Summer PEP will take place at Miraleste and Palos Verdes Intermediate Schools. See below for class listings.  Summer PEP takes place June 18-July 13, 2018 from 8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (no school July 4).  Tuition is $545. Click here to visit the Summer PEP Registration site.

BASIC MATH SKILLS REVIEW Miraleste ONLY: Mr. Godbold This class is designed as a review of 5th grade math concepts for incoming 6th graders in order for them to begin 6th grade math with a solid foundation. The class will focus on the fundamentals including basic operations with whole numbers, fractions and decimals. This class is limited to incoming 6th graders only.
MATH 6 INTRO Miraleste: Mrs. Chetanna
Palos Verdes: Ms. Kuykendall / Mrs.Hockensmith
This class is for entering 6th graders working at grade level in math and coded for regular PVCM 6 in the fall, as well as incoming 7th graders needing additional support.  This class will cover whole number arithmetic, writing and calculating rational numbers (fractions and decimals), divisibility rules, number theory and mathematical puzzles.
MATH 7 INTRO Miraleste: Mr. Tsudama
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Starodub, Mr. Fajardo
This class is for students coded into PVCM 6 Accelerated or PVCM 7, and 8th graders needing additional support.  This class will cover integer arithmetic, the real number system, order of operations, variables and expressions, equations and inequalities, ratios and proportions, and mathematical puzzles. Incoming 6th graders must be coded for PVCM 6 Accelerated in the fall.
MATH 8 INTRO Miraleste: Mr. Kroon
Palos Verdes: Mr. Fajardo
This class is for students coded into PVCM 7/8 Accelerated or incoming 8th graders coded for PVCM 8 in the fall.  This class will cover solving simple and complex equations, angles and triangles, graphing and writing single and systems of linear equations, functions, real numbers, the Pythagorean Theorem and mathematical puzzles.
MATH WHIZ Palos Verdes ONLY: Ms. Kuykendall / Mrs. Hockensmith This class is for students coded into Algebra Accelerated or Geometry in the fall. This class will cover arithmetic and factoring of polynomials, systems of equations, radical expressions and advanced problem solving.  Students will test their wits on a variety of brain teasers and mathematical puzzles as well as explore some of the skills needed in math competitions.
READING SKILLS Miraleste ONLY: Mrs. Hargis This class is designed for students who need extra help in improving their reading skills, vocabulary and comprehension. Both fiction and non-fiction selections will be included.
6th GRADE WRITING WORKSHOP Miraleste: Ms. Rieder
Ridgecrest: Mrs. Kroeger
Develop and strengthen the writing skills necessary for success on intermediate school papers and projects.  Review the techniques of how to construct paragraphs incorporating effective topic sentences, support details and summaries with an emphasis on the six writing traits.  This class is designed for entering 6th grade students as well as incoming 7th graders needing additional support.
BOOK VS. FILM Miraleste ONLY: Mrs. Hargis Read, watch and compare young adult books with their film adaptations.  Discuss whether the films have done justice to the material in such diverse books as “Coraline and Hoot,” “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “October Sky,” “Holes,” “Soul Surfer” and “The Hunger Games”.  Try your hand at writing critiques of the films.
THE ART OF SCIENCE Miraleste ONLY: Mrs. Hargis Visual observation is integral to scientific thinking. In this exciting new course that combines art and science observe how scientists rely on diagrams, graphs, videos and other images to make discoveries, explain findings and excite public interest.  Try your hand at Leonardo da Vinci’s mirror writing, investigate the physics of balance and movement behind Calder’s mobiles and examine the way Darwin’s drawings helped describe his observations.  Use a pinhole camera to shoot and develop photos to understand how artists manipulate light to capture images in photographs, and much more.
CREATIVE WRITING Miraleste: Ms. Rieder
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Kroeger
Do you love to write?  This is the class for all you aspiring authors. Create short stories, poems, the first chapter of your novel, and much more. Respond to a variety of prompts designed to stimulate creative ideas and innovative thinking.
PUBLIC SPEAKING Miraleste ONLY: Ms. Rieder Make your personality work for you as you learn to give impromptu and prepared speeches in class. Learn the effective use of voice, action, image, language and the power of persuasion in public speaking. Face an audience or camera with confidence and control, and make the most of your own natural speaking style. Have fun giving a speech without fear!
BEGINNING SPANISH Miraleste: Mrs. Calescibetta Ridgecrest: Mrs. Calescibetta Se aprende haciendo – in doing, we learn! Have fun learning to speak, read, and write a new language. Develop basic Spanish vocabulary. Very helpful for students who plan to study Spanish in the future.
CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH Palos Verdes ONLY: Mrs. Calescibetta Do you already speak a little Spanish?  Have fun improving your vocabulary and fluency in Spanish through conversations about family, travel, food, school, sports, culture and much more.  This low pressure, no homework, no grading environment will give you the opportunity to improve your oral skills through reading, listening, and speaking.
ANIMATION WORKSHOP Palos Verdes ONLY: Mrs. Demerjian and Mrs. Lawson In this special two-hour animation workshop, student teams will work with two talented teachers to form the seed of an idea and develop it with camera equipment, clay, and design materials into an animated presentation.  From battle stars to princesses, the stories, wardrobes, figures, and backgrounds will be yours to create.  Create storyboards, build architectural backdrops, and examine the anatomy of jointed figures.  Decide how your figures will move and even dress, and then film them with stop-motion animation. Use Design Thinking to edit, critique, improve the creations, and then have fun pitching your projects to the other teams.
VEX COMPETITION TEAM (incoming 7th and 8th grade ONLY) Miraleste ONLY: Mr. Nimick For students interested in learning the VEX robotics system and ROBOT C coding.  Students will build a VEX clawbot and compete in a class competition.  All materials will be provided for this exciting and fun experience.
COMPUTER GAME DESIGN (STEM) Palos Verdes ONLY: Mrs. Starodub Do you enjoy playing games on your computer? Create and design your own games with Gamemaker. This class is designed for all levels, beginners to experienced game designers. You’ll leave this class with a set of executable games to play at home. No prerequisite.
CSI SCIENCE Miraleste: Mr. Godbold
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Acres / Mrs. L. Cordova
Everybody loves a mystery. Learn to solve “crimes” while practicing important scientific concepts, methods and techniques. Assume the role of a crime lab chemist by carefully observing, thinking critically, and conducting forensic lab tests on evidence. Please note: video re-enactments of crime scenes are included.
CHEMLAB* Miraleste: Mr. Tsudama
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Acres / Mrs. L. Cordova
Explore the world of chemistry through extensive laboratory experimentation. Learn about acid-based chemistry, molecular composition and decomposition. Fun experiments may include candy and ice cream making, turning pennies into “gold”, investigating chemicals found in everyday products such as air fresheners, sunscreens and lotions, and the “magic” of polymerization. *Attendance during the first three days of class is mandatory for safety instruction.  Please do not register for this class if you will not be able to attend the first three days.
MARINE BIOLOGY* Miraleste: Mr. Kroon
Palos Verdes: Ms. Bosotina
Acquire an appreciation and knowledge of the ocean and its inhabitants from invertebrates to the great whales. Class includes the use of microscopes and dissection of marine life. *Attendance during the first three days of class is mandatory for safety instruction. Please do not register for this class if you will not be able to attend the first three days.
BIOLAB* Palos Verdes ONLY: Ms. Bosotina Have you ever looked inside an animal?  Enter a scientific laboratory to learn about the anatomy of animals.  Under a microscope, see the magic world of creatures too small to be seen with the human eye.  Dissect and examine a variety of specimens.  *Attendance during the first three days of class is mandatory for safety instruction. Please do not register for this class if you will not be able to attend the first three days.
KEYBOARDING Miraleste: Mr. Rieder
Palos Verdes: Mrs. N. Cordova
Learn to type accurately on the computer with proper finger positions, without looking at the keyboard. You will be introduced to all the letters and numbers using computer-based programs, in addition to various drills to increase your speed.
ROBOTICS, GAME DESIGN AND MORE Miraleste ONLY: Mr. Woodward This intro to Dynamic Engineering will empower students to experience some of STEM’s most inspiring disciplines in Robotics, Gaming and Computer Aided Design.  Build and program sensor-driven autonomous robots, design and create your own video games with Gamemaker, and explore the 3D Design World using the innovative Sketchup CAD program!
AROUND THE WORLD IN 19 DAYS Miraleste ONLY: Mrs. Chetanna Try mochi from Japan. Make masks from Africa. Play games from Australia. Join us as we travel the world, investigating and experiencing art, language, geography, music, history, food, games and daily life from around the globe.
VIDEO PRODUCTION Palos Verdes ONLY: Mrs. Demerjian In this class, learn how to create quality video projects using iMovie or Final Cut X (Apple) and/or Movie Maker (PC) editing programs. Work collaboratively to film and create short news segments, sports clips and more. Learn to incorporate custom music (GarageBand) for your projects, add video, audio, and special effects to create packages, Public Service Announcements, and more.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY Miraleste: Mr. Rieder
Palos Verdes: Ms. N. Cordova
Use your phone, ipad, tablet or camera to go on several photographic adventures. Learn how to capture, edit and enhance your photos and upload them to an e-portfolio. Your three best pictures will be printed on 8×10 glossy paper for you to display.
CHEF’S CORNER Miraleste: Ms. Lily and Ms. Lacey Califano
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Scott
Discover the fun of being a chef. Prepare everything from fancy hors d’oeuvres to luscious desserts. Make pasta, pizza, tostadas, and more. Students may be exposed to tree nuts, almonds, egg, seeds and dairy. Not recommended for students with food allergies.
CERAMICS Miraleste: Mrs. Edmonds
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Lawson
A complete course in designing, forming, decorating, and glazing pottery. Learn basic hand building techniques including pinch, slab (tile making), and sculpture.
DRAWING AND PAINTING Miraleste ONLY: Mrs. Edmonds Put what you see on paper! Learn the basics of pen and ink drawing, sketching, and perspective. Water color, tempura painting, charcoal, pastel, and collage will be included.
WOODSHOP* Miraleste ONLY: Mr. Nimick This class provides an introduction to woodworking. Learn the care and use of hand tools and various power machines. Create fine projects for your family and friends. *Attendance during the first three days of class is mandatory for safety instruction. Please do not register for this class if you will not be able to attend the first three days.
KEYS TO SUCCESS IN 6TH GRADE Miraleste: Ms. Rieder
Palos Verdes: Mr. Smith
Learn everything you need to know about your new school and campus – from finding your classrooms and lockers to organizing your time. Survival skills such as designing a study environment at home to note-taking, outlining and library resource skills will be included. Learn techniques for increasing your speed and accuracy on tests while reducing anxiety. Have fun while building confidence in your ability to succeed in this next step in your life.
TEAM SPORTS Miraleste: Mr. Kroon
Palos Verdes: Mr. Smith, Mr. Fajardo
Share the ball, share the fun! Learn the essentials of team play and its importance through group games such as soccer, basketball, flag football and softball. Play your favorite games and some you may not have tried before. High level of physical fitness and activity. Team sports are an important component of youth development. Perfect class to have fun, socialize, and get some exercise.
YOGA Palos Verdes ONLY: Mr. Smith Discover the noncompetitive practice of Yoga for improved flexibility, coordination and strength.  The ancient positions of Yoga promote a sense of wellness, relaxation and inner strength.  Some Pilates may be included.  (Yoga mats provided.)