Innov8 Program

Imagine an opportunity during the school day where students explore their interests, with teachers who are experts in their field. The Pope John Paul II High School Innov8 classes will provide a challenging and supportive environment where trial and error are encouraged, students develop skills through practice and where they are inspired to take risks in their learning. The Innov8 program offers students a challenging environment where they are mentored through projects that will have a lasting impact on themselves and the greater school community.

The nuts and bolts:

  • Course for students in grades 10-12
  • Innov8 classes meet for 12 weeks on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, during the school day.
  • Unique offerings during fall, winter and spring will allow students to explore different interests.
  • Students may apply for internships in a variety of fields so they may explore possible careers.
  • In season athletes are given the opportunity to begin practice early to provide better balance.

Fall Courses:

Course Name
Course Description
Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine is designed for students interested in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, medicine, fitness, physiology of exercise, kinesiology, nutrition, and other sports medicine related fields. We will cover the history of athletic training, basic first aid, injury prevention, treatment, and rehab of injuries. There will be plenty of observing and hands on learning. Students will be required to be at most, if not all practices, all home and away varsity football games. Each student will be required to travel to 2-3 junior varsity and/or freshman football games.
Conquering the ACT
Students will learn the structure and format of the ACT subject tests and will learn strategies and tips tailored to each section to maximize their performance. Trimester dates will cover two ACT testing dates, maximizing students’ learning and test preparation. Students will develop an individualized target practice regimen tailored to their personal ACT goals. By the end of the course, students will have taken the equivalent of three to five full-length practice ACT tests. The Fall Trimester course is open to seniors and juniors. All students who are registered for this course are required to purchase the The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018-2019 Edition (Wiley).
Link: https://goo.gl/gNdbVK
Conquering the PSAT
Recommended Juniors will have time to work with online PSAT preparation programs in order to prepare for the October PSAT administration. This will be an independent study program held in parrallel to the ACT prep class.
Robotics
The robotics class is project based with deliberate sub-goals leading to the student desired project output. Robotics has three components: mechanical, electronics and programming. Beginner projects will utilize the mBot, which is scratch-based, and will have very little mechanical build and geared more towards programming. The use of electronic parts such as the line follower sensor, light sensor, ultrasonic distance sensor will make the mBot autonomously move, produce sound, and light. Students will be working on individual mBots.
The advanced level robotics will utilize arduino and raspberry pi. There will be a self-paced video lessons coupled with beginner build of electronics and mechanical parts. Thereafter, students will build and design their own “robot” to solve or meet a certain goal. Support will be provided, but students will mostly be teaching themselves. In addition, students can also choose to learn how to program an NXP-based Autonomous Vehicle (AV) utilzing Mathworks. The expectation is for students to compete with each other; and thereafter, compete with other schools, at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre-Haute, Indiana in mid-March 16, 2019. The AV is limited to 3-6 students per trimester.
An individual contract will be written for each trimester which will contain student explicit goals. Students will be evaluated based on this document and will determine if a student either passes or fails the course.
Creative Writing
Creative Writing begins with learning the creative writing processes, structures, and language used by poets, novelists, and creative essayists. The second half of the term allows students to focus on independent creative writing projects, which could include a poetry portfolio, a novel plan, a series of personal essays, or digital publication. Along with publishing work in JPII’s literary magazine, students will create a final product for submission to a specific writing contest or publication opportunity. Creative writers will also be invited to participate in Writers Cafe in April.
Coding 1
Students will spend the first six weeks focusing on learning how to think algorithmically in the online coding environment Scratch. The second six weeks will be spent learning the basics of web development. The end product will be a website designed by the student as either an online portfolio, resume, or a landing page for a company or idea of their own creation.
Campus Ministry
Students who invest their time in Campus Ministry will develop their relationship with God, self, and others in order to lead their peers to do the same. They will be primarily responsible for helping with weekly Masses, as well as helping plan and host one of the class Days of Reflection. Students will practice various forms of group and personal prayer, learn how to lead and facilitate small groups, and organize events for their peers that focus on spiritual reflection and maintaining a deeper relationship with God.
Design Thinking
Students will practice all the steps of design thinking through small in class projects. Students will then interview members of the community (teachers, admins, counselors, etc.) to find problems for which they can work on solutions. The final project will involve completing all stages of design thinking from idea to implementation.
Investing in the Stock Market
Investing in the Stock Market: This course is designed for students interested in investment/portfolio management and the evaluation of stocks. Central to the class will be establishing and managing a portfolio via a stock market simulation using a written investment strategy developed by the students in small groups. Topics covered to support these efforts include: risk and return, significance of compounding, allocation of assets, setting portfolio objectives/strategy and evaluation. Through case studies, investment tools, and readings, students will explore investment and portfolio theory and practice.
Wellness Matters
Students in the Wellness Matters class will have the opportunity to experience various types of activities that promote health and wellness. Examples of these activities include yoga, dance, weight training, mindfulness, art therapy, nutrition, and animal therapy. They will also have the opportunity to test different types of apps focused on wellness. The goal is to help students identify which wellness related activities and apps work best for them. In addition, the students in this class will work in teams to create and implement all of the activities for JPII’s Wellness Week (fall of 2018). Students will learn to organize, plan, promote, and manage a school event.
Hope for Haiti
The need in Haiti is immense and while we know we can not address all of the need we will strive to provide some hope for the people by continuing our mission work while still at JP2. We will work on projects that will be targeted to those people located in the villages of Duverger and Danndan approximately 80 miles west of Port au Prince. Our projects will be guided by the needs identified by the Haiti 180 organization. Projects might include developing packaging for the local coffee so it can be sold, education on basic health and wellness needs, microeconomic development and engineering design.
Basic Music Recording
An introductory music recording course covers the basic equipment and techniques of digital and analog music recording. Elements include condenser and dynamic microphones, microphone placement, signal processing and recording console theory. An introduction to mixing and editing will also be a part of this class. Hands-on experience with equipment augments classroom instruction.
Latin Dance: Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata
In this exciting and fun innov8, students will broaden their cultural experience by learning how to dance salsa, merengue, and bachata, while simultaneously being exposed to popular Latin music and musicians. By studying the history of these dances, students will learn more about how the popularity of these dances in the U.S. has mirrored the growth of the Latin immigrant population in our country. Additionally, students will learn more about the Latin immigrant community in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. In addition to the fun of learning different styles of dance, students will develop their event planning skills by working collaboratively to plan and host an informal Latin Dance Party at JPII. All dancing abilities are welcome!

Winter Courses:

Course Name
Course Description
Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine is designed for students interested in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, medicine, fitness, physiology of exercise, kinesiology, nutrition, and other sports medicine related fields. We will cover the history of athletic training, basic first aid, injury prevention, treatment, and rehab of injuries. There will be plenty of observing and hands on learning. Students will be required to be at most, if not all practices, all home and away varsity football games. Each student will be required to travel to 2-3 junior varsity and/or freshman football games.
Conquering the AC
Students will learn the structure and format of the ACT subject tests and will learn strategies and tips tailored to each section to maximize their performance. Trimester dates will cover two ACT testing dates, maximizing students’ learning and test preparation. Students will develop an individualized target practice regimen tailored to their personal ACT goals. By the end of the course, students will have taken the equivalent of three to five full-length practice ACT tests. The Fall Trimester course is open to seniors and juniors. All students who are registered for this course are required to purchase The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018-2019 Edition (Wiley). Link: https://goo.gl/gNdbVK
Robotics
The robotics class is project based with deliberate sub-goals leading to the student desired project output. Robotics has three components: mechanical, electronics and programming. Beginner projects will utilize the mBot, which is scratch-based, and will have very little mechanical build and geared more towards programming. The use of electronic parts such as the line follower sensor, light sensor, ultrasonic distance sensor will make the mBot autonomously move, produce sound, and light. Students will be working on individual mBots. The advanced level robotics will utilize arduino and raspberry pi. There will be a self-paced video lessons coupled with beginner build of electronics and mechanical parts. Thereafter, students will build and design their own “robot” to solve or meet a certain goal. Support will be provided, but students will mostly be teaching themselves. In addition, students can also choose to learn how to program an NXP-based Autonomous Vehicle (AV) utilizing Mathworks. The expectation is for students to compete with each other; and thereafter, compete with other schools, at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre-Haute, Indiana in mid-March 16, 2019. The AV is limited to 3-6 students per trimester. An individual contract will be written for each trimester which will contain student explicit goals. Students will be evaluated based on this document and will determine if a student either passes or fails the course.
Coding 2
Students will spend the first six weeks focusing on learning how to think algorithmically in the online coding environment Scratch. The second six weeks will be spent learning the basics of coding in Java. The end product will be a mobile application designed by the student to address a problem they have identified about the scope of current mobile apps.
Coding with Swift Playground
Students will be learning the basics of Swift, a programming language used for Apple Devices. We will learn Basics of Swift using Swift Playground. Students will complete the Augmented Reality module as their final project.
Campus Ministry
Students in this Innov8 will work to grow in relationship with God, self, and others in order to lead their peers to do the same. They will be primarily responsible for helping with weekly Masses, as well as helping plan and host one of the class Days of Reflection. Studies will include focusing on various forms of group and personal prayer, learning how to lead and facilitate small groups,
Entrepreneurship
In this capstone course, teams comprised of four students will attempt to commercialize a business concept (of their design and with faculty/mentor approval) through the pre-funding stage of development. Each group will be assisted by mentors to provide guidance in searching for opportunities, analyzing the viability of ventures and developing a business plan. The course culminates in the Knight$ New Venture Competition where the teams present their business concepts and business plans.
Documentary Filmmaking
Students will create short documentary films on a topic of their choice. After learning the basics of documentary filmmaking techniques and styles, students will choose a topic on which they will conduct research through interviews, databases, and other methods. Students will incorporate the basics of storytelling, filmmaking, and editing as they create documentary films to be shared with the greater community. In the end, the documentary films will bring attention to an issue in hopes that the audience becomes inspired to get involved.
Basic Music Recording
An introductory music recording course covers the basic equipment and techniques of digital and analog music recording. Elements include condenser and dynamic microphones, microphone placement, signal processing and recording console theory. An introduction to mixing and editing will also be a part of this class. Hands-on experience with equipment augments classroom instruction.
Haiti Love
The need in Haiti is immense and while we know we can not address all of the need we will strive to provide some hope for the people by continuing our mission work while still at JP2. We will work on projects that will be targeted to those people located in the villages of Duverger and Danndan approximately 80 miles west of Port au Prince. Our projects will be guided by the needs identified by the Haiti 180 organization. Projects might include developing packaging for the local coffee so it can be sold, education on basic health and wellness needs, microeconomic development and engineering design.
Service in Solidarity
This service-focused innov8 will compassionately support low-income communities of Nashville through a ministry of service and presence. Special attention will be paid to immigrant and refugee communities that now call Nashville home. We will specifically learn about which international populations are living in Nashville, why they left their home countries, and the challenges they have faced by moving to a new country and culture. We will work with organizations such as Catholic Charities Refugee Relocation Program and Conexión Americas. In order to participate, students will need to be available for approximately 1-2 hours after school for the Wednesday meeting in order to serve at these locations. In addition to the innov8 credit, students will receive service hours for their time spent working in the community. Students who study Spanish may have opportunities to practice the language, though Spanish study is not a requirement to participate. “For I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.” – Matthew 25: 35

Spring Courses:

 

 

Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine is designed for students interested in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, medicine, fitness, physiology of exercise, kinesiology, nutrition, and other sports medicine related fields. We will cover the history of athletic training, basic first aid, injury prevention, treatment, and rehab of injuries. There will be plenty of observing and hands on learning. Students will be required to be at most, if not all practices, all home and away varsity football games. Each student will be required to travel to 2-3 junior varsity and/or freshman football games.
Conquering the ACT
Students will learn the structure and format of the ACT subject tests and will learn strategies and tips tailored to each section to maximize their performance. Trimester dates will cover two ACT testing dates, maximizing students’ learning and test preparation. Students will develop an individualized target practice regimen tailored to their personal ACT goals. By the end of the course, students will have taken the equivalent of three to five full-length practice ACT tests. The Fall Trimester course is open to seniors and juniors. All students who are registered for this course are required to purchase the The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018-2019 Edition (Wiley).
Link: https://goo.gl/gNdbVK
Robotics
The robotics class is project based with deliberate sub-goals leading to the student desired project output. Robotics has three components: mechanical, electronics and programming. Beginner projects will utilize the mBot, which is scratch-based, and will have very little mechanical build and geared more towards programming. The use of electronic parts such as the line follower sensor, light sensor, ultrasonic distance sensor will make the mBot autonomously move, produce sound, and light. Students will be working on individual mBots.
The advanced level robotics will utilize arduino and raspberry pi. There will be a self-paced video lessons coupled with beginner build of electronics and mechanical parts. Thereafter, students will build and design their own “robot” to solve or meet a certain goal. Support will be provided, but students will mostly be teaching themselves. In addition, students can also choose to learn how to program an NXP-based Autonomous Vehicle (AV) utilzing Mathworks. The expectation is for students to compete with each other; and thereafter, compete with other schools, at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre-Haute, Indiana in mid-March 16, 2019. The AV is limited to 3-6 students per trimester.
An individual contract will be written for each trimester which will contain student explicit goals. Students will be evaluated based on this document and will determine if a student either passes or fails the course.
Coding 1
Students will spend the first six weeks focusing on learning how to think algorithmically in the online coding environment Scratch. The second six weeks will be spent learning the basics of coding in Java. The end product will be a mobile application designed by the student to address a problem they have identified about the scope of current mobile apps.
Campus Ministry
Students in this Innov8 will work to grow in relationship with God, self, and others in order to lead their peers to do the same. They will be primarily responsible for helping with weekly Masses, as well as helping plan and host one of the class Days of Reflection. Studies will include focusing on various forms of group and personal prayer, learning how to lead and facilitate small groups,
Documentary Filmmaking
Students will create short documentary films on a topic of their choice. After learning the basics of documentary filmmaking techniques and styles, students will choose topic on which they will conduct research through interviews, databases, and other methods. Students will incorporate the basics of storytelling, filmmaking, and editing as they create documentary films to be shared with the greater community. In the end, the documentary films will bring attention to an issue in hopes that the audience becomes inspired to get involved.
Field Biology: Birds
Students will monitor the 20 Bluebird nestboxes on campus and share their data by participating in Cornell’s NestWatch Citizen Science program. Along the way, students will learn about the ancestry of birds, basic bird biology, and conservation issues facing a variety of bird species. As a final project, students will be asked to generate a scientific summary of their nestbox data and to develop a creative way to educate and share the data with the JPII community and general public.
What to Do When for College
This course for juniors will get students started on the college search process. We will go over timelines, how to research colleges, when to test, essays, interview techniques, course selection, financial aid, and the scholarship search. Focus will be on individual students finding the right “fit” through getting to know themselves better.
Event Management and Marketing: Arts
Working in teams students will develop marketing strategies, organize and plan an event and manage an event on event day. In the Spring, students will work with the Fine Arts Department to help promote, market and manage Arts uKnighted. Additional marketing opportunities will also be available.
Design Thinking
Students will practice all the steps of design thinking through small in class projects. Students will then interview members of the community (teachers, admins, counselors, etc.) to find problems for which they can work on solutions. The final project will involve completing all stages of design thinking from idea to implementation.
Senior Assembly
Senior Assembly innov8 calls for students interested in being the production team for next year’s Senior Assembly. Students will hone their skills as writers, producers, and cinematographers in the Senior Assembly innov8. This team will work to mobilize their peers and put on a strong production at the end of the year. You need not take this innov8 to be involved with Senior Assembly, but students in this class will spearhead the operation. This innov8 is restricted to senior students.
Haiti Love
The need in Haiti is immense and while we know we can not address all of the need we will strive to provide some hope for the people by continuing our mission work while still at JP2. We will work on projects that will be targeted to those people located in the villages of Duverger and Danndan approximately 80 miles west of Port au Prince. Our projects will be guided by the needs identified by the Haiti 180 organization. Projects might include developing packaging for the local coffee so it can be sold, education on basic health and wellness needs, microeconomic development and engineering design.
Service in Solidarity
This service-focused innov8 will compassionately support low-income communities of Nashville through a ministry of service and presence. Special attention will be paid to immigrant and refugee communities that now call Nashville home. We will specifically learn about which international populations are living in Nashville, why they left their home countries, and the challenges they have faced by moving to a new country and culture. We will work with organizations such as Catholic Charities Refugee Relocation Program and Conexión Americas. In order to participate, students will need to be available for approximately 1-2 hours after school for the Wednesday meeting in order to serve at these locations. In addition to the innov8 credit, students will receive service hours for their time spent working in the community. Students who study Spanish may have opportunities to practice the language, though Spanish study is not a requirement to participate. “For I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.” – Matthew 25: 35