Enrichment Course Descriptions for Session 3, 2019-2020
BODY TALK 1 Monday, 1:30-2:30 SYLLABUS HERE
This popular and unique OSA course has been offered annually, to rave reviews by kids AND parents! Students learn about the physical, emotional and social changes experienced during puberty in an age-appropriate, safe environment. It’s not just about puberty and sex… the course deals with media, pressures, and gender roles. Level 1 is for 6th/7th students, or older students who have not yet taken human development classes
. (Level 2, for older students or those who have taken Level 1, will be offered in Session 4). There will be some homework assignments, although returning them is not expected. The assignments are for students’ own personal growth and interest and usually involve talking to parents or other trusted adults about the topic discussed in class. Although the course is effectively taught with boys/girls together, classes dealing with puberty are split by gender, and will have a male adult with the boys. Instructor Robin Lindsey has taught human sexuality classes to teens for many years
. Jon Baker and Melanie Ware will assist. Max: 10.
(MAYL) MATH AT YOUR LEVEL(times, days vary)
Each unique 1.75 hour, 1.5 hour, or 1-hour math class features small class size, individualized instruction, immediate feedback, and support with your homeschool math curriculum
. Although a variety of levels are welcome in any class, the longer math blocks are recommended for students who need extra assistance
. If further practice is needed, students may be introduced to excellent math websites, including Khan Academy, which offers individualized lessons and immediate feedback. Dependent on homeschool curriculum, students will be offered small group or individual lessons from a variety of resources, such as Saxon. Materials needed: spiral notebook and independent math work. Students MUST come to each class prepared with their assigned homeschool math materials. Instructor: Laura Erlig or Lyra Porcasi.
INTERACTIVE FICTION Tuesday, 9:00-10:30 AND 11:00-12:30
A choose-your-own-adventure in digital form, interactive fiction can be just about anything. The course will be taught in two parts– one focusing on creative writing (Melanie) and the other on game design and computer programming (Tim). By combining literary narratives with video game-like commands, you will create stimulating worlds and give your players the ability to interact with various characters and change their environments. You will have the power to write your story your way. To do this, we will use Twine
: a free, flexible, powerful, open-source design tool. No software installation or management is necessary, just an internet connection and a web browser (Chrome, Safari, etc.). For those new to computer programming, fear not! This is an accessible course to programmers
at any level. Students will need a laptop. If need be, students may borrow an OSA Chromebook to use during class time. However, we strongly recommend that students bring their own laptop to EACH class. Independent work may be expected, about 1 hr/wk. Instructors Tim Handley
and Melanie Ware.
MONEY WISE, Part 1 Tuesday 9:00-10:30 SYLLABUS HERE
Using Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance: Middle School Curriculum (for home school), students will learn about how money works and how to start thinking about their relationship to spending and saving, including preparation for the easy credit opportunities that will challenge them. This is Part I of a two-part series. Money Wise I will on saving & budgeting, credit & debt, and education, careers, & entrepreneurship. Text included ($15 lab fee), which can be used for Money Wise II. Some independent work may be required. Independent work may be assigned, about 30 min/wk. Instructor: Laura Erlig
. Max: 10 students.
MUSIC: GUITAR & MORE Tuesday 1:30-3:00
This course follows the Keys & Strings class, but now the focus will be strings! Everyone is welcome, beginners as well as students who have had musical training. We will learn music theory, listening skills, collaboration and music appreciation with a hands-on experience of stringed instruments. We will use a chordal approach that encourages playing “by ear” and with a group, with an emphasis on modern styles. Along the way, we will learn about chord voicing, harmony, melody and rhythm. The class will play and examine a variety of stringed instruments including the acoustic guitar, ukulele, acoustic bass guitar, electric guitar and bass, hammered dulcimer, quatro, and Hawaiian slide guitar. The students will learn basic techniques for each instrument. We will discuss the skill of listening and playing in an ensemble. Song structure and chord charts of familiar songs will be introduced. Those with experience with instruments will be challenged with more advanced parts. Those who would like to participate with singing or percussion instruments will also be encouraged. Please Note: Many instruments will be provided for the class. But students will be expected to choose an instrument on which to practice on their own; acquirement of an instrument and/or its rental fees are the family’s responsibility. Instructor: Jack Lee. Max: 10 students Instructor: Jack Lee. Max: 10 students. Independent practice is highly recommended 10-15 min/day.
Private or Semi-Private instruction available from 1:00-1:30 Tuesdays, or as arranged.
About Jack: Jack Lee signed his first recording contract with CBS Records at age 18. He toured extensively with the bands Oz, Mother Earth, and the Earl Scruggs Band. He performed at Carnegie Hall twice, opened for Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner, and The Byrds. He has worked in Nashville and Los Angeles for many years as a studio musician and producer, performing on keyboards, guitar, and bass.
CREATIVE ART JOURNALING Tuesday 1:30-2:45
This unique art class encourages teens to explore their creativity and develop coping skills by making a journal of self-discovery through art and writing. The activities/prompts will promote deep thinking, reflection and awareness. A great follow-up course for students who took True Connections! A Journal is included, and may be taken home, as long as students bring it back (if they forget, then the next journal is kept on site and a lab fee charged). Instructor Susan Stone
is a mixed-media artist who loves to share new ideas and techniques that inspire others. Max: 10
FILM STUDIES Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 SYLLABUS HERE
This course will cover all the basic techniques of filmmaking, and examples of each. Lesson topics include: Setting, plot, symbolism, cinematography, mise-en-scene, script, foreshadowing, costumes/makeup, editing, special effects, music/sound effects, animation, and film noir. 75- minute class sessions consist of watching clips, answering writing prompts, discussing techniques, and analyzing directorship. Instructor: Lyra Porcasi
. Max: 9
WOMEN in HISTORY TEAM Wednesday, 1:30-2:30
This year is EXTRA special: The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary
of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. This historic centennial offers an unparalleled opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy and to explore its relevance to the issues of equal rights today, and our 2020 Women’s History Night will recognize that!
Women in History is an opportunity for our girls that should be experienced at least once
, and this year especially. This course includes history lessons, public speaking, and confidence development– with this year focusing in particular about the history behind the suffrage movement and the women who fought for equality. (Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Harriet Tubman, Clara Shortridge Foltz, Id B. Wells-Barnett, and Gloria Steinem. Not all scripts may be used). Students will commit to taking on the role of one important woman from history, study a first-person script, create a costume and props, and present her speech in first person on Thursday, March 12th at the Thousand Oaks Library
, as well as at least one other public appearance that month. There is a mandatory dress rehearsal on Wednesday, March 4th
(during class time). In the weeks leading up to the event, students will develop the confidence to perform, fine tune their public speaking skills, learn about all five notable women, and bond as a team. This experience for public speaking in front of a large audience truly changes and inspires
our future female leaders! Independent work is required: reading, practicing, and prop/costume design, about 1 hr/wk.
Independent work is required: reading, practicing, and prop/costume creation. Instructor Lori Peters
has led a WIH Team for 23 years, and has been a scriptwriter for AAUW (American Association for University Women). Coach Melanie Ware
Max: 5 or more*
*Please note: If students do not keep up with their other OSA course work and WIH practice in the beginning of the course, they will not be able to perform for WIH. Students MAY take this course as a history class, although at least FIVE students will be needed to perform at the March 12th event. Some male students may be asked to perform that night as well, as narrators.
*If more students want to join the team, we can add up to two one scripts (there are currently eight selected scripts, per AAUW, for 2020). Students might also split scripts or performances, coach a peer, or attend just as a public speaking and history course.
START UP KIDS Thursday, 11:00-12:30
Start-Up Kids is back! Founded by college professors from California Lutheran University’s School of Management and Cal State Channel Islands’ School of Business, the Start-Up Kids
program introduces students to the world of entrepreneurship, start-ups and innovation. Google, Facebook, or SpaceX – everyone talks about the start-up phenomenon. Google, Facebook, or SpaceX – everyone talks about the start-up phenomenon. Students will learn what entrepreneurs do, what distinguishes them from other people, and they will also learn about examples of famous “kid entrepreneurs”. They will experience systematic ways to create and select new ideas as individuals and in groups, and they will learn how to turn their ideas into functioning business concepts. Using a youth-friendly version of an established tool– the so-called Business Model Canvas– teams of students will work on their own ideas, discuss marketing and other strategies, and produce a “pitch presentation” for their business idea. All necessary materials will be provided. Independent work may be assigned, about 30 min/wk.
Preparation is a must. Instructor from Start -Up Kids is Rita Vaiman,
with Melanie Ware
assisting. Max: 12
About Rita Vaiman: She is an Adjunct Professor of Economics and Statistics at California Lutheran University’s School of Management. She holds an honor BA degree in Economics and Business from York University in Canada, as well as both an MBA and a M.Sc. in Organizational Behavior and Talent Management from Reykjavik University (Iceland). Rita is enthusiastic about learning and sees a lot of value in early entrepreneurship education for children of elementary school age and beyond.
SHAKESPEARE KIDS Friday, 11:00-1:00
Wow! We are thrilled to bring Shakespeare Kids
back to One Spark Academy! This two-session course, from January 17-May 29 is open to 6th-12th! Get ready for high energy FUN, which will include performance, stage combat, humor, improvisation, costume design, and collaboration. Feeling shy? Feeling bold? This course has a place for you! There will be 17 classes on Fridays, 11:00 – 1:00 (the classes in May will meet until 1:30)
and will include one date during OSA’s Session break
(Friday, April 24). No class on Friday, Feb. 14 or Friday, April 17. The last day of class on May 29th is a performance, most likely a shortened version of Twelfth Night
. All will be welcome to attend! Important to know: Students must attend all classes (or miss no more
than two). Students can expect to practice (read scripts) 1.5- 2 hrs./week outside of class, or about 10-15 minutes/day. Parents are encouraged to help! (Organize a “cast party”, get kids to rehearsal/class on time, filming…). Communication is key. Owner/director Rebekah Czarnekci
will be your email contact. Costume expense is MINIMAL! Shakespeare Kids provides lots of ideas so students can creatively and inexpensively pull together costumes. Instructor
: Shakespeare Kids
, with Melanie Ware
assisting. Max: 18.
Due to the commitment involved in offering this course, payment up front (single-class fee or supplement) for the full course is required. There will be a MANDATORY PARENT MEETING at the end of class on the first day of class, January 17th 12:30 PM.
- About the Instructor: Tamara Koltes holds her BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She is a recent graduate with an MFA in Acting from East 15 Acting School of Loughton, England, where she has worked on the stages of Shakespeare’s Globe and Off-West End. Tamara has taught and performed in Seattle, New York, Minnesota, and the United Kingdom. With years of experience teaching many different age groups in dance and the theater arts, she has worked with Boden’s Performing Arts, Children’s Theatre Company, Stepping Stone Children’s Theatre, Youth Performance Company, Broadway Bound, Green Stage, and Seattle Children’s Theater. Her directing credits include youth productions of Seussical Jr. and the original jukebox musical The Buddy Bench with Lakeshore Player’s Theatre, as well as We Are Monsters and Musicville with Ashland Productions. Recent stage appearances include: A Dream Play (East15), The Tempest (Car Crash Productions), The Penelopiad (East15), Around the World in 80 Days (East15), Three Winters (East15), Never Wonder Land (Laughing Nomad Productions), Romeo and Juliet (Mission Theatre Company), The Bernice Project (Phoenix Theater), Consumed (Playable Artworks), Rumors of Shadows (Kinetic Fusion Physical Theatre), The Cruel Painter of Radostdale (Laughing Nomad Productions), Tales from Wonderland: A Common Night (Maximum Verbosity), Broceliande; The Death of Merlin (Six Elements Theatre), along with the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe debuts of High School English and Splashback with Car Crash Productions.
FITNESS CLUB Monday, 1:30-2:30
Welcome to the Fitness Club! In the next seven weeks, we will work on a variety of different styles of workouts, including, but not limited to: running/interval running, obstacle courses, H.I.I.T (High Intensive Interval Training), strength training, circuit work, core work and stretching, with a little bit of yoga thrown in, all set to motivating music, some of which Sue would love to have the students supply. Classes will be flexible, depending on the weather– working out can be fun inside and/or outside! The Fitness Club will be a low-pressure, no judgment workout class; students will work out at their own pace.
We might even have a surprise host or two for our classes. Sue looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for fitness with the students! Instructor: Sue Eaton
. Max: 10 students.
About Sue: Most of you know Sue as one of our amazing chefs, but did you know that Sue is a fitness pro? Sue taught aerobics in college (remember Elaine Powers?!), trail runs with the “Tuesday Tribe”, mountain bikes on Fridays, has run multiple 10ks, completed a 30k trail race, completed the Solvang Century bike race, participates in a summer challenge every year (Santa Monica Mountain Trail Challenge) that includes 15 trail runs, 30 mountain bike runs and 15 road bike segments– although not all at once! She also enjoys hiking, taking spin classes at the gym and strength training at her home gym. Her running group (Tuesday Tribe) is a major fund-raiser for the Love Run, which is a local event that raises money for Senior Concerns, which provides thousands of free meals for seniors in our community.
FOOD FASCINATION Tuesday OR Thursday, 11:00-12:30 SYLLABUS HERE
Learn to create nutritious, delicious meals that will help your body be strong and healthy. Students will learn about seasonal produce, the importance of nutritious food and what it provides our bodies, and will prepare a balanced meal for their peers. They will research interesting recipes and bring them to the group. They will also learn the basic home economic skills of reading recipes, cutting and chopping up a variety of foods, proper use of cooking and food prep tools, baking, and exploring a bounty of organic fruits and vegetables. Important!
Participants are required to bring a clean apron to each class
, which must be worn while cooking
(brought home for laundering), and hair that hits shoulders must also be worn off the face during the kitchen portion of the class
, either in a ponytail or pinned back. Those with short hair need to wear a bandana, hat, wide hairband or hair net to adhere to health and safety guidelines. Anyone repeatedly forgetting an apron may be denied participation. Instructor: Laura Erlig, assisted by Jerri Baker and Sue Eaton.
Max: 9 students
FINE ART: Pop Art Portraits Thursday, 1:30-2:45
Learn about the culture of Pop art while creating an amazing self-portrait on artist’s gallery canvas. During the first lesson, students will view a power point presentation about our greatest pop artists and their work. Then photos will be taken of each student, and these are “transferred” in pencil onto canvas using a projector. Students will then work with non-washable
acrylic paint and use vivid colors to create their masterpieces, so make sure to bring an apron or old t-shirt to pull on top of clothes
. This art is one for the walls! $25 lab fee required for the special canvas and materials. Instructor: Helle Rasmussen.
CREATIVE WRITING Friday, 9:00-10:45
In this class, we will explore various forms of creative writing, from short stories, to poems to screenplays. We will read text examples and analyze the literary elements present. After reflection, students will write their own inspired stories. Limited homework will be assigned. Disclaimer for those who may be taking Interactive Fiction: There will be some overlap of basic conventions of creative writing, such as imagery and figurative language, setting and character development, but all of this will only enhance the learning in each course! Fun and creative independent work will be assigned, about 1 hr/wk.
Fun and creative independent work will be assigned, about 1 hr./week. Instructor:Melanie Ware.
STUDY SESSION: times vary
This time is for independent
study only, and a chance for students to practice valuable self-directed study skills. A trained educator or qualified assistant will support, monitor and/or supervise students in their learning as needed, but students must come to EACH class with homeschool or OSA course materials to work on for the full-allotted time
, an assignment notebook (so supervisor knows what is to be accomplished), and an appropriate book to read if done with assigned work. Parents should help students create a schedule of lessons to complete per day.
Wi-Fi available if students bring laptops/iPads. Students may listen to their own music (with earbuds) during study session. Facilitators vary.
Max: 10 students per session.
COMMUNITY CIRCLE: Monday-Thursday, 10:30-10:45
This special time prior to the first break is for group discussion and practice of critical interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, such as empathy, listening, body language, and effective conversational abilities. During Circle, we also clarify and discuss expectations for a peaceful, proactive and positive learning environment. Finally, time is set aside for an open forum discussion to share what matters to students, resolve any conflicts that may be brewing or support peers in their needs. ALL students on the premises during this time are requested to attend this important time for connection. Facilitated by Lori Peters, although other adults/students may lead at times.