PEP Information

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Overview

PEP (6th – 8th) – Students will have the opportunity to enroll in either an on campus instruction on the Ridgecrest Intermediate School campus* or an online distance learning program. Students entering the sixth through eighth grade levels in the fall will have the opportunity to choose from a list of academic and enrichment based course offerings.

On Campus Instruction

Several cohorts teams, not to exceed a total of 20 students** in each, will be created based on individual course selections. The cohort teams will further be divided into two companion groups that will be co-taught by two veteran PVPUSD secondary level teachers who share a passion for the courses they have created. Students will receive instruction during two 2 hour block segments. One major objective of the summer PEP program is to provide an opportunity for students to experience firsthand, being on an intermediate school campus, interacting with other middle school students, being taught by secondary level teachers and realizing that this big scary campus isn’t so big or scary nor are the students and teachers, thereby greatly reducing their potential anxiety to attend middle school in the fall.

Online Instruction

Should students prefer to receive instruction via a distance learning format, specific courses will be available to choose from that may include both academic and enrichment based curriculum.  The online courses will be available during three distinct blocks of time. Students may choose from one, two or all three blocks in courses that will not exceed 30 total students.  See below for daily schedule.

Important Notes

Daily participation requires that every student enrolled in each of our summer programs must have a laptop or tablet with working camera and audio features, reliable Wi-Fi and capability for face-to-face and voice/text contact with faculty. Students will be unable to participate in the summer programs without these items as they are critical to their access to course materials and their class participation. UNFORTUNATELY, PVPSS ​DOES NOT HAVE EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE “TO LOAN” TO STUDENTS WHO WISH TO ENROLL.

PLEASE NOTE: Enrollment in all “on campus” programs require that our tuition fee will be significantly increased. This is due to the fact that we must secure twice as many teachers, classrooms and custodians thereby doubling our costs for employee compensation, leasing, and sanitizing each additional classroom to the highest standards possible. Further, we are only able to enroll half as many students for each course per Los Angeles County Department of Health COVID guidelines.

*The Ridgecrest Intermediate School campus is subject to closure should health concerns arise that deem it necessary according to Los Angeles County Department of Health mandates. If it becomes necessary to transition from on campus instruction to a distance learning format, you can rest assured that our teachers will be able to do so seamlessly.  Of course, students would need access to a computer, laptop or other such device, suitable WiFi and a video camera with voice and text capabilities.  PVPSS does not have this equipment to loan.  Refunds will not be issued if we are required to convert to online instruction as a result of a mandate issued by the Department of Health.

**or the maximum number of students allowed in accordance with CDC & County mandates

Dates

Summer PEP will take place Monday – Friday, June 21 – July 16, 2021
(No School Monday, July 5th in observance of July 4th holiday)

Daily Schedule

On Campus Schedule

BLOCK 1 BLOCK 2
8:15 – 10:15 10:30 – 12:30

Based on the 2 Block pairing selected by students during registration, each cohort will meet in separate classrooms according to the time schedule above.  Cohort A will receive instruction from Teacher A and Cohort B will receive instruction from Teacher B.

After the mid-morning break, Cohort A will return to their same classroom to receive instruction from their Cohort B teacher.  Cohort A teacher will travel to Cohort B classroom to provide instruction to Cohort B during Block 2.

Online Schedule

BLOCK 1 BLOCK 2 BLOCK 3
8:15 – 10:15 10:30 – 12:30 1:00 – 3:00

Students may choose from one, two or all three blocks in courses that will not exceed 30 total students. 

Tuition

PEP Online
(2-hour block)
PEP Onsite at Ridgecrest
(4-hour block)
$300 per block $675

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

Please note that there will be a 5% nonrefundable credit card processing fee added to the cost of tuition upon checkout.

PEP Program Information

Summer PEP at Ridgecrest - Cohort options
PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 1A PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 1B

Period 1: Math PVCM 8 (Teacher: Kim)

This class is for students coded for PVCM 7/8 Accelerated or for incoming 8th-graders coded/recommended for PVCM 8 in the fall. This class will cover problem-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.

Period 2: Financial Literacy for Teens (Teacher: 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: Time helps money grow.
  • Borrowing: How credit works.
  • Money Management: Financial Services
  • Earning Power
  • The difference between wants and needs.
  • Every purchase has an opportunity cost.
  • The repercussions of making a money mistake.
  • How to delay gratification.
  • How money works in the real world.

Period 1: Financial Literacy for Teens (Teacher: 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: Time helps money grow.
  • Borrowing: How credit works.
  • Money Management: Financial Services
  • Earning Power
  • The difference between wants and needs.
  • Every purchase has an opportunity cost.
  • The repercussions of making a money mistake.
  • How to delay gratification.
  • How money works in the real world.

Period 2: Math PVCM 8 (Teacher: Kim)

This class is for students coded for PVCM 7/8 Accelerated or for incoming 8th-graders coded/recommended for PVCM 8 in the fall. This class will cover problem-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.

PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 2A PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 2B

Period 1: MATH PVCM 7 SUMMER (Teacher: Kroon)

This class is for incoming 6th-graders coded for PVCM 6 Accelerated, or for incoming 7th-graders coded for 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.

Period 2: CERAMICS (Teacher: Hargis)

This course will introduce students to building with clay. Emphasis will be placed on the design elements; line, shape, texture, and color. The focus will be on the hand-building techniques; pinch, coil, and slabs.

Note: This course requires an additional charge for supplies/materials: $25

Students will be given their supplies/materials in class on the first day of school.

Period 1: CERAMICS (Teacher: Hargis)

This course will introduce students to building with clay. Emphasis will be placed on the design elements; line, shape, texture, and color. The focus will be on the hand-building techniques; pinch, coil, and slabs.

Note: This course requires an additional charge for supplies/materials: $25

Students will be given their supplies/materials in class on the first day of school.

Period 2: MATH PVCM 7 SUMMER (Teacher: Kroon)

This class is for incoming 6th-graders coded for PVCM 6 Accelerated, or for incoming 7th-graders coded for 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.

PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 3A PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 3B

Period 1: DESIGN THINKING FOR YOUNG ARTISTS AND ENTREPRENEURS (Teacher: Tsudama)

A little bit math, a little bit art, a little bit economics, and a whole lotta fun! In this course, students will learn to combine their creativity and academic skills to become innovators, then learn the business side by finding cost-effective strategies to build and market their creations. This will be a fun way to tap into the minds of young artists and entrepreneurs!

Period 2: HANDS-ON SCIENCE (Teacher: Acres/Cordova)

Students will have fun learning about chemistry, biology, and physics participating in lab experiments with the guidance of their instructor. All necessary materials will be provided for students to participate in a variety of hands-on learning labs.

Note: This course requires an additional charge for supplies/materials: $25

All supplies/materials for the on-campus course will be handed out to students in class on their first day of instruction.

Period 1: HANDS-ON SCIENCE (Teacher: Acres/Cordova)

Students will have fun learning about chemistry, biology, and physics participating in lab experiments with the guidance of their instructor. All necessary materials will be provided for students to participate in a variety of hands-on learning labs.

Note: This course requires an additional charge for supplies/materials: $25

All supplies/materials for the on-campus course will be handed out to students in class on their first day of instruction.

Period 2: DESIGN THINKING FOR YOUNG ARTISTS AND ENTREPRENEURS (Teacher: Tsudama)

A little bit math, a little bit art, a little bit economics, and a whole lotta fun! In this course, students will learn to combine their creativity and academic skills to become innovators, then learn the business side by finding cost-effective strategies to build and market their creations. This will be a fun way to tap into the minds of young artists and entrepreneurs!

PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 4A PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 4B

Period 1: MATH WIZ (Teacher: Kuykendall)

This class is for students who have completed PCVM 7/8 Accelerated and are coded for Algebra 1, Algebra 1 Honors, 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 wit on a variety of brain teasers and mathematical puzzles as well as explore some of the skills needed in math competitions.

Period 2: VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS (Teacher: White)

This course can be accessed in both a digital and in-person learning environment and is a project-based learning program. Students will learn the basics of video production, completing individual and group projects focusing on pre-production, production, and post-production. Specifically, students will learn about video composition, different types of cameras, tripods, shot types, media storage, lighting, audio, and editing in their various projects and work collaboratively with others producing quality video projects. All video/audio content must adhere to copyright laws in terms of using other copyrighted material (music, video segments, etc.), saving, and sharing.

Technology: Chromebook or Laptop with a working camera and ability to download free Apps ex: OpenShot Video Editor

Period 1: VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS (Teacher: White)

This course can be accessed in both a digital and in-person learning environment and is a project-based learning program. Students will learn the basics of video production, completing individual and group projects focusing on pre-production, production, and post-production. Specifically, students will learn about video composition, different types of cameras, tripods, shot types, media storage, lighting, audio, and editing in their various projects and work collaboratively with others producing quality video projects. All video/audio content must adhere to copyright laws in terms of using other copyrighted material (music, video segments, etc.), saving, and sharing.

Technology: Chromebook or Laptop with a working camera and ability to download free Apps ex: OpenShot Video Editor

Period 2: MATH WIZ (Teacher: Kuykendall)

This class is for students who have completed PCVM 7/8 Accelerated and are coded for Algebra 1, Algebra 1 Honors, 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 wit on a variety of brain teasers and mathematical puzzles as well as explore some of the skills needed in math competitions.

PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 5A PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 5B

Period 1: MATH PVCM 6 SUMMER (Teacher: 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 numbers arithmetic, writing and calculating rational numbers (fractions and decimals), divisibility rules, number theory, and mathematical puzzles.

Period 2: AROUND THE WORLD IN NINETEEN DAYS (Teacher: Chetanna)

Try mochi from Japan. Make masks from Africa. Play games from Australia. Join us as we travel around the world, investigating and experiencing art, language, geography, music, history, food, games, and daily life around the globe.

Note: This course requires an additional charge for supplies/materials: $25

Students will be given their supplies/materials in class on the first day of school.

Period 1: AROUND THE WORLD IN NINETEEN DAYS (Teacher: Chetanna)

Try mochi from Japan. Make masks from Africa. Play games from Australia. Join us as we travel around the world, investigating and experiencing art, language, geography, music, history, food, games, and daily life around the globe.

Note: This course requires an additional charge for supplies/materials: $25

Students will be given their supplies/materials in class on the first day of school.

Period 2: MATH PVCM 6 SUMMER (Teacher: 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 numbers arithmetic, writing and calculating rational numbers (fractions and decimals), divisibility rules, number theory, and mathematical puzzles.

PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 6A PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 6B

Period 1: SUMMER PATHWAY TO PVCM 6 ACCELERATED (Teacher: Ong)

This 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. 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. 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. *(Please contact the PVPUSD Educational Services Office for enrollment inquiry of an independent study option).

Period 2: CREATIVE WRITING (Teacher: McArthur)

This course has been designed to offer students engaging, meaningful, and varied opportunities to express themselves and what it means to come of age at this challenging time in history. Students will explore writing in a variety of genres, from poetry, suspenseful stories, brief one-act-plays, memoirs, personal narratives, all the way to text + image essays. Not only will students discover their unique writer’s voice, but they will also gain confidence in writing in general. As students select precise and engaging vocabulary, incorporate sensory details, create characters, and construct intriguing plots, they are discovering what it means to be an author, but they are also far more prepared to analyze the texts they will encounter in eighth grade and beyond. Class will begin each day with warm-up activities and journaling. We will then move toward projects, introduced by way of brief model texts written by published and student authors alike. Students will have the opportunity to choose between a variety of writing projects, both independent and collaborative in nature. Encouraging and constructive feedback will gently guide students through the revision process. The goal of this class is for students to gain confidence and a sense of pride in their ability to express themselves with clarity, depth, understanding, and even humor.

Period 1: CREATIVE WRITING (Teacher: McArthur)

This course has been designed to offer students engaging, meaningful, and varied opportunities to express themselves and what it means to come of age at this challenging time in history. Students will explore writing in a variety of genres, from poetry, suspenseful stories, brief one-act-plays, memoirs, personal narratives, all the way to text + image essays. Not only will students discover their unique writer’s voice, but they will also gain confidence in writing in general. As students select precise and engaging vocabulary, incorporate sensory details, create characters, and construct intriguing plots, they are discovering what it means to be an author, but they are also far more prepared to analyze the texts they will encounter in eighth grade and beyond. Class will begin each day with warm-up activities and journaling. We will then move toward projects, introduced by way of brief model texts written by published and student authors alike. Students will have the opportunity to choose between a variety of writing projects, both independent and collaborative in nature. Encouraging and constructive feedback will gently guide students through the revision process. The goal of this class is for students to gain confidence and a sense of pride in their ability to express themselves with clarity, depth, understanding, and even humor.

Period 2: SUMMER PATHWAY TO PVCM 6 ACCELERATED (Teacher: Ong)

This 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. 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. 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. *(Please contact the PVPUSD Educational Services Office for enrollment inquiry of an independent study option).

PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 7A PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 7B

Period 1: SUMMER PATHWAY TO PVCM 6 ACCELERATED (Teacher: Starodub)

This 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. 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. 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. *(Please contact the PVPUSD Educational Services Office for enrollment inquiry of an independent study option).

Period 2: Creative Writing (Teacher: Bly)

This course has been designed to offer students engaging, meaningful, and varied opportunities to express themselves and what it means to come of age at this challenging time in history. Students will explore writing in a variety of genres, from poetry, suspenseful stories, brief one-act-plays, memoirs, personal narratives, all the way to text + image essays. Not only will students discover their unique writer’s voice, but they will also gain confidence in writing in general. As students select precise and engaging vocabulary, incorporate sensory details, create characters, and construct intriguing plots, they are discovering what it means to be an author, but they are also far more prepared to analyze the texts they will encounter in eighth grade and beyond. Class will begin each day with warm-up activities and journaling. We will then move toward projects, introduced by way of brief model texts written by published and student authors alike. Students will have the opportunity to choose between a variety of writing projects, both independent and collaborative in nature. Encouraging and constructive feedback will gently guide students through the revision process. The goal of this class is for students to gain confidence and a sense of pride in their ability to express themselves with clarity, depth, understanding, and even humor.

Period 1: Creative Writing (Teacher: Bly)

This course has been designed to offer students engaging, meaningful, and varied opportunities to express themselves and what it means to come of age at this challenging time in history. Students will explore writing in a variety of genres, from poetry, suspenseful stories, brief one-act-plays, memoirs, personal narratives, all the way to text + image essays. Not only will students discover their unique writer’s voice, but they will also gain confidence in writing in general. As students select precise and engaging vocabulary, incorporate sensory details, create characters, and construct intriguing plots, they are discovering what it means to be an author, but they are also far more prepared to analyze the texts they will encounter in eighth grade and beyond. Class will begin each day with warm-up activities and journaling. We will then move toward projects, introduced by way of brief model texts written by published and student authors alike. Students will have the opportunity to choose between a variety of writing projects, both independent and collaborative in nature. Encouraging and constructive feedback will gently guide students through the revision process. The goal of this class is for students to gain confidence and a sense of pride in their ability to express themselves with clarity, depth, understanding, and even humor.

Period 2: SUMMER PATHWAY TO PVCM 6 ACCELERATED (Teacher: Starodub)

This 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. 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. 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. 

PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 8A PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 8B

Period 1: Music Makes the Movies (Teacher: O’Loughlin)

Students in this class will explore the role that film music plays in the popular movies of yesterday and today. Through watching films, and listening to and playing film music, we will gain an understanding of how music sets the mood of a film, how music can illustrate different characters, and how music can create a lasting identity for a film franchise. We will study films from the Marvel Universe, Disney, and Pixar, as well as Harry Potter and Star Wars. Students who play an instrument are encouraged to bring it to class. Students who do not play an instrument will be given a small percussion instrument, and simplified music to play.

Period 2: Just Dance (Teacher: Sharon Palmer)

Students will have fun learning different dance styles including jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, tap, and ballet. Class will include daily stretching, technique, and choreography. Students will also be viewing the different dance genres, learning dance vocabulary, and the history of popular dance moves in today’s culture. Students will also have a chance to express themselves creatively through their own choreography pieces.

Note: Students will need to wear comfortable clothes they can move in and dance or athletic shoes. Bringing a towel or yoga mat for floor stretches is also encouraged.

Period 1: Just Dance (Teacher: Palmer)

Students will have fun learning different dance styles including jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, tap, and ballet. Class will include daily stretching, technique, and choreography. Students will also be viewing the different dance genres, learning dance vocabulary, and the history of popular dance moves in today’s culture. Students will also have a chance to express themselves creatively through their own choreography pieces.

Note: Students will need to wear comfortable clothes they can move in and dance or athletic shoes. Bringing a towel or yoga mat for floor stretches is also encouraged.

Period 2: Music Makes the Movies (Teacher: Chauntelle O’Loughlin)

Students in this class will explore the role that film music plays in the popular movies of yesterday and today. Through watching films, and listening to and playing film music, we will gain an understanding of how music sets the mood of a film, how music can illustrate different characters, and how music can create a lasting identity for a film franchise. We will study films from the Marvel Universe, Disney, and Pixar, as well as Harry Potter and Star Wars. Students who play an instrument are encouraged to bring it to class. Students who do not play an instrument will be given a small percussion instrument, and simplified music to play.

PEP at Ridgecrest Campus – COHORT 9

SUMMER BRIDGE TO ALGEBRA* (Teacher: Steinbach)

This four-hour course is available to students who have completed PVCM 7 (but were not coded for Algebra 1) and wish to enroll in Algebra 1 in the 8th-grade for the 2021-2022 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 the information they have not yet encountered, to provide a stronger foundation of conceptual understanding, and to better prepare for the content associated with the Algebra 1 course. (Please contact the PVPUSD Educational Services Office for enrollment inquiry of an independent study option).
(4-Hour Course RIS)

*(Please contact the PVPUSD Educational Services Office for enrollment inquiry of an independent study option).

 

Summer PEP Online Options

STEM:  The following two STEM courses are offered as one blended course: Virtual Robotics, Coding, Gaming, and 3D Design (Teacher: Woodward) – Offered Block 1 and Block 2

  • VIRTUAL ROBOTICS AND CODING: This is an Introductory STEM class that immerses students in a variety of coding applications that include VEXcode, Code Combat, Make Code, Scratch, and Tinker Code. VEXcode provides opportunities for students to participate in learning the code that makes Vex robots work. VEXcode makes computer science come to life through collaborations and engaging experiences. The other Coding platforms allow Students to type real Python and JavaScript while building games that encourage trial-and-error, critical thinking, and creativity. Students then apply the coding skills they’ve learned by developing their own games and websites in project-based courses.
  • STEM: GAMING AND 3D DESIGN: This Introductory STEM class will build student’s skills in Gaming by using the program “Game Salad” while testing their design capabilities with 3D modeling programs like Tinker Cad and Onshape. Game Salad is a revolutionary game development platform that allows coders to create the game of their dreams with a sophisticated visual programming interface. It is an amazing way to introduce programming concepts, game design, and digital media creation to all students. The second part of the class involves the use of a powerful Computer-Aided Design (CAD), a web-based program called Onshape to create 3D Models. Students will design a Train, Playground, Mechanical Arm, and small trinkets for 3D printing.

Technology: Students are required to have a robust and reliable computer 64 Bit Processor, Windows 10, and reliable internet access.

SUMMER BRIDGE TO ALGEBRA* (Teacher: Broughton) – 4-hour Block

This four-hour course is available to students who have completed PVCM 7 (but were not coded for Algebra 1) and wish to enroll in Algebra 1 in the 8th-grade for the 2021-2022 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 the information they have not yet encountered, to provide a stronger foundation of conceptual understanding, and to better prepare for the content associated with the Algebra 1 course. (Please contact the PVPUSD Educational Services Office for enrollment inquiry of an independent study option).

Language Arts 6th-Grade (Preview) Summer (Teacher: Lawson) – Offered Block 1 and Block 2

This course is available to incoming 6th-graders who would benefit from a review of 5th-grade foundational skills and further instruction to prepare students for entering intermediate school. This course will include a survey of California State Standards including reading literature, reading informational text, writing, language development, speaking, and listening skills. Students will practice identifying the central idea and determine supporting details in both literature and informational text passages. Students will be exposed to identifying effective expressions in a variety of formats including writing, speaking, and listening. This course will review using context clues in determining the meaning of unfamiliar words and introduce new vocabulary. An overall emphasis on grammar and the correct usage of language will help students prepare for 6th-grade language arts. This class is limited to incoming 6th-graders only.

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (Teacher: Jimenez) – Offered Block 2 and Block 3

This course will explore using the cell phone camera or your own dedicated DSLR camera, to take well-composed images while having fun producing creative images including people and animal portraits, optical illusions, action images, and camera settings. Students will learn how to use photo editing software apps such as Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom. By the end of the course, students will produce their own photo portfolio of images.

Requirements:

  • Equipment: A camera, optional card reader, or cell phone, computer
  • Software: Pro Cam App for phone, Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop Access (District approved or already own the software)
  • Photo Knowledge: None! Students must be comfortable with computers, have an open mind to learning new photo techniques, and enjoy being creative.

Note: This course requires an additional charge for supplies/materials: $25

Students will also be required to print additional images on their own.

All supplies/materials must be collected prior to the start of the summer session. The pick-up location and time will be emailed at a later date by the instructor.

BEGINNING CHINESE (Teacher: Wei) – Offered Block 3

This course will introduce students to the basic Chinese (Mandarin) language and culture. Students will have fun learning to understand and speak Mandarin Chinese through mini-conversation, songs, games, and engaging activities. In this introductory course, students will learn basic simplified Chinese characters and the Chinese pronunciation system. Students will also learn basic etiquette, Chinese cuisine, crafts, and a slow-motion Chinese Martial Arts-Taiji Quan. This course includes two cooking sessions with traditional Chinese recipes. Parents are also welcomed to join the cooking sessions. Basic stationery is needed for crafts.

Notes:

  • Parents’ supervision is needed for optional cooking sessions.
  • Recipes will be provided.
  • A relatively open space will be needed to practice Taiji Quan.

CERAMICS (Teacher: Hargis) – Offered Block 3

This course will introduce students to building with clay. Emphasis will be placed on the design elements; line, shape, texture, and color. The focus will be on the hand-building techniques; pinch, coil, and slabs.

Note: This course requires an additional charge for supplies/materials: $25

All supplies/materials must be collected prior to the start of the summer session. The pick-up location and time will be emailed at a later date by the instructor.

SUMMER PEP MATH DESCRIPTIONS - WHICH COURSE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade Math courses offered during the summer session should be selected based on your current teacher’s math recommendation (Coding) for the fall.  All summer school courses are aligned to grade-level curriculum standards. 

Based on your current teacher’s math recommendation (Coding) for the fall, select the course that best fits your needs for summer preparation or review. Use the guide below to assist in making your selection. All summer school courses are aligned to grade-level curriculum standards.

If you are:

Coded for PVCM 6

  • PVCM 6 Summer (to preview)
  • Summer Pathways to PVCM 6 Accelerated (for advancement)

Coded for PVCM 6 Accelerated

  • Summer Pathways to PVCM 6 Accelerated (to review)
  • PVCM 7 Summer (to reinforce)

Coded for PVCM 7

  • PVCM 6 Summer (to review)
  • PVCM 7 Summer (to preview)

Coded for PVCM 7/8 Accelerated

  • PVCM 8 Summer (to preview)

Coded for PVCM 8

  • PVCM 7 Summer (to review)
  • PVCM 8 Summer (to preview)

Coded for Algebra 1*

  • Summer Bridge to Algebra (students who completed PVCM 7 and were not coded for Alg 1 see course description*)
  • Math Wiz (Students who completed PVCM 7/8 Accelerated)

Coded for Algebra 1 Honors or Geometry Honors

  • Math Wiz

 

MATH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

    MATH PVCM 6 SUMMER

    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 numbers arithmetic, writing and calculating rational numbers (fractions and decimals), divisibility rules, number theory, and mathematical puzzles.

    SUMMER PATHWAY TO PVCM 6 ACCELERATED

    This 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. PVPUSD encourages students to attend this summer program (or enroll in an independent study option*) particularly if the students were not initially recommended by his or her fifth-grade teacher for the PVCM 6 Accelerated course. 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. *(Please contact PVPUSD Educational Services Office for enrollment inquiry of an independent study option).

    MATH PVCM 7 SUMMER

    This class is for incoming 6th-graders coded for PVCM 6 Accelerated, or for incoming 7th-graders coded for 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 PVCM 8 SUMMER

    This class is for students coded for PVCM 7/8 Accelerated or for incoming 8th-graders coded/recommended for PVCM 8 in the fall. This class will cover problem-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 WIZ

    This class is for students who have completed PCVM 7/8 Accelerated and are coded for Algebra 1, Algebra 1 Honors, 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 wit on a variety of brain teasers and mathematical puzzles as well as explore some of the skills needed in math competitions.

    SUMMER BRIDGE TO ALGEBRA*

    This four hour course is available to students who have completed PVCM 7 (but were not coded for Algebra 1) and wish to enroll in Algebra 1 in the 8th-grade for the 2021-2022 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 the information they have not yet encountered, provided a stronger foundation of conceptual understanding, and better prepared for the content associated with the Algebra 1 course. (Please contact PVPUSD Educational Services Office for enrollment inquiry of an independent study option).

    Disclaimer

    The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District has been notified that funds may become available from the state of California to be used exclusively for providing additional support for students who have experienced difficulty in performing at grade level during the pandemic crisis due to a multitude of issues that may have arisen. This additional funding is to be earmarked exclusively to assist such students in securing additional educational support at no cost to the students or their families.

    Please be advised that PVPSS, as a private entity, does not receive such funding and therefore is required to charge tuition fees for instructional programs in order to cover the costs of our teachers, supplies, classroom rental fees, technology fees, custodial services, support staff, etc. As a non profit organization that exists for the sole purpose of providing additional funding to PVPUSD, all profits that exceed the costs of running our program are gifted to PVPUSD.

    We recommend that you contact PVPUSD before enrolling in our fee-based program, to determine if there is a program for your child to attend that would incur no costs for you. PVPUSD does not pay for students who enroll in our program. Rather, they may choose to offer a program similar to ours, with no fees charged for those who qualify.