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Enrichment Choices 



Students:  Please take a minute to look through the Anchor Time Enrichment choices for this semester’s Anchor Time. 


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For Anchor Time this spring, I feel like…


 creating something!

  • A Capella (Ms. Austin)
  • Extra! Extra! Hooked on Journalism (Ms. Nieves)
  • Hooks, Needles, and Skeins (Mrs. Villarinho)
  • How to Think Like Da Vinci (Mrs. Green)
  • Jam Session (Dr. Laux)

 doing something!

  • Beginner's Policy Debate (Mr. Smiley)
  • Check, Matie! (Mrs. Davis)
  • I am the Law (Mr. Natelson)
  • I'm Board! (Mr. Cohen)
  • Offline is Peace of Mind (Ms. De Lap)
  • Science Olympiad (Mr. Johnson)
  • Speech and Public Speaking (Mr. Womack)
  • Student Leadership in Action (Mr. Bolin)
  • TESLA: iSchool Advocates (Mr. Henner)
  • Unified Raiders (Coach Landi)

 learning about something!

  • Elements of Hip Hop (Mr. Sye)
  • It's Greek to Me! (Ms. Sibold)
  • The History of Film (Mr. Davies)
  • Paper Planes (Ms. Bostick)
  • The Truth is Out There (Mrs. Hetherington)


A Capella (Momentum and Hype

Ms. Austin

Ever since the movie Pitch Perfect came onto the scene, the a cappella genre has exploded! It's a great way to sing and perform some of the greatest pop and rock music ever written, and you get to do it with 10-12 other awesome people just like you. Any student who is interested in learning more about the a cappella genre can join this Anchor Time, however only students who formally auditioned and were placed in Momentum and Hype in August will be able to perform and compete with these two ensembles.


Extra! Extra! Hooked on Journalism

                Ms. Nieves

In this enrichment, novices will learn the rules and develop skills in newsprint writing, online media writing, graphic design, and photojournalism, as well as learn the rules and ethics that govern the world of journalism. Experts will hone their skills of writing and designing for print and digital media as well as their skills with photography and photojournalism. All students will participate in hands-on activities that provide opportunities for developing critical thinking and problem solving skills and creativity, such as writing articles, taking photos, and laying out pages for publication. Students who are interested in being on the AHS newspaper staff The Hook are encouraged to join to begin to learn the process and procedures of our publication.


Hooks, Needles, and Skeins

                Mrs. Villarinho

Apart from being fun and relaxing (offering you an alternative method of combating boredom and relieving stress), crocheting, knitting, and following a pattern or instructions can improve your fine motor coordination, reading skills, math skills, comprehension, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Students are free to bring any projects they are working on. In addition, crocheting and knitting can teach valuable life lessons such as:

  • Responsibility (students have to keep up with their supplies)
  • Ability to focus and follow through (Seeing a project through is very satisfying))
  • Persistence (projects take time and patience to complete)
  • Positive social behaviors and teamwork (the classroom environment is caring and collaborative—students are able to chat about their days as they help each other learn and perfect new stitches)
  • Expressing creativity (projects are only limited by a student's imagination)

    Students are responsible for bringing tools and materials


    How to Think Like Da Vinci

                    Mrs. Green

    Are you up for tapping into your own hidden abilities? Would you like to sharpen your senses so you can "see" the world better than you ever thought or imagined? According to Michael J. Gelb, "Genius is made, not born. And human beings are gifted with an almost unlimited potential for learning and creativity." With Leonardo Da Vinci as your inspiration you will discover new ways of thinking and harnessing the power—and awesome wonder—of your own creative genius.

    Eligible for TAG Credit


    Jam Session

                    Dr. Laux

    Students will have the ability to collaborate and work in small groups to enhance their musical skills.  Students will learn many important life skills that are valuable as a musician and throughout life.
  • Collaboration: Students will work together, sharing opinions and strive to come together to make something beautiful. Each individual voice is important, and so is the collaboration.
  • Leadership: Small ensembles have no conductor! Each member of the group has to be the leader at different times to help the group come together.
  • Responsibility: When there is only one student to a part, there is no ability to hide and each student must be responsible for learning his or her music!
  • Intonation: In small ensembles, students must focus and refine the skill of playing with the best tone and very well tune.

    And… the Jam Session is FUN because it is a great combination of playing music and spending time with friends!

    Students must provide their own instruments.


    Beginner's Policy Debate

                    Mr. Smiley

    Debate offers a great outlet for students interested in academic competition. This class will focus on helping students learn about how to engage in competitive policy debate, develop research skills, and develop a logical understanding of governmental decision-making.  The topic this year is educational reform.  Students will be able to explore and learn about the role of various governmental levels in education policy, student rights in schools, current political affairs, and a series of other areas of American policy while developing argumentation skills that are useful in other areas.


    Check, Matie!

                    Mrs. Davis

    Playing chess teaches planning and foresight and helps develop problem-solving skills, foster self-confidence, increase creativity, improve memory and concentration, and enhance decision-making skills. It's a great way to exercise your brain and is a game that you can play for the rest of your life! Chess is a "sport of the mind." In addition to learning the rules of the game or developing strategies, you will have the option of practicing and playing face-to-face or online. You will set your own goals, keep statistics on wins/losses, and have the opportunity to obtain a USCF rating!


    I am the Law

                    Mr. Natelson

    Interested in the law profession? This seminar will simulate the experience of being an attorney in a law firm. Students will learn how to research legal issues, develop positions, and write on the legal issue—just like a lawyer would as part of their regular practice!

    Eligible for TAG Credit


    I'm Board!

                    Mr. Cohen

    In this enrichment, Raiders will teach, learn, and play board and card games. Playing cards and board games have many benefits for students. These activities help build problem solving skills. Students will get to teach games to other students and learn games from other students, helping to build memory, instructional skills, and collaboration skills. In addition, playing cards and board games help reduce stress by allowing students to have fun and laugh with their peers. Students will be expected to bring their own board games and playing cards and take responsibility for their own materials. Students will also need to keep track of gameplay if the Anchor Time period is not enough to finish a game.


    Offline is Peace of Mind

                    Ms. De Lap

    The purpose of "OPM" is to teach students about digital health. Students will be exposed to articles, and other non-digital resources, on what digital health is and how to maintain a healthy/balanced one. In the duration of the course students will be exposed to various techniques to help maintain digital health, such as "being among the trees" (based off of scientific studies), yoga on the lawn, stretching, coloring, and mindfulness. Students will also have opportunities to explore and design their own activities. Students will be responsible to have a log book showing their offline time along with their activities and reflection.


    Science Olympiad

                    Mr. Johnson

    Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events involving the many disciplines of science.  Some events require the construction of a device (hands-on experience), some require studying for tests (intellectual experience), some require working in a team using science to solve a problem (which requires having all the traits of a RICH Raider).  The club need to meet in order to practice for the events and to choose the 15 person team that will represent AHS at the regional and (we hope!) the state competition. The students in this club work hard and produce results, all while supporting new members as they all work toward the common goal of doing well in competition.


    Speech and Public Speaking

                    Mr. Womack

    Through speech and public speaking, students will learn oratory techniques and skills necessary for many professions. Speech helps you develop your own unique voice, one that can be amplified in whatever career path you choose to pursue. In a world becoming more digitalized and reclusive, it remains important to remember the power of verbal communication of ideas from one individual to another. Students will also have the opportunity to compete against other schools with the national award-winning AHS speech team.


    Student Leadership in Action

                    Mr. Bolin

    Student Council teaches leadership not in principle, but in action. Students are constantly challenged to brainstorm new R.I.C.H. Raider ideas and implement these ideas through various events and mediums to instill a positive learning environment.  During this time, we will also collaborate with other organizations to make a stronger R.I.C.H. Raider impact on the school.  Student Council helps students apply the knowledge they learned in the classroom to the real world. Students are constantly asked to speak, read, and write at the highest caliber. Students are also asked to solve problems through inductive and deductive reasoning. Students are also asked to creatively find ways to spread a R.I.C.H. Raider message to the school.  Join Student Leadership in Action if you are passionate about making Alpharetta High School the best it can be!


    TESLA: iSchool Students

                    Mr. Henner

    Students will be responsible for integrating technology use at Alpharetta. This is a great leadership class, where students will learn how to use and teach applications of technology. Students will be involved in coming up with new ways that Alpharetta can use technology to better the campus. Last year the students researched how much it would cost and save Alpharetta, to install solar panels on the band building. Student's responsibilities include, but not limited to:
  • Maintaining the Genius Bar, where students can visit during the mornings, lunch, and anchor time, if they are having issues with their devices.
  • Helping teachers implement technology into their classroom or just help setting up their devices.
  • Create and maintain a website, where students can go for FAQ and sign-up for one-on-one help (Teachers included).
  • Help brainstorm, deploy, and collect student surfaces.
  • Come up with new ways that Alpharetta could use technology to better our campus.


    Unified Raiders

                    Coach Landi

    Attention Leaders, Athletes and Party Planners! We will be hosting Unified Raiders during Anchor Time.  You will have the opportunity to grow an in area of your interest while working with the special needs population here at AHS. Athletes: We will have the opportunity to learn new sports and play on unified teams (half gen ed and half special ed). Leaders: Students that want to share their passion and skills in sports can take a leadership role as a Peer Coach. Party Planners: We have opportunities to plan lunch activities, dances, Special Olympic Activities as well as organize Exceptional Children's week.  


    Elements of Hip Hop

                    Mr. Sye

    This enrichment opportunity will introduce students to various elements of Hip-Hop culture that includes but are not limited to the following: art, fashion, emceeing, music appreciation, and politics. Enrichment will take place through various forms of discussion that will be facilitated via informational text, literature, poetry, music videos, video documentaries, and more. Students will infuse social elements of Hip Hop that will give them a chance to work on mastery level academic skills, such as listening and speaking, critical thinking, critical reading, and critical writing. Students should not take this enrichment if simply watching or listening to music is their expectation. Yes, we will do the aforementioned; however, there is more to this enrichment than basic music appreciation.

    Parent Permission Required


    It's Greek to Me!

                    Ms. Sibold

    Throughout this seminar, we will study many facets of Greek mythology, including myths, heroes, gods, and goddesses. Additionally, we will be applying our knowledge of mythology and storytelling to advertising, social media, and other current trends. We will learn about Greek mythology and other valuable skills such as critical thinking, text analysis, and effective verbal and written communication. We will explore Greek mythology's influence on current societal, emotional, and cultural beliefs and understanding.

    Eligible for TAG Credit


    The History of Film

                    Mr. Davies

    The History of Film Anchor Time Enrichment will look at the development of movies over the 20th and 21st centuries. We will relate them to what was going on in the country and the world at the same time to see how society, politics, and the economy manifested themselves in the movies. We will start in the 1930's and work our way to modern day. Titles may include (but are not limited to): Wonder Woman, Casablanca, Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, South Pacific, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Great Escape, Dr. Strangelove, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Dr. No, The Godfather, Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Breakfast Club, Top Gun, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting, The Shawshank Redemption, Almost Famous, Toy Story, The Dark Knight, and more!

    Parent Permission Required


    Paper Planes

                    Ms. Bostick

    Rediscover your curiosity and wonder! Learn problem-solving through designing and building paper airplanes. Then compete together to see your design in action. Reflect on your experience to see what worked, what didn't, and why. Research. Think. Read. Write. Analyze. Work together. Experiment. Fail. Try, try again. Succeed. This is an opportunity for you to apply learning from all areas of your school and life to develop a growth mindset by designing paper airplanes for speed or distance or both!


    The Truth Is Out There

                    Mrs. Hetherington

    Did Neil Armstrong really walk on the moon? Was the FBI involved in JFK's assassination? What's going on in Roswell, NM? Is the Illuminati really controlling the world? This seminar will research and analyze these and other famous conspiracy theories. Be prepared to critique and debate and don't forget your skeptic's hat!

    Eligible for TAG Credit

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