Registration is open for the 2019 Summer Enrichment Program

Niskayuna Central School District is pleased to offer summer enrichment classes to Niskayuna students from July 8 – August 2, 2019. Classes blend academic subjects with hands-on exploration and are taught by NCSD faculty.

A total of 30 courses are offered over four, week-long sessions.

The 2018 Summer Enrichment Program course list is below, with links to full descriptions.

Registration & Additional Details

Please enroll your child according to her/his current grade level. Complete the registration form and mail it to the District Office at 1239 Van Antwerp Road Niskayuna, NY 12309, with a check for $150 per class (plus any applicable materials fees) by Tuesday, May 1. Checks and money orders should be made out to Niskayuna Central School District.

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Acceptance into a class will be confirmed as soon as it is clear that a class has reached its minimum number of students. Specific class locations will be included in those confirmations. Families are responsible for providing transportation.

Refunds will be given through May 1, 2019. If a class is cancelled, tuition will be refunded.

If you have any questions, or you think your child would be successful in a class above or below her/his own, please contact Summer Enrichment Coordinator Pam Ober at pober@niskyschools.org or (518) 377-4666, ext. 50731.

Course Listings

(Class, Location, Time, Grades)

Week 1: July 8-12

Week 2: July 15-19

Week 3: July 22-26

Week 4: July 29-August 2

Course Descriptions

Tennis Instruction with Fitness Training
Week 1: July 8-12
Cindy Castren, Birchwood Teacher, USTA/WTT competition for 7 years, level 3.5
Grades K-6 (Morning Session 8-11 a.m.)
Niskayuna High School Tennis Courts

Tennis is a great game and 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 and before-and-after instruction will include low stress exercises such as leg and arm stretches, side-to-side, backward and forward movements, and hand-eye coordination activities. 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.

Math Literacy for the SAT and ACT
Week 1: July 8-12
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 study with. Note: 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!
Week 1: July 8-12
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 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 offices and will gain 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 working with teens.

STEM Challenge
Week 1: July 8-12
Maryann Lazurus, VA Computer Lab TA
Grades K-2 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Hillside Elementary School

What happens when you take a classic fairy tale and join it with architectural inspiration from an author? You get an awesome STEM picture book! Come join us in a week-long journey of visualizing, brainstorming, and creating your very own structure and then see it come alive. We will be working and having fun every day with new activities while concentrating on achieving our goals. **This class has a $5 materials fee that should be included in the tuition check.

On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!
Week 1: July 8-12
>Grade K – Rachelle Colloton, Birchwood Reading Teacher
>Grade 1 – Meghan Halley, Birchwood Reading Teacher
>Grade 2 – Kellyn Moore, Glencliff Teacher
(Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Location TBD

This program is designed to meet and support the needs of learners who will have just completed kindergarten, 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. Each week of the reading program
will include different themes and activities. Note: Please indicate which grade level your child is currently in when signing up for this course.

Computer Coding
Week 1: July 8-12
Cindy Castren, Birchwood Teacher
Grades 1-6 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Van Antwerp Middle School 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! In this course, you will learn the basic coding concepts needed to start building
your own computer game. Using hands-on learning, this course will explore several different coding languages such as Scratch, Block, Python, and JavaScript, while using some of the best computer coding websites. You will have the opportunity to design and create your own unique, playable, sharable, and fun computer game in Scratch and Tynker using the coding skills that you have acquired. Note: Participants need to come to the first class with their email address (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.

Slime Lab
Week 1: July 8-12
Wade Fisher, Hillside Teacher
Grades 3-5 (Afternoon Session 12-3 p.m.)
Hillside 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 exercise their creative energy while using chemistry to help create toys that will lead to hours of fun. **This class has a $5 materials fee that should be included in the tuition check.

FUNctional Art – A Variety of Fun and Functional Art
Week 1: July 8-12
Katie Chwazik, Iroquois Art Department
Grades 6-9 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Van Antwerp Middle School

Create fun and functional works of art that you can use and enjoy in everyday life! We will explore art and design through projects including a cell phone speaker, wearable artwork, multipurpose containers, and more! Experiment with clay, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, and other artistic media. Perfect for anyone looking to try new techniques and think outside of the box! Students should bring a white or light-colored t-shirt to be redesigned and recreated. **This class has a $15 materials fee that should be included in the tuition check.

Tennis Instruction with Fitness Training
Week 2: July 15-19
Cindy Castren, Birchwood Teacher, USTA/WTT competition for 7 years, level 3.5
Grades K-6 (Morning Session 8-11 a.m.)
Niskayuna High School Tennis Courts

Tennis is a great game and 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 and before- and-after instruction will include low stress exercises such as leg and arm stretches, side-to-side, backward and forward movements, and hand-eye coordination activities. 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.

STEM Challenge
Week 2: July 15-19
Maryann Lazurus, VA Computer Lab TA
Grades K-2 (Morning Session 8-11 a.m.)
Location TBD

What happens when you take a classic fairy tale and join it with architectural inspiration from an author? You get an awesome STEM picture book! Of course, we had to come up with a cool architectural STEM project to go along with it and we did! Come join us in a week-long journey of visualizing, brainstorming, creating your very own structure, and seeing it come alive. We will be working and having fun every day with new activities while concentrating on achieving our main goal. We will be reading books, exploring videos, and brainstorming ideas on paper etc. Get ready with your figurative hard hats on and let’s get working. See you there! **This class has a $5 materials fee that should be included in the tuition check.

Painting with a Twist
Week 2: July 15-19
Sherry Jonas, Hillside Educational Assistant
Grades 3-5 (Morning Session 8–11 a.m.)
Van Antwerp Middle School

Are you a budding artist? Are you creative? Do you want to try new ways to paint, tie-dye, and get messy? If so, then this painting class is for you! Come and learn new techniques and have fun too! P.S. No experience
necessary. Note: Students need to bring a smock or oversized shirt.

Learn to Play Volleyball!
Week 2: July 15-19
Ryan O’Connell, NHS Health Education Teacher
Grades 5-8 (Morning Session 8-11 a.m.)
Niskayuna High School

Want to be part of a growing sport in our Niskayuna community? Have you tried volleyball in your PE classes, had a great time, and wished there were more?! Or, are you someone who has never tried volleyball and would like to for the first time? This class is for all of you! Volleyball is a sport that requires critical thinking, quick decision making, communication, high cooperation skills, motivation, athleticism, and sportspersonship. Come learn basic fundamentals, skill cues, rules, strategies, and the excitement that volleyball brings! Volleyballs will be provided. Note: Participants should bring snacks
and water.

Numbers Galore
Week 2: July 15-19
Katie Suhr, Birchwood Teacher
Grades K-1 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Location TBD

Join the design team and build, draw, and write numbers. This class will promote fact fluency, fine-motor development, and number sense through hands- on activities. Activities will include sensory bins, puzzle making, and painting projects. Each day will end with a snack prepared by the students to reflect the theme for that day.

Computer Coding
Week 2: July 15-19
Cindy Castren, Birchwood Teacher
Grades 1-6 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Van Antwerp Middle School 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! In this course, you will learn the basic coding concepts needed to start building
your own computer game. Using hands-on learning, this course will explore several different coding languages such as Scratch, Block, Python, and JavaScript, while using some of the best computer coding websites. You will have the opportunity to design and create your own unique, playable, sharable, and fun computer game in Scratch and Tynker using the coding skills that you have acquired. Note: Participants need to come to the first class with their email address (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.

Magical Green Screen Movie Making
Week 2: July 15-19
Shannon Thompson, Rosendale Media Specialist
Grades 3-6 (Afternoon Session 12-3 p.m.)
Rosendale Elementary School Library

Have you always wondered how meteorologists are able to change the map during their forecasts? 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 work with 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! **This class has a $10 materials fee that should be included in the tuition check.

Assorted Architecture – An Art and Design Variety Camp
Week 2: July 15-19
Katie Chwazik, Iroquois Art Department
Grades 6-9 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Van Antwerp Middle School

Create art in ways both new and familiar to explore architecture through the world – and close to home! We will explore architecture through projects including a clay house votive holder, a printmaking home “portrait,” a site-specific architectural model, and more! Experiment with space and design through photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, design, and model building. Perfect for anyone looking to try something new and think outside of the box! **This class has a $15 materials fee that should be included in the tuition check.

College Applications: Success without the Stress!
Week 2: July 15-19
Kelly Linehan, NHS Language Department
Grades 9-11 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Niskayuna High School

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 best to demonstrate interest to gain attention from admissions offices, and will gain 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.

Dungeons & Dragons
Week 2: July 15-19
Madelyn Pollack, Craig ENL Teacher
Grades 9-11 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Niskayuna High School

Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is experiencing a cultural comeback through the popularity of shows like Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, and Critical Role—now’s your chance to see what the excitement is all about! D&D lets you flex your imagination through creative writing and role-play, practice basic math skills, and engage in cooperative problem solving. You will create a character with a back-story and motivations, invent settings and potential plot hooks, and collaboratively craft a narrative. By the end of the week, you will be able to lead a mini-adventure of your own! Note: Please bring a
notebook, pencil, and your imagination.

STEAM: The Hat – Acting, Props, and Production
Week 3: July 22-26
Katie Suhr, Birchwood Teacher
Grades K-2 (Morning Session 8-11 a.m.)
Location TBD

Calling all artists, actors and actresses! Join us center stage as we present: The Hat. Participants will explore, plan and create props and costumes that they will use to perform this production. Students will be coached on character
development, voice, and fluency. If you are creative, enjoy acting, or want to learn more about theater and production, this is for you!

Learn to Play Volleyball!
Week 3: July 22-26
Ryan O’Connell, NHS Health Education Teacher
Grades 9-11 (Morning Session 8-11 a.m.)
Niskayuna High School

Want to be part of a growing sport in our Niskayuna community? Have you tried volleyball in your PE classes, had a great time, and wished you could play more?! Or, are you someone who has never tried volleyball and would like to for the first time? This class is for all of you! Volleyball is a sport that requires critical thinking, quick decision making, communication, high cooperation skills, motivation, athleticism, and sportspersonship. Come learn basic fundamentals, skill cues, rules, strategies, and the excitement that volleyball brings! Volleyballs will be provided. Note: Participants should bring snacks
and water.

On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!
Week 3: July 22-26
>Grade K — Rachelle Colloton, Birchwood Reading Teacher
>Grade 1 — Meghan Halley, Birchwood Reading Teacher
>Grade 2 — Kellyn Moore,
(Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Location TBD

This program is designed to meet and support the needs of learners who will have just completed kindergarten, first grade, 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. Each week of the reading program will include different themes and activities. Note: Please indicate which grade level your child is currently in when signing up for this course.

S.T.E.A.M: A Bad Case of the Stripes: Acting, props and production
Week 3: July 22-26f
Katie Suhr and Chloe Dudla, Birchwood Teachers
Grades 3-5 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Location TBD

Calling all artists, actors and actresses! Join us center stage as we present: A Bad Case of the Stripes. Participants will explore, plan and create props and costumes that they will use to perform this production. Students will be coached on character development, voice and fluency. If you are creative, enjoy acting, or want to learn more about theater and production, this is for you!

Advanced Slime Lab
Week 3: July 22-26
Wade Fisher, Hillside Teacher
Grades 3-5 (Afternoon Session 12-3 p.m.)
Van Antwerp Middle School

Are you already a slime expert? Come show off your advanced slime skills with an added twist. Have fun making slime while adding in some extra ingredients that will take your slime to the next level. 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
utilizing chemistry to help create toys that will lead to hours of fun. In this advanced class, we’ll also have a variety of opportunities for different slime challenges based on stretchiness, bounciness, and other properties. **This class has a $5 materials fee that should be included in the tuition check.

Dungeons & Dragons
Week 3: July 22-26
Madelyn Pollack, Craig ENL Teacher
Grades 6-8 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Niskayuna High School

Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is experiencing a cultural comeback through the popularity of shows like Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, and Critical Role—now’s your chance to see what the excitement is all about! D&D lets you flex your imagination through creative writing and role-play, practice basic math skills, and engage in cooperative problem solving. You will create a character with a back-story and motivations, invent settings and potential plot hooks, and collaboratively craft a narrative. By the end of the week, you will be able to lead a mini-adventure of your own! Note: Please bring a notebook, pencil, and your imagination.

Painting Fun
Week 4: July 29 – August 2
Sherry Jonas, Hillside Educational Assistant
Grades K-2 (Morning Session 8-11 a.m.)
Location TBD

Do you love to paint? Do you enjoy making new colors? Do you like to tie-dye? Come to this class to learn about all of the different ways to paint. You will get messy and have lots of fun!

Stem Lab
Week 4: July 29 – August 2
Peggy Labrie, Hillside Teaching Assistant
Grades 3-5 (Morning Session 8-11 a.m.)
Location TBD

Welcome to hands- on science, technology, engineering, and math! Throughout the week, students will be presented with STEM-based learning that challenges them to use both their previously learned knowledge and their current interests to find solutions. This enrichment camp will give students a chance to experience how to problem solve, work in a collaborative team, discover unique solutions, create inquiry-based questions, and be creative! Through lessons based on introductory engineering and design, students will build the tallest tower possible out of spaghetti, construct a working
windmill, design a human arm that will be able to pick up a paper cup, and more! Participants will use computers to research the problem and solution, draw a design of their model, construct a prototype, test the prototype, evaluate the performance of it, make improvements, retest and re-evaluate the prototype, and lastly share their results. STEM Lab will be an enlightening and rewarding opportunity for children to grow in their love of the sciences, engineering, technology, and mathematics. **This class has a $10 materials fee that should be included in the tuition check.

Creative Writing Workshop
Week 4: July 29 – August 2
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. Participants 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.

Slime Lab
Week 4: July 29 – August 2
Wade Fisher, Hillside Teacher
Grades K-2 (Afternoon Session 12-3 p.m.)
Hillside 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 exercise their creative energy while using chemistry to help create toys that will lead to hours of fun. **This class has a $5 materials fee that should be included in the tuition check.

Summer with STEM
Week 4: July 29 – August 2
Christopher Cipriano
Grades 3-5 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Van Antwerp Middle School

Children will participate in a variety of engaging and developmentally appropriate activities focused on applying math, science, and engineering concepts. Examples of topics may include chain reactions and force. Hands-on experiences will be a core aspect of this program. Collaboration between peers will be encouraged. **This class has a $10 materials fee that
should be included in the tuition check.

FUNctional Art
Week 4: July 29 – August 2
Katie Chwazik, Iroquois Art Department
Grades 6-9 (Afternoon Session 12–3 p.m.)
Van Antwerp Middle School

Create fun and functional works of art that you can use and enjoy in everyday life!We will explore art and design through projects including a cell phone speaker, wearable artwork, multipurpose containers, and more! Experiment with clay, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, and other artistic media. Perfect for anyone looking to try new techniques and think outside of the box! Students should bring a white or light-colored t-shirt to be redesigned and recreated. **This class has a $15 materials fee that should be included in the tuition check.