Summer Intermediate School Information

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Overview

Intermediate Summer Program at PVIS and RIS

Summer Intermediate School (6th grade – 8th grade) – Students entering the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the fall can enroll in classes at Ridgecrest Intermediate School and Palos Verdes Intermediate School.  Students may choose to attend any of the intermediate schools; they do not need to attend the school that they will be attending in the fall.

When registering for Summer Intermediate School, students will select their top four choices from the list of course offerings, along with four alternate choices.  Individual class schedules will be created based on overall registration input. Please see class choices below.

PLEASE NOTE: Bridge to Algebra will only be offered on the Ridgecrest campus in an effort to provide a central location and to better ensure sufficient enrollment.

Summer Intermediate School reserves the right to reassign teachers and to add teachers when necessary. Classes with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled, and students placed in alternate choices.

Dates: June 17-July 12 (no class on June 19, July 4th and July 5th)

Time: 8:15 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Ridgecrest Intermediate School or Palos Verdes Intermediate School

Registration Dates: Registration will open on April 10th @ 5:00 pm and closes June 2nd @ 5:00 pm.

Cost: $700* for the four week program.
*Some course selections will have an additional materials fee.

Please review the Changes and Refunds page before purchasing your summer school class.

NEW THIS YEAR – Python: Learn to Code and Code to Learn! at Peninsula High School

We are excited to announce a new pilot summer program for students entering 8th grade in August 2024…. Python: Learn to Code and Code to Learn!

Summer is the perfect time for kids to explore the world beyond the classroom confines. Sign up for our Python coding class to unlock the world of computer programming and develop essential skills for a bright future. Students will complete a variety of fun and engaging coding exercises under the instructor’s guidance and then explore and practice the concepts at their own pace. The exercises allow for a variety of learning styles and ability levels, so all students can build skills in writing, debugging, analyzing and comprehending code.

No previous programming experience is required. Although students should expect to learn at a fast pace!

Dates: June 17-July 12 (no class on June 19, July 4th and July 5th)

Time: Choose between 8:00 am – 11:00 am or 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Location: Peninsula High School (at the recently upgraded Computer Lab)

Registration Dates: Incoming 8th graders – Registration will open on February 22, Rising 7th graders registration will open on March 7-until class is full

Please Note:  Due to limited space available for this new summer offering, enrollment will be open to PVPUSD students only.

Cost: $500

Please review the Changes and Refunds page before purchasing your summer school class.

2024 Summer Intermediate School Program Information

Please click on the below links for a printable PDF of the Summer Intermediate Schedules.

RIS Summer School Schedule

PVIS Summer School Schedule

Palos Verdes Intermediate School - Summer 2024 - Class Options by Period

 

Teacher Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4
Layla Adams Dance Dance Dance Dance
Lacey Blankenship Chef’s Corner* Chef’s Corner* Chef’s Corner* Chef’s Corner*
Sue Demerjian Broadcast Journalism Broadcast Journalism Video Production Video Production
Michael Fajardo Math 8 Intro Math 7 Intro Math 6 Intro Math 6 Intro
Kurt Hay Keyboarding and More Financial Literacy Financial Literacy Keyboarding and More
Kristy Jimenez Visual Arts* Visual Arts* Visual Arts* Visual Arts*
Marisa Scott Keys to Success in 6th Grade Beginning Spanish Beginning Spanish Keys to Success in 6th Grade
Ben Kroon Marine Biology*† Marine Biology*† Marine Biology*† Marine Biology*†
Jacquelyn Starodub Pathway to PVCM 6 Accelerated (Periods 1 and 2) Creative Robotics (Periods 3 and 4)
Chris Todosiev Algebraic Artistry Algebraic Artistry Algebraic Artistry Algebraic Artistry
Maria Zarro-Anaya Creative Writing Creative Writing Creative Writing Around the World*

†SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Students starting after June 20th may not enroll in Marine Biology as mandatory safety instruction takes place the first three days of school.
*$20 mandatory materials fee

Palos Verdes Intermediate School - Course Descriptions 2024

ALGEBRAIC ARTISTRY: Ms. Todosiev
This class is for students coded into Math 6 or Math 6 Accelerated in the fall. Algebraic Artistry seamlessly combines mathematical concepts with hands-on art projects to create an engaging and enriching learning experience. This course is designed to foster a deep understanding of mathematical principles through creative exploration and artistic expression.

AROUND THE WORLD: Mrs. Zarro-Anaya
Join us as we travel around the world, investigating and experiencing art, language, geography, music, history, food, games and daily life around the globe.

BEGINNING SPANISH: Mrs. Scott
Se aprende hacienda—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.

BROADCAST JOURNALISM: Mrs. Demerjian
Students will learn the basics of interviewing, researching, and how to put together a video story using Final Cut Pro. They will have access to our own broadcasting equipment including cameras, lighting, microphones, and our green screen. Students will produce, direct, edit, and anchor news programs that will be broadcast to our school and online community on our website.

CHEF’S CORNER: Mrs. Blankenship
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, eggs, seeds and dairy. Not recommended for students with food allergies.

CREATIVE ROBOTICS (Two Period Block): Mrs. Starodub
Join this hands-on Femineers® STEAM two-period block 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 all students will enjoy this engaging course! Students will develop real-world engineering skills to design, create, decorate and build a finished product using microprocessors, LEDs, motors and sensors.

CREATIVE WRITING: Mrs. Zarro-Anaya
Do you love to write? This is a class for all you aspiring authors. Create short stories, poems, perhaps the first chapter of your novel, and much more. Respond to a variety of prompts designed to stimulate creative ideas and innovative thinking.

DANCE: Mrs. Adams
Step into the world of self-expression, creativity, and rhythmic exploration with this dance course. This dynamic and inclusive course is designed for students of all ability levels, inviting them to discover the joy of dance in a supportive and encouraging environment. Students will embark on a captivating journey through various dance styles, including contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, and cultural dances. PVHS dance and Choreo teacher, Layla Adams, will guide students in developing fundamental dance techniques, fostering body awareness, and building confidence in their movement abilities.

FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR TEENS: Mr. Hay
This course is designed to introduce students to basic personal finance skills that are relevant to the lives of teens. Main topics include but are not limited to: Investing, Borrowing, Money Management, Earning Power and how money works in the real world.

KEYBOARDING & MORE: Mr. Hay
Learn to type accurately on the computer with proper finger positions, without looking at the keyboard. You will be introduced to all of 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.

KEYS TO SUCCESS IN 6TH GRADE: Mrs. Scott
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.

MARINE BIOLOGY: Mr. Kroon
Explore and discover our planet’s incredible underwater world in this class.  With an emphasis on hands-on learning through multiple dissections and labs, students will get a first-person look at life in our ocean.  If you ever wanted to see how a crayfish claw works or feel how rough shark scales are, this is the class for you.  There will be opportunities to research and learn about a variety of underwater animal species, from tiny crustaceans to massive whales, so come join us as we dive into our planets amazing oceans and seas.

MATH 6 INTRO: Mr. Fajardo
This class is for incoming 6th graders working at grade level 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: 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: 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.

PATHWAY TO PVCM 6 ACCELERATED (Two-period block): Mrs. Starodub
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 (or enroll in an independent study option**) particularly if the student was not initially recommended by his or her fifth-grade teacher for the PVCM 6 Accelerated course.

VIDEO PRODUCTION: Mrs. Demerjian
Create quality video projects using Apple’s iMovie and Final Cut X editing programs. Work collaboratively to film and create short films, commercials, movie trailers, 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.

VISUAL ARTS: Mrs. Jimenez
This course provides students the opportunity to explore multiple visual arts mediums through hands-on experience, critical evaluation, and a greater appreciation for the Visual Arts. Students will explore the elements and principles of design, and develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpting, and photography.

Ridgecrest Intermediate School - Summer 2024 - Class Options by Period
Teacher Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4
Alex Broughton/
Tina Kuykendall
Bridge to Algebra (Periods 1 through 4)
Sarah Choi Pathways to Math 6 Accel—2 hour block Intro to Math 6 Intro to Math 6
Cara Cooper Intro to Math 7 Intro to Math 7 Get Ready for Math 8 Get Ready for Math 8
Sonya Edmonds Drawing and Painting* Drawing and Painting* Ceramics* Ceramics*
Carrie Ellis Puzzle Masters Puzzle Masters Puzzle Masters
Scott Ellis Intro to Debate Intro to Debate Intro to Debate Intro to Debate
Jackie Lewis-Wang
Chorus Ensemble
Jen McArthur Creative Writing Drama
Alice Ong Intro to Mandarin Language and Culture Around the World* Around the World* Around the World*
Stacie Smith Keys to Success Keys to Success Keys to Success Keys to Success
Brian Tsudama
e-sports e-sports Board Games Team Sports
Loretta Tsudama Beginning/ Intermediate Dance Beginning/ Intermediate Dance
John White Video Comm Digital Photography Digital Photography Video Comm
Paul Woodward STEM Fundamentals STEM Fundamentals STEM Fundamentals STEM Fundamentals

*$20 mandatory materials fee

 

Ridgecrest Intermediate School - Course Descriptions 2024

AROUND THE WORLD: Mrs. Ong
Taste mochi from Japan and scallion pancake from Taiwan. Make dancing dolls from Spain. Paint maracas from Mexico. Join us as we travel around the world investigating and experiencing art, geography, music, history, food, games and daily life as you travel with Mrs. Ong. If you had fun last year, come again this year as we will travel to different countries.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE DANCE: Mrs. Loretta Tsudama
Join Mrs. Tsudama, head of the Peninsula Dance Department – Choreo Company, COED Choreo Advisor and Head Coach of the Song and Pep Flag programs, as we explore the art of dance, develop dance techniques, build up your confidence and performance quality. Learn how to express yourself and work with others to build a supportive community through the art of DANCE. This class will explore movement in different dance genres like jazz, hip hop, and contemporary while also building or enhancing your dance technique through various stretches and dance conditioning like zumba, yoga, and pilates. We welcome all dancers of all levels and look forward to collaborating and sharing in the love of DANCE.

BOARD GAMES: Mr. Tsudama
Students will have fun while engaging in a variety of different board games.  They will learn and discover the rules and strategies for each game and test their skills in playing them.  Through playing and constructing their own games, students will develop problem-solving skills and teamwork in a creative and enjoyable environment.

BRIDGE TO ALGEBRA (four-period course): Mr. Broughton/Ms. Kuykendall
This course is available to students who have completed PVCM 7 and wish to enroll in Algebra 1 in the 8th grade starting with the 2024-25 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 (or enroll in an independent study option**) 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.

CERAMICS: Mrs. Edmonds
Students will embark on a creative journey of imagination and wonder about the significance of pottery through different cultures and time periods. Students will explore clay methods while developing skills in hand building, pinch, slab, coil, & sculpture as well as decorative and glazing techniques. Join in on the fun while expressing your creativity!

CHORUS: Mrs. Lewis-Wang
Love to sing? In this class, students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of music, including popular songs from artists such as Bruno Mars, Phillip Phillips, Taylor Swift, and other current artists. Through vocal training, and musicianship, students will develop their singing abilities and learn how to harmonize as part of a group. Our goal is to create an environment where students can express themselves through music and develop their singing. Whether you are currently singing, or are new to singing, this class is open to all students who are eager to explore the world of contemporary and classic music through their voices.

CREATIVE WRITING: Mrs. McArthur
Creative Writing: Discover your own unique voice through a variety of writing challenges and opportunities. Class will begin each day with warm-ups, tricks of the trade, guided freewriting, vocabulary building, and move on to partner pieces, and finally meaningful individual projects. Along the way, students will have exciting choices to make. A supportive writing community will offer encouragement and constructive feedback. We all have a story to tell…and no one can tell your story but you!

DRAMA: Mrs. McArthur
Enjoy a delightful hour of drama games, improvs, scene study, and fun activities in a supportive theater environment! Not only will you learn the fundamentals of stage acting, you will gain confidence in public speaking, a necessary skill in most classrooms and almost any career. Drama offers students the opportunity to express themselves, as well as develop a lifelong appreciation of this ancient and important art form. Whether you have acted before or never even seen live theater, you are welcome. You will learn a lot, while having a great time!

DRAWING & PAINTING: Mrs. Edmonds
Join us as we delve into an adventure of fun, art, and learning! Students will explore various methods of drawing, painting, and mixed media using pen & ink, watercolor, pastel, and tempera paint. Students will learn techniques using the elements and principles of design. Come and express your creativity and imagination!

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Mr. White
This is a digital photography course designed to provide self-directed, advanced instruction and knowledge of digital photography. Students will use Adobe Photoshop editing software to create digital portfolio projects and individual photos. Emphasis will be placed on basic camera handling skills and proper utilization of natural/artificial light and electronic flash, film speeds, aperture, and lens capabilities. Students are expected to bring their smartphone or digital cameras (6 mega-pixels minimum). Students’ final work will be saved to flash drives (provided).

ENSEMBLE: Ms. Lewis-Wang
This summer class is open to all instruments: brass, woodwind, and strings. We will play a wide range of music from marching band, jazz, and movie tunes. Instruments are required, and students need to have 1 or more years of experience.

GET READY FOR MATH 8: Mrs. Cooper
This is a math class for students who want to get a head start in learning pre-algebra concepts for 8th grade. Instruction will focus on solving multi-step equations with fractions, decimals, and integers, graphing linear equations and understanding slope, Pythagorean Theorem, and exponents. This course will not only prepare them for the upcoming year, but will give them instruction on concepts they will be expected to master in Algebra 1. This course is designed to boost student’s confidence prior to entering 8th grade math.

INTRODUCTION TO DEBATE:  Mr. Ellis
Are you tired and frustrated of losing arguments, even when you know you are right?  That may be because you haven’t refined your skills of persuasion.  This class can do just that!  Learn how to change the mindset of those who challenge your intellect. There’s no limit as to who you may influence, convince or persuade to your way of thinking with the debate skills you will learn from Introduction to Debate.

INTRODUCTION TO ESPORTS: Mr. Tsudama
Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of esports with our Middle School Esports course! Designed for gaming enthusiasts, this class combines the excitement of gaming with valuable skills in teamwork, communication, and strategic thinking. Students will explore popular esports titles, learn about gaming culture, and develop their gaming prowess in a supportive and structured environment. Whether you’re a casual gamer or aspiring esports professional, this course provides a foundation for understanding the competitive gaming landscape while fostering camaraderie among fellow gamers. Join us for an engaging and educational journey into the thrilling realm of esports!

INTRO TO MATH 6: Ms. Choi
This class is for incoming 6th graders working at grade level 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.

INTRO TO MATH 7: Mrs. Cooper
This is a math class for students who need more instruction on integers, decimals, fractions, division, and solving equations. Instruction will be for those who need a better understanding of the basic math calculations and who need more time to grasp the foundation of basic math skills. The 7th grade math book can be challenging for students who struggled in 6th grade, and this class will help boost student’s confidence prior to entering seventh grade. This is not an accelerated course and students who enroll should be those who need extra time learning new concepts and need more explanation on topics not quite mastered from sixth grade.

KEYS TO SUCCESS: Ms. Smith
Learn how to be organized! Get ready for 6th grade at RIS with a class that will teach you the fundamentals of organization, planning, creating a to-do-list, prioritizing what to tackle first, and the basics of studying. Start your middle school career off right!

MANDARIN CONVERSATION AND CULTURE: Mrs. Ong
Learn basic Mandarin conversation and speaking with Mrs. Ong. Students will learn theme-based conversations through culture. We will learn both language and culture. This class is designed for intermediate-school students to have a fun, engaging and educational experience, learning useful vocabulary to converse about everyday topics in Mandarin. Students will enjoy daily food tasting. Our lessons include game-playing, songs and crafts. No prior experience is required.

PATHWAYS TO PVCM 6 ACCELERATED (two-hour course): Ms. Choi
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 (or enroll in an independent study option**) particularly if the student was not initially recommended by his or her fifth-grade teacher for the PVCM 6 Accelerated course.

PUZZLE MASTERS: Mrs. Ellis
Embark on a cerebral adventure with our Puzzle Masters class! This intellectually stimulating course is tailored for young minds eager to unravel the mysteries of logic, strategy, and problem-solving. Students will explore a variety of puzzles, including brainteasers, riddles, crosswords, and jigsaw puzzles, honing their critical thinking skills in an enjoyable and collaborative setting. From classic puzzles to modern mind-benders, this class encourages creativity and persistence while fostering a love for analytical thinking. Join us for an enriching journey into the captivating realm of puzzles, where every solution is a triumph, and every challenge is an opportunity to expand your cognitive toolkit!

STEM FUNDAMENTALS: Mr. Woodward
This dynamic foundation to engineering class is divided into the four fundamentals of STEM: Coding, Gaming, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and Robotics. Students will learn JavaScript and Python through platforms like Code Combat, Make Code, and more. Create your favorite platform, maze, and scrolling games with the dynamic “Game Salad” and “Game Maker” programs. Learn to design like an architect with the awesome 3D modeling software, “Sketchup”. Build and Operate Lego “Spike Prime” Robots to perform intricate maneuvers using specific Sensors and coding. Explore a world of virtual robotics using “Vex Code” as you program them to navigate through a variety of mazes. All of this and a lot more awaits you in the fun and challenging class of STEM Fundamentals!

TEAM SPORTS: Mr. Tsudama
Lace up your athletic shoes and get ready to dive into the world of team sports! This course introduces students to a variety of team-based activities, emphasizing fundamental skills, sportsmanship, and the importance of collaboration. Students will explore popular team sports such as soccer, basketball, pickleball, and more. Our focus extends beyond physical activity, incorporating strategy, teamwork, and leadership to build well-rounded athletes. Join us for an exciting journey that promotes both physical fitness and the development of essential life skills through the thrill of team sports!

VIDEO COMMUNIATIONS: Mr. White
Have you dreamed of being a filmmaker? Winning an Oscar? Video Comm is for you! Students will learn about video composition, different types of cameras, filming with personal devices, tripods, shot types, media storage, lighting, audio, and editing in their various projects as well as how to work collaboratively with others producing quality video projects. All video/audio content must adhere to copyright laws in terms of use of other copyrighted material (music, video segments, etc.), saving, and sharing work safely.

Daily Schedule

8:00 am – 8:15 am            Student Arrivals

8:15 am – 9:15 am            First Period

9:20 am – 10:15 am          Second Period

10:15 am – 10:30 am        Mid-morning break

10:35 am – 11:30 am        Third Period

11:35 am – 12:30 pm        Fourth Period

12:30 pm                            Dismissal

Transportation

Please visit the PV Transit website for bus information.