Summer School Info & Courses

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Class size is limited, and enrollment and scheduling is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • dTHS reserves the right to cancel any offerings due to under-enrollment or other circumstances.
  • dTHS will notify all registrants of final course/class decisions as follows:
    • JUNE 6 Semester 1: Summer School, Camp Eco-Botics, Summer Spark, Summer Sports
    • JUNE 23 Semester 2: Summer School, Camp Eco-Botics, Summer Spark, and Summer Sports
  • FORMS
    • dTHS requires the following documents to have a “wet signature.” Please print, sign, and return the required Registration Agreement and Emergency Medical Form. These forms must be mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to dTHS by June 9. Upon completion of registration the relevant links will be emailed to you, also, as a reminder.
    • dTHS STUDENTS ONLY : dTHS requires the following documents to have a “wet signature.” Please print, sign, and return the required Course Approval form for academic classes.

REFUND POLICY

  • If a student withdraws on or before May 12, 2017, 100% of the course fees will be refunded. The $100 registration fee will not be refunded.
  • If a student withdraws between May 13 and June 11, 40% of the course fee(s) will be refunded. The $100 registration fee will not be refunded.
  • If a student withdraws for any reason on June 12 or any time thereafter, no refund(s) will be authorized.
  • If a student is dismissed or terminated from the course, no refund(s) will be authorized.
  • dTHS will notify all registrants of final course/class decisions as follows: June 6-Summer School Semester 1, Summer Spark, Summer Sports, and Camp Eco-Botics June 23– Summer School Semester 2, Summer Sports, and Camp Eco-Botics
  • A full 100% refund will be made in all cases when a class is cancelled by the school. The registration fee will also be refunded, if you registered for only the one cancelled class.

 

ATTENDANCE / TARDY POLICY / PACING

  • Due to the large volume of material covered, daily attendance is required. Three 10-minute tardies or 2 absences per session for any reason may result in dismissal from the course.
  • Students who arrive more than 30 minutes late will be considered absent. Teachers will keep daily attendance. There will be no refunds in cases where students are dismissed or terminated from the course.
  • Summer School classes are conducted with a short schedule in mind. Therefore, to help optimize success, students should be prepared to work both in school and at home in order to master the material. Some students will need additional tutoring outside of the summer class, so families should plan accordingly.

TRANSPORTATION

There is no dTHS bus transportation available for Summer 2017. Parking and driving information will be provided to all registered students. The campus is available for student drop-off by 7:30am.

DRESS CODE

Summer Session dress is informal but must be tasteful and modest in nature. The school reserves the right to decide if students are appropriately dressed. No provocative or revealing attire may be worn. No torn clothes, bare feet, or bare midriffs are acceptable.

LUNCH / SNACKS

Students may bring snacks or lunch onto campus. Students are discouraged from bringing non-kosher food onto campus. Vending machines are available on campus.

ACADEMIC CREDIT AND TRANSCRIPT INFORMATION

  • All academic classes are UC and CSU approved as indicated in the course descriptions.
  • dTHS STUDENTS: Courses taken during summer school may be taken to accelerate your progress or to lighten your academic load during the school year. Please discuss your summer course selection with your college counselor to determine which course might be the best fit for you and to be sure that you understand how it may be viewed in the college process. For any course that you would like to take for advancement in the discipline, you MUST complete the dTHS “Course Approval Process 2017” form and get it signed by the corresponding department chair. For example, if you are in Algebra 1B and want to go to Geometry, you will need to complete the dTHS Summer School Approval Form.
  • dTHS STUDENTS: Please review the “Course Approval Process 2017” letter in the “All Grades” folder on myJAG. If you receive a “D” in a course, we STRONGLY urge you to remediate this course to ensure your eligibility to apply to colleges including the University of California and/or the California State University systems. The UC and CSU Systems require grades of “C-” or higher. dTHS summer school courses will be reported directly on your high school transcript and factored into your GPA.
  • NON-dTHS STUDENTS: Please speak with your respective college counselors. dTHS will provide transcripts upon written request.

TEXTBOOKS

Students/parents are responsible for purchasing textbooks through an outside vendor, MBS Direct. Their website will be available starting May 18 for online ordering.

2016-2017 Parent/Student Handbook

 

For students entering grades 9-12

Anatomy & Physiology
Biology
Chemistry
English 9
English 10
Geometry
Jewish Studies
Physics
Shoah

 

Anatomy & Physiology

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No School July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9am-1pm
Teacher: TBD

Students will have frequent breaks and should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
Prerequisites: Biology and Algebra 1 or 1A
UC / CSU Approved Laboratory Science
Lab Manual/Textbook purchase required. Online bookstore will open in May.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will study all areas of normal human structure and function and many areas of pathological anatomy and physiology. Topics include anatomical terms, tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, respiratory, endocrine, special senses, lymphatic, and reproductive systems. Health issues are addressed in each study area. Laboratory work in organ dissection, observation of structure, and analysis of function will be performed.

 

Biology

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No School July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9am-1pm
Teacher: Amy Yoghourtjian

Students will have frequent breaks and should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
UC / CSU Approved Laboratory Science
Lab Manual/Textbook purchase required. Online bookstore will open in May.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This lab-based course introduces students to the terminology, techniques, and foundational aspects of general biology, and to the underpinnings of some of the recent advances and dilemmas in the realm of the biological sciences. Inductive and deductive reasoning are stressed throughout, as well as critical analyses of modern day ethical controversies. Frequent lab work and discussions allow students to work together to uncover and apply major themes in Biology. Students are exposed to how the precarious balance of life is so easily altered, and how human’s lack of regard since the Industrial Revolution has had such a devastating and irreversible impact on the sustainability of many organisms. Major areas covered are molecular, cellular, organismal, and population biology. The course will examine basic chemistry, biochemistry, bioenergetics, diversity, genetics, reproduction, behavior, evolution, and ecology.

 

Chemistry

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No School July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9am-1pm
Teacher: Yolanda Hovsepian

Students will have frequent breaks and should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
Prerequisites: Algebra 1
UC / CSU Approved Laboratory Science
Textbook purchase required. Online bookstore will open in May.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Chemistry investigates atoms, compounds, and chemical reactions in order to understand the nature of matter and energy. It considers in theory and through mathematical applications, the areas of stoichiometry, physical states of matter, atomic theory, acid-base chemistry, equilibria reactions, and thermochemistry. These topics are probed through lectures, demonstrations, labs, problem solving sessions, and various investigations. The theory and mathematical applications are suitable for high school level applications.

 

English 9

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No School July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9am-1pm
Teacher: Kimberly Callaway

Students will have frequent breaks and should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE TO dTHS STUDENTS IN NEED OF REMEDIATION AND IS NOT AVAILABLE TO dTHS STUDENTS FOR ACCELERATION.
UC/CSU Approved English
No textbook purchase required.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In this course students will develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through the study of classic and contemporary literature. In genres such as the novel, poetry, short story, drama and the essay, they will discover and learn to recognize the literary devices writers use to produce memorable works of art. In addition, they will demonstrate their comprehension of the material through written assignments. Brainstorming, thesis development, outlining, organizing, drafting, self-editing, and revising will be taught with the goal of producing argumentative essays, personal narratives, creative writing and more.

English 10

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No School July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9am-1pm
Teacher: Jaimi Boehm 

Students will have frequent breaks and should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE TO dTHS STUDENTS IN NEED OF REMEDIATION AND IS NOT AVAILABLE TO dTHS STUDENTS FOR ACCELERATION.
UC/CSU Approved English
No textbook purchase required.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course focuses on world literature in order to expose students to a variety of perspectives and worldviews. Students will examine works from different parts of the world and in different genres such as the novel, play, short story, and poem as a way to study, understand, and discuss the application of various themes, motifs, and tropes. We will use the literature to help deepen critical thinking and writing skills and to help make connections to our own lives. Throughout the year, students will be encouraged to draw their own connections between and among the studied texts in order to help develop critical thinking and independence. Possible authors of study can include, but are not limited to, Sophocles, Guy de Maupassant, Jamaica Kincaid, and Yukio Mishima.

Geometry

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No School July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9am-1pm
Teacher: Robert Ahdoot

Students will have frequent breaks and should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B AND Department Chair Approval for dTHS Students
UC / CSU Approved Mathematics
No textbook purchase required.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a full year course in Euclidean Geometry, covering the properties of triangles and other polygons and other plane figures. Fundamentals of similarity and congruence are explored, as are the concepts of deductive and inductive reasoning. In addition to plane figures, the course examines the properties of solid figures and their surface area and volume. Applications and inter-disciplinary connections are stressed.

FORMAT

This course is a hybrid of the best of traditional school taught by a master teacher and combines it with the power of online learning to ensure that each student gets a personalized education that meets his or her needs. In this UC-approved course, students cycle through a schedule of independent online study, one-on-one teacher instruction, and peer-group interaction. Students move at their own pace and can finish the course as soon as they demonstrate mastery of the material. Likewise, students who need more time on units of study have that opportunity.

 

Jewish Studies

“The Terrifying Tanakh” 
Dates: June 13 – June 27
Days: Monday-Thursday
Time: 9am-1pm
Teacher: Becca Bubis

Students will have frequent breaks and should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
Satisfies one semester of Jewish Studies graduation requirement for 10th or 11th grade. Satisfies one semester of Jewish studies graduation requirement for 12th grade, if student has already completed Wisdom/Israel in 11th grade.
No textbook purchase required.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In this semester length course, students discover the darkest corners of our most sacred literature. In this Jewish Studies course we explore gruesome, twisted, violent scenes in the Tanakh. For an added twist, we compare those scenes to similar depictions in movies. Come question why fear is such a compelling emotion in both ancient times and in more modern media. After examining these hair-raising, blood-curdling, spine-chilling texts and films, what you conclude might just be… haunting. Let the madness begin!

“Mindful Middot: Create in the Maker Space” 
Dates: June 28 – July 14 (Semester 2 – No school on July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday-Thursday
Time: 9am-1pm
Teacher: Yonatan Rosner

Students will have frequent breaks and should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
Satisfies one semester of Jewish Studies graduation requirement for 10th or 11th grade. Satisfies one semester of Jewish studies graduation requirement for 12th grade, if student has already completed Wisdom/Israel in 11th grade.
No textbook purchase required.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Are you an adventurous and bold inventor? Do you look up to MacGyver or Jimmy Neutron? Then this is the class for you! In this semester length course, students will tackle group projects that utilize technology, problem solving, teamwork and futuristic tinkering in our high-tech Maker Space. The course will also focus on holistic education and introspection (tikkun hamiddot) that helps students grow their character strengths as they work on their projects through the Jewish Wisdom of Mussar. Technology plays a central role in the student’s journey towards conscious living as the stage upon which they encounter engaging challenges and the opportunity practice and reflect upon their growth.

Physics

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No School July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9am-1pm
Teacher: Winston Chang

Students will have frequent breaks and should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
Prerequisites: Geometry
UC / CSU Approved Laboratory Science
Textbook purchase required. Online bookstore will open in May.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The instructional design and flow of this course primarily focuses on the fundamental principles of classical physics: kinematics (pure motion), Newton’s Laws of Motion (forces), work-energy theorem, momentum, fluid mechanics, mechanical waves, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Students will also be engaged in frequent hands-on laboratory assignments to help elucidate the more challenging physical concepts and to actually do and see physics.

 

Shoah: Genocide & Human Behavior

Dates: June 13 – June 27 (Semester 1)
Dates: June 28 – July 14 (Semester 2 – No School July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9am-1pm
Teachers: Beverly Kamenir (Semester 1) and Ari Dembo (Semester 2)

Students will have frequent breaks and should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
UC / CSU Approved College Preparatory Elective
Graduation Requirement for all dTHS students–satisfies one semester for Jewish Civilization requirement.
NO textbook purchase required.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This semester length course for 11th and 12th graders focuses on Genocide, using the Shoah (Holocaust) as the primary case study. While students explore their own personal identities, they also engage in a journey of investigation into some of the most horrifying displays of human behavior as well as some of the most exceptional examples of human courage and compassion. The class will focus on the rise of antisemitism, the rise of the Nazis in Germany in the 1930’s and 1940’s, examine how the Nazis used the forces of fear, violence, obedience, propaganda, and education to consolidate their power. Students will specifically examine the role of the Hitler youth. By the end of the course, students will understand that they have the power to shape the course of history through their individual choices and they must ultimately confront the question: “How can I make a difference in the world?” Students will explore what it means to choose to participate in making a difference in the world.