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2018-2019 Courses

6th Grade

ART: Drawing in 3-D with Color (1:10 pm)
Taught by Ms. Mina Milburn BIO

Mina Milburn has been teaching drawing and art appreciation classes for students of all ages since 1998. With a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and a Masters in Pastoral Theology she understands the purpose and goodness of the visual arts and looks forward to sharing that joy with your students. Ms. Milburn has taught Art for OLGC since 2017.

Students will be guided through drawing three dimensional forms beginning with graphite, but then quickly learning basic rendering techniques in colored pencil. We will make a thorough exploration of color theory and learn about the history of colored media.

Parent responsibility: Parents are expected to monitor their student's use of Internet sources. I will always watch or read the entire content of an article or video, but I am not responsible for links or ads that may appear when your child is on the Internet. If I recommend the students do a "safe search" I expect the parents to assist with that as needed. All Internet use is fully at the discretion of the parent. Additionally, I ask parents to help their children be comfortable with their drawing work as a learning process, not as something that must produce "art". My focus is on the development of practical skills and knowledge, not on producing wall hangings. The virtues to be gained are patience, diligence and modesty.
Homework: Students can expect to spend about 3* hours per week doing drawing practice and additional learning activities. These are described in class and fully explained in the homework assignments on Schoology. Additional learning activities may including reading from various sources or watching instructional Youtube videos via specific links provided by Mrs. Milburn.(*time spent is only approximate since it is subject to a student's personal ability and degree of engagement)
Prerequisites: None
Course fee: $270 pymt plan / $250 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: None / students bring own supplies - see booklist
Number of Students: Minimum - 5
Required Texts: See booklist
Additional Supplies: See booklist

English 6: Grammar and Literature (8:00 AM)
Taught by Ms. Megan Schmitt BIO

Hello! Thank you for your interest in my classes. Just a little info... I am a cradle Catholic and our family attends St. Mary the Virgin Catholic Church in Arlington. I am the church Director of Religious Education and coordinator of all things youth and adult! I have homeschooled all my children from the beginning. Our oldest, Maggie graduated, Joseph is 15 and attends class at OLGC, Emma is 12 and attends classes here as well and Amelia is our dynamic 3-year-old. We have 7 sweet souls watching over us in Heaven and God willing we will meet again someday! I have taught a variety of classes for the Irving elementary co-op called the St. Paul Institute. I enjoy the kids so much and am very eager to help them learn the content of my material in any way possible. I try to present information in a variety of forms so that I can reach as many of the kids as possible. One of our children has significant delays and challenges/gifts. I am very aware and eager to accommodate for children's different abilities. Please keep our lines of communication open! I am available via email and Schoology. Let me know if you have any questions. Many blessings for a fruitful school year!

This class will cover the following: Spelling/Vocabulary (pertaining to the literature we read), Grammar (workbook at home assignments), memorize poetry, reading four types of literature - poetry, short story, play and novel. Your child should spend no more than one hour a day on my homework - possibly less. My goal is to help children be able to produce a well-formed and cohesive paragraph on their own. I will begin with basic sentence structure and understanding, with a progression to spontaneous paragraph composition by the end of the year. We will be concentrating on reading the pieces of literature for content and form. This will be fun - I PROMISE! It is not about what you cannot do but what you CAN! We are going to LEARN!

Mrs. Schmitt will be very accessible through email and Schoology. Please feel free to have frequent contact with any issues. My goal is information/content understanding and retention. If your child is in need of accommodations, please be sure to address this before classes begin.

***I reserve the right to modify the lesson plans as necessary****

Parent responsibility: To check the students weekly progress, and that work is completed and prepared for class.
Prerequisites: None
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: $10 each semester
Required Texts: Easy Grammar 6, The Secret Garden, Black beauty, White Fang, Poetry and short stories will be supplied by instructor
Additional Supplies: Single subject spiral bound notebook (SPELLING/VOCAB ONLY), 1 package of wide ruled paper, 1 folder with 2 pockets - no brads (Left pocket marked ASSIGNED and right pocket marked TURN IN), Pencils (2 - sharpened), Highlighter - your choice of color

History 6: Texas History (10:40 AM)
Taught by Ms. Megan Schmitt BIO

Hello! Thank you for your interest in my classes. Just a little info... I am a cradle Catholic and our family attends St. Mary the Virgin Catholic Church in Arlington. I am the church Director of Religious Education and coordinator of all things youth and adult! I have homeschooled all my children from the beginning. Our oldest, Maggie graduated, Joseph is 15 and attends class at OLGC, Emma is 12 and attends classes here as well and Amelia is our dynamic 3-year-old. We have 7 sweet souls watching over us in Heaven and God willing we will meet again someday! I have taught a variety of classes for the Irving elementary co-op called the St. Paul Institute. I enjoy the kids so much and am very eager to help them learn the content of my material in any way possible. I try to present information in a variety of forms so that I can reach as many of the kids as possible. One of our children has significant delays and challenges/gifts. I am very aware and eager to accommodate for children's different abilities. Please keep our lines of communication open! I am available via email and Schoology. Let me know if you have any questions. Many blessings for a fruitful school year!

We will be covering the following aspects of Texas history: Map/Geography, First People, First Explorers, Missions, Gone to Texas, Texas Revolution, Republic of Texas, Christmas in Texas, Confederate Texas, Cowboys, Critters, Oil Boom, Texas Rangers, State Symbols, Texas Treasures, Six Flags over Texas.

Mrs. Schmitt will be very accessible through email and Schoology. Please feel free to have frequent contact with any issues. It is my priority to ensure that your child understand and love the history of our great state. My goal is information/content understanding and retention. If your child is in need of accommodations, please be sure to address that before classes begin.

***I reserve the right to modify the lesson plan if necessary***

Parent responsibility: To check the students weekly progress, and that work is completed and prepared for class.
Homework: TBA
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: Grades 6
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: $25
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 15.
Required Texts: Texas State Lapbook (Teacher will supply), Johnny Texas (Teacher will supply), Catholic Texans Our Family Album by Steve Landregan(text)
Information will be supplied as each topic is introduced
Additional Supplies: Folder (no brads - two pockets), Pencils (2 - with erasers and sharpened), Scissors, Glue sticks (3), Package of Colored Pencils, Manila Envelope (9x12)

Life Science (9:20 AM)
Taught by Ms. Amecia Rangel BIO

Amecia Rangel has always loved science. Beginning as her favorite subject as a homeschooled student, Biology eventually became her focus of study while attending UTA. Also while at UTA, Ms. Rangel worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and at the University Catholic Community. In addition, she enjoyed working with the youth as a high school counselor assisting with college applications and financial aid as well as an officer for Totus Tuus. Now Ms Rangel looks forward every week to encouraging in all her students a love for science and discovery. Ms Rangel married in 2015 and is primarily a stay-at-home mom of two boys: JohnPaul, age 3, and Andrew, age 18 months. Ms. Rangel has taught middle school science for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2017.

This course is for 6th and 7th graders who are interested in being well prepared for high school level biology. Students will study properties of life, how different life forms synthesize energy, basic parts and functions of cells, introduction to genetics, and environmental science. In class, students will participate in labs including microscope work and dissections to illustrate the topics covered. This course will alternate with an Earth Science course for 6th and 7th grade taught in the 2019-2020 school year.

Parent responsibility: Print assignment sheets each week, administer tests, and oversee coursework and special projects.
Homework: Detailed assignment sheets will be posted each week with reading and coursework from the book as well as occasional projects for students to complete at home.
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: 6th and 7th grade
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: TBA
Number of Students: 4 minimum, 10 maximum
Required Texts: Holt Science and Technology: Modules for Life Science
Additional Supplies: Colored pencils and assigned graph paper lab notebook

Signing Exact English (2:30 PM)
Taught by Ms. Christie Meldrum BIO

BIO


Christie Meldrum has known SEE (Signing Exact English) since her college days starting in the fall of 1987 at Middle Tennessee State University. Throughout her nursing career, she has used her experience to communicate and interpret sign language to help her patients and currently her family. As a homeschooling Mom, she uses sign language as a "second language" to coincide with English as she teaches her children. She has taught in coops and with Little Flowers, instructing and performing songs using sign language with SEE. It is hoped that this class introducing sign language in a form that follows English will inspire your student(s) to follow the joy of communicating SEE with others. Mrs.Meldrum lives in Justin, TX with her husband and 4 children age ranging from 5 to 14 years old. When not traveling to activities with her older children, she also enjoys crafts with her younger kids, crocheting and cooking.

This course introduces 6th and 7th grade students to sign language using SEE - Signing Exact English. Sign Language is a foreign language and SEE helps the student to sign and say it in English with better ease. ASL phrases are used as well, with the emphasis on following English structure. The student will learn hand shapes, the finger alphabet, as well as using facial and spatial expressions to convey signing. Signs introducing family, friends, people, animals and snacks will assist in learning conversation as well as be able to recognize the different signs in the context of a conversation.

Learning songs is one way to also learn SEE. Just as singing helps in remembering words, the student will learn signing with: The Pledge of Allegiance, Happy Birthday, and The Hail Mary. There will also be Christmas songs depending on how many students participate. The class will choose from Silent Night, White Christmas or Joy to the World.

Parent responsibility: To check the students weekly assignment sheet and monitor students work progress and preparation for class. (15-20 minutes)
Homework: Approximately 30-35 minutes a day. Weekly assignment sheets will be provided to aid the student in organizing and signing. Using a mirror to see how signs are being made will be beneficial. More time may be needed for some activities depending on the student.
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: 6th/7th, Introductory credit for high school
Course fee: $50 per semester (may take it one or both semesters, please let registrar know)
Supply Fee: TBA
Number of Students: 4 minimum, 15 maximum
Required Texts: Signing for Kids Mickey Flodin ($ 2.99 to $ 6.99)
Additional Supplies: handouts from SEE Signing Exact English 2nd edition provided by the instructor and Religious Signing Elaine Costellok

Private/Tutoring

Private Piano Lessons
Taught by Ms. Nancy Lopez BIO

Nancy Lopez is a performer and music teacher that has worked in the DFW area for several years. She has been teaching private voice and piano for since receiving her Vocal Pedagogy training at University of Texas at Arlington. Since then she has worked with many different students of varying ages from middle school children to middle aged adults including some members of the St Patrick Cathedral choir. She has also been a Cantor at St. Patrick Cathedral for the past year as well as the Soprano Section Leader for the eleven o'clock choir for more than three years. Along with that, she has performed in multiple theaters all around the metroplex where she was seen in shows such as Fiddler on the Roof (Garland Summer Musicals), Hello, Dolly! (Theatre Arlington) and Sweeney Todd in Concert (Uptown Players). Some of her favorite roles include Betty Haynes in White Christmas (Artisan Theater Center) and Sophie De Palma in Master Class (Brick Road Theatre). She has also worked with companies such as the Goode Time Carolers and has performed in many different stages across the metroplex. She is excited to introduce music in a fun and interesting way while also helping students establish a solid foundation of knowledge about music and its history. Ms. Lopez has taught music at OLGC since 2017.

This introductory piano course provides a platform for exploring music. Students will learn good practice habits as well as gain agility and flexibility in their hands; read music and learn to employ proper rhythm and technique with the piano. Student pianists will showcase their work and semester development in a spring recital.

Homework: Practice skills learned during lesson.
Course fee: $320 / per student per semester
Supply Fee: $15 for music

Private Voice Lessons
Taught by Ms. Nancy Lopez BIO

Nancy Lopez is a performer and music teacher that has worked in the DFW area for several years. She has been teaching private voice and piano for since receiving her Vocal Pedagogy training at University of Texas at Arlington. Since then she has worked with many different students of varying ages from middle school children to middle aged adults including some members of the St Patrick Cathedral choir. She has also been a Cantor at St. Patrick Cathedral for the past year as well as the Soprano Section Leader for the eleven o'clock choir for more than three years. Along with that, she has performed in multiple theaters all around the metroplex where she was seen in shows such as Fiddler on the Roof (Garland Summer Musicals), Hello, Dolly! (Theatre Arlington) and Sweeney Todd in Concert (Uptown Players). Some of her favorite roles include Betty Haynes in White Christmas (Artisan Theater Center) and Sophie De Palma in Master Class (Brick Road Theatre). She has also worked with companies such as the Goode Time Carolers and has performed in many different stages across the metroplex. She is excited to introduce music in a fun and interesting way while also helping students establish a solid foundation of knowledge about music and its history. Ms. Lopez has taught music at OLGC since 2017.

This course focuses on developing the singer's best potential with a solid foundation of voice techniques. These techniques include proper breathing and posture, correct pure vowels and development of a good and healthy vocal line and technique. Student singers will showcase their work and semester development in a spring recital.

Homework: Practice skills learned during lesson.
Course fee: $320 / per student per semester
Supply Fee: $15 for music

7th Grade

Art: Drawing in 3-D with Color (1:10 pm)
Taught by Ms. Mina Milburn BIO

Mina Milburn has been teaching drawing and art appreciation classes for students of all ages since 1998. With a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and a Masters in Pastoral Theology she understands the purpose and goodness of the visual arts and looks forward to sharing that joy with your students. Ms. Milburn has taught Art for OLGC since 2017.

Students will be guided through drawing three dimensional forms beginning with graphite, but then quickly learning basic rendering techniques in colored pencil.

We will make a thorough exploration of color theory and learn about the history of colored media.

Parent responsibility: Parents are expected to monitor their student's use of Internet sources. I will always watch or read the entire content of an article or video, but I am not responsible for links or ads that may appear when your child is on the Internet. If I recommend the students do a "safe search" I expect the parents to assist with that as needed. All Internet use is fully at the discretion of the parent. Additionally, I ask parents to help their children be comfortable with their drawing work as a learning process, not as something that must produce "art". My focus is on the development of practical skills and knowledge, not on producing wall hangings. The virtues to be gained are patience, diligence and modesty.
Homework: Students can expect to spend about 3* hours per week doing drawing practice and additional learning activities. These are described in class and fully explained in the homework assignments on Schoology. Additional learning activities may including reading from various sources or watching instructional Youtube videos via specific links provided by Mrs. Milburn.
(*time spent is only approximate since it is subject to a student's personal ability and degree of engagement)
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: all ages and all ability levels.
Course fee: $270 pymt plan / $250 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: None / students bring own supplies - see bookl
Number of Students: Min - 5
Required Texts: See booklist
Additional Supplies: See booklist

English 7 (8:00 AM)
Taught by Ms. Denise Taylor BIO

After attending twelve years at catholic schools in the Chicago area, Denise went on to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she received her B.A. in English Literature, Minor in History and an Area Certificate in Environmental Science.

Upon graduating from Indiana, Denise worked for the Hertz Corporation as an Account Service Representative servicing Hertz's corporate clients in Chicago. After much consideration, she returned to graduate school and earned her M. A. Degree in Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1997. All of her required observations and Student Teaching were completed in the Chicago Public School system. She holds a secondary certification (6-12th grade) in Illinois to teach English and History.

Denise's further teaching experience is in North Texas where she has also received her Secondary English Certification. She and her husband, Jeff, moved to Fort Worth in 1997 for him to complete his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital. She worked for two years for Crowley ISD teaching 9th grade English, and then transferred to Colleyville Heritage High School where she taught 11th and 12th Grade English.

Denise "retired" from classroom teaching upon learning she was expecting twins. She then had a third son who was born in 2003. All three of her children have attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Keller since pre-kindergarten. The twins are currently in their junior year at Nolan Catholic High School and her youngest son is a freshman there as well. Denise firmly believes in a Catholic education and have felt pleased with her family's choice of a Catholic faith based school. Ms. Taylor has taught Language Arts for Our Lady of Good Counsel in Fort Worth since 2015

This course will be adapted from Seventh Grade Lightning Literature and Composition to fit into a weekly schedule. The class will meet once a week, with four days' worth of assignments to be completed before the next class. Students will read a variety of texts including novels, short stories and poetry. The Student Guide provides comprehension questions, literature/composition lessons, vocabulary, author biographies, and writing assignments. The Student Workbook will also reinforce the literary and composition lessons. Our weekly classes will be reserved for in-depth discussion, writing instruction and oral presentations. Some of the works to be covered are: Kipling's "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi;" Mark Twain's hilarious The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures into Wonderland; The Story of My Life by Helen Keller; and James Herriot's quirky and touching adventures as a vet in All Creatures Great and Small. We will also read poetry by Edward Lear, William Blake, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Shakespeare, and others to introduce students to rhyme and other sound techniques.

Parent responsibility: To check the students' weekly progress and that work is completed and prepared for class.
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: 7th Grade
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 15.
Required Texts: Seventh Grade Lightning Literature and Composition pack (pack include both Student/Teacher Guides, workbook and required books for this course).
Additional Supplies: Spiral Notebook, Folder, Notebook Paper

History 7: Greek and Roman History and Literature (10:40 AM)
Taught by Ms. Lynda Lidyard BIO

A native of Southern California, Mrs. Lidyard attended a private Catholic schools. She earned a BS in Criminal Justice with minors in Literature and Sociology from CSULB. While in college Lynda continued to lifeguard, teach, and coach swimming. She also taught at a continuation high school and within the juvenile justice system in Orange County, CA. Upon graduating with her BS degree, Mrs. Lidyard worked for the city of Garden Grove managing recreational aquatics facilities and youth programs. At this time, she was pursuing graduate level courses towards her MSW and Law school. God had bigger plans for her life as she married and put college aside to start a family. She homeschooled both of her children. Lynda has been teaching history and science for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2015.

This course will utilize the MODG 7th grade syllabi adapted to work within OLGC weekly time frame. The class will meet once a week, with four days' worth of assignments to be completed before the next class. We will cover Greece first semester and Rome second semester. We will use Old World and America as a basic text to cover Greek and Roman History, the course will be supplemented with a variety of Literature books on Greece & Rome. We will also be covering the geography of Ancient Greece and Rome through map work. A variety of assignments will be assigned throughout the year (two papers, two oral presentations/ projects, two art projects). We will work on paragraph development throughout the year within the context of the history book chapter questions, as well as developing judgement and argument recognition. The students will get an introduction to the kinds of government and forms. We will start to examine the "why did this happen" questioning within the study of history not simply a list of facts, facts are good but I would like the students to leave with understanding the reason behind the facts.

Parent responsibility: To check the students weekly progress, and that work is completed and prepared for class.
Homework: Aapproximately 45 minutes to an hour a day. A variety of exercises map work, literature and textbook reading, tests, history questions to answer, and several essays. More time may be need during projects or essays depending on the student.
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: 7th
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: $10
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 15.
Required Texts: TBA
Additional Supplies: Notebook for notes

Life Science (9:20 AM)
Taught by Ms. Amecia Rangel BIO

Amecia Rangel has always loved science. Beginning as her favorite subject as a homeschooled student, Biology eventually became her focus of study while attending UTA. Also while at UTA, Ms. Rangel worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and at the University Catholic Community. In addition, she enjoyed working with the youth as a high school counselor assisting with college applications and financial aid as well as an officer for Totus Tuus. Now Ms Rangel looks forward every week to encouraging in all her students a love for science and discovery. Ms Rangel married in 2015 and is primarily a stay-at-home mom of two boys: JohnPaul, age 3, and Andrew, age 18 months. Ms. Rangel has taught middle school science for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2017.

This course is for 6th and 7th graders who are interested in being well prepared for high school level biology. Students will study properties of life, how different life forms synthesize energy, basic parts and functions of cells, introduction to genetics, and environmental science. In class, students will participate in labs including microscope work and dissections to illustrate the topics covered. This course will alternate with an Earth Science course for 6th and 7th grade taught in the 2019-2020 school year.

Parent responsibility: Print assignment sheets each week, administer tests, and oversee coursework and special projects.
Homework: Detailed assignment sheets will be posted each week with reading and coursework from the book as well as occasional projects for students to complete at home.
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: 6th and 7th grade
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: TBA
Number of Students: 4 minimum, 10 maximum
Required Texts: Holt Science and Technology: Modules for Life Science
Additional Supplies: Colored pencils and assigned graph paper lab notebook

Latin 1 (2:30 PM)
Taught by Mr. Joseph Sherer BIO

Mr. Sherer is a graduate of Langham Creek High School in Houston, Texas. He attended undergraduate studies at Texas A&M in College Station, where he earned a double major in History and Classics and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. While at Texas A&M, he was a member of the Singing Cadets, the all-male chorus of the university. While singing in this group, he had the honor of acting as an ambassador for Texas A&M University not only within the great state of Texas, but also around the country, and even internationally with performances in China, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. He was also a member of the Corps of Cadets at A&M, and eventually made his way into 3rd Brigade Staff where he acted as the Academic Officer, where he was in charge of the academic performance of approximately 200 cadets.

Mr. Sherer is currently attending Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, where he hopes to earn his Juris Doctor degree and become a lawyer. There he is the President of the St. Thomas More Society, a group dedicated to being a strong Catholic presence on campus, as well as being the Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society, which works to inform students about strict constructionist jurisprudence.

Mr. Sherer has past experience in teaching Classical languages, including being the Ancient Greek tutor for the Department of Classics at Texas A&M. He also had the privilege of attending a summer session of the Accademia Vivarium Novum in Rome, which is the premiere institution for the study and use of spoken Latin and Ancient Greek. He hopes to put these experiences to use as a tutor and to help students to love the Classical civilizations and languages as much as he does. Mr. Sherer has been teaching for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2017.

We use Units 1 through 7 of First Year Latin by Fr. Henle's which gives the student a solid foundation in Latin. The text introduces vocabulary in each lesson and refers the student to the accompanying Grammar for the corresponding declensions, conjugations, and grammatical rules. The text also has a variety of exercises that will test the student on the new material that is covered in the lesson as well as passages to translate. This is a 1 year, 1 credit course.

Parent responsibility: Perform oral assignments as given with student; make sure weekly assignments are completed.
Homework: 1 hour/day (except class days)
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: 8th & High School Grades
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: $25
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 15.
Required Texts: First Year Latin, Fr. Robert Henle; First Year Latin Answer Key, Fr. Robert Henle; Latin Grammar, Fr. Robert Henle
Additional Supplies: N/A

Signing Exact English (2:30 PM)
Taught by Ms. Christie Meldrum BIO

BIO


Christie Meldrum has known SEE (Signing Exact English) since her college days starting in the fall of 1987 at Middle Tennessee State University. Throughout her nursing career, she has used her experience to communicate and interpret sign language to help her patients and currently her family. As a homeschooling Mom, she uses sign language as a "second language" to coincide with English as she teaches her children. She has taught in coops and with Little Flowers, instructing and performing songs using sign language with SEE. It is hoped that this class introducing sign language in a form that follows English will inspire your student(s) to follow the joy of communicating SEE with others. Mrs.Meldrum lives in Justin, TX with her husband and 4 children age ranging from 5 to 14 years old. When not traveling to activities with her older children, she also enjoys crafts with her younger kids, crocheting and cooking.

This course introduces 6th and 7th grade students to sign language using SEE - Signing Exact English. Sign Language is a foreign language and SEE helps the student to sign and say it in English with better ease. ASL phrases are used as well, with the emphasis on following English structure. The student will learn hand shapes, the finger alphabet, as well as using facial and spatial expressions to convey signing. Signs introducing family, friends, people, animals and snacks will assist in learning conversation as well as be able to recognize the different signs in the context of a conversation.

Learning songs is one way to also learn SEE. Just as singing helps in remembering words, the student will learn signing with: The Pledge of Allegiance, Happy Birthday, and The Hail Mary. There will also be Christmas songs depending on how many students participate. The class will choose from Silent Night, White Christmas or Joy to the World.

Parent responsibility: To check the students weekly assignment sheet and monitor students work progress and preparation for class. (15-20 minutes)
Homework: Approximately 30-35 minutes a day. Weekly assignment sheets will be provided to aid the student in organizing and signing. Using a mirror to see how signs are being made will be beneficial. More time may be needed for some activities depending on the student.
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: 6th/7th, Introductory credit for high school
Course fee: $50 per semester (may take it one or both semesters, please let registrar know)
Supply Fee: TBA
Number of Students: 4 minimum, 15 maximum
Required Texts: Signing for Kids Mickey Flodin ($ 2.99 to $ 6.99)
Additional Supplies: handouts from SEE Signing Exact English 2nd edition provided by the instructor and Religious Signing Elaine Costellok

Private/Tutoring

Private Piano Lessons
Taught by Ms. Nancy Lopez BIO

Nancy Lopez is a performer and music teacher that has worked in the DFW area for several years. She has been teaching private voice and piano for since receiving her Vocal Pedagogy training at University of Texas at Arlington. Since then she has worked with many different students of varying ages from middle school children to middle aged adults including some members of the St Patrick Cathedral choir. She has also been a Cantor at St. Patrick Cathedral for the past year as well as the Soprano Section Leader for the eleven o'clock choir for more than three years. Along with that, she has performed in multiple theaters all around the metroplex where she was seen in shows such as Fiddler on the Roof (Garland Summer Musicals), Hello, Dolly! (Theatre Arlington) and Sweeney Todd in Concert (Uptown Players). Some of her favorite roles include Betty Haynes in White Christmas (Artisan Theater Center) and Sophie De Palma in Master Class (Brick Road Theatre). She has also worked with companies such as the Goode Time Carolers and has performed in many different stages across the metroplex. She is excited to introduce music in a fun and interesting way while also helping students establish a solid foundation of knowledge about music and its history. Ms. Lopez has taught music at OLGC since 2017.

This introductory piano course provides a platform for exploring music. Students will learn good practice habits as well as gain agility and flexibility in their hands; read music and learn to employ proper rhythm and technique with the piano. Student pianists will showcase their work and semester development in a spring recital.

Homework: Practice skills learned during lesson.
Course fee: $320 / per student per semester
Supply Fee: $15 for music

Private Voice Lessons
Taught by Ms. Nancy Lopez BIO

Nancy Lopez is a performer and music teacher that has worked in the DFW area for several years. She has been teaching private voice and piano for since receiving her Vocal Pedagogy training at University of Texas at Arlington. Since then she has worked with many different students of varying ages from middle school children to middle aged adults including some members of the St Patrick Cathedral choir. She has also been a Cantor at St. Patrick Cathedral for the past year as well as the Soprano Section Leader for the eleven o'clock choir for more than three years. Along with that, she has performed in multiple theaters all around the metroplex where she was seen in shows such as Fiddler on the Roof (Garland Summer Musicals), Hello, Dolly! (Theatre Arlington) and Sweeney Todd in Concert (Uptown Players). Some of her favorite roles include Betty Haynes in White Christmas (Artisan Theater Center) and Sophie De Palma in Master Class (Brick Road Theatre). She has also worked with companies such as the Goode Time Carolers and has performed in many different stages across the metroplex. She is excited to introduce music in a fun and interesting way while also helping students establish a solid foundation of knowledge about music and its history. Ms. Lopez has taught music at OLGC since 2017.

This course focuses on developing the singer's best potential with a solid foundation of voice techniques. These techniques include proper breathing and posture, correct pure vowels and development of a good and healthy vocal line and technique. Student singers will showcase their work and semester development in a spring recital.

Homework: Practice skills learned during lesson.
Course fee: $320 / per student per semester
Supply Fee: $15 for music

8th Grade

Art: Drawing in 3-D with Color (1:10 pm)
Taught by Ms. Mina Milburn BIO

Mina Milburn has been teaching drawing and art appreciation classes for students of all ages since 1998. With a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and a Masters in Pastoral Theology she understands the purpose and goodness of the visual arts and looks forward to sharing that joy with your students. Ms. Milburn has taught Art for OLGC since 2017.

Students will be guided through drawing three dimensional forms beginning with graphite, but then quickly learning basic rendering techniques in colored pencil.

We will make a thorough exploration of color theory and learn about the history of colored media.

Parent responsibility: Parents are expected to monitor their student's use of Internet sources. I will always watch or read the entire content of an article or video, but I am not responsible for links or ads that may appear when your child is on the Internet. If I recommend the students do a "safe search" I expect the parents to assist with that as needed. All Internet use is fully at the discretion of the parent. Additionally, I ask parents to help their children be comfortable with their drawing work as a learning process, not as something that must produce "art". My focus is on the development of practical skills and knowledge, not on producing wall hangings. The virtues to be gained are patience, diligence and modesty.
Homework: Students can expect to spend about 3* hours per week doing drawing practice and additional learning activities. These are described in class and fully explained in the homework assignments on Schoology. Additional learning activities may including reading from various sources or watching instructional Youtube videos via specific links provided by Mrs. Milburn.
(*time spent is only approximate since it is subject to a student's personal ability and degree of engagement)
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: all ages and all ability levels.
Course fee: $270 pymt plan / $250 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: None / students bring own supplies - see bookl
Number of Students: Min - 5
Required Texts: See booklist
Additional Supplies: See booklist

English: Lost Tools of Writing - Level I (9:20 AM)
Taught by Ms. Julie Flick BIO

Lifelong Catholic, Mater Dei parishioner, and Irving resident Mrs. Julie Flick has always loved literature and writing. After earning a B.A. degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California Irvine, she has worked for many years as a book and magazine copy editor and proofreader while homeschooling her three children. More recently, wanting to fill in the gaps in her own education, she began a three-year stint studying Classical Education and Rhetoric through the Circe Institute Teacher Apprenticeship program, where she delights in sharpening her thinking, writing, and teaching skills. She is soon to begin working toward an M.A. in Humanities and Classical Education at University of Dallas, enjoys tutoring in the writing center at North Lake College in Irving, but especially loves discussing with students the themes and ideas running through the Good and Great Books and discovering with each new reading how every story is really a variation of God’s great story told throughout salvation history.

The Lost Tools of Writing is a high school-level classical rhetoric curriculum that teaches the basics of the persuasive essay. Over the course of the year, students write nine essays, building on the simple structure of a *very* rudimentary Essay One and adding new elements to each subsequent one. Foundational rhetorical skills (drawn from Aristotle's Rhetoric) of Invention, Arrangement, and Elocution are practiced together through class discussion and written exercises and then incorporated into each essay.

Lost Tools is more than a writing program; it is at heart a thinking program. Drawing from topics in literature and history, students are taught to ask questions about actions taken by historical or literary figures to help them gather and arrange ideas and information from which they are able to derive theses and supporting points. The skills they learn in this class can be applied to every other kind of writing (and decision-making) they'll ever have to do.

Some of the things students will practice in this course include: coming up with ideas, creating a thesis and counter-thesis, choosing proofs and subproofs, developing a refutation, arranging ideas into a formal outline, writing exordiums and amplifications, and using a variety of schemes and tropes such as parallelism, simile, metaphor, and assonance..

Parent responsibility: Make sure your students are doing their homework. The skills in this course build upon one another, and the most successful students are those who complete every assignment on time. Please communicate with me if you have any questions, issues, or concerns at any time during the year, including if there are family circumstances preventing your student from keeping up with the homework. I will always reply promptly and be glad to discuss anything about the class or your student.
Homework: The amount of time spent on homework will increase as the year progresses and the essays become more complex. Expect to spend no more than 20 minutes a day for four days a week at the beginning of the year, increasing to an hour a day by the end of the year.
Credit Hours: 1 Credit (Composition)
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: Grade 8 and above.
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply fee: $10
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 12.
Required Texts: Lost Tools of Writing Student Workbook Level One from Circe Institute, Fifth Edition, published 2015 (most current edition)
Additional Supplies: A three-ring notebook with blank lined paper for taking notes and storing class handouts; a pen or pencil to write with during every class.

Classical Literature (10:40 AM)
Taught by Ms. Julie Flick BIO

Lifelong Catholic, Mater Dei parishioner, and Irving resident Mrs. Julie Flick has always loved literature and writing. After earning a B.A. degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California Irvine, she has worked for many years as a book and magazine copy editor and proofreader while homeschooling her three children. More recently, wanting to fill in the gaps in her own education, she began a three-year stint studying Classical Education and Rhetoric through the Circe Institute Teacher Apprenticeship program, where she delights in sharpening her thinking, writing, and teaching skills. She is soon to begin working toward an M.A. in Humanities and Classical Education at University of Dallas, enjoys tutoring in the writing center at North Lake College in Irving, but especially loves discussing with students the themes and ideas running through the Good and Great Books and discovering with each new reading how every story is really a variation of God’s great story told throughout salvation history.

In this course we'll read and discuss a selection of some of the best works of imaginative literature, drawing out themes and comparisons and practicing delving into the heart of a work through reading closely and asking good questions. We'll read six novels, one Shakespeare play, a few fairy tales, and some poetry sprinkled throughout. The class format will primarily consist of teacher-led discussion, with some writing done at home in a reading journal and in class through short weekly quizzes. We'll be reading portions of the books aloud during class time as well. Students will keep a commonplace book in which to record favorite quotes from each book, and will be memorizing some quotes and poems throughout the year. At the end of the year, each student will deliver an oral presentation to the class in a format of their choosing on one of the literary works or themes.

Parent responsibility: Make sure your students are keeping up with the reading and assignments. Please communicate with me if you have any questions, issues, or concerns at any time during the year, including if there are family circumstances preventing your student from keeping up with the homework. I will always reply promptly and be glad to discuss anything about the class or your student by email or, preferably, by phone or in person.
Homework: It will vary depending on the reading assignments, but expect to spend 30 to 45 minutes a day, four days a week, on homework.
Credit Hours: 1 Credit (Literature))
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: Grade 8 and above.
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply fee: $10
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 12.
Required Texts: Every student should have his or her own copy of each of the following books, and be allowed to write in it. Links and ISBN numbers to preferred editions are provided.
Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, ISBN-10: 1402725051
The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald, ISBN-10: 1543137962
The Princess and Curdie, George MacDonald, ISBN-10: 0140367624
Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis, ISBN-10: 0743234901
A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare, ISBN-10: 074347754
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, ISBN-10: 0141439823
The Art of Poetry (student book), Christine Perrin (Classical Academic Press)
Additional Supplies: A notebook of some kind for keeping a reading journal; a commonplace book, which is a journal-type book with lined pages for recording favorite quotes (consider investing in a good-quality hardbound journal with a beautiful cover that your student can use throughout high school and beyond); any pen or pencil to write with during class; high-quality pens for writing quotes in the commonplace book.

History 8: Medieval History and Literature (1:10 PM)
Taught by Ms. Lynda Lidyard BIO

A native of Southern California, Mrs. Lidyard attended a private Catholic schools. She earned a BS in Criminal Justice with minors in Literature and Sociology from CSULB. While in college Lynda continued to lifeguard, teach, and coach swimming. She also taught at a continuation high school and within the juvenile justice system in Orange County, CA. Upon graduating with her BS degree, Mrs. Lidyard worked for the city of Garden Grove managing recreational aquatics facilities and youth programs. At this time, she was pursuing graduate level courses towards her MSW and Law school. God had bigger plans for her life as she married and put college aside to start a family. She homeschooled both of her children. Lynda has been teaching history and science for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2015.

This course will utilize the MODG 8th grade syllabi adapted to work within OLGC weekly time frame. The class will meet once a week, with four days' worth of assignments to be completed before the next class. We will use a history textbook to cover medieval history. We will also cover church history during this time period using, The Story of the Church. The study of history will come alive with several literature books added to the textbook selections to help to give a feel of what life was really like during that time period. We will discuss the historical aspects of these books, as well as starting to dig deeper into the literature analysis of them. We will cover the geography of medieval Europe, as well as a study of modern geography and terms. The student will move from paragraph development into essay writing and formatting.

Parent responsibility: To check the students weekly progress, and that work is completed and prepared for class.
Homework: Aapproximately 45 minutes to an hour a day. A variety of exercises map work, literature and textbook reading, tests, history questions to answer, and several essays. More time may be need during projects or essays depending on the student.
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: 8th
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 15.
Required Texts: TBA
Additional Supplies: Notebook for notes

Latin 1 (2:30 PM)
Taught by Mr. Joseph Sherer BIO

Mr. Sherer is a graduate of Langham Creek High School in Houston, Texas. He attended undergraduate studies at Texas A&M in College Station, where he earned a double major in History and Classics and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. While at Texas A&M, he was a member of the Singing Cadets, the all-male chorus of the university. While singing in this group, he had the honor of acting as an ambassador for Texas A&M University not only within the great state of Texas, but also around the country, and even internationally with performances in China, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. He was also a member of the Corps of Cadets at A&M, and eventually made his way into 3rd Brigade Staff where he acted as the Academic Officer, where he was in charge of the academic performance of approximately 200 cadets.

Mr. Sherer is currently attending Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, where he hopes to earn his Juris Doctor degree and become a lawyer. There he is the President of the St. Thomas More Society, a group dedicated to being a strong Catholic presence on campus, as well as being the Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society, which works to inform students about strict constructionist jurisprudence.

Mr. Sherer has past experience in teaching Classical languages, including being the Ancient Greek tutor for the Department of Classics at Texas A&M. He also had the privilege of attending a summer session of the Accademia Vivarium Novum in Rome, which is the premiere institution for the study and use of spoken Latin and Ancient Greek. He hopes to put these experiences to use as a tutor and to help students to love the Classical civilizations and languages as much as he does. Mr. Sherer has been teaching for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2017.

We use Units 1 through 7 of First Year Latin by Fr. Henle's which gives the student a solid foundation in Latin. The text introduces vocabulary in each lesson and refers the student to the accompanying Grammar for the corresponding declensions, conjugations, and grammatical rules. The text also has a variety of exercises that will test the student on the new material that is covered in the lesson as well as passages to translate. This is a 1 year, 1 credit course.

Parent responsibility: Perform oral assignments as given with student; make sure weekly assignments are completed.
Homework: 1 hour/day (except class days)
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: 8th & High School Grades
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: $25
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 15.
Required Texts: First Year Latin, Fr. Robert Henle; First Year Latin Answer Key, Fr. Robert Henle; Latin Grammar, Fr. Robert Henle
Additional Supplies: N/A

Advanced Latin (1:10 PM)
Taught by Mr. Joseph Sherer BIO

Mr. Sherer is a graduate of Langham Creek High School in Houston, Texas. He attended undergraduate studies at Texas A&M in College Station, where he earned a double major in History and Classics and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. While at Texas A&M, he was a member of the Singing Cadets, the all-male chorus of the university. While singing in this group, he had the honor of acting as an ambassador for Texas A&M University not only within the great state of Texas, but also around the country, and even internationally with performances in China, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. He was also a member of the Corps of Cadets at A&M, and eventually made his way into 3rd Brigade Staff where he acted as the Academic Officer, where he was in charge of the academic performance of approximately 200 cadets.

Mr. Sherer is currently attending Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, where he hopes to earn his Juris Doctor degree and become a lawyer. There he is the President of the St. Thomas More Society, a group dedicated to being a strong Catholic presence on campus, as well as being the Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society, which works to inform students about strict constructionist jurisprudence.

Mr. Sherer has past experience in teaching Classical languages, including being the Ancient Greek tutor for the Department of Classics at Texas A&M. He also had the privilege of attending a summer session of the Accademia Vivarium Novum in Rome, which is the premiere institution for the study and use of spoken Latin and Ancient Greek. He hopes to put these experiences to use as a tutor and to help students to love the Classical civilizations and languages as much as he does. Mr. Sherer has been teaching for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2017.

In this class, students will continue to utilize the skills that they learned in Latin I and II, developing their grammar, vocabulary, and composition. They will also delve deeper into Latin poetry and prose, mainly exploring Virgil's Aeneid. Students will master basics of Latin heroic meter (dactylic hexameter). Students will also learn the fundamentals of Biblical (Koine) Greek.

Parent responsibility: Parents will make sure that students are completing all of their homework, help them as much as possible, and maintain contacts with the tutor for any questions.
Prerequisites: Latin I and II
Recommended Grade Level: 8th & High School Grades
Course fee: $348 pymt plan / $320 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: $20
Number of Students: Minimum - 2. Maximum - 12.
Required Texts: The Aeneid Books 2 and 4--Randall Ganiban
A Primer of Biblical Greek--N. Clayton Croy
A Latin Dictionary of your choice
Additional Supplies: pens, pencil, paper

Signing Exact English (2:30 PM)
Taught by Ms. Christie Meldrum BIO

BIO


Christie Meldrum has known SEE (Signing Exact English) since her college days starting in the fall of 1987 at Middle Tennessee State University. Throughout her nursing career, she has used her experience to communicate and interpret sign language to help her patients and currently her family. As a homeschooling Mom, she uses sign language as a "second language" to coincide with English as she teaches her children. She has taught in coops and with Little Flowers, instructing and performing songs using sign language with SEE. It is hoped that this class introducing sign language in a form that follows English will inspire your student(s) to follow the joy of communicating SEE with others. Mrs.Meldrum lives in Justin, TX with her husband and 4 children age ranging from 5 to 14 years old. When not traveling to activities with her older children, she also enjoys crafts with her younger kids, crocheting and cooking.

This course introduces 6th and 7th grade students to sign language using SEE - Signing Exact English. Sign Language is a foreign language and SEE helps the student to sign and say it in English with better ease. ASL phrases are used as well, with the emphasis on following English structure. The student will learn hand shapes, the finger alphabet, as well as using facial and spatial expressions to convey signing. Signs introducing family, friends, people, animals and snacks will assist in learning conversation as well as be able to recognize the different signs in the context of a conversation.

Learning songs is one way to also learn SEE. Just as singing helps in remembering words, the student will learn signing with: The Pledge of Allegiance, Happy Birthday, and The Hail Mary. There will also be Christmas songs depending on how many students participate. The class will choose from Silent Night, White Christmas or Joy to the World.

Parent responsibility: To check the students weekly assignment sheet and monitor students work progress and preparation for class. (15-20 minutes)
Homework: Approximately 30-35 minutes a day. Weekly assignment sheets will be provided to aid the student in organizing and signing. Using a mirror to see how signs are being made will be beneficial. More time may be needed for some activities depending on the student.
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: 6th/7th, Introductory credit for high school
Course fee: $50 per semester (may take it one or both semesters, please let registrar know)
Supply Fee: TBA
Number of Students: 4 minimum, 15 maximum
Required Texts: Signing for Kids Mickey Flodin ($ 2.99 to $ 6.99)
Additional Supplies: handouts from SEE Signing Exact English 2nd edition provided by the instructor and Religious Signing Elaine Costellok

Physical Science (Integrated Physics and Chemistry) (8:00 AM)
Taught by Ms. Amecia Rangel BIO

Amecia Rangel has always loved science. Beginning as her favorite subject as a homeschooled student, Biology eventually became her focus of study while attending UTA. Also while at UTA, Ms. Rangel worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and at the University Catholic Community. In addition, she enjoyed working with the youth as a high school counselor assisting with college applications and financial aid as well as an officer for Totus Tuus. Now Ms Rangel looks forward every week to encouraging in all her students a love for science and discovery. Ms Rangel married in 2015 and is primarily a stay-at-home mom of two boys: JohnPaul, age 3, and Andrew, age 18 months. Ms. Rangel has taught middle school science for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2017.

This course is for students 8th grade and above who are interested in being well prepared for high school physics and chemistry. Students will study Newton's Laws of Motion, the effects of friction on velocity, different types of light. Simple chemical equations and balancing equations will be covered, along with basic elements of chemistry. In class work will include labs to illustrate the topics being studied such as motion experiments and chemical reactions.

Parent responsibility: Print assignment sheets each week, administer tests, and oversee coursework and special projects. At this level the student will need to begin the habit of doing science daily.
Homework: Detailed assignment sheets will be posted each week with reading and coursework from the book as well as occasional projects for students to complete at home. Daily work 45 minutes to an hour.
Prerequisites: pre-Algebra (can be taken concurrently as long as math skills are strong)
Recommended Grade Level: 8th grade thru High School
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Number of Students: 4 minimum, 10 maximum
Required Texts: Holt Physical Science with Earth and Space Science ISBN# 9780030672132
Additional Supplies: Colored pencils and assigned graph paper lab notebook

Private/Tutoring

Private Piano Lessons
Taught by Ms. Nancy Lopez BIO

Nancy Lopez is a performer and music teacher that has worked in the DFW area for several years. She has been teaching private voice and piano for since receiving her Vocal Pedagogy training at University of Texas at Arlington. Since then she has worked with many different students of varying ages from middle school children to middle aged adults including some members of the St Patrick Cathedral choir. She has also been a Cantor at St. Patrick Cathedral for the past year as well as the Soprano Section Leader for the eleven o'clock choir for more than three years. Along with that, she has performed in multiple theaters all around the metroplex where she was seen in shows such as Fiddler on the Roof (Garland Summer Musicals), Hello, Dolly! (Theatre Arlington) and Sweeney Todd in Concert (Uptown Players). Some of her favorite roles include Betty Haynes in White Christmas (Artisan Theater Center) and Sophie De Palma in Master Class (Brick Road Theatre). She has also worked with companies such as the Goode Time Carolers and has performed in many different stages across the metroplex. She is excited to introduce music in a fun and interesting way while also helping students establish a solid foundation of knowledge about music and its history. Ms. Lopez has taught music at OLGC since 2017.

This introductory piano course provides a platform for exploring music. Students will learn good practice habits as well as gain agility and flexibility in their hands; read music and learn to employ proper rhythm and technique with the piano. Student pianists will showcase their work and semester development in a spring recital.

Homework: Practice skills learned during lesson.
Course fee: $320 / per student per semester
Supply Fee: $15 for music

Private Voice Lessons
Taught by Ms. Nancy Lopez BIO

Nancy Lopez is a performer and music teacher that has worked in the DFW area for several years. She has been teaching private voice and piano for since receiving her Vocal Pedagogy training at University of Texas at Arlington. Since then she has worked with many different students of varying ages from middle school children to middle aged adults including some members of the St Patrick Cathedral choir. She has also been a Cantor at St. Patrick Cathedral for the past year as well as the Soprano Section Leader for the eleven o'clock choir for more than three years. Along with that, she has performed in multiple theaters all around the metroplex where she was seen in shows such as Fiddler on the Roof (Garland Summer Musicals), Hello, Dolly! (Theatre Arlington) and Sweeney Todd in Concert (Uptown Players). Some of her favorite roles include Betty Haynes in White Christmas (Artisan Theater Center) and Sophie De Palma in Master Class (Brick Road Theatre). She has also worked with companies such as the Goode Time Carolers and has performed in many different stages across the metroplex. She is excited to introduce music in a fun and interesting way while also helping students establish a solid foundation of knowledge about music and its history. Ms. Lopez has taught music at OLGC since 2017.

This course focuses on developing the singer's best potential with a solid foundation of voice techniques. These techniques include proper breathing and posture, correct pure vowels and development of a good and healthy vocal line and technique. Student singers will showcase their work and semester development in a spring recital.

Homework: Practice skills learned during lesson.
Course fee: $320 / per student per semester
Supply Fee: $15 for music

High School

Art: Drawing in 3-D with Color (1:10 pm)
Taught by Ms. Mina Milburn BIO

Mina Milburn has been teaching drawing and art appreciation classes for students of all ages since 1998. With a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and a Masters in Pastoral Theology she understands the purpose and goodness of the visual arts and looks forward to sharing that joy with your students. Ms. Milburn has taught Art for OLGC since 2017.

Students will be guided through drawing three dimensional forms beginning with graphite, but then quickly learning basic rendering techniques in colored pencil.

We will make a thorough exploration of color theory and learn about the history of colored media.

Parent responsibility: Parents are expected to monitor their student's use of Internet sources. I will always watch or read the entire content of an article or video, but I am not responsible for links or ads that may appear when your child is on the Internet. If I recommend the students do a "safe search" I expect the parents to assist with that as needed. All Internet use is fully at the discretion of the parent. Additionally, I ask parents to help their children be comfortable with their drawing work as a learning process, not as something that must produce "art". My focus is on the development of practical skills and knowledge, not on producing wall hangings. The virtues to be gained are patience, diligence and modesty.
Homework: Students can expect to spend about 3* hours per week doing drawing practice and additional learning activities. These are described in class and fully explained in the homework assignments on Schoology. Additional learning activities may including reading from various sources or watching instructional Youtube videos via specific links provided by Mrs. Milburn.
(*time spent is only approximate since it is subject to a student's personal ability and degree of engagement)
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: all ages and all ability levels.
Course fee: $270 pymt plan / $250 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: None / students bring own supplies - see bookl
Number of Students: Min - 5
Required Texts: See booklist
Additional Supplies: See booklist

English /Literature

English: Lost Tools of Writing - Level I (9:20 AM)
Taught by Ms. Julie Flick BIO

Lifelong Catholic, Mater Dei parishioner, and Irving resident Mrs. Julie Flick has always loved literature and writing. After earning a B.A. degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California Irvine, she has worked for many years as a book and magazine copy editor and proofreader while homeschooling her three children. More recently, wanting to fill in the gaps in her own education, she began a three-year stint studying Classical Education and Rhetoric through the Circe Institute Teacher Apprenticeship program, where she delights in sharpening her thinking, writing, and teaching skills. She is soon to begin working toward an M.A. in Humanities and Classical Education at University of Dallas, enjoys tutoring in the writing center at North Lake College in Irving, but especially loves discussing with students the themes and ideas running through the Good and Great Books and discovering with each new reading how every story is really a variation of God’s great story told throughout salvation history.

The Lost Tools of Writing is a high school-level classical rhetoric curriculum that teaches the basics of the persuasive essay. Over the course of the year, students write nine essays, building on the simple structure of a *very* rudimentary Essay One and adding new elements to each subsequent one. Foundational rhetorical skills (drawn from Aristotle's Rhetoric) of Invention, Arrangement, and Elocution are practiced together through class discussion and written exercises and then incorporated into each essay.

Lost Tools is more than a writing program; it is at heart a thinking program. Drawing from topics in literature and history, students are taught to ask questions about actions taken by historical or literary figures to help them gather and arrange ideas and information from which they are able to derive theses and supporting points. The skills they learn in this class can be applied to every other kind of writing (and decision-making) they'll ever have to do.

Some of the things students will practice in this course include: coming up with ideas, creating a thesis and counter-thesis, choosing proofs and subproofs, developing a refutation, arranging ideas into a formal outline, writing exordiums and amplifications, and using a variety of schemes and tropes such as parallelism, simile, metaphor, and assonance..

Parent responsibility: Make sure your students are doing their homework. The skills in this course build upon one another, and the most successful students are those who complete every assignment on time. Please communicate with me if you have any questions, issues, or concerns at any time during the year, including if there are family circumstances preventing your student from keeping up with the homework. I will always reply promptly and be glad to discuss anything about the class or your student.
Homework: The amount of time spent on homework will increase as the year progresses and the essays become more complex. Expect to spend no more than 20 minutes a day for four days a week at the beginning of the year, increasing to an hour a day by the end of the year.
Credit Hours: 1 Credit (Composition)
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: Grade 8 and above.
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply fee: $10
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 12.
Required Texts: Lost Tools of Writing Student Workbook Level One from Circe Institute, Fifth Edition, published 2015 (most current edition)
Additional Supplies: A three-ring notebook with blank lined paper for taking notes and storing class handouts; a pen or pencil to write with during every class.

Classical Literature (10:40 AM)
Taught by Ms. Julie Flick BIO

Lifelong Catholic, Mater Dei parishioner, and Irving resident Mrs. Julie Flick has always loved literature and writing. After earning a B.A. degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California Irvine, she has worked for many years as a book and magazine copy editor and proofreader while homeschooling her three children. More recently, wanting to fill in the gaps in her own education, she began a three-year stint studying Classical Education and Rhetoric through the Circe Institute Teacher Apprenticeship program, where she delights in sharpening her thinking, writing, and teaching skills. She is soon to begin working toward an M.A. in Humanities and Classical Education at University of Dallas, enjoys tutoring in the writing center at North Lake College in Irving, but especially loves discussing with students the themes and ideas running through the Good and Great Books and discovering with each new reading how every story is really a variation of God’s great story told throughout salvation history.

In this course we'll read and discuss a selection of some of the best works of imaginative literature, drawing out themes and comparisons and practicing delving into the heart of a work through reading closely and asking good questions. We'll read six novels, one Shakespeare play, a few fairy tales, and some poetry sprinkled throughout. The class format will primarily consist of teacher-led discussion, with some writing done at home in a reading journal and in class through short weekly quizzes. We'll be reading portions of the books aloud during class time as well. Students will keep a commonplace book in which to record favorite quotes from each book, and will be memorizing some quotes and poems throughout the year. At the end of the year, each student will deliver an oral presentation to the class in a format of their choosing on one of the literary works or themes.

Parent responsibility: Make sure your students are keeping up with the reading and assignments. Please communicate with me if you have any questions, issues, or concerns at any time during the year, including if there are family circumstances preventing your student from keeping up with the homework. I will always reply promptly and be glad to discuss anything about the class or your student by email or, preferably, by phone or in person.
Homework: It will vary depending on the reading assignments, but expect to spend 30 to 45 minutes a day, four days a week, on homework.
Credit Hours: 1 Credit (Literature))
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: Grade 8 and above.
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply fee: $10
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 12.
Required Texts: Every student should have his or her own copy of each of the following books, and be allowed to write in it. Links and ISBN numbers to preferred editions are provided.
Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, ISBN-10: 1402725051
The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald, ISBN-10: 1543137962
The Princess and Curdie, George MacDonald, ISBN-10: 0140367624
Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis, ISBN-10: 0743234901
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne, ISBN-10: 140272599X
A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare, ISBN-10: 074347754
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, ISBN-10: 0141439823
The Art of Poetry (student book), Christine Perrin (Classical Academic Press)
Additional Supplies: A notebook of some kind for keeping a reading journal; a commonplace book, which is a journal-type book with lined pages for recording favorite quotes (consider investing in a good-quality hardbound journal with a beautiful cover that your student can use throughout high school and beyond); any pen or pencil to write with during class; high-quality pens for writing quotes in the commonplace book.

English: British Literature (9:20 AM)
Taught by Ms. Denise Taylor BIO

After attending twelve years at catholic schools in the Chicago area, Denise went on to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she received her B.A. in English Literature, Minor in History and an Area Certificate in Environmental Science.

Upon graduating from Indiana, Denise worked for the Hertz Corporation as an Account Service Representative servicing Hertz's corporate clients in Chicago. After much consideration, she returned to graduate school and earned her M. A. Degree in Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1997. All of her required observations and Student Teaching were completed in the Chicago Public School system. She holds a secondary certification (6-12th grade) in Illinois to teach English and History.

Denise's further teaching experience is in North Texas where she has also received her Secondary English Certification. She and her husband, Jeff, moved to Fort Worth in 1997 for him to complete his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital. She worked for two years for Crowley ISD teaching 9th grade English, and then transferred to Colleyville Heritage High School where she taught 11th and 12th Grade English.

Denise "retired" from classroom teaching upon learning she was expecting twins. She then had a third son who was born in 2003. All three of her children have attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Keller since pre-kindergarten. The twins are currently in their junior year at Nolan Catholic High School and her youngest son is a freshman there as well. Denise firmly believes in a Catholic education and have felt pleased with her family's choice of a Catholic faith based school. Ms. Taylor has taught Language Arts for Our Lady of Good Counsel in Fort Worth since 2015

This course will be adapted from Lightning Literature and Composition's English Literature courses. They are broken into two semesters with Early - Mid 19th Century as semester one, and Mid - Late 19th Century as semester two. I will adapt the course to fit into a weekly schedule. The class will meet once a week, with four days worth of assignments to be completed before the next class. Class periods will be focused on in-depth discussions of assigned reading material, and class presentation. First semester, the brilliant artist and poet William Blake begins our journey with instruction in tone. Then sensible Jane Austen has many things to teach us about character in Pride and Prejudice. Students will read about Sir Walter Scott in an essay by Thomas Carlyle, and learn much about persuasive writing along the way. Then it's back to those beautiful British poets, with that Dream Team of Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley, and Lord Byron to learn about imagery and poetic language. Pick a cozy setting to read Frankenstein and learn how an author uses setting in so many ways. Charlotte Bronte's tear-jerker, Jane Eyre, shows us point of view, then dry those eyes with a good laugh as Thackeray delights us with a short story and end the year on a high note by learning about humor. Second semester, students will start by learning about two core literary concepts. First Alfred, Lord Tennyson teaches about rhythm in poetry, then George Eliot's miniature gem, Silas Marner, illustrates plot. That master story-teller, Charles Dickens, gives a lesson in conflict, and the brilliant mathematician and wordsmith, Lewis Carroll, will delight students, while teaching a few lessons in rhyme along the way. Next students leave England and join Robert Louis Stevenson on his journeys out west to learn about local color. After their travels they return to the English drawing room to learn about theme from Oscar Wilde in The Importance of Being Earnest. But no one should stay cooped up too long, so next adventure forth with Sherlock Holmes to solve a mystery (and learn about genre). Finally, students enjoy a rollicking good tale with that English adventurer Rudyard Kipling based on his school days, and learn how to mine their own life and experiences for ideas.

Parent responsibility: To check the students' weekly progress and that work is completed and student is prepared for class.
Prerequisites: Students must demonstrate an appropriate command of essay writing and be able to read a variety of texts including fiction and non-fiction.
Credit Hours: 1 credit
Recommended Grade Level: High school 10th Grade
Course fee: $384 pymt plan / $350 pay-in-full
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 15.
Required Texts: 1. British Literature: Early to Mid 19th Century Pack (pack include both Student/Teacher Guides and required books for this course), 2. British Literature: Mid to late 19th Century Pack (pack include both Student/Teacher Guides and required books for this course). Required books include: Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, Silas Marner, Great Expectations, The Complete Stalky and Co., The Importance of Being Earnest
Additional Supplies: Spiral Notebook, Folder, Notebook Paper

History

World Geography (2:30 PM)
Taught by Ms. Lynda Lidyard BIO

A native of Southern California, Mrs. Lidyard attended a private Catholic schools. She earned a BS in Criminal Justice with minors in Literature and Sociology from CSULB. While in college Lynda continued to lifeguard, teach, and coach swimming. She also taught at a continuation high school and within the juvenile justice system in Orange County, CA. Upon graduating with her BS degree, Mrs. Lidyard worked for the city of Garden Grove managing recreational aquatics facilities and youth programs. At this time, she was pursuing graduate level courses towards her MSW and Law school. God had bigger plans for her life as she married and put college aside to start a family. She homeschooled both of her children. Lynda has been teaching history and science for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2015.

The course will travel the world starting with A Journey to the Center of the Earth with Jules Verne. Maps will be utilized to further explore the location of places and the landforms of the area along with general geography terms. We will use Holt McDougal Geography textbook to focus on physical geography, human geography, and current events of the major areas of the world. The students will have current event presentations related to each unit that is studied to relate what is being studied to today's world. The course will include a variety of essay and paper topics along with activities and projects. Included will be a study of Mother Teresa, Jane Goodall, and other famous people of the geographical areas studied. Literature suggestions will be given if you wanted to flesh out the course more with selections to further the study.

Parent responsibility: To check the students' weekly progress and that work is completed and student is prepared for class.

Parent responsibility: To check the students weekly progress, and that work is completed and prepared for class.
Homework: One hour a day, 4 days a week outside of class.
Credit Hours: 1 credit course
Recommended Grade Level: High School
Course fee: $384 pymt plan / $350 pay-in-full
Supply fee: $10
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 15.
Required Texts: See book list

Ancient History and Literature (8:00 AM)
Taught by Mrs. Lynda Lidyard BIO

A native of Southern California, Mrs. Lidyard attended a private Catholic schools. She earned a BS in Criminal Justice with minors in Literature and Sociology from CSULB. While in college Lynda continued to lifeguard, teach, and coach swimming. She also taught at a continuation high school and within the juvenile justice system in Orange County, CA. Upon graduating with her BS degree, Mrs. Lidyard worked for the city of Garden Grove managing recreational aquatics facilities and youth programs. At this time, she was pursuing graduate level courses towards her MSW and Law school. God had bigger plans for her life as she married and put college aside to start a family. She homeschooled both of her children. Lynda has been teaching history and science for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2015.

This course will follow the Mother of Divine Grace syllabus for Ancient History and Literature. It utilizes The Founding of Christendom by Warren Carroll as the primary textbook for the course. The student will use primary historical sources, The Bible, and Literature to help the history to come alive. We will be reading Iliad of Homer, Antigone by Sophocles, Plutarch's Lives, The Histories by Herodotus, Crito by Plato, The Rise of the Roman Empire by Polybius. The Myths will be explored specifically Ovid's Metamorphoses, through Nathaniel Hawthorne's Wonder Book and Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw as we discuss the idea of beauty. The study of history will be supplemented with speeches by some of Rome's most famous orators, and The History of Western Civilization: A Handbook by William H. McNeil. The Atlas of Classical History will be used to add the study of geography to the course, it is important that the student know where things happened just as much as what occured. We will wrap up the year reading Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare as we develop the idea of beauty and goodness in men. Essays will be included, as well as formal in class oral presentations.

Parent responsibility: To check the students weekly progress, and that work is completed and prepared for class.
Homework: Heavy Reading on a daily basis and weekly essay writing assignments (2 hours, it is a 2 credit course).
Summer Assignment: Read The Illiad by Homer Dover Thrift Edition ISBN:978-0-486-40883-5.
Prerequisites: 10 grade and above
Credit Hours: 2 credit course (1 Ancient History and Geography, 1 Ancient Literature)
Recommended Grade Level: High school 10th Grade and above
Course fee: $384 pymt plan / $350 pay-in-full
Supply fee: $10
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 15.
Required Texts: See book list

Language

Latin 1 (2:30 PM)
Taught by Mr. Joseph Sherer BIO

Mr. Sherer is a graduate of Langham Creek High School in Houston, Texas. He attended undergraduate studies at Texas A&M in College Station, where he earned a double major in History and Classics and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. While at Texas A&M, he was a member of the Singing Cadets, the all-male chorus of the university. While singing in this group, he had the honor of acting as an ambassador for Texas A&M University not only within the great state of Texas, but also around the country, and even internationally with performances in China, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. He was also a member of the Corps of Cadets at A&M, and eventually made his way into 3rd Brigade Staff where he acted as the Academic Officer, where he was in charge of the academic performance of approximately 200 cadets.

Mr. Sherer is currently attending Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, where he hopes to earn his Juris Doctor degree and become a lawyer. There he is the President of the St. Thomas More Society, a group dedicated to being a strong Catholic presence on campus, as well as being the Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society, which works to inform students about strict constructionist jurisprudence.

Mr. Sherer has past experience in teaching Classical languages, including being the Ancient Greek tutor for the Department of Classics at Texas A&M. He also had the privilege of attending a summer session of the Accademia Vivarium Novum in Rome, which is the premiere institution for the study and use of spoken Latin and Ancient Greek. He hopes to put these experiences to use as a tutor and to help students to love the Classical civilizations and languages as much as he does. Mr. Sherer has been teaching for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2017.

We use Units 1 through 7 of First Year Latin by Fr. Henle's which gives the student a solid foundation in Latin. The text introduces vocabulary in each lesson and refers the student to the accompanying Grammar for the corresponding declensions, conjugations, and grammatical rules. The text also has a variety of exercises that will test the student on the new material that is covered in the lesson as well as passages to translate. This is a 1 year, 1 credit course.

Parent responsibility: Perform oral assignments as given with student; make sure weekly assignments are completed.
Homework: 1 hour/day (except class days)
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: 8th & High School Grades
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: $25
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 15.
Required Texts: First Year Latin, Fr. Robert Henle; First Year Latin Answer Key, Fr. Robert Henle; Latin Grammar, Fr. Robert Henle
Additional Supplies: N/A

Advanced Latin (1:10 PM)
Taught by Mr. Joseph Sherer BIO

Mr. Sherer is a graduate of Langham Creek High School in Houston, Texas. He attended undergraduate studies at Texas A&M in College Station, where he earned a double major in History and Classics and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. While at Texas A&M, he was a member of the Singing Cadets, the all-male chorus of the university. While singing in this group, he had the honor of acting as an ambassador for Texas A&M University not only within the great state of Texas, but also around the country, and even internationally with performances in China, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. He was also a member of the Corps of Cadets at A&M, and eventually made his way into 3rd Brigade Staff where he acted as the Academic Officer, where he was in charge of the academic performance of approximately 200 cadets.

Mr. Sherer is currently attending Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, where he hopes to earn his Juris Doctor degree and become a lawyer. There he is the President of the St. Thomas More Society, a group dedicated to being a strong Catholic presence on campus, as well as being the Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society, which works to inform students about strict constructionist jurisprudence.

Mr. Sherer has past experience in teaching Classical languages, including being the Ancient Greek tutor for the Department of Classics at Texas A&M. He also had the privilege of attending a summer session of the Accademia Vivarium Novum in Rome, which is the premiere institution for the study and use of spoken Latin and Ancient Greek. He hopes to put these experiences to use as a tutor and to help students to love the Classical civilizations and languages as much as he does. Mr. Sherer has been teaching for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2017.

In this class, students will continue to utilize the skills that they learned in Latin I and II, developing their grammar, vocabulary, and composition. They will also delve deeper into Latin poetry and prose, mainly exploring Virgil's Aeneid. Students will master basics of Latin heroic meter (dactylic hexameter). Students will also learn the fundamentals of Biblical (Koine) Greek.

Parent responsibility: Parents will make sure that students are completing all of their homework, help them as much as possible, and maintain contacts with the tutor for any questions.
Prerequisites: Latin I and II
Recommended Grade Level: 8th & High School Grades
Course fee: $348 pymt plan / $320 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: $20
Number of Students: Minimum - 2. Maximum - 12.
Required Texts: The Aeneid Books 2 and 4--Randall Ganiban
A Primer of Biblical Greek--N. Clayton Croy
A Latin Dictionary of your choice
Additional Supplies: pens, pencil, paper

Spanish 1 (1:10 PM)
Taught by Ms. Connie Campos BIO

BIO


Born and raised in Texas, Mrs. Connie Campos' first language was Spanish. She graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in English, a year later she became a certified Texas Public School Bilingual Teacher. She taught for 5 years in a bilingual classroom within the school system. She has also worked within the law field as a legal secretary and legal assistant working with immigrants. She has homeschooled for 14 years. She volunteers at her parish, St. Mary in Stephenville, publishing the weekly bulletin, she is a Catechism teacher, she and her husband prepare couples for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, and she is involved with the Altar Server Ministry. Ms. Campos has been teaching for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2016.

The Avancemos curriculum will be used to teach students basic vocabulary and grammar in manageable lessons with frequent checkpoints, differentiated activities, and engaging practice options. The geography and culture of various Spanish speaking countries will also be taught adding the perfect blend of culture, instruction, and interaction. This enables and motivates students to succeed in learning Spanish.

The textbook has engaging digital online features, and differentiated instruction provide the keys to Spanish language proficiency. Supports 21st century skills with items like News and Networking online which includes high-interest cultural articles and videos. Interactive Readers provide a variety of readings at various levels of difficulty and interactive textbook pages that allow students to submit oral, multiple choice, and written responses to every activity in the book. There are also online activities and animations for additional interactive practice on the vocabulary and grammar. This helps the student to manage the language better at home the other fours instruction days.

Parent responsibility: To check the students' weekly progress and that work is completed and prepared for class. Review with the student their vocabulary flashcards.
Homework: Index cards and any grammar/verb charts completed as assigned completed and turned in on time.
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: High School
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: $20
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 10.
Required Texts: Avancemos 1 - Holt McDougal; workbooks
Additional Supplies: Index cards; notebook; pencils

Spanish 2 (2:30 PM)
Taught by Ms. Connie Campos BIO

BIO


Born and raised in Texas, Mrs. Connie Campos' first language was Spanish. She graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in English, a year later she became a certified Texas Public School Bilingual Teacher. She taught for 5 years in a bilingual classroom within the school system. She has also worked within the law field as a legal secretary and legal assistant working with immigrants. She has homeschooled for 14 years. She volunteers at her parish, St. Mary in Stephenville, publishing the weekly bulletin, she is a Catechism teacher, she and her husband prepare couples for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, and she is involved with the Altar Server Ministry. Ms. Campos has been teaching for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2016.

The Avancemos curriculum will be used to teach students basic vocabulary and grammar in manageable lessons with frequent checkpoints, differentiated activities, and engaging practice options. The geography and culture of various Spanish speaking countries will also be taught adding the perfect blend of culture, instruction, and interaction. This enables and motivates students to succeed in learning Spanish.

The textbook has engaging digital online features, and differentiated instruction provide the keys to Spanish language proficiency. Supports 21st century skills with items like News and Networking online which includes high-interest cultural articles and videos. Interactive Readers provide a variety of readings at various levels of difficulty and interactive textbook pages that allow students to submit oral, multiple choice, and written responses to every activity in the book. There are also online activities and animations for additional interactive practice on the vocabulary and grammar. This helps the student to manage the language better at home the other fours instruction days.

Parent responsibility: To check the students' weekly progress and that work is completed and prepared for class. Review with the student their vocabulary flashcards.
Homework: Index cards and any grammar/verb charts completed as assigned completed and turned in on time.
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: High School
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: $20
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 10.
Required Texts: Avancemos 2 - Holt McDougal; workbooks
Additional Supplies: Index cards; notebook; pencils

Signing Exact English (2:30 PM)
Taught by Ms. Christie Meldrum BIO

BIO


Christie Meldrum has known SEE (Signing Exact English) since her college days starting in the fall of 1987 at Middle Tennessee State University. Throughout her nursing career, she has used her experience to communicate and interpret sign language to help her patients and currently her family. As a homeschooling Mom, she uses sign language as a "second language" to coincide with English as she teaches her children. She has taught in coops and with Little Flowers, instructing and performing songs using sign language with SEE. It is hoped that this class introducing sign language in a form that follows English will inspire your student(s) to follow the joy of communicating SEE with others. Mrs.Meldrum lives in Justin, TX with her husband and 4 children age ranging from 5 to 14 years old. When not traveling to activities with her older children, she also enjoys crafts with her younger kids, crocheting and cooking.

This course introduces 6th and 7th grade students to sign language using SEE - Signing Exact English. Sign Language is a foreign language and SEE helps the student to sign and say it in English with better ease. ASL phrases are used as well, with the emphasis on following English structure. The student will learn hand shapes, the finger alphabet, as well as using facial and spatial expressions to convey signing. Signs introducing family, friends, people, animals and snacks will assist in learning conversation as well as be able to recognize the different signs in the context of a conversation.

Learning songs is one way to also learn SEE. Just as singing helps in remembering words, the student will learn signing with: The Pledge of Allegiance, Happy Birthday, and The Hail Mary. There will also be Christmas songs depending on how many students participate. The class will choose from Silent Night, White Christmas or Joy to the World.

Parent responsibility: To check the students weekly assignment sheet and monitor students work progress and preparation for class. (15-20 minutes)
Homework: Approximately 30-35 minutes a day. Weekly assignment sheets will be provided to aid the student in organizing and signing. Using a mirror to see how signs are being made will be beneficial. More time may be needed for some activities depending on the student.
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Level: 6th/7th, Introductory credit for high school
Course fee: $50 per semester (may take it one or both semesters, please let registrar know)
Supply Fee: TBA
Number of Students: 4 minimum, 15 maximum
Required Texts: Signing for Kids Mickey Flodin ($ 2.99 to $ 6.99)
Additional Supplies: handouts from SEE Signing Exact English 2nd edition provided by the instructor and Religious Signing Elaine Costellok

Mathematics

Algebra I (10:40 AM)
Taught by Ms. Amy DeLaTorre BIO

Amy was born and raised in Ohio. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she met her husband, Marlon. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Psychology. She continued her education at Loyola College in Baltimore in Clinical Psychology and at Youngstown State University in education to obtain her certification to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Amy taught a variety of math classes for every grade level between 8th and 12th in both public and Catholic schools in Ohio and Tennessee. She continues teaching her own children and tutoring other students in math. Her goal for teaching and tutoring is to pass on the love of mathematics and discover the best way for each student to learn.

We will be using Saxon Algebra I book (3rd edition) with test booklet. Concepts of geometry and algebra are interspersed throughout the book. This course covers the following topics: division by zero, reciprocal and multiplicative inverse, exponents, algebraic phrases, word problems, canceling, ratio, conjunctions, dividing fractions, domain, elimination, closure, probability, algebraic proofs, rational equations functions.

Parent responsibility: To check the students' weekly progress and that homework is completed and graded (student may grade his/her own home work).
Homework: Approximately 45 minutes to an hour a day. Work will be assigned for five days including a lesson for four days and a test on the fifth day.
Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra or Saxon 8/7 and/or an assessment test
Credit Hours: 1
Recommended Grade Level: High school
Course fee: 330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: TBA
Number of Students: 5 minimum, 15 maximum
Required Texts: Saxon Algebra I Home Study Kit (3rd edition) - You may choose to purchase the solutions manual but it is not required.
Additional Supplies: Notebook and folder or 3-ring binder with dividers. A calculator is optional.

Algebra II (1:10 PM)
Taught by Ms. Amy DeLaTorre BIO

Amy was born and raised in Ohio. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she met her husband, Marlon. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Psychology. She continued her education at Loyola College in Baltimore in Clinical Psychology and at Youngstown State University in education to obtain her certification to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Amy taught a variety of math classes for every grade level between 8th and 12th in both public and Catholic schools in Ohio and Tennessee. She continues teaching her own children and tutoring other students in math. Her goal for teaching and tutoring is to pass on the love of mathematics and discover the best way for each student to learn.

We will be using Saxon Algebra II book (3rd edition) with test booklet. Concepts of geometry and algebra are interspersed throughout the book. Topics include: absolute value, percent, Pythagorean theorem, substitution, scientific notation, area, trinomial factoring, chemical compounds, abstract fractional equations, radical equations, ideal gas laws, quadratic formula, force, vectors, slope formula, discriminant number, and word problems..

Parent responsibility: To check the students' weekly progress and that homework is completed and graded (student may grade his/her own home work).
Homework: Approximately 45 minutes to an hour a day. Work will be assigned for five days including a lesson for four days and a test on the fifth day.
Prerequisites: Algebra I (preferably Saxon) and/or an assessment test
Credit Hours: 1
Recommended Grade Level: High school
Course fee: 330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: TBA
Number of Students: 5 minimum, 15 maximum
Required Texts: Saxon Algebra II Home Study Kit (3rd edition). You may also choose to purchase the solutions manual but it is not required.
Additional Supplies: Notebook and folder or 3-ring binder with dividers. A calculator is optional.

Science

Science: Physical Science (Integrated Physics and Chemistry) (8:00 AM)
Taught by Ms. Amecia Rangel BIO

Amecia Rangel has always loved science. Beginning as her favorite subject as a homeschooled student, Biology eventually became her focus of study while attending UTA. Also while at UTA, Ms. Rangel worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and at the University Catholic Community. In addition, she enjoyed working with the youth as a high school counselor assisting with college applications and financial aid as well as an officer for Totus Tuus. Now Ms Rangel looks forward every week to encouraging in all her students a love for science and discovery. Ms Rangel married in 2015 and is primarily a stay-at-home mom of two boys: JohnPaul, age 3, and Andrew, age 18 months. Ms. Rangel has taught middle school science for Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2017.

This course is for students 8th grade and above who are interested in being well prepared for high school physics and chemistry. Students will study Newton's Laws of Motion, the effects of friction on velocity, different types of light. Simple chemical equations and balancing equations will be covered, along with basic elements of chemistry. In class work will include labs to illustrate the topics being studied such as motion experiments and chemical reactions.

Parent responsibility: Print assignment sheets each week, administer tests, and oversee coursework and special projects. At this level the student will need to begin the habit of doing science daily.
Homework: Detailed assignment sheets will be posted each week with reading and coursework from the book as well as occasional projects for students to complete at home. Daily work 45 minutes to an hour.
Prerequisites: pre-Algebra (can be taken concurrently as long as math skills are strong)
Recommended Grade Level: 8th grade thru High School
Course fee: $330 pymt plan / $300 pay-in-full
Number of Students: 4 minimum, 10 maximum
Required Texts: Holt Physical Science with Earth and Space Science ISBN# 9780030672132
Additional Supplies: Colored pencils and assigned graph paper lab notebook

Science: Biology (8:00 AM)
Taught by Ms. Tiffanie Krasner BIO

Tiffanie is a Native Texan, and Catholic Convert of 10 years. She graduated Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Arlington with her Bachelors degree in Science and Math Education in 2009 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2012 with her Masters degree in Science Education, where she met her husband, Joseph. Tiffanie has taught for 9 years in both the public and private Catholic Schools. Her goal as a teacher is to share her passion for science. She uses the multiple intelligences when designing her lessons, and teaches hands-on classes that make science interesting and fun.

My goal is to provide students with exciting opportunities to experience the amazing world of God's creation while preparing them for Chemistry and Advanced Level Biology courses. We will be using Biology by Holt Mc Dougal as our text. The class will meet once a week with 4 days' worth of assignments to be completed before next class. We will study a variety of topics that include cell structure and function; growth and development of organisms; genetics; ecology; plants, animals, and human body systems. The student will be required to keep a detailed Science Lab Notebook, complete several dissections (flower, frog, ect.), create a 3-D cell model, build a terrarium, use the microscope to study cells of bacteria, plants, and human body tissue.

In addition, students will discuss and learn about the teaching of the Church on the origin of life. Students will be introduced to the topic of bio-ethics. Stem cells will be discussed and researched along with the Church's position of this (adult vs embryonic stem cells). HeLa Cells will be discussed as to how they were acquired and the research on them. Each student will complete a yearlong project on a controversial topic in biology and dig deeper into the pros and cons of that issue. The projects will be presented in stages. Examples completed this year: human cloning, bio-weapons, designer babies, animal testing, invasive species, de-forestation,*Please note this is a complete Biology text and does contain sensitive information on the human reproductive system which will not be covered in class (chapter 34). It is the duty of the parents to cover this material with the student if desired. *

Parent responsibility: To check the students weekly assignment sheet and monitor students work progress and preparation for class. (15-20 minutes)
Homework: Approximately 1 hour a day. However, more time may be needed for some activities depending on the student. Detailed weekly assignment sheets are provided to aid the student in organizing studies. On-line Study Aids from the book are supplemented with teacher handouts, graphic organizers, foldables, and projects. Timed tests, online quizzes, a lab practical and a comprehensive final exam will be used to assess student learning.
Prerequisites: Physical Science or equivalent with completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1
Credit Hours: 1 credit and 1/2 lab credit
Recommended Grade Level: 9th/10th
Course fee: $420 pymt plan / $390 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: TBA
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 15.
Required Texts: Biology by Holt Mc Dougal Homeschool Package
Additional Supplies: box of 24 colored pencils, basic scientific calculator - recommend TI models (TI-30X IIS), project supplies as needed

Science: Chemistry (10:40 AM)
Taught by Ms. Tiffanie Krasner BIO

Tiffanie is a Native Texan, and Catholic Convert of 10 years. She graduated Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Arlington with her Bachelors degree in Science and Math Education in 2009 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2012 with her Masters degree in Science Education, where she met her husband, Joseph. Tiffanie has taught for 9 years in both the public and private Catholic Schools. Her goal as a teacher is to share her passion for science. She uses the multiple intelligences when designing her lessons, and teaches hands-on classes that make science interesting and fun.

Want to make rock candy, ice cream, separate iron from cereal, create different concentrations of Kool-Aid drinks, and solve crimes? Get ready to have some fun while learning the complex subject of Chemistry. We will be using Chemistry by Holt Mc Dougal as our text. The class will meet once a week with 4 days' worth of assignments to be completed before next class. We will study a variety of topics that include: characteristics of matter; energy transformations during physical and chemical changes; atomic structure; periodic table of elements; behavior of gases; bonding; nuclear fission and fusion; oxidation-reduction reactions; chemical equations; the Mole and Stoichiometry; solutes; properties of solutions; acids and bases; and chemical reactions. An emphasis will be placed on teaching the difficult concepts of Chemistry by using everyday items and activities to show how chemistry affects our daily lives. Chemistry is too explosive to be boring. Come have fun and see how chemistry affects you.

Parent responsibility: To check the students weekly assignment sheet and monitor students work progress and preparation for class. (15-20 minutes)
Homework: Approximately 1 hour a day. However, more time may be needed for some activities depending on the student. Detailed weekly assignment sheets are provided to aid the student in organizing studies. On-line Study Aids from the book are supplemented with teacher handouts, graphic organizers, foldables, and projects. Timed tests, online quizzes, a lab practical and a comprehensive final exam will be used to assess student learning.
Prerequisites: Biology or equivalent w/ completion of Algebra 1, Algebra II or current enrollment
Credit Hours: 1 credit and 1/2 lab credit
Recommended Grade Level: 10th/11th
Course fee: $420 pymt plan / $390 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: TBA
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 15.
Required Texts: Chemistry by Holt Mc Dougal Homeschool Package
Additional Supplies: box of 24 colored pencils, basic scientific calculator - recommend TI models (TI-30X IIS), project supplies as needed
Summer Assignment: To help prepare for class, please memorize the symbol, spelling, and name of elements listed on the Element Memorization Sheet found online in the Summer Assignment Schoology Folder.

Science: Physics (9:20 AM)
Taught by Ms. Tiffanie Krasner BIO

Tiffanie is a Native Texan, and Catholic Convert of 10 years. She graduated Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Arlington with her Bachelors degree in Science and Math Education in 2009 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2012 with her Masters degree in Science Education, where she met her husband, Joseph. Tiffanie has taught for 9 years in both the public and private Catholic Schools. Her goal as a teacher is to share her passion for science. She uses the multiple intelligences when designing her lessons, and teaches hands-on classes that make science interesting and fun.

Learning Physics is a blast when you are testing parachutes, designing pulley systems, and building electromagnets! Want to make a working model of a roller coaster, test out The Laws of Motion, build a catapult, and understand the importance of seat belt design? Get ready to have some fun while learning all about Physics. We will be using Physics by Holt Mc Dougal as our text. The class will meet once a week with 4 days' worth of assignments to be completed before next class. We will study a variety of topics that include: forces, The Laws of Motion, vectors, work, energy, momentum, collisions, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, and waves. An emphasis will be placed on using formulas and calculations during lab experiments.

Parent responsibility: To check the students weekly assignment sheet and monitor students work progress and preparation for class. (15-20 minutes)
Homework: Approximately 1 hour a day. However, more time may be needed for some activities depending on the student. Detailed weekly assignment sheets are provided to aid the student in organizing studies. On-line Study Aids from the book are supplemented with teacher handouts, graphic organizers, foldables, and projects. Timed tests, online quizzes, a lab practical and a comprehensive final exam will be used to assess student learning.
Prerequisites: Biology or equivalent with completion of Algebra I & II, Pre-Calculus or current enrollment (know that the course requires basic trigonometry, such as that covered in Saxon Algebra 2)
Credit Hours: 1 credit and 1/2 lab credit
Recommended Grade Level: 10th/11th
Course fee: $420 pymt plan / $390 pay-in-full
Supply Fee: TBA
Number of Students: Minimum - 5. Maximum - 15.
Required Texts: Physics by Holt Mc Dougal Homeschool Package
Additional Supplies: box of 24 colored pencils, basic scientific calculator - recommend TI models (TI-30X IIS), project supplies as needed

Private/Tutoring

Private Piano Lessons
Taught by Ms. Nancy Lopez BIO

Nancy Lopez is a performer and music teacher that has worked in the DFW area for several years. She has been teaching private voice and piano for since receiving her Vocal Pedagogy training at University of Texas at Arlington. Since then she has worked with many different students of varying ages from middle school children to middle aged adults including some members of the St Patrick Cathedral choir. She has also been a Cantor at St. Patrick Cathedral for the past year as well as the Soprano Section Leader for the eleven o'clock choir for more than three years. Along with that, she has performed in multiple theaters all around the metroplex where she was seen in shows such as Fiddler on the Roof (Garland Summer Musicals), Hello, Dolly! (Theatre Arlington) and Sweeney Todd in Concert (Uptown Players). Some of her favorite roles include Betty Haynes in White Christmas (Artisan Theater Center) and Sophie De Palma in Master Class (Brick Road Theatre). She has also worked with companies such as the Goode Time Carolers and has performed in many different stages across the metroplex. She is excited to introduce music in a fun and interesting way while also helping students establish a solid foundation of knowledge about music and its history. Ms. Lopez has taught music at OLGC since 2017.

This introductory piano course provides a platform for exploring music. Students will learn good practice habits as well as gain agility and flexibility in their hands; read music and learn to employ proper rhythm and technique with the piano. Student pianists will showcase their work and semester development in a spring recital.

Homework: Practice skills learned during lesson.
Course fee: $320 / per student per semester
Supply Fee: $15 for music

Private Voice Lessons
Taught by Ms. Nancy Lopez BIO

Nancy Lopez is a performer and music teacher that has worked in the DFW area for several years. She has been teaching private voice and piano for since receiving her Vocal Pedagogy training at University of Texas at Arlington. Since then she has worked with many different students of varying ages from middle school children to middle aged adults including some members of the St Patrick Cathedral choir. She has also been a Cantor at St. Patrick Cathedral for the past year as well as the Soprano Section Leader for the eleven o'clock choir for more than three years. Along with that, she has performed in multiple theaters all around the metroplex where she was seen in shows such as Fiddler on the Roof (Garland Summer Musicals), Hello, Dolly! (Theatre Arlington) and Sweeney Todd in Concert (Uptown Players). Some of her favorite roles include Betty Haynes in White Christmas (Artisan Theater Center) and Sophie De Palma in Master Class (Brick Road Theatre). She has also worked with companies such as the Goode Time Carolers and has performed in many different stages across the metroplex. She is excited to introduce music in a fun and interesting way while also helping students establish a solid foundation of knowledge about music and its history. Ms. Lopez has taught music at OLGC since 2017.

This course focuses on developing the singer's best potential with a solid foundation of voice techniques. These techniques include proper breathing and posture, correct pure vowels and development of a good and healthy vocal line and technique. Student singers will showcase their work and semester development in a spring recital.

Homework: Practice skills learned during lesson.
Course fee: $320 / per student per semester
Supply Fee: $15 for music

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