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Winterim is a unique three-day opportunity for our Middle and Upper School students to learn about topics that are not traditionally offered in a school setting. During this time, 7th-10th grade students will attend on-campus courses of their choice, and 11th-12th grade students are encouraged to find an off-campus internship, at which they can observe a working professional's life. This year's Winterim will be held January 4th-6th. 

On-Campus Course Information


Students who participate in on-campus courses will follow the normal school day schedule during Winterim and may wear FBA spirit wear each day. Students will choose a morning and an afternoon course. Some courses will be offered in both sessions, but students must select two different courses. Some courses require fees as noted, which will be collected via FACTS. Students will complete a Winterim Journal for each session which will be graded. Winterim participation is an essential part of the Student Life program and required to earn the Student Life credit for the spring semester.

Morning Class options

Creative problem solving is a necessary skill both in and out of the classroom. Students will discuss important skills and steps required in creative problem solving and how they can use these creative problem-solving skills in everyday life to help go through different trials. Then students will split into teams and have a mock creative problem-solving competition where they will have the opportunity to showcase their creative problem skills and real- life applications. The group will go on a field trip to an escape room where the students can apply these skills.
Cost: $35

This course will cover all things related to hunting (primarily deer) and outdoorsmanship.
Cost: none

Explore many different aspects of engineering including mechanical design, electrical principles, and material sciences.
Cost: none
 

This class will discuss significant theological debates that have taken place and are still taking place within the church. The end goal of this class is not to spur further division within the church but demonstrate how Christ calls the church to both gospel-fidelity and gospel-charity within these debates.
Cost: none

We all know how to ride a bike, but did you know that cycling is a healthy, fun, and low-impact form of exercise for all ages? Learn about bike safety as well as different styles of bikes and become equipped to be a proficient cyclist.
Cost: none

Sitting down with a book and a cup of coffee or tea is one of life’s often- forgotten pleasures. Dig through the novel of your choice, and learn that every text is doing something, whether showing, asking, or exploring. Enjoy time reading "alone together" and then discussing each other's book.
Cost: Optional drinks

You will view three films related to major historical events in US History: Gone With the Wind - Civil War, Wizard of Oz - The Progressive Era, and It's A Wonderful Life - 1920s-1940s. Following the film, you will analyze the cultural, political, and economic aspects of the films as they relate to the historical period.
Cost: none

This course will Introduce polymer clay as a medium for creativity as well as provide an overview of entrepreneur skills needed for a handmade goods- based business. Students will have an opportunity to create their own earring design using a variety of techniques learned through hands-on experiences as well as learn some aspects of running a small business.
Cost: $25

In this class we will discuss the history of Ballet and look at what Ballet is today. We will also study and learn some basic Ballet terminology and technique. If time permits, we may also watch some famous Ballets done by professional companies around the world.
Cost: none

This is a fun, low stress introduction to painting. Students will have an opportunity to try a guided painting project on canvas. We will also explore painting on wood and glass. All completed projects are for the students to take home at the end of the course. Students will need to bring their laptop, a small hairdryer, and an art smock or large shirt to wear to protect their clothing.
Cost: $20

How much do you really know about our hometown? Travel to hidden gems in downtown Knoxville that most students have never been to or heard about.
Cost: Sunsphere $5.00 and possible lunch money

Learn how to plan and budget a meal. Then prep and cook a variety of dishes. Students will then get to enjoy their creations for lunch each day.
Cost: none

Afternoon class options

Creative problem solving is a necessary skill both in and out of the classroom. Students will discuss important skills and steps required in creative problem solving and how they can use these creative problem-solving skills in everyday life to help go through different trials. Then students will split into teams and have a mock creative problem-solving competition where they will have the opportunity to showcase their creative problem skills and real- life applications. The group will go on a field trip to an escape room where the students can apply these skills.
Cost: $35

Relax and decompress as you practice the stitches and patterns of crochet. Learn to crochet a potholder, which makes a great gift, and possibly begin your own winter scarf.
Cost: $10

Played for over 1,000 years, chess can develop perspective, improve memory, deepen focus, and elevate creativity. Whether you don’t know a rook from a pawn or play every day, each student will take the next step in their knowledge of chess and its strategies.
Cost: None

An introduction to the sport of golf.
Cost: $30

We all know how to ride a bike, but did you know that cycling is a healthy, fun, and low-impact form of exercise for all ages? Learn about bike safety as well as different styles of bikes and become equipped to be a proficient cyclist.
Cost: none

Sitting down with a book and a cup of coffee or tea is one of life’s often- forgotten pleasures. Dig through the novel of your choice, and learn that every text is doing something, whether showing, asking, or exploring. Enjoy time reading "alone together" and then discussing each other's book.
Cost: Optional drinks

You will view three films related to major historical events in US History: Gone With the Wind - Civil War, Wizard of Oz - The Progressive Era, and It's A Wonderful Life - 1920s-1940s. Following the film, you will analyze the cultural, political, and economic aspects of the films as they relate to the historical period.
Cost: none

This course will equip students with a working knowledge on how to change a tire and oil on an automobile. Flat tires happen–students will get an understanding on how to change a tire and practice on a range of vehicles. Oil changes must be done on internal combustion engines–this course will outline the steps and allow an opportunity to practice what students have learned. Students should be prepared to be outside and possibly get their hands/clothing dirty.
Cost: $10

In this class we will discuss the history of Ballet and look at what Ballet is today. We will also study and learn some basic Ballet terminology and technique. If time permits, we may also watch some famous Ballets done by professional companies around the world.
Cost: none

I've often heard people say, "I wish we could go back to Mayberry; back to a simpler time when life was far less complicated.” However, even a quick glance at the decade of the original series run reveals anything but a simple lifestyle. The threat of nuclear annihilation, civil unrest, and political assassinations were just a few of the realities of the turbulent 1960's. Do people really want to return to the 1960's or is there something about the attitude of the people in Mayberry that provides the appeal?
Cost: none

This is a fun, low stress introduction to painting. Students will have an opportunity to try a guided painting project on canvas. We will also explore painting on wood and glass. All completed projects are for the students to take home at the end of the course. Students will need to bring their laptop, a small hairdryer, and an art smock or large shirt to wear to protect their clothing.
Cost: $20
 

This course will cover some basic skills that every person should know such as resumes, signatures, checks, bills, budgets, etc.
Cost: none

Off-Campus Internship Information


Winterim Internships add to the Upper School experience by providing Junior and Senior students with the opportunity to make connections between what they have learned in the classroom and work in the professional world. These real, working-life experiences can assist students in making college and career choices and provide the potential to gain an additional adult mentor in their field of interest. Through the internship, students may realize that God is calling them to a career in the same field where they interned. They could also realize that their gifts do not align with this career. Either way, an internship is a valuable tool in providing a better understanding of living out one’s faith in the workplace.

Internship Hosts

Internship hosts are community partners who support the mission of First Baptist Academy and help to guide students and foster their talents. It is the student’s responsibility to find and set up an internship with a host. We encourage students to find their own internships through family, friends, or community relationships.

Requirements

A Winterim intern must accumulate a minimum of 20 hours during the three day Winterim schedule, cannot be paid, and must have his/her own transportation. An application will be required for internship approval. The internship will be evaluated through the student’s daily Winterim journal and a host evaluation.

Student Expectations

Juniors and Seniors may apply to do a Winterim Internship. It is the student’s responsibility to line up the internship, and students are encouraged to begin this search early. It is a privilege to participate in Winterim as an intern and involves significant responsibility on the part of the student. The internship is a formally structured learning experience that starts before the first day on the job. Student interns and their parents are expected to review and understand the following guidelines and responsibilities:

  • If one host is unable to take you for the minimum requirement of 20 hours, then you will need to find other hosts/sites in order to complete your required hours (a separate application is required for each host/site). It is your responsibility to understand how many days and hours they can take you before you turn in your application and contract.
  • Contact your host(s) and make an appointment to meet him/her and visit the location sometime during the months of November or December. Things to review/determine with your host include:
    • Introduce yourself.
    • Get acquainted with the location.
    • Determine the host’s expectations of you and confirm your
      schedule.
    • Learn where you should park.
    • Understand appropriate dress for the position.
    • Ask about snack/lunch breaks so you are prepared appropriately. 
    • Provide a copy of First Baptist Academy Winterim Overview and Host Expectations.
    • Obtain your host’s signature on the Winterim Contract.
  • Be on time on your scheduled days. Employers expect you to be prompt and responsible. If you are ill or anticipate being late, notify your supervisor as well as the FBA office.
  • Businesses do not have snow days. If there is a snow day at school and your parents feel it is not safe for you to drive, contact your internship host to let them know. Your internship hour requirement will be reduced by 7 hours for every FBA snow day during Winterim.
  • Be professional:
    • Carefully listen to and follow the instructions of your supervisor. o Don't be afraid to ask questions.
    • Be available and willing to work.
    • Ask how you can help and then do the job completely. Never leave a mess for someone else to clean up.
    • Cooperate with your co-workers and others with whom you come in contact. You are the guest. You can learn by listening and watching as well as by doing.
    • Wear appropriate clothing. Dress similarly to those with whom you are working. Almost every job comes with some form of dress code.
  • Following the internship, thank your host appropriately. For example, send a thank you note saying specifically what you appreciated about the opportunity.
  • Represent yourself and First Baptist Academy in the best possible manner. Be consistent with our school standards for conduct. Your effort, attitude, and actions affect future opportunities for our interns.
  • Students will be assessed to determine credit for their internship. Assessment is based on the following criteria:
    • Successful completion of the internship.
    • Timely and thoughtful completion of the Winterim journal.
    • Host completion of online survey including recommendation for pass/fail based on your performance in your internship.

Family Expectations

Parents/Guardians should be aware of the following expectations:

  • The student’s internship location and working environment are not First Baptist Academy. Consequently, we cannot guarantee that the standards held by First Baptist Academy are the same as those standards held by the internship host or business. You must be comfortable with the environment that your student has chosen. Please talk with the internship host if you have any questions.
  • Parents agree to provide adequate insurance coverage for the needs of the student intern and will not hold First Baptist Academy, the internship host, or the internship business responsible in any manner.
  • Transportation to and from the workplace is the responsibility of the family. First Baptist Academy, the internship host, nor the internship business will be responsible for any transportation liability.
  • Commitment: The student’s internship must include a minimum of 20 hours over the three days of Winterim (January 4-6).
  • Application: Students will be required to complete an application identifying their host and anticipated activities.
  • Contract: The student, parent/guardian, and host will sign a contract indicating they understand the expectations for the Winterim internship.

winterim internship overview and host expectations

WINTERIM INTERNSHIP APPLICATION

WINTERIM INTERNSHIP CONTRACT


 

KARI CLARK

Winterim Internship Coordinator
Office Hours: M,W,F | 7:45am-3:45pm 
For any questions about Winterim, please contact KARICLARK@FBAEAGLES.ORG.