Dates: Sept 19th-Oct 2nd – coursework
Oct 3rd-Oct 6th – expedition
This course will occur over ten consecutive school days during X-Block. The course will be held outdoors on the Collierville campus and will explore concepts such as forest ecology, preserving animal habitats, forest food webs, land management, and forestry. Students will also prepare for a four day backpacking trip. Students will learn skills such as wilderness first aid, gear maintenance, reading topographic maps, and cooking on the trail. Attendance at all meetings is mandatory and students must attend the four day expedition to receive credit. Please note that the four-day expedition occurs over Fall Break.
Dates: Jan 7th-Jan 17th – coursework
Jan 18th-Jan 21st – expedition
This course will occur over nine consecutive school days during X-Block. The course will be held outdoors on the Collierville campus and will explore concepts such as urban animals, wildlife corridors, stormwater, food deserts, and challenges with poverty in the urban core. Students will learn skills such as reading maps, first aid, and self-defense when traveling in cities. On the expedition students will spend four days exploring urban Memphis. We will spend nights at the St. George’s Bunkhouse and participate in service opportunities that help those with housing insecurity in our community. Attendance at all meetings is mandatory and students must attend the four-day expedition to receive credit. Please note that the four-day expedition occurs over the weekend and during the January MLK holiday.
Dates: Feb 25th-Mar 7th – coursework
Mar 8th—Mar 11th -- expedition
This course will occur over ten consecutive days during X-Block. The course will be held outdoors on the Collierville campus and will explore concepts such as watershed ecology, water quality testing, pond ecology, fisheries, and wastewater treatment. On the expedition, students will spend four days traveling down the Wolf River via canoe. We will explore different pieces of the Wolf River watershed including the Ghost River section closer to the headwaters of the Wolf River, a rural stretch of the river near our campus, an urban section of the river, finally the mouth of the river as it empties into the Mississippi river. Attendance at all meetings is mandatory and students must attend the four-day expedition to receive credit. Please note that the four-day occurs over Spring Break.
This course offers a hands-on exploration experience of the world of modern media. Over the course of a semester, students learn to be informed and ethical creators of media and marketing content by mastering a wide range of media tools and equipment including PhotoShop, Illustrator, various cameras and mics. Students become active participants in the world of media, learning to engage the larger community through news stories, video, social media, print and web design, branding and creative marketing campaigns.
Media Literacy offers a hands-on exploration-experience of the world of news media. Open to all upper school students, this course serves as an introduction to journalism for those planning on applying to the newspaper or yearbook, while also providing young citizens with the tools they need understand and engage with the media of today. Over the course of a year, students will learn to be informed consumers and ethical creators of news media. They will engage regularly and deeply with the news of the day while also examining the role of journalism in history, its place in our democracy, the current crises confronting the news industry, and the entrepreneurs who are changing the landscape of news as we know it. Students will not only learn by observing media in action; they will also become journalists themselves, developing pieces for print and the web.
Prerequisite: none but if registration exceeds enrollment capacity, preference given to students who have taken Media, Marketing & Design or Media Literacy
Yearbook Journalism is a course designed to produce The Legend, the St. George's yearbook which covers students in Grades PK-12 across three different campuses. Practical instruction includes layout and design, copywriting, art preparation, the history and purposes of the yearbook, photography, critical editing, and the use of equipment and tools of the trade, as well as managing deadlines. Driven by student leadership and creativity, Yearbook Journalism is intended to develop student journalists with a keen eye for design, effective time-management techniques, and the ability to work collaboratively towards a common goal. Enrollment in Yearbook Journalism is competitive, application-based, and open only to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For questions, contact the faculty advisor to The Legend, Emmy McClain, at email@example.com.
The Newspaper Journalism course serves as the newsroom of St. George’s award-winning school newspaper and website. This course focuses on real-world, hands-on, experiential learning through the production of both print and online news content. Driven by student leadership and student concerns, Newspaper Journalism is different each day and each year, but all students enrolled learn to develop and pitch stories, interview sources, write articles, take photographs, shoot video, edit copy, fact-check, and think creatively about design. While all St. George's students may contribute to the newspaper, enrollment in Newspaper Journalism is competitive, application-based, and open only to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For questions, contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Margaret Robertson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prerequisite: by application
The Citizenship course, for juniors accepted into the Institute for Citizenship, has as its goal the creation of entrepreneurial citizens who can actively pursue solutions to global issues that exist in the local, national, and global spheres. Through the lense of citizenship, students examine current events from six areas of the globe, placing emphasis on acquiring real-world skills, developing a thoughtful approach to ethics, and creating educated predictions by interpreting and synthesizing world headlines. Learning objectives include: 1) heightened awareness of a citizen’s responsibilities to others, to society, and to the environment; 2) practice with entrepreneurialism as a means of solving social, public policy, and business challenges; 3) the establishment of a personal code of ethics for use in professional and public life; and 4) attainment of knowledge and skills necessary for active participation in local, national, and global affairs in the political and non-governmental realms.
This course will examine the history of globalization through the complex political, economic, and cultural forces that shape our world. The course focuses on regions in the midst of major shifts, conflicts, and/or successes that relate to globalization. Emphasis is placed on current events to acquire awareness of how each region's local events impact the larger global construct. In addition, we will intertwine overarching concepts surrounding globalization such as global trade and markets, shifting patterns of global finance, globalized technology, multi-national corporations, the role of the IMF and the World Bank, conflicts between traditional culture and globalization, the global production network, and the effects of globalization on national security. Each unit places great emphasis on acquiring real-world skills, requiring students to persuade their audience, lead discussions, present with and without technology, interview, debate, and create educated predictions about the future by interpreting and synthesizing world headlines.
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