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Grades 5-8

All courses offered in Summer Experience fit within four strands: Academic, Arts, Skills, and STEM. As students move through grades, the skills and learning experiences they gain build upon those taught in classes offered within the same strand at earlier grades.

Course Pathways are organized into strands that build year to year

English Language Arts

Students will learn the core concepts and skills of English Language Arts.  Students will spend time practicing reading and writing strategies that lie within their grade level band of core instructional standards.

Arts 

Guitar: serves as an introduction or continuation for students to learn to play the guitar. Students will develop skills necessary to play beginning-level music accurately, to read musical notation, and be provided performance opportunities. Guitars will be provided free of charge to all participating students.

Strings:  Students will be provided instruction on string bass instruments (violin, cello, …) with a focus on the skills necessary for long-term success. This is a perfect class for students who want to get introduced to stringed instruments or to for those who are already playing and want to take their skills to the next level.  Instruments will be provided free of charge to all students and instruction will be provided by an experienced strings music instructor.

Ceramics will provide students an introduction to clay by learning basic hand building techniques of pinch coil and slab, basic ceramic sculpture construction, and glazing.  More advanced students will get the chance to build upon their existing skills. 

Photography provides an introduction to digital photography with the goal to spark the joy of capturing life in pictures. Students will learn basic digital photo quality settings and features.

Culinary:  This class follows a standards-based curriculum for elementary to high school students to explore the interactions between food, culture, health, and the environment through interactive cooking and gardening lessons. At the heart of this dynamic and joyful learning experience, the focus is to educate young students on growing, preparing, and eating healthy food, and empower them to become environmental stewards.

Drawing-Painting:  Students will learn basic art skills to help support their creative expression. Students will be introduced to basic elements and principles of visual art, such as line, shape/form, space, balance and emphasis. More advanced students will get the chance to build upon their existing skills.

Drama students will participate in theater / performance art games, lessons, and exercises to develop stage skills including expression, speaking in front of a group, improvisation, voice projection, pantomime, and singing.  The goal will be to conduct a culminating performance.

STEM & Entrepreneurship

If you are an innovator, designer, dreamer, helper, builder, or just have creative ideas then sign up to be a business entrepreneur.  Who knows, your ideas may change the world and make it a better place.  Students will get to know their own interests and strengths, develop a growth mindset and make their cool ideas come to life while learning business principles including marketing, finance, and product prototyping. Feel the excitement of helping others while learning how to start your own business!

 

Students at all grades will explore STEM principles.

Grade 5-6 students will dive into our new drone program to solve real world problems and also get their hands dirty using tools working on bicycles.

Grade 7-8 students will also experience the world of drones and coding video games (this grade 7-8 class will be similar to the 2022 drone and video game design classes)

Mathematics 

Students will participate in a unique blend of problem solving and skill building activities that reinforce essential mathematical concepts needed for success inside and outside the classroom.

Skills

Swimming:  Students will work on basic swim skills to develop lifelong fitness! Swim instruction will be offered for students at all levels of ability.  Several students went from non-swimmers to swimmers in 2022!  Supervision provided by teacher and trained lifeguards.

 

Life Hacks: Students will learn a variety of practical skills needed for life.  If you want to learn how to change a car tire, how to be smart with money and health, how to plunge a toilet, or even how to get more of what you need in life to be independent and successful then this is the class for you!  Students will also get the opportunity to explore topics of interest and share their essential life hacks with others.

 

Leadership:  Students will participate in fun games and activities while learning the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the classroom and beyond. Students who learn empathy, goal setting, time management, organization, and personal responsibility are shown to be more successful and the Leader in Me summer program will lay the foundation for students who participate. 

 

Sports will allow students to participate in a variety of games including soccer, basketball, and pickleball.  This is a great course for students who like to be active, and play fun and engaging games.  Fundamental skills of each sport will be covered and students will get to develop their skills in a positive environment emphasizing sportsmanship.