Summer programs 2017

 

St. Paul Academy and Summit School offers a wide range of academic, arts, and enrichment activities during the summer months.  All students are welcome to attend Summer at SPA programs; participants do not need to be enrolled at SPA to participate.

Click the title of a workshop below to see a full description, including activities, day and time, cost, and a link to secure online registration.

 

Chess Camp

Improve your chess skills working in a small group setting with other enthusiastic players. Some basic skills required.

Teacher: Douglas Hare has competed successfully in many local, national, and international tournaments. He has been teaching chess to students of all levels in the Twin Cities since 1997. Many of his students and teams have earned awards at the state and national level. He has also been the SPA Lower School chess instructor for more than a decade.

Dates:  July 10-14, 2017
Time:  9-11:30 a.m.
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 2-6 in the fall of 2017, and younger students with instructor's permission
Enrollment maximum:  12
Tuition: $195

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Creative Science

Do you love science? Are you a creative thinker? Do you like to make projects and know why they work? In this camp, we will be doing science experiments as we learn why crystals form, how materials conduct electricity, and the differences between acids and bases. Participants will set up the lab equipment and make the materials themselves, and then use what we start in the lab to make creative art projects. We will paint with solutions such as lemon juice and detergent on a treated canvas. We will make bookmarks, cards, or badges that light up with conductive thread and LED lights. We will design crystals on the 3-D printer. We will make soap and other interesting projects. Join us for a week of exploration and creative fun. Cost includes all supplies and equipment and students will be able to bring home their creations!

Teacher: Stacy Overgaard is passionate about science and art, and teaches Middle School science at SPA.

Dates: June 12-16, 2017
Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 5-8 in fall 2017
Enrollment maximum: 15
Tuition: $375

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Debate Institute

Led by Tom Fones, coach of St. Paul Academy and Summit School’s award-winning Upper School debate team, students will learn or deepen their skill with the Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum methods of debate. The Debate Institute will also feature videotaped practice opportunities, guest speakers, and a focus on each individual's skill development. Prior debate experience not required. Typically, beginning debaters work together while advanced debaters have more challenging tasks.

Teachers: Tom Fones, coach of SPA's award-winning debate team, Aaron Shuler, Upper School History teacher and Heather Fairbanks, Assistant Debate Coach.

Dates: July 24-28, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Randolph Campus
Lunch: Students should bring a lunch from home each day
Open to:
 Students entering grades 9-12 in fall 2017
Enrollment Maximum:30
Cost: $425

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Film and Frolic: Movie-Making Camp, Session I: Two weeks

In 2017, Film & Frolic will be offered in both its traditional one-week format (Session 2, July 24-28), as well as in an extended two-week format (Session 1, July 10-21). All iMovie experience levels are equally welcome in both sessions. Session 1 will provide filmmakers with more time to either go deep with one movie, and/or to create a second one. Session 1 also features twice the field-trip time, doubling the number of shooting backdrops and creative opportunities.

The digital age has put the power to make masterful movies in the hands of regular citizens, but few students (let alone adults) have any clue where to begin. Film & Frolic is part feel-good summer camp, part amateur-filmmaking camp, and entirely about having fun. In the process, we will build a 21st-century skill that uniquely pushes our creative limits.

Students entering grades 6-9 will collaborate to conceive, cast, storyboard, film, edit, soundtrack, and produce one or more movies on SPA’s varied and picturesque Randolph Campus. All post-production editing and sound design will be done by students using Macs and iMovie. We will screen our works on the final afternoon. Additionally, we will enter prominent international student filmmaking competitions.

Students will create documentaries, live-action comedies and dramas, music videos, or whatever most inspires them. We will also engage in plenty of good indoor and outdoor frolicking -- dabbling in everything from sardines, to world cup soccer, to capture the flag. By camp’s end, students will have exercised their brains and bodies, and will have a newfound knack and appreciation for filmmaking.

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day.

Teacher: Bobak Razavi, SPA Middle School English and Social Studies Teacher, and Grade 7 Team Leader. Mr. Razavi generates iMovies on a regular basis for both school and play, coordinates student movie-making experiences year round at SPA, and has led such experiences with students from a dozen Minnesota and Wisconsin schools.

Date: July 10-21, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 6-9 in fall 2017
Enrollment maximum: 25
Tuition: $720

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Film and Frolic: Movie-Making Camp, Session II: One week

In 2017, Film & Frolic will be offered in both its traditional one-week format (Session 2, July 24-28), as well as in an extended two-week format (Session 1, July 10-21). All iMovie experience levels are equally welcome in both sessions. Session 1 will provide filmmakers with more time to either go deep with one movie, and/or to create a second one. Session 1 also features twice the field-trip time, doubling the number of shooting backdrops and creative opportunities.

The digital age has put the power to make masterful movies in the hands of regular citizens, but few students (let alone adults) have any clue where to begin. Film & Frolic is part feel-good summer camp, part amateur-filmmaking camp, and entirely about having fun. In the process, we will build a 21st-century skill that uniquely pushes our creative limits.

Students entering grades 6-9 will collaborate to conceive, cast, storyboard, film, edit, soundtrack, and produce one or more movies on SPA’s varied and picturesque Randolph Campus. All post-production editing and sound design will be done by students using Macs and iMovie. We will screen our works on the final afternoon. Additionally, we will enter prominent international student filmmaking competitions.

Students will create documentaries, live-action comedies and dramas, music videos, or whatever most inspires them. We will also engage in plenty of good indoor and outdoor frolicking -- dabbling in everything from sardines, to world cup soccer, to capture the flag. By camp’s end, students will have exercised their brains and bodies, and will have a newfound knack and appreciation for filmmaking.

NOTE: All students should bring a bag lunch each day.

Teacher: Bobak Razavi, SPA Middle School English and Social Studies Teacher, and Grade 7 Team Leader. Mr. Razavi generates iMovies on a regular basis for both school and play, coordinates student movie-making experiences year round at SPA, and has led such experiences with students from a dozen Minnesota and Wisconsin schools.

Dates: July 24-28, 2017

Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 6-9 in fall 2017
Enrollment maximum: 20
Tuition: $385

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It's about 50-50: Mathematical Modeling and Forecasting for the Real World

Have you ever wondered why nuclear war hasn't happened yet? Or do you want to accurately predict the outcomes of political elections? Have you questioned the predictability of the stock market? Want to figure out how to pick the best shoes to wear outside, how disease spreads, or which football team really has the best running back? We will address questions like these and more! This workshop provides students with an intensive introduction to the real world applications of mathematical modeling. This will be done through engaging experiential learning: Investigating natural phenomena in current and historical events and finding statistical patterns within them. Students will study the principles of probability, statistics, game theory, and other mathematical concepts with the aim of better interpreting quantitative data and making meaning of the past, present, and future.

Teachers: Ryan Oto teaches Upper School history at SPA and loves philosophizing about educational issues. He is currently working on an MA in curriculum and instruction at the University of Minnesota and enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, hiking, and rock climbing.

Dates: June 12-16, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students who have completed Algebra II at minimum (or permission of instructors)
Enrollment Maximum: 20
Cost: $195

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Maker Camp: Gaming

This camp is for all types of game lovers! During the week, participants will play a variety of board games, role playing games, active games, and even some video games. Students will also develop their own games and game pieces using 3D printing, circuits, lasercutting, and programming.

Teachers: Chelsie Jolley is SPA’s Lower School Technology Coordinator who LOVES playing games. Some of her favorite games are The Legend of Zelda (video game), Mansions of Madness (board game), and Cake Ball (a game she made up with friends that is kind of like volleyball on a tennis court with a giant pilates ball).

Esther Neu is Twin Cities German Immersion School’s K-8 technology coordinator. In her free time, Esther likes to play board games like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Power Grid -- especially when she can get her hands on a German copy of the game. Esther made up an aqua tag game called “Zoidberg,” which she likes to play with her nieces and nephews.
Dates: June 19-23
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Goodrich Campus, Room 312
Open to: Students entering grades 4-6 in fall 2017
Enrollment Maximum: 20
Cost: $365

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Maker Camp: Soft Circuits

In this camp, students will participate in a hands-on workshop to learn the basics of circuit design using paper, textiles, and electronic components. Students will complete three circuit projects and will end the week with a small kit of parts they can take home. Projects will include a greeting card, a simple soft circuit, and a more advanced project. No prior electronics or sewing experience required.

Teachers: Kate Lockwood and Tami Brass
Date: June 19-23
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Randolph Campus, Upper School Robotics Lab
Open to: Students entering grades 7-12 in the fall.
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Cost: $375

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A Week at Hogwarts: Writing Workshop

The universal fame of the world’s favorite boy wizard and his story provides us with a common text. We will read Rowling’s work as well as articles about it; watch clips from the movies; debate; play a modified version of Quidditch; write with quills (or pens that look like quills, anyway); and write about Harry, his world, and what it tells us about our own Muggle world. Dumbledore’s lessons to Harry become a metaphor for the essay-writing process. Each participant will walk away from the workshop having written at least one smart and engaging essay that makes and supports a claim about J.K. Rowling’s influential epic.

Teacher: Andy Hueller, Middle and Upper School English teacher at SPA. Mr. Hueller is the author of four novels for children and young adults inicluding, Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle (2010), Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth (2011), and a novel that teaches essay writing: How I Got Rich Writing C Papers (2012).

Dates: June 19 - 23
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Randolph Campus
Open to: Students entering grades 6-12 in the fall of 2017
Enrollment maximum: 15
Tuition: $195

Register Here

MITY ExplorSchool

The Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth offers the ExplorSchool for students in grades 4-6. The program meets at SPA’s Middle School on the Randolph Campus June 19 - 30. Check their website for more information.

Cancellation policy: We are able to refund 100% of the tuition for cancellations by April 1, 2017.  Between April 2 and May 15 we are able to refund 50% of the tuition. After May 15, we are not able to refund any tuition. Please contact Matt Edens for help processing any cancellations.

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