Summer Break Courses

CORNERSTONE SUMMER BREAK

FOUR WEEK CLASSES – GRADES TK – 5
June 19 – July 14, 2017 ~ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm ~ No school Tuesday, July 4
Registration fee is $600 per student TK – 5

ADVENTURES IN KINDERGARTEN (GRADES TK-K)  This class is designed for children entering kindergarten or transitional kindergarten (TK).  Students enrolled will be engaged in a variety of fun-filled activities designed to enrich and expand their academic skill set. They will be encouraged to explore, create, dismantle and reconstruct in a “hands on” learning environment that will focus on further developing intellectual curiosity.  The curriculum will include the infusion of early literacy skills, science, mathematics, music and the arts, providing an excellent foundation for success while having fun and forming new social connections.

PV STEAM ACADEMY (GRADES 1-5)  The PV STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Academy will feature four weeks of highly engaging learning investigations in STEAM related fields and include:

  • Robotics and Engineering
  • Computer Science and Programming (Coding)
  • Inventions
  • Video Production and Game Design
  • STEM Challenges
  • Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving through Architectural Design
  • Inquiry-Based, Hands-On Science Learning
  • Art Projects

The goal of the academy is for students to (1) Have fun (2) Be engaged (3) Be creative and (4) Learn robotics, engineering, and coding skills.  Students enrolled in the PV STEAM Academy will learn and apply the engineering design cycle to solve real world problems.  Specifically, they will ask questions, identify constraints, conduct research, develop and test solutions and prototypes, and redesign as needed to find workable solutions.  During the four week session, students will learn from teachers with specific expertise in the STEM domains and keep journals of their learning.  Students will be grouped by grade level.  On occasion, it may become necessary to blend grade levels in order to balance enrollment.  Should this occur, we will notify parents of this decision in a timely manner.  Instruction will be adjusted to accommodate every level of learners as they explore each field of study.  The PV STEAM team looks forward to meeting your young scientists this summer!

DAPPLEGRAY SUMMER BREAK

FOUR WEEK CLASSES – GRADES TK – 5
June 19 – July 14, 2017 ~ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm ~ No school Tuesday, July 4
Registration fee is $600 per student TK – 5

ADVENTURES IN KINDERGARTEN (GRADES TK-K)  This class is designed for children entering kindergarten or transitional kindergarten (TK).  Students enrolled will be engaged in a variety of fun-filled activities designed to enrich and expand their academic skill set. They will be encouraged to explore, create, dismantle and reconstruct in a “hands on” learning environment that will focus on further developing intellectual curiosity.  The curriculum will include the infusion of early literacy skills, science, mathematics, music and the arts, providing an excellent foundation for success while having fun and forming new social connections.

PV GLOBAL LITERACY AND MATH ACADEMY (GRADES 1-5) is a traditional summer school focusing on reading, writing and mathematics with an international theme, and will provide four weeks of highly engaging practice and preview of grade-level curriculum.  Geography, technology, art and music will also be part of the program.  The goal of the academy is for students to have (1) have fun (2) maintain and improve skills (3) be creative and (4) learn about the world.  First, second and third grade students will engage in reading, writing and math activities that revolve around the stories, animals, geography and biomes of a continent.  This will include both fiction and non-fiction reading, with opportunities for research, writing, and oral presentations.  Math practice will include problem-solving related to information about the continent and improvement of basic computation skills.  Fourth and fifth grade will explore the seven continents of the world through the lens of four United Nations Agencies (UNICEF, UNESCO, WFO, WFP).  The specific focus is on programs that provide support to children around the world.  Students will investigate specific topics and issues using a variety of resources.  Each student will work with a team to claim a position and write a persuasive article that is presented orally to the “General Assembly” (rest of the class).  Reading and writing will be practiced in authentic use and mathematics problem-solving and practice in basic computation skills will occur daily.

DAPPLEGRAY ENRICHMENT WORKSHOPS (TWO-WEEK SESSIONS)

Session One: June 19 – June 30, 2017 or
Session Two: July 3 – July 14, 2017 (No School Tuesday, July 4) ~ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Registration fee is $300 per session
All workshops are held contingent upon sufficient enrollment.

LEGO® ROBOTICS: STEM (Session One, Grades 4-5; Session Two, Grades 4-5) Come build and program your own robot using LEGO®Robotics! Students will build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors and program their models. Students will explore a series of cross curricular, theme-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as language and literacy.  Students will work cooperatively to solve problems and gain a deeper understanding of science.  Students that have taken the class before can continue on to the higher level projects.  Class is limited to 20 students per session. (Shannon Bogart)

STEM CHALLENGES (Session One, Grades 4-5; Session Two, Grades 4-5) All incoming 4th and 5th graders are invited to join this introductory STEM Class where we will explore and experiment with science, technology, engineering and math topics.  This class will be a hands-on investigative journey during which students will discover, research, and collaborate to solve real world problems.  Each week will present a new topic of study, including earthquakes/tsunamis, environmental sciences, aerodynamics, and engineering/design.  Each topic will include a competitive challenge for students to test their skills and exhibit their knowledge.  Each two week session is unique, so students may sign up for one session or both. (Abby Maeder)

YOUNG WRITER’S PROGRAM (Session One, Grades 3-5; Session Two, Grades 3-5)  Writing with smiles has always been the philosophy of the Young Writer’s program.  Each and every student needs to develop their “voice” as a writer.  Each class is filled with opportunities for the young writers to shape their ideas and experiences into meaningful published pieces.  Following the Writer’s Workshop, students will be guided in mini lessons that target specific content, time for drafting, peer response, editing, revising and teacher conferencing.  Each student will gain confidence in their writing skills, while enjoying writing narratives, opinion essays and informative essays, as well as poetry and the elements of writing a myth.  Each student will receive a student anthology and will share their writing in our culminating event: The Publication Celebration!  Students will be full fledged members of the “Literacy Club” upon completion. (Richard Perkins)

VIDEO GAME DESIGN AND INTRO TO CODING (Session Two ONLY, Grades 3-5)  Students will investigate elements of successful and engaging video games and design games that include characters, settings and engaging game play.  Students will also continue where the ‘Hour of Code’ left off by learning introductory computer programming skills to learn the coding that goes on behind the scenes of video games and other computer applications. (Diana Elliott)