Summer

SJ Summer Programs

Every summer, Saint John's is proud to offer summer courses and programs for both Saint John's students and students throughout the community.

This year, we have expanded our program offerings by partnering with Notre Dame Academy and Venerini Academy and offering a newly expanded, robust catalog of virtual, online courses for students of all ages in a variety of interests. 

Whether your student is interested in academics, arts, athletics, college prep or any other topic, we have courses available to meet the interests of everyone! 

Summer Programs at Saint John's will run virtually this year from July 6 through July 31, 2020 in a variety of 1-, 2-, and 4- week options. 

New courses are being added daily and registration will be activated this week - stay tuned!

We very much appreciate your patience and hope you will join us for one of our exciting programs this summer!

Should you have any questions relating to Summer Programs at Saint John's, please e-mail our Directors at sjsummer@stjohnshigh.org

Pre-Secondary Courses

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  • Pre-Secondary Math & English (Full Program)

    The Pre-Secondary Summer Studies Program, for eighth graders entering the ninth grade at Saint John's in the Fall, is designed to solidify the educational background in English and Mathematics and to acquaint students with the demands of a college preparatory high school curriculum. 

    It is recommended and encouraged to all incoming members of the SJ Class of 2024.

    In addition to acclimating students to the demands of a college preparatory high school curriculum, students will engage in further curriculum, lessons on study skills, and a library orientation.

    Please see descriptions in "Pre-Secondary English" and "Pre-Secondary Math" for an overview of skills and topics covered in this combination course.

    4-WEEK PROGRAM

    DATES: July 6 - July 31, 2020
    TIME:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1.5 hours for Math & 1.5 hours for English)
    GRADE LEVEL: Saint John’s students entering 9th grade for 2020-2021 school year
    COST: $595

    2-WEEK PROGRAM

    SESSION 1

    DATES: July 6 - July 17, 2020
    TIME:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1.5 hours for Math & 1.5 hours for English)
    GRADE LEVEL: Saint John’s students entering 9th grade for 2020-2021 school year
    COST: $495

    SESSION 2

    DATES: July 20 - July 31, 2020
    TIME:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1.5 hours for Math & 1.5 hours for English)
    GRADE LEVEL: Saint John’s students entering 9th grade for 2020-2021 school year
    COST: $495
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  • Pre-Secondary English

    The primary focus of Pre-Secondary English is strengthening basic skills: grammar, sentence structure and composition, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and study techniques.

    This course provides students with the skills that will enable them to meet the challenge of a college preparatory English program with confidence and ability. Most students take this course in conjunction with the Pre-Secondary Math program.

    This program is open and strongly encouraged to any incoming Saint John's 9th grade student.

    There are two different options for taking this course: a 2-week accelerated session or a slower 4-week session.

    4-WEEK PROGRAM

    DATES: July 6 - July 31, 2020
    TIME:  1.5 Hours/Day - Weekdays from 9 AM - 10:30 AM or 10:30 AM - 12 PM.
    GRADE LEVEL: Saint John’s students entering 9th grade for 2020-2021 school year
    COST: $300

    2-WEEK PROGRAM

    SESSION 1

    DATES: July 6 - July 17, 2020
    TIME:  1.5 Hours/Day - Weekdays from 9 AM - 10:30 AM or 10:30 AM - 12 PM.
    GRADE LEVEL: Saint John’s students entering 9th grade for 2020-2021 school year
    COST: $250

    SESSION 2

    DATES: July 20 - July 31, 2020
    TIME:  1.5 Hours/Day - Weekdays from 9 AM - 10:30 AM or 10:30 AM - 12 PM.
    GRADE LEVEL: Saint John’s students entering 9th grade for 2020-2021 school year
    COST: $250
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  • Pre-Secondary Math

    This Introduction to High School Algebra is designed to reinforce the mathematics covered in the middle school years.  The course will strengthen and broaden the knowledge of basic skills in Math

    Topics include: multiplying and dividing fractions, ratios and proportions, prime numbers, equations, introduction to variables, factors, and exponents. Most students take this in conjunction with the Pre-Secondary English program.

    This program is open and strongly encouraged to any incoming Saint John's 9th-grade student.

    There are two options for taking this program: one of the accelerated 2-week sessions below or a longer 4-week session.

    4-WEEK PROGRAM

    DATES: July 6 - July 31, 2020
    TIME:  1.5 Hours/Day - Weekdays from 9 AM - 10:30 AM or 10:30 AM - 12 PM.
    GRADE LEVEL: Saint John’s students entering 9th grade for 2020-2021 school year
    COST: $300

    2-WEEK PROGRAM

    SESSION 1

    DATES: July 6 - July 17, 2020
    TIME:  1.5 Hours/Day - Weekdays from 9 AM - 10:30 AM or 10:30 AM - 12 PM.
    GRADE LEVEL: Saint John’s students entering 9th grade for 2020-2021 school year
    COST: $250

    SESSION 2

    DATES: July 20 - July 31, 2020
    TIME:  1.5 Hours/Day - Weekdays from 9 AM - 10:30 AM or 10:30 AM - 12 PM.
    GRADE LEVEL: Saint John’s students entering 9th grade for 2020-2021 school year
    COST: $250

Pre-7th Grade

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  • Pre-7th Math & English (Full Program)

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Pre-7th Courses

    COURSE NAME: Pre-7th Math & English (Full Program)

    AGE GROUP: Saint John’s Incoming 7th Graders

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The Pre-7th Summer Studies Program, for students entering the seventh grade at Saint John's in the Fall, is designed to solidify the educational background in English and Mathematics and to acquaint students with the demands of a college preparatory middle and high school curriculum. 

    It is recommended to and encouraged for all incoming members of the SJ Class of 2026.

    In addition to acclimating students to the demands of a college preparatory middle school curriculum, students will engage in further curriculum, lessons on study skills, and a library orientation.

    Please see descriptions in "Pre-7th English" and "Pre-7th Math" for an overview of skills and topics covered in this combination course.

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $495

    SCHEDULE: July 13 - July 24. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM. 

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    My name is Pete Smith and I’m the seventh grade mathematics teacher at the Br. Robert Treanor Middle School Division at Saint John’s High School. I have 14 years experience teaching middle school, formerly at Worcester Academy. I have a B.S. in Computer Science from Allegheny College, an M.A. from The Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and a STEM Leadership Certificate from NASA/Columbia University. I have a strong interest in STEM, robotics, aerospace, and enjoy finding ways to embed real-world experiences to show math is all around us! 

    My name is Lauren Favulli and I am the seventh grade teacher at the Br. Robert Treanor Middle School Division at Saint John’s High School. I have been teaching English for fourteen years to students in grades 7-12, as well as at the post-secondary level. I received my B.A. in English/Education from Assumption College and earned my M.Ed in Secondary Education from Worcester State University. Currently, I am working toward a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching from Bay Path University. I am looking forward to working with your child this summer in the English portion of the Pre-7th Grade Math & English program. I am eager to share my passion for writing and literature with your child, while also helping to prepare them for the seventh grade.
  • Pre-7th English

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Pre-7th Courses

    COURSE NAME: Pre-7th English

    AGE GROUP: Saint John’s Incoming 7th Graders

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The primary focus of Pre-7th English is strengthening basic skills: grammar, sentence structure and composition, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and study techniques. We will use a variety of short stories, poetry and other types of writing  in order to explore the different elements of English literature and language.

    This course provides students with the skills that will enable them to meet the challenge of a college preparatory English program with confidence and ability. Most students take this course in conjunction with the Pre-7th Math program.

    This program is open to and strongly encouraged for any incoming Saint John's 7th grade student.

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $250

    SCHEDULE: July 13 - July 24. Weekdays from 9 AM - 10:30 AM or 10:30 AM - 12 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    My name is Lauren Favulli and I am the seventh grade teacher at the Br. Robert Treanor Middle School Division at Saint John’s High School. I am looking forward to working with your child this summer in the English portion of the Pre-7th Grade Math & English program. I bring fourteen years of experience to the classroom and am eager to share my passion for writing and literature with your child, while also helping to prepare them for the seventh grade.
  • Pre-7th Math

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Pre-7th Courses

    COURSE NAME: Pre-7th Math

    AGE GROUP: Saint John’s Incoming 7th Graders

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course is designed to reinforce the mathematics covered in the 6th grade mathematics curriculum but also extend knowledge into Pre-Algebra concepts and topics. The goal of this course is to solidify the student’s foundation of mathematics prior to starting at Saint John’s as a Grade 7 student in the fall but also give opportunities to extend and challenge their conceptual abilities and skills. Through my experience teaching middle school mathematics, the topics chosen for this course are some of the most important to review and reinforce skills and knowledge prior to the fall. The course is open and designed for students entering both Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1A courses in the fall. 

    Topics include: Order of operations, evaluating variable expressions, one-step equations, two step equations, Positive/Negative integer operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), and introduction to exponents rules. Additional topics may include more exponent rules, combining like terms, the distributive property, multi-step equations, and linear inequalities. Most students take this in conjunction with the Pre-7th English program.

    This program is open to and strongly encouraged for any incoming Saint John's 7th-grade student.

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $250

    SCHEDULE: July 13 - July 24. Weekdays from 9 AM - 10:30 AM or 10:30 AM - 12 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    My name is Pete Smith and I’m the seventh grade mathematics teacher at the Br. Robert Treanor Middle School Division at Saint John’s High School. I have 14 years experience teaching middle school, formerly at Worcester Academy. I have a B.S. in Computer Science from Allegheny College, an M.A. from The Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and a STEM Leadership Certificate from NASA/Columbia University. I have a strong interest in STEM, robotics, aerospace, and enjoy finding ways to embed real-world lessons to show math is all around us!
  • SJ Emerging Leaders: Learning Leadership

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: More

    COURSE NAME: SJ Emerging Leaders: Learning Leadership 

    AGE GROUP: Current & Incoming Saint John’s Students (any grade)

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In this course, students will develop and deepen their understanding of the concepts of leadership. Student participants are supported in thinking critically about their personal leadership styles and strengths, while also reflecting on the purpose of “leadership” in their lives and in their communities. Through small and large group discussions, team building activities, and reflections, students will actively pursue topics such as collaborative leadership, leadership styles, ethics, and decision making while exploring the power of risk-taking, communication, and facilitation.

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $250 (for either session)

    SCHEDULE 

    Session 1: July 6 - July 17. Weekdays from 1 PM - 4 PM.

    Session 2: July 20 - July 31: Weekdays from 1 PM - 4 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Mr. Renju Paul serves as a campus minister and religion teacher at Saint John’s High School. He holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Boston College and currently a candidate at Boston University for the doctoral program. He has a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education and practices it as a part-time Chaplain in various hospital and hospice settings. His experience as a teacher, social worker, campus minister, and Chaplain supplement his teaching experience in leadership and its varying forms. In his free time, he spends time writing Iconography and working in his yard.

    WATCH VIDEO: https://flipgrid.com/s/c09b919e3863

College Prep

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  • College Essay Bootcamp

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: College Prep

    COURSE NAME: College Essay Bootcamp

    AGE GROUP: High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course, intended for rising seniors, will take students through the process of composing engaging, authentic, well-written personal statements. Students will consider how they wish to brand themselves as they move through the process of brainstorming, drafting, and editing. They will read and discuss samples that work, share and workshop their own writing, and receive regular feedback from the instructor. The goal is to end the session with a workable draft that can be used on the Common Application in the fall.

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week 

    COST: $150

    SCHEDULE: July 6 - July 10. Weekdays from 6 PM - 9 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    I have been teaching literature and writing at the high school level, both here in the States and abroad, for nearly three decades, and I currently teach senior English at Notre Dame Academy. Through my undergraduate studies at Holy Cross and graduate degree at Middlebury College, I became passionate about the power of the written word as both communication and artistic expression. Exploring the writing of others helps us not only to gain knowledge and understanding, but also to become more effective communicators ourselves. A self-proclaimed grammar nerd, I love exploring the intricacies and logic of expression.
  • SAT Prep & College Essay Writing

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: College Prep

    COURSE NAME: SAT Prep & College Essay Writing

    AGE GROUP: All students entering grades 9 - 12.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course provides students with the tools they need to achieve their highest SAT (or PSAT) scores as well as practice in writing their College Application Essays. In addition to overall test strategies, students will be taught the specific Concepts and Skills that are tested in the Math, Reading, & Writing portions of both the PSAT and SAT. Through direct instruction, peer collaboration, and individual work, students will benefit from a variety of effective learning strategies to help them accomplish their college prep goals.

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks

    COST: $425 (for either Session)

    SCHEDULE

    Session 1: 
    July 6 - July 17. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM

    Session 2: 
    July 20 - July 31. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Mr. Michael Hughes has been a member of the Saint John’s High School Religious Studies Department since 1998. Mr. James Kelly has been a member of the Leominster High School Mathematic Department since 2003. In 2008, we began offering SAT Prep courses and have continued to do so every year since with great success. Our students have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in merit-based college scholarships and have secured more college acceptances due to their score increases. 
     

Academics

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  • Become a Citizen Scientist!

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Academics

    COURSE NAME: Become a Citizen Scientist!

    AGE GROUP: Middle School (Session 1) and High School (Session 2)

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Explore different apps and websites that will make you a scientist from home! Citizen science is the collection and analysis of data about the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a project with professional scientists. Students will learn to use online tools that allow them to collect and send their findings about the environment around them to professional scientists to use for science research! Related science topics will include epidemiology (study of diseases), meteorology (study of weather), ecology (study of Earth's ecosystems), and environmental science.

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week    

    COST: $150

    SCHEDULE  

    Session 1 (Middle School): July 6 - July 10. Weekdays from 1 PM - 4 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Greetings everyone! My name is Bradley Agostinelli! I'm 29 years old and live in Brighton, MA with my wife and 4 month old daughter. I have undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University in Environmental Analysis & Policy and Secondary Science Education respectively. I'm currently a 7th grade science teacher at Clark Avenue School in Chelsea, MA. I'm really looking forward to offering this course because I feel like it's an opportunity for us to explore our surrounding environments in new ways and realize that all of us have a role in understanding and contributing to the world of science!

    WATCH VIDEO: https://flipgrid.com/s/1eb32b20fbf0
  • Creative Writing to Publish

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Academics 

    COURSE NAME: Creative Writing to Publish

    AGE GROUP: High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Creative Writing to Publish focuses on just that…writing to publish short stories, a novel, novella, play or poetry. This course is not limited to working on your chosen literary work, but also discusses the process of how to find an agent (and what you need to do to get there), as well as the steps of publishing once you've found an agent. If schedules allow, one guest speaker will be featured in class each week, including a novelist, a playwright, and possibly a published poet. Disclaimer: there is no guarantee that a student will become published during, or after this course.

    COURSE LENGTH: Four Weeks

    COST: $450

    SCHEDULE: July 6 - July 31.  Weekdays from 1 PM - 4 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Elisabeth Gilbride began working at Notre Dame Academy as an English teacher in March. Prior to starting her teaching career, she spent 12 years working as a freelancer and editor in the equine industry. She ran the Equine Journal, formerly the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar, since 2010, and has been published in regional and national publications including Massachusetts Horse, Chronicle of the Horse, Sidelines, and Young Rider, to name a few. Her motto is to "dream big, but start small if you need to," and she looks forward to sharing this concept with students to help them launch their writing careers.
  • Intro to Freelancing

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Academics 

    COURSE NAME: Intro to Freelancing

    AGE GROUP: High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Intro to Freelancing is intended to help students get started in freelance writing for a media outlet. It covers the basics of writing shorts, news articles, features, and profiles; how to request or find an editorial calendar from an editor or a publication's website; how to write a query letter to an editor; and how to write your article once you've been assigned one. If schedules allow, there will be a featured guest speaker—journalist, editor, and blogger—in class each week. Disclaimer: there is no guarantee that a student will become published during, or after this course.

    COURSE LENGTH: Four Weeks

    COST: $450

    SCHEDULE: July 6 - July 31. Weekdays from 6 PM - 9 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Elisabeth Gilbride began working at Notre Dame Academy as an English teacher in March. Prior to starting her teaching career, she spent 12 years working as a freelancer and editor in the equine industry. She ran the Equine Journal, formerly the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar, since 2010, and has been published in regional and national publications including Massachusetts Horse, Chronicle of the Horse, Sidelines, and Young Rider, to name a few. Her motto is to "dream big, but start small if you need to," and she looks forward to sharing this concept with students to help them launch their writing careers.

    WATCH VIDEO: https://flipgrid.com/s/243b0bb73f45

  • Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Academics

    COURSE NAME: Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin 

    AGE GROUP: Middle School, High School, and Adult

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In principio erat Verbum, et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum.” (John 1:1) The merits of studying Latin are multitudinous and far reaching. Some might ask ‘why should we be studying a dead language?’ Latin, however, is far from dead, and is rather the key to classical ideas relevant for the modern world. Before writing the Letter from Birmingham Jail, did Martin Luther King, Jr. read St. Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Law in the original Latin? If not, you will. To have a more direct connection with some of the great minds of the past, we must jump into the wonders and difficulties of the Latin language. ‘E pluribus unum?’

    We will streamline the process of an introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin by providing context as well as tips and tricks that will make Latin more accessible. In this two week course, you will learn pronunciation, basic grammar, as well as parsing (a method for translation) by reading through St. John’s Gospel, and other liturgical texts. (The first line above reads “In the beginning was the Word…”) By the end of the course, you will receive the necessary foundations to continue your journey into the ‘vulgar’ tongue of the “Eternal City.” 

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $250 

    SCHEDULE: Weekdays July 6 - July 17 from 9 AM - 12 PM. 

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Salve! My name is Brianna Bollack and I am currently a junior at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, in New Hampshire. Originally from Dallas, I tested into upper level Latin courses and spent two years at the University of Dallas as an English major, with a minor in Philosophy and Latin. This will be my sixth year of studying Latin, with an emphasis on Classical Latin texts such as The Aeneid, Poetry of Catullus and Orations of Cicero. I have plans to teach Classics and Latin in High School after I graduate.
  • Introduction to Mandarin Chinese

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Academics 

    COURSE NAME: Introduction to Mandarin Chinese

    AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Mandarin Class is an introductory course for students who are from non-Chinese speaking environments to learn Chinese as a foreign or second language.

    After completing this course, students should be able to:
      - Develop basic communication skills in everyday conversational context;
      - Recognize Chinese Pinyin, grammar and basic writing;
      - Increase awareness and understanding of Chinese culture and society;
      - Recognize basic Chinese characters;
      - Be motivated to pursue further study of Chinese.

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks

    COST: $250 (for either session)

    SCHEDULE  

    Session 1: July 6 - July 17. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.

    Session 2: July 20 - July 31. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM. 

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    I am excited to offer this course. My name is Ning (Nell) Zhang, and I am a teacher at Notre Dame Academy. You can call me Zhang Lao Shi, that means teacher Zhang. I’m an anthropologist by training, and I love languages and cultures. I am a native speaker of Chinese. I was born and raised in Beijing, China. I love Chinese peoples and cultures, and I can’t wait to share my knowledge about China with you!

    In this class I aim to provide you with a conducive and fun learning environment so that you will find learning Mandarin not only useful but also fun. 
  • Prepare for Algebra 1

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Academics

    COURSE NAME: Prepare for Algebra 1

    AGE GROUP: 8th & 9th grade students preparing to take Algebra 1

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This class, for rising 8th or 9th graders, will provide them with the foundation they need to succeed in their Algebra I course for the ‘20-’21 school year. Topics covered will be Real Numbers, Order of Operations, Algebraic Expressions, Solving LInear Equations, and Solving Systems of Linear Equations with multiple variables. 

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $250

    SCHEDULE: July 13 - July 24. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    I have been a math teacher at Notre Dame Academy for 4 years and am also a 1991 graduate of NDA. I have taught Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra 2 from grades 8-11. I am passionate about my role in helping students have success in math and love sharing with them that math is “more than just numbers.”
  • Science and Engineering Practices Bootcamp

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Academics 

    COURSE NAME: Science and Engineering Practices Bootcamp

    AGE GROUP: Middle School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In this course, middle school students will take a deep dive into the world of science by learning about and engaging with the science and engineering practices. This course will use many fun, digital tools to complete activities to learn about the eight science and engineering practices: asking questions, developing & using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, & communicating information. This class is referred to as a “bootcamp” because the science and engineering practices are used throughout the secondary science curriculum These practices help students understand how science knowledge develops and helps make their science knowledge meaningful and embeds it into their worldview.

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks    

    COST: $250

    SCHEDULE: July 20 - July 31. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Hello! My name is Kristen Outler, and I am the science teacher at the Brother Robert Treanor Middle School Division at Saint John’s High School. I have been teaching middle school science for eight years, and I am passionate about igniting a love for science through engaging online activities, group work, and interactive experiences. I graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Biology and Biotechnology, and I thoroughly enjoy showing students the link between engineering and science. I am excited to offer this course because I strongly believe it will translate directly into a deeper understanding of science in the classroom and the world around us.

Arts

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  • A Study on Star Wars

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Arts 

    COURSE NAME: A Study on Star Wars

    AGE GROUP: High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    “Long long ago, in a galaxy far away…”
    The world of cinema and pop culture has never been the same since those iconic words graced the silver screen.

    The following course includes:
      - Discussing all 11 Star Wars films
      - Analyzing the films visual styles, themes, and meaning
      - The effects Star Wars has had on Hollywood

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week   

    COST: $150

    SCHEDULE: July 6 - July 10. Weekdays from 6 PM - 9 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    My name is Tom Zupicich. I graduated from John Paul the Great Catholic University in Escondido, California. While there, I spent four years studying film and graduated with my degree in Screenwriting. Since then I’ve been working as a videographer and helped work on various local productions in the state of Massachusetts.

    I’m so honored and excited to be teaching this class. My hope is that you will finish this course having not just a greater appreciation for the filmmaking process, but being able to apply this knowledge to better analyze and have a deeper connection with your favorite movies.
  • Film Analysis

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Arts 

    COURSE NAME: Film Analysis

    AGE GROUP: High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Ever wonder what goes into making a movie? All the moving parts from beginning to end? And when it all comes together, what are movies trying to say?

    This course includes:
      - An in depth look at the filmmaking process
     - Breaking down the various film departments (ex. screenwriting, cinematography, sound design, editors, etc.) and what they do
      - Learning how to analyze and understand visual styles, themes, and meaning in films
      - Watching movies!!!

    COURSE LENGTH: Four Weeks   

    COST: $450

    SCHEDULE: July 6 - July 31. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    My name is Tom Zupicich. I graduated from John Paul the Great Catholic University in Escondido, California. While there, I spent four years studying film and graduated with my degree in Screenwriting. Since then I’ve been working as a videographer and helped work on various local productions in the state of Massachusetts.

    I’m so honored and excited to be teaching this class. My hope is that you will finish this course having not just a greater appreciation for the filmmaking process, but being able to apply this knowledge to better analyze and have a deeper connection with your favorite movies.
  • Geometry in Art

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Arts

    COURSE NAME: Geometry in Art

    AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In this class you will learn about how Geometry influences all types of art. From the Chinese art of Tangrams, to the stories told by quilts, the influence on Native American Art and the Golden Ratio as it applies to art. This is a great way to explore the boundaries of what math can do.  

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week 

    COST: $150

    SCHEDULE: July 6 - July 10. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.   

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    I have been a math teacher at Notre Dame Academy for 4 years and am also a 1991 graduate of NDA. I have taught Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra 2 from grades 8-11. These projects we will be doing in Geometry in Art were enrichment projects I did with my 10th-grade class this year. I love sharing with my students that math is more than just numbers.
  • Harry Potter: From Page to Screen

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY:  Arts

    COURSE NAME: Harry Potter: From Page to Screen 

    AGE GROUP: High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Join the class to take a deep dive into the cinematic world of Harry Potter!

    The course includes:
      - Discussing all 8 Harry Potter films
      - The pros and cons of adaptation
      - Analyzing the films styles, themes, and meaning
      - The effects Harry Potter has had on Hollywood

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week

    COST: $150

    SCHEDULE: July 20 - July 24. Weekdays from 6 PM - 9 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    My name is Tom Zupicich. I graduated from John Paul the Great Catholic University in Escondido, California. While there, I spent four years studying film and graduated with my degree in Screenwriting. Since then I’ve been working as a videographer and helped work on various local productions in the state of Massachusetts.

    I’m so honored and excited to be teaching this class. My hope is that you will finish this course having not just a greater appreciation for the filmmaking process, but being able to apply this knowledge to better analyze and have a deeper connection with your favorite movies.
  • Intro to Graphic Design

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Arts

    COURSE NAME: Intro to Graphic Design

    AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Over the course of the week, students will learn the basics of Graphic Design - not only through the use of the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign & Photoshop) but also the thoughts and planning to consider ahead of beginning a graphic project or assignment. Instruction will include the basics of the communications mindset, project set-up, exploration of common design tools, best practices in communicating through design - with a culminating final project for students to present at the week’s end. 

    At the end of the course, students will leave comfortable with the basics of design programs and be prepared to continue to practice and execute any desired design project from home - invitations, flyers, stickers, postcards, business cards, or any other print or digital design of their choosing!

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week 

    COST: $150

    SCHEDULE 

    Session 1 (max 20 students): July 13 - July 17. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM

    Session 2 (max 20 students): July 20 - July 24. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Hi! My name is Liz Withers - I am the Director of Communications at Saint John's High School. Having received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Journalism, and a Master's in Marketing, my career in the communication field, coupled with my creativity, quickly led me to the art of promoting messages through graphic design. As a self-taught designer, I have honed the craft over the past ten years - now fluent in the creation of all types of graphic design materials for both professional or personal use. 

    Currently, in my role as Director of Communications at Saint John's High School, I am able to not only help shape and craft the desired messaging for the school - whether it be for events, admissions, advancement solicitations, magazines, etc. - AND work to support those messages through graphic design! 

    At home, I enjoy graphic designing for my family and friends and have become the go-to designer for birthday, wedding, and shower invitations, greeting cards, and much more. 

    Graphic design is a tremendous skill to have in your back pocket and I very much look forward to sharing this creative outlet with boys and girls throughout the region!
  • Intro to Screenwriting

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Arts

    COURSE NAME: Introduction to Screenwriting

    AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course will begin with watching and analyzing a classic film as a group. Then we will begin writing scenes! The students will then choose whatever genre and subject that interests them. We will edit each other’s work so everyone will leave with at least one well-written and enticing scene in their creative portfolio. 

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $250

    SCHEDULE: July 20 - July 31. Weekdays from 1 PM - 4 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    I am a freelance editor and writer, working with the Merrimack Repertory Theater in New Hampshire. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Writing for the Stage and Screen, and producing an original screenplay, I have begun my career as a teacher, ghostwriter, and editor. I have helped students of all ages and abilities to develop their creative imaginations and am very excited to help you hone your skills in bringing stories to life.
  • Jazz and Rock Ensemble with Improvisation

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Arts

    COURSE NAME: Jazz and Rock Ensemble with Improvisation

    AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course is designed to help students (beginner-advanced) understand how to improvise melodies and rhythms over chord progressions. Jazz and rock music will be the primary focus. We will spend time as a whole class, in small group sessions, and meet individually with the teachers throughout this 2 week course. Students will be learning about: Building Repertoire; Improvisation; Song Arranging; Ear Training; Music Theory; Recording Technology; and Performance Skills. We will be creating virtual recording projects for the culmination of the course.

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks    

    COST: $425 (for either session)

    SCHEDULE 

    Session 1: July 6 - July 17. Weekdays from 1 PM - 4 PM.

    Session 2: July 20 - July 31. Weekdays from 1 PM - 4 PM.

    (Note: Session 2 will only run if Session 1 goes over max capacity)

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    My name is Anthony Beaudry. I have been performing and teaching music for 25 years. Early in my professional career, I spent time playing saxophone, clarinet, and flute on the road with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra led by Buddy Morrow. I studied improvisation with Yusef Lateef while at school at UMass at Amherst, after which I completed work on a book: One Hundred and Twenty Three Duets for Treble Clef Instruments by Yusef Lateef. I have been the band director at Hopedale Jr.-Sr. High School since 1997 and I am looking forward to working with a colleague, Steve Skop, to co-teach this class.

    My name is Steve Skop. I am a bassist, bass teacher and ensemble director. I have been performing and teaching in the Greater Boston/Worcester Areas for over 30 years.  Currently, I teach studio bass at Anna Maria College, Foxborough High School, Thayer Academy and through my home studio in Millis, MA. I am the director of the jazz ensemble at Anna Maria College. I also direct jazz and rock ensembles at Thayer Academy and Venerini Academy. I love working with students of all ages and levels. I am excited to offer classes with Anthony Beaudry through the SJ Summer Program.If you would like to learn more about my teaching and performing experience, please visit my website: www.steveskop.com.

    WATCH VIDEOS: 
    https://flipgrid.com/s/15f7d7d0ab8a 
    https://flipgrid.com/s/ec3bf4c811f4

  • Modern Dance and Choreography (High School)

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Arts

    COURSE NAME: Modern Dance and Choreography (High School)

    AGE GROUP: High School 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In this course, students will learn and perform dance technique in a fusion of different styles of dance, including modern, contemporary, and ballet. This class is designed for students of all levels who want to explore and experience the art of dance. Each class will begin with a warm up, instruction, and time to work on your own choreography. On the last day of class, each student will present their choreography for their classmates. 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week  

    COST: $150

    SCHEDULE: July 20 - July 24. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    My name is Trinity Hughes and I am a student at Virginia Commonwealth University where my major is Dance and Choreography. I have been dancing since I was 2 years old. Since then, I have explored my love for dance through studio classes, competing, and attending master classes with professionals in the industry. I have trained in many styles, including modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, and tap. At the age of 13, I became an assistant teacher at my studio, followed by assisting in a community dance program and have assisted in putting together dance productions. I now teach online classes for a local studio. 
  • Modern Dance and Choreography (Middle School)

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Arts

    COURSE NAME: Modern Dance and Choreography (Middle School)

    AGE GROUP: Middle School 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In this course, students will learn and perform dance technique in a fusion of different styles of dance, including modern, contemporary, and ballet. This class is designed for students of all levels who want to explore and experience the art of dance. Each class will begin with a warm up, instruction, and time to work on your own choreography. On the last day of class, each student will present their choreography for their classmates. 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week  

    COST: $150

    SCHEDULE: July 13 - July 17. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    My name is Trinity Hughes and I am a student at Virginia Commonwealth University where my major is Dance and Choreography. I have been dancing since I was 2 years old. Since then, I have explored my love for dance through studio classes, competing, and attending master classes with professionals in the industry. I have trained in many styles, including modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, and tap. At the age of 13, I became an assistant teacher at my studio, followed by assisting in a community dance program and have assisted in putting together dance productions. I now teach online classes for a local studio. 
  • Snapshot: The Art of Framing Photos and Videos

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Arts

    COURSE NAME: Snapshot: The Art of Framing Photos and Videos 

    AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In this course, we will examine: what are the principles and commonalities between beautiful shots (both still and moving)? what are the technical aspects that affect a shot? and finally, we will work to capture both still images and videos with these practices in mind. A DSLR digital camera is recommended for this course, though not required. (Note...It is intended/hoped that some of the top student work will be published in the Summer Program’s Journal, Concordia.)

    COURSE LENGTH: Four Weeks

    COST: $200

    SCHEDULE: July 7- July 30: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 PM - 8 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    I have been enamored with filmmaking for the last five years, and I love to share and discuss my newly minted knowledge and experience with others. In May of 2019 I graduated from High Point University with a communications degree in Documentary Media. I’ve worked as a freelance short-form documentarian, spent two summers as a videographer at a day camp, and currently work for the Concord, MA PEG access station as Lead Producer. My most recent production is the SJ Summer Program Commercial that can be viewed on this website!

Athletics

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  • Athletes: Faster, Stronger and Injury Free

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Athletics

    COURSE NAME: ATHLETES: Faster, Stronger and Injury Free

    AGE GROUP: Middle School, High School, Adult

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The 2-week Camp will focus on mobility, correct form, different training protocols, pre-hab, re-hab for common injuries, bodyweight/core training, and nutrition and hydration for performance. All fitness levels are welcome! Athletes will recover quicker and increase their range of motion, which in turn will allow them to increase their strength and agility WITHOUT injury! I will perform fitness assessments and modify the training so each athlete will come away with the tools, training and information necessary to be successful in their sport. 

    (Note: This course will be held LIVE on the Saint John’s campus by the Tennis Courts. We will go inside the SJ Gymnasium in case of rain. Athletes should please bring a foam roller and a lacrosse ball for optimal use.)

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $350

    SCHEDULE: July 6 - July 17. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM 

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    My name is Deanna Towns and I have been running, working out and competing since I was 12. When I wasn’t running, I was studying nutrition and fitness and I’m so excited to offer these camps! I teach MS Physical Education at West Boylston MHS, I am the head Cross Country Coach at Notre Dame Academy (4 seasons), and I own a fitness studio called KYA Fitness. I'm a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, a CrossFit Kids Trainer, a NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and I have a YogaKids certification. I have a BS in Physical Education from Bridgewater State University and a M.Ed from Boston College.
  • Field Hockey Program: Shamrock Performance

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Athletics 

    COURSE NAME: Field Hockey Program: Shamrock Performance

    AGE GROUP: Students entering grades K - 12.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The mission of Shamrock Field Hockey is to teach the game of field hockey by providing a fun and enjoyable experience. At Shamrock Field Hockey we share our passion and enthusiasm for field hockey by designing the curriculum to meet the needs of each participant whether she is a beginner or preparing to enter her senior year of high school.

    Shamrock Field Hockey hopes to teach several values: hard work, persistence, teamwork and good sportsmanship. These standards allow for much success.

    Programs and clinics for players at every level. Younger players and beginners are provided with a curriculum that teaches the basics of field hockey while having fun and making new friends. Experienced players will be presented with a curriculum that combines the fundamentals with advanced skills and tactics. The program participants will be divided by age and not skill. Shamrock Field Hockey is open for grades K-12. 

    *If the staff believes a participant can compete at an advanced level, the parent or guardian will be contacted first.

    *All participants are required to bring their own equipment; sticks, goggles, shin guards, water bottles and a snack. Masks are mandatory.

    *During social distancing and when a participant can perform a skill 6 feet apart, they do not have to wear a mask. Shamrock Field Hockey is not responsible for refrigerating snacks or water.

    *Some equipment will be available to borrow with Covid appropriate protocols. Contact Summer Program Director(s) with inquiries. 


    COURSE LENGTH: One Week 

    COST: $225

    SCHEDULE: July 20 - July 24. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Meighan Allison, a graduate of Notre Dame Academy and the University of Rhode Island, has been a staple in the field hockey world for over 20 years. After coaching at the collegiate level for most of her career, Meighan changed her audience and taught 7th and 8th grade PE & Wellness for the past year at her Alma Mater, Notre Dame Academy.

    Meighan was a member of the University of Rhode Island field hockey team, earning Rhode Island's Team Senior Award in 1995. She graduated from the school with a bachelor's degree in arts and sciences (with a concentration in journalism) in 1999. Meighan obtained her MBA in Management in May of 2014 from Franklin Pierce University. Originally Meighan Guiney, she was married to Robert Allison in January 2013. The couple have three children, seven year-old Brannagh Noreen, three year-old Paul Francis and one year-old, Briah Corinne.
  • Nu-Yoga for Athletic Performance

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Athletics

    COURSE NAME: Nu-Yoga for Athletic Performance

    AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School and Adults

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Do you want to run faster? Do you want to jump higher or lift heavier? What should you eat to fuel your body? Nu-Yoga for Athletic Performance is crucial for any student athlete to increase/improve athletic performance by focusing on core strength, mobility, range of motion, balance and breathing. The nutrition piece will focus on nutritional needs for a student athlete, the truth about sugar and sports drinks and how food affects performance. (Note: This course will be held LIVE on the Saint John’s or Notre Dame campus.)

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week    

    COST: $225

    SCHEDULE: July 20 - July 24. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    My name is Deanna Towns, I started running and competing when I was 12 and haven't stopped yet, which is why I'm very excited to offer this Running Camp! I teach MS Physical Education at West Boylston MHS, I am the head Cross Country Coach at Notre Dame Academy (4 seasons), and I own a fitness studio called KYA Fitness. I'm a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, a CrossFit Kids Trainer, a NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist and I have a YogaKids certification. I have a BS in Physical Education from Bridgewater State University and a M.Ed from Boston College.
  • Run the Mile You're In

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Athletics

    COURSE NAME: Run the Mile You're In 

    AGE GROUP: Middle School, High School, and Adult

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    There is no better metaphor for life than the struggle of running. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it. In this course, we will examine the sport of running from the perspective of Ryan Hall, America’s record holder in the half marathon and a 2:04 time at the Boston Marathon in 2011. His book, Run the Mile You’re In, is a story about his journey from being a teenager discovering the sport to being a professional athlete. We will read the book, discuss some running tips, and connect through the sport we love. 

    This course is for beginners and advanced runners alike. The instructor will provide coaching for your 4 weeks during the course based on your current level of fitness. You will need to buy the book and we will have weekly reading and discussions related to Ryan’s story. ISBN: 978-0-310-3537-6

    COURSE LENGTH: Four Weeks

    COST: $200

    SCHEDULE: July 6 - July 31. Mondays and Thursday from 1 PM - 2 PM. 

    If allowed by the school and the state government, we may try to get together for a jog at some point during the course.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Mr. Christopher Benestad will be the course instructor. Mr. Benestad has been teaching at Saint John’s since the fall of 1999. During that time he has coached cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. Mr. Benestad has also run more than 20 marathons with a personal best of 2:41 at both the Philadelphia Marathon and the Boston Marathon. Mr. Benestad competes in road races from 5k through marathon on a yearly basis but his favorite race is an 8k Cross Country race. Mr. Benestad loves to read about running and learn the tricks of the trade from biographies and autobiographies of professional athletes.
  • Tennis Program (Elementary School - Age 6 to 9)

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Athletics

    COURSE NAME: Tennis Program (Elementary School): Chris Ellis Tennis Academy

    AGE GROUP: Boys and Girls Ages 6-9

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This tennis program is for children ages 6-9. The tennis program will include technique instruction and fun games. Parents can have three expectations with this program. First, they can expect that their child will have a great time. I create a positive upbeat atmosphere and organize every drill and game in a way that will keep your child engaged, smiling, and excited. Second, parents can expect that their child’s tennis game will improve. I have spent thousands of hours researching how the top tennis coaches in the world successfully teach younger children. Third, parents can expect that their child will learn the application of life values to tennis. I’ve organized each drill and game to emphasize certain values such as positivity, mutual support, critical thinking, patience, grit, compassion, fearlessness, humbleness, organization, and active listening. 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week 

    COST: $225

    SCHEDULE: July 20 - July 24. Weekdays from 8 AM - 10 AM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Chris says, “I finished my junior tennis career ranked #1 in New England in the 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s. During this time, I was coached by Francisco Montoya who coached both Serena and Venus Williams. I went to Bates College where I finished a two-time All-American. I received a scholarship to New England Law and I am currently in my third year of law school. I created the Chris Ellis Tennis Academy to use tennis as a vehicle to teach tennis players the same values I learned as a Saint John’s student such as unconditional love, positivity, mutual support, critical thinking, patience, grit, compassion, fearlessness, humbleness, organization, and active listening. Check out the many articles and videos I have made about the five essentials of tennis (technique, strategy, mindset, fitness, and nutrition) on the videos and articles section of my website: chrisellistennisacademy.com
  • Tennis Program (HS Underclassmen - Age 13 to 15)

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Athletics

    COURSE NAME: Tennis Program (HS Underclassmen): Chris Ellis Tennis Academy

    AGE GROUP: Boys and Girls Ages 13-15.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This tennis program is for 8th graders, freshmen, and sophomores. We will start each camp with a dynamic warmup that will improve your child’s mobility, flexibility, quickness, and strength. Then I will show your child the proper technique on the forehand, backhand, serve, and volley’s that the professional tennis players are currently using. We will master the technique of each shot through feeding drills. Then, we play fun games and matches where your child can practice the different shots he/she learned in a competitive yet mutually supportive atmosphere. Parents can have three expectations with this camp. First, they can expect that their child will have a great time. I create a positive upbeat atmosphere and organize every drill and game in a way that will keep your child engaged, smiling, and excited. Second, parents can expect that their child’s tennis game will improve. I have spent thousands of hours researching how the top tennis coaches in the world successfully teach junior tennis players. Third, parents can expect that their child will learn the application of life values to tennis. I’ve organized each drill and game to emphasize certain values such as positivity, mutual support, critical thinking, patience, grit, compassion, fearlessness, humbleness, organization, and active listening. 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week 

    COST: $225

    SCHEDULE: July 20 - July 24 Weekdays from 2 PM - 4 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Chris says, “I finished my junior tennis career ranked #1 in New England in the 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s. During this time, I was coached by Francisco Montoya who coached both Serena and Venus Williams. I went to Bates College where I finished a two-time All-American. I received a scholarship to New England Law and I am currently in my third year of law school. I created the Chris Ellis Tennis Academy to use tennis as a vehicle to teach tennis players the same values I learned as a Saint John’s student such as unconditional love, positivity, mutual support, critical thinking, patience, grit, compassion, fearlessness, humbleness, organization, and active listening. Check out the many articles and videos I have made about the five essentials of tennis (technique, strategy, mindset, fitness, and nutrition) on the videos and articles section of my website: chrisellistennisacademy.com
  • Tennis Program (HS Upperclassmen - Age 16 to 18)

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Athletics

    COURSE NAME: Tennis Program (HS Upperclassmen): Chris Ellis Tennis Academy

    AGE GROUP: Boys and Girls Ages 16-18

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This tennis program is for 16-18 year olds. We will start each camp with a dynamic warmup that will improve your child’s mobility, flexibility, quickness, and strength. Then I will show your child the proper technique on the forehand, backhand, serve, and volley’s that the professional tennis players are currently using. We will master the technique of each shot through feeding drills. Then, we play fun games and matches where your child can practice the different shots he/she learned in a competitive yet mutually supportive atmosphere. Parents can have three expectations with this camp. First, they can expect that their child will have a great time. I create a positive upbeat atmosphere and organize every drill and game in a way that will keep your child engaged, smiling, and excited. Second, parents can expect that their child’s tennis game will improve. I have spent thousands of hours researching how the top tennis coaches in the world successfully teach junior tennis players. Third, parents can expect that their child will learn the application of life values to tennis. I’ve organized each drill and game to emphasize certain values such as positivity, mutual support, critical thinking, patience, grit, compassion, fearlessness, humbleness, organization, and active listening. 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week 

    COST: $225

    SCHEDULE: July 20 - July 24. Weekdays from 5 PM - 7 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Chris says, “I finished my junior tennis career ranked #1 in New England in the 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s. During this time, I was coached by Francisco Montoya who coached both Serena and Venus Williams. I went to Bates College where I finished a two-time All-American. I received a scholarship to New England Law and I am currently in my third year of law school. I created the Chris Ellis Tennis Academy to use tennis as a vehicle to teach tennis players the same values I learned as a Saint John’s student such as unconditional love, positivity, mutual support, critical thinking, patience, grit, compassion, fearlessness, humbleness, organization, and active listening. Check out the many articles and videos I have made about the five essentials of tennis (technique, strategy, mindset, fitness, and nutrition) on the videos and articles section of my website: chrisellistennisacademy.com
  • Tennis Program (Lower Middle School - Ages 10 to 12)

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Athletics

    COURSE NAME: Tennis Program (Lower Middle School): Chris Ellis Tennis Academy

    AGE GROUP: Boys and Girls Ages 10-12

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This tennis program is for children ages 10-12. The tennis program will include technique instruction and fun games. Parents can have three expectations with this camp. First, they can expect that their child will have a great time. I create a positive upbeat atmosphere and organize every drill and game in a way that will keep your child engaged, smiling, and excited. Second, parents can expect that their child’s tennis game will improve. I have spent thousands of hours researching how the top tennis coaches in the world successfully teach younger children. Third, parents can expect that their child will learn the application of life values to tennis. I’ve organized each drill and game to emphasize certain values such as positivity, mutual support, critical thinking, patience, grit, compassion, fearlessness, humbleness, organization, and active listening. 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week 

    COST: $225

    SCHEDULE: July 20 - July 24. Weekdays from 11 AM - 1 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Chris says, “I finished my junior tennis career ranked #1 in New England in the 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s. During this time, I was coached by Francisco Montoya who coached both Serena and Venus Williams. I went to Bates College where I finished a two-time All-American. I received a scholarship to New England Law and I am currently in my third year of law school. I created the Chris Ellis Tennis Academy to use tennis as a vehicle to teach tennis players the same values I learned as a Saint John’s student such as unconditional love, positivity, mutual support, critical thinking, patience, grit, compassion, fearlessness, humbleness, organization, and active listening. Check out the many articles and videos I have made about the five essentials of tennis (technique, strategy, mindset, fitness, and nutrition) on the videos and articles section of my website: chrisellistennisacademy.com

Other

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  • Arabic Summer Program

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Other

    COURSE NAME: Arabic Summer Program البرنامج العربي الصيفي

    AGE GROUP: All Ages

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Marhaba, "Arabic Summer Program" "البرنامج العربي الصيفي" is a course where students will learn Arabic online from home. Students can go online and see their friends, work in groups, and learn Arabic all at once and all online! This course is for all ages, to learn Arabic for one whole week! In this one week, students will learn all about the Arabic language, the Arab culture, countries, geography, and even the cuisine! Students will enjoy learning about Arabic letters, words, even some sentences! Also how to make Arabic food, such as hummus, and draw the Arab countries, such as Lebanon! 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week     

    COST: $150

    SCHEDULE: July 20 - July 24.  Weekdays from 1 PM - 4 PM

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Marhaba, My name is Hiam Francis. Arabic is my native language and I am very excited to offer this course: "Arabic Summer Program" "البرنامج العربي الصيفي".

    I am fluent in Arabic and French. I studied French Literature at Damascus University, I earned my History degree from Worcester State University and have over 20 years of experience teaching languages.

    I currently teach French at Venerini Academy but I taught languages online before, where I worked as a Language Course Developer at Mango Languages as a Levantine Arabic Course Developer online.

    I love teaching students the joy of communicating in another language.
  • Family Creative Cooking Class

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: More

    COURSE NAME: Family Creative Cooking Class

    AGE GROUP: All Ages 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This one week interactive class will be an excellent time to spend as a family. This class is designed to explore different areas of nutrition through cooking. Each day the class will discuss a "hot" nutrition/food-related topic and then will have the opportunity to prepare a recipe that relates to the topic. The topics that will be covered (and this is subject to change) include, "Clean eating;" "Gluten free cooking;" "Cooking with food allergies;" "Seasonal cooking;" and "Recipe modification." The class participants will receive a full shopping list one week prior to the start of class to ensure that they have the ingredients on hand that will be needed for the recipes for the class. The class will be divided into three parts. The first part of class will include an instruction/sharing time about the topic for the day. This time will also include a family trivia to check knowledge that was shared the prior day - prizes may be awarded. The second part of class will be the "cooking time" while staying on zoom. The families or individuals will "break out" from the class and prepare the recipe provided for the day. During this time, the instructor will be available for questions and tips - the zoom will remain running the entire time. The final part of class will include 30 minutes to eat as a family, and then the class will come back together for discussion, feedback and questions. Each class will end with a preview of the following day. At the end of the week, each family/individual will receive a tip/cheat sheet based on the topics covered during the week. This is intended to be fun and bring families together. 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week 

    COST: $150

    SCHEDULE:

    Session 1: July 13 - 17. Weekdays frm 6 PM - 9 PM.

    Session 2: July 27 - July 31. Weekdays from 6 PM - 9 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Hi! My name is Laura Berg. I am currently the new Health and Wellness Teacher at Venerini Academy in Worcester. I have my teaching license in Health and Family and Consumer Sciences for all levels. I also have my BS Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and worked as a program nutritionist for WIC prior to having my children. I live in Worcester with my family, and I have three children ages 16, 14, and 12. I love the water, and have spent the last 10 years coaching a competitive swim team. I am passionate about Health and Wellness and believe that the best way to learn life-long healthy habits is to learn them while you are young. I am excited to be a part of this summer program!

    WATCH VIDEO: https://flipgrid.com/s/9b79a49cf004

  • Intro to Journalism

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Other

    COURSE NAME: Introduction to Journalism

    AGE GROUP: High School and Adult

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course will guide students through each step needed to craft a newsworthy article, from identifying stories and interviewing individuals involved to developing a clear and compelling voice in their news-writing. Instruction will include a mix of guided exercises and opportunities to explore and write independently as fledgling reporters. Students will also receive an introduction to photojournalism, as well as tips on navigating social media in order to develop stories. The final classes of the course will guide students through curating and then presenting a portfolio of their work, a critical skill for promoting oneself as a journalist. (Note...It is intended/hoped that some of the top student work will be published in the Summer Program’s Journal, Concordia.)

    COURSE LENGTH: Four Weeks 

    COST: $200

    SCHEDULE: July 6 - July 29. Mondays & Wednesdays from 12 PM - 3 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    I am a reporter for The Rhode Island Catholic, with an extensive background in journalism (including several awards from the Catholic Press Association). I am a graduate of both Villanova University (MA in Theology) and Salve Regina University (English and Religious Studies, with minors in Journalism and French). Story-telling is a very powerful tool for changing the world, so I am excited to help students develop the skill!
  • Robotics and Engineering: Developing STEM Skills

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Other

    COURSE NAME: Robotics and Engineering: Developing STEM Skills

    AGE GROUP: Middle School and  High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Students work in small (five students or fewer), guided on-line groups on CAD, Building, modifying, and Programming of robots and machines. Task groups will be led by leading members of the Pioneer Robotics (FTC) team. 

    For programming, we will use Arduino, and for building, we will use and modify an Elegoo Uno R3 car kit. If you are already proficient in Arduino or have extensively used an Elegoo kit, this course may not be enough of a challenge for you. All others, be ready for tele-op and autonomous programming and competition.  

    In addition to the course fee of $250, each participant will need to purchase an Elegoo kit ($73). Here is a link to purchase this kit.

    In addition, each participant will also need to purchase the Sunfounder Arduino kit (approximately $25). Here is a link to purchase.

    Please allow 3 days for shipping if you have Amazon Prime; 8 days if you do not have Prime.  
     
    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks   

    COST: $250

    Plus approximately $100 for Elegoo R3 kit and extra parts. (Links to purcahse the kit & parts are found in the Course Description paragraphs above). 

    On a first-come, first serve basis, our Dev. Team has five Elegoo kits available for purchase for $80, a $20 discount. Please e-mail the instructor, Dr. Tonelli, at etonelli@stjohnshigh.org if you would like to purcahse one of these discounted kits. Please include a street address for shipping. 


    SCHEDULE: July 6 - July 17. Weekdays from 1 PM - 4 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Dr. Tonelli has taught physics and engineering through project based learning for 25 years, and has mentored the Saint John's FTC Pioneer Robotics team for the last 3 years. 
  • SJ Emerging Leaders: Learning Leadership

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: More

    COURSE NAME: Emerging Leaders: Learning Leadership 

    AGE GROUP: Current & Incoming Saint John’s Students (any grade)

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In this course, students will develop and deepen their understanding of the concepts of leadership. Student participants are supported in thinking critically about their personal leadership styles and strengths, while also reflecting on the purpose of “leadership” in their lives and in their communities. Through small and large group discussions, team building activities, and reflections, students will actively pursue topics such as collaborative leadership, leadership styles, ethics, and decision making while exploring the power of risk-taking, communication, and facilitation.

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $250 (for either session)

    SCHEDULE 

    Session 1: July 6 - July 17. Weekdays from 1 PM - 4 PM.

    Session 2: July 20 - July 31: Weekdays from 1 PM - 4 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Mr. Renju Paul serves as a campus minister and religion teacher at Saint John’s High School. He holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Boston College and currently a candidate at Boston University for the doctoral program. He has a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education and practices it as a part-time Chaplain in various hospital and hospice settings. His experience as a teacher, social worker, campus minister, and Chaplain supplement his teaching experience in leadership and its varying forms. In his free time, he spends time writing Iconography and working in his yard.

    WATCH VIDEO: https://flipgrid.com/s/c09b919e3863

  • STEM Career Exploration Series

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Other

    COURSE NAME: STEM Career Exploration Series 

    AGE GROUP:  Middle School and High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course will give students a unique look into many careers in the STEM field. Students will learn about the basics of a career, review current event information involving the career, and get the opportunity to participate in a live Q&A session with a professional in the field. There will be at least 2 live Q&A sessions held weekly, and students will be given the opportunity to reflect on the careers they are learning about in an interactive manner by keeping a digital notebook to be used for future reference.

    COURSE LENGTH: Four Weeks

    COST: $450

    SCHEDULE: July 6 - July 31. Weekdays from 6 PM - 9 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Hello! My name is Kristen Outler, and I am the science teacher at the Brother Robert Treanor Middle School Division at Saint John’s High School. I have been teaching middle school science for eight years, and I am passionate about igniting a love for science through engaging online activities, group work, and interactive experiences. I graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Biology and Biotechnology, and I thoroughly enjoy showing students the link between engineering and science. I am excited to offer this course because I strongly believe it will translate directly into a deeper understanding of science in the classroom and the world around us.
  • TED-Ed Club

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: More

    COURSE NAME: TED-Ed Club

    AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Begun in 1984 as a one-time conference, TED talks have become a worldwide movement to inform, educate, and inspire. This four-week course will introduce students to the process of creating their very own TED-style talk. Using materials from the TED-Ed Clubs website, students will identify a topic about which they are passionate, research information about their topic, and then write, record, and share their very own TED talk. Students will survey professional and student TED talks, engage in self-directed research, give and receive feedback on peers' work, and finally, write and perform their very own TED talk. This course will be particularly helpful for those students who desire to develop their public speaking abilities, improve their research skills, and identify solutions to problems that impact our world. At the end of the four weeks, students will have created and recorded their very own TED talk to share with their family, friends, and school communities. 

    COURSE LENGTH: Four Weeks 

    COST: $200

    SCHEDULE: July 6 - July 31. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 PM - 4 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    For the past 15 years, I have worked at Saint John's High School as a Religious Studies teacher, administrator, and Campus Minister (fortunately, not all at the same time!). I graduated from St. Joseph's University with a B.A. in Theology and Philosophy, served two years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (a yearlong full-time service program), and then received a Masters of Theological Studies degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now a part of Boston College). I am very excited to offer this opportunity to help students find their voice and share their ideas with the world.
  • Ways to Pray

    SJ SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: More

    COURSE NAME: Ways to Pray 

    AGE GROUP: All Ages

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    What comes to mind when you think of prayer – reciting the Our Father or Hail Mary? Maybe informally talking to God? These are both good, but maybe you’d like to try something new. Join us for a week of exploring different forms of prayer and meditation - labyrinths, prayer walking, Lectio Devina and more. St. Teresa of Avila says of prayer, “Do that which best stirs you to love”. The possibilities are endless! Come away from the week with some new ideas to connect more fully with God, yourself, and the world around you.

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week  

    COST: $150

    SCHEDULE: July 6 - July 10. Weekdays from 6 PM - 9 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    My name is Pam Mason and I’m a Religious Studies teacher at NDA. I have Bachelor’s Degrees in both Psychology and Elementary Education from UMASS Amherst and a MA in Teaching from Emmanuel College. I am a “lifer” in Catholic Education, having attended K-12 at the Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro, and I have taught for 13 years at the elementary and high school levels in the Boston, Worcester, and Manchester, NH Dioceses. I look forward to offering some new ways to connect more deeply with God, yourself, and the world around you!