Academic Camp Grades 3-8

Coding with Minecraft (Grades 6-8) – New Class in 2019!

In this course, students have the time of their lives learning computer programming basics by modding their Minecraft game. Not only will they be learning how to improve their game, they will also be picking up valuable skills that will assist them throughout their schooling and careers. Students will study things such as writing code, creating layers, and the beginnings of graphic design.

World of Rhythm (Grades 3-8) – New Class for 2019!

In this class students will get to explore the world of rhythm by playing drums and percussion, and by learning rhythms from all over the world! Rhythm is a language and a dialogue that everyone is compelled to partake in, one way or another – even your heart has its own beat! Together we will explore our own voices in rhythm using instruments like cowbells, shakers, congas, bongos, djembe, and the drum set in hopes of making music together! No previous experience necessary.

Virtual Reality on Mobile Devices (Grades 6-8)

The future is here, mobile photo and video class in VR! We will capture stills and video sharing moments with virtual reality technology (VR). This VR course will take us all around campus as we explore sight and sound in every direction and in 3D! Everyday students will be given a new assignment to explore scenery and sound everywhere and collecting these assets and preparing them to be viewed on VR equipment where they can relive these captured moments over and over! VR viewers will be provided in class.

CLASS REQUIREMENT: Student must have and bring a mobile device with a camera either Android or IOS with a cellular data plan in order to download the VR app.

Chorale for the 21st Century – Singing! (Grades 3-5)

In this class students will get to explore a centuries old musical tradition via the lens of modern music! Chorale music typically consists of hymns set to music and harmonized for four voices which is then sung by a choir, a la Johann Sebastian Bach. In this class, however, instead of using the classical repertoire as established by masters like Bach, we will sing from the canon of more recent, popular artists in an attempt to bridge the gap between this age old music and our modern times!

3D Printing & Product Design – Maker Space (Grades 6-8)

The precursors to the Star Trek Replicator are found in today’s Makerspaces, and the most common of all is the 3D Printer. In this hands on Maker Camp students will learn not only how to use a 3D Printer, but more importantly, how to use CAD software to design 3D Models ready to print. First, to get the basics, students will model and print a chess piece of their own design. Then we’ll move into more open ended product design. Students will learn the Design Thinking Process as they create an original prototype as their final project!

Art (Grades 3-8)

There are multiple dimensions of art and this class will explore many of them. Students will learn basic clay hand building techniques that have been used for centuries to create ceramic vessels and sculptures, discover how to mix colors, learn different color combinations, explore what colors can say, and improve drawings skills. Drawing and shading techniques will be taught using pencils and other media.

Journalism (Grades 6-8)

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury said, “Journalism keeps you planted in the earth.” Today, more than ever, writing, and especially journalistic writing, which requires research, writing and editing, is a must have skill for all students. Despite (or perhaps because of) advancements in technology, all students need basic writing skills. This class will get your student started and include the basics of journalism, including, brainstorming for ideas, knowing the difference between importance and interest, news writing, sports writing, opinion writing, feature writing, researching, interviewing, editing, and finally, publishing. The culmination of the class will be the publication of a student-produced newspaper with stories and photos by the students. Taught by a 15-year veteran of teaching high school journalism, this class is a must for anyone who would like to write for his or her school newspaper now, the award-winning Riordan paper, The Crusader, in the near future, or wants to improve his or her writing skills in general. The class will take place in an atmosphere that is a combination of a classroom and newsroom, and will include exploration of the campus to look for story ideas.

CLASS REQUIREMENT: Student must have and bring an iPad or tablet with a camera and access to Google Drive to this course.

The Magic of Computers (Grades 5 – 8)

This course will teach students about the basics of computing and move them through the many powerful applications available to create masterpieces. Students begin the course working on keyboarding, learning how to format and prepare documents and learning how to utilize the statistical tools of Excel. Students will learn the basics of Photoshop and InDesign as well as learn about many of the powerful tools and secret features that can be unlocked in both of these programs to produce a magazine layout.

Math – Pre-Algebra (Grade 7)

Recommended for most students entering Grade 7. This course strengthens the student’s foundation in fractions, decimals, percentages, and operations with negative numbers. Students will also learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide variable expressions.

Math – Algebra (Grade 8)

Recommended for most students entering Grade 8. This course is for students who will be taking algebra in the fall or who have taken some algebra already but did not study it in detail or did not fully understand it. Students will learn the distributive property, operations with variables, simplifying expressions, solving equations, basic word problems, and linear functions.

Public Speaking (Grades 5 – 8)

This course is an introduction to public speaking. Emphasis is placed on gaining experience as a speaker in front of an audience or as a member of a group. Students are instructed in form (posture, delivery, and diction) and content (choice of topic, organization, and development). Topics covered include informative, persuasive, and instructive speeches, formal readings, and group discussions.

Reading, Writing and Comprehension (Grades 3 – 4)

The Courage of Sarah Noble is a true story of a young girl and her father traveling to Milford Connecticut. You will discover how brave Sarah is when she finds out what children are saying about the Schaghticoke Indians and how she still interacts with them. Sarah teaches them how to survive, but will she be safe or befriend them or will the rumors be true? You will never forget this adventurous story with all the activities that I have planned for you. We will read, art project, skits, have large, small group discussions, work on note taking skills, reading fluency skills, speaking to a group, and working with others. Come join me on this exciting journey of Sarah Noble.

Reading, Writing and Comprehension (Grades 5 – 6)

Life is to short not to read short stories!!! Leap into 4 very thought-provoking but different short stories and learn how to write you own short story at the same time. Lets take this adventure of writing, reading, role play, small, large group work, art and watching different movie, and music videos. You will see how a short story can grab you and take you into another realm of thinking. Join me as we enter the short story zone!

Reading, Writing and Comprehension (Grades 7 – 8)

The Reading and Writing Workshop is designed to advance cognitive skills through directed reading activities that include: understanding key vocabulary words of assigned readings, answering questions about assigned readings, and generating written responses to assigned readings that reflect understanding as well as higher thinking skills.

Science (Grades 3 – 4): Biology of Animals and Plants

The Life Science class will emphasize a hands-on approach to learning about life on Earth. Students will get a chance to learn about the animals and plants that make up the Earth, with a focus on some of the more interesting, but less well known, plants and animals that are found on Earth. Interactions between humans and other living things on Earth will also be discussed.

Science (Grades 5 – 6): Physics and Chemistry

The Physical Science class will have a hands-on, activity based approach to both physics and chemistry. Students will get an opportunity to practice laboratory techniques in chemistry as well as witness some of the phenomenon common in the physical world.

Science (Grades 7 – 8): Sustainability and the Environment

The Sustainability and the Environment class will focus on human impacts on the environment and how humans can lessen our impact on the environment. Students will think about the ethical implications of our impact and think of creative ways to lessen their own impact on the environment in their local community and the larger world.

Sign Language (Grades 3 – 8)

Let’s Discover ASL hands on! We’ll explore the culture, learn the alphabet and phrases, have conversations, play games, and learn numbers, sign songs and more. You will become more confident each day that you’re in class. This will be a sensational class with lots of movement and a fantastic learning adventure!

Speed and Agility (Grades 3 – 8)

Speed and Agility Camp is designed to help students in all sports improve their overall speed, quickness and agility. Throughout five intense training sessions, athletes will work on improving speed, agility, lateral quickness, foot speed, rapid acceleration, and first step quickness. In addition to the training completed during the Speed and Agility Camp, students will be taught training exercises and drills that they can complete at home to continue their improvement in these areas.

Study Skills (Grades 5 – 8)

The emphasis of this course is on using practical and proven strategies to build better study skills. Organization methods and tips, listening skills, memorization techniques, time management, note-taking methods, test-taking strategies, and research skills are included. Individual learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses are considered throughout the course.

Make it a combo with our Crusader Day Camp program

Your camper will attend our Academic Grades 3-8 program from 8am – 10:50am and then be escorted by our counselors to Crusader Day Camp from 11am and on. Cost: $1550 (includes 4 weeks of Crusader Day Camp, Academic Grades 3-8 Programs and lunch)

View the Crusader Day Camp Program

Register for Crusader Day Camp/Academic Grades 3-8 Combo