Crank up your creativity!
October 14-18, 2013
Intersession is coming! Students can spend five
fun days enhancing their creativity with help from their U of M student
teachers. From October 14th-18th, LJA will be providing a week of intersession programming
taught by the student teachers who have spent the quarter working with in LJA’s
LASS classes. There are ten fun classes to choose from, with topics like
“twitterature,” “painting poetry,” or “the art of writing funnily”—and many
- The Enrollment Fee is $125. If possible, please
consider paying additional money towards another student’s enrollment fee.
- All LJA students
are encouraged to participate in intersession regardless of ability to
pay. Full or partial payment assistance is available to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
If necessary, please request a scholarship application from the main
- The intersession
day is 9 am to 3 pm.
- If you plan to
drive your student, please drop them off between 8:30 and 9:00 and pick
them up no later than 3:30. Please
do not drop your student off prior to 8:30 am, because the school will be
closed and no adult supervision will be available.
- Students need to
bring a bag lunch and beverage to intersession every day. Please no microwavable items.
- Please return
both the registration form as well as the Class Selection Form when
registering for intersession. Students who do not rank their class choices
will be placed randomly.
transportation is available to and from community recreation centers.
Please see the registration form for more information.
Registration forms due no
later than Tuesday, October 1st at 4:00 pm
Students who return registration forms after
this date will NOT be provided busing to and from LJA.
Please contact LJA’s Promise Fellow and intersession coordinator, Ms. Holly, with
Make the Odds Ever In
Your Favor Do you love reading books like The
Hunger Games that take place in oppressive societies? Have you ever
thought about what Panem would be like if, instead of President Snow, it was
President YOU? The entire country is yours. No more war if you think that’s
what we need. No more poverty if that is a priority of yours. How would
you design your own perfect country? What do you need to consider--freedoms?
safety? equality? tradition? What is important to you and what is important to
others? Only you can decide, but one thing you can be sure of is that the
odds will be ever in your favor. Taught by Ms. Margo,
Mr. Thomas, and Ms. Janessa
Twitterature Do you LOL or TTYL and use emojis? Do you
tweet and retweet your favorite celebrities, or follow other cool
people? If you #LUV Twitter, this is the class to take!
Together we will mix Twitter and Literature together and come up with fun short
stories that you can tweet to followers! Taught by Ms. Carly
and Ms. Christian
Rome to Rondo: Our Mythic Neighborhoods WHO ARE YOU? WHY ARE YOU HERE? No, really, who are you? Where
did you come from, and how did you get here? Join Mr. Max and Mr. Andrew’s
class, From Rome to Rondo: Our Mythic Neighborhoods, and we’ll explore
those questions by traveling through time and space! We’ll peek into ancient
Rome and see what people said about their city. We’ll travel forward to learn
about St. Paul’s very own Rondo neighborhood where Laura Jeffrey herself lived.
(Whatever happened to Rondo, anyway?) We’ll make Hmong story cloths, tell
Native American campfire stories, and explore tales from East Africa. We’ll
share our own neighborhoods, and talk about what it means to lose your
homeland. We’ll put it all together, and explore why some neighborhoods fade
away in time, while others seem to last forever. Will your neighborhood still
be around in 100 years? How can you make sure it will be? Taught by Mr. Max and Mr. Andrew
Color Outside the
Lines: Painting Poetry Can poems be pictures? Can pictures be poems? Who says they
can't? Come paint your poetry with Ms. Holly and Ms. Kathryn as we explore
these ideas by becoming the artists and authors! Taught by Ms. Kathryn and Ms. Holly
Picture This: Stories
Beyond the Lens Have you ever realized how mysterious photography could be?
With each click, you are creating a world of mystery, a world of fantasy, a
world of your own. But what is this world that you call your own? Photographs
are not only pictures, they are stories! Come look beyond the lens, and see
what other mysteries could be unfolded. Taught by Ms. Nikita
and Ms. Sable
Chalk, Trees, and Paper: Radical Publishing! Ever wonder who
chooses which books are worthy to make it on our shelves? Would you like to
have that power? In this class, you will get the chance to choose which poems
are worthy of sharing and then create a unique publication to show off all of
those poems to everyone at LJA. Taught by
Mr. John and Ms. Teresa
Comedy Writing: The Art of Writing Funnily Liberate Your Laughter! Five days of
hilarity and hijinks culminate in a student-produced video comedy extravaganza.
Learn the highly valuable crafts of comedy writing and video editing. Be able
to answer, "What makes something funny?" and "How can attempts
at humor fail?" Check your seriousity at the door and let your funnytivity
run stark raving mad!!! (Note: this is a serious class. Seriously. Wipe that
smirk off your face. Duh, it's SCHOOL. Like, as if!) Taught by Mr. Tom and Ms. Katie
Lights, Camera, Oz! Want to discover where the Yellow Brick Road really goes? Join Ms. Emily and Mr.
Michael over intersession and explore the wonderful world of play production!
We will begin with a short scene from the amazing Wizard of Oz! We will learn how to get into
character and how that personality makes the character! We will uncover those
secret elements that makes a play great and students will create their own
short scene! Come join us because There Is No Place Like Intersession! Taught by Ms. Emily and Mr. Michael
Tearing it Up: The
Joys of Destroying Texts How does a toilet become art? What does it mean for someone
to erase the words in a book? Or repaint a famous piece of art? Come figure out
how to take apart books, pictures, music lyrics, and everyday objects to create
your own meaning and story! Taught by Mr. Jimmy and Mr. Cory
The LJA Diaries: Write
the Story of YOU Calling all aspiring authors! Do you have a personal story to
tell? Let others share in your experiences- learn to write a personal
narrative! In our unit, we’ll be exploring the following questions about
narrative writing: How do our experiences shape us
as people? What makes a story
entertaining or meaningful? How can we
use our voices to share stories with others? We hope that, through this seminar, you’ll be able to think about the
experiences that make you unique and to share those experiences with others! This
class is for the kind of writing you want to do, not the kind you have to do. Taught
by Ms. Mary and Ms. Kirsten