Endeavor Descriptions

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.

Endeavor Cycle Q3B: February 6th-March 17th, 2017

Bodies in Motion (Health)

Instructor: Anne Marie Taber

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block C

Description: Muscles and bones, lungs and arteries, intestines and brains: what are their names, and how do they work together to put your body in motion? Learn human anatomy and physiology with principles of exercise and fitness while you practice self-awareness to develop your mindfulness “muscle.”

Learning Objective: In this Endeavor, students learn the major human body systems and how they interact; the relationship of cells, tissues, organs, and systems; and the key anatomy and physiology (parts and functions) of human skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, cardiovascular, urinary, respiratory, and immune systems. These systems intersect with learning meanings, measures, and components of physical fitness; principles of flexibility, strength, and conditioning training; and ways to avoid common exercise risks. Practice on yourself, learning simple body- and breath-awareness mindfulness techniques to sharpen self-understanding. Demonstrate your learning to earn the Olney Letter, Mindful Anatomy of Fitness.

Technical Typing

Instructor: Jake Hunkler

Duration: 4

Meeting Time: Blocks B & C

Description: If the idea of typing out a three page paper is terrifying to you than look no further than technical typing. Using a special typing program we will make sure your fingers learn to properly dance around a keyboard until a three page paper is typed in no time. You will learn the proper technique to typing in order to increase your speed and efficiency when writing papers.

Learning Objective: Students will learn to type properly in order to increase productivity.

Guitar

Instructor: Jamie Zavitz

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Blocks A, B, and C

Description: Independent study geared toward teaching students to play guitar.

Learning Objective: Guitar Letters (six available — count for art credit)

“Butch”

Instructor: Micah Brownstein

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block A

Description: Is “butch” an identity? A gender? A sex? Just a word? What are your thoughts? How can Olney be an ideal butch community? Explore the history, stereo-types, and changing landscape of butch culture.

Learning Objective: Questions of Conscience

Paper Mache Graddy Boxes (Art)

Instructor: Alaine Peaslee-Hinshaw

Duration: 8 weeks

Meeting Time: Block D

Description: Create an original, one of a kind, personalized cardboard and paper mache box for your special senior. Use recycled cardboard to create box form. Cover with plain or colorful paper mache. Make your own paper. Paint or collage the final. Sculpt something special for the top. Sculpt something special for the interior. Design a hinge and latch system. Create a Graddy Box or just create a handmade box.

Learning Objective: Paper construction skills. Modeling clay and paper mache casting skill. Original functional and aesthetic design and creative problem solving opportunity. Personalized design and expression of message for intended audience. Letters available: Design/Creative Problem Solving, Color Mixing.

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

Trump Economy

Instructor: Micah Brownstein

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block D

Description: This endeavor will take a look at a Trump economy. What does it mean for you as a future college student? The US economy looks strong according to many measures; how will Trump’s economic agenda’s help or hinder society?

Learning Objective: Investing Letter: Trump Stocks;

Credit Letter: Trump on debt and foreign trade;

Planning Letter: What challenges lurk? What opportunities for growth?

Building Beautiful Boxes (Art)

Instructor: Dan Adams & Jake Hunkler

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block E

Description: Do you have a senior you would like to build a Graddy Box for? Do you want to learn the skills needed to build such a box? Well look no further, under the expert tutelage of Dan and the semi competence of Jake you will be guided through the steps to make the most gosh darn beautiful box of all time. You will be taught to use all sorts of wood working tools and techniques throughout the course of the class.

Learning Objective: Students will be able to complete the construction of a Graddy box.

Help Me Organize!

Instructor: Amy Carpenter

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block E

Description: Do you feel overwhelmed looking at everything you need to do? Do you not know where to start? Do you feel unorganized? Let’s learn how to prioritize your time, keep track of what you need to accomplish, break the to do list down into bite sized goals, and keep a planner to help you stay on track.

Learning Objective: I would like to help students identify their organizational weaknesses, learn to prioritize their time and break larger goals down into smaller pieces, making them less overwhelming. I will be sharing different ways to keep important class work/papers organized in binders/folder. We will also cover how writing information down in a planner with clear deadlines (along with due dates for each step of larger goals) can help keep them focused.

Quakerism (Humanities)

Instructor: Jamie Zavitz

Duration: 4 weeks

Meeting Time: Block E

Description: Learn more about Quakerism, how it works, where it came from, and why.

Learning Objective: Increase students understanding of the history and philosophies behind the religion upon which Olney Friends School was founded. The Quakerism Letter is offered. Projects may be applicable to other subjects such as history and English. This Endeavor also fulfills one Questions of Conscience requirement.

Ceramic Graddy Boxes (Art)

Instructor: Alaine Peaslee-Hinshaw

Duration: 8 weeks

Meeting Time: Block J

Description: Create an original, one of a kind, personalized clay box for your special senior. Use slab or hollow form techniques. Add custom surface decoration with carving, pressing in objects, and glaze colors. Sculpt something for the top. Sculpt something special for the interior. Design a hinge and latch system. Create a Graddy Box or just create a handmade box.

Learning Objective: Clay, slab, hand building skills. Original functional and aesthetic design and creative problem solving opportunity. Personalized design and expression of message for intended audience. Letters available: Handbuilding in Clay, Design/Creative Problem Solving

Literary Magazine & Yearbook (Arts)

Instructor: Jessa Martin

Duration: 12 weeks

Meeting Time: Block F (Wednesdays)

Description:

Do you have an eye for poetry? An ear for prose? Do you enjoy critiquing art? Come help put together this edition, perhaps the first, of the Olney Literary Magazine. All students are welcome to submit work, but this class group will organize and design the magazine.

Do you have memories of Olney you want to cherish forever? A desire to take a snapshot of Olney life? Then yearbook is for you. We’ll be compiling photographs and memories from the 2016-2017 school year.

Working with these two aspects together will help you discover just what it takes to move an idea from raw product to publication. You may even do a little creative problem solving.

Learning Objective: Creative Problem Solving Letter

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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

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