Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7–9; 10th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 60–75 min.
M/W/F 11:00 a.m. ET with Mrs. Sarabeth Borowiec (Course Full: Join the Waiting List)
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- students who are new to Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
- students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
“It is important for us to act as good stewards of the gifts God has given to us. The Earth is certainly a great gift and in our time the Earth is in need of our care and attention. But we humans generally do not properly care for things unless we love them, and we generally don’t love things unless we spend time with them. We encourage you to find ways to spend time with the Earth – not just riding in cars around town, but exploring streams, walking in the woods, playing in the ocean, and hiking in the mountains. If you are going on vacation with your family, we encourage you to suggest to your parents to include stops at National Parks, National Forests, or other natural spots during the trip so that you can experience the glories of this beautiful planet for yourself.” This quote comes from the preface for students found in the main text that will guide our study of the science of the Earth for our class. Our aim throughout the year is to spend time learning about the Earth so that we might love it and become good stewards of it.
During class sessions, students will learn to take notes using the Cornell Note taking system during brief lectures that will be used to clarify those points that lend themselves well to further explanation. Students will participate in both class discussions and enrichment activities, as well as labs (studying topography and rocks and minerals) for a significant portion of our class time together. During these discussions students will learn to speak clearly about what they are learning and grow in charity towards one another. Outside of class, students will responsibly dedicate time to their preparation for class discussion and assessments. Throughout the year, students will complete required reading, write flashcards, and complete study exercises that will allow them to not only contribute well to class discussions, but also take their learning with them after they have taken a quiz and finished the last class of the year.
During the year, we will address the controversial topic of the age of the Earth. We will look at the scientific processes and claims that are made though the interpretation of data in order to begin to understand more about the age of the Earth. Students are welcome to respectfully disagree about the age of the Earth and the data that is presented in our text and in this course. Students will not be assessed about either their view or the text’s view about the age of the Earth.
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
At Scholé Academy, we have carefully considered how we should engage our contemporary culture as those who believe that Christ is the Truth (John 14:6), and that all truth has its source in him. We think it is important to provide our upper school students (in grades 7-12) with tools and opportunities for critically examining various cultural trends, issues and mores through the lens of orthodox, Christian beliefs. Being confident in the truth revealed to us in creation, the Scriptures, and the tradition of the church, we are not afraid to follow the truth and its implications nor to address error and falsehood. … Read more about our Faith & Culture.
- Earth Science: God’s World, Our Home, by Kevin Nelstead, Novare Science and Math, 2016 edition
- Lab Kit for use with Novare Earth Science
- Graph Paper Composition Notebook (Click here for an example)
- Index Cards or Cardstock for creating flashcards
- Three Ring Binder
- Notebook Paper
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Sarabeth Borowiec graduated from Grove City College with a B.S. in Molecular Biology. At Grove City College, she participated in research involving sequencing mitochondrial DNA. During an internship at the University of Pittsburgh, she studied the impact of select heavy metals on cellular and molecular mechanisms of cells in the respiratory system. She has classically educated her daughters at home for the past five years, and has taught a variety of classes for homeschooled students including writing, knitting, and Latin. She is excited to share her love of the intricacies found in the natural world with the students of Scholé Academy. Her desire is that her students will not only deepen their knowledge and under-standing of the world around them, but also that they will integrate that learning throughout their lives that they might act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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