Current Courses


Block Two of the 2021-2022 year begins on Monday, January 3rd and continues through Friday, March 25th.

Monday/Wednesday

Led by Carlos Peña

Through original case studies about Western MA entrepreneurs, students will learn from entrepreneur’s stories. Students also explore illustration and graphic design through accessible methods and software, and work towards creating an original product using Paper City Clothing Company resources and sales platform. Students can make money selling the product they design (either an article of clothing or household product with original student designed art or messages printed).

This class is designed for both students with previous or no entrepreneurial class experience. All students will move through the program curriculum, while receiving support to work at their own pace towards completing their Entrepreneurship & Design Program Portfolio.

Entrepreneurship and Design

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: Entrepreneurship, Arts

Led by Andy Kapinos

This class will introduce students to local species and habitats in their winter setting through field trips, lectures, and identification exercises. Students will learn to identify animal tracks, plant species by structure and bark, and ecological relationships at a landscape-level. We will focus our observations on individual examples in their natural setting and will document our observations through writing, photography, and audio-recording. Students will develop skills relevant to future work in field research and conservation.

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Greg Eichler

This course will focus on the basics, background, history, and techniques of music performance. In this course you will:

  • Develop an understanding of fundamental musical concepts
  • Learn and utilize performance techniques
  • Develop listening skills
  • Dabble in music
  • Explore different styles of music and art, as well as where these worlds intersect
  • Discuss methods of promotion and explore ways to market oneself

No previous musical experience required. Come make some music!

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Led by Steph Zello

Whether your sewing skills are advanced, basic or non-existent, Sewing Lab will give you the opportunity to enhance your sewing skills, complete projects and work collaboratively with other students. We will learn hand sewing, machine sewing, machine maintenance, and any other skills that the students wish to enhance. Bring your current sewing projects or start a new one!

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Led by Marc Miller

A facilitator-led, tutorial where students engage in learner-specific modules (i.e. IXL, Khan Academy, etc.). Class facilitators will support students in their own individualized mathematical journeys. All skill levels are welcome.

Class Size: 8 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Led by Carlos Peña

Part of the Entrepreneurship & Design Program, Shop Time is all about hands-on learning and creating at the screen-printing studio of Paper City Clothing Company, a block down from Lighthouse (on the corner of Race Street and Dwight Street). Students can participate in shop projects (lower commitment) or commit to a personalized project plan to work towards producing their own original posters, cards, tee shirts, totes, or makeup bags (higher commitment).  Frequently this class will also feature guest speakers and field trips relating to art, design and entrepreneurship.

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Entrepreneurship, Arts

Led by Andy Kapinos

This class aims to give students experience with basic cooking skills and a variety of ingredients. This is a workshop class where lessons are based around specific cooking tasks and techniques. We will frame these techniques in their cultural contexts and examine the interplay between flavor and nutrition. We will build experience through improvisational and collaborative cooking exercises that allow already-skilled cooks to lead and beginners to learn-by-doing.

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep, Arts

Led by Alan Gilburg

Superheroes are everywhere today—movies, books, comics, TV shows, Ads, Cosplay Events, et al. There must be hundreds of them as compared with the dozen or so some 50 years ago. How do these Superheroes serve similar roles as did the mythic heroes of ancient times? How do they engage us today in helping us figure out who we are and what we are called to do?

We will investigate many Superheroes, based on favorites of class members, using all the media accounts we can find. It could be that we are entering the realm of modern myth. How ready are you to discover? This is the second installment of Modern Myths: Superheroes, Superheroes 2.0!

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Maghan Baptiste

Let’s get crafty! This class will be hands on, experimenting with making our own paper, books, collages and more. We’ll also get into some relief printmaking, a method of printing that works by carving an image into linoleum or wood and transferring it to paper using ink!

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Open Music Studio is a space to explore any interests or passions one may hold! This includes ANYTHING: singing, playing instruments, performing, producing, recording, learning theory, etc. Come on and explore your musical creativity!

During this period, the music studio is open and available for facilitated exploration, experimentation, and general racket-making. Recording equipment may only be used by students who have completed a training.

Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Students are encouraged to bring lunch, which can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer and heated up if necessary. All lunch containers and eating utensils brought in from home, must be cleaned at home during the COVID pandemic.
Led by Greg Eichler

Let’s make even more music together! Each class period we take the necessary steps towards making a band! In this class, you’ll learn how to be part of a musical team, how to perform, and acquire the music basics needed for making music with others. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, all are welcome! Let’s what you can do!

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Led by Maghan Baptiste

From Sappho to Audre Lorde, Essex Hemphill to Danez Smith and everyone in between! This class will explore the legacy and work of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans poets, both living and dead. We will start with the oldest examples of queer writings and work our way through history, considering the AIDS crisis, Black Arts Movement, the Lavender Menace and more. We will use these poets as guides for our exploration into generating our own queer poems.

Class Size: 8 Student Max

Pathways: College Prep

Led Emmett DuPont

This class will have two primary purposes. The first purpose of this class is to help you prepare for adult life. Moving out of your parents house, applying to colleges, setting up bank accounts and managing money, paying your taxes, or learning how to get an apartment with your friends.

You may already have some of these skills, and some might not apply to you. This class will be dynamic, meeting you where you are at and evaluating your own goals to help you figure out what you need to know to be a successful young adult. The second purpose of this class will be to close educational gaps, and help ensure that you are graduating with a well-rounded education that truly helps you navigate the world. It’s not important that you leave high school knowing how to do calculus, but it is important that you know how to calculate a tip on your check.

There is no shame in never having taken civics, but it’s important to understand what the three branches of US government actually do. Do you know how to read an analog clock quickly, or what US states and territories are excluded when someone refers to the continental USA? How about the proper way to use a semicolon, or how to hold chopsticks properly? Do you have a signature?

In this class, you will take an honest inventory of your goals and knowledge gaps, and we will work together to help you acquire the information and skills you need to move confidently through the world.

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led John Regan

Explore the world of Shadow puppetry, and learn how to create and perform with your own puppets. Shadow puppetry is a wide ranging art form, practiced in many different cultures and in many different forms. It allows you to create a creature larger than life, or build a whole world that fits in a suitcase.

In this class we’ll focus entirely on shadow puppets. You’ll be designing and creating your own puppet characters in 3 different styles using professional materials, and creating short performance pieces with those puppets. This is a great class if you are interested in both visual art and performance, but no experience is needed! You’ll finish class with several puppets, and be able to perform your own short puppet piece.

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Tuesday/Thursday

Led by Carlos Peña

Through original case studies about Western MA entrepreneurs, students will learn from entrepreneur’s stories. Students also explore illustration and graphic design through accessible methods and software, and work towards creating an original product using Paper City Clothing Company resources and sales platform. Students can make money selling the product they design (either an article of clothing or household product with original student designed art or messages printed).

This class is designed for both students with previous or no entrepreneurial class experience.All students will move through the program curriculum, while receiving support to work at their own pace towards completing their Entrepreneurship & Design Program Portfolio.

Entrepreneurship and Design

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: Entrepreneurship, Arts

Led by Dan Battat at Battat Glass

In this hands on studio class in glass flameworking, students will gain basic glassworking techniques by creating glass marbles, jewelry and sculptural forms. Using bench mounted burners, we will melt borosilicate glass in a 6500 degree flame.

A series of demonstrations and skill building exercises will lead to independent creation of finished marbles, pendants and figurines, and students will be able to explore their own unique ideas as well. History of glass and current applications will be discussed in class, and interested students will gain knowledge of outside resources in the field of glass art and sciences.

Class Size: 5 Student Max
Pathways: Tech, Arts

Led by Joshua Newman

There’s no dividing line between robots and sculpture, drawing and science, engineering and crafting. You’ll learn to make what you want to make as long as we can find you the materials. Come with an idea or asking for one. Come with a favorite art and learn a new one to add to it. Use your mind and hands and eyes in concert to make things that are beautiful, that work, that you can use to express yourself and teach others.

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Tech, Arts

Led by Ashley Goodfellow-Ratliff

Calling all criminology, science, and true crime connoisseurs! You may have taken Ashley’s previous classes, watched a few shows, documentaries, or listened to podcasts; all of which gave you insight into the nature curious and sometimes even fascinating aspects of true crime. However, not many of those stories focus on all of the work that CSI agents and forensic scientists do in order to help solve a said crime.

This course is going to combine the two: classic true crime stories with the vast world of forensic science. Think about it, how can you really grasp the important of high profile cases such as those of O.J. Simpson, Amanda Knox, Michael Peterson, etc. without at least basic understanding of the forensic sciences? We’re going to remedy that.

This block, students will go through the following units: Crime scene investigation Physical evidence Fingerprinting Impression Evidence Hairs & Fibers Chromatography Blood Basics Arson There will be note taking, response writing, and class discussion galore. Looking forward to diving into the world of forensic science with some of you!

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep, Tech

Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Led by Carlos Peña

Part of the Entrepreneurship & Design Program, Shop Time is all about hands-on learning and creating at the screen-printing studio of Paper City Clothing Company, a block down from Lighthouse (on the corner of Race Street and Dwight Street).

Students can participate in shop projects (lower commitment) or commit to a personalized project plan to work towards producing their own original posters, cards, tee shirts, totes, or makeup bags (higher commitment).  Frequently this class will also feature guest speakers and field trips relating to art, design and entrepreneurship.

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Entrepreneurship, Arts

Led by I-SHEA Shaikly

Welcome to the world of grassroots organizing. An introductory course designed to learn about community organizing’s history, theory and practices. Become instigators. Research. Share your findings. Have dialogue. Begin to think as community organizers.

Students should be prepared to participate in class discussions, take on reading assignments, and record their own ideas either through writing or video presentations.

Class Size: 8 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Joshua Newman

Every guitar, flute, horn, and synthesizer evolved from a human playing with an object that just made some sort of sound that, when they played with it enough, started to sound like music. We’re going to find and build some with strings, some with electronics, some with tubes. I hope some of them will sound like music!

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Tech, Arts

Led by Violet Mark

Public schools are largely built on a theory of education that constructs learning as an unnatural human activity that must be forced in the classroom setting, but is this true? If so, how did you learn to speak? How did you learn to walk, talk, and run? In this class we will critique and confront how viewing learning as something that must be forced upon students trains us to view education as teachers ruling over their mini kingdoms, instead of seeing learning as committed communities of co-learners supported by a teacher’s knowledge of the subject matter.

We will discuss different education strategies, and examine how they work in practice, and we will examine how LightHouse’s structure presents a challenge to the dominant narrative that people won’t learn on their own.

Each day, classes will start with reading or watching something relating to an aspect of education, which will be followed by a group discussion. This discussion will be initially centered around what we read/watched, but it will be expected to shift as students bring their experiences and ideas into the discussion.

At the end of class there will be a short debrief where we will talk about where we would like the class to go next, so that I, as the teacher, can find/select something relevant to start the next class discussion around.

However, this class structure will likely change over the course of the block at the request and direction of students. After all, an education class where students don’t have the power to alter the structure of the classroom would be incredibly ironic.

Class Size: 8 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Music studio is open and available for exploration, experimentation, and general racket-making. Recording equipment may only be used by students who have completed a training.
Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Students are encouraged to bring lunch, which can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer and heated up if necessary. All lunch containers and eating utensils brought in from home, must be cleaned at home during the COVID pandemic.
Led by Lucas Fitzpatrick

In this course, we’ll look into and apply strategies for telling meaningful stories through effective digital content. Using real-life case studies of big and small businesses (as well as personal social media), we’ll take a deep-dive into the other side of what we see on our phones.

As a part of this course, we’ll create content for the Lighthouse Newsletter and social media channels, as well as develop strategies to best tell the Lighthouse story to viewers in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Come prepared with a good eye and handful of your favorite YouTube videos.

Class Size: 8 Student Max
Pathways: Arts, Tech, College Prep

Led by Joshua Newman

Do you want to learn how to draw? Do you want to learn how to draw better? Do you want to learn how to look inside things and understand them in new ways? We’ll look at your favorite artists, your favorite subjects, and your favorite styles and see what we can learn from them by using drawing like an X-Ray to look beneath the surface and see how our world works.

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Arts, Tech

Led by Steph Zello

The Lumiere brothers first terrified audiences in 1895 with a moving picture of a train and ever since then filmmakers have been further developing the art of film. In this class, we will explore many first accomplishments in film as well as gain a knowledge of film development and how it has advanced over the years. Students should be prepared to watch films, take notes and participate in class discussions.

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Use this time for independent study, homework, personal projects, socializing, advisory meetings, and/or one-on-one tutorials.

Calendar

LightHouse begins the year on Monday, September 13 and follows a similar schedule to other local schools through June of 2022.

Click to see our full calendar:

Tuesday, September 7, Opening Day, New Student Orientation and Pre-Registration Week

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, September 8-10, All-Student Orientation and Shop Exploratory Days

Monday, September 13, Block One classes begin and continue through December 17

Monday, October 11, closed for Indigenous People’s Day (formerly known as Columbus Day)

Monday, November 1, closed for Staff Development Day

Thursday, November 11, closed for Veterans Day

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, November 24-26, closed for Thanksgiving

Monday, December 13 through Thursday, December 16, Pre-Registration Week and Portfolio Review Days

Friday, December 17, End of Block One

Monday, December 20 through Friday, December 31, Closed for Winter Break

Monday, January 3, Block Two classes begin and continue through March 25

Monday, January 17, closed for Martin Luther King Day

Monday, Feb 21 through Friday, February 25, closed for February Break

Monday, March 21 through Fri, March 25, Pre-Registration Week and Portfolio Review Days

Friday, March 25, End of Block Two

Monday, March 28, Block Three begins and continues through June 3

Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22, closed for April Break

Monday, May 30, Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, June 6 through Thursday, June 9, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – Presentations Week and Portfolio Review (all students should be at LightHouse this week)

Friday, June 10, Graduation in the evening (NO SCHOOL TODAY)

Monday, June 13 through Thursday, June 16, End of year meetings with students and families (teens come in only for their family meeting, no school this week)

Questions?


“I know not what the future holds,
but I know who holds the future.”

-Ralph Abernathy