Summer PEP will take place at Miraleste, Palos Verdes, and Ridgecrest Intermediate Schools. See below for class listings.  Summer PEP takes place June 17-July 12, 2019 from 8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (no school July 4).  Tuition is $560. 

In addition to the classes listed below, Summer PEP is offering two Mathematics Bridge Courses: Conceived, initiated and developed by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, the classes meet for 19 days on the campus of Ridgecrest Intermediate, in conjunction with the regular PEP summer program, Summer Pathway to PVCM 6 Accelerated (two-period block course) and Summer Bridge to Algebra 1 (four-period block).  If your child is interested in one of these courses but is not able to attend the class, please contact the PVPUSD Educational Services Office at 310-750-0063 for more information on an independent study option. See descriptions below.  Click here to visit the Summer PEP Registration site.

BASIC MATH SKILLS REVIEW Miraleste ONLY: Mr. Godbold, Ms. Lilly Califano 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
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:Ms. Lilly Califano
Palos Verdes: Ms. Kim Ridgecrest: Mrs. Cooper-Padilla, Mrs. Ong
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 Ridgecrest: Mrs. Cooper-Padilla
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 Ridgecrest ONLY: Ms. Kuykendall 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.
6th GRADE WRITING WORKSHOP Ridgecrest ONLY: 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.
CREATIVE WRITING Miraleste: Ms. Rieder
Palos Verdes: Ms. Kim Ridecrest: 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.
BEGINNING SPANISH Ridgecrest: Mrs. Avila Diaz     Palos Verdes: Mrs. Avila Diaz 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.
BEGINNING CHINESE Ridgecrest ONLY: Mrs. Ong Have fun learning to understand and speak Mandarin Chinese through conversation, songs, games and activities.  You will also be introduced to Chinese culture and learn to recognize and write some basic simplified Chinese characters.
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.
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.
KEYBOARDING & MORE Miraleste: Mr. Rieder
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Cordova-Lyttle   Ridgecrest: Mr. Hay
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. Some Power Point and Excel may be included.
COMPUTER GAME DESIGN Palos Verdes: Mrs. Starodub Ridgecrest: 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.
INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS 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).
CREATIVE ROBOTICS (Two Hour Block) Palos Verdes ONLY: Mrs. Starodub Join this hands-on Femineers® STEAM Course. This nationally recognized curriculum was created and designed by Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering to inspire females in grades 6-12 to pursue STEM careers, but boys will enjoy it too! Students will develop real-world engineering skills to design, create, decorate and build a finished product using microprocessors, LEDs, motors and sensors.
CSI SCIENCE Miraleste: Mr. Godbold
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Goggin Ridgecrest: Mrs. Acres/Mrs. 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. Goggin Ridgecrest: Mrs. Acres/Mrs. 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, as well as 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 ONLY: Mr. Kroon 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.
BOOK vs. FILM Miraleste ONLY: Ms. Lilly Califano 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.
HARRY POTTER’S WORLD Miraleste ONLY: Ms. Reider Are you new to the world of J.K. Rowlings’s novels, or are you worried your skills will suffer while you spend the summer in the muggle world? Do not fear, the Harry Potter class is here! Earn points for your house, hunt a horcrux, write an article for the Daily Prophet, match with the perfect wand, and continue your quidditch training. These activities, and many more, will ensure that you return to Hogwarts on the right track.
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: 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 Miraleste: Mr. Rieder
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Cordova-Lyttle   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.
ANIMATION WORKSHOP (Two Hour Block) 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.
DRAWING AND PAINTING Miraleste: Mrs. Hargis 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.
CERAMICS Miraleste: Mrs. Hargis
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.
DRAMA FESTIVAL Miraleste: Ms. Rieder
Ridgecrest: Mrs. McArthur
Have fun exploring the many aspects of drama: monologues, mime, scenes, and story theater. Develop your abilities in creative dramatics through improvisation, movement and characterization.
PUBLIC SPEAKING Ridgecrest ONLY: Mrs. McArthur 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!
GARDEN TO TABLE CHEF Palos Verdes ONLY: Mrs. Rosen Discover this delicious way to eat using plants that also helps take care of our health, our planet and all the animals. Let’s make banana French toast, scrambles, smoothies, grilled cheese, meatless tacos, ice cream and more. Not recommended for students with food allergies.
CHEF’S CORNER Miraleste: 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.
NUTRITION AND WELLNESS Palos Verdes ONLY: Mrs. Rosen Do you want energy for sports, more focus for homework, clearer skin and to feel your best overall? If so, then this is the class for you. You will learn how to eat the RIGHT things to give you the fuel you need to be your best self.
KEYS TO SUCCESS IN 6TH GRADE Miraleste: Ms. Rieder
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Winbauer Ridgecrest: Mrs. Ong
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. Tsudama
Palos Verdes: Mrs. Winbauer Ridgecrest: Mr. Hay
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.
Summer Pathway to PVCM 6 Accelerated Ridgecrest: Mr. Buda This two-period block course is available to current 5th grade students who would benefit from further instruction to prepare for entrance into PVCM 6 Accelerated in sixth grade. Completion of this course, will strengthen students’ mathematical skill base, provide a stronger foundation of conceptual understanding and better prepare students for the fast pace and rigor associated with the accelerated-level coursework. PVPUSD encourages students to attend this summer program particularly if the student was not initially recommended by his or her fifth grade teacher for the PVCM 6 Accelerated course.
Summer Bridge to Algebra 1 Ridgecrest: Mrs. Steinbach This four-period block is available to students who have completed PVCM 7 and wish to enroll in Algebra 1 in the 8th grade starting with the 2019-20 school year. Instructional time will include the additional content in PVCM 7/8 Accelerated that is not covered in PVCM 7. PVPUSD encourages students to attend this Bridge class in order to familiarize them with information they have not yet encountered, provide a stronger foundation of conceptual understanding and better prepare for the content associated with the Algebra 1 course.