Programs
PolySummer 2018

Fifth Grade

List of 127 items.

  • A Stitch in Time 4-8

    Faculty: Suzie Arther
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
    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!
  • Adventure, Story-telling . . . and Chocolate? 4-5

    Faculty: Kara Ramirez
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    Do you like reading? Do you like humor?  Do you like chocolate?  If you said yes to any of these questions, you will LOVE Nanny Piggins and her antics.  If you said no, Nanny Piggins wouldn't care--you will like her anyway!  This class will read the novel, Adventures of Nanny Piggins while working on theatrical storytelling, plot-inspired projects and menus fit for a pig.  A bit of a spoof on Mary Poppins, this class will help you fall in love with reading, pigs and poking fun of all things adult. This class is also recommended for adults whose humor may be lacking. Targeted for students entering grade 4 or 5. Reluctant readers and reading enthusiasts will both love Nanny Piggins!
  • Aloha, Ukulele! 3-5

    Faculty: Megan Foley (Session 1) & Anne Walsh (Session 2)
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
    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!
  • Basketball Camp

    Faculty: Brad Hall
    Grades 2-7
    Duration: June 11-15
    Time: 1 to 4 p.m. (Note: This class takes place prior to the regular summer session.)
    Cost: $200
    Basketball Camp is specifically designed for players who want to have fun and improve their skills in basketball. We will have daily contests and games. All activities will take place in the gym. Camp will stress basic individual offensive skills and all campers will be taught the proper way to shoot a basketball. Camp will include instruction in passing, ball handling, and scoring moves. We will play full court games every day.
     
  • Basketball Fun 3-5

    Faculty: Mike Teller (Session 1) & Ugonna Onyekwe (Session 2)
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    This basketball activity class focuses on having fun while learning the basic skills of basketball. A large portion of each class will be spent competing in contests and playing fun basketball games.
  • Basketball Fun 4-6

    Faculty: Mike Teller (Session 1) and Ugonna Onyekwe (Session 2)
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    This basketball activity class focuses on having fun while learning the basic skills of basketball. A large portion of each class will be spent competing in contests and playing fun basketball games.
  • Basketball FUNdamentals for Girls 4-7

    Faculty: Dana Huley
    Grades: 4-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
    This basketball activity class focuses on having fun while learning the basic skills of basketball. A large portion of each class will be spent competing in contests and playing fun basketball games.
  • Batters Up! Baseball Clinic 3-7

    Faculty: Joe Cotti
    Grades: 3-7
    Duration/ Sessions:3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    Do you want to hit the ball harder and more consistently? Do you want to be able to field ground balls and fly balls easier and with more confidence? Then this is the session for you. Open to boys and girls in grades 3 through 7 who want to improve and have more fun playing baseball or softball by improving their hitting and fielding. During this three week session we will improve the skill level through different drills and games.
  • Beginning Archery 4-6

    Faculty: Jeffrey Gin
    Grades:4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    Cultivate your inner Robinhood, Merida or Katness Everdeen—join the adventure! Archery has a history dating back to the Stone Age.  Practiced in nearly all cultures of the world, references to archery appears in Greek and Roman mythology as well as more recently in books and movies. Anyone capable of understanding and following instructions can learn to shoot a bow.  In this 3 week course, students will be introduced to basic techniques of outdoor archery. The instruction will emphasize the care and use of equipment, range safety, stance and shooting techniques. This course is meant for beginners with no prior archery experience. All equipment will be provided and instruction will be given by a certified instructor. Come and experience the ancient sport of archery!
  • Beginning Fencing 4-6

    Faculty: Eric Holmgren
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C or E
    Cost: $270
     
    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. 
  • Beginning Water Polo 4-8

    Faculty: Ryan Katsuyama
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
     
    This class is designed to introduce students to the sport of water polo through various exercises and drills that will help develop their basic skills. Session 1 will focus on skill development while session 2 will incorporate team play and strategy (though session 2 only students may focus more of their time on skills developed in session 1). Prerequisite - students should be comfortable with basic swimming skills and be able to tread water for up to 5 minutes.
  • Board Gaming is More than Just Fun

    Faculty: Dante Barsotti
    Grades: 4-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Book Lover’s Book Club 4-8

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Building a Sports Franchise 5-9

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grades: 5-9
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • California History Time Travel 3-5

    Faculty: Katherine Warner
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    Soar through time as we explore the exciting and diverse history of the Golden State. From Native American lifestyles to European exploration to the wild west Gold Rush, discover California's fascinating past. Our journey through time will include creating projects, reading and writing stories, playing games, and watching videos. Put your explorer hat on, grab your magnifying glass, and come adventure through the highlights of California history!
  • Camp Cookies 2-5

    Faculty: Raleigh Young
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): DE (2 period class)
    Cost: $270
     
    Are you Crazy for Cookies, Koo Koo for Cupcakes, or Mad for Muffins? Well, if you are...this is the class for you. We will feature and bake a new cookie, cupcake, or muffin daily. Our culinary adventures will be complemented with cookie, cupcake or muffin related stories and inspired art. By the end of the session we will publish our own Cookbook filled with artwork and baker's comments. Please note, if allergies are an issue, nuts and dairy products may be in some of the recipes.

    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.
  • Classical Greek and Roman Mythology 4-6

    Faculty: Dr. Alexander Lessie
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session  2 ONLY
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
    Have you ever wondered whether the Percy Jackson novels are accurate? Or how to tell the difference between a statue of Zeus and one of Poseidon? Or where is Mt. Olympus exactly? In this age-appropriate introduction to Classical Mythology, we will be learning everything you ever wanted to know about the gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines of ancient Greece and Rome. We will read a few classic tales, look at some masterpieces of ancientand modern art, and learn about some of the geography and history of the ancient Mediterranean world. We will learn what people mean when they use the term “myth”, and we will even have the opportunity to do some creative writing and illustrate a few myths of our own!
  • Coding for Kids 3-5

    Faculty: Marie Munoz
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D or F
    Cost: $270
     
    Coding for Kids is an intermediate course designed to reinforce and extend the skills of future computer scientists. Student will explore different programming languages and databases to apply their knowledge of fundamental skills in order to make their own drawings and games.
  • Computer Skills: Processing, Presentations and Collaboration Tools 5-6

    Faculty: Melissa Aguilar
    Grades: 5-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
    This exciting course will assist students in developing their research, processing and presentation skills, using various types of media such as Google Drive, Microsoft Office, and other online creation presentation tools such as Padlet, Prezi, Powtoons etc. We will explore how to conduct basic searches for research and determine trustworthy sites and learn how to save and locate documents correctly on internal and external drives. This course will advance and showcase work skills that will help students succeed in the classroom all while having fun. Please note: This is not a keyboarding or typing class.
  • Creating Art with your Smart Phone 4-8

    Faculty: Michelle Feynman
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): D or E
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Creative Crochet & Knitting 3-6

    Faculty: Sherlyn Burns
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    Learn to crochet and knit using needles, a loom or even your fingers! There are endless creative stitches to learn to make scarves, hats, pillows and more! This class is designed for beginners and intermediate knitters and crocheters. Simple stitches will be taught and students can advance at their own pace. More advanced stitches, patterns, and projects will be taught to meet varying skill levels.
  • Creative Deconstruction 5-7

    Faculty: Dr. Susie Kim & Christine Mak
    Grades: 5-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
     
    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!
  • Creative Writing - Not So Happily Ever After 5-6

    Faculty: Amy Jaffe
    Grades: 5-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    What happens when things don’t end the way you expect them to? In this class, we will examine traditional story arcs and plot development, and once we understand them, we will tear them apart! This class will teach kids the correct way to to add plot twists, alternative endings, and shocking conclusions to what initially seem to be humdrum stories. Come write some thrillers, horrors, and dramas in this exciting and creative writing class.
  • Designing the Games We Play 5-7

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grades: 5-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Discover the Writer within You 5-7

    Faculty: Kim Hall
    Grades: 5-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): AB (2 period class)
    Cost: $540
     
    Students will develop confidence and experience the joy of creative writing within a variety of genres. Over the three-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.
  • Drawing Fun with Pastels 3-6

    Faculty: Patty Nelson & Rachel Venezia
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    In this course, students will explore and develop their artistic side through the use of chalk pastels. They will learn drawing, blending and shading techniques to achieve life-like results. A variety of subject matter will be explored, from animals to landscapes and even animated characters.
  • Drummin Summerin 4-6

    Faculty: Anne Walsh
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
    As American percussionist and musicologist Mickey Hart puts it “The Drum Circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves. To form group consciousness. To entertain and resonate. By entertainment, I mean that a new voice, a collective voice, emerges from the group as they drum together.” Within the learning of basic sequence of rhythms and meter, the music will be improvised and co-created by the students in the circle. Students will get to make their own instrument using a variety of craft supplies and templates to create different types of instruments. In this circle, the sounds, hearts, minds, and ears are one.
  • Enameling 2-5

    Faculty: Allan Schaefer
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A or D
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Enameling 5-12

    Faculty: Allan Schaefer
    Grades: 5-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 6 weeks/ Combined Session
    Period(s): B or C
    Cost: $540
     
    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.
  • Escape Room 5-7

    Faculty: Suzie Arther & Mandy Madnikoff
    Grades: 5-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    Have you ever tried the exciting interactive challenge of an Escape Room? Come join us and create your own challenging puzzle room to escape from. We will spend the first two weeks creating different challenges and the last week solving each others riddles and clues to "escape" the rooms.
  • Exploring Science Through Experiments 5-6

    Faculty: Nishat Alikhan
    Grades: 5-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C or E
    Cost: $270
     
    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 laboratory workbench, classes will include dissecting owl pellets, using solar energy to cook and to power machines, mimicking the process of fossilization to create fossils that can be taken home, and geological analysis of rocks among a host of other fun activities. By the end of the session, students will have gained a deeper appreciation for the various branches of science through active participation in their acquisition of scientific knowledge. Note: The first and second sessions will be identical in the material they cover.
  • Extreme Crafts 3-5

    Faculty: Maria Fleming
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    Extreme Crafts are a giant step up and away from Fuse beads, pot holders and woven lanyards. We will make our own hula-hoops, summer " snow" globes, DIY "neon" signs, plaster masks, patriotic wreaths, jewelry making and other hands-on projects for those students who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get creative.
  • Football 2-5

    Faculty: Antonio Harrison
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Friendship Bracelet 3-5

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    Friendship bracelets have been made and exchanged throughout history around the world. We will learn about many different types of friendship bracelets and make them using many different materials, including Rainbow bands, embroidery thread, lanyard, and beads. We will learn about craft techniques and practices from cultures around the world. Here's to long-lasting friendships!
  • Fun with Cubelets and Legos! 2-5

    Faculty: Beverly Goldin
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B or C
    Cost: $270
     
    In this course students will play fun games and complete challenging puzzles through the use of cublets and legos. Cubelets are magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots with no programming and no wires. This course will that valuable critical reasoning, beginnng programming and mathematical thinking skills. Students have so much fun they don’t even realize they’re learning!
  • Fun with Frisbees! 5-8

    Faculty: Owen Kiely
    Grades: 5-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
    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!
  • Fun with Geometry through Building 3-5

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    Construction is a natural and hands-on way to learn about geometry.  Beginning with building simple geometric shapes, students will use a variety of materials such as paper, craft sticks, card board, and even candy, to develop an understanding of geometric properties.  Then, students will have fun constructing polyhedra, or solid figures with many faces, while learning to problem-solve and collaborate.
  • Genius Hour 3-5

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    Ever had a wondering you wanted to learn more about? Is there a problem in your life that you would like to try to solve with something you create or invent? Is there a cause or concern about the world you would like to address? Then Genius Hour is the class for you. During Genius Hour, students will research, plan, develop, and carry out projects of their own choosing, based on their unique interests. We build skills as communicators, collaborators, critical thinkers, and creators. In Genius Hour, you are in charge of your own learning! So, what are you waiting for? Let's get started!
  • Graphic Organizers - The Ultimate Brain Strengthening Tool 3-5

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    This class will focus on using graphic organizers to become a more effective thinker, writer, and life learner. Graphic organizers are powerful tools that can be used at all levels across many disciplines. We will focus our learning on the circle map (used to brainstorm topics), the bubble-map (for describing in detail), the double bubble map (to compare/contrast), the bridge-map (for analogies), the flow map (to sequence), the tree map (for categorizing) the multi-flow map (used to analyze cause-effect relationships), and the brace map (used to break a physical object into its components). Students will apply these organizers to topics of high interest making the learning process fun, informative, and educational.
  • Hand Built Ceramics 4-6

    Faculty: Tricia Marrs
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C or D
    Cost: $270
     
    Students will create a variety of hand built ceramics using slab, pinch, and coil methods. A variety of surface textures and glazing techniques will be explored and utilized. Projects for 2018 include square plates, a box, coil pots, 3D fish, birdhouse, animal bowls, and more. Students are asked to bring a back pack every day to ceramics class.
  • iDance 3-5

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri (Session 1) & Ericalynn Priolo (Session 2)
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    This class offers the opportunity to learn jazz, hip hop, and ballet techniques using age-appropriate music. Students will increase coordination, strength, flexibility, and performance skills while learning fun dance routines.
  • Intro to Indoor/Outdoor Volleyball 3-5

    Faculty: Jack Prater
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Introduction to Golf 3-5

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
    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! 
  • ISEE Test Prep Math Focus for Grades 4-5

    Faculty: Julia DiCicco
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    This course is for students seeking admission to grades 5 and 6. We will be covering the mathematical aspects of the ISEE exam, which includes mathematics (arithmetic, basic algebra, and geometry) and quantitative reasoning (word problems, graphs, charts, etc). Students will cover relevant material for test preparation, learn study techniques, and take timed exams in-class.
  • ISEE Test Prep Verbal Focus for Grades 4-5

    Faculty: Julia DiCicco
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    This course is for students seeking admission to grades 5 and 6. We will be covering the verbal aspects of the ISEE exam, which includes essay writing, reading comprehension, and verbal reasoning. Students will cover relevant material for test preparation, learn about study techniques, and take timed exams in-class.
  • Issues and Debate in Sports 5-9

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grades: 5-9
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Jedi Council 5-9

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grades: 5-9
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): DE (a 2 period class)
    Cost: $540
     
    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!
  • Journaling through Smash Books 4-5

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grades: 4 - 5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
    Students will love journaling when it involves artistic expression and creativity.  Each student will create her/his own Smash book where they will get to “SMASH” artifacts like photographs, movie or concert tickets, or sports ribbons in their book.  Each week will focus on a different theme.  Students will gain a love of journaling in this unique way that they will be able to carry on long after the class is over.
  • Junior Journalism 3-5

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow, Amy Jaffe, and Katie Currin
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    This just in! Poly Summer School is starting its very own summer newspaper. Students will learn the basics of writing a news article, along with interview skills, and revision and editing techniques to put together a summer newspaper. This class offers writers of all levels a chance to sharpen their writing skills over the summer in a fun, engaging way. Students will also get to take pictures and learn some basic concepts of newspaper design and layout.
  • Junior Journalism 4-6

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow, Amy Jaffe & Katie Currin
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    This just in! Poly Summer School is starting its very own summer newspaper. Students will learn the basics of writing a news article, along with interview skills, and revision and editing techniques to put together a summer newspaper. This class offers writers of all levels a chance to sharpen their writing skills over the summer in a fun, engaging way. Students will also get to take pictures and learn some basic concepts of newspaper design and layout.
  • Keyboarding

    Faculty: Linda Breen
    Grades: 3-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B, C, D, E, or F
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Kitchen Chemistry 5-6

    Faculty: Maria D'Amato & Nishat Alikhan
    Grades: 5-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s):B
    Cost: $270
     
    Let’s combine a love of food with some really fun chemistry experiments! Explore the science behind cinnamon rolls and learn about how the presence or lack of yeast can affect the overall density of a delicious breakfast treat, what it takes to make some of your favorite candy or how Bunsen burners can be used to bake delicious desserts! Our hands-on experiments will challenge students to take on the roles of scientist and chef as they boil, bake, and toast their way to a better understanding of science concepts. This class is just as tasty as it is fascinating.
  • Knit One, Purl One - Beginning Knitting

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grades: 3-9
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
     
    Cool, cozy, and creative, knitting is a great skill, a life-long hobby, and a fun way to keep your hands busy while watching TV, at sporting events, and during long car and plane rides. In the process of creating one or more knitting projects to take home, each student will learn basic knitting terminology, casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, simple ribbing, and binding off. Students will be able to choose from a variety of projects including headbands, cowls, mini purses, scarves, hats, and others. All supplies will be provided.
  • Learning Spanish through Fun Apps & More 2-5

    Faculty: Marcela vonBreymann
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    Students will be able to expand their Spanish vocabulary, develop their grammar skills, and learn cultural facts about Spanish-speaking countries through a variety of fun computer programs and apps, as well as through interactive games and animated stories on the smart board. Open to students of all levels, as each student advances as his/her own pace.
  • Learning to Play Chess - Beginner

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grades: 3-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    This class will teach beginner players how to play chess and to better acquaint them with this great game. Students will learn about the pieces, their movements, and basic strategies. There will be many opportunities for games against fellow players, as well as chess puzzles to help students become better players. As their knowledge of chess improves, they will learn more complex beginning, middle and end game tactics. Fun variations of the game, such as speed chess and team chess, will also be explored.
  • Learning to Play Chess - Intermediate 3-7

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grades: 3-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate 5-8

    Faculty: Melan Jaick
    Grades: 5-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): BC (a 2 period course)
    Cost: $540
     
    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.
  • Love That Dog - Exploring Poetry Through Novel Study 3-5

    Faculty: Katie Currin
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    Calling all dog lovers!  Students in this course will read and analyze the poetry presented in Sharon Creech's novel, Love That Dog.  Students would use the poetry presented in the book as a model to write their own poems.  Students will practice their writing mechanics and spelling as they develop poems to be included in a class anthology that they will get to take home at the end of the course.  This course offers a fun and engaging way to get kids to write during the summertime!
  • Math Mysteries

    Faculty: Stephanie Grissom
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
    Inspired by Mathnet, this course will motivate your child to strap on their detective hat and use their mathematical skills to investigate and solve various crimes and mysteries. The content of this class will include money calculations, area of basic shapes, ratios and other concepts appropriate for grades 4 through 6.
  • Math: Movies, Games and Logic Puzzles 5-7

    Faculty: Roberto Alvarez
    Grades: 5-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    Students will explore a variety of games involving cards and puzzles that emphasize that 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.
  • Meaning Makers Reading Comprehension

    Faculty: Kathy Ford
    Grades: 5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    In this course, students will focus on making meaning while they read. Each day, they will engage in a variety of oral and written language activities targeting skills that support reading comprehension. They will also receive direct instruction in essential reading comprehension skills and apply that knowledge to the interpretation of various text features, forms, and genres.
  • Memory and Logic Development Through Games 3-5

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff (Session 1) & Katherine Warner (Session 2)
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    Boost memory skills and strategic thinking through fun, interactive games. Learn about the amazing human brain and train your mind to have better memory recall and reasoning while having fun!
  • Memory and Logic Development through Games 5-8

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grades: 5-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    Boost memory skills and strategic thinking through fun, interactive games. Learn about the amazing human brain and train your mind to have better memory recall and reasoning while having fun!
  • Middle School Math - Problem Solving and Discovery 5-6

    Faculty: Jason Rose
    Grades: 5-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s):  A
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Minecraft Free Play 3-5

    Faculty: Sarah Nua
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    Minecraft lovers unite! If you are an experienced Minecrafter,this is a great chance for you to meet and get to know other Minecrafters as you enjoy playing in the same world and the same room! If you're a beginner interested in learning and exploring the world of Minecraft, you're also welcome! Students are encouraged to collaborate and share in the experience as they move through the game.  Students will be able to create their own worlds, work together in those worlds and experience both creative and survival modes as they build to their hearts content. The teacher will serve as the facilitator.
  • Minecraft Free Play 4-7

    Faculty: Sarah Nua
    Grades: 4-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B or F
    Cost: $270
     
    Minecraft lovers unite! If you are an experienced Minecrafter,this is a great chance for you to meet and get to know other Minecrafters as you enjoy playing in the same world and the same room! If you're a beginner interested in learning and exploring the world of Minecraft, you're also welcome! Students are encouraged to collaborate and share in the experience as they move through the game.  Students will be able to create their own worlds, work together in those worlds and experience both creative and survival modes as they build to their hearts content. The teacher will serve as the facilitator.
  • Musical Theater: Disney's Aladdin KIDS 3-5

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill & Lisa Joffrey
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 6 weeks/ Combined Session
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $540
     
    Disney’s Aladdin is sure to send everyone soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. When Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are here in a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love. Opportunities abound in this production for the ensemble of marketplace hawkers, gymnasts, wrestlers, bread-sellers, puppeteers, royal guards, royal trumpeters, to further dazzle! Friends and family will be invited to the final performances which will take place in the Thursday and Friday classes of week 6.
  • Musical Theater: Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. 5-8

    Faculty: Mrs. Gaskill and Ms. Joffrey
    Grades: 5-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2
    Period(s): CD
    Cost: $540

    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. 
  • Musical Theater: Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. 5-8

    Faculty:Mrs. Gaskill and Ms. Joffrey 
    Grades: 5-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2
    Period(s): CD
    Cost: $540

    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. 
  • Musical Theater: Grease - School Version

    Faculty:Mrs. Gaskill and Ms. Joffrey
    Grades: 5-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 
    Period(s): CD
    Cost: $540
     
    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!!!
  • Musical Theater: Grease - School Version 5-8

    Faculty: Mrs. Gaskill and Ms. Joffrey
    Grades: 5-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1
    Period(s): CD
    Cost: $540
     
    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!!!
  • Noted! A Note Taking Skills Workshop 5-6

    Faculty: Kathy Ford
    Grades: 5-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    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).
  • Number Theory 5-7

    Faculty: Roberto Alvarez
    Grades: 5-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    In this course, we will look into the magic of numbers. We will explore ideas used by mathemagicians to solve difficult problems in their head. The curriculum will cover concepts that relate to modular arithmetic, cryptography, number bases, and solving challenging logic puzzles.
  • Online storytelling with Scratch 3-6

    Faculty: Beverly Goldin
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    Want to learn to program or code? If so, this class is for you! Using Scratch, students will program their own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively, all essential skills for life long learning.
  • Painting Fun with Watercolors 3-6

    Faculty: Patty Nelson & Rachel Venezia
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    Students will explore the basics of watercolor: choosing the right brushes, paint and paper, mixing colors and learning about the different types of washes. Students will create several finished paintings from a variety of subject matter while learning and increasing their confidence in this medium.
  • Painting, Silk Screen & Collage

    Faculty: Jamie Barry
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B or D
    Cost: $270
     
    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 Grades 3-5

    Faculty: Kristin Schmoke
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    Revisit the fun and messy art of Paper Mache. We will get our hands gooey while wecreate animals, decorations, lanterns and other things from our imagination withnewspaper, glue and paint. No experience needed. Bring your imagination and let the fun begin!
  • Parodies and Music Videos 3-5

    Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    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!
  • Pasadena Idol 3-5

    Faculty: Anne Walsh
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C (Session 1) and B (Session 2)
    Cost: $270
    The Ultimate music experience for kids who love to sing! Do you want to be the next Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson? Be ready to get your voice in gear in a camp that teaches you about harmony, pitch, and tone without the harsh Simon-style criticism.
  • Photography Fun for Beginners 5-12

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grades: 5-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2
    Period(s): B or C
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Playing with Nature's Blocks - Temporary Public Sculpture 3-8

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grades: 3-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B or F
    Cost: $270
     
    This class will explore the exciting ways sculpture is affected by the outdoors. Art experiments will be made in the physical landscape, which will in turn take effect on the sculptural objects themselves. Working independently and in groups, students will develop temporary, non-intrusive public sculptures in a variety of materials on the Poly campus and explore ideas of non-permanence in relation to art making and creativity. How is a pile of fallen leaves like a sculpture? How long does it last? Historical examples of artworks made in the landscape will be introduced and reacted to through new creations in the courtyards, lawns and public spaces of the school. Some sculptures will lasts for one minute, some for a day, a week and more. Students will observe, record and consider changes taking place to their installed artworks due to environmental factors like weather, sprinkler systems, and community interaction. This class will provide the campus with many intimate and expansive public artworks, which will enliven the school grounds. Students will gain a greater sensitivity for their surroundings and respect for the environment in the process.
  • Poly Coding Club - Javascript 3-5

    Faculty: Derek Weisel
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    This course provides an introduction to Python programming language. Python is an easy-to-learn programming language that has great features for a beginning programmer. The code is easy to read compared to many other programming languages, and the programs run in an interactive shell that is fun to experiment with. Students will use Python to learn fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, and conditional statements. Using Python, students will begin to learn how to use math and computer code to think creatively. This is a 3-week course that repeats in the second session and cannot be taken twice.  Students interested in an additional three week experience should consider enrolling in the Poly Coding Club – JavaScript course.
  • Poly Coding Club - Javascript 5-12

    Faculty: Derek Weisel
    Grades: 5-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    This course provides an introduction to JavaScript programming language. (NOTE:This course is on JavaScript and is a completely different then the programming language named Java.) In this class you’ll begin to learn to program with JavaScript, the language of the Web. JavaScript is a great programming language to learn because it’s used everywhere. Web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer all use JavaScript. In this course you’ll build up your knowledge of JavaScript gradually, starting with JavaScript’s simple data types, before moving onto complex types, control structures, and functions. This is a 3-week course that repeats in the second session and cannot be taken twice.  Students interested in an additional three-week experience should consider enrolling in the Poly Coding Club – Python.
  • Poly Coding Club - Python 3-5

    Faculty: Derek Weisel
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    The course provides an introduction to JavaScript programming language. (NOTE:This course is on JavaScript and is a completely different then the programming language named Java.) In this class you’ll begin to learn to program with JavaScript, the language of the Web. JavaScript is a great programming language to learn because it’s used everywhere. Web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer all use JavaScript. In this course you’ll build up your knowledge of JavaScript gradually, starting with JavaScript’s simple data types, before moving onto complex types, control structures, and functions. This is a 3-week course that repeats in the second session and cannot be taken twice.  Students interested in an additional three-week experience should consider enrolling in the Poly Coding Club – Python.
  • Poly Coding Club - Python 5-12

    Faculty: Derek Weisel
    Grades: 5-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    This course provides an introduction to Python programming language. Python is an easy-to-learn programming language that has great features for a beginning programmer. The code is easy to read compared to many other programming languages, and the programs run in an interactive shell that is fun to experiment with. Students will use Python to learn fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, and conditional statements. Using Python, students will begin to learn how to use math and computer code to think creatively. This is a 3-week course that repeats in the second session and cannot be taken twice.  Students interested in an additional three week experience should consider enrolling in the Poly Coding Club – JavaScript course.
  • Poly Globetrotters: Exploring World Geography & Cultures 3-6

    Faculty: Marcela vonBreymann (Session 1) and Ugonna Onyekwe (Session 2)
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C (Session 1) or A (Session 2)
    Cost: $270
     
    Students will widen their world-view by learning about different cultures in the seven continents and by sharpening their geography skills. The students will utilize two major educational resource databases that are available through the Poly Library: CultureGrams and Maps101, which provide a variety of media such as fun facts buttons, audio and video clips, interactive maps, geography games, stories, and animations. The students will also have the chance to explore the lives of children around the world and their families, through the award-winning educational video series “Families of the World” by Arden Media LLC.
  • Poly Summer Olympics 3-8

    Faculty: Rob Mikels & Jamie Bell
    Grades: 3-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D or E
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Poly Summer Swim 3-6

    Faculty: Heather Sweet
    Grades: 3-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    This swim 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.
  • Poly Summer Swim 5-8

    Faculty: Heather Sweet
    Grades: 5-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Print Making

    Faculty: Jamie Barry
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C or E
    Cost: $270
     
    In this class, students will be introduced to different types of printmaking by making art projects, including silk screening, collographs, styrofoam prints, and femo clay beads.
  • Quidditch for the Muggle-Born 4-7

    Faculty: Elle Wong & Katrina Damasco
    Grades: 4-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    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!
  • Reader’s Workshop Grades 4-5

    Faculty: Dr. Molly Trinh Wiebe
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C, D, or F
    Cost: $270
     
    The art of reading is learned and developed through engagement and practice.  The Reader’s Workshop class will focus on supporting students to work on their reading interests, fluency, and comprehension strategies.  Through methods such as reading aloud and shared reading, your child will have the opportunity to:  (a) explore and read a variety of genres and topics; (b) learn strategies to find ‘just right’ books; (c) read and talk about books they enjoy; and finally, (d) develop their reading interests and reader’s identity.
  • Robotics 4-5

    Faculty: Michael Minto
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A or B
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Saw It, Pinned it, Made it! 5-8

    Faculty: Bobbie Jo Dobbs & Lily Harris
    Grades: 5-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    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!
  • Sew Like You Mean It - Beginning Crochet

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grades: 5-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    Students will learn basic crochet stitches: slip, chain, and single crochet, the ?foundation that will translate to all ?future ?projects. Then the real fun begins! With teacher guidance, and examples as inspirations, students are encouraged to embark on their own creative crochet projects.
  • Sew Like You Mean It - Beginning Machine Sewing

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grades: 5-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    Sew your own reversible cross-body bag! 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 complete our projects.
  • Sew Like You Mean It - Intermediate Machine Sewing

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grades: 5-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    Sew your own drawstring pajama pants! 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.
  • Shakespeare for Kids! 4-6

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    Knowing some Shakespeare early in life provides immeasurable benefits.  In this class, students will explore the beauty, wisdom, and humor of some of the finest writing in history.  Students will be introduced to the Bard by learning to read and memorize accessible passages, while adding dramatic flair and building reading fluency. Together, we will delve a bit into the historical context and do creative arts to accompany some of the verses.  Reciting passages from Shakespeare will increase your child’s confidence level, verbal ability, and understanding of our rich literary history, all while having fun in a warm, friendly environment.  Please note that while we will emphasize expressiveness and encourage physical movement, this is not a drama or theatre class.
  • Soccer Camp

    Faculty: Doug Jolly
    Grades: 2-8
    Duration/ Session: Poly Summer Sports Camp June 11-15
    Time: 9 - noon
    Cost: $200
    Come join us for an exciting, educational, fun week of soccer. Whether students have never played soccer before or are experienced team players, they will have a place at Poly’s week-long soccer camp. Through skills training, small-sided games, futsal and much more, each player will get individualized attention in an effort to develop touch, confidence, and game sense. Poly’s own 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.
  • Socrates Cafe and the Love of Questions 4-6

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    Get a taste of Philosophy in 15 days! Kids grab a snack and a drink and gather to talk about their thoughts and concepts of the world through an inclusive and participatory setting and a method of questioning inspired by the philosopher, Socrates.
  • Stop Motion Animation 4-6

    Faculty: Remi Silva & Maria Fleming
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    Create stop motion animation projects using claymation, toy animation, hand drawn animation, and live animation. Learn the basic principles and skills of stop motion animation and work on the process of story development, character emotions, special effects, and much more! A viewing party will be held on the last day of class and students will be provided with a DVD, flash drive, or email of their projects.
  • Study Skills - Time Management and Organization 5-7

    Faculty: Kim Hall
    Grades: 5-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): D or E
    Cost: $270
     
    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 and taking tests, and managing homework.
  • Sweet, Sweet, Summer - Culinary and Pastry Skills

    Faculty: Maria Fleming
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E or F
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Swim, Swim, Swim! 1-5

    Faculty: Charlene Beerman (Session 1 only), Rob Mikels & Heather Sweet
    Grades: 1-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A or B or C
    Cost: $270
     
    The goal of this class is to have fun and gain a love of swimming. Students will be put into groups according to their ability; some students are learning to swim while others will be improving technique and learning new strokes. Daily, students will do a warm-up activity, a swim lesson, and finish the class with free time to play or practice new skills. Swimsuit, towel, and shoes are necessary.
  • Swimming of All Sorts 5-8

    Faculty: Rob Mikels & Jamie Bell
    Grades: 5-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • The Ancient Olympics and Roman Gladiatorial Games 5-8

    Faculty: Dr. Alexander Lessie
    Grades: 5-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session  2 ONLY
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
    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!
  • The Art of French Cooking 3-7

    Faculty: Audrey Tumoine
    Grades: 3-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    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.

    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.
  • The Graphic Novel

    Faculty: Yvonne Castillo
    Grades: 5-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
     
    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 Meaning of Fractions & Percents 4-5

    Faculty: Melissa Aguilar
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
    Many students learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide with fractions but never master WHY? Why must you use a common denominator to add and subtract? We understand what it means to divide by 2, but what does it mean to divide by a 1/2? In this class the students will complete various projects and puzzles as they delve into the mysteries of fractions and percents in an effort to master the Why as well as the How of fractions and percents.
  • The Money Management Game 4-6

    Faculty: Cole Hoffman
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    In this course students will learn all about introductory money management and life skills. They will apply, interview, and perform the duties of different classroom jobs such as banker, auditor, and police officer. Based off of their jobs they will earn a fixed salary of classroom currency with which to pay bills such as the weekly rent for their desk with options to pay extra for health and renters insurance. Should one take the oopportunity to spend excess currency on various class prizes presented along the way? Should one try and build same savings for a rainy day? It may be very important to budget well because no one can predict when "disaster" may strike.
  • The Reluctant Reader 4-6

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    This class is for students who “Hate to Read” students who consistently start but do not finish books and students have difficulty finding reading material that they enjoy. The goal of this class is to help reluctant readers develop the skills to find books that they would like to read, and finishing books. This class will look at various types of reading material including: Newspapers, Ebooks, Audio books, websites, short stories and fiction books. We will also look at various authors that will appeal to reluctant readers. Through games, class discussion, and one on one time with the teachers, students will understand their reluctance to read, and develop skills that will ultimately support their consistent reading.
  • The Science of Myth Busting 4-8

    Faculty: Maria D'Amato
    Grades: 4-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    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!
  • The Wonderful World of Lanyard Making 2-5

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grades: 2 - 5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
     
    Are you interested in learning the art of Lanyard making? Come join us in this exciting new summer class where we will start at the basic stitches and discover how those simple weaves can transform into incredible creations! We will learn how to add and subtract stitches, weave with beads and even come up with patterns never before seen, the only limit is your creativity. No experience needed.
  • Theater Games 5 -8

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill & Lisa Joffrey
    Grades: 5-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    Come and join this active class and develop your sense of play, storytelling, performance, and comic timing. By learning to improvise you will develop your imagination and intuition even more than before. Not only will you have an entertaining time, but these skills are also useful in every aspect of learning and life. You will be quick to think and play, and you will learn to expect the unexpected!
  • Theatrical & Fantasy Make-Up Design

    Faculty: Lisa Joffrey
    Grades: 3-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
     
    Turn into a Zombie or Dracula! How about being a Kabuki or Opera star? Everyday we will create new characters to bring to life in this exciting design class.
  • Tinkercard + 3D Printing

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grades: 5-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    Students will learn the HOW of 3D printing by working with and monitoring a 3D printer in the classroom. We'll have lively discussions around the WHY of 3D printing while applying practical skills to creative invention. Each student will take home the object they have printed during the session.
  • Tutti a Tavola! Italian Cooking for Kids 3-5

    Faculty: Patrizia Zambetta
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E or F
    Cost: $270
     
     
  • Video Game Design 5-8

    Faculty: Beverly Goldin
    Grades: 5-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E or F
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Vocabulary Building through Games! 4-5

    Faculty: Kara Ramirez
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
    From Hangman to UpWords, from Word Scavenger Hunts to Scrabble and many more in between! In this three-week course, we will enhance our lexicon while learning to play a myriad of word games.  Targeted mini-lessons will augment our knowledge of word game strategies, so we become more ardent competitors.  Or, in simple terms - let's play word games while we learn some new vocabulary!
  • Volleyball Camp

    Faculty: Steve Beerman
    Grades: 3-8
    Duration/ Session: Poly Summer Sports Camp June 11-15
    Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Cost: $135
    Join coach Steve Beerman for Volleyball Camp! Volleyball camp will stress fundamentals and personal improvement while striving for each camper to have a fun enriching experience.
  • Wizardry 101 An Introduction to Magic: The Gathering 5-9

    Faculty: Owen Kiely
    Grades: 5-9
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    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!
  • World Cup Soccer Geography & Strategy 2-6

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grades: 2-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    Students will learn more about the structure of the tournament, the individual countries participating, and current tactics and strategies used in the sport. This class will raise the students’ soccer IQ and deepen their appreciation for “the world’s most beautiful game.”
  • Writer's Workshop - “Life Journaling” 3-5

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    Children have captivating lives. In this class, students will author and illustrate a life journal that document their “life highlights.” The students will learn to improve their writing through the writing process and learn the importance of enriching their stories with sensory details and figurative language.
  • Writer's Workshop - Animal Research & Investigation 4-6

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grades: 4-6
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    Animals are fascinating and children love them. In this class, students will use technology to research animals that are of high interest to them. They will author, and illustrate, their own animal encyclopedia for keepsake. This popular class is perfect for computer savvy nine and ten year olds interested in delving deeper into the captivating animal kingdom.
  • Writer's Workshop - Campfire Stories 3-5

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grades: 3-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    Students will explore various genres that make for a good campfire story, and then craft a polished work of fiction. Together we will learn about what makes a compelling story through the use of mentor texts, graphic organizers, and supportive sharing. Students will have fun expanding their vocabulary by engaging their five senses and developing a love for words. Our finished pieces will be celebrated around a campfire with a Weenie roast and S'Mores!
  • Writer's Workshop - Character Study of Heroes & Heroines

    Faculty: Katherine Warner
    Grades: 4-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
     
    From the magical powers of Harry Potter to the cunning of Katniss Everdeen, students will examine popular heroes and heroines in children’s literature. Students will read excerpts from popular fiction novels and examine film clips to compare and contrast characters in children’s literature and film. Students will then examine their favorite story character and what determine what qualities they possess that makes them a hero.
  • Yoga "en français" 3-7

    Faculty: Audrey Tumoine
    Grades: 3-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    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. Students will 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.
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