Science, Psychology, Computers


Lego Engineering - Instructor: Mrs. Stacie Frank  - Grades 4-6

Students will use advanced LEGO parts to design and engineer motorized machines.  The course covers gears, levers, wheels, axles, structures, forces and simples machines.  Students will also building machines to challenge other students in competitions.  Hands on learning will be the main focus of the class.


Fun with Chemistry - Instructor: Mrs. Leah Adams - Grades 4-6 - 2016-2017


Exploring chemistry is an exciting adventure that will give us a peek into the wonders of God’s creation.  When we study any science we get to know more about God and appreciate His power and greatness.  In this class we are going to begin a progressive exploration of the basics of chemistry, including:  atoms, molecules, compounds, the periodic table, matter, bonds, and much more.  As the definition of chemistry states, we will identify the substances matter is composed of; investigate the properties of the substances and the ways in which they interact, combine, and change; and examine how these processes work to form new substances.


We will be working from the text entitled Christian Kids Explore Chemistry, written by Robert W. Ridlon, Jr. and Elizabeth J. Ridlon.  Students will not need to purchase the textbook.  A teacher created resource is required and will be available for purchase from the HERO bookstore.


Fun with Biology - Instructor: Mrs. Leah Adams - Grades 4-6   2017-2018

Class description is coming. 


Answers in Genesis: -  Geology Instructor: Mrs. Leah Adams - Grades 4-6     2016-2017


This year we will be studying Earth science.  We will explore the earth, the materials that make up the earth, and the processes that act upon the earth to change it.
Like geologists, we will explore the structure of the earth from the depths of the inner core to the tops of the mountains.  We will study land-forms and surface features and their composition.  We’ll examine rocks, metals, and other natural resources our earth offers us.  We will also study and “recreate” earth processes such as landslides, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions to observe how they change earth.


Throughout our study we will learn more about God and His awesome creation.  No study of science would be complete without acknowledging and praising the power and greatness that spoke it into being.


We will be working from the textbook:  God’s Design for Heaven & Earth:  Our Planet Earth (3rd Edition). This is an Answers in Genesis text written by Debbie and Richard Lawrence.  A teacher supplement/folder is also required.  Both items will be available for purchase from the HERO bookstore.


Introduction to Equine Studies- Instructor: Mrs. Russ - Grades 3-5

A literature and lap book based approach to everything equine! Join other horse enthusiasts as this year long study includes reading together the classic stories; Misty of Chincoteague semester 1, and Black Beauty semester 2. In-depth discussions will along with the construction of a detailed lap book on horses. Vocabulary, the health & care of equines, and riding techniques will be discussed. Homework during the year includes additional reading/research with a report/class presentation due each semester. Puzzles, brain twisters and games will help students retain their horse-powered knowledge!

Materials needed: *Workbook and (2) file folders supplied/purchased through HERO, glue, scissors, colored markers/pencils


Equine Studies - Instructor: Mrs. Goldade - Grades 6-9

Equine Studies is geared to middle schoolers who already have a basic understanding of horses.  This course will delve into horse physiology, anatomy, bet care, health, history, as well as horse events.  Each semester will include a literature and research component.  This will e a hands-on, multi-senosry course. 


Rainbow Science, Two Year Curriculum

Part I - Instructor: Mrs. Erica Woytcke  - Grades 6-8

Course Description: Rainbow Science is a two-year curriculum covering Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Applied Sciences (Earth, Atmospheric, Structural, Hydraulic, etc.).  The textbook The Rainbow is a two year book.  The first half of the text (physics and chemistry) is covered during Rainbow Science Part I and the second half of the book is covered during Rainbow Science Part II.  It is priced at ($100- (two years) but is often times available at a used price on the internet.  The text has wonderful, colored pictures that help students understand the concepts.  It is written well for a student to understand and it often tries to be humorous.  Students will do labs together in class and have an assignment weekly from the textbook.  Students will complete an average of two sections of reading and questions per week with a take home quiz every other week.  Students need to purchase a lab manual and a textbook (available through HERO).  Students will also need copies of quizzes and tests (available at HER0)  We will complete weekly labs in class together.  Rainbow Science Part 1 (the first half of the text) can be considered a credit of physical science on a high school transcript.  Rainbow Science Part 2 (the second half of the book) is considered an Intro to Biology Class.  There is a lab fee per semester to cover the materials.  This fee will be added to your invoice.

Supplies needed for this course:   Bring these materials to class each Monday

  • Textbook – The Rainbow by Durell C. Dobbins, Ph.D.
  • Lab Book (one lab book for Year 1 and one for Year 2)
  • Student tests and quizzes (available at HERO)
  • Three ring binder with loose paper or a notebook with folder dedicated just to this class
  • Pencils and erasers

Grading Information and Guidelines for Success:  You will receive a percentage for the class. 

20%   Class participation  Students will demonstrate participation by answering questions, being prepared for class with their materials ready, participating in classroom discussions, completing class work and having good attendance.

40%   Homework Assignments and Lab Assignments  Students must complete assignments on-time – if you’re absent, your homework assignment is due the following week or it’s considered late and may not receive full credit.  Assignments are given out in small increments.  So if you miss a few, you’ll get behind!  Labs will be completed in class, so try not to miss class.

40%   Quizes  All quizzes will be take home tests.  There will be seven quizzes on physics first semester and seven on chemistry second semester. There will also be a mid-semester and end of semester test. 


Rainbow Science, Two Year Curriculum

Part II - Instructor: Mrs. Erica Woytcke - Grades 6-8

Course Description: Rainbow Science is a two-year curriculum covering Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Applied Sciences (Earth, Atmospheric, Structural, Hydraulic, etc.).  The textbook The Rainbow is a two year book.  The first half of the text (physics and chemistry) is covered during Rainbow Science Part I and the second half of the book is covered during Rainbow Science Part II.  It is priced at ($100- (two years) but is often times available at a used price on the internet.  The text has wonderful, colored pictures that help students understand the concepts.  It is written well for a student to understand and it often tries to be humorous.  Students will do labs together in class and have an assignment weekly from the textbook.  Students will complete an average of two sections of reading and questions per week with a take home quiz every other week.  Students need to purchase a lab manual and a textbook (available through HERO).  Students will also need copies of quizzes and tests (available at HER0)  We will complete weekly labs in class together.  Rainbow Science Part 1 (the first half of the text) can be considered a credit of physical science on a high school transcript.  Rainbow Science Part 2 (the second half of the book) is considered an Intro to Biology Class.  There is a lab book and a teacher binder that will need to be purchased at HERO.

Supplies needed for this course:   Bring these materials to class each Monday

  • Textbook – The Rainbow by Durell C. Dobbins, Ph.D.
  • Lab Book (one lab book for Year 1 and one for Year 2)
  • Student tests and quizzes (available at HERO)
  • Three ring binder with loose paper or a notebook with folder dedicated just to this class
  • Pencils and erasers

Grading Information and Guidelines for Success:  You will receive a percentage for the class. 

20%   Class participation  Students will demonstrate participation by answering questions, being prepared for class with their materials ready, participating in classroom discussions, completing class work and having good attendance.

40%   Homework Assignments and Lab Assignments  Students must complete assignments on-time – if you’re absent, your homework assignment is due the following week or it’s considered late and may not receive full credit.  Assignments are given out in small increments.  So if you miss a few, you’ll get behind!  Labs will be completed in class, so try not to miss class.

40%   Quizes  All quizzes will be take home tests.  There will be seven quizzes on physics first semester and seven on chemistry second semester. There will also be a mid-semester and end of semester test. 


Apologia General Science - Instructor: Mrs. Hoehl - Grades 7-8

This year long survey course introduces the student to basic concepts in science. The course includes both in class and at home labs, and a week’s worth of homework is assigned in each class. The student should plan to spend at least an hour a day in study. Basic math skills are sufficient for this class. Class time emphasis is on reviewing concepts, labs, demonstrations, and questions. Topics covered: a brief history of science, scientific inquiry, analyzing and interpreting experiments, earth history, and life studies, including an emphasis on the human body.

A bound composition book for recording experiments is required.

Textbook: Wile, Dr. Jay, Apologia Educational Ministries, “Exploring Creation with General Science,” Dr. Jay Wile, second edition, available through HERO or through AEM


Apologia, Physical Science - Instructor: Mrs. Donell  Frank - Grade 8-9

Apologia, "Exploring Creation with Physical Science," is our textbook.  This is the SECOND edition text. This is a course that covers atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics.  There are many hands on experiments that the students will do in class.  Students will be assigned reading and research to do at home. Textbooks will be available for purchase at the HERO open house.

Physical Science A and Physical Science B are the same class.  This course is offered twice on Mondays to accommodate the large number of students and their schedule.  Please register for one of the class times.  


Apologia, Biology - Instructor: Mrs. Erica Woytcke  - Grade 9-10

Textbook: Apologia Educational Ministries, “Exploring Creation with Biology,” second edition

This college-prep biology course introduces the student to the methods and concepts of general biology.  It focuses on the scientific method, the five kingdom classification system, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems.  A week’s worth of homework is assigned in each class, and the student should plan to spend at least an hour a day in study. 
A bound composition book for recording experiments is required. 

NOTE:  You can register for the Monday class taught by Mrs. Hoehl or the Tuesday class, taught by Ms. Gulbranson.  They are both using the same materials but they have different teaching methods and expectations as each teacher  designs their own class.  

Textbooks will be available for purchase at the HERO open house.


SCI1531 Foundations of Biology, PSEO through Crown College, 4 credits

This course is designed to give insight, appreciation, and understanding of the plant and animal world. Major concepts covered include cellular biology, biochemistry, photosynthesis and respiration, genetics, and embryology. Includes lab requirement. Students must have access to a computer with Windows Vista 7/8 or Mac OSX to complete the coursework. This course fulfills a lab science elective or general elective for students in undergraduate programs. Registration for class is through Crown College.

Textbook: Mader, S. S., and Windelspecht, M. (2014). “Inquiry Into Life,” 14th edition, New York, NY: McGraw Hill, ISBN 978-0073525525; check Crown Virtual Bookstore


Apologia Chemistry - Instructor: Mrs. Hoehl -  Grades 10 - 12

This two hour year long course is good preparation for first semester college level chemistry. The labs coordinate with the class and investigate practical application of class concepts. Concepts covered in the first semester: measurement and units, laws of matter, atoms and elements, modern view of atoms, covalent compounds and molecular geometry, physical and chemical change, and stoichiometry. Second semester: solutions chemistry, gases, acids and bases, reduction and oxidation, energy transfer, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium.

A calculator and a bound composition book for recording experiments are required.

Prerequisite: At least one year of high school algebra is required, and the student must be able to apply basic algebraic functions.

Textbook: Wile, Dr. Jay (2015). “Discovering Design with Chemistry,” first edition, published by Berean Builders, Muncie, IN, www.bereanbuilders.com, ISBN 978-0-9962784-6-1; also available through HERO; note that we are not using Apologia

Text: Discovering Design with Chemistry by Dr. Jay Wile,  available through HERO


Ecology Science  101 –Through the Christian Perspective  Grades 10-12 - Instructor: Mr. Tischler

Students will learn how humans interact with the environment, and how that environment reacts to us.  Studies will include; historical ecology, water cycles, carbon cycles, weather, renewable energy, pollution and geology.  Participation in outdoor labs for the collection of leaves and plants is required.  Dress to go outside.  There is a heavy emphasis on identifying Minnesota's wildlife.   Students will learn how to identify; fish, mammals, bird and waterfowl common in our state. 

There is a teacher workbook which includes course materials that can be purchased at the HERO bookstore for  $10 per semester.


Apologia Physics - Instructor: Mr. Chuck Cymble- Grades 11-12

This is a college preparatory course in the fundamental science of physics.  Physics is explores how everything in the universe works.  Scientific Laws dealing with motion, energy, gravity, optics, electricity and magnetism will be explored in depth through reading, problem solving, and experimentation.  Students should be very comfortable with Algebra and the basic trigonometric functions: sine, cosine, and tangent.   This course is brisk and rigorous.  Successful students must devote 45 min to one hour of every weekday to study and must keep up with reading and assignments.  


Apologia, The Human Body - Instructor:  Dr. Pete Wurdemann- Grades 11-12

email: drpetewurd@gmail.com

This course explores the structure (anatomy), and the function (physiology) of the human body.  Through reading, demonstration, microscopy, dissection, and memorization, the student will gain understanding of the complexity of the body and its organ systems.  This is an Advanced Biology Course.  Because of the complexity and depth of information, the student must have completed both Biology and Chemistry prior to registering for this course.  Upon completion, the student will possess strong memorization skills, competence in microscopy and dissection, and an appreciation for the wonderful complexity of the human body.

Text: Apologia, "The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made".


Applied Psychology/Mental Health - Instructor:  Mrs.  Kelly Farr - Grade 8-12

This is a YEAR LONG course that will apply the principles of psychology to relationships in general. Students will be exploring what it means to be human: behavior, cognitive and personality.  They will apply the things they learn to themselves and their relationships at many levels.  We will also apply Christian and Biblical principles to what we have learned from the textbook.

Textbooks: Exploring Psychology, EIGHTH Edition by David G. Myers.  ISBN 978-1-42923825-0. This textbook can be found on Amazon or at Half Price Books.  Please have the book before the first day of class.


Philosophy of Science: Instructor: Mrs. Wanda Hoehl  - Grades 10-12 - Offered 2016-2017

Textbook: none

Interesting and challenging questions lie at the interface of science and religion. Written in a pre-scientific time, the Bible does not speak directly to all the issues that new technologies and scientific discoveries raise, and many issues do not come with easy “black and white” answers. So must the Christian choose between science and faith? Using study and video materials from The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and Focus on the Family Tru U, this one semester course explores the relationship between contemporary science and the Christian faith. It is important to know that in the Christian community there is more than one perspective on origins, so this course considers creation science as well as discussing intelligent design and evolutionary creation. Note that this is not an apologetics class - the emphasis is on developing critical thinking skills, and respecting (though not necessarily agreeing with) different conclusions. Homework assignments provide the opportunity for the student to think through the material and support his or her conclusions in a rational manner.

Part 1: Science, faith, and the universe

Part 2: Creation, evolution, and interpreting Genesis

Part 3: Evaluating competing hypotheses, and moral choice


Aristotelian Rhetoric - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grade 7-12

Rhetoric is the art and science of discourse, an art that aims to improve the capability of writers or speaker that attempt to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in a specific situation. As a subject of formal study and a productive civic practice, rhetoric has played a central role in the Western tradition. Its best known definition comes from Aristotle, who considers it a counterpart of both logic and politics, and calls it "the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion."

The Rhetoric textbook will be The Power of Persuation by Peter D. Roise. The book can be purchased at HERO. The class will be reading 1 chapter each week and completing Exercises at the end of each chapter. The textbook is based on Rhetorica by Aristotle, and Rhetorica Ad Herennium by Cicero.

 


NOTE  - The computer lab has 24" flat screen monitors and they are all running the Windows 10  operating system.  The Home and Student version of Microsoft Office 2015  is also installed on each computer.


Fun with Computers - Instructor:  Mrs. R. Wahlberg - Grades K-2

Primary students will learn computer skills including, click, grab, drop, cut, paste, and color. A variety of educational games will be available through online sites such as Club Penguin, PBS Kids, and National Geographic. Parents will need to create names and passwords for the various online games. Students will be introduced to correct fingering on the keyboard.

Supplies:  Earphones to plug into the computer tower. There is no textbook required.

Class participation:  Student will demonstrate participation by following directions and staying on task.

Class attendance:  Student will demonstrate attendance by being on time and ready to follow directions.


Introduction to Computer Fundamentals  - Instructor:  Mrs. R. Wahlberg - Grades 3-6

Computer novices and experienced techies are all welcome! In this course we will focus on proficiency in typing skills as well as a basic understanding of various Microsoft Office tools.  Students will learn to use formatting tools and insert objects into their documents. The course will cover internet safety, searching, and research skills.  Students are expected to practice their typing at least one hour each week.  

Supplies needed for this course:  Earphones to plug into the computer tower.

There is no textbook required.

Grading Information: Students will be given a percentage grade based on attendance, class participation, effort and completion of projects.

Guidelines for Success:

Class participation:  Student will demonstrate participation by practicing typing skills at home, completing the practice log, and staying on task while working on class projects.

Class attendance:  Student will demonstrate attendance by being on time for class and by having materials ready.

Practice:  Student is expected to practice keyboarding at least one hour each week at home.  This is to be written down on a practice record handed out in class and signed by a parent.  This is considered homework and must be completed.


MTAS Photo - Photography - Computer Editing : Instructor:  Mrs. Schock Grade 7-12

We will dig in to digital photography.  Learning how to use light and other aspects of your environment to capture great moments and memories.  We will spend a little time on basic knowledge of photography, but students should be comfortable with a camera (not just a phone) before the class.  We will also be spending time on how to use a camera phone.  One of the best parts of photography is editing your pictures.  We will be touching on different free Apps and computer programs that you can use.  Students do not need a Digital SLR camera, but if you have one to use, it would be helpful.  Please provide some sort of Digital camera and 8G USB memory stick or higher and be ready to share your pictures digitally on a consistent basis in class.   Be prepared to develop photos for your final semester project.  This will be the only time that there will be a cost for this class.  


Creative Digital Media - Advertising/Photoshop/Blogging - Instructor: Mrs. Schock - Grade 7-12

Students will investigate the Internet by exploring a variety of destinations including search engines, research sites, e-media, e-games as well as email and Internet safety. They will then become web designers and construct a web page that includes links to other sites. Throughout the process, students will pay particular attention to the ease of navigation, overall appearance, and quality of the content. Students will learn about blogs and set up their own blogging profile. They will write their own blog, and learn to comment in an encouraging way as they respond to other’s posts. We will also dig into Graphic Design using different platforms.  We will learn how to use Photoshop. As a part of our Advertising curriculum, we will partner with local businesses and use the knowledge we have learned to help them promote and launch their business.  If we have time, we will also touch on video editing.  


Introduction to Google Docs and Microsoft Office - Instructor: Mrs. Stacie Frank -Grade 7-12

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this class is to have fun while learning and applying new skills in Google Apps and Microsoft Office. REQUIREMENTS: There are no textbooks, supplies nor additional fees for this class. Students should come to the first class with a login to their (free) Google account. https://accounts.google.com/signup

FIRST SEMESTER: Students will work on a semester-long project to launch a business using Google Apps. SKILLS LEARNED: Students will build technology skills with project based activities using Google Apps (Google, Google Docs, Google Drawings, Google Forms, Google Sheets and Google Slides). TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATIONS: The first semester-long project will include technology integrations with Business Studies, Language Arts, Math and Visual Arts. 

SECOND SEMESTER: Students will work on a semester-long project to promote a business using Microsoft Office 2016. SKILLS LEARNED: Students will build technology skills (Database, Desktop Publishing, Internet, Presentation, Spreadsheet and Word Processing) with project based activities using Microsoft Office 2016 (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word). TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATIONS: The second semester-long project will include technology integrations with Business Studies, Language Arts, Math and Science.

Feel free to contact me with any questions! staciefrank@gmail.com 651-231-0082 text/call


 Intro to Computer Programming Using Scratch- Instructor:  Mrs.  Suzanne Coviello Grades 3-6, Grades 7-12

Developed by MIT, SCRATCH is an easy-to-learn and use programming language and an online community where students can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world.  Creating with SCRATCH, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.

In this class, students will be taught essential coding concepts such as loops, logic, variables, boolean operators, and subprograms along with the mechanics of using the SCRATCH platform.  At the end of the semester, students will have created eight different games which encompass single and multiplayer games, puzzles, memory games, and mazes and be able to add animation, sound effects, music, background and more.

Prior to the first day of class, parents will need to help their student create a free online account at https://scratch.mit.edu.  Student will login to their accounts during each class and must know their credentials.


Business Technology and Web Design - Instructor: Mr. Chuck Cymble - Grades 8-12

Class description is coming.