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.

Below are offerings from Summer 2018. Please stay tuned for Summer at St. Luke's 2019 programs.

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
    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
    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.

    Open to the public.

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.

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. 

    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.

July 16-20 - Open to the Public

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