Academics

Algebra II

Takisah McCall-Sulton, GSB Upper School Math Teacher

This six week course covers a full year of Algebra 2 concepts for credit. Students will relate arithmetic or rational expressions to arithmetic of rational numbers, expand understandings of functions and graphing. By synthesizing and generalizing functions, students relate data display, summary statistics and investigate probability. All courses are taught by our highly qualified teachers. No class on Monday or Tuesday, July 3 & 4.

Grade 9-11

06/26-08/04, 8:15 AM – 12:15 PM                          Fee: $1,300

Biology

Allison Kochis, GSB Upper School Science Teacher

This six week course covers a full year of Biology concepts for credit. Students will learn to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of biology associated with Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Evolution and Diversity of Life and Ecology. Students will be asked to use twenty first century learning tools to communicate, obtain and present information each week in a virtual biology classroom. All courses are taught by our highly qualified teachers. No class on Monday or Tuesday, July 3 & 4.

Grade 9-11

06/26-08/04, 8:15 AM – 12:15 PM                                     Fee: $1,300

Chemistry

John Taeschler, GSB Upper School Science Teacher

This six week course covers a full year of Chemistry concepts for credit. Students will use their knowledge of chemistry to broaden understanding of aspects of their natural lives. Through analyzing news articles and interpreting implications of new scientific technology, students will use the web as a resource to improve scientific understanding. Through effective communication of lab results and scientific information to their peers, students will perform basic laboratory activities and provide critical analysis of their results. All courses are taught by our highly qualified teachers. No class on Monday or Tuesday, July 3 & 4.

Grade 10-11

06/26-08/04, 8:15 AM – 12:15 PM                                     Fee: $1,300

College Admissions Workshop: Now You’re in the College Process and You Need Help!

Kerri Small, GSB Director of College Guidance

Looking for extra support with the college process? GSB can help! This one-week workshop is for rising high school seniors who are in the pursuit of the college process and are seeking that personal attention that the Upper School College Guidance Office at GSB provides its students. Working closely with Kerri Small, our Director of College Guidance (and former college admission director), students will participate in the following activities: creating a resume; developing a college essay; completing a demo college application; learning about and how to prepare for the college interview; and participating in a mock college admissions committee. This course is open to non-GSB students as well.

Grade 12 (Rising High School Seniors)

07/10-07/14, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM                                     Fee: $495

Creative Writing Workshop: The Short Story

Kerri Small, GSB Director of College Guidance

Writing is a way to externalize ideas and feelings. The ability to write well creates a well-rounded individual who can organize and express to others his or her thoughts and ideas. This class goal is to educate you on how to write creatively, to learn to enjoy the process of writing and to find your own voice and writing style. In this course, students will study setting, characters, plot, structure, dialogue and other aspects of the short story. The will read classic short fiction and write their own short fiction essays. They will participate in a series of writing exercises focused on writing short fiction. This class is a workshop setting where students learn to critique a peer’s work in a useful and respectful manner Students end the course with examples of their own work in short fiction.

Grade 10-12

07/31-08/11, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM                                     Fee: $675

Geometry

Ed Brown, GSB Upper School Teacher

In an intensive six-week program, students will complete a full course of Euclidean geometry including formal  proofs with a focus on skills and techniques that are required in higher mathematics courses and on standardized test. Special emphasis is placed on the types of problems that students will encounter on the PSAT and SAT exams. Cooperative learning will be used to encourage the development of communication, reasoning and problem-solving skills. Course credit and advancement to algebra II and trigonometry will be given to Gill St. Bernard’s School students who attain a B- or better in this summer course. Course credit may also be available to students from other schools. Pre-requisite: algebra I. No class on Monday or Tuesday, July 3 & 4.

Grades 9-12

06/19-07/28, 8:15 AM – 12:15 PM                    Fee: $1,300

Lab Coats and Finger Paints

Wendy Hanks, GSB Substitute School Teacher

Grab your paints and lab coat….we are heading on a discovery mission to explore the world of science and art through everyday objects. Experiments and encounters. This camp will enhance the STEAM educational concepts taught in your science class with the added excitement of art.

Grades PK-K

07/17-07/21, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM                    Fee: $275

Lab Coats and Paint Brushes

Wendy Hanks, GSB Substitute School Teacher

Did you know that science and arte are related? Come discover, experiment and create as we learn about the colliding worlds of art and science in the STEAM-based class. Explore colors and chemistry in exciting, fun and interactive ways. Put on your lab coat and pull out your paintbrush as together we dive into the art of science.

Grades 1-3

07/17-07/21, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM                    Fee: $275

 

Latin

Jared Ciocco, GSB Upper School Teacher

This six week course covers a full year of Latin 2 concepts for credit. Students will learn the completion of Latin noun declensions in all cases and the declension of all Latin verbs in all tenses. Students will learn the usage of several deponent clauses. Vocabulary, translation and grammar are expanded as students approach more complex narratives based on Roman history and mythology. Students also continue to practice classical Latin pronunciation through daily readings. No class on Monday or Tuesday, July 3 & 4.

Grades 9-12

06/26-08/04, 8:15 AM – 12:15 PM                                     Fee: $1,300

Leap Ahead 5

GSB Middle School Teachers

The Leap Ahead program is four full days of activities designed to help upcoming Gill St. Bernard’s School fifth grade student’s transition from Lower School to Middle School. The activities include familiarizing students with Middle School buildings, daily routines, schedules, and organizational skills. In addition students will spend time at Home Winds, creating a foundation of skills related to sustainability, farm life and environmental education. Price includes all materials, snacks, and lunch each day. Minimum enrollment is 15 students.

Grade 5

08/14-08/17, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM                                  Fee: $495

Learning & Studying

Kim Turse, GSB Learning Specialist

If you are ready to add study tools to your toolbox this is the course for you. Topics addressed: Your memory and tricks to support recall; test taking skills; active listening; note taking as well as LINCS – a system to assist with vocabulary and SQ3R which is a method for organizing and remembering written information from a book. Minimum enrollment 6 students and maximum is 10.

Grade 7-10

08/21-08/25, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM                              Fee: $400

 

Math Clinic

Kim Turse, GSB Learning Specialist

This one–week course will review and strengthen your student’s weaknesses in math. The Math Clinic is geared towards students entering middle school through students entering Algebra II.  When registering please indicate what level of math your child will be going into the upcoming school year. Students will be given a grade level appropriate diagnostic test on the first day, evaluated and will then work on their individual needs. The week will also include hands-on activities to reinforce mathematical concepts. This course is intended to help students to gain confidence and get an excellent head start with the upcoming school year.

Minimum enrollment 4 and maximum enrollment 20.

Grades 7-12

08/07-08/11, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM                           Fee: $375

Math Clinic

Kim Turse, GSB Learning Specialist

This one–week course will review and strengthen your student’s weaknesses in math. The Math Clinic is geared towards students in lower school through students in middle school.  When registering please indicate what level of math your child will be going into the upcoming school year. Students will be given a grade level appropriate diagnostic test on the first day, evaluated and will then work on their individual needs. The week will also include hands-on activities to reinforce mathematical concepts. This course is intended to help students to gain confidence and get an excellent head start with the upcoming school year.

Minimum enrollment 4 and maximum enrollment 20.

Grades 2-6

08/07-08/11, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM                           Fee: $375

 

Middle School Study Strengthening

Cendahl Cornellio-Alter,  GSB Learning Specialist

This week-long course is designed for middle school students by GSB Learning Specialist Cendahl Cornellio-
Alter to discover how to be a STRONG student. It will include: identifying strengths and learning styles of each student, being a strong student during the day (attention/focus, note-taking, asking strong questions), physical, emotional and academic needs for studying (location, style, mood) and how we can use these techniques during the school year. Come build your studying muscles!

Grades 6-8

08/14-08/18, 12:00 – 3:00 PM                                     Fee: $375

Mini Problem Solvers

Julie Jurken, GSB Lower School Teacher

Mini Problem Solvers will help your budding mathematician build a strong number sense through hands-on activities, games, and problem solving. We will use Singapour Math to establish concrete, pictorial, and abstract understanding of addition, subtraction, and even multiplication. By using this exciting approach, your mathematician will think that math is truly all fun and games!

Grades k-1

08/14-08/18, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM                           Fee: $275

Research Skills and Writing an Essay

Tom Gilbert, GSB Upper School Teacher

This course offers students the opportunity to gather information, build a strong thesis statement, and produce an essay that reflects their interests. Over the course of this one-week program, students will research and write a five-paragraph essay on current events or a popular cultural topic of their choosing. Students will learn necessary research techniques and basic project writing skills including constructing an outline, essay structure, proper citation, editing and revising. Students will conduct research at the Gill St. Bernard’s library and online to produce a well-structured essay. Through this full sequence of process research and writing, students will strengthen those skills they need to write interesting and informative essays in high school and college. Minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 students.

Grades 9-12

 07/17-07/21, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM                                Fee: $375

Singapore Math

Julie Jurken, GSB Lower School Teacher

Singapore Math will feel like it is all fun and games at Gill St. Bernard’s this summer! Through the use of hands-on manipulative, games, and interactive activities, your mathematician will gain a deeper understanding of mathematical operations, processes, and word problems Every student will leave the class with a mathematical “tool box” filled with skills that can be used to help make their start to school in the fall a success!

Grades 3- 4

08/14-08/18, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM                               Fee: $250

6th & 7th Math

Frank Corrado, GSB Middle School Teacher

Sharpen your camper’s math skills to get that needed jump start to the upcoming school year. Campers are provided with the opportunity to strengthen basic math concepts that are essential for success in middle school math. Campers are learning and growing in a relaxed classroom setting where they are able to work as individuals and in small groups.

Grades 6–7

08/14-08/18, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM                               Fee: $250

Story Scribes and Explorers Jr.

Julie Jurken, GSB Lower School Teacher

Story Scribes and Explorers Jr. is the perfect class for the budding writer. After delving into exciting stories, we will use games, vocabulary building activities and story stretchers to grow your writing skills and expand our vocabulary. This class will help build writing skills using the best practices.

Grades K-1

07/24-07/28, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM                           Fee: $275

 

Story Scribes and Explorers

Julie Jurken, GSB Lower School Teacher

Story Scribes and Explorers is the perfect class for the creative writer as well as the weary scribe. We use games, descriptive writing techniques, story stretchers, persuasive language development, transition words, and comics to grow your writing skills and expand your vocabulary. After reading stories, we will apply these skills by writing short stories, newspaper articles, mysteries and poetry. This class will help build writing skills using the best practices.

Grades 2-4

07/24-07/28, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM                                Fee: $275

 

Up, Up and Away, Get ready for “K”

Kathleen Conte & Diane Lipnickey, GSB Kindergarten Teachers

Let’s get a jump start on the Kindergarten year! In this class, the children will learn how to manage their feelings, develop social skills and gain a sense of independence. The will have fun while being introduce to phonics, good literature, math concepts and fine motor skills. We will foster and understanding of how to follow multi-step directions. This class will be an asset to the children as they enter their kindergarten year.

Grades PK entering Kindergarten in Fall

07/31-08/04, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM                               Fee: $295 (lunch included)

Writing Clinic

Mrs. Zoe Tuohy, GSB Middle School Teacher

Are you interested in improving your writing skills? Refresh basic skills before the next school year! This course is designed for students who wish to improve the structure, mechanics, and voice of their writing. Students will be assessed at the beginning of the course, and their specific needs will be addressed throughout the week. Explicit and differentiated instruction, skill development exercises, independent writing practice, and instructor feedback are the cornerstones of this course.

Grades 5–8

08/07- 08/11, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM                           Fee: $350