Rick Goldie - GWCS Assistant DirectoR. BASKETBALL COACH. SUBJECTS - MATH and HISTORY.
Intellectual Curiosity and Me
I know that everyone is supposed to be either a 'history/English' person or a 'science/math' person, but for as long as I can remember I have been a 'history/math' person. Of course, without science and English to bridge the gaps none of it would be very useful. That's why, no matter which subject is your favorite, you should try to be the best 'math/science/history/English' person that you can be. Besides, everyone knows that when you say that a particular subject is your favorite that just means that that subject is the one you find the easiest in which to excel. Be brave! Be good at the subjects that require you to work the hardest. Your potential is not achieved by following the path of least resistance, it is reached by the dogged determination required to master the things that thwarted you the most.
The amount of stuff that can be known about a given subject divided by the amount that you already know would equal a trillion! Having said that, remember that every morsel of knowledge that you add to your repertoire tips the ratio (ever so slightly) in your favor! If you are not intellectually curious, then you are your own worst enemy. You will encounter enough obstacles in your lifetime. Don't be the oppressor of your own mind. Want more. Demand more. Be more.
World History and Geography I
Description: This is the first of a two-year, chronologically organized study of world history and geography. In this first year, students study the world from ancient times to 1500. The course highlights the relationship between the geography and history of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Students refine and expand critical thinking skills, practice decision-making and problem solving, and formulate questions to guide research. World History and Geography I is required for graduation.
World History and Geography II
Description: This is the second of a two-year, chronologically organized study of world history and geography. In this second year, students study the world from 1500 through the contemporary era. The course weaves together the skills and content of both history and geography so that students may learn how history and geography affect each other and therefore gain a more complete understanding of the world around them, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Students continue to refine and expand critical thinking skills, practice decision making and problem solving, and formulate questions to guide research. World History and Geography II is required for graduation.
Sociology through a Literary Lens
“Our job is to make manifest the story, to be it.”
Tony award winner Mark Rylance
In the theater, lots of people work really hard to be invisible. So when we watch actors we see characters, when we watch sets we see rooms and spaces, and ultimately when we watch a play we forget we’re sitting in a dark room with a bunch of strangers, and instead we see a story and nothing but a story.
In this course we build theatrical productions. In other words we plan, practice, produce and perform plays. For any performance to work, makeup artists, stage managers, actors, prop artists, directors, effects specialists, stagehands, etc. must contribute hours and hours of preparation. Everybody involved has to be very patient, disciplined and passionate.
We will spend majority of this class building these productions.* The rest of the time we will learn how to perform the different jobs a play requires.
*At times, this course will require students to work after school and in the evenings.