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.
In this class students will decorate rooms, design buildings, and create cities on computers using the 3D modeling software SketchUp. Once students have learned to use the software, there will be no limit to the creative projects they will be able to design with this program.
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.
Duration: June 12-16 Time: 1 to 4 p.m. (Note: This class takes place prior to the regular summer session.)
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.
Faculty: Brad Hall (Session 1) and Reggie Hunt (Session 2)
Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
Periods: C Cost: $260
This course is intended for intermediate and advanced basketball players. We will focuses on shooting and scoring moves. Starting with the basics, students will learn in a sequential way the basics of shooting and creating their shots. The class will start with fundamental shooting form and build toward the advanced moves used by college and professional players. There will be contests and full court games every day. This class is NOT for beginning players. This class may be taken in both sessions.
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.
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!
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!
Faculty: Constantin Gracuneanu 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Faculty: Tracy Hoffman Grades: 7-8 Duration/ Sessions: Session 1 only Period: C Cost: $260
Explore the science of secret communication called cryptology. Students will explore codes and ciphers, two different strategies for creating secret messages. Codes involve equating the meaning of words, phrases or sentences with another set of words, phrases or symbols. Ciphers are the most basic form of encryption and involve rearranging or replacing the individual letters of a word in a systematic way. Students will create their own codes and ciphers and learn to “break” their classmates’ secret messages. Cryptology is not only fun, but also a great foundation for scientific analysis and mathematical reasoning!
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!
Checkers, chess, mazes, mahjong. Games like these are fun to play yet it is easy to forget each was the result of a thorough design process of experimentation. The structure, rules and ways to play a game are a big part of its making. In this class students will revisit classic and familiar tactile games to reexamine how they are designed to function within a framework of concepts and principles. Working individually and in small groups, students will develop their own variations on classics as well as conceive entirely new games. Everything from determining the rules of play, to producing prototypes, to experimenting in test groups will be explored.
Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Periods: C or D Cost: $260
In this course students will learn fundamentals of strength, speed and agility, through game-based, body weight exercises designed to develop overall fitness and athleticism. Students are instructed on the proper movement patterns, which are sports specific, such as running, jumping and throwing in order to achieve their goals while reducing the risk to injury. This challenging class allows for safe progression of athleticism.
Students will develop confidence and experience the joy of creative writing within a variety of genres. Over the six-week course, students will journal daily and will have opportunities to share their entries, if desired. Students will read and write a variety of styles, including creative writing, poetry, narrative writing, and media writing. In addition, students will be taught ways to improve and elaborate on their ideas, organize their writing, identify and enhance their writer’s “voice,” and improve their word choice and sentence fluency. While the writing process will be reviewed, this course will focus mostly on the middle and often rushed-over portion of the writing process: re-reading, revision and evaluation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students will review concepts involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions. Knowledge and ideas learned will be applied problems involving perimeter, area, rates, ratios, proportions, and percents. The curriculum will include a variety of word problems, games and activities to promote a conceptual understanding of fractions and its applications. This course is designed for students entering 7th grade. The course is suitable for advanced sixth grade students and struggling 8th grade students.
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 include concepts involving perimeter, area, volume, order of operations, ratios, proportions, percent and problem solving. This course is designed for students preparing to enter sixth grade. The class could be suitable for strong math students entering fifth grade, or for students struggling with math entering seventh grade.
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 some!
Faculty: Garine Zetlian (Session 1) & David Tokofsky (Session 2)
Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
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.
Faculty: Emma Bracker (Session 1) and Jamie Bell (Session 2)
Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
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!
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.
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.
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.
This course is for students seeking admission to grades 7 and 8. 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 numerous timed exams in-class.
Faculty: Patrizia Zambetta Grades: 6-8 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B Cost: $260
In this class, students will learn about the Italian language and culture through art, music and games. Besides the basic Italian vocabulary (parts of the body, days of the week, food, etc.), they will learn basic grammar (nouns, articles, how to conjugate verbs at the present tense, etc.). They will perform fun and engaging role-playing games as if they were on a trip to Italy. Moreover, they will study a few of the most significant works of Italian classical and modern art such as Michelangelo’s and Modigliani’s paintings and sculptures. Students will also listen to Italian music and 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!
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!
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.
Classic Kickboxing combines highly specialized training with a supportive, unintimidating environment. It caters to all levels of experience and offers an authentic fighter’s training routine in a format that is accessible to a wide range of participants. Classic Kickboxing owner and head instructor Mauricio Gonzalez will be leading this new program at Poly. The program will teach students the basics of kickboxing as well as the essentials in self-defense. Mauricio is a Colombian and US National Champion in kickboxing. For more information on Classic Kickboxing, visit: www.classickickboxing.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students in this class will learn the Lincoln-Douglas format debate which emphasizes public speaking, critical thinking, research, argumentation strategies, logic and organization. Lincoln-Douglas debate examines a wide array of public issues including social needs, individual rights and political values. Students will learn about basic L-D style debate preparation and techniques and theories through lectures and practice rounds. Through in-class speeches, students will learn how to defend topics with limited preparation, organizing arguments, evidence use and useful tips for middle or high school competition at their own schools.
Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E
Students will explore a variety of games involving cards and puzzles that emphasize that emphasize the use of logic and reasoning. We will also explore math concepts involved in the plot of two movies. We will view the movies and practice similar math problems described in the movies. Students will develop essential math and reasoning skills through fun and interactive activities without ever knowing that they are learning.
This course is designed for those students who are preparing to enter an Algebra 1 class in the coming academic year. The course will review a range of topics such as decimals, fractions, percentages, powers, roots, exponents, variables, algebraic expressions, simple equations, graphs, and solving expressions. The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a firm foundation from which they can successfully start their Algebra 1 experience in the coming year. This course meets for both A and B periods for three weeks. This course repeats in the second session.
Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks /Sessions 1 and 2 Periods: B Cost: $260
Problem solving is the process of taking mathematics beyond the memorization of a simple process or technique. It is the ability to take learned concepts and apply them creatively to new problems. The problem solving approach to mathematics helps students become more adaptable and creative in their approach to learning. It is a skill that enhances creativity and promotes logical thinking. Through puzzles, games, and interactive teamwork, the students in this course will further develop their problem solving abilities.
In this class, students will learn the three-on-three parliamentary format of the Middle School Public Debate Program, used by the Rancho California Debate League. Students will research and discuss controversial topics and contemporary issues and learn how to find strong evidence and reliable sources for their assertions. Engaging in spirited debates, the students will develop their argumentation skills and public speaking abilities.
Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ session 1 and 2 Periods: A Cost: $260
Learning the basics of research is an extremely important function for any middle school student as research functions touch every aspect of the middle school experience including: science projects, individual or group project work and research reports. This class will introduce students to the fundamentals of doing library research, including picking topics, evaluating print sources, introducing educational databases, using the public library for research and searching the Internet for educational sources. Students will practice these skills while also practicing outlining and note-taking. Students will use fun and interesting topics to learn the skills of researching. This class is particularly helpful for debate participants and students who want instruction in using online sources.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Faculty: Kathy Ford Grades: 5-8 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B Cost: $260
Note-taking has been shown to help us focus attention on a topic and task, remember what has been heard or read, and organize ideas being learned. As such, it is a useful tool, yet rarely is it explicitly taught. In this workshop students will learn to determine salient and relevant information and methods for taking notes in various styles from text and non-text sources (i.e., videos and lectures).
Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or Session 2
Period(s): B or D
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.
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.
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!
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.
Do you know your rights or how the laws are made? How the government is run? Using the exciting, interactive iCivics computer program developed and promoted by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, students will learn about the workings of the laws and government of their country. Playing the roles of Supreme Court Justices, lawmakers, candidates and more, they will engage in games, web quests and simulations, as they become more knowledgeable citizens.
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.
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.
Faculty: Dr. Susie Kim & Science Staff Grades: 7-8 Duration:3 weeks / Session 1 and 2 Periods: C or D Cost: $260
This course provides students hands-on opportunities to engage in different types of experiments that span the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. To create an enriching experience exploring the science workbench, classes will include performing dissections and chemical reactions, learning about biotechnology, as well as watching videos on modern surgical/medical procedures. By the end of the session students will gain a deeper appreciation for the various branches of science through active participation in their acquisition of scientific knowledge.
Note: The second session of this course is not a repeat of the first session.
Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ session 1 and 2 Periods: C 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.
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.
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!
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.
Students will learn and become familiar with concepts involving square numbers, estimating square roots, fraction to decimal relationships, linear expressions and Pythagoras Theorem. This course is designed for students entering 7th grade. The course is suitable for advanced sixth grade students and struggling 8th grade students.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this course, students will learn some of the efficient study behaviors and attitudes necessary for academic success. Topics will include: time management, active listening, preparing for tests, taking tests, managing homework and identifying learning styles.
In this course, students will hone academic reading skills, write about their reading and learn to take notes on content area reading. Student will practice annotating literature, improve reading comprehension, increase reading speed and acquire note-taking techniques. You do not have to take Time Management and Learning Stylesto take Note Taking, Annotation, and Reading Skills.
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.
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.
Faculty: Rob Mikels and Jamie Bell Grades: 5-8 Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: F Cost: $260
This course is geared for good old-fashioned water play. Although this is not a swimming class, students need to know how to swim in order to participate in pool activities. The class will be a combination of fun games in the pool such as relay races, inner tube games, classic pool games, diving off of the diving board as well as free play. There may also be water play on the field: Slip n’ Slide, sprinklers and various other water related activities.
Grades: 6-7 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
"Taking care of business" is an introduction class to business and entrepreneurship for students entering grades 6 or 7. In this class, students will explore business concepts and real life application. The class will walk through a business plan, implementing marketing strategies, and learning the calculations behind it all. Students will be using various computer programs to conduct and present their projects creatively and informatively. They will experience first-hand what it is like to run their own businesses. Through this class, students will not only hone their writing, communication, and math skills, but also spark the entrepreneur within themselves.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
A fun class designed for 5th through 7th grade students who are interested in storytelling and art. Students will be introduced to the principles of graphic novels, creating a story, characterization, layout, lettering, and design, with the goal of creating and illustrating their own unique stories. Students will express their creativity by creating their personal illustrated stories.
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, has intrigued a generation of young people with its dystopian society in which teens are pitted against each other in a fight to the death--all in full view of a nation of reality TV viewers. Students will closely examine this novel, exploring literary themes and connecting it to our society and real world situations. Together we will engage in rich dialogue, learn to support opinions with text, and become more accomplished readers and literary analysts.
Note to parents: Although most reviewers rate this novel as appropriate for ages 12 and older, it does deal with sensitive, frightening themes, and violence. Parents are cautioned to preview and read reviews to determine suitability for their children.
"Harry wished he had eight more eyes… There were shops selling robes, shops selling telescopes and strange silver instruments Harry had never seen before, windows stacked with barrels of bat spleens and eels’ eyes, tottering piles of spell books, quills, and rolls of parchment, potion bottles, globes of the moon…”
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling, 1997
How do you create a world that so captivates your audience that an entire theme park is made based on your ideas? In this class we will delve into the Magical World of Harry Potter by reading excerpts from J.K. Rowling’s famous series, looking at the different parts that make up an engaging, literary world. We will focus on style of writing, audience, what goes into making a good story, and how to engage one's audience with descriptive language and intrigue. Eventually, we will harness our creativity and skills to put pen to paper to "build" our own fantastic world in a short story that we will create over the course of the last week.
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!
This course is designed for new 6th and 7th grade students who are entering Poly’s Middle School Mandarin Program in the fall (or any other similar program at another school) who have either no or little previous experience in Mandarin. In addition, this course is open to students who are enthusiastic about learning the language and culture in general. This course will provide students an introduction to basic vocabulary and grammar functions, providing a foundation to help develop their confidence in the four skills of the language: speaking, reading, writing, and listening.
Faculty: Marcela vonBreymann (Session 1) and Martha Reyes (Session 2)
Grades 6 - 7
Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
Periods: A period (Session 1) or E period (Session 2)
This course is designed for new sixth and seventh grade students who are entering Poly’s Middle School Spanish Program in the Fall (or any other similar program at another school) who have either no previous experience with the language or very minimal. This class will provide an introduction to basic vocabulary and grammar functions, providing a foundation to help develop the student’s confidence in the four skills of the language: speaking, reading, writing, and listening.
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.
Grades 6-8 Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks - Session 1 Only
Periods: AB or EF (Double period classes) Cost: $520
In this class, students will develop and strengthen their writing skills. Using a variety of prompts, they will practice writing the different forms used in school. Students will write a range of essay styles (comparison and contrast, persuasive, narrative, analytical, literary response, etc.). Grammar and structure will be addressed based on the needs of the particular group of students in class. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Faculty: Danielle Pigneri Session1, September Glover Session 2
Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
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.
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.