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      1st hour

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAmy Parrish
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSilent 4/5,Quiet 6/7
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Yearbook

      DisciplineEnrichment
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students will be working independently around the building, at Explorers' events, and at home. They need to be mature and self regulating.
      Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
      Second Instructor NameRachel Wampler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 8
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room21
      HomeworkStudents can work from home as much as they choose.
      PrerequisitesAccess to a digital camera and/or a computer
      DescriptionStudents can work in class, independently at Explorers, and from home with this web based class. Bring a camera, borrow a lap top from Mom and jump on to Picaboo.com. Yearbook advisors will be on hand during second hour to help you download and create yearbook pages on-line. If you would like to be involved in yearbook and are not available during class time, you can still participate. E-mail the teacher and she can help you get started. We need photographers during all hours of the day, and computer work can be done at home or at the library. You will be assigned a login with Picaboo.com. The yearbook will also have QR codes, so if your passion is video, we need you too. All pages for the yearbook are subject to the advisors approval.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Martial Arts Gold and Above

      DisciplineMartial Arts
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This class is designed for students Gold Belt and above.

      Instructor NameBrandon Lockman
      Tuition/Materials Fees$100/$15 Uniform/pads
      Class Size6 to 20
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomGym A/B
      Homework10-15 minutes 2-3 times per week
      PrerequisitesAchieved a gold belt or above in previous a class.
      Materials$15 covers the cost of the uniform for the new students, or the hand pads for those attending their 2nd semester of martial arts, or the foot pads for those attending their third semester of martial arts. If the student already has everything, they don't need to pay the equipment fee.
      DescriptionOur classes are based on our instructor's certifications and experience in several martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. Our style of teaching is an exciting and innovative approach to martial arts that combines all of the positive aspects of traditional martial arts - such as character development and positive mental attitude - with a training system that is pure innovation! Our system provides the most effective martial arts system for today's modern society that is easy to learn - yet provides a complete health system for both body and mind. Unlike many martial arts used for athletic competition, our system is designed to enhance students’ overall health, fitness, and well-being. 
      It is highly recommended that students that are Orange Belt and above attend two classes per week in order to keep the progressing at a normal rate, motivated, and keep them passionate about their martial arts' training.
      If you have any questions, please contact Master Lockman at 734 424-5125

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioMaster Brandon Lockman trained in Choi Kwang-Do Martial Art International for 18 years. In May of 2007 Master Lockman received his fifth degree Black Belt at the twentieth anniversary for Choi Kwang-Do (CKD), making him the youngest master in CKD world-wide.

      Master Lockman and his martial art school (The Black Belt Academy) are a part of Kinect Martial Art International (KMAI). With it’s 40 locations world-wide, KMAI is a diversified martial art organization that embraces several training philosophies from multiple martial arts including Choi Kwang-Do, Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

      Recently, Master Lockman celebrated the Black Belt Academy’s seventh year of being open as a full-time martial arts academy. As a part of celebrating this anniversary, Master lockman has tested and recieved his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Wilson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Teaching American Sign Language

      DisciplineWorld Languages
      Age GroupsHigh School
      Age (Notes)This class is for Gabe Gjernes, Isabel Pierzynowski, and Mary Parrish
      Instructor NameTeresa Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size3 to 3
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room27
      Prerequisites.
      DescriptionThis is a continuing class for the students who have been learning ASL the past few years at Explorers under Ms. Gjernes. These three students will serve as instructors to the lower level ASL class. They will be mentored by Ms. Gjernes.
      Instructor BioMy name is Térèsa Gjernes, I am currently a 19 year old high school graduate. I was homeschooled and took classes at Explorers for years, I have taken American Sign Language classes at Explorers throughout middle school and high school from three different teachers. I am very in love with this language and excited to continue teaching it.
      High School Credit1
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Painting with Acrylics -students

      DisciplineArt
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This class is for students age 11 and above.
      Instructor NameTerisa Tengler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$75/$25
      Class Size14 to 18
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      MaterialsStudents should wear paint clothes or bring long smocks to every class.
      DescriptionThis semester in Acrylic Painting, students will spend half the semester on group projects and half the semester on the project of their own choosing. Among the group projects will be a scenic painting and a still life - which will be set up in the classroom.
      As a class, we'll focus on a few important techniques: shading, blending and perspective.
      Students should expect to create at least 4 frameable works of art throughout the semester.
      As always, no previous experience or drawing skills are necessary.
      As always, veteran students are encouraged to return, and new students are warmly welcome!
      As always, this class is for students aged 11 years and above.
      But here's what's NEW: Parents are invited to participate! Adults, please sign up under the class title: Adult Painting with Acrylics

      As always, it will be a bright and fun hour of color and technique set to the best playlist anyone ever heard!

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioTerisa started drawing at 5 years old from watching her mother who could draw beautifully. Terisa has won awards throughout her school and career for drawing, architectural design and drawing, and photography. In college she was able to study alongside artists like Sam Houston who is well known for his beautiful watercolor landscapes. She graduated from Carson Newman College with a BA in photography and art. She was in the Who's Who for college photography the year she graduated.
      She taught photography for a large camp. Worked as a portrait photographer for many years. She has done commissioned oil painting and taught acrylics and painting in homeschool groups. She also is in the planning stages of a business/ministry teaching acrylics to women in churches that will have a spiritual discussion.
      She recently has connected with her extended family in Sweden and realized artistic abilities run in the family. Many of them and their ancestors are artist as well. They even have their own family fb page dedicated just to share their artistic endeavors.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      5th-12th Grade Choir

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$35/$5 material fee for music
      Class Size10 to 100
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      DescriptionCome sing in the Choir! This class will focus on vocal technique, harmonizing, ear training and fun! Choir helps to develop musicality and teamwork principles. New students welcome.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Speech/Debate 2

      DisciplineLanguage Arts
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)7th & 8th graders with Team Leader and Instructor approval
      Instructor NameAmy Vink
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5 Copies
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      CurriculumPlease purchase An Introduction to Policy Debate by Christy L. Shipe. They have a companion DVD so don't accidentally purchase that! I found it on Amazon for around $20.00.
      Homework2 hours + per week
      PrerequisitesStudents must have taken 1 semester of Speech/Debate. If your student took this class with Mrs Vink in a previous year and would like to continue working to improve they are allowed to join this class.
      DescriptionThis class is a continuation of the 5th hour class from 1st semester. It is being moved to accomodate scheduling conflicts. Previous Speech/Debate students are welcome.
      This high school speech class will be focusing on the art of public speaking and debate. As Christians, it is vital that we know how to effectively communicate the truth of the Gospel with intelligence, poise, and love.
      "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer everyone." Colossians 4:6
      High School Credit.5
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Violin Lessons

      Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
      Instructor NameShannon Jansma
      Tuition/Materials Fees$325/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room32
      HomeworkPractice 20-30 minutes at least five days a week.
      DescriptionPrivate lessons are open to beginners, or more experienced students. Daily practice and listening are required for progress. Students should plan to practice 20-30 minutes at least five days of week. The Suzuki Method is a complete musical training method that develops the whole child and prepares them for a lifetime of music making and appreciation! The main tenets of the Suzuki Method are that music should be learned the same way we learn language as a child (aurally before visually), and nurturing the child's growth and development in music and in life.
      The individual lessons focus on building technique and learning new repertoire.

      If you are interested in group lessons, too, please email Professiona class coordinator Libby Masteller at steller4@gmail.com. We may open a time slot if there is adequate interest.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioShannon has taught violin for over a decade, and has her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has taken 11 units of Suzuki Training (through Book 10) with Professor Mark Bjork as part of the long term training program at the University of Minnesota. While in Minneapolis, she interned and lead group classes at the MacPhail Center for Music. She was also the 2005 recipient of the Midland Symphony Fellowship Scholarship to attend Central Michigan University on a full scholarship, and has played with the Traverse City Symphony, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and others. Shannon grew up as a Suzuki student in violin, and by the age of 8 had decided to become a violin teacher. She believes that with proper instruction and a nurturing environment, every child can learn to love and excel in music!
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Painting with Acrylics -Adults

      DisciplineArt
      Age GroupsHigh School
      Age (Notes)Adults, please register here to sign up for painting class.
      Instructor NameTerisa Tengler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$75/$25
      Class Size1 to 3
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      MaterialsStudents should wear paint clothes or bring long smocks to every class.
      DescriptionThis semester in Acrylic Painting, students will spend half the semester on group projects and half the semester on the project of their own choosing. Among the group projects will be a scenic painting and a still life - which will be set up in the classroom.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioTerisa started drawing at 5 years old from watching her mother who could draw beautifully. Terisa has won awards throughout her school and career for drawing, architectural design and drawing, and photography. In college she was able to study alongside artists like Sam Houston who is well known for his beautiful watercolor landscapes. She graduated from Carson Newman College with a BA in photography and art. She was in the Who's Who for college photography the year she graduated.
      She taught photography for a large camp. Worked as a portrait photographer for many years. She has done commissioned oil painting and taught acrylics and painting in homeschool groups. She also is in the planning stages of a business/ministry teaching acrylics to women in churches that will have a spiritual discussion.
      She recently has connected with her extended family in Sweden and realized artistic abilities run in the family. Many of them and their ancestors are artist as well. They even have their own family fb page dedicated just to share their artistic endeavors.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      ASL

      DisciplineWorld Languages
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This is a wide age range to teach foundational ASL.
      Instructor NameIsabel Pierzynowski
      Second Instructor NameMary Parrish
      Tuition/Materials Fees$15/$0
      Class Size5 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room27
      CurriculumYou'll need the book "A Basic Course in American Sign Language second Edition" and access to the internet.
      Homework Minimal homework other than to practice using signs.
      DescriptionThis class will be taught by our three advanced ASL high school students Gabe Gjernes, Isabel Pierzynowski, and Mary Parrish. They will be mentored by Teresa Gjernes.
      This class will be a continuation of the previous Beginning American sign language though new-comers are welcome. We will be learning more signs and phrases using games, music, and worksheets. The students will continue to build their vocabulary with storytelling and weekly vocabulary sheets. PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Additional InformationGabe Gjernes will also instruct this class.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      German 2

      DisciplineWorld Languages
      Age GroupsHigh School
      Instructor NameMartina Elpi
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
      Class Size4 to 10
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room30
      CurriculumTBD teacher will contact parents about book needed to purchase before class begins.
      HomeworkExpect 1-2 hours a week.Students will be expected to be prepared for class with weekly assignments completed.
      PrerequisitesGerman 1
      Materials3 Ring Binder
      DescriptionIn German II we will continue and build on the skills we have learned in Beginning German. Through a multi-sensory approach and with a variety of materials we will extend our vocabulary and speaking techniques. Through Humor, Games, Music and more we will learn more about German culture and customs as well. German II is for Middle and High Schoolers with some previous knowledge/experience of this language."
      Additional InformationHigh school students who would like to earn a world language credit will need to meet with Mrs Elpi regarding requirements.
      High School Credit1 possible
      Class Description

      Programming for the Web 2

      DisciplineComputer Science
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameMarie Skrobola
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room104/105
      CurriculumTextbooks Required: Parents are required to purchase the following textbooks:
      • HTML and CSS Visual Quickstart Guide (8th edition) by Elizabeth Castro and Bruce Hyslop
      (ISBN-13: 978-0321928832 / ISBN-10: 0321928830)
      • Javascript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Nick Morgan
      (ISBN-10: 1593274084 / ISBN-13: 978-1593274085)

      HomeworkFor a student to be successful in this course, it will be important for them to complete their homework each week. Homework will include reading assignments and web coding assignments. Each student will be expected to complete a final web project each semester to showcase what they have learned.
      MaterialsStudents will be expected to bring a laptop computer to class (either PC or Mac) with the latest version of Google Chrome Web browser installed.
      Description(This class is a continuation from Fall semester) Learn how to program for the World Wide Web! This class will offer an introduction to web programming and design utilizing the programming languages of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. We will learn what the web is, where it came from, and how we can build and post our own web pages. Later we will learn how to make our websites interactive and we’ll even have some fun learning how to write our own computer games.
      Students in this class will learn the fundamentals of computer programming, which will help them learn future programming languages.
      Class Description

      Genghis Khan vs. Napoleon

      DisciplineHistory
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameTerry Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room101
      HomeworkWeekly requirement is 1 hour+ of listening, one page of notes for discussion, and good classroom participation.
      MaterialsEach student will need to purchase the Dan Carlin podcast that will cost $10.
      DescriptionDrawing from Great Courses and the excellent Hardcore History series by Dan Carlin, students will engage in a comparative study of these two historical giants.

      Weekly requirement is 1 hour+ of listening, one page of notes for discussion, and good classroom participation.

      Cost is $10 for Carlin podcast.
      High School Credit.5


      2nd hour

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAmy Parrish
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room4/5
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Yearbook

      DisciplineEnrichment
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students will be working independently around the building, at Explorers' events, and at home. They need to be mature and self regulating.
      Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
      Second Instructor NameRachel Wampler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 8
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room21
      HomeworkStudents can work from home as much as they choose.
      PrerequisitesAccess to a digital camera and/or a computer
      DescriptionStudents can work in class, independently at Explorers, and from home with this web based class. Bring a camera, borrow a lap top from Mom and jump on to Picaboo.com. Yearbook advisors will be on hand during second hour to help you download and create yearbook pages on-line. If you would like to be involved in yearbook and are not available during class time, you can still participate. E-mail the teacher and she can help you get started. We need photographers during all hours of the day, and computer work can be done at home or at the library. You will be assigned a login with Picaboo.com. The yearbook will also have QR codes, so if your passion is video, we need you too. All pages for the yearbook are subject to the advisors approval.
      Class Description

      Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science

      DisciplineScience
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This class is for 7th-9th grade.
      Instructor NameDiana Sterniak
      Second Instructor NameLeeyen Wong
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$25 materials fee
      Class Size4 to 18
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room1
      CurriculumExploring Creation with General Science by Dr. Jay Wile (either edition of the text is fine). Students should buy text and bring it with them to the first class.
      HomeworkStudents are expected to do all reading at home. Other homework will include answering questions from the modules, completing lab reports and studying for quizzes and tests.
      PrerequisitesTBD
      MaterialsThe instructor will provide all materials for the in-class laboratories. Each student should have their own copy of the textbook. Although not required for the class, the instructor highly recommends the students purchasing and using the companion student notebook for the course. This notebook would aid your student in understanding the material at a more mastery level. (Student Notebook and textbooks are available at: apologia.com, christianbooks.com, ebay.com)
      Description Exploring Creation with General Science
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Wilson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      MS/HS Woodworking

      DisciplineArts
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes).
      Instructor NameCatherine Donahue
      Tuition/Materials Fees$65/$30
      Class Size6 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      HomeworkNone.
      PrerequisitesNone.
      MaterialsSafety glasses are required. A work apron is recommended.
      DescriptionThis woodworking class is for MS/HS students who enjoy "hands-on" creating. The students will learn about wood and woodworking tools from basic, interesting hand tools to typical power tools. They will gain skills and improve techniques as they work to complete various projects of interest. Whether a student has some experience or is new to woodworking, students of all levels will enjoy working at their own pace developing a life-long appreciation of creating something of your own.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER ADD/DROP.
      Instructor BioGrowing up the daughter of a "jack-of-all-trades," Cathy Donahue's father gave her an incredible foundation for endeavors of all kinds, including her love for building with wood. She has been home schooling for 11 years. Mrs. Donahue has taught in a variety of settings to ages ranging from early childhood thru high school. Through experience and a BA in Counseling/Psychology, she has gained understanding in the learning abilities of all ages. Desiring the Word of God as her foundation in life, she obtained a second major in Theology and double-minored in Speech Communication and Childhood Development.
      Additional InformationTHIS IS A PROFESSIONAL CLASS.

      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Violin Lessons

      Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
      Instructor NameShannon Jansma
      Tuition/Materials Fees$325/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room32
      HomeworkPractice 20-30 minutes at least five days a week.
      DescriptionPrivate lessons are open to beginners, or more experienced students. Daily practice and listening are required for progress. Students should plan to practice 20-30 minutes at least five days of week. The Suzuki Method is a complete musical training method that develops the whole child and prepares them for a lifetime of music making and appreciation! The main tenets of the Suzuki Method are that music should be learned the same way we learn language as a child (aurally before visually), and nurturing the child's growth and development in music and in life.
      The individual lessons focus on building technique and learning new repertoire.

      If you are interested in group lessons, too, please email Professiona class coordinator Libby Masteller at steller4@gmail.com. We may open a time slot if there is adequate interest.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioShannon has taught violin for over a decade, and has her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has taken 11 units of Suzuki Training (through Book 10) with Professor Mark Bjork as part of the long term training program at the University of Minnesota. While in Minneapolis, she interned and lead group classes at the MacPhail Center for Music. She was also the 2005 recipient of the Midland Symphony Fellowship Scholarship to attend Central Michigan University on a full scholarship, and has played with the Traverse City Symphony, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and others. Shannon grew up as a Suzuki student in violin, and by the age of 8 had decided to become a violin teacher. She believes that with proper instruction and a nurturing environment, every child can learn to love and excel in music!
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Calligraphy

      DisciplineArt
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameRachel Wampler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$40 Pen sets, paper, and copies
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room27
      HomeworkSome practice at home
      MaterialsTo be purchased by instructor.
      If you already have the calligraphy pen set, your fee will be reduced.
      Descriptioncal·lig·ra·phy

      Decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering.
      The art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush

      Join us to learn this beautiful art!


      *Calligraphy and Photography are both up for registration. The one with the most interest will run.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Conceptual Physics

      DisciplineScience
      Age GroupsHigh School
      Age (Notes)Younger students with permission from instructor
      Instructor NameStephanie Smith
      Tuition/Materials Fees$85/$15
      Class Size5 to 27
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room104/105
      CurriculumConceptual Physics 11th or 12th Edition by Paul G Hewitt. Other materials will be supplied
      HomeworkApproximately 1 hour a day
      PrerequisitesPreferably a general science course completed in junior high. Pre-algebra skills.
      MaterialsNotebook and writing implement. Internet access at home.
      DescriptionThe curriculum explores the basic physics concepts of sound, light, electricity, Newton’s Laws of motion, properties of matter and heat.

      Rather than studying physics using a primarily mathematical approach, this class will lead students to “discover” the basic concepts at work in each of these topics through hands-on-experiences. Students will come to understand how natural phenomena in the world around them can be explained using the physical concepts they have deduced. Simple mathematical formulae will be derived from these concepts. This will allow the students to predict the behavior of everyday things.

      This course lays the groundwork for future studies in other sciences such as biology and chemistry. A basic understanding of physical concepts will enhance future scientific exploration.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.

      Students must sign up for 2nd and 3rd hour.
      Instructor BioStephanie Smith double majored in college in Microbiology and Chemistry and has a Ph.d in Microbiology. She was a college professor, worked for the British Government regulatory agency for the food industry, then was employed as a research scientist in industry and subsequently was a lobbyist for an NGO in England before moving to the United States. Stephanie has homeschooled her children for 12 years and has taught high school level science classes at Explorers for 6 years.
      Additional InformationThe final grade will be given based on class participation, completion of lab worksheets, homework, test scores and term paper grade.
      This is a two hour class to allow for lab work. Students must sign up for 2nd and 3rd hour.
      The additional $15 in the materials fee is to purchase non-consumable science equipment for this class. The cost will be distributed over the next two years.
      High School Credit1
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Photography

      DisciplineArt
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameRachel Wampler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
      Class Size5 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      DescriptionCome and learn the art of Photography. Explore color, perspective, angle, filters...and more

      *Calligraphy and Photography are both up for registration. The one with the most interest will run.
      Class Description

      Creative Writing

      DisciplineWriting
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameMelanie Emerson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size3 to 8
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      DescriptionStudents will use writing prompts to create writing assinments, Teacher will give feedback and correct assignments. Students will learn how to cite sources and memoir papers.


      3rd hour

      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAmy Parrish
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room22/34
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
      Class Description

      Yearbook

      DisciplineEnrichment
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students will be working independently around the building, at Explorers' events, and at home. They need to be mature and self regulating.
      Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
      Second Instructor NameRachel Wampler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 8
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room21
      HomeworkStudents can work from home as much as they choose.
      PrerequisitesAccess to a digital camera and/or a computer
      DescriptionStudents can work in class, independently at Explorers, and from home with this web based class. Bring a camera, borrow a lap top from Mom and jump on to Picaboo.com. Yearbook advisors will be on hand during second hour to help you download and create yearbook pages on-line. If you would like to be involved in yearbook and are not available during class time, you can still participate. E-mail the teacher and she can help you get started. We need photographers during all hours of the day, and computer work can be done at home or at the library. You will be assigned a login with Picaboo.com. The yearbook will also have QR codes, so if your passion is video, we need you too. All pages for the yearbook are subject to the advisors approval.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Wilson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Violin Lessons

      Age GroupsPreschool - Three-year-olds, K4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students age 3-6 must have a parent accompany them to the lesson. Parents of students older than 6 are also invited to sit in on the lesson if they like.
      Instructor NameShannon Jansma
      Tuition/Materials Fees$325/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room32
      HomeworkPractice 20-30 minutes at least five days a week.
      DescriptionPrivate lessons are open to beginners, or more experienced students. Daily practice and listening are required for progress. Students should plan to practice 20-30 minutes at least five days of week. The Suzuki Method is a complete musical training method that develops the whole child and prepares them for a lifetime of music making and appreciation! The main tenets of the Suzuki Method are that music should be learned the same way we learn language as a child (aurally before visually), and nurturing the child's growth and development in music and in life.
      The individual lessons focus on building technique and learning new repertoire.

      If you are interested in group lessons, too, please email Professiona class coordinator Libby Masteller at steller4@gmail.com. We may open a time slot if there is adequate interest.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioShannon has taught violin for over a decade, and has her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has taken 11 units of Suzuki Training (through Book 10) with Professor Mark Bjork as part of the long term training program at the University of Minnesota. While in Minneapolis, she interned and lead group classes at the MacPhail Center for Music. She was also the 2005 recipient of the Midland Symphony Fellowship Scholarship to attend Central Michigan University on a full scholarship, and has played with the Traverse City Symphony, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and others. Shannon grew up as a Suzuki student in violin, and by the age of 8 had decided to become a violin teacher. She believes that with proper instruction and a nurturing environment, every child can learn to love and excel in music!
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Junto

      DisciplineLife Skills
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameTerry Brennan
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room101
      DescriptionIn 1727 Ben Franklin organized enterprising young people into a "Junto" or "society for mutual improvement". Loosely based on his model, here is the outline for this unique club/class:

      Bible/prayer topic
      Presentation by member (hobby, opinion, story, recitation, etc.)
      Discussion of an article
      Brainstorming/goal setting exercise
      Self-improvement topic (think seven habits)
      Service & appreciation
      Class Description

      Papercrafting

      DisciplineArt
      Age Groups3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Adults may participate if they wish.
      Instructor NameLinda Selby
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room30
      DescriptionWe will continue learning various Greeting Card making techniques and explore related areas in papercrafting. We will use rubber stamps, learn paper folding techniques, try pop-ups and other 3-D techniques, and use a variety of materials to embellish our cards and projects.
      Instructor BioLinda has homeschooled for the past 14 years. She has a BA in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and an MBA. She is the owner of the Dexter Blueberry Farm. She loves to do crafts in her spare time.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Conceptual Physics

      DisciplineScience
      Age GroupsHigh School
      Age (Notes)Younger students with permission from instructor
      Instructor NameStephanie Smith
      Tuition/Materials Fees$85/$15
      Class Size5 to 27
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room104/105
      CurriculumConceptual Physics 11th or 12th Edition by Paul G Hewitt. Other materials will be supplied
      HomeworkApproximately 1 hour a day
      PrerequisitesPreferably a general science course completed in junior high. Pre-algebra skills.
      MaterialsNotebook and writing implement. Internet access at home.
      DescriptionThe curriculum explores the basic physics concepts of sound, light, electricity, Newton’s Laws of motion, properties of matter and heat.

      Rather than studying physics using a primarily mathematical approach, this class will lead students to “discover” the basic concepts at work in each of these topics through hands-on-experiences. Students will come to understand how natural phenomena in the world around them can be explained using the physical concepts they have deduced. Simple mathematical formulae will be derived from these concepts. This will allow the students to predict the behavior of everyday things.

      This course lays the groundwork for future studies in other sciences such as biology and chemistry. A basic understanding of physical concepts will enhance future scientific exploration.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.

      Students must sign up for 2nd and 3rd hour.
      Instructor BioStephanie Smith double majored in college in Microbiology and Chemistry and has a Ph.d in Microbiology. She was a college professor, worked for the British Government regulatory agency for the food industry, then was employed as a research scientist in industry and subsequently was a lobbyist for an NGO in England before moving to the United States. Stephanie has homeschooled her children for 12 years and has taught high school level science classes at Explorers for 6 years.
      Additional InformationThe final grade will be given based on class participation, completion of lab worksheets, homework, test scores and term paper grade.
      This is a two hour class to allow for lab work. Students must sign up for 2nd and 3rd hour.
      High School Credit1
      Professional Class?Professional


      4th hour

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAmy Parrish
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSilent 4/5,Quiet 6/7
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader, Linda Hall.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Yearbook

      DisciplineEnrichment
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students will be working independently around the building, at Explorers' events, and at home. They need to be mature and self regulating.
      Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
      Second Instructor NameRachel Wampler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 8
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room21
      HomeworkStudents can work from home as much as they choose.
      PrerequisitesAccess to a digital camera and/or a computer
      DescriptionStudents can work in class, independently at Explorers, and from home with this web based class. Bring a camera, borrow a lap top from Mom and jump on to Picaboo.com. Yearbook advisors will be on hand during second hour to help you download and create yearbook pages on-line. If you would like to be involved in yearbook and are not available during class time, you can still participate. E-mail the teacher and she can help you get started. We need photographers during all hours of the day, and computer work can be done at home or at the library. You will be assigned a login with Picaboo.com. The yearbook will also have QR codes, so if your passion is video, we need you too. All pages for the yearbook are subject to the advisors approval.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Wilson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Foundations in Personal Finance

      DisciplineElective
      Age GroupsHigh School
      Age (Notes)HS, mature middleschoolers with instructor approval
      Instructor NameLinda Selby
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room30
      Curriculum“Foundations in Personal Finance Home School Student Text”.
      HomeworkStudents will have 1 to 1 ½ hours of homework each week primarily from their student text.
      Prerequisites1st semester Foundations class.
      MaterialsEach student will need to purchase “Foundations in Personal Finance Home School Student Text”. Here is one link to the text: http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/sku/058148
      DescriptionThis class is for continuing students only.
      We will be using the high school edition of Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance to learn about saving, budgeting, debt, life after high school and more. Each week we will watch video lessons, discuss and complete activities in the student text.
      Instructor BioLinda has homeschooled for the past 14 years. She has a BA in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and an MBA. She is the owner of the Dexter Blueberry Farm. She loves to do crafts in her spare time.
      High School Credit.5
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Great Books of the Modern Era: 1800-2000

      DisciplineLanguage Arts
      Age GroupsHigh School
      Age (Notes)8th graders with instructor approval.
      Instructor NamePatti Cousino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$10 copies
      Class Size5 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room22/34
      HomeworkI will aim at about 5-6 hours of homework per week. This would boil down to about 1-2 hours per day, 5 days per week. The student should be a fairly good reader, although I also encourage listening to books, and will try to find selections that can be obtained in audible form.
      DescriptionFor this Semester of Modern Literature we will be reading selections from the 1900's. I have picked some selections from some famous authors and historically relevant books for this semester. Please do not buy them all in advance. If the schedule needs adjusting, we will eliminate a book.

      I love to read along with my students, and to discuss the books with them. My main goal is to help students develop a love of reading and of good literature, and to be able to discuss their thoughts about them. Some of you may hope to have me make them write too. I will add a writing element to my class using The Lost Tools of Writing curriculum. Please let me know if you are interested in having your student to work on their writing skills.

      Here is a list of the books:

      Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
      https://smile.amazon.com/Death-Comes-Archbishop-Vintage-Classics/dp/0679728899/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541540939&sr=8-1&keywords=death+comes+for+the+archbishop&dpID=51qJIvsSX6L&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

      All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
      https://smile.amazon.com/All-Quiet-Western-Front-Novel/dp/0449213943/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541541021&sr=8-1&keywords=all+quiet+on+the+western+front+book&dpID=51UVVOhk1sL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

      To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
      https://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_5?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=to+kill+a+mockingbird+by+harper+lee&sprefix=To+Ki%2Caps%2C158&crid=21Z8U435V8MIU

      Animal Farm by George Orwell
      https://smile.amazon.com/Animal-Farm-George-Orwell/dp/0451526341/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1541541269&sr=8-2&keywords=animal+farm+by+george+orwell

      The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
      https://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_10?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+weight+of+glory+by+c.s.+lewis&sprefix=The+Weight%2Caps%2C187&crid=308WZGY6WCF0A

      Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.

      I found a copy of this one on the internet that I can make copies of to give to the students.

      If your students have already read any of these a million times, or if you have any other suggestions, I would be happy to hear from you.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION.
      Additional InformationI will also aim at weekly communication via email to parents and students, so that all of you can know clearly the weekly assignments and be able to do them. I would appreciate any suggestions from parents and students, and would like to know what students have been reading already.
      High School Credit.5 (1 with writing element)
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Civics HSLDA Generation Joshua’s iCitizen Course

      DisciplineSocial Studies
      Age GroupsHigh School
      Instructor NameGene Borgstahl
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0 fee will be paid online @ HSLDA
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room2
      CurriculumHSLDA Generation Joshua’s iCitizen Course
      HomeworkApproximate homework times:
      Read assigned chapter or sections: 1–2 hours
      Answer review questions: 30–45 minutes
      Study for chapter quiz: 30–45 minutes
      Chapter quiz: 15–30 minutes
      Write chapter essay (optional): 2–4 hours (depends on length and amount of research)
      If this course is being taken with a group, each student must be separately registered for the course in order to gain individual access to the online quizzes and tests.

      Completion certificates are available for each course. If you wish to receive one, please email generationjoshua@hslda.org to request a certificate after completing this course.
      Completion certificates are awarded to students who attain a 70% or higher in the course.
      We will be completing this course in 12 weeks.
      MaterialsSoftware Requirements
      Most of Generation Joshua’s courses require Adobe Reader to open PDF files. You can download the latest version for free at adobe.com/downloads. Also, since most iCitizen files
      open in a new window, you may need to disable your pop-up blocker for the Generation Joshua website (generationjoshua.org). You can do this by adding Generation Joshua as an exception to your pop-up blocker so that it allows pop-ups from generationjoshua.org.
      DescriptionWelcome to Generation Joshua’s iCitizen course! This is a civics course, not an American government course. As such, iCitizen is not as detailed or as focused on theory as a government course may be. Instead, the focus of iCitizen is on the practical knowledge that all citizens should have about how their government functions and affects them.
      Upon completion of this course, your student will have a better understanding of the history, purpose, and structure of America’s government, America’s role abroad, basic
      economics, and many other important elements of civics and patriotism. Your student will know what it means to be an American citizen and will be equipped to be an engaged
      citizen on the local, state, and national levels of government. Additionally, your student will be well prepared to enroll in a high-school level American government course if desired.
      Instructor BioGene Borgstahl has a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Political Science from the University of Dubuque, cum laude. He has a juris doctorate from the University Of Toledo College Of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Michigan and Ohio. He has been in the general practice of law since 1984. He is a homeschool father of 13.
      Additional InformationThis course costs $49.99 and is payable and registration is online at HSLDA. If you are a member of
      HSLDA then the cost is discounted to $39.99.
      High School Credit.5
      Class Description

      Scrap Booking

      Disciplinearts and crafts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)6th grade and up unless permission from teacher.
      Instructor NameMarylee Pierzynowski
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$40
      Class Size4 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room1
      Materials40-50 printed photgraphs
      12 x 12 scrap book album
      DescriptionI am excited to be offering a scrap booking class! We will learn different layouts for displaying your precious memories. i will bring in supplies and some cutting materials and embellishments. You will need to bring 40-50 printed photographs in a manilla envelope and a 12 x 12 scrap book. This is required for the first day of class. I will keep the envelope throughout class to use pictures from week to week. Moms are welcome. i hope to scrap with you.


      5th hour

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAmy Parrish
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room4/5
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Yearbook

      DisciplineEnrichment
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students will be working independently around the building, at Explorers' events, and at home. They need to be mature and self regulating.
      Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
      Second Instructor NameRachel Wampler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 8
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room21
      HomeworkStudents can work from home as much as they choose.
      PrerequisitesAccess to a digital camera and/or a computer
      DescriptionStudents can work in class, independently at Explorers, and from home with this web based class. Bring a camera, borrow a lap top from Mom and jump on to Picaboo.com. Yearbook advisors will be on hand during second hour to help you download and create yearbook pages on-line. If you would like to be involved in yearbook and are not available during class time, you can still participate. E-mail the teacher and she can help you get started. We need photographers during all hours of the day, and computer work can be done at home or at the library. You will be assigned a login with Picaboo.com. The yearbook will also have QR codes, so if your passion is video, we need you too. All pages for the yearbook are subject to the advisors approval.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Wilson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Spanish 2

      DisciplineWorld Languages
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSusie Livingston
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$10
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room1
      CurriculumThe Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice: Mastering Spanish Grammar for Confident Communication
      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0658000756/ref=as_at?linkCode=w61&imprToken=9ch9-GDCTpNSwZTPlL.Fqw&slotNum=12&tag=fluentu-20
      Homework2-3 hrs/week
      MaterialsNotebook and text listed below.
      DescriptionInstructor TBD
      For continuing students.
      This course will build on the students spanish skills by introducing the past tense and future tense of spanish verbs. Students will learn how to order food, ask for directions, bargain for a pair of shoes, and describe their day in great detail. New vocabulary will be added each week and the students will be tested in bi-weekly quizzes. Each week we will watch a video in spanish to accelerate listening comprehension and students will pick a song about which to write a short essay. Writing will be emphasized through quarterly assignments on various topics
      Additional Information I hope to have students listen to a lot of spoken Spanish, possibly through a podcast I was going to set up for the course. Students will need access to a computer.

      High School Credit1
      Class Description

      Theatre Lab

      DisciplineTheater Arts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)4th graders with permission from Anna Valaskova. Please let Susie Livingston know and she will add your student to the class.
      Instructor NameAnna Valaskova
      Second Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size12 to 25
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room22/34, 24/35
      DescriptionThis class is dual focused with students choosing either to work on technical aspects or a mixture of onstage and technical aspects for our spring 2019 production of Seussical. TECH - Working with instructor, students will develop, design and build elements of set, prop and costumes. ACTING/TECH – Students will be working with the director and/or musical director on performance skills.
      Theatre Lab is mandatory second semester for all 6th hour Theatre students
      Instructor BioAnna has extensive experience and education in both adult and children’s theatre – directing, designing and acting; as well as teaching classes for all ages. After earning a Master of Fine Arts at EMU in Children’s Theatre, Anna directed a children’s theatre program in Salina, KS. Anna has directed and taught at every level, including university. Children have a unique talent for ‘playing’ and acting is just guiding that talent to a specific story.
      Additional InformationStudents taking 6th hour theatre are required to take this class, however this class is open to all students wanting to explore both acting and technical aspects of theatre.
      Class Description

      Mystery of History Volume 4

      Disciplinehistory
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameMelanie Emerson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$15 Materials
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room27
      CurriculumRequired Textbook: Cost is approx 54.00
      https://www.themysteryofhistory.com/store/the-mystery-of-history-volume-iv/volume-iv-history-curriculum/
      HomeworkReading assignments, extra homework, and research will be required.
      DescriptionDescription: Mystery of History IV provides a historically accurate Christ-centered approach to 3 centuries of world history. Covering 1708-2014, it begins with Bach and Handel, brings the reader through multiple "Wars of Independence" as well as many "Wars of Ideologies" between Marxism, Darwinism, Fascism, and the Cold War. Vol IV is set up a bit differently than previous volumes The student reader is a stand alone world history text while the maps, activities, quizzes and other resources are combined in one downloadable companion guide. https://www.themysteryofhistory.com/history-curriculum/#volumeIV
      Additional InformationFrom the Teacher: Since this class is geared for the 'more 'mature' age group, timeline figures will not be utilized as in previous MOH classes. Over the course of his year, my plan is to engage the students in class with discussion of the above mentioned ideologies of our time, cover geography (map study), and expose my students to classical music and composers. Homework assignments will consist of reading assigned chapters from the text along with select literature picks I have in mind such as The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and biographies of various missionaries to the nations. Just a few will be selected. Parents are welcomed to express their students' particular need and I will be happy to assist. If you'd like your student to write a research report or if you'd like the option I include writing papers in general, email me and I will be happy to assist.
      Fieldtrips will be offered as an outside class option.
      Class Description

      Programming for the Web 2

      DisciplineComputer Science
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameMarie Skrobola
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$5
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room104/105
      CurriculumTextbooks Required: Parents are required to purchase the following textbooks:
      • HTML and CSS Visual Quickstart Guide (8th edition) by Elizabeth Castro and Bruce Hyslop
      (ISBN-13: 978-0321928832 / ISBN-10: 0321928830)
      • Javascript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Nick Morgan
      (ISBN-10: 1593274084 / ISBN-13: 978-1593274085)

      HomeworkFor a student to be successful in this course, it will be important for them to complete their homework each week. Homework will include reading assignments and web coding assignments. Each student will be expected to complete a final web project each semester to showcase what they have learned.
      MaterialsStudents will be expected to bring a laptop computer to class (either PC or Mac) with the latest version of Google Chrome Web browser installed.
      Description(This class is a continuation from Fall semester) Learn how to program for the World Wide Web! This class will offer an introduction to web programming and design utilizing the programming languages of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. We will learn what the web is, where it came from, and how we can build and post our own web pages. Later we will learn how to make our websites interactive and we’ll even have some fun learning how to write our own computer games.
      Students in this class will learn the fundamentals of computer programming, which will help them learn future programming languages.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      High School Writing

      DisciplineLanguage Arts
      Age GroupsHigh School
      Age (Notes)7th & 8th grade students with Mrs. Cousino's approval. Register through Mrs. Livingston
      Instructor NamePatti Cousino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$10 copies
      Class Size4 to 8
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      CurriculumThe Lost Tools of Writing
      HomeworkStudents will be required to write throughout the week. Assignments from Tuesday will be due via email on Friday in order to get proper feedback.
      DescriptionThis class will be further developed after registration to meet the needs of the students interested.
      Mrs Cousino has been using The Lost Tools of Writing in her Great books class and would like to have a place to further assist students in developing their skills as a writer. Whether you are looking for beginning instruction or more advanced, this class is for you.
      High School Credit.5
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Jewelry

      DisciplineArt
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)6th grade & up
      Instructor NameDayna Diehl
      Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$25 materials
      Class Size6 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      DescriptionIntroduction in making wire jewelry, beading, and many more.
      Instructor BioI have been doing various things in the Arts for 20 years and have a degree in graphic design. I started making jewelry two years ago and love turning everyday objects into Jewelry. I grew up in Milan went to St Luke for years.
      I have 4 kids and did homeschool the younger 2 for a couple of years and they did attend Explorers. They now are in Milan Schools. I Love helping others.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Strategic Gaming

      DisciplineLife Skills
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)6th grade and up
      Instructor NameSusie Livingston
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size4 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      DescriptionWork through the strategy of games like Risk, Stratego, Chess, Ticket to Ride, Dragonwood, Rush Hour, Blokus, Sequence, and many more. This class will be fun and encourage strategic thinking.


      6th hour

      Class Description

      Study Hall

      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameAmy Parrish
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 14
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room4/5
      DescriptionStudy Hall - Please keep this one quiet if there is only one room available to us. All students who sign up for this class must remain in the classroom the entire class period. No wandering around the building. Attendance will be taken. All students must be accounted for.
      Additional InformationAll students must remain in the classroom during the entire class period. If a student is not going to be in the classroom, they need to notify the team leader, Linda Hall.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Guitar Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age Groups1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Instructor NameSpencer Hanson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$297/$0
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomLibrary
      CurriculumSyllabus is tailored to fit the learning style, musical interest, and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.
      HomeworkDaily practice (15-30 minutes or more)
      PrerequisitesNone
      MaterialsStudents will need their own instrument. Instructor is able to provide information for the purchase of a quality, beginning level instrument; needed before the start of class.
      Hal Leonard guitar method books 1-3
      Binder with Lined paper
      Tablature paper
      DescriptionAs a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioSpencer Hanson has been playing music avidly for the last 13 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music, with his main instrument being the classical guitar. During his time at EMU, Spencer was a member of multiple jazz combos, where he played electric jazz guitar, as well as electric and double bass. With these jazz combos he has performed at events such as the Eastern Michigan University Regent’s Dinner, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, 5:01 Jazz in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan Jazz Festival. Spencer is also part of a local band that has played numerous shows in states across the Midwest.
      As a music teacher Spencer values learning by improvisation, and emphasizes creativity and having fun. He has had experience teaching a large range of ages, and focuses on tailoring lessons to the needs and abilities of each individual student.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Yearbook

      DisciplineEnrichment
      Age Groups7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Students will be working independently around the building, at Explorers' events, and at home. They need to be mature and self regulating.
      Instructor NameAnn Kueffner
      Second Instructor NameRachel Wampler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 8
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room21
      HomeworkStudents can work from home as much as they choose.
      PrerequisitesAccess to a digital camera and/or a computer
      DescriptionStudents can work in class, independently at Explorers, and from home with this web based class. Bring a camera, borrow a lap top from Mom and jump on to Picaboo.com. Yearbook advisors will be on hand during second hour to help you download and create yearbook pages on-line. If you would like to be involved in yearbook and are not available during class time, you can still participate. E-mail the teacher and she can help you get started. We need photographers during all hours of the day, and computer work can be done at home or at the library. You will be assigned a login with Picaboo.com. The yearbook will also have QR codes, so if your passion is video, we need you too. All pages for the yearbook are subject to the advisors approval.
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Piano Lessons

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Do not need to know how to read, just be able to recognize letter A-G and numbers 1-5
      Instructor NameRonni Wilson
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class Room106
      HomeworkRonni believes that practice is always required to grow musically, but she also knows that if a student isn't having fun with lessons and the piano, learning is likely to not happen. Practicing is highly encouraged, but she does not require "practice logs" as part of the learning process. Ronni offers rewards to motivate her students and encourages parents to offer a space for their child to practice at home. It's has been Ronni's experience that much musical material is remembered when the student is in a stress-free environment and is in a "playful mindset" while playing the piano. Practicing will happen when the student is enjoying the piano.
      MaterialsRonni uses the Bastien Piano Basics curriculum. There are four books - piano, performance, technique and theory. All levels are available. She also takes into consideration what each student enjoys playing and implements those genres of music in lessons.
      DescriptionDuring the 30 minute private lesson, students will learn musical theory, scales and performance songs. Ronni believes in providing a solid musical foundation where students learn to read music and can eventually play any song they desire, not just copy/memorize a piece or two. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are taught in a stress-free environment with an encouraging attitude and positive motivation. Each lesson is also tailored to the student's interests and abilities.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioPiano has been a part of Ronni Wilson's life since she began taking lessons at the age of three. She continued lessons until she left for college where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Throughout her college career at Eastern Michigan University, she was a member of the symphonic band and marching band from 1989 to 1993. In 1990, she became Eastern Michigan University's first female Drum Major of the then EMU Marching Hurons.

      After teaching fourth grade for four years, Ronni decided to become a stay-at-home mom and teach a few piano lessons. She began with two students in 1999. She now has over 40 students and absolutely loves her job!

      Ronni has done community musical theater, plays piano and sings in her church worship band, and plays and sings with her sister at a variety of church and community functions.

      Outside of teaching, Ronni enjoys being with her family, reading, knitting, baking bread, spending time and having fun with friends and jumping rope!
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Gym

      DisciplinePhysical Education
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)No 5th graders. 6th graders with permission from team leader, Susie Livingston.
      Instructor NameBrady Keene
      Tuition/Materials Fees$30/$0
      Class Size6 to 20
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomGym
      DescriptionCome out for baseball, basketball, football, kickball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, capture the flag, and more. We'll learn the rules and skills and then play the game.
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioBrady is a nineteen-year-old Washtenaw Community College student from Milan MI. He plans to major in theatre and currently directs theatre at Milan High School.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Class Description

      Theatre Troupe

      DisciplinePerforming Arts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)4th graders with permission from Anna Valaskova. Please let Susie Livingston know and she will add your student to the class.
      Instructor NameAnna Valaskova
      Second Instructor NamePolly Gjernes
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$100 Materials, rentals, & director fees.($100 fee for 2nd semester as well)
      Class Size12 to 30
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      Class Room22/34, 24/35
      HomeworkThis class culminates in a performance outside regular Explorers term. There will also be Friday afternoon rehearsals throughout the school year. Students will be required to commit to all extra rehearsals and performances. Students must spend time outside of class learning material. Students, as well as parents, will be required to assist in the technical aspects of the production as well as 5-8 fundraising events.
      Description This class will be performing the musical Seussical. (Production description at https://www.mtishows.com/seussical) Public performances are tentatively set for June 7&8, 2019. In class students will be working on both onstage and technical aspects of the production. Students interested in only backstage work can also register for the class.
      Instructor BioAnna has extensive experience and education in both adult and children’s theatre – directing, designing and acting; as well as teaching classes for all ages. After earning a Master of Fine Arts at EMU in Children’s Theatre, Anna directed a children’s theatre program in Salina, KS. Anna has directed and taught at every level, including university. Children have a unique talent for ‘playing’ and acting is just guiding that talent to a specific story.
      Additional Information2 semesters, can be taken only 2nd semester WITH INSTRUCTORS PERMISSION.
      First term – Students are encouraged to take 5th hour Theatre Lab
      Second term – Students will be required to take both 5th and 6th hours.
      Unfamiliar with this production? Check out numerous videos of the show on youtube.

      Parents of participants will be required to participate in 5-8 fundraising events; 2 parent meetings; production work of approximately 20-30 hours over the course of the year; a production week assignment; and with set building, move-in and strike.
      High School Credit1
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Jewelry

      DisciplineArt
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)6th grade & up
      Instructor NameDayna Diehl
      Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$25 materials
      Class Size6 to 12
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      DescriptionIntroduction in making wire jewelry, beading, and many more.
      Instructor BioI have been doing various things in the Arts for 20 years and have a degree in graphic design. I started making jewelry two years ago and love turning everyday objects into Jewelry. I grew up in Milan went to St Luke for years.
      I have 4 kids and did homeschool the younger 2 for a couple of years and they did attend Explorers. They now are in Milan Schools. I Love helping others.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Afternoon Chorus

      DisciplineFine Arts
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This choir is for grades 6-12.
      Instructor NameChristine Remski
      Tuition/Materials Fees$30/$5 Used for purchasing music
      Class Size5 to 15
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      DescriptionHave fun in the afternoon learning vocal technique and music theory combined with choreography and contemporary show tunes.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioChristine Remski is a proud Explorers alumnus who has dedicated much of her time to her life’s passion of music. After a year of intense music education studies at Concordia University Ann Arbor, she has been in several choirs over a span of ten years, many times being a lead soloist soprano at both her church choir and in her time with Concordia’s Women Chorale. She has been a part of several musical productions and continues to take voice lessons. Christine has a firm belief that when approaching musical studies with children, it has to be kept fun but also informative enough so that they walk away knowing more at the end of the class. She is currently working on finishing her Associates Degree in Fine Arts and Performance at Washtenaw Community College.
      Additional InformationPROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional


      7th hour

      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Private Voice/Piano Lessons

      DisciplineMusic
      Age GroupsK4/5, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)Piano lessons are for all ages, K-12

      Voice lessons are for middle school and high school students.
      Instructor NameTrish Pino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$255/$5 fee for music
      Class Size1 to 2
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomSanctuary
      CurriculumVoice: Christian contemporary, musical theatre, classical music or requested titles

      Piano: Faber and Faber Piano curriculum, supplemental songs
      HomeworkPractice 15 minutes/ 5 days
      PrerequisitesVoice: a love for singing.

      Piano: an iterest in learning to play or strengthening skills on the piano.
      MaterialsVoice/Piano: $5-15 fee will be assessed by instructor if student needs to purchase a new book. Plan on one book/semester
      DescriptionLessons are available 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. There are two openings per hour as these are 1/2 hour lessons.
      In voice, students will learn how to properly use their voice in order to strengthen and grow it in a healthy way, as well as build a personal repertoire. The goal will be to customize each lesson to the skill level of the student and focus on all aspects of performance such as diction, phrasing, stage presence, breathing, artistic expression, etc.

      For piano, students will learn proper technique at the piano, how to hold their hands and wrists, sit correctly, and how to use their fingers. They will be given exercises and songs to practice during the week which will strengthen their fingers and enforce proper techniques learned. Students will also learn to read music and basic music theory. Piano is a great starter instrument since many of the skills will translate to other instruments.

      If desired, both voice and piano students will have the opportunity to perform in the Extravaganza.

      Class expectations will be given at the beginning of the semester and evaluations will be provided halfway through the semester, as well as at the end.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Instructor BioInstructor Bio
      Trish Pino earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the State University of NY at Fredonia and is certified in K-12 Vocal and General Music.  She then took a one year placement as a 6th-12th grade vocal and general music teacher.  After that, she studied at Belmont University and received her Master’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal and Secondary Education.  After receiving her Master’s degree, she taught for 5 years at Currey Ingram Academy in Nashville, TN where she was responsible for 5th-6th grade general music classes, choir, and band.  She also has over 13 years of experience as a private piano and voice teacher.  Mrs. Pino served as the Music Director at Keystone Church in Saline for 4 years and now has her own practice of private piano and voice students.  
      Additional InformationThese are 1/2 hour lessons. You will need to talk with the instructor about which half of the hour you would like. Please note: each semester the student will receive 11 lessons. On the 12th week, the student will be expected to stay in the sanctuary in order to rehearse for the Extravaganza. If your child does not participate in the Extravaganza, he/she should not plan on a lesson that week; although if the sanctuary is empty and Mrs.Pino is not required for Extravaganza rehearsals, you may be able to do some singing/piano. Additionally, there is a possibility that a fee will be assessed for an accompanist for the Extravaganza, if necessary. Typical accompanist fees vary.
      (Please note: priority enrollment for 2nd semester will be given to those enrolled during 1st semester)

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      SAT Prep Private Tutoring with Mrs. Vink

      DisciplineStudy/Test taking skills
      Age GroupsHigh School
      Age (Notes)Suited for juniors and seniors only
      Instructor NameAmy Vink
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0
      Class Size1 to 5
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomTBD
      HomeworkTesting practice time will be required
      MaterialsStudents will need to purchase SAT Prep book.
      DescriptionThis class will be an independent study/private tutoring with Mrs. Vink. She will keep you on track with testing practice and grade any work completed allowing you to see where to focus your studies.
      Meeting times will be worked out privately with Mrs. Vink
      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Additional InformationThis is private tutoring. Fees will be worked out with Mrs. Vink based on the level of tutoring needed.
      Professional Class?Professional
      Explorers' Professional Class Description

      Great Books of the Modern Era: 1800-2000 Friday Edition

      DisciplineLanguage Arts
      Age GroupsHigh School
      Age (Notes)8th graders with instructor approval
      Instructor NamePatti Cousino
      Tuition/Materials Fees$50/$10 copies
      Class Size5 to 10
      Class Length1 semester(s)
      Class RoomCousino Home
      HomeworkI will aim at about 5-6 hours of homework per week. This would boil down to about 1-2 hours per day, 5 days per week. The student should be a fairly good reader, although I also encourage listening to books, and will try to find selections that can be obtained in audible form.
      DescriptionThis class will meet in Mrs Cousino's home in Ypsilanti from 10 AM- 11:15 on Fridays.

      For this Semester of Modern Literature we will be reading selections from the 1900's. I have picked some selections from some famous authors and historically relevant books for this semester. Please do not buy them all in advance. If the schedule needs adjusting, we will eliminate a book.

      I love to read along with my students, and to discuss the books with them. My main goal is to help students develop a love of reading and of good literature, and to be able to discuss their thoughts about them. Some of you may hope to have me make them write too. I will add a writing element to my class using The Lost Tools of Writing curriculum. Please let me know if you are interested in having your student to work on their writing skills.

      Here is a list of the books:

      Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
      https://smile.amazon.com/Death-Comes-Archbishop-Vintage-Classics/dp/0679728899/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541540939&sr=8-1&keywords=death+comes+for+the+archbishop&dpID=51qJIvsSX6L&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

      All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
      https://smile.amazon.com/All-Quiet-Western-Front-Novel/dp/0449213943/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541541021&sr=8-1&keywords=all+quiet+on+the+western+front+book&dpID=51UVVOhk1sL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

      To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
      https://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_5?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=to+kill+a+mockingbird+by+harper+lee&sprefix=To+Ki%2Caps%2C158&crid=21Z8U435V8MIU

      Animal Farm by George Orwell
      https://smile.amazon.com/Animal-Farm-George-Orwell/dp/0451526341/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1541541269&sr=8-2&keywords=animal+farm+by+george+orwell

      The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
      https://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_10?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+weight+of+glory+by+c.s.+lewis&sprefix=The+Weight%2Caps%2C187&crid=308WZGY6WCF0A

      Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.

      I found a copy of this one on the internet that I can make copies of to give to the students.

      If your students have already read any of these a million times, or if you have any other suggestions, I would be happy to hear from you.

      PROFESSIONAL CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER REGISTRATION CLOSES.
      Additional InformationI will also aim at weekly communication via email to parents and students, so that all of you can know clearly the weekly assignments and be able to do them. I would appreciate any suggestions from parents and students, and would like to know what students have been reading already.
      High School Credit.5 (1 with writing element)
      Professional Class?Professional


      8th hour



      9th hour



      10th hour

      Class Description

      Class Trip to Washington DC

      DisciplineField Trip
      Age Groups5th/6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade, High School
      Age (Notes)This is for 6th grade thru high school.
      Instructor NameMelanie Emerson
      Second Instructor NameTanya Towler
      Tuition/Materials Fees$0/$0 See description
      Class Size2 to 50
      Class Length2 semester(s)
      PrerequisitesProcedure and Information:
      • $100 non-refundable deposit per person is due by June 15, 2018.
      • All payments made over and above the deposit are completely refundable up to 30 days prior to departure
      • Final payment is due 30 days prior to departure
      • A parent or legal guardian must attend for each family
      • Student must be in 6th grade at the start of the 2018-19 school year or older
      Description April 3-6, 2019. We are so very excited to be hosting this Middle/High school trip along with Bianco tours to Washington DC during the Cherry Blossom season next year, 2019. Our trip destinations are listed below along with other helpful information to assist you.
      • Gettysburg, PA: Civil War Museum, Cyclorama, Battlefield Tour, Farnsworth House
      • Washington, DC: Whitehouse Capital Tour, Whitehouse Photo Stop, Union Station, Bertucci’s, Tour of Monuments and Memorials, Museum of Bible, Smithsonian Museum, Hard Rock Café, Arlington National Cemetery-Tram Tour, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Kennedy Gravesite, Iwo Jima and Pentagon Memorial, Pentagon City Mall
      Cost is set at $560 per person based on quad occupancy with a total of 50 travelers. The price may vary a bit depending on number of travelers but at no time will increase above $580 per person at 45 travelers. We reserve the right to cancel the trip and refund all deposits paid in the event that we do not reach our required headcount prior to booking the trip. There will be an additional charge of no more than $15 per person to cover lanyard/badges and a T-shirt for a group photo at the Whitehouse Photo Stop.
      If there are seats available on the bus after Explorers’ registration closes we will extend, by personal invite, offers to other homeschool families to join us in order to fill the bus and lock in our pricing.
      Additional InformationIf you have additional questions or you would like to receive an information packet which includes the trip itinerary, please contact Melanie Emerson or Tanya Towler.
      We will be hosting fundraisers and taking volunteers to do the same to assist with payment. Your family can participate in all or none of them. It is totally up to you.
      We have already begun our first effort with the sale of Marcos pizza cards. These are all profit. They have ben generously donated and have cost us nothing. You will be credited $10 for each card purchased/sold. Please see Tanya if you would like to get started.
      We hope that you will join us with your middle/high schooler for an unforgettable experience!
      Melanie Emerson – melanieemerson@gmail.com
      Tonya Towler - towler001@gmail.com