Bluegrass United Academic Center Electives

A Program of Bluegrass United

BUAC Electives Spring 2020 Schedule  

 

BUAC ELECTIVES FELLOWSHIP HOUR: NOON-1 P.M. 

 

Students who are enrolled in a 1 p.m. class are invited to fellowship in the gym with other students during this time.  

 

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.


Human Development 

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

 

Photojournalism

A picture is worth a thousand words.  This class will teach students how to tell stories by capturing them in photographs. We will begin the semester by looking at and critiquing the work of award-winning photojournalists. We will proceed 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: $5 


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), and 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


Leadership for Women

This leadership class is taught from a Christian perspective. 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.

 

Instructor: Ruth Meyers

Email: meyersr5@msn.com

Class Fee: $10

 

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. Students must write at minimum one paragraph on the topic below and submit it to Chris Moore in hard copy form or email it to the address below before the 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 


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 every day 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 periods 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 limited hands-on activities. Students will learn kitchen basics and 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 BUPAC students 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

Atelier is an award winning art program that teaches art skills, knowledge and techniques, but also develops critical thinking and creative problem solving. skills. Program elements include Artist Appreciation, Art History, Multicultural Art, Self-Expression and Media Exploration. This class 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


Legends, Folklore and Fairy Tales 

Fairy Tales and Folklore

In this class, we will look at the classic stories of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, and others, to see how the original stories compare to the popular understanding of them that comes from movies and TV. Additionally, we will look at all sorts of tales, from ancient legends to modern urban myths, to understand the ways people use stories to explain the world and pass on moral lessons. 

 

Instructor: Jamie Groover

Email: jamiegroover47@gmail.com

Class Fee: $10 


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 and science to entertainment and self-improvement, and the talks are so popular they 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 so come prepared to talk! We will discuss social issues currently in the news 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 B

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.)