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“To be playful and serious at the same time defines the ideal mental condition.” John dewey

Winterim Elective Coursebook JANUARY 3-13, 2012

ATLANTA GIRLS’ SCHOOL

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Table of Contents Winterim at AGS .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 1 Advanced Placement Courses........................................................................................................................................................................ 2 Winterim Courses ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 4 Independent Study Guidelines.................................................................................................................................................................... 14 Junior and Senior Internship Guidelines .................................................................................................................................................. 14 Online Courses ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 14 Registration Guidelines ................................................................................................................................................................................ 14 Schedule of Classes................................................................................................................................................................................. 15-16 Course Request Form ........................................................................................................................................................................... 17


Winterim at AGS The Winterim Session at Atlanta Girls’ School provides students with the opportunity to explore exciting topics not traditionally found in a school curriculum. Winterim gives students a chance to risk learning something that is unusual and to devote extended time exploring a specific interest in depth. In addition, students often find the every-day relevance of the academic programs in the Winterim classes. Learning looks different in Winterim. Homework may be to rehearse a dramatic scene or to write a personal reflection on a film. Courses during Winterim are often based on interdisciplinary experiential learning. This change of pace helps keep energy and motivation high as the students enter what is traditionally a low point in the year. These chilly weeks at the beginning of January are the perfect time to warm up to something new and exciting.

Winterim 2012 STANDARDS During Winterim, the school will continue to expect, both on and off campus, the same conduct that is expected of AGS students throughout the school year. Please review the community handbook for details. Special reminders are listed below. DRESS Students are required to come to school in their AGS uniforms. Students will be given time to change attire when necessary for a particular class. ATTENDANCE Students participating in the on-campus program will attend all classes and activities. The policy for absences during Winterim is the same as it is during the regular school year, as defined in the community handbook. COURSE SCHEDULING Students will take a total of 4 blocks per day during this 9-day term. Class blocks are an hour and twenty-five

minutes long. Upper School students carrying heavy academic loads through Winterim may request a study period in lieu of one class, but the Academic Dean must approve this request. Students are expected to choose a variety and balance of courses from the many course categories. For courses that have an enrollment fee, invoices will be sent to families in January through our business office. EVALUATION Student evaluations will be mailed home at the end of Winterim. Each student will receive a mark of excellent, satisfactory, or unsatisfactory in each of her Winterim classes. The dates for Winterim 2012 are from Tuesday, January 3rd to Friday, January 13h.


Advanced Placement Courses AP Calculus In AP Calculus, students will further explore applications of differentiation including related rates, optimization, and min/max problems. Then, we will take everything we've learned thus far this year and start to do it all backwards with our new tool: The Antiderivative!

AP English Literature & Composition Students will read and analyze the novel Beloved by Toni Morrison in preparation for the AP examine in May. Required for students enrolled in AP English Literature Instructor: Ms. Hasty

Required for students enrolled in AP Calculus Instructor: Mr. Shepherd

AP French Language During Winterim, the Advanced Placement French class will focus on strategies to attack different sections of the AP exam, particularly the timed writing and the recorded speaking. Over the course of the class, students will become more familiar with the format of the exam, and we will work to target specific weaknesses of individual students. Advanced Placement students will take a fulllength AP at the start of Winterim as a diagnostic for where their French skills are. Additionally, the class will include a French-culture enrichment component, particularly emphasizing aspects of French culture that will appear on the AP exam. Part of the French enrichment will include a field trip to a local French restaurant where students will have the opportunity to sample traditional French dishes as part of a prix fixe menu. Additionally, students will prepare for cultural enrichment at the beginning of second semester, when they will take field trips to the French-language theater, Théâtre du Rêve, and also to the High Museum, to see French and francophone artwork as part of the “Toulouse-Lautrec and Friends” exhibit.

AP Chemistry AP Chemistry will enjoy a lab exploration of kinetics and thermodynamics in medicinal chemistry during Winterim. Required for students enrolled in AP Chemistry Instructor: Dr. Bobeck AP English Language & Composition In keeping with the College Board’s AP English Language Course Description, our focus will be on rhetoric: the art of constructing and presenting arguments in speech or writing. During the Winterim session, our readings, in particular Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, will be guided by the following questions: What is the relationship between the individual and the community? How does our work shape or influence our lives? In reading and analyzing the selected texts, our focus will be on identifying both the what and the how: what arguments the authors are making in the texts and how they use rhetorical strategies effectively to construct these arguments for their intended purposes and audiences. As we explore the idea of how individuals fit into their communities, students will begin to examine their own role in their community. Using their internships as inspiration, they will begin a research paper that not only explains or documents their work experience, but also presents an argument that students will support by synthesizing information from both primary and secondary sources. This research paper will ultimately tie into the Senior Capstone Project. Students will also continue to write timed, in-class essays in preparation for the AP exam.

Required for students in enrolled AP French Language Instructor: Ms. Bulger

Required for students enrolled in AP English Language & Composition Instructor: Ms. Saunders

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AP Latin: Vergil During Winterim, we will continue our studies of Vergil. The extended time format will allow us to practice exams, have in-depth conversations of articles, and conduct peer evaluations of essays in addition to scheduled reading of the Aeneid.

AP U. S. History A continuation of the AP curriculum established during the Fall quarter, this course evaluates the Gilded Age, The Progressive Era, European and Asian immigration during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, World War 1, the Great Depression, World War 2, the Cold War Era, the Civil Right’s and Women’s Right’s Movements, the Vietnam War, and the cultural landscape of the eighties and nineties. Daily lectures will emphasize the broad themes connecting trends in American history over time. Homework, tests, and writing assignments will be modeled on the format of AP tests.

Required for students enrolled in AP Latin Instructor: Ms. Burke-Budhram AP Spanish Language The Winterim AP course is conducted in Spanish and is tailored to enhance student development in the four skills areas tested in the Spanish Language Exam. The main objective is to review and reinforce students’ knowledge by increasing their vocabulary, sharpening their grammatical skills, expanding their written abilities, and improving their oral proficiency. The entire course will be devoted to completing practice tests with special emphasis in function words and verbs. The students will use the workbook, AP Spanish: Preparing for the Language Examination, along with tapes and old AP exams for practice.

Required of students enrolled in AP U.S. History Instructor: Ms. Smith AP World History The AP World History Winterim course will bridge the two semesters of the yearlong course in world history. Our primary focus will be on improving skills for the document-based question, change-over-time, and comparison essay sections of the AP exam. There will be one essay writing assignment per day.

Required of students enrolled in AP Spanish, open to juniors who want to take AP Spanish in their senior year Instructor: Ms. Bravaldo

Required of students enrolled in AP World History Instructor: Dr. Simpson

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Winterim Classes Archery This course is open to students on the archery team. Instructor: Ms. Compton Backpacking 101 This course is designed to teach students how to prepare for a weekend in the woods. The first week covers general backpacking skills, and the second week focuses on outdoor cooking. General backpacking topics will include picking a campsite, pitching a tent, purifying water, packing a backpack, and following Leave No Trace principles. This course is a great preparation for the Outdoor Club’s annual trip to Cumberland Island, but you do not have to be an OC member or a trip attendee to take this fun and active class! Open to upper school students Instructor: Ms. Clayton Backstage Magic Backstage Magic introduces students to technical theater. Students will learn the basics of stage management, set design, as well as how to provide light, sound, and video support for productions. Activities will include a field trip to a theater or university’s theater department. Students will prepare to offer technical support to AGS productions. Open to 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade students Instructor: Ms. Burke-Budhram Book Arts I With so much focus on technology and machine-made products, this course is for those who love to create and work with their hands. The focus of this class is on creating handmade books from recycled or repurposed materials. Some history of books will be included in each day’s coursework. Students will make four or five very personal books that can be filled with writing, drawings, photographs, favorite quotes, or memories. A field trip to the Georgia Tech Paper Museum is planned. Open to all students Instructor: Ms. Mears Boot Camp This intense workout class is for varsity athletes only. Plan to work harder than you may want to. No equipment will be used; we will use only our body weight for these workouts. We will focus on muscular endurance, core strength and anaerobic conditioning. Although the workouts are tough, it’s fun when done in a group setting. This class is great for offseason or in-season conditioning. Open to Varsity Athletes Only Instructor: Ms. Floyd Brazilian Sounds This course will provide students with insight into Brazil and it’s various musical forms (Samba, Afoxé, Bossa Nova, Forró, Música Popular Brasileira etc). Through the study of music, students will learn about the history and culture of Brazil including dance. They will also learn basic conversational components of Brazilian Portuguese. The goal of this course is to give an overview of the music genres by fitting it into a historical context. The course will provide students with an overview of Brazilian history and cultural identity as the only Portuguese speaking country in South America. I would like the students to learn about an often-ignored country amongst all the Spanish-speaking countries (and some French and English speaking countries as well) in South America. The additional component of the course will be a Brazilian Portuguese crash course. Students will learn basic greetings and appropriate vocabulary.

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Open to all students Instructor: Ms. Simões Broadway-Part 1 Broadway! What does that word mean and where does it come from? In this introductory class, girls will understand the impact of vaudeville, radio, and classical drama that went into the creation of the “Great White Way”. How did Broadway come to be a household name? What kind of music and real life stories inspired the earliest Broadway writers? How did we move from The Wizard of Oz to The Wiz to Wicked? But it’s not all about the history! Girls will have the chance to act, sing, and dance their way through the shows that grew into the ultimate Broadway canon! Open to all students Instructor: Ms. Uterhardt Building Bridges Whether it was a log that fell across a stream or the most elegant expanse of steel, bridges have been a means of connection throughout history. Through exploration of bridge types each student will learn about famous bridges around the world while becoming both architect and engineer. Using Kínex building pieces, design and building of bridge that can be evaluated for strength and sturdiness. Force, load, compression and tension will be examined through fun hands-on individual and team building projects. Open to middle school students Instructor: Ms. Coleman Can We Solve Homelessness? We know there is homelessness in our country and in our city. Who does this happen to, and how? Why can’t we fix this problem? How can we provide relief? How is this different for men, women, teens and children? We will explore the issue by reading and hearing from others. We will serve dinner at a teen homeless center and visit Atlanta Children’s Shelter. In the end, we will prepare our own long term “answer” to this issue. Open to students in the 8th and 9th grades Instructor: Ms. Conlee Capturing Memories: Yearbook In this course, students will continue to design, develop and lay out the 2011-2012 yearbook. Students will focus much of their attention on the Academics, Advisory & Clubs, Fall Sports, Senior Tributes, and Senior Portrait sections of the annual, which will involve capturing and uploading photography as well as crafting memorable captions to accompany those photos. The yearbook staff will also brainstorm collaboratively to design pools and surveys in order to capture the spirit and uniqueness of AGS Students. Open to 8th-12th grade students who have already committed to the 2010-2011 yearbook staff Instructor: Ms. Saunders Competitive Swimming All experienced swimmers in grades 6-12 who are members of the AGS swim team will use this class as team practice time. Practices will be held at the Washington Park Natatorium. Open to AGS Swim Team members Instructor: Coach Stansbury and Coach Simpson Cooking with Science Are you hungry for science? (Or just plain hungry?) In cooking with science you can take on the role of scientist and chef as you learn science concepts and develop experimental design skills through interactions with everyday foods. You will

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become more aware of the science that is all around you and right in front of you when you make cheese, candy, pretzels, popcorn, pickles and cinnamon rolls. Open to all students Instructor: Ms. Hankinson Creative Writing-Poetry For those who love to test their creative writing ability, this course is designed to offer students another opportunity outside the English curriculum for creative writing. Primarily we will focus on poetic forms including found poetry, visual patterns, syllabics, free verse, rhyme, and rhythm. A poetry slam is planned for the last day of class. Open to all students Instructor: Ms. Mears Cross Stitch Project The Cross Stitch Project offers an opportunity to interact virtually with young women in Kolkata, India while working on a jointly created textile design project. No prior experience with sewing or design is required. Open to upper school students. Instructors: Elizabeth Strickler and Phoebe Brown Discovering History Herstory: How Five Women Changed the World of Mathematics

Have you ever wondered where math formulas come from? Can you name any famous female mathematicians, discuss their discoveries, and describe why their contributions are important? In math class, do you find yourself always asking WHY? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this class is for you! In this class, you will learn the real life stories behind some of the world’s most famous and infamous female mathematicians such as Hypatia, Sophie Germain, and Ada Lovelace. You will also participate in hands-on activities that help discover and derive their famous formulas. Open to middle school students Instructor: Ms. Frost Elected Office and Public Service It is clear that our government needs great leaders at all levels. We will talk about what makes a good public servant and public leader, what those jobs are like and what it takes to run for, or get appointed to office. We will talk to state and local leaders about the personal coast and benefits of public leadership. We will outline the steps in a successful campaign. Finally, we will plan our own paths to a political future and write our own stump speech. Open to upper school students Instructor: Ms. Conlee Fashion Design Student will learn a brief history of fashion and sketch designs. Open to middle school students Instructor: Kali Stitt (Student) Figure Drawing In this course, we will be drawing from a live model using several different media, including charcoal, compressed charcoal, conte crayon and ink. Learn to capture the figure in quick gesture drawings. Longer poses will allow for exploration and creation of finished figurative works of art. Open to students in the 8th and 9th grade with drawing experience and to all students in 10th-12th grades

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Instructor: Ms. Joss Get It Together: Tips for Organizing, Studying and Becoming a More Effective Learner Ever feel overwhelmed by your course work and the things you need to do but just can’t seem to find a good system for organizing and studying? Then this course may be for you. We will review different strategies for organizing your schedule, your workload, and your out-of-school commitments. Open to all students (with invitation or advisor recommendation) Instructor: Ms. Shubert Good and Evil: Character Study of Harry Porter J. K. Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter book series has sold over 450 million copies and been translated into dozens of languages worldwide. In this case, we’ll take a closer look at the phenomenon that has captured the hearts and minds of so many fans. We will begin by discussing the concept of morality and different cultural and historical interpretations of good and evil. Open to upper school students Instructor: Ms. Bulger Gotta Dance If you love to dance or want to learn new concepts and fun moves, then you should take “Gotta Dance”! No one has to be an experienced dancer to take this course, you just have to enjoy awesome music and be excited about dancing! Open to all students Instructor: Jessica Gregoire (Student) Half the Sky: Studying the themes if the book by Nicholas Kristof

A Chinese Proverb says that “Women Hold up Half the Sky”, but the oppression of women over much of the globe is considered by the author to be a moral issue of our generation. Kristof tells stories of women in Africa and Asia who are disrespected, abused and prostituted while their families, leaders and the world look away. At the same time, the empowerment of these women are the answer to the issues of poverty and corruption. Fortunately he leads us to action plans that we can undertake ourselves. We will hear Georgians who are addressing these issues throughout the world and on our own soil Open to upper school students Instructor: Amy Conlee How to Solve a Mystery Have you ever wondered how detectives solve mysteries? Long before high-tech forensic science labs, world-famous detectives learned to “see” the world around them. We will read stories from yesterday’s crime-solving masters and use them as our guides to the first steps in observation. Daily activities will teach us to open our eyes to discovering hidden evidence. Everyday materials will be used to explore different aspects of crime scenes as we work to discover whodunit Open to middle school students Instructor: Ms. Coleman iMovie, Your Movie Students will learn movie making and editing techniques using iMovie 11, iPhoto, and GarageBand. Their final project will be a Public Service Announcement designed, shot, and edited by the student. Advanced techniques may be taught based on the skill level of the student. Open to all students Instructor: Ms. Burke-Budhram

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Invitation to Excel In this course especially designed for you, get the inside track on math concepts and skills, practice with peers, and get a leg up on math for the rest of the year. Students who are looking to improve their confidence in math, as well as learn some practical strategies, will benefit from this class. Open to students in the 8th, 9th and 10th grades Instructors: Ms. Boudreau and Ms. Sullivan Journey to Asia Students will take an imaginary trip around the world to explore the sights and sounds of Asia. Students will experience the culture, history, geography, customs and traditions of India, Japan, and China. Open to middle school students Instructor: Ms. Shah Kettlebells Kettlebells offer an all-inclusive workout; you get strength training, cardio and flexibility all in one full body workout. For this class, we will travel downtown to Condition Kettlebell Gym. The first day will be a beginner workshop where the emphasis will be on form and safety. From there we will get into “real” workouts where you will challenge with different exercises using different weights of kettlebells. This is a perfect class for athletes and those that are serious about getting in shape and want to do it in a non-traditional way. Restrictions – class size limited to 14 Open to all students Instructors: Ms. Floyd Make Your Mark Learn the basic concepts behind development of a personal mark or logo design. Creative brainstorming, thumbnails and illustrative and graphic design are all pieces of the puzzle. We will work on drawing initial ideas on paper and create the finished logo on the computer, using Adobe Illustrator. No prior experience necessary. Open to all students Instructor: Ms. Joss Marketing 101 Ever wonder what it takes to build, market and sell a product? In Marketing 101 you will learn the fundamentals of market planning and strategy. Emphasis will be placed on developing a marketing plan and strategy for new or existing products, decision-making and problem solving. Case studies will be analyzed to build a deeper understanding of marketing concepts, as well as videos and collaborative work. Open to upper school students Instructors: Ms. Shah Middle School Basketball In this course, students will develop defensive, offensive, and ball handling skills and have fun with the sport. Class work will include conditioning, drills to develop fundamentals, and scrimmages. This course is only for Middle School Basketball team members. Required of all Blue and Gold Team Basketball Players Instructors: Coach Swandoui and Coach Bobeck

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Myth Busting Can James Bond do half of what is shown in the movies? Why is there a dragon myth in every culture? In this class, we will work to clear away the mist that surrounds popular legends in order to find the underlying truth. During the first week, we will explore a wide variety of myths, from Super Heroes and Villains to urban legends to mythological stories to movie and TV scenes. Open to upper school students Instructor: Ms. Frega Native American Cultures of Georgia Have you ever heard of Etowah? Decatur? Sequoyah? Do you want to know more about Native American lifestyles and traditions in your own backyard? Want to visit Native American sites and learn about culture? This course will investigate the distinct Native American cultures of Georgia. Students will study Cherokee, Creek and Etowah societies and their cultural legacy in our lives. Students will research each culture as we prepare for field trips to two (2) separate locations: New Echota and the Etowah Indian Mounds. Open to middle school students; maximum enrollment = 14 students Instructor: Ms. Smith Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Everything that we see, smell, hear, feel, think, and on is base on information interpreted by our brain. But how do you know that what you are seeing is actually there? Do girls learn differently from boys? What are we born knowing, and what is learned over time? The brain is the most powerful and complex organ in the human learned over time? We will delve into the evolution of the brain and behavior in animals from reptiles to monkeys to dolphins to humans. We will have a hands-on dissection of a mammalian brain to explore the structures that control the sight, logic, balance, and everything in between. Open to upper school students Instructor: Ms. Frega Our New Heroes: Leadership for A Sustainable Planet This is a time of big change on our planet. While papers, television and websites present many global challenges we all face today (e.g. climate, food, water, ecology, education), it is actually one of the most exciting times to be alive. Humanity has long been capable of solving it’s largest challenges by moving into positive leadership. This course will address some of today’s most encouraging environmental and social solutions for the betterment of our planet as we learn about the current heroes who are leading us into the future with creative campaigns. Through selected readings, short videos (documentary excerpts) and class discussion, we will dive into key issues and solutions being presented for tomorrow. Open to upper school students Instructor: Mr. Perkins Paper, and Folding, and Pop, Oh, My! We’ll use traditional and not-so-traditional techniques to transform 2-dimensional paper into 3-dimensional creations, including origami animals, pop-up books, cards, and window transparencies. Open to students in the 8th-12th grades Instructor: Ms. Boudreau A Portable Creative Sanctuary

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In this course, students will create a portable creative sanctuary that reveals the roots of their own inspired creative voice. In each class, we will read about and discuss a different successful modern day creative woman (such as various writers, artist, poets, designers, dancers and inventors) and how she taps into her originality, honors her inspirations and techniques to clarify their own unique expressive viewpoint. Open to middle school students Instructor: Ms. Haverkampf Powerful Public Speaking This course will teach participants how to include daily speech-making practice; videotaping, peer and instructor feedback in a supportive environment. Open to upper school students Instructor: Ms. Zendt Puppetry Girls will have the chance to study and create at least two kinds of puppets—shadow and found objects. Students will use their own creations to tell a story and create a music video. In addition, the class will give a brief tour around the globe to compare and contrast puppetry styles from Italy, Japan, Africa, and the USA. Open to middle school students Instructor: Ms. Uterhardt Puzzle Pieces This course is designed to help students develop the spatial thinking and reasoning skills that research shows are important for STEM-based professions such as medicine and engineering. Through the use of jigsaw puzzles, computer games, brain teasers, and 3-D manipulatives, students will enjoy practicing and improving their spatial reasoning skills. This class is sure to be a fun and exciting workout for your brain! Open to middle school students Instructor: Ms. Clayton Prose Portraits: Creative Writing Basics This creative writing course will focus on what it means to be a succinct, clear, and provocative writer and how novelists, short story writers, poets, and essayists develop characters and places that are believable and compelling. Students will discuss their favorite authors and what is most interesting about the works of these writers. In this class we will both read and write, and we will use various exercises to develop strong characters, plot dialogue, sense of place, style and finding ones “voice” on the page. Guest authors will be invited to speak to the students. Open to upper school students Instructors: Ms. Ellison SAT Prep Class SAT Prep Class is a great opportunity to prepare for the SAT Reasoning Test at a comfortable pace and with minimal interruption to your regular academic, athletic, and other extracurricular pursuits. Classes will be taught at AGS by the pros from Cradle to College. Tuition includes: 10 sessions of small group tutoring integrated into your daily Winterim schedule, two textbooks (Up Your Score and the Official Guide to the SAT), and a proctored mock test at AGS. Students wishing to take the mock test should plan to come to school on Saturday, January 14. Open to upper school students Instructor: Mr. Shepherd

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Enrollment Fee: $350 Story Corps: Telling the Story Through Interviews and Conversations Modeled after National Public Radio’s program, this course will involve listening skills, reflection, interviews, journaling, research, and more, empowering the members of the AGS communities to tell their story for school history preservation and other stories of a personal nature. Writing and reflection activities will challenge the students’ creativity and thinking in the creation of interview topics and questions. Your story or interview may be used on AGS’s website. Open to upper school students Instructor: Ms. Cockrill and Mr. Perez Teenage Driver Education Taggart’s Driving School will teach a Teenage Driver Education course at Atlanta Girls’ School. The course consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction during Winterim, including three hours on Tuesday evening Jan. 5 (6-9 p.m.). Additionally, each student enrolled in the class will need to schedule six hours of private, individual, behind-the-wheel instruction. The six hours of behind-the-wheel training, with home pick-up, must be completed within 60 days after the classroom portion ends. All in-car instruction will be completed in training vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions and the exclusive Taggart’s two steering wheels, two brakes and two-gas pedal system. The tuition fee is $425.00 for AGS students (the standard tuition at Taggart’s classroom location is $495.00). Included, at no additional charge, is the state mandated four-hour alcohol and drug program (ADAP). This program meets the state requirements for Driver Education. Open to upper school students. This is a double-block class during A and B Blocks. Therefore, you need only sign up for two additional courses, one during C and one during D Blocks. (A minimum of 10 students must enroll in order for the class to be offered.) Enrollment Fee: $425.00 The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat Many fine writers have brought to life that one deciding moment in a game when victory hangs in the balance and one small move by either competitor determines the outcome. By zooming in on dozens of these moments in literature and film, students will observe how it is that writers create mood, illuminate character, and heighten tension. In this course, we will play games and keep score while reading and writing about what it means to win, lose, train, practice, quit, obsess, and become a true master. Each day we will participate in a game (Scrabble, Ping Pong, etc.), debrief the reading homework (15 minutes per night), write, and perform research shared with the class. Student will need to purchase a course reader for a cost of $15. Open to middle school students Instructor: Ms. King Through the Labyrinth: A Hero’s Journey Through Time Students will read the myth of Theseus and will identify modern references and interpretations. Students will then create their own modern day hero’s story based on Theseus. Open to upper school students Instructor: Ms. Burke-Budhram and Ms. Hasty A Touch of Spanish Culture

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Want to boost your conversational Spanish? Would you like to know more about the Hispanic culture? Want to learn how to dance some Latin rhythms and sing some Spanish songs? In this course students will increase their daily conversational Spanish by using the appropriate vocabulary in different situations. These situations include trying to catch a flight at the airport, going shopping, having a family meal and visiting the doctor’s office. During the course we will study aspects of Hispanic culture by cooking, dancing Salsa and Merengue, making a piùata, and singing Spanish songs. The participants should bring materials to decorate the classroom and keep a vocabulary folder. A field trip to a local Spanish restaurant or store is planned. Open to 9th, 10th and 11th graders Instructor: Ms. Bravaldo Traditional and iPhone Digital Photography Explore interesting Atlanta locals and develop your personal sense of composition, capturing images of the world around you through the lens of your camera and/or iphone. Lean and manipulate your photographs using photo editing techniques in Photoshop. We will also explore apps on the iphone as well as the ipad. No prior experience necessary Open to upper school students Instructor: Ms. Joss and Mr. Perez Weight Training This class is an introduction to weight training. We will explore the myths associated with strength training as well as the benefits it has on the body. This class will use machines, free weights and resistance bands. The girls will have a general understanding of proper lifting and spotting (when needed) techniques of selected exercises. They will also understand that participation is the only way to achieve adequate fitness levels. Restrictions-class size limited to 16 Open to upper school students Instructor: Ms. Floyd Women In Islam How many times have you watched the news or read an article and wondered, How do I know this is true? Most people read a news account with the expectations that it is an exact report of what really happens in the world. Students in this class will analyze a variety of media sources such as articles and videos to learn how the media sometimes alters or exaggerates the state of Muslim women around the world today. This class is designed to inform students about the wide variety of Muslim cultures around the world. Open to upper school students Instructor: Safa Quadri (AGS Student) You Have The Right To Remain Sheltered

In this collaborative, intensive and fast-paced course we explore the scale, history and appropriateness of Architecture as a response to humanitarian needs. Students utilize basic drafting and model building skills to investigate and create novel solutions for how Architecture can serve and elevate inhabitants and the larger community. Open to all students Instructor: Mr. Grainger

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Independent Study Guidelines Participation in an independent study project is designed for sophomores, juniors and seniors who want to pursue intense study in an area that they are passionate about. This choice is reserved for students who are self-disciplined, motivated, and goal-oriented. This is not an opportunity for students to travel or to work with other students; rather, it is a means to allow individual students the chance to focus solely on an area of interest. Seniors may apply for an independent study to plan their Capstone. Students wishing to pursue an independent study must have demonstrated leadership and excellence in the academic area of study. Students who wish to pursue an independent study must work under the sponsorship of one AGS faculty member. With the approval of that teacher, the student must submit a proposal, including a one to two page essay outlining the purpose, goals, and an activity plan, to the Academic Dean. This essay is due on December 9, 2011.

Independent Study Deadlines: 12/03 Students must secure a faculty sponsor for their independent work. 12/10 Students must submit the Independent Study Application Form and a one to two page essay describing the proposed course. 12/13 Independent Study requests will be granted or denied.

Junior and Senior Internship Guidelines Juniors and seniors have the option of taking one or more blocks of Winterim in the form of previously approved internships. It is the student’s responsibility to request specific blocks of Winterim to be designated as Internship Blocks when they know that their internship organization can accommodate their work. It is also the student’s responsibility to arrange for transportation to and from their internship. If you need assistance with scheduling or transportation, please contact Ms. Conlee.

Online Courses Online courses that continue through Winterim can be taken as one of the Winterim blocks if the student desires.

Registration Guidelines Advisors will distribute sign-up sheets on Monday, November 28. Courses will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis; therefore, students should submit their sheets to Ms. Barner upon completion and no later than Monday, December 5, 2011. Students must sign up for two courses in each block. (See schedule on pages 16-18.) Students will receive official schedules through Advisory before Winter Break.

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Winterim 2012 Schedule of Classes A Block

Middle School Classes Backstage Magic (7th-10th Graders) Brazilian Sounds Creative Writing-Poetry Discovering History Herstory: How 5 Women Changed the World of Mathematics How to Solve a Mystery Paper, and Folding, and Pop, Oh My! (8th-12 Graders)

B Block

Cooking with Science Fashion Design Get It Together: Tips for Organizing, Studying, and Becoming a More Effective Learner (by invitation) iMovie, Your Movie Invitation to Excel (8th-10th Graders) Native American Cultures of Georgia The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat

C Block

A Portable Creative Sanctuary Brazilian Sounds Broadway-Part 1 Building Bridges Can We Solve Homelessness? (8th & 9th Graders) Journey to Asia Kettlebells You Have the Right to Remain Sheltered

D Block

Book Arts I Competitive Swimming (Swim Team Members) Good and Evil: Character Study of Harry Potter Gotta Dance Middle School Basketball (MS Basketball Players) Puppetry Puzzle Pieces

Upper School Classes AP Spanish AP U.S. History AP World History Archery Backstage Magic (7th-10th Graders) Boot Camp (Varsity Athletes Only) Creative Writing-Poetry Figure Drawing Half the Sky Marketing 101 Paper, and Folding, and Pop, Oh My! (8th-12 Graders) Powerful Public Speaking Prose Portraits: Creative Writing Basics Story Corps: Telling The Story Through Interviews and Conversations Teenage Driver Education (2 Block Course) Through the Labyrinth: A Hero’s Journey through Time AP Chemistry Backpacking 101 Capturing Memories: Yearbook (Yearbook Club Members) Get It Together: Tips for Organizing, Studying, and Becoming a More Effective Learner (by invitation) Invitation to Excel (8th-10th Graders) Myth Busting SAT Prep Teenage Driver Education (2 Block Course) You Have The Right To Remain Sheltered Weight Training AP Chemistry AP English Language & Composition AP English Literature & Composition A Touch of Spanish Culture (9th, 10th and 11th Graders) Brazilian Sounds Broadway-Part 1 Can We Solve Homelessness? (8th & 9th Graders) Cooking with Science Kettlebells Our New Heroes: Leadership for a Sustainable Planet SAT Prep AP Calculus AP French AP Latin: Vergil Book Arts I Competitive Swimming (Swim Team Members) Elected Office and Public Service Good and Evil: Character Study of Harry Potter Gotta Dance Make Your Mark Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Puppetry The Cross Stitch Project Traditional and iPhone Digital Photography Women In Islam: Media vs. Truth

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ATLANTA GIRLS’ SCHOOL WINTERIM 2011-2012 SCHEDULE GRID Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday Advisory

Friday

08:00-8:10

Advisory

08:00-8:10

Advisory

08:00-8:10

Advisory

08:00-8:10

09:00-10:2 0

08:15-09:40

A

08:15-09:40

A

08:15-09:40

A

08:15-09:40 A

09:45-11:10

B

09:45-11:10

B

09:45-11:10

B

09:45-11:10 B

10:25-11:45

11:15-12:00

Lunch

11:15-12:00

Lunch

11:15-12:00

Lunch

11:15-12:00 Lunch

11:50-12:20 Advisory Lunch

12:05-01:30

C

12:05-01:3

C

12:05-01:30

C

12:05-01:30 C

2:25-01:45

C

01:35-03:00

D

01:35-03:0

D

01:35-03:00 D

01:35-03:00 D

01:50-03:10

D

03:00-04:00

03:00-04:00

03:00-04:00

03:00-04:00

03:00-04:00

Tutorial & Sports

Tutorial & Sports

Tutorial & Sports

Tutorial & Sports

Tutorial & Sports

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A

B


Atlanta Girls’ School Winterim Course Request 2011 – 2012 Name: ________________________________

Grade: ________________

Advisor: ______________________________

Date: _________________

Please note: 

Teenage Driver Education course is a double block class and counts as Blocks A and B.

If you are taking an online course and wish to use it as one of the blocks, please indicate which block.

Juniors and Seniors with previously approved Internships need to request the block or blocks to be designated for Internship work.

Seniors may request a block for Capstone work.

 If you enroll in a course that requires an associated fee, you will be invoiced by the Business Office.

Block

First Choice

Second Choice

A B C D

______________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature ______________________________ Date

For office use only Date and time received in the academic office: ________________________ -17-


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Winterim Catalog 2011-12  

Winterim Catalog 2011-12

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