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OC21 – Online Courses for the 21st Century
An outstanding opportunity awaits you during the 2018-2019 school year. Interested students will have the opportunity to choose from eight dynamic online courses designed to expand your knowledge, interest and experience. Through a consortium of school districts, organized by PNW BOCES, students have the ability to learn alongside teachers and students from across our region. Utilizing a blended learning approach, students and staff collaborate through two face to face half-day meetings and online. Say goodbye to those heavy textbooks and learn to manage your coursework in a way that fits your busy life.
You are welcome to learn more about any or all of these outstanding course offerings by visiting the link below. As you review the course offerings, you will also have the opportunity to meet the teachers through video presentations. To learn how you can register for an OC21 course, please contact your school counselor.
Please visit OC21 Website for Course Descriptions: www.pnwboces.org/OC/courses.html
Below are the tentative course offerings for 2018-2019. Student registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on March 1, 2018.

Anticipated Fall Course Offerings:

Zero-to-Sixty: Writing Your First Novella
English/Literacy Elective          Fall and Spring Semester
Do you secretly dream of writing a book? A novella is a great place to start! These short books allow beginning writers to stretch themselves past the short story. Seems like a lot of writing? Don’t worry! This course breaks down the short book writing process into a series of tasks. Each task will explore the building of characters, internal and external conflicts, themes and finally resolutions. Once these tasks are fused together at the end you will discover you’ve written around 60 or more double-spaced pages. As we progress you will receive feedback from other students in the class and the instructor, building your story and your audience task by task, page by page.
Introduction to Anthropology * (can be taken for college credit)
Social Studies Elective          Fall or Spring Semester
Anthropology has been described as an investigation into who we are now, where we came from, and how we got to be the way we are today. In this course, students will be introduced to this "holistic" social science and gain an understanding of what culture is, how it is similar and different for humans living in groups, and how it can be identified and compared. The course will develop students’ inquiry skills as they use observation, questioning, interviewing, and narrative storytelling to begin to answer the questions: What is a culture? What is/are my culture(s)? How are elements of a culture transmitted from generation to generation? What causes cultural continuity? What brings about cultural change? What story do I want to tell about my culture/cultures? Finally, students will choose how to tell the story they have researched, using one of a variety of digital storytelling techniques to share their work with the class. *College credit option available.
Brain Games
Social Studies Elective          Fall or Spring Semester
Why can’t I remember the answers for the exam? How can I get along better with the people in my life? How does my teenage brain work and why? This course will examine the latest research related to the adolescent brain and how to most effectively use it to remember, focus, plan, and communicate with others. Students will learn about the development of the adolescent brain compared to that of the adult brain. We will discuss how we think, plan, organize, and make judgments. Students will learn about memory through online videos, readings, and games and mnemonic devices. Students will organize and plan information for more effective long-term memory through the creation of a notebook website. Finally, we will examine the burgeoning industry of brain training through computer applications and current studies.
Sports Management, Media, Marketing, and Analysis
Math Elective         Fall Semester
Does sports management have a role in your future? According to Forbes Magazine, despite tough economic times, sport-related industries are still expected to grow 3-5% a year over the next decade. How can you decide if a sports-related major is the right choice for you? What might working in a sports-related field be like? Where does mathematics fit within the fabric of this industry? This course will help answer these questions and more. Students will learn about the action that takes place on the field or court by exploring management – What might it be like to be a general manager of a professional sports team? What are the roles and responsibilities of a college athletic director or facilities manager of a sports arena? How can the use of statistics better inform the decision making process? Through an examination of sports marketing, we will learn about related products, their role in the marketplace, and how athletes and products are promoted. In addition we will discuss some of the ways in which statistics are utilized to gain the winning edge. As we study we will learn about sports video, radio, analytics, photography, and other roles that make the sports entertainment industry one of the most profitable in the world.
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ou Are What You Eat: The Truth Behind Your Food
English/Literacy Elective           Fall Semester
Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? In this course, students will explore societal problems that are directly related to food availability, preparation, distribution, and consumption. Through a critical examination of nutrition articles, books, blogs, social media, consumer reports, and food labels, students will seek the truth behind some of our popular food choices. Students will take a stance, making a claim about how our nutritional choices are impacted, for good or bad, by the literature available to us. Students will generate possible solutions to the problems they identify and take steps to inform others about the truth behind our food.
Architecture Across the Ages (description to come)

Anticipated Spring Course Offerings:

Beyond Mindfulness
Social Studies Elective          Spring Semester
The Beyond Mindfulness course was designed to help students create the space in their lives for authentic learning and self-discovery through exploring the foundational concepts of mindfulness and meditation. This course will explore the historic roots of these practices from an Eastern and Western cultural standpoint and students will be introduced to Buddhism, Western Monasticism, and interreligious contemplative practices. The course will look at the application of these concepts through the modern day application of mindfulness using activities like yoga and meditation, and will offer students reflective tools for examining their own lives. Topics covered will include silence and solitude, voice and vocation, and compassion and caring.
Adventures in Programing and Computer Science
Science Elective          Spring Semester
This course will introduce students to the basics of software engineering and programming languages. Students will work collaboratively on applying the skills they learn to design and create basic computer programs. They will explore how to annotate text using HTML, create and evaluate basic computer algorithms, and explore syntax and grammar underlying many programming languages. This introductory course will allow students to explore several visual programming languages.
Zero-to-Sixty: Writing Your First Novella
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ntroduction to Anthropology * (can be taken for college credit)
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Brain Games
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