Walter Payton College Prep
Seminar Menu

Spring 2019

Please peruse the seminar menu before making your selections.
Note: If you have been accepted into one or more sign-up seminars, you must make seminar selections anyway! Your choices may be necessary in the event of program changes.

ID Code Title Description Teachers Session
1 3001 America To Me Engage with your peers in dialogue around educational equity as viewed through the lens of the docu-series America To Me - following the lives of students at Oak Park River Forest High School - as well as the impact felt and experiences lived right here at Payton. Be prepared to participate in important and difficult conversations. About the series: Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) examines racial, economic and class issues in contemporary American education in the multipart unscripted documentary series America to Me. Imrem
Batiste-Gilmore
Double Period
2 3002 Animal Volunteering - Anti-Cruelty Society Are you interested in helping homeless animals? Do you believe in the mission of local animal shelters? If yes, then consider joining the Animal Volunteering Seminar. This double seminar promotes and assists in the work done by the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago. For the majority of our seminar sessions, we will journey to their location on Grand and LaSalle to assist in tasks around the shelter, interact with the animals, and craft toys, blankets & treats for the homeless pets. We will also partake in five workshops pertaining to the following topics: pet care law, reading cat/dog body language and training pets, the pet human bond, animal advocacy, and conscientious consumption. For the other sessions, we will remain on-site at Payton and will work on developing a program that aims at educating our community regarding the focus of the workshop sessions. Gillick

Double Period
3 3003 College Knowledge 2020 Do you aspire to be the first in your family to earn a four-year college degree? Are you you excited to get a jump start on the college search process? Join Payton Counselors Mr. Paulsen and Mrs. Hudson-Spells for a double-seminar that will prepare you for the senior year application process and beyond. We will take during the school day field trips to Northwestern, Univ. of Illinois @ Chicago, DePaul, and Loyola University. We will bring in guests speakers from admissions offices to talk about the College Essay, Interviews, Scholarships, and Financial Aid. Hear from Payton alums about Student Life and get familiar with Naviance and the Common Application. We look forward to working with you on your journey to be the first in your family to earn a college degree! Open to juniors. Paulsen
Hudson-Spells
Double Period
4 3004 Muggle Marathon: Harry Potter and the Real World Dive into all 8 Harry Potters movies and discuss how the themes/topics of the wizarding world apply to the real world. All muggles and wizards welcome. Khan

Double Period
5 3005 Photo Trippin' If you like photo, explore the city with us: looking at photos in galleries and museums and taking our own photos along the way. Join AP Photo III students and our guest artist, Stephen Murphy, internationally exhibited photographer and teacher. Come! Build your AP Photo portfolio, create a body of work for college applications, or just jazz up your Instagram page. Photo? Fun! Sulisz

Double Period
6 3006 The New Explorers Wander into the city and beyond to see what there is to see. Sign up for The New Explorers. Visit the only coal mine in the city or try to get a butterfly to land on you. Get up close and personal with a beluga or feel the breeze on your face as you cruise down the Chicago River or bike along the lakefront. Discover the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and revel in the scenery of a botanic garden. Enjoy the company of some of your favorite teachers and just the fact that you are in school but not at school all while you explore our great city of Chicago. Tolias
Cristiano
Double Period
7 1007 "The Good Place" and Philosophy Let's watch seasons 1 and 2 of the NBC comedy while reading and discussing some philosophical ideas of what it means to be "good." The show description from NBC: The show follows Eleanor Shellstrop, an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife, and thanks to some kind of error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place (which is definitely where she belongs). While hiding in plain sight from Good Place Architect Michael, she's determined to shed her old way of living and earn her spot. Come ready to enjoy a new show, read some big ideas, and contribute to some great discussion Weiss

First Session
8 1008 Black Cinema: The Love & Family Stories It`s Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs, and Morris Chestnut all semester long in the Black Love iteration of Black Cinema. Watch favorites like Brown Sugar, The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, The Wood, Love and Basketball, Why Did I Get Married, and, if the mood is right, the classic, Love Jones. We will discuss the concept of love in black culture and think about how we can love each other better. Russell

First Session
9 1009 Board Games Come De-stress and hang out and play different board games. Get to know your peers by having fun, de-stressing and coming up with different strategy for Monopoly or Connect 4 to name a couple games or bring in your favorite game and or learn a new one. Bertoni-Mancine

First Session
10 1010 Board Games with Vinluan Are you interested in expanding your mind in fun and creative ways? Do you enjoy playing games like Scrabble, Chess, Taboo, or Scattegories? sign up! Vinluan

First Session
11 1011 Boston Film Seminar Boston is famous for its clam chowder, but did you know it also has inspired many cinematic classics as well? Do you want to watch wicked good movies set in Boston? If so, this seminar is for you. Due to the "PG-13" and "R" rated nature of some of the movies, you will need a parent signature to join this seminar. We will have fun learning about the history and culture of one of America's most historical cities through film and TV. Films will include The Social Network, 21, Good Will Hunting, Fever Pitch, The Great Debaters, Boston Marathon: A Documentary, The Town, Chappaquiddick, Patriot's Day, and Boston's Finest (tv show). Block

First Session
12 1012 Building iPhone Apps with Xcode Learn how to use Xcode to create apps that will run on your iPhone! No previous coding experience necessary, though it would make getting over the learning curve a bit easier. Because Xcode is necessary to build iPhone apps, a MacBook is all but required. (Don`t own a MacBook? Me either. Perhaps borrow a friend`s or relative`s on these days?) Espinoza

First Session
13 1013 Cards on deck!!! Do you love card games, like learning new ones, or teaching a game you know well to others? In this seminar we will strictly play card games from Hearts, to Spades, to Rummy, to ERS, to Go Fish...to...you name it!!! Our cards will be on deck! Ingham

First Session
14 1014 Climb On! Climb On! You know that climbing wall in the gym--the one that looks impressive but you never see anyone climbing on?--well, that wall is a hidden gem, and it’s waiting for you to unearth the joy and the challenge of climbing. Climb On! is a course that welcomes everyone, from total n00bs who are excited to learn, all the way to beta-spraying big-wall-sending veterans. You will be part of a fun and enthusiastic team of learners who master the fundamentals of rock climbing movements, belaying, and top-roping. Here you will have a good time exercising while also pushing past your perceived limits. Mr. Walker fell in love with climbing during his time living and teaching in Estes Park, CO, and he is looking forward to sharing his love of the sport with you. Climb On! Ang
Walker
First Session
15 1015 Code Names Want to practice your communication skills with different word association games? Come join this seminar! We will be playing CodeNames, Taboo, Catchphrase and others! Ofori-Amoah

First Session
16 1016 Dot Journals Do you like drawing or coloring? Does organizing your life make you happy? Do you enjoy jazzing things up with stickers, doodles, and other decorations? Do you ever find yourself making endless to-do lists? Do you enjoy mindfulness and reflection? If you said yes to any of the above, or if you`re wondering what these things have to do with each other, then this seminar is for you! In this seminar we`ll get artsy creating and decorating our own Dot Journals. Come learn what Dot Journals are all about and be ready to be inspired! Roach

First Session
17 1017 Fantastic Worlds and Where to Find Them Journey into some of the most fantastic worlds to unfold across the pages of books and appear on the big screen. Together, we’ll explore the imaginative realms of L. Frank Baum, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Ursula K. Le Guin, and the creative visions of Hayao Miyazaki, Tim Burton, and Ava DuVernay. We’ll learn about the fantasy genre, its history and themes, and discuss what fantastic worlds have to show us about our own real one. Media may include: Alice in Wonderland; The Wizard of Oz; The Neverending Story; Chronicles of Narnia; A Wrinkle in Time; Spirited Away; Beetlejuice; The Lord of the Rings; Hilda. A parent/guardian permission slip will be required for mature films. Parlor

First Session
18 1018 Financial Investment - Morningstar Market Prep Have you ever wanted to know how people make money on stocks and bonds? Real analysts from Morningstar, Inc. will teach you the how to become a savvy investor through in-class activities, a simulated stock market game, and a day of shadowing at the corporate office in the Loop. Galson

First Session
19 1019 Game of Thrones This is not open to freshmen. Do you want to critically analyze the most popular series? Analysis will range from cinematography, and authenticity to character development, genre and plots. The violent and obscene scenes have already been timed and are omitted when viewing the episodes. Parents STILL must approve the viewing of this mature series… Come, brave the cold. Winter`s coming. Srivastava

First Session
20 1020 Girls Who Code Girls Who Code programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Together with leading educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs, Girls Who Code has developed a new model for computer science education, pairing intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship and exposure led by the industry’s top female engineers and entrepreneurs. The curriculum includes monthly project-based activities, the opportunity to build real-world software, and a final project that impacts your community. Tani

First Session
21 1021 Greenhouse and Gardening Love the plant world? Want to learn some basic botany? Seminar will expose you to gardening techniques, plant biology, greenhouse practices, and horticulture. We maintain the Payton greenhouse and garden on Wells. Chau

First Session
22 1022 Guided Meditation Each class includes a guided meditation or relaxation (in the style of Yoga Nidra), followed by journaling or creative expression and Share Circle. The intention for class is to offer students an approachable way to learn to relax and meditate, skills that offer immense benefits to healthy brain development and emotional stability. Tysiak

First Session
23 1023 Hula/Polynesian Dance Learn the ancient and beautiful art dances of Polynesia from a professional instructor, Ms. Lori Murphy. Lewis

First Session
24 1024 Investigating the Cinema Juniors and Seniors only. A critical and in depth look at what makes a great film. Focus will include character development, cinematography, and plot twists. Parents must approve the viewing of mature films. Kinderman

First Session
25 1025 Jazz Dance Interested in Jazz Dance? Have no formal dance experience? No worries – come and learn the basic Jazz Dance moves from a professional dancer from Joel Hall. Caines

First Session
26 1026 Jazz Improvisation Students will explore the art of improvising jazz. Practical choral theory and scales along with the various styles of jazz and blues will be presented. Students should have at least one year experience on their particular instrument and be able to read notation. Rode

First Session
27 1027 Judo Learn the Japanese martial art of Judo under the guidance of Sensei Brett Wolf. Judo, which translates into “The Gentle Way”, has been part of the Olympics since 1964. Sensei Wolf has been head instructor of the Menomonee Judo Club since 1998 and is certified to teach Judo to sighted and visually impaired athletes. All participants will be provided with Gis (traditional Judo uniform)to wear during class. All interested students are welcome! No experience is necessary. Ortiz

First Session
28 1028 Kids Advisory Board Program The Chicago Kids Advisory Board is sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Research Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The KIDS program is for youth who are interested in healthcare and health research professions, who will focus on understanding, communicating and improving health, medicine, research, and innovation for children. The goal for the upcoming year will be to give students an opportunity to visit the medical campus, research labs and Lurie Hospital. The program consist of two phases: for the first semester seminar sessions the goal will be to provide the students relevant information about conducting medical research on children and then for the second seminar sessions the goal will be to have the students assist in the planning and implementation of medical research. Therefore, for students who would like to get involved, we expect a full year commit to this seminar. Pavlik

First Session
29 1029 Latin American Film and Culture Latin American Film Seminar will explore the unique and diverse cultural perspectives, politics and history through the narrative of Latin American Film. Film enthusiasts in this seminar will have the opportunity to view and discuss authentic Hispanic films that were produced in Spanish-speaking countries. Although the vast majority of the films have English subtitles, some knowledge of the Spanish language would be useful but is not required. During the Spring session, we will explore the cultures of Brazil, Spain, Cuba, Colombia and Mexico Students may also recommend other countries of interest. The seminar may include potential cultural excursions. Furthermore, due to the mature nature of some films (unrated, PG, PG-13, or R ), this seminar is open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Participants will need to have a film permission slip signed by parents before the first seminar. Please click here for form: https://drive.google.com/a/cps.edu/file/d/0B2Nr2F00fm_yU2k2V0pBNXhCeE0/view?usp=sharing Quintero

First Session
30 1030 League of Legends Come learn and improve at League of Legends. We will analyze streams, professional games, and educational content. There will be enough time to play at least 1-2 games per session with the opportunity to build teams and try out strategies from the LCS. It is highly recommended that you have some level of experience playing League of Legends, as most of our time will not be dedicated to learning tutorial-level skills. However, we welcome both beginner and veteran players. Student-led seminar. Figenshu

First Session
31 1031 Line Dancing Have you ever been on a dance floor and a song comes on that everyone knows the dance moves to except you? Do you like hip hop, country, R&B and want to move to it but don't know the steps? Join others who want to improve their group dancing skills and sneak in a little exercise while you do it. Jackson

First Session
32 1032 Manga and Anime Manga refers to the paper comics created in Japan and Anime is essentially manga in motions, usually presented as drama series. In Japan, people of all ages read Manga. Topics of Manga cover a variety of themes from history, adventure, science and so on. If you enjoy watching anime, or reading manga, or would like to make new friends with those who love manga and anime, or just simply want to improve your Japanese skills, then join us. Xu

First Session
33 1033 Mathematigals MathematiGals is a club for girls interested in math and teaching kids! Once a week, those of you in this seminar will visit an elementary school to do fun, collaborative, and challenging math with 3rd and 4th grade girls! During the seminar, we will prepare/ discuss lessons, as well as how we can best work with the young girls. THIS SEMINAR REQUIRES A ONCE A WEEK AFTER SCHOOL COMMITMENT, THAT YOU ENJOY MATH, AND THAT YOU ARE FEMALE. PLEASE DO NOT PUT THIS SEMINAR ON YOUR LIST IF YOU CANNOT MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS. Greer

First Session
34 1034 Northwestern University Neuroscience Summer Research WPCP has developed a partnership with Northwestern University Brain Awareness Organization (NUBAO), a graduate student-led public outreach initiative dedicated to educating, exciting, and inspiring the Chicago community about the brain, and by extension with an innovative company called EMOTIV, a bioinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain using electroencephalography (EEG), to develop a research opportunity for our Payton students to use EMOTIV’s amazing technology to conduct neuroscience research developed by Payton students for the summer of 2018. The students who have been selected by Mr. Torres for the program will be admitted to this seminar. Torres

First Session
35 1035 Painting and Poetry Do you like poetry? Do you like art? If you answered yes to both of these questions then this is the seminar for you! Each Seminar day, we will collectively read a poem and create an art piece based on our interpretation of the poem. Materials will vary. Can't wait to see what all you amazing artists come up with! Guizzetti

First Session
36 1036 Payton360: Filming, Editing, and Directing What is Payton really like? Film, direct, and edit a video to be shown to prospective students and used for publicity. Mowery

First Session
37 1037 Pep Band Do you play an instrument and wish Payton had a Pep Band? Well, your dreams have come true! Be a part of Payton`s first ever Pep Band and perform at Payton football and basketball games! Students in this seminar will also be scheduled into a weekly enrichment (typically Thursdays). Join Mr. Potter in making some music! Judge

First Session
38 1038 Project Euler From its website, Project Euler "exists to encourage, challenge, and develop the skills and enjoyment of anyone with an interest in the fascinating world of mathematics." With over 600 math/programming challenges to choose from, there will be more than enough to keep us busy as we spend the semester trying to solve as many as we can. If you already love or just want to learn more math or computer programming in a collaborative environment, this is the place! Lee

First Session
39 1039 R.A.D. Self Defense for Women The goal of R.A.D. Self defense system is to develop and enhance the options of self defense so they may be viable considerations to the woman who is attacked. This is a basic self-defense course and will teach the female participants stances, diffusion techniques, awareness techniques, striking and kicking and other options for defense. Annunzio

First Session
40 1040 Ripped from the Headlines: Discussion and Debate about Current Legal Topics Do you love to debate? Are you interested in law? Check out Ripped from the Headlines! This seminar, led by two lawyers, will involve analysis of a number of current legal topics in a wide array of topics. Students in the seminar are expected to actively engage in discussion and debate. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to mutually explore the arguments surrounding these legal topics through small group and/or class discussions instead of being in a "lecture" format. The topics addressed in the seminar will reflect current events and interests of the participants, but please note that various topics may by necessity involve controversial issues for which students are expected to discuss and debate in a mature format. Past topics addressed include affirmative action, international travel bans, police brutality lawsuits, transgender bathroom laws, as well as business law topics such as contract disputes, intellectual property lawsuits and consumer fraud laws. This seminar may also include other business law aspects such as mock negotiations among student groups. Heiberger

First Session
41 1041 Samba Discover the beautiful land of Brazil through this high energy dance class. Students will learn the basics of Rio Carnival and Afro-Brazilian style samba and discover the culture behind the dance. This is a co-ed class, so male and female students are welcome! Najera

First Session
42 1042 School of Rock Seminar If you are a skilled musician who is looking to play with other skilled musicians, you’ve come to the right place! Join the School of Rock Seminar and work on covers and originals with fellow artists. Each session ends with a performance by your group. You MUST know how to play an instrument or sing. You will also have the chance to perform during school events such as International Night or Field Day. Wu

First Session
43 1043 Skateboard Spruce Up Bring in an old skateboard deck, remove the old graphics, and replace it with your own original design and make them look cooler than new! Finished skateboard decks will be displayed in an art show:) This seminar requires that you have a desire to draw and paint. Picard

First Session
44 1044 Special Olympic Coaching & Unified sports Seminar Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 20,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. Special Olympics began here in Chicago, Illinois with the first games at Soldier Field in July 1968 thanks to the efforts of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her peers. There are now more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. This seminar seeks to find students who will become dedicated class A volunteers, student coaches and inclusive competitors for unified sports competition. Students are needed to help train along side the Payton students who are registered Special Olympics athletes. Training will include but not be limited to: bocce ball, flag football skills, soccer skills & teams, bowling, basketball skills, track and field, developmental swimming, gymnastics, floor hockey, baseball and more. This seminar is for the active student who has strengths in leadership and a desire to serve others in the spirit of inclusion. Become a part providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Kuchii
Spencer
Escobar
First Session
45 1045 Stage Combat: Small Sword Introduction An elegant weapon, the smallsword requires precision, a quick hand, and a light touch. Join us as we explore the stage combat basics - the artful bladeplay and footwork - of what is commonly called the gentleman`s blade. We will move through fundamental techniques required for simple stage choreography, culminating in a choreographed piece of stage combat. Wasielewski

First Session
46 1046 The Dramatic Arts: Play Reading & Writing Read Plays. Write Plays. Explore the elements of the Dramatic Arts. You will have the opportunity to select the types of plays we read together as a class. Maybe we`ll discover the next Payton Players Production. You will also have the opportunity to craft your own ten-minute play. Your play could be chosen for MashUp Ten Minute Play Festival in the spring. Catlin

First Session
47 1047 Understanding Across the Divide America has Trump, Britain has Brexit, Europe has populism. We live in an age of increasingly tribal politics and divided people. The thesis of this seminar is that the solution to this problem is not to stifle debate or ignore people who you disagree with. The solution is first to understand their viewpoints before seeking respectfully to change their minds. For each session a different visitor will come and talk with our group. The purpose - not to condone their views or agree with them, but to begin to see them as human beings with a valid moral compass that is possibly different to ours. I am very open to suggestions from students, but example speakers might include a spokesperson for the NRA or an environmental activist. Maybe even a real-life Republican. Note - this is definitely not a seminar secretly only for right-wing students. This is a seminar for all students who seek to understand diverse views. Judge

First Session
48 1048 Volunteering at Local Elementary Schools Join fellow students that enjoy working with younger children for volunteer opportunities at elementary schools near Payton. We will offer to read to them and/or assist in any way we can be helpful to various teachers. Johnston

First Session
49 1049 Why Read Novels? Many of us enjoy reading a good novel for pleasure, but the demands of school, home, work, etc., do not leave us time to sit down and get through a book that commands attention. Each seminar session will be spent reading a novel of your choice, with occasional discussions of what we are reading and why we enjoy it (or not), literature generally, or what the activity of reading means to us. Menacho

First Session
50 1050 Zero or Hero? Strange and Amazing Documentaries. The world is full of people who do strange and amazing things. Should we admire these individuals who chase their dreams or label them as misfits? This seminar will explore documentaries of everyday people who push life to its fullest. What happens when a man tries to befriend grizzly bears in Alaska? What are the trials and tribulations of a lovable Midwestern loser who tries to make his epic movie? Is Donkey Kong the hardest video game? Why did Werner Herzog eat his shoe? Strange and amazing documentaries will answer all of these questions. A parental permission form will be required for adult language. Baldwin

First Session
51 2051 "Making it" Crafting Cooking and Creating Come for Payton's adapted crafting club, based on AMY POEHLER AND NICK OFFERMAN's Making It TV show. Join best buddies for some fun creative time in 146. We watch clips of the show get inspired and do a new cool project every seminar. Just like the show... Do you thrive on creating? Armed with a hot glue gun or a hammer, can you make just about anything? Whether you are a late-night garage tinkerer, an Etsy-preneur, or everyone’s favorite crafting grandma, we want you to apply! You could be a household hacker, a DIY decorator, a scrapbooker, wood worker, hand builder, accessory maker, doll maker, textile maker, shibori expert, potter, paper crafter, leather or denim worker, costume maker, basket weaver, an artisan or maker of any type… basically any super creative person who loves making things by hand...(www.NBC.com)Novices are welcome but you must come with an open mind ready to create! Spencer

Second Session
52 2052 30 for 30 30 for 30 is an Emmy-nominated series of documentary films from ESPN. The series highlights important people and events in sports history. A discussion will follow the viewing of each documentary. We will watch the following documentaries: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, 85 Bears, You Don`t Know Bo, Without Bias/Silly Little Game, The Two Escobars, Fernando Nation, Once Brothers, Survive and Advance, I Hate Christian Laettner, Ghosts of Ole Miss, Bad Boys Menacho

Second Session
53 2053 Basketball for Fun! Regardless of whether you are a seasoned basketball player or a beginner, all are welcome to come out and play basketball. We going to play together, learn, make mistakes, and have fun. We will play basketball for the entire seminar, and it is important to bring athletic shoes/apparel for each day that we have this elective. Basketball is a great form of exercise, is super fun, and requires great cooperation and teamwork. Can’t wait to play basketball with you! Srivastava

Second Session
54 2054 Beginning Improv Learn the basics of being in improvised (comedic) scenes. Push yourself to be in the present moment and connect with others. Improv training also helps build confidence and communication skills. No experience necessary! Tani

Second Session
55 2055 D&D Seminar Dedicated time to play D&D campaigns for students that attend the weekly enrichment. Baldwin

Second Session
56 2056 Devised Theatre Studio Black box rehearsal space? Check. A group of committed, passionate theatre practitioners? Check. We have the makings for a devised theatre studio! As an ensemble, we'll spend time devising entirely new works utilizing a wide spectrum of techniques with a heavy focus on the practices of honesty, rigor, and compassion in a room that simulates a professional Chicago theatre atmosphere. This seminar will culminate in a performance mosaic of two minute devised works surrounding themes of identity and self. Co-taught with a local Chicago playwright, actor, and producer. We will write, act, perform, and explore. Everyday. Wasielewski

Second Session
57 2057 Feminist Films Films that empower women, show a history of the Women`s Rights Movement, portray strong female characters and promote strength in women. Annunzio

Second Session
58 2058 Films About Female Activists and Artists In this seminar, we will take the time to watch films and documentaries that feature the work of artist and activists who have fought on behalf of gender equality in their various fields. Examples: Dolores Huerta, Nina Simone, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Spooner

Second Session
59 2059 Gastronomes Are you curious about food access and nutrition? Do you want to make a difference in communities? We will focus on learning about food access in Chicago and populations that are limited from healthy food. We hope to visit schools, learn about food access and nutrition through documentaries and speakers, and volunteer at various institutions in order to gain better knowledge about this issue. Tysiak

Second Session
60 2060 Global Capital Markets Are you curious about how the global financial markets work? We will look into the Equity(stock), Fixed Income(bond), Currency, and Commodity (precious metals, energy, and agricultural) markets, and how they work and move due to underlying fundamentals. The seminar will be taught using real examples from the trading desks by a current trader and money manager for the past 25+ years. No market understanding is required but this seminar will appeal to those who want to go into more depth. Person

Second Session
61 2061 Goaltimate! Like Ultimate Frisbee, but with a twist: instead of "touch-down"-style scoring, there is a goal instead. Anticipate an active, mostly-outdoor seminar led by the Girl's Ultimate Frisbee coach, and come prepared to participate fully! Pavlik

Second Session
62 2062 Grizzly Gains: CrossFit Seminar What do Walker, Roach, Caines, Ingham and Potter all have in common? They love working out, they love being healthy, and they love CrossFit! Ms. Roach and Mr. Walker have partnered with a nearby Crossfit gym and expert coaches to create a seminar where students can be introduced to the sport of CrossFit in a gym setting. If you enjoy pushing yourself, challenging your limits, and being part of a team, then this seminar is for you! During our time together, we will learn fundamental CrossFit movements, complete challenging workouts, and build community through fitness. This seminar is open to ALL students, regardless of fitness level, and we will work to make sure all students feel a part of the team. This seminar will be physically and mentally taxing, but also extremely rewarding. Roach and Walker are really looking forward to sharing this passion of theirs with you. Join us! Roach
Walker
Second Session
63 2063 Hip Hop Learn Hip Hop from professional Joel Hall dancer! Ofori-Amoah

Second Session
64 2064 Introduction to Archery Introduction to Olympic Recurve Archery: Learn the foundational techniques and approach to archery. Students will learn some history of the sport. No prior experience needed. Ortiz
Weiss
Second Session
65 2065 Judo Learn the Japanese martial art of Judo under the guidance of Sensei Brett Wolf. Judo, which translates into “The Gentle Way”, has been part of the Olympics since 1964. Sensei Wolf has been head instructor of the Menomonee Judo Club since 1998 and is certified to teach Judo to sighted and visually impaired athletes. All participants will be provided with Gis (traditional Judo uniform)to wear during class. All interested students are welcome! No experience is necessary. Wynn

Second Session
66 2066 Lifetime Movie Madness Come watch some of the cheesiest movies with the best/worst acting you`ve seen yet! Robinson
Zacher
Second Session
67 2067 Long Distance Running Improve your mind, body, and spirit through long distance running. Students will run, and run, and then run more. Our goal is to train students to participate in a sanctioned 5K, 10K, 1/2 marathon, or even a marathon. Focus will include improving your stamina through distance and your time per mile. Students must have proper attire and running shoes. Dress appropriately, we run outside regardless of the weather. Kinderman
Galson
Second Session
68 2068 Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three Hello, true believers! Come celebrate ten years’ worth of AMAZING films that shaped what is now an immensely popular genre of superhero movies. We will learn about Marvel’s INCREDIBLE journey from comic books to television and into movie theaters around the world. We will focus on the most current phase in Marvel’s cinematic universe, with FANTASTIC films such as Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Your enthusiasm and knowledge for films and pop culture will be a MARVEL-ous addition to this UNCANNY seminar. Excelsior! Wu

Second Session
69 2069 Math Team Plus Are you looking for a challenge? Do you want to solve some of the toughest math contest problems out there? Are you ready to learn and grow as a problem solver? If so, this seminar is for you! We will work on math problems from some of more difficult contests, such as ARML and AMC. You don’t have to be on the math team to participate, but you do have to be willing to struggle (productively) on math problems. (Conversely, you don’t have to participate in this seminar to be on the math team, but it helps.) So If you are up for it, let’s get to solving! Caines

Second Session
70 2070 Meditation Research reveals that mindfulness-based practices, such as iRest®, are analogous to neural training regimens, targeting core body, mind, and brain skills and functioning that are important for success, resiliency, and well-being in daily life. These practices are especially effective as they target brain plasticity in the areas of sensory, motor, and limbic and prefrontal cortical functioning. Thus, iRest® is an ideal intervention for reshaping neural pathways critical to fostering emotional self-regulation, ethical decision-making, resiliency, enhancement of cognitive and emotional skills, development of empathy and well-being, as well as improving overall physical and mental health. Kuchii

Second Session
71 2071 Moo Do Tae Kwon Do Strengthen your mind and body, practice self-defense, and get a workout. Learn some basic techniques in a non-competitive, self-paced environment. Espinoza

Second Session
72 2072 Putting Puzzles Together Feeling like you need to complete something? Are there a lot of things that you just can`t get done? Then come and work on a jigsaw puzzle. It is a task we know we can do, but we don`t know how long it will take or if we will get it done the first time we try. But when we put that last piece in place there is a great feeling of accomplishment and usually a great picture we have helped to create. Solving puzzles is a great break for your brain and a fun way to relax. BargeJ

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73 2073 screen printing stencils,posters, t-shirts and more. Learn the art of silkscreen printing. Guizzetti

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74 2074 Small Ensemble Need 1 year experience in band/orchestra. Anything from tuba duet, flute trio, clarinet choir, brass ensemble is possible.should consult with instructor before registering. Rode

Second Session
75 2075 So You Want to be a Veterinarian So you want to be a Veterinarian? Ever wonder what happens when a Llama gets a tooth ache? What about when an Iguana has a skin condition or you need to castrate a buffalo in the field? Join us for Nat Geo Wild’s reality veterinarian shows. We will view programs like; The Incredible Doctor Pol, Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet, and Dr. Susan Kelleher Exotic Vet. Please note that these shows include graphic images of surgical procedures. ***This seminar may include field trips to meet with veterinarians from The Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo as well as guest speakers from Chicago Veterinarian practices. Ashley
Cherry
Second Session
76 2076 Swimming for Equity (Beginners ONLY) Swimming is a beautiful and powerful skill. You can save yourself and others from drowning (From 2005 to 2014, there were about 3,500 drownings in the U.S.). But swimming is about so much more than that. You can explore the ocean, lakes, rivers. You can exercise in a healthy and holistic way, especially as your body becomes older. You can take a break from the hectic pace of plugged-in modern life to be immersed in water; meditation and fitness at the same time. You can enjoy yourself freely on the beach, or think about starting a watersport. A 2017 study by researchers at the University of Memphis found that 64% of African American children, 45% of Hispanic children, and 40% of Caucasian children in the United States have no or low swimming ability. African Americans in the US drown at five times the rate of their Caucasian counterparts. Everybody deserves to be able to swim. This seminar is particularly for people who have not been given an opportunity to learn to swim. Every week, we will walk across the road to a local swimming pool, where qualified instructors will teach you to swim in a safe and supportive environment. No previous experience necessary. Judge
Jackson
Second Session
77 2077 Tai Chi Imagine being able to melt stress away in minutes. Tai Chi can help you do just that. It looks gentle, but packs a big punch as “the ultimate martial art. The focus of this seminar class is on the health and relaxation benefits of Tai Chi — to help you manage your stress and increase your sense of well-being. To do that, you’ll learn an adapted Sun ("soon") style form of tai chi with slow moving, simple steps; and you’ll quickly be able to relax and feel your internal energy or qi ("chee"). Greer

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78 2078 The Art of Paper Folding Come explore the beautiful world of paper folding! We will learn and practice many different techniques, including single sheet origami, modular origami, and money origami, as well as some paper cutting art forms. And, of course, we will look at some of the mathematics behind this beautiful art. All levels of expertise are welcome! Heiberger
Lee
Second Session
79 2079 The Language of Dress Our clothes are the words we use to tell the world about ourselves. What we choose to wear each day is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves and what we want to communicate to everyone around us. This interactive seminar will use your current wardrobe, style, and fashion choices as the materials to explore your own style language and what you want to tell the world about you. Along the way, you’ll discover your Ingham

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80 2080 Walk - Talk - Stretch---Stress reduce We will go on long walks outside Payton. Gym shoes are required for all seminars as well as appropriate clothing for outdoor walking. We will work on stretching after all walking workouts. Bertoni-Mancine
BargeN
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81 2081 Women in STEM Women in STEM is a city-wide initiative developed in partnership with other high schools in Chicago to stimulate high school girls’ interest in an increasingly important field of academics, STEM. We want to combat the unrealistic expectations set at a young age for girls that say they have to stay at home and out of the lab. Some of the main initiatives will include guest lectures and panels, discussions, mentor/mentee program, and city-wide workshops. Silvia

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Sign-Up Seminar Menu

ID Code Title Description Teachers Session
282 1282 AP Physics Electricity & Magnetism Available only to current AP Physics students. I will supplement the learning taking place in the classroom with engaging activities and discussions. Remember, it's magic until you understand it, and then it's just wicked cool. Silvia

First Session
283 1283 Economics and Investment Team Sign-up only seminar for team members - to prepare for euro challenge and economics tournaments Person

First Session
284 1284 Mural Painting Seminar Calling all artists from Semester 1 Mural Painting… Did you know that art and creative spaces can help alleviate stress as well as provide healthier learning environments for students? In addition there are many connections between the creative process of art making and personal happiness. This student led seminar takes advantage of the creative and interactive effects that art can have on people. The creation of art in our seminar would provide happiness to all those that want to participate in it, as well as create unique positive learning environments within Payton. In a high-stress environment like Payton, it is very important to take advantage of everything that you can to decrease stress levels and provide healthy learning environments. Overall, this seminar would help promote a positive learning environment for students, decrease stress levels, and help create an inspirational environment. Ashley

First Session
285 1285 PALs This seminar is where we will prepare lesson plans for Freshmen and debrief after completed lessons. Spooner
Wiggins
Driver
First Session
286 1286 Underwater Robotics Team This is a continuation of the ROV team from 1st semester. Students are continuing to work on their ROV, or Remotely Operated Vehicle, to compete in the MATE competition this spring. The ROV competition is run by the Shedd Aquarium who has partnered with other companies in marine technology. This is a sign-up seminar only. Go underwater grizzlies. BargeN
BargeJ
First Session
287 2287 Advanced Soccer Practice makes perfect. Skill development, weight training, game analysis and strategy. This seminar will ideally prepare you for soccer at the next level. Escobar
Frost
Second Session
288 2288 Applied Science Applied Science is an ACTION where you are taking your knowledge from the traditional sciences and practically applying it to authentic problems. It integrates all sciences so that the solution you come up with is viable on all levels (environmentally, socially, monetarily, etc). This seminar is meant to create a space for passionate learners to engage in different fields where science is applied. There will be more than just learning, there will also be DOING. Some topics we are hoping to look into are Neuroscience, Synthetic Biology, all forms of Engineering, Sustainable Architecture, and Materials Science. Figenshu

Second Session
289 2289 China Trip 2019 For students going on the China Trip only Ang
Xu
Second Session
290 2290 Debate Open to students who are on the debate team. Seminars will be used to do research on this year`s topic and constructing arguments for both sides of the argument. Vinluan

Second Session
291 2291 Dominican Republic Science Trip The seminar is intended for those students who have been selected to attend the Dominican Republic Science Trip for May of 2019. During the seminar days, we will focus on fundraising activities, discuss about the logistics of the trip, and learn about the Costa Rica culture. Torres
Mowery
Second Session
292 2292 Global Glimpse Global Glimpse is a highly selective, structured leadership program that launches motivated US high school students from a wide range of backgrounds into a fascinating, life-changing international experience. This five week course is inquiry-based and prepares students for their upcoming trip by learning about global education, leadership development and service learning. Quintero
Najera
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293 2293 Oxbridge 2019 For students traveling to Oxford and London. Chau
Catlin
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294 2294 Paris Exchange Explore the history, culture, geography, gastronomy and architecture of Paris and France as we prepare for our exchange with students from Lycee Pierre-Giles de Gennes in Paris, France. Lewis
Gonzalez
Second Session
295 2295 POP Payton's women's acapella ensemble rehearsal time. Members only. Roster will be provided. Johnston

Second Session
296 2296 Prague Trip Seminar Learn about Prague and the Czech Republic, plan fundraising activities for the trip, and bond with your trip mates during this seminar. All students attending the Prague Trip should sign up for this seminar, and only students scheduled to attend the Prague Trip should choose this seminar. Russell
Picard
Wiggins
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297 2297 Rome Seminar (Spring 2019) Study the geography, culture, art, archaeology, and history of the Eternal City (Rome) as we prepare for our cultural immersion trip in April. Please sign up if you are going on the Rome Trip. Block
Parlor
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298 2298 SOS This seminar is for students in Payton`s SOS a Capella ensemble Johnston

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