Niskayuna Central School District is pleased to offer summer enrichment classes to Niskayuna students July 9 – August 3, 2018. Classes blend academic subjects with hands-on exploration and are taught by NCSD faculty.

Courses listed by week:

Week 1: July 9-13

Spanish Immersion

Monica DiCocco, NHS Language Department
Grades K-2 (Morning Session 8–11 a.m.)
Rosendale Elementary School

Spanish Immersion Camp welcomes children currently in grades K-2. Students will learn and practice Spanish while exploring the lively Spanish culture through daily educational activities including games, sports, music, preparing Spanish dishes, and more. This is a great opportunity to practice skills and improve fluency.

Tennis Instruction with Fitness Training

Cindy Castren, Birchwood Teacher
Grades K-5 (Morning Session 8-11 a.m.)
Niskayuna High School Tennis Courts

Tennis is a great game — Here’s your chance to learn all about it! Tennis instruction includes basic techniques for groundstrokes, forehand and backhand, volleys, overheads, and serving. Participants will also learn about proper tennis equipment, the court, rules, and scoring. Tennis exercises before and after instruction include leg strengths, low stress exercises such as jumping, side-to-side, backward and forward movements, and hand-eye coordination. Other cardio exercises include squats, lunges, relays, and jump rope. Warm-ups include stretching, balance exercises, and skipping. Note: Participants need to bring their own tennis racket, snack and water. Tennis balls will be provided.

Chinese

Jingyuan Yao, NHS Language Department
Grades 3-5 (Morning Session 8-11 a.m.)
Rosendale Elementary School

Explore the globe and learn languages while enjoying summertime fun at the World Language Summer Camp! Language Campers will travel the world by learning four languages over four weeks: Chinese, German, Latin, and Spanish. Students will learn language through songs, movement, art, speaking, and listening. With the instruction of Niskayuna’s wonderful World Language Department teachers, campers will receive a World Language Camper Passport that will be stamped as students pass through cities all over the world, exploring each city’s language and culture. Students can register for one, two, or three languages – but for the full international language experience, and to get your Camper Passport stamped in as many places as possible, register for all four!

When Are We Going to Use this?

Jacquie Giaccone and Debbie Andersen, Iroquois and Van Antwerp Math Teachers
Grades 5-7 (Morning Session 8–11 a.m.)
Van Antwerp Middle School

Did you ever wonder when are you EVER going to use the math skills learned in class? Join us as we explore the math concepts of ratios, rates, and proportions through many different hands-on activities. These concepts are the core to many everyday skills and middle school math in all grades. In addition, these activities will also be a great opportunity to maintain and improve fluency of your basic facts and basic operations using whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. So join us for a week of discovery!

Math Literacy

Shana DeRocco, NHS Math Department
Grades 9-11 (Morning Session 8–11 a.m.)
Niskayuna High School Computer Lab

Do you have trouble understanding what the math questions are asking on the SAT or the ACT? Are you running out of time when trying to complete the math sections on the SAT or the ACT? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this session is for you. During the week, we will investigate strategies to help improve your ability to understand the questions. This will increase the speed at which you are completing questions. We will also explore how the TI Graphing Calculator can help improve your speed as well. By the end of the week, you will have materials that you can bring home and use to study. No textbooks necessary; please bring your TI Graphing Calculator (TI-83 Plus, TI-84 Plus, TI-NSpire with 84 Plus Keypad) to class.

College Applications: Success without the Stress!

Kelly Linehan, NHS Language Department
Grades 9-11 (Morning Session 8–11 a.m.)
Niskayuna High School A219

Jump start your college application process so you can enjoy your senior year! Students will learn how to become stronger candidates for acceptances and scholarships. We will work on all sections of the Common Application, create effective personalized essay topics, and refine college searches. Students will practice how to best demonstrate interest to gain attention from admissions, and will attain an inside view of the decision process by evaluating sample applications. Additional topics include: Naviance, teacher recommendations, effective college tours, common interview questions, and standardized testing. This course is taught by a National Board Certified Teacher and College Admissions Counselor with over 20 years of experience in working with teens.

The Coding Club

Cindy Castren, Birchwood Teacher
Grades 1-5 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Van Antwerp Computer Lab

Do you like playing computer games? Would you like to learn how to design and code your own computer game? Computer coding is a BIG deal right now! During this week-long camp, you will learn basic coding concepts so that you can start building your own game. This course is all hands-on as we learn several different coding languages such as Scratch, Python, Alice, and JavaScript, along with some of the best computer coding websites. You will have the opportunity to design and create your own unique, playable, shareable, and fun computer game in Scratch using the coding skills that you have acquired. Note: Participants need to come to the first class with an email address, either theirs or a parent’s. The email address will be used to create a login for Scratch.mit.edu. If you already have a Scratch account, please come with your username and password.

Basketball Instruction with Fitness Training

Kellyn Moore, Glencliff Teacher
Grades 4-7 girls (Afternoon Session 12-3 p.m.)
Van Antwerp Middle School
This session offers an opportunity for young players, of all ability levels, to participate in an exciting week of basketball and fitness training. Players will participate in drills that will increase their skill level. They will learn about the rules of basketball, the different positions, and scoring. There will be opportunities to play in games that will help players increase their knowledge and confidence of each position. Students will also learn strategies to strengthen their sportsmanship. Players will participate in different warm-ups including stretching, balance exercises, and skipping. Other fitness exercises will include strength exercises and other cardio movements. Participants need to wear sneakers and bring their own snack and water bottle. Basketballs will be provided.

Week 2: July 16-20

Tennis Instruction with Fitness Training

Cindy Castren, Birchwood Teacher
Grades K-5 (Morning Session 8-11 a.m.)
Niskayuna High School Tennis Courts

Tennis is a great game — Here’s your chance to learn all about it! Tennis instruction includes basic techniques for groundstrokes, forehand and backhand, volleys, overheads, and serving. Participants will also learn about proper tennis equipment, the court, rules, and scoring. Tennis exercises before and after instruction include leg strengths, low stress exercises such as jumping, side-to-side, backward and forward movements, and hand-eye coordination. Other cardio exercises include squats, lunges, relays, and jump rope. Note: Participants need to bring their own tennis racket, snack and water. Tennis balls will be provided.

German

Tracy Prebish, NHS Language Department
Grades 3-5 (Morning Session 8-11 a.m.)
Rosendale Elementary School

Explore the globe and learn languages while enjoying summertime fun at the World Language Summer Camp! Language Campers will travel the world by learning four languages over four weeks: Chinese, German, Latin, and Spanish. Students will learn language through songs, movement, art, speaking, and listening. With the instruction of Niskayuna’s wonderful World Language Department teachers, campers will receive a World Language Camper Passport that will be stamped as students pass through cities all over the world, exploring each city’s language and culture. Students can register for one, two, or three languages – but for the full international language experience, and to get your Camper Passport stamped in as many places as possible, register for all four!

When Are We Going to Use this?

Jacquie Giaccone and Debbie Andersen, Iroquois and Van Antwerp Math Teachers
Grades 5-7 (Morning Session 8–11 a.m.)
Van Antwerp Middle School

Did you ever wonder when are you EVER going to use the math skills learned in class? Join us as we explore the math concepts of ratios, rates, and proportions through many different hands-on activities. These concepts are the core to many everyday skills and middle school math in all grades. In addition, these activities will also be a great opportunity to maintain and improve fluency of your basic facts and basic operations using whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. So join us for a week of discovery!

On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!

Rachelle Colloton, Birchwood Reading Teacher
Grades K (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Rosendale Elementary

This program is designed to meet and support the needs of learners who just completed kindergarten. The main goal of this program is to help prevent summer reading loss by maintaining and growing students’ literacy skills. Summer reading loss refers to the decline in children’s reading development that can occur during summer vacation. Each day, students will be immersed in reading, writing, and phonics activities that will help to prevent the significant impact that summer reading loss can have on a child’s literacy development.

On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!

Meghan Flanders, Birchwood Reading Teacher
Grades 1-2 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Rosendale Elementary School

This program is designed to meet and support the needs of learners who just completed first or second grade. The goal of this program is to help prevent summer reading loss by maintaining and growing students’ literacy skills. Summer reading loss refers to the decline in children’s reading development that can occur during summer vacation. Each day, students will be immersed in daily reading, writing, and phonics activities that will help to prevent the significant impact that summer reading loss can have on a child’s literacy development.

The Coding Club

Cindy Castren, Birchwood Teacher
Grades 1-5 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Van Antwerp Computer Lab

Do you like playing computer games? Would you like to learn how to design and code your own computer game? Computer coding is a BIG deal right now! During this week-long camp, you will learn basic coding concepts so that you can start building your own game. This course is all hands-on as we learn several different coding languages such as Scratch, Python, Alice, and JavaScript, along with some of the best computer coding websites. You will have the opportunity to design and create your own unique, playable, shareable, and fun computer game in Scratch using the coding skills that you have acquired. Note: Participants need to come to the first class with an email address, either theirs or a parent’s. The email address will be used to create a login for Scratch.mit.edu. If you already have a Scratch account, please come with your username and password.

The Hero’s Quest

Kristin Richard, NHS English Department
Grades 7-10 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Niskayuna High School

In this class, students will study Joseph Campbell’s ideas about the hero’s journey and apply that knowledge to Big Hero 6 and Star Wars: A New Hope (both rated PG-13). Once we have analyzed each film, students will use that information to craft an argument essay that clearly articulates which hero BEST fits Campbell’s criteria.

College Applications: Success without the stress!

Kelly Linehan, NHS Language Department
Grades 9-11 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Niskayuna High School A219

Jump start your college application process so you will enjoy your senior year! Students will learn how to become stronger candidates for acceptances and scholarships. We will work on all sections of the Common Application, create effective personalized essay topics, and refine college searches. Students will practice how to best demonstrate interest to gain attention from admissions, and will attain an inside view of the decision process by evaluating sample applications. Additional topics include: Naviance, teacher recommendations, effective college tours, common interview questions, and standardized testing. This course is taught by a National Board Certified Teacher and College Admissions Counselor with over 20 years of experience in working with teens.

Week 3: July 23-27

Latin

Meghan Miller, NHS Language Department
Grades 3-5 (Morning Session 8-11 a.m.)
Rosendale Elementary School

Explore the globe and learn languages while enjoying summertime fun at the World Language Summer Camp! Language Campers will travel the world by learning four languages over four weeks: Chinese, German, Latin, and Spanish. Students will learn language through songs, movement, art, speaking, and listening. With the instruction of Niskayuna’s wonderful World Language Department teachers, campers will receive a World Language Camper Passport that will be stamped as students pass through cities all over the world, exploring each city’s language and culture. Students can register for one, two, or three languages – but for the full international language experience, and to get your Camper Passport stamped in as many places as possible, register for all four!

Creative Writing Workshop

Carol White, NHS English Department
Grades 6-8 (Morning Session 8–11 a.m.)
Niskayuna High School

This half day course will provide middle school students, who enjoy creating characters and writing stories and poetry, a supportive place to experiment with techniques, to get feedback on their writing, and to work on individualized writing projects. The course will be run as a workshop, where students will be exposed to various writing techniques and models, and then apply what they learned to their own writing in a Writer’s Notebook. Various energizers and group activities will enable students to build a writing community that will serve as a springboard for inspiration as well as a source of feedback and support as students work to craft, revise, and polish various creative pieces. Students will also be encouraged to experiment with character development, voice, genre, and stylistic techniques. Students should bring a notebook to class that will serve as their Writer’s Notebook for the course. Students also need to be able to access their Google Drive.

On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!

Rachelle Colloton, Birchwood Reading Teacher
Grades K (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Rosendale Elementary School

This program is designed to meet and support the needs of learners who just completed kindergarten. The main goal of this program is to help prevent summer reading loss by maintaining and growing students’ literacy skills. Summer reading loss refers to the decline in children’s reading development that can occur during summer vacation. Each day, students will be immersed in reading, writing, and phonics activities that will help to prevent the significant impact that summer reading loss can have on a child’s literacy development.

On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!

Meghan Flanders, Birchwood Reading Teacher
Grades 1-2 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Rosendale Elementary School

This program is designed to meet and support the needs of learners who just completed first or second grade. The goal of this program is to help prevent summer reading loss by maintaining and growing students’ literacy skills. Summer reading loss refers to the decline in children’s reading development that can occur during summer vacation. Each day, students will be immersed in daily reading, writing, and phonics activities that will help to prevent the significant impact that summer reading loss can have on a child’s literacy development.

Slime Lab

Wade Fisher, Hillside Teacher
Grades K-5 (Morning Session 12-3 p.m.)
Rosendale Elementary School

Are you ready for a slime-tastic summer? Learn how to make all different kinds of slime in this fun, entertaining, hands on class. You’ll also learn about chemistry and how adding different ingredients can result in differences between slimes. Kids will get to use their creative energy while using chemistry to help create toys that will lead to hours of fun.

Master Chef Jr.

Heather O’Keefe, Family and Consumer Sciences
Grades 3-6 (Afternoon Session 12-3 p.m.)
Niskayuna High School D262

Does your child love to cook? Would s/he like to be more independent in the kitchen? This class will teach kitchen safety and sanitation procedures, equipment identification and use, and preparation of simple snacks and lunches. Students are encouraged to bring their own apron and a hat to cover their hair. **This class has a $15 materials fee.

College Essay and Portfolio Workshop

Kristin Richard, NHS English Department
Grades 9–11 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Niskayuna High School Computer Lab

Get a head start—college application deadlines begin in October! Join us in a Writing Workshop focused on completing both your college essay and a personal portfolio for the teachers you are planning on asking for a college recommendation. Make sure to bring your Naviance username and password to the first class.

Week 4: July 30-August 3

Physics Explorers

Kara McLaughlin, NHS Science Department
Grades 2-4 (Morning Session 8–11 a.m.)
Niskayuna High School Science Lab E282

Helicopters, polymers, and buzzing bees! Students are invited to come explore how these wonders work. This will be a fun filled week of investigating different physical phenomena. Expect to design, build, and fly your own paper helicopter, compete in a marshmallow tower challenge, investigate the properties of polymers, build a solar oven, investigate sound with buzzing “bees,” and more! **This class has a $10 materials fee that should be included in the tuition check.

Spanish

Claudia Cavaleri, Language Department
Grades 3-5 (Afternoon Session 12-3 p.m.)
Rosendale Elementary School

Explore the globe and learn languages while enjoying summertime fun at the World Language Summer Camp! Language Campers will travel the world by learning four languages over four weeks: Chinese, German, Latin, and Spanish. Students will learn language through songs, movement, art, speaking, and listening. With the instruction of Niskayuna’s wonderful World Language Department teachers, campers will receive a World Language Camper Passport that will be stamped as students pass through cities all over the world, exploring each city’s language and culture. Students can register for one, two, or three languages – but for the full international language experience, and to get your Camper Passport stamped in as many places as possible, register for all four!

Green Screen

Kristen Rackliffe and Shannon Thompson, Rosendale Computer Lab TA and Library Media Specialist
Grades 3-6 (Afternoon Session 12-3 p.m.)
Rosendale Elementary School Library

Have you always wondered how a meteorologist is able to change the map during his forecast? Would you like to see what it looks like to swim at the Great Barrier Reef? Then join our green screen movie class!! Green screens are used in video to make it look like the actors are driving across the desert or standing in front of an animated weather map. We will be tackling idea conception, storyboarding, script writing and using the green screen to create high-quality final products. We will be using iMovie, iPads, and green screen applications to teach students valuable problem solving and technology skills! Join us to create a movie of your own and travel anywhere you can imagine!!