Winterim

What is Winterim?

  • Each year, students will take a 3-week intensive course in January before they start their 2nd semester classes. 
  • They will receive .5 credits for this course toward graduation. 
  • There are approximately 14 courses to pick from, including various trips, career preparation with job shadows, and internships. 
  • Students request their courses, which are then assigned based on seniority. 
  • Class sizes are typically 10-15 students, and they all incorporate hands-on and experiential learning, inside and outside the classroom. 
  • Many of the Winterim courses are listed in the following course descriptions as semester courses, but the offerings tend to change year to year in order to offer the students more variety.

2018 Winterim Courses:

 

ACT Preparation Mini-Course *juniors only - This is not a full winterim course!  Students take this in addition to their chosen winterim course. Students will be held responsible for the work they miss in their winterim class in most cases. Students will be excused from class for approximately one hour at a time on certain days.  They will take practice tests, go over content, and discuss test taking tips.  

Driver’s Education Mini-Course (A-Alert) *students must be 14.5 years old by Jan. 7, 2019 - Students take this in addition to their chosen winterim course.  It meets every day from 8-10am (including Jan. 21 when school is not in session).  Parents must register their children and pay A-Alert directly, fill out the contract, and return it to A-Alert by December 1.  Students taking this course must choose one of the winterim courses that allows for Drivers’ Ed. students.

 

Athletic Careers and Fitness - This course will explore two areas in the world of sports and fitness. The first area of focus will be centered on CAREERS that have to do with sports. This class will be geared toward the student who might be considering a career in sports someday. Some examples might be Physical Therapy, Sports Psychology, Public Relations Manager, Statistician, Advertising, Events Coordinator, Broadcaster, Photojournalist, Teaching and Coaching. The students will travel around the Milwaukee area seeing these professionals in action and in some cases the professionals will be coming to LW to tell about their career paths.  The students will also spend a day shadowing a professional in their workplace. The second area of focus will be exploring PERSONAL FITNESS OPPORTUNITIES. The class will be traveling to different area fitness centers and participating in classes such as spin, bootcamp, yoga, crossfit, pilates, and kickboxing. There is a fee for this class to pay for some of the events and transportation fees, approx $60-$80.

 

Baby It’s Cold Outside: Art and Set Design - First Week: Who doesn’t love Elf? Become involved in the creation of the set for January’s production of Elf, Jr. to be performed by North Shore Academy of the Arts at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center (CPAC). Mrs. Oechsner is directing this show and has facilitated a collaboration in which you will spend some time on this state-of-the-art stage. Remember the scenes from the North Pole, Macy’s Department store, and New York City? You will be designing and executing those! Second/Third Week: We will be moving on to set design for LW’s Spring Musical, not yet announced! Another purposeful project we will be undertaking is creating custom bead diffuser bracelets for Building Hope in Haiti, an organization close to our school’s heart.

 

Oral Interpretation - Oral Interpretation is a fun, active class that will help students gain confidence in the dramatic arts and public-speaking in general, in addition to improving their reading comprehension skills.  No memorization of lines is required as students will be learning to dramatically read poetry and prose pieces for an audience.  Each day will include improvisational and movement games, character development work, selecting and analyzing of literature, and preparing for individual and pair performances. 


Athletic Careers and Fitness - This course will explore two areas in the world of sports and fitness. The first area of focus will be centered on CAREERS that have to do with sports  This class will be geared toward the student who might be considering a career in sports someday. Some examples might be Physical Therapy, Sports Psychology, Public Relations Manager, Statistician, Advertising, Events Coordinator, Broadcaster, Photojournalist, Teaching and Coaching. The students will travel around the Milwaukee area seeing these professionals in action and in some cases the professionals will be coming to LW to tell about their career paths.  The students will also spend a day shadowing a professional  in their workplace. The second area of focus will be exploring PERSONAL FITNESS OPPORTUNITIES. The class will be traveling to different area fitness centers and participating in classes such as spin, bootcamp, yoga, crossfit, pilates, and kickboxing.

 

Astronomy - Astronomy is the science of the heavens. This course exposes students to things truly “out of this world” as we consider the nebulae, star systems, and cosmic structures that make up our universe. This course also explores the history of science via one of its most ancient established fields.

 

Theology in Film - Film buffs wanted! In this class, we simulate the “ride home” discussions from the theater that we do with friends and family all day long. When you watched this film, are you feeling things that the director manipulated you to feel? What is the message that this film is trying to tell through sound, camera angles, lighting, or perspective? This message has a place in our society today and we as Christians should be able to analyze these thoroughly and debate how we should respond. Current and historical film is studied to show an appreciation of all film and how our beliefs have changed in society. Students will present this knowledge with a movie of their own, as well as an-depth analysis of a movie of their choosing. Our final will be a trip to the Rivoli for our own personal and private moving showing. 

 

Baseball & America: A Shared History - In this class, we will trace the relationship between baseball and American society from the development of the game in the mid-nineteenth century to its enormous popularity in the first half of the twentieth century to its more recent problems and declining status in our culture. The focus will be on baseball as a professional sport, with more attention devoted to the early history of the game rather than to the recent era. Emphasis will be on using baseball as a historical lens through which we will analyze the development of American society through the elements of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and nationalism. We will study the Negro Leagues, women's leagues, and the Latinization and globalization of the game.  The course will also provide a study of baseball and its contributions to our American heritage.  

Creative Non-fiction/Poetry Writing - This course will include a variety of types of writing. Creative non-fiction will allow students to write about their own lives in creative forms. Coinciding with poetry will allow them to explore a variety of forms of writing. The unit will end with a Poetry Café, where students will perform their poems in a “coffee shop” experience, along with writing in several different environments around Living Word and the Jackson community. 

Strength, Conditioning, and Coaching Styles - Take a look at what it means to be a coach and begin to create your own coaching philosophy. Through this class you will explore different coaching philosophies, the importance of the weight room, how to set up a workout program, and the basics of coaching. This class will experience a mini-coaching clinic, different approaches to workout routines, and a small look into biomechanics and the important role it plays in coaching. 

Life Skills - We will focus on experiential learning of many "lost" life skills for personal growth.  We will cover topics like: Basic Auto Maintenance (changing a tire, changing oil, checking tire pressure, simple maintenance), Financial Literacy (creating a budget, balancing a checkbook, online banking, etc.), Sewing (basic sewing, buttons, patches, mending, etc.), Cooking/Baking (Chemistry and practical experience, CPR/First Aid Certification, Basic Home Maintenance, Dog/Pet Training and Self-Defense.
($100 fee to be paid on first day of class, 1/7/19, for CPR/First Aid Cert. and supplies, Sewing Supplies, Food/Baking Supplies, etc.)

Feasting on Words - What words do we use?  Where do words come from?  How do authors use specific words to create visual images, persuade, and inspire?  A goal of this course is to introduce students to various genres from the buffet of literature.  Readings will include everything from nursery rhymes, short stories, articles, poems, and children’s books to excerpts from novels, especially those with a reference to food, appetite, or hunger.  Writing experiences will focus heavily on choosing words carefully for meaning, connotations, and even sound.  Students will build a portfolio of writing that revolves around food and words, including a restaurant review,children’s story, and various essays.  A cooking and baking component in this class means students will prepare foods they read about and write about foods they eat.  (Includes a $10 fee for ingredients.)

Full-Time Job Shadow/Internship - Students who select this option for winterim should try to secure a location on their own (and then get contact info to Mrs. Ehley), but they can meet with Mrs. Ehley in advance to get help with this.  Timing is flexible, but they will need to put in at least 80 hours to get credit.  Grades will be based on a final reflection paper and a recommendation from the person(s) being shadowed.   

Jazz Band *audition only - This class will be a multifaceted musical and academic experience. Students will engage the art of jazz from many different angles. All jazz wind and rhythm instruments are welcome to audition. Choral singers are also welcome to audition as we will have a jazz quartet (SATB, only 4 singers). We will have different sections throughout each day including jazz history, expanded music theory, instrumental skill development, improvisation, and rehearsal time. We will create a traveling show and take the show on the road to our association churches and schools! The whole experience will culminate in our Evening of Jazz. Space in the group is limited and therefore the group will be auditioned. Watch for audition materials and scheduling in the school announcements. 

Mystery Mania - Whodunnit? Prof. Plum in the conservatory with a revolver? If you like solving mysteries, riddles and puzzles, this class is for you!  Students will investigate mysteries through a variety of media:  books, short stories and movies.  Not only will students explore famous mystery writers and detectives, they will  learn to think like them as well. Other class activities include games, puzzles, a mystery party and a field trip; all which will enhance the students’ powers of deductive reasoning. As Sherlock says, “The game is on....”