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Teacher: Steph Demko
Dates: One week sessions from June 15 - July 6 (9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Prerequisite: For students in fourth grade and up

In Summer Cooking Class, students will have the opportunity to develop their own cooking skills. The recipes chosen will be ones that students can independently create. We will make an assortment of foods including breakfast, lunch, and dinner options as well as some quick snacks and of course, a few desserts!  We will also talk about the importance of a balanced diet and fueling our bodies. A survey will be sent to students prior to the course to allow for student input into the recipe choices. A grocery list for the week will also be supplied prior to the week's classes. 

These sessions are taught by Steph Demko. Tr. Steph has worked in the middle school at Friends Select for the past eight years. She has taught 5th-grade math and social studies, 6th-grade social studies, and recently became one of the middle school deans. In her free time, she enjoys running and being active and trying out new recipes! She also loves watching the Food Network and is excited to cook with you this summer!

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Words, Words, Words

Teacher: Ashley Opalka
Dates: July 13 - July 23 No class on July 17 (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
Prerequisite: For students who are in middle school

This course will delve into the weird and wonderful aspects of language. We will look at the wild world of English and other languages, too: where words come from, unusual words, how language has changed and continues to change. Each day will focus on a different theme, from lost English to ancient alphabets.

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Spanish Conversation

Teacher: Cynthia Vainstein
Dates: June 22 - 26 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Prerequisite: For students who have completed Spanish III

The course will focus on talking about current events in the world, watching a movie and news. We will practice different verb tenses in a fun way.

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College Essay Writing

Teacher: Suzanne Morrison and Tracy Matthews
Dates: June 29 - July 3 (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch at 12:00 p.m.)
Prerequisite: For students entering twelfth grade

Summer is here, and with it, there will be time to start drafting your college essay.  To set you up for a productive start to the college process, Friends Select English Department and College Counseling Office are pairing up to offer you the opportunity to learn more about the significance of the college essay, to draft and workshop an essay, and to get feedback and guidance in writing your essay.

No matter where you are in the process--just gathering some ideas or actually beginning a draft--this 3-day course will give you skills that can enhance all of your writing for the college process.  Through a combination of mini-lessons in large group format, smaller group workshop time, and one-on-one conferencing with one of the teachers, this course will help you cultivate an authentic voice, write specifically for the college admissions audience, and learn how to make your writing come alive with more showing detail and less telling. 

In order to participate in this process, you will need access to Zoom (audio and video), google documents, and email. 

This course is taught by Suzanne Morrison and Tracy Matthews.

Suzanne Morrison has been teaching English for thirty years at both the college and secondary-school level. As a private tutor, an English teacher at several independent schools, and an educational consultant, Suzanne has worked extensively with students on their writing; for many of those years, she has led college essay workshops.  She is currently English Dept chair at Friends Select School.

Tracy Matthews has read and critiqued thousands of college essays for Friends Select students in her role as Director of College Planning at Friends Select for the past 18 years, as a consultant to and volunteer with various community-based and summer scholar programs, and as a college admissions professional at Princeton University and Swarthmore College

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Rising Upper School Academic Writing Intensive

Teacher: Margaret Smith
Dates: July 20 - 24 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

This course will guide students through the fundamentals of writing an evidence based essay for humanities courses. Students will hone their skills gathering evidence, using MLA citation, structuring an essay outline, and writing a full essay that makes an analytic argument. The City of Philadelphia will be the subject of our writing, and all reading and researching for evidence will be conducted during the course. No prior knowledge is necessary, but homework will be required. Students will leave the class with a structure they can use on future assignments and individualized feedback.

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Art Classes for Rising Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders

Teacher: Dan Deslaurier
Prerequisite: Students will be rising third, fourth, or fifth graders during the coming 2020-21 school year. 

Choose your favorite from five different weekly sessions, or try all five!  

Lower School Art Classes SummerSessions


Session 1: My Summer Sketchbook  
Date: June 15 - 19, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $245

Student artists will learn a variety of decorating techniques and create painted papers with which they can design their own hand-stitched sketchbook. We’ll take our books out on virtual walks along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to enjoy our own sketching adventures!

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Session 2: Awesome Animation (NEW OFFERING)
Date: June 22 - 26, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $245

Student artists “draw” inspiration from Parkway landmarks while learning about the principles of animation and creating hand-drawn flipbooks and 18th and 19th Century animation toys!

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Session 3: Parkway Pillows
Date: June 29 - July 2, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (closed July 3)
Cost: $195

Student artists work from sketches and photographs of scenes from the Ben Franklin Parkway to create images which can be drawn on or transferred to fabric and hand-sewn onto their own personally designed stuffed pillow!

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Session 4: My Mosaic
Date: July 6 - 17, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $490 (two weeks)      

Student artists virtually visit mosaics around the city for inspiration, learn about and experiment with a variety of materials and techniques while designing one-of-a-kind mosaic panels. (This session will feature a virtual field trip to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens!)

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Session 5: Savasana Stuffies  
Date: July 20 - 24, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $245

Students learn about and practice the yoga position of Savasana (the relaxation pose) and how it helps one to clear their minds and relax their bodies. We’ll design and sew small stuffed friends, inspired by Parkway Icons, to hold on our bellies during the pose, a tool to help us focus on breathing deeply and remaining still.

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These sessions are taught by Dan Deslaurier, who earned his Master’s degree in PK-12 Art Education from The University of the Arts. Teacher Dan has taught visual art at Friends Select School in grades pre-kindergarten - 4th grade for the past 19 years. Teacher Dan enjoys creating in all art media though his favorite artistic pastime is the craft of papercutting. His work has been exhibited at Main Line Art Center, A Bit of the Arts Holiday Fair, and The Eyes Gallery.

Algebra I Readiness (Algebra Prep)

Teacher: Sowmya Srinivasan
Dates: July 6 - 17 (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
Cost: $175
Prerequisite: For students entering Algebra 1 (typically Grades 8 or 9)

This course will review topics needed for students to enter into the 9th grade Algebra I course. It will be a review of important Pre-Algebra topics including word problems, operations with fractions and decimals, and solving basic equations.

This course is taught by Sarah Kelly, upper school math teacher and department chair at Friends Select School. Prior to joining the Friends Select faculty in 2018, she spent 8 years at Moorestown Friends School serving as an upper school math teacher, a lead advisor, a coach, and the assistant director of Summer Scholars Programs.

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City Sketchbook

Teacher: Fred Kogan
City Sketch 1
Dates: June 15 - 26, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $460 

City Sketch Advanced 
Dates: July 6 - 101:00 - 3:00 p.m
Cost: $230 

City Sketch SummerSession

IIn both courses, students will have the opportunity to virtually travel to exciting locations in Philadelphia and other major cities around the world, where they will draw and paint subject matter using online resources. They will be encouraged to work energetically, to be self-motivated, and to relate drawing and painting to self-discovery. Students will learn about the basic art elements, such as line, tone, value, hue, proportion, perspective, texture, and modulation. Finally, students will learn concepts of compositional structure: picture plane, cropping, movement, symmetry, proportion, and craftsmanship. Students will learn the major characteristics of the various drawing and painting media, including pencil, charcoal, Conte crayon, India ink, colored pencil, oil pastel, Sharpie marker, and watercolor.

Supply List for City Sketchbook and City Sketch Advanced

This course is taught by Fred Kogan, who studied industrial design at Kent State University and art education at Parsons School of Design/Bank Street College of Education. Fred has taught art at Friends Select School in grades 5 - 8 for the past 16 years, and has taught City Sketchbook for the past 15 years. In his own work, Fred enjoys drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. His work has been exhibited at The Plastic Club, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Tyler School of Art/Rome. Fred loves drawing and painting from observation in Center City and his goal is to inspire young artists to become passionate urban sketchers.

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Teacher: Ralph Reinwald
Dates: June 15 - July 24 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) 
Cost: $975
Prerequisites: B+ or higher in Algebra II, a love of mathematics, and no chalk allergies (teacher recommendation required)

This intensive course prepares students for calculus. It covers trigonometric functions and their graphs, right triangle trigonometry, polar coordinates and complex numbers, sequences and series, and limits of functions. An introduction to calculus topics will be covered if time permits.

This course is taught by Ralph Reinwald, upper school math teacher at Friends Select. He has been with the school since 1971 in a variety of roles including, math teacher for grades 6-12, technical drawing teacher, Latin teacher, History electives teacher, summer program math teacher, math department chair, student advisor, and business manager.

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Teacher: TBD
Dates: June 15 - July 24 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Cost: $975
Prerequisite: Completed Algebra 1 (teacher recommendation required)

Geometry SummerSessions

This intensive course covers the standard full-year geometry curriculum. Upon successful completion of this course, students are prepared for the next level math course.

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