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Beyond School

 

In January 2019, Head of School Peter Reinke introduced a one-of-the-kind, tuition inclusive program. The Beyond School! program, was gradually rolled out in spring 2019 and was fully established in fall 2019. 

Beyond School! is an afternoon program that provides students the opportunities to accrue more math and science skills, become versatile in written and verbal communication, hone, expand and foster their imaginations through visual and performing arts offerings and reflect and dialogue on what it means to be a global citizen in 2020 and beyond, through exposure to a variety of world languages and through building and writing for a school newspaper.
This tuition-inclusive program is fully staffed by our teachers, as well as outside educators who specialize in these fields of study. 

Beyond School! will continue to provide unique opportunities to St. James’ students allowing them to continue their academic fortitude in the classroom and beyond.

 

BEYOND SCHOOL MONDAY CLASSES: 9/14, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7

Multicultural Book Exploration | Mrs. Leonard | Grade(s): K-1 | Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm

Overview: Each week students will explore a new piece of literature by an author of color. This class will expose students to diverse stories of different ethnicities, cultural practices, fables, etc. I will read aloud and then we will discuss characters, plots, setting, conflict and much, much more.

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Exposure to a diverse selection of literature

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Sight words/ Vocabulary

  • Learning to love reading

 

So We Gotta Pick a President: A Guide to Elections in The United States of America | Ms. Hamilton | Grade(s): 3-6 | Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm

Overview: It's 2020 and time for adults to pick who should be president. It seems to be something people talk about almost everyday, but is it really that complicated? How does it all work anyway? In this Beyond School class will break down the history, policies and practices that go into how Americans elect the president. By the end of class, you will know what is going on in our nation, and just maybe, how to make things better.  

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will learn the history of suffrage in the United States 

  • Students will understand the rules and policies behind running for and electing a president 

  • Students will be able to better articulate how presidents are elected 

  • Nonfiction reading comprehension skills

 

Kids’ Podcasting Network at St. James’ | Mr. David | Grade(s): 4th-6th | Mondays, 4:30-5:30pm 

In this workshop students will venture into the exciting world of podcasts. The instructor will help students learn how to use their voices, opinions, research, and practice interview skills through podcasting. We’ll dive into structuring an episode, pinpointing themes, and developing and creating a podcast. The students will learn the podcasting process from inception to recording to uploading. They will also learn how to title, market and release their podcast. 

Episodes from the class will be released throughout the trimester. Furthermore, each student will complete at least 3 episodes.

Mr. David is a screenwriter, song writer, host and veteran podcaster.

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Learning how to use podcasting as a way to broadcast their voice to the world

  • Helping students become confident in their opinions 

  • Developing creativity through choice

  • Developing public speaking skills and confidence

  • Distinguishing fact from opinion

  • Learning the benefits of great storytelling

  • Learning how to brand one’s product

 

BEYOND SCHOOL TUESDAY CLASSES: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 12/1

Book Club Buddies | Mrs. Leonard | Grade(s): 2  | Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm

Overview: We will read the first book of the Zoey and Sassafras series written by Asia Citro. With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure -- the Zoey and Sassafras series has something for everyone!

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Reading fluency

  • Learning to love reading

  • Presentation of book review for the school community

 

Viva Los Angeles!: Conversational Spanish while Discovering LA | Maestra Diaz | Grades: 3-6 | Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30pm

This upper grade Spanish class will develop conversation in Spanish while learning about the history of Los Angeles. Vocabulary and grammar lessons will be incorporated into each lesson. Assessments will be based on verbal and written participation, improved communication skills in Spanish, and written expression.

 Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply Spanish terminology for day-to-day objects and activities in a city

  • Review & continually incorporate previously learned concepts

  • Write sentences to aid learning & convey comprehension

  • Develop an awareness and appreciation for historic landmarks in Los Angeles by learning its Latino history

  • Take notes for clarity of information & comprehension 

 

3Ps: Posture, Presentation, Public Speaking | Mrs. LeonardGrade(s): 4-5 | Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30pm

This course will introduce 4th and 5th graders to some basic principles of speech communication. Students will practice public speaking, poetry recitation, introductions, and much much more. This class is the perfect way to improve self confidence for any public speaking ( class presentations, reading in chapel, student led conferences, etc.)

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Public speaking

  • Building confidence

  • Presentation skills

  • Students will prepare and give 2-3 speeches

 

BEYOND SCHOOL WEDNESDAY CLASSES: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10,28, 11/4, 12/2, 12/9

Finding Your Voice through Creative Writing and Public Speaking w/Broadway Star Eden Espinosa | Grade(s): 4-6 | Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm

In this class I want to provide an opportunity for young hearts and minds to find their voice and expand their creativity through creative writing and public speaking.  Younger generations often have a lot on their plate emotionally, often without an outlet to express their own thoughts and feelings.  I want to empower them to use their thoughts and feelings as tools, as assets to inspire others, to process emotions, and to possibly find other gifts that might be waiting to be discovered.  

In this class they will create various creative writing pieces, such as poems, essays, speeches, prompted stream of conscious writing, song lyrics, etc.  At the end of the class they will choose one of their pieces to present to the class or larger audience, as a speech or performance of some sort.  In doing so, they will be instilled with pride and confidence.  I have discovered many beautiful things about myself through this very process and am looking forward to experiencing what these hearts and minds discover about themselves.

Eden Espinosa is recognized for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Elphaba in "Wicked” on Broadway, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Other Broadway credits: originating title role in “Brooklyn the Musical” and Maureen Johnson in the closing company of “Rent”. 

Regional credits: Eva Peron in “Evita,”  Sadie Thompson in “Rain,” Emma Borden in “Lizzie,” Daniela in “In the Heights” and Mary in “Merrily We Roll Along.”

TV appearances: Law and Order, Ugly Betty, and Elementary. 

Voiceover credits: Tangled the Series, Robot Chicken, MAD TV, Elena of Avalor, and Titan Maximum. 

Skills/ Learning Outcomes of the class:

  • Learning how to use writing and performing as a creative outlet to process feelings and emotions.  

  • Learning to harness nerves and insecurities and using them to your advantage 

  • Be empowered to use your voice in social settings and in creative scenarios 

  • Develop/grow confidence in public speaking and social relationships

  • Learn to balance your inner voice/insecurities and what is actually a true fact

  • Get a deeper understanding of how much their individual voice and point of view matters in this world
     

Graphic Zines and Comics | Stephanie Guerra | Grade(s): K-6 | Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm 

The term graphic novel is more of a general term to describe a specific way of storytelling. Page lengths, formatting, and complexity vary greatly. For the purposes of this course, we will be adopting the short-story zine format to create a comic book, or series of comic books, to create a graphic narrative! Students will be guided through an entire process of brainstorming ideas through literal writing, as well as visual communication. These short-format activities will introduce a basic story arc, communicating with and without text, book covers, and collaborative activities.

Skills/Learning Outcomes: 

  • Stylized drawing

  • Graphic design

  • Visual communication 

  • Collaboration

  • Narrative writing

 

History Mysteries Book Club | Ms. Hamilton | Grade(s): 4-6 | Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm

Overview: Solve an eire mystery while learning some women's history! In History Mysteries Book Club, we will be reading a historical fiction novel that takes place during the time of women's fight for the right to vote. Not only will we dive into the world of the characters awaiting us in this book, but we will also learn about the real world characters that shaped history and our world today. 

 Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Reading comprehension

  • Story elements 

  • Understanding of the U.S. Women's Suffrage Movement 

  • Love of reading 

 

BEYOND SCHOOL THURSDAY CLASSES: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19

Book Club Buddies | Mrs. Leonard | Grade(s): 3 | Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm

Overview: We will read the first 2 books in the Dyamonde Daniel book series by Nikki Grimes. Dyamonde Daniel is a little girl with a big personality—a third-grader with wild-crazy hair, awesome brain power, and a sparkling can-do spirit. We read aloud, discuss characters, plots, setting, conflict and much, much more.

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Reading fluency

  • Learning to love reading

  • Presentation of book review for the school community

 

Caring Corner: Cards and Creations for Helpers and Those in Need in Our Communities | Mr. Friedman | Grade(s): K-2 | Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm

Overview: Helpers are all around us. In this class, students will learn more about the helpers in our communities who help protect us and keep us safe. Students will create cards and artwork to express gratitude for their dedication and hard work. Students will also create cards and artwork for those in need of encouragement and support during these challenging times. Students will discuss and decide where they might digitally send their cards and creations.  Their work will also be shared in an online Beyond School art exhibition. 

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical thinking

  • Composition

  • Illustration

  • Color relationships

  • Pattern development

  • Use of dry and wet media

  • Their exposure to and greater understanding of community service

 

Intro to Korean Language through K-Pop Music and Dance | Ms. Ji Hae Lee | Grade(s): K-6 | Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm | and Marlborough students

This class will give students unique opportunities to explore Korean culture by learning Korean language with K-Pop music and dance. In week 1-2, students will learn Korean culture, Korean consonant and vowel alphabets through games and group activities. In week 3-4, students will learn basic Korean vocabulary and phrases by doing creative interdisciplinary activities, including music, dance, and art. From week 5, students will learn Korean language by singing and dancing to K-Pop Music.

Instructor's teaching approach will consist of constructivist pedagogy to boost students' social and experimental learning. 

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will learn the verbal and written Korean language.

  • Students will explore the Korean culture through games.

  • Students will understand the Korean culture through creative interdisciplinary activities including Korean language, music, dance, and art.

  • Students will learn Korean language throughout singing and dancing to the K-Pop Music, including music by BTS and Blackpink.

  • Students will learn multiculturalism and diversity through appreciation of Korean language, music, dance, and culture.

 

Being Your Best Self...Online Interview Skills | Mrs. Leonard | Grade(s): 6 | Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm 

Overview: Do you want to show your best self when you interview for 7th grade? Well this is the class for you! We will discuss, break down and practice what you need to know to ACE your 7th grade middle school interview online.

Skills/ Learning Outcomes: 

  • Being comfortable with online interviewing

  • Answering questions with ease

  • Showcasing strengths

  • Learning how to ask "good" questions

 

Intermediate/Advanced Korean Language through K-Pop Music and Dance | Ms. Ji Hae Lee | Grade(s): K-6 | Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm | and Marlborough students

This class will give students unique opportunities to explore Korean culture by learning Korean language with K-Pop music and dance in depth. In week 1-2, students will review Korean consonant, vowel alphabets, and basic Korean vocabulary and phrases. In week 3-4, students will learn Korean vocabularies and grammars by doing creative interdisciplinary activities, including music, dance, and art. From week 5, students will learn Korean vocabularies and grammars on SAT Korean and TOPIK by singing and dancing to K-Pop Music.

Instructor's teaching approach will consist of constructivist pedagogy to boost students' social and experimental learning.

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will learn the verbal and written Korean language.

  • Students will explore the Korean culture through games.

  • Students will understand the Korean culture through creative interdisciplinary activities including Korean language, music, dance, and art.

  • Students will learn Korean language throughout singing and dancing to the K-Pop Music, including music by BTS and Blackpink.

  • Students will learn multiculturalism and diversity through appreciation of Korean language, music, dance, and culture.

 

BEYOND SCHOOL FRIDAY CLASSES: 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11

Pre-Algebra to Algebra All-Stars | Mr. Hermeno | Grade 6 | Fridays, 3:30 - 4:30pm

Sixth grade students will have the opportunity to complete challenging math problems to help them prepare for middle school math.  This class is designed to give students a foundation for all future mathematics courses, and this class will help students prepare for math in seventh grade. Students must be willing to complete all homework assignments. 

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Engage effectively in discussions and activities.

  • Evaluate work products and make appropriate changes.

  • Translate, evaluate and simplify expressions involving integers.

  • Solve linear equations and inequalities including these written from word problems and applications.

  • Graph points and linear equations on the coordinate plane analyzing the resulting graph.

  • Represent functions using multiple representations, such as tables, graphs and equations. 

 

Caring Corner: Cards and Creations for Helpers and Those in Need in Our Communities | Mr. Friedman | Grade(s): 3-6 | Fridays, 3:30-4:30pm

Overview: Helpers are all around us. In this class, students will learn more about the helpers in our communities who help protect us and keep us safe. Students will create cards and artwork to express gratitude for their dedication and hard work. Students will also create cards and artwork for those in need of encouragement and support during these challenging times. Students will discuss and decide where they might digitally send their cards and creations.  Their work will also be shared in an online Beyond School art exhibition.

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical thinking

  • Composition

  • Illustration

  • Color relationships

  • Pattern development

  • Use of dry and wet media

  • Their exposure to and greater understanding of community service

 

Art for Social Justice | Mr. Friedman | Grade(s): 4-6  | Fridays, 4:30-5:30pm

Overview: Students will be introduced to artists Jacob Lawrence, Ben Shahn, Faith Ringgold and Sister Corita Kent who have used painting, quilts and graphic design to express their concerns about poverty, racism, war and created messages of peace and calls for social justice. Often these artists combined text with images in their art. Students will discuss their concerns of current affairs and address them as they create works that promote social justice and peace. Their work will also be shared in an online Beyond School art exhibition.

Skills/ Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical thinking

  • Composition

  • Color relationships

  • Spatial relationships

  • Layout and design development

  • Their exposure to and grasp of art history will grow.

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