2021 Summer Classes

Families will choose one main class for the day – it will be your child’s base for a vibrant summer day. Through added elements of art, science, and/or movement, each class will be a full and rich experience – one that offers deep learning, but most of all, fun.

Intro Classes – Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade

 

English, Spanish, Mandarin, and French

Whether your child needs to catch up or get ready to move ahead, intro classes are designed to prepare our youngest students for Kindergarten,1st, and 2nd grades. Children will prepare for the coming school year by engaging in language arts, mathematics, art, and music. This fun introduction enhances their readiness for both the social and academic settings of elementary school.

Intro to Kindergarten French Immersion

Designed to prepare students entering into PUSD’s French Immersion Program, students will have fun learning basic instructions and vocabulary in French.  Activities will include language arts, mathematics, art, and music. Students must be five years old by Sept. 1, 2021.

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Introduction to Kindergarten Mandarin Immersion

Designed to prepare students entering into PUSD’s Mandarin Immersion Program, students will have fun learning basic instructions and vocabulary in Mandarin.  Activities will include language arts, mathematics, art, and music.

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Introduction to Kindergarten

Children prepare for kindergarten by engaging in language arts, mathematics, art, and music. This fun introduction enhances their readiness for both the social and academic settings of elementary school. Students must be five years old by Sept. 1, 2021.

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Introduction to Kindergarten Spanish Immersion

Designed to prepare students entering into PUSD’s Spanish Immersion Program, students will have fun learning basic instructions and vocabulary in Spanish. Activities will involve language arts, mathematics, art, and music.

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Intro to First Grade French Immersion

Reinforces the reading, math, and language skills learned during the kindergarten year of PUSD's French Immersion Program. Class is open to any student who has already completed one year of a French Immersion Program. Students must be six years old by Sept. 1, 2021.

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Introduction to First Grade Mandarin Immersion

Reinforces reading, math, and the language skills learned in the first two years of PUSD's Mandarin Immersion Program. Class is open to any student who has already completed two years of a Mandarin immersion program. Students must be seven years old by Sept. 1, 2021.

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Introduction to First Grade

Designed to help ease the transition from kindergarten to 1st grade, students will engage in creative, thematic activities that reinforce reading and mathematics. As students are introduced to 1st grade curriculum, they will gain skills for academic success. Students must be six years old by Sept. 1, 2021.

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Introduction to First Grade Spanish Immersion

Reinforces the reading, math, and language skills learned in the kindergarten year of PUSD's Spanish Immersion Program. Class is open to any student who has already completed one year of a Spanish Immersion Program. Students must be six years old by Sept. 1, 2021.

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Introduction to Second Grade Mandarin Immersion

Reinforces reading, math, and the language skills learned in the first two years of PUSD's Mandarin Immersion Program. Class is open to any student who has already completed two years of a Mandarin immersion program. Students must be seven years old by Sept. 1, 2021.

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Intro to Second Grade French Immersion

Reinforces reading, math, and the language skills learned in the first two years of PUSD's French Immersion Program. Class is open to any student who has already completed two years of a French immersion program. Students must be seven years old by Sept. 1, 2021.

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Introduction to Second Grade

Welcome to second grade! Let's build on our first grade skills in preparation for a solid start in second grade. An emphasis will be on creativity as we read, write, explore and problem solve. Students must be seven years old by Sept. 1, 2021.

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Introduction to Second Grade Spanish Immersion

Reinforces reading, math, and the language skills learned in the first two years of PUSD's Spanish Immersion Program. Class is open to any student who has already completed two years of a Spanish immersion program. Students must be seven years old by Sept. 1, 2021.

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Prep Classes

 

 

Middle, High School, and College

Entering  middle, high school, or college and want to be ready for the next level? Our prep classes promote the academic, social, and emotional growth of students by expanding on the foundation established in elementary, middle school, and high school. Students will dive into English, mathematics, history, humanities, and science in a fun and engaging environment filled with projects and activities.

Intro to Middle School

Going into middle school or looking into mastering your skills learned in the sixth grade? This intro to middle school class promotes the academic, social, and emotional growth of students by expanding on the foundation established in elementary school. Students will dive into English, mathematics, history, humanities, and science in a fun and engaging environment filled with projects and activities.

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Intro to High School

Intro to High School is designed to provide a smooth transition from middle school to the high school setting and develop a sense community and ownership. As students brush up on core subjects like Math, Science, English, and History, they will gain the confidence to thrive in a new environment. Returning high school students hone in on their skills as they learn about job applications, budgeting, finance, community service, career reaserech and many more!

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Telling Your Story on College Applications

Students will prepare for the college application process, developing an authentic personal narrative through essays and a scholar profile to connect with admissions readers and make students more competitive as college applicants.

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Expanded Learning and Enrichment

 

 

Grades 3-12

3D Printing, Innovation Club, Musical Theater, Storytelling, Tennis, and so much more. Students will choose 1  class from our rich variety of classes with unique content themes and areas of focus. Each class is designed with an interdisciplinary approach so that every day students will also be engaged in content areas such as art, English language arts, STEM, movement, and social emotional learning. 

Jackson | Grades K-6

San Rafael | Grades K-6

McKinley | Grades K-8

Latin America Arts Tour

Spanish Dual Language

Let's embark on an artistic adventure and journey through various Spanish-speaking cultures and countries! Students will discover and explore new cultural traditions, artistic practices, unique dances, and local languages while building their English and Spanish vocabulary and comprehension.

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Come Alive with Stories & Movement

Take the leap into stories and dance by going on imaginary adventures! Literature will lead you to creative art and poetry projects. Music will inspire you to learn salsa, merengue, cumbia, and hip-hop. From transforming books into creative visions to breaking down steps and routines, you’ll explore our wondrous world to create your own artistic visions. 3 - 5

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SMART – Science, Math, and Art

Utilizing a variety of resources, students will gain a understanding of how science, math and art can all collide to make a unique learning experience. Through the use of hands on resources students will gain a deeper understanding of plants, animals astronomy, light, sound, properties of matter, magnetic forces, energy and much more.

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3D Printing

Welcome to the fascinating world of 3D printing! Students are introduced to the software and hardware of this new cutting-edge technology. They will design, collaborate, and think critically to make their designs come to life.

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Computer Wizards and Beyond!

Students will engage in subjects such as English Language Arts, Science, Arts, Movement, and Social Emotional Learning, while developing their overall computer skills.Students will practice typing, use safe internet research techniques, and learn positive habits and tips to make the most out of their time on the computer.

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The Hero’s Journey

Come and discover the hero’s journey as you learn about theater arts, English, and history! Class combines the elements of reading and writing during English with the theatrical, storytelling elements of the hero’s journey throughout literature along with tales of real-life adventurers, heroes, and heroines throughout history. Students will be incorporating skills they learn from all three subjects to create and perform their own play together!

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Tennis Camp

Learning the fundamentals of tennis such as footwork, grip, and stance, are essential to becoming a competitive player, but it's only the beginning in this tennis camp! As players build on basic strokes, practice their serve and return serve, and put their skills to the test playing against each other, they will study and reaserch the game of tennis, journal their findings, learn about healthy habbits, and even participate in yoga!

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Science Secrets Revealed (English & Spanish Dual Language)

Students will examine key scientific concepts, and explore physical earth and life science through exciting activities such as creating volcanoes and studying Jurassic fossils. They will create a daily project as a record of their learning. English & Dual Language.

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Mastering Math (Spanish Dual Language Only)

Students will discover the joys of learning math by engaging in creative, hands-on activities.  They will reinforce their use of basic math skills and learn strategies to boost their confidence in a fun and supportive environment.

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Art through the Ages

Explore the styles and techniques of artists from around the world! Students will learn about the elements of art and create their own masterpieces by using techniques artists have used throughout history.

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Art Studio

Design and fabricate your own clay pots, mosaic artworks, and even your own jewelry! Students will learn the history and vocabulary of these arts in this fun-filled, creative class.

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Festival of Stories (Spanish Only)

Through the use of verbal expression, body language, improvisation, and other techniques, students learn the ancient art of oral storytelling. Students will discover their own unique talent and expressiveness as they "command the stage" and bring characters to life. Spanish only .

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English Language Detectives

By principal recommendation only. Use your detective skills to hunt for context clues and discover new vocabulary. English language learners will be immersed in a supportive environment with an emphasis on reading and writing. Engaging games and daily discussions will prepare students for proficiency in English.

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Intro to Middle School

Going into middle school or looking into mastering your skills learned in the sixth grade? This intro to middle school class promotes the academic, social, and emotional growth of students by expanding on the foundation established in elementary school. Students will dive into English, mathematics, history, humanities, and science in a fun and engaging environment filled with projects and activities.

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The Big Three: Science Edition!

Students will examine key scientific concepts and explore physical, earth, and life science through fun and challinging activities. Math topics range from 2D vs 3D to creating their own place value system. Art topics focus on the elements of art and PE lessons would be split between conditioning and skills. Students will create science concept cards, math notebooks, and their very own art portfolios.

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Summer Art Studio

Come and experiment and build skills with a wide range of media, techniques and ""concepts in art"" from drawing and painting to sculpture, clay and mixed media. Students will learn individually through choice based activities (stations), as well as through cooperative (and safe, socially distanced) group activities. Students will also learn by looking at the work of a wide range of historical and contemporary artists, focussing in particularly on underrepresented and less well-known artists as inspiration for self expression and communication."

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School of Rock [Beg./Int./Adv.]

No auditions needed to join this rock band! Instruction on the guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard will be provided at various levels. Get ready to rock a mini concert on the last day of the program.

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Amazing Authors and Artists

Do you want to be a Twenty-First Century Renaissance person? Build your knowledge and creativity by not only studying literature and art, but creating it. By immersing yourself in contemporary short stories, writing in a variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction and poetry, you will also learn about the lives of great artists and create your own artworks based on their unique styles. Students will leave with a portfolio of work.

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World of Adventures

No matter when or where, we can take you there! Students will travel through important world events, explore cultures, and share their findings in a variety of fun and engaging formats. Along their journey, students create their own maps, learn about landmarks, and even publish their own ancient newspaper. Class is designed for students of all levels of academic ability.

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Math Mania

Multiplication will come alive as students focus on mastering multiplication tables in a low stress, high energy, learning environment. Students will learn to multiply like a wizard and will master division concepts with the roll of a dice.

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Field | Grades K-6

Tennis Camp

Learning the fundamentals of tennis such as footwork, grip, and stance, are essential to becoming a competitive player, but it's only the beginning in this tennis camp! As players build on basic strokes, practice their serve and return serve, and put their skills to the test playing against each other, they will study and reaserch the game of tennis, journal their findings, learn about healthy habbits, and even participate in yoga!

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Innovation Club

Invent, sketch, create, engineer, code, and explore how things work in this project-based class. Students will use the Engineering/Design Process to explore LED lights, vibrating motors, rockets, airplanes, race cars, boats, pinball machines, catapults, zip lines, structures, bridges, and so much more!

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Creativetopia!

Find your joy and learn about yourself and others through dance/movement, music, writing, visual art and even ceramics! Spark your imagination by creating unique compositions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, illustration, and comics. Each day will include core practices of mindfulness and deep breathing. This class is a haven for self-discovery.

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Sierra Madre Middle School | Grades 4-12

Design: Build Your World

Students will learn the process of designing and building through experimentation in architecture, product design and activist art to develop critical thinking skills and develop the confidence and ability to shape their own success and build a better world. Applying their core subject learning, they will design and build transformative projects that will expand their sense of power and agency.

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Photography

Learn the art of photographic expression and discover career paths from a professional photographer. Emphasis will be on technical fundamentals and personal image capture. Photography masters will be studied for their approach to genres such as street photography, portraiture, and black-and-white imagery. Digital cameras provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own if available.

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Visual Art Studio

Students of all skill levels learn drawing techniques including redering, shading, and perspective through excercises designed to help understand each of the thought processes involved in drawing and illustrating. Artists will learn about line, form, setching, shading, color, and many more techniques while they explore career paths as an artist.

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3D Printing in the Real World

Using a 3-D printer and software, aspiring engineers will create prototypes that address real world challenges. Students will use the Engineering Design Process to move from investigation, through design and creation, to evaluation, and ultimately bring their products to life.

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Robotics [Beg./Int./Adv.]

Students will learn the exciting art and technology of robotics, from mechanical design to programming, and strengthen their knowledge of algebra. Students will build important teamwork and problem-solving skills as well. This class is available for all levels of experience.

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Documentary Film making

Students will develop ideas for engaging stories and learn how to communicate through the art of documentary film making. They will be guided through the process of concept development, production, editing techniques, music and sound design, and final presentation.

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Music Creation and Appreciation

Dive into the world of music! From rock to pop and hip hop, students will understand how songs are structured and will even create music of their own. Students will also learn how music improves mood, quality of life, and self-esteem. While they explore different genres, students gain an understanding of musical instruments that will help lead up to a performance! This class is open to all skill levels.

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Pasadena Musical Theater Program

Come be a part of this summer’s most fun musical revue production led by Pasadena Musical Theatre Program. Professional teaching artists will lead this conservatory-style format as an original production that will culminate in a grand performance!

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