Summer Programs 2022
Non-Credit Courses

Session 1: June 13 - June 24  (closed)
Session 2: June 27 - July 8    
(closed)
Session 3: July 11 - July 22  (closed)
Classes meet Monday – Thursday
Friday K-8 attendees will choose from a variety of camp activities

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1   A Reader is a Leader (2-3)
Reading comprehension is a critical skill for success in school. This course teaches students to read critically, recognize themes in literature, and focus on comprehension. Games and fun competitions keep students' attention as they learn new ways to approach literature.
Instructor: Lindsay Deacon
123 Agamographs, Origami and Paper Crafts (4-6)
Challenge your creative spirit as you create agamographs - a series of images that change from different angles - and explore a variety of paper crafts.
Instructor: Jazzmine Flores
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.
Instructor: Maxwell Feiner
1   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: Maxwell Feiner
1   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.
Instructor: Kim Farr
1   Art Box (5-8, 6-8)
In this course students get to create with a variety of media. We will start out every class with strengthening sketching methods and from there we will use our sketch work to lead us into our next assignment. During the class sessions, we will work on drawing, painting, and creating a mixed media work of art. We have mini-class art presentations, art walks, and community builders. Hope to see you in the Art Box this summer!
Instructor: Denise Sours
123 Art of Play (K)
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, Pam Gagner, Edith Grensky, Jazzmine Flores, Kelli Newsome
1   Artist Study (2-4, 5-8)
Students will be introduced to the styles of Master Artists. Some artists might include Picasso, Chihuly, or Kandinsky, among others. Students will then create artwork that embraces the elements and styles of selected artists.
Instructor: Tia Bowling
1   Babysitter's Training with CPR and First Aid (5-8)
This course will provide boys and girls who are planning to babysit the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care. The course also includes CPR and First Aid certification.
Materials fee: $25
Instructor: Katie Charles
12  Baseball (2-4, 5-9)
This class, for both boys and girls, will include teamwork, skill improvements, and group activities that will improve one's baseball skills. This class will include instruction on base running, hitting, throwing, and fielding. Instruction will be given by an experienced collegiate level baseball player.
Instructor: Noah Thompson
123 Basketball (2-4, 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: Kelly Blakey, Kenton Fee, Sean Newland
123 Chess Match (2-8)
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
 23 Combinatorics: Relearning How to Count (7-12)
Do you have an interest in math or computer science? Come sharpen your skills and deepen your knowledge! This course introduces the basic principles of combinatorics, a branch of math dealing with counting the number of different objects and structures. We will examine the deep and rich math behind seemingly simple questions, such as finding the number of ways to break a class of 20 students into pairs. The course will emphasize logical reasoning and communication skills as enumeration and combination are explored.
Instructor: Maxwell Feiner
 23 Computers and Graphic Designs (5-9)
Are you into designing on the computer and want to take your skills to the next level? Let's work together! In this class you will be able to develop posters, info-graphics, presentations, schedules, and brochures. Practice with new software that can take your assignments to the next level. Beginners are welcome!
Instructor: Paula Slamowitz
  3 Cooking Camp (4-6)
Do you have a dash of time, a pinch of originality, and a cup full of enthusiasm? Then you will love cooking in cupcake pans. Our creations are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. At home or on the way to school or practice, these yummy treats are made for kids by kids. Join us in making these tempting treats!
Instructor: Kendsey Kaniho
1   Cooking with Robyn (4-6)
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, Kendsey Kaniho
1   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: Kelly Blakey
12  Creative Writing in Experimental Forms (7-9)
If you love to write creatively, or simply wish you did, this class is for you. We'll try our hand at a variety of (mostly) experimental literary forms and styles, including blackout poetry, concrete poetry, surrealism, micro-fiction, and non-linear or hypertextual fiction. Bring your imagination, leave your internal critic at home, and get ready to have fun with language!
Instructor: Jennifer Bryant
1 3 Critical Reading (5-8)
This course is designed for students of all abilities to help strengthen their reading comprehension and written expression by engaging in a variety of literacy activities. Participants will examine a variety of current events articles, primary sources, and other resources to build on their critical thinking and document analysis skills.
Instructor: Jill Scott
 2  Crochet Creations (6-9)
Whether you are a beginner or advanced, you'll have fun with the projects in this class. Students that are new to crochet will start with small stuffed yarn creatures, and move on to more advanced projects that include making flower squares. You'll be proud of the special keepsake created with your new skills!
Instructor: Charlene Whitfill
 23 CSI Investigations (5-9)
Are you interested in learning about how to solve a crime? CSI Investigation will be the class for you! Students take on the role of an investigator as they read testimony related to King Tut's murder, the assassination of Julius Caesar, JFK, MLK Jr. and how did Otzi the ice man really die? In each case, students will examine documents such as newspaper clippings, images, and police reports. Finally, students will then develop their debate skills as they argue their findings to one another. *Different cases will be used in different blocks and sessions*
Instructor: Paula Slamowitz
1   Dance and Movement (2-3, 4-6)
This fun and athletic class is an introduction to dance. Explore movement concepts, develop dance skills, strengthen the body and brain, connect with others, and learn about dance making.
Instructor: Marlene Strang
123 Digital Art (4-6)
Do you Like to draw but don't want to use paper? This just might be the class for you. Or, take your drawings and recreate them digitally make them pop of the screen and into an exciting digital image. Digital art focuses not on photography but your artistic talents into a digital form.
Instructor: Peter Pagnotta
1   DIY Party! (5-9)
It's time to let your creativity shine as we make everything you need to host your next birthday party! Invitations, piñatas, party games, yummy no-bake birthday treats, DIY decorations, party favors, and more!
Instructor: Julie Tamer
123 Dream-Up Art Studio (2-4)
In this class, we will make wildly imaginative art projects with a wide range of different materials. We will take seemingly ordinary items like cardboard and egg crates and transform them into exotic bird masks and fanciful hats. We will experiment by painting with bubbles and playing with paper collage. We will learn to make fabric pillows, mini pinatas, and dreamcatchers. We will transform yarn, fabric, wire, paint, and much more into pirate ships, animals, robots, and anything else we can dream up.
Instructor: Madison Dever
  3 Escape Room (5-9)
Working in teams you will design and host an escape room for your classmates. This is an opportunity to put your creativity and problem-solving to the test.
Instructor: Julie Tamer
12  Fractured Fairy Tales (2-4)
Fractured Fairy Tales is a writing class for students who love writing and enjoy reading fairy tales. Campers will take various fairy tales and change certain aspects of each story. Some changes may include: telling the fairy tale from another point of view, re-working the language to update it, changing some of the events, switching good and evil characters around, changing the setting to modernize the story, mentioning and incorporating characters from other fairy tales and other fun and unique changes. This is a highly creative workshop and will include illustrating each fairy tale. Campers will create a book over the 2 week session to take home.
Instructor: Lexi Gagner
 2  Full STEAM Ahead (5-7)
Explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts as we build towers, use chemical changes to create secret messages, experience how the nervous system processes and sends signals to the brain from the sense of sight, and so much more with the help of GenerationGenius.com
Instructor: Julie Tamer
1   Funtastic Science (2-4)
Students conduct fun scientific experiments to explore the worlds of chemistry, physics, and life and earth sciences. Each day, students conduct a simple, hands-on experiment to stimulate the curious mind and discover new ways to look at our world.
Instructor: Kimberly Baer
 23 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
  3 Global Cooking Camp (5-8)
Grab your passports and prepare for a trip around the world through food! Discover new foods from other nations that can be easily prepared. Students are introduced to basic cooking skills, kitchen safety, and cleanliness, as well as etiquette and social skills that go along with enjoying a meal with friends and family.
Instructor: Kendsey Kaniho
 2  Google Suites (4-8)
With the new generation of learning on Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Sites come learn how to use the programs and work on development of skills. Want to learn how to make a website and don't know how? Sites is the place for you. Come join in the fun today!
Instructor: Paula Slamowitz
12  Handmade Books (7-9)
Calling all artists, writers, and book lovers! In this class, students will learn about and create several handmade book forms from simple to complex, including two hand-sewn hardback books perfect for sketching, journaling, or gift-giving!
Instructor: Jennifer Bryant
 2  Hands-On Ancient History (4-6)
Are you creative and intrigued by the mysteries of the ancient world? Then this course is for you! Ancient artifacts will be recreated into the modern and into students' homes! With short videos, readings, and discussion, students will survey a variety of artifacts such as Egyptian hieroglyphs, mummies, and cartouches. or cuneiform, pottery, and the ancient game of Ur from Mesopotamia.
Instructor: Amy Blakeney
1 3 Healthy Habits (2-5, 6-9)
Learn how to create healthy habits that can easily be added into your everyday life! This class will include a combination learning how to make tasty and nutritious recipes, as well as getting in your daily exercise through upbeat workouts. Making healthy choices can be simple and fun!
Instructor: Kendsey Kaniho
1   How Pinterest-ing! (6-8)
Students will make one project each day in this creative and exciting class! Students have fun with activities like making "sushi" out of candy and creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to hang in their room. Using tools from paints to measuring pints, students experience hands-on work and add their own creative spin to everything they make.
Instructor: Tia Bowling
123 Indoor Team Sports (4-9)
Boys and girls will develop their teamwork skills, focus, coordination and learn game strategies for a variety of indoor team sports. Examples include tchoukball, team handball, court hockey, and wiffle ball. 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 an air-conditioned gym.
Instructors: Briana Bernard, Kenton Fee, Sean Newland
1 3 Intro to eSports: League of Legends (6-9)
Competitive eSports, or "electronic sports", is an AIA-sanctioned sport and is growing nationwide. In this class, students of any skill level will learn the basics of competitive League of Legends including digital citizenship, communication, teamwork skills, goal setting, time management, sportsmanship and health promotion.
Instructor: Eric Heideman
1 3 Intro to eSports: Rocket League (6-9)
Competitive eSports, or "electronic sports", is an AIA-sanctioned sport and is growing nationwide. In this class, students of any skill level will learn the basics of competitive Rocket League including digital citizenship, communication, team-work skills, goal setting, time management, sportsmanship and health promotion.
Instructor: Eric Heideman
123 Intro to eSports: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (6-9)
Competitive eSports, or "electronic sports", is an AIA-sanctioned sport and is growing nationwide. In this class, students of any skill level will learn the basics of competitive Super Smash Bros Ultimate including tournament rulesets, character-specific skills, general gamesense and strategy, and healthy sportsmanship.
Instructor: Chase McVey
12  Introduction to Film Studies (7-9)
Do you love movies? Have you ever wanted to make one? In this class, we'll briefly discuss the history of film; learn basic techniques and terminology of film criticism and interpretation; and even work on scripting, storyboarding, and recording original 5 to 10-minute shorts on iPhones or iPads.
Instructor: Jennifer Bryant
1   Karate (4-6)
This fun and interactive class will teach the basics of Tang Soo Do, a Korean form of martial arts. The idea behind this class is to teach not only the punches, kicks and one-steps of karate but also skills of non-violence and peaceful conflict resolution.
Instructor: Nikki Erickson
1 3 Keeping You in Stitches (5-8)
Cross stitch is fun and easy to learn! Learn the basics of cross stitch and other needlework, including how to thread a needle, sew a button, and use charts to make your own patterns. Students take home a completed project of their choosing. This class offers the inspiration for a summer's worth of creative activities.
Instructor: Jill Scott
12  Keyboarding (4-8)
Using fun and interactive online 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.
Instructor: Tina Pitts
123 Kids Yoga and Fun (2-5)
Through engaging yoga games and activities children learn breathing techniques, yoga poses and movement in a fun, nurturing environment.
Instructors: Beri Golding, Sierra Chavez, Beri Golding
123 Let's Paint with Bob Ross! (6-9)
Are you up to the challenge? Oil painting has never been more fun as we follow Bob Ross's instructions to paint a very happy landscape.
Instructor: Julie Tamer
1   Light Art - DIY Paper Circuits (3-5)
Art & technology come together to make creative light based cards and artwork by designing circuits on paper. You will design art projects that utilize LED lights and conductive tape to create simple circuit designs in a sketchbook, on paper, or in the world. You will be able to interact with your circuits to make their artwork come alive with animation. Take your projects home to give as gifts or use them to decorate your personal spaces.
Instructor: Jay Wiggins
12  Math Games: Time and Money (2-4)
Students will have fun engaging in math games to develop their proficiency with time and money. Games will have a variety of themes and formats, and each will focus on a specific skill that strengthens understanding of the concepts.
Instructors: Nikki Erickson, Kim Farr
123 Math Puzzles, Patterns, and Connections (5-8)
Tour the world of mathematics, using middle school skills, looking for patterns in sequences and connections between new problems, old problems, and the world around us. Students look at classic problems, famous numbers, and the rich relationships between seemingly different problems. This course enriches the mathematical experience and enhances students' appreciation for the wonders of mathematics.
Instructor: Maxwell Feiner
1   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, Lindsay Deacon
123 Math: Manipulations (4-6)
This course provides students with an overall review of essential math concepts including multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and probability. Small group and individual instruction will include hands-on manipulatives, math games and strategies for problem solving. Students will be given valuable strategies for answering word problems by using a step-by-step graphic approach.
Instructor: Maddy Moreland
123 Measurement Madness (4-6)
Students will use hands-on materials and math games to review and reinforce measurement concepts. This course will cover a variety of measurement models such as standard and metric measurement, area, perimeter, angles, time and money. Students will enjoy this highly interactive course while learning essential mathematical skills.
Instructor: Maddy Moreland
1 3 Medieval Times (4-6)
Dust off the chain mail and travel back in time to the age of knights, castles, kings, and queens. Through readings, videos, and discussion, students explore Medieval Europe and its folklore and legends. Students design a coat-of-arms and banners and learn how to build model catapults, drawbridges, and towers.
Instructor: Jill Scott
 2  Metalsmithing Introduction (7-9)
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 Minecraft Challenge (4-6)
Minecraft Challenge is for students who have a Mojang account and enjoy creating worlds in Minecraft. Challenges will include replicating famous buildings in the Minecraft world. Students will plan and manage their time as they build their masterpieces, and present their work to the class.
Instructor: Peter Pagnotta
12  Mini Masterpiece (5-8)
Students will create miniature designs that delight and amaze! This class is for students with a creative spirit looking to explore new ways to express themselves. Projects will include painting on mini canvases, rocks, and nails. We will have fun developing our own motives using different supplies, tools, and lots of imagination.
Instructor: Johana Bautista
12  Mixed Media Mayhem (5-8)
In this class, we will use a variety of media to create different art projects. Some of the media that we will explore and create with will include but not be limited to duct tape, chalk, watercolor markers, colored pencils, and a plethora of paints. The students will be shown different ways to use the media that we are focusing on and together we will decide on a project that each student will complete individually.
Instructor: Jaime Sheridan
123 Multiplication Mania (3-5)
This game-based class uses a variety of fun and fast-paced activities to help students learn multiplication tables and commit them to memory. The class focuses on multiplication facts from 0-12 utilizing flashcards, games and memorization strategies. Students in this highly interactive class will leave with greater multiplication proficiency and strategies that will benefit them throughout the school year.
Instructor: Maddy Moreland
1      Must Love Dogs...or Cats! (5-8)
1 2 3  Nature Explorers (1-2)
1 2    Old School Board Games (2-4, 5-8)
1 2    Petit Francaise (2-3)
1 2 3  Photoshop 101 (4-6)
1      Pilates and Stretch (6-9)
1      Programming Microprocessors with Microsoft MakeCode (6-8)
1 2 3  Racquet Sports (5-9)
1 2    Reading is Fun(damental) (2-3)
1      Robotics Maker Space (4-6)
1 2 3  Sing and Dance (2-4, 5-8)
1 2 3  Spanish Cultural Arts (3-5)
1 2 3  Spanish Ninos (2-5)
1 2 3  Spanish Ole (5-9, 6-9)
1      Stop Motion Animation (4-6)
1      Surf's Up! (1-2)
1 2 3  Swim and Pool Games (2-8)
1 2 3  The Science Experience (7-9)
  2 3  Theater Improvisation (6-9)
  3 Upcycle Design Challenge (5-9)
Use the random recyclables you will find in your "Mystery Box" to meet the daily design challenge. You'll have the opportunity to show off your innovative spirit as you "make & take" whatever you can reimagine from everyday materials; windchimes, bird feeders, flower pots, pencil holders, and anything else you can imagine!
Instructor: Julie Tamer
 23 Urban Matters: A History of Cities (5-8)
What makes cities work and why do we live in cities? This course will look at the institutions and infrastructures that have allowed human societies to live in urban enclaves throughout history. We will examine 2-3 case studies or urban planning through movies, mini-lectures, and discussions. Throughout the course, students will design a city using software and build models of important pieces of city infrastructure.
Instructor: Sean Harvey
123 Volleyball (3-4, 2-4, 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: Briana Bernard, Kristen Oelze
123 Watercolor Whimsy (2-4)
Unleash the creative painter within in this introduction and exploration of watercolors. In this class, students learn the art of creating watercolor images straight onto paper, drawing and then watercoloring, and exploring how colors change based on the amount of water used. Students will bring home a final portfolio of their work. If you enjoy painting or want to learn more about watercolors, this class is for you!
Materials fee: $10
Instructors: Jazzmine Flores, Kim Farr, Staff
 23 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 Wonders (2-3)
Students will write in a variety of genres to help foster a love of writing. Daily prompts will facilitate brainstorming, and students will work alone and with partners to generate writing ideas, identify important parts of a story, learn to use colorful words, develop good story beginnings and endings, and improve their spelling skills. Daily writing and illustrating activities will culminate in a booklet to go home at the end of the session.
Instructor: Lexi Gagner
 23 Yo Ho, Yo Ho! The History of Piracy and Buccaneering (4-7)
Weigh anchor and set sail for a course on the Golden Age of Piracy. Through mini-lectures, readings, and discussions, we will explore the economy, politics, and culture of pirates and scallywags. Students will produce maps, build ships and forts, and create a historically-informed pirate persona and biography.
Instructor: Sean Harvey

 
Class offerings and instructors are subject to change.