6th - 8th Grade

FEE: $75

A Quick Walk through MN History  (1 hour)


MN history is usually covered in 6th grade in public schools. This 6 week course can serve as a brief introduction or review (depending on what you have covered at home). In each class students will have a brief overview of the time period/topic and then work with primary and secondary sources (including maps) in small groups. At the end of the 6 weeks, students will take home their own 25 page+ "notebook" of MN history.


Tisha Frost has her Masters in Education and her BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She has been a high school teacher, a youth minister, a Sunday School Director, and an interim principal; but her most challenging job to date is staying home full time with her five young rambunctious children! She grew up in Chatfield, MN and moved back to the area five years ago . She has been married ten years to Ben, a Duluth native, and they live out in the country just south of Rochester.

Media(1 hour)

We live in world that has become media-centric. It influences so much of our daily lives. Social media, news media outlets, radio, TV, Internet blogs written by "credible sources", etc.

What is a credible source? How can you be an effective storyteller with credibility? How does a news organization gather information and deliver it?

How information is delivered is important and I teach it with a Christian world view.

It is important to understand how information is gathered through interviews and research, construct an informative and thought provoking written story and take that and turn it into a video story that would be newscast ready.

In this class, students will be able to:

1. Experience the role of news gatherer and editor.

2. Define factors that go into news judgments.

3. Explore the constructed nature of news media with a consciousness of the way subjective choices influence the news that gets reported.

TEACHER:  Betsy Singer

With a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Betsy's career as a news anchor has taken her from her hometown of Winona, MN  to many places including to Tupelo, Mississippi ,  Tallahassee, Florida, La Crosse, WI, and  Memphis, TN . But her longing to be closer to home brought her back to Minnesota. She returned solely to be close to family but was later asked to work at KTTC as the 6:00 & 10:00 anchor where she won two Regional Emmy Awards. Over the course of her career, Betsy has won a number of awards and honors for her work anchoring and reporting.She and her husband Ken have been married 15 years and live in Kasson. They have two boys, Connor 12 and Caden 10.

Art: Is it Art?   (1 hour)


ls It Art? How can you tell? Who says it is, or is not? Whether your student is passionate about art or not, they will leave intrigued to discover more. This winter we’ll explore six different avenues of art ranging from word art to architecture and many more in between. We’ll use multiple mediums to build, sculpt and create. We hope to see your student there as we dive into a bit of art history and technique while creating a love for all things art!


With a degree in Graphic Design and Advertising from a little college in Northern Minnesota, Kristin Rogers enjoys all aspects of art and creativity. Whether it be picking up a paintbrush with a blank canvas and getting lost in the colors or hunting for the perfect piece of barn wood for vintage signs - art is a daily joy at the Rogers Academy. Kristin and her husband, Karl, spend time with their three daughters having fun with nature, traveling when they can and getting lost in books. This is Kristin’s first year teaching and her third year homeschooling.

GYM (30 minutes)

DESCRIPTION:  Fun group & skill games