Summer Programs 2020
9-12 Non-Credit Class Schedule

PCDS has canceled Summer Programs 2020.
Please email questions to jennifer.cherilla@pcds.org.

Session 1: June 8 - June 19
Session 2: June 22 - July 3
Session 3: July 6 - July 17
Classes meet Monday – Thursday
Friday K-8 attendees will choose from a variety of camp activities

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8:00 - 9:15 am

123 Algebra I Preview (7-9)
Designed for students preparing to enter Algebra I in the fall, this course touches on the introductory topics of Algebra I, such as solving multi-step equations, simplifying algebraic expressions, graphing in the coordinate plane, linear functions and exponents. The course has a strong emphasis on teaching students to organize their written work. Applications of fractions and decimals are included.
Instructors: Jill Scott, Keely Franklin
 2  Algebra I Review (8-10)
Designed for students who have completed Algebra I and want to strengthen their understanding or revisit the course to prepare for Algebra II. The course reviews the central topics covered in Algebra I, such as factoring, quadratic functions, exponents, and rational functions, with a central focus on teaching students to organize their written work. Includes practice with fractions and decimals.
Instructor: Keely Franklin
12  Games for the Mind and Body (6-9)
Fun with a purpose! Class time is used primarily to play games such as Taboo, Charades, Word Association, and other games of expression and quick thought to help students develop confidence, problem-solving abilities, verbal and physical expression, humor skills, social interactions, and more. Explore the importance of taking "safe risks," accepting and celebrating mistakes, and expanding avenues of communication, all of which can be valuable life skills. It sounds serious, but is centered on fun and a lot of healthy game playing.
Instructor: Keith Burns
 23 Metalsmithing Introduction (6-9)
Learn to create objects and jewelry using fabrication techniques that take a simple sheet of metal and turn it into something special. Sample the fundamentals of metalsmithing, from designing and constructing earrings & key chains, etc. Learn about cutting, piercing, texturing & elementary fabrication.
Materials fee: $20
Instructor: Charlene Whitfill
123 Sewing for Beginners (5-9)
Beginners learn basic sewing fundamentals by hand and machine. Students will learn how to cut fabric and sew fabric pieces together, creating functional pieces of sewn art in a fun and relaxed environment. Sample projects may include a pillow, a stuffed animal, and even some dog toys or bedding to donate to a local animal shelter.
Materials fee: $10
Instructor: Jeanel Hoagland
12  The Self is the Only Subject (7-10)
Often, the writing we are asked to do for school is about conveying or analyzing information, but what if we thought about writing as a tool for self-discovery? In this class, we will learn about ourselves by first decorating and then writing in our own private journals, engaging with multiple genres of writing, and asking questions designed to get us thinking about our senses of identity and how we hope to use our individual voices in the world.
Instructor: Nishta Mehra
1   Ultimate Frisbee (5-9)
Whether you are a pro or a newcomer to the game, come have fun playing this exciting co-ed team sport.
Instructor: Pete Saunders
123 Yoga (6-9)
Wake up your body and mind to start your day off right with yoga! Students focus on having fun while learning the fundamentals of yoga, including all about the self as individual, how to enhance physical strength and coordination, and how to develop techniques for self-awareness and calm energy.
Instructor: Beri Golding

9:20 - 10:35 am

123 Basketball (4-9)
Boys and girls have the opportunity to focus on improving skills, game strategies, and teamwork. Instruction is organized and managed by experienced coaches who utilize drills, small group activities, and scrimmages in order to make classes educational and fun. Each class takes place in the air-conditioned gym.
Instructors: Sean Newland, Pete Saunders, Staff
 23 Diving (5-9)
Learn basic diving techniques from the side of the pool and then progress to the one-meter springboard. Class covers approach, hurdle, and dive techniques. Participants work on forward and backward jumps and dives, then move on to more advanced positions. Depending on skill level, participants may advance to incorporating somersaults and inward dives. No previous diving experience required, but students must be comfortable in deep water.
Instructor: Samantha Stein
 2  Fun with Geometry (7-9)
This project-based class will help students explore geometric topics and see that geometry patterns are all around us. Projects include creating 3D shapes like prisms and octahedrons with toothpicks and marshmallows, creating an "eyeball" from parabolic curves, and creating artistic designs using tessellations.
Instructor: Keely Franklin
1   Grammar Time! (7-10)
Who says grammar has to be boring? This fast-paced refresher course will help students look at grammar in a whole new light. Students will create interactive notebooks, view video clips, and even examine song lyrics as they brush up on their grammar skills. Jingles and question and answer flow patterns will solidify parts of speech within each student as if by magic.
Instructor: Julie Larrea
1   Mandarin Chinese Review (7-9)
Designed for students who have completed their first year of Mandarin Chinese learning, and want to reinforce what they have learned so that they will be more prepared for the next year. This course reviews all the key vocabulary and grammar patterns learned with fun games and interactive activities.
Instructor: Casey Chen
 23 Metalsmithing Introduction (6-9)
Learn to create objects and jewelry using fabrication techniques that take a simple sheet of metal and turn it into something special. Sample the fundamentals of metalsmithing, from designing and constructing earrings & key chains, etc. Learn about cutting, piercing, texturing & elementary fabrication.
Materials fee: $20
Instructor: Charlene Whitfill
12  Not Your English Teacher's Poetry (8-12)
Think you hate poetry? Maybe you just haven't been reading the right poems! In this class, we will look at contemporary poetry, which has a very different style and feel from poems you may have been taught in school. We will also consider the genre of slam/spoken word poetry and analyze hip-hop lyrics for their poetic qualities. We'll even try our hand at writing a few poems of our own!
Instructor: Nishta Mehra
123 Quilt Making (5-9)
Students will learn how to quilt by hand – either picking their own designs and cutting pieces themselves, or using pre-cut pieces. We will sew the pieces together and then quilt with batting and backing by hand.
Materials fee: $10
Instructor: Jeanel Hoagland
12  Theater Improvisation (6-9)
This class offers instruction and practice in the skills needed for comedy improvisation. Listening, quick thinking, character development, and scene building techniques are developed through exercises, games, and improvisational scene work. Perfect for students with interest in the performing arts, this class also helps develop acting skills in addition to improvisation. No experience necessary.
Instructor: Keith Burns
123 Volleyball (4-9)
Boys and girls have the opportunity to focus on improving skills, game strategies, and teamwork. Instruction is organized and managed by experienced coaches who utilize drills, small group activities, and scrimmages in order to make classes educational and fun. Each class takes place in the air-conditioned gym.
Instructors: Jacob Kelty, Ellie Rink

10:40 - 11:55 am

12  Analyzing Pop Culture (8-12)
What can we learn about our society by looking at memes, trending topics on Twitter, and Superbowl ads? You might be surprised! In this class, we will analyze many kinds of visual & written media in order to better understand the world around us. We will think about gender roles, stereotypes, and the way that cultural norms are both reinforced and reset through pop culture.
Instructor: Nishta Mehra
123 Basketball (4-9)
Boys and girls have the opportunity to focus on improving skills, game strategies, and teamwork. Instruction is organized and managed by experienced coaches who utilize drills, small group activities, and scrimmages in order to make classes educational and fun. Each class takes place in the air-conditioned gym.
Instructors: Sean Newland, Pete Saunders, Staff
  3 Grammar Time! (7-10)
Who says grammar has to be boring? This fast-paced refresher course will help students look at grammar in a whole new light. Students will create interactive notebooks, view video clips, and even examine song lyrics as they brush up on their grammar skills. Jingles and question and answer flow patterns will solidify parts of speech within each student as if by magic.
Instructor: Julie Larrea
1   Jewelry Making (6-9)
Love showing off fashionable necklaces and wearing glittery rings each day? If so, then this is definitely your class! Students make various styles of bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, so that by the end of the session, each student takes home a collection of new creations!
Instructor: Barbara Bzdak
12  Lego Mindstorm Robotics (5-9)
In this class, you will design, build, and program robots that can navigate obstacle courses and respond to sensors. Once you master the basics of programming, you will compete in challenges such as The Maze, Barrel Races, Slam Dunk Contest, and Tug-o-War, and Battle Bots. Not recommended for the faint of heart!
Instructor: Maki Fullerton
1   RPG and Creativity (5-9)
Students will have lots of fun while learning to play the Star Wars Force and Destiny Role-playing Game (RPG). RPGs are great venues for learning basic skills in character development, improvisational acting, solving problems as a team, creatively describing actions and scenery, and more. They're also a lot of fun.
Instructor: Michael Caplan
1   Spanish Ole (6-9)
The first step to learning a language is to become comfortable with oral communication. This course focuses on listening and speaking skills for beginning and intermediate students of Spanish. Fun, technology-based activities are used to reinforce and expand students' real-life communication skills. If time permits, the class will review grammar and reading lessons.
Instructor: Alvaro Otalora
123 Volleyball (4-9)
Boys and girls have the opportunity to focus on improving skills, game strategies, and teamwork. Instruction is organized and managed by experienced coaches who utilize drills, small group activities, and scrimmages in order to make classes educational and fun. Each class takes place in the air-conditioned gym.
Instructors: Jacob Kelty, Shannon Castle, Ellie Rink
12  Wood Shop! (7-9)
Students will learn the basics of wood-working, safety protocols, use of tools, and construction as they create their own take-home piece of craftsmanship.
Materials fee: $10
Instructor: Keith Burns
12  Writing Short Stories (7-10)
Let's Write! Students will tap into their creative genius as they create short stories based on the "Pixar Principles." After viewing several Pixar shorts and examining "Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling," for inspiration, students will try their hand at writing their own short story.
Instructor: Julie Larrea

 
Class offerings and instructors are subject to change.