Academic Summer Institute

Cost per course:  $750.00
Registration Deadline:  FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017
Questions: Email Sandra Burgess
* Please note that all courses carry a .5 credit weight. Transcripts are available upon request. You must check with your home institution for possibility of transfer credit.

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Welcome to the Academic Summer Institute (ASI) at Morgan Park Academy (MPA). Here at MPA, we offer a variety of courses through ASI that engage students intellectually and socially while offering them credit for their participation. Taking summer courses is an excellent way to sharpen one’s intellect and maintain a strong academic work ethic in the “off season” of the academic year. At MPA, we have seasoned and experienced teachers that lead classes in a variety of secondary subject areas. Students can elect to take many of our course offerings, such as College Essay/Application Prep, Consumer Economics, Digital Citizenship, Foundations in Romance, and World Religions to name a few, that challenge students to reach for the stars in their academic and personal growth. Students can choose from courses that will improve or deepen their knowledge of a certain subject, or courses that offer a new academic area for enrichment over the summer.     
 
The sessions are listed below; we offer different time schedules to help meet the needs of students with their personal summer plans. At MPA, we emphasize genuine and sustained classroom interaction so that each student can receive the attention that they need to foster their academic interests as well as express their thoughts and ideas in a collegial atmosphere.  
 
If you have any questions regarding the Academic Summer Institute at Morgan Park Academy, please feel free to email Sandra Burgess. Thank you for considering Morgan Park Academy for your educational pursuits, and we hope to see you soon!

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Freshman Jump Start:
 
Health and Wellness: Rising Freshmen through Rising Senior Students
 
June 26-July 14 | Online | David Fahey
 
Health and wellness are important concepts that include all aspects of a person’s being; it means having both a healthy mind and body.  This semester course introduces students to a variety of health-related issues:  health and wellness, personality and emotions, stress, nutrition, addictive behaviors, and STDs.  This course provides students with the opportunity and knowledge to make informed life-decisions and lifestyle choice.
 
Physical Education: Rising Freshmen through Rising Senior Students
 
June 26-July 28 | 8:15am-10:15am | MTWRF | Dan Peters
 
The Freshman Physical Education course is designed around individual and team activities that involve the teaching of advanced skills, techniques and strategies of individual activities and team sports with an emphasis on individual improvement. Physical education provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop as a total person. In this developmental stage, students are encouraged to try activities that are new or challenging. When students become somewhat proficient, their self-esteem is boosted. Therefore, physical education not only improves the student’s health, but also enhances their emotional outlook and wellness, thereby enhancing them as a whole person.
 
Digital Citizenship: Rising Freshmen through Rising Senior Students
 
June 26-August 4 | 10:20am-12:20pm | MTWRF | Shavonne Terry
 
This course fosters the development of required skills to live, learn, and work successfully in an increasingly complex and information-rich society. Students are will examine digital access to, information and technologies; cyber safety and digital literacy; legal, ethical and technological issues concerning digital citizenship; and the effective use of technologies to support teaching and learning.
 
Consumer Economics: Rising Freshmen through Rising Senior Students
 
June 19-July 7 | 12:30pm-2:30pm | MTW | Derek Smith
 
This is a Blended Course which requires students to complete assignments, projects, and other requirements online. Students will meet with the instructor three days a week--MTW--and then complete work on their own outside of class
 
This course is intended to help students make informed decisions about the expenditure of their personal resources and understand basic economic principles.  Students will learn how the American economy functions and to help them prepare to make decisions as consumers, wage earners, and citizens within that economy.
 
College Application and Essay Bootcamp: Rising Junior and Senior Students
 
August 14-September 1 | 10:00am-12:00pm | MTWRF | Margaret Lopez
 
This is a Blended Course which requires students to complete assignments, projects, and other requirements online. Students will meet with the instructor but will be expected to complete work on their own outside of class.
 
This blended course will focus on the writing required for the student’s selected college applications.  Throughout the course, students will work to complete the supplemental writings required for the colleges to which they have decided to apply.  Students will be guided through careful planning stages, encouraged to write, then refine their writing through multiple revisions and edits in order to produce unique, insightful, and grammatically-sound responses.  Students should expect to write for extended periods of time, either on campus or independently at home, utilize editing software, such as Grammarly, and share their writing with the instructor and peers for revision purposes.  Upon successful completion of the course, students will have drafts of their writing ready to upload with their application(s).
 
Other Course Offerings:

Ceramics I: Rising Freshmen through Rising Senior Students
 
June 26-July 21 | 8:20am-10:20am | MTWRF | Ewa Bloch
 
The Ceramics I curriculum emphasis is on hand-building forms. Through exploring history of ceramics from Neolithic times through the present, students learn how the functionality of clay objects evolved throughout the ages and how ceramics entered the realm of fine arts. Students view images of clay objects and participate in class discussions about contemporary artists and their work. They analyze clay artifacts and write about it. After an introduction to studio practices (cleaning, storing, use of tools, safety) students build clay sculptures and functional objects. They use pinch, coiling and slab-building techniques. Students experiment with texturing, coloring and glazing.
 
World Religions: Rising Freshmen through Rising Senior Students
 
June 26-July 14 | Online | Sandra Burgess
 
Spiritual beliefs provide meaning and inspiration for the majority of the earth’s people
and North America in the 21st century is a diverse spiritual smorgasbord, so
understanding the major religions is important for everyone wishing to be a responsible
citizen in today’s world. This course invites you to explore, compare and contrast the
world’s religions. Furthermore, this class offers students opportunities to see and think
in new ways, opening possibilities for richer, deeper lives. This class is an online course which requires students to communicate with fellow classmates in an online environment as well as fulfill the course requirements.
 
Foundations of Romance Languages: Rising Freshmen through Rising Senior Students
 
June 26-August 4 | 10:20am-12:20pm | MTW | Sarah Haskins
 
This is a Blended Course which requires students to complete assignments, projects, and other requirements online. Students will meet with the instructor three days a week--MTW--and then complete work on their own outside of class.
 
For beginning students of French and Spanish, or for those students who need to build their linguistic foundations for success in upper-level language courses, this course seeks to make students familiar with the origins, grammar, mechanics, and overall structure of Romance languages. By building a basic foundation in these elements, students will have a better understanding of how the language has evolved and how it is used today.
 
Precalculus: By Invitation Only
 
June 19-July 7 | 10:00am-1:15pm | MTWRF | Marius Radulescu
 
Precalculus Summer Option--this class is by Invitation Only. Students will be notified by the STEM department.
 
English Language Writing and Speaking: By Invitation Only
 
August 14-August 25 | 10:00am-12:00pm | MTWRF | Sandra Burgess & Queenetta Harris
This course is designed for non-native English speakers to practice writing and speaking skills. The course will be in two parts: one session will be with Ms. Burgess in which students will practice writing short pieces reflective of MPA Upper School standards. In the second session, students will practice speaking with Senora Harris, giving small presentations and conducting conversations with other students. By invitation only.

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