Big Pitch for Archmere Night School in November!

Hey Folks,
Two years ago, I initiated this Archmere Night School idea, a fun way for parents to experience the excellent teachers their kids have every day.  Offering topics from the Archmere curriculum or something of special interest to the instructor, the teachers volunteering to teach these classes enjoy sharing what they know.  Why should your kids get all the good stuff?
Below is the entire list of courses from which you can choose over two nights (11/11 and 11/13).  Take advantage of this unique learning experience.  People really enjoyed this two years ago, and I am sure they–YOU–will again.  Please register and get others to join in, too!

ARCHMERE NIGHT SCHOOL

Tuesday, November 11

Class: Personal Integrity and Social Expectations: A Reading of Sophocles’ Antigone

Description: In the final installment of this Greek trilogy (which begins with Oedipus Rex), readers watch Antigone, Oedipus’ daughter, defy the law. Characters and readers wrestle with which side is right. Download play at ?????

Teacher: Kezia Wolf

Location: SNH 208

Time: 7-8:30PM

Maximum number of students: 20

 

Class: Jungian Archetypes & Male Spirituality

Description: This course will explore the varieties of masculinities of contemporary American men and their implications for Christian Spirituality. It will place specific emphasis on the major archetypes (King, Warrior, Magician, and Lover) of Carl Jung and their importance for understanding the identity and behavior of men.

Teacher: Michael Burdziak

Location: SNH 116

Time: 7-8:30PM

Maximum number of students: 20

 

Class: Teenage Parenting 101?–A Close Look at Desire and Control in Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing”

Description: Tillie Olsen’s 1961 story “I Stand Here Ironing” is standard fare in short fiction anthologies.  This seminar will discuss the themes of parental control and desire in the context of parental duty.  We will consider the narrator’s motivations, regrets, and wishes for her children and in what ways those resonate (or do not resonate) with us as parents.

Teacher: John Jordan

Location: SNH 211

Time: 7-8PM

Maximum number of students: 16

 

Class: Rugby? That’s like football without pads, right?

Description: This 90-minute course will attempt to de-mystify what is now one of the fastest growing sports in the country. We’ll talk about the history of the sport, it’s relationship to American football, and of course, watch some game footage.

Teacher: Andrew Cocco

Location: SNH 209

Time: 7-8:30PM

Maximum number of students: 20

 

Class: Counting to Infinity

Description: Come hear the strange story of the Hilbert Hotel, where there’s always a vacancy, even when every room is occupied. Learn about the bizarre world that lies beyond the finite, and answer the question, “Are some infinities infinit-ier than others?”

Teacher: Ethan Levine

Location: SNH 203

Time: 7-8PM

Maximum number of students: 22

 

Class: A Tour of the Patio

Description: We will discuss the history of the building, its inspirational design and significance, and include conversation about the Raskob family that formerly lived in the home.

Teacher: Michael Marinelli

Location: The Patio

Time: 7-9:00PM

Maximum number of students: 15

 

Class: Pope Francis and the Evolving Catholic Church

Description: This course will provide a survey of the career of Pope Francis. We will dive into his life, focusing on his major encyclicals, revolutionized actions identifying the Catholic Church with the poorest of poor, and his love for living out a life like Christ, liberating all peoples.

Teacher: Tom Mengers

Location:   SNH 119

Time: 7-8:30PM (also offered same time and place on Thursday, November 13)

Maximum number of students: 20

 

Class: Improv to Scripts – Using Theatre Games as a Conduit to Creativity

Description: Using improvisation games (as seen on shows like Whose Line is it Anyway?) to develop an original script or scene.  The class will teach basic improv skills first, then use those skills to build and develop scenes.  A good skill for breaking out of any writer’s block.  No acting talent needed!

Teacher: Brian Manelski

Location: Archmere Theater

Time: 7-9PM

Maximum number of students: no maximum

 

Class: Create Your Own Glass Tiles

Description: The process of creating a design, cutting glass, assembling, and then firing the tiles will be the focus of the class.  Students will have one square foot of glass to use as the sub-surface. Their work will be fired, ready for critique in two days.  I would recommend that students have a working design ready for discussion at the beginning of class. Students will pick up their tiles on Thursday.

Teacher: Hoffman

Location: Manor

Time: 7-9PM

Maximum number of students: 10

 

Class: Diagramming Sentences and the Objectivity of Grammar

Description: Gain a deeper of understanding of the sentences you read and write by breaking down them down into their discrete pieces. Bring paper and pencil.

Teacher: Tim Dougherty

Location: SNH 206

Time: 7-8:30

Maximum number of students: 20

 

Thursday, November 13

 

Class: Pope Francis and the Evolving Catholic Church

Description: This course will provide a survey of the career of Pope Francis. We will dive into his life, focusing on his major encyclicals, revolutionized actions identifying the Catholic Church with the poorest of poor, and his love for living out a life like Christ, liberating all peoples.

Teacher: Tom Mengers

Location:   SNH 119

Time: 7-9 PM (also offered same time and place on Tuesday, November 11)

Maximum number of students: 20

 

Class: The Higgs Boson for Poets: Why Were We Searching For it and What Does it Mean?

Description: The Higgs field and the Higgs boson are recent discoveries from CERN about the deep weirdness of ordinary matter. We’ll discuss bosons and fields, as well as exotic modern physics: spin, antimatter, quantum uncertainty, matter-energy equivalence, etc. Just concepts, no math, and no recollection of high-school physics is required!

Teacher: Jillian Waldman

Location: S12

Time: 7-8:30PM

Maximum number of students: 15

 

Class: Happy Hour with Watercolor

Description: Eliminate your day’s stress through the magical, transcendental medium of watercolor. Former Delaware Art Educator of the Year Terry Newitt takes you on his spirited “guided tour.”

No experience needed. Watercolor-wash all your cares away. All materials provided.

Teacher: Terry Newitt

Location: Manor 011

Time: 7-9PM

Maximum number of students: 10

 

Class: What the Heck are Google Docs and How Do I Use Them?

Description: Students will get a brief description about the various uses for Google Docs; discussion will address the specific needs of the participants.

Teacher: Michael Johnson

Location: SNH 008

Time: 7-8:30PM

Maximum number of students: 15

 

Class: Violence, Fairy Tales and Rock & Roll 
Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”: Violence, Fairy Tales and Rock & Roll
Description: We will explore ways of reading Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?,” a short story we teach in several of our senior electives. It’s an unsettling, suspenseful story, first published in 1966, that can open up discussions about gender and teenagers, about the blend of fact and fiction, about the influence of popular culture. We’ll dive into the story, and the class will be a discovery process. In a broader sense, though, we will also talk about the variety of ways we can read stories and the ways stories can relate to our lives.
Teacher: Mr. Steve Klinge

Location: SNH 211

Length: 7-8:30

Maximum number of students: 15

 

Class: Revolutionize Your Writing

Description: Learn a variety of sentence patterns that can improve the pace, the structure, the voice, and the impact of your writing.

Teacher: Tim Dougherty

Location: SNH 206

Time: 7-9PM

Maximum number of students: 20

 

 

 

 

Okay, let me try this again.

Well, fans (I think there are six of you.  Are you there, Mrs. Buck?  Mrs. Lynch?).  I am going to re-commit to this blog now that Denise Starnes, our new Communications Assistant, has given me a refresher course.  I’m still struggling with the pix.

Basically, all is well in my Archmere world, especially now that scheduling and course changes have passed:  I have come up for air.  This pocket of time between the end of course changes the posting of Q1 report cards represents the least harried time of the year for me.  I embrace it while it lasts:  the pleasing everyday busyness of Archmere life still drives the day, but there is something a little more manageable about right now year versus March – September, August, with its multitude of varied tasks, being the most challenging.  Still, I enjoy it all;  my tasks, even when focusing on minutiae, contribute to the overall functioning of the school.  So there’s that.

Overall, schedules turned out well:  one of my goals since I took this position has been to reduce the number of course changes during drop/add week during our second cycle of classes; the number of changes has dropped by 50% since 2011-12 school year.  This is good, so good.

The next big thing for me is the musical.  With expert help from David Ifkovits (music) Damian Demnicki (set), and Dorothy Brown (choreograhy), I will be directing Fiddler on the Roof.  Auditions for the show are Monday and Tuesday, November 17 and 18, respectively.  The show runs Thursday-Saturday, February 26-28.   Look for the Thursday night Charity Soup Bowl event again…more on that as it approaches.

Actually, before THAT is the fall play, Teach Me How to Cry, directed by Mr. Manelski.  From what I’ve heard, not only are the actors doing a great job, but there is the promise of very interesting costume, set, and make-up designs.  It’s a must-see.

Actually, I lied.  My next big thing is Archmere Night School!  It’s happening the Tuesday and Thursday nights (November 11 and 13) after the fall play:  one-night classes taught by Mr. Levine, Ms. Waldman, Mr. Jordan, Mr. Manelski, Mrs. Hoffman, Mr. Burdziak, and me…and still others.  You can sign up right here or click on the Archmere Night School box under Resources on your parent page of this website.  Check out the offerings and spread the word.

Ok, that’s enough for me..for now.  I will try to be more vigilant about posting.

Happy Homecoming!