Summer PEP Courses – 2017

 

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: Mr. Fajardo
Ridgecrest: 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
Ridgecrest: Mrs. Rozas
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: Mrs. Chetanna, Mr. Kroon
Palos Verdes: Mr. Fajardo
Ridgecrest: Mrs. Rozas
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: Mr. Fajardo
Ridgecrest: 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: Miss Keller
Ridgecrest: Mrs. McArthur
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 – NEW BOOKS THIS YEAR! Miraleste ONLY: Miss Keller 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 “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.
MEDIA ANALYSIS – NEW THIS YEAR! Palos Verdes ONLY: Ms. Wakida/Mrs. NeVille In this course we will discuss how films and the media can perpetuate stereotypes, as well as break stereotypes.  Deconstruct and analyze several animated films and compare them to what is seen in society today, and how films pertain to everyday life.  Throughout this course, students will develop improved critical thinking skills through the use of rhetorical devices and argumentative techniques.
CREATIVE WRITING Miraleste: Miss Keller
Palos Verdes: Ms. Wakida/Mrs. NeVille
Ridgecrest: Mrs. McArthur, 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 – NEW AT MIRALESTE! Miraleste: Ms. Rieder
Palos Verdes: Ms. Wakida/Mrs. NeVille
Ridgecrest: Mrs. McArthur, Mrs. Kroeger
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. Hernandez
Palos Verdes: 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 – NEW THIS YEAR! Palos Verdes ONLY: Mrs. Calescibetta Don’t want to lose all the Spanish you learned during the school year?  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, speaking and presenting on different topics every week.  !A converser! (for students who have successfully completed a year of Spanish in intermediate school.)
INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS (STEM) Miraleste: Mr. Nimick
Ridgecrest: Mr. Woodward
In this introduction to Robotics (STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), students will use engineering principles to create, design, invent and build. As students explore robotics and computer programming, they will learn about the design process and how to communicate their ideas through sketching and CAD (Computer Aided Design).
VEX COMPETITION TEAM Miraleste ONLY: Mr. Nimick Open to 7th and 8th grade only.  Current team members as well as students interested in joining Miraleste teams will have the chance to get started building their robots for next year’s VEX competition. Since the teams from many other schools work all summer to prepare, this class will help improve Miraleste’s chances in the future. All materials will be provided for this exciting experience.
COMPUTER GAME DESIGN (STEM) Ridgecrest ONLY: Mr. Woodward 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.
STEAM ANIMATION AND GAME DESIGN WORKSHOP – NEW THIS YEAR! Palos Verdes ONLY: Mrs. Demerjian and Mrs. Lawson and Mrs. Starodub In this special two-hour animation and computer game workshop, student teams will work with three 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 using principles of science, technology, engineering, art and math.  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.  Create a spin-off game using digital computer game design.  Use Design Thinking to edit, critique, improve the creations, and then have fun pitching your projects to the other teams.  To be taken as a two-hour class block along with two additional PEP classes.
CSI SCIENCE Miraleste: Mr. Godbold
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Kier
Ridgecrest: 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. Kier
Ridgecrest: 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.
PHYSICS LAB Ridgecrest ONLY: Mrs. Acres/Mrs. L. Cordova Explore physics through hands-on applications of mechanics, electricity, magnetism and optics. Try your hand at experiments and projects such as bottle rockets, penny boats, simple circuits, and a “mouse trap” car.
MARINE BIOLOGY* – NEW AT PALOS VERDES AND RIDGECREST! Miraleste: Mr. Kroon
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Sanders
Ridgecrest: 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* – NEW THIS YEAR! Palos Verdes: Mrs. Sanders
Ridgecrest: 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 Palos Verdes: Mr. Kochakji
Ridgecrest: Mr. Wells
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.
COMPUTER DYNAMICS – NEW THIS YEAR! Miraleste ONLY: Mrs. Hernandez Students will work on developing keyboarding skills as well as projects that involve using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.
 

MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION – NEW THIS YEAR!

 

 

Ridgecrest ONLY: Mr. Wells

 

Improve your classroom presentation skills using a variety of software, such as PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop, an old favorite Paint, and some new online media such as Prezi and Glogster.  Students will collaborate as teams to work on making winning presentations.
WEB PAGE DESIGN Ridgecrest ONLY: Mr. Wells Learn HTML as you set up your pseudo business online.  Students will design and produce a web page as they market their businesses to potential online clients.  Using HTML and JavaScript students will create tables, hyperlinks, video and more to “sell” their product or services.
HISTORY THRU FILM Palos Verdes ONLY: Mr. Kochakji Learn and experience American history by viewing Hollywood films that are based on actual historical events or set in historic times. Discuss the merits of each film with relationship to the film’s accuracy or portrayal of the facts. Possible films include “1776”, “The Alamo” and “Apollo 13”.
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 – NEW AT MIRALESTE! Miraleste: Mrs. McKenna
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Demerjian
Ridgecrest: Mr. White
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 – NEW AT PALOS VERDES AND RIDGECREST! Miraleste: Mrs. Hernandez
Palos Verdes: Ms. N. Cordova
Ridgecrest: Mr. White
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: Mrs. J. Califano
Palos Verdes: Ms. L. Califano
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: Mr. Iacono
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Lawson
Ridgecrest: Mrs. Edmonds
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 – NEW AT RIDGECREST! Miraleste: Mr. Iacono
Ridgecrest: 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: Ms. N. Cordova
Ridgecrest: 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. Kochakji
Ridgecrest: Mr. Smith
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.
FITNESS FOR LIFE AND SPORTS – NEW THIS YEAR! Ridgecrest ONLY: Mr. Smith Have fun improving your fitness and flexibility, so important for maximum sports performance, as well as for good health.  come inside our air-conditioned workout room to enjoy cutting edge activities including pilates, martial arts, yoga and agility activities using exercise balls and basic gymnastics.