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Middle School  (7th & 8th Grades)

1st Hour  (8:30 - 9:25)

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

Crock University 

Each week we will dive deep into the world of culinary arts. We will be testing our skills to hone in on how to make masterpieces at home. The crockpot will be our main vessel but we will work on knife skills, flavor combos, and so much more. The students will bring home a deliciously prepared meal each week.

Teacher: Casandra Brown          

Aide: Jessica Rutten

Class Fee: $75    

Minimum # of Students- 5      

Maximum # of Students- 10    

Workload: 2

Required Supplies:  Crock pot, measuring cups, measuring spoons, cutting board, knifes, food - a recipe will be supplied and some ingredients will need to be purchased.

2nd Hour (9:30 - 10:25)

Constitution and U.S. Government

During this year long class the students will be focusing on how our government works, it's history, and who is involved. We will be starting with the birth of our independent country after the American Revolution and ending with our government today. Towards the end of the second semester we will be discussing the Illinois constitution and government. Throughout this class the students will be taking a series of quizzes after we finish each section. Their will be a final culminating test during the second semester. Students can expect a moderate amount of written work in addition to studying for tests and quizzes. This is a subject that I enjoy teaching, as I have taught American History for a good number of years to seventh graders

Teacher: Tom Speilman          

Aide: None

Class Fee: $65 per semester ( year long course)

Minimum # of Students:7           

Maximum # of Students: 15           

Workload: 4

Required Supplies: Standard writing supplies. I will be supplying all students with most copies of handouts and booklets when needed.

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: toxicology, ballistics, blood evidence, entomology, anthropology, death investigation and careers in forensics. We will dive into each topic and go further than scratching the service as we do hands on activities as well. Forensics 101 is not a prerequisite, but encouraged. There will be 1-2 field trip opportunities outside of class time that are optional. Sensitive topics will come up.

Teacher: Melissa Terhorst          

Aide: Kim Oleszkiewicz

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

Lab Fee: $25 per semester

Maximum # of Students: 12           

Workload: 3

Required Supplies: Notebook, pen, and pencil

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


Students will learn hair care, styling techniques, braids, makeup techniques, how to care for skin and nails, and anatomy of the hair, skin and nails. The class price includes a student beauty kit which contains: mannequin head, combs, clips, brushes, elastic bands, styling tool, mount, water bottle, and make-up brush set

Teacher: Nicole Paulsen         

Aide: Alicia Coughlin and Natalie Bolyn

Class Fee: $85

Minimum # of Students: 4           

Maximum # of Students: 12           

Workload: 2

Required Supplies: Curling iron, straightening iron, makeup(lists will go out in class of needed products), styling products (list will go out in class of needed products), & blow dryer

The Mighty Pen- IEW Level B, (6th-8th grades)


Using principles from the IEW program, students will write about a variety of topics while they learn to write with Structure and Style. Students will build their writing toolbox as they learn about dress ups, decorations, sentence openers, word choice as well as topic sentences, clinchers, composition structure, story elements and more. Class is taught by an accredited IEW instructor. This is a 2 semester course.

Teacher: Julie Renner         

Aide: Victoria Torres

Class Fee: $150 per semester

Minimum # of Students: 8          

Maximum # of Students:            

Workload: 5

Required Supplies:  SS1B student packet, Student Resource Packet from IEW, colored pens, highlighter, 3 ring binder, wide-ruled paper.


We’ll work through all of the aspects of physical fitness through exercise, games, and sports.

Teacher: Jessica Rutten         

Aide: Tracie Orlowski

Class Fee: $15 

Minimum # of Students: 6           

Maximum # of Students: 12            

Workload: 0

Required Supplies: Comfy clothes, gym shoes, and a water bottle

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

Middle School Biology

A beginning introduction to Biology that sets the foundations for high school study. The class will focus on vocabulary and basic concepts in the areas of cells, enzymes, DNA, heredity, viruses, bacteria, and parts of the plant and animal kingdoms. There will be weekly lectures or labs. This class is subject to the CCHC academic agreement.

Teacher: Melissa Terhorst        

Aide:   Kim Oleszkiewicz  ​

Class Fee: $100          Supply Fee: $100

Minimum # of Students: 6          

Maximum # of Students: 12           

Workload: 3

Required Supplies:  Internet access, dedicated lab notebook, dedicated folder, lab safety goggles, colored pencils, and pencils

Photography 101/Yearbook Class

Join us in this introduction to digital photography class and start learning about the art of photography. We will learn about using natural lighting, composition rules, the exposure triangle, portraits, and much more! This class is perfect for anyone who wants to make their pictures look more artistic and experiment with new techniques they learn in class. Each student will create a portfolio to showcase their best work for an end of semester project. Students will have the opportunity to put their new skills to use in the spring semester by taking part in a Yearbook Class where the class will work together to make a 2023-2024 yearbook for CCHC.

Teacher: Paula Wangler        

Aide:    ​Jennifer Lockie

Class Fee: $75 for Fall Semster  

                       $65 for Spring Semester

Minimum # of Students: 5          

Maximum # of Students: 15           

Workload: 3

Required Supplies: A camera - DSLR, point and shoot, or iPhone; pencil; 1” binder

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