Highland Night School

We are excited to offer this new continuing educational program to Highland parents, alumni, and interested adults from the community.

Night School Classes for Winter/Spring 2017
Below are a listing of Night School classes starting in January of 2017. For more information on any of these course offerings, please contact Cathy Campbell via email at ccampbell@highlandschool.org.

To register for any of our one-night 'Night School' classes, click here. Remember, you don't have to have a student at Highland School to participate in any of these classes! 

Get Moving! Physics and Technology in the 21st Century Classroom

Get Moving! Physics and Technology in the 21st Century Classroom
Instructor: Elizabeth Kennedy, Science Chair
Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 
Time: 7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Cost: $30
Location: Highland's Upper School Physics Lab, Room 109
Participants: Minimum of 8 and Maximum of 15
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How has the teaching of physics changed since you were in school? This activity-based session gives participants the opportunity to measure physics quantities (motion, force, temperature, etc.) and see data in real time on the computer. Additionally, there will be some work with Augmented Reality (AR).

What’s So Great About Gatsby?

What’s So Great About Gatsby?
Instructor: Cathy Campbell, English Faculty
Date: Monday, January 23, 2017
Time: 7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Cost: $30
Location: The Hazel Family Library, Upper School
Participants: Minimum of 8 and Maximum of 15
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With its lyrical prose and exploration of the American psyche, this short, elegant novel is timelessly relevant. Come (re)discover for yourself why The Great Gatsby has so often been characterized as the Great American Novel and remains a perennial favorite with our Highland students, who read it in their junior year. 
Read your own copy of the novel ahead of time and then join in on a lively discussion that will also include cultural context (the Jazz Age!) and background on Fitzgerald. Light refreshments will be served.

Spreadsheets 101

Spreadsheets 101
Instructor: Elaine Patry, Technology Chair
Date: Monday, February 27, 2017
Time: 7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Cost: $30
Location: Upper School Computer Lab, Room 103
Participants: Minimum of 8 and Maximum of 15
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Designed for beginners, this class covers the basics of creating a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel and Google. By the conclusion of class, you will be able to create a spreadsheet and use basic formulas to calculate simple numerical data. You will also learn how to create and customize a chart using the data you entered. This class takes place in the computer lab so there will be computer access, but you may bring your own laptop if you prefer.

Can You or Kant You, Mill You or Won’t You: Investigating Moral Dilemmas and Ethical Decision Making Through Philosophical Lenses

Can You or Kant You, Mill You or Won’t You: Investigating Moral Dilemmas and Ethical Decision Making Through Philosophical Lenses
Instructor: Ron Ross, English Chair
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Time: 7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Cost: $30
Location: The Hazel Family Library, Upper School
Participants: Minimum of 8 and Maximum of 15
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A train races down a track, hurtling toward five people tied to that very track.  Tragedy will certainly ensue.  But beside you is a lever that will switch the train to a different track: tragedy avoided, right?  Wrong.  Tied to this new track is one person, certain to die should you throw the switch.  Do you do it?  Strange as this scenario may seem, thinkers have been using it for some time in order to help us think through our moral intuitions, to get clear about the values that guide our decision making.  This class uses thought experiments (such as the so-called "Trolley Problem") and real life scenarios (such as the triage cases in "Playing God") along with the work of thinkers such as JS Mill, Immanuel Kant, and Aristotle in order to help participants uncover the ways they go about making decisions in everyday life.

Note: All participants should listen to Radio Lab's "Playing God" podcast prior to the session.

How to Raise an Adult

How to Raise an Adult
Instructor: Renee Norden, Counselor and College Counselor
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 7:00p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Hazel Family Library, Upper School
Participants: Minimum of 8 and Maximum of 15
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The focus of this presentation and discussion is the recent book by former Stanford Freshman Dean Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Described in the New York Times as the “Black Hawk Down” of helicopter parenting, the book makes the case for the damage done to children by excessive parental interference.

What is the cost of hovering and how do we give our children more space? How can we reprioritize and refocus given competing demands? Participants are encouraged to read How to Raise an Adult beforehand, but it is not required. The session may be of particular interest to parents of middle school and elementary school students.

Note: Tuition for this course does not include the cost of the book. 

Interested in Learning More?
For more information on any of these course offerings, please contact Cathy Campbell via email at ccampbell@highlandschool.org.

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