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Eagle for an Hour: Virtual MOCK CLASSES

Get the experience of being in our classrooms from home.  

One question we often get asked is, "What's it like to be in one of your classrooms?" And this year is no exception.

St. John's opened the school year in a hybrid model, with students switching between on-campus and at-home learning. Every classroom in both the Middle School and High School has been outfitted with Zoom Room technology. What's that you ask? It's a series of cameras, screens, and soundbars which makes it feel like one, cohesive classroom experience. Pretty cool, right?

While this technology may be a new addition, what hasn't changed is our focus on providing an exceptional educational experience for our students. And that begins with our faculty, whose dynamic personalities, out-of-the-box teaching styles, and knowledge of teaching to boys sets St. John's apart. 

Our first series of mock classes were offered in October. Missed out? There's still time to see for yourself! Join us on Tuesday, December 1 from 7 to 8 pm and see two, 30-minute mock classes hosted by several members of our faculty. This event must be viewed live; it will not be recorded. Both students and families interested in the Middle School and High School are welcome to join. A full list of class offerings may be found below.

Fine Arts (Middle School): Join Ms. Christopher, our theater teacher for grades 6, 7, and 8, in an introductory drama class on Zoom! Be prepared to get out of your seat as you use your face, body, and proximity to your camera to express different interests and emotions in this interactive, cameras-on class. 

Social Studies (Middle School): Meet Mrs. Fondell, a grade 6 teacher and social studies curriculum coordinator in the Middle School. During this lesson, Mrs. Fondell will be teaching interested students and families about the "power of the consumer" and what it means to "vote with your dollar." Mrs. Fondell will be utilizing PearDeck, an interactive presentation tool, so having a second device is recommended (but not required) for a smoother experience.

Computer Science (Middle School): Mr. Larson, who teaches computer science in grades 6, 7, and 8, will be exploring what it means to understand and use computational thinking. He'll be introducing interested students and families to tools like code.org, Playgrounds, Code Monkey, and App Lab.  

Science (High School): What do a child on a playground swing, a guitar, and a collapsing bridge have in common? Find out as you join Mr. Smith, teacher and department chair in the High School, by diving into the world of energy, frequency, and power! Everything in the natural and built world vibrates when it's pushed. Trees sway, a car bounces when it hits a pothole, and air pulsates when blown through a flute by a musician. In this interactive lesson, Mr. Smith will introduce the world of resonance in science, and scratch the surface on one of the most common aspects of the everyday world you never knew was even there! 

Social Studies (High School): Mr. Mathison, teacher and department chair in the High School, will explore editorial cartooning techniques, review the importance of cartoons in United States history, and demonstrate how they are used in the classroom. 

Computer Science (High School): Did you know computers "speak" different languages? Join Mr. Weidenaar, who teaches computer science in the High School, as he explores Processing, a programming language derived from Java. Learn the basics of Processing and how it's used to create colors, shapes, images, and more. 

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