10th Grade

List of 24 items.

  • A Climate of Change - Temporary Public Sculpture 8-12

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grade(s): 8-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Cost: $205
    This class is premised around a need to develop creative responses to advance awareness of the planet as a finite ecosystem in contrast to rampant human appropriation of its resources. Starting with a survey of Land Art, an artistic movement influenced by the environmentalists of 1968, the publication of “The Whole Earth Catalog”, and subsequent cultural examples –in art, architecture, gardening, and infrastructure– leading to present day, the class will sift through various approaches of working with the earth, some appearing more problematic in retrospect while others remaining sustainable propositions today.
    Concurrent to this, students will develop their own creative framing of a prescient issue currently at odds with or affecting an inclusive planet. This could take the form of working with(in) the physical landscape of our yards, designing a poster and/or publication to be publicly dispersed, or developing a proposal for organized community action. Considerations of temporality, non-intrusive public address, and non-permanence will be reoccurring ideas. How do we change the climate of popular belief?

    Process (Where): This class will be both synchronous and asynchronous. Our class meetings throughout the course will consist of an organic, ongoing discussion stimulated by cultural examples relative to climate change and environmentalism through artistic and adaptive reuse. Gatherings will occur through a video conferencing platform. Images and video segments will be regularly introduced during class to reframe our discussion and expand the variance of response. Between meetings, each student will be expected to continue work on personal project, which creatively responds to environmental awareness, sharing progress updates with the class. Students will need to have a device (computer / phone) with camera and microphone functions to participate. Students should prepare to arrive promptly to class meetings and be present for the full hour together. They should be come with a willingness to think out loud and an investment in listening to each other.
  • Algebra 1 (8-12)

    Faculty: Cole Hoffman
    Grade(s): 8-12
    Duration: 5 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
    Cost: $900
    This 2-period five week class (June 22 - July 24) 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.

    This class will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. There will be a class website where all classwork and homework assignments as well as the solutions to those assignments will be posted. Additionally, all direct instruction will be recorded and uploaded to the class website for those who want to revisit the lesson. Access to a printer and a cell phone or tablet with the app “Genius Scan” downloaded on it will be required. Students will be in charge of uploading assignments daily for feedback and students will take an assessment every Friday to check for understanding. At the end of the course a grade will be awarded.
  • Audition Workshop 7-12

    Faculty: Cynthia Crass 
    Grade(s): 7-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am (1 hr each session)
    Cost: $205
    Auditions can be terrifying! But, they can also be exciting and they are a necessary part of getting involved in a theatrical production. In this class, we will work on the skills that you will need for community theatre or school production auditions. Students will work on, and receive specific feedback on, monologue performances and cold readings. Go to your next audition with greater confidence and get that part!

    Class will be mostly synchronous, meeting three times a week for group work and discussions, monologue preparation process building, individual performance and feedback, and cold-reading practice. Students will use some of that class time for their individual preparation, but will be expected to do their personal work outside of class meeting time. 
     
  • Champion Debate

    Faculty: Rashad Evans
    Grade(s): 8-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Cost: $2,500
    Come join Rashad Evans at the Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp. Champion Debate Camp will develop students' core critical-thinking skills of interpretation, evaluation, inference, analysis, synthesis, reflection, and communication while testing their abilities against their peers in engaging and thought-provoking exercises. A good debater knows their topic, knows how to thoroughly prepare, and is able to utilize different strategies to further their argument.  This year's Champion Debate Camp will be offered fully online with an emphasis on preparing debaters to compete in online debate tournaments in the Fall.

    What are the technological requirements for the camp?  Debaters will need a laptop or desktop computer with a strong and reliable network connection.  Connecting by ethernet is safest and preferred.  A webcam, microphone and headphones, which can be built into the laptop or desktop or external. A headset to facilitate clarity.  Zoom account (free) and downloaded software.
     
    What will the online version of the Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp look like?  The substance of the online camp will be the same as the in person version with additional and special attention paid to establishing best practices for debating online in anticipation of online debate tournaments in the Fall.  The camp will include a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction with a structured curriculum and online classroom filled with resources.  Morning sessions will include lectures and group discussions over zoom.  Lectures and discussions will cover core debate skills like public speaking, case writing, argument development, research strategies, rebuttal techniques, as well as, common debate topics like pandemics/public health, elections, criminal justice and foreign policy.  Afternoon sessions will be exclusively dedicated to practice speeches and practice debates.  Each debater should expect to deliver and receive feedback on an average of 2 speeches a day.  While each debater will speak each afternoon, they will not need to be present for the entire afternoon.  They only need to be present for their own speeches and debates.  Debaters should spend the afternoon time before their debates preparing for their debates and the time after their debate preparing for the next day.  Each lecture will be accompanied by recommended readings and/or videos to supplement student understanding and facilitate discussions.

    The anticipated schedule:  9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. - Lecture/group discussion/reinforcement exercise
                                               11: 00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. - Lunch/prepare for speeches and debates
                                               1:00 p.m.- 5 p.m. - Speeches/practice debates/rebuttal redos/preparation time
  • Football Technical Film Review 6-12

    Faculty: Antonio Harrison
    Grade(s): 6-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Fridays only 
    Time: 11 am - 12 pm
    Cost: $60
    Being an athlete is more than just the physical components of the game. If I asked you what percent of sports was physical and how much was mental, everyone would have an answer and no matter what the percentage split, everyone would state there is a mental component. We know athletes train the physical but regardless of what percentage you assigned the mental side of the game, the question remains, “How much do you train the mental component?” This course will allow for that mental skill training for football. Students will learn basic to advanced concepts about football by watching actual film of high school, college, and professional football. We will break down defenses, offenses, special teams, and positions specific skills and duties. By the end of this course, students should have more than a basic fan understanding of football and a higher football IQ than the Madden football video game player.
    This class will be synchronous. Students will learn basic to advanced concepts about football by watching actual film of high school, college, and professional football. We will break down defenses, offenses, special teams, and positions specific skills and duties. Each day will focus on a different strategic pinpoint in the sport.
    Materials needed: Computer / ability to open a Zoom link
  • Grammar & Writing Mechanics 9-12

    Faculty: Laura Marion
    Grade(s): 9-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Cost: $355
    This course is designed for high school students who would like to brush up on their grammar, usage, and writing mechanics. Don't worry-- this won't be all about memorizing grammar rules and completing boring drills. This will be a high-energy and interactive class that will give you a better understanding of how English language works and how to express yourself more clearly. Our goal will be to develop confidence and proficiency in your writing and communication.

    This class will take place both synchronously and asynchronously. The instructor will utilize Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Zoom to engage the students in their summer learning. The instructor will offer edit/revision notes to students corresponding through these platforms. We will meet on Zoom every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 60 minutes . Tuesday’s and Thursday’s classes will meet asynchronously.
  • High School Geometry Prep 8-11

    Faculty: Irada Melkumyan
    Grade(s): 8-11
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Every day
    Time:10:00 am - 11:30 am (1.5 hr each session)
    Cost: $ 535
    This course will review concepts needed to prepare for a Geometry course, as well as dive into topics learned in a traditional Geometry class. Specific topics covered during the four-week course include lines, rays, segments & angles, perimeter, circumference, & area, patterns & inductive reasoning, parallel & perpendicular lines, and proportional properties & problem-solving. This course is great for students who are preparing to take Geometry or those who need a refresher course. The class will consist of direct instruction with interactive opportunities to engage and collaborate in order to enhance students’ understanding of the concepts. The instructor will utilize Google Classroom to upload material, assign homework, and provide feedback. Assessments will be given every Friday in order to check for understanding. Sharpen your math skills with this interactive course that will prepare you for Geometry!
  • High School ISEE Test Prep 8-11

    Faculty: Steve Clark
    Grade(s): 8-11
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Cost: $310
    This course is for students seeking admission to grades 9 through 12. We will be covering in detail the five sections of the ISEE exam; Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Reasoning, Mathematical Achievement, and Essay Writing. Students will become familiarized with test preparation strategies specific to the ISEE, and will have ample opportunity to practice their skills and receive immediate feedback with various practice exams and quizzes.

    This class will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. There will be 30-45 minutes of direct instruction and discussion based learning each class meeting (via Zoom or Google Hangouts), with the remaining time being dedicated to individual and/or small group practice (depending on the needs of the individual students). The instructor will be online monitoring student progress and providing the necessary support and guidance for the entire class period. The online format allows for students to receive immediate feedback from the instructor as well as plenty of opportunity to self-correct and review their peers' work during the 1.5 hours of class time. Also, students will have access to daily lessons and extra practice sets with access to Google Classroom, and/or Quizlet.
  • High School ISEE Test Prep 8-11

    Faculty: Steve Clark
    Grade(s): 8-11
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 11am-12:30pm
    Cost: $310
    This course is for students seeking admission to grades 9 through 12. We will be covering in detail the five sections of the ISEE exam; Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Reasoning, Mathematical Achievement, and Essay Writing. Students will become familiarized with test preparation strategies specific to the ISEE, and will have ample opportunity to practice their skills and receive immediate feedback with various practice exams and quizzes.
    This class will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. There will be 30-45 minutes of direct instruction and discussion based learning each class meeting (via Zoom or Google Hangouts), with the remaining time being dedicated to individual and/or small group practice (depending on the needs of the individual students). The instructor will be online monitoring student progress and providing the necessary support and guidance for the entire class period. The online format allows for students to receive immediate feedback from the instructor as well as plenty of opportunity to self-correct and review their peers' work during the 1.5 hours of class time. Also, students will have access to daily lessons and extra practice sets with access to Google Classroom, and/or Quizlet.
  • Intensive Algebra 10-12

    Faculty: Jonanthan Fay 
    Grade(s): 10-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 9am - 11:30 am
    Cost: $890
    This fast-paced course will cover all topics of a basic Algebra II course, as well as some pre-calculus topics. Students will focus on polynomials, systems of equations, matrices, complex numbers, linear functions, conic sections, exponential functions, logarithms, trigonometry, probability, counting principles, sequences, series, solving systems, and transformations. This course will also provide a good review of the SAT Math Level II topics. Students should expect to complete an hour or more of homework every night. This is also the course used by Polytechnic students to accelerate to the accelerated math track in the upper school.
    This class will take place both synchronously and asynchronously. The instructors will utilize Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Zoom to engage the students in their summer learning. We will meet on Zoom (or another acceptable virtual meeting platform) every day for direct instruction. Then, the students will be divided into breakout sessions to continue to work on the assignment packets. The instructors will be online monitoring and directly available for guidance for the entire class time.
  • Lean, Mean, HIIT Machine! 7-12 (MWF)

    Faculty: Anne Walsh 
    Grade(s): 7-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M/W/F
    Time: 10 am - 11 am
    Cost: $205
    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! In this class, the student will need to be in an area that has enough room to jump around and leap side to side, a space away from distractions. They will need to wear comfortable clothes that they can sweat in (workout clothes), tennis shoes (NO sandals), and a full water bottle every class. A yoga mat is required. Resistance bands are highly encouraged but not required. https://www.amazon.com/Fit-Simplify-Resistance-Exercise-Instruction/dp/B0875JW9TF
  • Mindfulness & Meditation 6-10 (MWF)

    Faculty: Anne Walsh 
    Grade(s): 6-10
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M/W/F
    Time: 11:15 am - 12:15 am
    Cost: $205
    Breath, presence, groundedness, positive affirmations, gratitude, pausing before acting/reacting, watching your thoughts, intention setting, kindness, integrity, being. These are just a few of the things that we are going to be finding, learning, and creating space for in this class. So much of life that we experience is based on how much we can “do do do” and “go go go.” This is a class where instead of looking toward the outside world to bring us something, we are turning inward to find what we need. We already have everything within us, we just need to practice the remembering that we do. You will be guided through meditation practice and other mindfulness practices that will help you find a deep inner sense of peace as you move throughout your day. In order to receive the most out of this class, you will need to be in a quiet space where you will be undisturbed. Students will also need a cushion to sit on, a yoga mat (not required but preferred), a notebook, and a pencil. Students will be expected to share their experiences through discussion and be willing to participate in guided meditation and mindfulness practices all together.
  • Music Theory 8-12

    Faculty: Alan Wellman
    Grade(s): 8 -12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Cost: $355
    Intermediate music theory is for students who would like to delve deeper into musical notation and structure. Beginning with a review of the fundamentals, concepts such as modes, intervals, ear training, chords, analysis and form will be covered. Students will use a notation program for exercises and projects and to create and develop ideas. A final composition project will incorporate concepts learned throughout the course.

    This class will consist of synchronous lessons with a series of helpful websites provided. Previous ability to read basic music notation is required.
  • Mythology/Creative Writing- A Study of Deities and Symbology of Ancient Civilizations 9-12

    Faculty: Daniela Barrero
    Grade(s): 9-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time:1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (1.5 hr each session)
    Cost: $ $225
    An analysis of symbols and folklore around the world. Students will learn about the mythology of three cultures throughout the session. After an introduction to each civilization, students will be asked to create their own mythology through written/ creative expression. Time travel through the study of symbols and deities of past civilizations while gaining valuable insight into the writing process of stories.
    This class will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous allowing for students to gain benefit from classroom instruction and discussion while still being able to create original works independently. Scholars will be introduced to a new deity/myth each week. In class we will analyze symbology and meaning found in each deity's mythology and the impact it had not only during its own time period, but how the mythology affected future societies as well. Students will be asked to respond to short answers and create their own myth based on knowledge acquired. During live sessions, students will be asked to partake in peer review to allow them to further develop their story and to gage understanding of myths taught.
  • Podcast 101 (7-12)

    Faculty: Antonio Harrison
    Grade(s): 7-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MW
    Time: 9:00 am - 9:45 am
    Cost: $115
    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.

    Process (Where): Synchronous
    Each day students will be taught a new aspect of recording, editing, or interviewing. They will then have opportunities to practice the skill taught for the day while asking clarifying questions. There will be points in the class where the students are asked to take time to record or put together a small piece (e.g., a commercial or narration) and return to share with the class before the period is over. Students are expected to simply be creative, try new approaches, and allow creativity to flow.

    Materials Fee/Cost: Student will need a Laptop with a Headset and mic ( which you can get for as cheap as $10) / Each student will have to purchase a one month lease of Adobe Audition (cost is $20)
  • Poetry for Aspiring Writers & Curious Thinkers 9-12

    Faculty: Grace Hamilton
    Grade(s): 9-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Tues/Thurs
    Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Cost: $225
    This class is for any student who has been fearful of or in love with poetry. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of poetic forms and styles as a way to better understand how poetry works, as well as to model their own poems. Poetry is a condensing of an emotion or story into a form that uses strong imagery and other poetic devices. While the stress of the course will not be on performance, students will learn to read poetry and gain confidence in an understanding of this wonderful form. The class will also include “workshops,” during which a student will receive important critical feedback for his or her work. The online class will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous will involve short lessons on poetic types – ballads, sonnets, monologues, etc.—and students will read a variety of poems and then examine them, discuss the form and content, and then write their own poems. Small group work and time for students to write will also be part of the course. Students will be expected to do all of the assignments.
  • Songwriting Jamboree! 6-10 (MWF)

    Faculty: Anne Walsh 
    Grade(s): 6-10
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M/W/F
    Time: 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
    Cost: $205
    If you love music and have pictured what it’s like to create your own, this is the class for you. You will learn the fundamentals of songwriting and take this foundation along with your natural talents and abilities to craft songs individually, in small groups, and even as a class! We will do a deep dive into what makes a good song, then learn how to write one that you feel excited to play or share with others, or simply keep as a personal treasure. It is not necessary to have a background in music for this class, but a bonus if you do! Come ready to create, collaborate, and share with the group. We will focus in the beginning on building a safe container within the class where all feel supported and comfortable with one another, and then the fun of songwriting will begin! You do not have to be a singer to write a song! If you are a singer, great. Come ready with a notebook, pencil, and an instrument handy if you have one.
  • Spanish in Action 10-12

    Faculty: Patricia Levin
    Grade(s): 10-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Tues/Thurs
    Time: 10 am - 11:15 am
    Cost: $190
    Ever wonder what you can actually achieve with your knowledge of Spanish? Through real-time interviews with prominent Hispanic professionals in various industries, you will find out! Artists, scientists, journalists, writers, and community activists, among others, will "visit" us so that we can interview them and learn more about their disciplines, and the Hispanic world in general. This course is designed for  students who want to improve their fluency and vocabulary, using Spanish at all times.
    Classes will follow a 100% synchronous model. Students are expected to attend zoom sessions for the duration of each class (breakout rooms for group work might be used at times). Although there will not be official "homework", students will be advised to re read o re watch articles or videos previously presented in class. We will have a guest speaker every other class (starting with the second one), during the other classes we'll be getting ready for the interview with the next guest, , by discussing the different subjects, reading articles, learning the specific vocabulary, etc.
  • Studies in Propaganda - From Posters to Memes 8-12

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grade(s): 8-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am
    Cost: $205
    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 our 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 towards accountability.
    This class will be primarily synchronous. Class meetings throughout the course will consist of an organic, ongoing discussion stimulated by defining terminology, analyzing strategies, and actively considering examples both historical and actual. Gatherings will occur through a video conferencing platform. Reading prompts, images, and video segments will be regularly shared with students during class as well as between class meetings for further consideration. Similarly, students will be encouraged to keep a log of any examples of plausible propaganda they encounter in their own time to share with the class. Students will need to have a device (computer / phone) with camera and microphone functions to participate. Students should prepare to arrive promptly to class meetings and be present for the full hour. They should come with a willingness to think out loud, an investment in listening to each other, and occasionally working on tasks in small groups.
  • Training Never Stops 6-12

    Faculty: Antonio Harrison 
    Grade(s): 6-12
    Duration:4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 10 am - 10:30 am 
    Cost: $180
    The pandemic has changed the way we do things, including working out. However, without the guidance of a trainer or coach and the absence of a gym or field, many people are struggling with the motivation and the know-how to complete a strategic, technical, fun, and challenging workout. This course will be providing all of the above and will allow you to keep healthy, strong, fit, and enhance your mood during this difficult time. The workouts will progressively get tougher throughout the course but will always remain at 30 minutes. The coach will use bodyweight exercise, high intensity interval training (HIIT), cardio, plyometrics, strength & conditioning, as well as adding in homemade weights from common household items to maximize your gains.
    Process (Where): These sessions will be asynchronous. Every morning, students will be provided a video of the coach’s workout for the day. The coach will guide the students through each workout and complete the workout with them. Students will then be asked to report the completion of their workout through various means (e.g., question on their favorite exercise / video clip of them performing most difficult move, etc.…)
  • Visual Culture in a World Online 8-12

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grade(s): 8-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Cost: $205
    Relatively recently, a mass migration occurred, into online spaces. While observing responsible social distancing through sheltering-in-place, we find ourselves working, learning, playing, and socializing more than ever before through digital interfacing. For all ages, it has become habitual and essential like never before. What effects are this having on culture, community, and senses of public expression? What visual representations are we encountering daily that inform shifts in how we communicate with one another, how we share, how we (virtually) visit other places, travel, and wander?

    Our movements in place inform culture evolving before us: A visual record through advancements in technology both reveal and expose the physical, psychological, and at times brutal nearness of seismic events as they unfold. As a class, we will navigate and attempt to rationalize the difficulties of representing a compromised sense of reality and truth through examples in art, video gaming communities, social media platforms, and other mediums as our contents of a social record of bare realism.

    This class will be primarily synchronous. This course will function as a creative lab to collectively examine topical matters of culture formation during a pandemic through an organic, ongoing discussion stimulated by actively considering examples both historical and actual. Gatherings will occur through a video conferencing platform. Reading prompts, images, and video segments will be regularly introduced during class to advance our discussion and expand the variance of our perspective. Students will be encouraged to keep a log of any examples they encounter in their own time and record reflections of sensing where they are traveling each day. For class, students will need to have a device (computer / phone) with camera and microphone functions to participate. Students should prepare to arrive promptly to class meetings and be present for the full hour. They should be come with a willingness to think out loud, an investment in listening to each other, and occasionally working on tasks in small groups.
  • Waking up to Ideas - Intro to Philosophy 8-12

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grade(s): 8-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Cost: $205
    We are living through uncertain times. This class is a forum to openly consider this uncertainty through a process of carefully exploring prescient questions and investigating ideas out loud together. Philosophy is born from uncertainty. It is a means of negotiating questions without the promise of obtaining hard and fast answers. Rather than grabbing at the first sign of seeming stability in order to lay these questions brought about from uncertainty to rest, we will wander into the unstable grounds of reality through thought experiments, analogies, and metaphors: discursive tools we will use to help build bridges of articulation between the abstract and the real, between precarious existence and the material world. By negotiating questions that have no correct answers, we will begin bringing them and ourselves into focus.

    This class will be primarily synchronous. Our class meetings throughout the course will consist of an organic, ongoing philosophical discussion stimulated by the questions we collectively bring to it. Gatherings will occur through a video conferencing platform. Occasional reading prompts and video segments may be sent to students to read and view in their own time between class meetings. They should reserve time for contemplating these materials in preparation for the next steps in discussion. Students will need to have a device (computer / phone) with camera and microphone functions to participate. Students should prepare to arrive promptly to class meetings and be present for the full hour with a sense of openness, curiosity, a willingness to think out loud, and an investment in listening to each other.
  • Writing Essays - Finding Clarity 9-12

    Faculty: Cynthia Crass
    Grade(s): 9-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Tues & Thurs
    Time: 8 am - 10 am 
    Cost: $300
    Sharpen your essay-writing skills this summer. Students will review examples of excellent essay writing and use them as models for their own writing. They also will discuss and practice the techniques needed to master the art of writing essays under pressure when required on a test. Students will learn how to write clearly and succinctly; student interests and needs will dictate the direction taken through a variety of subjects and topics in grammar and structure. 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.
    Class will mostly be synchronous although students will need to do some writing outside of class time to be prepared for each class.
  • Yoga 6-12

    Faculty: Kyle Murray 
    Grade(s): 6-12
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 10am-11:30am
    Cost: $310
    The goal of the class is to teach students the fundamentals of Yoga, as well as a brief history of four of the different styles of practice. Monday’s will be the introduction, and history of each style of yoga. Wednesday we will collectively practice the routine on zoom, where I will answer any questions they may have. Friday’s students will finalize their video routines and submit their work. The four types will be Vinyasa flow, Restorative/Yin, Iyengar, and Hatha.
    This course will be a blend of instruction using Zoom meetings, and video submissions. The students will be expected to watch the video instruction of the routine, practice the sequence, and submit a video recording of them completing each of the 4 styles of yoga that will be discussed.
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