Bluegrass United Academic Center Electives

A Program of Bluegrass United

 

BUAC Electives Spring 2021 Schedule  

 

Fellowship Hour: Noon-1 P.M.   

 

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.

 

Hospitality II -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 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

·       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 Elective socials.  

 

Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Spirit 

Teachers:  David and Mandy King

Class Fee: None


Description - Being an entrepreneur is exciting, scary, risky, and rewarding all at the same time. In our class we will tell you from personal experience how to win, how to lose, what to expect, how to dream, and most importantly how to keep going when it all seems to go downhill. If you’ve ever thought of starting/owning a business, then this class is perfect for you. 


Atelier Art

Teacher:  Maria Bryan

Class Fee:  $10


Level 7 was offered in the spring of 2020. We will be doing level 8 this spring.  Each level builds and develops 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.

The teaching methodology used in Atelier Art is designed not only to teach art skills, knowledge, and techniques but also to develop critical creative thinking and creative problem-solving skills that will benefit your students in every area of future endeavor.  This program also incorporates an enriched art appreciation and art history component. We will study the great art masters through discussion and observation of their artwork and artistic technique.  No prerequisite is needed for this class, and it is open to both new students and those who took the class in the fall. All new subject matter will be offered this semester.  


BU Yearbook

Teacher:  Dana Moore

Class Fee:  None


The yearbook class is responsible for producing a yearbook that memorializes Bluegrass United for the 2020-2021 school year. This will include individual student photos, teachers, socials, sporting events, and graduation. Students in this class will use Picaboo!, an online yearbook site, to design, layout, and produce the yearbook. We will learn how to use the design software, the fundamentals of good design, how to select and edit photos, and more. The class will also be promoting yearbook sales and helping with distribution.

 

Bringing a laptop to class is highly recommended. Students will be assigned sections to design/edit and gain more hands-on experience if they have their own computers in class. The rest of the class will work collectively as a group on pages in class. Possession of a quality camera and some photography experience is also beneficial but not required.  If you’re ready to work hard and also learn some new skills, this is the class for you.  

 

Banjos, Boots, and Baskets: Exploring Kentucky Culture From the Roots Up

Teacher:  Jennifer Escobar

Class Fee: TBD 

 

Come learn the heritage of Kentucky, taught by one of BUAC's most lively and engaging instructors. In this class, Appalachian tradition and folklore will take center stage. Students will create Kentucky folk art and listen to Bluegrass music. They will enjoy learning about the dialect and stories of the mountains. They will dance and sing the music of the Appalachian region. Jennifer Rose Escobar is a Kentucky folk singer and educator who has dedicated her life to sharing her Kentucky heritage with others. In addition to teaching Kentucky culture classes in schools across Kentucky, Mrs. Escobar is the director of the Berea College Mountain Folk Festival.  

 

 

Second Hour: 2-3 P.M. 

 

Basic Computer Programming

Teacher:  Jonathan Moore

Class Fee:  $5


In this class, we will learn about coding terminology and techniques and will explore the application of those ideas in real-life examples. We will be using the Java coding language to solve problems and create fun products with the coding knowledge learned. A few examples of things we will be making in the class include a mock ATM interface, a Tic-Tac-Toe game, and a memory matching game. No prior coding experience is required, but each student must have access to a laptop (Mac, Windows, or Linux) that they can bring with them to class each week. Any questions about the class and its content can be sent to Jonathan Moore via email at jdmo242@gmail.com.


Creative Writing

Teacher:  Cindy Fawcett

Class Fee:  None


Creative writing can be fun! Using a variety of challenging and amusing prompts, students will be encouraged to be creative, “outside the box” thinkers and writers. We will write stories, narratives, poetry, character descriptions, and more. The use of strong, descriptive vocabulary will be emphasized, as well as correct sentence structure and grammar. Students will write in class, with no homework expected. This class is open to all students whether you write award winning essays or tremble at the thought of writing a paragraph. 


Inhumanity:  Survival Against All Odds

Teacher:  Susan D’Souza

Class Fee:  $5


This class is about stories of people and/or people groups who survived despotic rule or lived through genocide, covering a different historical scenario every two to three weeks. We hope to have least one in-class visitor to speak with us about what it was like living under Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, and another on the topic of the Holocaust. 


The class will include Christian testimony and stories in addition to accounts of persecution regardless of belief system. We will look at the flourishing of the church under persecution and highlight various historical situations that gave rise to the persecution of one group by another. Besides those referenced above, a sample of other topics on the syllabus include the current Chinese persecution of Christians and Uyghurs, and North Korea’s dubious distinction of running the longest continually functioning gulag system in the world.

 

Country Dance

Teacher:  Jennifer Escobar

Class Fee:  TBD 

 

Our popular country dance class is back! We will learn square dances, line dances, and country mixers in this class. When not cutting a rug on the dance floor, students will  be discussing the cultural and historical connections of each dance style. This class is taught by Jennifer Rose Escobar, who is the director of the Berea College Country Dancers. Much of the dancing in this class will be socially distanced. When social distancing can not be maintained, students will be required to wear masks. 


Economics

Teacher:  Dana Moore

Class Fee:  $5


Whether teens realize it or not, the subject of economics has relevance in their everyday lives. A U.S. Department of Education assessment found that 12th graders had no more familiarity with economics in 2012 than they did in 2006. Flash forward to 2020, and most teens may still lack an educated understanding of basic economic principles.

In this class, we will use various resources, including Richard J. Maybury’s excellent books Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? and The Money Mystery, to break down concepts such as money, inflation and deflation, recessions and depressions, price spirals, federal debt, and more. We will incorporate discussion, videos, and group activities to make learning about economics easy and enjoyable.

 


Third Hour: 3-4 P.M.

Psalms and Wisdom Literature

Teacher:  Andrew Herrmann

Class Fee:  None


The Old Testament is filled with knowledge and wisdom that is valuable for us to grasp

as Christians. During our 16 weeks together, we will attempt to tackle some of the theological

themes and concepts that are stuffed within the psalms and other wisdom literature texts. We

will first start with a 4-week study of the psalms. We will be examining the primary forms and

types of psalms such as lament, thanksgiving, royal, creation, and wisdom psalms. We will then

dive into the book of Proverbs. In our 2-week study of proverbs, we will discuss what ancient

Near Eastern wisdom was, focusing on what ancient poets believed about Just Retribution.

Following Proverbs, we will look at Job. Reading through Job as a literary work, as opposed to

historical, we will see how the author relates Job’s suffering to Just Retribution. We will then

end with Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs, looking at both structure and theological truths

displayed in each.

Each week, I will assign reading, while not mandatory, will be highly recommended. It is

helpful to read scripture to discuss scripture. That will allow our class time to be a short

“lecture” with a heavy emphasis on discussion. We will be discussing questions such as:

 Is God a just God?

 What is suffering and why do we suffer?

 What is our call in life?

 How are we to respond to situations in our world that don’t seem fair?



Leadership Skills and Strategies

Teacher:  Kori Yates

Class Fee:  None


From military officers to parents, and politicians to scientists, everybody leads. The question becomes, do we lead well? Through fun interactive sessions, we'll tackle topics like public speaking, team-building/working with a team, communication/relationship building, conflict management, and more. Students will gain a foundation for leadership opportunities as they grow, but also find the practical application for themselves today. 

 

Music Appreciation

Teacher:  Katie Hassall

Class Fee:  $5


In this class we will explore some of the many aspects of music.  We will learn the basics of reading music in Treble Clef, learn to determine key signatures, learn a variety of musical terminology, and explore the core musical elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, form and texture.  We will listen to music by a variety of composers and learn about multiple genres of music. 

 

Musical Theater Performance 

Musical Theater Performance
Teacher: BUPAC Staff

Teacher: BUPAC Staff

Class Fee: $10 

 

While Covid-19 has grounded most musical performances to a halt, in BUPAC, “you can’t stop the music!” While we won’t be able to perform a full-length musical this semester, we will be singing and dancing our way through the semester, resulting in a professional-style musical revue in May. All students are welcome in the class, regardless of level of talent and ability.  New students may want to simply put a toe in the water to see what they think of musical theater. Other, more experienced students, are encouraged to dive in and work on some new, challenging material.  The class is designed to meet students where they are, but then help them move forward with their singing, dancing, and acting skills. 
The first two weeks of class we will be evaluating students for singing and dancing interest and ability and placing them in groups.  Those students who don’t wish to dance will be “chorus only”and will participate in the revue’s production numbers as singers and actors. The remaining students will be placed in dance groups based on their abilities. Students who wish to sing a solo or in an ensemble in the revue will be screened by the musical director during these introductory sessions.
The revue performance will consist of several production numbers, vocal solos and ensembles, and dances (no vocals). The music selected for the show is intended to appeal to our students, but also provide a variety of music and dance style for them to work on.  A special feature of the revue is that we will be performing a number of songs from Newsies. This will enable returning students from last spring’s cast to finally perform selections from the show.  

While Covid-19 has ground most musical performances to a halt, in BUPAC, “you can’t stop the beat!” While we won’t be able to perform a full-length musical this year, we will be singing and dancing our way through the semester, resulting in a professional-style musical revue in May. All students are welcome in the class, regardless of level of talent and ability.  New students may want to simply put a toe in the water to see what they think of musical theater. Other, more experienced students, are encouraged to dive in and work on some new, challenging material.  The class is designed to meet students where they are, but then help them move forward with their singing, dancing, and acting skills. 

 

The first two weeks of class we will be evaluating students for singing and dancing interest and ability and placing them in groups. Those students who don’t wish to dance will be “chorus only” and will participate in the revue’s production numbers as singers and actors. The remaining students will be placed in dance groups based on their abilities. Students who wish to sing a solo or in an ensemble in the revue will be screened by the musical director during these introductory sessions.

 

The revue performance will consist of several production numbers, vocal solos and ensembles, and dances (no vocals). The music selected for the show is intended to appeal to students, but also provide a variety of music and dance style for them to work on.  A special feature of the revue is that we will be performing a number of songs from Newsies, including some solos and production numbers. This will enable returning students from last spring’s cast to finally perform selections from the show.  

 

This class will run from 3-4 p.m., but with the option for extended rehearsals (until 5 p.m.) after March 1, if needed. Students will be spread out as much as possible, but masking will be required during much of the class as students move around the stage area. For more information about this class, contact info.bupac@gmail.com.

 

Team Building for Teens

Teacher: Natalie Lawson

Class Fee: None

 

In this class we will be be working together on team building activities and games. While we will be having a lot of fun together, we will also be learning to work together, develop strategy, and use personal strengths and skills to help our teams. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


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.