ACT One Opens K-12 Homeschool Academy, Fall 2012

ACT One Opens K-12 Homeschool Academy, Fall 2012

ACT One Fine Arts Academy will launch its Homeschool Academy this fall 2012. Classes will be held on Thursdays. A new tab is located on the website just for the Homeschool Academy.

Space is limited, so please enroll early. ACT One will close enrollment for each age group when the maximum number is reached: 15 for K-2nd, 15 for 3rd-5th, 15 for 6th-8th, and 25 for 9th-12.

A Homeschool Academy with FUN, EXCITING classes which are open to students ages K-12th grade. Students enrolled in private or public school may take classes in the afternoon as well.

Classes will be taught by school teachers and staff members with expertise in their areas of content. Our staff has been hand-selected to be FUN, but also take learning to the highest level of thinking possible...Margaret Barnett, Becky Everly, Shannon Le Grand, Keifer Lucchi, Amy and Dave Schirmer all have years of teaching combined and a passion for learning.

Classes will take place at Northland Mission Church, 600 NW 110th Terr, KC, MO 64155 on Thursdays, September 20-November 29th (off for Thanksgiving). There will be a final presentation on November 29th.

Enroll today to secure your spot. Class sizes will be limited to 15 students or less in Elementary K-2, 15 or less in Elementary 3rd-5th, 15 or less in Middle School, and 25 or less in High School. Enroll at

Facility Fee: There will be a $50 enrollment fee per semester to cover facility cleaning, insurance and utilities.

Book Fee: There will be a $50 book and copy fee per semester to cover the cost of textbooks, copies, manipulatives, and other resources.

Tuition: Tuition should be paid by check or through PayPal. If you need to break the tuition into a monthly payment plan, please fill out the form online.

T-shirts: To assist with safety and security, we ask that all students wear a Homeschool Academy T-shirt to classes. T-shirts are $10 each.

Service Hours: Families will take turns helping with set up and tear down each week. Please choose one week to help and plan to stay for the day to help with set up, check in, lunch time, study hall, tear down and clean up.

Class Assistants: High School Students may apply to assist a teacher in a class for younger students in trade for 50 percent off of one class tuition. Students may assist in no more than three classes in trade for three classes. Students will be selected based on completion of an application and an interview with the teacher and director.

Homework: Students will be given homework in the form of projects to greater increase their level of understanding content areas. These projects should prove to be fun and should be completed prior to the next class. Classes are designed to be an extension of material learned at home—not a replacement. Our focus will be on sharpening skills and providing an overview of the subject matter.

Curriculum: These classes will be FUN, encourage SMALL GROUP discussion and participation, and allow students to THINK CRITICALLY about the subject matter. Curriculum and content for the core subjects will be based on the Missouri Common Core State Standards for English, Language Arts, Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. For more information, go to

Full-Day Schedule:

K-2nd Graders: 8:45-2:15, Lunch from 12:30-1:00 (NO peanut butter, please). Students may bring a snack for the morning sessions as well.
3rd-5th Graders: 8:45-3:30, Lunch from 12:30-1:00 (NO peanut butter, please). Students may bring a snack for the morning sessions as well.
6th-8th Graders: 8:45-3:30, Lunch from 12:30-1:00 (NO peanut butter, please). Students may bring a snack for the morning sessions as well.
9th-12th Graders: 11:15-4:45, Lunch from 12:30-1:00 (NO peanut butter, please). Students may bring a snack for the morning sessions as well. CLEAN UP from 4:45-5:00.

**Students do not have to enroll in all classes. There will be a location for a study hall time if not in class. Students should plan to work quietly on homework or projects. Please be prompt in dropping off and picking up students. All students K-8th will need to be signed in and out by a parent. Students 9th-12th may sign in and out on their own.

Homeschool Academy Teaching Staff

Shannon Le Grand - ACT One Artistic Director and Homeschool Academy Director
Teaching: Language Arts, Drama, Speech & Debate, American Literature

Shannon Le Grand has served the Northland community as an instructor of Creative Drama at Park University, a teacher at Oak Park High School, Park Hill High School, LCA, and Northland Christian High School. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in Theater and a B.S. in Secondary Education. She is currently enrolled in Grad School working on a Master's in Christian Counseling. She has directed over thirty-five dramas and musicals and has performed in numerous shows and has published several scripts. She is also the 2005 recipient of The Hometown Hero Award. She has a wonderful husband and three beautiful daughters. Shannon is excited to share her love for Christ and her passion for teaching kids through training in the arts.

Margaret Barnett - Teaching: History through Literature

Margaret studied at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has a degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood. She's been teaching children of all ages for over 30 years, working in public and private schools, churches, tutoring and homeschooling. She currently teaches and directs the 5th grade at her church, substitute teaches in Plattsburg and is homeschooling her youngest son, Trey. Margaret and Jim just celebrated 30 wonderful years together and love spending time with their three married children and their spouses, their four boys at home and can't wait to meet their first grandchild in January. She loves to teach and learn from her students and can't wait to make history "come alive" for homeschoolers.

Becky Everly - Teaching: Communication Arts/Storytelling

As an educator/storyteller/presenter, Becky Everly demonstrates the joys and benefits of effective oral language and exciting oral tradition. She facilitates the development of language skills necessary for oral presentations and stories through workshops and clubs with children, parents, and teachers. She has told stories for school assemblies and literacy nights, as part of church worship services, at banquets, during festivals, and at other gatherings. Her wonderful experiences as a wife, mother, grandmother, classroom teacher, and nurse are carried with her wherever she ventures! Becky taught early elementary for Park Hill Schools for 30 years.

Keifer Lucchi - Teaching: Chemistry, Algebra, and Film Production

Keifer Lucchi grew up in the Kansas City area, and joined Act One when it started in 2005. Keifer continued acting until starting college at Huntington Universtiy in 2010, where he plans to graduate this fall with a B.A. in Film Studies. Keifer is a math and science wiz . . . he scored 101% in college Calculus at age 16 . . . and looks forward to sharing his love for learning with his classes! Keifer's been involved in the arts since the age of 8 and has performed in over 20 shows in several groups and venues. He's currently working on his fifth novel, and preparing his 3 feature length screenplays for the market. Keifer's worked on a variety of college level and independent film productions and is currently working on post production for his first major independent film "To Turn Back Time". Keifer is excited to be able to bring back what he's learned both through school and through the filmmaking and writing process.

Amy Schirmer - Teaching: Math, Science, Elementary Choir, Show Choir

Amy has lived in the northland for 30 years and has worked with preschoolers to high school age children whether in private/public school or church ministry. She has a passion for using God given talents to lead worship and draw others into worship. Amy also has a degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri and has had 15 years of vocal training. She’s been actively involved in worship team and choirs and is very excited to become more involved with ACT One. She is married to a wonderful husband, Dave, and has 3 sons, Ben-married to Amy, Joel, and Jake.

Dave Schirmer - Teaching: Understanding the Bible

Dave graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Secondary Education. He holds a lifetime certificate to teach biology and life sciences in grades 6 through 12. He received a Masters of Divinity degree from Midwestern Theological Seminary. He has had the opportunity to teach weekly as a director of student ministry for over twenty years and has had the pleasure of speaking at camps both for adults, and students.

Makenna Snyder -
Teaching: Choreography for Show Choir

Makenna Snyder has trained in dance for 14 years consecutively. She has studied ballet, lyrical, jazz, Broadway, and worship at ACT One and through Jonni’s Dance Academy. She has also taken courses and workshops in modern, tap, salsa, swing, and hip hop. She has assisted with beginner’s and early beginner’s dance and has assisted with four theater camps, six children’s camps, and has led worship and choreographed for kids of all ages for two years. Makenna is an honor’s student with plans to major in Education when she attends college next year. She is passionate about sharing her faith through the arts.

**We do have an opening for an administrator for Thursdays to help with check in, the student study hall, snack and lunch breaks, etc. If you are interested in this position, please contact Shannon at

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