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 4 and 5. The mission trip runs June 7 through June 13. Students will work in McDowell County Monday through Thursday. This trip is expected to meet St. Catherine’s service requirement for the 2020-2021 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.
Grades: Rising grades 11-12
Dates: June 4 and 5 (prior to trip) June 7 - 13, 2020 (trip)
This course completes the Health requirement for graduation from St. Catherine's. The first half of the course focuses on a broad range of topics related to mental health and wellness and addiction. Areas of study include: the teen brain, stress and anxiety, eating disorders, depression, suicidality, vaping/e-cigarettes, alcohol awareness and drug use. The ultimate goal is for students to apply what they learn in health class to the real world, using their knowledge to make healthy lifestyle choices and low-risk decisions in everyday life. The second half of the course 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, contraception, STIs, male & female reproductive systems, reproduction and teen pregnancy.
Grades: Rising grades 10-12
Session A: June 3 - 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Session B: Aug 3 - 21 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (coincides with fall sports training dates and times)
Session A Instructors: Tiffany Bernstein and Alexa Anderson
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 discussion of other important traditions as well. Students will engage the traditions through readings, multimedia projects and field trips to local religious institutions.
Grades: Rising grades 9-10
Session A: June 3 - 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Session B: July 20 - Aug. 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Session A Instructors: Abigail Whorley, Jennifer Garvin-Sanchez and Becky McDaniel