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2019 Winterim course list

Service Learning Trips (Registration will be in May)

China

This trip is both a service-oriented trip combined with tourism and sightseeing aspects. We will be stay and serving orphans at Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, China. While in Beijing we will stay in a nice hotel, but will travel to serve orphans at The New Hope Foster Home. While on this trip, we will also experience local culture by traveling to local attractions, which include The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Long Min Grottoes, Acrobatic Show, Tiananmen Square, Pearl Market and various restaurants and eateries (Real Chinese food in China is so good). Cost includes air transportation, hotel, bullet train and other travel accommodations, all meals and tickets to each attraction while on the ground in China. Each student must have a valid passport, which does NOT expire prior to July of 2019. Chinese visa is required and a separate expense.

  • Sponsor: Mr. Jim Chapman, Mrs. LeaAnn Renner
  • Participants: 18-24; grades 10-12
  • Cost: $2845; $515 non-refundable deposit due at registration
  • Planned Trip Duration: Sunday, December 30 - Monday, January 7
  • Must have a valid passport by August 31, 2018


Haiti

We will partner with A Door to Hope to engage with the people of Haiti through the following: construction and repair of homes for displaced families, organize and teach VBS for local village children, serving the families of the village by distributing needed supplies and working in local orphanage. Team members will also get to experience a “fun day” away from serving at the beach and on a water excursion. This trip will mirror the past trips taken to Haiti. Past participants have coined their mission trip a “the trip of a lifetime”. You’ve heard about poverty and spiritual warfare around the world, but this trip will allow your eyes to be opened in ways more than just by hearing others' stories. This invaluable experience allows participants to get out of their comfort zones to serve others.

  • Sponsors: Mrs. Angie Collins, Mrs. Lisa Greene, Mr. Steve Hollis
  • Number of participants: 25; grades 10-12
  • Cost: $2215 (includes all meals and the waterfall excursion); $515 non-refundable deposit due at registration
  • Planned Trip Duration: Wednesday, January 3 - Tuesday, January 8
  • Must have a valid passport by October 1, 2018

Out of Country Trips (Registration will be in May)

Adventure in Belize

Come enjoy five nights and six days exploring the beautiful, exotic Belize! We will spend the first three nights in the Belize rain forest followed by two nights on the beach. Possible adventures include a night tour of the jungle, cave tubing, snorkeling, visiting Mayan ruins and exploring local cuisine. The cost of the trip includes transportation, lodging, and some meals in country. Students will be responsible for souvenirs, some meals, and anything else they wish to purchase.

  • Sponsor: Ms. Wendy Stallings
  • Number of participants: 20-36; grades 10-12
  • Cost: $2315; $515 non-refundable deposit due at registration
  • Planned Trip Duration: Wednesday, January 2 - Monday, January 7
  • Must have a valid passport by November 1, 2018

Costa Rica

Participants on the Costa Rica Winterim will learn about tides, winds, and currents in the context of surfing in the rustic seaside town of Tamarindo. Students will also have the opportunity to hone their Spanish speaking skills as they explore a nearby rain forest, hot springs, and a coffee plantation. In addition, students will enjoy a sunset boat ride and snorkeling. Cost covers airfare, lodging, breakfasts, surfing lessons, board rentals, transportation, and excursion fees.

Fishing in Belize

Coach White and Coach Lilly would like to invite upper school boys to experience one of the best salt-water fisheries in the world with us. The opportunities for both off-shore and in-shore fishing via guided 23-ft charter boats allow for ample opportunities to catch numerous species. The species we will target include, but are not limited to, bonefish, tarpon, snook, grouper, snapper, sailfish, and tuna. We will fly to Belize City then hop, via charter aircraft, to Plancencia, Belize. Our headquarters will be at Robert’s Grove Beach Resort in Plancencia.

  • Sponsor: Mr. Cody White, Mr. Brian Lilly
  • Number of participants: 12; grades 10-12, Boys Only
  • Cost: $2465; $515 non-refundable deposit due at registration
  • Planned Trip Duration: Friday, January 4 - Tuesday, January 8
  • Must have a valid passport by August 1, 2018

Out of State Trips (Registration will be in May)

California Callin'

So pick up the phone and come on the trip of a lifetime. Cruise the Sunset Strip, marvel at the majestic Pacific Ocean, tread on the "Walk of Fame", admire famous works of art, tour beautiful college campuses, get the scoop on the inner workings of big studios, see how television shows are made, see where the rich and famous live, and hopefully, catch a glimpse of a star or two. Oh, and give a big Tennessee "Howdy" to Mickey Mouse and his friends. Come explore the fascinating city of Los Angeles including the surrounding areas of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Anaheim, and Santa Monica. This trip has been carefully designed to educate students in cultural diversity, film making, and the history and excitement of a fast-paced, cutting edge city. Other places we will cruise: Third Street Promenade, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood & Vine, Santa Monica Pier, Rodeo Drive, Warner Bros. Studio, Grammy Museum, Hollywood sign, Getty Center, Mulholland Street, Olvera Street, Staple Center, Disneyland or Universal, and more!

  • Sponsors: Mrs. Lulu Clark, Ms. Beth Taylor, Mr. Jason Mathews, Mr. Floyd Elliot
  • Number of participants: 25-40; grades 10-12
  • Cost: $1615; $515 non-refundable deposit due at registration
  • Planned Trip Duration: Friday, January 4 - Tuesday, January 8

Charleston

Charleston is known for its old cobblestoned streets, plantation homes, rich history, and the friendly locals who take pride in their city and wish to share it with the world. This small seaport town evokes an easy, relaxed atmosphere and is the very picture of Southern hospitality. On this trip, students will be given the opportunity to visit the Battery and Fort Sumter boat tour (first shots of the Civil War were fired from here), step back in time with a horse and carriage tour, look for ghosts in the Provost Dungeon (ghost tour), experience the Charleston Aquarium, visit the campus of College of Charleston, eat at amazing restaurants, and explore downtown Charleston.

  • Sponsors: Mrs. Dana Atkins, Mrs. Anna Kathryn Berkompas
  • Number of participants: 16-24 (must be in multiples of 4); grades 10-12,
  • Cost: $940; $515 non-refundable deposit due at registration
  • Planned Trip Duration: Saturday, January 5 - Wednesday, January 9

Civil Rights Tour

This Winterim will include visits to three key sites in the American Civil Rights Movement. We will visit Birmingham, one of the nation’s most segregated cities in the 1960s and home to one of the most intense campaigns of the Civil Rights movements. We will visit the Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park where protesters were menaced by police dogs and fire hoses, and the 16th Street Baptist Church where a racially motivated bombing killed four young girls. We will also visit the brand new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis where will also enjoy some delicious soul food. Lastly, we will visit important sites in Nashville including Woolworth on 5th Ave where the sit-in movement occurred. Time will be set aside for rich discussion concerning the content and issues of racial reconciliation, and we will use some of the travel time between sites to interact with these issues within popular movies and music.

Diving in Puerto Rico

Come learn to SCUBA dive in the beautiful Caribbean waters of Puerto Rico! Students will complete the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) "Open Water SCUBA Diver" certification receiving their "C" card upon completion and stepping into the marvelous underwater world that only divers can experience.

Students will stay in the exotic Fajardo Inn Hotel in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Training will be in the beautiful hotel pool and in the crystal clear, warm waters off the east coast of Puerto Rico. We will visit local beaches and also go on an evening kayaking adventure to a bioluminescent bay.

Home study and chapter reviews must be completed in advance of the course start date.

The cost per student covers PADI training materials, air fare, ground transportation, lodging, equipment rental, dive site access fees, professional instruction and some gratuities. The fee does not cover meals. Students are expected to have their own personal equipment: mask, fins, snorkel, and booties. If you don't have this equipment, a special package is available for students on this program at the Sea Ventures Dive Shop in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

  • Sponsor: Mr. Kent Bradford
  • Number of participants: 10-15; grades 10-12,
  • Cost: $1865; $515 non-refundable deposit due at registration
  • Planned Trip Duration: Friday, January 4 - Wednesday, January 9
  • Students do not need a passport for this trip.


Local/In State (Registration will be in September)

The following courses will register in fall. Please note: the final price and number of participants is subject to change. However, these numbers will be finalized in August.

ACT/SAT Introduction and ACT Test Preparation

This course will include an overview of the two college entrance exams provided by an experienced test prep professional. Students will learn general strategies for success on both the SAT and ACT and will engage in more in-depth and intentional preparation for the ACT. We will also explain BA policies and procedures regarding these exams and the ways scores are used by college admissions teams. The course will conclude with a full length practice ACT to give students a chance to apply the skills they learn.


Best of Nashville

Spend three days seeing all the best sites (and eating at some of the classic restaurants) of Nashville. Highlights include: Touring history at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, the Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the State Capitol, the Governor’s Residence, the Parthenon, and the Belle Meade Plantation; eating at places like “Loveless Café”, “DeSano Pizza” and “Edley’s BBQ”; helping to break out of a room at “The Escape Game”; engaging in laser tag at the privately rented “Laser Quest”; and taking a complete behind the scenes tour of Nissan Stadium, including the Titan’s locker room, press boxes…the works!

  • Sponsor: Mr. Tom Cox
  • Number of participants: 15-24; grades 9-12
  • Cost: $175, due at registration


The Art, Craft, and Sport of Boomerangs

In this session, you will learn how to make, paint, and throw boomerangs from a former U.S. Boomerang Champion (1981). Along the way, we will cover a bit of the history of how returning boomerangs evolved from aboriginal throw sticks, as well as some of the physics of how returning boomerangs work. If all goes well, each participant will actually catch at least one boomerang that they make themselves. This class will involve power tools, paint, and highly specialized athletic skills; therefore, it’s ideal for everyone! Boys and girls in grades 9-12 are welcome. Some basic woodworking skills and a good throwing arm would be helpful, but not necessary. There’s a lot of room for creativity in how boomerangs are shaped and painted, so this session will appeal to both artists and athletes. Those of you who are both will really dig it! On the last day, we’ll have a boomerang tournament (weather permitting) in which you will learn some of the specific events used in regional, national and international boomerang competitions.

  • Sponsor: Mr. Matt Nygren
  • Number of participants: 4-24; grades 9-12
  • Cost: $105, due at registration


Bows and Bikes

If you like adventure this is the trip for you. We will be actively involved in learning archery, playing paintball, and riding mountain bikes. This will all take place in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee at Long View Ranch. There will also be the opportunity to learn the art of falconry. If the weather permits we will go skiing.

  • Sponsor: Mr. Steve Widmaier
  • Number of participants: 10-35; grades 9-12, BOYS ONLY
  • Cost: $305; $105 due at registration


Camera Acting

This course will teach students the history, impact, and technique of acting on camera. Students at Brentwood Academy are blessed with opportunities to learn and engage in stage acting; however, this will be a great way to inform students of another genre of performance. This class would be taught by James Tyler Daily, a young and upcoming camera actor in Los Angeles, California. James Tyler has been a part of diverse projects while even playing a role in the hit TV drama show “Empire” starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.

  • Sponsor: Mr. Austin Groves
  • Number of participants: 10-20; grades 9-12
  • Cost: $105, due at registration


Choosing to Serve

Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. —1 Peter 4:10
The goals of Choosing to Serve are to give opportunities for students to use their gifts in their community and to open doors for students to serve others in humility and love.

  • Sponsor: Mrs. Jane Winfield
  • Number of participants: 3-10; grades 9-12 GIRLS ONLY
  • Cost: Free
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation.


Civil Rights Tour (travel trip with fall registration).

This Winterim will include visits to three key sites in the American Civil Rights Movement. We will visit Birmingham, one of the nation’s most segregated cities in the 1960s and home to one of the most intense campaigns of the Civil Rights movements. We will visit the Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park where protesters were menaced by police dogs and fire hoses, and the 16th Street Baptist Church where a racially motivated bombing killed four young girls. We will also visit the brand new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis where will also enjoy some delicious soul food. Lastly, we will visit important sites in Nashville including Woolworth on 5th Ave where the sit-in movement occurred. Time will be set aside for rich discussion concerning the content and issues of racial reconciliation, and we will use some of the travel time between sites to interact with these issues within popular movies and music.


Designing with Mosaics

If you love color, textures, patterns, and art of all kinds, “Designing with Mosaics” is the Winterim for you! Mosaic is an ancient form of art that utilizes pieces of tile, glass, or ceramics to form an overall image. We will be using this same technique to create at least three projects ranging from framed art or mirrors, to picture frames, and vases. Mrs. Dunn will walk you through the techniques of creating floral as well as abstract renditions with this medium. The process is fun and the outcomes are amazing! You do not have to be an accomplished artist to participate. You just need to come ready to experience three days of interesting and exciting results!

  • Sponsor: Mrs. Debbie Dunn
  • Number of participants: 2-10; grades 9-12
  • Cost: $100, due at registration
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Finding Your Inner Chef

Spend three wonderful mornings at the Salud! Cooking School at Green Hills working closely with an instructor and using the finest professional appliances, cookware and cutlery. You and a small group of classmates will learn cooking techniques by actually preparing the menu items and then having a delicious lunch from the meal you prepared. A few of the menu options include make your own pasta, south of the border style and introduction to Thai cooking. The possibilities are limitless, so don’t miss out on the fun!

  • Sponsor: Mrs. Amy Clarke
  • Number of participants: 8-12, grades 9-12
  • Cost: $225; $105 deposit due at registration
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation each day.


French Film

Film offers us an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of a country, its culture, history and language. It is the objective of this Winterim course to provide the students with an exposure to a variety of French films in order to more fully appreciate the culture of France and other francophone countries. Students are asked to come with an open mind and desire to learn more about French film and to be willing to actively participate in post-film discussion. No knowledge of French is required. This course is being held at Brentwood Academy in room 206. If there is a French film showing at a local theater, we will consider going to see it. In that case students would be responsible for their own transportation and cost of the ticket.


The Great Diplomacy Marathon

This event is for those who enjoy history, surviving by their wits, and playing a game where there are no elements left to chance. (Imagine Risk with no dice.) Each player represents a great European power prior to World War I, a time when the continent was a complex cauldron of political stratagems and maneuvers. Your armies and fleets can dominate Europe, but only with the cooperation of your neighbors. Never forget, they are all trying to expand their territory too, and you could be the target!

  • Sponsor: Mr. David Sawyer
  • Number of participants: 7-21, grades 9-12
  • Cost: $30, due at registration


History Through Film

This course will examine how history is portrayed in film. Each day we will discuss a historical situation that forms the background of the film for the day. Afterward, we will discuss the film and its interpretation of the historical event.

  • Sponsor: Mr. Ley Brown
  • Number of participants: 5-20; grades 9-12
  • Cost: Free
  • Lunch will be eaten in the BA dining hall on the first two days. Students who do not have a BA meal plan will need to provide their own lunch. On the last day we will have lunch at a local restaurant and students will need $10-15 for that meal.


Internships

Internships will provide an opportunity for juniors and seniors to arrange a three-day program working with a professional in Brentwood, Nashville, or Franklin. This program offers students an opportunity to join the work force for a few days in an attempt to learn more about potential careers. In the past internships have included (but are not limited to): advertising firms, law offices, architectural firms, banks, physicians, radio stations, American Express, Cumberland Heights, Daystar Ministries, the Governor’s office, Juvenile Court of Davidson County, Paine Webber, The Tennessean, TV stations, Vanderbilt Sports Medicine and Nissan Corporation. Students may not intern at Brentwood Academy, nor may they intern at the same place two years in a row. Students may not work for or with their parents. Nor may they work in a private residence. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and lunch costs.

Sophomores who wish to do an internship must have a preliminary meeting with Mrs. Stewart before the end of the 2017-2018 school year to discuss the program. The letter from their sponsoring host must be submitted to Mrs. Stewart by the first day of local/in-state registration.

Juniors and Seniors must make all necessary arrangements with the sponsoring host by October 15.

  • Sponsor: Ms. Barbara Stewart
  • Number of participants: 1-15; grades 10-12
  • Cost: Free
  • All internships must take place in Williamson or Davidson County.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation each day.


Jump, Jive, and Swing

Have you ever watched a couple out on the floor dancing together and wished that you knew how to dance like that? Well, here is your chance! This Winterim will offer an introduction to swing dancing. No previous experience is needed because we will start from the basics and build from there. Men, this Winterim should be especially appealing to you because every lady likes to dance, and this is your chance to learn how to impress the ladies. Individual dance lessons typically cost $65/hour, but during this Winterim you will receive instruction for free.

  • Sponsor: Mr. Troy Putney
  • Number of participants: 2-20, grades 9-12
  • Cost: Free
  • An even number of boys and girls is required.


The Magic Flute

Over the course of three days we will watch, listen to, and discuss Mozart’s sublime opera The Magic Flute. In this opera Mozart explores, among other things, two kinds of Love that are redeemed in the eyes of God and, accordingly, have a place in God’s Kingdom. We will spend four hours each day (with a short break for lunch) watching and discussing scenes from two different versions of the opera.


The Meaning of Life

We will study Ecclesiastes and explore the purpose of our existence over coffee and/or breakfast. Then we will reflect on what we have studied while hiking local trails around Nashville. We will discuss our struggles while enjoying God's beautiful creation. This will be an unforgettable time of reflection and direction.

  • Sponsor: Mr. Lyle Husband
  • Number of participants: 4-10; grades 9-12
  • Cost: Free; students will need money for breakfast/lunch


RAD: Rape Aggression Defense

This 12-hour basic self-defense course will be instructed by Brentwood police officers and held on campus in the Dalton Gym in the Athletic Fitness Center. The mission of the R.A.D. Systems is to establish an accessible, constantly improving and internationally respected alliance of dedicated instructors. These instructors in turn will provide educational opportunities for women, children, men, and seniors to create a safer future for themselves. In doing this, we challenge society to evolve into an existence where violence is not an acceptable part of daily life. Participants must be 13 years old.


Pottery, Painting, and Woodcraft

Join me for an artistic endeavor at three different studios located in the Franklin area. First we will work with a studio and be led through a class to produce a 16x20 original painting (wineanddesgn.com); we will select what we want to paint prior to Winterim days. A second day will find us at Third Coast Clay (thirdcoastclay.com) in The Factory where students will pick out two pieces and then design a painting and glaze plan for those pieces. Finally, we will work at a studio called AR Workshop (arworkshop.com) where we will create unique plank wood signs, canvas pillows, or maybe a picture frame. All three studios have teachers to lead us through the process and help make the creative experience an enjoyable one. Start times will vary depending on studio availability, although all classes will conclude no later than 1:00 PM. Fee includes a 16x20 painting, two pieces of pottery, and a woodworking/staining project. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the studios (all in the Franklin area). If we work over lunch, food may be brought in or, in the case of Third Coast Clay, The Factory has many options to grab some lunch.

  • Sponsor: Ms. Lindsay Fowlkes
  • Number of participants: 12-16; grades 9-12
  • Cost: $130, due at registration
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation each day.


Ropes and Rocks

In “Ropes and Rocks” students will discover the joys—and callouses—of rock climbing. We will spend the first two days at Climb Nashville West with instructors who will teach students all about the sport—techniques, knots, gear, and even rappelling. On the last day, we’ll test our skills on the crag at King’s Bluff for a full day of climbing and adventure (lunch provided). No previous climbing experience necessary! Climb Nashville will provide the gear and skills—you just bring the confidence.

  • Sponsor: Mr. Josh Parkey
  • Number of participants: 8-12; grades 9-12
  • Cost: $145, due at registration
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Climb Nashville West each day.


Southern Cooking and Serving

The students will, along with grilling, learn to cook southern favorites such as fried catfish, mac and cheese, vegetables, desserts, and breads. We will then hand out meals to the homeless the last day. I will share recipes handed down by my mom and desserts that are cooked by my wife. We will plan a meal and learn what combinations work. We will cook a full meal the first two days, and the students will sit together at a family table with no cell phones enjoying comfort food at its finest. This course will be held in the Pittman kitchen.

  • Sponsor: Mr. Jack Pittman
  • Number of participants: 8-12; grades 11-12
  • Cost: $80, due at registration
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation each day.

Winter Team Sports

  • Members of the boys and girls basketball teams should register for a local course. Both teams will leave at noon on Tuesday, January 8 for a game in Chattanooga.
  • Members of the wrestling team should register for the Wrestling winterim.
  • Members of the swim team may sign up for any course.


Wrestling

Members of the wrestling team will travel to Valdosta, GA for a tournament. Then drive to Orlando, where they will spend three days and nights at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. The team will have joint practices with Freedom High School in Orlando, on January 2 and with Gilmer High School in Georgia on January 3. The team will return home late on January 3, then prepare for the Father Ryan Invitational Tournament on January 5-6.

  • Sponsor: Mr. Scott Wells
  • Participants: Members of the wrestling team only; grades 9-12
  • Cost: $700; please pay your coach directly; $0 due to register
  • Duration of the trip will be Thursday, December 28 - Wednesday, January 3.
  • Registration for this winterim will take place in September.

If you would like more information for any of these courses, contact the sponsor listed. Click on the sponsor's name for a direct link to his/her email.

Registration Dates: Please see the important dates page for details on registration times.

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