Programs
PolySummer 2019

Fifth Grade

List of 131 items.

  • A Climate of Change - Temporary Public Sculpture 3-8

    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.
  • Aloha, Ukulele! 3-5

    Faculty: Megan Foley Session 1, Alan Wellman Session 2
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    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.
  • Basketball Fun 3-5

    Faculty: Mike Teller (Session 1) and Matthew Nolan (Session 2)
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    This basketball activity class focuses on having fun while learning the basic skills of basketball. A large portion of each class will be spent competing in contests and playing fun basketball games.
  • Basketball Fun 4-6

    Faculty: Mike Teller (Sesison 1) and Matthew Nolan (Session 2)
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    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
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    This course is intended for beginner to intermediate basketball players. The goal of this course is to use games to develop skills such as shooting, dribbling, passing, and scoring. The fundamentals of the game will be taught in addition to the skills. There will be contests, half court and full court games every day. This class is for those who are looking a fun way to learn the basics of basketball.
  • Batter's Up! Baseball Clinic 3-7

    Faculty: Joe Cotti
    Grade(s): 3-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    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
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    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!
  • Beginning Fencing 4-6

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

    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.
  • Board Gaming is More than Just Fun 4-12

    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.
  • Book Lover's Book Club 4-8

    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.
  • Boom Whackers and Xylophone Symphony 3-8

    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.
  • Chop, Chop, Chop 2-5

    Faculty: Raleigh Young
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: DE (2 period course)
    Cost: $550
    In this two block hands-on cooking class we will learn essential cooking skills like chopping, sauteeing, and simmering along with organizational skills, teamwork and math skills. We will use seasonal ingredients and explore the importance of keeping a low carbon footprint by eating healthy and sustainable foods. Each class will also have a culinary related art project like plate decorating, apron designing and cookbook creating.

    Please note: Poly Summer recognizes the importance of keeping allergic students safe and preventing both the ingestion of allergens and cross-contamination when using shared facilities and utensils. If you have an allergic child enrolled in the cooking class, please note that the school cannot guarantee that recipes, facilities, and utensils will be free of gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, and legumes. If you have a child with known food allergies, we ask that you please give careful consideration before enrolling in the class and contact the Director of Health Services, Marcy Kwitny, for further guidance.
  • Classical Greek and Roman Mythology 4-6

    Faculty: Alexander Lessie
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: B or C
    Cost: $275
    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!
  • Co-ed Basketball 2-7

    Faculty: Brad Hall
    Grade(s): 2-7
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    Basketball Camp is specifically designed for all 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.
  • Coding for Kids 3-5

    Faculty: Marie Munoz
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Coding for Kids is an intermediate course designed to reinforce and extend the skills of future computer scientists. Student will explore different programming languages and databases to apply their knowledge of fundamental skills in order to make their own drawings and games.
  • Computer Skills - Processing, Presentations and Collaboration Tools 5-6

    Faculty: Melissa Aguilar
    Grade(s): 5-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Cooking for Kids 3-5

    Faculty: Alessandra McBride
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E or F (Session 1); C or F (Session 2)
    Cost: $275
    Cooking For Kids is a fun approach to teaching our young students culinary fundamentals. 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 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 For Kids, 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.
     
  • Cooking Fundamentals 5-8

    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.
     
  • Creative Deconstruction 5-7

    Faculty: Susie Kim
    Grade(s): 5-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    If you like to take things apart because you are curious about how objects are put together, this is the course for you! In Creative Deconstruction, students have the opportunity to dissect toys, electronic devices, and other appliances that will enable them to understand how various gadgets are constructed. Students will learn the basics of electronic circuitry, polymers, and mechanics. The ultimate goal is for students to be able to reconstruct the objects back to their original working conditions!
  • Creative Writing 4-6

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Learn about different genres of writing including fantasy, realistic fiction, poetry, and graphic novels. Students will begin each class with free writing and then let their inner writer free by using strategies that involve music, nature walks, drawing, and doodling.
  • Creative Writing and Book Binding 5-8

    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.
     
  • Crochet and Embroidery: An Introduction 5-8

    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.
  • Cursive Handwriting 3-5

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    The movement of the hand stimulates the muscles involved in writing as well as the process of thinking. Handwriting, especially with Cursive, structures thought and creativity in a way keyboard and tablet typing can't. The successive construction of letters and words is more fluid and allows children to remember words and bridge ideas. It is a proven fact that Cursive writing improves cognition. In this class, we will review the basics of Print writing and explore the beauty and importance of Cursive handwriting. The goal is to build confidence while improving each student's hand-eye coordination, hand muscle building and, most importantly, allow them to construct words, phrases and sentences with beautiful penmanship.
  • Designing the Games We Play 5-7

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grade(s): 5-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Enameling 2-5

    Faculty: Allan Schaefer
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A or D
    Cost: $275
    Copper enameling (melting glass on metal) is a fun class in which students will make small projects of amazing beauty out of sparkling colors of glass. Students will create small projects of animals and pendants for wearable art. Small plates will become the format for designing cloisonné animals, landscapes, or whatever their imagination can conjure.
  • Enameling 5-12

    Faculty: Allan Schaefer
    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.
  • Escape Room 5-8

    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.
  • Expecto Patronum! and other Harry Potter Spells 3-5

    Faculty: Sarah Aspinall
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Using the magic of our imaginations we will conjure up fantastic works of art inspired by spells performed in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. The emphasis of this class will be on creative thinking, as well as developing drawing, painting and mixed media skills, with a little bit of science thrown in for some extra pizzazz!
  • Exploring Science through Experiments 5-6

    Faculty: Nishat Alikhan
    Grade(s): 5-6
    Duratoin/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B or D
    Cost: $275
    This course provides students hands-on opportunities for students to engage in different types of experiments that span the physical, chemical, and biological sciences as well as engineering. To create an enriching experience exploring the laboratory workbench, classes will include using solar energy to cook, exploring a variety of chemical reactions, and practicing the engineering design process, to name a few. 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. In addition to experiments, students also will learn to reflect on their science experiences through daily journal entries chronicling their Science investigations. Note: The first and second sessions will be identical in the material they cover.
  • Extreme Crafts 4-7

    Faculty: Maria Fleming
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Extreme Crafts are a giant step up and away from Fuse beads, pot holders and woven lanyards. We will make our own hula-hoops, summer " snow" globes, DIY "neon" signs, plaster masks, patriotic wreaths, jewelry making and other hands-on projects for those students who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get creative.
  • Fine Art Trio! 3-5

    Faculty: Sarah Aspinall
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Students will be introduced to art created by some of the worlds most renowned painters, sculptors, assemblage artists, and illustrators! Inspired by their work, we will create three jaw dropping masterpieces which will include a portrait, landscape and sculpture. During our time together, students will be honing drawing, painting and making skills, experimenting with color, technique & materials, and most importantly- having a great time doing it!
  • Folk Art Jewelry Design 4-6

    Faculty: Marissa Reece-Jackson
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Students will create a variety of projects using materials related to string, yarn, and fabric. This will include jewelry, weaving and sewing. Projects for 2019 may include: Handmade bead and charm making, woven pouches, mini rug weaving, sewn pizza pillows, and string art.
  • Football 2-5

    Faculty: Antonio H arrison
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duratin/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    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.
  • Friendship Bracelets 3-6

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    Friendship bracelets have been made and exchanged throughout history around the world. We will learn about many different types of friendship bracelets and make them using many different materials, including Rainbow bands, embroidery thread, lanyard, and beads. We will learn about craft techniques and practices from cultures around the world. Here's to long-lasting friendships!
  • Fun With Cubelets and Legos! 2-5

    Faculty: Matthew Goldin & Thomas Kentzin
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B or C
    Cost: $275
    In this course students will play fun games and complete challenging puzzles through the use of cublets and legos. Cubelets are magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots with no programming and no wires. This course will that valuable critical reasoning, beginnng programming and mathematical thinking skills. Students have so much fun they don’t even realize they’re learning!
  • Fun with Geometry through Building 3-5

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Construction is a natural and hands-on way to learn about geometry. Beginning with building simple geometric shapes, students will use a variety of materials such as paper, craft sticks, card board, and even candy, to develop an understanding of geometric properties. Then, students will have fun constructing polyhedra, or solid figures with many faces, while learning to problem-solve and collaborate.
  • Genius Hour 3-5

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Ever had a wondering you wanted to learn more about? Is there a problem in your life that you would like to try to solve with something you create or invent? Is there a cause or concern about the world you would like to address? Then Genius Hour is the class for you. During Genius Hour, students will research, plan, develop, and carry out projects of their own choosing, based on their unique interests. We build skills as communicators, collaborators, critical thinkers, and creators. In Genius Hour, you are in charge of your own learning! So, what are you waiting for? Let's get started!
  • Getting Ready for Middle School Spanish 5-7

    Faculty: Marcela vonBreymann
    Grade(s): 5-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    This course is designed for students who are entering a Middle School Spanish Program in the fall who have little or no previous experience with the language, or would benefit from a review. It 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.
  • Girl Power CLass 5-8

    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!
  • Graphic Organizers - The Ultimate Brain Strengthening Tool 3-5

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    This class will focus on using graphic organizers to become a more effective thinker, writer, and life learner. Graphic organizers are powerful tools that can be used at all levels across many disciplines. We will focus our learning on the circle map (used to brainstorm topics), the bubble-map (for describing in detail), the double bubble map (to compare/contrast), the bridge-map (for analogies), the flow map (to sequence), the tree map (for categorizing) the multi-flow map (used to analyze cause-effect relationships), and the brace map (used to break a physical object into its components). Students will apply these organizers to topics of high interest making the learning process fun, informative, and educational.
  • Handmade Crafts from Around the World 2-5

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    We express our love and friendship in different ways but one thing we all have in common is art. Students will travel the world together and through cultural exploration, will learn the ways of craftsman and artisans and how different cultures express friendship. We will bead, build, sculpt, weave and paint our way around the globe. By learning more about the world around us and those who occupy it, we gain a deeper level of compassion and begin to recognize our grand interconnection through friendship and symbolism.
  • Hardwood Challenge - Building a Basketball Franchise 5-9

    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.
  • iDance 3-5

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri and Douglas Locke
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and Session 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    This class offers the opportunity to learn jazz, hip hop, and ballet techniques using age-appropriate music. Students will increase coordination, strength, flexibility, and performance skills while learning fun dance routines.
  • Intermediate/Advanced Level Theatrical and Special Effects Makeup Design 3-8

    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.
     
  • Intro to Indoor/ Outdoor Volleyball 3-5

    Faculty: Jack Prater
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    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.
  • Introduction to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 4-6

    Faculty: Ankarino Lara
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 Weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: EF (Double period class)
    Cost: $550
    Introduction to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (Intro to AD&D) is a unique Poly Summer experience. A decided departure from modern computer and mobile video gaming, Intro to AD&D will require a group of young adventures to tap into their own imagination while conjuring up complex and exciting worlds with little more than a pencil and some graph paper.

    In the late 1970’s tradition invented by Gary Gygax, Intro to AD&D features character role-playing (yes, voices are encouraged), actions and reactions decided entirely by your child, with success and failure decided by the rolling of multi-sided dice. The scenarios faced by our fearless party-members will challenge them at every turn. From logic puzzles to group problem solving, fearsome monsters to ruthless traps, and everything in between will threaten their survival. Only the most brave and cunning souls will be rewarded with dazzling treasures! So it has been told that silver, gold, precious gems and magical items abound... if you dare enter The Lost City; a classic Dungeon exploration adventure set in an ancient Egyptian pyramid.
  • Introduction to Golf 3-5

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    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!
  • Introduction to Parkour 5-7

    Faculty: Kaelyn Silva
    Grade(s): 5-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Kids have a natural instinct to run, jump, and climb over any and every obstacle in their path. This course will tap into that natural instinct by teaching safe skills for using the natural and man-made environment to move through space. This class will improve self-awareness, movement confidence, and physical literacy using team-building and problem-solving. All skill levels welcome.
  • ISEE Test Prep Math Focus 4-5

    Faculty: Julia DiCicco and Michael Jaffe
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    This course is for students seeking admission to grades 5 and 6. We will be covering the mathematical aspects of the ISEE exam, which includes mathematics (arithmetic, basic algebra, and geometry) and quantitative reasoning (word problems, graphs, charts, etc). Students will cover relevant material for test preparation, learn study techniques, and take timed exams in-class.
  • ISEE Test Prep Verbal Focus 4-5

    Faculty: Julia DiCicco and Michael Jaffe
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    This course is for students seeking admission to grades 5 and 6. We will be covering the verbal aspects of the ISEE exam, which includes essay writing, reading comprehension, and verbal reasoning. Students will cover relevant material for test preparation, learn about study techniques, and take timed exams in-class.
  • Jedi Council 5-9

    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!
  • Journaling through Smash Books 4-5

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Students will love writing and journaling when it involves artistic expression and creativity. Each student will create her/his own Smash book where they will get to “SMASH” artifacts like photographs, movie or concert tickets, or sports ribbons in their book. Each week will focus on a different theme. Students will write everyday and gain a love of journaling in this unique way that they will be able to carry on long after the class is over.
  • Junior Journalism 5-6

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow, Amy Jaffe, and Katie Currin
    Grade(s): 5-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Just Film It! 5-8

    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!
  • Keyboarding

    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.
  • Kitchen Chemistry 5-6

    Faculty: Maria D'Amato and Nishat Alikhan
    Grade(s): 5-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    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 grades 3-9

    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.
  • Learning Spanish through Fun Apps & More 2-5

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Students will be able to expand their Spanish vocabulary, develop their grammar skills, and learn cultural facts about Spanish-speaking countries through a variety of fun computer programs and apps, as well as through interactive games and animated stories on the smart board. Open to students of all levels, as each student advances as his/her own pace.
  • Learning Spanish through Games 3-6

    Faculty: Marcela vonBreymann
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Students will be able to develop their comprehension and their confidence with the language, expand their vocabulary, and learn cultural facts about Spanish-speaking countries through a variety of fun games. From old-fashioned backyard games, to board games and games that use technology, this class is fun, educational, and engaging.
  • Learning to Play Chess - Beginner 3-7

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grade(s): 3-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    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
    Grade(s): 3-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Lego Mindstorm Robotics 4-5

    Faculty: Michael Minto
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A or C
    Cost: $275
    Lego Mindstorms are programmable sensors and motors that young students can assemble into a range of lego robots. These robots are then programmed to carry out a variety of tasks. In the process of doing so, this fun and interactive course teaches our young engineers a wide range of skills from programing and a better intuitive understanding of basic physics, to problem solving techniques and collaborative teamwork. This class is designed for students with little to no experience with the Lego Mindstorm system. Students may elect to continue this course in the second session and build upon their experience.
  • Let’s Explore Paris! 5 - 7

    Faculty: Hadley Sorsby-Jones
    Grade(s): 5-7
    Session/ Duration: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Bonjour! Want to explore Paris this summer? Then, allons-y! Let’s go! We will learn about kings, queens, and palaces; revolutions and catacombs; beautiful paintings and magnificent boulevards; the stories of the many diverse neighborhoods of Paris; and, bien sur (of course), the food! It wouldn’t be Paris without the croissants and macarons. Classes will include crafts, games, sampling Parisian cuisine, and student-led projects. Join us this summer for a magical trip to the City of Lights!
  • Literature Circle 4-5

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Discover that magic that is Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. We will read together and independently and learn to have rich discussions about a book. Students will complete jobs such as Creative Connector, Discussion Director, Amazing Artist, and Super Summarizer to help bring this wonderful book to life.
  • Math - Movies, Games and Logic Puzzles 5-7

    Faculty: Roberto Alvarez
    Grade(s): 5-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Math Games for Problem Solving 4-5

    Faculty: Alice Cherry
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Students will use interactive hands-on math games, solve problems of the day and share their mathematical thinking. Students will build upon skills like problem solving, number sense, visual and spatial reasoning as well as logical reasoning skills. The class will have fun with tangrams, unifix cubes, cuisenaire rods and many other puzzles and games!
  • Math Journaling 3-5

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Deepen your understanding of math concepts by exploring, discussing, and journaling about math. Students will have an opportunity to explore concepts with use of various manipulatives, they will learn to discuss their mathematical thinking, and express their thinking by using a variety of journal writing.
  • Memory and Logic Development Through Games 3-5

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Boost memory skills and strategic thinking through fun, interactive games. Learn about the amazing human brain and train your mind to have better memory recall and reasoning while having fun!
  • Memory and Logic Development Through Games 5-8

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grade(s): 5-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    Boost memory skills and strategic thinking through fun, interactive games. Learn about the amazing human brain and train your mind to have better memory recall and reasoning while having fun!
  • Middle School Math - Problem Solving and Discovery 5-6

    Faculty: Jason Rose
    Grade(s): 5-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    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.
  • Mindset of an Engineer 3-5

    Faculty: Susie Kim
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    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.
  • Minecraft Free Play 3-5

    Faculty: Joseph Bacon
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A (Session 1)/ E (Session 2)
    Cost: $275
    Minecraft lovers unite! If you are an experienced Minecrafter,this is a great chance for you to meet and get to know other Minecrafters as you enjoy playing in the same world and the same room! If you're a beginner interested in learning and exploring the world of Minecraft, you're also welcome! Students are encouraged to collaborate and share in the experience as they move through the game. Students will be able to create their own worlds, work together in those worlds and experience both creative and survival modes as they build to their hearts content. The teacher will serve as the facilitator.
  • Minecraft Free Play 4-7

    Faculty: Joseph Bacon
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B or F (Session 1); A or F (Session 2)
    Cost: $275
    Minecraft lovers unite! If you are an experienced Minecrafter,this is a great chance for you to meet and get to know other Minecrafters as you enjoy playing in the same world and the same room! If you're a beginner interested in learning and exploring the world of Minecraft, you're also welcome! Students are encouraged to collaborate and share in the experience as they move through the game. Students will be able to create their own worlds, work together in those worlds and experience both creative and survival modes as they build to their hearts content. The teacher will serve as the facilitator.
  • Musical Theater - Cinderella 3-5

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Calling all young actors for a mini musical production of “Cinderella”. Over the three week course this ensemble will rehearse acting, choreography, and singing to tell the story of this classic tale.There are great roles for boys and girls and the show includes some wonderful production numbers! With simple costuming and choreography you are certain to develop as a young performer and make some great new friends in the process. This class is directed by Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey. At the end of the three weeks parents and friends will be invited to see our culminating performance during the final class.
  • Musical Theater - Fame 6-8

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey
    Grade(s): 6-8
    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.
  • Musical Theater - Sleeping Beauty 3-5

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Calling all young actors for a mini musical production of “Sleeping Beauty”. Over the three week course this ensemble will rehearse acting, choreography, and singing to tell the story of this classic tale.There are great roles for boys and girls and the show includes some wonderful production numbers! With simple costuming and choreography you are certain to develop as a young performer and make some great new friends in the process. This class is directed by Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey. At the end of the three weeks parents and friends will be invited to see our culminating performance during the final class.
  • Mystery Science Animal Adventures 3-5

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Let the animal adventures begin! In this class, students will engage in hands-on activities to investigate Earth’s animal diversity. While collaborating, creating, and thinking critically, students will develop a sense of wonder for the amazing world of animals. Come curious and get ready to adventure through the mysteries of Earth’s biodiversity!
  • Number Theory 5-7

    Faculty: Roberto Alvarez
    Grade(s): 5-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    In this course, we will strategies to build number sense and computational fluency. Through games, puzzles, games, drills and problem solving students will explore ideas to help them develop a sound foundation for middle school mathematics. The curriculum will cover concepts related to factorization, GCD and LCM, number bases, integers, and computations with fractions and decimals.
  • Painting Exploration with Watercolors 4-7

    Faculty: Patty Nelson and Rachel Venezia
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    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
    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.
  • Paper Mache 3-5

    Faculty: Kristin Schmoke (Session 1) & Leah Bieltvedt (Session 2)
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A (Session 1) D (Session 2)
    Cost: $275
    Revisit the fun and messy art of Paper Mache. We will get our hands gooey while wecreate animals, decorations, lanterns and other things from our imagination withnewspaper, glue and paint. No experience needed. Bring your imagination and let the fun begin!
  • Parodies and Music Videos 3-5

    Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    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!
  • Pasadena Idol 3-5

    Faculty: Anne Walsh
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C (Session 1) or A (Session 2) 
    Cost: $275
    The Ultimate music experience for kids who love to sing! Do you want to be the next Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson? Be ready to get your voice in gear in a camp that teaches you about harmony, pitch, and tone without the harsh Simon-style criticism.
  • Photography Fun for Beginners 5-12

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    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.
  • Photography Fun with your Smartphone 4-8

    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.
  • Poly Globetrotters - Exploring World Geography & Cultures 3-6

    Faculty: Ugonna Onyekwe
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    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 Globetrotters - Exploring World Geography & Cultures 4-7

    Faculty: Marcela vonBreymann
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Students will widen their world-view by learning about different cultures in the five continents and by sharpening their geography skills. The students will use interactive maps, geography games, trivia games and animations to help them learn about world geography. They will also explore how families live in different countries through a video series. Finally, the students will have a chance to develop their research and presentational skills by creating an infographic of a country or city of interest using Canva on the computer.
  • Poly Summer Olympics 3-8

    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.
  • Poly Summer Springboard Diving 3-7

    Faculty: Tracey Peterson
    Grade(s): 3-7
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A or D
    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!
  • Poly Summer Springboard Diving 5-9

    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!
  • Poly Summer Swim 3-6

    Faculty: Heather Sweet
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    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
    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.
  • Print Making 4-8

    Faculty: Jamie Barry
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C or E
    Cost: $275
    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
  • Queens, Conquerors and Female Freedom Fighters 5-8

    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.
  • Quidditch for the Muggle-Born 4-7

    Faculty: Floriane Siegel
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    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!
  • Saw It, Pinned it, Made It! 5-8

    Faculty: Bobbi Jo Dobbs
    Grade(s): 5-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 OR 2
    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!
  • Science Games 2000 5-6

    Faculty: Dante Barsotti
    Grade(s):5-6
    Session/ Duration: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Do you have what it takes to compete in the Science Games? After a crash course in various areas of science, students will put their newfound skills to the test in a series of competitions based off what they have learned. So dust of your lab coats and see if you can be victorious in The Science Games.
  • Sew Like You Mean It - Beginning Machine Sewing 4-6

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Sew your own 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 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.
  • Sew Like You Mean It - Hand Sewn Menagerie 1-5

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grade(s): 1-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    In this fun and creative class, students will learn essential hand sewing techniques as they design, customize and hand-sew their own menagerie! Together we'll practice pinning and cutting, stitching and embellishing, as we create expressive animals from fabric, thread, and trimmings. Daily teacher demonstrations and personal guided instruction are designed to develop eye-hand coordination, patience and accuracy, and a sense of accomplishment, while completing a fun sewn project. The skills & concepts learned in this class create a solid foundation for progressing to machine sewing.
  • Shakespeare for Kids! 4-6

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Sketching Fun with Pastels 4-7

    Faculty: Patty Nelson and Rachel Venezia
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    In this course, students will explore and develop their artistic side through the use of chalk and oil pastels. They will learn the fundamentals of sketching, blending and shading techniques to achieve life-like results. A variety of subject matter will be explored, from animals to landscapes and animated characters.
  • Soccer Fundamentals 2-5

    Faculty: Cesar Rodriguez
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    This class offers students an opportunity to enjoy soccer and develop their skills at the same time. Students can improve their skills in dribbling, shooting, passing, and defending in a positive and fun environment. Each day will include a chance to play games and learn from experienced coaches. Students should bring their own cleats and shin guards; water, soccer balls, and a fun time will be provided!
  • Socrates Cafe and the Love of Questions 4-6

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Get a taste of Philosophy in 15 days! Kids grab a snack and a drink and gather to talk about their thoughts and concepts of the world through an inclusive and participatory setting and a method of questioning inspired by the philosopher, Socrates.
  • Stop Motion Animation 5-7

    Faculty: Remi Silva and Maria Fleming
    Grade(s): 5-7
    Duratin/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Summer Clay 5-6

    Faculty: Marissa Reece-Jackson
    Grade(s): 5-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    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 2019 include: Sculptural bowl, animal wind chime, owl planter, functional bowls and cups.
  • Surviving Dinosaurs! 5-12

    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.
     
  • Sweet, Sweet Summer Culinary Skills 4-8

    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.
  • Swim, Swim, Swim 1-5

    Faculty: Charlene Beerman, Rob Mikels and Heather Sweet
    Grade(s):1-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A, B, or C
    Cost: $275
    The goal of this class is to have fun and gain a love of swimming. Students will be put into groups according to their ability; some students are learning to swim while others will be improving technique and learning new strokes. Daily, students will do a warm-up activity, a swim lesson, and finish the class with free time to play or practice new skills. Swimsuit, towel, and shoes are necessary.
  • Swimming of All Sorts 5-8

    Faculty: Rob Mikels 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.
  • The 7 Wonders of the World 3-5

    Faculty: Dante Barsotti
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Throughout history there has been countless buildings and monuments created all over the world. Of all these incredible places only 7 have the honor of being called a Wonder of the World. Why? What makes a place worthy of being called a wonder? Students will find out what it takes to earn this honor as we learn all about the 7 wonders of the world and even try to recreate some ourselves.
  • The Art of French Cooking 3-7

    Faculty: Audrey Tumoine
    Grade(s): 3-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    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 Art of Lettering 4-6

    Faculty: Kimberly Justiniani
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Have you ever wanted to add a personal spark and beautiful look to everyday objects? Come join us this summer as we transform basic letters into art. In this 3 week class we will learn at least 5 different alphabet styles, upper and lower case letters, practice connections and numbers with clear and practical instruction on basic modern lettering and calligraphy. We will create beautiful projects using markers, watercolors, brush pens! Why modern lettering? Putting pen to paper can improve memory and brain function, hand-eye coordination, and helps to teach design principles such as composition and balance. No experience needed!
  • The Graphic Novel 5-7

    Faculty: Bonnie Castillo
    Grade(s): 5-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    A fun class designed for 5th through 7th grade students who are interested in storytelling and art. Students will be introduced to the principles of graphic novels, creating a story, characterization, layout, lettering, and design, with the goal of creating and illustrating their own unique stories. Students will express their creativity by creating their personal illustrated stories.
  • The Meaning of Fractions & Percents 4-5

    Faculty: Melissa Aguilar
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    This course is designed for meaningful learning through activities and practice that will assist in understanding the concept of parts of whole numbers. This course will introduce, review and test student's skills to prepare and become confident in their upcoming grade level coursework. We will go over concepts such as diagramming, ordering and comparing parts of whole numbers. Students will learn various procedures of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. These skills are essential and are part of the 4th and 5th grade curriculum and its grading process.
  • The Money Management Game 4-6

    Faculty: Cole Hoffman
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    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
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    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
    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!
  • Theater Games 5-8

    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!
  • Theatrical & Fantasy Make-Up Design 3-8

    Faculty: Lisa Joffrey
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • TinkerCAD + 3D Printing 4-5

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Video Game Design 5-8

    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.
  • We'll Be in Stitches 2-8

    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.
  • Welcome to the Wizarding World 4-6

    Faculty: Floriane Siegel
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Have you ever wondered what Hogwarts would be like: would you be an expert potion maker or a master of transfiguration? Would you wear Gryffindor scarlet or Ravenclaw blue? Would your wand be made of elm, willow, or vine? It’s time to hop on the Hogwarts Express and begin your experience through the wizarding world! Win points for your House, learn how to pot Mandrakes, and maybe even foresee the future (if you have the Inner Eye!). Experience Harry Potter like never before through multi-disciplinary literature appreciation. Class focuses on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and the wider Potter universe. Get ready for some magic!
  • Wit and Wordplay with Greek and Latin Roots 3-6

    Faculty: Alexander Lessi
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    This class is a fun introduction to the Greek and Latin roots of the English language. Through games, puzzles, skits, and other fun activities, students will learn many common Greek and Latin words along with the English words that have been formed from them. Along the way, we will explore the influence of the Latin and Greek languages on the vocabulary of science, law, and medicine, and we will learn a little bit about daily life and culture in ancient Rome and ancient Athens. A great way to build English vocabulary!
  • Write - Re-Write - Pitch! 4-6

    Faculty: Anne Walsh
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 Weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Got ideas?? Love to write?! Explore what it's like to be a staff writer in the Writer's Room for a Network TV show. Here we will brainstorm ideas, develop our favorites individually/within groups, write a scene or episode, then "pitch it" to Network to see if they'd like it to get air time and be a new network original worthy of binge-watching!
  • Writer's Workshop - "Life Journaling" 3-5

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Children have captivating lives. In this class, students will author and illustrate a life journal that document their “life highlights.” The students will learn to improve their writing through the writing process and learn the importance of enriching their stories with sensory details and figurative language.
  • Writer's Workshop - Animal Research and Investigation 4-6

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Animals are fascinating and children love them. In this class, students will use technology to research animals that are of high interest to them. They will author, and illustrate, their own animal encyclopedia for keepsake. This popular class is perfect for computer savvy nine and ten year olds interested in delving deeper into the captivating animal kingdom.
  • Writer's Workshop - Campfire Stories 3-5

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Students will explore various genres that make for a good campfire story, and then craft a polished work of fiction. Together we will learn about what makes a compelling story through the use of mentor texts, graphic organizers, and supportive sharing. Students will have fun expanding their vocabulary by engaging their five senses and developing a love for words. Our finished pieces will be celebrated around a campfire with a Weenie roast and S'Mores!
  • Writer's Workshop - Opinion Writing 3-5

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Students will form opinions about an array of high interest topics. They will use the writing process to bolster these opinions with valid reasons and examples. This thinking process will prepare students for persuasive writing and debate. Finally, the students will create a book of their writings for keepsake.
  • Yoga "en Francais" 3-7

    Faculty: Audrey Tumoine
    Grade(s): 3-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    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.

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.
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