Programs
PolySummer 2018

Sixth Grade

List of 136 items.

  • 2D Computer Art

    Faculty: Sheena Klimoski
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • 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!
  • Algebra Through Puzzles 6-8

    Faculty: Roberto Alvarez
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Aloha, Ukulele! 6-8

    Faculty: Megan Foley (Session 1) and Anne Walsh (Session 2)
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B (Session 1) or C (Session 2)
    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!
  • Animal Anatomy Through Dissection 6-8

    Faculty: Elise Espinosa & Maria D'Amato
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Architecture 101

    Faculty: Sheena Klimoski
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Art History Mysteries 6-8

    Faculty: Kate Austin
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    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!
  • 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 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 Archery 6-12

    Faculty: Jeffrey Gin
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    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 Fencing 6-8

    Faculty: Eric Holmgren
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B or D
    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 Photography 6-12

    Faculty: Jennifer Godwin Minto
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): A or C
    Cost: $270
     
    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!
  • 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.
  • Casual Video Production: Going Viral

    Faculty: Michael Minto
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E or F
    Cost: $270
     
    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!
  • Classical Greek and Roman Mythology 3-6

    Faculty: Dr. Alexander Lessie
    Grades: 3-6
    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!
  • 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 Poetry Writing 6-10

    Faculty: Mike Oliviero
    Grades: 6-10
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 ONLY
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
    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.
  • 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.
  • Developing Fitness and Athleticism 6-8

    Faculty: Sheldon Williams
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C or D
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • 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.
  • DNA & Dissections 6-8

    Faculty: Maria D'Amato
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    f 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.
  • Drawing Animals

    Faculty: Sheena Klimoski
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    Draw your pets, horses, or fantasy animals like a pro. This class will cover the basics of drawing all sorts of animals. Students will use pencil, pen, and watercolor paint to create beautiful works of art. Challenges include drawing heads of animals using symmetry, proportions, and noting the differences between animals, drawing animal bodies by simplifying shapes, and how to pose an animal to create action, painting fur, feathers, and textures of animals to make them realistic. As a final project students will draw their animal of choice.
  • Drawing 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.
  • Drawing People

    Faculty: Sheena Klimoski
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • 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.
  • Embroidery for Inspiration

    Faculty: Lisa Heidel
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    Three-week introduction to hand embroidery class designed to inspire creative fiber arts. Students will learn several embroidery stitches and how to use these stitches to create designs of their choosing. They will complete a hot chocolate cozy and a hand towel as well as a third piece of their choosing. Course will include information on kinds of thread, foundation materials, and design creation or selection.
  • Enameling 5-12

    Faculty: Allan Schaefer
    Grades: 5-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 6 weeks/ 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.
  • Fantastic Worlds & the Beasts Inside them, Creative Writing 6-8

    Faculty: Elle Wong
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    “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!
  • Football 6-8

    Faculty: Antonio Harrison
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    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.
  • 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!
  • Fundamental Math Skills 6-8

    Faculty: Roberto Alvarez
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • 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.
  • History Through Comics 6-8

    Faculty: Ira & Mandy Madnikoff
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • I'LL Fixit! Computing - The Computer Disassembly and Repair Course

    Faculty: Patrick Carpenter
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    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!
  • Intro to Indoor/Outdoor Volleyball 6-8

    Faculty: Jack Prater
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    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.
  • Intro to Middle School Economics, Business, and Financial Responsibility

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
     
    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!
  • Introduction to Golf 6-8

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    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 Lower to Middle Level Grades 6-7

    Faculty: Julia DiCicco
    Grades: 6-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): AB (2 period class)
    Cost: $540
     
    This course is for students seeking admission to grades 7 and 8. We will be covering all aspects of the ISEE exam, which includes essay writing, reading comprehension, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning. Students will cover relevant material for test preparation, learn about study techniques, and take numerous timed exams in-class.
  • 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.
  • Italian language through art, music, and games 6 - 8

    Faculty: Patrizia Zambetta
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    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!
  • 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!
  • Joy of Problem Solving 6-8

    Faculty: Roberto Alvarez
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • 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.
  • Knit to Know

    Faculty: Lisa Heidel
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • 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.
  • Lyrics and Songwriting 6-10

    Faculty: Mike Oliviero
    Grades: 6-10
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 ONLY
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 - Parliamentary Debate

    Faculty: Melan Jaich
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): BC (2 period course)
    Cost: $540
     
    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.
  • 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.
  • Middle School Research

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Middle School Writing Workshop for Grades 6-8

    Faculty: Michael Jaffe
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): EF (2 period course)
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Mindset of an Engineer 6-7

    Faculty: Dr. Susie Kim
    Grades: 6-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    How tall can you stack a tower of Legos before it falls? Can you design and build a bridge made of plastic that is strong enough to support two pounds of weight? This course is for students who enjoy tinkering with ideas and employing hands-on activities to gain a better understanding of the laws that govern our physical world. It will enhance their creative thinking skills through collaborative work, and students will obtain a sense of how engineers solve problems through design thinking.
  • 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.
  • Mock Trial... Introduction to Law, Trials and Writing for Court

    Faculty: David Tokofsky
    Grades: 6-11
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 ONLY
    Period(s): A or B
    Cost: $270
    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.
  • 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 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 6-8

    Faculty: Kristin Schmoke
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    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!
  • Parodies and Music Videos 6-8

    Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    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!
  • 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 - Java 6 -12

    Faculty: Derek Weisel
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    This course is intended to introduce the basics of Java programming and the process of building a project in a modular fashion. In this course, students will be introduced to essential computer science concepts using the Java programming language. They will learn about Object Oriented Programming, a technique that allows them to use code written by other programmers in their own programs. Students will be introduced to basic concepts and techniques for programming including algorithms, variables, control structures (decision and looping), text files, writing and usage. The class will not cover any GUI material. This course is designed for grades 6 and above.
  • Poly Coding Club - Javascript 5-12

    Faculty: Derek Weisel
    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 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.
  • Public Speaking

    Faculty:  Melan Jaich
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 6 weeks/ Combined Session 
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $540
     
    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.
  • 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!
  • Robotics 6-8

    Faculty: Michael Minto
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C or D
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • 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.
  • Spanish Grammar and Conversation 6-8

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    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).
  • 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 - Note Taking and Outlining 6-9

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grades: 6-9
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Study Skills - Reading and Writing Skills 6-8

    Faculty: Kim Hall
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Study Skills - Test Taking Strategies and Stress Management 6-9

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grades: 6-9
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • 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.
  • Summer Sing 6-8

    Faculty: Anne Walsh
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $270
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Taking Care of Business - Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship

    Faculty: Steven Clark
    Grades: 6-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    "Taking care of business" is an introduction class to business and entrepreneurship for students entering grades 6 or 7. In this class, students will explore business concepts and real life application. The class will walk through a business plan, implementing marketing strategies, and learning the calculations behind it all. Students will be using various computer programs to conduct and present their projects creatively and informatively. They will experience first-hand what it is like to run their own businesses. Through this class, students will not only hone their writing, communication, and math skills, but also spark the entrepreneur within themselves.
  • Team Debate

    Faculty: Melan Jaich
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 6 weeks/ Combined Session
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $540
     
    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.
  • 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 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 Telling Room - the Art of Storytelling 6-8

    Faculty: Anne Walsh
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $270
    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!
  • 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.
  • Transitioning into Middle School Spanish 6-7

    Faculty: Marcela vonBreyman
    Grades: 6-7
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $270
     
    This course is designed for new sixth and seventh grade students who are entering Poly’s Middle School Spanish Program in the fall (or any other similar program at another school) who have either no previous experience with the language or very minimal. This class will provide an introduction to basic vocabulary and grammar functions, providing a foundation to help develop the student’s confidence in the four skills of the language: speaking, reading, writing, and listening.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Who Will be President in 2021?

    Faculty: David Tokofsky
    Grades: 6-11
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 ONLY
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
    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.
  • Wisdom Weaving 6-12

    aculty: Lisa Heidel
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
    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.
  • 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 - 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.
  • Writing Reinforcement 6-8

    Faculty: Cynthia Crass
    Grades: 6-8
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): CD (2 period course)
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • Writing the History Essay - Conspiracy Theories 6-9

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grades: 6-9
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
  • 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.
  • Yogalates 6-12

    Faculty: Heather Sweet (Session 1) and September Glover (Session 2)
    Grades: 6-12
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $270
     
    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.
     

Course planning grids

The following downloadable files are schematics showing the courses that will be offered during PolySummer 2018. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2018. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.
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