Bluegrass United Academic Center Electives

A Program of Bluegrass United

 

 

 

BUAC Electives Fall 2020 Schedule  

 

Fellowship Hour: Noon-1 P.M. 

 

The fellowship hour is postponed until further notice.  

 

FIRST HOUR: 1-2 P.M.

Human Development 
Instructor:  Cindy Fawcett 
In this Human Development course, students will learn the ways humans grow and change physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially from conception to old age. We will explore the typical developments of each stage of life with the focus of understanding God's wonderful and perfect design of mankind. Topics will include prenatal life, infancy, toddlers, preschool, young childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age adults and senior adulthood. This one semester course will fulfill the Health 1/2 credit requirement needed for high school if the student reads the text and completes the homework assignments at home (optional).
 Optional Text :
Downloadable E-book Human Development
https://7sistershomeschool.com/product/human-development-from-a-christian-worldview/    

Instructor:  Cindy Fawcett
Email: cindy.p.fawcett@gmail.com
Class Fee: $5

Leadership for Men
This class utilizes a distinctive Christian approach to leadership. We will focus on developing the right spirit, character, and attitude that Godly leaders possess. Using Bible study and examples of men today and in history we will seek out the kind of man God wants us to be. Just as King David charged his son to “be strong, and show your-self a man,” we will seek to develop a life of character and honor. 
* This class requires the student apply for admission. Student must write at minimum 1 paragraph on the following topic and submit it to Chris Moore in hardcopy form or email to above address before class registration deadline. Class size will be limited. Some outside class reading and preparation will be necessary.
Topic:  Define Leadership.  Then name 1 man (past or present) and describe how he exemplifies true leadership.

Instructor: Chris Moore
Contact: Cell 859-983-4018
Email: cmoorepaintguy@gmail.com
Class Fee: $10


History of Rock and Roll
History of Rock and Roll will trace the roots of rock 'n roll from its origins in blues, to the music of the early 2000's. Students will develop a better understanding of various rock music styles and the historical events and cultural changes that have produced these genres. The course will not only examine the economic and social influences that have shaped this music, but also the effects this music has had upon our culture. We will be using the text book, What's That Sound? by Dr. John Covach (Eastman School of Music), a book widely used in colleges across the country.  Weekly lessons will include listening assignments found on Spotify and YouTube. Students who would like to use this class as an arts appreciation credit should purchase the textbook (fourth edition).  They will be given extra weekly assignments to enrich and reinforce the course content.
Optional text:  What's That Sound? by John Covach ad Andrew Flory (4th edition)  (you will not need to purchase the digital media package)
Instructor: Eileen Wright
Email:eileenlwright@yahoo.com
Class Fee: $5

Yearbook Publication
In this class, students work together to publish a BU yearbook. Writers, photographers, designers, organizers, leaders, and assistants needed, but only those willing to work hard and contribute. The class culminates with the publication of a hard-bound yearbook for all BU academic, sports, social, and fine arts programs. 
The yearbook staff is student-led, with the instructor functioning more as an advisor than a teacher.  

Instructor: Isaac King
Email: isaac.j.king98@gmail.com
Class Fee: None


Photojournalism
A picture is worth a thousand words.  This class will teach students how to tell stories through photography, minimal words, layout and design all while building their own portfolio.  We will begin the semester by looking at and critiquing the work of award-winning photojournalists and then move on to creating our own photo stories. Students will work as individuals and in groups. We will be using camera phones for this class. Every student will need to bring a phone with a camera to most classes.

Instructor: Roxanna Peterson
Email: roxanna.peterson9820@gmail.com
Class Fee:

Leadership for Women
What exemplifies a leader? Can a Godly woman be a leader and submissive at the same time? We will look at modern, historical and Biblical women who held leadership roles. By studying the character traits and attitudes of these women, we will learn how to develop a personal spirit of leadership and excellence.
nstructor: Ruth Meyers
Email: meyersr5@msn.com
Class Fee: $10

Second Hour: 2-3 P.M.

Debate and Critical Thinking
“Speech is power- power to persuade, to convert and to compel.” 
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
In this course, students will learn 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 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.

Instructor:  Cindy Fawcett
Email: cindy.p.fawcett@gmail.com
Class Fee: $5

Greek Mythology
In this class, we will learn and discuss the exciting, bewildering, and sometimes downright bizarre legends of the Greeks and Romans. These tales of adventure, romance, and revenge will not only introduce us to the gods, heroes, and monsters of ancient peoples, they will also help us to understand the iconic stories that serve as the basis of so much of modern culture, from the obvious--like Percy Jackson or the names of planets--to the less obvious--like the days of the week or everyday words and phrases.

Instructor: Jamie Groover
Email: jamiegroover47@gmail.com
Class Fee: None

Introduction to World View and Current Events
In this class we will discuss trending political, economic, entertainment, and cultural events in the news and how they impact our everyday lives. We will consider different world views people have and how those views influence the way past and current events are interpreted. Specific attention will be given to the basics of different world religions and the impact that faith has on an individual, community, and nation. 

Instructor: Chris Moore
Email: cmoorepaintguy@gmail.com
Class Fee: $5 

Fitness, Travel & Adventure
In this class, students will explore the many options available for bringing much-needed recreation and adventure into their lives. We will explore popular leisure activities, such as camping and road trips, as well as adventure activities, such as biking, hiking, and more. Students will learn about the many options for travel and adventure and hear from experts in various recreational sports. Several speakers will share with the class who crafted their own life-changing  adventures.   This class is taught by Jesse Peterson, who is an avid traveler and “adventurer.” Among his more interesting adventures are hiking the Appalachian Trail, biking the Colorado Trail, and participating in extreme cross-country road trips, where thousands of miles are covered in a short period of time. 

Instructor: Jesse Peterson
Email: jessep473@gmail.com
Class Fee: $10


Introduction to Southern Cooking
Learn how to cook from scratch while tasting delicious southern staples. This class will be demonstration, but will include some some hands-on activities. Students will learn kitchen basics and a some history of southern food. Students will get recipes they can practice at home.

Instructor: Sandy Martin
Email: sandymartin1989@yahoo.com
Class Fee: $20

BUPAC Musical Theater A
This class is for a previously-selected group of students cast in the BUPAC production of Newsies and is not open to other students. 

Instructor: BUPAC
Email: info.bupac@gmail.com
Class Fee: None 


Third Hour: 3-4 P.M.

Atelier Art
Information about the program can be found at artsattack.com
Atelier is an award winning art program that is will teach art skills, knowledge and techniques but develop critical thinking skills and creative problem solving. Program elements include Artist Appreciation, Art History, Multicultural Art, Self-Expression and Media Exploration
The  program will develop a foundation of skills by learning and working through essential elements and principles of art including line, color space, shape, form, texture, pattern, balance and emphasis. Information about the program can be found at artsattack.com

Instructor:  Maria Bryan
Email: tannamb@yahoo.com
Class Fee:  $10


Spooky Tales
Instructor: Jamie Groover
Email: jamiegroover47@gmail.com
Class Fee: $10
For those with an interest in the creepier side of literature, in this class we will be reading and discussing classic tales from authors who knew how to play on their readers' fear of what hides in the dark. From the Dark Romantics like Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne to the Gothics, and from the Victorians' strange obsession with ghost stories to more modern writers such as Shirley Jackson, we will explore the development of the way we think about the things that scare us. Besides the fun of reading spine-tingling tales, we will also be developing tools for active reading and critical thinking, as well as understanding how genre fiction can be used to better understand society.

Ted Talks: Powerful Ideas for Life
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading new, creative, and important ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks  about (18 minutes or less). Topics range from business, science, and global issues to entertainment and self-improvement. Ted Talks are immensely popular and have an average of 17 new page views a second on the Internet. In this class, we will watch one TED Talk each week, followed by class discussion. Videos will be chosen based on their relevance to teens and ability to provoke thought and discussion. The goal is to inspire students and get them thinking about new ideas. 

Instructor: Jesse Peterson
Email: jessep473@gmail.com
Class Fee: None

Sociology and Today’s News
This class is a discussion class.  Come prepared to talk. We will take current news topics and discuss how they affect our society today and in the future.

Instructor: Sandy Martin
Email: sandymartin1989@yahoo.com
Class Fee: None

BUPAC Musical Theater
In this class, students work together to perform a Broadway-style musical. This class is only open to students who previously registered and were cast in the musical.

Instructor: BUPAC
Email: info.bupac@gmail.com
Class Fee: $40-$50 (The fee is $40 for “chorus only” students. All other students pay $50.)

First Hour: 1-2 P.M.

Freshman Foundations
Teacher: Dana Moore
Class Fee: $5 per student

Welcome to high school! This class is required for all new incoming students. 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! 

Health
Instructor: Heather Summers
Class Fee: None
Students will learn to use many skills to help them make healthy decisions, while maintaining or improving their current health status. Topics to be taught and discussed include self- management and awareness, relationships, fitness, stress management, communication, decision-making, goal setting, and mental/emotional health. The goal of this course is for students to develop understanding, gain wisdom, and acquire skills necessary to live healthy, active, and fulfilling lives, and to empower them to use the skills they have gained to make informed and wise decisions that will enhance the quality of their personal, family, and community life. Many of the topics addressed will be taught in accordance with biblical principles and through a Christian perspective.

Hospitality & Event Planning
Instructor: Cindy Fawcett
Class Fee: $10
This class will be a crash course in event and party planning. It will include lectures, guest speakers and many hands-on activities such as making table arrangements, posters, invitations and simple hors d’oevres. Students will develop leadership skills and learn to work together as a team. Additionally, students will:

  • ·  develop a plan and timeline

  • ·  create and manage a budget

  • ·  write menus and understand the principles of food preparation

  • ·  learn effective fundraising

  • ·  marketing and promotion

  • ·  developing a theme and décor

  • ·  work with vendors and venues

    The class will be involved in fund raising for BU activities and will practice the concepts learned in class by actively participating in the planning of a BU social.

Legends of King Arthur
Instructor: Jamie Groover
Class Fee: None
In this class, we will learn about the wide-spanning and influential stories of the Matter of Britain and how they have developed over the centuries. From Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table to Morgan La Fey and the Green Knight, we will look at all the classic stories from the age of chivalry and what they can teach us today.

US Government & the Constitution
Instructor: Maria Bryant
Class Fee: $5
What does it mean to be a United States Citizen?
What is this country founded on and who were the founding fathers? What are the rights as a citizen of the United States?

This class will answer these questions based on The Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution. Critical thinking, lively discussion, interactive games and activities will be used to learn about the core constitutional principles and how these principles apply to current political issues. The guide for topics of study: Purpose, Congress, The President, the Courts, Relations between the Federal Government and the States, Amendments, Supremacy of the Constitution, Ratification of the Constitution and Basic Rights Given to Citizens.

The content of this class will be based on the book; American Government in Christian Perspective, published by Abeka. There will be some optional outside reading and an invitation to memorize the Preamble of the U S Constitution. 

Second Hour: 2-3 P.M. 

Propaganda and Media Bias
Instructor: Susan D’Souza
Class Fee: $5
In this class, we will look at propaganda in a variety of forms from sources worldwide and throughout history. Students will learn to spot media bias and examine the role propaganda and rhetoric play in framing national discussion.

Debate and Critical Thinking
Instructor: Cindy Fawcett
Class Fee: $5
Speech is power- power to persuade, to convert and to compel. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

In this course, students will learn 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 work in small teams to research and collaborate on constructive argumentation. Students will learn to effectively argue both sides of an issue. In-class 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 as well as in class team research and collaboration.

The Legend and Lore of Old Christmas
Instructor: Jamie Groover
Class Fee: None
In this class, we’ll look at how the celebration of Christmas has developed around the world, including the time when Christmas was against the law! We’ll see how people in different times and places have brought joy to the season through a variety of religious and secular activities that range from strangely weird to truly meaningful.  

Investing & Wealth Management
Instructor: Chris Moore
Contact for questions: cell 859-983-4018 Email: 
cmoorepaintguy@gmail.com
Class Fee: $10
The goal of this class is to equip each student with the basics of finance – the skills, confidence, and strategies to assess potential investment opportunities. Students will learn about different investments (such as bonds, stocks, collectibles, and property), and the benefits and pitfalls of each. Students will be given opportunities to research and follow publically traded stocks and develop fictitious portfolios. Students will also be encouraged, with parental assistance, to begin an active investment account. Ultimately, the hope is for each student to understand their finances, stay out of debt and begin or continue on the path to develop wealth - and then use their wealth in a way to provide for a future need, to impact their community, and to glorify God.

The History & Psychology of Video Games
Instructor: Jonathan Moore
Class Fee $5

Over the last several decades, video games have become a more and more integral part of society. Whether it be large scale games like Call of Duty or Fortnite, or small game apps on smartphones, almost everyone has played some type of video game. In this class we will dive into the history of games and gaming, examining many different games that shaped how video games are made and played today. On top of that, we will also take a look into why people enjoy video games and what components go into making a great game.


Third Hour: 3-4 P.M.

"Undone" (A Study in Worship for Christian Teens)                                                         Instructor: Heather Summers                                                                                              Class Fee: $12

For Christians, worship is a lifestyle. It encompasses what is in our hearts, the words we use, how we live. In this class, we will be going through a study called "The Unquenchable Worshipper" by Matt Redman, one of the most respected worship leaders of today. In addition to working through the study, we will have discussion and participation times of worship through music. We will be focused on worshiping and living for an Audience of One as we encourage each other in our journeys of faith.

Open Conversations
Instructor: Chris Moore
Contact for questions: cell 859-983-4018 Email: 
cmoorepaintguy@gmail.com
Class Fee: None

This class will have an open forum format. Topics will be encouraged each week for open dialogue, debate, or just “thinking out loud.” Topics will be introduced by the instructor or by students who have submitted ideas or questions. Topics can range from current events, politics, religion, sports, and entertainment to what is the best pizza, ice cream flavor, or movie. The goals of the class are to: encourage conversation, improve our communication skills in both speaking and listening, develop a sense of what we know and believe and why, understand the perspectives of those around us, to always be ready “to give a reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15), and to develop better relationships and fellowship.

Brain Teasers & Logic Puzzles
Instructor: Jamie Groover
Class Fee: $10
Develop lateral thinking skills in this course where we will learn to apply deductive reasoning to all manner of puzzles and mysteries.

Basic Calligraphy
Instructor: Maria Bryant
Class Fee: $10 for Calligraphy pen and paper
Having excellent handwriting or even good handwriting and knowing how to write in cursive are not prerequisites for the class. This class will cover the basic strokes of calligraphy and improve handwriting. Each class will focus on calligraphy drills and completing a project by the end of the class. Materials used will be brush pens and calligraphy pens.

ACT Prep
Instructor: Katie Hassall
Class Fee: $5
In this class we will explore test taking strategies, brush up on vocabulary, and explore and prepare for the different subjects that are encountered on the ACT. We will glean from a variety of materials the information that is needed to prepare for the important exam. We will also discuss test taking skills and do some in class activities to help prepare each student. Students will also want to do some individual preparation outside of class for this important exam. Optional Text: The Official ACT Prep Guide 2019- 2020.