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Summer 2020 Online Courses

Summer 2020 Online Courses

Please find descriptions and links to register for courses your child(ren) can take with Park teachers this summer! More courses to come, so please check back!

While all courses are synchronous (there will be direct instruction as a group at the same time each day) some classes will have projects and assignments outside of the set class time.

Questions? Please contact Shri Puri (spuri@parkschool.net).

***Note: 8 participants are needed to run each course***

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Girls Who Rock (added 6/30)

Instructors: Adele Dinerstein and Maeve Royce

Dates/Hours: 7/20-7/31 from 10-11 a.m. (Synchronous)

Age: 12 and up 

Tech Needs: A device to access Zoom</p

Other Requirements: a notebook and writing utensil

Cost: $150

Description: Girls Who Rock(GWR) — using songwriting ideas from those identifying as female and learning the basics of recording software to preserve them. GWR will be based on Women in Rock repertoire and readings; it is project-oriented with a focus on becoming comfortable with audio production and understanding more about acoustics and basic recording techniques. All GWR will participate in the talent and production ends of music-making. Open to all female and non-binary students, ages 12 and up.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Yoga for Male Athletes — Students Who Identify as Male (added 6/23/20)

Instructors: Carla Guarraia and Heather Freas-Kostic

Date/Hours: Wednesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. — July 1, 8, 15, 22 (Synchronous)

Age: 14-18

Tech Needs: A device to access Zoom 

Required Materials: Yoga mat

Cost: $150

Description: Males are the group least engaged with yoga, despite the power of yoga to improve strength, flexibility, and stress management. This active yoga course will challenge every participant and will lead to a substantially reduced risk of injury in subsequent sports seasons. Together, we will set the culture of the class so you have fun and enjoy your yoga experience. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Yoga for Student Athletes (added 6/23/20)

Instructors: Carla Guarraia and Heather Freas-Kostic

Date/Hours: Wednesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. — July 29, Aug 5, 12, 19 (Synchronous)

Age: 14-18

Tech Needs: A device to access Zoom 

Required Materials: Yoga mat

Cost: $150

Description: This active yoga course will challenge every participant and will lead to a substantially reduced risk of injury in subsequent sports seasons. Together, we will set the culture of the class so you have fun and enjoy your yoga experience.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Sexuality in the News (added 6/22/20)

Instructor: Debbie Roffman

Date/Hours: July 6-31 Tuesdays and Fridays from 9-10:15 a.m. (Both Synchronous and Asynchronous)

Age: Grades 9-12

Tech Needs: A device to access Zoom 

Cost: $150

Description: Sexuality in the News: Students will read and discuss both assigned and self-selected news, opinion, and feature articles relating to “human sexuality,” a subject matter encompassing all aspects of life that are meaningfully connected to sex, gender, and reproduction (including COVID-19!). In doing so, the class will explore the depth and breadth of this topic as its connects to: health, relationships, families, communication, personal and human values, social justice, ethics, law, politics, religion, race, ethnicity, history, cross-cultural study, economics, the sciences, medicine, literature, the arts, media, the Internet, business, income inequality, and more. They will come away with an understanding of and appreciation for human sexuality as perhaps the most broadly interdisciplinary topic of all. Each student will write and submit one opinion piece or two “Letters To the Editor” on sexuality-related current events topics of their choice

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“Mrs. America”: The Epic Battle Over the Equal Rights Amendment (added 6/22/20)

Instructor: Debbie Roffman

Date/Hours: July 20-July 31,  Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., (Both Synchronous and Asynchronous)

Age: Grades 9-12

Tech Needs: A device to access Zoom 

Required Materials: Free Trial Hulu Subscription (only applies for this one featured series)

Cost: $150

Description: Through a deep dive into the lives of the key players and personalities on both sides of this raging political fight, students will acquire in-depth knowledge about the unsuccessful battle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, and about the ways in which it ignited the broad-based “culture wars” that still divide the Americans today. To bring these past and present issues to the fore, students will watch and discuss the widely acclaimed Hulu series (9 episodes) “Mrs. America”; research the factual basis of the film and identify fictionalized accounts where they exist; research any aspect of the life and times of a particular character in the series; and research a particular aspect the tumultuous “culture wars” of today through the lens of these events in the 1970s.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Uncover Your Truth: Exploring Creative Non-fiction Writing

Instructors: Heather Freas-Kostic and Nicole Scott 

Date/Hours: July 6-17, 1-2:30 p.m. (Synchronous) 

Age: 11-14

Tech Needs: Need a personal device and access to the internet. Students will also need an email address and access to Google products.

Required Materials: Participants will need paper and writing utensils.

Cost: $150

Description: In this writing workshop, students will learn many ways to tell their own life stories in their own voices. Online meet-ups will get our creativity flowing to become even better at telling a great story: playing writing games, exploring amazing examples of creative non-fiction, and mining our memories for the gems. The co-teaching pair brings their own personal passion for this type of writing and for teaching middle schoolers.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Fun and Games with Andy — 1st and 2nd Graders 

Instructor: Andy Stilling

Date/Hours: July 6-17, 10-11 a.m. (Synchronous)

Age: 6-7

Tech Needs: Zoom

Required Materials: Papers or a whiteboard, writing utensils

Cost: $150

Description: Come experience “structured virtual playdates” over Zoom. At a time when the social part of our lives is limited in such a drastic way, chances to just laugh and have fun in a community setting can be so beneficial and rejuvenating. As far as student work, participants won’t produce anything except, hopefully, smiles and the chance to flex their imaginations. And they will learn some new games and ways to interact with friends on their own as well. Possible games that the children will play: humorous jeopardy trivia, scavenger hunts for household items, various games familiar to Park students and fun for newcomers, and jackbox server for streaming style games.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Fun and Games with Andy — 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders

Instructor: Andy Stilling

Date/Hours: July 20-31, 10-11 a.m. (Synchronous)

Age: 8-11

Tech Needs: Zoom

Required Materials: Papers or a whiteboard, writing utensils

Cost: $150

Description: Come experience “structured virtual playdates” over Zoom. At a time when the social part of our lives is limited in such a drastic way, chances to just laugh and have fun in a community setting can be so beneficial and rejuvenating. As far as student work, participants won’t produce anything except, hopefully, smiles and the chance to flex their imaginations. And they will learn some new games and ways to interact with friends on their own as well. Possible games that the children will play: humorous jeopardy trivia, scavenger hunts for household items, various games familiar to Park students and fun for newcomers, and jackbox server for streaming style games.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Introduction to Beat Making (Beatz: 101)

Instructor: Doug Jameson

Date/Hours: July 20-31, 2-3 p.m. (Synchronous)

Age: 10-14

Tech Needs: A computer or Chromebook running the Google Chrome web browser, and a set of headphones/earbuds

Cost: $150

Description: Fundamentals of Music Production. Learn to employ basic harmony and form in developing small musical ideas into complete songs, using loops and samples, synthesizers, drum machines, effects, and vocal processing. Students will produce, mix, and master in Soundtrap, a cloud-based platform for Google Chrome.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Intro to Music Production

Instructors: Maeve Royce and Chris Peterson

Date/Hours: July 6-17, 10-11 a.m. (Synchronous with plenty of asynchronous materials provided)

Age: 10-14

Tech Needs: A computer or Chromebook running the Google Chrome web browser, and a set of headphones/earbuds (USB microphone preferred but not required — a working mic on their device will suffice, you could do this class with an iPhone/iPad and earbuds!)

Cost: $150

Description: An intro to music production, participants will learn how to create their own song arrangements and compositions using a combination of electronic instruments, samples, and live instruments and vocals. Open to students of varying degrees of experience who wish to expand their creative tool-kit and collaborate with friends and classmates on projects remotely. Students will start with a few shorter projects to work on specific techniques, such as: how to create your own drum loop, how to make a bassline, how to mix and record live instruments, basic song form concepts, etc. At the end of the two weeks, students will have a larger, collaborative project and could be a cover of a favorite song, or an original composition. After this course, students will be able to take the skills they’ve learned and create both their own songs and online collaborations with their friends and “band mates!”

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Animals in Art

Instructor: Susan Asdourian

Date/Hours: July 20-31, 2-3 p.m. (Synchronous)

Age: 10-13

Tech Needs: Access to reliable devices and internet connection

Required Materials: Some sort of paper, pencils, crayons, scissors, glue, cheap watercolors, and old magazines to cut up

Cost: $150

Description: This course will be a mix of amazing images, wild stories, lots of discussion and laughter, as well as some art-making of our own — all as we explore the history of how people have seen and imagined animals. We’ll tackle topics from the sacred, to the scientific, to the silly, looking at images from many cultures and time periods — from ancient kings who staged lion hunts to make themselves look tough, to hybrid human-animal gods and superheroes, to YouTube videos of raccoons eating snacks at tiny picnic tables!

We will also draw, paint, and collage animals from our own lives and imaginations. All experience levels are welcome.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER