An Academic Alternative to Saturdays
The High Achieving Talented Students (HATS) Program offers year-round academic enrichment classes. We provide an array of monthly classes on Saturday mornings. We look forward to seeing you!
Mark your calendar now!
Dates for Fall 2013
September 14, October 5, November 16 and December 7
Class and Registration Information
Classes are held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Stetson University campus in DeLand, FL. Each class is $50.
If you are registering more than one student, we offer a multiple class/sibling discount of $45 per class, per student. Each class is an intense, fun, hands-on academic experience. Students may register for one Saturday or multiple Saturdays. Classes vary from month to month and there is no requirement to attend more than one.
To register, please print out and complete both the registration form and the consent form. Mail both in with your payment (check or money order only - we do not take credit cards at this time). First-time registrations require documentation of participation in a gifted program and/or scoring at the 95th percentile or higher on any standardized testing (see the 2013 Spring FCAT Scores at the 95th Percentile).
Payment must be received in order to be placed on the class roster. If you are interested in attending a class after the registration deadline, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about space availability.
December 7 Course Descriptions
The registration deadline for the December 7 classes is November 29.
DEC-BER - Christmas Around the World
HO! HO! HO! We all know how the people of the United States celebrate Christmas, but do you know how people around the world celebrate this festivity? Santa has sent one of his helpers, Ms. Clay, to help you learn of the many different ways Christmas is celebrated around the world. Ever wonder what kids in China do to prepare for Santa's big arrival? How about countries throughout Europe? You'll get a fun, interactive and educational overview of Christmas celebrations across the globe. Hurry, we have lots to do in preparation for the big celebration! Grab a candy cane, bring your favorite carol, and let's get started; your stocking of knowledge awaits you!
DEC-101- Forensic Science - Fingerprinting
They are unique! Did you know that no two fingerprints are alike? In this introductory class you will acquire knowledge of the history, types and classification of fingerprint patterns. You will learn how to make your own ten-print card and will be able to identify your prints as well as those of a friend. We will investigate different methods of collecting, preserving, identifying and comparing fingerprints found at a crime scene.
DEC-102 - Holiday Tales
Many writers, including writers as diverse as Charles Dickens, Truman Capote, Dr. Seuss, John Grisham and Jean Shepard (of A Christmas Story fame) have written some of their most memorable stories about the holidays. Holiday stories come in many forms, fictional and real, heartfelt and humorous, but they all have the power to make us appreciate our own holidays all the more. In this class we will look at and discuss favorite holiday tales, brainstorm ideas for our own fiction and nonfiction stories and create finished stories to take home and share with families. The lessons learned will enlighten both your holidays and your writing!
DEC-103 - World War II
Come join us on this 'day of infamy!' As part of a continuing overview, we'll explore the different aspects of World War II. What is known as the deadliest military conflict in the history of mankind, World War II started in 1939 with the German invasion of Poland and pulled the U.S. into battle after the bombing at Pearl Harbor. We'll discuss both the European and Pacific theaters of war; everything from Hitler and the Axis Powers to 'Rosie the Riveter,' D-Day and the shock of dropping atomic bombs. This intense overview will delve into complex and controversial questions that are still being asked today. If you've ever wondered how a war could involve 50 different nations and claim the lives of millions, this is the class for you!