8:00 am - Noon
Summer is a time to be creative, discover the wonders of your senses, and connect with your natural curiosity. In this playful class, rising kindergartners explore in the areas of art, science, and music. Through hands-on work and rich sensorial experiences, students are encouraged to use their senses and whole body in work and play. Time is set aside each day for small group practice with writing, number concepts, Jolly Phonics, and beginning reading. Dress for a mess, although paint shirts are provided. Exploration materials include clay, paper, paints, glue, fabric, water, and other natural materials!
Instructors: Kelly Blackson, Pauline Fleming, Valeska French, Pam Gagner, Kelli Newsome, Johanna Sadow
Have fun while reinforcing reading, math, writing, and research skills. The beach theme lends itself to a relaxed and productive learning experience. Students "surf" between classes in small groups "pooled" with daily hands-on projects, snacks, and free-choice activities. Individual support provided on a regular basis by experienced elementary school faculty members.
Instructors: Karen Bruntz, Karen Cuculic, Cindy Davis, Kat Glaeseman, Jaime Sheridan
8:00 - 9:15 am
|1||2||3|| 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
|1||2||3|| Animation Inspiration (2-4)|
Engaging lessons inspire the inner artist as students expand their creativity and technology skills. Students explore the Animation-ish program and develop animation projects relevant to age-appropriate topics.
Instructors: Shannon Castle, Staff
Students learn the physical, emotional, and social benefits of archery, and the history, safety strategies, skills, and techniques necessary to participate in and enjoy the sport as a lifetime activity.
Instructors: Duane Freeman, Pete Saunders
|1||2||3|| Basic Mandarin Chinese (5-8)|
Are you considering taking Mandarin Chinese next year? This course will be a great introduction for you to get to know some basics about Mandarin Chinese! We will learn the pronunciation system (Pinyin) and writing system (Chinese Character/Hanzi) of Mandarin Chinese and also talk about Chinese culture and traditions!
Instructor: Casey Chen
The historically fun game of chess incorporates knowledge, skill and determination. Devised in the 5th century, chess is the domain where the specialties of art, science and communication collide. This summer, experience the fantastic game of chess through gobs of games and using our latest technology. Beginner to advanced skill levels are welcome.
Instructor: Ryan Coffelt
|1||2||3|| Cooking with Robyn (3-5)|
Learn how to cook and bake everyday items that you can make by yourself for your family. Taught in the PCDS kitchen by a professional chef, students cook and enjoy eating what they make each day--and sometimes even take yummy dishes home to share!
Materials fee: $20
Instructors: Robyn Kunze, Johana Bautista
|1|| ||3|| Create Your Own Podcast (4-6)|
This is an opportunity to share what you're most passionate about with the world as you script, record, and edit your very own podcast.
Instructor: Julie Larrea
|1||2|| || Creative Mind - STEM & Inventors Workshop (2-4)|
Turn your imagination into reality! During the first week, students will conduct a series of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities to better understand our physical world. Then during the second week, students will become inventors and problem solvers. First, they will find a problem, small or big, then they will generate ideas and design a model. Finally they will create and turn their ideas into a real prototype! Bring: creative thoughts and positive attitude!
Instructor: Maki Fullerton
|1|| || || Digital Scrapbooking (5-8)|
Students will create their own digital scrapbook using a popular online program. They will discover what makes an appealing page layout, how to add words and pictures, the ins and outs of the online program, and how to use pictures to tell a story. Students must have their own digital images and an online account.
Instructor: Tia Bowling
|1||2||3|| Dream-Up Art Studio (2-4)|
In this class we will create beautifully expressive art with a wide variety of materials from painted cardboard masks to squishy insects made out of stuffed socks, watercolor paintings created with bubbles and homemade puffy paint designs. We will play with paper collage and sew, stuff and decorate our own crown pillows. We will build paper mache magic wands and sparkly unicorn horns too. We will make birds nests and superhero armbands. We will explore how to create with cardboard, wire, clay, beads, paint, and fabric to name a few, and how to paint, sew and sculpt our ideas into tangible things.
Instructor: Stephanie Brinkop
| ||2||3|| Electrifying Electricity (3-5)|
Students will learn the principles of electricity: conductors, insulators, and flow of electricity to create electrifying projects. In the first week, they will make their own quiz boards out of foil, wires, and batteries. In the second week, students will make creative art out of copper tape, mini lights and batteries.
Materials fee: $10
Instructor: Melinda Berko
|1||2|| || 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
Using fun and interactive programs, students set their own speed and accuracy goals to improve their keyboarding technique. Each lesson's printout shows progress and demonstrates speed and accuracy improvements, which helps to build each student's keyboarding confidence.
|1||2|| || Lotions and Potions DIY (5-8)|
Students will learn how to make their own lip balms, lotions, scrubs, bath fizzies and soaps! We will also explore the benefits of different carrier and essential oils used in the products we make and where they are sourced. This class is part science, part creativity and a whole lot of fun. Students will have an array of useful bath and body goodies to take home at the end of the session.
Instructor: Karen Handelman
|1||2||3|| Math: Add It Up! (2-3)|
This course strengthens the student's conceptual understanding of mathematics and provides ample time for drill and review. A complement to the regular mathematics curriculum, it's specifically designed to consolidate the mathematics skills that students need to proceed to the next level.
Instructors: Jaime Sheridan, Nikki Erickson
| ||2||3|| 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