Current Courses


Block Five of the 2016-2017 year begins on Monday, April 24 and continues through Friday, June 2. Registration links are included in the descriptions.

LightHouse offers a variety of classes which meet twice per week, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.  This block there is also a photography class on Friday afternoons. Students register in advance for each block, and keep a portfolio of their work. Classes are related to one or more Pathways: Entrepreneurship, Tech, Arts, or College Prep.  Learn more about Pathways HERE.

On Fridays students engage in optional service learning opportunities in our local community.  LightHouse teens work together to select partner organizations and projects.

Monday/Wednesday

Led by Aurelis Troncoso and Josiah Litant

What are the messages about race in mainstream Hollywood movies? Some are obvious, some are not. In this class we will watch seven different films and analyze the ways that they depict racial issues–as well as a series of intersectional identities–for better and for worse. Each week’s class will include watching a film on Monday, followed by an additional set of activities (field trips, guest speakers, etc.) related to the topics in that week’s film on Wednesday. There will be research, reading, and writing homework assignments, and students should come prepared to complete work outside of class.

Pathways: College Prep, Art

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Led by Jon Trossbach

This class will follow Unleash Your Inner Company a book by the brilliant entrepreneur John Chisholm. A good understanding of this book is the only thing you will need to start a successful company.

Pathways: Entrepreneurship

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Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

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Music studio is open and available for exploration, experimentation, and general racket-making. Recording equipment may only be used by students who have completed a training.
Led by Hector Rodriguez

Explore the art of comics. Learn technique, develop your skills, create your own characters and stories.

Pathways: Arts

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Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

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Music studio is open and available for exploration, experimentation, and general racket-making. Recording equipment may only be used by students who have completed a training.
Students are encouraged to bring lunch, which can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer and heated up if necessary. 
Led by Colby Singleton

This class will be held at the YMCA HUBS Bike Shop on Beech St. Learn how to build your own bike, and it’s yours to keep. Limit 6 students. Instructor permission required.

Pathways: Arts, Tech

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Led by Catherine Gobron

Ethics: “Moral principles that govern a person’s behavior.”

In this class we will discuss morality and debate ethical dilemmas focused on our human relationships to animals. We will consider such questions as: Do animals have rights? What qualifies as animal cruelty? Where and how do we draw these lines? Students will be asked to complete written assignments as homework for every class. Along the way we will learn about mindfulness, meditate together, and develop our personal mindful practices.

Pathways: College Prep

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Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

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Music studio is open and available for exploration, experimentation, and general racket-making. Recording equipment may only be used by students who have completed a training.
Work on your own art or building projects. Ask for help if you need it. Cleaning up after yourself expected and required.

Tuesday/Thursday

Led by Caridad Martinez

Standing Rock: Exploring Environmental Justice and Indigenous Resurgence

Pathways: College Prep

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Led by Christine Keneally

Learn about mosaics as an exciting and beautiful art form. You will be introduced to a wide variety of mosaics created over thousands of years, which give us a window into history. Then you will make your own mosaics that will give future generations a window into this moment in time and what is important to YOU.   You’ll work with a variety of materials, including stained glass, broken pottery, tiles,  stones and found objects, and you’ll learn the use of hand tools to cut them into pieces. You’ll learn how to create patterns, designs and pictures from these pieces, forming a mosaic. We will make mosaic stepping stones to create a pathway in Soucy Park, as well as mosaics that will hang on the wall.

Limit 10 students.

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Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

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Music studio is open and available for exploration, experimentation, and general racket-making. Recording equipment may only be used by students who have completed a training.
Led by Carlos Pena

Last year Carlos worked with a group of students on writing a children’s book called The Albino Turtle. This block students will review and edit the text and then create a series of illustrations to complete the book. The goal is to finish the book and have it printed by the end of the block.

Pathways: Arts

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Led by Jay Metcalf

We are in the process of building a mini recording studio inside our existing music studio. Jay Metcalf of Northfire Recording Studio will work with a small group of students to finish wiring the studio, complete the final touches of trim and painting, set up all the equipment, learn to use it, and finally, to record some music.

All projects like this have down time, unexpected problems to be solved, and challenges of all varieties. Students who register for this course must commit to being present throughout, to persisting through these challenges, and for working with care and focus as you learn to set up our new and expensive specialized equipment. Limit 5 students.

Only people who have been trained to use the studio, either through this course or in subsequent trainings will have access to the studio and equipment.

Pathways: College Prep

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Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

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Students are encouraged to bring lunch, which can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer and heated up if necessary. 
Led by Aurelis Troncoso

The Power Writers Program’s motto is “If you don’t learn how to write your own life story, someone else will write it for you.” These are the words that greet students the first day of class and are the same words that students learn to call their own to become empowered individuals of their communities. The instructor Aurelis Troncoso, is a graduate of the program and has continued the legacy of Power Writing for several years. The Power Writers Program is essentially an intensive creative writing program where students learn to think and write critically about the world they share. Students will be challenged to expand their perspectives and examine their lived experiences in effort to write their own life story for an empowered tomorrow.

Pathways: College Prep, Arts

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Led by Jon Trossbach

This class will explore ethical hacking techniques. We will look at what the vulnerabilities of our phones, computers, and other smart devices are and how we ourselves could exploit them as to better protect ourselves.
This class will also explore trolling, and how to be the troll you want to see in the world.

Pathways: Tech

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Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

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Music studio is open and available for exploration, experimentation, and general racket-making.
Work on your own art or building projects. Ask for help if you need it. Cleaning up after yourself expected and required.

Photography Fridays

On four Friday afternoons in May Holyoke Community College Photography professor Frank Ward will come to LightHouse to work with students on a grant-funded project called “Hey, Look,” (which is an anagram for Holyoke.)

Dates: May 5, 12, 19, 26. Registered students are committing to all four Friday afternoons and full participation in the project.

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The HeyLook agenda will go something like this–

May 5th:
  • Slideshow on the history of photographing Holyoke.
  • Students show their photography– not necessarily pictures of Holyoke.
  • Discussion of what we want to photograph and how we want to photograph for our HeyLook project.
  • Discussion of digital image editing and printing.
  • Students begin making pictures.
May 12th:
  • Outdoor and/or inside photography depending on student choices.
  • Visit to Jeff Byrnes’ photo studio at 80 Race Street.
  • Visit other, nearby, locations for more interior/exterior photography.
May 19th:
  • Students photograph with HCC students, or on their own.
  • Students edit and prepare pictures for viewing.
May 26th:
  • Finish work for final viewing.
  • Take time to reshoot, if possible.
  • Have a group critique and presentation of our HeyLook show.

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Calendar

LightHouse started the year on Tuesday, September 6 and follows a similar schedule to other local schools through early June of 2016.

Click to see our full calendar:


Tuesday, September 6: Opening Day Orientation

Wednesday, September 7, Block One begins and continues for eight weeks, through October 28.

Monday, October 10, closed for Columbus Day

Monday, October 31, Block Two begins and continues for seven weeks, through Tuesday, December 20

Friday, November 11, closed for Veteran’s Day

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday November 23-25, closed for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, December 21 through Monday, January 2, Closed for Winter Break.

Tuesday, January 3, Block Three begins and continues for seven weeks, through February 17

Monday January 16, closed for Martin Luther King Day

Monday, Feb 20 through Friday, February 24, closed for February Break

Monday, February 27, Block Four begins and continues for seven weeks, through April 14

Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21, closed for April Break

Monday, April 24, Block Five begins and continues for six weeks, through June 2

Monday, May 29, Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, June 5 through Thursday, June 8- Presentations Week

Friday, June 9, Last day of programming

Monday, June 12 through Thursday, June 15, Individual end of year meetings with students and families

Questions?


“I know not what the future holds,
but I know who holds the future.”