Life on the Oregon Trail (3rd-5th)

Teacher: Wendy Greer

Description: Together we will study what life was like for travelers along the Oregon Trail. We will learn about the reasons why/how they endured the journey and the hardships they faced along the way. We will utilize books, crafts, activities, and writing exercises.

Class Length: 12 weeks

Prerequisites: none

Homework: none

Book: none

Supplies: Scissors, glue stick, pencil, something to color with

Fee: $15

Christian Heroes Newspaper (6th-8th)

Teacher: Leah Hendershot

Description: This is a year long class.

We will read the first 5 “Christian Heroes: Then and Now” books, discuss them and create a final newspaper (for each) highlighting interesting points and facts. We’ll cover 2-3 books per semester. (Gladys Aylward & Hudson Taylor will be our first two books.)

Heroes covered will be: Corrie ten Boom, Amy Carmichael, Hudson Taylor, Nate Saint, and Gladys Aylward. (Books 1-5 can be purchased as a set at or individually. See supply list.)

For each book:

1. Outside of class: Read assigned chapters and take notes on interesting points and facts that were enjoyed.

2. In class: Discuss the chapter and notes. Decide which may be best to include in the final newspaper. Discuss and work on preliminary layout.

3. Final completion: One-page “newspaper” utilizing layout, grammar, historical accuracy and reporting skills.

Class Length: 12 weeks, year long

Prerequisites: Ability and willingness to read 4-5 short chapters each week and take a few notes on each chapter.

Homework: 1-2 hours

Book: Christian Heroes Book set 1-5

Supplies: Notebook, Ticonderoga pencil & pencil sharpener.

Christian Heroes Book set (or purchase individually, as needed): 

Fee: $10

Kansas History (6th-9th)

Teacher: Erica Webster

Description: Students will be learning the geography, climate, and history of Kansas. We will be discussing important events, locations, people, art, and legislation that influenced Kansas history through today.

Class Length: 16 weeks, year long

Prerequisites: None

Homework: 0-30 Minutes

Book: None

Supplies: 3 ring binder, pencils

Fees: $15

US Presidents (3rd-8th)

Teacher: Ed Blanchette

Description: This course is a continuation of our study of the Executive Branch of the United States of America; specifically of the Presidents that have served throughout our nations history. We will begin with President Grover Cleveland and will conclude with Kansas’ own Dwight D. Eisenhower taking us from the 1800’s to the 19th century of Presidents. Each President has had their own unique strengths and weaknesses and unique set of circumstances that characterized their term or terms in office. We hope that students will be enriched through this study to appreciate the structure of our nation’s government as well as the rich heritage that this nation has afforded us.

Class Length: 12 weeks

Homework: 0-30 minutes

Prerequisites: none

Book: none

Supplies: Notebook for taking notes.

Fee: $10

Our Nation, Our State (K-2nd)

Teacher: Rachael Weber

Description: This is a basic introduction to geography class with lots of hands-on activities. The first few weeks of the semester, we will be focusing on the geography of the United States and then of Kansas. We will be identifying the major landforms and bodies of water of our country and state as well.

We will spend the next part of the semester looking at some of the symbols of our state. We will be talking about how the habitats of the “living” symbols of our state are a part of the geography of Kansas and discovering how they tie into our history.

Class Length: 12 weeks

Prerequisites: None

Homework: None

Book: None

Supplies: Folder, glue sticks, colored pencils or crayons, scissors

Fees: $10