2017-2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Semester Only Courses

ACT Math Prep
This one-semester course will include tips and practice on the math section of the ACT. Class time will be split between instruction and actually taking practice tests. There will be no homework required for this course, but there will be additional videos and practice options available for those who wish to do more.
Min/Max: 6 -12 students
Days: Tuesday 9:30-10:25
Instructor: Debbie Moon
Cost: $100 (includes materials)
Required materials: All printed materials will be supplied by the instructor

Research Writing
During this semester course students will follow the steps to complete a research paper and then present their findings to the class. Topics covered include choosing a topic, finding and using sources, using the Internet for research, note taking, outlining, drafting, editing and proofreading, publishing, and presenting. Students will be guided through the process step by step, and their final products will be great additions to their homeschool portfolios. And their presentations will give them great practice speaking in front of their peers, and we will discuss how to make an interesting and insightful presentation in a variety of formats. We will cover the issue of plagiarism in depth, and students will be taught the process of correctly quoting and documenting their sources. Students who have completed research papers for previous composition classes of mine will have new and different topics to choose from and can practice honing their research skills.
Min/Max:6 -12 students
Days: Thursday 11:50-12:45
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Cost: $120
Required materials: MLA Handbook (edition TBA)

Marine Biology Lab 
Marine Biology will focus on the biological, ecological, and human impact on Marine Life. We will explore the ocean, experimenting through labs, microscope observations, dissections, and observing videos of ocean life. Dissections and observations will include hydra, copepods, microscopic plankton, bio-luminescence, coral, sponge, sea-star, clam, and dogfish shark. If time allows: squid, and/or fish. Possible field trips.
The student will be required to keep a detailed notebook, read assigned pages, work through questions and study guides in the text at home, and take tests through Canvas. They will perform and document marine biology lab experiments weekly. This will be a full science and lab course for high school if your student completes each module at home. Although there is no marine biology AP test, it will help for preparing for Biology AP and serves as a science/lab fulfillment for graduation (please check with your accountability group on this).
We will meet twice a week for labs and will follow a plan of study based on the Apologia Marine Biology curriculum. The text will be needed (Apologia Marine Bio). Teacher guide is useful but not necessary as I will be grading through Canvas.
Min/Max: 4/12 students
Days: T/Th   10:30-11:25
Instructor: Joy Aldridge
Cost: $150 with $35 lab fee
Required materials: Apologia Marine Biology 1st edition text, notebook,  dissection tools and goggles supplied

Amazon link:Apologia Marine Biology

Year Long Courses

Algebra II
Two day per week course covering Algebra II concepts. During each class time we will go over questions from previous homework and also a lesson on new concepts. Homework will be graded by the student or parent, tests will be graded by the instructor.
Min/Max: 7 -10 students
Days: T/Th
Instructor: Debbie Moon
Cost: $175/semester (or monthly PayPal payments)
Required materials: Algebra 2 by Amsco

Amazon Link:Algebra II book

World Literature
We will begin in Greece with Homer’s Odyssey, travel to England for some Shakespeare, and then take off around the world with literature selections from around the globe. Along our journey, we will discuss important themes of war, the Holocaust, friendship, truth, family relationships, and more. Students will prepare for weekly discussions by reading assigned chapters and answering questions at home. Our class time will focus on identifying literary elements (symbolism, character, conflict, etc.) and their importance to the work, as well as discussing issues raised by the literature.Honors option available.
Min/Max: 6 -12 students
Days: Thursday
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Cost: $100/semester
Reading List: (subject to revision): Mythology – Edith Hamilton (excerpts), The Odyssey – Homer, The Trumpeter of Krakow – Eric P. Kelly, Romeo & Juliet – William Shakespeare, A Single Shard – Linda Sue Park, All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque, Cry the Beloved Country – Alan Paton, Night – Elie Wiesel Children of the River – Linda Crew, The Giver – Lois Lowry

American Literature
Focusing on American authors from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Ray Bradbury, the American Literature course will cover important literature as well as the historical importance of the time period in which the literature is set or written. We will cover important themes of friendship, honesty, forgiveness, prejudice, war, and more. Complete novels, plays, short stories, and poetry are included in this literature portion of the class. Honors option available.
Min/Max: 6 -12 students
Days: Thursday
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Cost: $100/semester
Reading List: (subject to revision): Native American short stories, Early American poetry, The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Crucible – Arthur Miller,“The Minister’s Black Veil” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain, The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck, To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee, Farewell to Manzanar – Jeanne Houston, Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

British Literature
With genres ranging from romance to satire, forms ranging from the sonnet to the novel to the play, and authors ranging from illiterate storytellers to Nobel Prize winners, British literature remains one of the cornerstones of literature curricula around the world. In this survey of British literature, we will begin with the Middle Ages and The Canterbury Tales and then move through the Renaissance with a study of Shakespeare, Milton, and Donne. We’ll make a brief visit to the Restoration to study some satire before moving to the Romantic Period where we will spend time with Jane Austen and the most famous Romantic poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats). Our literature from the Victorian Period will include poetry, short stories, and a Dickens novel; we will finish the course with some modern poetry. Honors option available. A London trip is being planned for juniors and seniors at the end of the school year.
Min/Max: 6 -12 students
Days: Thursday
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Cost: $100/semester
Reading List
Beowulf – Anonymous, The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer, Le Morte D’Arthur – Sir Thomas Malory, The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare, Paradise Lost – Milton,“A Modest Proposal” – Jonathan Swift, Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte, A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens, “The Adventure of the Red-Headed League” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Poets: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Shelley, Tennyson, Browning, Dylan Thomas, Yeats, and T. S. Eliot.

Composition I- NEW CLASS TIME ADDED

The focus of this composition course will be on the four modes of writing – narration, description, persuasion, and exposition. We will focus on content and structure and cover some general grammar skills. Writing assignments vary in length and format, but we will finish the course with a focus on the five-paragraph essay.  This course is geared toward students who want to gain more confidence in their writing and who need to spend some time building a foundation for advanced composition.
Min/Max: 6 -12 students
Days: Tuesday 8:30 -9:25 or Tuesday 10:30-11:25
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Cost: $125/semester
Required Materials: Teacher created materials 

Composition II-WAITLIST
The focus of this course will be expository writing, and development of a strong essay will be our focus. Students will write comparison/contrast essays, character sketches, critical analyses, persuasive letters, literary reviews, and more. This course is geared toward students who have been exposed to formal essay writing and who are ready to hone their advanced writing skills such as using transitions, improving word choice, writing clearly and concisely, and employing a variety of sentence structures.  Composition I is not a prerequisite of Composition II. 
Min/Max: 6 -12 students
Days: Tuesday
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Cost: $125/semester
Required Materials: Teacher created materials

Exploring Conflict in Literature
This course is designed to help students evaluate the literature they read to help them become stronger writers. Each literature selection in this course deals with conflict, and we’ll be exploring the idea of conflict in literature as we read. There are eight selections required.
Students will be learning literary devices and story elements. We’ll have in-class discussions as well as literature response papers and comprehension quizzes to evaluate what students are learning and understanding from the literature. It is my desire that, through this class, the students will learn how to evaluate what they read- and even what they watch- in light of a Christian worldview.
Min/Max :- 6-12 students
Days: T/Th
Instructor:Leah Courtney
Cost:$160/semester or monthly (Paypal payments)
Required Materials : When Worlds Collide Textbook and Quiz and Answer Manual from Sharon Watson

Amazon Link:When Worlds Collide Textbook

BooklistI’ve found, from using this course previously, that it is best if the students can have the exact version of the book I have listed.  It makes class study easier when page numbers match.
Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain (Dover Publications) 0-486-40885-X
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (Dover Publications) 0-486-29506-0
The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West (Harcourt, Inc.) 0-15-602909-X or 0-15-633606-5
Peter Pan by Sir James Barrie (Dover Publications) 0-486-40783-7
Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beals (Washington Square Press/Pocket Books)0-671-86639-7
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Dover Publications) 0-486-40651-2
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Simon & Schuster) 978-1-4516-7331-9
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis (HarperCollins) 978-0-06-065293-7

American History
The primary goal of this American History course is to learn and understand the history of the United States from the first Americans to present day. Students should be able to identify the major themes in American History and explain their importance at each stage in the development of the United States. We will start at the beginning with the First Americans. We will continue on our quest of exploring the Americas, Colonial America, The Spirit of Independence, and the American Revolution. After visiting those times, we will then head into The American Revolution, The Constitution, Growth and Expansion, Manifest Destiny, the Split of the North and South, and the Civil War. After the Civil War, we will dive into Westward Movement, the Industrial Age, The Rise to a World Power, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, The Cold War, Civil Rights, Vietnam, and all the way to TODAY…
Min/Max: 7 -12 students
Days: T/Th
Instructor: Wendy Marus
Cost: $175/semester
Required materials: America: The Last Best Hope (Volume I, II) by William J Bennett; as well as an online component.

Amazon Link: Volume IVolume II,

Government and Economics-Waitlist
This course will cover the history and foundation of our principles and beliefs, branches of government, political parties, and electoral process as well as the media’s effects on politics.The economic portion will cover this history of economics, investment cycles, velocity, business cycle, recessions depressions, inflation, along with demand for money. This will fulfill 0.5 credit hours of Economics and 0.5 credit hours of Government.
Min/Max: 7-12 students
Days: T/Th
Instructor: Wendy Marus
Cost: $175/semester
Required materials: 
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (An Uncle Eric Book) 7th Edition by Richard J. Maybury, The Money Mystery by Richard Maybury, Are you a Liberal, Conservative or Confused? by Richard Maybury, Magruder’s American Government by Prentice Hall.

Amazon links: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? , The Money Mystery , Are you a Liberal? Conservative? Or Confused? , Magruder’s American Government

Exploring World History
From Creation to the 21st century, Exploring World History presents ancient, medieval, and modern history from the perspective of faith in God and respect for His Word. It offers a thorough survey of Western civilization with significant coverage of Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
Min/Max:6-12
Days: T/Th
Instructor: Cayla Revels
Cost:$175
Required Materials: Exploring World History I & II  by Ray Notgrass (2014 edition) and In Their Words by Ray Notgrass (2014 edition)

Amazon links: Volume IVolume 2In Their Words

Biology
A one-day per week lecture and discussion class based on the Apologia Biology curriculum.  In addition to covering topics in the textbook, the course will also bring in up-to-date biology topics.  Grading will be offered based on online module tests and class participation.  This course pairs well with the biology lab offered on Tuesdays.
Min/Max: 7 -10 students
Days: Thursday
Instructor: Debbie Moon
Cost:$100
Required materials: Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd edition

Amazon link: Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology

Biology Lab-Waitlist
Biology lab will be a hands-on class environment. Focus will be on developing the scientific method for proper laboratory study. Each student will be required to clearly record and logically explain the performed experiment and present all data and conclusions in the form of written lab reports. We will follow a plan of study based on the Apologia Biology curriculum.
Min/Max: 7 -10 students
Days: Tuesday
Instructor: Lora Matthews
Cost: $130/semester plus a $25 yearly lab fee for materials
Required materials: Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments by Robert and Barbara Thompson, goggles, box of gloves, Lab Notebook

Link to: Apologia Correlation
Amazon link: Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments

Chemistry Lab-NEW CLASS TIME ADDED
This course will cover the laboratory and concept review practice needed for a high school chemistry lab credit. There will be homework and quizzes to help the student master the math behind the concepts and lab experiments with formal lab reports. Topics include, but are not limited to: measurement, atomic structure, electron configuration, the periodic table bonding, gas laws, properties of liquids and solids, solutions, stoichiometry, reactions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisite: Algebra I. Students must know how to do unit conversions. This course is designed to complement study in Apologia Chemistry 3rd Edition.
Min/Max: 7- 12 students
Days: Thursday 1st hour (8:30-9:25) or Thursday 2nd hour (9:30-10:25)
Instructor-Lora Matthews
Cost: $130/semester plus a $25 yearly lab fee for materials
Required Materials: Forgotten Chemistry by Johanna Holm, Apologia Chemistry 3rd Edition, Lab notebook

Amazon Link:Forgotten Chemistry bookApologia Chemistry 3rd EditionLab Notebook

Psychology-WAITLIST
This course will provide an overview of the field of Psychology. Topics will include history, research methods, biology of the mind, states of consciousness, lifespan development, sensation and perception, learning, memory, thinking and language, intelligence, motivation and work, emotions and health, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders, and therapy.

Psychology is a required course at many colleges and is a popular major. High school is a great time to have exposure to psychological theories and concepts. For the Christian high school student, an introduction to Psychology can be beneficial because it allows the student to think through potentially challenging worldview issues prior to entering college. This course will emphasize the Christian worldview and contrast it with competing worldview perspectives that are evident in Psychology (e.g., secular humanism).

Students will be responsible for weekly reading assignments, class participation, quizzes, and tests. Classroom discussions will focus on concepts and examples from the reading in an effort to enhance student understanding.   The course is designed for College Prep students. However, an Honors track is available and includes additional reading materials and assignments. This year-long (2 semester) course provides 1.0 credit.
Min/Max: 6-12 students
Days: T/Th
Instructor: Amy Lane
Cost: $175/semester
Required Materials: Psychology by David G. Myers

Amazon Link:Psychology Book

Spanish I -WAITLIST
Offering a beginners level to the Spanish language. We will be learning the Spanish language alphabet as well as proper pronunciations of words with foundation in vocabulary for conversation and learning  the verb conjugations.  This course is taught by a bi-lingual speaker.
Min/Max:  6 -12 students
Days: T/Th
Instructor: Lennie Ogden
Cost: $175/semester
Required Books: Breaking the Spanish Barrier: Level 1 with Audio CD

Spanish I link: http://www.tobreak.com

Spanish II
This course will continue to explore the verb tenses and conversation necessary to speaking the language. We will put great emphasis on speaking and reading Spanish.
Min/Max: 6- 12 students
Days: T/Th
Instructor: Lennie Ogden
Cost: $175/semester
Required materials: Breaking the Spanish Barrier: Level 2 with the Audio CD, Intermediate plus additional workbooks

Spanish II Link: http://www.tobreak.com

American Sign Language 1
This is an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture. Students will learn basic signs, ASL sentence structure, and Deaf culture through direct instruction, periods of immersion, songs, and games. Students will be given assignments to practice between classes. Many universities such as Clemson, Converse, Gardner-Webb, and UNC accept ASL as a foreign language and even offer ASL as a major or minor. ASL may be of interest to students who will be pursuing careers in education (especially special education) or in the medical field. It is also a great foreign language choice for students who may benefit to a kinesthetic language in place of an oral one.
Min/Max: 6- 12 students
Days: Thursday
Instructor: Erin Gladden
Cost: $125/semester
Required Materials: None. Students will need regular access to the internet to watch assigned videos and take quizzes.

American Sign Language 2
This is a continuation of American Sign Language 1 (ASL 1). Students will build on their knowledge of basic signs, ASL sentence structure, and Deaf culture through direct instruction, song, games, and periods of immersion. Students will be given assignments to practice between classes.
Min/Max: 6- 12 students
Instructor:Erin Gladden
Day: Thursday
Cost: $125/semester
Required Materials: None. Students will need regular access to the internet to watch assigned videos and take online quizzes

French 1
The goal is to speak and have fun. The course will cover basic vocabulary, grammar, history, and culture. I am a professional French teacher with 20 years of experience, speak it fluently, and have studied in France.
Min/Max: 4-12 students
Days: Tuesday
Instructor: Michelle Hollingsworth
Cost: $175/ semester
Required materials: Basic French Premium Second Edition by McGraw Hill  Author: Elaine Kurbegov, ISBN-13: 978-1259836398

Amazon Link: Basic French: Premium Second Edition

German 1 and 2 Combined- NEW CLASS
German 1 and 2 combined will be an inclusive year long, once a week class that will provide the basics for German 1 at the student’s pace.  They will learn culture, pronunciation, reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills for beginning German.  We will cover the alphabet, greetings, casual conversations, and much more, along with basic grammar.  German 2 will review the basic German 1 skills learned but will move on to reading short stories and advanced grammar and conversation.  This will also be at the student’s pace but will prepare them for college German. This class is a college prep class and will count for 1 high school credit in language.
Min/Max:4-12
Days: Tuesday
Instructor: Joy Aldridge
Cost: $130/semester
Required Materials: German Demystified (2nd ed, not 3rd or conversation) German 2: Ferien in Frankfurt

Amazon link: German Demystified, Ferien In Frankfurt

Computer Applications and Programming
This will be a two semester course covering Microsoft Office applications the first semester and web programming for the second semester. Students will learn to effectively use Word, Excel, and Powerpoint through a series of projects. Basic computer hardware and usage will be explored each week through short research reports. Keyboarding skills will be practiced through typing papers, and speed tests will be completed each week. During the spring semester, student will learn HTML, CSS, and Javascript using codecademy. They will also complete a semester long blogging project.
Min/Max: 7 -12 students
Days: Tuesday 1st hour (8:30-9:25) or Tuesday 3rd hour (10:30-11:25) (waitlist)
Instructor: Debbie Moon
Cost: $175/semester (or monthly PayPal payments)
Required materials: TBA

Art Appreciation
We will focus on art history and how the great masterpieces reflected and influenced society. Students will analyze the various art forms they experience every day and discover how they impact all areas of life.  Students will create projects using mixed media as part of their grade.
Min/Max: 4-12
Days: Tuesday
Instructor: Michelle Hollingsworth
Cost:$125/semester
Materials: We will use various Free online resources and handouts. For the projects, students will need markers,colored pencils, glue and pen.

Photography
Taught by a professional photographer, this year long course will begin with basic photography principles. It will progress to cover not only principles of photography but the technical aspect as well. We will also cover in this course post production editing techniques used to bring your photographs to the next level. Must have a camera that can utilize all manual settings. DSLR preferred but not required. Must also have video editing software such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
Min/Max: 8 -12 students
Days: Thursday
Instructor: Diane Payne
Cost: $135/semester

Speech and Debate
This Speech and Debate course will cover a variety of styles of public speaking and formal debate. Through research and practice, students will become familiar with these styles through instruction, research, and practice. Each unit will culminate in performance assignments that require students to demonstrate their abilities within the classroom setting. There may be a possibility of opportunities to take their knowledge to competition at the local and state level through extracurricular programs.
Course Objectives: This course is designed to help students: 1. Gain confidence and experience in public speaking 2. Perform a variety of speeches in class that require exposition, persuasive, debate, parliamentary, and interpretive skills 3. Locate sources through research and differentiate between reliable and unreliable sources 4. Incorporate sources into speeches and conversations in order to support a position 5. Become proficient in research techniques, including Internet research, newspaper research, periodical research, and primary research (interviews) 6. Increase their working knowledge of current events 7. Differentiate between fact, opinion, and fact-driven opinion 8. Develop critical thinking skills and the ability to look at both sides of an issue 9. Develop an appreciation for opposing viewpoints 10. Develop an awareness of posture, vocal quality, personal appearance, and verbal and nonverbal communication in all speaking situations, including personal interviews 11. Exhibit a logical arrangement of ideas in writing and in speech 12. Exhibit the ability to draw logical conclusions from critical evaluation of facts and ideas.
Min/Max: 6-12 students
Days: Thursday
Instructor: Wendy Marus
Cost: $175/semester
Required materials: Well Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students by Erik Palmer (ISBN-13: 978-1571108814ISBN) and Speak Up! by Kate Shuster, Jon Meany (ISBN-13: 978-1617700989)

Amazon Link:   Well Spoken Speak Up !

Study Hall

Study Hall is mandatory for those students who have no other class options for that hour. It is a monitored “quiet” hour to respect those who are studying. This is an opportunity for students to get some school work done.To honor and respect those students who desire to study during study hall, it is necessary for all students to maintain a quiet and non-disruptive attitude during study hall. Please make sure they bring something to do or a book to read each week. It is not a time to socialize. These guidelines will help make Study Hall more beneficial for everyone. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Days: Tuesday and Thursday,  1st- 4 th periods

Fall Semester Only Courses

ACT Prep
This one-semester course will include tips and practice on all sections of the ACT. Class time will be split between instruction and actually taking practice tests. There will be no homework required for this course, but there will be additional videos and practice options available for those who wish to do more.
Min/Max: 6 -12 students
Days: Tuesday
Instructor: Debbie Moon
Cost: $100 (includes materials)
Required materials: All printed materials will be supplied by the instructor

Sports Medicine-Teacher extended to full year
This introduction to sports medicine course will cover basic first aid, common injuries, injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, taping/wrapping techniques, important anatomy (the skeletal system), and more. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice important taping, wrapping, and wound care techniques. We also have opportunities to visit local athletic training rooms and hear from current athletic trainers on the high school and college level. An honors option is available for students who want to spend some time getting on-field experience and putting their classroom knowledge to use. Sports medicine is an amazing field in itself, but it is also a great bridge for students interested in medicine, physical therapy, or personal training.
Min/Max: 6-12 students
Days: Tuesday
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Cost: $125
Required Materials: TBA

Human Genetics
Diving deep into the fascinating field of genetics, this course will take students from the basics of Mendel’s ideas of inheritance to the current, cutting edge science of genomics and epigenetics. Each student is required to get their genes sequenced through 23andMe ($99, saliva test) this summer before the class begins.  It takes 4 – 6 weeks to get the results back from 23andMe.  We will use that information to personalize the genetics course material into something that is useful and highly interesting. Each student will create an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of what they learn about their genes. This will be a half-credit course that meets on Thursdays only. Parents are welcome to audit the course, space permitting. Prerequisite: Biology
Min/Max: 5 -12 students
Days: Thursday
Instructor: Debbie Moon
Cost: $110
Required materials: 23andMe genetic testing ($99), Excel and a laptop for class

 

Class Schedule

Tuesday

8:30-9:25: Biology Lab(waitlist), Computer Applications & Programming, Spanish II, American History, Composition I, Study Hall

9:30-10:25: French 1, ACT Prep ( ACT Math Prep-Spring Only), Spanish I(waitlist) , Psychology(waitlist), Composition II (waitlist), German 1+2 Combined, Study Hall

10:30-11:25: Art Appreciation, Conflict in Literature, Government/Economics(waitlist), Composition I, Computer Applications & Programming (waitlist), (Marine Bio Lab-Spring Only),Study Hall

11:25-11:50: Lunch Period

11:50-12:45:  Algebra II, World History,  Sports Medicine- (waitlist), Study Hall

Thursday

8:30-9:25:  Biology, Chemistry lab , American History, Spanish II, British Literature, Study Hall

9:30-10:25: Genetics , Spanish I (waitlist), Psychology,(waitlist), American Literature, Chemistry Lab, Study Hall

10:30-11:25: Photography, Conflict in Literature, World Literature, Government/Economics (waitlist),  American Sign Language 1, (Marine Bio Lab-Spring Only),Study Hall

11:25-11:50: Lunch Period

11:50-12:45: Algebra II, World History, Speech and Debate, American Sign Language II, (Research Writing-Spring), Study Hall

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