- Global Dynamics and Humanities
- Math, Science, and Engineering
- ColLABs, Project-Based-Learning and Electives
- World Languages
- Computer Science
- Fine and Performing Arts
- Service Learning
- Online Learning
- Curriculum Guide
The Winchendon School has joined the Hybrid Learning Consortium (HLC) to offer students an expanded catalog of courses and additional educational opportunities. The HLC connects independent schools in order to give students and faculty the opportunity to experience diverse courses through an engaging online environment. HLC-partnered schools share a vision that member schools profit from a wider variety of course offerings than any singular educational institution can provide. The Winchendon School students benefit from this partnership by having an extensive number of courses made available to them that otherwise would not be feasible for the school to offer on its own. The HLC acts as a conduit to even greater access to a far-ranging global education with a digital twist.
Art and Practice of Screenwriting
This course introduces the concepts of writing for the screen from an analytical and creative viewpoint. Students will learn about screenplay structure and format, explore the creation of character, setting, conflict, theme, tone, dialogue and subtext, and gain an understanding of how to use the tools of the filmmaker to create cinematic language and write visually. Students are also given an introduction to some of the professional aspects of screenwriting and available resources including the art of pitching stories.
Required materials: Adobe InDesign
This introductory course explores the origins, concepts and processes affecting traditional and contemporary graphic design. Assignments will introduce and utilize digital technology for the creation of original design projects. Upon the completion of this course, students will have been introduced to the field of graphic design and have an understanding of the materials that aid in the communication of ideas, know the terminology associated with graphic design, have knowledge of design tools, materials and processes, have an exposure to design history, philosophy and current design practice, and be developing a strong sense of visual balance along with communication skills.
History of Innovative Thinking
Semester: Fall 2018
Hallie McCormick, HLC Faculty
This course is one part art history, two parts innovation lab. Innovative history, for this course, begins with Leonardo da Vinci and his creative thinking process. Leonardo da Vinci was more than the painter of the Mona Lisa; he was an artist, an inventor and an engineer. He often invented the tools necessary to finish his revolutionary constructions. After an introduction to Leonardo da Vinci’s work and studying his sketches, you will identify, develop and create your own innovation. This can be an object, a resource, an app—whatever interests you and how you view the world, be it as an artist, engineer, or anything in between.
History & Social Sciences
African American History
This course is designed to give students a hands on experience in African American history. The course will begin with African Kingdoms from the 5th Century and continue through the slave trade, the role of African Americans in the American colonies, and their lives on plantations and in the South. The course will continue with the foundations of the Civil War and the role that African Americans played during this this time period. It will look at the impact of Reconstruction, World War I and the development of and the contributions of the Harlem Renaissance. Students will also look at how the Great Depression affected the African American communities and the roles that they played during World War II. Students will be able to identify and explain the importance of key figures and the causes and effects of key events during the Civil Rights Movement. Students will conclude the course by identifying the importance of the "Black Power" movement and the Age of Obama and its lasting effects.
America Decides: Electoral Politics in American History
The Congressional midterm elections in 2018 will be one of the most, if not the most impactful election of this millennium with numerous vital issues hanging in the balance. Supreme Court nominations, immigration, the environment, the federal deficit, foreign wars, and voter representation are a handful of pressing issues potentially affected by the result of this midterm election. However, midterm election years like 2018 typically see reduced voting from presidential elections. Only 40% of eligible voters participate in midterm elections. For young voters (18-29), this number falls to 28%. In this semester-long course we will explore the history of voting, qualifications for elective office, political parties, campaigns, changing electoral demographics, and various forms of democracy practiced in the United States. This course will blend fields of inquiry like U.S. history, politics, sociology, and current events to provide you with a much better and deeper understanding of voting and its essential role to American democracy.
Business Fundamentals will provide students a foundation of business principles including business operations, business communication, aspects of entrepreneurialism, consumer choices and finance. Students will develop skills and a framework that can support their future business studies and applications for their own pursuits. Opportunities for authentic application to students’ personal lives will also create an inherent awareness that business concepts are crucial, supporting any future path for study or self-motivated endeavor.
Civic Engagement and You
What do the words empathy, reciprocity, and equity mean and how are they applied to the change you can be in your community? What does Civic Engagement mean in 2018 and how can you find ways to be involved? Service-Learning is a learning approach that integrates meaningful community service with classroom studies, allowing you to connect your studies with real-life solutions in order to strengthen communities. This course will examine the following themes: Hunger and Homelessness, Education, the Environment, The Elderly, and Immigration. Students will spend time exploring each issue and identifying one to focus and investigate, culminating in a variety of activities including-identifying and discovering local NGOs (relating to their issue) and creating projects and ideas for other students to contribute to. Students can earn Community Service Hours for their participation in this course, with their school's approval.
AP Comparative Government and Politics
This yearlong course is designed to meet the standards and the expectations of the College Board’s Advanced Placement testing committee. The course is designed to teach students to understand and be able to critically analyze important concepts in both U.S. and comparative politics through the study of six core countries from AP Comparative Government (the United Kingdom, Mexico, Nigeria, Iran, Russia and China). Students in the spring may take the AP Comparative Government exam. Those who pass may earn college credit.
Essentials of Entrepreneurship
Essentials of Entrepreneurship will provide students with the mindset and skill set necessary to start a business. In this culture of innovation, young entrepreneurs will need business skills to support launching the concepts and products they envision. This semester long class will cover the fundamentals of entrepreneurial thinking, finance, marketing, management, and promotion. Students will learn how to come up with new business ideas, attract investors, market your business, and manage expenses. The culmination of this class will be writing a business plan and developing a pitch for a business idea, product or service.
Students will study the historical concept of the Holocaust. They will examine the political, social and economic policies which laid the foundation for anti-semitism to grow in Germany. Students will look at the time period 1933–1945 in three different period: 1. the rise of Hitler, 2. the legislation, establishments of ghettos and work camps, and 3. the Final Solution.
Want to be a better informed consumer? Want to understand economic data in the news? If you answered “yes” to these, this fast-paced, Fall semester course is for you! The course is also designed to prepare students for success on the Advanced Placement exam in Microeconomics. Key concepts include scarcity, supply and demand, models of consumer choice based in utility analysis, the theory of the firm and cost analysis, the nature of product and factor markets, and the role of government in microeconomic issues. This course may be taken independently or in a sequence with AP Macroeconomics.
Want to understand economic data in the news? Want to be a better informed citizen? If you answered “yes” to these, this fast-paced, Spring semester course is for you! The course is also designed to prepare students for success on the Advanced Placement exam in Macroeconomics. Key topics include the measurement of key indicators of national economic performance, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and international trade and balance of payments. This course may be taken independently or in a sequence with AP Microeconomics.
Science & Technology
Advanced Web Application Design
Prerequisites: AP Computer Science A or (with the instructor’s permission) AP Computer Science Principles
Required Materials: Regular access to a computer running any standard Operating System
Learn the tools necessary to begin the journey of a junior software developer. You will use Java, HTML and CSS to advance your programming skills and build out full stack, interactive web applications. Enhance your technical repertoire and begin the preparation necessary to become an industry-ready software developer by learning Git, Java, HTML, CSS, and HTML forms. Design high end, beautiful web applications with an interactive user interface.
The Art of Innovation
Semester: Spring 2019
Learn how to approach any problem like a designer and spark your powers of innovation. This course teaches the design-thinking process developed by the Stanford d.School and the global design firm IDEO. Students tackle a series of challenges such as "Redesign the library experience." You will learn 3D modeling, technical sketching, and creative ways to visualize your ideas. You will also build prototypes to test with users. As a final project, you will choose your own real-world problem to solve.
Biotechnology is the field of applied DNA science. Specifically, scientists are able to analyze, manipulate and copy DNA. These advances make improvements to food, crime investigation and medicine. There are ethical implications that must be addressed before realizing the potential of these advances in biotechnology. In this course, we will explore several techniques in biotechnology while discussing the moral considerations of these tools.
Yearlong: 2018–2019 (course available by request)
This course satisfies the recommendations of the College Board for an Advanced Placement course in Chemistry. The student will explore hands-on chemistry topics in depth through a blend of online content, as well as take home and on campus labs. Students will have lab kits for take home labs. They will also have proctored lab access at the partner school for more sophisticated or rigorous labs to be completed on campus. The adoption of microscale practices for the AP lab creates a safer and more environmentally friendly approach. This course supports student inquiry into fundamental chemical elements, including the structure and the arrangement of atoms, ions, or molecules and the forces between them, as well as the understanding of how matter changes through attraction or the breaking of bonds.
Students will learn the major concepts of ocean literacy from a global perspective. The Marine Science class requires both research, laboratory work and field investigations. Topics covered will include essential principles and fundamental concepts about the functioning of the oceans. Students will learn about the chemical and physical properties of water, how oceans shape the earth, how the ocean influences weather and climate, additionally about habitats, biodiversity and interconnections of the marine world. Through this course, students will acquire a clear understanding and mastery of key marine biological concepts and ideas but the overall goal is to allow the students to foster a growing appreciation and interest in our world’s oceans.
American Sign Language 1
This is an introduction to learning and understanding American Sign Language. Students will learn basic vocabulary, letters, numbers, and grammar. Students will also focus on mastering the basics of fingerspelling, colors, and conversational and cultural behaviors necessary to hold a beginning-level conversation in American Sign Language. Introductory information about deaf culture will also be presented, along with deaf humor, to provide students with a broad picture of language and culture.
American Sign Language 2
Prerequisites: American Sign Language 1 or 1B
This course is a continuation of American Sign Language 1 and will introduce students to the more commonly used American Sign Language (ASL) by expanding coverage of ASL’s basic vocabulary, structure, syntax, and grammar. Students will continue to focus on fingerspelling, numbers, facial grammar and sentence structure. Students will also further develop the conversational/cultural behaviors necessary to hold a beginning-level conversation.
This course is an introduction to basic communication skills, grammar, and culture, and is open to any non-native speaking student. Chinese characters are used extensively and are accompanied by Pinyin, which acts as a guide to pronunciation. Pinyin is gradually omitted as students become familiar with characters and vocabulary. Class work involves communicative activities, dialogues, music, and paired/group practice. A variety of materials is used to reinforce language skills. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to conduct short conversations with another speaker on a general subject (name, age, place of residence, likes and dislikes, sports, food, and family members.)
Prerequisites: Chinese 1
This course is a continuation of Chinese 1 with the same techniques and goals to increase oral proficiency in situational conversations. Students learn more complex sentence structures, read simple articles, and write short compositions. Pinyin is gradually omitted as students become familiar with characters and vocabulary. Cultural aspects of the language are emphasized through video programs and projects. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to speak on topics within the range of their experiences, including their daily routine, clothing, shopping, eating at a restaurant, and the weather. This course is open to non-native speaking students who have completed Chinese 1 or to students who pass a competency test.
AP Chinese Language and Culture
This course is designed for the students who have achieved at least intermediate-mid level of Chinese language proficiency. The main course objective for AP Chinese Language and Culture is to refine and further develop students’ abilities with interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication skills. In additional, the students should develop Chinese language skills in the five goals areas: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. We use the textbook Chaoyue, articles from the World Journal website, Read Chinese website, and multimedia resources such as YouTube videos, CDs, DVDs, online materials, etc. In addition to communication, the course addresses cultural competence. The AP Chinese course also expands what students know about Chinese culture and the society beliefs so students have a better understanding and appreciation of Chinese cultural. Texts include lessons/articles and reading/writing practice from Barron’s AP Chinese Language and Culture, Strive For a 5: AP Chinese Practice Tests, and Learning Chinese Through Online TV and Newspapers, as well as articles from teacher handouts.
Prerequisites: Latin 4
Students in Advanced Placement Latin will prepare for the AP exam given in May. The current exam covers approximately 1700 lines of Latin from Caesar’ Commentaries on the Gallic Wars and Vergil’s Aeneid. Students will be expected to translate all of the lines, write essays, and discuss and analyze topics. Students in the course are expected to have advanced knowledge of Latin grammar, Roman history, literature, and culture. A placement test may be required for new students.