Class Descriptions & Registration

Class Descriptions & Registration

Please check back often as the information on this page is continually being updated. Please see our calendar for class dates, or call the instructor as listed.  Classes without online registration are to be paid directly to the instructor as listed.

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Artists Through The Ages – Taught by Amanda Altier

Mondays 2 -3 Come time travel with me as we visit the Great Masters of the visual arts. We will explore what influenced and inspired these artistic geniuses. What shaped their vision and creation? Why each Great Master chose the artistic medium they chose? Finally, we will try our own hands at crafting our own master works! From the warm and comforting elegance of Mary Cassatt to the ka-pow POP! of Andy Warhol, come learn and create with me! Questions:


Wednesdays 1-2 Informal play & instruction! Free


You Decide- Taught by Suzan Reed

Wednesdays 10-11am Court is in session, the honorable “judges,” your students, will be asked to decide cases based on the first eight amendments to the Constitution. Students will sharpen their critical thinking skills and their legal and historical knowledge as they analyze the amendments, discover their origins, and rule on actual cases presented before the U.S. Supreme Court. Each unit explores: – the language, meaning, and history of an amendment. – How the amendment was applied in various cases. – Classic and contemporary cases students must decide based on what they’ve learned about the amendments High School Age Appropriate You can read more about this program: You Decide Series Questions:



Tween/Teen Acting IMPROV

Wednesdays 1:30-3pm Are you curious about IMPROV? Do you want to try it? Have you done some improvisation, drama or acting already? Either way, come, learn, perform and have a ton of fun! Comfortable clothing Max 12 participants RSVP Cielja (702) 327-8024

Pretend Drama

Wednesdays 12pm-1pm Ages 5 & up. 4 week sessions $36 per session ($9 per class), *$32 for Rise Members ($8 per class) First Time Drop In $10 non-member $9 for Rise Members. Children should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared for dress up fun! Children will practice and discover how they see the world, people, friends and family. Activities are focused on helping children learn to recognize verbal and non-verbal cues from friends, enhance self esteem, and build friendships. Warming up activity Playing with pretend “dress up clothes” Performing at the end of each class. RSVP REQUIRED to Cielja (702) 327 8024, email


Hands on Ancient History – Taught by Elissa Wahl

Mondays 11:00am-12:30pm Texts and activities combined from Mystery of History and Story of The World. This class is taught from a Christian perspective. Age ranges 7-13ish You don’t need to buy any curriculum, but if you want to go further into this study at home, SOTW has a great reader. I will be using a classroom timeline. Should you wish to make one for your family, the directions for the one I made are in the MOH book. We also have for sale (in the office) a timeline in a binder. Class will be 1 1/2 hours each week (may stretch to 2 hours, we’ll see!). Hands on activities include cooking, arts and crafts, playacting. We will need many adult helpers! If you are able to stay, please do so, even if it’s not to help your child. Questions:

Nevada History- Taught by Nicole Blubaugh

Tuesdays 2-3 Fun, hands-on elementary class. Classes will include the History Trunks from the State Museum. September Anasazi trunk, November – Pioneer Trunk, January – Mining Trunk, March – Nevada Women’s trunk, May Centennial Trunk Questions:

Language Arts

Early Reading-Taught by Sandra Stewart

Wednesdays 10am-11am Students should have a good idea of the sounds the letters make. We will be doing sight words and rhyming words; phonics based. We may or may not branch out beyond that. We will make some little books, word wheels, play word games, and we will use our imaginations to make drawings about poems or short stories. Sometimes we forget that the best part of reading is using our imaginations to make our own pictures. We are able to see so much content on videos at our convenience, I hope to help the kids learn to love reading by engaging their imaginations. Questions:

Shakespeare 1.0- Taught by Amanda Altier

Mondays 1-2pm Young Lords and Ladies come away with me on a great exploration of the Bard, William Shakespeare. During our 14 week class we will explore all of Shakespeare’s plays and some of his sonnets. Who he was, what inspired his work and how his writings continue to inspire other writers and artists today! At the end of our adventure, we will put on a showcase of sets we’ve designed, costumes we’ve created, as well as a final performance of scenes, sonnets and monologues. Shakespeare 1.0 is a prerequisite for Spring 2015’s Shakespeare 2.0 – The Performance, where we will continue to hone our Shakespearean skills and perform a (pared down) full length Shakespearean production.

 Out Of The Box Language Arts with Writing Adventures

Enthusiastic and reluctant writers alike will find the joy in writing in these exciting weekly classes. With new class themes every other month and enthusiastic and engaging instruction, both new and returning students can expect a year that will reveal a side to writing that they never expected. A typical Writing Adventures class incorporates team-building games, collaborative writing activities, hands-on materials, and plenty of one-on-one instruction, leading to a fun, effective, and encouraging class environment.

Writing Adventures – Ages 7-10   Tuesdays 10:00-11:00am
Class limited to 12 students. Try your first class free!

Epic Myths and Legends - September+October
Around the World - November+December
Script and Scene Writing - February+March
Crafts, Creations, and Narrations - April+May

$35/month per student (prorated for holidays)
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More info: 702.413.6199

Writing Adventures – Ages 11-15  11:15-12:15pm
Class limited to 14 students. Try your first class free!

Epic Myths and Legends - September+October
Around the World - November+December
Script and Scene Writing - February+March
Crafts, Creations, and Narrations - April+May

$35/month per student (prorated for holidays)
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More info: 702.413.6199

Advanced Writing Techniques with Writing Adventures – Ages 11+   Tuesdays 12:30-1:30pm
By request, Writing Adventures has added a course designed for students seeking an even more in-depth writing experience using the same engaging and effective techniques as our traditional classes. This class will focus more specifically on the technical side of writing. Overall course concepts will include writing for your target audience, grammar and mechanics, word choice, sentence fluency, and organization of ideas.

Class is limited to 10 students to ensure students each receive individualized instruction. Students are welcome to enroll in this class as a stand-alone course or as a supplement to their other Writing Adventures class. Try your first class free!

Intro to Short Story Writing - September-November
Effective Non-Fiction - December-February
Blogging with Purpose - March-May

$40/month per student – ($30/month if being added as a second class) prorated for holidays
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More info: 702.413.6199

For more information and to register, go to Writing Adventures


LEGO® Robotics I: Motor and Sensor Basics-Taught by Tim Nolan

Mondays 10:00am – 11:30am Students will build and explore how to program and use LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 motors and sensors. We will start with motors for robot movement and actions, then add sensors as input to change the robot’s movement or actions. 6 weeks $60 members/$90 non-members Questions:

LEGO Machines, Mechanisms, and Structure- Taught by Tim Nolan

Tuesdays 12:15pm – 1:15pm Students will build and explore machines, mechanisms, and structures using LEGO elements. We will start our exploration with simple machines, learn to combine simple machines into a mechanism, explore ways to build structures, then put everything together in a series of challenges. 12 weeks $60 members/$90 non-members Ages 8 and up Questions:


Early Math-Taught by Sandra Stewart

Wednesdays 11am-12pm Math will be exploring patterns in numbers. We will play some math games (learning to count by 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s). We will explore tangrams, and other logic puzzles. We will do some simple addition, subtraction and fractions. We will learn about place values and what they mean (up to hundreds probably, maybe thousands depending on the kids). Questions:

Jr. Achievement-Taught by Suzan Reed

Wednesdays 11am-12noon  JA Company Program provides basic economic education for high school students by allowing them to organize and operate an actual business. Students not only learn how businesses function, they also learn about the structure of the U.S. free enterprise system and the benefits it provides. JA Company Program teams from the United States and Canada may be eligible to participate in the North American JA Student Company of the Year Competition. High School Age Appropriate Questions:

Geometry-Taught by Saundra de Montoya

Tuesdays 10am-12pm Skills will be based on Saxon Math. Concepts are taught for mastery. Questions:

Algebra 1-Taught by Saundra de Montoya

Mondays 1:30-3:30pm  Skills will be based on Saxon Math. Concepts are taught for mastery. Questions:







Personal Enrichment


Physical Education




Hands on Preschool – Taught by Vanessa Loftis

Mondays 10am-10:45am This class will be loosely based on the Before Five In A Row series. Great literature, corresponding crafts and fun! **It is recommended that parents stay and help if not attending to younger siblings. Questions:


Hands on Science -Taught by Sandra Stewart

Tuesdays 12:30pm-1:30pm Science for ages 4-8 Science is fun! This hands-on class is for curious minds that want to learn how things work. We will demonstrate how much fun science can be with activities/experiment that children can see, hear, touch, smell or taste …. Questions:

Biology With Labs- Taught by Sherry Matheny

Mondays 10am-1pm Join us for an exciting year of high school Biology exploration. This class is for TEENS of all ages and abilities. Each week we will explore a new topic with some discussion, some handouts and worksheets, individual and group projects, games, videos, and hands on experiments. Some things to consider: _Although we will have a BLAST learning about Biology, teens should be mature enough to handle the subject matter. This is a high school level Biology class with labs. _To accommodate for the amount of information we will be studying each class will be 3 hours with a break in the middle. _Students will be expected to participate in discussions and may have work assigned at times to do at home. _Students will be expected to work together in groups and participate in group projects. _At the beginning of the year, students will choose a topic of interest to research, and will work on creating a unique presentation for his or her topic throughout the year. This creative presentation is expected to be presented at the end of the year to peers and family members. _Throughout the year we will also do dissections. These dissections will be for Biology students only. Students should expect to participate in some way with all dissections. (Dissections will be done in groups to accommodate for those choosing to be less hands-on.) _Field trips may be a possibility depending on costs and interest. _There may also be some small lab fees throughout the year to help with the cost of materials along the way, but the costs will be minimal. _Class is limited to 24 students. Questions:

Elementary Science

Wednesdays 2:00-3:00pm Ages 6-11 Class will be based on the Building Foundations of Science Understanding by Bernard J. Nebel, PhD. Hands on, fun experiments. Co-taught by Elissa Wahl, Lisa Huntoon, Victoria Gehring and Jane Kattau Questions:



Fashion Design


Spanish-Taught by Sandra Stewart

Tuesdays 11:30am-12:30pm Elementary Age Bienvenidos a Mexico! Come travel with us and learn while having fun. While pretending to travel through Mexico, we will not only learn Spanish but also geography, history, traditions and games. Questions:

Societies and Clubs

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts

This troop is Christian Based. We meet every Tuesday from 6:20-8:00pm. We need committed Godly men to lead some of the dens, parents to participate at all levels (leaders, committee, fundraising and events), and of course boys!



Various field trips, class discounts and special events. To Become a Member We offer monthly $20 membership fees payable via paypal or direct bill pay, or an upfront payment of $220 (pay for 11 mo, get the 12th for free!) with check, cash, or credit card. Membership gives you discounts on classes and events, members only field trips, the above mentioned teleconference calls, and so much more! Check out for more info or call (702) 748-7473