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Online Summer Study Course 2021

Get a head start to the new school year!

Summer is the perfect time to review and reinforce concepts to prepare for the new school year.  Our focus will be on supporting individual progress through daily assignments.

★ Choose and build your own online summer study course (Language & Literature, Maths, Science, Individual & Societies, and Music)
★ Select from three 2-week sessions for 5th – 12th grade students
★ Daily 1 hour online lessons during two-week sessions (Mon-Fri)
★ Registration is open until Sunday, May 2nd

Download Summer Study Course Flyer (PDF) →

General Information

  • All courses are one-hour daily, Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 12 pm.
  • Courses will utilize Microsoft Teams. Links will be sent via email before the start of each session.
  • Time schedule to be released week of May 3rd upon minimum number of registered students achieved.

Session Dates

  • Session 1: June 21st – July 2nd
  • Session 2: July 12th – July 23rd
  • Session 3: August 2nd – August 13th

Grades

  • 5th – 12th Grade in Fall 2021

Summer Course Fee

  • $200 per course per session
  • All payments will be deducted via ACH and will automatically be withdrawn from your designated account. A completed ACH form is due at time of registration.
  • All courses are non-refundable and non-transferable unless the course is cancelled.
  • After submission all changes are based on space availability and will incur a $30 processing fee.

Course Selection Process

Variety of Courses to Choose and Build

  • You may select up to 3 courses/session. All 1-hour online courses will take place between 9 am and 12 pm.
  • Time schedule to be released week of May 3rd upon minimum number of registered students achieved.
  • Content for repeating courses are identical across sessions. (i.e. not continual from session 1 to 3.)
  • Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • A course may be cancelled if less than 5 students are registered.

Course List: Click on the image to view/download a PDF file ↓

Course Descriptions

Maths

[5th-6th Gr.] Maths for Incoming 5th-6th WPS Students
Instructor: Kenta Sueyoshi

This course will prepare incoming WPS 5th & 6th grade students for the coming school year. The focus will be on number theory, calculations, and problem solving. This course will differentiate between advanced maths for incoming 5th grade students and pre-requisite maths knowledge for incoming 6th grade students.

Max 15

[5th-11th Gr.] Logical Thinking
Instructor: Kenta Sueyoshi

A logical thought process is something that is necessary in all fields of study. Whether it be in math, science, or English, being able to logically explain your thoughts in an organized manner is crucial. Enhance your logical thinking skills through word problems, statements, math problems, proofs, and puzzles. Although under the math category, this course will require a fair amount of writing.

Max 15

[7th-8th Gr.] MathCounts
Instructor: Kursat Yilmaz

MATHCOUNTS, is a nationwide middle school mathematics competition held in various places in the United States. Its founding sponsors include the CNA Foundation, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Max 10

[9th Gr.] Intense Math
Instructor: Kursat Yilmaz

Students to develop mathematical skills and review concepts through remedial instruction and practice.

Max 10

[9th-12th Gr.] Pre-Calculus
Instructor: Kenta Sueyoshi

The focus will be on two important concepts generally taught in Pre-Calculus: vectors and trigonometry. The concept of vectors is applied in math and many fields of science. Therefore, students will practice with many word problems and application problems. Trigonometry is a concept that goes as deep as you dig. Starting with the simple trigonometric ratios and trigonometric identities, students will end the two-week course by verifying trigonometric equalities.

Max 15

[9th-12th Gr.] Calculus
Instructor: Kenta Sueyoshi

The focus will be on three important concepts of Calculus: limits, derivatives, and integrals. Students will start the course by learning the calculation required for finding limits, derivates and integrals and end by applying concepts to real world examples and making connections to physics. This course can prepare students for the DP math courses.

Max 15

Language & Literature

[5th Gr.] Opinion Writing
Instructor: Alicia Sorenson

We will explore the genre of opinion writing. Students will learn what opinion writing is, use mentor texts to explore the genre, and write their own examples of opinion writing.

Max 15

[5th Gr.] Novel Study
Instructor: Alicia Sorenson

Do you love to read? Do you find yourself wishing you could share your love of reading with others? In this course we will read and analyze novels. You will work on your reading comprehension skills and have fun reading and discussing some wonderful novels!

Max 15

[5th Gr.] Informational Writing
Instructor: Alicia Sorenson

We will explore the genre of informational writing. Students will learn what informational writing is, use mentor texts to explore the genre, and write their own examples of informational writing.

Max 15

[6th-8th Gr.] Essay Writing
Instructor: Alisa Kathol

Does your child want to be a better essay writer? Do they want to explore how vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure can advance their writing skills as they make their way through the secondary grades? Join this course to be able to take a variety of essay writing formats and topics to the next level through research and revision!

Max 12

[7th-11th Gr.] Essay Writing & Analyzing Text
Instructor: Jennifer Dixon

We will review materials intended to improve your ability to analyze prose, interpret metaphors and reinforce terminology used to discuss literary texts.  We will focus on how to properly develop evidence from a literary work to create a thesis/claim.  We will review literary devices and examine ways to best annotate when reading pieces of writing.

Max 13

Science

[5th Gr.] Mad Scientist
Instructor: Alicia Sorenson

Do you love science? Do you love making science experience and testing your hypotheses? In this course we will use the scientific method to explore different science concepts. We will use different common materials to explore many science experiments.

Max 15

[5th-8h Gr.] A Journey into Neuroscience
Instructor: Keith Runyan

Take summer time to dip into the brain and the biology that underlies cognition and mind as we know them! With a brief intro into neurons, electrochemical signaling, and cellular biology, this course will build towards an understanding of how neurons code information – using the retina as a case study. Students will build on this knowledge to design their own artificial neural networks – learning algorithms! We’ll finish the course by reflecting on the limitations of scientific methodologies in exploring the phenomenology of mind.

Max 15

[6th-11th Gr.] Chemistry
Instructor: Kenta Sueyoshi

We will start by learning or reviewing important fundamental ideas behind Chemistry. The focus of the course will be on “atoms”, “chemical reactions”, “moles”, and “stoichiometry”. Students will also work on skills of experimental design, measuring, data collection, and data interpretation. All levels of chemistry knowledge are welcome.

Max 15

Individuals & Societies

[5th-6th Gr.] US Government
Instructor: Alicia Sorenson

Do you wonder how government works in the United States? Do you wonder how the Electoral College works? In this course we will explore the beginnings of the United States government, the Constitution, and how the system works today.

Max 15

Music

[6th-11th Gr.] Intro to Jazz
Instructor: Willie Garza

Prerequisite: Must have a piano and equivalent to ABRSM grade level 2 scales, arpeggios and broken chords. Learn jazz piano in the ballad style and key concepts on music reading, playing and understanding common jazz 7th chord symbols (nomenclature) and basic two-hand 4-part voicings for them. Class will learn how to approach a melody, read a jazz lead sheet, and how to use chords to construct basic jazz harmony to accompany a melody.

Max 12

 

Registration is open until Sunday, May 2nd

 

May
28
Teacher-in-service Day (No School)
May
28
Last Day of Semester 2 Cubs
May
31
Memorial Day observed (No School)