|1||2||3|| 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.
Instructors: Jaime Sheridan, Nikki Erickson
| ||2||3|| 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: Julie Larrea
|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|| || 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
|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
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
|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||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
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
Students will identify important parts of a story, brainstorm to generate writing ideas, 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 book to go home at the end of the session.
Instructor: Melinda Berko
| ||2||3|| Bookmaking for Fun! (2-5)|
Learn the art of making books. Using simple supplies, students learn to make several book types, from accordion books to Ziploc books and others in between. Students leave with the skills to make more books at home!
Instructor: Ashley Ong
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
| ||2|| || Construction Zone (2-3)|
Whether miniature or massive students will work with a variety of materials to build and explore structures. What makes it stand? What makes it fall? These questions and more will be discovered in the hands-on creative class.
Instructor: Jaime Sheridan
|1||2||3|| Cooking and Baking with a Microwave (5-8)|
Believe it or not, to become a great chef all you need is just a microwave! We will learn how to bake and cook a variety of dishes using just a microwave and basic kitchen tools. From cakes, muffins, loaded potatoes, mac and cheese, and quesadillas, everything will be made fresh from scratch and everyone will be able to find their favorite microwave meals!
Instructor: Casey Chen
|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||2||3|| Crafting Fairy Dolls (4-6)|
Use your whimsy and imagination to create fun and magical fairy dolls. You will learn how to transform wooden beads, felt, artificial flowers, and pipe cleaners into your own miniature wonderland.
Instructor: Jeanel Hoagland
|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