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Crushing Your College Essay                $250

 

In this week-long seminar, high school students will receive hands-on training in how to write a well-crafted college admissions essay. The course will concentrate on the Common Application essay prompts and the additional information section. However, students are encouraged to bring in supplemental questions or individual college essay questions. This course will prepare students to describe themselves in 250-650 words or less, talk about their dreams without using clichés and set their writing apart from the other 800,000 common application essays (2015-16)! Mrs. Walter will help students find their voice and give them the confidence to use it, and ultimately provide guidance on structure and editing. Strategies for constructing a personal profile and translating it into a specific and engaging essay will be discussed. Essays will not be written for students; each and every word will be the student's own. By the end of the week, students will have written and “work-shopped” a draft of their common application question, a major step in preparing for the application process.

Instructor: Kathleen Walter, GRHS social studies teacher; MA History; certificated at Harvard University’s Reading, Writing and Civic Education Workshop; Glen Rock Schools Teacher of the Year

Aug. 13-17, 1:30-3 p.m. Glen Rock High School

Registration opens  9 a.m. March 5 at https://register.communitypass.net/glenrock or call 201-389-5011


 

Math Enrichment                                                    $225

For students entering Grades 6-7

This course introduces students to middle school math (Math 6 and Pre-Algebra) and
helps to provide a smooth transition. This is a good way to get a math "tune-up" for
September’s challenges!

Session 1: July 9-12 and July 16-18, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Glen Rock High School
Session 2: July 23-26 and July 30 & 31, Aug. 1, 3-4:15 p.m., Glen Rock High School

Math Enrichment                                                    $225

For students entering Grades 8-9

Start school in September with confidence after this preview of Algebra or Geometry concepts. PARCC problems and PSAT warm-up will also be covered.

Session 1: July 9-12 and July 16-18, 3-4:15 p.m., Glen Rock High School
Session 2: July 23-26 and July 30 & 31, Aug. 1, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Glen Rock High School

All sessions taught in small group classes by Theresa O’Malley, BA in Mathematics, MA Teaching Children Mathematics, 23-year math teacher at GRMS. E-mail omalleyt@glenrocknj.org for more information.

Registration opens  9 a.m. March 5 at https://register.communitypass.net/glenrock or call 201-389-5011


 

Middle School Success                                     $125

For students entering Grade 6

The transition from elementary to middle school can be a daunting one. Students need to adjust to a new building, multiple teachers and the “dreaded” cafeteria and lockers. During their fifth grade year, students will experience a variety of activities designed to ease the transition from elementary to middle school. As September approaches, some students may feel the need for a refresher in a small group setting. This course offers a review of topics including locker organization, binder management, helpful homework tips and time management - reinforcing great strategies that will last a lifetime. 

Instructor:  Anthony Cece, GRMS teacher since 2001 with significant experience in learning strategies and study skills.

August 6-10, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Glen Rock Middle School

Registration opens  9 a.m. March 5 at https://register.communitypass.net/glenrock or call 201-389-5011 


Reader's Clubhouse				              $180  
For students entering Grades 1-2 and 3-5

 

The Reader’s Clubhouse provides young readers with the opportunity to become totally immersed in several reading selections over the two-week period of camp. The selections are chosen for appropriateness to grade level, and also for the opportunities they present for exciting and engaging individual and small group activities.  Based on the students’ talents and interests, clubhouse members will learn the elements of literature through discussion, creative writing exercises, stimulating art projects and even an opportunity to “eat their words” through fun and unique edible projects! Students at all reading levels will enjoy this opportunity to share their love of reading and writing with their peers. A materials fee of $20 will be payable to the instructor at the first class.

Led by Glen Rock language arts teacher Lisa Limongelli, MS in Education; with over 22 years of teaching experience.

Session 1: Grades 1-2, July 9-13 and July 16-20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Session 2: Grades 3-5, July 9-13 and July 16-20, 1-3 p.m.*This session can be combined with our STEM camp for a full-day schedule.

Glen Rock High School

Registration opens  9 a.m. March 5 at https://register.communitypass.net/glenrock or call 201-389-5011


 

Rock Solid:  Reading Foundations for Struggling Readers  $225

For students entering grades 1-2

This program provides support for children who need assistance with vocabulary, decoding, high frequency words, fluency, and comprehension. It is led by certificated elementary teacher Chrisanne Moger and reading specialist Sue Zisa. They will provide engaging phonics-based classroom instruction focused on specific reading levels. Lessons and activities will be customized to meet the needs of the students. Each student will receive a folder of materials to reinforce the skills addressed during their session.

This is a limited enrollment program, taught in small groups. Early registration is highly recommended.

July 23-27, then July 30-Aug. 3, Hamilton Elementary School

Session 1: 8-9 a.m.
Session 2: 9-10 a.m.

Registration opens  9 a.m. March 5 at https://register.communitypass.net/glenrock or call 201-389-5011


 

STEM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)                    

After 20 years of providing stimulating math/science activities for children, we’ve taken our campers to the next level through the infusion of technology and engineering to make it a true STEM experience! Located in the state-of-the-art learning environment of the GRHS STEM Wing, certified teachers will lead the campers through an enrichment program via “real-world” problem solving, traditional and non-traditional activities, journal writing, related literature, hands-on investigations, coding, experiments and our makerspaces. Each session includes a field trip to the Glen Rock Arboretum for all campers. Questions can be directed to Camp Director Heather McDermott at mcdermotth@glenrocknj.org.

The program for students in Grades 3 to 6 includes a full-day field trip (on the 2nd Thursday) where they’ll apply their camp experiences in an interactive exploration. Field trip details TBD. Glen Rock High School STEM Wing

Students should bring lunch to camp each day. Class size is limited and early enrollment is encouraged. Curriculum is grade specific, so returning campers will have a brand new experience!

For students entering grades 1-2
                                  
$320

Session 1: July 9-13, then July 16-19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Session 2: July 23-27, then July 30-Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

For students entering grades 3-6                                    $390

Session 1: July 9-13, then July 16-18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Field Trip on July 19, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 2: July 23-27, then July 30-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Field Trip on Aug. 2, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Glen Rock High School STEM Wing

Registration opens  9 a.m. March 5 at https://register.communitypass.net/glenrock or call 201-389-5011


Study Skills Essentials                                         $125

For students entering grades 5-8

Successful middle school students require a strong foundation in executive functioning skills.  Study Skills Essentials provides students with the necessary tools that are imperative for success in middle school and beyond. Topics include organizational skills, time management, test taking skills, following directions and long-term planning.  In addition to acquiring these essential skills, students will learn valuable tips to maintain them throughout their educational careers.

Instructor:  Anthony Cece, GRMS teacher since 2001 with significant experience in learning strategies and study skills.

August 6-10, 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Glen Rock Middle School 

Registration opens  9 a.m. March 5 at https://register.communitypass.net/glenrock or call 201-389-5011


Young Authors                                                       $180

For students entering grades 3-5

Keep writing skills sharp this summer while working alongside other young authors. Whether you’re passionate about writing, or simply want to improve your skills before September comes, you’ll compose, revise and publish your own work while exploring various techniques and strategies to create narrative writing pieces.

Led by Carolyn Helmig, certified in Elementary Education and Middle School Language Arts Literacy.

July 23-27 and July 30 – Aug. 3, 1-3 p.m., *Can be combined with our STEM camp for a full-day schedule.

Glen Rock High School

Registration opens  9 a.m. March 5 at https://register.communitypass.net/glenrock or call 201-389-5011