Programs
PolySummer 2017

Fourth Grade

List of 121 items.

  • A Day at the Opera 3-6

    Faculty: Alice Lyons
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    Without even knowing it, children encounter opera all the time in cartoons and commercials. Yet few get the chance to explore the world of opera in more depth. From Aida to die Zauberflote, we'll discover the music, stories, and performances of famous operas. Students will hear famous arias and overtures, learn the plots of different operas, and watch recordings of operas from around the world.
  • After Hours Care K-8

    Grades: K-8
    Duration: 4 pm to 6 pm /Session 1 and 2
    Cost: $150
  • All Hands on Deck! Critical Thinking and Survival Skills 3-4

    Faculty: Julita Penido
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks / Session 1 and 2
    Periods: D
    Cost: $260
    Did you know that you can make a compass using a magnet and paperclips? Or open a tin can without a can opener? Do you know how to identify a raccoon paw print from a skunk's? All Hands on Deck! is a class that steps outside the pervasive technological landscape to help young learners hone fine motor, critical thinking, and survival skills. Each day, students will be faced with a new task in which they will have nothing but their own knowledge, newly acquired critical thinking skills and group collaboration efforts to help reach an end goal. Along the way they will develop self-confidence, independence, and an increased awareness of their surroundings while learning how to engage with the world in new, exciting and practical ways. Among other activities, students will be building, braiding, cultivating, fixing, foraging, navigating, orienteering and tinkering, all while learning practical and gratifying new skills to navigate life’s twists and turns more thoughtfully, gracefully and thoroughly.
  • All Things Hamilton Musical Theater

    Faculty: Kay Bowen
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    This class students will sing and dance daily and will learn different songs and movement for their "Broadway Review" featuring a song from our rehearsal each day. The culmination will be a performance of a selected piece for family and friends.
  • Aloha, Ukelele! Aloha, Songwriting! 3-6

    Faculty: Amy Hwang
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    From beachy, breezy island jams to Somewhere over the Rainbow, children learn to master the chords, build fun repertoire, and eventually play new songs on their own. In small group and individual settings, children will also learn to write lyrics, compose melodies, and become fabulous songwriters using their Ukulele skills. Bring your ukulele and play along!
  • Animal Science 101

    Facutly: Liz Kim
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D or E
    Cost: $260

    Do you love animals? Do you dream of working with animals someday? In this course students will become a zoologist and explore the diversity of animal kingdom and discipline of zoology which includes the study of the behavior, ecology, and biology of animals. Students will engage in zoology activities by studying animal models, perform dissection, and have live animal encounters. Students will be given opportunities to explore the world of animal communication and learn about animal senses. Students gain a solid understanding of anatomy through laboratory dissections ranging from owl pellet to cow eye. They become familiar with taxonomy and how scientists classify animals into different groups. As students progress through the course, they will research and discuss topics including animal behavior, environmental adaptation, husbandry and domestication, and the human impact on animal life—including habitat destruction and species extinction. In lab work and in the field, science will be put into practice: students will learn to formulate research questions, gather and analyze data, and interpret results.
  • Basketball Camp

    Faculty: Brad Hall
    Grades 2-7
    Duration: June 12-16
    Time: 1 to 4 p.m. (Note: This class takes place prior to the regular summer session.)
    Cost: $200
    Basketball Camp is specifically designed for players who want to have fun and improve their skills in basketball. We will have daily contests and games. All activities will take place in the gym. Camp will stress basic individual offensive skills and all campers will be taught the proper way to shoot a basketball. Camp will include instruction in passing, ball handling, and scoring moves. We will play full court games every day.
     
  • Basketball Fun 3-5

    Faculty:  Brad Hall (Session 1) and Reggie Hunt (Session 2)
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2 
    Periods: E
    Cost: $260
    This basketball activity class focuses on having fun while learning the basic skills of basketball. A large portion of each class will be spent competing in contests and playing fun basketball games.


  • Basketball Fun 4-6

    Faculty: Brad Hall (Session 1) and Reggie Hunt (Session 2)
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $260
    This basketball activity class focuses on having fun while learning the basic skills of basketball. A large portion of each class will be spent competing in contests and playing fun basketball games.
  • Batters Up! - Baseball Clinic 3-7

    Faculty: Joe Cotti
    Grades: 3-7
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $260
    Do you want to hit the ball harder and more consistently? Do you want to be able to field ground balls and fly balls easier and with more confidence? Then this is the session for you. Open to boys and girls in grades 3 through 7 who want to improve and have more fun playing baseball or softball by improving their hitting and fielding. During this three week session we will improve the skill level through different drills and games.
  • Beginning Archery 4-6

    Faculty: Jeffrey Gin
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $260
    Cultivate your inner Robinhood, Merida or Katness Everdeen—join the adventure! Archery has a history dating back to the Stone Age.  Practiced in nearly all cultures of the world, references to archery appears in Greek and Roman mythology as well as more recently in books and movies. Anyone capable of understanding and following instructions can learn to shoot a bow.  In this 3 week course, students will be introduced to basic techniques of outdoor archery. The instruction will emphasize the care and use of equipment, range safety, stance and shooting techniques. This course is meant for beginners with no prior archery experience. All equipment will be provided and instruction will be given by a certified instructor. Come and experience the ancient sport of archery!
  • Beginning Spanish Language and Culture 3-5

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Periods: B
    Cost: $260
    This course will provide opportunities to review and practice basic communication skills through a variety of activities and materials. A virtual classroom Spanish program designed specifically for this age group will be used along with supporting hands-on activities such as games, songs, and storytelling. Hispanic cultures will be explored through special activities that support the language curriculum such as cooking, dancing and craft making.
  • Beginning Water Polo

    Faculty: Ryan Katsuyama and Joe Arredondo
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $260
    This class is designed to introduce students to the sport of water polo through various exercises and drills that will help develop their basic skills. Session 1 will focus on skill development while session 2 will incorporate team play and strategy (though session 2 only students may focus more of their time on skills developed in session 1). Prerequisite - students should be comfortable with basic swimming skills and be able to tread water for up to 5 minutes.
  • Board Gaming is More than Just Fun

    Faculty: Dante Barsotti
    Grades: 4-12
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    Research shows that board games can teach critical thinking skills as well as important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others. Board games can foster the ability to focus and lengthen one’s attention span and patience level. They can sharpen your logic, reasoning, and spatial abilities as well as improve manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Join us in exploring challenging strategy games such as Settlers of Catan, Axis and Allies, Illuminati and many more.
  • Books Lover’s Book Club

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    This is a class for students who love reading and what to talk about great books and spend time reading. In this class, we will talk about what makes a good book.  We will learn about great books from various genres. Including Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Classics, and non-fiction.  Students will have a chance to create book-logs, and learn about reading groups and award-winning titles. 
  • Boys' Lacrosse for Beginners 4-7

    Faculty: Jeff Yeom
    Grades: 4-7
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 2 only
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    This class is for students who have never played lacrosse before but want to try it or for those who have experience playing lacrosse and want to further improve their stick skills and understanding of the game. Students will learn and practice basic skills of ball handling, catching, throwing, scoring, and defense. Every participant will receive one-on-one instruction. Students will participate in a variety of drills, contests, and scrimmages each day. No experience is necessary, and this is a great way to have fun playing outside with friends while learning a new sport!
  • Bringing Books to Life - Little House in the Big Woods 3-4

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $260
    Students will read and explore what life was like for the Wilder family.  We will make butter and maple sugar candy.  Students will make corn husk dolls and use Calico fabrics to decorate journals that we will use to interact with this rich text.  Bringing books to life will instill a passion for reading and deepen students’ comprehension as they participate in hands-on activities.
  • Build a Village

    Faculty: Dante Barsotti
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $260
    If you designed the perfect city, what would it look like? Would it be filled with toy stores, sports stadiums, and playgrounds? What would you need to make it a wonderful place to live? Constructing buildings from boxes and found objects, students in this course will brainstorm what the perfect city needs then decide how the city should be designed. As they build, students will make decisions on land use, facilities and design.
  • Camp Cookies 4-5

    Faculty: Raleigh Young
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 Weeks/Session 1 Only
    Period(s): DE (2 period class)
    Cost: $520
    Are you Crazy for Cookies, Koo Koo for Cupcakes, or Mad for Muffins? Well, if you are...this is the class for you. We will feature and bake a new cookie, cupcake, or muffin daily. Our culinary adventures will be complemented with cookie, cupcake or muffin related stories and inspired art. By the end of the session we will publish our own Cookbook filled with artwork and baker's comments. Please note, if allergies are an issue, nuts and dairy products may be in some of the recipes.
  • Coding and Logic Games 2-4

    Faculty: Sarah Nua
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks / Session 2 only
    Period: D or E
    Cost: $260
    Explore the world of logic and code through fun, interactive challenges on the iPad. Students will put their brains to the test while solving puzzles, creating programs with block code, and thinking critically with engaging games such as Osmo and Puzzlets. Students learn to collaborate with others meaningfully, investigate different problem-solving techniques, and persist in the face of difficult tasks. This class is for beginners.
  • Coding for Kids 3-5

    Facutly: Marie Munoz
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period:F
    Cost: $260
    Coding is Cool is a course designed to teach students simple programming skills. Each student will learn how to use different programming tools to apply the basic fundamentals of making their own webpages, drawing with coding, and databases.
  • Computer Skills - Learning through BrainPop Jr. 2-4

    Faculty: Bordeaux Martin
    Grades 2-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Periods: B
    Cost: $260
    Students will learn and review basic research skills by playing games and completing various projects using the Pebble Go databases: animals, biographies and earth/space. Designed for emerging and practiced readers, this database provides visual search buttons, fully narrated text, audio and video clips, and citation support.
  • Computer Skills: Processing, Presentations, and Collaboration Tools 4-5

    Faculty: Mellisa Valdez
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260
    This exciting course will assist students in developing their research, processing and presentation skills using various types of media. Students will work with Microsoft Office’s Word and PowerPoint to create effective products of work. We will explore how to conduct basic searches for research and determine trustworthy sites. We will also discover online collaboration tools such as Padlet and Prezi to enhance presentation skills. This course will advance and showcase work skills that will help students succeed in the classroom all while having fun. Please note: This is not a keyboarding or typing class.
  • Creating Art with Your Smartphone

    Faculty: Michelle Feynman
    Grades 4-8
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Periods: D or E
    Cost: $260
    Are you smarter than a SLR camera? Calling all photographers grades 4-7! Bring your camera (SLR camera or any camera that allows manual settings is preferred) and learn the craft behind the fun. Students will learn the basics - how to upload photos and do minimal work in Photoshop while creating assignments designed to teach students to appreciate light, incorporate a point of view, take chances with composition, and experiment with techniques to stop/show motion.

    Sure, everyone can take pictures, but let's make sure yours are good!
  • Creative Crusaders 4-5

    Faculty: Tiffany LaBarbera
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    Designed to nurture the creative problem solver in your child, Creative Crusaders asks students to apply the skills they’ve learned throughout the school year to both practical problems and super silly scenarios.  Scientists will perform plays, athletes will build structures with moving parts and musicians will rewrite classic literature, all in the name of stretching their brains to creative capacity.  In three weeks, your Brain Crusader will learn the importance of independent and out-of-the box thinking as well as cooperation and collaboration firsthand, as they work in groups to achieve common goals. Sometimes spur-of-the-moment, sometimes prepared in-advance, but always having fun, Brain Crusaders are ready to explore the many different ways they can approach finding a solution.
  • Creative Writing

    Faculty: Katherine Warner
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Session 1
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    This foundational course in creative writing is geared toward students who love to let their imaginations take them to new places. Students will experiment with various forms of writing including short stories, poetry, and drama. The focus of the course will be creating short stories, where students will learn about character, dialogue, voice, style, and description in fiction. Class will involve group discussions, reading, and writing exercises. Students will work through the writing process and will practice peer review and editing. By the end of the course, students will emerge with several pieces of their own creative writing to take home, share, and perhaps publish! 
  • Critical Thinking 3-4

    Faculty: Suzie Arther
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: A or B
    Cost: $260
    Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Come join us as we work to understand the logical connections between ideas. Students will apply their math know-how to solve problems, communicate ideas and thinking process, evaluate solutions, and reflect on their problem solving process. Through literature, art, and puzzles we will stretch our basic understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and become critical thinkers!
  • Dance It Out

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    What better way to spend your summer than to "Dance it Out!" Dance it Out is a total body, high energy, cardio dance workout that is infused with 20 plus styles of dance including Hip Hop, Bollywood, Line Dancing, Disco, 80’s, Broadway, African, Irish, Hula, and so much more. Dance it Out is all about having fun, being active, and learning about different cultures and styles along the way. Each class we will learn new songs as well as practice other favorites. From the Japanese fishermen's dance to the pop music of today, each class will end with lots of smiling, sweaty faces!
  • Drawing Fun with Pastels 3-6

    Faculty: Patty Nelson and Rachel Venezia
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Sesion 1 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $260

    In this course, students will explore and develop their artistic side through the use of chalk pastels. They will learn drawing, blending and shading techniques to achieve life-like results. A variety of subject matter will be explored, from animals to landscapes and even animated characters.
  • Drummin' Summerin' 4-6

    Faculty: Amy Hwang
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    As American percussionist and musicologist Mickey Hart puts it “The Drum Circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves. To form group consciousness. To entertain and resonate. By entertainment, I mean that a new voice, a collective voice, emerges from the group as they drum together.” Within the learning of basic sequence of rhythms and meter, the music will be improvised and co-created by the students in the circle. Students will have access to variety of world drums such as djembes, ashikos, congas, bongos, frame drums, doumbeks, ipu gourds, tamborines, djun djuns, shakers, bells, and woodblocks. In this circle, the sounds, hearts, minds, and ears are one.
  • Enameling 2-5

    Faculty: Allan Schaefer
    Grades 2-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Periods: A or D 
    Cost: $260
    Copper enameling (melting glass on metal) is a fun class in which students will make small projects of amazing beauty out of sparkling colors of glass. Students will create small projects of animals and pendants for wearable art. Small plates will become the format for designing cloisonné animals, landscapes, or whatever their imagination can conjure. 
  • Exploration of Chinese 3 - 5

    Faculty: Mimi Chiu
    Grades 3 - 5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Periods: A period
    Cost: $260
    This introductory course is designed for 3rd - 5th graders who have had no or little prior exposure to Mandarin Chinese. We will learn speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through games, food, craft, songs and movies.
  • Explore the Worlds of Poetry 4-5

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $260

    Does Poetry make you say, “No way?”  Wait until you try writing poetry to music, or after you’ve created an artscape with items found in nature.  We will explore Dada, Shape Poetry, Color Poetry, and much more.  This class will have you saying, “Poetry?  Yes Please!”
  • Extreme Crafts and Costume Design 3-5

    Faculty: Maria Fleming
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Sesion 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $260
    Extreme Crafts are a giant step up and away from Fuse beads, pot holders and woven lanyards. We will make our own hula-hoops, summer " snow" globes, DIY "neon" signs, plaster masks, patriotic wreaths, jewelry making and other hands-on projects for those students who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get creative. 
  • Fems with Pens: Artistic Expression Through Words 2-5

    Faculty: Tatianna Massaro
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $260
    Fems with Pens is a writing club that empowers girls of all ages to grow into confident and fearless females.  The sooner girls learn the value and power of their voices, the faster they will want to put their pens to the paper and express themselves.  Through writing and art, girls find ways to better understand themselves, as well as to express their feelings, their dreams, and their hopes and goals for the future.  Girls are motivated to express themselves and create art with words with their favorite pen.
  • Football I

    Faculty: Antonio Harrison
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: C
    Cost: $260
    Students will be introduced to many facets of the game on an introductory to intermediate level. Students will start each day with a brief warm up and a motivational talk from the coach. Students will then work on individual skill development at both an offensive and defensive position. While the course will NOT be a full contact course, players will learn skills which can be translated into tackle football. The last part of practice will include 7 on 7 games, skill competitions and combine tests. The main goal of the course is to have fun and teach skills in a safe and supervised environment.
  • Fun with Geometry through Building

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2
    Periods: B
    Cost: $260
    Construction is a natural and hands-on way to learn about geometry.  Beginning with building simple geometric shapes, students will use a variety of materials such as paper, craft sticks, card board, and even candy, to develop an understanding of geometric properties.  Then, students will have fun constructing polyhedra, or solid figures with many faces, while learning to problem-solve and collaborate.
  • Games of All Sorts 3-5

    Faculty: Rob Mikels, and Jamie Bell
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration: 3 Weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: E
    Cost: $260
    In this course students will enjoy various games with their class mates. Students will play normal team sports such as soccer, basketball, football, softball, volleyball and more. In addition, students will play fun and exciting games like capture the flag, Ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee golf, kickball, team handball, and more. This class is geared for fun so come out and have a blast!
  • Girls’ Lacrosse for Beginners and Experienced Players

    Faculty: Emma Bracker (Session 1) and Jamie Bell (Session 2)
    Grades: 4-7
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    This class is for students who have never played lacrosse before but want to try it or for those who have experience playing lacrosse and want to further improve their stick skills and understanding of the game.  Students will learn and practice basic skills of ball handling, catching, throwing, scoring, and defense. Every participant will receive one-on-one instruction. Students will participate in a variety of drills, contests, and scrimmages each day. No experience is necessary, and this is a great way to have fun playing outside with friends while learning a new sport!
  • Graphic Organizers - The Ultimate Brain Strengthening Tool 3-5

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: B
    Cost: $260
    This class will focus on using graphic organizers to become a more effective thinker, writer, and life learner. Graphic organizers are powerful tools that can be used at all levels across many disciplines. We will focus our learning on the circle map (used to brainstorm topics), the bubble-map (for describing in detail), the double bubble map (to compare/contrast), the bridge-map (for analogies), the flow map (to sequence), the tree map (for categorizing) the multi-flow map (used to analyze cause-effect relationships), and the brace map (used to break a physical object into its components). Students will apply these organizers to topics of high interest making the learning process fun, informative, and educational.
  • Hand Built Ceramics

    Faculty: Tricia Marrs
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    Students will create a variety of hand built ceramics using slab, pinch, and coil methods. A variety of surface textures and glazing techniques will be explored and utilized. Projects for 2017 include leaf bowls, dragons, animals, flower vases, medallions, ocean beach scenes, Egyptian mummies, and objects of your choice. Students are asked to bring a back pack every day to ceramics class.
  • Handwriting

    Faculty: Christophe Boullonnois
    Grades: 1-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260

    Drawing and connecting letters allows children to better memorize words and phrases. The movement of the hand stimulates the muscles involved in writing as well as the process of thinking. Handwriting, especially with Cursive, structures thought and creativity in a way keyboard typing can't. The successive construction of letters and words is more fluid and allows children to remember words and bridge ideas. It is a proven fact that Cursive writing improves cognition.
    In this class, we will review the basics of Print writing and explore the beauty and importance of Cursive handwriting. The goal is to improve each student's hand-eye coordination, hand muscle building and, most importantly, allow them to construct words, phrases and sentences with beautiful penmanship.

    I invite you to read the New York Times and The Guardian articles on the importance of Cursive:

    The Benefits of Cursive Go Beyond Writing

    Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?
  • iDance 3-5

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: A
    Cost: $260
    This class offers the opportunity to learn jazz, hip hop, and ballet techniques using age-appropriate music. Students will increase coordination, strength, flexibility, and performance skills while learning fun dance routines.
  • Introduction to Indoor/Outdoor Volleyball 3-5

    Faculty: Jack Prater
    Grades 3-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2
    Periods: A
    Cost: $260
    Students will learn the physical skills, techniques, and strategies used in volleyball. Using a variety of drills and activities, students will practice the basic footwork and techniques used in both indoor and outdoor volleyball. They will practice passing, setting, hitting, blocking, and service skills, as well as basic offensive and defensive strategies. Students will learn the rules of play, service rotation, court coverage, and tandem play strategies in various game situations and scrimmages.
  • ISEE Test Prep 4-5

    Faculty: Julia DiCicco
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    This course is for students seeking admission to grades 5 and 6. We will be covering all aspects of the ISEE exam, which includes essay writing, reading comprehension, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning. Students will cover relevant material for test preparation, learn about study techniques, and take timed exams in-class.
  • Italian Adventure 3-5

    Faculty: Patrizia Zambetta 
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C 
    Cost: $260
    This class has been designed to learn Italian in an interesting and captivating way. The children will be involved in several activities depending on the topic they will study. They will learn both the basic Italian dictionary (parts of the body, food, numbers, clothing, etc.) and the basic structures of the Italian language (e.g; What’s your name? How old are you? Where are you from?) Moreover, they will be involved in several games (e.g: bingo, pantomime, the hanging man, Simon says) and they will listen to Italian songs. Depending on the school’s schedule, we will use the ‘video room’ and watch some interesting videos about the life of important Italian scientists and artists (Leonardo da Vinci) and what life in ancient Rome was like. Join in on a fun and educational class!
  • Journaling through Smash Books 4-5

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $260
    Students will love journaling when it involves artistic expression and creativity.  Each student will create her/his own Smash book where they will get to “SMASH” artifacts like photographs, movie or concert tickets, or sports ribbons in their book.  Each week will focus on a different theme.  Students will gain a love of journaling in this unique way that they will be able to carry on long after the class is over.
  • Junior Journalism 3-5

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    This just in! Poly Summer School is starting its very own summer newspaper. Students will learn the basics of writing a news article, along with interview skills, and revision and editing techniques to put together a summer newspaper. This class offers writers of all levels a chance to sharpen their writing skills over the summer in a fun, engaging way. Students will also get to take pictures and learn some basic concepts of newspaper design and layout.
  • Junior Journalism 4-6

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    This just in! Poly Summer School is starting its very own summer newspaper. Students will learn the basics of writing a news article, along with interview skills, and revision and editing techniques to put together a summer newspaper. This class offers writers of all levels a chance to sharpen their writing skills over the summer in a fun, engaging way. Students will also get to take pictures and learn some basic concepts of newspaper design and layout.
  • Keyboarding

    Faculty: Linda Breen
    Grades: 3-12
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2
    Periods: B, C, D, E, or F
    Cost: $260
    In this course, students will learn keyboarding, the gateway to using technology and computers. Students will have fun while learning the basics and increasing their skill level from intermediate to expert. The class will combine games, contests, music, and exercises with basic skill, increasing workouts to increase students' accuracy, competence, and speed. By the end of the class, students should be able to use word processing for stories, compositions, reports and homework. A variety of keyboarding programs and games will be used. The class size does provide for individualized instruction. Keyboarding is essential to successful computer use, and this class is a great opportunity to gain these skills. This course can be taken as a continuation of any of the Keyboarding classes from the first session of summer school. Students who do so will pick up where they left off in the previous Keyboarding course. 
  • Knit One, Purl One: Beginning Knitting

    Faculty: Rachel Countryman
    Grades: 3-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $260
    Cool, cozy, and creative, knitting is a great skill, a life-long hobby, and a fun way to keep your hands busy while watching TV, at sporting events, and during long car and plane rides. In the process of creating one or more knitting projects to take home, each student will learn basic knitting terminology, casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, simple ribbing, and binding off. Students will be able to choose from a variety of projects including headbands, cowls, mini purses, scarves, hats, and others. All supplies will be provided.
  • Learning Spanish through Fun Apps & More 3-6

    Faculty: Marcela vonBreymann
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $260
    Students will be able to expand their Spanish vocabulary, develop their grammar skills, and learn cultural facts about Spanish-speaking countries through a variety of fun computer programs and apps, as well as through interactive games and animated stories on the smart board. Open to students of all levels, as each student advances as his/her own pace.
  • Learning to Play Chess - Beginner

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grade 3-7
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $260
    This class will teach beginner players how to play chess and to better acquaint them with this great game. Students will learn about the pieces, their movements, and basic strategies. There will be many opportunities for games against fellow players, as well as chess puzzles to help students become better players. As their knowledge of chess improves, they will learn more complex beginning, middle and end game tactics. Fun variations of the game, such as speed chess and team chess, will also be explored.
  • Learning to Play Chess - Intermediate

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grade 3-7
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $260
    This class will teach an intermediate level of chess and allow players to become better acquainted with this great game. Students will be briefly re-introduced to the basic game but will quickly move on to more complex beginning, middle and end game tactics. Fun variations of the game, such as speed chess and team chess, will also be provided. There will be many opportunities for games against fellow players, as well as chess puzzles to help students become better players.
  • Math Facts Boot Camp 4

    Math Facts Boot Camp 4
    Faculty: Kara Ramirez
    Grades: 4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: A
    Cost: $260
    Math facts bootcamp is a course designed to practice and master multiplication and division facts. Students engage in a variety of activities, games, drills, oral and written practice to develop fluency. This course is suitable for both fourth and fifth grade students seeking to improve their math fact recall.
  • Math Games for Problem Solving 3-4

    Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2
    Periods: C or D
    Cost: $260
    Students will use interactive hands-on math games, solve problems of the day and share their mathematical thinking. Students will build upon skills like problem solving, number sense, visual and spatial reasoning as well as logical reasoning skills. The class will have fun with tangrams, unifix cubes, cuisenaire rods and many other puzzles and games!
  • Meaning Makers Reading Comprehension Class 4-5

    Faculty: Kathy Ford
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: A
    Cost: $260
    In this course, students will focus on making meaning while they read.
    Each day, they will engage in a variety of oral and written language activities targeting skills that support reading comprehension. They will also receive direct instruction in essential reading comprehension skills and apply that knowledge to the interpretation of various text features, forms, and genres.
  • Memory and Logic Development through Games 3-5

    Faculty: Katherine Warner
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $260
    Boost memory skills and strategic thinking through fun, interactive games. Learn about the amazing human brain and train your mind to have better memory recall and reasoning while having fun!
  • Minecraft for Beginners 3-5

    Faculty: Sarah Nua
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B or C
    Cost: $260
    If you're interested in learning and exploring the world of Minecraft, this is the class for you! We will learn the basics while we work to accomplish various missions (in the creative mode) assigned by the teacher. Students are encouraged to collaborate and share in the experience as they move through each challenge. Even if you know a little about Minecraft already, this is a great chance for you to meet and get to know other Minecrafters as you enjoy playing in the same world and the same room!
  • Multiplication & Division Boot Camp

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grades 2-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $260
    In this class, the students will learn how to memorize their basic math facts to prepare them for upper-grade math. The students will be taught concept lessons, play games, and do work sheets and timed-test to chart their progress.
  • Musical Theater - All Things Hamilton 3-6

    Faculty: Kay Bowen
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    This class students will sing and dance daily and will learn different songs and movement for their "Broadway Review" featuring a song from our rehearsal each day. The culmination will be a performance of a selected piece for family and friends.
  • Musical Theater - Cinderella 2-4

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill & Lisa Joffrey
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    Calling all young actors for a mini musical production of “Cinderella”. Over the three week course this elementary school ensemble will rehearse acting, choreography, and singing to tell the story of this classic tale.There are great roles for boys and girls and the show includes some wonderful production numbers! With simple costuming and choreography you are certain to develop as a young performer and make some great new friends in the process. This class is directed by Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey. At the end of the three weeks parents and friends will be invited to see our culminating performance during the final class.
  • Musical Theater - Seussical 4-7

    Facutly: Jean Gaskill & Lisa Joffrey
    Grades: 4-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: B-D (3 period class)
    Cost: $780
    Calling all young musical theater lovers for this musical production of Seussical. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant! This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities in terms of set design, lighting and costuming and can easily accommodate a large cast. This year we will spend 3 weeks rehearsing the musical and during our 3 periods a day we will incorporate scenic painting and stage make up along side singing, acting and choreography. Friends and family will be invited to the final performances which will take place on the Thursday evening of week 6 and Friday during class time.
  • Musical Theater - Sleeping Beauty 2-4

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill & Lisa Joffrey
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $260

    Calling all young actors for a mini musical production of “Sleeping Beauty”. Over the three week course this elementary school ensemble will rehearse acting, choreography, and singing to tell the story of this classic tale.There are great roles for boys and girls and the show includes some wonderful production numbers! With simple costuming and choreography you are certain to develop as a young performer and make some great new friends in the process. This class is directed by Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey. At the end of the three weeks parents and friends will be invited to see our culminating performance during the final class.
  • Musical Theater - Willy Wonka

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill & Lisa Joffrey
    Grades: 4-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B-D
    Cost: $780
    Calling all young musical theater lovers for this musical production of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka. The story follows the enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences. This musical features songs from the 1971 movie version starring Gene Wilder as well as new songs too. This year we will spend 3 weeks rehearsing the musical and during our 3 periods a day we will incorporate scenic painting and stage make up along side singing, acting and choreography. Friends and family will be invited to the final performances which will take place on the Thursday evening of week 3 and Friday during class time.
  • Our planet, Our home 3-4

    Faculty: Veronica Covarrubias
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration/ Sessions: Session 2 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $260
    Students will have the opportunity to explore the concept of conservation by teaching it to extra-terrestrials that have just landed and don't quite understand the concept. They students will take their visitors on an expedition through the Americas to show these friendly aliens about habitats, foods, and scenes from the wide plains to the rainforest jungles to the Andes mountains while teaching them about the earth and nature. The students will work together to protect endangered species and learn ways to live on earth sustainably.
  • Painting Fun with Watercolors 3-5

    Faculty: Patty Nelson & Rachel Venezia
    Grades 3-5
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    Students will explore the basics of watercolor: choosing the right brushes, paint and paper, mixing colors and learning about the different types of washes. Students will create several finished paintings from a variety of subject matter while learning and increasing their confidence in this medium.
  • Painting with Picasso and Friends 2-5

    Faculty: Tricia Marrs
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D or E
    Cost: $260
    "Painting with Picasso and Friends" is a class where students will learn about the style and techniques of important international artists while painting and drawing in the manner of these famous artists from around the world. Each day students will create a piece of art in the style of a different artist. ""Who is Claude Monet?" Students will learn about the personal history of the artists and what inspired them to create in their unique style. Students will be using water color, tempera paint, oil pastels, chalk, acrylic, colored sand and collage materials to create art work in the style of Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, Rousseau, Calder, O'Keeffe, Jim Dine, George Rodrigue, Franz Marc, Jasper Johns, Brian Wildsmith, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Japanese brush painting, and Native American sand painting. Students are asked to bring a backpack every day to Painting with Picasso and Friends art class.
  • Painting, Silk Screen & Collage

    Faculty: Jamie Barry
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or Session 2
    Period(s): B or D
    Cost: $260
    In this class, students will be introduced to basic drawing and painting concepts, such as perspective, composition, and color through a variety of different painting mediums. The goal of the class is to encourage students to take inspiration from a wide variety of different artists and cultures. Students will learn skills such as perspective, shading, and composition, as well as lessons in painting including shading techniques and layering. Students will also delve into acrylic projects, Japanese, and Western-style water prints (marbleized paper) and silk paintings.
  • Paper Mache Sculpture Grades 3-8

    Faculty: Leah Bieltvedt
    Grades: 3-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    In this class students will experience the hands-on, messy, tactile world of paper mache. Students will sculpt animals, imaginary creatures, pretend foods, and other fantastic objects through the process of creating a base, covering it with newspaper dipped in paper mache paste ( the messy, fun part) and finishing with a dazzling array of paint and colors.
  • Parodies and Music Videos 3-5

    Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $260
    Do you ever find yourself humming to your favorite songs and making up your own words? Have you ever wanted to star in your own music video? Well, now we can make that a reality! You'll be able to write your own parodies and direct and star in your own music video using an iPad! No need to be tech savvy, you just need to bring your creativity and love of music. Every week, you will choose a tune, write your own lyrics, plan for and/or create your own props, and create your own music video! You can be a solo artist, a duo, or a group - it's your choice! Join this class, and make yourself a STAR!
  • Ping Pong and Hacky Sack 3-6

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    Join us for an hour of action packed exercise and fun! Ping pong is an excellent way to hone your hand-eye coordination and hacky sack is an effective way to improve your foot-eye coordination. If you are a tennis or soccer player this class is a great choice to keep your skills sharp during the summer.
  • Playing with Nature’s Blocks – Temporary Public Sculpture

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grades: 3-9
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $260
    This class will explore the exciting ways sculpture is affected by the outdoors. Art experiments will be made in the physical landscape, which will in turn take effect on the sculptural objects themselves. Working independently and in groups, students will develop temporary, non-intrusive public sculptures in a variety of materials on the Poly campus and explore ideas of non-permanence in relation to art making and creativity. How is a pile of fallen leaves like a sculpture? How long does it last? Historical examples of artworks made in the landscape will be introduced and reacted to through new creations in the courtyards, lawns and public spaces of the school. Some sculptures will lasts for one minute, some for a day, a week and more. Students will observe, record and consider changes taking place to their installed artworks due to environmental factors like weather, sprinkler systems, and community interaction. This class will provide the campus with many intimate and expansive public artworks, which will enliven the school grounds. Students will gain a greater sensitivity for their surroundings and respect for the environment in the process.
  • Poly Coding Club - Javascript 3-5

    Faculty: Derek Weisel
    Grade: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 & 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $260
    The course provides an introduction to JavaScript programming language. (NOTE:This course is on JavaScript and is a completely different then the programming language named Java.) In this class you’ll begin to learn to program with JavaScript, the language of the Web. JavaScript is a great programming language to learn because it’s used everywhere. Web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer all use JavaScript. In this course you’ll build up your knowledge of JavaScript gradually, starting with JavaScript’s simple data types, before moving onto complex types, control structures, and functions.

    Note: This is a 3-week course that repeats in the second session and cannot be taken twice.  Students interested in an additional three-week experience should consider enrolling in the Poly Coding Club – Python.

  • Poly Coding Club - Python 3-5

    Faculty: Derek Weisel:
    Grade: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 & 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    The course provides an introduction to Python programming language. Python is an easy-to-learn programming language that has great features for a beginning programmer. The code is easy to read compared to many other programming languages, and the programs run in an interactive shell that is fun to experiment with. Students will use Python to learn fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, and conditional statements. Using Python, students will begin to learn how to use math and computer code to think creatively.

    Note: This is a 3-week course that repeats in the second session and cannot be taken twice. Students interested in an additional three week experience should consider enrolling in the Poly Coding Club – JavaScript
  • Poly Globetrotters: Exploring World Geography & Cultures 3-6

    Faculty: Marcela vonBreymann
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    Children will widen their world-view by learning about different cultures in the seven continents and by sharpening their geography skills. The students will utilize two major educational resource databases that are available through the Poly Library: CultureGrams and Maps101, which provide a variety of media such as fun facts buttons, audio and video clips, interactive maps, geography games, stories, and animations. The students will also have the chance to explore the lives of children around the world and their families, through the award-winning educational video series “Families of the World” by Arden Media LLC.
  • Poly Science Academy - Engineers at Play 3-4

    Faculty: Annie Young
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2
    Period: B or C
    Cost: $260
    Engineers at Play is a class that focuses on figuring out the laws that govern the physical world that surrounds us through hands-on activities. Through engineering design activities, students will create their own knowledge of scientific principles through active manipulation and testing of materials and ideas. This class is designed to help students with science concepts related to heat, energy, and propulsion, as well as to teach them the basics of engineering design through play. Students will gain an understanding that engineers are people who design solutions to problems.
  • Poly Science Academy - Exploring Science through Experiments 3-4

    Faculty: Nishat Alikhan
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D or F
    Cost: $260
    This class provides students a hands-on opportunity to engage in different types of experiments that span the physical, chemical, and life sciences. Active participation will enhance their acquisition of knowledge of the basic sciences. In addition to experiments, students will also learn to compose science journal entries and carefully follow written instructions.

    This course may be repeated as Session 2 will have different content from Session 1.
  • Poly Science Academy - Introduction to Space Exploration

    Faculty: Jack Prater
    Grades 3-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Session 1 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    In this class, students will learn about the outer world around them and explore it with the Southern California space science community. Students will explore the basics of space exploration. They will study basic space science to learn what, why, and how scientists explore space. Students will engage in hands-on experiments to understand the basic physics and engineering of getting to space. Guests from the Southern California space science community will discuss basic tools used in everyday space exploration.
  • Poly Science Academy - Robotics 4-5

    Faculty: Lauren Pinto & Michael Minto
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A or B
    Cost: $260
    Lego Mindstorms are programmable sensors and motors that young students can assemble into a range of lego robots. These robots are then programmed to carry out a variety of tasks. In the process of doing so, this fun and interactive course teaches our young engineers a wide range of skills from programing and a better intuitive understanding of basic physics, to problem solving techniques and collaborative teamwork. This class is designed for students with little to no experience with the Lego Mindstorm system. Students may elect to continue this course in the second session and build upon their experience.


  • Poly Summer Swim 3-6

    Faculty: Steve Bergen and Katharine Warner
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: D
    Cost: $260
    This swim class is offered by Steve Bergen, the coach for the Altadena Country Club’s champion Dolphin Swim Team. The class will expose your child to a non-competitive swim team program in a fun and playful atmosphere. Student’s stamina and swimming ability will consistently improve over the three weeks of the course. Besides a swim team type workout, the students will participate in relays and other aquatic fun designed to enhance their love for swimming.
  • PolyFiddlers! 3-6

    Faculty: Nikkia Cox
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    Prerequisite: Student must be able to play a D Major 1 octave scale in tune with full bows
    Materials: Student must supply violin, bow & rosin and bring a pencil to each class

    Calling all Violinists and Fiddlers! This course will explore fiddle tunes from around the world and give students an understanding of stylistic fiddle techniques. Students will also learn shuffles for starting and ending tunes, back-up techniques, jamming etiquette, and stage presence/performance. The course will culminate in a student performance of the fiddle tunes learned during the session! Summer is a great time to grow your musical abilities, learn a new style of playing, or experience the thrill of collaboration with other players in a positive and challenging setting. Participating in this course will also help eliminate the need to spend time at the beginning of the school year doing catch-up work. Each week new fiddle tunes will be covered, so students who enroll for both sessions will be learning new material.
  • Portrait and Landscape Collage 2-4

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks / Session 1 and 2
    Periods: C
    Cost: $260
    Students will engage in the relaxing art of collage, creating magnificent landscapes and portraits, using various types of cut and torn paper. You will be amazed at the heirloom quality art your child will be able to create. Fun, easy, unique, and gorgeous!
  • Print Making

    Faculty: Jamie Barry
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or Session 2
    Period(s): C or E
    Cost: $260
    In this class, students will be introduced to different types of printmaking by making art projects, including silk screening, collographs, styrofoam prints, and femo clay beads.
  • PSA - Creative Deconstruction 4-6

    Faculty: Susie Kim
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D or F
    Cost: $260
    If you like to take things apart because you are curious about how objects are put together, this is the course for you! In Creative Deconstruction, students have the opportunity to dissect toys, electronic devices, and other appliances that will enable them to understand how various gadgets are constructed. Students will learn the basics of electronic circuitry, polymers, and mechanics. The ultimate goal is for students to be able to reconstruct the objects back to their original working conditions!
  • Quidditch for the Muggle-Born 4-7

    Faculty: Elle Wong
    Grade: 4-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $260
    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to play Quidditch? Do you actually fly on brooms? How does the snitch work? Do you wear capes? Well, now is your chance to learn all about it! In this class you will learn the origins of Muggle Quidditch and how to play it: how to ride a broom, how to score, how to catch the ever elusive snitch and so much more! (You will also get the chance to make your very own broom!) You will learn how each position works: chaser, beater, keeper, and seeker and will get a chance to try all of them in scrimmages every day. So bring your Nimbus 2000 and come learn the sport of the Magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Brooms up!
  • Rational Numbers 4-6

    Faculty: Roberto Alvarez
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $260
    In this course, students will work on improving their computation and problem solving skills. Students will explore a variety of methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. The curriculum will incorporate games, activities, drills, and test skills to expose the students to the different ways in which they may interact with the concepts Each class will end with a math journal writing to emphasize the importance of communication in learning mathematics. This course is designed for advanced students entering fourth grade, and for students preparing to enter fifth grade. The class may be appropriate for students struggling with math entering sixth grade.
  • Ready, Set, Go! Speed, Coordination and Performance Clinic 1-4

    Faculty: Joe Cotti
    Grades: 1-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    Do you want to improve your speed, coordination and performance on the athletic field? Then this is the session for you. Open to boys and girls in grades 1-4 who want to have fun and improve their athletic sports performance. This session will prepare you for the unique demands of your sport. Defining moments in sports occur at full speed in a chaotic and unpredictable environment. We will teach agility, change in direction and more through fun individual and team exercises.
  • Saw it, Pinned it, Made it! 4-8

    Faculty: Bobbie Jo Dobbs & Lily Harris
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: D
    Cost: $260
    Try something new this summer and let your child express his or her creativity in a series of "do-it-yourself" pinterest class. Making fun DIY projects is a wonderufl adventure into the world of arts and crafts! It's not a class where we create perfect projects every time or limit ourselves to just what it says in the intstructions. It's a class where we make mistakes, laugh out loud, get creative and make some really cool projects! Discover how much fun creating DIY projects can be!
  • Say “Hello” in Korean 3-6

    Faculty: Amy Hwang
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    This introductory course is designed for those who have little to no prior experience in Korean. Students will learn basic speaking and writing skills through games, craft, songs, and movies (and snacks!).
  • Sentence Diagramming for Kids 4-6

    Faculty: Alice Lyons
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    In this class, students will get to know their language like never before! Students will play games, draw pictures, and act out stories in an active approach to learning grammar. Our focus will be on the art of diagramming sentences, breaking sentences down into pieces so that every word plays its part. Starting with simple sentences and moving on to the puzzles of long paragraphs, students will gain a lifelong skill while also having a great time.
  • Sew Like you Mean It- Hand Sewn Animal Masks

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260
    In this fun and creative class, students will learn essential hand sewing techniques as they design, customize and hand-sew their own wearable animal mask! Together we'll practice pinning and cutting, stitching and embellishing, as we create expressive animal faces from fabric, thread, and trimmings. Daily teacher demonstrations and personal guided instruction are designed to develop eye-hand coordination, patience and accuracy, and a sense of accomplishment, while completing a fun sewn project. The skills & concepts learned in this class create a solid foundation for progressing to machine sewing.
  • Shakespeare for kids! 4-6

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2
    Periods: D
    Cost: $260
    Knowing some Shakespeare early in life provides immeasurable benefits. In this class, students will explore the beauty, wisdom, and humor of some of the finest writing in history. Students will be introduced to the Bard by learning to read and memorize accessible passages, while adding dramatic flair and building reading fluency. Together, we will delve a bit into the historical context and do creative arts to accompany some of the verses. Reciting passages from Shakespeare will increase your child’s confidence level, verbal ability, and understanding of our rich literary history, all while having fun in a warm, friendly environment. Please note that while we will emphasize expressiveness and encourage physical movement, this is not a drama or theatre class.
  • Skills and Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension 4-8

    Faculty: Tatianna Massaro
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    Students learn how to increase their speed of reading while also improving their retention of the information read. Students will learn how to approach both fiction and nonfiction in a manner that enables them to organize the content in their minds for improved comprehension. These skills and strategies will enable students to complete homework assignments faster and with better accuracy, as well as be able to remember reading content with more precise detail.
  • Soccer Camp

    Faculty: Doug Jolly
    Grades: 2-8
    Duration/ Session: Poly Summer Sports Camp June 12-16
    Time: 9 - noon
    Cost: $200
    Come join us for an exciting, educational, fun week of soccer. Whether students have never played soccer before or are experienced team players, they will have a place at Poly’s week-long soccer camp. Through skills training, small-sided games, futsal and much more, each player will get individualized attention in an effort to develop touch, confidence, and game sense. Poly’s own varsity coach Pat Gray and his staff will share their expertise in working with kids of all ages and ultimately, hope to instill a love for the game of soccer in every child they work with. Each participant will receive a soccer ball and t-shirt.
  • Soccer Fundamentals 2-5

    Faculty: Doug Jolly
    Grades 2-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Periods: B
    Cost: $260
    This class offers students an opportunity to enjoy soccer and develop their skills at the same time. Students can improve their skills in dribbling, shooting, passing, and defending in a positive and fun environment. Each day will include a chance to play games and learn from experienced coaches. Students should bring their own cleats and shin guards; water, soccer balls, and a fun time will be provided!
  • Sports of All Sorts 3-5

    Faculty: Rob Mikels and Jamie Bell
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Periods: D
    Cost: $260
    This course is great for any sport enthusiast who is looking to improve his or her skills, work hard, make new friends and have fun! The goal of this course is to provide students with tools to improve and enjoy sports for life. Sports of All Sorts will focus on a variety of popular athletic skills and is perfect for the student who enjoys being outside and participating in sports.  Students will receive daily instruction emphasizing one sport per week. 
  • STEAM Thinkers 3-4

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister (Session 1) & Jamie Tibajia (Session 2)
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260

    Come join the STEAM Team and get ready to have some fun! By the end of this 3-week course, students will have worked collaboratively on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) tasks to develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Tasks are hands-on, require teamwork, and allow opportunities for creativity and reasoning. Students will leave the course with an inspiration to try new things and think beyond what has already been done. Full STEAM ahead!
  • Summer Clay 2-4

    Faculty: Tricia Marrs
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A or B
    Cost: $260
    Students will create a variety of handbuilt ceramics using slab, pinch, and coil methods. A variety of surface textures and glazing techniques will be explored and utilized. Students will glaze their creations before kiln firing. Projects for 2017 Summer Clay include bowls, pinch pot baskets, animals, dogs, dinosaurs, tile trivet, votive candle holder, and more. Students are asked to bring a backpack each day to Summer Clay class.
  • Summer DIY Stationery 4-8

    Faculty: Amy Hwang
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: F
    Cost: $260
    Have you ever bought a really cute birthday card you thought you could probably make yourself? Have you ever stared at a mass stack of thank-you cards that all looked the same? Have you ever wanted to deliver a special, heartfelt note to your loved one who lives miles away? Then this class is for you! We will work on various DIY stationery projects that will make you want to write a letter with your own unique touch. Why? Because a hand-written letter in the mail beats a text message or an email, every time.
  • Summer Sing! Grades 1-4

    Faculty: Amy Hwang
    Grades: 1-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $260
    You got a voice to talk, mimic different sounds, cry, laugh, sometimes even yell? Come join the Summer Choir and use your precious voice to sing with new friends! In this Choir, all voices are welcome. Our theme of Summer 2017 is “Children’s Songs Around the World.” Children will learn to sing properly and beautifully and have so much fun exploring different countries through songs, instruments, dances, and games. Not to mention, some songs we will sing in their original language! There are so many researched and proved benefits of group singing, it is difficult to list them in this limited space. For your information, here are a couple articles out of thousands:

    https://www.chorusamerica.org/publications/research-reports/chorus-impact-study

    http://www.cmuse.org/psychological-and-physical-benefits-of-choral-singing/
  • Sweet, Sweet, Summer - Culinary and Pastry Skills

    Faculty: Maria Fleming & Remi Silva
    Grades 4-8
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2
    Period: E or F 
    Cost: $260
    In this course students will learn dessert inspired culinary skills by preparing delicious microwave cakes and pies. We will feast on the yummiest homemade ice creams, sorbets and Popsicles made right in the classroom. Love anything chocolate? We will be melting, pouring and molding unique chocolate-lollipops and novelty candies perfect for your summertime taste buds for delectable treats.
  • Swim, Swim, Swim!

    Faculty: Charlene Beerman, Rob Mikels, Elizabeth Shdo & Heather Sweet
    Grades 1-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Periods: A, B, or C
    Cost: $260
    The goal of this class is to have fun and gain a love of swimming. Students will be put into groups according to their ability; some students are learning to swim while others will be improving technique and learning new strokes. Daily, students will do a warm-up activity, a swim lesson, and finish the class with free time to play or practice new skills. Swimsuit, towel, and shoes are necessary.
  • Teddy Bears 2-4

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grades 2-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks /Sessions 1 and 2 
    Periods: D
    Cost: $260
    Who needs Build-a-Bear when you can sew your own? In this class, we will sew our own teddy bears! We will follow a sewing pattern and put our bears together by hand, with fabric, needle and thread. We will even design and sew some clothes for our bears. While we're sewing, write our own stories inspired by our creations. At the end of the course, we will take home our teddy bears to proudly share and treasure!
  • Tennis Challengers, Intermediate 4-8

    Faculty: Sheryl Bon (Session 1) and Jeff Yeom (Session 2)
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration: 3 weeks/Session 1 and Session 2
    Periods: B
    Cost: $260
    Challengers are the second level tournaments at the professional tennis level. You'll engage in high level, yet fun and effective drills, games, and point-situations that help you become a more well-rounded player. You'll work on your agility and fitness, while working on your strokes and rally execution. You'll become more comfortable with net play and variety shots. You will get to challenge one another in mini match play experiences. This hour will be jam packed with the most efficient work that will take your game to the next level. You'll see how much more you'll love tennis after you're through with this entire session!
  • Tennis Futures, Beginners 4-8

    Faculty: Sheryl Bon (Session1) and Jeff Yeom (Session 2)
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2
    Periods: A
    Cost: $260
    Futures are the first level tournaments at the professional tennis level. Even though you may be starting out, you'll already be introduced to quality tennis technique, skills, drills, and knowledge from day one. You'll have fun, while developing your tennis savvy in an efficient and effective way. You'll progressively build a solid foundation each day and engage in standard game play. Of course, plenty of fun team games that incorporate everything you learn each day will be thrown into the mix, to solidify how a skill is incorporated in real point situations. Don't be surprised when you realize how well you know how to play and keep score of a full set by the end of this class session!
  • The Art of French Cooking

    Faculty: Christophe Boullonnios
    Grades: 3-7
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C or F
    Cost: $260
    From authentic French to California-French fusion, discover a large variety of simple and healthy recipes concocted from age-old Bordeaux recipes. A variety of lunch, dinner and dessert options will be made available to suit every taste. Students will learn how to appreciate new flavors, develop their imagination and their palates to spur creativity through food. They will develop their recipe collection to share with their loved ones and enjoy the pleasures and satisfaction of a homemade French-inspired meal.
  • The Reluctant Reader 4-6

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow
    Grades 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $260
    This class is for students who “Hate to Read” students who consistently start but do not finish books and students who have difficulty finding reading material that they enjoy. The goal of this class is to help reluctant readers develop the skills to find books that they would like to read, and finishing books. This class will look at various types of reading material including: Newspapers, E books, Audio books, websites, short stories and fiction books. We will also look at various authors that will appeal to reluctant readers. Through games, class discussion, and one on one time with the teachers, students will understand their reluctance to read, and develop skills that will ultimately support their consistent reading.
  • The Structure of Writing 3-4

    Faculty: Marie Munoz
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 6 weeks
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $520
    This course is designed to teach students how to construct a well-written paragraph. By teaching children early on that an essay is built up around paragraphs, they will have a great foundation for clear and organized writing. Students will learn that a paragraph is a series of sentences that are organized, coherent and related to a single topic. This course is designed around two genres: informational and persuasive writing. The student’s writing skills and technology will come together in an exciting way so they can proudly share their stories!
  • The Wonderful World of Lanyard Making 2-5

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $260
    Are you interested in learning the art of Lanyard making? Come join us in this exciting new summer class where we will start at the basic stitches and discover how those simple weaves can transform into incredible creations! We will learn how to add and subtract stitches, weave with beads and even come up with patterns never before seen, the only limit is your creativity. No experience needed.
  • Theater Games 4-7

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill
    Grades: 4-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260
    Come and join this active class and develop your sense of play, storytelling, performance, and comic timing. By learning to improvise you will develop your imagination and intuition even more than before. Not only will you have an entertaining time, but these skills are also useful in every aspect of learning and life. You will be quick to think and play, and you will learn to expect the unexpected!
  • Theatre Games 2-4

    Faculty: Mary Mather
    Grades: 2-4
    Session/Duration: 3 weeks/ Sessions 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    Come and join this active class and develop your sense of play, storytelling, performance, and comic timing. By learning to improvise you will develop your imagination and intuition even more than before. Not only will you have an entertaining time, but these skills are also useful in every aspect of learning and life. You will be quick to think and play, and you will learn to expect the unexpected!
  • Theatrical & Fantasy Make-Up Design

    Faculty: Lisa Joffrey
    Grades: 3-8
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks / Session 1 and 2
    Periods: F
    Cost: $260
    Turn into a Zombie or Dracula! How about being a Kabuki or Opera star? Everyday we will create new characters to bring to life in this exciting design class.
  • Tinkercard + 3D Printing

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $260
    Students will learn the HOW of 3D printing by working with and monitoring a 3D printer in the classroom. We'll have lively discussions around the WHY of 3D printing while applying practical skills to creative invention. Each student will take home the object they have printed during the session.
  • Volleyball Camp

    Faculty: Steve Beerman
    Grades: 3-8
    Duration/ Session: Poly Summer Sports Camp June 12-16
    Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Cost: $135
    Join coach Steve Beerman for Volleyball Camp! Volleyball camp will stress fundamentals and personal improvement while striving for each camper to have a fun enriching experience.
  • When in Rome 2-5

    Faculty: Alice Lyons
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    In this class, students will gain an understanding of Ancient Rome through hands-on activities based on Roman mythology and culture. The students will begin to familiarize themselves with the Latin language through brief lessons and class discussions. They will learn about Roman counting and numbers, Roman myths, Roman foods, soldiers, games, and clothing. The class will make togas and crowns for the Triumph
    Celebration on the last day of class.
  • Writer's Workshop - Campfire Stories 3-5

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $260
    Students will explore various genres that make for a good campfire story, and then craft a polished work of fiction. Together we will learn about what makes a compelling story through the use of mentor texts, graphic organizers, and supportive sharing. Students will have fun expanding their vocabulary by engaging their five senses and developing a love for words. Our finished pieces will be celebrated around a campfire with a Weenie roast and S'Mores!
  • Writer's Workshop - Character Study of Heroes & Heroines

    Faculty: Katharine Warner
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: F
    Cost: $260
    From the magical powers of Harry Potter to the cunning of Katniss Everdeen, students will examine popular heroes and heroines in children’s literature. Students will read excerpts from popular fiction novels and examine film clips to compare and contrast characters in children’s literature and film. Students will then examine their favorite story character and determine what qualities they possess that makes them a hero.
  • Writer's Workshop- Animal Research and Investigation 4-6

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $260
    Children love animals! The students will start by focusing on the characteristics of the six animal kingdoms. Through the use of technology to study and research their animal of choice, they will delve deep into this high interest topic. Their developing writing process will be facilitated through the use of graphic organizers and writing guides as they discover more about their favorite animal. The class will culminate with the creation of their own personalized animal encyclopedia.
  • Writers Workshop - “Life Journaling” 3-5

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grades 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260
    In “Life Journaling”, students will focus on writing personal narratives about their life experience as well as short story summary writing. The students will explore the stages of the writing process through the incorporation of a variety of teaching strategies such as graphic organizers, peer editing, and art extensions. The class will use the student’s natural enjoyment at learning about what their classmates do outside of school to motivate their writing. Students will document their writing in a journal and they will have an opportunity to present their final drafts to the class.
  • Yoga "en Francais" 3-7

    Faculty: Audrey Tumoine
    Grades: 3-7
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    This yoga class is presented in a playful and educational way. Each session incorporates energetic and soothing yoga positions, meditation, breathing exercises, group games and reading. Children stretch, laugh and participate actively to the class by creating yoga positions, making up stories with yoga poses, and building warm up sequences. Each session ends with a calming story or a creative relaxation, inviting rest and awakening of the imagination. Students will be taught partly in French which is also a great way to learn another language while having fun. This course is taught by a French-native experienced yoga teacher who has taught yoga to kids for many years in France.

Course planning grids

The following downloadable files are schematics showing the courses that will be offered during PolySummer 2017. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2017. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.
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