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Please review the listing and description of our course offerings for the coming semester.

Fall 2014
2nd Grade
Class Information
Session
Cooking for Beginners
A,B
Steffens, Janet
Learn to think outside the box! Tap into your creative side! Don't just roll your cookies in sugar, paint them! Learn to use both sides of your brain & amaze your family and friends with your creative side in the kitchen.
Happily Ever After?
B
Singleton, Jacque
Fairy tales always have happy endings...or do they? Many of the stories we know and love today started out much differently! In this course, we will explore different versions of famous fairy tales, including some funny "fractured" interpretations. Come join the fun as we use drama, writing, reading, and art to find our own happily ever after!
Look Deep Into My Photo!
B
Wall, Gunter
We want to have fun with photography - besides learning how it works and taking lots of pictures. But how does something look seeing it from above or from below? What if we look very closely or look from different sides? What if we change the background or foreground? Above all, pictures tell stories and eventually bring back memories--sweet or sad. Learn how to tell that story with pictures! (Students bring their own digital camera; be sure the batteries are charged!)
Me and Puppets and Stories
A
Loughran, Sandra
"Me and Puppets and Stories" is a workshop designed to explore the world of puppets and folklore. Children will reminisce their early childhood favorites, and create different possible endings. With the creation of different kinds of puppets we will begin writing our own stories and share them through the use of puppetry. The workshop will encourage individual creativity, and collaborative expression through many different genres of literature, and puppet design.
What Does the Bee Say? --- It's All The Buzz About Bees
A
Vawter, Matt
Wanna 'Bee' the sweetest kid in school? Learn what the Buzz is about in the Beehive. Let's Bee'gin with why bees sting. Why must every hive have a queen? Why do Bees make honey? What does it take to Bee a Beekeeper? Why are Bees so important? Sample some honey, touch some comb, and 'Bee'come more acquainted with these fascinating creatures. You will 'Bee' amazed at what you learn!
3rd Grade
Class Information
Session
Cooking for Beginners
A,B
Steffens, Janet
Learn to think outside the box! Tap into your creative side! Don't just roll your cookies in sugar, paint them! Learn to use both sides of your brain & amaze your family and friends with your creative side in the kitchen.
Creative Dramatics  Cancelled
B
Session B has been Cancelled
Fleming, Terrilyn
Magic, communication, observation and play combine in this fast-paced class comprised of theatre games and improvisational techniques. Students will learn to concentrate and work together to solve problems creatively while becoming more self-assured speaking in front of others. Empathy, positive expression, body coordination, and verbal and non-verbal communication will be the primary focus of the class.
Happily Ever After?
B
Singleton, Jacque
Fairy tales always have happy endings...or do they? Many of the stories we know and love today started out much differently! In this course, we will explore different versions of famous fairy tales, including some funny "fractured" interpretations. Come join the fun as we use drama, writing, reading, and art to find our own happily ever after!
Look Deep Into My Photo!
B
Wall, Gunter
We want to have fun with photography - besides learning how it works and taking lots of pictures. But how does something look seeing it from above or from below? What if we look very closely or look from different sides? What if we change the background or foreground? Above all, pictures tell stories and eventually bring back memories--sweet or sad. Learn how to tell that story with pictures! (Students bring their own digital camera; be sure the batteries are charged!)
Powerful PowerPoint Presentations
A
Wall, Gunter
PowerPoint is an engaging and creative medium to tell a story about a person or pet, a place, an event, or anything! --Not just with pictures or photographs but also with animation, sound, film clips, narration, and music. We will create more interesting and visually pleasing presentations with the use of color, fonts, balance of picture elements, as well some of the basic principles of design we can find in architecture and painting. (Students should have a working knowledge of using computers, especially basics of MS Word. Also need to bring at least a 1GB jump-drive)
Robotics Encounter
A
Merida, Melissa
From just wanting to get started in robotics to advanced users, this workshop is wired for all! Encounter the wonders of the 4-H Robitics program in this high-tech workshop utilizing Lego Mindstorm Robots. Learners will build and program a bot, each session facing new challenges to engineer and create solutions to meet the robotic task.
Rockets and Other Things that Fly
A
Brewer, Neil
Have you ever wanted to fly? Since we don't have wings why not build things that fly? If you like the idea of flight, well this is the session for you. Join in on a session where you build rockets (and other things that fly) What about a soda straw, water, vinegar or even a bottle rocket? Let your creativity run free as the sky as you build things that fly, Learn about why things fly and why some things don't fly. On by the way, you might learn a little math and do a little art at the same time.
Rockets and Other Things that Fly
B
Brewer, Neil
Have you ever wanted to fly? Since we don't have wings why not build things that fly? If you like the idea of flight, well this is the session for you. Join in on a session where you build rockets (and other things that fly) What about a soda straw, water, vinegar or even a bottle rocket? Let your creativity run free as the sky as you build things that fly, Learn about why things fly and why some things don't fly. On by the way, you might learn a little math and do a little art at the same time.
Shapes, Lines, and Profiles. Welcome to the World of Chinese Paper Cutting
A
Liwen, Angel
The art of Chinese paper cutting has been prized for many thousands of years. Traditional paper cuts are often used in celebrations, weddings, special occasions, and during feasts. It is one of the most popular and decorative Chinese handicrafts that have been passed down for generations. It is a reflection of philosophical origins and regions, and it is as comprehensive as it is attractive. Join other students as they learn a folk art that creates beautiful geometrical forms that are also connected to the Chinese culture and uses it's own particular language.
Strumming! Discover the Beautiful Sounds of the Guitar  Cancelled
A
Session A has been Cancelled
Abril, Alberto
Learn how to play this fascinating instrument! Share your skills with your family and friends! The guitar is a versatile instrument that can be used in many different settings. Discover the mechanics of the guitar and make the instrument sing. Students will need to rent a nylon string acoustic guitar. Contact local stores such as The Music Store (812) 949-3004, Jimmy's Music Center (812) 945-8044, Doo Wop Shop (502) 456-5250 or any other musical rental establishment
Ultimate Fitness Madness  Cancelled
A,B
Session A has been Cancelled
Session B has been Cancelled
Allen, Natalie
This is a heart thumping, feet jumping, and body moving class that will help get you off of the couch and develop a movement routine. Get active with fitness stations, obstacle courses, and wind-down the session with yoga. Each session will also have a fitness break that includes a "Snack Attack" lesson on the fundamentals of choosing wisely in the lunch line. Let's get moving!
What Does the Bee Say? --- It's All The Buzz About Bees
A
Vawter, Matt
Wanna 'Bee' the sweetest kid in school? Learn what the Buzz is about in the Beehive. Let's Bee'gin with why bees sting. Why must every hive have a queen? Why do Bees make honey? What does it take to Bee a Beekeeper? Why are Bees so important? Sample some honey, touch some comb, and 'Bee'come more acquainted with these fascinating creatures. You will 'Bee' amazed at what you learn!
What Does the Bee Say? --- It's All The Buzz About Bees
B
Vawter, Matt
Wanna 'Bee' the sweetest kid in school? Learn what the Buzz is about in the Beehive. Let's Bee'gin with why bees sting. Why must every hive have a queen? Why do Bees make honey? What does it take to Bee a Beekeeper? Why are Bees so important? Sample some honey, touch some comb, and 'Bee'come more acquainted with these fascinating creatures. You will 'Bee' amazed at what you learn!
4th Grade
Class Information
Session
Cooking for Beginners
A,B
Steffens, Janet
Learn to think outside the box! Tap into your creative side! Don't just roll your cookies in sugar, paint them! Learn to use both sides of your brain & amaze your family and friends with your creative side in the kitchen.
Creative Dramatics  Cancelled
B
Session B has been Cancelled
Fleming, Terrilyn
Magic, communication, observation and play combine in this fast-paced class comprised of theatre games and improvisational techniques. Students will learn to concentrate and work together to solve problems creatively while becoming more self-assured speaking in front of others. Empathy, positive expression, body coordination, and verbal and non-verbal communication will be the primary focus of the class.
Intro to Web and Game Design
A
Schweitzer, Debbie
Have you dreamed of becoming an online game designer? Would you like to become a webmaster and create your own website? Take your computer knowledge to the next level! Become a game designer by using online tools to create your own online games. Learn how to design webpages and embed HTML coding to build your own personal gaming website that puts all of your creations in one site to share with your friends and others.
Look Deep Into My Photo!
B
Wall, Gunter
We want to have fun with photography - besides learning how it works and taking lots of pictures. But how does something look seeing it from above or from below? What if we look very closely or look from different sides? What if we change the background or foreground? Above all, pictures tell stories and eventually bring back memories--sweet or sad. Learn how to tell that story with pictures! (Students bring their own digital camera; be sure the batteries are charged!)
Powerful PowerPoint Presentations
A
Wall, Gunter
PowerPoint is an engaging and creative medium to tell a story about a person or pet, a place, an event, or anything! --Not just with pictures or photographs but also with animation, sound, film clips, narration, and music. We will create more interesting and visually pleasing presentations with the use of color, fonts, balance of picture elements, as well some of the basic principles of design we can find in architecture and painting. (Students should have a working knowledge of using computers, especially basics of MS Word. Also need to bring at least a 1GB jump-drive)
Robotics Encounter
A
Merida, Melissa
From just wanting to get started in robotics to advanced users, this workshop is wired for all! Encounter the wonders of the 4-H Robitics program in this high-tech workshop utilizing Lego Mindstorm Robots. Learners will build and program a bot, each session facing new challenges to engineer and create solutions to meet the robotic task.
Rockets and Other Things that Fly
A
Brewer, Neil
Have you ever wanted to fly? Since we don't have wings why not build things that fly? If you like the idea of flight, well this is the session for you. Join in on a session where you build rockets (and other things that fly) What about a soda straw, water, vinegar or even a bottle rocket? Let your creativity run free as the sky as you build things that fly, Learn about why things fly and why some things don't fly. On by the way, you might learn a little math and do a little art at the same time.
Rockets and Other Things that Fly
B
Brewer, Neil
Have you ever wanted to fly? Since we don't have wings why not build things that fly? If you like the idea of flight, well this is the session for you. Join in on a session where you build rockets (and other things that fly) What about a soda straw, water, vinegar or even a bottle rocket? Let your creativity run free as the sky as you build things that fly, Learn about why things fly and why some things don't fly. On by the way, you might learn a little math and do a little art at the same time.
S.U.M. (Stupendous Unbelievable Math) Activities  Cancelled
A
Session A has been Cancelled
Mink, Debra
Learn math concepts in a new and exciting way - through art, music and children's literature. Create a circle apple with the Very Hungry Caterpillar, a fraction fishbowl with The Rainbow Fish, a quilt square with Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt and finally, an Oreo clock with The Grouchy Lady Bug. Dabble in Asian math, writing skills with calculators, creating math activities with "cookie art." If you never thought you enjoyed math before, you definitely will after the first hour in this course!
Shapes, Lines, and Profiles. Welcome to the World of Chinese Paper Cutting
A
Liwen, Angel
The art of Chinese paper cutting has been prized for many thousands of years. Traditional paper cuts are often used in celebrations, weddings, special occasions, and during feasts. It is one of the most popular and decorative Chinese handicrafts that have been passed down for generations. It is a reflection of philosophical origins and regions, and it is as comprehensive as it is attractive. Join other students as they learn a folk art that creates beautiful geometrical forms that are also connected to the Chinese culture and uses it's own particular language.
Strumming! Discover the Beautiful Sounds of the Guitar  Cancelled
A
Session A has been Cancelled
Abril, Alberto
Learn how to play this fascinating instrument! Share your skills with your family and friends! The guitar is a versatile instrument that can be used in many different settings. Discover the mechanics of the guitar and make the instrument sing. Students will need to rent a nylon string acoustic guitar. Contact local stores such as The Music Store (812) 949-3004, Jimmy's Music Center (812) 945-8044, Doo Wop Shop (502) 456-5250 or any other musical rental establishment
Ultimate Fitness Madness  Cancelled
A,B
Session A has been Cancelled
Session B has been Cancelled
Allen, Natalie
This is a heart thumping, feet jumping, and body moving class that will help get you off of the couch and develop a movement routine. Get active with fitness stations, obstacle courses, and wind-down the session with yoga. Each session will also have a fitness break that includes a "Snack Attack" lesson on the fundamentals of choosing wisely in the lunch line. Let's get moving!
What Does the Bee Say? --- It's All The Buzz About Bees
B
Vawter, Matt
Wanna 'Bee' the sweetest kid in school? Learn what the Buzz is about in the Beehive. Let's Bee'gin with why bees sting. Why must every hive have a queen? Why do Bees make honey? What does it take to Bee a Beekeeper? Why are Bees so important? Sample some honey, touch some comb, and 'Bee'come more acquainted with these fascinating creatures. You will 'Bee' amazed at what you learn!
5th Grade
Class Information
Session
Cooking for Beginners
A,B
Steffens, Janet
Learn to think outside the box! Tap into your creative side! Don't just roll your cookies in sugar, paint them! Learn to use both sides of your brain & amaze your family and friends with your creative side in the kitchen.
Creative Dramatics  Cancelled
A
Session A has been Cancelled
Fleming, Terrilyn
Magic, communication, observation and play combine in this fast-paced class comprised of theatre games and improvisational techniques. Students will learn to concentrate and work together to solve problems creatively while becoming more self-assured speaking in front of others. Emphasis will be placed on storytelling, stage terms, and scene work. The 5th/6th grade class will culminate in an original student production!
Creative Writing: How to Write Dynamite Stories, I  Cancelled
B
Session B has been Cancelled
Fitzharris, MaryAnn
Do you love to tell a good story? Let's use what we know about your favorite movies'like Toy Story, Harry Potter, Shrek, Star Wars, Hunger Games, and more'to identify what make's a good story. We'll talk about the journeys everyday heroes take when they get called to an adventure. Come have some fun'and become a better writer, too!
Do You Speak Mandarin? Learning to Speak One of the World's Oldest Languages  Cancelled
B
Session B has been Cancelled
Coto Kerk, Susan
Mandarin is the modern spoken national language of China. Students will focus on vocabulary, develop basic grammar skills, and learn basic conversation skills, with an emphasis on pronunciation, speaking, and listening skills through oral/aural drills and exercises. A fun-filled class that is an introduction to China's national language as well as an opportunity to learn more about China.
Imagine, Design and Create
B
Schweitzer, Debbie
Imagine designing your own comic book, t-shirt, poster, and mouse pad. In this class, you are limited only by your own imagination. Learn to use websites and programs to imagine, design and create all of this and more. Learn to use computers in ways you have never imagined. It's fun and exciting--and you'll walk away with amazing products you imagined, designed and created.
Intro to Web and Game Design
A
Schweitzer, Debbie
Have you dreamed of becoming an online game designer? Would you like to become a webmaster and create your own website? Take your computer knowledge to the next level! Become a game designer by using online tools to create your own online games. Learn how to design webpages and embed HTML coding to build your own personal gaming website that puts all of your creations in one site to share with your friends and others.
Look Deep Into My Photo!
B
Wall, Gunter
We want to have fun with photography - besides learning how it works and taking lots of pictures. But how does something look seeing it from above or from below? What if we look very closely or look from different sides? What if we change the background or foreground? Above all, pictures tell stories and eventually bring back memories--sweet or sad. Learn how to tell that story with pictures! (Students bring their own digital camera; be sure the batteries are charged!)
Mastering Art Skills Through Cartooning  Cancelled
A
Session A has been Cancelled
Long, Les
This course will bring out the full potential of the young artist by building on their desire to draw fun cartoon characters! Students will learn basic art skills that can be used for creating almost any type of art.
Robotics Encounter
B
Merida, Melissa
From just wanting to get started in robotics to advanced users, this workshop is wired for all! Encounter the wonders of the 4-H Robitics program in this high-tech workshop utilizing Lego Mindstorm Robots. Learners will build and program a bot, each session facing new challenges to engineer and create solutions to meet the robotic task.
Rockets and Other Things that Fly
B
Brewer, Neil
Have you ever wanted to fly? Since we don't have wings why not build things that fly? If you like the idea of flight, well this is the session for you. Join in on a session where you build rockets (and other things that fly) What about a soda straw, water, vinegar or even a bottle rocket? Let your creativity run free as the sky as you build things that fly, Learn about why things fly and why some things don't fly. On by the way, you might learn a little math and do a little art at the same time.
6th Grade
Class Information
Session
Creative Dramatics  Cancelled
A
Session A has been Cancelled
Fleming, Terrilyn
Magic, communication, observation and play combine in this fast-paced class comprised of theatre games and improvisational techniques. Students will learn to concentrate and work together to solve problems creatively while becoming more self-assured speaking in front of others. Emphasis will be placed on storytelling, stage terms, and scene work. The 5th/6th grade class will culminate in an original student production!
Creative Writing: How to Write Dynamite Stories, I  Cancelled
B
Session B has been Cancelled
Fitzharris, MaryAnn
Do you love to tell a good story? Let's use what we know about your favorite movies'like Toy Story, Harry Potter, Shrek, Star Wars, Hunger Games, and more'to identify what make's a good story. We'll talk about the journeys everyday heroes take when they get called to an adventure. Come have some fun'and become a better writer, too!
Do You Speak Mandarin? Learning to Speak One of the World's Oldest Languages  Cancelled
B
Session B has been Cancelled
Coto Kerk, Susan
Mandarin is the modern spoken national language of China. Students will focus on vocabulary, develop basic grammar skills, and learn basic conversation skills, with an emphasis on pronunciation, speaking, and listening skills through oral/aural drills and exercises. A fun-filled class that is an introduction to China's national language as well as an opportunity to learn more about China.
Imagine, Design and Create
B
Schweitzer, Debbie
Imagine designing your own comic book, t-shirt, poster, and mouse pad. In this class, you are limited only by your own imagination. Learn to use websites and programs to imagine, design and create all of this and more. Learn to use computers in ways you have never imagined. It's fun and exciting--and you'll walk away with amazing products you imagined, designed and created.
Intro to Web and Game Design
A
Schweitzer, Debbie
Have you dreamed of becoming an online game designer? Would you like to become a webmaster and create your own website? Take your computer knowledge to the next level! Become a game designer by using online tools to create your own online games. Learn how to design webpages and embed HTML coding to build your own personal gaming website that puts all of your creations in one site to share with your friends and others.
Look Deep Into My Photo!
B
Wall, Gunter
We want to have fun with photography - besides learning how it works and taking lots of pictures. But how does something look seeing it from above or from below? What if we look very closely or look from different sides? What if we change the background or foreground? Above all, pictures tell stories and eventually bring back memories--sweet or sad. Learn how to tell that story with pictures! (Students bring their own digital camera; be sure the batteries are charged!)
Mastering Art Skills Through Cartooning  Cancelled
A
Session A has been Cancelled
Long, Les
This course will bring out the full potential of the young artist by building on their desire to draw fun cartoon characters! Students will learn basic art skills that can be used for creating almost any type of art.
Robotics Encounter
B
Merida, Melissa
From just wanting to get started in robotics to advanced users, this workshop is wired for all! Encounter the wonders of the 4-H Robitics program in this high-tech workshop utilizing Lego Mindstorm Robots. Learners will build and program a bot, each session facing new challenges to engineer and create solutions to meet the robotic task.
Rockets and Other Things that Fly
B
Brewer, Neil
Have you ever wanted to fly? Since we don't have wings why not build things that fly? If you like the idea of flight, well this is the session for you. Join in on a session where you build rockets (and other things that fly) What about a soda straw, water, vinegar or even a bottle rocket? Let your creativity run free as the sky as you build things that fly, Learn about why things fly and why some things don't fly. On by the way, you might learn a little math and do a little art at the same time.

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