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You are viewing Northside's various colloquia. All colloqia are offered on a semesterly basis, unless otherwise specified. Mouseover each of the pictures to see the course title and description, and click on a picture to get all the information on that course.

Acoustic Blowout! - Mr. Hennegir

Students pre-register for this colloquium. Students will form bands and perform using only acoustic instruments.  We will also watch and discuss “We Jam Econo” and other rock docs.

 

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Acoustic Blowout!

Taught by: Mr. Hennegir
Duration: Semester
Room: 210

Students pre-register for this colloquium. Students will form bands and perform using only acoustic instruments.  We will also watch and discuss “We Jam Econo” and other rock docs.

 

 

Alternative Firing Techniques in Ceramics - Ms. Minyo

Experiment with alternative firing techniques including raku, horsehair raku, naked raku, saggar, and barrel firing to achieve unique and unexpected results.  This is an advanced level ceramics colloquium, and is intended only for students who...

Alternative Firing Techniques in Ceramics

Taught by: Ms. Minyo
Duration: Semester
Room: 111

Experiment with alternative firing techniques including raku, horsehair raku, naked raku, saggar, and barrel firing to achieve unique and unexpected results.  This is an advanced level ceramics colloquium, and is intended only for students who are already proficient in hand-building and/or wheel throwing techniques in ceramics.  See Ms. Minyo to preregister.  

American Red Cross Lifeguarding - Ms. Cirrincione

Are you wondering what to do for a summer job? Get certified to become a lifeguard! In this YEAR LONG colloquium you will get certified in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR, and AED. In order to be able join this colloquium you must be able to complete a 300 yd. swim, performing 100 yds. freestyle, 100 yds. breaststroke, and 100 yds. of either stroke. You must also swim 20 yds. retrieve a brick...

American Red Cross Lifeguarding

Taught by: Ms. Cirrincione
Duration: Year
Room: Pool

Are you wondering what to do for a summer job? Get certified to become a lifeguard! In this YEAR LONG colloquium you will get certified in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR, and AED. In order to be able join this colloquium you must be able to complete a 300 yd. swim, performing 100 yds. freestyle, 100 yds. breaststroke, and 100 yds. of either stroke. You must also swim 20 yds. retrieve a brick from 10 ft. of water and use both hands to swim it back to the edge of the pool. There is also the expectation that you will purchase a face mask for this colloquium. You will get that information after the 1st day of colloquium.

Bee Keeping - Ms. Volesky and Ms. Ortiz

In this yearlong colloquium, students will experience the art of beekeeping firsthand by taking care of Northside’s own honeybee hives at the North Park Village Nature Center. Students will start the year by harvesting honey from the existing bees at the Nature Center and will begin building a Langstroth hive during the winter. Upon the spring, students will install the hive and will monitor...

Bee Keeping

Taught by: Ms. Volesky and Ms. Ortiz
Duration: Year
Room: 300

In this yearlong colloquium, students will experience the art of beekeeping firsthand by taking care of Northside’s own honeybee hives at the North Park Village Nature Center. Students will start the year by harvesting honey from the existing bees at the Nature Center and will begin building a Langstroth hive during the winter. Upon the spring, students will install the hive and will monitor honeybee activity. Other activities include crafting beeswax candles and learning about Colony Collapse Disorder of the honeybees. Sponsored by Ms. Volesky and Ms. Ortiz, this colloquium will accept 20 students and requires parental consent. Due to health risks, students with a bee allergy are strongly discouraged from participating.

Cabin Pressure - Mr. Nifong

Inspired by and focusing on the hysterical BBC 4 radio program "Cabin Pressure," this colloquium will explore the wonders of British humor (and comedy, generally) through listening to one episode of "Cabin Pressure" each class,...

Cabin Pressure

Taught by: Mr. Nifong
Duration: Semester
Room: 204

Inspired by and focusing on the hysterical BBC 4 radio program "Cabin Pressure," this colloquium will explore the wonders of British humor (and comedy, generally) through listening to one episode of "Cabin Pressure" each class, sampling cuisines of the far-flung destinations visited, playfully dedicating ourselves to silly skits and games related to the episode of the day, and engaging in all manner of creative production. We may even talk a bit about careers in travel. :) 

Computer Science as Art - Mr. Alcozer

In this colloquium we will be using data mining and computer science to present real time data on Northside Prep as an interactive wall sized piece of art.

Computer Science as Art

Taught by: Mr. Alcozer
Duration: Semester
Room: 314B

In this colloquium we will be using data mining and computer science to present real time data on Northside Prep as an interactive wall sized piece of art.

Costa Rica - Ms. Torres

This colloquium will introduce students to the culture, politics, literature, ecosystem and culinary adventure of Costa Rica.  Students will engage in presentation and hands on activities.  Some dishes will be prepared in the classroom as part of the culinary theme.  This colloquium is open to all students, but preference will be given to those who are interested in attending...

Costa Rica

Taught by: Ms. Torres
Duration: Semester
Room: 233

This colloquium will introduce students to the culture, politics, literature, ecosystem and culinary adventure of Costa Rica.  Students will engage in presentation and hands on activities.  Some dishes will be prepared in the classroom as part of the culinary theme.  This colloquium is open to all students, but preference will be given to those who are interested in attending the Summer trip this year!

Exploring the World’s Music and Culture - Mr. Leo Park

This course will be an exploration into many of the world’s musical cultures -- from Northern India’s Hindustani music, made “popular” by the late Pandit Ravi Shankar, to the steppes of the Gobi desert in Mongolia where a distinct throat singing style has taken root. We’ll explore the British Invasion and how it shaped rock n roll and take a look at the role music played in the United States...

Exploring the World’s Music and Culture

Taught by: Mr. Leo Park
Duration: Semester
Room:

This course will be an exploration into many of the world’s musical cultures -- from Northern India’s Hindustani music, made “popular” by the late Pandit Ravi Shankar, to the steppes of the Gobi desert in Mongolia where a distinct throat singing style has taken root. We’ll explore the British Invasion and how it shaped rock n roll and take a look at the role music played in the United States during the 60s and 70s. From hip hop culture to punk culture; Afrobeat to Desert Blues; this colloquium will offer you an array of unique glimpses into all things world music and culture.

Extrapolation of the Mind: A History of Science and Speculative Fiction - Mr. McCormick

Both the realm of the sciences and world of literature engender numerous possibilities for the mind. This colloquium will bridge these spheres by exploring...

Extrapolation of the Mind: A History of Science and Speculative Fiction

Taught by: Mr. McCormick
Duration: Semester
Room: 211

Both the realm of the sciences and world of literature engender numerous possibilities for the mind. This colloquium will bridge these spheres by exploring the history of both science fiction and speculative fiction as genres of literature and film. Students will examine the roles that modern science and speculation have played in literature, from the seventeenth century onward, and apply their findings to several classic examples of literature and film that are typically deemed ‘science fiction’ as well as to some that don’t neatly fit into the genre. Some outside reading is required.

Fight Club - Mr. Berry & Mr. Hausman

The Fight Club colloquium is a space for argument and debate.  We’ll learn argument construction, strategies for refuting arguments, and research skills while arguing over topics currently in use by the National Forensic League and topics of your own choosing.  In addition to argument basics we’ll explore different...

Fight Club

Taught by: Mr. Berry & Mr. Hausman
Duration: Semester
Room: 209 (314 backup)

The Fight Club colloquium is a space for argument and debate.  We’ll learn argument construction, strategies for refuting arguments, and research skills while arguing over topics currently in use by the National Forensic League and topics of your own choosing.  In addition to argument basics we’ll explore different types of competitive interscholastic.  This colloquium is intended for freshmen and sophomores, although juniors/seniors may enroll with instructor’s permission.  See Mr. Berry for approval.

Fitness & Mediation - Mr. Sliwicki

In this colloquium we will focus on the practice and science of cardiovascular, weight training, and meditative fitness. You’ll complete physical activities for each area every session, charting your gains as the semester progresses. As a group we will jog/run, bike on the stationary bicycles, lift weights, and...

Fitness & Mediation

Taught by: Mr. Sliwicki
Duration: Semester
Room: 224 & Weight Room

In this colloquium we will focus on the practice and science of cardiovascular, weight training, and meditative fitness. You’ll complete physical activities for each area every session, charting your gains as the semester progresses. As a group we will jog/run, bike on the stationary bicycles, lift weights, and conclude each session with a meditation. Each student will research, prepare, and present a topic to the class throughout the semester covering the scientific benefits of a well-balanced lifestyle and diet. 

Foods From Around the World - Ms. Vites & Ms. Vosnos

Students will work in teams to research, prepare and try dishes from various regions around the world.  We will emphasize easy preparation and balanced nutritional meals.  Each team will be in charge of preparing different...

Foods From Around the World

Taught by: Ms. Vites & Ms. Vosnos
Duration: Semester
Room: 304

Students will work in teams to research, prepare and try dishes from various regions around the world.  We will emphasize easy preparation and balanced nutritional meals.  Each team will be in charge of preparing different recipes as they rotate the type of food and regions from week to week. We will cook in teams and complete the colloquium with a full set of recipes that students may take home.

Materials: Students need to bring ingredients and may bring special utensils.

Forgotten Crimes on Film - Mr. Myers

Killing fields, dirty wars, death squads.   Such terms conjure images of some of the darkest--and most fascinating--...

Forgotten Crimes on Film

Taught by: Mr. Myers
Duration: Semester
Room: 215

Killing fields, dirty wars, death squads.   Such terms conjure images of some of the darkest--and most fascinating--episodes in our history since World War II. Though it’s tempting to try and forget these stories, film-makers have made certain that we can’t. By creating dramatic, gut-wrenching, and—often—very realistic films, they return us to the scene of the crime and broadcast these gripping narratives to worldwide audiences. The movies themselves sometimes spark lively public debate, or even genuine efforts to come to terms with the original crisis. This colloquium will use films such as Missing, The Killing Fields, and Cry Freedom as a springboard to examine these periods of dictatorship, genocide, and human rights abuse. But we’ll take it a step beyond choosing, researching, watching, and judging the accuracy of the films; we’ll also explore how survivors and others have reacted to and learned from these crises, sometimes establishing organizations, museums, and other strategies for learning from these tragedies and dodging their recurrence. WARNING: these films, in their realism, can include some disturbingly violent scenes. This colloquium may not be for you if you’d rather avoid this.   

A permission slip is required for participation in this colloquium.

Frogs & Roast Beef - Ms. Anna Park & Ms. Huestis

So what do Frogs and Roast Beef have in common? Well, they are just outdated stereotypes that the French and English respectively have for one another. But anyway, are you a fan of English and French culture? Are you interested in examining historical and contemporary pop culture of France and the United Kingdom? This semester, we...

Frogs & Roast Beef

Taught by: Ms. Anna Park & Ms. Huestis
Duration: Semester
Room: 229

So what do Frogs and Roast Beef have in common? Well, they are just outdated stereotypes that the French and English respectively have for one another. But anyway, are you a fan of English and French culture? Are you interested in examining historical and contemporary pop culture of France and the United Kingdom? This semester, we will look at these two countries’ complex relationship in the past and present. We will look at similarities in topics such as social stratification in Downton Abbey and French media/literature and humor in sitcoms i.e. The Office (UK) and Le Bureau.   We will look at social behaviors, etiquette and perhaps engage in some of their leisure hobbies such scrapbooking and afternoon tea. If you love BBC America and brie, join us for Frogs and Roast beef.

Going APE (Adaptive Physical Education) - Mr. Pagani & Pellikan / Gershgorn

This is a colloquium in which students develop relationships with each other in a physically adaptive environment.  Students are in collaboration with students from Northside Learning Center as well as with each other.  

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Going APE (Adaptive Physical Education)

Taught by: Mr. Pagani & Pellikan / Gershgorn
Duration: Semester
Room: Gym

This is a colloquium in which students develop relationships with each other in a physically adaptive environment.  Students are in collaboration with students from Northside Learning Center as well as with each other.  

Please only register if you have not taken this class in the past.  See Mr. Pagani for any questions.

Healthy Body & Healthy Mind - Ms. Fu & Ms. Shaldenbrand

Living healthy is a major responsibility. Come to join Ms. Fu and Ms. Schaldenbrand to explore, experience and share ways of healthy living.  We are going to identify, examine and make food that has medical and health benefits while we are practicing yoga for body and mind relaxation and meditation. Research and...

Healthy Body & Healthy Mind

Taught by: Ms. Fu & Ms. Shaldenbrand
Duration: Semester
Room: 230 & Bike Area

Living healthy is a major responsibility. Come to join Ms. Fu and Ms. Schaldenbrand to explore, experience and share ways of healthy living.  We are going to identify, examine and make food that has medical and health benefits while we are practicing yoga for body and mind relaxation and meditation. Research and presentation on local and ethnic food, visit to local market and restaurants, and simple cooking are integrated into the curriculum. Gentle but persistent physical exercises are also essential. Yoga mat and parental permission for participating physical exercises/field trips are required. 

Horror - A Survey - Mr. Snow

The website horrorfilmhistory.com writes the following: “The modern horror genre as we know it is only around 200 years old (it begins to have form and conventions towards the end of the eighteenth century) but it has distinguished antecedents. Every culture has a set of stories dealing with the unknown and unexplained, tales that chill, provoke and keep the listener wondering ‘what if..?’...

Horror - A Survey

Taught by: Mr. Snow
Duration: Semester
Room: 208

The website horrorfilmhistory.com writes the following: “The modern horror genre as we know it is only around 200 years old (it begins to have form and conventions towards the end of the eighteenth century) but it has distinguished antecedents. Every culture has a set of stories dealing with the unknown and unexplained, tales that chill, provoke and keep the listener wondering ‘what if..?’ Horror [stories] are the present-day version of the epic poems and ballads told round the fires of our ancestors.” This colloquium examines horror across the decades and across subgenres. Students will read and discuss horror texts (poems, short stories, tales), students will view and discuss representations of horror in art, and students will watch and discuss horror films. Mainly, students will examine what it is that frightens us, titillates us, and makes us want to scream in scary delight. Students will research horror across decades and lead classroom discussions. Students must be able to watch Rated R films and engage in mature discussions about the genre. Only open to students who have NOT taken Mr. Snow’s Bildungsroman or Satire colloquium in the past because of the repeat of some content.

iGuitar: my iPod needs you - Ms. Martinez

A colloquium brought to you by Ms. Martinez and Alex Thiedmann

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iGuitar: my iPod needs you

Taught by: Ms. Martinez
Duration: Semester
Room: 109

A colloquium brought to you by Ms. Martinez and Alex Thiedmann

 iDon't yet know how to play the guitar (bucket list) and even less about the vast landscape of rock music.  For the guitar aficionado, this colloquium will provide the opportunity to practice the craft of teaching - a skill all performers should acquire - and producing a performance.  The rock music lover will have a platform to share their favorites, and dissect all that is great about their favorite bands.  The Rock novice, like myself, will learn basic guitar chord progressions and leave the experience with an overflowing Rock iPod playlist

Infected: Exploring the Zombie Pop Culture Phenomenon - Ms. Flanagan

The current horde of zombified cultural artifacts and events include children’s books, apocalyptic 5K races, revised versions of Victorian novels, entire volumes of undead arts and crafts projects, and more movies in the last decade than had previously existed throughout the rest of movie history. Why? For starters, zombie...

Infected: Exploring the Zombie Pop Culture Phenomenon

Taught by: Ms. Flanagan
Duration: Semester
Room: 205

The current horde of zombified cultural artifacts and events include children’s books, apocalyptic 5K races, revised versions of Victorian novels, entire volumes of undead arts and crafts projects, and more movies in the last decade than had previously existed throughout the rest of movie history. Why? For starters, zombie movies speak to us about gender, race, class, technology, consumerism, and religion. They allow us to think scary thoughts while safely entombed in cultural kitsch. We see ourselves and our society reflected in the crimson sheen of fake blood, and with the undead arise truths about our culture’s deepest and most secret fears.  Join us – and be ready to use your BRAAAAAINS! – to examine the symbolism and cultural commentary rampant in zombie pop culture.  Activities will include screening and discussion of zombie movies, developing and practicing your Zombie Survival Plan, Zombie Show & Tell, Zombie Book Club and Zombie Makeup Day (Northside, beware!).  NOTE: A permission slip is required for participation in this colloquium.

John Hughes Gets You - Mr. Heavey

This colloquium will dive into the works of filmmaker John Hughes (1950-2009). A prolific writer, director and producer in the 1980s and early 1990s, John Hughes was the guiding force behind some of the most popular teen-oriented comedies of the period. So I challenge you to meet with us after your Breakfast Club and take a Vacation from the norm. This Weird Science experience will be great,...

John Hughes Gets You

Taught by: Mr. Heavey
Duration: Semester
Room: 207

This colloquium will dive into the works of filmmaker John Hughes (1950-2009). A prolific writer, director and producer in the 1980s and early 1990s, John Hughes was the guiding force behind some of the most popular teen-oriented comedies of the period. So I challenge you to meet with us after your Breakfast Club and take a Vacation from the norm. This Weird Science experience will be great, regardless if you have had Sixteen Candles on your cake or not. Whether we are in the Great Outdoors, with Ferris on a day off or just visiting Uncle Buck, you will never feel like you are Home Alone. Are you ready?

Kick Out the Jams! - Mr. Coy

Students pre-register with Mr. Coy for this colloquium where they “jam” together.  This is good old-fashioned rock where students create music together.

You must get approval from Mr. Coy to sign up for this.

Kick Out the Jams!

Taught by: Mr. Coy
Duration: Semester
Room: South Stairs

Students pre-register with Mr. Coy for this colloquium where they “jam” together.  This is good old-fashioned rock where students create music together.

You must get approval from Mr. Coy to sign up for this.

Megalomaniacs, Inc. - Ms. Irving & Mr. DiFrancesco

Would you like to take over the world for good or evil? Do you see yourself as an enlightened dictator or simply a representative of your people? The program Statecraft is Risk on steroids! You will become the leaders of a country and will spend the semester dealing with your people, economy, allies, enemies...

Megalomaniacs, Inc.

Taught by: Ms. Irving & Mr. DiFrancesco
Duration: Semester
Room: 301

Would you like to take over the world for good or evil? Do you see yourself as an enlightened dictator or simply a representative of your people? The program Statecraft is Risk on steroids! You will become the leaders of a country and will spend the semester dealing with your people, economy, allies, enemies, resources, borders, etc. Every colloquium day your world will change and you will have the opportunity to develop, spy, ally, defend, do whatever you need to make your nation great. We will need $20 from each participant in order to enroll in this fantastic program. That $20 will get you research, world changes and tons of fun as you develop the nation you want in the world that we try to create.  World domination should not require a financial burdon on the dictator, so if you are dying to be a part of this amazing world don’t let the $20 be a barrier; please speak to Mr. DiFrancesco or Ms. Irving. 

Morningstar: Stocks and Investments - Dr. Nguyen

Think you can you beat the stock market?   Interested in learning more about money management, investing, and the corporate world? Morningstar, Inc., a global investment research company with a market cap greater than $3 billion, will give you access to its expertise and insights through this course taught in partnership with their analysts and other investment experts. We'll focus on the...

Morningstar: Stocks and Investments

Taught by: Dr. Nguyen
Duration: Semester
Room: 219

Think you can you beat the stock market?   Interested in learning more about money management, investing, and the corporate world? Morningstar, Inc., a global investment research company with a market cap greater than $3 billion, will give you access to its expertise and insights through this course taught in partnership with their analysts and other investment experts. We'll focus on the basics of valuing companies, how to pick stocks, why you should know about other investment options, and what careers are available in this field~ You’ll actively manage your own portfolio of stocks and funds in a contest to see which team can achieve the top results.  The adventure will include visits to the company's Chicago Loop headquarters where you'll have a chance to see their operation in action and shadow various employees in their day-to-day activities.

This colloquium will fulfill the consumer education requirement

Numb3rs - Ms. Runkel

What?  You can solve crimes using math???  Yes you can!  Join the Numbers colloquium where we will solve crimes inspired by the TV show Numb3rs and learn some new mathematical concepts while we do so.  This colloquium is for all of you who love math (and that’s everyone of course)!  

Numb3rs

Taught by: Ms. Runkel
Duration: Semester
Room: 325

What?  You can solve crimes using math???  Yes you can!  Join the Numbers colloquium where we will solve crimes inspired by the TV show Numb3rs and learn some new mathematical concepts while we do so.  This colloquium is for all of you who love math (and that’s everyone of course)!  

Paper Craft - Ms. Hahn

Paper Craft is a form of visual/sculptural representation that is defined primarily by the paper folding. You can fold sheets of paper into animals, picture frames, or flowers. Paper craft brings out the nature of paper...

Paper Craft

Taught by: Ms. Hahn
Duration: Semester
Room: 324

Paper Craft is a form of visual/sculptural representation that is defined primarily by the paper folding. You can fold sheets of paper into animals, picture frames, or flowers. Paper craft brings out the nature of paper through folding and gluing; one can only elicit the paper’s potential by exploring this art form.  This class is best suited for students who are interested in creation through model-making and cooperative learning.  

Pay It Forward - Mr. Blease

"Pay It Foward" is an expression used to do good for other people without expecting anything in return, rather, you hope that that person does something good for other people, and so on.

This colloquium will focus on ways to pay it forward in our school and community.  This colloquium is calling on dynamic students who have a big heart and who love to give.

This colloquium...

Pay It Forward

Taught by: Mr. Blease
Duration: Year
Room: 326

"Pay It Foward" is an expression used to do good for other people without expecting anything in return, rather, you hope that that person does something good for other people, and so on.

This colloquium will focus on ways to pay it forward in our school and community.  This colloquium is calling on dynamic students who have a big heart and who love to give.

This colloquium is limited to 20 students.  We will be using CTA many times throughout the colloquium meetings so please anticipate some cost for transportation.

The colloquium will be offered year long, but students may switch in or out at the end of the first semester.  i.e. new students may join in the second semester.

Picture This - Ms. Sullivan

Have a ton of photos but no time to organize them?  Want to make a digital memento of a school trip, a family vacation, 8th grade graduation, or junior year?  Want to create a personalized photo gift for a friend or loved one?  If yes to any of these, then this colloquium is for you.  If you do...

Picture This

Taught by: Ms. Sullivan
Duration: Semester
Room: 323

Have a ton of photos but no time to organize them?  Want to make a digital memento of a school trip, a family vacation, 8th grade graduation, or junior year?  Want to create a personalized photo gift for a friend or loved one?  If yes to any of these, then this colloquium is for you.  If you do not have a lot of photos and ideas, this colloquium is NOT for you.  Starting on Day 1 you will supply the digital photos and you must have enough to keep you busy for our 10 sessions.  You will quickly learn about online tools like Snapfish then choose the best one for your project and budget – some printed ones are more expensive than others.  We will also have a guest speaker that worked in advertising before launching her own business as a full-time wedding photographer, creating albums for her clients. 

Piece - Mr. Good

Piece will take the mission we started with into another exciting year. With some new directions, we will continue to make a difference by developing local service projects. Guided by student research, planning, collaboration, and energy, the group will identify particular problems, and then devise strategies and projects to help...

Piece

Taught by: Mr. Good
Duration: Semester
Room: 224

Piece will take the mission we started with into another exciting year. With some new directions, we will continue to make a difference by developing local service projects. Guided by student research, planning, collaboration, and energy, the group will identify particular problems, and then devise strategies and projects to help address them in practical and tangible ways. We also plan to add a new twist this year: integrating art projects, into our service ideas. Our goal is to construct a mural along the blank wall next to Lawrence Stop on the CTA Brown Line. We will be working with the local alderman, civic leaders, and public arts groups—but our success depends on what members find out and decide. So if you want to expand your horizons; to take a look at life outside your comfort zone; and to join others in working toward solutions, then Piece might be the colloquium you’re waiting for.

records, Records, RECORDS! - Mr. Yanek

If you think that Lester Bangs is a mod haircut, if you think that Richard Meltzer is on Law and Order, if you think that Robert Christgau is a Pop Art painter, if you think that Ira Robbins is that guy on NPR, and if you think that DeRogatis and Kot is a law firm, then this colloquium may...

records, Records, RECORDS!

Taught by: Mr. Yanek
Duration: Semester
Room: 319

If you think that Lester Bangs is a mod haircut, if you think that Richard Meltzer is on Law and Order, if you think that Robert Christgau is a Pop Art painter, if you think that Ira Robbins is that guy on NPR, and if you think that DeRogatis and Kot is a law firm, then this colloquium may NOT be for you.


This colloquium is for obsessed record nerds.  We will spend our time listening to music and reading, analyzing and discussing the art of the record review.  Participants will be asked to share some of their own thoughts about music and to write several record reviews. 

Robotics Team and Vintage Motorcycle Rebuilding Combolloquium - Mr. Solin

There will be pre-registration information distributed at a later date. Please keep an eye on your email as this course will not follow the regular colloquium registration process. This is a full year colloquium broken into two distinct parts by semester. The first semester will be the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Teams. There will be a boys and girls team tasked with the design and building...

Robotics Team and Vintage Motorcycle Rebuilding Combolloquium

Taught by: Mr. Solin
Duration: Year
Room: Mechanical Room

There will be pre-registration information distributed at a later date. Please keep an eye on your email as this course will not follow the regular colloquium registration process. This is a full year colloquium broken into two distinct parts by semester. The first semester will be the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Teams. There will be a boys and girls team tasked with the design and building of a robot to meet the official challenge that will be revealed in September. The Challenge has multiple solutions with one dominant strategy. Game play includes autonomous and driver-operated modes. You get to program multiple sensors for seeking out magnets and IR signals to aid in navigation during autonomous and driver-operated game play. You will prepare to compete against other groups in local, state and possibly national competitions. This class WILL require extra time outside of school one or two days a week. During the competition phase, it will likely require occasional time on the weekend as well. Come be a part of something exciting and fun here at Northside. You need ZERO experience with computers or robotics, and you need to be 100% ready to have a blast learning something new. We will operate out of the new robotics and engine lab at Northside which includes proper tools and a full-size installation of the competition field for testing (12'x12'). Find out more at usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc.

Rossiya - Mr. Hahm

Our colloquium will take us to Russia, in every way our library and cyber resources will allow us. (Too bad it’s so hard to get visas to Russia, and so expensive to fly there!) We will explore the history of czarist Russia and the Soviet Union, its music, visual arts, literature (we’ll read Pasternak’s DR. ZHIVAGO), and follow...

Rossiya

Taught by: Mr. Hahm
Duration: Semester
Room: 206

Our colloquium will take us to Russia, in every way our library and cyber resources will allow us. (Too bad it’s so hard to get visas to Russia, and so expensive to fly there!) We will explore the history of czarist Russia and the Soviet Union, its music, visual arts, literature (we’ll read Pasternak’s DR. ZHIVAGO), and follow its scientific achievements. Remember, this was the country that won the space race, putting the first unmanned satellite into space, and the first manned capsule into full orbit around the earth.    Приезжайте к нам, товарищ!

So You Want to Be a Game Inventor? - Ms. Flores

Do you enjoy playing board games?  Could you see yourself playing, building and designing board games for a living?  Do you have an idea for a great game?  Are you creative, inquisitive, strong willed and reliable?  Come meet with a current toy and game designer and hear what goes into...

So You Want to Be a Game Inventor?

Taught by: Ms. Flores
Duration: Semester
Room: 320

Do you enjoy playing board games?  Could you see yourself playing, building and designing board games for a living?  Do you have an idea for a great game?  Are you creative, inquisitive, strong willed and reliable?  Come meet with a current toy and game designer and hear what goes into developing and selling a game in today’s marketplace.  We will learn to develop, build and pitch our own creations while learning about the intricacies of dealing with game manufacturers and the role of social media in the game world.

Special Topics in Math - Ms. Smith & Ms. Knapp

In this colloquium, students will explore, investigate, and practice critical skills for mathematical success.  Students must be pre-approved for this colloquium.  See Mrs. Smith for details.

Special Topics in Math

Taught by: Ms. Smith & Ms. Knapp
Duration: Semester
Room: 318

In this colloquium, students will explore, investigate, and practice critical skills for mathematical success.  Students must be pre-approved for this colloquium.  See Mrs. Smith for details.

Stagecraft and Theater Production - Mr. Lill

In this colloquium students will learn how the theatre operates. From the scene shop to the sound booth- from the pit to the catwalk- students will learn about the equipment and how to maintain it.  Also we will be revamping and rebuilding all the shop and storage areas. 

Stagecraft and Theater Production

Taught by: Mr. Lill
Duration: Semester
Room: Stage

In this colloquium students will learn how the theatre operates. From the scene shop to the sound booth- from the pit to the catwalk- students will learn about the equipment and how to maintain it.  Also we will be revamping and rebuilding all the shop and storage areas. 

Taijiquan - Dr. Loria

In this colloquium you will various aspects of Chen Family Taijiquan including stretching, fundamental training, and the “Canon-Fist” form.  Taijiquan,...

Taijiquan

Taught by: Dr. Loria
Duration: Semester
Room: Auditorium

In this colloquium you will various aspects of Chen Family Taijiquan including stretching, fundamental training, and the “Canon-Fist” form.  Taijiquan, commonly known as T’ai Chi, is an ancient martial art originating in a small rural village of Henan, China.  The art was created by Chen Wang Ting in the late 17th century by combining the most effective martial training of the day with elements of Chinese medicine and Taoist philosophical principals.  Today, Taijiquan is well known for its health benefits.  The art is a complete system including four traditional “empty-hand” forms, nine weapons training forms, and two training programs for self-defense.  Taijiquan is a rigorous physical and mental training system that is challenging and very rewarding.  If you are interested in a form of exercise with profound cultural and historical significance, this is a colloquium for you!

The Future - Ms. Caplice

Forever and always we will look ahead, beyond our current vantage and onto a sight more beautiful and distant: The future. Its arrival is unquestionable and solid, and it's perpetual coming drives progress in humanity....

The Future

Taught by: Ms. Caplice
Duration: Semester
Room: 111

Forever and always we will look ahead, beyond our current vantage and onto a sight more beautiful and distant: The future. Its arrival is unquestionable and solid, and it's perpetual coming drives progress in humanity. In this colloquium, the learned Lindseius Denegal Caplice,  Grand Poobah of the celestial continuum, will guide the eager collective in our exploration of the beloved unknown tense. We will study and attempt to predict possible future scenarios and outcomes.  We will trace back present day trends and technologies in order to attempt to predict the direction of future trends and technologies.  We will read, journal, make, sketch, think, and perform ours and other people’s theories, predictions, thoughts, ideas and reflections. "What is coming?" you ask, "There! That is what's coming".

The Magic of Problem Solving - Ms. Tomasiewicz

Do you know that you can answer the question below without doing any computation?  

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The Magic of Problem Solving

Taught by: Ms. Tomasiewicz
Duration: Semester
Room: 321

Do you know that you can answer the question below without doing any computation?  

 

A Petri dish hosts a healthy colony of bacteria.  Once a minute every bacteria divides by two.  The colony was founded by a single cell at noon.  At exactly 12:43 (43 minutes later) the Petri dish was half full.  At what time will the dish be full?

 

Solving Problems can be a Lot of Fun!  Let your Creativity and Imagination guide you through Investigations and Solving all kinds of Puzzles and Logic Problems. Play and Create new Games. Use a Graphing Calculator to Solve Math Problems.  And much, much more!

 Students must be pre-approved for this colloquium.  See Mrs. Tomasiewicz for details.

Training - Mr. Jesse Santiago

Work on a variety of martial arts training.  Physical conditioning along with proper technique will be the focus of this class.  The class will require students to participate in exercises and partner activities which can be physically demanding.  Physical contact with others will also be part of the course.  Proper hygiene is also a requirement for this class.  Be...

Training

Taught by: Mr. Jesse Santiago
Duration: Semester
Room: 3rd Floor Atrium

Work on a variety of martial arts training.  Physical conditioning along with proper technique will be the focus of this class.  The class will require students to participate in exercises and partner activities which can be physically demanding.  Physical contact with others will also be part of the course.  Proper hygiene is also a requirement for this class.  Be comfortable with this before signing up for the course.

Undiscovered Lab - Mr. Caldwell

Ready to expand your experience in the lab?  Would you like to explore, experiment, and learn outside of the formal class structure?  Come try...

Undiscovered Lab

Taught by: Mr. Caldwell
Duration: Semester
Room: 303

Ready to expand your experience in the lab?  Would you like to explore, experiment, and learn outside of the formal class structure?  Come try labs you have always wanted to do, but never got the chance.  Unearth lab equipment that has lain dormant in cabinets since the last millennium.  Sign up if you want to accomplish productive work in the lab.

Urban Agriculture - Mr. Tabora & Ms. Greune

In this colloquium, students will gain an understanding of the interaction between the natural environment and people by learning farming, sustainable landscaping, water conservation, environmental stewardship, and responsibility and...

Urban Agriculture

Taught by: Mr. Tabora & Ms. Greune
Duration: Semester
Room: 319 / Garden

In this colloquium, students will gain an understanding of the interaction between the natural environment and people by learning farming, sustainable landscaping, water conservation, environmental stewardship, and responsibility and leadership skills. They will work on the Northside Teaching Farm, a 2-acre mixed use recreation and agricultural space that features s decorative plantings and vegetable gardens, natural drainage systems, a wetland, a playing field, trees and grass areas, a greenhouse, large agricultural areas and community garden plots. The food they grow goes to the hungry through food pantries, as well as to their families, and land they shape and care for serves their fellow students and community. Their work creates spaces for outdoor classrooms and instruction by teachers, during the school year, as well as healthy playspace and interest in the environment.

Words (and Cards) with Friends (and Teachers) - Ms. Searcy & Ms. Hetler

Will learning strategies from classic card games fine tune your logic and analysis skills? Can playing word games fortify your linguistic repertoire? Absolutely! Furthermore, can your ACT scores, Ivy League acceptance, and future employability all really hinge on these pastimes? Maybe not, but this colloquium certainly can’t hurt. In a world of online, isolated gaming, let’s return to the...

Words (and Cards) with Friends (and Teachers)

Taught by: Ms. Searcy & Ms. Hetler
Duration: Semester
Room: 228

Will learning strategies from classic card games fine tune your logic and analysis skills? Can playing word games fortify your linguistic repertoire? Absolutely! Furthermore, can your ACT scores, Ivy League acceptance, and future employability all really hinge on these pastimes? Maybe not, but this colloquium certainly can’t hurt. In a world of online, isolated gaming, let’s return to the social graces of classic card and word games, if only for a mere 3 hours a week.

Writing-Fishing-Making with Dianne Malueg, great-uncle Jay, and Christopher Santiago - Ms. Malueg & Mr. Chris Santiago

In this colloquium we will read writing to make art, fish metaphorically, and see art to make writing. Be prepared to see the fine print, print finely, fish optimistically, and find...

Writing-Fishing-Making with Dianne Malueg, great-uncle Jay, and Christopher Santiago

Taught by: Ms. Malueg & Mr. Chris Santiago
Duration: Semester
Room: 203

In this colloquium we will read writing to make art, fish metaphorically, and see art to make writing. Be prepared to see the fine print, print finely, fish optimistically, and find finally.  Liars, fabulists, and people who like to peer under rocks and carcasses are welcome.  No experience necessary.

 Limited to 40 or 400 people, whichever comes first!

Yoga for Life! - Ms. Mulligan and Ms. Andrews

In this colloquium students will initially learn basic asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques), eventually progressing through more complex asanas of inversions and arm balances. In order to support a more complete yoga practice, students will learn about all eight limbs of yoga. We will practice at least 1.5 hours at each colloquium meeting, supplementing it with other...

Yoga for Life!

Taught by: Ms. Mulligan and Ms. Andrews
Duration: Year
Room: 322

In this colloquium students will initially learn basic asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques), eventually progressing through more complex asanas of inversions and arm balances. In order to support a more complete yoga practice, students will learn about all eight limbs of yoga. We will practice at least 1.5 hours at each colloquium meeting, supplementing it with other aspects of yoga. Additionally, we will host teachers and entrepreneurs who make a living teaching yoga and owning yoga studios. Students will learn how yoga can not only support any career choice, but can be a career choice of its own.

Zen Garden - Mr. Milbert & Ms. Jueng-Hee Park

Two men were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind. "It's the wind that is really moving," stated the first one. "No, it is the flag that is moving," contended the second. A Zen master, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them. "Neither the flag nor the wind is moving," he said, "It is MIND that moves."

Are you interested in working toward inner peace...

Zen Garden

Taught by: Mr. Milbert & Ms. Jueng-Hee Park
Duration: Semester
Room: 231 / 226

Two men were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind. "It's the wind that is really moving," stated the first one. "No, it is the flag that is moving," contended the second. A Zen master, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them. "Neither the flag nor the wind is moving," he said, "It is MIND that moves."

Are you interested in working toward inner peace, self-discipline, and experiencing a sense of awe? What about thinking outside the box, learning to live in the present moment, and looking beyond what you think you know. Are you also interested philosophy, nature, international cultures, beautifying our school grounds and the city of Chicago. 

We will be working over the next year to create a Zen garden for our school grounds. This is your chance to do something of value, for the school and surrounding community. Are you ready for a colloquium that may just be life changing? 

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