Pathway High School Classes

2022 - 2023

 

 

Pathway classes are in person, and meet weekly on Fridays in Huntersville, North Carolina 

Please email us with any questions at pathwayhighschool@gmail.com

 

 

 

** We do have some classes that run at the same time, so before registering,

 

please make sure your class choices do not overlap **

Registration for ALL High School Classes will close on August 8, 2022 

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American History

Class Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor:  Clay Broussard

Class Fee: $475

Purpose Statement

 

The course will fulfill a full credit for high school for humanities/social studies.

Homework Load

 

This class is taught similar to a collegiate format in that it is heavily lecture based learning.  The homework is very manageable and will be rooted in readings sent from the instructor and various writing assignments which promote critical thinking.  All assignments/writings will be done at home with open access to the student's resources. This class offers invaluable information for the students, and a great option to add in to your student's schedule along with other classes that may be heavy in the homework area.

 

​​Course Description

A survey of US History, beginning with the intellectual buildup in Europe leading to the founding.  Detailed analysis of the founding documents, character studies of a selection of the founding fathers moving through a survey up the present time.  The 20th century and the consequences of ideas leading up to our present age and teacher's point of view that the foundational ideas leading to the United States are being greatly undermined by progressivism.

 

Part 1

The Genesis of the Liberty Experiment

The City on a Hill

What is America?

Middle Ages becomes the Renaissance

Age of Discovery

An Enlightenment Breaks Through

A Farewell to Kings

Race for Empire - Spain, France, England, Dutch

English come last and STAY

Thriving English Colonies

Philosophy of Freedom

Part 2

Freedom gives birth to Independence

Jamestown - The Virginia Company

Plymouth-The Mayflower Compact

Indian Wars

Turmoil in England

Colonial Conformity in Boston

Colonial Dissent and freedom of conscience

Slavery in the Colonies

Salem and witches

Religious Explosion - The Great Awakening

Impact of Reformed Doctrine and Rebellion

Part 3

Conceived in Liberty

The French and Indian War

The English crackdown

The patriot rebels

Conflict all around

English reactionism

Paul Revere and War

The Father - Washington

The Declaration

The key battles

The Peace of Paris

Part 4

A New Nation

The Constitution - Freedom means limits of government

Federalists vs Republicans

Thomas Jefferson - America Personified

LA Purchase/Lewis & Clark

Madison and the War of 1812

The Rise of Andrew Jackson

Sectional Divide - Industrial/Agrarian

Expansion into New Territory and Popular Sovereignty

Bleeding Kansas

1st Shot of War - Nat Turner/John Brown

Part 5

A Divided Nation

Abolitionist Movement - Christian

Lincoln's Election - Secession

War-Key Strategies/Key Battles

Gettysburg/Vicksburg

Surrender and Assassination of Lincoln

Reconstruction - 13th,14th,15th Amendments

An economic powerhouse is rising

Europe in conflict - Colonialism/Race for Empire

Crisis in the Balkans

Backwards Russia/Aggressive Germany

Part 6

Modern Times

July Crisis/Guns of August

Wilson and the War 1917 - Pivotal Year

Armistice - US rise to dominance

Roaring 20s, casting off restraint/capitalist explosion

Nazism & Pearl Harbor - The Total State vs Freedom

Cold War - The City on the Hill and the anti-war movement

American Decline and the Welfare State

Renewal of American Purpose - Reagan

Cultural Collapse - Undermining the American Purpose in Education

Conclusion - Do we still "Hold these truths"?

 

​​Class Reviews

 

"My son absolutely has loved both of Clay's classes and enjoys his teaching style of discussions and lectures. I feel this is setting him up for success and these types of classes in college. We will continue to take his classes in the future."

~Caroline, Parent

"Mr. Broussard is my son's favorite teacher.  He engages the students and  promotes thoughtful discussions in the areas of History, Economics and Christianity." ~Allison, Parent

Clay is a good friend and a father figure to me. I cannot think of a better teacher for such an important subject.” ~Daniel, student of Clay's for 3 years.

"It’s been a gift for my son to sit in Mr. Broussard’s classes the past four years. As a passionate orator, gifted historian and insightful philosopher, he inspires his students to an understanding of history and events, as opposed to a dry history book. His dedication and care for his students and their relationship to their Lord and Savior is evident in all he does. Mr. Broussard has been the most influential teacher in my son's life, and I’m so grateful he takes the time to come to Pathway to teach and mentor." ~Tammy, Parent

 

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Christianity / Worldview

Class Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Instructor: Clay Broussard

Class Fee:  $475

Homework Load

 

This class is taught similar to a collegiate format in that it is heavily lecture based learning.  The homework is very manageable and will be rooted in readings sent from the instructor and various writing assignments which promote critical thinking.  All assignments/writings will be done at home with open access to the student's resources. This class offers invaluable information for the students, and a great option to add in to your student's schedule along with other classes that may be heavy in the homework area.

 

​​Course Description

Christianity Class:  Biblical/Systematic Theology, Theistic Philosophy, Apologetics, Church History

 

This course is a journey of discovery and faith.  It will be sweeping in its scope, through surveying the critical elements of the Christian faith and all the extraordinary implications associated within.  It will ground the student in a holistic view of the Faith, focused on the credibility of the Bible itself as well as a thorough examination of the criticisms of the faith throughout the millennia and why the teacher believes they all fail in their efforts to undermine the faith.   We will evaluate World Religions (4 Major), the development of Christian culture, Ethics and a penetrating investigation of what is “real”, trustworthy and praiseworthy in God’s creation.  It will be both approachable to any level student yet offering glimpses of the extraordinary depth of our faith. 

 

Section I

1.       Introduction/Scope

2.       Prolegomena/Worldview

3.       Superiority of Theism

4.       Evaluation of non-Theistic Worldviews

5.       Ethical Comparison of Worldviews

6.       Modern Issues related to Worldview (Gender/Worldview/Property)

7.       Creation/Covenant

Section II

1.       Torah

2.       History of Israel

3.       History of Israel

4.       Prophets:  Then & Now

5.       Wisdom Literature

6.       Gospels

7.       Gospels

Section III

1.       Doctrine of Scripture

2.       Doctrine of God

3.       Doctrine of Christ

4.       The Church

5.       Church History-Events Doctrine

6.       Church History

7.       Eschatology

Section IV

1.       Eschatology

2.       Apologetics

3.       World Religion

4.       World Religion

5.       Issues in Apologetics (Problem of Evil)

6.       The Story of the True Faith, Garden to Garden

7.       Conclusion

 

Class Reviews

 

"My son absolutely has loved both of Clay's classes and enjoys his teaching style of discussions and lectures. I feel this is setting him up for success and these types of classes in college. We will continue to take his classes in the future."

~Caroline, Parent

"Mr. Broussard is my son's favorite teacher.  He engages the students and  promotes thoughtful discussions in the areas of History, Economics and Christianity." ~Allison, Parent

Clay is a good friend and a father figure to me. I cannot think of a better teacher for such an important subject.” ~Daniel, student of Clay's for 3 years.

"It’s been a gift for my son to sit in Mr. Broussard’s classes the past four years. As a passionate orator, gifted historian and insightful philosopher, he inspires his students to an understanding of history and events, as opposed to a dry history book. His dedication and care for his students and their relationship to their Lord and Savior is evident in all he does. Mr. Broussard has been the most influential teacher in my son's life, and I’m so grateful he takes the time to come to Pathway to teach and mentor." ~Tammy, Parent

 

Composition and Literature as Inquiry

 

This class will be offered at two different times.  Both classes will be exactly the same.

 

Class Options

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

         OR 

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Instructor: Sara Rhew

​​Class Fee: $450

Class Description

This course appeals to various learning styles and provides an atmosphere that expands students' reading and writing experiences, fostering individual and academic growth. Engaging and lively in-class discussions and small group projects will be an integral component, as well as weekly vocabulary and grammar review. Writing assignments will feature responses to literature, a variety of essays, creative pieces, and a detailed step-by-step guide through the process of writing a research paper. 

 

Providing a multi-genre survey of literature both modern and historical, students will be exposed to multiple styles of writing including short stories and poetry, epic novels, plays and tragedies. Literary study will be infused with historical applications for a better understanding of the social and historical context of the readings. Beginning with modern selections of The Hobbit and Animal Farm, students will enjoy traveling back in time as we experience classics such as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, H.G. Wells, The Invisible Man, and Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Students will encounter amazing British authors such as Bronte, Dickens, C.S. Lewis, and Shakespeare through our literature survey process, along with complimentary sources from other backgrounds. 

 

Composition and Literature as Inquiry will provide an academic atmosphere that expands students' reading and writing experiences. It will build a foundation for high school and beyond, giving them confidence to approach rich dynamic sources.

Drama -  Theater

Class Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

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Instructor:  Jill Graham

Class Fee

$425 if registered by June 1

$450 if registered after June 1

Class Description​

 

** Counts as a Fine Arts Elective **
 

You don’t have to be a super actor or an extrovert to be part of this class. Some of the best actors and actresses are introspective introverts!  You may find that your talent is needed in directing, set design, props, make-up, tech, etc.

 

Theater is also a great way to develop confidence, so don’t be intimidated! It’s a place to build friendships and let your imagination be free! It’s also a place where it’s cool to be a little weird!

 

1st semester will be focused on the development of acting skills in preparation for a Christmas performance that will include various Christmas themed sketches and music.

 

We will learn the basics of acting, blocking, plot structure, and terms needed to get around the stage as well as a brief history of theater.

 

2nd semester will focus on exploring directing, costumes, make-up, tech, props, and set design. Students will work in groups to direct and produce their own “One Act Play” for a final performance at the end of the semester. 

 

Example Scenes from:  Steel Magnolias, The Princess Bride, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Screwtape Letters, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, etc.

 

Minimum 10 students 

Max 30 students

 

Biology

Class Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 

Instructor: Shari Kaiser

Class Fee $485

– lab costs included in tuition – 

Modules cover atoms, chemical structures, ecosystems, biomes, ecological communities, cell structure and function, cellular energy, DNA, proteins, cell cycles, and genetics (including inheritance, disorders, and technology). Students will also learn about prokaryotes, viruses, protists, fungi, and the fascinating worlds of plants and animals.

 

This college-prep course will include labs and lectures. Students will be expected to complete homework, prepare lab reports and demonstrate their understanding with closed-book tests. The text and course are taught from a Christian perspective. The course requires a substantial amount of work to be done by the student at home. The student is expected to check and correct his/her own homework. 

 

Parents are expected to oversee completion of assignments. The facilitator will present each module’s concepts, provide in-class lab time, grade tests and lab reports and provide quarterly progress reports.

 

Required online component using Google Classroom:

 

This class is set up to be a fluid mix of in-person and/or remote to work for each student as needed.  There will be a weekly in-person class for lecture, lab and review.  There will be pre-recorded videos available covering the lecture material, which can be watched if a student misses class for any reason (illness, vacation, etc.).

 

All work will be given out and turned in using the online portal Google Classroom.

 

Honors Option

There is an Honors option available for this course. Requirements will be explained on the first day of class.

 

Requirements include additional detail in lab reports, and extra work outside the text. Send an email inquiry for questions prior to the start. 

 

Required Purchases

Textbook: Exploring Creation with Biology ISBN-13: 9781946506450 (3 rd Edition)

Solutions Guide: ISBN-13: 9781946506467

[optional: MP3 Audio CD for auditory learners, ISBN-13: 9781946506498]

Chemistry

Class Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00

Instructor: Shari Kaiser

Class Fee: $475

– lab costs included in tuition – 

This course covers fundamental aspects of chemistry such as the classification of matter, atomic structure, spectroscopy, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, physical change, chemical change, stoichiometry, solutions, ideal gasses, acid/base chemistry, reduction/oxidation reactions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium. Weaving together concepts and their mathematical applications, the course teaches students how to think as a chemist so they can analyze the major changes that occur in matter.

 

Math Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra 1 (no exceptions)

 

This college-prep course will include labs and lecture. Students will be expected to complete homework, prepare lab reports and demonstrate their understanding with closed-book tests. The text and course are taught from a Christian perspective. The course requires a substantial amount of work to be done by the student at home. The student is expected to check and correct his/her own homework.

 

Parents are expected to oversee completion of assignments. The facilitator will present each module’s concepts, provide in-class lab time, grade tests and lab reports and provide quarterly progress reports.

 

Required online component using Google Classroom:

 

This class is set up to be a fluid mix of in-person and/or remote to work for each student as needed.  There will be a weekly in-person class for lecture, lab and review. There will be pre-recorded videos available covering the lecture material, which can be watched if a student misses class for any reason (illness, vacation, etc).

 

All work will be given out and turned in using the online portal Google Classroom.

 

Honors Option

 

There is an Honors option available for this course. Requirements will be explained on the first day of class. Requirements include additional detail in lab reports, and extra work outside the text. Send an email inquiry for questions prior to the start.

 

Required Purchases

 

Textbook: Discovering Design with Chemistry ISBN: 978-0-9962784-6-1 Publ date: 2015

Solutions Guide: ISBN #: 978-0-9962784-7-8

Required Supplies: Text, Solutions Guide, and scientific calculator (parentheses and scientific notation)

[Optional: MP3 Audio CD for auditory learners, ISBN: 9780996278485]

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Earth Science

 

​Class Time:  12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

 

 

Instructor: Shari Kaiser

 

 

Class Fee: $465

 

– lab costs included in tuition –

 

The text covers the geosphere (such as core, mantle, crust, etc.), minerals and rocks, then plate tectonics, seismic waves, earthquakes, and volcanoes.  Students learn about fossils and how both uniformitarians and catastrophists interpret those fossils. The course explores the properties of water such as polarity, the ability to hydrogen bond, and heat capacity, which leads to a discussion of the hydrologic cycle and residence time, then the waves, currents, and tides in the ocean, and the ice and freshwater reservoirs on the earth. The atmosphere is discussed, including the composition of air, the sections of the atmosphere, temperature gradients, and pollutants, and the weather.  The course ends with chapters on the solar system and the universe as a whole.

 

This college-prep course will include labs and lectures. Students will be expected to complete homework, prepare lab reports and demonstrate their understanding with closed-book tests. The text and course are taught from a Christian perspective. The course requires a substantial amount of work to be done by the student at home. The student is expected to check and correct his/her own homework.  

 

Parents are expected to oversee completion of assignments. The facilitator will present each module’s concepts, provide in-class lab time, grade tests and lab reports and provide quarterly progress reports. Required online component using Google Classroom:

 

This class is set up to be a fluid mix of in-person and/or remote to work for each student as needed.

 

There will be a weekly in-person class for lecture, lab and review.

 

There will be pre-recorded videos available covering the lecture material, which can be watched if a student misses class for any reason (illness, vacation, etc).

 

All work will be given out and turned in using the online portal Google Classroom.

 

Required Purchases

Textbook: Discovering Design with Earth Science, ISBN-13: 9780996278430 PubDate 2021

Answer Key, ISBN-13: 9780996278447

[optional: MP3 Audio CD for auditory learners ISBN: 978-0-9962784-5-4]

 

​Spanish Immersion

Level 1

 

Class Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

 

​Instructor:  Carmen Hartzell

 

Class Fee

 

$425  - when registered & deposit received by May 30 

 

$455 - when registered after May 30

 

Required text: Curriculum provided by the teacher:  A Charlar - Spanish Level 1

 

Prerequisites: none

Course Information

¡ Bienvenidos a la Clase de Español Nivel I !


This class is a year-long introductory course intended for students with little or no knowledge of the language. The aim is to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills necessary for basic communication and comprehension of the spoken language. There will be an emphasis on developing native pronunciation, essential vocabulary, and grammatical concepts. Customs and cultural insights will also be presented. The teacher will target instruction by communicating lessons in Spanish / English simultaneously when needed, allowing for an easier and more rapid course correction. Mrs. Hartzell has designed a personalized curriculum that ensures progress in her students’ language abilities. From day one the target is for the student to learn to face situations using Spanish with confidence. The lessons, therefore, are given in Spanish by a bilingual, native Spanish-speaker.

 

Minimum students: 5

Max students: 10

 

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​​Spanish Immersion

Level 2

Class Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

​Instructor:  Carmen Hartzell

 

Class Fee

$425  - when registered & deposit received by May 30 

$455 - when registered after May 30

                                        

Required text: Curriculum provided by the teacher:  A Charlar - Spanish Level II

Prerequisites: Spanish Level I

Course Information

¡ Bienvenidos a la Clase de Español Nivel II !


This is a year-long course in the Spanish language and culture. This is the second course in the series of Spanish Immersion Classes and is designed for the student who has completed Spanish Immersion level 1.

The focus will be placed on the continued development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills necessary for basic communication and comprehension of the spoken language. There will be an emphasis on developing native pronunciation, essential vocabulary, and grammatical concepts. Customs and cultural insights will also be presented. The teacher will target instruction by communicating lessons in Spanish / English simultaneously when needed, allowing for an easier and more rapid course correction. Mrs. Hartzell has designed a personalized curriculum that ensures progress in her students’ language abilities. From day one the target is for the student to learn to face situations using Spanish with confidence. The lessons, therefore, are given in Spanish by a bilingual, native Spanish-speaker.

 

 

Minimum students: 5

Max students: 10

 

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​​Spanish Immersion

Level 3

Class Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Instructor:  Carmen Hartzell

Class Fee

$425  - when registered & deposit received by April 2

$455 - when registered after April 2

 

Required Text:  Curriculum provided by the teacher

 

Prerequisites:  Spanish Immersion I and II (or equivalent)

 

Course Information

 

¡ Bienvenidos a la Clase de Español Nivel III ! 

This is the third course in the series of Spanish Immersion Classes and is designed for the student who has completed Spanish Immersion level I and II. This course will provide interactive opportunities to enhance essential language skills such as speaking, reading, writing, and listening. It will prioritize speaking through realistic scenarios, in order to improve fluency and prepare students for real-life communication. This course will expand on Spanish I & II and will introduce new lessons. It will continue to develop and strengthen native pronunciation, essential vocabulary, grammatical concepts, and cultural awareness. The teacher will target instruction by communicating lessons in Spanish / English simultaneously when needed, allowing for an easier and more rapid course correction. Mrs. Hartzell personalizes the lesson plans to ensure progress in her students’ language abilities. Upon completion of this course, students would have increased their bilingual proficiency through receptive and expressive language practices. The lessons will be provided in Spanish by a bilingual, native Spanish-speaker.

 

Minimum students:  5

Max students: 10

 

Algebra 1

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Class Time: 

In-person on Fridays:  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Live/Virtual Tuesdays (info below):   10:00 a.m. - 11:00 noon

 

Instructor: Kevin Yaiko

 

Class Fee: $475

 

Course Information

 

This course is an introductory course to fundamental algebra skills and will build a solid foundation for subsequent high school math classes. Topics include:

  • real number operations,

  • solving equations and systems of equations,

  • operations on and factoring of polynomials,

  • operations on rational expressions,

  • functions, especially linear and quadratic,

  • inequalities, and

  • rational and irrational numbers.

 

In addition to in-person lessons on Friday, a one-hour midweek lesson (on Tuesday) will be hosted live and virtually through video conferencing software where students will receive additional real time instruction, practice, review and extension. 

Friday:  Classes will be held in-person, at co-op.

Tuesday:  Live attendance is preferred, but the virtual class will be optional for attendance - as I will record these sessions for the students, so those who cannot make the virtual time can still watch the lesson at their own time of choosing.  As well, students will be able to go back and watch it for review.

 

All other at-home content will be hosted through the Canvas Learning Management System, which includes video lectures for each topic, practice assignments, and assessments.

 

Curriculum

The course is largely structured off the textbook Algebra: Structure and Method - Book 1 published by McDougal Littell, with supplementary material included as necessary. No textbook purchase is required as all materials will be available through an online Learning Management System.

 

Grading

Standards-based grading using a decaying average.

Kevin does have a Readiness Exam available if any parents would like their student to take it to determine their preparedness for this class.  Please email leadership if you wish to do this (pathwayhighschool@gmail.com).

 

Minimum students:  10

 

Algebra 2

Class Time: 

In-person on Fridays:  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Live/Virtual Tuesdays (info below):   11:00 - 12:00 a.m.

 

 

 

Instructor: Kevin Yaiko

 

Class Fee: $475

 

Algebra 2 is an intermediate level class that expands upon the topics covered in Algebra 1 and introduces new algebraic concepts, such as:

  • compound inequalities and absolute value functions

  • systems of linear inequalities

  • complex numbers

  • various forms of quadratic functions

  • polynomial and the fundamental theorem of algebra

  • analytic geometry

  • exponential and logarithmic functions

  • sequences and series

  • triangle trigonometry

  • matrices

 

In addition to in-person lessons on Friday, a one-hour midweek lesson (on Tuesday) will be hosted live and virtually through video conferencing software where students will receive additional real time instruction, practice, review and extension. 

Friday:  Classes will be held in-person, at co-op.

Tuesday:  Live attendance is preferred, but the virtual class will be optional for attendance - as I will record these sessions for the students, so those who cannot make the virtual time can still watch the lesson at their own time of choosing.  As well, students will be able to go back and watch it for review.

 

All other at-home content will be hosted through the Canvas Learning Management System, which includes video lectures for each topic, practice assignments, and assessments.

 

Prerequisites:  Algebra 1

Curriculum

 

The course is largely structured off the textbook Algebra and Trigonometry: Structure and Method - Book 2 published by McDougal Littell, with supplementary material included as necessary. No textbook purchase is required as all materials will be available through an online Learning Management System.

 

Grading

 

Standards-based grading using a decaying average.

Kevin does have a Readiness Exam available if any parents would like their student to take it to determine their preparedness for this class.  Please email leadership if you wish to do this (pathwayhighschool@gmail.com).

 

Minimum students: 10

 

 

American Sign Language

 

Instructor: Erik Kiefer

 

Class Times:  3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Class Fee:

$425  - when registered & deposit received by April 30

 

$465 - when registered after April 30

Required Text: Curriculum and all associated materials provided by the Instructor

Course Description

 

This year-long, interactive, personalized class aims to educate those who have minimal knowledge of Sign Language, then moves to advancing each student into a wide range of communication skills.  Mr. Kiefer will put an emphasis on cultural awareness as well – Understanding the meaning behind signs, cultural norms, and community values. The goal is to minimize or eliminate barriers to communication in exchanges with deaf individuals.

 

In addition to learning and retaining sign material, students will develop important receptive skills, learn to use facial expressions which correspond to different signs and topics, improve upon conversational exchanges, practice building complete/accurate sentences, and understand how to approach interactions through a visual perspective. From the start, Mr. Kiefer’s main goal is to create a very engaging course. This ensures the rapid growth of each student's signing abilities, always surpassing expectations.

 

ASL is a completely visual language with many components, so, it is expected that outside of class, students schedule some time each day to practice what they have been learning. This will help in the retention of the material.

 

Minimum Students: 8

Max Students: 20

Teacher Review:

 

Erik did such a great job teaching my daughter ASL. His experience of having family members in the deaf community gives him practical experiences that enhance his teaching. I was amazed at how quickly my daughter picked up the signs and how many they could cover in a session. Erik was good at helping her understand how signs were developed and creative ideas to help her remember the signs. Erik is an encouraging and patient teacher, and he is passionate about teaching ASL.  ~ Joy, Parent

 

 

 

Pathway Gavel Club

 

This class is FULL 

Please email pathwayhighschool@gmail.com to be placed on the wait list.

 

Class Fee: $125

 

Instructor: Kellie Alison

 

Class Times:  3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Credit:  This class will serve as a Public Speaking elective.

Pathway Gavel Club is an affiliate club of Toastmasters International.  The mission of Toastmasters is to provide a supportive and positive learning environment in which members have the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which foster self-confidence and personal growth.  Gavel Club is the 18 and under version of Toastmasters, and runs similarly.

Gavel Club members will:

  • Deliver speeches throughout the year based on the goals outlined in the Competent Communicator Booklet.

  • Overcome nervousness when speaking in front of their class in a safe, encouraging environment.

  • Organize and present ideas logically and convincingly.

  • Listen carefully to others’ ideas.

  • Participate in and lead various jobs each week during Club Time.

  • Offer advice to help others improve their speaking and leadership skills.

 

All these skills are necessary for earning a living in today’s competitive job market, but are also essential for maintaining healthy personal relationships and achieving academic goals in high school as well as college.  Gavel Club offers an environment for students to gain confidence and get comfortable speaking in front of others while having fun in a supportive, encouraging environment.

Gavel Club is a student run class in which each student participates in every session. There are several jobs that are required to run Gavel Club, and each student will be given a different job each week.  Students are required to come to class prepared and ready to perform their job on Friday.  Students will complete speeches throughout the year.  Gavel Club is formatted where students will deliver 5 speeches each year, so they will need two years of Gavel Club if they wish to achieve their Competent Communicator Award.   Upon successful completion of 10 qualifying speeches, the student will receive the “Competent Communicator” award from Toastmasters International.  This achievement is looked upon favorably on college and job applications.

Each week, there will be an award for best speaker, best evaluator and best table topic.

Our goal is for each student to grow individually in their overall communication abilities throughout the year.

Weekly homework will usually take less than 30 minutes, unless you are a speaker that week.  It is recommended that speakers write and practice presenting their speech 2-3 weeks prior to their Speech Day. 

 

The hour of gavel club each Friday is used for the students to deliver their speeches and complete their jobs, therefore, it is essential for the parents to be involved at home in assisting their student to read the Competent Communicator Book, know what their objectives and goals are for each job and help them complete these tasks Monday through Thursday and come to class prepared and ready to participate.

 

All materials required for class will be provided by the instructor.  Students are responsible for providing all material that is needed for their speeches:  note-cards, handouts, display boards, visual aids, etc.

We look forward to a fun, productive year!