Current Courses


Block Five of the 2017-2018 year begins on Monday, April 23 and continues through Friday, June 1. The week of June 4-8 is student presentations.

LightHouse offers a variety of classes which meet twice per week, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.  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 Ashley Sulock

This course will study the foundation of law in America: the United States Constitution.

We will first go over the historical context in which the Constitution was created, implemented, and then ratified to give us the Bill of Rights. All of our laws are based off of a document created in 1788, which has become a major argument in debates such as the second amendment right to bear arms. After we go over the history of the Constitution, we will spend time studying and discussing each of the 27 amendments that have been ratified into the Constitution.

Class will be largely lecture and discussion based with the opportunity for many debates. We will spend a lot of class time note taking, analyzing, interpreting, and writing about how the Constitution has created the laws in which we live by. Most importantly, the class will inform all students of what their American rights are especially when it comes to the United States justice system. This is knowledge that will be useful throughout life!

Pathways: College Prep

Led by LightHouse Student Twix Rodriguez

This course is limited to four committed students and there is a $25 materials fee. The fee is fully refundable at the end of the block for students who attend the entire course. Supplies for this class are expensive, but if you attend for the full block LightHouse will refund your materials fee.

Learn how to make realistic-looking bruises, gashes, and other horrors in a step by step skill-building sequence.

Pathways: Arts

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

Led by Carlos Peña and Catherine Gobron

Team-taught Spanish class by a native speaker (Carlos) and a learner (Catherine) both for students who already speak Spanish (but maybe don’t read or write), and for students who are newer to the language and want to learn. Through games and conversational activities we will learn from each other, and everyone will improve their skills whether you are already fluent, know some Spanish, or you’re a brand-new beginner.

Pathways: College Prep

Led by Alonzo Mark

The Music Industry, like music itself, is constantly changing and adapting. It’s a 50 Billion dollar international industry that creates timeless songs and worldwide superstars. But you got to be passionate if you want success in this industry. There are no rules to success and the targets change with every new hit single that climbs up the charts.

This course will walk you through the ins and outs of all of the aspects that make up this exciting business. It will give valuable insight and knowledge to those looking to be successful recording artists, those looking to have a career inside the music industry, or anyone simply looking to get a better understanding of how the industry really works.

Course Objective

The overall objective is for each of you to gain a more comprehensive knowledge of how the music industry works and how you might see yourself playing a future role in it, even if you never thought the music industry was a place where you could have a successful career.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Trace the history and evolution of revenue models of the Music Industry
  • Compare and contrast the revenue models of Radio and Television
  • Explain the composition and importance of each major division of the Music Industry
  • Analyze structure, content, and production of hit songs to identify “hit potential”
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of music placements in film and TV
  • Identify how digital technologies are affecting traditional Music Industry practices
  • Outline the multiple tiers of revenue sources for touring artists
  • Explain how artists and publishers generate revenue through publishing licenses (And more!)

Course Requirement

1.     Attendance and participation in class meetings

2.     Ten current relevant Music Industry news Online Discussions

3.     Reading of all assigned materials or reviewing of video content before class

4.     10 written reflections

5.     A Final Song Presentation with 1-page Summary paper

Pathways: Art, Tech

Maker Space is open and available for exploration, experimentation, and general making of all kinds. Students must clean up after themselves.
Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

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

This course will study the evolution of film in the American cinema. We will begin in 1915 with the Birth of a Nation and will end in 2017 with the Oscar winning film Get Out.

Film is a universal value, meaning that all cultures can relate to appreciating the art of film. The art of film making has evolved tremendously since 1915, with the invention of color television, high tech equipment, and more relaxed rating systems. In class we will watch classics from each decade in order to study how film has changed throughout history, and what societal changes influenced the changes in film making. We will watch clips of movies along with full length movies everyday in class, which will also be accompanied with writing assignments that will test the students note taking, comparing, and essay writing abilities.

A core aspect of the course will be to challenge the students to dig deeper than the surface while watching a movie. By the end of the course students should be able to analyze the ways in which a movie was created and then received by the society then and now.

Please note that students will be expected to watch all of the films in class unless they request an alternative assignment. This means that attendance will be incredibly important and necessary for this course.

Pathways: College Prep

Led by Carlos Peña

Play basketball on some of the many outdoor courts around town. All welcome! But if you come to the court, plan to play (not watch.)

Led by Sarah Platanitis from Storrowtown Village

Flip through a history textbook and you are likely to see the iconic Rosie the Riveter image and a few paragraphs about the history of American women workers. This class will help you dig deeper to explore a rich and complex story that was often distorted, downplayed and even deleted. You will learn about the impact the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution had on women, their remarkable achievements against the many barriers they faced, and how women in the 21st century continue the movement forward for equal wages and safe workplaces.

Each class will begin with a free writing prompt followed by a mix of discussion, lecture and project-based learning. Two special visits to Storrowton Village Museum will immerse students in activities and museum collections for a hands-on understanding of class topics. Students will present class projects on the final day of class.

Pathways: College Prep

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

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.

Tuesday/Thursday

Taught by Dan Batat

This class is open by permission only with space for five LightHouse students.

This is a two-hour class and will be held at Brick Coworkshop, Dan’s shop on Dwight Street. Students will get dirty, probably suffer minor, occasional burns, and learn to use professional tools to create both art and utilitarian pieces.

Registering for this class is a five-week commitment, four hours per week. You may not miss class except for serious circumstances with written excuses. This is a major commitment. Please plan accordingly.

Students will be required to bring appropriate attire to every class, including long pants and boots. You may store your work clothes at the shop.

Pathways: Arts, College Prep

Led by Sofia Goetz

This class is aimed at providing a decolonized and complete history of Latin American leaders. From Pedro Albizu Campos to Dolores Huerta, this class aims at tell the narratives and histories of these leaders and show the social justice work/change they have done for the Latin American people. If you are interested in learning about your ancestral roots or just looking for an interesting class to take, join us!

Pathways: College Prep

Led by Dianna McMenamin

Use art, story-telling, experiments, and microscopes to explore how animals blend in, defend themselves, cooperate, find food, escape, communicate, and create confusion in order to survive; learn how to make scientific observations and hypotheses. We’ll end the course by designing and building models of fantasy animals that use diverse “strategies” to survive in different habitats.

Pathways: College Prep, Art

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

Maker Space is open and available for exploration, experimentation, and general making of all kinds. Students must clean up after themselves.
Led by Joshua Newman

Learn how to make art that’s technically demanding. Build electronics and robots, draw and bind your own comic and books, make puppet and clay animation, and draw from life to make your characters and scenes look the way you want them to.

Pathways: Art, Tech, College Prep

Led by Jen Grossman

Look at a range of conspiracy theories and arguments. Discuss facts and learn to identify “fake news.” Form opinions and make a case for them in writing using computers and google docs. This class will focus on discussion and writing in each class.

Pathways: Tech, College Prep

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

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

Become a media production team for LightHouse. Take on a role of director, producer, editor, spokesperson. Learn all aspects of video production. Goal of creating four finished pieces in six weeks. Serious commitment required.

Led by Alonzo Mark

An introductory course designed to help each student: improve muscular strength; gain knowledge and understanding of weight training theory and practice; develop a personalized weight-training program.

Course Objectives

  1. To understand basic anatomy and application of exercise physiology.
  2. To gain fundamental knowledge of physiological principles: strength training benefits, strength training effects, strength training principles
  3. To develop an individualized program based upon students goals: Emphasizing muscle strength, muscle endurance, muscle size, muscle flexibility or a combination of any.

Course Requirements

1.     Attendance and participation in class meetings – 5 student limit

2.     Gym membership at the YMCA – $44 for 2 months *Financial Aid Available

3.     Gym clothes

4.     Water

Led by Epi Arias

In this class, we’ll be exploring, comparing, and contrasting, a number of different poetic styles from all over the world, past and present- from Rumi to Kendrick Lamar, from Pablo Neruda to Kevin Young.

Drawing from a number of poetic terms, prompts, and devices, students will write, revise, and brilliantly craft solid poetry throughout the block. This class is aimed at students who would like to both experiment with, and perfect, poetry as a medium towards growth and self-expression.

 

Pathways: College Prep

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

Maker Space is open and available for exploration, experimentation, and general making of all kinds. Students must clean up after themselves.

Calendar

LightHouse begins the year on Tuesday, September 5 and follows a similar schedule to other local schools through early June of 2018.

Click to see our full calendar:

Tuesday, September 5: Opening Day and Orientation

Wednesday, September 6, Block 1 begins and continues for seven weeks, through October 27.

Monday, October 9, Closed for Columbus Day

Monday, October 30, Teen Workshop Day 1

Tuesday, October 31, Block 2 begins and continues for seven weeks, through Wednesday, December 20

Monday, November 6, Closed for Professional Development Day

Friday, November 10, Closed for Veteran’s Day

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday November 22-24, closed for Thanksgiving

Thursday, December 21 through Tuesday, January 2, Closed for Winter Break.

Wednesday, January 3, Block 3 begins and continues for six weeks, through February 16

Monday January 15, Closed for Martin Luther King Day

Monday, Feb 19 through Friday, February 23, closed for February Break

Monday, February 26, Teen Workshop Day 2

Tuesday, February 27, Block 4 begins and continues for six weeks, through April 13

Monday, March 19, Closed for Professional Development Day

Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 20, closed for April Break

Monday, April 23, Teen Workshop Day 3

Tuesday, April 24, Block 5 begins and continues for six weeks, through June 1

Monday, May 28, Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, June 4 through Thursday, June 7- Presentations Week

Friday, June 8, Last day of programming & Graduation

Monday, June 11 through Thursday, June 14, Individual end of year meetings with students and families

Questions?


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