Winter 2019-20 LEAP Classes

Math Puzzles

Grade 3, 4, and 5
Dates Mondays, December 2, 9,16, January 13, 27, February 3, 10
Make-up Date Monday, February 24
Time 4-5 p.m.
Fee $200
Teacher Steve Micciche, Grade 5 Dean and teacher

Mr. Micciche's classroom, Lower School

What to bring No supplies needed

Join us for a class full of fun and challenge! This class stimulates enthusiasm for mathematics while fostering creativity and ingenuity. Students will work on a variety of math puzzles such as logic problems and brainteasers, and compete in a mini Math Olympiad. Students will develop math problem solving strategies and critical thinking in this alternative approach to math!


Foundations of Theater

Grade 3, 4, and 5
Dates Tuesday, December 3, 10, 17, January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4
Make-up Date Tuesday, Februrary 11
Time 4-5 p.m.
Fee $220
Teacher Matt Dougherty, Upper School Humanities teacher and Senior Ben Freeman, Landon Drama Society president and Improv Troupe co-president.
Space Upper School Room 307
What to bring No supplies needed

This introductory drama class focuses on developing actors into storytellers. During this 8-week series of progressive units, students will learn a set of working tools for building confidence, empathy, collaboration and connection with their audience. Topics will include comedy, improvisation, physical theatre, stage combat and puppetry work. Bring your creativity and enthusiasm – this class is sure to be high energy and fun!


Grade 3, 4, and 5
Dates Wednesdays, December 4, 11, 18, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5
Make-Up Date Wednesday, February 12
Time 4-5 p.m.
Fee $210
Teacher Dartha Dragnich, Upper School librarian
Space Lower School library
What to bring No supplies needed

Typing is an essential component of literacy for today’s students. With an emphasis on fun and a track record of providing students with a foundational knowledge of touch-typing skills, we will utilize the program QuertyTown 2.0. During each class, we will conquer the keys with an assortment of challenges, games, and activities to help boost your confidence on the keyboard and increase words-per-minute.

QuertyTown offers:

  • A customizable avatar to dress and accessorize, using Qwerty Coins earned by completing lessons and sections—highly motivating!
  • Adjustable accuracy and speed goals, providing a comfortable yet challenging learning zone.
  • An orderly way to learn finger/key combinations—home row, top row, bottom row, and reach keys. Some students even master the numbers row.
  • A chance to earn medals, play head-to-head typing challenges, and share notes through a class email.


Minecraft Club

Grade 3, 4, and 5
Dates Tuesdays, December 3, 10, 17, January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4 and/or Thursdays, December 5,12, 19, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6
Make-up Date Tuesday, February 11
Thursday, February 13
Time 4-5 p.m.
Fee $210
Teacher George Mulligan, Grade 5 science teacher
Space Mr. Mulligan's classroom
Lower School
What to Bring No supplies needed


Students will use the widely popular and much-loved video game, Minecraft, to learn the ins and outs of level design, game design, and engineering within a variety of Minecraft worlds. In this class, we will utilize Minecraft: Education Edition which promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is imagination. Through project-based lessons, students will build critical 21st century skills like collaboration, creative problem solving and digital citizenship.

We will work with various preset challenges such as:

  • Bridge Builders: students will collaborate using their knowledge of bridges and symmetry to construct realistic bridges across ravines.
  • Redstone Circuits: students will use design and creativity to develop a sustainable energy circuit in a village.
  • Treasure Hunt: students will explore Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island and use the map from the book to find buried treasure.
  • Minecraft Math: students will plan and create their own unique roller coasters to learn the concept of slope.

Lower School Calendar

Barton Alumni Athletic Center - Gymnasium - Gym