Summer at Keystone

 

 

Participate in enriching activities while experiencing the Keystone culture—a supportive, inclusive environment that fosters academic excellence, ethical growth, community involvement, and responsible leadership. 

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 6-9

Dates: July 9-20
9 a.m. -4 p.m. daily
Extended Care:  8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost $700.00
Bring a friend from another school, and you both receive a $125 discount.
Contact Cindy Tyroff for the discount code.
Discounted Tuition Assistance: available via an application
Contact: ctyroff@keystoneschool.org
 
Session Descriptions

During the two-week summer program, students will become part of a community as they participate in group activities and attend three small-group sessions of their choice.  We are committed to a small teacher/student ratio, so please indicate your child’s first and second preferences for each time slot:  Morning, Early Afternoon, and Late Afternoon.  Keystone School reserves the right to modify the schedule if needed.
 

Morning Sessions

Writing Workshop 
Sharpen your craft as a poet, playwright, essayist, or short story writer as you participate in targeted mini lessons and confer with peers and teachers. You may come with writing in progress, or you may generate your ideas during the session. Whether you love to write or simply wish to become a better writer, this session is for you. Because lessons and strategies differ each summer, former participants are welcome.  All instructors have advanced training in the teaching of writing.

Hey, Shutterbug!/Lights, Camera, Action! 
Hey, Shutterbug! Sure, we all take pictures, but now you can learn the basics of composition to creatively tell a story or express your interests. Then we will print photographs and add mixed media, including paint, etchings, etc. to extend your creativity.

Lights, Camera, Action! Practice storyboarding, camera angles, and editing techniques as you create one or more short films, such as entries to The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival and the New York Times Vocabulary Video. The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about a minute and a half. Two of last summer’s films were selected for the 2018 San Antonio screening hosted by festival founder James Kennedy (author of the young-adult fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish). The New York Times contest challenges students to produce a 15-second video about the meaning of one of the paper’s Words of the Day. 

Hey, Shutterbug!/The Geometry of Art
Hey, Shutterbug! See description above.

The Geometry of Art:  Many beautiful works of art demonstrate a blend of creativity and geometry.  In this course, you will apply Fibonacci spirals, polar roses, multi-point perspective and sacred geometry to create your own artistic works.

Hey, Shutterbug!/ Technology in the Ancient World
Hey, Shutterbug! See description above.

Technology in the Ancient World: Discover how ancient civilizations used technology to make sense of their world and to predict such things as the position of the planets and eclipses as you explore the Antikythera mechanism, an early analog computer, and other technological devices.

Adventures in Robotics/Lights, Camera, Action! (limited to ten students)
Adventures in Robotics: Learn to build and program robots using the Lego EV3 robotics kit.  Each day students will work together to solve different challenges by programming and running their robots.  The course will culminate in a “Battle Bots” competition.

Lights, Camera, Action! See description above 

Adventures in Robotics/The Geometry of Art (limited to ten students)
Adventures in Robotics: See description above.

The Geometry of Art:  See description above.

Adventures in Robotics/Technology in the Ancient World (limited to ten students)
Adventures in Robotics: See description above.

Technology in the Ancient World: See description above.

Art Around the World/ The Geometry of Art 
Art Around the World: Imitate the style of artists from around the world, focusing on the use of color, line, and mixed media. (Teacher and Curriculum from abrakadoodle)

The Geometry of Art:  See description above.

Art Around the World/Lights, Camera, Action! 
Art Around the World: See description above.

Lights, Camera, Action! See description above.

Art Around the World/Technology in the Ancient World
Art Around the World: See description above.


Technology in the Ancient World: See description above.


Early-Afternoon Sessions 

Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe?
Solve the author’s grisly murder by role-playing as his most fascinating characters and shaking clues from each other and from Poe’s short stories.

Keystone School of Rock 
Let’s rock! Whether you want to hone your skills on an instrument you already know or challenge yourself to play a new one, your enthusiasm is all you need. This fast-paced class will focus on vocal and instrumental performance. In no time, you’ll be free styling on instruments you may or may not already know for an exciting “rock” band experience.    
  
Dungeons and Dragons/DIY Digital Games with Scratch

Dungeons and Dragons: Join our merry band of adventurers as we delve into a fantasy world of intrigue and danger. Faced with monsters and magic, will your party find priceless treasure or meet an untimely end? Use your wits, roll your twenty-sided die, and determine your fate in this collaborative, improvisational role-playing game.

DIY Digital Games with Scratch: Scratch is a block-based programming language designed by MIT for middle school students.  In this course, students will design and test their own playable game in Scratch. 

Dungeons and Dragons/Writing for Contests
Dungeons and Dragons: See description above.

Writing for Contests: Learn about the myriad contest and publishing opportunities available to students. Take this opportunity to draft and polish entries with feedback from peers and skilled teachers so that you have submissions ready when the contest or call for manuscripts opens.

Exploring the Basics of Watercolor—A Study in Landscapes/DIY Digital Games with Scratch
Exploring the Basics of Watercolor—A Study in Landscapes: Learn how to create stunning watercolor landscapes using techniques the masters use.  We will study the following techniques to create interesting textures: rubber cement, rubbing alcohol, salt, sgraffito, wet in wet, graded blends, and much more!  Come with a setting in mind for the landscape you would like to create, and we'll walk you through the rest.  

DIY Digital Games with Scratch: See description above.

Exploring the Basics of Watercolor—A Study in Landscapes/Writing for Contests
Exploring the Basics of Watercolor—A Study in Landscapes: See description above.

Writing for Contests: See description above.

Conquest of the Earth and Heavens 
Explore Latin and its impact on the world through the lenses of astronomy, mythology, and language.


Late-Afternoon Sessions

Chemistry: Hmm... How Did That Happen?/Basics of Engineering Design and Application 
Chemistry: Hmm... How Did That Happen? Students will be exposed to chemistry experiments and then use reasoning to figure out what may or may not have happened.  Some of the class will be hands-on with students performing experiments themselves, and some will be hands-off with students only observing.  An inquisitive mind and confidence to propose a theory are always helpful.  Don't be afraid to take a guess; after all, you may be right!

Basics of Engineering Design and Application: Structures are all around us and have been around us for thousands of years.  They have provided us shelter, transportation, and even entertainment venues.  In this session we will look at the basics of the engineering design process and build and test a bridge.  We will also discuss the basics of structures and the different physics and mathematics principles that can be applied to calculate their forces.  If you are interested in engineering, this session has your name on it.  

Chemistry: Hmm... How Did That Happen?/Fun and Fitness 102: Looking for a Summer Boot Camp? Neither Are We!
Chemistry: Hmm... How Did That Happen? See description above. 

Fun and Fitness 102: Looking for a Summer Boot Camp? Neither Are We! Join Coach Rubio and Coach Unruh in enjoying a variety of sports and recreational games in a high-paced and exciting environment. We will emphasize sportsmanship, socialization, and fun while being active.

Chemistry: Hmm... How Did That Happen?/Power of the Press
Chemistry: Hmm... How Did That Happen? See description above.

Power of the Press: Produce a Keystone Camp news publication while learning the journalistic skills needed to interview sources, write news and feature article, take photographs, and layout a print publication. All campers will receive a copy of the publication.

Power of the Press/Basics of Engineering Design and Application 
Power of the Press: See description above.

Basics of Engineering Design and Application: See description above.

Power of the Press/Fun and Fitness 102: Looking for a Summer Boot Camp? Neither Are We!
Power of the Press: See description above.

Fitness 102: Looking for a Summer Boot Camp? Neither Are We! See description above.

Fun and Fitness 101: Looking for a Summer Boot Camp? Neither Are We!/ Power of the Press
Fun and Fitness 101: Looking for a Summer Boot Camp? Neither Are We! Join Coach Rubio and Coach Unruh in enjoying a variety of sports and recreational games in a high-paced and exciting environment. We will emphasize sportsmanship, socialization, and fun while being active.

Power of the Press: See description above.

Fun and Fitness 101: Looking for a Summer Boot Camp? Neither Are We!/ Basics of Engineering Design and Application 
Fun and Fitness 101: See description above.

Basics of Engineering Design and Application: See description above.

Fun and Fitness 101 and 102: Looking for a Summer Boot Camp? Neither Are We!
Join Coach Rubio and Coach Unruh in enjoying a variety of sports and recreational games in a high-paced and exciting environment. We will emphasize sportsmanship, socialization, and fun while being active.

Bop! Hop! Pop! 
No, we aren't talking about a new breakfast cereal.  This is all about DANCE!  It's time to put on some of the best songs from around the world and get into the dance styles that have helped make them famous.  There is absolutely no experience required to bop, hop, and pop. Just bring your love of music and movement.   

Two Can Play That Game!
With crowd-funding, independent board games are an exploding, emerging market for modern entrepreneurs. Students in this program will design and implement a new, playable game that could be the next million-dollar idea.  During this process, students will also gain insight into the basic tenets of game theory and object-oriented programming concepts.



 

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