1st Hour  (8:15 - 9:30)

Earth Science-HS

A Master Books science class that meets all the requirements for a high school credit in earth science as a lab class. This earth science is a combination of geology, weather, astronomy, and oceanography. This is an academic class with a heavy homework load. The bulk of learning for this class will be independent study. Students will be expected to read assigned weekly chapters from the textbook and answer review questions. Class time will spent performing labs pertaining to the information read in the textbook. This class is subject to the CCHC academic agreement.

Teacher: Kim Oleszkiewicz          Aide: Becky Barajas

Class Fee: $100

Lab Fee: $0 

Minimum # of Students: 4           

Maximum # of Students: 10           

Workload: 5+ (There will be daily work and weekly tests) 

Required Supplies: Master Books Geology, Weather, Astronomy, and Oceanography textbooks, goggles, dedicated lab notebook, calculator, dedicated binder, internet access, colored pencils, and pencils.


American Sign Language MS/HS


This course is an introduction to American Sign Language grammar, Deaf culture/history and basic conversational vocabulary with an expressive project and deaf event attendance requirement. Completing the entire year with a 70% or better will earn you a year of foreign language credit for college applications.

Teacher: Sarah Spoerl           Aide: Jen Lockie

Class Fee: $136 for individual/ $256 for siblings     

Minimum # of Students- 5       

Maximum # of Students- 15     

Workload: 5

Required Supplies: 1 inch binder, notebook, writing utensils, portable whiteboard with markers, colored pencils

2nd Hour (9:35 - 10:40)

Forensics 102 -MS/HS  


Forensics 102 is going to pick up right where Forensics 101 left off. We will continue exploring several fascinating topics of forensics including: DNA fingerprinting/profiling, toxicology, ballistics, blood evidence, entomology, anthropology and lastly death investigation. We will dive into each topic and go further than scratching the service as we do hands on activities for each topic. Forensics 101 is not a prerequisite, but encouraged. Please be prepared for 1-2 field trips outside of class time.

Teacher: Melissa Terhorst           Aide: None

Class Fee: $100 per semester- this is a year long course

Lab Fee: $25 per semester

Minimum # of Students: 5           

Maximum # of Students: 14           

Workload: 4- light end of semester project

Required Supplies: A dedicated binder, writing utensils, notebook, an inquisitive mind

History- Civil War (MS/HS) 

During this 12 week long class the students will be focusing on what led to and the events of the Civil War.  Students can expect a moderate amount of written work in addition to studying for tests and quizzes. There will also be an individual or group project or presentation. This is a subject that I enjoy teaching, as I have taught American History for a good number of years to seventh graders in public school in Joliet. 

Students will be required to have a notebook and writing utensils in class every day. They will be required to take notes from Power point presentations.  I will be supplying all students with copies of handouts and booklets when needed.

Teacher: Tom Speilman           Aide: None

Class Fee: $65

Minimum # of Students: 5           

Maximum # of Students: 15           

Workload: 4

Required Supplies: Notebook and writing utensils in every class.  Handouts and booklets will be supplied when needed

3rd Hour (10:45 - 11:50)

Forensics 101 MS/HS


There is a fascinating world in forensics. Join me as we go through what forensics entails. We will learn the history, investigation process, explore crime scenes, travel through the courtroom as trials unfold and more. We will discover what is involved in nearly every aspect of the process from types of evidence, breaking down witness testimony and even trial preparation. This will be a 2-part class (fall/spring). 

Teacher: Melissa Terhorst           Aide: Victoria Gladden 

Class Fee: $100 per semester

Lab Fee: $25

Minimum # of Students: 4           

Maximum # of Students: 14           

Workload: 3.5- light end of semester project

Required Supplies: general school supplies, 1 1/2 in 3ring binder, dedicated single subject notebook, possible need of a microscope

Crafting 102-Sample Class MS/HS

Crafting 102 builds on 101 with design, diamond dots, charcoal series drawing, paracord weaving and stitching.

Teacher: Katey Watson          Aide: TBD

Class Fee: $45 ($55 if you did not take Crafting 101)

Minimum # of Students: 5           

Maximum # of Students: 12           

Workload: 3

Required Supplies: All supplies are included

4th Hour (11:55 - 12:55)

Health & Fitness- MS/HS 

We will begin each class with a health lesson, and finish with exercise and learning to play different sports.

Teacher: Jessica Rutten          Co-Teacher: Tracie Orlowski    

Class Fee: $15

Minimum # of Students: 8          

Maximum # of Students: 12           

Workload: 0

Required Supplies:  Water, comfy clothes, gym shoes, notebook, folder and pencil