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Summer Programs

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN THROUGH MY BACKPACK

After the registration deadline of May 15, we will cancel camps that do not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. Refunds for cancelled camps will be given at that time. Confirmed camps that still have space will remain open for late registrants for an additional fee until August 1.

Catherine Cook offers week-long mini-camps taught by several individual teachers during the month of August. Camps are open to current Catherine Cook students. See below for details.

Summer 2017

Week of August 7, 2017

Week of August 7-11

LEGO StoryStarter for Incoming 2nd-4th Graders, 9am-12pm, $450

Minimum 6 students, Maximum 12 students; Taught by Beth Lambert

LEGO StoryStarter is a unique program designed specifically to teach students the basic mechanics of a well-composed story, and offers students a foundation to build and share their own story using LEGO bricks as their toolbox and an iPad app to publish and share their work.

LEGO Education StoryStarter kick-starts creativity and boosts reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. With StoryStarter, learners work together to create and build stories with LEGO bricks and figures and then use the unique StoryVisualizer app to photograph, write, and publish their stories.

LEGO taps into student enthusiasm with a language and literacy product that combines an inviting tub of LEGOs with thoughtful lessons and user-friendly writing and comics app on the iPad.

The curriculum centers on tableau-building, with targeted lessons on storyboarding, scriptwriting, or analyzing themes or elements before building and then writing, reflecting, and presenting after building. Students use LEGO pieces to demonstrate understanding of story elements, practice summarizing skills, enhance knowledge of genres, and create scenes to accompany creative and nonfiction writing assignments.

StoryStarter provides an innovative way of teaching a wide range of essential skills, including:

Literacy skills, including writing, language, and reading comprehension abilities.

Communication skills, including speaking, listening, and presentation capabilities.

Collaboration and teamwork skills.

Digital literacy skills via the unique StoryVisualizer iPad app.



Creative Coding for Incoming 3rd-4th Graders, 9-11:30am, $350

Minimum 5 students, Maximum 10 students; Taught by Erica Broder

Try a new coding program on the iPad! Add to your coding dictionary with an app you can use at home! Learn the fundamentals of the app and then use your creativity to design a game (or games) from start to finish!Have your friends and family play! No experience necessary.



Dystopias and Science Fiction for 5th-8th Graders, 9am-12pm, $350

Minimum 5 students, Maximum 10 students; Taught by Cameron Elder

This camp will help middle schoolers explore today’s issues through the lens of dystopian fiction. With the help of short stories, movie clips and writing exercises, the students will compare and contrast utopias and dystopias, discover common themes and construct overarching ideas. Utilizing what we find in literature, discussion, and films like “The Giver” and “The Hunger Games”, the students will build their own world whether it be a utopia or dystopia and connect the themes to events that are happening around the world today.





Week of August 14, 2017

Week of August 14-18

Acting & Improv for Incoming 3rd-5th Graders, 9am-12pm, $360

Minimum 6 students, Maximum 10 students; Taught by Katherine Gonring

Catherine Cook Acting and Improv Campers will learn the basics of Acting and Improv through several unique games and exciting activities. Campers will focus on using their imagination, storytelling, and ensemble building skills during this one-week session. The Camp will conclude with a performance showcasing our hard work.



Slide Back into School for Incoming 1st-2nd Graders, 9am-12pm, $450

Minimum 6 students, Maximum 12 students; Taught by Beth Lambert

This week is designed to help your child slide out of a summer slump and back into the swing of school.Get your children reacquainted with academics through engaging educational activities.Throughout the week, we’ll review and reinforce the routines of…

  • Morning Meeting
  • Everyday Math Games and Activities
  • Handwriting
  • Readers Workshop
  • Writers Workshop



Scratch Coding for Incoming 3rd-4th Graders, 9am-12:30pm, $400

Minimum 5 students, Maximum 15 students; Taught by Dana Stewart

Learn computer coding with Scratch! This camp is for anyone interested in computer science, and all skill levels are welcome. Students will use CCS computers to learn Scratch coding, which will allow them to make games, animations, quizzes, and more! Scratch is a free, kid-friendly programming language that allows students to explore computer science concepts in a fun, low-pressure way. (NOTE: No class Friday, August 18)



Cook @ Cook for Incoming 2nd-4th Graders, 9am-12pm, $450

Minimum 4 students, Maximum 8 students; Taught by Christina Pappas

In Cook @ Cook kids will learn about where foods come from and how to, well…cook! This camp is for anyone who has interest in cooking, whether they already love to cook or are just starting out. Each day we will learn a new cooking skill while making a delicious (and healthy) snack and lunch! Your child will come home each day with a new way of looking at food and a full belly.



Mad Scientists for Incoming 3rd-4th Graders, 9am-11:30am, $400

Minimum 5 students, Maximum 10 students; Taught by Erica Broder

Become a mad scientist for the week! Participate in tons of exciting experiments from creating your own lava lamps to making science you can eat! Prepare to see magic before your very own eyes! You’ll learn a bit of the science behind these fun experiments as well. No experience necessary.



Social Justice Summit for 5th-8th Incoming Graders, 9am-12pm, $350

Minimum 5 students, Maximum 10 students; Taught by Cameron Elder

The thing we know best is ourselves. We know our everyday, our family, our school, but what about the person who isn’t like us? The one who may be different from what we’re used to? This summit will explore gender, sexuality and race among many other identity categories and help make them more relatable. We’ll use open discussion, thought forums, and team building exercises to celebrate the uniqueness of every individual. Students will leave the summit with a better understanding and appreciation of the diversity in the world around them, while gaining the proper skills necessary for activism and advocacy.



World Peace Game Summit for Incoming 7th-8th Graders, 9am-12pm, $575

Minimum 16 students, Maximum 20 students; Taught by Elizabeth Niketopoulos & Jessica Majors

Ms. Majors and Ms. Niketopoulos are excited to challenge students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills and support their efforts to save the world at the World Peace Summer Summit. During the summit, students take the role of world leaders and work together to solve real-life problems such as political unrest, territory disputes, oil spills, and other natural disasters. Students have 4 days to achieve world peace – will they succeed? (NOTE: No class Friday, August 18)




Week of August 21, 2017

Week of August 21-25

City Science for Incoming SK-2nd Graders, 9am-12pm, $350

Minimum 4 students, Maximum 10 students; Taught by Cindy Olvera

Let’s use our great city and school as an inspiration to explore science concepts. In this hands-on, active camp, we can learn about the physics behind our playground equipment (maybe even while using it) or the biological changes in your body when you take a quick run around the track. We’ll figure out the chemistry of making a popsicle and delve into the identification of our neighborhood plants. Science is working all around us, and we’ll find out how!



Back-to-School Painting with Ms. Dawn for Incoming SK-5th Graders, 9am-12pm, $300

Minimum 5 students, Maximum 10 students; Taught by Barbara Dawn

Just bring your own canvas (any size will do) and your fun vacation memories. Ms. Dawn will provide paint, smocks, a light snack, and a lot of inspiration. Let’s turn those summer vacation memories into beautiful paintings!



Middle School Math Jump Start for Incoming 5th Graders, 9-10:30am, $300

Minimum 6 students, Maximum 15 students; Taught by Sara Folger

Math Camp is designed to help ease the transition into school. Topics are reviewed, information is previewed and much fun is had by all! (Note: No class Friday, August 25)


Middle School Math Jump Start for Incoming 6th Graders, 10:30am-12:00pm, $300

Minimum 6 students, Maximum 15 students; Taught by Sara Folger

Math Camp is designed to help ease the transition into school. Topics are reviewed, information is previewed and much fun is had by all! (Note: No class Friday, August 25)


Middle School Math Jump Start for Incoming 7th Graders, 9-10:30am, $300

Minimum 6 students, Maximum 15 students; Taught by Jeff Edmonds

Math Camp is designed to help ease the transition into school. Topics are reviewed, information is previewed and much fun is had by all! (Note: No class Friday, August 25)


Middle School Math Jump Start for Incoming 8th Graders, 10:30am-12pm, $300

Minimum 6 students, Maximum 15 students; Taught by Jeff Edmonds

Math Camp is designed to help ease the transition into school. Topics are reviewed, information is previewed and much fun is had by all! (Note: No class Friday, August 25)



Minecraft Coding for Incoming 3rd-4th Graders, 9am-12:30pm, $400

Minimum 5 students, Maximum 15 students; Taught by Dana Stewart

Learn computer coding with Minecraft! In this camp, we will use MinecraftEdu to program Minecraft “robots” and create circuits with Redstone. Using CCS computers, students will build, experiment, and collaborate to have exciting and fun experiences with Minecraft. All Minecraft experience levels are welcome! (NOTE: No class Friday, August 25)



Poms Dance Camp for Incoming 2nd-4th Graders, 9-11:30am, $300

Minimum 5 students, Maximum 10 students; Taught by Erica Broder

This high energy camp will keep your kids moving.Kids will let loose and develop creativity, coordination, and musicality. Activities include pom pom dance moves, jazz dance moves, dance games, and non-stop entertainment. No experience necessary. There will be a poms dance performance at the end of the week. (poms provided)



Cook @ Cook for Incoming 5th-7th Graders, 9am-12pm, $450

Minimum 4 students, Maximum 8 students; Taught by Christina Pappas

In Cook @ Cook kids will learn about where foods come from and how to, well…cook! This camp is for anyone who has interest in cooking, whether they already love to cook or are just starting out. Each day we will learn a new cooking skill while making a delicious (and healthy) snack and lunch! Your child will come home each day with a new way of looking at food and a full belly.



Creative Writing Camp for Incoming 3rd-4th Graders, 9am-12pm, $350

Minimum 5 students, Maximum 10 students; Taught by Cameron Elder

Creative Authors don’t just tell stories, they build worlds. They make their writing an escape from the everyday and take the reader on a journey they never before thought imaginable. Through this camp, students will hone their writing skills and learn how to bring their characters to life by utilizing sensory cues and scene-setting writing techniques. Together we’ll work on crafting a variety of stories, led by prompts, meant to stimulate creativity and help students exercise the inner workings of their imagination.



Writing Workshop Summer Edition for Incoming 5th-6th Graders, 9am-10:30am, $350

Minimum 3 students, Maximum 12 students; Taught by Elizabeth Niketopoulos

This summer session will be based on the writing workshop model, and our focus will be persuasive writing. Each session will include two mini-lessons, writing and conferring time, and a short debrief with peers. At the end of the week, we will celebrate our success with a class debate. (NOTE: No class Friday, August 25)




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