Academics
Signature Programs
The Fourth Period Electives

Sustainability and Community

Beekeeping
Mullen Hall Volunteering
Engage: Service Local and Global
Farm and Garden Arts
Small-Space Indoor Gardening
Volunteering at JML Care Center
 
Sustainability and Community Electives

Beekeeping
Mullen Hall Volunteering
Engage: Service Local and Global
Farm and Garden Arts
Small-Space Indoor Gardening
Volunteering at JML Care Center

Mullen Hall Volunteering (grades 9-12) Students in grades 9 through 12 - have the opportunity to volunteer each week at the nearby Mullen -Hall School (Grades K-4). Students will be paired with a classroom to work with over the course of the year. During their weekly visit to the school, Falmouth Academy students will assist the classroom teacher in a variety of ways, which will vary from week to week. They may work with a group or with an individual student on classroom work, art, or poetry projects, among other possibilities. Students also have the opportunity to work with first-grade classes in the Mullen-Hall Learning Garden on garden-based activities, such as planting, tending, and harvesting. 

Full Year Course that students may add or drop at trimester breaks 

Beekeeping (limit: 8) - assist in the management of the school’s honeybee hives. Through a series of experiments and hands-on activities in the bee yard, kitchen, and woodshop, the course provides students with a closer look at the life cycle of honeybees, a chance to work with products of the hive, and an opportunity to understand some of the challenges that bees are facing today. 

Engage: Service Local and Global - members of the ‘Engage’ elective will have opportunities to make a difference by actively volunteering in the Falmouth community and by leading the school community in various service and charitable projects of their choosing. Students will also have the chance to partner in the Human Rights initiative in conjunction with the Barnstable County Human Rights Academy. 

Farm and Garden Arts - is a hands-on elective where students learn about proper practices and techniques involved with planning, planting, pruning, and culture of the ornamental landscape, fruit, and vegetable gardening. They learn how to identify native and invasive species and how to help to minimize the spread of the latter. The school has a small vegetable garden and a 14 x 24 ft. the greenhouse that is used to start seedlings and grow a variety of vegetables throughout the year. The elective also helps to maintain a small fruit orchard with a dozen pear trees and half a dozen grapevines. Hardscape construction with stone, brick, or timber is also introduced when repairs or installations are necessary. Falmouth Academy also has a small flock of layer hens that offers an introduction to chicken management. Visits to Peterson Farm, Spohr Gardens and other local gardens to volunteer and learn about different animals and garden styles are regular annual field trips. 

Small-Space Indoor Gardening - is designed to instill, or enhance, a student’s interest in growing plants. Indoor gardening is a way to enjoy growing plants your ‘round, a way to produce some of your own food, and a way to enhance the healthiness and attractiveness of your living space. We will learn about different types of plants that can be grown indoors, how to propagate in different ways, and how to control the growth cycle. Possible extensions/additions include: (1) working in the woodshop to construct an assembly to allow simple vertical gardening, and (2) working in the ceramics room to construct suitable, plant-specific containers. 

Volunteering at JML Care Center - engage in a variety of activities with the elderly residents at JML. These activities can include playing games, reading to the residents, helping them with email or cell phones, and unstructured conversation, among many others. JML is located adjacent to the FA campus, so the students walk to the Center and back in good weather. Faculty members drive the students when the weather is cold or rainy. 
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