1968 was a year of change, imagination, conflict and international historial note. This summer is the 50th anniversary of a year that historians will mark among the noteable dates of the last 500 years or so. Students will select a country, city or particular event from the elections in the United States, to the War in Viet Nam, to the Assinations of King or Kennedy to the streets of Mexico City, Paris, Prague, Buenos Aires, Toyko, or a dozen US Cities. Students will work independently as well as groups to present their research and together the class will leave with a strong sense of the 1968 moment in history.
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.
Are you interested in learning how to needlepoint or cross-stitch? Are you already an avid stitcher? All levels of skill are welcome to join us as we work magic on canvas. Learn new stitches, practice old ones, design your own project, or complete one already set up for you. Let's get stitching!
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.
The course will cover equations, ratios, sequences, and exponents to explore how algebra works and address common misconceptions applied in mathematics. Students will learn to look for clever ways to manipulate parts of problems, simplify, and become efficient problem solvers.
Faculty: Megan Foley (Session 1) and Anne Walsh (Session 2)
Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
Period(s): B (Session 1) or C (Session 2)
Learn to play the Ukulele. This class will cover tuning, holding the instrument, strumming, and how to read basic notation. From breezy island jams to all the way to Somewhere over the Rainbow, the students will learn how to play basic melodies and chords for a variety of tunes. Bring your ukulele and come play along!
In this hands-on course, students will explore the skeletal, digestive, excretory, reproductive, and cardiovascular systems through daily dissections. Join us as we look inside a shark’s stomach to see what it ate for breakfast, examine a pregnant rat, and perform a mock autopsy on a fetal pig.
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.
Join us for a class focusing on some of the greatest art thefts, forgeries, and heists in history. The course will cover the paintings and sculptures affected, what happened, why it matters, and together we will try to solve the cases ourselves! This class is a great fit for anyone who is interested in art (whether you like to look at it or make it), history of all eras and cultures, and mysteries or detective stories. Each week we'll investigate a new case and explore the evidence through discussion, games, and creative activities. Come with your detective hat and a sense of adventure!
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.
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!
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. Like 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.
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 photography 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 pleasers are the 15-minute challenges and a walking field trip to Cal-tech. Come and join-in on the fun!
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.
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.
Build that your Sports Fanchise from the first pick in the Franchise Draft. Given the control of your favorite sports team (or a brand new expansion team), what player or players would you build a team around? This class is not about sports statistics but rather a class on creating the best team. We will discuss the business of athletics, the geography of sports, and have sports talk conversations of how and why you drafted certain players and why your team is the best. We can discuss football, basketball, baseball, and other sports as we determine what it means to be a "franchise player" or have the best team.
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 personal 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!
Calling all photographers grades 4-8! Bring your smart phone and learn the craft behind the fun. Students will learn to appreciate light, incorporate a point of view, take chances with composition, and experiment with apps and techniques.
Students will learn about basic poem structures and variations and then practice each style on a daily basis. Students will learn how to tap in to their creative muses through timed writing exercises, journaling, and external as well as internal observation.
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.
If you have an interest in how plants, animals, and the human body function then this is the class for you. In DNA & Dissections we will delve into the amazing world of Biology. Together we will learn about bodily functions, build anatomical models, and dissect a variety of organs. Come find out what the inside of a sheep’s heart, cows eye, or the insides of a fish looks like. The anatomical workings are sure to fascinate you.
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.
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 discuss 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.
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, aswell 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.
“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 did J.K. Rowling create a world that so captivated an audience that an entire theme park is made based on her ideas? In this course, you will work together with classmates to create a fantastic world of our own through game-play and lots of creative writing. We will create not only the land but also the creatures and beasts that live in our world, races, and cultures. Come ready to imagine and write!
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 learn to hurl discs with the best of them by developing their skills through games of frisbee golf, KanJam, and ultimate frisbee, among others. Throwing and chasing a frisbee is one of life's great pleasures and can be done almost anywhere. Come learn a great game!
This course covers the foundational math that touches algebra, geometry, probability, and logic. The focus will be on using problem solving skills to look for patterns and make predictions. The students will learn to take complex looking problems and reduce them to simpler problems that are easier to solve.
This course will allow aspiring musicians and producers to take their creativity to a whole new level! We will explore garage band/Logic and other recording software and learn how to create and record high quality songs all the way from initial idea to final production from their comfort of their own bedroom or home studios! Kids can take the course as a three week or six week session.
Food connects us to our environments, in both production and consumption. We all have to eat, and we all have to share our planet’s resources. Food relates all major issues of geography into a spatial network influenced by physical geography, culture, society, and economics. This class will explore these connections. By the end of this course the students will reach a better understandingof where their food comes from and a range of political, economic, social and cultural dimensions of food production, distribution, and consumption from the local to global scales. They will also understand more about how food carries intrinsic meanings beyond nutrition.
Genetic engineering is a branch of biotechnology that uses special procedures and techniques to change an organism’s DNA. In this course, students will work with research-grade biotechnology equipment to produce their own genetically modified bacteria using a sea anemone gene. The genetically modified bacteria will have a new and highly visible trait: the ability to produce red fluorescent protein!
Captain America fought in WWII? Magneto was a Holocaust Survivor? X-Men and Civil Rights? With the surge in Superhero movies in recent years, this class is here to discuss how comics and history are connected. We will examine how the teaching of comics can be a way to spark interest and enhance learning of major historical events.
In this class, we will explore the most pressing human health issues of 2018, including ancient diseases that continue to plague humankind, as well as emerging threats. Examples include the H3N2 influenza epidemic of this year, the opioid crisis, the health consequences of vaping vs. smoking cigarettes, the effectiveness of vaccines, and other topics chosen by the students. In this dynamic, interactive course we will search for answers to these important questions: • How did this health threat arise? • How does it affect the human body? • Is there a cure? A prevention? • How does it spread? • What are public health agencies doing to help? • What are the social and political factors? Students will work primarily in pairs and small groups. Activities will include simulations, case studies, Internet research, art projects, video programs, and discussions. Students will develop a creative culminating project of their own choosing. No tests, no grades, no required homework!
Have you ever wondered what goes into the computer on your desk? Have you ever wondered what it would take to upgrade your computer? How does one replace a hard drive or upgrade a video card? Taught by Patrick Carpenter, one of our technology specialists, students will learn how to take apart, repair, upgrade, and even build a computer. The students will use the iFixit site to access manuals and how-to repair guides for a range of devices. Too often we throw away perfectly serviceable devices, learning to repair and upgrade your device is a noble endeavor!
In this class students will learn how to edit using Adobe Premiere 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 imagination!
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.
Money, money, money….money! If you are interested in getting a “cash” course in Economics and Finance, this is the class for you. We will have foundational conversations about Economics, business, and financial responsibility. We will talk about maximizing the money you make, making a livable budget, and understanding the value of your parents’ hard earned money. Join and let’s talk business!
So, you want to play golf? This introductory course is designed specifically for the novice player. What is a birdie and/or bogey? Golf etiquette - what's that? What are the fundamentals of a proper swing? In this three week course you will learn the basic rules of golf along with the basics of play. We will design and build our own miniature golf course on which to practice our putting. Come for an hour of play and discover the joy of golf!
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.
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 Issues and Debate in Sports, we will 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.
In this class, students will learn about the Italian language and culture through art, music and games. Besides the basic Italian vocabulary, students 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, students 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 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-VIII 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, projects 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!
This is a challenging course that will expose you to problem-solving that will help train your brain, making you a stronger mathematical thinker. The curriculum will cover concepts in geometry, algebra and logic that require the application of lateral thinking, deductive reasoning, spatial analysis, creativity, intuition, and basic math knowledge.
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 small class size provides for highly 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.
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.
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.
Students will learn about the basics of lyrics and songwriting from the fundamentals of how to brainstorm song and lyric ideas to the larger skills of structuring various types of lyrics in specific types of song formats. A window in to themselves and the creative process, students will learn how to express themselves through lyric and music. There will be an emphasis on writing their own works throughout the 3 weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this class students will hone their critical reading, writing, and thinking skills, as well as address grammatical, punctuational, mechanical, and stylistic errors most common in student writing. Through reading and responding to fiction (short stories and poetry) and non-fiction (short articles and essays), students will continue to build their confidence in their high school reading and writing, and ensure that these skills remain sharp for the upcoming academic year.
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.
Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. This is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she will have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking. Written to flow seamlessly between land and sea, Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. provides plenty of opportunities to bring these locations to life through creative movement and configurations. This musical also provides wonderful creative opportunities in terms of set design, lighting and costuming and can easily accommodate a large cast. 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.
Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. This is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she will have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking. Written to flow seamlessly between land and sea, Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. provides plenty of opportunities to bring these locations to life through creative movement and configurations.
Grease is the word at Poly this summer. The most successful musical movie of all time is coming your way. Experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Come and join us for the fun of doing a school version of this classic musical. Enjoy singing and dancing these great hits from “Summer Lovin’” to “We Go Together”. The “Grease” musical class will offer a great opportunity for a large cast to have a ball. This class has just been added to our summer school program so Pink Ladies and T-Birds put on your party clothes and get ready for the sock hop!!!
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).
In this class, students will be introduced to basic drawing and painting concepts, such as perspective, composition, and color through a variety of different painting mediums. The goal of the class is to encourage students to take inspiration from a wide variety of different artists and cultures. Students will learn skills such as perspective, shading, and composition, as well as lessons in painting including shading techniques and layering. Students will also delve into acrylic projects, Japanese, and Western-style water prints (marbleized paper) and silk paintings.
Paper Mache is NOT just for little kids. Explore this hands on, messy class where wewill create masks, sculptures, lanterns, bowls, decorations and other things from our imagination with newspaper, glue, and paint. No experience needed. Let your creativejuices flow and watch the magic unfold!
Do you ever find yourself humming to your favorite songs and making up your own words? Have you ever wanted to star in your own music video? Well, now we can make that a reality! You'll be able to write your own parodies and direct and star in your own music video using an iPad! No need to be tech savvy, you just need to bring your creativity and love of music. Every week, you will choose a tune, write your own lyrics, plan for and/or create your own props, and create your own music video! You can be a solo artist, a duo, or a group - it's your choice! Join this class, and make yourself a STAR!
This session is designed as a beginner photography class. Students will learn some of the basics of photography using their own camera (every student needs to bring a camera). 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 digital 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!
Note: Point and shoot digital cameras are preferred, higher-end DSLRs are not encouraged.
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.
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.
In this fun, active course students will be placed in teams at the beginning of the session. Students will compete as Olympic-style teams and create their team names. Each day students will engage in an activity, challenge, game or sport such as wacky relay races, capture the flag, dodgeball competitions, flag football, soccer and even some water fun activities. At the end of the session, all students will receive a small prize.
This 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.
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.
This class provides a middle school student with an opportunity to design and build creative robots using the LEGO EV3 platform. Combining sensors and motors students will develop different automated machines that perform certain tasks based on a theme, plan, or need. Students taking this course will work collaboratively through all phases of the design process, while learning skills in engineering, technology, and programming. This class is intended for students with little or no experience with LEGO robotics. Students may elect to continue this course in the second session and build upon their experience.
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 wonderful adventure into the world of arts & crafts! It's not a class where we create perfect projects every time or limit ourselves to just what it says in the instructions. 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.
Sew your own pajama pants with pockets! Ability to setup and use a sewing machine without assistance is required for this class; there will not be time to learn to sew as we dive into this fun intermediate project. Students will learn about pattern and fabric choices, shop for all materials, and follow a commercial pattern to complete this project.
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 soccer coach Doug Jolly 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 a review and practice of grammatical structures and conversational skills for students who wish to build a stronger basis as a preparation for upper school Spanish curriculum. Role playing, games, videos, storytelling, and creative projects will be part of the summer course. (not for beginners).
The number of skills needed for student success can be overwhelming. Looking at two of the most important skills for student success, note taking 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.
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 Styles to take Note Taking, Annotation, and Reading Skills.
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.
Music is the strongest form of magic, and life is but a song. So let's SING! This camp is the perfect way to strengthen your voice over the summer and sing fun music with other singers that you might not otherwise get to! Focusing on a building the voice through small ensemble a cappella music and other fun singing activities. We will focus on building a healthy singing technique that fits each individual, harmonizing, ear training, sight-singing, beatboxing, and so much more!
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.
Please note: Poly Summer recognizes the importance of keeping allergic students safe and preventing both the ingestion of allergens and cross-contamination when using shared facilities and utensils. If you have an allergic child enrolled in the cooking class, please note that the school cannot guarantee that recipes, facilities, and utensils will be free of gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, and legumes. If you have a child with known food allergies, we ask that you please give careful consideration before enrolling in the class and contact the Director of Health Services, Marcy Kwitny, for further guidance.
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.
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.
With the Summer Olympic Games returning to Los Angeles in 2028, now is one of the best times to explore the athletic games of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Picture yourself standing on the starting blocks in the stadium of ancient Olympia ready to sprint forward, or sitting in the stands of the great Circus Maximus in Rome as four horse chariots gallop swiftly around the track. In this class, we will learn what it was like to be an athlete in the Greek and Roman world, using ancient artwork and archaeology to guide us. We will even learn to play a few ancient Greek and Roman games ourselves!
Testing myths just like in the real MythBuster's show, this class will require you to use not only your academic skills, but also your imagination and creativity. Let’s figure out how to design our experiments in order to prove or disprove some popular myths in a variety of imaginative ways. We will inspire each other to wonder, design, test, and calculate in order to arrive at scientific conclusions. You will learn to use skills and develop processes to solve problems and ultimately, you will learn to think like a scientist. This will definitely be a fun and challenging class!
Based on a class Dr. Lessie used to teach at UCLA, this course combines the viewing of classic films with a behind the scenes look at the history of the film industry in southern California. Every day or two, we will watch one complete film that represents a new stage in the evolution of Hollywood cinema, from the earliest silent films up through the present day. We will cover a variety of genres in our survey of American film, and through class discussion and other activities we will develop a greater understanding of how historical context – the time, place, and culture in which a film is made as well as the personnel who make it – is key to understanding and appreciating a work of cinematic art.
Everyone and everything has a story. For human beings, storytelling has been our main form of communicating knowledge, messages, experiences and wisdom to others since the beginning of time. In The Telling Room, students will enter a world where they will find their voice through telling learning and experimenting different ways to convey their own true stories, as well as creating new stories in the voice of someone or something else. A storyteller is a magician, artist, and creator who uses themes of life’s challenges and connection to the natural world to teach about relationships. It is an experience that contributes to the listener’s life. Prepare to have fun, create, and be the spinner of many a tall tale around the campfire this summer!
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!
Students will learn Video Game fundamentals with the easy-to-use, free video game design enviorment called Stencyl. Stencyl is a game creation platform that allows users to create 2D video games for computers, mobile devices, and the web. Students will create characters, develop stories and learn the mechanics of online game coding. No coding experience necessary.
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.
Bring your completed artwork and we will help you to photograph it and create your own website portfolio to show-off your wonderful creations. This class will teach you how to work with a simple and free website template to create your very own website portfolio. Basic photography and Adobe Photoshop skills will be necessary to help you to complete this task. Some intermediate photography and Adobe Photoshop assignments will also be given which will require you to bring your own digital camera to class.
The Electoral College, Trumps Election, Midterm elections and the Big One for President in 2020?
Students will examine some details of the 2016 Trump presidential election as well as explore what is ahead in the midterm elections of 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 Constitutional framework and Federalism with a keen eye to the President in 2020.
Weaving is a centuries old skill that is both practical and beautiful. This three-week introduction to weaving focuses on weaving as self-expression. Students will be learning the basics of lap loom weaving. Based on time and student work, students may create one or more pieces of weaving. This course will include information on types of materials and other weaving information. Designed for grades 6-12.
This class will introduce students to the incredibly fun and challenging collectable card game, Magic: The Gathering. From the first day of class students will take on the role of sorcerers and will learn to cast spells and summon creatures in the context of this strategy-based, table-top card game. Students will use math and develop clear communication skills while enjoying basic gameplay with their peers and learning about strategic deck construction. The class will be designed for the complete novice so all are welcome to come tap some mana and cast some spells!
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.
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.
Faculty: Heather Sweet (Session 1) and 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 lifelong 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.