Bluegrass United Academic Center Electives

A Program of Bluegrass United

BUAC Electives Fall 2021 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 incoming freshman.  

 

Art Appreciation 

Teacher: Maria Bryan

Class Fee: $10

Beauty can bring us to Truth.  A beautiful, colorful, detailed exquisite work of art can help us understand the Truths about God. Students will discover how Christian art flourished, not simply as signs and symbols but as extensive lessons in the Christian faith. The students will view some of the finest works of art produced by some of the world’s finest artist, whose purpose it was to use their talent to teach religious beliefs of Christianity.  Students will learn by viewing and discussing fine art and participating in group activities. There will at least one art project.

 

Hospitality -Planning the Perfect Party or Event

Teacher:  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 more. 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

·       develop 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 BU socials and dances.

 

Global Current Events

Teacher:  Susan D’Souza

Class Fee: $2

What’s happening in the world and why does it matter? Part geography, part current events, come to class with a news story from the week and a willingness to participate in class discussion. We'll look at the world map, locate the stories we discuss, and talk about geopolitical background and historical impact on present-day events that are shaping our world. What happens globally affects us right here, so let's talk about it

 

College & Career Readiness

Teacher:  Ashford Sonii

Class Fee:  $0 

The class aims to help students gain skills that help them succeed in the college and/or career environment. The class will encompass discussions and exercises such as resume building, studying techniques, study resources, test preparations, time management, note taking, interview readiness, college selections, scholarship opportunities, and so much more. The goal of the class is to help expose the student to great strategies and resources that can help them be successful in a college and/or career environment. By the end of the course, each student will have many resources that they leave with, including their academic and/or job resume.

 

BUPAC

Teacher: Suzanne Bennett 

Production Fee: $50

BUPAC will be performing the American action spy comedy Get Smart by Christopher Sergel. Auditions are June 24th.  Only those receiving roles will be allowed to register for this class.  For more information, please contact BUPACdrama@gmail.com. It is a one time production fee even if you are in 1st and 2nd hours.

 

 

Second Hour: 2-3 P.M. 

 

Communications & Teams 

Teacher:  Ashford Sonii

Class Fee:  $0

This class aims to help students gain skills to be successful in a teamwork environment. The class seeks to help students understand various ways to communicate effectively with etiquette via email, conversation, letters, calls, and other practical communication avenues. In addition, the class aims to help students gain understanding of how to better use interpersonal skills to help the efficiency and productivity of a team. This class will have much opportunity for students to be able to engage and communicate through fun, out of the box class activities that allow them to apply what is learned - not only for the classroom challenge, but also the real world. 

 

I Spy:  Espionage and Betrayal

Teacher:  Susan D’Souza:  

Class Fee: $5

This class is all about espionage: international, corporate, and famous double agents. We will also investigate espionage techniques, how espionage has evolved through the years, and the impact of technology on the disclosure of sensitive information.

 

 

We Didn’t Start the Fire: A Survey of History, Sports, and Pop Culture from 1949-1989

Teacher: Dana Moore

Class fee: $5

Using the 1989 Number 1 pop hit song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel as a guide, this class will take a closer look at events and newsmakers that significantly impacted history between 1949 and 1989. From Harry Truman and JFK to Wheel of Fortune and the cola wars, the topics presented chronologically in this fast-paced class will give students a chance to discover historical events from a variety of contexts – such as popular entertainment, foreign affairs, and sports –giving them an impression of the culture of the time as a whole. Interactive discussion, video clips, and music will be used to help history come alive and enable students to discover that as crazy as our world may seem right now, we have more in common with our predecessors than we might have realized.

 

Writing with Purpose Step by Step    

Teacher:  Cindy Fawcett

Class Fee: $8

Writing the basic essay can be challenging, but help is on the way! In this class the student will learn the writing process in simple, easy-to-follow steps using graphic organizers and diagrams.

The basics of the writing process to be covered include:

Pre-writing/brainstorming

Writing a strong thesis statement

Strong supporting paragraphs

Transitions

Interesting introductions and great conclusions

MLA format, and more.

The step-by-step process of how to write expository, comparison, opinion, compare-contrast, argumentative and research essays will be covered. Students will take notes and then write in class as we practice the concepts. No work will be turned in to the instructor.

Please note: we will cover how to write essays, but students will not be expected to write essays to turn in to the instructor.

 

 

Dulcimer

Teacher:  Jennifer Escobar

Class Fee:  $10

Kentucky's official state instrument, the Appalachian Dulcimer, is actually really easy to play. Whether you've played an instrument before or not, you'll catch right on in this class, where we'll learn basic stringed instrument techniques while playing traditional tunes. We'll graduate from playing melody to harmony, then to chords, and then to creating and arranging our own pieces on this simple but versatile instrument.   Dulcimers will be provided for classtime use.

 

 

BUPAC Cast and Crew

Teacher:  Suzanne Bennett

Class Fee: $50

In this class, students work together to perform a drama.  This class is only open to students who previously registered and were given a role, and for those who would like to participate on the production and technical crew for the Fall Drama. You are welcome to sign up for crew if you have not previously registered for BUPAC.  For more information, please contact BUPACdrama@gmail.com. 

 

 

Third Hour: 3-4 P.M.

 

Health

Teacher: Maria Bryan

Class Fee: $10

This class will focus on nutrition, how to read nutrition labels and how to track daily macronutrients.  Students will learn behaviors that impact health and the importance of a strong and healthy body mind and spirit.  Students will learn how the immune system works and its importance in infectious and non-infectious diseases.

 

New Testament Letters

Teacher:  Gladie Green

Class Fee:  $0

The New Testament is packed with a unique style of writing that we do not see anywhere else in scripture, letters. Letters in the New Testament hold unique insights on the developing theology, the writer, and the audience. Throughout the course, we will discuss the life of Paul and Pauline theology. We will look at some of John’s letters, as well as some of the smaller epistles. This course will be heavy in discussion, with a little lecture each week. The course will also follow a highly recommend reading schedule. The reading will not be required, but will be helpful in discussing the passages for the given week.

 

 

Physical Education

Teacher:  Chris Moore

Class Fee: $10

This class will provide students with the opportunity to learn and play a variety

of sports (football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, badminton, etc.). Emphasis will also be placed on a variety of physical fitness activities that can provide a way to stay fit, flexible, and strong throughout life. Participation will be required (no one continually sitting out, and no phones allowed during classtime). Proper attire and shoes will be required.

 

 

Brain Games and Logic

Teacher:  Natalie Lawson

Class Fee: $10

Have you ever noticed a Red Herring or ridden on a slippery slope?  Do you easily recognize a fallacy or find studying logic invigorating?  This class will cover the basics of informal and formal logic in a playful atmosphere.  

 

Videography

Teacher:  Jennifer Escobar

Class Fee:  $0

Would you like to make videos to post online? To remember an event? To share with friends? This class will help you learn the basics of video production on your smartphone, using a free mobile app. We'll share knowledge about best practice for lighting, sound, transitions, voiceover, and more, along with editing skills and advice on where and how to post your finished products. If you're already viral on TikTok or Instagram, this class probably isn't for you... but if you'd like to get started or just learn a little more, come on in!

 

 

Art for Cultural Change:  The Mexican Muralists & You

Teacher:  Alfredo Escobar

Class Fee:  $10

Art often reflects the culture from which it arises, but it can also awaken a society to its problems and lead a culture in a new direction. The Mexican Muralist Movement of the 1900's is a great example of that phenomenon, and we'll take a deep dive into what happened and why as we study the culture, politics, and artists of the era. This class isn't just about looking at others' cultures and creations, though - you'll identify some of your own personal and societal struggles and successes and create a few pieces of your own in the style of Rivera, Siqueiros, Orosco, Kahlo, and others by the time it's over.  


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.