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2019 Summer Session

Vermont Commons is pleased to announce our summer session offerings. All are offered by Vermont Commons School faculty in their areas of passion. Please e-mail summer@vermontcommons.org to register and with any questions. Payment may be made by check (to Vermont Commons School) or by calling 802-865-8084 with a credit card.

The cost is $325/session.

Math Bootcamp I
Tonya Waldron
July 22-26 9am-12pm

This course will provide you with the mathematical foundation you need to have a successful school year. We will increase our problem solving skills using operations with integers, fractions, and decimals, including how to apply them using the Order of Operations.  We will do hands-on activities to understand 2-D and 3-D shapes, including area and volume. Whether you are learning these concepts for the first time, or need a review to start the school year off strong; this course is for you! Primarily designed for students entering grades 6-8, but could be a great review for others as well.

Math Bootcamp II
Tonya Waldron
July 22-26 12:30pm-3:30pm

This course is to designed to build off the foundation of Math Boot Camp I and bring the concepts to the next level of Algebra and Geometry.  We will increase our understanding of rational and irrational numbers, including using variables and exponents. Through hands on activities, we will explore linear relationships, solve systems of equations, and discover the formulas for complex 2-D and 3-D shapes.  This course can be taken following Math Boot Camp I or on its own. Primarily designed for students entering grades 8-10.

Creative Writing Workshop
Jennifer Cohen
July 15-19 9:00am-1:00pm
OR
July 22-26 9:00am-1:00pm

This summer workshop will gather creative writers who will plan a week of reading and creative writing, based on their individual interests.  Participants will spend time outside together reading and studying authors of their choice, writing stories and poems, sharing their work, and receiving feedback.  Students will come away from this week with a supportive writing community, and more confidence in their creative, authorial voices. We will meet at VCS, but will venture outside to comfortable places where we can be inspired by our surroundings.  Students will bring their own lunches. This is for students entering grades 7-12.

Magic: the Gathering
Kyler Star
June 24-28 9:30am-1:00pm
OR
July 8-12 9:30am-1:00pm
OR
July 22-26 9:30am-1:00pm

Students will have the opportunity to design their own decks, participate in classroom tournaments, read articles, and learn how to evaluate and advance their play decisions using probability. By the end of this course, students should become more confident Magic players and gain both a deeper knowledge and greater appreciation for the game that will last a lifetime! Magic is an ideal game because of the complexity, flexibility, and critical thinking involved.

Week 1 will be focused on color identification and emotional identification. Games are played to promote discussions before, during, and after each game. Starter decks will be provided to use on days one and two. Days 3 – 5, students will be given booster packs to create their own deck from. Discussions and writing assignments will be around each students color choices and self-expression for their deck.

Week 2 will be focused on intermediate sealed deck building. Students will build a deck with four booster packs on day one. Days 2 – 4 an additional booster pack will be added to their deck building pool. Discussions and writing assignments will revolve around critical thinking/problem solving based on deck matchups and card selection.

Week 3 will be focused on advanced drafting. Day one, students will learn how to draft and research an article on drafting techniques. Day two, students will discuss picks in an open draft (cards are not kept). Days 3 – 5, students will draft and play matches. The deck created on only day five will be the deck students get to take home. Discussions and final writing assignment will revolve around deck archetypes available in the draft.

All skill levels are welcome for each week. The course is meant to progress in difficulty so please keep that in mind. An important part in learning is being challenged and losing, yes losing! The games are meant to be fun, friendly, and low- stake measures to test the student’s knowledge, so don’t be intimidated. Match results will be recorded every day so student can track their improvement.

At the end of each weekly session every student will leave with a playable deck that they created. We will be using booster packs from the sets Return to Ravnica and Gatecrash, with the option for additional sets based on attendance.

Summer Spanish
Juan Garcia-Urbina
August 19-22 9:00am – 1:00pm

Join experienced Spanish instructor, Juan, for Spanish summer studies focusing on the foundation of language, vocabulary, writing, and conversation. The class will explore film, traditions, music and culture to foster deeper understanding and appreciation of the language. Students will review the origin and influence of pivotal artists such as: Obregon, Botero, and Frida Kahlo.  Class will be instructed in hallmark Vermont Commons style: immersive, hands-on and engaging. Best for grades 8-12th. While helpful, no previous Spanish required.

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At Vermont Commons School, our goal is to engage students with their world. We achieve this through programs and a curriculum grounded in local and global involvement.