Summer Spark 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, and 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 May 13–June 11, 40% of 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

2016-2017 Parent/Student Handbook

For students entering grades 8-12
Creative Communication
Seeing My Time
Techniques for Writing Well
Study Skills
The Art of Verbal Combat
Beginning Winds and Percussion (Grades 6-10)

Creative Communication

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No school July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday, Wednesday Friday
Time: 8am-10am
Teacher: Lauren Schmidt

Students should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
Materials are included

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will get the chance to unlock their ability to speak and write with purpose and creativity through a variety of activities in this class. The emphasis is on helping students see that they can communicate clearly and quickly in writing and on their feet. In this way, students will improve their skills and confidence not only for the classroom but in life. Improvisation (comedic and dramatic), creative writing, impromptu speaking, script writing, video making, and other activities will be used to help students up their creative communication game.

Seeing My Time: Time Management

Dates: June 14 – July 8 (No school July 4)
Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 8am-10am
Teacher: Tami Bandel

Students should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
Materials are included

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course takes an innovative approach to time management. It draws upon neuroscience and educational principles to create time-management strategies that actually work. The course is unique because it does not begin with strategies, instead, it begins with the brain and understanding how our brains’ strengths and weaknesses effect our behavior. By understanding your brain, you will have the hope and motivation to change behavior and use the effective strategies taught throughout the course.

Achieve success with Seeing My Time:

  • Learn planning, time management and organizational skills
  • Use concrete tools to get things done and reach goals
  • Develop effective paper management
  • Build metacognition or self-reflection needed to change behaviors
  • Increase motivation to manage time

Creative Communication and Seeing My Time

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No school July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 8am-10am
Teachers:  Lauren Schmidt and Tami Bandel

Students should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
Transcript with Pass/No Pass
No textbook required.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Take both Creative Communication and Seeing My Time: Time Management for a  discounted rate! Taken together these courses will help hone essential academic skills for the upcoming school year.

Techniques for Writing Well

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No school July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Time: 10:15am-1:15pm
Teacher: Tony Soltis

Students should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
Transcript with Pass/No Pass
No textbook required.
Students are encouraged to take this course concurrently with “Study Skills.”

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course is designed to strengthen writing skills from the sentence level through the multiparagraph essay. Students in this course will ultimately learn how to effectively communicate their ideas to their respective target audiences. In addition to learning proper grammar and effective sentence and paragraph structure, students will develop their abilities to describe and explain their ideas cogently and with clarity. We will explore the writing process by utilizing various pre-writing, drafting, and revising strategies and make extensive use of the workshop method so that we can learn how to become better writers together. Types of assignments will include personal, expository, and persuasive essays, creative writing pieces, and literary analyses of short works.

 Study Skills

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No school July 3 and July 4)
Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 10:15am-1:15pm
Teacher: Molly Bogad

Students should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
Transcript with Pass/No Pass
No textbook required.
Students are encouraged to take this course concurrently with “Techniques for Writing Well.”

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to prepare students to handle the rigors of a middle school/high school education by helping them understand how to make the best use of the tools of successful students. Students in this course will learn organizational, procedural, and time-management strategies for successfully handling academic tasks both inside and outside the classroom. Special attention will be paid to the active listening, reading, note-taking, and studying strategies that are the hallmarks of successful students. After learning and practicing these important skills and strategies, students will feel prepared and confident to handle the workload of a middle school/high school education.

Techniques for Writing Well and Study Skills

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No school July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 10:15am-1:15pm
Teacher: Tony Soltis & Molly Bogad

Students should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
Transcript with Pass/No Pass
No textbook required.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Take both Techniques for Writing Well and Study Skills for a discounted rate! Taken together these courses will help hone essential academic skills for the upcoming school year.

 The Art of Verbal Combat: Communication for Competition and Life

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No school July 3 and July 4)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Teacher: Winston Chang

Students should bring snacks to enjoy throughout the day.
Transcript with Pass/No Pass
No textbook required.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students will learn fundamental public speaking and debate principles. By learning and practicing argumentation in the Lincoln-Douglas format, they will hone their research, reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, deductive reasoning, and presentational skills. Students will become familiar with major schools of normative philosophical thought, including deontological ethics, consequentialism, and social contract theory. They will also become familiar with policy, critical, and theory forms of arguments. By the end of the course, all students will have developed a strong grasp on how to construct a sound case and extemporaneously refute arguments. Skills they learn will be incalculably beneficial in all other areas of life. Any student interested in participating in debate in an academic setting will be well-positioned to compete at a high level.

Beginning Winds and Percussion

Dates: June 13 – July 14 (No School July 3 and July 4)
Days: MondayWednesdayFriday
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Grades 6-10
Materials Needed: 1) Textbook (based on chosen instrument)-Bookstore Opens May 18, 2) Owned or Rented chosen instrument, 3) One of the following based on chosen instrument: Size 7C Mouthpiece (trumpet); Size 12C Mouthpiece (trombone); Size 11 Mouthpiece (French horn); #2 reed for Saxophone or Clarinet (set of 3). For percussion: Size 5A Drum Sticks (pair). All students will need to purchase Book 1 of Standard of Excellence, by Bruce Pearson based on the chosen instrument.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

If you’ve always wanted to learn an instrument, here’s your chance!  Learn the basics of how to play a wind (clarinet, sax, trumpet, trombone, flute, French horn) or percussion (Bass Drum, Snare, Cymbals) instrument.  Learn with an instructor in a group setting to develop fundamental skills to get you going on your musical journey!