Explore Sessions

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What is an Explore Session? Explore Sessions are kind of like electives, but slightly less formal. Explore Sessions will be twice-weekly, hour-long classes designed to allow students to explore their interests, and develop skills they’ll use in projects in the coming years. We’re offering these particular classes based on what we heard from students in their interest surveys. Some are led by our staff members, while others are led by practitioners from the community. Please pick your top three choices and make your selections via the link that was emailed to your parent/guardian. 

Video Production: Tell stories through film! You’ll learn ways to share your project vision, discover your filmmaking style using the latest film and video technology, and release your art for the world to see.

Dance: Dance into your destiny! Learn new approaches to dance fitness and conditioning, study different genres of dance under the instruction of Bridging Soul Productions company members, and perform original works created by you and your peers. Whether or not you have dance experience, this course is designed to challenge you and teach you how to move.

Piano: Memphis Jazz Workshop's piano class will give musicians the opportunity to grow by learning theory and fundamentals that will help you play any instrument in any genre. You will study with experts in the field, learn the rich history of music in our region and abroad, and produce and perform original works for music lovers.

Culinary Arts: The culinary arts course will give students hands-on knowledge and experience of a professional kitchen and the culinary industry. You will study the history of culinary arts, food safety, nutrition, knife skills, cooking techniques, various cuisines across cultures, and career opportunities within the field. This course was designed to broaden learners’ imaginations to the vast beauty and range of food.

Graphic Design: Design the future! The New Memphis Institute brand design team will lead a series of sessions rooted in the process of design thinking that will introduce students to elements of graphic design, web design, product development, marketing, and branding.

Student Advocacy: Your voice matters! Campaign for School Equity's (CSE) Student Advocacy Program gives you the opportunity to improve your school and community through advocacy. You will identify an issue that matters to you, learn the ins and outs of advocacy, and lead an advocacy campaign with your peers to make a difference in your world.

Documentary Filmmaking: This class will go into the pre-production, production and post-production work of documentary filmmaking. Students will learn from the Pigeon Roost Collaborative filmmaking team how to tell meaningful stories and be true to them while learning hands-on through the Crosstown High documentary film project and their own projects throughout the course.

Speech & Debate:  This course, taught by former competitive debater and current English teacher Deion Jordan, will cover a variety of styles of public speaking and formal debate. Students will become familiar with these styles through instruction, research, and practice. Students will also have the opportunity to compete in competitive policy debate in the Metro Memphis Urban Debate League (MMUDL).

Podcasting: Do you want to create your own podcast? This is your chance to develop your ideas into a full-fledged podcast. In this session, we will explore and organize your ideas for a podcast, and then record, produce and publish your work for various audiences.

Personal Fitness: Your health and well-being are a priority at Crosstown High. In partnership with the Church Health YMCA, we will provide various exercise classes for students to enhance their fitness levels. Explore fitness classes such as yoga, cycling, strength conditioning and Y-Move!  

Theater:  This session centers around a survey of the performing arts through a study of acting, directing, set design, choreography, and song. Students will be tasked with mastering the craft by preparing for, and practicing, works of theatrical note that they will then seek to emulate in their own creations.

Real World Scholars: Explore the world of entrepreneurship as we develop student-run businesses and learn the skills that it takes to make it in the marketplace. Bring your business ideas and skills into the world while engaging in work that matters to your community.

Music Production: If you have a song in your heart and want to share it with the world, this session will give you the skills to do just that. Students will learn recording, editing and mixing techniques from our Memphis Music Initiative Fellow.

Ready to select your top three choices? Look for the link in the 7/21/18 Crosstown High This Week email. Can't find it? Email sfranklin@crosstownhigh.org.


Ginger Spickler