Bluegrass United Academic Center Electives

A Program of Bluegrass United

BUAC Electives Fall 2022 Schedule

 

  

Fellowship Hour: Noon-1 P.M.   

 

First Hour: 1-2 P.M. 

Freshman Foundations

Teacher: Dana Moore

Class Fee: $5 per student

Welcome to high school! This is a very exciting time in your life, but it can also be intimidating and stressful. This class is designed to help you get the best possible start to your high school career. We will be participating in many fun activities and games so that you can get to know your fellow BU classmates. We will also take time to learn basic leadership, study, and life skills that will help you be a success in high school and beyond. Come ready to learn and to have a lot of fun along the way.

This class is mandatory for all incoming freshman.

 

"Know Thyself" 

Teacher: Sarah Russell

Class Fee: $5

Personality tests can provide insight into your thought process and working style. This semester,  we will talk about the "science" behind different personality tests. We will take a different one every week and discuss how our results can help guide us to the right path after high school. This class will be fun and enlightening! 


Drawing Basics

Teacher: Alfredo Escobar

Class Fee: $15

Do you want to draw but you feel like your art looks like a small child made it? This class is for you! Learn about shading, perspective, light, ratio, placement, and more skills that will take your sketching ability to the next level. Bring your own pencils and sketch pad or use the instructor's supplies in class.

 

 

More than Ramen

Teacher: Jennifer Escobar

Class Fee: $20

Someday you'll be out on your own. Restaurant food is expensive and packaged food is, well, boring. This class will explore different methods for easy food prep at home that doesn't take hours to do and won't break the bank. Oh, and it also tastes good.

 

 

BUPAC Drama -Radium Girls Main Cast and Crew Leaders

Teacher:  Suzanne Bennett (checks made out to BUPAC Drama)

Class Fee: $50 cast; $30 crew only

BUPAC will be performing the compelling historical drama Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory. This play is based on the true story of dial painters who made labor history in the early twentieth century.  Suzanne Bennett is the Artistic Director.  Casting is by audition only.  However, students may still register to participate in the production crews during the second hour of electives.

BUPAC Main Cast, Stage Managers, and Crew Leaders should register for BUPAC during the 1 PM and 2 PM hours of BU Electives.  Supporting Cast and BUPAC crews will register for BUPAC for the 2 PM hour only.


Second Hour: 2-3 P.M. 

 

The Social Experience

Teachers: Chris and Dana Moore

Class Fee: $5 per student

There is a common misconception that homeschool students aren’t socialized, but we know this is far from the truth. Even the most socially savvy homeschooler, however, can benefit from learning some new skills when it comes to interacting with others. What better and more fun way to learn these important skills than through playing games with your friends? In this class we will learn to play card games that every teen should know and throw in some basic social etiquette along the way. Euchre, Gin Rummy, Spoons, Phase 10, Uno, Poker, and more…you’ll learn them! We might even spend some time on Mexican Train and Bunco to shake things up. Come have some fun socializing with us!

NOTE: Each student will need to bring his or her own UNIQUE deck of playing cards that can be easily differentiated from other decks (i.e. uncommon backs to cards).

 

Advanced Drawing

Teacher: Alfredo Escobar

Class Fee: $15
Extend your drawing ability! This class will start where Drawing Basics ends.  We will take a more in-depth look at perspective, shading and other techniques along with trying your hand at other drawing mediums.

Just Desserts

Teacher: Jennifer Escobar

Class Fee: $20

 

Give a kid a pie and feed them for a day...teach kids to bake pie and feed them for a lifetime. OK, maybe that's stretching it, but this class will definitely give students tools to satisfy a sweet tooth, from Ambrosia to whatever dessert starts with Z.

 

Advanced American Government and Economics

Teacher: Maria Bryan

Class Fee: $5

This course examines law through the lens of St. Thomas Aquinas and gives an in depth understanding of the type of government chosen by the American Founding Fathers. This course will also discuss the principles of economics.

 

Introduction to Debate and Critical Thinking  

Teacher: Cindy Fawcett

Class Fee: $5

Speech is power- power to persuade, to convert and to compel.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

In this course, students will be introduced to the basics of debate and critical thinking. We will learn to organize and support our thoughts, identify valid and invalid arguments, recognize assumptions, and to ask the right questions. Students will learn to research and effectively argue both sides of an issue. In-class team debates will allow students to practice what they have learned while maintaining respect for their opponent and developing confidence in public speaking. Students will be expected to do research on our debate topics at home to prepare for class.

 

BUPAC Drama -Radium Girls Main Cast, Supporting Cast, and all Crew Personnel

Teacher:  Suzanne Bennett (checks made out to BUPAC Drama)

Class Fee: $50 cast; $30 crew only

BUPAC will be performing the compelling historical drama Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory. This play is based on the true story of dial painters who made labor history in the early twentieth century.  Suzanne Bennett is the Artistic Director.  Casting is by audition only.  However, students may still register to participate in the production crews during the second hour of electives.

BUPAC Main Cast, Stage Managers, and Crew Leaders should register for BUPAC during the 1 PM and 2 PM hours of BU Electives.  Supporting Cast and BUPAC crews will register for BUPAC for the 2 PM hour only.


 

Third Hour: 3-4 P.M.

 

Pottery, Methods and Techniques of Hand building

Teacher: Tina Cornett

Class fee: $20 for clay and glazes to be shared by the class

First Year Students: This class will focus on teaching multiple hand building techniques. The students will be taught a technique and then will use that to create a piece of artwork. The student will have creative control over what they want to make using the given technique. This will allow them to challenge their creative processes as far as they would like while learning hand building fundamentals. Students will need to do some work at home to complete projects

in time to be fired. The amount of time needed will depend on the complexity of the student’s design.
Class supplies:

* 2 small boxes (shoe box or cardboard works well) that can fit the project they are working on

*1 small container that can hold liquid without leaking, about 2-3 inches tall

(small tupperware or sour cream container)

*I will have tools for them to use in class, they may want to purchase some to

use at home but they can also use household items (toothpicks, plastic forks,

sponges, etc.) to achieve great results.

 

 

Gentle Genetics

Teacher: Cindy West

Class Fee: $20

Why can you roll your tongue, but your sister can't? What is DNA and how is it transferred from parent to child? How are genetics used to solve crimes? Learn the basics of heredity, chromosomes, DNA, and forensics in this light-hearted, hands-on class.

 

 

Portfolio Preparation from A to Z

Teacher: Melinda Boyson

Class Fee: $10

Create an interesting portfolio, including, but not limited to creative exploration in photography, framing, nature studies, handwriting, and various forms of artistic expression.

 

 

Hospitality -Planning the Perfect Party or Event
Teacher: Cindy Fawcett

Class Fee: $10 for activity materials

This class will be a crash course in event and party planning. It will include class and small group discussion as well as hands-on activities such as making table arrangements, posters, invitations, and decor. Students will develop leadership skills and learn to work together as a team to plan all aspects of an event.

Additionally, students will:

·       develop a plan and timeline

·       create and manage a budget

·       write menus  

·       marketing and promotion

·       develop a theme and décor

·       work with vendors and venues

The class will practice the concepts learned in class by actively participating in the planning of BU socials and dances.


Physical Education

Teacher: Maria Bryan

Class Fee: $5

Students will learn the importance of physical fitness and how an active lifestyle improves overall wellbeing and health.  Students will be introduced to the mechanics of body movement and how to improve cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength. Students also participate in team sports, active gym games and fitness exercises.

 
 

Team Building for Teens

Teacher:  Natalie Lawson

Class Fee:  None


We will be utilizing all manner of games and exercises with a specific purpose in mind.  You will learn to work together, develop strategy and use your personal strengths to help your teams. This will be a fun class, but the goal is to learn necessary team building skills for the future. 

 


Team Building for Teens

Teacher:  Natalie Lawson

Class Fee:  None


We will be utilizing all manner of games and exercises with a specific purpose in mind.  You will learn to work together, develop strategy and use your personal strengths to help your teams. This will be a fun class, but the goal is to learn necessary team building skills for the future. 

 


Team Building for Teens

Teacher:  Natalie Lawson

Class Fee:  None


We will be utilizing all manner of games and exercises with a specific purpose in mind.  You will learn to work together, develop strategy and use your personal strengths to help your teams. This will be a fun class, but the goal is to learn necessary team building skills for the future.