Eighth Grade

How to Participate in PolySummer Remote Learning

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Course Descriptions

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  • Exercise Activities and The Virtual Heart Rate 6-8

    Faculty: Rob Mikels 
    Grade(s): 6-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am (1 hr each session)
    Cost: $205
    In this class, students will participate in a variety of fitness activities. We will discuss how our Pulse and Heart Rate are important key components in our fitness and how to find and use our pulse to determine what we need our Heart Rate to be as we are performing fitness routines. Understanding our Heart Rate and knowing where we want our heart rate range to be during exercise helps achieve the best possible results. This information helps us gauge if we should increase or decrease the intensity of our workouts. Each week the students will discuss and perform different types of workouts while being conscious of their target heart rate zones. The class will explore various aerobic workouts utilizing strength, power, and endurance. They will explore agility workouts with a focus on anaerobic workouts incorporating footwork, speed and agility. At the end of the course, the students will create some challenge workouts for their peers. Each day the class will use Zoom to discuss and explain the topic or exercises for that day. Some sessions will Zoom at the beginning, the students will complete their workout, and the class will end with a debrief on how the workouts went and what adjustments will be needed based on their heart rate ranges. Students will leave this class with an understanding of the various types of workouts and the importance of understanding their own Target Heart rate range.
  • A Climate of Change

    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.
  • Algebra 1 Prep 7-8

    Faculty: Irada Melkumyan
    Grade(s): 7-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Every day
    Time:1:000 pm - 2:30 pm (1.5 hr each session)
    Cost: $ 535
    This course will review concepts crucial for Algebra 1 success and will introduce topics learned in the Algebra 1 course. Specific topics covered during the four-week course will include: fractions & mixed numbers, order of operations, ratio, proportion & percent, simplifying expressions & solving equations, and graphing, intercepts & slope. This course is great for students who are preparing to take Algebra 1 in the fall. 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 Algebra 1!
  • Animal Anatomy - Birds 5-8

    Faculty: Kaeyln Silva
    Grade(s): 5-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
    Cost: $205
    Amazing fact: Birds can fly! Compared to humans, birds have so many unique characteristics (for example, feathers, beaks, webbed feet, super-sharp vision) and live in such a variety of places (land, air, aquatic and marine). This course will explore all of the distinctive features and skills that birds have, the unique anatomy specific to birds, including birds of flight and flightless varieties. Students will become familiar with different categories of birds, and relationship to other animals, particularly reptiles. If time permits, the class will explore the evolutionary divergence from reptiles (dinosaurs) and species that have become extinct.
    This class will take place mostly in real time, with an expectation for a small amount of prep time outside scheduled class time.
  • Animal Anatomy - Marine Mammals 5-8

    Faculty: Kaelyn Silva
    Grade(s): 5-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am 
    Cost: $205
    Dolphins. Otters. Whales. Seals. Manatees. Polar bears. In this class, we will explore the large variety of marine mammals, the similarities and differences between them, and the specific anatomical structures that allow them to successfully live in the ocean. If time permits, the class will explore the evolutionary divergence from fish and how mammalian species returned to the water.
    This class will take place both synchronously and asynchronously, using Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Zoom (most likely) to engage the students in real time and to provide direct instruction. Class will meet on Zoom (or another acceptable virtual meeting platform) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students may be divided into break out sessions, or asked to complete individual tasks. The instructor will be online monitoring and directly available for guidance for the entirety of class time.
  • Animal Anatomy - Sharks 5-8

    Faculty: Kaelyn Silva
    Grade(s): 5-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 11:30 am -12:30 pm
    Cost: $205
    Sharks are incredible creatures! Some sharks inhabit the top of the marine food chain, while others have plant-based diets. The most famous sharks have rows and rows of teeth. Some sharks have no teeth at all!
    This course will explore the distinctive characteristics and lifestyle skills that sharks have, the unique anatomy specific to sharks and rays, and their place in the marine food web. Students will become familiar with different categories of sharks and the variety of reproductive strategies utilized. If time permits, the class will explore differences between bony and cartilaginous fish.
    This class will take place both synchronously and asynchronously, using Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Zoom (most likely) to engage the students in real time and to provide direct instruction. Class will meet on Zoom (or another acceptable virtual meeting platform) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students may be divided into break out sessions, or asked to complete individual tasks. The instructor will be online monitoring and directly available for guidance for the entirety of class time.
  • Build a Sports Franchise 4-7

    Faculty: Daniel Frazer 
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Section 1 - MWF, Section 2 - MWF, Section 3 - Tues/Thurs
    Time: Section 1: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Section 2: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Section 3: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm 
    Cost: $205
    Sports fans always have opinions for their favorite teams! You ever desire to be a general manager or an owner of your favorite team? In this class you will create a business plan of where you plan to build your stadium, salary cap for players and how the sports world can continue to provide entertainment for the world!
    This class will be a blend of Synchronous and Asynchronous classes. We will always meet live via zoom at the beginning of class to answer any questions or give advice! The first week will consist of breaking down operational cost, TV deals, and real estate cost in big or small city markets.
  • Building the Perfect Team: Designing an NBA and NFL Franchise 6-9

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grade(s): 6-9
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Cost: $355
    Do you have what it takes to build a dynasty in the NFL and NBA? Students will be given a budget with the ability to create a new NBA and NFL franchise, where they will have to make decisions about locations, a team name, uniforms, coaching staffs, and players. This class is not about sports statistics but rather a class on creating the best team. Would you create an instant winner, a project that will dominate for years but not right now, or do you have your own strategy? 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 whose team is the best. We will discuss the different philosophies of each sport and learn about the details of each league. Lastly, students will have to work to find the coaches, players, and crunch the numbers to understand the financial details that keep you within the salary cap. The class will be primarily synchronous with some aspects of asynchronous research time. We will spend a majority of the class synchronously discussing philosophies, drafting, and debating our teams. Students will be given in-class asynchronous time to research, update their draft boards, and create their starting teams. The expectations for students is that they are wanting to learn about the business of sports, are willing to spend time with research on players and salaries, and have a desire to learn new things.
     
  • 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
  • Chess 1-8

    Faculty: Daniel Frazer 
    Grade(s): 1-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Section 1 - MWF, Section 2 - MWF, Section 3 - Tues/Thurs
    Time: Section 1: 1pm - 2pm, Section 2: 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm, Section 3: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
    Cost: $205
    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.
    This will be a Synchronous Classes. The first week we will be learning the basic pieces and moves of chess. The class will have fun games leading up to the last couple weeks where students will be able to compete in tournaments.
  • Computer Science Principles with Code.Org 6-9

    Faculty: Matthew Goldin
    Grade(s): 6-9
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 9:00 am - 9:45 am
    Cost: $265
    If you are interested in any aspect of computer science then this is the class for you! Computer Science Principles will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, coding and decoding, abstractions, algorithms, the Internet, and the impact of computational thinking. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of the fundamentals of computer science and an ability to accomplish complex tasks using coding. They will also have a chance to code and design their own website.

    This class will be run mostly synchronously, though students will have access to learning materials when class is not in session. Assignments and resources will be available on Google Classroom accounts. Students will be expected to participate in class discussion through Zoom at the beginning of class, after which they will be given a coding assignment through Code.org. Students are encouraged to practice and experiment with their code outside of class. Students are required to have access to a computer with a modern browser (not a tablet or mobile device).
  • Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies: A study in critical thinking and writing 6-9

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grade(s): 6-9
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 10:15 am-11:15 am
    Cost: $355
    What was the grassy knoll? Are UFOs real? Is Illuminati confirmed? Students will learn to develop and expand their abilities as critical thinkers by delving into some of the most discussed and argued conspiracy theories in the world. When people struggle to understand a historical event, they often seek an alternative story to better explain the who, what, why, and how. This is the basis for all conspiracy theories. Join this class to expand your writing and improve your critical thinking, while learning some of the most discussed and interesting conspiracy theories, while attempting to explore the not-so-secret, secret societies. This class will be synchronous as students will explore conspiracies and secret societies. This is a student-driven class where we will explore the conspiracies, secret societies, and other interests that students are most interested in learning. There may be time for asynchronous individual exploration but the majority of time we will be together, especially given the nature of the content.
     
  • Creative Writing 6-8

    Faculty: Matthew Goldin 
    Grade(s): 6-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 10 am - 10:45 am
    Cost: $265
    Want to be a writer? In this course, students will learn techniques that professionals use to make their writing come alive. Every day students will have a chance to work on short stories and poems. They’ll also have a chance to share their work with their fellow writers for constructive feedback. By the end of the course, students will assemble a short collection of their work for friends and family to read.
    This class will mostly involve synchronous teaching, though students will be assigned short journal prompts through Google Classroom on a daily basis to complete outside of class. Each class, students will be presented with a new creative writing concept and engage in class discussion. Class discussion will occur through Zoom. The instructor will then assign a creative writing exercise that students will work on in Google Classroom. The first 2-week unit focuses on short stories and the second 2-week unit focuses on poetry. Students will have an opportunity to share their work with the class at the end of each project.
  • Curious about Shakespeare? 8-12 (MWF)

    Faculty: Tim Redmond
    Grade(s): 8-12
    Duration: 4 weeks Monday/Wednesday/Friday 
    Time: 1 pm - 2 pm
    Cost: $205
    Did you know Shakespeare invented over 1700 words and is credited with many memorable phrases such as “wild goose chase” and “in a pickle?” This class will explore the legend of the bard through an examination of four of his most famous plays. Never read Shakespeare before or his language intimidates you? No problem, this class will run synchronously and be a combination of group discussion as well as viewing memorable performances captured on film. Students will need a laptop, wifi access, and a sense of adventure.
  • Essay Writing 5-8

    Faculty: Daniela Barrero 
    Grade(s): 5-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time:10:15 am - 11:15 am (1 hr each session)
    Cost: $205
    A course for any students who wants to hone their essay writing skills covering an array of formats (persuasive, narrative, and descriptive) in preparation for the next academic year. After a break down and introduction to each style, students will be required to create their own essay based on research, observation, and personal life experience. Through peer review, discussion, and revisions students will complete three original essays demonstrating their understanding of essay writing.
    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 the structure of each writing style and then guided through the process of creating their own essay. Each week will consist of live discussion and peer review allowing each student to find support through the process.
  • Exploring Science through Experiments 7-8

    Faculty: David Herman
    Grade(s): 7-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
    Cost: $265  ( Includes $60 materials fee )
    This course is intended to provides students with hands-on and virtual opportunities to engage in different types of experiments that span the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. To create an enriching experience exploring the science workbench, classes will include performing dissections and chemical reactions, learning about biotechnology, as well as watching videos on modern surgical/medical procedures. Students will be provided with daily worksheets that accompanying each lab to guide them through the process of model building or discovery. This is an excellent preparatory high school course for students interested in scientific inquiry. By the end of the session students will gain a deeper appreciation for the various branches of science as they explore, observe, and analyze natural phenomena.

    This class will take place both synchronously and asynchronously, using Zoom, Google Suite of applications (docs, forms, and sheets), and interactive videos to engage students in active learning real time and to provide direct instruction. Class will meet on Zoom every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 60 minutes, which will occur in large group model building activities, small group Break-out rooms for lab work, and individual tasks. Daily check-in and check-out challenge questions will be required to keep track of class attendance. The instructor will be online monitoring and directly available for guidance for the entirety of class time. Instructions will be posted daily and student work will receive feedback either using shared docs or photos uploaded in google forms.

    Materials: An additional fee of $60 is included for the science toolkit that will be delivered to all of our young scientists. Included in the package are water balloons, glow sticks, marshmallows, radishes, rubber bands, agar, magnets borax, tape, ruler, aluminum can, graduated cylinder, and neodyne magnets among other items.
  • Grammar Reinforcement 6-8

    Faculty: Kara Ramirez (Section 1) or Kyanh Tonnu (Section 2)
    Grade(s): 6-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 9 am - 9: 45 am 
    Cost: $265
    This grammar/writing reinforcement course for Middle School students will include daily instruction and practice via interactive slides, journal exercises and online worksheets, assignments, practice quizzes and games. Students will experience at least 30 minutes of live instruction daily, with additional practice for the remainder of class time, during which the instructor will be available for consultation via zoom and email.

    This course is designed to introduce and reinforce basic grammar, sentence structure, and paragraph form to shore up skills expected in Middle School.

    Students will need to have access to a computer, with working video and audio, an email account (preferably gmail), access to google drive, a notebook, and pencils and pens.
  • Great Performances 8-12 (MWF)

    Faculty: Tim Redmond
    Grade(s): 8-12
    Duration: 4 weeks Monday/Wednesday/Friday 
    Time: 11 am - 12 pm
    Cost: $205
    Who is your favorite actor? Chances are they were inspired by the likes of James Dean, Charlie Chaplin, Jayne Mansfield or a litany of others stars from the past. This class will explore some of the great performers and performances from silent films to the present. This class will be taught synchronously and students will need a laptop, wifi and a love of movies.
  • 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.
  • Hip Hop Dont Stop 6-8

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri 
    Grade(s): 6-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 3 pm - 4 pm
    Cost: $205
    This class offers the opportunity to learn fun hip hop routines using age-appropriate music and choreography. Students will increase coordination, strength, and performance skills while having a blast! Classes will include hip hop combinations, exercises, and warm-ups for any skill level.
    Class will be run synchronously. Students will need wifi access, a screen, and a safe space in which to move around.
  • History of the Napoleonic Wars 4-8

    Faculty: Eric Holmgren
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration:4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 9 am - 10 am 
    Cost: $ 205
    In the span of 30 years, Napoleon Bonaparte went from a lowly second lieutenant in the artillery to Emperor of France and the conqueror of most of Europe! His innovations in strategy, tactics, and army logistics helped him win a string of victories that make him one of the most successful generals in history.
    You will learn about his rise to power during the chaos of the French Revolution, his various military campaigns, and his ultimate downfall. You will also learn how his legacy has impacted European and world events in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Learn about this fascinating character and these tumultuous times in an engaging, interactive and multimedia online class setting.
    The class will be held on Zoom meeting app. It will be a synchronous learning environment. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions, role-playing, and learning games. Basic school supplies will be needed for notes taking and game creation. Common household objects might be used for props in role-playing.
  • Hula Hoop Jam! 3-8

    Faculty: Paige Clingaman
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 11am-11:45am
    Cost: $155
    Hula hooping is a fun form of dance expression that uses technical tricks and illusions with the hula hoop. This class combines learning hula hoop tricks for all levels and jamming out to your favorite tunes! Near the end of the course hoopers will learn choreography that they can perform for their friends and family.

    It is important to keep our bodies moving and to find ways we can enjoy ourselves with all of the changes lately. I hope to see some new hoopers on Zoom for hula hoop fun!

    This class will meet on Zoom (synchronous). The first class session will be an intro to the course: basic hula hoop trick knowledge and creating a playlist of our favorite songs. No hula hoop or activewear needed until the second day of class.
    Regular class meetings will look like this: 1) Stretch for warm up 2) Lesson on hula hoop trick(s) 3) Time for practicing trick(s) and asking questions 4) Jam!

    Tutorial videos will be available to hoopers who would like to take time outside of class to practice tricks that we have already gone over.

    How to prepare for this class: Have an open space to move around in (caution with the hula hoop if indoors). Wear clothes that are comfortable for stretching and dancing. Have a hula hoop by the second day of class (try some different sizes and see what works for you). Think of songs you love to dance to. And finally, be ready to have fun!
     
  • Influential Women - A creative analysis of Women who have changed the world 5-8

    Faculty: Daniela Barrero 
    Grade(s): 5-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time:1:30 pm - 2:30 pm (1 hr each session)
    Cost: $205
    Explore the stories of women who have shaped our world using their voice to advocate for justice. Through analysis and discussion students will be introduced to the lives of women and their works. Students will be asked to reflect upon and analyze works of art, literature, and the lives of these women, taking their knowledge to create an original work reflecting their own lives and hopes for the future. An interactive class suitable for any individual who would like to gain a better understanding of various fields such as activism, education, artist and politics and the women who have thrived in them.
    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. Each week will cover influential women in different fields (education,activism, art, politics) and analysis of their works. Students will be asked to engage in class discussion and written reflections based on the information presented at each meeting. Special guest speakers could make an appearance to discuss their personal path and how they have used their life path to create change. Students will be asked to create their own original work that embodies who they are currently and the changes they want to see in the world around them.
  • Intro to Middle School Economics, Financial Responsibility, and Economic History 6-9

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grade(s): 6-9
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
    Cost: $355
    Money, money, money….money! If you are interested in getting a “cash” course in Economics and Finance, this is the class for you. We will have foundational conversations about Economics, business, and financial responsibility. We will talk about maximizing the money you make, making a livable budget, and understanding the value of your parents’ hard earned money. Students will be exposed to high school level ideas, in a middle school friendly manner, where economic policy and law, economic theory, and economic history is discussed. Get a jump start on high school Economics class and let’s talk business! This class will be synchronous as students will discuss economics similar to an Economics classroom. This is a student-driven class where we will explore the ideas and theories that students are most interested in learning. There may be time for asynchronous individual projects but the majority of time we will be together.
     
  • Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons Role-Playing Game 4-8

    Faculty: Eric Holmgren
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Section 1: Tues & Thurs, Section 2: Mon & Wed
    Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Cost: $225
    Dungeons & Dragons is fun and exciting role-playing game that has been popular with kids and adults for over 40 years. Students will learn about the basic concepts of the game, create characters for the adventure, and embark upon a fun expedition into a world of magic and fantastic creatures! Role-playing will help the students engage their imaginations, improve their communications skills, and learn to work collaboratively to solve problems!

    The class will be conducted in a synchronous manner. Students will need some 6-sided dice, a deck of playing cards, paper and pencil. Students are expected to participate with the group and display courtesy and cooperation with their classmates and teacher.
  • Introduction to Fencing 3-8

    Faculty: Eric Holmgren 
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am
    Cost: $ 205
    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.
    The class will be held on the Zoom Meetings app. It will be a synchronous learning environment. Students will need to dress for light athletic activity; tennis shoes, socks, shorts or athletic pants, and a t-shirt. They will need to have a space around them in which they can move and is free of obstacles. Common household items will be used for props or substitutions for fencing gear.
  • Introduction to Math 7-8

    Faculty: Emily Tom
    Grade(s): 7-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: Section 1: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm or Section 2: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
    Cost: $355
    This course will introduce students to several topics discussed during 7th and 8th grade Common Core Math. Specific topics include equations & expressions, surface area & volume, angles & triangles, and graphing & writing linear equations. Whether your student would like to review and further develop his or her skills or gain exposure to what is to come, this course is for them!
    This class will take place both synchronously and asynchronously. The instructor will utilize Google Classroom and Zoom to engage and keep in contact with students. Class time will consist of lecture with interactive opportunities to work in groups to learn material. Occasional homework in the form of worksheets or Google Docs may be assigned. Students will be reminded and kept informed of these assignments through Google Classroom. If an assignment is given, the instructor will go over the worksheet and provide feedback the following day. The instructor will be available for the full hour of class, including when students are in breakout rooms. All instruction will be recorded and uploaded to Google Classroom (if possible). Access to a notebook, printer and a tablet with a camera are highly recommended but not required. Assessments will be given every Friday, but no grade will be assigned. Students are expected to be present, with their camera on, during class time and ready to learn and interact virtually with others!
  • Introduction to Sports Nutrition 6-8

    Faculty: Kaelyn Silva
    Grade(s): 6-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Tues & Thurs
    Time: 11 am - 12:15 pm
    Cost: $190
    This course is intended to provide students with an overview of energy, hydration and structure – three areas that are key to understanding the basics of sports nutrition. Discussions topics will include: how nutrition effects performance, the macromolecules that provide humans with energy (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins), how to read a nutrition label, and dietary analysis. If time permits, students will learn about body composition and supplements.
    This class will take place both synchronously and asynchronously, using Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Zoom (most likely) to engage the students in real time and to provide direct instruction. Class will meet on Zoom (or another acceptable virtual meeting platform) every Tuesday and Thursday. Students may be divided into break out sessions, or asked to complete individual tasks. The instructor will be online monitoring and directly available for guidance for the entirety of class time.
  • Just Dance! 6-8

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri
    Grade(s): 6-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Cost: $205
    This class will combine elements of several dance genres including theater dance, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, and jazz. Through learning a variety of dance exercises and combinations, students will develop coordination, strength, flexibility and increased knowledge about their own physical potential. Classes will include energizing warm ups, technical exercises, and fun routines for any skill level.
    Classes will be run synchronously. Students will need wifi access, a screen, and a safe space in which to move around.
  • Knit One, Purl One - Beginning Knitting 3-8

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Cost: $225 (includes material fee)
    Cool, cozy, and creative, knitting is a great skill, a life-long hobby, and a fun way to keep your hands busy during travel, while watching TV, and at sporting events. While creating a project 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. All supplies will be provided.

    This class is synchronous, and students are expected to be actively participating and present (barring technical difficulties) for the whole class period. The first 15-20 minutes will be structured around attendance, and teacher demonstration and instructions, with the remaining time for students to work at their own pace. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive help from peers and the teacher. An atmosphere of trust, mutual support, and social engagement will be encouraged – knitting is a fun activity to do together and you’ll have a new creative hobby to do after the class is over!

    This course includes a $20 Materials fee which will cover needles and 1 skein of yarn that will be sent directly to the student.
  • Language of Science 7-8

    Faculty: Kaelyn Silva
    Grade(s): 7-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Tuesday & Thursday
    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    Cost: $255
    This course is intended to provide students with an introduction to many forms of communication used in science, such as the metric system and the Coordinate System (i.e., latitude, longitude, GPS). Also covered are chemistry fundamentals (e.g., phases of a substance, properties of water), maps and map reading, conducting research in science (using online resources, citing a reference using APA or MLA, distinguishing between reliable source material and second tier references), citizen science, and distinguishing between scientific evidence and conjecture in social media. Students will be provided with daily worksheets accompanying each lesson and home activities putting the lesson into practice. This is an excellent preparatory course for students about to enter high school.

    This class will take place both synchronously and asynchronously, using Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Zoom (most likely) to engage the students in real time and to provide direct instruction. Class will meet on Zoom (or another acceptable virtual meeting platform) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students may be divided into break out sessions, or asked to complete individual tasks. The instructor will be online monitoring and directly available for guidance for the entirety of class time.
  • Mail Art DIY Envelopes and Cards

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grade(s): 1-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 9am-10am
    Cost: $225 (includes material fee)
    Who doesn’t love getting a special card in the mail? Let’s make some art to send to each other! In this class students will create cards and envelopes with found materials, paper, collage, recycled objects, stamps, etc., and then mail them to each other. This is a free-form process perfect for first time makers and accomplished artists alike. Each week will have a creative theme, which students will interpret following their personal creative inspiration. Mail art began in the 1960’s and today is a global movement that promotes interconnection between makers by sharing hand made small-scale works through the mail. Come join in and keep this tradition alive!

    This class is synchronous, and students are expected to be actively participating and present (barring technical difficulties) for the whole class period. The first 15-20 minutes will be structured around attendance, and teacher demonstration and instructions, with the remaining time for students to work at their own pace. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive help from peers and the teacher. An atmosphere of trust, mutual support, and social engagement will be encouraged – making art is fun to do together and you’ll have a new creative hobby to do after the class is over!

    Course fee includes a $20 materials fee which covers a packet with project templates, paper ephemera, and other goodies to add to your art works.
  • 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 5-8

    Faculty: Daniela Barrero
    Grade(s): 5-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time:11:30 am to 12:30 pm (1 hr each session)
    Cost: $ $205
    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.
  • Online marketing and product making 6-8

    Faculty: Dana Huley
    Grade(s): 6-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ T/W/Th
    Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Cost: $225
    Are you creative and curious about graphic design and online marketing? If so this is the course for you! This class will help students create their online voice, develop creative content and designs, and tap into photography skills. Using tools such as canva, font squirrel, piZap, etc. Let’s get creative! Bring your willingness to learn and have fun! This class will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous. Each week will cover a different theme or element of design. The course will culminate in a final project. Designed to be a practical application course for beginners. This class looks to expose kids to visual marketing tools such as logo making, photography, digital posters and ads. If you’ve ever had an interest in graphic design and are curious about the first steps to designing visual content, this is a good first step. Each session will be broken into ~30 minutes of instructions and the remainder of time for practice and office hours/feedback. Tools: Computer and phone with a camera or camera. All online creative tools will use free versions. No additional software is necessary.
  • Reading for Pleasure 6-8

    Faculty: Laura Marion
    Grade(s): 6-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Cost: $205
    As an English teacher at Poly for the past fifteen years, I can tell within a few days of class which of my students read for fun and which don't. There is no greater advice I can offer a student who wants to improve as a writer than to start reading interesting books. To write well, we need a rich vocabulary, critical thinking skills, understanding of punctuation, and a wealth of ideas. While we could study the dictionary to learn each word one at a time and we could attempt to memorize Stunk and White's Elements of Style, we would be much better off just reading books. This class will introduce students to books that are virtually impossible to resist.

    Class sessions will be spent reading aloud, discussing the books we are reading, hearing from other members of the community about their favorite books, and reading silently together. Students will be expected to read each night prior to the next class.
  • 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.
  • Study Skills 6-8

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grade(s): 6-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 9am-10am
    Cost: $355
    The anxiety of succeeding in school can be a crippling experience for a young student. The number of skills needed for student success can be overwhelming. In this class, students will learn two of the most important skills: note-taking and studying. Looking at two of the most important skills for student success, note taking and outlining, students will learn how to successfully incorporate these skills to their academics. Students will look at how these skills can benefit them in a number of ways. Additionally in this class, we will look at strategies of how to decipher test questions and answer questions that you don't know. There will be no kind of questions off limit: multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and essays. In learning to succeed on tests, stress will be reduced. But, we will look at a number of ways to reduce stress prior to testing, the stress that overwhelms students while testing, and how to deal with the aftermath of an assessment. This class will be synchronous as students need to be present to take notes and ask questions. One of the most successful parts of these previously taught classes is listening to their peers input on how the content can be modified. There may be time for asynchronous individual activities but the majority of time we will be together.
     
  • Sustainable Climate Change 2030 (7-8)

    Faculty: Tim Cook
    Grade(s): 7-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Cost:$355
    Young people CAN make a difference! Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time and will be for generations to come. This class intends to plant the seeds for a lifetime of caring about our planet. This will be an engaging class of informative lectures that develop the basic math and science of climate change so that students are grounded in facts. The impacts of climate change on issues such as biodiversity, pollution, pandemics and extreme weather events will be explored. The discussions will be enhanced with exciting video clips and occasional guest speakers to educate and encourage students to collaborate and search for individual and community actions.

    This will be an Online synchronous class ( held everyday at same time in a virtual classroom). Some assignments and notes will be posted for work offline. Students are expected to have access to a computer, show up on time, pay attention and participate in class discussions. Basic algebra and geometry skills are useful but not mandatory for getting value from the material. Strong opinions are welcome and peer-to-peer interactions are encouraged.
  • The Science of Myth Busting 6-8 (M-Th)

    Faculty: Dana Huley
    Grade(s): 6-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M/T/W/Th
    Time: 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
    Cost: $300
    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! This class will be offered as both synchronous and asynchronous to provide flexibility for the students. Students will watch videos, reflect, design and execute their own experiments each week. The teacher will be available during asynchronous class time for questions (aka office hours) or for one-on-one help. This class will require some common at home materials for experiments. A list will be sent in advance of materials needed for the course. This class will be an opportunity for students to tap in to their inner scientist through exploring and practicing the scientific method. The expectation of the students will be to ask questions and to solve problems using the experiments they design. Students will be filming themselves and creating a video diary of their experiments/experience. Sample Week: Monday: Synchronous ? MythBusters episode ? Scientific method reflection ? Begin Experimental Design Tuesday: Asynchronous ? Perform Experiment and record data and experiment Wednesday: Synchronous ? Share videos and reflect ? Kahoot ? Begin next mythbuster episode Thursday: Synchronous ? Scientific method reflection ? Begin experimental design
     
  • Time Travel in Film and Television 6-9

    Faculty: Bonnie Castillo
    Grade(s): 6-9
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Cost: $155
    Have you ever wanted to travel through time and space? Have you ever wondered if time travel is possible? How has time travel been depicted in film and television? Let's explore this fun topic and debate its reality, mythology and depiction. We will watch some science documentaries, episodes of Doctor Who, the classic film The Time Machine and the Back to the Future trilogy. Could you go back in time? If you could, can you alter the past? What could be the consequences of changing the past? Let’s discuss and debate!

    Students will receive links for science documentaries from the teacher. The TV shows and films are available online and from Amazon Prime. Students will be expected to watch all the assigned materials before each class session. Class will meet via Zoom and we will discuss and debate the assigned materials. Teacher will provide a viewing guide for students before each documentary, TV show, or film is assigned so students can have an idea about what to expect in the class discussion. We will discuss how science views time travel and how popular media portrays it. The goal is to discuss and debate this intriguing topic. Students will have an opportunity to suggest films or shows that they personally enjoy on the subject of time travel to the rest of the class.
    Expectations: attend class, have materials prepared before class, all assigned TV show/films should be watched before each class meeting, take notes on your viewing guide to be prepared for class discussion. This is a discussion class so you need to participate and share your views.
  • 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.…)
  • Video Games and the Meaning of Life 6-8

    Faculty: Matthew Goldin
    Grade(s): 6-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 11:00 am -11:45 am
    Cost: $265
    What do videogames have to teach us? In this course, students will have the opportunity to play videogames that shed light on certain fundamental questions (Are we living in a simulation? What is right and what is wrong? Do we have free will?) and exercise their critical thinking skills in the process. Through writing assignments, class discussions, and debates, students will learn to make and defend philosophical arguments -- and yes, they'll get to play games too! Students will also examine the roles videogames play in our social lives, culture, and media.

    This class will be run mostly synchronously. Assignments, videos, and short readings will be available on Google Classroom. Every class, students will be given a short writing prompt and engage in class discussion over zoom. In class, though mostly on their own time, students will have a chance to play several short games that illustrate philosophical issues related to free will, morality, and the meaning of life. Students will need access to a PC with Steam installed, and parents will be responsible for purchasing games (approximately $12 each week).
  • 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.

PolySummer Staff

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  • Jon Fay

    Director of Extended Programs and PolySummer Program

  • Jacklyn Gonzales

    Assistant to the Director of PolySummer Program

  • Lorena Santos

    Associate Director of PolySummer Program

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