J-Term 2010

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High School Teacher
Brazilian Culture Marcelo Warkentin
Human Behavior  Jennifer Lucas-Germeyan
Winter Sports Krysten Parson
Civil Rights Brent Reinhardt
Ceramics I Eric Kaufmann
Comparative Mythology Eileen Becker-Hoover
Forensic Science Calvin Swartzendruber
Watercolor Painting  Hannah Gerig Meyer
Biking and Camping John Mast
New Testament Matt Miller
Middle School Teacher
Cooking Mrs. Stutzman
Batik and Fabric Art Mrs. Mast
Mystery Behind the Game Mrs. Grieser
Legoland Mr. Willems
Creating Drama Nafziger/Yoder Rupp
Life on the Frontier Hershberger/Lehman
Cars Mr. Smucker

High School Courses

Brazilian Culture: Samba, Carnaval, and Soccer

 Students explored Brazilian culture through movies, music, food, sports, history, and other elements. The class learned about current Brazilian immigration in the United States and researched different religious faiths present in the country, racial diversity, and environmental issues. Students interacted with native Brazilians, cooked Brazilian dishes, and visited the Brazilian community in Chicago with a stop at Fogo de Chão (an authentic Brazilian Steak House).


Human Behavior

How often have you wondered why people do the crazy things they do? In this course, students explored social psychology to discover how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals are influenced by others. Using the classic book on social psychology, The Human Animal, students investigated topics such as conformity, obedience, and social influence. Students learned to recognize examples of the topics discussed in class as they viewed television shows and movies and tested theories on a field trip to University Park Mall.





Winter Sports

 Students learned the history, rules, and concepts of winter sports such as curling, downhill skiing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice-skating, hockey, and tobogganing. During the second week students traveled to Michigan to participate in these sports and attend a professional hockey game in Detroit.



Civil Rights in Mississippi

Students studied the relationship among Mennonites, African-Americans, and Choctaw Indians in Noxubee County Mississippi, and then traveled there to experience these relationships first hand. A highlight for Chris Minter was singing a solo, and with the church choir, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Macon, Miss. A group highlight was being interviewed by a German television station as they met with Philadelphia mayor James Young, the first African-American mayor in a town known for one of the more infamous race-related crimes in U.S. history: the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers by white supremacists that inspired the 1988 movie Mississippi Burning. This course also helped give greater context to a novel the junior English class recently studied, To Kill a Mockingbird.





Ceramics I

 During the first week, students worked with different types of clay, learning to throw clay on the wheel, and hand-build multiple projects. During the second week students glazed and fired pieces in a raku firing, an electric kiln, and loaded and helped fire the school's wood kiln, which was e a nice source of heat in January! Students tried naked raku--don’t worry, everyone had their clothes on--which is the name potters use for a specific decoration used in raku firing. The class visited the Art Institute of Chicago and the local studios of Marvin Bartel or Lehman-Goertzen Pottery. The class did a joint art show with the Watercolor Painting students.






Comparative Mythology

 Mythology functions as a window into the human experience of the supernatural across cultures. Students read accounts of Greek and Roman mythology and compared common stories of creation, a flood, evil, good, and heroes from other world cultures. They explored mythological origins and current symbolism of plants, animals, and other elements of the natural world. The course included literature, film, storytelling, mime performance, working with desktop clay as well as canvas to portray myth as art. Students also visited the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis.



Forensic Science

 Students gained an understanding of the use of science and technology in forensic testing and analysis abd learnd the value of forensic analysis in criminal, civil, and environmental investigations. Activities included fingerprint collection and matching, DNA analysis, testing of arson samples, tours of a crime lab and a medical examiner’s office, and guest speakers. See also newspaper articles on this class by the Goshen News and Elkhart Truth.






Watercolor Painting

 This course was a studio-based and hands-on introduction to watercolor painting. Through daily practice and experimentation, a range of subject matter and techniques were explored. Students learned control of the medium, various techniques, color theory, and composition and took day trips to working artists’ studios (Sibyl Graber Gerig and Judy Wenig Horswell) and the Art Institute of Chicago. The class also did a joint art show with the Ceramics students





Biking and Camping 

This course included one week of class time in January and one week of self-contained biking (250 miles) and camping to three state parks in June. Class time focused on bicycle safety/maintenance, camping plans, trip mapping, and the history and geography of northern Indiana state parks. The class also worked out on stationary bicycles and volunteered at Chain Reaction Bicycle Program in Goshen. For more on this, see bike trip.




New Testament

Students explored the depths of the New Testament in classroom setting and in an exciting simulation. The first week covered the centrality of the Jesus story, and the second week was a simulation of living in Christian community, while under the threat of persecution. In this way, they class explored the stories of Jesus and the early church through both text and experience.

Middle School Courses

The Fundamentals of Cooking

Students learned the fundamentals of shopping, preparing and serving nutritional dishes, use of kitchen equipment, and kitchen safety. The class discussed the importance of nutrients and the role they play in our eating habits. All students prepared foods in a lab setting to develop kitchen management, food preparation skills, and be a better educated consumer about nutritional needs.

Group shopping Cooking at Chocolate Factory

Batik Textiles and Fabric Art

 Students explored batik and other fabric dying techniques that included tie-dye and painting. After creating designs on the fabrics, students fabricated art pieces both functional and decorative using sewing and adhesion techniques.








The Mystery Behind the Game

 Students investigated the history and strategies of many games they currently play, such as board games, mancala, card games, word and number puzzles, jacks, marbles, four-square, and hopscotch. Each student researched and present the background information of at least one game and then designed and create an original game of their choosing. They also got to play and critique current games as well as each other’s original games.






Students investigated the history of Lego’s from their creation to the world phenomenon they have become. Each student planned, designed, and built a one-of-a-kind creation using the online Lego CAD program. For the final project students created detailed step-by-step instructions for their unique creations, which they got to keep.




Creating Drama

Students explored the creation of drama, from analyzing stories for possible use, to writing scripts and staging small plays. Students learned basic theater terminology, developed their reading and writing skills, and performed a one-act play. They also visiedt a local theater to see what happens behind the scenes.


Duck Detectives Frog and Toad

Life on the Frontier

 Students explored life during the frontier period of American history and examined the cultures and conflict between Native Americans and Anglo-European settlers from first contact through modern times. Activities included frontier arts (making baskets and moccasins), games and leisure activities, hunting and trapping demonstrations, and a field trip.







Students studied the history, design, and inner workings of cars from the early days of electric and gas to today’s fossil fuel, electric, hydrogen, and hybrid cars. All students helped take apart a car to discover how it works and built a model car. The class also visited the Auburn car museum.