Programs
PolySummer 2017

Ninth Grade

List of 50 items.

  • 2D Computer Art

    Faculty: Sheena Klimoski
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $260
    Learn Photoshop! All students will use drawing tablets and regularly save and print their designs to bring home. Students will watch short animated films and look at a successful digital artist with a wide range of styles. Software used will be Adobe on a Mac platform. No previous Photoshop knowledge necessary. Challenges include making movie posters using exciting fonts and applying filters, taking photos, removing backgrounds, and placing themselves in fantasy locations, scanning in drawings to add color, and fixing old photos, removing acne, slim figures, and adjusting color/ exposure. At the end of the course, students will put it all together and create fantasy digital landscape paintings using special brushes and effects.
  • Algebra - Bridging Eighth to Ninth Grade

    Faculty: Jack Prater
    Grades 9-12
    Duration/Sessions: 6 weeks
    Periods: B or C
    Cost: $520
    This course utilizes graphing calculators in a structured environment to explore how transformations can be used to manipulate, graph, and solve complex equations, as well as provide an introduction to the unit circle and basic definitions of trigonometric functions. This course is designed to introduce incoming ninth-graders to the math sequence at Polytechnic School. It will enhance any student’s understanding of mathematics and will help him or her be more successful in math courses beyond the first year of Algebra.
     
  • Algebra 1

    Faculty: Jason Rose
    Grades: 8-9
    Duration: 6 weeks
    Periods: EF (Two period class)
    Cost: $1040
    This course is primarily for students who have completed a year of Algebra 1, but want to achieve a better understanding and have additional practice with many of the significant algebraic concepts taught in a standard first year algebra course. Hands-on and exploratory activities will be used to enhance an understanding of the reasoning behind many of the algebraic concepts. Students will explore the development of algebraic formulas and how they help with problem solving. They will review such topics as solving expressions, graphing of linear and quadratic functions, exponential expressions, and simplification of algebraic expressions. Some homework will be required.
  • Architecture 101

    Faculty: Sheena Klimoski
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    Learn about Modern Architecture! This class will feature the Architecture of Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright. This class is designed as a hands-on model making class with challenges that include building geodesic domes and teepees, designing strength sculptures that can hold a student’s weight, free standing height sculptures, making scale models using special building materials. Students will use X-acto knives, hot glue guns, hammers, etc.
  • Beginning Archery 6-12

    Faculty: Jeffrey Gin
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    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 Digital Photography 6-12

    Faculty: Jennifer Godwin Minto
    Grades: 6-12
    Period: A, B, C, D, or E
    Duration/Session: Session 1 Only
    Cost: $260

    Bring your own digital camera and learn basic digital photography and Adobe Photo-shop image editing in just 3 weeks. Students will receive instruction on camera functions, lessons in composition, lighting and image editing. This course also teaches students how to first upload their images to the computer (Mac) then edit, save and store their images using Adobe Photo-shop. Students will have on-campus assignment as well as a few homework assignments geared towards teaching them how to create images using light and develop unique perspectives of their own. The crowd pleasures are the 15-minute challenges and a walking field trip to Caltech. Come and join in on the fun!
  • Beginning Fencing 7-9

    Faculty: Eric Holmgren
    Grades: 7-9
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period:B or D
    Cost: $260
    An Olympic sport, fencing develops both coordination and concentration, providing exercise for the body and the mind. Through group activities, students will learn the fundamentals of foil fencing: footwork, handwork, offense, and defense. Life golf and tennis, fencing is a sport once can play for life; this class gives students the opportunity to experience the challenges and excitement of modern fencing in a safe, relaxed atmosphere. 
  • 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.
  • Casual Video Production: Going Viral

    Faculty: Michael Minto
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    This class will explore modern digital video production. The students will start their own YouTube Channels and produce and post daily content. Students will also learn how to use several modern tools to record, edit and brainstorm ideas for videos. Based on their person interests and goals, students will work on varying projects in both group settings and individually. Students will become accustomed to using important modern technologies like iPhones, iPads, DSLR's and even editing software like iMovie and Adobe. Most of all, students will have fun making videos!
  • Ceramics 5-12

    Faculty: Stuart Freed
    Grades 5-12
    Duration/Sessions: 6 weeks
    Periods: A, B, or C
    Cost: $520
    This class is designed for students of all levels of ability. Students will explore sculpture, learn to work on the pottery wheel and slab roller, and learn how to glaze their finished artwork. Demonstrations will be given on how the students can create their own artwork or functional pottery.
     
  • Drawing Animals

    Faculty: Sheena Klimoski
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260
    Draw your pets, horses, or fantasy animals like a pro. This class will cover the basics of drawing all sorts of animals. Students will use pencil, pen, and watercolor paint to create beautiful works of art. Challenges include drawing heads of animals using symmetry, proportions, and noting the differences between animals, drawing animal bodies by simplifying shapes, and how to pose an animal to create action, painting fur, feathers, and textures of animals to make them realistic. As a final project students will draw their animal of choice.
  • Drawing People

    Faculty: Sheena Klimoski
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $260
    Draw your friends, family, or even a character from your imagination. This class will cover the basics of drawing people from all walks of life. Students will use pencil, charcoal, color pencil, and watercolor paint to create beautiful works of art. Challenges will include drawing heads using symmetry and proportions, understanding faces from the front, side and three quarter views, drawing hands by breaking down forms, thinking about overlapping shapes, and using proportions, drawing the body while thinking about structure and musculature. As a final project, students draw a classmate.
  • Embroidery for Inspiration 6-12

    Faculty: Lisa Heidel
    Grades: 6–12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 ONLY
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $260
    Three-week introduction to hand embroidery class designed to inspire creative fiber arts. Students will learn several embroidery stitches and how to use these stitches to create designs of their choosing. They will complete a hot chocolate cozy and a hand towel as well as a third piece of their choosing. Course will include information on kinds of thread, foundation materials, and design creation or selection.
  • Enameling 5-12

    Faculty: Allan Schaefer
    Grades 5-12
    Duration/Sessions: 6 weeks
    Periods: B or C
    Cost: $520
    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. 
  • Exploring Film Genres

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grades 8-12
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 ONLY
    Periods: BC ( Two period class )
    Cost: $520
    Imagine your own screening room where you can watch some of the greatest movies of all time! Each week this class will explore different film genres, or styles, learn about what makes a genre distinct and watch a complete film each day. The films range from classics to modern day from some of the finest filmmakers of all time. Students will learn how the filmmaker uses camera techniques, editing, music and art direction to communicate to the audience. Through class discussion, students will analyze conventions of each genre and how these are exhibited in each film. Furthermore, students will learn to develop a critical eye through written critiques. Some movie genres explored will be: Action Adventure, Sci-Fi/Horror, Americana, Western, Musical, Film Noir, Comedy, Animation and a few surprises as well! Popcorn included.
  • Geopolitics 6-9

    Faculty: Garine Zetlian (Session 1) & David Tokofsky (Session 2)
    Grades: 6-9
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    In this exciting course students discuss current political crises in the world that are influenced by geography. Students will learn how water influences the course of the Arab-Israeli conflict, how oil production factors into the United States’ role in the Middle East, if the Sahara desert creates two different Africas or if the Panama Canal really separates Central and South America. Daily lessons will include debates, presentations, library research, and group work where students role-play to make political decisions based on geography. The course teaches students to hone their library research, public speaking, public presentation skills, as they get ready for middle school and high school.
  • Grammar and Writing Mechanics 9-12

    Faculty: Rachel Pringle
    Grades 9-12
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks / Session 1 (TBD) and Session 2 (Pringle)
    Periods: A
    Cost: $260
    This course is designed for high school students who would like to brush up on their understanding of grammar concepts and improve their grammar in their writing and speech. This interactive class will give students a better understanding of how English language works and how to express themselves more clearly. The class goal will be to develop confidence in students’ writing and communication.
  • Great Speeches 6-9

    Faculty: Emma Bracker
    Grades: 609
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    Do you like to read historical fiction? Are you a fan of The Crown, Outlander, Little Women? Do you want to immerse yourself in another place and time period? In this class, each student will choose a historical figure (real or imagined!), develop research skills by learning about the character’s life, and write an original speech for the character. The session will culminate with a presentation of student speeches to an audience of the class and invited guests.
  • History as Visual Culture 8-12

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grades: 8-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $260
    The 20th century was unlike any before. It was captured on visual record through advancements in technology that both revealed and exposed the physical, psychological and at times brutal nearness of seismic events as they were unfolding. In this dynamic course students will examine, present on, and discuss world events of the last century through the efforts of cultural producers as they attempt to rationalize the difficulties of representing a compromised sense of reality and truth through examples in film, art and documentation as contributions going towards a social record of bare realism. As a class we will negotiate and consider the repercussions of quintessential moments and activate the usually inert content of visual aids in textbooks by taking them off the page in challenging and critical ways.
  • iDance 6-12

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri (Session 1) & Ericalynn Priolo (Session 2)
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: DE (a two period course)
    Cost: $520
    This two-period(s) class will offer an in depth study of multiple dance techniques including: jazz, modern, hip hop, ballet, and individual composition. Students will gain increased coordination, strength, flexibility, and performance skills.
  • Introduction to Final Cut Pro

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grades 8-12
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Periods: D
    Cost: $260
    One thing that all movies, from iPhones videos to feature films, have in common is Final Cut editing. While learning to edit using Final Cut Pro, students will make video projects using a variety of media such as video, stills, music and even some green screen. Cameras will be provided in order for students to produce videos, from concept to finished product. Finished videos will be uploaded to YouTube. Students are encouraged to bring their ideas and iPhones.
  • ISEE Test Prep 8-11

    Faculty: Julia DiCicco
    Grades 8-11
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks / Session 1 and 2
    Periods: AB
    Cost: $520
    This course is for students seeking admission to grades 9 through 12. 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 and will take numerous timed exams in-class
  • Jedi Council

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grades: 5-9
    Duration/Sessions: 6 weeks
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $520
    This film studies class for kids is an immersive analysis into the Star Wars universe. With recent releases of new chapters in the ongoing saga (Episode VII, Rogue One) we will take the opportunity to examine more carefully where all of this comes from before hyperdriving to where the Force will lead us next. In addition to (re)watching Episodes I-VII and parts of the animated series we may also be reading from the vast literature available. Lively discussions, character studies, plot analysis, consideration of the reformatted Expanded Universe as Legends vs. Canon, speculative theories and more will be our daily mode of engagement. Master Jedi to young Palawan, Sith Lord to Mandalorian bounty hunter: All are welcome. We also serve droids here!
  • 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 to Know 6-12

    Faculty: Lisa Heidel
    Grades: 6–12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 ONLY
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260
    Three-week introduction to knitting class focused on knitting to know your art and yourself. Students will learn the basics of casting on, knit, purl, and bind off. They will make a simple scarf and pair of fingerless mitts. If time and interest permits, students may create a third piece with assistance from instructor. Course will include information on types of yarn, needle size, and other knitting information.
  • Mock Trial... Introduction to Law, Trials and Writing for Court 6-11

    Faculty: David Tokofsky
    Grades: 6-11
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260
    Students will perform the roles of prosecuting and defending attorneys as well as witnesses for the prosecution and defense.  An introduction to the courtroom through the Constitutional Rights Foundations' engaging Mock Trials for secondary students interested in the logic, procedure, writing and drama of the issues embodied in cases of law.  Student centered activity in a mildly competitive atmosphere of the mock trial.
  • Photography Fun for Beginners 5-12

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grades: 5-12
    Period: B and C
    Duration/Session: Session 2 Only
    Cost: $260
    This session is designed as a beginner photography class. Students will learn some of the basics of photography using their own camera (we do have a few in-house cameras if you need one). We will begin by getting to know our cameras and start taking photos from day one. We will explore the wonderful world of composition, light, and focus along with textures, lines and patterns. Students will also learn how to save and edit (Adobe Photoshop) their photos. We will create individual online portfolios of our photographs. Students will participate in competitions and games with prizes! This class is 20% theory, 80% practice and 100% FUN. Welcome to Photography Fun for the Beginner!
  • 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 - Java 6-12

    Faculty: Derek Weisel
    Grade: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 & 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $260
    This course is intended to introduce the basics of Java programming and the process of building a project in a modular fashion. In this course, students will be introduced to essential computer science concepts using the Java programming language. They will learn about Object Oriented Programming, a technique that allows them to use code written by other programmers in their own programs. Students will be introduced to basic concepts and techniques for programming including algorithms, variables, control structures (decision and looping), text files, writing and usage. The class will not cover any GUI material. This course is designed for grades 6 and above.
  • Poly Coding Club - Javascript 5-12

    Faculty: Derek Weisel
    Grade: 5-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D or E
    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 Summer Tennis Camp

    Head Coach: Michael Guice, Natalie Langan, and Sam Kang
    Grades 5-12
    Cost: $260 for each week
    Sessions:
    Week 1: June 19 to June 23
    Week 2: June 26 to June 30
    Week 3: July 3 to July 7
    Week 4: July 10 to July 14
    Week 5: July 17 to July 21
    Week 6: July 24 to July 28
    Offered by three of our USPTA certified tennis coaches, the Poly Summer Tennis Camp is specifically designed for players who want to have fun and improve their skills. We will have daily contests and games. All activities will take place at beautiful Caltech’s state-of-the-art tennis facility. The academy is a three-hour session of drills, games, and match play. Players will improve their stroke production, strategy, and footwork. The Tennis camp meets from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday for one week at a time. Players may enroll for multiple weeks.

     
  • Public Speaking

    Faculty: Melan Jaich
    Grades 6-12
    Duration/Sessions: 6 weeks
    Periods: D
    Cost: $520
    Public speaking is a basic and important skill. Oral performance and theory can enhance critical thinking skills, leadership, and success in later classes or work. This course is designed to teach introductory speech techniques and theories through lecture and performance exploring persuasive, informative, and impromptu speaking. Students will learn to develop topics for original speeches, how to construct an effective speech outline. Other topics include the basics of delivery, strategies for different audiences, and extemporaneous preparation.
     
  • Sew Like You Mean it - Beginning Machine Sewing

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grades: 7-9
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 & 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    This introductory sewing course is designed to be fun and inspirational while allowing for students to express themselves creatively. Students will learn the ins-and-outs of how to use a sewing machine and specialized sewing tools. We'll practice pinning, cutting, machine stitching and hand sewing as we make a reversible tote bag and coordinating zipper pouch.
  • Size and Shape: The Elements of Geometry 9-12

    Faculty: Moe Scott
    Grades: 9-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 6 weeks
    Period:D
    Cost:$520
    Geometry is some of the oldest math around — and for good reason: it's fun to draw shapes and to wonder about patterns. Our knowledge of the subject has come a long way since the time of the ancient Greeks, but our curiosity is as great as it always has been. We'll follow that curiosity where it leads us, amusing ourselves with problems that are simple to state but challenging to solve. In the process, we'll learn how to craft convincing mathematical arguments and how to use GeoGebra, an interactive geometry app. Topics of study include symmetrical tiling and angle measurement; scaling and proportion; length, area, and volume; polygons and trigonometry; and transformations.
  • Spanish Grammar and Conversation 6-8

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grades: 7-9
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    This class is designed to provide grammatical structures and conversational skills for students who wish to build a stronger basis as a preparation for Poly’s upper school Spanish curriculum.  Role playing and creative projects will be part of the summer course to make the language fun and alive.
  • Sports Talk and Analysis 5-9

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grades: 5-9
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 2 ONLY
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $260
    Who is the best team of all time? The greatest player? Can someone please explain icing in hockey? Do you have an interest in sports and want to share your knowledge with others. In Sports Talk and Analysis, we will look to discuss a variety of sports and their rules and strategies. Discussions of players, teams, and history of sports will be an important part of our class. Additionally, I foresee a number of debates and discussions that relate to contemporary sports issues.
  • Stand up Comedy 8-12

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grades: 8-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    What makes a laugh? This workshop will provide an environment to explore and experiment with the art of comedy: a serious business that is no laughing matter. Well, except it is the laughing that matters. Hmm? Constructing jokes, physical humor, the use of props all represent strategies employed to elevate the sensation of laughter. Along with carefully studying how various comedians approach and craft an act, students will regularly be honing their own comedic material in class to share and receive constructive criticism and feedback from the group.
  • Study Skills - Notetaking and Outlining 6-9

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grades: 6-9
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 2 ONLY
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $260
    The number of skills needed for student success can be overwhelming. Looking at two of the most important skills for student success, notetaking and outlining, students will learn the how to successfully incorporate these skills to their academics. Students will look at how these skills can benefit them in a number of ways. We will get a lot of practice on these skills in a variety of different subject matters.
  • Study Skills - Test Taking Strategies and Stress Management 6-9

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grades: 6-9
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 2 ONLY
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $260
    The anxiety of succeeding in school can be a crippling experience for a young student. In this class, we will look at strategies of how to decipher test questions and answer questions that you don’t know. There will be no kind of questions off limit: multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and essays. In learning to succeed on tests, stress will be reduced. But, we will look at a number of ways to reduce stress prior to testing, the stress that overwhelms students while testing, and how to deal with the aftermath of an assessment.
  • Team Debate

    Faculty: Melan Jaich
    Grades 6-12
    Duration/Sessions: 6 weeks
    Periods: A
    Cost: $520
    Traditional team debate gives students access to and use of advanced critical and analytic strategies including exploring persuasion, politics, law, and current events. Students will be trained in modern policy debate techniques and theories through lectures and practice rounds using the 2012-2013 National Debate Topic. Students will practice using the techniques, rules, and strategies essential for middle or high school competition at their own schools. They will learn how to organize arguments, identify and use research, utilize refutation and rebuttals. Students will also explore other debating formats, like Lincoln-Douglas debate.
     
  • Textile and Pattern Design 9-12

    Faculty: Leah Bieltvedt
    Grades: 9-12
    Duraton/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    This class will explore the concept of how a repeated pattern is used in graphic design. The students will use repeating patterns in various 2 dimensional media including drawing, painting, and collage. The final project will culminate in having our 2D designs printer onto fabric and wrapping paper.
  • The Bill of Rights: Backswards and Forwards

    Faculty: David Tokofsky
    Grades: 6-11
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $260
    Students will explore the Bill of Rights' origin, history and present challenges through both the reading of cases and history. Seminar format will allow for students to debate issues with the goal of understanding the dynamics and ingredients of the Bill of Rights. Some writing; close reading and some homethink.
  • The Electoral College, 2016 Election and the Round Ahead 6-9

    Faculty: David Tokofsky
    Grades: 6-9
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $260
    Students will understand the past, present and future of the electoral college. They will examine some details of the 2016 presidential election as well as explore what is ahead in the elections of 2017/2018. Students will learn some of the details of demographic changes in the Republic of the United States as well as the pressures on the Constitution framework and Federalism.
  • Waking up to Ideas – Intro to Philosophy

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grades: 8-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: C
    Cost: $260
    This class is an opportunity to start the day through a process of posing questions and investigating ideas. Philosophy is a means of negotiating questions without the promise of obtaining hard and fast answers. Thought experiments, analogies, and metaphors are some of the tools we use to help build bridges of articulation between the abstract and the real. Paradoxes big and small will be approached through examples both historical and contemporary. By negotiating questions that have no correct answers, we will begin bringing them into focus.
  • What is Happening in the Middle East?

    Faculty: Garine Zetlian
    Grades: 6-9
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $260
    In this exciting course students who enjoy history will research, discuss, debate and work collaboratively to develop a solid understanding of the complex politics of the Middle East politics. As a class, we will discuss the religious, cultural and ethnic diversity in the Middle East and learn about the roots of current conflicts while learning to detect biases in the media. Students will also learn debate and presentation skills by researching topics and forming arguments for or against issues. Subjects will include how ISIS is changing the Middle East, how the United States is dealing with the ever-changing events in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, what is next for Israelis and Palestinians, and more.
  • Writing Essays - Finding Clarity 9-12

    Instructor: Cynthia Crass
    Grades 9-12
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Session 1 only
    Periods: CD (Two period course)
    Cost: $520
    Sharpen your essay-writing skills this summer. Students will review examples of excellent essay writing and use them as models for their own writing. They also will discuss and practice the techniques needed to master the art of writing essays under pressure when required on a test. Students will learn how to write clearly and succinctly; student interests and needs will dictate the direction taken through a variety of subjects and topics in grammar and structure. Students will have writing assignments in class and as homework. Peer-editing and teacher conferencing will be used to provide steady feedback over the course of the session.
  • Writing the Graphic Novel 7 - 9

    Faculty: Elle Wong
    Grades: 7-9
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $260
    How do graphic novels differ from other, plain text stories? Are graphic novelists able to portray more emotion in their writing because of art? In this class, we will look at the history of graphic novels as well as read different graphic novels and comics and to see how the addition of art affects the way a story is told. We will be looking at the two different parts of graphic novels: the art and the narrative. We will analyze how different forms of art affect emotion in graphic novels and how writing and graphic art can help better tell a story. Throughout the course, we will be practicing and honing our own styles of art as well as writing to eventually create our own graphic novels.

    Disclaimer: Parents, please be aware that many graphic novels portray topics such as death, sickness, and coming of age and may contain some obscenities. Some of the topics covered may be for the more mature mind.
  • Writing the History Essay

    Faculty: Garine Zetlian
    Grades: 6-9
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260
    Successful writing of essays, book reviews, and research papers in history classes requires specialized skills. Students in this class will spend time on developing and refining these skills to ensure success in their middle school and upper school history courses. Students will learn to write an analytical essay, develop arguments, write with objectivity and research their paper topics. At the end of the course, the students will be able to implement their skills in their courses next year.
  • Writing the History Essay - Conspiracy Theories 6-9

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grades: 6-9
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 2 ONLY
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    Learn to improve your writing in while delving into some of the most discussed and argued conspiracy theories in the world. When people struggle to understand a historical event, they often seek an alternative story to better explain the who, what, why, and how. This is the basis for all conspiracy theories. Join this class to expand your writing and improve your critical thinking while learning some of the most discussed and interesting conspiracy theories.
  • Yogalates

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri Session1, September Glover Session 2
    Grade: 6-12
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $260
    This class will offer many opportunities to explore the different ways to help develop and strengthen the entire mind and body in a nurturing, and relaxed environment. The knowledge and experience that the students will receive will set a life-long foundation for health and wellness. The goal of the class is to instill the concepts of mindfulness and overall well-being, including improved physical strength, flexibility, balance, focus and self-confidence. Students will also be given tools necessary to help cope with stress through visualization, breathing techniques, and age-appropriate meditations. 
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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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