Hixson Summer Learning 2020

  • Hixson Summer Learning will take place at WGHS this summer due to construction at Hixson. Summer learning will be from 8:00am to noon on June 1 - July 2. Bus transportation will be provided to and from district elementary schools as well as to those who participate in the VICC program.  

    PLEASE NOTE: 

    • Students do not have to sign up for all five weeks but should plan on attending all days of the week(s) they register.
    • Students must sign up for 2 classes each week they plan on attending. 
    • Students may only sign up for a class ONCE. (i.e., if they sign up for Robotics in week 2, they should not sign up for week 4 or 5)
    • Classes that do not meet the minimum requirement of students registered by May 27th will not be offered. You will be contacted if a class becomes full or does not meet the minimum requirement. 

    To register for any of the classes described below, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuOiGYPqUciY7_MviAdNbMTXxTGEkc2EKGq3DidPAcwO3cMA/viewform?usp=sf_link

    Week 1: June 1-5
    MSS4400 - Nurturing Social Responsibility
    In this class, students will develop a path to be a safe and productive member of our community. Lessons in this class will center on conflict resolution, self esteem, and communication skills. 

    MSS4301 - Rocketry
    Students will learn to safely utilize tools and materials allowing them to explore and create a pneumatic/hydraulic working rocket in this creative materials, project based, hands on learning experience. Students will gain personal growth and experience while building self-confidence with hand tools, materials, fasteners, and understanding processes safely and effectively.

    MSS5221 - Geometry Prep
    Students will prepare for Honors Geometry by reviewing some of the concepts covered in the Algebra 1 curriculum. Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

    • Factoring
    • Simplifying radicals
    • Solving systems of equations
    • Writing equations of lines

    MSS0015 - Film Studies
    A survey course covering more than 100 years of motion pictures. Students will analyze the impact in movies from The Arrival of a Train, The Gold Rush, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, The Wizard of Oz, 2001 A Space Odyssey, JAWS, and modern movies of their choice. Students will create storyboards and short films, developing skills in planning and executing a vision to effectively communicate their ideas.

    Week 2: June 8-12
    MSS4401 - Nurturing Social Responsibility
    In this class, students will develop a path to be a safe and productive member of our community. Lessons in this class will center on conflict resolution, self esteem, and communication skills. 

    MSS8502 - Robotics
    Students will learn to safely utilize wiring and programming techniques allowing them to explore and create Lego NXT working sumobots in this creative thinking , project based, hands on learning experience. Students will gain personal growth and experience while building self-confidence with design, sensors, binary, and understanding simple machine processes safely and effectively.

    MSS4120 - Improv and Storytelling
    Students will develop communication skills through improv games. Although “Improv” is traditionally associated with comedy, the skills learned through improv are quite far reaching. Students will grow as listeners, team members, and leaders. Activities to build these skills will include “Dungeons and Dragons,” One Word Story, Family Photos, and many more games designed to build trust between classmates. Students will use the best of their improvised stories to create a short story or talent show.

    Week 3: June 15-19
    MSS4303 - Rocketry
    Students will learn to safely utilize tools and materials allowing them to explore and create a pneumatic/hydraulic working rocket in this creative materials, project based, hands on learning experience. Students will gain personal growth and experience while building self-confidence with hand tools, materials, fasteners, and understanding processes safely and effectively.

    MSS0011 - Leading with Character

    Students will be empowered with the skills, knowledge, and motivation to bring positive change in themselves and their world. Students will develop a meaning of community and how to create a caring, supportive learning environment, both during the summer experience and the regular school year. While open to all, students who are interested in joining the Hixson Leaders and/or Student Character Council should consider attending. 

    MSS4125 - Detective Literature: Students will survey the most important detective stories in the history of the mystery genre. Students will develop skills in problem solving, logic, deduction, and narrative writing. Activities will include puzzling challenges, reading short stories, and comparing the character traits of famous detectives in literature, film, and TV. 

    Week 4: June 22-26
    MSS8501 - Robotics
    Students will learn to safely utilize wiring and programming techniques allowing them to explore and create Lego NXT working sumobots in this creative thinking , project based, hands on learning experience. Students will gain personal growth and experience while building self-confidence with design, sensors, binary, and understanding simple machine processes safely and effectively.

    MSS7220 - Algebra Prep
    In this course, students will prepare Algebra I by reviewing topics covered in the Math 8 curriculum. Some topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Number Sense
    • Solving Equations
    • Solving Inequalities
    • Linear Relationships
    • Rules of Exponents
    • Pythagorean Theorem
    • Transformations of a figure on a Coordinate Plane
    • Solving Systems of Equations

    MSS4110 - The Best Middle School Books of the Past 10 Years
    Want to read the best books written in the past few years?  Need some time set aside in your day to read? Then this is the class for you!    
    The Truman Readers Award encourages students in the early teen years to express their unique voice through exploring new literary genres, communicating with their peers about young adult literature, and honoring authors writing for young teens. Missouri school children in middle school/junior high vote for their favorite book from a list of nominated titles. The Truman Readers Award is awarded to the author of this book by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

    MSS0016 - Film Studies
    A survey course covering more than 100 years of motion pictures. Students will analyze the impact in movies from The Arrival of a Train, The Gold Rush, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, The Wizard of Oz, 2001 A Space Odyssey, JAWS, and modern movies of their choice. Students will create storyboards and short films, developing skills in planning and executing a vision to effectively communicate their ideas.

    Week 5: June 29 - July 2
    MSS4115 - Design Your Own Board Game
    Did you know that board games have been around for over 5000 years?  Do you think you could make a really awesome game?  
    This class is for all those who are crazy about board games!   We will read about the history of board games, explore various forms of strategies required for different games, read and analyze the instructions for board games, play different types of both traditional and current board games and finally students will design and their own original board game!

    MSS8502 - Robotics
    Students will learn to safely utilize wiring and programming techniques allowing them to explore and create Lego NXT working sumobots in this creative thinking , project based, hands on learning experience. Students will gain personal growth and experience while building self-confidence with design, sensors, binary, and understanding simple machine processes safely and effectively.

    MSS7221 - Algebra Prep
    In this course, students will prepare Algebra I by reviewing topics covered in the Math 8 curriculum. Some topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Number Sense
    • Solving Equations
    • Solving Inequalities
    • Linear Relationships
    • Rules of Exponents
    • Pythagorean Theorem
    • Transformations of a figure on a Coordinate Plane
    • Solving Systems of Equations

    MSS4121 - Improv and Storytelling
    Students will develop communication skills through improv games. Although “Improv” is traditionally associated with comedy, the skills learned through improv are quite far reaching. Students will grow as listeners, team members, and leaders. Activities to build these skills will include “Dungeons and Dragons,” One Word Story, Family Photos, and many more games designed to build trust between classmates. Students will use the best of their improvised stories to create a short story or talent show.