Current Courses


Block One of the 2020 year begins on Tuesday, September 8th and continues through Friday, December 18th.

Monday/Wednesday

Led by Carlos Peña

Develop a product and bring it to market: a real-world, hands on introduction to entrepreneurship. A year-long program demanding significant student commitment and resulting in the foundational tools and mindset required to be an entrepreneur.

Through an innovative handshake of design and entrepreneurship education, students are introduced to the building blocks of entrepreneurship and then empowered to test-drive these concepts by developing a minimum viable product – clothing or household item with original design – and generating real sales through partner business Paper City Clothing Company.

The program blends classroom and experiential learning and inspires students to think big about the role played by different types of businesses in our world, from influencing and funding movements for social and racial justice to offering a road to financial independence for individuals.  The program centers entrepreneurs who are people of color, with original case studies about leadership and innovation that illustrate key program concepts.

In Block One students engage with the key start-up concepts of target customer, break-even point, and product market fit requirement and apply this learning to make and sell a tee shirt with original design. Students participate in creating a virtual or in-person pop up sales event at Paper City Clothing Company by the end of the block.

See an overview of the entire Entrepreneurship and Design Program and the link below.

Entrepreneurship and Design

Class Size: 6 Student Max
Pathways: Entrepreneurship, Arts

Led by Emmett DuPont

There is a lot going on in our world and in our country; the movement for Black lives and racial equity protests, an election cycle, the deadliest pandemic and 100 years, and the rise of fascism and state sanctioned violence to name a few. As we return to LightHouse, we do so in a different world than the last time we gathered together; a world that is changing quickly and involves complex moral decisions about things that were previously amoral (should I get a haircut?).

This class will serve as a place for us to discuss current events as they arise, talk through the complexities of our lived experiences, keep ourselves and each other informed, and give us an outlet to come together in community around some of the biggest and most pressing challenges that face us. This class will include reading and analyzing news articles and clips, thinking deeply about our own positions and morality, and perhaps even learning from some social justice guest speakers and deciding on direct actions in which we might like to participate, or even lead. This class will mostly take shape as a discussion group, but some homework and outside assignments will be required.

Class Size: 6 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

– Explore different styles of music and art, as well as where these worlds intersect

– Dabble in music

– Discuss methods of promotion and explore ways to market oneself

Class Size: 6 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

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

Led by Alan Gilburg

There are two major ways we humans have preserved our awareness of who we are and where we’ve come from. One is the stories we have told since we were able to develop language. The other is the art we have produced. We’ll start with the cave art from France and Spain that goes back nearly 40,000 years and proceed forward through the first organized civilizations: Sumer, Egypt, Mesopotamia and India. On to Greece and Rome and then what we’ve called the “Dark Ages”. What would an Art History course be without the Renaissance; so we’ll land there and then pick up the Baroque period and the 19th and 20th Centuries. Sadly, we’ll not be able to show the arts of Asia and Africa, an omission we can no longer overlook any more. Fortunately, Google Images is prepared to present us with all the images we’ll need. :)

Class Size: 6 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Andy Kapinos

Towards a toolkit for intuitive cooking and eating: what should I eat and how do I do it? This course is an examination of food that frames our personal choices in the context of physical, social, environmental, and economic health. Lessons and discussions are based around specific cooking tasks and techniques (i.e. soaking and cooking dry beans) and/or walking excursions to observe ecological and meteorological phenomena (i.e. the shad run at the dam).

Class Size: 6 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Led by Ashley Goodfellow-Ratliff & Sophia Eytel

A facilitator-led, tutorial where students work on writing projects with the help of our writing lab tutor. Writing Lab is open to all students and operates on a walk-in basis.

Class Size: 4 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep, Arts

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 Ryan Carnes

A class for both beginners and advanced students looking for a refresher. In this class, we’ll focus on the basics of drawing including drawing in 3D, proportions of head and body, and drawing using negative space.

Class Size: 6 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Led Koco Givner

This course is the study of clothing development beginning with the Directoire period c.1800 continuing through the early 1980’s, and the silhouettes of dress that were influenced by the social, political, and economic environments. We will explore clothing throughout the ages with the use of still images, online museum collections, period films, and sketching.

Class Size: 6 Student Max
Pathways: Arts, College Prep

Led by Catherine Gobron

Martin Luther King once shared, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” We cannot understand our present without understanding our past. We cannot hope to change the future, if we don’t know where we are.

I am passionate about social justice and working with young people to become agents of change. Films offer us easy access to vital information. Let’s watch a series on the topic of the history of racism in the United States, and a couple about education in the US to begin to understand how we are all indoctrinated into our worldviews and complicities.

We will begin with these three films, and continue on in this genre. In addition to watching the films together, class will involve in depth discussions, independent research, and frequent writing assignments.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx4sEvhYeVE

13th
trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6IXQbXPO3I

and

Schooling the World, The White Man’s Last Burden
trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnzVNO_J6sk

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
― George Orwell

Class Size: 6 Student Max Onsite. Online up to 15.
Pathways: College Prep, 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

Develop a product and bring it to market: a real-world, hands on introduction to entrepreneurship. A year-long program demanding significant student commitment and resulting in the foundational tools and mindset required to be an entrepreneur.

Through an innovative handshake of design and entrepreneurship education, students are introduced to the building blocks of entrepreneurship and then empowered to test-drive these concepts by developing a minimum viable product – clothing or household item with original design – and generating real sales through partner business Paper City Clothing Company.

The program blends classroom and experiential learning and inspires students to think big about the role played by different types of businesses in our world, from influencing and funding movements for social and racial justice to offering a road to financial independence for individuals.  The program centers entrepreneurs who are people of color, with original case studies about leadership and innovation that illustrate key program concepts.

In Block One students engage with the key start-up concepts of target customer, break-even point, and product market fit requirement and apply this learning to make and sell a tee shirt with original design. Students participate in creating a virtual or in-person pop up sales event at Paper City Clothing Company by the end of the block.

See an overview of the entire Entrepreneurship and Design Program and the link below.

Entrepreneurship and Design

Class Size: 6 Student Max
Pathways: Entrepreneurship, Arts

Led by Joshua Newman

When we use our eyes to look into things — past the skin and into the bones — we can learn to see how things work. Art is a powerful tool for training the mind to see, and artists can make powerful scientists. We’ll be drawing animals, people, and other natural phenomena so we can understand the ways they got to be how they are, how they work, and what they can tell us about the world.

Class Size: 20 Student Max
Pathways: Tech, Arts, College Prep

Led by Ashley Goodfellow-Ratliff

Are you interested in weather? Natural disasters? Rocks? Minerals? Space? The ocean? Tectonic plates? And so much more? Then this class is for you! This Earth Science course will examine areas such as: meteorology, oceanography, and geology. We will be studying planet earth with all of its forces, matter, features, and place in the universe. There will be note-taking, individual hands-on projects, discussions, and homework. As of now, this class will be in person as well as online. Lectures will be recorded and the notes will be posted for those participating online, along with all homework assignments and office hours.

Class Size: 6 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Emmett Wald with Holyoke Codes

Learn to code with Python, one of the most popular and versatile programming languages. You’ll learn the structure and details of Python, as well as universal programming skills like planning and debugging. You’ll build games, create graphics, analyze data, and develop independent projects to applying programming to your other classes and interests. This class is intended for beginners—no previous coding experience necessary!

Class Page: https://digitsandbytes.edublogs.org/intro-python-fall-2020/

Class Size: 20 Student Max
Pathways: Tech, College Prep

Led by René Weiss-Cruz

Learn about religions from around the world and the performing arts that accompany them. While this course utilizes music and various forms of performance as a lens, a performing arts background is not necessary to take and appreciate this course. We will be exploring how song and dance are used around the world, from Africa to India to the United States, to communicate with a higher power and express devotion to ancestors.

Throughout this course, some of the religions we will explore include:

• Hinduism in India
• Yoruba religion in Western Africa
• Palo in the Dominican Republic
• Christianity in the United States

This course pays respects to the rich culture found in religions around the world and throughout history. We will be learning through primary sources from practitioners themselves — recordings and writings that give us a personal glimpse into these religions.

Class Size: 6 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 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: 20 Student Max
Pathways: Arts, Tech, Entrepreneurship

Led by Emmett DuPont

How are public health decisions made? How do we balance health needs that seem to be in conflict with each other? Why are some people so much more likely to get sick than others? Over the last several months, we’ve all heard buzzwords like contact tracing, prevalence rate, and asymptomatic carrier, to name a few. What do these words REALLY mean, and how will they affect the way we live our lives now and in the future?

Epidemiology is a branch of science that deals primarily with disease and disease spread, but overlaps heavily with other health sciences. Having a solid understanding of epidemiology and public health has never been more relevant to our daily lives, and this class will give you the tools you need to understand our current global position, navigate the complicated decisions we are all facing, and develop an ability to participate in high-level discussions about epidemiology and public health.

In this class, we will examine both current and past epidemiological responses to disease outbreak including HIV/AIDS and other STIs, previous and current iterations of coronavirus, noncontagious diseases like diabetes and addiction, and more. This class will be fast-paced and hands-on! Students will not be expected to have any pre-existing science or math knowledge. Some homework will be required, and the class will culminate in a large project of each students choosing.

Class Size: 6 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Epi Arias

Led by Epi Arias

What are we?

What is the meaning of Life?

How do we know what is right and wrong?

We all have questions. In this class, we’ll explore various topics found in classical and contemporary philosophical writings, such as the nature of knowledge, truth, mind, freedom, determinism, ethics, and the existence of God. This class is a philosophical overview that aims at getting students thinking a little deeper about the world and their relation to it.

The class doesn’t intend on answering these above questions for you, but it does hope to arm you with enough ideas and resources to start answering these questions for yourselves. By the end of this class, you’ll be able recognize some of the major philosophical players in classic and modern philosophy. You’ll know a little about Socrates, Pyrrho, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Bergson, Žižek, and many more.

Class Size: 6 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 I-SHEA Shaikly

Students will learn an introduction to songwriting and performance. Students will focus on song formats and structure; writing original songs individually and collectively while also gaining some performance skills. Through writing, freestyle cyphers, individual and group building exercises, beat making, team work, and education, this class will focus on applying the necessary tools to make great, highly marketable compilation of songs/album and learn how to make an impact through performance.

Class Size: 6 Student Max
Pathways: Arts

Led by Joshua Newman

We’ll be playing Kerbal Space Program together, teaching each other how space travel works. We will have individual challenges at the beginning of the block, where we’ll try to learn how to do at the level you’re at, from — making a rocket go straight, to landing on an alien planet — and then we’ll move toward your personal curiosity, culminating in a collective space project over the last few weeks.

Class Size: 20 Student Max
Pathways: Tech

Led by Tyler Perrone

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

Class Size: 5 Student Max
Pathways: College Prep

Led by Rosa Giberti & Kaeli Novak

This health course is designed to increase knowledge and skills in the areas of healthy relationships and prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), HIV, and unintended pregnancy. The interactive curriculum is based on a study, of the same name, conducted by Western New England OT student facilitators, Rosa Giberti & Kaeli Novak, and will include the development -by students- of a sexual health toolkit.

Class Size: 6 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 Tuesday, September 8 and follows a similar schedule to other local schools through June of 2020.

Click to see our full calendar:

Tuesday, September 8, New Student Orientation (new, incoming students only)

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, September 9-11, All-Student Orientation

Monday, September 14, Block One begins and continues through December 18

Monday, October 12, closed for Columbus Day

Monday, November 2, closed for Staff Development Day

Wednesday, November 11, closed for Veterans Day

Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24 Mid-Block Workshops

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, November 25-27, closed for Thanksgiving

Mon, December 14 through Fri, December 18, Portfolio Review Days and Workshops

Monday, December 21 through Friday, January 1, closed for Winter Break

Monday, January 4, Block Two begins and continues through March 25

Monday, January 18, closed for Martin Luther King Day

Monday, Feb 15 through Friday, February 19, closed for February Break

Monday, March 8, closed for Staff Development Day

Thursday/Friday, March 24-25, Portfolio Review Days

Monday, March 29, Block Three begins and continues through June 4

Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 23, closed for April Break

Monday, May 31, Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, June 7 through Thursday, June 10, Presentations Week and Portfolio Review (all students expected at LightHouse this week)

Friday, June 11, Graduation in the evening (no school today)

Monday, June 14 through Thursday, June 17, 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