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             April 2019

             Dear EA Classes of 2020 - 2023 and parents,

             We are excited for the inaugural January Term that will be held in the 2019-2020
             school year. Our faculty members have been hard at work for over a year in
             planning this new program as well as the specific set of courses that will be
             available during this first year. Along the way, we have consulted and engaged in
             activities with University High School in Carmel, IN, an independent school that
             has had a successful January Term program for almost twenty years.

             This booklet provides students and families with an overview of the January Term
             program as well as the specific course offerings for January Term 2020. I
             encourage you to read it cover-to-cover to learn more about the opportunities that
             await Upper School students. We are confident that the January Term will be a
             transformational one for our students as they engage in unique, immersive
             classes designed to fulfill Elgin Academy’s unique mission of Inspiring students to
             become our creative, courageous, and compassionate future.


             Doug Sept
             Upper School Director


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            Calendar for January 2020

             Sunday           Monday           Tuesday           Wednesday         Thursday           Friday          Saturday

             Jan 5            Jan 6            Jan 7             Jan 8             Jan 9              Jan 10          Jan 11

             Last Day of      January                                                                 1st Semester
             Winter           Term begins                                                             grades and
             Break            at 9:00 a.m.                                                            advisor
                                                                                                      at the end of
                                                                                                      the day

             Jan 12           Jan 13           Jan 14            Jan 15            Jan 16             Jan 17          Jan 18

                                                                                                                      Term trips
                                                                                                                      can depart

             Jan 19           Jan 20           Jan 21            Jan 22            Jan 23             Jan 24          Jan 25

                              No School                                                               Last day for    January
                              Martin                                                                  January         Term trips
                              Luther King                                                             Term            return by
                              Jr. Day                                                                                 today*

             Jan 26           Jan 27           Jan 28            Jan 29            Jan 30             Jan 31          Feb 1

                              No School        2nd                                                    January
                              for Upper        Semester                                               Term
                              School           begins at                                              Symposium,
                                               8:15 a.m.                                              time TBD
            *Note that classes J2008, J2009, and J2010 are the only classes with trips

            Daily Schedule
            7:30 - some AP classes may meet
            8:15 - some AP classes may meet
            9:00 - January Term classes begin
            11:30 - break (advisory, assembly, clubs) and lunch
            12:30 - January Term classes resume
            2:45 - end of school day; Winter Sports practices and games begin

            A schedule of AP class meetings will be created and published prior the start of January
            Term. Upper School students will be expected to arrive on campus by the time of their first
            obligation. Attendance will be taken in 7:30 and 8:15 AP classes as well as at 9:00 for
            January Term classes. Students without AP classes who arrive earlier than 9:00 are
            welcome to congregate in Upper School common areas.


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                                       January Term Policies

            Course Grades and Graduation Credits
            During this three-week program, January Term courses will meet for approximately
            the same amount of time as a one-semester course. Therefore, students will earn
            grades on the standard EA Upper School grading scale:

                    97-100: A+        87-89: B+          77-79: C+           67-69: D+           0-59: F, no credit
                    93-96: A          83-86: B           73-76: C            63-66: D            I = Incomplete, no credit
                    90-92: A-         80-82: B-          70-72: C-           60-62: D-           W = Withdrew, no credit
                                                                                                 P = Pass, with credit

            Students who successfully pass a January Term course will earn 0.5 graduation
            credits. This grade and credit will be reflected on official EA student transcripts,
            although the January Term course grade will not count in a student’s cumulative
            grade-point average.

            Over the next several years, the number of required graduation credits will change
            according to this plan:

            Minimum graduation requirement (numbers increase due to January Term):
               ● Class of 2020 - 25.0 credits
               ● Class of 2021 - 25.5 credits
               ● Class of 2022 - 26.0 credits
               ● Class of 2023 and beyond - 26.5 credits

            For more information about graduation credits, please see the 2019-2020 Upper
            School Course Catalog.

            Experiential Learning
            January Term courses are designed to include numerous experiential learning
            opportunities on and off campus. When appropriate, local field trips ranging from
            partial to full days will be included in each class. Students and families will be
            informed of these plans prior to the days they will happen.

            January Term Symposium
            Shortly after the end of the January Term, families will be invited to campus for a
            Symposium to take place during the school day. During this Symposium, students
            will share their January Term experiences. For this coming school year, the
            Symposium will take place on Friday, January 31 at a time to be determined.


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            Attendance during the January Term is crucial to a student’s success. Missing one
            day of a January Term course is equivalent to missing one week of a course on a
            regular semester schedule. Much of the learning taking place during January Term
            is experiential in nature and cannot be duplicated outside of class through make-up
            assignments. Therefore, students must make every effort to attend each day of the
            January Term. While we will explore makeup options with any students who are ill
            or have other medical or family issues arise during the January Term, students who
            are excessively absent during those three weeks may have to complete an alternate
            project in order to earn their January Term graduation credit.

            School Cancellations
            In the event that school is canceled for weather or another reason during the
            January Term, that day will not be made up. January Term will still end on Friday,
            January 24, and the second semester will still begin on Tuesday, January 28
            regardless of the number of cancelled days.

            Illinois High School Theatre Festival
            In recent years, the Illinois High School Theatre Festival has become an integral
            part of our co-curricular program for a number of students. This event takes place
            during January Term on January 9-11, 2020. Students who enroll in the course
            J2005: Identity: Portrayal of Self Through the Fine Arts will be attending this event as
            a part of that class. Students who enroll in other January Term courses will be
            allowed to also attend Theatre Fest as an excused absence from their January Term
            class, if interested, at an additional cost. More information will be available in Fall


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            Course Selection Process
            In April, students will be given a January Term course selection form on which they
            will identify and rank their top four course choices. These forms, with parent
            signatures, are due to the Upper School office by Wednesday, May 1. Students
            whose first-choice classes have an additional fee should also bring a check for the
            May 1 deadline.

            Students whose forms are submitted by the deadline (and fees paid where necessary)
            will be given priority in the course scheduling process, starting with the Class of 2020.
            However, efforts will be made to balance the course rosters among the different grade
            levels, so no student is guaranteed to get placed into their top choice.

            Questions about the course selection process should be directed to Doug Sept at

            In January Term 2020, three of the courses have extensive travel resulting in
            additional costs. These course costs are noted in the descriptions on the following
            pages. Students and families who register for these courses are committing
            themselves to make payments in a timely manner so that travel arrangements can
            be finalized. For any course with additional costs, EA offers the following payment

            Payment Deadlines (approximately                 of the cost is due by each deadline)
             Course                       May 1                          September 1                          November 1

             J2008: Northern              $350.00                        $350.00                              $300.00
             Minnesota Winter

             J2009: Take Me Out           $350.00                        $350.00                              $300.00
             to the Ballgame

             J2010: Ocean                 $1200.00                       $1200.00                             $1100.00
             Studies & SCUBA

            Checks made out to Elgin Academy should be brought to the Upper School office
            prior to or by each deadline. Families who are using an Elgin Academy Tuition
            Payment Plan should contact Marnie Kut at mkut@elginacademy.org if they wish to
            have their January Term payments applied to their Payment Plan.

            Missing payment deadlines will likely result in a student being switched into a
            different January Term course.


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                     January Term 2020 Course Offerings

                                          Courses with No Fees

            J2001: Comic Books
            The Comic Books course will focus on the creation, history, and cultural impact of
            comic books from the early 20th Century until today. We will learn about a wide
            variety of comic book publishers, writers, artists, editors and others who
            are/were involved in the creation of comic books. Opportunities will be provided
            for students who are interested in writing and drawing their own comic books.
            Over the course of this class we will read a considerable number of different
            comics from various publishers and different time periods.

            J2002: Cooking and Cultures
            Food is all around us: it is one of the most basic parts of our lives and helps us feel
            at home. At the same time, how and why food is made can sometimes be a
            mystery. In this course, students will develop basic cooking skills and learn about
            the basics of menus and nutrition, as well as about the business of food and
            restaurants while exploring the cultural background of certain foods. In the first
            week, participants will spend one week talking about the fundamentals of
            cooking, looking at a staple such as bread, and coming to understand the varieties
            of bread, the reasons different forms of bread developed, and how different
            breads are made. Approximately one week will be spent considering how to
            make a multi-course meal or construct a menu. The final week will consider the
            cultural realities that make different cuisines unique. There will be
            approximately two field trips each week to local grocery stores for supplies as
            well as to restaurants around the Chicagoland area to sample cuisine and discuss
            the business of food with entrepreneurs and chefs.


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            J2003: Forensics
            Have you ever wondered how crimes are solved? What exactly are crime
            scene investigators looking for when they are examining evidence? How is
            this evidence used in a court of law? In this course, students will learn how
            to examine and document a crime scene and investigate a wide range of
            evidence including fingerprints, hair, fiber, blood, ballistics, and
            handwriting. Through conversations with experts in the field and through
            practical lab experiences, students will immerse themselves in all branches
            of forensic investigation. Disciplines from anthropology to psychology to
            computer science to linguistics all contribute to make a strong legal case or
            refute one. This hands-on course will study real-life cases from the origins of
            forensic science to cases currently in the news. Finally, we will analyze a
            variety of evidence pertaining to on-campus “criminal” activity! The study
            of forensics allows for a major emphasis on complex reasoning, critical
            thinking, and creative synthesis, skills that are indispensable in any

            J2004: Hard-Boiled Fiction and Film
            Hard-boiled crime fiction often features as the protagonist a private detective
            who has been hired by a woman in trouble and the police either can’t or won’t
            help her. Of course, there’s more to the case than the client lets on. He’s dealing
            with killers, so, the private detective acts tough and talks that way, too. He’s a
            loner, who has a code of honor that may not be strictly legal, but it is moral. He
            can handle threats and take a beating, so don’t expect him to give up a case or
            betray a client. He’s a smart-aleck and talks that way. Battling a corrupt political
            or criminal organization, he prevails because he’s true to his code. Gritty as
            sandpaper, these stories took the detective out of the parlor and into the city
            streets. We will read a few of these novels, such as those by Raymond Chandler
            (The Long Goodbye, The Big Sleep) and Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon, The
            Thin Man), and watch the movies inspired by them. We will look at how the
            hard-boiled private detective influenced comic-book characters, such as Batman
            and The Watchmen’s Rorschach. We may also read a novel or two from the
            related genre of the roman noir, where the self-destructive protagonist is not a
            detective, but instead a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator of a crime. Such books
            (and movies) could include Dorothy Hughes’s In A Lonely Place or James Cain’s
            Double Indemnity. Some afternoons we will play whodunit board games. Field
            trips will consist of one or two escape room experiences.


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            J2005: Identity: Portrayal of Self Through the Fine Arts
            Many artists use their work to express, explore, and question ideas about identity.
            Identity is the way we perceive and express ourselves. Factors and conditions
            that an individual is born with, whether physical, psychological, or cultural, often
            play a role in defining one’s identity. However, many aspects of a person’s
            identity change throughout his or her life. People’s experiences can alter how
            they see themselves or are perceived by others. Conversely, their identities also
            influence the decisions they make: Individuals choose their friends, adopt certain
            fashions, and align themselves with political beliefs based on their identities.
            Artists also often explore the idea of group identity-- expressions of how people
            see themselves as part of a nationality, a religion, a region, or other cultural

            In this interdisciplinary course, students will address the idea of identity by
            questioning commonly held assumptions about stereotypes, self-awareness, and
            what it means to be an artist. Students will both create art and experience the art
            of others, and make connections between the two. Students will evaluate and
            analyze the artistic processes of multiple artists from different artistic spectrums.
            From this exploration, students will gain a better understanding of different
            modalities of expressing identity. The classroom component will include
            experimentation in various fine arts disciplines, centered around the theme of
            identity. Students will be focused on the process of creating, whether that be a
            painting, a scene, or a song. These classroom experiences will be paired with
            field trips to see professionals working at their craft at Chicago theatres, concert
            halls, museums, and workshops, as well as observing the work of their high
            school peers at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival.


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            J2006: Natural and Artificial Intelligence
            Talk about artificial intelligence seems to be everywhere these days.
            Businesses all want it, some people dread it, and others can’t wait for it to
            arrive. But what is it, anyway, and how is it related (if at all) to human
            intelligence? When will it come, or is it here already? Should we be excited
            or worried? How will it affect our lives? In this course, we will consider all
            of these questions. We will investigate the meaning of AI, and try to get a
            better understanding of the current state of the art, and of the likely future.
            We will examine where and how it’s being used today. We will look at how
            writers in the past thought about it, and see how accurate their predictions
            were. We will even try to build our own AI device.
            (Note: this is not a computer science class, so no prior programming
            experience is necessary.)

            J2007: Student Internships
            This offering is available to seniors and juniors only; space will be limited.
            Students who are selected for this program will complete a deadline-driven
            application process prior to the summer. Should a student miss a deadline or
            have their application denied, they will be placed in an alternate January Term
            course choice.

            Students who express interest in the Student Internship program must be
            self-starters who have a passion for or interest in learning more about a
            particular career, business, or organization. Students spend each day of January
            Term off campus, working with an individual (excluding immediate family
            members) or an organization. Elgin Academy will not provide transportation for
            students to and from their internships. The time spent at an internship should be
            equivalent to a typical school day.

            Students are responsible for making their own arrangements, but they will
            receive the guidance and support of the Student Internship Coordinators.
            Students will submit a daily electronic journal entry at the end of each day. In
            addition, each student will articulate his or her personal experience and evaluate
            his or her work during the internship through a longer written piece and an oral
            presentation at the end of the experience.


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                                              Courses with Fees

            J2008: Northern Minnesota Wilderness Experience
            Additional Cost: $1,000.00
            We will spend the first two weeks of this class exploring the history of the
            Great Lakes region: geologic/glacial; Native inhabitants; and French
            explorers/fur traders. We will then travel to the Boundary Waters area of
            northern Minnesota, where we will stay in a cabin. We plan to depart school
            early Monday morning, January 20 (Martin Luther King Day) and return to
            school late Friday evening, January 24.

            While in northern Minnesota, we will engage in outdoor activities will allow
            us to experience how Natives and others may have traveled in cold winter
            conditions, including snowshoe hiking, cross country skiing, and dog
            sledding. Equipment for outdoor activities will be provided, although
            students will need to provide personal winter clothing.

            J2009: Take Me Out to the Ballgame
            Additional Cost: $1,000.00
            This course will be enjoyable for anyone ranging from hardball novices to
            passionate baseball enthusiasts. We will gain a better understanding of the game
            of baseball and its influence on our society. We will learn about the history of
            Major League Baseball as well as other leagues that have existed in the past.
            Prominent historical players will be discussed for their influence on the game as
            well as in our larger culture. Students will also learn the mathematics behind the
            immense world of statistical analysis and the “business” of baseball, including the
            memorabilia market. This course will culminate with a week-long trip to the
            National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.


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            J2010: Ocean Studies / SCUBA
            Additional Cost: $3,500.00
            SCUBA diving is an intense and amazing aquatic experience, allowing divers to
            see fish, rays, coral, and shrimp in their native habitat. Students taking the Ocean
            Studies class will learn SCUBA skills as well as valuable background on reef
            ecology and conservation.

            The first two weeks of this class will focus on two components: science/ math
            education and local pool training for SCUBA. The classroom component will
            include discussion of coral reef ecology and raising student awareness of the
            critical health of coral reefs. Reefs are also a focal point for recreational diving
            and a tourism opportunity that not many are able to experience. We will also
            learn about decompression tables and the mathematics involved in the physical
            impact of SCUBA diving on the body.

            The second major component of the first two weeks will be local pool instruction
            on open water swimming and SCUBA skills. Students interested in this course
            should be comfortable in water, but only need basic swimming skills. Advanced
            Open Water Certification will be available for students who are already SCUBA
            certified through PADI.

            The course culminates with an educational dive trip to Belize where students will
            complete their SCUBA certification and work with a local reef ecology group
            including participation in reef conservation efforts. When back in Illinois,
            students will complete a final project to raise awareness for reef and ocean


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