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Summer in the City 2013
 
 
In addition to our successful two-week day camp for students in grades K through 6, BWL has expanded its summer program to include more courses designed for Middle and Upper School Students. Offerings for June 2013 include four Middle School camps that take place during the same two-week period as the Lower School camp, beginning on Monday, June 17 and ending on Friday, June 28. In the Upper School, we are offering five summer courses that provide academic course credit, beginning in June and ending by August 1.
Please note that the building is closed during the July Fourth week; none of the Summer In The City programs will meet during the week of July 1-5. All courses require the enrollment of seven or more students; courses without this enrollment minimum will be cancelled.
 

The Summer In The City program for Lower School is divided into two age groups, K through 2nd, led by Connie Schaefer, and 3rd through entering 6th grade, led by Amy Meyers. Both sections provide students with daily field trips to exciting destinations throughout New York City, and a chance to socialize with friends during activities at BWL each day. Beginning on June 17 and ending on June 28, Lower School Summer In The City fills the gap between the end of school and the beginning of most traditional camps. Forms will be available soon for sign-up; for more information about Summer In The City, please contact Connie or Amy: cschaefe@gbwl.org or ameyers@gbwl.org

Science In The City returns for a third summer, offering a two-week course (June 17-28) which complements the Middle School science curriculum. Led by Heather Patino, Melanie Arigo, and Max March-Steinman, Science In The City promotes hands-on learning and includes creative scientific field trips, with an emphasis on environmental science and sustainability. Special highlights will include visiting an urban farm and cardboard boat races. For more information contact Heather, Melanie or Max: hpatino@gbwl.org, marigo@gbwl.org, mmarchsteinman@gbwl.org

New this year is BWL Math Camp, an innovative and hands-on two-week experience for incoming 6th through 9th grade students, who will explore various Math concepts through team building exercises and fascinating field trips. With a virtual immersion trip to the New York Hall of Science, culminating in the creation of a probability game show, and a trip to the newly opened Museum of Mathematics, BWL Math Camp will be thought provoking and stimulating for all students. To learn more, contact Michele Weitz or Michele Goldstein: mweitz@gbwl.org or mgoldstein@gbwl.org

On the humanities side, Bards In The City returns for a second summer. This is a two-week creative writing program for BWL students entering 6th through 9th grade. Each grade level will explore different forms and genres, as the 6th and 7th graders explore The Art of Character and 8th and 9th graders explore The Art of Narration. The daily schedule includes interactive warm-up exercises, free writing time, and collaborative workshops, with exciting field trips to the Whitney Museum and the Central Park Zoo. Led by Lori Kennedy and Laura Kerr, the course includes a weekly Literary Café. To learn more about Bards In The City, contact Lori or Laura: lkennedy@gbwl.org or lkerr@gbwl.org

Another new addition this year is Classic Films, a two-week exploration of some of the greatest films of all time. Middle School students will have the opportunity to discuss, analyze and write alternate scenes. Through reviewing the original screenplays, students will learn how a movie is written and keep their own journals about the films they have seen. They will have a chance to be both reviewers and directors by sharing their views and having peers act out their newly written scenes. For more information, contact Marilyn Schulman: mschulman@gbwl.org

For Upper School students, the summer offerings all carry course credit that will go on each student’s transcript. Courses begin in mid-June and end no later than August 1. Specific course offerings include:

Algebra 11: Designed for students who wish to advance their progress in the mathematics program. Students who successfully complete this course will be prepared to take Precalculus 11 in their junior year, enabling them to take a more competitive Math course load thereafter. Students wishing to participate must receive the recommendation of their current Math teacher. Dates: June 17-August 1, Monday through Thursday, 9-12:30. Please contact Emily Sayles: esayles@gbwl.org

Precalculus: Open to any student entering Tenth, Eleventh or Twelfth Grade in the fall who has completed Algebra II. Designed for students who wish to advance their progress in Math and take the appropriate level of Calculus in the Eleventh or Twelfth Grade, this course will be demanding. The level of Calculus taken in the fall will be based on the teacher’s assessment of the student’s performance. The course will meet for four hours each day, with approximately two hours of homework each night. Dates: June 13-June 28; continuing July 22-31, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please contact David Vuckovich: dvuckovich@gbwl.org

History Through Satire: This course aims to familiarize students with satire as a literary genre and political tool. We will study various forms and types of satire, and seek to recognize the techniques that satirists use, bringing into relief aspects of political events that traditional commentators may ignore. We will study and revisit social and political events, past and current, from the perspective of Aristophanes, Cervantes, Swift, Chaplin and Colbert, to name just a few. Dates: June 18-July 16, twice a week from 9-1:00. Please contact Lambert Gingras: lgingras@gbwl.org

Filmless Photography: This class will use a multitude of photographic techniques and materials to pursue art projects that do not require ordinary film or cameras. We will build a variety of handmade cameras and take them out in the field to use them, experimenting with optics and perspective. We will spend time outdoors (making pinhole pictures and exposing hand-coated emulsions) and indoors (processing in the darkroom and computer lab) and will also visit a number of exhibits in local museums and galleries. Dates: June 18-July 31, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please contact: jmkaufman@gbwl.org

Introduction to Psychology: An introduction to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students will be introduced to systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals, using select references to focus on abnormal psychology. Students will be required to sign up online to access resources through Psychportal. For incoming 10th through 12th grade students. Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30-noon, for five weeks beginning on June 18. Please contact: mclifford@gbwl.org

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