Our summer academic enrichment program is implemented through four different courses each day that include: Mathematics, Language Arts, Science and Arts. The courses are designed through a team collaborative process by addressing a different theme each week. The teachers meet weekly in teams to design instruction and activities to further our students' understanding of the weekly themes.
Week 1: Wonders of the World
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.
~ Walt Streightiff
Topics Include: The Seven Wonders of the World, The Seven Ancient, Natural, and Modern Wonders of the World, Bridges, Geography, Timelines.
Description: We will crisscross the earth as we learn about all the true wonders of this world. Some wonders are very mysterious, others great feats of engineering and others so vast in scope and so natural to their environment you will understand why they are all Wonders in this Wonderful World.
Week 2: Americana
In the beauty and grandeur of individual trees, and in number and variety of species, the Sierra forests surpass all others.
~ John Muir, Our National Parks
I never get tired of exploring Americana or country music, and I always have a little bit of a crooner in me that never seems to go away.
~ K. D. Lang
Topics Include: Literature of significant moments in History, National Parks, American Land Marks, Monuments and Symbols, Patriotic Math, American Folklore & Tall Tales, Native Americans, American Flag, Elections, Democracy, Presidents, Traditional Americana Artwork, Pop Art, Music, Fashion, Food.
Description: Students will celebrate our country’s birthday this week as we learn all about the foundation that is America. From Native Americans to Famous Americans, from Pop Art to Pop Tarts, from Folk music to Pop music, everyone will discover that it is Americana that makes us different and it is why we are called Americans.
Week 3: The World of Disney
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Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse.
~ Walt Disney
Topics Include: Compare and Contrast Amusement Parks, Walt Disney Biography, Creating Characters, Heroes and Villains, Animation, Story Boards, Drawing, Finding Nemo-Oceanography, Costumes, Fairy Tales.
Description: We will learn about a man, Walt Disney, who had a dream as big as his imagination. Have fun spending the summer exploring all the things he did that amounted to his life’s work. Discover the stories behind the movies and how he created The Happiest Place on Earth.
Week 4: Inventions and Engineering<
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
~ Thomas Edison
Of all the inventions of humans, the computer is going to rank near or at the top as history unfolds and we look back. It is the most awesome tool that we have ever invented. I feel incredibly lucky to be at exactly the right place in Silicon Valley, at exactly the right time, historically, where this invention has taken form.
~ Steve Jobs
Topics Include: Famous Men, Women and Minority Inventors/Engineers, Aerospace Engineering, Inventions that changed the World, Artwork Machines, Simple Machines, Electronics, Writing “How to” Guides, Model Building, Cars.
Description: You know the night-light you have in your bathroom? Students will have fun learning about the man that invented the light bulb along with many other inventors. Engineering feats will be explored and perhaps motivate our students to become engineers in the future. It will be an exciting week discovering how we have benefited from the gifts these male and female engineers and inventors have given all of us.
Week 5: Olympic Summer Games XXXI
I've always seen the Olympics as a place where you could act out your differences on the athletic field with a sense of sportsmanship and fairness and mutual respect.
~ Andrew Young
The Olympics is about showing what you've done with your life, your dream as an athlete and sharing that with the world.
~ Sasha Cohen
The Olympics are a wonderful metaphor for world cooperation, the kind of international competition that's wholesome and healthy, an interplay between countries that represents the best in all of us.
~ John Williams
Topics Include: Exploring Brazil, Ancient Greece, History of Olympics, Olympic Symbols, Olympic Athletes, Flags of the World, Physical Fitness, Sportsmanship, Measurement, Olympic Events, SAPESS Olympic Events.
Description: Get ready for the Olympics and learn about its origins and its worldwide impact. From its ancient history to the Modern Olympics to The Special Olympics created by a modern day woman. You will learn about the camaraderie of the Olympic participants. It is a world stage and the stars are athletes from around the world. It is a competition but more important it is the world working together at their best.