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Summer at St. Luke's

We invite you to explore the wide range of activities offered on the St. Luke's Hilltop through the summer—from writing workshops to camps for scientists, tinkerers/makers as well as for aspiring athletes. Click buttons for more information and to register.


June 9 - Open to the Public

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  • Mindfulness in Education Conference

    This inspiring one-day conference is open to the public. Whether you're an educator, parent, administrator, or someone who's just curious, it's a great opportunity to gain an understanding of mindfulness and how it can benefit everyone in the classroom and beyond.
     
    Visit the Mindfulness in Education Conference webpage for more information. Registration is still open for this upcoming event!

Beginning June 18 - Open to the Public

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  • Sports Camp

    For all 4-14-year-olds. Campers play various sports of interest using St. Luke's state-of-the-art athletic facilities in a fun and safe environment. There is a focus on individual skill development as well as tactical and team development. 

    Both full-day and half-day sessions are available.

    There are six weeklong sessions offered: June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27 and August 13-17.

    Visit the St. Luke's Sports Camp webpage for more details and registration.

    Open to the public.

June 11-15

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Beginning June 12 - Open to the Public

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  • Squash Club Summer Program

    For 9 years old and up. St Luke's Squash Club will host four weeklong sessions of intensive squash camp in the Athletic Center. Half- and full-day sessions available. Brian and Lucia Mathias will deliver a challenging and fun training experience for players of all levels. Squash Camp weeks offered are June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29 and August 20-24.

    Visit the St.  Luke’s Squash webpage for more information and to register. 

    Open to the public. Sign up today

June 18 - Open to the Public

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  • High Tech Humanities Conference

    For teachers, academic technologists, administrators and anybody curious about classroom innovation.

    Can a video game ignite interest in the ancient world, literature, the arts, and languages?

    St. Luke’s School is co-hosting a 1-day conference with CAIS showcasing ways to infuse traditional humanities curriculum with technologies that drive student engagement and deepen learning.

    The day will include deconstruction of successful lessons and detailed breakdowns of the required planning. Attendees will participate in collaborative work sessions and work directly with our academic technologists to create outlines for their own tech-forward lessons.

    Sessions topics* for classroom teachers will include the creation of video games, virtual reality, poetry blogs…and topics for academic technologists will include how to foster enthusiasm for tech, optimizing calendars, maximizing your LMS/CMS, branding and instructional video production.
     
    Join us for a day that may transform the way you teach. 

    Register now


    *Topics subject to change.
     
     

June 18-22 - Open to the Public

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  • Makers Camp

    For all rising 5-8th graders. St. Luke’s designLab’s Makers Camps offers two choices—Robotics and Raspberry Pi. Participants can attend the morning Robotics session or afternoon Raspberry Pi session...or both.

    Makers Camp: Robotics
    9:00am-12:00pm
    Introduce your child to robotics through the LEGO EV3 platform at St. Luke’s Makers Camp. Campers will:
    • Learn how to break large tasks into smaller tasks for effective programming.
    • Practice the fundamentals of computer science such as loops and decisions through using the Mindstorms EV3 software.
    • Learn how to incorporate feedback from color sensors, touch sensors, and infrared sensors to develop an autonomous robot.
    In this one-week summer experience led by SLS alumna Brittany Barton, campers will walk away with a deeper understanding of abstraction, algorithmic thinking, and general problem solving through building and coding their own robot to compete in a variety of fun design challenges.  

    Makers Camp: Raspberry Pi
    1:00-4:00pm
    Introduce your child to physical computing through the Raspberry Pi at the St. Luke’s Makers Camp. Campers will:
    • Learn the basics of physical computing using Scratch, Python, and the Raspberry Pi
    • Practice computational thinking skills through hacking Minecraft worlds.
    • Learn the basics of hardware integration through the incorporation of lights, sound, and cameras.
    In this one-week summer experience led by designLab Director Michael Mitchell, campers will walk away with an understanding of how to build interactive physical systems that bridge the gap between software and hardware. Incorporating programming tools such as Scratch and Python and additional hardware such as lights and an add-on camera, students will learn to use the Raspberry Pi as a hub for fun and innovative projects.  This camp assumes (and prefers) little to no software and/or hardware background, and the cost of the camp includes a Raspberry Pi plus extras to take home!

    Makers Camp
    June 18-22, 2018
     
    Session Options:
    Robotics, 9:00am-12:00pm
    Raspberry Pi, 1:00-4:00pm
    (choice of either or both sessions)

    Cost: $300 for Robotics and $400* for Raspberry Pi
    (*The Raspberry Pi fee includes kit and extras)

    Lunch is included for campers doing both sessions.

    Register HERE
    . Space is limited. 

    Please contact Michael Mitchell with questions regarding the camp.

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June 25-29 - Open to Public

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  • Middle School Science Camp—Ecology Adventures

    For all rising 6th-8th graders—Ecology Adventures

    Ecology Adventures: Exploration and Inquiry
    How do insects help us detect pollution? Can animal adaptations help us design better products? How do plants protect themselves from hungry herbivores? Led by St. Luke’s Science Department Chair Janet Jochem, we will unearth the answers to these questions, learn how to create our own good questions and develop creative experiments. Using an inquiry-based approach, campers will actively engage in problem-solving skills while connecting with their environment. This week-long enrichment experience will include a field trip to the Audubon Center in Greenwich.

    Ecology Adventures
    June 25-29, 2018
    9:00am-3:00pm
     
    Cost: $600  
    Lunch is included.
     
    Open to all rising 6th-8th graders.
    Register HERE. Space is limited. 

    Please contact Janet Jochem with any questions regarding this camp.

    Open to the public. 

June 25-July 28

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  • SLS Upper School Students: Foundations of Computer Science (Online)

    Open to St. Luke's rising 10th-12th graders. Registration will open to rising 9th graders on April 15, beginning with students on the waiting list.

    The Foundations of Computer Science online course will be offered June 25-July 28 to those who would like to begin studying computer science and engineering without having to wait until the fall.

    This class is a STEM Scholars requirement and a prerequisite for all computer science and engineering classes. There are no class meetings or synchronous requirements—everything is done online.
     
    The class is broken down into five weekly modules. Students who take this course will receive full credit, and the grade will be factored into their GPA. In other words, it is a complete St. Luke's fall semester course taken before school starts. Upon completion, students may take the next course in the designLab sequence (Foundations of Engineering) in the fall or whenever they are ready.   

    Cost: $1000 (plus textbooks)
    Open to rising 10th-12th graders. Any interested 9th graders should contact Zach Brusko to be placed on the waitlist which will open on April 15. General questions about this course should also be directed to him.
     
    Register HERESpace is limited. 
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    St. Luke's Curriculum Guide course descriptionThe Foundations of Computer Science
    This intensive five-week course serves as an alternative to the standard in-session Foundations of Computer Science course and fulfills the prerequisite for Foundations of Engineering and Computer Programming, as well as the STEM Scholars Program.  Due to the compressed nature of the course, students will not have the option to bypass Computer Programming and move directly to AP Computer Science A upon completion.

    This course focuses on the conceptual ideas of computing as they relate to various problems through history. Students will be exposed to common computational practices, such as algorithm development, problem-solving, and programming.  Students will develop an understanding of what computers were created for, what they are used for today, and how they may be used in the future. Additionally, students will learn how the intended purpose of each new machine - and other technologies of the day - influenced the designs.

    Students begin the course with an overview of the history of computer development.  As the course progresses, students will continue to study modern-day computer research and development through a series of readings and reflection essays.  Students will also learn new skills, including basic programming and algorithm design using Scratch, as well as web design and development with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  Students will be introduced to the Python programming language at the conclusion of the course.

June 25-29 - Open to the Public

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  • College Essay Writing Workshop

    For all rising high school seniors. This summer St. Luke’s is offering its popular College Essay Writing Workshop to students outside of the School.

    With its small student-teacher ratio (5 to 1 maximum), participants in this one-week workshop will:
    1. Create a stronger college essay by providing focused instruction, personalized feedback, and a generous head start on the essay writing process.
    2. Enhance mastery of written English including use of narrative inquiry (stories, journals, interviews) to convey ideas and advance arguments.
    The College Essay Writing Workshop is an enrichment program that will up your English game (and help you identify use of slang). For five days we’ll explore the essential elements of strong personal and analytical writing, combining meaningful self-reflection with story development and structure. There will be group work, one-to-one interactions, and the opportunity to work with each instructor.                     

    By workshop’s end, students will head into summer with their essays well underway and the confidence that comes with higher-level writing skills. The work you do and knowledge you’ll gain will benefit you as a senior, in college, and throughout life. 

    This course will be taught by St. Luke's teachers Frank Henson and Hunter Martin. St. Luke’s college counselors Sonia Bell and Stephen Vehslage, along with recent St. Luke’s alumni with firsthand experience of the essay and application process, will also participate in the workshop.

    The College Essay Writing Workshop
    June 25-29, 2018, 9:00am-3:00pm

    Cost: $1,200  
    Lunch is included.
     
    Register HERE. Space is limited. 
     
    Please contact Hunter Martin with any questions regarding this workshop.

    Open to the public.

    College Essay Writing Workshop Teachers
    Sonia Bell is Director of College Counseling and a member of the English faculty at St. Luke’s School. She holds a B.A. in English from Spelman College, an M.L.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and completed the coursework and comprehensive exams toward a doctorate in linguistics at the University of Georgia. Ms. Bell has also served as Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

    Frank Henson is a member of the faculty at St. Luke's School, where he teaches English 7, English 8, and Debate 8. He is the coach of the Middle School Debate Team and conducts Public Speaking Mini-Workshops. Prior to joining the St. Luke’s faculty, he worked in communications, media, and marketing for 30 years, for companies such as MTV Networks, USA Networks, Ford Motor Company, and Brooks Brothers. Mr. Henson holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from Columbia University.

    Hunter Martin is a member of the faculty at St. Luke’s School, where he teaches Modern World History, Honors Modern World History, AP European History, and interdisciplinary senior electives. He leads St. Luke’s Summer Program and assists seniors with their college essays during the school year.  Mr. Martin holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin, where his scholarship focused on the intellectual traditions and cultural politics of Europe during the twentieth century.

    Stephen Vehslage is Associate Director of College Counseling at St. Luke's School, where he also teaches A.P. US Government & Politics. Before arriving at St. Luke's, Mr. Vehslage was a long-time member of the faculty at New Canaan High School. He holds a B.A. in English from Princeton University and a law degree from New York University School of Law. In addition, Mr. Vehslage is a graduate of the Teacher Preparation Program at Yale University, where he completed a course of studies in secondary education.

July 16-20 - Open to the Public

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  • Public Speaking Workshop

    For all rising 9th-12th-grade students. The St. Luke’s Summer Public Speaking Workshop is an immersive skills-building experience for high school students who are building leadership potential, preparing for academic achievement, and seeking character enrichment. The workshop is led by St. Luke’s English teacher Frank Henson.
     
    The curriculum is comprehensive and features a blended approach of workshop instruction and activities, and online recording and review. Sessions will focus on skills acquisition, material creation, and practice. Students will learn:
    • Fundamental speech types and architectures
    • Speaking techniques
    • Storytelling and personal narrative development
    • Voice exercises
    • Active speech writing
    • Blended consumption of model speeches and best practices
    • Peer review and collaboration
    • Guest Speakers
    • Practice, Practice, Practice
    The goal is for students to leave the workshop with confidence in their public speaking skills, and to be prepared to deliver a speech of their own making.
     
    Summer Public Speaking Workshop
    July 16-20, 2018
    8:00am-1:00pm
     
    Cost: $600
    Lunch is included.
     
    Open to rising 9th-12th graders.
    Register HERESpace is limited.  

    Please contact Frank Henson with questions regarding the workshop.

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July 16-27 - Open to the Public

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  • Middle School Math Camp

    For all rising 5th, 6th and 7th graders. St. Luke's Math Camp, led by math teachers Susan Garnett and Jay Blau, will help solidify understanding of key math concepts. Students will engage in a fun review of the basics while applying those skills in the context of real-life activities.

    Decimal operations, fraction operations, integer operations and converting decimals, percents, and fractions, all key components of middle school math will be reviewed during the two-week session. A portion of each day will be devoted to exploring students’ interests outside of the classroom, whether artistic or athletic, literary or dramatic.

    Middle School Math Camp
    July 16-27, 2018, 9:00am-12:00pm
     
    Cost: $600  
     
    Open to all rising 5th-7th graders.
    Register HERE. Space is limited. 

    Watch a Middle School Math Camp promo video with math teacher Jay Blau (video created by St. Luke's Information Technologist Eli Fendelman).

    Please contact Susan Garnett with questions regarding the camp.

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August 6-9

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  • SLS Rising 10th Grade: Health Mini-Courses

    For St. Luke’s rising 10th-graders. Two of the required Health mini-courses (Technology and Healthy Relationships) are being offered over the summer. Students who register for this summer session will take both mini-courses in the same week. These two mini-courses will be available during the school year too. The summer session gives the option of completing these courses before the start of school.

    Technology (Mr. Bavone)
    The Technology mini-course focuses on how to be a well-informed digital citizen. Students will be presented with information on the dangers associated with social media, identity theft, and excessive smartphone use. They will also learn how to cultivate a positive digital footprint, think more intentionally about how to spend and structure their time in the face of digital distractions, and more thoroughly understand the ramifications of personal information stored on the cloud or accessed through app permissions. Each student will keep a journal for the duration of the course in order to more mindfully reflect on their current habits and strategize ways to make healthy, informed decisions around future technology use.

    Healthy Relationships (Mr. Ward)
    The Healthy Relationships mini-course will study the causes and potential risk factors of teen violence and how it affects teenagers in their everyday lives. We will also take a look at teen dating and relationships, in the context of what behaviors constitute healthy and unhealthy relationships. Students will learn ways dating violence can be prevented and dealt with. Students will study these topics in a variety of ways, through video, articles, and social media.


    Health Mini-Courses
    August 6-9, 2018, 9:00am-11:45am
     
    Faculty: Matt Bavone and Matt Ward
     
    Cost: $250   

    Register HERESpace is limited. 
     
    Enrolled students will complete both mini-courses across the four days.

    Please contact Summer Program Director Hunter Martin at martinh@stlukesct.org with questions about the summer mini-courses. Any questions about the overall Health and Wellness graduation requirement should be directed to Director of Studies Jim Yavenditti at yavendittij@stlukesct.org.



August 6-16

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  • SLS Rising 9-12th Grade: Humanities Seminar on N.Korea

    For St. Luke’s rising 9th-12th-grade students. St. Luke’s latest installment of its Summer Humanities Seminars will be North Korea, 1945-Today: Soviet Spectres, Totalitarianism, and the Weird World of Kim Jong-un. This two-week summer class, led by Upper School History teacher Abby Abbott, allows students to take a deep dive into timely humanities subjects that push beyond the classic high school curriculum.
     
    The Summer Humanities Seminars are blended classes. The first week will be online and include readings, video lectures, online discussions, as well as a short paper to be completed at each student’s own pace. The second week will be four on-campus, 2-hour classes. These courses will introduce college-level discussion format and work to improve students’ writing and reading comprehension.
     
    Summer Humanities Seminars
    North Korea, 1945-Today:
    Soviet Spectres, Totalitarianism, and the Weird World of Kim Jong-un
    August 6-16, 2018
     
    Week 1: Online (August 6-10)
     
    Week 2: Classroom (August 13-16, 08:00-10:00am)
     
    Student enrollment fee - $350
     

    If you have any questions, please contact Abby Abbott

    Complete course description:
    Summer Humanities Course on North Korea, 1945-Today: Soviet Spectres, Totalitarianism, and the Weird World of Kim Jong-un
     
    Cloaked in extreme secrecy, violence, and paranoia, the Kim dynasty has successfully blocked Western eyes and influence for more than 70 years. Spend two weeks this summer learning about the unintended consequences of the WWII Japanese surrender, Korean War, and the enduring Soviet legacy decades after its demise. This course will fully immerse students in the bizarre, frightening, state-run world of Kim Jong-un and the tools of oppression he employs to run his personal fiefdom.
     
    This end-of-summer seminar will not only help hone students’ humanities skills and knowledge but is also a nice transition back into the "rhythm" of school. The Summer Humanities Seminars are for enrichment, not academic credit. Please note, all summer courses are non-refundable
     

August 13-17 - Open to the Public

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  • JumpStart Algebra 2

    For all students rising into Algebra 2, Algebra 2 with trigonometry or Algebra 2 with trigonometry honors after having completed a full course in Geometry. St. Luke's JumpStart Algebra 2 will be led by Upper School Math Department Chair, Mary Frederick, a.k.a. Coach Fred. It will serve as a review of the major concepts from Algebra 1 that students need to be successful in Algebra 2. These include linear functions, systems of equations and quadratic functions. There will be a heavy emphasis on fractional equations, graphing, and factoring quadratics. The course is designed for many levels of review so there will be practice for every level and will serve as a pathway to starting the year off right in Algebra 2. The course will have minimal homework each night to practice and review. If time allows, we will review items from the Algebra 2 summer work packet. Students will leave with a practical guide to refer back to as they delve deep into these topics in the first semester of Algebra 2.

    JumpStart Algebra 2
    August 13-17, 2018, 9:00am-12:00pm
    Faculty: Mary Frederick
    Cost: $400

    REGISTER HERE. Space is limited. 

    If you are interested in participating in the workshop, but are unable to do so during these dates, please reach out to Mary Frederick at frederickm@stlukesct.org.
     

August 20-24

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  • Academic Writing Workshop (blended course-online and in class)

    For St. Luke’s rising 9th-10th grade students: Imagine hitting the ground running this fall and getting more mileage out of your efforts in humanities classes...

    This summer St. Luke’s will offer its popular Academic Writing Workshop as a two-week blended experience—combining online and classroom learning—designed to help you:
    1. Enhance your command of written English, with a particular focus on mechanics and grammar.
    2. Develop as an analytical writer, with an emphasis on structure, argumentation, use of evidence, and citation.
    The ability to write effectively is essential to academic performance in high school and college, as well as in career and life more generally. The Academic Writing Workshop is an enrichment program that will help you to extend both your knowledge of the fundamentals of English as a written language and your ability to develop a robust analysis in the disciplines of English and History.

    The online component, which introduces students to core concepts and offers opportunities to apply their learning in a practice environment, will go “live” in early August, allowing students to work at their own pace. The classroom component will extend and refine students’ online learning. For five days we’ll explore everything from diction and syntax to how to forge strong connections between your assertions and the evidence you offer in support. There will be group work, one-to-one interactions, and the opportunity to work with each instructor.

    This program was created to address some of the most common writing difficulties our 9th and 10th grade students encounter. By workshop’s end, students will be poised to save time and accomplish more with their written work during the coming school year.  

    Academic Writing Workshop
     
    "Week" 1 online
    to be completed any time between August 1-19
     
    Week 2 at St. Luke's
    August 20-24, 2018
    11:30am-2:30pm*
     
    Faculty: Abby Abbott, Ross James, Hunter Martin
     
    Cost: $400
    Lunch is included

    Please contact Hunter Martin with questions regarding the workshop and Ginny Bachman for information about financial aid.

    REGISTER HERE. Space is limited.

    *Note: The workshop does not conflict with pre-season athletics