Spring 2020 Cluster Choices

What is SEM?

The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) is widely implemented as an enrichment program [with]... a magnet theme/enrichment approach for all schools interested in high-end learning and developing the strengths and talents of all students. The major goal of the SEM is the application of gifted education pedagogy to total school improvement. The SEM provides enriched learning experiences and higher learning standards for all children through three goals; developing talents in all children, providing a broad range of advanced-level enrichment experiences for all students, and providing advanced follow-up opportunities for young people based on their strengths and interests. The SEM focuses on enrichment for all students through high levels of engagement and the use of enjoyable and challenging learning experiences that are constructed around students’ interests, learning styles, and preferred modes of expression.

All grade 6 and 7 students spend one period per week (Friday period 6) in a self-selected cluster based on their strengths and interests.  Students are asked to read the descriptions of all clusters and select their top choices.  Students will be placed in clusters on a first come, first serve basis.  

Beginner Italian

Beginner Italian will focus on communicative skills of listening and speaking comprehension. Students will learn high frequency vocabulary, basic constructions and common phrases. Additionally, students will explore Italian culture; and be able to identify basic facts and traditions associated with Italy. 

Board Games and Cards

Are you good at life? Do you want to be a real estate mogul? How about a detective? Do you know a lot about pop culture? Do you play cards? If you answered yes to any of these questions or are interested in learning a new game come  join us in playing "The Game of Life", "Monopoly", "Clue", "Trivial Pursuit" and many other fun and challenging board/card games. Get ready for some friendly competition and possibly learn some fun new facts in the process. 

Brain Power- Relax and Rejuvenate Your Mind!

Do you enjoy being challenged? Do you like being part of a team? If so this is the SEM for you. Take part in different activities and games that will help increase your awareness of self and others. During this class we will be strengthening one of  the most important muscles in the body, our brains!


Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. Each player begins with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each piece type moves differently, with the most powerful being the queen and the least powerful the pawn. The objective is to checkmate the opponent's king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. To this end, a player's pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent's pieces, while supporting each other. 

Want to play chess? Don’t know how? Sign up!

Do you already know how to play chess and want to increase your skill level? Sign up!

Computer Programming

You will begin by learning the fundamentals of database design and programming. Next, you will learn Structured Query Language (SQL), and generate reports using SQL. Once you have mastered SQL, you will be able to create a database of your own choosing and generate reports. Suggestions for your own database include stock market analysis, sports statistical analysis, and statistics related to history, science, fashion and film.

Crafts with Yarn and Felt

Want to design your very own crafts that you can have around the house to brighten any room? Maybe you want to create one for a loved one or someone special in your life.  This SEM is for you! You will use skills such as designing, sewing, decorating and your imagination to create your very own keepsake for you or someone you choose.  Looking forward to creating with you!!


Do you like to dance? Can you perform the moves of your favorite dance videos? Are you constantly creating your own choreography or would like to learn how to? So join me and your fellow Adrien Block students on the dance floor! Looking for interested and motivated students who would like to turn their dance ideas into performance pieces. All members will have the opportunity to work in choreography teams, use dance styles of their choice and perform their routines. All students and dance levels are welcome.

Fitness for All

Wish you could stay active around at home, at the park or anywhere? Well, come here to learn all about how you can exercise safely; anywhere, anytime. 

Jazz Piano

Can you not survive without music? Does the enchanting sound of the piano touch your very soul? Are you passionate about jazz? Have you ever wondered when and where it began? AMERICA-The motherland of jazz has birthed a tremendous number of talented jazz musicians, composers and performers. No other country in the world can hold this claim. If you are interested in learning about the history and culture of jazz, as well as becoming a jazz performer. this cluster would be a perfect jump-start on your journey! You will learn the fundamentals of this complex style of music through famous jazz piano pieces by celebrated American composers and will learn to play them while grouped with peers according to your level. Possible surprise guests and class field trips will enrich your jazz introduction.

Korean Culture

Who’s the next KPop star? Do you like K-pops or Korean shows? Would you like to visit Korea one day? This would be more enjoyable if you know some basic language and culture. Come to the Korean Class on (Fridays)/once a week to learn more about the language and culture. In the program, you will be involved in various activities, including Korean calligraphy, dance, food preparation (and tasting!) and lots more. You may also have a chance to participate in a cultural program run by a Korean community. Be active, take the challenge, get into the action!

Magic: The Gathering

What is Magic: The Gathering? 

Each game of Magic represents a battle between wizards known as planeswalkers (the players) who cast spells, use artifacts, and summon creatures as depicted on individual cards in order to defeat their opponents. You can think of it as a cross between chess and playing-card games. Magic shares some similarities with chess, but also features some very key differences. Both are one-on-one (or team based) strategy games; at its simplest level, your creatures are you chess pieces and your spells are simply one extra layer of support for them. Both games require strategic thinking, long-term planning, and an eye for advantageous openings. However, in chess, the whole game is laid out clearly on the table, where in Magic there is uncertainty. 

Make Up & Hair 101

Do you have piles and piles of makeup but confused what products you should be using, and what you may be using incorrectly? Or do you wake up everyday confused about what to do with your hair to make it look good? Come join Makeup & Hair 101 to learn about the basics of makeup and hair. During this SEM, you can bring in your own makeup and explore with your classmates as well practice new and fun hair styles! 

Movie Critic

Movie critics evaluate and rate movies and share their critiques in print and broadcast media. If you're thinking about a career as a movie critic this is the SEM for you. We will watch many different films ranging from classic to modern and review them in a blog style format.


Calling all writers, artists, editors, photographers, and researchers! We need you to become part of the Adrien Block School Newspaper! We are looking for motivated student writers interested in researching topics of their choice surrounding the school community and the world around us. Students will conduct interviews for articles that will be developed and published. The possibilities are endless with I.S. 25 students as the leaders of this exciting project!


It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a paper crane! Origami is the art of paper-folding that is associated with Japanese culture. In this class, students will learn how to create animals, flowers and everyday objects out of paper. Are you ready to fold under pressure? 

Peace Studies

What does it mean to have peace at home or school and how do we create peace at home or in your school community? What does it mean to be a peaceful person? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Mahatma Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Linus Pauling, Rigoberta Menchu and Malala are the names of people were or are advocates for human rights and peace. What are their stories? What can we do as individuals to contribute to peace in our lives and the global community? Who are the leading thinkers today in peace studies?

In this class we will take time to study these topics through dialogue, written word and music.


Apply your math and problem-solving skills to a new and exciting puzzle each week. Sudokus, crosswords, and other unique and enticing puzzles are explored in the weekly "challenge." Will YOU be first on the leaderboard?


Designing appliques and sewing beads on material for applying to clothes, hair scrunchies, and hair bands.


Pick up your pencils and drawing pads and let's begin sketching your favorite inanimate objects apple, a book, a chair, the kid next to you... whatever you wish.


We'll practice known techniques and create some techniques of our own

Street Art and Lettering

Do you ever try to doodle your name or a certain word, and make it look awesome? In this course, you will acquire the skills needed to create a three-dimensional font, straight letter font, block letter font, bubble font, and more. We will practice color combination and blending techniques, to really give your letters pop. You will also learn how to create special effects for your fonts such as shiny light reflections, drips, shadows, and more! 

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