Marvelwood is offering Summer Sessions for high school students
and recent high school graduates!


  • Six one-week sessions, June 29-August 3 (*The Personal Interest Project course will run the full six weeks, meeting once or twice per week)
  • One to two-hour classes, Monday-Friday
  • Free of charge
  • Open to Marvelwood and Non-Marvelwood students
  • Students entering grades 9-12 and college freshmen
  • Students may take as many classes as they like, but space is limited in each class
  • All classes are online except Gardening, which will be held on campus in the Marvelwood Garden (all CDC and State of Connecticut best practices for health and safety will be in place)
  • Some classes are offered more than once
  • Registration deadline is 10am on the Wednesday before each session
     

This is a rare opportunity to sample the Marvelwood experience for free!
 

Register

For more information: 
Liza Maizel
Summer Sessions Coordinator
liza.maizel@marvelwood.org
Phone: 860-927-0047 ext 1017


 

Session 1: June 29-July 3  

Registration for Session 1 is now closed


Morning: 9:00am est

Intro to Statistics   This class is full
Instructor: Heni Foote P’20, Math Department Chair

Course Description:  If you want to have fun with data or to prepare yourself for AP Statistics, this course is for you. During this interactive weeklong session, we’ll have fun exploring statistics using real-life examples. You will learn how to collect and present data from the comfort of your home, how to use technology to create a mathematical model, how tossing coins can explain probability concepts, and how Chi Square tests can determine Goodness of Fit using M&M candies. 90-minute class.

'Live’ Gardening (on campus in the Marvelwood Garden)  This class is full
Instructor: Alicia Winter P’17, ‘19

Course Description:  Have you ever wondered how to dig a potato?  What a mealybug looks like?  How a tomato sucker grows?  NO?  Well, these and many other questions you never thought to ask are about to be answered.   Over the course of a week, we will cover many topics in the garden, including soil preparation, seed starting and transplanting, plant care and health, integrated pest management, best gardening practices, garden timing, harvesting and use, and weather issues.  All CDC and State of Connecticut best practices for health and safety will be in place. 90-minute class.

Afternoon: 2:00pm est

Recording and Mixing Music with Audacity  This class is full
Instructor: Bing Bingham

Course Description:  Calling all songwriters! Using the digital recording program, Audacity, you will learn the basics of recording a song by laying down multiple music tracks, including drums and bass, adding vocals, and mixing it all together.  There is nothing more fun, creative, and rewarding than to see and hear your own song come to life as each track is added to the mix! 90-minute class.

The Art of “New” War
Instructor: Valentin Dumitrascu, History Department Chair

Unfortunately, war has been, and will continue to be, part of human history.  It is inevitable that we, as humans, rely on military conflicts to solve our problems.  In this course, we will examine the evolution of warfare using The Art of War by Sun Tzu, and continue with a discussion of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in the 21st century. Students will need to purchase or borrow The Art of War.  90-minute class.

Evening: 7:00pm est

History of Space Exploration
Instructor: Joshua Hansen

Course Description:  This crash course will explore the big moments and major milestones in space exploration that have taken place over the last 60 years. The course will cover most of the big missions and concepts behind the missions, with some deep diving into an astronaut daily. We will not just cover manned missions but missions to mars and other projects that the space industry has brought to the table. I hope that people involved will bring intriguing questions for us to search out as a group as the week continues. Please enjoy with me as I share my passion for humans pushing the envelope of innovation in all areas as they work towards a common goal, to explore the great unknown. 90-minute class.

Time TBD:

Personal Interest Project
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Radday

Course Description:  Design and create your own Personal Interest Project (PIP).  Starting with an interest inventory, you will learn, solve, make, or do something you've always wanted to do, but just never had the time, guidance, or sustained motivation to finish!  Guided by Dr. Radday of EdAdvance in Litchfield, and a former faculty member, each student will develop a plan with attainable goals and document the process, which will culminate with a finished product and a website.  Projects can take on a variety of forms - the only limit is your imagination!  Note: This course meets weekly for six weeks. Students schedule individual meeting times with Dr. Radday.  Learn more out Personal Interest Projects. 
 

Session 2: July 6-10

Registration for Session 2 is now closed


Morning: 9:00am est

College Essay Writing Workshop- Session 1  This class is full
Instructor: Toni Presti, English Department Chair

Course Description:  What makes a compelling college application essay, and how can you put your best foot forward while being genuine, reflective, and personal?  What does it mean to “share your voice” through the application?  By the end of the week, after only five short sessions, you will have a first draft of your college essay!  90-minute class.

Intro to Economics   This class is full
Instructor: Heni Foote P’20, Math Department Chair

Course Description: Are you interested in why people study economics or looking for a fun way to prepare yourself before taking AP Economics next year? Using the current challenges associated with COVID-19 as a platform, we will explore various Economics topics through real-life examples and engaging, interactive activities.  You will learn about the supply and demand of hand sanitizer and tests, why there has been a scarcity of toilet paper in stores, and why prices have increased during the pandemic. We will discuss the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and possible ways the government can put the nation’s economy back on track.  90-minute class.

Afternoon: 2:00pm est

History of Epidemics   This class is full
Instructor: Marissa Hansen

Course description: In this course, students will study five major epidemics throughout history.  We will look at the historical context of each epidemic, including what caused the disease to spread and the effects it had on the affected populations.  In studying the history of epidemics, students will gain a better understanding of the ever-changing world of infectious diseases.  90-minute class.

Workout with Hayley- Session 1
Instructor: Hayley Ahouse

Course Description:  Join Hayley Ahouse, former collegiate athlete and current soccer and softball coach, for a fun at-home workout!  All levels of fitness are welcome, and all you need is a water bottle!  90-minute class.

Evening: 7:00pm est

Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition)   This class is full
Instructor: Dennis White

Course Description:  Everyone has heard of Dungeons & Dragons, but have you ever played the game, or wondered about how it’s played?  Are you a creative person?  In this class, you’ll learn how to create characters and go on a short adventure to prepare you to enter the fantastic world of Dungeons & Dragons.  
 

Session 3: July 13-17

Registration for Session 3 is now closed


Morning: 9:00am est

Advanced Video Editing & Post-Production 
Instructor: Ben Willis

Course Description:  This class is for students with Completed videos will be submitted to various student competitions, including the Civic Life Youth Film Challenge, which awards prizes to winning films. *software purchase may be necessary for this class.  Two hour class.

History of Baseball
Instructor: Willy Yahn, Baltimore Oriole

Course Description: In this course, you’ll study the history of baseball and examine the game’s cultural, social, scientific, and physical aspects and impacts, both in the United States and globally.  Each day, we will explore in detail America’s Pastime starting from the dawn of Major League Baseball in 1869, and the relevance baseball has held in the American public conscience over its 150-year history.  You’ll be introduced to the game’s most historic faces (players, coaches, front office personnel, league officials, etc.) and learn how these people and their teams changed the game. Some classes will include live demonstrations of the physics of baseball -- specifically, the wild scientific phenomenon that occurs when a hitter and a pitcher square off. Come learn all about baseball from a professional AA player! 

Introduction to Medical Terminology  This class is full
Instructor: Marissa Hansen

Course description:  In this class, students will learn latin root words in order to have a better understanding of medical terminology.  This course will be especially useful for students looking to take an Anatomy class or who have aspirations of joining the medical field in the future.  

Afternoon: 2:00pm est

Financial Foundations- Session 1  This class is full
Instructor: Kimber Malinowski

Course Description:  It's never too early, or too late, to learn about different ways to successfully manage your finances. This course will feature a casual conversational discussion of a different topic each day, providing a general understanding relating to managing bank accounts, credit cards, different types of insurance, safe spending practices, and saving for the future. No matter what career path you plan to take, a basic understanding of money management is critical. Starting good habits now will give you the best opportunity for future personal financial success.  90-minute to two hour class.

Soccer Drills at Home Coaching Sessions 
Instructor: Valentin Dumitrascu, History Department Chair

Soccer players of all levels of ability will benefit from training and coaching sessions with Marvelwood’s Varsity Soccer coach. Participants will work on a variety of moves to help them become better players. Check out Coach D’s Youtube series, Soccer Drills at Home: Part 1 and Part 2One hour sessions.

Evening: 7:00pm est

Theatre Production   This class is full
Instructor: Misty Jordan

Course Description:  Are you missing out on your time in the spotlight?  Summer camps and summer theatre canceled?  We've got you covered!  Students in this course will act in and produce a play called Scenes from a Quarantine by Lindsay Price. This play was written specifically for teens and can only be performed on Zoom!  You don’t need previous theatre experience to join the class and perform!  90-minute class.
 

Session 4: July 20-24


Morning: 9:00am est

Chemistry in the Kitchen   This class is full
Instructor: Michelle Borsavage

Course Description:  Want to learn some chemistry? Look no further than your own kitchen! Over the course of the week, we'll produce and observe chemical phenomena that look cool and taste even better!  90-minute class.

College Essay Writing Workshop- Session 2. This class is full
Instructor: Toni Presti, English Department Chair

Course Description:  What makes a compelling college application essay, and how can you put your best foot forward while being genuine, reflective, and personal?  What does it mean to “share your voice” through the application?  By the end of the week, after only five short sessions, you will have a first draft of your college essay!   90-minute class.

Afternoon: 2:00pm est

Video Editing & Post-Production  This class is full
Instructor: Ben Willis

Course Description:  Want to dive deeper into editing your own videos? In this class, you will learn both the basics of video editing, as well as some more advanced techniques. All students will have an opportunity to edit a project using previously-produced footage. Completed videos will be submitted to various student competitions, including the Civic Life Youth Film Challenge, which awards prizes to winning films. *software purchase may be necessary for this class.  Two hour class.

Workout with Hayley- Session 2
Instructor: Hayley Ahouse

Course Description:  Join Hayley Ahouse, former collegiate athlete and current soccer and softball coach, for a fun at-home workout!  All levels of fitness are welcome, and all you need is a water bottle!  90-minute class.
 

Session 5: July 27-31


Morning: 9:00am est

STEM Vocabulary for ESL Students
Instructor: Dr. Grace Lin

Course Description:  This course will cover vocabulary in math and general science. It is for international/ English as a Second Lanuage students, especially those who will be taking the SAT and/or ACT for the first time in the fall of 2020. It will cover vocabulary in math and general science.  90-minute class.

Korean Through KPOP 
Instructors: Hayley Ahouse & Marissa Hansen

Course Description: Annyeonghaseyo, do you love BTS? Got7? Blackpink? Join Ms. Hansen and Ms. Ahouse to explore the culture of KPOP while learning basic Korean.  

Afternoon: 2:00pm est

Advanced Photography   This class is full
Instructor: Ben Willis

Course Description:  Enhance your Insta game with advanced photography.  This course offers an in-depth look at the art of photographic composition, covering topics including the figure/ground relationship, greatest area of contrast, the law of proximity, the Fibonacci Spiral, and a look at the principles of lighting.  Two hour class.

Spies and Secret Operations: A Global History Course  This class is full
Instructor: Valentin Dumitrascu, History Department Chair

 The word ‘spy’ conveys a number of sentiments. People can be fascinated, or dismissive of them. Some people admire spies; some fear them.  Tackling a variety of questions and topics -- What is the role of spies in the world? What do societies think about spies? Is a spy a traitor or a hero? Is James Bond a real spy or a Hollywood creation? -- we’ll take a look at the history of spying and secret operations that span across centuries.  90-minute class

Session 6: August 3-7


Morning: 9:00am est

Introduction to Calculus  This class is full
Instructor: Dr. Grace Lin

Course Description:  This course is for students who have enrolled in or are considering taking Calculus/AP Calculus next year.  We will review prerequisite math topics for Calculus.  90-minute class.

Anatomy of a Video Game: Pong  This class is full
Instructor: Tim Smith, IT Director

Course Description:  The classic video game Pong was created by Atari in 1972. It was a simple concept: a “ball” moved back and forth across the screen and two players controlled “paddles” to bounce the ball back toward the other side of the screen. What does it take to make a game like this?  In this class, you will create a series of small apps that demonstrate the various aspects of the game: drawing text/simple shapes/lines on the game field, inserting images, making objects move, and using the keyboard and mouse to control aspects within the game. Students will use the Code.org “Game Lab” interface to build apps with Javascript, a popular language used by many websites, to ultimately build a simple version of a one-player “Pong”-like game.  *students will need to register with Code.org.  One hour class.

Afternoon: 2:00pm est

Financial Foundations- Session 2
Instructor: Kimber Malinowski

Course Description:  It's never too early, or too late, to learn about different ways to successfully manage your finances. This course will feature a casual conversational discussion of a different topic each day, providing a general understanding relating to managing bank accounts, credit cards, different types of insurance, safe spending practices, and saving for the future. No matter what career path you plan to take, a basic understanding of money management is critical. Starting good habits now will give you the best opportunity for future personal financial success.  90-minute to two hour class.

Introduction to Law.   
Instructor: Josh Gladstone

Course Description: Join attorney and faculty member Josh Gladstone for a one-week seminar to discuss and consider the basics of the American Legal System. We will also look at what attorneys do on a day-to-day basis.  This class is an introductory examination of the law, a perfect starring point for those who are considering a career as an attorney.  90-minute class.

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