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Summer Session 2018 Offerings

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The Arts
Master Drawing with Master Gardeners
Monday, June 25th- Friday, June 29th, 9:00-1:00
Instructor: Ben Patrick, Grades 6-12, students bring lunch
Cost: $375, includes all studio supplies,
a set of colored pencils, multiple sketchbooks and portfolio

A week of art themed in gardening; drawing, and painting flowers in local gardens. Experiment with many mediums, take day trips, and wax poetic about the artistic process. While visiting a variety of well-known master gardeners we’ll sketch compositions related to their work and the flowers they grow. We’ll create a large-scale work on canvas, in our studio at VCS. By the end of the week students will better appreciate the architecture of the landscapes that surround them and have more confidence drawing the beauty of the natural world.

Digital Photography: Conceptual Contrasts, Cool Colors and Compositions
Monday-Friday, July 9th- July 13th, 9:00 – 1:00
Instructor: Ben Patrick, Grades 6-12, students bring lunch
Cost: $375, includes all studio supplies

A week concentrating on photographic compositions related to intense colors and contrasts in the natural world. In the field photographing trains, antique cars, orchids in a greenhouse and surfboards on the lake, students will learn foundational skills in the mechanics of photography, basic digital processing skills and media relating to digital printing. We will also draw from our photographs to better understand elements in composition. All artists will have several printed compositions in a variety of formats and papers to take home.

Theater: Wicked
Provided by Davis Studio on Vermont Commons Campus

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Advanced Fashion Design
Provided by Davis Studio on Vermont Common Campus

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Language Arts
Summer Creative Writing Workshop Jennifer Cohen
Monday, July 23th – Friday, July 27th, 9:00 -1:00
Instructor: Jennifer Cohen, Grades 7-10 Cost: $325

Creative writers gather for a week of reading and creative writing based on
individual interests. Spend time outside together, reading and studying
authors of your choice, writing stories and poems, sharing your work, and,
receiving feedback. You will come away with a supportive writing community andmore confidence in your creative, authorial voices. Meeting at VCS, we will venture outside where we can be inspired by our surroundings. Students bring lunch.

Language Arts SAT Prep Class with Jennifer Cohen
T, Th 2:00 – 5:00 pm July 24th – Aug 9th, 6 Sessions Cost: $325

Each student enrolled in this class will take a diagnostic test before July 24th
which will guide the focus of the class. Jennifer will help each student address learning gaps, find their best test-taking strategies, and create effective
study plans. Sessions include instruction, practice, and motivation to improve
both the reading and grammar sections of the SAT.
Students must purchase the following books before class begins:

1. The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar Workbook, 3rd Edition, by Erica L. Meltzer
2. The Critical Reader, 2nd Edition A Complete Guide to SAT Reading, by Erica L. Meltzer

World Languages
Middle School Chinese I Bootcamp
Monday, August 13th -Friday, August 17th, 9:00-1:00

Instructor: Yiwei Lin, Grades: rising 7th and 8th Cost: $325
Have fun learning the basics of Chinese through music, calligraphy and painting, and dumpling making! Students bring lunch.

Middle School Spanish I Bootcamp
Monday, August 13th – Friday, August 17th, 9:00-1:00 Cost: $325
Instructor: Adriana Comtois, Grades: rising 7th and 8th graders

Have fun learning the basics of Spanish through storytelling, acting, art projects, and books. Students bring lunch.

“Let Go Your Mind” Lego Camps

• Super Heroes Master Builders and Stop Motion Animation
July 16-20, 9-3 pm, Ages: 6-9
• EV3 Battle Bots with Superheroes, Villains, and Stop Animation/Minecraft
July 16-20, 9-3 pm, Ages: 9-14
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Math Bootcamp
June 25th – June 29th Middle School 9:00 – 12:00, High School 1:00 – 4:00
Instructor, Tonya Waldron Cost $325

Do you want to rock math class next year? This course will prepare you to be successful and will provide a solid base for the rest of your math career. Tailored to the individual student to become a better problem solver, and/or gain a deeper understanding and fluency in computation. By the end of the week, you will beable to appreciate the beauty of math and enjoy it!

Math Boot Camp I (grades 6 and 7, but not limited to them)
Monday, July 30th-Friday, Aug 3rd, 9:00-12:00
Instructor: Tonya Waldron Cost: $325

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!

Math Boot Camp II (grades 8 and 9, but not limited to them)
Monday, Aug 13th-Friday, Aug 17th, 9:00-12:00
Instructor: Tonya Waldron Cost: $325

Building off the foundation of Math Boot Camp I we bring the concepts to the next level of Algebra and Geometry and increase understanding of rational and irrational numbers, including using variables and exponents. Through hands on activities, we explore linear relationships, solve systems of equations, and discover formulas for complex 2-D and 3-D shapes. Session can follow Math Boot Camp I or be taken on its own.

Rollercoaster Madness! (5th-7th grades)
Monday, July 23rd-Friday, July 27th, 9:30-12:00
Instructor: Tonya Waldron Cost: $325

Do you love rollercoasters and wonder how they work? We will dig into the history of rollercoasters and how they are designed using some basic laws of Physics. As engineers, we will do experiments and use technology to design our own rollercoasters and determine how successful they will be.


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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.