learn how to referee a discourse to diffuse conflicts before they escalate in this energetic, interactive class. Amaze yourself as you devise strategies of communicating with others to find mutually beneficial resolutions in situations at home, at school and with friends that will serve you for a lifetime.
Instructor: John Cornet has been an AP teacher at Phoenix High School since 1999 and has taught at SOU. He was a finalist for Oregon Teacher of the Year in 2006 (twice nominated), and recipient of the Imagine Award for Community Peacemaking in 2009.

THE CONTEST OF IDEAS
Healthy debate is a powerful communication tool and employs critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and civic engagement. You'll learn how to work with others, gain confidence in your own ideas and learn to articulate them in a logical way while discovering how to keep your cool and organize an effective response to defend your ideas in this energizing class.
Instructor: Clint Rodreick is a Phoenix High School Social Studies Teacher who has been teaching for 6 years. He teaches AP and Pre-AP courses and is also the Speech and Debate coach. Mr. Rodreick's educational focus and inspiration is to encourage students to think critically and deeply about the world they live in.

WHEN WRITING STRIKES
Spoken-word poetry has existed for centuries. The Ancient Greeks included it in their Olympic Games and later it became part of the political and social discourse that inspired the Harlem Renaissance. When inspiration strikes, experience the spoken word as you use the power of your own words to engage your audience and move them with your creativity and confidence. You'll become part of a living legacy as your voice inspires others in this exciting class.
Instructor: Jay Schroder is a published poet and creative writing teacher at South Medford High School. Several of his students have won writing awards. He is a six-time winner of the Oregon Poetry Association's contest.

VISUAL ARTS

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE SELFIE
Take a serious look at the world-wide phenomenon of the "selfie" while you are shooting and 'apping' creative self-portraits that open the doorway to self-discovery. Let this be a transformative summer as Meri Walker (aka, the iPhoneArtGirl) teaches you to access your deepest creativity using your own face, your smartphone or tablet and a couple of free or very cheap apps. Please note: Students must have an Apple or Android late-model smartphone or tablet and know how to access, purchase and download apps from your own iTunes or Google Play Store account. Instructor: Meri Aaron Walker is an accomplished photojournalist, a master teacher, and an award-winning fine artist. She holds a MA in Photojournalism and has taught at universities and for many arts programs.

PERSONAL SYMBOLS PROJECT
Human beings have been identified by personal symbols for centuries from family crests and flags to company logos. These symbols take a variety of shapes, designs and forms. Galvanize your ideas and design your own personal symbol that visually represents your qualities, personal creed and spirit in this creative hands-on class. You'll learn and use a variety of mixed media techniques including relief sculpture, printmaking and collage. All of your pieces can be assembled into an art book or stand alone as unique and visually interesting representations of you!
Instructor: Christopher LaGasse is an art teacher at Central Medford High School with professional experience in the fields of animation, comic book illustration, graphic design, political cartooning, and production/character design for film.

WHAT WOULD DA VINCI DO?
Use your ultimate imagination and creative spirit as you apply the mastery of Leonardo DaVinci to render designs for scenes, characters and objects depicting mythical worlds and historical discoveries. Draw your own version of an ancient round boat called a coracle. Use inspiration from The Hobbit, to create your own images of hobbit holes or design a goblin bridge spanning a deep crevice. You'll learn exciting new ways to illustrate these and other fantastic themes and machines from a professional artist.
Instructor: Craig Honeycutt has a Master's in Art Education and is a local artist and art educator with more than twenty years teaching experience.

SOCIAL STUDIES

DIFFERENT IN BELIEFS – THE SAME IN BLOOD
Come explore the history of a war that forever altered American society pitting citizen against citizen as you travel back in time in this riveting class with Civil War Re-enactors as your guides. You'll get a hands-on understanding of weapons and artillery as you review and recreate infantry drills and battlefield tactics. Find out what doctors used to treat the wounded, what the soldiers ate and try on some authentic historic clothing. You'll end the week with a 'bang'!
Instructors: Cascade Civil War Society Members. The CCWS is a non-profit educational and living history organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the American Civil War and its impact on frontier expansion.

IMAGINE EARTH!
Imagine it is the year 2226. You are a part of a special expedition sent to inhabit the future! In this exciting class, you will create a brand new community and government from the ground up. You and your peers will be challenged to learn what it takes to organize this community. Who will lead and how will things be governed? How will things get built? What laws will there be? You'll use critical thinking and group activities to envision and design your community.
Instructor: John Cornet has been an AP teacher at Phoenix High School since 1999 and has taught at SOU. He was a finalist for Oregon Teacher of the Year in 2006 (twice nominated), and recipient of the Imagine Award for Community Peacemaking in 2009.

JAPANESE ART AND CULTURE
Study Japanese art and culture through musical instruments, Shuji (writing Japanese characters with a brush and ink), Origami (paper folding art work), clay work and the Japanese language. Broaden your cultural horizons while having fun! You will learn about Japanese cultural traditions such as making a replica of Japan's ancient clay bell. Instructor: Wataru Sugiyama is an international sculptor and native of Japan. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States, England, Switzerland, Germany and Japan.

LET IT BE
The Beatles transformed social and political culture when they stepped onto the world stage in the 1960s. Why is their music and message still as popular today as it was almost 50 years ago? The Beatles' influence on rock music and popular culture started a wave of change, from short hair and tight pants to long hair and bell bottoms, from solo singers to rock groups, from professional songwriters to self-penned songs. You'll discover how they influenced social change through lyrics and actions as you listen to their music and view their films and explore life in "the 60s." The final day of class will be a public "Beatle Attack" all around the SOU campus when you and your peers share the Beatles songs that have iNSPIRED you!
Instructor: Martha Street is a 9th grade English teacher at North Medford High School where she also coaches Speech and Debate. She is certified in ESL and holds a BA in French and International Studies from the University of Oregon.

ORDER IN THE COURT!
Take part in the exciting process of the American judicial system. Learn what it takes to become a judge, juror, prosecutor, defender or witness. Learn to organize facts, develop your speaking and questioning abilities, and understand the concepts of justice through jury deliberation. This will be a courtroom drama you will never forget. Instructors: Carlan and Thomas Kephart. Carlan holds a B.A. in English Literature and a M.Ed. degree. She has taught English for 14 years, mostly at the high school level, including six years of AP. Thomas has been teaching history for 8 years. He holds a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. degree. He has taught various AP courses, including AP Comparative Government and AP US History. They recently returned to Oregon after four years of teaching internationally in China, El Salvador and Hong Kong.

TURNINGTHE PRISM: PHILOSOPHY, THOUGHT AND INTERPRETATION
Become a deeper thinker as you examine how you form your viewpoints on the world around you and what influences your thoughts. Turn the prism and examine how you reach conclusions about social and political issues as you delve into Plato's Allegory of the Cave and look at different philosophies and perspectives on how major world issues can be viewed from radically different perspectives. This class invites you to pose questions and engage in discussions as you draw your own informed conclusions on a variety of important social issues.
Instructor: Clint Rodreick is a Phoenix High School Social Studies Teacher who has been teaching for 6 years. He teaches AP and Pre-AP courses and is also the Speech and Debate coach. Mr. Rodreick's educational focus and inspiration is to encourage students to think critically and deeply about the world they live in. 

SCIENCE/MATHEMATICS/ENGINEERING

CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
Learn crime scene analysis and study actual physical and chemical evidence for clues that MIGHT let you piece together what really happened at a mock crime scene. Using your intuitive senses and hard science skills you'll conduct forensic tests on the evidence and study physical evidence for clues. Fingerprints, hair, fibers and trace evidence will supply you with what you need to crack the case as you examine liquid samples, test fiber types, and interpret it all to piece together what really happened at the scene of the crime.
Instructor: Steve Roby has been teaching in the Rogue Valley for 8 years and is a teacher with the Logos Public Charter School. He holds a M.A.T. degree and has a passion for working with youth.

IN ALL PROBABLITY
Have you ever wondered if you're just lucky or if it is normal to roll a six five times in a row when you roll the dice? Explore the laws of chance and probability in this fascinating class as you learn about theoretical vs. experimental probability using hands-on trials. Become a probabilist as you conduct experiments accumulating and recording data. Calculations and group activities will make your own predictions in games of chance tons of fun!
Instructor: Melissa Klise holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Math Education from SOU. Her goal is to become a middle school math teacher.

THE FEET SPEAK: HUMAN ANATOMY THROUGH REFLEXOLOGY
Get to know Human Anatomy while you touch each organ through your feet! This course is for budding biologists & reflexologists-in-training. The practice of reflexology may have existed in early China and Egypt and was introduced to the United States over 100 years ago. Discover how to identify each organ, build a model of the human body, and learn how to touch the feet to direct energy flow throughout the body!
Instructor: Shoshana Leopold is a science educator and reflexologist who has taught in a variety of classrooms. She brings extensive knowledge of biology and holistic health to her teaching.

ENGINEERING/STRATEGY

SUMO ROBOT RUMBLE!
Engineering and inspiration meet as you work in teams to design and build your own sumo-bot robot in this cutting edge class. Learn mechanical and software design as you design, build and program a robot and challenge other teams to bring their robots to the ring to compete. You'll celebrate your engineering skills by using advanced LEGO structures, Mindstorms software and equipment.
Instructor: Chris Duval has been teaching LEGO Robotics classes for 7years. He enjoys technology and owns his own business fixing computers. He has been interested in LEGOS and robots since he was old enough to walk.

COMPUTERS/VIDEO/PHOTOGRAPHY

iDESIGN AT SOU
Digital media is rapidly changing the way we view and interact with the world. You'll delve into the latest Web 2.0 tools to manipulate photos, compose your own music, produce animated movies, and create stunning 3D environments. Learn the language of visual communication as you construct and publish a website with your signature personality. At the end of the week you'll have an amazing portfolio of work and the skills to take your digital creations to a whole new level.
Instructor: Anthony White holds an MAT degree from SOU. He engages in technology of all types and loves to share his knowledge with others. He currently works in Kodiak, Alaska as an Educational Technologist. This is his third year teaching for the SOU Summer Youth Programs.

PROGRAMMING MASTERS
Dive into the wonderful world of computer programming! You'll learn the basics of programming by using a digital character and gain essential problem solving skills through visual effects and strategies. This class will make programming so much fun it will almost seem easy. No prior experience necessary!
Instructor: Anthony White holds an MAT degree from SOU. He engages in technology of all types and loves to share his knowledge with others. He currently works in Kodiak, Alaska as an Educational Technologist. This is his third year teaching for the SOU Summer Youth Programs.

ROCK YOUR CAMERA
Hit a home run as you learn about the different functions of your camera and how to take more creative, dynamic photos through the use of shape, color, texture, pattern, light and shadow. You'll explore cool digital editing techniques in the computer lab and play with a mix of oil paints and pastels to transform your photos into artistic expressions of how you see the world. Please note: All students need to bring a digital camera with fully charged batteries. 
Instructor: Mary Wilkins-Kelly is an artist who enjoys sharing her love of mixed media and photography with her students. She has 18 years of teaching experience. 

PERFORMING ARTS

FANTASTIC FENCING
En guard...ready...fence! Safe inside a mask and jacket, you will be introduced to the exciting sport of fencing. Learn the skills of "touching" (scoring on) your partner while avoiding being scored on and learn the respect, ethics and camaraderie involved in this sport.
Instructor: Dylan Shelton has fenced both foil and epee with the Southern Oregon Fencing Center for five years and has taught many SOU-sponsored fencing classes.

DANCE BONANZA
Hip Hop is about personal style and expression. Jazz has its own movement vocabulary combining different dance forms and musical theatre dances are rooted in stories. Improv and modern dance bring experimental physical movements together on the dance floor. Discover what style of dance suits you best as you sample five different exhilarating dance forms in this fabulous new class.
Instructor: Gina Angelique is the founding Artistic Director of San Diego's Eveoke Dance Theatre. She is a master educator who has spent over 25 years sowing the seeds of dance and theatre with diverse student populations.

GO WITH THE FLOW: IMPROVISATION FOR ACTORS
Call out your muse as you play raucous theatre games and experiment with a variety of acting tools as you play with the art of improvisation. You'll discover how to access your imagination quickly, exist in the moment precisely, and entertain your audience with your quick wit and playful spirit.
Instructor: Gina Angelique is the founding Artistic Director of San Diego's Eveoke Dance Theatre. She is a master educator who has spent over 25 years sowing the seeds of dance and theatre with diverse student populations.

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