This is a basic foundation class designed to introduce students to art concepts and various types of media and techniques in the planning, design and production of works of art. Students will be introduced to two-dimensional media. Through a series of lectures, demonstrations and exercises, students will be exposed to formal and design elements. The student will be encouraged to start developing a critical eye, and an idea of how the creative process works. Sketchbook assignments and critiques will be part of the course. No prerequisite.
At one time Welch, W.V. was listed as one of the “top ten richest towns in the United States.” Now, McDowell County is one of the most economically distressed communities in all of West Virginia. The state has become one of the highest for opioid death rates due to drug overdose in the country. The Ethics in Context course will examine the ethics of industry, ecology, addiction, public health and environmental movements and the ethical response of government and faith communities to these challenges. Through a blended online component and face-to-face mission trip, this class offers students a personalized plan of study along with an impactful mission and contextual education experience. This class reaches beyond the walls of St. Catherine’s as the main component of the class is a mission trip to McDowell County West Virginia and the Highland education project, which is a mission of the Episcopal Church. This class meets two class periods (four hours each) on June 7 and June 17. The mission trip runs June 9-15. Students will work in McDowell County Monday through Thursday. This trip is expected to meet St. Catherine’s service requirement for the 2019-2020 school year. Upon returning from the trip, students are required to complete 20 hours of work through online discussions and assignments and an independent research project. These will be completed the following week through online engagement with the teacher’s oversight. Rising 10s will not receive credit for this class.
Upper School Fitness is a course on improving personal fitness. Students will be instructed on weightlifting technique and cardiovascular conditioning. We will pretest students on individual strength to develop an individualized training program. Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic fitness principles and apply them to a variety of machine and free weight lifts. We will learn to equate perceived exertion to actual exertion to improve cardiovascular training. A daily lifting log will chart each student’s progression.
This year Upper School Health focuses on a broad range of topics related to human sexuality and healthy relationships. Areas of study include: identifying signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships, dating abuse, affirmative consent, sexual assault awareness, abstinence education, birth control education, STDs, male and female reproductive systems, reproduction, teen pregnancy and components of mindfulness. The ultimate goal is for students to apply what they learn in Health to the real world, using their knowledge to make healthy choices and low-risk decisions in everyday life.
This is an opportunity to participate in meaningful service to the local community. In this service learning program, we will enhance our group and interpersonal skills through working with diverse members in the Richmond community. Our goal is to establish sustainable relationships with our community while also creating meaningful connections. Some of the local organizations for summer 2019 will include Habitat for Humanity, Housing Families First, Tricycle Urban Community Gardens, Church Hill Academy & Tutoring, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry, and the Red Door Ministry Soup Kitchen of Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
Project Leader: Amy Blake, St. Catherine’s Faculty
The religions of the world play a decisive role in all aspects of life, from the arts and music to history and politics. Familiarity with the key beliefs and figures of these traditions is essential to understanding the world around us. The goal of this class is to introduce students to the backgrounds, key doctrines and practices, and contemporary features of five major world religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam — with brief discussions of other important traditions as well. Students will engage the traditions through readings, multimedia projects and field trips to local religious institutions.
Session A: June 5-21, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Session B: July 22-Aug. 9, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Grades: Rising grades 9–10
Session A Instructors: Abigail Whorley and Jennifer Garvin-Sanchez