Fall Courses

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Virtual Saints offers competitively priced, for-credit virtual classes during the school year to our current Saints community and to students from other schools in grades 9-12. This program will serve academically motivated students who wish to complete a required course to create more room in their regular schedule, or take a high-interest elective course that is typically not offered during the school year. Participating in this program will create more opportunities for students to take a wide array of specialized classes later in their high school years.

The dates for Fall Virtual Saints courses are September 8 – December 11, 2020.

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  • Coding in Python: A Beginner to Intermediate Coding Course

    Instructor: Price Chadwick
    Materials: A PC or MAC for coding plus a secondary device for connecting to the class and viewing the instructors screen. The secondary device could be a secondary monitor, an iPad, or a second laptop or computer (including Chromebook). Unless you have a very large computer screen, it will be hard to view the instructors screen and your coding screen on a single laptop monitor.
    Grade Levels: 9th-12th Grades
    Synchronous Meeting Time: Tuesdays from 7- 9pm CST
    Python is, currently, the most popular programming language in the world. Used in web applications, data analytics, games, and networking, Python is a great language to learn. Because of its simplicity in terms of command structure, Python is incredibly readable and logical. This course is designed for a range of students from those who have no coding experience all the way to intermediate coders with experience in other languages. Because many of the lessons may be completed at the students own pace, more advanced students will be given more advanced challenges while novice coders can feel comfortable learning the basics.
  • Psychology

    Instructor: Emily Philpott
    Materials: All course materials provided by teacher
    Grade Level: 9th-12th
    Synchronous Meeting Time: Thursdays from 7:00-9:00pm CST
    Have you ever wondered why you think and act the way you do? Or how to critically examine the research studies that you so often read about or see in the news? If these questions pique your curiosity, then this course is for you! We will study topics such as psychological disorders, memory, personality, sensation and perception, neuroscience, motivation, emotion, social psychology, intelligence, and child development. Throughout the course, you will be actively involved in experiments and activities, employ psychological research methods, and discuss ethical considerations. At the end of the course you will be better able to understand, explain, and predict human behavior. The weekly topics include:

    • Psychological Research Methods and Ethics
    • The Biological Basis of Behavior (Neuroscience)
    • Social Psychology
    • Personality
    • Development Through the Lifespan
    • Learning: Classical and Operant Conditioning
    • Sensation and Perception
    • States of Consciousness
    • Cognition
    • Motivation
    • Emotion
    • Psychology Disorders
    • Biomedical and Psychotherapy
  • English Seminar: A Nation Divided: The Literature of Civil Rights in the Modern US *CANCELED

    Instructor: Linda Rodriguez
    Materials: All course materials will be available on the learning platform
    Grade Level: 9th - 12th grades
    *This course will be available to SA students through the Malone Schools Online Network in the Spring of 2021
    The story of equality in America is a tale of achingly slow but steady progress. From the Civil War to the present day, the path toward equal rights has never been direct or secure.  This semester course is designed as an interdisciplinary exploration of the quest for civil rights throughout the 19th and 20th centuries as it relates to African Americans, women, Native Americans, Asian Americans, migrant workers and the LGBTQ community. Special focus will be given to the indelible role that the deep South played in the struggle.  Students will work with various texts including Supreme Court Cases, memoire, essays, poetry, short fiction, and primary source documents. Additionally, students will design and implement their own oral history projects as a culmination to the class. Topics of study will include:

    • Reconstructing Race – how the daily practice of ascribing roles and identities to physical features is a matter of active perception.
    • Radical Roots – how political ideologies of the 1920’s and 1930’s, including Black Nationalism, Socialism, Communism, as well as the Great Migration of African Americans into northern and western industrial cities shaped the modern Civil Rights movement
    • The New Deal to the Cold War – how new opportunities for racial inclusion along with barriers to full participation shaped the commitment to gradual cooperative change in the North and highlighted the South’s lack of racial progress.
    • Direct Action, Massive Resistance, and the South – how activists throughout the South, both black and white, used non violent resistance to dismantle the status quo of racism, discrimination, and segregation
    • The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – promises fulfilled and work left undone
    • The “other” minorities – the struggle for equal rights in communities of migrants, disabled peoples, women, and LGBTQ
  • Clearing the Swamp: Understanding US Politics in the 21st Century

    Instructor: Linda Rodriguez
    Materials: What You Should Know About Politics...But Don’t by Jessamyn Conrad, ISBN# 978-1-950691-25-8
    Grade Levels: 9th - 12th
    Synchronous Meeting Time: Tuesdays from 7-9pm CST
    Every four years, this country has the opportunity to make the most important decision for its future. Unfortunately, the issues are often clouded by division and distortion, forcing us to wonder what it all means. In this course students will escape the bubble of predetermined beliefs and examine issues that have major implications in political elections.  Special emphasis will be given to developing tools that can be used to discern what has been manipulated versus what is actually occurring. Topics of study will include:

    • Elections and Political Parties
    • The Economy
    • Foreign Policy
    • Health Care
    • The Environment
    • Civil Liberties
    • Culture Wars
    • Socioeconomic Policy
    • Homeland Security
    • Education
    • Trade
  • Writing for Life

    Instructor: Dr. Julie Rust
    Materials: They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing with Readings, 4th Edition by Gerald Graff 
    ISBN-13: 978-0393631685;  ISBN-10: 0393631680
    Grade Levels: 9th-12th
    Synchronous Meeting Time: Wednesdays from 7- 9pm CST
    Interested in improving your writing skills for school, career, or personal enrichment? Writing for Life is designed for 9th-12th high school students to explore their relationship with meaning-making as not merely a tool to get through school, but a practice to enliven their life.  
    • Part 1 of the course takes up the pragmatic types of writing that high school students encounter: writing for assignments, writing for essay tests, writing a resume/cover letter, writing a college application essay, etc.
    • Part 2 immerses youth in a broadened view of meaning-making, and students will explore their multimodal-creative-social communication practices on social media and more personal outlets (e.g. blogging, tweeting, insta-posting, podcasting, poetry, creative nonfiction, etc.) 
    Throughout the course, youth will have generative opportunities to share writing, receive feedback, and revise.  Students will leave with more confidence in their identity as writers as well as as specific tools for successfully composing in a wide variety of genres for a host of audiences and purposes.
  • Modern Germany: World War I to the Present

    Instructor: Emily Philpott
    Materials: All materials will be provided by the teacher
    Grade Levels: 9th-12th
    Synchronous Meeting Time: Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 AM CST (to allow for collaboration with guest speakers in Germany due to the time difference)
    This course will trace modern world events and movements through the lens of Germany. In partnership with the Transatlantic Outreach Program, students will have access to the most recent scholarship, experts in the field, and virtual experiences from within Germany. Founded in 2002, TOP seeks to be the leading provider of curriculum and experiences relevant to contemporary Germany and their partners include the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, The Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Bank, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Siemens Corporation. This course begins with World War I and concludes with Germany’s perspective on current global issues. Weekly topics include:

    • Germany and World War I
    • The Rise of Fascism
    • The Holocaust
    • The Berlin Wall and the Division of Europe
    • Life in the GDR and Cold War Turning Points
    • Two Germanys Become One
    • Germany’s Multi-party Political System
    • Germany and the European Union
    • Made in Germany:  The Apprenticeship Program
    • Germany and Immigration
    • Exploring Remembrance Culture in Germany
    • Germany and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Model of Sustainable Progress
    • Black Lives Matter: The Movement in the German Context
  • Advanced Placement Human Geography

    Instructor: Donna Patrick
    De Blij, H.J., Alexander B. Murphy, and Erin H. FoubergHuman Geography: People, Place, and Culture, 11th ed. ISBN: 978-1-118-79314-5
    Diamond, Jared.  Guns, Germs, and Steel. The Fate of Human Societies.
    Grant, Richard. Dispatches from Pluto (any edition)
    Grade Level: 11th-12th
    Synchronous Meeting Time: Thursdays from 7:00-9:00pm CST
    AP Exam: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
    Advanced Placement Human Geography is organized around seven basic instructional units, drawn directly from the College Board curricular guidelines: 

    1. Geography – its nature and perspectives
    2. Population
    3. Cultural patterns and processes
    4. Political organization of space
    5. Agricultural and rural land use
    6. Industrialization and economic development
    7. Cities and urban land use.
    The first unit introduces the students to geography as a field and to its key concepts, methods, and skills, including “how to use and think about maps and spatial data, how to understand and interpret the implications of associations among phenomena in places, how to recognize and interpret at different scale the relationships among patterns and processes, how to define regions and evaluate the regionalization process, and how to character and analyze changing interconnections among places.” The second unit focuses on population, including density, distribution, growth, and movement. The third unit examines cultural concepts, patterns, processes, practices, and landscapes. The fourth unit focuses on territory and the political organization of space, including the emergence of nation-states and alternative political-territorial arrangements. The fifth unit explores agriculture and rural land use, emphasizing different agricultural regions and revolutions. The sixth unit focuses on the processes and patterns of industrialization and economic development. The seventh unit examines urban land use and the origin and evolution of cities over time.

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