Course Catalog

Spring 2021

Elementary

Young Readers (Grade 3-4 )
This class will involve guided and careful readings of books for young readers, acting as a book club that encourages fun reading while building up literary and verbal abilities. Students will study aspects of fiction, build vocabulary, discuss themes, build-up capabilities of comprehension, and engage in personal and creative approaches to expressing their understanding of fiction.

Go East (Grade 3-5)
This social studies course will focus on geography and history relating to European Middle Ages, African empires, and American history. The goal is to learn about different forms of government and society (feudalism, empire, monarchies, democracies) as well as develop knowledge of geography, cultural, regional, and historical differences, and develop map-reading and non-fiction reading skills.

Young Writers (Grade 3-4)
Why does language matter? Let’s work on improving our vocabulary, spelling and sentence structures as we write personal narratives and opinions, arguments, and explore creative writing prompts.

Earth Science with Science Mom (Grade 3-5) with Jenny Bailiff and Taylor Majewski
Learn to think like a scientist through a collection of fun (and sometimes messy) science experiments that you can do from home! Explore topics and questions such as:
What is the geosphere and how does it affect human life?
Could we live on Mount Everest? Why or why not?
What are global weather patterns?
Earth Science Schedule of Topics

Math Cafe (Gr 2-3) Maria Alejandra Leon
Students will build foundational math knowledge and skills in operations, explore patterns, and engage in mini-projects. At Dexter, we seek to promote joy, purpose, conceptual knowledge, strong number sense, fluency with operations and confidence in mathematics.

Beast Academy (Grade 3-4) with Maria Alejandra Leon and Marquis Armwood
Beast Academy is a famously good math books series and online program. We provide instruction, guided math topics, teacher support and assignments that help students learn more through a sustained study of mathematics and practice with Beast Academy. Students also engage in math projects, which are outside the domain of Beast Academy.

Math Among Us (Grade 5-6)
Students will build foundational math knowledge and skills that support success in middle school mathematics. At Dexter, we seek to promote joy, purpose, conceptual knowledge, strong number sense, fluency with operations and confidence in mathematics.

Math Recess (Grade 5-6) with Sunil Singh
In this course, students will explore a variety of rich mathematical activities, explorations, and excursions in a way that honors and promotes the healthiest and most valuable ideas about play-to be in the moment, have lots of fun, take risks, stumble, get back up, and laugh! Mathematical thinking is deeply rooted in play, and this course is a great way for students to understand and participate in that.

Middle School

Near and Far (Gr 5-6)
This course will focus on exploring identity and culture through literature. We’ll explore varied experiences of American life in different parts of the country and across time. This course will also include the study and practice of close reading skills and critical thinking with novels, non-fiction, and graphic novels.

Lightning Lit Club (Gr 7-8)
This course will read across genres (sci-fi; historical fiction; memoir, and realistic fiction) with the goal of developing close reading skills. Students will also learn about literary devices, writerly moves, and the historical and cultural contexts for selected texts. Books: City of Ember; The Ear, the Eye, and Arm; Esperanza Rising, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Young Reader’s Edition); and Black, Brother, Black Brother.

Writing Magic (5th-6th)
How does one improve as a writer and be able to have magical moments in writing? Let’s work on improving our vocabulary, spelling and sentence structures as we write personal narratives and opinions, arguments, and explore creative writing prompts.

Spilling Ink (7th-8th) with Eliana Massey and Lora Saarnio
The guiding principle of this creative writing class is that people learn best by doing. Anyone can be a writer, and young writers learn best by writing. In this class, students will have weekly creative writing assignments and learn how to read like writers as they read each other’s work. Students will give and receive constructive feedback on their writing. By reading and analyzing their peers’ creative writing, students will learn how to collaborate in the writing and editing process. This term, we’ll write our next 1000-word story, write a script for a podcast, and work on pages for an adapted screenplay.

History of the World in 100 Objects (6th-8th) with Ryan Dawson
This social studies course will cover the historical, cultural, geographic, and socio-economic importance of objects across civilizations and time. This course is inspired by the British Museum’s project of the same name.

Astronomy (Grade 6-7) with Athena Brensberger
Astronomy is the understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. In this course, we will learn how our universe works and explore places like planets, stars, galaxies, and black holes. Get ready for DIY astrophysics experiments and fun sky-observing assignments. Get your telescopes, art supplies & scratch programs ready for an astronomy adventure!

Wild Wonderful World with Maynard Okereke and Taylor Majewski
This science course will focus on topics relating to natural science and earth science. Natural science is a branch of science that deals with the physical world (e.g., physics, chemistry, geology, biology). Students will engage with topics relating to ecosystems, climate change, invasive species, and more!

Math Among Us (Grade 5-6)
Students will build foundational math knowledge and skills that support success in middle school mathematics. At Dexter, we seek to promote joy, purpose, conceptual knowledge, strong number sense, fluency with operations and confidence in mathematics.

Math Recess (Grade 5-6) with Sunil Singh
In this course, students will explore a variety of rich mathematical activities, explorations, and excursions in a way that honors and promotes the healthiest and most valuable ideas about play-to be in the moment, have lots of fun, take risks, stumble, get back up, and laugh! Mathematical thinking is deeply rooted in play, and this course is a great way for students to understand and participate in that.

Mathletes (6th-7th)
Students will build foundational math knowledge and skills that support success as they move toward algebra. This course will cover pre-algebra topics relating to operations, ratios and proportions, percents/decimals/fractions, and develop student attack skills on word problems.

MoMath (Grade 7-8) with Lora Saarnio
This course will cover 7th-8th Grade math topics and explore some of the surprising mathematical ideas that can be found at MoMath (the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City).

Spring Topics will include Ratios and Proportions, Linear and Exponential Equations, Statistics and Data, and Geometry with a focus on real-life and mathematical problems.

Algebra: A Hero's Journey Through The Unknowns (Grade 8-9) with Sunil Singh
In this course, students will get a rich and thorough exploration of algebra and modeling with a variety of problems, ideas, and adventures! Prerequisite knowledge like functions, exponents, and logarithms, will be taught in the first week of the course, and emphasized throughout the course. A strong interest and curiosity for mathematics is the only thing students should bring with them, and the notion that they will be challenged with some complex ideas.

High School

American Literature with Ryan Dawson
This course will focus on classic works of American literature with a focus on novels and plays. Students willstudy and practice close reading, literary analysis, and critical thinking with the following books: Scarlet Letter, Of Mice and Men, Catcher in the Rye, The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, and Signet Classic Book of American Short Stories.

Rhetoric (9th-10th) with Brittany Douglas
Rhetoric the art of persuasion in writing or speaking. Since the time of ancient Greece, philosophers and writers have attempted to better understand how to inform, persuade, motivate readers or an audience through appeals to logic, emotion, and beliefs. This is Dexter’s Pre-AP Language and Composition class, which will prepare students for the writing and interpretative challenges of the upcoming AP class.

The American Century (9th-10th) with Ja’Nequia
Why is the twentieth century considered to be the “American Century?” Through literature and history, we’ll learn about the events, people and movements that transformed America into a superpower and consider the far-ranging impact of its cultural, economic, and geopolitical power.

High School Geometry (9th-11th Grade) Marquis Armwood
In this course, we’ll cover high school geometry topics (congruent, similar, and right triangles, quadrilaterals, geometric inequalities, circles and angles, three-dimensional geometry and curved surfaces). The course will also include some algebra functions and introduction to trigonometric ratios.

Physics (9th-10th) with Dr. Brian Lane
This course will cover principles of mechanical physics and electromagnetism. Students will engage with the material through project-based learning and inquiry, developing the basic analytic, experimental, and mathematical skills necessary for meaningful engagement with the sciences. The material will overlap with concurrent mathematical studies in order to reinforce not only skill acquisition but more importantly, the interconnectedness and relevance of each discipline; it will likewise allow for interdisciplinary explorations of conceptual material through the lenses of literature and history.

Let’s Code Physics (9th-12th) with Dr. Brian Lane
In this course, we'll study the universe with computer-coded simulations and learn how one simple method can help us simulate constant-velocity motion, projectile motion, solids and gases, and planetary motion around the sun. Streams will focus on developing and walking through sample codes that students can freely access, edit, and run on the Web (with no downloading or installation required). We'll also take some time to review example codes from students and explore their unique developments to the starter code.

Electives:

Fantasy Art (6th Grade +) with Dawn Tower-Irwin
For this class the artists will embark on a journey to turn imagined worlds into an illustrated reality- with a historical twist! We will investigate myths, legends, creatures and deities from ancient and modern civilizations- their context and how they came to be- and then we’ll draw them! And we will scour the pages of fairy tales and books to inspire us.

Math Magic (Grade 7-8) with Dr. Junaid Mubeen
This course will introduce students to some of the most fascinating topics ever conceived in mathematics. From the weird and wonderful shapes of Topology to dazzling Math Card Tricks and beautiful Fractals, students will be left in doubt that mathematics is among the most creative, joyful subjects on offer.

Roblox & Computer Science with Michael Olaya
Engage in Roblox world-building, learn important concepts in computer science, and begin to learn the programming language Lua. This course is for beginning and intermediate skills in programming.

Astronaut School with Mike Mongo
Explore the future of life and work in space with Mike Mongo, the author of Astronaut Instruction Manual: Practical Skills for Future Space Explorers. Students will read his book as part of this course.

Biomimicry Design (HS students and possibly some MS)
Students will dive deep into the topic of biomimicry and prepare for a national contest that challenges students to use biomimicry Design to create a nature-inspired solution for human problems. Students who are interested in engineering, design, and/or nature are encouraged to take this course.

Biology (HS students only)
This course is foundational high school Biology. We’ll learn about cellular structure and reproduction, energy, classical and molecular genetics, evolution, and ecology. This course is a pre-AP Biology course and is required to take AP Biology in a future year at Dexter.

Friday Clubs: On-Campus Students Only
Nature
Warhammer
VEX Robotics
TBA

Friday Clubs: Remote Students Only
Theater (MS) with Elizabeth Berg
Explore character building and storytelling through acting and play theater games.

Science Club (MS) with Natalie Frediani
Join in weekly hands-on science activities, such as hot dog mummification, making your own solar oven, or turning milk into plastic. Here’s a list of topics and supplies.

Maker Studio (Elementary) with Emma Saarnio
Explore creative storytelling and art with a weekly hands-on project. Only paper, markers, scissors are generally needed.

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Now accepting online or in-person students ages 8+ for Spring 2021.