Current Courses


Block Three of the 2021-2022 year begins on Monday, March 28th and continues through Friday, June 2nd.

Monday/Wednesday

Led by Carlos Peña

Through original case studies about Western MA entrepreneurs, students will learn from entrepreneurs’ 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 & Design

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: Entrepreneurship, Arts

Led by Maghan Baptiste

Spring is coming and the world is waking up under our feet! In this class, we will explore the relationship between ourselves, nature, and language. We’ll look at various forms of nature writing from essays to poetry, memoir, kids’ books, and recipes. We will generate our own writing using inspiration from the texts we read, through writing prompts, and through meeting with Andy’s spring nature study and Lucas’s photography course once a week.

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Lucas Fitzpatrick

Always wanted to be a photographer? Whether it’s to dial in your personal social media, better capture memories, or to start a career of it, photography is a useful skill that’s best learned by “doing it”. In this course, we’ll cover all the basics of digital photography, and work towards a gallery showing of our favorite work at the end of the semester. This is a hands-on lab, where we’ll learn to see the world through the lens (and learn that you can do anything if you’re dedicated to figuring it out). This is an in-person class, where we will spend half our time exploring and capturing our local surroundings with Andy + Maghan’s classes, and half in-studio and editing. Participation is limited to four (4) dedicated students. Equipment will be supplied by Lighthouse, but feel free to bring in and use personal cameras and laptops if available!

Class Size: 4 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Led by Andy Kapinos

Spring is one of the best times to observe nature, as the snow melts and plants begin to grow, insects start to hatch, and migratory birds return for nesting season. This class will introduce students to local species and habitats through field trips, lectures, workshops, and identification exercises. Students will learn to identify locally common species 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, including weekly collaboration with Maghan’s ecopoetry & nature writing course and Lucas’s photography course. Students will develop skills relevant to future work in field research and conservation.

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: Self-Designed

Led by Lucy Slate

In this class, we will be tuning into the wisdom of our bodies through meditation, movement, breath work, and awareness exercises. We will go over basic anatomy to deepen our understanding of what is happening inside. As we develop our awareness of the body-mind connection, we will discuss practical skills for self-regulation and communication. We will see how listening to our bodies is a great tool for practicing consent and conflict resolution.

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: Self-Designed

Led by Greg Eichler

Music Theory and Fundamentals is a course which focuses on learning the fundamental knowledge of music to help further unlock your connection to your instrument and the broad musical world.

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

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: 15 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 on 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: Arts

Led by Greg Eichler

The students of Lighthouse unite to form a performance unit! In this class you will learn how to operate within the context of a music group, as well as many musical lessons along the way. We will choose songs to learn and perform, based on our instrumentation, personnel, and what the students enjoy doing.

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Led by Emmett DuPont

Microbiology is the study of the smallest unit of living organisms, the cell. In this course, you will learn about the structures of cells, how cells multiply, DNA, RNA, genetics, mutations, cell diseases such as sickle cell disease, and how vaccines use mRNA to protect your body from the Coronavirus disease. This course will use slideshows and videos to help students understand how the cells in their bodies work, as well as how plant cells function. This course will provide a basic understanding of microbiology and the study of life sciences.
Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Patrick Raftery

Conversational Spanish for beginners as well as native speakers.
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.

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 Steph Zello

Time to finish what we started during Worldbuilding! You asked and I am making it happen. Let’s put everything we made together into something that we can physically have and show off. Together we will decide if we want our creation to become a book, a graphic novel, a video game, or all of the above, then we are going to make it! This class is available to students who were in the worldbuilding class and anyone who just wants to be a part of creating something strange and putting it out into the world.

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Manuel O’Leary-Moreno

Dungeon and Dragons: Myth and legends in motion is a history and social studies based class dungeon & dragons campaign built to teach others real life history and lore whilst making connections and applying it to the game and learning how real life myths have influenced the game of D and D.

Class Size: 10 Student Max

Pathways: Self-Designed

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led Greg Eichler

An open music experience, where one can explore most any aspect of music they would like, with or without the guidance of the class leader. This includes listening, performing, learning theory, and practicing new concepts and techniques.

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Led John Regan

When starting a new puppet show you don’t necessarily know what you need a puppet to do until you have begun performing with it. Enter the world of Newspaper and Masking Tape puppets. There is no faster way to prototype a puppet than with these two materials. We will focus on the skill of constructing and performing with Masking tape puppets of all shapes and sizes. This is a useful technique when making a prototype for a performance and working out the movement of the final puppet. Sometimes the movement with the mock-up works so well it becomes the final product.

Participants will make their own personal puppets as well as working together with multiple people controlling a single puppet.

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Led by Emmett DuPont

This class will cover qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, mixed method and photographic research methods. We will analyze data, and create our own data, learn about Ho and Ha hypotheses, error typing, standard deviation, IRB filing, and other high-level research concepts. This class is college prep, and intended for students who are willing and excited to complete work outside of the classroom. This class will be hands-on, not theoretical, and will invite students to contribute real research to an academic field of their choice.

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.

Tuesday/Thursday

Led by Carlos Peña

Basketball, kick ball, frisbee, skate park… lots of options in walking distance. Let’s go outside and play.

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: Self-Designed

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 the 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: 15 Student Max
Pathways: Tech, Arts

Led by Ashley Goodfellow-Ratliff

Political science is the study of governments, political policies, systems, and political behavior. In this class, we will learn about the definition, fields of study, and importance of political science in understanding public policies. This class will be taught as a college prep class – meaning there will be discussions, note-taking, and regularly occuring homework.

Class Size: 20 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Violet Mark

From tongue wobbles and vocal chord vibrations that send waves of sound cascading from one person’s mouth into another person’s ear, to squiggly lines crammed onto perfectly printed pages, people recognize words in lots of forms and lots of places. How? Furthermore, what is a word? What are its components? And how do they work together to build something cohesive and beautiful? Each class will begin with a presentation, or group reading, on one aspect of Linguistics (the study of language), this will be followed by a group discussion, and then by an in-class writing assignment. Every class will have at least one writing assignment or at least time for working on/editing a previous writing assignment.

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Jimi Eisenstein

Music studio is open and available for exploration, experimentation, and general racket-making with Jimi’s support.

Class Size: 4 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

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

Led by Carlos Peña

Basketball, kick ball, frisbee, skate park… lots of options in walking distance. Let’s go outside and play.

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: Self-Designed

Led by Violet Mark

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Alexis Diaz

In this class we will watch an episode per class of a documentary series called “Our Planet”. The series will introduce us to all the different aspects of ecosystems and the problems they face. We will explore how everything on planet Earth is interconnected and how the health of ecosystems affects every living creature. With the human population rapidly increasing, so is the misuse of our planet’s resources. Our presence on this planet has caused a 60% decline in populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in just over 40 years. We will have conversations about how we can recover the damage that has been done to the planet throughout the years and dream up a better world for those who are coming after us.

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Lucy Slate & Jimi Eisenstein

In this class we will be exploring the world of plants and fungi through gardening, foraging, and crafting. We will tend to a community garden plot and walk through our neighborhood as we learn to identify and safely harvest plants to make food, art, and medicine with.

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Led by Emmett DuPont & Joshua Newman

Life started springing into existence almost as soon as the Earth formed. How did that work? What do we understand about it and what mysteries do we continue to explore? What other ways might evolution have unfolded?

We’ll be looking at our current best understanding, then looking at other ways that life might exist. A hundred million years ago, the world was always burning with forest fires and insects were the size of dogs. Fifty million years ago, the dinosaurs had come and gone and mammals started to walk — and then to swim! What might animals look like in another ten million years after human life has caused a mass extinction? A hundred million?

We’ll be painting and drawing creatures, using our imagination in combination with reason to make beautiful and weird worlds.

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.

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 Catherine Gobron

LightHouse has a giant new space! Let’s work together to make it beautiful, compelling, and functional while learning the principles of design thinking along the way. This class will be 1/3 concepts (with assignments to create visual and written responses demonstrating understanding) and 2/3 doing/creating both solo and group projects to improve our new space. In addition to creating a more beautiful space together, students will gain skills in the following mastery competency areas: Synthesis, Experiential Learning, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Collaborative Design Thinking, Divergent Thinking, and Effective Communication.

Class Size: 10 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Led by Joshua Newman & Violet Mark

How do birds fly? How about insects? How about people?We’re going to build a bunch of aircraft together using simple materials like paper and balsa wood, learning how to balance the forces that keep our creations in the air. We’ll see how far we can take it, from uncontrolled gliders to radio controlled and electronically powered art that flies!

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: Tech

Led by Jimi Eisenstein

How do people make cartoons, or stop-motion, or other animated content? What can we do to better make our artistic creations come to life in motion? In this class we will learn some of the principles of animation, as well as some techniques for how to put them into practice. This may take the form of stop-motion animation, frame-by-frame hand-drawn animation, or digital vector graphic animation. Whatever the form, we will learn how to create beautiful moving art!

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Led by Steph Zello

This class will focus on military history through the eyes of the soldier. During this class, we will cover why we went to war, military theory, and the advancement of technology and weaponry. As we will be focusing on the experience of the soldier, we will also be going over training procedures, the country’s view of soldiers as it changes between each war fought, and the psychology of coming back into civilian life. Students should be prepared to read first hand accounts from soldiers, watch videos from war journalism to helmet cameras, and play map-based war games!

Class Size: 15 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Maghan Baptiste

This class is a free period to work on whatever exciting writing projects you have started or wish to start! I will provide fun and challenging prompts to get you started or you can go off on your own adventure! We’ll engage in some conversations around editing our work, sourcing inspiration and generating creativity during the writing process. This class will also work on putting together the next issue of Siembra, LightHouse’s literary & art journal.

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.

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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