Grades 6-12 Academic Classes (Fall 2020-2021)

 

ACT/SAT TEST

ACT/SAT Strategies (grades 9-11) – Leesa Wolf – “Slow and steady gets test takers ready.” Students begin their college testing studies by taking one diagnostic ACT and one diagnostic SAT. After scoring and analyzing the tests, each student determines which test to focus on (or both). Students then assess their preliminary college plans and set their initial score goals. Next, the full set of college test strategies are explained including preparing for test day, taking the test, studying wisely, and handling questions in each section: English/writing, reading, math, science (only on ACT), and essay. Strategies common to both tests are emphasized, but differences are highlighted. Foundational, lower level content skills common to both tests are studied and practiced using the associated strategies. Reading content addressed includes vocabulary, literal comprehension, and “big picture” questions. Writing content studied focuses on conventions, rules, and simpler rhetoric-oriented questions. Math content covered is limited to pre-algebra and algebra 1 content. Essay writing skills and ACT science practice are not included. Students conclude the class by establishing a forward study plan for themselves. No grades are given for this 14-week course because it does not fulfill any high school credits. However, completed checkpoints and milestones are listed in TeacherEase for the benefit of students and parents. Prerequisites: Pre-algebra complete, algebra 1 in progress. Textbooks: 3 top-tutor books (TBD pending release of latest versions) costing approximately $30 each: ACT English, SAT Reading, ACT Math. Required homework PRIOR to first day of class: Using class-specific test directions, complete TWO diagnostic tests: 1 SAT and 1 ACT

Time:  Wednesdays; 9/2-12/9/20; 9-10:30 am

Cost: $395; after 7/4 $410; after 8/4 $425

ACT Practice (grades 11-12) – Leesa Wolf – Ace the ACT! Using diagnostic test results and initial college plans, students begin this course by reestablishing their overall score goals, determining specific section score goals, and setting question count/approach strategies. After a very brief review of the ACT/SAT Strategies class content, more advanced ACT specific subject matter is practiced and discussed. Topics covered include reading comprehension inference and other advanced questions, writing test rhetoric questions, and math geometry/algebra 2/trig specific questions. For the ACT essay, students determine their own “prefabricated” content options and essay templates. Students complete practice assignments at home per their initial goals; more sustained practice results in higher scores. Regular “mini-tests” are completed both in-class and at home. The semester concludes with review and a final full practice test. Results of the last test are compared to the initial goals, and a future plan is drafted. No grades are given for this 14-week course because it does not fulfill any high school credits. However, completed checkpoints and milestones are listed in TeacherEase for the benefit of students and parents. Prerequisite: ACT/SAT Strategies Course, Algebra 2 or higher in progress, ability to write a 5-paragraph essay. Textbooks: 2 top-tutor books (TBD pending release of latest versions) costing approximately $30 each: Science Practice, SAT Essay Practice. Required homework PRIOR to first week of class: Complete one diagnostic ACT test per class-specific directions.

Time:  Wednesdays; 9/2-12/9/20; 2:45-4:15 pm

Cost: $395; after 7/4 $410; after 8/4 $425

SAT Practice (grades 11-12) – Leesa Wolf – Soar with the SAT! This class follows the same approach as the ACT Practice course, but all detailed study is specific to the SAT. Reading topics covered include reading comprehension inference questions and the wide variety of SAT challenging advanced reading questions. Further rhetoric questions are studied for writing, as are the SAT unique applications of Algebra 1 content and the more advanced areas of Geometry/Algebra 2/Trig. The SAT essay is addressed in a similar manner to the ACT essay, although the prompts between the two tests are significantly different. No grades are given for this 14-week course because it does not fulfill any high school credits. However, completed checkpoints and milestones are listed in TeacherEase for the benefit of students and parents. Prerequisite: ACT/SAT Strategies Course, Algebra 2 or higher in progress, ability to write a 5-paragraph essay. Textbooks: 2 top-tutor books (TBD pending release of latest versions) costing approximately $30 each: SAT Math Practice, SAT Essay). Required homework PRIOR to first week of class: Complete one diagnostic SAT test per class-specific directions.

Time:  Wednesdays;  1/14-4/22/21; 2:45-4:15 pm  

Cost: $395; after 7/4 $410; after 8/4 $425


Art

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Every student will receive a $60 supply packet (similar to the phot0)  on the first day of class. The supply fee is due at the time of registration. Students will store their art supplies at HEP TX in a large pizza box that they will decorate the first week.

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Middle School Art 1 (grades 6-8) – Debby Jasinski – During this yearlong course (24 weeks), students will experiment with various art forms including:  color theory, drawing, painting, and other media. Students will develop an art portfolio to show what they ahve learned. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to art and to stimulate an interest in art. An art journal is supplied, so come prepared with a #2B drawing pencil. 

Time: Wednesdays; 9/2-11/18/20 and 1/20-4/14/2; 9:00-10:30 pm

Cost:  $625; after 7/4 $640; after 8/4 $655 + $60 supply fee

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Middle School Art 2 (grades 6-8) – Debby Jasinski – During this yearlong course (24 weeks), students will continue to experiment with various art forms including: color theory, drawing, painting, and other media. The purpose of the course is to further develop student skills through a variety of more advanced projects. An art journal is supplied, so come prepared with a #2B drawing pencil. 

Time: Wednesdays; 9/2-11/18/20 and 1/20-4/14/21; 10:45-12:15 pm

Cost:  $625; after 7/4 $640; after 8/4 $655 + $60 supply fee

 

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High School Art – Studio Art (grades 9-12) – Debby Jasinski – During this yearlong course (24 weeks), students will explore the elements of art: color, line, form, space, value and texture and discover how they were used throughout history and how they can be used today. Students will create their own artworks with a selection of different media and techniques in the areas such as: graphite, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylics, and other types of media. Students will work on activities as a group and more advanced students will work on individual projects. This course counts 1 credit on the high school transcript and may be taken up to four years in high school. Students will need to bring their supplies to class every week.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Time: Wednesdays; 9/2-11/18/20 and 1/20-4/14/21; 1:30-3:30 pm                                                                                                  

Cost: $725; after 7/4 $740; after 8/4 $755 + $60 supply fee

 


Behavioral Science

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Introduction to Psychology (grades 10-12) – Laura Coker-Garcia -What can help ease test anxiety? How can you break a habit? What can we do to promote kindness? These and other questions about ourselves and our relationships to others can be found in the study of Psychology. This class will look at the history, major theories, and recent research in the field. Students will learn how to locate and understand research studies, how to conduct ethical psychological experiments, and how psychology may apply to their lives or future career. Activities will include movies, book reviews, presentations, discussions, and labs. This 24-week course may count as 1 credit on the high school transcript. No textbook required.                                                                                                          

Time: Tuesdays; 9/1-11/17/20 and 1/19-4/13/21; 1:00-2:30 pm.                                                                                            

Cost: $625; after 7/4 $640; after 8/4 $655


Computer Science

All Computer Science books may be ordered from Amazon.com.

Exploring Computer Science for Middle School Students Year 1 (grades 6-8) – Melissa Juren –Computer technology has grown as common as television and as important as mathematics. Middle school students might be familiar with modern technology, but now they can learn how to use it properly and effectively while being creative and having fun! In Middle School Computer Science 1, students will get an introduction to computer science in the form of digital art and web design. Students will learn art and design concepts using free image editing software as well as how to use their custom images to help them design and create their own websites using web fundamentals and HTML/CSS. Required Materials: 1 USB Drive; Textbook: none

Time: Wednesdays; 9/2-11/18/20 and 1/20-4/14/21; 1-2:30 pm

Cost: $625; after 7/4 $640; after 8/4 $655

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Exploring Computer Science for Middle School Students Year 2 (grades 7-8) – Melissa Juren – Ready to gain more computer science skills? After learning about how to be creative with art and design, it’s time to learn how to create programs, games, and simulations that are interactive! In Middle School Computer Science 2, students will be introduced to more computer science fields in the form of coding and computer simulation. Students will learn a new programming language using the Python programming language as well as taking those concepts and using them for computer modeling and simulation with the free programming environment StarLogo Nova. Required Materials: 1 USB Drive; Textbook: none

Time: Wednesdays; 9/2-11/18/20 and 1/20-4/14/21; 9-10:30 am

Cost: $625; after 7/4 $640; after 8/4 $655

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Introduction to Web Design (grades 7-12) – Melissa Juren – Interested in learning to make and maintain your own website? Then, this is the class for you. Students will learn the basics of web design, from adding text, links, photos, web graphics, scripts, and animations to their web pages. Students will create web pages using HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and JavaScript. Learn the basic skills to become a web designer. This 24-week course counts 1 credit on the high school transcript. Required Materials: 1 USB drive. Textbook: HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett.                                                                                    

Time: Thursdays; 9/3-11/19/20 and 1/21-4/15/21; 10:45-12:15pm.                                                                                         

Cost:  $625; after 7/4 $640; after 8/4 $655

Introduction to Programming (grades 7-12) – Melissa Juren – If you have ever wanted to learn to program but thought it would be too difficult, this is the class for you! Learning to code teaches students problem solving, abstract analysis, and even creative expression. Using the Python programming language, we will cover programming logic from creating loops and conditional statements to recursion and defining our own functions using object-oriented concepts. Python is an ideal language for beginners, and we will use it to explore interface design, data structures, and even GUI-based programs. This 24-week course counts 1 credit on the high school transcript. Textbook: Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist by Allen B. Downey

Time:  Thursdays; 9/3-11/19/20 and 1/21-4/15/21; 1-2:30pm.                        

Cost:  $625; after 7/4 $640; after 8/4 $655

 

Introduction to Game Programming (grades 7-12) – Melissa Juren – Learn how to create your own line of video games! Students will learn the basics of game programming using the free and open-source G-Develop software. The program provides a drag and drop interface for creating games. Students will learn the techniques, mechanics, and concepts involved in creating single and multiplayer games. Students will also learn about keyboard and mouse controls, adding sounds, keeping score, multiple levels, increasing challenges, and more. Students will learn several basic programming concepts to add complexity to their games. This course 24-week counts 1 credit on the high school transcript. Required materials: 1 USB drive. Textbook:  none                                                  

Time: Thursdays; 9/3-11/19/20 and 1/21-4/15/21; 2:45-4:15pm.                                

Cost:   $625; after 7/4 $640; after 8/4 $655

 

Graphic Design (grades 7-12)Melissa Juren – If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to create and edit digital art using programs like Photoshop, this is the class for you! Students will learn to create and customize images to design logos, web graphics, and abstract art. The class explores graphic design concepts including image layers, photo manipulation, color theory, artistic filters, and even GIF animation. Students will use the concepts to improve photographs, design their own logo and business card, create original art, and even complete their own graphic design portfolio. Students will use free image manipulation software, but the skills will transfer to other programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. This 24-week course counts 1 credit on the high school transcript. Required Materials: 1 USB drive. Textbook: The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything by Olivier Lecarme and Karine Delvare                                                                                                                       

Time: Thursdays; 9/3-11/19/20 and 1/21-4/15/21; 9-10:30 am.                                         

Cost:  $625; after 7/4 $640; after 8/4 $655

 

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Introduction to Animation (grades 7-12)Melissa Juren – Ever wanted to make your own 3D movie?  Now is the time to learn how!  In this class, students will learn the basics of creating 3D animation using Muvizu software.  We will cover concepts such as creating custom characters, manipulating virtual lights, adding sound effects, recording dialogue audio, handling lip-syncing, coordinating camera control, editing camera cuts, and compiling complete videos.  We will also discuss the basic principles of animation including anticipation, staging, arc, timing, and appeal.  This course is 1 semester and counts ½ credit on the high school transcript. Required Materials: 1 USB drive.  Textbook: No textbook required.                                        

Time: Wednesday; 9/2-11/18/20 and 1/20-4/14/21; 2:45-4:15 pm

Cost:  $425; after 7/4 $440; after 8/4 $655

 

Introduction to Microsoft Office (7th – 12th) – Melissa Juren – If you need a solid foundation on how to properly utilize Microsoft Office programs, this is the class for you! Students will learn to master the basics and touch on advanced techniques of the Microsoft Office applications as well as learn how they work together. Students will create and edit a variety of Word documents ranging from the academic to the professional. Students will also author several Excel spreadsheets that include chart analyses, custom functions and calculations, and even some simple macros. Students will then build PowerPoint presentations using slide transitions, animations, embedded multimedia, and inserted documents from other Office programs. This 24-week course counts 1 credit on the high school transcript. Required Materials: 1 USB Drive, Microsoft Office 2016 or 2019 (installed at home). Textbook: Office 2019 All-in-One For Dummies by Peter Weverka

Time: Tuesdays; 9/1/20-11/17/20 and 1/19/21-4/13/21; 2:45-4:15 PM

Cost:   $625; after 7/4 $640; after 8/4 $655


Language Arts

Coming soon!

 


HONORS ENGLISH/HISTORY/HUMANITIES

What is JTT?  Journey though Time is HEP TX’s Honors English/History/Humanities five-year program.  It is an intensive survey course of literature and history starting with the Ancient Times and continuing to the Modern Times. Using a Judeo/Christian worldview, students examine history and literature to understand historical and culturals concepts. From the great epic adventures of Gilgamesh, The Illiad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, Beowulf, Song of Roland, The Niebunglied, Dante's Inferno, to the Rape of the Lock and other modern mock epics students enjoy history through literature. Using simulations, students learn about the cultures of ancient civilizations to feudalist kingdoms to the colonies in America.  This short video offers a great peak at the scope of the history JTT covers in 5 years…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9xLb–QiAc​.

Honors Students must present a written recommendation from the previous teacher in order to enroll in JOURNEY THROUGH TIME.  Please have the recommendation at enrollment time. New students must be approved by Mrs. Joanne Juren for admission to the JTT program.                        

 

Each year, the JTT 9-12 classes count as 1 Honors English credit and 1 Honors History credit.

Grade 8 counts as middle school Honors English 8, Honors History 8, Geography 8, and Bible (none are high school credits). HEP offers our high school level Geography course that is much more extensive in scope.

Grade 9 also earns 1/2 Bible – New Testament credit.

Students who complete 5 years of JTT, may also earn 1 credit of Art History, 1 credit of  Drama, and 1 credit of Rhetoric.

It is highly recommended that grades 10-12 take the High School Honors Speech Course.

SAT, ACT, CLEP, and AP concepts are incorporated into the JTT program from years 8-12.

 

Honors Students must present a written recommendation from the previous teacher in order to enroll in JOURNEY THROUGH TIME.  Please have the recommendation at enrollment time. New students must be approved by Mrs. Joanne Juren for admission to the JTT program. JTT classes are taught from a strong Judeo/Christian Worldview. 

All JTT Teachers hold a Master’s Degree!  

 

 

JOURNEY THROUGH TIME 8 ANCIENT TIMES (Creation – 333 BC) Leesa Wolf – JOURNEY THROUGH TIME 8 – ANCIENT TIMES BEFORE GREECE & ROME – Leesa Wolf – In this 32-week first JTT course, students journey with the Hebrews of the Bible’s Old Testament as these chosen people receive God’s guidance, move throughout the Holy Land, and encounter the powerful Sumerian, Egyptian, Canaanite, Hittite, Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian civilizations. By completing several interesting projects and simulating the growth and interrelationships of early empires, students discover the challenges and complexities of the ancient world. Other topics discussed include theories of the earth’s beginnings, ancient civilizations beyond the fertile crescent region, archaeological methods, and ancient history ties to today’s world. Students read and analyze primary source documents, ancient myths, poetry, and historical fiction novels set in various ancient civilizations. Associated writing assignments focus on MLA academic paragraphs and multi-paragraph essays. Throughout the year students learn and practice foundational reading, writing, geography, and study skills needed for advanced coursework.                                                                                     

Textbooks: Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations, Bible Atlas Companion, The Bible in World History, Bible Time Line Pamphlet, Bible, JTT Book of Readings 8, Vocabulary From Classical Roots A, Writing with the Masters, A Pocket Style Manual, Write Source Skillsbook Grade 9 – 2012 Edition and Map Skills – Continental Press Level G. Novels include The Golden Bull, The Golden Goblet, Hittite Warrior, Year of the Tiger (Out of print – loaner copies available from teacher), and summer reading of The Cat of Bubastes and Screwtape Letters. This class counts as Honors English 8, Honors History 8, Middle School Geography, and Bible (Old Testament).

Time: Mondays; 8/17-12/14/20 and 1/11-5/3/21 (Labor Day off); 9-noon.

Cost: $1090; after 7/4 $1105; after 8/4 $1120

Homework for the summer: Read The Cat of Bubastes and Screwtape Letters – see digital locker after registration for more information.

   JOURNEY THROUGH TIME 9THE GREEKS, ROMANS, AND THE RISE OF CHRISTIANITYLeesa Wolf – In this 32-week course, students explore the fascinating roots of our modern American society by studying the Greco-Roman pagan traditions of Greek and Roman literature and the Judeo-Christian traditions of the New Testament and early Christian writings. Through simulating the ancient Greek city-states, the trial of Socrates, and aspects of the ancient Roman clans, students make history come alive. Students are challenged to think critically through associated writing assignments from advanced expository single paragraphs to various multi-paragraph academic essays including five paragraph MLA research essays. Students also work towards mastering foundational skills needed for more advanced study including active reading, outlining, evaluating writing quality, and editing for conventions.  Textbooks: JTT Book of Readings 9; World History BJU Textbook 4th Ed. (#275560), Famous Men of Greece, Famous Men of Rome, Vocabulary from Classical Roots B, A Pocket Style Manual, Writing with the Masters, Bible, TBD Bible Study Summary Pamphlets, TBD Map Resource, TBD Conventions Workbook, and the Foundation Topics Supplemental Packet.  Paperbacks will be listed on the syllabus.  This course counts as Honors English 9, Honors Ancient History, and ½ credit of New Testament                                                                                                                    

Time: Mondays; 8/17-12/14/20 and 1/11-5/3/21 (Labor Day off); 1-4pm.                 

Cost:  $1090; after 7/4 $1105; after 8/4 $1120                                            

Homework for the summer:  Read Fitzgerald Version of The Iliad (completely) and The Odyssey (needs to be finished by week 3).

 

JOURNEY THROUGH TIME 10MEDIEVAL TIMES Sue Rothberg – This yearlong course, which meets for 32 weeks, examines the impact of the church, chivalry, and feudalism on the development of Europe during the Medieval Time period. The JTT 10 literature explores the heroic adventures of epic warriors such as Beowulf, Roland, King Arthur, Siegfried, and Dante. A variety of interesting and fun projects, Reader’s Theaters, group skits, and a Medieval Banquet make this an exciting year for both literature and history. This year’s writing focuses on advanced expository paragraphs with sub-topic sentences, and various college essay formats, including the MLA Style research paper. Students will be challenged to think critically as they research a medieval history topic for the research paper. With an oral presentation at the end of the year, students learn to present their research findings to the class and defend their research. Textbooks:  JTT Book of Readings 10, World History BJU Textbook 4th ed. (#275560), Vocabulary from Classical Roots C, A Pocket Style Manual, and  Writing with the Masters.  Paperbacks will be listed on the syllabus.  This course counts as Honors English 10 and Honors World History.                                                                                                                    

Time: Mondays; 8/17-12/14/20 and 1/11-5/3/21 (Labor Day off); 1-4pm.                                               

Cost:  $1090; after 7/4 $1105; after 8/4 $1120

Homework for the summer:  Read Dover edition of Beowulf.    

What is the Flipped Classroom or FlipIt? The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures (PowerPoints, videos, or other media) are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercised, projects, or discussions. This exciting methodology fits the JTT model perfectly. Juniors and seniors, in preparation for college, will assume more of the responsibility for study and learning background information to be ready for class discussions, Socratic Seminars, and other in-class group activities. Implemented in 2019-20, this methodology has been a big hit at HEP TX this year. Joanne Juren and HEP TX were awarded a grant by the Nobel Family’s National Society of High School Scholars to use to purchase additional materials to enhance the use of the FlipIt method in the JTT program.                                     

                                                          

JOURNEY THROUGH TIME 11THE RENAISSANCE & THE AGE OF REASONJoanne Juren -The first semester of this 32-week course is an extensive survey of the history and literature of the Renaissance & Reformation period and the second semester, The Age of Reason, looks in depth at the philosophies of the Enlightenment, which led to the birth of America. Students will read and analyze primary source documents and learn to use primary sources in analytical writing.  The first semester will focus on the research paper and various types of essays; the second semester on journalism, satire, and various methods of paragraph development. From Shakespeare to Swift, the literature entertains and makes one think. Using the Flip-It methodology, students will view media (PowerPoints, movies, videos, etc.) at home leaving valuable class time for a variety of interesting projects; Socratic Seminars; Fishbowl Discussion;  group skits; Readers Theaters; art explorations; and historical and literary class celebrations. These activities make this an exciting year for both literature and history. Textbooks: JTT Book of Readings 11, World History BJU Textbook 4th ed. (#275560) and, Writing with the Masters, A Pocket Style Manual, Vocabulary from Classical Roots D, Macbeth, Hamlet, Don Quixote, Christmas Carol, Scarlet Letter, Frankenstein, and Call of the Wild. This course counts as Honors English 11 and Honors American History.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Time: Mondays; 8/17-12/14/20 and 1/11-5/3/21; 1-4pm.                                                  

Cost:  $1090; after 7/4 $1105; after 8/4 $1120

Homework for the summer:  Read Dover’s Children’s Edition of Don Quixote; Macbeth

 

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JOURNEY THROUGH TIME 12MODERN to POSTMODERN TIMES – Joanne Juren – This 32-week course first offers an in-depth look at Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism and then ends with a study of the Modern/Postmodern Times. From the romantics to the dystopian writers, the literature looks at society and history through various lenses. Beginning with the Civil War, JTT 12 uses novels to explore the human cost of war as students study the wars of the 20th  and 21st centuries. Ending the year, students will explore the postmodern times with a look at science fiction and futuristic dystopian societies.  Using the Flip-It methodology, students will view media (PowerPoints, movies, videos, etc.) at home leaving valuable class time for a variety of interesting projects, art explorations, group skits, Socratic Discussions ( literary and historical) and the “March through the Decades” celebrations. Students will read and analyze primary source documents and use primary sources in analytical writing. A collaborative research paper over a WW 2 topic will hone critical analysis, research, and text documentation skills while teaching students to work collaboratively. This course closes the five year JTT journey with a strong and memorable finish. Textbooks: JTT Book of Readings 12, World History BJU Textbook 4th ed. (#275560), A Pocket Style Manual, Writing with the Masters, Vocabulary from Classical Roots E, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, Red Badge of Courage, Great Gatsby, Night, Animal Farm, and Fahrenheit 451.  This course counts as Honors English 12 and Honors Modern History.    

Time: Monday; 8/17-12/14/20 and 1/11-5/3/21; 9:00-Noon. 

Cost:  $1090; after 7/4 $1105; after 8/4 $ 1120

Homework for the summer:  Read Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas


 


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