Faculty: Sheena Klimoski Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Jack Prater Grade(s): 9-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: CD (2 period class) Cost: $550
This course utilizes graphing calculators in a structured environment to explore how transformations can be used to manipulate, graph, and solve complex equations, as well as provide an introduction to the unit circle and basic definitions of trigonometric functions. This course is designed to introduce incoming ninth-graders to the math sequence at Polytechnic School. It will enhance any student’s understanding of mathematics and will help him or her be more successful in math courses beyond the first year of Algebra.
Faculty: Cole Hoffman Grade(s): 8-9 Duration/ Session: 6 - Weeks Period: EF (2 period class) Cost: $1100
This 2-period six week class is primarily for students who have completed a year of Algebra 1, but need to achieve a better understanding and have additional practice of many of the significant algebraic concepts taught in a standard first year algebra course. Hands-on and exploratory activities will be used to enhance an understanding of the reasoning behind many of the algebraic concepts. Students will explore the development of algebraic formulas and how they help with problem solving. They will review such topics as solving expressions, graphing of linear and quadratic functions, exponential expressions, and simplification of algebraic expressions. Some homework will be required.
Faculty: Megan Foley/ Alan Wellman Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and Session 2 Period: B Cost: $275
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. If you have a ukulele, bring it and come play along! If you don't have a ukulele we have enough in class for you to come and learn with everyone else.
Faculty: Kaelyn Silva Grade(s): 6-8 Session/ Duration: 3 weeks Session 1 or 2 Period: E Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Sheena Klimoski Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: C Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Kate Austin Grade(s): 6-8 Session/ Duration: 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: E Cost: $275
Join us for a class focusing codes, symbols, and secret messages in art history. The course will cover paintings and sculptures that have mysterious secrets, what they mean, why it matters, and together we will try to solve the mysteries 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 multiple artworks and artists, explore the evidence through discussion, games, and creative activities. Come with your detective hat and a sense of adventure!
Faculty: Brad Hall and Ugonna Onyekwe Grade(s): 7-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: A (Session 1) and C (Session 2) Cost: $275
This course is intended for intermediate and advanced basketball players. We will focuses on shooting and scoring moves. Starting with the basics, students will learn in a sequential way the basics of shooting and creating their shots. The class will start with fundamental shooting form and build toward the advanced moves used by college and professional players. There will be contests and full court games every day. This class is NOT for beginning players. This class may be taken in both sessions.
Faculty: Jeffrey Gin Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B Cost: $275
Cultivate your inner Robinhood, Merida or Katness Everdeen—join the adventure! Archery has a history dating back to the Stone Age. Practiced in nearly all cultures of the world, references to archery appears in Greek and Roman mythology as well as more recently in books and movies. Anyone capable of understanding and following instructions can learn to shoot a bow. In this 3 week course, students will be introduced to basic techniques of outdoor archery. The instruction will emphasize the care and use of equipment, range safety, stance and shooting techniques. This course is meant for beginners with no prior archery experience. All equipment will be provided and instruction will be given by a certified instructor. Come and experience the ancient sport of archery!
Faculty: Eric Holmgren Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B or D Cost: $275
Fencing is an Olympic sport that 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. Fencing is growing in popularity in the United States and on college campuses; this class gives students the opportunity to experience the challenges and excitement of modern fencing in a safe, relaxed atmosphere.
Faculty: Jennifer Godwin-Minto Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session:3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: A or B or C Cost: $275
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!
Faculty: Ryan Katsuyama Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: F Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Dante Barsotti Grade(s): 4-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
Research shows that board games can teach critical thinking skills as well as important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others. Board games can foster the ability to focus and lengthen one’s attention span and patience level. They can sharpen your logic, reasoning, and spatial abilities as well as improve manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Join us in exploring challenging strategy games such as Settlers of Catan, Axis and Allies, Illuminati and many more.
Faculty: Aquita Winslow Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
This is a class for students who love reading and what to talk about great books and spend a lot of time reading. In this class, 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, share with their peers about their favorite books. This class is for students who love to read and want sustained reading time during the day. While we will talk about books, we spend most of our time reading.
Faculty: Alan Wellman Grade(s): 3-8 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: C Cost: $275
A kaleidoscope of fun, BoomWhackers are long tubes that are pitched and students are able to play music with them. Combining the BoomWhackers with our collection of Orff instruments (xylophones, percussion instruments, and singing) students will be practicing and performing arrangements of songs specially for these instruments.
Faculty: Roberto Alvarez Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B Cost: $275
The course will cover the distributive property, equations, ratios, sequences, and exponents to explore how algebra works and address common misconceptions applied in mathematics. The students will learn to look for clever ways to manipulate parts of problems, simplify, and become efficient problem solvers.
Faculty: Jason Rose Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
Imagine every MLB player available in the draft and you had the first pick. Who would you select? Here is your chance to find out. Act as the GM and build your ultimate team. Then, serve as the manager and create your lineup, decide when to steal, bunt, and pull the pitcher. Hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. These are just some of the exciting moves you can make while playing Strat-o-Matic baseball. Build your team and compete against your classmates and see if you are the next GM of the future.
Faculty: Ellen Santochi Grade(s): 7-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: B Cost: $275
In this science class we will run our own “consumer test lab” to investigate various products, both retail and home-made. After conducting experiments, research teams will pool their results to figure out the best and worst products. Which fruit is best source of Vitamin C? Which drink stains your teeth the most? What type of sponge can hold the most water? What combination of chemicals produces the best slime? Which product is the best for storing fresh food? Which type of cheese grows mold the fastest? How do cold packs work? Which antacid is the most potent? What kind of glue is the strongest? This class is a fun and practical way to learn laboratory techniques, present data, apply critical thinking skills, and become smarter consumers. Lab coats optional. (No tests, no homework, no grades!)
Faculty: Alessandra McBride Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D (Session 1 Only)/ D or E (Session 2) Cost: $275
Cooking Fundamentals is a fun approach to teaching our young students culinary essentials. This course teaches beginning cooking techniques, using universal kitchen equipment, nutritional basics, and preparing everyday meals from recipes. Students will learn independence in the kitchen and how to whip up family meals with, or for, their parents. Specific coursework ranges from making the perfect egg to preparing classic French onion soup to table-ready guacamole to Julia Child’s favorite roasted chicken recipe. When they finish Cooking Fundamentals, the students will be set up for a lifetime of confidence and fun in the kitchen.
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.
Faculty: Roberto Alvarez Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: C Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Matthew Goldin Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: A Cost: $275
Want to be a writer? In this course, students will learn techniques that professionals use to make their writing come alive. Every day students will have a chance to work on short stories and poems. They’ll also have a chance to share their work with their fellow writers for constructive feedback. By the end of the course, students will assemble a short collection of their work for friends and family to read.
Faculty: Dani Barrero Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B Cost: $275
In this class students will be given the creative freedom to compose their own short works of fiction. We will be exploring different genres of writing, through both reading and writing, as well as the other necessary elements needed to improve writing and composition skills. This course is designed with the goal of inspiring students to develop original pieces and ideas. Through writing and thinking students will learn to become better readers, writers, and thinkers. The skills focused on in this course will help students in other courses as well, especially English. Some of the writing genres covered are fantasies, short stories, and poetry.
Faculty: Dani Barrero Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: F Cost: $275
There are many complicated forms of arts and crafts in the world, but crocheting and embroidery are not one of them! One hook and basic stitch is all you need to create beautiful and original works of art that you can continue mastering even after our class is completed. Join us to learn how to add your own flare to clothes, make your own accessories, and how to choose the right materials to complete your artistic vision! No previous knowledge is required.
Faculty: Sheldon Williams Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: C or D Cost: $275
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 necessary for all sports, such as running, jumping and throwing in order to achieve their goals while reducing the risk to injury. This challenging class allows for safe progressions of athleticism.
Faculty: Matthew Goldin Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $275
In this course, students will learn how to to understand and navigate the world of media that they confront daily. Students will observe and analyse advertisements, background music, cartoons, and even their favorite Youtubers. Most of us are already creating “media,” whether we do it on Youtube, Instagram, or Twitter. Digital Media Literacy will give students a chance to question the social, political, and commercial aspects of this practice.
Faculty: Ellen Santochi Grade(s): 7-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: A Cost: $275
Join our public health team this summer to investigate human diseases – their causes, symptoms and treatments. Learn how the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization handle outbreaks of contagious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), West Nile virus, cholera, and influenza. Be a novice disease detective and try to identify an unknown pathogen. Run a lab inquiry to determine the best way to stop the spread of disease. The causes of cancer and recent advances in cancer research will be on our list of topics, as well as the function of vaccines, and the importance of vitamins in the prevention of serious diseases. (No tests, no homework, no grades!)
Faculty: Maria D'Amato Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $275
If you have an interest in how plants, animals, and the human body function then this is the class for you. In DNA & Dissections we will delve into the amazing world of Biology. Together we will learn about bodily functions, build anatomical models, and dissect a variety of organs. Come find out what the inside of a sheep’s heart, cows eye, or the insides of a fish looks like. The anatomical workings are sure to fascinate you.
Faculty: Sheena Klimoski Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: A Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Sheena Klimoski Grade(s): 6-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Allan Schaefer Grade(s): 5-12 Duration/ Session(s):6 Weeks Period: B or C Cost: $550
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.
Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff and Suzie Arther Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D or F (Session 1) or D, E or F (Session 2) Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: David Herman and Susie Kim Grade(s): 7-8 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: C Cost: $275
This course provides students hands-on opportunities to engage in different types of experiments that span the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. To create an enriching experience exploring the science workbench, classes will include performing dissections and chemical reactions, learning about biotechnology, aswell as watching videos on modern surgical/medical procedures. By the end of the session students will gain a deeper appreciation for the various branches of science through active participation in their acquisition of scientific knowledge.
Faculty: Stephanie Grissom Grade(s): 6-8 Session/ Duration: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: D Cost: $275
Learn how to take your doodling to the next level! We'll be studying math through an artists lens by creating intricate spirals and mandalas, making 3D fractals, designing geometric patterns, and more. Some content of this class includes; sequences, multiples, exponents, symmetry, angles, properties of shapes, and tessellations.
Faculty: Antonio Harrison Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: C Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Ugonna Onyekwe Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B (Session 1 or 2) or C (session 1 Only) Cost: $275
This course will allow aspiring musicians and producers to take their creativity to a whole new level! We will explore garage band/Logic and other recording software and learn how to create and record high quality songs all the way from initial idea to final production from their comfort of their own bedroom or home studios! Kids can take the course as a three week or six week session.
Faculty: Roberto Alvarez Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $275
Students will explore strategies for finding the area of simple, composite and complex geometric shapes. The focus will be on manipulating existing formulas for perimeter, area, volume, angles, and distance to solve challenging geometry problems. We will cover concepts related to simplifying, solving for variables, and substitution.
Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff and Dani Barrero Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
“Empowered women empower women.” Enough with tearing each other down. Instead, we need to build one another up. In this class, we will learn about inspiring women in history as well as current time. We will bond by talking fashion trends along with educational trends. After all, why can't we have beauty and brains? We will listen to empowering music and watch powerful women in cinematic roles, and maybe even taking a silly quiz here and there. Inspiring one another, this is a safe haven for girls, making our own definition of what it means to " _____ like a girl!" Think of it as a summer slumber party!
Faculty: Hadley Sorsby-Jones Grade(s): 6-8 Session/ Duration: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: F Cost: $275
What does it mean to be happy? How can you be awake to fun and resilient during times of stress? In this class, we will look at ways to tap into what makes you truly happy and joyful, and how to cultivate a sense of calm and appreciation for yourself and your unique talents. We will listen to music, do craft projects, explore walking meditation, journal, and learn about the tradition of mindfulness and self-compassion, from its Buddhist roots to the present. This course will involve some self-reflection, but it will be focused on fun and enjoyment as a means of getting to know yourself better and carving out space for a practice of joy. Students will leave the course more confident in their ability to choose lifestyles and habits that sustain them as whole people, allowing them insight into their goals and calm in the midst of academic responsibilities as they grow through Middle and Upper School.
Faculty: Ira Madnikoff Grade(s): 5-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: C Cost: $275
Build that your basketball franchise 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 basketball as we determine what it means to be a "franchise player" or have the best team.
Faculty: Patrick Carpenter Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
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!
Faculty: Lisa Joffrey Grade(s): 3-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: F Cost: $275
This is an invitation for theatrical makeup students to take their skills to the next level. We will be using professional Mehron makeup kits for more detailed looks. Taking the basics of classic traditional stage makeup designs and adding special effects with latex. This class will be an opportunity to explore characters through visual creativity.
Faculty: Michael Babcock Grade(s): 8-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: C Cost: $275
In this class students will learn how to edit using Adobe Premiere Pro. Students will make video projects using a variety of media such as video, stills, music and even some green screen. Cameras will be provided in order for students to produce videos, from concept to finished product. Finished videos will be uploaded to YouTube. Students are encouraged to bring their ideas and imagination!
Faculty: Jack Prater Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: F Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Ira Madnikoff Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only Period: C Cost: $275
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!
Faculty: Michael Babcock Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B Cost: $275
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!
Faculty: Julia DiCicco Grade(s): 8-11 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: EF (2 period course) Cost: $550
This course is for students seeking admission to grades 9 through 12. We will be covering all aspects of the ISEE exam, which includes essay writing, reading comprehension, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning. Students will cover relevant material for test preparation and will take numerous timed exams in-class.
Faculty: Adam Feldmeth Grade(s): 5-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: DE (2 period course) Cost: $550
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!
Faculty: Anne Walsh Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $275
Do you like music videos? Do you like filming funny things with your friends? This class will explore modern digital video production. Students will 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. Most of all, students will have fun making videos!
Faculty: Linda Breen Grade(s): 3-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B, C, D, E, or F Cost: $275
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 individualized instructiona and support. 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.
Faculty: Catharine Stebbins Grade(s): 3-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only Period: F Cost: $275
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.
Grade(s): 6-10 Duration/ Session(s): 3 Weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: F Cost: $275
Whether you're looking to get in great shape or stay in great shape, this class is a great way to get a fast-paced workout focused on HIIT training, or high intensity interval training. HIIT is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns fat in less time. Efficiency paired with fun and engaging exercises that are never the same will make this the perfect summer workout to end your day and be the healthiest you!
Faculty: Michael Minto & John Yen Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period:B or D Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Aidyn Kulick Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: BC (2 period course) Cost: $550
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.
Faculty: Aquita Winslow, Amy Jaffe and Katie Currin Grade(s): 7-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $275
Want to get the latest scoop on the happenings at Poly Summer? Fancy yourself an investigative journalist? Please join us in middle school journalism where you will read and discuss the latest current events, learn about different kinds of articles and reporting, and report on the exciting events of classes here at Poly Summer. Come to us with your questions ready and your pencils sharpened!
Faculty: Laurianne Williams Grade(s): 7-8 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: AB (2 period course) Cost: $550
This course is designed for those students who are preparing to enter an Algebra 1 class in the coming academic year. The course will review a range of topics such as decimals, fractions, percentages, powers, roots, exponents, variables, algebraic expressions, simple equations, graphs, and solving expressions. The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a firm foundation from which they can successfully start their Algebra 1 experience in the coming year. This course meets for both A and B periods for three weeks. This course repeats in the second session.
Faculty: Jason Rose Grade(s): 9-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Susie Kim Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: David Tokofsky and Robert Spira Grade(s): 6-11 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: A. B, or C Cost: $275
Do you have the chops to be a litigating attorney? In this course students will perform the roles of prosecuting and defending attorneys as well as witnesses for the prosecution and defense. This class is 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. Students will gain a deeper understanding of our judicial system while developing their communication skills, their analytical abilities, and how to successfully work as a team. The focus of the course will be on student centered activities in the competitive atmosphere of the mock trial.
These classes are being offered in both session of the Poly Summer program and the case used on each session will be different. Students who decide to take this course in both sessions will be working on different case in each.
Faculty: Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only Period: CD (2 period course) Cost: $550
Fame Jr., the pop culture phenomenon about the legendary New York High School of the Performing Arts lives forever. Following the international acclaim of the hit motion picture, television series and stage show, Fame The Musical JR. is nothing short of a global phenomenon. Fame JR. features a high energy, contemporary pop score (which includes the hit title song) and a touching coming-of-age story. Set 1980s at New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts; Fame JR. is the bittersweet, but ultimately inspiring, story of a diverse group of students who commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today. With a cast that can include plenty of singers and dancers, Fame JR. is an ideal musical for aspiring artists and performers. Friends and family will be invited to the final performance which will take place on the Thursday evening of week 3.
Faculty: Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: CD (2 period course) Cost: $550
Beauty and The Beast JR: The Award-winning animated film and stage play comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Based on the original Broadway production, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. With many fun supporting roles allowing students to play objects inside the castle, this "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities. Friends and family will be invited to the final performances which will take place on the Thursday evening of week 6.
Faculty: Jamie Barry Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B or D Cost: $275
In this class, students will be introduced to basic drawing and painting concepts, such as perspective, composition, and color through a variety of different painting mediums. The goal of the class is to encourage students to take inspiration from a wide variety of different artists and cultures. Students will learn skills such as perspective, shading, and composition, as well as lessons in painting including shading techniques and layering. Students will also delve into acrylic projects, Japanese, and Western-style water prints (marbleized paper) and silk paintings.
Faculty: Kristin Schmoke (Session 1) & Leah Bieltvedt (Session 2) Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B (Session 1) or E(Session 2) Cost: $275
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 creative juices flow and watch the magic unfold!
Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: A Cost: $275
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!
Faculty: Michael Babcock Grade(s): 5-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only Period: D Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Michelle Feynman Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D (Session 1) or C (Session 2) Cost: $275
Calling all photographers grades 4-8! Bring your smartphone and learn the craft behind the fun. Students will learn to appreciate aspects of light, incorporate a point of view, take risks with composition, and experiment with various apps and techniques.
Faculty: Adam Feldmeth Grade(s): 3-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: F Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Antonio Harrison Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $275
Podcasts have taken over as the new form of radio entertainment, educational lectures, and informative approach to the mystery of everything. Now, more than ever, it is easy, fun, inexpensive, and appropriate to start a podcast to share your gifts and the gifts of others to the world. This class will teach students the ins and outs of not just producing and hosting a podcast but also the research, the info gathering, and journalism aspect to it all. We will learn how to identify stories; ask for, schedule and conduct interviews; produce content to make an appealing story; tips and tricks of actual broadcasting into a microphone; editing of the audio and creating cover art; copyright rules; and, securing a podcast platform with promotion of the show. The students will have the option to publish their podcast to a global platform for free. This amazing form of storytelling may be the perfect beginning for a future journalist, broadcaster, writer, researcher, producer, or entertainer.
Faculty: Rob Mikels and Jamie Bell Grade(s): 3-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D or E Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Tracey Peterson Grade(s): 5-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
Dive into Poly Summer! The main objective of this class is to teach a progression of basic diving skills that promote body balance and spatial awareness. We will include dry land skills that will include flexibility and strength which are critical for proper and safe diving technique. The skills for line-ups and proper body position will also be reinforced for safety and building confidence. The divers will learn proper diving techniques on a one meter springboard, improve physical fitness, and build self-esteem through the sport of diving. This summer class is for students who have no experience and ends with one that focuses on the basics of proper form and technique while having so much fun!
Faculty: Heather Sweet Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Kara Ramirez Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only Period: C Cost: $275
This course will explore women in leadership roles throughout history. We will hone our research, discussion, role playing, and film making skills as well as embark on the creation of other projects to help us understand what factors were in place for these women to ascend to power and influence . . . and what may have led to their downfall. Through the study of various women of political influence across the globe, students will gain an understanding of what we can learn from the women of the past, how they overcame or were harnessed by obstacles of their time and what constraints they faced then that may or may not still be in existence now. Students will gain an understanding of what they feel are important leadership qualities, what they would like to see in world leaders today and what strengths they hope to cultivate in themselves.
Faculty: Michael Jaffe and Bonnie Castillo Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
In this class, geared primarily to rising seventh-graders and up, Poly Summer students will enjoy a fun-filled summer filled with wonder, awe, and time-travel adventures across the space-time continuum!
Set up as a survey of and introduction to sci-fi, fantasy, and action-adventure films and television, students will view, read about, write about, discuss, and participate in fun activities regarding films and television shows that feature time travel exclusively or involve transportation to other times, places, and spaces!
All films and television shows are either rated G or PG. We cannot wait to have you aboard our summer blockbuster time machine!
We will select together as a class our visual texts from the following films and TV series: The Back to the Future Trilogy (Rated PG); Dr. Who (BBC Television Series (Rated G)); The Time Machine (1960s TV series, Rated G); Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Rated PG); The Wizard of Oz (Rated G); The Goonies (Rated PG); The Twilight Zone (TV-PG); Flight of the Navigator (Rated PG), Star Trek (selected TV episodes (Rated G) and/or movies (Rated G-PG)); Groundhog Day (Rated PG); The Planet of the Apes (original, Rated G); Jumanji (Robin Williams original; Rated PG); Quantum Leap (TV-Rated PG); Brigadoon (Rated G), and Encino Man (Rated PG).
Faculty: Bobbi Jo Dobbs Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only Period: D Cost: $275
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!
Faculty: Catharine Stebbins Grade(s): 7-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: C Cost: $275
Sew your own lounge/pajama pants with pockets! 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 specialized tools, choose and shop for their own fabrics, and use a sewing machine. We'll practice pinning, cutting, machine stitching, and hand sewing as we complete our projects.
Faculty: Danielle Pigneri and Douglas Locke Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
This class will combine elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Through learning a variety of dance combinations, students will develop coordination, strength, flexibility and increased knowledge about their own physical potential.
Faculty: Martha Reyes Grade(s): 6-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only Period: E Cost: $275
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.
Please note: This course is not intended for beginners.
Faculty: Martha Reyes Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: E Cost: $275
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).
Faculty: Adam Feldmeth Grade(s): 7-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only Period: B Cost: $275
The last century was unlike any before. It was captured on visual record and was disseminated through advancements in communication technologies that both revealed and exposed the physical, psychological and at times brutal nearness of seismic events as they were unfolding. This summer we take up the case of propaganda as an augmented register of the times. We will research and discuss events leading up to the present through case studies in the evolution of propaganda as both overt and subversive forms of coded agenda. Students will learn to decipher and reconcile with the difficulties of making sense of reality and truth through examples in film, art, sloganeering, and online culture. As a class, we will negotiate and consider the repercussions of political representation through the aims of shifting the focus.
Faculty: Ira Madnikoff Grade(s): 6-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Ira Madnikoff Grade(s): 6-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: A Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Anne Walsh Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only Period: A Cost: $275
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!
Faculty: Michael Minto Grade(s): 5-12 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E or F Cost: $275
This course will utilize the dinosaur-themed survival computer game “Ark: Survival Evolved” to teach rudimentary paleontology, teamwork, and creative engineering as the students and I explore the in-game world and help one another survive while taming and learning about different dinosaurs.
Faculty: Maria Fleming Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E or F Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Rob Mikels and Jamie Bell Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: F Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Kaelyn Silva Grade(s): 8-9 Duration/ Session: 3 Weeks - Session 1 or 2 Period: D Cost: $275
This three week one hour course is intended to provide students with a introduction to many forms of communication used in science. Students will explore some fundamental science concepts and develop some of the skills for communicating in science and technology, such as the metric system, maps and map reading, the Coordinate System (i.e., latitude, longitude, GPS), chemistry fundamentals (e.g., phases of a substance, properties of water), conducting research in science (using online resources, citing a reference using APA or MLA, distinguishing between reliable source material and second tier references), citizen science, and distinguishing between scientific evidence and conjecture in social media. Students will participate in hands-on activities, guided practice in completing the daily worksheets accompanying each lesson, and take-home activities putting the lesson into practice. This is an excellent preparatory course for students about to enter high school.
Faculty: Maria D'Amato Grade(s): 4-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: C Cost: $275
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!
Faculty: Alexander Lessie Grade(s): 8-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks, Session 2 Period: DE (2 period course) Cost: $550
Based on a class Dr. Lessie used to teach at UCLA, this course combines the viewing of classic films with a behind the scenes look at the history of the film industry in southern California. Every day or two, we will watch one complete film that represents a new stage in the evolution of Hollywood cinema, from the earliest silent films up through the present day. We will cover a variety of genres in our survey of American film, and through class discussion and other activities we will develop a greater understanding of how historical context – the time, place, and culture in which a film is made as well as the personnel who make it – is key to understanding and appreciating a work of cinematic art.
Faculty: Adam Feldmeth Grade(s): 6-9 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only Period: B Cost: $275
The Twilight Zone television series (1958-1964) portrayed an eerie, sci-fi worldscape put up as a strange mirror to the irrational fears we have in America as a way to address and check our relationship to ideas of civility, morality, and ultimately what it means to be human to each other. Each episode encourages us to ask where societal principles lie and also where they can easily run astray. Given the times we live in, this series becomes a useful tool for us to think more carefully on how we judge others, how we treat ourselves, and much more. Each day we will watch an episode and subsequently develop a discussion around its key features and the resonance of its moral tale.
Faculty: Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B Cost: $275
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!
Faculty: Matthew Goldin Grade(s): 5-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E or F Cost: $275
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.
Faculty: Adam Feldmeth Grade(s): 8-12 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: C Cost: $275
This class is an opportunity to start the day through a process of posing questions and investigating ideas. Philosophy is a means of negotiating questions without the promise of obtaining hard and fast answers. Thought experiments, analogies, and metaphors are some of the tools we use to help build bridges of articulation between the abstract and the real. Paradoxes big and small will be approached through examples both historical and contemporary. By negotiating questions that have no correct answers, we will begin bringing them into focus.
Faculty: Sherlyn Burns Grade(s): 2-8 Session/ Duration: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $275
Needlepoint is a terrific way to unwind and relax while creating something handmade and beautiful. Students, little stitchers, will learn the basics of needlepoint and such stitches like Cross stitch, Half Cross stitch, Basketweave, Box stitch, Diamond stitch and more. Students will start out with a small canvas and, with practice and proficiency, move on to designing their own idea. Students will first sketch projects on paper then on canvas and finish their project by bringing it to life with beautiful threads and yarns. Needlepoint is a creative hobby that can be done anywhere (think waiting rooms and airports). With so many stitches to learn and projects to make it can be a lifetime hobby. Stitchers can continue at their own pace and level in session two, if desired.
Faculty: David Tokofsky Grade(s): 6-11 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and Session 2 Period: D Cost: $275
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 happened 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.
Faculty: Hadley Sorsby-Jones and Dani Barrero Grade(s): 6-8 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: CD (2 period course) Cost: $550
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.
Facutly: Ira Madnikoff Grade(s): 6-9 Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $275
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.
Course planning grids
The following downloadable files are schematics showing the courses that will be offered during PolySummer 2019. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2019. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.