Winterim 2022: PM Courses

Afternoon Course Session: 11:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Activities for Lifetime Fitness

Physical fitness is an essential component of
everyone’s life . For too many high school students,

the only physical fitness activities they experience
are those that are part of the traditional P.E.
curriculum or co-curricular activities . This course

is designed to provide the students with the
opportunity to participate in a wide range of non-traditional physical fitness activities, as well as provide a different twist on traditional physical fitness activities. Proper clothes for each day’s
activity are needed .
Course Description

Instructors: Ryan Chaney and Neal Roys
Class Fee: $75
Open to: All grades

Art of Competition

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Instructor: Elliot Thompson
Class Fee: None
Open to: Males only


Are you interested in the aviation field? If so, this class is for you! This class will be an introduction to the amazing world of aviation. We will take a look at the basics of flight, including aerodynamics, aircraft systems, weight and balance, charts, navigation, flight planning, regulations, and weather. Offered with the help of the LeTourneau University Aviation Program, Wheaton Academy is excited about once
again reaching for the sky!

Instructor: Lee Wilkinson
Course Fee: None; however, if weather permits, we will try
to schedule discovery flights with students. The cost of this
flight is an additional $100 per student should a student choose to participate.
Open to: All Grades

Functional Ceramics

This two-week-long intermediate course will focus on wheel throwing and hand-building functional ceramic pieces. Students will design and create three projects:

  • A container with a lid
  • A set of four cups or mugs
  • A pot for a plant

On the last day of this course, students will be given a plant to take home in their new pot.

Instructor: Josiah Johnson
Course Fee: $20
Open to: All Grades

Christianity: Then and Now

This course will explore the birth, growth, and
branching out of the Christian church . Students

might wonder about the history of their own church
branch and how it is both similar and distinct from other branches of Christianity. This course will address these questions.Possible field trips include visits to a Jewish synagogue, a Catholic church, and an Eastern Orthodox church.

Instructor: Chip Dykema
Course Fee: None
Open to: All Grades

Cooking for Girls

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Instructor: Melanie Marr
Course Fee: $70
Open to: All Grades

Cooking For Guys

The course will help students learn the basics of cooking, from making something as simple as brownies from a box mix to fixing a complete meal. We will cover lots of “guy friendly” foods. Students will learn the way to read and follow a recipe and will also have the chance to create on their own. The main emphasis will be quick and easy recipes. Come prepared to eat! Learn to prepare a range of foods:
steak, eggs, chili, chicken, potatoes, quick snacks,
desserts, pizza, pasta, cookies, etc. Students will leave the class with a notebook of recipes they have
mastered .

Instructor: Ruth Lindstedt
Course Fee: $70
Open to: All Grades

Cricut 101

This course will teach students how to use a Cricut crafting machine. We will explore the design side of crafting by learning the Cricut software before bringing our creations to life. Students will design projects from custom Starbucks cold cups, to originally design apparel. The main emphasis of this course will be to help students bring their Pinterest worthy ideas to life. Come prepared to design and create! Students will leave the class with an array of projects to keep!

Instructor: Autumn Ratliff
Course Fee: $25
Open to: Girls only

Cultural Issues and the Bible

In this class, we will look at various issues that are in the forefront of our culture today. From CRT, intersectionality, white privilege, BLM, and racism, to policing & black men, social justice, slavery, transgenderism, and word manipulation, this class will study these cultural issues through the lens of the Bible.

Instructor: Pastor Derrick Jackson
Course Fee: None
Open to: All grades

Cyber Security: Finding and Removing Evil

Learn about one of the fastest-growing careers, Cyber Security, in a hands-on environment under the guidance of an industry expert! In this course, you’ll learn how hackers, cyber criminals, and nation-state attackers compromise computer systems, how to find them, and how to stop them dead in their tracks.

Students will dive into the common tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) that threat actors use to compromise computer systems and networks. You’ll learn the intricate details of Microsoft Windows and understand what a good system looks like and the places where attackers like to hide. You’ll apply this knowledge to learn how to hunt for and eradicate evil on live compromised systems.

Students will use their Surface Pros to connect to an environment created specifically for this class. This course will be highly interactive, and students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and concepts as they are introduced.

Instructor: Greg Blaum
Course Fee: None
Open to: All Grades

Dance: Musical Theater

Do you love musical theater? Do you love to dance? This class is for you! In this course, students will examine various Broadway shows and reflect on the dance styles that are present. All students are welcome regardless of prior dance experience. Students will learn and perform choreography while also getting to the chance to create their own musical number. This class is for students who love to be active and who are interested in learning more about the role of dance in musical theater. Additionally, this class will be beneficial for any students who are interested in auditioning for a future show at Wheaton Academy.

Instructor: Lissy Bailey
Course Fee: None
Open to: All Grades

Every Song Ever: The art of listening in the digital age of music

With an endless variety of music available via streaming services, too many people are stuck listening only to the music they feel most
comfortable with because they do not understand
the way to listen to or appreciate the unfamiliar. This class will explore the wealth of musical genres from
classical to metal, jazz to hip-hop, oldies to indie .

Beginning with an exploration of the way music has

been recorded and listened to for the past 100 years,

students will learn the art of listening by learning
to identify musical traits such as “timbre,” “texture,”
“dynamics,” and “melody” that defy genre . It offers
students an opportunity to become professional
appreciators of music in all its diversity. Students will

also be able to share some of their favorite music
artists and discuss the reason they enjoy listening
to their music. Finally, we will discuss a biblical
worldview on listening and engaging with the lyrical
content of music .

Instructor: Joel Visker
Course Fee: None
Open to: All Grades

Food Around the World

This class is designed to help you develop an
incredible and adventurous palate. You will
experience eight different types of foods from around the world and visit various restaurants in the Chicagoland area. You will pose as a food critic and be given the opportunity to write about each food experience. You may need to be brave at times and
go outside your comfort zone . Being a food critic is

not for the faint-hearted. You will try many different

types of foods and record your impressions as
descriptively as you can . If you are the kind of person
who has a tremendous zest for life and is willing to

take many adventures and risks, this course is for
you .
This course will be dependent on whether

restaurants are open due to COVID-19 . If you choose
this course, please choose an alternative course as

Instructor: Cassie Prempas
Course Fee: $ 75
Open to: All Grades

Guerrilla Filmmaking

Do you enjoy telling stories through video? Being
a good visual storyteller is not about having the

latest greatest gadgets; it is about knowing ways to
use what you have. We will study and practice the principles that make great stories whether you use a
smart phone, Surface, or Sony video camera

Instructor: Joe Jones
Course Fee: None
Open to: All Grades

Harry Potter and the Seeker's Journey

We will explore the expansive and immersive world that JK Rowling built about a boy who lived. We will discuss and analyze the way the Harry Potter series mirrors the key aspects of the gospel. One of the overarching themes of the series is the idea of self-sacrificial love and conquering death so that others may live, just as Christ did for us on the cross. In addition, we will critically study the themes, individual characters, and the intentional parallels
that connect the magic world to our world that
JK Rowling expertly interweaves into the narrative of each book. We will also evaluate how well the movies bring Harry Potter to life and the ways different mediums can portray a story.

Instructor: Leah Rinker
Course Fee: None
Open to: All Grades

Intro to Improv

This Improv class is an introductory course to the fundamentals of improv. It is designed for those who have the desire to get more performance experience under their feet as well as to risk trying new things! Whether Improv is something that you’ve been doing for a long time, or if it’s something that you’ve never tried before, this class is open to all levels of experience! Each day we will have a hands-on rehearsal where everybody will be able to participate in improv warmups, exercises, and games! As we go through these exercises we will focus on the art of collaboration and listening, as well as learning how to make/understand universal humor for audiences that invites all people into the experience of Improv. We’ll finish off the course with an Improv performance that is open to all families of the students in the class, where students can take what they have learned from the class and put it into action!

Instructor: Steven Mantel
Course Fee: None
Open to: All Grades

How to Play the Ukulele - A Beginner's Course

Are you interested in learning a new instrument? If so, this course is for you! The ukulele is a versatile instrument that is easy to learn and fun to play. In this course, students will learn the basics of tuning, strumming, and playing chords. Students will explore the history of the ukulele, the various types and sizes, as well as the genres where the ukulele is most often heard. Together we will learn and play several well-known ukulele tunes including Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Hey, Soul Sister. No prior experience with the ukulele is necessary to take this course. We will start with the basics and build from there.

Instructor: Kyra Patterson
Course Fee: $25
Open to: All Grades

Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition

This course will cover the history of North America’s
original sport, f rom the Native American game to
the current-day version played by over one million
people worldwide. We will cover the rules and

strategies used to be successful in today’s game . The

second part of the class will focus on learning the
stick skills and techniques needed to play the game at a high level. The class will spend half of our time in the classroom and half of our time in the field house.

Instructor: Geof Weisenborn and Cort Miller
Course Fee: None
Open to: Freshmen and sophomores only

Intro to Robotics - Full-Day Course

Introduction to Robotics is a course designed for students who may have an interest in engineering or robotics. This highly collaborative and hands-on course uses the Lego Mindstorms curriculum to build and program robotic tasks. Students will learn basic programming skills and explore subjects including manipulation, locomotion, perception,
and control theory. Basic engineering context such
as design, troubleshooting, logic, and optimization will be covered as students build their robots. This course will also satisfy a science elective credit.

Instructor: Gerard Cruz
Course Fee: None
Open to: All grades

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is an awesome and often overlooked
sport . Regardless of your skill level, join this class

for a challenging and chill experience spent in the
gym climbing with friends. In this class, we will be traveling to Vertical Endeavors, a nearby rock
climbing gym almost every day . This class is open to

all levels of climbers. If you are completely new to the
sport, this class will teach you the basics of climbing, including how to belay climbers so that you can take
on any top rope routes . Rock on!

Instructor: Maddie Urban
Course Fee: $100
Open to: All grades

Soccer and Culture

Soccer is a universal language . If you understand the
world of soccer, you will have a better understanding
of the way the world works. In this class, we will look at the history of soccer while also studying different cultures around the world. We will look at the way different cultures approach soccer and ways major events around the world over the past century have been reflected through the world of soccer. If you
love soccer, different cultures, or even both, this is a
great class for you .

Instructor: Christian Rivera
Course Fee: $20
Open to: All grades

Sports: More than a Game!

In the class “Sports: More than a Game” we will learn that the sports we love are so much more than a game. We will watch famous sports movies, such
Miracle, Remember the Titans, 42, The Rookie
(to name a few) as well as ESPN 30 for 30’s to better
understand what we can learn from sports and what
biblical principles can be applied to our daily lives .

Classes will involve not only watching the films but
also great discussions, as well as food because who can watch a movie without some kind of treat?

Instructor: Leah Dunlap
Course Fee: None
Open to: All grades

Two Loaves and Five Fruit Snacks

Do you love working with children? Do you love God’s Word? Learn how to bring God’s Word to 1st-5th graders in Sunday School, VBS, AWANA, camp, etc.! We will learn how to use games, object lessons, snacks and other activities to communicate the love of Jesus through the Bible. Students will explore and discover ways in which everyday activities speak the truth about who God is and prepare to use those activities to evangelize and disciple children.

Instructor: Kiernan Mack
Course Fee: None
Open to: All grades

Videogame as Art

The course will introduce students to the world
of game design and philosophy, f rom story to

mechanics. We will focus on understanding the
significance of video games historically and in contemporary art and culture, especially with
regard to concept design, storytelling, and game

mechanics. We will discuss the reason people play
games, the way games are made, the reason they are important, and what makes them fun. Anyone
interested in playing video games, video game
culture, storytelling, and puzzle solving should
consider enrolling. Bacon will be served!

Instructor: Sean McCallum
Course Fee: None
Open to: All grades


Genesis 1:26 says that God made humankind in
His image. We are made to reflect God, and one
of the ways that we do that is by creating. When we make things that are well done, we bring glory
to God . This class is an opportunity to learn all

the fundamental skills you need in order to work
in a woodshop in order to create. You will learn the way to safely use a jointer, planer, table saw, chop saw, sander, and domino machine in order to build two projects; one project will be completed in groups, and one project will be completed
individually . Whether you are just looking for a fun

new experience, a hobby, or a potential vocation, this
class could be a fun chance to work with your hands
to make something!

Instructor: Brad Musso
Course Fee: $75
Open to: All grades