Endeavor Descriptions

Endeavor Cycle Q4B: April 17th-May 19th, 2017

All student at Olney Friends School take a certain number of traditional, year-long core courses (humanities, math, science, foreign language). The rest of the curriculum, however, is comprised of elective Endeavors, which allow students to pursue topics of interest while working on their academic progress for various subjects in a non-linear manner.

Painting: Acrylic or Watercolor (Art)

Instructor: Alaine Peaslee-Hinshaw

Duration: 4

Meeting Time: Block D

Description: The short, last endeavor cycle may not be enough time to fully develop a painting but it is enough time to explore the techniques and methods of either acrylic or watercolor painting and earn a Letter.

Learning Objective: Explore the techniques and methods of either acrylic or watercolor painting and earn a Letter. Color mixing Letter available. Acrylic or watercolor letter available.

Food for Thought (Health)

Instructor: Anne Marie Taber

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block D

Description: How do we choose what to eat, and what are the effects of those choices? Many _mes each day, you are crea_ng your own body from the foods you put into it. What are the components that make a food more or less nutritious, fattening, etc.? Learn the macro- and micronutrients that your body requires in various amounts, and which foods provide them. Explore what happens when nutrients are out of balance. Understand the importance of body composi_on, and the mechanisms behind weight loss and weight gain. Discover how diet contributes to the development – or avoidance – of so-called “lifestyle diseases.”

Learning Objective: Learn or review principles of nutri_on, weight gain or loss, and connections between diet and health. Earn the Nutrition and Health Letter.

Economic Stratification: Is Global Free-Trade Harmful? (Economics and Sociology)

Instructor: Micah Brownstein

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block D

Description: The debate over free trade is complex and is all the more reason to study the crucial query for this course. The class will dive into the complex terminology and theories that set the stage for the big debate of whether free trade is harmful or helpful.


• Do you think that classism is currently increasing or decreasing? Why?

• Can you think of any aspects of social life that are not affected by social class?

• What policies or action will best bring solutions to poverty?

• Are we heading towards a monoculture world? Is that desirable? Why or why not?

• How much control should the government have in market forces?

• What does the McDonaldiza_on concept mean to us at Olney?

Learning Objectives: All Financial Literacy LeZers will be available through this Endeavor.

Fencing and Forestry (Stewardship)

Instructor: Jamie Zavitz

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block E

Description: Help repair/replace the fence and trail at the north end of the lake

Learning Objective: Learn about fencing, trail building, and maintenance and a liZle bit about lumbering.

Guitar (Art)

Instructor: Jamie Zavitz

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Blocks A,B, C

Description: Learn to play the Guitar

Learning Objective: Guitar Letters I-IV

College Class (All Juniors)

Instructor: Joe Sullivan

Duration: Remainder of the academic year

Meeting Time: Block D (on Fridays)

Description: Students will take part in many activities associated with the college admissions process. Everything from SAT/ACT prep to taking part in a mock college interview.

Learning Objective: Professional E-mail Writing, Interview Skills, Research Skills, Test Prep

Disciplinary Committee Training (Ethics and Law)

Instructor: Micah Brownstein

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block H

Description: I hope to work on shaping the discipline system for next year. We will be examining the Community Life Handbook, looking at new policies that need to be implemented next year, and attempting to create a new set of technology expectations. We’ll go through a few practice cases, review the statistics, and create a plan for teaching the rules during orientation.

Learning Objective: You do not have to be on the Discipline Committee, and this would count towards community service.

Writing Workshop (Humanities)

Instructor: Christopher Hinshaw

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block H

Description: This writing workshop is offered primarily to juniors and other experienced writers wishing to improve upon their writing and to develop writing confidence.

Learning Objective: Juniors wishing to work on their research papers during 4th quarter or other Humanities related Letters may find this workshop valuable as it will give them additional time to work on their writing skills. A variety of Humanities Letters can be earned through this Endeavor.

Sophomore Humanities Intensive

Instructor: Jamie Zavitz

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block H

Description: Work on getting the last few details completed on the year’s Letter work.

Learning Objective: Students will be given extra time and instruction to help complete Grade 10 Humanities Letters. Particular focus will be given to the Historical Fiction Letter.

Hands-On History (Humanities)

Instructor: Jessa Martin

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block H

Description: Let’s make history come to life. We can camp like a caveman, build sugar castles to destroy with tiny catapults, cook like native Americans, and illuminate manuscripts. Each week will have a different theme and we will do hands-on learning each day to give personal experience with multiple historical events.

Learning Objective: Humanities credit requirements; History Letters

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Book Club)

Instructor: Phineas Gosselink

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block I

Description: “Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsula_ng Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere— and risk it all—in the name of love.” (website blurb)

Learning Objective: I don’t pretend any specific learning objec_ves with this book, unless it serves as an introduction to inappropriate Spanglish. Mostly it is an extravagant story told in an extravagant voice, and a lot of fun to read. If anybody dares.

Ceramics on the Wheel (Arts)

Instructor: Alaine Peaslee-Hinshaw

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block J

Description: Ceramics on the wheel. Learn to form clay pieces on a non-electric pottery kick wheel. Functional and decorative objects made from clay have played an important role in the history of humankind. Investigate the art history of ceramic forms. Learn to wheel throw to create your own. Clay preparation and pottery methods will be introduced and explored. Students will prepare and throw ceramic forms and see them through the drying, glazing, firing process. The creative problem solving process is emphasized. Not for the faint of heart! Ceramics requires patience, practice, persistence. Ceramics involves extensive mess and clean up. Hand building methods can be explored if time allows.


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Olney Friends School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory boarding and day school offering individualized instruction in small class settings for grades 9-12.

Phone: 740-425-3655

Fax: 740-359-4015

The Main Office is staffed seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. till about 10:00 p.m. when school is in session. The administrator on call is available for emergencies 24 hours a day during the school year at 740-359-4015.

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