Session I Classes: June 19-25, 2016

for 5th and 6th 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.

Course Descriptions 2016 

Communication/Language Arts

KEEPING THE PEACE
Conflict happens between people at every age and in every setting. Developing skills like active listening and being able to interpret how people use non-verbal communication will help you reap the benefits of diffusing conflicts before they escalate. You’ll explore how to referee conversations and how to 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. 

NUTS AND BOLTS FICTION
Maybe you are a seasoned writer, looking for ways to hone your craft and find new inspiration or maybe you’ve never written a short story before but want to try. Guided by a published novelist, you will explore the foundations of fiction writing as you experiment with story lines, character, viewpoints and settings. By the end of the week you’ll have a finished first draft and a toolbox filled with strategies to continue sharpening your skills. 
Instructor: Emily Robbins attended ACADEMY three times. She is a writer and translator of Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, a Certificate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.F.A from Washington University in St. Louis. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Syria which inspired her first novel, A Word for Love, forthcoming in 2017. 

PSYCHED!
What does Nature vs. Nurture mean? How do we create memories? Come explore the power of the mind as you begin to understand that human interaction is one of the keys to lifelong success.   You’ll survey the psychology of why people respond to situations when they do. You’ll delve into the psychology topics of human interaction, learn about multiple intelligences and explore how psychological conditions affect our learning and our perceptions. 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. 

QUESTION THIS!
As a student you are always being asked to answer questions in your classroom, on quizzes, on tests and on the playing field in school athletics. Turn the tables and discover how to unlock your potential for inquiry as the one who crafts and then asks the questions in this exciting class. You will learn how to think more critically and how to ask more effective and probing questions to get the answers you seek.
Instructor: Clint Rodreick is a Phoenix High School Social Studies Teacher who has been teaching for 8 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.

Humanities and Culture 

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES AND WORLD PHILOSOPHY 
How do we form our views about the world? What does it mean to be ‘free’? Explore both personal and global perspectives in this engaging class as you use Plato’s Allegory of the Cave to study how human beings perceive what is real and what is illusion.  Through this lens, you’ll examine the implications of vastly different perspectives on major world issues and learn to reach your own informed conclusions on a variety of social issues. 
Instructor: Clint Rodreick is a Phoenix High School Social Studies Teacher who has been teaching for 8 years.  He teaches AP and Pre-AP and is 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.

MOVING THROUGH NIRVANA 
Nirvana represents “a state or place of great happiness and peace”. Everyone needs to find a time to rest, quiet the mind and recharge. Albert Einstein even recognized the need for this kind of exercise in his busy life and practiced it. This dynamic class will help you develop a variety of skills that you can take with you anywhere to help you find calm whenever you need it. Class activities will focus on life as play, not a game of win & lose. You’ll learn to laugh a lot and experience playful movement and yogic breathing techniques to release excess energy. Meditation skills will help you discover how to cleanse your body and mind and to get comfortable being quiet when you need to be. The final class will be a celebration tying all of the elements of what you have learned together! Note: Anyone interested in this class must be capable of quick movement, deep breathing and an ability to sit quietly for extended periods of time.
Instructor: Oona Meade has 20 years of makeup experience encompassing film, fashion, print work, television and theatre. She worked for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the Hair and Make Up Department and has taught theatre make up skills seasonally through Southern Oregon University’s Outreach Education Program engaging youth in theatre studies.

THE POWER OF JOURNALING 
How can we get to know ourselves? How can we process our memories? If you love writing and want to learn the art of keeping a journal this course will enlighten you about benefits of journaling and the many ways a journal can be used. Every class will allow time for writing from prompts that are geared to encourage the exploration of journaling, record keeping, and writing creatively about your experiences. Discover the many other things that you can keep in your journal including passages from books, poems, or song lyrics, that can help you express and understand your life experiences.
Instructor: Fatima Farheen Mirza began working on her first novel as an undergraduate at UC Riverside, where she was a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence. She graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop with an MFA in Fiction Writing. She has taught at the Iowa Young Writers' Studio and at The University of Iowa.

TRAVELOGUE ADVENTURES 
If you have a deep desire for adventure and a wonderful imagination this course is for you! It is part research, part travel writing course. You’ll choose a place in the world you have never been but would love to go then spend time researching the region – collecting pictures, studying the climate, and even the local cuisine as you imagine every tasty bite of exotic food! Writing exercises will help you to craft a travelogue that entices other visitors to explore what you’ve discovered.  Sharing writing and daily discussions about what makes a good travel writing piece will turn you into an adventurer of the world.
Instructor: Fatima Farheen Mirza was born and raised in California. She began working on her first novel as an undergraduate at UC Riverside, where she was a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence. She graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop with an MFA in Fiction Writing. She has taught at the Iowa Young Writers' Studio and at The University of Iowa.

Visual Arts

CREATIVE CLAY SCULPTURE
Experience the art of Japan while you learn how to sculpt beautiful oranina (Japanese clay flutes), dishes, garden sculptures and other traditional Japanese pieces. Take home many of your creations that have been fired and glazed. 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.

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FAIRY HOUSES AND GNOME HOMES
It has been said that “A rustle in the wind reminds us a fairy is near.” Do you have a fascination with the mystical worlds inhabited by fairies, gnomes, sprites and other magical little folk? Let your imagination take flight as you design and draw fairy houses, enchanted gardens and gnome homes using markers, pencils and more. Explore classic fairy stories, learn about the mysteries surrounding them and then bring your designs to life as you create enchanting little homes where your fairies and magical creatures can live and play. Natural and reclaimed materials, glitter glue and more will be used to build houses, furniture, tiny flower fairies and magical creatures who will inhabit the places you create.
Instructor: Mary Wilkins-Kelly is an artist who enjoys sharing her love of mixed media and photography with her students. She has 20 years of teaching experience. 

I-MANGA NATION: CARTOONING PLUS!
Get ready for cartoon mania as you learn how to use classic drawing techniques to create your own Manga cartoons. Experiment with storylines, characters and design elements as you draw your way into the wonderful fantasy world of Manga and Anime-style stories and cartoons that are uniquely your own. Explore techniques to draw hair, eyes, noses, mouths and facial expressions while you work with a master teacher who will guide you along the way. Instructor: Craig Honeycutt has a Master’s in Art Education and is a professional artist and art educator with more than twenty years teaching experience. 

TIE DYE TRANSFORMATIONS
Some people called tie dye "The Folk Art of the 1960s." Come enjoy the history and mysteries of dyeing textiles in this messy hands-on class! You’ll explore the styles of dyeing from Batik to Bandhani as you learn about their history and cultural significance. Experiment with modern techniques to replicate dye application and then create your own unique wearable art shirt to keep and show off. 
Instructor: Erin Reed has worked extensively with youth using art therapy with her clients. As a felting and textile artist, she has taught and sold her work at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford, Oregon. She is a returning ACADEMY instructor. 

CHANCE VERSUS INTENT: A ROLL OF THE DICE
Do you like games? Do you like writing stories? How about taking chances? In this class you will make two handmade books using high-quality materials and guided by a professionally trained bookmaker. The pages of one book will be filled by using a game of chance, the other by a short story that you create using the contents of the first book. Learn how chance can lead you to beautiful and bizarre ideas and how to harness that for creative purposes.
Instructor: Kyle Peets is an adjunct faculty member in the Emerging Media and Digital Art Program at SOU. He teaches photography, sculpture and sound design and holds an M.F.A. in printmaking and sculpture from the University of Iowa and a Graduate Certificate in Book Arts from the University of Iowa, Center for The Book. 

Social Studies

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Tensions are at an all-time high on the continent of Excelsior.Eight nations are on the brink of war and you are the leader.  Do you have what it takes to lead a nation? Will you collectively seek peace, or go to war to achieve global domination? In this realistic simulation you will form alliances, sign treaties, engage in spying and espionage, and manage your military and resources. You will learn how leaders of a nation must protect their national interests, and decide if the nations of the world are your friends or foes! 
Instructor: Heather Woodward holds a M.A.T degree with endorsements in English and Special Education. She has been a teacher for ten years at South Medford High School. She loves to design hands-on activities that engage students in real world problem solving situations. 

GLOBAL REACH ENTREPRENEURS 
Do you like Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream?  Want to sell on Etsy? Do you have a good idea that can help save the world and make money? This is your class! You’ll learning about the international
B Corp movement and how businesses around the world incorporate sustainability and happy employees into their business plans. Discover how other companies build their products, marketing, and financials while they also incorporate sustainability & changing the world into their business!  Then it will be your turn to think of a business, write a plan, and "pitch" your idea to your investors.
Instructor: Elizabeth Bauer is the President, Founder and CEO of Gilded Rogue Enterprises, LLC. Gilded Rogue is an impact growth fund that invests in rural Pacific Northwest companies with strong potential for sales growth and social impact. 

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. 
Instructor: Anna Schatz specializes in test prep and has a background in law and teaching. She is a Rogue Valley native and longtime Portlander.

THE UNUSUAL SOCIETY OF HISTORICAL EXPLORERS: SEASON II 
Fasten your time traveler’s seatbelt and get ready to explore past worlds in the Unusual Society of Historical Explorers! Each day you will dive into a new time period and explore its language, food, manners, period dress, lifestyle and more. Using the latest technology, you will “map” eras like the Renaissance, the Jazz Age or 2nd Century conquerors like the Vikings and will use historical maps to track information on cultural heroes, social trends and fashions for each historical period. Prepare to discover uncharted lands and learn something new every day! Instructor: Joye Otto has been a classroom teacher for over 15 years. She loves working with middle school students and in particular, loves to create things with digital tools.

TURNTABLE HISTORY
Vinyl is back and there are lessons to learn from the turntable! Take a trip through a variety of eras as music booms cool tunes through turntables and woofers. While you are being entertained you’ll explore the meaning of historical lyrics as they echo lessons in biography, civil rights, publishing and multiculturalism. Discover how some of the most significant historical events have been captured in music you know and love while you learn about individual musicians, their eras, lyrical production and ownership, civil rights, and personal lives. Throughout the week the class will mix it up between listening and channeling your individual inspiration, and you’ll end the class by writing and performing your own ‘classic’ songs.
Instructor: Timothy Hill
graduated at the top of his SOU class, with honors, in 2015 and is now pursuing his Master of Arts in Teaching. Passionate about literature, music, lyrics, multicultural history and Civil Rights, Tim brings unequaled energy, superior communication skills, and myriad experience with youth to his teaching career, and looks forward to the challenges and rewards of ACADEMY! 

Science/ Mathematics/Engineering

GEOCACHING JOURNEYS 
In this hands-on class you’ll engage in the study of geography by exploring the interplay between humans and natural landscapes. You’ll embark on a scavenger hunt using GPS coordinates (geocaching) and learn to use the interactive tools available on Google Earth to find your treasure! You and your team will create a geo-caching box and post it on the geo-caching website for others to find using the correct coordinates. Using maps and compasses you’ll also learn how to geocache without electronics in this big, wide world!
Instructor: Sarai Lacy holds a B.A. in Business Administration. She will receive her M.A.T. and her Oregon Preliminary Teaching License with a dual endorsement in business and social science in June 2016. 

INSECTIGATIONS IN ENTOMOLOGY
Discover the diversity of insects in your own backyard as you use scientific collection methods and tools like nets, bug boxes, pooters and pit fall traps to examine insects that you find.  Then test your observations and findings to make identifications and predictions about global insect diversity and work in the local habitat where the bugs you find will amaze you! 
Instructor: Colleen Cavanaugh is a graduate student the Environmental Education program at SOU. She has taught in environmental education camps, aquariums, and zoos including Disney's Animal Kingdom.

MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE
Welcome to a course where history collides with astronomy and the mysteries of the universe! Study the solar system while you explore ancient cultures that revered the stars and planets and honored the seasonal order of the universe by constructing stone circles like Stonehenge in England and the Stones of Wonder in Scotland. You’ll discover the mysteries of the megalithic tomb called Newgrange in Ireland and decipher the hieroglyphs inside the Egyptian Pyramids as you build a model of your own ‘ancient’ stone structure.
Instructor: Lauran Rose holds a M.A.T. degree from Southern Oregon University. She has worked extensively as a teacher at Talent Elementary School, Hedrick Middle School and Phoenix Elementary School and is passionate about her work and inspired by her students.

THE BIOLOGY OF BONES: IT’S NOT ROCKET SURGERY
Come learn the fascinating biology of bones and fractures and the way orthopedic surgeons fix them. This course will cover the basics of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology with lots of trivia to keep things fun and challenging. You will explore the nuts and bolts of fracture fixation and end with a hands-on surgical session where you’ll put your knowledge to the test by performing fracture surgery on professional Sawbones ® models.
Instructor: Matthew Bengard, M.D. is an ACADEMY alumnus and an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the hands and upper extremities at Southern Oregon Orthopedics in Medford, Oregon.  

Strategy

BRAIN BENDERS
Exercise your brain in this exciting class as you experiment using different mental strategies and new ways of thinking to keep you sharp and focused in school and beyond.  Unlock the mysteries behind words you use on a daily basis as you conduct research on Latin roots like ante or Greek roots like psych for words. You’ll use storyboards to map out shortcut strategies to easily succeed in reading comprehension and writing. Solve both simple and complex story problems with your classmates to sharpen your deciphering skills. Games and puzzles will provide an exciting platform for this fun-filled brain bending class.  
Instructor: Anna Schatz specializes in test prep and has a background in law and teaching. She is a Rogue Valley native and longtime Portlander.

THE MASTER MOVE
Learn how to think during a chess game by asking strategic questions as the game unfolds. It’s your move as you assess the situation on the board, have a blast with strategy, tactics, chess puzzles and even speed chess. Come join the fun!
Instructor: Ed Hirsch is a writer and conceptual artist who has taught foreign language classes (Romanian) and who designed the cooperative chess variant "Piece."

Computers/Video/Photography

ADVENTURES IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL EDITING 
Reach for the stars with your digital camera as you use your creative eye to capture images that you will be excited to share. You’ll learn how to use your camera to visually express the world around you as you explore the use of light, color, pattern and composition. Class time will include walks around the SOU campus. In the computer lab using hands on techniques you’ll experiment with digital editing techniques to enhance your amazing images. 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 19 years of teaching experience.

MINECRAFT MADNESS
Explore Turtle Island! Join other students who share your passion for Minecraft and take your gameplay to the next level. You’ll learn key gameplay aspects and building techniques, create complex machines, explore command blocks, and experiment with changing the look of the game.  Using the infinite possibilities of Minecraft you will create, explore and problem-solve as you approach the game from a new angle. Employ all you have learned at the end of the week to complete the Puzzles and Challenges using only your turtle!
Instructor: Michel Knowles has a passion for technology and programming and holds a B.S. in Computer Science/Multimedia. He also holds degrees in the applied sciences from Rogue Community College and the U.S. Air Force.

PROGRAMMING ADVENTURES WITH GAMEMAKER 
Explore the high-tech, fast moving world of video games and design concepts and learn how video game design can become a career path. From Atari's Pong to the Natal Projection XBOX 360 you will canvas the various genres and gaming platforms. Use game development tools like GameMaker to learn basic 2D game design elements from game flow and sprite creation to backgrounds and sound all wrapped into basic programming exercises.
Instructor: Michel Knowles has a passion for technology and programming and holds a B.S. in Computer Science/Multimedia. He also holds degrees in the applied sciences from Rogue Community College and the U.S. Air Force. 

Performing Arts

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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 four years and has taught SOU-sponsored fencing classes.

MIMES OVER MATTER 
Come free your silly side and expand your imagination! This class will introduce you to the fantastical art of Mime. Originating in Ancient Greece, mime has been used over the centuries to tell stories without the use of speech. From historical reenactments, to comical skits, to political commentaries, mime can help us share our deepest thoughts and our wildest dreams. Through movement exercises and theater games you will explore the basics of mime while exercising your imagination and growing your self-confidence.
Instructor: Ben Morgen graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Community Environment & Planning with minors in Political Science, and Urban Planning. He is an aspiring philosopher and avid adventurer who is also a mime enthusiast and part of Pacific Northwest duo, ‘Mimes over Matter.’  

ROBOTS GOT RHYTHM 
While technology is increasingly a part of everyday life, this class will encourage you to embrace it while keeping a healthy respect for creating hand made things. Come and explore the relationship between music and robotic technology as these two mediums become intertwined. Learn about effective 3D fabrication, how to construct musical percussive instruments and robot costumes from wood, cardboard, paint, wire, metal and everyday objects. Experiment with unique sounds that blend tech and the human touch in performance. It’s your studio so the possibilities are endless! At the end of the week you’ll showcase what you’ve made in a performance.
Instructor: Kyle Peets is an adjunct faculty member in the Emerging Media and Digital Art Program at SOU. He teaches photography, sculpture and sound design and holds an M.F.A. in printmaking and sculpture from the University of Iowa. 

STAGE MAKE UP FOR THE THEATRE  
Learn about the magic of theatrical make up and transform yourself each day! You will get hands on experience with basic make up techniques from a professional as you experiment with creating a variety of ‘looks’ including old age, black eye, broken nose and more.  Discover how lighting, distance and audience perspective all affect how the magic of stage make up works. 
Instructor: Oona Meade has 20 years of makeup experience encompassing film, fashion, print work, television and theatre. She worked for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the Hair and Make Up Department and has taught theatre make up skills seasonally through Southern Oregon University’s Outreach Education Program engaging youth in theatre studies. 


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