Lauren Anderson, Joshua Nunez
If you have a hunger to improve our natural world and have a pallet for sweets, and want to expand your Spanish-speaking skills, consider joining our micro-term on Bilingual Bee-keeping! Acronym for Abejas/Bees: "Bee" a "sweet" change in our world!!!
Affect the quality of life in WA's farming communities in both English and Spanish
Bee awareness, protection and multiplication
Ensure more communities develop local plans
Joyful bees make happy honey
Appreciate the essential role of bees in human survival
College Leadership Laboratory
Jennifer Boutell, Jacob Hansen
Be a leader! Help bring great college visit opportunities to our school, while you learn about the college application process. In this class, we will plan next year's college fair, learn the ins and outs of college admissions, and develop advocacy skills to offer peer support to other students. We will be visiting local four year and 2 year colleges and exploring what leadership looks like on college campuses.
Comedy and Culture
Stephanie Skaggs, Dustin Matthews
What do our jokes tell us about our society? Why is that meme funny? How has humor changed through time and across worldwide cultures?
In this much-anticipated Microterm, we will be watching, discussing, and performing comedy. We will be exploring stand-up, improv, and sketch, working toward final performances to be shared at camp. Please only register for this course if you want to help create a safe, open-hearted, and hilarious space with your classmates!
Sandy Farewell, Troy Hashagen
Humans have been creating things with their hands since the beginning of time. Nothing is more satisfying, than a creation made by your own two hands. As you learn to hand sew and knit, you’ll be able to make and take masks, bags, hats and small toys. Then with a little technology, sew in lights and give your creation that WOW factor that will get people asking: How did you do that????
Hike and Explore
Matt Londsale, Kristen Orlando
In the second largest city park in the nation, students will explore the trails of Point Defiance park while learning about the organisms that live both in the forest and on the beaches. This class will explore the hidden gems of the forest, and the wonders of the intertidal areas that are often overlooked. Each day will find students roaming the woods, exploring the wonders of the forest and beaches, reading a little poetry, and spending time writing reflection, description, and explanation. Join us for Hike and Explore as we hike the park and explore the natural wonders found around us. Please be sure to dress to be outside and to wear the appropriate footwear for hiking on trails and rocky beaches. Sunscreen recommended.
Innovate the Zoo - through Design
Brett Knisely, Melinda Shutler
We will use the engineering design process to take on projects for which the SAMi and Zoo community have asked our assistance. A step counter for an armadillo, an elephant feeder, or maybe a mirror box for the porcupine.The goal is to use the design process, CAD programs and our equipment at SAMi to build prototypes.
It’s Not Magic, It’s Just Psychology: Art and Symbolism of Tarot
Mary Mann, Carol Brouillette
Visual Art is all about SYMBOLS! In this micro term we are going to explore the meaning of symbols in art throughout history with a focus on the tarot, but also investigating still life, mythology, and other art forms. We will learn the history of tarot cards, the symbols that are used in them to express meaning and how they have evolved over the years. Students design their own tarot cards inspired by their own symbols and passions. If you like drawing, graphic design, history, mystery, and want to have fun, this micro term is for you.
Jump Start to AP/College in the High School
Tran (Tracy) Le, Tim Chalberg
Do you worry about making your transcript look as impressive as possible for colleges? Are you excited to challenge yourself in College in the High School (CITHS) and AP classes but anxious about the challenge too? Take this microterm to get some answers and quell your worst fears. Preparing for AP exams can feel like a Sisyphean task, but you can do it! We will cover all things CITHS and AP, ranging from how the programs work to specific content you can look at over the summer to feel well prepared the first day of class. We will also cover all the major steps to success in these courses, including content review, creating study plans, test-taking strategies, and exploring local university(s). Join us!
Leading By Design: SAMi Emcees and Masters of Detail
Julie Whalen, Matt Sherls
Do you like microphones?
Do you like emceeing?
Do you know a lot about SAMi?
Do you want to help be a spokes-person who can share what SAMi is all about?
If you said yes to all those questions join this micro-term!!
You will learn to be a SAMi Ambassador of Introductions and 'set up' with a classy and formal flair. This micro-term is an opportunity to learn what it means to command a microphone with confidence knowing the message you share will be heard and received; you'll learn microphone etiquette with poise, posture, and articulation. If you think you know our school -- perfect! But if you know you could learn even more (you will) so you can confidently share about the 4 Pillars that guide our SAMily, our Vision, and the Mission of our SAMi community. We will explore details of our diversified student body, make sure you know the staff, what they teach, and what clubs they lead. You will be presenters and guides for the year(s) to come and have the chance to step on stage at camp, Back to School Night, Admissions events, assemblies, and Artrageous to name a few. You will grow your skills in: Performance, Presentation, Event Production, and Group-Management, and if you are a musician, stand-up comic, or aspiring educator all the better and we think this micro term is for you!
Now Hiring: LIFEGUARDS!
Carla Parker, Metro Parks Staff
If you meet the prerequisites (described below) for this course, you will be interviewed and hired by Metro Parks on the first day of class!!! Location of this class is the new Eastside Community Center Pool, 1721 E 56th St, Tacoma, WA 98404. Bus routes serving the area are the 54 and the 41. You must arrange your own transportation to the pool.
1) You must have turned 15 by December 2018.
2) Before 6/10, you must demonstrate your ability to swim without stopping, using side breathing, for 100 yards (2 round trips in the pool) for Shallow Water Lifeguard certification or 300 yards (6 round trips in the pool) for Lifeguard certification. Swimming on the back or side is not allowed. We will find a time that fits your schedule to do this test at the pool before Microterm starts.
3) Before 6/10, you must view 7.5 hours of online Red Cross Lifeguarding videos and pass two online tests.
You will need to have a bathing suit that is appropriate for lifeguarding. Expect to be in the water, practicing rescue skills on your fellow classmates. You will not be able to leave for lunch. Bring a sack lunch or sign up for a school sack lunch. Lifeguarding skills not only open up employment opportunities, they also prepare you to serve your family and community.
Our Point Defiance Adventure Story
Shelby Jawer, Duncan White
Do you like being outside? Are you seeking adventure? Are you competitive? Do you want to learn how to channel that competitiveness into team successes and personal growth? We will be seeking adventures both real and fictional in the beautiful forest of Point Defiance Park. Students who are looking to read, write, and live their own adventure story should look no further.
Bring comfortable outdoor clothing and shoes and a positive team mindset!
Parks and Rec
Laurie Woodward, Bethany Schmidt
It’s the last week of the school year, and who wants to spend it indoors!? Not you! It’s time for you to discover and engage with our beautiful park! We will be embarking on a journey to learn more about the people, places, history, and environments that make our home here in Pt. Defiance so special. Join Schmidt, Woodward, our Pt. Defiance Park Rangers, and more to learn about and protect our park, work on ranger related job skills, and create meaningful lessons for the public. Our goal is to teach other’s how to explore, learn, and protect our park too. Plan on spending most of our time outdoors, and teaching lessons to other students be they young or young at heart.
Robot Design: a Pre-Season and Outreach Endeavor
Did you know we have two small robotics teams that compete in the fall? If you’ve been interested in getting involved with our school’s robotics teams but never got around to it, now’s your chance. We’re trying out some designs to prepare for next year’s competition. We’re also, designing, building and programming a smaller robot to be used as an outreach robot to inspire younger students at events throughout this summer. Whether you’re new to robotics or an experienced roboticist, we want you!
Up a Creek Without a Paddle
Rob Felix, Tanja Owenby
Your plane crashed in the Cascades leaving you without shelter, water or food. You have no idea where you are and which direction to seek help. Join us in an exploration of how to get unstuck. We will be learning basic navigation skills, how to build shelters, and how to mentally prepare yourself to survive the unexpected. Come prepared to be outside every day, all day, and to participate in physical activity. We are looking forward to discussing the four “P’s” of survival: Positive thinking, Preparedness, Persistence and Problem solving as we spend the week adventuring.
Wildlife Toy Box
Maria Jost, Melinda Shutler, Brett Knisely
Do you like animals? Are you interested in animal behavior? Do you like making things? Then this may be the class for you! We are partnering with PDZA to explore and create environmental enrichment for some of their animals. Environmental enrichment is the process of creating stimulating environments that allow species to demonstrate their natural behaviors as well as have control and choice in their lives. You will learn about PDZA’s enrichment program, analyze appropriate enrichment for different kinds of animals, and maybe even help out behind the scenes. You will also get to spend time producing enrichment projects and observing their implementation in animal exhibits, in order to evaluate effectiveness and success! Students in this class will need to be flexible, responsible, and patient observers with an interest in animal behavior.
Zoo Language - Set your Language Loose in the Park
Mary DeWine, Kayo Charbonnel-Mackley, Guadalupe Bojorquez
Do you speak another language and love spending micro term outside? This adventure is for you!
Walk the woods, beaches and gardens of Point Defiance. Dabble in different languages and share yours. This micro term's goal is to make our park more accessible to non English speakers. Each day, students and teachers will explore other languages and soak up the outdoors while making videos for a Point Defiance Park app. Come connect our amazing park with the diverse language communities in T-Town and beyond.
ALL LANGUAGES WELCOME!